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Testimonies of Past Pretenders

 

I thought I was a Christian. After all, I prayed to God and told Him I was sorry, then I told Him I accept Jesus as my Savior. I was 16 years old and I decided that I needed to get that settled. I lived my life pretty comparable to the "Christian" friends around me and I stayed away from drugs and the usual bad stuff. I went to church, listened to preaching, attended bible studies, hung around the "Christian" crowd, got baptized, wore some good Christian t-shirts and even opened up my bible here and there. I knew that I wasn't exactly surrendered to Jesus Christ, but I did do my best in keeping my life somewhat clean.

The sad truth is ... I prayed that prayer, at 16, because I realized that hell was the punishment for all those who don't get right with God through Jesus as the only way out. Who wants to go to hell? I sure didn't want to! My motive, clearly, was that I wanted Jesus Christ for nothing more than fire insurance...

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- Mike


 

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.
1 John 2:15-17
 
You see … that was me. Though I professed out of my mouth, my heart’s affection was on this world. The pride of achievement, self righteousness, anger, greed and the other fruits of the flesh were what this branch was producing. To name all the bondage I was in this article would glorify the flesh more than God...

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- Steve

 


 

Hi my name is Tommy and I was a pretender for 34 years.  I lived a good life and went to church.  I had a family, a job, dogs and cats. I didn't curse and didn't steal, and actually read my bible from time to time. I said amen when my preacher preached and sang the hymns and praised God...

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- Tommy

 


 

After repeating a sinner's prayer when I was four years old, I assured myself that I'd now had, in the spiritual sense at least, a ticket to heaven and that God was obliged to let me in. During the next twelve years, I lived in a Christian home, was homeschooled with Biblically-based curriculum, was in church every Sunday and at youth group every Wednesday. I attended Vacation Bible School , spent years in Awanas, and went on mission trips. I spent five years working with the technical team for the Youth Group. I estimated that I listened to about six hundred sermons and during all this time I was filled with hypocrisy and extreme guilt. I never understood why I failed continually in the spiritual realm, why I had no desire to read the Bible, and why I prayed only when I wanted something from God...

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- Logan


 

 
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