Hello, Randall Paul here;
This website/blog has begun as a result of YOU, my friends and family…
…so that, when you begin to hear things about me that you are unsure of, you can come read my writings and learn the Truth, from “the horses mouth” so to speak.
You will find that I am certainly not much of a writer and I know as you read you will see glaringly bad English grammar. But that really isn’t my style anyway. I just want to talk to you as a friend on a down to earth level. Even though I certainly don’t want to be misunderstood and confusing throughout all of what I post here I just want to tell the Truth and help people have a desire to go deeper into Gods Word like I have tried to do.
It’s not that there is some new knowledge never before discovered that we glean from outside of Scripture. God has revealed to us within Scripture a mystery, Eph. 1:9, and as Christians the command to us is to search diligently daily to mine out those golden nugget pieces of Truth we never took the time to do in the past. It’s not just reading through a fifteen minute daily devotional, thinking we satisfied our obligation to Him considering ourselves now faithful, Psalms 1:2. God wants us to search the scriptures daily like the Bereans of their day, Acts 17:11.
So if you have stumbled across my website let me tell you a bit about myself to maybe help you a bit, understand where I am coming from and where I am going…
…I am a man that has been truly blessed beyond measure!
I have finally come to the realization, after living so many years focused on myself all my life, that the Eternal God of Heaven, The Creator God of this universe, The only True and Living God of all gods that is revealed on the pages of Holy Bible, has set His love and mercy upon me so much more then I could ever deserve.
I owe my entire life to Him!
Because of His Loving watch care over me all of my life and choosing me to be holy and blameless before Him from before the foundation of the world, Eph. 1:4 -which baffles me beyond comprehension, why He would choose me I have no idea- I want to more then ever serve Him and bring Him glory in all I say, think and do. Psalms 19:14
I know I have a very long way to go in this matter. 🙂
However, from the day of my conversion, the day I was regenerated and born again by the Omnipotent Power of God The Holy Spirit, as He blew through my heart transforming my heart from a heart of stone into a heart of flesh and gave me the supernatural gift of faith to believe in the Truth of the Gospel, granting me repentance to turn from my sin and creating me a new creature placing me in Christ…
…since that day He in His loving kindness according to the good pleasure of His Will, Eph. 1:5, gave me a burning desire to search the scriptures to find the Truth.
When Christ accepted me even while I was yet dead in my trespasses and sins, Rom. 5:8, breathing into my dead soul the Breath of Life and making me a living spirit, Job 33:4, I have been a sponge of sorts, soaking up as much of Gods Word I can and have been on a quest to learn the Truth.
It has been my deep desire to know what the Truth actually is and I believe that this website/blog is a result of learning those things and out of love in my heart I want my loved ones to learn and know them too.
As a child I was raised in a home that both of my parents believed in God and we attended a Methodist church. I knew that what I was being taught was not a lie but was it the whole Truth? Were there things my parents never even knew about Gods Revelation to mankind found only in Scripture that they weren’t able to help me learn?
As a young married man God in His providence lead me and my wife to a Baptist church where we had the privilege of raising all four of our children and developing a great scriptural and biblical foundation to build on.
Even though I made a profession of faith in Christ at the age of 20 or 21 I certainly was not living a sanctified life set apart from sin unto God. I taught Sunday School and worked in the youth group for many years and even worked as a staff member at this small Independent Fundamental Baptist Institution.
But none of this helped me feel or know I was a Christian. I became more and more restless knowing deep down in my heart I may not actually even be a Christian. If I was to die and go off into eternity I had absolutely NO confidence that my soul would be pardoned of its sinfulness as I stood before a Holy and Just God wanting to enter Heaven and escape hell.
Let me pause right here and give you a solemn warning.
It is possible like I did to go through all the motions of Churchianity, doing your devotions, keeping your hair cut, wearing the appropriate clothes, teaching Sunday School, singing in the choir, attending all the services and functions of the church and STILL be lost REGARDLESS of the prayer you prayed, going forward in the service, the raising of the hand, baptized, catechised or anything else that YOU DID. James 2:19, John 2:24
Be careful of trusting in something you did as apposed to trusting in the finished work of Christ on the cross, His death, burial and resurrection. It’s not what WE do that saves us regardless of what the main stream church has taught us. Salvation is of the Lord Jonah 2:9b. Let me also add to be careful in having faith in YOUR faith. We can convince ourselves based on what we may have been taught to have assurance in our faith. Don’t doubt your salvation and YOUR faith they tell us but, it is not OUR faith that saves us. (read some of the articles and posts here and you will begin to understand what it is I mean)
After going through some tough bumps in the road of life I was directed to a pastor/teacher and Theologian Dr. John MacArthur. I know that is no secret to most of you but it wasn’t until I read his book “Hard to Believe” saturated with the Word of God that I came to probably one of the lowest points of my life. Not because of the contents of the book of course but from the convicting Spirit, convicting me of my sinfulness and utter ruin.
I hated my life!
No I was not suicidal.
I just hated what I had become.
I had no confidence in myself and my ability to make decisions and do what was right.
Oh, I wasn’t as bad as a lot of people you might hear of in the news on the surface and from an outward appearance, but I continued to make un-righteously bad choices and it effected my decision making which in turn always has consequences. I was just as depraved on the inside as any un-regenerate soul outside of the Grace of God.
But you see, this is exactly where scripture teaches us that God wants to bring us.
In a true conversion and salvation experience God, by the power of the Holy Spirit brings us to a base position as low as He needs to take us in order to build us up by HIS GRACE.
We have to be brought to a point of absolutely NO confidence in ourselves just as we see Christ taught in the the Beatitudes in Matthew 5:3 when He said “Blessed are the poor in spirit”. We need to be brought to the lowest part in our spirit placing zero confidence in ourselves or any abilities we think we have.
When we begin to see we have nothing within ourselves that CAN or is WILLING TO come to the Lord and see we have no hope in the present world as well as the world to come, we are then and only then ready to cast ourselves upon Christ as our only Hope. Psalm 40 :17, James 4:10
This is the way GOD receives all the glory for salvation so there is no boasting allowed in ourselves. Eph. 2:8-10.
When I read John MacArthur’s book Hard To Believe it rocked my world. Actually it was the scripture in the book that seriously convicted my soul. As much as I really didn’t want to have anything to do with God, just like Adam and Eve when they sinned hide from Gods presences. It was God Himself by the power of the Holy Spirit drawing me unto Himself even while I was yet a sinner and I finally cried out unto the Lord to have mercy on my soul. Luke 18:13
Even though I believe it was, I am still not 100% positive this was the day of my salvation, God only knows, but since this day is when I began to have that burning desire to learn more of what Truth really is.
I have to confess to you that some of the things I was learning were certainly troubling to me. At one point I actually thought I may be being deceived and prayed, crying out to God regularly, to protect me and not let me be deceived by false teaching and doctrine. Yet, I was finding that Scripture was saturated from cover to cover with these Truths and I could not deny it any longer.
Even though the foundation of my Christianity was not crumbling the edifice I built on that foundation was taking on a total remodel from top to bottom based on numerous scripture verses interpreting scripture with scripture.
So, I guess I can say that the postings you will be reading here are what my loving Heavenly Father has illuminated in my heart and mind from the study of His Word, as one of His Children, chosen from before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before Him, putting pen to paper… or I guess I should say… typed electronically.
If you too are a child of the King, then we will one day populate Heaven together as redeemed saints praising and glorifying God for His undeserved goodness to us as we lift our voices in harmony singing worthy is the Lamb!!! 1 Cor. 1:9.
All this was the Almighty Omnipotent Gods decree and plan from before the world began and we His elect children, given to the Son as a Love Gift, will spend eternity with Gods Elect Son ruling and reigning with Him forever and all will be all.1 Cor 15:28
In the church today I think we have been lead to believe that if we just accept Jesus everything will be okay, or at least in so many terms.
In actuality, salvation is not for us as much as it is for God Himself. Oh, we might get in on the benefits of our salvation but our minds are taken so much deeper into Gods Word when we learn the Truth about how scripture explains just how glorious our salvation is, not for us so much as for God Himself.
My hope and prayer for you today is as you read through the pages of this website you will see from it’s direction toward the full context of scripture you will see the Truth and that the Truth will set you free!
Soli Deo Gloria
For the Humbling of Mankind,
Strengthening of Faith and
the Glorification of God Alone!