Statement of Faith
My Salvation Story
|I'm Christopher Johnson, the founder of Creation Liberty Evangelism. In 2009, I started this evangelistic ministry in order to teach the truth of God's Word. I live in Shelby County, Indiana (USA), and it is my prayer that the Lord Jesus Christ would allow me to be of some use to bring unbelievers to knowledge of God's Laws that they will repent and come to Jesus Christ for Salvation, and that He would allow me to preach truth to Body of Christ, that they would abandon their adopted false pagan religions and practices, and cleanse His Church from all unrighteousness.|
|This is my wife Lorraine. She spends a lot of time caring for me and our home, and making sure I'm fed and healthy while I spend time researching and writing. She was saved by the Lord Jesus Christ at an early age, grew up in Ohio, and then moved to Indiana to live with me after we got married in 2010. Lorraine has a bachelor's in art and design, and enjoys studying nutritional health, organic recipes, and gardening, and she blogs about it on her site, The Veggie Sleuth.|
|This is Timothy Beasley from Coosa County, AL. Tim was saved by the Lord Jesus Christ in October of 2012, and he desires to learn more daily about the truth of God's Word, and spread the Gospel wherever he can. Tim became a volunteer for Creation Liberty Evanglism in the summer of 2013 to convert our articles to PDF files so they are downloadable and printable to help others who may not have internet access to get those teachings.|
501c3 corporate "church" buildings yoked up with devilish organizations, using new-age bible versions, teaching new-age false doctrines, and setting up elaborate shopping malls rather than ministries. (Tts 1:11) We want to provide a place Christians can get teachings in a setting of liberty (without worldly carnal chains), from the King James Bible, in sound Biblical doctrine, free of charge for anyone to access.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.
-1 Peter 3:15
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;
GOD'S WORD:The 66 books of the Bible are the inspired Words of God. (Exodus 24:3, Jer 36:6, Rev 1:1, etc) Though God had men do the penmanship, He is the author of His Word. BIBLE:The King James Bible is God's pure, preserved Word, using the English language to preserve His inspiration for us. Numerous mistakes, errors, and contradictions exist in all other English versions, and therefore cannot be attributed to God's inspired writings. (Psa 12:6-7) Just as the Lord God chose Hebrew for the Old Testament, and Greek for the New, He chose English to complete His finished Word.
(Read "Why I Use The King James Bible" here at creationliberty.com for more details.)
AUTHORITY:God's Word is the ultimate authority when it comes to mankind and the world around us. (Acts 5:29) If something I say here contradicts God's Word, I'm wrong and God is right. (John 1:1)
(Read "Who Has Biblical Authority?" here at creationliberty.com for more details.)
CREATION:The creation of this world, as stated clearly in the Bible, took six literal 24-hour days like we experience today. (Genesis 1, Exodus 20:11) All other interpretations seek to denounce God's Word as the authority and defend other religious views.
(Read "The Earth's Age Affects Salvation Doctrine" here at creationliberty.com for more details.)
FLOOD:God's Word is accurate to history, meaning that there was a global flood that destroyed this world. (2 Peter 3:6) God has the authority to judge mankind, and He is going to do it again, just not with a flood.
(Read "The Pre-Flood World" here at creationliberty.com for more details.)
GOD IN THREE PERSONS:The Lord God is in three Persons: God the Father, Christ the Son, and the Holy Ghost. These three are one. (Mat 28:19, Gen 18:1-3, John 10:30) The Catholic teaching of the 'Trinity' is a a tradition adopted from witches and pagans.
(Read "Is The Trinity a Biblical Doctrine?" here at creationliberty.com for more details.)
CHRIST:Died on the cross at Calvery to save mankind from their sin, finishing the full payment for sin. He ressurected himself from the dead, and is alive forevermore at the right hand of the father. (Act 2:32-33) SALVATION:Salvation is only acheived by repenting to and believing on the Lord Jesus Christ alone. (1 Timothy 2:5) Salvation is not given to those who have not been given a repentant heart of humility. (2 Timothy 2:24-25, 2 Corinthians 7:9)
(Read "Is Repentance Part of Salvation?" here at creationliberty.com for more details.)
VIRGIN BIRTH:Jesus Christ was conceived via the Holy Spirit and was born of a virgin woman. (Isa 7:14, Matthew 1:23) SIN:All mankind is inherently sinful; there is no man without sin. (Rom 3:23) A ticket to heaven cannot be purchased by money or works. The only way to heaven is via the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Eph 2:8-9)
(Read "Do Christians Sin?" here at creationliberty.com for more details.)
BAPTISM:Baptism does not grant saving grace, but it is the duty of all Christians to be baptized when they have the opportunity. (Mat 28:19, Acts 2:38) RAPTURE:The rapture of Christians does not take place until after the tribulation (Mat 24:29), and Paul, Silvanus, and Timotheus directly rebuked the Christians in Thessalonica for teaching and believing in pre-trib doctrine. (2Th 2:1-5) Post-trib teaching has been the teaching of Christ's Church for the past 2,000 years, and other new-age false prophecies have entered the church only in the past 200 years to create confusion. Those who teach pre-trib are teaching false prophecy, which the Lord God takes with the upmost seriousness (Deu 18:20-22), and those who teach and believe in it will likely be deceived into the hands of the final antichrist.
(Read "Beginner's Guide: Tribulation & Rapture" here at creationliberty.com for more details.)
The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.
(Read "Why I Use the King James Bible" here at creationliberty.com for more details.)
Our ministry has received a number of nasty letters from self-proclaimed Christians that have condemned us for using the King James Bible, and though it is sad our brethren would treat us in such an anti-Christian manner, it is important that I take this stand because God's Word is the foundation for faith. We pray that our Christian brethren would study out this issue and learn that there is a Bible-view, just like a world-view, that the Word of God is pure and perfect, and if a Christian does not believe that, they are vunerable to false doctrines, whereby they can become a judge over God's Word, instead of letting God's Word judge them.
If we continue studying this issue, we will find that many new-age, apostate organizations will not touch a King James Bible because it chaps their hide. For example, the homosexual community that claims to be Christian will only use new-age versions because they can find altered and/or omitted passages that allows them to justify their wicked lifestyles.
(Read "NIV Promotes Homosexuality/Sodomy" here at creationliberty.com for more details.)
Please consider that new-age preachers and televangelists, whom are spreading false doctrines like wild fire, almost always use new-age bible versions. For example, heretics like Rick Warren not only teach his audience to pick up any new-age version that suits them, but specifically tells them NOT to read the King James Bible.
(Read "Wolves in Costume: Rick Warren" here at creationliberty.com for more details.)
I think there is still enough Gospel in the new-age versions, even in a Catholic Bible, that people can still get Saved, and I am not one of those people that condemns everyone for using a new-age version, but we must keep in mind there are MANY people out there who are looking for an excuse not to have to study the Word themselves, and just want someone else to tell them what it says. This subject should be taken with so much more seriousness than I generally see from church buildings because the Bible tells us:
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
I was always a very quiet person, keeping to myself, and today, I still struggle with being around people because I just enjoy being by myself in peace and quiet. This was difficult growing up because my older sister and younger brother were quite loud and short-tempered, which made things harder at home, but as anyone who has attended a public school knows, this also makes you a target for bullies, and I dealt with them until my senior year of high school when I ended up having three lung surgeries for multiple pneumo throrax (holes in the lungs), and after that, they tended to leave me alone.
Our family attended Wesleyan and Nazarene churches, and I've been involved in small (20-40), medium (200+), and mega (2000+) sizes. I was one of those church-goers who was taught to say the sinner's prayer and I would be saved, so I did, many, many times, but I was a false convert because I never really repented, even though I believed I was saved.
I went off to college in Weatherford, OK, and studied in computer science for a year, then left because I realized it wasn't what I wanted. I couldn't figure out what I was looking for, but I knew I didn't want to write thousands of lines of code for a company every day for the rest of my life. I just couldn't seem to find a reason to be alive.
I moved to Columbus, OH and moved in with a high school friend of mine who suggested I go to school with him, and shortly after I moved there, on Sept 6, 2002, I had an afternoon of repentance towards God. To this day, I don't know what happened inside me, but I knew suddenly I was guilty of breaking the laws of God, and could do nothing but cry for three straight hours, and though I tried to speak words, I could say nothing but "I'm sorry." Finally knowing what it meant to "repent in dust and ashes," I sought the Lord Jesus Christ for forgiveness, and that was the day I was born-again.
Six months prior to being saved, before I left Oklahoma, I had a college friend invite me into a trailor house of a friend of his to see a video. I didn't want to go in because the guy smoked and I had a lung condition, but I went inside, and I watched 15 minutes of a guy talking about things like whale evolution being based off of their tiny pelvic bones. I thought it was mildly interesting, and they told me the website where I could find it, and I moved away the next day.
Fast forwarding to the day after I repented and was born-again, I remembered the website, drdino.com, and I spend the next few weeks listening non-stop to a guy named Kent Hovind. (drdino.com is no longer his website) I couldn't get enough. I was without a job at the time, and I spent roughly 16-hours a day for three weeks straight going over his whole seminar series over and over, memorizing Scriptures and quotations, and looking up more information on tid bits I learned in the seminars.
I also started looking for a church (because that's what I was taught to do), and since I was used to the Nazarene scene, I found a church and attended it for a few months, but I started noticing some things I didn't expect. Keep in mind, I could still be a mean and bitter person back then because I was still a baby in the Christian life, but I was also getting shunned for asking questions about the Bible and their church traditions that people didn't want me asking, and was left without answers.
I then started attending a Messianic Jewish congregation by suggestion from a friend, but it was clear on the other side of the city (hard for me to get to), and though I learned a lot while I was there, there was something about it I didn't like, and looking back, I think it was their focus on tradition, which seemed like a works-based system to me. I was also VERY blunt in my speech back then, not mincing words, with no qualms about offending someone with ill-chosen words, and that was due to a combination of being bitter from mistreatment growing up, and being frustrated at self-proclaimed Christians everywhere who seemed to have no desire for the truth of matters and wouldn't answer my questions. I ended up wrongfully offending a lot of people through my anger, frustration, and confusion, and though I've tried to go back to apologize to those people for my ignorance, that I had put a stumblingblock in their way and sinned against Christ, but surprisingly and sadly, I've not yet had one who has really forgiven me.
After a year of attending churches, trying to find what I was looking for, I just stopped looking. I spent the next 5 years not attending a church, and studying on my own from different preachers and reading different books, and sometimes would just go to an all-you-can eat pizza parlor and just sit all afternoon reading the Bible or another Christian book and snack-out. I was just sick and tired of looking for answers in churches, and being shunned out by people who were obsessed with traditions of men.
Now on to how I got started in ministry...
In 2008, (fast-forwarding through a lot of mistakes because I wasn't living righteously as I should have been and the Lord working the sin out of my life) I started writing a lot on a website called "Break the Matrix," which was all about liberty in politics, following after the liberty-movements popping up in the U.S. recently. (It doesn't exist anymore, they sold out to FOX News; no big surprise there.) I was having discussions back and forth with people, until one day someone made a post and asked the question, "Why are we talking about Creation/Evolution on a liberty forum?" I thought, "Hmm. Good question. I hadn't considered that before." I just enjoyed talking about Creation and Evolution controversies, but I hadn't stopped to consider why this was the #1 most viewed and most commented topic on their website.
Little did I know that my response was going to lead me to start up ministry in 2009, because the Lord Jesus Christ turned on a light in my head that showed me this world is built on man-created morality from people who want to be their own little gods, versus the Word of the Christian God of the Bible. I wanted to share the truth of Genesis with the world, and I started out using what little programming knowledge I had to build a small, cheap-looking website on a free-server space site that had a bunch of ads around it, and it looked horrible (like an old website out of the '90s).
I didn't see much happening (obviously), and I had no idea what I was doing, but I just took after Kent Hovind (who I now understand is leavened and teaches many false doctrines) and started making my own slide presentations, revising and updating his old presentations. (He said that anyone was welcome to use his slides, so I used them as a framework.) I didn't know if I was ever going to get to use them to actually give my own presentation, but I just did the work anyway.
Soon after I started that work, I had a guy I knew from a book club (it was my future wife's book club, although I didn't know that at the time--I wasn't even reading the required books, she just wanted me there for my commentary on what they were reading) invited me to speak at a convention he was putting on, gathering together leaders in the "liberty" community. I explained to him that I wasn't a leader, but he disagreed, invited me to come, and without my knowledge, also invited a man by the name of Brad Peterson (click to listen to him preach), just to get us to meet.
During this conference, I was incredibly bored listening to people talk about how we needed more senators in certain parties, and how we had to fix the vote fraud, and each person thought his/her own battle was the most important thing in the world. Later, I found out Brad was bored too, and he also got up to leave, but the guy who put this thing together begged him to stay because I was up next.
I got up in front of everyone, and for some reason, tears just came from my eyes, and I pleaded with them to consider that nothing in this country was going to be fixed until we address the moral problem, and that cannot be addressed without the Lord Jesus Christ. I also mentioned that evolution was a plague on our educational system in destroying the faith of millions, and that people needed to pick up their King James Bibles and fight the battle on a proper foundation of the moral system of the Lord God. I will never forget Brad standing up in heated excitement yelling out to the audience, "Can I get an amen?!"
Brad got me started speaking at some groups and churches with what little influence he had as an evangelist, and in 2012, he died and went to be with the Lord. As of 2011, based on what Brad got me started doing, I had spoken in over 50 churches and also to other group meetings, but little did I realize (despite the warnings I receieved from Brad) that my greatest adversary would end up being the so-called 'Church of Christ' itself (i.e. lazy, Laodecian churchianity).
As I began to branch out and teach the truth in all matters of Scripture, we began seeing gossiping going on behind our backs, lies being told behind our backs, blacklisting, backbiting, respecting persons, love of money, and much more coming mostly from church leadership. (This includes KJB Baptist pastors who are not 501c3, so don't be deceived!) We watched veteran pastors do completely unbiblical things in trying to accomplish their goals and justifying their wicked actions, so just when I started to give churches another shot, I found so much corruption, I couldn't justify being a part of what I was seeing.
Since late 2009, we have had a home church where we teach the truth of the Word without modern-day church politics and love of money getting in the way, and today, we now have our Bible study online where other Christians can join in and/or download audio mp3s of our teachings. (Click to download Bereans Online mp3s.) The Lord Jesus Christ has been gracious enough to teach me not to be deceived no matter what goes on, no matter what title a person has, no matter what labels a person has, no matter if they appear to be a sheep, just to look for the truth and to exercise discernment. (Heb 5:14) I will continue to teach the truth of the Word of God in all matters of faith and practice, and I pray the Lord's protection over all his flock, that He would protect us from the deception of the world, and keep us righteous for His glory.
Mark 10:17), and if you are asking the same question, I will answer you in the same manner Jesus Christ answered him.
Have you ever told a lie?
All it takes is one lie, and you're a liar. (Exd 20:16)
Have you ever stolen?
All it takes is one theft, and you're a theif. (Exd 20:15)
Have you ever looked at someone with sexual lust?
All it takes is one time, and you're an adulterer. (Exd 20:14, Mat 5:28)
Have you ever used God's name in vain?
All it takes is one misused word, and you're a blasphemer. (Exd 20:7)
As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
1. Pay the penalty yourself for all eternity.
2. Get someone else to pay it for you.
I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
-2 Corinthians 7:10
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation... For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas
After trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ, there is no Biblical promise that everything in your life will be good and wonderful. In fact, the opposite is true, that we will be persecuted for that faith in God. No where are we promised that God will answer all of our questions. The Lord Jesus Christ is the Salvation from eternal punishment, not Santa Clause.
The trust and faith you put in the Lord Jesus Christ is like a parachute on a plane that's about to crash. Even if it hurts to keep that parachute on your back, even if people try to take it from you, you keep it on because you know it's your only means to avoid crashing. Likewise, even when it's rough to stick with the Lord Jesus Christ, even if people try to convert you away from Him, you keep Him close to you because you know it's your only means to avoid the wrath of God to come. Those who truly repent and believe in Jesus Christ understand that they are guilty sinners saved by grace (i.e. a free gift, not earned, but given), and they hang on to that parachute no matter what.
After someone equips the Lord Jesus Christ, they need to immediately get a Bible (I highly recommend a King James Bible) and start to study. Study helps us to understand God, who He is, what He wants, and what we need to do while we Christians are on this earth.
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
-2 Timothy 2:15-16