I was born September 4, 1950 in Monterey Tenn.. Being born a sinner by nature, I continued dead in sin until 1973. Though I felt many convictions for sin during my young years, and though I often made many promises to God that I would mend my life if He would only let me live, yet, I knew nothing of Godâ€™s way of saving sinners. My promises were no better than the devil himself would make. I finally thought I had some light concerning salvation. Christ had done his part on the cross, now, all I needed to do was add my part to his and both of us together could save me. God in mercy beat me out of this refuge by refusing to give me any rest in my conscience until he killed me to self salvation. In his own time he brought me to see, as clearly as the sun shining in the blue sky, that Jesus Christ had done ALL. There remained nothing for me to do but look to Him for all. It was then I saw my sin taken away in his blood and myself accepted in him. It was then and there I began to see some other things also. How deceptive the human heart is. How utterly void men are to add one thing in a way of saving themselves, and their seeking to do so, is a great offense to God and an affront to the blessed Savior. That the best morality of an unbeliever is nothing less than filthy rags. And though these things were so plainly taught in the scriptures, yet I, alone with every other unsaved sinner, was so dead and blind that I could not see it. I saw something else also; for the first time in my life I saw it. I got a glimpse, just a small glimpse, of the glory of Jesus Christ as the Savior the Word of God reveals him to be. I will say now, that I am never more content and confident to face life and living and death and hell and the judgment to come and eternity itself, than when I can face all with nothing but Jesus. â€śIf He is all you have, He is enough.â€ť I began to preach publicly in the late 70's and have been the Pastor of the Sovereign Grace Church since the mid 90's.
Bruce Crabtree Sovereign Grace Church New Castle, Indiana