Please allow me to speak for you, you who have known the man I was. I perceive what you have seen in me. I understand your confusion. And, to some point, I am forced by righteousness to agree with your assessment of me.
I have been an ungodly, unholy, unrighteous, wicked, mean, and vicious man. You are not wrong. But do you know what the Gospel has to say?
I agree with you to the place I was. But at the advent of His Holy Mercy upon me, you ceased to know me. You retain the perception you had. But you did not relent with wisdom to perceive the changes He has come to make in me. How can I hold this against you? You perceive in ignorance. Your eyes are covered with “what was”.
The Gospel proclaims that God will transform any soul that calls out to Him in the power of His Holy Son. I know there have been liars who have not displayed this power. They have proclaimed that they are changed, yet no change was ever visible in their behavior. And by these liars, you count my testimony as false.
But I know what I know regarding what the Holy Lord has done in me. I know my testimony to you is worthless. For your heart rightly perceives that the testimony of a man, regarding himself, is not possibly true. On the testimony of two or three others, on this alone is a man’s behavior justified in the presence of any assembly.
God testifies for me, for my conscience is clear before His Holy Throne. The Holy Son testifies for me, for it is He who has brought these holy things to appearance. And the power of the Holy Spirit teaches me to inhabit the Holy things of the Living God. And there are many witnesses to holy behavior that you will never meet.
All three of these reliable witnesses testify to what they have made come to pass in this man. And the group of men who have witnessed a different man than you have ever known, testify to what they have seen.
But you cannot believe, for the sake of the lies, and the man I was. Two things must be spoken here.
I will not hold your opinions against you, for your opinions are built on a faulty excuse for a man. You are blinded to “what is”, by the power of “what was”. God will not judge between us, nor on my behalf (as if to defend me). Let your accusations be stricken from the accounting on the Holy Day of Judgment.
The Gospel lays in plain sight. You, like me, are invited to believe. I release you from any accusations. But you are not released to remain in ignorance. For I have testified these things before you: The transformation of a man is True! And that God, who cannot lie, has offered the sacrifice of His Holy Son, that all who will, might taste the power of God to heal their wicked heart.
These have been accomplished among you. I have not arrived at this day (this “place”) unscathed by unholy behavior. But, my dear friends, neither have you. You will be held accountable, on that Holy Day, just as I will. But I will be clothed by the Holy Blood of Christ Jesus, the Holy and Righteous Son of the Living God. What will be your case, is determined, not by my prior behavior, but on what you do with the Living Testimony that speaks far more powerfully than any man can testify.
The Gospel speaks directly to the soul of every man! No excuse will suffice. I have released you. Will you continue to use me as a shield between you and your own responsibility, or will you mount up on “Belief” to receive the power of God to become transformed? Now the choice lay squarely in your own hands.