The Story of Louis Charles and his Experience with the Jesus Religion
I have been searching for over thirty years. My only desire has been to know God,
truth, and equally important, who I am. In 1986, I began pouring through scriptures
trying to make sense of it all. Soon, six years had passed and I found myself a teacher,
elder and at times a minister of healing at a local Christian church. I saw and
experienced amazing things, such as people healed of sickness; spiritual gifts and
foreknowledge displayed openly; and powerful manifestations of God’s Spirit upon
people physically and mentally. However, after several more years I knew inside me it
was time to leave the Christian church, and no one could understand why. At the
time, even I did not know why. Today, many former church “friends” still do not
understand why. Through eyes of judgment, they choose to see me and my family as
Now, it is easy for me to look back and see why I was to move on in my spiritual
journey. I had become a very, religious person. Religion can be defined as the false,
man-made idea of who or what God must be. Often, such a religion injects fear into
followers for purposes of controlling them. Consequently, the truth is not often found
within the walls of religion. I thought I knew God, because I knew Bible scriptures.
Did I really know truth or did I simply learn too well the beliefs others had taught me?
Was I willing to let go of all doctrines and be willing for God…Spirit to show me the
truth of who God is and who I am? Did I really understand the scriptures and the
meanings behind the sayings Jesus spoke? Would I lay scriptures down and trust this
same God to teach me, by the voice of Spirit alone?
It is safe to say that I have a very good perspective from which to write. As a former
teacher and elder, I understand various Christian teachings of the scriptures quite
well. For years, I taught the very doctrines many believe and hold true to today. I had
believed I could prove to you these ideas were true based upon lining up one verse of
scripture with another verse. Even though I was a very good lawyer, making my
argument with a book of law known as the Bible, it did not mean I was correct in
understanding or knowing truth. When I began hearing for myself the truth that was
already within me, it challenged the very doctrines I had defended whole-heartedly. It
has taken many years for these fearful ideas to be undone in me, and still today I seek
to know the answers…the truth. Jesus (Yeshua) knew the truth and we can, too.
The Jesus Religion book and website seek to share some of my thoughts and ideas to
help others open up to considering that perhaps they too had the wool pulled over
their eyes by much of Christianity. Today, I have found peace…more peace than I
ever thought I knew as a former Fundamentalist Christian trapped within doctrines,
having succumbed to the fears of others. I challenge you the seeker to reconsider
what you know. Ask yourself the tough questions and be not afraid of the answers
you might receive. The litmus test for your journey is simple: identify the areas where
fear is present in your life and face them. Begin searching for the truth already deep
within you. The man we know as Jesus, had a freeing, spiritual message and it is
timeless. – Louis Charles
Brian Young joins us for the second half of the show.
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