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A Message From a Recovered Christian

I was introduced to Christ in the early part of 1969 and asked the Lord to take control of my life at a special service of the Wesleyan Church of the Valley.

I spent the next 26 years at the same church; my family and I attended faithfully. We had 5 pastoral changes and one period of division in the church.

Over the years I experienced a deepening relationship and walk with Christ and was involved in the Wesleyan denomination by participating as Sunday school superintendent, lay leader and on the California Board of the Wesleyan Church.

I believe you could say I am a faithful and loyal person who is not easily shaken by circumstances. You make ask, then how did you end up meeting with the local churches, specifically with the church in Chula Vista?

Well, there is no easy answer. During the latter part of the time I was attending the Wesleyan Church, the Lord started causing me to desire something more regarding what I call the body life. In addition to that I noticed a continuing move to put more women in leadership positions: first as a member of the Wesleyan Church board, then as lay leader, and finally a woman was appointed assistant or associate pastor, I don’t remember which.

That seemed to be in conflict with 1Tim. 2:12, and when I talked with the Pastor he had many reasons, which seemed to be contrary to the teaching of the Bible.

At that point the opportunity and circumstances were right for me to visit the church in Chula Vista, which I did in May of 1995. I was captured by the Spirit there and brought my wife to the next Sunday meeting.

You must understand I was a Bible student and taught adult Sunday school classes and led many home meetings over those 26 years at the Wesleyan Church.

So when I started reading the publications of Watchman Nee and Witness Lee, I immediately started to check out all the points taken, especially those that were different than what I had been taught.

As I checked out each point and confirmed the correctness using my study books I was amazed at the fact that everything I checked out was according to the Bible. I found myself wondering why I had not seen these truths before.

I have since come to the conclusion that church tradition and concepts taught by the denomination I attended for years had been watered down by worldly influences and years of missing the mark.

I could give much more detail about my testimony and experiences of the last 30 years in Christ. But suffice it to say, that it is my prayer for any seeking Christian that may be reading this, that they would be open to the Spirit’s move in their life and examine for themselves the ministry of Watchman Nee and Witness Lee.

Ron Sandoval