Mike Wallace's Testimony of Salvation
I grew up in a religious home with good parents. I was taught good character traits, good morals and a good work ethic. I attended church practically every Sunday morning from as early as I can remember until my mid-teens. Although I was religious and taught to be "good," it did not take me long to realize that there was an internal problem (i.e. sin nature) in my personal life. In high-school, I began to hang around the "wrong crowd." While attending a rock-and-roll concert in high school, I saw a gospel tract in the bathroom and the message on the cover intrigued me. Later, an acquaintance of mine in high school, also in the "wrong crowd" got saved and became a totally different person in my eyes. This too, caught my attention. I continued with the "wrong crowd" in college and joined a fraternity. I desired so much to understand the meaning to life and to understand what it was that was so evidently missing in my life.
Though raised in the "Bible-belt," for the first 20 years of my life I had never heard a clear presentation of the gospel. I was never told that I needed to be saved, nor how to be saved. I had never been witnessed to, nor given a tract, nor invited to church. At the age of 22, I visited a Baptist church for the first time with my wife-to-be. At that church, I heard for the first time the truth about salvation from the Word of God about my sin and my need of the Saviour. I visited the church again the following Sunday on May 1, 1988, and trusted Christ after hearing the gospel preaching sermon and was born again.