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Michael Mullins


I was born on April 2, 1954 in Rupert, West Virginia where I was raised in a New School Baptist Church and the main objective was to get people to come forward to be saved or born again. To say the least, from age fourteen through twenty-eight I was dominated by fear of eternal damnation.

At age nineteen, I left West Virginia and moved to Roanoke, Virginia to live with my sister and brother-in-law. I figured I could escape home, church and the dominion of parents in one swift move. I easily escaped parents not realizing that God lives in the hearts of His children. How fun it was not having to attend church and working for my parents. I was free at last. This good feeling of freedom was replaced by a still small voice that kept speaking to my heart, which urged me to do something about my rebellion. Have you ever wondered why Abraham left the Ur of the Chaldees? Often I would find myself weeping at the thought of following this voice that kept speaking to my heart. I found myself praying similar to the time I lost my baseball, though I had lost nothing else. I had to find out more about God so I started attending various Baptist churches
in Virginia. Still, God was leading me by His voice. I continued to doubt my salvation in every church I attended, though I felt there must be truth somewhere. The same doctrine of conditionalism existed everywhere I attended.

I was led to keep seeking. I asked my dad where I could attend a Bible college that believes like our church in West Virginia. He pointed me to a college in Lexington, Kentucky called Lexington Baptist College. I know my parents must have been thrilled that I was trying to follow God.

My wife, Annette, whom I met at Lexington Baptist College and married July 16, 1977, was also torn by doubts due to false teachings. A classmate, named Doug Meeks, argued with me on a continual basis about election and predestination. The new church my parents attended in West Virginia believed these truths, as well as the college I attended. Doug eventually sought out a Hardshell Baptist to try and convert but he ended up being converted. Even though he had quit school and joined the Primitive Baptist faith, we continued our friendship with manyconversations around God's word. He joined the army and was stationed in Germany. I, on the other hand, was called to pastor a Missionary Baptist Church in Toledo, Ohio still with the doubts and fear about my eternal salvation.

As I prepared for sermons in Toledo, nagging questions about the truth started causing doubts about the denomination I attended. I started studying scripture in the light of how my friend, Doug, had guided me. As I studied, my soul started finding relief that just maybe, Christ had paid for all of my sins, even the sins of doubt and unbelief. I was so burdened about the relief for my soul and the truth, I resigned after six months of serving and moved back to Lexington, Kentucky.
My plans were to go back to college and learn more about God and the truth. Surely, I would not have to join those hardshell, foot-washing, no musical instruments Baptists to learn the truth and find relief. I started believing Christ had made a full atonement for sin, not a partial payment. He even died for thesin of unbelief. There was no small stir when I resigned the choir toattend a Primitive Baptist Church.

Brother Cecil Darity was preaching the night I finally understood the purpose of the free gospel. What a relief pulsed through my veins as I understood. Even now, seventeen years later, after being baptized into the Lexington Church, I still get excited by rehearsing my experience.

I served Twin Creek Primitive Baptist Church as a liberated minister from 1986 to 1990. Soon after, I was ordained at Lexington Primitive Baptist Church in 1990. Our family enjoyed thirteen years of serving this wonderful group of saints. In 1999, I felt burdened to resign this church and move to Roanoke, Virginia. This seemed very difficult having three children, a wife, a plumbing business and houses to sell, not to mention the emotional ties to many dear friends.
Nevertheless, men must do what God calls them to do. When we made up our minds that this was the proper course, God opened many doors.

At the time of writing this article, we are in Roanoke and God continues to watch over us. I still have great hope and assurance now, and I have no more doubts and fears about my eternal salvation. It is the year 2000 and I believe God is still on the throne. As much as I was in doubts and fears in my early experience, since joining the Primitive Baptists, I now have greater assurance. It is as if I never had such grief, what a blessing.

Elder Mullins currently serves Salem Church in Jeffersonville/Means, Kentucky.

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Elder James Compton (1905 - 2007)
Elder James Compton was the original founder of the 'Gospel of Grace Tape Supply.' His collection of tapes began as he traveled to Church meetings and Associations recording sermons on Reel to Reel. He has maintained this library of sermons faithfully over the years and are now the foundation of PB Sermons. org. This web site is dedicated to Elder James Compton (1905 - 2007)