Only God Can Change a
It was my joy to serve on the faculty for 17 years at
Liberty University. Only a couple of months after coming there, Dr. Falwell
had a call from a man who was an alcoholic and ready to commit suicide. Dr.
Falwell was on his way to the airport and he called my secretary and asked
that I to go see the man.
When I came from teaching my class, my secretary came to me all stirred up
and told me I needed to go see the man. Kiddingly I said, "I don't want to
go see him, he might want to kill me too." She fired back, "You have got to
I went and found him as drunk as could be. He said, with a drunk man's thick
tongue, "Preacher, I am drunk, my wife left me and I have a pistol in the
kitchen and if somebody can't help me I am going to take my life." Did that
every get my attention.
Slowly and carefully I told him how God loved him and sent the Lord Jesus to
suffer and die for all his sins, paid his debt in full, rose again and was
seen by hundreds of people. It did not seem to make the slightest dent in
After at least a half an hour of sharing the gospel, I felt helpless and
cried out in my heart for God to open his eyes and save him. Then I said,
"Let me pray for you." He said, with a thick tongue, "Go ahead." I knelt and
said, "Father" and he blurted out, "O God, save me." I looked up and he
said, as clear as any sober man, "Excuse me preacher, go ahead and pray"
When I finished a quick prayer, he said, "Preacher, I am saved." He was as
sober as I was and gave every evidence he was saved. He confessed Christ
publicly, was baptized at Thomas Road. He wife came back. He attended church
and chapel at the college regularly. Only God can do that to a person.