BRANTLEY, Ala (BNc) — William (Bill) Davis, who was in Pentecostalism over 50 years of his life, and a third generation Pentecostal, spoke at the Sasser Church of Christ, Brantley, AL Sunday evening, May 18.
Members and visitors were riveted in their seats as they listened to Davis recap his life story of how he studied his way to the truth of the gospel.
At the age of 20, Davis believed he was “called” into the ministry and started preaching. He eventually ended up in the Assemblies of God where he was a licensed preacher for 27 years.
Davis said he knew, believed and understood that the Bible was/is the word of God, and we needed to read it and follow it. For some time he recognized certain problems and inconsistencies within the Pentecostal church. Though difficult to overcome at first, he continued to discover bits and pieces of truth. Always wanting to be right with God, he asked himself, “Where can I find a church that teaches the Bible?” Knowing “the Bible only makes Christians only,” he went way back in his mind and recalled a little church of which he had heard, and he started searching.
Bill Davis had seen Ken Burleson’s worship service on a Pensacola, FL television station, and had been impressed with it. He called and made an appointment to talk with Burleson. He had questions to which he wanted Bible answers. Davis found the answers and enrolled in the Northwest Florida School of Biblical Studies. He and his wife, Debra, were baptized into Christ in 2009.
Bill’s complete lesson in audio may be accessed at this link on Forthright Press.
Bill Davis has written a detailed account of his life and how he studied to learn the truth, sought to find the church, and then made the change from Pentecostalism to being a Christian. The PDF article can be downloaded here. For further information Bill Davis may be contacted by email.
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As a teenage girl, I prayed to marry a preacher. I knew no one who was desiring to be a preacher but each night I knelt by my bed and prayed, “Lord, if I am capable of being a preacher’s wife I would like to marry a preacher. If not, just let me marry a Christian.” God answered that prayer for me. Our local preacher, Jerry Humphries, preached in two gospel meetings that summer and invited a young man from Alabama Christian College (now Faulkner University) to preach in his absence. He brought his girlfriend with him so that took him out of the running. But when I learned they were coming back in a week or so, I asked if they didn’t have some fine young man they could bring down and let me meet. The girl thought for a minute, snapped her fingers and said, “Old Doug.” Old Doug and I will be married 55 years on December 18. We have two children and two grandchildren. All our children are faithful members of the church. God is so good. I love Him so.