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Monday
Nov282016

Interview with a Nonconformist

Recently Andrew Wommack sat down with Gordon Pettie of Revelation TV for an interview at the 2016 Grace and Faith Conference in the UK. Andrew shared with his host a broad range of things, like what he does to unwind, how he became a worldwide minister of the Gospel, and the testimony of his son coming back from the dead. Here’s an inside look into Andrew’s life—someone who’s allowed the Word to transform him. The following is an excerpt from that interview:

Gordon Pettie: Andrew, it’s a pleasure to have you. Thanks for taking the time to join us on Revelation TV.

Andrew Wommack: Well, thanks for having me, Gordon. It’s a pleasure.

GP: Andrew, when somebody appears on TV screens and on big platforms, people sort of think in some way they’re [a] very special kind of people. Can I just start by asking you a few ordinary questions? Do you ever get time to read ordinary books?

AW: Well, I guess I have the time, but I am so committed to the Word of God and how powerful it is that if I get a few moments, I’ll read the Bible. I only read maybe one or two books a year, and that’s pushing it. I have to force myself to do that. So, I really don’t read much outside the Bible.

GP: Okay, and what about to relax? Do you get time to relax?

AW: What I do to relax is, I have twenty-six acres, and it always needs work. And so I’m always working on that. And then I’ve got a wood shop that the Lord blessed me with. I’ve got some great equipment, and I make bowls, candleholders, and belt buckles—like this belt buckle. And I build stuff out of wood. That’s what I love to do.

GP: All of us have to keep our Christian life real and fresh. How do you do that?

AW: Personal relationship with the Lord. I got born again when I was eight, but when I was eighteen, I had this encounter with the Lord where, I mean, Jesus became real to me. And He changed my life. And, Gordon, I’ve never gotten over it.

GP: Did the Lord give you a vision that one day you’d become an international speaker?

AW: Did you know that when I first got turned on [to] the Lord, I instantly had the desire to have a worldwide ministry. I saw myself ministering to people all over the world, but it was just a desire. And so everything I did was a step in that direction. I pastored three little churches, and I was willing to stay pastoring these churches if that’s what God wanted me to do. I loved it, and I was seeing people’s lives changed. But when I got an opportunity to go on radio again, I just always had it in my heart that God was going to give me a platform to reach large numbers of people. So, when I started on radio, that was a big thing, and I really focused on that. And then our radio [audience] began to grow, and we had responses from all over the United States. And so I started traveling and following those up. And I knew that someday I was going to go on television, but I didn’t know when.

GP: Tell us one of your favorite verses out of the Scriptures.

AW: Well, I’d probably go to the ones the Lord used to change my life: Romans 12:1-2. Those are the first two verses I ever got: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. [2] And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

Watch the full interview here!

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Thursday
Oct012015

God’s Great Do-Over – Part 2

“Well, for many years, they told me it would not stand; I would eventually walk away from the Lord and go back into the gay life. Well, keep watching. I will not go back. I made a decision to stand with Christ, and I will until He takes me home with Him. I want to be a light in that dark place (Matt. 5:16). You will not hide me anymore. I have a voice, and I’m going to continue to speak it.”

Even though she had accepted Christ in college, later Janet Boynes fell into a homosexual lifestyle and lived in several different lesbian relationships over the course of fourteen years. It wasn’t until a group of Christian women reached out to her that she was able to walk away and has now been free for seventeen years.

Janet is passionate about helping others trapped in the gay lifestyle find freedom, identity, and acceptance in Christ. She is a spokesperson for empowering other Christians not only to reach out in love but also to take a stand for what the Bible says is right and wrong.

“After the Supreme Court decision was made, there was a woman who was supposed to give out licenses to gays and lesbians,” Janet recalls. “She said she didn’t believe it was right, and so after many years at her job, she quit. That shows me she took a stand, and some of us may have to walk away from our jobs.

“I believe in compassion without compromise. Let’s be compassionate, but let’s not compromise the Gospel. You can love anybody, but you don’t have to accept their behavior. Love has nothing to do with that. I’m going to say that it’s wrong, and [that] I love you and will help you get free. As a church, we should reach out in love but never validate that behavior.

“Sin will take you further than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay. When I went into homosexuality, I did not expect to be out there for fourteen years. When I had that first snort of cocaine, I didn’t expect to be on it for five years. When we do these things, we don’t know where it’s going to take us.

“My brother never knew that he would die from AIDS. I think once he got the virus, he had an idea he could [die], but there are so many pills that you can take today that can help you. But my brother didn’t have that opportunity.... And I wish that he had.”

Coming out of homosexuality didn’t happen overnight for Janet; rather, it was a process—one that she had to walk out day by day, latching onto the Word of God. She talked to the Christians around her, asking for support and for people to pray for her. She was determined not to look back, but was going to embrace what was in front of her, drawing from the grace to do what was beyond her own ability.

“I am ready. I made a decision to serve the Lord, and I really believe that the ministry the Lord has given me today is going to help many people. I know one day, we’ll all stand before our Lord, and He’s going to say, ‘Because you didn’t back down, look at all these people who are here.’ We won’t know the impact we’re going to have until we stand before Him, and I believe we will have an impact.”

For the full interview with Janet Boynes, watch Andrew’s Gospel Truth program here.

Monday
Sep282015

God’s Great Do-Over – Part 1

Janet Boynes—author of Called Out, Arise: The Journey from Fear to Faith, and The Top 10 Questions Regarding Same-Sex Attraction—described how God called her out of the darkness of homosexuality and drug addiction and into the light. It began when Janet was young. She was raised in a family of seven children fathered by four different men, and Janet was the only one who didn’t know her dad. Being fatherless left her unprotected and without identity. Her alcoholic stepfather beat her mother. During that time, the father of one of her other sisters raped her after he had sent his own daughter to the store. Further compounding her wounds, she was then raped at her church. All of this abuse created a chain reaction within Janet, who began acting out at school.

God intervened in Janet’s life through an eighth-grade English teacher who took Janet under her wing. Her influence helped foster Janet’s love of writing. However, just before college, Janet lost this support when her teacher moved five states away, to Minnesota, and a sense of abandonment gripped Janet.

Three years after dropping out of college, Janet bought a one-way ticket to Minneapolis. Her eighth-grade teacher got her back into college, and it was there that she met Mary. Mary took her to church, and Janet gave her heart to the Lord. She dove headfirst into Christianity. She met a professional bike racer, and he asked her to marry him. It looked like Janet would finally escape her brokenness and find happiness, but she was about to make a choice that would lead her on a fourteen-year detour.

With her groom-to-be on the road, Janet spent time with a woman at her job who gave her the attention she had never received from her mother: “When you don’t deal with your childhood, it could come out anytime.” This relationship with her coworker became sexual and led Janet to go from woman to woman. However, God never left Janet, even though she thought He had. Her true Father was about to renew her youth like the eagle’s (Ps. 103:5) and lift His daughter out of an identity that threatened to consume her.

Through a strange set of events, late one night in a grocery store parking lot, a woman gave Janet a brochure and invited her to church. Janet was stunned when she read the name of the church. Five years earlier, she had driven past that very same church and said to her partner, “Someday I’m going to go to that church.” The two of them looked at each other and laughed—where had those words come from?

Janet was about to find out that God had prepared a church of people who would love and accept her: “I looked just like a man. And they just loved on me.” Eight months later, one married couple stepped forward and asked Janet to move in with them. She sold her home and, at the age of forty, moved in with a Christian family who taught her what it meant to be part of a family. “Their goal was not to pull me out of homosexuality into heterosexuality, but into a relationship with Jesus. They wanted to watch God work on my life from the inside out.”

Stay tuned this week for more of Janet Boynes’ amazing story in God’s Great Do-Over – Part 2!