Powerful Testimony from a Fan in Tennessee
Fri., Jul. 28. 2023 1:06pm EDT
Here's a powerful testimony from a fan in Tennessee who writes songs, poems, and even parodies of his own. He gave us permission to share it with you but asked us to just use his initials, saying, "I prefer Jesus get the recognition and glory."
If you're able to take the time to read it, we think you'll be glad you did.
I work at a factory that makes lawn and garden products. An outside vendor sent in a part that was non-conforming. We didn't have time to wait on a new shipment or return the part. It was reworkable, so I pulled in a crew of seven people to rework so that we wouldn't loose production.
I was playing my music, which was mainly ApologetiX and some Rob Rock. This one man was really into the music, and on the third day, "Don't Fear The People" was playing and all of a sudden he stopped and said "man why are you trying to deceive me?" I asked what he meant. He said, "That's gospel music." I explained, "That's parodies, like Weird Al." He was upset.
So I explained how before Jesus Christ rescued me I was a rocker and head banger usually someone else's head. And I worked in an environment that played the rock music, so I started changing the words in my head. So I would stay focused on Jesus. I know longer wanted the be the flaming youth setting the world on fire of hell but the fire of the Holy Spirit.
I told him I was a fisherman and when I had discovered the ApologetiX, It became part of my tackle box. As a fisher of fish I don't use the same type of bait for bass and catfish. So I use music as well as other things to reach lost and hurting people.
I asked him if he could tell me a line from "(Don't Fear) the Reaper" besides the chorus. He couldn't! I explained how the song promotes suicide and love loss and how music affects you. I asked him how he felt before he realized it was gospel lyrics. He said he actually felt good.
He had come off of a five-year stint from prison. A couple days later, he asked me to share more about Jesus and where he could get some ApologetiX. He prayed to receive Christ. The next day he didn't show up for work. Later I was told he had an accident and passed away.
I know some people think we shouldn't do parodies, but in the words of William Booth and Larry Norman, why should the devil have all the good music? Be blessed and keep on rewriting.
P.S. That testimony is only one of hundreds where your music has opened a door for me to share the Gospel. One thing you do in a lot of your songs that I like (actually impresses me) is how you put the scripture reference in so many, and it's just a natural flow. That is no easy task. Have a blessed day.
Praise the Lord! We are humbled and honored that God allowed us to be a small part of J.B.'s ministry.