English minister Joseph Hart asked a very searching question in the opening stanza of a hymn he published in 1759, only 2 years after his own conversion to Christ under the preaching of Methodist evangelist George Whitefield:
"Let us ask the important question;
Brethren, be not too secure—
What it is to be a Christian;
How we may our hearts assure?
Vain is all our best devotion,
If on false foundation built;
True religion's more than notion,
Something must be known and felt."
Behold Your God contributor Andrew Davies' own testimony of conversion sheds light on this deeply important question. As a lost young religious boy, Andrew says he thought it was enough to give mental agreement to the truths of the gospel, and only because he felt that he ought to do so because his parents were Christians. But in God's great mercy he came to see that he had been a hypocrite, and that he had no real knowledge of a personal, holy, righteous, just, gracious, merciful God for himself.
"Through the preaching of the Word of God which humbled me and broke me—convincing me of my sin and also of my need of Christ as my saviour—through the offer of the gospel and of salvation, of peace with God through Christ who came to bring us to God, and through the ministry of the Holy Spirit in my heart... I gave in to God. I yielded to Him, and trusted Him as my Lord and Saviour ... I called on His name."
What did this conversion to what Peter called "the true grace of God" lead to? "It was the beginning of a glorious life of adventure, of challenge, of learning, and of progress in the knowledge of God."
"True religion's more than notion, something must be known and felt."
This clip is the fifth video to be released from the "Behold Your God: Rethinking God Biblically" extended interview archives, circa 2012. You can learn more about the 12-week multimedia Bible study "Behold Your God: Rethinking God Biblically" by John Snyder with Paul Washer, Anthony Mathenia, Conrad Mbewe, Richard Owen Roberts, Andrew Davies, Eifion Evans, and Jordan Thomas at BeholdYourGod.org.