God Revealed His Church to Me
Lawrence Chin—Sabah, Malaysia
I grew up in a household with
parents who believed in traditional ancestor worship, although they did not
impose these beliefs on me. They sent me to Christian missionary schools as a
child, and it was through this channel that I was exposed to Christian
doctrines from a young age.
In high school, I even chose Bible
study as my religious study subject. When I attended college, I joined
Christian youth mission activities and accepted Christianity.
I went on to pursue higher
education in England, and it
was there that I was baptized into the BaptistChurch
in 1980. I was quite active in youth fellowships and church activities.
I believed in the Lord’s salvation
for mankind as it was spelled out in the Bible; however, at times I still
doubted my own salvation. Before I received baptism, I was taught that, to
accept Christ, I simply had to pray to Jesus and tell Him that I believed in
Him and ask for Him to forgive my sins. Saying these words meant that I had
accepted Christ and the Holy Spirit would then dwell in me.
However, after receiving baptism,
I didn’t feel the presence of the Holy Spirit within me. I didn’t speak in
other tongues as the early believers did when they received the Holy Spirit
(Acts 2:4). The churches I worshipped in also did not experience many signs and
miracles, as the early church had (Acts 5:12, 16).
But since I accepted Christ in the
BaptistChurch, I did not think to look for a
different church that prayed in tongues and performed signs and miracles. After
completing my studies and returning to Malaysia
in 1982, I continued to worship in the BaptistChurch.
RESISTING MY WIFE’S CHURCH
In 1986, I married a member of the
True Jesus Church, and she tried to bring me to her church. However, I tried to
convince her that my church doctrines were in accordance with the teachings of
the Bible and that her church was wrong.
My wife prayed and tried very hard
to share the gospel with me, but I was adamant in my resistance. I had been
taught at my church to believe that the True Jesus Church doctrine was a
deviation from the truth. I did not want to give in to my wife because I felt
that I was correct.
However, because the nearest True
Jesus Church congregation was two hours away, I usually drove my wife to church
and attended service with her despite my reservations about the doctrines and
beliefs. Over time, I observed many positive qualities of the church. I noticed
that the believers were fervent in their prayers, many signs and miracles
occurred, and the church grew in size.
Yet these observations were not
enough to change my view. I still insisted that my church was the right one and
that the True Jesus Church was wrong. I continued to worship at the BaptistChurch whenever I had the opportunity.
THE TRUECHURCH OF GOD
In August 1992, I had a very bad
bout of the flu. I was concerned that I might pass this on to my wife and our
young daughter so I decided to sleep in another bedroom. That night, I had a
In the dream, I saw two churches.
On the left side, I saw my church and recognized many church members who were
standing in front of the entrance. On the right side, I saw a chapel with the
name “True Jesus Church” on it and a large group of its members standing in
front of it. I didn’t recognize anyone there.
The two churches were separated by
a road. It looked straight and extended all the way back until it disappeared
into the horizon. Above the churches, the sky was bright and a cloudless blue.
The members of both churches were
engaged in a debate over which church was the true church. They were shouting
across the road to emphasize their points. This went on for quite some time and
seemed very real to me.
All of a sudden, a loud voice from
above said, “The True Jesus Church is the true church of God.”
At that moment, I realized that I had been wrong in my opinions and judgments
on which church was the true church. Even though I was still asleep, I had a
strong compulsion to submit to God, ask for forgiveness, and worship Him.
When I opened my eyes, I saw
bright rays of light shining on me from one corner of the ceiling before they
CONFIRMED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT
I was wide awake. I felt compelled
to kneel down and pray, so I did. To my surprise, I was praying in tongues.
After the prayer, I noticed the time was 1:34 am.
Even though I initially believed
that the voice I heard was God, I started to have doubts. Over the next few
months, I frequently pondered what the dream meant and why I had it. I wasn’t
sure that the dream was from God and wondered why He would reveal things to me
in this way.
I continued to pray and attended
service a few times at True Jesus Church, but there was no progress in
overcoming my doubts or in speaking in tongues. Therefore, I kept the dream to
myself and didn’t tell my wife about it.
In December 1992, I brought my
family to Australia
for a holiday. On the last leg of our trip we stayed with my wife’s relatives,
who were members of the True Jesus Church. We went to church with them on the
Sabbath, and I decided that I would ask God to reveal to me whether the dream
was really from Him.
During the first prayer session, I
asked God to give me the Holy Spirit to prove that the revelation I received
was true. To my surprise, I was able to pray in tongues again. I felt a warm
stream flowing from my shoulder to my legs and there was inexpressible joy
My heart was overwhelmed with joy and
gratitude to our Lord Jesus that He would reveal Himself to me in such a
meaningful way. I had received the Holy Spirit and believed with my whole heart
that the True Jesus Church was indeed God’s true church.
Receiving the Holy Spirit as
confirmation of my dream dispelled all of my lingering doubts and allowed me to
fully believe in the doctrines of the church. I was baptized three months
I am very grateful to the Lord for
speaking to me and bringing me to His fold in such a wonderful way. He knew my
hard and stubborn nature and helped me come to my senses and realize which
church was His. Otherwise, I would still be a lost sheep wondering in the
wilderness, unable to recognize the voice of the good shepherd, our Lord Jesus.
May all glory be given unto our
Lord God almighty, Jesus Christ.