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Who Am I And Why Am I Writing This Site?

I've Created This Website Because I Believe
The World Will Soon Be Turning "Upside Down"

 

 

 

I was living in Southern California as a 12-year-old kid, channel surfing on Saturday night when I chanced upon the tail end of a Billy Graham Television Crusade. I had no religious background but for some reason I kept watching. Billy nailed me as he described the condition of my heart. I just knew Christ was the missing piece in my heart and in my life.

 

Tears welled up in my eyes as I watched all those people stream down the aisles at the end of the service. Then the camera zoomed in on Graham and he pointed at me.

"You may be in your office, at home in your living room, or maybe in your bedroom, but wherever you are, you can still receive Christ into your life right now. Get down on your knees and bow your head and heart and pray this prayer with me."

 

Then he led me to repeat a sinner's prayer and I immediately I felt this overwhelming sense of release and peace. An almost euphoric mood rose up in my heart. After the prayer, I fully expected the crusade to be followed by a second hour that would discuss what it meant to be a Christian and how to live this new life.

 

But the broadcast signed off and I was left in my quiet bedroom reflecting upon what I had just done, as I sat alone with God. Instinctively, I knew there needed to be changes in my life.

That encounter could have been an isolated incident which made no difference in my life. I was young and impressionable. But for me it was life-changing. Becoming a Christian was a climatic event where God's light poured into my heart for the first time.


After my conversion, I had a strong sense that God wanted me to serve him in some way. I didn't know what that meant, but I immediately had this conviction that God had plans for me. And it has never gone away.

I started to attend a church close to my home, and as I grew into high school I became a typical teenager of my era. I became involved in the social aspects of a large youth group, interested in girls, and maintained a moderate level of Christian beliefs. 

In my senior year of high school over Easter vacation, I took part in a mission trip into Mexico. My team ran a service in a small Mexican church, and everything went wrong. A heckler twice interrupted with loud mocking. Then the lights flashed out, and you couldn't see your hand in front of your face. When the power was switched back on, the evangelist finished his message and gave an invitation. To my amazement, three males stepped forward to receive Christ. Despite all the turmoil in that meeting, God powerfully invaded those people's lives, just as he had mine five years earlier.

Our team returned to our base camp where we were staying, and I walked up on the side of the hill and wept. For the first time, the light seemed to flash bright into my soul and I suddenly saw myself from a fresh perspective. The power of God was quite real. All the different missions teams met for a service. God had powerfully impacted many of the other meetings and the teens were moved by what he had done.

Soon we were all weeping and testifying and asking for forgiveness and it felt like a revival. The students began to commit their lives to greater service for Christ. Eventually, I took the microphone and confessed my own status as a slacker. Right then in front of everyone I committed to change the whole direction of my life towards Christ.


That summer I changed my enrollment from a state university to a Christian college. Four years later I graduated with a B.A. in Christian Education. For years after that I was involved in different ministries. I was a youth pastor in several churches, then an assistant pastor. Finally, I became a church planter and pioneered a new church in Northern California. That church still exists and the congregation now numbers several thousand.

 

A few years later, God led me to another small community in California and we pioneered a second church. That fellowship grew to about 500 in five years before I moved on. After that I pioneered several churches through Northern Califoria and Oregon. During this time I also wrote over 40 Christian books with several different publishers. For the last 14 years of my life, I have been performing weddings in Hawaii.

 

Several years ago my heart became very troubled at what I was happening in the United States. I felt this heavy burden that the president was not really telling people the truth. Most people thought I was crazy when I shared my concerns. But the longer time went on, the more people began to see what I was seeing.

 

I became convinced that God would soon send judgment upon America for the sins of its people and its government. That might sound weird to you, but that's what I felt, and as I've continued to watch what is going on, that conviction has only grown more heavy on my heart.

 

For this reason I took my wife and young daughter out of the country last year, leaving the land that I love and heading towards Asia. Now I'm living here as an ex-pat ministering in a local church and working on this website.

I have had my spiritual ups and my downs over the years, including a divorce. One thing for sure is that I am a sinner, who feels so very fortunate to have been saved by God's grace. But God has made it clear to me that "the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable." (Romans 11:29). In other words, while men might give up on you, God never does. He always has a place for repentant believers in his kingdom. It's never too late to return to Christ. It is always the right time to follow him with your whole heart.

I believe that the end of this age is approaching like a runaway freight train. There are terrifying signs in our world which point to the fact that we are definitely in the last days. If you've ever read the Book of Revelation you'll know that great tribulation will descend upon the earth—and the Church—like nothing we've ever experienced before. The Church is already under immense persecution around the world but things will soon get MUCH worse.

It is with this conviction that I began to publish Fresh Light Source. My goal is to offer a fresh insight into how the Word of God reveals the future and answers our needs. If you're seeking answers about what is going on, whether you are a believer or not, I want to share the truth with you as I see it.

 

I'm going to sugarcoat it. Forget about me trying to be "politically correct" here. Neither will I attempt to dumb down my message. You may not agreed with all of my opinions and conclusions, but its not necessary that you do. Just think for yourself. That's all I ask. And I hope this site will provoke you to look at God and the conditions in our world a little more clearly than you have ever seen them before.

 

The world needs a full and refreshing splash of God's truth in its face before it's too late. I pray that my voice will sound a clear warning as one who is literally crying from the wilderness—because there is so little time remaining for sane people to prepare themselves for what's coming.

 

May God bless you in your search and may you find the truth you seek.

John Souter

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