The Powerful Testimony of Camille Jolly

In 2014, something amazing happened again, God added to His church a person named Camille Jolly. She was a French citizen who actually travelled by a cargo boat to the U.S. to Texas to thank some ministers she was listening to on the Internet. She was born into an atheist family, was drawn by God, was pursued by a false gospel of Roman Catholicism but in the end her devotion and faith to the word of God won out.

The video below is her actual first testimony upon arriving in the U.S. It is so genuine and authentic! Imagine God sending you in front of a large congregation just after your rebirth to share your testimony, this would be your FIRST stop. She is understandable very nervous, but listen to her explain she is trusting God in this and the testimony comes out beautifully. Many can relate to the same set of ups, downs, confusion, and the realized drawing from God one can go through in a rebirth.

Holding Onto God

 Deuteronomy 31:8 “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

I know it sounds a bit cliché by some televangelist as he says in effect to “hold onto God”, but in truth, we should always be holding onto Him. If still in a fallen nature, the sinner doesn’t understand it or just flat out rejects the premise.
Do you believe the verse above? “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you nor will He ever leave you”? And we aren’t talking about someone who fails on a promise like this, but the actual Creator of the Universe, that is WHO is making this promise.

Because if you don’t believe that promise, you don’t trust God or there is a powerful God. And the test always comes when we are faced with a crisis. Will you trust that the Lord “goes before you”? Or will you try to get ahead of Him and muddy up the whole plan.

This test of faith is a really hard one, even for the experienced believer. We naturally want to use our intellect, our will power, our own creativity to solve the crisis. Or we become pessimistic, “God won’t do a thing to help”. And often times when this occurs we disrupted the cure that God promised. He says “well if you are going to go ahead of Me, just solve it on your own then”.

One thing you need to understand about God, is that Scripture calls Him a “jealous” God in the context of never bowing or sharing His glory with man or their idols. It is going to be ALL God’s doing, or it isn’t. He needs NO help, He doesn’t need your input or creativity. What He asks for is FAITH and TRUST, this is what pleases Him.

Job 11:18–19 “You will be secure because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety. You will lie down, with no one to make you afraid, and many will court your favor.”

Psalm 27:1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
We are ALWAYS shown our faith in the crisis, whether it be strong or weak. During the times outside of this, you might fool yourself into believing “my faith is as strong as ever”, only to be shown by God is a crisis situation you went ahead of the Lord, you didn’t turn it over to Him.

When Your Traditions Get in the Way

The prime disinfectant to every worldly man-made tradition when it comes to Christianity is Scripture. There are ways to discern if one is importing an invented tradition into the doctrines of Scripture, some are highly noticeable, some are not. So I put a brief list together below for you to examine if you are importing a tradition, by which it is being placed ABOVE or in a primary ideology over Scripture.

1. When one imports a tradition, plain grammar is often ignored from Scripture. Words such as “never” for example are somehow neglected or just plain missed, because for the tradition to work with Scripture definitive word definitions need to change or just flat out ignored. Example would be Jesus stating in Matthew 7:23 “I never knew you” or in 1 John 2:19 “they never were with us”. An invented tradition of losing salvation for example, would need to ignore the word “never”.

2. Cherry picking verses. A noticeable importing of a tradition will invariably lead to cherry picking verse out of context in Scripture. An entire doctrine will be attempted to made out of just one verse. When if one is not importing traditions, a systematic string will be tied to several verses throughout the Bible.

3. The doctrine is nowhere to be found. When one imports their man made tradition and then is challenged to produce a teaching from Scripture, they’ll appeal to 2 Thess 2:15 most often in the attempt to claim there are traditions outside of Scripture. Problem is, Paul said in that same verse every tradition was already in practice when he wrote that verse, thus Scripture should be the test on these. Or John 21:25 where the appeal is to say that things Jesus did are not found in the Bible. This is true, however in the earlier chapter John said in 20:31 that ALL that was written was more than sufficient to practice faith.

4. Your worldview trumps Scripture’s view. An uncomfortable truth such as God’s sovereignty over salvation will prompt one to import their tradition of man being also sovereign over salvation. John 1:13 cites that salvation is “not by the will of man”, so in this when tradition gets in the way, that verse needs to be completely ignored by the one importing traditions of man.

5. Your church claims authority over or equal to God. When this is done, the person will always put their church’s teaching over God’s teaching in Scripture. The traditions of the church trump God’s doctrines in every facet. This is what I would call a cult-like indoctrination, where church leaders claim they are God on earth prompting the congregation to follow them no matter how false the teaching is.

6. God can only be God if your traditions say so. If He for example says something through His word which doesn’t fit your idea of justice, mercy, love, grace, etc., the tradition tells you to either ignore it or give God an ultimatum which is He either change that ideology, or He cannot be believed or your God.

When your traditions get in the way of the truth, you will stop learning! You are not open to any challenges to your faith which would discern truth from error. You simply block out what is being pointed out logically from Scripture and allow your traditions guide you instead.

You are GUILTY

Every last human being who walked this earth other than Jesus Christ has been deemed GUILTY by God of sin!

You can think you are a better sinner than others, but that doesn’t make you less guilty. The verdict from God comes in immediately upon sin. He isn’t mulling it over, waiting for your defense attorney to plead your case so that He would somehow deem you innocent. He isn’t taking in your volunteer work, that you viewed yourself as a kind and caring person, or your religious involvement in your church either. None of this can over turn the verdict of GUILTY.

This is the common misunderstanding believed by many who call themselves godly Christians, that if you work hard enough, God can declare you innocent. I just saw a video of a street preacher declaring this falsehood, “in the end God will either declare you guilty or innocent”. When in fact ALL will be declared guilty! Yes even that 2 year old child you think is innocent has been already found guilty by God.

So with this dreadful bad news, there is good news! The only thing left is your sentence of which by His grace and mercy, God has sent a Savior Jesus Christ. By whose sacrifice provided a way for a sinner to be pardoned, to be completely forgiven. The sinner being found guilty is set free from the wrath of God! This my friend, is the Gospel in a nutshell. If you are following something else, it isn’t the Good News recorded in Scripture.

If you do believe Jesus can pardon you of your sins, what is preventing you from placing your faith alone in Him? Is it your church who put up a roadblock of legalism? Is it your worldview? Ask yourself, if Jesus is the ONLY WAY you could be forgiven, pardoned, by God, why would you shirk Him? If you think you can implore a loophole with God’s justice, you will be sadly mistaken.

On Judgment Day, ALL will be declared guilty. However those who have placed their faith in Jesus alone, He being the only Mediator, will be shown to be pardoned and forgiven for all eternity. Those seeking to be deemed “innocent” by your works, by your actions, will sadly discover God never changed the guilty verdict and without a Mediator, your sentence remains which is eternal hell.

The What About Me Equation

One of the age old problems with mankind and salvation is the rejection of the formula. Many so-called Christians or those who claim Christianity invariably are using a false equation. I call it the “what about me equation”, as it attempts to inject oneself into the formula by which there is no place for you.

Our natural prideful self of which we are all ingrained with, is a quid-pro-quo when it comes to awards, rewards, love, how we deal with others, etc. It says if you are given a gift, it has to be because you somehow earned it. That the gift was given because after all you deserved it. This equation runs counter in every way to the biblical equation on salvation!
We naturally attach conditions all the time to the grace we give others, whereas God never attached a single condition to His grace. If He did? No one could be saved, as no one would could meet that standard of His conditions. Furthermore by this? It would say that before Jesus could die for a single sin, every sinner He intended to save would need to meet God’s condition, and in reality, He’d be waiting for an eternity because it would never happen!

The grace of salvation is always unearned. God saves the ungodly, never the one who believes they worked for the grace, or it would negate grace and be deemed work. It runs counter-balance to everything we naturally believe. The equation is always 0 percent the individual’s work, and 100 percent the work of Jesus Christ. Pretty amazing grace, don’t you think?

In Galatians 5, the Jewish converts had tried the “what about me equation”, and attempted to import circumcision into the salvation equation. Paul rebuked them sternly saying if they did this, they “fell away from grace” and that “Jesus would BE OF NO USE” to them. Their thinking was, “we can’t just let Jesus do it all, we need to help or do at least something”, which again is the natural thought process because then we could receive some sort of credit or “atta boy” for our salvation.

Paul also taught to the Ephesians in Chapter 2:8-9 that salvation was by grace THROUGH faith, not of yourself, not of works, so that no one could boast. Seems pretty straight forward, but many overlook the “no one can boast” because that is the key to it all. If just 1 percent of your works were used, you would look to yourself and whether you openly boast or keep it to yourself, you are indeed boasting in that 1 percent. Rather if the equation is 0 percent you, there is indeed NOTHING you could think of to boast in other than the 100 percent of Jesus and what He did on your behalf!

Salvation is never “what about me”, is is always “what about Jesus and what He did!”. You didn’t believe, you didn’t save yourself, you didn’t do a thing other than displaying the sins Jesus died for, and guess what, He saved you! The unbeliever won’t grasp this, they’ll rail against it, they’ll fight against this notion until their dying breath without a rebirth from God. And like those in Matthew 7:21-23, they’ll attempt the “what about me Lord” equation with God, and Jesus will say “I NEVER KNEW YOU!”.

Facets of Serpent Theology

Serpent theology goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden when he deceived Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:1-7). The twisted demonic theology was designed to cast doubt on God and His promises. This serpent theology lives on in many forms, and below is a brief list I have personally seen.

  1. Scripture says “the just shall live by faith”. Serpent theology says “the just shall live by their works instead”
  2. Scripture says there is a direct unimpeded line to Jesus by faith alone for the forgiveness of sin. Serpent theology says “NO! You must seek another sinner and a religious sacrament to absolve you of your sins, place your faith in Mary to lobby on your behalf”.
  3. Scripture says to be saved “fix your eyes onto Jesus alone”. Serpent theology says “fix your eyes on Mary instead, your works, your religious involvement”.
  4. Scripture teaches that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone. Serpent theology says “salvation is by what you do, not what Jesus did”.
  5. Scripture teaches that it is God who chose to be saved and all deserve justice, not mercy. Serpent theology says “the sinners chooses, and God is hateful if He doesn’t by default just owe everyone salvation”.
  6. Scripture teaches that idolatry is a dreadful sin. Serpent theology says “are you sure it is idolatry?” and then goes onto twist Scripture to make it seem as the practice is not idolatry.
  7. Scripture teaches that God is omniscient, all knowing, that He doesn’t obtain knowledge. Serpent theology teaches that God can change His mind and that He learns things from mankind and reacts accordingly. Man is sovereign over God in serpent theology.
  8. Scripture teaches that Jesus loses NO sinner granted to Him. Serpent theology says “a sinner can lose their salvation” meaning Jesus does lose His sheep. Serpent theology will attempt to claim Jesus lied about not losing nothing of His inheritance to hell.
  9. Scripture teaches that when a sinner is saved, eternal life with Jesus has been granted. Serpent theology says “when a sinner is saved, he or she must work then to gain eternal life”, that Jesus didn’t make that promise of eternal life to immediately encompass salvation.
  10. Scripture says Jesus paid the full punishment for the sins of His children. Serpent theology says “Jesus did not pay the full price, there is after death punishment”.
  11. Scripture teaches that when Jesus saves a sinner, they have been redeemed in FULL, that the debt of sin is cancelled. Serpent theology says “you are only redeemed until you sin again, the debt remains”.
  12. Scripture teaches that God saves the ungodly in their sins. Serpent theology says “God will only save the godly who did enough good deeds and religious things in the end”.
  13. Scripture teaches that man is fallen in nature based on Adam’s sin. Serpent theology says “all are born perfect in nature, you are totally able to remain sinless”.
  14. Scripture teaches that until one is born-again, you will not believe. Serpent theology says “you are capable to place saving faith in Jesus before you are born-again” negating the reason WHY one must be born-again.
  15. Scripture teaches that man is totally depraved. Serpent theology says “Man is not dead in their sins and trespasses”.
  16. Scripture teaches that the Holy Spirit is the seal and guarantee of the saved sinner of whom He indwells. Serpent theology says “there is no seal or guarantee, so work harder to save yourself” always negating the Holy Spirit who Jesus promised to send.
  17. Scripture teaches that anyone can be enlightened to God’s truth. Serpent theology says “only a handful can be enlightened and interpret Scripture”. Again negating the Holy Spirit.
  18. Scripture teaches that God is the only infallible being and He is the Author of Scripture. Serpent theology says “man is also infallible and man is the author of the Bible”.
  19. Scripture teaches that Jesus is the only way, the truth, and the life. Serpent theology says “Jesus is not the only way or the only truth or the only life”.
  20. Scripture teaches that because salvation is by grace through faith, no one can boast. Serpent theology says “it is by works, not by faith” so in effect one CAN boast.
  21. Scripture teaches that ALL have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God. Serpent theology says “Mary didn’t sin, so Paul is wrong”.

The One Event Which Destroyed World Religions

Luke 23:39 Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.” 40 But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.”

43 And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”

The account of the thieves on the cross with Jesus is often over looked, often ignored, often not understood, often twisted, and often secretly disdained by those held captive in a world religion. The account is brief and to the point, but it sums up Jesus’ salvation in a simple manner.

Jesus saving just one thief, yes one thief, utterly dismantles and destroys many modern religions in one full swoop! This salvation account should put many false pastors on the unemployment line and close many church doors, but I suspect they’ll continue to either twist the account and/or ignore it.

If we read what happened carefully we can ask one central question which is how was this thief saved? We know he was a criminal, he was being put to death with Jesus. We see he realizes that he is under condemnation, and that he understood that the wages for his sins was death. He asked Jesus one thing, “remember me when You come into your Kingdom”. Now some would say he was asking to be saved here, but his question did not ask that. He was simply asking Jesus to remember him, so common sense and logic would say he expected to be going to a different place, called hell. Otherwise, he would not have needed to ask Jesus for this request of “remembering”, because he’d be WITH Jesus in His Kingdom.

The dismantling and destruction of world religions came in the response Jesus gave, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” He obviously saved the criminal because Paradise is indeed in Heaven.

So as I heard one pastor say in reference to this account, if one could interview this saved criminal in heaven and ask “How did you get here?”, his response would shut down every false gospel that preaches conditions to salvation out there!!

His reply would not and could NOT be ANY of the following conditions, “well, I went to church every Sunday”, “I prayed to Mary”, “I did all these good works”, “I desired to baptized”, “I was baptized”, “I was a good person”, “I did more good things than bad things”, “I cracked the Bible code”, “I understood the doctrine of justification”, “I participated in the Lord’s Supper”, “I did a penance”, “I appealed to my dead relatives in heaven and saints”, “I was highly religious and said many prayers”, “I chose to be saved by my free-will choice”, “You see, I was just a better sinner than that other heathen criminal on his cross”, “I volunteered many times for the church”, “I was a good father to my family and took care of my children”, “I helped the poor and needy”, “I helped the elderly”, “I posted verses on social media”, “I was doused with ‘holy water’ and given Last Rites” or “I spent time in purgatory and received punishment and was prayed out of that place by others on earth”.

Indeed, he could not and would not be able to claim “I did” or “I didn’t” in anything regarding his salvation! But the ONLY answer would be, “I am here in heaven because of Jesus alone!” You see, by this one account we can see how intimate salvation truly is. The criminal did nothing, Jesus saved him! YES, it was and is this simple!

So if one asked you, “how are you going to heaven”, and your response is anything OTHER than “because of what Jesus did on my behalf”, sorry but you are not on your way to heaven. If your immediate response is “I” instead of “He”, you are most likely trapped in a world religion and traditions leading you not out of the gates of hell, but to remain behind those gates where you will continue to say “Lord, I did it”, and believe that you are doing something save yourself instead of believing Jesus can save you.

Roman Catholics even try to give the criminal a name “Dismas”, when there was no name given. Because the utter destruction of what they had been taught, wives stories about him need to concocted. They claim he was saved by “a baptism of desire”, that he desired to be baptized. And from the account, we know this isn’t true whatsoever. He had no idea what baptism was for one thing, and the other thing is the only thing he asked was that Jesus remember him while he was in hell.

In fact MANY world religions devise silly stories about this thief in a form of what we hear today as “fake news” or “disinformation”. They know if the account is taught in its true form, it would cast questions and doubt on their world religion. If told the truth, the congregation would then be asking, “why are you telling me I have to do all these things for Jesus to save me and grant me eternal life, when Jesus DID IT ALL?”

Because the account is so profound, world religions scramble when challenged. Many will try to say he was “saved under to old covenant”, or another gospel. They do this because of the obvious contradictions on what they are teaching and believing and what actually happened with this criminal.

To sum this up, the criminal’s salvation account is evidence of the one true Gospel! God saves the ungodly sinner by absolutely nothing they did, against their fallen will. The sinner can do NOTHING, Jesus DID it all! By His death and resurrection the sinner is saved, nothing more, nothing less. Placing just ONE condition outside of this would mean you are not saved. You are also mocking and scoffing how Jesus saves if how He saved this criminal would be beneath the way He could save you! That somehow your works would amplify the reason why Jesus could save you when NO WORK other than His could!!

In many of the books I wrote, I speak about this account because of where I personally came from which was a world religion and how it impacted my own witness and testimony. And HOW I now share the Gospel to those in need of salvation. I see the account so utterly destroying all the false preconceived notions on the why, how, and when one can be saved.

Jesus says, “come as you are!” not “clean yourself up first, and then I’ll think about it”. I hope those reading this salvation account this Easter will really think about how Jesus saves which is by grace alone through granted faith alone in Him alone. And I pray that those turned off or confused by a world religion will come to know the real living Jesus, the real Savior, and leave those false gospels!

What is Your Faith

Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.” (Rev 2:10c)

Many think that faith is a simple statement, “I believe in God” or “I believe in Jesus”. But a statement doesn’t equate to the full definition of faith. Faith is also living with that belief.

Many for example who say they place their faith in God would jump in front of a truck to save the life of their child or friend or family member, but wouldn’t do so if it meant it for God.

Jesus said “be faithful until death”, not “be faithful as much as you can”. It is a test whether you actually have faith and who your faith is in.

Some have faith in their career, their 401K, their family, their friends and they live their life in that faith. But it won’t save them from the eternal fire of hell.

Some place their faith in their worldly church, in religious participation, in church attendance, in biblical figures other than Jesus Christ. But it won’t save them from the eternal fire of hell.

When asked “what is your faith”, where does your mind go? Is it “well I am a Catholic”, or “I am a Lutheran” or “I am a Mormon”, “I am non-denominational”, etc? If so, your faith is not in God but in your identity as a religious celebrant.

Is your faith in your country, in political activists and political figures? Or in Hollywood movie actors? Great, so explain how that faith can save you from the eternal fire of hell.

If you are a Christian, if you are saved, your faith is in one person, Jesus Christ. Everything in your life STEMS from this faith. You treat others by this faith, you serve others by this faith alone. It is the number one priority in your life, growing this faith in Jesus. Everything else is a far distant second including even your children, your family, your career, your societal status.

In this faith, you’d go to prison, you’d be executed without even the slightest second thought. Just as every Apostle of Jesus, you would give up your life for the Gospel, you’d immediately leave your family if God asked you. Any other type of faith, is just talk.

So ask yourself if you claim to have faith in God, in Jesus Christ, are you at the drop of a hat totally and unwavering willing to go the distance? Meaning, would you give up your life? If not, you have been most likely deceived and use Jesus as a punchline to a faith you don’t really possess.

Does God Answer Prayers

The answer if God answers ALL and EVERY prayer said by humans on earth is unequivocally YES! He answers every single prayer no matter if you are a believer or unbeliever.

Some just read what I wrote and said “WAIT, He can’t answer the prayers of the unbeliever”, and I believe this may have been surmised without really thinking about it carefully because the answer can be “NO”, it can be “I am not going to grant you this”. So there is indeed always an answer!

I too am guilty of that preconceived notion that answering a prayer only means that God grants you what you asked. I was wrong, because like I said the answer can be “NO” or “NOT NOW” or “It is not according to My will”. And I received that answer many many times as do you!

So always pray in faith, whether the answer is yes or no, because God is always answering them. The closer you get in relationship with God the more you will be at peace with this. We are to pray as Jesus commanded that “His will be done”, meaning that we have faith in His perfect will and purpose.

There is no one on this earth who can tell you how God will answer your prayer. You can’t dress it up with lavish things thinking that this will convince Him to answer in the way you want. You can’t ask others to pray for you thinking this will somehow tip God in a lobbying favor on your behalf either. The only thing you can do is have FAITH that the answer will come, and whether it be yes or no, you rest in that answer.

Pray without ceasing as Paul said, meaning speak often to God, ask often, because your faith and relationship will grow. Thanking God always for His provision in your life is one of those constant prayers we all should be praying! God answers EVERY SINGLE PRAYER!

Book List

By the grace of God and to His glory alone I have published the following books all available on Amazon.

Forgiving Others as God Forgives

Written in 2012, a year after my rebirth, this book summarizes my view on forgiveness and how very important it is to forgive others as you have been forgiven by God.

The True Vine – A Commentary on John 15

Written also in 2012, this book is a verse by verse commentary on John 15.

Exposing False Teachers

Written in 2013, and revised in 2018, this book encompasses the world of false churches and teachers and my experience in how hard it was to navigate upon my rebirth. And how necessary discernment is in the modern version of the church.

A Note to the Hardened Heart

Written in 2014, this book was a favorite to write. It explores the fallen nature of God and provides examples of how just how hard the heart is before a rebirth.

A Note to the Hardened Heart

100 Days of Devotion to the King of kings

Written in 2015, a devotional and study for 100 days, which I hope challenged the reader each day to read and study more their faith.

The Roman Catholic Problem

Written in 2018, this was probably the most extensive work I have produced to date. Written in just 45 days, it covers mainly what I had witnessed for the past 7 years up to that point with interviews and debates with thousands of Catholics. I knew this work had legs because of the controversy and triggering it produced from Catholics. I tried not to pull any punches and the goal of the book was for Catholics to discern their faith and church.

A Christian Guide Through Insurmountable Loss

Written in 2020, another personal favorite. Having lost my beloved dog Leo to cancer, I decided to make a memoir and also a book to help others navigate the pain of a tremendous loss. Hopefully explaining why these types of losses occur and how God sustains us through them.

I published these books NOT as a money making endeavor but as my way to get the word out. I did not plan book tours or did I do it for any self gratification. It was simply my calling from God to use the experiences and knowledge I obtained to help others.

I do plan on writing future books, God willing!