Author: Patrick Higgins
Genre: Religious Fiction
Charmaine DeShields thought she had it all. A promising career. Good health. A beautiful house. A promising relationship. Most importantly, she was a proud member of the largest and most popular megachurch in all of Seattle–the Blessed and Highly Favored Full Gospel Church.
Everything started changing in her seemingly perfect life after a pastor visiting from China created such an uproar at her church, with messages most members found both mean spirited and judgmentally offensive, that Mark Lau was asked to leave and told never to comeback.
It took traveling all the way to Shanghai, China, with her best friend, Meredith Geiger, for Charmaine to discover the many differences between her church, which was opulent in every sense of the word, and Pastor Lau’s church, which was located beneath a dry cleaners, of all places.
Even more telling were the messages both pastors preached. Despite that they taught from the very same Book, their messages couldn’t have been anymore polarizing. While Charmaine was instantly intrigued by the whole “underground” experience, Meredith was so traumatized that she cut short what had been the best vacation of her life, to go back to the States.
But not before alarming Charmaine’s boyfriend of the grave danger they faced. Rodney Williams then told lead pastors, Julian and Imogen Martín, who flew 5,700 miles from Seattle to China, to rescue her from the so-called pastor who’d already caused some to leave their megachurch.
Upon arriving, they learned their suspicions were quickly confirmed. Mark Lau had used his subterranean gathering place to radically change Charmaine’s way of thinking. Despite her strongest protests, they flat-out refused to believe that God had used him to transform her life and deepen her faith, to the extent that she finally had eternal assurance.
Tragically for the Martíns, by the time they discovered the prosperity Gospel they’d been preaching was a false one, it would be too late…
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About the Author:
Patrick Higgins was raised in the Catholic Church. Growing up, he had all the “religion” he could handle. What he didn’t have was God’s eternal assurance. He believed in Jesus, but was also taught to believe in Mary, not to mention the many saints countless Catholics were encouraged to pray to. This would explain his utter confusion regarding the afterlife and his lack of intimacy with God. Bottom line: he was spiritually blinded to the true Gospel of Jesus Christ, without even knowing it.
Despite that he attended Mass and Catechism classes most Sundays (he was even briefly an altar boy with his twin brother), was baptized as an infant into the Catholic Church, confessed his sins to Catholic priests, recited countless “Our Father’s” and “Hail Mary’s”, said rosaries, and performed many other so-called “good works”, Higgins never felt a sustained closeness to the One who made him, only occasional spurts. Even more telling, in all his years in the Catholic Church, no one ever encouraged him to read the Word of God for himself.
Everything changed in 1991 when Higgins was out walking one day. He came upon a Catholic Church. Instead of going inside, he looked skyward and spoke to God in the empty church parking lot. He felt this undeniable stirring in his spirit that day, and asked God to make Himself known to him. It was the beginning of a total life-transformation for him.
With his spiritual eyes and ears opened, for the first time in his life, Higgins started hungering and thirsting for the Word of God. Confronted by his hopeless sin condition, he repented before a just and Holy God, and received Christ (and Christ alone) as Lord and Savior. By far, it was the greatest moment of his life. With his sins forgiven, Higgins yearned to draw even closer to his Maker. The more he read the Bible, the more he saw the undeniable vast discrepancies between the Catholic Church and the Word of God. So vast were they that Higgins ultimately left the Church.
Higgins longs to reach out to Catholics everywhere (including in the Philippines where God called him to preach more than a decade ago), and share the true Gospel message with them, so they too can have eternal assurance through Christ Jesus. There is no other way!
While the stories Higgins writes all have different themes and take place in different settings, the one thread that links them all together is his heart for Jesus and for the lost. With that in mind, it is his wish that the Gospel message his stories convey will greatly challenge you not only to contemplate life on this side of the grave, but on the other side as well.
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