(My True Understanding of Conversion @ Age 74)
God revealed He had called me to Him before age 12, but my complete understanding of salvation at age 74.
This means I didn't come to a true soul conversion until this age because of my past legalism history during my early years as a member of the Worldwide Church of God.
True salvation comes after it enters into the soul - not from emotionalism and mind only which I experience at the age of thirteen after being baptize and joining our local Baptist church. A mental ascent to Jesus Christ's death, burial and Resurrection does not mean that your soul is saved. Recently, after reading the Old Testament about the LAW God gave to Israel through Moses did I have a deeper understanding of its short coming. It would take the blood of Christ to replace it. I searched most of my life for the true message of salvation - listening to every Christian preacher on radio and taking Bible courses through the mail. I kept running into the wrong information and became associated with the World Wide Church of God by Herbert W. Armstrong, a past cult, at the age of seventeen. They kept saying you are saved by grace but kept adding O.T. laws - keeping the O.T. Jewish holy days, keeping Sabbath (Saturday), paying three tithes (O.T.) requirement, etc. I never stopped searching for truth and continued to live what I thought was a Christian life - in fact if you had told me back then that I wasn't saved - didn't have true born again experience - a true conversion) I would have called you a liar. I kept seeking truth through the teenage years, then my adult years, and into my senior years, when at that time, Jesus showed me what I had been searching for. It was through a period of time of reading the old testament that the need for salvation became real (faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of God) for the first time God breathed on His word and I understood the true meaning of Jesus coming, dying and resurrection at 74 years of age and the true meaning of "born again" and "new creation in Christ - God's timing. True salvation doesn't come by baptism or joining a church. Thank you Father for revealing to me the true message of salvation. JESUS CHRIST AND NOT ANYTHING ELSE!