Feb 2, 2010
Miles McPherson talks to students
by Melinda Zosh
Miles McPherson played his first football game when he was 10, and from that point on, there was no turning back. He knew that he wanted to be a professional football player. McPherson’s dream came true in 1982 when he was drafted from the University of New Haven to play for the Los Angeles Rams. McPherson realized that he was still missing something.
“I was in a department store when two white hippies with long beards walked up to me and shared the Gospel,” McPherson, 49, said. “I accepted the Gospel right there.”
McPherson, pastor of the Rock Church in San Diego, was the speaker for Spiritual Emphasis Week (SEW) Jan. 27-29. He told students Wednesday night to lead their lives as Jesus did and follow five steps: prepare, purpose, pain, power and passion. He emphasized that students remember one thing more than anything else — obey God.
“The plan for them to do something great is there they just have to obey,” McPherson said. “The answer every question comes down to that.”
McPherson’s personal story of overcoming drug addiction has helped others around the world, he said. McPherson realized that having a personal relationship with God is separate from being religious.
“God said, ‘Stop doing drugs, and I will change your life,’” McPherson said. “I accepted Christ, but it did not take root until 1984. I know how radical of a change God can bring in your life.”
“I know how powerful the word of God is,” McPherson said. “I had no relationship with these guys and they had nothing in common with me, but the word of God did the work.”
A few days after he became saved, he was sitting in his then girlfriend’s room when the “Lord appeared to me in the room and showed me a lot of things.”
“When I talk to kids, I know how God can change their lives today,” McPherson said. “What happened to me is encouragement for them to share their faith.”
McPherson said he was amazed by how many Liberty students went to Wednesday night’s service, and he was even more surprised by the hundreds who responded to the altar call.
“Korean kids will stay there all night. They will not leave. They will worship and cry,” McPherson said. “American kids usually leave early…I was blessed to see how long (Liberty students) stayed.”
Sex before marriage is spiritual death, according to McPherson. He referenced Deuteronomy 22:13 saying that two incomplete people do not make one whole person.
In addition to talking candidly about relationships, McPherson emphasized that students need to use their imaginations.
”You are blessed with Jerry Falwell’s life and what he imagined,” McPherson said. “People talk about him as if he is still alive. Dream beyond yourself, and do not limit yourself.”
Christians also need to witness to others who are addicted to sex, alcohol and drugs, McPherson said.
“All that behavior is…designed to fill a void that only God can fill,” McPherson said. “At some point you will wake up and realize it is not giving you what you think it is promising you. The devil promises to bless you but his desire is to enslave you.”
The Gospel will help others escape entrapment, but will only be readily accepted if it is presented the right way, according to McPherson.
“The Gospel is not rules. It is a person. It is Jesus,” McPherson said. “You can have a relationship with people and be Jesus to them.”
McPherson said he was pleased with the atmosphere on campus.
McPherson encourages Liberty students to add him on Facebook and to follow him on Twitter at milesmcpherson.
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