How Kirk Cameron Came to Christ: ‘Most Important Decision’
By Movieguide® Contributor
Kirk Cameron recently shared how he came to know Christ as his Savior through the hit TV show GROWING PAINS.
Growing up, Cameron didn’t attend church. In fact, he called himself an atheist, not because he didn’t believe but because he never thought about God.
While on the set of the TV show, GROWING PAINS, Cameron said that he was fed “ego-inflating information that I could be the god of my own world, the master of my own destiny.”
“I thought that religion was something people made up so they would stop doing bad things,” Cameron said.
However, one day everything changed for Cameron. He was invited to church by a young girl from the set of GROWING PAINS. He sat in the back row and heard the pastor talk about how God is holy and righteous, which helped Cameron start to understand the Gospel.
“Even though I heard it, I didn’t believe it. But it certainly got me thinking,” Cameron shared in a YouTube video.
Intellectually, Cameron struggled to understand God. He was given the book More than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell.
“I finished the book and came out convinced that Jesus really was who he said he was,” Cameron said. “Intellectually I had to admit that I believed in God or that I had a hidden agenda to not believe in God.”
Finally, Cameron found himself in his sports car with the decision to make. He knew he didn’t have forever to wait and knew that if heaven was real, he would not be going there.
“I didn’t how to pray, but I did. It was probably the clumsiest prayer ever prayed,” Cameron reflected. “But I closed my eyes and said, ‘God, if you’re there, I want to know. If you’re real, would you please show me? Would you forgive me for the things that I’ve done that are wrong, that have been offensive to you? I don’t know anything about you, but would you show me the way and make me the person you created me to be? If you’re listening.’”
After, Cameron told a friend about his experience, and his friend invited him to church and gave him a Bible. As Cameron read the Bible, he learned more about God and himself.
“The most important decision I could ever make would be to humble myself and trust Jesus Christ as the Lord of my life—to rely and depend upon him like I do with the air that I breathe and trust God’s word to guide me into the future,” Cameron said.
“Nothing compares to the joy of knowing Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior,” Cameron concluded.
Movieguide® previously reported on Cameron and his sister Candace Cameron Bure’s faith:
“What are the chances that two kids in the same family would not only be on TV, but come to faith in the Lord and then see the value of using platforms…like this to be able to encourage people?” Kirk asked his sister. “The Bible says encourage each other and build each other up, and I just want to take a minute and say you’ve been a huge encouragement to a million people, but also to me.”
Both Kirk and Candace are bold about their faith in an industry that is often hostile towards opposing viewpoints.
“[You are] unashamed and unafraid to share your faith everywhere you go,” Candace said. “Thank you for being so bold, and sharing your faith and making me feel comfortable to do the same.
“I know that the Holy Spirit gives us the fruit of the Spirit when we’re in Christ…because God gives us self-control, that’s something we need to have when we’re in those hot topics and divisive conversations… it’s important to represent Christ well,” she added.
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