of Faith - Ron Kempen
- Please tell us a little bit about your ministry work,
both on the job and at your church. I try to witness to
others about how one gets to Heaven whenever a door opens
that seems appropriate. For several years, I’d go
to a particular website and debate with those there. Now
my Ministry is writing articles. Every now and then, someone
who is really interested in their salvation contacts me.
Those are the ones that I feel blessed with an opportunity
- How and when did you come to know the Lord as
After a number of events occurred in my life that got
my attention, I took two years to go through (on my own)
the New Testament just to see what God says about how
we get to Heaven. I then realized that I wasn’t
saved, that all I had been doing was religious, but it
left me unsaved. I switched to a Bible-teaching Church
in April of 95 and soon was with my dear friend, Perry,
who always finished praying by thanking Jesus for what
He did for us at Calvary. That is when I remember thinking
about Jesus and realizing what He actually did at Calvary
- What were the circumstances that prompted you
to work in Christian ministry?
I soon realized that we have a huge, vast opportunity
to tell people about Heaven, Hell, and Jesus. The need
for someone here in small town Wisconsin to be standing
up for Jesus, the Jesus of Scriptures, is overwhelming
as most of the people I know, don’t know anything
about who or how someone gets to Heaven. There are awesome
ministries in Texas and California to reach Catholics.
We need an outreach for reaching the lost, especially
Catholics, here in Wisconsin as well! This is why Gospel
Light Ministries was started.
- What do you enjoy most about being in ministry?
When someone writes back thanking me for any help that
I gave them, this is when I feel that I did something
right, that God is using the ministry, and this is what
the Ministry is for - to be used by God as He sees fit.
- What is your greatest frustration in the ministry?
Right now it’s my Parkinson’s disease, for
it limits my time and ability trying to open doors to
those that don’t know they’re lost, and sadly,
for the most part, they don’t care either.
- What is the most important thing you've ever
The most important thing that I ever learned was what
Jesus did at Calvary that He took my sin and gave me His
righteousness by faith in that finished work. A lot of
people know what Jesus did historically, but they’ve
never accepted His gift, and are still trying to merit
salvation based upon what they can do to get holy. I’ve
also learned to wait for Gods timing for everything, that
the Bible is 100% truth and how everyday Satan fights
us. There is definitely a spiritual warfare taking place
for each soul.
- What do you do to relax?
I enjoy spending time on the computer, whether its writing
articles, playing games or football related. I enjoy spending
time with my wife as well - she’s a gift from God
- traveling to Pennsylvania to visit her family is a high
point. However, listening to good Bible teaching and fellowshipping
with other true believers are very satisfying moments
as nothing would matter if I didn’t have these times
to focus on Jesus.
- What do you feel is one of the greatest concerns
the Christians should have today?
The greatest concern is how Christianity is being diluted,
ecumenical zed into a worldly, compromised message. Seldomly
does the clear uncompromised message of God get out. Rather
we’ve accepted programs that use the same language
or make people feel good as a substitute form just to
have more people get drawn into their churches.
- What are some ways you feel that Christians can
be involved in ministry in their own backyards?
There are the options of having a Bible study in ones
own house, however, that isn’t always manageable.
The point is that people see us, and we should live as
if we realize this. Don’t compromise in your life,
loving others whenever the opportunity arises, but do
so in a loving way so as to give Jesus the glory and we
can do this by becoming others-centered.
- What is your favorite Bible verse or area of Scripture,
2 Corinthians 5:21 and Romans 4 are my favorite passages
because the Gospel message is clear and easy to see there!
The first eight chapters of Romans is a gold mine for
- What would you most like to be remembered by?
I want to be remembered as someone that loved Jesus and
His Holy Word.
- If you could say anything to the people of Wisconsin,
what would it be?
Life is short; we’re all going to die. Is knowing
Jesus your primary focus or priority in your life? Let
me put it this way... Philippians 1:21 says, For to me,
to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If you live for
anything but Jesus, you’ll lose it when you die.
What are you living for? Also in the love chapter, there
is a verse that says (1 Cor 13:6) Rejoiced not in iniquity,
but rejoiceth in the truth. We should live loving others,
but love deals with the truth. I wonder how often we forget
to do this for something less rewarding?
- Do you have any prayer requests or anything you
would like to add?
As for prayer requests, My health isn’t getting
any better. Please pray for His healing me according to
His will. Also pray for my ministry, that God will bless
and use it to make a difference in people getting saved
and helping them see the truths of His Word. I’d
also like to take this opportunity to explain about Gospel
Light Ministries and its outreach to Catholics. Although
Catholics know Jesus died at Calvary, they are taught
that sacraments, masses, penances are various means by
which they have sins removed. They are taught that Heaven
is gained by faith + works. They also believe that Jesus
started the Catholic Church and they have a tremendous
apologetic following that defends their belief system.
Unfortunately, they are in a false system with a different
Jesus and a different gospel that saves no one. My articles
are written to address the many issues in which the Bible
shows the truth. Watch for them monthly here in Wisconsin
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feel the need to discuss doctrine, please call or write.