When Jason was nine years old, his family attended Marcus Pointe Baptist Church in Pensacola, FL. He was quite ignorant of the world growing up because his parents did a very good job of sheltering him from the evils of the world. He went to Sunday school and children’s church every Sunday. He really enjoyed church. One day, the Sunday school teacher taught on 2 Chronicles chapter 1. In this passage, Solomon asked God for wisdom. His teacher said that Solomon could have chosen power, wealth, or wisdom, but he chose wisdom. Because of this, Solomon received all three. He taught us that we could ask for wisdom and God would give it to us.
This sounded appealing to a young boy. Jason thought, “I can ask God for wisdom and he will give it to me? That sounds pretty easy.” Not too long after, at the age of 9, he asked God for wisdom. When he asked God for wisdom, his eyes were opened and he saw the world as he never saw it before. He could see patterns in the world’s behavior and in people’s thinking. He could take concepts that other people thought were complicated and break them down with ease. His mother even noticed the change.
Beginnings in Apologetics
The first time he was exposed to someone disagreeing with anything the Bible had to say was in his 4th grade class at Sherwood Elementary in Pensacola, FL. He was ten years old. A girl named Blair in his elementary school class told him that God wasn’t real. He wasn’t shocked nor was he shaken. His thought was, “That is stupid. Of course God is real.” He once checked out a book on archaeology from his school’s library. One of the pages talked about King Solomon’s tomb. Remembering what he read, he pointed out to Blair that there are historical sites that are in line with the stories the Bible tells. Jason pointed out that we know where King Solomon’s tomb is. Blair was surprised to find out about Solomon’s tomb and then she indicated she might have been wrong about God.
Jason read a lot of books about outer space starting when he was in 2nd grade and he saw a lot of them saying that the earth was billions of years old. Even though he never heard of young-earth creationism, he knew that the book was wrong. It, however, didn’t really dawn on him that the books were disagreeing with the Bible on the age of God’s creation. He simply ignored those statements that he thought were incorrect. One might ask, “How could he see these things that contradict the Bible and not realize there was disagreement?” The imagination of a child is a powerful thing. He simply imagined that the books did not disagree with the Bible. Why? Because, he grew up in a sheltered home, and the notion that someone could think the Bible was wrong about something was not comfortable to him. When he was 10, he met Dr. Kent Hovind for the first time. He came to children’s church to talk about dinosaurs.
When he was 11, his elementary school had an interesting set up for his 5th grade class. He had two teachers, Mrs. Lindenborn and Mrs. McDonald. Mrs. Lindenborn taught English whereas Mrs. McDonald taught science. For one hour every day, Mrs. Lindenborn and Mrs. McDonald’s class would swap teachers. Because of this, he was taught science by Ms. McDonald one hour every school day. One day, she started talking about evolution. He never heard of evolution (He might have heard Dr. Hovind mention it but he does not remember), but he knew that the idea that men evolved slowly over time was at odds with what the Bible taught. He stood up and said, “This is wrong. Everyone knows that God created everything in six days and rested on the seventh day.” Ms. McDonald was flustered and said, “Well, evolution is just a theory. You don’t have to believe it.” That somewhat appeased Jason, but he sat down and thought, “They are teaching this in school?” This is the first time where he truly realized that there were people who did not agree with the Bible. This realization darkened his view of the world, and he realized that the world was not as nice of a place as what he thought it was.
When he was 12, Kent Hovind came to his youth class at Marcus Pointe Baptist Church and taught on creation vs. evolution. He was amazed at what he heard. He was very encouraged by all of the evidence for a young earth and he was amazed that people could believe in evolution despite all of the problems with it. After the talk was over, he talked to Dr. Hovind and he gave me his book for free, ‘Are You Being Brainwashed by Your Textook?’ His parents also bought him ‘Refuting Evolution’ by Dr. Jonathan Safrati. He read both books, but he read Kent’s book many, many, times because, at the time, he was able to understand Kent’s book on evolution better than any other book on evolution he read.
Shortly after reading Dr. Hovind and Dr. Safrati’s books for the first time, he had an assignment in his ‘Life Science’ class at Belleview Middle School in Pensacola, FL. He had to write a paper on evolution. He could not bring himself to write a paper on the evidence for evolution so he decided to write a paper on why he thought evolution was a stupid theory. He was a bit nervous about what his teacher’s reaction would be; however, shortly after he turned in the paper, he suddenly had a new Life Science teacher. Shortly after she became his new teacher, she handed him his paper on evolution. She gave him a 100 and wrote many comments on his paper that was very supportive of his position. He felt very encouraged. After class she told him that it is good to be critical of ideas even when a lot of other people accept them. She told him that she also did not agree with evolution even though she was a science teacher.
Off and on throughout high school, he ran into situations where he argued with his teachers about God and evolution. When he was 16, one teacher at Pine Forest High School in Pensacola, FL, Mrs. Smith, spent a great deal of time on teaching evolution. He didn’t confront her in class, but after class he informed her that he thought that evolution was a stupid theory. She told him there was a lot of evidence for the theory and that it was a valid theory. She was clearly mad at him for saying anything so he backed off and didn’t try to argue with her because he felt like if he did he would get in trouble.
When he was 18 and in his senior year in high school, he had an American History teacher named Mr. Lagasse. This teacher was a liberal to the extreme (at least he was at that time; his views would be considered moderate in this day and age). He actually learned very little about American History in his class. What he learned more about was how crazy liberal political ideology was. He argued with his teacher a lot. Even though he and Jason disagreed on nearly everything anyone could think of, Jason felt very comfortable arguing with Mr. Lagasse in front of the class because Mr. Lagasse wanted people to speak out in his class regardless of their viewpoints. The class enjoyed watching Mr. Lagasse and Jason go at it and Jason was the only person in the class that would regularly challenge what Mr. Lagasse said. A lot of times, Jason’s classmates would laugh at them arguing like two old people. One day, Mr. Lagasse mentioned evolution. Jason could understand talking about politics in a history class, but this wasn’t a science class. Jason raised his hand and told Mr. Lagasse that this is not a science class. Mr. Lagasse asked Jason if he believed in evolution and Jason said no. They started arguing about it, and Jason repeatedly asked, “Where did that come from?” until Mr. Lagasse was reduced to stuttering while gesturing in an exasperated fashion. The class laughed when Mr. Lagasse couldn’t answer Jason’s questions.
Falling Away from His Spiritual Identity
At the age of 22, Jason thought he could see a lot of hypocrisy in the members of his church (Jason now thinks he was the one being a hypocrite). He started viewing the church services as being very superficial, and he started to deviate from his spiritual walk. Even through all of this, he knew God was real, but he rarely thought about him and all he cared about doing was hanging out with friends and playing video games.
In late 2010 and 2011, Jason was took interest in his faith again, but only to a small extent. He started watching videos about creation vs. evolution again. He started participating in discussions at a forum website called ‘Evolution Fairytale Forum.’ He met a lot of young-earth creationists there and it was at that site that he started learning about logical fallacies and how people’s support of evolution was the result of logical fallacies. He was very encouraged by the people who participated in this forum.
Even though he had a little bit more interest in his faith, he wasn’t really walking in it at the time, but God had a different purpose for Jason. Since he was so interested in being on the internet and playing video games all day, he never really scheduled any appointments for himself because he didn’t want to bother. Because of this, his mother scheduled a dentist appointment for a teeth cleaning and an eye doctor appointment for the same day. Jason wasn’t happy about it but since his mother scheduled it he decided to go to both. The dentist appointment was a routine teeth cleaning, whereas the eye doctor appointment was for a spot that his Mother noticed in his eye. Jason never liked dentist appointments, but he certainly wanted to go back after going to the eye doctor. The doctor was very interested in the spot on Jason’s eye and Jason heard the doctor remark in the hallway that he hadn’t seen one in 20 years. Jason’s eyes were dilated multiple times during that appointment. Jason was then told that he had a nevus tumor in his eye and he needed to go to Birmingham to the Callahan Eye Foundation.
Returning to God
He was told this tumor was cancerous, but the doctor didn’t know whether it had spread or what sort of treatment would be required. A cancer diagnosis is a scary thing for any person. This caused Jason to think about philosophical questions such as, “Is God real?” and “Are there any arguments for other religions besides Christianity?” These questions prompted an intellectual journey. Before, Jason had only studied science, and in particular, was interested in the creation vs. evolution debate. This journey, however, broadened Jason’s horizons and Jason was introduced to philosophy.
Jason first found a debate between Dr. Richard Dawkins and Dr. John Lennox; Jason was very impressed with Dr. Lennox’s case for God. He also found Dr. William Lane Craig on YouTube, and Jason found the arguments Dr. Craig gave for the existence of God to be very encouraging. The first debate video Jason saw of Dr. Craig was his debate against Christopher Hitchens. In that debate, Dr. Craig called himself a ‘professional philosopher.’ After seeing Dr. Craig’s performance and his depth of knowledge, Jason began studying philosophy.
Jason now knew that atheism was nonsensical, but he also wondered if other religions had as good arguments for their position. Since Hinduism and Islam were the other two big religions, Jason looked into them. Jason thought Islam made more sense than Hinduism, but he found both religions to be inconsistent in their thinking and he found that their arguments were not as strong as the ones Dr. Craig and Dr. Lennox gave.
In 2012, Jason ran into videos by Eric Hovind (Dr. Kent Hovind’s son) and Sye Tenbruggencate. He was introduced to Dr. Greg Bahnsen through these two, and to Dr. Cornelius Van Til through Dr. Bahnsen’s works. This phase of Jason’s study really helped him understand the importance of epistemology and the authority of the Bible.
Entering Apologetics Ministry
In 2013, after Jason felt well studied enough to stand his own ground. He started a ministry called ‘Answers for Hope.’ This ministry attracted more attention than Jason anticipated. Jason wrote articles that many believers found to be encouraging, and he debated atheists, some who had Ph.Ds, both on video and in writing, and he occasionally spoke about apologetics publicly. The ministry was mainly apologetics oriented.
In 2014, Jason slowed down his Answers for Hope ministry due to time constraints that came from studying at Columbia Evangelical Seminary (he had just completed Biola University’s Apologetics certificate program) and due to his full-time job. At Columbia Evangelical Seminary, he studied under Dr. Rick Walston and Dr. Phil Fernandes. At Columbia Evangelical Seminary, he read Dr. William Lane Craig and Dr. J.P. Moreland’s book, Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview. Jason enjoyed the book, in particular, he enjoyed the parts of the book that went into the arguments for the existence of God in great detail; however, Jason was not satisfied with the section on epistemology, and he found the section on metaphysics to be very tedious and redundant. Jason was more concerned with the former than the latter. Those who were skeptical of the notion that knowledge was possible appeared to have a point. The way in which Dr. Craig and Dr. Moreland approached these issues seemed to be insufficient. After some thought, it seemed to Jason that the only way to escape the conclusion that we cannot know anything at all was to start with revelation. He knew that this was true, but he did not know how such a philosophy would look.
The next book Jason had to read in seminary was a book by a Presbyterian Philospoher named Dr. Gordon Haddon Clark. It was actually a compilation of Dr. Clark’s books. It was Christian Philosophy: Vol 4. He had heard of Dr. Clark because he saw Dr. Bahnsen and Dr. Van Til criticizing Dr. Clark in their books. When Jason read this book, Jason was surprised to see that Dr. Clark had come to the same conclusion that he did. The way to advert skepticism was to start with the Bible as an axiom. Even though he had never met Dr. Clark (Dr. Clark departed to Glory a little over a year before Jason was born), Jason felt like he could relate to Dr. Clark. Dr. Clark’s way of thinking and Jason’s way of thinking seemed to be very similar. Dr. Clark rejected metaphysics as a legitimate branch of philosophy, and Jason was also skeptical of metaphysics.
At this point, Jason wanted to read all of Dr. Clark’s books. In 2015, Jason met Dr. Kenneth G. Talbot, a former student of Gordon Clark’s, through Facebook. He found out Dr. Talbot had a seminary and he offered to teach him. Jason left Columbia Evangelical Seminary and started attending Whitefield Theological Seminary. Jason learned a lot from both Columbia Evangelical Seminary and Whitefield Theological Seminary. In particular, he found conversations with Dr. Phil Fernandes and Dr. Kenneth Talbot to be helpful at both seminaries. Certainly, what he learned from both schools have helped shape Jason into who he is today as a thinker.
Becoming an Author
In 2017, Jason published his first book, Apologetics Made Simple. The book was unexpectedly successful and received positive reviews both from seminary professors and laypeople. In 2018, Jason published a book called Building Wealth Made Simple. This book was also successful, although it wasn’t as successful as his first book.
In 2018, Jason determined that his view of the covenants was wrong. He had held to the Westminster Confession of Faith, and therefore, agreed with covenant theology. When he started to doubt his view of the covenants, he began an investigation into various views of the covenants. Jason began attending Brit Ahm Messianic Synagogue in Pensacola, FL. He had been friends with the Rabbi there, Eric Tokajer, for a few years. There was a brief period of time where he attended Brit Ahm in 2015. After some studying and reflecting, and after having some visions (in the form of dreams) that educated him about the covenants, Jason became Messianic and adopted Messianic Judaism (a form of Judaism that accepts Jesus (also known as ‘Yeshua’) as the Messiah and that salvation is only obtained by faith in Jesus alone; he also still identifies with Christianity). This, unfortunately, upset the staff at Whitefield Theological Seminary, and Jason was kicked out of the seminary. It should be noted that many seminaries view Messianics as Christians and allow them to go to their schools (For example, Biola University has Messianic programs). Despite what occurred, Jason is very thankful for the education that he received at Whitefield Theological Seminary.
Called to Changing the World
In 2019, Jason’s best friend introduced him to her family’s church, Miracle Faith Apostolic Global Church. Jason was skeptical because anytime someone calls themselves an apostle; it raises a red flag (there are some who call themselves apostles have very unbiblical teachings). This Apostle, however, was different. He had strong knowledge of the Biblical languages, and he handled the Biblical text responsibility. Everything he taught revolved around the Gospel, and thus, he passed the test that the Bible mandates for testing spirits (1 John 4:2,3). Jason wanted to learn more so he enrolled as a student of Christian theology in International Miracle Institute located in Pensacola, FL. Around the time of this enrollment, Jason officially became a member of Brit Ahm Messianic Synagogue. In March of 2019, God revealed to Jason that he has the gift of prophecy.
Jason’s goals in life is to be an author that would spread the Gospel, teach believers, solve world hunger, and fulfill God’s will for him concerning his role in this world. Jason knows very little of what the latter goal will look like, but Jason is walking in faith knowing that God keeps his promises.
Restarting Answers for Hope
In May of 2019, Jason was called by God to restart Answers for Hope as a ministry that focuses on empowering believers to walk in their faith with boldness. Jason rebuilt the original website.
Jason now attends Brit Ahm Messianic Synagogue and Miracle Faith Apolostic Global Church in Pensacola, FL. He holds a Certificate in Christian Apologetics from Biola University in La Mirada, CA and an Associate of Christian Theology from International Miracle Institute in Pensacola, FL. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor degree in Christian Theology at International Miracle Institute in Pensacola, FL.