To all music fans of the Contemporary Christian group Petra know who John Schlitt is. Schlitt was the lead singer of Petra from Feb, 1986 until Petra retired as a band in 2005.
After a long distinguished career with Petra, John is now doing free concerts, to help people find the peace with Jesus, that he found after a former Cocaine and Alcohol addiction. John told the 700 club in an interview that “I’d drink beer to go down and cocaine to get up. It was a lousy way to live. I wasn’t living. I was killing myself.” John’s wife Doria shares,“It was by the grace of God that we stayed together, because when all this took place, he was not a fun person to be around. He was miserable. Our church was praying for him; I was praying for him. There was a war going on for him. I knew it.”
John then says that he promised his wife to visit her pastor, so that she couldn’t say that he didn’t try. John shares, he pastor challenged John’s view of God. He said, “’You don’t know the Jesus that loves you. You don’t know the Jesus that has a plan for your life. You don’t know the Jesus that knows exactly what you’re thinking right now.’”
The power of God’s presence knocked him to the floor. John gave his life to Christ.
“The minute I finished, it was like a ton of lead lifted right off my shoulders. I didn’t realize I weighed that much.”
He was instantly delivered from cocaine and soon lost his desire for alcohol.
John recalls, “I had a hold of my daughter’s hand, and I looked at her. I think the first thing that God ever said to me was, ‘John, you know those treasures that you were looking for All that money you wanted to make, all those riches, they are right here. I’ve been taking care of them. Now you start.”
“He never gave up on me when He should have,” John says of God’s faithfulness. “I know that I’m going to see God but not because of what I did or doing or ever will do. I sin every day, but God’s blood was shed for me. That’s good enough to get me there.”
You can Come to Elim Gospel Church to listen to John sing on Friday February 22, 2013. The concert is from 7-9 pm. Elim Gospel Church is located at 1679 Dalton Rd., Lima NY. the Concert is FREE, and if you need more info you may call 585-624-5560.