Hi. My name is Drew Lewis and welcome to The Beginning of Wisdom. If you’re new here, well, don’t worry. So am I. First, a little about myself. I’m a former (childhood) member of the Way International, a religious group started by Victor Paul Wierwille in 1942. My family left during turmoil surrounding the leadership during the ’80s, when a lot of people were leaving. I continued to believe the teachings of The Way, including denial of the Deity of Christ and a belief in annihilationism, until 1998, when, through research on various cults and religious groups, I came to understand that Jesus truly is God, and worshipped Him as such.
I received a B.A. in philosophy from Boise State University and currently attend First Baptist Church in Boise, where I spend my time on two of my favorite things: music (I’m in one of the praise bands), and theology (I teach a young adult Sunday school and am in a small group discussing theology).
Theologically, I am an unashamed 5-point Calvinist, credobaptist, amillenialist, and moderate cessationist. I believe that God has spoken clearly on many subjects and that the vast majority of differences of opinion concerning the teaching of the Bible can be traced back, not to a lack of clarity in the Scriptures, but to either a lack of understanding in the person or adherence to some presupposition that causes a person to believe what he or she believes.
As of this post, I am less than two months from marrying my fiancee, Nikki. With the exception of only some older women, I know of no wiser woman than her. She challenges my thinking every step of the way and I’m better for it.
The purpose of this blog is twofold. First, I will seek to present a clear, unambiguous affirmation and explanation of the faith once for all delivered to the saints. Second, I will examine some of the things being said by critics of the faith from other religious and secular viewpoints. May God grant me wisdom as it begins.