The Tribulation Soldier
Statement of Faith
AUTHOR AND PASTOR
STEVEN AND SHARON BIRNIE
There are many websites, blogs and forums today on the internet, which are operated by Godly Christians, following their particular call in Jesus Christ. However, as always, there are those who are operating very much in their own wisdom and some, outrightly preaching false, incorrect and incomplete teachings of God’s Word.
This aspect is nothing new to the sphere of Christianity and the Word of God encourages us time and time again, to be aware of false and incorrect teachers and test what we read and hear, as part of our Christian walk. So with that in mind, we thought it necessary to share a little further about myself as a Christian and what we believe, so that you as the reader might test for yourself the kind of Christians we are.
2002 – 2009
Having fallen away from God in my teenage years, I returned to that place of peace with Jesus. Shortly after, we were given a Word by a well known and now dearly departed Christian Preacher called John-Paul Jackson who gave us our calling. Over the next 7 years, we were prepared for the ministry which included straightening out of our lives, a 4 year season of serious illness and an exhaustive study of the Bible. In 2009 having recovered from that serious illness, I was given the opportunity to preach my first public teaching season of the First Principles and Oracles of God, opening the way for my first book and later, the creation of our first website.
2009 – 2012
In 2009, the Word we received began to come to pass as we were set forward to oversee the youth and young adults at Elgin Community Church. There we held our own Sunday Night Youth Service, an open Thursday Night Youth Cafe and a monthly youth outreach event where we saw youth saved and baptized. This was undoubtedly the happiest years we’d experience to date, as we Pastored the youth, opened our home and spent time traveling to various youth events.
2012 – 2016
In 2012, Sharon gave birth to our daughter Emily and very soon after, she fell pregnant with David. After this 9 year promise from God, life began to change a lot and soon we were set forward in a surprise move, to a fellowship more local to us as a family. There we took up the role of the Associate Pastor and Assistant to the Scottish National Overseer, who was and is, a close personal friend. Within the New Elgin Christian Fellowship, I was called to preach and teach, pastor within the assembly and oversee a small home group within our home. It was there we were recognized, as a registered UK and European Christian Minister, as part of the Association of International Gospel Assemblies. In 2013, I began my own prayer and research into writing Fictional Christian Publications and it was then the Tribulation Soldier was born. Along with family, work and church work, I somehow managed to write the first in our series of the books you see today and making them available through our website.
In 2016, we began to experience that impression from God to move on and move forward so, with the blessing of our National Overseer and fellowship, we took a more relaxed Pastoral role to follow the call which was laid on our hearts 14 years before. It was then we really began to push with the Tribulation Soldier Publications writing, and editing our eBooks all the while continuing to devote as much time as possible to David and Emily.
2017 – 2018
Midway through 2017, I developed a hernia in a very awkward place and at the end of 2017, I went in for surgery which went very wrong indeed. Unbeknown to the surgical team, they’d nicked my bowel by mistake and closed me up. This caused sepsis requiring an emergency operation. What I woke up with, was an open six-inch wound which finally closed in the summer of 2018 to await the next operation.
Another operation was scheduled to correct the issue for November 2018 and again, this surgery went wrong. The surgery team went in and handled my small intestine too much causing my digestive system to shut down. And when I drank a glass of water, the fluids went into my lungs instead of down my throat. Within hours I was delirious, then the infection really kicked in, meaning I had to go to intensive care and be put on a breathing machine. This was the beginning of a month in the hospital, two and a half weeks of, I simply can’t remember and during that time I almost died more than once.
Now, you might be thinking that this was a setback, however as Christians, we’d never term something like this as a setback, rather just part of the process of God’s plan for our lives. This issue gave me time like never before to fully focus on the development & construction of this ministry as well as times of deep study. But more than that, it’s brought me, Sharon and my family closer together than ever before. I’ve learned so much in this season, as we’ve moved through the unknown and you may think, why would God allow this. Well, this type of situation and season are a common circumstance for most Christians, as God moves a person forward to grow.
2018 – Present
At the moment, I’m recovering well at home after the month in hospital eating, drinking and sleeping well as I try to build my body back up. I was twelve and half stone leaving hospital, which was amazing work by those doctors and nurses who took care of me. But I lost a lot of muscle mass due to my body fighting, so that will take a short season to build.
After hospital, I pretty much got back to work on our website and social media however due to the time of the year, we’ll being doing what most parents do, is turn our attention for a couple of weeks into having a great Christmas with the kids. I only saw David and Emily once in that whole month, which was difficult, so this year’s Christmas will be more special than most!