Pastor Bob Beeman — who started up the ministry Sanctuary through which Christian rock-and-rollers finally had a home and a church that understood and not condemned them — recently conducted an interview with MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson about David's faith in God. The chat is available for streaming in two parts below. An excerpt from the interview follows.
Pastor Bob Beeman: Did you ever feel like God actually left you? I mean, was there always a sense during those years that He was still kind of tugging on your heart and trying to get your attention?
Ellefson: "I never felt like He left me — it was very clear to me that I left Him. 'Cause once your start drinking and taking drugs and you get in that environment and that behavior… In fact, there were a lot of times, as we all do when we're in those [situations] when we wake up in some hotel or in your apartment, or whatever it is, you're alone, you're broke, you're hopeless, you're destitute… you're just spiritually and morally bankrupt as a result of that way of life. And you wake up or you go to bed at night from doing too much cocaine, or whatever it is that you do, and you're laying there and you go, 'Oh my gosh, what is the purpose of life? What am I doing? How did I get here? How did I move so far?' And in the moments that we all seek, we're asking the big question. And always the answer is, I moved away from God. I moved away from the creator who put me here for a purpose. And clearly what [I was] doing [was] not the purpose that he put me here to be in. If we can honestly face, ask and be open to accepting the answer to come, that seems to be the turning point to getting back on the road to redemption."
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