Seth’s Testimony

Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior has blessed me with the opportunity to become part of something much greater than myself by allowing me to connect with the anointing of The Holy Spirit. He is working miracles at 320 Clay St., Owensboro, KY. Glory to The Almighty Lord! Friends of Sinners has impacted my life like no other place! The realization of dreams and manifestation of so many tearful prayers are the reality of what is happening at FOS.
My name is Seth Barnhart. I’m 42 years old, born in South Bend, Indiana. I was born again in 2020 into the Kingdom of God. I am a believer in Jesus Christ; my Lord, Savoir, Father, and my best friend. The Bible says in Psalm 37:23 “the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord and He delights in his ways.” I believe the reason I’m here at FOS is Divine appointment, God’s perfect purpose, plan, and positioning for my life.
The past 25 years of my life has been a battle between my flesh, the ways of the world, Satan, and the Champion JESUS CHRIST who is always victorious. I wasn’t equipped with the weapons of warfare needed to overcome sin, addiction, and self-will that lead me down the path of jail, prison, and madness. At around then age of 15 I began using hard drugs such as cocaine, crack, LSD, and prescription pills. It didn’t take long to become addicted and a slave in bondage to the high and lifestyle that accompanies substance abuse. My recreational use evolved to an insatiable appetite for destruction. At 16 I was arrested for possessing marijuana and consequently kicked out of school and initiated into the criminal justice system. My story is comparable to others who took the wrong turn and could not find their way back to freedom.
I’ve been to prison six times from 1999-2017. I was never capable of breaking free on my own. In 2004 my aunt reached out to me and began sharing the love of Christ with me. While awaiting sentencing and preparing for another trip to prison, I traveled to Las Vegas NV to visit her family. I got baptized at her church. Nothing happened or changed right away, however, after returning home to face the court and ultimately return to prison for the 3rd time, something inside me became alive hungering for the knowledge of God’s Word. I spent the next year or so devoted to learning and self-improvement. Little did I know I was training myself to become a Pharisee. I knew the Word, could quote scripture, and talked about religion but I did not know Christ yet. There was no real personal relationship with Jesus.
After leaving prison I quickly found out I couldn’t continue being “good enough.” I knew nothing of mercy and God’s grace. So… my poor performance in being a Christian became the catalyst for giving up altogether. Within 60 days of my release, I was back on drugs and breaking the law. I was arrested for bank robbery and transported to the hospital for overdosing. God had His mighty hand on me, protecting me from myself and I was completely oblivious to it. Back to prison again… Back to my Bible again trying to perform for God and earn His favor again. I spent a few years reading books, lifting weights, and learning how to become a bigger, stronger, smarter loser. Released from the penitentiary once again. This time I made it about 90 days and was locked up for another robbery. I knew I was going to be locked up quite a while this time. Facing several felony charges, habitual criminal enhancement, and parole violation; I prayed to only end up with 20 years. I ended up getting 14 years which in hindsight was not answered prayer because on thing I have learned is to never put a time limit on anything you ask of The Lord! This trip to prison there was no attempt on my part at a relationship with God. I was convinced that this time I needed Him to show me something. Subsequently I wasted almost 6 years because God doesn’t honor our demands. For 6 years in prison, I did every kind of drug complimentary of the “department of corruption.” I hustled drugs, tobacco, and contraband thinking I was going to earn enough money to start a good life once I got back to the real world. All I accomplished was drifting further from my faith in Christ. I spent all that money on drugs before I ever made it out. Once free again, I made it a record 11 months before missing an appointment with my parole officer because I got high and was too paranoid to report that day. That cost me 3 more years in prison!
In 2017, I was released once again. I had my parole transferred to Tennessee. My best thinking led me to believe starting somewhere new would rectify my plight. I started off really well. Went to church, met some great people, got in relationship, and found out the hard way that I had no clue how to live outside of prison walls. As fast as I began to see how good life could be, my fear of success and lack of life-skills became apparent, and I lost control of myself. Everything around me crumbled like the unwise man in Mathew 7 who built on sand. Relapse was inevitable. Criminal thinking being my default setting, that led me straight to jail in Tennessee. Instead of going to jail or prison in another state, I was offered a choice: Leave Tennessee or face criminal charges. I bounced. My family came to pick me up and take me back home with them in Florida. That lasted a month. I went to jail in Florida. Two weeks later I hopped on a bus headed for Madisonville, KY. Running again, searching aimlessly for something to fill the void in my soul. Less than 30 days in KY I was smoking meth and breaking the law. One night I lost my sanity and reached out to my cousin in Indianapolis who calmed me down and called a cab to come pick me up and take me to the hospital. The very next day I was back in the madness. Paranoid and running from the meth monster, I stole a car and drove to the next town where I ended up in jail with a felony in yet another state. I bonded out and was able to go to rehab instead of doing time for the charge. I couldn’t run anymore. There was nowhere else for me to go other than back to prison or the grave. Without any family, friends, money, vehicle, or resources I was at my personal rock bottom. Eventually I got adjusted to treatment and started going to church. I began studying my Bible and the scriptures became alive to me. I had been blind but now I could see God’s sovereignty and the evidence of his goodness all over my life. After completing nine months of treatment, I moved back to Florida. For the first time in over 20 years, I was sober and enjoying life. God answered my prayers. My family was all together, I had a great job, went to an awesome church, and was able to spend time with my momma every day. She was happy and proud of her son. Suddenly, that all changed. I sensed the Lord calling me back to Owensboro, KY to the place where I had achieved sobriety. I believed God was going to use me and that this was my calling.
On the road again back to KY. I quit my job, left my family, picked up my cross and set out on a mission to follow what I thought was God’s plan for my life. Back in Owensboro volunteering at the place I got sober, things quickly went south. I clearly made the wrong choice. My trust in God was weak and I retreated to survival mode. I asked God why He would lead me all the way back here just to fail again. I gave up and gave in to temptation to get high. The guilt and shame were overwhelming. I got in my car one night with full intentions on ending my life. While I was driving recklessly getting ready to crash my car and be done with this life, lights came on behind me. Police were attempting to pull me over. I obviously did not follow through with suicide, but I still had big problems.
God spoke to me when in was asking Him why He wouldn’t just let me die. He said “Surely you deserve to die or spend the rest of your life in prison and eternity in hell BUT I sent My only Son, Jesus Christ, to die on that cross for you so that you could have life.” That was all I needed to hear in my spirit to ignite the fire inside me that still rages today. Psalm 40:1-3 “I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me, and heard my cry, He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth – Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, And I will trust in the Lord.” He made me brand new one day at a time. Through intentional, unceasing prayer, diligent bible study, and stepping out of my comfort zone, my faith was restored. I asked God to not allow me to get out of jail until He decided I was ready. One year later the doors opened for me and I emerged a new creature. I was blessed to have a chance to come to FOS. This place is a miracle. It is headquarters for spiritual warfare against evil. It is a place where men become disciples for Christ and his Kingdom. I have now been clean and sober since November 2019. My life is being aligned with Gods perfect plan. God was in control and directing my steps to FOS all along! “God will work ALL THINGS to the good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28. He is faithful even when we are not. His promises are true. “His Word is living and more powerful than any two-edged sword.” Hebrews 4:12. Jesus Christ is here with us at FOS and has His mighty hand all over this program. This place cultivates dreams, goals, and vision. At FOS, I’ve witnessed men restored, families reconciled, and God’s grace putting Kingdom men back into the community. He is the potter, and we are the clay. It’s not a coincidence we are located on Clay St.! All glory to God. I am nothing without Christ. God has a plan for my life. Jeremiah 29:11-13. FOS is the place where boys become men and men become disciples for Christ. The impact FOS has had on me is that it affords me the opportunity to walk out my relationship with Jesus Christ. Second to that is the unity and brotherhood. I now have at least 100 solid men in my life I consider brothers that hold me accountable and refine me daily.
1 Corinthians 13:11 “When I was a child, I spoke as child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things”. AMEN PRAISE GOD HALLELUJAH TO THE KING OF KINGS JESUS CHRIST!!!
Matthew 19:26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, ” With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible”. AMEN