The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


September 25, 2013

Evangelist reflects on his path back to redemption

Bruce Frye of Carthage, N.C., a full time evangelist, will speak and sing Sunday at Cranberry Baptist Church.

Frye traveled around the country for a number of years, playing music and singing with many well-known country music performers. However, through God’s mercy and grace, Bruce Frye came to know Jesus Christ as his Savior and his life was changed forever.

After years of performing on the club circuit and opening shows for Sawyer Brown, the Oak Ridge Boys, Charlie Daniels and others, Frye says in his testimony, “I was unable to escape the nagging feeling that something was missing in my life. I had grown up going to church, and when I was 13, I professed faith in the Lord, was baptized and became a church member, but my life didn't change. I went right back to being the same boy, with the same dreams.

“I believed my musical talent was from God, but I planned to use it to become rich and famous. The Bible says when you are truly born again, your life will change. I was not a new person; there was no real change in my life.

“The Bible also says a true Christian will have a love for the Word of God. I did not have that love. I continued to travel and perform, and along with my lifestyle came drug and alcohol use. As a result, I began to find myself in places and situations that had taken me a long way from the things I had been taught as a boy.”

Evangelist Frye continues, “In January 1998 my friend Skull was murdered in his own club. During his funeral and in the days following, I began to wonder, where will I go when I die? Little did I know my brother, his family, his home church and others around the country had been praying for me for many years.

“In response to their prayers, the Lord helped me find the answer. As I began to study the Bible, I learned that it clearly teaches what I already knew to be true; I was a sinner. I read that because of my sin, I deserved to go to hell, forever. I found out that my good deeds were useless to save me. The only way to Heaven was to change my mind about my sin and repent. Not only did I have to repent, I had to believe.

“I realized there was nothing I could do to save myself and Jesus Christ was my only hope. On March 10, 1998, at 12:30 a.m., I knelt in my apartment, broken before God, and asked His forgiveness for my sins as I placed my trust in Jesus Christ as my Savior. At that moment I became a child of God! Born Again!

“What a joy and peace I have, knowing without a doubt that if I died today, I would spend eternity in Heaven. It's not because of anything I have done, but because of what Christ did for me on the cross.”

Cranberry Pastor Roger Pauley invites everyone to attend this Sunday's special services. Brother Frye will speak, give his testimony and sing at 9:45 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Cranberry Baptist Church is located at 201 Cranberry Drive, Beckley. For more information, call 304-252-9631 or visit

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