“I am greatly God’s debtor, because he granted me so much grace, that through me many people would be reborn in God…”
If you live in one of those parts of the world that celebrates St. Patrick’s Day, you might see the day as a time of Irish Pride, drinking, parading, and all forms of Lord’s Day debauchery under the guise of a religious Roman Catholic holiday. You probably have never given much thought about the original Patrick of Ireland and what makes him so special.
In the video below you can listen to an Irishman and former Roman Catholic Priest (now Bible-believing Christian) Richard Bennett tell of the REAL Patrick – Scotsman, slave, shepherd, and Evangelist!
Note: If you don’t have the patience to watch the video, you can read a shorter version here:
“before I was humbled I was like a stone lying in deep mire, and He that is mighty came and in His mercy raised me up and, indeed, lifted me high up and placed me on top of the wall. And from there I ought to shout out in gratitude to the Lord for His great favours in this world and for ever, that the mind of man cannot measure.”
As it turns out, Patrick the preacher and evangelist baptized thousands and planted over 300 churches on Irish soil. According to Bennett, it wasn’t until 700 years later, in the 1100s, that Ireland was invaded by the Pope and the English.