Fire & Faith
by John Hanna
It was February of 1978, when a man of faith
and vision had started a church in Detroit, Michigan with about 10 members.
church has grown to over 5000 members and includes a daily T.V. ministry.
The man with the mission is Andrew Merritt. Bishop Andrew Merritt is the pastor of the
Straight Gate Church and is quick to give the glory, all of the glory, to God. "The
prosperity of man is linked to his intimacy with God," said Merritt. "God gave
Adam glory to glorify God. Were here to glorify God, not self."
Merritt is the author of `My Faith is Taking Me Someplace sub-titled `Are you on
the Road to Nowhere? which is published by Creation House.
During a rainstorm in Dallas, while assisting Bishop T.D. Jakes at a book signing,
Merritt was approached by, as he puts it, "a gentleman from Creation House," and
he asked Merritt to write a book.
Merritt wrote the book intending to help people to know Gods love for them! He
puts the emphasis on God to save and deliver us and not we ourselves. "Weve
been given the privilege to work with him," however, Merritt explained, "The
focus is always on God, not man."
Within the pages of this insightful book of faith, he takes us to the side of our faith
journey that includes troubles, trials and tribulations. He explains that the faith of
many people in the Bible led them to some very unlikely places and situations.
He points to three Hebrew boys who were tied up and thrown into a fire because of their
faith and how they were seen in the fire, walking around, loose. Merritt says that The
Faith God gives us will, "take you to a furnace and allow you to function in
it." And we know that scripture shows how promotion and prosperity awaited those
three Hebrew boys when they were called out of the fire without even the smell of smoke on
He doesnt know where some people in the church came up with the doctrine of all
prosperity with no troubles, trials or tribulations.
Merritt is a very insightful and balanced teacher who knows first hand the faithfulness
of God to deliver his children out of every affliction. He will inspire you to have faith
in God, even when it seems like all of Hell is breaking out against you.
His book is available where ever Creation Books are sold, including Rainbow Family
Bookstore in Maple Heights.