Spiritual Testimony for Scott Stoll, MD

I was raised in a strong Christian home in Colorado where the name of Jesus Christ was honored and I was encouraged to represent Him in every aspect of my life. Throughout my childhood and teenage years my parents not only provided an environment for spiritual growth but also demonstrated Christ honoring lifestyles for my brother and I to follow. Christian radio was a staple in our home and I will always remember lunch in the summer time with J. Vernon McGee’s great Bible teaching.

During college, I worked with an atheistic philosophy/psychology student for four summers who challenged every aspect of my Christian faith from the creation of the world to the inerrancy of the scriptures and the validity of other world religions. This forced me to carefully consider the claims of God’s Word and through intensive study transformed my childhood faith into an active personal walk with the living God. I believe this was a time when the faith of my father became my own faith, and after it was tested by fire was found to be true and dependable.

Grace is God’s undeserved gift, and I recognize that like all men and women before me that I have sinned and fall desperately short of God’s righteous requirement (Romans 3:23-25, Romans 6:23, I Timothy 1:15-17). I am then overwhelmed by the incomprehensible fact that over 2,000 years ago Christ willingly accepted the penalty for my sins so that I might have the promise of eternal life, and receive God’s gracious and generous inheritance (Romans 5:8, Romans 10:9). It is a gift far more valuable than I ever deserve and more precious than any prize or possession that this life can offer. This foundational belief is the standard that directs my life, my decisions, and my plans, and I recognize that all of my earthly achievements, successes, and awards will all be tested by fire one day and only that which is eternally valuable will remain (1 Cor. 3:12-15).

I believe in the inerrancy of the Bible (II Timothy 3:16) from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 21:21 and that Jesus Christ is the only way to obtain salvation in this life. Our salvation cannot be obtained by works or personal righteousness but only through the free gift of God through Christ. I will never compromise the Scriptures to support an “earthly truth” or man-driven belief, and I believe that the Scriptures are the ultimate source of truth and serve as a standard by which all other is measured. I strive to handle the Word of the Lord accurately and wisely, not misusing it to serve personal agendas or plan, and pray that God would show me if I am in error so that I can correct my ways quickly.

My life is hidden with Christ, and as His representative to the world I strive to maintain the highest degree of moral integrity in my personal and professional life. And yet I realize that it is only by His strength and through my surrender that this is possible. Daily I surrender my life to Him trusting each day will be lived to please Him, and I pray that one day He will say to me, "Scott, well done my good and faithful servant."  

Scott Stoll, MD