The Personal Testimony of “The Magnet Man” Steve F. Schlechty
I was raised in a traditional American home just 4 miles outside of Newtown, Ohio. My Father was a hard working meat cutter for the restaurant chain Frisch’s. My Mother was a faithful stay at home mom. My Mother would take myself and two older sisters to a United Methodist church every Sunday while my dad would stay at home and tinker around in the garage and read the Sunday paper that was delivered to the top of the driveway every day. (My dad most likely got more out of Sunday than I did.)
At the age of 8 years old while lying in my bunk bed, I distinctly remember wondering what happens to a person when they die. The public school taught me about evolution and creation, trying to reconcile these led to much confusion in my little tinder mind. I hated school! My Mother had to threaten me with a yardstick to "get on that bus…"! I remember standing there lying through my teeth that I had a stomach ache and that I was about to throw up. My whole youth I was always terribly afraid of the dark, sleeping many nights at the end of my parents bed on the hardwood floor! To this day I still don't like the dark! There's something out there you see!
I played little league baseball and had dreams of playing professionally for the Cincinnati Reds. Two tumors in my finger and one in my knee quickly put that dream out in left field where it came from! My Father encouraged me toward a career in drafting which, for a change, I listened to him. To this day I am ever grateful to my Dad for that advice. I spent the next 29 years as a Mechanical Engineer – a job that would provide money for my home and ministry.
At 18 years old I got a job and left home. Some said I was living the American Dream, but in reality inside myself I felt void and with no direction in life. My American nightmare was unfolding right before my eyes. In high school I fell prey to the wrong friends who used drugs and alcohol. The same happened on the job. Friends who used drugs and lived wicked lives became my companions to evil. My heart was so very heavy. I knew there was something very desperately wrong with me. I could not stop the sins in my life: day to day, week after week with no peace within. Have you ever felt that way?
In May of 1981 I had enough of this life. My sins were out of control and consuming my heart and mind. No peace in my head, no peace in my heart, no peace in my home. My only conclusion was to take a coward’s way out. Blow my brains out! Suicide! Yes, I went and loaded the gun my Dad had given me when I was just a young boy. While putting the hair trigger gun to my head, a thought entered my mind from seemingly nowhere. "Pull that trigger and you are going to burn in Hell forever"! Needless to say that shook me up. Then a thought entered just as quickly as the other one and said "Go ahead and pull the trigger you will be much happier, just do it". The battle went on for what seemed like hours but really only seconds. (A short time before this day I remember getting a little red Bible handed to me at a fair. It was very small – about 2" x 2" square. It was filled with Bible verses about salvation. I read it cover to cover and set it aside. Little did I know the precious seed of the Word of God had been planted in my dark cold dirty & desperately wicked heart.) Well, thank God the Lord gave me enough sense to put the gun down (I was always afraid of fire and burning too). I began to weep uncontrollably and pour my heart out to God. I told the Lord how sorry I was for who I was and who I had become, so wicked and so empty, so lost and so hopeless! The thought of Jesus dying on the cross for me entered my mind and heart. While balling my eyes out and emptying my heart and self out to the Lord, I did the only thing I somehow knew to do and that was to ask Jesus to save me and forgive me of all that I had done and become in this life.
That day in 1981 I put all my trust in the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ to save my wretched soul from a devil’s burning HELL! Have you ever done that? Shortly after that moment I all of the sudden had a very strong desire to read the Bible! I had to get a Bible! But where? Off I went to the “Christian” book store. I said to the clerk, "Give me the latest and best Bible you got"! She handed me a brand new New International Version of the Bible! Needless to say the Lord refused to feed His new born again child spoiled milk! Glory to God! Then still desiring some pure milk from the Word of God, I went back to the bookstore and asked for something a little more alive. She handed me a "Living Bible". Well, I still was getting the wrong milk! This one was worse than the last one. Funny thing was that I still had my old black back KING JAMES BIBLE 1611 that the United Methodist Church gave me at the age of 10 or 12. I picked it up and flipped it opened and started to read it. I seemed to have no problem understanding this one and it was easy to memorize too. I loved it!!!
The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth!
After a short time I all of a sudden wanted to go to church! But which church would I go to? A fellow invited me to a little Baptist church, where I would begin to be taught the Word of God and learn what a Christian life was really all about. I did everything they told me to do. I began to attend church 3 times a week. I got my hair cut and stopped my cussing and drinking. I quit smoking those funny little cigarettes (Weed). I started going out on Visitation and passing out Gospel tracts, street preaching and all! I wanted the whole world to know about the forgiveness of sins that I had found in the Lord Jesus Christ. To make a long long story short, I wanted to put The Word of God on my car like some of the brothers in my church had permanently stuck on their cars! Well, I didn’t want to "Stick" it on my nice clean shiny car like they did on their old junky cars. After wrestling with this thought and desire for quite some time, the Lord put a thought in my heart to "just make a magnetic SCRIPTURE sign" with the Word of God on it. I thought, “Wow, what a brilliant idea Lord! God, you are something!” Yeah, a Magnet, with the Word of God on it! What a GREAT idea! At that point in my life I would have gone anywhere, done anything, and been anything, for the Lord Jesus Christ.
I felt in my heart I owed Him my life!
All God was asking me to do was to faithfully print the Word of God on magnetic material for His Honor and Glory! And distribute it ALL OVER THE WORLD!!!
That was well over 36 years ago. For the last 34 years (by the grace of God) we have been printing the blessed pure Words of God found only in the King James Bible on white magnetic material. In 1985 God also called me, a shy backward young man (a nobody from nowhere) to preach the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. So went the birth of the Magnetic Scripture Sign Ministry!
We now print in 29 different languages and have sent the blessed word of God to 52 COUNTRIES!
By God's amazing grace, He has protected this ministry from many severe attempts of the Devil to destroy and stop the printing of the Precious Words of God. God only knows just how many lost souls have read the word of God since the conception of this ministry in 1984. Most lost people do not go to church. I believe with all that is within me the way to reach this lost world is to bring them face to face with the Word of God.
The Magnetic Scripture Sign Ministry does just that! Bless the LORD oh my soul!
I present to all who will receive… Behold! THE WORD OF GOD!
John 1:1 ¶ In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Rev. 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
Psalms 138:2 …for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.
Psalms 119:140 ¶ Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.
Psalms 119:161 … but my heart standeth in awe of thy word.
Psalms 119:89 For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.
Psalms 12:6 The words of the LORD are pure words:
Isaiah 40:8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.
John 17:17 ¶ Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
I Samuel 9:27 … but stand thou still a while, that I may shew thee the word of God.
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword,
Luke 8:11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
Psalms 119:130 ¶ The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.
I Peter 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God,
Mark 4:14 The sower soweth the word.
Ecclesiastes 8:4 Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say unto him, What doest thou?
THE KING JAMES 1611 HOLY BIBLE is the PURE WORD OF GOD!
Mark 1:45 But he went out, and began to publish it much, and to blaze abroad the matter