In 1975 – when I was 17 – I met Rev. Øyvind Fragell (1914-1993) for the first time. He was a beloved minister in Norway´s Pentecostal Movement who wrote some of the most heart-warming and tender songs about our relationship with Jesus Christ.
I will never forget that conversation in 1975 which happened openly in the lunch room of the Filadelfia Church and Publishing House.
Fragell had heard that I had come back to Jesus after 1 1/2 years of being away from the Lord. I had sought guidance in the Humanist Association. The meaningless and empty lives that I encountered there threw me into a despair so deep that I finally fled – back home to a life with Christ! I have followed Christ faithfully ever since.
Rev. Fragell shed tears of gratitude when he heard my story. But he also sobbed deeply when he told the painful and tragic story of how his own loved ones had left and betrayed the Lord.
I learned from Rev. Øyvind Fragell that betrayal of the Lord is a terrible thing. Don’t let anyone fool you into thinking that he was happy and content with that. His despair and tears speak today – 25 years after his death.