EDITOR’S NOTE: The world promises us riches, fame and the ultimate satisfaction. Pierre got a taste of these offers and had momentary satisfaction that quickly dissipated as fast as it came. Having feasted on the best at the top and on the worst at the very bottom, Pierre finally surrendered to Jesus and experienced a satisfaction that lasts forever. Through it all, God extended mercy and demonstrated a patience that Pierre could never understand but whole-heartedly accepted.
Born & raised in Compton, California (August, 1989), life didn’t begin so easy for me. I was surrounded by gangs, drugs, sex & violence my entire life. And not knowing my true purpose, I dabbled in all of it.
I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior in my early teens. Not knowing the importance of being Saved, I inevitably backslid (went back into a life of sin). In the year 2008, I was living in poverty. Because I didn’t know God to be my Jehovah-Jireh (my provider), I began to “do me”; attempting to make things happen on my own. I was a musician (alias: Too Much)… rapping, singing & producing songs that glorified sin; the very thing that my God hates.
In 2009, I produced a song for the music group, The Vixenz, called “I Need That” (later remixed by rap artist Snoop Dogg & aired on Power 106). The song ushered in the “Jerk Movement”; beginning in Los Angeles, California, then spreading to neighboring states & eventually the East Coast. In my mind, I was on top of the world, unaware that I was wretched, miserable, poor, blind & naked (Revelation 3:17).
The picture below this paragraph was taken the very day I almost lost my life. After a night out with friends (drinking alcohol accompanied by foolishness), I decided to stand inside the car (hanging out of the car with the door still open). The driver pulls off & begins to speed down the street. That’s when I fell off of the car; scraping my entire face, arms & legs… busting my skull in 2 places & fracturing my collar bone & index finger. I should have died in my sins, but my God was merciful!
Near-death still wasn’t enough to cause me to forsake sin & before I was done healing, I was back composing secular music, smoking weed, abusing drugs & drinking alcohol. I was a slave to sin (John 8:34).
One night, during a deep conversation with my sister, Vixen Monai, the Lord had removed the scales from my eyes; revealing that I was heading down a path already marked for destruction. I had quit doing music many times in the past, but I felt the Lord telling me “This is your LAST chance”.
My career ended that night.
I went on a 2-year hiatus, chasing after the lusts of the flesh (decided to “do me”). Within this 2 year span, I tried to define my being with success. I pursued a career in acting, dancing, singing, modeling, marketing & advertisement, club promoting, graphic design, phone application development & a few other job titles. Trying to “find yourself” outside of the will of God is impossible, but that’s a lesson I learned later in life.
In 2011, I hit rock-bottom (again), but I still didn’t acknowledge God in my ways (Proverbs 3:6). To help pay rent, I began a career in Photography (alias: Pierre Gerard aka Pierre G Visions).
Although this career began as “innocent”, I later allowed myself to be used by the devil. I took sensual photographs of women, promoting lust (Matthew 5:28). I photographed many celebrities & a reputation was made, but it was all vanity (Mark 8:36).
I met a guy who, rather persuasively, inducted me into the “party life”. 4 nights a week, I was partying in some of Hollywood & Long Beach’s “hottest” Hip-Hop & Techno clubs… for FREE!
Romans 13:13 – “Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness…”. The Bible describes this sort of reveling as “orgies”, which is exactly what nightclubs have become; sex with clothes on. “Dance” originated as a form of worshiping God, & in no way, form or fashion was I pleasing the Lord by gratifying my own flesh (1 Peter 1:16).
I was engulfed by sin. It took for EVERYTHING to come crashing down on me before I realized how much I needed God’s help. I recall 2 days where I literally cried out to God saying, “Lord, why am I here?” ……… *No answer* ……… I had this blameful attitude that if God would just tell me why He created me, I would straighten up (not the best attitude to have toward God). The very week I completely surrendered to God, He revealed to me the calling on my life; that I was predestined to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I wasn’t waiting on God, He was waiting on me!
I rededicated my life back to Christ in February, 2012, & have been enjoying my walk with Him more & more each day. I used to hear about the peace of God which surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7) & now I have it! I now preach the Gospel, sing in the Choir, Mime dance & oversee the Homeless Ministry at my church; all to the glory of God!
God is still allowing me to fulfill all of my dreams; not for self-gratification, but I’m using my talents to glorify HIS name. So be on the lookout for Christian Rap artist named “Just Pierre”, & many other avenues in which the Lord leads me!
A lot of pain & anguish could have been avoided in my life had I given it to Christ much sooner. My God waited 22 long years for me, & to show my gratitude, I will live out the rest of my days serving Him.