by J. Gerald Harris
Richard Suplita was born in Fairmont, West Virginia. He grew up in the Church of Christ, where his father was a deacon. The Suplitas were in church three times each week. During those early years Suplita made a commitment to Christ.
Suplita admitted, “I made a commitment on the basis of my understanding of Christ at that time. I thought it was like a contract with God and I had to maintain my part of the contract. It was rather legalistic and it was my responsibility to maintain my salvation and if I failed to do so, then God could end the contract whenever He chose. I knew nothing about a covenant relationship with Christ.”