If a friend of mine did not lure me away from my church, I probably would have become an Atheist. All the signs were there: arrogance, bitterness, unforgiveness, and so on. My church generated "dead souls" of which I was one.
God saw my dissatisfaction and my thirst for the "Living Water" - then He sent someone my way to quench my thirst and to save me from the clutches of the devil.
But really, God placed this discontentment in my heart so that I would be open to persuasion and receptive to the Holy Spirit.
And I am eternally grateful to Him; I know that I am saved and ready for His coming.
God came looking for me; and now it is up to me to reach out to others in the same way He reached out to me...