I was on my way to damnation because the Bible says:
1 Corinthians 6,9-11: "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.!"
I was educated Catholic, believed in the existence of God, but had no special relationship with the Church or God. It was just a tradition for me. I was not aware that Heaven and hell are realities that must be taken seriously. This is not taught properly (biblically) by the Catholic church.
Thus, in addition to the everyday misdemeanours (sins), I have had three very blatant attachments from which the Lord has freed me.
- Esoteric (Magic): Through various esoteric literature, attending courses and seminars, I had devoted myself to various practices such as pendulum dowsing, meditation, mind expansion, positive thinking (Murphy, ...), card reading, .... Also, I have dealt with the reincarnation (rebirth) from Hinduism / Buddhism.
- Greed: I wanted to become materially rich, with lottery, casino, securities trading and so on.
- Fornication: addicted to pornography in connection with visit of naturist, strip clubs, sex parties and the like.
Difficult circumstances in 1991: After a long period of unemployment, a new job for which I had no high expectations. Building our home with much higher costs than we, my wife and I, are actually able to pay. ...
I remember how, in August 1991, I screamed in despair to God, whom I did not actually know. Not nice at all, but in anger. Because he does not help, despite all the effort in the form of esoteric practices.
Now the time was right for me:
Mark 1,15: "And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel!"
In September, God the Lord intervened powerfully. Usually, when I came home from work, I ate something for a short time and then went back to the construction site. There was one exception on a Monday night, however, as I took the time to flick through the newspaper "fast". Here I noticed an invitation to a lecture on 4 following evenings, which was about miracles and rebirth. That was an issue for me now. I Left the building alone for once and went there.
It was an evangelistic gathering with the evangelist team of Ray Jennings from Canada. Something new for me, but somehow it did me good. After a few songs of praise, biblical teachings, reports on the work of God - even today, prayer for the sick and at the end came always the so-called altar call, the passing of life.
On the fourth and last evening God himself spoke into my heart: "Gerold, you need me, my grace and liberation from your bearings (fornication, ...), without me you can do nothing ..."
Mark 3,28-29: "Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation."
It was so clear to me that I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior and Redeemer, which allowed me to experience healing and deliverance. The most important thing, of course, is that all my sins are forgiven, and that God puts the certainty in my heart that I thereby share in the eternal life of my Heavenly Father.
From that point on, I was born again, in the biblical sense. He who seeks finds. I found much more than I wanted and hoped for. I do not regret a day that I live with God, but think, why not earlier. What could have been prevented!
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God bless you all