This is a testimony that was recently submitted to our offices. We are excited to share this young person’s story of victory with you.
By the time I was 10 years old, I was into basic witchcraft. It started very innocently–with magic tricks, sleight of hand, and acts of illusion. Then I became aware that my public school library had a witchcraft section, and I dove into it. I wanted power, and the ability to change my life. Ironically, witchcraft didn’t give me any power or recognition, but it definitely changed my life, for the worse.
So as a teenager, I was disturbed and very much a self-made outcast. Although I looked like I didn’t want any friends, or even want anyone near me, I desperately wanted to feel loved. As many do, I looked for endless things to fulfill that need, and that lent to several suicide attempts. The many therapists and psychiatrists that followed gave me countless medications and eventually diagnosed me with schizophrenia.
I practiced witchcraft for 9 years while also referring to myself as a Christian. I saw no conflict between witchcraft and Catholicism because the witchcraft books said you could be both, a witch, and a Christian. In fact, one witchcraft book had a whole section of prayers to the Catholic saints. The mystical had drawn me in and intrigued me, but more so, it began to frighten me terribly. I don’t want to go into the things that I did while practicing (because I don’t want to glorify Satan), but it was terrible. I am still suffering the consequences for my involvement in witchcraft.
While in college, I was invited to go to a Bible study. I knew I was probably going to Hell, but I didn’t think there was anything I could do about it. I was a Catholic and felt that I could never be as holy as Mary and the saints. I knew that my nature was evil and selfish, but I also knew I couldn’t change that fact. I could behave well, but I could not be right on the inside.
The Lord was merciful in having someone share the Gospel with me, and there was no hesitating in my mind. I accepted Christ and got baptized.
This church had an RU program, but I thought it was just another 12 step program. The more I heard about it, the more I was convinced it was some kind of false religion. Then I found out that the church was led by a Pastor, who also taught at my college, so I knew it had to be okay.
Joining RU was one of the best things I ever did.
I have been on all sorts of psychiatric medications for 23 years. They never solved my problems. The anti-psychotics never stopped me from seeing the demons, and the mood stabilizers and anti-depressants never prevented me from becoming depressed. Witchcraft caused my psychosis. My schizophrenia was caused by my years in the occult. My depression was caused by feelings of being rejected and unloved all my life, but the psychiatric world answers everything with medicine. They see it all as a chemical imbalance of the brain, and maybe it is sometimes, but all the shrinks and their medications are not making this world a better, happier place.
All glory goes to God for revealing the real “cure” to all my problems! Now I seek to tell others just to stop looking beyond the Cross!
*We want to caution our students to seek counseling with their RU Director, Pastor, and Primary Physician before making any changes to medication.