From the Catholic Church to True Salvation
I’m Hyung-Shim, originally from South Korea.
When I was about 11 or 12 I became a catholic. I started to believe in God and thought that the Catholic Church was the only church although I didn’t agree that the pope was infallible. I went to mass almost every Sunday mainly because of bad conscience. But at some point I was really bored during the mass and my thoughts drifted away.
Years later I went to a Christmas midnight mass in a cathedral to see an archbishop and listen to his sermon. When the mass started I was disgusted of the pomp, glamour and incense. The sermon was very disappointing as it was just superficial and no meaning at all. At this time I felt like a hypocrite in front of God. I wasn’t there with my whole heart to worship God and sang songs without knowing what I was singing. I just stopped going to church. But I knew that God was there and there was a way to God which I hadn’t found yet.
Suddenly I was aware of the state of my soul...
A few years later I got to know a “born again” Christian. He himself was catholic before and he told me about the corruption in the Catholic Church. He explained me John 3:5 “Except a man be born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” According to the Bible I needed to be baptised with the whole body (full immersion) and receive the Holy Spirit with the sign of speaking in tongues ( Mark 16:17, Acts 2) He even told me that I’m on the way straight to hell. Suddenly I was aware of the state of my soul. At home I started to pray again and God showed one by one situations where I was not right with Him. I asked the Lord for forgiveness.
After few more discussions with some Christians and reading more scriptures about baptism and the Holy Spirit I knew that the day came whether I decide for the salvation of my soul or just continue my life how it was. As I was struggling to decide I left the decision up to the Lord. Straight after that a clear sentence came out of my mouth saying “Lord I am ready to be baptised and receive your Holy Spirit.” Afterwards there was a joy in me, such a great joy I had never experienced before.
Soon I was baptised and came out of water as a new creature and received the Holy Spirit with the sign of speaking in tongues!
The Bible is really true and this salvation is for you, too!
Praise the Lord!