Saved and Set Free from Drugs and Occultism!
When I was twenty years old I became a Christian, but before that my life was very different. Although I had a normal childhood, nice parents and everything one normally needs to be happy, I often found life a bit boring. At fourteen I started drinking alcohol, and when I was fifteen I began to smoke marijuana. At seventeen years of age, I was smoking marijuana every day. By the time I was eighteen I had tried ‘magic mushrooms’, was smoking a lot of pot, and would fall into trances and experience a realm that I had never known about before. On the one hand I was a bit scared about this “other world”, but on the other I was very curious to find out what it was all about.
To show you what the Lord really did in my life, I would like to share some experiences from my former life with you. At the age of eighteen I got to know a couple that had done yoga for years, and who also took LSD on a regular basis. They explained the basics of yoga and how to meditate. At first I found it a bit strange, but after some practice I could feel a certain “power” during our meditations. One day we took LSD and did meditation whilst on the trip, and that was very powerful. LSD alone is very strong but together with meditation it was so powerful that I thought my spirit was about to leave my body.
So I started to experiment with LSD and magic mushrooms...
After that trip I decided to really find out what that other world was all about. I knew that it was something very real and not just some fantasy. So I started to experiment with LSD and magic mushrooms, and took them alone in the woods, together with friends, or at techno parties. I also tried different drugs like ecstasy, speed, opium and later crack and heroin, and found these pleasurable, but they can’t be compared to psychedelic drugs. I discovered that during LSD trips, if I called out the name of a long-dead guru, I fell into a deeper and much more powerful trance. I started to call on the names of these gurus when tripping. During some trips we felt so much power in the room that we didn’t need to speak to each other any more — somehow it was as if we could communicate without talking. Many coincidences also began to occur which made me realise that something “higher” had started leading my life. At that point I couldn’t imagine living a normal life any more, I just wanted to have this power and “break through to the other side” even if it meant risking death during LSD trips.
At that time I had no idea what was behind all this. I somehow thought it was good “yoga power”, which could help to make the world a better place and life so much more pleasant. Once I took an extreme overdose of LSD at a techno-party, which was a very strange experience. It was like a kind of worship. When I came home I was still under the influence of drugs, and something had taken over my mind, I had no control anymore. I began to say things I normally would never have said. My parents called the police and they took me to a psychiatric hospital where I was held for six weeks. After two weeks my thinking was much clearer again and I decided that whatever they did to me I wouldn’t change. I would continue taking drugs but from now on I would keep my thoughts to myself, no matter how high I was on LSD.
A few months later I had an absolutely horrific LSD trip...
A few months later I had an absolutely horrific LSD trip. When it started, my whole surroundings suddenly changed and I heard a very clear voice speaking to me. At that moment I realised that I was trapped, and that this person, whoever it was, was absolutely evil and had completely deceived me and wanted to possess me. I fled from the building and ran through the streets, out of the city but this person/power followed me. He said that he was in control of my life and that I should completely open up to him so that he could possess me. He told me I should become a techno DJ so that he could use me as a kind of medium. He then told me that the last time I had overdosed on LSD, I hadn’t fully surrendered to him. Therefore he had punished me and made me so irrational that I ended up in the psychiatric hospital. If I refused again, he would make sure that this time I would never come out of the hospital. I was absolutely terrified. I couldn’t speak to anyone about it. He also warned me that he would kill my father if I wouldn’t do as he said. After a long battle I decided to commit suicide so that he couldn’t possess me and I wouldn’t be punished. I climbed up a telegraph pole and wanted to jump. At the last moment I remembered a picture of a “god” that I had seen in a yoga book, and called on his name. Suddenly I could feel his presence and saw his appearance. The other voice seemed to have gone, so I climbed down from the telegraph pole.
Somehow I had opened a door that I couldn’t close anymore. From then on I was very confused and could no longer distinguish between what was good and what was bad. Neither could I make a decision to stop all these things. One evening whilst I was smoking marijuana and meditating, I felt two spirits in my room. I still had a Bible in my room, and they told me that I had to destroy it — so I did. Another time I was burning an incense stick, and found that if I recited a particular mantra in my mind, a power filled the room and caused the smoke to move around like a snake. When I stopped reciting the mantra, the smoke moved normally again.
...my parents didn’t know how to help me anymore...
So many things happened — my life became worse and worse. My own sister was scared of me and my parents didn’t know how to help me anymore. So one day my father threw me out of the house, and I went to Berlin to live in the punk and squatter scene. I seemed to enjoy that kind of life, but the condition of my mind just got worse. There were days when my mind was totally controlled by another force — what they call “schizophrenia”. Sometimes my mind was full of crazy thoughts, but I had lost all control over them and was just full of hatred towards people. I crossed busy streets without even looking out for cars, because something was leading me. One night I was in a disco and the spirit told me to look at what he was about to make the DJ do. I watched the DJ play a new CD. The techno-trance-melody that he played was exactly the same as the one that I constantly heard during the LSD trip when the demon wanted to possess me.
During the weeks in Berlin I sometimes felt so hopelessly lost but couldn’t confide in anyone and did not know where I would end up. I recalled my catholic childhood and began to pray to Jesus. In Berlin Kreuzberg I went into a church, not because of God, but because another punk had told me that there would be a priest who would hand out sleeping bags for free. I didn’t get a sleeping bag, but did get to know an old man with whom I had a discussion about God. He told me that Jesus was the Creator of the whole universe and that He is stronger than anything else. He quoted a scripture in JOHN 1:1-3,14
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God … All things were made by him … And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us”.
...he simply prayed “In Jesus’ name, devil I command you to go out”...
The next day I met the old man again and he asked if I wanted prayer to be set free from all this. I had nothing against it, so he simply prayed “In Jesus’ name, devil I command you to go out”. He used the authority given to every Christian by the Lord in MATTHEW 10:1
“And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease”. I felt a power going through me, something left me, and my head was clear for the first time in a very long time. This was totally amazing and I was overjoyed. I instantly lost the desire to take drugs. I had a long conversation with this old man Ferdinand, he gave me a Bible, a sleeping bag, something to eat and prayed that the Lord would provide some new shoes for me as my old ones were in a bad state. He left and sadly I have never seen him again. I was very happy to have a Bible and started to read it daily. I also spoke to some of my punk friends about what had happened to me. Some days later, at a place owned by the Catholic church where you could get food, I was “coincidentally” given a brand new pair of shoes — wow!
I prayed that God would give me His Holy Spirit...
I still had mind attacks from time to time but I realised that things were getting better. I found an incredible verse in my Bible: ACTS 1:8
“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost parts of the earth”. That sounded great to me — even after all my experiences with demons, I could receive the Holy Ghost! I went into a church to find out what the Holy Ghost was all about and how I could receive it, but I didn’t get a clear answer. I prayed that God would give me His Holy Spirit. Shortly thereafter I met a man on the street who gave me a leaflet about Jesus and spoke to me about the Bible. He showed me the way of salvation and what it means to receive the Holy Ghost. Once again God had answered my prayers. We had a long talk, I took his phone number and also accepted his invitation to go along to a meeting.
Again and again I read the leaflet. The scriptures in it, along with the telephone number were my only gateway to GOD! So I called the guy and was invited along to a Wednesday meeting. As soon as I entered the room I could see that these Christians had something special, I had never before experienced a church meeting like this. I could sense the love and warmth from them, and it felt so good to be together with them.
After the meeting, on my way home, I met a girl. She was the singer of a band and we started chatting. It started to become romantic. I had always wanted to be together with a singer of a band, and just when I started to seek the Lord here she was. That evening I decided to get away from her as quickly as possible because I knew that it would be wrong to be intimate with her. Just when I was at the point of giving my life to God, the Devil came along and tried to tempt me with an old desire in order to drag me away from Him. During my second meeting, I was told that if I wanted to become a Christian I couldn’t live in the squatter scene any longer. And that to become a Christian also meant that I had to live a normal life, go to work, serve and help other people, be an orderly person … (in other words, everything that I didn’t like doing!). Above all, I had to absolutely surrender my life to Jesus. MATTHEW 28:20:
“Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you …”; MATTHEW 16:24:
“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me”.
I went back home to my parents in Frankfurt. They were very happy to see me again, sound, healthy and healed from all the drugs. When my dad threw me out six weeks earlier he never expected to see me again. I also got in touch with the people from our assembly in Frankfurt. The more I read the Bible, the more I was convicted that I was a sinner and would go to hell if I died. I had a lot of questions, and I was amazed that the leader of that little assembly group in Frankfurt was always able to give me answers from the Bible.
I was so overjoyed, knowing that my sins were forgiven...
The night before I was baptised had been absolutely horrible. I could feel the demons attacking me whilst I was lying in my bed. It was as if they knew that they were about to lose me and didn’t want to let me go. The next day I asked to be baptised and again was told what it meant to follow Christ and that I must be prepared to pay the price — to lay down my old life and live according to the Bible. I was then baptised, and the next day received the Holy Ghost with the sign of speaking in tongues — Praise the Lord! I was so overjoyed, knowing that my sins were forgiven and that I was a child of God. I felt like a new-born babe. 2 CORINTHIANS 5:17:
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new”.
From then on, the people from the assembly group cared for me very much. They were there when I needed help and support, they taught me how to diligently keep the ways of the Lord, and they corrected me when necessary. I’m sure if we had seen each other only twice a week for meetings, I would have fallen back into my old habits, but because of the tremendous care I received, the Lord kept me on that “narrow way”. In the beginning I didn’t always understand everything, but I decided to trust in the Lord no matter what. Then miracles happened and over time I received many answers from the Lord, through his Word, about the things I didn’t understand.
“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom my Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you”.
My mind is now completely healed, and God has performed many miracles in my life. Now, after more than seven years, I’m still learning a lot from the Lord and I‘m so happy to be a Christian. Now when I look back to my former days, I find it hard to believe that it was I who was in so much trouble.
What does the Bible say about all these things?
It is absolutely forbidden in the Bible to seek things from the other world:
1 CORINTHIANS 8:4-6:
“…and that there is none other God but one. For though there be that are called gods whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by Him”. Taking hallucinogenic drugs such as LSD can be compared to sorcery, and witchcraft, and the Bible says:
“And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people”.
I’m certain that no physician in the world could have helped me...
I’m certain that no physician in the world could have helped me, and that no “psychopharmacology” would have healed me. But Jesus did, through his mighty healing power. I can promise everyone who has problems with drugs, has any mental illness, or is somehow involved in the occult — there is a way out for you. Jesus doesn’t want you to suffer from these things but wants you to be saved and healed in body, mind and soul!
“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him”.
With Christ’s Love