The Father has delivered and drawn us to Himself out of the control and dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in Whom we have our redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. [St Paul’s letter to the Colossians 1:13-14, Amplified Bible.]
As well as testing Christians’ claims of hearing God direct and getting astounding personal evidence for that I wanted to know lots more not only about Him, but also, and in following up on that revelatory scripture, about false teachers and their falsehoods.
In my wariness of religious folk I’d assumed none would be able to comprehend my story as they’d be ignorant about those things. Doubtless, none would have been through my kind of bad, meditative ‘trips’ – or so I thought!
But direct help was again at hand from the Bible’s Author…
SUBMISSION AND FIRE
Whenever I went into a local Christian bookshop my long-standing sensitivity to serendipity would kick in! That is, one book would jump off the self at me! The Lord was directing me to biographies of Christians who’d previously been tied into occult, New Age activities – like me. They’d been rescued from terrifying situations by calling upon Jesus’ name. So, their true stories brought home what had really happened in that stunning dream. As mentioned, St Paul’s insight on satan’s ability to masquerade as an angel of light and on its followers as servants of righteousness (2 Cor 11:14), brought confirmation of the reality of my past encounter. I’m so deeply grateful to the real living God for saving me.
Having been deceived and beguiled, scales were now starting to fall from my eyes – an awesome awakening, and a homecoming!
Riders of the Cosmic Circuit (1986) by Tal Brooke was one such book. Son of American diplomats and a pioneer in meditation with crystals, Tal held a privileged position in the inner circle of the revered Indian guru Sai Baba, of whom he later wrote,
“I had discovered an absolutely satanic thing operating behind Baba’s veneer”.
Tal Brooke’s own encounter with the darkness behind the ecstatic light and consciousness known as the state of ‘nirvana’, validated my psychic dream experience.
The very first of these autobiographies, however, was by someone who’d also been in the brotherhood I’d been initiated into.
Whilst reading the concluding chapters of Roy Livesey’s account over the lunchtime of 29 March 1990, I prayed the ‘sinner’s prayer’ and gave my life to Lord Jesus as my personal saviour. Driving home later, however, the spiritual enemy tried to get me into a couple of road accidents. And upon arriving home I found it had attempted to burn down my new, wooden-framed house. Thank you Lord for protection through both events – the fire had been put out by throwing water onto flaming fat in an electric oven!!
“If you hold fast to and live by My words you are truly my disciples. And you shall know the Truth and the Truth will set you free (for) I AM the Way, the Truth and the Life; no one can come to the Father except through Me”.
NOT YET FULLY FREE
From those who’d trodden the very same path as me, I learned the great importance of being completely cut off from my ‘old life’. This meant getting rid of books and objects associated with it, but I’d been slow to so do. Although I’d turned away from that past, yet an unseen bond seemed to remain.
The fact of that subtle influence needed dealing with because I wanted what’s promised in the Word inspired by Father God, the Author of the Holy Bible:
“So if the Son liberates you, then you are really and unquestionably free.” [John 8:36 Amplified Bible]
So now, learn how I gained Freedom at last from satan – My chains fell off! (next).
Other Informative Books – Douglas Groothuis
- Confronting The New Age – How to Resist a Growing Religious Movement (1988)
- Revealing The New Age Jesus – Challenges to Orthodox Views of Christ (1990)
[First published as in October 2013 as part 6 (Rescued From Satan By The Lord of Hosts) of my ‘Journey Into Freedom’. Bible quotations courtesy of BibleGateway.com – thank you for this facility.]