This morning, I began the usual pattern of activity in preparing to head off to work. Upon realizing that a little extra time remained, I decided to do a quick blog check. Soon, after a series of other things, I came across the testimony of Donalyn Vaughn which can be read at the following link:
I was running out of time, so I copied it to read later at work. Donalyns testimony is incredible. It reveals the power of God to deliver from deception and it reveals pitfalls that can lead to one going into a way that appears right. It exposes the dangers associated with having a form of godliness and what transpires when those who make the claim of being “christian” begin to question the basic foundations of the faith. Donalyn was raised in what she terms a “churched family” and was in attendance every time the doors were open. To many casual observers, it would have seemed that a departure into the realm of the occult for such a one would would be, to put it mildly, “unexpected.” Yet, through a series of events which are carefully explained, she drifted into this realm; pursuing spiritual fulfilment and desiring to be in contact with the divine.
She tells how she saw christianity as being impersonal and distant. (This should cause all of us to examine ourselves. What kind of Jesus are we presenting to the world? A distant impersonal one or the living King of Glory who sees our thoughts afar off and hears our faintest cry?) She delved headlong into the world of wicca and eventually started up a coven of witches. She then tells how the Lord supernaturally called her back into the fold. This testimony is filled with wisdom and the following is an example of what can be learned from this:
“Most people who are active in paganism grew up in the church. Most pagans I knew came from nominal Christian backgrounds (mostly in mainstream denominations). People who are vulnerable to paganism are deeply spiritual beings. They want more than what they believe Christianity has to offer. They despise religion and want more of an experience with the divine, a relationship that goes beyond the four walls of a church. Satan loves to twist the truths of God. He does this with these people convincing them that what they seek cannot befound in Jesus, but what they seek is the essence of a relationship with Christ. Just as in Jesus day, the religionists have elevated their tradition to a point that the message is getting lost.”
Please check out this testimony. I think that in the days ahead, I may start incorporating more testimonies, like this one, into this blog. And sometime, I will try, “once again,” to write down my own. I’ve tried several times, but each attempt ends up the same. To cover all that I want to cover would take volumes. To leave anything out seems halfhearted. The end result is always frustration to the point of abandoning the effort. (This is why there’s merely a brief paragraph on my “about” page) But I think that I really need to place it out here.
Something that Donalyn mentioned was that how spiritual growth came as a result of the departure into paganism. In other words, had this not happened, she may well have ended up being “religious” like those around her. I can understand this. I was backslidden for about thirteen years, until the Lord restored me in the spring of 2004. He did a work suddenly that astonishes me still. One day, I remember telling the Lord, “I thank you for the lessons learned during that dark season, but I really wish that I had never drifted so far off course.” And yet, had the season of rebellion not taken place, I may well have conformed to the “religious crowd.” I was heading in that direction when I moved back to Michigan and began to slip. (noticeably that is) The season of rebellion was almost like being rebooted. (The only scriptural reference that seems to fit is that of when Nebudchadnezzar was with the beasts of the field till seven times passed over.) Praise God for his mercy that endures forever!
John 8:36 “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”
There are many testimonies similar to this one that can be found through a simple google search. Here’s some that I found just a few minutes ago:
Annie Finton This testimony has many commonalities with the one presented above; although I only had time to quickly scan it. Most importantly, however, is that the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses from all sin.
David Meyer has a number of articles out here. This one discusses the Harry Potter phenomenon. (This article was written in the year 2000.) While the dangers associated with harry Potter should be obvious, I list it here because many professing christians see nothing wrong with this or other such forums. In fact, my search also revealed a number of folks who claim to be christian witches. This, of course, is impossible. Praise the glorious name of Jesus who opens our eyes; granting understanding and discernment to any who will seek him in sincerety. The greatest truth found in Donalyns testimony is her admonition for us to “seek Jesus” not religion or signs. This she explains perfectly.
Well, I must be going for now. As mentioned above, this will probably be the first of many more testimonies to bring to awareness here s time permits. Reading the testimonies of others is always encouraging (Rev 12:11) and strengthens our own resolve to run with patience, the race that is set before us. Until the next time, have a blessed day in Jesus.