MY TESTIMONY – Part 3 (A Gospel Witness)

Many years ago my two young children belonged to a bowling league. I took them to the bowling alley every Saturday morning. It was fun and I enjoyed being there. A woman from my old neighborhood was there also, with her son. Little did I know that it was a “Divine Appointment”.

I was at the bowling alley wearing my “Mary medal” and this woman noticed. Unbeknownst to me she was a born again Christian. As we became acquainted she began witnessing to me. At that point in time I was very Roman Catholic and very into the Marian apparitions, especially the Marian apparition at Medjugorje, Yugoslavia. Bless the Lord for giving that woman the boldness to witness to me and to speak to me of all the false teachings I had been exposed to and had embraced. She spoke to me about Jesus and the Scriptures. She clearly addressed the false gospel of Roman Catholicism and the error of praying to Mary. She even talked about the Mary medal I wore.

I was not offended. I didn’t understand, but I was not offended. It made me curious.  

She encouraged me to read the Bible, which I did. 

The reason I even had a Bible and was reading it was because of answered prayer. I had prayed that the Lord would show me truth, and the Lord used a girl in my office to guide me to His truth. She was a Bible believer and knew that I was involved in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, and that my husband and I were following a certain priest from parish to parish to attend his Charismatic healing Masses. One day she just said to me “Why are you following that priest around?” Go buy a Bible!” You know what? Simple as that, I went out and bought a Bible and began reading it. Over time that Bible just fell apart I read it so much. Wish I still had it.

Back to the woman at the bowling alley. She would tell me that the apparitions of Mary were not of God. She focused on Jesus and the Bible. I didn’t get it. I would keep telling her I didn’t see what was wrong with praying to Mary and I didn’t see what was wrong with the the Marion apparitions. She encouraged me to keep reading the Bible and I did. I kept on reading and searching and trying to understand.  

One night, at the end of the league, there was a bowling dinner. She sat next to me and talked with me. I still was without understanding. I wanted to understand but didn’t. 

BUT THAT NIGHT, when I went home, I read again the literature I had about the apparitions of Mary in Yugoslavia, but this time I saw the falsehood of it all. “Mary’s” message contradicted Scripture. (It wasn”t Mary at all. It was a deceiving demonic spirit. I saw the truth clear as a bell. I had read the Bible, seeking, and the Lord opened my eyes. What amazing grace. What a true miracle. I saw it all.

I tried to tell my husband. My husband was very into the Marian apparitions at Medjugorje. I also told him that the teaching of Roman Catholicism contradicted the Bible. He didn’t understand and wouldn’t listen to what I was saying. I typed up Bible verses that addressed the errors of the Marian apparitions and the errors of Roman Catholicism. Thank the Lord that He read them. Thank the Lord. I would weep as I gave my husband the typed up Bible verses because at that point I realized what a great deception I had been under and that he was still under. It took some time, not too long at all, and the Lord opened my husband’s eyes to the truth of Scripture.  

We left the Roman Catholic Church.  

We threw out our rosaries and our Roman Catholic literature.

We were both born again.

Clear witnessing bears fruit.

Just a little note to end this post.  After I was born againI I became aware that there was another woman in my office who was also born again. Not the one who told me to get a Bible, but someone else. She was a nice lady and someone I knew and spoke with. I asked her why she never witnessed to me. I wasn’t angry with her or anything like that, I was just curious. She said I did tell you, I told you to pray to God. I’m sure she meant well, but it certainly was not a clear witness. Clarity is the word of the hour. Clarity.  

1 Corinthians 14:8 For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound who shall prepare himself to the battle?

MY TESTIMONY – Part 1

MY TESTIMONY – Part 2

14 thoughts on “MY TESTIMONY – Part 3 (A Gospel Witness)

  1. Cathy your testimony was a wonderful example of His saving grace when we truly seek and search for Him!!!!! Thank you for sharing this.
    My testimony is one similar to that of Samuel, because it took him a few times to get that it was God who was calling him. 35 years ago we had a bad flood which took the life of my best friend who was only 26 at the time. We knew each other since we were in 5th grade. She moved to california and had just returned at the time so we had to get together and about two weeks after visiting off and on the flood came and she was gone. It broke my heart for we were like sisters. I remember vividly crying myself to sleep and my heart hurt so much I too prayed for death! The next morning the most beautiful voice I had ever heard called my name. I jumped out of bed thinking someone must be over to visit and looked out the window to see no one there. So I carried on with my day thinking nothing of it.
    The next morning I was awakened by that same voice saying my name so I did the same thing thinking someone was visiting and sure enough no one was there. Sometimes the way I start to read the bible I just open and believe that is where I should be reading and that morning was the exact story where God was calling Samuel as he thought it was Eli who had called him and I cried and cried thinking that beautiful voice had to be God!!!! Many miraculous things began to happen after that as God continued to answer through His word different situations in my life. The first thing after this encounter was my being saved from the empty practice of the catholic religion………
    I remember vividly the day I walked out of that building for the last time and looked up and said “God you are not here and I am not going back.!!!……… Sure enough the next time I opened my bible there was the answer straight from my beautiful Father as when I opened the bible again that day this was the passages I read and at this time I PRAY OTHERS WILL SEE THIS TRUTH of where He is! 10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. 11 I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour. 12 I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God. 13 Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it? (Isaiah 43:10-13).
    Over the years there have been many other places in scripture that confirm I left where God wasn’t and it has only strengthened my faith! We are the true living breathing church of Christ by His Holy Spirit of which Christ is the chief cornerstone! (1 peter 2:4-10),(2 Corinthians 6:14-18),(1 Corinthians 3:16,17). For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us.(Hebrews 9:24).
    Julia

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  2. Praise the Lord Again!! My husband and I had the same experience as you and your husband- I had to let the God Lord open his eyes and AMEN! He did!!! No more Roman Catholic Mary for us either or Roman Catholicism!!!

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  3. I do appreciate your testimony, and your experience. I am born-again, I am Roman Catholic, and I wear a Mary Medal. I have a personal relationship with Jesus, and I consume the Body of Christ at every communion. That is about as personal a relationship with Jesus as you can have.
    I do not believe in the Marian apparitions at Medjugorje. 🤗

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    • Hi Sally… Thank you for taking the time to read my testimony. As you read, there was a time that I didn’t understand what my friend was trying to tell me. And there was a time that my husband didn’t understand what I was trying to tell him. But if our hearts our open, the Lord will give us true biblical understanding. Deception is an amazing thing. We don’t think we are deceived when we are in fact very deceived, and believing things that our church, the Roman Catholic Church, has thought us rather than accurately discerning God’s Word. Many priests have come out after many years, and nuns also. This is not a minor issue. I speak to you in love, in the same way I used to witness to my own Mom when she was alive. Scripture tells us that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth. If you are truly born again the Holy Spirit will lead you out of a Rome as he did me and many others. I will be praying for you.

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