"We didn't choose to come into this world, but we have this right to choose where we'll spend eternity."

An ex-addict’s testimony

I started using drugs at the age of 16. I would lock myself in my bedroom and snort a whole lot of drugs. I enjoyed doing this alone. It briefly helped fill the void.

Until a few months ago, I wondered why the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God asked for so many offerings.

As usual, I was only seeing things from my point of view, so I tried to understand before criticizing. I’m always online on Facebook, so I began watching the Universal TV channel.

A lot of things caught my attention, like the fact that there is always a well dressed pastor or bishop, who is determined and interacting with the members and supporters of the Church.

Unsatisfied, I bought two books that further explained Bishop Macedo’s story. I read them about three times. Now I needed to see with my own eyes what I had watched on TV and the Internet.

I decided to go to the nearest Universal Church. I was surprised when I walked in because everything that I saw on TV and the Internet was real. But I needed more, I needed a pastor to listen to what I had to say. I had been carrying something inside for 16 years, and like they say, I needed to share it with someone. The meeting ended and I walked over to a pastor, and said: “I need to talk to you sir”. Man, I was calling a 23-year-old boy ‘sir’. He replied for me to go ahead and speak. I began:

“I have been a drug addict for 16 years. I’ve tried to stop several times, but I just can’t. I’m ashamed to tell the people closest to me because nobody has the slightest idea that I am an addict. I have always worked, I’ve always had my own money to use. I’m also addicted to cigarettes. About a year ago, the police caught me with drugs. I signed off the papers as an addict, but I still had to be a witness against the dealer. I’m being threatened with death and I’m afraid of everything, even the police. Even when I’m not doing anything wrong. I’m about to just kill myself.”

The pastor, a young 23-year-old man, reached out and held my hand firmly. He said: “You can count on me, we are going to help you”.

Once I left, I threw out my cigarettes. The following day, I went back and was baptized in water. This was about 15 days ago. I know exactly what I want. So, this testimony is for those who criticize them for asking for offerings.

Look how much money I spent on drugs, cigarettes, alcohol, and no one helped me. Instead, they stood by as I destroyed my life. And now, I found a place where I can listen to the Word, receive counsel, which I can get at anytime of the day because there is always a pastor to receive me at one of the Cenacles, which by the way are always very well dressed.

Detail: I am going to sit in a cushioned chair, the air conditioner will be on. Do you think that you’ll find this anywhere else?

Thank you so much to everyone that is part of The Universal Church!!!

May God bless you.

A friend

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