From Drug Addict to Shaman to Christian
To help you understand Donald's testimony let's define what Shamanism is. Shamanism is basically communication with the spirit world. If a person practices this, then he or she becomes a medium to the spirit world.
This is expressly forbidden in scipture. 10 There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, 11 or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. Deut. 18
The Wikipedia site says that Shamans have all these traits in common:
* The spirits can play important roles in human lives.
* The shaman can control and/or cooperate with the spirits for the community's benefit.
* The spirits can be either good or bad.
* Shamans engage various processes and techniques to incite trance; such as: singing, dancing, taking entheogens (drugs like Mescaline) meditating and drumming.
* Animals play an important role, acting as omens and message-bearers, as well as representations of animal spirit guides.
* The shaman's spirit leaves the body and enters into the supernatural world during certain tasks.
* The shamans can treat illnesses or sickness.
* Shamans are healers, gurus and magicians.
Shamanism is occultic, forbidden by scripture, and a spiritual danger to those who practice it. That being said, now let's hear Donald's testimony of how he went from being a drug addict to a practicing Shaman to a born again Christian.
Donald writes: "I grew up not in church except just once in awhile with my grandparents. (Donald is saying if he went to church it's because his grandparents took him). My mom and dad were not Christians and hardly ever went to church. I got into rock music early in my life, stuff like Kiss by the time I was probably 12 years old. It really took hold of my life. I then got into stuff like AC/DC and by my early teens Motley Crue became my life, I really like worshiped them.
I wanted to be just like my favorite rock band, I started acting like them and dressing like them and partying like them. I was doing drugs and a lot of alcohol by my early teens and by now wanted nothing to do with church or anything Christian. I considered all Christians bible thumpers who wanted me to stop partying and having fun. I heard Ozzy Ozzbourne use that name for Christians and he was also one of my rock heroes. I was in total rebellion to God and wanted to be like my rock heroes.
The drugs and drinking got worse and by my early twenties I was doing a lot of coke and acid and drinking very heavy. I was selling drugs to pay for my habit. I was reading High Times a lot. I'd read about how people could get to God through drugs, this religion was called Shamanism, that was interesting to me. I then come across the movie The Doors, this really got me interested in Shaminism and the occult world.
Jim Morrison was a Shaman and from the movie it looked like it was so cool. I ordered a book out of High Times on how to practice Shaminism. I started doing the things it told to do in the book. I realized after a little while I had opened my self up to a very real and demonic world. I was having nightmares and I could feel evil around me all the time. I was really scared, my sister told my mom that I was messing with some weird religion.
My mom, who wasn't a Christian at the time, said I may be eating the forbidden fruit mentioned in the bible. That really made me think and scared me even more. Around the same time a program came on tv about last days prophecy, some was bible prophecy and some was stuff like Edgar Cayce. I watched it and that even made me more terrified. I decided to go get a bible to see what it really said. I knew the devil was real by the Shaminism and realized I was in deep trouble. I wanted help and if the devil was real, God must be also.
I drove to a bookstore and bought a bible and started to read, deep conviction fell on me. I realized I had been serving the devil and evil was taking me over, I felt like something was trying to possessed me. I kept seeing repent everywhere I read, I was so scared. I begged God to save me and change me. I begged him to help me not to be deceived, to please give me discernment, to not be deceived like that again. He changed my whole life and delivered me from Satan's power. I really devoted my whole life to Him and started studying the occult from the Christian viewpoint and really got into bible prophecy.
The Lord let me get into the occult world and used it to bring me to Himself. I think it took those demonic experiences to get me to look to Him for help. I have now been serving the Lord for over 13 years and trying my best to help people to see the deceptions of Satan and the occult world. I think God can even use Satan and the occult to bring us to Himself and to salvation. My main goal in life now is to serve him with all my heart and to expose Satan and his deceptions and to bring as many people as I can to the truth of Jesus Christ."
Copryright 2008 by Donald Holsclaw
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