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From Darkness to Light
by Larry Power

Seed Sown
I felt that I was right and at that young age I had a strong belief in the Catholic Church. Though I did not become a Christian then, nor did I understand the truth, but for all that, I did not forget these plain wonderful truths from the Word of God. There was a seed sown in my heart. After some time I left this mans employment and got out into the things of life, into bad company and did many things of which now I am ashamed. I remember praying on one occasion "Lord give me help in this situation". God is so good and faithful because that prayer was about to be answered in the not too distant future. Having returned home to Luggacurren I met someone for the first time his name was Arthur Fennelly. He like Victor Bennett related to me the message of the forgiveness of sins by trusting Christ alone or to put it in the words of John 3 v 3 "Except a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God", God spoke to my heart and put within me that longing to know Him and to have the assurance of salvation. That very night I trusted the Saviour and called upon Him in prayer and asked Him to save me and to take away all my sins. I believe He did because God is faithful, He says "All that the Father giveth me shall come to me and Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out". John 6 v 37. Though there were many things I did not understand this one thing I did know I knew I was a sinner. That was back in the year 1975, Thank God for that year for my life has never been the same since. I had many things to learn and I still have a great deal to learn but our God is patient and kind.

Prayer Union
I began to attend the local Prayer Union, which was held in Bennett's home in Luggacurren every Friday night. That prayer meeting was a great help and encouragement to me and many others who were converted at that time. I did not possess a Bible in those early days. Someone gave me a copy of one of the gospels to read. I was rejoicing in God's mercy, I began to read and pray everything had become new as the Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5 v 17 "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature, old things have passed away behold all things are become new". There was trouble on the horizon, there is such a thing as the forces of evil and darkness. The devil hates the light of the gospel and wherever it appears he will fight against it and stir up people to oppose it, "Men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil" John 3 v 19.

I knew within my own heart God was leading me out of the Roman Catholic Church. After I was converted I never confessed my sins again to a priest. The plain truth is that there is no such thing as a confessional box in the New Testament. Mark 2 v 10 "But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins". No priest or minister has authority to do this, I also came to understand that there are no more sacrifices for sin, the work of redemption was finished, Hebrews 9 v 28 "So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many", and so in other words there are no masses in the Bible. There is of course the sacrament of the Lords Supper that simple yet profoundly spiritual memorial feast of bread and wine and this we are to do in remembrance of Him until He come. So this was my heartfelt conviction before God that this was not the church for me to be in. Though I had left home for a period of time I was back home again living with my grandfather. He belonged to the old school of Catholicism and was very devout. So when I broke the news to him that I intended leaving the church there was great indignation and anger. His sentiments were "You will bring shame on your family and home".

Come to Christ, have your sins forgiven and your soul saved!