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From Darkness to Light
by Larry Power

Difficult Days
There were difficult days ahead, but I knew that many converted Roman Catholics had gone before me had suffered far more even to the point of losing their lives. Nevertheless to leave home is never pleasant for that was the option that was set before me "change your mind or leave". There were threats and a lot of bad feelings in the village, only for certain restraints one Protestant family in particular would have suffered reprisals. Opposition is to be expected when God begins to work. There is always a conflict between light and darkness. I was taken along to see the local priest by my grandfather in order to persuade me not to leave the church.

You see there was this belief that anyone outside of the one true church which the Roman Catholic Church claims to be, is in fact lost. What an awful doctrine. My grandfather believed that, so you can understand his concern. When we arrived at the priest's house we were invited in. It was a fairly heated affair. The priest was not overly concerned and in a sense backed me and took the heat out of the situation. I remember quoting that verse of which we read the words of the Lord Jesus upon the cross "It is finished". So I was asking the question, "Why the mass?" The priest said he had books that said differently. My grandfather was greatly disappointed with the whole affair but for me there was no other option. The break had to be made, difficult and all that it was. Through time I have come to understand in a much clearer light the relevance of the words found in Revelation 18 v 4 "Come out of her my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins and that ye receive not of her plagues for her sins have reached unto heaven and God hath remembered her iniquities".

There was a great deal of bitterness around the local area and especially with my grandfather so much so that he said to me that he would not want to see my face on his deathbed.

Bible College
Shortly afterwards I felt called of God to join the Faith Mission Bible College in Edinburgh and after completing the 2 year course went out on missions. By this time circumstances had improved at home more so with my grandfather than with my parents. One day I received a phone call to inform me that my grandfather was ill and requested to see me. When I arrived he was very low, on a little table besides his bed was a statue of Mary and rosary beads and what is called holy water. All the trappings of religion but of what use are they? Anyone facing death and eternity need a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. He is the friend of sinners and the only one who can save, for apart from Him there is no salvation for the soul.

I thank God for the opportunity to speak to him about the gospel and directed him to Christ. I remember asking him the question "Will you trust the Saviour?"  His reply was "I will". As the hymn puts it "there is life for a look at the crucified one". Shortly after this the priest was called for by the family he arrived at the home but did not stay long. The priest told me on his way out what my grandfather had said to him. His very words were "he had nothing to say to me". A few days after he died, I believe I will meet him in heaven one day.

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