My name is Marco Andreasen. I was born in 1977 in Denmark. My Father and Mother were not married and my Father left when I was small so I have never known him. When I was about 9 years old my Mother became a Jehovah Witness, and that just turned my world upside down.
Now before I go any further I want to point out that I carry absolutely no anger or bitterness towards my Mother. I love and honor and respect my Mother, and I know that she made her own decisions and wanted to raise me accordingly to what she herself believed to be right. The problem for me though was that at 9 years old I obviously didn’t have much to say in the matter. As a child I did was I was told although it was against my own will, and as any child I wanted to please my Mother.
But the reality was that I was caught up in dead religion, and it absolutely destroyed me as a child growing up. Just the dramatic change from being a normal child, playing with other children, to suddenly being denied friendship with other children than Jehovah Witnesses. Not being allowed to go to classmates birthday parties, not being allowed to celebrate Christmas… I was not even allowed to play on the local soccer team because the other children were not Jehovah Witnesses, and things like going on school camps and field trips was also not allowed.
Obviously because of all these things, I became the “outsider” in school. Although I wasn’t really teased because of it, it totally destroyed my self-image and my self-confidence and I felt like an outsider during all my school years. The result was that I began to isolate myself. I felt alone and very depressed. So that is when the first real addiction started in my life…Over-eating!
In my hurt I turned to food. I would eat candy everyday in secret as a comfort. This of course led to overweight (which again would make me even more depressed).
At home I was forced to read the Bible and participate in Jehovah witnesses study programs. I was also forced to go from door to door and “witness for God” (as if I had anything to witness about). While I really hated it all, I still wanted to please my Mother and I was so desperate for acceptance that I would simply do whatever was “expected of me as a good Jehovah Witness”.
Now I need to point out here that although this was Jehovah Witnesses in my case, this could have been ANY form of dead religion really. – Any religion that tries to force its own belief system on people – based on merely human rules and wisdom, without the true power of God is “dead religion”
My teaching and my speaking were not with wise words that persuade people. But the proof of my teaching was the power that the Spirit gives. 5I did this so that your faith would be in God’s power, not in human wisdom. (1Corinthians 2:4-5)
But the most ironic thing is that the very thing that this religion was intended to do (bring me closer to God) – turned out to have the total opposite effect… Instead of loving God – I started to HATE him.
As I grew older in my early teenage years , (apart from raging hormones) Intense anger and hatred started to grow and build up inside of me. Because of everything that was forced on me, I hated God. I hated the Bible and I hated religion. So at the age of 15 I started to rebel BIG TIME! It came out like a time bomb exploding inside of me. And it got really ugly and bad. I left home, became friends with street criminals, started drinking and partying like there was no tomorrow. Drinking led to drug addiction, and I ended up in steroid abuse as well as a cover for my low self-esteem.
I became aggressive, violent and I remember saying to myself that “there is no God”! and I swore that I would never again in my life have anything to do with God, or any form of religion.
So from the age of 15 to 35 I lived as an “Atheist” (believing that there is no God).
In my late 20s the side effects of my abusive lifestyle started to become more and more noticeable. I began struggling with severe depression. I started to isolate myself (as I had done in my childhood), and I couldn’t handle to be in crowded places (like the store etc.). My life at this point was still filled with addictions. Instead of street drugs, I was now addicted to prescription drugs, over-eating, sugar, masturbation, sex and pornography meanwhile suffering from severe depression. It got to the point where I just wanted to die, and I was just planning how to kill myself.
Still even in this state I would never even consider the thought of there being a God.
However that all would change at the age of 35 when I met a woman who was interested in the supernatural (Tarot card reading, fortunetelling etc.) . This woman was from a Roman Catholic family background, but she herself was not church active or even a strong believer, so I didn’t care or worry about it at all.
But as I began to become more seriously involved with her, I began to notice certain things about her.
First thing I noticed was that many times as I would talk with her , she would suddenly become very distant and just stare at one point (like in a trance). It would happen more and more often and to the point where I would have to physically shake her (to “wake her up”).
She would wake up at night shaking, gasping for air saying that “someone is trying to choke her”. These “nightmares” got worse and worse and sometimes she would even wake up with bloody scratch marks all over her body.
Now – me having “decided” many years earlier that there is no God (and therefore no DEVIL either), I tried to REASON and come up with EVERY rational explanation possible to what was going on. Of course my first thought was that she is simply mentally sick and in need of therapy and medication.
However as more and more strange things began to happen – not only with her but also around her, it finally came to the point where I HAD to admit that it was something more than mental illness…
Not only I witnessed this but also her own family, and so her Mother who was a Catholic decided to take her to see a Catholic priest. (BIG MISTAKE as I later would discover).
Now I don’t know exactly how the Catholic church “test” these things – but apparently Roman Catholic priests have some “criteria” (or standards) to determine wheither a person is just mentally ill, or if they do in fact have a demonic (evil) spirit?. But the fact is that even the Catholic church acknowledged that this woman was in fact demon possessed, and so they arranged for what they call an “exorcism”. They would get a “special priest” who bears the title of “priest exorcist” (which means that he has a “special authority” from the Vatican to perform an “exorcism ritual”)…
So for 3 hours two “special catholic priests” performed this “ritual” which includes the reading of “special prayers” in the Latin language, use of crosses (symbols), sprinkling of “holy water” and burning of incense just to mention a few….All of this for 3 hours only to come to the conclusion that this particular demon can not be cast out so easily. Their explanation was that “this is normal” and that it sometimes can take several months or even YEARS to get rid of these things.
Then they gave her two prayers to take home and pray every night at midnight – one was a prayer to the “archangel Michael” for protection, and she was to repeat this prayer 5 times every midnight and then after 3 month she was to come back for a new “ecxorcism”.
However after the failed “exorcism” her condition became a lot worse. She became extremely hostile and aggressive, and she would just say the meanest things. She would cut herself with knives and stick her hands into burning flames. Her arms and legs would go out of place and she would be lifted from the ground in just one arm. The sound of loud shattering glass would be heard from the room where she was in – only to discover that there was nothing broken anywhere. And these are just a few things that I personally witnessed…
Obviously at this point I was getting really scared, and I started remembering how Jehovah witnesses often talk about Satan and his demons being real. I remembered how they always used to say that “if you just call upon and use the name of JEHOVAH – the demons will flee!”
So I tried it and called out the name of JEHOVAH… But there was no reaction.
So in my desperation I just prayed a simple prayer: “God whoever you are – if you are REAL I need you to help me now”! Although I had chosen earlier in my life NOT to believe in God OR the Devil , I was suddenly in a situation where my back was against the wall. I simply couldn’t DENY what was going on and that it was REAL. So my only logical thought was: “If this is really the Devil – then there MUST also be a God!”
That night I went on the Internet in my search for answers, and there I found a website from a Christian church dealing with “deliverance ministry”. This church had really simple and easy to read explanations on the topic of demons and demonic possession. There it was explained about Jesus Christ and how he was casting out demons from many people. What was amazing to me was one passage from the Bible were Jesus says:
”And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”(Mark 6:17-18)
Really? Nothing about the “special exorcist priest”, prayers in Latin, or “Holy water”? Or where does it say to use the name of JEHOVAH? …Jesus simply says :“In MY NAME (“JESUS”) – those WHO BELIEVE shall cast out demons!”. And this was exactly what I did! I prayed and said:
“In JESUS name – demon come out of her”!…
When I said that it really started to go crazy. The demon started to speak through her, shouting that “she belongs to HIM and he will not let her go”! It even said its name and that it wants to destroy her…But as I kept commanding it to come out in JESUS name – it finally screamed and left and my girlfriend was totally her normal self (confused like waking up from a dream). She just looked around and kept asking me what happened and what is going on?
This was truly a life changing experience for me. To see and feel the TRUE POWER of Jesus Christ in work.
I actually cast out a demon all by myself simply by BELIEVING in the name of Jesus Christ. Moreover after 2 “specialist” Roman Catholic “exorcist priests” had failed performing “rituals” for 3 HOURS!
This experience would turn out to be only the beginning of what God really wanted to show me and do in my life. Unfortunately my girlfriend did not remain free and after a couple of weeks the demon came back and not just the one, but several more with it. I did not understand why – until I read this in the Bible:
“When an evil spirit comes out of someone, it travels through dry places, looking for a place to rest. But it finds no place to rest. So it says, ‘I will go back to the home I left.’25When it comes back, it finds that home all neat and clean. Then the evil spirit goes out and brings back seven other spirits more evil than itself. They all go and live there, and that person has even more trouble than before.”(Luke 11:24-26)
I understood what Jesus is saying is that if a person is delivered from a demon but then does not believe and receive God in his or her heart, then that person is empty and unprotected when the demon tries to come back (with more demons). So the ONLY protection against Satan is when a person is truly believing and gives over their life to Jesus who is God.
And I myself made just that decision right there and then! That I don’t want anything to do with the Devil. I want to give my life 100% over to Jesus and stand under his protection. And let me just say that he has been faithful and amazing. After I decided to believe and follow Jesus he began to completely change my life in every area. I can honestly say that I am a total new person now . I have truly been “born again” just like the Bible says:
”When anyone is in Christ, it is a whole new world. The old things are gone; suddenly, everything is new! 18All this is from God. Through Christ, God made peace between himself and us.”(2 Corinthians 5:17-18)
During 5 years God has set me free from drinking, smoking, masturbation, pornography, isolation, sugar, and over-eating. He has healed me from depression and taken away my addiction to prescription drugs. I was told by doctors at 31 that I would have to take strong medication (15 tablets every day) for the rest of my life. When I gave my life to Jesus, HE set me totally free from ALL medication OVER NIGHT. I literally went from 6 years of taking 15 tablets every day to 0 medicine from one day to the next! Thank you Lord Jesus!
I now know that Jesus Christ is REAL, He is ALIVE and he IS GOD! And there is no other way except from Jesus Christ
“God wants everyone to be saved and to fully understand the truth.5 There is only one God, and there is only one way that people can reach God. That way is through Christ Jesus, who as a man 6 gave himself to pay for everyone to be free.”(1 Timothy 2:4-6)
“Be sure you are not led away by the teaching of those who have nothing worth saying and only plan to deceive you. That teaching is not from Christ. It is only human tradition and comes from the powers that influence this world. 9 I say this because all of God lives in Christ fully, even in his life on earth. 10 And because you belong to Christ you are complete, having everything you need. Christ is ruler over every other power and authority.”(Colossians 2:8-10)
God bless you – Amen!