Written by Lauren Hereford
My name is Lauren, and I did not grow up in a Christian home. I grew up in a broken home, and was raised by a single mom. She eventually found herself in Wicca, as a practicing witch. When I was 14 the Lord graciously saved her. While she repented of witchcraft, drugs, and promiscuity I was declared saved alongside her. We were baptized together and I was assured of my eternal salvation. Unfortunately, there was no fruit, no evidence of a changed heart. I loved my sin and I hated the free gift of grace offered in God's Word. I wanted to earn it, not by giving up my sins, but by doing as much as I could to look like a Christian. Needless to say, I was very confused.
On July 4th, 2015 a street preacher who was in a prayer group with me on Facebook sent me a Paul Washer sermon. It was the first time I had ever heard the Gospel preached, the Law explained, and false conversions exposed. I knew I was not a true, born again, believer because I loved my secret sin--lust of the flesh and pride of life. On the outside I looked clean, but on the inside I was dry bones. God gave me the gift of repentance and faith that night, forgiving me of my sins and imputing Christ’s perfect righteousness upon me. Each day God continues to work repentance in me, sanctifying me. His rod and His staff are my comfort. I’m not perfect. I still sin, but I hate that sin and long for the day when I will be rid of this wretched flesh. I’ll never understand why God would save such a wicked sinner such as myself. I deserve hell and yet I’ve been given eternal life. Glory to God!
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