Back in 2008, I was excommunicated as Jehovah’s Witness from the Watchtower Society. I did not yet know the Lord Jesus. But that night—the same night I was excommunicated—I felt a ball and chain fall off of me. I paid the price of losing my relationship with my parents and sister. I went on to live a very sinful life, as I thought I was free to live how I wanted to.

I had to endure heartache, guilt, rejection, depression, anxiety, and fear, at times in and out of the emergency room for panic attacks and health related issues, not realizing these were lies from the enemy.

For God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)

In December of 2020, I gave my life to Christ. Then in January 2021, I was baptized. I have been set free from the past and my sins. I didn’t realize how much spiritual bondage I had been in for 28 years. I was like Saul before God changed his name to Paul and the scales of darkness fell from my eyes. I once was dead in my sins and now am alive to Christ.

For freedom Christ set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

Galatians 5:1 (NKJV)

But to all who did receive him [Jesus], who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.

A promise from John 1:12 (NKJV)

I know that Jesus came to set the way for me and that I will never go back there again.

Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners of whom I [Paul] am the foremost.

1 Timothy 1:15 (NKJV)

God is a loving and merciful God. He is always seeking His sons and daughters. I love the story in John 9 which I can relate to: I was cast out by the religious leaders and family, but Jesus brought me in. God states in Hebrews 13:5 that He will never leave me nor forsake me.

I am grateful that God removed my spiritual blinders and see that Jesus is the way the truth and the life. (John 14:6)

Despite all that I have endured, God was always there–even when I didn’t know it.

You may listen (with a slide show) to Lindsay’s radio interview where she tells her story and reads the letter she wrote to her parents.

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