I come from a Roman Catholic background, my family and I attended church on a regular basis and when I grew up I married my husband who was also Roman Catholic and we still continued going to church. It wasn’t until I was in my forties that I started to question my standing before God and this began to trouble me.
Up until then God was a very distant person for me and whilst I believed in him my prayers were always directed to Mary and ‘the saints’. I believed in Jesus too, that He died on the cross to pay the price for sin but I never equated that to me. Instead, as I had been taught, I went to confession where I was given absolution and then my penance was to say a few prayers.
It got to a point where I realised that I wanted a Bible and didn’t know where to get one. Then when I heard about The Gideons Society I contacted them and they brought one to my house. I started to read the Bible and it was then I discovered wonderful truths that contradicted many of the things I had been taught, for example that Jesus is the only Mediator between God and man; than no-one can come to God but by Him; that Jesus paid the price in full for all my sins and the sins of all who believe and trust in Him because He suffered and died on that cross for that purpose.
It sounds as if this was a quick process for me but it was a few years before I knew that I had to leave the Roman Catholic Church and go to a Bible believing / Bible teaching church. That was Doncaster Evangelical Church where my husband and I are still active. It’s been over 25 years now and all I can say is that my life has been truly transformed and I thank the Lord every day for my salvation.