The Personal Testimony of June Faulkner
2 Corinthians 11:14
“And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.”
In Part 1 I stated that withholding information could sometimes be the same as lying. If I’m not honest about my life, it’s the same as saying, “I’m perfect” or “I’ve never made any mistakes.” Of course I am not perfect, so before I go any further, I want to make a couple of things perfectly clear. First, I don’t blame anyone for the things I have done. They were my choices and I only hope to help prevent others from making the same mistakes. Second, I don’t want anyone to think that I’m glorifying the mistakes I’ve made. Instead of glorifying them, I want to expose them and the deceit that led me into making my bad choices.
I was in church from the time I was born. I went to Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, and did all the things church kids are supposed to do. When I was eleven years old I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior. I made straight A’s in school, was president of my class in junior high, and did not hold hands with a boy until I was thirteen. I wanted to be a doctor when I grew up. I was a good girl.
Then at age fourteen, I lost my virginity to a boy I thought I loved. At fifteen, I smoked my first cigarette, smoked marijuana for the first time, and had my first drink. At sixteen, I tried cocaine and started skipping school every chance I got. Things went downhill from there.
So what happened? Did I just wake up one morning and decide to throw my life away?
What really happened was that not long after I met Jesus, I met Satan and didn’t even know it. Do not think that can not happen. Satan will not walk up to you, shake your hand and says, “Hi, I’m Satan and I’m going to ruin your life.” Look back at the verse from 2 Corinthians. It says he disguises himself as an “angel of light”.
Satan will not tell you who he is, and can have control over you before you know it. Don’t think that because you go to church that you are safe and protected from the rest of the world and don’t need to be faithful in your walk with Christ. It doesn’t matter if you never miss Sunday School and go on every trip your youth pastor plans; you don’t live in a bubble. If you think going to church will protect you then Satan will get you because you are ignorant.