Drug-induced thrills no match to eternity with God, says Johnny
One crisp, October day, Johnny Friloux was on his way to class when to his frustration he saw two elderly men in business suits handing out Bibles.
“I was infuriated as they handed me a Testament,” Johnny says. “I threw it at them, cursed at them and shouted, ‘How dare you come to this campus and push your religion on us. I pay good money to come here, who do you think you are?’”
On the weekends Johnny would travel to the city for work. He told his parents it was for better pay but the truth was he was addicted to drugs, alcohol and liked nightclubbing.
“One particular Saturday I had bought more drugs than usual and was with some friends in the car waiting for the nightclub to open,” he recalls. “As we were sitting there two gentlemen came to the car with a tract. Here I am trying to have a good time and there is Jesus again!”
Johnny crumpled up the tract and threw it in his car, he then tried to start a fight but his friends pulled him away and into the nightclub.
“As I stood on a balcony and watched the people down below dancing it looked to me as if they were meshing and beginning to melt. Then, I began to feel like I was burning as if I was in a literal hell.”
Johnny ran out of the nightclub only to find the men with the tracts had stayed outside all night to pray for him. He apologised to them but assured them he didn’t want their religion.
“I don’t know how I returned home on Sunday night,” he admits. “I was so delusional because of the drugs I didn’t do anything for three days. I didn’t eat, drink or go to class. It was like being in a grave.”
On the fourth day, Johnny went out to his car to get something.
“I found the tract I had crumpled!” he laughs. “I come from a godless background so this was my first time reading the Bible. My mind began to doubt what I was reading and I wondered if this was a cult? As I read Romans chapter 3 and verse 23 I began to see things in a different light. The verse says; ‘For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,’ Then I read Romans chapter 5, verse 12, which says; ‘Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, in this way death spread to all men, because all sinned.” That verse made another light go off in my head.”
Going to his book bag for a pencil, Johnny discovered a New Testament in his book bag. “Some crazy Gideon, while I was cussing them out, was unzipping my bag and putting a Bible inside!” Johnny looked up all the verses on the tract and as he did so he began to realize that he was guilty of breaking the laws of God and needed a Saviour to rescue him from eternal punishment.
“It was like scales fell off my eyes and light entered in to my body,” he explains. “For several weeks after class all I could do was to read the Bible. I knew I was depraved and needed help. I turned to the back of that Bible on October 18th 1989 and read the Lord’s Prayer. I fell to my knees and said, ‘Lord Jesus, if you are for real will you come into my life and change it?
“When I woke up the next morning I knew that Jesus had made me a new man like 2 Corinthians chapter 5, verse 17 says; ‘Therefore if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation; old have passed away, behold all has become new’. I had people come to my house for drugs and I told them I had ‘really good stuff’. I handed them a plastic container and inside was the Bible!”
Johnny began to share about Jesus with everyone he met, including His mother and two grandmothers, who became followers of Jesus Christ.
“Two weeks before he died, my grandfather, the most cold-hearted, anti-God man who ever lived trusted in Jesus Christ,” Johnny adds.
Courtesy Gideons International