Vision changes porn actress

Teresa Carey
“If He didn’t condemn me... then He’s not going to condemn you,” says Teresa, pictured here with her daughter

A former porn star ended a money-spinning 14-year career due to an extraordinary vision that shook her to her core.

Teresa Carey started in portrait modelling, drifted into nude photos and ended up in lesbian porn films, as well as major porn magazines.

She and her husband, Scott, say they came to know Jesus is God when they both had a face-to-face vision of him in 1999.

Usually such 'epiphanies' are individual experiences: two people sharing it at the same time is both unusual and harder for critics to explain.

Before their vision, Scott and Teresa were looking into various world religions and were lastly reading the book of John in the Bible.

She explained to The Sun that as they were listening to music, the vision "was like being in a dream, but being awake at the same time".

"I could see green hills... [and] a man dressed in white talking to people. He invited us in, and we came face-to-face with Jesus.

"Jesus had fire in His eyes that burned straight through my soul, with authenticity that I had never felt before. It was a fire of burning love, not condemnation or anger," she elaborated in a Nottingham University talk published on YouTube.

"As my eyes were fixed on His I had an unspoken download of information, 'I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I am forever, and I will always be, and you will always be with me.'

"Everything negative and bad, any doubts and fears were lifted in an instant. The message was, 'I love you — you're OK and you can come with me whenever you're ready'."

When it was over, the stunned couple "looked over at each other and we couldn't get any words out, we were just weeping. It shook me to the core."

From that moment Teresa wanted to follow Jesus but it took her three years to stop acting in porn videos.

For 10 years she felt uncomfortable working as a glamour model, but did not leave because she doubted that God would provide another job.

"It was really about faith for me. I realised, 'Hang on, I've seen Jesus. If I say "Help me", He can lead me out of this'."

“If Jesus could come to me, a woman in the porn industry, then He can come to anybody”She explained to Nottingham Post, "I was battling in my mind for so long."

After deleting every industry contact in 2009 she says, "I felt instant joy... I didn't ever want to go back.

"I now realise that being a porn star was not what God wanted me to be doing, but He didn't condemn me for it [see John 3:17].

"I thought, 'I'm going to have to cut this out and have faith that God is going to lead me into something better.'"

Since receiving Jesus' forgiveness by giving her life to Him, Teresa has become a regular speaker at university clubs, schools and churches, to share her story and help others know freedom through Jesus.

She has also written two Christian devotional books available on Amazon and released a Christian music album, Teresa Carey: Born Again.

"I tell people that if Jesus could come to me, a woman who was working in the porn industry, which most people around me would think was a pretty low thing to be doing, then He can come to anybody," she says.

"If He didn't condemn me for what I *was doing, then He's not going to condemn you."

When she finally left the industry, she says it took a year to get to the place of forgiving herself for the things she had done.

"You know it's like a dirty feeling. Seeing people naked might sound exciting but [porn] strips things away: that sacredness that should be reserved for between two people who love each other. It is a union, but it had become something dirty for me.

"It took a year after leaving the industry to find this sacredness once again with my husband. It is a really dangerous thing."

Since her new life began in 2009, Teresa's style of dress has changed from flagrantly revealing to modest.

"I still love being feminine and sexy," she says, "but I will do it only for my husband."

Her outlook on life has changed, she says, "from being worried and afraid of the unknown to feeling content and excited.

"Now I just want to help other women in the industry find themselves through God... I hope that by sharing my story I can help other people find love through Jesus."

Watch Teresa share her story at <youtu.be/_oBPz6L9oHU>. Follow her on Twitter @christiantess

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