No more fear of death

Overwhelming fear of hell drove alcoholic to search for peace.

John Mampuru
John Mampuru, pictured here with his wife, says he now lives a full life of peace, love and joy.

Mogase John Mampuru had no peace as a boy and would take it out on his peers by bullying them.

Deep down he knew there was something missing in his life and he started drinking alcohol and smoking in an attempt to fill the hole in his heart.

"When I was alone I questioned where I was going when I died and started to feel afraid," John admits.

"I struggled with drinking too much alcohol, lying, unforgiveness, a bad attitude and ungratefulness."

John remembers that some of his friends died without knowing God and the fear that he would one day be sent to hell for his wrongdoing became overwhelming.

He started attending church in the hopes that it would help him feel closer to God but nothing seemed to rid him of his fear.

Then one day, in 1987, some people came to his school to share a message that would change his life forever.

"I heard that there is Someone [Jesus] who loved me and died for me on the cross," he recalls.

John recites the key Bible verse from John chapter 3 verse 16: "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."

Suddenly John understood how much God loved Him, enough to send Jesus to take the punishment John deserved for his wrongdoings, so that He could be forgiven and one day be with God in Heaven forever.

"The fear of hell and death was removed from me the moment I received Christ as my personal Lord and Saviour," John says with a smile.

After he prayed with someone for God's forgiveness and for Jesus to become Lord of His life John says he felt a huge difference.

"Afterwards I felt a joy that no alcohol could have ever given me. It was a joy from above!"

As the Bible says in 1 John chapter 4 verses 18 and 19, "There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment. The one who fears has not been perfected in love. We love because He first loved us."

John explains saying: "Now with Christ I have no more fear. I live a full life of peace, love and joy."

Although it was not easy, John knew the next step was to turn away from the wrong things he had been doing.

"I went to the people who I had hurt and said sorry," he says.

"It was not easy to leave alcohol but with God's strength I did that too."

John is now married with two children and works as a pastor sharing the same message that saved him from a life of fear.

"It is really good to have God on your side. Now my life has got real meaning and purpose!"

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