My name is Kevin, and I am 21 years old. I grew up in an unchurched home. In fact, my dad despised Christians. I got into drugs when I was probably 13. It didn't take long before I was wrapped up in the drug culture. As a sophomore in high school, I was ready to drop out and work. My parents saw that I needed help, and not knowing what to do, they sent me to treatment. Treatment got me cleaned up, but it didn't fill me spiritually, so after a couple of years I went back to drugs.
Drugs messed up my head so bad I really couldn't work a normal job, so I started selling marijuana to get by. That led me to my first Grateful Dead show. It was there I met the kids of Grateful Dead, who called themselves "the family." They hooked me up with excellent prices on LSD. I was eating large doses of LSD. One time as much as about a 100 hits, which is called a sheet. That is the first night I actually saw a demon. I became to spun to continue to live in the community I was in, so I left my real family and started hitchhiking around the west coast looking for Grateful Dead kids to hang out with. I went to a concert in the Columbia Gorge and ended up eating a large amount of LSD. An angel of white light came to me and told me he was god and that I was his messiah. So for about four months, I went around trying to start a cult and organize the hippie kids. It cost me everything I had. God resisted me every step of the way.
Eventually I got thrown in the hospital for extreme behaviors. There I learned that I wasn't the messiah. And I gave my heart to Jesus Christ, and now I trust Him for my salvation. I renounced all my ties to the demons and the occult. I learned firsthand who is Lord. When He (Jesus) came into my life, all the others had to flee.
God has given me the gift of evangelism, so I spend a lot of my time telling others the good news. It was hard coming out of that culture, and it took me awhile to become totally free from the bondage I was under. But God has been faithful to walk with me every step of the way.
One thing I have learned is that no matter how extreme our past is, walking with God and being led by His Spirit is a lot more extreme than the world's ways if we let Him do what He wants to do.