Pauline Sulava ~ Leechburg, Pennsylvania

When I was 3 1/2, my father’s uncle brought us to the U.S.A. from Czechoslovakia. We were Catholic, but my uncle read from the Bible. I learned the truth from the Word of God and at a young age, I was very concerned about my soul.

            As I grew older, I became very religious. I wanted to please God, but was not successful. I did not realize I needed to be saved to be right with God first.

            Being religious but confused, I started seeing things that upset me in the Catholic Church. When the Church changed the rule about not eating meat on Fridays, I was really confused. I could not understand how it was a sin to eat meat on Friday one week, and not a sin the next week.

            The priest confused me even more when he announced one Sunday that since man made the church rules, man could change the rules. I had always thought God made the rules. It also was hard for me to believe that this man in a black robe could forgive sins, because I knew he was a sinner too.

            When Pope Pius XII was dying, the Catholic paper said he was worried about the hereafter. It amazed me that the leader of the church was admitting that he did not know if he was going to heaven or hell. I had always felt our religion would take us to heaven, and the Pope had done everything to win favor with God. I know now the Bible says WE CAN KNOW FOR SURE that we are going to Heaven (1 John 5:13).

            My Catholic faith was shaken but I did not tell anyone. At the same time, my oldest son was attending college. His roommate told him about God’s salvation. He got saved and came home to tell the family shortly after. He asked me to go to a Gospel Meeting on March 3, 1972.

            At the meeting, two men told how the Lord Jesus Christ was crucified for me and my sins. I knew that if I died my sins would take me to hell. This thought sent terror through me. Nobody ever told me before that I did not have to go to hell. These men told me that God laid my sins on my Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ when He was on the cross (Isaiah 53:6). I learned that the Lord Jesus is the only way to Heaven (John 14:6) and no other way will do. Right there, listening to the first Gospel message I ever heard, I accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as my own personal Savior.

            There was nothing more for me to do; just look at what God had already done through His beloved Son, the Lord Jesus. I could not make a sacrifice for my own sins (Isaiah 64:6) and I didn’t have to. The sacrifice of the Lord Jesus is the only one God will accept. He is my Savior; I am on my way to Heaven; and I know it! You can too! Trust him! , “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that WHOSOEVER believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).