Riaan Swiegelaar a co-founder of the South African Satanic Church, turns to Jesus as he decided to leave his post after Christians showed him what unconditional love is.
In a viral Facebook video, Swiegelaar said, “To be very honest, I initially thought I’d quietly slip out the backdoor and I didn’t think people would be so interested in why I do what I do”.
Swiegelaar spent his last four to five years being an atheist and a Satanist despite being a Christian 20 years ago. He joined Satanism because he was very sad and very broken. “I think a lot of people resonate with Satanism when they come from a very broken place.”
“I have met thousands of Satanists over the past year and they are extremely hurt and broken—that’s the one thing they all have in common,” Swiegelaar added.
In a very emotional conversation he said that “I’ve never known unconditional love in my whole life and up to today, there’s only four Christians in my whole life that have shown me what unconditional love is. I want to thank those four people. Words cannot express what you have done for me,” he added as he mentioned those people who supported him.
“To show someone love is everything. It is not a simple thing. You have shown me everything. You have shown me the love of Christ. I saw it in you. He added.
He was featured in an interview on CapeTalk radio station. He firmly said that he never believed in Jesus Christ, nor did He exist. After the program, a lady went in front of him and hugged him. “She came to me after the interview, after I said that, and she hugged me, and she held me in a way that I’ve never been loved,” Swiegelaar gushed. “That’s all she did. She just said it was nice to meet me in person.”
A week later, he encountered Jesus during one of his rituals. Jesus appeared before him. He said, ‘If you are Jesus, you have to prove it.’ And He flooded me with the most beautiful love and energy. “And I recognized it right away, like the woman at the radio station pointed it out to me.” “This is how I recognized the love of Christ.” No one is too far from God.
The Facebook video he uploaded on July 4 went viral and inspire a lot of people. The video has now almost 200,000 views.
You can watch Swiegelaar’s video below.