John Ramirez grew up in a family who practiced Santeria. His father’s side came from a family of witches and warlocks. Growing up, John longed for a relationship with his dad. However, his father was heavy on Santeria and spiritualism.
“There was no love; there was no compassion. We watched him beat my mother in the house. He came in drunk most of the time–demanding stuff, asking for stuff. If things weren’t done a certain way it was always put down, hurtful words: ‘Dummy! Stupid! You’re going to amount to nothing.’ That kind of stuff,” John recalls. “I would just stand by the door and look and see what he was up to because I was looking to see if there was time for me just to have interaction. Hey, my dad and I did something. But he was connected to the demons; he was connected to Spiritualism.”
And because of the longing John felt to have a father figure, his involvement with Santeria deepened quickly. He says Satan became the father he never had, making John devoted to him.
Until he was invited to go to church – his life wass forever changed.