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CARAPICUIBA, Brazil (Reuters) - For years, Ronaldo da Silva's daily routine consisted of drinking himself into a stupor until he passed out on a sidewalk.
Now he spends his days praying and singing with hundreds of fellow Christians at the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God in Carapicuiba, a sprawling shantytown on the outskirts of Sao Paulo where Pentecostal congregations are found on just about every block.
"I'd probably be dead or in jail if it weren't for this church," said da Silva, a 38-year-old former Catholic who claims God cured him of epilepsy and helped him straighten out his life when he converted to Pentecostalism a decade ago....
Praise God that His Spirit is calling so many out of the superstitions and blasphemy of the RCC and into churches where they have access to the Bible where it is proclaimed as the basis of faith and practice. No doubt there can be doubts about the validity and perhaps over-simplicity of the gospel message given in these charismatic gatherings, and all the nonsense of "speaking in tongues" etc, but these precious souls have now been set free from bondage. Those who are truly saved the LORD will lead into the full light of the entire message of salvation. Praise His name, and to Him be the glory.