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A Wake-up Call From Hell

A drug binge put Carl Knighton at death's doorstep. The result was an experience of hell that changed his life forever Read Transcript


HELL IS DEFINITELY REAL.

IT IS REAL, VERY MUCH REAL.

Reporter: CARL KNOWS

WHAT HELL IS LIKE BECAUSE HE

SAYS HE WENT THERE AFTER HE

ACCIDENTALLY OVERDOSED ON A

DRUG CALLED VALIUM.

LIKE THE BIBLE SAYS,

YOU'RE IN TORMENT.

Reporter: EVEN THOUGH

IT HAPPENED MORE THAN 20

YEARS AGO, CARL WAS ABLE TO

DRAW PICTURES OF WHAT HE

SAYS HE ENCOUNTERED IN

HELL.

THE ONE IN THE MIDDLE,

THEY'RE TRYING TO GET OUT.

TRYING TO GET OUT OF THE

FIRE.

THERE IS NO WAY THEY CAN GET

OUT.

THERE IS NO HOPE FOR THEM.

THERE IS NO WAY OF ESCAPE

FOR THEM.

Reporter: CARL WAS

BROUGHT UP IN A CHRISTIAN

HOME, WHERE HE WAS TAUGHT

HEAVEN AND HELL WERE REAL

PLACES.

EVEN AS A CHILD, HE WAS

SENSITIVE TO GOD.

I ALWAYS FELT THE

PRESENCE OF GOD.

I SEEN ANGELS AT A VERY

YOUNG AGE.

Reporter: AFTER HIGH

SCHOOL, CARL JOINED THE ARMY

AND MARRIED.

BOTH HIS MARRIAGE AND HIS

MILITARY CARRIER WERE

SHORT-LIVED.

THE PLATOON LEADER WOULD

COME TO ME AND SAY YOU NOT

DOING YOUR JOB.

AND YOU SHOULD BE DOING

BETTER THAN THIS.

YOU'RE NOT GOING TO NEVER

MAKE THE NEXT RANK.

SO I GOT REALLY FRUSTRATED.

Reporter: CARL DECIDED

IT WAS TIME TO GET OUT OF

THE ARMY BY GOING AWOL.

HE HITCHHIKED TO OHIO TO SEE

AN OLD FRIEND.

THEN HE WENT ON A TWO-WEEK

DRUG BINGE.

ONE NIGHT HE WENT TO A CRACK

HOUSE.

YOU COULD SMELL THE

STENCH OF THE CRACK

COCAINE.

YOU COULD SMELL THE STENCH

OF THE MARIJUANA.

Reporter: CARL SMOKED

SOME CRACK AND STARTED

DRINKING ALCOHOL AND USING

OTHER DRUGS.

HE SAYS HE BELIEVED IT WAS

THE LAST PILL HE TOOK THAT

CENTER HIM ON A JOURNEY TO

HELL.

I TOOK THAT VALIUM, AND

BEFORE I KNEW IT, I FELL OFF

THE COUCH ON TO THE FLOOR.

IT WAS PITCH BLACK, DARK.

I BEGAN TO QUIVER, I BEGAN

TO HAVE THE SHAKES, AND I

BEGAN GOING DOWN AND DOWN

AND DOWN, LIKE A DEEP PIT.

AND I STARTED SMELLING THE

STENCH OF HELL.

IT IS THE MOST ROTTENNESS

THING YOU COULD EVER SMELL

IN YOUR LIFE.

YOU CAN'T EVEN IMAGINE IT.

I BEGAN TO FELL A TUGGING

AND PULLING -- LIKE THE

BIBLE SAID, DEMONS TUG AT

YOU.

THEY WAS CALLING MY NAME,

SAYING, "WE GOTCHA, WE

GOTCHA, WE GOTCHA."

I SAW SOULS, LOST SOULS IN

THE LAKE OF FIRE.

THEY WAS CRYING AND CALLING

ON GOD.

THEY WAS HOPELESS.

I CALLED ON THE LORD,

"JESUS, JESUS, HELP ME,

JESUS.

HIHELP ME, JESUS."

AS SOON AS I CALLED GOD, I

SAW THE HAND OF GOD SNATCH

ME BACK.

I WAS SHAKING AND TREMBLING,

AND I TURNED MY HEAD TO THE

RIGHT.

AND THEY SAID I WAS DEAD.

AND THEY SAID IT WAS 30 TO

35 MINUTES.

AND I KNOW THAT WAS A LOVING

GOD THAT LOVED ME SO MUCH.

Reporter: THREE DAYS

LATER CARL RETURNED TO FORT

HOUSTON, VIRGINIA, TO FACE

THE CONSEQUENSES OF GOING

AWOL.

HE WAS DEMOTED AND CONFINED

THE BARRACKS FOR ONE MONTH.

DURING THAT TIME HE

IMMEDIATELY SURRENDERED HIS

LIFE TO JESUS CHRIST.

I IMMEDIATELY ASKED THE

LORD TO FORGIVE ME AND

REPENT.

AND GO FORWARD.

AND GOD -- I REALLY GAVE MY

LIFE BACK TO CHRIST AFTER

THAT.

Reporter: TODAY CARL IS

MARRIED AGAIN.

HE IS ALSO ON A MISSION TO

TELL AS MANY PEOPLE AS HE

CAN ABOUT THE REALITY OF

HEAVEN AND HELL.

GOD LOVES YOU SO MUCH.

HE LOVES YOU SO MUCH THAT HE

GIVES ME A SECOND CHANCE.

AND I'M HERE TO TELL THE

STORY.

NOT A STORY, BUT A TESTIMONY

OF HOW AWESOME GOD IS.

IF PEOPLE WOULD ONLY LISTEN

AND DON'T TAKE GOD FOR

GRANTED.

DON'T THROW YOUR LIFE AWAY.

ACCEPT JESUS AS YOUR SAVIOR.

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