I am still in prison. It’s been thirty-three years since I was arrested and the prison bars slammed shut behind me. I still remember my first day. The judges who sentenced me gave me many life sentences. I deserved it. And there have been many years of sorrow, suffering, misery, and regret, all of which I brought upon myself. But, thankfully, Christ came into my life. I am still locked up. But now I have a reason to get up in the morning. Today, thanks to Jesus, I am a man with hope who loves to help and encourage people, and this is what I do.
I am very grateful for all your letters. I read every single one of them, many times. It meant a lot to hear from you. Thanks! You see, your lives are precious to me, and to God. I was inspired by your responses to the film. And while a few of you didn’t care for the movie too much, that’s okay. The film was not produced to entertain anybody, but to help make it plain to everyone, especially to young persons, to make the right choices in life.
Now, with my greetings out of the way, let’s get down to business. I need to remind you, and maybe you never even realized this before, but people like sister Mica and those who work with her in the ministry, are trying hard to save your lives from pain and destruction. They’re trying to keep you from coming to jail or from ending up in the graveyard. Mica and her church group want to point you down the right road, which is Jesus Christ. He is the right road.
Brothers and sisters, this is for real. I’m not lying to you. Mica knows, like I do, how easy it is to get into trouble – big trouble – and we don’t want this to happen to you. Rather we want you to be happy, to live good lives, and to be successful. And, keeping it real, our jails and youth detention centers, as well as our graveyards are filled with teenagers your age. So me and Mica, and the brothers and sisters from her church, are fighting for you. Yes, we are fighting in prayer for your souls. We’re asking God to watch over you, and help and protect you. None of us want Satan to destroy you and steal your souls. We care!
I also want to say that prison is about nothing. It’s not like what you see on television. Prison is a mix of killers, rapists, robbers, burglars, drug dealers and dope fiends, gang bangers and wannabe gangstas. It’s really a world of lost and lonely souls.
In the so called “Big House” we live in cages like birds and zoo animals. Many of us live in fantasy worlds of our own making, too. In here guys try to convince each other that they’re big shots in crime. We dream that we are mastermind drug kingpins and pimps. It’s all an illusion and a lie. Truthfully, jail is for fools. And I was a big fool, myself. So I know what I’m writing and talking about.
In here you will find many men who swear they were rolling in dough (money) on the streets. That they controlled their “hood” and had the streets locked down. But now they don’t have a penny to their names. I know this because sometimes one of them will come and ask me for a postage stamp so he could write a letter home to his momma. Meanwhile, as he’s talking, I’m thinking to myself, “Yo, dude, where’s all this money you claim to have? Where’s the millions of dollars and all the chicks you boasted of having?” The truth is, I know he’s about nothing.
Not only this, but when you come to prison people start to forget about you. In time friends move on with their lives and family members begin to die off. You find yourself alone. You cry into your pillow at night. And the years pass and you grow old. The strong man who first came to the Big House is now old and gray. You come into the system as a young jitterbug, and then you wonder where the years went to. I’m living the reality of this now.
So the truth is, crime ain’t worth it. Crime only pays off for the police. Think about what I’m saying. They make their living chasing you down and locking you up. Remember, they always win, and if you live as a criminal, you will always lose. I’m keeping it real, and you know it. The police get a pay check. You get prison.
Therefore, please take heed to what I am saying, and to what sister Mica and your Bible teachers have been telling you. Give your life to Jesus Christ and ask Him to forgive you of all your sins. Ask God to help you to become strong in your faith, and don’t be ashamed to talk with the Lord. He loves you.
In addition, you may not like to hear what I am going to say, but do your best to get yourself an education. Rather than picking up a gun, pick up a book. Make a promise to yourselves, and say these words: “I am going to read my school books no matter how long it takes me. With God’s help I am going to finish school. And if I fail a class, I will take it again and again until I get a passing grade. Because I have God on my side, I am not going to quit. I can do this and more through Jesus Christ who is giving me the strength.” This is my advice.
My little brothers and sisters, please stay close to God. Stay in church. Stick it out. Ask the Lord to help you to understand the Bible. And if you don’t understand something, just ask sister Mica or another Christian.
Well this is all for now. If I could, I wish I could meet you and give each of you a big hug. You’re precious. You’re important. Make your lives count for good. Believe me, you will never regret making good choices. Stay strong. And again, I say, stick it out. Don’t quit church. Don’t quit school. Don’t mess up and come to prison. Bye.
Written in love and hope,
Brother David Berkowitz
2012 Praise God ..a brother in England reposted this link and said he was educated and blessed brother. We have other people who were so blessed as well..by the way..this last episode received dozens of hits today..by the end of the week it will be the most listened to episode we’ve done yet. Praise God because people are being blessed and educated on this topic. Amen!
This book was sent to me by the Almighty and Everlasting God who is currently working a miracle with my life! I like Brother John was lost in the world of Santeria and Palo for almost 20 years of my life! One night when I arrived at my doorstep from a hard days work and I saw a flyer announcing Brother John, his book and how he was going to give his testimony at a ministry across the street from my home! I immediately crumbled the flyer up only to find another under my door. I took it inside and dismissed it. A couple of days later I was very depressed and lonely and looked up this book on Amazon. I ordered it but went through hell and back just to get it! I READ THE BOOK AND IT MOVED ME SO MUCH! I had been physically sick with many ailments all year long! Nothing in my occult religion of Santeria/Palo was helping!
I finished the book and decided to say the prayer at the end of the book which Brother John had written. I immediately was overcome by sleep and finally slept 8 hours! When I awoke from this deep sleep, I decided to stop being a backslider and turn my life over to the one true God- OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST! THE HOLY SPIRIT OVERCAME ME AND I DUMPED ALL MY SATANIC HARDWARE! Immediately after, I was healed of all my aches and pains! I now feel like a 25 year old man! I am very fortunate to live close by to Brother John and I reached out to him. He responded immediately and even prayed for me! Thank you Brother John! May the lord always bless you and keep you. THIS BOOK IS A MUST READ! ˜AK
Growing up in the Bronx, and having myself had experiences with Santeria, I can see how difficult writing a book like this must have been for John Ramirez. In the hispanic culture, there has always been this infusion of Santeria rituals and paraphernalia that, growing up around it, just seemed normal. I’m a Puerto Rican from the Bronx and I remember always seeing all the beaded necklaces, altars, candles and remember all the card readers and palm readers. I myself have fallen victim to some rituals by well-meaning family members which have plagued me for quite a while. We all grow up believing its how you fix certain problems, or are made to believe that we can change our luck by doing this or doing that. Going to a Botanica was like going to the grocery store and little did I know that evil surrounded me, because its just how we grew up (our culture).
They are all lies and trickery from the devil to keep us far away from God and prevent us from being saved. I want to thank John for exposing the truth behind santeria and witchcraft because it helped to break some strongholds in my life and I believe it will do the same for many others. I strongly believe that sometimes we need to hear about the dark side so that we can be better prepared for battle. John has literally been to hell and back and is now saved by the grace of God and he is alive to warn us about what evil is out there. Thank you Jesus for it is by your blood that we are saved! I only pray that a spanish version is out there or at least in the works because there are many people out there that can benefit from this book but only speak spanish.
Once I picked up John’s book I found it difficult to put it down. Having lived there, I can truly say that he paints such an accurate picture of that culture and life in the Bronx. I felt like I was being transported back in time and back to the old neighborhood. It takes courage to write down such things about yourself and share it with the world. John thanks for your story. I’m sure that it will bless many and show them that no matter how bad off you think you are, you can be saved if you just say yes to Jesus!
Jesus Rescues From the Pit!
The majority of my life is a maze of darkness, depression resulting from epilepsy (scar tissue on the mood center of my brain), and surviving every type of abuse imaginable, perpetrated by 14 different abusers. In order to survive the years of unlimited pain, multiple rejections and horrific abuses, God allowed my mind to shatter in the most advanced level of dissociation as it poly-fragmented into more than 700 alternate personalities to hold the agony, memories and consciousness. Doctors told me that I would have died or gone insane had my mind not shattered into separate pieces under the impact of abuses/horrors.
At a very young age Satan began making inroads into my mind by implanting lies via the abuses (ex. “You are too bad to be loved or helped,” “You are not worth saving” etc.), which laid the foundation for unknown, concretized doubt/unbelief deep within the recesses of my inner being and broken parts of me.
At 17 yrs. I was subjected to Satanic Ritual Abuse while held at gunpoint, as my occultic abuser enforced bloody rituals, agonizing ceremonies, marriage to Satan, infant sacrifice, and in-depth programming into satanic dogma as the demons of hell were literally swarming everywhere amid the impenetrable darkness, terror, anguish and bloody horrors/crime. Resulting was an excruciating life of buried, debilitating pain, time loss, suicide, gunpoint terror; and with the deadly occultic bondage of Satan overshadowing my life to such degree that there was nearly always some type of bloodflow, demonic oppressions, and/or satanic activity going on. Every breath I took felt like the vice of death was squelching out a bit more life internally, and on the outside there was absolutely no one to understand until long after the damage was done, when God used three different counsellors in my journey.
In August of 2011, God began to perform a series of miracles on my behalf after several months of crying out to Jesus in my agony and longing for complete freedom and healing. While in a city in Western Canada, 2500 miles from home, God directed me to a specific bookstand in a Christian book-store located in one of the world’s largest malls. There I saw the book, “Out of the Devil’s Cauldron” which I was prompted to buy, and had it read for the first time before my plane landed in Toronto. In reading of the author’s occultic activities, bondage, and the freedom he found in Jesus Christ, God began to rejuvenate a new hope and longing within “to be completely free from Satan’s oppressions, and have healing from all the effects of the countless abuses,” yet I felt desperately bound by unseen chains and had no idea what to do. In despair, I followed the urging of God’s Spirit to call the book’s publishers amid my heart-rending anguish, who in turn contacted the author on behalf of my heart-cry.
On October 10, 2011, John Ramirez called me just before noon as God directed him, (right at the moment when Satan was hammering suicide on my door with life-threatening blows). After talking a bit and petitioning a prayer to God for me, he arranged to call me back that evening so Jesus could do what he termed “deliverance work” in my life. I did not know that night that I was chained by Satan in irons of life-long doubt and unbelief, but Jesus did, so He showed John how to pray on my behalf as the Holy Spirit made intercession for me with groanings which could not be uttered. Rom. 8:26. That is when Jesus broke those doubting fetters asunder and removed every obstacle to fully believing God’s truths by the power of His blood! Praise His Name!
The first beams of light descended down on me as truth began to penetrate my heart, mind and soul; and Jesus also vanquished many powers of darkness that night! For the first time in my life I could actually believe without obstacle that “All the provisions, power and healing which Jesus provided through His death and resurrection is in fact applicable to my shattered life; that there is hope for even me; and that Jesus considers me ‘worth saving’ so much that He died for me personally!” For the first time in my life I could actively and personally begin to claim the blood of Jesus effectively over all the power, attempts and demons of Satan, who still held occultic grounds deep within me: for previously he would only laugh in my face at such attempts due to the deep, unknown barricades of doubt. Jesus said “All things are possible to him that believeth,”
On November 1, 2011, God again used His redeemed servant, *John, as *he prayed on my behalf while the Holy Spirit again made intercession for my deliverance. This is the wonderful day in which Jesus Christ routed out every remaining occultic and oppressing demon of hell from my life and every broken piece of me by the power of His blood through His name! The glorious freedom secured that day through Jesus in body, soul and mind is beyond what words can describe or mind comprehend as *Satan pulled his troops and fled shrieking at the command of Jesus as *he glimpsed the powerful blood of Christ’s supreme sacrifice! Jesus has reclaimed every ground and territory wherein Satan has previously camped and/or built strongholds, and He is restoring the years which the locusts have eaten as His unending joy and freedom (such as I have never known) submerges me in His divine presence! Praise to Jesus! There’s nothing too hard for Him! Jer. 32:17
It does not matter how deep into the occult, sin, death chains, satanic curses, demonic soul ties, or anything else of Satan’s that you may find yourself imprisoned in – I am alive and freed by Jesus to tell you that “There is hope, freedom, full salvation, and healing if you but come to the Prince of Peace – Jesus Christ! There is nothing too hard for Him to resolve: for His blood, power and love is far beyond limits! Jesus came right down into the very chambers of death in the abyss of hell to rescue me from the haunts and horrors of the occultic pit where I was literally chained to demons who enforced bloody satanic rituals, feeding satanic blood & power cravings, and waging eternal destruction against my body, mind and soul as they dragged me down the reeking corridors of darkness, death and separation from God. Jesus’ power is supremely unlimited and He has defeated Satan and every demon of hell when He died on the cross in our place and rose again from the grave in full triumph over death, sin and Satan. Jesus is the only Answer for your pain, need of salvation and the bondage to Satan! God’s limitless love abounds for every soul; and Jesus said, “He that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.”
Jesus is Freedom! To Jesus be all Glory!
by Keturah Hiebert, Ontario, Canada
On a beautiful day in May, I took my 7th grade students to the Circle Line Cruise Tour in New York City. I introduced myself to Victor, the bus driver, packed the bus, and we were off to our destination! My student teacher and I were talking with one another in the front of the bus about God and the youth of today. As always, I try to be as friendly as possible, so I also chatted with Victor. He was a young guy, maybe in his early twenties. I asked him what he usually does when he waits for the people to board back on the bus. He said that he usually reads books and the book that he’s currently reading is by Edgar Allan Poe. Intrigued, I replied, “He writes a lot of scary stories like The Raven.” He looked at me and smiled.
As we were talking, he pulled off his sweatshirt and I noticed a tattoo on his arm of hands praying holding rosary beads. I wanted to ask him what it meant, but I was reluctant. Meanwhile, my student teacher told me, “For an introverted person, you sure are friendly to people, even people you don’t know!” I told him it’s not me, but Jesus’ kindness and love towards them. Believe me, it is uncomfortable for me to speak to strangers, yet God can empower a person, such as me, for His glory. Even with a short conversation with the bus driver, the Holy Spirit put him on my heart. Upon arriving to NYC, I told my student teacher, “I’m going to tell Victor about the love of Christ for him.” He just gave me a weird look, thinking I was out of my mind.
While we were touring the Hudson River, I had a moment to reflect on the beauty of the Lord. I began to pray, especially for Victor. Time passed and we were finally on the bus again. When we were almost back to the school, I told Victor that Jesus loves him and that he has a plan for his life. He politely listened as I continued to tell him what Christ had done on the Cross. An idea came to my mind when we arrived to school. I told my student teacher to quickly grab my keys from upstairs and go to my car to take the book Out of the Devil’s Cauldron by John Ramirez. I gave it to Victor and told him, “Here’s a book to read when you have time. God bless you.” He stared at the cover for a quite some time and then thanked me.
The next day, in the late afternoon, Victor called me at work. I was surprised as he must have had to retrieve the phone number from his workplace. I was shocked when he told me he read the entire book in one day! He asked me if those things in the book were real and I said, “Yes, very much so. It’s amazing how God loves a person and can rescue him from the darkest pit of hell.” What was even more awesome was that he wanted to receive Christ in his life. We prayed that day and I saw the sweetness of Jesus and how He can use people like me and John Ramirez to bring people to the Lord!
by Maria Dacles
It’s been a while since I’ve read a book that I did not want to part from–not even for a second. I couldn’t put it down but read it all in a few hours. Capturing, attention-grabbing, vivid, real, humorous, amazing, heartwarming, and soul piercing are some words to describe this personal testimony. I wanted to cry as John shared about his pain-filled childhood and chaotic adulthood. If you are a fatherless child, it would definitely speak to you. He puts the fatherless experience in words that accurately depict the life of those who were deprived of a good father. He writes in a way that makes you feel as if you were there with him. You can feel the agony, joy, hope of his life as if it was your own. There’s a balance of mourning and laughter as you read this book. I enjoy how John shared his life story in the present and not in the past tense. I liked how he ended each chapter with a spine-tingling sentence. Although John is a Christian, he was not afraid to speak honestly whether his past thoughts were wicked or filthy. It is not sugar-coated material.
Initially I thought this book was going to be all about demons like Sandra Brown’s Set the Captives Free. However, it does not glorify the devil, gross and terrify you like that book. It is doctrinally sound in contrary to Brown’s book. It is a book about God’s love for a soul that was purely an enemy of God. Not only am I aware that God loves John that way but that He loves all of us in such an abounding manner. This book also opened my eyes to see the spiritual mapping of this city and world-wide. It’s definitely a book that boosts your knowledge on spiritual warfare. From reading the book, I learned how I can effectively pray for regions. It definitely causes you to be aware of the spiritual realm but at the same time exalt God who has overcome the evil one and his dominion.
You can see a vivid picture of how the devil works in John’s life and also how God does an even greater work. You can see John being transformed from one extreme spectrum of evil to the other point of righteousness in Christ. I enjoyed reading about how he was before he was saved, when he became a Christian, but I’d like to read more about the changes God made in John’s life throughout these 11 years that he was saved as well. I felt that he did not write too much about his experience as a Christian.
It definitely teaches Christians to take super precaution when it comes to psychics which disguise themselves as helpers. However, they are very destructive. It taught me to warn others on the severe danger of these occulted worshippers.
This book has answered questions about my own life. It clarified and helped me understand circumstances that happened in my life whether it was relational or spiritual. It is such a good book. I couldn’t help but read some of the parts again. It’s one of my favorites. I pray that God will continue to transform you into His image and use you mightily. Also that He will bless your every need in an abounding way because He can do immeasurably more than what you can ask or imagine. By Amy Beloved
RIVETING, INTERESTING and INTRIGUING are the words I would use to describe ‘Out of the Devil’s Caldron’. I have never had a book hold my attention and interest as this one. I literally read the book from cover to cover in three hours.
ALL GLORY must be given to GOD for HIS mighty hand was at work in this man’s (John Ramirez) life.
by Kimberly Allen- New York