NEW YORK — In the book Street God, Dimas Salaberrios shares his harrowing journey from striving to be a drug kingpin to eventually becoming a servant of God. The experience that proved pivotal to his transition came, he says, when he fell under the power of an evil force that seemed determined to destroy him.
In Street God, Salaberrious, co-pastor of Infinity Bible Church in NYC's Bronx borough and president of Concerts of Prayer Greater New York, recounts how his girlfriend at the time, Renee, took him to her mother's home so that the older woman and her friends could pray for him.
"When I walked in, those three ladies called on Jesus, then came toward me. I think they recognized that, while demon possession is not regularly acknowledged in our country, as it is in other parts of the world, I had made myself a prime candidate for it because of my lifestyle," Salaberrios writes in the book. "The three women saw that and went right to work. 'I bind this demon up in the name of Jesus,' Renee's mother said. 'Loose him, Satan! Come out!'"
Watch the video below (or read the transcript) to learn what happened when those three women interceded for Salaberrios with prayer.
"You know, what was really wild was there was a well-known witch in the community in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, that was dating my competition in the drug world. Every time she'd pull up you would just feel this heavy presence of darkness that would just come on the scene.
I mean, I could have my back to her and I could feel when she would pull up or come out of a house or be in a car. Several girls ignored it and didn't believe she was a witch. It was well-known all throughout the area. And when those girls would go and be with her, several of them lost their mind or would have nervous breakdowns."
"So one day I was going to pick up some drugs in New York City from Winston-Salem and while I was driving, we just started to hear this horn ... and this horn just kept going off and going off. And I was sleeping in the back of the car and I when I turned to look, she was there driving in the car just staring at me. … And I remember I saw her and fear just came all over me. Eventually she pulled off. We were talking about [it] in the car the entire ride, like, 'How did she find us?' It wasn't a car that we normally use."
"Then when I got to NYC, I was in Harlem, you know, walking down the street. She popped out and grabbed my arm and did some type of twist to my arm, and I yanked my arm away from her. And when I got in the car to drive back to New York, I started to completely enter into a state of full demonic possession. When I got to Winston-Salem, I saw things in shades of red. I went over to the kitchen sink, I smashed dishes with my fists and got scars all over my hands from it."