Bob Bassler

Bob Bassler

Set Free From the Mafia

My name is Bob Bassler, and I was a born-again Christian who fell into sin. I was the Chapter President of the Indiana Full Gospel Business Men’s Association for five years. I worked with Dr. Lester Sumrall in his South Bend, Indiana, headquarters, where people came from all over the world to be set free from demonic oppression.

I started getting careless with my relationship with God. As with all neglected relationships, it began to weaken me. I started smoking. Soon after, bad associations and soul-ties developed. Satan knows the areas of our weaknesses. He knew that I had developed soul-ties at the age of twelve with a young friend whose father was at the top echelon of the Mafia in Detroit. I had a fascination with the underworld, and Satan used this to get me caught up with the Mexican Mafia. In addition, and because of my associations, a cocaine habit formed. I was selling up to 2 1/2 keys per week. One key is 36oz, and one ounce sells for anywhere between $1,600 to $2,000. I was deeply in trouble! The Scriptures say, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows” – Galatians 6:7. I was sowing and I was reaping corruption. Praise the Lord that no one can hide from Him, and He is a merciful God. I got caught – God saw to that.

The police put out a “sting operation” on me.  On the day of my arrest, I was enjoying what could have been my last meal as a free man for 150 years. As I was leaving the restaurant, I sensed that something was wrong. Suddenly, I was approached by a man that I did not recognize, and I was asked to go to his car. From the trunk of his car, the man pulled out a zippered bag that had $25,000 in it. He asked me if he could buy a key of cocaine.  Of course, he could! When he paid me $3,100 for two ounces, suddenly something came to me. I knew that all was not as it appeared. Something was terribly wrong! What I didn’t know was that something was very right. God was at work. I knew at that moment, what was about to happen that would change my life completely. I decided to hit the back roads because I had nineteen 8 balls of pure cocaine and about $5,300 in my glove box, plus a loaded revolver. When I cut through a bank parking lot, there was a brown Bronco waiting for me and a 9mm gun pointing in my direction. There were no markings on the Bronco, and nobody identified themselves as cops, so I thought it was a contract out to kill me. I quickly threw my vehicle in reverse only to find that I was surrounded by cars. Then I saw their badges.

There were nine cops and one of me. I was caught. All I could say was, “You got me!” as I surrendered.  What else could I do? I knew that it was God. God was having me arrested.

The cops scuffled with me, put me on my knees on the sharp stones and cuffed me. It was over. After five overdoses, (the sixth could have been the fatal one). At that time I almost killed three people over a cocaine deal. There was no doubt, God stepped in and said “Enough!”

I was thankful then and am thankful today that God cared enough for me to have me arrested. To rescue me from a life style that was not only hurting me, but also those close to me. I had a praying wife. The power of a praying spouse can never be overrated. Georgia, my wife, prayed for me. People told her that she had Biblical reasons to leave me, but she didn’t. She had faith and great tenacity.

I was escorted to jail facing 150 years with seven Class A felony charges. When I was placed in my cell, there was a freshly painted sign that read, “Jesus loves Ya!” I knew that message was for me. I knew that God’s love had arrested and rescued me. God’s love is full of mercy.

The cops are not “pigs!” These are the tools that God uses to rescue those who have lost their way and to save lives.

It took time for me to rid my cocaine-saturated body and to be set free from the wild living. I had been empowered by the devil and was well known as a man of power in all the strip joints, on the streets, and in the underworld. God had to free me from sins. The devil was holding me for ransom, but the Lord paid the price and redeemed me.

My ministry began in prison. God gave me the only unsupervised job, working nights in the greenhouse with all the beautiful flowers and plants. This job enabled me to spend quality time with the Lord. In turn, I was also able to witness and lead many to Christ. I started a church the prison.

Because of my exemplary behavior and conduct in prison, I was given a letter of commendation from the State, honoring my character. The favor of God was with me and I ended up serving only 2 1/2 years instead of the 150 years I was originally facing. I was also to serve seven years in Texas. But because of this letter of commendation along with a TV program I had done with the Supervisor of the Prison, I was not required to serve the additional seven years. That was the work of God!

God told me that He had a ministry for me back in Indiana. This was the same street where I had fallen, reaching the same people I knew as a gangster.

The Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship was a pivotal point in the launching of this ministry. Soon after my release from prison, I attended a Prayer Breakfast and Dinner meeting where a prophecy affirmed God’s call on my life.

There were initially three of God’s special redeemed people that began the ministry with me. One woman fell away from God, went back to the old lifestyle. God had warned her that she was going to die, but the pull of the sin was too strong and she went anyway. She craved that first cigarette. She began smoking again and this opened the door God had closed, and all the old demons came back with their cohorts. She was worse off than she had been before and died. The Word of God tells us this will happen! Beware of opening doors to the enemy, to spirits that have once been cast out, they will bring others with them and the torment will be worse than it was before. I declared, “Cigarettes are evil. Nicotine is a powerful drug. It is a doorkeeper that opens the door to demons who use drugs, alcohol, cocaine, and marijuana, and to enslave people. We have heroin addicts who have been set free from heroin, but cannot kick the nicotine habit. That is how powerful it is.”

The ministry of New Life Deliverance Center is seeing tremendous results. People are getting set free! It is not a church, but a serving arm of the Church. New converts and those set free from demonic captivity are required to attend church. They love worshipping and giving to the Lord. The hopeless of humanity become the hopeful in God.

The sign that stands outside the New Life Deliverance Center draws people in. It reads “New Life Deliverance Center – Jesus setting free from alcohol, drugs, nicotine, and unclean spirits. Call for help.” Many call the center for deliverance, as well as walk in and ask for help and prayer. They are desperate for a touch from God.

Bob BassierThe center has opened a recovery center that hosts a praise and testimony service, with teaching from the Word of God, every Friday night. It is here that those who have been set free share their testimonies and encourage one another.

The devil tried to devour me. H could not succeed because God kept an eye on me. God arrested and rescued me. Seducing spirits are seducing all kinds of people, even born again Christians, into a lifestyle of sin with the promises of pleasure, self-gratification, wealth, power – all false promises designed to steal, kill, and destroy.

Don’t wait until you hit rock bottom to call out to God to rescue you. He will – He wants to set you free!

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"If the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed." John 8:36


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