Preacher who ‘visited Hell during heart attack’ ‘tortured by signing demons’

A preacher who claims he visited Hell when he temporarily died during a heart attack says he was tortured by demons singing Rihanna's hit Umbrella.

Pastor Gerald Johnson said he had expected to ascend to Heaven because he had done so much good in his life.

But he found himself plummeting to the bowels of the Earth instead.

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Echoing through the gates of Hell he said he heard demonic karaoke renditions of Umbrella and the Bobby McFerrin classic Don't Worry Be Happy.

He said he wouldn't wish his trip to the abyss on his worst enemy.

On top of the Satanic songs he said he saw a man burned from head to toe being walked around on all-fours by a demon like a dog on a lead.

Gerald was resuscitated and whisked back to reality.

But he said he was going public with his 2016 ordeal to warn others to shun listening to chart-topping hits and focus on hymns instead.

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The pastor said he thought his life was over when he collapsed and "my spirit left my physical body".

He said: I thought I was going upward because I thought that I had done so much good in this lifetime and helped so many people and made so many decisions that were Godly decisions,'' he said. But as opposed to me going up I went down.

"I went literally into the centre of the Earth. That's where Hell is.''

After entering the fiery depths he said he was faced with cruel punishments befitting his descent to purgatory.

"There was a section in Hell where music was playing,'' Gerald said. "It was the same music we hear on Earth."

"But opposed to entertainers singing it, demons were singing it. While up here you can listen to music to get over a break-up like Don't Worry Be Happy or Umbrella.

"But down there every lyric to every song is to torment you as to the fact you didn't worship God through music when you were on Earth. It just blew me away.

"It still baffles me to this day. The things that I saw were indescribable.

"It makes me emotional. There was a man on all fours like a dog. He was burned from the crown of his head to the soles of his feet. His eyes were bulging out."

"What was worse than that is that he had a chain around his neck. Who was holding the chain? It was a demon.

"He was like a dog in hell.''

Dad-of-three Gerald made a full recovery and now runs a church with his pastor wife in Austin, Texas, US.

He said he believes his experience is proof popular music is the underworld's attempt to control people before they pass on and should serve as a warning to those who choose to listen to chart-toppers over hymns and prayers.

"On Earth a lot of the lyrics and music are inspired by demons,'' he said.

People come into contact with demons who give them lyrics for the purpose of controlling people on Earth.''

In a video viewed by nearly four million TikTok users the pastor said he now understood why he was given a glimpse of hell.

"The root of it is that although I did good and gave a lot to people the thing that I had in my heart was unforgiveness towards people that have done me wrong,'' he said.

"That's my experience with Hell. It is a real place.

"God doesn't send people to Hell – people send themselves to Hell.''

Umbrella – which featured on Rihanna's 2007 album Good Girl Gone Bad – was a UK No1, won a Grammy and two MTV Video Music Awards and was named one of The 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine.

McFerrin's 1988 hit Don't Worry Be Happy – from his album Simple Pleasures – was the first a cappella song to reach No1 in the Billboard Hot 100 chart and won three Grammy awards.

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