Jesus Christ Prison Ministry

August 2015 Newsletter

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WORK!

My Dear Family in Christ,

Work! What a dirty word. The modern “Christian” Church is so quick to jump on the “saved by grace” bandwagon that they totally refuse to check out the fine print. As stated in our “grace” video and June’s newsletter, grace only keeps us alive physically so we can learn faith for eternal life. Grace does not save us eternally, even though without grace we would have no eternal life. But faith will save us eternally, but only with works. “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action (work), is dead.” James 2:17.

Work is in the Bible! Let’s just get it out and face it head on. Some of the terms that are used in place of the word “work”, but which mean the same, are deeds, action, doing, does, walk, obey, obedience, etc. Work is an integral part of the Christian life and salvation. Let us start with the words and teaching of Christ. “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord’, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does (work) the will of My Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 7:21. It is not those who say, “Lord, Lord” or “I’m saved”, or “I’m a Christian”, or “I love Jesus” or who go to church who will be saved, it is those who work out there salvation who will be saved. Philippians 2:12. There are only two types of people in the world: workers of righteousness and workers of evil. “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophecy in Your Name, and in Your Name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from Me, you evil doers!’” Matthew 7:22, 23. There is that word again: DOING or “doers”. What? Were they just thinking? No, they were doing (working) evil. If you can work evil to stay out of heaven, you can surely work righteousness to get into heaven.

The next obvious question is, “What about being a legalist with all these works? Won’t I be like the Pharisees?” I’m glad you brought that up. No! The difference is “what” works are you doing? If you are doing your own works and the works of the church which are “self-righteousness”: yes. If you are doing God’s works which are “God’s-righteousness”: no. The Pharisees were doing their own, “self-righteous” works of church. Jesus already told them in Mark 7:6-9 that they were not doing His works but their own. He said, “These people honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me. They worship Me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men. You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men… You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions!” Did you understand that? They were going to church on Sabbath, doing their many self-righteous and traditional acts of worship their own way. But they were not doing what God had commanded of them. Come to think about it, not once does the Bible tell us to go to church.

Now about legalism: Jesus was a legalist. Listen to Him speak and hear how legalistic He was. “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4. Every word that comes from God. Not just some, but every word. The dictionary defines legalism as “strict, literal or excessive conformity to the law or to a religious or moral code.”

Excessive conformity to their church is how the Pharisees kept their traditions, while Jesus was strict and literal to the commands of God – as He said, “Every word” that proceeds from the mouth of God. We are to be strict in obeying God. “Woe to you teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices – mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law – justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.” Matthew 23:23. Did you get that? You should have practiced (work) the latter… without neglecting the former. Talk about a legalist. Jesus was the epitome of legalists.

You see, without legalism, you cannot enter the kingdom of heaven. Only those who by faith are obedient to the commands of God, as Jesus was, can enter the kingdom. Now you understand why only a few will be saved. That’s what Luke 12:23, 24 says. “‘Someone asked Him, Lord are only a few people going to be saved?’ He said to them ‘make every effort (work) to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.’” That “door” is not your church door. People want to be saved by their own (self-righteous) way by going to church, but there is only One way to heaven. Jesus stated emphatically, “but the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do (work) exactly what My Father has commanded Me.” John 14:31. “For I did not speak of My own accord, but the Father who sent Me commanded Me what to say and how to say it.” John 12:49.

“What to say and how to say it”. Excessive, strict, literal? Jesus wants to make it very plain that any variation will not be tolerated. He says to you and me, “Come, follow Me.” “I am the Way”. John 14:6. We are to live the strict, legalistic life of Jesus. When someone calls me a legalist, I thank that person and then remind them that my example is Jesus. I want to be like Jesus. Do you?

A wealthy man came to Jesus one day and asked what he needed to do (work) to get to heaven. Jesus did not correct his concept of working to heaven. You must understand the significance of this. Jesus who is the truth, the way and the life, came here to teach us the truth and the way to eternal life. Since He did not correct the man’s understanding of how to get to heaven, we must believe that he was correct. (When Peter made a mistake and spoke an untruth, Jesus corrected Him. Matthew 17:24-27.) We need to do something to “get” to heaven. Jesus simply told him what work was acceptable. Jesus stated, “If you want to enter life, obey (work) the commandments.” Matthew 19:17. Being a good Jew, he realized what Jesus was talking about, but he wanted to sound like he was smart and intelligent. Therefore he asked Jesus, “Which ones?” Jesus did not get into an argument with him. He didn’t recite the ceremonial laws, feast days, temple rituals, health laws or civil laws for they were not important for salvation. Jesus just told him the truth by quoting some of the Ten Commandments. “Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and your mother, and love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 19:18, 19.

The man stuck his chest out and wanted to make sure that everyone was hearing before speaking. “All these I have kept” the young man said. “What do I still lack.” Jesus replied, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me.” Matthew 19:20, 21. Notice, even though in the twenty-two times that Jesus states “follow Me” in the Bible, not once did He ever tell anyone to “go to church”.

Keep in mind, selling your possessions is a work. Many people of the modern “Christian” church take this to show that Jesus recognized that the keeping of the Ten Commandments is not all that had to be done. They claim that after giving the Ten Commandments, He then went on to show something else was needed to get into heaven. If this were the case Jesus would be a liar. He stated that all we had to do was keep the commandments. Would He add more, who taught us to add or subtract nothing more to the Commandments? Listen carefully as Jesus, in the Old Testament said, “You shall not add to the word that I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God that I command you.” So let’s take a closer look at what Jesus was saying to the rich young ruler.

The first thing we notice is that Jesus only gave five of the last six of the Ten Commandments. After giving the first five, he stopped and let the young man respond foolishly. Then Jesus gave the sixth commandment in a parable of action (work), “go, and sell your possessions.”

You see, the Tenth Commandment is, “Do not covet…”. The young man thought he had been keeping the Ten Commandments. He thought that his church-going activities were enough in his self-righteous life for salvation. But in reality he had been breaking them. He had been coveting his wealth, wealth that God had given him to share with the poor. Jesus showed the young man that he did not love God nor his neighbor as himself. For this young man to earn his eternal life he had to sell all he had and follow Jesus. Through his wealth he was breaking the Ten Commandments, and as such could not enter into heaven. Hebrews 10:26 is very plain on this. If we “go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins.” The rich young ruler knew the truth and was continuing to sin. Therefore, there was no sacrifice or church-going activity that would save him.

That leads us to the next question. What is sin? “Through the law comes knowledge of sin.” Romans 3:20. The law makes us conscious of sin. There are those who answer that it is impossible to keep the Ten Commandments. That would be saying that God is unjust for giving them to us if He knew we couldn’t keep them. But that is not true. Jesus said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26. Yes, dear friend, all things are possible with God, even keeping perfect the Ten Commandments. John tells us, “This is love for God: to obey His commands. And His commands are not burdensome.” 1 John 5:3. Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” John 14:15. Isn’t it time for you to read the Ten Commandments and begin obeying all of them exactly as God has asked you to? He will give you the power if you will acknowledge that He is God and that you must obey Him. As Jesus said, “how blessed are those who hear God’s word and obey it!” Luke 11:28. It sounds to me like the Ten Commandments were given to us to be kept, worked at, and to bless us. Nothing there about going to church. Nothing there about just mouthing or “believing” them.

The promise is there. “If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all His commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come upon you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God.” Deuteronomy 28:1, 2. “Everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.” 1 John 3:3. I found this text most interesting. This says that I must purify myself. That sounds like a “work” I must do. I did a study to find out if this text was an anomaly, or if the rest of the Bible supported it. From 1st John, I went to 1st Peter. There I found the same concept. “Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth…” 1 Peter 1:22. This text even showed me how I am to purify myself, by obeying (working) the truth. Without truth, it is impossible to purify ourselves. Unless we are pure, we cannot have eternal life. Revelation 21:27. James puts it like this. “Come near to God and He will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” James 4:8.

The whole concept seems to be a taking an active role, or work, in our own salvation. That we must do the washing, purifying and coming near to God. It’s as if it is not God who left us, but we who left Him, therefore it is our responsibility to come back to Him. As God said in Zechariah 1:3, “Return to Me, and I will return to you.” Much like the prodigal Son. The father did not leave the son, the son left the father. Therefore it was the son’s responsibility to come back to the father. As such, the prodigal son said, “I will arise and go to my father.” Luke 15:18. Notice, he didn’t say, “I will arise and go to church.” Or “I will just think about going to my father”. He had to get up and work at going to his father.

Paul told his buddy, Timothy, “…train yourself to be godly.” 1 Timothy 4:7. None of this teaching implies that we are to sit in church and leave it up to God. None of this is a “Let go, let God” concept. All of it is a take-charge, hands-on, get to work salvation that we must accomplish in our own lives. That we must “train” ourselves to be godly. In Paul’s second letter to Timothy he continued this teaching. “If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.” 2 Timothy 2:21.

It appears that they knew something back then that we are not being taught today in our churches. Instead of moping around wondering if we are saved or if we sinned (not knowing what sin is); we could be working out our salvation and having the assurance that we are not sinning and are being saved. Philippians 2:12.

The New Testament writers were not introducing anything new. All of this comes from the Old Testament. Turning to Leviticus 20:7, 8 we read, “Consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am the Lord your God. Keep (work) My decrees and follow (work) them. I am the Lord, who makes you holy.” God’s great grace is actually revealed through His Ten Commandments. “...be gracious (grace) to me through Your law.” Psalm 119:29. The Ten Commandments are holy. By keeping them holy we are made holy. It is like a teacher. He can’t graduate for the student, but he can give the information to the student that if the student learns and accomplishes the assignments, will prepare him for graduation. That is how the Lord makes us holy so we can “graduate” into Heaven. He has given us that which is holy to follow. By following it, we become holy. The example is Jesus. That is how He did it. “Although He was a Son, He learned obedience (work) from what He suffered and, once made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him…” Hebrews 5:8, 9. And that’s the key; “for all who obey Him”. Jesus cannot be anyone’s eternal salvation unless they work their way to heaven through obedience to His plan of salvation. But some say, “All you need is faith.” To inmates I respond like this, Let’s see, didn’t you have faith that the cops wouldn’t catch you in your crime? Did that faith save you? I don’t think so. It is better to have faith with good works, than faith without good works. Remember, it would be unjust for Jesus to command us to do something we couldn’t do.

“Christ is waiting with longing desire for the manifestation of Himself in His church. When the character of Christ shall be perfectly reproduced in His people, then He will come to claim them as His own. It is the privilege of every Christian not only to look for but to hasten the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 3:12.” (COL 69). That is the mission God gave to Jesus Christ Prison Ministry, to sow the Word and teach the true gospel of Jesus so that the character of Jesus Christ may be “perfectly reproduced in His people”. Let us work toward that end and hasten the coming of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

So again, we must ask ourselves, whose “gospel” are we teaching? The gospel as taught by the Catholic Church: just come to church? The gospel as taught by the worldly churches: “Saved by Grace”? Or the gospel that Jesus taught?: Stop sinning, Be perfect and keep the Ten Commandments to “get” your eternal life; then you will be saved. As Paul said, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10. If you don’t walk (work) in those Ten Commandments, “He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey (work) the gospel of our Lord Jesus.” 2 Thessalonians 1:8.

Let us always remember two very important points. 1) Jesus is the truth. He taught us to be perfect, stop sinning and to keep the Ten Commandments to get our eternal life. 2) When Jesus left this earth He commanded us to teach people “to obey (work) everything that I’ve commanded you.” Matthew 28:20. It is our privilege to know the truth and our duty to obey it. Then it is our duty to teach it to everyone we come in contact with. That is the command of Jesus.

“The soul that lives by faith on Christ desires no other nor greater good than to know and to do the will of God. It is God’s will that faith in Christ shall be made perfect by works; He connects the salvation and eternal life of those who believe, with these works, and through them provides for the light of truth to go to all countries and peoples. This is the fruit of the working of God’s Spirit.” {5T 644.1}

 

TIME WITH JESUS

Dear Friends,

Please listen. Open your heart as we continue now listening to God through His modern-day prophet teach us how to work our way to Heaven.

“Throughout the parable of the sower, Christ represents the different results of the sowing as depending upon the soil. In every case the sower and the seed are the same. Thus He teaches that if the word of God fails of accomplishing its work in our hearts and lives, the reason is to be found in ourselves. But the result is not beyond our control. True, we cannot change ourselves; but the power of choice is ours, and it rests with us to determine what we will become. The wayside, the stony-ground, the thorny-ground hearers need not remain such. The Spirit of God is ever seeking to break the spell of infatuation that holds men absorbed in worldly things, and to awaken a desire for the imperishable treasure. It is by resisting the Spirit that men become inattentive to or neglectful of God’s word. They are themselves responsible for the hardness of heart that prevents the good seed from taking root, and for the evil growths that check its development.

“The garden of the heart must be cultivated. The soil must be broken up by deep repentance for sin. Poisonous, Satanic plants must be uprooted. The soil once overgrown by thorns can be reclaimed only by diligent labor. So the evil tendencies of the natural heart can be overcome only by earnest effort in the name and strength of Jesus. The Lord bids us by His prophet, ‘Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns.’ ‘Sow to yourselves in righteousness; reap in mercy.’ Jeremiah 4:3; Hosea 10:12. This work He desires to accomplish for us, and He asks us to co-operate with Him.

“The sowers of the seed have a work to do in preparing hearts to receive the gospel. In the ministry of the word there is too much sermonizing (church-going), and too little of real heart-to-heart work. There is need of personal labor for the souls of the lost. In Christlike sympathy we should come close to men individually, and seek to awaken their interest in the great things of eternal life. Their hearts may be as hard as the beaten highway, and apparently it may be a useless effort to present the Saviour to them; but while logic may fail to move, and argument be powerless to convince, the love of Christ, revealed in personal ministry, may soften the stony heart, so that the seed of truth can take root.

“So the sowers have something to do that the seed may not be choked with thorns or perish because of shallowness of soil. At the very outset of the Christian life every believer should be taught its foundation principles. He should be taught that he is not merely to be saved by Christ’s sacrifice, but that he is to make the life of Christ his life and the character of Christ his character. Let all be taught that they are to bear burdens and to deny natural inclination. Let them learn the blessedness of working for Christ, following Him in self-denial, and enduring hardness as good soldiers. Let them learn to trust His love and to cast on Him their cares. Let them taste the joy of winning souls for Him. In their love and interest for the lost, they will lose sight of self. The pleasures of the world will lose their power to attract and its burdens to dishearten. The plowshare of truth will do its work. It will break up the fallow ground. It will not merely cut off the tops of the thorns, but will take them out by the roots.

“The sower is not always to meet with disappointment. Of the seed that fell into good ground the Saviour said, This ‘is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.’ ‘That on the good ground are they, which, in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.’

“The ‘honest and good heart’ of which the parable speaks, is not a heart without sin; for the gospel is to be preached to the lost. Christ said, ‘I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.’ Mark 2:17. He has an honest heart who yields to the conviction of the Holy Spirit. He confesses his guilt, and feels his need of the mercy and love of God. He has a sincere desire to know the truth, that he may obey it. The good heart is a believing heart, one that has faith in the word of God. Without faith it is impossible to receive the word. ‘He that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.’ Hebrews 11:6.

“This ‘is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it.’ The Pharisees of Christ’s day closed their eyes lest they should see, and their ears lest they should hear; therefore the truth could not reach their hearts. They were to suffer retribution for their willful ignorance and self-imposed blindness. But Christ taught His disciples that they were to open their minds to instruction, and be ready to believe. He pronounced a blessing upon them because they saw and heard with eyes and ears that believed.

“The good-ground hearer receives the word ‘not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God.’1 Thessalonians 2:13. Only he who receives the Scriptures as the voice of God speaking to himself is a true learner. He trembles at the word; for to him it is a living reality. He opens his understanding and his heart to receive it. Such hearers were Cornelius and his friends, who said to the apostle Peter, ‘Now therefore are we all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God.’ Acts 10:33.

“A knowledge of the truth depends not so much upon strength of intellect as upon pureness of purpose, the simplicity of an earnest, dependent faith. To those who in humility of heart seek for divine guidance, angels of God draw near. The Holy Spirit is given to open to them the rich treasures of the truth.

“The good-ground hearers, having heard the word, keep it. Satan with all his agencies of evil is not able to catch it away.

“Merely to hear or to read the word (or go to church) is not enough. He who desires to be profited by the Scriptures must meditate upon the truth that has been presented to him. By earnest attention and prayerful thought he must learn the meaning of the words of truth, and drink deep of the spirit of the holy oracles.

“God bids us fill the mind with great thoughts, pure thoughts. He desires us to meditate upon His love and mercy, to study His wonderful work in the great plan of redemption. Then clearer and still clearer will be our perception of truth, higher, holier, our desire for purity of heart and clearness of thought. The soul dwelling in the pure atmosphere of holy thought will be transformed by communion with God through the study of Scriptures.

“‘And bring forth fruit.’ Those who, having heard the word, keep it, will bring forth fruit in obedience. The word of God, received into the soul, will be manifest in good works. Its results will be seen in a Christlike character and life. Christ said of Himself, ‘I delight to do Thy will, O My God; yea, Thy law is within My heart.’Psalm 40:8. ‘I seek not Mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent Me.’ John 5:30. And the Scripture says, ‘He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked.’ 1 John 2:6.

“The word of God often comes in collision with man’s hereditary and cultivated traits of character and his habits of life. But the good-ground hearer, in receiving the word, accepts all its conditions and requirements. His habits, customs, and practices are brought into submission to God’s word. In his view the commands of finite, erring man sink into insignificance beside the word of the infinite God. With the whole heart, with undivided purpose, he is seeking the life eternal, and at the cost of loss, persecution, or death itself, he will obey the truth.

“And he brings forth fruit ‘with patience.’ None who receive God’s word are exempt from difficulty and trial; but when affliction comes, the true Christian does not become restless, distrustful, or despondent. Though we can not see the definite outcome of affairs, or discern the purpose of God’s providences, we are not to cast away our confidence. Remembering the tender mercies of the Lord, we should cast our care upon Him, and with patience wait for His salvation.

“Through conflict the spiritual life is strengthened. Trials well borne will develop steadfastness of character and precious spiritual graces. The perfect fruit of faith, meekness, and love often matures best amid storm clouds and darkness.

“‘The husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.’ James 5:7. So the Christian is to wait with patience for the fruition in his life of the word of God. Often when we pray for the graces of the Spirit, God works to answer our prayers by placing us in circumstances to develop these fruits; but we do not understand His purpose, and wonder, and are dismayed. Yet none can develop these graces except through the process of growth and fruit bearing. Our part is to receive God’s word and to hold it fast, yielding ourselves fully to its control, and its purpose in us will be accomplished.

“‘If a man love Me,’ Christ said, ‘he will keep My words; and My Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.’ John 14:23. The spell of a stronger, a perfect mind will be over us; for we have a living connection with the source of all-enduring strength. In our divine life we shall be brought into captivity to Jesus Christ. We shall no longer live the common life of selfishness, but Christ will live in us. His character will be reproduced in our nature. Thus shall we bring forth the fruits of the Holy Spirit—“some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.” (COL 56-61)

 

PRISON MISSION REPORT

Dear Ron,

I’m a 42 year old addict. I’ve been in and out of prison for the past 18 years. I just did 7 in VA. It only took me 3 months before I used again. Now I’m back in jail and maybe on my way back to prison for the 4th time. I always new there was a God. But some time ago I left God. The big thing that turned me from God was, I’ve got a son, 19 now. His mother ran away with him the first time I went to jail. I had deep hate for God. I did not want to hear about Him. I could never think about Him. Then my brother and his wife stepped up and got my son. I thank God for them today. So anyway, when I ended up back in jail this time, I lost everything: my family, friends, they are all gone. I guess they had more than they can deal with. The hurt and the pain I’ve put on myself and others has become more than I can deal with. It has put me back on my knees. I am praying for God’s help, His love and hope. Some time ago I wrote you asking about “Change Your Life Biblically”. You mailed me your “Introductory Issue”. I’ve been trying to get the 10 stamps so I can get “Change Your Life Biblically” workbook. But I have no one now to help me. Thank God they feed us good here at the jail. If there is anything you could do to help me get CYLB I would be so grateful. I have a good Bible. I read it daily. I always had a hard time understanding the Bible. I am hoping that CYLB will help me to have a new and loving relationship with God. God bless you and thank you for your time and help. I’ll do my best to keep in touch and let you know how God is working in my life. Maybe one day my life will be good and you can come spend some time with me here in VA.

Chris, VA

 

Dear Brother Ronald,

What a privilege it is to know you. Words can not express how grateful I feel towards you right now. I will let you know why that is in a few seconds. But first, I must say, I hope that this letter finds you in the best of health and spirits. I received your “Introductory Issue” of how to change your life Biblically when I was down at another prison. I have had the chance to read through it and do the little lessons that it requires. I really learned a lot and liked it very much. One of the things that I learned is, “Without complete faith in Christ, it is totally impossible to please God our Father.” Now I have a new outlook on “complete faith”. It is no longer putting things in God’s hands and taking it back if I don’t get an answer. That is why I keep failing and going back and forth to lock up. And believe me, I am sick and tired of my life as it is right now. It is time for something different. It is about putting things in God’s hands and leaving them there. I am tired of being unequally yoked to the things of Satan and this world. I want to do good and be yoked to Jesus Christ. Therefore, I am writing to request “Change Your Life Biblically”.

Troy, IA

 

Dear JCPM,

I want to thank you for allowing me the opportunity to enroll in your ministry. I would love to enrich my life with more of the scriptures.

Vincent, CA

 

Dear Dad,

I really am willing to listen and learn. I have been living life my way and nothing good has come of it. I’m ready for a life completely dedicated to God for His purpose and glory. I am no longer addicted to pills. There are so many drugs in this place. I have seen more being in here than on the streets. And that was living with people that sold drugs and being on drugs over half my life. That is saying something. I have no desire in doing drugs or chasing women any more. My life is completely God’s and I am willing to listen and learn and to be taught the right way of living a life fully devoted to God. I know that I need someone in my life to help lead and guide me in the right direction. To help me learn basic skills such as punctuations and commas and such. I do recognize the need to change my life. I know that I can’t go on living like I have been. I’ll end up dead or in prison for life. I wasn’t happy living life like that. Every day was a struggle. I hated waking up cuz I would be so pill sick that I would have to run to the bathroom to get sick. My whole body would hurt and if I didn’t have a pill, I would have to put a bowl beside the bed for when I wake up to puke in. I’m really and truly done with that life and have gave that up. Prison really saved me this time. If I didn’t come to jail the pills would have killed me or I would have taken my own life. I was so miserable I can’t go back to that life. There is only one person who studies with me anymore. I think he just does it cause no one else does. I can tell he really isn’t into it. But he does come and we study together. I have asked him to write and gave him the P.O. Box number. I can live a life not going anywhere. You said to think about it like a luxury prison. I can handle that. I think that this place will parole me to California. I am truly willing to live a completely selfless life to do God’s work. I am willing to give up everything this world has to offer for treasures in heaven. This world is nothing but a stopping point. Heaven is forever. I know I can take control of my life and give it fully to God. Dad, I’m serious. I’ve done Satan’s work for so long and I just want to do right. I don’t want to live in sin any more. Thank God He has given me this power to stop sinning. I know you won’t regret it if God opens the door for me to come and live for this ministry. I will say, my life has been crazy up until about 5 months ago. I have never even thought about living any other way than I used to live, to be honest. I never knew there was a different way to live until I read the Bible. I hope you can teach me how to live for God and help me grow in the Lord. This book, CYLB is an eye opener. I would love nothing more than to teach people the truth of the Bible. I went to church and was talking about the 10 Commandments and the preacher told me not to worry about being good. God forgives us and we go to Heaven by asking God into our hearts. I just walked out and heard him say that “Satan” just left. But really Satan has most people fooled and they don’t want to hear the truth. They hate what God says and just don’t want to listen.

Sherman, TN

 

Dear Ron,

I really want to do your workbook. I’ve done many Bible studies over the years. But they seemed lacking. Your message does not seem to be lacking. I understand that postage costs. I’m indigent and get one free letter a month. So I can’t send 10 stamps and my people on the streets either don’t write or have died. So, I can’t have anyone send you money. I’ve not always been a brother to the Christian faith. I used to be one of the one’s that made fun of it. I was not raised on God. As a kid I tried it, like taking my first toke on a cigarette, it left a bitter taste in my mouth. I did not try very hard. Then my best friend was murdered and I forgot all about God. Every time God was mentioned, my resentment for taking my best friend stopped me from coming to Christ. As I grew up, my cousin, grandmother and father all died in a 6 month period in 2001. In 2007 my mother died. In 2013 my 34 year old brother died. So I hold old and new resentments for God. And that is what is holding me back. I find it hard to let go, to fully trust God because of all the loved ones I thought He had taken and this bogus, trumped up prison sentence I thought He had laid upon me. Since I’ve been down I have learned that it was Satan that did those things to me, and I allowed it through sin. It took years to build that resentment. It may take some time to break it down. I’ve experience a lot of good, true Christianity and a lot of false Christianity at this faith and character based camp I’m at. I’ve been here for 4 years. I’ve completed the program but have put in to stay here and help teach others. I believe I have a calling to bring people to Christ through my testimony.

Steven, FL

 

Dear Ron,

I completed the 3rd part of the certification process like you asked. Upon review of it, I see that I could have added a few things. We are in our cells all but 1 hour a day. I talked to another guy who is heavily tattooed and obviously not a believer. Usually I would stay clear of people like that. But I decided not to judge before I know someone. He is nice but not a follower yet. But he knows I am and that he is free to talk to me about Jesus if he changes his mind. I asked one of the C/O’s politely for help with filling out a form and he was happy to help. If I was rude or impolite, he would have not helped me. So I am applying what I learned and praising God for all He does for me. I am applying what I’ve learned every day and encouraging others to apply it also when I can. Thank you for the encouragement. It’s hard to believe that more people don’t strive to learn and understand the information in your book. I’m glad I am one of the few to diligently seek out the truth. It’s hard to explain, but many of the main things in your book, (like the Catholic Church) I had a feeling about. Something told me to stay away and reading your book confirmed what was inside me already. The more people I talk to, the more I realize how many are lost. Even the ones that claim to be “saved” have been misled. I’ve learned that the “big plans” of Satan to mislead us are much more subtle than I ever imagined. When it comes to the number of the beast and taking the mark, I envisioned a line of people being led like sheep to the shearer one at a time to be physically marked. But that would be too easy to spot. So Satan made it so subtle that many are taking the mark without even knowing it while doing what they think is right but are actually walking right into the pit voluntarily because they don’t know or refuse to hear the truth. People are being misled everyday because they don’t examine themselves or their pastors, friends to see the errors that are produced and to see if they conduct themselves like they should. I’m reading Acts and what you are going through trying to get people to accept the truth is the same as the Apostles were experiencing preaching to everyone. Some would follow and the hearers at the synagogs were fighting it all the way. May God bless you for your work. You are appreciated.

Ken, CA

 

Testimony for God's People

Dear Brethren and Sisters (of the church),

My mind is drawn out to write to you. Again and again I find myself talking to you in my dreams, and in every case you are in trouble. But whatever comes, let it not enfeeble your moral courage and cause your religion to degenerate into a heartless form (church-going). The loving Jesus is ready to bless abundantly; but we need to obtain an experience in faith, in earnest prayer, and in rejoicing in the love of God. Shall any of us be weighed in the balances and be found wanting? We must watch ourselves, watch the least unholy promptings of our nature, lest we become traitors to the high responsibilities God has bestowed upon us as His human agencies.

We must study the warnings and corrections He has given His people in past ages. We do not lack light. We know what works we should avoid and what requirements He has given us to observe; so if we do not seek to know and do that which is right, it is because wrongdoing suits the carnal heart better than rightdoing.

There will always be faithless ones, who wait to be carried forward by the faith of others. They have not an experimental knowledge of the truth and consequently have not felt its sanctifying power on their own souls. It should be the work of every member of the church quietly and diligently to search his own heart and see if his life and character are in harmony with God’s great standard of righteousness.

This was written over 150 years ago when the church was purer. Today, that church has totally fallen. There are no longer “faithless ones” in the church, now the whole church has become faithless. From the president on down to the lowliest, all church-going people are being taught the lies of Lucifer. If you do not have “an experimental knowledge of the truth” for yourself, you will be lost. As long as you sit in church relying on it to get you to Heaven, you are lost.

The Lord has done great things for (His church); but there is much more that He would be well pleased to do if you would make your works correspond with your faith. God never honors unbelief with rich blessings. Review what God has done, and then know that it is only the beginning of what He is willing to do.

We must place a higher value than we have upon the Scriptures, for therein is the revealed will of God to men. It is not enough merely to assent to the truthfulness of God’s word, but we must search the Scriptures to learn what they contain. Do we receive the Bible as the “oracle of God”? It is as really a divine communication as though its words came to us in an audible voice. We do not know its preciousness because we do not obey its instructions.

The church no longer actively believes in the Scriptures as the “revealed will of God”. No, now it is church councils, church board meetings, church leaders who will tell us the “will of God”. The church no longer believes in the teachings of Jesus to stop sinning, be perfect and to keep the Ten Commandments in order to get our eternal life. Remember 2 John 8-11. Believe it as the “oracle of God”.

There are evil angels at work all around us, but because we do not discern their presence with our natural vision we do not consider as we should the reality of their existence as set forth in the word of God. If there was nothing in the Scriptures hard to be understood, man, in searching its pages, would become lifted up in pride and self-sufficiency. It is never best for one to think that he understands every phase of truth, for he does not. Then let no man flatter himself that he has a correct understanding of all portions of Scripture and feel it his duty to make everybody else understand them just as he does. Let intellectual pride be banished. I lift my voice in warning against every species of spiritual pride. There is an abundance of it in the church today.

Yes there is “an abundance of it in the church today”. It teaches as if it were God Himself. It puts out errors and false doctrines that go against the plain teachings of the Word of Jesus. But the church has it’s great men and institutions to back up those errors so therefore, the members sit in awe of man and turn their backs on God. How Catholic. The “church” does not know it all!

When the truth we now cherish was first seen to be Bible truth, how very strange it appeared, and how strong was the opposition we had to meet in presenting it to the people for the first time; but how earnest and sincere were the obedient, truth-loving laborers! We were indeed a peculiar people. We were few in numbers, without wealth, without worldly wisdom or worldly honors; and yet we believed God and were strong and successful, a terror to evildoers. Our love for one another was steadfast, it was not easily shaken. Then the power of God was manifested among us, the sick were healed, and there was much calm, sweet, holy joy. But while the light has continued to increase, the church has not advanced proportionately. The fine gold has gradually become dim, and deadness and formality have come in to cripple the energies of the church. Their abundant privileges and opportunities have not led God’s people onward and upward to purity and holiness. A faithful improvement of the talents God has entrusted to them would greatly increase those talents. Where much is given, much will be required. Those only who faithfully accept and appreciate the light God has given us, and who take a high, noble stand in self-denial and self-sacrifice, will be channels of light to the world. Those who do not advance will retrograde, even on the very borders of the heavenly Canaan. It has been revealed to me that our faith and our works in no way correspond to the light of truth bestowed. We must not have a halfhearted faith, but that perfect faith which works by love and purifies the soul. God calls upon you in (the church) to come into close relationship with Him.

The church is no longer a “terror to evildoers”. No, now all the evildoers sit in the church with the backing of Lucifer to keep the church from performing its duties. Back in the early 1800 the truth seemed “very strange” to the churches. 150 years later, that same truth seems “very strange” again to our own church members. The church has stopped teaching the truth and is no different than the worldly churches.

One point will have to be guarded, and that is individual independence. As soldiers in Christ’s army, there should be concert of action in the various departments of the work. No one has the right to start out on his own responsibility and advance ideas in our papers on Bible doctrines when it is known that others among us hold different opinions on the subject and that it will create controversy. The first-day Adventists have done this. Each has followed his own independent judgment and sought to present original ideas, until there is no concerted action among them, except, perhaps, in opposing Seventh-day Adventists. We should not follow their example. Each laborer should act with reference to the others. Followers of Jesus Christ will not act independently one of another. Our strength must be in God, and it must be husbanded, to be put forth in noble, concentrated action. It must not be wasted in meaningless movements.

The church has now accepted those “original ideas” that have been advanced by individuals against the teachings of God. We now follow the worldly churches. Now it is “saved by grace” and “unconditional love”. The whole church has fallen. Back in the day of this writer there were only a few “original ideas” and they were warned to stay with the teachings of Jesus and Jesus only. But the church refused to listen and they now no longer are in union with God. The church is now in union with Lucifer. Now Lucifer has the strength.

In union there is strength. There should be union between our publishing houses and our other institutions. If this unity existed, they would be a power. No strife or variance should exist among the workers. The work is one, superintended by one Leader. Occasional and spasmodic efforts have done harm. However energetic they may be, they are of little value; for the reaction will surely come. We must cultivate a steady perseverance, continually searching to know and do God’s will.

We should know what we must do to be saved. We should not, my brethren and sisters, float along with the popular current. Our present work is to come out from the world and be separate. This is the only way we can walk with God, as did Enoch. Divine influences were constantly working with his human efforts. Like him, we are called upon to have a strong, living, working faith, and this is the only way we can be laborers together with God. We must meet the conditions laid down in the word of God or die in our sins. We must know what moral changes are essential to be made in our characters, through the grace of Christ, in order to be fitted for the mansions above. I tell you in the fear of God: We are in danger of living like the Jews—destitute of the love of God and ignorant of His power, while the blazing light of truth is shining all around us.

That is no longer a “fear”, it is a reality. We have become “destitute of the love of God and ignorant of His power”. God’s will is no longer obeyed in the church. Like the Jews, the church has set itself above God and now the members are commanded and encouraged, like the Catholics, to obey the church. To “press together” in wickedness with the church. Look at all the strife in the church today. Why? Because it does not follow the one truth taught by Jesus. It is every man for himself. We press together in the “name of the church” but not in Jesus.

Ten thousand times ten thousand may profess to obey the law and the gospel, and yet be living in transgression. Men may present in a clear manner the claims of truth upon others and yet their own hearts be carnal. Sin may be loved and practiced in secret. The truth of God may be no truth to them, because their hearts have not been sanctified by it. The love of the Saviour may exercise no constraining power over their base passions. We know by the history of the past that men may stand in sacred positions and yet handle the truth of God deceitfully. They cannot lift up holy hands to God, “without wrath and doubting.” This is because God has no control over their minds. The truth was never stamped upon their hearts. “With the heart man believeth unto righteousness.” “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength.” Are you doing this? Many are not, and never have done it. Their conversion has been only superficial. (Only going to church.)

“If ye then,” says the apostle, “be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” The heart is the citadel of the man. From it are the issues of life or death. Until the heart is purified, a person is unfit to have any part in the fellowship of the saints. Does not the Heart Searcher know who are lingering in sin, regardless of their souls? Has there not been a witness to the most secret things in the life of everyone? I was compelled to hear the words spoken by some men to women and girls—words of flattery, words that would deceive and infatuate. Satan uses all these means to destroy souls. Some of you may thus have been his agents; and if so, you will have to meet these things in the judgment. The angel said of this class: “Their hearts have never been given to God. Christ is not in them. Truth is not there. Its place is occupied by sin, deception, and falsehood. The word of God is not believed and acted upon.”

The present activity of Satan in working upon hearts, and upon churches and nations, should startle every student of prophecy. The end is near. Let our churches arise. Let the converting power of God be experienced in the hearts of the individual members, and then we shall see the deep movings of the Spirit of God. The forgiveness of sins is not the sole result of the death of Jesus. He made the infinite sacrifice, not only that sin might be removed, but that human nature might be restored, rebeautified, reconstructed from its ruins, and made fit for the presence of God.

We should show our faith by our works. A greater anxiety should be manifested to have a large measure of the spirit of Christ; for in this will be the strength of the church. It is Satan who is striving to have God’s children draw apart. Love, oh, how little love we have—love for God and for one another! The word and spirit of truth, dwelling in our hearts, will separate us from the world. The immutable principles of truth and love will bind heart to heart, and the strength of the union will be according to the measure of grace and truth enjoyed. Well would it be for us each to hold up the mirror, God’s royal law, and see in it the reflection of His own character. Let us be careful not to neglect the danger signals and the warnings given in His word. Unless heed is given to these warnings, and defects of character are overcome, these defects will overcome those who possess them, and they will fall into error, apostasy, and open sin. The mind that is not elevated to the highest standard will in time lose its power to retain that which it had once gained. “Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” “Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”

And that is what has happened. The whole church has fallen into “apostasy, and open sin”. That is why at this time of earth’s history the Bible warns us to come out of the fallen churches. Get out before we are so sound asleep we will not be able to see the sins in our church and be “led away with the error of the wicked”.

God has selected a people in these last days whom He has made the depositaries of His law, and this people will ever have disagreeable tasks to perform. “I know thy works, and thy labor, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: and hast borne, and hast patience, and for My name’s sake hast labored, and hast not fainted.” It will require much diligence and a continual struggle to keep evil out of our churches. There must be rigid, impartial discipline exercised; for some who have a semblance of religion will seek to undermine the faith of others and will privily work to exalt themselves.

The Lord Jesus, on the Mount of Olives, plainly stated that “because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” He speaks of a class who have fallen from a high state of spirituality. Let such utterances as these come home with solemn, searching power to our hearts. Where is the fervor, the devotion to God, that corresponds to the greatness of the truth which we claim to believe? The love of the world, the love of some darling sin, has weaned the heart from the love of prayer and of meditation on sacred things. A formal round of religious services is kept up; but where is the love of Jesus? Spirituality is dying. Is this torpor, this mournful deterioration, to be perpetuated? Is the lamp of truth to flicker and go out in darkness because it is not replenished by the oil of grace?

I wish that every minister and every one of our workers could see this matter as it has been presented to me. Self-esteem and self-sufficiency are killing spiritual life. Self is lifted up; self is talked about. Oh, that self might die! “I die daily,” said the apostle Paul. When this proud, boasting self-sufficiency and this complacent self-righteousness permeate the soul, there is no room for Jesus. He is given an inferior place, while self swells into importance and fills the whole temple of the soul. This is the reason why the Lord can do so little for us. Should He work with our efforts, the instrument would appropriate all the glory to his own smartness, his wisdom, his ability, and he would congratulate himself, as did the Pharisee: “I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.” When self shall be hidden in Christ, it will not be brought to the surface so frequently. Shall we meet the mind of the Spirit of God? Shall we dwell more upon practical godliness, and far less upon mechanical arrangements?

And that is exactly what has happened in the church. Read the “Review” and it is all about “self” and “boasting self-sufficiency”. It is all about what man is doing and what the church is doing, but nothing about what our responsibilities to Jesus are. It is all about church, church and more church. Nowhere will you read in the Review today our obligation to stop sinning, to be perfect and to keep the Ten Commandments for our eternal life. No, the Review wrote, “it’s downright frightening to think that there might be Sabbath school teachers and local elders and even some pastors propagating such ideas in our churches today.” How sad that the church thinks it is “downright frightening” to teach the teachings of Jesus.

The servants of Christ should live as in His sight and as in the sight of angels. They should seek to understand the requirements of our time and prepare to meet them. Satan is constantly attacking us in new and untried ways, and why should the officers in God’s army be inefficient? Why should they leave any faculty of their nature uncultivated? There is a great work to be done, and if there is any want of harmonious action in doing it, it is because of self-love and self-esteem. It is only when we are careful to carry out the Master’s orders without leaving our stamp and identity upon the work that we work efficiently and harmoniously. “Press together,” said the angel, “press together.”

Pressing together is to be in harmonious togetherness with Jesus and His truth, not man-made opinions or church directives that go against the Word of God. The churches of the world will “press together” against those of us who live the perfect, sinless and commandment keeping life of Jesus. To which are you pressing together with? Clinging to the church will not save you. If your church does not teach the teachings of Jesus you must get out. You must press in and cling to Jesus only.

I urge upon you who minister in sacred things to dwell more upon practical religion. How rarely are seen the tender conscience, and true, heartfelt sorrow of soul and conviction of sin! It is because there are no deep movings of the Spirit of God among us. Our Saviour is the ladder which Jacob saw, whose base rested on the earth and whose topmost rounds reached the highest heavens. This shows the appointed method of salvation. If any of us are finally saved, it will be by clinging to Jesus (not a church) as to the rounds of a ladder. To the believer, Christ is made wisdom and righteousness, sanctification and redemption. Let no one imagine that it is an easy thing to overcome the enemy and that he can be borne aloft to an incorruptible inheritance without effort on his part. To look back is to grow dizzy; to let go the hold is to perish. Few appreciate the importance of striving constantly to overcome. They relax their diligence and, as a result, become selfish and self-indulgent. Spiritual vigilance is not thought to be essential. Earnestness in human effort is not brought into the Christian life.

There will be some terrible falls by those who think they stand firm because they have the truth, but they have it not as it is in Jesus. A moment’s carelessness may plunge a soul into irretrievable ruin. One sin leads to the second, and the second prepares the way for the third, and so on. We must, as faithful messengers of God, plead with Him constantly to be kept by His power. If we swerve a single inch from duty, we are in danger of following on in a course of sin that will end in perdition. There is hope for every one of us, but only in one way, and that is by binding ourselves to Christ, and exerting every energy to attain to the perfection of His character.

And that is now the condition of the church: irretrievable ruin. There are not enough righteous people to plug the holes. The whole edifice has fallen to sin. They do not have the truth “as it is in Jesus”. Please folks, obey Jesus and Jesus only and live as He commands: perfect, sinless, Commandment keeping lives.

That religion which makes of sin a light matter, dwelling upon the love of God to the sinner regardless of his actions, only encourages the sinner to believe that God will receive him while he continues in that which he knows to be sin. This is what some are doing who profess to believe present truth. The truth is kept apart from the life, and that is the reason it has no power to convict and convert the soul.

God has shown me that the truth as it is in Jesus has never been brought into the lives of some in (the church). They do not have the religion of the Bible. They have never been converted; and unless their hearts are sanctified through the truth which they have accepted, they will be bound up with the tares; for they bear no clusters of precious fruit to show that they are branches of the living Vine.

“Seek ye the Lord while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near: let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.” The lives of many show that they have no living connection with God. They are drifting into the channel of the world. They have, in reality, no part or lot with Christ. They love amusement and are filled with selfish ideas, plans, hopes, and ambitions. They serve the enemy under the pretense of serving God. They are in bondage to a taskmaster, and this bondage they choose, making themselves willing slaves of Satan.

The sad fact is, that no longer is the individual. Now it is the whole church system. The church system no longer has the “religion of the Bible”. The church no longer teaches “the truth as it is in Jesus”.

The false idea entertained by many, that the restraining of children is an injury, is ruining thousands upon thousands. Satan will surely take possession of the children if you are not on your guard. Do not encourage their association with the ungodly. Draw them away. Come out from among such yourselves, and show them that you are on the Lord’s side.

Will those who claim to be the children of the Most High elevate the standard, not simply while assembled in your meeting, but as long as time shall last? Will you not be on the Lord’s side and serve Him with full purpose of heart? If you do as did the children of Israel in forsaking God’s express requirements you will surely receive of His judgments; but if you put away sin and exercise living faith, the richest of heaven’s blessings will be yours.
EGW,
Basel, Switzerland, March 1, 1887

“As you can see, the “children of Israel” today are “forsaking God’s express requirements”. Listen carefully again to the words of God. “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me. I feel urged to say to you that you must commence to work individually for yourselves. You are looking to God and desiring Him to do the work for you which He has left for you to do. If you will do the work for yourselves which you know that you ought to do, then God will help you when you need help. You have left undone the very things which God has left for you to do. You have been calling upon God to do your work. Had you followed the light which He has given you, then He would cause more light to shine upon you; but while you neglect the counsels, warnings, and reproofs that have been given, how can you expect God to give you more light and blessings to neglect and despise? God is not as man; He will not be trifled with.” {5T 664}

 

Ministry News

Dear Folks, I weep.

I get letters from people who do nothing but act like the Pharisees. God wrote the Bible in order for us to see whose side we are on. If you act like the wicked, you are wicked. If you are obedient to the teachings of Jesus to stop sinning, be perfect and to keep the Ten Commandments for your eternal life, you are righteous. The Pharisees promoted and defended their church and put Christ on the cross. They couldn’t stand Him or the “Christians” because they did not honor, respect and promote the “church” of the Pharisees. The Pharisees claimed to be the church of God. The church that God raised up through Moses and the prophets. And they were correct. They were very proud of their prophets. But they did not obey them.

This lady, dedicated to promoting and defending “her” church wrote me a wonderful letter. In it she said, “I really enjoy the fellowship and going on mission trips to far away 3rd world countries and helping people with medical problems who call us from Australia, Europe, Canada, the Caribbean Islands and all over the US.”

Just like the Pharisees, Jesus said, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel across sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of hell as yourselves.” Matthew 23:15. The problem is, she is having a wonderfully fun time doing it her way. But she is not teaching the people the teachings of Jesus and how to prepare for the close of Probation. It is all a show and about church. Keep in mind, there is no organization on earth that does as much good as the Catholic Church. But are they saved because they belong to or work for the Catholic Church? No. This lady thinks she belongs to the “Remnant” church. But the “Remnant” church has no name on earth. It is simply people from all denominations and the world who are living the perfect, sinless, commandment keeping life. Going to church on Sabbath does not make you a “Remnant” of God. It was the “remnant”, church-going, tithe paying, Sabbath keeping people looking for the Messiah who put Jesus on the cross in Christ’s day. They were lost. It is the same today.

This wonderful lady sent me lots of material to try and prove me wrong with her nit-picking. But all she did was prove me right since all she did was defend her church. She is not listening to Jesus. Like the Pharisees, she has sold her soul to the church and will die eternally. God wants her to obey Him and to “come out of her, My people, lest you take part in her sins.” Revelation 18:4. If she will obey and be obedient to Jesus and Jesus only, defending His truth to be perfect, stop sinning and to keep the Ten Commandments for her eternal life, then she will truly be a member of God’s “Remnant” church.

“Many who call themselves Christians are mere human moralists. They have refused the gift which alone could enable them to honor Christ by representing Him to the world. The work of the Holy Spirit is to them a strange work. They are not doers of the word. The heavenly principles that distinguish those who are one with Christ from those who are one with the world have become almost indistinguishable. The professed followers of Christ are no longer a separate and peculiar people. The line of demarcation is indistinct. The people are subordinating themselves to the world, to its practices, its customs, its selfishness. The church has gone over to the world in transgression of the law, when the world should have come over to the church in obedience to the law. Daily the church is being converted to the world.” {COL 315.3}

This next letter came from a doctor who has never been taught by the church the teachings of Christ. For him it is all about church. Church is his savior.

Dear Ron,
I certainly agree that we are not saved by any organized church, nor are we saved by works (obedience to the law) but it is by the graciousness (grace) of God that any one of us has or will be saved eternally. Your diatribe against organized religions that do not push obedience (the Law) has become too painful and I think your rhetoric will mislead many new in the faith who are not accomplished at understanding their Bibles and who could find associating with brethren in an organized church a help to their ongoing spiritual growth, particularly when they struggle to obey and find themselves, as did Paul, repeating past errors. As Paul lamented, “For the good that I wish, I do not do; but I practice the very evil that I do not wish.” So Paul found it necessary to die to self daily. Noting that the law of sin dwells in our very flesh, it is clear that no one can say he or she is sinless until our bodies are changed at Christ’s return. We all pass or fail probation while still in our sinful bodies. Does Christ want us to obey? Certainly. Does walking with Him give us a leg up on self-control, the final fruit of the spirit? Of course it does. But it is not until He comes that we compatibles put on incorruption and we mortals put on immortality. I fear your attempts to shepherd newly born lambs away from potentially nurturing sheepfolds will work to their harm. Being cautionary regarding organized churches and being judgmental and condemning are quite different. We are to judge not that we be not judged.

After careful thought, I have concluded I will no longer support your ministry I will seek other venues to nurture our brethren behind walls.

Love in Christ, Jim

As you can see, his church has never taught him that we are saved by our works (Philippians 2:12). He has fallen to the teachings of the worldly churches and the devil’s “Saved by Grace”. He has no clue what Jesus commands for our salvation. So instead of supporting this little ministry to teach people the teachings of Jesus in order for them to have eternal life, he withdrew his support in order to support a church that will stroke his ego and take people to hell. The “sheepfolds” he is talking about are run by the devil and do not teach the teachings of Jesus. They are the “wolves in sheep’s clothing.” As Jesus said, “My sheep will hear My voice.” The churches no longer hear the voice of Jesus and His plain teachings to stop sinning, to be perfect and to keep the Ten Commandments for their eternal life. It breaks my heart when people put their “anti” church in place of the teachings of Jesus.

On the other hand, an inmate who read the book, “Change Your Life Biblically” in jail changed his life. He was facing murder charges and was expecting to spend most of his life in prison. But when he read the book and changed his life, the jail doors opened and he was released. He became a wonderful supporter and helper of the ministry. He started his own trucking company and found a wonderful wife. I e-mailed them the following:

Dear Folks,
I have been praying that God would so bless you that Kevin would have more work than he could handle and could raise his prices. That God would keep you folks from having breakdowns and troubles so you could bless this ministry. I pray that He is answering my prayer. May you both be filled with the joy of salvation. Thank you so very much.
Love in Christ,

In response, his wife e-mailed me back.

God bless you Ron! It’s working! We have been blessed and God has kept Kevin safe and the truck running great. Love the videos. I watch them every night before I go to sleep. They’ve been a blessing!
Love,

Lourdes, CA (Non-Inmate)

The truth will change lives. The churches are no longer changing lives. People are simply moving around on “musical pews” hoping that when the music stops they are sitting in the “right” pew. Unless you take control of your life and your salvation to learn what God wants for you, you are lost sitting in your church.

God bless you as you open the Bible and search for yourself. Listen to the voice of God and Him alone.

Love in Christ,

 

Ron