Jesus Christ Prison Ministry

November 2015 Newsletter

  • Perfection
  • Time with Jesus
  • Prison Mission Report
  • Testimony for God's Children
  • Ministry News

Perfection

 

My Dear Family in Christ,

Perfection: What a bummer! Who wants to be perfect? It takes way too much effort. Wastes a whole lot of time. Besides, no one can be perfect. Right? That is of course unless you are the one getting operated on. Oops, then you want your doctor to be perfect. If we are getting on an airplane I can be sure of one thing, every person on that plane wants the pilot to be perfect. What about your kids? Don’t you want them to be perfect in their school work? After all, who wants to be the parents of the stupidest kids in school?

Perfection: We all want it . . . just not in ourselves. Look around. Am I not right? When you are driving down the freeway with your car loaded with family and friends, do you not want those drivers around you to be driving perfect and lawfully? If you see a driver not diving lawfully and perfect, weaving back and forth or going the wrong way against the flow of traffic, do you want to be near that driver? Or do you stay clear? You do want your dentist to work on you perfectly, right?

I think the problem most humans have with the concept of perfection is not the truth of it, but the application of it. As long as we apply it to someone else, we have no problem with perfection. That is what the courts and law are all about. We take people to court because they did not do their work perfectly for us. But when we think others are trying to apply it to us, we get very un-perfect in our attitudes. How quickly we forget “whatever you want people to do for you, do the same for them.” Matthew 7:12.

That is where Christianity comes in. After all, the command of Jesus is, “You must be perfect---just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” Matthew 5:48. We don’t like that because we love our un-perfect lives. We love our sins. We love our way of living – until that is, it causes us problems. Then we moan and gripe and complain and usually find something or someone to blame the consequences on.

Our human, sinful nature wants to look around for a “church” that allows us to continue in our sins while teaching us that we are saved in our sins. Have you ever heard of “saved by grace”? When we find “that church” we settle in and make sure we pay the preacher well to keep him happy, keeping us happy in our sins. We love our un-perfect churches that pat us on the back and tell us we are “saved”.

But that is not what the Bible says to do. If you are sitting in “that church” – the Bible says to run for your life. You are lost unless you are saved. You are a sinner unless you are righteous. Wickedness and righteousness cannot dwell together says the Bible. Either you are one or the other. You can’t be both. “Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water?” James 3:11. “What fellowship has light with darkness?” 2 Corinthians 6:14. Why? Because the Spirit of God will not dwell in a wicked body or mind. If you want to live wickedly, then you, says the Bible, are of the devil. If you live righteously, then you are of God. “I will make My dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you.” 2 Corinthians 6:16. Paul was very firm on this concept. Paul asks a very simple question in Romans 6:1, “Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?” He then answers that question in the next verse, “By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?” We can’t! “For the person who has died has been freed from sin.” Romans 6:7. “Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?” Romans 6:16.

Let’s say you are going in for an operation in which the doctor is to take a cancerous tumor out of your stomach. When you wake up you find that the doctor took out your liver instead. Was your doctor perfect? Did he follow the rules and guidelines of the hospital? You take your doctor to court. The doctor gets on the stand and he states very sincerely that he did follow the guidelines and rules of the hospital. He scrubbed according to the rules. He dressed according to the rules. He used the right instruments according to the rules. The instruments were sterilized according to the rules. He made the incision according to the rules. In fact, he followed every hospital rule. The problem was, he missed his “mark” by only a few inches. So what? He did everything “perfect” and by hospital laws.

Is that how you are living? The Pharisees of Christ’s time also followed the church law – outwardly. As long as they were in public, they put on a real show. What we call, “Self-righteousness”. Just like the doctor who put on a good show of following the hospital rules. But when it came to what was most important, the reason for all those rules, he failed miserably.

Isn’t that the way most of us are? We put on a show. We have fine clothes. We spend a lot of time making sure our hair and face looks good. We drive to church in a clean car. In church we act real good. We sing real loud. We might even carry a Bible. We make sure we say the right “legal” words. But in our hearts and “real” lives, we are missing the mark by a mile.

Perfection is just another word for doing what is right. If you did what was right in everything you did you would be perfect. After all, isn’t that what you expect of your boss? If you are the boss, isn’t that what you expect of your workers? If you claim to be a worker for Jesus, do you really think Jesus expects anything less of you? Perfection loses its “eekiness” when we understand that it is nothing more than just doing what God expects of us in our everyday lives. Jesus expects us to do no less for Him. He did what was expected of Him. As Jesus stated in John 14:31, “I do as the Father has commanded Me.” He expects nothing less of us.

How can we live as He lived? The same way He did. He lived by “every word that proceeds from the mouth of God”. Matthew 4:4. We are to surrender to Jesus and His teachings just as He surrendered to the teachings of His Father. Jesus told us in Matthew 28:20 that we are to teach people “to observe all that I have commanded you.” Sit down and take your Bible and read what He has commanded you. Forget church. Forget your denomination. Forget your pastor. You don’t need them for eternal life. All you need is Jesus and “every word that proceeds from the mouth of God”. Jesus said, “If anyone keeps My word, he will never see death.” And yet, most church-going people refuse to believe the words of Jesus. Take your Bible and read every word that comes from the mouth of God for your salvation and obey it. See how simple that is.

Jesus loves us. Sin destroys us. Jesus wants what is best for us. If you are shopping around for a contractor to build for you, do you look for the sloppiest, most un-perfect builder? I don’t think so. You want to find one who will do the job perfectly. Why do we judge Jesus any less? We have characters to build for Heaven. As they are, our characters are not fit for Heaven. They must be changed. God can’t change them. Only you can do that. This is plainly stated in James 4:8, “Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts.” In 1 Peter 1:22 we are told how to purify our hearts. It is by obeying the truth. “Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth.” If God could change your character, He would have to change Lucifer’s character. But He can’t. “God gives the talents, the powers of the mind; man forms the character.” {8T 174.1} However, if you want to change your character so you can live forever, Jesus has provided the instructions on “how to” change your character. Kind of like a “Perfection for Dummies” book. Those instructions are called the Ten Commandments. The rest of the Bible simply shows us how to put those Ten Commandments into practice in our daily character building. Since the Ten Commandments are the Character of Jesus, those who obey them will develop, over time, the perfect, righteous and holy character of Jesus. If you need help in doing that Jesus is more than willing to provide you all the help you need. But you must ask and put forth the effort to “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” Philippians 2:12. “Strive to enter through the narrow door.” Luke 13:24.

Jesus invites us to follow Him. So what is Jesus like? Deuteronomy 32:4 tells us that “He is the Rock, His works are perfect, and all His ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is He.”

2 Samuel 22:31 tells us, “As for God, His way is perfect: The Lord’s Word is flawless.”
Psalm 19:7, says, “The Law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul.” Don’t you want your soul to be refreshed?

Matthew 5:48 tells us that Jesus expects nothing less of us than He expects of Himself. He says, “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” How perfect? As perfect as His Heavenly Father. When was the last time you saw your Heavenly Father sinning or making excuses for his sloppy and shoddy work?

Some people think that perfection means to have no bodily defects. Such as missing legs or arms, a blind eye or deformed teeth. Or perhaps an ailment such as Down Syndrome or A.L.S. So they claim that we can’t be perfect in these bodies. But that is not the perfection Jesus is talking about. These bodies have been affected by sin. They have been corrupted by sin. But that is not the same as “being” sinful. Being sinful is a character trait, not a physical trait. When Jesus comes, Paul tells us that “this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality.” 1 Corinthians 15:53. As Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15:51, “all of us will be changed.” Nothing of this old body is going to heaven. Therefore, don’t worry about it. But that is not the same as our characters. The body is God’s business to change. There is nothing you can do about ALS, missing legs, feet, arms etc. But our characters are our business to change. If we do not develop perfect characters, we will never have our perishable and mortal bodies transformed to imperishable, immortal perfect bodies. Instead, they will be burned up.

Again, Jesus told a young man who wanted to know how to get to Heaven the requirements for getting there. Jesus told him in Matthew 19:21, “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.” You cannot have Heaven and Earth. You cannot have eternal life if you are striving to hang on to this one. All that vegan eating will not get you into heaven. Going to church will not get you into heaven. You must get rid of this world in your heart. And yet, if you look around your church you will see people who claim to be going to heaven living on this earth as if there was no Heaven to get.

Paul did not negate the teachings of Jesus. He did not counter or diminish the requirements for getting to heaven. He lived his life as Jesus commanded. He owned no home. He owned nothing. He gave up everything and followed Jesus. He says very emphatically in Romans 12:2, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.” When God called me to this work, I did the same thing. I own nothing and gave up everything. I believe Jesus. Do you?

Are you sacrificing your worldly things for Heaven? Are you sacrificing to support ministries like this one who are teaching you the teachings of Jesus: be perfect, stop sinning and keep the Ten Commandments to get your eternal life? Or are you only supporting those who are putting you to sleep? Giving you “feel good” sermons and stories. Sermons on “peace and safety”? Are you only giving what is left over after paying your bills? Giving what will make you look good to your church without any sacrifice?

Paul again was very explicit about this. We must stay away from the world if we want to develop characters fit for Heaven. We must stay away from our pastors, churches, denominations and anything or anyone who does not conform to the teachings of Jesus. John in his second letter is very plain that “If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works.” 2 John 1:8-11. Listen to Paul as He writes, “Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.” 2 Corinthians 7:1. It is our duty and responsibility, not to go to church, but to “come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect . . .” Hebrews 12:23. Let us come to Jesus to be made perfect in our lives as He was made perfect in His. How? By obedience to the Ten Commandments.

James tells us that if we look “intently into the perfect law” then we ourselves will become perfect like the law. James 1:25. Notice, we are not to look intently to our churches or to our pastors or into the church papers, books, videos or TV programs. We are to look “intently into the perfect law”. Let us surrender our minds, our pride, our egos, our wants, our hearts and our lives to the character of Jesus. Let us take on His perfection and adopt it as our own. Let us be like Jesus.

Jesus is waiting with outstretched arms to take you into His new life. He is waiting for you to come to Him. He wants to replace all that sin in your life that is causing you nothing but heartache, trouble, disappointments and a life of sorrow. He has the power to change you. But you must take that power into your life and make every effort to put that power, His words, into practice. Only through obedience are we able to develop the character that will be fit for Heaven.

“Now, while our great High Priest is making the atonement for us, we should seek to become perfect in Christ. Not even by a thought could our Saviour be brought to yield to the power of temptation. Satan finds in human hearts some point where he can gain a foot-hold; some sinful desire is cherished, by means of which his temptations assert their power. But Christ declared of himself, “The prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.” [John 14:30.] Satan could find nothing in the Son of God that would enable him to gain the victory. He had kept his Father’s commandments, and there was no sin in him that Satan could use to his advantage. This is the condition in which those must be found who shall stand in the time of trouble.” {GC88 622.4}

For seven months, from the close of probation at Passover to the Feast of Trumpets, those who will be alive and going to heaven must live perfectly without sin. If you are not doing that now, you won’t be able to do it then. If you are alive after probation closes and have not developed perfection in your life, you will be lost. It doesn’t matter what church you belong to. You must now develop the perfect, sinless and commandment keeping life if you want to enter eternal life.

“The kingdom of God comes not with outward show. It comes through the gentleness of the inspiration of His word, through the inward working of His Spirit, the fellowship of the soul with Him who is its life. The greatest manifestation of its power is seen in human nature brought to the perfection of the character of Christ.” {7T 143.2}

 

TIME WITH JESUS

Let us listen to the voice of God through His modern-day prophet. Let us take our eyes, ears and hearts out of and away from our churches and ministers and TV and place them squarely on Jesus.
Depending on Human Agents

As His representatives among men, God does not choose angels who have never fallen, but human beings, men of like passions with those they seek to save. Christ took humanity that He might reach humanity. A divine-human Saviour was needed to bring salvation to the world. And to men and women has been committed the sacred trust of making known “the unsearchable riches of Christ.”

Look upon the touching scene. Behold the Majesty of heaven surrounded by the twelve whom He has chosen. He is about to set them apart for their work. By these feeble agencies, through His Word and Spirit, He designs to place salvation within the reach of all.

“Send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon.” Thus God gave evidence of His regard for the gospel ministry and for His organized church. The angel was not commissioned to tell Cornelius the story of the cross. A man subject, even as the centurion himself, to human frailties and temptations, was to be the one to tell him of the crucified and risen Saviour.

The angel sent to Philip could himself have done the work for the Ethiopian, but this is not God’s way of working. It is His plan that men are to work for their fellow men.

“We have this treasure,” the apostle continued, “in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.” God could have proclaimed His truth through sinless angels, but this is not His plan. He chooses human beings, men compassed with infirmity, as instruments in the working out of His designs. The priceless treasure is placed in earthen vessels. Through men His blessings are to be conveyed to the world. Through them His glory is to shine forth into the darkness of sin. In loving ministry they are to meet the sinful and the needy, and lead them to the cross. And in all their work, they are to ascribe glory, honor, and praise to Him who is above all and over all.

It was the Saviour’s purpose that after He ascended to heaven to become man’s intercessor, His followers should carry on the work that He had begun. Shall the human agent show no special interest in giving the light of the gospel message to those who sit in darkness? There are some who are willing to go to the ends of the earth in order to carry the light of truth to men, but God demands that every soul who knows the truth shall seek to win others to the love of the truth. If we are not willing to make special sacrifices in order to save souls that are ready to perish, how can we be counted worthy to enter into the city of God?

In His wisdom the Lord brings those who are seeking for truth into touch with fellow beings who know the truth. It is the plan of Heaven that those who have received light shall impart it to those in darkness. Humanity, drawing its efficiency from the great Source of wisdom, is made the instrumentality, the working agency, through which the gospel exercises its transforming power on mind and heart.

God could have reached His object in saving sinners without our aid; but in order for us to develop a character like Christ’s, we must share in His work. In order to enter into His joy,—the joy of seeing souls redeemed by His sacrifice,—we must participate in His labors for their redemption.

As His representatives among men, Christ does not choose angels who have never fallen, but human beings, men of like passions with those they seek to save. Christ took upon Himself humanity, that He might reach humanity. Divinity needed humanity; for it required both the divine and the human to bring salvation to the world. Divinity needed humanity, that humanity might afford a channel of communication between God and man.

With almost impatient eagerness the angels wait for our co-operation; for man must be the channel to communicate with man. And when we give ourselves to Christ in whole-hearted devotion, angels rejoice that they may speak through our voices to reveal God’s love.

We must be laborers together with God; for God will not complete His work without human agencies. {ChS 1-9}

 

PRISON MISSION REPORT

Dear Brother,
We here at the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office would like to humbly ask for any religious materials you may be able to donate to our jails; especially Bibles. Currently the APSO maintains 4 jails with approximately 1200 inmates, both male and females. There is a strong need and desire for the word of God in these institutions as offenders attempt to order their lives. We in the Chaplain’s office would like to help and guide them on their spiritual journey. Due to government restrictions, we are not able to use any money for religious materials so we must rely on the Christian charity and good will of organizations such as yours. Within the 4 facilities we have mixed denominations including Catholic, Baptist and Pentecostal among others. Please if you can find it in your heart and budget to send us anything we would consider it a blessing.
Sincerely,
Chaplain’s Office, LA

Hi,
I have a release date set for 2018, God willing. I’m 34 years of age. The reason that I’m writing you is cause I’m seeking and in need of spiritual guidance. I’ve read about different religions, seeking the true and right way to worship. All my life I’ve been living a dangerous life style, from gang banging to drugs. Those that I thought loved and cared for me turned their backs on me many times. For some reason I feel that “God” has kept me alive. I’ve never been a religious kind of person, tho my mother was. Well, I went to the chaplain’s library here and I was looking for a book, seeking guidance. Well, out of all the books, your book kept calling me and so I checked it out and have been reading. I really feel with in my heart and soul that your guidance will answer all that I seek and bring me closer to God. Truth be told, I’m tired of living this sinful life. I really want change because I now know there is no other way. Sincerely I ask for your help. The book I have belongs to the prison library. I can’t fill out the answer sheets or write in the book. I ask that you send me a copy of your book, “Change Your Life Biblically”.
Aaron, NC

Dear Ron,
Thank you for sending my certificate. I am proud of the knowledge I was given during my study and the knowledge gained every day in seeing things differently because of the knowledge. Now I find myself reading spiritual stuff and thinking “that’s what I read in CYLB”, or “that’s not right” and I research to discern wether what I read was true or not by the Scriptures. There is a lot of “believable” stuff out there that is 3/4 truth and I have been careful to confirm it with the Bible. It’s the only way to be sure of what we are reading, hearing, seeing, etc., is truth or misleading. I agree the learning never stops. That’s why we can read something the 2nd time and see things we missed (or weren’t revealed to us) the first time. A bunch of stuff I’ve read seems good in general, but not precise for all. For example, praying. Some people pray mentioning everything very specific. Another may pray for God’s blessings on the day and help to see the day through the Lord’s eyes. And both prayers are good. I am going to continue my studies with CYLB and my study Bible. I desperately want to perfect my walk with God. Thank you for your help.
Kenneth, CA

Dear Brother Ron,
My cellie talks a lot of good things about your ministry and the book called, ‘Change Your Life Biblically’ and yourself. I received a 14 years sentence for bank robbery so have felt a lot of lows in here behind these walls, under these towers and removed from the “free world”. However, nothing gets me up and feeling great like praising God. He is so good. I have learned we have to take the good with the bad. Sunny and the rainy days. God made both. I don’t have all the answers, I just press forward towards the mark. I am very interested in your book. I see a lot of other prisoners speak about it. Would you please send me a copy and add me to your mailing list.
John, AZ

Hi There,
I am sending you this letter to see if I could get your book. I would like to do it. I hope you can help me out on this. I have heard about it in the lesson I got. And some people tell me you got one to do. I sure hope you can help me out on this. I want to thank you.
Tony, MT

Dear Ron,
I have been involved with JCPM for about 2 months, give or take a couple of days or so. I have recently received my latest of letters from JCPM notifying me that I must send 10 stamps to obtain my own workbook. Given my situation of being in prison, I have a very hard time getting stamps. Most of the guys sell things or gamble to get stamps, but I am trying to stay clean of all the mess here in prison. Because I am all alone and all people on the outside refuse me, I can’t get someone to send $10. I am for some reason wanting my own workbook so I have chosen number 5 of the options you have to obtain my own workbook. I hope my paper is enough to convince you into blessing me with my own workbook. I would really like to personally hear from you if you get a chance to write and let me know I’m not alone. It would be grateful.
Tyler, CA

Greetings once again,
I received your letter at mail call last night. I’m doing some more reading of your book. I’m not a stupid man, but I need a good size chunk of time to digest something as big as your book properly. All three volumes of your book contain quite a bit of stuff I already know. Nothing wrong with that. Confirmation and review are good from time to time. Particularly at my age. I’m no spring chicken and do have a tendency to forget things. I sow “seed” a couple of ways. All the sign-up sheets you send me I either hand to somebody personally or I take them to our chapel and place them on a rack where free books, tracts and Bible study sign-up cards are available. I’m not trying to be lazy here. Out of over 1400 men at this institution and its work camp, I have direct access to less than 40. Out of those all but half a dozen have told me to go jump in the lake when I have presented the gospel to them. My apologies for taking so long to get back to you. I had a hard time lining up some quality time with both your book and God’s Word. I normally get up before the doors open and lights come on. But that has been disrupted by noise levels being too high and not allowing me to get to sleep.
Dennis, FL

Brother Ron,
Well, I must say, you do have a talent for dangling the “carrot before the horse”! :-) But I can tell you, I don’t have to be led. I’ve spent the greater portion of my time since 1998 contemplating, studying, attempting to apply God’s words to my life and though I have stumbled often, I do, however, do all I am able to walk with God as well as I can most days. I can reread the book for you and show you I comprehend all that you teach. I seek Him earnestly day in and day out remaining aware that He rewards all who seek Him diligently. That’s why I was so ready to take hold of your book, “Change Your Life Biblically” and draw all I have and continue to draw from it. I do my best to apply that which I gained from it in all things.
Thomas, IN

JCPM,
I am writing you today in hopes of having a copy sent to me of your book, “Change Your Life Biblically”. I’ve recently encountered a fellow inmate who referred me to your book and address. He spoke highly of your book and recommended that I seek my own copy. After skimming through the first few pages and given the basic rundown as to its contents, I find myself curious as to what changes it can bring about in my life that is in turmoil. I hope and pray that it’ll bring about the changes needed in this 22 year old’s life for the better. Thank you for your generosity in giving to those in need of a better life and for the opportunity. I look forward to strengthening my faith and relationship with the Lord and reaping the fruit your book has to offer.
Jorge, CA

JCPM,
I was told to write you and to ask for a copy of the book, “Change Your Life Biblically”. I was told you have a program designed specifically for inmates. I guess that is the reason for the name, “Jesus Christ Prison Ministry”. Well, I would just like to be a part of your program so I can learn and grow more in Christ. I’ve been taking steps backward in my walk with Christ. I want to get back on track in growing in Christ cause I believe He’s coming back soon.
Joseph, NC

Dear Ronald,
I would like to get a copy of your book, “Change Your Life Biblically”. Please. I already received your introductory issue. I’m a Sabbath keeper. I read a part of your book and I would like to have my own copy, please.
Ernest, CA

Dear JCPM,
First, I want to thank you for the work your ministry is doing and has done. I got your address from one of the chaplains that visits us here. I’ve been doing several other correspondence courses with great success and growth. I would like to receive your course, please.
James, CA

Dear Christian Brothers and Sisters,
At this time I am new in Christianity and have no knowledge of the Bible. I came across the free flyer and I understood what I read. I’m requesting a copy for myself. Can you also send me any other available materials that you may find necessary to assist me in finding a better life through God.
Robert, PA

 

Testimony for God's People

 

God is calling His people to stand up, stand out and to proclaim the 3 Angels’ Messages for this time of Earth’s history. That message is the Message Jesus taught, lived and commanded us to teach. That message is the message designed to prepare people for the close of probation. That message is what John the Baptist taught. That message is what Elijah taught. Forget the “coming of Jesus”, by then it is too late. Now is the time to prepare a people to stand before a perfect God without an intercessor: perfectly. We must teach people to be perfect, to stop sinning and keep the Ten Commandments to get into Heaven. Let us listen now to God through His modern-day prophet on how to do that.

In humble dependence upon God, families are to settle in the waste places of His vineyard. Consecrated men and women are needed to stand as fruit-bearing trees of righteousness in the desert places of the earth. As the reward of their self-sacrificing efforts to sow the seeds of truth, they will reap a rich harvest. As they visit family after family, opening the Scriptures to those in spiritual darkness, many hearts will be touched.

In fields where the conditions are so objectionable and disheartening that many workers refuse to go to them, most remarkable changes for the better may be brought about by the efforts of self-sacrificing lay members. These humble workers will accomplish much because they put forth patient, persevering effort, not relying upon human power, but upon God, who gives them His favor. The amount of good that these workers accomplish will never be known in this world.

The key here is “not relying upon human power, but upon God.” We are not to depend on the “church”. We are not to depend on our pastors. We are not to depend on our church committees. We, personally, are to do the work. As long as we have breath in these bodies, we are obligated to work for Jesus. Have you settled “in the waste places of His vineyard”? Or are you nicely settled in a quiet neighborhood where you won’t be bothered with all that sharing of God’s truth?

Self-supporting missionaries are often very successful. Beginning in a small, humble way, their work enlarges as they move forward under the guidance of the Spirit of God. Let two or more start out together in evangelistic work. They may not receive any particular encouragement from those at the head of the work that they will be given financial support; nevertheless let them go forward, praying, singing, teaching, living the truth. They may take up the work of canvassing, and in this way introduce the truth into many families. As they move forward in their work they gain a blessed experience. They are humbled by a sense of their helplessness, but the Lord goes before them, and among the wealthy and the poor they find favor and help. Even the poverty of these devoted missionaries is a means of finding access to the people. As they pass on their way they are helped in many ways by those to whom they bring spiritual food. They bear the message God gives them, and their efforts are crowned with success. Many will be brought to a knowledge of the truth who, but for these humble teachers, would never have been won to Christ.

Have you brought anyone to Jesus in your life? I am not talking about taking someone to “church”. I am not talking about handing out a piece of literature. I am talking about your responsibility to bring at least one person to surrender his life to Jesus and Jesus only by giving up the world and living the perfect life as Jesus commands. You are not saved unless you do. A good way for you to begin, right where you are, is to order a case of books from this ministry. Then go out as canvassers in your neighborhood selling or giving this book that was dictated and directed by God. Will He not bless His own book that was dictated and directed by Him? Will you not be bless in obedience to this book? Then make sure people know that your home is open for Bible studies. God will bless you if you do. Trouble will come upon you if you don’t.

God calls for workers to enter the whitening harvest field. Shall we wait because the treasury is exhausted, because there is scarcely sufficient to sustain the workers now in the field? Go forth in faith, and God will be with you. The promise is: “He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” Psalm 126:6.

Nothing is so successful as success. Let this be secured by persevering effort, and the work will move forward. New fields will be opened. Many souls will be brought to a knowledge of the truth. What is needed is increased faith in God.

We are not to wait on a “church”. Do not get discouraged. Take the book, “Change Your Life Biblically” and learn it, memorize it and put it into practice and you will know the Bible as never before. You will know your Bible better than you minister or the theologian from any university. Then you will be able to meet people and God will be able to speak His words through you, when the time comes, since you have filled your soul with His Words.

Our people have received great light, yet much of the ministerial force has been spent on the churches, teaching those who should be teachers; enlightening those who should be “the light of the world;” watering those from whom should flow rivers of living water; enriching those who might be mines of precious truth; repeating the gospel invitation to those who, scattered to the uttermost parts of the earth, should be giving the message of heaven to those who have not heard; feeding those who should be in the highways and byways giving the call: “Come; for all things are now ready.”

Are you wasting God’s time sitting in church when you should be out watering? Are you listening to your minister when you should be giving the message? Maybe the problem is, you have not yet found God yourself. Maybe you are still bound by sin and haven’t learned how to live free. If so, your church has fallen down on the job and it is time to get out and pick up the book, “Change Your Life Biblically” and learn how to live for Jesus and Jesus only.

Those for whom the fetters of sin have been broken, who have sought the Lord with brokenness of heart and have obtained answer to their yearning request for righteousness, are never cold and spiritless. Their hearts are filled with unselfish love for sinners. They put away from them all worldly ambition, all self-seeking. Contact with the deep things of God makes them more and more like their Saviour. They exult in His triumphs; they are filled with His joy. Day by day they are growing unto the full stature of men and women in Christ.

With intense interest God is looking on this world. He has noted the capacity of human beings for service. Looking down the ages, He has counted His workers, both men and women, and has prepared the way before them, saying: “I will send My messengers to them, and they shall see great light shining amid the darkness. Won to the service of Christ, they will use their talents to the glory of My name. They will go forth to work for Me with zeal and devotion. Through their efforts the truth will appeal to thousands in a most forcible manner, and men spiritually blind will receive sight and will see of My salvation. Truth will be made so prominent that he who runs may read. Ways will be devised to reach hearts. Some of the methods used in this work will be different from the methods used in the past, but let no one, because of this, block the way by criticism.”

Those whom God chooses as workers are not always talented, in the estimation of the world. Sometimes He selects unlearned men. To these He gives a special work. They reach a class to whom others could not obtain access. Opening the heart to the truth, they are made wise in and through Christ. Their lives inhale and exhale the fragrance of godliness. Their words are thoughtfully considered before they are spoken. They strive to promote the well-being of their fellow men. They take relief and happiness to the needy and distressed. They realize the necessity of ever remaining under Christ’s training, that they may work in harmony with God’s will. They study how best to follow the Saviour’s example of cross bearing and self-denial. They are God’s witnesses, revealing His compassion and love, and ascribing all the glory to Him whom they love and serve.

Constantly they are learning of the Great Teacher, and constantly they reach higher degrees of excellence, yet all the time feeling a sense of their weakness and inefficiency. They are drawn upward by their strong, loving admiration for Christ. They practice His virtues; for their life is assimilated to His. Ever they move onward and upward, a blessing to the world and an honor to their Redeemer. Of them Christ says: “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” Matthew 5:5.

Such workers are to be encouraged. Their work is done, not to be seen of men, but to glorify God. And it will bear His inspection. The Lord brings these workers into connection with those of more marked ability, to fill the gaps they leave. He is well pleased when they are appreciated, for they are links in His chain of service.

This ministry is one of those “workers”. God is well pleased with those who “encourage” this ministry, support it and do all they can to promote it and share it. It teaches the words of Jesus. But those who fight against this little ministry, say bad things about it and refuse to bow before the Lord and His Words will be destroyed. They are committing the unpardonable sin. They are claiming the words of the Holy Spirit to be of the devil while they accept human wisdom of the church for their salvation.

Men who are self-important, who are filled with the thought of their own superior abilities, overlook these humble, contrite workers; but not for one moment does God lose sight of them. He marks all that they do to help those in need of help. In the heavenly courts, when the redeemed are gathered home, they will stand nearest the Son of God. They will shine brightly in the courts of the Lord, honored by Him because they have felt it an honor to minister to those for whom He gave His life.

God will move upon men in humble positions to declare the message of present truth. Many such will be seen hastening hither and thither, constrained by the Spirit of God to give the light to those in darkness. The truth is as a fire in their bones, filling them with a burning desire to enlighten those who sit in darkness. Many, even among the uneducated, will proclaim the word of the Lord. Children will be impelled by the Holy Spirit to go forth to declare the message of heaven. The Spirit will be poured out upon those who yield to His promptings. Casting off man’s binding rules and cautious movements, they will join the army of the Lord.

Those who are “Casting off man’s binding rules and cautious movements” of the church and are stepping out to declare the message of heaven that is found in “Change Your Life Biblically” find their own lives changed and renewed in the power of God’s Spirit. Sitting around praying for the spirit in a “program” of the church accomplishes nothing. Get up, get out, get to work and the Spirit will come to you as He is doing in this ministry.

In the future, men in the common walks of life will be impressed by the Spirit of the Lord to leave their ordinary employment and go forth to proclaim the last message of mercy. As rapidly as possible they are to be prepared for labor, that success may crown their efforts. They co-operate with heavenly agencies, for they are willing to spend and be spent in the service of the Master. No one is authorized to hinder these workers. They are to be bidden Godspeed as they go forth to fulfill the great commission. No taunting word is to be spoken of them as in the rough places of the earth they sow the gospel seed.

As this ministry goes forth to fulfill the great commission of teaching the teachings of Jesus to stop sinning, to be perfect and to keep the Ten Commandments for our eternal life, it receives “taunting words” from the “church”. People sitting in church know they are lost and are embarrassed to see people stand up and teach truth. Therefore, like the Jews of old, they are trying to knock us down and destroy us so their own accusing consciences can rest in peace and safety.

Life’s best things—simplicity, honesty, truthfulness, purity, unsullied integrity—cannot be bought or sold; they are as free to the ignorant as to the educated, to the black man as to the white man, to the humble peasant as to the king upon his throne. Humble workers, who do not trust in their own strength, but who labor in simplicity, trusting always in God, will share in the joy of the Saviour. Their persevering prayers will bring souls to the cross. In co-operation with their self-sacrificing efforts Jesus will move upon hearts, working miracles in the conversion of souls. Men and women will be gathered into church fellowship. Meetinghouses will be built and schools established. The hearts of the workers will be filled with joy as they see the salvation of God.

When the redeemed stand in the presence of God, they will see how shortsighted were their conclusions as to what heaven records as success. As they review their efforts to achieve success they will see how foolish were their plans, how petty their supposed trials, how unreasonable their doubts. They will see how often they brought failure to their work by not taking God at His word. And one truth will stand out in clear lines: that position does not prepare a man for entrance into the heavenly courts. They will see, too, that the honor given to man is due to God alone, that to Him belongs all the glory. From the lips of the angelic choir and the redeemed host will peal forth the chorus: “Great and marvelous are Thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are Thy ways, Thou King of saints. Who shall not fear Thee, O Lord, and glorify Thy name? for Thou only art holy.” Revelation 15:3, 4.

How sad. The churches today are taking the “honor” that belongs to God alone and are putting it upon themselves. They give each other medals, degrees, praise and awards but God is not pleased with them. The members of the churches are looking to the church instead of to God. They read the church papers and praise men while they refuse to acknowledge God by being obedient to Him. How lost. The whole church system is “Catholic”. God calls us at this time in earth’s history to “Come out of her, My people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues”. Revelation 18:4.

“He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:32.

As this wonderful, priceless Gift was bestowed, the whole heavenly universe was mightily stirred in an effort to understand God’s unfathomable love, stirred to awaken in human hearts a gratitude proportionate to the value of the Gift. Shall we, for whom Christ has given His life, halt between two opinions? Shall we return to God only a mite of the capabilities and powers lent us by Him? How can we do this while we know that He who was Commander of all heaven laid aside His royal robe and kingly crown, and, realizing the helplessness of the fallen race, came to this earth in human nature to make it possible for us to unite our humanity to His divinity? He became poor that we might come into possession of the heavenly treasure, “a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” 2 Corinthians 4:17. To rescue us He descended from one humiliation to another until He, the divine-human, suffering Christ, was uplifted on the cross to draw all men to Himself. The Son of God could not have shown greater condescension than He did; He could not have stooped lower.

This is the mystery of godliness, the mystery that has inspired heavenly agencies so to minister through fallen humanity that in the world an intense interest will be aroused in the plan of salvation. This is the mystery that has stirred all heaven to unite with man in carrying out God’s great plan for the salvation of a ruined world. {7T 22-29}

It is time to stop halting “between two opinions” and totally give your life to Jesus and not a church. Look to Jesus and not your denomination, church, pastor or anything else of this world. Jesus is the only one who can save you. And He can only do that if you are following Him as He followed His Father: perfectly. Following your church will not get you into Heaven. Jesus and Jesus only.

 

Ministry News

A dear lady, who has been involved with a world-wide Sabbath keeping church, wrote me the following letter.

Dear Ron,
You say we must be perfect to gain eternal life. Well, I may as well forget about it ALL! Guess Jesus died on the cross for nothing, except my past sins, not any after baptism. I pray and beg and plead with God to help me, but He ain’t even listening! My daughter also has addictions she can’t get released from. She’s an alcoholic and she smokes at least 3 packages of cigarettes a day. She don’t like what she is and prays for God to take all that away from her. So ---- why this “grace” and Jesus dying on the cross for us if it don’t mean anything as far as eternal life!?!
Wanda, OR

I find this with so many church people. They must get out from their churches so they can come to Jesus and get His help to stop sinning. The churches teach Catholicism and the devil’s teachings. Jesus can’t save one sinner who refuses to stop sinning. If He could save you, He must save Lucifer. Both of you are sinning voluntarily. Jesus refused to sin and that is the condition we must be in to get to heaven.

But in order for you to stop sinning and be perfect, you must believe it. As a person thinks, so is he. If you are going to church and being taught you can’t be perfect or stop sinning, then you can’t. That is why you must come out from them now. Come to Jesus and learn to think “right”. Come to Jesus so you can “know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32.

“There is hope for every one of us, but only in one way by fastening ourselves to Christ, and exerting every energy to attain to the perfection of His character. This goody goody religion that makes light of sin and that is forever dwelling upon the love of God to the sinner, encourages the sinner to believe that God will save him while he continues in sin and he knows it to be sin. This is the way that many are doing who profess to believe present truth. The truth is kept apart from their life, and that is the reason it has no more power to convict and convert the soul. There must be a straining of every nerve and spirit and muscle to leave the world, its customs, its practices, and its fashions....” {6MR 12.2}

Folks, the voice of Jesus is now talking to you. Please listen. Do not spend another moment listening to your church or church paper or the TV and radio programs from your church. They are not of God. They are all of “church”. You are asleep and will die eternally if you do not wake up and come back to Jesus and learn from Him and Him alone.

Jesus Christ sent His Holy Spirit to dictate and direct the information in this ministry. Please do not resist it any longer. Don’t be like the Pharisees and Jews of Christ’s day who chose “church” over Jesus. Do not be like the Catholics who have made “church” more important than the teachings of Jesus. Do not reject the teachings of Jesus for your pride and church. Now is the day to humble yourself and to kneel before the teachings of Jesus and surrender your life. Now you must become perfect in Christ or you will be eternally lost.

“And if any come short at last, having heard the truth as they have in this land of light, it will be their own fault; they will be without excuse. The word of God tells us how we may become perfect Christians and escape the seven last plagues. But they took no interest to find this out. Other things diverted the mind, idols were cherished by them, and God’s Holy Word was neglected and slighted. God has been trifled with by professed Christians, and when His Holy Word shall judge them in the last day, they will be found wanting. That word which they have neglected for foolish storybooks, tries their lives. That is the standard; their motives, words, works, and the manner in which they use their time are all compared with the written word of God; and if they come short then, their cases are decided forever.” {1T 125.3}

Please folks, please, Jesus is waiting. He is holding out His arms. Will you reject Him for your church? Will you be like the Jews who turned their backs on Jesus to follow their church leaders? Come to Jesus now.

Love in Christ,

Ron