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The Everlasting Gospel

My Dear Family in Christ,

“And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth.” “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” Revelation 14:6, Matthew 24:14.

Obviously this “gospel” is very important. Jesus cannot come until “this gospel” is preached unto all nations. Therefore, it is vitally important to understand what the “gospel” is that is to be preached unto all nations. If Lucifer can change the gospel by just one iota, than he has defeated the plan of God. Therefore, we must study now to see if our pastors, churches and denomination are teaching the “everlasting gospel” which is to be preached unto all nations. Because if they are not, if they have changed it in any way, then we must get out of these churches and denominations. We must begin preaching the “everlasting gospel” ourselves.

Let us begin by asking, What is the “gospel”? If you were to ask your priest, minister, pastor, church or denomination, you might receive an answer similar to this. The gospel is the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The gospel means “good news” and the “good news” is that Jesus came to live and die for the sins of the whole world: John 3:16. That is the gospel! What good news!

However, that concept of the “gospel” presents a problem. If your pastor, church or denomination claims to be the “remnant”, the “people of God”, the “church called by God” to give the “everlasting gospel” to the world, then you have a problem. What is that problem? Well, almost every pastor, church and denomination around the world teaches that gospel in some form or other. Since almost all teach it, what makes yours so special? You might as well belong to the Catholic Church, or the Mormon church, or the Jehovah’s Witness’ congregation, or a Baptist church, etc. We could go on and on mentioning church and denomination after church and denomination. Nothing about your gospel is that much different from theirs. Therefore, we must ask a very significant question, Why hasn’t Jesus come since that “gospel” has been preached to every nation, kingdom and peoples on earth?

Well, maybe Jesus hasn’t come because the “gospel” that all the pastors, churches and denominations are teaching isn’t the “gospel” Jesus was referring to. Could it be that over the centuries the gospel has been changed, modified and corrupted? Could it have morphed into another gospel that would have been unknown to the apostles? Since the devil knows that when “the gospel” is taught to the whole world Jesus will come and put an end to him, don’t you think he would put great energy into attempting to changing “the gospel”?

Listen to Paul, he says, “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of the Messiah and, instead, are following a different gospel, not that another one really exists. To be sure, there are certain people who are troubling you and want to distort the gospel about the Messiah. But even if we or an angel from heaven should proclaim to you a gospel contrary to what we proclaimed to you, let that person be condemned! What we have told you in the past I am now telling you again: If anyone proclaims to you a gospel contrary to what you received, let that person be condemned!” Galatians 1:6-9.

Obviously, even back then, the gospel was beginning to be distorted. Even back then few were listening to truth. The gospel was eventually so distorted that the distortion of the gospel became the foundation of the Catholic Church from which all religions, churches and denomination of today have drawn from and have accepted as the “gospel” .

But how few are listening to the Bible. Paul condemned those who received the distorted gospel. But our churches are teaching you that distorted gospel as the real deal. We have all been so programmed to just accept what our pastors, churches and denominations teach us that we have become biblically brain dead.

Oh, there are lots of Bible studies going on, but who is checking to make sure that those who are giving the Bible studies are still teaching the original, everlasting gospel. As Jesus said, “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about Me, yet you refuse to come to Me that you may have life.” John 5:39, 40. No, now we go to “church”.

How true that is. Instead of going to Jesus to learn what the gospel is, everyone runs around quoting their pastor, church or denomination. How sad. So let us open our Bibles and put away all that we have been taught by our pastors, churches and denominations and let us simply listen to Jesus and the apostles as to what gospel they truly taught.

The first clue is the word, “eternal”. The gospel has always been eternal. It did not start with the birth of Jesus. The Gospel is eternal and has been from eternity with God. Since only God is “good”, the “good news” must have started with Him. Therefore, the message of the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus cannot be the “everlasting gospel”. Why? Because it would have had a beginning and an end. Beginning when Jesus was born and ending at his resurrection or for those who add the second coming of Jesus to the gospel, it would end at his second coming. But we are told that it is the “everlasting gospel”.

That means it must have been from everlasting and will continue to everlasting. How do we know that the gospel was taught before the birth of Christ? Hebrews 4:2 tells us, “For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.” The term “them” is referring to the Jews of the Old Testament. They had the gospel preached to them just as the apostles were preaching it in their day. But the majority of the people and the leaders of the church of both Old and New Testaments refused to believe the gospel. “Church” was their “gospel”.

So, what was that “Gospel”? Well, Jesus told us that He is the way, the truth and the life. John 14:6. If Jesus is the truth and told us to go and preach the gospel, then obviously He must have been teaching the gospel Himself. In Matthew 28:20 He told the disciples to go “teaching them to obey everything that I’ve commanded you.” In other words, He didn’t tell them to preach anything new or different. There was no “new” gospel for them to teach. Let us take a look at what Jesus was teaching. “Then He went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom.” Matthew 4:23. Did you hear that? Jesus went throughout Galilee proclaiming the “gospel of the kingdom”.

That was not the gospel of “Himself”. It was the everlasting gospel of the Kingdom. That kingdom is in Heaven and Jesus wants to put it inside of you. After all, Jesus did state that the Kingdom of Heaven was within you. Luke 17:21. Jesus went “teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom.” Matthew 9:35. Here we find that Jesus was on a mission. That mission was to proclaim the “everlasting gospel” of the “Kingdom of God”. In other words, Jesus did exactly what He has been commanding us to do. He is our example in all things.

We find that John the Baptist had been put in prison for teaching the “everlasting gospel”. The same everlasting gospel Jesus was teaching. But the persecution of John the Baptist did not prevent Jesus from continuing to teach the everlasting gospel. “Now after John had been arrested, Jesus went to Galilee and proclaimed the gospel about the kingdom of God.” Mark 1:14. This everlasting Gospel that John the Baptist and Jesus was teaching could not have been the birth, life, death and resurrection of Christ. Why? Because we find no mention of the birth, life, death and resurrection being taught by John the Baptist.

What did John the Baptist teach as the “gospel”? “About this time, John the Baptist appeared, preaching in the Judean wilderness and saying, Repent, because the kingdom from heaven is near! He was the one the prophet Isaiah was referring to when he said, ‘He is a voice calling out in the wilderness: Prepare the way for the Lord! Make His paths straight!’” Matthew 3:1-3.

This is a very important text. You might call this a “bridge” text. It is bridging the gospel of the Old Testament with the gospel of the New Testament. The same gospel was taught in both. Isaiah was calling the people of his day to prepare the way for the Lord and to make His paths straight. But the church of his day did not listen to him in the Old Testament nor did the church listen in the New Testament nor are the churches listening in our day. The everlasting gospel is to prepare the way for the Lord by making the paths straight. That is why Jesus cannot come back at this time. That gospel is not being taught. The paths are not being made straight.

What paths are not being made straight? Our lives! We are to walk on the path of “the Way” Jesus laid out for us. We are to live the perfect, straight path of the gospel. John cried out, “Produce fruit that is consistent with repentance!” Matthew 3:8. We are to live a life that is consistent with repentance, turning away from our sins and living the gospel life of the “Kingdom of God”. And how do they live in the “Kingdom of God”? Perfectly. Not one person in Heaven is sinning.

“John was baptizing in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism about repentance for the forgiveness of sins.” Mark 1:4. John the Baptist was teaching the Old Testament gospel. He was teaching the people to stop sinning and to live righteous lives. This is a most interesting concept considering that John was preaching to Jews. Jews who believed that they were saved simply by belonging to their church. They were especially particular about keeping the church traditions, ceremonies and rituals. There seemed to be a whole lot of Sabbath church going, but not much “gospel” teaching in those Sabbath churches. They heard lots about the Messiah, but nothing about how to prepare for the Messiah.

“The crowds kept asking him, ‘What, then, should we do?’ He answered them, ‘The person who has two coats must share with the one who doesn’t have any, and the person who has food must do the same.’ Even some tax collectors came to be baptized. They asked him, ‘Teacher, what should we do?’ He told them, ‘Stop collecting more money than the amount you are told to collect.’ Even some soldiers were asking him, ‘And what should we do?’ He told them, ‘Never extort money from anyone by threats or blackmail, and be satisfied with your pay.’ Luke 3:10-14. Nothing is taught by John the Baptist about going to church. Nothing is taught by John the Baptist about the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Obviously that concept is not the eternal, everlasting gospel. What he did teach were the principles of the Ten Commandments, to stop stealing, coveting and lying, etc.

So what did Jesus teach? “The time is now! The kingdom of God is near! Repent, and keep believing the gospel!” Mark 1:15. It is obvious that since Jesus told the people to “keep believing the gospel”, they already knew the gospel since John the Baptist had been teaching it to them. It wasn’t something “new” that Jesus or John the Baptist was teaching, but something old. Something they had forgotten and needed reminding of. “Dear friends, I am not writing to you a new commandment, but an old commandment that you have had from the beginning. This old commandment is the word you have heard.” 1 John 2:7.

Yes it was an old commandment. Let us read it in the original Old Testament. “You are to love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.” Deuteronomy 6:5.

“What does the LORD your God desire from you? Only this: fear Him, walk in all His ways, love Him, serve Him with all your heart and in all your life, and observe His commands and statutes.” Deuteronomy 10:12, 13.

“To love the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways, and to cling to Him.” Deuteronomy 11:22.

“To love the LORD your God with all your heart and soul. You must follow the LORD your God, fear Him, observe His commandments, listen to His voice, serve Him, and cling to Him.” Deuteronomy 13:3, 4.

“Love the LORD your God by walking in His ways and by observing His commands, statutes, and ordinances.” Deuteronomy 30:16.

But they did not remember. The old command was forgotten. The “church system” and church teaching had become the substitute for “the gospel”. That is why Jesus had to come and teach it as a “new” command. It was “new” to the people since they had forgotten the old. Did you read that last verse? It said that we are to love the Lord by being obedient to His commands. Did you read where they were to walk in His ways. Jesus came and said, “I am the Way”. John 14:6.

Now let us listen to Jesus in the New Testament. “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” John 14:15. See how simple it is when you put it all together. The everlasting gospel of the Bible was taught in Genesis and continued to be taught all the way through to Revelation. Listen to God in Genesis as He talks with Cain. “If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door.” Genesis 4:7. Right from the beginning the everlasting gospel was taught, the gospel that we are to do what is right. We are to be obedient to God. In Revelation we are told, “Here is the patience of the saints, they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” Revelation 14:12.

Do you see, my dear friends, nothing has changed. Jesus, who does not change but is the same in His teachings from Genesis to Revelation, is always teaching His “everlasting gospel”. That Gospel is what He taught when talking with Adam and Eve, walking with Abraham and when walking upon earth as a man. Let us draw near to Him and listen to Him as He teaches this everlasting Gospel.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Not much of that being practiced in our churches today. It is all about money, pride and show.

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.” Not much mourning taking place. It is all about celebrating, eating and having fun in church.

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” When was the last time you saw your pastor or church in a “meek” attitude? Seems to me like a lot of arrogance being taught and practiced in the churches. Churches are a waste of money.

Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” I don’t see much hungering and thirsting after righteousness. The moment you begin teaching the teachings of Jesus that we must be righteous, sinless, perfect and holy, they throw you out. But I see members being hungry and thirsty for positions in the church such as women wanting to be ordained and having offices. I also see a lot of hungering and thirsting after conspiracy theories and gossiping.

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.” Not much mercy in the churches. If you don’t teach what they want to hear, they get real angry and shut the door on you. If you have been to prison, forget about going to any Sabbath keeping church. They are too “self-righteous” for you and don’t want you.

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” Pure? Not much of that around. TV, videos, music, our own conversations are not very pure. It is all about the world, church and selfishness. Not much about the teachings of Jesus.

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called sons of God.” Not many “sons of God” in our churches either. Our churches have broken up into little clicks in order not to bring our guns to church. We put on a show of “unity” but there is none in the heart. Instead of peacemakers, we throw out those who don’t agree with us, or leave to set up our own intolerable churches. Why? Because Jesus and His “gospel” have been kicked out of the churches leaving nothing but man-made wisdom and philosophy: Church doctrine and church opinion.

Blessed are they that have been persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” There is a lot of persecution going around. Those of us who teach the true gospel are persecuted, thrown out, hated and maligned by church members. I teach the teachings of God and Sabbath keepers call it “dribble” and refuse to listen since it isn’t emanating from their church. They have committed the unpardonable sin.

Blessed are ye when men shall reproach you, and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets that were before you. . . You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” “Go, and sin no more.” “If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” Matthew 5:3-12, 48; John 8:11; Matthew 19:17.

Jesus taught only what the prophets before Him taught. After all, He taught the prophets what to teach. But the people were not listening. The churches today are not teaching the everlasting gospel as taught in the Bible. They are teaching the Catholic gospel. For years I have been asking church members to send me any current publication from a present church leader or speaker who teaches the teachings of Jesus: stop sinning, be perfect and to keep the Ten Commandments to get our eternal life, and I have not yet received anything. As you can see, not many, if any churches are following the teachings of Jesus. Not many are poor, meek or humble. They are wealthy, prideful and arrogant. Jesus went about teaching and living the gospel as we have just read. Did Jesus go about teaching the people about His birth, life, death and resurrection? No!

The only people He taught about His birth, life, death and resurrection were the disciples. And when He taught them about these things, “He took the twelve disciples aside, and on the way He said to them, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem. And the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn Him to death and deliver Him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified, and He will be raised on the third day.” Matthew 20:17-19.

As you can see from this text, Jesus took the disciples away from the crowds to tell them about His death and resurrection. This information was not to be taught to the general public. It was not to be preached or made known to the people until after it had happened, but not as the gospel. In fact, listen to Jesus as He strictly warns His disciples not to tell anyone that He was the Christ. “Then He strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that He was the Christ. From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.” Matthew 16:20, 21. Notice, it was “church people” He would suffer from.

And when the disciples heard about the death and resurrection of Christ, what was their response? “And Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, ‘Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.’” Matthew 16:22. Now, how were the disciples going to preach the “gospel” of His birth, life, death and resurrection when they didn’t even believe half of it? As Peter said, “this shall never happen to You.” Sounds like a lot of churches today. They talk about and celebrate the resurrection, but few want to enter into the death and sacrifice of Jesus. But that is what Jesus talked about, picking up our crosses and following Him, not celebrating His resurrection. Easter, Halloween and Christmas are of the devil and must never be observed in our churches or by Christians.

As a matter of fact, the disciples didn’t even believe in the resurrection of Jesus until after He did rise from the dead. It took a few days after His resurrection before they could grasp the fact that He was resurrected and alive. It wasn’t until 40 days later that they began preaching the resurrection. So again, we see here that the gospel Jesus and the disciples were teaching the people had nothing to do with the birth, life, death and resurrection of Christ.

However, we can easily see that the everlasting gospel has always been taught. It was first taught in Heaven to the angels and inhabitants of other planets. That was the criteria for eternal life and remaining in Heaven. That was the “good news”. If you lived perfectly in obedience to the Commandments, you got to keep your eternal life. Lucifer broke the everlasting gospel by breaking the Ten Commandments. His punishment was banishment from heaven and will eventually be eternal death. The everlasting or eternal gospel produces two effects: Eternal life or eternal death. “To God we are the aroma of the Messiah among those who are being saved and among those who are being lost. To some people we are a deadly fragrance, while to others we are a living fragrance.” 2 Corinthians 2:15, 16.

Prior to sin, the everlasting gospel was “Be perfect and keep the Ten Commandments and you will keep your eternal life”. After sin entered the world the grace of God added the phrase, “stop sinning” to the gospel. That is all God requires of us, to stop the sin and to resume the perfect, righteous, holy, Ten Commandment life of the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus will take care of the rest. And when Jesus comes to take His commandment-keeping people back to heaven, the everlasting gospel will continue to be taught in heaven. That is why it is “everlasting”. Jesus commanded us to “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved.” Mark 16:15, 16.

In order to be saved, people must know what the true gospel is. We have to believe in the true gospel or we have no eternal life. The salvation gospel is the keeping of the Ten Commandments. Putting sin out of our lives. The wages of sin is death. We cannot live eternally if we are sinning. The everlasting gospel compels us to stop sinning, be perfect and to keep the Ten Commandments for our eternal life. If we do this, Jesus will do His part. What is His part? Well, something has to be done about our past sins.

Since the wages of sin is death, either we have to die for our past sins and lose our eternal life or someone else has to die in our place. That is where the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus comes into play. Not that a belief in that information saves us, but that the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus opens the door of salvation for us. Keep in mind, Lucifer believes but will not be saved.

So why were the disciples preaching the birth, life, death and resurrection after Jesus went back to heaven? Because they were preaching to Jews. Keep in mind, the promise of a savior was given to Adam and Eve after they sinned. For 4000 years the people of God had been waiting and expecting the Messiah to come to pay the penalty for their past sins. They had been offering the sacrifices that pointed to the “Lamb of God” that would pay their penalty. They were obedient to the everlasting gospel through their confession, repentance and rejection of sin in their lives. They had “faith” in the Messiah to come. They obeyed the everlasting gospel by being obedient to the Ten Commandments. As is stated in Genesis, “Abraham, obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.” Genesis 26:5. He knew the requirements of the Everlasting Gospel. Everyone who repented did what they could do. What they could not do was pay the penalty for their past sins without losing their own eternal life. That penalty had to be paid by the coming Messiah.

So when He came, He came teaching what their responsibility was: obedience to the Ten Commandments. Jesus would then do His responsibility. They were to do theirs. His birth, life, death and resurrection would not save one sinner. They had to stop sinning in order for His birth, life, death and resurrection to do any good in their lives. God told His people, through Daniel, “Seventy weeks have been decreed concerning your people and your holy city: to restrain transgression, to put an end to sin, to make atonement for lawlessness, to establish everlasting righteousness, to conclude vision and prophecy, and to anoint the Most Holy Place.” Daniel 9:24. This is what they were suppose to be looking for in their Messiah.

But instead of teaching the people how to live the perfect, righteous and sinless life, the church had forgotten the everlasting gospel and was teaching human traditions, ceremonies and ordinances that had nothing to do with eternal life. As Jesus said, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites. As it is written, ‘These people honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me. Their worship of Me is worthless, because they teach human rules as doctrines.’ You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition.” Then He told them, “You have such a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to keep your own tradition!” . . . “You are destroying the word of God through your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many other things like that.” Mark 7:6-9, 13.

The same is true today. The churches are “destroying the word of God” with their human traditions, human ordinances, human rules and doctrines, therefore, they are no longer teaching the everlasting gospel that Jesus taught. That is why Jesus has not come back. Your pastor, church or denomination may teach about the 3 angel’s messages, and about the everlasting gospel, but the meat, the actual message of the everlasting gospel is not being taught. It is like a slight-of-hand show. What you see is not what you get. That is why all churches have fallen.

Back to the Jews. They had the everlasting gospel. They knew the Ten Commandments, just as many churches today know the Ten Commandments. But the church organization had obscured the everlasting gospel. So while the Jews were busy preforming their sacrificial offerings, the disciples stood up to let them know that Jesus had been born, lived and had paid the penalty for their sins. They no longer needed to preform those temple rituals that pointed to the “Lamb of God.”

But they also taught the people to continue in the keeping of the gospel: the Ten Commandments. Listen to Peter as he cries out to his fellow Jews, “You are the descendants of the prophets and the heirs of the covenant that God made with your ancestors when He told Abraham, ‘Through your descendant all the families of the earth will be blessed.’ When God raised up His servant, He sent Him first to you to bless you by turning every one of you from your evil ways.” And listen to Paul, “Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but obeying God’s commandments is everything.” 1 Corinthians 7:19.

Paul, Peter and all the disciples were attempting to get across to the Jews that the death of Jesus paid the price. The death of Jesus took care of all those rituals, services, ceremonies and ordinances of the temple-church that pointed to the Messiah. The only thing left which remained was obedience to the Ten Commandments. They were to turn from their wickedness. The death of Jesus would take care of everything else. What Jesus cannot do is make us holy. He cannot save one sinner who continues in sin. Hebrew 10:26.

All He can do is His part of the everlasting gospel. His part was to pay our penalty for past sins. But the payment of that penalty could only be applied to us if we did our part and refused to sin by living His perfect life. So while all the apostles where preaching to the Jews that their “Lamb of God” had already been born, lived, died and resurrected, they were also teaching them to continue in the gospel. “Now when they had testified and spoken the word of the Lord, they returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel to many villages of the Samaritans.” Acts 8:25. Paul went about on all his missionary journeys and “continued to preach the gospel.” Acts 14:7.

So why does the devil work so hard to substitute a false gospel? Simply put, you can believe all you want in the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus and never be saved. The devil believes but he won’t be saved. All the belief and faith in the world will not save one person. What will save you is putting that belief and faith into action. The reason the wicked will not be saved is because “they have not all obeyed the gospel.” Romans 10:16. Let us listen to Paul as he talks about the obedience that comes from this gospel.

“To bring about the obedience of faith.” Romans 1:5.

“Of obedience, which leads to righteousness.” Romans 6:16.

“To bring about the obedience of faith.” Romans 16:26.

“Bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5.

And of course we have James who agrees with Paul when he says, “So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” James 2:17. Jesus said, ““Not everyone who keeps saying to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will get into the kingdom from heaven, but only the person who keeps doing the will of My Father in heaven.” Matthew 7:21.

The Jews and the religious organizations of today have many works they perform. But those works are all man-made church works of religion and will not bring you eternal life. But the works of God will bring you eternal life. 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. And what were those “good works” that God prepared beforehand for us to walk in? Of course, the Ten Commandments which are themselves eternal. The Everlasting gospel is the everlasting Ten Commandments.

The Ten Commandments are the good news. The good news that we can live without hurting others. The good news that we can live without killing, coveting, stealing, committing adultery and destroying lives. The good news is, we can live the perfect, righteous, sinless life and because we can, we can live eternally with Jesus. So let us strive to be one of the saints “who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus.” Revelation 12:17. Yes, the testimony of Jesus, as He went about the countryside, was the everlasting gospel that we can live the perfect, righteous, holy and sinless life. Now that’s good news. Let us teach it, preach it, live it so that we may hasten the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.

“There are times when a distinct view is presented to me of the condition of the remnant church, a condition of appalling indifference to the needs of a world perishing for lack of a knowledge of the truth for this time. Then I have hours, and sometimes days, of intense anguish. Many to whom have been committed the saving truths of the third angel’s message fail of realizing that the salvation of souls is dependent upon the consecration and activity of God’s church. Many are using their blessings in the service of self. Oh, how my heart aches because Christ is put to shame by their un-Christlike behavior! But, after the agony is past, I feel like working harder than ever to arouse them to put forth unselfish effort for the saving of their fellow men.” 8T 24.

“A messenger from heaven stood in our midst, and he spoke words of warning and instruction. He made us clearly understand that the gospel of the kingdom is the message for which the world is perishing and that this message, . . .should be circulated among the people who are nigh and afar off.” {9T 67.2} God raised up this ministry and dictated and directed the Everlasting Gospel in the book, “Change Your Life Biblically” and commanded it to be circulated. Will you help?

 

TIME WITH JESUS

Proper Education

It is the nicest work ever assumed by men and women to deal with youthful minds. The greatest care should be taken in the education of youth to so vary the manner of instruction as to call forth the high and noble powers of the mind. Parents and school-teachers are certainly disqualified to properly educate children, if they have not first learned the lesson of self-control, patience, forbearance, gentleness, and love. What an important position for parents, guardians, and teachers! There are very few who realize the most essential wants of the mind, and how to direct the developing intellect, the growing thoughts and feelings of youth.

There is a time for training children and a time for educating youth; and it is essential that in school both of these be combined in a great degree. Children may be trained for the service of sin or for the service of righteousness. The early education of youth shapes their characters both in their secular and in their religious life. Solomon says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” This language is positive. The training which Solomon enjoins is to direct, educate, and develop. In order for parents and teachers to do this work, they must themselves understand “the way” the child should go. This embraces more than merely having a knowledge of books. It takes in everything that is good, virtuous, righteous, and holy. It comprehends the practice of temperance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love to God and to one another. In order to attain this object, the physical, mental, moral, and religious education of children must have attention.

The education of children, at home or at school, should not be like the training of dumb animals; for children have an intelligent will, which should be directed to control all their powers. Dumb animals need to be trained; for they have not reason and intellect. But the human mind must be taught self-control. It must be educated to rule the human being, while animals are controlled by a master, and are trained to be submissive to him. The master is mind, judgment, and will for his beast. A child may be so trained as to have, like the beast, no will of his own. Even his individuality may be merged in the one who superintends his training; his will, to all intents and purposes, is subject to the will of the teacher.

Children who are thus educated will ever be deficient in moral energy and individual responsibility. They have not been taught to move from reason and principle; their wills have been controlled by another, and the mind has not been called out, that it might expand and strengthen by exercise. They have not been directed and disciplined with respect to their peculiar constitutions and capabilities of mind, to put forth their strongest powers when required. Teachers should not stop here, but should give special attention to the cultivation of the weaker faculties, that all the powers may be brought into exercise, and carried forward from one degree of strength to another, that the mind may attain due proportions.

There are many families of children who appear to be well trained, while under the training discipline; but when the system which has held them to set rules is broken up, they seem to be incapable of thinking, acting, or deciding for themselves. These children have been so long under iron rule, not allowed to think and act for themselves in those things in which it was highly proper that they should, that they have no confidence in themselves to move out upon their own judgment, having an opinion of their own. And when they go out from their parents to act for themselves, they are easily led by others’ judgment in the wrong direction. They have not stability of character. They have not been thrown upon their own judgment as fast and as far as practicable, and therefore their minds have not been properly developed and strengthened. They have so long been absolutely controlled by their parents that they rely wholly upon them; their parents are mind and judgment for them.

On the other hand, the young should not be left to think and act independently of the judgment of their parents and teachers. Children should be taught to respect experienced judgment, and to be guided by their parents and teachers. They should be so educated that their minds will be united with the minds of their parents and teachers, and so instructed that they can see the propriety of heeding their counsel. Then when they go forth from the guiding hand of their parents and teachers, their characters will not be like the reed trembling in the wind.

The severe training of youth, without properly directing them to think and act for themselves as their own capacity and turn of mind will allow, that by this means they may have growth of thought, feelings of self-respect, and confidence in their own ability to perform, will ever produce a class who are weak in mental and moral power. And when they stand in the world to act for themselves, they will reveal the fact that they are trained, like the animals, and not educated. Their wills, instead of being guided, were forced into subjection by the harsh discipline of parents and teachers.

Those parents and teachers who boast of having complete control of the minds and wills of the children under their care, would cease their boastings, could they trace out the future lives of the children who are thus brought into subjection by force or through fear. These are almost wholly unprepared to share in the stern responsibilities of life. When these youth are no longer under their parents and teachers, and are compelled to think and act for themselves, they are almost sure to take a wrong course, and yield to the power of temptation. They do not make this life a success, and the same deficiencies are seen in their religious life. Could the instructors of children and youth have the future result of their mistaken discipline mapped out before them, they would change their plan of education. That class of teachers who are gratified that they have almost complete control of the wills of their scholars, are not the most successful teachers, although the appearance for the time being may be flattering.

God never designed that one human mind should be under the complete control of another. And those who make efforts to have the individuality of their pupils merged in themselves, and to be mind, will, and conscience for them, assume fearful responsibilities. These scholars may, upon certain occasions, appear like well-drilled soldiers. But when the restraint is removed, there will be seen a want of independent action from firm principle existing in them. Those who make it their object to so educate their pupils that they may see and feel that the power lies in themselves to make men and women of firm principle, qualified for any position in life, are the most useful and permanently successful teachers. Their work may not show to the very best advantage to careless observers, and their labors may not be valued as highly as are those of the teacher who holds the minds and wills of his scholars by absolute authority; but the future lives of the pupils will show the fruits of the better plan of education.

There is danger of both parents and teachers commanding and dictating too much, while they fail to come sufficiently into social relation with their children or scholars. They often hold themselves too much reserved, and exercise their authority in a cold, unsympathizing manner which cannot win the hearts of their children and pupils. If they would gather the children close to them, and show that they love them, and would manifest an interest in all their efforts, and even in their sports, sometimes even being a child among children, they would make the children very happy, and would gain their love and win their confidence. And the children would sooner respect and love the authority of their parents and teachers.

The habits and principles of a teacher should be considered of even greater importance than his literary qualifications. If he is a sincere Christian, he will feel the necessity of having an equal interest in the physical, mental, moral, and spiritual education of his scholars. In order to exert the right influence, he should have perfect control over himself, and his own heart should be richly imbued with love for his pupils, which will be seen in his looks, words, and acts. He should have firmness of character, and then he can mold the minds of his pupils, as well as instruct them in the sciences. The early education of youth generally shapes their characters for life. Those who deal with the young should be very careful to call out the qualities of the mind, that they may better know how to direct its power so that they may be exercised to the very best account. {FE 15-19}

 

PRISON MISSION REPORT

Dear Ronald John,
Thank you for your encouraging letter. I am feeling honored that you have advanced me to “part 2”. I am very excited to be mentored in Christian ministry. I feel that I am a mature Christian in living daily for Christ and giving generously to others. I’m eager to learn more about specifically acknowledging Christ in what I do. “Change Your Life Biblically” has already influenced me greatly. I feel validated in my belief that we are expected to be perfect, stop sinning and live by the 10 Commandments. I stand stronger in my role as servant leader because of this validation. For the first time, for example, I wrote my “agape letters” for the Kairos organization specifically about embracing Jesus. I also gave the reflection (lay-person’s homily) at church this past week and was able to let the Holy Spirit reach us all. The topic was “Turning to Jesus in our distress”. I do my “examination of conscience” once or twice a week. (I know it would be better to do daily!) Even though I am a Jewish Catholic Christian who participates in a Jewish meditation group and is a leader in the Catholic chapter, I agree that the organized churches of America are supporting a “feel good” imitation Christianity. Modern day “feel good” religion is the primary reason a good person like I was in the free world could be weak enough to say “yes” to killing my victim. I went to church or synagogue every week of my life. I tried to be “good” but in a self-righteous way. No one ever told me that I had to set my mind and ego aside and encounter Christ in my heart so I could trust and obey Him. I trusted the rules but I didn’t trust Christ Himself. Having said that, I have, at the present time, decided to stay in the church. I welcome your comments on my reasons. Maybe I am missing something. My church happens to be the Catholic church. My reason for choosing them is that a wonderful nun and priest here, 13 years ago, were the only two people who unconditionally accepted me as a suffering soul without judging me for my crime. They knew the way of the mystics and shared it with me. Deep, contemplative prayer led me to Jesus. I stay at the chapel. Suffering women come to the services. They come because they expect to meet Christians. I want them to meet one. As a leader, I have been able to be a servant leader and rid the chapel of pettiness, divisiveness, etc. during prayer and worship times. When I first came, the only leaders were self-promoters. I figure I can “be the change I want to see in the world” and be a true Christian leader. I have somewhere positive to go every Saturday morning (God allowed us to worship on Saturdays!) I get to worship on the Sabbath. The rest of the day I do Bible study, etc. Right now, in the 12 step programs, there are only a handful of us capable of sponsoring others. The core group of women in the Catholic Chapel happen to be clean & sober, kind, spiritually mature. I like having them as friends. Our Catholic chaplain is not only living a secular life, but also mean to us. I feel that it has been one of my ministries to counteract that and keep the sanctuary a quiet place for personal spiritual growth. So far we have been successful. Finally, I love encountering Jesus through liturgy. It may be dull and boring to some, but to me it is poetry. I like to encounter Jesus through the poetry and music at church. He (Jesus) and I are together all the time. But it’s just a celebration for us to be at church. I have started to place the flyers for “Change Your Life Biblically” in the literature table at church. I pray the Holy Spirit will convict others as I was convicted. Hopefully the time will come where someone will ask me about them! The other major way I minister is by leading self-help groups. Ronald John thank you again for accepting me into the second part of the certificate process. My prayers are with you and JCPM. I look forward to hearing from you.
Donna, CA

To Whom It May Concern,
I am writing to ask if you offer services like pen-pal or Bible studies? Can you please mail me some info on what your prison ministry offers?
Jesus, CA

To Whom It May Concern,
I gave my life to the Lord 3 years ago and it’s been a blessing. I give all praise and glory to God. I’m writing you to find out how I go about becoming eligible for your free Bible to inmate program.
Anthony, AZ

JCPM,
I am interested in reading your book. Please send me a copy. I should get out in 4-6 months. Please pray for the safe keeping, health and protection of my family.
Mary, ID

JCPM,
I am very interested in learning more about the Bible and God. I would really love to have a copy of your book, “Change Your Life Biblically”. If you have any other inspirational things I can read or Bible studies I would like them also.
Tammy, ID

Dear Prison Ministry,
I saw a copy of “Change Your Life Biblically” and would like to request a copy of my own. Also, I’m sending a prayer request to pray for my children to keep them safe and to put forgiveness in their hearts toward me. Also to draw them closer to our Lord Jesus so they can walk in His light. I haven’t heard from them in almost a year and I am so worried about them.
Pamela, CA

JCPM,
I was wondering if you can please send me one of your “Change Your Life Biblically” books? I got your info from my fiancee who is locked up also. We will study it together over the long-distance we are apart. So please, can you do this for me? I would be very grateful. Thank you and God bless. Also, do you have any Bible study courses I can do through the mail. Please put me on your mailing list.
Daniel, PA

JCPM,
I’m writing in regards to the inmate program. I would like more information about the monthly newsletters, web page, pen-pals and Bible studies. I’m a young Christian looking for every opportunity to grow and mature in Christ. THank you for taking time to read this letter.
Gabriel, AZ

Dear Ronald,
I know that with so many letters that you receive that most likely you won’t remember who I am. I have written you a few times in hopes to get a full copy of “Change Your Life Biblically”. I chose to write to you in hopes you will find it within yourself to send me a copy because I don’t have no stamps nor $. I’ve been trying to cope with doing time. I’ve chosen to accept Jesus Christ and I find a hunger for His Word within myself. Your literature caught my attention.
Tyler, CA

Dear Brother Ron,
I wanted to write and let you know I finished my book, “Change Your Life Biblically”. I’m starting to read it over because I read where you wrote in there to do that a couple times before answering the questions in the back. Also, I wanted to let you know I got your monthly newsletter and that was some great news you had in there. I just lost my uncle to a heart attack. He was only 70 years old. My mother, age 65, has colon cancer. She is way to young. I just don’t know what to do without her around if and when she goes with the Lord. I know she won’t be in anymore pain. But I can’t even cope being alone without her.
James, PA

Hi,
I was wondering if I could please get a copy of “Change Your Life Biblically”. I am currently incarcerated doing 74 months.
Misty, WV

To Whom It May Concern,
I am interested in this book. I am sending you all the information that is needed to receive one. I would also like to know if your ministry provides any type of Bible study packages? If so, I would like to know if you can send me one? It would be greatly appreciated.
Priscilla, CA

My Brother,
Hello again. My anxiety is high to learn and finish the book and complete the answers. I hope I do as good as I can especially how you’ve wrote it. I can really understand the Word of God. You are doing a good job. With every day that passes, my fire to learn the Word grows inside. I’m at a lonely place in my life with no one. But I truly feel I have a friend and that is you. Thank you so much. I hope to hear from you. Thank you again.
Tyler, CA

Dear Ron,
How long has it been? I know, a long time. God bless you brother. I highly appreciate you not giving up on me and continuing sending me your newsletters. Although I have to be honest with you, I haven’t got used to this place at all. People in here are to hyperactive. Nothing but a lot of gossiping and worrying about everybody else’s business, small stuff, instead of making something out of their lives. So that is one of my excuses for not being able to keep up the way I want to with people like you that deserve all my attention. And believe it or not, when you try to tell them something about the Lord or the Bible, they don’t want to hear it. So I am going to have to be a little smarter and start to be straight out with them all. That way, if they have something good or reasonable, I am going to tell them. I find myself wasting my time. On the other hand, I enrolled in school and am taking typing classes and life skills where I am learning a lot of stuff. Back to your workbook. I asked for stamps and should be getting some soon. When they come I would send them to you so you can send me my book. I don’t know what it is about myself that makes me to procrastinate a lot. I get distracted easily because I think of doing so much and end up doing nothing at all. But I truly want you to know that I appreciate everything you do for us prisoners and for everybody in the free world.
Roman, CA

Dear JCPM
Thank you so much for your book offer. I so much look forward to reading it. When I’m done I will pass it on to other inmates to read.
Charles, CA

Dear JCPM,
I turn twenty years old on the 24th of January. I am interested in all you guys have to offer. Honestly, I am a single dad looking for female companionship. I have had a rough childhood full of drugs, alcohol and sex. I am looking for something new in my life so I can be a good father for my son and because I am tired of always doing the same thing. I’m sorry if this is just a bunch of rambles, but this is my first time doing this kind of thing so I’m a little nervous. Thank you for taking the time to read this letter and taking me as an individual into consideration.
Michael, ID

Hello,
I’m going to be 28 years old and I am doing a long 25 to life prison sentence. I’m trying to get into the Word of God and change my ways to be a productive person. I’m trying to maintain myself occupied in this prison system. I am attending school trying to get a good education making this time count and get a cool little job. I’m really trying to get Jesus Christ in my heart and change my lifestyle. The reason why I’m writing you guys is to see if I could get any good religious reading material and some Bible studies, if it’s not too much to ask. Please. Also, I would like guidance on how to read the Bible and get a better understanding of the contents of the Bible. Hopefully it’s not too much to ask for. I’ll greatly appreciate it. I would love to stay in contact with this ministry and hope I could get some Bible studies.
Alfredo, CA

Dear Ron,
I am writing you a 4 page letter to try and receive your awesome book, “Change Your Life Biblically”. I had a friend that wrote you guys a letter too. Hen he showed me how cool the book looked like, I just had to write you guys so I can get one as well. I truly like your guy’s style in books. I enjoy the cool, interesting, funny pictures as well as the great word of the good Lord Almighty. The 2nd Peter’s 8 Steps is super cool to me. I think it explains all the good things and things needed to know how to be a good person. It tells us about faith in God. It explains all about goodness and about being good. Being good does take a lot of obedience. Once being obedient to God’s Word, all life is good. I think I read the booklet once, now that I’m writing this letter I am going through it once more. 2nd Peter’s 8 Steps is giving me everything I need to help me to be humble and better knowledged in God’s ways. Before I read it I believed I knew a lot about the Bible and God’s Word. Now that I have read it, I now know that I was just a beginner to the Word of God. I believe I could read that book 100 times and every time I read it I learn something new.
Ryan, CA

 

Testimony for God's People

To human agencies is committed the work of extending the triumphs of the cross from point to point. As the Head of the church, Christ is authoritatively calling upon everyone who claims to believe on Him to follow His example of self-denial and self-sacrifice in working for the conversion of those whom Satan and his vast army are exerting every power to destroy. God’s people are called upon to rally without delay under the bloodstained banner of Christ Jesus. Unceasingly they are to continue their warfare against the enemy, pressing the battle even to the gates. And everyone who is added to the ranks by conversion is to be assigned his post of duty. Everyone should be willing to be or to do anything in this warfare. When church members put forth earnest efforts to advance the message, they will live in the joy of the Lord and will meet with success. Triumph always follows decided effort.

As you can see, the “church” is not a denomination or group that is called by any earthly name. The “church” is made up of those who “follow His example of self-denial and self-sacrifice”. The true “Church of God” are living as God commands: perfect, sinless and commandment keeping.

Christ, in His mediatorial capacity, gives to His servants the presence of the Holy Spirit. It is the efficiency of the Spirit that enables human agencies to be representatives of the Redeemer in the work of soul saving. That we may unite with Christ in this work we should place ourselves under the molding influence of His Spirit. Through the power thus imparted we may co-operate with the Lord in the bonds of unity as laborers together with Him in the salvation of souls. To everyone who offers himself to the Lord for service, withholding nothing, is given power for the attainment of measureless results.

We are to “place ourselves under the molding influence of His Spirit” and not under any man-made authority, such as a “church” or denomination or pastor. Through the Spirit we will then be able to co-operate with the Lord. Going to man-made churches and denomination, listening to men preach will do nothing to help us co-operate with the Lord.

The Lord God is bound by an eternal pledge to supply power and grace to everyone who is sanctified through obedience to the truth. Christ, to whom is given all power in heaven and on earth, co-operates in sympathy with His instrumentalities—the earnest souls who day by day partake of the living bread, “which cometh down from heaven.” John 6:50. The church on earth, united with the church in heaven, can accomplish all things.

Oh how I wish that the church-going Sabbath keeping people would open their eyes and ears and listen to what the Spirit just said through the prophet of God. “The Lord God is bound by an eternal pledge to supply power and grace to everyone who is sanctified through obedience to the truth.” We are sanctified, not by the blood of Christ, not by going to church and not by “believing” in Jesus. We are sanctified through obedience to the truth. John 17:19.

On the Day of Pentecost the Infinite One revealed Himself in power to the church. By His Holy Spirit He descended from the heights of heaven as a rushing, mighty wind, to the room in which the disciples were assembled. It was as if for ages this influence had been held in restraint, and now heaven rejoiced in being able to pour upon the church the riches of the Spirit’s power. And, under the influence of the Spirit, words of penitence and confession were mingled with songs of praise for sins forgiven. Words of thanksgiving and of prophecy were heard. All heaven bent low to behold and to adore the wisdom of matchless, incomprehensible Love. Lost in wonder, the apostles and disciples exclaimed: “Herein is love.” 1 John 4:10. They grasped the imparted gift. And what followed? Thousands were converted in a day. The sword of the Spirit, newly edged with power and bathed in the lightnings of heaven, cut its way through unbelief.

The Spirit of God was given to those who were penitent and confessing their sins. They had stopped sinning and were now living in the perfection of Christ. Many believe that since their denomination is baptizing hundreds or thousands in a day that it is of God. The Jews of Christ’ day were doing the same. But it was man’s conversion, not the Spirit of God. It was and is choreographed by man to put on a show. The baptism by the Spirit of God on the day of Pentecost was not a show or choreographed. Hearts were melted right then by the Spirit because of the purity of the disciple’s hearts and lives.

The hearts of the disciples were surcharged with a benevolence so full, so deep, so far-reaching, that it impelled them to go to the ends of the earth testifying: God forbid that we should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. They were filled with an intense longing to add to the church of such as should be saved. They called on the believers to arouse and do their part, that all nations might hear the truth and the earth be filled with the glory of the Lord.

Today it is not Jesus we are glorifying, but our churches, our denominations, our food and church institutions. How sad. How far we have fallen.

By the grace of Christ the apostles were made what they were. It was sincere devotion and humble, earnest prayer that brought them into close communion with Him. They sat together with Him in heavenly places. They realized the greatness of their debt to Him. By earnest, persevering prayer they obtained the endowment of the Holy Spirit, and then they went forth, weighted with the burden of saving souls, filled with zeal to extend the triumphs of the cross. And under their labors many souls were brought from darkness to light, and many churches were raised up.

How unlike our churches today. We bring them in and sit them down and tell them to shut up and just pay their money. We control what they can do and when. We give them their assigned duties and tell them what they can teach or share. The “church” does not allow them to follow the Spirit of God.

Shall we be less earnest than were the apostles? Shall we not by living faith claim the promises that moved them to the depths of their being to call upon the Lord Jesus for the fulfillment of His word: “Ask, and ye shall receive”? John 16:24. Is not the Spirit of God to come today in answer to earnest, persevering prayer, and fill men with power? Is not God saying today to His praying, trusting, believing workers, who are opening the Scriptures to those ignorant of the precious truth they contain: “Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world”? Matthew 28:20. Why, then, is the church so weak and spiritless?

Why? Because the church, the denomination, the pastors are killing the Spirit of God with church organization, church system, church rules and regulations.

As the disciples, filled with the power of the Spirit, went forth to proclaim the gospel, so God’s servants are to go forth today. Filled with an unselfish desire to give the message of mercy to those who are in the darkness of error and unbelief, we are to take up the Lord’s work. He gives us our part to do in co-operation with Him, and He will also move on the hearts of unbelievers to carry forward His work in the regions beyond. Already many are receiving the Holy Spirit, and no longer will the way be blocked by listless indifference.

Why has the history of the work of the disciples, as they labored with holy zeal, animated and vitalized by the Holy Spirit, been recorded, if it is not that from this record the Lord’s people today are to gain an inspiration to work earnestly for Him? What the Lord did for His people in that time, it is just as essential, and more so, that He do for His people today. All that the apostles did, every church member today is to do. And we are to work with as much more fervor, to be accompanied by the Holy Spirit in as much greater measure, as the increase of wickedness demands a more decided call to repentance.

Everyone on whom is shining the light of present truth is to be stirred with compassion for those who are in darkness. From all believers, light is to be reflected in clear, distinct rays. A work similar to that which the Lord did through His delegated messengers after the Day of Pentecost He is waiting to do today. At this time, when the end of all things is at hand, should not the zeal of the church exceed even that of the early church? Zeal for the glory of God moved the disciples to bear witness to the truth with mighty power. Should not this zeal fire our hearts with a longing to tell the story of redeeming love, of Christ and Him crucified? Should not the power of God be even more mightily revealed today than in the time of the apostles? {7T 30-33}

I don’t think the prophet of God had “sitting in church” in mind when this was written. “His delegated messengers after the Day of Pentecost” did not go and sit in church. Their zeal moved them out of the church of their day and into the world to proclaim the “everlasting gospel” that we must stop sinning, be perfect and to keep the Ten Commandments for our eternal life. They revealed in their lives the gospel and the proof that sinful “human beings may in this life attain to perfection of character”. AA 531. The world stood in astonishment and were converted by the millions. What are you doing for Jesus?

 

Ministry News

Thank you so very much, my dear friends in Christ. Thank you for your love and support of this little ministry. We are now entering our 19th years. God has been so gracious to this little ministry and those who so willingly sacrifice all to support it. The new home and solar power are bringing great blessings to the ministry. More work is being accomplish. You can go to our web site and see the work being done. Videos being made and put up all over the internet. The newsletters are becoming more in-depth with the teachings of God’s Word. We are receiving so many letters thanking the ministry for the studies in the newsletters.

I pray that each of you has a blessed new year in Jesus. Let us hasten the coming of the Lord by bringing our lives into perfect conformity to the life of Jesus.

Ron