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Anti-Christ

My Dear Family in Christ,

“Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour.” 1 John 2:18.

We must realize that when John talks about the “antichrist” and the “last hour”, we need to understand what He is talking about. There are only four texts in the Bible with the word “antichrist” in them. There are three texts in 1st John and one in 2nd John. Let us keep in mind that John understood the definition of the Greek word “Anti” as meaning “in place of”. Therefore, “antichrist” to John was someone who was “in place of” Christ and not necessarily “against” Christ. In other words, they could claim to “believe” in Christ, call themselves “Christian” go to church and preform the many “Christian” rituals and services, but what they taught and lived was “in place of” the teachings and life of Christ.

1st John was probably written by John who was the disciple of Christ and brother of James. Jesus called John and James “Sons of Thunder”. Mark 3:17. It is amazing the distance John traveled in his character development over the years since being called a son of thunder. His temper was subdued, his mouth was controlled and his desire to be first no longer existed. John was now a humble, self-controlled follower of Christ and shepherd of the flock. He could now teach and instruct with all humility and gentleness. All he wanted was to be like Jesus in character. “If we say that we remain in union with God, we should live just as Jesus Christ did.” 1 John 2:6.

Which brings us to his letter titled, “1st John”. By this time John was an old man. Based on the evidence I have been able to find I assume that John was about 16 years of age when Jesus called him and his older brother James. We are told that when Jesus found John and James they were with their father and the hired servants. Mark 1:20. Since they had “hired servants” this would indicate that their family was probably what we would call, “upper middle class”. It is interesting to note that at the interrogation of Jesus by the High Priest, John “was known to the high priest” and was allowed to watch the proceedings. John 18:15. I wonder if John was “known” to the High Priest’s family of Caiaphas because John’s father may have supplied the family of Caiaphas with “fresh” fish from his business. If so, John, being the youngest, was probably tasked with the important mission, each week or so, of taking such a valuable commodity personally to the church hierarchy and then returning from Jerusalem with items their family business needed.

It is thought that 1st John “was probably written in Ephesus between the years 95–110.” (Wikipedia). If John was 16 years of age at the time Christ called him, he would have been close to 80-95 years of age when writing 1st John. Why do I bring up his age? I have found an interesting phenomenon over the years. The older a person gets, the more likely that person is to believe in the “soon” coming of Christ. The reason of course is simple, the “coming of Christ” is “soon” for older people since they are getting closer to death. The “coming of Christ” will only be a “blink” away when they die. It is hard for us, as we get older, to fathom the world continuing without us. But it has and it will, for a while anyway. The same is true for churches. The more geriatric they get as a whole, the more pronounced their belief in the “soon” coming of Christ. We even find this principle in the aging of the planet. The older the earth gets the topics of the “soon coming of Christ” or “end of the world” become more pronounced. Martin Luther, in the 1600s, believed very strongly that the end of the world was coming in his day. However, I do not believe John was as focused on his “age”, as most of us are today, to allow his “feelings” to interfere with his duty in presenting truth. I believe John, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, told the truth. The problem is, we today have not understood the truth since the church today is far from the Spirit of God who explains truth.

In 1 John 2:18 we are told that the Antichrist is coming. That is a fact. The question is, “how soon?” John answers that by saying, “it is the last hour”. But here we are two thousand years later and Christ has not come. So what is meant by “it is the last hour”? To answer that I believe we must look closely at the rise of Christianity and understand its development. After all, the Antichrist arises “in place of” Christ and His Christianity.

The disciples were first call “Christians” in Antioch. (Acts 11:26) Why? Because they were “Christ-like”. According to Wikipedia, a Christian is a person who adheres to “the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.” This is very important. Once you lay down the Rock, or foundation, of what is a “Christian”, the rest is easy. As John said, “If we say that we remain in union with God, we should live just as Jesus Christ did.” 1 John 2:6. Therefore, in order to know who a true “Christian” is, we have two questions to ask.

Question 1: What was the life of Jesus like, and

Question 2: What did He teach?

Answer 1: Jesus was perfect, without sin by keeping the Ten Commandments perfectly for His eternal life.

Answer 2: Jesus taught us to live perfectly without sin by keeping the Ten Commandments to get our eternal life. Matthew 5:48; John 5:14; Matthew 19:17.

In 1st John chapters two and four John talks about the Antichrist and his power to deceive. Therefore, in chapter three, John wants to make very sure you will not be deceived by understanding who Jesus is and what He stood for. He was the embodiment of “love” and “love” is a person who obeys the Ten Commandments which express true love. Therefore a Christian to John was one who was without sin. As John said, “No one who has been born from God practices sin.” 1 John 3:9. “As Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” “And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments.” John 14:15; 2 John 1:6. To John, anyone who broke the Ten Commandments and encouraged others to do the same was the “lawless” one or “Antichrist”. In other words, they were putting their “anti” teachings and “lawless” life “in place of” the teachings and life of Christ. “Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness.” 1 John 3:4.

Paul’s letters, which I am sure John had read, also talks about the “man of lawlessness”. “Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed . . .”. 2 Thessalonians 2:3. Throughout the New Testament the Christian writers were very plain that the dividing line between “Christians” and all others came down to a couple of stone tablets, the keeping or breaking of the Ten Commandments. As Paul said, “For neither circumcision counts for anything nor uncircumcision, but keeping the commandments of God.” 1 Corinthians 7:19. “Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.” Romans 3:31. Paul was just as concerned as John with people who called themselves “Christian” but were acting in rebellion against the teachings of Christ.

Therefore, the Spirit of God, through Paul and John, is expressing the same concept in two different terms. “Antichrist” and “lawlessness” refer to the same entities since to be “anti” or to teach something “in place of” the teachings of Christ would be a “lawless” person or entity. Jesus is very plain that He did not “come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” Matthew 5:17. Since Jesus did not come to abolish the Law but to fulfill it in His life, any entity that is abolishing or refusing to fulfill the Law in its life is “Antichrist” or “lawless” since Jesus is our example. Jesus commanded us to be obedient to His Father through obedience to the Ten Commandments. Therefore, any entity teaching obedience to another entity or teaching would be “Antichrist” and “lawless”. John, who also wrote Revelation, brings to view two beasts that make all the world’s inhabitants worship something other than God. Revelation 13:11-17. Therefore those entities would be, in the eyes of John and Paul, “Antichrist” and “lawless”. These beasts would be in direct opposition to the “saints” “who keep the commandments of God.” Revelation 14:12.

The Spirit of God is laying down these two very important principles in the New Testament in order to warn, teach and prepare God’s people for the “lawless” “Antichrist” that would be coming. Even Jesus used a similar word in the Greek to express what John wrote as “Antichrist”. John used the Greek word “antikhristos”, “anti” which means “in place of”, while Jesus used the Greek word “pseudokhristos”, “pseudo” meaning “false”, or the “false messiah”. Either way, the concept is the same. “Pseudokhristos” was someone who was taking the place of Jesus in the eyes and emotions of the people. Jesus said, “For false messiahs (Pseudokhristos) and false prophets will appear and produce great signs and omens, to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.” Matthew 24:24.

The early Christian community had no “churches” or “denominations” and considered all who were obedient to the teachings of Jesus to be of the same “body of Christ”: brothers and sisters. As Jesus taught, anyone who wanted to be “great among you must be your servant”. Mark 10:43. No one was to be considered the “head” of God’s church. Jesus and Jesus only was the Head. However, Ignatius Theophorus “was an Apostolic Father and student of John the Apostle and was the third bishop of Antioch.” He was “born in Syria, around the year 50; died at Rome between 98 and 117.” Ignatius in his letters began to express the concept of a universal “visible church” from which “those who separate themselves from it cut themselves off from God.” (Wikipedia).

This is very important to keep in mind. Look at the churches of today. Do they not give the impression, if not say so outright, that if you do not belong to them you are “cut off from eternal life”? Here we have the first recorded attempt at uniting the Spiritual church of God to a “visible church” of man. We “meet for the first time the phrase ‘Catholic Church’, used to designate all Christians.” (Wikipedia).

Instead of Jesus being the head of the Spiritual Church or “body of Christ”, Ignatius wanted men of the church to stand “in place of” Christ and control the church. Remember what Jesus said? “The true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship Him. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:23, 24.

Instead of people being individually responsible for their own salvation and personal, spiritual relationship with Christ, Ignatius wanted them to be under the control of a “church”. There is no teaching in all the Bible that tells us to belong to any “church” or “denomination”. Even Jesus, when talking to the Jews stated, “These people honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me. They worship Me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men. You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men… You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions!” Mark 7:6-9. Get the point. Worship of God was no longer under the control of God but had been usurped and had become “anti” (in place of) by the leaders of the church. Their church, teachings, rules and traditions stood “in place of” the requirements of God. When the Jews took possession of the “house” of God, Jesus told the Jews, “your house is left to you desolate.” Matthew 23:38. Then He started over. So today, Christians are taking possession of God’s “church” and He is leaving it desolate.

From the time of Ignatius on we begin to see “visible” churches taking shape and revolving around bishops. Ignatius instituted the “church” order and hierarchy of office claiming that the bishop presided “in the place of God” and to instigate the “primacy of the See of Rome”: the pope. “Ignatius is claimed to be the first known Christian writer to argue in favor of Christianity’s replacement of the Sabbath with the Lord’s Day.” (Wikipedia). In other words, he began the movement to begin a “church” system to be “in place of” God’s spiritual church system and within that “church” system to substitute the pagan 1st day Sunday to be “in place of” God’s Holy, 7th day Sabbath of the Ten Commandments. Keep in mind, in the Bible the “Lord’s day” has always been the 7th day Sabbath of the Ten Commandments. Ignatius simply attempted to equate the phrase “Lord’s Day” with the 1st day, pagan Sunday. How well it has worked! He also attempted to equated “church” with God. How well that has worked! “Church” and “Sunday” go hand and hand with the pagans.

Now you can see how correct John was in saying “it is the last hour.” Why? Because it was the “last hour” or “sunset” of true Christianity at the time of his letter. The “Antichrists” were now beginning to change the teachings of Christ and substitute man’s teachings “in place of” them just as the Jewish nation had done. By the 5th century true Christianity was almost wiped off the face of the earth with the rise of Catholicism. Those true Christians who were left were the “remnant” and were hunted almost to extinction. The Pope became “god on earth” and most of the world was soon to be under the control of the Catholic Church system. The teachings and example of Christ were shut away from the people for almost 1260 years. The “dark ages” were now settling down upon the world. The “church” was “anti”, “in the place of” Christ. It was now teaching “pseudo” theology as Christ said it would. Christianity did not conquer paganism, paganism conquered Christianity by simply substituting the names of their pagan idols with Christian names. Then they substituted the 7th day Sabbath of God for the 1st day of the pagan worship: Sunday. Then they replaced their pagan temples with man-made churches in place of God’s spiritual church.

By 597 Pope Gregory I “wrote to the Byzantine Emperor Maurice concerning the titles of bishops, ‘I say with confidence that whoever calls or desires to call himself “universal priest” in self-exaltation of himself is a precursor of the Antichrist.’” (Wikipedia). However, 394 years later in 991 the Pope was being accused as the Antichrist. “Arnulf (archbishop of Reims) disagreed with the policies and morals of Pope John XV. He expressed his views while presiding over the Council of Reims. Arnulf accused John XV of being the Antichrist . . . saying, ‘Surely, if he is empty of charity and filled with vain knowledge and lifted up, he is Antichrist sitting in God’s temple and showing himself as God.’ This incident is history’s earliest record of anyone identifying a pope with the Antichrist.” (Wikipedia).

From that point on the accusations against the pope as “Antichrist” only grew louder and louder with each passing century. By the time of Luther, Zwingli and the Wesleyan brothers in the 16th through 18th centuries, identifying the Pope as “Antichrist” was well established and commonly understood. In the book of Daniel we are told that the Antichrist, known as the “Little Horn”, “shall speak words against the Most High, . . . and shall think to change the times and the law . . .” Daniel 7:25.

The first point is that “he shall speak words against the Most High”. This is very true of the Papacy. The Papacy puts itself “in place of” Jesus on earth. It claims that you must belong to its organization to be saved. But we know that Jesus is our only salvation for “there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12.

The second point is he “shall think to change the times and the law”. How did the Papacy change the law of God? By taking out the second commandment and dividing the 10th Commandment into two. Then the Papacy changed the 4th Commandment from the Lord’s 7th day Sabbath to the pagan’s 1st day Sunday. Therefore, as you can see, the “Antichrist” is plainly the Papacy since it has most obviously met the conditions mentioned in the Bible. For a deeper understanding of this concept I recommend that if you are an inmate, read the book, “Change Your Life Biblically”. If you have access to the internet, you may go to our Bible studies and videos. Here I am simply touching on the high points.

By the time of Luther (16th Century) the Catholic system had become so corrupted and rotten that the world was disgusted with it. God raised up men to bring the world back from the “anti” or “pseudo” teachings of the Catholic system to the truth as taught by Jesus Christ. John Wickliffe, John Hus, Martin Luther, Zwingli, Knox, Calvin, Tyndale, Wesley and others began bringing the teachings of the Bible which had been hidden for ages by the Catholic System, back to the people.

However, as each man was used by God to bring truth for their time back to the people, the people began to lift up the man and develop another “anti” or “pseudo” theology by starting another church system. So in a sense, Catholicism spawned more “Antichrist” systems. In Revelation we are told that this would happen. “And on her forehead was written a name of mystery: ‘Babylon the great, mother of prostitutes and of earth’s abominations.’” Revelation 17:5. And so she is. Her prostitutes today are every church system that is substituting their system, teaching or organization “in place of” the teachings of Christ for our salvation. They have learned well from their “mother”. When someone tells you to “come home” to church, they are “anti” Christ.

What started in John’s time has continued down to our day. Ignatius began substituting his own opinions and beliefs for the teachings of Jesus. The churches throughout history have continued to follow his example. There were churches in John’s day who were following the suggestions of Ignatius in making the church superior to the “body of Christ”. Even Peter recognized this as happening. He stated that Paul’s letters were hard to understand “which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.” 2 Peter 3:16. When John was told of a “church” member that was no longer acting in accordance with the teachings of Christ, he said, “So if I come, I will bring up what he is doing, talking wicked nonsense against us. And not content with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers, and also stops those who want to and puts them out of the assembly.” 3 John 1:10.

And so it is today. Those of us who have been called by God to continue the teachings of Jesus and to warn people of the “Antichrist” and “lawless” attitudes of their church organizations and leadership, we have been put out and persecuted by those “Antichrist” and “lawless” churches and individuals. Why? It is the same today as it has been throughout history. The Jews looked to the “church” leaders to interpret scriptures. Their church was more important than truth. If the leaders did not believe in Jesus than neither would the church members. At the beginning of Luther’s struggle with the church of his day, the people looked to the church and their leaders for “truth”. During the time of Tyndale, “‘The teachings of the doctors,’ said some of the city tradesmen, ‘can alone make us understand Scripture.’ ‘That is to say,’ replied Tyndale, ‘I must measure the yard by the cloth. Look here,’ continued he, using a practical argument, ‘here are in your shop twenty pieces of stuff of different lengths......Do you measure the yard by these pieces, or the pieces by the yard?......The universal standard is Scripture.’ This comparison was easily fixed in the minds of the petty tradesmen of the capital.” D’Aubigne’s History of the Reformation of the 16th Century.

And so it is today. The church measures the Bible by it’s own beliefs, doctrines and opinions instead of measuring their beliefs, doctrines and opinions by the Bible. They have become “Babylon the great” since they “speak words against the Most High, . . . and shall think to change the times and the law.” Daniel 7:25. And so they have. They have changed the “law” or teachings of Jesus to suit their own opinions.

Even as far back as the time of Isaiah, God was pretty much done with those who called themselves “His people”. Those whom He had called out of bondage, sin and the world, had rejected His servants, prophets and teachers and were following the pagan examples of worship. The leadership had misled the people. Therefore, God sent Isaiah to warn His people. “My people—. . . women rule over them. O my people, your guides mislead you and they have swallowed up the course of your paths.” Isaiah 3:12. And so it is today. “So now many Antichrists have come (and some are being led by women). Therefore we know that it is the last hour.” 1 John 2:18.

How true that statement is today. Not only do we have the “Mother of Prostitutes” but we also have her many “prostitutes” represented by all the religions of the world today. As in Christ’s day, even the Sabbath keeping churches are no longer listening to and obeying Jesus. All are “Antichrist” and “lawless”. All are “pseudokhristos”, false Christ’s. I have found none who are teaching the teachings of Christ to stop sinning, to be perfect and to keep the Ten Commandments to get your eternal life. The churches are teaching “saved by grace”, “unconditional love” and the concepts that we cannot keep the Ten Commandments nor live without sin or be perfect. Those teachings of men are now in “the place of” Christ’s teachings. It is now time to obey Jesus who has told us to “come out of her, My people, that you be not partakers of her sins, and that you receive not of her plagues.” Revelation 18:4.

 

TIME WITH JESUS

The book of Genesis gives quite a definite account of social and individual life, and yet we have no record of an infant being born blind, deaf, crippled, deformed, or imbecile. There is not an instance upon record of a natural death in infancy, childhood, or early manhood. There is no account of men and women dying of disease. Obituary notices in the book of Genesis run thus: “And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years; and he died.” “And all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years; and he died.” Concerning others, the record states: He lived to a good old age; and he died. It was so rare for a son to die before the father that such an occurrence was considered worthy of record: “And Haran died before his father Terah.” Haran was a father of children before his death.

God endowed man with so great vital force that he has withstood the accumulation of disease brought upon the race in consequence of perverted habits, and has continued for six thousand years. This fact of itself is enough to evidence to us the strength and electrical energy that God gave to man at his creation. It took more than two thousand years of crime and indulgence of base passions to bring bodily disease upon the race to any great extent. If Adam, at his creation, had not been endowed with twenty times as much vital force as men now have, the race, with their present habits of living in violation of natural law, would have become extinct. At the time of Christ’s first advent, the race had degenerated so rapidly that an accumulation of disease pressed upon that generation, bringing in a tide of woe, and a weight of misery inexpressible.

The wretched condition of the world at the present time has been presented before me. Since Adam’s fall, the race has been degenerating. Some of the reasons for the present deplorable condition of men and women, formed in the image of God, were shown me. And a sense of how much must be done to arrest, even in a degree, the physical, mental, and moral decay, caused my heart to be sick and faint. God did not create the race in its present feeble condition. This state of things is not the work of Providence, but the work of man; it has been brought about by wrong habits and abuses, by violating the laws that God has made to govern man’s existence. Through the temptation to indulge appetite, Adam and Eve first fell from their high, holy, and happy estate. And it is through the same temptation that the race have become enfeebled. They have permitted appetite and passion to take the throne, and to bring into subjection reason and intellect.

The violation of physical law, and the consequence, human suffering, have so long prevailed that men and women look upon the present state of sickness, suffering, debility, and premature death as the appointed lot of humanity. Man came from the hand of his Creator, perfect and beautiful in form, and so filled with vital force that it was more than a thousand years before his corrupt appetites and passions, and general violations of physical law, were sensibly felt upon the race. More recent generations have felt the pressure of infirmity and disease still more rapidly and heavily with every generation. The vital forces have been greatly weakened by the indulgence of appetite and lustful passion.

The patriarchs from Adam to Noah, with but few exceptions, lived nearly a thousand years. Since the days of Noah, the length of life has been tapering. Those suffering with disease were brought to Christ from every city, town, and village for Him to heal; for they were afflicted with all manner of diseases. And disease has been steadily on the increase through successive generations since that period. Because of the continued violation of the laws of life, mortality has increased to a fearful extent. The years of man have been shortened, so that the present generation pass to the grave, even before the age at which the generations that lived the first few thousand years after the creation came upon the stage of action.

Disease has been transmitted from parents to children, from generation to generation. Infants in the cradle are miserably afflicted because of the sins of their parents, which have lessened their vital force. Their wrong habits of eating and dressing, and their general dissipation, are transmitted as an inheritance to their children. Many are born insane, deformed, blind, deaf, and a very large class are deficient in intellect. The strange absence of principle which characterizes this generation, and which is shown in their disregard of the laws of life and health, is astonishing. Ignorance prevails upon this subject, while light is shining all around them. With the majority, their principal anxiety is, What shall I eat? what shall I drink? and wherewithal shall I be clothed? Notwithstanding all that is said and written in regard to how we should treat our bodies, appetite is the great law which governs men and women generally.

The moral powers are weakened, because men and women will not live in obedience to the laws of health, and make this great subject a personal duty. Parents bequeath to their offspring their own perverted habits, and loathsome diseases corrupt the blood and enervate the brain. The majority of men and women remain in ignorance of the laws of their being, and indulge appetite and passion at the expense of intellect and morals, and seem willing to remain in ignorance of the result of their violation of nature’s laws. They indulge the depraved appetite in the use of slow poisons, which corrupt the blood, and undermine the nervous forces, and in consequence bring upon themselves sickness and death. Their friends call the result of this course the dispensation of Providence. In this they insult Heaven. They rebelled against the laws of nature, and suffered the punishment for thus abusing her laws. Suffering and mortality now prevail everywhere, especially among children. How great is the contrast between this generation, and those who lived during the first two thousand years! {FE 21-24}

 

PRISON MISSION REPORT

Dear JCPM,
May I please have “Change Your Life Biblically”, please. I would appreciate it. Thank you so very much.
Leanette, OR

Dear Brother Ron,
Hey, can you send me a “Change Your Life Biblically”? the book I had at first I gave it to another brother. Can you please send me another copy and I will try to get you the answer sheets. I put 10 first class stamps enclosed with this letter.
Keith, CA

Ronald John,
I received your Introductory Issue and have read it a few times. That is a pretty crazy experience you went through. I think it’s wonderful everything you do for all of us in prison. I would really like to receive the book, “Change Your Life Biblically” so I may continue growing in Christ.
Rafael, CA

Dear Sir,
I am writing requesting on the behalf of the Chaplain’s Department here at this facility that if at all possible that you send us about 500 Bibles. There is a great thirst here at this facility for the Word of God, but no Bibles to issue to sincere seekers of Christ. Any amount at this point we believe will greatly advance the Kingdom of God.
Trey, CA

Brother Ron,
So thank you for the address that I requested. Cool stuff. I hear you loud and clear on the expectations thing because things never ever go the way you expect. Which every time I’ve paroled its been to nothing and zero resources. And especially the last two times out of the blue the Lord provided a stable place to rest my head and a job in 2 weeks the 1st time and the 2nd time 16 days when the job market was really bad.
William, CA

Dear Ronald,
I had recently requested your workbook, “Change Your Life Biblically”. As per your request, I write you a letter regarding the “2nd Peter’s 8 Steps” booklet that I had received from you. I have to admit that I was a little bit skeptical at first when I read the 8 Steps booklet, due to the many success stories presented. Prior to the receipt of your most recent letter, I had no success stories despite the fact that I have continuously prayed to God with no results. I was convinced at the moment that God hates me the same way He hated Esau. I had also convinced myself that God uses me as a human guinea pig and is laughing at me whenever I make a mistake and that I will continue to be cursed by Him. My development has so far been a slow process which is obviously expected. I will not give up and I just want to go home as early as possible. I place everything in Jesus’ hands. I know that I will be OK.
Michael, NY

Hi Brother in Christ,
I want to become eligible for your free, complete Old and New Testaments along with Bible studies, Pen-pals, web pages and newsletters. I also lead Bible study in my unit. It’s why I need this Bible.
Jeffrey, NJ

Dear JCPM,
I apply the power of Jesus in every area of my life. I read His Word daily. In the morning when it is quiet I meditate on what I read and try to memorize His Word which is actually one of my favorite verses. Joshua 1:8, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” I just keep taking Bible study classes because I love to learn about the Lord. Which is why I sent for your book, “Change Your Life Biblically”. The Introductory Issue was interesting. I didn’t think about what faith meant until I started studying God’s Word after I came to prison. It didn’t go wrong, it was I who went wrong. I was just living too fast, abusing drugs. I didn’t realize that I had faith in so many things until I read this chapter on faith. I know understand that faith is not a belief but an act. I will discharge my duty. I will be counted on by the Lord to do His work whatever He calls me to do. I realize that there is more than just an accepting of Jesus Christ as Lord. So I put all my other books down and studied His book. Church in here is going to the chapel, singing and praying. Then leaving and going back to the same old way they lived before: lying, stealing and even being stingy, cursing and swearing. I tried to correct this, but they don’t want to listen. So I prayed about it and now I try to set the example. By my conduct I don’t cuss or backbite or gossip. I threw all my porn away and replaced it with God’s Word. I must study God’s Word to apply it to my life. I want to be set free from sin because there are sins that I have done over and over even though I didn’t want to. So I say “no” to sin and “yes” to the power of God. I will use God’s Word to clean and purify my heart, mind and soul. People have told me that I couldn’t live the righteous, blameless, perfect life. Thanks for letting me know that I can in the power of God.
Richard, CA

Dear Brother Ron,
I got your letter and was very happy to hear from you. I never got the newsletter at my old address so can you please send me a newsletter to my new address when you get a chance? I will pass God’s Word around here and will tell fellow brothers about JCPM and how great it is. Please, you don’t gotta thank me, this is my job to spread God’s Word around. So that’s just what I’m going to do. I do have 1 name for you who needs God’s help in Light.
James, PA

Dear Ronald,
I just recently finished the program I was in called, “Thinking for Change” which housed me in a specific unit. Once I was finished I was moved so please change my mailing address. When I was moved I went in to a four man cell and couldn’t have my property until a 2 man cell opened up. While I was angry at first, I can see how maybe God used this situation to help clear my head. I am trying to focus more on God and not the thoughts that have been holding me captive all these years. So please throw a prayer my way to continue resisting temptation and stay focused on God.
Silas, WA

JCPM,
Hi, I got this flyer from brother Keith. I need help with any reading books. I want to get “Change Your Life Biblically”. I will send you 10 stamps when I go to canteen so I can get the book.
Enrique, CA

JCPM,
Yes, I’m writing about the free Bible to Inmate Program. I think this is a wonderful program for us. I’ve been locked up going on ten years now. I only have just a little over three years left. I’m so thankful that I found out about this program and I’m looking forward to hearing from you.
Daniel, SC

Dear Ronald,
I’ve learned that faith is an action word. The things that Jesus showed us bring our example and letting us know that God would answer our every prayer if we would follow His commands and love HIm. It’s by our work that we show that we believe God’s Word. It’s easy to say, “I believe” and “I have faith”. But when you truly believe God’s Word your ways and thoughts conform unto Christlike ways and thoughts. You’ve got to be ready to refuse to go back to your old ways of thinking and doing no matter how great the want or temptation is. From day to day as I read the Bible and “2nd Peter’s 8 Steps” and applying the principles to my life, I get stronger and gain more and more knowledge each day. Also, I have learned that reading and following what the Word says, my faith is stronger because I’m doing what God says to do. The more I read, pray and fast, those old habits or sins that I keep holding on to are broken. More and more I don’t want to do what I used to do as long as I keep the Word before my eyes. Thanks for your encouragement in this road of success.
Steven, NC

Dear Brother Ronald,
Congratulations on your ministry and its success. I have read the “2nd Peter’s 8 Steps” and I have learned quite a bit. First of all, the first step faith. Without faith it is impossible to please God. You really need and believe that God does exist. Like it said in the booklet, Prisoners obey the rules in prison so they won’t be punished severely. God rewards people that have faith in Him. I Like the definition of the word faith - faithfulness, truth, stability, truly and verily. I also learned that modern churches have misunderstood the word “faith”. Faith is not a “belief” it is in act. A person with faith is obedient, trustworthy and reliable.
Mark, CA

Dear JCPM,
I’m writing to you in regarding of your newsletter that you have because I’m interested in it. I could use some encouraging words from Him. You could imagine how stressful life its been for me. I hope you could submit my name to your list for the newsletter. I do appreciate for all your assistance and help that you could provide to me.
Manuel, IL

Ron,
Your book, “Change Yur Life Biblically” is a God send. I have always believed that Jesus wanted us to share His good news “house to house” not in a so-called “Christian” church. I believe a lot of what you talk about.
Robert, CA

Brother Ron,
I am writing you this short letter to request your book and to say a few words. Thank you for sending me your introductory issue. I read it and I really enjoyed it. Your story is truly amazing and it is also very inspiring. Well, here is a little bit of myself. I am 30 years old and I was sentenced to 32 years, 4 years ago. I accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior while I was still in county jail. I am looking forward to reading your book as well as doing the course. I am looking forward to knowing more about Jesus and starting a new and long-lasting friendship with you.
Richard, CA

To Whom It May Concern,
I would like to thank you in advance for your love gifts and all of your prayers. I’m a new Christian and I really need a good support team on the outside. I’ve been praying that God would send me a Christian friend that I could correspond with to help me with my walk with God.
Christopher, VA

Dear Ronald John,
I have learned that as we walk in the way of the Lord, we have to have the knowledge about the new way of living as well. There are a lot of rules we must follow so we can become better Christians. We follow these rules to protect ourselves as well as our families. Knowledge is the key to success. You must know what your doing in life so that you won’t do anything wrong. We have warning signs all around us and we must have enough knowledge to read them and follow what they tell us. I’ve learned that having self-control really helps out when it comes to making choices about sin. With self-control you’re able to think before you act on a lot of things. We need to seek the truth about many things so that we can understand right from wrong and be able to keep ourselves from doing sinful things.
Rafael, CA

Dear Brother Ronald,
Hey, did you receive my letter about what I learned? I’m waiting to hear from you. What I’m doing is growing in righteousness of Christ. I explained everything to you. I appreciate your “Change Your Life Biblically” book. Thank you for the Christian news letters. I thank God for your little ministry. I would like to serve the Lord in your ministry.
Keith, CA

(This ministry is looking for an inmate who loves the Lord and wants to surrender his whole life to Jesus and make this ministry his life’s career.)

JCPM,
I received a newsletter of yours down here in the good-ol-solitary dungeon and I like it. There’s not too many people keeping the Seventh-day Sabbath these days. I’m curious about your book and I would like to request one.
Thomas, OR

Ronald John,
I enjoyed the picture of Rebel. Nice dog. Good looking coat on him. It looks healthy. Reminds me of a pit bull I once had. I really loved that dog. Well, I’m glad you are receiving much requests. I have come across many who give me a chance to share my faith with them. Many ask heart-felt questions. But I admit, a few test my patience. I have found out that not all who carry a Bible want to be truly saved. Some just like to play a role and agitate knowledge for the sake of an unknown deep internal dark pleasure. But the few who do give heed, I enjoy setting a good example in word and deed. I meet in the yard with a group of guys. But whenever possible I share.
Frankie, CA

Brother Ron,
Thank you so much brother Ron for creating “Change Your Life Biblically” book. This book is so awesome. I really feel good, refreshed and renewed every time I open my book. I love my book. It will definitely keep me out of trouble when I get released. I really learned so much. I learned with Jesus life becomes better. I feel good. I really needed God. I also learned to say “no” to ungodliness and worldly passions and to live self-controlled, upright and godly in this present age.
Keith, CA

Dear JCPM,
Can you please send me your “Change Your Life Biblically” book and any study courses you provide? I am hungry for the Word and forever wanting to gain knowledge.
Christopher, CA

JCPM,
This is my first time writing. I got your address from my Christian brother in here. Can you send me your free Bible studies and your free pen-pal list and your free monthly newsletters and whatever else you have? Do you have free Christian books and booklets?
Chimar, NY

JCPM,
I am writing because I am very interested in trying to obtain the Bible study course you have available. I was recently in the prison chapel and I came across the offer laying on a book shelf for a Bible course. I do read my Bible every change I get and studies do help. I have been incarcerated now since 2008 and I will be finally released sometime in 2016. I suppose I will probably be living in Florida somewhere. I have no family anywhere because they have all passed away. I have pretty much made plans to be living in a halfway house upon my release.
David, FL

Dear Sir,
I am sending you this request for Bible study, pen-pal, newsletter etc. Thank you for showing your love through Christ. You are truly a blessing. I am eagerly awaiting to hear back from you.
Nova, NC

Dear Jesus Christ Prison Ministry,
I am writing this letter today to find out if JCPM is still doing business by sending your book called, “Change Your Life Biblically”? If so, please let me know how I can receive your book. also, please send me some new information about prison ministry.
Michael, CA

Dear JCPM,
Please sign me up for your Bible studies. I received the registration form during our church services today. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Eric, NY


 

Testimony for God's People

Dear Family in Christ,

Too often we put our “Christian” duties and responsibilities on the “back burner”. Since we are taught that we are “saved by grace” why put out too much effort. After all, we might appear to be “working” our way to eternal life. How terrible that would look to our church. No, it is better to just “pretend” and make sure we get all we can from the world. Then we will know that Jesus has blessed us when we have the big homes, expensive cars and lots of clothes. And don’t forget the big screen TV, computer and sound system. Better to watch our “Christian” programs with.

I pray that as we listen to the voice of God we humble ourselves and ask ourselves, Am I truly serving God, or am I simply doing it my way and expecting God to accept me as I am? Let us listen now to the voice of God.

If ever there was a time when every house should be a house of prayer, it is now. Infidelity and skepticism prevail. Iniquity abounds. Corruption flows in the vital currents of the soul, and rebellion against God breaks out in the life. Enslaved by sin, the moral powers are under the tyranny of Satan. The soul is made the sport of his temptations; and unless some mighty arm is stretched out to rescue him, man goes where the arch-rebel leads the way.
Instead of “house of prayer” we have “house of entertainment”. We live with the TV on. Our children can’t live without their smart phones, computers and whatever else the world has to offer. Our schooling, work, play and entertainment are far more important than our prayer life. Even church has become nothing more than worldly entertainment made to look “religious”. But we have not been taught how to dedicate our lives to Jesus. Our lives are selfish, arrogant, prideful and filled with the world. The name “Jesus” is simply used to justify our pride, egos and selfish church life.

And yet, in this time of fearful peril, some who profess to be Christians have no family worship. They do not honor God in the home; they do not teach their children to love and fear Him. Many have separated themselves so far from Him that they feel under condemnation in approaching Him. They cannot “come boldly unto the throne of grace,” “lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.” Hebrews 4:16; 1 Timothy 2:8. They have not a living connection with God. Theirs is a form of godliness without the power.

Church has become a great “form of godliness”. But in the home, the life, the work and schooling, there is no “godliness”. Our churches have failed us. They are not teachings us how to spend hours each day in prayer and study before God. How can they? we are too busy trying to live for this world and the church. Our thoughts are not on the Ten Commandments. Our thoughts are on the TV shows, music, work and school assignments and what we need to do to pacify our children and ourselves.

The idea that prayer is not essential is one of Satan’s most successful devices to ruin souls. Prayer is communion with God, the Fountain of wisdom, the Source of strength, and peace, and happiness. Jesus prayed to the Father “with strong crying and tears.” Paul exhorts believers to “pray without ceasing,” in everything, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, making known their requests to God. “Pray one for another,” James says. “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” Hebrews 5:7; 1 Thessalonians 5:17; James 5:16.

Have you ever been in conversation with someone who was busy conversing with others texting on their phone. Do you feel honored, respected and cared for? Or do you feel neglected, as if what you have to say is of no importance to the one you are talking to? How do you think God feels? He gave His life for you and you simply shrug it off as nothing important. He wants to talk to you but you have no time for Him. He has important information for your specific life for today, but you are more interested in what information the world, your pastor, church or denomination has to offer. Listening to “Christian” music or “Christian” TV programs, even if from your church, is a dishonor to God. He doesn’t ask you to do any of that. What He asks of you is to shut them off, sit quietly, open His Word and listen to His voice. Your religious and “Christian” life is not sincere in the eyes of God. It is “pseudo” and “anti” Christian.

By sincere, earnest prayer parents should make a hedge about their children. They should pray with full faith that God will abide with them and that holy angels will guard them and their children from Satan’s cruel power.

In every family there should be a fixed time for morning and evening worship. How appropriate it is for parents to gather their children about them before the fast is broken, to thank the heavenly Father for His protection during the night, and to ask Him for His help and guidance and watchcare during the day! How fitting, also, when evening comes, for parents and children to gather once more before Him and thank Him for the blessings of the day that is past!

“Fixed time”? How offensive our lives are to God. He gave His life to open the way of eternal life for you and you offend Him by throwing at Him a hurried prayer of nonsense, or a quick reading of His Word. You can sit for hours watching TV. You can spend hours listening to songs or taped religious programs. You spend hours listening to teachers or employers and your pastor, but how many hours do you spend listening to your Creator each day? And you think you are going to Heaven?

The father, or, in his absence, the mother, should conduct the worship, selecting a portion of Scripture that is interesting and easily understood. The service should be short. When a long chapter is read and a long prayer offered, the service is made wearisome, and at its close a sense of relief is felt. God is dishonored when the hour of worship is made dry and irksome, when it is so tedious, so lacking in interest, that the children dread it.

“The hour of worship”? When was the last time you spent an hour in actual worship, reading, praying and quietly listening to the voice of God? Today, five minutes is considered too long for God. I’m busy God, I’m glad you understand. Follow me and be with me and take care of me but don’t expect me to spend time with You. How backwards we have it. We are to follow Jesus, not the other way around. Somewhere along the way, over the past 150 years, our churches have wandered very far from the path of Christ.

Fathers and mothers, make the hour of worship intensely interesting. There is no reason why this hour should not be the most pleasant and enjoyable of the day. A little thought given to preparation for it will enable you to make it full of interest and profit. From time to time let the service be varied. Questions may be asked on the portion of Scripture read, and a few earnest, timely remarks may be made. A song of praise may be sung. The prayer offered should be short and pointed. In simple, earnest words let the one who leads in prayer praise God for His goodness and ask Him for help. As circumstances permit, let the children join in the reading and the prayer.

Of course how are the parents going to prepare for the hour of prayer when they don’t even have time for their favorite TV programs, or social calls, etc. We are workaholics, socialholics, mediaholics and churchaholics but at no time have we learned to be Godaholics. Our families today have no idea how to hold a proper, God-accepted worship hour. The devil has won. Entertainment has taken the place of a life dedicated to Jesus.

Eternity alone will reveal the good with which such seasons of worship are fraught.

My heart is breaking as I write this. A dear friend of mine read the book, “Change Your Life Biblically” in prison and changed his life. When he got out he became a board member of this ministry and supported it. He did not think that he would ever be able to have his son live with him, own a home or have a good job. Because of his faithfulness in supporting this ministry on all levels God blessed him with his own home, a career job and his 10 year old son lived with him.

But eventually the world won out. He eyes slid off the ministry and he became a workaholic. Oh, he believed the “truth” but he stopped living it. He felt that he needed to entertain his son and make up for the lost years he spent in prison. Games, TV and social life soon took the place of the ministry and worship. Basically he worshiped his son instead of God. He spent tithe money, not supporting this ministry, but paying for flying lessons and other entertainment to give his son a “leg up” in the Air Force.

His son didn’t make the Air Force and settled on the Army as a helicopter mechanic. He spent nine months in Afghanistan and returned. At the age of 22 he took his own life. What good was all that entertainment? My dear friend lost his son and the future he was building for him.

The life of Abraham, the friend of God, was a life of prayer. Wherever he pitched his tent, close beside it was built an altar, upon which were offered the morning and the evening sacrifice. When his tent was removed, the altar remained. And the roving Canaanite, as he came to that altar, knew who had been there. When he had pitched his tent he repaired the altar and worshiped the living God.

So the homes of Christians should be lights in the world. From them, morning and evening, prayer should ascend to God as sweet incense. And as the morning dew, His mercies and blessings will descend upon the suppliants.

“Christian” homes are no more “lights in the world” then a flashlight in a flashlight store. We have lost our peculiar nature. We look and live just like the world. In fact, in today’s world, the “pagans” are more concerned about living “righteously” than the “Christians”. The “Christians” are more concerned about becoming like the world while the “pagans” are becoming more “Christian” in principle. Many of the “pagans” realize the terrible influence the world is having on their children and are gathering them out of the world and away from the influences of the world. Even becoming vegetarian or vegan. “Christians”? Just the opposite. The whole “Christian” church system has fallen down.

Fathers and mothers, each morning and evening gather your children around you, and in humble supplication lift the heart to God for help. Your dear ones are exposed to temptation. Daily annoyances beset the path of young and old. Those who would live patient, loving, cheerful lives must pray. Only by receiving constant help from God can we gain the victory over self.

But instead of “receiving constant help from God” we go to our church pastors, church psychologists, school counselors and every other human “expert” to solve our problems. God? Oh, just a word, but we are no longer taught to trust and obey Him.

Each morning consecrate yourselves and your children to God for that day. Make no calculation for months or years; these are not yours. One brief day is given you. As if it were your last on earth, work during its hours for the Master. Lay all your plans before God, to be carried out or given up, as His providence shall indicate. Accept His plans instead of your own, even though their acceptance requires the abandonment of cherished projects. Thus the life will be molded more and more after the divine example; “and the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7. {7T 42-44}

No, now we are planning our children’s futures: what church they should go to, what school, what career they should take, what hobbies, what skills, etc. But to “lay all your plans before God”, not in your life! The world has too much to offer. My child deserves more than what God can offer. How far we have fallen. The whole religious church system is rotten to the core. Let us return to Jesus Christ and Him alone. I pray that you will surrender your life totally to Him and learn what pleases Him.

November 20, 1855, while in prayer, the Spirit of the Lord came suddenly and powerfully upon me, and I was taken off in vision.

I saw that the Spirit of the Lord has been dying away from the church. The servants of the Lord have trusted too much to the strength of argument, and have not had that firm reliance upon God which they should have. I saw that the mere argument of the truth will not move souls to take a stand with the remnant; for the truth is unpopular. The servants of God must have the truth in the soul. Said the angel: “They must get it warm from glory, carry it in their bosoms, and pour it out in the warmth and earnestness of the soul to those that hear.” A few that are conscientious are ready to decide from the weight of evidence; but it is impossible to move many with a mere theory of the truth. There must be a power to attend the truth, a living testimony to move them.

Few know God. They know some Bible facts and correct answers, but most have no idea who Jesus is in their lives. They have never heard the voice of God. We sucker them into our churches with Bible facts, but they have no “living testimony to move them”. That is why over 1/4 of those who join our churches fade away. They see that the life of the church does not live up to the life of Jesus. The rest just accept the sleepy condition of the church.

I saw that the enemy is busy to destroy souls. Exaltation has come into the ranks; there must be more humility. There is too much of an independence of spirit indulged in among the messengers. This must be laid aside, and there must be a drawing together of the servants of God. There has been too much of a spirit to ask, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Said the angel: “Yea, thou art thy brother’s keeper. Thou shouldest have a watchful care for thy brother, be interested for his welfare, and cherish a kind, loving spirit toward him. Press together, press together.” God designed that man should be openhearted and honest, without affectation, meek, humble, with simplicity. This is the principle of heaven; God ordered it so. But poor, frail man has sought out something different—to follow his own way, and carefully attend to his own self-interest.

How our churches have become our “own self-interest.” Our churches are so prideful and arrogant.

I asked the angel why simplicity had been shut out from the church, and pride and exaltation had come in. I saw that this is the reason why we have almost been delivered into the hand of the enemy. Said the angel: “Look ye, and ye shall see that this feeling prevails: Am I my brother’s keeper?” Again said the angel: “Thou art thy brother’s keeper. Thy profession, thy faith, requires thee to deny thyself and sacrifice to God, or thou wilt be unworthy of eternal life; for it was purchased for thee dearly, even by the agony, the sufferings, and blood of the beloved Son of God.”

I saw that many in different places, East and West, were adding farm to farm, and land to land, and house to house, and they make the cause of God their excuse, saying they do this that they may help the cause. They shackle themselves so that they can be of but little benefit to the cause. Some buy a piece of land, and labor with all their might to pay for it. Their time is so occupied that they can spare but little time to pray, and serve God, and gain strength from Him to overcome their besetments. They are in debt, and when the cause needs their help they cannot assist; for they must get free from debt first. But as soon as they are free from debt they are farther from helping the cause than before; for they again involve themselves by adding to their property. They flatter themselves that this course is right, that they will use the avails in the cause, when they are actually laying up treasure here. They love the truth in word, but not in work. They love the cause just as much as their works show. They love the world more and the cause of God less; the attraction to earth grows stronger and the attraction to heaven weaker. Their heart is with their treasure. By their example they say to those around them that they are intending to stay here, that this world is their home. Said the angel: “Thou art thy brother’s keeper.”

Many have indulged in needless expense, merely to gratify the feelings, the taste, and the eye, when the cause needed the very means thus used, and when some of the servants of God were poorly clothed and were crippled in their labor for lack of means. Said the angel: “Their time to do will soon be past. Their works show that self is their idol, and to it they sacrifice.” Self must first be gratified; their feeling is: “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Warning after warning many have received, but heeded not. Self is the main object, and to it everything must bow.

“Needless expense”? Have you noticed the cost of getting a “Christian” education? Nothing “Christian” about it. It is all about making money in the world. Serving self. Making it “big” in the world. How can we sacrifice for the truth when we are in debt to the devil?

I saw that the church has nearly lost the spirit of self-denial and sacrifice; they make self and self-interest first, and then they do for the cause what they think they can as well as not. Such a sacrifice, I saw, is lame, and not accepted of God. All should be interested to do their utmost to advance the cause. I saw that those who have no property, but have strength of body, are accountable to God for their strength. They should be diligent in business and fervent in spirit; they should not leave those that have possessions to do all the sacrificing. I saw that they can sacrifice, and that it is their duty to do so, as well as those who have property. But often those that have no possessions do not realize that they can deny themselves in many ways, can lay out less upon their bodies, and to gratify their tastes and appetites, and find much to spare for the cause, and thus lay up a treasure in heaven. I saw that there is loveliness and beauty in the truth; but take away the power of God, and it is powerless. {1T 113-115}

 

Ministry News

I want to thank each of you who sacrifice for this little ministry. Those of you who “deny themselves in many ways” so inmates can hear the truth as Jesus taught it. God is looking for those who will support His work, not their egos, pride and arrogance. He is watching to see if you will support your “anti” Christ churches and denominations or if you will humble yourself and listen to Him and support those who are teaching His truth: stop sinning, be perfect and to keep the Ten Commandments in order to get your eternal life.

To live as Jesus lived is our only safety. To live as Jesus commands is our only sure hope of eternal life. We must live His perfect, sinless life by keeping all the Ten Commandments; not just the one that makes us look good in the eyes of our church.

So many requests are coming in we are in need of more donors. Our postage, paper, ink, toner and office supplies run almost $15,000 a year. I pray that those of you who have not experienced the blessings of supporting this little ministry will put God to the test. “Bring the entire tithe into the storehouse that there may be food in My house. So, put Me to the test in this right now,” says the LORD of the Heavenly Armies, “and see if I won’t throw open the windows of heaven for you and pour out on you blessing without measure.” Malachi 3:10

Love in Christ.

Ron