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The Betrayal

John: The Rejection

 

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

In our previous study, Jesus had finished feeding about 10,000 people with the Word of God. He wasn’t in “church”. He wasn’t at the temple. He didn’t point the people to any denomination or “church” doctrine. In all Jesus taught, He taught the people to study, search and obey the Old Testament for themselves. Sitting there on the mountain slope, they were encircled with the spiritual “church of God”. Angels of God walked among the people. The Spirit of God filled them and impressed them with the truths they were hearing. They had been with Jesus for several days and were being fed by the spiritual “church of God”. No church teachings, no human wisdom and no great philosophers were quoted or mentioned. The Word of God, Old Testament, was lifted up as their only source for study and living for eternal life. Then Jesus took a few fish and loaves of barley and filled their physical hunger.

As back then, today idolatry is widespread. The church leaders and church members are making the “church” their idol. Human wisdom, traditions, ceremonies and church media are being bowed down to no different than the pagans did.

“No outward shrine may be visible; there may be no image for the eye to rest upon; yet thousands are following after the gods of this world—after riches, fame, pleasure, and the pleasing fables that permit man to follow the inclinations of the unregenerate heart. Multitudes have a wrong conception of God and His attributes, and are as truly serving a false god as were the worshipers of Baal. Many even of those who claim to be Christians have allied themselves with influences that are unalterably opposed to God and His truth. Thus they are led to turn away from the divine and to exalt the human.

“The prevailing spirit of our time is one of infidelity and apostasy—a spirit of avowed illumination because of a knowledge of truth, but in reality of the blindest presumption. Human theories are exalted and placed where God and His law should be. Satan tempts men and women to disobey, with the promise that in disobedience they will find liberty and freedom that will make them as gods. There is seen a spirit of opposition to the plain word of God, of idolatrous exaltation of human wisdom above divine revelation. Men have allowed their minds to become so darkened and confused by conformity to worldly customs and influences that they seem to have lost all power to discriminate between light and darkness, truth and error. So far have they departed from the right way that they hold the opinions of a few philosophers, so-called, to be more trustworthy than the truths of the Bible. The entreaties and promises of God’s word, its threatenings against disobedience and idolatry—these seem powerless to melt their hearts. A faith such as actuated Paul, Peter, and John they regard as old-fashioned, mystical, and unworthy of the intelligence of modern thinkers.

“In the beginning, God gave His law to mankind as a means of attaining happiness and eternal life. Satan’s only hope of thwarting the purpose of God is to lead men and women to disobey this law, and his constant effort has been to misrepresent its teachings and belittle its importance. His master stroke has been an attempt to change the law itself, so as to lead men to violate its precepts while professing to obey it.” {PK 177-178}

And where has his “master stroke” been the most successful? In the church. The people, then as now, were more concerned about their physical wellbeing than their spiritual and eternal wellbeing. They made a profession of keeping the Ten Commandments while going to church and violating its precepts. They had made church, food, fame, money, honor, power, wants and wishes their idols. After all, they had church to depend on for their spiritual and eternal salvation. What the church refused to do was fulfill their physical needs. Therefore, they turned to Jesus who was able to heal them and feed them. It was time to make Him king in order to solve all their earthy and physical wants.

Jesus knew that if the people moved to make Him king, it would bring down upon Him the wrath of the church and the civil government. His mission was at stake. The time had not yet come to end His mission. He could have succumbed to the pride, ego and glory the people were offering Him, but that was not the will of His Father. He must live in obedience to His Father. With the authority of God, He commanded the people to depart, commanding the disciples to get into a boat and head for the other side of the lake, and He went up into the mountain to pray.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the ministers, pastors and church leaders “commanded the people to depart” from their churches and go to Jesus? We love the praise of man way too much. That is what makes church so dangerous. It was Lucifer, in heaven, who was lifted up because of his pride, ego and the desire to be praised by the heavenly host. Our churches have simply adopted his methods. Playing to the pride, ego and arrogance of church members is what keeps the churches filled with people, money and power. But it is not of God. You must leave in order to learn how to humbly sit at the feet of Jesus and learn from Him.

How sad Jesus must have been. He could look back over the centuries and see that His church had continued in its rebellion. There was no difference at all from the time He organized the descendants of Jacob, Israel, into a great nation to the day He sat physically among them teaching them the same old truths, again. They went to church on the 7th day of the week, the Sabbath, claiming to be God’s special people, paid their tithes and even shared the “gospel” of the coming Messiah. But their hearts were full of the world and refused to live as Jesus commanded.

“The accession of Ahaz to the throne brought Isaiah and his associates face to face with conditions more appalling than any that had hitherto existed in the realm of Judah. Many who had formerly withstood the seductive influence of idolatrous practices were now being persuaded to take part in the worship of heathen deities. Princes (ministers) in Israel (the church) were proving untrue to their trust; false prophets were arising with messages to lead astray; even some of the priests were teaching for hire. Yet the leaders in apostasy still kept up the forms of divine worship and claimed to be numbered among the people of God.

“The prophet Micah, who bore his testimony during those troublous times, declared that sinners in Zion (the church), while claiming to “lean upon the Lord,” and blasphemously boasting, ‘Is not the Lord among us? none evil can come upon us,’ continued to ‘build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity.’ Micah 3:11, 10
“Against these evils the prophet Isaiah lifted his voice in stern rebuke: ‘Hear the word of the Lord, ye rulers of Sodom (church); give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah (church). To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices (church services) unto Me? saith the Lord.... When ye come to appear before Me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread My courts (church)?’ Isaiah 1:10-12

“Inspiration declares, ‘The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind?’ Proverbs 21:27. The God of heaven is ‘of purer eyes than to behold evil,’ and cannot ‘look on iniquity.’ Habakkuk 1:13. It is not because He is unwilling to forgive that He turns from the transgressor (the church); it is because the sinner refuses to make use of the abundant provisions of grace, that God is unable to deliver from sin. ‘The Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither His ear heavy, that it cannot hear: but your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, that He will not hear.’” Isaiah 59:1, 2. {PK 322-323}

Today those who claim to be God’s special people, “the remnant” and His Commandment Keeping People are no different. They go to church on the Sabbath, pay their tithes to the church and proclaim that Jesus is coming again. But they are living wicked lives. They have made their church the “Anti-Christ” since they refuse to go to Christ and learn from Him what they must do for eternal life. It is all about church. They are all Catholic. They go to church and continue in their sins. God hates our churches. They are an abomination. Church is so overwhelming, the members cannot hear the still small voice of God speaking to them to get out before it is too late. You must leave the crowd, the noisy throng and those who want to “organize a church”. You must go to Jesus and obey Jesus only.

John 6:16 - John 6:71

When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. Darkness had already fallen, and Jesus had not yet come to them.  A strong wind was blowing, and the sea was getting rough. 

When we work for Jesus and go where He commands, the “sea” of life will get rough. The devil will make the waves and the wind as strong as he can. We are not to depend on the churches, denominations or man. We must depend only on Jesus, putting our trust solidly on the Rock. The devil will move church people to hate us, hurt us, abuse us and say all manner of evil against us because we serve Jesus and not their church organizations. However, if we are faithful and wait patiently, Jesus will come to our rescue.

After they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea toward their boat. They became terrified. 

I understand their fear. I have been in many a storm. How often the devil has tried to swamp this little ministry. Sometimes, that which is the answer to my prayer I think is going to cause more problems. But in waiting, working the “oars” as Jesus commands me, trusting and watching, it turns out to be just what this ministry needed to keep it safe. And usually, it isn’t the “big trials and temptations” that are the problem. Most can see and understand those and keep from getting entangled with them. No, it is the small, little annoyances that build and build until the soul is so harassed that it explodes. As the saying goes, “the straw the broke the camel’s back”. I am learning to push back the “explosion” point further and further. I am learning to put more trust in Jesus even though it seems that one more “little” harassment will bring the whole ministry down. It doesn’t. Jesus is still in control of this, His ministry. He always provides a way of escape.

But he told them, “It is I. Stop being afraid!” So they were glad to take him on board, and immediately the boat reached the land toward which they were going. 

Their safety was not in the church. Their salvation was not in the boat or man. Their salvation was in trusting Jesus and doing exactly what He commanded and the work He assigned them. They reached the land “toward which they were going” by taking Jesus on board with them. That is all God wants of you, to let Him in your little boat of life. Forget what man says. Forget what the church says. Let go of what people think. Take on Jesus and listen to Him. You will reach land in safety.

The next day, the crowd that had remained on the other side of the sea noticed that only one boat had been there, and no other, and that Jesus had not gotten into that boat with his disciples. Instead, his disciples had gone away by themselves.  Other small boats from Tiberias arrived near the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks.  When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into these boats and went to Capernaum to look for Jesus.  When they had found him on the other side of the sea, they asked him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?”  Jesus replied to them, “Truly, I tell all of you with certainty, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate the loaves and were completely satisfied.” 

How true. People today run after their churches, their pastors and denominations thinking the church, the pastor and their denomination can lead them to eternal life and fill them with that which will satisfy them. It is all about selfishness. It is all about “what I get”. They look for “signs”. Ministers are taught how to “hypnotise” you in order to keep you sitting in church. They are taught how to make up good sermons to keep your eyes off of God and on the church and denomination. 3ABN, TBN and all the other church media are nothing but idols being bowed down to and worshiped. But that is not what Jesus commanded of you. You are commanded by Jesus to get out and go teach others how to be obedient to the teachings of Jesus: be perfect, stop sinning and to keep the Ten Commandments to get your eternal life. You are to open your home and bring people in and teach them.

Do not work for food that perishes but for food that lasts for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set his seal on him.” 

My adopted son Jeff is running around looking for the food that perishes. Since the age of 16 I don’t think he has spent more than 5 years outside of prison. He is now 36 years of age. How sad. God brought him to the ministry when he was 18 in order to give him a life outside of prison, but he wanted what the world had to offer. He refused to accept the simple life here at the ministry. Like King Saul, Absalom and Judas, I think he has passed the line of no return. Not that God is unwilling to forgive, but that he has resisted all efforts by the Spirit of God to bring him back to Jesus. He has shut the door and sealed it tight committing the unpardonable sin. Now he is back in prison doing another four years. He will be 40 years old when he gets out. What a wasted life. I keep thinking of all the good he could have done if he had just kept his mouth shut, opened his ears and did what he was commanded. This ministry could be reaching far more people for Jesus and His truths if he had given his heart to Jesus.

The churches are doing the same. They have shut their doors and sealed them tight against the teachings of Jesus to stop sinning and to keep the Ten Commandments perfectly as Jesus did. They have turned so far away from God that it is no longer possible for the Spirit of God to turn them around. They have committed the unpardonable sin. Like the Jews of Christ’s day, church has become their god and they would rather put Jesus on the cross than open up their church doors to His truth.

Then they asked him, “What must we do to perform the actions of God?” 

The question this mob asked and the question asked by the rich young ruler are much the same. They were trying to earn eternal life by their own “self-righteous” works. After all, they went to church on the 7th day, paid their tithes to the church, ate the right foods, dressed the right way, washed their hands in the prescribed manner and now, what more could they do to “show-off” their “self-righteousness”? Neither wanted to live in God’s righteousness through obedience to the truth: keeping the Ten Commandments to get eternal life. That is all God wants of us. To change the heart! But they wanted to keep their wicked, selfish hearts and put on a show of righteousness. They did not want to humble themselves and actually live in righteous obedience to Jesus.

Jesus answered them, “This is the action of God: to believe in the one whom he has sent.” 

That is all God wants. He wants you to “believe” in Jesus. How do you do that? By “believing” Jesus when He commands you to be perfect, stop sinning and to keep the Ten Commandments to get your eternal life. That is truly “believing” in Jesus. As Paul said in Romans 1:5, “The obedience that comes from faith”. If you are not living in obedience to the commands of Jesus, you do not believe, nor have faith in Jesus. A profession of “belief” in Jesus will not get you into heaven any more than it will Lucifer who also “believes” in Jesus.
So they asked him, “What sign are you going to do so that we may see it and believe in you? What actions are you performing? 

They watched Him heal the sick, open the eyes of the blind, give hearing back to the deaf and feed about 10,000 people with only a handful of food. But their sinful hearts refused to accept the evidences God was giving them because it didn’t feed their egos, pride and church-loving ways. To believe in Jesus meant they would have to humble themselves and leave their prideful churches and live in obedience to the Ten Commandments.

Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, just as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” Jesus told them, “Truly, I tell all of you with certainty, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven.  The bread of God is the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”  Then they told him, “Sir, give us this bread all the time.” 

How like today, people want the government to give them free their food, healthcare, housing and everything else so they don’t have to work, strive or labor for their own wants and needs. They want others to do it for them. Inmates simply have taken it a step further by taking what others have earned since they are not willing to earn it for themselves. Church members are no different. They want the church to give them their salvation free. But that is not God’s plan. Idleness and wealth are far to dangerous. God “invented” work for our good. It keeps us busy so our minds do not wander to sinful pursuits. We are to earn our own bread and satisfy our own needs. Then, we are to help those who truly are in need. This keeps us humble and it brings great satisfaction to our lives. But it also teaches us how to “earn” our eternal life. As we are to do in our physical lives, so in our spiritual lives. We must work, strive and labor to reach Heaven; following the example of Jesus.

Jesus told them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never become hungry, and whoever believes in me will never become thirsty.  I told you that you have seen me, yet you don’t believe.  Everything the Father gives me will come to me, and I’ll never turn away the one who comes to me.  I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of the one who sent me. 

We are to “come” to Jesus, not church. If we go to “church” we have made church “anti” Christ. “Anti” meaning “in place of”. And so it has. Church has now become “in place of” Jesus. We go to church instead of to Jesus. The same as in Christ’s day. The Jews went to church, but they refused to go to Jesus. They listened to their church leaders instead of listening to Jesus. Everything they did was “church”. They preferred reading from the Old Testament and interpreting it by church standards instead of listening to the One who gave the Old Testament in order to hear the true interpretation. They refused to go to Jesus that they might have life. So it is today in our churches. The churches today do it their way. But Jesus came not “to do My own will” but the will of His Father. We are to follow His example only. How sad, we do what Jesus did not command - going to church, while we refuse to do what Jesus commanded: keeping the Ten Commandments perfect, without sin.

And this is the will of the one who sent me, that I should not lose anything that he has given me, but should raise it to life on the last day. 

In the Bible, over and over again, God states that He wants all to be saved. He does not want anyone to perish and die. But He can’t save one sinner who refuses to believe Jesus so much that he is willing to turn from his sins and live in obedience to the commands of God. God wants to raise you up into a new spiritual life now so that He can raise you up at the last day into a new physical life.

But your church is teaching you smooth things. It has to keep you hooked on church in order to keep money flowing into their selfish pockets. They are very “kind” to their members since to be honest with them, as Jesus was with the church of His day, would drive the members away. After all, Jesus “drove” the church members away by telling them truth. He used His “authority” to maintain the truth of God’s Word. The church used its “authority” to keep people in church and away from God.

“Even kindness should have its limits. Authority must be maintained by a firm severity, or it will be received by many with mockery and contempt. The so-called tenderness, the coaxing and indulgence, used toward youth by parents and guardians, is one of the worst evils which can come upon them. In every family, firmness, decision, positive requirements, are essential.” PK 236.2

This is my Father’s will: That everyone who sees the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him to life on the last day.” 

Oh, that did not sit well with the church leaders. The leaders taught that you had to believe in the church, not Jesus. In order to gain eternal life, you had to believe, belong to and be obedient to the church and its leaders. How dare this independent ministry come and tell their church members that they had to believe in Jesus for their eternal life. It was time to get rid of this “troubler of Israel”. The churches want you to believe that they are giving you the “bread of life”. They don’t want you going to Jesus. They keep you busy with Friday night services, Sabbath services, Sunday services and Wednesday night prayer meetings. But none of it will get you into Heaven since Jesus has not asked for any of it to be done by you.

Then the Jews began grumbling about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” They kept saying, “This is Jesus, the son of Joseph, isn’t it, whose father and mother we know? So how can he say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” 

Those of us who have been sent by God to bring His people back to Jesus have been demonized, hated and “humanized” to keep people from listening to the message God has give us. Those who have made church their god hate to hear the truth. They do not want to hear that their church will not save them. That all their time, money and energy they have invested in their church will do them no good when Jesus comes. Their pride will not allow them to accept the message that has come down from Heaven for them. The Jews thought they were teaching “present truth” for their time. But it was “old, re-worked truth”. “Present truth was standing in front of them and they refused to accept it.

Jesus answered them, “Stop grumbling among yourselves.  No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him to life on the last day.  It is written in the Prophets, ‘And all of them will be taught by God.’ Everyone who has listened to the Father and has learned anything comes to me.  Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who comes from God. This one has seen the Father. 

The churches do not want to “stop grumbling”. To accept Jesus would be the end of their moneymaking schemes, their pride and ego, their “self-righteousness” and power over the people. They refuse to come to the truth God is sending them because the Father is not in the churches. Since the churches are not of God, they cannot accept the message of God. Only those who have the Spirit of God in them can accept the message this ministry is presenting. I get letters from people telling me how they have the Spirit or how they have Jesus in them. But then they turn around and refuse to accept the message Jesus is giving them. They choose their church over Jesus. Jesus cannot deny Himself. Only the churches deny Him.

Truly, I tell all of you with certainty, the one who believes in me has eternal life.  I am the bread of life. 

Why don’t you believe Jesus? Oh, because you go to church. You are told to “believe” Jesus only through the church organization. You are only allowed to believe “in Jesus” as far as the church allows you to believe in Jesus. Only as long as the church gets the praise, glory and honor. But you are not allowed to go to Jesus for the Bread of Life that will give you eternal life. No, you must go to the church for that.

Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness and died.  This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that a person may eat it and not die. 

Like their “ancestors”, you are eating manna from your church and will die. To get eternal life, you must eat from the Bread that God offers. You must get out of your church, stop eating your church manna and begin feasting on the Bread of Life that Jesus offers.

People point back to their ancestors who created their denominations and think, “They were of God, so this must be of God.” But they are dead. What God did back then has nothing to do with what He wants to do now. Back then, times were different, situations were different. They were obedient to Jesus and lived His perfect, sinless and commandment keeping life as they understood it. Now, today, we are to understand the times and learn what God wants for us now. Being stuck in the mud of past teachings will do you no good. More light is pouring in upon us and it is time to open our eyes and see the “present truth” for today. Throughout most of Earth’s history, whenever God sent a messenger, he was not accepted since the people had “church”. The messengers were hated, despised and killed since the message they had from God did not agree with their church.

“I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats this bread, he will live forever. And the bread I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” 

It isn’t your church that will give you eternal life. Your church is the old dead bread. It isn’t “believing” that will give you eternal life. In order to make your “belief” effective, you must eat of the flesh that Jesus offers. You must partake of His Spirit, His life, His teachings. Sitting in church will take you straight to eternal death. Walking in faith, obeying Jesus, will take you straight to Heaven.

Then the Jews debated angrily with each other, asking, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” 

And so it is, the church sits around arguing and debating if it is possible to obey Jesus and live perfect as He commands. They argue and fight about His teaching to “go and sin no more”. They angrily debate how impossible it is to keep the Ten Commandments to get their eternal life. Everything is a show to keep the eyes and ears off of the truth Jesus taught: to be perfect, to stop sinning and to keep the Ten Commandments for your eternal life. No discussion, do debate, no argument - simply obey.

So Jesus told them, “Truly, I tell all of you with certainty, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life in yourselves.  Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him to life on the last day, because my flesh is real food, and my blood is real drink.  The person who eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him.” 

Go to church all you want, but it won’t get you into heaven. “You do not have life in” your church. Many claim that it is “Jesus in them” that makes them heaven bound. Yes, that is true. But to know if Jesus is in you, you must reveal His life, His perfect, sinless obedient life of the Ten Commandments. That is the only way you can know if you have Jesus living in you. Only those who sit daily at the feet of Jesus, reading His Word, from Genesis to Revelation, over and over again until every word is embedded into the soul and lived, will experience the life Jesus offers. Sitting in church while you go on sinning is a very Catholic activity. The devil loves you. To God you are an abomination!

Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will also live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not the kind that your ancestors ate. They died, but the one who eats this bread will live forever.”  He said this while teaching in the synagogue at Capernaum. 

How interesting. He was talking to “church” people. People who thought their church was of God. People who were very religious and pious. People who thought they were the “remnant” and the “people of God”. They thought of themselves as “God’s church”, and all the time, they were of the devil. They were not of God or Jesus would not be telling them they needed to drink His blood and eat His flesh. No different today in our churches. But the churches today are not interested in listening. They find it far too difficult to accept the truth of Jesus, so they turn away from the teachings of Jesus and continue their “Catholic” church rituals, services and traditions.

When many of his disciples heard this, they said, “This is a difficult statement. Who can accept it?”  But Jesus, knowing within himself that his disciples were grumbling about this, asked them, “Does this offend you? 

Yes, it did! The church then and now does not want to hear the truth. It is “offended” because it is hard to accept. People love their churches since the church is paid well by them to tell them what they want to hear. They don’t want to hear the truth as Jesus teaches it. No, the churches produce “peace and safety” messages, not stern rebukes. People don’t want to be told that they must change their lives and stop sinning, be perfect and to keep the Ten Commandments to get their eternal life. This ministry was raised up by God for the purpose of giving the “rebukes” and stern messages of God to a people who have rejected His truth. The churches have been separated from God by the sins of the people.

“Today there is need of the voice of stern rebuke; for grievous sins have separated the people from God. Infidelity is fast becoming fashionable. ‘We will not have this man to reign over us,’ is the language of thousands. Luke 19:14. The smooth sermons so often preached make no lasting impression; the trumpet does not give a certain sound. Men are not cut to the heart by the plain, sharp truths of God’s word.

“There are many professed Christians who, if they should express their real feelings, would say, What need is there of speaking so plainly? They might as well ask, Why need John the Baptist have said to the Pharisees, ‘O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?’ Luke 3:7. Why need he have provoked the anger of Herodias by telling Herod that it was unlawful for him to live with his brother’s wife? The forerunner of Christ lost his life by his plain speaking. Why could he not have moved along without incurring the displeasure of those who were living in sin?

“So men who should be standing as faithful guardians of God’s law have argued, till policy has taken the place of faithfulness, and sin is allowed to go unreproved. When will the voice of faithful rebuke be heard once more in the church?

“‘Thou art the man.’ 2 Samuel 12:7. Words as unmistakably plain as these spoken by Nathan to David are seldom heard in the pulpits of today, seldom seen in the public press. If they were not so rare, we should see more of the power of God revealed among men. The Lord’s messengers should not complain that their efforts are without fruit until they repent of their own love of approbation and their desire to please men, which leads them to suppress truth.

“Those ministers who are men pleasers, who cry, Peace, peace, when God has not spoken peace, might well humble their hearts before God, asking pardon for their insincerity and their lack of moral courage. It is not from love for their neighbor that they smooth down the message entrusted to them, but because they are self-indulgent and ease-loving. True love seeks first the honor of God and the salvation of souls. Those who have this love will not evade the truth to save themselves from the unpleasant results of plain speaking. When souls are in peril, God’s ministers will not consider self, but will speak the word given them to speak, refusing to excuse or palliate evil.

“Would that every minister might realize the sacredness of his office and the holiness of his work, and show the courage that Elijah showed! As divinely appointed messengers, ministers are in a position of awful responsibility. They are to ‘reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering.’ 2 Timothy 4:2. In Christ’s stead they are to labor as stewards of the mysteries of heaven, encouraging the obedient and warning the disobedient. With them worldly policy (church) is to have no weight. Never are they to swerve from the path in which Jesus has bidden them walk. They are to go forward in faith, remembering that they are surrounded by a cloud of witnesses. They are not to speak their own words, but words which One greater than the potentates of earth has bidden them speak. Their message is to be, ‘Thus saith the Lord.’ God calls for men like Elijah, Nathan, and John the Baptist—men who will bear His message with faithfulness, regardless of the consequences; men who will speak the truth bravely, though it call for the sacrifice of all they have.

“God cannot use men who, in time of peril, when the strength, courage, and influence of all are needed, are afraid to take a firm stand for the right. He calls for men who will do faithful battle against wrong, warring against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. It is to such as these that He will speak the words: ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; ... enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.’ Matthew 25:23.” {PK 140-142}

Your church, whether it meets on Sunday or on the Sabbath day, has fallen. It no longer teaches people “Thus saith the Lord” to stop sinning, be perfect and to keep the Ten Commandments to get their eternal life. That is not “church policy”. The churches no longer call out sin in their members. No, they want to grow and become “mega” churches so they can have lots of money, power and honor like the other churches of the world. So let us not rock the boat and disturb the “peace” of church members. Let’s keep them sound asleep in their idols: church.

If you are sitting in church, you are lost. It doesn’t matter what your reason is, it isn’t what God has commanded of you. Unless you are obedient to Jesus and not to man, you have no eternal life. Hate me, grumble against me, revile me all you want, but the message is direct from Jesus to you. What you do with it will determine your eternal destiny.

What if you saw the Son of Man going up to the place where he was before?  It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh accomplishes nothing. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. 

It isn’t your church that will give you life. It isn’t your pastor that will give you life. Your denomination cannot give you life. All their words will only destroy you if you are not listening to the words of “Spirit and Life”. Those words are for you to be perfect, to stop sinning and to keep the Ten Commandments to get your eternal life. Anything else is of the devil. 2 John 1:8-11.

“But there are some among you who do not believe...” —because Jesus knew from the beginning those who weren’t believing, as well as the one who would betray him. So he said, “That’s why I told you that no one can come to me unless it be granted him by the Father.”  As a result, many of his disciples turned back and no longer associated with him. 

“But there are some among you who do not believe...”. And so it is today, church members, pastors and denomination do not believe. That is why they cannot come to Jesus. They have turned their backs on Jesus by refusing to believe and obey His teachings. Church is too much fun. Church is their god. So few will be saved.

So Jesus asked the Twelve, “You don’t want to leave, too, do you?”  Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words of eternal life.  Besides, we have believed and remain convinced that you are the Holy One of God.”

Peter was right, Jesus has the “words of eternal life”. Will you leave Jesus for your church? Will you turn away from His words for your church? Or will you stand up, speak up at your church and shout it aloud that they are no longer serving God and must change their lives? That they must stop sinning in order to get to heaven? Your eternal life depends on what you “do”. Will you be a traitor to Jesus and His truth and continue sitting in church?

Jesus answered them, “I chose you, the Twelve, didn’t I? Yet one of you is a devil.”  Now he was speaking about Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, because this man was going to betray him, even though he was one of the Twelve. 

At times, there have been churches and denominations chosen by God to become one with Him in putting out the truth that we must stop sinning, be perfect and to keep the Ten Commandments to get our eternal life. But they have all fallen. They have all apostatized. They have all become “anti-christ”. They have betrayed Jesus and the truth. They have become “country clubs” for “Christians”. How nice.

All churches have fallen. It is time to get out. The Catholic Church organization has its “agents” in all churches, educational and medical institutions. That includes the Seventh-day Adventist, Baptists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormon and every other. None are any longer under God’s direction. All have blended into the world and accepted the Catholic teachings in some form or other. What day you go to church on to hear those teachings makes no difference to God. He never said to go to church. Church was created by the Catholic Church after the model of the Jews who took it from the pagans while in captivity in Babylon. It is time to get back to the primitive Christian way of meeting. Meeting to reprove, rebuke and to admonish each other in order to keep us pure, spotless and true to the teachings of Jesus.

 

Prison Mission Report

Brother Ron,
It is my hope that this letter finds you well and in good spirits. Your book has changed my life. What an education and every word backed by Scripture. It opened my eyes to the reality of how high the bar is set, how narrow the gate really is. How twisted organized religion is. It distorts God’s Word to fit their agenda. I knew church was fake from childhood. Thank you for the truth. The bar is high but I know with God’s help it is in reach. I am 55, an ex-heroin user and former collector of mob debts. I’ve been around strippers and hookers my whole life. I thank you for the outstanding education you provide. I pour over your book at night in my cell, when it is quiet. Knowledge is power. Thank you for that.
Ralph, PA

Dear Ron,
I received your letter and at the same time I also received the books that you sent me. I was able to hand out 15 books today. A lady asked me if she could have one for her daughter and I told her yes she could have one. It looks like that I am doing very well. I put a copy in the library here. Tomorrow I am going to take some books to school. I will see what I can accomplish there. I really enjoy reading your letters which are so very encouraging and uplifting.
Pauline, AR (78 year old non-inmate. Within a month she had handed out all 84 books.)

Dear Brother Ron,
Thank you for the “new” book you sent me. I am reading it. Can’t put it down. As soon as I awake, I read it before I go to work. Then when I get home from work and take a shower and get all settled in, I start reading the book again. Wow! The book seems to me to be in a better format to where everything lines up perfectly as it should. Plus, I love how you started the book off. It gives us the tools and guidance by the Holy Spirit to live that life as you are today, faithfully after 20 years from the time you received the revelation. The book is set up perfectly for personal, one-on-one and group study. It is also written clearly enough for all to be able to understand the messages written in the book. When I read the book, it opens up the Scriptures to me in a way that I understand them. The message of Jesus bares witness with my Spirit.
Edward, MT

Dear Ron,
Thank you for sending me your story and the pamphlet entitled, “2nd Peter’s 8 Steps”. I was greatly encouraged and inspired. I feel exactly the same way about people using the “saved by grace” doctrine as an excuse to continue to sin. They still believe a lie. They do not demonstrate any change in their lives. They choose to believe a lie and do not have the power of the Holy Spirit which could allow them to overcome the world, fill their hearts with the love of God and give them eternal life through Jesus Christ. I get it! I always knew something wasn’t right with the religion I was taught and that I see. It wasn’t until a few months ago that God revealed the death and destruction that sin causes. Thank you for all you’ve done and are doing for Jesus Christ.
Michael, CA

JCPM,
I’m writing you about your book, “Change Your Life Biblically”. Outstanding work! I had the opportunity to read a bit of it. I really like how Scripture based your work is and the direct way it is presented. Your memo dated: “600 years after creating the earth” was great. The gentleman who has your book is leaving and taking the book. I’m hoping you could bless me with a copy which I share with others and with my Bible study group. Thank you for doing the work for us through your ministry. Your work can and will assist us in our growth towards righteousness and a relationship with our Lord. This workbook is incredible. It will truly help us in our learning - Wow!
Jon, CA

Brother Ron,
Thanks be to God for this ministry. What a true blessing it has been for me. Because of the truth I’ve been shown about the commandments of God and how important they are in our lives as the children of the Kingdom of Heaven, my relationship, trust, hope, faith, freedom and love has grown tremendously. As children of the Most Holy we have the opportunity to be blanketed in the secure love of God. I never put 2 and 2 together until the blessing of “Change Your Life Biblically”. Through it and the Holy Spirit’s guidance, I’ve entered into the covenant with my Lord and understand how to honor my side of the deal. By keeping the moral laws (10 commandments) I see God moving in areas of my life I’d lost hope in. I see the maturity of my faith grow in the knowledge and understanding I’m being entrusted with. My character and way I spend my time is a reflection that points in the direction of the Son. I love learning how the Old and New Testaments tie into each other. Especially the laws.
Aubrey, KY

JCPM,
Today I put in a library request form asking for “anything about the Bible” and received a copy of “Change Your Life Biblically”. It has so much of what I question. So much of where I doubt. I truly believe God sent me this book to study, not just to read, so I may work more effectively in His purpose for my incarceration. So I’m writing to request a copy of “Change Your Life Biblically” for my own personal studies, please? I know this book will help me enormously.
Jessica, ID

Dear Ron,
I received your Introductory Issue of Jesus Christ Prison Ministry. When I first read how you wanted a “4 page essay” in order to receive your book, I was like “Where does this guy get off?” But I was convicted and “committed” towards Christ. So I read and I have enclosed my “four page essay”. Anyhow, I am an inmate in Florida who has served over 18 years of continuous incarceration. I am currently on a special housing unit (SHU) called “closed Management (CM). I am locked down 24/7 with only 3 showers a week. I receive no outside funds as my only relative left alive is on disability. So, I can send you no stamps to offset your costs, to which I’m deeply sorry. I’ve recently came back to Christ Jesus and have experienced His goodness and love He so freely gives. I’m committed to Him as He has always been committed to me. I must put God first and foremost in my life. I desire to become like Adam’s “original state”. I’ve been devouring all books and magazines on Christian literature I can get.
Thomas, FL

Dear Brother Ronald,
I was inspired by your story and want to be the best Christian I can be. I really look forward to receiving the CYLB book and working on that goal. I would really like some personal advice if you will. Sometimes our beliefs are changed. The “8 Steps” has certainly made me reconsider what I believed to be learned truths of the Bible. First of all, I was taught by the “Church of Christ” that Jesus brought the new law, thus ending the old law. In other words, the Old Testament foretold of Jesus and Jesus came in the New Testament thus ending the practices of the Old Testament. The second belief that was shattered is that no one can live a sinless life. Finally, I must consider “not by works alone” does not mean by grace and faith alone. We must work hard to walk the straight and narrow path. I was stumped when I read in “2nd Peter’s 8 Steps” about what the apostles preached from. I never considered that they as well as Jesus only had the Old Testament to work with and preach. Reading 2nd Timothy 3:16, 17 “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine for reproof, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” That Scripture refers to both Old and New Testaments. My second point is that I held a firm belief that we are all sinners. In my 13 months as a Christian I have been taught that we all sin and that Jesus died for our past, present, and future sins. I must reconsider what I have been taught. The Bible tells us Job was blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. It seems Job was living a sinless life. Above is quoted, “the man of God may be perfect”. Another example is 1 John 2:3,4 “The man that says ‘I know Him’ but does not do what He commands is a liar, and the truth is not in Him”. In conclusion, I am forced to examine my current belief structure. As the old quote goes, “an intelligent man will change his mind, but a fool never will”. I have to consider the Old Testament as being still relevant and complementing the New Testament. I must strive and realize it is possible to live a sin-free life. Finally, I must do good works and realize they alone won’t get me to heaven, but without them, I am still sinning.
Clyde, TN

Dear Brother Ron,
I thank Jesus for using you as one of His disciples through the Prison Ministry to reach out to us in prison. Thank you for sending me “Change Your Life Biblically”. The “Change Your Life Biblically” was very challenging but I read it twice and did all the answer sheets. I enjoyed the challenges. For the past few months I’ve been reading and studying and I saw the teaching of Jesus in a new light. Most of what I read is a lot different from what the churches of today are teaching. After reading the book, everything just felt different and so many connections have been made. I had to slow down and rethink but I must say, I agree with this teaching. I have learned so much from reading the book and everything made perfect sense. This Bible study has touched my life very deeply and there were so many topics that drew my attention that I never heard explained in other books like it does in this workbook. I did enter a new life and I will continue to study the Bible and use the workbook. I’ll share everything I learned with every person I can. Jesus said, “if you hold to My teaching you are really My disciples. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” Again, thank you,
Paul, NY

Ron,
First and foremost, I wanted to thank you for accomplishing and publishing this workbook of the Gospel with the awesome help of the Holy Spirit of God. It has opened my eyes to the real and awesome level of the truth. I will forever be thankful for the knowledge and wisdom the Holy Spirit has blessed me with to be able to understand the Holy Scriptures (Old and New Testaments) together which have always been about the Ten Commandments. I would love a personal copy of this great workbook, “Change Your Life Biblically”.
Rene, CA

Dear Ron,
First off, God bless you and your ministry. I’m thankful for it. I just got done reading the “2nd Peter’s 8 Steps”. I learned a few new things. Most of it we should be putting in our lives already. What got to me was, in Matthew 25: 34-36, why they have earned the right to eternal life. Me being a new believer in Christ, I have a lot of work to do. I say that, to say this, I got to get the Word out on my cell block. There are dudes that need my help. Ron, I’m new in this walk. I was in one of Texas biggest gangs. I’m done with that. I no more have anything to do with them. I’m on my own now. I did all the bad stuff you can think of and I have nothing to show for it. Now I gave my life to Christ. I’m going to give all that I got to Him. Just like I did that gang stuff, I’m all in with God. I’m talking the talk and walking the walk. It has not been easy, let me tell you. But I don’t give up. I keep going forward trying my best to not look back. Your booklet has helped me a lot. I have read it 2 times now. I was on my way to shower and this dude just gave me this address and for me to be waiting on a blessing. I have to put out this booklet. I think that part of the book about the yoke was good. I had the bad yoke around me for a long time. Stuck to sin for so long. Now I put on the good yoke. This booklet is going to be a big help with my walk.
Allen, TX

To Whom It May Concern,
A friend gave me the address because I told her I wanted to give myself to Christ. So she said here, send this off for a Bible and Bible studies. So, can I please request a Bible and some Bible studies?
Laura, TX

JCPM,
I have heard about your Bible studies and am interested in doing them. There are a couple of ladies here who would like to join me in this. We currently have a Bible study going in the evening and would like to create a Bible study group in the morning to include your Bible study.
Malina, ID

Dear Ron,
I am in jail facing 2 felonies. I am a beginner learning about God. I want and need so badly to have a relationship with God. I’m studying my Bible but some of it I don’t understand. I really don’t know how to pray very well. I try very hard because I know He is my Lord and I need Him in my life. I can’t do it without Him. I have been in and out of jail since I was around 22 years old and now I’m almost 50 years old and still I’ve come back to jail. I would like a copy of your book called, “Change Your Life Biblically”. I so desperately want to change my life. I want to be happy and do God’s good deeds. I’ve learned about your ministry through another inmate. I was so touched reading some of those stories and how it is changing people’s lives. I want that so much for me. So please if you could, send me one of those books.
Faye, TX

Dear Mr. John,
Thank you for sending me your booklet, “2nd Peter’s 8 Steps”. So much of what is written I already knew, or at least I thought I did. But after reading further in your booklet, I see that faith is a lot more than just a belief. I actually find it very comforting that faith is not a “belief” but an “act”. Something that requires action. Something that I can actively participate in and not just sit on the sidelines in my faith bubble. It has made me step back and take a hard look at my “faith”. I see where my lack of faith, my lack of acting, allowed Satan into my thoughts and my actions. I have been a Christian since I was young. I am now 57. I was the team mom, scorekeeper, wife, volunteer and somehow, I had this misconceived notion that because I was a Christian, Satan didn’t want anything to do with me. After all, I had accepted Christ, why would he bother with me? Boy, was I ever deceived. And guess who the master deceiver was? Satan! I allowed him to convince me of these lies. A little at a time. Day by day, before I knew it, 10+ years had past all the time struggling with depression and here I sit doing a 5 year prison term because I wasn’t strong enough to act on my faith. Strong enough to see the lies, strong enough to stay on the task that God had set before me. But not anymore. I am 14 months into my sentence and God has used this time to grow me into the woman I should have been before I got in my own way. Your booklet has really impressed upon me what one person can do if they stay faithful to God and His Word. I loved reading your story. I learned something from every section of this booklet. But I think the ones that touched my heart the most were “Godliness” and “Brotherly Kindness”. Thank you for all you do for prisoners and letting us know we are not forgotten.
Denna, CA

Brother Ron,
Doing God’s work keeps one very busy. I’ll keep this short. First, I would like to say thank you for sending me a copy of CYLB so quickly, and with my name on the cover. 3 weeks ago I put in a request form to the library for my bunkie and put “anything about the Bible”. She received the 490 page edition of your book. Immediately after flipping through the book the Holy Spirit moved me to write your ministry. I’m ashamed to admit, I’m still learning to obediently listen and act immediately. I spent 3 days studying some topics that sparked my interest before sending out for my own copy of the book. I’ve renewed the book 3 times now and continued to study while waiting to receive mine. I’m in lock down 21 hours a day. Thankfully, God keeps me busy. No church, no correspondence study, no devotional study, nothing has seemed right and true to me. So the last couple of months I have been writing and passing out my own studies. Your book is exactly what I have been praying for. I will share your address with many. It’s already changed my life. Don’t give up on doing the Lord’s work. I’ll do what I can to help support your ministry. If you have Bible studies you can send to share with women, that would be wonderful. I dedicate the 7th day Sabbath to writing studies. Hand writing them, then passing them out. I thank you for allowing God to work through you.
Jessica, ID

Dear Brother Ron,
So, I met this amazing lady here in jail. She was reading your Bible study. She talks very highly of you. I’m hoping to learn more of the Bible. I’m on my way to Federal Prison. I’m 51 years old and it does not get any easier. Faith is not just a feeling, it is an action. I have read the Bible and I think I have learned more with your Bible study. I’m so excited to learn more that you write.
Regina, ID

Dear JCPM,
The reason for this quick letter is to let you all know that I truly loved this book that speaks volumes of truth. It’s the most complete piece of work I’ve ever come across. I would like a copy of this precious book, “Change Your Life Biblically” in Spanish if possible.
Ricardo, CA

Hello,
I feel that there was meaning and a message for me. I happened to look at our bookcase to see if there was any religious material on the shelves. I happened to come across this paper with the heading, “Change Your Life Biblically”. I’m very, very interested in the workbook that is being offered.
Brenda, IA

Ron,
My bunkie has a personal copy of “Change Your Life Biblically”. She has shared some of it’s teachings with me. I read my Bible every day and firmly believe studying my Bible with my own personal copy of your book is what I need in my life. Can you please send me a copy of the “Change Your Life Biblically” book? As you wrote, “It’s a matter of life or death” and I choose life. I’m tired of merely existing. I look forward to growing spiritually through your workbook.
Katie, ID

Hi,
I am doing 15 1/2 years for armed robberies. I’m really trying to have a good relationship with God. God has been trying to get my attention since I was a kid. I was in Juvenile Hall, then went on the run to Mexico. Everywhere I was, God would have someone talk to me about Him, then I would run. Now I feel like “Jonah” in the belly of the fish. So, I was wondering, if you guys could help me with some Bible studies?
Conrad, AZ

 

Testimony for God's People

My Dear Family in Christ,

Christian Zeal

There is a noisy zeal, without aim or purpose, which is not according to knowledge, which is blind in its operations and destructive in its results. This is not Christian zeal. Christian zeal is controlled by principle and is not spasmodic. It is earnest, deep, and strong, engaging the whole soul and arousing to exercise the moral sensibilities. The salvation of souls and the interests of the kingdom of God are matters of the highest importance. What object is there that calls for greater earnestness than the salvation of souls and the glory of God? There are considerations here which cannot be lightly regarded. They are as weighty as eternity. Eternal destinies are at stake. Men and women are deciding for weal or woe. Christian zeal will not exhaust itself in talk, but will feel and act with vigor and efficiency. Yet Christian zeal will not act for the sake of being seen. Humility will characterize every effort and be seen in every work. Christian zeal will lead to earnest prayer and humiliation, and to faithfulness in home duties. In the family circle will be seen the gentleness and love, benevolence and compassion, which are ever the fruits of Christian zeal.

Our churches are “noisy zeal”. There is no humiliation or earnest prayer involved in our churches. They are full of “exhaust” talk and do nothing but put on a show of “acts” and “works”. But none of it brings anyone to “the salvation of souls” since the teachings of Jesus are not taught. The teachings of Jesus, to stop sinning, to be perfect and to keep the Ten Commandments for your eternal life, are rejected and scorned. You must make an advance move and get out of your church which is taking your eyes off of Jesus and planting them firmly on your church. Remember, it is not in “church” but “in the family” where we are to live our true Christian lives.

I was shown that you must make an advance move. Your treasure in heaven, (church member), is not large. You are not rich toward God. May the Lord open your eyes to see and your heart to feel, and cause you to manifest Christian zeal. Oh, how few feel the worth of souls! How few are willing to sacrifice to bring souls to the knowledge of Christ! There is much talking, much professed love for perishing souls; but talk is cheap stuff. It is earnest Christian zeal that is wanted—a zeal that will be manifested by doing something. All must now work for themselves, and when they have Jesus in their hearts they will confess Him to others. No more could a soul who possesses Christ be hindered from confessing Him than could the waters of Niagara be stopped from flowing over the falls.

It is time to recognize that your salvation is not in your church or denomination, but in your own personal work. “All must now work for themselves” in order to earn your eternal life. Doing “church work” will not get you into heaven. That makes church “anti-christ”. If you are not working for Jesus, bringing people to the truth that they must stop sinning, be perfect and keep the Ten Commandments to get their eternal life, you are lost.

A time is coming when you will not have your church. But since you have refused to lean on Jesus, you will be a ship without a rudder. Your old church-going habits will kick in and you will settle into any church you find. Since your Sabbath church was not teaching you anything different than the Sunday churches, you will settle in and be very comfortable in a Sunday church. You have not learned how to defend the truth for yourself. You do not know your Bible. Knowing your church, your denomination or your pastor will do nothing for your eternal salvation. You must KNOW Jesus Christ. You must open up your Bible and begin from Genesis and read every word. When you have finished the Bible, repeat it again and again and again.

While you are reading your Bible through, over and over, share it with others. Share what you are learning. You must step up to the battle line and do battle with the enemy in order to strengthen your faith, belief and understanding of the Word of God. Following the example of Jesus on the battle lines is the only way to prepare you for what is about to burst upon the world. If you are sitting in church, you will not be prepared and will be lost.

I was shown that (church members are) buried in the rubbish of the world. He cannot afford time to serve God, not even to earnestly study and pray to know what the Lord would have him do. His talent is buried in the earth. The cares of this life have swallowed up his interest in eternal things. The kingdom of God and the righteousness of Christ are secondary. He loves business; but I saw that unless he changes his course, the hand of God will be against him. He may gather, but God will scatter. He could do good. But many have the idea that if their life is a working, business life, they can do nothing for the salvation of souls, nothing to advance the cause of their Redeemer. They say they cannot do things by the halves, and therefore turn from religious duties and religious exercises, and bury themselves up in the world. They make their business primary, and forget God, and He is displeased with them. If any are engaged in business where they cannot advance in the divine life and perfect holiness in the fear of God, they should change to a business in which they can have Jesus with them every hour.

The same concept and principle is very rooted in our churches. We have become so very involved in our churches and do not realize how far they have taken us from “perfect holiness in the fear of God”. You must get out of your church and sit quietly at the feet of Jesus. There are way too many Martha’s in the kitchen of church and not enough Mary’s at the feet of Jesus. The Lord is not pleased with all the busybody work of our churches. He is not pleased with all our educational and health institutions that do nothing but put on a show, but inside are full of dry bones, dead to Jesus. I doubt there is one church member in a thousand churches who understand his duty to God.

(Church member), you do not honor your profession. Your zeal is a worldly zeal, your interest a worldly interest. You are dying spiritually. You understand not your perilous condition. The love of the world is swallowing up your religion. You must awake; you must seek God and repent of your backslidings. In contrition take words and return to the Lord. Your religious duties have become merely a form. You do not enjoy religion; for this enjoyment is dependent upon willing obedience. The willing and obedient shall eat the good of the land. You do not possess a bright evidence that you will dwell with God in His kingdom. You occasionally engage in the outward performance of religious duties, but your heart is not in the exercise. You occasionally drop a word of warning to sinners, or a word in favor of the truth; but it is a reluctant service, as though rendered to a taskmaster, instead of the cheerful service of filial affection. If your heart is aglow with Christian zeal, the most arduous duties will be pleasant and easy.

How our hearts would be filled and “aglow with Christian zeal” if we would get out of our stuffy churches and sit at the feet of Jesus, learning from Him how to live His perfect, sinless and commandment keeping life. But how we love our churches. They make us feel safe and secure in our sins. We truly don’t want to leave our lives of sin. We love being praised by men while belonging to a church that lets us sin. We don’t even “drop a word of warning to sinners” anymore.

Why the Christian life is so difficult to many is that they have a divided heart. They are double-minded, which makes them unstable in all their ways. Were they richly imbued with Christian zeal, which is ever the result of consecration to God, instead of the mournful cry, “My leanness, my leanness,” the language of the soul would be: “Hear what the Lord has done for me.” Even if you are saved, which is very doubtful, in the course you are pursuing, how limited will be the good you have accomplished. Not a soul will be saved by your instrumentality. Will the Master say to you: “Well done, thou good and faithful servant”? What have you been doing faithfully? Hard work in the business and cares of this life. Will this bring from the lips of Christ the gracious words: “Well done, thou good and faithful servant”?

We are to be consecrated to God, not church. Our Christian zeal is to be carried out for Jesus, not a church. Sitting in a Sabbath church or a Sunday church will never get you into heaven. Jesus did not command us to go sit in church. He commanded us to go and teach others to obey everything He taught us. He taught us to stop sinning, be perfect and to keep the Ten Commandments to get our eternal life. Is that what you are teaching others? Will you hear “from the lips of Christ the gracious words: “Well done, thou good and faithful servant”?

My brother, Jesus loves you, and He invites you to face rightabout, and take your eyes from the earth, and fix them upon the mark for the prize of your high calling, which is in Christ Jesus. Cease lightness and trifling. Let a solemn weight of the time in which we live be borne by you till the war is over. Go to work; if consecrated to God, your influence will tell.

How many pretend to be “working for Jesus”. Some go sit in churches pretending they are “holding the minister to account”. But they are doing nothing to “shout it aloud” to the members that they are being lied to, misled and deceived. They will be held accountable for “sitting in church” while those around them are dying for want of the truth. But then again, it is easier to sit in church thinking you are “working for Jesus” than to actually obey Jesus and teach His truth to stop sinning, be perfect and to keep the Ten Commandments to get your eternal life.

Most of the family of (church member) are in the downward road. (Church member) lives an aimless life. She is full of folly, vanity, and pride. Her influence does not tend to ennoble, does not lead to goodness and holiness. She does not like the restraint which religion imposes; therefore she will not yield her heart to its sacred sway. She loves self, loves pleasure, and is seeking for her own enjoyment. Sad, sad indeed will be the result, unless she now turns square about and seeks for genuine godliness. She might exert a softening, ennobling, and elevating influence over her brothers. God loves these children, but they are not Christians. If they would try to live humble Christian lives, they could become children of the light and workers for God; they could be missionaries in their own family and among their associates. {2T 232-235}

The sad fact is, these comments are being directed toward people who were going to church on the Sabbath, paying their tithes and living the “good” church life. They put on a show, but it was all for “church”. The church did not teach them how to live for Jesus. It only wanted their money and obedience. But the church refused to call out their sins, rebuke their selfishness or teach them how to live the perfect, sinless and commandment keeping life of Jesus. Why? Because the institutions of learning that had produced the ministers and leaders of the church have themselves no idea how to live for Jesus. It is all church policy, rules and organization. Nothing has changed since the days of Christ. It is all “Catholic”.

If the youth could only see how much good it is in their power to accomplish, if they would make God their strength and wisdom, they would no longer pursue a course of careless indifference toward Him; they would no longer be swayed by the influence of those who are unconsecrated. Instead of feeling that an individual responsibility rests upon them to put forth efforts to do others good, and lead others to righteousness, they give themselves up to seek their own amusement. They are useless members of society, and live as aimless lives as do the butterflies. The young may have a knowledge of the truth, and believe it, but not live it. Such possess a dead faith. Their hearts are not reached so as to affect their conduct and character in the sight of God, and they are no nearer doing His will than are unbelievers. Their hearts do not conform to the will of God; they are at enmity with Him. Those who are devoted to amusements, and who love the society of pleasure seekers, have an aversion to religious exercises. Will the Master say to these youth who profess His name, Well done, good and faithful servants, unless they are good and faithful?

All churches are as “the youth” in this article. They have refused to make “God their strength and wisdom”. The churches act like childish youth, out for pleasure, feelings and associations of entertainment. Nothing but pleasure seekers. Nothing is done in church to affect the conduct and character in the sight of God.

The young are in great danger. Great evil results from their light reading. Much time is lost which should be spent in useful employment. Some would even deprive themselves of sleep to finish some ridiculous love story. The world is flooded with novels of every description. Some are not of as dangerous a character as others. Some are immoral, low, and vulgar; others are clothed with more refinement; but all are pernicious in their influence. Oh, that the young would reflect upon the influence which exciting stories have upon the mind! Can you, after such reading, open the word of God and read the words of life with interest? Do you not find the book of God uninteresting? The charm of that love story is upon the mind, destroying its healthy tone, and making it impossible for you to fix your mind upon the important, solemn truths which concern your eternal interest. You sin against your parents in devoting to such a poor purpose the time which belongs to them, and you sin against God in thus using the time which should be spent in devotion to Him.

The “love stories” today are found in our churches. Our churches are full of “God is love”, the “unconditional love of God”, “saved by grace” and “just love” coming from the pastors and denominations. Their church media is producing an “influence which exciting stories have upon the mind”. No longer are we taught to go to the Word of God. Now, we just talk about the Word of God, carry our Bibles to church and listen to the media coming from our churches that are doing nothing to teach us how to live perfect, sinless and commandment keeping lives. You sin against your God in “using the time which should be spent in devotion to Him” sitting in church. That is not devotion to God. He has not commanded us to sit in church and listen to “love” stories. He has commanded us to listen to His Love Story on how to live as He lived: perfect, sinless and commandment keeping.

It is the duty of the youth to encourage sobriety. Lightness, jesting, and joking will result in barrenness of soul and the loss of the favor of God. Many of you think you do not exert a bad influence upon others, and thus feel in a measure satisfied; but do you exert an influence for good? Do you seek in your conversation and acts to lead others to the Saviour, or, if they profess Christ, to lead them to a closer walk with Him?

Our pastors are becoming more and more like stand up comics. After all, they have to entertain to keep you seated in church. Churches are becoming whore houses of lightness, jesting and joking to the loss of the soul. God is no longer in our churches. He has left them long ago. If you want to find God, stay home on Sabbath and do what the commandment requires: Keep it Holy by being Holy, stop sinning and be perfect in all you do.

The young should cultivate a spirit of devotion and piety. They cannot glorify God unless they constantly aim to attain unto the fullness of the stature of Christ—perfection in Christ Jesus. Let the Christian graces be and abound in you. Give to your Saviour your best and holiest affections. Render entire obedience to His will. He will accept nothing short of this. Be not moved from your steadfastness by the jeers and scoffs of those whose minds are given to vanity. Follow your Saviour through evil as well as good report; count it all joy, and a sacred honor, to bear the cross of Christ. Jesus loves you. He died for you. Unless you seek to serve Him with your undivided affections, you will fail to perfect holiness in His fear, and you will be compelled to hear at last the fearful word, Depart. {2T 235-237}

“Be not moved from your steadfastness by the jeers and scoffs of those whose minds are given to” church. Stand up, get a backbone and shout aloud the sins of those in your church. But be sure you are living as God requires of you. Go home, find out what pleases God and begin living in obedience to Him. Then go to church and share the truth that they must stop sinning, be perfect and keep the Ten Commandments in order to get their eternal life.
How interesting it is that we are now living in the last days and the church doesn’t even recognize it. They claim to believe, but their lives totally make liars out of them. The churches have become so much like the world, they have taken their eyes off of the truth of God and placed them firmly on the lies of the Catholic Church System. It doesn’t matter what church you go to or on what day you go to church, it is the church system that has failed and is of the devil.

While those in the “highways and byways” of life, those in prisons and jails, are finding the truth and rejoicing that they can change their lives and live as Jesus commands right in their own cells; church people are requesting that their names be removed from our mailing list. Like the Jews of Christ’s day, church people hate the truth. They don’t want to hear that their church is no longer of God and all their self-righteous efforts are useless in the sight of God. Church members will be the ones standing outside the door knocking to be let in, claiming, “We went to church. We listened to our pastor. We were obedient to our denomination.” And Jesus will answer, “I do not know you”. How sad. Please folks, get out now while you are able and sit down with Jesus and learn from Him and Him alone.

 

Ministry News

As most of you know, we are now putting out the book in Spanish. It has been a long time in the making. The devil has worked hard to keep it from happening. I would like to share a letter I received from one of the first to receive our Introductory Issues in Spanish.

Dear Brother Ron,
My name is Miguel. My cellie just showed me your wonderful book. He barely explained what it is about and I got very interested in it. I could not read any English but what matters for me is the message that the book has. With the present letter, I would love to thank you for your labor first and at the same time request a copy of the book in Spanish. I got the first two booklets/study guides in Spanish and I’m sending the exercises attached to this letter. I got the booklets from my cellie since he had both sets in English and Spanish and he completed his studies in English. I’m grateful to have this opportunity and thank God you could provide and help me with my request, please. Also, I want to tell you that I do not write English. And a friend is helping me write this letter and request. Please keep that in mind and I’m only write, read and speak Spanish. But for our God, there is no barriers, nor impossible things, so I pray Him you can understand me. I got nothing left but tell you, and thank you again, for your labor and ministry in taking the Word of our God even to us (Hispanics) and inmates. May God continue to bless and provide you and your ministry with the wisdom to keep reading out to us.
Miguel, OK

But folks, unless we receive more donations, we will not be able to do much. I thank all of you who are helping us reach the Spanish speaking inmates. I truly thank all of you who are faithfully keeping this ministry supplied each month so we can continue on the mission God has given us. God bless you.

Love in Christ,

Ron

 

Ministry News

I thank each and every one of you who loves Jesus so much that you continually, every month, sacrifice for this, His little ministry. So few love the truth. Your help is greatly needed at this time. Please remember us at tax time.
Love in Christ,
Ron