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The Betrayal

John: The Beginning

 

My Dear Family in Christ,

The book of John is very different from the other “Gospels”. Matthew, Mark and Luke are attempts to “prove” Jesus as the Messiah. Each of these writers were looking for empirical “proofs” to demonstrate the fact that Jesus, the Messiah, had come to the Jewish nation, His people.

Matthew, being a tax collector, dealt with numbers, columns, figures and exactness. He was a realist and called it as it was. To Matthew, the numbers had to add up. Luke, being a physician, was also interested in exactness and empirically looking for remedies in truth to cure the sick. He was trained to be an exact observer of events around him. It is thought by many scholars that Peter is actually the author of “The Gospel of Mark” and that Mark wrote what Peter related to him while in prison. Peter, the “denier” of Jesus, was determined to make sure the people understood that he knew who Jesus was. There was no more “denial” from Peter. He was going to write down the facts. These three books are not “personal” in their approach to the subject: Jesus. They simply wrote the events as they saw and understood them. They were very concerned in making sure the Jews and the Gentiles knew who Jesus was and that He fulfilled all the Old Testament prophecies of the temple services, ceremonies, feast days, sacrifices and rituals relating to the Messiah. The first three Gospels were looking upon the outside of Jesus: His physical work.

On the other hand, we have John. John was younger than the other disciples. He was probably about sixteen years of age when Jesus called him and his older brother James. Because his family was “wealthy”, by the standards of the day, he was more pampered than most of the other disciples. He had a heart that looked into the lives of people - not at people. He loved to get close to people and share their emotions, sorrows, hopes, joys and disappointments.

Being so young and impressionable, he drew close to Jesus and hung on every word and act. He studied the life of Jesus like a child experiencing a caterpillar for the first time: the “ah” factor. He wanted to hold it, explore it, feel it, experience it and understand the transformation. He allowed his heart and emotions to be drawn out to Jesus. Therefore, when we read John, we see that John is not trying to “prove” what or who Jesus was, he was trying to open a window into the heart of Jesus. What was the “heart” of Jesus?

John 1:1 - John 4:3

In the beginning, the Word existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. 

In the beginning, Jesus spoke the “word” and the world came into existence. To a Jew, the “Word” was the Ten Commandments. They had been spoken by Jesus from the cloud hovering over Mt. Sinai to the whole Israelite nation. John is attempting to equate that spoken “Word” with the “Word” spoken by Jesus standing in their presence. He was eternal - from the beginning. Not only had He been with the Father God, but Jesus also had the “God” attributes and was no different than the Father. They have coexisted together from eternity.
Through him all things were made, and apart from him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life brought light to humanity. 

There are three individuals with the “God title”. Three who have the attributes of “God”. Any one of them could have “created” the world, but in order to demonstrate order, responsibility and cooperation to the universe, different aspects of creation were delegated to different members who held the “God title”. The “God” attribute is not selfish. The Father took on the role of “Architect”. The “Son” became the “Builder”. The Holy Spirit was the “Inspector”. Therefore, John is correct, everything that was created was created through the “Son”: the “Word”. He gave the word and it came into being. Genesis 1:3. Nothing that has been or ever will be “created” has or will ever be created outside of the “word” of Jesus. He brought life to humanity by breathing into Adam the breath of life. Genesis 2:7. He came to this dark and dying planet in human form to “breath” new Life into the lungs of a world that was dying. As He spoke “light” into existence in the beginning, so now He brought “Light” by coming to live the Light of the Law to humanity.

And the light shines on in the darkness, and the darkness has never put it out. 

The devil has been working for over 6,000 years to put out that Light. He hates God and His Ten Commandments. Lucifer hates anything that has to do with obedience, duty and responsibility. All who hate the teachings of Jesus to be perfect, to stop sinning and to keep the Ten Commandments to get eternal life, are of the darkness.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.  He came as a witness to testify about the light, so that all might believe because of him. 

God is always sending His people, His servants, as witnesses to testify about the Light. All who believe in and obey those servants’ witness will have that Light in themselves. This ministry was “sent from God” to witness to that Light. The Spirit was sent, dictated and directed the book “Change Your Life Biblically”. He is constantly dictating and directing the material this little ministry is putting out. God wants you to be filled with the Light of Life.

John was not the light, but he came to testify about the light. 

No messenger of God, no church, is “the Light”. We are to be reflectors of that Light. Jesus keeps polishing the mirror, as it gets dirty from time to time, so it will reflect that Light ever more clearer and brighter as the years pass on.

This was the true light that enlightens every person by his coming into the world.  He was in the world, and the world was made through him. Yet the world did not recognize him.  He came to his own creation, yet his own people did not receive him. 

This concept breaks my heart. This ministry was called by God to bring “present” Light to God’s church, those who claim to be “The Remnant”, and yet the church refuses to receive His Light. How sad. The church prefers their darkness to the Light of Life. The world, the churches and those claiming to be His special people have rejected the Light. Few will be saved! They have substituted “church” for the Light of Life. Churches today have become “Anti” Christ. “Anti” meaning “in place of”. So instead of going to Jesus we go to church. We treat church much as the church of the Israelites treated the Ark of the Covenant and the Tabernacle.

“They had not realized that their faith was only a nominal faith, and had lost its power to prevail with God. The law of God, contained in the ark, was also a symbol of His presence; but they had cast contempt upon the commandments, had despised their requirements, and had grieved the Spirit of the Lord from among them. When the people obeyed the holy precepts, the Lord was with them to work for them by His infinite power; but when they looked upon the ark, and did not associate it with God, nor honor His revealed will by obedience to His law, it could avail them little more than a common box. They looked to the ark as the idolatrous nations looked to their gods, as if it possessed in itself the elements of power and salvation. They transgressed the law it contained; for their very worship of the ark led to formalism, hypocrisy, and idolatry. Their sin had separated them from God, and He could not give them the victory until they had repented of and forsaken their iniquity.

“It was not enough that the ark and the sanctuary were in the midst of Israel. It was not enough that the priests offered sacrifices, and that the people were called the children of God. The Lord does not regard the request of those who cherish iniquity in the heart; it is written that “he that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination. Proverbs 28:9”. PP 584.3

Church members today, like the Jews of Christ’s day and the days of Eli, make their “common box” churches “formalism, hypocrisy, and idolatry”. Since church members go to church but keep on sinning, they have separated themselves from God. Their church-going, whether on Sunday or Saturday, is an abomination to the Lord. They refuse to live as Jesus commands: perfect, sinless and Commandment keeping lives.

However, to all who received him, those believing in his name, he gave authority to become God’s children, who were born, not merely in a genetic sense, nor from lust, nor from man’s desire, but from the will of God. 

But those who are accepting the witness, the testimony of this little ministry, and are believing in His name, He is giving authority to become God’s children. Their belief isn’t just a nominal mental assent to the truth, or a sitting in church, but a rebirth, a living faith that is being put into action through obedience to that Light. They strive every day to live as Jesus commands: perfect, sinless and Commandment keeping. They want to reflect His heart to all around them.

The Word became flesh and lived among us. We gazed on his glory, the kind of glory that belongs to the Father’s unique Son, who is full of grace and truth. 

That “Word” which created the universe, that “Word” which gave the Ten Commandments on Mt. Sinai, became a living human being; living and walking among men. That was true grace. He did not have to come and humble Himself to be a human and walk among us. We did not deserve anything but death. His grace, His love, His mercy for us, brought Him to reveal the glory and the truth of the Father to a lost human race. In order to receive that truth into our own lives, we need to be gazing upon it. If we are gazing upon our churches or this world, we will never see the glory, grace and truth of Jesus.

John told the truth about him when he cried out, “This is the person about whom I said, ‘The one who comes after me ranks higher than me, because he existed before me.’” 

This ministry was called to tell “the truth about Him”. Even though John was born before Jesus, Jesus had existed before John the Baptist from all eternity.

We have all received one gracious gift after another from his abundance, because while the Law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus the Messiah. 

God, in His great love and mercy, gave the Law physically to the world, through the Israelites, in order to bless the world with an abundance of gifts. But the breaking of that Law requires the death of the one who broke it and the relinquishing of those gifts. Therefore, only through the grace of God, in giving His only Son, could the lawbreaker be brought back into “atonement” (at-one-ment) with God through obedience to that Law. Oh the love of God, how undeserving we poor humans are. Why do we refuse to come to Him and refuse to obey Him who loves us so much?

No one has ever seen God. The unique God, who is close to the Father’s side, has revealed him.

No one has ever seen God the Father. Since the fall of man, Jesus has been the mediator, the “go-between”, the One to “reveal” the Father to humanity. It was Jesus who explained the plan of salvation to Adam and Eve after they sinned. Enoch walked with Jesus for 300 years. It was Jesus who spoke with Noah. It was Jesus whom Abraham talked with in the cool of the evening outside his tent. It was Jesus who talked with Jacob. It was Jesus whom Moses looked upon in the burning bush and on Mt. Sinai. Jesus came to reveal the Father to us. He is “Unique” in that God took on human nature in order for us to understand God. We are to be living examples of Jesus to the world; as He was a living example of His Father to us. As He was “unique” in having a “Divine-human” nature, so we are to be a “peculiar” people by being “partakers of the divine nature” revealing that “Divine-human” nature through us to the world. 2 Peter 1:4.

This was John’s testimony when the Jews sent priests and descendants of Levi to him from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?”  He spoke openly and, remaining true to himself, admitted, “I am not the Messiah.”  So they asked him, “Well then, are you Elijah?” John said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” He answered, “No.”  “Who are you?” they asked him. “We must give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” 

How sad that the church who claimed to be of God, refused to accept those whom God was sending. The church became their god. Their church became their savior. It was all about their church. If those coming in the name of God did not promote their church, they refused to listen and accept the message from God.

He replied, “I am ‘...a voice crying out in the wilderness, “Prepare the Lord’s highway,”’ as the prophet Isaiah said.” 

Oops, that was the wrong thing to say! The church leaders didn’t want to hear anything that didn’t come from their church. They refused to believe that God would work outside of their church. God set up the priesthood. He set up the Levites to do His work. He set up the temple and all its ceremonies and services. Would God bypass His divine plan? Of course not! If God had something to say, He would say it through His organized church and one of His Levites or priests.

Now those men had been sent from the Pharisees.  They asked him, “Why, then, are you baptizing if you are not the Messiah, or Elijah, or the Prophet?”  John answered them, “I am baptizing with water, but among you stands a man whom you do not know, the one who is coming after me, whose sandal straps I am not worthy to untie.” 

The church leaders were very jealous for their own power, fame and glory. How dare anyone baptize or teach anything outside of their church! And just think, he wasn’t even trying to bring glory or fame to himself. What kind of fool was this? How dare he point to anyone or anything accept the church!

This happened in Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing.  The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 

Ok, now we have a real problem! The church made money off the sacrifices of the lambs. The church made money off the feast days and festivals. The church leaders understood very well that if this person whom John was testifying about was real, then all their church activities would come to an end. And with that end, their profits and wealth would come to an end. No, they had to make sure the people understood that their sins could only be taken away by bringing a lamb to their church and paying all the fees that went with it. “Yep, our church is the only one from God.” How dare anyone suggest another plan!

This is the one about whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks above me, because he existed before me.’  I didn’t recognize him, but I came baptizing with water so that he might be revealed to Israel.”  John also testified, “I saw the Spirit coming down from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him.  I didn’t recognize him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The person on whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’  I have seen this and have testified that this is the Son of God.” 

How humble. Even John didn’t recognize the Son of God. John recognized the church leaders because they came with such pride and arrogance. However, Jesus didn’t come with fanfare, expensive clothes, an entourage or a haughty spirit. John recognized Him because he saw the Spirit of God come to Him.

Unless we get out of our churches and go to the “wilderness”, we will never recognize the Son of God. We cannot hear the still small voice of the Spirit of God in the noise and commotion of church. John had to be in the wilderness to recognize Jesus and hear the still small voice and see the evidences of God’s moving. The church leaders came from their noisy congregations and worship services and were deaf to the voice of God. They saw and heard nothing of importance. All they saw was some poor, independent, wretched individual playing with water. They were satisfied that God was not with him. They returned to their wealthy church and continued their church services, ceremonies, rituals and traditions knowing for sure that God was in their church.

The next day John was standing there again with two of his disciples.  As he watched Jesus walk by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” 

If this person were the “Lamb of God”, that was the end of the church system as they knew and understood it. He would bring an end to their wealth, influence and control over the people. That could not be tolerated. The church had to rise up against such “blasphemy” and destroy it before it destroyed their church.

When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. 

But the common people, those who saw the futility of the church system, those who were tired of the show, the entertainment of the church, were ready for a change. The church traditions and systems were not meeting the needs of the soul. They longed for something better. They were looking for a living experience, not a dead lamb experience. Here was a living “Lamb of God”.

But when Jesus turned around and saw them following, he asked them, “What are you looking for?” They asked him, “Rabbi,” (which is translated “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”  He told them, “Come and see!” So they went and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon. 

The common people were willing to give this “Lamb of God” an opportunity to reveal Himself. They were not, like the Pharisees, testing Him according to their church. They were listening to Him for truth. Truth as defined by Scriptures. Will you come and see?

Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus.  The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and say to him, “We have found the Anointed One!” (which is translated “Messiah”).  He led Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked at him intently and said, “You are Simon, John’s son. You will be called Cephas!” (which is translated “Peter”). 

John did not point people to the church. He did not point people to church leaders or famous evangelists so full of ego, pride and arrogance. No, he pointed people to Jesus. They, in turn, brought others to Jesus. Why are you still in church? Why are you not out finding Jesus and then bringing people to Him? This ministry was called by God to point people to Jesus. I can do nothing else. Will you join me in uplifting Jesus, not church, and in bringing people to Jesus?

The next day Jesus decided to go away to Galilee, where he found Philip and told him, “Follow me.”  Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the hometown of Andrew and Peter.  Philip found Nathaniel and told him, “We have found the man about whom Moses in the Law and the Prophets wrote—Jesus, the son of Joseph, from Nazareth.”  Nathaniel asked him, “Out of Nazareth? Can anything good come from there?” Philip told him, “Come and see!” 

Not even Jesus commanded people to go to “church”. He invited them to follow Him. In fact, Jesus turned away from the church and went into “pagan” territory to find His followers. Why are the churches of today standing as “Anti” Christ? They are all standing “in place of” Christ. They are all taking the eyes off of Jesus and putting them on the church, the pastor or the denomination. Why can’t we just point people to Jesus and His teachings? Like Nathaniel, many church people do not think that any good can come from one who is not belonging to the church. But if they will get out of their church and “come and see”, their lives would be touched by the power of God.

Jesus saw Nathaniel coming toward him and said about him, “Look, a genuine Israeli, in whom there is no deceit!”  Nathaniel asked him, “How do you know me?”Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, while you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”  Nathaniel replied to him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”  Jesus told him, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than that.”  Then he told him, “Truly, I tell all of you with certainty, you will see heaven standing open and the angels of God going up and coming down to the Son of Man.” 

It is interesting that Jesus did not go to church to find His followers. He knew there would be none in church to follow Him. Church members were too busy putting on a show and trying to attract the attention of the people. They were way too busy being involved in church. No, He went where the people were in their every-day lives. Nathaniel was where he was supposed to be, in the quiet of nature talking to God. Since he wasn’t in church, he could talk to God and listen to Him. He eyes and ears were not confused by the sights and sounds of church. He listened and believed. The church people were not able to see heaven open and the angels of God going up and coming down. No, only those who were out walking with God in the quiet of nature could see. And Jesus did not commend Philip for being a church member. No, He commended him for having “no deceit”.

On the third day of that week there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding.  When the wine ran out, Jesus’ mother told him, “They don’t have any more wine.”  “How does that concern us, dear lady?” Jesus asked her. “My time hasn’t come yet.”  His mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

It is interesting to note that the first miracle Jesus performed was not in His church. It wasn’t in front of the church or church leaders. It was at a simple family gathering to share in the joining of a man and woman in matrimony. Jesus was where He was supposed to be. When Jesus created man and woman, Jesus was the first “Father” of the bride. He “brought her to the man”. Genesis 2:22. So now, He was commemorating an event and concept He originated in the Old Testament - “A man will leave his own father and mother. He marries a woman, and the two of them become like one person”. Genesis 2:24. 

The woman was to represent the church. She was to leave the world and be married to God. That is why unfaithfulness in a Christian is called adultery. The church members of Christ’s day had committed adultery. They had made the church their god and rejected their Husband. The same has happened today. All churches, according to Revelation, have become the “whores” of Babylon. Revelation 17:5.

Now standing there were six stone water jars used for the Jewish rites of purification, each one holding from 20 to 30 gallons.  Jesus told the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” So they filled them up to the brim.  Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the man in charge of the banquet.” So they did. 

The stone jars started out with fresh, clear water. But as the guests came and “purified” themselves in the water, it became contaminated and dirty. No one would want to drink from those contaminated jars. So with the church of God. It had become contaminated and dirty. But if the church would allow Jesus to refill it with the fresh water Jesus offered, it would become the most delicious drink ever tasted by man. The church could be healed and blessed, but only by letting Jesus heal the contaminated, dirty water by refilling with the Water of Life. God wants to remove from us all those contaminated church services, rituals and traditions and fill us with His everlasting Water.

When the man in charge of the banquet tasted the water that had become wine (without knowing where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew), he called for the bridegroom and told him, “Everyone serves the best wine first, and the cheap kind when people are drunk. But you have kept the best wine until now!” 

The world and the church always put on a show, an entertainment, to keep the people drunk on excitement and emotions. The “best” is presented while the members are fresh and active. But when the excitement and the entertainment is done, there is a “cheap” feeling that pervades the soul. Since the churches have stopped drawing from the Fountain of Life, they have to keep manufacturing more show, more entertainment and excitement to keep the members active and motivated in “coming” to their church. But in those quiet moments after, the soul realizes that it hasn’t been refreshed but only wearied.

Jesus offers the best at all times. By drawing from His Fountain of Life the soul is constantly refreshed, soothed and energized. Jesus is the only answer to the cheap, dirty and contaminated activities of the world and the church.

Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee. He revealed his glory, and his disciples believed in him.  After this, Jesus went down to Capernaum—he, his mother, his brothers, and his disciples—and they remained there for a few days. 

They didn’t go out ringing doorbells, putting up posters or handing out flyers to show off the miracle of Jesus. Jesus works quietly, in the heart. His works are of a lasting nature, not a momentary show or entertainment. What He does will fill the soul and refresh the spirit.

The Jewish Passover was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.  In the Temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, as well as moneychangers sitting at their tables.  After making a whip out of cords, he drove all of them out of the Temple, including the sheep and the cattle. He scattered the coins of the moneychangers and knocked over their tables. Then he told those who were selling the doves, “Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!”  His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” 

Jesus cleansed the water and brought joy to a wedding celebration. Could he bring the same cleansing, joy and rejuvenation to His church? Looking upon His church, He saw how contaminated it was. It was all about money, pride and ego. The show, noise and commotion was preventing the Spirit of God from being heard and touching hearts. Jesus, making a whip out of cords, brought attention to His work. The symbolism of the whip brought fear to the hearts of the sinners. All was quiet. The power of God flashed through the human form of Jesus and brought terror to the wicked. Their unholy hearts were not able to stand before the purity of Christ. He was the Son of the Owner of the Temple. As such, He had authority to cleans it. His voice thundered through the temple and cleared it.

What would Jesus find if He came to your church? You have driven Him out with your useless ceremonies, Catholic traditions and services that are monotonous and sleep inducing. The entertainment is for show and money. You put on “church drives” to sell DVDs, books, magazines and food items. Since the Spirit of God has left, you must resort to worldly mechanisms to raise funds. The Spirit of God can no longer touch hearts in church. Those hearts are dead, contaminated and lifeless. Good only to be thrown out. Many have wondered why this little ministry doesn’t sell T-shirts, books, DVDs or hold bake sales. Because that is not of God. God’s way is to test the heart. Do you put money into your church for what you get out of it? Or do you support the cause of God because your heart is filled with the sacrificial Spirit of God? And of course, “the cause of God” is only those who are teaching the teachings of God: be perfect, stop sinning and keep the Ten Commandments to get your eternal life (2 John 1:8-11). God is waiting on hearts to support this ministry because it is His ministry and teaches His truth. God is testing hearts. How’s yours?

Then the Jews asked him, “What sign can you show us as authority for doing these things?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this sanctuary, and in three days I will rebuild it.”  The Jews said, “This sanctuary has been under construction for 46 years, and you’re going to rebuild it in three days?”  But the sanctuary he was speaking about was his own body. 

How typical of church leaders. Their only thought is to defend their church. Church is all about authority, power and money. They do not care about God and what He wants, only what will enhance the power, fortune and glory of the church. How they wanted to kill Jesus. Jesus knew their thoughts and let them know He read their thoughts and intents. He knew they were planning to kill Him. They had to deflect the truth from Jesus and put the attention on the church. They exclaimed to the people how long it took to construct the temple. They wanted the people to think of Jesus as a madman. So today. The church leaders are constantly deflecting truth so as not to compromise their authority, power and wealth. But truth will be heard and revealed. Those who defend their churches will be destroyed.

After he had been raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this. So they believed the Scripture and the statement that Jesus had made. 

It has been twenty years since God raised up this ministry. How much longer will God hold back the winds of strife to allow this ministry to put out His truth? When will people believe and change their lives and prepare for the final conflict that is soon to burst upon us?

While Jesus was in Jerusalem for the Passover Festival, many people believed in him because they saw the signs that he was doing.  Jesus, however, did not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people and didn’t need anyone to tell him what people were like, because he himself knew what was in every person.

Many people, by mail, e-mail and remarks on our internet sites, try to bring this ministry down to their own sinful, worldly, church-loving level. But I have entrusted myself to Jesus and Jesus only. The world hates the truth. The churches hate the truth. As long as they can “serve God” their own way, all is fine. But when God reveals to them that their way will only bring death, they want to rise up in revolt and murder.

Now there was a man from the Pharisees, a leader of the Jews, whose name was Nicodemus.  He came to Jesus at night and told him, “Rabbi, we know that you have come from God as a teacher, because no one can perform these signs that you are doing unless God is with him.” 

Here was a true seeker after God. However, he had been brainwashed by his church. Therefore, when he came to Jesus, he would not do it openly during the day, that would be too humiliating. A member of the church might see him and report him to the church leaders. No, he would go under the secrecy of night. And of course, he will use flattery to manipulate Jesus. If possible, he wanted to heal the breach in the church and unite the parties. That would make him look like a hero to his church.

Jesus replied to him, “Truly, I tell you with certainty, unless a person is born from above he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 

Nicodemus was not prepared for such blunt, straight talk. To him, one could only “see the kingdom of God” through his church. Jesus didn’t tell him what he wanted to hear.

Nicodemus asked him, “How can a person be born when he is old? He can’t go back into his mother’s womb a second time and be born, can he?” 

Using a bit of sarcasm, he thought he would show how foolish Jesus was in speaking as He did.

Jesus answered, “Truly, I tell you with certainty, unless a person is born of water and Spirit he cannot enter the kingdom of God.  What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit.  Don’t be astonished that I told you, ‘All of you must be born from above.’  The wind blows where it wants to. You hear its sound, but you don’t know where it comes from or where it is going. That’s the way it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” 

Jesus let the sarcasm slide right by Him. He wasn’t there to enter into debate, argue or a shouting match. Jesus came to reveal truth. And so He did. More blunt, straight talk. While Nicodemus truly believed that all must be born of the church and accept the church Sabbath and beliefs, Jesus let it be known that only those who are born by the Spirit will enter the kingdom of God. Going to church, even on the Sabbath, would not get you into Heaven. The whole life must be changed. Every thought, action and intent of the heart must be renewed, not just given a makeover. While the church wanted to be the one to control its members with visible activity, Jesus let it be known that the Spirit of God is the only entity that is to change and control the soul.

Nicodemus asked him, “How can that be?”  Jesus answered him, “You’re a teacher of Israel, and you can’t understand this? 

Nicodemus was not too comfortable being asked why he, a teacher in Israel, did not understand this concept. He was beginning to squirm in his seat. Jesus wanted to wake Nicodemus up. He did. Nicodemus was confused. This went totally against the church understanding of “entering” the kingdom of God. To Nicodemus, all you had to do was “believe” in certain facts, go through a couple of rituals and poof, you were considered a “child of Abraham” and saved eternally.

“Truly, I tell you with certainty, we know what we’re talking about, and we testify about what we’ve seen. Yet you people do not accept our testimony.” 

Jesus knew exactly what He was talking about. Jesus knew Scripture, not church. While Nicodemus was uncertain, unsure and filled with church traditions, services and rituals, Jesus was filled with the Spirit of God that motivated every thought and action of His being.

“If I have told you people about earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has gone up to heaven except the one who came down from heaven, the Son of Man who is in heaven.” 

Jesus did not come to waste time talking about earthly things. He did not come to waste time with frivolous conversation. He came to talk about Heavenly truths. The church had fallen so far that God, the “Son of Man”, had to come down and set it straight. Would the church listen?

“Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.” 

As Moses lifted up the bronze serpent for all who had been bitten by snakes, so Jesus had to be lifted up for all who have been bitten by sin, to look upon and be saved. It wasn’t about going to church. It wasn’t about listening to your priest, pastor or denomination. It wasn’t about all the rituals, services and traditions of the church. No, to be saved you had to look to Jesus and believe He came from Heaven, then that belief would motivate you into obedience to the words of Jesus. By believing and obeying, you would have eternal life.

“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his unique Son so that everyone who believes in him might not be lost but have eternal life.  Because God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.  Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been condemned, because he has not believed in the name of God’s unique Son.”

The church did nothing but condemn. That was its sole purpose. It had to “keep you straight” by constantly pointing out your church errors and condemning you. They had spies everywhere making sure “church members” remained pure and spotless for God. Of course “sin” to the church was anything that went against the church manual. It wasn’t about “living” righteously, it was about living as the church commanded.

But God came not to condemn the world, but to demonstrate to the world how to live. The Father God sent His Son so that the world could see how to live pure and spotless by keeping the Ten Commandments perfectly. Purity, sinlessness and righteousness had nothing to do with going to church. Those who believed in Jesus would believe His words and live accordingly. They would follow the example of Jesus. Therefore, Jesus did not have to condemn their sins, they would condemn themselves by refusing to live in obedience to His words and example.

“And this is the basis for judgment: The light has come into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light because their actions were evil.  Everyone who practices wickedness hates the light and does not come to the light, so that his actions may not be exposed.  But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may become evident that his actions have God’s approval.” 

And therein was the truth. By believing in Jesus, the believer would have righteous “actions” and “practices” as Jesus had. Those who refused to believe, or “believed” without obedience, their lives were filled with “actions” and “practices” that were evil and wicked. Therefore, their actions would be exposed for what they truly were, actions of evil because they loved darkness, their church, more than the Light. But those who “believed” in Jesus, came to the Light, took His words and put them into their hearts, and put those words into action in order to have “God’s approval”. A belief without actions, works and deeds is an empty, satanic belief that will do you no good in the judgment. Works of church-going are evil and “anti”, “in place of”, Christ. Works of keeping the Ten Commandments are of God.

After this, Jesus and his disciples went into the Judean countryside. He spent some time there with them and began baptizing.  John was also baptizing in Aenon, near Salim, because there was plenty of water there. People kept coming and were being baptized, since John had not yet been thrown into prison. 

Since the church would not accept the Light, Jesus left for the “unchurched”, those out in the “countryside”. There He was able to let the Light shine out and many accepted Him.

Then a controversy about ritual purification sprang up between a certain Jew and John’s disciples, so they went to John and told him, “Rabbi, the man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan, the one about whom you testified—look, he’s baptizing, and everyone is going to him!” 

It just never fails. As soon as God begins a good work, the church feels it must step in and raise controversies about church rituals, activities, services and traditions. The church just refuses to let God work. If it isn’t through the church, it can’t be of God. The whole controversy was, should the church teach its “church” traditions, services and rituals for salvation, or go to Jesus? It is the same today. Where are you looking for your salvation?

John replied, “No one can receive anything unless it has been given to them from heaven.” 

An interesting note here, “church” was not given from Heaven. The Ten Commandments were given from Heaven. We are not to receive anything that has not been given from Heaven. The church wanted them to receive what the church gave and commanded. John was not deceived by the church, he new that we are only to receive what was given by God. Jesus was given from Heaven, yet He was not accepted. The people preferred their churches. Same today.

“You yourselves are my witnesses that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah, but I have been sent ahead of him.’  It is the bridegroom who gets the bride, yet the bridegroom’s friend, who merely stands by and listens for him, is overjoyed to hear the bridegroom’s voice. That’s why this joy of mine is now complete. He must become more important, but I must become less important.” 

What a true “Christian” John was. How humble. He didn’t care about what the church said. He didn’t care to impress the church or church leaders. He didn’t care what man said, he only cared what God said. He lived to be obedient to the calling given him from Heaven. His job was “now complete”. He had pointed to the “Messiah” and paved the way. What God wanted for him was up to God, not him.

“The one who comes from above is superior to everything. The one who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks about earthly things. The one who comes from heaven is superior to everything.  He testifies about what he has seen and heard, yet no one accepts his testimony.  The person who has accepted his testimony has acknowledged that God is truthful.  The one whom God sent speaks the words of God, because God does not give the Spirit in limited measure to him.” 

John already knew and understood that Jesus would not be accepted any more than he was. He knew of the hate, griping and criticizing that would be directed toward Jesus. He knew that only those who were from above would accept the Words that came from above. Salvation did not come from the church, it comes from God who “does not give the Spirit in limited measure”. It is given to all who will accept, believe and obey the words of Jesus. Since the church is earthly, all it speaks about are earthly things. If you belong to church, you will die.

“The Father loves the Son and has put everything in his hands. The one who believes in the Son has eternal life, but the one who disobeys the Son will not see life. Instead, the wrath of God remains on him.”

Jesus said it very eloquently, those who believe in the Son by being obedient to Him have eternal life. But those who disobey the “Son will not see life”.

Now when Jesus realized that the Pharisees had heard he was making and baptizing more disciples than John— although it was not Jesus who did the baptizing but his disciples— he left Judea and went back to Galilee. 

Jesus had to go even farther away from the “church” in order to find peace. The church hounded Him and bit at Him, hating every word and act that came from Him. Since He refused to acknowledge the church for salvation, they were bound and determined to destroy Him. What will you do? Will you accept the testimony, the witness of this little ministry as God is giving it? It comes from Heaven for you. Those who believe will have eternal life. Those who refuse will not see life.

 

Prison Mission Report

I am requesting that you save your money and take us, Donald and Ruth off your mailing list. Your hatred toward churches makes me sad! God has people in every church and Jesus says “they too I must bring.” Where is “this fold” He must bring them to? Certainly not Jesus Christ Prison Ministry.
Ruth, Non-inmate

(Like the Jews of Christ’s day, the modern “Israel” is not capable of thinking outside the “church” box. Yes, Jesus has people in every church and they too must be brought out and brought to Jesus and Jesus only. This includes the Sabbath keeping churches. Revelation is very plain that we are to get them out of the fallen churches and bring them to Jesus. All churches have fallen. To think that your church has not fallen and all the others have, is very prideful and arrogant, like the Jews of Christ’s day. And no, this ministry is not a “church” and it does not have any “membership”. It was called like Elijah, Isaiah, Jeremiah and John the Baptist. None of them took memberships or called people to “join them”. They were called by God, as this ministry was, to call you back to “the fold” of Jesus and Jesus only. You must wake up, let go of your pride and ego in your church and test it by the teachings of Jesus only. Please, tell me if your church has not fallen. Show me a printed statement from your church leader within the past couple of years that teaches you the teachings of Jesus to stop sinning, be perfect and to keep the Ten Commandments to get your eternal life. It is our duty to “hate” the “antichrist”. All churches that do not teach the teachings of Jesus to stop sinning, be perfect and to keep the Ten Commandments to get your eternal life are “antichrist” - they stand “in the place of” Christ. Ruth has given her salvation to her church, thereby, she has proven her Sabbath church as “antichrist”. Not one word from her was of her love for the teachings of Jesus and how she is living in obedience to Jesus. No, it was all about “her” church.

Right after I received this e-mail and put it into this newsletter, I went to the Post Office and received this letter from one of our donors. Wayne has been a supporter of this ministry for over 10 years. He wrote, “Dear Ron, Just thought I’d let you know that I am no longer a member of any church. The last church I was a member of was independent when I joined, but then they joined up with the corporate “Church of God, Seventh-day”. I agree with you!!!, Wyane

More and more will come out as they see that all churches, even the so-called, “Independent” churches are under the influence or control of the Catholic Church. It is all about money, power, ego and pride. You must come out or be lost. Go to Jesus. Sit with Him in reading His Word. Listen to Him and live for Him and Him alone.)

Hi Ron,
This is so cool! I got a letter from David (on death row) last week. The first time since going to prison he admits that he worries about his actions in the past. We are talking about over 20 years of correspondence! I know it has to be the CYLB (Change Your Life Biblically) that you sent him! It is cracking that hard heart. Praise God! The Holy Spirit is speaking through that book. I’ll keep you posted. Thanks so much,
Sandy, NC (Non-Inmate)

Dear Ron,
In my first letter I wrote to you, I stated that the idea of pen-pals and a web page is what made me want to complete whatever I had to in order to receive the book. That was two months ago. I’m now reading it a third time. I always acknowledged God, even though I was a drug dealer. I was one of those that would wake up, pray to God, check my guns and cook dope, living my life trying to do the wrong thing the right way. I believe I understand your workbook. The law has been with us since the beginning and when we obeyed we were perfect. Jesus came to fulfill the law. This makes me want to embrace the law and in the process I believe I will take on all His characteristics which are pure, obedience, pure love for us. I’m going to get more out of this workbook. Just be patient with me. I’m wrestling with procrastination right now. The Holy Spirit moved you to write this book. I’ve lived a life that has made me say, “I never had a chance”. Yet it’s this same messed up life I’ve led that drove me to Jesus. So I thank God and pray that He directs my steps. I took a liking to your book because it articulated what I already felt about the “church”, Catholic church, and Islam. They make Jesus difficult. But when I read Jesus’ words, He seems simple - obey and believe, things will go right. Disobey, expect things to be wrong.

Page 103, paragraph 10 is a perfect example of how you pointed out something I’ve read many times, had preachers preach over, and took Bible studies on, and still went and read right over the fact that Jesus didn’t correct the man’s concept on working to get into heaven. I almost got into a debate about how I believe that we can work our way into heaven. Jesus says the word “reward” many times. Now if I believe Jesus is in heaven, I look at the life He led while on earth, He obeyed all the way to His death and as you pointed out, even in His death He obeyed. I see that’s all Jesus did was work. With this new way of looking at the word “work” I admit, I can be and am starting to work a lot more. This workbook articulates what I thought, that we are to be like Jesus. I want you to know I was moved when you said, “Didn’t you have faith that you wouldn’t get caught in your crime?” I laughed my butt off at that. You described all my drug dealing days in that one sentence. I’m ready to see how it goes to have faith with good works.

Again, I must say, this is a little scary for me because, don’t you know, I’ve been taught that I’m “saved by grace” and I truly believed that, and I asked myself, “Why”? Because it was easy! The way the preachers and other Bible studies teach “your always a sinner but don’t worry, you’re saved by grace”. Your workbook helped me see grace as a mercy given to me out of His life. Up to now, I’ve been misinformed and misled about grace. Now with this new understanding of grace, I see that the clock is ticking on my fully following Jesus’ teachings. This knowledge does make me more serious. This workbook has given me a new perspective on the Bible. Would you agree that a person’s perspective changes with the more information he or she receives? Well, if you do, then you will understand how I’m amazed and somewhat baffled by how my perspective has changed. This is what scares me, billions are living a lie. If I share this perspective about grace with fellow inmates, that’s an argument waiting to happen. I’ve shared with my cellmate your workbook, but to know avail.
Jimmy, TX

Dear Ron,
First, let me thank our Lord for giving you this gift. This is the first time that I have done a Bible study where the content of the study hit me. It hits the soul, the spirit. I can feel it. Like the book of Hebrews 4:12 said, nothing but the truth. I learned a lot of new things in this study. It is starting to open my eyes slowly. I had my doubts on some things before, but with your explanation, I can see more clearly. I learned that we must obey the Commandments, love my brother and have discipline. To be like our Savior Jesus. I enjoy this study. Also, about preachers and churches, man, that’s just the truth. I am in this program, faith based, and my cellie is the leader. He is supposed to lead us, but no, he is the opposite. It makes me mad because he is someone else in front of the chaplain. Same thing you mentioned in this study.
Tomas, TX

Brother Ron,
I have learned a lot from this booklet. I am sure I have lots more to learn. God has opened my eyes to all areas of my life that I need to change through the reading of this “Introductory” booklet. Please send me the “Change Your Life Biblically” book. I am eager to learn more about God and what He has in store for my life.
Sean, MI

To Whom It Might Concern,
I am writing this brief letter to ask about the Bible study. I would like to do the Bible study. I would also like to get your monthly newsletter and a Christian pen-pal because it is very sad and lonely in here without any visits and mail.
Edward, TX

Jesus Christ Prison Ministry,
I am currently in prison. I have re-dedicated my life to the Lord. I want to do things the right way. I know we all stumble and fall, but when I get up this time, I want to make sure that it won’t be easy for me to stumble again. I want to do things the right way. I am requesting your Bible study because I want to change my life.
Lakisa, CA

Dear Ron,
Efren was very happy to get the CYLB. I wish you could have been here when he got it. His face lit up. Then when he saw that it was in Spanish, he leaped for joy and praised God. Then when he got your letter that you sent him, he came to me and said, “Look, I have the first in Spanish”. Then he told me that he has asked other places for books in Spanish and they say, “Sorry, not in Spanish”. He thought that it was so cool that you took the time and translated CYLB into his own language. Then he said that he is going to try to get all of his Spanish friends to get the book. So you might be getting some more requests for your book in Spanish. God has recently blessed me with more money. So I have more tithe and offerings to go around. So I was thinking of sending you stamps while I have this money coming in to help you with postage. I hope that is fine? Here are the names of two more people that would like your book.
Christipher, CO

 

Testimony for God's People

Dear Brethren In (the church),

You are not standing in the light, as God would have you. I was pointed back to the ingathering of souls . . . , and was shown that your minds were not prepared for that work. You did not expect or believe that such a work would then be accomplished among you. But the work was carried on, notwithstanding your unbelief, and without the cooperation of many among you.

When you had such evidences that God was waiting to be gracious to His people, that mercy’s voice was inviting sinners and backsliders to the cross of Christ, why did you not unite with those who had the burden of the work upon them? Why did you not come up to the help of the Lord? Some of you seemed benumbed, stupefied, and amazed, and were unprepared to participate fully in the work. Many assented to it, but their hearts were not in it. This was a great evidence of the lukewarm condition of the church.

Please keep in mind, this was written in the late 1880’s. Even at that early date, the “church” had fallen. The “church” was people who claimed to be of God. The “ingathering of souls” was not into a “church” or denomination, but “to the cross of Christ”. People in those early days were brought to Jesus and taught to be obedient to Jesus and His Ten Commandments: perfectly. But that is not what is happening today. Churches are bringing people to “church”, not to Jesus. The “church” is being uplifted and proclaimed. None are being taught that in order to “believe” in Jesus they must obey Jesus who commands us to be perfect, stop sinning and to keep the Ten Commandments to get our eternal life. Please keep this concept in mind as you read this article. This article was written to those who belonged to the “church” physically, but had not given their hearts to the “church of God”.

“To obey is better than sacrifice.’ The sacrificial offerings were in themselves of no value in the sight of God. They were designed to express on the part of the offerer penitence for sin and faith in Christ and to pledge future obedience to the law of God. But without penitence, faith, and an obedient heart, the offerings were worthless. When, in direct violation of God’s command, Saul proposed to present a sacrifice of that which God had devoted to destruction, open contempt was shown for the divine authority. The service would have been an insult to Heaven. Yet with the sin of Saul and its result before us, how many are pursuing a similar course. While they refuse to believe and obey some requirement of the Lord, they persevere in offering up to God their formal services of religion. There is no response of the Spirit of God to such service. No matter how zealous men may be in their observance of religious ceremonies, the Lord cannot accept them if they persist in willful violation of one of His commands.

“‘Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.’ Rebellion originated with Satan, and all rebellion against God is directly due to satanic influence. Those who set themselves against the government of God have entered into an alliance with the archapostate, and he will exercise his power and cunning to captivate the senses and mislead the understanding. He will cause everything to appear in a false light. Like our first parents, those who are under his bewitching spell see only the great benefits to be received by transgression.

“No stronger evidence can be given of Satan’s delusive power than that many who are thus led by him deceive themselves with the belief that they are in the service of God. When Korah, Dathan, and Abiram rebelled against the authority of Moses, they thought they were opposing only a human leader, a man like themselves; and they came to believe that they were verily doing God service. But in rejecting God’s chosen instrument they rejected Christ; they insulted the Spirit of God. So, in the days of Christ, the Jewish scribes and elders, who professed great zeal for the honor of God, crucified His Son. The same spirit still exists in the hearts of those who set themselves to follow their own will in opposition to the will of God.

“Saul had had the most ample proof that Samuel was divinely inspired. His venturing to disregard the command of God through the prophet was against the dictates of reason and sound judgment. His fatal presumption must be attributed to satanic sorcery. Saul had manifested great zeal in suppressing idolatry and witchcraft; yet in his disobedience to the divine command he had been actuated by the same spirit of opposition to God and had been as really inspired by Satan as are those who practice sorcery; and when reproved, he had added stubbornness to rebellion. He could have offered no greater insult to the Spirit of God had he openly united with idolaters.

“It is a perilous step to slight the reproofs and warnings of God’s word or of His Spirit. Many, like Saul, yield to temptation until they become blind to the true character of sin. They flatter themselves that they have had some good object in view, and have done no wrong in departing from the Lord’s requirements. Thus they do despite to the Spirit of grace, until its voice is no longer heard, and they are left to the delusions which they have chosen.” {PP 634-635}

Your worldliness does not incline you to throw wide open the door of your hard hearts at the knock of Jesus, who is seeking an entrance there. The Lord of glory, who has redeemed you by His own blood, waited at your doors for admittance; but you did not throw them open wide and welcome Him in. Some opened the door slightly and permitted a little light from His presence to enter, but did not welcome the heavenly Visitor. There was not room for Jesus. The place which should have been reserved for Him was occupied with other things. Jesus entreated you: “If any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.” There was a work for you to do to open the door. For a time you felt inclined to hear and open the door; but even this inclination departed, and you failed to secure the communion with the heavenly Guest which it was your privilege to have. Some, however, opened the door and heartily welcomed their Saviour.

Jesus will not force open the door. You must open it yourselves and show that you desire His presence by giving Him a sincere welcome. If all had made thorough work in clearing away the world’s rubbish and preparing a place for Jesus, He would have entered and abode with you, and would have done a great work through you for the salvation of others. But notwithstanding you were unprepared for the work, it commenced among you in mighty power.

Backsliders were reclaimed, sinners were converted, and the sound went out into the region round about. The community was stirred. Had the church come up to the help of the Lord, and had the way been fully opened for further labor, a work would have been accomplished in (the church) . . . and the region round about, such as you have never witnessed. But the minds of the brethren were not aroused, and they were in a great degree indifferent to the matter. Some who had ever been seeking their own interest could not think of having their minds drawn away from themselves on this occasion, even though the salvation of souls might be at stake.

The Lord had laid upon us the burden. We were willing to give you all there was of us for a time, if you would come up with us to the help of the Lord. But in this there was a decided failure. Great ingratitude was shown for the manifestations of the power of God among you. Had you received the tokens of God’s mercy and loving-kindness as you should, with thankful hearts, and united your interest to work with the Spirit of God, you would not be in your present condition. But since that precious work was done among you, you have been going down and withering spiritually.

This ministry has been called by God to work among you. If you will unite your interest to this, His work, what a mighty work could be done for Jesus. However, great ingratitude has been shown to God’s little ministry. So much more could be accomplished if all would join in this work of God in bring souls to Jesus.

The parable of the lost sheep you do not yet understand. You have not learned the lesson the divine Teacher designed you should. You have been dull scholars. Read the parable in Luke 15: “What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbors, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.”
Here were the cases of several who had backslidden, who had been in darkness, and who had strayed from the fold. But especially was the case of Brother A prominent. All the efforts were not made which should have been made in wisdom to prevent his straying from the fold; and after he had strayed, diligent efforts were not put forth to bring him back. There was more gossiping over his case than sincere sorrow for him. All these things kept him from the fold and caused his heart to be separated farther and farther from his brethren, making his rescue still more difficult. How different was this course from that pursued by the shepherd in the parable, when in pursuit of the lost sheep. The whole ninety and nine were left in the wilderness to care for themselves, exposed to dangers; yet the lone sheep, separated from the flock, was in greater danger, and to secure the one, the ninety and nine were left.

Some of the church had no special anxiety to have Brother A return. They cared not enough to unbend from their dignity and pride and make special efforts to help him to the light. They stood back on their dignity and said: “We will not go after him; let him come to us.” Viewing the feelings of his brethren toward him as he did, it was impossible for him to do this. Had they regarded the lesson taught by Christ, they would have been willing to yield their dignity and pride, and go after the wandering ones. They would have wept over them, prayed for them, implored them to be faithful to God and the truth, and to abide with the church. But the feeling of many was: “If he wants to go, let him go.”

When the Lord sent His servants to do for these wanderers the work which you ought to have done, and even when you had evidence that the Lord was giving a message of mercy to these poor straying ones, you were unprepared to give up your ideas. You did not feel like leaving the ninety and nine, and searching after the lost sheep till it was found, and you did not do it. And when the sheep was found, and brought back to the fold with rejoicing, did you rejoice? We tried to arouse you. We tried to call you together, as the shepherd called his neighbors and friends, to have you rejoice with us; but you seemed unwilling. You felt that the sheep had done a great wrong in leaving the fold, and instead of rejoicing that he had returned, you were anxious to make him feel that he should be very sorry for leaving, and should come back just according to your ideas. And since his return, you have had a feeling of jealousy in regard to him. You have kept watching to see if all was right. Some have not been exactly satisfied; they have felt an unwillingness to have things just as they are.

Through these newsletters, God is attempting to “call you together” to “rejoice with us” over the lost sheep. But many of you seem unwilling. I praise God for those who love this ministry that God has called. I praise God for those of you who support it and help us find the lost sheep. Thank you. We are working to find and pick up any lost sheep and return them to Jesus and Jesus only.

You are unacquainted with yourselves. Some possess selfishness, which leads to the narrowing up of their influence and efforts. There is more joy in heaven over one sinner that repenteth than over ninety and nine just persons who need no repentance. Had the church been prepared to appreciate the work the Lord was doing among them, they would since that ingathering have been growing stronger and stronger. But instead of all throwing their whole soul into the work, and feeling a special, sincere interest to do all in their power to follow up the work after we left it, they acted very much as if the work did not specially concern them, and as though they were only spectators, ready to distrust and find fault wherever there was opportunity.

I was shown the case of Brother (Richard). He feels unhappy. He is dissatisfied with his brethren. His mind has been exercised for some time that it was his duty to carry the message. He has the ability, and, as far as his knowledge of the truth is concerned, he is capable; but he lacks culture. He has not learned to control himself. It requires great wisdom to deal with minds, and he is not qualified for this work. He understands the theory, but has not educated himself in forbearance, patience, gentleness, kindness, and true courteousness. If anything arises which does not meet his mind, he does not stop to consider whether it is wisdom to take notice of it, or to let it pass until it shall be fully considered. He braces himself at once for battle. He is harsh, severe, denunciatory, and if things do not meet his mind, he raises disturbance at once.

He possesses in his organization the elements of war rather than of sweet peace and harmony. He has not wisdom to give to all their portion of meat in due season. “And of some have compassion, making a difference: and others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.” Brother (Richard) has but little knowledge of making this difference. He is rough in his manners, and indiscreet in his dealing with souls. This disqualifies him for making a wise, careful shepherd. A shepherd must have noble generosity, courage, fortitude, love, and tenderness combined.

Brother (Richard) will be in danger of tearing down more than he can build up. He has not brought all his powers in subjection to the will of God. He has not been transformed by the renewing of his mind. He is self-sufficient, and does not rely wholly upon the grace of God; his works are not wrought in God. To be a shepherd is to occupy a very important, responsible position; to feed the flock of God is an exalted and sacred work. Brother (Richard), the Lord does not regard you fit to be an overseer of His flock. Had you been learning the lesson of self-government in your religious experience, and had you felt the necessity of elevating your mind and purifying your heart by the sanctification of the Spirit, and of bringing all your powers into subjection to the will of God, seeking humility and meekness, you might now be in a position to do good and to exert an influence which would be elevating and saving.

Brother and Sister (Richard), you have a work to do for yourselves which no one can do for you. You are inclined to murmur and complain. You have something to do to subdue your natural feelings. Live for God yourselves, knowing that you have not to answer for the wrongs of others. I saw, Brother (Richard), that you would certainly be overcome by Satan, and make utter shipwreck of faith, unless you stop your faultfinding, and seek pure and undefiled religion before God. You need to be elevated in your thoughts and conversation; you need a thorough conversion.

Life or death is before you. You should solemnly consider that you are dealing with the great God, and should ever remember that He is not a child, to be trifled with. You cannot engage in His service at will and let it alone at pleasure. Your inmost soul needs to be converted. All who, like you, my brother, have failed to grow in the grace of God, and to perfect holiness in His name, will, in these days of peril and trial, meet with great loss. Their foundation will prove to be sliding sand instead of the Rock Christ Jesus.

You move by impulse. You feel unreconciled to your brethren because you are not sent out to preach the truth. You are not fit for this trust. More than one efficient preacher would be required to follow in your wake to bind up the wounds and bruises which your harsh dealing would make. God is not pleased with you, and I fear that you will fail of everlasting life.

I do pray that you, the reader, understands what is happening in this letter. This letter is directed against the church. Those who thought they were saved because they belonged to a church, meeting on Sabbath. But they did not realize how lost they were. There was no desire in the church to save souls. When the letter writer came to find the lost, the church did nothing to help. It is the same with this ministry. Will you help us find the lost and bring them back to Jesus?

You have no time to lose. Make mighty efforts to rescue yourself from Satan’s snare. You need to learn of Jesus, who is meek and lowly of heart, and then you will obtain rest. Oh, what a work you have to do to perfect holiness in the fear of God, and be prepared for the society of the pure and holy angels. You need to humble your heart before God, and seek meekness and righteousness, that you may be hid in the day of the Lord’s fierce anger.

Brother (Richard), the Lord let His blessing rest upon you last spring; but you did not see the relation which watchfulness and prayer sustain to a progress in the divine life. You have neglected these duties, and the result is that darkness has enshrouded you. You have been in a state of uncertainty and distrust, and have frequently chosen the society of those who are in darkness, those whom Satan uses to scatter from Christ. You could live among the most corrupt, and remain unstained, unsullied, if God in His providence thus directed you. But it is dangerous for those who wish to honor God to find their pleasure and entertainment with companions who fear Him not. Satan ever surrounds such with great darkness; and if those who profess Christ go unbidden into this darkness, they tempt the devil to tempt them. If, in order to do good and glorify His name, the Lord requires us to go among infernal spirits, where is the blackest darkness, He will encircle us with His angels and keep us unsullied. But if we seek the company of sinners, and are pleased with their coarse jests, and entertained and amused with their stories, sports, and ribaldry, the pure and holy angels remove their protection and leave us to the darkness we have chosen.

Most church members are living in this paragraph. They go to church thinking they are of God and that they are honoring God, but then they go and find “their pleasure and entertainment with companions who fear Him not”. Church members do not realize how lost they are. Church has become their god and that is all they know. They have no living, experimental life with Jesus. I wish to alarm you folks. Your eternal life is at stake. The Bible tells us to cry out to church members their sins so they can overcome them.

Brother (Richard), I wish to alarm you; I wish to arouse you to action. I wish to entreat of you to seek God while He invites you to come to Him that you may have life. “Watch, pray, work,” are the Christian’s watchwords. Satan is vigilant in his efforts; his perseverance is untiring, his zeal earnest and unabated. He does not wait for his prey to come to him; he seeks for it. To wrench souls from the hand of Christ is his determined purpose; yet professed Christians are asleep in their blindness, insane in their pursuits. God is not in their thoughts. A vigilant foe is upon their track; yet they are in no danger while they make God their trust. But unless they do this, their strength will be weakness, and they will be overcome by Satan.

Brother (Richard), it is dangerous for you to yield to doubts. You must not permit yourself to go any further in the direction in which you have been going. You are in constant danger. Satan is on your track, suggesting doubts and causing unbelief. Had you stood clear in the counsel of God you could have had an influence for good over those who love your society now.

Poor Brother (Richard) felt the influence of the Spirit of God, but was deficient in experience. He did not fully turn from his old habits. He failed to make God his strength continually, and his feet slipped. There is no concord between Christ and Belial. You might have helped him, had you been connected with Heaven as you should have been. But your course of inactivity, your manner of conversation, your influence, have strengthened him in his backsliding and quieted the voice of conscience within him. Your course has not been a reproof to him in his downward track. You could do good, were you living for God. Your strength is utter weakness, your wisdom foolishness; but you do not realize it. You have been too well satisfied with a theory, a correct form of doctrine, but have not felt the necessity of the power of God; you have neglected the spiritual part of religion. Your whole being should cry out for the Spirit of God—the life and power of religion in the soul, which would lead to the crucifixion of self and a firm trust in your Redeemer.

Again, this admonition is given to tithe paying, Sabbath-going church members who have no idea of their fallen state. Today, that Sabbath denomination is “too well satisfied with a theory, a correct form of doctrine, but have not felt the necessity of the power of God; you have neglected the spiritual part of religion”. Unless the church wakes up it will be totally rejected by God. All who remain in it will be destroyed.

You are in terrible darkness, and unless you arise in the name of God, and break asunder the fetters of Satan, and assert your freedom, you will make shipwreck of the faith. So great is the unwillingness of the Lord to leave you, and such is His love toward you, that notwithstanding your life has not been in accordance with His will, and your works and ways have been offensive to Him, the Majesty of heaven condescends to beg the privilege of making you a visit and leaving you His blessing: “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock.” The mansions in glory are His, and the joy of that heavenly abode; yet He humbles Himself to seek an entrance at the door of your heart, that He may bless you with His light and make you to rejoice in His glory. His work is to seek and to save that which is lost and ready to perish. He wishes to redeem as many as He can from sin and death, that He may elevate them to His throne and give them everlasting life.

Brother (Richard), be entreated to arise and cast aside your doubts. What makes you inclined to doubt? It is your life of departure from God, your life of unconsecration, your jesting and joking. Your lack of sobriety is endangering your eternal interests. Christ is inviting you to turn from these follies to Him. You are not growing in grace and in the knowledge of the truth. You are not an honor to the cause. You are not becoming elevated, but are sinking lower and lower in the scale. You are not forming a character for heaven and everlasting life.

You are pleasing yourself, passing away time in frivolity which should be spent with your family, teaching your children the ways and works of God. The hours that you spend in company that does you only harm should be devoted to prayer and the study of God’s word. You should feel that a responsibility rests upon you, as head of your family, to bring up your children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. What account will you render to God for misspent time? What influence are you having over those who have not the fear of God before them? “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” May God anoint your eyes that you may see your peril. I feel deeply for you. My heart yearns over you. I long to see you coming up to the high standard that it is your privilege to attain. You can do good. Your influence, if exerted on the right side, will tell. Brother (Richard), your footsteps are in the downward path. “Turn ye, turn ye,” “for why will ye die?”

If you much longer pursue the course you are now following, you will become infidel in regard to the truth and in regard to the word of God. Watch and pray always. Dedicate yourself unreservedly to the Lord, and it will not then be difficult to serve Him. You have a divided heart. This is the reason that darkness, instead of light, encircles you. The last message of mercy is now going forth. It is a token of the long-suffering and compassion of God. Come, is the invitation now given. Come, for all things are now ready. This is mercy’s last call. Next will come the vengeance of an offended God.

Brother (Richard), encourage simplicity, love, forbearance, and sweet union with your brethren. But do not, oh, do not sell everlasting life so cheaply. If you go from the truth you will never know real happiness; you will be miserable indeed. Heaven is worth making any and every sacrifice for. Break the bands of Satan. Jesus now invites you; will you listen to His voice? You must take a higher stand than you have hitherto done. Make it your first business to gain the kingdom of heaven and the righteousness of Christ. Live for God and heaven, and the eternal reward will be yours at the end of the race. {2T 216-225}

The whole church and denomination has “gone from the truth”. They no longer teach their members to be perfect, to stop sinning and to keep the Ten Commandments to get their eternal life. No, now it is all about “going to church” or “just believe”. “Saved by grace” and “Spiritual Formation” is now being taught. All churches are “Catholic” and will be destroyed. Please folks, get out and “live for God and heaven, and the eternal reward will be yours at the end of the race”.

 

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Thank you dear folks for your continued love and support of this ministry. We are sending out the book to Spanish inmates. Your help is needed more now than ever before.

God bless you,

Ron

 

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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