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loud cry

John: The Loud Cry

 

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

In the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John we are given a glimpse into the life of Jesus. In their own way, each writer attempted to reveal the truth that Jesus of Nazareth was the Messiah who was to come. His life and teachings revealed the Ten Commandments perfectly. He lived and taught the Old Testament values of justice, righteousness and mercy. Those form the foundation of God’s throne. Those are what the Ten Commandments are all about. Without them there would be no “Salvation”.

For many “scholars” of the Bible, Acts represents the “founding of the Christian church”. But I don’t see it that way. The word “Christian” was first recognized in Antioch as being attached to those who followed Jesus. “The Greek word Χριστιανός (Christianos), meaning ‘follower of Christ’, comes from Χριστός (Christos), meaning ‘anointed one’, with an adjectival ending borrowed from Latin to denote adhering to, or even belonging to, as in slave ownership.” Wikipedia.

Since they were “slaves” of Christ, and Christ was from eternity, and He was the God of the Old Testament, then all who have followed Christ since Adam have been of the “Christian” Church. What the modern pagan churches (since they have come from the pagan Catholic Church) want to do is separate the concept of “church” in the New Testament from the concept of “church” in the Old Testament. But since Jesus is eternal, and is the God of all the world, and Jesus does not change, then we cannot see two different churches but a continuum of the same spiritual church. The temple services, instituted 2,500 years after sin, were abolished at the death of Christ, however, the foundational Law of God and His unending spiritual church, the Ten Commandments, are eternal and did not change. The true concept of “church” is what it has always been since Adam: Christian - Christlike.

The same Jesus who talked with Adam in the “cool of the evening” under the trees in the Garden of Eden is the same Jesus who talked with Abraham out under the stars on the hills of Palestine. This is the same Jesus who copied the Ten Commandments from the Throne of God and handed them to Moses on the Mountain of Sinai. He is the same Jesus who talked with David, Elijah, Jeremiah, Daniel and who Isaiah and Ezekiel saw in glory and splendor. Then He came as a baby to Bethlehem in order to show the world, that for eternal life, it is imperative to live the Ten Commandments perfectly, without sin. Then He gave His broken body as a sacrifice in atonement for those broken Ten Commandments.

When He left this planet, to return to His Father, He did not set up another church. He did not tell the disciples to “go on church planting trips”. He told them to go, individually, and “make disciples of all nations, . . . Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:19-20. Those teachings of Jesus were: Be perfect, stop sinning and to keep the Ten Commandments to get your eternal life. These are the same teachings He taught in the Old Testament. The spiritual church is the same, He just cleared out the rubbish man had put into it along with the ceremonies, traditions, services and rituals God had set in place to point to the coming Messiah. All that was now accomplished. The Messiah had come.

The disciples were following in the footsteps of their ancestors who, like Levi, “turned many from sin”. Malachi 2:6.  They did not make church members out of them; they taught the people how to follow Jesus individually by being obedient to what He commanded. They were not to join a church organization. Nowhere in the entire Bible will you find God’s people setting up a “church organization”. In both Old and New Testaments, they were just people who had become disciples of Jesus and gathered for the purpose of sharing their love of Jesus with each other. They came together to “refute, warn, and encourage with the utmost patience...” 2 Timothy 4:2. Why? Because each was to carry in his own individual heart the truth. The “truth” was not to be delegated to a few church leaders or as some fundamental beliefs. The truth was not a “belief”, but a truth that was to be written in the hearts and lived in each individual member. “Teach them to your children, talking about them while sitting in your house, walking on the road, or when you are about to lie down or get up.” Deuteronomy 11:19.   Then they were to refute, warn and encourage those who did “not tolerate healthy doctrine, but with itching ears will surround themselves with teachers (churches) who cater to their people’s own desires.” 2 Timothy 4:3. But this was an individual responsibility of everyone who claimed to be a “Christian”. It was not left to church leadership or organization. Are you fulfilling your responsibilities as a Christian?

The book of Acts shows how the disciples, under the command of Jesus, followed the example of the Patriarchs and went out and made disciples of everyone they could. Those who became disciples were then to pick up the commission individually from Jesus and do the same. By this process the world was soon enlightened with the truth. But when the devil saw he was not able to penetrate the movement of individuals, he devised a plan whereby he would organize them into a “church” in which he would have control over them. Since that time the “church of God” has almost been wiped out from the face of the earth. Very few of us are left who are disciples of Jesus. The majority who claim to be “Christian” are only “disciples of church”. That is why you must come out from being a “church member” and return to the original concept of individual responsibility by becoming a personal “disciple of Jesus” as a Christian; following Him and Him alone. “Almost Christians, yet not fully Christians, they seem near the kingdom of heaven, but they cannot enter there. Almost but not wholly saved, means to be not almost but wholly lost.” COL 118

Acts 1:1  to Acts 3:26

In my first book, Theophilus, I wrote about everything Jesus did and taught from the beginning, up to the day when he was taken up to heaven after giving orders by the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. 

Please notice, the “orders” were given, not to a “church” but, to “the apostles he had chosen.” The devil has created a wonderful “antichrist” organization called “church”. Keep in mind, in the Greek, the word “anti” means “in place of”. It is doing a most magnificent work at taking the eyes of people away from Jesus and onto man and his organizations. We must break the psychological and emotional hold the “church” habit has over us and return to Jesus.

After he had suffered, he had shown himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during a period of 40 days and telling them about the kingdom of God. 

Again, He was telling “them” “about the kingdom of God” and not how to put a church together. He didn’t sit them down and say, “Now I am appointing James as the president with Peter as the secretary. John will be the treasurer and the rest of you are board members. Be sure you vote unanimously so there is unity in the church.” No, He did not do any of that. Salvation is a personal, individual responsibility in which no one and nothing is to come between you and Jesus Christ.

While he was meeting with them, he ordered them, “Don’t leave Jerusalem. Instead, wait for what the Father has promised, about which you heard me speak.  For John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit a few days from now.” 

The concept Jesus left was not of an organization to vote and make its own rules by its own authority. They, individually, were to wait for the Father in Heaven to move them, individually. The Father was going to send them, not an organization, but the Holy Spirit to endow them with power and authority, individually. In a sense, they were to follow the example of Abraham, John the Baptist and all the prophets of God. They did not start a church. They simply taught individuals how each was to fulfill his duty to His God. They taught each his own individual responsibility of salvation by keeping the Ten Commandments. They never once told anyone to “join my church”. If the disciples, individually, moved in step with the Holy Spirit, they would be walking in harmony and in an orderly and organized manner with the true “Church of God”. Unlike today’s organizations in which each member is controlled by the governing body of a church, God’s true church is under the control of the Holy Spirit and is in perfect harmony with itself. There is no division among the individuals of God’s “church”. They move in perfect order with the Spirit of God. It is impossible for the Spirit of God to deny Himself or disagree with Himself. It is the organizations of the devil that are disorganised and full of divisions. They may appear “organized” and in “unity” on the surface or under a “name” of an organization, but underneath they are in turmoil and splintered into opposing sects while living in sin.

Now those who had gathered together began to ask Jesus, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?”  He answered them, “It is not for you to know what times or periods the Father has fixed by his own authority.  But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” 

And there it is! Jesus was not restoring the kingdom of Israel or starting a church or any another organization. His true “church” has always resided in each individual heart. Only those hearts who have received “power when the Holy Spirit comes on you” are the disciples of Christ. If you are a disciple of Christ, you, personally, individually, “will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Are you witnessing for Jesus? They were to do just what the nation of Israel was called to do, evangelize the world, individually. But the nation of Israel apostatized by making a “church” out of the nation and then making “church members” out of converts. Instead of each individual living the Spiritual Kingdom in the heart, they let the “organization” do the work. Therefore, Jesus said, “How terrible it will be for you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to make a single convert, and when this happens you make him twice as fit for hell as you are.” Matthew 23:15. 

“Often the question arises, Why, then, are there so many, claiming to believe God’s word, (claiming to be “Christian” or church members) in whom there is not seen a reformation in words, in spirit, and in character? Why are there so many who cannot bear opposition to their purposes and plans, who manifest an unholy temper, and whose words are harsh, overbearing, and passionate? There is seen in their lives the same love of self, the same selfish indulgence, the same temper and hasty speech, that is seen in the life of the worldling. There is the same sensitive pride, the same yielding to natural inclination, the same perversity of character, as if the truth were wholly unknown to them. The reason is that they are not converted. They have not hidden the leaven of truth in the heart. It has not had opportunity to do its work. Their natural and cultivated tendencies to evil have not been submitted to its transforming power. Their lives reveal the absence of the grace of Christ, an unbelief in His power to transform the character.” COL 99.

After saying this, Jesus was taken up while those who had gathered together were watching, and a cloud took him out of their sight.  While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, two men in white robes stood right beside them.  They asked, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This same Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you saw him go up into heaven.” 

Jesus “will come back in the same way you saw him go up into heaven.”  There is no secret “rapture”. There is no unseen resurrection. When Jesus comes we are told that every eye will see Him. He will come in a cloud of glory as the disciples saw Him go to Heaven.

Where are you “gazing”? Oh, at your church? If you belong to Jesus you will be “gazing up toward heaven”. By keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus in Heaven, we will be sure and certain that “this same Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you saw him go up into heaven.” But if you are looking at your church, you will not truly believe Jesus is coming and you will be involved in the pleasures and lusts of this world and your church.

Then they returned to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away. 

Individually, they did as they were instructed by Jesus. Their hearts were knit as one while under the direction of the Holy Spirit. No organization, no church can accomplish that task. Only the power of God, through the agency of the Spirit, can accomplish that feat.

When they came into the city, these men went to the upstairs room where they had been staying: Peter and John, James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas the son of James.  With one mind all of them kept devoting themselves to prayer, along with the women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers. 

Not one church, organization, denomination or “Christian” gathering is of “one mind” unless they are under the direction of the Spirit of God. This was not a “corporate” gathering with “corporate” prayer. Each one was devoting himself personally and individually to prayer. They were cleansing themselves of all ego, pride, selfishness and former “church” attractions. They were withdrawing themselves from their “church” and giving themselves totally to Jesus Christ individually. Nothing of self could remain in the heart. They beheld the Pattern and it was their choice to follow that Pattern in their own individual lives.

At that time Peter got up among the brothers (there were about 120 people present) and said, “Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through the voice of David about Judas, who was the guide for those who arrested Jesus, because he was one of our number and was appointed to share in this ministry.” (Now this man bought a field with the money he got for his crime. Falling on his face, he burst open in the middle, and all his intestines gushed out.  This became known to all the residents of Jerusalem, so that this field is called in their language Hakeldama, that is, “The Field of Blood”.) “For in the Book of Psalms it is written, ‘Let his estate be desolate, and let no one live on it,’ and ‘Let someone else take over his office,’  who was one of the men associated with us all the time the Lord Jesus came and went among us, beginning when he was baptized by John until the day he was taken up from us. Therefore, someone like this must become a witness with us to his resurrection.” 

These were about 120 people who had personally, individually, committed themselves to “slavery” to Jesus. We today have no understanding of that concept. In fact, we loath any thought of being a “slave” to anyone or institution. And yet, church members have all become voluntary slaves of this world, their churches, their own opinions, their jobs and homes, etc. Christians who are supposed to be in unity seldom are able to see “eye to eye” on the color of the church carpet. But to be a “slave” of Jesus is to be totally under His control. I’m still learning that. Little by little the Spirit of God is revealing to me the scope of such a thought. Until we see “eye to eye” in perfect unity, Jesus will not be able to sound the “Loud Cry” in the earth for these last days. The world must know that we move with one accord, through the Spirit of God, seeing “eye to eye”, and that there are no divisions among God’s people. Not even by a thought.

Judas, of course, did not “buy the field” himself. He was dead. However, it was “his money” that bought the field. Much like philanthropists today who, when they die, leave money to purchase this or that for a school, organization or person. Whatever their money purchases will be considered as “bought” by that person and his name placed upon it.

The people gathered did not take a vote as to who would take the place of Judas. They did not pass the recommendation on to a committee. They looked to the Word of God, found what it said, and acted in obedience to it as the Spirit of God moved them in their interpretation of the text. How far that concept is from our churches and denominations of today. No, first we send it to committees who make sure we are not offending anyone or whether it is politically acceptable. My, aren’t we “Christian”. When Peter stood up, it wasn’t because he was more important than anyone else, or voted in as “leader”, no, the Spirit of God moved upon him and he did as the Spirit moved him. The churches of today do not allow anyone who is moved by the Spirit of God to stand up and speak in the churches. It is all man-made and church controlled. God has been kicked out. They don’t want the Spirit of God telling them what they must do, think or believe. It is all forms and rituals.

So they nominated two men—Joseph called Barsabbas, who also was called Justus, and Matthias.  Then they prayed, “Lord, you know the hearts of all people. Show us which one of these two men you have chosen to serve in this office of apostle, from which Judas left to go to his own place.”  So they drew lots for them, and when the lot fell on Matthias, he was enrolled with the eleven apostles. 

I don’t hear of any political parties getting involved. I don’t hear of any arguments or discussions. They were all under the power of the Spirit of God and He chose the person. They left it to the Lord who knows the hearts of all people. They didn’t vote on Matthias, they drew lots and let the Spirit of God decide. Can you imagine your church doing that today? No! People chosen today to be leaders in the church are politically well placed and usually have money and are in good social standing. The church would not let the Spirit of God chose one who is humble, poor and obedient to Jesus.

Churches and organizations today ordain pastors, ministers and others, not because they were chosen by God but because they have earned a worldly degree, passed man-made studies and agree with the church or organization that is ordaining them. If your pastor, minister or leader is not teaching you to stop sinning, be perfect and to keep the Ten Commandments TO GET YOUR ETERNAL LIFE, that person is not of God. 2 John 8-11.

When the day of Pentecost was being celebrated, all of them were together in one place. 

Interesting to note, they were together in one place, but that “place” was not down with the church people who were celebrating Pentecost. Those rituals, services and ordinance were no longer accepted by God. He wants people who will be obedient to Him. The “church” had long since stopped being obedient to Jesus. They claimed Caesar as their king. They continued with the forms, but God was not with them.

Suddenly, a sound like the roar of a mighty windstorm came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 

Someday people are going to leave their churches, come together in homes, be of one mind, one heart and one Spirit. Then a “windstorm” will come from Heaven and the world will know that there is a God and that He still responds to His children.

They saw tongues like flames of fire that separated, and one rested on each of them.  All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages as the Spirit gave them that ability. 

Somehow, God had to separate, physically, His people from those pious, self-righteous church people who claimed to be of God. That day will also come for us. For them, God gave the ability to speak all the languages of the men who had come from foreign nations to Pentecost. The truth had to get out immediately. Jesus couldn’t wait for the disciples to learn the languages. He endowed them with the ability right now. Today, with Google translator and many other wonderful scientific and technical inventions, God does not need to give us the gift of speaking in other languages. But whatever gifts are needed to put out His truth, will be given. I have been given many new gifts that I never thought possible. All necessary in order to fulfill the mandate God has called me to do.

Now devout Jews from every nation were living in Jerusalem. 

Today there are “devout” Christians in every church who have never heard the truth about Jesus. They have never heard the teachings of Jesus as to what they must do to get eternal life. If you are reading this, it is now your duty, if you are a “devout” Christian, to come out of church, learn and then do what Jesus commanded; go and teach others to live in obedience to everything He has commanded.

When that sound came, a crowd quickly gathered, startled because each one heard the disciples speaking in his own language.  Stunned and amazed, they asked, “All of these people who are speaking are Galileans, aren’t they?  So how is it that each one of us hears them speaking in his own native language: Parthians, Medes, Elamites, residents of Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, Asia, Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, the district of Libya near Cyrene, Jewish and proselyte visitors from Rome, Cretans, and Arabs, listening to them talk in our own languages about the great deeds of God?”  All of them continued to be stunned and puzzled, and they kept asking one another, “What can this mean?” 

The “Tongues of Fire” was not a quiet movement. The disciples were fearless for Jesus and spoke up with a “Loud Cry”. I don’t think we, today, have that understanding. Our churches want us to be quiet and let the pastor do all the talking. There are many who are “stunned and puzzled” about this ministry. They too keep asking,“What can this mean?”.

It is the duty of every “devout” Christian to learn the meaning of this ministry and what God is doing in and through it. When you realize it has been called by God, as the disciples of Christ’s day, you too will give the “Loud Cry” and share it with others. You will not hold a different opinion or thought from that which God has and is dictating and directing through this ministry. That was the downfall of Israel. They refused to listen to those sent by God to bring them back into unity with God. Each wanted to believe as he or his church saw fit.

But others kept saying in derision, “They’re drunk on sweet wine!” 

Unfortunately, there are those who make fun of this ministry and of those who are supporting it. The devil will do everything in his power to bring “derision” to God’s people. The last thing the devil wants is for people to listen carefully and live in obedience to the teachings of Jesus.

Then Peter stood up among the eleven apostles and raised his voice to address them: “Men of Judea and everyone living in Jerusalem! You must understand something, so pay close attention to my words. These men are not drunk as you suppose, for it’s only nine o’clock in the morning. 

It was not many weeks past that Peter stood up and walked away from his duty. He denied Jesus. But since then, Peter had become converted, a true Christian, and “raised his voice” giving the “Loud Cry” that Jesus was the Messiah who was to come.

There are lots of “supposing” going on in the world today. But few are paying close attention to the words God is speaking. We may be humble inmates, fisherman, tax collectors, garbage men, nurses, teachers and housewives, etc., but if we speak the words of Jesus, you had better “pay close attention”.

Rather, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel: ‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on everyone. Your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams.  In those days I will even pour out my Spirit on my slaves, men and women alike, and they will prophesy.  I will display wonders in the sky above and signs on the earth below: blood, fire, and clouds of smoke.  The sun will become dark, and the moon turn to blood, before the coming of the great and glorious Day of the Lord.  Then whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ 

They could have sat around all day debating the legitimate use of Joel at this time.
After all, Spirit filled women? “Last days”? They could have argued and reasoned and fought over it. In doing so they would have wasted a great opportunity to share the truth. This would have made the devil very happy. But, that is the section of God’s Word the Spirit of God wanted used. They didn’t care what the church, pastors or educational “geniuses” thought. They simply spoke what the Spirit put into their mouths.

“Fellow Israelis, listen to these words: Jesus from Nazareth was a man authenticated to you by God through miracles, wonders, and signs that God performed through him among you, as you yourselves know.  After he was arrested according to the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified this very man and killed him by the hands of lawless men.  But God raised him up and put an end to suffering of death, since it was impossible for him to be held by it.  For David says about him, ‘I always keep my eyes on the Lord, for he is at my right hand so that I cannot be shaken.  That is why my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices, yes, even my body still rests securely in hope.  For you will not abandon my soul to Hades or allow your Holy One to experience decay.  You have made the ways of life known to me, and you will fill me with gladness in your presence.’ 

The first topic out of Peter’s mouth was not about joining a new church, but “Jesus from Nazareth”. He pointed the people away from their religion and church to Jesus Christ. He lifted up Jesus by quickly reviewing what they all knew. Then he opened Scripture to them to press home the truth that Jesus lived and died according to “the predetermined plan”. Then he goes on to show that the words of David applied to Jesus.

“Brothers, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and that his tomb is among us to this day. 

Peter was not confused about what happens when we die. David was dead and buried. He wasn’t in heaven. Jesus came to destroy death, yes, but all in good time. He proved it in His life so all who believe, and live in obedience to His teachings, may also live again at the last day.

Therefore, since he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him with an oath to put one of his descendants on his throne, he looked ahead and spoke about the resurrection of the Messiah: ‘He was not abandoned to Hades, and his flesh did not experience decay.’ 

David spoke by the Spirit of God. David understood that when he died he was not going to heaven immediately. He would wait in the tomb and would experience decay. But the Messiah would break the chains of death for those who live in obedience to Him. Soon, Jesus is coming back to raise the righteous dead.

“It was this very Jesus whom God raised, and of that we are all witnesses.  He has been exalted to the right hand of God, has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit, and has caused you to experience what you are seeing and hearing.  For David did not go up to heaven, but he said, ‘The Lord told my Lord, ‘Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.’

How illogical. Think about it. If you were a Jew, living back then, that statement would seem totally insane. Only by the Holy Spirit, impressing hearts, could one be able to understand that logic. However, it wasn’t “out of the blue”. Since all the Jews were very aware that the dead could be raised, having either witnessed Jesus raising the dead or having been told about it, God had been preparing the soil for the seed that was now being planted.

The death and resurrection of Jesus was not something done in the “dark”. In the “gospels” we have recorded where the women and a few disciples went to the tomb to see it “empty”. However, would I be too far off suggesting that maybe hundreds of other curiosity seekers had also gone to view the empty tomb? Do you really think that the guards who were watching over the tomb of Christ left the tomb quietly after the resurrection? I don’t think so. Yes, after they met with the church leaders they came away with bags of money and a lie. But between the tomb and the church, I can see them sharing with everyone what they had seen. Therefore when Peter is telling the listeners that Jesus was now in Heaven with the Father, I am sure their minds went back to Jesus in the temple stating that He had come from the Father. I think the pieces of the puzzle were beginning to come together in the minds of the hearers. Scripture is like a puzzle. Get all the pieces together right.

“Therefore, let all the people of Israel understand beyond a doubt that God made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah!” 

Israel had been waiting for the Messiah to come at the head of armies to conquer the Romans. Their Messiah would come and rule on David’s throne. But here was a “Messiah” who was far superior. He conquered death! He rose and is now in Heaven sitting on the throne of the Universe! Would He not be worthy of being their “Lord” and King? But in order to receive that understanding into the heart as a living reality, they had to acknowledge that it was their church, their leaders, they themselves, who crucified Jesus. It was their sins which caused the death of their Lord and Messiah. And it didn’t matter what day they went to church on. Only by accepting the fact that they crucified Jesus would they be able to humble themselves and accept Jesus as their “Lord and Messiah”.

When the crowd that had gathered heard this, they were pierced to the heart. They asked Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” 

It is easy for us to look back two thousand years and point fingers at the Jews. But unless we also are “pierced to the heart” and acknowledge that it was our sins that put Jesus on the cross, we will never be able to accept Jesus as our Lord and Messiah, personally. Accepting the historical fact will do nothing for your eternal life. Going to church, singing the songs, praising Jesus on the Sabbath and dropping money into the treasury, none of that will get you a place in Heaven.

Peter answered them, “Every one of you must repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus the Messiah for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the Holy Spirit as a gift. 

There are many today who claim that all we have to do is “repent and be baptized” in order to be “saved”. But that is not what Peter is saying to you. Those people back then had a true desire to serve God. Remember, we read earlier that these were “devout Jews” who had come to Jerusalem. They were dedicated to keeping the Ten Commandments. They desired to have their lives right with God. All THEY needed to do was “repent and be baptized” in order to “receive the Holy Spirit”. Their hearts were ready. Then, as Jesus said, the Holy Spirit would teach and guide each one of them into the truths they would need for eternal life. Since they already were well acquainted with the Ten Commandments, what they needed to do was shift their focus from the church and its services, sacrifices, ordinances and feast days to Jesus as their Savior and Messiah. Faith in Jesus as the “Lamb of God” would close and complete the circuit for salvation in their lives.

Their lives and ours today are not the same. As Jesus said to the woman at the well, “Salvation is of the Jews”. The Jews knew the requirements of the Ten Commandments. All they needed to do was accept Jesus as the “Lamb of God” in their lives to replace the lamb slain and all the temple feast days, services and rituals. Today, our churches have no understanding of what it means to “keep the Ten Commandments”. The churches today, when they talk about “repent and be baptized”, are not talking about surrendering the life to Jesus, they are talking about “joining a church”. What they claim about repentance has nothing to do with a biblical repentance, a sorrow for sin and a turning away from sin. Why? Because the churches today don’t even know what sin is. They no longer teach the teachings of Jesus which are: sin is the breaking of the Ten Commandments and we must stop sinning, be perfect and keep the Ten Commandments to get our eternal life. “The object of the Christian life is fruit bearing—the reproduction of Christ’s character in the believer, that it may be reproduced in others.” COL 67.

For this promise belongs to you and your children, as well as to all those who are distant, whom the Lord our God may call to himself.” 

“For this promise” was given to Adam, passed down to Noah, renewed through Abraham and again by Moses through the Israelites. But they rejected the promise and turned to idols. Instead of accepting the promise that they could live the sinless, perfect and commandment keeping life for their eternal life, they wanted to be like the nations around them and “work their own way to heaven” through their self-righteous church ceremonies, ordinances, traditions and sacrifices. They lusted after the forms in place of the substance, along with the lusts of other things. “These are not necessarily things sinful in themselves, but something (church) that is made first instead of the kingdom of God. Whatever attracts the mind from God, whatever draws the affections away from Christ, is an enemy to the soul.” COL 53. It becomes “anti” Christ - “in place of” Christ.

Therefore, by the time of Jesus, they had let go of the commands of God in order to observe their own church traditions. However, you are included in “all those who are distant” and can join the promise given to God’s children. You, personally, can keep the Ten Commandments and get your eternal life if you are willing to accept Jesus as your personal Savior. No “church” is required.

Using many different expressions, Peter continued to testify and to plead with them, saying, “Be saved from this corrupt generation!” 

Peter, the disciples and the followers of Jesus gave the “Loud Cry” for their generation. God is pleading with you to “Be saved from this corrupt generation!” After 1500 years of Catholic Church indoctrination, the churches today have become a “corrupt generation”. They have no idea what it is to live in obedience to Jesus. It is all a Catholic concept of “church”. Sin all week, go to church on Sabbath, pay your money and pretend to “repent” and all is well because you have eternal life. How sad. You must get out of your church today and go to Jesus and listen to Him and what He is commanding of you for your eternal life.

So those who welcomed his message were baptized. That day about 3,000 people were added to their number.  The believers continued to devote themselves to what the apostles were teaching, to fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to times of prayer. 

They didn’t devote themselves to church. They didn’t spout church doctrine or become cult followers of any disciple. They simply listened to the apostles teaching what Jesus commanded of them. The disciples taught them to be obedient to the Ten Commandments and to live perfect, sinless lives. They fellowshipped together in Jesus. They shared with each other the joy they had received in following and living in obedience to the teachings of Jesus. They gathered in “the breaking of bread” to show their newfound faith in Jesus as the “Lamb of God” to take away their sins. Through the breaking of bread they recognized a new way into the Most Holy of Holies and acknowledged that no lamb or church could ever take away their sins. It was Jesus who died and was broken for their sins and therefore they wanted nothing to do with sin in their lives. They spent time in prayer, lots of prayer, asking the Spirit to reveal their sins so they could repent of their sins and put those sins to death. They wanted to bury those sins with Jesus so they could be raised into a new life with Jesus.

A sense of fear came over everyone, and many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. 

When we follow the example of the disciples in our lives today, there will come a “fear” over the world. But as long as the world sees no difference between it and church-going “Christians”, what is there to “fear”?

All the believers were united and shared everything with one another.  They made it their practice to sell their possessions and goods and to distribute the proceeds to anyone who was in need. 

This was not a mass sell off. This was no hysterical giving by feelings. This was an educated, Spirit led activity for the purpose of helping “Christians” who were in need. The concept of “anyone” was not just anyone, but anyone of the new believers who needed help. Why? Because as the new believers accepted the truth about Jesus, they would be cut off from the church and society in general. Many would become “needy”, homeless and without work. Therefore, “All the believers were united and shared everything with one another.” They didn’t give to other Jews, the Jewish church or the pagans. Only those who came out of the church.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if those who claim to be “believers” today were as dedicated to Jesus as they were back then? What a difference it would make. Lives would be changed, society would see the principles of true Christianity lived and hearts would be converted. But today, government has taken the place of Christianity. We are so greedy, we say, “Let the government feed, clothe and house them. I’m keeping my money!”

United in purpose, they went to the Temple every day, ate at each other’s homes, and shared their food with glad and humble hearts.  They were praising God and enjoying the good will of all the people. Every day the Lord was adding to their number those who were being saved. 

I can just see what would happen today if Christians “dropped by” your home to eat. “United in purpose”! This was not an “OK church, let’s all pile into the donkey carts and go sing ‘Jesus Saves’ at the Temple.” This was not a church or organizational, mandatory activity. Individually, each had died to self and were now led individually by the Spirit. It was the Spirit of God who moved them as one. How I long for the day to see God’s people “united in purpose”. But as long as the selfish heart reigns in our churches there can be no “uniting in purpose”. Each is in it for themselves and what they can get out of it. The “me” generation today is driving a “me stake” into the heart of Christianity. It is all about “you believe as you like and I will believe as I like”. You have your church and I have mine.

But when we live with “humble hearts”, there will be gladness, praising God, sharing our goods and seeing “eye to eye” with those who are obedient to Jesus. If we go to our churches it will not be to sit and listen to a dead formal ceremony, but to stand up and share the life-changing power in our own lives. We will not be talking about a church, organization or famous evangelist. We will be sharing Jesus and what He has done personally in our own lives over the past week. And yes, the good will of all the people will enjoy hearts and lives that are truly under the power of the Spirit of God. But the leaders will hate you.

One afternoon, Peter and John were on their way to the Temple for the three o’clock prayer time. 

Again, going to “the Temple” had nothing to do with “going to church”. They were going where the people were. They were going to share with the people what they had found in Jesus. The people at the Temple were putting their faith in a dead lamb. The disciples went to share a living “Lamb of God”. What are you sharing with those around you? Your new hairstyle, new clothes, new car, a new job, how much money you are making, a new house or your church?

Now a man who had been crippled from birth was being carried in. Every day people would lay him at what was called the Beautiful Gate so that he could beg from those who were going into the Temple. 

The Temple was the center of the life of a Jew. The cripple was there in order to find “sympathy” and funds to satisfy his hunger and needs. After all, these were “God’s people” who were supposed to be helping the poor. But the system had obliterated all God’s commands for the poor. Church made their hearts callous.

When he saw that Peter and John were about to go into the Temple, he asked them to give him something.  Peter, along with John, looked him straight in the eye and said, “Look at us!”  So the man watched them closely, expecting to get something from them.  However, Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold, but I’ll give you what I do have. In the name of Jesus the Messiah from Nazareth, walk!” 

This ministry has no silver or gold. It hardly has funds to keep the doors open. However, this ministry gives what it does have, the name and power of Jesus Christ. Those who accept it are “walking” in a new life. They are finding their lives changed, their health improved, their mental capacities developed and a new hope. The same Jesus that healed the cripple at the temple will heal you if you will humble yourself, listen and obey.

Then Peter took hold of his right hand and began to help him up. Immediately his feet and ankles became strong, and he sprang to his feet, stood up, and began to walk. Then he went with them into the Temple, walking, jumping, and praising God. 

This ministry is doing what Peter did. We are trying to take hold of your hand to help you up into Jesus. If you will grab on and let this ministry lift you up, you will immediately find the strength to walk in Jesus. You also will then go into your church walking, jumping and praising God. Praise God, not your church.

When all the people saw him walking and praising God, they knew that he was the man who used to sit and beg at the Beautiful Gate of the Temple, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. 

Are people looking at you in “wonder and amazement” for what has happened in your life? Or are you just sitting in church? God wants to manifest His power through you. Will you let Him? Will you take hold of the truth and put it inside of you and live in obedience to it so you can find the healing, sin-destroying power of God in your life.

While he was holding on to Peter and John, all the people came running to them in what was called “Solomon’s Colonnade”. They were dumbfounded. 

My heart rejoices when inmates come running to this ministry after hearing my story. I rejoice to see them “dumbfounded” that an inmate can change his life and become a new creature in Jesus. My heart rejoices to see them asking how they can find the same joy that I have in Jesus. Wouldn’t it be nice if church people did the same?

When Peter saw this, he told the people: “Fellow Israelis, why are you wondering about this, and why are you staring at us as if by our own power or godliness we made him walk? 

And that is the essence of the message I give to inmates and everyone who will listen. It is not by my power. It has nothing to do with my godliness or goodness. This ministry is simply the agent used by God to glorify His name. Look to:

The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—the God of our ancestors—has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you betrayed and rejected in the presence of Pilate, even though he had decided to let him go.  You rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked to have a murderer released to you, and you killed the source of life, whom God raised from the dead. We are witnesses to that. 

Peter did not pull any punches. He was not “Politically Correct”. He laid out the truth. They, the church, the people who claimed to be “God’s people” were the ones who betrayed and rejected Jesus. They were the “lawless ones”. The church had “rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked to have a murderer released to you, and you killed the source of life, whom God raised from the dead.” We need to be plain and blunt in our churches. The churches today are killing God’s people. The church is destroying the lives of billions. The church is the “antichrist”, taking the eyes of the people away from the “Holy and Righteous One” and putting those eyes firmly on the church. The church is killing the Source of Life in your soul.

It is his name—that is, by faith in his name—that has healed this man whom you see and know. Yes, the faith that comes through Jesus has given him this perfect health in the presence of all of you. 

If you will take your eyes off your church, off your pastor, off the leaders of your church and put them on Jesus, you also will find the “perfect health” He offers. Stop talking about your church and look to Jesus, in faith, and live in obedience to Him and you will find the power He offers.

“And now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance like your leaders.  This is how God fulfilled what he had predicted through the voice of all the prophets—that his Messiah would suffer. 

You have been going to church in ignorance. You have been brainwashed by your church leaders. For over 1500 years the Catholic Church system has been indoctrinating people to believe that salvation is in the church. That they are required by God to “go to church” for their salvation. That Jesus can only be found in the “church”. But all of that is “antichrist”. Your salvation is only found in Jesus Christ. If you will do as Peter and the disciples taught, you will find your sins blotted out.

Therefore, repent and turn to him to have your sins blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord and so that he may send you Jesus, whom he appointed long ago to be the Messiah. 

Repent from your church. Repent from your sins. Repent from everything that has come between you and Jesus Christ. Then, the times of refreshing will come to you from Jesus. He will be sent to minister to you, to talk to you and to inspire you. Your life will never be the same.

He must remain in heaven until the time of universal restitution, which God announced long ago through the voice of his holy prophets. 

There will come a time of “universal restitution”. All will be restored. The wicked will be destroyed and the righteous will be given eternal life. Sin cannot be tolerated for eternity. It must be destroyed. That is why Lucifer is working so hard to destroy all righteousness. He is working very hard, through the churches, to destroy the Ten Commandments and those who teach the teachings of Jesus. But Jesus will stand up and say, “It is done”. With that statement the end will come.

In fact, Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your brothers. You must listen to everything he tells you. Any person who will not listen to that prophet will be utterly destroyed from among the people.’ 

How true that is. “You must listen to everything he tells you. Any person who will not listen to that prophet will be utterly destroyed from among the people.’” If you are not listen to Jesus and live in obedience to His teachings to be perfect, stop sinning and to keep the Ten Commandments to get your eternal life, you will be destroyed from among the people. I couldn’t say it any plainer myself. Peter said it perfectly. But are you listening? Or are you in church listening to your pastor?

Indeed, all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and those who followed him, also announced these days. 

The whole Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, reveals the plan of salvation. That plan has always been, and will always be, to live in perfect obedience to the Ten Commandments. Sin is the breaking of any of the Ten Commandments. No sin can go to heaven. Your church cannot get you into Heaven.

You are the descendants of the prophets and the heirs of the covenant that God made with your ancestors when he told Abraham, ‘Through your descendant all the families of the earth will be blessed.’  When God raised up his servant, he sent him first to you to bless you by turning every one of you from your evil ways.” 

How true. God raised up Jesus and sent Him into this world to bring you the blessings of Heaven. What are those blessings? The blessings of truth, righteousness and the knowledge that we can live Heaven’s perfect, sinless Ten Commandments. You have a choice. Continue in church living in your evil ways, or going to Jesus and let Him transform your life.

 

Prison Mission Report

Hi Ron,
I was at Walmart yesterday and saw a woman who’s mother was a patient of mine 10 years ago. She still works as a warden at a prison in Tennessee. I told her I had the neatest book for inmates and would she take one? “And, Mary, if you see an interest, you can get more free from the author!” She was happy to take it and promised to give it to an inmate, along with the story that it came from a nurse. Just being able to give it to her gave me a spiritual high! I may never see her again, but who knows what that one book may do!
Sandra, NC (non-inmate)

(I pray that each one of you non-inmates will carry a case of “Change Your Life Biblically” around with you in your vehicles, motorcycle bags and trucks. That way, when the Lord puts you in the way of a “Divine Appointment”, you are ready to plant the seed. Sandra is into her third case of books. Praise God.)

Dear Ron,
It is amazing to me that the amount of information I have been given in past courses or life in general has been based on teachings of the Catholic Church. I will go as far as to say that I did a Catholic Bible study and at the time I was questioning the teachings because it seemed the attempt was to steer me clear of anything that didn’t preach what the church wanted. It was a systematic attempt to brainwash me. This is in and of itself a very troubling thing for I can see how weak-minded individuals might be led to follow these teachings and the end result is serving Satan. I have found this book (Change Your Life Biblically) to be a revelation of sorts as it confirms many of my suspicions about the Catholic Church. The facts and figures to me are the most interesting aspect of your book as I am enamoured with information on its most basic level. I love facts and figures. To outline the origin of some of the current religions is helpful to me to understand their goals and what I can do to avoid their teachings from entering into my mind. I’m not saying I am weak-minded, but you know that from being incarcerated, we sometimes have periods of looking for hope in the wrong places. I would be amiss if I didn’t say thank you very much for the opportunity to participate in your teachings and I believe we are of a like mind on many things. I enjoyed the witty remarks and overall approach of your study. I remained focused and wanting to read more. I not only made time for your book, I looked forward to it.
Jeffrey, WI

Dear JCPM,
I would like to receive one of your Bible study plans. I am very interested in learning all I can about the Bible. I am currently in jail.
Joshua, LA

Bro Ron,
After receiving your message on Monday and reading about your life story, I am truly inspired to want to continue my spiritual growth for which I have learned to be the truth but also where I continue my struggles. I believe that your message could be my calling and I have wrote you a letter expressing my interest to continue with you in your bible studies. I have also passed along your story to others who are seeking and believers who are also struggling how to understand the truth for which they know, so they too may be reaching out to you for your help. Thank you Bro. Ron for the message that God has put on your heart to deliver to me and countless others. My letter to you explaining where I am at spiritually & mentally is in the mail. I am looking forward to hearing back from you soon. Thanks again and may God continue to bless you & your ministry!
Tyrone the struggling Christian, NC (e-mail)

 

Testimony for God's People

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The following article was primarily written for “ministers”. However, each of us are to be “ministers” and priests to the world we live in. Jesus came not to be served, but to minister. Therefore, this article is for every person who claims to be a follower of Jesus.

Appeal to Ministers (Christians)

October 2, 1868, I was shown the great and solemn work before us of warning the world of the coming judgment. Our example, if in accordance with the truth we profess, will save a few, and condemn the many, leaving them without excuse in the day when the cases of all will be decided. The righteous are to be prepared for everlasting life, and sinners, who will not become acquainted with the will and ways of God, are appointed to destruction.

Churches are not interested to “become acquainted with the will and ways of God”. They are more concerned about people becoming acquainted with the “will and ways” of church membership. Only a few will be saved. But if your example is not “in accordance with the truth we profess”, it will save none and you will be lost. Your example is to be in accordance with the truth, not church. Going to church is not the example God wants from you. The “example” He wants you to live is the example Jesus set: the perfect, sinless life of obedience to the Ten Commandments.

Not all who preach the truth to others are sanctified by it. Some have but faint views of the sacred character of the work. They fail to trust in God and to have all their works wrought in Him. Their inmost souls have not been converted. They have not in their daily life experienced the mystery of godliness. They are handling immortal truths, weighty as eternity, but are not careful and earnest to have these truths inwrought in their souls, made a part of themselves, so that they shall influence them in all they do. They are not so wedded to the principles which these truths inculcate that it is impossible to separate any part of the truth from them.

Your preacher, church and denomination may “preach the truth”, or Bible facts, but unless they are living the perfect, sinless and commandment keeping life, they are not “sanctified by it”. How can they “live it” since they don’t teach it. Therefore, your pastor, church and denomination are not teaching the “truth” as Jesus taught it. It is only a “Catholic” concept of “going to church”.

Sanctification of heart and life is alone acceptable with God. Said the angel, as he pointed to the ministers (Christians) who are not right: “Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double-minded.” “Be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the Lord.” God calls for integrity of soul; for truth in the inward parts, transforming the entire man by the renewing of the mind through the influences of the divine Spirit (not church). Not all the ministers (Christians) are devoted to the work; not all have put their hearts into it. They move as listlessly as though a temporal millennium were allowed them in which to work for souls. They shun burdens and responsibilities, care and privations. Self-denial, suffering, and weariness are not pleasant nor convenient. It is the study of some to save themselves from wearing labor. They study their own convenience and how to please themselves, their wives, and their children; and the work upon which they have entered is nearly lost sight of.

I weep. There is no “Self-denial, suffering, and weariness” in church members to live the truth. The church members of today are studying their own convenience and ease with no regard for the eternal destiny of those around them. The churches are truly Laodicean. Sound asleep.

God calls for humiliation of soul and humble confessions from the ministers (Christians) whose works have not been wrought in Him. I was cited to men who engage in worldly enterprises. They know that if they would gain their object they must suffer fatigue. They sacrifice ease and love of home, and endure privations; they are persevering, energetic, and ardent. Our ministers (Christians) do not all manifest half the zeal shown by those who are securing earthly gain. They are not as intent upon their purpose, nor as earnest in their efforts; they are not as persevering, and are not as willing to deny themselves, as those who engage in worldly pursuits.

Many who claim to be Christian and working for God, are merely doing their own works for the church. None of it is for God. He didn’t ask you to “work for the church”. He asked you to work for Jesus. Many are handing out literature, or writing inmates, or visiting the sick, or feeding the hungry, etc., but are they doing what Jesus commanded, “Teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you”? Are they teaching people to stops sinning, be perfect and to keep the Ten Commandments to get their eternal life? Or are they working for their own personal ego, self-gratification and their church?

Compare these two enterprises. One is certain, eternal, enduring as the life of God; the other is a thing of this life, changeable, perishable, and if men succeed in their ambitious pursuits, that which they gain frequently stings like an adder, and drowns them in perdition. Oh, why should there be so great a contrast in the efforts of those who are engaged—the one class in a worldly enterprise, the other in a heavenly? the one laboring for a treasure here that is perishable, and in the effort suffering much pain for that which is frequently a source of great evil, the other putting forth efforts for the salvation of precious souls, which will be approved of Heaven and rewarded with heavenly riches. There are no risks to run here, no losses to be sustained, the profits are sure and immense.

Those who are in Christ’s stead (Christians) beseeching souls to be reconciled to God should by precept and example manifest an undying interest to save souls. Their earnestness, perseverance, self-denial, and spirit of sacrifice should as far exceed the diligence and earnestness of those securing earthly gain as the soul is more valuable than the trash of earth and the subject more elevated than earthly enterprises. All worldly enterprises are of trifling importance compared with the work of saving souls. Earthly things are not enduring, although they cost so much. But one soul saved will shine in the kingdom of heaven throughout eternal ages.

Some of the ministers (Christians) are asleep, and the people are also asleep; but Satan is wide awake. There is but little sacrificing for God or the truth. Ministers (Christians) must set the example. In their labors they should show that they esteem eternal things of infinite value and earthly things as nothing in comparison. There are ministers (Christians) preaching present truth who must be converted. Their understanding must be invigorated, their hearts purified, their affections centered in God. They should present the truth in a manner which will arouse the intellect to appreciate its excellence, purity, and sacredness. In order to do this, they should keep before their minds objects which are elevated and which have a purifying, quickening, and exalting influence upon the mind. They must have the purifying fire of truth burning upon the altar of their hearts, to influence and characterize their lives; then, go where they will, amid darkness and gloom, they will illuminate those in darkness with the light dwelling in them and shining round about them.

Ministers (Christians) must be imbued with the same spirit as was their Master when He was upon earth. He went about doing good, blessing others with His influence. He was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. Ministers (Christians) should have clear conceptions of eternal things and of God’s claims upon them; then they can impress others and excite in them a love for contemplating heavenly things.

Ministers (Christians) should become Bible students (not church students). Are the truths which they handle mighty? Then they should seek to handle them skillfully. Their ideas should be clear and strong, and their spirits fervent, or they will weaken the force of the truth which they handle. By tamely presenting the truth, merely repeating the theory without being stirred by it themselves, they can never convert men. If they should live as long as did Noah, their efforts would be without effect. Their love for souls must be intense and their zeal fervent. A listless, unfeeling manner of presenting the truth will never arouse men and women from their deathlike slumber. They must show by their manners, by their acts and words, and by their preaching and praying, that they believe that Christ is at the door. Men and women are in the last hours of probation, and yet are careless and stupid, and ministers (Christians) have no power to arouse them; they are asleep themselves. Sleeping preachers preaching to a sleeping people!

A great work must be accomplished for ministers (Christians) in order for them to make the preaching of the truth a success. The word of God should be thoroughly studied. All other reading is inferior to this. A careful study of the Bible will not necessarily exclude all other reading of a religious nature; but if the word of God is studied prayerfully, all reading which will have a tendency to divert the mind from it will be excluded. If we study the word of God with an interest, and pray to understand it, new beauties will be seen in every line. God will reveal precious truth so clearly that the mind will derive sincere pleasure and have a continual feast as its comforting and sublime truths are unfolded.

Visiting from house to house forms an important part of the minister’s (Christian’s) labors. He should aim to converse with all the members of the family, whether they profess the truth or not. It is his duty to ascertain the spiritual condition of all; and he should live so near to God that he can counsel, exhort, and reprove, carefully and in wisdom. He should have the grace of God in his own heart and the glory of God constantly in view. All lightness and trifling is positively forbidden in the word of God. His conversation should be in heaven, his words seasoned with grace. All flattery should be put away, for it is Satan’s work to flatter. Poor, weak, fallen men generally think enough of themselves and need no help in this direction. Flattering your ministers (Christians) is out of place. It perverts the mind and does not lead to meekness and humility; yet men and women love to be praised, and it is too frequently the case that ministers (Christians) love it. Their vanity is gratified by it, but it has proved a curse to many. Reproof is more to be prized than flattery.

Not all who are preaching the truth realize that their testimony and example are deciding the destiny of souls. If they are unfaithful in their mission, and become careless in their work, souls will be lost as the result. If they are self-sacrificing and faithful in the work which the Master has given them to do, they will be instrumental in the salvation of many. Some permit trifles to divert them from the work. Bad roads, rainy weather, or little matters at home are sufficient excuses for them to leave the work of laboring for souls. And frequently this is done at the most important time in the work. When an interest has been raised and the minds of the people are agitated, the interest is left to die out because the minister (Christian) chooses a more pleasant and easy field. Those who pursue this course show plainly that they do not have the burden of the work upon them. They wish to be carried by the people (church). They are not willing to endure the privations and hardships which are ever the lot of a true shepherd.

Some have no experience in taking hold of the work as though it was of vital importance. They do not enter upon it with that zeal and earnestness which would show that they are doing work which will have to bear the test of the judgment. They work too much in their own strength. They do not make God their trust, and therefore errors and imperfections mark all their efforts. They do not give the Lord an opportunity to do anything for them. They do not walk by faith, but by sight. They will go no faster or further than they can see. They do not seem to understand that venturing something for the truth’s sake has any part in their religious experience.

Some go from their homes to labor in the gospel field, but do not act as though the truths which they speak were a reality to them. Their actions show that they have not experienced the saving power of the truth themselves. When out of the desk, they appear to have no burden of the truth. They labor sometimes apparently to profit, but more frequently to no profit. Such feel as much entitled to the wages they receive as though they had earned them; notwithstanding their unconsecration has cost more labor, anxiety, and pain of heart to those laborers who have the burden of the work upon them than all their efforts have done good. Such are not profitable workmen. But they will have to bear this responsibility themselves.

It is often the case that ministers (Christians) are inclined to visit almost entirely among the churches, devoting their time and strength where their labor will do no good. Frequently the churches are in advance of the ministers who labor among them, and would be in a more prosperous condition if those ministers (Christians) would keep out of their way and give them an opportunity to work. The effort of such ministers (Christians) to build up the churches only tears them down. The theory of the truth is presented over and over again, but it is not accompanied by the vitalizing power of God. They manifest a listless indifference; the spirit is contagious, and the churches lose their interest and burden for the salvation of others. Thus by their preaching and example the ministers (Christians) lull the people to carnal security. If they would leave the churches, go out into new fields, and labor to raise up churches (Christians), they would understand their ability and what it costs to bring souls out to take their position upon the truth. And they would then realize how careful they should be that their example and influence might never discourage or weaken those whom it had required so much hard, prayerful labor to convert to the truth. “Let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.”

Yes, the “ministers” should leave the organized churches and go raise up people in God’s true “church” to work for God, not sit down in church.

The churches give of their means to sustain the ministers (Christians) in their labors. What have they to encourage them in their liberality? Some ministers (Christians) labor from month to month and accomplish so little that the churches become disheartened; they cannot see that anything is being done to convert souls to the truth nor to make those who are church members more spiritual or fervent in their love to God and His truth. Those who are handling sacred things should be wholly consecrated to the work. They should possess an unselfish interest in it and a fervent love for perishing souls. If they do not have this they have mistaken their mission and should cease their labor of teaching others, for they do more harm than they can possibly do good. Some ministers (Christians) display themselves, but do not feed the flock that are perishing for meat in due season.

I pray that my work and labors here at the ministry encourage you in your liberality. This is all I do. Here I am “wholly consecrated to the work”.

There is a disposition with some to shrink from opposition. They fear to go into new places because of the darkness and the conflicts they expect to meet. This is cowardice. The people must be met where they are. They need stirring appeals and practical, as well as doctrinal, discourses. Precept backed up by example will have a powerful influence.

A faithful shepherd will not study his own ease and convenience, but will labor for the interest of the sheep. In this great work he will forget self; in his search for the lost sheep he will not realize that he himself is weary, cold, and hungry. He has but one object in view: to save the lost and wandering sheep at whatever expense it may be to himself. His wages will not influence him in his labor nor turn him from his duty. He has received his commission from the Majesty of heaven, and he expects his reward when the work entrusted to him is done.

Those who engage in the business of schoolteaching prepare for the work. They qualify themselves by attending school and interesting their minds in study. They are not allowed to teach children and youth in the sciences unless they are capable of instructing them. Upon applying for a situation as teacher, they have to pass an examination before competent persons. It is an important work to deal with young minds and instruct them correctly in the sciences. But of how much greater importance is the work of the ministry (being a Christian)! Yet many engage in the important business of interesting men and women to enter the school of Christ, where they are to learn how they may form characters for heaven, who need to become students themselves. Some who enter the ministry (Christian life) do not feel the burden of the work upon them. They have received incorrect ideas of the qualifications of a minister (being a Christian). They have thought that it required but little close study in the sciences or in the word of God to make a minister (Christian). Some who are teaching present truth are not acquainted with their Bibles. They are so deficient in Bible knowledge that it is difficult for them to quote a text of Scripture correctly from memory. By blundering along in the awkward manner they do, they sin against God. They mangle the scripture, and make the Bible say things that are not written therein.

How true that is today. Ministers (Christians) go to school, but what are they learning? They graduate idiots in Bible truth. They are only taught human wisdom and philosophy about the Bible, but few have read the Bible from cover to cover at least 10 times. No, the writings of man are of greater value to them. “Things that are not written therein” are, “Saved by Grace”, “Unconditional Love of God”, “go to church”, “Can’t be Perfect”, “Can’t keep the Ten Commandments”, “Can’t stop Sinning” and many more. What is your church, pastor and denomination teaching you?

Some who have all their lives been led by feeling (church) have thought that an education or a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures was of no consequence if they only had the Spirit. But God never sends His Spirit to sanction ignorance. Those who have not knowledge, and who are so situated that it is impossible for them to obtain it, the Lord may, and does, pity and bless, and sometimes condescends to make His strength perfect in their weakness. But He makes it the duty of such to study His word. A lack of knowledge in the sciences is no excuse for a neglect of Bible study; for the words of inspiration are so plain that the unlearned may understand them.

There is no excuse today for not knowing your Bible. You can carry it with you on your phone, pull it up on a computer or pull it off a shelf in your home where you probably have many gathering dust.

Of all men upon the face of the earth, those who are handling solemn truths for these perilous times should understand their Bibles and become acquainted with the evidences of our faith. Unless they possess a knowledge of the word of life they have no right to undertake to instruct others in the way to life. Ministers (Christians)should give all diligence to add to their “faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.”

Some of our ministers (Christians) graduate when they have scarcely learned the first principles of the doctrine of Christ. Those who are ambassadors for Christ, who stand in His stead, beseeching souls to be reconciled to God, should be qualified to present our faith intelligently and be able to give the reasons of their hope with meekness and fear. Said Christ: “Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of Me.”

Ministers (Christians) who teach unpopular truth will be beset by men who are urged on by Satan and who, like their master, can quote Scripture readily; and shall the servants of God be unequal to the servants of Satan in handling the words of Inspiration? They should, like Christ, meet scripture with scripture. Oh, that those who minister in holy things would awake, and, like the noble Bereans, search the Scriptures daily! Brethren in the ministry, I entreat of you to study the Scriptures with humble prayer for an understanding heart, that you may teach the way of life more perfectly. Your counsel, prayers, and example must be a savor of life unto life, or you are unqualified to point out the way of life to others.

For those who want to lay a foundation may request the book, “Change Your Life Biblically” which the Spirit of God dictated and directed. Read it, memorize it and put it into your life. Do not fight against it, argue with it or pick and choose from it. It is all there by Divine appointment to bring His children into oneness with Him.

The Master requires all His servants to improve upon the talents He has committed to them. But how much more will He require of those who profess to understand the way to life, and who take upon themselves the responsibility of guiding others therein. The apostle Paul exhorted Timothy: “Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.”

The glorious results that attended the ministry of the chosen disciples of Christ were the effects of bearing about in their bodies the dying of the Lord Jesus. Some of those who testified of Christ were unlearned and ignorant men; but grace and truth reigned in their hearts, inspiring and purifying their lives, and controlling their actions. They were living representatives of the mind and spirit of Christ. They were living epistles, known and read of all men. They were hated and persecuted by all who would not receive the truth they preached, and who despised the cross of Christ.

Wicked men will not oppose a form of godliness nor reject a popular ministry which presents no cross for them to bear. The natural heart will raise no serious objection to a religion in which there is nothing to make the transgressor of the law tremble or bring to bear upon the heart and conscience the terrible realities of a judgment to come. It is the demonstration of the Spirit and the power of God which raises opposition and leads the natural heart to rebel. The truth that saves the soul must not only come from God; but His Spirit must attend its communication to others, else it falls powerless before opposing influences. Oh, that the truth would fall from the lips of God’s servants with such power as to burn its way to the hearts of the people!

“The truth that saves the soul must . . . only come from God”, not your church. The churches have all fallen. They are all preaching for popularity and money.

Ministers (Christians) must be endued with power from on high. When the truth in its simplicity and strength, as it is in Jesus, is brought to bear against the spirit of the world, condemning its exciting pleasures and corrupting charms, it will then be plainly seen that there is no concord between Christ and Belial. The natural heart cannot discern the things of the Spirit of God. An unconsecrated minister (Christian), presenting the truth in an unimpassioned manner, his own soul unmoved by the truths he speaks to others, will do only harm. Every effort he makes only lowers the standard.

Selfish interest must be swallowed up in deep anxiety for the salvation of souls. Some ministers (Christians) have labored, not because they dared not do otherwise, not because the woe was upon them, but having in view the wages they were to receive. Said the angel: “Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nought? neither do ye kindle fire on Mine altar for nought. I have no pleasure in you, saith the Lord of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand.”

This was written about 150 years ago. Today, all churches need to shut their doors. Nothing is being taught as Jesus taught and lived. Get out now, go to Jesus and learn from Him how to prepare for the great and final day of the Lord.

It is entirely wrong to buy every errand that is done for the Lord. The treasury of the Lord has been drained by those who have been only an injury to the cause. If ministers (Christians) give themselves wholly to the work of God, and devote all their energies to building up His cause, they will have no lack. As regards temporal things, they have a better portion than their Lord and better than His chosen disciples whom He sent forth to save perishing man. Our great Exemplar, who was in the brightness of His Father’s glory, was despised and rejected of men. Reproach and falsehood followed Him. His chosen disciples were living examples of the life and spirit of their Master. They were honored with stripes and imprisonment; and it was finally their portion to seal their ministry with their blood.

How true that is. Even though I have no income and refuse to work for money, God has never let me down nor forsaken me. He has touched hearts to provide everything I need.

When ministers (Christians) are so interested in the work that they love it as a part of their existence, then they can say: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For Thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

“The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.” {2T 334-345}

 

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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