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The Denial

John: The Denial

 

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Jesus, our Creator, the One who sustains us daily in all that we do, loved us so much He was not willing to deny us and leave us to live and die in the misery, pain and suffering of sin. He was willing to come to this insignificant planet in order to take the penalty for our sins. But sinful men wanted it their own way. They were not willing to give their sinful lives to Jesus. They built churches and religious systems in order to handle sin their own way. True, there was a religious system designed and required by God, but it was not for our salvation. It was designed to point us to the plan of salvation. However, the people took control of the religious system and instead of looking to the One who designed it, they made the system their “god” and perverted it, making a pagan system out of it. It was much easier to go through the religious motions than to go through the hard work of changing the heart. Selfishness, greed, desire for wealth, fame and power took the place of love, service and sacrifice. The religious system pointed to the One who would come to save them. But instead of looking to the One, they looked to themselves and praised the church system.

The church system produces hate, gossip, rebellion and divisions. I know one person who spends hundreds of dollars copying gossip videos to send to people. These videos gossip about churches, people and doctrine. None of the information he is putting out points people to Jesus. It only produces hate, rebellion, divisions and gossip. But he thinks he is working for God. Most religious organizations, and people who claim to be “Christian”, think they are doing it “God’s way”. But in reality, God did not ask them to do what they are doing. They are doing what they want to do because it satisfies their pride, ego and self-esteem. Like Cain, they are offering their own self-righteous service. God has asked us to simply go and teach people to live in obedience to what He has commanded: to stop sinning, be perfect and to keep the Ten Commandments to get our eternal life. To gossip about the trinity, the “name” of Jesus, what foods to eat, feast days and who in the church is doing this or that is all sin. God has dictated and directed the book “Change Your Life Biblically” in order to bring those who love Jesus back into unity with Him and His truth. Only those who live in obedience to it will be in Heaven.

Jesus came to point out the true way, the only way to return to God’s original plan for them. In order to get eternal life they had to live in obedience with the laws of that eternal life. But they were not willing. The religious system, designed by God to bring people back to their loving Creator, was turned against God, denied Him and was now planning to destroy Him. The church knew that either it had to destroy God or He would destroy their church; they could not live in harmony. The temple system God set up was not a church system. It was a system designed to explain the plan of salvation. The church system was a system developed by man to control man. Church is the “anti-Christ” system. It stands in “the place of” Christ. The religious system God set up was to show each individual person how he could serve and worship God individually. Church pointed the individual to its collective self; God’s system pointed the individual to God. The church made man a slave to man and sin; God’s system made man free of sin and a “son of God”.

“Christ’s mission was not understood by the people of His time. The manner of His coming was not in accordance with their expectations. The Lord Jesus was the foundation of the whole Jewish economy (system). Its imposing services were of divine appointment. They were designed to teach the people that at the time appointed One would come to whom those ceremonies pointed. But the Jews had exalted the forms and ceremonies and had lost sight of their object. The traditions, maxims, and enactments of men hid from them the lessons which God intended to convey. These maxims and traditions became an obstacle to their understanding and practice of true religion. And when the Reality came, in the person of Christ, they did not recognize in Him the fulfillment of all their types, the substance of all their shadows. They rejected the antitype, and clung to their types and useless ceremonies.” COL 34. Christ was the “antitype”, church is the “antichrist”.

After thirty-three and a half years the church could no longer tolerate her God. Like Lucifer in Heaven, the church lifted itself above God and wanted to be God. It was not willing to bow and submit to the supremacy of the Creator. It had taken on the attributes of Lucifer. The universe could now see the true outworking of the character of Lucifer. His selfish way of living only brings pain, destruction and death. The selfless character of Jesus only brings joy, blessings and life. But the church was not willing to give up its power, pride and wealth. Jesus gave it all up for them. They refused to follow His example and decided to keep it all for themselves. It was time for the church to attack the “Virus” that was threatening its life.

John 18:1 to John 19:42

After Jesus had said this, he went with his disciples across the Kidron valley to a place where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered. 

In February’s newsletter we read where the Greeks came seeking Jesus to learn from Him. The church came to Jesus seeking to destroy Him. Jesus left and went to talk to His Father. The church gathered a crowd to kill Him. Jesus gathered His disciples in love and peace. The church came in anger with murder in their hearts.

Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place because Jesus often met there with his disciples.  So Judas took a detachment of soldiers and some officers from the high priests and the Pharisees and went there with lanterns, torches, and weapons. 

So many have “come” to this ministry with their hate, “torches and weapons”. They do not want the Light of the world teaching them that their way of living is sinful and unacceptable to God. No, they bring their own “self-lights” of sins, pride, money, church, opinions and whatever else fulfills their egos and feelings.

Then Jesus, knowing everything that was going to happen, went forward and asked them, “Who are you looking for?” 

Poor, silly little humans. God knows everything. And yet, we think that somehow we can hide our plans, sins and feelings from God. Every thought, every act, every feeling is being recorded. Someday we are going to have to face our life’s record, unless, that is, you have changed your life, forsaken your sins and lived as Jesus commands: the sinless, Ten Commandment life - perfectly. Then you will not face your life’s record of sins, but the loving face of your Redeemer: Jesus.

How sad they came looking for Jesus to destroy Him. They should have come looking for Jesus in order to change their sinful lives. They should have left their church in search of Jesus and His truth. Instead, they went on a church mission of building a church of lies, denial and death.

They answered him, “Jesus from Nazareth.” Jesus told them, “I AM.” Judas, the man who betrayed him, was standing with them. 

It was the “I AM” who delivered the Israelites from their Egyptian bondage. It was the “I AM” who led their ancestors safely through the terrible desert for 40 years. It was the “I AM” who led them safely into the promised land and defeated their enemies. But they did not want to accept Jesus as their “I AM”. No, He was simply “Jesus from Nazareth”.

When Jesus told them, “I AM,” they backed away and fell to the ground. 

There will come a day when all sinners will stand before the “I AM” and at His voice they will all fall to the ground and proclaim that He is just in destroying them. They lived a life of selfishness, church, hate and rebellion against the “I AM”. They would not be happy in Heaven where all are in harmony with the loving Laws of God. They have spent their lives sitting in church rebelling against those laws and are forever set in their rebellion.

So he asked them again, “Who are you looking for?” They said, “Jesus from Nazareth.” 

Over and over again Jesus had given them opportunity after opportunity to acknowledge Him as their God. But the hard head sitting on a stiff neck atop a stubborn heart refused to yield. How sad.

Jesus replied, “I told you that I am the one, so if you are looking for me, let these men go.” 

The church was looking for the Messiah. Jesus told them, “I am the One”. But they denied Him and refused to accept His truth. Even now, there is no selfishness in Jesus’ heart. He is willing to give His life for their sins. But they would rather take His life in order to keep their church of sins. However, Jesus does look out for His disciples and attempts to spare them from what is about to fall on Him. Jesus is always willing to be our substitute. We need to follow His example.

This was to fulfill what he had said, “I did not lose a single one of those you gave me.” 

Jesus lived His life in complete obedience to the Word of God. He is the example of all who are going to Heaven. Those who have accepted Jesus as their Savior will be seen walking in His footsteps. They will not be seen sitting in church. They will not be building for this world. They will be living and building characters for the world to come.

Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus.  Jesus told Peter, “Put your sword back into its sheath. Shouldn’t I drink the cup that the Father has given me?” 

I don’t know, should He? Are you willing to drink the cup the Father has given you? By looking at those who go to church, I don’t think so. Not one command or statement Jesus made concerning our required journey to get into Heaven is obeyed by church members. Jesus commanded us to get out and go into all the world and teach people to be obedient to His commands. But instead, we sit in church with our mouths closed listening to a human blather on and on about nothing while the world around us is dying. Jesus commands us to live His perfect, sinless and commandment keeping life, but we prefer living in our sins while sitting in church. If you do stand up in your church and speak the teachings of Jesus, I can assure you, they will do to you as they did to Jesus. Are you ready to suffer for Jesus?

Then the soldiers, along with their commander and the Jewish officers, arrested Jesus and tied him up.  First they brought him to Annas, because he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest that year.  Caiaphas was the person who had advised the Jews that it was better to have one man die for the people. 

It was the Sadducees who were always to sit as “high priest”. They were the descendants of Aaron. “According to Abraham Geiger, the Sadducaic sect of Judaism drew their name from Zadok, the first High Priest of ancient Israel to serve in the First Temple, with the leaders of the sect proposed as the Kohanim (priests, the “sons of Zadok”, descendants of Eleazar, son of Aaron).” Wikipedia

How sad. How far the priests had fallen. They should have been the first to acknowledge Jesus as the rightful owner of the temple. They should have been the ones to acknowledge Jesus as the Messiah. If they had looked into, instead of at, the temple system, they would have seen the sinless life of Jesus portrayed. They should have seen in Jesus the ultimate High Priest. But the system became their “god” and they were in no mood to give up their power, wealth and influence that came with it.

Simon Peter and another disciple were following Jesus. Since the other disciple was known to the high priest, he accompanied Jesus into the courtyard of the high priest. Peter, however, stood outside the gate. So this other disciple who was known to the high priest went out and spoke to the gatekeeper and brought Peter inside. The young woman at the gate asked Peter, “You aren’t one of this man’s disciples, too, are you?” “I am not,” he replied. 

John truly loved Jesus. He followed Jesus right into the church “pit-of-evil”. He was willing to accept whatever came to Jesus as his own. He was not going to deny His Lord and Master.

It was the church that first denied Jesus as the Messiah. It started with Zechariah. The church refused to accept his testimony that the son born to him would be the forerunner of the Messiah. Then the church refused to accept the testimony of the shepherds. Later, the Magi came to town looking for the “King of the Jews” and this was unacceptable to the church. They were not willing to accept Jesus as the rightful owner of the “vineyard”. That was followed by the slaughter of hundreds of boys. Then there was the testimony of John the Baptist. But no, the church leaders would not accept anything that did not originate from church leadership.

At this time, Peter is given an opportunity to acknowledge Jesus as his Master. But Peter was not yet ready to give his life for Jesus. Peter still had way too much pride, ego and church in him to surrender to Jesus as his Master. He was willing to follow as long as he got what he wanted. He was willing to follow as long as his ambitions were fulfilled. But as he looked around him, he began to realize that those ambitions were not playing out as he had fantasized. Maybe it was time to deny that he knew Jesus.

And so it will be with those who go to church. What eventually saved Peter was the fact that he had left the church three years before and had spent those years traveling with and listening to Jesus. His love for Jesus grew and grew over those years. Therefore, now when the test came, even though he denied him at this time, his love for Jesus would overcome that denial and he would eventually be willing to die for Jesus as his Messiah.

If you are sitting in church, you also will become as those who denied Jesus. But if you leave your church now, going to Jesus, falling in love with Him by living in obedience to Him, when the time comes, your love for Jesus will overcome your human tendencies and you will be willing to die for Jesus. Get out now, time is running out.

Meanwhile, the servants and officers were standing around a charcoal fire they had built and were warming themselves because it was cold. Peter was also standing with them, keeping himself warm. 

There are way too many church members standing around a warm, comfortable church. It is “cold” outside and they might have to “sacrifice” if they acknowledge Jesus in a cold world of sin. No, it is much nicer sitting around the warm church fire while true Christians are, like John, standing with Jesus in the heat of battle.

Then the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and about his own teaching. 

He should have been bowing down before Jesus asking how to get eternal life. He had witnessed the sinless, commandment keeping life of Jesus and knew there was no sin in Him. His life was spotless, pure and noble. He was righteous while the High Priest and the whole church system that was now arraigned against Jesus was sick, sinful and defiled.

Jesus answered him, “I have spoken publicly to the world. I have always taught in the synagogue or in the Temple, where all Jews meet together, and I have said nothing in secret.  Why do you question me? Question those who heard what I said. These are the people who know what I said.” 

I have often wondered about “stealth” in the church. Should we be “sneaky” and sly in our work for the Lord? How many put out material in secret so as not to be seen. Their false pride and made-up humility is all sinful. The Lord let me reflect on Scripture and I realized that God never used intrigue, stealth or secrecy in His dealings with man. From Genesis to Revelation He has always been public, forthright, up-front and open. I wondered why. Then the Spirit explained, if “Christians” used anything other than truth, honesty, openness and forthrightness in their dealings with the world, they may win a local “battle”, but the glory would go to themselves or their church and they would lose the war. On the other hand, living as God commands, as Jesus lived, will always bring glory to God, even in apparent defeat. We must live as Jesus lived. Never should “winning” the argument be the object. The object must always be the same for us as it was for Jesus, living the perfect, sinless and commandment keeping life to bring glory and honor to God. That is true victory! Even in death.

When he said this, one of the officers standing nearby slapped Jesus on the face and demanded, “Is that any way to answer the high priest?” 

Power, force and authority are far more important to churches than love, justice and truth, right?

Jesus answered him, “If I have said anything wrong, tell me what it was. But if I have told the truth, why do you hit me?” 

I ask the same question to those who are always trying to “hit me”. I don’t understand why the churches, pastors and religious people hate me and this ministry when all I do is teach the teachings of Jesus. What is wrong with telling the truth? Maybe truth and their churches are not in agreement? It is much easier going to church than living the truth. How Catholic.

Then Annas sent him, with his hands tied, to Caiaphas the high priest. 

Yes, let us make sure we tie his hands in order to demonstrate what a criminal Jesus is. After all, the show is far more important than the truth, right? His hands are tied, he must be a criminal. Men in handcuffs and in “jumpsuits” are shown in the media and therefore they must be “criminals”, right? A person levels a charge and a complaint against another and it must be true, right? Innocent till proven guilty is no longer “truth”. Justice and truth have been completely swept away in the world of justice by media, mob rule and innuendos.

Meanwhile, Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. Some people asked him, “You aren’t one of his disciples, too, are you?” He denied it by saying, “I am not!” 

Are you out confessing your relationship with Jesus? Or, are you denying your Lord by sitting in a warm church? How have you confessed your “faith” lately? Have you passed out the book, “Change Your Life Biblically” recently? Do you carry it with you when out traveling? In your truck? In your car? In the saddlebags on your motorcycle?

Then one of the high priest’s servants, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, said, “I saw you in the garden with Jesus, didn’t I?”  Peter again denied it, and immediately a rooster crowed. 

I wonder how long the “rooster” will have to crow in our lives before we wake up and realize how often we have been denying Jesus in our lives. If we don’t wake up soon, the rooster will stop crowing, the Son will rise, and we will be lost.

Then Jesus was led from Caiaphas to the governor’s headquarters early in the morning. The Jews did not go into the headquarters, to avoid becoming unclean and unable to eat the Passover meal. 

Ok, ok, I understand, we have church to get to, we don’t want to get our “Sabbath best” dirty, now do we? Yes, going to church with a dirty, sin-sick soul is much easier to hide than a dirty pair of clothes or car. Let us go through our ceremonial washings and cleansings so we can be accepted at church, but let us not worry about our dirty characters. Be sure you keep your eyes straight ahead when driving so you don’t see the homeless, hungry and naked along the side of the road. Better step on the gas so we get to church on time. We don’t want to miss what the pastor has to say.

So Pilate came out to them and asked, “What accusation are you bringing against this man?” 

Ouch! Pilate, that is not fair. You are not supposed to ask that question. When the church brings you a man tied up and condemned, you are supposed to play the game and wave your hand over the problem and let us “clean” the dirt out of our church. How dare the civil government look too closely into our church activities. When the church organizations pick a candidate for office, don’t ask questions, just put him in. When the church board kicks a person out of the congregation, the congregation is just to accept it.

They answered him, “If he weren’t a criminal, we wouldn’t have handed him over to you.” 

Pilate, just stop bothering yourself with “justice” and all that nonsense and let us handle it. We say He is a criminal; He’s a criminal. Now, give us the right to handle it according to our church policy.

Pilate told them, “You take him and try him according to your Law.” The Jews told him, “It is not legal for us to put anyone to death.” 

Oh, thank you Pilate, that is exactly what we want, but, since we can’t put this very terrible terrorist to death, we just need you to sign off on our judgment.

This was to fulfill what Jesus had said when he indicated the kind of death he was to die. 

Pilate wasn’t dumb. In fact, he was well aware of Jewish law. For the church to condemn a person to death, there was really only one reason for that. And He was well aware of the hatred the church had for Jesus. After all, like himself, they were afraid of anyone coming along who might take their power and authority away from them. So, for them to want to kill Jesus, He had to claim to be a “king”.

So Pilate went back into the governor’s headquarters, summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” Jesus replied, “Are you asking this on your own initiative, or did others tell you about me?” 

We have the same problem today. Many talk about Jesus as King, or Messiah or God. But few are asking the question because they truly want to know. Usually there is a hidden agenda for their question. But it has nothing to do with truth and changing their lives.

Pilate replied, “I am not a Jew, am I? It is your own nation and high priests who have handed you over to me. What have you done?” 

Pilate wasn’t interested in “truth”. He was looking for a way out. He needed some excuse to “legally” justify handing Him back over to the Jews or letting Him go. He had other, more important things to do. His week-end plans were being interrupted and he was not pleased, so let’s hurry this along so I can get out of town.

Jesus answered, “My kingdom does not belong to this world. If my kingdom belonged to this world, my servants would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But for now my kingdom is not from here.” 

Oh, oh. Now we have a problem. “King of the Jews” is one thing, but a true king with a real kingdom, that now becomes a problem for the Roman Empire. Pilate now has to take this seriously. This is no longer just a religious annoyance, the Roman Emperor might not like having a real king disturbing his kingdom.

Pilate asked him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. I was born for this, and I came into the world for this: to testify to the truth. Everyone who is committed to the truth listens to my voice.” 

Pilate is thinking, what kind of king is this? Pilate is used to making judgments, but rarely were they done according to “truth”. No, there was always something more, like money, power, politics and whatever else would bring glory to him. Now he is confronted with something more terrifying than anything he has ever come up against: truth. Should he listen to the voice of Jesus? Are you listening to His voice? Or are you listening to the voices of your church and the church mob?

Pilate asked him, “What is ‘truth’?” After he said this, he went out to the Jews again and told them, “I find no basis for a charge against him. 

The Spirit of God was striving with Pilate. What should he do? Should he actually rule with truth and justice? That would be very problematic for his political future. He needs an escape. The leaders want Jesus out of the way. But the people, as far as Pilate had heard, were in love with Jesus. After all, it had been less than a week since the people had paraded Jesus into Jerusalem shouting acclimations in his honor. Jesus had healed their sick, cured their diseases, raised their dead. Maybe by appealing to the people he will be able to assuage his conscience and let Jesus go.

But you have a custom that I release one person for you at Passover. Do you want me to release for you the king of the Jews?” 

What justice! Let us not release an innocent person, no, let us have a custom whereby we simply release someone we want. Someone who pacifies the mob.

At this, they shouted out again, “Not this fellow, but Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was a revolutionary. 

Barabbas means, “Jeshua son of Abba”. Now the people had a real choice. They could pick Jesus, Jeshua the “Son of God” or they could pick “Jeshua son of Abba” a revolutionary. Barabbas was a murderer. He was one who was “helping” the Jews get their freedom from the Romans. What did Jesus do? Nothing of the sort. Jesus was going around talking about freedom from sin. He actually taught people to turn the other cheek and live in obedience to the Roman authority. What if this “imaginary” heaven wasn’t real after all? Barabbas was going around talking about freedom from the Romans and setting up a real Jewish kingdom. He was a “real” man. A real “fighter” for the church. Ok, we choose Barabbas.

Today, most people are choosing Barabbas and their churches. When it comes right down to it, our actions speak way louder than our sitting in church. Everything we do is about choosing Barabbas and this world. We may espouse our belief in Heaven, church doctrine and Jesus, but when it comes right down to it, we choose this “real” world over the “imaginary” heaven every time.

Barabbas would have been flogged, beaten, whipped, scourged and crucified. Jesus took His place. Jesus was living out His belief system. There was no “imaginary” heaven in His thinking. He believed and was willing to die for that belief.

Then Pilate had Jesus taken away and whipped.  The soldiers twisted some thorns into a victor’s crown, put it on his head, and threw a purple robe on him.  They kept coming up to him and saying, “Long live the king of the Jews!” Then they began to slap him on the face. 

“A victor’s crown”. How little they understood. Yes, Jesus was the victor. He was the victor over sin, over this world and over His own feelings. He practiced self-control and discipline. He would let nothing come between Him and His assigned duty to His Father. I think Pilate was hoping the mob would find their heart after seeing the cruelty applied to Jesus. He knew Jesus had only done good.

Pilate went outside again and told the Jews, “Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no basis for a charge against him.”  Then Jesus came outside, wearing the victor’s crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate told them, “Here is the man!” 

Have you looked upon “the man”? Have you turned away from your church, the mob and the worldly things in your life to truly look into the face of “the man”? Do you really know Him? Or has your religious life been only about church and superficial activities and beliefs that have nothing to do with your eternal life? Maybe it is time to turn a deaf ear to the church, the mob and look only to Jesus.

When the high priests and the officials saw him, they shouted, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” Pilate told them, “You take him and crucify him. I find no basis for a charge against him.”  The Jews answered Pilate, “We have a law, and according to that Law he must die because he made himself out to be the Son of God.” 

A “king of the Jews”, OK, a bit annoying, but that could be tolerated. A king of a real kingdom which was no threat to the Roman Empire, that too could be dealt with. But a real live “God” walking around on earth, now that was something else entirely. Pilate was a Roman and trained in the knowledge of “gods” and how they could be easily angered. If you didn’t appease the “gods” terrible things could happen to you. This was more frightening than a king. What if Jesus was a “son of a god” come to test him? This could be very dangerous.

When Pilate heard this, he became even more afraid.  Returning to his headquarters, he asked Jesus, “Where are you from?” But Jesus did not answer him. 

Was this the god Jupiter? Was He Apollo? Could He be the son of Zeus? If He was Mars, the god of war, Pilate might not want to tangle with Him.

So Pilate asked him, “Aren’t you going to speak to me? You realize, don’t you, that I have the authority to release you and the authority to crucify you?” 

Which of the “gods” was this? Was He a lessor god than my patron god? Do I have authority over Him? Who is He?

Jesus answered him, “You have no authority over me at all, except what was given to you from above. That’s why the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.”  From then on, Pilate tried to release him, but the Jews kept shouting, “If you release this fellow, you’re not a friend of Caesar! Anyone who claims to be a king is defying Caesar!” 

Do I try to release one who is claiming to be an imaginary “god” or do I side with what is real and tangible, Caesar? Every day, you and I make the same decisions. Every thought, every act is decided by our understanding of who Jesus is and the choices we are making. Do you really believe in Jesus? Or just a “name”?

When Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus outside and sat down on the judgment seat in a place called The Pavement, which in Hebrew is called Gabbatha.  Now it was the Preparation Day for the Passover, about noon. He told the Jews, “Here is your king!” 

He decided that if Jesus were a “real” god, He would fight for His life and His kingdom as all the gods in mythology had done. No, He is just a good fool claiming to be a “king”. That I can deal with. Besides, it is now Friday and Pilate has had a long week. He is tired and ready for the “week-end”. Let’s move this along and get it over with.

Then they shouted, “Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!” Pilate asked them, “Should I crucify your king?” The high priests responded, “We have no king but Caesar!” 

How true that was. The church did not want God as their King. They did not want a King who commanded their loyalty and obedience without their say in the matter. Human kings they could sway, as they had done with Pilate, but God, no, we don’t want God as our King. We want someone we can vote into office or out of office as it pleases us. We want a church system that will give us what we want.

Then Pilate handed him over to be crucified, and they took Jesus away. 

Too often in our lives we hand “Him over to be crucified”. We just love this world and our churches far too much to keep “Him” in our lives. We are so afraid He might not approve of what we are doing. So we build our churches and vote in those who will approve of our sinful lives. Why are we so afraid of the One who loves us, wants what is best for us and was willing to die for us?

Carrying the cross all by himself, he went out to what is called The Place of a Skull, which in Hebrew is called Golgotha. 

“All by Himself”. Jesus carried the burden of our sins “all by Himself”. All had left Him. There were no soothing hands to comfort and encourage Him. All believed He had failed in His mission. They thought He was the biggest “loser”. If only He had listened to the church and done what He was told by the authorities, maybe His life would have been “successful”. Are you willing to walk the path Jesus walked all by yourself? The wonderful thing is, you won’t be all by yourself. Jesus will never forsake you. He will always stand by your side if you live in obedience to His commands. I have experienced this in my life. He is always here with me, working with me, teaching me, instructing me, helping me to accomplish the work He has given me. I love Him so much. I will continue to give Him, as I have done, my life.

“‘The sower went forth to sow’ (R.V.). In the East the state of affairs was so unsettled, and there was so great danger from violence that the people dwelt chiefly in walled towns, and the husbandmen went forth daily to their labor outside the walls. So Christ, the heavenly Sower, went forth to sow. He left His home of security and peace, left the glory that He had with the Father before the world was, left His position upon the throne of the universe. He went forth, a suffering, tempted man; went forth in solitude, to sow in tears, to water with His blood, the seed of life for a world lost.

“His servants in like manner must go forth to sow. When called to become a sower of the seed of truth, Abraham was bidden, ‘Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show thee.’ Genesis 12:1. ‘And he went out, not knowing whither he went.’ Hebrews 11:8. So to the apostle Paul, praying in the temple (church) at Jerusalem, came the message from God, ‘Depart; for I will send thee far hence unto the Gentiles.’ Acts 22:21. So those who are called to unite with Christ must leave all, in order to follow Him. Old associations must be broken up, plans of life relinquished, earthly hopes surrendered. In toil and tears, in solitude, and through sacrifice, must the seed be sown.” COL 36

I pray you will also get up, get out and begin working for Jesus. You must leave your church as Paul did, as well as “old associations must be broken up, plans of life relinquished, earthly hopes surrendered leave it all” “in order to follow Him”.

There they crucified him, along with two others, one on each side of him with Jesus in the middle. 

Jesus was not a coward. He never ran from His responsibilities and duties. He stood His ground and was always in the middle of the “fight”. All may forsake Him, but He was in the middle of the controversy, reaching out with both hands to save sinners on all sides. What are you doing? Oh yes, going to church?

Pilate wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It read, “Jesus from Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” 

Jesus and Pilate were the only two, up to this point in the conflict, who had not lied. Jesus, of course, would not lie to save His life. Your life and my life were more important than His life. Pilate spoke the truth, he found no guilt in Jesus and Jesus was from Nazareth and He was the “King of the Jews”. Many who go to church claim that Jesus was from Nazareth and that He is “King of the Jews”. However, like Pilate, they refuse to live in obedience to Him. Recognizing the fact and accepting it into your life as truth are two very different paths. They lead in two very different directions.

Many Jews read this inscription, because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city. It was written in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek. 

Most today are still reading the “facts” about Jesus, but few are surrendering their lives to those “facts”. Bible facts will not save you. You can know them all and still be lost. Unless you turn those “facts” into “truths” in your life, you cannot see Heaven. Eternal life can only come by accepting the “truth” into your life and living it. Jesus is the Living Truth. Unless you are living as He lived, you are lost.

Then the Jewish high priests told Pilate, “Don’t write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but that this fellow said, ‘I am the King of the Jews.’

Even today, most denominations, churches and pastors want to change the truth. They hate the truth. They do what Peter said, “Some things in them (Paul’s letters) are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, leading to their own destruction, as they do the rest of the Scriptures.” 2 Peter 3:16. Peter knew. He was there that night and he did see and hear a lot of distorting and misleading testimony. He was one who took part in those deceptions and denials. He knew what he was talking about. Does your church, denomination or pastor know what they are talking about? Probably not. The church is still denying Jesus in truth.

Pilate replied, “What I have written I have written.” 

Pilate knew whereof he had written. Not many who write under the authority of their denominations, churches or religions know what they are writing. Jesus knew what He was speaking. He said, “I speak just as the Father has told Me.” John 12:50. What is your pastor, church or denomination teaching you? Just what the Father commands? To live the perfect, sinless and Commandment keeping life? I think not! They write and speak what the church and denomination demands.

When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his clothes and divided them into four parts, one for each soldier, and took his cloak as well. The cloak was seamless, woven in one piece from the top down.  So they told each other, “Let’s not tear it. Instead, let’s throw dice to see who gets it.” This was to fulfill the Scripture that says, “They divided my clothes among themselves, and for my clothing they threw dice.” So that is what the soldiers did. 

How is your “dignity”? Would you allow them to strip you naked, take your clothes and put you on a cross? What are you doing now with your life to prove you don’t covet your clothes, your car, your house, your money, your church? How is your ego? Do you covet your opinions and church doctrine? Are you willing to be stripped of your church, opinions and beliefs for the good of other’s salvation? Are you willing to lay them all down and re-think your beliefs in light of the teachings of Jesus who commanded us to stop sinning, be perfect and to keep the Ten Commandments to get your eternal life?

Meanwhile, standing near Jesus’ cross were his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 

So few will be saved. Out of thousands who probably accepted Jesus as a prophet, a good man or even the Messiah, less than a dozen publicly acknowledged their association with Jesus. Are you “hiding” your beliefs in church? Are you standing with Jesus by His cross? Have you shouldered the cross today?

When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he kept loving standing there, he told his mother, “Dear lady, here is your son.”  Then he told the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home. 

The life of Christ was total surrender to the will of His Father. There was not a thread of selfishness in any thought or feeling. There was no pity-party on His part. There was no, “Look at poor Me”. There was no “you have violated My rights!” Only love. He thought of His mother and knew that John would love her as He loved her. Do you think of others when your wants or desires are not met?

After this, when Jesus realized that everything was now completed, he said (in order to fulfill the Scripture), “I’m thirsty.” A jar of sour wine was standing there, so they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth.  After Jesus had taken the wine, he said, “It is finished.” Then he bowed his head and released his spirit. 

He gave the world one last chance to show pity, love and kindness. The world failed and the work Jesus came to do was finished. The plan of salvation was not finished, only the “human” sacrificial life of Christ was finished. That part of the plan of salvation was now complete. The atonement had been paid. The “Lamb of God” had been sacrificed for the sins of the world. But not one person will be saved unless they accept that sacrifice into their own lives and live it. They must live as Jesus lived, perfect, sinless and commandment keeping in order for the sacrifice of Christ to atone for their sins.

There will come a day when Jesus will stand up and say, “It is done”. At that point the plan of salvation will be totally completed and there will be no more atonement for sinners. At the death of Christ, the curtain of the temple was torn from top to bottom showing that the sacrifices, temple rituals, feasts days and services that pointed to the “Lamb of God” were now “finished”. But when Jesus steps out from the Most Holy Place in Heaven and declares, “It is done”, there will be no more High Priest to plead for sinful man. If you have not stopped sinning, learning to live the perfect, sinless and commandment keeping life, you will be destroyed.

From the time Christ steps out of the Most Holy Place to the time He comes to take His people back to Heaven there will be seven months of terrible catastrophic events on earth. Unless you are living the perfect, sinless and commandment keeping life of Jesus, you will not be able to make it through that time and will be lost.

Since it was the Preparation Day, the Jews did not want to leave the bodies on the crosses during the Sabbath, because that was a particularly important Sabbath. So they asked Pilate to have the men’s legs broken and the bodies removed. 

How sad. The show was more important than the truth. The show must go on. The Sabbath services and rituals must not be tainted by truth. If they had known truth, they would have shut the temple doors and walked away from it all, knelt before Jesus and gave Him their lives. No, let us clean up our dirty work and put on a show of serving God. Going to church was more important than cleaning up the heart. How is your heart?

So the soldiers went and broke the legs of the first man and then of the other man who had been crucified with him.  But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 

The criminals were not dead. That is why their legs were broken. They were probably put back up on their cross on the 1st day of the week, Sunday, to continue their punishment of suffering. Jesus died of a broken heart. It was sin that killed Him. Your sin, my sin. We must stop sinning. Hebrews is very plain that if we continue in sin, after knowing the truth, the sacrifice of Jesus will do us no good. Hebrews 10:26.

Instead, one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and blood and water immediately came out. 

What is in your heart? Greed, hate, coveting, anger, pride? Or has the blood of your heart been cleansed by the Living Water of love, kindness, forgiveness, sacrifice and obedience to Jesus?

The one who saw this has testified, and his testimony is true. He knows he is telling the truth so that you, too, may believe, because these things happened so that the Scripture might be fulfilled: “None of his bones will be broken.” In addition, another passage of Scripture says, “They will look on the one whom they pierced.” 

You killed Jesus! You pierced His heart with your sins. Will you “Look on the One” whom you have pierced and stop living the lie you are living in your church? Will you get out of your church, stand up and begin testifying to the truth as John did? Will you believe and change your life?

Later on, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus (though a secret one because he was afraid of the Jews), asked Pilate to let him remove the body of Jesus. Pilate gave him permission, and he came and removed his body. 

Are you “afraid of the Jews”? Do you love your membership in your church more than truth? More than Jesus? Finally, Joseph of Arimathea stood up, cast aside his pride, his fear and his need to have the church accept him, and became a man. He took back his dignity which the church had taken away and went to get Jesus.

Nicodemus, the man who had first come to Jesus at night, also arrived, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes weighing about a hundred pounds. 

Nicodemus must have been weeping over the fact that He had missed out on so many opportunities to be with Jesus, listen to Jesus and have Him (the Son of God) as a Friend. All he could do now was bring myrrh and aloes for a dead body. Will you wait? Will you continue to miss out on the blessings of walking with the Son of God. Is your church that important to you?

They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it in linen cloths along with spices, according to the burial custom of the Jews.  A garden was located in the place where he was crucified, and in that garden was a new tomb in which no one had yet been placed. Because it was the Jewish Preparation Day, and because the tomb was nearby, they put Jesus there. 

The Jewish Preparation Day was Friday. That was the day the Jews prepared for the Sabbath. Jesus prepared for the Sabbath by completing His duty and then “rested” over the Sabbath in obedience to the Ten Commandments. Jesus never broke the Ten Commandments, not even in death. Are you putting Jesus in a “tomb” because you are afraid to stand up in your church and proclaim Him as your living Friend? How many tombs do you have in your life where you are hiding Jesus? Now, while you still have time, take hold of the living Jesus and show Him to the world. Take Him out of the tomb you have placed Him in and put Him into your life and live as He commands you: perfect, sinless and commandment keeping. Then the Life of Jesus will radiate from you to all around and you will walk with Jesus and the Redeemed on streets of gold.

 

Prison Mission Report

Dear Brother Ron,
I may not know much, but I know this, you - JCPM - is not a cult or of Satan. If you were, you wouldn’t have called me out of where I was. Christ, through you and JCPM wouldn’t have called me back. I was exactly where Satan wanted me. I had turned my back on Christ for over 18 years. Studied Wicca, followed Theosophy believing in Karma, reincarnation. I was “happy”. I had also spent 38 years of my life chasing Satan’s lie that is religion. Yes, in my youth I “felt” there had to be more. What I was being taught wasn’t “right”. However, I had no one to take me and teach me the truth. So, no, you are not of Satan. If you were, I wouldn’t have been awakened. So, yes, I praise and thank Jesus for you and the work you are doing. That I have a brother and friend like you I can bring my questions to and receive answers I know and believe to be of Jesus. Brother Ron, the so little you know I believe is what Christ wanted me to learn. Your little, given you by Christ, is more than I learned in 38 years by those who thought they knew so much. I will gladly take your thimble of truth over their 50 gallon drum of half-truths and lies any day of my life.
James, WI

Hello,
I would really like to grow in my walk with the Lord. I’m not sure how to go about it. Another inmate I live with suggested I write to you and ask for a copy of the “Change Your Life Biblically” workbook. I would really appreciate it. As my release gets closer, I am finding that I am struggling a great deal with anxiety. I don’t want to come back to prison ever again. I don’t know how to stop being scared of messing up again. I am coming to the conclusion that the best way for me to fight my anxiety is by giving it to God. Will you please help me with this?
Jillian, NV

Greetings,
If possible, can you please place me on your mailing list? Send me any free literature concerning my walk with Jesus Christ and any study Bible course you have available. Thank you,
Dameon, CA

Dear Fellow Believer,
I was just going through some papers in my cell and came across a piece of paper having your address on it. I am pursuing a walk with Jesus while incarcerated and in my future release. I would very much enjoy any Bible studies or any other literature you could provide me with. Also, I would like you to pray for all the men on tier A-South.
Lucas, CA

To My Family in Christ,
I just read the history of Jesus Ministry and about you, sir. Can I say, that before I read it, I was a 3 month backsliding, drug using child of God that was relinquishing his faith for doubt. God had been moving in my life powerfully. Before that, I guess you could call me an institutionalized atheist. Mom moved me and my brother but left me without my dad. Though a convict and drug addict, I loved him. Even in a better city, I found myself falling into the same game that took my dad from me. I started using drugs around 13 and getting incarcerated. I remained out of prison after serving a total of 10 years, from 13-29 years of age. Now I am in prison for murder. I see I still have things to work on and God saw my recent backslide and life I was living was not for Jesus but selfishness. Then your Introductory to the ministry fell in my lap. I read immediately and the Holy Spirit told me to write this letter. I am being called to share His gospel.
Eric, CA

Dear Brother,
I received your information from a close friend. He told me about your ministry and the “Change Your Life Biblically” workbook. It is my desire to serve our Lord and follow His example. I would greatly appreciate receiving this workbook and any information about your ministry.
Touncie, KY

Dear Brother Ron,
I hope somebody told you they love you today!! If not, put me on the list. I’ve inclosed 10 stamps as I’ve been blessed with some more. I’ve decided I’m going to give your ministry any and all support I can. Please pray for me as I’ve been under attack by the devil. I’ve had mail rejected from my sister in New York who I have not heard from in ages. I pray for your ministry to prosper so others can learn that we are not “saved in our sins” but we are “saved from our sins”. We must stop sinning and be perfect and obey the Commandments to get our eternal life. I’ve found that as I do this each and every day, it gets real easy to see when the devil attacks. Before your book, I would of blamed God for my troubles, like Adam did when he sinned. I know I’ve blamed God enough in the past, but now that I know Him, I realize that temptations, trials and troubles will come but I can withstand as my house is no longer built on sand. I do thank God I did not throw out your flyer and decided to write you for your book.
Thomas, FL

 

Testimony for God's People

My Dear Family in Christ,

I have done something in this section that I don’t think I have ever done before, nor do I ever wish to do again. But the Spirit of God was pressing upon me to do this. There are so many ministries out there leading people astray. So many people are listening to them and supporting them because they are famous, have written books, speak with foreign accent and make a lot of money. They tell their readers to stay with the church and give them quotes taken out of context to prove their lies. Therefore, in this section, I have called one of them out by name. But his example is only the tip of the iceberg. People love to hear gossip. The “Christian” gossip rags are full of sweet tasting morsels that go down into the belly. But they will destroy you if you continue to listen to them. You must put all those “Christian” and church gossip rags away and turn your eyes to Jesus and His truth.

“Christ’s servants are to do the same work. In our day, as of old, the vital truths of God’s word are set aside for human theories and speculations. Many professed ministers of the gospel do not accept the whole Bible as the inspired word. One wise man rejects one portion; another questions another part. They set up their judgment as superior to the word; and the Scripture which they do teach rests upon their own authority. Its divine authenticity is destroyed. Thus the seeds of infidelity are sown broadcast; for the people become confused and know not what to believe. There are many beliefs that the mind has no right to entertain. In the days of Christ the rabbis put a forced, mystical construction upon many portions of Scripture. Because the plain teaching of God’s word condemned their practices, they tried to destroy its force. The same thing is done today. The word of God is made to appear mysterious and obscure in order to excuse transgression of His law. Christ rebuked these practices in His day. He taught that the word of God was to be understood by all. He pointed to the Scriptures as of unquestionable authority, and we should do the same. The Bible is to be presented as the word of the infinite God, as the end of all controversy and the foundation of all faith.

“The Bible has been robbed of its power, and the results are seen in a lowering of the tone of spiritual life. In the sermons from many pulpits of today there is not that divine manifestation which awakens the conscience and brings life to the soul. The hearers can not say, ‘Did not our heart burn within us, while He talked with us by the way, and while He opened to us the Scriptures?’ Luke 24:32. There are many who are crying out for the living God, longing for the divine presence. Philosophical theories or literary essays, however brilliant, cannot satisfy the heart. The assertions and inventions of men are of no value. Let the word of God speak to the people. Let those who have heard only traditions and human theories and maxims hear the voice of Him whose word can renew the soul unto everlasting life.” {COL 39-40}

The modern prophet of God has given us so much counsel from the hand of Jesus. But the church, the leaders and the ministers of the church do not listen. They use only those portions that suit their fancy. As Peter said, “There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.” 2 Peter 3:16. Please turn them off and throw them out. Listen to Jesus and Jesus only for your eternal life. Listen now as the modern-day prophet of God gives good, solid counsel to a lady of the church.

Dear Sister (of the church),

Some things have been shown me in reference to you. You have not a sense of your true state. You need a deep and thorough work of grace in your heart. You need to set your heart and your house in order. Your example in your family is not worthy of imitation. You come up to a low standard, but fail to reach the standard elevated by our divine Lord. You love to visit and talk, and you say many things unbecoming a Christian. Your statements are exaggerated and frequently come far from the truth. Your words and acts will judge you in the last day. By them you will be justified or by them condemned. Your education has not been of an ennobling character, therefore there is the greatest necessity of your now training and educating yourself to purity of thought and action. Train your thoughts so that it will be easy for them to dwell upon pure and holy things. Cultivate a love for spirituality and true godliness.

Are you one who loves to talk and visit? Most women, when they get together, are in it for the “gossip”, not the perfecting of character. While they leave their homes in a mess, their characters are in a mess. Neglecting the duties of life, they spend hours in idle talk and senseless conversation (Watching 3ABN and other church propaganda) that does nothing to lift the soul to the divine, holy and high calling Jesus requires. This lady can stand as a metaphor for the church. The church needs to train and educate itself in purity of thought and action. Jesus will not purify the church or one person. We are commanded to purify ourselves by our actions.

Your conversation is often of a low order. You are deceiving your own soul, and this delusion will prove fatal unless you arouse to see yourself as you are and turn unto God with true humbleness of mind. You are inclined to be deceptive. Your son has not an experimental knowledge of God or of the sacred claims of truth. He is flattered by his parents that he is a Christian, but he is a most miserable representative of Sabbathkeeping Christians. God forbid that we acknowledge such as being Christlike. You do not discipline your boy. He is self-willed and bigoted. He has but very little sense of true courtesy or even common politeness. He is rough and uncultivated, unloving and unlovable. You represent to others that he is a Christian, and by so doing you disgrace the cause of Christ. This boy is in a fair way of becoming an educated hypocrite. He has no control over himself, yet you flatter him that he is a Christian.

I would truly submit that almost every family, claiming to be “Christian”, is disgracing the “cause of Christ”. If you go to church and have children who have no control over themselves, or are self-willed and bigoted, deprived of little sense of true courtesy or even common politeness, it is time to get out of your church, turn off your cell phones, the TV, radios and computers and get on your knees before God Almighty and repent. It is time to turn your selfish, wicked heart to Jesus and begin the cleansing process by living in strict obedience to His Word. Let nothing stand in your way of this work of reform.

The work of reform must commence with you. You should become chaste in conversation, and a keeper at home, loving home duties, loving your husband and child. You should study to economize your time so as not to overtax your strength. The light burden of home duties which you have to perform you can bear without overtaxation if you exercise perseverance and proper diligence. But you have a work to do to control the tongue. It is a little member and boasteth great things, but it needs the bridle of grace and the bit of self-control to keep it from running at random. Your conversation is of a low order, and you indulge in much cheap talk. “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.”

Much of the religious material “Christians” get today is nothing but gossip. They are corrupt communications and do nothing to edify the body or the mind for Heaven. They are gossip rags that talk about this church, that church, what the government is doing or this denomination and that denomination. They talk about this priest, that pastor, this church leader or that leader, but none of it has anything to do with eternal life. One of those gossip rags is from Jan Marcussen. He and many others gossip and indulge in “much cheap talk” which does nothing to prepare anyone to live the perfect, sinless and commandment keeping life. His work is bound up in the church and instructing people to stay in the church. But the church today is no different than the church of Christ’s day. The church flatters its members into thinking they are more “Christian” than others. The gossip rags from those organizations and ministries flatter their readers into thinking they will be saved by staying in the church. However, they are “a most miserable representative of Sabbathkeeping Christians”. Their work is taking millions to eternal death. They stay in the church thinking that Jesus is going to cleanse it. But as we see here in this article, the prophet of God is very clear, we must start the cleansing process in our selves and in our families. No church will save you. If Jesus could not cleanse His church at the time of His personal presence, He cannot cleanse it now. The church today, like the church of His day, has fallen and will be destroyed. The only way Jesus was able to cleanse His church was for His people to come out of it. Come out now, or you also will be destroyed.

May the Lord convict you of these things as you read these lines. I entreat of you to put on the meek dignity of a wife and mother. There is a responsibility resting upon the father. Your efforts should be united to control your son, who is fast traveling the road to perdition. You should earnestly seek for the inward adorning, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. With patience, grace, and sweet humility you can teach your poor, deceived boy the first principles of Christianity, and true politeness, or Christian courtesy. You are frequently hasty and boisterous. Oh, how important that you see the work to be done for you, before it shall be forever too late! Now Jesus invites you to come to Him, and to learn of Him, for He is meek and lowly of heart. The promise He has given you is sure, that you will find rest in Him. You have a great work to do. Deceive not your own souls, but examine yourselves as in the light of eternity. It is impossible for you to be saved as you are.

The church is no different than this mother. It is boisterous, hasty, out of control and is impossible to be saved as it is. God cannot cleanse the church if the church members are refusing to cleanse themselves. You cannot be saved sitting in church any more than the son could be saved being a church member or a member of a “Christian” family. Those “ministers” who claim you must stay in the church and that God will purify it are leading you to death. They are not ministers of God. They are ministers of the devil. They are wolves in sheep’s clothing. They have some facts, as all gossip is based on some fact, but the effect is destruction of the soul. It does nothing to purify the life. They talk about Jesus purifying the church, but they refuse to tell the church to begin purifying themselves by living in obedience to the teachings of Jesus: to stop sinning, be perfect and to keep the Ten Commandments to get your eternal life. If you stay in your church, “It is impossible for you to be saved as you are”.

Sister (of the church), your husband might be of some use in the church if your influence were what it ought to be. But your example and influence disqualify him to exert a sanctifying influence in the church. Home influences more than counteract his efforts for good. You are wholly unqualified to be the wife of an elder of the church. God calls upon you to reform. Your husband has a work to do to set his heart and house in order. When he is converted, then can he strengthen his brethren.

She is the wife of an “elder of the church”. Do you see the problem in our churches today. They are all hypocrites, liars, putting on a show because the church has not disciplined, rebuked, corrected or set the example of living the perfect, sinless and commandment keeping life. The church does not want Christ in it. Therefore, the only way Christ can purify the church is to burn it. You must get out. The Jews refused to get out because they thought God would purify and deliver the church. They were wrong. He delivered the Christians out of the church and not one Christian died when the church was destroyed by the Romans. He was able to purify the early Christians because they got out of their rotten, filthy church and lived in strict obedience to the teachings of Jesus.

As a family (church), you need to be sanctified through the truth. Dear sister, will you see the work to be done for you and take hold of it without delay, that your influence may be saving? Work out your salvation with fear and trembling. Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. “Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” “Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

This is the only way God can purify the church. The church must “work out your salvation with fear and trembling”. But it refuses to “work” at anything except sin. It refuses to be sanctified through the truth. It hates the truth as Jesus taught it, to stop sinning, be perfect and to keep the Ten Commandments to get eternal life. The church no longer teaches the teachings of Jesus. The church prefers the gossip rags. Jesus cannot purify one person or any church or denomination that is refusing to teach and live the perfect and sinless life He taught.

There are enough profitable subjects upon which to meditate and converse. The conversation of the Christian should be in heaven, whence we look for the Saviour. Meditation upon heavenly things is profitable, and will ever be accompanied with the peace and comfort of the Holy Spirit. Our calling is holy, our profession exalted. God is purifying unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. He is sitting as a refiner and purifier of silver. When the dross and tin are removed, then His image will be perfectly reflected in us. Then the prayer of Christ for His disciples will be answered in us: “Sanctify them through Thy truth: Thy word is truth.” When the truth has a sanctifying influence upon our hearts and lives, we can render to God acceptable service and can glorify Him upon the earth, being partakers of the divine nature and having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

God is not purifying the church, no “God is purifying unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works”. If you are not purifying yourself with good works, staying in your church will do you no good. Learning about what this church or that church, this pastor or that pastor has done or is doing will never get you into Heaven. You can listen to all the gossip you want about the Catholic Church, SDA church, Baptist church, Lutheran church or any other church or church leader, but it will not get you into heaven. “The conversation of the Christian should be in heaven, whence we look for the Saviour.” Conversing on people or churches or doctrines that have nothing to do with eternal life will only destroy you. All that dross and tin must be removed from you. You must listen to Jesus and His truth to have eternal life.

Oh, how many will be found unready when the Master shall come to reckon with His servants! Many have meager ideas of what constitutes a Christian. Self-righteousness will then be of no avail. Only those can stand the test who shall be found having on the righteousness of Christ, who are imbued with His spirit, and walk even as He walked, in purity of heart and life. The conversation must be holy, and then the words will be seasoned with grace.
Nowhere is this lady told to “go to church”, or to become a better church member. Nowhere in this article is the lady told to read more church articles or gossip rags of the church. She was told to put on the righteousness of Christ, be imbued with His spirit and to walk as He walked in purity of heart and life. That cannot be done in your church.
May the Lord help you as a family to get right, to be elevated in life, and in all your acts to honor your profession.

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Dear Sister (in affliction),

I have learned of your affliction, and hasten to pen a few lines. My dear sister, I have the very best of evidence that the Lord loves you. In the last view given me, I was shown your case among others. I saw that you had been affected in the past with the course of error which others had pursued; but while strictly conscientious, and ever anxious to know the right, you were extremely sensitive and viewed your case as worse than it was.

You have been afflicted with disease for quite a length of time. You are a nervous dyspeptic. The brain is closely connected with the stomach, and its power has so often been called to aid the weakened digestive organs that it is in its turn weakened, depressed, congested. While in this state, your mind is gloomy, naturally dwelling upon the dark side, imagining that the frown of God is upon you. You have thought that your life has been useless, that it has been filled with errors and wrong moves. Dear sister, your diseased state of health leads you to this despondency and discouragement. God has not left you; His love is yet toward you. I saw that you should trust in Him as a child trusts itself in the arms of its mother. God is merciful and kind, and full of tender pity and compassion. He has not turned His face from you.

You are extremely sensitive. You feel deeply and have not possessed the power to throw off care, perplexity, and discouragement of mind. I saw that God would be to you a very present help if you would only trust yourself with Him; but you worry yourself out of the arms of your dear, loving Saviour. “He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” What a precious promise is this! We may claim much of our kind heavenly Father. Great blessings are in reserve for us. We may believe in God, we may trust Him, and by so doing glorify His name. Even if we are overcome of the enemy, we are not cast off, not forsaken and rejected of God. No; Christ is at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. “If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.”

I want to say, my sister, you need not cast away your confidence. Poor, trembling soul, rest in the promises of God. In so doing, the enemy’s fetters will be broken, his suggestions will be powerless. Heed not the whisperings of the enemy. Go free, oppressed soul. Be of good courage. Say to your poor, desponding heart: “Hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise Him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.” I know that God loves you. Put your trust in Him. Think not of those things which bring sadness and distress; turn from every disagreeable thought and think of precious Jesus. Dwell upon His power to save, His undying, matchless love for you, even you. I know that the Lord loves you. If you cannot rely upon your own faith, rely upon the faith of others. We believe and hope for you. God accepts our faith in your behalf.

This is one of the problems with the “Christian” gossip rags. They bring sadness and distress, are negative and disagreeable. They do not bring you to Jesus, they lower your eyes to the human and the things of the world and the church. Unless you lift your eyes to Jesus and dwell upon His power to save, you cannot change your life.

You have tried to do right, and God is pitiful and compassionate to you. Be cheerful, and bid adieu to gloom and doubts. In indulging these doubts, you dishonor God. There is peace in believing, and joy in the Holy Ghost. Believing brings peace, and trusting in God brings joy. Believe, believe! my soul says, believe. Rest in God. He is able to keep that which you have committed to His trust. He will bring you off more than conqueror through Him who hath loved you. May the Lord bless you and strengthen your trembling faith, is our prayer. We commit these few lines to you, trusting they may do you good.

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Dear Brother (of the church),

I was shown in the last vision that you would need to watch yourself with jealous care, or your peculiar temperament would control you. You erred while engaged in praying for Sister (of the church), and took upon yourself the same dictatorial, overbearing spirit which has been the curse of your life. You bore down on Brother (of the church) when, considering your failures in the past, you should have been unassuming and modest. It will be very difficult for you to overcome the habit of watching others, and noticing little things, and speaking out in a decided, censuring manner. All this you have nothing to do with. Just as sure as you are overcome in a small degree in this direction, the door is open for a greater failure. There is no safety for you but in constantly controlling yourself and possessing your soul in patience. You cannot accomplish any great work, but, if right, may do a little good in the cause of God. But your influence need not injure; if you are guarded and sanctified to God, you may be able to speak a peaceful word of comfort and to bear testimony to the great riches of God and the undying love of Jesus.

Here again we find the problem with these church gossip rags that are all about watching others, noticing little things and speaking out in a censuring manner. We must let all that go and turn our eyes and minds to Jesus and read His word daily, from cover to cover, in order to learn what Jesus wants for us. We must stop sinning so we may bear testimony to the great riches of God. He wants to change our lives, but unless we take our eyes off of the failures of the church, and the activities of man, we will rise no higher than what we behold. We must look to the perfect, sinless character of Jesus and remove ourselves from any church or congregation that refuses to live as Jesus commands us to live. We must strive to enter the Kingdom of God. Anything that takes our eyes off of the striving will keep us out of Heaven. They are all Catholic in nature.

Let your heart be softened and melted under the divine influence of the Spirit of God. You should not talk so much about yourself, for this will strengthen no one. You should not make yourself a center, and imagine that you must be constantly caring for yourself and leading others to care for you. Get your mind off from yourself into a more healthy channel. Talk of Jesus, and let self go; let it be submerged in Christ, and let this be the language of your heart: “I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me.” Jesus will be to you a present help in every time of need. He will not leave you to battle with the powers of darkness alone. Oh, no; He has laid help upon One that is mighty to save to the uttermost.

This is one of the biggest problems with churches and religious organizations. They are always talking about themselves, showing off themselves and promoting themselves. Whether it be talking about ourselves, talking about others or looking at the faults of the church, you can’t change any of it. All you can do is change your own life. Let Christ be your conversation. Let the life of Jesus be your focus. Let the love of Jesus fill your heart by living in obedience to His teachings: stop sinning, be perfect and keep the Ten Commandments to get your eternal life.

Be not self-caring. Overcome your notions, your little peculiarities, and seek only to represent Jesus. When talking or praying in meeting, do not be too lengthy. You have failed here. You can remedy this. Lengthy speaking and praying is injurious to yourself and is no benefit to those who hear. You will have close work to be an overcomer. Yet you can do it if you engage in the work calmly. Here you need to guard yourself. You are uneasy, hurried, nervous. This you may also overcome.

We are not to represent church. We are to represent Jesus. Anything that takes the place of Jesus in our lives is “antichrist”. We, individually, are the “church of God” when we live for Him. The only way God can purify the “church of God” is for you, individually to purify yourself and live as He commands: perfect, sinless and commandment keeping.

You have an earnest, anxious desire to do right and meet the approval of God. Continue your earnest, persevering efforts, and be not discouraged. Be patient. Never censure. Never let the enemy beguile you from your watch. Watch as well as pray. After you pray, watch thereunto. The effort is your own; no one can do this work for you. Take hold of the strength of God, and as fast as you see your errors in the past, redeem the time. {2T 314-321}

No one can do this for you. Not even Jesus. Jesus cannot purify the church. The only way He has ever been able to “purify” anything is through His truth. He presents the truth and then you and/or the organization must put His truth to work in your life. That is the only way He can purify you or your church. If you or your church refuse to live in obedience to the teachings of Jesus to stop sinning, be perfect and to keep the Ten Commandments to get your eternal life, He cannot purify you or the church. Put down the gossip rags from your church and religious organizations and look to Jesus.

 

Ministry News

Sandra, the lady taking case after case (3 so far) of books from this ministry, sent a note:

So, I’m standing in line at Walmart when this guy behind me asks, “Are you the lady that gives away prison books?” So, I’m getting a reputation around town!

God bless you,

Sandra.

I pray to God that each of you gets a reputation for giving away “Change Your Life Biblically”. She also put 4 books in the Library, officially. Praise God. And God is blessing this lady! Would you like the blessings of God?

Thank you folks for your love and support of this little ministry. Your support is helping thousands to find Jesus. You are helping them change from sinner to saint.

Love in Christ,

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