Jesus Christ Prison Ministry

November 2018 Newsletter

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  • Prison Mission Report
  • Testimony for God's People
  • Ministry News

Acts: The Conversion

 

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As the followers of Christ abandoned their church, separating from the ungodly systems, traditions, services, rituals, feast days and holidays, they found themselves living in obedience to Jesus by scattering farther and farther away from their church.  By removing themselves from the church influences that had been detrimental to their spiritual growth, they found themselves producing fruit for Jesus. 

Like Philip, in our last newsletter, traveling around the country and regions of the pagans, they were filled with joy in the freedom of living for Jesus and Jesus only.  Their joy overflowed and they could not keep from proclaiming the good news to all around them.  Everyone could see their commitment to Jesus.

However, the joy and freedom the followers of Jesus experienced was in stark contrast to those who remained in the church system.  The church system could not allow such joy and freedom to continue.  If they did, all their members would want the same.  How could the church keep discipline, order and control over their members if each were to realize that they were to be individually responsible to God and not a church.  The leaders were not willing to accept that.  Their money, wealth, prestige and power were threatened by these independent ministries.  They had to be stopped.  Independence from the church could not be allowed.  For the church, it was impossible to imagine God working outside of “His” church.  Therefore, the church had to take upon itself the “right” and responsibility to persecute and destroy all who refused to bow to the authority of “God’s” church.

Yet, the more the church tried to rein in its members, the greater the desire to leave.  Converts to Jesus were separating from their church by the thousands and finding their joy in the freedom of Jesus.  What the organized church could not understand, the original concept of God’s “church”, or the “assembly” of God’s people, was to serve, not to be served.  But instead of following the example and commands of Jesus, the organized church system became a tyrant, as it is today, and no longer serves in the example of Jesus.

“Salvation is not to be baptized, not to have our names upon the church books, not to preach the truth. But it is a living union with Jesus Christ, to be renewed in heart, doing the works of Christ in faith and labor of love, in patience, meekness, and hope.”  2 SM 381.

Acts 8:40 - Acts 10:48

But Philip found himself at Azotus. As he was passing through that region, he kept proclaiming the good news in all the towns until he came to Caesarea. 

How wonderful it would be if each one of us, those who claim to be “Christian”, proclaimed the good news in every place we passed through.  I wonder if we have truly sat down and counted the cost?  Do we really appreciate the sacrifice Jesus suffered for us?  Looking at our “fruit”, I’m not so sure we do.

Meanwhile, still spewing death threats against the Lord’s disciples, Saul went to the high priest. He asked him for letters to take with him to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any men or women belonging to the Way, he might bring them in chains to Jerusalem. 

Saul was a good, solid churchman.  He was sure his church was of God and it was his duty to defend God and “His” church.  He would prove himself a “loyal church member” by protecting His church against all those deceived, independent ministries that had splintered from the “true” church.  He would go to the church leadership and get their “divine” approval to “force” the independents to return to the church, or they must suffer the consequences.

As Saul traveled along and was approaching Damascus, a light from heaven suddenly flashed around him. He dropped to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” 

Throughout history it has always been the church that persecuted Jesus and His children.  The “good” church members just can’t stand having their sinful lives exposed to the “light from heaven” that flashes from God’s children.  Those who live for Jesus and let His light shine out from them will flash around the world revealing to the wicked their wickedness.  The question is, What will you do with that light?  Will you surrender, convert to it and leave your church, pride and ego, or fight against it as a good church loyalist?  Sitting in church is not the same as living for Jesus.  Only Catholics sit in church.  Disciples of Jesus are out living for Jesus.

He asked, “Who are you, Lord?” The voice said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. 

As we do unto others, we do it unto Jesus.  The next time you are ready to condemn someone for actually “thinking” outside the “church-box”, think, “Whose example am I following; meek and lowly Jesus or the prideful and haughty church leaders?”  Many persecute this little ministry because it lives in obedience to Jesus.  They send letters of rebuke.  They withdraw their funding.  They request to be removed from our mailing list.  Why?  Because they do not know Jesus.  They love the praise of church, men, their own opinions, pride and ego more than the praise of God.

God did not tell Saul to get up and go back to church.  He didn’t tell him how proud He was of Saul’s church activities.  Jesus sent Saul in to the city to be instructed by an “independent” into the will of God for him.  How humiliating.  Would he comply?  Or would he go back to get further instructions from his church?  Think of it, my dear family, here was Paul who had his “Ph.D.” in theology.  He was a church leader.  He was very educated.  I have not had any of those types of people come to learn from this ministry.  They are way too proud to let the Spirit of God teach them.  But Paul was persuaded to be willing.  What will it take to persuade you?

Now get up, go into the city, and you will be told what you are to do.” Meanwhile, the men who were traveling with Saul were standing speechless, for they heard the voice but didn’t see anyone. 

How many stand around those whom God is talking to, but they see and hear nothing.  They may hear “rumblings”, but few are willing to listen to the voice of God.  They prefer the voice of their church.  It gives them pride and satisfaction to belong to their church.  So egotistical!  But Saul complied with the voice.  The voice of God is speaking through this ministry.  Will you listen?

When Saul got up off the ground, he couldn’t see anything, even though his eyes were open. So his companions took him by the hand and led him into Damascus. For three days he couldn’t see, and he didn’t eat or drink anything. 

We need to spend more time on the ground, on our knees, listening to the voice of God.  We need to get out of our churches and the world, voluntarily, before God has to drive us to our knees.  He had to drive me to prison.  What will it take for you to learn from the experiences of others and not wait for God to drive you.  And when you have taken back your heart from the church, the world, your pride and ego and have given it to Jesus, arise and go forth in the name of Jesus, not a church.  Saul had to be “blind” to the church and the world around him.  He had become way too involved in church.  You need to follow the example God gave Saul and turn your eyes off the church and the world and listen to the voice of God alone.

Now in Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord told him in a vision, “Ananias!” He answered, “Here I am, Lord.”

The Lord is calling each one of us.  But few are listening.  Samuel was young and had an excuse for not recognizing the voice of God.  But after he was instructed how to listen, he listened.  For Saul, it took a bright light from heaven for him to listen.  For Ananias, an “independent” who had come out of the church and was following Jesus, all it took was a vision from the Lord to communicate with him. Ananias was a willing follower of Jesus.  His heart was not in the church but in Jesus.  When the Lord called him, like Samuel, he humbly answered, “Here I am, Lord.” 

God is calling you through these newsletters, the book “Change Your Life Biblically” and the videos on the ministry’s website.  Will you listen and find out what the Lord wants for you?

The Lord told him, “Get up, go to the street called Straight, and in the home of Judas look for a man from Tarsus named Saul.  At this very moment he is praying. He has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so he would see again.” But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard many people tell how much evil this man has done to your saints in Jerusalem. He is here with authority from the high priests to put in chains all who call on your name.” 

Have you met people who have done “much evil”?  Are you willing to forgive?  Your eternal life depends on your actions, not your beliefs.  Going to church is a “belief” but it does not produce the actions God requires for your eternal life.  Even though Saul did “much evil”, God chose him.  Today, most churches would not allow Saul to work for them after his conversion.  But God called Saul as His special worker.  Who are you listening to?

God has no problem with people questioning Him.  Unlike the church that wants people to bow down to it, God is humble and willing to answer our questions.  After all, He did tell us to “come now and let us reason together”.  You can’t reason with someone if you can’t ask questions.  The church wants your conformity, Jesus wants your heart.

Ananias was not against working for the Lord, he was simply wanting to make sure he understood the Lord correctly.  After explaining about Saul, he listened for God to reply.  After giving his “reasons” he humbly submitted to God’s will.  Self, pride, ego, opinions and safety were not his concern.  Only obedience to the Word of Jesus.

But the Lord told him, “Go, since he is my chosen instrument to carry my name to the gentiles, to their kings, and to the descendants of Israel. For I am going to show him how much he must suffer for my name’s sake.” 

“How much he must suffer for My name’s sake.”  Jesus didn’t tell Saul how much glory, praise, honor and blessings he was going to have.  He didn’t ask Saul to follow Him for the rewards.  Jesus told him how much he would suffer for His name’s sake.  And yet, our pastors, churches and denominations are all about getting people baptized with promises of wealth, blessings and material goods if they belong to “our” church.  No wonder the churches are filled with followers.  But how few are willing to follow Jesus.  Church members are not told the truth.  To follow Jesus is to be “blessed” with persecutions, poverty, hatred and rejection from the church organizations.  Why?  Because those experiences drive us to our knees in dependence on Jesus.  That is a true “blessing”.  Are you ready for the “blessings” of Jesus?

Interesting to note, Jesus sent Saul not only to the pagan gentiles and their kings, as we would have expected, but He sent him to “His church”.  If the church was listening to God, Jesus would not have had to send him to the church.  But like today, the church system had completely apostatized.  God is sending independent ministries, like this one, to the church organizations to bring them back to God.  However, they are not interested.

They are very satisfied in their self-righteous churches, patting themselves on their backs and claiming to be of God.  How pridefully they claim, “The church may appear as about to fall, but it does not fall. It remains, while the sinners in Zion will be sifted out—the chaff separated from the precious wheat.”  But that “church” is not any denomination or church sanctioned by man or government.  It is not the church you belong to.  There may be a member or two in your church who does belong to “God’s church”, but they will come out of your church.  The chaff is falling away from the true “church of God” and blowing into your church.  They don’t want to live the perfect, sinless and commandment keeping life.

The true “church of God” is the Spiritual church of God, the family of God, in all denominations and churches, who are obedient to Jesus to the fullest of their understanding.  It will appear that God’s true, spiritual church will fall and be eradicated by the churches of man, but it is the only one that will survive.  God’s church is of no human church or denomination.  It belongs to Jesus and Jesus only.  Soon, those who are claiming to belong to God’s spiritual church, but who refuse to live in obedience to the teachings of Jesus to be perfect, stop sinning and to keep the Ten Commandments to get their eternal life, will be sifted out of God’s true remnant church.  Those sifted out will continue sitting in their churches patting themselves on their backs thinking they belong to God’s church. 

So Ananias left and went to that house. He laid his hands on Saul and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were traveling, has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 

Oh, I see, Ananias did not go in and lambast Saul.  He didn’t go in with a wagging, pointing finger.  He didn’t go in to humiliate Saul by bringing up all his past evil activities against the independent ministries.  Nope, if Jesus could forgive, so could he.  What are you doing to those who hate you, persecute you and revile you?  Have you forgiven those who have wronged you?  Do you associate with those who have left your church?  Those of us who have been to prison understand how hateful the church system is.  We are never accepted or forgiven.  In order to “see”, Saul had to be filled with the Holy Spirit, not church.  Can you see?  

All at once something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, and after eating some food, he felt strong again. For several days he stayed with the disciples in Damascus. 

How interesting.  He didn’t go to church.  He didn’t meet with the Pharisees and leaders of the church.  He didn’t try to become a “big shot”.  He stayed with the humble disciples of Jesus.  He learned from them how to serve Jesus outside of the church organization.  They opened up Scripture to him, not church.

He immediately started to preach about Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “This is the Son of God.” Everyone who heard him was astonished and said, “This is the man who harassed those who were calling on Jesus’ name in Jerusalem, isn’t it? Didn’t he come here to bring them in chains to the high priests?” 

Yes he did.  But that is what happens when Jesus comes into the heart.  Church sends men to harass, condemn and drag off in chains.  Jesus sends men to love and instruct in the ways of God.  Jesus sends His disciples to seek and save the lost.  The church sends its members to hate, point fingers, make fun of and condemn.  Are you hurting those who are around you?  We need to find what is hurting those around us and offer them an arm of love and comfort, not condemnation and finger pointing.

But Saul grew more and more persuasive, and continued to confound the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that this man was the Messiah. 

He wasn’t upholding their church.  He wasn’t praising their church.  Saul wasn’t there to make converts for their church.  He didn’t uplift the Pharisees or church leaders.  He uplifted Jesus.  Jesus and Jesus only is to be our message.  No church, no denomination, no church leaders are ever to be included.  Only Jesus.

After several days had gone by, the Jews plotted to murder Saul, . . . 

And yes, if you uphold Jesus and Jesus only, your church and family will also plot to “murder” you.  They will reject you and think evil of you since you are not “playing ball” with their church.  But you are in good company.  Jesus and Jesus only.

. . . but their plot became known to him. They were even watching the gates day and night to murder him, but his disciples took him one night and let him down through the city wall by lowering him in a basket. 

You too may have to leave your family, friends, church and all you love for Jesus.  But Jesus left all for us.  He too was “lowered in a basket” to save us.  Jesus was placed in a “basket” as a baby, helpless and vulnerable to all the evil the world could throw at Him.  He did not trust the church for the church tried to kill Him.  He trusted in His Father.  Let us trust in Jesus and His Father only.

When Saul arrived in Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they all were afraid of him because they wouldn’t believe he was a disciple. 

Interesting that Saul did not try to join the church.  He did not try to get in good with the Pharisees, to which he belonged.  He did not try to have a “sit down” with the high priest and the Sanhedrin.  No, he wanted to join the independents who had come out of the church that was trying to kill them.

Barnabas, however, introduced Saul to the apostles, telling them how on the road Saul had seen the Lord, who had spoken to him, and how courageously he had spoken in the name of Jesus in Damascus. 

How I wish there was a “Barnabas” to bring my children back to me in love.  It has been about 30 years since I have seen my children.  I am not sure there are any “Barnabases” left in the world today.  

So he freely circulated among them in Jerusalem, speaking courageously in the name of the Lord. 

And that is the other problem.  Churches will not allow you to circulate “among them . . ., speaking courageously in the name of the Lord.”  It is all about church or the world or both.  But they don’t want to hear about Jesus and their responsibility to Him.

He kept talking and arguing with the Hellenistic Jews, but they were bent on murdering him.

Be assured, if you keep on talking about Jesus and the responsibility we have to Him, those around you will not like you either.  They love their church, their sins and this world far to much to stop sinning and live in obedience to Jesus.

When the brothers found out about the plot, they took him down to Caesarea and sent him away to Tarsus. So the ekklēsia throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria enjoyed peace. As it continued to be built up and to live in the fear of the Lord, it kept increasing in numbers through the encouragement of the Holy Spirit. 

The true church of God is continuing to increase in numbers through the encouragement of the Holy Spirit.  It is not increasing through church media, church convocations, church gatherings and services.  No, through the Holy Spirit they were “built up and to live in the fear of the Lord”.  We are not to be built up in the fear of our worldly churches.  They are all “antichrist”.  Not one church is living “in the fear of the Lord”.  Not one is living in obedience to the teachings of Jesus to live the perfect, sinless and commandment keeping life.

Now when Peter was going around among all of the disciples, he also visited the saints living in Lydda. There he found a man named Aeneas who was paralyzed and had been bedridden for eight years. Peter told him, “Aeneas, Jesus the Messiah is healing you. Get up and put away your mat!” At once he got up, and all the people who lived in Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord. 

Peter wasn’t going around talking about the church.  He wasn’t going around praising the church.  He wasn’t going around baptizing people into a church.  He went around talking about Jesus and how to live in obedience to Him.  Because he lived in obedience to Jesus, Jesus could work through him to heal the sick.  By doing this, the praise did not go to a church or denomination.  The praise didn’t go to food or a special diet.  The praise didn’t go to a doctor or medical center.  The praise didn’t go to Peter.  The praise went to Jesus and the people “turned to the Lord” and not to a church, denomination, special food, medical center or person.  They learned how to live the perfect, sinless and commandment keeping life.  They did not learn how to become church members.

When was the last time your pastor healed the sick?  How about the president of your denomination, has he?  Maybe your church and denomination don’t have the Spirit of God because they don’t believe in the teachings of Jesus to stop sinning, be perfect and to keep the Ten Commandments to get eternal life.  No, it is all about belonging to their church.  When was the last time you asked them?

In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha, which in Greek is Dorcas. She was known for her good actions and acts of charity that she was always doing. 

How interesting.  Here was a lady who was a “disciple” of Jesus.  She didn’t belong to any church.  She wasn’t known for her church attendance.  She wasn’t praised for her musical talent or reading ability.  She probably wasn’t any good at participating in Sabbath School lessons.  No, “She was known for her good actions and acts of charity that she was always doing”.  What does your church praise you for?

At that time she got sick and died. After they had washed her, they laid her in an upstairs room. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples heard that Peter was there and sent two men to him and begged him, “Come here quickly!” So Peter got up and went with them. When he arrived, they took him upstairs. All the widows gathered around Peter, crying and showing him all the shirts and coats Dorcas had made while she was still with them. 

Oh yes, they didn’t tell him what a great Sabbath School teacher she was.  They didn’t share with him how great a vocalist or musician she was.  They didn’t show him paintings she had painted.  She probably had no time to be a “greeter” at the door.  No, she was busy feeding the hungry, clothing the naked and comforting the sick.  Everything Jesus commanded to do, she did.  And that would include the “stop sinning” part.  She was probably too busy working for Jesus to sin.

Peter made them all go outside. After kneeling down, he prayed, turned to the body, and said, “Tabitha, get up!” She opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up. He extended his hand and helped her get up. Then he called the saints, including the widows, and gave her back to them alive. What happened became known throughout Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. 

The devil really tries hard to stop the work of God.  I know.  For 21 years the devil has been working to stop this ministry.  But every time he tries to “kill” this ministry off, God is there to “raise” it up and keep it going.  As long as I am fulfilling my duty in this ministry, God will keep me alive, healthy and well.  God doesn’t need people sitting in church.  He needs people feeding the hungry, clothing the naked and visiting the sick.  But to “visit the sick” is to actually take care of them, not just drop off a card and say, “God bless you”. 

And why was it known throughout Joppa?  Because the work Dorcas did was known throughout Joppa.  When she died, her absence was noted.  God allowed her to die so people could appreciate the work this “disciple” of Jesus was doing.  If you died, would people miss you for the work of God you had been doing?  Or are you just sitting in church?

The disciples were called “saints” because that is what they were: Perfect, sinless and commandment keeping.  The churches today need to revise their vocabulary.  They misuse the word “saint” way too often, applying it to church members who do nothing for God.  They just sit in church adding to the ego of the pastor.  But their lives are filled with sin.  Not very “saintly”.  The Bible defines what a true saint is: “The saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.”  Revelation 14:12.  Their faith is in Jesus by living in obedience to His teachings; not in their church.

Meanwhile, Peter stayed in Joppa for several days with Simon, a leatherworker. 

Oh, I see, he was humble enough to stay with a “leatherworker”.  He didn’t stay at a hotel or with the president of the conference.  He didn’t even stay at the pastor’s home.  I truly believe our churches today have no understanding of what it means to be a “Christian”.

Now in Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment. He was a devout man who feared God, as did everyone in his home. He gave many gifts to the poor among the people and always prayed to God. One day about three in the afternoon he had a vision and clearly saw an angel of God coming to him and saying to him, “Cornelius!” He stared at the angel in terror and asked, “What is it, Lord?” The angel answered him, “Your prayers and your gifts to the poor have arisen as a reminder to God.

Church members today would never have accepted the testimony of “Cornelius”.  After all, he was working for the “enemy”.  He was a pagan soldier.  He didn’t even belong to “our” church.  God would not have sent a “vision” to him!  Nope, God can only work through “our” church and church leaders.

Yet, even though Cornelius was a “pagan”, he was a “Christian” pagan.  In his own pagan way he feared God and was as devout as he could be, given his understanding.  He lived up to everything He believed and understood to be “of God”.  Paul was impressed with this story.  He later wrote, “For whenever gentiles, who do not possess the Law, do instinctively what the Law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the Law.”  Romans 2:14.  And what was it that endeared Cornelius to God?  His prayers and “gifts to the poor”.  Our churches have it all backwards.  Today, the poor people give to the church.  Back then, the church gave to the worthy poor.  Those who served Jesus.

Send men now to Joppa and summon Simon, who is called Peter. He is a guest of Simon, a leatherworker, whose house is by the sea.” 

The angel did not tell Cornelius to go to Jerusalem.  He didn’t tell him to join a church or an organization.  He didn’t tell him to contact a priest or church leader.  He asked him to send for a poor, independent preacher, one who was despised by “his church” and had to run for his life.  I truly believe we are not listening to our Bibles.  I think we are spending way too much time listening to our churches, pastors and denominations reinterpret Scriptures.  It is time to follow the example of the disciples and get out of our churches.  Then we can be used by God to bring the true gospel to the “pagans” whom God loves.

When the angel who had spoken to him had gone, Cornelius summoned two of his household servants and a devout soldier, one of those who served him regularly. He explained everything to them and sent them to Joppa. 

How totally different the reaction of Cornelius than that of the church leadership.  God Himself walked among them and preformed miracle after miracle, and they refused to accept Him.  Cornelius, a pagan Centurion, a man of wealth, prestige and influence had no problem sending for a humble man who had no credentials, no worldly titles and no wealth.  Now you see why the churches of today are not flocking to this ministry.  It is humble with no credentials, no worldly titles and no wealth.  But the Corneliuses of the world are doing just that.  They are listening to the Spirit of God impress their hearts to open wide their lives to the teachings of God through this ministry.

Around noon the next day, while they were on their way and coming close to the town, Peter went up on the roof to pray. He became very hungry and wanted to eat, and while the food was being prepared, he fell into a trance and saw heaven open and something like a large linen sheet coming down, being lowered by its four corners to the ground. 

How God gives visions is a phenomenon we may never understand.  The few that He has given me have been most interesting.  All have come true.  Some within a mater of minutes while others have taken days and some years.  Most church members are so full of themselves they seldom listen to God.  If Peter were on a 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. eating schedule, he probably would have missed out on a life-changing experience.  We are never to tell God what or when He can or can’t do something.  We are to be His servants, ready at any moment to be obedient to the promptings of the Spirit of God.  In this case, becoming “very hungry”.  How fortunate his host did not reprimand him for wanting to eat outside of “eating hours”.

In it were all kinds of four-footed animals, reptiles, and birds of the air. Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter! Kill something and eat it.” But Peter said, “Absolutely not, Lord, for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean!” Again the voice came to him a second time, “You must stop calling unclean what God has made clean.” This happened three times. Then the sheet was quickly taken back into heaven. 

This would make any vegan throw up in disgust.  Even though Peter was not a vegan or vegetarian, he was still a “kosher” man.  He believed that his body was the temple for the indwelling of God’s spirit.  He was not willing to pollute the “temple” of God.  Therefore, knowing the requirements of God in the Old Testament and what was now being presented by God became a conundrum to Peter.

When God gives us a “teachable moment”, be very sure that God will not leave you “dangling”.  He is a Master Teacher and knows you and your learning capabilities better than you do.  All you have to do is keep His “teachable moment” in mind and wait for the answer to arrive.  Don’t fight against God, listen and learn.

While Peter was still at a loss to know what the vision he had seen could mean, the men sent by Cornelius asked for Simon’s house and went to the gate. They called out and asked if Simon who was called Peter was staying there. Peter was still thinking about the vision when the Spirit told him, “Look! Three men are looking for you. Get up, go downstairs, and don’t hesitate to go with them, for I have sent them.” 

Ok, the answer is becoming clearer.  The vision was not a lesson on what foods to eat.  God had already settled that in the Old Testament.  The sheet was lowered three times and now the Spirit of God is telling him that “three men are looking for you”.  This was to prepare Peter to accept a paradigm shift in his life.  Peter had been brought up in the church.  The church had taught him that pagans, gentiles and uncircumcised people were not accepted by God.  That if people did not belong to their church organization, they were considered “dogs” and unclean.  A “church member” could have no “contact” with a “dog” or the unclean.

So Peter went to the men and said, “I’m the man you’re looking for. Why are you here?” The men replied, “Cornelius, a centurion and an upright and God-fearing man who is respected by the whole Jewish nation, was instructed by a holy angel to send for you to come to his home to hear what you have to say.” So Peter welcomed them as his guests.

The stigma of associating or talking to an uncircumcised, non-church member was so firmly embedded in their religion, God had to use a very extraordinary method to get the attention of those who had been indoctrinated by their church.  Peter is thinking,’ Ok, an angel contacted Cornelius, a vision was given to me and then the Spirit commanded me to accept these men.”  The men did their part to help Peter.  They told him that Cornelius was “respected by the whole Jewish nation”.  After all, any church will “respect” even a whore if she donates to them.  Peter went against everything he had been brought up to believe and “welcomed them as his guests”.

The next day he got up and went with them, and some of the brothers from Joppa went along with him. The next day they arrived in Caesarea. Cornelius was expecting them and had called his relatives and close friends together. 

Church people are the hardest people God has to work with.  Very few church people will be in heaven.  But those few willing to step out of the church “box” and look to Jesus are the ones God can work with.  Cornelius was truly a missionary.  Are you willing to be as courageous as Cornelius and bring your family and friends together in your home and open to them the book, “Change Your Life Biblically” for Bible studies?  It is no different than the Spirit of God sending Peter to Cornelius.  The book was dictated and directed by the Spirit for you.  But then again, you may be a church member and don’t need God.

When Peter was about to enter, Cornelius met him, bowed down at his feet, and began to worship him. But Peter made him get up, saying, “Stand up! I, too, am only a man.” 

A few years back I went to a church on Sabbath.  After the service, everyone was waiting in line for the “potluck”.  Everyone was hungry and the kids were way beyond containment.  When the doors opened, there were the pastor and the elders finishing up their lunch.  How “Christian”.  How thoughtful of them.  Churches are not of God.  We praise our ministers, pastors and church leaders, we glorify them, place them on pedestals and honor them while we do nothing to honor and glorify Jesus through obedience to His Word.  We are to be servants, not masters.

As Peter talked with him, he went in and found that many people had gathered. He told them, “You understand how wrong it is for a Jew to associate or visit with a gentile. But God has shown me that I should stop calling anyone common or unclean, and that is why I didn’t hesitate when I was sent for. Now may I ask why you sent for me?” 

Peter got it!  There was a time, while walking with Jesus, that a pagan woman came up and asked that Jesus heal her daughter.  At that time, Peter was not pleased with Jesus for honoring her request.  But now, Peter got it.  Salvation is not the prerogative of any church, denomination or religion.  Jesus wants all to be saved.  We need to stop looking down at anyone who does not belong to our church or denomination.  How many church people hesitate to “associate” with those not of their church or denomination or religion.  Are we to partake in their sins?  No!  But how will they learn about Jesus if we are not associating with them and loving them?

Cornelius replied, “Four days ago at this very hour, three o’clock in the afternoon, I was praying in my home. All at once a man in radiant clothes stood in front of me and said, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard. God has remembered your gifts to the poor so send messengers to Joppa and summon Simon, who is called Peter, to come to you. He is a guest in the home of Simon, a leatherworker, by the sea.’ 

God didn’t remember him for his associations with the church or church leaders.  He wasn’t remembered for any gifts to a church.  He was remembered by God for his gifts to the poor.  That is where Jesus is.  Where are you?

So I sent for you immediately, and it was good of you to come. All of us are here now in the presence of God to listen to everything the Lord has ordered you to say.” 

Will you, as inmates, bring your friends to your cell, the dorm floor or an outside gathering place to read and study the book, “Change Your Life Biblically”?  For you who are not inmates, will you bring your friends, family and neighbors to your home to read and study the book, “Change Your Life Biblically” in order to “listen to everything the Lord has . . . to say”? 

Then Peter began to speak: “Now I understand that God shows no partiality.  Indeed, whoever fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him in any nation. He has sent his word to the descendants of Israel and brought them the good news of peace through Jesus the Messiah. This man is the Lord of everyone

Yes He is.  Every single person: Hindu, Jew, Muslim, Catholic, Christian and atheist - “whoever fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him in any (religion).”  They are the true church of God. Paul tells us that everyone who lives up to all the good they know are accepted by God.  Jesus sent “His word to the descendants of Israel and brought them the good news of peace through Jesus the Messiah”.  That peace was not about joining a church or religious organization.  Only by living in obedience to Jesus can you find eternal life.

You know what happened throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached. God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, and because God was with him, he went around doing good and healing everyone who was oppressed by the devil. 

God has blessed His people so much.  Each of us are children of God and have been blessed with the sacrifice of His Son.  Should we not show as much grace and mercy to those around us?  People of the world are being “oppressed by the devil”.  Should we not do all in our power to free them?  Is your sitting in church accomplishing that task for those around you?

We are witnesses of everything Jesus did in the land of the Jews, including Jerusalem. “They hung him on a tree and killed him, but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear— not to all the people, but to us who were chosen by God to be witnesses and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He also ordered us to preach to the people and to testify solemnly that this is the one appointed by God to be the judge of the living and the dead. 

That is correct.  The church killed Him.  Jesus has ordered every single person who claims to be a Christian “to preach to the people and to testify solemnly that this is the one appointed by God to be the judge of the living and the dead”.  You cannot be a Christian sitting in church.  It is not possible.  Unless, of course, you are preaching to them that they must stop sinning, be perfect and to keep the Ten Commandments to get their eternal life.  Otherwise, what is the sense of church?  God is going to judge the living and the dead by the Ten Commandments.  Have you broken them lately?

All the prophets testify to this: everyone who believes in Jesus receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” 

That is correct.  Those who “believe” in Jesus will believe what He commands.  "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord must turn away from evil."  2 Timothy 2:19.  They will believe Him when He commands them to stop sinning, be perfect and to keep the Ten Commandments to get their eternal life.  They will believe Him when He says that He is going to judge them by those Ten Commandments.  They will believe Him when they read where He commands them to go into their neighborhoods and teach the people to live in obedience to everything He has commanded.  Matthew 28:20.  He never commanded us to go to church.

While Peter was still making this statement, the Holy Spirit fell on all the people who were listening to his message. Then the circumcised believers who had come with Peter were amazed that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the gentiles, too. For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God.

Do you want to be filled with the Spirit of God?  All you have to do is begin teaching people to live in obedience to Jesus.  All you have to do is teach the teachings of Jesus to stop sinning, be perfect and to keep the Ten Commandments to get your eternal life.  Then the Spirit of God will fill you.  But you can’t do any of that sitting in a church.

Even though Cornelius was accepted by God, God did not allow Cornelius to be left in the knowledge he had.  We are to be ever growing in our knowledge of Christ.  We are not to be growing in the knowledge of our church or denomination.  We are not to be growing in theology or our church catechisms or 28 fundamental beliefs.  We are to be growing in OUR OWN personal knowledge and understanding of Jesus as our own personal Friend and Savior.  Jesus wants to know you personally.  He wants to give you visions and instructions, personally.  Will you begin today giving Him that opportunity?  If so, get out of your church, go home and do what Cornelius was doing, praying in his home.  Then set up a home church, like Cornelius, and invite your family and friends and be filled with the Spirit of God.

Then Peter said, No one can stop us from using water to baptize these people who have received the Holy Spirit in the same way that we did, can they?” So Peter ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus the Messiah. Then they asked him to stay there for several days. 

Baptism is not for making church members or members of your denomination.  Baptism is for those who are filled with the Spirit of God and have committed themselves to live the perfect, sinless and commandment keeping life, as Jesus did.  No one, not your church or denomination can stop you from baptizing anyone who has given his life in obedience to the teachings of Jesus.

 

Prison Mission Report

 

Dear JCPM,

I actually learned a lot.  Some was obvious: bad company corrupts good character.  Also, I was taught my whole church life that we were saved by grace, not of works lest any man should boast and that with Jesus death, we no longer needed the 10 Commandments.  I realize now that most preachers I’ve heard throughout my life do not stress the Old Testament much.  Almost all use the New Testament strictly.  I guess the church now days kind of stress the New Testament.  And now that I think of it, you will most certainly hear more and more preachers use Paul in their sermons than Jesus.  I never looked at it from this perspective before.  I thank you for your help.

George, TX

 

Dear Free Bible to Inmate Program,

I just want to thank you all for having something like this available for us.  I’m surrounded by so much negativity throughout my daily life in here that acts of kindness like yours are a reminder that good does still exist.  You don’t know how much that means to us or how much some of us appreciate it.  I would be interested in all you have to offer:

Jaime, TX

 

JCPM,

I was told about your ministry and shown a flyer about your “Change Your Life Biblically”.  I was told you have Bible studies.  I am very interested in this workbook.  I would like to be a part of what you are teaching.  Thank you so much for your time and consideration.

Roger, CA

 

Hello,

I have a drug problem.  I’m 31 years old and have been to prison a handful of times.  My bunkie and I were talking about the Bible and he told me about a book that he read called, “Change Your Life Biblically”.  He proceeded to tell me how the book breaks the Bible down to where a person could understand it.  He started telling me all about it.  So, for a day or two I started looking back on my life and it really made me think about where I went wrong in my life.  Then it hit me like a ton of bricks, I did not have God in my life.  I, like the author of this book, owned my own business and lost it.  So, I started reading your book and bam!, my bunkie moved to another prison.  In what little bit I read, it made me come to realize that I want what you guys have; that walk with Christ.  I want to learn more and to put it in my life.  I want to be the father and man I should be. 

Steven, MO

 

Brother Ron,

As time goes on, I hope to be able to write and ask more questions on Revelation.  I’m sure you are busy with the day to day operations of JCPM and I don’t want to take from that.  Your way of thinking and interpretation of the Bible just grabs me.  I don’t find myself questioning it, but find I have so many questions.  I will tell you bro Ron, talking to people in here is hard.  It’s hard for me, period, as I do not socialize or talk to these people much.  So many of these dudes though, already believe they have “it” right and do not want to hear anything else.  Especially since it will cost them being able to “do what they want and still get to heaven”.  I hope to be able to share with some people but, I need to “get it straight” in my head first.  Ron, I appreciate what CYLB says about the church.  How it came to be and what is wrong with it.  I always felt the church was wrong.  Church always felt wrong to me.  I remember a revival meeting I went to as a youngster.  It was held in a huge tent.  I never forgot the feel of being out in the open, the sunset.  After we moved to the country, I always felt closest to God when I was out in the woods, the fields.  There is so much beauty, natural God-created beauty to see.  But if you close yourself in a man-made building with man-made beauty, vanity: you lose.  I can say from my heart I have never felt close to God while sitting in a church.  To me, a church is a waste of money and designed to stroke man’s vanity and ego.  A way to bring people together so a man can bilk them of his money.  I agree with CYLB.  I will be honest, I always had a problem with tithes & offerings in churches.  Pastors giving a two-bit sermon, then pleading for money.  Next thing you know, they are buying a brand new expensive vehicle.  Members of the church are wearing “off the rack” cheap clothes because it is all they can afford and the pastor and his family are wearing designer clothes.  Church members struggle to pay rent, put food on the table to feed their families, yet they give to the church faithfully and the pastor is overweight, his wife is plump and the kids are fine.  No!  I never got that!  Yes, I agree, I would not have a problem supporting what you talk of in CYLB.  When and if opportunity presents itself for me, I will support JCPM.  I will not ever again waste my time with a religion or church.  All of this is stuff that drove me so far away from Christ and down other paths.  JCPM and CYLB have shown me the true option that I believe I can follow: church, as it is meant to be.  Tithes and offerings going towards what it is supposed to go towards.  I would have no problem doing 25% of what I make. 

James, WI

 

Dear Ron,

First of all, let me say that you have an interesting story and a beautiful testimony that really touched my heart.  I am truly looking forward to receiving my book, “Change Your Life Biblically” and learning what you have to say.  My friend let me read her copy, which I am still reading, but when I receive my copy, I’ll be able to really study it like I want to.  What I have learned so far is that I have to totally submit to the Lord, forget about my desires and wants, to become in unity with the Lord.  Thanks to this “2nd Peter’s 8 Steps” I have totally submitted to the Lord.  I have decided to have total and complete faith in my Lord and to let Him steer my life.  You have already impacted my life.  I really loved the part where you said not to think of myself as a prisoner of the state, but as a “volunteer missionary”.  Oh, my beautiful God, that’s sooooo touching.  I now look at being in prison a whole new way.  Continue what you do.  You are going to touch a lot of lives. 

Maria, TX

 

JCPM,

I was given your address as a possible source of Christian material for prisoners.  Do you have any Christian books?  I would like to humbly request any materials your ministry may be able to send.  I thank you in advance and pray that God would continually bless you. 

Ronald, CA

 

Testimony for God's People

 

My Dear Family in Christ,

We are continuing now with God’s “Appeal to the Church”.  His appeal is not to the world or churches that go on Sunday.  His appeal is to His own people, those who claim to be the “remnant”.  “His people” have fallen.  As the Jews of Christ’s day, they have apostatized.  They have rejected the teachings of Jesus to be perfect, stop sinning and to keep the Ten Commandments.  They are pious on the outside while filled with dead men's bones on the inside.  Please listen to God’s voice and get out of your church now while there is still time.  Do not be like the residents of Sodom.  Do not linger another day. 

An Appeal to the Church, (continued)

Warnings and reproofs are not given to the erring among Seventh-day Adventists because their lives are more blameworthy than are the lives of professed Christians of the nominal churches, nor because their example or their acts are worse than those of the Adventists who will not yield obedience to the claims of God’s law, but because they have great light, and have by their profession taken their position as God’s special, chosen people, having the law of God written in their hearts. They signify their loyalty to the God of heaven by yielding obedience to the laws of His government. They are God’s representatives upon the earth. Any sin in them separates them from God and, in a special manner, dishonors His name by giving the enemies of His holy law occasion to reproach His cause and His people, whom He has called “a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people,” that they should show forth the praises of Him that hath called them out of darkness into His marvelous light.

The people who are at war with the law of the great Jehovah, who consider it a special virtue to talk, write, and act the most bitter and hateful things to show their contempt of that law, may make exalted profession of love to God, and apparently have much religious zeal, as did the Jewish chief priests and elders; yet, in the day of God, “Found wanting” will be said of them by the Majesty of heaven. “By the law is the knowledge of sin.” The mirror which would discover to them the defects in their characters, they are infuriated against, because it points out their sins. Leading Adventists who have rejected the light are fired with madness against God’s holy law, as the Jewish nation were against the Son of God. They are in a terrible deception, deceiving others and being deceived themselves. They will not come to the light, lest their deeds should be reproved. Such will not be taught. But the Lord reproves and corrects the people who profess to keep His law. He points out their sins and lays open their iniquity because He wishes to separate all sin and wickedness from them, that they may perfect holiness in His fear and be prepared to die in the Lord or to be translated to heaven. God rebukes, reproves, and corrects them, that they may be refined, sanctified, elevated, and finally exalted to His own throne.

God does not say it is those who “talk, write, and act the most bitter and hateful things” about the church.  Oh no.  These people love their church.  Like the Pharisees of old, they are faithful church members.  They speak glowingly about their church.  It is the law of God they hate.  These are the leaders of the church.  The president of the General Conference and of each conference below.  They are the teachers in the church educational institutions and the Board Members of the church medical institutions.  They may go to church on the Sabbath, but they teach rebellion against God by claiming we are not able to keep the Law of God, or live as He commands: perfect and sinless.  They are church leaders and Sabbath School teachers professing great reverence for God and “His church” but teaching “saved by grace”.  By their teachings and actions they are in rebellion against God.

Elder Fuller has heard the testimony borne in public, that the professed people of God were not all holy, that some were corrupt. God sought to elevate them, but they refused to come up upon a high plane of action. The corrupt animal passions bore sway, and the moral and intellectual powers were overborne and made their servants. Those who do not control their base passions cannot appreciate the atonement or place a right value upon the soul. Salvation is not experienced or understood by them. The gratification of animal passion is the highest ambition of their lives. God will accept nothing but purity and holiness; one spot, one wrinkle, one defect in the character, will forever debar them from heaven, with all its glories and treasures.

It is the elder in your church, the pastor standing at the podium and the leaders of your church who have rejected God.  Their church, position, honor and wealth are their gods.  Their church has become “antichrist” since they point people to church instead of pointing people to obedience to Jesus and His teachings.

Ample provisions have been made for all who sincerely, earnestly, and thoughtfully set about the work of perfecting holiness in the fear of God. Strength, grace, and glory have been provided through Christ, to be brought by ministering angels to the heirs of salvation. None are so low, so corrupt and vile, that they cannot find in Jesus, who died for them, strength, purity, and righteousness, if they will put away their sins, cease their course of iniquity, and turn with full purpose of heart to the living God. He is waiting to strip them of their garments, stained and polluted by sin, and to put upon them the white, bright robes of righteousness; and He bids them live and not die. In Him they may flourish. Their branches will not wither nor be fruitless. If they abide in Him, they can draw sap and nourishment from Him, be imbued with His Spirit, walk even as He walked, overcome as He overcame, and be exalted to His own right hand.

If that is not what you are hearing from your church, get out now.  If you are hearing “saved by grace”, “unconditional love of God” and “can’t stop sinning”, get out before you are lost eternally.  You have been warned.  This is not a game.  Church and Jesus are on opposite sides of the great divide.    

Elder Fuller has been warned. The warnings given to others condemned him. The sins reproved in others reproved him and gave him sufficient light to see how God regarded crimes of such a character as he was committing, yet he would not turn from his evil course. He continued to pursue his fearful, impious work, corrupting the bodies and souls of his flock. Satan had strengthened the lustful passions which this man did not subdue, and engaged them in his cause to lead souls to death.

Precisely!  The pastors, elders, Sabbath School teachers, leaders and all involved in church are “corrupting the bodies and souls” of those going to church.

While he professed to keep the law of God, he was, in a most wanton manner, violating its plain precepts. He has given himself up to the gratification of sensual pleasure. He has sold himself to work wickedness. What will be the wages of such a man? The indignation and wrath of God will punish him for sin. The vengeance of God will be aroused against all those whose lustful passions have been concealed under a ministerial cloak. While professing to be a shepherd of the flock, he was leading the flock to certain ruin. These dreadful results are the fruits of the carnal mind, which “is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.”

Many think of “lustful passions” as those having to do with sex.  “Lustful passions” can be lusting after your church, job, money, honor, fame, your own opinions and possessions.  Any sin in you is “enmity against God”.  Sit in church as much as you like, but if you are living in sin you will be destroyed.

I was referred to this scripture: “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.” Professed Christians, if no further light is given you than that contained in this text, you will be without excuse if you suffer yourselves to be controlled by base passions.

Those “base passions” are not just covered in the 7th commandment.  No, they include the 10th commandment as well.  Anything you covet more than obedience to the Ten Commandments is lustful and based in passions.  Get out of your church now.  If you can’t, no matter what your reasoning, you have already been lost.  Those who go to church on the Sabbath pointing fingers and turning up their noses at those who go to church on Sunday are no different from them.  All are sitting in church sinning.

The word of God is sufficient to enlighten the most beclouded mind and may be understood by those who have any desire to understand it. But notwithstanding all this, some who profess to make the word of God their study are found living in direct opposition to its plainest teachings. Then, to leave men and women without excuse, God gives plain and pointed testimonies, bringing them back to the word that they have neglected to follow. Yet those who serve their own lusts turn from all this light. They will not cease their course of sin, but continue to take pleasure in unrighteousness in the face of the threatenings and vengeance of God against those who do such things.

The reason you are not able to get out of your church is simple; you have been listening to your church instead of to Jesus.  You have placed your passions and lusts in the church instead of placing your devotion in obedience to Jesus.  Go to Jesus, open up His Word and read it with a desire to know what you must do to get your eternal life.  Stop sinning, be perfect and keep all the Ten Commandments.  If you go to church, you have no salvation.

I have long been designing to speak to my sisters and tell them that, from what the Lord has been pleased to show me from time to time, there is a great fault among them. They are not careful to abstain from all appearance of evil. They are not all circumspect in their deportment, as becometh women professing godliness. Their words are not as select and well chosen as those of women who have received the grace of God should be. They are too familiar with their brethren. They linger around them, incline toward them, and seem to choose their society. They are highly gratified with their attention.

Folks, the principle here is not just the mixing of men and women, but also, our churches.  Our churches have fallen so low.  We are so “highly gratified with their attention” that we don’t even recognize our low, fallen state.  The church is beyond saving.  But if you will get out of your church, fall on your knees and beg God to open your eyes, He will.  But if you don’t care about your eternal life, why should He?

From the light which the Lord has given me, our sisters should pursue a very different course. They should be more reserved, manifest less boldness, and encourage in themselves “shamefacedness and sobriety.” Both brethren and sisters indulge in too much jovial talk when in each other’s society. Women professing godliness indulge in much jesting, joking, and laughing. This is unbecoming and grieves the Spirit of God. These exhibitions reveal a lack of true Christian refinement. They do not strengthen the soul in God, but bring great darkness; they drive away the pure, refined, heavenly angels and bring those who engage in these wrongs down to a low level.

There is way too much “jesting, joking, and laughing” in our church societies.  They encourage frivolity and worldliness.  Our schools are hotbeds of vice and lawbreaking.  Our institutions lie, cheat and steal and it is accepted because it is “our institution”.  The attitude is so plain, “God will overlook sin in us because we go to church on the Sabbath.”  No He won’t!  He is merciful and long-suffering not wanting any to perish, but if you do not get out, you will be destroyed.

Our sisters should encourage true meekness; they should not be forward, talkative, and bold, but modest and unassuming, slow to speak. They may cherish courteousness. To be kind, tender, pitiful, forgiving, and humble, would be becoming and well pleasing to God. If they occupy this position they will not be burdened with undue attention from gentlemen in the church or out. All will feel that there is a sacred circle of purity around these God-fearing women, which shields them from any unwarrantable liberties.

With some women professing godliness, there is a careless, coarse freedom of manner which leads to wrong and evil. But those godly women whose minds and hearts are occupied in meditating upon themes which strengthen purity of life, and which elevate the soul to commune with God, will not be easily led astray from the path of rectitude and virtue. Such will be fortified against the sophistry of Satan; they will be prepared to withstand his seductive arts.

Vainglory, the fashion of the world, the desire of the eye, and the lust of the flesh are connected with the fall of the unfortunate. That which is pleasing to the natural heart and carnal mind is cherished. If the lust of the flesh had been rooted out of their hearts they would not be so weak. If our sisters would feel the necessity of purifying their thoughts, and never suffer in themselves a carelessness of deportment which leads to improper acts, they need not in the least stain their purity. If they viewed the matter as God has presented it to me, they would have such an abhorrence of impure acts that they would not be found among those who fall through the temptations of Satan, no matter whom he might select as the medium.

That “medium” today is the church.  It has totally given itself to the devil.  The devil is running the church system today.  There is nothing in the church that is holy or obedient to Jesus.  It is all man-made, glory seeking and rotten to the core.  The deportment which leads to improper acts runs throughout the church system.  It is all about “church” and nothing about, “What pleases Jesus?”.

A preacher may be dealing in sacred, holy things, and yet not be holy in heart. He may give himself to Satan to work wickedness and to corrupt the souls and bodies of his flock. Yet if the minds of women and youth professing to love and fear God were fortified with His Spirit, if they had trained their minds to purity of thought and educated themselves to avoid all appearance of evil, they would be safe from any improper advances and be secure from the corruption prevailing around them. The apostle Paul wrote concerning himself: “But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.”

It is no longer “a” preacher.  It is the whole leadership and authority of the denomination that has been corrupted and fallen.  Nothing is done to bring people into obedience to Jesus and His teachings.  It is all about the whore: the church.  Would you allow your children to hang out at the local whorehouse?  Would you allow your children to hang out at the local drug center?  Why do you take your children to church?  Different type of whorehouse, different type of drug, but the same debasing advances that lead souls away from obedience to Jesus.  Take your children out of church and go home and teach them to live the perfect, sinless and commandment keeping life.  Then demonstrate that life to them.

“The work of winning their children for Christ many parents trust to the minister or the Sabbath school teacher, but in doing this they are neglecting their own God-given responsibility. The education and training of their children to be Christians is the highest service that parents can render to God. It is a work that demands patient labor, a lifelong diligent and persevering effort. By a neglect of this trust we prove ourselves unfaithful stewards. No excuse for such neglect will be accepted by God.” COL 195

If a minister of the gospel does not control his baser passions, if he fails to follow the example of the apostle and so dishonors his profession and faith as to even name the indulgence of sin, our sisters who profess godliness should not for an instant flatter themselves that sin or crime loses its sinfulness in the least because their minister dares to engage in it. The fact that men who are in responsible places show themselves to be familiar with sin should not lessen the guilt and enormity of the sin in the minds of any. Sin should appear just as sinful, just as abhorrent, as it had been heretofore regarded; and the minds of the pure and elevated should abhor and shun the one who indulges in sin, as they would flee from a serpent whose sting was deadly.

And there it is.  You must “abhor and shun the (church as it) indulges in sin”.  You must flee from the denomination and your church as one would “flee from a serpent whose sting was deadly”.  But is that what our church members are doing?  Oh, no.  They are playing tag with the snake.  

If the sisters were elevated and possessed purity of heart, any corrupt advances, even from their minister, would be repulsed with such positiveness  as would never need a repetition. Minds must be terribly befogged by Satan when they can listen to the voice of the seducer because he is a minister, and therefore break God’s plain and positive commands and flatter themselves that they commit no sin. Have we not the words of John: “He that saith, I know Him, and keepeth not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him”? What saith the law? “Thou shalt not commit adultery.” When a man professing to keep God’s holy law, and ministering in sacred things, takes advantage of the confidence his position gives him and seeks to indulge his base passions, this fact should of itself be sufficient to enable a woman professing godliness to see that, although his profession is as exalted as the heavens, an impure proposal coming from him is from Satan disguised as an angel of light. I cannot believe that the word of God is abiding in the hearts of those who so readily yield up their innocency and virtue upon the altar of lustful passions.

And these advances are not just the sexual advances.  Any advances made that draw us away from our obedience to Jesus is no different.  That is why the Bible calls rebellion against God “prostitution”.  We may turn our noses up at those who have committed sexual sins, but you are no different if you are sitting in church playing the whore by breaking any of God’s laws.

My sisters, avoid even the appearance of evil. In this fast age, reeking with corruption, you are not safe unless you stand guarded. Virtue and modesty are rare. I appeal to you as followers of Christ, making an exalted profession, to cherish the precious, priceless gem of modesty. This will guard virtue. If you have any hope of being finally exalted to join the company of the pure, sinless angels, and to live in an atmosphere where there is not the least taint of sin, cherish modesty and virtue. Nothing but purity, sacred purity, will stand the grand review, abide the day of God, and be received into a pure and holy heaven.

If you have any hope of being finally exalted to join the company of the pure, sinless angels, and to live in an atmosphere where there is not the least taint of sin,” you must get out of your churches today.  The churches are filthy with sin.  Just stepping into a church will contaminate your mind and soul with their lies and hate of God’s laws.  

The slightest insinuations, from whatever source they may come, inviting you to indulge in sin or to allow the least unwarrantable liberty with your persons, should be resented as the worst of insults to your dignified womanhood. The kiss upon your cheek, at an improper time and place, should lead you to repel the emissary of Satan with disgust. If it is from one in high places who is dealing in sacred things, the sin is of tenfold greater magnitude, and should lead a God-fearing woman or youth to recoil with horror, not only from the sin he would have you commit, but from the hypocrisy and villainy of one whom the people respect and honor as God’s servant. He is handling sacred things, yet hiding his baseness of heart under a ministerial cloak. Be afraid of anything like this familiarity. Be sure that the least approach to it is evidence of a lascivious mind and a lustful eye. If the least encouragement is given in this direction, if any of the liberties mentioned are tolerated, no better evidence can be given that your mind is not pure and chaste as it should be, and that sin and crime have charms for you. You lower the standard of your dignified, virtuous womanhood, and give unmistakable evidence that a low, brutal, common passion and lust has been suffered to remain alive in your heart and has never been crucified.

Ministers, pastors and church leaders “kiss” their members with unholy affection.  They are teaching them to “go to church” instead of going to Jesus.  They are teaching them that it is impossible to live as Jesus commands.  They are giving you the “kiss of death”.  Do not be taken in by their lies and “goody-goody religion”.  The flatteries and gratuities they pour upon you are only taking you to hell.

As I have been shown the dangers of those who profess better things, and the sins that exist among them,—a class who are not suspected of being in any danger from these polluting sins,—I have been led to inquire: Who, O Lord, shall stand when Thou appearest? Only those who have clean hands and pure hearts shall abide the day of His coming.

I feel impelled by the Spirit of the Lord to urge my sisters who profess godliness to cherish modesty of deportment and a becoming reserve, with shamefacedness and sobriety. The liberties taken in this age of corruption should be no criterion for Christ’s followers. These fashionable exhibitions of familiarity should not exist among Christians fitting for immortality. If lasciviousness, pollution, adultery, crime, and murder are the order of the day among those who know not the truth, and who refuse to be controlled by the principles of God’s word, how important that the class professing to be followers of Christ, closely allied to God and angels, should show them a better and nobler way. How important that by their chastity and virtue they stand in marked contrast to that class who are controlled by brute passions.

I have inquired: When will the youthful sisters act with propriety? I know there will be no decided change for the better until parents feel the importance of greater carefulness in educating their children correctly. Teach them to act with reserve and modesty. Educate them for usefulness, to be helps, to minister to others rather than to be waited upon and be ministered unto.

Satan controls the minds of the youth in general. Your daughters are not taught self-denial and self-control. They are petted, and their pride is fostered. They are allowed to have their own way until they become headstrong and self-willed, and you are put to your wit’s end to know what course to pursue to save them from ruin. Satan is leading them on to be a proverb in the mouth of unbelievers because of their boldness, their lack of reserve and womanly modesty. The young boys are likewise left to have their own way. They have scarcely entered their teens before they are by the side of little girls of their own age, accompanying them home and making love to them. And the parents are so completely in bondage through their own indulgence and mistaken love for their children that they dare not pursue a decided course to make a change and restrain their too-fast children in this fast age.

Get your children out of the churches now.  They sit in their children’s and youth departments doing nothing but being assaulted with unclean familiarity and evil thoughts.  Take your children home and teach them yourselves.  God commands the parents to be the teachers of their children.  If you have given up your duty to the church and others, you are not fit for heaven and will be destroyed.

With many young ladies the boys are the theme of conversation; with the young men, it is the girls. “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” They talk of those subjects upon which their minds mostly run. The recording angel is writing the words of these professed Christian boys and girls. How will they be confused and ashamed when they meet them again in the day of God! Many children are pious hypocrites. The youth who have not made a profession of religion stumble over these hypocritical ones and are hardened against any effort that may be made by those interested in their salvation.

There ought to be picked men at the heart of the work, men who in every emergency can be relied upon to keep the fort, men who are unselfish, abounding in generosity and all good works, whose lives are hid in God, and who consider the better life of more value than food and clothing. “Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?” God calls for faithful sentinels right at the heart of the work, who will love souls for whom Christ died, and who will bear the burden for perishing souls, looking forward to that recompense of reward which will be theirs when they enter into the joy of their Lord and behold souls saved through their instrumentality to live as long as God shall live, and be happy, eternally happy, in His glorious kingdom. Oh, that we could arouse fathers and mothers to a sense of their duty! Oh, that they would feel deeply the weight of responsibility resting upon them! Then they might forestall the enemy and gain precious victories for Jesus. Parents are not clear in this matter. They should closely investigate their lives, analyze their thoughts and motives, and see if they have been circumspect in their course of action. They should watch closely to see if their example in conversation and deportment has been such as they would wish their children to imitate. Purity and virtue should shine out in their words and acts before their children. {2T 452-460}

 (To be continued)

Will you stand up and be that faithful life, hidden in God, by living the perfect, sinless and commandment keeping life?  Will you be an aroused father and mother to the sense of your duty for Jesus and leave your church?  Will you live and teach the purity and virtue that Jesus commands of you?  Will you stand up and call out the sins in your church?  Or is it too easy to just sit in your Sabbath School class while your children and grandchildren are being led into prostitution of the church by a church teacher?  Ask for a case of books and share them with your family, relatives, friends and co-workers.  Find the joy in sharing.

 

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Last month my brother and his family were very kind to me.  He sent me a ticket to fly back to Rhode Island.  We spent a few days sightseeing.  It was wonderful to unite with his family.  It had been a few decades since we last spent time together. 

God bless each of you for your continued love and support of this little ministry.  As we come into the month of Thanksgiving, may we reflect on the blessings God has given to each of us.  I am thankful for this ministry.  I thank God for the hearts He has touched to keep this ministry operating.  It has given me such a fulfilled life.  Seeing lives change is most wonderful.  I pray that your Thanksgiving will be fulfilling and rewarding.  May God look after each of you and your families.

God bless you and keep you,

 

Ron

 

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