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Acts: Revenge

 

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Up to this point in the book of Acts, the “church” of God was made up of people, individuals who had accepted the commission of Jesus to “go into all the world teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you”. (Matthew 28:20). They were not building churches. They were not organizing churches. They were not teaching any church religion, doctrine or denomination. They were teaching people how to live in obedience to Jesus and Jesus only. They taught people how to live as Jesus lived: perfect, sinless and commandment keeping to get their eternal life.

The concept of “church” (ekklēsia) was a gathering of people, not as members of any organization or under any “leader”, but a people who came together to help each other live as Jesus commanded them: perfect, sinless and commandment keeping. They admonished each other, encouraged each other, strengthened each other and loved each other as Jesus had loved them - unto death. Today, church members don’t even know one another. I mean “know”! How can you help church members stop sinning when you don’t know their sins? Listening to your pastor teach “goody-goody” sermons, reading your church or denomination’s “goody-goody” propaganda is not the same as you, individually, standing up and admonishing, encouraging and helping the one next to you stop sinning. All churches today are of the Catholic system.

The early Christians realized that their salvation was not in any organization or a belief in any specific set of doctrines. They looked back upon their “church membership” experience and saw how destructive it was. It was their “church of love” that put Jesus on the cross. Therefore, they separated from their church realizing their salvation was in obedience to Jesus and His teachings. Their salvation was in knowing Jesus personally. They were not “under” any human or church “chain of command” and therefore they could do as the Spirit of God directed each individual. Without “permission” from any worldly “chain of command” they could step out and individually present a message that was not in any way connected with any religion, organization or church. Remember, the Jews had come to John the Baptist and Jesus asking, “Who gave you this authority?” That is what “church” is all about. All churches are about “authority”. All churches are trying to brainwash you into believing they have the “authority” from God to teach and control you. For a Christian the “Authority is “Jesus”, not a church or any organization. In the name of Jesus we are all to step out of our churches - being full of grace and power from the Holy Spirit.

However, the church could not accept that concept. Revenge was in the church system. It could not allow a change to the church system. The leaders received their power, money, prestige and honor from the church system. Their pride, ego and arrogance would not allow them to accept the simple plan of salvation which Jesus offered.

Acts 6:8 to Acts 7:60

Now Stephen, full of grace and power, was performing great wonders and signs among the people. 

Stephen was not sitting in church. Stephen was not listening to his church pastor. Stephen was “full of grace and power” and “performing great wonders and signs among the people”. Why? Because he had a personal relationship with Jesus. He was listening to, learning from and living in obedience to Jesus and what Jesus had commanded of him. He was full of the Spirit of God. What wonders and signs are you performing among those around you? Are you full of grace and power from Jesus? Or are you full of church, spouting church doctrine and church regulations?

But some men who belonged to the Synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called), as well as some Cyrenians, Alexandrians, and men from Cilicia and Asia, stood up and began to debate with Stephen. 

Oh yes, men from the church “stood up and began to debate with Stephen”. Church does not want you living for Jesus. Church does not want you teaching the teachings of Jesus. You disturb their “church” peace. You make them look like “sinners” and they can’t stand that. They are very happy and contented in their self-righteous church and they don’t want you telling them they are sinners and lost. They do not want to hear that their church system has no value for eternal life.

But they could neither refute the wisdom nor withstand the Spirit by which he kept speaking. 

I have experienced this in my life. Church people have come against me, but they are not able to refute the wisdom nor withstand the Spirit by which this ministry speaks. Here is a letter from a former donor:

"Dear Ron,
It troubled us that you wrote that we should only use Jesus words for counsel in the Bible. Wasn’t the whole Bible inspired by the Holy Spirit? ( II Timothy 3:16) Our understanding has been that Holy men wrote as they were inspired by the Holy Spirit and that we should worship with like believers on God’s Holy Sabbath, the seventh day of the week. Church can be where two or three are gathered together to worship God.
Howard"

It is the words of Jesus that help us understand the words from the whole Bible. After all, the whole Bible is from Jesus. Like the Pharisees, Howard is nit-picking in order to defend his self-righteous life of going to church. Interesting, not once in the Bible will you read where we are to go to church on the Sabbath. We are to keep the Sabbath holy, but going to church is not keeping the Sabbath holy. Obviously, he has been going to church and listening to the Catholic system instead of Jesus. Obviously, like the Pharisees, he does not believe he needs anything outside of his church. The churches of today are not “worshiping God”. The church system of today is the “antichrist” system set up by the Catholic Church to take you away from living in obedience to Jesus. You go to church instead of going to Jesus. After all, the Catholics, Mormons, Baptist and all the other churches read from the Bible also. Reading from the Bible won’t get you into heaven. Lucifer reads from it and knows it by heart. Only those who are living the perfect, sinless and commandment keeping life “believe” in Jesus. However, the following is from one who left her church in obedience to Jesus and is truly worshiping God. God is blessing her so much. After I showed her the e-mail from Howard and a letter from a former inmate, she replied:

"Take heart, dear friend. The former inmate has gotten a glimpse through the pearly gates . . . something that Howard has failed to see. It’s going to be worth it, Ron. Just you wait and see. I took the place of someone who dropped out. Others, too, will fill in the gaps.
Sandra, NC"

And yes she and others have. God has blessed her so much. She is supporting this ministry mightily. She is also actively working for Jesus, not sitting in a church. She has already requested five cases of books and has been distributing them around her community. She is a real missionary for Jesus. But church members are gathering against God’s people while they sit in church.

So they secretly got some men to say, “We have heard him speaking blasphemous words against Moses and God.” 

You see, that is always the problem. They couldn’t refute the truth Stephen was speaking, so they riled up the “good” church people because he was speaking against “their” church. And of course, they threw in “Moses” just to make their church look legitimate. It has always been church people who persecute the people of God. They can’t stand anyone speaking against “their” church. After all, their church is an extension of their pride and ego. How dare anyone point out the uselessness of their church.

They stirred up the people, the elders, and the scribes. Then they rushed at Stephen, grabbed him, and brought him before the Council. 

If you speak the truth about the churches today, you also will be “rushed at” and mistreated and brought before the church council. Churches don’t love God. They love their organizations! How dare God not accept their man-made, self-righteous organizations. That is why in Revelation all churches are called the “whores” of the “Prostitute”. The “Prostitute” being the Catholic Church.

I was giving Bible studies to a member who went to church on the Sabbath. It was a Sabbath morning and we were quietly studying in a side room. The elders of the church came in and bodily picked me up and threw me out. How dare anyone hold Bible studies in their church on Sabbath! Blasphemy!

They had false witnesses stand up and say, “This man never stops saying things against this Holy Place and against the Law. For we have heard him say that this Jesus from Nazareth will destroy this place and change the customs that Moses handed down to us.” 

Actually, the “false witnesses” were not “false” in the true sense of the word. Jesus and the disciples were “saying things against this Holy Place and against the Law”. That “Law” was the law of the “customs that Moses handed down to us”. This was not the Ten Commandment Law, but the temple laws. The death of Jesus did away with the temple and its laws of ceremonies, services, rituals, feast days and customs. None of that was important for salvation. They were the “arrows” that pointed the way to Jesus and the plan of salvation. But the church had turned aside from following the narrow path where the arrows pointed. The church made the ceremonies, services, rituals, feast days and customs more important than the keeping of the Ten Commandments.

Stephen was telling the truth, Jesus would destroy their temple and their place. In 70 and again 130, Jesus used the Romans to destroy the temple and Jerusalem, the “holy” place of the Jews. But the Jews refused to listen. They clung to the “customs that Moses handed down” instead of looking to Jesus who came from God. They refused to live by the Ten Commandments to change their wicked lives. Church and church interpretation of the Bible was more important than the teachings of God. And so it is today. The church is all important while the teachings of Jesus to stop sinning, be perfect and to keep the Ten Commandments to get our eternal life are trampled upon. Church members carry their Bibles like some carry a crucifix. It is all for show. But not one church member is obedient to Jesus. Not even those who go to church on Sabbath. Jesus never said, “go to church” on Sabbath. Jesus commands us to keep it “holy” by stop sinning, being perfect and keeping the Ten Commandments to get our eternal life.

Then everyone who was seated in the Council glared at him and saw that his face was like the face of an angel. 

Absolutely. If you teach the teachings of Jesus and how He will destroy their church if they do not change their lives, they will glare at you. Don’t speak against their idol: the church. If you do, be prepared to die.

Then the high priest asked, “Is this true?”  Stephen replied: “Listen, brothers and fathers! “The glorious God appeared to our ancestor Abraham while he was in Mesopotamia before he settled in Haran.

Stephen is attempting to reason with them. After all, Stephen knew his Old Testament in which God invites, “Please come, and let’s reason together,” Isaiah 1:18.  But church people don’t want to “reason” together. They hate truth. They want church. They want their church to tell them they can go on living in sin and still be saved. Don’t even try to reason with them about truth. They will hurl stones out of their mouths at you.

Stephen is going to take the council back down through their history to remind them that God is not a God of any temple, people or church. He is the God of the whole world. He will tell them God does not live in their ridiculous temple (church). So, he started by showing them that God took a Gentile (uncircumcised, non-church member) and:

God told him, ‘Leave your country and your relatives and go to the land I will show you.’ So he left the country of the Chaldeans and settled in Haran. Then after the death of his father, God had him move to this country where you now live. 

We also are to leave our churches-countries and families and prepare to go to the Land of Canaan. Like Abraham, if we stay with our church or family, we will not be able to prepare our characters for Heaven. God had to separate me from the church, family and everyone in order to change my life and prepare me for this work. What he did for Joseph, He did for me. The influences of family and church are just too strong and will keep us from developing our characters for Heaven.

God gave him no property here, not even a foot of land, yet he promised to give it to him and to his descendants after him as a permanent possession, even though he had no child. 

We claim to be “Christians” and yet, how we fight and work hard to get property here in this world. We live like there is no Heaven, while we fight over our churches. Like Abraham, only by getting out of your church will you be able to look back and see the absurdity of it all.

And just think, Abraham was loved by God, talked with God, walked with God and none of it had anything to do with a temple, church building or denominational organization. The council is beginning to see his reasoning and they are not liking it.

“This is what God promised: His descendants would be strangers in a foreign country, and its people would enslave them and oppress them for 400 years. 

If you live without church, church people will persecute you. Religions must have members to bow down to them, to sacrifice to them and to pay them lots of money and attention. God invites you to come out and be free. Like Abraham, leave and experience the freedom of serving God as an individual, responsible only to God.

‘But I will punish the nation they serve,’ said God, ‘and afterwards they will leave and worship me in this place.’ 

Yes, God is now beginning to punish the churches people are serving, and this world. He is starting with those churches who go to church on Sabbath, claiming to be His people and the remnant. But they will not be going to Heaven. If you have not left your church to serve Jesus now, you will not be taken to Heaven. The churches do not want you to know that fact. So they are hiding the information. Talk about “fake news”, the churches are constantly spewing out “fake news”.

Later, God gave Abraham the covenant of circumcision. Later, he fathered Isaac and circumcised him on the eighth day. Then Isaac fathered Jacob, and Jacob fathered the twelve patriarchs. 

This is where the Jews got it all wrong. Circumcision had nothing to do with being a descendant of Abraham. It had to do with belonging to God. The Bible is full of explaining that it wasn’t the physical act of circumcision, but the spiritual act of accepting God as your “God”. Circumcision was like a police officer earning his badge. It wasn’t the badge that made him a police officer, but his commitment to live and serve as a police officer. If he broke the law, the badge would not keep him from the consequences. The same with the Jews. If they broke the Law of God, the Ten Commandments, circumcision would not save them. The whole concept of circumcision was to say, “We have made a commitment to be ‘slaves’ of the living God and to serve Him only”. That is why in both Old and New Testaments God kept reminding them that they needed to, “Circumcise yourselves to the LORD and remove the foreskin of your heart”. Jeremiah 4:4. Church members today prefer the Ten Commandments written on a plaque while they go to church and continue in sin.

This is what Stephen was attempting to explain, but the church did not want to hear it. To them, circumcision was a sign, a seal of their belonging to God no matter what the condition of the heart. They were sealed for eternal life by being circumcised, going to church on Sabbath and following all the church rituals, traditions, feast days and festivals. The same with the churches today. They believe that all you have to do is be baptized and belong to “our” church and you are saved. They look at you funny if you tell them you belong to Jesus but don’t go to church.

“Joseph’s brothers became jealous of him and sold Joseph as a slave in Egypt.

Stephen is attempting to compare the treatment the Jews gave Jesus to the examples he is now about to give. He wanted them to stop, think and reason about what they were doing. To look at their “system” of religion and see how senseless and destructive it was. Their church was persecuting God through the servants He was sending them. Yes, they had the forms God gave them, but the meaning and understanding of those forms had long since been forgotten. the church system was all that mattered.

The Jews thought they were “saved” by belonging to the church system. The brothers of Joseph thought they were “saved” from any consequence simply because they were the “sons” of Jacob. They hated the favored son of the father. And so the Jews hated the favored Son of the Father. The churches are still hating Him.

However, God was with him and rescued him from all his troubles. He granted him favor and wisdom before Pharaoh, king of Egypt, who appointed him ruler of Egypt and of his whole household. 

God did the same with Jesus. The church killed Him, but God rescued Him from the tomb and granted Him favor and wisdom and sat Him down on a throne in Heaven.

“But a famine spread throughout Egypt and Canaan, and with it great suffering, and our ancestors couldn’t find any food. 

There was a great famine of the “Word of God” taking place. Stephen is attempting to show that Jesus, like Joseph, was sent to provide the spiritual food for their famine. But they were not interested in the spiritual food Jesus had to offer. They wanted the old, tainted, dried and rotten crusts of the church they had been gnawing on for centuries.

But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent our ancestors on their first trip. On their second trip, Joseph made himself known to his brothers, and Joseph introduced his family to Pharaoh. Then Joseph invited his father Jacob and all his relatives to come to him in Egypt—75 persons in all. So Jacob went down to Egypt. Then he and our ancestors died. They were brought back to Shechem and laid in the tomb that Abraham had bought at a high price from Hamor’s descendants in Shechem. 

Stephen is trying to get across to them that going to Egypt was only a temporary solution. Same in their circumstances. The temple was only a temporary solution until the One to whom it pointed came to deliver them. But again, they did not want to hear that. The temple-church system is what gave them their wealth, prestige and identity as belonging to God.

“Now as the time approached for the fulfillment of the promise that God had made to Abraham, the people’s population increased a great deal in Egypt.  Eventually, a different king who had not known Joseph became ruler of Egypt. By shrewdly scheming against our people, he oppressed our ancestors and forced them to abandon their infants to the elements, so that they wouldn’t live. 

How often we refuse to recognize those sent to save us. Egypt could have been a wonderful power for the glory of God in the world. But it didn’t want anything to do with these “foreigners”. They rejected the influence and love that Joseph had given them. To the Jewish leaders, Jesus was a “foreigner”. Jesus fed them and healed them, but they pretended not to know Him. Church members look at this ministry in the very same way.

“At this time Moses was born. He was beautiful in the sight of God, and for three months he was cared for in his father’s house. When he was placed outside, Pharaoh’s daughter adopted him and brought him up as her own son.  So Moses learned all the wisdom of the Egyptians and became a great man, both in words and in deeds.  “When he was 40 years old, he decided to visit his brothers, the descendants of Israel.  When he saw one of them being mistreated, he defended him and avenged the man who was being mistreated by killing the Egyptian. He supposed that his brothers would understand that God was using him to rescue them, but they didn’t understand. The next day he presented himself to some of them while they were fighting and tried to reconcile them. He said, ‘Men, you are brothers. Why should you be hurting another?’  “But the man who was harming his neighbor pushed Moses away and said, ‘Who made you ruler and judge over us?  You don’t want to kill me like you killed the Egyptian yesterday, do you?’  Because of this, Moses fled and lived as a foreigner in the land of Midian. There he had two sons. 

Jesus was also born and laid in a “basket” in a manger. He too had been brought up in a palace, the palace of the King of the Universe. He supposed “that His brothers would understand that God was using Him to rescue them” from sin. But they did not want to understand. They loved their sins in the same way as the Israelites kept wanting to go back to Egypt.

Over and over again the Spirit is speaking through Stephen, attempting to open their minds by using the examples of the Old Testament. But the rulers would not be taught. They refused to understand. Like Pharaoh, they did not want God interfering with their church system. While they claimed to love God, they fought for their church.

“After 40 years had passed, an angel appeared to him in the flames of a burning bush in the desert near Mount Sinai.  When Moses saw it, he was amazed at the sight, and when he approached the bush to look at it, the voice of the Lord said, I am the God of your ancestors—the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.’ Moses became terrified and didn’t dare to look.  Then the Lord told him, ‘Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground. 

“Holy ground” had nothing to do with a temple or church; it had to do with the presence of God. The temple the Jews were claiming to be “holy” was actually built by Herod. Jesus brought holiness to it when He walked in it, but they threw Him out. They turned it into a den of thieves. A whorehouse.

“The old temple built by Zerubbabel was replaced by a magnificent edifice. An agreement was made between Herod and the Jewish religious authorities: the sacrificial rituals, called offerings, were to be continued unabated for the entire time of construction, and the Temple itself would be constructed by the priests.” Wikipedia

How “holy” was that? There was nothing “holy” about anything the church claimed was “holy”. And yet they clung to their forms and dead rituals unable to see they were being dragged down to eternal death by them. The same is happening today with our churches, denominations and religious systems. They have become dead forms, doing nothing to prepare people for Heaven. People in them are being oppressed. Jesus has come to rescue them.

I have surely seen the oppression of my people in Egypt and have heard their groans, and I have come down to rescue them. Now come, I will send you to Egypt.’ “This same Moses—whom they rejected by saying ‘Who made you ruler and judge?’—was the man whom God sent to be both their ruler and deliverer with the help of the angel who had appeared to him in the bush. It was he who led them out, performing wonders and signs in Egypt, at the Red Sea, and in the wilderness for 40 years. 

As the children of God rejected Moses, who had been appointed by God to be their ruler and judge, so they had rejected Jesus who was appointed by God to be their eternal ruler and judge. God raised up this ministry and appointed it to teach you how to prepare for Heaven. In a sense, this ministry is your “eternal ruler and judge” since your eternal destiny depends on what you do with it. What will you do?

It was this Moses who told the Israelis, ‘God will raise up a prophet for you from among your own brothers, just as he did me.’  This Moses is the one who was in the assembly in the wilderness with the angel who spoke to him on Mount Sinai and to our ancestors. He received living truths to give to us, but our ancestors refused to obey him. Instead, they rejected him and wished to return to Egypt. 

Jesus came and offered them a new life, a Promised Land far beyond their wildest dreams. But they rejected Him and wished to remain in their “Egypt” of slavery to sin and church.

They told Aaron, ‘Make gods for us who will lead us. This Moses who led us out of the land of Egypt—we don’t know what happened to him!’ “At that time they even made a calf to be their idol, offered a sacrifice to it, and delighted in what they had made with their hands. So God turned away from them and gave them over to worship the heavenly bodies. As it is written in the book of the Prophets: ‘O house of Israel, you didn’t offer me slaughtered animals and sacrifices those 40 years in the wilderness, did you? You even took along the tent of Moloch, the star of your god Rephan, and the images you made in order to worship them. So I will take you into exile as far as Babylon.’ 

Stephen joins together the two experiences, the rejection of God by the people of Moses in the wilderness and the rejection of God by the Israelites in the Promised Land. Both wanted what the pagan world had to offer. Oh, they kept up with the temple services and rituals, ceremonies and ordinances, but they refused to “serve” God. No, they wanted His blessings while they gave themselves to the world. So God rejected them both. Instead of serving God through a life of righteousness, they served a church of ceremonies, systems, feast days, traditions and rituals through a life of sin.

“Our ancestors had the Tent of Testimony in the wilderness constructed, just as the one who spoke to Moses directed him to make it according to the pattern he had seen. Our ancestors brought it here with Joshua when they replaced the nations that God drove out in front of our ancestors, and it was here until the time of David. He found favor with God and asked to design a dwelling for the house of Jacob, but it was Solomon who built a house for him. 

Stephen is showing that the Tent of Testimony and the temple Solomon built did nothing for the salvation of the people when they turned their backs on God. God rejected them when they refused to live the righteous, sinless, perfect and commandment keeping life. They showed great reverence for the temple, but gave none to God. And so it is today in our churches. We revere our churches and denominations while we turn our backs on God by refusing to live as He commands: perfect, sinless and commandment keeping.

However, the Most High does not live in buildings made by human hands. As the prophet says, “‘Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. What kind of house can you build for me,’ declares the Lord, “or what place is there in which I can rest?  It was my hand that made all these things, wasn’t it?’” 

God hates our churches. He doesn’t need a church building, He needs a heart to dwell in. He doesn’t need a denomination, He needs a people who will live in obedience to Him. All the hypocritical worship in church will do us no good, as it did the Jews no good. “‘Oh, that one of you would shut the Temple (church) doors. . . I’m not pleased with you,’ says the LORD of the Heavenly Armies, ‘and I’ll accept no offerings from you.’” Malachi 1:10.  If you do not get out of your church and return to God with all your heart, the message Stephen gave the Jews is the one for you.

“You stubborn people with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You are always opposing the Holy Spirit, just as your ancestors used to do. Which of the prophets did your ancestors fail to persecute? They killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One, and now you have become his betrayers and murderers.  You received the Law as ordained by angels, and yet you haven’t obeyed it!” 

How true that is. Especially those who go to church on Sabbath, just like the Jews, they have “received the Law as ordained by angels, and yet you haven’t obeyed it?” God even sent them a modern-day prophet and they have refused to live in obedience to God’s messages through that prophet. Going to church on the Sabbath is not the same as living the perfect, sinless and commandment keeping life. Going to church does not make the Sabbath “holy”. Holiness comes by being holy. To be holy is to live as Jesus lived: perfect, sinless and commandment keeping.

While they were listening to these things, they became more and more furious and began to grind their teeth at him. 

And so it is, church members who claim to be “of God” and the “remnant” are the ones who hate those of us who have been sent by God to bring them Life. The message we bring from God is to bless them, but they want their church filled with religion, not Jesus. Therefore, they are becoming more furious at this ministry.

But Stephen, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked straight into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.  He said, “Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” 

Jesus isn’t in your church or denomination. Jesus is standing at the right hand of God. He wants to fill you with the Holy Spirit. But to do that, you must look straight into heaven and see the glory of God. If you are looking into your church, you will not see the glory of God, but man. How Catholic.

The Jews were looking into their temple-church, built by Herod, a pagan man, and refused to see Jesus, their God, standing in front of them. It was called, “Herod’s temple”. My, my, how deluded the people were. It wasn’t even “God’s temple”. But that is what “church” does to our minds. People going to church are doing the very same thing today. They keep looking into a man-made building thinking God is there. He isn’t. They are totally missing Jesus.

But they shouted out loud, stopped listening, and together they all rushed at him, ran him outside of the city, and began to stone him to death. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul.  As they continued to stone Stephen, he kept praying, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!”  Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, don’t hold this sin against them!” After he had said this, he died. 

And so it is! Church people shout, stop listening and rush me and this ministry. They don’t want to hear the truth that God is not in their church. They love their church, but they have no love for God. It is “self-delusion” on the part of church-going people. They live in a fantasy world that has no basis in reality. But they don’t want to hear it.

 

Prison Mission Report

JCPM
I have read quite a bit about your book “Change Your Life Biblically” that you send to people who are incarcerated. How can I get one sent to my husband who is incarcerated? Thank you,
Cindy, non-inmate via e-mail

Hello,
I am currently detained by ICE in California. I have heard great things about your book. May I please have one? I am going to get deported back to Mexico. Please may I have one?
Felipe, CA

Dear Ron,

Tithes and Offerings:

For me personally, this subject is touchy. I myself for so long chose to overlook the true meaning to offerings and tithe. When I did offerings and tithe, it was a perversion because I only did it so that I may receive “more”. It took me at least 6 times to read over this section before it took root. Honestly, until just a week or so ago, I still was perverting the meaning of “Tithes & Offerings”. I did not look closely at what the purpose of each was for. I lumped them together and thought that I was doing my part. (I wasn’t). I was surely mistaking them to be together. Not realizing that offerings is from your moral obligation and from the heart to help others in all of their needs. To give to others so that they do not lack and become ashamed. I was offering as a way to say, “I helped them, so now help me.” (I did not realize I was envious and coveting.) As for my tithing, as with my “offerings”, they must have correct motive and it must come from the heart. Tithing is to me the realization that I was using God’s gifts to my own advantage and not being a good steward. I was not understanding that what I was doing was “Hiding Talents”. For whatever excuse I made, I did not properly tithe because I saw it as a burden and not a blessing. (Again, coveting and being envious, greedy and self-centered.) To tithe is to let our God know that we love Him and that we fully understand that everything He gives to us is rightfully His and we must do with it as He did with it. I now understand more fully that Tithes are giving back to God to say “Thank You!”. To let God know, “Father, I understand that this is yours and you expect me to share with my brothers and sisters and to be grateful for all the wonderful things that you allow us to have.” It is strange to me that I thought I was doing right. Then come to realize, I was wrong because I missed the point. To begin, I was not using what God gave me to tithe and offer with, but excusing a portion because of a prior obligation. 20% of what the state takes. Instead of knowing God gave me a “Gross Income” and that is what I use. I only used “Net Income”. Now I fully know I was short changing God because not only should I offer and tithe monetarily with this income, I must also offer and tithe with ALL that God has given me. I am so thankful for the love and support and knowledge CYLB gives to everyone who comes to share and listen. The Lord told us, “The path is narrow and only a few will find it”, but I was wrong at trying to understand the directions with a “narrow view”.

7 Last Plagues:

Wow, what a topic for study and understanding! The 7 Last Plagues are a subject that I don’t think a majority of people want to be held accountable for. But our Lord Jesus keeps things simple and directly to the point. The very vast numbers and multitudes of individuals who do not choose to listen now while there is hope and grace will be extremely sorry and disappointed in the end when God says “Enough is Enough”. Jesus means business and He helps us every step of the way so we would be foolish to have to suffer these Last Plagues of God’s Wrath. Those who are wise will not continue to quarrel over church or denomination but will separate themselves from such disputable matters and do as our Lord has commanded. Too many people are allowing themselves to be subject to man’s philosophies and man’s ideas for doing things and it does not abide by what Jesus alone has called us to do. Only those who humble themselves, stop sinning, obey the Ten Commandments and be perfect are the ones who will triumph with Jesus and be accepted into Heaven.

Church:

I enjoyed the concept and the study on this section of CYLB. I have never been caught up with the emotional attachment of the “church” in the aspect of “it” being an “institution” or building. From a young age I was curious about church and I asked my mom, “Why don’t you go to church?” Her response to me was, “They don’t teach from the Bible and stick to what Jesus says.” I, being even more curious went to my grandfather who teaches small portions of the Bible and asked him also, “Why don’t you go to church?” His response, though different from mom’s, was still eye opening and enlightening. He told me, “My Bible is God’s instruction to me and no matter where I read it, I must follow what it says. And no matter where I am at, if I teach and live from the Bible then that is my church.” I took a good liking to this section because things have become so polluted in this world with the institution of “church”. To my understanding we are the church. When I think of a church, I think of a whole congregation of people coming together and helping others in need. I think of these people walking the walk that our Lord Jesus walked. If together we obey Jesus and act out as He showed us to do, in love, kindness, patience and long-suffering. Then we stand united as the “church” and we all take our spot as members of the Body of Christ. From experience of the worldly church, I have only seen and experienced confusion, strife, division and anger. Instead of the church coming together in the Spirit to create unity from the truth in Spirit from Scripture, the worldly churches argue and want to be the ones who are “right”. This is all nonsense from man being prideful. The true church of God are the ones who are obeying the Word of God. These people come in unity to profess that Jesus is our only hope of salvation. But in order to get eternal life we must follow His commands. Continually, Jesus tells us to be perfect, stop sinning and to follow the Ten Commandments. Jesus is the only way to heaven and we must be humble and obey everything He needs us to say and do. Anywhere that we are followers of Christ and anywhere that we preach the word in the Spirit, that is our church. We don’t need to make buildings and create denominations to say, “This is our church”. All that we need to do is teach others the truth and no matter where we gather together as long as we live lives pleasing to God, that is our church.
Jon, CO

JCPM,
I am interested in receiving the study book you offer. I understand that there are many revelations in there. I am currently incarcerated and I talked to my chaplain about some of the facts about honoring the Sabbath and how the Bible connects the dots regarding Sunday worship. Well, he dismissed my inquiry and didn’t want to hear of it and called it plain speculation. Why is that? I mean, I had read the facts and they make sense. Why is it that people, Christians, refuse to accept these claims? The Bible seems to be clear on who it is pointing to. I’d like to study this more in-depth and try to get it fully.
Jorge, AZ

Greetings Ron,
Enclosed is my lesson. It took a little longer than anticipated as my life took an unexpected turn recently. There is so much I want to say. Your book, CYLB, is what is bringing me back to the fold. Ron, I wish your book had been decades ago. You and your book answered questions I have had all my life, but could never get answers to. At least not answers that rang true or made sense. I was always told, “God’s mysterious ways” or “Who am I to question God” or “Who am I to question those older than me?” I was asking “upsetting questions” at age 6. I was raised “Christian” to the point of swearing never to again follow Christian ways. Now, 19 years later, your book comes along and I am torn. Ron, know this, I want back in. I want what your book says, what being a Christian is supposed to be. Not this stuff of religions. You and your book are the only things that have excited me about the idea of even thinking of going back to Christianity in 19 years. I literally swore I would never have anything to do with it again. After 55 years I finally found someone who gives lessons and answers about what it means and what to do to be a Christian in plain simple English - straight from the Bible.
James, WI

JCPM,
After reading and rereading CYLB, I came away with a somber and sober mind-set. During my reading I cried, was surprised, angered and joyful. I was surprised and cried because the book actually articulated my inner thoughts and feelings. I became angry because you’re right. Up to this point, I believed I was saved by grace and the Sunday worship. But what you state makes perfect sense to me. The 10 Commandments are the key and coming from that angle, the Bible makes even more sense. Thanks be to God. I’m 37 years old and started selling crack at 10 years of age. Let me say, the word “love” had a very distorted definition to me. I was 36 and here you are saying the 10 Commandments are love. This is so true.
Jimmy, TX

JCPM,
I ran across one of your books, “Change Your Life Biblically”. I am very interested in learning more about the Word. I am doing a 6 year sentence and would appreciate a copy of this book.
Barry, TN

JCPM,
I was given the following form by a fellow inmate. She had a book with a cat on it and I thought it was very neat. I am a recovering addict. May I please have a copy of this book?
Kathy, NE

Dear Brother Ron,
I thank you for answering my questions in a manner that was insightful and enlightening. I can see you smiling and praising God for allowing your work, for Him, be the key that opened my heart to Him. Yes, I am eternally grateful to you for that. Here are my “essays”:

Plan of Salvation:

This is one that really used to irritate me with churches. This passage from the Bible was to be followed, but that passage didn’t apply. You could do what you wanted Monday through Saturday, then come to church on Sunday, pray, be forgiven and all would be well. Oh, and don’t forget your tithe. The blatant hypocrisy drove me nuts. I knew it wasn’t right. Of course, I was not a learned individual. This may sound crazy, but the “Plan of Salvation” as explained in CYLB is simple. Doesn’t mean easy. Simple! Follow the 10 Commandments. Live a sinless life. Keep the Lord’s Sabbath. Simple! Not easy. That is a plan I can follow. It is from the Bible. No room for man to throw in his two cents. Following Theosophy appealed to me deeply. However, in reading CYLB the questions I have carried all my life were answered, and more. No ifs, ands, buts or wherefores. To be a Christian, to live a life like Christ, to be saved, have eternal life, you have to do this because the Bible says so. I can live with that.

Grace:

In all honesty, I never really gave grace a lot of thought. Not until CYLB. I believe I was under the impression that grace was something you received once you were saved. Through grace you were saved and it is one of those things that just “didn’t ring true”. But I wasn’t able to figure it out. However, God has always allowed me to know when I read something of truth. Such was the case again, as I read about grace in CYLB. It was like the light bulb going on over my head. What is so cool, for me, right now is that I seem to be ultra-sensitive now that I am aware of what grace is. Knowing now that grace is what keeps me alive when I sin, it seems I am much more aware of my sins. I catch myself, it seems, when I sin. I realize the great gift grace is. I appreciate this awareness now.
James, WI

Hello,
I recently came across your book, “Change Your Life Biblically”. A gentleman in our prayer group has a copy and shares some of it in our daily gatherings. I was hoping to get a copy for myself. I find your book very knowledgable.
Michael, CA

Dear Dad,
I know it has been a month or so since I wrote to you. I did not know how to respond to your letter. I’m glad you are not mad, but I still feel shame for running. I’m confused but also scared. I want to change, but something is holding me back. There is so much on my mind and I have no one to talk to about it but you and God.
Isaias, CA

Hello,
Recently, another one of the ladies in here showed me the book she has of, “Change Your Life Biblically”. She gave me your address and said all I had to do was write to you for one. I also wanted to check and see if you have Bible studies. I am a Christian and seeking to mature in my walk with Christ. I would deeply appreciate anything you can send to me.
Kimberly, TN

Dear Ron,
God has been guiding me into witnessing to a couple of men here on the yard. We are in a separate program. We are not allowed to eat, speak or communicate with inmates outside of the program. I would like to share with more of the men here. I know God has me where He wants me. I’ll be patient and allow Him to have His perfect work. Many of the men who take this program successfully are going back to the “streets” where the danger lies. I feel God is impressing on my heart to help prepare these men spiritually for what lies ahead. I still have a few months until I meet the parole board again. So, I’ll do His work as He leads me. Ron, I just want to be His conduit no matter where I am or what I do. I’ve enclosed some stamps and I pray they are able to help the ministry.
Touncie, KY

To Whom It May Concern,
I am a meth addict and I am currently incarcerated. I’m going to be released in about 3 months. I am working on trying to become closer to the Lord. I am requesting a copy of “Change Your Life Biblically”. I am looking forward to staying sober and making my life happier and more manageable.
Judy, CA

Dear J.C. Ministry,
I came across one of your books and would like to read it. It is called, “Change Your Life Biblically”. Can you please send me a copy? Thank you very much.
Jose, CA

JCPM
I’m writing to know about your ministry, what kind of Bible study do you provide? I’m looking for one that is in-depth and causes you to really reflect about the way you live your life. Here at this prison, the “Christians” place themselves above everyone else and look down on everyone. I don’t want to be that kind of “Christian”. I want to be a follower of Christ, a disciple. I want to walk the walk and talk the talk.
Ruth, GA

To Whom it May Concern,
My cellie here handed me a pamphlet with your address. I read through it and liked what I saw. I would like to sign up in your Bible study, please.
Christina, CA

JCPM,
I have recently been incarcerated with an inmate that has received the “Change Your Life Biblically” book. I would also like a copy, please. I would also like to request a copy to be sent to my son. He is located in another jail and in a different county. I am also in a 10 inmate cell. The ladies in here have requested I send their names to receive the book also.
Shelia, KY

 

Testimony for God's People

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Going to church is so easy. My, what “Christians” we are for sitting in church. But church-going is a deceptive lie from Lucifer. It has nothing to do with your eternal life. It doesn’t matter how pious the pastor is, or how it was started, or what it teaches. Going to church, instead of going to Jesus and living in obedience to Jesus, will destroy your eternal life.

You must practice self-government in your life. You must take responsibility for your actions. You cannot listen to your church, your pastor or your denomination and accept their “goody-goody” religion. You must do the hard work of searching out and reading for yourself the will of God for your life. And His will isn’t for you to sit in church.

Importance of Self-Government

Dear Brother (Christian),

I have several times attempted to write to you, but have as often been hindered. I will delay no longer. I have felt for a few days past especially anxious in regard to you. Last June some things were shown me in regard to you. I was carried back in the past and shown your unsettled, roving life. You were without God. Yours has been a hard, reckless life. Yet I saw that God had in mercy spared your life many times when it seemed that no human power or wisdom could preserve it. You now stand a miracle of mercy. When your life has been in imminent peril, Christ, your Advocate, has pleaded in your behalf: “Father, spare his life a little longer. He has been an unfruitful tree, which has cumbered the ground; yet cut it not down. I will patiently wait a little longer, and see if it will not bear fruit. I will impress his heart with the truth. I will convict him of sin.”

I pray that each of you is listening. I was that unfruitful tree. I admit it. I went to church, paid my tithes and provided for my family. But even though God worked many miracles in my life to preserve it, I would have been lost eternally if Jesus had not allowed me to go to prison. What will it take to wake you up? Get out of your church and go to Jesus and humbly ask, “What must I do to be saved?” Nowhere in all the Bible will you find the answer to that as “go to Church”.

I was shown that the Lord opened the way for you to obey and serve Him. Your steps were directed West, where your surroundings would be more favorable to a growth in grace, and where it would be less difficult for you to form a character for heaven. You came into our family and were received into our hearts. This was all ordered of the Lord. You had not the experience which was necessary in order to live a life that God would approve. You were situated where in a few short months you could obtain more light and a more correct knowledge of present truth than you could have obtained in years if you had remained East.

Substitute “East” for church. You cannot remain in the church any longer. It is destroying our eternal life. Go to Jesus and learn “a more correct knowledge of present truth”. Understand that “present truth” for our day is not what it was for their day. “Present truth” is always being updated for the “present” time. That is why the Lord in His mercy to you has sent this ministry. Please, do not delay any longer in learning what “present truth” God is wanting to share for you in your life.

Our compassionate High Priest was acquainted with your weakness and your errors and did not leave you in your inexperience to battle with the great foe amid unfavorable surroundings. Had you remained in (church) you would not have retained the truth. The opposition you would have received would have raised your combativeness, and you would have dishonored the truth by a hasty spirit; and then, as obstacles arose in your Christian journey, you would have become discouraged and yielded the truth. You have much to be thankful for. Your heart should be filled with gratitude to your loving Saviour for His mercy to you, to you who have so long abused His love.

How many are giving praise to their church, pastor and denomination, but few are “filled with gratitude to your loving Saviour for His mercy to you, to you who have so long abused His love.” Get out of your church now, go to Jesus and learn from Him.

I was shown that you were a rough stone from the quarry, which needed much hewing, squaring, and polishing before it could fill a place in the heavenly building. Some of this work has been done for you; but, oh, there is a much greater work yet to be done! You have had a very unhappy spirit. You have seen the rough side of life. You have not had much happiness; but you were the one who stood in your own light, debarring yourself from good. In your youth you encouraged a spirit of discontent; you would not be ruled; you chose to walk in your own way, irrespective of others’ judgment or counsel. You would not submit to be controlled by your stepfather, because you wanted to follow your own way. He did not understand the best way to manage you, and you were determined not to respect his authority. As soon as he would speak to you, you would place yourself upon the defensive. Your combativeness was large, and you would battle everything and everybody that crossed your plans. Even when suggestions were made of a better course to pursue in your plans and labors, you would fly in an instant. You thought you were censured, thought you were blamed, and felt grieved with those who were your true friends. Your imagination was diseased. You thought that everybody was against you and that your lot was exceedingly hard. It has been hard, but you have made it so.

Your course toward your stepfather was unbecoming. He did not deserve to be treated by you as he was. He had faults and had committed errors, but while you were awake to see these in an aggravated light you did not see your own errors. In the providence of God your wife was prostrated by disease. She was a proud-spirited woman; but she repented of her sins, and her repentance was accepted of God.

Are you looking at the sins and error in your own life? Or do you sit in church with a self-satisfied spirit, thinking you are “saved” because you sit in church on the Sabbath. Do you look down on others or this ministry, simply because they do not believe as you do?

Your way has been hedged up, on the right hand and on the left, to hinder your progress to perdition. The Lord has brought your unruly, untamable spirit to submit to Him. By a mixture of judgment and mercy you have been brought to repentance. Like Jonah, you fled from present duty to sea. God hedged up your way by the visitations of His providence. You could not prosper or be happy, because you could not leave yourself behind. You took self and sin with you. You cherished a discontented, restless spirit and would not do the duties in your path. You wanted a change, some larger work. You became roving in disposition.

Are you one of those who loves to take “self and sin with you” to church? It is time to get out, sit at the feet of Jesus and listen to Him and Him alone.

The eye of the dear Saviour has been upon you, or you would have been left in your unsettled state, and in your sins, to become abandoned in character and miserable in circumstances. While in the land of strangers and in the hour of sickness, you have sadly felt your forlorn, desolate condition. You have passed long nights and weary days of restlessness and pain, away from your mother and sisters, with none but stranger hands to do a kindly office for you, and no Christian hope to sustain you.

You were seeking after happiness, but did not obtain it. You had neglected the advice of your mother and her entreaties not to violate the commands of God. At times this neglect has caused you bitterness of spirit. But I cannot enter into every particular, for I am not strong. I will dwell upon the most essential things shown me.

I saw that a work is before you which you do not comprehend. It is to die to self, to crucify self. You have a quick, impetuous temper, which you must subdue. You possess noble traits of character, which will secure you friends if your hasty spirit does not wound. You have a strong attachment for those who manifest an interest for you. When you comprehend things aright you are conscientious; but you often move from impulse, without stopping to reflect.

Again, here we have a simple concept, not to go to church for our salvation and change of character, but to die to self, crucify self. This is a work we must do for ourselves. Church cannot and will not do it for you. God cannot do it. If He could, He would have done it for this young man. But instead, all He could do was hedge up his way like Jonah and wait patiently for the young man to take his salvation into his own hands and change his life.

You pass your judgment upon individuals, and comment upon their ways and manners, when you do not understand their position or their work. You view things from your standpoint and then are ready to question or condemn the course they pursue, without candidly viewing matters on all sides. You have no knowledge of the duties of others and should not feel responsible for their acts, but do your duty, leaving others with the Lord. Possess your spirit in patience, preserve peace and calmness of mind, and be thankful.

This is where church becomes so deadly. Because church members are not being taught to take their salvation into their own hands and live as Jesus commands, perfect, sinless and commandment keeping, they have too much time to look at others and “comment upon their ways and manners”. Church is a poisonous place. It was developed by the devil, through the Catholic Church, for the purpose of destroying lives. How? It is a destruction through indifference. We sit in church indifferent to our own salvation. We think we are “saved” by belonging to our church, while in fact, we are lost to Jesus. You are to “do your duty, leaving others with the Lord” not with the church. Salvation is a personal relationship with Jesus. Have you heard from Jesus today?

I saw that the Lord had given you light and experience, that you might see the sinfulness of a hasty spirit and control your passions. So surely as you fail to do this, just so surely you will fail of everlasting life. You must overcome this disease of the imagination. You are extremely sensitive, and if a word is spoken favoring an opposite course from that which you have been pursuing, you are hurt. You feel that you are blamed, and that you must defend yourself, save your life; and in your earnest effort to save your life, you lose it. You have a work to do to die to self and to cultivate a spirit of forbearance and patience. Get over the idea that you are not used right, that you are wronged, that somebody wants to crowd or harm you. You see through false eyes. Satan leads you to take these distorted views of things.

Interesting that his “everlasting life” was not found in “church”, but “that you might see the sinfulness of a hasty spirit and control your passions.” Going to church with sinfulness and uncontrolled passions will do you no good. How many years have you been going to church? How many sins have you gotten rid of?

Dear Brother (church member),at Adams Center your case was again shown me. I saw that you had ever failed to exercise true self-government. You have made efforts; but these efforts have only reached the external, they have not touched the spring of action. Your hasty temper often causes you sincere and painful regret and self-condemnation. This passionate spirit, unless subdued, will increase to a peevish, faultfinding spirit; indeed, this is already upon you in a degree. You will be ready to resent everything. If jostled upon the sidewalk, you will be offended, and a word of complaint will spring to your lips. When driving in the street, if full half the road is not given you, you will feel stirred in a moment. If asked to put yourself out of your course to accommodate others, you will chafe and fret, and feel that your dignity is imposed upon. You will show to all your besetting sin. Your very countenance will indicate an impatient spirit, and your mouth will seem always ready to utter an angry word. In this habit, as in tobacco using, total abstinence is the only sure remedy. An entire change must take place in you. You frequently feel that you must be more guarded. You resolutely say, “I will be more calm and patient;” but in doing this you only touch the evil on the outside; you consent to retain the lion and watch him. You must go further than this. Strength of principle alone can dislodge this destroying foe and bring peace and happiness.

Have you made the “entire change” in your heart? Or is going to church all you can muster? You must be more resolute than just sitting in church. Get out and discover “Strength of principle alone can dislodge this destroying foe and bring peace and happiness.”

You have repeatedly said: “I can’t keep my temper.” “I have to speak.” You lack a meek, humble spirit. Self is all alive, and you stand guard continually to preserve it from mortification or insult. Says the apostle: “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” Those who are dead to self will not feel so readily and will not be prepared to resist everything which may irritate. Dead men cannot feel. You are not dead. If you were, and your life were hid in Christ, a thousand things which you now notice, and which afflict you, would be passed by as unworthy of notice; you would then be grasping the eternal and would be above the petty trials of this life.

The writer makes it very plain, it isn’t going to church that will change the life, it is a life that is “hid in Christ”. But church people cannot see it. Like the Jews of Christ’s day, they were sure God was pleased with them for going to church.

“The tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity.” “The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.” “He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.” “He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.” “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: for the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.” “He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.” Margin, “a cool spirit.”

Our great Exemplar was exalted to be equal with God. He was high commander in heaven. All the holy angels delighted to bow before Him. “And again, when He bringeth in the First-begotten into the world, He saith, And let all the angels of God worship Him.” Jesus took upon Himself our nature, laid aside His glory, majesty, and riches to perform his mission, to save that which was lost. He came not to be ministered unto, but to minister unto others. Jesus, when reviled, abused, and insulted, did not retaliate. “Who, when He was reviled, reviled not again.” When the cruelty of man caused Him to suffer painful stripes and wounds, He threatened not, but committed Himself to Him who judgeth righteously. The apostle Paul exhorted his Philippian brethren: “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.” Is the servant greater than his master? Christ has given us His life as a pattern, and we dishonor Him when we become jealous of every slight, and are ready to resent every injury, supposed or real. It is not an evidence of a noble mind to be prepared to defend self, to preserve our own dignity. We would better suffer wrongfully a hundred times than wound the soul by a spirit of retaliation, or by giving vent to wrath. There is strength to be obtained of God. He can help. He can give grace and heavenly wisdom. If you ask in faith, you will receive; but you must watch unto prayer. Watch, pray, work, should be your watchword.

There is nothing there about going to church. There is a work we must do: watch, pray and work are to be our watchword. Church can do nothing for your eternal life. Only bowing before the Lord Almighty and learning from Him can you prevail. Stay home from church, get on your knees and open the Word of God and learn how to live the perfect, sinless and commandment keeping life.

Your wife might be a blessing if she would only take upon her the responsibility that it is her duty to take. But she has shunned responsibility all her life, and now is in danger of being influenced, instead of influencing you. Instead of having a softening, elevating influence upon you, there is danger of her thinking as you think, and acting as you act, without reaching down deep to be guided by principle in all her actions. You sympathize with each other, and, unfortunately, help each other to view matters incorrectly. She can exert an influence for good, but she possesses a spirit which savors of spiritual indolence and sloth. She is reluctant to engage in any good work if it is not pleasant and agreeable. What was the sin of Meroz? Doing nothing. It was not because of great crimes that they were condemned, but because they did not come up to the help of the Lord.

Think of his wife as the church. “You sympathize with each other, and, unfortunately, help each other to view matters incorrectly.” That is exactly what church members are doing with their churches. It is because the church refuses to do the work that is not pleasant and agreeable that people are still living in sin in the church. The church refuses to come up to the work God has called it to. It is sanctioning sin in church members. Church is responsible for the eternal death of each and every member. That is why the Bible calls the churches of today the “whores” of the great prostitute. They have all gone off to worship other gods. But none are worshiping God through obedience to His truth. Their “worship” is nothing but a show which God hates.

I was shown that your wife does not understand herself. She shunned caretaking in her youth and is not disposed to engage in it even now. She is inclined to lean upon others, rather than upon her own powers. She has not encouraged a noble independence. She should, for years back, have been educating herself to bear burdens. She is not in health. She is predisposed to torpidity of the liver and is not inclined to exercise. She has not the faculty of setting herself to work unless she sees that she must. She eats nearly double the amount which she ought to eat. All that she takes into her stomach, above that which her system can convert into good blood, becomes waste matter, to burden nature in the disposal of it. Her system is clogged with a mass of matter which hinders her in her work, clogs the machinery, and weakens the life forces.

Taking more food into the system than it can convert into good blood causes a depraved quality of blood and taxes the vitality to a much greater degree than labor or physical exercise. This overeating causes a dull stupor. The brain nerves are called upon to aid the digestive organs, and are thus constantly overtaxed, weakened, and benumbed. This leaves a sense of dullness in the head, and makes your wife liable to a shock of paralysis any day. What she requires is not encouragement to cease exercise. There would be nothing so dangerous for her as to remain where her physical powers would not be called into active exercise. Physical exercise is very essential. This will strengthen her body and mind. When she awakes to the responsibility of her position, and sees the benefit which will result from her seeking to have an aim in life, she will not be so disposed to sink down in indolence and to shun hardships. She does not put her heart into what she does; therefore she moves about too much like a machine, feeling that labor is a burden. She cannot, while she feels thus, realize that new life and vigor which it is her privilege to have. She lacks spirit and energy. She is too much inclined to be lost in dullness and leaden insensibility. The heavy torpor she feels can only be overcome by a spare diet, perfect control over her appetite and all her passions, and by calling her will to aid her in taking exercise. She wants the will to electrify the nerve power so that she may resist indolence.

Sister (church member), you never can be of use in the world unless your purposes are strong enough to enable you to overcome this unwillingness to take care and bear burdens. As you daily exercise the forces within you, the task will grow less difficult, until it will become second nature for you to do duty, to be careful and diligent. You can accustom yourself to think, when you lay less burden upon your stomach. This burden taxes the brain.

You should also have an aim, a purpose, in life. Where there is no purpose, there is a disposition to indolence, but where there is a sufficiently important object in view, all the powers of the mind will come into spontaneous activity. In order to make life a success, the thoughts must be steadily fixed upon the object of life, and not left to wander off and be occupied with unimportant things, or to be satisfied with idle musing, which is the fruit of shunning responsibility. Castle-building depraves the mind.

That is exactly the churches of today. They are allowing the minds of their members to wonder off and be occupied with unimportant things. To be satisfied with “idle musings”. The churches of today are not teaching Christian responsibility to their members. It is all about responsibility to the church. God hates churches. He pities church members, but there is nothing He can do if they refuse to live in obedience to Him. Churches are “castle-building” depraved minds in their members.

Take up present duty. Do it with a will, with all the heart. You should resolve to do something which will require an effort of the mental as well as the physical powers. Your heart should be in your present labor. The duty now before you is the very work which Heaven wishes you to do. To dream of a work far off, and imagine and plan in regard to the future, will prove unprofitable, and will unfit you for the work, small though it may be, which Heaven now places before you. It should not be your study to do some great work, but to do cheerfully and well the work which you see to do today. Talents are entrusted to your care, to be doubled. You are responsible for their proper use or their abuse. You are not to aspire after great things in order to do great service, but to do your little work. Improve your talents, even though they are few, and let a sense of your responsibility to God for their right use rest upon you.

It isn’t going to church that Heaven places before you. God has placed before you the work of getting sin out of your life. To live in perfect obedience to the Ten Commandments. Sitting in church on Sabbath is not improving your talents. Sitting in church is atrophying your eternal life.

You need not expect to avoid pain and weariness in the toils and trials of life. The Son of God was partaker of the human frame. He was frequently wearied in body and spirit. Said He: “I must work the works of Him that sent Me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.” You should cease your far-off dreaming, and bring your mind to present duties, and cheerfully perform them.

Church members sit in church with “far-off dreaming” thinking they are saved while the duties and responsibilities God has laid upon them in “present duties” are being ignored. Get up, get out of your church and go to work for Jesus as He has commanded you. Stop avoiding the pain and weariness of the toils and trials of the Christian life.

This world is not the Christian’s heaven. It is merely the fitting-up place. It is the scene of our life battles, our conflicts and sorrows; and it is important that we all have a firm grasp of the better world, where will be found, when the warfare is ended, peace, joy, and bliss, to be enjoyed forever. I saw that you would both be in greater danger of making shipwreck of faith were you united, because you would look upon matters in a false light. You both have a great work to do for yourselves, but you are in danger of blinding your eyes to each other’s faults.

I’m sorry. I don’t see many battles, conflicts and sorrows being fought and won in church for eternal life. Oh, I see lots of battles, conflicts and sorrows in the church, but they have nothing to do with eternal life. It is all about pride, ego and selfishness. Instead of “unity” as Jesus prayed for, members are in battles, conflicts and sorrows with each other. But none are fighting the battle against sin in their own lives. When will you get out and begin fitting up your life for Heaven?

Sister (church member) should be guarded so as not to stir up the hasty spirit of her husband by relating her supposed grievances to him to obtain sympathy. He views things in a strong light and feels deeply over matters which are not worthy of notice. She will have to learn this and understand that it is wisdom to be silent. She needs the power of endurance. It is much easier to throw a thing into the mind than to get it out when once it is there. It is easier to dwell upon a supposed wrong than to pacify or control the feelings when once aroused.

Brother (church member) has qualities which would be excellent if they were refined by the elevating influences of pure religion. He can be useful. Sincere piety alone can qualify him to perform his duties well in this world and give him a fitness for heaven. A heavenly character must be acquired upon earth, my brother, or you will never possess it; therefore you should engage at once in the work which you have to do. You should labor earnestly to obtain a fitness for heaven. Live for heaven. Live by faith.

Are you living for Heaven, or for church? Pure religion is not found in church. It is found at the feet of Jesus, living in total obedience to His Word. Taking His Word into your heart and living as He commands: perfect, sinless and commandment keeping.

Brother (church member), you are a rough stone; but the hand of a skillful workman is upon you. Will you let Him hew and square you, and polish you for that building which is coming together without the sound of ax or hammer? Not a blow is to be struck after probation closes. You must now, in the hours of probation, overcome your impetuous temper, or be separated from God at last.

Jesus loves you both and will save you if you will be saved in His own appointed way. You may have experimental religion if you really hunger and thirst for it. Go to God in faith and humility, and ask, and you will receive; but remember that the disciple is not above his Master nor the servant greater than his Lord. You need to cherish that humility and humbleness of mind which dwelt in Christ. {2T 421-431}
Battle Creek, Michigan,
February 9, 1869.

 

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I received the following e-mail from Sandra in North Carolina. She is into her 5th case of books. God is blessing her so much. Every Sabbath, instead of wasting time in church, she is out scouting yard sales to place “Change Your Life Biblically”.

“I just got in from scouting for yard sales. The last one, when I asked the lady if I could donate some books, she said that I had given her a couple books 3 weeks ago. She went on to say that a man bought one, saying, ‘I really have to have this book!’ So, yes, she would take a couple more. God is good!”

Thank you folks for your love in supporting this little ministry. We still have many cases of the “old” book I am trying to “get rid of”. Once they are gone, I can begin sending out the “new” book. So, please, request a case or two and put them out.

This year was a tough year. We had a lot of heavy expenses. Those who stood by us and dug deep, sacrificing for God’s little ministry, thank you. I keep all of you in my prayers each day.

May God bless all of 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