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Before Kings

 

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Paul is now in custody.  His freedom has been taken away from him and he awaits trial.  His accusers?  The church.  His defenders and protectors?  The civil, pagan government.  How ironic.  God’s heart must have been breaking.  His Sabbath-keeping, tithe-paying church, looking for the Christ to come, was persecuting the Messiah through His servants.  History is replete with God’s servants being persecuted, hunted and killed by those who claim to be “His Church”.  Is it any wonder the “world” is not interested in the “church” way of living?  How revolting “Christian churches” appear to the world.  The churches claim “love” while all they do is hate.  Lucifer has won in our churches.

“Jesus presented the condition of the Jewish leaders. Priests and scribes and rulers were fixed in a rut of ceremonies and traditions.”  “The faith that works by love and purifies the soul could find no place for union with the religion of the Pharisees, made up of ceremonies and the injunctions of men.”  “Until emptied of the old traditions, customs, and practices, (church) they had no place in mind or heart for the teachings of Christ. They clung to the dead forms, and turned away from the living truth and the power of God.”  “A legal religion can never lead souls to Christ; for it is a loveless, Christless religion.”  DA 279

The servants of Christ love as Jesus loved.  That is how we know who the servants of God are and who are not.  Love is of God.  Those who have God have love.  But the churches do not want the “love of God”.  They want the “love of church”.  As Jesus stated, Even tax collectors love their own.  Church members love their own.  Criminals love their own.  But none of that is God’s love.  It is all a selfish, satanic love of manipulation and “I love in order to get”.  Jesus loved even when all He got back was hate.

Paul loved.  He loved his church.  He was willing to die for his church.  His church was more than willing to accommodate him.  Since he refused to love the church the way it wanted to be loved, they were willing and ready to kill him for the sake of “love for God”.  How sad.  Our churches today are no different.  In the end, it will be the churches that will enact the death decree against the people of God.  Why?  Because the people of God love God and live in obedience to His truth, the Ten Commandments, as He commands.  The churches have rejected God and His Ten Commandments.  They refuse to bow before God and humble their pride and arrogance to live as Jesus lived.  Therefore they will hate those of us who live in obedience to Jesus.  Balaam and Judas represent the attitudes of our churches today.  And it doesn’t matter which day your church goes to church on, all have fallen. 

“The fate of Balaam was similar to that of Judas, and their characters bear a marked resemblance to each other. Both these men tried to unite the service of God and mammon, and met with signal failure. Balaam acknowledged the true God, and professed to serve Him; Judas believed in Jesus as the Messiah, and united with His followers. But Balaam hoped to make the service of Jehovah the steppingstone to the acquirement of riches and worldly honor; and failing in this he stumbled and fell and was broken. Judas expected by his connection with Christ to secure wealth and promotion in that worldly kingdom which, as he believed, the Messiah was about to set up. The failure of his hopes drove him to apostasy and ruin. Both Balaam and Judas had received great light and enjoyed special privileges, but a single cherished sin poisoned the entire character and caused their destruction.

“It is a perilous thing to allow an unchristian trait to live in the heart. One cherished sin will, little by little, debase the character, bringing all its nobler powers into subjection to the evil desire. The removal of one safeguard from the conscience, the indulgence of one evil habit, one neglect of the high claims of duty, breaks down the defenses of the soul and opens the way for Satan to come in and lead us astray. The only safe course is to let our prayers go forth daily from a sincere heart, as did David, ‘Hold up my goings in Thy paths, that my footsteps slip not.’ Psalm 17:5.” PP 452

The church of Paul’s day had slipped.  The churches of today have slipped.  It is all about money, pride, ego, arrogance, worldly acclaim and control.

Acts 24:1 to Acts 26:32

Five days later, the high priest Ananias arrived with certain elders and Tertullus, an attorney, and they summarized their case against Paul before the governor. 

The same is happening today.  Churches take “independents” to civil court or to the court of public opinion because the independents are not falling in line with the churches.  So, they gather up their elders and attorneys and go to court against God’s people.

When Paul had been summoned, Tertullus opened the prosecution by saying: “Your Excellency Felix, since we are enjoying lasting peace because of you, and since reforms for this nation are being brought about through your foresight, we always and everywhere acknowledge it with profound gratitude. 

Flattery will get you everywhere.  Churches are good at flattery.  Those that have the most memberships use the greatest flattery.  People love a good flattering.  They want to be praised and commended and told they are “righteous” and “saved by grace” while living in their degrading sins.  The only reason Israel as a nation was “enjoying lasting peace” was because they had surrendered to the world of sin instead of to Jesus.  Of course, it was only a temporary “peace”.  Soon, Jerusalem would be destroyed by the very ones she was flattering.  Her probation was about to run out for rejecting the teachings of Jesus.  Nothing “lasting” about it.

But so as not to detain you any further, I beg you to hear us briefly with your customary graciousness. For we have found this man a perfect pest and an agitator among all Jews throughout the world.  He is a ringleader in the sect of the Nazarenes and even tried to profane the Temple, but we arrested him. 

Yes, he was the “perfect pest”.  After all, he was following in the footsteps of Jesus, the perfect Pest.  Jesus commanded us to be perfect in all we do.  Paul was.  All true Christians are “perfect pests” in a world of sin.  And yes, we are also agitators among the wicked.  The wicked can’t stand our righteous lives.  It makes them look sinful.  How dare we do that!  Our sinless lives bring agitation to the wicked.  Churches can’t stand the perfect, sinless and commandment keeping people, after all, they “profane” the churches.  Churches are not for the righteous, perfect and sinless since they love their sins way too much to get rid of them.  And yes, we are to become a “ringleader” for Jesus.  We are to gather all we can about Jesus.  Are you living as the “perfect pest” being the “agitator” Jesus requires of you?  Are you going to church to “profane” it by living the perfect, sinless and commandment keeping life?  Are you living as a “ringleader” by bringing people to your home for Bible studies? 

By examining him for yourself, you will be able to find out from him everything of which we accuse him.”  The Jews supported his accusations by asserting that these things were true. 

If people examined you, would they be able to find out for themselves?  Oh yes, the accusations of the church were true as long as you looked at the evidence through church-colored glasses.  As long as your perspective was through the lens of church, it was all true.  It is amazing how one’s perspective colors his understanding of “evidence”.  Of course there was nothing there that had anything to do with civil law.  It was all about ego, pride and church.  They just weren’t happy with Paul taking people from their church.  How rude and inconsiderate of him!

When the governor motioned for Paul to speak, he replied: “Since I know that you have been a judge over this nation for many years, I am pleased to present my defense. You can verify for yourself that I went up to worship in Jerusalem no more than twelve days ago.   They never found me debating with anyone in the Temple or stirring up a crowd in the synagogues or throughout the city, and they cannot prove to you the charges they are now bringing against me. 

Church people today are full of “debating” and “stirring up a crowd”.  They love it.  The more “noise” they make the better to get their church recognized and in the spotlight.  After all, when you go back into this story, it was the church that stirred up the crowed at the temple, not Paul.  Churches do nothing Jesus taught or exampled.  How antichrist.

However, I admit to you that in accordance with the Way, which they call a heresy, I worship the God of our ancestors and believe in everything written in the Law and the Prophets. 

It is interesting how the churches today claim that Paul did away with the “law”.  Here we have Paul, near the end of his life and mission, stating very clearly that he believes “in everything written in the Law and the Prophets.”  And yet, the churches of today try so hard to do away with the “Law and the Prophets” claiming they were done away with at the cross?  The churches claim Paul introduced and taught a “new” gospel.  Evidently, Paul was not aware of that.  Obviously, Paul was teaching from the same Old Testament that Jesus taught from.  Obviously Paul was living by the same Old Testament as Jesus lived.  I wonder why the churches today are trying so hard to do away with the Old Testament?  Could it be that it teaches us to live the perfect, sinless and commandment keeping life?  Who are you listening to?  Get out of your churches now. 

While the churches today try to make the God of the New Testament different from the God of the Old Testament, Paul was very plain that he worshiped the God of the Old Testament, the God of their ancestors.  Must be the one and same God.  I suppose you never heard these truths before from your church, have you?

I have the same hope in God that they themselves cherish—that there is to be a resurrection of the righteous and the wicked. 

How interesting, “there is to be a resurrection of the righteous and the wicked”.  So, let’s see, they haven’t yet been taken to Heaven or sent to hell at death, they are waiting in their graves for the resurrection.  Again, the churches of today have no idea what truth is.  Their “truth” comes from pagan sources because they have rejected the teachings of Jesus which came from the Old Testament.  Paul accepted both the Old Testament and Jesus’ teachings.  He lived them and he taught them.

Therefore, I always do my best to have a clear conscience before God and people. 

Do you have a “clear conscience before God”?  Are you living as Paul did, the perfect, sinless and commandment keeping life?  Are you living as Paul did, by the teachings of the Old Testament?  Are you worshiping the God of the Old Testament as Paul did?  Remember, there was no “New” Testament at the time of Paul.  He hadn’t finished it yet.  And it would be another 250 years before the “New Testament” was compiled and proclaimed as the “New Testament” by the Catholic Church.  All Christians lived by the Old Testament.  Why are you going to a church that does not teach the truth? 

After many years I have come back to my people to bring gifts for the poor and to offer sacrifices. 

Oh, Paul didn’t come back to make a big splash, get recognition or try to get a seat on the Board of Directors of the church.  He didn’t come back to hobnob with the leaders or buy a fancy home.  He came to bring gifts for the poor and offer sacrifices.  Why are you going to church?  Are there no “poor” to take your tithes and offerings to?  I know a ministry that is very poor and is in need of all the tithes and offerings you can give.  Since Paul knew that the sacrifice of Jesus replaced the “sacrifices”, what sacrifices did Paul bring?  Well, since he knew his Old Testament, he brought the only sacrifice God required, “A broken and contrite heart” along with funds to help the poor.  Psalms 51:17. 

I doubt you could look around any church today and find one member sitting in church with a “broken and contrite heart”.  I doubt any church member could show me that their church is living in obedience to Jesus and the Word of God.  Why?  Because, nowhere in the Bible will you find a command from Jesus or the Word of God to “go to church”.  It isn’t there.  But what Jesus and the Bible does teach the churches refuse to obey.  How churchy.

They found me in the Temple doing these things just as I had completed the purification ceremony. No crowd or noisy mob was present. But some Jews from Asia were there, and they should be here before you to accuse me if they have anything against me. 

Again, we must remember as we learned earlier, Paul was only going through these temple purification ceremonies on the advice of the “Messianic Jews”.  The church was trying to put on a show and used Paul as the stunt man.  He should not have been there at all.  He should not have been involved in any of the church traditions, rituals or ceremonies.  He should not have been involved with the “Messianic Jews”.  The church put him at risk.  That is all church does, it puts our lives at risk of losing our eternal life.  Get out and go to Jesus.  Leave all those rituals, ceremonies and traditions behind and go to Jesus.  Live the practical Christian life He offers.

Otherwise, these men themselves should tell what wrong they found when I stood before the Council— unless it is for the one thing I shouted as I stood among them: ‘It is for the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial before you today.’” 

They didn’t want to hear the truth.  Church never wants to hear the truth.  Churches love their traditions, fables, ceremonies and rituals.  Truth?  Not in your life.  Paul was not interested in “church” and their traditions, fables, ceremonies, rituals and feast days.  No, he was interested in attaining to the “resurrection of the dead”.  That was more important than anything the church had to offer.  What are you working to attain to: church?

Felix was rather well informed about the Way, and so he adjourned the trial with the comment, “When Tribune Lysias arrives, I will decide your case.” 

Well, at least there was one person in the room that was “well informed about the Way”.  So sad that it was a pagan, civil ruler.  Our churches have no idea what “The Way” is all about.  They have been so subverted by Catholic teachings and infiltrated by Jesuits, they are not informed at all about God’s Way.  God’s teachings are as foreign to the churches of today as Jesus was to the church of His day.  If reading this makes you uneasy, now you know why.  You must get out of your church and stop the brainwashing.  Go home and sit at the feet of Jesus; learning from Him.  He will speak to you just as willingly as He spoke to His people throughout history. 

He ordered the centurion to guard Paul but to let him have some freedom and not to keep any of his friends from caring for his needs. 

How about that, it was a pagan civil ruler who had concern for Paul.  The church, which claimed to love God and be His representative of love on earth, was nothing but a church of hate, ceremonies, rituals and traditions.  No different than our churches today.  Church members do not understand that concept because they are sitting in church.  If they would get out, go to Jesus, it would soon become obvious.  “Caring for his needs”.  How thoughtful of the pagan civil ruler.  I don’t think the church cared for his needs.  May each of us, those who “claim” to be Christian, care for the needs of those around us. 

Some days later, Felix arrived with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish. He sent for Paul and listened to him talk about faith in Jesus the Messiah.  As Paul talked about righteousness, self-control, and the coming judgment, Felix became afraid and said, “For the present you may go. When I get a chance, I will send for you again.”

When you talk about Jesus, do those listening to you become “afraid” because of the coming judgment?  How few of our churches, pastors and denominations talk about righteousness, self-control and the coming judgment any more.  It is all about the “goody-goody religion” of church, “saved by grace” and the “unconditional love of God”.  All a bunch of satanic fantasies. 

At the same time he was hoping to receive a bribe from Paul, and so he would send for him frequently to talk with him. 

Does it matter what the reason?  We need to be ready to share the gospel with everyone who sends for us and asks us.  Would to God more would open their homes and invite their families, children, friends and co-workers for Bible studies.  Even if we have to “bribe” them with a meal.

After two years had passed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus. Since Felix wanted to do the Jews a favor, he left Paul in prison. 

Favoring the church is easier than standing up for truth.  Have you noticed that in your life?

Three days after Festus had arrived in the province, he went up from Caesarea to Jerusalem. 

First act, go get approval from the church!  How politic.  I don’t remember Jesus, when He started His ministry, going first to the church to get their approval.  Do you?  No, I think He attended a little family gathering at a wedding.  Then, He brought joy to them by providing a refreshing drink.

The high priests and Jewish leaders informed him of their charges against Paul, urging and asking Festus to have Paul brought to Jerusalem as a favor. They were laying an ambush to kill him on the road. 

Oh, how “godly” of the church.  May we all go to church more often and learn how to be terrorists, killers and haters.  Many church people do lay in ambush for this ministry.  Many do try to lead it to destruction.  They just hate the truth.

Festus replied that Paul was being kept in custody at Caesarea and that he himself would be going there soon. “Therefore,” he said, “have your authorities come down with me and present their charges against him there, if there is anything wrong with the man.” 

Again, it took a pagan civil ruler to talk about doing what was right.  Too bad the church had no idea about what was right or wrong.

Festus stayed with them no more than eight or ten days and then went down to Caesarea. The next day he sat on the judge’s seat and ordered Paul brought in.  When Paul arrived, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem surrounded him and began bringing a number of serious charges against him that they couldn’t prove.

That happens all the time to this ministry.  People bringing charges they can’t prove.  They just love to spout their own opinions and theories, but they have no proof to back up their beliefs.  They just don’t want to accept truth.  It is very inconvenient to live the truth in a world of sin.    

Paul said in his defense, “I have done nothing wrong against the Law of the Jews, or of the Temple, or of the emperor.” 

I really don’t think our churches are reading their Bibles.  They just sit around mimicking and repeating what someone else has said.  They talk about Paul doing away with the law and refuse to hear him state, “I have done nothing wrong against the Law of the Jews, or of the Temple, or of the emperor”.  I guess not, since Paul taught that we are not only to obey the civil authorities, but that we are to be obedient to the Law of God.  I keep wondering when our church members will wake up and do their own reading of the Bible.  All of it. 

Then Festus, wanting to do the Jews a favor, asked Paul, “Are you willing to go up to Jerusalem to be tried there before me on these charges?”  But Paul said, “I am standing before the emperor’s judgment seat where I ought to be tried. I haven’t done anything wrong to the Jews, as you know very well.  If I am guilty and have done something that deserves death, I am willing to die. But if there is nothing to their charges against me, no one can hand me over to them as a favor. I appeal to the emperor!” 

Paul was a sane and honorable man.  He was willing to take responsibility for his actions.  If he had done anything wrong he was willing to take the punishment.  But all he had done was teach the truth.  Truth the church was not willing to accept.  He was wise not to stand before the church.  No church is of God and therefore cannot be impartial.  All churches are “antichrist” and are leading people away from Christ and His teachings.  Appealing to the civil authority was far more prudent than appealing to the fallen church.

Festus talked it over with the council and then answered, “To the emperor you have appealed; to the emperor you will go!” 

When Jesus died on the cross, it was to His Father He appealed.  He tried appealing to the church that claimed to be of God, but they put Him on the cross.  We need to get out of our churches and go to Jesus and learn how to live as He lived: perfect, sinless and commandment keeping.  In your life, stop appealing to the church and go to Jesus.

After several days had passed, King Agrippa and Bernice came to Caesarea to welcome Festus.  Since they were staying there for several days, Festus laid Paul’s case before the king. He said, “There is a man here who was left in prison by Felix.  When I went to Jerusalem, the high priests and the Jewish elders informed me about him and asked me to condemn him. 

Of course they did.  Churches are filled with condemnation, hate, finger pointing and gossip.  The reason church members don’t see it in their own church is the fact that people sit in the church which accepts their sins.  Since they are all agreed in the same sins, they have no “sin” to point fingers at.  They all get along.  That is why God never commanded anyone to build a church or go to church.  It becomes biased, opinionated and controlled by man.  God is left out.  That is why we are to go to Jesus and Jesus only.  He is the only One who is to have our heart, soul and mind.

I answered them that it was not the Roman custom to sentence a man to be punished until the accused met his accusers face to face and had an opportunity to defend himself against the charge. 

Praise God for the pagan civil “custom” of “innocent until proven guilty”.  For churches it is guilty by innuendo, gossip and finger pointing.

“So they came here with me, and the next day without any delay I sat down in the judge’s seat and ordered the man to be brought in.  When his accusers stood up, they didn’t accuse him of any of the crimes I was expecting. 

No they did not.  They couldn’t win in a real court of law.  Their accusations were about not belonging to their church, not obeying their church and refusing to accept their church.  While they lived in obedience to their church, they were refusing to live as God said to live: in obedience to His Ten Commandments.

Instead, they had several arguments with him about their own religion and about a certain Jesus who had died but whom Paul kept claiming was alive. 

Yes He is very much alive.  The church killed Him and how dare this upstart continue to remind the world of their dastardly deed?  They had to silence Paul before people realized how satanic the church system really was.  Same today.  Our churches are crucifying Jesus all week long.  They hate Him.  They surely don’t want you telling the world how fallen they are. 

I was puzzled how I should investigate such matters, so I asked if he would like to go to Jerusalem and be tried there for these things. But Paul appealed his case and asked to be held in prison until the decision of his Majesty. So I ordered him to be held in custody until I could send him to the emperor.” 

Thank God for civil governments!

Agrippa told Festus, “I would like to hear the man.” “Tomorrow,” he said, “you will hear him.”  The next day Agrippa and Bernice arrived with much fanfare and went into the auditorium along with the tribunes and the leading men of the city. At the command of Festus, Paul was brought in.  Then Festus said, “King Agrippa and all you men who are present with us! You see this man about whom the whole Jewish nation petitioned me, both in Jerusalem and here, shouting that he ought not to live any longer. 

How sad.  The people God delivered from Egyptian bondage, from being mistreated, enslaved and cruelly oppressed, were now treating Christians the same way.  Church is a wicked thing.  That is why God commands us to come out of all churches and go to Jesus for our salvation. 

I find that he has not done anything deserving of death. But since he has appealed to his Majesty, I have decided to send him. 

At least he was honest.  Too bad it was a pagan civil ruler and not the church.  Martin Luther, when he stood before the emperor, had the same problem.  The church was using the civil government to destroy him.  And so it has been throughout the ages.  It is happening again today.  It will only get worse.  Get out now and learn to depend on Jesus and Jesus only. 

I have nothing reliable to write our Sovereign about him, so I have brought him to all of you, and especially to you, King Agrippa, so that I will have something to write after he is cross-examined.  For it seems to me absurd to send a prisoner without specifying the charges against him.” 

Yes it would.  But, the church was very powerful in its wickedness.  The local civil government could only protect Paul for so long.  It was very willing to pass the problem on to Rome.  Jesus, the One who created the universe and gives man his breath, loved to the point of giving His life.  The church hates to the point of taking your life.  And of course, church members see nothing wrong with getting rid of the scumbags for not belonging to their church.  They see it as their duty in their “love” for God.

Then Agrippa told Paul, “You have permission to speak for yourself.” So Paul stretched out his hand and began his defense. “I consider myself fortunate that it is before you, King Agrippa, that I can defend myself today against all the accusations of the Jews, since you are especially familiar with all the Jewish customs and controversies. I beg you, therefore, to listen patiently to me.  All the Jews know how I lived from the earliest days of my youth with my own people and in Jerusalem.  They have known for a long time, if they would but testify to it, that I lived as a Pharisee, adhering to the standards of our strictest religious party. 

Oh yes, they knew all too well.  That was part of the problem.  To have one of their own teaching truth instead of “church” was not acceptable.  Church standards, customs and strict religious organization was more important than truth.
But Paul was converted from the church and became a Christian.  He realized that their ancestors, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, worshiped something far greater than church organization, rituals, ceremonies and customs.  They did not worship God in any church.  They proved their worship of God by living in obedience to the Laws of God.

“And now I stand here on trial for the hope of the promise made by God to our ancestors. Our twelve tribes, worshiping day and night with intense devotion, hope to attain it.  It is because of this hope, O King, that I am accused by the Jews. 

Paul no longer had hope in a church.  Paul had hope in the resurrection of the righteous.  Paul saw the futility of church organizations and gave his life to the organization of God: the Ten Commandments in the heart.  “Our ancestors”, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob never went to church, never belonged to a church and never built a church.  But they were the ones who talked and walked with God.  There is something terribly wrong with “church” today.

Why is it thought incredible by all of you that God should raise the dead? 

Jesus told the rich young ruler that all he needed to get his eternal life was to live in obedience to the Ten Commandments.  No amount of church organization, ceremonies, traditions, rituals or feast days could get him eternal life.  However, the rich young ruler believed in his wealth and church more than in the ability of God to raise the dead.

Indeed, I myself thought it my duty to take extreme measures against the name of Jesus from Nazareth. 

Yes he did.  As a good, upstanding churchman, he did all he could to wipe out the name of Jesus from Nazareth.  He was a great advocate for the church.  He would defend his church to the death from those who believed in Jesus.

That is what I did in Jerusalem. I received authority from the high priests and locked many of the saints in prison. And when I cast my vote against them, they were put to death. 

So many church members are dragged before church committees to be “put to death” and cast out of the church “family”.  How Christian!  As you can see, it were the saints who were in prison.  Those in church were the criminals.  Criminals love to sit in church thinking they are saints.  Where are you sitting?

I would even punish them frequently in every synagogue and try to make them blaspheme. Raging furiously against them, I would hunt them down even in distant cities. “That is how I happened to be traveling to Damascus with authority based on a commission from the high priests. 

How true.  Church members will travel over land and sea to convert people to their church or denomination.  They will hunt the enemy of their church down and treat them satanically because, “we are of God”.  Many are “Raging furiously” at this ministry. But how few are willing to share the truth of Jesus with their families and friends.  It is all about church, church, church and more church.

On the road at noon, O King, I saw a light from heaven that was brighter than the sun. It flashed around me and those who were traveling with me.  “All of us fell to the ground, and I heard a voice asking me in the Hebrew language, ‘Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me? It is hurting you to keep on kicking against the cattle prods.’  “I asked, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ “The Lord answered, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.  But get up and stand on your feet, for I have appeared to you for the very purpose of appointing you to be my servant and witness of what you have seen and of what I will show you.  I will continue to rescue you from your people and from the gentiles to whom I am sending you. 

Isn’t it ironic that Jesus must “rescue you” from His own church people?  How terribly sad.  How far our churches have fallen!

You will help them understand and turn them from darkness to light and from Satan’s control to God, so that their sins will be forgiven and they will receive a share among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’ 

But will they “understand and turn” from darkness to light?  Will church members get out of their churches, out “from Satan’s control”, and turn to God?  That is the only way their sins can be forgiven and to “receive a share among those who are sanctified by faith in Me”.  Do you want to be sanctified and live eternally with Jesus?  Then get out “from Satan’s control” by leaving your church and fleeing to Jesus, falling at His feet in humble submission.  Do not be disobedient to the calling of God.

“And so, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision.  Instead, I first told the people in Damascus and Jerusalem, then all the people in Judea—and after that the gentiles—to repent, turn to God, and perform deeds that are consistent with such repentance. 

We must repent from our churches, our sins and this world by turning to God and “perform deeds that are consistent with such repentance”.  And what are those deeds we are to perform?  Jesus told us.  He said, Be perfect, Stop sinning and Keep the Ten Commandments to get your eternal life.  Not one text in all the Bible commands you to build a church or go to church.  Jesus invites all to come to Him and Him alone.

For this reason the Jews grabbed me in the Temple and kept trying to kill me. 

Church members have grabbed me and thrown me out of their churches.  They hate the truth and refuse to live in obedience to Jesus.  They do not want anyone upsetting their nice, comfortable church club.

I have had help from God to this day, and so I stand here to testify to both the powerful and the lowly alike, stating only what the prophets and Moses said would happen— that the Messiah would suffer and be the first to rise from the dead and would bring light both to our people and to the gentiles.” 

It is amazing how people get so confused listening to their churches.  There are those who teach that Jesus only came for the Jews and the teachings of Jesus have nothing to do with us Gentiles.  There are those who claim that Jesus brought a “new” teaching for the world.  And yet, a simple reading of the Bible shows that Paul understood Jesus came to bring the light of truth to both the Jews (who had forgotten it) and the Gentiles.  It is the same truth taught from Genesis to Malachi.  Since it was lost during 500 years of Jewish “church”, Jesus had to revive the same old truth.  Nothing has changed except for the symbols that pointed to the Messiah.  Exactly what Paul said.  The New Testament simply tells the same truth.  But the church did not want to hear the truth.  Not back then, not today.  Going to church is much easier than changing the heart.

As he continued his defense, Festus shouted, “You’re out of your mind, Paul! Too much education is driving you crazy!” 

And yes, people do shout at me that I am out of my mind for teaching the truth.  People do think I am crazy for teaching the teachings of Jesus.  But, I am only “reporting what is absolutely true”.  Will you accept it?

But Paul said, “I’m not out of my mind, Your Excellency Festus. I’m reporting what is absolutely true.  Indeed, the king knows about these things, and I can speak to him freely. For I am certain that none of these things has escaped his notice, since this wasn’t done in a corner.  King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you believe them!” 

Paul is asking a pagan king if he believed the prophets and the Old Testament.  I wonder if you do?  The churches don’t.  The Catholic system has, for all practical purposes, eradicated the Old Testament and the truth of God from all churches.  Get out before it is too late.  Go back to the Old Testament and learn what God requires for your eternal life.

Agrippa asked Paul, “Can you so quickly persuade me to become a Christian?” 

And yes, I do expect you to become a Christian now.  Leave your church and go to Jesus and become a Christian.  Claiming to be a Christian is not what Jesus asked you to do.  Going to church is not what Jesus asked you to do.  Living the perfect, sinless and commandment keeping life is what Jesus has commanded you to do.  And by the way, did you catch the significance of that last?  Paul was expecting the king to become a Christian based solely on the Old Testament.

Paul replied, “Whether quickly or not, I wish to God that not only you but everyone listening to me today would become what I am—except for these chains!” 

If you are reading or listening to this, “I wish to God that not only you but everyone . . . would become what I am”.  God is waiting.  Will you turn your heart away from your church and turn to the living God?  Seek Him with all your heart and you will find Him.

Then the king, the governor, Bernice, and those who were sitting with him got up.  As they were leaving, they began to say to each other, “This man hasn’t been doing anything to deserve death or imprisonment.” 

What the good and true Christian does will be admired.  But because a Christian’s goodness is from God, he will be despised.  Man wants to be the master of his own fate.  He doesn’t want to give his life and will to Another.  Watching true Christians live in obedience to Jesus is a condemnation of the life the church and world lives.  They cannot stand it.  It makes them look guilty of the crimes they are guilty of: high treason against the government of God.  Churches are “Antichrist”.

Agrippa told Festus, “This man could have been set free if he hadn’t appealed to the emperor.” 

Could have, would have, but he wasn’t.  They didn’t have the moral courage to go against the church.  Fence sitters and church sitters, trying to please both sides will soon be toppled.

 

Prison Mission Report

Dear Brother Ron,
I wrote you a few weeks ago and you sent me your Introductory Issue. I’m a fairly new believer. I want to continue in Bible studies. I gave out the cards with your address on it. Please send me the book, “Change Your Life Biblically”. It is going to be helpful for someone like me. I have more then 22 years to do. I really need spiritual growth in my life. I’ve been struggling for a long time now. I am 46 years old.
Rodney, GA

Dear Brother Ron,
Thank you so much for your introductory issue. After I started reading your personal testimony, I couldn’t put it down. It was very powerful. Like you’ve had, I’ve also had a Joseph’s experience while incarcerated. I’ve served 10 years already. God is now starting to open previously closed doors. I’ve spent the entire 10 years sharing many of the things you talk about. Your book really encouraged and inspired me because it confirms what I already knew: Just be obedient and God will take care of everything in His time and in His perfect way. Thank you so much brother Ron. Wow, you do all of those things by yourself. Bless your heart. I will also pray for you and your ministry and I’ll be sure to share it with others. I will also send you a monetary ministry gift. I am thankful to the Lord that He led me to your ministry.
Kimu, AZ

Dear Ron,
I have received your introductory issue and am intrigued to learn more. I grew up Catholic but find myself questioning my faith. I recently started attending a Bible study with a few guys in my dorm. I am reading the Bible but having a hard time understanding what it is teaching me. Could you please send me the “Change Your Life Biblically” workbook. I am hungry to learn more and be able to understand for myself God’s plan in my life. I think what you are doing is amazing. So, thank you and I hope to get a response from you soon.
Mark, CA

Dear Ron,
I really loved your ministry history. I can really identify with you about inmates believing in Jesus, going to church, then playing their prison games.
Jason, FL

Hello,
I received your Introductory Issue and I have read through it. I would definitely like to continue with the next step. I enjoyed reading what the Lord did in your life and what you allowed Him to do with you by using you to reach out to people like us. I want to learn more about the Lord. Anything that you would like to send for me to learn more, I’d appreciate it.
Angelica, CA

Ron,
I have been doing your book with my niece and I love it. It gets right to point and that is what I need. Would love to have my own book. Thank you.
Myesha, AZ

Sir,
My friend received your pamphlet and I just happened to read it and have a sincere desire to know and learn more about God and your ministry. I have been studying diligently and the Word of God is having a profound affect on my life. I welcome anything you could send me to help strengthen my walk. Could you please send me info on Bible studies.
Richard, TX

JCPM,
I would like to start your Bible studies. I need Jesus in my life. I want to keep Him there.
Devin, MO

To Whom It May Concern,
I have been incarcerated for about 20 years now. It has been pretty hard. A friend of mine gave this little paper to me since she heard that I’m walking with the Lord. So I really don’t know how this goes. All this is new to me. But I would like to get blessed.
Mayra, CA

JCPM,
I have been in prison 23+ years. A couple of times I have tried to go to the prison “church”. Each time I was put off by the attitudes and teachings. After seeing drug deals and sexual contact in “church”, I stopped going. For years I’ve felt guilty over not attending services, but am greatly relieved to realize it indeed was the right decision. I fellowship with others on my tier and at work.
Forrest, NJ

JCPM,
A friend of mine just introduced your book, “Change Your Life Biblically”. I am studying the book right now as we are speaking. I love this book. I am learning and understanding so much. And I thank you. I have only had this book for less than a week. I can’t put it down. But I have to give the book back. I didn’t realize how lost and wrong I really was. Thank you for opening my eyes and heart.
Danny, CA

Brother Ronald,
I wanted to write you and tell you thank you. I received your letter and my book. I will give it my all. 17 years in here and I’m tired. I want, need, another way. I’m tired of all the pain and hurt in here. Monday, 19 November 2018, a young man only 26 years old hung himself. Only a year to the gate (getting out). I can’t believe it. He died. They left him laying on the floor for 3 hours waiting for the medical examiner to come. I see him lying there. I feel so bad for his family to get that news 2 days before Thanksgiving. I pray for the Lord to give his family strength. To give me strength. I hope it never gets that bad for me or anyone I know. I want to change so bad.
David, AZ

Ron,
Thank you for sending me your Introductory Issue. I have read it front to back. Here are 3 of my closest buddies whom I have witnessed to. I think they would greatly benefit if they had the information in front of them to read. It could change our lives forever.
Luke, OH

JCPM,
I am serving a nine year sentence for distribution of drugs. I am trying to get closer to the Lord. I would like to continue learning your Bible studies.
John, VA

JCPM,
I would like some Bible studies and “Change Your Life Biblically”.
Roy, GA

 

Testimony for God's People

My Dear Family in Christ,

We are the generation of the Laodicean Church.  We are truly dead asleep in our churches.  Our characters are not fit to live in a pure, perfect and sinless environment where everyone lives in obedience to the Ten Commandments.  They are not forced or commanded to live that way.  They live that way because they understand how horrible sin is and desire none of it.  Unless you have that same desire, you will not be there.

Servants of God

The present is a season of solemn privilege and sacred trust to the servants of God. If these trusts are faithfully kept, great will be the reward of the faithful servant when the Master shall say: “Give an account of thy stewardship.” The earnest toil, the unselfish work, the patient, persevering effort, will be rewarded abundantly; Jesus will say: Henceforth I call you not servants, but friends, guests. The approval of the Master is not given because of the greatness of the work performed, because many things have been gained, but because of the fidelity in even a few things. It is not the great results we attain, but the motives from which we act, that weigh with God. He prizes goodness and faithfulness more than the greatness of the work accomplished.

I was contemplating on the fact, that after over 100 times reading the Bible through, not once does God command us to go to church to prove or show our love to Him.  Yet, over and over and over again, from Genesis to Revelation, He commands us to live in obedience to His Ten Commandments.  Our characters rot sitting in church.  They grow in the greatness of righteousness as we live in obedience to the Ten Commandments.

I have been shown that many are in the greatest danger of failing to perfect holiness in the fear of the Lord. Ministers are in danger of losing their own souls. Some who have preached to others will themselves be cast away because they have not perfected a Christian character. In their labor they do not save souls, and fail even to save their own. They do not see the importance of self-knowledge and self-control. They do not watch and pray, lest they enter into temptation. If they would watch, they would become acquainted with their weak points, where they are most likely to be assailed by temptation. With watchfulness and prayer their weakest points can be so guarded as to become their strongest points, and they can encounter temptation without being overcome. Every follower of Christ should daily examine himself, that he may become perfectly acquainted with his own conduct. There is with nearly all a neglect of self-examination. This neglect is positively dangerous in one who professes to be a mouthpiece for God, occupying the fearful, responsible position of receiving the words from God to give to His people. The daily conduct of such a person has great influence upon others. If he has any success in labor, he brings his converts to his own low standard, and it is seldom that they rise higher. Their minister’s ways, his words, his gestures and manners, his faith, and his piety, are considered a sample of those of all Sabbathkeeping Adventists; and if they pattern after him who has taught them the truth, they think they are doing all their duty.

Now you understand why church is so dangerous today.  We look to our pastors, to our church leaders, we look to each other but we do not look to Jesus.  We excuse our sinful lives by pointing to others in the church. But Jesus did not command us to look to church or each other.  He commands us to look to Him.  We are to behold His pattern of living.  To obey His teachings to be perfect, stop sinning and to keep the Ten Commandments to get our eternal life.  He is your example, not your pastor or your church or your denomination.

There is much in the conduct of a minister that he can improve. Many see and feel their lack, yet they seem to be ignorant of the influence they exert. They are conscious of their actions as they perform them, but suffer them to pass from their memory, and therefore do not reform. If ministers would make the actions of each day a subject of careful thought and deliberate review, with the object to become acquainted with their own habits of life, they would better know themselves. By a close scrutiny of their daily life under all circumstances they would know their own motives, the principles which actuate them. This daily review of our acts, to see whether conscience approves or condemns, is necessary for all who wish to arrive at the perfection of Christian character. Many acts which pass for good works, even deeds of benevolence, will, when closely investigated, be found to be prompted by wrong motives. Many receive applause for virtues which they do not possess. The Searcher of hearts inspects motives, and often the deeds which are highly applauded by men are recorded by Him as springing from selfish motives and base hypocrisy. Every act of our lives, whether excellent and praiseworthy or deserving of censure, is judged by the Searcher of hearts according to the motives which prompted it.

Since the church does not teach you to be perfect, how can you “wish to arrive at the perfection of Christian character”?  You can only rise to the level of expectations.  The churches do not believe in the teachings of Jesus to be perfect and live without sin.  No, they teach a “saved by grace” to water down the commands of Jesus and the expectations of church members.  Churches are truly “antichrist”.  Nothing in a church is Christian.  The churches have all fallen.  None are pointing people to the perfect example of Jesus.  All are “antichrist” by substituting “church” for Jesus.  Jesus will not ask if you went to church.  When He comes, He will ask, “did you live as I commanded you: perfect, sinless and commandment keeping?

And let me ask you, when was the last time you actually sat down at the end of the day and contemplated your actions?  Did you purposefully look to see if you had sinned?  Or do you just go-to-church?

Even some ministers who are advocating the law of God have but little knowledge of themselves. They do not meditate, and investigate their motives. They do not see their errors and sins, because they do not, in sincerity and earnestness, take a view of their life, their acts, and their character, separate and as a whole, and compare them with the sacred and holy law of God. The claims of God’s law are not really understood by them, and they are daily living in transgression of the spirit of that law which they profess to revere. “By the law,” says Paul, “is the knowledge of sin.” “I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.” Some who labor in word and doctrine have not a practical understanding of the law of God and its holy claims, or of the atonement of Christ. They themselves need to be converted before they can convert sinners.

Church is all people know.  People going to church have no “practical understanding of the law of God and its holy claims”.  Church is destroying the lives of every single person sitting in a church.  Church is of the devil.

The faithful mirror which would reveal the defects in the character is neglected; therefore deformity and sin exist, and are apparent to others, if not understood by those who are in fault. The hateful sin of selfishness exists to a great degree, even in some who profess to be devoted to the work of God. If they would compare their character with His requirements, especially with the great standard, His holy, just, and good law, they would ascertain, if earnest, honest searchers, that they are fearfully wanting. But some are not willing to look far enough or deep enough to see the depravity of their own hearts. They are wanting in very many respects; yet they remain in willing ignorance of their guilt, and are so intent upon caring for their own interests that God has no care for them.

The “faithful mirror” is no longer held up.  The churches teach it is done away with.  After all, without a mirror you can’t see your dirty face: all is well!  Get out of your church now.  Even if it claims to teach the law and go to church on the Sabbath, the motives of those going to church, and those teaching in church, are so substandard that they are willingly ignorant of their guilt.  “Therefore deformity and sin exist” in the church and church leadership.  God is imploring you to get out now before it is too late.

Some are not naturally devotional, and therefore should encourage and cultivate a habit of close examination of their own lives and motives, and should especially cherish a love for religious exercises and for secret prayer. They are often heard talking of doubts and unbelief, and dwelling upon the wonderful struggles they have had with infidel feelings. They dwell upon discouraging influences as so affecting their faith, hope, and courage in the truth and in the ultimate success of the work and cause in which they are engaged, as to make it a special virtue to be found on the side of the doubting. At times they seem to really enjoy hovering about the infidel’s position and strengthening their unbelief with every circumstance they can gather as an excuse for their darkness. To such we would say: You would better come down at once and leave the walls of Zion until you become converted men and good Christians. Before you take the responsibility of becoming ministers you are required of God to separate yourselves from the love of this world. The reward of those who continue in this doubting position will be that given to the fearful and unbelieving.

If ministers and leaders were to “come down at once and leave the walls of Zion until you become converted men and good Christians” that would solve the church problem.  There would be no more churches.  All churches live in doubt.  They doubt the teachings of Jesus to be perfect.  They doubt the teachings of Jesus to stop sinning.  They doubt the teachings of Jesus to keep the Ten Commandments to get eternal life.  They doubt our ability to “work out your salvation with fear and trembling”.  They doubt everything in the Bible, as it is taught by God, that has to do with character development for Heaven.  Then they twist it and turn it and jumble it up to teach what man wants to hear.  Get out of your churches and go straight to Jesus and His Word and learn how to remove the darkness from your lives.  It is time to get right with God.

But what is the reason of these doubts, this darkness and unbelief? I answer: These men are not right with God. They are not dealing honestly and truly with their own souls. They have neglected to cultivate personal piety. They have not separated themselves from all selfishness and from sin and sinners. They have failed to study the self-denying, self-sacrificing life of our Lord and have failed to imitate His example of purity, devotion, and self-sacrifice. The sin which easily besets has been strengthened by indulgence. By their own negligence and sin they have separated themselves from the company of the divine Teacher, and He is a day’s journey in advance of them. They have for their company, the indolent, slothful, backsliding, unbelieving, irreverent, unthankful, unholy, and their attendants, the evil angels. What marvel that such are in darkness, or that they have doubts of doctrine? “If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine.” He shall know of a certainty in regard to this matter. This promise should put to flight all doubts and questionings.  It is separation from Christ that brings doubts.  He is followed by the earnest, honest, true, faithful, humble, meek, and pure, whom holy angels, clothed with the panoply of heaven, are sanctifying, enlightening, purifying, and guarding; for they are heaven bound.

You must separate yourself “from all selfishness and from sin and sinners” who are in your church.  Since your church refuses to separate selfishness, sin and sinners from the church, you must get out.  Going through the forms, rituals and ceremonies do not make you a Christian.  They make you a hypocrite and lost.  Church members “have for their company, the indolent, slothful, backsliding, unbelieving, irreverent, unthankful, unholy, and their attendants, the evil angels”.  Get out of church now!

No greater evidence need be asked that a person is at a great distance from Jesus, and living in neglect of secret prayer, neglecting personal piety, than the fact that he thus talks doubts and unbelief because his surroundings are not favorable. Such persons have not the pure, true, undefiled religion of Christ. They have a spurious article which the refining process will utterly consume as dross. As soon as God proves them, and tests their faith, they waver, they stand feebly, swaying first one way, then the other. They have not the genuine article that Paul possessed, that could glory in tribulation because “tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope: and hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts.” They have a religion of circumstance. If all around them are strong in faith and courage in the ultimate success of the third angel’s message, and no special influence is brought to bear against them, they then appear to have some faith. But as soon as adversity seems to come upon the cause, and the work drags heavily, and the help of everyone is needed, these poor souls, though they may be professed ministers of the gospel, expect everything to come to nought. These hinder instead of helping.

That is the problem with church.  We think if we stay in the church, we will stand strong and united at the end.  No you won’t.  You have not been developing the character needed for standing strong at the end while sitting in church.  To develop the character needed for the close of probation, you need to be out working for Jesus now, facing the difficulties and adversities necessary to strengthen your faith and commitment to Jesus.

If apostasy arises, and rebellion is manifested, you do not hear them say, in words of encouragement and lofty cheer: Brethren, faint not; be of good courage. “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are His.” Men who are thus affected by circumstances should remain at their homes and employ their physical and mental strength in a less responsible position where they will not be liable to meet such strong opposition. If everything moves smoothly, they may pass for very good, devotional men. But these are not the ones whom the Master will send to do His work, for this is opposed by those who are emissaries of Satan. Satan also, and his host of evil angels, will be arrayed against them. God has made provision for the men whom He has called to do His work, that they may come off conquerors in every contest. Those who follow His directions will never meet with defeat.

This ministry is constantly facing the emissaries of Satan.  Constantly is this ministry opposed by church members who only know church.  Hosts of evil angels are constantly arrayed against us.  But for 21 years the Lord has helped me to battle them.  Have I skinned my knees?  Many of times.  Have I twisted an ankle?  More times than I would like to remember.  Have I received bloody noses?  More than I would like to count.  But through it all, God has lifted me up and kept this ministry moving forward.  As I look back, I see my faith, my character and my fortitude not only being tested but developed and strengthened.  I want to be like Jesus.

The Lord, speaking through Paul, Ephesians 6:10-18, tells us how to fortify ourselves against Satan and his emissaries: “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”

We are engaged in an exalted, sacred work. Those who profess to be called to teach the truth to those who sit in darkness should not be bodies of unbelief and darkness themselves. They should live near to God, where they can be all light in the Lord. The reason why they are not so is that they are not obeying the word of God themselves; therefore doubts and discouragements are expressed, when only words of faith and holy cheer should be heard.

How can you obey the Word of God when your church does not teach you to live in obedience to the Word of God.  When the church teaches you “saved by grace” and “just come to church”, how is that teaching you to live the perfect, sinless and commandment keeping life?

It is religion that ministers need; a daily conversion to God, an undivided, unselfish interest in His cause and work. There should be self-abasement, and a putting away of all jealousy, evil surmising, envy, hatred, malice, and unbelief. An entire transformation is needed. Some have lost sight of our pattern, the suffering Man of Calvary. In His service we need not expect ease, honor, and greatness in this life; for He, the Majesty of heaven, did not receive it. “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.” “He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.” With this example before us, will we choose to shun the cross, and to be swayed by circumstances? Shall our zeal, our fervor, be kindled only when we are surrounded by those who are awake and zealous in the work and cause of God?

By looking at church leaders, pastors and members, I see nothing that shows they are following the “despised and rejected” Man of Calvary.  They are full of “jealousy, evil surmising, envy, hatred, malice, and unbelief”.  They do not believe in Jesus as a living Savior who commands them to put away all sin and live His perfect, commandment keeping life.  They do need the religion of Jesus, not church.

Can we not stand in God, let our surroundings be ever so unpleasant and discouraging? “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For Thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Many ministers have not an undivided interest in the work of God. They have invested but little in His cause, and because they have taken so little stock in the advancement of the truth they are easily tempted in regard to it and moved from it. They are not established, strengthened, settled. He who understands well his own character, who is acquainted with the sin which most easily besets him, and the temptations that will be most likely to overcome him, should not expose himself needlessly and invite temptation by placing himself upon the enemy’s ground. If duty calls him where circumstances are not favorable, he will have special help from God, and thus go fully girded for a conflict with the enemy. Self-knowledge will save many from falling into grievous temptations, and prevent many an inglorious defeat. In order to become acquainted with ourselves, it is essential that we faithfully investigate the motives and principles of our conduct, comparing our actions with the standard of duty revealed in God’s word. Ministers should encourage and cultivate benevolence.

I was shown that some who have been engaged in our office of publication, in our Health Institute, and in the ministry have labored simply for wages. There are exceptions; not all are guilty in this respect, but few have seemed to realize that they must give an account of their stewardship. Means that had been consecrated to God to advance His cause has been squandered. Families in poverty, who had experienced the sanctifying influences of the truth and who therefore prized it and felt grateful to God for it, have thought that they could and should deprive themselves of even the necessaries of life in order to bring in their offerings to the treasury of the Lord. Some have deprived themselves of articles of clothing which they really needed to make them comfortable. Others have sold their only cow and have dedicated to God the means thus received. In the sincerity of their souls, with many tears of gratitude because it was their privilege to do this for the cause of God, they have bowed before the Lord with their offering and have invoked His blessing upon it as they sent it forth, praying that it might be the means of bringing the knowledge of the truth to souls in darkness. The means thus dedicated has not always been appropriated as the self-sacrificing donors designed. Covetous, selfish men, having no spirit of self-denial or self-sacrifice themselves, have handled unfaithfully means thus brought into the treasury; and they have robbed the treasury of God by receiving means which they had not justly earned. Their unconsecrated, reckless management has squandered and scattered means that had been consecrated to God with prayers and tears.

All churches today are robbing the treasury of God.  There are those who do not know any better and are sending their tithes and offerings to a “church” thinking it pleases God.  But the church is not using the funds for the glory of God.  Funds are used for the glory of man.  Others send their money to secular do-good organizations that are not teaching people to stop sinning, be perfect and keep the Ten Commandments of God.  God is not pleased.

I was shown that the recording angel makes a faithful record of every offering dedicated to God and put into the treasury, and also of the final result of the means thus bestowed. The eye of God takes cognizance of every farthing devoted to His cause, and of the willingness or reluctance of the giver. The motive in giving is also chronicled. Those self-sacrificing, consecrated ones who render back to God the things that are His, as He requires of them, will be rewarded according to their works. Even though the means thus consecrated be misapplied, so that it does not accomplish the object which the donor had in view,—the glory of God and the salvation of souls,—those who made the sacrifice in sincerity of soul, with an eye single to the glory of God, will not lose their reward.

Back in the 1800’s when this was written, the movement was called by God and was bringing people to the knowledge of the teachings of Jesus to live the perfect, sinless and commandment keeping life.  However, over the past 150 years, all churches have fallen and no longer teach the teachings of Jesus.  Funds given to any church now go for the glorification of man.  Expensive church buildings that consume an immense amount of funds that should be going to the worthy poor.  But instead, it goes to salaries for entertainment, carpet, organs and pianos, stained glass windows that do nothing for your eternal life.  Trying to turn our churches into “Heaven” is not what Jesus has asked us to do.  He asks us to turn our lives into lives that can live the sinless, perfect and commandment keep life of Heaven.  If you give your tithes, offerings and gifts to a church or a do-good organization, you might as well give it to a whorehouse.

Those who have made a wrong use of means dedicated to God will be required to give an account of their stewardship. Some have selfishly grasped means because of their love of gain. Others have not a tender conscience; it has become seared through long-cherished selfishness. They view sacred and eternal things from a low standpoint. Through their long continuance in a wrong course their moral sensibilities seem paralyzed. It seems impossible to elevate their views and feelings to the exalted standard clearly brought to view in the word of God. Unless there is a thorough transformation by the renewing of the mind, this class will find no place in heaven. Those who have pursued a course of selfishness and wrong, not regarding even the treasury of God as sacred, could not appreciate the purity and holiness of the sanctified in the kingdom of heaven, or the value of the rich glory, the eternal reward, reserved for the faithful overcomers. Their minds have so long run in a low, selfish channel that they cannot appreciate eternal things. They do not value salvation. It seems impossible to elevate their minds to rightly estimate the plan of salvation or the value of the atonement. Selfish interests have engrossed the entire being; like a loadstone they hold the mind and affections, binding them down to a low level. Some of these persons will never attain to perfection of Christian character because they do not see the value and necessity of such a character. Their minds cannot be elevated so that they will be charmed with holiness. Self-love and selfish interests have so warped the character that they cannot be made to distinguish the sacred and eternal from the common. God’s cause and His treasury are no more sacred to them than common business or means devoted to worldly purposes.

Duties in this direction are binding upon all who profess to be followers of Christ. God’s law specifies their duty to their fellow men: “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” By a disregard of justice, mercy, and benevolence to their neighbor, some have so hardened the heart that they can go still further, and even rob God without compunctions of conscience. Do such close their eyes and their understanding to the fact that God knows, that He reads their every action and the motive which impelled them to it? His reward is with Him, and His work before Him, to give to every man according as his work shall be. Every good and every wrong act, and its influence upon others, is traced out by the Searcher of hearts, to whom every secret is revealed. And the reward will be according to the motives which prompted the action.

We are to love our neighbor, not our churches.  Jesus never gave to the church.  He gave to the worthy poor.  Giving to the church or do-good organizations is done through selfish motives to gratify one’s own pride and ego.

Notwithstanding the repeated warnings and reproofs which the Lord has sent them, those who have occupied responsible positions have followed their own ways and been guided by their own unsanctified judgment, and, in consequence, the cause of God has suffered, and souls have been turned from the truth. All who are thus guilty will have a fearful record to meet in the day of final retribution. If they are ever saved, it will be by no common effort on their part; their past life must be seen by them and redeemed. If this work be entered upon with sincerity, and followed with perseverance and untiring earnestness, it will be wholly successful; but many will not succeed because the earnestness with which they commence the work dies down to listlessness and carelessness. Their efforts are right at first, as they have some sense of their condition; but they seek to forget the past, and pass over it without taking up the stumbling blocks and making thorough work. Their repentance is not genuine sorrow that through their influence God has been dishonored and souls for whom Christ died have been lost. They make spasmodic efforts and show great feeling; but the fact that the efforts cease, that this feeling soon passes off and is succeeded by listless indifference, evinces that God was not fully in the work. The feelings were for a time wrought upon; but the work did not reach deep enough to change the principles which governed their actions. They are as liable to be led again into the same wrong course as they were at first; for they have not strength to withstand the wiles of Satan, but are subject to his devices.

The life of a true Christian is ever onward. There is no standing still nor going back. It is your privilege to be “filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, unto all patience and long-suffering with joyfulness; giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.”

The life of a true Christian is never sitting in church, but is standing up, walking out and living as Jesus lived.

I entreat all, especially those who minister in word and doctrine, to make an unreserved surrender to God. Consecrate your lives to Him, and be indeed ensamples to the flock. Be no longer content to remain dwarfs in spiritual things. Let your aim be nothing short of perfection of Christian character. Let your lives be unselfish and blameless, that they may ever be a living rebuke to those who are selfish and whose affections seem to be upon their earthly treasure. God grant that you may be strengthened according to the riches of His glory, “with might by His Spirit in the inner man; that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.” {2T 510-521}

 

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One aspect of this ministry are the prayers I offer up for our donors and inmates.  Your prayers are also needed.  Please join me every day in offering up our donors and inmates to the Lord.  The devil is working hard to destroy this ministry.  What better way than to keep donors from donating.  Please pray for God to keep our donors committed and focused.  The same for our inmates.  Those who have accepted the truth into their lives must stand before great evil.  Their lives are constantly challenged.  Please keep them in your prayers. 

Thank you for your continued support.  The last couple of months have been financially challenging for this ministry.  Please pray God touches hearts.

Love in Christ,

Ron

 

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