Jesus Christ Prison Ministry

Book of John 

with Commentary

The Rejection

Part 3

Earlier, Jesus had finished feeding about 10,000 people with the Word of God. He wasn’t in “church”. He wasn’t at the temple. He didn’t point the people to any denomination or “church” doctrine. In all Jesus taught, He taught the people to study, search and obey the Old Testament for themselves. Sitting there on the mountain slope, they were encircled with the spiritual “church of God”. Angels of God walked among the people. The Spirit of God filled them and impressed them with the truths they were hearing. They had been with Jesus for several days and were being fed by the spiritual “church of God”. No church teachings, no human wisdom and no great philosophers were quoted or mentioned. The Word of God, Old Testament, was lifted up as their only source for study and living for eternal life. Then Jesus took a few fish and loaves of barley and filled their physical hunger. As back then, today, idolatry is widespread. The church leaders and church members are making the “church” their idol. Human wisdom, traditions, ceremonies and church media are being bowed down to no different than the pagans did.

“No outward shrine may be visible; there may be no image for the eye to rest upon; yet thousands are following after the gods of this world—after riches, fame, pleasure, and the pleasing fables that permit man to follow the inclinations of the unregenerate heart. Multitudes have a wrong conception of God and His attributes, and are as truly serving a false god as were the worshipers of Baal. Many even of those who claim to be Christians have allied themselves with influences that are unalterably opposed to God and His truth. Thus they are led to turn away from the divine and to exalt the human.

“The prevailing spirit of our time is one of infidelity and apostasy—a spirit of avowed illumination because of a knowledge of truth, but in reality of the blindest presumption. Human theories are exalted and placed where God and His law should be. Satan tempts men and women to disobey, with the promise that in disobedience they will find liberty and freedom that will make them as gods. There is seen a spirit of opposition to the plain word of God, of idolatrous exaltation of human wisdom above divine revelation. Men have allowed their minds to become so darkened and confused by conformity to worldly customs and influences that they seem to have lost all power to discriminate between light and darkness, truth and error. So far have they departed from the right way that they hold the opinions of a few philosophers, so-called, to be more trustworthy than the truths of the Bible. The entreaties and promises of God’s word, its threatenings against disobedience and idolatry—these seem powerless to melt their hearts. A faith such as actuated Paul, Peter, and John they regard as old-fashioned, mystical, and unworthy of the intelligence of modern thinkers.

“In the beginning, God gave His law to mankind as a means of attaining happiness and eternal life. Satan’s only hope of thwarting the purpose of God is to lead men and women to disobey this law, and his constant effort has been to misrepresent its teachings and belittle its importance. His master stroke has been an attempt to change the law itself, so as to lead men to violate its precepts while professing to obey it.” PK 177-178.

And where has his “master stroke” been the most successful? In the church. The people, then as now, were more concerned about their physical wellbeing than their spiritual and eternal wellbeing. They made a profession of keeping the Ten Commandments, while going to church and violating its precepts. They had made church, food, fame, money, honor, power, wants and wishes their idols. After all, they had church to depend on for their spiritual and eternal salvation. What the church refused to do was fulfill their physical needs. Therefore, they turned to Jesus who was able to heal them and feed them. It was time to make Him king in order to solve all their earthy and physical wants.

Jesus knew that if the people moved to make Him king it would bring down upon Him the wrath of the church and the civil government. His mission was at stake. The time had not yet come to end His mission. He could have succumbed to the pride, ego and glory the people were offering Him, but that was not the will of His Father. He must live in obedience to His Father. With the authority of God, He commanded the people to depart, commanding the disciples to get into a boat and head for the other side of the lake, and He went up into the mountain to pray.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the ministers, pastors and church leaders “commanded the people to depart” from their churches and go to Jesus? We love the praise of man way too much. That is what makes church so dangerous. It was Lucifer, in heaven, who was lifted up because of his pride, ego and the desire to be praised by the heavenly host. Our churches have simply adopted his methods. Playing to the pride, ego and arrogance of church members is what keeps the churches filled with people, money and power. But it is not of God. You must leave in order to learn how to humbly sit at the feet of Jesus and learn from Him.

How sad Jesus must have been. He could look back over the centuries and see that His church had continued in its rebellion. There was no difference at all from the time He organized the descendants of Jacob, Israel, into a great nation to the day He sat physically among them teaching the same old truths, again. They went to church on the 7th day of the week, the Sabbath, claiming to be God’s special people, paid their tithes and even shared the “gospel” of the coming Messiah. But their hearts were full of the world and refused to live as Jesus commanded.

“The accession of Ahaz to the throne brought Isaiah and his associates face to face with conditions more appalling than any that had hitherto existed in the realm of Judah. Many who had formerly withstood the seductive influence of idolatrous practices were now being persuaded to take part in the worship of heathen deities. Princes (ministers) in Israel (the church) were proving untrue to their trust; false prophets (pastors) were arising with messages to lead astray; even some of the priests (church leaders) were teaching for hire. Yet the leaders in apostasy still kept up the forms of divine worship and claimed to be numbered among the people of God.

“The prophet Micah, who bore his testimony during those troublous times, declared that sinners in Zion (the church), while claiming to “lean upon the Lord,” and blasphemously boasting, ‘Is not the Lord among us? none evil can come upon us,’ continued to ‘build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity.’ Micah 3:11, 10.

“Against these evils the prophet Isaiah lifted his voice in stern rebuke: ‘Hear the word of the Lord, ye rulers of Sodom (church); give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah (church). To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices (church services) unto Me? saith the Lord.... When ye come to appear before Me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread My courts (church)?’ Isaiah 1:10-12

“Inspiration declares, ‘The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind?’ Proverbs 21:27. The God of heaven is ‘of purer eyes than to behold evil,’ and cannot ‘look on iniquity.’ Habakkuk 1:13. It is not because He is unwilling to forgive that He turns from the transgressor (the church); it is because the sinner refuses to make use of the abundant provisions of grace, that God is unable to deliver from sin. ‘The Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither His ear heavy, that it cannot hear: but your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, that He will not hear.’” Isaiah 59:1, 2. PK 322-323.

Today, those who claim to be God’s special people, “the remnant” and His Commandment keeping People are no different. They go to church on the Sabbath, pay their tithes to the church and proclaim that Jesus is coming again. But they are living wicked lives. They have made their church the “Anti-Christ” since they refuse to go to Christ and learn from Him what they must do for eternal life. It is all about church. They are all Catholic. They go to church and continue in their sins. God hates our churches. They are an abomination. Church is so overwhelming; the members cannot hear the still small voice of God speaking to them to get out before it is too late. You must leave the crowd, the noisy throng and those who want to “organize a church”. You must go to Jesus and obey Jesus only.

John 6:16 - John 6:71

When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. Darkness had already fallen, and Jesus had not yet come to them.  A strong wind was blowing, and the sea was getting rough. 

When we work for Jesus and go where He commands, the “sea” of life will get rough. The devil will make the waves and the wind as strong as he can. We are not to depend on the churches, denominations or man. We must depend only on Jesus, putting our trust solidly on the Rock. The devil will move church people to hate us, hurt us, abuse us and say all manner of evil against us because we serve Jesus and not their church organizations. However, if we are faithful and wait patiently, Jesus will come to our rescue.

After they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea toward their boat. They became terrified. 

I understand their fear. I have been in many a storm. How often the devil has tried to swamp this little ministry. Sometimes, that which is the answer to my prayer I think is going to cause more problems. But in waiting, working the “oars” as Jesus commands me, trusting and watching, it turns out to be just what this ministry needed to keep it safe. And usually, it isn’t the “big trials and temptations” that are the problem. Most can see and understand those and keep from getting entangled with them. No, it is the small, little annoyances that build and build until the soul is so harassed that it explodes. As the saying goes, “the straw the broke the camel’s back”. I am learning to push back the “explosion” point further and further. I am learning to put more trust in Jesus even though it seems that one more “little” harassment will bring the whole ministry down. It doesn’t. Jesus is still in control of this, His ministry. He always provides a way of escape.

But he told them, “It is I. Stop being afraid!” So they were glad to take him on board, and immediately the boat reached the land toward which they were going. 

Their safety was not in the church. Their salvation was not in the boat or man. Their salvation was in trusting Jesus and doing exactly what He commanded and the work He assigned them. They reached the land “toward which they were going” by taking Jesus on board with them. That is all God wants of you, to let Him in your little boat of life. Forget what man says. Forget what the church says. Let go of what people think. Take on Jesus and listen to Him. You will reach land in safety.

The next day, the crowd that had remained on the other side of the sea noticed that only one boat had been there, and no other, and that Jesus had not gotten into that boat with his disciples. Instead, his disciples had gone away by themselves.  Other small boats from Tiberias arrived near the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks.  When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into these boats and went to Capernaum to look for Jesus.  When they had found him on the other side of the sea, they asked him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?”  Jesus replied to them, “Truly, I tell all of you with certainty, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate the loaves and were completely satisfied.” 

How true. People today run after their churches, their pastors and denominations thinking the church, the pastor and their denomination can lead them to eternal life and fill them with that which will satisfy them. It is all about selfishness. It is all about “what I get”. They look for “signs”. Ministers are taught how to “hypnotize” you in order to keep you sitting in church. They are taught how to make up good sermons to keep your eyes off of God and on the church and denomination. 3ABN, TBN and all the other church media are nothing but idols being bowed down to and worshiped. But that is not what Jesus commanded of you. You are commanded by Jesus to get out and go teach others how to be obedient to the teachings of Jesus: be perfect, stop sinning and to keep the Ten Commandments to get your eternal life. You are to open your home and bring people in and teach them.

Do not work for food that perishes but for food that lasts for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set his seal on him.” 

My adopted son Jeff is running around looking for the food that perishes. Since the age of 16, I don’t think he has spent more than 5 years outside of prison. He is now 40 years of age. How sad. God brought him to the ministry when he was 18 in order to give him a life outside of prison, but he wanted what the world had to offer. He refused to accept the simple life here at the ministry. Like King Saul, Absalom and Judas, I think he has passed the line of no return. Not that God is unwilling to forgive, but that he has resisted all efforts by the Spirit of God to bring him back to Jesus. He has shut the door and sealed it tight committing the unpardonable sin. He is constantly going in and out of prison. What a wasted life. I keep thinking of all the good he could have done if he had just kept his mouth shut, opened his ears and did what he was commanded. This ministry could be reaching far more people for Jesus and His truths if he had given his heart to Jesus.

The churches are doing the same. They have shut their doors and sealed them tight against the teachings of Jesus to stop sinning and to keep the Ten Commandments perfectly as Jesus did. They have turned so far away from God that it is no longer possible for the Spirit of God to turn them around. They have committed the unpardonable sin. Like the Jews of Christ’s day, church has become their god and they would rather put Jesus on the cross than open up their church doors to His truth.

Then they asked him, “What must we do to perform the actions of God?” 

The question this mob asked, and the question asked by the rich young ruler are much the same. They were trying to earn eternal life by their own “self-righteous” works. After all, they went to church on the 7th day, paid their tithes to the church, ate the right foods, dressed the right way, washed their hands in the prescribed manner and now, what more could they do to “show-off” their “self-righteousness”? Neither wanted to live in God’s righteousness through obedience to the truth: keeping the Ten Commandments to get eternal life. That is all God wants of us. To change the heart! But they wanted to keep their wicked, selfish hearts and put on a show of righteousness. They did not want to humble themselves and actually live in righteous obedience to Jesus.

Jesus answered them, “This is the action of God: to believe in the one whom he has sent.” 

That is all God wants. He wants you to “believe” in Jesus. How do you do that? By “believing” Jesus when He commands you to be perfect, stop sinning and to keep the Ten Commandments to get your eternal life. That is truly “believing” in Jesus. As Paul said in Romans 1:5, “The obedience that comes from faith”. If you are not living in obedience to the commands of Jesus, you do not believe, nor have faith in Jesus. A profession of “belief” in Jesus will not get you into heaven any more than it will Lucifer who also “believes” in Jesus.

So they asked him, “What sign are you going to do so that we may see it and believe in you? What actions are you performing? 

They watched Him heal the sick, open the eyes of the blind, give hearing back to the deaf and feed about 10,000 people with only a handful of food. But their sinful hearts refused to accept the evidences God was giving them because it didn’t feed their egos, pride and church-loving ways. To believe in Jesus meant they would have to humble themselves and leave their prideful churches and live in obedience to the Ten Commandments.

Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, just as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’”   Jesus told them, “Truly, I tell all of you with certainty, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven.  The bread of God is the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”  Then they told him, “Sir, give us this bread all the time.” 

How like today, people want the government to give them free their food, healthcare, housing and everything else so they don’t have to work, strive or labor for their own wants and needs. They want others to do it for them. Inmates simply have taken it a step further by taking what others have earned since they are not willing to earn it for themselves. Church members are no different. They want the church to give them their salvation free. But that is not God’s plan. Idleness and wealth are far too dangerous. God “invented” work for our good. It keeps us busy, so our minds do not wander to sinful pursuits. We are to earn our own bread and satisfy our own needs. Then, we are to help those who truly are in need. This keeps us humble and it brings great satisfaction to our lives. But it also teaches us how to “earn” our eternal life. As we are to do in our physical lives, so in our spiritual lives. We must work, strive and labor to reach Heaven; following the example of Jesus.

Jesus told them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never become hungry, and whoever believes in me will never become thirsty.  I told you that you have seen me, yet you don’t believe.  Everything the Father gives me will come to me, and I’ll never turn away the one who comes to me.  I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of the one who sent me. 

We are to “come” to Jesus, not church. If we go to “church” we have made church “anti” Christ. “Anti” meaning “in place of”. And so it has. Church has now become “in place of” Jesus. We go to church instead of to Jesus. The same as in Christ’s day. The Jews went to church, but they refused to go to Jesus. They listened to their church leaders instead of listening to Jesus. Everything they did was “church”. They preferred reading from the Old Testament and interpreting it by church standards instead of listening to the One who gave the Old Testament in order to hear the true interpretation. They refused to go to Jesus that they might have life. And it is the same today in our churches. The churches today do it their way. But Jesus came not “to do My own will” but the will of His Father. We are to follow His example only. How sad, we do what Jesus did not command - going to church, while we refuse to do what Jesus commanded: keeping the Ten Commandments perfect, without sin.

And this is the will of the one who sent me, that I should not lose anything that he has given me, but should raise it to life on the last day. 

In the Bible, over and over again, God states that He wants all to be saved. He does not want anyone to perish and die. But He can’t save one sinner who refuses to believe Jesus so much that he is willing to turn from his sins and live in obedience to the commands of God. God wants to raise you up into a new spiritual life now so that He can raise you up at the last day into a new physical life.

But your church is teaching you smooth things. It has to keep you hooked on church in order to keep money flowing into their selfish pockets. They are very “kind” to their members since to be honest with them, as Jesus was with the church of His day, would drive the members away. After all, Jesus “drove” the church members away by telling them truth. He used His “authority” to maintain the truth of God’s Word. The church used its “authority” to keep people in church and away from God.

“Even kindness should have its limits. Authority must be maintained by a firm severity, or it will be received by many with mockery and contempt. The so-called tenderness, the coaxing and indulgence, used toward youth by parents and guardians, is one of the worst evils which can come upon them. In every family, firmness, decision, positive requirements, are essential.” PK 236.

This is my Father’s will: That everyone who sees the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him to life on the last day.” 

Oh, that did not sit well with the church leaders. The leaders taught that you had to believe in the church, not Jesus. In order to gain eternal life, you had to believe, belong to and be obedient to the church and its leaders. How dare this independent ministry come and tell their church members that they had to believe in Jesus for their eternal life. It was time to get rid of this “troubler of Israel”. The churches want you to believe that they are giving you the “bread of life”. They don’t want you going to Jesus. They keep you busy with Friday night services, Sabbath services, Sunday services and Wednesday night prayer meetings. But none of it will get you into Heaven since Jesus has not asked for any of it to be done by you.

Then the Jews began grumbling about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” They kept saying, “This is Jesus, the son of Joseph, isn’t it, whose father and mother we know? So how can he say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” 

Those of us who have been sent by God to bring His people back to Jesus have been demonized, hated and “humanized” to keep people from listening to the message God has given us. Those who have made church their god hate to hear the truth.   They do not want to hear that their church will not save them. That all their time, money and energy they have invested in their church will do them no good when Jesus comes. Their pride will not allow them to accept the message that has come down from Heaven for them. The Jews thought they were teaching “present truth” for their time. But it was “old, re-worked truth”. “Present truth was standing in front of them and they refused to accept it.

Jesus answered them, “Stop grumbling among yourselves.  No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him to life on the last day.  It is written in the Prophets, ‘And all of them will be taught by God.’ Everyone who has listened to the Father and has learned anything comes to me.  Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who comes from God. This one has seen the Father. 

The churches do not want to “stop grumbling”. To accept Jesus would be the end of their moneymaking schemes, their pride and ego, their “self-righteousness” and power over the people. They refuse to come to the truth God is sending them because the Father is not in the churches. Since the churches are not of God, they cannot accept the message of God. Only those who have the Spirit of God in them can accept the message this ministry is presenting. I get letters from people telling me how they have the Spirit or how they have Jesus in them. But then they turn around and refuse to accept the message Jesus is giving them. They choose their church over Jesus. Jesus cannot deny Himself. Only the churches deny Him.

Truly, I tell all of you with certainty, the one who believes in me has eternal life.  I am the bread of life. 

Why don’t you believe Jesus? Oh, because you go to church. You are told to “believe” Jesus only through the church organization. You are only allowed to believe “in Jesus” as far as the church allows you to believe in Jesus. Only as long as the church gets the praise, glory and honor. But you are not allowed to go to Jesus for the Bread of Life that will give you eternal life. No, you must go to the church for that.

Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness and died.  This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that a person may eat it and not die. 

Like their “ancestors”, you are eating manna from your church and will die. To get eternal life, you must eat from the Bread that God offers. You must get out of your church, stop eating your church manna and begin feasting on the Bread of Life that Jesus offers.

People point back to their ancestors who created their denominations and think, “They were of God, so this must be of God.” But they are dead. What God did back then has nothing to do with what He wants to do now. Back then, times were different, situations were different. They were obedient to Jesus and lived His perfect, sinless and commandment keeping life as they understood it. Now, today, we are to understand the times and learn what God wants for us now. Being stuck in the mud of past teachings will do you no good. More light is pouring in upon us and it is time to open our eyes and see the “present truth” for today. Throughout most of Earth’s history, whenever God sent a messenger, he was not accepted since the people had “church”. The messengers were hated, despised and killed since the message they had from God did not agree with their church.

“I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats this bread, he will live forever. And the bread I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” 

It isn’t your church that will give you eternal life. Your church is the old dead bread. It isn’t “believing” that will give you eternal life. In order to make your “belief” effective, you must eat of the flesh that Jesus offers. You must partake of His Spirit, His life, His teachings. Sitting in church will take you straight to eternal death. Walking in faith, obeying Jesus, will take you straight to Heaven.

Then the Jews debated angrily with each other, asking, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” 

And so it is, the church sits around arguing and debating if it is possible to obey Jesus and live perfect as He commands. They argue and fight about His teaching to “go and sin no more”. They angrily debate how impossible it is to keep the Ten Commandments to get their eternal life. Everything is a show to keep the eyes and ears off the truth Jesus taught: to be perfect, to stop sinning and to keep the Ten Commandments for your eternal life. No discussion, no debate, no argument - simply obey.

So Jesus told them, “Truly, I tell all of you with certainty, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life in yourselves.  Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him to life on the last day, because my flesh is real food, and my blood is real drink.  The person who eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him.” 

Go to church all you want, but it won’t get you into heaven. “You do not have life in” your church. Many claim that it is “Jesus in them” that makes them heaven bound. Yes, that is true. But to know if Jesus is in you, you must reveal His life, His perfect, sinless obedient life of the Ten Commandments. That is the only way you can know if you have Jesus living in you. Only those who sit daily at the feet of Jesus, reading His Word, from Genesis to Revelation, over and over again until every word is embedded into the soul and lived, will experience the life Jesus offers. Sitting in church while you go on sinning is a very Catholic activity. The devil loves you. To God you are an abomination!

Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will also live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not the kind that your ancestors ate. They died, but the one who eats this bread will live forever.”  He said this while teaching in the synagogue at Capernaum. 

How interesting. He was talking to “church” people. People who thought their church was of God. People who were very religious and pious. People who thought they were the “remnant” and the “people of God”. They thought of themselves as “God’s church”, and all the time, they were of the devil. They were not of God or Jesus would not be telling them they needed to drink His blood and eat His flesh. No different today in our churches. But the churches today are not interested in listening. They find it far too difficult to accept the truth of Jesus, so they turn away from the teachings of Jesus and continue their “Catholic” church rituals, services and traditions.

When many of his disciples heard this, they said, “This is a difficult statement. Who can accept it?”  But Jesus, knowing within himself that his disciples were grumbling about this, asked them, “Does this offend you? 

Yes, it did! The church then and now does not want to hear the truth. It is “offended” because it is hard to accept. People love their churches since the church is paid well by them to tell them what they want to hear. They don’t want to hear the truth as Jesus teaches it. No, the churches produce “peace and safety” messages, not stern rebukes. People don’t want to be told that they must change their lives and stop sinning, be perfect and to keep the Ten Commandments to get their eternal life. This ministry was raised up by God for the purpose of giving the “rebukes” and stern messages of God to a people who have rejected His truth. The churches have been separated from God by the sins of the people.

“Today there is need of the voice of stern rebuke; for grievous sins have separated the people from God. Infidelity is fast becoming fashionable. ‘We will not have this man to reign over us,’ is the language of thousands. Luke 19:14. The smooth sermons so often preached make no lasting impression; the trumpet does not give a certain sound. Men are not cut to the heart by the plain, sharp truths of God’s word.

“There are many professed Christians who, if they should express their real feelings, would say, What need is there of speaking so plainly? They might as well ask, Why need John the Baptist have said to the Pharisees, ‘O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?’ Luke 3:7. Why need he have provoked the anger of Herodias by telling Herod that it was unlawful for him to live with his brother’s wife? The forerunner of Christ lost his life by his plain speaking. Why could he not have moved along without incurring the displeasure of those who were living in sin?

“So men who should be standing as faithful guardians of God’s law have argued, till policy has taken the place of faithfulness, and sin is allowed to go unreproved. When will the voice of faithful rebuke be heard once more in the church?

“‘Thou art the man.’ 2 Samuel 12:7. Words as unmistakably plain as these spoken by Nathan to David are seldom heard in the pulpits of today, seldom seen in the public press. If they were not so rare, we should see more of the power of God revealed among men. The Lord’s messengers should not complain that their efforts are without fruit until they repent of their own love of approbation and their desire to please men, which leads them to suppress truth.

“Those ministers who are men pleasers, who cry, Peace, peace, when God has not spoken peace, might well humble their hearts before God, asking pardon for their insincerity and their lack of moral courage. It is not from love for their neighbor that they smooth down the message entrusted to them, but because they are self-indulgent and ease-loving. True love seeks first the honor of God and the salvation of souls. Those who have this love will not evade the truth to save themselves from the unpleasant results of plain speaking. When souls are in peril, God’s ministers will not consider self, but will speak the word given them to speak, refusing to excuse or palliate evil.

“Would that every minister might realize the sacredness of his office and the holiness of his work, and show the courage that Elijah showed! As divinely appointed messengers, ministers are in a position of awful responsibility. They are to ‘reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering.’ 2 Timothy 4:2. In Christ’s stead they are to labor as stewards of the mysteries of heaven, encouraging the obedient and warning the disobedient. With them worldly policy (church) is to have no weight. Never are they to swerve from the path in which Jesus has bidden them walk. They are to go forward in faith, remembering that they are surrounded by a cloud of witnesses. They are not to speak their own words, but words which One greater than the potentates of earth has bidden them speak. Their message is to be, ‘Thus saith the Lord.’ God calls for men like Elijah, Nathan, and John the Baptist—men who will bear His message with faithfulness, regardless of the consequences; men who will speak the truth bravely, though it calls for the sacrifice of all they have.

“God cannot use men who, in time of peril, when the strength, courage, and influence of all are needed, are afraid to take a firm stand for the right. He calls for men who will do faithful battle against wrong, warring against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. It is too such as these that He will speak the words: ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; ... enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.’ Matthew 25:23.” PK 140-142.

Your church, whether it meets on Sunday or on the Sabbath day, has fallen. It no longer teaches people “Thus saith the Lord” to stop sinning, be perfect and to keep the Ten Commandments to get their eternal life. That is not “church policy”. The churches no longer call out sin in their members. No, they want to grow and become “mega” churches so they can have lots of money, power and honor like the other churches of the world. So let us not rock the boat and disturb the “peace” of church members. Let’s keep them sound asleep in their idols: church.

If you are sitting in church, you are lost. It doesn’t matter what your reason is, it isn’t what God has commanded of you. Unless you are obedient to Jesus and not to man, you have no eternal life. Hate me, grumble against me, revile me all you want, but the message is direct from Jesus to you. What you do with it will determine your eternal destiny.

What if you saw the Son of Man going up to the place where he was before?  It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh accomplishes nothing. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. 

It isn’t your church that will give you life. It isn’t your pastor that will give you life. Your denomination cannot give you life. All their words will only destroy you if you are not listening to the words of “Spirit and Life”. Those words are for you to be perfect, to stop sinning and to keep the Ten Commandments to get your eternal life. Anything else is of the devil. 2 John 1:8-11.

“But there are some among you who do not believe...” —because Jesus knew from the beginning those who weren’t believing, as well as the one who would betray him. So he said, “That’s why I told you that no one can come to me unless it be granted him by the Father.”  As a result, many of his disciples turned back and no longer associated with him. “But there are some among you who do not believe...”.

And so it is today, church members, pastors and denomination do not believe. That is why they cannot come to Jesus. They have turned their backs on Jesus by refusing to believe and obey His teachings. Church is too much fun. Church is their god. Too few will be saved.

So Jesus asked the Twelve, “You don’t want to leave, too, do you?”  Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words of eternal life.  Besides, we have believed and remain convinced that you are the Holy One of God.”

Peter was right, Jesus has the “words of eternal life”. Will you leave Jesus for your church? Will you turn away from His words for your church? Or will you stand up, speak up at your church and shout it aloud that they are no longer serving God and must change their lives? That they must stop sinning in order to get to heaven? Your eternal life depends on what you “do”. Will you be a traitor to Jesus and His truth and continue sitting in church?

Jesus answered them, “I chose you, the Twelve, didn’t I? Yet one of you is a devil.”  Now he was speaking about Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, because this man was going to betray him, even though he was one of the Twelve. 

At times, there have been churches and denominations chosen by God to become one with Him in putting out the truth that we must stop sinning, be perfect and to keep the Ten Commandments to get our eternal life. But they have all fallen. They have all apostatized. They have all become “anti-Christ”. They have betrayed Jesus and the truth. They have become “country clubs” for “Christians”. How nice.

All churches have fallen. It is time to get out. The Catholic Church organization has its “agents” in all churches, educational and medical institutions. That includes the Seventh-day Adventist, Baptists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormon and every other. None are any longer under God’s direction. All have blended into the world and accepted the Catholic teachings in some form or other. What day you go to church on to hear those teachings makes no difference to God. He never said to go to church. Church was created by the Catholic Church after the model of the Jews who took it from the pagans while in captivity in Babylon. It is time to get back to the primitive Christian way of meeting. Meeting to reprove, rebuke and to admonish each other in order to keep us pure, spotless and true to the teachings of Jesus.

Continue to part 4