A HIGHER CALLING


     The Evil Today
        The Idolatry of a Republic
        The Idolatry of Democracy
        Banking (Usury)
            Any Interest is Usury
            Parable of the Talents and Tares
            Leviticus 25.35-37
            Deuteronomy 23.19-20
        Rent (Rent for Profit)
        The Spirit of Whoredoms
        Obsessions with Professions
        Big Businesses Based on Large Land Holdings
        Exclusive Prices and Wage Oppression
        Deceit in Business
        Cut-Throat Religion
        Unrepentant Hearts
     Jesus Christ
    Quick Summary

    If in reading this literature you find it difficult to understand or the views presented seem hard, consider that the most important thing is born-again salvation. I don't believe a person necessarily has to understand all the wrong a person may have to repent of. If a person can manage even for just a moment of time to experience sincere repentance and looking to Jesus that is enough and God will save that person. Even if you don't understand all the wrong that you have to repent of. Also, if you have wrong to repent of and you cannot forgive yourself, who wins? Only the Devil. Forgive yourself and believe that God forgives you.
     I believe once saved always saved. If a person has experienced born again salvation nothing can take that salvation away. Ultimately, sooner or later, we will have to get things right. God will see to that. For just as we in salvation have God by a promise, even so, that very salvation is a token of our sincere repentance and God can and will hold us to it.
     So, if anyone abuses their salvation, the grace under which they live, they will still get to heaven and that is the most important thing. However, if we abuse that grace we may not get there so soon as we think or would like. Just like Paul the apostle says in I Corinthians Chapter 3, "No foundation can any man lay that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. But let every man be careful how he builds thereupon. For every man's works shall be tried by fire." And even if many of our works that we have built upon our salvation be wrong and be burned but still we be saved, yet, Paul says, it will be "as it were by fire."
     Sooner  or later God will make his children get things right. Better to get things right now than later. Why have to be ashamed before him? I believe the views presented in this literature are correct and important. If I am right good for me. If I am wrong then I will suffer loss and have to be ashamed before my God. Let God judge. And he will.
     In the days before the rise of democracy and republics royalty and nobility made slaves of their own people. In God's Old Testament book enslaving one's own people was a crime, even punishable by death. According to that book an Israeli man was not to rule over another Israeli with rigor. If an Israeli man sold another Israeli man into slavery he was to be put to death. (Deuteronomy 24.7)
     Yet, the established church justified the medieval system by which elites made slaves of their own people. And in abusing scripture verse or verses even in effect making gods out of kings. If a man didn't obey the king, right or wrong, that man was guilty of disobedience to God. Thus making an idol, a god, out of a king. This teaching has been called the doctrine of the divine right of kings.
     Based on what I believe is a fair take of the scriptures I believe that God's idea of justice this world-wise is every man their vine and fig tree (their own land). In the medieval days the kings, nobility, and established church saw to it that did not happen. Even though Jesus said that if we are unfaithful, untrue, unjust in the things pertaining to this world who shall commit unto us the true riches that obviously did not matter to them.
     Today, and for a long time now, the kings, nobility, and the authority in the world of an established church have been supplanted by other entities. Today, it is the bank-man, the rent-man, and the pagan priesthood of pagan idol republic and pagan idol democracy who have the authority. Through these practices and mediums men are still enslaving their own peoples. And if the consciences of any of these practitioners of these things are bothering them why they can go to just about any preacher they wish and have their consciences assuaged by convenient  interpretations of scripture. Many commercial corporations get on board the conformity bandwagon in order to gloat over their workers and their millions, if not billions of dollars while they strive to continually drive down even lower their slave wages to them.
     If these things be true (and I believe they are); if justice is important to God; if every person shall give account to God for how they have dealt with the things pertaining to this life; then there are an awful lot of people who got a whole lot to be ashamed for; who have been willfully ignorant a whole lifetime long.
     But no. That would be too hard. They have a better answer. All this aforementioned stuff simply isn't true. But those who continually stop their ears at the cry of truth  will not
God one day pull them up out of their graves to give them according as they have sown?
     Once saved always saved. But if you abuse that grace it will be as it were by fire (1 Corinthians chapter 3).
     A fair definition of covetousness is to want something, to want anything, more than to want what is right. In a republic what must live, that which must survive above anything else, is not whatever the right might be in terms of law or justice, but rather that leaders be chosen by ballot; nothing more and nothing less. This subordinating of whatever the right might be in terms of law or justice to the idea that leaders shall be chosen by ballot is to covet that idea.
     Covetousness according to scripture (Colossians 3.5) is idolatry. That is just what a republic is--an idol. To worship a republic, to embrace a republic, to sanctify it, to justify it, or to vote in it is idolatry. So much of the evil today is rooted in and plays upon that idolatry. It is no small thing. God's people are commanded to flee idolatry (1 Corinthians 10.14)
       In democracy what must live, what must survive above anything else, is not whatever the right might be in terms of law or justice, but rather the will of the majority; nothing more and nothing less. To worship democracy, to embrace it, to sanctify it, or to participate in it in matters of law or justice, or rule is to covet the will of the majority. Covetousness, according to scripture (Colossians 3.5), is idolatry. Democracy then, too, is idolatry.
     Nowhere in scripture is the word usury used or defined as meaning an excessive amount of interest. In scripture any interest is usury. They are the same thing. Anybody who says any different so far as what the scripture says is blowing smoke screens.
     In the parable of the talents (Matthew 25.14-30 also Luke 19.12-27) Christ is speaking of himself (Reference Mark 13.34) when he says; "For the kingdom of heaven is as a man traveling into a far country, who called his servants, and delivered unto them his goods." Later, when one of those servants came to his Lord and told him that he knew him to be a hard man, taking up where he laid not down, and reaping where he had not sown (Luke 19.20-21), he was speaking, then of Jesus. Jesus agreed with him, saying (Luke 19.22-23), "Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked and slothful servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down and reaping that I did not sow: Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury?"
     In this parable of the talents, concerning the work of the Lord, the servant accused Jesus of reaping where he had not sown. Jesus agreed. Yet, in the parable of the tares of the field (Matthew 13.24-30, 37-43), Jesus, concerning his own work, declared that he that soweth the good seed is the Son of man (Jesus himself). The two parables contradict each other unless Jesus was being sarcastic when answering the servant by his own words in the parable of the talents.
     I believe Luke 19.22-23 should be interpreted thus; "Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked and slothful servant. If you believed me to be a hard man and yet you feared me as you say you did, why didn't you put my money into the bank (now there you will find hardness) that I might have required mine own usury?" (He thought Jesus a hard man, but he did not fear him.) This parable of the talents, then, is far from being a justification for the practice of usury, but rather a condemnation of it. Nobody but a gainsayer of scripture could extract a justification for usury out of this parable.
     Then, if this parable does not justify the practice of usury, and if usury is basically wrong, why is the entire New Testament silent on the subject except for this one indirect mention of it in the parable of the talents?
     A good supposition: It was deliberate on God's part. God was setting the ground work even 2000 years ago for the strong delusion of this day (Or, even go back as far as the days of Moses in the Old Testament law) deliberately baiting gainsayers so that a large part of the evil of these end times could manifest itself in just this way and not be bothered by "petty" little scriptural unpleasantries that so many don't want to be bothered with anyway.
LEVITICUS 25.35-37

     All of the above commandments apply for the stranger as well as for an Israelite. If through usury a brother can no longer dwell with his brethren, how can the stranger who God included? The commandment forbidding the charging of usury to a poor fellow citizen is also forbidding the charging of usury to a poor stranger.

     If scripture cannot be broken (as Jesus declared that it cannot) then Leviticus 25.35-37, previously cited, cannot be broken wherein God said thou shalt not lend upon usury to a poor brother or stranger. Then permission here in Deuteronomy 23.20 must be conditional. Conditional as in unto a stranger not poor. I can imagine it were as if some Israelites came to Moses and asked him that if a brother wasn't poor could they lend to him upon usury? And as if Moses answered and said, "Thou shalt not lend upon usury to thy brother, rich or poor, "business" or no "business", but unto a stranger, not poor, thou mayest lend upon usury." Otherwise, scripture is broken.
     But one might say, "You can't just go putting conditions on scripture like that." But if the tenor and the whole of scripture argue for it I believe it is valid. And besides, if some can place conditions on verses such as where it says in the verse just above in Deut. 23.19, "Thou shalt not lend upon usury thy brother." and condition it to mean poor brother or, "but this is business!", why can't I reject their condition and put one on the next verse where it is truly proper? Putting a condition on Deut. 23.19 insisting that brother there means poor brother is a judgment motivated by filthy lucre and/or a desire for convenient conformity.
     The conclusion, then, I believe is that it is unlawful, it is not right in God's eyes, to lend upon usury to a person of one's own nation, be that person rich or poor, and it is unlawful, it is wrong in God's eyes, to lend upon usury to any poor person, regardless of what nation they are from. One might also seriously consider whether the forbidding of lending upon usury unto a person of one's own nation be he rich or poor, shouldn't also include any born-again believer in Christ regardless of what nation they are from for Ephesians 2.19-20 concerning Gentile believers says, "Now therefore ye are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone."
     I also think it a fair scriptural definition of poor in God's eyes as being any man who has not his own land, not fallen in decay, so that he can support him and his upon it, nor has such land without any liens or encumbrances upon it, nor himself otherwise free of debt, or hasn't the money to step into such a situation if he wishes. This definition I glean from Leviticus 25.35.
     Jesus said that the interpretation of scripture is based on two things. Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and all thy soul, and all thy mind, and all thy strength, and love thy neighbor as thyself. I believe that my interpretation on the subject of usury is based on those two commandments and to interpret otherwise is to gainsay scripture. In Ezekiel chapter 18 God calls usury an abomination.
     In the world today where is not the banker, the corporate capitalist, and pure investment stock market?
     I believe that usurers serve a particular devil called the love of money which Paul the apostle called the root of all evil. I believe this particular devil is the great whore, the city of Babylon, depicted in the book of Revelation. I believe that this city is a literal city and if it is not in existence right now it soon will be; and that this particular devil, which was also in charge of the ancient Babylon of King Nebuchadnezzar's day, is in charge of this modern day or soon to come Babylon.
     According to the book of Revelation this great whore rules over the beast, which I believe is the devil behind pagan idol republic. Where in all the republics of the world today do the money men, the usurers, and corporate capitalists not pull the strings? The tribulation period depicted in the book of Revelation has not begun yet, but surely it can't be too far away. It's strong delusion is already here.
     I confess here that I who see banking as an abomination, do have checking accounts. I don't fault myself for this. I do not fell that I am unduly feeding the evil. I choose checking accounts to try to avoid receiving any interest. I have one to cash my checks into, pay my bills, etc.. I have another to keep separate money I use for church endeavor. However, I would not go to the bank to borrow money and thus justify the usurer.
     But what if (for example) somebody in reading this literature and agreeing with my view of usury, has already been to the bank and borrowed money to buy a house? If this had been wrong how should one right that wrong?
     I would reason and advise this way: If one were to sell the house the probability would be that whoever bought it would have to borrow money from the bank-man to do it and the evil of unduly feeding the practice of usury would hardly be lessened. So at that point I would advise one to let their house purchase ride as it is. However, if you ever do come to sell the house, do not go and buy another house if you have to borrow upon usury to do so.
     When God brought the children of Israel up into the promised land he gave to every male 20 years old and upward (such as was able to go to war) a land inheritance. Concerning that inheritance God said it was theirs forever. If they should sell the land it would not be sold forever but they could redeem it at any time. And if they did not redeem it, or could not, it would still go back to them at the end of every fifty years in the year of jubilee. Thus God planted them in the land and gave them this law of their inheritance to prevent the very evil of having their land taken away from them.
     Also, the price that God said they were to charge for the "lease" or selling of their land for up to 50 years was to be according to the fruit that the land could yield and, fair to suppose, its natural resources (Leviticus 25.15-17). Reading Leviticus chapter 27 verses 16-18 I believe God even set a standard as to what that price should be. I believe that value was based on the idea that the owner should be compensated for God's contribution in the yield of that land (the rain, the sunshine, the ground itself, or the natural resources of it) for all the years it was sold away for but did not include the labor that a man would have to put into it to realize the fruits of that land. So the owner was not to be charging the buyer for any man's labor the owner was not putting in. If he sold the land for more than God's contribution in the yield of that land then he would in effect be putting forth his land upon usury, which I believe God forbade by his laws on usury. No leasing for profit was intended.
     Today's leasing or renting of land, houses, or apartments has nothing to do with this line of reasoning or limiting of prices but rather makes a regular business out of putting forth goods for increase, which is usury.
     If I had two houses and I lent one to somebody I could charge that person for things like wear and tear and to cover for property taxes without being a usurer. I'm not making any profit on it and not trying to. But the moment I lend something to somebody to try and make a profit off of it that's usury.
     I believe that rent, like banking, constitutes a significant, a major cornerstone of the economy of this country and, I imagine, of virtually every country in the world today. It's sad that usury (here in the form of rent) which is abomination in the eyes of God (Ezekiel Ch. 18) is the motivation behind high density building. High density living makes people all the more dependent upon the system and less independent. It creates huge skyscrapers and high density populations with accompanying traffic congestions. But the world calls that kind of stuff progress.
     And every step along the line from the factory and the farm to the consumer the rent man is there adding his price into the cost of living while doing something which I believe in the eyes of God is illegal.
     I'm not saying this to encourage people to not pay rent or in renting to make trouble for the rent man trying to "get even". Neither am I saying this to encourage anyone to be nasty or rude to any rent man.
     I'm saying all this because I believe it is important to know what the right of things is in God's eyes. What I believe to be God's view. If I am right on this view of rent, and I believe I am, and I would walk upright before God, then it is important that I do not charge rent to anybody nor approve of any who do; that I do not thus throw in my mite to feed evil that oppresses and cheats man in his life and in his soul. The rent man is being covetous. Paul the apostle wrote in 1 Cor.5.11, "But now have I written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such a one no not to eat." Lest one should justify the wicked.
     Does this seem hard? And yet, every soul shall give account before God for their actions in their lifetime. When Christ came preaching the Gospel he first said repent. He was serious.
     I confess here, that I who think rent is abomination and do not charge anybody any rent do indeed pay rent. I don't fault myself for this. I can either pay rent or try to live on the street. So I pay rent.
     I believe that the root of Sodom and Gomorrah in any society is when, through conformity to dressed up evil, the supposedly good people in it sell away the truth and the right; in order to have their wife, and children, and life. It keys of that very thing. Though unrelenting oppression provoke it, it is this hypocrisy that gives it the green light. For many are content if they can believe that they are as good as a hypocrite, even though Christ said our righteousness must exceed this. Perhaps in judgment that very Sodom and Gomorrah will come knocking at the doors of the "good" people and how will such be able to stand except they repent and get things right?
     Obsessions with professions is adding sin to sin. The first sin is that it is not every man their vine and every man their fig as God would have it to be. (Micah 4.1-4) "But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.
     And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
     And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: and nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.
     But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the Lord of hosts hath spoken it."
     The second sin is that a man should go out of his way seeking a special skill, or trade, or profession to make up for this. Jesus said, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things (worldly needs) shall be added unto you. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof."
     At what point has a man gone out of his way to obtain a skill, or a trade, or profession? At the point where he conforms to evil in order to obtain it. It is that very conformity that will prove a man's undoing and his skill, trade, or profession wont avail him any in judgment before God. Though a skill, or trade, or a profession might be wonderful things if you can obtain them as you go, consider that Jesus has said that which is highly esteemed with men is abomination in the sight of God.
     To value yourself or somebody else for what you or they are this world wise is a mistake. To say, "This is what makes you a person, this is what makes you count and worthy of life." is exactly opposite to the teachings of scripture and it is sin. To value someone for what they know this world wise is not to value him for what he is before God and that is what counts or ought to count.
     To value a man for what he knows this world wise is to lift your heart up in pride and presumption. To go out of your way to seek a profession is filthy lucre. And that is what obsessions with professions is all about. Pride, presumption, and filthy lucre.
     I suppose most people would agree that every person is entitled to a certain degree of honor and in work in work even a certain minimum wage. But I think that what many might consider a fair minimum degree of honor and wage God would consider a sad, sad tragedy. After all, too fair a minimum degree of honor and too fair a minimum wage would not be good for some folks pride or pocketbooks.
     I also believe that it is any employer's duty to be willing to train anybody the employer might hire through the general public. Since in a just society the men of a nation would have their own land inheritance, and since this is not the law of any land today, the least a business can do is be willing dto train anybody he might hire. I see this as a duty; a moral, a social obligation. I believe this even to an extreme. For example; if an employer needed a nuclear physicist to work in his laboratory he should be willing to train someone  even if that someone didn't know how to read and write. Put applicants names in a hat and pull one out. If he can't afford to hire in this fashion then don't hire.
     One might say that's ridiculous. But really it only shows how businesses and the world have come to trust in science and technology as well as worldly skills, trades, or abilities. These are among their gods. As for God's justice you'd think they never had a clue, nor cared to. Justice goes begging. But the scripture says that as ye sow so shall ye reap. And I believe that when a man dies he goes to the gods he has served all his lifetime long. Even if they are found out to be devils. If one is born-again saved one will get to heaven. But, according to 1 Corinthians chapter 3, it may be as it were by fire.
     I wonder if any country today were to do with its people the way God did with his people when he brought them into Canaan land and divided the land according to their tribes by lot, to the greater number a greater portion, to the lesser number a lesser portion, that they all might have equally, what that would come out to per acre to each man and his family? And if he ever sold his land he could come back to it whenever he could redeem the price. Or, if not, then in the 50th year of jubilee it would go back to him regardless. I reckon there would be few, if any, big businesses based on relatively large land holdings such as large modern day farms, or large oil companies, or banks, or railroad companies, or even chain-stores.
     How, then, can big businesses that could hardly operate without relatively large land holdings not be a sign of an unjust society? God's economic law, his economic justice, starts with every man their vine and every man their fig (Micah 4.4). Any economic law that is not based on this first law of economic justice is a cut-throat law. Accordingly, the truth is that the bank-man's law and the rent-man's law is a law of cut-throat; not of God, but of the devil.
     True justice lies in one direction and one direction only. It lies in God's Old Testament law fulfilled in Christ. It was made to fit this world and everything in it for all time. True justice lies in establishing that Old Testament law, fulfilled in Christ, in your heart, in your life, and in your community as much as possible, as much as needful; even though the ceremonial portions of the law (circumcision, clean and unclean, animal sacrifices, and strict observance of holy days) have been set aside until Christ returns.
     In a just society the citizens of a country are supposed to be as brethren with just laws that reflect that unity. Unity based upon Christ, not upon idolatry. And again, on the economic level that justice starts with every man their vine and every man their fig. To see it any other way is to dress up evil and justify it. It is one thing to suffer or to try to suffer evil. It is another to do it, or embrace it, to try to justify it. Jesus said, "Repent! and believe the Gospel." Convenient or not, it is the only way to eternal life.
     Consider the chain stores; how they permeate today and how they put the little guy right out of business. I'm not saying the little guy has been so wonderful and virtuous or been much better in his ways than others. Yet, still, could the chain stores exist today if they could not multiply the advantage of low wages and exclusive prices from manufacturers for bulk purchases? And, of course, the usurer is right there to lend them any money they need to operate, the expense of which they pass on to the customer.
     A chain store corporation hires low wage employees in bulk to give them advantage over smaller businesses. One man hiring many employees at low wage compared to one man hiring one or two at low wage for an equal amount of work per employee gets to keep that much more profit for himself and to lower his prices with. So, an unfair wage becomes an even greater advantage to a chain store.
     Also, I believe that no matter how manufacturers justify doing it, when they give exclusive prices to bulk purchasers they are catering to the rich which is the equivalent of an unjust balance which thing the Lord God hates. If through an increase in sales volume a manufacturer can afford to lower his prices then those lower prices should be for all purchasers.
     If the only time an employer was allowed to pay an unfair low wage to employees was if the employer himself was only making that much, if manufacturers were not allowed to give special prices for bulk purchases, and if lending upon usury were not allowed chain stores would not have a leg left to stand on. How greatly these things allowed shape the world around us today and effect our daily lives. And being wrong, not for the better but for the worse. Justice, true justice, is better than all the good things the evil claims to bring.
     I shop at chain stores. For many things it seems that is about all there is left. Also, I have expenses to meet every month and my income has to cover them. I have to watch my spending and I usually or often times simply cannot afford to pay considerably more for some things that a non-chain store business might have to charge more for. In the long run it hurts me but for the sake of the immediate circumstance I may have to. But, I do not go rushing to manufacturers to get special prices for bulk purchasing so I can get an edge over the next guy. I do not go to the bank man to borrow money and thus justify the usurer. And I hope before God that if I ever did have a business of my own and had employees that I would pay them a truly fair wage, unlesss anything less than that was all that I was making myself, too. And if on that basis I could not stay in business then it were better to go out of business.
     I believe that the mighty evils that so beset and permeate human souls today are so strong, not just because of the evil of the leadership of this day, be it in government, or business, or church, but also because of every John and Jane Doe who have added their mites, their justification, through words or acts throughout their lifetimes. I believe that God is coming back soon and bringing his judgment with him, not to keep mankind from destroying itself, but rather to keep the evil from going on forever. I believe that the evil today has grown so strong that no human force or power can stop it. God has allowed this because he himself can and will stop it. But it is still an upright man's or person's duty to strive to see the evil for what it is and not be conformed to it. In any day or age you could call that repentance.
     Everybody wants to make a living and who should grudge that? Yet, how is so very important. Jesus said, "Seek ye first the the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you."
     For a long time now I have been persuaded that if corporate America couldn't lie they wouldn't have any moves left. And that for 10 cents they would sell their own mothers and have. I think that about says it all in a nutshell.

     I believe there are three basic kinds of evil: God-hate (that is, hating God), throat-cut, and the spirit of whoredoms. I believe that cut-throat is actually a religion; a dog-eat-dog, no holds-barred, no rules, or token rules only, survival-of-the-fittest religion. The ones who subscribe to it and justify it, no matter how much they might dress it up, are actually worshiping the Devil who is the father of it. I suspect that the beast of the book of Revelation is the devil that is behind pagan idol republic. I suspect that when the world worships the red dragon (Satan) who gives the beast his powers that he will be worshiped as the god of survival. Maybe not in actual spelled-out words but in the inner thoughts of the worshipers.
     A just government would stop, or attempt to stop, and never condone, cut-throat religion right at the lines where it walks. But this government is content to sanctify and justify the evil (i.e. banking, rent for profit, and wage oppression), to do the evil itself (i.e. property taxes which is the government playing pure rent for profit with people's "own" property), and then go around and play patch-up on all the victims of that evil. They run a sharp business. They even threaten much these days to fore go appearances and do away with their patch-up programs, too. And to some degree they have. Of course, devil worship is idolatry and God don't like it.

     God commanded all men everywhere to repent and believe the Gospel. And what Christ did he did not do in a corner. There are no cloaks and veils for unbelief: not age (within reason), not gender, not circumstance, not even government. Jesus Christ took them all away. Surely, then, unrepentance and unbelief are sin against God's commandment and therefore evil.
     I believe that a government that does not recognize Jesus Christ as the only Savior of man's soul and as the only way to come unto God, the Father, cannot be a just government. Lip service only don't count.
     Jesus Christ came into the world through the door of Old Testament scripture. He was the Son of God and he came to give eternal life to anyone who would receive it of him. On one level he came as a descendant of David and heir to the Jewish throne. But the Jewish leadership of that day feared Jesus and managed to get him crucified. Though many Jews received Christ as their Messiah, many of them rejected him. The scripture says that therefore the apostles turned also to the Gentiles and preached the Gospel to them as well. No man is right in turning away from God who made the world and everything in it and reject his commandment for all men to repent and believe his Gospel. One can do so but the consequences are judgment with God. Yet, every individual has the power to decide for his or her own self.
     If you have sincerely repented of any sin in your life and believed on the Lord Jesus Christ according to the scripture, then I have no doubt God has touched you with his salvation and sealed your soul with that promise of eternal life.
     If, however, you are not sure, ask him to save you now, just in case, and continue to do so until, sooner or later, you are sure about it.
     If you in your lifetime have not received that salvation you can and by it live with God forever. Though you one day die in the flesh, God will raise you up. Jesus said, "Ask and ye shall receive, knock and it shall be opened unto you, seek and ye shall find." Ask him with an open heart and he will give that gift to you. There is no greater gift.
     The solution I would offer I would offer is not so much for the world, nor so much for this country, but rather for God's people and those who would be God's people; for the born-again church of God that wants to walk in uprightness before him.
     The solution is that you trust not in this world's wisdom but in God, in his wisdom, and in his righteousness. The solution is to pray to God, for his wisdom, and for his virtue in your life. Trust not in idols or false props but trust in God and his righteousness. Lay everything before God in prayer. In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths (Proverbs 3.6) Say, "Here is my heart Lord. Here are my thoughts and desires. Tell me Lord what to do with them. Show me, teach me Lord what to think, to do, to feel, how I should be. Help me to rest in thee, to trust in thee. For my soul first I pray Lord, and then for thy wisdom, and then for my life. Make a way for me Lord. But whatever that way may be let my walk be acceptable before thee. Let me not have to be too greatly ashamed when I stand before thee in judgment. Let me have hope before thee. Whether the days before me bring blessing or affliction help me to live them or bear them acceptably before thee."
     If this prayer is with sincerity one can't help but to be on the way towards solution. For as Jesus said, "If we, being evil, know how to give good things unto our children, how much more so will the Heavenly Father give good things unto those who ask?" Pray and seek ye first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness.
     What is a work of grace? By mercy and truth iniquity is purged (Proverbs 16.6). Let God's grace work in you. Let God reign in your heart.
     I believe that Jesus is coming back soon. The whole tenor of scripture argues for six thousand years of history, then a thousand year reign of Christ, and then a new heaven and a new earth. It has been approximately six thousands years since Adam. Christ is due to come back soon. And he is coming for a church. He is not coming back for a church steeped in the dressed up evil of this day but for a church walking a whole lot more upright than that. The Bible says that judgment must begin at the house of God. He is coming back for a purged church and so a purged church there will be. For Christ said that he would build his church and the gates of hell would not prevail against it. I believe it will be a church of the ark of salvation and nonconformity.
     John the Baptist said that Jesus would thoroughly purge his floor. In one of his parables Jesus said he would let the tares and the wheat grow together until the time of the harvest. The harvest being the end of the world, the wheat being the children of God's kingdom, and the tares being the children of the wicked one. The tares will be gathered first into bundles to be burned but the wheat into his barn. The cords with which the wicked are bound is the dressed up evil of this day. The barn? Who knows?
     I only know that Jesus said he would build his church and the gates of hell won't prevail against it. A purge church walking in sincerity and truth, with an unfeigned humility, worth coming back for; whether it exists within the bounds of this system or perhaps comes to exist as separate entities with distinct geographic boundaries. I don't see any guarantees this world wise for myself or any individual believer (at least not until the angel puts the mark of God upon the foreheads of his purged church at the beginning of the sixth seal) but for his church, as a whole, I do. The Bible says to neglect not to gather together. It also implies that we should not come together for evil but rather depart from iniquity. It also says let every man work out his own salvation. Better not to gather than to come together for evil. Gather then in truth and righteousness founded upon Christ or don't gather at all.
     In this endeavor, this Christ's Church of the Ark, I am not saying I am perfect; It is a matter of degrees. But I truly believe that essentially I am correct. That not only am I right about salvation and nonconformity; the issues, ideas, and values mentioned in this literature; but that also they are important things, not small stuff.
     There should be a pulpit saying so. This is that pulpit. Because it is right and it is important. And God is not coming back for a church steeped in the dressed up evil of this day. The scripture says that yet once more God will shake the earth (Haggai 2.6,7). And he will shake up his people. He will not suffer them to go on worshiping and serving devils. I believe the only church that will survive God's purging will be a church of salvation and nonconformity.