Disclaimers and Letters

ROSWELL TRIP 2005

By Dave Ruffino

 

The following is an account of our attendance at the Ancient of Days Conference which was held in Roswell, New Mexico on the July 4th weekend of 2005. It is a diary, so to speak, of what happened to and through those who have formed the ministry Alien Abduction Crisis Centers of America. So, let us now begin.

Roswell is to UFO’s what Jerusalem is to Christians and Jews, and what Mecca is to Muslims. But the fascination that we have toward Roswell isn’t that we worship UFO phenomena or that we ever hope to see such a thing while we’re there. Our sense of wonder about the place is that so many others consider it to be almost holy ground for the UFO community. Around the Fourth of July the town explodes into a frenzy of everything extraterrestrial. On every street you can find something that relates to aliens or some sort of occult theme.

But amongst all of the satanic revelry there are a group of Bible believing Born Again Christians who hold on to what God has given them; a mission to preach to those who are UFO thrill seekers. This is the base of The Alien Resistance; founded by Guy Malone, who lives in Roswell and also founded by Pastor Chris Ward; and Joe Jordan of CE-4 Research Group which is based out of Cocoa, Florida.

I had never been to one of their conferences and seeing that this years’ was being billed as the last in a series I just had to go and check it out for myself. Through a series of God ordained meetings between a member of the Delusion Resistance whose name is Bladei, and Joe Jordan down in Florida, Joe got the idea of contacting me via e-mail. Joe found out through Bladei that I had booked my tickets and made arrangements to attend this year’s conference and he decided that we should pool both our financial and spiritual resources so that we could minister to the people of Roswell the weekend of the Fourth of July.

What you are about to read below is a journal about what happened for five days and nights in Roswell. You’ll read about how the we came against the enemy and how the enemy tried to come against us; but we prevailed through the blood of Yeshua, the Lamb of God.

 


 

Thursday, June 30, 2005:

Frankly, I sort of envied the fact that Jim Wilhelmsen, who lives in Roswell didn’t have to go through all of the prep work, the flight plans and the driving to get where Joe and I were going. From what I’ve ascertained by talking with Joe, we both left for our perspective airports around the same time. Joe was flying to Albuquerque from Orlando Florida and I was coming from the other direction, Sacramento, California. Joe had it a little easier though in that he somehow found a direct flight from Orlando to Roswell whereas I had to change planes in Phoenix. Joe got to Albuquerque three hours before I did and he waited for my flight to arrive. He wasn’t hard to spot, wearing a bright yellow polo shirt that had his website’s CE-IV research logo on it.

When I arrived at baggage claim Joe met me and we found my bags and headed for the front door. Joe informed me that we had a possible other rider who was flying in about an hour from then and asked if we could drive him down to Roswell too. We decided that he’d stay at the airport while I went to get the rental car. When I got to the car rental place the line moved pretty fast and when I got to the counter the girl that worked there said that with my discounted fare through Triple A I could get a SUV (Ford Explorer) for only three more dollars a day. I blessed the Lord and accepted the offer. You see, there was an extra reason to bless the Lord for the vehicle. Earlier in the week when Joe and I had talked on the phone he expressed doubt that I’d be able to make a trip that had been planned for a desert excursion to find the real crash site. He said that the pickup truck that had been arranged was already full and that I’d have to sit in back if I wanted to go bad enough. I had no problem with that, but now that I had an SUV to drive I could go to the site in comfort.

I returned to the airport with the SUV and Joe informed me that the extra person was getting in a bit later than expected and that we could just leave as arrangements had been made to get the other fellow to Roswell. We weren’t on the freeway for more than ten minutes when we hit a traffic jam. It took probably half an hour to get past what was causing the traffic troubles. We saw that a diesel truck had run into a recreation vehicle and it was quite a mess. The truck had caught fire and actually melted down to a molten mass in the center median of the freeway. We traveled probably another thirty minutes and ran into yet another traffic snarl. This time we had to stop because there was a fire alongside the road. After about an hour of just sitting in traffic we started to move again. It almost seemed like the powers of evil were doing everything they could to discourage us before we got to Roswell. If that was their program, it didn’t work because Joe and I took the idle time to get to know each other better. Before this time we’d never officially met except for some phone calls we made before the trip. And it was during this time that we first discussed putting together a website that would be dedicated to helping people who are victims of the alien abduction phenomena.

Now it’s usually a three hour trip from Albuquerque to Roswell, but with all of the accidents and such it took us over four hours. But at least during this trip it was daylight and we got to see all the scenery on the way there. It was a little after five o’clock in the evening when we arrived at the the Best Western Sally Port Inn.

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The temperature was in the low 100’s and the air was dry; not unlike a summer day in Sacramento. There was one big difference though. In Sacramento we get a nice delta breeze in the late afternoon which cools things down nicely; but they don’t get that in Roswell, so it rarely dipped below the mid seventies at night, at least while we were there. Who’s complaining though; we were in a nice cool motel room. We met Guy Malone, the webmaster of Alien Resistance and he directed us to a restaurant where he had arranged for many of us to eat that night.

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Left to Right: Leah Haley, Guy Malone, David Flynn and Philip Nelson; missing, Joe Jordan who was taking the pictures.

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Left to Right: Dave Ruffino, Mark Flynn, Fred Fredrickson, and Audio/Visual director.

We talked for quite a few hours that night. In the first picture is Leah Haley, author of several books related to the UFO field. She’s a researcher that studies Military Abductions among other things. Next to her is Guy Malone, cofounder of Alien Resistance and the guy who administered the whole conference. The third person in the first picture is David Flynn who runs the “Watcher Website,” which I’ve followed for years. David is the one who figured out the sacred geometry that got us out to the real crash site the following day. The fourth person in the first picture is Philip Nelson. Philip is Guy Malone’s right hand man and is in charge of making the DVD’s that Alien Resistance sends out. Philip has an uncanny sense of things and his prowess at getting things done way before schedule is highly recognized by the me and all he serves.

The first person in the second picture is me; Dave Ruffino, president and author of The Delusion Resistance. The person next to me is David Flynn’s twin brother Mark Flynn. Mark was in charge of operating the GPS equipment the next day and got us right on top of the crash site. Next to Mark is Fred Fredrickson who is with David Flynn’s “Watcher Website Team.” Fred hiked in with us to the crash site and used his metal detector to look for artifacts. The man at the end of the table I will ask forgiveness for right now because I really don’t remember his name. He was in integral part of Guy’s team. He was the audio/visual person and shot all the video of the conference. If anyone reading this can give me his name I’ll amend this document to give him person credit for all his hard work.

We ended the night by returning to the room. I shared a room with Joe Jordan, the president of CE-4 Research Group. Joe and I discussed the trip to the crash site that we would be making the next day. Joe realized that he was real tired and decided to go to sleep. I stayed up because I felt the need to write a prayer that we could say the next day out at the crash site. I didn’t think it proper that we go all the way out there and not dedicate the land to the Lord Yeshua and pray for Roswell too. The Lord had other things to add too. He gave me a poem for Roswell and it goes as follows:

 

COME BACK ROSWELL

There lives a story from back in 47

That alien beings fell to us from heaven.

And whether it happened, as many did say,

Gives Satan the glory, and from God strips away.

So many unwilling to service our Lord,

Conspiracy notions they’d rather afford.

It’s so much more fun to believe in a fable,

Then to trust in the Lord, lay your cards on the table.

This alien craze brings the tourists around,

And brought again life to this sleepy old town.

It now is a Mecca for those so bizarre,

We draw them from near and we draw them from far.

But what have we done, have we sold our own souls,

For purse strings of silver and wallets of gold?

Corrupted our daughters, perverted our sons,

All in the name of some good harmless fun?

Now hear me O’ Roswell, for God sees your plan,

And you surely know where the troubles began.

It started back yonder in old “47”,

When you embraced evil and forfeited heaven.

But there’s a solution, turn back to the Lord,

In blessed repentance, all in one accord.

And you will feel joy as you walk in His light,

The joy that one feels when one does what is right.

Copyright Holy Spirit via Dave Ruffino 6/30/05


 

FRIDAY, JULY 01, 2005

We woke on Friday in great expectation that we would be heading out to the crash site at an early cool hour so that we could beat the heat. I take after my dad who was always up before the crack of dawn and got an early start at things and there was every indication that Joe is the same way. So, I had to cool my jets and ask the Lord to give me patience while I waited for everyone to get ready for the drive out in the desert. Everyone seemed to wake sort of late, trying to eek as much sleep as they could, trying to recover from the flights and driving to Roswell.

As I sat in the restaurant eating my free breakfast I wondered what the trip would show us. I wondered if we would pick up any artifacts that the military might have missed back in 1947 when they supposedly recovered wreckage from the site we would soon tread upon. I also thought about the possibility of running across rattlesnakes or maybe scorpions during our trek. Joe echoed this concern several times, warning us to be very careful about rattlers.

Breakfast ended and I wandered the hallways of the motel giving thought to banging on some doors, but my calmer side won out. It was after ten o’clock when any signs of our going finally came into fruition. I hooked up with Joe Jordan who told me that David Flynn and his team were preparing to go and I got real excited. Joe told me that the site we were going to visit was not the site that most people visit when they come to Roswell. He told me that there are actually four sites but I can’t recount whether the one we would soon visit was included in that number or not. So, Joe and I hopped in the Explorer and started to follow Dave and his crew. We took 2nd Street which later becomes Routes 70/380 heading toward Ruidoso.

We drove for a few miles until we found a dirt road to turn onto, following Dave and his GPS crew. The road was quite dusty and I’m sure that the air filter of the rented SUV was getting pretty dirty.

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Following the Flynn Mobile down the dusty dirt road

 

We drove for quite a distance in the desert. Man, it was so beautiful out there. To quote Buzz Aldren from Apollo 11 when he described the moonscape, “magnificent desolation.” We came to a fork in the road and Dave thought that we should stop and get our bearings. The picture below is of Dave checking the GPS unit along with Joe Jordan from CE-4 Research Group.

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Joe Jordan and Dave Flynn check
our directions using GPS

We started to notice that the roads were getting worse and worse. As we followed behind Dave’s car we noticed that some of the rocks that he was running over were getting pretty close to the undercarriage of the car. I wondered when Dave would realize this and no sooner did the thought enter my mind that Dave decided to pull over. He suggested that we transfer all of his stuff to my vehicle.

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Preparing to load all the equipment into my SUV

After a lot of driving on a lot of bumpy and rocky roads we finally got as close to the crash site as we could get by driving. We would have to hike in the rest of the way. The first major obstacle was getting over a barb wire fence. Even in New Mexico all the land is spoken for, so there is no free range. I tried to think of ways to get over the fence; even thought about driving through it but that wouldn’t have been right. So we went the old fashioned way and very carefully climbed over the fence, taking care not to injure any vital organs.

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Dave Ruffino being helped over barbed wire fence by
Gino Michaletti (left) and Mark Flynn (right)

When you look at the picture above you can know that we were all comrades in arms. One deliberate slip of the wire and I would have had to join the boy’s choir at church. Actually, it was just a couple of younger guys doing the Biblical thing by honoring their elder in a kind deed. We had a nice time walking to the crash site. We had to lug a lot of stuff in there; both technical stuff and stuff that we were going to use for the ceremonial acts. We all took turns carrying all of the items and that really impressed me. We were all Christians in every sense of the word.

I have to say that our hike was a rigorous one. It probably would have been easier had we done it in early spring or late fall when temperatures are much lower, but we were there in July and nothing was going to stop us from finding our goal. We walked on flat land for quite a while and then came to a small hill. We got to the crest of that hill and we noticed that Mark Flynn had stopped. He had a perplexed look on his face, like something was seriously wrong. I approached him and asked him what the problem was and he replied that all of the satellites had just disappeared. It was as if someone had shut off the signal. Mark rebooted the GPS navigator and after a minute or two some of the satellites reappeared on the LCD screen of the finder. We walked probably another five minutes and the satellites blinked out on us again. Mark had a bearing on general direction we needed to go and we continued. After a couple of minutes the satellites were all back on the GPS contraption and we saw that we were on the right track. I was really starting to get concerned that we might have to walk a lot farther and I didn’t know how long I could last. When I was about to ask yet again how far it was Mark motioned to me that we only had about five hundred feet to walk.

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Mark Getting our bearing after the satellites came on the second time.

That five hundred feet brought us down into a area that I can’t really find the words to describe. The only way I can think of describe it is like a three quarter bowl. There was a ridgeline three quarters around and the fourth quarter was a gradual slope into a flat land far below. The area really didn’t show any anomalies. I did notice something that looked like a deer trail; a sort of groove in the earth that extended from near the top of the ridge line and led toward the bottom of the sloping area. It looked (aside from the deer trail theory) that it could have been a long scrape, who knows?

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GPS Readout of actual crash site
Latitude =  33° 28.195 North
Longitude =  104° 55.999 West
Altitude = 4,497 Feet

We looked around for any identifying landmarks. Believe me, there were very few. In the desert we were in everything looked the same and it would have been easy for someone to get lost if they weren’t adept at directions. There was one identifying mark though; a place called Lewis Well which can be seen in the background of the following picture.

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Lewis Well can be seen as a dark area in the center of this picture. It was the only landmark. 

After a cursory sweep of the area we decided to get to the Spiritual matters that we came to perform. We took very few pictures of this event because we all participated in the matter at hand. It is however on DVD and can be obtained by writing to either Joe Jordan or Dave Ruffino. After Joe set up the video camera we all stood side by side, all in one accord. I started with a prayer that the Lord had given me the night before. We thought it very important that we claim the land for Yeshua and His Kingdom. Here is a text copy of the prayer:

Bless this land Lord. Turn it again unto thyself. Turn around all evil perpetuated by this place and events that happened here, and bring about good. Sanctify this land so that only Your Name will be magnified by its remembrance.

For many years this place has been associated as 1947. We proclaim it to be a symbol of 1948, which is when your prophetic time clock started again ticking. We proclaim it as a sign of the coming of the Son of Man.

We pray for a renewal for Roswell and all the surrounding area. We pray for changed hearts and renewed minds. In the Name of Yeshua we claim Roswell for you. We place your banner over her residents. We claim her elected officials for you. We claim that her attraction toward Babylon will become an abhorrence of evil. We claim her occult businesses for you, that they may turn and become outlets of Holiness.

We stand here on this land in recognition that when two or more are gathered in your name, you are with us. We also recall your promise, that whenever we ask our Father anything in Your Name, we can rest assured that that purpose will become a reality…AMEN

After the prayer Joe Jordan read from the book of Psalms; the twenty third psalm to be exact. We thought that this psalm would be a fitting one to read over a place who’s legacy has brought about so much spiritual strife. Joe then read the communion account in the Gospel of Luke and we shared communion; citing the blessings in both Hebrew and English. After that, Joe recited a benediction in Hebrew and he blew the Shofar to seal what we had done. Before he blew the Shofar though I felt that I should recount for those watching the video, the story of Joshua and the Israelites marching around the city of Jericho. It was a powerful time. After Joe finished blowing the Shofar, David Flynn came over to me and showed me that the sound of the horn caused the hairs on his arms to stand on end. We had definitely made an impact in the Spiritual realm. Joe even sprinkled anointing oil on the ground to consecrate it for Yeshua.

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The Warriors who reclaimed the real crash site for Yeshua: left to right; Joe Jordan, David Flynn, Fred Fredrickson, Dave Ruffino, Gino Michaletti and Mark Flynn

After the ceremonies everyone walked around and looked for artifacts of a crash and for any geologic anomalies that might have been made from a crash. Aside from what looked like a long scrape in the ground we came to the conclusion that after the crash the Army probably did a thorough check for materials. We also surmised that more than fifty years of wind and water erosion had probably removed any other evidence that might have occurred on the earth.

After being there for around an hour or so we realized that it was only getting hotter and that we should leave pretty soon. We packed up everything and started out. We were all thirsty, hot and hungry. It was encouraging when we got over a rise and saw the truck far out in the distance. So far in the distance that one had to really strain the eyes to see it. We were almost there and David Flynn and I were tuckered out. David’s knees were bothering him and my back started to hurt really bad. My back cramped up so bad that I could hardly breath and the condition would bother me well after I got home. After returning home and having several lab tests it was ascertained that I had suffered from kidney stones. When we were driving back from the crash site it finally hit me that the pain was a result of the enemy of God lashing back at me for what we had done. The pain came out of nowhere, as if someone had stuck a knife in my back. But I really didn’t care and I even laughed because I know that we did some serious damage to the enemy kingdom and we set some very important gears into motion in the spiritual realm; and if all I get out of it is a bad backache, then that’s great. Funny thing too is that I had never had stones before and further tests show me clear of any such things. It was a definite attack.

We rested when we got back to the SUV and drank some cold water we had waiting for us. We talked about the satellite affair and one other thing that I pointed out to my fellow researchers. I noted that when we walked in we had a cloud over us. It had gone away when we were at the site, but when we walked back to the truck we had the clouds over us again. It was reminiscent of the cloud that went before the Israelites as they walked away from Egypt during the daytime. That was just another proof to me that the Lord Yeshua was with us and that our purpose was true.

 


 

When we got back to the highway Joe and I thought it would be a good thing to visit Jim Wilhelmsen at his store. Jim is a neat brother who runs a store called “The Museum of Alternate Realities.” Now, in any other setting that would be the name of a place to avoid, but in Roswell, alternate realities are what is normal to the rest of the world. We got to the store and it was decorated quite interesting. The doorposts have tablets on them, one in Greek and the other in Hebrew. Above the store is a UFO and the windows are decorated with all sorts of interesting things to draw one’s attention and whet one’s appetite so that one will want to enter and check the place out. Here is a picture of his place:

 

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Joe Jordan standing in front of Jim Wilhelmsen’s
“Museum of Alternate Realities”
 

I have to say that if you get down to Roswell, you have to check out Jim’s store. He makes a fantastic Italian Ice. He also has books that you can either read there or buy. Of all the places I’ve seen in Roswell, or anywhere else for that matter; Jim’s store has the best collection of Christian UFO books I’ve ever seen. I highly recommend visiting Jim because aside from his store, he’s a fantastic Bible believing brother and a great collaborator on this website. The real kicker is that his store is right around the corner from Roswell’s UFO Museum, which I’m sure just titillated the owner of that place.

After our visit to Jim’s place we realized that we hadn’t eaten any real food since breakfast. We were famished after all the hiking and the probability of heat exhaustion. We drove past a Sonic eatery and pulled right in. Now, I had been on the Atkins diet for the month prior to this event but I felt so drained that I decided to throw all caution to the wind and eat a bunch of carbohydrates. I also figured that my back might heal faster if I were to eat normal for a change.

I have to mention that the Ancient of Days conference wasn’t the only thing going on in Roswell. There was a competing conference going on in the Roswell Civic Center. It was a secular and New Age presentation on UFO’s, aliens and just about any other strange thing that attract bizarre people. Joe and I decided to go there to check it out. Also, Leah Haley had a table set up there and we wanted to see her. Walking into that place sort of felt to me like what the angels felt when they walked into Sodom and Gomorrah. There was a demonic oppression in that place that was as thick as pea soup. While walking around the place I got the impression that we really weren’t welcomed there. There were stares and looks and more stares. We talked with Leah for a while and checked out some of the other tables. One woman swore that she recognized me. I told her that we had never met and she came back with “it was probably in another life.” Now, I’ve heard people say that many times in jest or just to make conversation; but this woman meant it. I got out of there before I went into my long diatribe about the Bible saying we only live once. Joe was happy that I didn’t do that too.

Joe and I got back to the motel room and we each got cleaned up. We had to get all of that desert dust off of us. The cold water hitting my overheated skin felt so very wonderful. I could have stayed in that shower for several hours and it wouldn’t have bothered me. But time was of the essence and we had to get to Walgreens to get some supplies. Before that though, we got out Joe’s video camera and checked out the video he shot out at the crash site. It came out pretty well and we were very happy about that.

When we got back from shopping we headed over to the conference room. They played the video of Joe’s contribution to the conference the year before; the one about his testimony and how to terminate alien abduction as a life’s pattern. Jim Wilhelmsen had showed up too and it was decided that perhaps we would do a question and answer period for the attendees right after the viewing. This sort of caught me off guard because I had not studied well because I thought we were going to do that on Monday in a small and informal round table discussion. But I just prayed that the Lord would take things over and give all of us the right words to say.

The Q&A session started right after the video and we were happy to see that all of those who had questions were friendly in nature. These were people who were genuinely hungry for answers. One gentleman brought up a concern. He stated that he was convinced that we were on the right track, but he stated his anger that churches and pastors won’t address this issue. Joe talked to him about that and after a while I felt impressed to explain something too. I told him that the reasons why many pastors haven’t addressed the issue of alien abduction being demonic is that they simply haven’t heard it. I told him that it was not really fair to lump all pastors in with a group of people who have heard the message and for whatever reason have dismissed it. This calmed the man down. I did however admire his righteous anger in the matter; we just can’t condone anger.

The time went so fast and the session was over before we knew it. The people left satisfied that their questions were answered. The neat thing was how the Holy Spirit really made us into a team during this period. No question went unanswered and all of the answers were in focus and on the mark. Only God can orchestrate things in such a manner.

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Dave Ruffino, Joe Jordan and Jim Wilhelmsen at Friday Night Q&A Session

After the Q&A discussion we all went out to eat at “Whataburger” next door for a little more discussion. Then we left there and got a well deserved sleep.

 


 

SATURDAY, JULY 02, 2005

I was really excited about Saturday for several reasons. First, I was really tired and sore from the day before. The back pains that I was feeling were incredibly severe and almost to the point of debilitating. So, sitting in a room all day listening to speakers really appealed to me. Besides, these were among some of the best minds in the Christian UFO community and I needed to hear what they had to say.

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Pictured Left to Right: Bill Schnoebelen; Guy Malone; Patrick Heron; Michael S. Heiser; Stan Deyo and Norm Franz. Missing: David Flynn

The first person to speak was Guy Malone. Guy is the person who put this whole conference together. He started the conference with opening words. He talked about the prior year’s conference; both 2003 and 2004 and tied them in with this year’s theme, which was UFO’s in a prophetic setting. Guy also went into, what he titled, “Flexibility in your Eschatology.” He reiterated on the validity of some of the extra-biblical books as use for study in a historical sense and also in the use of filling in gaps that the Bible doesn’t make very clear. By the way, Guy is a really nice and mature single Christian man. If there are any nice single and mature Christian ladies reading this; he’s available! I’d like to take a little time to give recognition to Guy Malone. What a lot of people don’t know is that Guy really stepped out in faith by putting together this conference. He put it all together (with God’s help of course) and said in effect, “okay Lord, it’s all set up, not you attend to the costs.” Anyone who does something like that holds a great deal of respect in my book! Guy’s main website is Alien Resistance which can be found at www.alienresistance.org


The second speaker was David Flynn. David is the guy who, with his brother Mark, got us out to the crash site that I mentioned in detail earlier in this document. David’s talk was about the “Doomsday Clock,” “Astronomical Precession and 2012.” He talked about using mathematical constants as they relate to the Bible and how they relate to the future here on Earth. Basically, when it comes to David’s talks, it’s best to get the DVD’s and watch them several times so that you can grasp his message. David’s website can be found at www.watcherwebsite.com . The DVD’s can be obtained by going to www.ancientofdays.net .

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David Flynn – Picture from Ancient Of Days 2004

 


The third person to speak was Michael S. Heiser. Michael is an expert in ancient languages, especially Middle Eastern languages. His talk concerned, “The Sons of God and Biblical Prophecy.” This year Michael expanded what he talked about last year. The difference was that last year he talked about the fallen angels who had sons via earth women before the flood. This year he talked about implications of these things happening again in the last days. Quite an interesting talk.


After Michael spoke we took a lunch break. When we returned we were treated to a talk and slide show by a man named Stan Deyo. Stan is probably one of the smartest people I’ve ever met. He worked on some black projects in earlier days and on programs that tried to find what is called “Free Energy.” Stan’s claims that our science has found the secrets of free energy and has even made flying saucers using special energy production. He also went on to explain that our science has even discovered how to make vehicles that can travel at thousands of miles per hour while making right hand turns without the occupants feeling the stresses of the immense G forces. He’s another person that you have to get the DVD’s to understand. You can check out Stan’s site at: www.standeyo.com .


After a dinner break we got to listen to Bill Schnoebelen. By far, he was the most intriguing speaker. In his younger day Bill was into just about every occult religion that one can think of. His talk was titled; “UFO’s, Masonry and Satanism in the Occult Social Order.” I learned more about Satanism and Witchcraft in his hour and a half talk than I ever learned in my many years of reading and study. Bill has two books that I purchased; one titled, “Lucifer Dethroned,” and the other called, “Blood on The Doorposts,” which is a book on spiritual warfare. He’s written other books too, one of them being a fantastic expose’ on Masonry, titled, “Masonry – Beyond the Light.” I’m deeply indebted to Bill Schnoebelen because my father read this book a while back and the information in that book kept my dad from joining the Masonic Rites. Bill’s website can be found by going to www.withoneaccord.org .


The last speaker for the evening was Patrick Heron. Patrick flew in all the way from Ireland. After Bill Schnoebelen spoke I stepped out for a little while to make a phone call and do other things. When I returned to the conference room, I found Patrick Heron teaching the crowd the song “Molly Malone.” I was really jazzed about this and knew that I had to sit and listen to this fellow speak. Patrick spoke concerning “The Great Pyramid and the Apocalypse.


I know that I’ve given you, the reader of this page, sort of a cursory story about the speakers and what they talked about. I did this partially because of time restraints, but the biggest reason I wrote so little is that you should go to www.ancientofdays.net and buy the DVD’s of the talks. I really can’t do justice to the speakers that I heard by telling you a little here and there. It would be much better for you to get the DVD’s. That way you can be at the conference (in a sense) and get the real flavor of all that was presented.

 


 

SUNDAY, JULY 03, 2005

We awoke early again on Sunday. Since we were pre-registrants and helped out with the conference, we were given tickets for free breakfasts each morning. The restaurant at the Hotel was great and served lots of favorites. So, I ate real fast and noticed that it was close to eight o’clock; it was time for the question and answer period to start.

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The speakers for the panel discussion, left to right: Stan Deyo, Bill Schnoebelen, Michael Heiser, Patrick Heron, Jim Wilhemlsen, Joe Jordan, Norm Franz and Guy Malone. Joe Jordan was speaking about deliverance from alien abduction. 

For those who are wondering, Guy wasn’t napping on his feet, I just caught him in a blink. Sorry Guy. The panel discussion was wonderful. Questions were handed to Guy on paper and he moderated the forum. I was amazed at how these fellows all spoke in one accord. An interesting aspect about this talk was that the majority of questions that were asked of the panel concerned themselves with either the Nephilim of Genesis chapter six or how to get free from the abduction experience.

After the panel discussion was over the speakers, myself and a couple others went out to lunch. We had a wonderful time of discussion. I got to talk to Stan Deyo, which is something that I really wanted to do. I told him that I liked his talk and was aware of the importance of his subject matter. He was interested to know if I was able to understand it. I assured him that he spelled thing out so that anyone could understand it. I can understand his concern, because he’s an extremely intelligent individual. Sometimes when I’m trying to explain Biblical things to people I have to do what he did, and make sure that I’m not rambling on about things that people cannot understand. I got to meet Stan’s wife and she is a lady in every sense of the word. She was very charming and she explained their mission to me. I pray for them and wish them the very best.

Another person that I got to know better during this lunch was Jim Wilhelmsen. This was good because since we were going to be working together, and have been ever since, it’s nice to know the person you’re working with. Jim has been a believer in Messiah for a long time. He formed one of the first Christian Bikers ministries in Michigan and has seen his share of persecutions. He has something that many of the speakers didn’t have; that being street smarts. When you have street smarts and the Holy Spirit you are one valuable tool for the Lord.

After the lunch, Joe and I went to some stores and got some supplies that we needed. We just rested around the rest of the day. Toward the evening, when the 2004 videos had finished their airing, it was David Flynn’s time to have a question and answer session. I felt that I should sit in on this, basically for two reasons. The first reason is that David’s work intrigues me. The second reason is that I noticed that there were a couple of, shall we say, people with rough edges sitting in on the session. For some reason I felt that these people might be a challenge to David. Sure enough, the rough looking man started to ask questions of David, but he was also setting up a forum for himself. So, while this man talked I prayed that the Holy Spirit would give David the things to say and that the man would remain calm and not escalate. The Lord heard me and all went well. I think that the things that the Lord had David tell this man really got through to him. David didn’t treat this man like some sort of ignorant street person, but treated him like the lost sheep that he was. One of the attributes I like about Dave Flynn is that he’s humble and contrite. Those are two things that God looks for in His servants. David Flynn will go far in the Kingdom because of that.

At the end of David’s talk I got sort of a surprise. I was aware that Philip had turned the video tape of our desert trek into DVD, and had even watched it, but I never thought they would play it on the large screen television in front of the people that remained in the room. To my surprise, almost everyone in the room at the start of this stayed in the room. There was a couple sitting in front of me who got a bit disturbed when it started and I thought to myself, the woman will walk out first and the guy will follow soon afterward. No sooner did that thought enter my mind then the process started. Those who stayed actually clapped after the video ended. Praise God!!

 


 

Monday, July 04, 2005

On Sunday night Joe and I decided to take a ride to Carlsbad Caverns the next morning. Monday morning started out pretty warm, just like every other day we were there. We got the Explorer gassed up and started out for Carlsbad, which is about an hour and a half south of Roswell. On the way there Joe and I talked about our plans for websites and such. We decided that the three of us, Joe, Jim and I should combine our information, and pending Jim’s approval I’d start to work on that when I got back to Sacramento. But of course you know the result of that because you’re visiting the site now.

We arrived at the caverns just before noon and it seemed like everyone else on earth did too. It was pretty deserted the last time I was there, but then it dawned on me that the last time I was there was at the beginning of October 2001, which was just after the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. I told Joe all along that when we got to the caverns, I was going to take the elevator to the bottom. One can walk to the bottom, but it is pretty steep and long; and the last time I did it, it took my knees three months to recover.

The caverns greeted us with their wonderful coolness. We took the self-tour and walked around the whole “Big Room.” We took a lot of digital pictures inside the cavern. The whole time I wished I had taken my SLR camera which has a much brighter flash. Thank God for Adobe Photoshop which allows one to lighten pictures up and bring out the darker shades. By the time we reached the end of the tour my back started to bother me again. I was glad that Joe is sort of like me. He saw what he needed to see and didn’t want to hang around, like others I’ve taken tours with. On the way back down the road we stopped several times to take pictures of rock formations. I took some pictures of plants too. Plants tend to have a stark beauty all their own; even cactus and other desert flora that lives around the caverns.

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One of the many shots I snapped at Carlsbad Caverns

We got down to the bottom of the hill and we decided to check out some souvenir shops. I could have swore that the shops down at the bottom were cheaper than the big shop up by the caverns, but I was wrong, My bad. At the bottom, and near the highway, there is what I would call a strip mall, and in that mall there’s a motel, a convenience mart, an arcade and a museum. The museum had many things, or should I say something for everyone. I stayed away from the girlie stuff and concentrated on the gun exhibit and the fossil exhibit. Afterward, we checked out an Indian (excuse me, Native American) jewelry shop across the street. I didn’t take a shine to anything there. They always have a lot of turquoise jewelry and I really don’t like that stone. We found one other shop on the highway on the way back. This store had a lot of rocks and gemstones that I found interesting; and also a lot of fossils. I just can’t get myself to pay for rocks though, so I passed them up. I wanted to save money anyway because we were going to have to pay the hotel bill and the car rental bill the next day, so I didn’t want to spend myself into oblivion.


On the way back we decided to stop at the old Roswell Army Air Field. Guy Malone somehow made connections with someone and because of that he was able to get Hanger 84 opened up to the public for one day. Guy had set up a small room at the hanger and was showing more of the DVD’s there. Those of us who prepaid didn’t have to pay to get into the hanger, but many who didn’t prepay did pay to get in. Guy was really surprised at the turnout. As a matter of fact, people were lined up to get in even before the hanger opened up. The hanger is important in UFOlore in that it is where the crashed saucer(s) were taken after they were recovered from the desert.

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Hanger 84 at Roswell Army Airfield – view from south.

 

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Looking north, inside Hanger 84. The photo is deceptive as hanger is a lot larger.

There were a lot of staff people at the hanger that afternoon. I feel that I should take some time to introduce the reader to a special couple. Their names are Free and Amy Ward. Without them I don’t think that Guy Malone would have been able to put Ancient of Days 2005 together. They are an amazing couple. They were constantly working behind the scenes of the conference. When chairs needed to be moved and rooms rearranged, Free and Amy were there. They ran the audio and video for several of the events. They took care of registration at the conference and took care of selling items. I know that there were many other things that this brother and sister did before, during and after the conference. My hat’s off to them, my prayers are for them and they have my utmost respect and admiration.

 

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Joe standing with Free and Amy Ward at Hanger 84

 

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Joe Jordan – my brother in Messiah Yeshua and in civil disobedience

 


 

The hanger was a cool place to hang out, but we had other things to accomplish before we could feel satisfied that we finished what we set out to do. Joe thought it to be a good idea to add a lead-in and a couple of other things to the question and answer period that he, Jim and myself had done on Friday night. We left the hanger and went to Jim’s store to make arrangements. So, at half past five that afternoon we met back at Jim’s store to finish the video. Again we sat at a table and Joe started the introduction, telling the viewers what we were about to do.

We started out with Jim talking about the spiritual authority that the believer in Messiah has through a relationship with Yeshua. He talked about how God had given Yeshua all authority and how we now have that same authority when we are Born Again in Him. After that, Joe introduced me and explained how I was going to expound on the 8 “R’s” to Freedom. Joe had briefly talked about it during our discussion with the audience, but we felt that we needed to delve deeper in explanation about this. I have to admit that I was really nervous. I’d studied what I wanted to say, but for some reason I felt like it didn’t come out like I had rehearsed it in my mind all that day. Joe and Jim told me that I did fine, so I rest on their critique. We went and had some dinner after that and then just hung around the hotel after that.

Toward the end of the evening Joe came back to the room and said that Guy wanted to have a drink with us at the lounge. Not being one for liquor, and since I took a strong pain pill for my back pains, I just settled on a tomato juice. I got to see a Guy Malone that I had not seen before. I saw a more relaxed Guy, one who looked confident that he had accomplished the course that the Lord had set him upon. We all had a nice talk for about an hour and then went back to our room, Guy came along to check out some website stuff and then left. We then retired because we had to get a fairly early start the next morning.

 


 

TUESDAY, JULY 05, 2005

I awoke very early on Tuesday. I tend to get wired when I know I’m going to be traveling, so it took nothing for me to be up at the crack of dawn. I was showered, shaved and dressed by the time that Joe awoke. We went to breakfast and Joe informed me that we would have another passenger. Bill Schnoebelen was heading out of Albuquerque early that afternoon and needed a ride. This was great because I felt like I never got enough time to talk to Bill; and he really interests me.

So, we finished eating and got everything loaded into the truck. Before we left the restaurant, Guy prayed for us, for a safe journey and we all agreed in thanksgiving to the Lord for all He had done. We pulled away from the motel a little after nine o’clock that morning, driving north toward Interstate 40. About an hour out of Roswell we came upon an accident that looked pretty bad. It looked like one of the exhibitors from the secular UFO conference that they had in the Civic Center at Roswell. We were cleared to go around by a New Mexico Department of Transportation Worker and I think (from the silence) that we each said a silent prayer for the people involved in that wreck.

We had wonderful conversation on the road. We found out that Bill was quite informative about herbs and natural medicines. He told us about things that might help medical conditions, but the information was only informational and he told us that we should study these things on our own and check with our physicians before taking any action. Bill is like a walking Bible, Bible dictionary and information outlet. It was because of him that the long ride from Roswell to Interstate 40 seemed to take only a few minutes. We stopped at Clines Corners; a popular souvenir shop and tourist trap just to look around for last minute gifts for the folks back home. All I found, that was reasonable, was a postcard book of New Mexico.

We arrived at Albuquerque’s airport just in time to get Bill’s stuff off the truck and get him in line to check in his baggage. We cut it close in time, but we got him there; whew! Joe and I proceeded down to the Southwest Airlines check-in and that went pretty smoothly. My baggage was twice as heavy as it was when I got there, due mostly to all the books and DVD’s I bought when I was there. They even had to put a “heavy” sticker on my big piece of luggage.

Before we even got to the airport, Joe had warned me that I might have trouble getting through the TSA check point. He said that they would probably give me a hassle about the three rocks that I was bringing from Roswell. I had them in my laptop computer case. Joe bought a couple of things down in Roswell that were delicate, made of glass and such and there was question if the box he had it packed in would fit in the carryon bin on the plane. So, we got to the TSA check point and I just put my stuff on the x-ray belt and walked through. No problems and the rocks passed with flying colors and no question about them at all. Joe on the other hand, was treated like some sort of suspicious person. Rings, watches and other things had to come off of him. Then they had to wand him. He kept telling them about the plate in his wrist but they didn’t seem to listen. Finally, they ran the wand over his wrist and bingo, they found what was making all the noise. It frustrates Joe because he tells them about the wrist every time and it’s always the last thing they check. I can understand fully his frustration.

We sat around the airport together for a while. Joe’s plane left I think around 4:30 and my wasn’t scheduled to leave till 6:10. So, when it got close for his plane to leave we both split up and went to our gates. I made sure that I sat at the front of the “A” section so that I could get a choice of seats. I like to sit near the emergency door because there are only two seats there and I can stretch out a bit. We let Albuquerque right on time and before the hour was over we were landing in Phoenix. I walked briskly to the next terminal where I found my gate and got right in line. I only had to wait for ten minutes or so and we got boarded onto the flight from Phoenix to Sacramento. The flights went pretty fast because I got a short book, written by Bill and it kept my attention through both flights.

The plane got into Sacramento about fifteen minutes early; that’s right, I said early. The baggage handlers at Sacramento are sort of slow. After waiting about twenty minutes they finally decided which of the 4 baggage belts they were going to use for our flight. Then, I realized I was missing a small bag that I checked in. What I didn’t realize is that someone had taken my bag off of the belt and just let it sit there. I had the baggage lady looking all over for it, but I found it and apologized for wasting her time. I finally made it to the Blue Van taxi service and they shoved me and my stuff onto a van heading for the north area of Sacramento. Of course, I was next to the last one that they dropped off. I lugged my heavy bags up the stairs to my apartment, sat in the easy chair and rested, while reflecting on all that had gone on. If felt good to sleep in a real bed; the first time in nearly six days.

 


 

REFLECTIONS:

I cannot think of anything bad that happened on this trip. It was a true blessing from God Almighty. I got to meet people that I’ve wanted to meet for many years. I was blessed to hear some very fine lecturers and I learned a lot. I got to make some great friends, like Philip Nelson, Damon the news guy, David and Mark Flynn, Nikko Michiletti, Fred Fredrickson and many others.

There’s some talk about doing another conference in 2006 and I don’t care what I have to do to get there. I like Roswell and feel called to Roswell. Whether the Lord will ever see fit to send me there remains to be seen. Joe echoes that sentiment, but we both agreed that there would have to be so many miracles that would have to happen to make that a reality; but who knows. I praise God for Guy Malone; that he obeyed the Lord and stepped out in faith to put it all together. I’m thankful for the trip to the desert and finding the real crash site. I also consider myself blessed to have finally met Jim Wilhelmsen. Funny thing is that at the first dinner where I met Jim the Lord impressed on me that he was a brother that I had a lot in common with and that we’d be working a lot with each other. God put that one together quickly!

But the biggest blessing is that we (meaning Joe, Jim and myself) had come to the conclusion that we needed to start Alien Abduction Crisis Centers of America and get it up and going pretty fast. Time is of the essence if we’re going to help people to become free. Since that time others have come on board too. Our prayer is that within a relatively short time the Lord will lead many people to us who will be able to counsel people as they write or call us. As of this writing, we have seven areas of America (and South Africa) covered and pray for many more.

My prayer is that these conferences have a wonderful effect in Roswell. Someday a large body of believers will be raised up in that city and they will lead many to Messiah Yeshua. I don’t just speculate on that, I somehow supernaturally know it to be true. May His will be done.
Dave Ruffino

I Must Get Better First

Some people think that they must get better before they can come to Jesus. God realizes that this is not possible, hence the following scriptures:

God Accepts the Humble:

“Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: `God, I thank you that I am not like other men–robbers, evildoers, adulterers–or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get. But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, `God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
Luke 18:10-14

Jesus Calls out to Sinners:

While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and “sinners” came and ate with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and `sinners’?” On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: `I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Matthew 9:11-13

You Must Come To God As A Humble Sinner:

I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.’ So he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. “The son said to him, `Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ “But the father said to his servants, `Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate. Luke 15:18-24

You Just Can’t Do It On Your Own:

“Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other. Isaiah 45:22

Your Priorities Must Be On The Right Course:

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33

Heaven Rejoices Over A Humble Repenting Person:

I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. Luke 15:1-7

 

Do I Have To Forgive Everyone?

 

Forgiving Others Is Paramount In God’s Eyes:

But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:15

We Should Be Like God Our Father

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32

Our Forgiving Of Others Allows God To Forgive Us:

“And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. “ Mark 11:25

Forgiving Is Difficult. Will God Help Me To Forgive?

I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength. Phil. 4:13

What About Hating Other Christians?

If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother. 1 John 4:20-21

 

I Really Have No Feeling!

God’s Invitation Is Free And Always Extended To You – Regardless Of Feeling:

“Come (not feel), all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.” Isaiah 55:1

Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon. Isaiah 55:7

Not A Personal Feeling, But The Grace Of God:

And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit. Ephesians 1:13

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

Being Obedient Has Its Rewards:

We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.” Acts 5:32

No Person Has Started Out On The Correct Path:

There is not a righteous man on earth who does what is right and never sins. Ecc. 7:20

We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:6

Christians Have Great Joy:

“Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. Matthew 10:32

We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him. Acts 5:32

That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” Romans 10:9-10

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Galatians 5:22-23

Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God – children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. John 1:12

 

I Don’t Know How To Believe

Believing in God really mean receiving Him into your heart and Life:

“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life. John 5:24

For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.” At this the Jews began to grumble about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” They said, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, `I came down from heaven’?” “Stop grumbling among yourselves,” Jesus answered. “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the Prophets: `They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me. No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father. I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life. John 6:40-47

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.” John 3:16-21

Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God– children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. John 1:12-13

That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. Romans 10:9-10

There are two basic steps to believing:

Repenting:

Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off–for all whom the Lord our God will call.” Acts 2:38-39

Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, Acts 3:19

For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’ Matthew 13:15

He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom.” Matthew 18:3-4

Note: The word repent means to turn around, to walk 180 degrees from the original direction. When you ask Christ into your life, you have started walking in the direct direction.

Believe and be Born Again:

In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again. ” “How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!” Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, `You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” John 3: 3-8

Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God–children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. John 1: 12-13

 

But I go to Church, isn’t that good enough?

 

People who use the above phrase think that they can get into heaven by being the member of some church affiliation. What does the Bible have to say about that?

Religious Affiliations Cannot Save You:

Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14

They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good. Titus 1:16

What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? James 2:14

In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again. ” “How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!” Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, `You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” John 3: 3-8

True Believers Are Saved By Grace (Unmerited Favor)Through Faith In God:

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2: 8-10

Not Justified by the Law of Moses:

know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified. Galatians 2: 16

Saved By Grace and not works:

So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace. And if by grace, then it is no longer by works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace. Romans 11: 5-6

Must live a Holy Life:

who has saved us and called us to a holy life–not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 2 Timothy 1:9

Must not pay God lip service:

You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you: ” `These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Matthew 15: 7-8

God knows your intent:

“Not everyone who says to me, `Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, `Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, `I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ Matthew 7: 21-23

God wants undivided loyalty:

“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money. Matthew 6: 24

God Rewards those who obey and please him:

Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him. 1 John 3:21

God honors a child-like (not childish) faith:

And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18: 3-4

God honors a humble heart:

For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 14: 11

God desires acknowledgement:

“Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven. Matthew 10:32

Focus your eyes on Jesus:

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12: 2-3

 

What’s the difference, as long as I am sincere.

Jesus Christ Said It Makes All The Difference In The World:

Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. Mark 16:16

Even In Your Sincerity You May Be Wrong:

There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death. Proverbs 16:25

Jesus Testified That He Is The Only Successful Way:

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6

But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. John 20:31

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; John 11:25

Faith In Jesus Christ Is The Only Way:

However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness. Romans 4:5

Refusal Of The Truth Equals Condemnation:

They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness. 2 Thessalonians 2: 10-12

You Must Believe In Jesus:

In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again. John 3:3

Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.” John 3: 18-21

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.” John 3:36

“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life. I tell you the truth, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son to have life in himself. And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man. John 5: 24-27

There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him at the last day. John 12:48

Through him everyone who believes is justified from everything you could not be justified from by the law of Moses. Acts 13:39

Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes. Romans 10:4

For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. Romans 10:10

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:17-19

 

A Loving God Is Too Good To Damn Anyone

 

This phrase has always caused me sadness when I have heard it. People who say the phrase have no trouble accepting a citation when they run a stop sign. They have no trouble condemning a person to death for a murder conviction. Where God is concerned though, they say that He has to live up to their expectations of what they think God is like. They have grown up in a period of grace on God’s time table. Yes, from the time Jesus was murdered and resurrected there has been an age of grace. The era before that, God’s character was seen in a different light, and it will be the same again after Jesus’ return. Even in this age of grace, God has set down rules that He expects man to live by and expectations for people to follow in order to attain forgiveness and mercy. Anyone who will be condemned will be so by their actions and deeds, or the lack of those things.

Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. Mark 16:16

Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.” John 3: 18-21

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.” John 3:36

yet you refuse to come to me to have life. John 5:40

Say to them, `As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, O house of Israel?’ Ezekiel 33:11

For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them into gloomy dungeons to be held for judgment; if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others; if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the filthy lives of lawless men (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)–if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment, while continuing their punishment. 2 Peter 2: 4-9

Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them–do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” Luke 13: 1-5

“There is no peace,” says my God, “for the wicked.” Isaiah 57:21

Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness leads you toward repentance? Romans 2: 4-5

I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am the one I claim to be, you will indeed die in your sins.” John 8:24

 

Have You Slidden Back In Your Christian Walk?

 

If there is anyone who reads this that doesn’t know what sliding back in your relationship with Jesus I will spell it out for you. Basically, it is sliding back into practices and beliefs that you had before you became Born Again. It is having a renewed relationship with the world and worldly things. This is a very sad and dangerous way of doing things. It is imperative that you get back on track with God. Below are a few scriptures that talk about sliding back.

The Results Of Sliding Back:

Your wickedness will punish you; your backsliding will rebuke you. Consider then and realize how evil and bitter it is for you when you forsake the LORD your God and have no awe of me,” declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty. Jeremiah 2:19

So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth. Revelation 3:16

If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them.Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,” and, “A sow that is washed goes back to her wallowing in the mud.” 2 Peter 2: 20-22

God Wants To Heal Your Back Slidden State:

“Return, faithless people,” declares the LORD, “for I am your husband. I will choose you–one from a town and two from a clan–and bring you to Zion. Jeremiah 3: 14

“I will heal their waywardness and love them freely, for my anger has turned away from them. Hosea 14:4

First, You Must Repent And Turn Back To God:

Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD”–and you forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah. Psalm 32:5

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense–Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. 1 John 2: 1-2

“if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7: 14

God Rejoices When You Return:

“Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything. “When he came to his senses, he said, `How many of my father’s hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.’ So he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. “The son said to him, `Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. “But the father said to his servants, `Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate. Luke 15: 13-24

You Will Be Restored And Will Be Given Joy:

Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to you. Psalm 51: 12-13

 

I Don’t Think That I’ll Be Accepted

 

Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life. 1 Timothy 1: 15-16

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

“Come now, let us reason together,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” Isaiah 1:18

For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” Luke 19:10

The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life. Revelation 22:17

“But go and learn what this means: `I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Matthew 9:13

“I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.” Isaiah 43:25

Say to them, `As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, O house of Israel?’ Ezekiel 33:11

I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.” Isaiah 44:22

As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:12

That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile–the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10: 9-13

And when he prayed to him, the LORD was moved by his entreaty and listened to his plea; so he brought him back to Jerusalem and to his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD is God.
2 Chronicles 33:13

 

If I Became A Christian, My Friends Would Persecute Me!

 

In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. 2 Timothy 3:12

..if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us; 2 Timothy 2:10

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Romans 8:18

What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? Mark 8:36

If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.” Mark 8:38

The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name. Acts 5:41

But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. 1 Peter 2: 20-21

Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe. Proverbs 29:25

You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. James 4:4

Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. Psalm 1:1-2

We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete. 1 John 1: 3-4

“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. John 15: 18-19

“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5: 11-12

…strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said. Acts 14:22

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12: 2-3

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6: 33-34

 

But I’m Doing The Best I Can

 

If That were true, then you would succeed. That phrase is used by people who really don’t want to succeed, but want to have people think that they are trying. I used to use that phrase when I was younger and my dad would reply, “don’t try, just do it!” After a couple times of hearing him say that, I realized that he was right. By doing, instead of just trying, any person can accomplish almost anything. So, the best you can do is to repent, receive Christ Jesus and serve him.

I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them–do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” Luke 13: 3-5

On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Mark 2:17

Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness leads you toward repentance? Romans 2:4

Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin. But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. Romans 3: 19-24

…know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified. Galatians 2:16

For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:20

All who rely on observing the law are under a curse, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.” Galatians 3:10

For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. James 2:10

Jesus replied: ” `Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. Matthew 22: 37-38

 

I Do Not Believe The Bible

 

Experiencing the Bible is the best way to Believe it. Many things in life are like that. If you never saw the sky before and someone told you that it was blue, you probably wouldn’t believe it until you experienced it first hand. The same is true with the Bible. Once you read it with an open mind it is understandable, and if you ask God to reveal the Bible to you a whole new world will open up to you.

If anyone chooses to do God’s will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own. John 7:17

I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness. John 12:46

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength. 1 Corinthians 1: 18-25

And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
2 Corinthians 4: 3-6

Once more Jesus said to them, “I am going away, and you will look for me, and you will die in your sin. Where I go, you cannot come.” This made the Jews ask, “Will he kill himself? Is that why he says, `Where I go, you cannot come’?” But he continued, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am the one I claim to be, you will indeed die in your sins.” John 8: 21-24

…and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 2 Thessalonians 1: 7-8

Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. Mark 16:16

The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.
1 Corinthians 2:14

The LORD confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them. Psalm 25:14

For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness” 1 Corinthians 3:19

Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. John 3:18

When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned. John 16: 8-11

Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.” It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Hebrews 10: 28-31

If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:15

…how shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. Hebrews 2:3

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.” John 3:36

 

I’m Really Skeptical About All Of This.

The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Corinthians 2:14

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! Romans 11:33

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 1 Corinthians 13: 11-12

Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.” A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20: 24-29

This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. John 3:19

But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. John 20:31

“I too was convinced that I ought to do all that was possible to oppose the name of Jesus of Nazareth. And that is just what I did in Jerusalem. On the authority of the chief priests I put many of the saints in prison, and when they were put to death, I cast my vote against them. Many a time I went from one synagogue to another to have them punished, and I tried to force them to blaspheme. In my obsession against them, I even went to foreign cities to persecute them. “On one of these journeys I was going to Damascus with the authority and commission of the chief priests. About noon, O king, as I was on the road, I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, blazing around me and my companions. We all fell to the ground, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic, `Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’ “Then I asked, `Who are you, Lord?’ ” `I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,’ the Lord replied. `Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen of me and what I will show you. I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’ “So then, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the vision from heaven. First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and to the Gentiles also, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds. Acts 26: 9-20

The LORD confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them. Psalm 25:14

“He said to him, `If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’ “ Luke 16:31

..if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us; if we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself. 2 Timothy 2: 12-13

For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.” John 6:40

If anyone chooses to do God’s will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own. John 7:17

When Accepting Christ Your Eyes Will Be Opened And You Will Be Enlightened:

And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment–to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ. In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory. For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, Ephesians 1: 9-18

Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote–Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip. When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here is a true Israelite, in whom there is nothing false.” “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked. Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.” Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.” John 1: 45-49

You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. 2 Corinthians 3: 3-4

But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.
2 Corinthians 3: 14-16

 

I’m Afraid That There Is Too Much To Give Up

Can You Afford NOT To Be A Christian?

What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.” Mark 8: 36-37

What You Have Now Is All Worthless:

The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever. 1 John 2:17

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18

Loss For Christ’s Sake Is Real Gain:

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. 1 Timothy 6:10

But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ–the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. Philippians 3: 7-9

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33

“But Abraham replied, `Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. Luke 16:25

For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. Psalm 84:11

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all–how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Romans 8: 28-32

Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless. Ecclesiastes 5:10

You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. James 4:4

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world–the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does–comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever. 1 John 2: 15-17

The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Galatians 6:8

For Christ did not enter a man-made sanctuary that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. Hebrews 9:24

What It Cost Christ Jesus To Die For You:

Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death–even death on the cross. Philippians 2: 7-8

 

I’ll Do It Later When I Have Time

 

As you read the Bible passages below please keep one thing in mind. You are one heartbeat, one breath and eye blink from death. It could happen at any time, and usually happens when people aren’t expecting it. Waiting any length of time could be dangerous to your eternal condition.

For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:2

But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15

Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” 1 Kings 18:21

…for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care. Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah, as you did that day at Massah in the desert, where your fathers tested and tried me, though they had seen what I did. Psalm 95: 7-9

Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth. Proverbs 27:1

“Come now, let us reason together,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. Isaiah 1:18

Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Isaiah 55:6

So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. Matthew 24:44

“Then he said, `This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” “But God said to him, `You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ Luke 12: 19-20

“Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, `Sir, open the door for us.’ “But he will answer, `I don’t know you or where you come from.’ Luke 13: 24-25

And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.’ Acts 22:16

Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. James 4: 13-14

But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first. As has just been said: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.” Hebrews 3: 13-15

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33

Then the LORD said, “My Spirit will not contend with man forever, for he is mortal; his days will be a hundred and twenty years.” Genesis 6:3

 

Christians Are Inconsistent And Hypocrites

It’s very true that Christians are far from perfect and that some are big hypocrites. The important thing to realize is that Christians are perfect in God’s eyes because He sees us through what could be called a Jesus filter. When He looks at us, he sees Jesus in us and therefore we are justified through that filter. You have to ask yourself one important question. Don’t you think it would be advantageous to spend just a short time here on Earth with a few hypocrites then to spend eternity in hell with all the hypocrites?

Such is the destiny of all who forget God; so perishes the hope of the godless. Job 8:13

Don’t Judge God By The Actions Of Christians, But By The Actions Of God:

Nor are you to be called `teacher,’ for you have one Teacher, the Christ. Matthew 23:10

“Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other. Isaiah 45:22

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, `Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. Matthew 7: 1-5

Just Worry For Yourself – God Will Judge The Hypocrites:

So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God. Romans 14:12

You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. So when you, a mere man, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness leads you toward repentance? But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. Romans 2: 1-5

And it will be: Like people, like priests. I will punish both of them for their ways and repay them for their deeds. Hosea 4:9

When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?” Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” John 21: 21-22

For every living soul belongs to me, the father as well as the son–both alike belong to me. The soul who sins is the one who will die. Ezekiel 18:4

Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment.” John 7:24

Running From The Hypocrite or From God’s Righteousness?

Since they did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. Romans 10:3

Only God Cannot Do God’s Job:

For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends. 2 Corinthians 10:18

God Disciplines His Own People:

For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 1 Peter 4:17

What Will Happen To Unfaithful Hypocrites?

He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 24:51

 

I Sin Too Much – It’s Hopeless

 

If you think that you have sinned too great to be forgiven then you might be in for quite a surprise. Many of the people in the Bible were bad sinners before they were forgiven by God. King David knew God in a very personal way yet he committed adultery and was forgiven for that. The Apostle Paul handed Christians over to be killed before God Saved him. So you see, the instances are many where God has forgiven heinous crimes of people who have humbled themselves and called on His name for salvation. Read the scriptures below to see more proof:

God Has Set Forth From The Beginning To Help You!

“Come now, let us reason together,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” Isaiah 1:18

“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” Luke 19:10

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:6-7

God Accepts The Humble Heart No Matter What It Has Done Before:

“But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, `God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 18: 13-14

Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life. 1 Timothy 1: 15-16

Jesus Specifically Died For All Sinners:

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 1 John 4:10

Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. Hebrews 7:25

“On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: `I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Matthew 9: 12-13

Examples Of Sinners In The Bible:

King David:

Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit. When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. Selah. Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD”–and you forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah. Psalm 32: 1-5

The Apostle Paul Was A Murderer:

Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life. 1 Timothy 1: 13-16

King Manasseh Was Very Evil:

In his distress he sought the favor of the LORD his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers. And when he prayed to him, the LORD was moved by his entreaty and listened to his plea; so he brought him back to Jerusalem and to his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD is God. 2 Chronicles 33: 12-13

You Have A Responsibility To Heed The Call:

Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon. Isaiah 55:7

“Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other. Isaiah 45:22

Say to them, `As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Ezekiel 33:11

And What Will God Do When You Are Obedient?

“I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more. Isaiah 43:25

The very fact that you admit that you are guilty of sin is an indication that the Holy Spirit has been convicting you of that sin. Because of this, you are very close to the Kingdom of God. Christ is able to save you now, just as you are.

Once You Make The Right Move, You Are In Forever:

All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.” John 6: 37-40

 

I Am A Roman Catholic

 

Regardless Of What You Are – You Need To Be Born Again:

In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again. ” “How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!” Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, `You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” John 3: 3-8

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17

If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him. 1 John 2:29

You Have No Chance After Death:

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. 2 Corinthians 5:10

Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment…. Hebrews 9:27

…for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 1 John 5:4

Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God–children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. John 1:12-13

For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 1 Peter 1:23

Salvation Never Results From Works:

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2: 8-9

However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness. Romans 4:5

…who has saved us and called us to a holy life–not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.. 2 Timothy 1:9

God’s Children Have Joy Of Assurance:

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” John 10: 27-30

“Therefore, my brothers, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Through him everyone who believes is justified from everything you could not be justified from by the law of Moses. Acts 13: 38-39

That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. Romans 10: 9-10

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus… 1 Timothy 2:5

You’ll Only Understand The Bible With Help Of The Holy Spirit:

You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life. John 5: 39-40 – Jesus talking to the Pharisees.

Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. Acts 17:11

Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. 1 Peter 2: 1-3

Are You Trusting In Christ Or The Church?

For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 3:11

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming–not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. If it could, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins. But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins.. Hebrews 10: 1-3

Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God. Since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool, because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. Hebrews 10: 11-14

Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body… Hebrews 10: 19-20

 

I Haven’t Finished Sowing My Wild Oats

 

Just think about one thing. What if you were to die ten minutes from now? What if you got a hold of some bad alcohol? What if you were to have a heart attack during that next sexual encounter? What if God decided to take the breath from you. None of us knows when our final minute will be. Isn’t it better safe than sorry? Doesn’t it make sense to get yourself right with God and to turn your life around. God gave you a free will and it is my hope and prayer that you will use that will to make a sensible choice.

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23

Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. James 1:15

Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth. Proverbs 27:1

Be happy, young man, while you are young, and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth. Follow the ways of your heart and whatever your eyes see, but know that for all these things God will bring you to judgment. Ecclesiastes 11:9

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Galatians 6:7

You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. James 4:4

The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God. Romans 8: 6-8

 

I’m Guilty Of Unpardonable Sin

 

The following scripture describes those people, who knowing a work is the work of the Holy Spirit, deliberately describe it as a work of Satan.

Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. Matthew 12: 31-32

 

I Don’t Have To Accept Jesus Christ Openly

 

Jesus Christ Says That You Do!

“Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. Matthew 10:32

“If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.” Mark 8:38

The Apostle Paul Said You Do:

That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. Romans 10: 9-10

So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God… 2 Timothy 1:8

The Apostle Peter Said You Do:

And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ Acts 2:21

The Apostle John Said You Do:

If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. 1 John 4:15

King David Asked For Help:

O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise. Psalm 51:15

So, if Jesus Christ himself, along with those who walked with him and were taught by him say that you have to accept him openly, they you should do so.

 

I Feel Saved

 

Relying On A Feeling Never Constitutes Faith:

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.” John 3:36

To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: `God, I thank you that I am not like other men–robbers, evildoers, adulterers–or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, `God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 18: 9-14

There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death. Proverbs 14:12

The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? Jeremiah 17:9

A lot of people run around feeling saved. The only true reality is that you can only be saved by being Born Again.

 

I Enjoy Worldly Amusements Too Much

 

The trouble with worldly amusements is that they really never last for a long time. Worldly amusements never really produce any lasting joy and they really only suffocate the gospel and hinder salvation and Christian service.

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world–the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does–comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever. 1 John 2: 15-17

You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. James 4:4

You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons. 1 Corinthians 10:21

The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful. Matthew 13:22 Note: You should read the whole parable to get the meaning of this.

He who loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and oil will never be rich. Proverbs 21:17

But the widow who lives for pleasure is dead even while she lives. 1 Timothy 5:6

In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:33

Great Men Of God Have Made Great Sacrifices:

By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. Hebrews 11:24

But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ–the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. Philippians 3: 7-9

 

What About The Heathen Who Had No Chance?

 

The Bible Says That They Are Without Excuse:

The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator–who is forever praised. Amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion. Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. Romans 1:18-32

You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. So when you, a mere man, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness leads you toward repentance? But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. God “will give to each person according to what he has done.” To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For God does not show favoritism. All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law. For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous. (Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law, since they show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts now accusing, now even defending them.) This will take place on the day when God will judge men’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares. Romans 2: 1-16

All The Heathen Are Lost:

Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him. “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life. I tell you the truth, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son to have life in himself. And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man. “Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out–those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned. John 5: 22-29

 

I Can’t Give Up My Companions

 

He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm. Proverbs 13:20

Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. Psalm 1:1

We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 1 John 1:3

You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. James 4:4

My son, if sinners entice you, do not give in to them. If they say, “Come along with us; let’s lie in wait for someone’s blood, let’s waylay some harmless soul; let’s swallow them alive, like the grave, and whole, like those who go down to the pit; we will get all sorts of valuable things and fill our houses with plunder; throw in your lot with us, and we will share a common purse”–my son, do not go along with them, do not set foot on their paths; Proverbs 1: 10-15

Do not envy wicked men, do not desire their company; for their hearts plot violence, and their lips talk about making trouble. Proverbs 24: 1-2

Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” 1 Corinthians 15:33

Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe. Proverbs 29:25

 

I Don’t Have To Go To Church

 

Born again people want to go to church. When you are a child of God you will want to be in the house of God, your Father. Church is sort a refuge from the world. All day long we have to put up with worldly people, their games and their lies. Going to church is an oasis in that troubled desert.

Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:25

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Acts 2:42

Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. Acts 2: 46-47

We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 1 John 1:3

 

I Was Always A Christian

 

If You Were Always A Christian, Jesus Wouldn’t Have Told You That You Must Be Born Again:

In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” John 3:3

Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. Psalm 51:5

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,… John 3:23

All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away. Isaiah 64:6

The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? “I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve.” Jeremiah 17: 9-10

We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:6

There is not a righteous man on earth who does what is right and never sins. Ecclesiastes 7:20

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God–children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. John 1: 12-13

If You were always a Christian, you would not have to become one as Christ here distinctly says.

 

I Cannot Understand The Bible

 

It is very true that you cannot understand the Bible. No unregenerate person can. God gives the reason for it in His Book, the Bible:

The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Corinthians 2:14

And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 2 Corinthians 4: 3-4

But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. 2 Corinthians 3: 14-16

Some Evil People Use A Lack Of Understanding For Unholy Purposes:

He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction. Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen. 1 Peter 3: 16-18

God’s Ways Are Too High For Natural Men To Understand:

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55: 8-9

There Are Dire Consequences For Not Understanding God’s Word:

There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him at the last day. John 12:48

God Will Help You To Understand If You Ask Him To:

Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law. Psalm 119:18

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 1 Corinthians 13: 11-12

The Holy Spirit Helps Christians To Understand God’s Word:

For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:21

If anyone chooses to do God’s will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own. John 7:17

 

I Am Trying To Be A Christian

 

Trusting Christ And His Finished Work On The Cross Saves Us:

They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved–you and your household.” Acts 16:31

I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life. John 6:47

Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” John 6:29

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2: 8-9

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. Galatians 5:6

You must be born from above (again) before you can carry the family name of Christ. You cannot join a family to become their child, but must be born into it. Then, and only then have you the right, the authority from God, to call yourself a son/daughter of God:

He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God–children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. John 1: 11-13

For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. 1 John 5: 4-5

It Is A Birth, Not A Joining:

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished–he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus. Romans 3: 23-26

Trust That God Keeps Your Faith In His Hands:

That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day. 2 Timothy 1:12

Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.” Isaiah 12:2

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade–kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 1 Peter 1: 3-5

 

I Have Tried Once, But Failed

 

I Cannot Hold Out, You Say? You Are Not Asked To Hold Out:

If the LORD delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand. Psalm 37: 23-24

To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy.. Jude 1:24

That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day. 2 Timothy 1:12

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20

Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6

Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. Hebrews 7:25

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” John 10: 27-30

…who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 1 Peter 1:5

So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good. 1 Peter 4:19

He’ll Help You In Times Of Temptation:

No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. 1 Corinthians 10:13

He’ll Heal Your Backsliding And Restore You:

“I will heal their waywardness and love them freely, for my anger has turned away from them.” Hosea 14:4

“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” Luke 19:10

God’s Grace Is Abundant:

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8

If you have made a full surrender to God, you will not fail. Sure, there will have both valley and mountain experiences, but the valley experiences are not failures, just times of less growth.

 

I Am No Sinner, I Am Good Enough

 

You’ve Probably Only Convinced Yourself Of That Lie:

If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives. 1 John 1:10

Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin. Romans 3:20

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23

He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of men, but God knows your hearts. What is highly valued among men is detestable in God’s sight. Luke 16:15

As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one… Romans 3:10

Only Jesus Can Make You Good Enough:

Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.” John 3: 18-21

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2: 8-9

He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit… Titus 3:5

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6

Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.” It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Hebrews 10:28-31

“Therefore, my brothers, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Through him everyone who believes is justified from everything you could not be justified from by the law of Moses. Acts 13: 38-39

…know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified…………I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” Galatians 2: 16, 21

I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am the one I claim to be, you will indeed die in your sins.” …….Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. John 8: 24, 34

Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” John 6: 28-29

There is not a righteous man on earth who does what is right and never sins. Ecclesiastes 7:20

We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:6

All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away. Isaiah 64:6

MINOR JEWISH HOLIDAYS

Minor Jewish holidays are described as such because they are not designated in the first five books of the Scriptures. These holidays commemorate various events throughout the histtory of the Jewish people and are to remind us of God’s hand in all events.

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TISHA B’AV
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Pronounced Tee-shuh-buh-AHV
THE SEVENTEENTH OF TAMMUZ
Pronounced Tah-Mooz
ASARAH B’TEVAT
(The Tenth of Tevet)
Pronounced ah-sah-rah-buh TAY-VAHT
ZOM GEDALIAH
(Fast of Gedaliah)
Pronounced Tsom-guh-DAL-yuh
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The day on which, according to tradition, the first Temple was destroyed. Tradition assigns these other sorrowful occurrences in Jewish history to this day.

  • Moses broke the tablets oof the Law upon seeing the people worshiping the Golden Calf.
  • God determined that the people freed from slavery in Egypt would not be allowed to enter the Promised Land due to rebelliousness.
  • The second Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed in AD 70
  • The Jewish community in Spain was expelled in 1492.
The day on which, according to tradition, Nebuchadnezzar’s army broke the walls of Jerusalem. The day which, according to tradition, Nebuchadnezzar’s army laid siege on Jerusalem The day on which Gedaliah, the Babylonian appointed governor of Judah and his associates were assassinated. This precipitated the sending of the Babylonian army against Judah
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Zechariah 8:19 (cf. 7:3,5) Zechariah 8:19 (cf. 7:3,5)
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A time of national mourning. On the Ninth of Av, the person does not eat from sunset to nightfall of the following day.

  • Community: (In Israel) mourning and weeping in prayer at the Wailing Wall (the only portion of the Temple still standing).
  • Synagogue: Reading from the book of Lamentations in a dirge-like chant. Worshipers in Orthodox synagogues remove shoes and sit on low stools or on the floor as a symbol of mourning
  • Home: The meal before the fast includes eggs, which are often symbolic of mourning.
A time of national mourning. The fast lasts from sunrise to nightfall of the same day. A time of national mourning. The fast lasts from sunrise to nightfall of the same day. A time of national mourning. The fast lasts from sunrise to nightfall of the same day.
MESSIANIC SIGNIFICANCE:Many of us firmly believe that these holidays look forward to the One who would be the Temple made without hands (Matthew 12:16, Mark 14:58, John 2:19,21) and that ultimately, these days will become feast days at the establishment of His Kingdom (Zechariah 8:19ff)

The Mystic Plague

Catholicism sets a Spiritualist Agenda

By Richard Bennett-a former Catholic Priest


The Roman Catholic Church is persistent in her quest to draw all to herself. One of her major venues is the marketing of mysticism under various guises. This is because, as different world religions begin to adopt the idea that they must work together for the well-being of civilization, Rome truly believes that “well-being” can only come through unity with herself as “the mother of all believers.” [1] Through crises such as famine, war, racism, human rights, ecological problems, and poverty, Rome is appealing for togetherness at the level of faith. Her attempted appropriation of Evangelicalism and false ecumenism with Christian churches to promote her gospel we have already documented. [2] Very dangerous, and for the most part unnoticed, is her effort to bond with the pagan religions of the world. The common ground among them all is mysticism, which easily puts within her grasp the religions of Hinduism, Buddhism, and the Islam. Stemming from her own mysticism and that of these pagan religions comes the tide of secular mysticism now freely flowing through the Western world in health programs, education, and entertainment. Public programs and private services now openly promote a mystic agenda all around us, the consequences of which are becoming apparent in our society. Mysticism has always been the highway into the occult, as many seek to find their identity in God consciousness. Mystical God consciousness is an attempt to replace Christ’s redemption and salvation.

The Infiltration of Catholic Mysticism

Mysticism is an attempt to gain ultimate knowledge of God by a direct experience that by-passes the mind. The strong influence of Catholic mysticism has helped immensely to transform the New Age Movement from being merely a counter-culture sub-culture to becoming a new source of spiritual vision for the world. Catholic mysticism has very effectively and subtly invaded many facets of life without being recognized or critically examined. This has been actively promoted through self-help medical, educational and psychological programs employing methods such as meditation, philosophical programming, and self-hypnotic contemplation. In melding Eastern subjective spirituality with Western self-assurance, Catholic mysticism has done much to effectively hijack public and private religious life and to invert core beliefs and values of the West.

Catholicism Married to Pagan Religions and Pantheism

For centuries, the Roman Catholic Church has assimilated to herself the mystery elements of pagan religions. Subjective religious experience, or mysticism, continues to be the meeting point of pagan religions and Catholicism, particularly so since Vatican Council II, when Rome changed her major strategy in an attempt to bring Protestants back under the papal fold. The marriage between Romanism and paganism is documented in official statements from Rome. For example, in Vatican Council II documents she states,


“. . . In Hinduism men explore the divine mystery and express it both in the limitless riches of myth and the accurately defined insights of philosophy. They seek release from the trials of the present life by ascetical practices, profound meditation and recourse to God in confidence and love. Buddhism in its various forms testifies to the essential inadequacy of this changing world. It proposes a way of life by which man can, with confidence and trust, attain a state of perfect liberation and reach supreme illumination either through their own efforts or by the aid of divine help. . . . The Catholic Church rejects nothing of what is true and holy in these religions.” [3]


Jesuit priest William Johnston explains how it happened,


“Then came the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). Overnight the Catholic Church which had been a Western institution exporting its wares to the East became a world community. Asian and African bishops and theologians assembled in Rome and, with their European and American confreres, acknowledged that the Spirit of God is at work in all peoples and in all religions. Since then, most theologians recognize non-Christian religions as valid ways.” [4]


It is on such a quagmire that Catholicism stands hand-in-hand with Buddhism and Hinduism, and out of which well-known Catholic mystics such as William Johnston and Thomas Keating have emerged. For example, Johnston describes the effect of enlightenment, “Self-realization lies at the very heart of Buddhism. In self-realization I become one with God just as the object is one with the mirror and just as Jesus is one with his Father.” [5] The famous mystical monk, Thomas Merton, developed this pantheistic identification with God, as does his present day devotee, William Shannon. Merton states,

“Now I realize what we all are. And if only everyone could realize this! I suddenly saw all the secret beauty of their hearts, the depths of their hearts where neither sin nor desire nor self-knowledge can reach, the core of their reality, the person that each one is in God’s eyes. If only they could or see themselves as they really are. If only we could see each other that way all the time. There would be no more war, no more hatred, no more cruelty, no more greed….I suppose the big problem would be that we would fall down and worship each other.” [6]


Shannon endorses the idolatrous self-identification with God and cites his mentor, Merton, “A person of true faith travels, not without difficulty, towards the heart of mystery. Such a person, as Merton puts it, “works his way through the darkness of his own mystery until he discovers that his own mystery and the mystery of God merge into one reality, which is the only reality.” DQ 180. [7]  These quotations are standard descriptions of the pantheistic myth that we are all in God. In their own minds, Merton and Shannon have literally transmuted God Himself into their own image, having exchanged Him for human beings as an object of worship. Have they not, in the words of Romans 1:23, “changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man.”

Leading Buddhists acknowledge Soul Unity with Catholicism

Leading Buddhists recognizes the marriage of Rome and paganism. Thich Nhat Hanh, states,

“Buddhists and Christians know the nirvana, or the Kingdom of God, is within their hearts [sic]. The Gospels speak of the Kingdom of God as a mustard seed planted in the soil of consciousness [sic]. Buddhist sutras speak of Buddha nature as the seed of enlightenment that is already in every one’s consciousness. The practices of prayer and meditation help us touch the most valuable seeds that are within us, and they put us in contact with the ground of our being.” [8]

The Buddhist leader Dalai Lama on visiting the grave of Thomas Merton at Gethsemane Abbey prayed, “Now our spirits are one.” [9] It is an appalling blasphemy to affirm of the thrice-Holy God that the Kingdom of God is “as a mustard seed planted in the soil of consciousness” and that “meditation helps us touch the most valuable seeds that are in us” and that it “puts us in contact with the ground of our being.”
Listen to the razor-sharp words of the Redeemer, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” [10] The Holy Spirit’s unique office is to lead true believers into all truth by convicting us of “sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.” [11] It is not by the darkness of meditation on “the ground of our being” that leads us to the kingdom of Christ; rather in the words of Scripture, it is the
Father “which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son.” [12]

Evangelical Endorsement of Pantheism

A leading Evangelical, Richard Foster, lauds this pantheistic identification with God. Foster states, “Contemplative Prayer immerses us into the silence of God. How desperately we in the modern world need this wordless baptism! Progress in intimacy with God means progress toward silence.” [13] Foster asks rhetorically, “What is the
goal of Contemplative Prayer?” And he answers, “To this question the old writers answer with one voice: union with God.” Bonaventure, a follower of Saint Francis, says that our final goal is “union with God,” which is a pure relationship where we see “nothing.” [14]  Seeing “nothing” and the “wordless baptism” are just an Evangelical
rehashing of Catholic irrational superstitious myth. Rather, as II Corinthians 4:3 states, “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”

The Catholic priest Thomas Keating agrees with Foster as he writes, “Contemplative Prayer is the opening of mind and heart – our whole being – to God, the Ultimate Mystery, beyond thoughts, words and emotions.” [15] Thus Keating depersonalized God to the nameless “Ultimate Mystery” in mythology. This impersonal, “Ultimate Mystery” is a non-speaking, non-judgmental, “god”. Is Keating in the twenty-first century any better off than the men on Mars Hill to whom Paul spoke regarding their “altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD, whom therefore ye ignorantly worship?” [16] Nor is any morality derived from Keating’s “Ultimate Mystery”. Thus Keating Merton and Shannon with their pantheistic identification with God have attempted destroy God’s self-sufficiency as Creator, and the Lord God Almighty. They have endeavored to clone God into the image of humans. According to Romans 1:25, have they not “changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever”? No wonder Merton admits, “If only they could or see themselves as they really are…..I suppose the big problem would be that we would fall down and worship each other.” In the place of the true worship of God, they have set about to establish pantheistic idolatry.

Dramatized Mysticism

The Pentecostal Word of Faith movement is simply a dramatized form of mysticism. In a sermon tape, Kenneth Copeland states, “You don’t have a god in you, you are one.” In a 1987 crusade, Copeland is documented as saying, “I say this and repeat it so it don’t upset you too bad. [sic] When I read in the Bible where He (Jesus) says, I AM, I say, Yes, I am too!” [17] Kenneth Hagin in Word of Faith says, “You are as much the incarnation of God as Jesus Christ was. Every man who has been born again is an incarnation and Christianity is a miracle. The believer is as much an incarnation as was Jesus of Nazareth.” [18] Casey Treat, known for the infamous quote, “When God looks into the mirror, He sees me! When I look into the mirror I see God!,” [19] proclaims on his Webpage, “God dwells in you. God walks in you. When you walk, God walks. When you show up, God shows up. When you show up, a winner shows up. You won’t lose.” [20] Paul Crouch, Benny Hinn, Charles Capps, Robert Tilton, Paul Yonggi Cho, Marilyn Hickey, Morris Cerullo, T.L. Osborn, and Jerry Savelle are just few more of the well-known names that stage-managed mysticism. As one might suspect, many of the gurus of dramatized mysticism promote fellowship with Catholicism. The Trinity Broadcasting Network, one largest radio and TV networks in the world today, through its founders, Paul and Jan Crouch, fosters fellowship with Roman Catholics, amid mysticism presented in the whirling garments of charismania. For example,

“The world of Benny Hinn is a strange, confusing world. He fits perfectly into the category of a Charismatic Catholic priest, dispensing theological bondage and mystical superstition, a recent Benny Hinn three hour video which presented him, as a “twentieth century Holy of Holies”, a “point of contact” for the power and anointing of God much as Roman Catholic priests were presented during medieval times. They also suggested that he is becoming a kind of “Charismatic Pope.” [21]

Catholic Charismatics have all the traditional mysticism of the sacraments, the Word of Faith movement, and Catholic and Zen Mystics from which to draw. In Biblical terms they are thrice dead in deceit, for what has been quoted here are pieces of insolence, blasphemy, and falsehood. The Copelands, the Crouches, Hinn, Hagin, and others like them would have you rejoice in the light within by claiming that you are a god within. The Lord God Almighty proclaims, “I am the Lord; that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.” [22] The Word of the Lord still stands, “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” [23]

The Pope’s official approval of Traditional Mystical

In an official “Apostolic Letter” the Pope has endorsed Rome’s own mystical tradition and the “great mystical tradition of the Church both East and West.” His official teaching is,

“we are greatly helped not only by theological investigation but also by that great heritage which is the ‘lived theology’ of the saints. The saints offer us precious insights, through their personal experience of those terrible states of trial which the mystical tradition describes as the ‘dark night’. Not infrequently the saints have undergone something akin to Jesus’ experience on the Cross in the paradoxical blending of bliss and pain. In the Dialogue of Divine Providence, God the Father shows Catherine of Siena how joy and suffering can be present together in holy souls: ‘Thus the soul is blissful and afflicted: afflicted on account of the sins of its neighbour, blissful on account of the union and the affection of charity which it has inwardly received. These souls imitate the spotless Lamb, my Only-begotten Son, who on the Cross was both blissful and afflicted'”. What an illuminating testimony! Is it not one of the
‘signs of the times’ that in today’s world, despite widespread secularization, there is a widespread demand for spirituality, a demand which expresses itself in large part as a renewed need for prayer? Other religions, which are now widely present in ancient Christian lands, offer their own responses to this need, and sometimes they do so
in appealing ways. The great mystical tradition of the Church of both East and West has much to say in this regard. It shows how prayer can progress, as a genuine dialogue of love, to the point of rendering the person wholly possessed by the divine Beloved.” [24]

This is a brilliant piece of political bridge building on the Pope’s part. By citing experiences of ‘saints’, he attempts to make these experiences universal standards of deep and authentic spirituality. Then he grants approval to other religions by stating that they meet the “renewed need for prayer” in ways which are “appealing”, affirming the idea that the process of prayer can become so consuming that it “renders the person wholly possessed by the divine Beloved.” High thoughts, vain imaginations, and carnal reasoning’s about the greatness of human efforts have always exalted themselves against the knowledge of God. If “a progress, as a genuine dialogue of love, to the point of rendering the person wholly possessed by the divine Beloved” were true, there would have been no need of salvation by the Redeemer. Scripture declares the reality and truth, “not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us.” [25]

Truth Contrasted to Crafted Mythology

True Christianity is unique among the religions of the world in that it is a rational historical faith. For the Christian, salvation is based on something entirely outside of man. Salvation is found in the faithfulness and perfect sacrifice of the Christ of history. Catholic and Eastern mystics claim to discover God in the depths of their being. The true Christian looks away from himself to the righteousness of Christ Jesus. Before God, Christ’s satisfaction for sin is a reality that is all-sufficient. It does not need to be supplemented by any other reality. God’s verdict of justification is not grounded on any state of being within the believing sinner, rather it is established on Christ Jesus alone. The principle that man can save himself by his experience and by his own life has been the foundation of every pagan religion, as it is of Catholicism. What is so sinister about the present communion of Rome with paganism is that it is contaminating our entire society.

The deadly deceptions of mysticism arrogantly advertise a way of direct access to the All Holy God and thereby repudiate any need of the Lord Jesus Christ, the One Mediator between God and men. The believer’s worship and approach to God is in the Lord’s own words to be with “all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” [26] In the words of the Apostle Paul, “I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also.” [27] The same Apostle warned believers, “Let no man beguile you of your reward, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind.” [28] The censure of the Lord God remains on those who have issued lies, “Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing!” [29] Because of this debasement of Christ and His Gospel we again outline the essentials of historical faith.

Objective Salvation in the Lord of Glory

As Mediator, Christ Jesus is the only means of union between God and man, “that in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; in him.” [30] Christ Jesus is exalted to “the right hand of the Majesty on high” [31] as the One Savior. He and His
Gospel are objective and real! This Gospel is not an idle tale, nor a piece of incomprehensible mysticism; rather it is the proclamation of the awesome historical work of redemption accomplished by God Himself. The Father appointed Christ Jesus as the guarantee of real salvation. Christ Jesus was glorified in finishing the Father’s mightiest work. In Christ’s own words, “I have glorified thee on earth; I have finished
the work which thou gavest me to do.” [32] He had fulfilled all the Father’s will and so gloriously honored the Father. As Savior He is exalted high above “all principality and power, and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come.” [33] He alone, and not some mystic charm of Rome or Buddha, has been given all authority in heaven and in earth. He has been given power over all flesh that He should in His own words, “give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.” [34] He alone has been given a name, which is above every name, “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” [35] It is God’s commandment that we trust on Christ, “This is His command, that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ” [36]

True faith involves a repudiation of the self-deceit of experiential mystical means of reaching God, “for there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” [37] The Lord Jesus stands ready to receive every sinner who will throw away his rebellion and pride and trust in Him alone for salvation! Preaching the real historical Christ and His Gospel is the answer to the mindless adumbrations of Rome and the ecumenical mystics. Thus alone can the true Church, God’s People “go forth fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners.” [38] The Gospel is a mighty deliverance from the groveling religious subjectivism of Rome and her pagan mistresses. To know God is life itself to a Christian, in the words of the Lord Himself, “this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” [39]  Knowledge of God, and faith in Him, are the means whereby all spiritual supports and comforts are conveyed to the true believers. “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.” [40]

The Fulfillment of the New Age Aspiration?

The goal of the New Age Movement has consistently been to bring in the Age of Aquarius when all will recognize “the God with themselves”. A major step towards this in the words of the New Age prophetess Alice Bailey, is “the regeneration of the churches.” [41] Her vision was that “The Christian church in its many branches can serve as a St. John the Baptist, as a voice crying in the wilderness, and as a nucleus through which world illumination may be accomplished.” [42] In a word, she desired the time when the “Christian churches” would embrace the New Age concepts of illumination and self-realization. The New Age plan to bring in world peace cannot fully establish the Golden Age of Aquarius until Biblical Christianity is outlawed or destroyed.

Now that the Church of Rome has entered into liaison with paganism, she has again concocted another successful work of syncretism. As Catholicism has become the religion of the European Union, [43] the desires of New Age leaders appear to be coming true. Even at the local parish level according to William Shannon “contemplative spirituality” has now widely replaced old-style Catholicism. [44] With New Age convictions being voiced by leading Catholics and Evangelicals, it appears that the desired goal is closer to being achieved. The New Age aspiration to establish a one-world order lead by “a Christ Leader” is being met by the Pope and his Church. All of this ought not to surprise any believer, for the Bible has persistently warned believers of the enormity, growth and prevalence of the apostate church system
and her mistresses.

The Gospel Power and Final Destruction the Apostate Kingdom

The ruin of the Antichrist’s kingdom is declared by the Apostle Paul, “Because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved, and for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” [45] In our article, “The Antichrist Unveiled”, much of the signs and lying wonders of the Papal System was pointed out. Its machinations, however, will have come to completion only when it has rejected the Christ of history, and has received “the christ of Satan”, which “christ” is “enlightenment”, “Ultimate Mystery” and “self realization”. The Lord
in His Word has foretold the destruction of Antichrist’s reign as “‘that Wicked’ whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming.” [46] In the meantime, the victory of the Gospel is present for those who wait on Him. His power has always been greatest in the day of utmost need.  The character of God in His gracious Gospel is “the spirit of his mouth”. This has been understood and lived out as “the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth.” [47] We see His power as we boldly proclaim His graciousness, every individual who is saved “being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” [48]

Conclusion

What has been shown here regarding Catholic mysticism’s outright invasion of Evangelicalism and its commandeering of New Age verbiage and paraphernalia, should cause serious individuals to examine carefully the foundation upon which his or her hopes are built. A mere “I hope I am saved” is not enough, nothing short of the full assurance of faith on the solid Rock, the Lord Christ Jesus, will suffice. It is in God’s light, and in it only, that “we see light.” [49] True Christians interpret all religious experience by the normative revelation of God recorded for them in the Holy Bible. The wicked love darkness; but God’s people love the Light! Mystics have not scrupled openly to equate the true God with “the god” within. They have thought to divest themselves of God Himself by turning to inward self-realization and enlightenment. Rather, the values that they set are based on personal inner feelings that are often incapable of reasoned explanation. The Gospel is the exact opposite, the historical message of the Cross of Christ for a lost world. The Gospel proclaims Christ Himself, and the God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who in His love gave His Son to die for sinners. There is no valid excuse for true believers to be deceived by “false apostles”, who transform themselves into the “apostles of Christ”, “for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” [50] There are many false prophets gone out into the world, if we study diligently these things, which God has recorded for our safeguard against the subtle deceptions of Satan, we will not mislead nor be misled. True believers in Christ must take to heart solemn warnings of the Apostle Paul, “Be not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? ;be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.” [51] “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” [52]

“Choose you this day whom ye will serve”

In 1986, Pope John Paul II seized the inter-faith initiative by gathering 160 of the world’s religious leaders for a prayer summit at Assisi, Italy. They flew in from around the globe, Islamic Mullahs from nine nations, the Dalai Lama, (traditionally regarded by Buddhists as a living deity), native American Shamans and Indian cultists, African animists, Hindus, Zoroastrians, Catholics and, of course, Protestants. “We will stand side by side asking God to give us peace,” declared the Pope. [53] The grand encore to this initial dramatization of Luciferian unity occurred in January 2002, as Pope
John Paul II led 200 leaders of different religions once again at Assisi, Italy. By public demonstration, by official sanction, in countless books and seminars, as well as WebPages with broad ecumenical support, Popedom has set a mystical agenda, which the world loves and accepts. Any believer or confessing fellowship group that remains
silent in the face of such bald-faced blasphemy inevitably lends credence to the Pope’s deceit. For Rome still assumes her ancient legal principle to stand, “He who is silent is understood to consent.” [54] “The lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind,” [55] are Satan’s strongholds in the souls of many as proud conceits; exalt themselves against the knowledge of God. The Lord God Almighty commands each one of us to cast “down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” [56]

To begin research into this topic we recommend A Time of Departing: How a Universal Spirituality Is Changing the Face of Christianity by Ray Yungen (Silverton, OR 97381-0958: Lighthouse Trails, 2002 or ltpublishing77@aol.com). Yungen exposes in a clear, balanced, and documented manner Catholic, Evangelical and New Age mysticism. This book is a basic primmer to understand the creeping pestilence of mysticism that is enveloping Western society and Protestant Churches. To alert other Christians you can print and copy this article. Also freely available is the very important article “The Evangelical Attraction to Mysticism” by Alan Morrison on our Webpage. “Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.” [57]

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Sources:

[1] Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second edition (Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 1997) Para. 181

[2] See our articles on “The Alignment of New Evangelicals with Apostasy”, “The Roman Catholic-Lutheran ‘Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification'” and “Biblical Unity or Papal Conformity?”

[3] Vatican Council II Documents, No. 56, Nostra Aetate, “Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions,”, 28 Oct. 1965, Vol. I, Para. 2, p. 739.

[4] William Johnston, The Mirror Mind (New York: Fordham University Press, 1990) p. 7

[5] Ibid., p. 33, 39

[6] Thomas Merton, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander, Image edition Dec. 1989 (Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1966) pp. 157, 158. This book has official Roman Catholic approval.

[7] William Shannon, Seeds of Peace Contemplation and Non-Violence (New York: Crossroad Publ. Co, 1996) p. 73

[8] Thich Nhat Hanh, Introduction to Contemplative Prayer by Thomas Merton, Image Book edition (New York, NY: Doubleday, 1996) p. 5

[9] http://www.americancatholic.org/Messenger/Jan1997/feature1.asp 10/8/2002 The website also states that Merton died in Bangkok, Thailand, in 1968, apparently electrocuted by a faulty room fan.

[10] John 3:3

[11] John 16:8

[12] Colossians 1:12-13

[13] Foster, Richard J., Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home (San Francisco: Harper, 1992) p. 155

[14] Ibid., p 159

[15] Thomas Keating, “The Method of Centering Prayer” http://www.thecentering.org/centering  10/22/02

[16] Acts 17:23

[17] www.watchman.org/reltop/unbiblcl.htm  11/11/02

[18] www.watchman.org/reltop/unbiblcl.htm  11/11/02

[19] Michael Horton, The Agony of Deceit (Chicago: Moody Press, 1990) p. 91

[20] www.caseytreat.org/godsword_Being_In_Christ  11/11/02

[21] Benny Hinn, Catholic Mystic www.deceptioninthechurch.com/hinncatholic.htm  11/11/02

[22] Isaiah 42:8

[23] Isaiah 8:20

[24] OFFICIAL APOSTOLIC LETTER OF POPE JOHN PAUL II “NOVO MILLENNIO INEUNTE”

www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/apost_letters/documents/hf_jp-ii_apl_20010106_novo-mill ennio-ineunte_en.html+Novo+Millennio+Ineunte Para 27, 33  Bolding in any quotation indicates emphasis added in this paper.

[25] Titus 3:5

[26] Matthew 22:37

[27] I Corinthians 14:15

[28] Colossians 2:18

[29] Ezekiel 13:3

[30] Ephesians 1:10

[31] Hebrews 1:3

[32] John 17:4

[33] Ephesians 1:21

[34] John 17:2

[35] Philippians 2:10-11

[36] I John 3:23

[37] I Timothy 2:5

[38] Song of Solomon 6:10

[39] John 17:3

[40] II Peter 1:3

[41] Alice Bailey, Problems of Humanity (New York, NY: Lucis Publ. Co., 1964) p. 152

[42] Alice Bailey, The Externalization of the Hierarchy (New York, NY: Lucis Pub. Co., 1957) p. 510.

[43] This fact of syncretism in the EU we wish to deal with in our next newsletter.

[44] Shannon, Seeds of Peace, p 25.

[45] II Thessalonians 2:10b-12

[46] II Thessalonians 2:8

[47] Romans 1:16.

[48] Romans 3:24.

[49] Psalm 36:9

[50] II Corinthians 11:13-14

[51] II Corinthians 6:14,15,17

[52] Ephesians 5:11

[53] L’Osservatore Romano, English version of the official Vatican newspaper, Oct. 27, 1986, p. 1

[54] “Qui tacet consentire videtur.”

[55] Ephesians 2:3

[56] 2 Corinthians 10:5

[57] Malachi 3:18

CAN A CHRISTIAN BE A BARTENDER?

An Editorial on Guy Malone’s Defense of The Merits
of Christian’s Bartending As A Profession

By David Ben Ya’akov

Copyright 2012

 

Preface:

One has to wonder just how many times a man or woman can push the envelope of Yahweh’s tolerance and grace until he or she finally steps over that line one too many times and it forces Yahweh’s hand to take some sort of corrective action. I don’t want to know the exact number and I use that question in a rhetorical manner only. I do know that someday we will know the answer to that question when we are with Yeshua and we are like Him.

Most of you reading this are like me I would assume, and would agree that we wouldn’t ever want to know and we tend to avoid even getting around that envelope let alone picking it up and seeing just how many transgressions that envelope will hold until Yahweh says, “okay, that’s enough!”

My involvement in this saga started in 2005 when I decided to fly to Roswell, New Mexico to attend the “Ancient of Days” seminar that was being presented by the founder and administrator of Alien Resistance; a fellow named Guy Malone. Before my trip I had read through his whole Resistance website and found it to be a no nonsense Biblical answer to the enigma that the world calls Alien Abduction. Actually, I had started to look his website as early as 2001 just a couple of months before a couple of friends and myself had decided to take a road trip down to Roswell via Rachel, Nevada.

Before my trip to Roswell in 2005 I had been contacted by Joe Jordan from CE4 Research; a ministry down on the space coast in Florida. Joe had somehow discovered my Delusion Resistance website and contacted me, asking me if I was going to be attending the seminar that was being put together by Malone. I informed Jordan that I had my plane tickets and we agreed to share a car rental at the Albuquerque airport and drive down to Roswell together.

We arrived in Roswell after dark that day and after procuring our motel rooms we met a few other people at a local Steakhouse that was billed the best in Roswell; it was quite good. At the steakhouse I was privileged to sit with other researchers including but not limited to Dave and Mark Flynn, Stan Deyo, Norm Franz and a few others that I cannot remember now. Guy Malone was also there and I found out then that our accommodations at the steakhouse were arranged by Guy who worked there as a waiter.

The days went by quite fast and because I was considered to be a friend of Joe Jordan I was able to see all of the presentations and I was included in many of the afterhours activities by this group; you know, things like dinners and other fellowship activities. On the last night Joe asked me to go to the bar with him where he was going to meet up with Guy Malone. I thought that the three of us would sip cokes or something of the like. I’m not one for drinking alcohol and if I’ve had fifteen drinks since I’ve been saved 32 years ago it would be a highly inflated number. Although alcohol isn’t really my thing I don’t have an aversion of someone else drinking as long as they don’t take it to excess. I was quite a party person before I was saved and I saw how drug and alcohol abuse ruined the lives of some of my friends and led to the death of others via drunk driving accidents where drinking is concerned and overdose where drugs are concerned. These are substances that can ruin lives especially in people with addictive personalities.

When we got to the bar Joe and I found a table and looked around for Guy. He showed up a couple of minutes later and asked if we’d like anything to drink. I think that Joe ordered an alcoholic beverage and I ordered a coke. So guy walked behind the bar and prepared our drinks. I thought that odd and when he returned I asked him how he had access to the bar and how he knew how to make Joe’s drink. It was then that he informed me that he was a Christian Bartender. I remarked that I had never met a Christian Bartender before and asked him how he reconciled being a bartender with being a believer in Yeshua but he ignored the question and focused on how well the seminars had been and even talked about planning the next year’s event. On the way back to the motel I asked Joe what he thought about Christian Bartenders and he told me that he didn’t know exactly what to think but noted that Guy had told him that it was a great ministry field and after that the subject dropped.

After a period of time, which I really cannot recollect I went back to Guy’s website and noticed that he had other websites that branched off of his Alien Resistance website and I followed one of those branches. It was on this branch that I found the article below. While reading the article it became clear to me that others had asked Guy the same questions that I had; how could a believer in Yeshua tend bar and serve mind altering substances to people; especially when our research indicated that one avenue that demonic entities use to gain entrance into a person is when they (the person) relinquishes their sovereignty by introducing mind altering substances of which alcohol is definitely one. So I present the article that I found on Malone’s website (which is still there by the way) for review and we’ll look more at what the fallacy of his thesis is, and how it can impact people negatively.

Note: I did not find a copyright on the web page but assume that there is one and that it is copyrighted to Guy Malone and/or Alien Resistance. Guy has claimed authorship in his dealings with those who rejected the notion that is presented; or at least those who wrote to me to ask me about it.

 


 

Can a Christian be a bartender?

I’m occasionally (but not frequently, darn it!) asked, “Well how can you be a bartender if you’re a Christian?”

Especially as one involved in any type of ministry (and I am), it’s a fair, and relevant question. But since I am one (or both, really), of course I’m going to argue affirmatively. But trust me – the person who’s asking this is probably asking (and often answering) from a knee-jerk type of reaction, while I’ve had YEARS to study and pray, to hear from God, and to walk this out.

Over a decade ago, I quit bartending shortly after I became a Christian, yet here I am doing it again, and I know it’s because God has placed me here. Suspend your presumptions for just a little while, and prepare to see exactly how – theologically speaking – God can and does call and use people in the least likely places. I’ll gladly pose and answer your most obvious questions and objections to a Christian bartending however, if you want to sit back and hear from someone who’s put a little more time into this question than you probably have. And by the way, I won’t be arguing “liberty” at all.

Rather than start with the theological argument(s) though, I’m going to first deal with the practicum of bartending (which I’ve found often settles the issue before even getting theological about it, for many of my Christian friends).

PRACTICUM
1) What makes a good bartender?
     and 
2) A bartender’s role in a community

1) What makes a good bartender?
Generally speaking, many Christians naturally wouldn’t know the truest answer to this question. Some might be surprised to know that restaurants and places that serve alcohol aren’t necessarily looking for the things you might first guess though. Employers AREN’T looking right off for “Who makes the best drinks?” or “Who’s the funnest, most partying person we know?” The latter would be a liability in many places of employment in fact, while the former can be taught and learned…  No, there are other qualities an employer would usually look for first, before making someone a bartender – on the rare occasion that they have the luxury of choosing from quality candidates anyway.  And before I even start, the key here, is CHARACTER…

Firstly, as a bartender, I have a cash drawer. At my place of employment (and many restaurants), the bartender is the only employee (outside of management) who has such easy access to the restaurant’s cash flow…

Secondly, I have a key to some of my restaurant’s more expensive inventory items as well – the beer and wine coolers, and liquor cabinets. If you owned a restaurant and this were your money on the line, are you going to begin your search for a bartender by looking for a wild party animal? No, not really  you’re looking firstly for someone you can trust.

For any bartender, both the opportunity and the temptation to steal are there all the time – and I mean every minute of every day. It’s ridiculously easy to steal when you’re a bartender in fact… say, by only looking like you’re ringing up the drinks you accept money for (heck, regulars who know how much they’ve spent often will just leave their money and walk off, without even asking for a check). Or pouring the fine, expensive liquor into your own coffee cup, or even walking out late at night with a bottle, when everyone else is gone, and the manager is doing paperwork (I’ve seen it more than once!). It’s especially easy to give away drinks – which don’t belong to you – to favored guests and friends, in order to get them to tip you better. This happens all the time, everywhere, and could actually be “the leading reason” bartenders get fired – simply for not ringing up all drinks they’ve served. So rather than asking “Can a Christian be a bartender?” the question – for the employer – really becomes “Who is (at least likely to be) the most trustworthy individual on my staff, that I can put in charge of my belongings and my money?” (You might already be thinking of Joseph or Daniel here, if you’re sharp.)

As a Christian concerned with the original question, wouldn’t you WANT the owner’s answer to the second question to be, “Oh, a Christian, naturally.” It’s too bad that Christians are not considered trustworthy anymore simply by virtue of their faith, but at least individuals (Christian or non) can eventually earn a reputation for integrity in their environment.

So anyway, I’m here to report that the reason I’m a bartender is not because my employer thinks I’m a lot of fun to hang around with, but that I got moved into the position because he’s absolutely certain that I can be trusted with his money, and his property. While we’d be tempted to argue that bartending is a “bad” Christian witness, that’s just if we’re only ever witnessing to the church! If I’m considered trustworthy by my non-Christian boss(es), isn’t that a good witness – to those whom we’re supposed to care about anyway?

As far as personal integrity and bartending… very recently a server I worked with had an ethical breach in his home life (infidelity, and much deception to his wife and girlfriend, who didn’t know about each other). My manager immediately stopped scheduling him as the back-up bartender anymore, as a direct result of finding out the details. He didn’t fire him of course (kept him as a waiter), but this says A LOT when you think about it – that “the wise manager” knows that someone who lives (and lies) like that outside of work, is not trustworthy enough to bartend

So… while certain mechanical (drink-mixing) or even people skills can be learned over time by anyone with an aptitude, KNOW that to get – and especially to keep – a bartending job, employers are looking FIRSTLY for the most honest and trustworthy people they can find.   Still think “being a good Christian” disqualifies someone from bartending? I’d argue that in the category of first priority, the one which employers are mainly interested in above all else, it makes exemplary Christians the most suited to bartend – at least it should anyway!!!

I realize of course that honesty and integrity are expected (or at least valued) in almost any position. My point however is that they are not exactly the norm amongst bartender candidates. Like politicians perhaps, to have a truly trustworthy Christian in the field is a very rare exception. This is precisely because most people assume these arenas are simply too “corrupt” for Christians to inhabit, and to especially be able to remain “Christian” in. Therefore, these fields (which are white for harvest btw 😉 are generally left without a representative of God’s love or any witness for Christ, while other “safer, respectable” professions are nearly over-populated with them. Restaurants, bars, etc, have generally been deprived of any Christians who genuinely like – or can at least stand – being around people who are drinking since… well, since a certain wedding in Cana almost 2000 years ago.

Think about that!  Y’see, no matter how wrong you might initially think it is, there’s just no getting around the fact that Jesus served wine (great stuff too!) to a crowd that had been drinking for days. (They weren’t driving though…) You’re not really going to argue “Well….. it was kinda his first miracle, so he really didn’t know what he was doing…” ARE YOU? 

If so, the other way to argue that is that Jesus BEGAN his public ministry by serving alcohol to people who were already drunk!!!! He initially drew attention to God…. by being the guy who kept the party going! The story of Jesus providing alcohol to drunks at a party is STILL being told today! It’s a part of the gospels which the Holy Spirit saw fit NOT TO CENSOR!!!

For SOME, the same COULD be true today, as well. True, Jesus didn’t make a career out of it, but He was absolutely led by the Spirit to do what he did (do you really wanna argue that point?), and you simply cannot argue that nobody today could ever be led the same way. After all, the same conditions exist today – there’s drunk people everywhere who need a miracle, and they need someone who speaks for God in their midst.

So….. to answer the question “Can a Christian be a bartender?” you really need to go no further than to ask WWJD? In this case, you actually have chapter and verse to go on, and can pose the question as “What DID Jesus Do?”

2) The Bartender’s role in a community

Well, when I wasn’t a Christian 15 years ago but was at my first bartending job, I really blew this one. I regularly let my community down. Many people (especially Christians) might assume that a Christian shouldn’t bartend because, “Well, isn’t the main thrust of your job to get people drunk?” And that’s a fair assumption, and charge, but what the Lord has shown me is that it’s just the opposite!

Simply because of the nature of sin, and the lack of self-control amongst even many Christians, people are going to get drunk – with you or without you! If you’re thinking Matthew 17:1 here, I’m the one through whom the offense is STOPPED btw, NOT “through whom it comes.” One main thrust of my job is to actually STOP people from getting drunk – at least SO drunk that they pose a danger to people other than themselves.

That means cutting people off.

And believe me, cutting off people who want to continue drinking (and are more than ready to argue about it) is one of the most difficult things any server or bartender ever has to do, but it’s an occasional necessity of the position.

Everyone wants to be liked… everyone wants to be spoken of as “cool…” but by cutting someone off, you immediately lose all likeability with most people. They will curse you to your face, and many will try to intimidate you.  It takes a type of strength and resolve that just doesn’t come naturally to most people (especially when you consider that hospitality industry employees are “people-pleasers” by nature, or they can’t last).

Because of this, I honestly have to rely on the Lord to give me the strength to exceed my human nature and natural personality, just to remain firm and to say “No…”  when someone’s had too much to drink. It’s honestly supernatural at times – but in order to fulfill why God has placed me where I am in my city, I have to die (not quite daily) to the desire to be liked, and actually let someone remain demonstrably mad at me, rather than keep serving them alcohol to the point that they may hurt someone on the road. Like I said, my job is to keep people from getting drunk, not to get them drunk. In situation after situation, the Lord has shown me that a responsible bartender’s true function is to be the “control agent” in a society – to be the Holy Spirit in fact, for people who are not obeying Him – in order to save lives, both of the drinker and others on the road. In one sense, the bartender’s role in society is to say, “Yes, as a matter of fact I am my brother’s keeper.”

So who better to assign the task – Cain, or Abel?

Other than having the ummmmm, uhhhhh, intestinal fortitude… okay balls…. to look a rich, ANGRY drinker with some strange sense of “entitlement” in the eye and say “NO MORE… NOT ON MY WATCH…” however, what does everyone who works, work for?

That’s right, money! And THIS is why the Bible says that the love of money is the root of all evil. Restaurant people rely almost solely on tips for their income, and it’s the rare person indeed who will still tip you after you’ve cut them off. So many times before I was a Christian, I’d find myself in a situation where I knew good and well that a person (or group) had had way too much too drink, yet they were still ordering more. But every time, I’d also think to myself, “Man, if I cut this guy off now, it’s gonna cost me $20…” Or even $50!!!

EVERY NIGHT in EVERY TOWN in America, this situation is occurring OVER and OVER! And in all too great a percentage of the time, people are getting OVER-SERVED because the server wants that $20-$50.

Without The Lord strongly present in someone’s decision-making process, need or greed wins almost every time. The love of money is what gets people killed by drunk drivers by the way, NOT Christian bartenders. There are dome things which I simply WON’T DO for it! The difference for me now though, is that in Christ, I know that that twenty dollar bill is not my source. I know that that drunken slob is not my source, and I do not have to bow to his will. GOD is my source!!! He provides for me beyond any job, and I can thankfully bow to His will and trust Him in this situation – even if my rent is due. Knowing Christ makes a difference in the way that I conduct myself as a bartender, and because of Him, I know can refuse the tip and do what’s right. And I also know that my community is a little bit safer because I’m back there, and I know that  God is pleased in this. I kinda am too.

Whether from a legal or Christian standpoint though, practicing not serving minors is one of the more important functions of a bartender – and one of the most tempting to fudge on, as well. Most people would honestly not have a moral dilemma serving someone over 18, but 21’s the law these days, and there are many valid – albeit nerdy – reasons for enforcing this law. While people have more of a “Tom Cruise” image of bartending, your responsibilities to the community and your employer just as often put you in the position of having to be the mud-stick “Miss Ratchet” school-marm, enforcing the rules when everyone else just wants to have fun. However, alcohol consumption often results in a person having fun at others’ expense, and this is where the bartender’s unappreciated mettle gets tested.

For example, before I finally accepted a full-time position bartending again (because I didn’t think a Christian could be doing it) I allowed my restaurant to schedule me on Friday and Saturday nights “as long as bartender wasn’t really my job title,” because the manager wanted someone with my experience back there on the busiest nights. During this time I helped train a new guy for several months, who’d never bartended before. Once a pretty woman around 25 years old came to us from the lobby and asked us for two beers. I politely asked her for two IDs. She sighed, and went back to the lobby to get… HER DAD’S ID for me! Now what kind of nerd is going to put a pretty lady through that? But really, I saw it as an opportunity to train the other guy. He immediately punched me in the shoulder and said “You stickler – I’d have never thought of asking that.” I said, “Kirk, that’s how 21 year-old boys get high school girls drunk and pregnant. They walk into the bar, show their ID, and walk out with 2 beers. Then they get a table and the waiter thinks “…well surely the bar carded them already – I’m not going to piss them off by doing it again…” and the girl gets wasted.” Much to my delight, a month or so later when I wasn’t bartending (and Kirk didn’t even know I was there), I saw him likewise ask a “college boy” for 2 IDs, and couldn’t help but smile, knowing I’d seen God’s purposes accomplished in my placement. Kirk had followed my example, and time showed that he made this his practice – which was great, because Kirk was the full-time bartender by then. (So by the way I walked up and talked to him for awhile after that first example, and while I wasn’t really hanging out to see, college boy never returned. I actually thought then, “My work here is done…” But God had different plans, as it turned out.)

I said I wasn’t going to argue “Christian Liberty” to make my points here, and now perhaps you see it’s just the opposite. You actually have to become a legalist, in the strictest senses of the word, to uphold the law when people are flashing money at you to bend the rules for them. Guys will pay you BIG MONEY to serve their underage girlfriends, and it REALLY HELPS knowing that you are going to give an account to God for every minute of your life, when confronted with this decision! People assume you must be “cool” (or that you’re some backslidden pagan 😉 or you wouldn’t be a bartender… However, the true inside world of bartending is a plethora of opposites from what people usually assume – in fact, you have to be a real – well I can’t say it here, but you have to be one much of the time in order to be a godly bartender! You have to be un-cool when everyone is telling you “Oh come on man, be cool.” But people will often still try to argue or tip you extra to serve a minor (especially female ones), and once again, it takes more moral resolve than I ever had as a non-Christian to remain unspotted in that area now. Got daughters? If so you can thank me later I guess, but ask yourself: Do you really want someone who is ruled by coolness (ie, the pride of life), and the love of money, making these decisions in your town? Or are you beginning to think that maybe you’d like to see a few more truly Christian bartenders watching over them, when they’re out in places you can’t be?

I like to tease some of my Christian friends who are parents sometimes in fact… “Now Mr. and Mrs. Smith, we all know your kids are *angels* and certainly aren’t going to be getting in any trouble riding around tonight, but let’s think about this a minute… With your kids on the road as well, who do you want behind the bars in this city when Mr. Drunkenslobben is asking for another? Do you want someone who’s main concern at work is how much money they’re going to make tonight? Or do you perhaps want someone who has even a little Holy Spirit operating on the job? Who might actually hear from God about cutting someone off, even if they seem to be okay – as long as they’re just sitting on a barstool anyway? After all, it’s your kids out there riding around from 10pm – 2am… And it’s your 17 and 19-year old daughters being asked out by the older boys with the IDs… Who do you want making the calls behind the bar the night she walks in? The local party animals, or the local youth pastors? Or when your angels are driving home after midnight from the picture show, and there’s 200 people leaving the bars at the same time?

“It’s your kids going out this weekend, and it’s your call. So let’s get real here, and put the rubber to the road. It’s your kids’ lives that are on the line. So you tell me – Can a Christian be a bartender…?”

You’d better hope so. 

Even if you disagree, God has kids going out this weekend too, and I think that’s at least part of why He has me where I am.

DID YOU KNOW KOSHER SALT IS REQUIRED TO MAKE A MARGARITA CORRECTLY…?
So to close “practicum” … After theft, I’d say that serving minors is the #2 most frequent reason bartenders lose their jobs. So in the real world, it takes honesty and integrity (not stealing), and a penchant for obeying the law (not serving minors or accepting bribes) to make a good bartender. Add to that the subtle role of “watchman” for the community, and then tell me you honestly think that only non-Christians should be bartending – cos after all, that’s what you’re arguing if you say that Christians can’t. I’m going to argue that bartending is actually a field tailor made for Christians to inhabit.

Okay, let’s just never-mind the whole divine appointments thing, or the hypothetical opportunity to reach out to hurting people when they’re down (opposed to the church’s more typical “Go ye into all the non-smoking sections of the world, and preach the gospel…” attitude; see also Matthew 9:12 about “them that are whole…”). The real fact here is that a bartender who honors God in his profession creates a ripple-effect of maintaining moral and legal standards within his restaurant “oikos” that benefits the community tremendously, and ultimately saves lives. Just try to imagine what the drunk-driving rate, the teen pregnancy rate, and the STD rate might be, if every bartender in your town both feared and wanted to honor God in what he does.

Regardless of what you might think initially if confronted with the idea of a Christian bartending, in practice the potential to be the salt of the earth truly is there. Yes, the opportunity for much sin and backsliding is there also, but remember, God’s all about risk – there were two trees in the garden! Many Christian advisors would rather remove the potential to fall from people’s lives, just to be safest. Often, this is the best counsel for certain people (especially “the weak”), but it’s just not a cut-and-dried place to rest on doctrinally, either. It’s not Kosher! God’s way is always to test us in small situations, then if faithful, to put us in positions to glorify Him and benefit His people – so long as we’ve learned to rely on Him for the victory.

“David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion,
and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine.
And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee.” 1 Samuel 17:37

In my own strength, I would certainly succumb to the pressures and temptations that my job is rife with. But for the called, God is delighted to put us in situations where we would fail, if not for His presence. God’s pattern is to make us have to choose Him in tough situations, but most often, the church’s pattern is to remove the tough situation – and I think many, many Christians live neutered, boring lives of little growth as a result. They don’t see God move, because they won’t allow themselves to need to see Him move. Rather, they live lives who’s daily routine can be handled in their own strength, thank you very much, because the church almost always advises ALL Christians to make decisions as if they are still newborn babes – to take the paths of least resistance, and least risk. As a result, far too many Christians are some of the most worthless, un-salty people on the face of the earth. They remain forever stirred, but never shaken.

So yeh, like most of us at work, I have my good days and bad days… I’ve made some bonehead, un-Christlike moves, no doubt. But more often, I choose to serve God, when the opposite path would be so much easier. As a result, I know I’m a better vessel in the Master’s hands as well, more fit for nobler purposes one day, because I’m in a position of being refined in the fire of the real world all the time. And in the big picture, I know my community is a better, safer place when I’ve done my job well, as surely as I know God is the author of the decision to have me there.

For the few rare people who actually allow me to entertain them this long with this line of reasoning, I like to conclude this portion by saying… “If the modern church really understood the actual role of a bartender in society, instead of shunning the idea of Christian bartenders, they’d pay us as missionaries and keep us in constant prayer. And instead of sending our best and brightest off to another town for seminary, we’d be sending them to a local bartending school!”


THEOLOGY
Oh come on, with that warm-up do you really want me to get theological on you?

Well let’s make it quick then… The major points are always seem to revolve around

“The example you set,” “Causing someone to stumble” and/or 
“If my brother is offended…”

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Right at the end of his theorem letter Guy says that the rest of the explanation could be obtained by joining his mailing list. Personally, I have never liked this approach. I’ve seen it many times on the internet and it is basically used to get your e-mail address upon which time it is given to others or sold to vendors and then you get endless spam. I didn’t want to take the chance. In addition to that I had been on Malone’s email list for a little while under a different email account and what I had received was nothing of interest and a waste of what was quickly becoming valuable time that didn’t need to be wasted reading bupkis information. Lastly, I’m not crazy about people when they offer to give out information only to a few privileged individuals; I’ve always hated cliques and saw this as having to join a clique in order to get the rest of the information. Knowing too that these e-mails sometimes involved invites to “bring your own beer” party’s at the Alien Resistance Headquarters caused me not to want to be on that list. I get grieved by things that grieve the Ruach Ha Kodesh.

So, if I was to miss out on the rest of the information, or miss out on the “secret” that was revealed by becoming one of the email partners I was just going to have to be satisfied that what I needed to know was revealed in the information that Guy Malone made available to the public; and that information says a lot about his character and the way that his mind processes information and/or doesn’t take all things into account.

The reader should know that this author and Mr. Malone have broached this subject before by letter. I had written an article and the mention that he was a Christian Bartender did arise in the article and I did question the matter. In his usual form, instead of addressing the matter he turned the subject around and mentioned that he knew that I worked in pharmacy. He was quick to mention that the Greek word “pharmakeia” is a word that is actually used to describe witchcraft and the occult, but he forgot to include that the other meaning is the dispensing and preparing of legal medications for the purpose of bringing healing and comfort to the sick. Funny how those things just seem to escape him sometimes. I didn’t even answer that accusation because I knew that if he had ever walked into a pharmacy to buy any sort of medication; whether it was a bottle of aspirin or a preparation for toenail fungus it would make him a hypocrite so why point out the obvious, which anyone who read his letter to me would immediately see. Yes, he did send out his reply for the world to see.

In his theorem Malone does make some points that could be seen to be correct if you stretch things to a thin line. It could be possible for a believer in Yeshua to stand behind a bar and witness to the unsaved and those who are suffering from the ills of society. Having spent time in bars before I was saved I know that a bartender can be a great person to talk to when things aren’t going so well and they do seem to be impartial and caring. It is also true that an employer could probably trust a believer in Yeshua better than an unbeliever where cash flow and inventory is concerned. There is however an equal amount of problems that outweigh by far the good points that Malone presented.

There are two kinds of drinkers; happy drinkers and mean drinkers:

Having been a drinker before my salvation and having spent time in bars I learned very quickly that there are two kinds of drinkers. The majority of people, when they drink alcohol turn into happy and jovial people who love everyone; everybody is their friend. There are those who after a little as one or two drinks can turn into ugly and wicked people. The majority of domestic violence calls that police answer were usually initiated by one or both of the people having ingested alcohol. Even if you were to ascertain that a drinker is a mean drunk after one or two drinks the bartender cannot predict whether or not that person will then go home and abuse their spouse, children or anyone else that they come into contact with. . If you’re a Christian Bartender then you run the risk of serving someone who could seriously injure their loved one because the alcohol aroused their anger. Sure, they will go to another bar if you don’t serve them; but we’re talking about a believer in Mashiach here doing the right thing, not another bartender or bar.

Some People Have Bad Alcohol Reactions:

There are some segments of society where alcohol is not tolerated well. For instance, within the Asian population there is quite a large number of people who have what is akin to an allergy to alcohol. You never see very many Asians at AA meetings because most of the know that they could have a bad reaction; not to mention that liquor is not very popular in the Asian community anyway. Imagine that you’re a bartender and several young Asians come into your bar. They’ve never had a drink before but they’re out for a night on the town and two of them lack the enzyme that allows the body to process alcohol properly. If I was that bartender I’d feel guilty the rest of my life. I guess it all comes down to conscience.

To alter the mind opens up gateways to the enemy:

Nobody can deny that even the smallest alcoholic beverage alters the mind somehow and the more you drink the more that the mind and perception is altered. From our studies in the alien abduction research we’ve done for quite a few years now we know that whenever the mind is altered by alcohol or illicit drug use it allows the entrance of demonic forces into someone’s life. I think that if it were possible to be a Christian Bartender and you were called upon to cast out some demonic entities it would make you think twice about serving alcohol to anyone.

People sometimes fall off the wagon and you don’t know that they have a drinking problem:

It’s true that many bars and taverns have regulars; people who frequent the bar and because of their regularity they are predictable and you know if they have a drinking problem or not.

I attend a church where the majority of the brothers and sisters are recovering alcohol and/or drug abusers. For these folks to be around anything that could cause them to stumble will probably cause that stumble. Guy Malone worked in Roswell when he wrote his paper on being a Christian Bartender. I’m sure that he had his regular customers and that he knew them well. However, during the July Fourth weekend every year the population of Roswell doubles and there are a lot of new faces in town. So let’s say that some of those visitors are recovering alcoholics and because Guy didn’t know that they were recovering substance abusers. So they wander into the bar during a weak moment and order a drink and fall off the wagon. All of the progress that has been made in their recovery is gone and if they ever recover again it could take months or years to come back to where they were before. Guy could argue that it isn’t his fault and that he didn’t know; but if there wasn’t a Christian Bartender working that night then there would be no problem on his account. The people would still have had that drink, but it would not be a (supposed) righteous man serving them the drink that ruins their lives and causes them to stumble and relapse.

It is common knowledge that the customer becomes the ward of the bartender and is responsible for just about anything that happens as a result of ANY problem that arises due to alcohol consumption:

Mr. Malone talked about how he took care to make sure that the law was observed and that is an honorable thing; but any bartender who makes tending bar his profession will do the same thing if he or she wants to follow that trade to retirement and/or keep out of trouble. I’ve known many unbelievers who tended bar and when it comes to their work they are some of the most honorable people I’ve ever met. They never stole from the till nor did they water down drinks and some were pretty good counselors when it came to human affairs. So to say that being labeled a Christian Bartender would make one more honest, reliable and forthright is really stretching things a bit. I’ve worked in both construction and in the medical field and I’ve worked with Christians (or those who claim to be Christians; only Yahweh knows for sure) who were some of the worse witnesses for the cause of Mashiach that I’ve ever had the displeasure to know.

To say that someone who is hiring a bartender would choose the Christian over the other people is stretching the truth a bit also. I don’t discount that it could happen; but most of the bosses that I’ve ever known, had they owned a bar would have laughed if I would have presented myself as a Christian Bartender. They would see the two words in conflict with each other; a bit of an oxymoron like claiming that one is a Christian Prostitute, a Christian Pimp or a Christian Drug Pusher. In fact, if they did hire me in such a position as a Christian Bartender they would probably put me through rigorous tests because the two words don’t mesh and they would think that I was up to some sort of scam or something. Also, seeing that they would have to keep an eye on me would probably cause them to hire someone else whom they didn’t see as a dichotomy. And, let’s be a little more real here. If I was the owner of a bar or tavern and I was not a believer would I really hire someone whom I would think would drive away people by preaching about God? If you own a bar or tavern you want people to come in who have had a bad day and have nothing else to turn to; who have no comfort and no peace and want to find that peace in liquid form. If they all found salvation in Yeshua then they would not come back and you’d constantly be losing clientele.

Let me tell you a short story. My late wife was from Mexico. She became a Born Again believer in Yeshua in a nation where leaving Catholicism is frowned upon. She explained to me one of the reasons why Christians are persecuted in the little villages in Mexico. Each village down in that nation has a holy day where they honor the patron saint of the village. There is a lot of drinking and the makers of the liquor make a lot of money which in turn they give a large amount to the local church. However, when evangelism is successful in those little villages people no longer want to drink; they see it as being wrong. So, then the maker of the booze is losing money and cannot prosper and then the church starts to lose money. This starts the persecution of the true believers in Yeshua. Point being here that saved people curtail greatly their consumption of alcohol or stop drinking altogether and it severely hinders the makers of booze and those who make money serving it. Now I’m not going to make any claim that Mr. Malone evangelized while tending bar, but he’s a smart man and he’d have to know that if evangelism was successful it would eventually drive customers away. Also, if he was successful then he would be violating the “good employee” clause that he talked about in his theorem because causing a lack in business is in effect not exactly taking out of the till, but causing it not to fill up and it would make him a liability to his employer, not an asset. In essence, if he was evangelizing from behind the bar he would be putting himself out of work eventually; but he never mentions in his defense of being a Christian Bartender that this was his intention. 

Mr. Malone touched lightly on what could happen if a minor drank and then a pregnancy resulted from the sexual arousal that alcohol brings out in people. The fact that Malone carded people like he did is a cause for praise because he seemed to take underage drinking very seriously and I’m sure that there are girls in Roswell that should be thankful that he kept a careful eye on identification documents. What he seemed to avoid for the most part is that the bartender is responsible for just about anything that happens to his customer while in the bar and even after they leave. There is always a story in the news about a fatal crash that involved someone that had been drinking. And, while Malone says that he knew how and when to cut people off; there are people that are very very good at not looking inebriated on the outside but are sloppy drunk on the inside. I know because I used to be one of those people. Imagine how if a Christian could be a bartender; how he or she would feel if they had to live with the fact that their customer left that night and killed a carload of kids returning from a football game or something of the like. I guess that it all depends on if one has a conscience or not.

Many people are on medication for medical problems and those medications can be either have a blocked action or accentuated action by ingesting alcohol.

Ask any pharmacist about the effects of Alcohol consumption while taking medications that treat health problems. It interacts with just about every drug in a negative way. It will either hinder the effect of the drug or it will potentiate it, depending on the medication that is being prescribed to the patient. Let’s take the guy who is a diabetic. The human body metabolizes alcohol into sugar which is the arch enemy of the diabetic patient. If a diabetic drinks even one drink it can spike their sugar levels and left unchecked the patient can go into a diabetic coma and possibly die. Factor into the equation that when a person drinks their judgment is impaired so that could cause the drinker to ignore his blood sugar test or forget to take his medication. If they are lucid enough to know that their condition is bad they might try to compensate with extra diabetes medication and cause a blood sugar reversal, causing hypoglycemia which has a whole new set of problems. They might inject themselves with too much insulin; and if done over a period of months or years they can become insulin tolerant causing their body to reject the insulin.

Alcohol works in strange ways in people who are taking psychiatric medications. It makes depressed people more depressed and it increases the effects of just about every medication used in psychiatry. Alcohol interrupts or potentiates drugs used for cardiac patients; those who have arrhythmias those with high or low blood pressure. If you gave me a list of one hundred medications I could guarantee you that alcohol use is contraindicated in ninety eight of them.

Mr. Malone could argue that it would not be his fault because he could not possibly know about medical conditions or medications but that is just the point; the ignorance of such a thing by a supposed Christian Bartender would put someone’s life in danger. I seriously doubt that Yahweh would put someone in such a position where could endanger someone’s life. You can’t witness to people when they are dead, and if they died without being saved and the death was ultimately caused by the alcohol that the Christian Bartender served them; well we’ll let Yahweh sort that one out, shall we.

Many extramarital liaisons are performed in bars and the ingestion of alcohol makes “sinning” easier.

When I was a young man in New Jersey the drinking age was 18 years old. I got saved at twenty years of age. When I would get off of work my friends and I would head out to the bar and we would go there for two reasons; to get a buzz and to pick up girls. We didn’t go to the bar to pick up our future wives either; we went there to find the “easy” girls. The bar was a place where you scored or you went home scoreless. The thing is however that in order to make things easy you’d buy a couple of drinks for your perspective lady friend after which the games would begin, so to speak.

So the question then is asked, if you’re a Christian Bartender and you see a young couple sitting in a dark corner of the bar and they’re ordering drinks so that they will lose their inhibition to be able to sin without feeling guilt what does that make you? Well, what does that make the bartender? The word “pimp” comes to my mind right at the moment. You’re getting paid to charge a guy money to give him something that will make it easy for him to take the girl home or to a motel so that he can be sexually satisfied. So what now, are there going to be Christian Pimps?

Witnessing effectively to someone under the influence of alcohol is usually not effective.

When we were sinners and before our conversion to faith in Yeshua we drank or smoked dope because we were trying to escape reality. We just had a very bad day at work and we wanted to forget about it. We had a fight with the girlfriend and we wanted to forget about it. Life had a little bit of a rough edge about it that particular day and we wanted to take the rough edges off of that day. The last thing that we wanted to do was to learn that aside from having a bad day; we were sinners and on our way to hell. To us our lives that day were hell and sin and hell were the last subjects that we wanted to hear. I now that it was that way for me. I would shut off anyone that tried to preach to me and if I had enough liquor I might even try to silence them with a jab or two of the fist to their teeth.

To make things even worse, the compounds that we were drinking or smoking were clouding our judgment and if someone explained about Yeshua or salvation or grace it just got lost in the haze that the buzz was giving to us. Hardly ever did I wake up in the morning and remember being preached to. If you want to preach to someone about sin and hell; the wages of sin, eternal separation from Yahweh and salvation then the day after is the best day to do that; and the bartender usually isn’t there during that time. When you’re suffering from a hangover, your head is pounding and every breath makes you want to vomit that is the lesson that can teach someone that there is a better way to having peace than letting the bartender help you to make life better. The bartender makes the problems go away for a while, but they come back in the morning; only Yeshua can make all things right.

Conclusion:

In conclusion I have to say, sorry, I just don’t buy it. To say that sending men and women to bartending school would be more effective than sending them to Bible College is stupid and lacks any sort of mature deductive reasoning. Mr. Malone can choose to call me prudish if he wishes and if he thinks that I am wrong for believing that we have to draw the line somewhere as to what is permissible and what is wrong. He is free to use all of the worldly wisdom that he wishes; that is his right; but where did worldly wisdom ever get anyone.

Over the past several years I’ve run into folks who use all sort of this wisdom to do what they please. Tattoos is one area where this has become rampant. A group of young people in church were getting new tattoos almost on a weekly basis and their claim was that it was to witness to people with tattoos. When I asked one particular girl how many people she led to Mashiach because of her tattoos she answered, “well, I’m planting seeds.” Well, planting seeds is fine but the important part of planting seed is what sort of soil you’re planting in. Yeshua told a parable about that; and only the seed that fell into good soil grew and prospered.

As we spiral toward the end of the age the “I’m going to become something to witness to a specific group,” phenomenon has started to escalate. An article in the paper a few years ago talked about a woman who wanted to become a pole dancer so that she could minister to pole dancers. Another woman wanted to become a hooker so that she could minister to hookers. A relative of a Church brother once told him that the reason why she commits crimes is so that she can be sent to jail to minister to the prisoners there. I guess she never heard of prison ministries. In the future are we going to hear about men and women becoming child molesters so that they can witness to that element of society? Will some become Hindu’s, Buddhists or Satanists so that those elements can be witnessed to? Hey, why not become a serial killer so that you can witness to serial killers! The thing is Yahweh has made it so that He brings people OUT of those elements so that the people in those elements can see the change, notice the difference and want to come out of it themselves. This is an effective witness; not turning things bass-ackwards.

So this practice of becoming sin so that a person can minister to sin is a bunch of rubbish. The Vatican has practiced it for years and all it has done is it has caused any Gospel that the Roman Church possessed to be watered down by paganism. If we allow those who want to become the sin so that they can minister to the sinner than there is no witness there. You then have darkness trying to shed light on darkness and that is impossible.

Therefore, the premise of The Christian Bartender would seem to be just another attempt by someone who constantly tries to push the envelope of grace to it’s highest limits, even higher. No, not going to buy this one and no true follower of Yeshua should buy into it either. Of course, anyone is welcome to try but I can guarantee three things: Yahweh will not be in it; Yahweh will not prosper it and it will end up dragging you down with it. It is a fruitless deed of unrighteousness and those things ALWAYS fail and they NEVER bring Glory to Elohim, nor His Son, nor the Ruach Ha Kodesh.

David

 

By David Ruffino

Written 2006 and Revised 2014

© 2006 and 2010 David Ben Yakov / Delusion Resistance

 

My name is David Ruffino and I was a MUFON field investigator for around five years. I now live in Western Oregon. Formally, I lived in Sacramento, California and lived in this area since I was transplanted here from New Jersey, at the age of fourteen. I am fifty-five eight years old at present.

I grew up in a household where UFO’s were a regular topic. My dad believed in the reality of UFO’s and from my earliest memories I can still see copies of Project Blue Book sitting on the coffee table next to other publications, such as Life Magazine and the now defunct “Look” magazine; as well as many publications on UFO’s. My dad had a strong interest in the subject but outside the family setting he shared it with only a few. He learned to keep things sort of discreet, mainly because of ridicule that he had thrust upon him by debunkers and skeptics. It was the 1960’s and people who talked about UFO’s were considered at best, poor fools who asked for scorn and mocking by broaching the subject.

It was no different for me. I had become known as the kid whose father believed in stupid things. I was constantly asked if I had seen any little green men, or if any UFO’s had landed in my yard the night before; always accompanied with a sarcastic laugh or a contemptuous little chuckle. But dad and I just kept our course and read all of the books and publications that we could get our hands on. We knew that there was something valid about all of the UFO sightings and did our best to disseminate the truth from fiction. By the time I was in my early teens I already had one UFO encounter and much to our delight, some of the neighbors had become believers; their belief brought about by their own UFO encounters.

I’ve written the above to illustrate to everyone that I am no stranger to the UFO community; no, as a matter of fact, I am the UFO community. I still hold fast to the reality of UFO’s and nobody will ever change my belief that they exist; although some of my perceptions have altered, as I have also been changed.

People in general tend to play little life’s games. If something is appealing and it makes sense to their preconceived notions, they readily accept it. But, throw something challenging, something that defies what they’ve always believed, and they will either debunk it or they’ll just ignore it and hope that it will just fade away in a vain attempt to avoid facing the challenge of dealing with it directly. We in the UFO Community have experienced both of these mind sets as we have dared to propose the reality of UFO’s to the populace. When presented with the facts, some have chosen to flat out call us lunatics or have taken the more passive approach as to find all sorts of explanations for what we have seen plainly with our own eyes, have heard with our own ears and have experienced in various ways with all of the senses that we possess. Still others tend to just stick their heads in the sand and wait for the fad to end; for the lunacy to run its course. I’m sorry to have to announce to those people that the reality of UFO’s is not going to go away, no matter how much it is debunked or ignored. It will only escalate as time marches on.

One thing that has always annoyed me is how, with all of the evidence that is readily available, much of it presented by extremely credible witnesses; is often brushed aside or swept under the carpet of denial. Recently, I found a website that is administered by a Mr. Pete Hartinger. Pete is a MUFON State Section Director in Ohio and he heads up the MUFON chapter for Fayette and Pickaway Counties, in the heartland of the United States. Mr. Hartinger is a very busy man and has been a researcher and UFO advocate for more than 30 years. Needless to say, he knows what he is talking about, right?

In one article, Hartinger is quoted as saying:

A big part of the evidence of the UFO phenomenon existence is the eyewitness testimony. Many people have been sent to prison just because of eyewitness reports to crimes committed. [Witness to an Unusual event – A UFO Sighting By Pete Hartinger  The Circleville Herald    Friday, July 7, 2006]

Hartinger hits the nail right on the head with that statement. We’re willing to send someone to jail if two people say that the accused person committed a crime. Yet, where the UFO phenomena is concerned, the testimony of hundreds of thousands, if not millions of witnesses is ignored by the press and by friends and family. This is prejudice in a very high degree. The skeptic, the debunker and the ostrich (the head in the sand person) are all willing to ignore such a vast testimony just because the testimony doesn’t fit into the precast mold that many adhere to.

Hartinger hits on another point that I think we should take a look at as it is vital to the dissemination of proof of the UFO phenomena:

On March 24, I gave a talk to the Pickaway County Bar Association. As part of my talk I gave a statement that a lawyer friend of mine from Cleveland gave me in regards to the UFO phenomenon. “The weight of evidence is now so strong that there is something unexplained going on that the burden of proof has switched to the skeptics to prove that there is nothing to it.” [2004 – A year in review for Pickaway UFO sightings By Pete Hartinger:  The Circleville Herald    Friday, February 4, 2005]

The evidence that Hartinger’s lawyer friend was referring to is the eyewitness testimony, along with other evidence that is out there for every serious researcher, debunker and seeker to the truth to view. With the advent of the internet this has become even truer. Information is more plentiful today than it ever has been. Hartinger and his lawyer friend have thrown out the gauntlet. In essence, they’ve said, “no, too many people have seen them and too much evidence exists, if you think you can, try to prove millions of people wrong.”

Hartinger again stresses the importance of witness testimonial in the following piece:

UFO sightings were still being recorded all over the world.  Two more were added to my Pickaway County Sighting List.  One occurred near Mt. Sterling on Oct. 17 and the other was a daylight sighting of a saucer shaped disc near Darbyville that was seen around 1972.  In both cases the witnesses said that I could use their names as the UFO phenomenon is becoming more and more accepted.  I commend witnesses who are willing to do this, as it attests to this phenomenon.  Their names are on file with RUFOS. [2005 – A year in review for UFO sightings By Pete Hartinger  The Circleville Herald    Friday, March 21, 2006]

So as Mr. Hartinger’s words have reinforced yet again, there is a prejudice against belief in UFO’s. This prejudice has been hard to fight, but if one looks closely, it can be seen that the walls of that prejudice have started to break down. It has been a hard road for UFO advocates. We have suffered years, and for some of us it has been decades of derision. The little snickers, the shaking of the heads of people we love and respect, and the patronizing looks and comments have taken their toll. But comfort comes in the realization that people are starting to take us seriously; that all of the talking and our presentation of the proof is starting to sink into a lot of minds. Keeping in mind all that we have gone through in our quest to present the truth, can we say that we are as tolerant as we had always hoped others would be toward us? I truly believe that many of us might be as intolerant or more so, as we found others to be with regard to us all of these years. Please allow me to explain.

Another View – History Repeated:

If you walked into a UFO convention and asked 25 people their opinion about UFO’s, you’d get a variety of different answers. If you asked the same people where they thought the alien visitors came from you would hear things such as: time travelers, inter-dimensional beings, entities from other star systems or galaxies, etc. If you asked what these people thought the purpose of the visitations are you would be told that perhaps they are here to help mankind while others would say that they are probably hostile, here to conquer and have dominion over us. If you asked them what a UFO actually is, some would say that they are nuts and bolts machines made in Area 51 while others would say that they are time machines and still others would say that they are craft that are piloted by extraterrestrial beings. Point here is, that there would be a variety of people with a variety of different views. All of these people would believe that they had the correct answer and would think that the others didn’t quite have it right, but they would all accept each other and would accept each other’s views. Modern society calls this “tolerance.”

Oh, but I almost forgot. One of those 25 people had a different opinion. We’ll call him number seven. His opinion was quite radical and it’s one that you’ve probably heard before. His opinion makes the other 24 people feel uncomfortable. They don’t really know why they feel ill at ease when they hear it, but then again, maybe they do. This strange opinion has to do with God. You and the others flash on the thought that perhaps what he means by God is that god was really an ancient astronaut; that he came to earth back in the distant past and by genetic manipulation, he created all the life forms that we know and see, but especially mankind. After all, you’ve heard of some people who claim to be in contact telepathically with extraterrestrials or you’ve heard the testimony of abductees; messages that claim that we are just an experiment, a large laboratory for our alien visitors. You surmise, yes, I can see the validity of this notion and I can accept this theory as an acceptable way to explain things.

You sit for a brief time relaxing, firm in the knowledge that all of those present again are in one accord. But number seven has more to say. He says that he believes in a personal God, a creator. He says that he thinks that there is also a Satan, one who rebelled against God. He says that he believes that the UFO phenomena is a product of God’s adversary and that the manifestation of UFO’s and their occupants is really a manifestation of fallen angels who are trying to deceive mankind. He says that he has proof. He says that he has testimonies of people who have thwarted alien abduction experiences simply by calling on the name of Jesus Christ. He says that he has testimonies of witnesses who have caused UFO’s to disappear using the same method. He points out that many of the witnesses have come to faith in Jesus and since that time, the abductions have completely stopped. He shows that there are many parallels between extraterrestrial and fallen angels or demonic entities. These are indisputable evidences that need to be considered by the whole UFO community, especially those who are being harassed by these entities posing themselves as life forms from other planets or star systems.

Well, immediately you become like the Starship Enterprise. You perceive a threat, a voice inside starts saying “red alert, red alert,” and your shields come up while the weapon systems automatically come online. Number seven is no longer a fellow researcher. In your eyes he’s an intruder, a hideous alien life form that has entered your space. Your shields keep you from accepting his message and his thoughts. Some of what he has said has already entered your data banks and you start to purge your files. Your weapons engage the supposed enemy. They come in the way of snide remarks, condescending retorts and the half smile that says that you think that number seven is some poor fool that is deluded in thought; not worthy of your time of day.

So do we see a pattern here? What we see is that those who were once considered abnormal, kooks and on the fringe, have now become pretty much the norm. Those who promote the UFO phenomena have pretty much been accepted, not so much by the government, but by the populace. We see that the media (outside the US) has picked up on the notion of extraterrestrial life and they have run with it. Hollywood has made numerous movies pertaining to the phenomena in what is probably a conditioning of the masses for a future stark reality. Basically, the UFO community has come into our own and we’re making headway. We’ve become the norm, the popular opinion, the status quo where this subject is concerned. When disclosure comes, we’ll be the ones who stand on the housetops and shout, “see, I told you so.”

But in all of this pride, after attaining the puffed up psyche, what have a lot of us become? We’ve become the intolerant ones. We’re no better than the very persons who harassed us, belittled us and embarrassed us in front of our peers way back in the sixties. Oh how quick we are to forget how it felt back then. We forget how we had to whisper in secret to each other when others were present and how we were ignored as lunatics are ignored. We forget how we felt like the rejected prophet; like an educator whose students pay little or not attention to what we feel is a very serious lesson plan.

So how do I approach you on this matter. Well, I do so by introducing myself. I am number seven. If you think that things were hard for you where acceptance is concerned then you need to walk a mile in my moccasins. Not only do I (and people like me) have to walk around with the “religious fanatic” stigma ascribed to us by those in the UFO Community, but we have also been ascribed the “lunatic fringe” definition by many who call themselves Bible believing Christians. People who have no trouble believing in demons and devils, who just can’t come to the realization that alien entities are just that; the adversaries of God. Fortunately, there is a remnant of believers who do accept our message and our numbers are growing every day.

Yes, I’m number seven and I’ve come to see how everything in this field seems to parallel the malevolent entities mentioned in the Bible. From personal experience, I have seen how the name of Jesus stops abductions; I’ve stopped a few myself, and it is incredible. On our website we have numerous accounts of similar experiences by a variety of different people; people who, like Mr. Hartinger said concerning his contacts, like to keep anonymous; but also some who want to proclaim it from the housetops. We present the proof, and you can choose to accept it or you can deny it, the choice is up to each individual. But think for one moment about something. What if I and my colleagues are right. What if there is a creator God and what if the Bible is correct. Can your preconceived notions about Him be beneficial? Are you willing to bet against him? Are you willing to forfeit contentment and peace for eternity because you choose to ignore His existence; because He doesn’t fit comfortably into your safety zone? Please keep your mind open to this possibility too, because it is an oh so very important one.

It is my hope and prayer that since you’ve made it this far in this letter that you will attempt to keep an open mind and consider what I have written. True research consists of studying ALL possibilities. True science dictates that in order for something to be factual, it has to be observable in the laboratory. The laboratory in this instance is the lives of so many individuals who have thwarted abductions by calling on the name of Jesus. Their testimonies are the successful lab results. Those lab results are the cure for anyone who wants to be freed from alien intrusion into their lives.

Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. [Acts 4:10-12]

Please feel free to write me at verdad@delusionresistance.org and visit The Delusion Resistance at www.delusionresistance.org . You can visit the Paranormal and Alien Abduction Problem Solvers International at www.paapsi.org and read the testimonies there. Thank You.

 

Respectfully

 

David Ruffino

A Word of Caution from Yahweh via Yirmayahu

 

Again the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Son of man, speak to the children of your people, and say to them: ‘When I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from their territory and make him their watchman, when he sees the sword coming upon the land, if he blows the trumpet and warns the people, then whoever hears the sound of the trumpet and does not take warning, if the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be on his own head. He heard the sound of the trumpet, but did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself. But he who takes warning will save his life. But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.’

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Yeshua Ha Mashiach,

 

Today I’m faced with a very difficult task, one that I am hesitant to perform, but one, that if it is not performed could allow harm to befall the souls both saved and the unsaved. To perform this duty could make some feel that I am judgmental, and giving the circumstances that have played out between myself and the person in question, could cause some to think that I’m performing a vendetta against this person. I feel compelled to the highest degree to inform you about someone who has gone through great pains to ruin the ministry that Yahweh has given to me as well as my reputation and the reputations of some who I consider good friends, brothers and sisters as well as fellow researchers. With all of that said, it still makes me sad that I have to proceed with this warning. I would like you to be aware that, just as scripture dictates, I submitted this word to four other watchmen for approval and/or reproof should they have deemed it necessary. These were three men and one woman who all certified that this word of caution is published on my website without any malice and with the best interest of the community of Believers in Yeshua at large, and the person whom you are being warned about.

I ask that you understand that if left to my own devices, I would run from this task like Yonah ran from his obligation to speak to the people of Nineveh. I have been given the office of a watchman, a prophet if you wish, and if you knew my personality and my apprehensions about being confrontational you would understand that I would rather do anything other than what Yahweh is compelling me to do. I hope and pray with all earnest that you will understand that my heart struggles in having to do this thing. I also hope and pray that you understand that I have prayed for years for the person in whom I have been charged in revealing to you this day. I have painstakingly forgiven this person over the years and have made great strides in reaching out to them in the Spirit of Christian love and fellowship, but to no avail. I have sat idly as this person has defamed me and brought all manner of false accusation against me and some fellow Christian researchers. For years Yahweh has told me to sit by and let them sling their stones at me, and He has been faithful to preserve me through these attacks and He has been my strong tower against those who have set themselves against me. In my flesh, I would have retaliated long ago and could have done so in such a way as to put this person to shame, but I would not and could not bring myself to do such a thing because Yahweh told me not to, plus it would have made me appear to be just as devious and malevolent as this person has been toward me. To be frank, I have been placed in a very difficult position. Do I keep my mouth shut and ignore what is a clear and present danger to what could be many people, to again turn the other cheek; or do I take serious my anointing to be a watchman on the city wall and warn everyone I can about this danger. I am compelled to do the latter.

About a week ago I received a letter from one Nicole Malone. You may know her as her pseudonym, Paradox Brown. I was hesitant to open the e-mail because her writings in the past have always been sickly sweet combined with a jugular cutting tone that was always hurtful; full of accusatory tones and hardly ever conciliatory. When I saw the email header in my email inbox my reaction was, “oh no, now what?” Her letters have always started out with a soft tone, almost too soft but followed with tones and accusations that made me feel like a multiple stabbing victim and then she would end her letters with a gentle, “have a nice day” sort of approach. It was as if two different people were writing the letter and I often wondered if there were two personalities writing for her.

Remind them of these things, charging them before the Lord not to strive about words to no profit, to the ruin of the hearers. Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness. And their message will spread like cancer. Hymenaeus and Philetus are of this sort, who have strayed concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past; and they overthrow the faith of some. Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” 2 Timothy 2:14-19

A major concern over these past few years is that Nicole has taken on the task of teaching Bible studies and counseling people who are seeking help in the area of alien abduction, or as we know it to be, paranormal harassment. Because of what they have been through, some of these victims also suffer from stress disorders and/or psychiatric conditions. I have always been concerned that a newborn Christian, less than four years in the faith at the time would thrust herself into such things when normally believers spend the first five or more years in classes as students, not teachers. This does not fit the scriptural model of being in discipleship under an elder until the elder felt that the student was qualified to become a teacher or counselor. There is a natural progression to the ways of our faith that were not being followed in the case of Nicole and her supposed ministry.

And He spoke a parable to them: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into the ditch? A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher. Luke 6:39-40

My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. James 3:1-2

You see, even Yeshua said that a person has to be a disciple and have a teacher, and once he or she is trained to be like their teacher then they can be a teacher. Nicole has never sat as a disciple. This, along with her seemingly spiteful demeanor, greatly concerned a few of us, and was addressed but our concerns went unheeded by Nicole and those who support her. Too, scripture is quite clear that teachers are held to a higher standard like we saw in James. Yes we do all err, but we who err and are able to accept correction, repent and recant are a model to every student. A person who researches so that they can teach, yet will not yield to being told that their doctrine might be wrong is in a very dangerous place both for themselves and those that they are teaching.

So after years of abuse from Nicole and her minions I was very surprised to get the following letter in my e-mail. This mail was sent out, not only to me, but to several other researchers. The letter comprised a shallow apology for her behavior, blaming her actions on a condition known as Asperger’s Syndrome. I will first post her letter, here in this document, then I will post the signs of Asperger’s Syndrome and then I will express my concerns as to why Nicole has no business teaching or counseling anyone about anything, and how anyone who desires to learn sound doctrine and/or get sound counseling should in no way seek her out for these things.

Here is her letter to me and others:

Hi,

I wanted to tell you all I just found out I have Asperger’s Syndrome, or high functioning autism, after seeing a licensed psychologist about some issues I was having. And so, I want to apologize to anyone who I have confused to think I once had “mild” MPD, myself being confused for several years now, having attempted to diagnose myself, and then believing my own misdiagnosis, repeating this self-delusion to others at times. And I thought I’d include in this mailing some who may have picked this misconception up from other past mass emails (mine or others). I have always tried to state to people that this “mild” case was just a self-diagnosis, not from a doctor, lacking in certain aspects. But I came to believe it myself for a while there, and that surely has confused some people. I am sorry. While this is a private note, I did a public article which explains this confusion:

Coming Out About Asperger’s, and Making a Public Apology

http://paradoxbrown.com/coming-out-aspergers-making-public-apology/

It is a great blessing to me to find out I have Asperger’s. But hard, to come to realize my behavior at times has been misunderstood, and not knowing I had this, I have been wrong about some things. I have not realized some things I’ve done were unusual, not knowing I had this, thinking I was normal. People who write about me, such as Jim, Dave, or Dante could tell you, but also those who have liked me or been friends, have all noted the same unusual behaviors from me – really long emails, long emails with a strong narrow focus on some issue or problem, emotionality, oversharing at times, black and white thinking, probably what has come across as at least insensitivity at times to other people’s feelings or social norms, and a quick tendency to pull out Matt 18 to try to resolve conflicts – that has even resulted in accusations of me ‘bullying’ people. This has all been symptomatic of having Asperger’s and not knowing it, the verbosity, unintentional lack of sensitivity to people’s feelings… and I really feel bad if I have been out of line and hurt anyone’s feelings. Though I think there’s just been alot of misunderstanding of my intent at times.

One thing I’m sure I have done wrong, is I’ve had a longstanding highly literal misunderstanding of Matt 18, which was recently corrected (I did not realize verse 22 parallels verse 15), I have been sincerely confused on that for years, whether with those who dislike me or friends, I have been quick to follow the instructions in Matt 18 thinking God would move to fix problems that way. I did want to say this has not been intentionally harsh on my part, and I am sorry to those I’ve ever started a Matt 18 process with, such as Jim, Dave, Dante, and several others who I would guess would like to remain nameless. I am sorry, I was misreading the passage. In fact this has never been a matter of hate or harshness, I’ve done the same thing with friends, people I love, problematically, which is part of what led into me finding this out. 

I also want to apologize for any seemingly unusual insensitivity or hurting anyone’s feelings. It’s not been intentional, I don’t desire to be unloving with anyone, quite the opposite in fact, I’m big on love, and I do feel bad if I have hurt anyone’s feelings. But I truly don’t see the world the way others do and it apparently leads to misunderstanding of my intent at times – that’s a main diagnostic criteria right there. God knows if/where I or others have been out of line, but I’m sorry if I have been, and have confused or hurt anyone – if nothing else I think there has been misunderstanding between me and others over this.  

So, this is not an admission I’ve been wrong about everything I’ve ever said or done, or my doctrinal views – but I did want to offer some apologies, and an apologetic explanation for some things I now realize have at least contributed into various conflicts or misunderstandings over the past 5 years, with various people, that I wanted you all to know about. I’m already working on this with the Lord, hoping to become better adjusted, and it’s already been a huge relief. Thank you to everyone and anyone whose prayed for me over the past few years, I really do appreciate it. 

God Bless,

-Nicole

Some of you might find fault in that I published what Nicole called a private letter. I feel that it is necessary to publish her letter because it shows without a doubt that in her own words that her judgments have been clouded and that her actions have been inappropriate. She states that this condition causes a person to not be able to think correctly and even made mention that for a while she thought that perhaps she had Multiple Personality Disorder. By her own admission she has shown that she is the polar opposite of the kind of personality that is loving and caring enough to counsel with wisdom and empathy and by her own admission she has made it quite clear that she cannot discern issues with a clear and impartial mind; hardly the sort of person that should teach or counsel. Now I will post my reply to her. It is only fair that you see how I answered her:

Nicole,

Thank you for writing. I hope and pray that things go well for you. Please forgive me for what I’m about to say, but after being your whipping post ever since we met it is hard to determine whether this is for real or if this is just another attempt to lull me into a sense of security, only to have you pounce and attack again. I truly do hope that you have sought out help and that you are getting it, and if true, then Hallel Yahweh.

I still am a bit skeptical Nicole because your letter seems to go well to explain (perhaps) why you do what you do, but it seems sort of hollow and not really an apology at all, but a way to get out of the mistakes you have made. The last paragraph cinched it for me in that you create a caveat for your actions and refuse to recant some of your actions which when directed in my direction and in the direction of Jim have always been focused on doctrine and how you feel that our doctrine is heresy, maligned with the Word of God and/or just plain stupid. Do you see Nicole, your doctrine has been the cause for contention; not that any of us has attacked you at first, but that you attacked first and then became incensed when called out on the carpet to question your doctrine. You say that you’re sorry, but you still have your article about Jim being a heretic on the internet? How sorry are you? Not very sorry as far as I can see.

The thing now Nicole is that you’ve admitted that you have a psychiatric condition you are not, nor have you been a good candidate for counseling people, nor should you have ever been teaching people anything. By the admission of your letter, you cannot think clearly nor process things clearly and that makes you a danger where the teaching and counseling of others is concerned. Everything you’ve done has been out of emotion and if you’re honest, you’ll admit that research, whether Biblical or scientific cannot be clearly conducted through emotion. If you are serious and honest about this whole Asperger’s aspect of your life and character then you need to immediately get out of ministry. How long? Well perhaps forever or for a long time, perhaps years. I’ve read up on this condition and there is no cure except for the touch of Yahweh’s hand. You need to cease everything in ministry, to do otherwise you present a danger to others. You need to see if your doctrine is based on the truth or on what your condition caused you to proclaim. You should pull down everything from the internet until you can determine, and other non-biased people can determine whether your doctrine is scripturally sound and Biblically based.

If you do these things then I will lean toward the notion that you are perhaps serious and that the condition you described is for real. If not, I will just deduce that the letter that you sent to me, and to others is just another conniving attempt to get yourself out of hot water and justify your actions and/or to further your delusions. Also, it would be more correct if you were to write to every person that you have wronged and, in detail mention where you were wrong, say you are sorry and then ask for forgiveness. A blanket letter filled with vagueness doesn’t seem right and makes it seem like you’re shallow and unrepentant.

Hope it all works out for you.

David

 

To some it may appear that my answer to Nicole was harsh and unforgiving, but that is not so. As I mentioned earlier, I’ve received various types of letters from Nicole, some where she seemed repentant but she would always slip into malevolence. As the saying goes, “fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.” So while I hope that things will get better I have many remembrances of bizarre and twisted texts to me where I was dope slapped, so I’m a bit Nicole Shy when it comes to trusting this woman.

What I found interesting about her letter is that although she makes a shallow apology to many of us she refuses to acknowledge that her doctrine could be flawed. What she described as her condition, and from what is written about Asperger’s on some Asperger support sites, they are only able to focus on one thing and one thing only. Trying to focus on multiple things frustrates those with Asperger’s yet a look at Nicole’s studies and her slanders of other researchers shows that she has tried to focus on many things and excel in knowledge of those many things; something that autistic people just cannot do effectively. So to say that she will not even budge on her doctrines and beliefs doesn’t sound repentant to me, but the opposite, obstinate, prideful and unbending. If you followed the link that she provided in her letter it is basically a mirror of her letter to me and the others. In that letter however, she mentions that she is not going to change her doctrine. She announces that she has been rated as a “genius” and suggests that her intelligence qualifies her to continue to research and teach. Unfortunate for her, and others who might sit under her tutorage the understanding of scripture, its implementation and its teachings are all multifaceted in nature, like a multilayered truth and as you will see from the description of those with Asperger’s Syndrome, the truths cannot be understood by someone suffering from this condition; nor do they have the capability to show empathy which is a must when teaching, counseling and even researching the Holy Writ.

 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15

I advised Nicole in my letter to her that she should get out of ministry, specifically counseling and teaching, perhaps forever. I also told her that a sign that she could be conciliatory toward those that she hurt would be to take down the malicious lies that she has posted about Jim Wilhelmsen. A search of her website shows that she has not heeded my advice nor my challenge to prove herself as being genuinely sorry and apologetic. (see symptom 7)

I did a bit of research on Asperger’s Syndrome and found that most of those with her condition exhibit the following symptoms:

Asperger syndrome in adults has some common characteristics such as: 

  1. Lack of managing appropriate social conduct
     
  2. High intelligence
     
  3. Anger management problems
     
  4. Controlling feelings such as depression, fear or anxiety
     
  5. Lack of empathy
     
  6. Inability to listen to others
     
  7. Inflexible thinking
     
  8. Repetitive routines provides feelings of security
     
  9. Stress when their routine suddenly changes
     
  10. Inability to think in abstract ways
     
  11. Specialised fields of interest
     
  12. Visual thinking

[Source: http://www.asperger-advice.com/asperger-symptoms-in-adults.html]

You see dear brothers and sisters, almost all of the symptoms listed above are detrimental to those who wish to minister to others, teach others and counsel others. Nicole has demonstrated to many of us through her behavior that she is a brilliant person, probably a genius, which she proudly proclaims in her public apology, but if she is unable to be corrected for flawed doctrinal views and takes the “it’s my way or the highway” attitude then she is primed to be the sort of person who will create her own doctrine and rebuff any attempts to show her where she’s wrong. I’ve seen that many times.

Likewise, exhort the young men to be sober-minded, in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you. Titus 2:6-8

In the Greek, to be sound minded means to be in one’s right mind, to exercise self control, to put a moderate estimate upon one’s self, to think of one’s self soberly and to curb one’s passions. Again, these are things that Asperger’s Syndrome affected people have a hard time doing.

She is not the sort of person that should research Biblical data because biblical data isn’t always black and white. We all know that scripture is used by the Holy Spirit and He tailors it to meet different situational motifs and that goes against what the Asperger’s patient can accept. You cannot counsel if you lack empathy (compassion) and you have an inability to listen to others, nor can you teach if Asperger’s traits are present.

Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:1 Peter 3:8

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

Yahweh tells us that His Word is quite complex, very deep and intricate and He’s said in other places of scripture that He could not be fully known. For Nicole to say that she can know the things of Yahweh because she has a “genius” intelligence quotient is quite a bold statement and would seem to discount her need for the Holy Spirit, without whom the rest of us can barely scratch the surface of knowing Yahweh, although He teaches us constantly how to know Him through His Spirit’s revelation of His Word.

I want to make it so very clear that I do not have it out for Nicole Malone. I am not saying that she is not a believer in Yeshua and I am not saying that she is not saved by the Blood of our Yahweh Yeshua. While I dislike very much the things that she has done to me and the things that she has said to me I do forgive her. I bless her life and pray that she gets things worked out with Yahweh’s help and touch. Should she someday decide to get into some method of works to further the Kingdom of Yahweh, and it is a work that her Asperger’s Syndrome would not impede her in then I will gladly bless that work. However, I will again categorically state that research, teaching and counseling is not on the list of valid works for Nicole.

It is my hope and prayer that someday Nicole will realize that what I’ve said is true, but she would have to be a flexible thinker with the ability to listen to what I have told her, both skills that she admits that she cannot utilize because she does not possess them. A few years ago, when Nicole had proclaimed a short term cease fire I tried to minister to her. Yahweh told me to tell her to sit at His feet, just like the account in Scripture where Mary sat at Yeshua’s feet, loved Him and learned from Him. This would have done her wonders and although she agreed to do what was suggested it did not last and she slid back into open warfare against me. I don’t see her as being teachable or willing to received what Yahweh thinks is best for her. I’ve prayed long and hard about all of this, and saw her letter as encouraging, until I read the last paragraph and saw that she wasn’t bearing any fruit of repentance or restoration with those whom she has hurt.

Therefore, it is my duty to warn people by saying that if Nicole Malone offers to teach you anything or if she offers to counsel you about anything that it is probably a good idea that you seek another person, and a person that is not under her influence either. If you read her doctrine then please take what she says with a grain of salt or better yet, seek out others for correct doctrine. She knows what the problem is, and what she needs to do to correct the damage that she has done, yet seems unwilling and even adamant that she will not try to fix the damage that she has done. By her own admission she is a very intelligent person with a syndrome that makes her lack empathy, not listen to others, with anger management problems and lacks appropriate social skills; plus, she has never sat as a disciple to learn from an elder about the faith that she tutors others on.

If you fault me for writing this warning then let me remind you that there are people like myself that are commissioned to be watchmen on the wall; people who, when they observe danger coming, are required by their calling to warn those within the wall of that clear and present danger. While I do not say that Nicole Malone is dangerous in a physical sense, I do know without one shred of doubt that there is danger in false teaching and false doctrine. If I warned you that someone was about to harm you physically you would probably be thankful. If I told you that the stock options that you had were going to crash and I saved your nest egg you would be happy. Now I warn you that you could receive false doctrine and/or teaching that could put you in spiritual peril and lead you to an unfruitful life; I hope that you would be happy about this warning too. I do know that I have personally experienced the volleys of her arrows and I know what she is capable of when she has her mind set on destroying a person. Experience is a great teacher. Having learned from experience and now having written confirmation that there is a problem that causes Nicole to be all of the things listed in the list above, that when I cry danger from the city wall there is a clear and present danger. I know that it is my responsibility and that of others with the same calling to do what we feel Yahweh is calling us to do and to warn others of that danger.  If I am wrong then Yahweh will judge me, but after much prayer and much circumspect thought I feel comfortable posting this warning and I feel that I have accomplished what Yahweh set me out to do.

David

The Last Straw

My Letter on Why I Must Disassociate Myself From
Joseph Jordan, Guy Malone, Nicole Malone And Their Disciples

By David Ruffino

Copyright 2011

 

This letter is being written in response to the plethora of false witness and deception that is being spread around various mediums of the internet in regard to beliefs that are held by myself and those who are ministry partners. This letter is not meant to be a he said vs. he said letter nor is it meant to cause division. I merely want to address issues and to make straight the crooked path. I also want those who read this letter to know that I am disassociating myself from those who have chosen to make that path crooked and have chosen to walk that crooked path. As for me and my house, we will serve Yahweh!

Sometimes during the course of events one finds it necessary to dissolve bonds that one has had with others. Unfortunately this is true in the Christian realm too. The history of the Church of Yeshua is fraught with schisms that at the time have seemed to be sad and awkward, but in the long run has served to enrich those who have loosed the bonds of wickedness so that they could continue on to the ultimate goal of bringing forth good fruit in Yahweh’s Kingdom.

We live in a season when Yahweh is pruning His vines; when the sheep are being separated from the goats and when the wheat is being separated from the chaff. Yahweh has, for quite a long time, allowed polar opposites to exist side by side within His Church. We don’t know the whole reason why He has decided to do this; but we know that he has a reason, and that there is a time for every purpose under the heavens.

The reason why I am writing this letter of disassociation is a painful one. For the period of four years or so I was leagued by way of ministry and/or mutual friendship, with people who I thought to be my friends; whom I thought were united with me in ministry and who I thought were running the race with me on a level playing field. Actions by these people over the past three or four years have showed me that this is not the case; and in many aspects, this is just like the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy:

Alexander the metalworker did me a great deal of harm. The Lord will repay him for what he has done. You too should be on your guard against him, because he strongly opposed our message. At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them.

But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen. 2 Timothy 4:14-18

I feel a certain kinship with Paul because attempts have been made by several if not all of these individuals to ruin the ministry that Yahweh has given to me, and to personally ruin my name. Through all of this, Yahweh has preserved both me and the Ministry from harm by these nefarious people. Many years ago, when I was still very young in my faith in Yeshua, the brother who discipled me told me that I should put everything in Yahweh’s hands, and that He takes care of His own. I have found that advice to be good advice that has stood the test of time.

I think that everyone reading this can attest that there is nobody else in the whole world that holds to everything that others hold to. It can be something very trite and something that doesn’t mean a hill of beans, but we are all different. This is a good thing because Yahweh made us all different and that makes us all individuals; not robots or drones, but everyone is separate and distinct and each person has to answer to Yahweh for what he or she has done; and yes I mean even believers in Yeshua. It is the core values that make us united. Born Again Christians, along with some Catholics and some peoples from every Protestant denomination all believe that Yeshua was the son of God and also God in the flesh. We believe that Yeshua died for our sins and that Elohim raised Yeshua on the third day. These are all core beliefs that unite us. However, some people choose to focus on the trivial things and that is where trouble ensues.

In the Christian UFO Researcher Realm this very stigma has seemed to enter in and it has divided this community. Some have chosen to take the one or two trivial things where we differ and they have chosen to capitalize on them in order to become sort of “top dog” in this research realm. It is a sad thing that they have not chosen the thousand good things that we have in common and have chosen to ignore these things in order to beat the trivial issues to death.

The trivial issue, although not trivial in the long term scheme of things, could have been worked out. The issue that I am referring to is whether the alien abduction phenomenon is physical or spiritual in nature. It has always been my point of view, and that of other close associates (other than the nefarious people) that the answer to this question can only be found by considering each case individually.

In recent years people like Joe Jordan have contended that the event is strictly spiritual or psychic and I have not argued with him because in some cases there appears to be only a spiritual component. One of Joe’s cases, where a man never left his girlfriend’s side while he claimed to have been abducted bears out Joe’s assertion. Other cases bear out the undeniable fact that this phenomena starts out spiritual, becomes all too physical and then disappears back into the spiritual realm again. So my stance has always been to agree to disagree with Joe about this; but it appears that Joe, and his disciples Guy and Nicole (Paradox) Malone have gone on a witch hunt wherewith they feel it necessary to vilify those who see any sort of physical component to the alien abduction phenomenon.

Over the past few years I always though it hypocritical that Joe Jordan, a man who has always touted that, “the proof is in the testimonies,” lives by that notion until someone says that they believe their abduction event was physical in nature. Having been in his company on several occasions I have seen him defensively rise to a sharp and sarcastic anger when presented with a case that challenges his “spiritual only,” theory. I have been at the receiving end of that anger and I can attest that it is NOT a righteous anger, but an anger that someone gets when they are convicted of a wrong and they do not want to admit that they are wrong. This is not a godly behavior. This sort of behavior shows that there is a very big pride problem, those of us who know scripture know how Yahweh feels about pride; he equates it with iniquity and idolatry:

For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.1 Samuel 15:23

Recently, in an effort to ramp up their attack against me and others who believe in the physicality of the alien abduction event, Joe, Guy Malone and Nicole Malone have mounted a FaceBook campaign where they have chosen to malign us. They have recruited young and baby Christians in their holy war. People that we have never met and who do not know what we believe have begun to vilify us on FaceBook and this has also spilled over into the YouTube community. Myself, having come from Jewish heritage know all too well what happens when people start a vilification campaign and it is left unchecked. Up to and including the 20th Century we were blamed for every ill of society, and we have paid dearly with our spilled blood and our lives. In most cases the hatred started by whispers and murmurs that started like, “do you know what those Jews believe,” after which the purges, pogroms and inquisitions started. The murmurings of Joe, Guy, Nicole and their disciples of hate have already taken off like wildfires and like I said, people who have never met us, talked to us or even read our work seriously have called us heretics and false teachers and false prophets because the Florida Three have not agreed to disagree about the origins of alien abduction.

Also recently these three people along with their disciples have mounted a campaign where they are questioning what scripture really says about fallen angels, their offspring (the Nephilim) and whether there has been a Nephilim presence after the flood. They have twisted scripture to construe the notion that after the flood all of the giants that are mentioned are just normal humans with gigantism genetic traits. I guess that this should come as no surprise, as they have Guy Malone as their “biblical experts,” a man who in earlier days twisted scripture to try to convince people that nude photography was condoned by scripture; that being a Christian Bartender was scripturally plausible; and who even tried to start his own church, titled “the antichurch,” and who later changed the name “Mystery Fellowship,” because he received so much flack about the first title. According to him in his latter site, just about every Christian that attended a 501c3 church was deceived and lost. In addition to Guy, they have Nicole, a self proclaimed scripture expert who started ministry almost immediately after her conversion and had never sat under any sort of discipleship program. Unfortunately, this is a common setup for the makings of a cult.

These three persons, who hail themselves as the ultimate knowledge in all things relating to the alien abduction phenomena have denied some very basic and simple scriptures, or they have twisted them to fit their own agenda. Take for instance the report of the twelve spies who were sent out by Yehoshua to reconnoiter the land of Canaan. Ten of them came back from their mission in utter fear, stating that the Nephilim dwelled in the land. David went up against Goliath, whom Joe’s crowd would say was just a human suffering from gigantism. They neglect to see however that David brought extra stones with him and that was because Goliath had brothers, and the scripture tends to assert that they were giants too. As far as I can ascertain, gigantism doesn’t affect multiple members of a household or multiple siblings. Furthermore, Jordan and his crew fail to explain scripturally some tribes mentioned as living in the land of Canaan where the the whole tribe was equated as consisting of giants (Nephilim). We’re told in the New Testament that women should have a male spiritual covering over them on account of the angels. That could only mean that the angels were still a serious concern around the time that the Epistles were written.

And finally and perhaps most importantly, we have the testimony of Yeshua who said that upon his return it would be like it was during the days of Noah. Joe and his crowd assert that it will be just like life has always been, that people would marry and be given in marriage and that they will be wicked. Well first off, let’s look at this. These activities were also happening at the same time that Yeshua was preaching his Matthew 24 message so in essence things were the same then as they were during Noah’s time so why would Yeshua even accentuate the importance of Noah’s time with Yeshua’s return if everything was to be status quo? No, there has to be something strangely different happening when he will return and the only difference is that there will be a fallen angelic intrusion into our modern society and there will be Nephilim. And lest we not forget that Noah’s time reach well into the post flood era. Noah lived long enough to have communion with Abraham so it is entirely possible that in Noah’s post flood days that more incursions of fallen angels with human females occurred producing the Nephilim that infested Canaan up until Yahweh brought the Israeli armies to the land to eradicate them. Also, this would help to explain why a God of love would command Yehoshua and his armies to go into certain cities to slay every man, woman, child and animal in those cities. The only good reason would be that there were Nephilim there and that the fallen angels had corrupted the genetic pools of all of the persons in those cities. There is also new evidence appearing that shows that the Cities of The Plain, like Sodom and Gomorrah had ties with Nephilim populations. Notice how the population of Sodom turned down Lot’s offer of his maiden daughters and demanded to have sexual relations with Yahweh’s holy angels; many scholars thinking that one of those angels was actually a preincarnate theophany of Yeshua himself. Let’s face it, placing Nephilim after the flood explain many of Yahweh’s actions that without this notion make Yahweh out to be a wicked and cruel taskmaster with a thirst for blood; but placing the Nephilim into the mix causes one to realize that Yahweh did what he did to do away with a corrupted genetic bloodline; one that was again half angelic and half human, namely Nephilim.

Getting back to the antics of the Malone’s, I am one that takes scripture and Yahweh very seriously and I am vehemently opposed to false teaching, so I addressed these issues (bartending, nude photography and the “antichurch”) with Mr. Malone. I want it to be known that I was not the first to address these issues with him; I know of others and some of them alerted me to his heretical ways. I know for a fact that he had been approached in a Matthew 18 way and that he only dug his heels in deeper, rather than repent and pray for restoration after a period of humility and contriteness. For my efforts, which I still feel were led by Yahweh, Mr. Malone and his then common-law wife Nicole went through great lengths to bring me to the correction that they thought I needed. They instituted their own Matthew 18 correction process, trying to bring in as mediators Joe Jordan, my pastor and even an elder in my Church. Joe told them that they were not acting properly and opted out of the fracas and my pastor and elder answered them back, telling him that they knew me and my heart and would not get involved.

With their efforts frustrated, The Malone’s tried another tactic. Back then my web ministry had a membership that was open to all Christians. Nicole Malone came in under a pseudonym and I thought this person to be a genuine believer that wanted to be part of the ministry. Through this deception, Nicole was able to get the names and e-mail addresses of the other members wherewith she sent letters to each one telling them how I was a bad Christian and she made various accounts of false witness about me and the ministry. In an effort to do damage control, I wrote to everyone, asking them to forgive me for allowing this upstart to join and telling them about Nicole’s deception. Three good members left the ministry because of Nicole’s lies; but Yahweh was faithful and about nine people joined in the following month. This is what I mean about Yahweh always watching my back.

There is a sad follow-up to all of this. I cannot remember if it was in 2007 or 2008, but one of those years during my time in Roswell, New Mexico, I was alone with Joe Jordan and I asked him a question point blank. I expressed to him that I thought that Guy Malone was a problem and that he does nothing but try to cause division and that he has at best of a questionable character. I asked Joe why he hangs out with this man, seeing that he is one of the more ungodly people that I know. Joe sort of got a half grin on his face and said to me, “I know that he’s a problem, and believe me I know enough bad stuff about Alien Resistance and Guy that I could put an end to it in a week’s time.” Of course I asked him why he didn’t do the right thing and do what he just said he could do. He told me that he thought that Guy was basically a good guy who was all messed up and that he thought that Guy would turn around. I told Joe that he better hope that Guy turns around because if he didn’t, he would take Joe down with him. The fulfillment of that word will happen, but only Yahweh knows when.

Recently a video has surfaced on YouTube that is chock full of false witness. In that video the speakers Joe Jordan and Guy Malone assert that me and my associates believe that there are real Nephilim in our current society and world. We do hold to that belief and we believe that there is enough evidence scripturally to prove that point. I encourage any of you to read my website, or Jim Wilhelmsen’s website, or to read the works of Dante Fortson and Wilhelmsen’s “Beyond Science Fiction” book to get more clarity. These resources can show you the scriptures that would take up too much room in this letter, which started out to be a simple letter and has gotten longer than I anticipated. It is the assertion of the Florida Three and their disciples that we hold to some sort of strange doctrine that holds that we feel that certain people are Nephilim, and since they are not totally human they are beyond the salvation of Yeshua Ha Mashiach. This is hogwash in its highest degree. We take quite seriously the scripture where Yeshua tells us to preach the His Gospel to ALL CREATURES. There is a reason why Yeshua used the word creatures. He could have said “all men,” but he didn’t. The whole reason why Yeshua said, “all creatures,” is because in our latter days the Nephilim would be so similar and so undistinguishable from genuine human beings that He didn’t want us to make a differentiation between lest we make an error and dismiss a wrong person as being a Nephilim. I believe emphatically that we are to plant the seeds and let Yahweh water and tend the garden. So I categorically deny the false witness of Jordan and the Malone’s and call them for what they are; liars and deceivers and of course I call on them to recant what they have said but I firmly believe I will see swine flying past my front window before that happens.

I know that this letter is long, but please hang in there; I am almost done. There are a few more things that I would like to address, and I feel that it would be appropriate to address the questions that people have written me concerning some issues related to all of this. Since I have cut and pasted this section I ask you in advance to excuse any redundancy:

Question: If Joe is a founder of PAAPSI like it says in your book then how come he isn’t one of your counselors or contact persons?

Answer: That is one of only two errors in the book and it was put there by the publisher, not me. Actually, Joe was a cofounder of AACCOA (Alien Abduction Crisis Centers of America) which preceded PAAPSI. The AACCOA was founded by Jim Wilhelmsen, Joe Jordan and Myself. Jim and I realized that the scope of our ministry wasn’t just for the America’s but for the whole world and we also realized that paranormal activity was akin to UFO’s and alien abduction, because they have the same author. When different names were submitted to the three of us both Jim and I liked PAAPSI (Paranormal and Alien Abduction Problem Solvers International) but Joe didn’t like the name very much. In addition, Joe was starting another counseling ministry aside from ours and when he wanted us to funnel all of our contacts to him so that he could dole them out to people and we resisted that idea then Joe bowed out of PAAPSI. So the answer is that Joe didn’t get his way and left so he is NOT a cofounder of PAAPSI. By the way, the second error in the book is that it states that I was a member of CE4 Research, which I have NEVER been and I don’t have plans to ever be one either.

Question: (This one asked several times) – I see that your name is on the Unholy Communion book as the other author. However, after reading it it seems like you are the primary author. I heard Joe say/infer that he told you what to write and you wrote the book for him. What’s up?

Answer: This is quite involved so bear with me as I explain. First of all, let me say that the book was really written by the Ruach Ha Kodesh (Holy Spirit) and He used me as His pen. The ideas presented in the book aren’t unique to anyone, except for certain stories of experiences told by abductees and by me, the primary human author. The ideas presented in the book were disseminated to several individuals who were ALL given these thoughts by the Ruach Ha Kodesh. For Joe to take credit for the book is wrong on several accounts; the first mentioned above. Joe is responsible for obtaining three or four of the testimonies of the book and that’s about it and even then the testimonies were on videotape and I was the one who sat through the tapes typing as I listened to the attesters speak. So here is the way it is. The Holy Spirit penned the book through me and used me to inject my own thoughts into the book. Joe is at best a minor contributor to the book but I gave Joe the title of author as a friendly gesture which I now regret.

It should also be noted that there was a time when Joe wanted to end his affiliation with the book. Both Joe and I were sent contracts by the publisher and he asked us to sign and return them. At first Joe misunderstood one of the provision of the contract and thought that by signing the contract he would be restricted from using the contents of the book in future talks and seminars. With this in his mind he called me and asked me to remove him from the contract, which I did. After Joe contacted the publisher and it was explained to him that he could use any of the content of the book at such events as mentioned above Joe again called me and begged me to put his name back on the contract. Again my good will worked against me and I agreed; another thing that I now regret. One has to ask that if Joe was the real impetus behind the book why then be so eager to disassociate himself from it during that period? The simple answer is that he is not an author nor was he the impetus for writing the Unholy Communion Book, but merely a minor contributor.

Question: Your book bears a remarkable resemblance to the talk in Roswell in 2008 which Joe claims to be his talk and video. Why would the book be different?

Answer: I was a speaker along with Joe in 2008 in Roswell. He asked me to speak alongside of him. You probably noticed that the content of the talk, which was read from the slides on the screen were the same as in the book. There is a simple answer for that. I was the one who wrote the whole Microsoft Powerpoint file for the talk. I did all of the research, both biblical and secular. It took me a couple of weeks to put the presentation together. On the day before the talk I worked until two o’clock in the morning so that the talk could be complete. That gave me the right to use the material in the Unholy Communion book. The slide presentation is copyrighted under my name and is available to view on the Delusion Resistance Website.

The video rights of the talk in Roswell do belong to Joe’s and his CE4 Research Group. Joe asked me in 2007 to speak in Roswell in 2008. CE4 Research flew my fiancé and I to Roswell and provided lodging for the event. And for those who would try to write something into that, she and I stayed in separate rooms. I received a speaker’s fee from the City of Roswell which I claimed as income on my 2008 Federal Income Tax. Some have asked that since the talk belongs to Joe and that the title of the talk is Unholy Communion, that he owns rights to the Unholy Communion book. It is true that both the talk and the book are called Unholy Communion; however the subtitles differentiate the two. Joe’s talk in Roswell is called; Unholy Communion – The Unwanted Piece of The UFO Puzzle.” The name of the book is; “Unholy Communion – The Alien Abduction Phenomenon, Where it Originates and How it Stops.” To my knowledge, there are at least two other books with the title Unholy Communion, but the subtitles show that they are of different genre. There even exists one heavy metal Satanic group named Unholy Communion, and I bear no kinship to their mission and purpose; as a matter of fact I am diametrically opposed to what they stand for, however I cannot speak for Joe in that regard. For the record, Unholy Communion – The Alien Abduction Phenomenon, Where it Originates and How it Stops,” is copyrighted to 2010 to David Ruffino, this author. I do not know if Joe has used the contents of the book in his talks and I will not restrict him from doing so but I reserve the right to make those restrictions should I see the need to do so, except for the minor content that he contributed to the book of course.

Question: What brought about this schism anyway?

Answer: I can answer this question only in part because delving too deeply would be redundant as a lot of it was mentioned earlier in this letter. There are people involved on the other side of this whole thing that like to twist things and blow them completely out of proportion and sadly, these people are key players in the Christian UFO Research Community, so much so that a lot of people would pick and choose sides at the word of the testimony of these people irregardless of the fact that they would be telling untruths. Again, this is not the aim of this letter. I only want to explain why I am totally disassociating myself from Jordan, the Malone’s and all of their little sycophants.

The people that I mentioned above have done their best to try to destroy the ministries of both Jim Wilhelmsen and myself; but Yahweh in His grace and justice has preserved us. The first problem is that Mr. Jordan is good friends with these people and ministerial partners with them. In a past phone conversation I informed Mr. Jordan that since he was friends with these people, that I didn’t want to come between their friendship and that if Mr. Jordan thought it best, he should let our friendship fall by the wayside. I made my decision based on a few reasons. The first reason is that I really didn’t want to come between Joe and these other people simply because he knew them for a long time and if I did come between them it would only lead to a unfruitful break in ties because I knew that he would choose them over me without much thought. In many ways they all have a symbiotic relationship and they feed off of each other.

The second reason is that since these other people were bearing bad fruit, in a biblical sense, I really didn’t want to be associated in any way with them. A minister of the Gospel of Yeshua Ha Mashiach has to be very cautious of any and all ties that they make because any sort of problems with other people will always be transferred to any and all associates of the person in trouble; otherwise called “guilt by association.” I cannot nor will I ever put my association with Yeshua in a questionable light by associating with people who associate with reprobates and upstarts.

Thirdly, Yahweh gave me at least two visions or dreams that He wanted me to share with Mr. Jordan; which I was faithful to do. These visions and dreams were allegories which spoke about making wrong decisions where alliances were concerned and although Mr. Jordan acknowledge that he understood these revelations that were given to him, he still chose the wrong route; meaning that he was just paying me lip service and didn’t take me or Yahweh’s revelations seriously.

Fourth; Mr. Jordan and I have differing thoughts as to the realities of the alien abduction phenomenon. This was addressed earlier in this letter.

Fifth: Having spent a good deal of time with Mr. Jordan I have noticed that there is a critical spirit about him. When everything is going his way he is a very congenial person; very giving and polite. However, when someone is on his radar screen he can act with a sarcasm that can be very demeaning. Granted, most of humanity share the same attributes; but a minister of the Gospel of Yeshua Ha Mashiach needs to be of a humble and contrite nature and I’ve seen very little of those two attributes in Joe. I could not continue to associate myself with narcissism.

And lastly, for now at least, there was the last straw. As I  mentioned earlier on this page I attribute the authorship of the Unholy Communion Book to the Holy Spirit; and that He used me to pen the words that He wanted people to read and know. And also as I mentioned above, I wrote the content of the book and Joe only added three or four testimonies that I had to type from video interviews. Just before the book went to print, I received the following e-mail from Joe on March 18, 2009:

Hi Guys, I gotta say, great job. Dave , you really did a great job putting it all together for me. As I said before, I can talk it, but I could never put it together in written words like you did. I am glad the Lord led us to meet back in 05′. I believe there will be many blessing from finally being able to share this with the world…… GOD Bless Joe [Note that the letter was addressed to another person whom I don’t want to involve in this document]

I wrote back to Joe, explaining to him that what I did, I did for Yahweh, and not for Joe. I tried to explain to him that all things that are done to bring glory to Yahweh come from Yahweh. I explained to him that many of the stories, allegories and such that are in the book are things that I either lived or was given by Yahweh and that Joe had no part or interest in those things. I also felt led to warn him about his pride and such and that he should realize who was really in control, namely Yahweh Yeshua. Below is the letter that I sent to Joe:

From: David Ruffino <david-ben-yaakov@********>
Subject: RE: David and Joseph, ***************
To: “‘Joseph Jordan'” <ce4president@*******>
Date: Friday, March 19, 2010, 1:05 AM

Hi Joe,

Hope everything is going well for you. Well, I don’t know what to say. Frankly, I never thought that I was putting it together for you. I know that we have collaborated on a lot of things and that there are things in the book that Yahweh enlightened you with. But on the other hand there are a lot of unique things that Yahweh gave to me that are in the book. The last time that I read through the book I noticed that there is a lot of sentence structure that seems like it is something that I could not have thought of on my own and there are words that were given to me that I normally would not use. So what I am trying to say is that the book is Holy Spirit inspired and anything that you or I might attribute to ourselves really originally came from Yahweh anyway, so I am calling it His book. To say that any of the work that I have done is my own would be akin to plagiarizing the Almighty Himself, which is a road that I will not travel down.

I sincerely hope and pray that you will take the same attitude that I am taking about this book. I know that you like to title things as being yours and that is okay to a certain extent, but when it comes to this book, I would appreciate that when you are at your events, or talks or any such things that you will take the humble and contrite approach and give credit to Yahweh as the true author who used his servants to get the word out to both the Church and all others. Of course you are free to do whatever you want in such situations, but I pray that you put Yeshua first; because that is where He belongs.

I really hope that you didn’t find any harshness in this letter. Yeshua dealt with me early on about this authorship thing and it has raised up its ugly head time and time again; but like Yeshua told me just two weeks ago, “David, this is MY BOOK and although you did the lion’s share of the work, I am the author.” I truly believe that Yahweh is going to guard this book with a jealousy that only He can exhibit and I want to warn you like He warned me that I don’t get on the wrong side of His jealousy. Thanks for understanding Joe, and I pray Yahweh Yeshua’s blessing on you, as long as you work His purposes through His will.

Only By The Blood of Yeshua,

David

For this I got the following sarcastic reply on March 19, 2009:

Dave, lets try this one more time, THANK YOU.

After this communication I again wrote to Jordan, again stressing what I elaborated on above, but I never got an answer.

Another evidence that Joe had very little to do with the writing of Unholy Communion is the fact that by his own mouth, he knows very little if anything concerning scripture. In the recent video of Joe Jordan, Guy Malone and Mike Tatar, where all three of them chime in on the persecution of their perceived enemies, Joe clearly says to Guy Malone (at 9 minutes and 27 seconds into the video) the following where the supposed spiritual proof of their belief system is concerned:

“I’m not going to get into the scriptural aspect, I don’t know enough of it to address it that way..”

So you can see that when it comes to just about anything concerning scripture, Joe is in no way a learned scholar and the only scripture that he knows is a scripture here and a scripture there that he can use to bolster the perception that he knows what he is talking about. When I told him that I was going to write the Unholy Communion book Joe stated that it was a good idea the I write a book because he could not formulate into words what would need to be said and he said that I had a good scriptural foundation and he did not. These are not the words of someone who can take credit for writing a book, especially when they lack the skill and scriptural basis for doing so; and just a cursory look at Unholy Communion shows that its texts are inundated with scriptural references and even word studies in Greek and Hebrew.

So now I am at the end of this letter. I feel that I have fully explained why I feel the need to make this public proclamation of disassociation with Joe Jordan, CE4 Research and any and all things concerning the above. I also proclaim that any affiliation with that I was perceived to have with Guy Malone, Nicole Malone, or any other person or entity associated with Alien Resistance or any subset of that organization or any mention of any affiliation is retroactively rescinded and dissolved.

It is also my hope and desire that people not judge my book, Unholy Communion unfairly simply because Joe Jordan is listed as an author. He was not an author, but a minor contributor who probably hasn’t even read the book because if he had he would see that his beliefs about the origins and activities as of the evil entities involved in alien abduction are almost a polar opposite of what Unholy Communion exhibits in its pages. I deeply regret naming him as an author and it is a mistake that I will have to live with for a long time, or until I can revise the book and remove him from it entirely. It is a great book and explains in easy to read terms all about the biblical aspect of who the aliens are and what their agenda is in these last days of human history.

And finally, I know that Joe and his cabal are doing their best to ruin the lives of abductees by telling them that they were all part of some cosmic fantasy, but I make myself and all of PAAPSI available to minister like a true and caring minister of the Gospel of Yeshua Ha Mashiach to all who need and want our services. You’ve gone through a horrible ordeal that was real, both spiritually and physically and we won’t turn you away no matter what you think your ordeal was. Joe and his disciples want to cherry pick who they want to help, but we make ourselves available to everyone and we’ll love you with the love of Yeshua, not like those who are turned aside to fables and who use worldly wisdom.

Thank you for reading this letter, for your understanding and of course for your prayers during this time of a battle that we did not want but are forced to fight.

Your Brother In Mashiach Yeshua

David Ruffino (AKA David Ben Ya’akov)