"LET THERE BE LIGHT" Ministries
July - August, 2000
"There are many precious truths contained in the Word of God, but it is `PRESENT TRUTH' that the flock needs now." Early Writings, p 63.
Elder: robert sessler
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear brothers and sisters,
1 John 3:1.
In two of our previous Newsletters, we examined the issue of Christ's nature and flesh, clearly understanding that Christ lived His human life in the sinful nature and flesh of humanity--not the sinless nature and flesh. We will now examine the issue of the nature of sin.
The main point at stake with this issue is whether it is possible, or impossible, for anyone today to overcome all sin as did Christ when He was on this earth. Most all of the churches of Babylon believe that it is impossible to overcome all sin. They believe that all humanity were born sinners, and thus reason that sin will always be a part of life. In other words, these Babylonian churches and theologian leaders believe in the Augustinian and Catholic doctrine of original sin. And this includes the S.D.A. church!
"The spiritual disease that has infected all of us is sin...we are all in a sinful state because of the decision of Adam, the corporate head of the human race...by man [Adam] sin entered into the world, and as a result, all men sinned. That is, because of Adam's sin, all men became sinners....
"We are sinful by nature." Adventist Review, June 28, 1990, p 8-9.
"We are all sinners, whether we have ever done anything `wrong' or not. It is not sinning that makes us sinners. It is getting born that makes us sinners....
"We are born sinners, and we sin because we are sinners. We are not sinners because we sin!...
"Since we are sinners by nature, we of ourselves are never going to be able to produce any obedience." Faith That Works, p 161-65.
"We are born sinful...Clearly Adam's sin affected the race--constituted them sinners." Issues: The Seventh-day Adventist Church and Certain Private Ministries, p 118.
"We are born sinners." SDA Senior Sabbath School Quarterly, First Quarter, January 23, 1983, p 35.
Other Christians believe that we are indeed born in sin, but no one is born a sinner. These hold that a person only becomes a sinner when they choose to sin. But what does God's word state? Did we sin when our parents sinned, and their parents sinned, and so on, all the way back to Adam? Are we really born sinners?
"...the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness...transgressors shall be taken up in their own naughtiness." Proverbs 11:5-6.
"...he is taken away in his iniquity...that wicked man shall die in his iniquity...for his iniquity that he hath committed, he shall die for it...I will judge you every one after his ways." Ezekiel 33:6, 8, 13, 20.
"It is inevitable that children should suffer from the consequences of parental wrongdoing, but they are not punished for the parents' guilt, except as they participate in their sins. It is usually the case, however, that children walk in the steps of their parents." Patriarchs and Prophets, p 306.
So everyone will be punished for their own sins, not for the sins of their predecessors. Thus no one is born a sinner!
"...The flesh of itself cannot act contrary to the will of God." Adventist Home, p 127.
Now this is a very interesting statement: "The flesh itself cannot act contrary to the will of God." To understand this more clearly, let us use the example of my hand. My hand is made of flesh. It has bones; it has muscles, tendons, and nerves; it also has a blood supply, and thus all the nourishment it needs to function and move. But it cannot move one bit on its own power. The only way my hand can move is if my mind commands it to move. Thus the flesh, of itself, cannot sin against God. Then how is sin committed?
"As we near the end, temptations will be stronger and more seductive, but we need not yield to them, we need not open the door of the heart and invite Satan to enter. There is no power in earth or hell to compel either of you to sin and dishonor your holy faith as you have done." Manuscript Releases, vol 13, p 89-90.
"The strongest temptation is no excuse for sin. However great the pressure brought to bear upon the soul, transgression is our own act. It is not in the power of earth or hell to compel any one to sin. The will must consent, the heart must yield, or passion cannot overbear reason, nor iniquity triumph over righteousness." Signs of the Times, October 4, 1883 (vol 1, p 379).
Sin is committed only when we choose to yield ourselves to the temptation. Thus sin is committed by our own choice. We do not become sinners when we are born, but we become sinners because we choose to be.
"But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
"Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death." James 1:14-15.
Thus when we are enticed and choose to give in to the enticement, then is when sin is committed. Thus no one is born a sinner, but the child becomes a sinner because he chooses to do wrong.
"For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil..." Romans 9:11.
So a child, born with a fallen human nature, has to first do good or evil before you know what his character is. Thus he is not born a sinner. When Christ was born in fallen human flesh, He was not born a sinner. He had to learn to recognize good from evil, and then He had to choose between them. And praise God He never once chose to give in and do evil, but He always chose to do good. He always chose to follow His Father's will.
"Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good. For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings." Isaiah 7:14-16.
Thus Christ was not born a sinner, but He had to choose between right and wrong. If He had chosen wrong, then He would have chosen to sin and become a sinner by that choice. In the same manner, not one of us are born sinners. We make ourselves sinners because we choose to sin. What we inherited from Adam's sin is a fallen human nature and death because of it, but we did not become sinners by his sin--we become sinners by our choice to sin!
Many try to evade this solemn realization, and instead of resting blame upon themselves for their own evil actions, they try to place the blame upon others. In fact, some even charge God with their sins!
"There are many who in their hearts murmur against God. They say, `We inherit the fallen nature of Adam, and are not responsible for our natural imperfections.' They find fault with God's requirements, and complain that He demands what they have no power to give. Satan made the same complaint in heaven, but such thoughts dishonor God." Signs of the Times, August 29, 1892 (vol 2, p 508).
Since no one is born a sinner, what is the real nature of sin, and how does it spread?
"The people of God should awaken to a keen perception of the grievous character of transgression. Sin is disguised, and many are deceived in regard to its nature. Satan has planned it thus, that the understanding may be clouded, the spiritual vision obscured, the perceptive faculties of the soul blunted. But God would not have one of us to be ensnared, therefore the nature of sin is faithfully portrayed in the inspired pages,--its offensive character before God, its corruption, its shame, and its results. Everything has been done that God could do to save man from the power of sin, which defaces the divine image, frustrates God's purpose in man's existence, degrades his God-given powers, narrows his capacity, leads to unholy imaginations, and gives loose rein to unsanctified passions. Sin! how hateful in the sight of God! Holy angels look upon it with abhorrence." Review and Herald, June 3, 1880 (vol 1, p 235-36).
"It is the nature of sin to increase. From generation to generation sin has spread like a contagious disease. Hatred of God's law, and as the sure result hatred of all goodness became universal. The world was in its infancy, yet after sin was first introduced it soon became fearful in its proportions until it deluged the world." Signs of the Times, December 20, 1877 (vol 1, p 48).
"Through the medium of influence, taking advantage of the action of mind on mind, he (Satan) prevailed on Adam to sin....And ever since then sin has continued its hateful work, reaching from mind to mind." Review and Herald, April 16, 1901 (vol 4, p 281).
"Sin is corrupting in its nature. One man infected with its deadly leprosy may communicate the taint to thousands." Conflict and Courage, p 120.
It is the nature of sin to spread like a contagious disease--from one person to another. It is spread by influence; it is spread from mind to mind. And since sin spreads from mind to mind, then it is in the mind in which sin is first committed. It is not committed because we are born sinners. It is first in the mind that sin is accepted and then it is committed, and so it is by choice that we sin.
But what exactly is sin?
"Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law." 1 John 3:4.
Now which law? In James 2:8 it is called the Royal Law. In Exodus 20:3-17 it is called God's Ten Commandments. And in James 1:25 it is called the law of liberty. But liberty from what? It is liberty or freedom from sin. By keeping God's law you would not be committing sin, and thus would be free from it.
Christ came to this earth. He lived as one of us; He took our fallen nature and sinful flesh upon Himself; He resisted all the inward inclinations and desires towards sin, and died as our Substitute and perfect, sinless Pattern. But why?
"...and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins." Matthew 1:21.
Christ died in order to save us from our sins, not in our sins. And this is the whole point why there is such a heated battle and debate over this issue of Christ's nature, and of what flesh He took and lived in. People do not want to be saved from their sins, but they want to continue to commit sin and yet believe they will escape the lake of fire to live forever! This is nothing more than the original lie which Satan deceived Eve by stating that she could disobey God's express command, and yet "ye shall not surely die" (Genesis 3:4).
But God tells us in Ezekiel 18:20 that "the soul that sinneth, it shall die." So to believe that you can continue to live in sin and yet escape death, you are actually believing in the immortality of the soul--that you can sin and live forever, when the Bible states otherwise. This original lie of the devil of the immortality of the soul is the foundational basis for all spiritualism and all occultic religions.
But yet, all the churches of Christendom are teaching this spiritualistic doctrine of the immortality of the soul--that you can sin, and still go to heaven and live forever. And this immortality of the soul heresy is even taught by the S.D.A. church and it's theologians.
"We are sinners. We will be sinners until Jesus comes, and sinners cannot produce obedience....All we can do is to give up ever hoping to produce any real obedience." Faith That Works, p 175.
"We shall never reach sinless perfection in this life." Review, May 19, 1966, p 4.
"We should remember that only when Jesus comes can we be made perfect." Ministry, December, 1965, p 9.
So the Adventist church, along with the other churches of Babylon, is teaching the same lie of the immortality of the soul: that you can continue to sin, and yet you will not die because God will come, make you perfect and give you everlasting life.
So if you believe that Christ did not take our fallen, sinful nature upon Himself; if you believe that Christ did not live in our sinful flesh; if you believe that Christ did not experience the inward, inner desires and inclinations toward committing sin, which He always resisted; if you believe that we are born sinners, and that sin is not committed by choice, including the belief that Christ had advantages over us in overcoming sin which we do not have today, then you are really declaring that you believe in the false doctrine of the immortality of the soul! You are thus involved in spiritualism, and are being led by the devil towards everlasting destruction. Thus you are committing doctrinal suicide!
As sin is committed by our choice to disobey God's law, and since there is no power in heaven or in earth that can compel any of us to sin, then can you and I really keep all of God's commandments and thus overcome all sin?
Moses tells us: "...ye shall...observe to do, all the words of this law. For it is not a vain thing for you; because it is your life..." Deuteronomy 32:46-47.
Joshua tells us: "But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law...to love the Lord your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul." Joshua 22:5.
Jeremiah tells us: "But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts and will be their God, and they shall be my people....for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more." Jeremiah 31:33-34.
David tells us: "I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart." Psalms 40:8.
Paul tells us: "For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified." Romans 2:13.
"Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law." Romans 3:31.
"Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?...Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good." Romans 7:1, 12.
And Christ tells us: "What is written in the law?...
"And he (Jesus) said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live." Luke 10:26, 28.
In fact John tells us: "By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous." 1 John 5:2-3.
So it is only out of love for God that we allow His law to be written in our hearts and minds, and then we can keep and do this law, and thus show our love for Him.
"Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus." Revelation 14:12.
"Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city." Revelation 22:14.
God is very clear that it is required that you and I must keep God's law perfectly. In fact, God expects and requires all of His true people to do so. And what God requires of us He is more than willing to help us perform (see Philippians 4:13)! God has mercifully prepared the way for each and every one of His people to be able to keep His commandments if they choose to.
As such, if we should fail to keep all of God's law and we lose heaven, who is to blame? Is God to blame?
"Cursed be he that confirmeth not all the words of this law to do them." Deuteronomy 27:26.
Thus, if we refuse to keep and do God's law, then we will be cursed.
"If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my judgments; If they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments; Then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes." Psalms 89:30-32.
Therefore who will be punished? It is the very person who chooses to sin.
"And whosoever will not do the law of thy God...let judgment be executed speedily upon him..." Ezra 7:26.
So if we do not keep God's law, what are we facing? Our judgement.
"Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the Lord of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel." Isaiah 5:24.
In fact we are told that there will only be one question asked us in the judgement. And this question is:
"The only question asked in the judgment will be, `Have they been obedient to My commandments.'" Gospel Workers, p 315.
So brothers and sisters, if we do not overcome all sin by keeping all of God's commandments, then who alone is to blame for our sins? We have only ourselves to blame; we cannot blame our parents, friends, circumstances, or even God for our own choice to sin!
But how is it possible to overcome all sin? Many have tried to overcome--exerting all their strength and will power to do so, and have miserably failed. Why did they fail? And more importantly; is it really possible for you and me to no longer commit sin?
"For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I....For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me....But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?" Romans 7:14-15, 18-21, 23-24.
So it is impossible for either you or me, of ourselves, to keep God's law and to overcome all sin in our own strength. We continue to find ourselves giving in to the sin, even though we don't want to. We find ourselves choosing to sin, even though we want to follow God's will and perform righteousness in keeping His law. Thus the big question is:
"...Who then can be saved? And he (Jesus) said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God." Luke 18:27.
This issue will continue to be examined in our next Newsletter (September - October).
"Let There Be Light" Ministries, in union with Warning! Last Call Ministries, held a Mini Camp-meeting this past June 2-4. We were looking forward to fellowshipping with many of our brothers and sisters whom we have not seen for quite some time, and we were not disappointed. The meetings were very blessed by God, and the fellowship was sweet indeed. Brother Cain and myself were privileged to be able to participate in the baptism of two precious souls, one being re-baptized. This dear couple travelled by bus over 60 hours each way to and from Missouri in order to attend the meetings! We greatly appreciate their self-sacrifice, and are keeping them in our prayers for God to continue to richly bless them as they live and work for Him. We were also sincerely praying that God would prepare all the hearts of those whom He was drawing to attend, and praise Him for the answers to our prayers! God poured out His Spirit in rich abundance so that the truth could shine brighter than ever before, and hearts could be enraptured with the beauty of the present truth. We are still considering holding another Camp-meeting later this year in California--Lord willing, and, once again, considering another Camp-meeting next year in Oregon. We solicit your prayers for God to lead and guide us in all these decisions so that we may be good stewards.
Another area in which we raise our voices to greatly praise God is that He impressed several of our fellow brothers and sisters to donate their time and money in a construction project to enlarge our Ministry office, and thus not one dollar of Ministry money was needed for this project! Even though there is still finish work left to complete, we now have been blessed with double the square footage of office space we originally had! So instead of having to endure cramped working quarters and a lack of storage area, we now have much more room in which to carry on the work of God! We gratefully extend our indebted appreciation and love to our God, as well as to these following brothers in the faith: Dick, Doug, Gale, Gary, Gene, Jeremy, Jim, & William, and also to these following sisters in the faith: Betty Jean, Elaine, Elizabeth, Gini, Lizary, & Willie, for making this project become a reality!!
Our co-worker in Fiji has translated two of our booklets into the Fijian language. The booklets are: "Identifying and Escaping Laodicea" and "Jeremiah: The Message Then is the Message Now". He is busy translating other of our booklets, and we are busy formatting them for printing. As it takes 1-6 months for these booklets to be shipped to them, we thought it would be good to have 500 of each booklet printed in Fiji to hold them over until the booklets arrive. The cost will be only $450 total for the two booklets. That is $0.45 per booklet. If God impresses you to help in this project, please let us hear from you soon. Also one of our co-workers in Kenya recently reported to us that they were able to print into Kiswahili 5000 each of two of our booklets on "The Golden Calf" and "The Will". Please keep this vitally important translation work in your prayers--it is helping to accomplish a great work for God!
The Lord is also continuing to bless our Web Site. In the month of May, we had 5,507 hits, which were generated by 1,000 visitors, who stayed an average of 20:13 minutes each. In these Visitor Sessions, 1,176 documents of present truth were viewed. While most of these visitors were from America, we also had visitors from 14 different Countries which included Australia, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Malaysia, Namibia, Philippines, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United Kingdom. All our visitors downloaded over 4500 files, which totalled 156,377,000 bits of information! In June, we had 5,090 hits, which were generated by 1,102 visitors, who stayed an average of 6:43 minutes each! In these Visitor Sessions, 825 documents of present truth were viewed. We had visitors from 14 different Countries, which included Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Macau, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United Kingdom! 4,069 files were downloaded from our Web Site, which totaled 127,331,000 bits of information! So to combined total for these past two months is that over 283 million bits of information were downloaded from our Web Site of Present Truth materials by those who visited! Brethren, we continue to marvel at how God is greatly blessing our efforts at spreading His present truth all over the world. MAY GOD'S HOLY NAME BE PRAISED FOR EVER!!
We also solicit your prayers for our Mission work in foreign lands. During these past few months, we have experienced a decline in donations. So much so that we were not able to support one of our co-workers in Africa, and were barely able to send a minimum amount of support to our other workers. This Mission work is extremely important to continue reaching out further with the present truth Gospel message that this earth may be filled with the glory of God, and an abundant harvest of precious souls can be garnered to God. I can only pray that not one soul will be lost through the lack of funds.
Brethren, we are told: "Plans must be devised and executed for the spread of the truth to all nations of the earth." 5T 203. In our Mission outreach projects, we are trying to carry out this counsel and will of our God. In doing this, plans have already been devised, executed, and God's last message of mercy has already been spreading into many of the foreign nations of the earth--especially into India, Kenya, Malaysia, Namibia, Philippines, Togo, Uganda, and Zambia. These foreign Mission projects alone currently take up about half of our monthly Ministry operating expenses. But there is still much more we could be doing, but the lack of money prevents us. There are new territories which could be entered into, and other full-time workers which could be supported, who would be able to reach out to other souls with the full Three Angels' messages, but the extra funds to do so are not there. So please help us to carry forward our current work, as well as to reach out to other territories and Countries with this precious message of God. "Your money means the salvation of souls. Let there be systematic giving on the part of all. Some may be able to give a large sum, but all can lay aside each week something for the Master....Through the self-denying efforts of God's people others will be brought into the faith..." 9T 55.
"If you would do good with your means, do it at once lest Satan get it in his hands and thus hinder the work of God....The wants of the cause will continually increase as we near the close of time." 5T 154, 156.
MAY GOD RICHLY BLESS YOU ALL AS YOU SACRIFICE FOR HIS GLORY AND UPBUILDING OF HIS KINGDOM!
"Let There Be Light" Ministries is devoted to the spreading of the full Present Truth Gospel message worldwide, and has been doing so since 1986. This Ministry has operating expenses covering the areas of: printing, publishing, and writing of present truth books, booklets, tracts, and other literature; video and audio production, and distribution; Web Site production and evangelistic outreach; supporting several ministers/workers in foreign Countries; mail order--both domestic and foreign; holding meetings; answering correspondence and questions regarding the message of truth; ongoing Bible Correspondence studies; sending free Present Truth literature to contacts in many poor Countries; etc.
We greatly appreciate, and continue to need, the Lord's blessings and guidance, along with your gracious prayers and support. Without such, this Ministry could not continue to reach out worldwide with the precious message of Revelation 14:6-12 & 18:1-5.
May our God and Saviour continue to lead and guide all those who have helped this Ministry reach out to souls who sit in darkness with the precious light of gospel truth. May our supporters remember that they share in each and every soul who has been reached by this Ministry and converted to the Lord and His present truth!
GENERAL FOREIGN MISSION WORK NEEDS
We are currently supporting several workers in many different Countries on a monthly basis. We check into the economy of each area and supply a base support which is adequate depending on their situation, but not extravagant. This base support is to ensure that the monthly needs of each worker and family is adequately met for that month so that the worker may devote full time to the ministry work. In addition to this, we are sending extra materials for evangelism, and money for printing, publishing, holding meetings, traveling, and other necessary areas in spreading the Present Truth in their Country. And as the work extends, especially will the expenses for evangelism expand. Whatever you can send to help in this necessary and vital area is greatly appreciated.
The work of spreading God's present truth is not to be limited, but must extend world-wide, to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people before our Saviour can come (Matthew 24:14). What better way of spreading the present truth gospel than by having workers who speak the native language, who reside in that particular Country, who can live and preach the truth and visit the interests in their homes, and spread the printed truth translated into their common language! Please financially help us to continue consistently supporting our current ministers and workers, so that the spreading of the truth can quickly lighten this dark world with the glory of God.
SPECIFIC FOREIGN MISSION WORK NEEDS
M Printing and mailing expenses for booklets and tracts to Fiji.
M Printing and mailing expenses for booklets and tracts in Fiji--about $100 monthly.
M Study Bible and 3 Volumes of Spirit of Prophecy and shipping--$250.
M Computer and printer to help speed up translation work there--$750.
M Printing and mailing expenses for booklets and tracts to India.
M Second hand van--$2500
M Color T.V. set and video player/recorder for evangelism--$650.
M Printing our booklets in India--$1450 for 10,000 copies (less than $0.15 per booklet!)
KENYA, East Africa:
M Printing and mailing expenses for booklets and tracts to Kenya.
M Cost to print 10,000 of each of our booklets in Kenya, only costs $2000 US per booklet (or $1000 for 4,000 booklets).
M Color T.V. set and video player/recorder for evangelism--$650.
M Several different herbs, plus shipping--for our medical missionary worker there--$250.
M Second hand vehicle to help speed up work--$3000.
M Printing and mailing expenses for booklets and tracts to Malaysia.
M Purchasing of Chinese Bibles--$7. each.
NAMIBIA, South Africa:
M Computer and needed accessories for Sanitarium and Ministry work--$2000.
M Good transportation vehicle--$7000.
M Printing and mailing expenses for booklets and tracts to Namibia.
M Several boxes of 1884 Great Controversy books for non-SDA outreach--$500.
M Monthly printing expenses for tracts and booklets--$200.
TOGO, West Africa:
M Bibles and Spirit of Prophecy books in French.
M Printing and mailing expenses for booklets and tracts to Togo.
M Printing expenses in Togo--about $100 each month.
UGANDA, East Africa:
M Printing and mailing expenses for booklets and tracts to Uganda.
M Printing and mailing expenses for booklets and tracts in Uganda--about $100 each month.
M A good PA System for meetings--$600.
M Bibles and Spirit of Prophecy books to purchase and mail.
ZAMBIA, Central Africa:
M Printing and mailing expenses for booklets and tracts to Zambia.
M Portable generator for evangelistic meetings--$650.
M Used computer for translating tracts and booklets in local languages--$500.
Please be sure to mark all donated monies for any of the above Ministry or Foreign Mission needs. 100% of all donated monies will go where specified. Unspecified donations will go where needed. Thank you very much for making this evangelistic work possible, and may God's richest blessings attend you and yours.
LETTERS to "LET THERE BE LIGHT" Ministries
Greetings Bro. Bob,
I received the series of tapes you sent me, Bible History of Separation, Parts 1-2-3, Christ Versus the Churches, and the Two Most Important Parables of Christ, Parts 1-2....
A small group of us attend Home Church on the 7 Day Sabbath, we believe the cutting truth contained on these tapes, they are FANTASTIC. My friend ____ which will be writing to you very soon for the first time exclaimed, she's learned more truth from these tapes than she ever did in her entire life, she 38 years old. These tapes will be our preaching tool to our relatives, and friends. I thank God for a watchman like you, your teaching skills is amazing even a child can understand the deep truth from these tapes, the approach is from different angles but the message is the same, so that no one will be left with excuses.
May God continue to bless you and use you as an instrument of His faith.
I am writing to your Ministry to convey my sincere thanks and appreciation for the message of separation that God has entrusted you to preach to a fallen world. This great message of separation has reached me, my family, my neighbours and my Country Zambia through brothers ____ and ____. Now I see things clearly. Thank you for the book "The Abomination of Desolation"...This book has revealed shocking events to me and others who read. Many people in our churches here are blind and deceived. There is a lot of work to do here.
Please continue with what you are doing and may God encourage, strengthen and bless you and the work.
Dear brother Bob,
I hope you are keeping well and keeping up the good work for God.
I plan to write you a letter soon. I have good news--lots of it.
We would like a decision from you. A friend of mine, who separate a few years ago, is very active in spreading the good news about God's last message of mercy. He is very good with computers and the internet. He went into your Web site and is very interested in what you have. I fed (gave) him some of your literature and videos. He is very interested. He suggested that we get permission from you to translate some or all of your publications (into Afrikaans) and put them on the internet for those interested. (NOTE: permission already given for this project!!). I think its a good idea....
Christian greetings, E.D., South Africa.
Dear pastor Robert:
Thank you Brother for your letter and my heart is overwhelmed with joy and happiness because you decided to send us some books for our Bible College students and ministers (non-SDA). Any words are not sufficient enough to express my gratitude. I appreciate your love and burden for the lost people in India....Also our students and faculty will write you once they read the books. I have Internet connection in India so that we can communicate.
Once again thank you so much. May the Lord bless you and your ministry here in America.
Please let me know the date that you going to send the books and it will give me an idea when to expect it in India.
Sincerely in Christ, B.T., Missionary to India.
Dear Eld Bob
Greetings in the wonderful name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. It has been such a long time since you last heard from me, but by God's amazing grace I can once again write to you....
To begin with, I left ____ at the close of the month...for ____ City in Northern Uganda a distance of over 360 miles from ____. But my first stop was in ____ where I met two Muslim leaders (Sheiks) with many of their followers. When they saw me one Sheik who knew me as an Evangelist invited me to the gathering and together with his comrade they put me to task with very important questions: These covered the Sonship of the Lord Jesus Christ, they wanted to know how Jesus truly becomes the Son of God and yet was a man; the origin of sin--where did sin begin, why is it here, and why is it so prevalent and widespread in the world today? Then last but not least, questions on the New World Order, i.e., Why is there only one world super power today? Why is it that USA dictates the world policies and determines the Economic fate of the Countries (Nations)?
For 3 days, in the afternoons and evenings, from 25 through 27, by God's unmeasurable grace, I tackled these questions at length and explained them to my full ability and knowledge...I left them some tracts as: How Did Sin Originate? As I now write this missive I have yet again received an invitation to share with them...Brothers, please pray for this grand chance to reach out to the Muslims....
From ____ then proceeded to ____ on 28th....On my stay there I realized how man can be hardened by the devil through religious affiliation to the established religious bodies. People say "we accept what you teach, but can't leave our father's religion, its against our conscience."
I left ____ on the 5th of ____ and stopped in ____ where I have been for three weeks with bro. ____ (our co-worker there). We talked at length on how to carry out the work in the wake of Kanungu mass murder--over 1000 persons were killed by a religious body knows as "The Back to God by the Restoration of the Ten Commandments". This was a Catholic sect....They put such a name upon their sect so as to kill the work of the Lord in as much as the restoration of the commandments is concerned. The mass murder was a springboard to bring the much needed contempt for the commandments and to ignite hatred to all who dare teach them. This was a master plan instigated by Satan through the Catholic establishment at a time when they want to usher in their beloved child--Sunday law. This occurrence and another which took place on the 24th of May when another mass grave with eight people were discovered at former SDA minister, who left the church way back in early 70's to form his so called "Isa Massiah" sect which worships on the Sabbath. This has triggered off the utter enmity and outrage against all who teach the commandments. These incidents have made the work more difficult to carry forward fast by the people's attitude about anyone who brings anything on the religious or spiritual line which is to them new and anything to do with the ten commandments. The peoples attitude is that such a person is raising up another "Kanungu" in the making.
Secondly the work is made doubly hard by the government intervention, first by putting in place a Parliamentary probe on Kanungu, which through the many outbursts of some on that probe team shows that there may be a ban on small time raising (up of) religious bodies (home churches). Government has also requested all religious bodies that are new to register before they can operate or to face the mighty hand of the law. The president said, that all Christians are the light of the world, why then do some not want to come to notice, doing things in hiding unless there is something dubious going on in their trek behind the scenes. He went on to quote the Lord's words "no one can light a candle and cover it or hide". So all must come to the open and be known by the Government....
The times are bad. We are not sure of what will come out (of) this situation given the tension that has followed the process. However, the writing is on the wall already that in the near future "the bride of Christ" in this Country (those with present truth) will go underground. Right now tensions are high in the spiritual realm. To me this is a series of events that come to the close of time....
Yours in His service, J.M., Uganda.
Dear Christian friends:
I want to thank you for the wonderful work you are doing for God. I know that the Lord is leading in this work....I feel it to be a great privilege to have a part, be associated with "Let There Be Light" Ministries....
Keep on the firing line for Jesus.
Dear Brother Sessler...
I want to thank you for your March-April and May-June Newsletters. I was especially impressed with your analysis of the "name issue" in the March-April issue. To me, the "name issue" is really a simple matter. Does the name "Seventh-day Adventist" today stand for what the church stood for 100 years ago, or even 50 years ago? If it does not, then why hang onto a name which has become corrupted by doctrinal and theological pluralism, ethical and moral relationism, ecumenism, humanism, liberalism, modernism, etc.?
The way I see it, the major problem confronting "historic Adventists" is not so much with the SDA structure church as it is with the "neo-historic SDA Ministries" like Hope International, Laymen's Ministry News, and Light Bearers. These "neo-historic SDA Ministries"--and many more like them--are all too often mainly groups of compromisers, fence straddlers, man pleasers, and time servers, although on the surface this would appear not to be the case. These Ministries are trying to hang onto "historic Adventism" with one hand and hang on to the SDA structure church with the other hand. They cannot do this forever....
Furthermore, I blame these "neo-historic SDA Ministries" for a lot of the misery suffered by many "historic Adventists". Many "historic SDA's" would have broken free and clear of the structure SDA church and set up house churches years ago, if it had not been for "neo-historic" compromisers and man pleasers like (Ron) Spear (of Hope International). One can only wonder how many "historic Adventists" will finally lose eternal life and be destroyed in the lake of fire because of the deceptive, hypocritical, and time serving actions and policies of "neo-historic SDA Ministries."
Yours truly, P.H., MD.
CORRESPONDENCE FROM OUR FOREIGN CO-WORKERS
FROM FIJI ISLANDS
Dear Bro Bob,
1 John 3:1.
May I greet you once again in the wonderful name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Forgive me in the delay in sending this report to you, it is because of what is going on in our Country.
You may have heard it in the news and T.V. for the last two weeks, and it is still the top story in the World News today. The Coup, the burnings, the lootings in the City of Suva, the taking of hostages of our parliamentarians and are still now, the taking over of the military of the Country. The curfews, the martial law, the impasse between the military and the Coup makers, the closing of Businesses, and the whole thing is terrible and shameful. The bloodshed, and etc., etc.
The International people are now imposing sanctions against our Country on everything...Just like South Africa about ten years ago. However, we have been in this condition once in 1989, and I have no doubt at all that, we will be back to normal in a very short time.
The president of the Fiji Mission of SDA and his ministers are supporting the Coup makers. They are staying with them in the Parliamentary Compound where they spent the Sabbath preaching and fellowshipping with them. They don't seem to know where they stand, they don't know right from wrong or what the truth (is) from error. The prophecy is now fast fulfilling....
The translation of the Last Message of Mercy is finished...The preachings are all stopped now, due (to) the marital law. However, the giving of tracts and home visitations is still going on. I have to get into this fax office before they close up again. I will be getting in touch with you as what is going on in Fiji.
May God bless you richly, and also your good family. Please pray for us here in Fiji.
Your servant in Christ, Bro V.A., Fiji.
(Combination of 8 letters) Dear elder Sessler,
1 John 3:1.
Thank God for meeting bro. A____ today and discussed lot about present truth. As we wished, the truth is started ablazing in India. Phone calls are coming with enquiry of this new separation message. The SDA church is very much disturbed and raising in every corner with anger. Now bro. A____ is sitting with me and he conveys his greetings to you.
We have decided to conduct our general Camp meeting at ____ in 20th and 21st of this ____ with nearly 50 souls. We have to meet the expenses for the attendees. We need your fervent prayers in this closing (work and) ministry in India....
Let us thank God for passing our one day Camp meeting and started our next day session. Our brethren from ____ led by brother A___ attended the meeting, and also from ___ City brother B___ attend; along with them for representing ____ Hills brother C____ has attended our meeting. Today brother C____ is submitting his resignation letter to SDA church and his pastoral work (through them). I send separately his resignation letter to you. In ____ he has gathered nearly fifteen souls for worship. The Lord is wonderfully leading this Ministry and the present truth is started ablazing in INDIA as you have wished....
The SDA leaders struggled lot to restrict the attendees not to attend our meeting. They could not stand against the power of Holy Spirit. Brother D____ one who returned from our meeting gave our Tamil booklets and one copy of (the English) Golden Calf Apostasy to the local SDA pastor of ____, and (he) said to brother D____ "that I came to take you back to SDA church, but now I am in condition of coming to your home church." As the Golden Calf Apostasy is working effectively, our next translation must be (this booklet)...I am sure the Lord is going to shake this India mightily soon....
As soon as he (brother C, who turned in his resignation letter) returned back to ____, he started distributing our Tamil booklets. One SDA member got angry and came furiously to beat him. By God's grace he was protected.
The SDA leaders are working their best to shake brother A and his associates; but they (have) failured. It is the ministry of Jesus, He leads it. Let us be a humble instrument in His gracious hands.
A couple of weeks back I received a call from ____ City to meet a R.C. (Roman Catholic) family. To (in) response (to) this call I visited (them) last Sabbath. Since Friday evening I could give the message of present truth with strength of the Lord. Two R.C. families were gathered and listened (to) this message.
One more call has come from ____ State, (a) brother E____. This City is 2000Kms away from here. You try your best to make our USA brethren to understand (the) need of funds for the fastening of (the) work in India. I also very much careful in spending money with stewardship. But in India the cost of living is increased more after April, 2000....Since it is God's Ministry He will talk into the hearts of our brethren of USA....May the Lord help us to have the perseverance to raise our evangelistic fund for India....
Our home churches are functioning peacefully. The SDA church is doing their level best to hinder our work. When the last camp meeting was arranged, the SDA Conference had instructed the local church pastor to instructing the SDA members not to attend our meeting, and sent two of their members to spy out the meeting....The SDA Conference president and his department leaders are travelling many of their churches and preaching that false prophets have come (referring to us). Even though (this is happening) the Lord is expanding the work wonderfully. I believe in (the) Lord that He will provide our need of money to carry forward the work in India....
It is a solemn work to bring the souls closer to Christ, (and away) from the dangerous situation of wrong doctrines of SDA church. So that the sanctification in Christ can be preserved....
Yesterday I received a letter from brother E____ of ____ State. Let us thank God for he has accepted our message. Soon we have to conduct one camp meeting (there) in ____. Please pray for his wife who is suffering with cancer. I have sent our booklets to brother E____ for translation them in Hindi language. Only because of the lack of (a) translator we are unable to move ahead in printing (publication) works. I can translate only in Tamil language....
This morning I was praying for our ministry in India. As soon as (I) finished my prayer, I received a phone call from ____ (which) said that Dr. Shanmuganathan of SDA church--one who was challenging our ministry and confusing ____ souls, expired last night. I feel very sorry for Satan could overcame a (his) soul with wrong teachings....This Dr. Shanmuganathan wrote an article in his magazine, interpreting Colossians 2:14-16 that the law nailed to the cross is (God's 10 commandment) law. I sent my condemnation to him. But again, with his own handwriting and signature, he emphasized his same wrong concept. He was encouraged (emboldened) and sent to ____ to meet our home church brethren (to try and lead them astray). That same Shanmuganathan only died last night by heart attack.
Dear brother, the Lord has taken the ministry (into His own hands). Let us be courage(ous) and hope (that it) will be carried forward successfully to meet our Jesus upon the clouds soon.
Brother D.S., India.
FROM KENYA, EAST AFRICA
Dear brother Sessler,
1 Jn. 3:1.
We had a good camp meeting drawing together brethren from different parts of the Country. We were blessed greatly. The great need of the(re being) a living testimony and a living (active faith) before God now (more) than any time before, were clearly brought out. Most of all it was realized the greater need of (a) closer knitting together of the church today as was in the Apostolic time before Pentecost as we look forward to (the) refreshing from the presence of the Lord which is the privilege of the church to receive now.
After the camp, we met to review the work in the first Quarter, and adjust in the next. It was realized that (the) work is expanding, with the Lord opening ways: two new areas have been entered into ____ and ____. Two bothers were endorsed to shepherd the centres, brother ____ for ____ and ____ ____ for ____....
We were privileged to have the "Golden Calf" in Kiswahili before the end of the Camp, and as our brothers from different parts were going back home, they carried it with them. We hope God will use this printed page to bring a big harvest of souls to Himself. In all there will be 5000 copies, but as of now only 1000 have been run. The Will is also in its final stage (plating) and we expect to have it out soon....
Thanks for the most informative Newsletter on what is taking place right now. Keep us well posted on the issue as it develops.
Thanks, and may God bless. O.O., Kenya.
FROM NAMIBIA, SOUTH AFRICA
(Combination of 2 letters) Br Bob,
Greetings Proverbs 19:4-8
I greet you in the name of our Lord, and hope that you will continue to grow forward in His strength....
I thank you for the support that I received, that was sent to me to carry forward the work of the Lord. God bless all the brethren who have answered to the call of God to support us here. I hope and believe this will help us go to some places in many different ways to sow the seed of truth. God bless you continually in this work.
After our Camp meeting in ____, the challenge was more. And a lot was heard, the pulpits by the local (SDA) pastors informing the lay members to watch over us, and they will know us by our kneeling at prayers, in addressing our Father in heaven, (and) that we are false prophets. Asking any (of them) to prove it, they cannot. But this has been an eye-opener to us. That these ministers have no more message for the people. Many don't know of the 2300 days, atonement, the present work of sealing, and this really has become our burden. Others are seeing the truth, and (but) because of the threats from the ministers they are not willing to take a stand for the truth they see. My own parents, as an example of this, were asked or threatened that: "Their names will be removed from the church books." In response my mother agreed to the removal of the name, and the church elder changed (his mind) and said they cannot remove her name. This is one of the problems so far. Most of our brethren who requested the removal of their names are refused that opportunity....
At the garden, Sanitarium place, we are happy to have company with a lot of birds--even coming up to the house. Hippos, lions, leopards roar on the other side of the river...The quiet has been more impressive to me. I saw that God speaks to us more loud in nature. The time to study in quietness is really an appreciation, but the work is yet to be done to plant fruit trees, of which we have some planted. We still need more things to get off the ground....
The brethren, in my absence (due to my illness of malaria), behind me (helping in the work) were busy with studies to prepare for the Field Mission (school)...I joined them (students) from ____ to the end. My joy over these studies was that they (the students) are young and were able to go on to accomplish the goal...
After the studies, I left...hoping to meet br ____ (our co-worker in Zambia)....At my arrival to his home I was happily welcomed and stayed with them for 8 days. For these eight days we shared our views, and only to find that the battle, (the) words used by (SDA) pastors, members in the SDA church, is the same. The hatred, need of respect, aim to stop the message was just the same. Threats are one of the issues, (but another issue) I noticed (was) over the 1884 4SOP book, which br ____ told me was attached (by the SDA leaders)....(they stated) that its not their book, that its a counterfeit book.
Some of the SDA's are told not to talk to him (our co-worker who quotes out of this book) or walk with him. This experience has given me hope and courage (determination) to pray for my brothers and sisters there. Also this as a special issue for all brethren that we pray for them in Zambia that the book must not be destroyed but it should even be brought to a more elevated position. Also, the (SDA) pastor in that area is planning to hand our brother to the police over this matter of the book. Please, brethren, let us pray for him and others with him to remain strong in Jesus our Lord over this matter....
Arrived (back home) at 16 hrs ____. I shared what I saw, heard with my brothers in Namibia. The time of my arrival was the very day I got your parcel for the tracts. I thank you for all these. I hope they will be the tools to advance the truth in Namibia. I needed your booklets too so that we could start with copies for distribution....A brother ____ offered a copy machine for this purpose, so we can start somewhere....
As for now, let God's will be done in all matters. Keep up your good fight, and (to) your family and the rest of the brethren, greetings.
Your brother in Christ, A.L., Namibia.
FROM THE PHILIPPINES
(Combination of 2 letters) Dear Bro. Bob,
I just arrived last night (midnight) from travel and was glad to read your e-mail this morning....
Two other brethren and myself went to visit a community of an SDA splinter group 30 Km. up the hills. This group started building their community in 1984-85 under the leadership of one man who claimed to be ordered by God to gather people there and erect a church building upon the finishing of which, he said, Christ would come. This group somehow got fragmented. The Conference (Corporate SDA church) built their own church there and won some of their members back; another group broke free from their leader when he claimed to be a high priest.
We gave studies to some interested people there. What an awakening that was for some of them. The study on "The Plagues and Fires of Fanaticism" and "The Structure" in connection with Rev. 18 made a good impression with them. The problem--no pamphlets! We had to xerox a few copies for them to share among themselves. We gave out only a handful of booklets. I wish we had A LOT more. Some were very enthusiastic about the message and decided to labor to awaken their fellow members first then go out to open up new places for us to visit. As of now we are on the position of observing the development of this effort...We're giving it more time to see who among these interested ones will really stand for the present truth. Please keep them in your prayers in your camp meeting.
May God bless your upcoming meetings with His presence!...May God bless you. PLEASE SEND MY WARM GREETINGS TO ALL OUR BRETHREN IN YOUR CAMP MEETING. I wish I could attend. Anyway, just (PLEASE!) tell them I'm asking them to pray for me as I face seemingly insurmountable obstacles here. THANKS A WHOLE LOT!!!...
Yes, I pray to God to guide us in dealing with these souls. True, we have to be extremely cautious but careful not to discourage them, too. They live 30Km up the hills. We took a motorcycle ride which took all our baggage along with 4 of us, not including the driver. The bike had a sort of extension on the sides which looked like wings for the baggage. We fell many times into the mud and had to walk 10Km because the road was so BAD. No other vehicles (could) enter....
(I'm) planning to share studies with some new interested persons in ____ City this weekend.
I have to close this letter now. May God bless you....
UL 265! D.D., Philippines.
Dear Bro Bob,
3 Jn. 2.
Hi! May this e-message reaches you in good health and in good spiritual condition.
We thank the Lord that He is continuing guiding and taking care of us, though there's a lot of things happening here in the Philippines inside and outside the church. I'm sorry for not corresponding to you immediately, for we are in a remote area where there's no computer to rent to send you message. I hope you will understand our situation.
Anyway, the work here is still in progress. The Lord is continuing working to awaken those individuals that have been blinded by the teaching of Bro. Grover. We are hoping and praying that these individuals will be fully awaken and snatch from error into truth....
Also, just this last Sabbath of May, the brethren in ____ held their monthly fellowship....bro ____ went there to meet them and lead them in their Sabbath service. While our brethren here in ____ are holding the same, that's why I stay here in ____ with our brethren here. Through these kind of meetings the Lord is helping each member to become strong and everyone are encouraged to move forward though each and everyone has its own struggle to fight.
Thank God that the work here in ____ are now beginning to open. Some souls here become interested and open for the message we are giving. Let us pray for these precious soul....
Till our next e-mail, may the Lord continue (to) guide and bless all of us in our lines of work. May His righteous character (be) reflected in our lives. Please continue (to) pray for the work here in the Philippines.
In Christ, P.I., Philippines.
FROM TOGO, WEST AFRICA
(Combination of 2 letters) Dear Elder Sessler,
How are you doing? I hope you received my recent message. I had expected through the week past to hear from you. How is it with you? I need your responses to my letters, not only with positive answers to my requests all the time. In the past, your letters had intervened to solve great misunderstandings and bring calm among brethren. Particularly the recent agitation by one member for re-unification with the S.D.A. organization.
With the arrival of the French booklets, I have little attack from the church, because most people can read for themselves. I am happy that they can now focus their attention on the S.O.P. writings than (in) looking for opportunities to discredit my work....About a month after the arrival of the booklet "Abomination", the S.D.A. leaders in the locality pleaded with me to join and team up with them to evangelize the population. I told them this could be possible only if the churches will accept the separation message. The discussions are still going on. I am of the opinion that many will soon join the reform (separation) movement. I am now intensifying effort to finish up with History of Separation I & II and then I shall start the work on Abomination of Desolation and Church History.
The Sabbath 10 June, I received invitation to a meeting with other churches (Sunday observers) to make common efforts toward unity of faith. The S.D.A. leaders approached me to go with them to the meeting. I told them "My little groups are not churches, but simply brothers meeting to study the Word of God." Next Saturday all the churches in the Country are preparing to come out massively to "proclaim" Jesus king. In this, all the churches in the Country are requested to participate. Then I remembered your advice not to get my groups registered at Government level when I raised the issue early 1998. Now as the SDA church is participating in these National campaign for Jesus, its members are quickly realizing the need to investigate the historical foundation of our faith....Rest assured dear elder, I am with you in this work, and shall stand with you....
Here is some good news. Do you remember I told you sometimes ago that you will soon receive surprising pictures? I am happy to tell you that I have build a house similar to the Mission house you are paying for (renting). It will be completed by mid-November and ready for integration by 1st December. I am not happy (that) we continue to pay $150 (rent) every month....I (also) helped build two wooded chapels in Togo. Two more places are under consideration. (NOTE: May the mighty name of our God be praised for allowing such marvelous work to be done!)
Since the arrival and the distribution of the translated booklets, letters of invitation are coming in....
Yours sincerely, B.S., Togo.
FROM UGANDA, EAST AFRICA
Dear Elder Sessler,
Once again I am blessed to write this report....Greetings from brothers and sisters in our Lord.
Thanks for the support & work monies, more thanks for your prayers to Br. ____ and books send to them and Sr. ____. Brother, it is my humble request that Sr. ____ be enrolled for a computer course, in this undertaking she will need your support. I have got a growing membership, but most of them are uneducated and jobless. That means the little I get must be spent (to help them), and at times (I) go without meals for some days. It is hard for the purchased of the Lord to suffer whilst there is something to offer.
Some (Ugandans) are without food, clothes, shelter and others are diseased. For these reasons the life span of our people has come down to 33 years for the male and 34 years for the female. I know the Ministry has grown in the whole world, thus the demands are more than the meager funds received in the treasury, but friends you need to do something tangible, this side...for the work in Uganda....
On the 1st of ____ I talked for my Lord in the market place (to) a large group of people gathered and (they) listened to the saving message of the Lord. So were the next 2 days. Somebody picked interest in the message. Thus the fourth day I visited her. On 8th I visited ____ to arrange for a meeting in one of the Sub-county halls, but we lacked the operational certificate (now required by the government for all churches), and another thing was the (lack of) the PA plus the generator. This is a place which is not opened to (does not have) several churches around our Country. I still have high hopes that one time in the coming months I will be able to hold an effort.
The Lord has added 5 more souls to our small home church. These have been brought by the old members.
On the 29th of ____ I was assaulted by the Muslim neighbor Mr. ____. I sustained 3 small cuts on my hand. While in our place of worship "persecuted but not forsaken; cast down but not destroyed" are the strong words of the apostle. 2 Cor 4:9. The apostle Peter says "Beloved think it not strange, concerning the fiery trial....If ye are reproached for the name of Christ happy are ye; yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God on this behalf." 1 Peter 4:12-16.
Friends, at the moment I need booklets to give outreach. I have a few tracts remaining, and yet (it) is our divine duty to meet the masses.
Hoping to hear from your desk. Please use post office for any further communication at the moment.
Maranatha. K.I., Uganda.
FROM ZAMBIA, CENTRAL AFRICA
(Combination of 2 letters) Dear Elder Bob,
Greetings in the name of our Saviour Jesus Christ. First and foremost I want to thank you God for this wonderful opportunity He had presented to you and other brethren there (to help fund the work in Zambia). Please with this spirit I pray for His divine power to continue abiding with you there and (the) other gospel workers who are also doing the same work.
I want to let you know that many people in our Country are now coming to like these present truths. The tracts you had printed has the true message that most of our people need to have. Now reprinting some in Zambia is very expensive unless we had a photocopier or a printer machine. Please I request that if possible you send me a box of mixed tracts or otherwise I need enough money for reprinting them. Help me (to know) what to do on this issue....
May God bless you Elder Bob and other Ministry workers there in America. Your support both materially and financially has really brought these separation messages to be spread here in Zambia, and presently even outside Zambia. Praise God this month has been a very busy month for Br. ____ (our other co-worker there). I have personally received phone calls from Malawi appreciating the good news they had from him when he was there. Moreover, even Zambians from other districts are also testifying for these separation messages through your booklets. And for this reason please help more through God's blessings to have enough money for reprinting more booklets. More letters are coming to us requesting us to send these materials....thank you God for all these blessings coming to us.
As home churches in ____ have decided to sponsor two brethren for 3 months study in ____ at this school which Br ____ and (separated) pastor ____ are training Gospel workers....We have done so because the field is big now.
Thank you God for Elder ____ of ____ home church. The Elder and the home church members are also happy with these truths from the booklets which had grounded them too (in the present truth message). Another message came from Botswana to Br. ____ asking him to send more and more audio and video taped messages. This has come about after reading some materials from you.
God bless you. Br. in Christ, E.K., Zambia.
Dear Elder Bob Sessler,
Romans 8:35....I thank you, for the prayers you are offering for us here, and also I praise God for the care and protection that He continues to supply to us.
Elder, the work in Zambia is progressing in the order of God. The few booklets we have are now crossing the boundaries of Zambia for some brethren outside. And more and more letters are coming from South Africa at (from) Elder ____ desk. The work has reached at the level when I now need to work day and half night to see to it that our separation message is reaching other corners of our people. Within are more than twenty letters which I need to attend to. Now may I also report to you that because of high demand of our booklets and tracts, it is almost becoming hard for me to reprint more materials due to high costs involved in reprinting. I pray God to help the Ministry so that we have enough money for our last message of mercy.
Besides this, I have more calls where by our brethren in other distant home churches needs me so that I share with them these present truths. It's unfortunately my motor bike has a breakdown. I need about $80 to make repairs. This bike has been good for my missionary work because I could only need small amount of money for fuel than more. So far I need some urgent money for movements and stationary for my postage.
Elder Bob, I have a small group of about 10 members who are studying our booklets but they have no Bibles. (Also) please help me, if possible, to send some (Bibles) for our brothers and sisters who are in prison. Or if possible, money can be available for these Bibles, we have some which are on sale here at $8. each (KJV).
Thank you, God, for sending us br. ____ of Namibia (our co-worker there) who has been with us for more than a week. Br. ____ has been a great challenge to some people who could not believe there are other Home Churches outside Zambia. We had some good time with him and God willing, I have to visit them in Namibia as per request from brethren there.
Thank you for all the support for our families and God's work. May God help us to finish His work together.
God bless. Br. S.M., Zambia.