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  • Bread of Life

    Pastor John,

    Was the manna sent down by God from Heaven for the Israelites in the wilderness to eat, a shadow (representation) of “the Bread of Life (Jesus)” that God later sent down from Heaven for the Israelites to eat?

    It seems that it must be but I can’t remember the lesson.

    Jerry

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    Hi Jerry,

    Since Jesus brought up the comparison in John (6:48–58), and Paul said that whatever was written in the Old Testament scriptures was written for our learning, I would say yes, the manna in the wilderness was a shadow of Christ, who called himself “the living Bread that came from heaven.”

    Pastor John

  • Lessons from Chapter 2 of the Father and Son Book

    Good morning!

    I was reading the Lessons from chapter 2 of the Father and Son book* that you sent out and I had to stop and write how much I love this.  Do you know what I love most, Pastor John?  I love that I know how true it is.

    Lesson #25:  The souls of those who possess God’s kind of life have already been delivered from death (Jn. 5:24; 1Jn. 3:14), and the fear of it (Heb. 2:14–15).

    In 2011, when Jesus really started changing my heart and my feelings, before I got the holy ghost, he did something really big for me.  I had a terror-like fear of dying.  I used to say it was an unnatural fear, but I feel like it was the most natural thing about me now.  I should have been terrified of death.

    One day in 2011, Jesus took me flying with him and he took away that fear of death. In that experience that day, I felt the oneness with him, and he put it in me that I wouldn’t even think of this world or any loved ones when I was with him.  It is hard to describe, but it is just in there now.  And that terrible fear has never been back.

    I don’t know what my flesh will feel in that moment, but my spirit still feels what Jesus put in me that day.

    At the end of that experience that day, Jesus let go of my hand and dropped me back to earth.  And, oh, how I longed for him.  I did not want to be here.  I wanted to be back with Jesus.  I hurt for weeks after that, and I still think about what it felt like to be with him all the time.

    I have told of that experience before, and didn’t write it all out again now because I didn’t want to make this too long for you.  But wow, when I read Lesson #25 and really think about that experience, coupled with the understanding of what it really means to be His and be delivered from death AND the fear of it, the truth of that Lesson takes my breath away.

    And number 35, look what Jesus did!  I couldn’t stop sinning.  I wanted to, but I couldn’t be different.  Look what Jesus did!

    Lesson #35: In Christ, we are freed from a sinful nature and the curse of death which attends it (Rom. 7:24–25).

    I know this may be a bit of a ramble, but it is too good for me not to write you.  You are always the first person I want to share my “isn’t God amazing” moments with. Jesus did that too!

    I watched and felt my mama leave this world, and it felt awful.  I also watched and felt Natalie and Lou Lou leave this world, and I feel comfort knowing they are home with Jesus.  It makes me smile to think of them laughing with Jesus and each other.

    It makes number 36, even sweeter!

    This is good stuff! 

    Lesson #36. When our liberty from death is proved in the resurrection, how greatly we will rejoice!

    Beth D.

    *(The Father and Son book, also known as God Had a Son before Mary Did is currently under revision. The original may be found at the link below.)

    https://goingtojesus.com/gtj_books.html?tname=fands

  • Did God Have a Body?

    Hi, Pastor John;

    Before God created his Son and before the Son created “all things”, was God just existing as a Spirit without a body or a dwelling place of some sorts, or is this one of those things that we do not know and are hidden?

    Thank you,

    Billy

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    Hi Billy.

    I don’t think that God has ever changed His body form.  His body, or body parts, is mentioned many times in the Bible (even down to His eyelids!), and it is never suggested that His body was a new thing for Him.

    Pastor John

  • Father and Son, Chapter 1

    Pastor John,

    I loved the reading last night!  Afterwards I reread through chapter one.  There is so much just in the first 12 pages!  In that one chapter we get to see the relationship and the love the Father and Son have for each other, and that they want God’s children to have.  The truth in those pages completely eliminates the Trinity and Oneness doctrines.  It is simple and loving, and all I keep thinking is, “Thank you, Jesus, that you let me know this, and to love this.”

    I am so excited and looking forward to reading the rest of The Father and Son book!

    Michelle

    (Pastor John’s book, The Father and the Son, is currently under revision. The original version may be found at the link below.) 

    https://goingtojesus.com/gtj_books.html?tname=fands 

     

  • Children Need Help

    Pastor John,

    Beth and I were talking yesterday about what it means to save our children from the spirits of this world – especially since two of her children are now raising young ones of their own!

    We noted that kids are just vessels (as we are) and they are either serving as home for the holy Ghost, or some other spirit(s) out there that is NOT Jesus.

    I was reminded yesterday that we cannot force a wrong spirit out of our children, they have to do it.  Even the youngest of children can hold on to a wrong spirit if they want to. Lying, stealing, immorality, whatever it is – they have to make it leave.  The best we can do without Jesus intervening with his power, is to make our children so uncomfortable for holding on to that wrong spirit, that they won’t let it work through them anymore.  They have to want it gone because it costs them too much to let it continue. 

    And that consistency on our part is loving our children.  Letting them get by is turning them over to death.

    I hope I said that right. I believe the feeling is right.

    Thank you.

    Jerry

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    Yes, Jerry, that is how it is.  May God help parents realize that their children need help to overcome the spirits of this age because those spirits hook up with children if the parents settle for it.  It’s human nature, and children need to be shown the way to the nature of Christ, which is in the Spirit of God.

    Solomon highly recommended that parents make it uncomfortable for their children to allow wrong spirits to work through them and use them.  Here are some of the things he said:

    Proverbs 13:24. He who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him chastens him early.

    Proverbs 19:18. Chasten your son while there is hope!  Do not spare yourself and cause him to die.

    It takes strength and wisdom from God to be a good parent.  But if we deny ourselves and our own preferences and do things His way, it will help our children tremendously.

    Pastor John

  • The “Johannine Comma”

    Hey Pastor John,

    While watching some Christian videos last night, I heard someone recite the KJV of 1 John 5:7-8. It didn’t sit well with me. Right or wrong, I felt like it supported the Trinity doctrine. This morning, it was still on my mind, so I decided to look at our translation, and it read differently. I looked up the Greek, and it matched our translation:

    KJV 7. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

    KJV 8. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.

    PJV 7. For there are three that bear witness,

    PJV 8. the Spirit, and the water, and the blood, and these three agree.

    1. Ὅτι τρεῖς εἰσὶν οἱ μαρτυροῦντες,
    2. τὸ πνεῦμα, καὶ τὸ ὕδωρ, καὶ τὸ αἷμα· καὶ οἱ τρεῖς εἰς τὸ ἕν εἰσιν.

    So, my questions are: 

    1. In your research, have you been clued in on who or when this “comma”was added?
    2. Is the comma truly “added” and if so, was it to support the trinity and/or any other Christian doctrine? 
    3. Were any other apostles “given” a comma that was added to the NT? 
    4. And what exactly does John mean by the water and blood?

    Thank you, 

    Johnny

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    Hi Johnny,

    The parts of those verses which we did not translate were added by Trinitarian Christians long after John wrote this letter. There is no question about that.  To my knowledge, there is no place quite like it in the New Testament.  There are a few intentional mistranslations in the KJV designed to promote the religion of the translators, but I know of no other such blatant corruption of the text. 

    As for verse 8, the best I can figure is this:  We know that the Spirit is the Father’s witness of His Son’s resurrection and glorification (1Jn. 5:6b).  But the Spirit does not testify alone.  That testimony is made through human vessels, which come through a birth by water (our first birth) and a second birth by the blood of Christ (the Spirit).  John said that Jesus himself “came through water and blood –  not by water only, but by water and blood”.  Jesus was born naturally, and he was born again when the Spirit came upon him after his baptism by John the Baptist.

    If John is not saying that, I do not know what he is talking about with such phrases. 

    Pastor John

    P.S. By the way, it’s been a long time since I was involved with the textual variants of the New Testament, and I did not remember the added parts of 1John 5:7–8 referred to as “The Johannine Comma”.  Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

  • Permanently Corrupt

    Hey!

    Something else I’ve been thinking about in regards to the Montanus reading, and really nailing it down that Jesus was never a part of Christianity, is that I can no longer nod in agreement when Christians complain that the church is corrupt.  I cannot even agree with that.  This, to me, suggests that it was once pure, and has been adulterated, which is just not true.

    Anna

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    Hi there.

    When the Bible says that Satan has “deceived the whole world”, that is what it is talking about.  The lie of all lies is the Christianity started with Jesus and the apostles.  It did not.  It started with Constantine, and was filthy in God’s sight from the day it started in AD 325.  If God’s children could see that, and realize that Christianity is not the body of Christ and that God is calling for them to come out, there would be an exodus out of that religion which would make Moses jealous.

    I am glad you see it, Anna.  It is wonderful that God has given you ears to hear.

    Pastor John

  • Last Chapter of Montanus

    Good morning, Pastor John.

    I keep thinking back to the reading of the last chapter of Montanus. Something you said summed it all up for me, felt so good, and is as simple as it gets. I am not phrasing it just as you did, but it was something like, the only true religion is what existed before the world began between the Father and His Son. They were daily laughing in each others’ presence, sharing the holy Spirit. We now have that spirit, too. What they had (have) together is the only religion that is true, the only one you need. It takes out the fluff, the disagreements. It’s just pure and simple. I love that.

    Anna

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    Amen, Anna!

    Those who are living in the Spirit are in the oldest religion that exists, and the only eternally true one.  I am very happy and thankful to know that and to be satisfied with it, adding none of the religious trappings that men have invented.  “If the Son of man makes you free, you are free indeed!”

    Pastor John

  • The Last Chapter on Montanus

    Wow!
    What a summary of who Montanus was and why he had such an effect on those who wanted to be religious but had rebelled against Christ.

    Every human being’s flesh hates what comes from Jesus, because the flesh must die for Christ to live in men.

    Men of God, then, and now, make it clear, “It is the Spirit of God, or nothing at all.”

    There is no compromising and no other paths or ways for serving Christ, because every religion (in Jesus’s name) that springs from the heart of men and not God, hates the Jesus they declare to be serving.

    Whew!
    Love it.
    Thank you-
    Jerry

  • Amen! Amen! I Couldn’t Wait!

    Wow!  Just the name of Chapter 5 had me on the edge of my seat.

    Chapter 5: Cursedianity

    I had to stop myself from reading ahead and pouring through this.  It is perfect!

    On Feb 26th, I wrote down a thought that followed what I heard when we read Chapter 3 together, and during that reading I asked Jesus how His people got to this place of accepting and wanting to follow a man known for his ability to quench the spirit and keep his wits about him and losing the wonderful power of God.  And Jesus answered and said we get what we settle for.

    After that thought, I was lying in bed talking to Jesus and heard the thought:

    “If Christianity is really God’s curse for settling for something other than His Son, then isn’t Christianity God’s deadliest plague and His greatest curse?”

    I lay there dumbfounded and scared to really hear that thought but saying “Amen!” at the same time!

    As I read this tonight, my soul said “Amen!”  from name of Chapter 5 on! If I tried to find something wrong with it, I couldn’t because I can’t get past the Amen that I feel!

    And I have never felt Rev. 18:4 more!

    “They echo the plea of the Father to His children to come away from the straw man so that God can set it on fire: “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues!” (Rev. 18:4)

    And when you added⁷ the part and the feelings of witnessing how those hearts really feel about Sister Seaver and really felt about Jesus, it let me FEEL why that is so awful.

    I love how this feels. I love the Amen I FEEL inside!

    “Christianity’s very name is a lie. It has nothing to do with Christ. Paul said that anyone on earth or from heaven who dared teach a gospel different from his was cursed. I believe that. And based on that truth, the rightful name of Christianity is not Christianity, but Cursedianity. That sounds a little odd, but Jesus, and both Montanus and Paul, would say amen.”

    Jesus put this inside of me. I know it’s right. That is amazing to me!

    Beth D.

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