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Followers of Jesus Christ Ministries/ UP WAY PUBLICATIONS     P.O. Box 1015 . Kailua, Hawaii 96734 .
VOLUME 02                                                                           ________                                 No. 10
 From UP WAY FOR CHRISTIANS © Spring 1973
UP WAY PUBLICATIONS  then at  P. O. Box 24025, Columbus, OH 43224

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Greetings, fellow Ministers, in the Name of Jesus :

In our last Talk to Ministers, we pointed out how a Minister might destroy instead of building his flock by using the Scriptures to cut down individual members of his church. In publishing this article, we were not trying to hurt any ministers, but to bring the ministerial responsibilities into clearer focus.

Elder Cross illustrates the point uniquely with the following anecdote: "A woman was so busy praising the lord that she didn't realize that a dog was grabing at her skirt. Seeing what was happening, the elder started kicking at the dog until the irate husband stopped him, 'Don't you go kicking at my wifel'
'I wasn't kicking at your wife, I was kicking at what had a hold of her.' That's what we're trying to do. Not kicking at each other, but at what's got ahold of our brothers."

Being a minister carries with it one of the largest of all responsibilities a man can have. If you feed your flock a balanced and nourishing diet, they stand the best chance of remaining healthy, both in a natural and a spiritual sense. The person whose mind is caught in the trap of self -centeredness is spiritually dead already, and is headed for physical death at an ever accelerating rate. As a minister, you are the one they look to for guidance into perfect peace with God, which is the only true basis for peace and happiness within or with other people. You are the one they look to for balanced Spiritual Food. The comandment Jesus gave to the first pastor, Simon Peter (whose theology came from three years with Tosus), applies equally to pastors and shepherds of the flock of God's sheep today, "Feed My sheep. " (John 21:15-17). Therefore, It Is imperative that ministers teach the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

Dr. Bob Jones, Sr., well known evangelist and founder of Bob Jones University, put it this way, "It is never right to do something wrong - even in order to get a chance to do something that is rightl"

This, among other things, means it is never right to tell even a little white lie just to keep in the spirit of things. Yet how many ministers condoned Santa Claus or even helped to perpetuate this lie to his little lambs? When they grow older, is it any wonder if they have no respect for the ministry of a man whom they have been told will tell them eternal truths when they learn he has lied to them about Santa? And how about that cute little myth about the Faster Bunny? What liarm is there in that little story? Only that by your pretending that it is true, you are making a lie that will undermine your testimony and influence as a man of God with these little ones, and likely also cast doubts in their young minds about even

the truthfulness of the Bible I No matter how you may try to rationalize the telling of these myths as being popular and cute, they are lies that can cost the very soul of one of your lambs I Surely you know what Jesus had to say about this,"But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in Me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of Ithe sea." (Matthew 18:6).
Less easy to see, perhaps, is the Good Friday myth, but it is perhaps even more damning than the other two mentioned, for it destroys the only sure proof Jesus offered of His Messiahship. An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sigr4 and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: for as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly, so shall the Sonof Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. (Matthew 12:39-40).
As a lad of about twelve years, I remember that although I had completely dedicated my life to Jesus Christ and received the baptism of the Holy Ghost before, I got to reading the scriptures - no less than eight of them -that indicated Jesus must be in the grave three days and nights, and I couldn't fit it in between Friday afternoon and Sunday morning any way I triedl In a couple of weeks, my faith had fallen to nothing and I began to question everything in the Bible to the point that I actually claimed to reject the whole as falsel For years afterward, I still had a problem over that one point, even though God proved Himself real to me shortly after I first questioned this matter. Going strictly by the threedays, I figured that the crucifixion had to have been either Wednesday or Thursday, but I could find no reconciliation between the teaching of the church and this three days and nights requirement in the ScripturesIt was not until I was in Bible college, studying under a retired missionary to Palestine, that I -learned that a misunderstanding of the meaning of the word "Sabbath" by church leaders in the second century caused them to understand the day before the regular weekly sabbath instead of the Passover,The High Sabbath spoken of in John 19:14, 31. As a reading of Leviticus 16:31; 23:249 26-32p 39, and Exodus 13; 3, 4, 10, will quickly show, this Was a fixed date of the calendar year, subject to come on any day of the week, and known as a sabbath. Num. 28:16,17 also brings out this point. Exodus 12:2 declares that the month of Passover shall be the first month and the Passover lamb was to be slain on the tenth day of that month.

Jesus, the final Passover Lamb, was also sacrificed on the day of preparation for the Passover

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Finally: DO NOT LOWER your holiness standard, but elevate, RAISE it to full agreement with what the Bible really says.

Yours for Jesus' sake,

Bro. Sam

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