My name is James Arendt. I am a U.S. American, born in Hammond Indiana and raised in Chicago Illinois. I was raised a Roman Catholic but converted to a biblical Protestant born again faith in Jesus Christ in 1971, one year after enlisting in the USAF. In 1972 the Air Force sent me to Japan to a military installation just north of Tokyo. During the 18 months I served in the Air Force in Japan, I fell in love with the country and its people and culture. In the Fall of 1973 I was presented an opportunity to continue to live in Japan after my discharge from Air Force by becoming part of God's army -- becoming a missionary for Jesus Christ! Since then, except for a couple years back in America, and 4 years in Russia and other countries, I have been living in Japan where I continue to serve my Creator both as a missionary to the Japanese, and to the English speaking world -- folks like you who are reading this introduction.
Deep Truths largely consists of my personal collection of the basic teachings of David Brandt Berg. I think they are good for the world and all Christians in general because they helped me understand the Bible in a deeper way and do God's Will for my life today. Most of the articles on Deep Truths were written from 1969 to the early '80s. They are also known as "Mo Letters" because David's nickname in the early days was Moses David or Mo for short, and his writings were letters to the disciples of Jesus in The Children of God, later known as "The Family" and now "The Family International." David graduated from this earthly realm to the Heavenly one to be with Jesus his Savior in 1994.
You will also find Mo Letters on several other web sites. Among them the best is www.thefamily.org because it is the official website of The Family International. The only real difference between Mo Letters posted on the Family International website and my web site is that I tried to include the original artwork as much as possible for each letter and article.
There are even those who oppose the teachings of David and The Family International who post his writings on their web sites! I don't recommend you visit them, but it is interesting to me that they would post David's teachings. It reminds me what the apostle Paul wrote in the Scripture:
What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice. - Philippians 1:18
From January 2017 I began to post other articles not from the Family International or necessarily based on the teachings of David Berg. Some actually contradict them, and especially David's teachings about Matthew 24 (and comparable chapters in Mark and Luke), Daniel 9:27 and prophecies in the Book of Revelation. From December 2014 I adopted the historist school of interpretation of Scripture which means many prophecies in Daniel, the Gospels and Revelation have already been fulfilled in history. David Berg, sad to say, taught from the futurist school of interpretation which was based on John Nelson Darby and promoted further by C.I. Scolfield -- a man David didn't even like! So I hope you see, I have been open to change as God has shown me truth. But I will not throw the baby out with the bath water and say that everything else David taught is also false as some have done. I would not be in Japan today as a missionary serving God if it was not for David Berg's influence on my life, and I would be holding many other false doctrines that evangelicals hold today such has promotion of the State of Israel which I believe is part of an Endtime deception of the body of Christ.
I want to promote Jesus Christ and His Truth and Salvation on this web site. I express more of my personal views and experiences on my blog: Advertures in Japan.
You are welcome to email me and ask me questions, but before you do, please check out my email policy statement.
December 18, 2014: Sad to say, I now think that most of David's Berg's teaching on the Books of Daniel and Revelation were based on a doctrine known as "Futurism" which was fabricated by a Jesuit priest named Francesco Ribera circa 1585 and finally took root in Protestant seminaries some time in the 19th century. One example of futurism is the incorrect interpretation of a future Antichrist fulfilling the 70th Week of Daniel in Daniel 9:27. This is also how most Bible teachers teach it today. However careful study shows that it was really the Messiah, Jesus Christ Himself Who already fulfilled it! Please see: The 70th Week of Daniel Delusion on my James Japan website.
What I want to say is that teachings of eschatology on this website may be tainted by futurism. If you want to study what the early Protestants believed about the Endtime, please go to my new James Japan site, or to http://christianitybeliefs.org/ which is the best Endtime teaching website I have seen to date on the Internet!
I believe the Papacy to be the biblical Antichrist. All of the Popes are antichrist because they literally claim to be Christ on earth! See http://jamesjpn.net/conspiracy/religion/true-meaning-word-antichrist
Update March 11, 2015: I found a TFI member who believes just like I do about the true interpretation of the 70th Week of Daniel Prophecy in Daniel 9:27. His name is Luke. Please read Luke's article, "What if we have been wrong about the last seven years, The 70th week of Daniel?"
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