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"SURVIVAL! Part III"

--by David Brandt Berg

LAUNCHING INTO FULLTIME EVANGELISTIC WORK, BUILDING A CHURCH AND BEING THROWN OUT.

HOWEVER, WHEN SENDING ME HOME FROM THE HOSPITAL THEY TOLD MY MOTHER MY HEART WAS SO BAD THAT SHE MUST KEEP ME IN BED, AND THAT I COULDN'T LIVE MORE THAN A YEAR. But I had promised God I would serve Him, so I told Him He'd have to take care of me if He wanted my service. So I refused to stay in bed, but instead launched into FULLTIME evangelistic work, and I got better instead of worse! I felt so good, in fact, that I got married in 1944 and had four children, and have survived for over 30 years until the present day, despite many heart attacks! The Lord has never failed to pull me through as long as I'm faithful to Him! He's been very faithful to me! Praise His Name!

IN FACT, IN 1949, IN THE BLISTERING HEAT OF THE DESERT SUMMER AT VALLEY FARMS, ARIZONA, I BUILT A LITTLE ADOBE MISSION CHURCH with my own hands, almost single-handed, where I pastored for over two years, the only church in the town, as an ordained minister of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, with a congregation of a little handful of a strange mixture of Southern Whites, Indians, and Mexicans. They didn't much like each other, and eventually the Whites didn't like me because of my integration policies and radical preaching that they should share more of their wealth with the poor, beginning with my little family, whom they failed to support!

ALTHOUGH I HAD BUILT THEIR CHURCH BUILDING WITH MY OWN HANDS and raised most of the money for its materials and our own support from outside friends, the denominational hierarchy controlled the property, and a few wealthy enemies who didn't like my preaching and my refusal to plaster that beautiful adobe controlled the Board, and soon had me thrown out with my little family of an expectant mother and three children!--Penniless, with no job and no home!

SICK OF THE CHURCH SYSTEM AND A RETURN TO COLLEGE.

BY THIS TIME, I WAS ALREADY CONVINCED OF THE INEFFECTIVENESS AND UNSCRIPTURALNESS OF THE CHURCH SYSTEM, AND ITS CORRUPT POLITICS I had witnessed as a young pastor, together with the overwhelming hypocrisy of its leaders and members! This final act of cruel injustice and ingratitude and their unconcern for the welfare of one of their own little pastors and his tiny young family made me so furious, embittered, and sick of the whole hypocritical Church System that I nearly became a Communist!

I RETURNED TO COLLEGE ON THE GI BILL determined to study philosophy, psychology, and political science, rather than religion, and became seriously involved in the study of Socialism and Communism. However, I soon saw that the purportedly unselfish goals of these political systems could never be achieved without the Love of God in the hearts of men, as in the pure Christian Communism of the Early Church, effected only by the power of the Spirit of God! Such voluntary sharing of the wealth with those in need could only come through Jesus!

NEVERTHELESS, I COULD ALSO SEE, AS I'M SURE MOST OF US CAN WHO THINK HONESTLY, THAT NOT ALL THE RICH WOULD BE WILLING TO SHARE their wealth with the poor from whom they have taken it; nor will all industrialists be willing to sacrifice their pollution to save our lives and environment; nor the politician his power; nor the militarist his weapons of war; nor the educationalist his Godless worship of man; nor the Church its hypocrisy; nor even the poor his wastefulness of violence, crime and immorality! Very few men are so idealistic as to be willing to give up their own sins in order to please God that they might try to save their fellowman!--Only a few! God help us to find those few!

THE VAST MAJORITY ARE NEARLY ALWAYS WRONG and wicked, according to God's Word. Therefore, the so-called democratic rule of the majority will never voluntarily bring perfect government and perfect peace on earth, a fair economy, a healthful ecology, a Godly education, nor a righteous religion! Only the direct and forceful intervention of God Himself with the Second Coming of Jesus Christ to mete out His violent wrath upon the wrongdoers, to save His own Children from His enemies, and to set up His own Kingdom of totally righteous and authoritarian rule here on Earth will ever bring such a reign of perfection, with peace and justice for all!

ALL OTHER ATTEMPTS AT CHANGES FOR THE BETTER, WHETHER VIOLENT OR NON-VIOLENT, BY UNREGENERATE AND SINFUL MAN WILL ONLY BRING MORE UNREGENERATE AND SINFUL GOVERNMENTS, economies, pollutions, educations and religions and wars resulting from man's sinful heart! To truly change these instruments and ailments of man you must change man himself and his evil heart, something only God can do! Otherwise, you will only have revolution after revolution, war upon war, rich and poor, pollution and disease, the vain babblings of science falsely so-called, political religion, and regime after regime, and empire following empire--all in vain!--and waxing worse and worse! For man is not evoluting, but devoluting, without God, and the end is Hell on Earth!

ENDTIME PREDICTIONS OF THE BIBLE AND WHAT IS SOON TO HAPPEN!

AND THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT THE BIBLE PREDICTS!--That in the last days of man-made regimes on earth, a totally Godless anti-Christ world Government will arise led by a Devil-possessed dictator, Satan incarnate, who will bring a false peace on earth and a counterfeit utopia, and its price will be enforced worship of himself as the imitation Messiah! All of his worshippers will be branded with a number in order to buy or sell or obtain food or employment, and all others who refuse to cooperate will be hunted, persecuted, and slaughtered by his commandment!--a time of Great Tribulation!

ONLY THOSE WHO HAVE THE SEAL OF GOD IN THEIR FOREHEADS, HIS OWN CHILDREN, THE TRUE BELIEVERS WHO HAVE THE GENUINE JESUS IN THEIR HEARTS, WILL BE HIDDEN AND SPARED BY THE MIRACLES OF GOD until the Coming of Christ when they will join Him in the air!--the only way out will be up!-and the only ones saved will be us!--all those who have had this supernatural, regenerative rebirth of the Spirit by God's Love in Jesus, being born again by accepting Him in our hearts!--Have you?

IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN A MORE DETAILED STUDY of all this, you can find it all in the Bible, especially in the Prophetic Books, particularly Daniel and Revelation. If you've already studied these and still cannot understand them, ask Jesus into your heart and God's Spirit to explain them to you. If you still need help, we'd be happy to send you our own lessons on these subjects explaining simply the meanings of these Bible prophecies and the times of their fulfillment's along with charts and illustrations, if you'll help share the cost.

OUR ONLY HOPE OF SURVIVAL, THEREFORE, IS TO BE PREPARED SPIRITUALLY and even practically, with both the personal experience of Salvation--this change of heart by God's Love in Jesus--and by a working knowledge of His Word and what it advises us to do under such conditions of the difficult days that are coming. Do you know what's coming?--Will you know what to do when it happens?--Are you prepared for these emergencies, not only in Spirit but in practical preparations for times of Great Confusion, cataclysmic disasters, widespread chaos, Revolution, tyrannies of terror and times of travail and tribulation?--And do you know how soon to expect them, what to expect, and how to prepare for it? If not, it may be later than you think! Why not now?

AS A YOUNG MINISTER WITH YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN THE CHURCHES, I could plainly see that the vast majority of the Church and even true Christians were totally unprepared for these certain eventualities so specifically predicted in the Scriptures and so soon to come! The present Churchianity System is giving them absolutely no preparation on how to survive these events, much less come through victoriously!

AFTER SEVERAL YEARS IN SEVERAL COLLEGES AND HAVING SUFFERED MANY THINGS OF MANY DENOMINATIONS, I came to the conclusion that it would be impossible to prepare Christians for what's ahead with the present methods of the existing Church System! Most Christians today do not know their Bibles, certainly don't get much in church, rarely, if ever, memorize Scripture for remembrance and encouragement, inspiration and instruction both now and after the Bibles are banned and burned, as before! Neither do they have time to go to Bible college to learn as much as they need to know!--Nor will the exposed and vulnerable Church System with its visible buildings and well-known clergy be any protection or any help in their hour of need, when their ministers are liquidated, their meetings forbidden, and their buildings closed, as has already happened in some countries today! What will you do?

WILL YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO, WILL YOU BE PREPARED TO SURVIVE, and will you know how to help others to do so as well as to continue to worship God and encourage others in the Faith during days not unlike those of the Catacombs Church of martyrs under Roman persecution? Are you even prepared for even lesser emergencies soon to come and their attendant losses of personal freedom and rights, which you seem to think endless? You don't have to wait for an atomic war or the sinking of California!--Are you even ready for the riots, the sabotage, the wrecking of utilities, the blowing up of your bank, the cutting off of your electricity and water, the problems of sewage and garbage disposal and of food and gasoline rationing and shortages of all kinds in a state of National emergency or even locally, and the brutality of martial law under the reign of terror of a military dictatorship of a dying Nation that has forgotten God! What will you do?

GOD HAS WARNED US THAT THESE THINGS ARE COMING, AND COMING SOON, particularly in America where many of you live. They have already happened in many other nations where the Church has already been driven underground! Will you be prepared to try to survive and will you know what God expects you to do under such conditions?

IN THE FACE OF THE IMPENDING THREAT OF A COMMUNIST WORLD TAKEOVER, America will probably overreact just as Germany did under Hitler, in an extremely radical rise of the fanatically reactionary RIGHT, in a final futile attempt to save herself from Communism, the rich from the poor, and the judgments of God through her enemies!

MO'S DESIRE TO LIVE LIKE THE EARLY CHRISTIANS AND HIS ATTEMPTS.

FOR THREE YEARS I TAUGHT SCHOOL, about the only kind of job open for the talents and education and idealism of an unemployed preacher! I took a junior high school class that no one else had been able to conquer and which had caused three other teachers to quit, and God helped me to learn how to make them love both me and the Lord! It was a tough fight, but I finally won, and when I left they actually wept to see me go! But during those days I learned what today's youth was all about and how to handle its many problems!--And I loved them!

I BECAME DETERMINED TO SAVE TOMORROW'S YOUTH from their terrible fate as innocent victims of a fiendish, anti-God, social, economic, educational, and religious System which had not only driven them to drink but also to drugs, crime, violence, and the brink of Revolution in rebellion against their unloving parents, their impersonal educational system, their routine job slavery, their cold and unsympathetic churches, and their unfeeling Government!

I SHOWED MY OWN CHILDREN HOW TO LOVE GOD AND THEIR FELLOWMAN by taking in waifs off the street and filling my house full of the poor, the needy, the helpless, and the unloved and restoring their faith in God and teaching them how to live for others. I shared what I had, and I did what I could, and taught others to do the same, and it worked!--True voluntary genuine unselfish Christian sharing really worked on a small scale, with charity beginning at home--the simple Communism of the Early Church was our ideal and example, and it worked for us just like it did for them! Praise God! Why not try it?

OF COURSE, IT TOOK US A FEW YEARS TO LEARN how to do it and how to operate in our tiny little home-schools of not more than a dozen or two students at a time, and how to make it really work. And during those years of trial and error, some of us had to work for a living to pay the bills and the rent and buy the food so we all could enjoy the benefits of a socialized existence. "From each according to his ability, unto each according to his need."--I had most of the ability, and it seemed they had most of the need, so I was truly blessed, as "it's more blessed to give than to receive"!--And I'm not sorry!

DURING THOSE YEARS, WE HAD TAKEN THREE MONTHS OFF TO TAKE THE WORLD-FAMOUS SOUL CLINIC PERSONAL WITNESSING COURSE under its founder, Fred Jordan, and his teachers, Lee Shelley, Charles Shepherd, Abe Schneider, and his sister, Lottie Snyder, and we owe much to these and their modern interpretation and application of the principles of the New Testament, as well as their insistence that the New Testament Church could live again like the Acts of the Apostles, if the Commandments of Christ were truly obeyed and Christians would forsake all to follow Jesus and go into all the world to preach the Gospel personally to every single creature, by faith, without church buildings or pulpits, ceremonialism or traditionalism, but just with the simple Love of Jesus and living in the simple way His first disciples did!--And it worked!

HOWEVER, WE ALSO LEARNED FROM THEIR MISTAKES! Except for his personal TV show, which I booked on over 300 TV stations and over 1100 radio stations for about 13 years, Fred's great Soul Clinic work did not last, except in the hearts and lives of those he had trained, like me. Although he had challenged the Church System by his message and methods of personal evangelism and New Testament living, he never really broke with obsolete Churchianity, but merely tried to reform it! When a crisis arose in his work, most of his students and missionaries left him and went back to their churches, and he had little left but me, his TV show, his family, a handful of missionaries, and empty buildings!

Continued in part 4 ...
Copyright (c) 1998 by The Family International


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