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The Jesus Trip - One-way Ticket to Nowhere?
Tomorrow's World Magazine
June 1971
Volume: Vol III, No. 06
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The Jesus Trip - One-way Ticket to Nowhere?
Garner Ted Armstrong   
Church of God

Born: February 9, 1930
Died: September 15, 2003
Member Since: 1930
Ambassador College: 1956
Ordained: 1955
Office: Evangelist

A furor of protest came flooding in over my recent article in The PLAIN TRUTH concerning the new "trip" among many of America's youth: "The 'Jesus Trip.'" Many were angry. But WHY? In the article, I challenged everyone to FIND THE TRUE JESUS CHRIST! Why should this make professing Christians angry? Some few DID discover they had been following after "another Jesus"! They were those who carefully CHECKED the scriptures, and took up the challenge to FIND the true Christ. Most merely read the first portion of the article, found something with which to violently disagree, then scanned hurriedly the remainder with emotional bias. In writing the lengthy article necessary to ANSWER the many arguments I received, I find it is impossible to publish in The PLAIN TRUTH magazine, under its present format. So, each person who wrote, complaining, will receive this single issue of TOMORROW'S WORLD magazine. They will receive no more issues, unless they specifically request them. Read, then, in this article, of the TRUE Jesus Christ: how He paid taxes, slept in homes, at least one of which was His own, DID NOT come "head to head" with the "establishment," and DID NOT have long hair, Read of the TRUE CHRIST for a change — and turn from fables to the living Jesus!

   THE INDIGNANT screams still echo in my ears...
   With snorts of indignation, I have been roundly cursed, maligned, criticized, or summarily banished to the nether regions — all because I dared to become iconoclastically involved in shattering a popular idol: the "pusillanimous pansy" of a false, longhaired, effeminate, soft-spoken vagabond called "Jesus," who never existed.
   Oh, the REAL Jesus Christ existed all right.
   The REAL Christ whom I serve, worship, and strive to obey (through His power, not mine), THAT Christ is alive, and very REAL!
   But the "other Jesus" (II Cor. 11:4) is not real — but totally false. I had been guilty, it seems, of a terrible, unforgivable desecration. I was often reminded not to judge, and was summarily threatened with terrible consequences.
   I had called Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer a common drunk.
   Santa Claus is a commie.
   Mickey Mouse is a Nazi.
   Ducks don't talk, and wear trousers. Benedict Arnold was the first President. George Washington was a corporal.
   Still, for all the derisive snorts of rage, I noticed NONE of the writers of the letters had taken issue with any of the plain SCRIPTURES I quoted in the "Jesus Trip" article. Those few who checked the scriptures were pleasantly surprised — even inspired, and wrote to tell me so.
   I did, after all, challenge young people to FIND THE TRUE CHRIST, remember "If you didn't read the "Jesus People" article, a reprint copy is available upon request — FREE of charge, of course. Just ask for "The Jesus Trip.")
   With mob-like unanimity, the emotional outburst continues. The kids are sincere, I'm told. I've been invited to countless youthful "Jesus People" rallies to SEE for myself how utterly SINCERE these young people are.
   I have been reminded that God looks on the heart, and not the outward appearance. I have been warned not to judge. I have been bitingly accused, or gently and forgivingly warned.
   Suddenly, quitting smoking deserves the Congressional Medal of Honor.
   Going "cold turkey" off drugs makes you a first-century disciple.
   I was reminded, time and time again, that ex-pot-heads, acid-droppers, speed-freaks, and dropouts had found something real, something meaningful, in this insane world of population, pollution, the bomb, and Vietnam.
   And then here comes Garner Ted Armstrong (some used other names than my own) to tear down, and to destroy everything.
   But I challenged them to FIND THE TRUE CHRIST, didn't I?
   Why should such a challenge make people angry? And especially, why make the very people who claim to have the love of Christ angry? Atheists, evolutionists, or pagans may be angered at being challenged to find the true Jesus. But why professing Christians?

But They're SINCERE!

   Of course they're sincere.
   Hitler was sincere. He sincerely wanted to rule the world, and with grim, sincere dedication began a policy of genocidal madness calculated to eradicate an entire race. No one ever doubted (with the conceivable exception of isolationist Americans and Neville Chamberlain) Hitler's extreme sincerity.
   But since when is sincerity the major criterion for truth? Accuracy — or legitimacy — and sincerity no more naturally associate themselves than oil and water. I once read of a frustrated, distraught young Puerto Rican who committed suicide in New York. The newspaper clipping told how an autopsy revealed the man had first gulped a huge dose of lethal pills, then slashed both wrists, then doused himself with lighter fluid, and then, poised on a ledge below a window many stories up, struck a match, and leapt.
   That's determination. That's dedication. That's sincerity.
   It's also hugely sickening.
   I would not doubt for a moment the sincerity of ancient priests whose victims had their hearts ripped from their bodies in human sacrifice; nor the parents who advanced toward the jungle pools of imagined raingods in the forests of Central America with their own little children in their arms, to be thrown into the pools alive.
   But I would deeply doubt either their rationality, or their knowledge.
   Little children are terribly sincere as they crawl into the street after a pretty ball, or try to reach the whirring blades of a fan, or gurgle with delight at discovering the pretty bottle in the medicine chest.
   A loving parent would be just as sincere in trying to PREVENT their destruction.
   It seems the young people who reacted so strongly to my earlier article did not realize I was taking issue neither with their intent, nor with their sincerity.
   I was most definitely taking issue with their knowledge, their accuracy, their research-ability, and their IDOL.
   Picture yourself an emancipator of the pagans of the South Seas.
   You hear the strange incantations of the priest as he offers a human sacrifice before the fat, stone lips of a leering god of volcanic rock.
   To prove the idol has no power, and is only a piece of inanimate rock, you rush through the palmetto grove swinging an ax and smash the idol on its ugly nose, breaking the hideous thing Off.
   You've proved your point.
   And you were right. The idol can't hurt you — since it's only an inanimate, humanly devised, imaginary thing of no force, or power.
   But will the worshippers congratulate you?
   I would think the thing to do would be to run — fast. Idol-smashing has never been an entirely safe occupation, even if God's own servants were called upon to do so.
   I just must publish, in full, the letter below. It hits the nail perfectly on the head — judging from the furious batch of protests I received for destroying a popular idol.

Dear Ted,
   I just read "The Jesus Trip," and would like to place my order early for your picture when you get tarred and feathered.
   It isn't that I disagree; on the contrary, I couldn't agree more. I felt that the article was fascinating and timely and even humorous. There is one point, however, that confused me somewhat. Either you erred in your judgment or else you have strong suicidal tendencies. I tend to feel that it is the latter.
   What I am driving at is that the more I read, the more I was reminded of a statement of yours, which paraphrased is: "Man, you can't get away with telling people the truth."
   As a rule your comments can be taken in such a way as to leave the reader or the listener the luxury of redirecting them and saying yes, yes, yes I know the kind of person he is talking about, but this time you hit the main stream of professing Christianity right in its treasure chest of beddy-bye stories.
   Keep up the good work. In the meantime I'll try to find some good tar remover or if I'm unable to find that I'll see if I can find some nice ostrich plumes and pterodactyl wings for decoration.
William C., Portland, Oregon

   Please believe me; I do not doubt for one moment the sincerity of young or old alike who feel they have found an "experience" with a "Jesus." Their "experience" and what they "feel" is very REAL to them. Their imaginary picture of a "Jesus," as it has been presented to them through history, theology, past teaching, and by present religious leaders, religious tracts, pamphlets, booklets, or wildly garish T-shirts and pictures is equally '(real."
   But it is only as real as Santa Claus, or Mickey Mouse, or Rudolph. It may be cherished. And they may be sincere. But they are sincerely wrong.
   There is, after all, a REAL Jesus Christ of Nazareth — who is ALIVE today. Why should it make people angry to be challenged to DISCOVER HIM?

The Excitement of a Counterfeit

   I told, on the broadcast, of the story of the young hip-types who discovered a sack of money lying in the street. With alacrity, they unwrapped the thick sheafs of bills, their eyes lighting up with delight.
   They had an excited, urgent conversation in the back of their Volkswagen van. They decided to change their way of life. They decided to go to the bank, and deposit the money, then buy a home, then set themselves up in some small business, and quit drugs and wasted days of wandering.
   They were excited! They even had time to wonder, "But what will all my friends think?" if they cut their hair, and wore "straight" clothing.
   They went to the bank, filled with expectancy, excitement, and SINCERITY.
   The vice-president of the bank looked at the piles of money, carefully examined many of them and then called the police. The money was counterfeit.
   "I'm sorry," said the bank officer, "but this money is all useless — it's counterfeit!"
   With whom will the youngsters be angry? The bank vice-president, or the unknown, anonymous counterfeiters who printed the false notes?
   The bank official, likely — or the police.
   Strange, indeed. But human nature is generally true to form — irrational, selfish, lustful, vanity-filled, self-righteous, jealous, greedy, and deeply resentful of criticism. The nature which the true Christ can impart is none of these, but is patient, longsuffering, kind, gentle, always eager to believe the best, yet piercingly accurate, direct, unhampered by traditional fables, and it cuts through false doctrines and false attitudes like the biting edge of a swift sword.
   The bank official pleads innocent. He didn't produce, or spread abroad into the streets, the counterfeit money. He may earnestly appeal to the youths, "But... why not go out and earn some REAL money?"
   I wonder... would his advice be sound? Would it make sense? Would it be practical? Yes — certainly, yes to all of those. But would it be well received? Probably not!
   But, let's get into cases. Remember, it was asked-for information. I fully intended arousing people into whatever reaction would be dictated by their own past religious upbringing, or recent religious "experience." And react they did.

Does It Really Make Any DIFFERENCE?

   I have been challenged time and time again by the petulant plea: "But, if these young people have discovered Him (since His universality is evident, etc., etc.), then, whatever He means to them, in whatever manner they choose to worship Him, why would you knock their newfound faith? Jesus means many different things to many different people, etc.," ad nauseam.
   All that sounds reasonable to carnal human minds. Comfortably logical. And it would be so — if there were no God. But since there IS a God and since that God plainly COMMANDS His people, "LEARN NOT THE WAY OF THE HEATHEN," then it DOES make a great deal of difference! (Jeremiah 10:2.)
   Jesus Christ is the "Word" of God. (Notice John 1:1 — "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the WORD WAS GOD." See also I John 1:1.) As such, He is the Revelator, the One who embodies the TRUTH. Christ said you are not relegated to eternal searching and never finding. He said, "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:32).
   Jesus said, "... I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me" (John 14:6).
   So, since the letters were all written, NOT by angry atheists who resented my mentioning the shabby, vagabond, false image of a traditional "Jesus," but by various and sundry RELIGIOUSLY inclined people who claim they WANT to understand about Jesus — I repeat again, WHY GET ANGRY WHEN THEY'RE ASKED TO DISCOVER THE TRUE CHRIST?
   It wouldn't make any difference whatever, if there were no God. If each of us could "worship God according to his own conscience" and have everything turn out just fine at that nebulous "end of the road," and then all would be well.
   But if your Bible specifically says there is only ONE WAY to inherit eternal life, and if it talks of ONE Lord who is true, and not several, or various human devised interpretations and distortions, then you had better be very certain you have found that ONE WAY! Read it, with your own eyes, in your own Bible! (Why not do that, this time, with ALL the references I include, instead of leaping to conclusions, and letting glandular reactions rule the mind?) "There is ONE body, and ONE Spirit, even as ye are called in ONE hope of your calling; ONE Lord, ONE faith, ONE baptism, ONE God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all" (Eph. 4:4-6).
   "Is Christ divided?" asked Paul (I Cor. 1:13).
   Is there anything WRONG with Christ — so far as you youthful "Jesus people" are concerned? Anything WRONG with the REAL Jesus? What if you could PROVE, and PROVE that you've proved, that the REAL Jesus did not have long hair, did NOT come "head to head" with the "establishment" of His time, DID pay taxes, DID submit to the laws of the land, DID live in a HOME, DID take baths, DID NOT try to "convert" people THEN, and DID teach obedience and respect toward the powers that be?
   What if you could PROVE, from the Bible, these shocking statements?
   If you saw it proved, would you then TURN TO THE REAL CHRIST? Would you then realize you had been thinking of a different Christ than the One revealed in the Scriptures, that you had vainly "imagined" a personal talisman for yourself, or blindly swallowed a traditional and historical hoax, and repent? Would you?
   Remember, your Bible warns against accepting "another Jesus" and "another gospel." Read the first chapter of Galatians and see the curse Paul calls down on those who have "another gospel." If your Jesus and your gospel differ from the clear simple message of the Bible — YOU ARE IN TROUBLE! Surely, if finding Jesus is your deepest and most heartfelt goal — your earnest desire, then you're not going to REJECT the true Christ when you do finally "find Him," are you?
   We'll see.

Jesus Did NOT Have Long Hair

   [Editor's Note: See the adjacent article for the historical proof that Jesus did NOT wear his hair long. The Biblical proof follows.)
   Christ INSPIRED Paul to write the words concerning long hair in I Corinthians 11. Christ had neither a halo, nor a long-haired, effeminate look! Your Bible explains (I Cor. 11:1-11) that a woman's hair is given her for a "covering" and a sign of being under authority. A woman's long hair gives her a softer, feminine appearance, which is pleasing in God's sight. I Corinthians 11 never mentions anything other than HAIR in discussing "coverings" of the human head, and obviously shows women should have longer hair, for a "covering," and men should not.
   Remember, the Creator says, "... to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and 66:2.) Do you tremble before the Word of God (Christ IS the "Word," remember, PERSONIFIED!), or do you wish to argue with it, placing your own personal interpretations on it, to suit your own human convictions?

Jesus NOT a Nazarite

   Don't deceive yourself into believing for one moment Christ had taken any "Nazaritic vow" of sorts. He superseded the Nazarite, and the Levite. He became the High Priest after the order of Melchizedek (Hebrews, 7th chapter), and did not fulfill any of the Scriptural obligations laid upon a "Nazarite" (Numbers 6:3, 6).
   For example, He on occasion touched a dead body (Matt. 9:25). And shocking as it may be too many who believe in total abstinence from all alcoholic beverages, Jesus drank WINE from time to time (Matt. 11:19), and His first miracle involved creating fine WINE, MORE THAN A HUNDRED GALLONS OF IT, from water. For a full explanation of this subject, read our free article "Is Drinking a Sin?" Furthermore, those under a Nazarite vow let their hair grow long as a token of humiliation. It was a sign of shame. Notice, too, that as soon as the time period of the Nazarite vow was over, the one who undertook the vow was to shave his head! (Numbers 6:18.)
   Frankly Jesus Christ — as a human being — was of quite ordinary appearance. It was His message, not His looks, that was striking. We are told, "He hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him" (Isa. 53:2).
   Jesus looked like any other normal Jew of His day! On a number of occasions He was able to pass through crowds because He looked just like anyone else (John 8:59; 10:39). Judas had to use a special sign, a kiss, to point out to Jesus' enemies which one He was. Judas would not have had to do this if Jesus had long hair.
   The Jesus Christ of the Bible was a medium-built, dynamic and rugged individual. Jesus, remember, was a carpenter, a builder in the hard and stony hill country of Galilee. He had worked with heavy stones and timbers all His life.

Jesus DID NOT Break the Laws of the Land

   Continually, people cite the case of Jesus chasing the cattle and money changers out of the Temple, believing it to be an example of LAW-breaking on Christ's part. Apparently, they have never READ the Scriptural account, or if they did, they read it only cursorily, and without real understanding.
   Read it, in your own Bible. You'll find the account in Matthew 21:12-16; Mark 11:15-18; Luke 19:45-47, and John 2:14-17.
   Actually, Jesus drove out the cattle, and overturned the various money-changing booths and ordered their owners and proprietors out of the Temple TWICE. John's Gospel illustrates the first occasion, during an earlier Passover season, and the other three speak of the later occasion, at Christ's final trip to Jerusalem.
   Here, Jesus appears, NOT as a "vagabond" or "wayfarer" who is creating a disturbance against established authority, but as the PROPRIETOR of the Temple, and the direct Representative of its ultimate Owner, God the Father. He said, "It is written," thus citing the greatest LAW common to them all, that of the Word of God, "My house shall be called the house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves."
   Christ was in authority here, not a casual visitor. Not ONCE did the money changers (Roman money had to be changed into Jewish, in which Temple contributions were collected, and no doubt shortchanging occurred, considering the differences in value of the two types of coins and the general tendency of human greed!) nor the owners of the cattle, nor the Jewish religious leaders, SAY ONE WORD about anything "unlawful"!
   If He broke the law, why not arrest Him? But no LAW was broken, it was being UPHELD! Christ CITED the law, when He quoted Isaiah 56:7! He, then, was a representative, BOTH of the PROPERTY (the Temple), and the LAW!
   Remember, too, that even when false witnesses were being bribed to bring false charges against Him during His trial, NOT ONCE did anyone bring up the issue of Christ chasing the cattle and money changers out of the Temple, even though He did so TWICE, about two years apart!
   Some have assumed Christ's plucking of the corn (wheat) in a field, or healing on the Sabbath, were ILLEGAL ACTS.
   Not so! There were laws requiring the landowner to leave some produce on the stalk or the vine for the hungry traveller (Lev. 19:9-10; Lev. 23:22), laws which were stringently enforced, even by the Pharisees themselves.
   What about healing? Some have contended Jesus' healing of a deformity on the Sabbath was a breaking of some LAW. But notice the example, found in Mark 3:1-6.
   Jesus was in a local synagogue, confronted by a man with a horribly deformed hand. The Pharisees "watched him, whether he would heal him on the Sabbath day, that they might accuse him."
   Notice, they were not enforcing or interpreting any duly constituted LAW, but were "watching" suspiciously to see whether they could accuse Him of having violated any of their humanly devised traditions. After the healing, Jesus asked them, "Is it LAWFUL to do good on the Sabbath days, or to do evil? To save life, or to kill?"
   Jesus knew what He did was LAWFUL.
   He knew that their own laws, even including their religious traditions, allowed an act of mercy on the Sabbath day (pulling a helpless animal out of a ditch was lawful!). Nothing UNLAWFUL about this healing, was there?
   They, too, knew it was lawful, and that's precisely why they didn't answer but went out silently.
   One protester claimed Jesus "insulted" the High Priest on the occasion of Jesus' questioning prior to His murder.
   But why not read the account, for yourself?
   You'll find it in John 18:21-23. Jesus had said, "Why askest thou me? Ask them which heard me, what I have said unto them: behold, they know what I said. And when he had thus spoken, one of the officers which stood by STRUCK Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying, Answerest thou the high priest so?"
   Jesus then said, "If I have spoken EVIL, bear witness of the evil: but IF WELL, why smitest thou me?"
   Not one word from the High Priest! He, himself, did not answer Jesus' truthful statement. The High Priest's question, itself, was hypocritical.
   Jesus gave a straightforward, truthful answer to a misleading question. A pompous officer then STRUCK Jesus. This WAS an insult. This most certainly WAS illegal. But what was Christ's reaction upon being struck, illegally, by an officer? Just calm, studious, patient truth. He said, "If I have told the truth, then why do you strike me?"
   No, Jesus DID NOT break the laws. He urged His own disciples to OBEY THEM, saying, "The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat: All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do NOT ye after their works: for they say, and do not" (Matt. 23:2-3). Plenty of hypocrisy around, even in Jesus' day.
   The "establishment" of His time, remember, constituted a captive, mostly irreligious populace, ruled by a puppet king, and the Roman Governor. The religious leaders (Pharisees, Sadducees, Zealots, Essenes, etc.) were various MINORITY groups, and, even though the masses generally feared the Pharisees because they were in charge of the synagogues and therefore leaders in the community; and the Sanhedrin because of its legislative and punitive powers. the MAJORITY of the people were not really "religious" in a devout sense.
   Thousands of them were shocked by what Jesus said and did. They FOLLOWED AFTER HIM; He DID NOT seek them out!

Christ Subject to Civil Authorities?

   Christ broke no laws, and never urged anyone else to do so. Had there been a conflict between the laws of the land, and the higher laws of God, which were believed and OBEYED by Jesus, here is the Bible teaching on what Christ would have done.
   "We ought to obey God rather than men," said the Apostle Peter, answering religious persecutors (Acts 5:29). "Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God," said the Apostle Paul (Romans 13:1-7), urging Christians in Rome to OBEY the civil government insofar as it did not conflict with GOD'S laws.
   "Whosoever therefore resists the power [civil authority], resists the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil."
   How does this square with the nebulous personal ideas and interpretations of various "spiritual" leaders who urge upon their followers RESISTANCE toward society? Paul, remember, was talking to Christians, inspired by the very Jesus Christ who lived IN Paul (Gal. 2:20), and was urging Christians who lived right in the capital city of the greatest totalitarian, tyrannical police state to ever exist that they should remain OBEDIENT!
   Read on in Romans 13: "Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? Do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. For for this cause PAY YE TRIBUTE [taxes!] also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. Render therefore to all their dues: tribute [taxes) to whom tribute is due; custom [duty, or import taxes - Greek telos, meaning an "impost" or "levy") to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour" (verses 3-7).
   Remember! Paul was personally taught of Jesus Christ! (I Cor. 9:1; 15:8; Gal. 1:12-18.) He was not expressing some human-oriented "ideas" of his own (write for our free article "DO We Have the Complete Bible?" which explains whether Paul's writings are truly on a par with SCRIPTURE!) , but the directly inspired WILL OF GOD, and teaching of Jesus Christ!
   Not only did Christ and all the New Testament leaders urge OBEDIENCE to civil authority, but they urged Christians to PRAY for guidance for their civil leaders. Notice I Timothy 2:1 and 2: "I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for ALL THAT ARE IN AUTHORITY; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty"!
   No, the Christ of the Bible was not a lawbreaker — but the greatest example of OBEDIENCE TO LAW in all history! Are you willing to accept the true Christ — the LAW-abiding Christ of the Bible?

Jesus Was NOT "Anti-Establishment"

   Jesus Christ was followed, sought after, looked for, eagerly listened to, by the general public, the "silent majority" of His day!
   Read these scriptures: "When he [Jesus) was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him" (Matt. 8:1). "The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side. And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying... " (Matt. 13:1-3). So you see that Jesus taught the general public as well as His own disciples. (See also Matt. 23:1.)
   Now, notice His nationwide following. "And he came down with them, and stood in the plain, and the company of his disciples, and a great multitude of people out of all Judaea and Jerusalem, and from the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, which came to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases" (Luke 6:17). Also read the account where Jesus was welcomed with great ceremony by a large group of Jerusalem's citizens. You read of it in Matthew 21:1-11.
   The Pharisees were afraid — deeply worried — about Christ's nationwide support. Notice it in John 12:19 — "The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Perceive ye how ye prevail nothing? behold, the world is gone after him." That is why He was tried and crucified.
   Notice the example of Christ's personal feeling toward soldiers, even "enemy" soldiers, of an occupying army! Read the account for yourself in Luke 7:l-10. Here Jesus gladly healed the servant of a Roman centurion in Capernaum. Further, Jesus' teaching, even in the Sermon on the Mount, was humble COMPLIANCE with harsh mistreatment from the military. The example of "compelling" a person to "go a mile" was DIRECTLY related to the practice of Roman mail carriers requiring persons along their route to CARRY A BURDEN a certain distance (Matt. 5:41). Christ said NOT TO RESIST this harsh and illegal practice, but to humbly acquiesce.
   No, Jesus was NOT coming "head to head" with the "establishment."
   Rather, He was busily performing that great JOB He had been given to do: "I must work the works of Him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work" (John 9:4). He was calling and training His disciples to carry on after His death and resurrection (Matt. 28:19, 20; 4:18-22; 10:1-16; Luke 10:1-11; Mark 16:15), and was continually setting an EXAMPLE of perfect mannerisms, culture, language, habits, speech, and outgoing LOVE toward all men (I Peter 2:21-24; Luke 4:16-21) and was KEEPING OUT of "politics" and heated local issues!
   Notice Jesus' answer to Pilate's questioning: "My kingdom is not of this world..." (John 18:36).
   Christ plainly urged His disciples to COME OUT of this world (John 17:6, 8, 14, 16; I John 2:15; Rev. 18:4; II Cor. 6:14-17; I Cot. 5:11) and NOT to become "political activists" or to attempt to INFLUENCE in politics!
   Jesus was widely accepted by the general populace. It was the minority religious leaders who persecuted Him! Even the Roman Government remained largely aloof, including Pilate's infamous "washing of the hands" during Jesus' trial.
   Again, the FALSE claim that Jesus was an "activist" type of vagabond who sponsored "street rallies" is TOTALLY erroneous! God prophesied of Him, "He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street" (Isa. 42:2). Time and time again, when Jesus' remarkable teachings resulted in the gradual gathering of a crowd, even about a house which very definitely appears to have been His own, Jesus attempted to ESCAPE such large crowds by either taking a boat to cross the Sea of Galilee, by going into a different part of the country, or, even as in the case of the "Sermon on the Mount," by climbing a high mountain nearby, where the majority of the crowd could not follow.

Jesus Didn't Disturb Spiritual Blindness

   It comes as a profound shock to most to realize that Jesus did NOT attempt to "convert" people then — and He explained this principle to His disciples.
   Read Matthew 13:10-15 — "And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have mote abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias (Isaiah), which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them."
   You see, Christ in His day did not try to disturb the spiritual blindness that was over their minds. Here is Mark's account: "Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but unto them [the vast majority] that are without, all these things are done in parables: that seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand" (Mark 4:11-12).
   Parables were spoken to hide the truth, not to make the meaning clearer.
   In the earlier "Jesus Trip" article, I mentioned Jesus did not come to save the world THEN, and received many angry letters informing me of various scriptures in the Bible concerned with Jesus' death for our sins and transgressions, and statements concerning His position as Saviour of the world!
   But I deeply and devotedly RECOGNIZE Jesus Christ as my own personal Saviour, and the eventual Saviour of all the world! But I also deeply recognize the plain, clear, written Word of God that Jesus Christ deliberately concealed His meaning during that time to the general populaces, and explained to his disciples that the general public COULD NOT understand. (You need to write for our free article "Is This the Only Day of Salvation?")

Jesus Hobnobbed with Upper Crust

   Many took very excitable issue with my statements concerning Christ's house in the "Jesus Trip" article.
   One letter asserted, "If Jesus wasn't a hippie, He had the earmarks of one; travelling up and down dusty roads, living on handouts and what He could find in fields or trees; having no facilities for bathing or clean clothes; being locked up in prison for vagrancy."
   The same person said "Nowhere in my Bible is Jesus identified with the 'respectables.' Their gripe was that He hobnobbed and ate with the poor and wretched class, avoiding the upper crust — the scribes, the Pharisees, and elders."
   Yet, like so many others, this person read only certain portions of the Gospels, and then came to certain opinions and conclusions of his own, largely influenced by false tradition and past religious teaching!
   The Bible plainly speaks of Jesus entering into the homes of some of the greatest and most respected Pharisaic leaders. He also was personally acquainted with tax collectors and many rich men of His day!
   Notice Luke 7:36-39 — "And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he (Jesus) went into the Pharisee's house, and sat down to meat [to eat a meal]. And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, and stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment, Now when the Pharisee which had bidden (invited} him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner." (You can read the rest of the story for the ensuing conversation and the lesson Jesus taught this leading Pharisee.)
   Tax collectors (although understandably not very popular with the Pharisees or the common people because they collected taxes for the Romans) were part of the wealthy intelligentsia or upper class of that day. Read Luke 5:27-29 — "And after these things he (Jesus) went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said unto him, follow me....And Levi made him a great feast in his own house: and there was a great company of publicans [tax collectors} and of others that sat down with them."
   Notice the narrative of Jesus' visit in Jericho. "And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. And he sought to see Jesus who he was.... And when Jesus came to the place... and said unto him, Zacchaeus... today Z must abide at thy house... And he {Zacchaeus) received him joyfully" (Luke 19:1-6).

Joseph of Arimathaea

   Jesus was well acquainted with Joseph of Arimathaea, who obtained Jesus' dead body from Pilate and buried Him. Look at what the Bible tells us of this man. "When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple" (Matt. 27:57). Now notice Luke's account, "And, behold, there was a man named Joseph, a counsellor (of the great Sanhedrin or Jewish legislative body — see Clarke's Commentary by Adam Clarke, Vol. V, p. 279); and he was a good man, and a just: (the same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them;) he was of Arimathaea, a city of the Jews: who also himself waited for the kingdom of God" (Luke 23:50-51). Also read for yourself of Jesus' conversation and association with Nicodemus, a Pharisee and leader of the Jews (John 3:1-12; 7:50-53; 19:39)
   The wedding feast at Cana in Galilee (John 2:1-11) was a case where Jesus was "hobnobbing" with the "upper crust." Such a great feast was obviously given by wealthy people. The occasion of the healing of a centurion's servant (Luke 7:1-10) was another case. A centurion was a leader over 100 men, which in all likelihood meant the head of the garrison at Capernaum and the leading Roman officer for the area.
   This is not to say that Jesus showed these people any more SPECIAL attention than He did the masses and the "poor and wretched class." But neither should anyone assume that He deliberately rejected or ignored the "upper crust," and went out of His way to ensure that He "identified" only with the "poor and wretched class." Jesus Christ "was all things to all men," and was never a "respecter of persons." Some of the same people who wrote very bitterly complaining letters to me concerning the earlier article in The PLAIN TRUTH, attempted to remind me of the scriptural facts concerning Christ's ability to "look on the inward heart," not on the outward person. Yet, some of these same people seem to ACCUSE Christ of BEING a "respecter of persons," alleging to me continually that Jesus ignored and avoided the "upper crust," and those in any official capacity, and "hobnobbed" ONLY with the weak, poor, and downtrodden of society.
   Neither extreme is true — as a careful study of the Scriptures proves.

Christ Was a "Family" Man

   Even though it is very obvious Christ was not married, He was, nevertheless, a member of a fairly large family.
   After the enunciation of Jesus' conception and virgin birth, Joseph, already the husband of Mary, bound by the "espousal" though not yet having consummated the marriage, reacted in a manner which is incomprehensible for a very young man.
   Turn to Matthew 1 and verse 19, "Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily."
   To a younger man, such an enormous announcement would have been met with a great deal of righteous indignation, petulance, jealousy, and weird imaginings.
   Almighty God chose, for the prospective legal father and the mother of His own Son, Jesus Christ, the very best conceivable parental examples. Not only was Joseph of the direct line (explained in the preceding verses of Matt. 1) of David and from David back to Abraham, and thence to Adam, but he was also a righteous man, and a prosperous one.
   Both Joseph and Mary were obedient to the laws of God, and when you understand the laws of God as magnified in Old and New Testaments alike, including even the laws of success, of physical cleanliness, and of husband and wife relationships, you have a much clearer picture of the circumstances under which Christ was reared as a young child.
   In Luke 2:51 you read of how Jesus, after the incident of being found teaching in the temple at age 12, returned to the home of His parents, and "was subject unto them."
   Christ's antagonists said, "Isn't this the carpenter's son?" And this is mentioned more than once. Joseph, then, was a "carpenter." In our specialized societies, carpenters are thought of as those who work with sawn and hewn lumber, and primarily work only at pounding nails into boards.
   Ask a modern carpenter if this is "all he does," and he will very likely give you a lengthy lecture about the many skills required to become a good carpenter.

Complex Carpentry

   However, during the day of Jesus Christ, "carpentry," included much more than just the fabrication of wooden dwellings. Most of the homes were a combination of stone, mud and clay, and hewn beams and "lumber."
   The city where Jesus spent much of His early ministry around the Galilean area was Capernaum. I have been to Capernaum several times, and have seen the remnants of the porches, the arches, the mosaics, and the walls of the buildings which were there during the time of Christ.
   Capernaum, at that time, was a beaming, modern, beautifully sculptured Grecian-type city. It was filled with beautiful homes, multi-leveled, with large central gardens, mosaic walks, fountains and even, believe it or not, indoor bathrooms and steam baths!
   The homes of the wealthier class during that time were marvels of architecture, and a far cry from the stone and adobe hovels imagined by many as being the general domicile of the time.
   A "carpenter" would have to know a certain amount of mathematics, engineering principles (working with block and tackle, levers, and knowing how to construct arches and cantilever overhanging balconies, etc. j and especially would have to be skillful in finishing work, such as interior surfaces, mosaic hallways and walkways, and would even have to know a certain amount about plumbing.
   Believe it or not, all during that day and in the first two or three centuries thereafter, home plumbing included indoor water, which was delivered via a system of piper and could be cut off by valves just as in a modern home today.
   This may seem astounding to many people who have not familiarized themselves with the degree to which architecture and the science of home building had advanced during Jesus' day. It was not uncommon, especially around areas where subterranean "hot springs" were abundant, for large central buildings to be constructed with Roman "baths," which usually featured several levels of open, running water around niches in the walls and underneath stones in the floors, through which would be ducted hot, boiling spring water. Wealthy Romans could then sit in this common "steam room" and enjoy a steam bath.
   It is essential to get somewhat of a picture of the cities of Christ's day (remember — He spoke of Capernaum as being "exalted unto heaven") in order to really comprehend the way of Life lived by the common people, and by Christ Himself and His own family.
   Generally, a boy of about twelve years of age could be thought of as entering into "adult society." This is obvious, too, when you consider the account of Jesus with the doctors and the lawyers of the Temple at age twelve.
   However, Christ's ministry did not begin until he was "about thirty." That means that at least from age twelve or a little later on up to age thirty, Jesus remained with Joseph (or if Joseph died sometime earlier, Jesus remained with the family), as a "carpenter," laboring and working all over the hill country of Galilee — no doubt principally in the cities of Nazareth and Capernaum.

Jesus Had Brothers and Sisters

   Remember, too, that Joseph and Mary went on to have a large family! His brothers were named James, Joses, Simon and Judas (Matt. 13:55). [Editor's Note: Refer to the April issue of TOMORROW'S WORLD for the article "What Was it Like to Be the Brother of Jesus?"] There were "sisters" (verse 56) implying more than one — though how many is not stated. So, by the very least reckoning, there were five sons, and two daughters. Remember, this is a conservative number, since there could have been more than two girls. Mary, then, was eventually the mother of at least seven children! And it requires a man of some substance — a family obeying the laws and the precepts of God, including the laws of success, to properly provide for a family of this size!
   Joseph was obviously a prosperous businessman — more like a "general contractor," than just a hammer-wielding one-man carpenter. It would have been contrary to God's laws to have brought into the world so many youngsters if Joseph had not been amply able to provide for them. Jesus, then, while He was not married, did grow up as a young man with brothers and sisters, and was very definitely a "family man'' in the sense that He, as the elder brother, became the leader of the family, and directly responsible for it.
   Not one more word is heard of Joseph after the time of the mentioning of the word "parents" in Luke the second chapter. From that time on, wherever Mary and the other children are mentioned, they are done. Obviously, though the Bible does not record the event, Joseph had died sometime after Christ's twelfth birthday and prior to His thirtieth. Joseph is never mentioned, and is nowhere on the scene, during the entirety of Christ's ministry, or even at His death.
   Yet, Mary and the brothers and sisters are mentioned on several occasions.
   Many have reasoned that, because Jesus spoke to His disciples of all His "brothers and sisters" meaning any other human being, that He did NOT have REAL brothers and sisters. Not so! The account of Matthew 13, verses 55 and 56 is very clear in this regard. The brothers are specifically NAMED in that account, and Jesus had no disciple called Joses, and certainly He had no female apostles!
   John 2:12 is very plain. "After this he went down to Capernaum, he, and his mother, and his BRETHREN, AND his disciples: and they continued there not many days." Here, the Biblical account written by John, that "disciple whom Jesus loved," very clearly shows that His disciples and His "brethren" were two different groups of people. Some have misunderstood Christ's lesson given upon the event of the arrival of His brothers and sisters concerning the "brotherhood" of all mankind, and assumed, without checking these scriptures carefully, that Jesus had no earthly kin,
   However, notice the account in Mark the 6th chapter. As Jesus was teaching in the synagogue, some of His persecutors began to say, "Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honor, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house."
   Notice! Jesus plainly said, "Among his OWN KIN"!
   He plainly admitted, then, that He, the prophet who was being dishonored, was, at that time, in His own country, and AMONG HIS OWN KIN!
   He also plainly stated that He was IN HIS OWN HOUSE!

Did Jesus Have a House?

   Time and time again, in the account of Christ's early ministry around the Galilean area, it shows He was in a house. From time to time it was the house of Peter, or the house of one of the other disciples, or Christ's own.
   Notice a few of the more outstanding examples. "And when Jesus was come into Peter's house, he saw his wife's mother laid, and sick of a fever" (Matt. 8:14). Here, you see Peter had a house in Capernaum, and also you can understand by the scripture that Peter had a wife. Again, though it is so plain in the scriptures, MILLIONS do not know or understand that Peter either owned a home, or that he was a married man! (See also I Cor. 9:5.) Yet the Bible is very clear on these points.
   There are many such examples in the Scriptures. Notice a few more.
   "While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood WITHOUT" (Matt. 12:46). Though I referred to this scripture earlier, most of you probably failed to notice that Jesus was indoors on this occasion, and because of the large group inside, His own family could not enter, but had to wait "without."
   Notice! "The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the seaside" (Matt. 13:1). Again, Christ was in a home, where He no doubt had opportunity to sleep when He was tired, and to bathe when He needed it - which was fairly often! And to have opportunity €or privacy just as ANY human being would require! Notice! "Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field" (Matt. 13:36).
   Again, Jesus sent the crowds away and entered into a house. Very likely, this was His OWN since it was in Capernaum, and Jesus continually went in and out of Capernaum, remaining in the area of Capernaum for much of His Galilean ministry.
   Later, Jesus went up to Nazareth. The Bible says, "And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished..." (Matt. 13:53-54).
   Then follows the account of their questioning, and their statements concerning Christ's family. Jesus said, "A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his OWN HOUSE"! (Matt. 13:57.)
   Obviously, Jesus said He was in His own country, and IN HIS OWN HOUSE when He was being disrespectfully spoken of. The earlier scripture on the same subject proves that "house" is not synonymous with "kin."
   It is true that Jesus, on many occasions, "went up into a mountain to pray" (Matt. 14:23), or was in a "desert place" (Matt. 14:15), and that He slept on occasions out-of-doors.

Jesus Not a Vagabond

   But to assume Jesus lived the life of a dirty, grubby vagabond who never had opportunity to wash or to bathe, and that He lived on "hand-outs" or what He could glean from the fields as He traveled, is utterly ridiculous and without basis in scriptural fact!
   During the account of the first New Testament Passover (commonly called the "Lord's Supper"), Jesus washed His disciples' feet, setting a deeply spiritual example for all Christians (read John 13:1-17). When it was Peter's turn, he protested first, and then went to the other extreme of wanting his whole body to be washed. In verse 10, Jesus said, "HE THAT IS WASHED [BATHED) NEEDETH NOT SAVE TO WASH HIS FEET, BUT IS CLEAN EVERY WHIT...." Here it is obvious that Jesus and His disciples had bathed prior to the meal, and only their feet were dirty, since they wore sandals in that day.

Did Jesus Pay Taxes?

   Jesus not only stayed in a home much of the time, but He was also a taxpayer! In Matthew 22:15-22 Christ plainly said that it was lawful to pay tribute [taxes] and to "Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's...."
   And why would one pay taxes? For several reasons: Either He had an income, or He owned property, or both, or he had to pay a poll or head tax.
   Notice the example, "And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money [taxes) came to Peter, and said, doth not your master pay tribute? He sayeth yes" (Matt. 17:24-25).
   The plain statement is Jesus DID pay taxes!
   But notice the rest of the verse.
   "And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented {preceded) him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon?" (Verse 25.)
   Again, Jesus entered into a house on this occasion.
   Even when Jesus traveled, He usually made arrangements to stay in another home, at an inn, or to provide for some suitable lodgings.
   Notice this example in Luke 9:51-56: "And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he sted-fastly set his face to go to Jerusalem, and sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans to make ready for him [to arrange for a place to stay]. And they [the residents of the village] did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem."
   The Samaritans in this village did not allow Him to stay there because He was going to Jerusalem, while the Samaritans maintained a rival "holy site" on Mount Geritim. The location of the temple was a bone of contention between the Jews and the Samaritans (John 4:20).
   "And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? But he turned and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives but to save them. And they went to another village."
   Then notice another example, "And he left them, and went out of the city unto Bethany; and he lodged there" (Matt. 21:17).
   Jesus had gone out of Jerusalem to the town of Bethany, which is very close by. He "lodged there" rather than sleeping out-of-doors on this occasion.
   How many of the hippies and the "Jesus People" KNOW and understand many of these scriptures which absolutely PROVE Jesus Christ dwelt in a home more often than He slept out-of-doors, that He payed taxes, that He bathed and washed, and that He did not have long hair?
   Notice some more examples:
   "And again he entered into Capernaun after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house" (Mark 2:1 — The expression "in the house" can be rendered "at home." See original Greek and also New English Bible and The New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ — John Broadus, et al.)
   Jesus freely entered into the homes of the leaders of the society, usually at their own request! Still, many people who totally misunderstand the truth of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, assume He was only a vagabond, someone who associated with "street people," and who continually scorned or spurned any contact with the "upper crust" of society!
   But read the account in Mark the 5th chapter of how Jairus (Mark 5:22-43), the ruler of the synagogue, besought Jesus to come to his home and pray for his daughter.
   "And he cometh to the h use of the ruler of that synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly. And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep?" (Verses 38-39.) Here, Jesus freely entered into the home of the ruler of the synagogue, in order to heal his daughter.
   Notice yet another example, "And when he was entered into the house from the people, his disciples asked him concerning the parable... (Mark 7:17).
   Time and time again, when the crowds became too large and too unmanageable, Christ either "entered into the house," or perhaps got into a ship and LEFT the multitudes in an attempt to avoid overly large crowds.
   The people came to HIM, remember. He did not go to them.

Why Jesus Had No Place to Stay

   Some dissidents quote one scripture to prove that Jesus had no place to live. All right, let's look at Luke 9:57-58, "And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man saith unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head."
   Remember, I have already explained verses 51 through 56, which come just before this account. So, how do we understand Luke 9:57-58 in context? Again remember Jesus had wanted to arrange to stay in a Samaritan village on His way to Jerusalem. The citizenry wouldn't allow it. Therefore, Jesus — in the light of their denying Him overnight lodging — exclaims, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head." In other words, at that particular time ("as they went in the way" [verse 57] on the way to the next village [see verse 56]), Jesus was having difficulty finding a place to stay overnight on His journey to Jerusalem.
   This is one reason Jesus told the young man that He had no place to stay at the moment. It was exemplary of His — at times — difficult ministry.
   Now does this example, also having directly to do with forsaking all physical properties, family, and facilities for the sake of the Kingdom of God, then utterly DESTROY every other plain scripture about the many, many times Jesus dwelt in a home, or visited in someone else's home, or ate a meal in a home, or was part of a large banquet party (as at Cana, in Galilee), or deliberately arranged lodgings?
   Obviously, the Bible does not contradict the Bible (John 10:35; II Peter 1:20); and one scripture which is rather vague, or capable of two or three meanings, does not knock in the head several plain and clear scriptures which cannot be misinterpreted!
   In this account, Christ was telling the young man of His utter lack of dependency on material goods, properties, and possessions. While Christ did dwell in a house the major portion of His life, He placed no importance — He didn't set His heart-on those material possessions. He was ready at any instant to drop whatever He was doing in a house, and to LEAVE that house, in order to serve and to help the people. He traveled a good deal of His ministry, and was always ready at an instant's notice to leave a home, and go into a desert place, or to leave the larger city for a smaller one, or, failing to find lodgings in one town, to go on to another.
   On this one occasion, Christ gave those in His hearing an example of not placing their heart on material possessions.
   Nevertheless, Jesus did, continually, enter into a home, which very likely was His own home, in Capernaum, as well as the home of which He spoke in the city of Nazareth, the city of His birth.

What More Can Be Said?

   This article has grown very lengthy. Still, it was necessary to answer the many, many erroneous assumptions contained in the many letters of protest I received.
   I have gone to these lengths to PROVE what I said in order that those few who really DO have a "love of the truth" and are TRULY sincere may DISCOVER THE TRUE JESUS CHRIST!
   He was all man, just as HUMAN as YOU are human — yet He was very GOD! He was murdered, and He rose after THREE DAYS and THREE NIGHTS in the tomb. And, most important of all, He is ALIVE, today!
   How does He look NOW?
   You'll see, if you read the account in Revelation 1:12-18.
   That is the picture that SHOULD come into people's minds when they think of Jesus Christ TODAY! He is a LIVING Saviour — a LIVING Christ — a GLORIFIED, DIVINE, ALL-POWERFUL KING!
   To parade about with grotesque, bearded, scraggly-haired faces on grubby T-shirts, or to scream "Gimme a 'J,' Gimme an 'E,'" in "cheers for Jesus," or to use the name of Jesus to cloak hippieism, demonstrations, unkempt clothing and dirty bodies is BLASPHEMY against the Son of God!
   To those who sternly warned me "not to judge" I say GOD IS JUDGING YOU! Are you, then, really sincere? The measure of your sincerity is determined by how eagerly you accept NEW TRUTH when it is revealed to you!
   I have placed this article in TOMORROW'S WORLD because I wanted to take sufficient space to really PROVE the points I made, and leave no one with an EXCUSE to reject the TRUE Jesus Christ!
   To "spiritualize away" the TRUE Christ by mumbling about His "universality" is merely an attempt to condone the IDOLATRY of people who like to "create god in their own image." Personal talismans, choice idols, beddy-bye stories, and childish dreams are no substitute for the divinely revealed Word of your Creator God!
   Again, I challenge YOU to FIND THE TRUE JESUS CHRIST! And when you are willing to REALLY come to "see" Him — you will be led to REPENT of what you are, and strive, through His power and energy, to become MORE LIKE HIM!

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