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NO! I Never Was a "Jehovah Witness," or a Seventh Day Adventist!

   Letters continue to ask, "Were you ever a 'Jehovah Witness'? Members of that sect have told me you were."
   Although I have stated positively and definitely on the radio program a number of times that I never belonged to the sect known as "Jehovah Witnesses," or the Seventh Day Adventist denomination, it seems that many, especially of the "Jehovah Witnesses" sect, continue spreading the false claim that lance belonged to them.
   Let me now make the truth PLAIN.
   I have never been a member of these so-called "Jehovah Witnesses," nor of the Seventh Day Adventists. I have never in any manner, shape, nor form, had any remote connection with them, or associated with either sect or denomination. I have never had any fellowship with them.
   I have never attended a regular meeting or church service of either, altho I have attended a very few week-night evangelistic campaign services conducted by Seventh Day Adventist evangelists. I have never, however, attended any meeting of the "Jehovah Witnesses" sect of any kind. I have never had any kind of fellowship with any of their members.
   I have never belonged to, attended any meeting of, or had any remote semblance of fellowship with the "Jehovah Witnesses" predecessor, the "Pastor Russell" people.
   I did not learn any of God's TRUTH from the "Jehovah Witnesses" sect. I have, of course, read some of their writings and their books, and I have been glad to find that they have certain truths, as all sects and denominations have (though mixed with dangerous errors), but God had already revealed these truths to me long before I read of them in their literature. I LEARNED NOTHING THAT I BELIEVE AND TEACH FROM THIS SECT. If they boast of having taught me anything, they misrepresent.
   I learned God's TRUTH direct from GOD'S WORD the Holy Bible. I did not learn it from any sect or denomination.
   But I say unto you, as the Apostle Paul said:
   "I certify you, brethren, that the GOSPEL which is preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, BUT BY THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST... But when it pleased God, who... called me by His grace, to reveal His Son in me that I might preach Him to" THE WORLD; "immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood" neither went I to any sect or denomination or organized "church," but I went directly to the WORD OF GOD, and on my knees asked God thru His Spirit to open my understanding to correct me, reprove and rebuke, and instruct in His Truth and His righteousness;... then after three years I went to some of the humble of God's people in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, and preached to them. (Please compare with Galatians 1:11-18).
   My ambition and zeal was not persecuting God's true Church, as was Paul's, but climbing the ladder of business success and making money. God struck me down three times successively, by taking out from under my feet the businesses I had started, wiping me out, financially. Then God brought me to the study of His Word by causing me to try to refute the truth of God's Sabbath which He had revealed to my wife, and which I at first bitterly opposed.
   During that six months' study of more than fourteen hours per day, I read very little literature favorable to the Sabbath, but I read everything I could find which opposed it and upheld Sunday worship but mostly I studied just the BIBLE! After six months' intensive study I was forced, in honesty before my God, to swallow the most bitter pill of my life. It literally "killed" me and I died surrendered wholly to God, gave my life henceforth to Him to use "if He could."
   I had been brought up from birth in the Friends Church (Quakers), though I had never been converted or begotten as a child of God, and at age 18 I strayed almost wholly away from all church interest or attendance, and devoted my whole energies to business. I had just passed age 30 when God forced me into this study of His Word, and total surrender to Him and His rule over my life.
   From then on, I studied the Bible ON MY KNEES. Time after time it corrected me. Repeatedly I had to suffer reproof, and acknowledge I had been wrong in my beliefs and desires. God chastened and corrected me repeatedly, not only thru revealing His Truth in this way, but by continual circumstances. I had been conceited, proud. But now by bitter experience, by suffering, by circumstance, and by God's Word, I was brought low and humbled. But also I began to experience the unmatched joy of learning truth NEW to me, as God little by little, yet more and more, revealed TRUTHS so wonderful they produced spiritual ecstasy. For the first time in my life I found what HAPPINESS really is!
   God launched me in His work, and after my first evangelistic effort in a church in Harrisburg, Oregon, I experienced the greatest thrill of my life so far, upon realizing a few precious lives had been brought to repentance, to surrender to God, to FAITH in Jesus Christ CONVERTED CHANGED! Truly it is more blessed to give than to receive!
   That process of being corrected, of GROWING in grace and the KNOWLEDGE of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, has continued, now, 10 these 27 years more than a quarter century. And it is still continuing! God grant it shall forever!
   No, MEN did not teach me what I preach to you. I was not taught of men, but of GOD! I do not speak to you by authority of men, or any politically organized church of men but in the name, and by the AUTHORITY of JESUS CHRIST, the living HEAD of the true CHURCH OF GOD!
   These words of Christ, which He received from the Father the very words and Gospel of CHRIST which I speak and write to you they are SPIRIT, and they are LIFE!

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Plain Truth MagazineJuly 1953Vol XVIII, No.2