Some Straight Talking

This is a new Gospel tract . . .

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Some

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Talking

 

No Sugar-Coating;

No Beating about the Bush;

Just the Plain, Gospel Truth . . .

~ With Compliments ~

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Gary Stephen Crous

Cell: +27 (0) 72 221 1233

E-mail: luke9.23evangelism@gmail.com

Website: http://www.luke923evangelism.wordpress.com

Who is Jesus Christ?

   You may have no idea. You may not care. You may think you know something about Him, or you may think you know all about Him. You may even claim to be one of His disciples. Or you may not.

   That He was a true man who lived on earth some 2000 years ago is a well-attested fact of history. No single individual who has ever lived has had such an effect, such an impact, on the world. For 2000 years, He has dominated the history of the human race. Many have loved Him more than life itself. Many have hated Him and those who follow Him. Who was He? Who is He? And why does He matter? Should He matter to you?

   Jesus once asked His disciples this question: “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?”

   There were many opinions about Him, and His disciples told Him what men were saying. But then He said to them, “But whom say ye that I am?”

   One of His disciples, Simon Peter, answered, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus exclaimed, “Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.” This is found in the Bible, in Matthew 16:13-17.

   “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?” Reader, you may have heard the opinions of many men about Jesus. Some say one thing, some say another. But hear Jesus speaking: “But whom say ye that I am?” Whom do you say that He is? Men’s opinions count for nothing; all that matters is the truth. The answer to the question Jesus asked is the most important answer that you will ever give to any question in your life. Do you answer that you don’t know? Or that you don’t care? Perhaps you answer that He was just a man? Perhaps a great man, perhaps even a prophet, but no more than that? Jesus certainly claimed to be much more than that! He claimed to be the Christ, the Son of the living God. And He also claimed to be the only way, truth, and life; and that no man comes to God the Father, but by Him (John 14:6). And the Bible, which tells us about Him, says of Him: “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, where we must be saved” (Acts 4:12) – saved from our sins.

   The true Gospel has nothing to do with meetings using crowd-pulling gimmicks, providing “thrills” or “entertainment,” nor has it anything to do with wild promises about bodily “healing” and other “miracles,” nor is it about pomp and ritual, nor is it a political message, nor a social one, nor is it driven by “pop psychology”. What you are about to read is the simple, plain, Gospel truth. No sugar-coating to make it more palatable, no beating about the bush. Just the plain, Gospel truth about Jesus Christ, the only Lord and Saviour.

   Perhaps you are burdened by a sense of your sin, and are longing to be at peace with God? Then read on! The Bible says, “As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country” (Proverbs 25:25). The Gospel means the glad tidings, or good news; and truly, the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is good news from a “far country,” from heaven itself, “good tidings of great joy” (Luke 2:10), the greatest news ever heard on earth: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”! (1 Timothy 1:15). And “He is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him”! (Hebrews 7:25).

   The fact is, all men and women are sinners, and sin is a terrible thing: it is the transgression of the perfect and holy law of God, and it has separated all mankind from God. Those who die in their sins suffer the torments of eternal fire. Jesus said, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:13,14). The Lord Jesus Christ Himself is that strait gate, and narrow way, that leads to life! “I am the way, the truth, and the life,” Jesus said; “no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). If you, then, are asking, “What must I do to be saved from my sins?” here is the answer: “Repent”! (Acts 2:38); and, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31). Forsake your sin, repent of it, turn from it, and believe, with all your heart, in Jesus Christ! To believe in Him is more, much more, than merely an intellectual head-knowledge about Him; it is to cast yourself upon Him, by faith, for salvation. He is the Son of the living God, holy, harmless, undefiled, sinless, the only Lord and Saviour.

   He died on a cross, He was crucified, not for His own sins – for He had none of His own – but for the sins of His chosen people, those given to Him by His heavenly Father to save, paying the penalty for sin in their place, shedding His blood to redeem them. And after dying in their place, the wrath of God being poured out upon Him, having satisfied the justice of God and having put away the sins of those He died for by the sacrifice of Himself, He rose from the dead, victorious over death, sin, and Satan; and He gives eternal life to as many as the Father has given Him. Eternal life cannot be earned, and it cannot be bought; it is the gift of God through Jesus Christ the Lord. He alone is the One who can save the soul and set the spiritual captive free! Forsake your sin, turn to the Lord by faith, and be saved!

SHAUN WILLCOCK

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GAME OVER

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~ A Real Tragedy ~

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Gary Stephen Crous

Cell: +27 (0) 72 221 1233

E-mail: luke9.23evangelism@gmail.com

Website: http://www.luke923evangelism.wordpress.com

  You find yourself daily trusting in planes, trains and automobiles, mechanical equipment and human decisions. Just getting to this place you possibly placed your trust and life in the hands of persons you had never met before and man made things.

  Statistics reveal that as many as 150 000 people die daily in any 24 hour period around the world. You might be wondering why this information is being made available to you. The reason is that daily we are a breath away from dying and the reality is that we will some day meet this inevitable event. When you die, will you be ready to pass on into eternity? Think for a moment of the following football tragedies that took place ‘somewhat unexpectantly’:

The Busby Babes  * 1958 – The Munich Disaster – On 6 February the Manchester United team were on their way back from a European Cup-tie in Belgrade. They had stopped in Munich and were taking off again in bitterly cold, bleak conditions when the plane suddenly dipped and crashed even before it was clear of the airport. Eight players, eight journalists and seven others, including United officials and air crew, lost their lives. Sir Matt Busby, manager of the great team, once said, “My life had been spared, though it still hung on only by a thread. I wanted to die.” That is how close ‘The Busby Babes’ had become and just how tragic the crash in Munich was.

Juventus supporters  * 1985 – The Heysel Stadium disaster occurred on 29 May when escaping fans were pressed against a collapsing wall in the Heysel Stadium in Brussels, Belgium, before the start of the 1985 European Cup Final between Juventus of Italy and Liverpool of England. 39 Juventus supporters lost their lives on that fateful evening.

Hillsborough disaster   * April 15, 1989 at the Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield England, 96 Liverpool fans were crushed to death when fans arriving after kick-off, at an FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, packed into an already overcrowded standing terracing area crushing the unsuspecting supporters in the front row up against metal fencing resulting in many deaths from suffocation.

Zambian National Team memorial  * 1993 – The Zambian National Team – The disaster occurred in the late evening of 27 April when a Zambian Air Force de Havilland Canada DHC-5D Buffalo (Reg.: AF-319) ditched into the Atlantic Ocean about 500 metres offshore from Libreville, Gabon. The flight was carrying most of the Zambian National Football team to a FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Senegal in Dakar. All 30 passengers and crew, including 18 players, as well as the national team coach and support staff, died in the accident.

Ellis Park Stadium tragedy  * April 11, 2001 at the Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, a stampede at an ‘Orlando Derby’ soccer match between arch rivals Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates led to the death of 43 supporters.

  You might be wondering at this point what the foregoing incidents have to do with “You”. If you were to place yourself at the scene of one of the tragedies minutes before mayhem erupted around you and the chances were 1-in-1 that you would be a victim of early death would you want to be warned in advance of the events that would unfold – to warn you of your soul passing through death prematurely into eternity. The reality is that those souls who lost their lives under such tragic circumstances never knew their time had arrived, but they died on time, not neither a second earlier nor a second too late.

  You could find yourself sitting in a stadium enjoying worldly entertainment and trusting the seat you are in not knowing that death awaits you just minutes away.

  Have you ever considered what happens to you when you die? And what do you think the dead players, officials, fans and media persons were thinking of leading up to their deaths? Had they considered their eternal destination? Do you think they considered where their spirit would spend eternity? And, how about you? Have you thought about heaven and hell and whether these places do exist? Or do you think when you die it is just “Game Over”.

  We are warned in GOD’s Word, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” (Hebrews 9:27), in love we come to you with this urgent message. As you have to appear before the Judge of the Universe do you think you are ‘good enough’ to enter GOD’s heaven?

  You have a conscience so please listen to the inner voice that tells you what is right action and what is wrong action. If you answered “Yes” – or something similar to being ‘good’ – it would not be out of the ordinary to see if that is in fact true. The way “YOU” can evaluate your ‘goodness’ is by using GOD’s Moral Law (The Ten Commandments), His perfect and righteous standards. Do you think you have kept them? Let’s see how you will fare . . .

  Have you ever told a lie in violation of the 9th Commandment? As a supporter or athlete have you ever tried to deceive the referee/umpire or an opponent by trying to gain an unfair advantage – that is lying? Or have you broken the 8th Commandment by stealing anything? The value or size of the object is irrelevant. Be honest and listen to your conscience. Remember piracy is also theft. Have you ever committed adultery in violation of the 7th Commandment? You don’t have to be married to break this law. Jesus said, 27Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: 28But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” – Matthew 5:27,28. Have you looked with lust/sexual desire be it heterosexual or homosexual? This is also an offence to women who look with lust at men. A woman who dresses seductively in immodesty to seduce men’s eyes and cause them to lust after her is called an adulteress (Proverbs 6:24-29). Or have you had sex outside of marriage (fornication)? Or have you ever used GOD’s Holy name or His Son Jesus’ name in vain – as a swear word? This is blasphemy and GOD’s Word says He will hold all who violate this 3rd Commandment to be guilty. Possibly you have hated someone by calling them names – you will be judged as a murderer for you have committed murder in your heart in violation of the 6th Commandment.

  If you have answered “yes” to any of the above questions GOD sees you as a liar, a thief, an adulterer-at-heart and/or fornicator, a blasphemer and a murderer. These are only five of the Ten Commandments that you have answered to, and there are still five more cannons of GOD’s Law pointed at you. Have you always placed GOD as number one in your life or do you bow the knee or worship idols and false gods? Or maybe your soccer worship is your idol. This is idolatry and the Bible says idolaters will be cast into the lake of fire. The Word of GOD says that if you break one commandment at any point, you have broken the whole Law (at every level). Therefore you have broken all the commandments and GOD’s wrath is against you. When GOD judges you by His Moral Standards on the Day of Judgment you will be found to be guilty and you will be sentenced to hell – His prison. Does this concern you? It should concern you, because we are concerned for you too. The Bible says: “9Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.” – 1 Corinthians 6:9,10.

  And in Revelation 21:8 the Holy Scriptures read: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

  Scripture says GOD has “no pleasure in the death of the wicked” (Ezekiel 33:11) and He calls for them to turn and live. So, do you know what GOD did for you about 2000 years ago? Do not deceive yourself – you are not good. You are a sinner who is deserving of hell. But GOD is Good and in His mercy and grace towards you and all humanity GOD became a Man to die in your place. It is like this – you broke GOD’s Law and He paid your fine in His Son’s precious life’s blood. Jesus Christ the sent Messiah was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin named Mary and who came to dwell upon the earth as Immanuel (GOD with us). In obedience to His Father, the Lord Jesus lay down His life for all sinners and was sacrificed in your and humanity’s place upon the cross at Calvary. He was crucified, bruised and crushed for our lawlessness. Jesus the sent Saviour of the world took the full extent of GOD’s wrath upon Himself to die in your place. He died and was laid in a tomb and on the third day He was raised to life by the power of the Holy Spirit defeating sin, Satan and death. There were on many occasions witnesses that testify that He was raised from the dead, and Jesus ascended into heaven where He now sits at the right hand of GOD the Father interceding on our behalf from where He will one day return to “judge the world in Righteousness.” – Acts 17:31

  The Bible says that the only way to enter into heaven is to be born-again of the Spirit and be baptised in water. You need to humble yourself as a sinner before GOD and ask Him to forgive your lawless sins, repent of (turn away and forsake) your sin and put your trust and faith only in the Lord Jesus as your Saviour and Redeemer. Then you will move from death to life and you will be reconciled to GOD as His child and He will grant you His gift of eternal life. GOD will not forsake you as it is impossible for Him to lie. Then read your Bible daily and believe and live out what it tells you.

  “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16

  “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” – John 14:6

  So, why wait for another minute, hour, day, week or month to pass by? Get right with God today – (. . . behold, now is the day of salvation) – II Corinthians 6:2. Remember all the memories, the accolades, medals and trophies, degrees and the like that you have accumulated through-out your life are worthless and cannot save you, “36For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? 37Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Mark 8:36,37). You need a living Saviour to save your soul.clip_image012

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Evangelism and Football News

15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
~ Mark 16:15,16

Baroka This praise report is solely for GOD’s glory alone and that no attention be directed our-way! “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). The PSL football match between Maritzburg United and Baroka F.C. that took place at the Harry Gwala Stadium on the evening of Friday 14th April 2017 had its kick-off time brought forward from 20:00 to 17:00 as the fixture was on the ‘Good Friday’ holiday. Besides not knowing of the change in kick-off time Jono and Gary cancelled the outreach due to the heavy thundershowers the entire afternoon.

As usual, we do request that you kindly keep us in prayer for our next PSL football outreach, Lord willing, at the Harry Gwala Stadium’s North Gate, being on Friday evening the 28th April, 2017 from about 18:00 – 20:00

       Maritzburg United                         Cape Town City   

Maritzburg United vs. Cape Town City

PMB Pirates Football Club News

On another note, Gary is an assistant coach at PMB Pirates FC in the amateur Under 10/11 age group. As part of his evangelism ministry he has prayed for GOD to open a door for the Gospel of Jesus Christ to go through and be made known to players, parents, coaches and club staff. We endeavour to train the children holistically with the objective of having healthy minds, bodies and souls, and by keeping them off the streets in their communities, keeping the children active in football as they apply their GOD-given talents and skills. May our LORD use His servants on match days to reach many who are of other faiths and religions, where many of our football opponents are Roman Catholics, Muslims and Hindus.

On Saturday 8th April, 2017, Pirates FC hosted a 5-a-side tournament in Woodlands in celebration of their 120th anniversary (1897-2017). A full day of football was ended off with a prize-giving and some Gospel tract distribution.

Curt and Malachi on the ball Kaydon and Thando Curt, Thando and Malachi046 047 048 Bryce Moon of Maritzburg United in the yellow played his junior football at Pirates F.C.  My grandson Cee-Jay receiving his medal  with Curt to the right 

Pirates F.C. Under 10 Runners-Up 5-a-side team Pirates ‘Black’ Under 10 Final Runners-Up:- Back L-R : Gary Crous (Asst. Coach), Miles Rogers (Head Coach); Centre L-R : Thando Hlope, Kaydon Adonis, Curt Rogers; Front L-R : Malachi Momplé, Cee-Jay Mulder.

Whilst every competing child in the tournament is a “Winner” there are some who do obtain podium positions, which were as follows:

U6 1st Pirates Red – 2nd Pirates Black

U7 1st Savages FC – 2nd Pirates FC

U9 1st Pirates White – 2nd Savages FC

U10 1st Soccer Kids – 2nd Pirates Black

U11 1st StaxC Red – 2nd Pirates Black

U13 1st MSAE Beta – 2nd Savages Red

U15 1st StaxC Blue – 2nd Pirates FC

U17 1st StaxC Red – 2nd Pirates FC

Soli Deo Gloria _________________________________

Footnotes:

* For the record Maritzburg United won 3-1 against Baroka F.C.

> Maritzburg United 2016/17 Home Fixtures @ Harry Gwala – posted August 24, 2016

> My Friends Are Dying And, Though They Be Alive, They Are Dead Men Walking! Tract – posted March 26, 2017

Which Resurrection Sunday?

It is Sunday April 16, 2017, time is 23:50 and for the past hour or so I have had thoughts mulling around in my head and have felt compelled to fire-up my laptop and record what needs to be written.

So which resurrection Sunday are ‘Christians’ referring to as a plethora of social media has been shared this Sunday April 16, 2017. For starters can we be certain that this is the correct Sunday to be remembering our Lord Jesus Christ’s resurrection day? When does the calculations actually start to find out when the Lord Jesus Christ was actually crucified at 33 years of age. To start, does the calculations commence at 6BC? or is it 5BC? or maybe it should be 4BC? The only problem is how was the Son of GOD born pre-dating His birth when Christ’s first advent separates History into B.C. and A.D. – Before Christ and anno Domini (in the year of the Lord). Christian Theologians and Historians have this quandary of ever-trying to explain the nativity of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, that is His birth Before Christ. Perplexing as this might seem, let’s move to A.D. 2017 and see whether we as ‘Christians’ are supposed to be celebrating Christ’s resurrection on the correct Sunday?

According to the Bible our Lord Jesus Christ was raised to life after His crucifixion and death on the first day of the week (Sunday). Jesus raised to life in the Resurrection “In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week” (Matthew 28:1-8; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-10). According to the Bible that would be three days after His death at the Passover which is Nisan 14 into Nisan 15 the Feast of Unleavened Bread. So, according to the Jewish calendar, if the Passover in 2017 fell on Monday April 10, 2017 at sunset which is the beginning of the Jews’ Passover Nisan 14, 5777, and on April 11, 2017 at sunset was the Feast of Unleavened Bread (see Leviticus 23) when Yeshua haMessiach, our Lord Jesus Christ, ate the Passover, i.e. the Passover is prepared and the Passover lamb is killed (Matthew 26:17-19; Mark 14:12-16; Luke 22:7-13) and “Now when the even was come,” in the evening the Passover meal is celebrated and eaten (Matthew 26:20-25; Mark 14:17-21; Luke 22:14-18), and Christ being crucified thereafter, that would make resurrection Sunday April 16, 2017 five (5) days later and not the biblical three (3) days!*

Using man’s customs and traditions to celebrate Easter is akin to the Roman Catholic Mass of re-crucifying Jesus Christ over and over again in their transubstantiation practice when you continually ‘celebrate’ His resurrection every year. As Christ died only once and so He was also only resurrected once, as we read,

9  Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. 
10  For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. ~ Romans 6:9,10

How many times is Christ resurrected? Surely, yes, we do remember that Christ was resurrected, but to ‘celebrate’ “the tomb is empty He is risen” every year would imply that He has resurrected again, and again, and again, . . . when Christ was raised once and “I am alive for evermore” (see Revelation 1:18). The problem arises that His resurrection is not even being ‘celebrated’ on the correct date and day in accordance with the Biblical time frame. Even the apostle Paul exhorted the Corinthians to keep the feast with “sincerity and truth”, as we read,

7  Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: 
8  Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. ~ I Corinthians 5:7,8

But we must be careful that we do not end up in bondage practicing the “weak and beggarly elements” of legalistic day observances as we are to be wise and heed this warning, as we read,

9  But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? 
10  Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. ~ Galatians 4:9,10 

Please DO NOT misunderstand me – I certainly rejoice at the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, but it needs to be done orderly and in accordance with GOD’s Holy Word. Therefore, our Lord and Master Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper for all born-again believers so that there would not be contentions surrounding “days, and months, and times, and years”, as we are commanded to remember Christ until His second coming as follows, for it is written,

23  For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:
24  And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
25  After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
26  For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come. ~ I Corinthians 11:23-26

Otherwise, the practices all look like the pagan Roman Catholic traditions that unfold with the various assortment of cross bearing processions that take place at the Vatican, in Jerusalem, amongst the Egyptian Copts, Eastern Orthodox and many other religious acts the world over (even including crucifixions enacted!) that shows no unity of faith and practice. We Christians are to be a peculiar people in unity serving and worshipping Christ in spirit and in truth with no division.

Soli Deo Gloria

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* See a related blog posting Man’s Tradition of Easter Misses the Mark Again!!! (April 11, 2017)

The Lamb of GOD

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The Lamb

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GOD

~ An Easter Message of the Passover Lamb ~

~ With Compliments ~

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Gary Stephen Crous

Cell: +27 (0) 72 221 1233

E-mail: luke9.23evangelism@gmail.com

Website: http://www.luke923evangelism.wordpress.com

The True meaning of Easter has nothing to do with easter bunnies and chocolate eggs.

It has all to do with the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of GOD, offering Himself as a Saviour for sinners who will repent and believe upon His Name. In the Gospel of John we read, “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29) and the apostle Paul also said, “. . . For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:” (I Cor. 5:7). We need to stay away from man’s customs and traditions and hold fast to GOD’s Word. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

Jesus Christ gave a prophecy concerning His death in Matthew 12:39,40 as we read, “39But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: 40For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”

And according to the Bible Scriptures this prophecy was fulfilled and so Christ was not crucified on ‘Good Friday’ according to man’s customs, traditions and religious beliefs. Here are the Biblical facts why.

ELEVEN-DAY BIBLICAL CHRONOLOGICAL ACCOUNT (From The Birth, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ by Gary Stephen Crous)

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Sunset (9th Nisan) – FRIDAY [sixth day of the week]

Sunrise

1Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead. ~ John 12:1

This was when Mary, Martha’s and Lazarus’ sister, anointed Jesus Christ’s feet with a pound of ointment of spikenard (see John 12:3) the day before His triumphal entry into Jerusalem (see John 12:12).

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Sunset (10th Nisan) – SATURDAY (Sabbath Day) [seventh day of the week]

Sunrise

The Triumphal Entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1,10; Mark 11:1; Luke 19:29,37,38; John 12:12). The Messiah is the paschal lamb of the Jewish Passover as God Almighty had commanded that a lamb without blemish was to be set aside on 10th Nisan (Exodus 12:3) and this lamb would be killed on “the fourteenth day of the same month: . . . in the evening” (Exodus 12:6).

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Sunset (11th Nisan) – SUNDAY [first day of the week]

Jesus went to Bethany with His disciples (Mark 11:11).

Sunrise

On the morrow when they came from Bethany, Jesus cursed the fig tree (Mark 11:12-14), He cleansed the Temple and taught (Mark 11:15-18).

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Sunset (12th Nisan) – MONDAY [second day of the week]

And when even was come He went out of the city (Mark 11:19).

Sunrise

And in the morning they passed the fig tree and He speaks of the Power of Faith (Mark 11:20-24) and He teaches on forgiveness and addresses the question of authority (Mark 11:25-33). Jesus then teaches extensively (Mark 12:1-44, 13:1-37; Luke 20:1-47, 21:1-38).

1After two days was the feast of the passover, and of unleavened bread: and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take him by craft, and put him to death. 2But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar of the people. ~ Mark 14:1,2 (Cf. Matthew 26:1,2 and Luke 22:1,2)

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Sunset (13th Nisan) – TUESDAY [third day of the week]

Sunrise

Judas Iscariot plans to betray Jesus. This event took place sometime after Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem and before the first day of Unleavened Bread as we read in the Apostle Luke’s account:

1Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover . . . 7Then came the day of unleavened bread, when the passover must be killed. ~ Luke 22:1,7

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Sunset (14th Nisan) – WEDNESDAY [fourth day of the week] – Passover (Leviticus 23:5)

Sunrise

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Sunset (15th Nisan) – THURSDAY [fifth day of the week] – First Day of Feast of Unleavened Bread (Leviticus 23:6)

The Passover is prepared and the Passover lamb is killed (Matthew 26:17-19; Mark 14:12-16; Luke 22:7-13).

“Now when the even was come,” in the evening the Passover meal is celebrated and eaten (Matthew 26:20-25; Mark 14:17-21; Luke 22:14-18)

The Lord’s Supper is instituted by the Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:19,20)

After the meal, they depart for the Mount of Olives and Peter’s denial is predicted (Matthew 26:30-35; Mark 14:26-31; Luke 22:31-34; John 13:36-38)

Jesus and His disciples go to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray (Matthew 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22:39-46; John 17:1-26)

Jesus is betrayed and arrested (Matthew 26:47-56; Mark 14:43-52; Luke 22:47-53; John 18:1-11)

Jesus’ Trials –

· Before the Sanhedrin by Annas and Caiaphas the high priest (Matthew 26:57-68; Mark 14:53-65; Luke 22:54, 55, 63-71; John 18:12-14, 19-24)

Sunrise (First Day – part)

Jesus’ Trials continue “And straightway in the morning …” (Mark 15:1)

· Pontius Pilate the Roman governor (Matthew 27:1, 2, 11-28; Mark 15:1-14; Luke 23:1-7; John 18:28-40, 19:1-16)

· Herod Antipas (Luke 23:8-12)

· Pontius Pilate the Roman governor (Luke 23:13-25)

Jesus is lead away to be crucified at Calvary (Golgotha)–

· 3rd Hour (9am) – Jesus is crucified (Matthew 27:35; Mark 15:24, 25; Luke 23:33; John 19:18)

· 6th Hour (12pm) – 9th Hour (3pm): There were three hours of darkness over all the earth (Matthew 27:45; Mark 15:33; Luke 23:44)

· 9th Hour (3pm) – Jesus died giving up His spirit (Matthew 27:46-50; Mark 15:34-37; Luke 23:46; John 19:30)

Fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy in Matthew 12:39,40 = Part of One Day, No Night

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Sunset (16th Nisan) – FRIDAY [sixth day of the week] – The Preparation Day (First Night – full)

Jesus is taken off the cross and buried in a tomb by Joseph of Arimathae and Nicodemus – when evening was come, the day before the Sabbath (Matthew 27:57-61; Mark 15:42-47; Luke 23:50-55; John 19:38-42).

54And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on. ~ Luke 23:54

As it was the day of preparation and the Sabbath drew on no body could remain up on the cross on the holy preparation day and the Sabbath day. Also, according to Deuteronomy 21:23, it commands that “a body shall not remain all night upon the tree”. When this is mentioned in John 19:31 the high Sabbath day is in reference to a Sabbath day during the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

Sunrise (Second Day – full)

Fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy in Matthew 12:39,40 = Two Days (1 part + 1 full), One Night (1 full)

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Sunset (17th Nisan) – SATURDAY [seventh day of the week] – Sabbath Day (Second Night – full)

In the grave (Luke 23:56).

Sunrise (Third Day – full)

Fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy in Matthew 12:39,40 = Three Days (1 part + 2 full), Two Nights (2 full)

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Sunset (18th Nisan) – SUNDAY – First Day of the Week – The Third Day (Three days dead Thur./Fri. – Fri./Sat. – Sat./Sun. and raised on the Third Day) (Third Night – part)

Jesus raised to life in the Resurrection “In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week” (Matthew 28:1-8; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-10)

Fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy in Matthew 12:39,40 = THREE DAYS (1 part + 2 full), THREE NIGHTS (2 full + 1 part)

Sunrise

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Born-again Christians (see John 3:3,5-7) are commanded how to remember their Lord Jesus Christ, “23For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: 24And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. 25After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. 26For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.” (I Cor. 11:23-26)

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Man’s Tradition of Easter Misses the Mark Again!!!

This is why our Lord Jesus Christ gave us His table to remember His death,

26  For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come. ~ I Corinthians 11:26

The world over ‘celebrated’ Palm Sunday on Sunday April 9, 2017 when in actual fact our Lord Jesus Christ would had ridden into Jerusalem on the foal of a donkey on Nisan 10, which according to this year’s Jewish calendar Nisan 10, 5777* fell on Thursday April 6, 2017. So the custom of man missed the Scripture instruction. Nisan 10 in Jewish tradition is related to the reading of Torah as can be seen at the link hereunder,

י׳ בְּנִיסָן תשע״ז

Parashat Tzav / פרשת צו

Next read in the Diaspora on 08 April 2017. Parashat Tzav is the 25th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading.

On Monday April 10, 2017 at sunset was the beginning of Passover Nisan 14, 5777, and on April 11, 2017 at sunset will be the Feast of Unleavened Bread when Yeshua haMessiach, our Lord Jesus Christ, ate the Passover.

ט״ו בְּנִיסָן תשע״ז

Pesach / פסח

Passover (Hebrew: פֶּסַח Pesach) commemorates the story of the Exodus, in which the ancient Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt. Passover begins on the 15th day of the month of Nisan in the Jewish calendar, which is in spring in the Northern Hemisphere, and is celebrated for seven or eight days. It is one of the most widely observed Jewish holidays.

Pesach begins at sundown on Mon, 10 April 2017.

So dear friends, how does Easter/Passover now take place on this coming Friday April 14, 2017 after the true Biblical Passover? A very similar situation took place in 2016 as can be read here: Which Date in 2016 for Easter or Passover? As Christians we should stick to what the Holy Bible instructs us,

23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:
24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come. ~ 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 [my emphasis]

And by the way, our Lord Jesus Christ was not crucified on ‘Good Friday’. Here are the Biblical facts why.

ELEVEN-DAY BIBLICAL CHRONOLOGICAL ACCOUNT (From The Birth, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ by Gary Stephen Crous)

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Sunset (9th Nisan) – FRIDAY [sixth day of the week]

Sunrise

1Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead. ~ John 12:1

This was when Mary, Martha’s and Lazarus’ sister, anointed Jesus Christ’s feet with a pound of ointment of spikenard (see John 12:3) the day before His triumphal entry into Jerusalem (see John 12:12).

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Sunset (10th Nisan) – SATURDAY (Sabbath Day) [seventh day of the week]

Sunrise

The Triumphal Entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1,10; Mark 11:1; Luke 19:29,37,38; John 12:12). The Messiah is the paschal lamb of the Jewish Passover as God Almighty had commanded that a lamb without blemish was to be set aside on 10th Nisan (Exodus 12:3) and this lamb would be killed on “the fourteenth day of the same month: . . . in the evening” (Exodus 12:6).

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Sunset (11th Nisan) – SUNDAY [first day of the week]

Jesus went to Bethany with His disciples (Mark 11:11).

Sunrise

On the morrow when they came from Bethany, Jesus cursed the fig tree (Mark 11:12-14), He cleansed the Temple and taught (Mark 11:15-18).

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Sunset (12th Nisan) – MONDAY [second day of the week]

And when even was come He went out of the city (Mark 11:19).

Sunrise

And in the morning they passed the fig tree and He speaks of the Power of Faith (Mark 11:20-24) and He teaches on forgiveness and addresses the question of authority (Mark 11:25-33). Jesus then teaches extensively (Mark 12:1-44, 13:1-37; Luke 20:1-47, 21:1-38).

1After two days was the feast of the passover, and of unleavened bread: and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take him by craft, and put him to death. 2But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar of the people. ~ Mark 14:1,2 (Cf. Matthew 26:1,2 and Luke 22:1,2)

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Sunset (13th Nisan) – TUESDAY [third day of the week]

Sunrise

Judas Iscariot plans to betray Jesus. This event took place sometime after Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem and before the first day of Unleavened Bread as we read in the Apostle Luke’s account:

1Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover . . . 7Then came the day of unleavened bread, when the passover must be killed. ~ Luke 22:1,7

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Sunset (14th Nisan) – WEDNESDAY [fourth day of the week] – Passover (Leviticus 23:5)

Sunrise

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Sunset (15th Nisan) – THURSDAY [fifth day of the week] – First Day of Feast of Unleavened Bread (Leviticus 23:6)

The Passover is prepared and the Passover lamb is killed (Matthew 26:17-19; Mark 14:12-16; Luke 22:7-13).

“Now when the even was come,” in the evening the Passover meal is celebrated and eaten (Matthew 26:20-25; Mark 14:17-21; Luke 22:14-18)

The Lord’s Supper is instituted by the Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:19,20)

After the meal, they depart for the Mount of Olives and Peter’s denial is predicted (Matthew 26:30-35; Mark 14:26-31; Luke 22:31-34; John 13:36-38)

Jesus and His disciples go to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray (Matthew 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22:39-46; John 17:1-26)

Jesus is betrayed and arrested (Matthew 26:47-56; Mark 14:43-52; Luke 22:47-53; John 18:1-11)

Jesus’ Trials –

  • Before the Sanhedrin by Annas and Caiaphas the high priest (Matthew 26:57-68; Mark 14:53-65; Luke 22:54, 55, 63-71; John 18:12-14, 19-24)

Sunrise (First Day – part)

Jesus’ Trials continue “And straightway in the morning …” (Mark 15:1)

  • Pontius Pilate the Roman governor (Matthew 27:1, 2, 11-28; Mark 15:1-14; Luke 23:1-7; John 18:28-40, 19:1-16)

  • Herod Antipas (Luke 23:8-12)

  • Pontius Pilate the Roman governor (Luke 23:13-25)

Jesus is lead away to be crucified at Calvary (Golgotha)–

  • 3rd Hour (9am) – Jesus is crucified (Matthew 27:35; Mark 15:24, 25; Luke 23:33; John 19:18)

  • 6th Hour (12pm) – 9th Hour (3pm): There were three hours of darkness over all the earth (Matthew 27:45; Mark 15:33; Luke 23:44)

  • 9th Hour (3pm) – Jesus died giving up His spirit (Matthew 27:46-50; Mark 15:34-37; Luke 23:46; John 19:30)

Fulfilment of Jesus’ prophecy in Matthew 12:39,40 = Part of One Day, No Night

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Sunset (16th Nisan) – FRIDAY [sixth day of the week] – The Preparation Day (First Night – full)

Jesus is taken off the cross and buried in a tomb by Joseph of Arimathae and Nicodemus – when evening was come, the day before the Sabbath (Matthew 27:57-61; Mark 15:42-47; Luke 23:50-55; John 19:38-42).

54And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on. ~ Luke 23:54

As it was the day of preparation and the Sabbath drew on no body could remain up on the cross on the holy preparation day and the Sabbath day. Also, according to Deuteronomy 21:23, it commands that “a body shall not remain all night upon the tree”. When this is mentioned in John 19:31 the high Sabbath day is in reference to a Sabbath day during the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

Sunrise (Second Day – full)

Fulfilment of Jesus’ prophecy in Matthew 12:39,40 = Two Days (1 part + 1 full), One Night (1 full)

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Sunset (17th Nisan) – SATURDAY [seventh day of the week] – Sabbath Day (Second Night – full)

In the grave (Luke 23:56).

Sunrise (Third Day – full)

Fulfilment of Jesus’ prophecy in Matthew 12:39,40 = Three Days (1 part + 2 full), Two Nights (2 full)

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Sunset (18th Nisan) – SUNDAY – First Day of the Week – The Third Day (Three days dead Thur./Fri. – Fri./Sat. – Sat./Sun. and raised on the Third Day) (Third Night – part)

Jesus raised to life in the Resurrection “In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week” (Matthew 28:1-8; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-10)

Fulfilment of Jesus’ prophecy in Matthew 12:39,40 = THREE DAYS (1 part + 2 full), THREE NIGHTS (2 full + 1 part)

Sunrise

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Soli Deo Gloria

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Footnote:

* A date converter from the Gregorian calendar to the Hebrew calendar can be found at: www.hebcal.com/converter/

[The same unbiblical situation with secular feast days plays out every December 25th, too!]

Open emails to brother Jesse Boyd ~ Part 2

Dear Reader,

Birth of Christ ~ Click to enlarge Continuing on from Part 1 – please read Part 1 before reading this Part 2 as this will not make much sense – here are brother Jesse Boyd’s and writer’s email responses to the initial email.

As mentioned in Part 1 this blog post does not question the salvation of our dear brother Jesse Boyd, but these open emails are shared here to show the error of teachings where one tries to reconcile man’s ‘Christmas’ with GOD’s Scriptures. Whilst brother Jesse has made it clear that he does not want writer to make contact with him whilst accusing writer of being presumptuous, writer merely received “. . . the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so” (Acts 17:11) and responded in love examining those words spoken by brother Jesse. It appears that brother Jesse only wants his hearers to accept what he has to say without ever being questioned. These blog posts are not to demean our brother Jesse in any way, but they will show that what has been spoken by our dear brother Jesse has not always lined up with what truly took place and that in this instance regarding his teaching on ‘Christmas’ he has missed the mark on certain issues.

These blog postings are not about trying to smear our brother Jesse’s name or his testimony for our Lord Jesus Christ. It is solely about Truth!

Please read first writer’s email to brother Jesse in Part 1 to get the context before reading our responses hereunder.

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From: Jesse Boyd [mailto:jboyd@fpgm.org]
Sent: 11 March 2017 05:37 AM
To: Gary Crous
Subject: Re: YOUR TEACHING SERMON PODCASTS ON "CHRISTMAS"

Gary, I’ve been through this with you before, and frankly, I’m not interested in taking the time to answer you point by point. It would be a fruitless waste of my time out here on the foreign mission field. Considering the  history of these diatribes that come from you out of nowhere, it’s very hard for me to take you seriously. The sermons that you have nit picked and misrepresented remain as is. I stand by my words, and I stand by those teachings. If the "public forum" mention was some sort of threat, be my guest. Say whatever you want. As I have told you before, I am surrounded by those who hold me accountable in ministry and have a local church and a faithful pastor who do the same.  These are aware of everything that I teach and preach. I may be obligated by my testimony in Christ to consider what you have to say, but as I in no way answer to you in matters of ministry, I am not obligated to heed your words nor take them seriously in their presumptuousness. Find something better to do with your time brother. Vain and profane babblings only increase unto more ungodliness. And without the covering of a biblically-organized local church, you are only asking for trouble in ministry.

As we are persistently laboring for the Gospel in very difficult fields and doing so with the blessing and commission of the local church and a long record of faithfulness, I have a personal policy. If I never hear from you with a word of encouragement, a response to a prayer request, or just something positive and for edification, criticism that pops out of a hole is suspicious at best. Once, I’ll consider it. The second time, I usually ignore it and sever Facebook contact. In your case, because of the labors we shared together in South Africa, I have given you more grace. Brother, this is the third or fourth you have done this following a long period of silence. Since 2015, it became hard to take you seriously after you contacted me and assured me that some support was being sent to help with the earthquake victims here in Nepal. Of course, that support never showed up and some excuse was made about a bank transfer problem. Bottom line, you contacted me and you told me you were going to do something that you never did. Before you start nitpicking my sermons, it might be better to consider what Psalm 15 says about a righteous man swearing to his own hurt and still changing not. And brother, this has absolutely nothing to do with the money. I don’t need you money, and I don’t need your support. But, don’t tell a brother you are going to do something, then you don’t do it, then you crawl out of a hole of silence with a presumptuous diatribe of criticism, and then expect that brother to take you seriously. Still, I gave you grace through the last of these diatribes that came last year (you seem to be on a once-a-year schedule of some sort) and have kept the lines of communication open. Today’s email is the last straw. There is so much wrong with what you wrote, but I will not waste the time debating with you. You are obviously off-base and unbalanced spiritually and theologically (something as simple as your constant use of "YHVH" reveals a whole lot brother). The best thing you can do is put yourself under the accountability and spiritual authority of a Bible-believing local church, and spend less time straining at a gnat while swallowing a camel.

Say what you want to say in your "public forum." I’ve got more important things to do than respond or defend myself. The LORD judge between me and thee.

Goodbye Gary. Please do not contact me again.

Jesse
Sent from my iPhone

From: Gary Crous [mailto:luke9.23evangelism@gmail.com]
Sent: 18 March 2017 12:16 AM
To: ‘Jesse Boyd’
Subject: RE: YOUR TEACHING SERMON PODCASTS ON "CHRISTMAS"

Dear brother Jesse

Thank you for your response. Whilst you say you do not want to hear from me again, I think you have made serious allegations against me that needs to be corrected. You might think it is a “diatribe” and “nit picking”, but I can assure you that there are errors that I have lovingly pointed out to you and you will not humbily accept the corrections. It appears that you are of your own opinion that you never err and that no one including me can question your teachings even when they are erroneous in parts. Brother, you are a fine biblical scholar and teacher and I have learned a lot from you, but on the issues I “nit picked” I do not agree with your errors and I can assure you I have not “misrepresented” them. Must I remain silent and not be a Berean in testing all things? Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth? (Gal. 4:16)

Brother, the “public forum” was not a threat. I mentioned this as you and many other brothers, including myself, have publicly addressed and rebuked professing and true Christians publicly. I prayed about this and sought counsel before addressing you. Once you censured me for addressing you and Ricky in a private email when in my understanding both of you were present at your karate graduation, and it wasn’t a matter of you offending me personally that I needed only to have come to you alone. More on this later. Brother, I will address your response to me in point form as you made certain accusations against me that needs to be corrected.

“I in no way answer to you in matters of ministry, I am not obligated to heed your words nor take them seriously in their presumptuousness.”

Brother, I have never asked you to answer to me in matters of your ministry. However, you are answerable for what you preach and teach. If you are not answerable then you cannot question the “teachings” of others. And my words were not in their presumptuousness. I presumed nothing but addressed your words spoken.

“I have a personal policy. If I never hear from you with a word of encouragement, a response to a prayer request, or just something positive and for edification, criticism that pops out of a hole is suspicious at best. Once, I’ll consider it. The second time, I usually ignore it and sever Facebook contact. In your case, because of the labors we shared together in South Africa, I have given you more grace.”

Brother, if you go back on your Facebook wall you will notice that I have been in agreement with a thumbs up on many of your posts or pictures. I have at times made some comments, but I do admit that they have been very brief. I do not have to broadcast that I am praying for you or your ministry or your family. Believe me we as a family pray often for these mentioned items if and when they come to mind. We are reminded to pray in the closet, right? Dear brother, communication is a two way thing. When last did you comment, thumbs up or have something positive to say to me without me asking for it? Or does everything revolve solely around the ministry of Jesse Boyd? Brother, I have longed to labour with you again, and even made my intentions known to you, but if you were serious about labouring together you might well have helped in some way. You are blessed to have the strength of the US Dollar against foreign currency as apposed to the poor value of the SA Rand. Consider these Scriptures,

Act 20:33  I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel.
Act 20:34  Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.
Act 20:35  I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

“Brother, this is the third or fourth you have done this following a long period of silence. Since 2015, it became hard to take you seriously after you contacted me and assured me that some support was being sent to help with the earthquake victims here in Nepal. Of course, that support never showed up and some excuse was made about a bank transfer problem. Bottom line, you contacted me and you told me you were going to do something that you never did. Before you start nitpicking my sermons, it might be better to consider what Psalm 15 says about a righteous man swearing to his own hurt and still changing not. And brother, this has absolutely nothing to do with the money. I don’t need you money, and I don’t need your support. But, don’t tell a brother you are going to do something, then you don’t do it, then you crawl out of a hole of silence with a presumptuous diatribe of criticism, and then expect that brother to take you seriously.”

Brother, it appears that you keep a record of wrongs and you might have a spirit of unforgiveness. Our Lord Jesus said, For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. (Mat. 6:14,15) You have harboured this issue since 2015. I sent you many emails dealing with the support that was to come from [shortened LHBC], where I was a member at the time. As I do not hold records of wrongs, the emails I sent to you have long been deleted. You are welcome to send me copies so that my memory can be refreshed what I said. However, from what I recollect you were at the time very supportive of me and said something along the lines that “these things happen” when there was a problem with the transfer according to an elder and his wife of LHBC. They did not want to do a ‘paypal’ payment for reasons they afforded. We even asked for your physical bank account details. I expressed my dismay at the whole problem that existed back then. I genuinely was unhappy with the whole issue surrounding the Nepal Earthquake Relief funds. In fact when I told you I was going to leave LHBC you were very supportive of my move and truly encouraged me in finding a new place to worship. Of all the emails that I have left, this one is what I sent to LHBC upon my resignation as a ‘member’ from a church that offered me the right hand of fellowship and commissioned me to “go and evangelise” when [DELETED] was the previous pastor. Here is the email [it has been shortened],

From: Gary Crous [mailto:luke9.23evangelism@gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, 13 October 2015 21:23
To: [DELETED]; [DELETED]; [DELETED]
Subject: EKKLESIA ATTENDANCE

Dear Brothers [DELETED], [DELETED] and [DELETED]

Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank you [DELETED] for your telephone call making inquiry concerning the Crous family the other week. I pray and hope you all will receive this mail in the love to you that it is sincerely intended. I write this mail to advise you – as the leadership of the [shortened LHBC] – that I have been praying and seeking the LORD regarding where we should be at this time. I had hoped to find a fellowship that had an evangelical heart for the lost. I was once told by our dear Brother [DELETED] that my frustration was showing, and it surely was as a result of a cry for my beloved LHBC brothers and sisters to be active and join me. Sadly, before becoming disillusioned, I think it is time to move one. In the past two years or so opportunities have presented themselves where we could all have worked together on missionary work – some going, some organising, some providing, all praying – to reach out to the heathen lost world, but the presented opportunities to provide and labour with our Saviour sadly escaped us. Our Master stated it best, as it is written in Luke 10:2 ~

2  Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.

Evangelism is not a one-man commissioned-to-go show left to one to go, to provide for his own and only rely on the prayers of the remaining rest. For the latter, it is often easier to speak to God about men than to speak to men about God! We, the saints, are to be perfected for the work of the ministry which leads to the unity of the faith as we read in Ephesians 4:11-16 ~

11  And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 
12  For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 
13  Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 
14  That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 
15  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 
16  From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

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Here is a sermon preached on the evening of September 20, 2015 by Brother Jesse Boyd titled “Christian is a Bible Word.” Jesse raises the following question: “You may SAY you are a Christian; you may IDENTIFY yourself as being a CHRISTIAN; but can the world rightly ACCUSE you of being a Christian?” The early church turned the world upside down. Not so today. I wonder if the “church of today” – not to be confused with the beautiful and pristine Bride of Christ – has become docile and asleep due to Bible translations, men’s programmes, and the Holy Spirit being quenched and grieved by churchianity! Some weeks ago while we were going through Colossians 1:24-29 (23 August 2015: The School of Christ-like Maturity) I was saddened to hear again a mention that the scriptures will not be the same due to our different translations. By the way, I do download and listen to the podcast sermons and am encouraged! Without me becoming longwinded, the LORD commands us neither to add to nor take away from the Bible. We see this in Deuteronomy 4:2, 12:32; Proverbs 4:20-21, 30:5-6; and Revelation 22:19. The Bible says: “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” (Psalm 119:11). Which Word is it if it changes so often? I would therefore ask that you kindly read the following articles if you have not already done so:

Here is also a video (https://youtu.be/bUR1-ewrHs4) that shows the various ‘contradictions’ in the modern translations that I request that you kindly view. . . . [shortened]

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Further, due to all the ecumenism that is taking place around the world and denominational teachings in the 37,000+ “types of churches”, to play it safe and not be attached to any I hereby wish to terminate my “membership” at [shortened LHBC] with immediate effect. I cannot trust “church organisations” and any “church denomination” affiliated to a man-made church council who is promoting man-made systems. Therefore true assemblies (ekklesia) of God should be autonomous. As a family, before God, we will not be affiliating ourselves with any denomination, church building or organization, as we hold to the Truth that born again believers have our names “written in the Lamb’s book of life” (see Revelation 21:27) and therefore need not to have our names on a man-made membership church roll! I acted in haste with my membership of LHBC when my convictions and conscience have always warned me. We will not forsake the assembling of ourselves (see Hebrews 10:25), but will freely meet at home and with other believers as our LORD directs. [The Holy Bible is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. However, I would suggest that you add “Pagan Christianity?” by Frank Viola and George Barna to your library.]

Further, in closing, I am afraid I might fall into sin if I continue in fellowship with LHBC due to the following issues:

  • Edifying one another with different translations that ‘contradict’ the meaning of GOD’s Word. This will also diminish unity: “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” ~ 1 Corinthians 1:10
  • A lopsided budget that diminishes any other evangelical costs. [An email titled SOME SERIOUS CONCERNS dated Monday 16th March 2015 bears reference]
  • A non-payment of a committed Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund collection for FPGM (Bro. Jesse Boyd). [Not sure if Jesse has been notified by LHBC of the non-payment]
  • There is no Biblical corporate evangelism as a “ministry of reconciliation” (see 2 Corinthians 5:18).

Pro 27:5  Open rebuke is better than secret love.
Pro 27:6  Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

With regards to the LHBC’s R500.00 monthly payment to the Crous family, you are at liberty to discontinue the same as you deem fit.

In Christ’s service,

From: [DELETED]
Sent: 07 November 2015 09:34 AM
To: ‘Gary Crous’
Cc:[DELETED]‘; ‘[DELETED]
Subject: RE: EKKLESIA ATTENDANCE

Gary,

Thank you for the email you sent on the 13th. Although we are saddened by the situation, we appreciate your email and the expression of your concerns. As it seems that most of your main concerns are long-term issues which have been addressed before by [DELETED], we think it wise not to revisit them all, and therefore accept your resignation.

We continue to pray for you, your family, and your street evangelism. With regard to the R500 monthly contribution, we would like to use it for our church’s missions work, and will therefore redirect it elsewhere. We will continue the support of your ministry till the end of December, but will then stop the payments.

Much love and prayers,
The elders of [DELETED]

[DELETED]

Pastor,
[DELETED]

Sadly brother, your mention, quote: “And brother, this has absolutely nothing to do with the money. I don’t need you money, and I don’t need your support. has everything to do with the money. Then why do you mention this? To try discredit me and my witness and testimony? Your scathing comments are not Christ-like. I hate stooping to a level of bringing up past events, but this incident is very relevant. Brother, do you remember your reaction when you were in South Africa the first time and a brother in the USA was withdrawing his support from your FPGM and how you openly verbally vented your frustration? I am sure it wasn’t about the money and your travels, right? Brother, you have held a record of wrongs for close on two years now. Don’t you think you should let it go?

“Still, I gave you grace through the last of these diatribes that came last year (you seem to be on a once-a-year schedule of some sort) and have kept the lines of communication open. Today’s email is the last straw. There is so much wrong with what you wrote, but I will not waste the time debating with you. You are obviously off-base and unbalanced spiritually and theologically (something as simple as your constant use of "YHVH" reveals a whole lot brother). The best thing you can do is put yourself under the accountability and spiritual authority of a Bible-believing local church, and spend less time straining at a gnat while swallowing a camel.”

Brother, last year was not a “diatribe” either. And I do not have a “once-a-year schedule of sorts”. Here is the opening salutation and warning that I offered you in 2016:

From: Gary Crous [mailto:luke9.23evangelism@gmail.com]
Sent: 05 June 2016 09:36 PM
To: ‘Jesse Boyd’
Subject: RE: Just Checking In

Dear brothers Jesse and Ricky

Grace to you, and peace in God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ. In response to your email hereunder, we say many thanks to you for the updates that you send out periodically and we assure you we keep praying for you and your ministry when you come to mind with a need as we hold the ropes here in South Africa. Our prayers are for the work of evangelism where ever you go. I must admit that I am at fault where I have not communicated with you as often as I should, both in private conversation or on social media. Please do accept my apology.

I still follow your and Ricky’s Facebook postings so we know your thoughts, your actions and your mission work and we are mostly encouraged by what we see and read. However dear brother Jesse, I watched a video that Eva Tsai posted on FB which was linked to your wall on April 5, 2016 with regards to your martial arts’ black belt graduation in California after your return from Israel. Brother Jesse, I was deeply saddened to see you and the parties present all bow to a framed photograph (?) on some steps. Brother, can you kindly explain this practice! What I am concerned about is that this video is in the public domain and it clearly shows a violation of the Second Commandment by bowing to an object (idolatry). What further concerns me is that it appears that the brethren have not picked up on this, whilst yet congratulating you and liking your martial arts’ postings. I am not sure whether anyone else has approached you concerning this matter.

I do believe I am in the faith and led of the Holy Spirit, so I am surprised at your outburst, quote: “You are obviously off-base and unbalanced spiritually and theologically (something as simple as your constant use of "YHVH" reveals a whole lot brother).” For you (FPGM) that reach out to Israeli backpackers in Nepal and South America and who give them the Tanakh as well as the B’rit Chadashah it is common knowledge that in Hebrew the LORD’s Name appears as “Yod He Vav He” (YHVH). I merely state the True God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. So what is wrong with that since many people mention a false ‘god’?

Brother, it appears that you are trying to deviate the issues at hand away from what you said in your sermons. If I am wrong please point out my error so I can apologise. Besides, why would you, a learned man. even want to hold to a false “holiday” that has no Biblical foundation? And remember the Bride of Christ is one body. We are all accountable to each other in Christ Jesus,

1Co 12:19  And if they were all one member, where were the body?
1Co 12:20  But now are they many members, yet but one body.
1Co 12:21  And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
1Co 12:22  Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:

With much love,
In Christ’s service,

From: Jesse Boyd [mailto:jboyd@fpgm.org]
Sent: 18 March 2017 10:02 AM
To: Gary Crous
Subject: Re: YOUR TEACHING SERMON PODCASTS ON "CHRISTMAS"

Gary, I asked you not to contact me again. I disagree with your conclusions and presumptions. Period. The LORD judge between me and thee. I stand by the teachings that you failed to hear and recall in their proper context, and I stand by every correspondence I have sent to you in response to your criticisms over the years. Frankly, I’m done. I never reached out to accuse you; you have done this to me numerous times. And, your comment about the dollar versus the Rand, I’m not interested in partnering with anyone in ministry that has  this man-centered mindset. I partner with South Asian believers who know far more about  devalued currency and financial struggle than you could ever know, and the Lord has used them to do mighty things for His Kingdom. I will say no more. Please don’t waste your time trying to contact me again to debate things I am not interested in debating with you. You write long emails, but they are not serving to prove any point. In fact, "in the multitude of words, there wanteth not sin" (Proverbs 10:19). Ecclesiastes 5:3 is also pretty clear. I’m really busy over here in South Asia with the work of the Gospel, and its time to cut out the distractions. I sense no call from the Lord at this time or any time in the near future to return to or labor in South Africa, so  partnership with you is a moot point anyway. Stop concerning yourself with me, I’m a nobody, and do something better with your time in what the Lord has called you to do in your own country.

Maranatha, 
Jesse

P.S. Future emails from you attempting to debate with me or argue about "Christmas" will be ignored and will not receive a response.

Conclusion:

One point which will be made here as brother Jesse does not want writer to contact him by email, without addressing each issue to the last email here above, is that writer never made reference to labouring alongside brother Jesse in South Africa, but he presumed such. Brother Jesse was well aware that writer made his intensions known that he wished to labour alongside him in South Asia and/or the USA and/or Israel, and therefore he quoted Acts 20:33-35 to be read in context with the preceding sentences thereto.

Since brother Jesse will, quote: “stand by the teachings that you failed to hear and recall in their proper context, and I stand by every correspondence I have sent to you in response to your criticisms over the years” [unquote] writer does not understand how he “failed to hear and recall in their proper context” when the sermons were transcribed and addressed from the very words spoken. The context was certainly taken into consideration for there was no other way to take what was said any other way. If you think writer has criticised you over the years, writer was asking questions and pointed out certain facts what he believed to be true. If i transgressed in any way against you which was personal criticism (which i would ask that you give me proof thereof), i humbly ask for your forgiveness for any wrong committed. However, what has been said in these blog posts, i stand by what has been written.

Soli Deo Gloria

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