New Gospel Tracts

by andrewlohr

Use freely.

http://www.freebooks.com should now be http://www.garynorth.com/freebooks

 

a2 b2 / a2, we respond to God. / b1, praise Him. /
–b2 [you are here], love(=obey) Him: Thy Kingdom come.

Gospel tracts: submit to King Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God.
-Jesus is normal; the rest of us are weird—-Andrew Lohr.
-For every look at yourself, take ten looks at Christ—-Robert Murray McCheyne.
-Faith is obedience–Reggie White. Faith without works is dead–James.

*c1. The Best Book.
*c2. How Jesus does it: USA versus Saudi Arabia.
*c3. How to look 30% prettier.
*c4 How to help your DEAD friend.
*c5 Jesus against “The FLAG”?
*c6. What do Marx, Mohammed, Rockefeller, Rand, Buddha, and Gandhi have in common?
*c7 Why instead of Islam I follow Jesus Christ
*c8 The Zone of Love in sex, politics, money, and religion.
*c9 Why Jesus for America, of all places?
*c10. Jesus Christ is like a thigh bone.
*c11 If you owned the “Mona Lisa”
*c12 Get out of Hell free?
*c13. Advice from the devil
*c14. Love and “Resurrection” overturn bad judgments

c1. The best book.

–If you pick this up maybe you like to read So do I (Andrew Lohr); sometimes I use books–or they use me–the way a man getting drunk uses the bottle. I want you to let the Bible use you, for it is the best book.
–It’s best because Jesus is in it. Compare Him with the people in other books. He loves people without letting them use him. He confronts people with their greatest challenge–Him–without bulldozing over them.
–It’s best because God had it written. Compare it with other books that claim to be from God. Even the Koran and the book of Mormon respect the Bible.
–It’s best because it hangs together. Compare it with other collections of writings. The “66 books” of the Bible took about 1500 years to write, but Jesus ties the Bible together better than any other collection is tied.
–It’s best because it sets out the meaning of life. It’s best because it has influenced more people than any other; both followers and enemies of Jesus have to deal with it. It’s best because Jesus on earth trusted it. It’s the best of the 2000 or more books I’ve read.
–And those are FEEBLE reasons. They’re all true; please search into the Bible because of them. But devout Christians have stronger reasons, reasons of how we live day to day and not just reasons of words and facts. (I say “devout Christians” meaning people who REALLY depend on and trust God; not just people who SAY they do or anyone who calls himself a Christian, but people who obey God, people whose lives–wallets, beds, etc–show that they trust Jesus Christ.)
–The Bible teaches us to PRAY, to talk with God who made the skies, the earth, and the human race. So as you read the Bible, ask God to show you its truth and meaning for you; and when he does, pay attention and do what He tells you.
–The Bible teaches us that God makes plans and DOES them. (I make too many plans I don’t do.) The Old Testament (the first three quarters of the Bible) is full of God’s plans for Jesus, and the New Testament shows these plans happening. Read the Bible to learn God’s plans for his friends and his enemies. (PLEASE make sure you’re one of His friends.)
–The Bible teaches us to LOVE (LOVE: more than just sex). Can you imagine volunteering to be executed in the place of Osama bin Ladem? It’s hard enough to pay a bum’s debts, yet Jesus chose to die for what WE do wrong! Followers of Jesus follow His love. (For example, people who go into abortuaries to murder little unborn babies can walk out and get loving help from [some] pro-lifers. God loves and welcomes His ex-enemies–including the men who get women in trouble–when they “repent:” turn from doing wrong to obeying God.)
–The Bible teaches us that Jesus, a real man of flesh and blood like us, who lived near Jerusalem about 2000 years ago–ROSE UP FROM THE DEAD after he was killed. Even Muslims admit Mohammed is dead (and admit Jesus is alive; compare even the Koran’s stories with the Bible.) Even Marxists admit Marx is dead. Even rich men admit Rockefeller is dead. But if Jesus had stayed dead, there would have been no Christians, no Christianity, no Christendom, and the Bible would have been unfinished and ignored. The first Christians, and all true Christians insist to this day and forever, that Jesus was dead but arose and is alive. We don’t see him today because…read the Bible to find out. But a man who was dead and then arose can help us in a way Rockefeller, Buddha, Marx, and Mohammed, whatever their virtues, can’t. Make sure you find out how; follow Jesus.
–Followers of Jesus gather in “churches” (“church” really means “group”) to learn love from God (and to enjoy or endure other trimmings.) Call 821-4528 for the best preaching in Chattanooga (Tennessee USA), 629-1421 for the best Sunday morning concert, 855-0767 or 596-7117 for Godly ritual, www.holyccc.org or Saturday’s paper for us “Catholic Charismatics” here, www.onechurchonevoice.org or www.lohr84.com (at end of various gospel tracts) for some other groups, www.megashift.org…and join. None of God’s people lives up to Jesus 100%, but repent and join some bunch of us in trying to raise our percentage.

Q: I wanna connect with Jesus right now! Got a website for that?
A: Try www.lifesgreatestquestion.com. You got the point: connect with GOD, not (only) with church.

Q: If I have a duty to God to get together with some of God’s people, what does a group of God’s people, a church, owe to me–what is its duty to me? And what if it doesn’t do its duty?
A: Good questions. Briefly, refuse glass ceilings, but do not refuse love; give and receive (grow) as much as any group will help you with–give and get help in each, as best you can–but if you yourself can connect with God, really connect with the holy holy holy sinless righteous unique triune Jehovah who gives the Bible and more, in a truly Godly way some group you’re in discourages, connect with Him, avoiding trouble with a group as best you can. (“Inasmuch as lieth in you, live at peace with all men”–Romans 12:18.) Feel free to share in more than one group, wherever the true God really is. Jesus is the standard–“the way the truth and the life”–He may “pour living water through the jaws of a dead dog” (said saint Augustine), He may bless you in many ways, but rely on Him; nothing else can be trusted 100%.
I hope to add to this, but God in Jesus is worth anything. (Now pray I practice that myself.)

—–c2. How Jesus does it: USA versus Saudi Arabia
–‘Christian’ countries differ from ‘Muslim’ countries: United States from Saudi Arabia, Europe from north Africa-to-southwest-Asia (Morocco to Pakistan), Vatican City from Mecca. Jesus Christ makes a difference even though none of his followers matches him.
–OK, the US may not be a ‘Christian’ country, but Jesus has a lot of followers here. Ask a Muslim if Saudi Arabia is a ‘Muslim’ country, but Mohammed has a lot of followers there. See a difference between Christian influence and Muslim influence? Where Jesus has influence, countries have freedom and democracy and production. Muslims in the US can worship, build mosques, and preach. Can Christians preach and build church-buildings and worship in Saudi Arabia? In the US, women can drive and vote; Saudi men voted (for the first time) in A.D. 2005. Where Mohammed has influence, how do freedom, democracy, and production fare? The US is rich because we build and grow things. Rich Muslim countries are rich because they pump oil, right? Jesus Christ–God the Creator involved in the earth that He made and in the lives of people who pay at least some indirect attention to Him–makes a difference.
–And see differences between ‘Christian’ countries and ‘Atheistic’ countries: US versus China, North Korea, etc. Atheistic countries lack freedom and democracy. Atheists Stalin and Mao were the top two mass murderers (of adults) in history, though Jesus was the only sinless Christian, of course. China becomes productive by importing productive ways from ‘Christian’ regions: Mao on his own hurt China’s economy worse than Genghis Khan hurt it.
–How does Jesus Christ make a difference? First with himself. He is both a man, flesh and blood like us, and God, the Creator of the heavens and the earth. He is the man who shows us exactly who God is. He connects God and mankind on earth in history, in biography, in life. He was born (even the Muslim Koran says his mother Mary was a virgin when He was conceived; His conception was a special work of God.) He “increased in wisdom and stature [size], and in favor with God [!] and man,” says the Bible. He lived without sin: without doing wrong or making mistakes, living God’s human life. He was born and lived poor: worked as a carpenter fro most of His life, unlike Mohammed and Lenin who had money and took power. Religious and political leaders who feared him killed him.
–He “died for our sins,” says the Bible; ‘the punishment that brings us peace was upon Him;’ the punishment we deserve for what we have done wrong, He took upon himself, suffering in our place because He loves us. (The Koran denies Jesus was crucified, so it denies that God loves us enough to suffer for us in earthly reality.) And “He rose again” from being dead “on the 3rd day.” Jesus defeated death. Moses Marx and Mohammed, Buddha and Gandhi, Rockefeller and Rand, died and stayed dead; Jesus died, was buried, and rose up alive. To handle death you must follow Jesus Christ; to go to Hell, you needn’t. Ab out 40 days after He rose up alive, he went from earth to Heaven. About 10 days later (at “Pentecost”) He sent God-the-Holy-Ghost to bring God’s life to God’s people.
–HOW DOES JESUS CHRIST MAKE A DIFFERENCE ON EARTH NOW? Through his followers, through His Church (his grouped followers), through His book the Bible, through his work inside us and among us by God the Holy Ghost. Almost the last thing Jesus told His followers before he went to Heaven was: Teach all the ethnic groups to obey all My orders. “If you love me,” Jeswus had said, “you obey My orders.” Jesus shows us love, and healing, and production, and obedience to God, and forgiveness. The same are to be seen in his followers–less clearly and perfectly than in Himself, but visibly; so the US differs from Arabia and China. The details we need of Jesus’ teaching are in God’s book, the Bible (not just in this tiny tract), and we work them out in our lives daily (‘You-all work out y’all’s own salvation for God is the [One] working in y’all…’ said the Bible to one church.)
–As Jesus Christ the perfect lived with sinners, so we His people live with each other. Unless God calls you to be a hermit for some time, you need to be gathering with other followers of Jesus. Unless you think you have God’s presence all to yourself, you need to rejoice and share God’s working in other people. If following Jesus is new to you, find other followers of Jesus and make them teach you some of the ways to follow Him (you’ll probably have to work at this.) In most of the Bible God tells his own people how to improve; hardly any of it is for perfect people. When we do wrong things, we “repent:” stop, turn around, do right instead of wrong, make things better for the people we’ve hurt, tell God (and, as needed, each other) about what we’ve done, ask forgiveness, let Jesus who died for our sins and “rose from the dead for our justification” take care of the rest. Now repent of Atheism, Islam, too much television, fornication, and so on and follow Jesus. (He’s worth church.)

c3. How to look 30% prettier.

–Christian ladies average 30% prettier than non-Christians. How? Why? Just because they primp for church?
–(1) Because Christians, men AND women, let Jesus Christ carry their worries, but people in the shopping mall have to carry their own worries. So Christians have fewer lines on their faces.
–(2) Because God is faithful, the people of God are faithful too. God keeps his promises, and we keep ours. (‘Oh no you don’t!’ you wanna argue? Read on.)
–(3) Because God (triune Jehovah) is wise, his people act wisely, and stay out of trouble. (Wanna argue again? Read on.)
–(4) Because in the Lord Jesus Christ, we Christians have access to perfection; but the people at Wal-Mart cannot reach perfection.
–(5) Because God in Jesus forgives our sins, we don’t have to carry our sins; but the mall crowds are stuck with their sins.
–(6) Because when we die, we enjoy “pleasures for evermore” at God’s right hand; but for the people of the world, death is just a nasty and fearful end. (Fear Hell; fear burning forever.) Even the Church on earth enjoys pleasures and comforts, earned by Jesus our worthy Redeemer and not charged to our account. The “fruit of the Spirit” shows and blossoms. Christian ladies tend to have prettier smiles–not everyone always, but on average.
–(7) Because Jesus of Nazareth rose up alive from the dead, emptying his grave, His people will also rise in the “resurrection of life” instead of the “resurrection of damnation.”
–To escape from Wal-Mart and K-Mart into God’s Church, to escape from death into life, you need God’s living seed, from which the tree of life will grow. Tiny living seeds grow into bushes and trees; dead rocks stay dead. God’s Book, the Bible, has a thousand pages or so; but let this one page you’re reading be a seed of life and beauty for you. Are you always thanking God (who created the whole universe and keeps it going) for your health, food, breath, friends, and comforts, or are you ungrateful to Him? Begin to thank and praise him. Have you made people cry, and broken your promises to them? To God’s Church, the Bible says “Christ died for our sins” and “whoever confesses and gets rid of their sins shall have mercy.” “Repent:” Stop hurting people; help people, especially the ones you’ve hurt.
–The man Jesus Christ lived on earth without doing anything wrong, but shows us exactly who God is, for Jesus is God as well as man. So look to Jesus for perfection, not to yourself (and not even to other Christians, though we do need each other’s help, and do see signs of Jesus in each other.) As we look to Jesus, we grow more like him–10%, 20%, 30% and so on. Jesus died like an ant you step on or a fly you swat, and he rose up from the dead and is alive. (After he rose, he spent about 40 more days on earth and then went up to Heaven without dying again. Most of us go to Heaven to be with Him by dying. After some Heaven comes the Resurrection.)
–Followers of Jesus (Christians) ask God the Creator for help and thank him for it (praying to God, like a phone call except you don’t need a phone–he hears you.) We get together (“Church” means a getting-together, a group) and we pay attention to God and his book, the Bible, and to each other. In most of the Bible God tells his own people how to improve; hardly any of it is for perfect people. When we do wrong things, we repent: stop, turn around, do right instead of wrong, make things better for the people we’ve hurt, tell God about what we’ve done, let Jesus who “died for our sins” take care of the rest.
–The difference between (real) Christians and the mall crowd is not the difference between perfect and imperfect; it’s the difference between a living, growing seed and a dead pebble. So choose life, not death. The problems of life (ask Jesus whether it has any) are better than the problems of death; so are the opportunities of life. Pretty up.

–God’s people join in many ways and places. Here are a few fairly good ones in Chattanooga. Join one (or more) where God and his life are at work. Jesus ignored bad barriers; labels can’t keep Him in or out of where his people are. Going to church won’t “save” you, but a good church (beware of bad ones and fake ones) will teach you how to receive salvation in Christ Jesus. (Some of this info may be outdated.)
–SOME CHURCHES. Divine Mercy of Jesus Charismatic Catholic Church; denominational website www.holyccc.org. Infant communion. Slightly flexible liturgical (=praying, communion-each-week: P/CEW) ways. Meets in house. Where I (Andrew Lohr) am going as of March A.D. 2003/May A.D. 2007.
–Lookout Mtn Presbyterian Church/North Shore Fellowship PCA, 821-4528/266-3757. Joe Novenson does the best preaching in Chattanooga./Vineyard, 704-2188, www.vcfchattanooga.org. All new music, CEW, “kinship groups” for fellowship. ‘Vineyard [denomination] seems to be everybody’s 2nd choice’–Gene Edwards./New City Fellowship PCA, 629-1421; mix of different kinds of music; mix of black/white/Hispanic people, for Jesus is the only Lord and Savior for all kinds. Preaching good. Care for poor people. Infants baptized. Small groups./Olivet Baptist Church, 266-0032. Good African-American preaching and various ministries./Abba’s House 877-6462; Highland Park Baptist Church 493-4111; Woodland Park Baptist, 899-9185. Big Baptist churches, lots of programs. Abba’s is charismatic (pentecostal)./Reformed Presbyterian PCA, 820-9770; Bible teaching, church discipline, sing Psalms, CEW, songs prayed./East Brainerd Church of Christ, 892-1389, CEW./St Stephen’s Catholic Church 892-1261, MAYbe the liveliest Roman Catholic church in town, or maybe St.s Peter and Paul 266-1618;L/CEW. /St Michael’s Charismatic Episcopal Church, 855-0767, LCEW; St Tikhon’s Orthodox mission, 266-2397, infant communion, LCEW; L and alive./Chattanooga Bible Chapel (“Plymouth Brethren”). CEW. Men participate actively (I Cor 14:26); ladies cover heads (I Cor 11).
–SOME WEBSITES
Www.garynorth.com–read “Unconditional Surrender,” a good practical introduction to what the Bible teaches. (THAT YOU MAY PROSPER, PARADISE RESTORED, and THE BEAST OF REVELATION are good books too, but skip the introductions until after you’ve read the books.) Www.openchurch.com (read THE OPEN CHURCH, www.megashift.org (read MEGASHIFT), www.seedsowers.com (read THE INWARD JOURNEY, guide for new Christians), www.geneedwards.com, www.ptmin.org (Frank Viola), www.simplechurch.com–churches should work more like Jesus with his 12 apostles. Www.hornes.org/theologia and www.hornes.org/biblicalhorizons, more advanced theology. Another book I recommend to everyone after the Bible is THE CHALLENGE OF JESUS by N.T.Wright.

Q(uestion): do you really recommend all those different kinds of churches? A(nswer): God is one and his Church is one, though horribly divided into denominations. I think each of the groups listed above does include some people who are really Christians (and most probably include some who are not really Christians right now.)
Q “Horribly” divided? A Yes; the prayer of Jesus in John 17, and the 1st letter to the Corinthians, say that division is a PROBLEM to be DEALT WITH.
Q So how can the church be “one”? A Because it looks to the one true God, triune Jehovah, Father Son and Holy Ghost, and connects with Him in his one way of salvation, through Jesus Christ the Son of God. There is “one Lord one faith one baptism”: one real Jesus, one trust in Him, one official putting onto you and me of God’s triune Name (“baptized into the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost”).
Q So how can the church be so divided? A It’s a sin; repent. / People tend to notice different things and be so excited by what they do notice that they feel free to ignore other true things, instead of sharing what each other sees. (There are worse motives too: if I can’t marry that girl I’ll drop the church she goes to; if I can’t run this church I’ll go start another…)
Q So how do you deal with it? A I myself try to start by crossing some of the division lines that shouldn’t be there–I see Jesus doing that (e.g. he touched lepers, included women and children, partied with whores and IRS-Mafiosi…) So I’ve worshipped with at least 30 or so sorts of Christians and received Communion with a dozen or so sorts, and routinely pray for “George, Benedict, Bartholemew, Tom, Rowan, Michael and Marie, Billy Franklin and Chuck”–former Archbishop of Canterbury, pope, patriarch of Constantinople (Eastern Orthodox), N. T. (“Tom”) Wright bishop of Durham, Charismatic Catholic patriarch and his wife, the Grahams, and Chuck Colson. At least ignore lines that shouldn’t be there.
Q What’s the value of different denominations? A Well, the things each specializes in may be what different people especially need. Baptists may tend to specialize in spreading the Gospel so people become Christians; Presbyterians in doctrine; charismatics in power; liturgical churches in prayer (at least if people lean into what they say…) Love God and love God’s people, wherever they are.
Q What if I think Jesus is more rigorous? A Try www.JesusDisciple.net.
Q What are the flaws of each of the churches and groups you list? A You’ll find out if you go look. But look for more of Jesus in each–each does probably convey some facets of Him better than others convey this. Look for Jesus and let His mind about sinners–slow to anger and rich in mercy–be in you. But, however gently, warn the wicked of their way lest they die in their sins.

c4. How to help your DEAD friend

Face it, he’s in Hell, he never cared for God. Or maybe you really KNOW he’s in Heaven; maybe Billy Graham, the pope, Gene Edwards, and Gary North would agree. Or maybe you just hope or assume he’s in Heaven. But Heaven or Hell, there is something you can do for him (or her)–not much but something. Even we Protestants (I’m a ‘protestant catholic’ myself:) agree. The Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic denominations may have complicated ideas about dead people, but even the Bible, God’s book, does tell us we can do a little to make our dead friends happier.

If he’s in Hell, what does he want that you can do? In Hell fire he wants water, but nobody can get him water in Hell. What does he want of you? He wants you to stay out of Hell!! ! He would tell you: the kind of sex that gets you here is not worth this! Eating and drinking too much is not worth this! Ignoring church, Jesus, and God is not worth this! Cocaine, heroin, and LSD are not worth this! Watching TV instead of obeying the Bible is not worth this! Better to be nailed with railroad spikes naked to a cross to die like Jesus and go to Heaven, than to be a Donald Trump or a Clinton and come here! What can you do for me? STA Y AWAY FROM THIS PLACE; go to Heaven instead! I’ll be happier (and so will you)! Get a Bible and read Luke 16:19-31, especially 16:27-31. This is the kind of thing the man in Hell wanted for his brothers. If your friend is in Hell, that’s what you can do for him. Do it; connect with Jesus to reach Heaven and avoid Hell, even if it changes your sex life (or makes you care for your wife at times other than just bedtime.)

If your friend is in Heaven, he (or she) wants you to join him there: “There is .. .joy in Heaven over one sinner who repents” (Luke 15:10). You can help your friend in Heaven by–coming to Heaven in due course. The love of Jesus who died for our sins–can you imagine volunteering to be executed in place of a murderer?–is the best love on earth; it is not always fun in the short run–it can be agony m the short run!–but it’s true love, always true, true under any pressure. The power of Jesus who, after he had died, rose up alive from the dead, emptying his grave, outranks the Only Superpower. The Only Superpower 2000 years ago when Jesus was here sentenced Him to death, but God overruled that verdict by raising Jesus from the dead, and later taking Jesus to Heaven without dying (instead of by dying again.) When Jesus comes back, our graves will be empty too; Jesus’s people will have the “resurrection of life,” and bodies like Jesus’s risen body. People not connected with Jesus will have the “resurrection of damnation,” and be dumped into the “lake of fire,” worse than Hell.

I have no room on this page to tell you all about Jesus; the Bible is a big book, about a thousand pages long. Jesus is alive in Heaven with God the Father and Holy Spirit; you can talk to Him. His friends get together in “church.” Most of the Bible, God’s Book, tells His friends how to shape up; in other words, God’s knows (better than we know) what’s wrong with churches. But He never gives up on church, so neither can we. Join some of God’s people and work on connecting with Jesus together. The official, standard way of getting identified as one of God’s people is called “baptism.” Help your dead friends by joining the friends of Jesus.

God’s people join in many ways and places. Here are a few fairly good ones in Chattanooga (Tennessee USA), where I who wrote this live. Small towns and non-US areas may offer fewer Christian choices. Join one (or more) where God and his life are at work. Jesus crossed and broke barriers; denominations can’t keep Him in or out of where His people are, though some “churches” are non-Christian fakes. (Some info might be out of date.)

Catholic Charismatic Church, (Sat. paper) Infant communion every week. Very flexibly Catholic (liturgical, i.e. praying) ways of doing things. Variety of music. Meets in house. Where I (Andrew Lohr, who wrote this) am going as of March A.D. 2003/Jan. 2006 ..

Lookout Mtn Presbyterian Church (PCA), 821-4528; Joe Novenson does the best preaching in Chattanooga. Www.lmpc.org / Vineyard,704-21&\!’, www.vcfchattanooga.org. All new music, weekly communion, “kinship groups” for fellowship, good preaching. / 8t Stephen Catholic Church, 892-1261. MAYbe the liveliest of the Roman Catholic churches in town. / New City Fellowship PCA, 629-1421 www.newcityfellowship.com; good mix of different kinds of music; also a mix of black and white (and other) people, for Jesus is the only Lord and Savior for all kinds. Preaching good. Infants baptized. Care for poor people. Small groups. ( Reformed Presbyterian Church PCA, 820-9770; Bible teaching, church discipline, sing Psalms, weekly communion, songs prayed. / Olivet Baptist Church, 266-0032. Good African-American preaching and various ministries. / Central Baptist Church of Hixson, 877-0767; Highland Park Baptist Church, 493-4111; Woodland Park Baptist Church, 899-9185. Big baptist churches, lots of programs. Central is charismatic (pentecostal);a.k.a. “Abba’s House.” / St Michael’s Charismatic Episcopal Church, 855-0767. St Tikhon’s Orthodox mission, 266-2397,which baptizes and gives communion to its children. Liturgical (praying) churches loaded with real Christians (not just liturgical habits.) / Chattanooga Bible Chapel (‘Plymouth Brethren’). Communion every week. Men participate actively (1 COR 14:26). Women cover their heads (I Cor 11). SOME WEBSITES: www.garynorth.com-read “Unconditional Surrender,” a good practical intro to what the Bible teaches. (“Paradise Restored,” “The Beast of Revelation,” and “That You May Prosper” are also good books; but skip the prefaces until after you’ve read the books). Www.openchurch.com (read “The Open Church”), www.seedsowers.com (“The Inward Journey” is another good book for new followers of Jesus). www.geneedwards.com, www.ptmin.org, www.simplechurch.com–making churches work more like Jesus with His 12 apostles. Www.biblicalhorizons.com,. www.hornes.org/theologia, Www.paedocommunion.com, www.megashift.org,more advanced theology.

Q How dare you list the only TRUE Church in the same list with all those Protestant sects?
A There’s a story that speaks to that question. When the group that became St Tikhon’s was just getting started in Warren and Sherry Caterson’s house, I hung out with the group a bit. One evening we were all sitting around their living room and an out-of-town priest went around the room asking each person “Are you Orthodox?” (meaning: Eastern Orthodox). When he asked me, I replied, “Is the polite answer, ‘No, sir, I am a heretic’?” The group got a good laugh.
If it had been a Roman Catholic group and the priest had been asking “Are you Catholic?” I could’ve replied “Is the polite answer, ‘No, sir, I am schismatic’?” If it had been a “Church of Christ” group with someone asking “Are you in the Church of Christ?” I could’ve replied “Is the polite answer, ‘No, sir, I am outside the Church of Christ’?”
Where is God’s true church? Locally, visibly to one person, in any group of God’s people, whatever the group calls itself. Worldwide, all such groups and all isolated people of God (hermits, in solitary confinement, etc.)–this is also visible, if only to the mind’s eye. Remember also the saints in Heaven. The Church is orthodox; it gives triune Jehovah His due glory, it holds to the truth about Him. It is catholic; it includes all His people. It is the Church of Jesus Christ, all His saints throughout history–saint Enoch, saint Abraham, saint Moses, saint Daniel, saint Ezra, saints Peter Paul and Mary and John, saints Justin and Augustine and Hugh of Lincoln and Francis of Asissi and John Huss and William Tyndale and John Calvin and Francis Xavier and Oliver Cromwell and George Whitefield and William Wilberforce and Alexander Campbell and Seraphim of Serov and Francis Schaeffer and … So I’m not too impressed by the Eastern Orthodox effort to trademark the word “orthodox,” nor by the Roman Catholic effort to trademark “Catholic,” nor by the “Church of Christ’s” effort to trademark “Church of Christ;” all of these words (orthodox, catholic, of Christ) apply more widely than the “trademark Orthodox,” “trademark Catholic,” etc., officially admit. So love all God’s people.

Q How dare you put all those dead religions and cults in the same list with evangelical churches?
A There are people who really trust in Jesus Christ (as best I can tell, which is fallibly) in all these groups; and each group probably also includes some who don’t really trust him. And they trust in the real Jesus–eternally God the Son, God himself come in human flesh for our salvation, the ONLY name under Heaven given among men whereby we can be saved–it’s safe to ignore Joseph Smith, and Russell, and Moon, etc, but to ignore Jesus sends a man to Hell. Whatever their strong and weak points, these are real groups (churches) that include real Christians, best I can tell. It is our Christian duty to love those who really love Jesus Christ (and to love our enemies). C. S. Lewis has some remarks on this in his book MERE CHRISTIANITY.

c5. Jesus against “The FLAG” ?

Hey, what’s wrong with “The FLAG”? Well, hey, what’s wrong with Jesus? He “rose from the dead,” right? Is “Jesus and The Flag” something we can agree to think about, and agree to do something about if we need to do something?

If you agree to think about Jesus and The Flag, well, let’s take another look at Jesus and his people. He was a Jew in the days of the Roman Empire and the Jewish Temple. The Flag? Well, for the Jews, The Temple was like The Flag. In The Temple they had the Priests, the sacrifices (animals offered to God), the gold-plated building (it really was!), and the whole religious system. Some Jews in those days (the “Essenes”) stayed away from the Temple and went off into the desert with their own religious system. Other Jews, the “Zealots” (including many Pharisees), tried to be different from the Romans (by what they ate and how, by “circumcision,” by “Sabbath,” by the Temple system) until they could fight and throw the Romans out of Israel and, they thought, really be God’s country. Other Jews, Herod’s family and the Priests who ran The Temple, tried to get along with the Romans.

Jesus told all these groups to “Repent!”–to change and do something different. The Essenes needed to repent of copping out (repent of doing nothing), for Jesus and his people did things. The Zealots and Pharisees needed to repent of drawing lines between The Jews and the others (the non-Jews), for Jesus was gathering his people. The Priests and Herodians needed to repent of compromising, for Jesus (though he sometimes chose to be clever, evasive, or very gentle instead of forcing trouble to happen) did not compromise.

Jesus and The Flag? The Essenes ran away from The Flag and raised a flag they had made up. The Pharisees were ready to fight for The Flag. The Priests and Herodians “wrapped themselves in The Flag”–they said all was well with The Flag and with them. “Repent!” said Jesus, meaning: Change!–for I, Jesus, am the True Flag, and my people (not the cop-outs, not the fighters, not the compromisers) are the true People of the Flag. The standard way to join the people of Jesus is by “baptism,” and instead of The Temple for “forgiveness of sins” and meals with God, we have “communion,” the meal that has to do with Jesus. The people of Jesus are called The Church (which really means “the group”–the people of Jesus together–NOT “the building with a steeple on top.”)

The people of Jesus are about Jesus, not about (not for, not against, but not about) The Flag, so do we need The Flag on church property? The people of Jesus claim to be followers of Jesus, so do we need to say “the Pledge of Allegiance”? The people of Jesus claim to trust in Jesus–after all, he’s the one who “rose from the dead”–so we’re free to question, say, public schools and casual divorce and Social Security (NOT to bomb them, but to question them and offer replacements) and whatever else most people don’t question. Since “Jesus is the answer,” everything else is a question–including The Flag. Follow Jesus and the book he trusted, the Bible–baptism, communion, church, and whatever else he said–because he “rose from the dead.” Question everything else (and you can ask questions about him too, or even yell at him–you won’t be the first, as the Bible makes clear.)

God’s people join in many ways and places. Here are a few fairly good ones in Chattanooga. Join one (or more) where God and his life are at work. Jesus crossed and broke barriers; denominations can’t keep Him in or out of where His people are. A Christian group should teach you something true and useful about Jesus, how to be saved, and how to live.

Some churches

Divine Mercy of Jesus Charismatic Catholic Church. Infant communion every week. Flexibly liturgical (=praying, Roman Catholic/Episcopalian style) ways. Where I (Andrew Lohr) go as of March A.D. 2003. Variety of music. Meets in a house. Www.holyccc.org.

Lookout Mtn Presbyterian Church, 821-4528/North shore Fellowship, 266-3757/www.Impc.org. Joe Novenson does the best preaching in Chattanooga. / Vineyard, 704-2188, www.vcfchattanooga.org. All new music, weekly communion, “kinship groups” for fellowship. ‘Vineyard seems to be everybody’s second choice’–Gene Edwards (speaking of the denomination in general, not of the Chattanooga Vineyard in particular.) / New City Fellowship, 629-1421, www.newcityfellowship.com; good mix of different kinds of music; also a mix of black and white (and other) people, for Jesus is the only Lord and Savior for all kinds. Preaching good. Care for poor people. / Olivet Baptist Church, 266-0032. Good black preaching and various ministries. / Central Baptist Church of Hixson, 877-6462; Highland Park Baptist Church, 493-4111; Woodland Park Baptist Church, 899-9185. Big baptist churches, lots of programs. Central is charismatic (pentecostal.) / Reformed Presbyterian Church, 820-9770;
Bible teaching, church discipline, sing Psalms, weekly communion, songs prayed. / East Brainerd Church of Christ, 892-1389; communion each week; congregation sings well with no instruments. / St Michael’s Charismatic Episcopal Church, 855-0767, exchanges hugs. St Tikhon’s Orthodox mission, 266-2397, baptizes and gives communion to its children Liturgical (praying) churches loaded with real Christians (not just liturgical habits.) / Chattanooga Bible Chapel (‘Plymouth Brethren’). Weekly communion. Men participate actively (l Cor 14:26) Women cover heads (I Cor 11).

This tract is largely based on N. T. Wright’s book “The Challenge of Jesus,” which I highly recommend.

SOME WEBSITES= www.garynorth.com–read “Unconditional Surrender,” a good practical intro to what the Bible teaches. (“Paradise Restored,” “The Beast of Revelation,” and “That You May Prosper” are also good books; but skip the prefaces until after you’ve read the books). Www.openchurch.com (read “The Open Church”), www.seedsowers.com (“The Inward Journey” is another good book for new followers of Jesus), www.geneedwards.com, www.ptmin.org, www.simplechurch.com–making churches work more like Jesus with His 12 apostles. Www.hornes.org/biblicalhorizons, more advanced theology. (If you have a copy of this tract, you are welcome to make copies, sell, broadcast, post, use, etc. If you change it–edit it and put your name or church’s name on your version; tell the truth about who said what.)

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c6. What do Marx, Mohammed, Rockefeller, Rand, Buddha, and Gandhi have in common?

(I) When they died they stayed dead; but Jesus Christ rose up alive from the dead on the third day; so follow Him instead of them, for only He defeated death. (Jesus is he whom true Christians follow and worship.)

(2) When they were born, it was about nine months after their fathers had made love with their mothers; but when Jesus was born his mother had never had sex; His conception was a special work of God. Follow Jesus, for without calling sex evil as some do, and without letting sex control His life as some do , He gives married lovemaking its due honor.

(3) When they died, they simply died; but Jesus “died for our sins”–He died in our place, letting God punish Him instead of us for what we have done wrong, even if we deserve execution. Follow Jesus, for His love is greater than theirs: He died FOR US.

(4) His life and death were prophesied by dozens of predictions hundreds (even thousands) of years before He was born; but they were born and lived and died without being predicted. Follow Jesus, for God has special plans for Him.

(5) He did miracles: healed the sick, threw devils out of people, raised the dead to life, walked on water. This shows that God was working in Him in a special way. Follow Jesus, for He shows God’s power.

(1), (2), (3), (4), and (5) are the common Christian story in the Bible, and in the Church for all of the last two thousand years, and today. You are either believing this or rejecting it; you are either trusting and following this Jesus or rejecting Him. No one I know of comes close to even saying this much about Marx and the others, only about Jesus. And when we say it about Jesus, we mean it: these are facts about real things that change lives. Would you rather live in seriously Marxist North Korea, or in seriously Muslim Saudi Arabia, than in the partly (not very) Christian United States? Would you rather live next to Osama Bin Ladem or Billy Graham if you had to choose one of them? Jesus changes people.

Christians have to prove our claims. Some books which try this include MERE CHRISTIANITY by C. S. Lewis, THE CHALLENGE OF JESUS by N. T. Wright, and EVIDENCE THAT DEMANDS A VERDICT by Josh McDowell.

So what should you do? “Repent” and follow Jesus Christ. People who do wrong, who have not lined up with Jesus, should “repent”–stop doing wrong, and ask Jesus to forgive their wrongdoing, make things as right as they can for the people they’ve hurt, and do right instead of wrong. Where the love of God in Jesus is really at work, people really love each other. Churches (groups of Jesus’ s people) are supposed to show this. Since churches are full of people, we don’t always live perfectly in Christian love; but churches do show and teach love, so join one. (Or two or three.) There’s much more to learn about God’s love for us in Jesus Christ, and our love for one another by God’s Holy Spirit, than this little paper can tell you. (The Bible tells more.) Make a good group of Jesus’s people teach you to follow Jesus.

Here are a few fairly good churches in Chattanooga (Tennessee USA), where I who wrote this live. Small towns and non-US areas may offer fewer Christian choices. Join one (or more) where God and his life are at work. Jesus crossed and broke barriers; denominations can’t keep Him in or out of where His people are. Going to church won’t save you, but a good church’ll teach you how to be saved.

SOME CHURCHES:

Divine Mercy of Jesus Catholic Charismatic Church. Infant communion every week. Flexibly Catholic (liturgical [praying]) ways of doing things. Variety of music. Meets in house. Where I (Andrew Lohr) am going as of March A.D. 2003. Denominational website www.holyccc.org. / Lookout Mtn Presbyterian Church, 821-4528/266-3757. Joe Novenson does the best preaching in Chattanooga. / Vineyard, 704-2l88, www.vcfchattanooga.org. All new music, weekly communion, “kinship groups” for fellowship, good preaching. / St Stephen Catholic Church, 892-1261. MAYbe the liveliest Roman Catholic church in town. / New City Fellowship PCA, 629-1421; good mix of different kinds of music; also a mix of black and white (and other) people, for Jesus is the only Lord and Savior for all kinds. Preaching good. Infants baptized. Care for poor people. Small groups. www.newcityfellowship.com. Reformed Presbyterian Church PCA, 820-9770; Bible teaching, church discipline, sing Psalms, weekly communion, songs prayed. / Olivet Baptist Church, 266-0032. Good African-American preaching and various ministries. / Central Baptist Church of Hixson, 877-0767; Highland Park Baptist Church, 493-411 I; Woodland Park Baptist Church, 899-9185. Big baptist churches, lots of programs. Central is charismatic (pentecostal). / East Brainerd Church of Christ, 892-1389. Communion every week. / St Michael’s Charismatic Episcopal Church, 855-0767. St Tikhon’s Orthodox mission, 266-2397,which baptizes and gives communion to its children. Liturgical(praying) churches loaded with real Christians (not just liturgical habits.) / Chattanooga Bible Chapel (‘Plymouth Brethren’). Communion every week. Men participate actively (I Cor 14). Women cover their heads (I Cor. I I). SOME WEBSITES: www.garynorth.com–read “Unconditional Surrender,” a good practical intro to what the Bible teaches. (“Paradise Restored,” “The Beast of Revelation,” and “That You May Prosper” are also good books; but skip the prefaces until after you’ve read the books). Www.openchurch.com (read “The Open Church”), www.seedsowers.com (“The Inward Journey” is another good book for new followers of Jesus), www.geneedwards.com, www.ptmin.org, www.simplechurch.com, www.house2house.tv–making churches work more like Jesus with His 12 apostles. Www.hornes.org/biblicalhorizons, more advanced theology. /You’re welcome to copy, sell, broadcast, post, and use this tract freely.

c7. Why instead of Islam I follow Jesus Christ

Jesus was born to a virgin; that his mother became pregnant with him was a miracle, a special work of God. Mohammed’s parents married each other and made love, and Mohammed was conceived in the same ordinary way as everyone else. The birth of Jesus is thus greater than the birth of Mohammed. The Koran itself teaches that the first sentence of this paragraph is true.

The Christian Bible teaches that Jesus Christ “died for our sins,” rose from the dead on the third day, and ascended to Heaven. The Muslim Koran denies that Jesus ever died; it says he went up to Heaven without dying. So the Koran admits that Jesus defeated death in a way that Mohammed did not. And the Bible affirms, but the Koran denies, that God loves us so much He suffered for us in earthly reality as a man; Jesus died for us sinners because he loves us. “God IS love” (I John 4:8 in Bible)!

Jesus was a poor man; his parents celebrated his birth with the religious offering for poor people to give; he was known as a carpenter, and probably worked as a carpenter most of his life on earth; he didn’t own a house, and he never ruled anything. Mohammed was a successful businessman who married a rich widow and became ruler, first of the town of Medina, and eventually of most of Arabia. Yet Jesus, though in a lower social class than Mohammed, has had a similar or greater influence on history.

Muslims persecute Christians in a lot of places. Some claim their religion requires this. Some people who call themselves Christians have been known to persecute Muslims, but most Christians deny that Christianity calls for this, and it was less-or-more-or-less ‘Christian’ countries themselves that stopped so-called Christian persecution of Muslims in Bosnia and Kosovo. Where are the Muslims who have made Sudan, and Indonesia, and Saudi Arabia stop persecuting Christians? I am waiting.

The Bible took about 1500 years to write, and it covers all of history, yet Jesus ties it all together.

The Koran was all written during Mohammed’s lifetime; it comes from just one man in one time and place.

The Bible features prophecies, such as that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem, to a virgin, and die for our sins, which were fulfilled–the predicted events happened–hundreds or even more than a thousand years after the prophecies were given. The Koran contains few if any prophecies.

Christians baptize new Christians into “the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit;” we worship, we say, “ONE GOD in three Persons.” Muslims claim “Allah” is simply One, all alone, without a Son. So love is built right into God according to Christians: God the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost love one another. But if Allah wanted to love someone, he’d have to create someone to love.

And because we Christians say Jesus Christ is God in human f1esh, we know God Himself empathizes with us. Muslims deny that Allah is close to us that way; they deny that he can feel for us by his own experience, or make himself known to us by being one of us, let alone love us enough to die for our sins.

Christian teaching is greater than Muslim teaching in all these ways, even though Christians other than Jesus may fall short of living up to the truth. But the key question is: which religion–Islam or Christianity–is the true one? Which God is real, the triune God or Allah? Which is God’s book, the Koran or the Bible? The differences are so big that only one can be true. Each religion teaches that the followers of the other end up in Hell. Compare Jesus and Mohammed; compare Koran and Bible; compare historically Christian countries with historically Muslim countries; compare Franklin Graham and Osama bin Ladem, a fairly hard-core Christian and a fairly hard-core Muslim; compare proofs in such books as THE CHALLENGE OF JESUS by N. T. Wright, MERE CHRISTIANITY by C. S. Lewis, or EVIDENCE THAT DEMANDS A VERDICT by Josh McDowell. Make sure you are right–and living right, according to the true God and His Book and His way of life, with His people, in His groups (“churches” means groups).

SOME WEBSITES: www.garynorth.com–read “Unconditional Surrender,” a good practical introduction to what the Bible (the book of Jesus) teaches. Www.openchurch.com (read “The Open Church”), www.seedsowers.com (“The Inward Journey” is another good book for new followers of Jesus), www.geneedwards.com, www.ptmin.org, www.simplechurch.com–making churches work more like Jesus with His 12 apostles. Www.hornes.org/biblicalhorizons, more advanced theology.

SOME (Chattanooga) CHURCHES: Catholic Charismatic Church, where I (Andrew Lohr) who wrote this go; New City Fellowship, 629-1421; Vineyard, 704-2188; North Shore Fellowship, 266-3757; Olivet Baptist, 266-0032; Central Baptist of Hixson, 877-0767 ….

c8. The Zone of Love In sex, politics, money, and religion

Sex first, of course. It can be one of God’s easy-to-have-fun-with creations. When a man and woman properly married to each other make love to each other, they’re in the zone of love. They can have fun AND do good to each other, as God meant it to be. Love is more than fun; love does good. Any other sex at BEST offers a distorted, limited form of love. Sex outside marriage, instead of saying “I love you,” says “You’re not worth keeping.” Love includes respect. Perverted sex says “The human race is not worth keeping.” Sex that breaks marriage vows says “You can’t trust me, I can’t trust you, and my spouse can’t trust me.” Divorce, and refusal of sex within marriage (except for reasons such as adultery or attempted murder) refuses love; it breaks promises. If someone sold you a car, and later took back the engine, would he be loving you? Godly marriage puts sex inside a much wider zone of love, doing good in many ways.

People who have wrecked sex can “repent” and get back into the zone of love; read on.

Christians argue about what “love” in politics may mean, but if you look at Jesus I think it’s pretty clear. Jesus himself paid for His own program, giving even His life; He DIED to pay for HIS OWN good ideas. So when politicians ‘crucify’ taxpayers for fancy programs, they’re doing the opposite of what Jesus did; they’re outside the zone of love. Plenty of good Christians disagree, but that’s what I think. As with sex, those in politics who sin against love can “repent” and get back into the zone of love.

The zone of love in money and moneymaking? When I do a good job and my boss pays me, or my customers pay me, we’re helping–loving–each other. When I find a good deal on a burger or a car, I’m helping the seller with money and the seller is helping me get what I want. But stealing, defrauding (getting money by lying and breaking agreements), slavery (forcing someone else to work for you), even high taxes (political slavery), are outside the zone of love. When two people agree to help each other in a good way, or when one freely helps another without getting paid for it, they can be in the zone of love; but when one person steals good things from another, the thief is NOT loving his victim.

The zone of love in religion? Look at Jesus Christ. Jesus “died for our sins;” can you imagine volunteering to be executed in the place of a guilty criminal? He loves us so much he died for us. Marx and Mohammed, Buddha and Gandhi, Rand and Rockefeller simply died; but Jesus died for us, loving us. And they all stayed dead, but Jesus rose up alive from the dead; the grave where folks buried him is empty. That’s love with power. They all came like anyone else, but God promised the coming of Jesus thousands of years before he was born. They were born and lived like other people, but until Jesus was born his mother was a virgin, and Jesus did “miracles”–healed sick people without medicine. That’s love with power, the power of God the Creator of heavens and earth. Whoever lines up with Jesus Christ lives and works in the zone of love. Follow Jesus. Start now. Press on if you have started. Let your love be like His.

People who do wrong, who have not yet lined up with Jesus, “repent”–stop doing wrong, and ask Jesus to forgive your wrongdoing, make things as right as you can for the people you’ve hurt, and do right instead of wrong. Where the love of God in Jesus is really at work, people really love each other. Churches that worship Jesus are supposed to show this. Since churches are full of people, we don’t always live perfectly in the zone of love; but churches do show and teach love, so join one. (Or two or three.) There’s much more to learn about God’s love for us in Jesus Christ, and our love for one another by God’s Holy Spirit, than this little paper can tell you. (The Bible tells more.) Make a good Christian group teach you.

Here are a few fairly good churches in Chattanooga (Tennessee USA), where I who wrote this live. Small towns and non-US areas may offer fewer Christian groups. Join one (or more) where God and his life are at work. Jesus crossed and broke barriers; denominations can’t keep Him in or out of where His people are. Church won’t “save,” but a good one can teach you how to be saved.

Divine Mercy of Jesus C.C.C. Infant communion every week. Flexibly Catholic (liturgical) ways of doing things. Variety of music. Meets in house. Where 1 (Andrew Lohr) am going as of March A.D. 2003. Denominational website www.holyccc.org.

Lookout Mtn Presbyterian Church (PCA), 82J-4528/North shore Fellowship, 266-3757, www.lmpc.org. Joe Novenson does the best preaching in Chattanooga. Vineyard, 704-2188, www.vcfchattanooga.org. All new music, weekly communion, “kinship groups” for fellowship, good preaching. St Stephen Catholic Church, 892·1261. MAYbe the liveliest Roman Catholic church in town. New City Fellowship PCA, 629-1421, www.newcityfellowship.com; good mix of different kinds of music; also a mix of black and white (and other) people, for Jesus is the only Lord and Savior for all kinds. Preaching good. Infants baptized. Care for poor people. Small groups. Reformed Presbyterian Church PCA, 820-9770; Bible teaching, church discipline, sing Psalms, weekly communion, songs prayed. Olivet Baptist Church, 266-0032. Good African-American preaching and various ministries. Central Baptist Church of Hixson, 877-0767; Highland Park Baptist Church, 493-4111; Woodland Park Baptist Church, 899-9185. Big baptist churches, lots of programs. Central is charismatic (pentecostal). East Brainerd Church of Christ, 892- 1389. Communion every week. St Michael’s Charismatic Episcopal Church, 855-0767. St Tikhon’s Orthodox mission, 266-2397,which baptizes and gives communion to its children. Liturgical (praying) churches loaded with real Christians (not just liturgical habits.) I Chattanooga Bible Chapel (‘Plymouth Brethren’). Communion every week. Men participate actively (I Cor 14). Women cover their heads (I Cor. II).

WEBSITES= www.garynorth.com–read “Unconditional Surrender,” a good practical intro to what the Bible teaches. (“Paradise Restored,” “The Beast of Revelation,” and ‘That You May Prosper” are also good books; but skip the prefaces until after you’ve read the books). Www.openchurch.com (read “The Open Church”), www.seedsowers.com (“The Inward Journey” is another good book for new followers of Jesus), www.geneedwards.com, www.ptmin.org, www.simplechurch.com–making churches work more like Jesus with I lis 12 apostles. Www.hornes.org/biblicalhorizons, more advanced theology. You’re welcome to copy, sell, broadcast, post, and use this tract freely.

c9. Why Jesus for America, of all places?

We Americans have more money and food and things than most people in the world. Famines are for Ethiopia. We have more than Jesus ever had. He never had a car, a TV, a computer, or an mp3 player, and he died at around 33 years old. Why should we pay attention to him? Does he have anything we don’t? Let me insist to you that he does; that his differences from us–especially his connection to God, the Creator (maker) of heavens and earth, who can do what we can’t–make Jesus valuable to us; that we must follow Jesus.

(I’ll try to keep this to a page or two, but there’s much more I could say. N. T. Wright wrote an 800-page book just to prove true what my next three lines, my next paragraph, says.)

(1) Americans who die stay dead, but Jesus rose up alive from the dead. We all know resurrections don’t just happen, so the Resurrection of Jesus shows God at work. You’re going to die. I’m going to die. Want a glorious resurrection? Follow Jesus. (Beware; there’s also a “resurrection at damnation.”)

(2) People forget what we say, even what the greatest of us say, but some words of Jesus are remembered.
Although he was on earth about 2000 years ago, it’s easier to quote him than to quote most of our 40+ Presidents, and the book about him outsells any book about them. Want something that lasts awhile? Follow Jesus.

(3) Jesus fulfilled prophecies; the parts of the Bible that were written before his birth told about his life, Only God can do this. (Do any of the ‘prophecies’ in the National Enquirer and other tabloids ever happen?). Want a friend who knows what’s going to happen? Follow Jesus.

(4) Jesus endured suffering; he was laughed at, beaten to a pulp, stripped naked, and nailed to a cross to die there, even though he was completely innocent. Do you need to endure? Would you like to know that the very worst is part of God’s plan and is something God can handle? Would you like a glorious resurrection later? Follow Jesus, even when it gets rough.

(5) Jesus did miracles: healed people, raised the dead to life, fed crowds, threw out demons thus showing Satan and us that God is in charge and wins. Want something special that only God can give? Follow Jesus.

(6) God, creator of heavens and earth, is too big to see; but Jesus shows us exactly who God is; Jesus is “the express image [=perfect photograph] of his [God’s] person.” Want to know God? Follow Jesus. He shows us God, especially God’s love.

(7) Jesus isn’t just good for people or even churches, he’s good for countries. Most countries of the world that pay at least some attention to Jesus are better countries than most that don’t. No country is as Christian as it should be, but compare the USA with Muslim Arabia, Hindu India, and atheistic North Korea. We’re richer, We’ve been voting as long as we’ve been a country. We try not to kill people unless they’ve been convicted of a serious crime. You can try most anything you want here. You’re even free to leave. Want a better country? Follow Jesus.

(7a) [Skip this paragraph if you wish.] Pay attention to Jesus for this complicated, philosophical set of reasons from Cornelius Van Til: God as followers of Jesus know Him is “triune,” “one God in three Persons”–Father and Son (=Jesus) and Holy Ghost. How can we, you and I, talk with each other? Because God is three persons, and people talk; if there were no God, rocks don’t talk. If God were simply one, all alone, one doesn’t talk, If there were a crowd of gods, well, the crowd at the mall doesn’t really talk to each other. And if God were far away he’d do us no good, but he’s here in Jesus (and in the Holy Ghost). So whoever talks is “presupposing” the triune God present in Jesus, even if he’s cursing God, Jesus, and people, like a little child who has to be on a man’s lap whether to slap his face or to hug Daddy.]

(8) Jesus loves us; besides what I’ve mentioned above, he “died for our sins”–when he died, some bad stuff died too. What most people die, they just die, but Jesus “died for us.” Want the deepest, truest love possible? Follow Jesus.

(9) God did something special for Jesus to be born: his mother Mary was a virgin until after he was born–his conception was a miracle, a special work of God, Joseph married his fiancée Mary even though she was pregnant with Jesus, and they waited until after Jesus was born to start making love. So Mary looked guilty, Joseph looked silly, and waiting was no easier for them than for us; but God honors marriage, including patience and difficulties; he also honors the occasional person he assigns to be single, without sexual activity. Want sex in its place? Follow Jesus.

(10) There’s a limit to what Americans can do. Pastor Joe Novenson, who serves a church full of rich people, says people come to him saying, I’ve bought everything and slept with everybody and it’s not enough; what can I do? (Ever suspect that Donald Trump and Bill Clinton are kind of bored?–though I can understand wanting to be bored the way they are.) Thanking, praising, and serving the Creator of heavens and earth–following Jesus–is plenty to do. There’s more to give than to get. Want something big enough for you, and yet within everyone’s reach? Follow Jesus.

And follow him how? (1) If you haven’t already been baptized, get baptized, which is the official ceremony adopting you into God’s family, under the fatherhood of God the Father and the brotherhood of Jesus Christ (God the Son), and the fellowship of God the Holy Ghost. Some baptized people show by their lives that they are children of the devil, and some people who are really part of God’s family haven’t taken care of the baptismal paperwork yet, but baptism makes it official that you’re committed to following Jesus. Follow Jesus in baptism. And

(2) Pray; ask God for stuff. As when we ask people for things, we may not get from God everything we ask, but as with people we’re close to, we can ask. Follow Jesus in praying.

(3) The Bible is God’s book. Read it and keep reading it. (It started getting livelier to me about the 4th or 5th time I got through.) Jesus showed nothing but respect for the parts of the Bible he had on earth, and he knew his Bible. Read the Bible and do what God in it wants us to do. (SOME of God’s orders were for specific people other than us today; we can still learn from those pat1s, but we need not, for example, kill animals to offer them to God, as He used to have his people do.) Follow Jesus in Bible reading.

(4) Reject, confess, and get rid of sins, getting forgiveness through Jesus who “died for our sins,” and put on righteousness, trusting Jesus and doing good, and making things better for people you’ve hurt. [A few of the most popular sins in the US these days include: not thanking God for his generosity and patience; fornication (=every kind of sex outside of holy matrimony), and divorce and abortion and indulging in sexual daydreams; ignoring God’s instructions, even in church (for example, the Bible says five times “Greet one another with a holy kiss” or something close to that, but most churches I’ve seen follow the sin of kisslessness) … and of course stealing and fraud and other crimes.] Repent; change and follow Jesus.

(5) Celebrate the “Lord’s supper” and other church stuff. If you think church sucks, God may agree with you most of the Bible is God telling his own people what’s wrong with them and how to shape up~-but God never gave up on groups of his people, and neither can we, however bad church might be. Follow Jesus into hanging out with his friends one way or another. [I go to two churches most every week, and sometimes somewhere else too.] Church is to help us connect with God. We have to work at this. Ask questions; try to make a church help you; if it can’t, look around for one that does. (Or two or three.) Follow Jesus into groups of his people.

(6) Build one another up in love. God’s people that you hang out with must help one another. This can mean some words of encouragement; it can mean sharing meals; it can mean house repairs; it can mean giving money to teachers and sharers of Jesus; it can mean visiting people ….. Help one another follow Jesus in whatever ways fit the situation.

(7) When you die, go to Heaven where Jesus is until the Resurrection of all dead people on the Judgment Day.

Heaven is good, but the “resurrection of life” is even better. (The “resurrection of damnation” is to be avoided; follow Jesus.) Jesus takes care of all that. Follow him up, and follow him back down when he comes back for Judgment Day.

Here are a few churches with good features in Chattanooga (Tennessee USA) where I, Andrew Lohr who wrote this, live. Small towns and non~US areas may offer fewer choices, and Chattanooga offers lots more choices, good and bad, than this, but these are some I’ve seen. (Info may not be up to date.) Jesus crossed and broke barriers; denominational labels can’t keep him in or out of where his people are (though some “churches” are fake churches, not following Jesus.)

Divine Mercy of Jesus Charismatic Catholic Church (incidentally not Roman), 629-0636. Infant communion every week. Flexibly liturgical ways of doing things. Variety of music. Meets in house. Denominational website,

. www.holyccc.org. I, Andrew Lohr, am going here as of March A.D. 2005.

New City Fellowship (PCA), 629-1421, newcityfellowship.com; good preaching, good mix of different kinds of music, good mix of black/white/Hispanic people, for Jesus is the only Lord and Savior for all kinds. Care for poor people. Small groups for fellowship. I Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church (PC A), 821-4528, www.lmpc.org. Joe Novenson does the best preaching in Chattanooga. Also North Shore Fellowship, 266-3757. IVineyard,499-1582, vineyardchattanooga.com, good preaching, modern music, small groups. “Vineyard [denomination] seems to be everybody’s second choice”–Gene Edwards. I St Stephen Catholic Church, 892-1261. MAYbe the liveliest Roman Catholic church in town. I Reformed Presbyterian Church PCA, 820-9770. Bible teaching, church discipline, sing Psalms, weekly communion, songs prayed. I Olivet Baptist Church, 266-0032. Good African-American preaching and various ministries. I Central Baptist Church of Hixson, 877-0767; Highland Park Baptist Church, 493-4111; Woodland Park Baptist Church, 899-9185. Big baptist churches, lots of programs. Central is charismatic (pentecostal). I East Brainerd Church of Christ, 892-1389. Communion every week. Congregation sings well with no instruments. I Hamilton Community 7th-Day Adventist Church, 485-1011. Maybe the liveliest SDA church in town. I St Michael’s Charismatic Episcopal Church, 855-0767. St Tikhon’s Orthodox Mission, 596-7117, which gives communion to its baptized children. Liturgical (praying) churches loaded with real Christians (not just liturgical habits). I Chattanooga Bible Chapel, 629-0636 (‘Plymouth Brethren.’) Communion every week. Men pa11icipate actively (I Cor 14); women cover their heads (1 Cor 11).

And here are some websites: www.freebooks.com–read “Unconditional Surrender,” a good practical intra to what the Bible teaches. (“Paradise Restored,” “The Beast of Revelation,” and “That You May Prosper” are also good books, but skip the prefaces until after you’ve read the books.) www.openchurch.com (read “The Open Church”), www.seedsowers.com (“The Inward Journey” is another good book for new followers of Jesus).www.geneedwards.com. www.ptmin.org, www.simplechurch.com –making churches work more like Jesus with His 12 apostles. Www.hornes.org/biblicalhorizons and /theologia and I/forums, more advanced theology. All are welcome to copy, sell, broadcast, post, print, and use this tract freely.

c10. JESUS CHRIST IS LIKE A THIGH BONE —

–a big, heavy bone with a knob on both ends. And he’s the only such bone; I’ll explain that shortly (D.V.)
–The two ends are God and man. Take man first: Jesus is a human being as you and I are, flesh and bone and blood and hair. And he’s the human being who shows us exactly who God is. Can God handle rough stuff? Jesus was crucified: killed in a horrible way (for a crime of which he was innocent). Does God love us? Jesus “died for our sins”–he didn’t just die as we all die, he died to turn his enemies into his friends. (How? Christians have several ideas, and more than one idea may be at least partly true.) Does God teach us? Jesus said things we’re trying to learn to do 2000 years later. Does God ever use His power? Jesus rose up alive from the dead “on the 3rd day,” emptying his grave, meeting His friends; and before he died, he had healed sick people, showing God’s love and power.
–God had spent 4000 years teaching His people that He is God and there’s a Line with God above and everything else–stars and planets, people, fantasies–below. Then Jesus, and only Jesus, living on earth wandered back and forth across this Line with the greatest of ease. Jesus is a man, doing what men do (and doing it right), but He does what only God can do; so He is God in human flesh. The bone with a knob on both ends–God end, man end–and a solid connection in between. One bone, one Lord Jesus Christ.
–(Of course we need to be sure Jesus really did this. Three books each different that look at some of the proofs are THE CHALLENGE OF JESUS by N. T. Wright, EVIDENCE THAT DEMANDS A VERDICT by Josh McDowell, and MERE CHRISTIANITY by C. S. Lewis.)
–Look at what Jesus does for us: God, creator of galaxies and people, feels our feelings in His own experience! God, 100% righteous, is not just up in Heaven but lived a human life here on earth: wicked as earth is, a man on earth did exACTly what God wants done! The Teacher! The Example! The Sufferer! The Servant! The Doer of holy love! The solid connection with God (the ‘two-ended bone’)! More complicated: the Atonement! The Lord of glory! The Sender of the Holy Ghost! The Resurrection! The Lawyer and Judge!
–And Jesus is the only such ‘bone.’ Even sinners admit this in a way–when they cuss by a name, they cuss by the name of Jesus Christ, not Mohammed or Marx or Buddha or Gandhi, none of whom had Jesus’s God end to their bone; none of whom did miracles of healing (some the reverse); none of whom died to show love (they just died, even Gandhi); all of whom are still dead, unlike Jesus; none of whom were conceived while their mothers were virgins. So to deal with death and great pain (and also to handle prosperity), we need Jesus. Now make sure you got Him, even though it’ll cost you–look what it cost Him to live for God! He’s the only true ‘Bone,’ the One we have to have.
–Trust Jesus enough to live for Him. Sins? Repent (do right instead) and trust Jesus death for our sins. Ask Him and your victims to forgive you; forgive those who’ve hurt you. Death (we all die): trust His rising up alive from the grave (so His grave is now empty, and ours will be when He comes back). Trust His prayers for us now. Trust His return, when He’ll raise us from our graves. Connect with Jesus by trusting Him, connect by praying (talking to Him anytime anywhere), connect by “baptism,” connect by becoming part of a Christian group or groups of people (trust Jesus Himself, not just groups of His people; but God does always group His people)–you yourself have to connect with Jesus (and have to WORK at this), but do make other followers of Jesus help you. As God grows you, help others follow Jesus.
–I, Andrew Lohr who wrote this, serve in “Divine Mercy of Jesus Charismatic Catholic Church,” a “liturgical” (praying, communion-every-week: “L/CEW”) group with SOME variety of music and “open” prayer and song, that baptizes and gives communion to little children. Www.holyccc.org; 3918 Rosalind Drive, Chattanooga TN; join us around 10am Sunday or 6pm Wednesday.
–Christians are to love one another, and here are some other groups with good points around Chattanooga. (Bad churches and fake churches do exist; make sure you connect with Jesus Christ, with both ends of the bone. / Small towns and non-US places may offer fewer options. / Some of this info may be outdated.) Lookout Mtn Pres, Joe best preaching, 706-821-4528, www.lmpc.org. (Desperate rich men ask Joe: I’ve bought everything and slept with everybody and haven’t found what I need; what can I do?) / Vineyard (denomination “everybody’s 2nd choice”–Gene Edwards: all new music, CEW, good preaching, “kinship groups” for fellowship, 423-704-2188, www.vcfcha.org. / New City Fellowship: fine music, good preaching, mix of black/white/Hispanic people–one Bone for all kinds–care for the poor, small groups: www.newcityfellowship.com, 629-1421. / Olivet Baptist, 266-0032, good African-American preaching and various ministries. / Highland Park Baptist 493-4111, Woodland Park Baptist 899-9185, Abba’s House 877-6462, big Baptist churches, lots of programs; Abba’s is charismatic (pentecostal). / Reformed Presbyterian Church 706-820-9770, Bible teaching, Church discipline, Psalms sung, CEW. / East Brainerd Church of Christ 892-1389, excellent singing, CEW. / Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, 875-8217. Lookout Valley Presbyterian, 821-3419. / St Stephen [Roman] Catholic 892-1261, MAYbe the liveliest roman Catholic church in town. (Or maybe St.s Peter and Paul, 266-1618.) LCEW. / St Tikhon’s Orthodox Mission 266-2397–the Eastern Orthodox also give communion to their little children. LCEW. / St Michael’s Charismatic Episcopal Church 855-0767. LCEW. / New Manna Baptist in Oglethorpe, 706-866-3582, where my parents go; they’ve also helped teach English as 2nd language at Concord Baptist, 892-9313. / Chattanooga Bible Chapel (“Plymouth Brethren”): men participate actively (I Corinthians 14:26, ladies cover their heads (I Corin. 11); CEW. / Barry Kidwell at Forest Ave. United Methodist, Charlie Newton at In His Hands Ministries…
–And here are some useful websites: www.freebooks.com–read UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER, a good practical introduction to what the Bible teaches. Www.seedsowers.com, read THE INWARD JOURNEY, also a practical introduction to Christian living, with a very different focus (read both). Www.openchurch.com, www.ptmin.org, www.simplechurch.com, www.geneedwards.com, www.megashift.org–churches should work more like Jesus with His 12 apostles. Www.hornes.org/theologia, www.biblicalhorizons.com, more advanced theology. www.paedocommunion.com, infant communion.
–Every Christian is welcome to use this, and whoever gives you this is welcome to recommend their own or favorite church or a good one for you, or one near you outside Chattanooga, and to tell you more good news about our Lord Jesus Christ, the Resurrection and the Life:

c11. If you owned the “Mona Lisa”

If you owned the “Mona Lisa,” the famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci, I imagine you’d keep it in a frame and under glass, not loan it to some friend who wanted a piece of canvas. You’re worth more than a painting, so why give yourself to a friend who wants sex, who wants the fun that needs your body or any body like yours? Take care of yourself; ‘you deserve care, as the Mona Lisa deserves care; keep lovemaking inside the ‘frame’ of holy marriage where lovemaking is good.

Not that sex outside marriage is the worst of sins, there’s at least one worse; but it’s a very popular sin and can be a lot of fun (sometimes; Paris Hilton thinks she can do without sex for a year), and half the advertisements in America use the fun of sex to sell what the ad is trying to sell.

Why’s sex outside marriage wrong at all? Count down. (3) Because it’s risky. Virgins who marry each other and make love only to each other hardly ever give each other AIDS, syphilis, gonorrhea, or herpes, but when you have sex you risk getting whatever your partner’s previous partners got. Take care of yourself (and of others). (2) Because it’s emotionally risky. On the downside, marriage provides a framework within which to work out problems, and problems do happen. On the upside, marriage aims at fulfillment not just as a crotch but as a whole person, talking with and caring for others; not Just as an itch-scratcher but (often) as a parent, co-source of a new life. (1) Because God says so: “Run away from fornication” (Bible, I Corinthians 6:18).

And why does God say so? God invented sex; He created people as a marrying, lovemaking, babymaking species (Genesis 1:26-28, 2:18-25). God knows and says sex can be fun (Song of Solomon). God offers to forgive sins including sexual sins when people “repent” –stop sinning, and instead…(Proverbs 28:13, I Corinth. 6:9-11). God tells married people to make love to each other (Genesis 1:28, 2:24, Proverbs 5:18-19, I Corinth. 7:2-5, Hebrews 13:4).

Keep sex inside marriage because, count down: (3) “God is love” (I John 4:8); God the Holy Trinity–Father, Son, and Holy Ghost–is a perfect union of love, not the casual sex of Greek and Islamic fairy tales. Solid love is like God Himself. (2) God is faithful–He keeps His promises–Jesus Christ suffered and died a horrible death for our sins and rose up alive from the dead. Faithful love treats one’s spouse as God treats us, caring for us. Someone who would die for your good is someone who loves you; someone who defeats death is someone who can take care of you. Jesus is the one. (1) God knows everything and is wise; He won’t let you (or your partner/s) get away with sins forever, He loves it when people stop sinning and turn to Jesus, and He knows what’s safer and what’s riskier (see above). [And count UP, 1 to 2 to 3: God deals with our world–Jesus makes this obvious–Jesus expresses what is on His heart. Think about it. Ask Christians until they make it clear to you.]

Connect with Jesus; this includes but is not limited to keeping sex inside marriage. Connect with Jesus’s death for our sins, with His rising up alive from the grave (so His grave is now empty), with His prayers for us now, with His return (when He’ll raise us from our graves … ) Connect by trusting Him, connect by baptism, connect by becoming part of a Christian group (or groups) of people [God never gives up on “church,” so neither can His people], connect by ‘eating the body of Jesus .. ‘ Again, ask Christians; learn this and more.

I, Andrew Lohr who wrote this, am in “Divine Mercy of Jesus Charismatic Catholic Church,” a “liturgical ” (praying, communion·-every-week: L/CEW) church with some variety of music and “open” prayer and song, that baptizes and gives communion to little children. Www.holyccc.org; 3918 Rosalind Drive; join us around 10:30am Sunday or 6pm Wednesday.

Christians are to love one another, so here are some other fairly good churches in Chattanooga. (Bad churches and fake churches do exist; make sure you connect with Jesus Christ. And some of this info may be outdated.) Lookout Mtn Pres: Joe Novenson does the best preaching in Chattanooga, 821-4528, lmpc.org. (Desperate rich men ask Joe: I’ve bought everything and slept with everybody and haven’t found what 1 need; what can I do?) / Vineyard has all modern music, CEW, good preaching, “kinship groups for ‘ fellowship, 704-2188, vcfcha.org. “Vineyard [denomination] is everybody’s second choice” (Gene Edwards). / New City Fellowship has a mix of music, good preaching, a mix of black/white/Hispanic people–Jesus saves all kinds–care for the poor, small groups~ 629-1421, newcityfellowship.com.. / Olivet Baptist, 266-0032, good African-American preaching and various ministries. / Highland Park Baptist 493-4111, Woodland Park Baptist 899-9185, Abba’s House (=Central Baptist of Hixson) 977-6462, big Baptist churches with lots of programs; Abba’s is charismatic (pentecostal). Reformed Presbyterian Church 706-820-9770, Bible teaching, Church discipline, Psalms sung, CEW; East Brainerd Church of Christ 892-1389, good singing, CEW; St Stephen [Roman] Catholic 892-1261, MAYbe the liveliest Roman Catholic Church in town .. (Or maybe St.s Peter and Paul, 266-1618). / St Tikhon’s Orthodox Mission 266-2397–the Eastern Orthodox also give communion to their little children.. / St Michael’s Charismatic Episcopal Church, 855-0767 / New Manna Baptist in Fort Oglethorpe, 706-866-3582, where my parents go. / Chattanooga Bible Chapel (“Plymouth Brethren”), 629-0636; Men participate actively (I Corinthians 14:26); ladies cover their heads (I Corin. 11); CEW…

And here are some useful websites: www.freebooks.com –read “Unconditional Surrender,” a good practical introduction to what the Bible teaches. Www.seedsowers.com,, read “The Inward Journey,“ also a practical introduction to Christian living with a very different focus (read both.) Www.openchurch.com, www.ptmin.org,
www.simplechurch.com, www.geneedwards.com –churches should work more like Jesus with His 12 apostles.. Www.hornes.org/biblicalhorizons, more advanced theology. Www.paedocommunion.com , infant communion.
Every Christian is welcome to use this tract, and whoever gives you this tract is welcome to recommend their own or favorite church or a good one for you, or one near you outside Chattanooga:

c12. GET OUT OF HELL FREE?

If you drive a car in the USA, you drive on the right with traffic, not on the left into a head-on collision. If you get sick, you treat a cut with a bandage, a cold with Nyquil [Tm], and for a serious illness go to a doctor. If your car has a ‘serious illness,’ you take it to a mechanic. You do what you need to. If you need help, you get the help you need. If you don’t get it, you’re in trouble.

Same thing for Heaven and Hell: to avoid Hell and enter Heaven, you must do certain things and get certain help. Americans joke about Heaven and Hell, but where there’s smoke there’s fire; real places underlie the jokes, just as without real people there would be no ‘identity theft’ and without real bank accounts there would be no bounced checks.

Some car mechanics are crooks, and some doctors get sued for their mistakes. Who is the real doctor against the damnation of Hell, and what does he prescribe? Let me tell you why Jesus is the only such doctor (most Americans might agree), and then tell you (some of) what he prescribes (do we REALLY take his pill? Do you, do I?)

Jesus is the only doctor with a go-to-Heaven pill because only he died for our sins–only he offers true mercy and forgiveness–and only he, after he died, rose up alive from the dead, emptying his grave and showing us God at work in his mercy. Mohammed the Muslim died and stayed dead–no mercy and no power. Karl Marx and Ayn Rand, atheists, died and stayed dead. Gandhi the Hindu and Buddha the Buddhist died and stayed dead. Even Rockefeller with all his money died and stayed dead, and so does average Joe Smith. Same for minor cultists like Young, Eddy, Russell, Jones and Korresh. But Jesus Christ, killed by the ‘only superpower’ about 2000 years ago, rose up alive from the dead by God’s power, 50 Jesus’s prescription for Heaven is the one we must follow.

He prescribes Bible, Church, prayer, and that the place for sex is only inside holy marriage. But such are outward things. We need such to deal with symptoms, but they don’t really cure sin’s disease, so to speak.

The heart of the Heaven pill is Jesus Christ’s own work: “Christ died for our sins”–he took whatever punishment from God Christians deserve–”and…rose again the third day” (I Corinthians 15:3-4); God completely approves of Jesus, so he has power over death and Hell. “Christ the first fruits, then we which are Christ’s at his coming (I Corinthians 15:23). His work, what he does, comes from who he is: “In him lives all the fulness of the Godhead bodily” (Colossians 2:9)–in short,, Jesus is God in human flesh. So in Him we have a solid and close connection with God Himself, and God knows by experience what we humans go through. Only Jesus Christ offers this.

Are you Christ’s; does He own you? “The hour is coming when all that are in the graves shall hear His voice and shall come out; they that have done good unto the resurrection of life and they that have done evil unto the resurrection of damnation,” moving from Hell into the Lake of Fire, worse than Hell. Every grave will be as empty as the grave of Jesus is now empty; will you go up or down?

To go up, you must swallow the Heaven pill–you must really believe that ‘”Jesus is the Boss, and…God raised Him from the dead” (Romans 10:9). (If you really believe this, you wi1l live accordingly, obeying the Boss’s orders (John 14:15).) Jesus had, and has, no more time for religious hypocrites than you do. He forgives sins IF we repent, doing right instead of wrong (Isaiah 1:16-17).

The standard way to officially join God’s people is by “baptism,” followed by fellowship (eating) with God’s people; the “Lord’s Supper” is, so to speak, the Heaven pill in a physical form, one of Jesus’s orders we must obey. There are churches with different strong and weak points, but God never gives up on His group of people, so His people must also keep on sticking together one way or another”” (There are fake churches, like bad checks; sincerity can go to Hell, as suicide bombers and other murderers show.)

I, Andrew Lohr who wrote this, am in “Divine mercy of Jesus Charismatic Catholic Church,” a “1iturgical” (L; =praying, communion-every-week) church with some variety of music that baptizes and gives communion to little children. 529-0536; www.holyccc.org; 3918 Rosalind Drive; join us around 10~30am Sunday or 6pm Wednesday.

Christians are to love one another, so here are some other fairly good churches in Chattanooga. (Some info might be outdated.) Lookout Mtn Pres: Joe Novenson does the best preaching in Chattanooga, 821-4528, www.lmpc.org. Vineyard has all modern music, communion every week (CEW), good preaching, “kinship groups” for fellowship, 704-2l88, www.vcfcha.org. New City Fellowship has a mix of music, good preaching, a mix of black/white/Hispanic people–Jesus saves all kinds–care for the poor, small groups: 629-1421, newcityfellowship.com. Olivet Baptist, 265-0032, good African-American preaching and various ministries. Highland Park Baptist 493-4111, Woodland Park Baptist 899-9185, Abba’s House (=Central Baptist of Hixson) 877-6462, big Baptist churches with lots of programs; Abba’s is charismatic (pentecostal). Reformed Presbyterian Church 706-820-9770, Bible teaching, Church discipline, Psalms sung, CEW. East Brainerd Church of Christ 892-1389, good singing. CEW. St Stephen [Roman] Catholic 892-1261, MAYbe the liveliest Roman Catholic Church in town. (Or maybe St.s Peter and Paul, 265-1618). St Tikhon’s Orthodox Mission 266-2397–the Eastern Orthodox also give communion to their little children. St Michael’s Charismatic Episcopal Church, 855–0767. Chattanooga Bible Chapel (“Plymouth Brethren”): men participate actively (I Corinthians 14:26); ladies cover their heads (I Corin. 11). (CEW the previous 5.) New Manna Baptist in Ft Oglethorpe, 706-855-3582, where my parents go.

And here are some useful websites: www.freebooks.com–read “Unconditional Surrender,” a good practical introduction to what the Bible teaches. Www.seedsowers.com, read “The Inward Journey,” also a practical introduction to Christian 1iving with a very different focus (read both.) www.openchurch.com. www.ptmin.org, www.simplechurch.com, www.geneedwards.com –churches should work more like Jesus with His 12 apostles. Www.hornes.org/biblicalhorizons, more advanced theology. Www.paedocommunion.com, infant communion. Www.megashift.org.

c13. Advice from the devil (I’ve sent some of these out with the title “Hell’s little instruction book”)

-When things go well, do not thank God.
-When things go badly, do not ask God for help.
-Even though everyone dies sooner or later, do not get ready to die.
-Even though Jesus Christ rose up alive out of the dead (unlike Marx, Mohammed, Buddha, Gandhi, and Rockefeller), do not pay special attention to Jesus Christ.
-Even if you murdered your little unborn baby, do not repent at Saul of Tarsus and King Manasseh repented and God in Christ Jesus forgave them for slaughtering innocent people.
-Even though your marriage vows include “for better or for worse,” forget about the “for worse” part.
–Even though your marriage vows include “for richer or for poorer,” do not let him get away with “for poorer”–and, mister, do not take a job at McDonald’s when the bank won’t hire you for vice president.
-Even though your marriage vows have been treated the way Osama bin Ladem treated New York and Bush treated Saddam, do not forgive the other party even if you do want God in Christ Jesus to forgive you.
-Even if you’ve treated your marriage vows the way Osama treated the Center, do not repent of your sins; not not make or offer repairs, such as giving your house and car and bank account to your ex and moving into the Salvation Army shelter.
-Even though you don’t want anyone to steal anything of yours from you, steal what people have that you want, and do not earn money to buy good things and give to the poor. Make the world poorer by grabbing and causing trouble; do not make it richer by working productively so you can give a bit to the poor.
-Even if you say you want to go to Heaven where there are Jesus and music instead of to Hell where you are burned burned burned, do not pay attention to the things, people, rules, or King of Heaven.
–Above all, reject Jesus Christ the Son of God, Who, as Christians affirm, ‘died for our sins, rose from the dead, ascended to Heaven, and reigns at the Father’s right hand until His enemies fall under His feet. If you don’t understand that, learn! It’s in the Bible, and you need to know. Pray to God to show you, and ask us Christians–God’s people–and churches–groups of God’s people–to teach you how to do it. You may have to ask pretty hard, but Jesus is worth asking for and trusting in.
-‘Here are a few fairly good churches in Chattanooga. Join one (or more) where Jesus and His life are at work, and make ’em teach you how to follow Jesus (you may have to insist; and do check out, in the Bible, what they say.) Jesus crossed and broke barriers; denominations can’t keep Him in or out of where His people are. Some churches:
-‘Divine Mercy of Jesus Charismatic Catholic Church. Flexibly liturgical (L; formally praying) ways of doing things; communion every week (CEW), baptized infants included. Some variety of music. Meets in house. Where I (Andrew Lohr) am going as of March A.D. 2003/May A.D. 2007. Denominational website www.holyccc.org.
-‘Lookout Pres, New City, Vineyard, Abba’s House. Chattanooga Bible Chapel…see Andrew’s list at www.lohr84.com
‘Some websites: www.freebooks.com, www.seedsowers.com, www.megashift.org, http://www.paedocommunion.com…’

Q: The DEVIL would say THAT? A Well, he says “..as Christians affirm” and the rest of it is his account of what Christians would say. If I were more computer-fluent, I’d change the type (the font, the way the letters look) at that point (between “Christians affirm” and “died for our sins”), finishing the tract in lettering that looks different.
Q Where’s the list of churches? A Make sure you include the one you yourself recommend. If you don’t like my whole list, you might mention that www.lohr84.com lists other churches Andrew Lohr sees good things in; if you do like my whole list, copy it from a tract here that includes it all. (And if you edit this tract, mention that you’ve edited it. I don’t expect to sue over copyright, but I might sue over libel if you put your own words in my mouth. So if you change something, identify yourself as one who changed something.

(Website note: these 13 tracts, from THE BEST BOOK to ADVICE FROM THE DEVIL, have been posted as of 14 June A.D. 2007).

14. Love and “Resurrection” overturn bad judgments

-What has “resurrection” to do with love?
-Both overturn verdicts; both say something else was WRONG, and replace wrong with RIGHT.
-What is love? It includes parents loving children, nice people taking care of their neighbors, and so on–not just sex (and not all forms of sex; obviously rape is not love, for example.)
-What is “resurrection”? Jesus Christ was dead, as dead as a squashed bug, but his “resurrection” gave him a LIVING body again instead of a dead one; a body, still able to eat and be touched. His body that had been killed (“crucified”) is no longer in the grave where it was buried, but is now alive–changed, improved, not dead but alive; his grave is empty.
-Love replaces “I don’t care” with “I care;” it replaces “I hate you” with “I love you;” it replaces “I use you” with “You and I can help each other” or “Let me do this for you.” (And love deals with the real you, with you as you really are, including bad things about us.)
-Jesus Christ shows perfect love in all these ways. Does God, big huge God who created heavens and earth, care about us? Yes; He became one of us, flesh and bone, here, a human being.
-Does God, always right all the time, and hating evil–Does God hate what Hitler did? Does God hate the worst thing anybody ever did to you? Does God hate the worst thing you ever did?–Yes; God, always right all the time, hates evil things people do–does God love us as we really are, love us and deal with the bad things we do? Yes; God came, Jesus came, to love people, even bad people, God’s enemies.
-Does God use us, or we Him? If you exist, thank God Who made you. (If you’re miserable, thank God Who made you able to complain. Do rocks gripe?) If you breathe, thank God. If you pray, thank God Who hears you. God does things for us; and we for Him. Jesus came to show us God in human flesh. The earth and sky show us how great their Creator is, but that might be too big a picture for us to love. Jesus Christ is the right picture. Of all the things God made, only humans are “in the image of God,” says the 1st page of God’s book, the Bible. (First chapter of “Genesis” in the Bible; it may be printed with other things in front.)
-What did Jesus come to do for us? To show us God, always right all the time, living a human life always right as he lives; and to show us that God Himself can deal with rough stuff, the rough stuff of human living; and to deal with us, to love us who are sometimes wrong, to replace wrong with right, sin and lies with truth, failures with love, in our living, until all his people are “Zealous” (very eager) to do “good works.”
-Resurrection replaces wrong with right. The resurrection of Jesus from corpse to alive shows this. The religious system of His day condemned Jesus, the political system (the “only superpower”) of His day) condemned Jesus, His friends ran off, and he was stripped naked,; beaten–whipped–to a pulp; nailed, spiked, to a cross to die; and speared to make sure he was dead. (He was.) Can God handle rough stuff? Yes. Why did He? You may not think you deserve what Jesus got, but just in case, God can handle it; bad as we may be, God can handle us. (And if you get what Jesus got and don’t deserve it, you’re not the only one.) “Christ died for our sins” may be hard to learn, but it’s worth learning–start with the picture, with what happened to Jesus Christ, and make the Bible and Christians and God explain it to you. And when Jesus rose up alive from the dead, what the religious and the political and the unreliable did to Jesus was REVERSED. God reversed their verdicts, and He showed what’ll happen to such verdicts when Jesus comes back and shows the “superpowers” Who it was made the ground under their feet and the stars over their heads; Who is King of kings, President of presidents, and Judge of judges.
-This has to do with us living now, not just with Heaven and Hell and not just with Jesus coming back. As we live today, are we lining up with what killed Jesus, or with his resurrection? Lining up with God’s kind of love–remember God is always right all the time–or with uncaring, and hating, and using–lining up with ME NOW or with God? Resurrection replaces wrong with right. Maybe Hitler, even at his worst, thought he was doing good, but who was right, Hitler or God? Your nasty neighbor may not be trying to spit in God’s face; he probably just isn’t letting God correct him, isn’t letting God make him take other people into consideration (love them) along with the great ME. Look at Jesus Christ voluntarily dying for other people, for BAD people, for people who admit they (we) deserve punishment for the bad things we’ve done! That’s love. And look at “the rich young ruler” in the Bible–a good guy, successful, even wanting to be better than he was, but not willing to obey Jesus–that’s putting the great ME above God. That’s lining up with the killers of Jesus instead of with his resurrection. In the short run, this often feels better than obeying God’s orders. One of God’s less popular orders, at least in the US these days, is “Run away from all sex outside of holy marriage.” (“Real Sex” by Lauren F. Winner is a good book about this–a fun, real, sound, 21st-century book.) Another order often ignored in churches, though God repeated this five times, believe it or not, is “Greet one another with a holy kiss.” A basic order is: love God 100%–more, that is, than you love your TV set.
-But in the long run, you and I will die, and only Jesus has yet risen up alive from the dead. Atheists admit Marx and Rand are dead; Muslims admit Mohammed is dead; Hindus admit Gandhi and Buddha are dead; rich men admit Rockefeller is dead. Jesus is alive; his grave is now empty. So follow Jesus Christ, and hang out with (love) people who follow Him. Jesus’ resurrection guarantees love. Humans break promises. God doesn’t.
-The number one basic step, the foundation, in lining up with Jesus is to become a Christian, a real Christian, not just a user of the name. Calling myself “Ford” doesn’t make me a car; calling myself a “Christian” or us a “church” doesn’t make us one if we aren’t. There are fakes too, and some of the real ones have bad dents. (The book that most helped me check out whether I was a real Christian is OLD PATHS by J. C. Ryle.) I speak of the human side–late you can learn more about God’s side, and thank Him accordingly. Look at the people becoming Christians in the Bible (God’s book) in “Acts,” “chapter” 2, “verses” 37-42 (=Acts 2:37-42). They “repented:” they faced up to at least the main things they’d done wrong, the actions of the great ME pushing God aside and using people, and changed from wrong to right in a clear way. (Those who had killed Jesus repented of that: they publicly declared themselves followers of Jesus by “baptism”) They joined the church and learned what the church ahd to say. They hung out with other followers of Jesus (“church” really means “group,” not “building with a steeple.”) They talked to God, along with listening to Him and obeying His orders. They “broke bread”–ate together, including a special meal for God’s family (let church tell you about this, and do it.) Read the whole book of Acts; there are similar stories to learn from about Jesus and the people of Jesus. Important: they did this–and we do it–because we “believe” in Jesus, because we line up our lives with the fact of his resurrection and his being always right all the time, so that He can correct us–and even the best of us, basically lined up with God, have corrections to make; saint Paul, though he had visited Heaven and done miracles and written books of the Bible, wrote “I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold on me; brothers, I do not yet consider myself to have taken hold of it.” Take basic hold, and get the basic verdict of “not one of God’s people” overturned into “one of God’s family” in Jesus’ name. Then grow from there, living more and more of God’s holy love.
-Now find some of God’s family, some brothers and sisters, to hang out with. There’s only one God, only one Jesus who died for our sins and rose up alive from the dead, so there’s really only one people of God, however horribly divided. Find a good church, or several. I myself, Andrew Lohr who wrote this tract, worship at “Saint Paul’s Cathedral” (in an office suite); www.myspace.com/stpaulcathedral; 423-827-6604; denominational website, www.holyccc.org. The #2 church for me you can find at www.onechurchonevoice.com. And I visit other groups.
-Here are some other fairly good churches in Chattanooga (Tn, USA) where I live. Smaller towns and non-US places may offer fewer choices. (This info may not be up to date. I’ve worshipped at all but one of these and call myself a “friendly alumnus” of a couple of them.)
-Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church (“PCA”), 821-4528, www.lmpc.org. Joe Novenson does the best preaching in town (and his life backs up his words, best I know.) / Vineyard, 704-2188, www.vcfchattanooga.org. All new music, communion every week (= CEW), “kinship groups” for fellowship, good preaching. / New City Fellowship PCA, 629-1421, www.newcityfellowship.com, good mix of different kinds of music; also a mix of black and white and Hispanic people, for Jesus is the only Lord and Savior for all kinds. Preaching good. Infants baptized. Care for poor people. Small groups. Discipleship plan. / Reformed Presbyterian Church PCA, 706-820-9770; Bible teaching, church discipline, sing Psalms, CEW, songs prayed. / Olivet Baptist Church, 423-266-0032. Good African-American preaching and various ministries. / “Abba’s House,” 877-0767; Highland Park Baptist Church, 493-4111; Woodland Park Baptist Church 899-9185. Big Baptist churches, lots of programs. Abba’s is charismatic (Pentecostal). / St Stephen Roman Catholic Church, maybe the liveliest RC church in town, 892-1261. (Or maybe St.s Peter & Paul, 266-1618.) Both CEW. / Hamilton Community SDA, 485-1011, mayby the liveliest SDA. / East Brainerd Church of Christ, CEW,, www.eastbrainerdchurch.org, 892-1389, congregation singing without instruments sounds like a choir. / St Michael’s Charismatic Episcopal, 855-0767. St Tikhon’s Orthodox mission, 596-7117, which baptizes and gives communion to ITS children. Liturgical (praying, CEW) churches with real Christians (not just liturgical habits). / Chattanooga Bible Chapel, meets at Nissi Travels, try 867-5240 or 867-2757? Men participate actively (I Cor 14:26); women cover their heads (I Cor 11); CEW.
Some other tracts along this line at www.lohr84.com (or just above): “How to look 30% prettier;” “Jesus against the flag?” “The Zone of love in sex, politics, money, and religion;” “Advice from thd devil;” “How to help your dead friend”…use freely. (Jesus isn’t power-hungry the way Marx and Mohammed were, but I think He does have political advice along somewhat libertarian lines when the the politicians humble themselves to listen to Him. And I think most people comparing Atheistic North Korea and Muslim Saudi Arabie with the USA will have to admit Christian influence can have some good effect on how a country is run.)
And some websites: www.freebooks.com–read UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER, a good practical introduction to what the Bible teaches. (PARADISE RESTORED, THE BEAST OF REVELATION, AND THAT YOU MAY PROSPER are also good books–read the books BEFORE reading Gary North’s prefaces.) www.openchurch.com (read THE OPEN CHURCH on organizing churches and MEGASHIFT on God’s power at work today), www.seedsowers.com (THE INWARD JOURNEY is another good book for new followers of Jesus Christ, VERY different from UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER), www.geneedwards.com, www.ptmin.org, www.simplechurch.com–making churches work more like Jesus with His 12 apostles. www.biblicalhorizons.com, www.paedocommunion.com, www.hornes.org/theologia, more advanced theology.
And some more good books. (Read the Bible and keep at it; it felt livelier to me about my 3rd time through, and feels livelier now 20+ years later. Otherwise, don’t let Andrew the bookworm overload you with homework.) MERE CHRISTIANITY by C. S. Lewis, THE CHALLENGE OF JESUS by N. T. Wright (you might skip chapter 1 on studying Jesus and go straight into the rest on Jesus himself), and EVIDENCE THAT DEMANDS A VERDICT by Josh McDowell. These quite different books all conclude that only the story of Jesus Christ is the true story for us to live by. Join the resurrection club, the “Church,” the followers of Jesus Christ–join Him!