Newsletter 63, December, 2001


“Rev.” Twistruth | Ten Daily Questions | Herbs for Man’s Service | Black Hebrew Israelites: Racists of a Different Color | The Cold Within | Emergency Numbers | Hell: Where Is It? What Is It? | Servile Work Versus No Work | Islam and You



“Rev.” Twistruth and His Disciples


My friend, Daniel Botkin, is a talented artist, cartoonist, Messianic pastor, and magazine editor.  His “Reverend Twistruth” and other cartoons, a regular feature of his Gates of Eden magazine (PO Box 2257, East Peoria, IL 61611-0257), teach Bible Truth through humor.  Although not in our Church of God tradition, Botkin follows the zany practice of Mad magazine, and Basil Wolverton.  “Rev.” Twistruth is a typical Protestant minister who attacks God’s Law (is anti-Torah).  Botkin’s portrayal of Twistruth’s antics and absurdities helps us understand the shameful, yet hilarious, tendency of carnal human beings to rebel against the Almighty.  Comics have a wide appeal, and I have been urging Daniel for some time to publish his cartoons in a book.

We are thrilled to promote Reverend Twistruth, an 80-page book of cartoons, by Daniel Botkin, available for a suggested donation of $10, from Giving & Sharing, PO Box 100, Neck City, MO 64849.  Here is an example of one cartoon:

Order the 80-page book, Reverend Twistruth, for $10, from Giving & Sharing.



Sharing Library


Write to our Sharing Library, John D. Crissinger, PO Box 581, Granville, OH 43023 for a catalog of materials available for free loan.


Ten Daily Questions


1.   Did I awake spiritual, in happy prayerful attitude, and was I watchful to keep my mind from wandering this morning?

2.   Have I this day kept my mind clean, my thoughts and contemplations on “the things above,” in continuous happy, positive, prayerful attitude?

3.   Have I, as a “babe in Christ,” partaken three times today of spiritual food, by submissive Bible study and earnest prayer ALONE with God?  Have I grown closer to God?  Have I GROWN today in grace and knowledge?

4.   Have I walked by FAITH, asking God for wisdom and guidance in all things, committing every little problem to Him, trusting Him with it?

5.   Have I exercised self-discipline, denying impulse, doing what God’s Word shows I ought to do instead of what I WANTED to do?

6.   Was my speech and conversation today kind, cheerful, soft?

7.   Have I exercised patience today?  Have I been charitable toward others, showing tolerance and love, or resentment, jealously, anger?

8.   Have I, while putting spiritual interests FIRST, been diligent in performing regular material duties today, doing my VERY BEST?

9.   Have I made the most of my time, or been weakened by unwatchfulness?

10.What have I done for God’s work and for others?  Have I spent anything today to please self that might have been saved for God’s cause?

“Wherefore, let a man EXAMINE himself.” — by Herbert W. Armstrong, from the February 14, 1941, issue of Our Co-Workers’ Bulletin.


Herbs for Man’s Service


According to the Bible, herbs are not for health freaks.  “He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth,” Psalm 104:14.  “And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat,” Genesis 1:29.

Famous people have likewise touted the use of herbs.  “When correctly used, herbs promote the elimination of waste matter and poisons from the system by simple, natural means. They support nature in its fight against disease. . . . The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease,” Thomas A. Edison.  “Your food shall be your medicine, and your medicine shall be your food,” Hippocrates, “father” of medicine.

Jethro Kloss, author of the famous herb and natural remedy book, Back to Eden, said, “All the science of ancient Egypt when it was in its glory, and the science of ancient Babylon when it was at its height, the wisdom of Solomon when he lived in obedience to God, and the science and knowledge of this enlightened age as taught in the colleges and universities, does not equal the science in nature, and yet it is little understood by the most intelligent people.  God has provided a remedy for every disease that might afflict us . . . .  Our Creator foresaw the wretched condition of mankind in these days, and made provision in Nature for all the ills of man.  If our scientists and medical colleges would put forth the same effort in finding the virtues in the ‘true remedies’ as found in nature for the use of the human race, then poisonous drugs and chemicals would be eliminated and sickness would be rare indeed.  If they would make use of only these remedies that God has given for the ‘service of man’, it would bring an untold blessing to the world.”

Back to Eden, is available from Giving & Sharing, PO Box 100, Neck City, MO 64849 for suggested donation of $12 plus $2 shipping.  An excellent source of bulk herbs, in one-quarter, one-half, and pound quantities, is: Health Fitness USA, PO Box 1102, Lady Lake, FL 32158-1102, phone, 352-821-3312.  Write or call for a catalogue. 


Black Hebrew Israelites: Racists of a Different Color


Most are familiar with “White Supremacist” groups such as the Ku Klux Klan, Aryan Nations, etc.  On the other side of the spectrum, just as pernicious, are “Black Supremacist” groups.  According to the Apologetics Index, “Black Hebrew” supremacist groups include The Stream, Original African Hebrew Israelite Nation of Jerusalem, Yahweh Ben Yahweh, New York Yahweh, etc.  In many ways, Black Hebrew Israelite beliefs are a mirror image of the white supremacist Christian Identity religion, which holds that northern Europeans, not Jews, are God’s true chosen people.  Both see Jews as the spawn of Satan and accuse them of secretly controlling society by Machiavellian string-pulling. Tom Metzger, leader of the White Aryan Resistance, has said, “They’re the black counterpart of us.”

Black Hebrews believe the descendants of American slaves and the indigenous peoples of the Americas make up the twelve tribes of Israel. They expect to some day return to Israel (which they call “Northeast Africa”).  Adherents reject black Africans, who are usually seen as “traitors” who sold their black brethren into slavery.  The origins of the Black Hebrew Israelite religion may stretch back to before the Civil War.  “The racism, paranoia, and millenialism that they [Black Hebrew Israelites] have is very flammable,” says Suliman Nyang, an expert at Howard University. “They want to take on the entire system, the entire world that they think is evil and against them. The line between reality and imagination doesn’t exist for them,” (Southern Poverty Law Center, Intelligence Report, Fall 1997).

The FBI reports that segments of the BHI have been associated with extreme acts of violence in the recent past, and current intelligence from a variety of sources indicates that extreme factions of Black Hebrew Israelite groups are preparing for a race war.

Drawing upon the teachings of earlier BHI adherents, such groups hold that blacks represent God’s true “chosen people,” while condemning whites as incarnate manifestations of evil. As God’s “authentic” Jews, BHI adherents believe that main­stream Jews are actually imposters.  Such beliefs bear a striking resemblance to the Christian Identity theology practiced by many white supremacists.  Like their Christian Identity counterparts, militant BHI followers tend to see themselves as divinely endowed by God with superior status. As a result, some followers of this belief system hold that violence, including murder, is justifiable in the eyes of God, provided that it helps to rid the world of evil. As seen in previous convictions of BHI followers, adherents of this philosophy have a proven history of violence, and several indications point toward a continuation of this trend. Some BHI members practice paramilitary operations and wear web belts and shoulder holsters. Some adherents have extensive criminal records for a variety of violations, including weapons charges, assault, drug trafficking, and fraud.

“Black Supremacist” groups are just as wrong as “White Supremacist” groups.  May the Messiah return to establish His Kingdom on this earth, so that all races will live in peace, mutual respect, and harmony.


The Cold Within


Six humans trapped in happenstance

In dark and bitter cold,

Each one possessed a stick of wood,

Or so the story’s told.


Their dying fire in need of logs

The first woman held hers back,

For of the faces around the fire,

She noticed one was black.


The next man looking across the way

Saw not one of his church,

And couldn’t bring himself to give

The fire his stick of birch.


The third one sat in tattered clothes

He gave his coat a hitch,

Why should his log be put to use,

To warm the idle rich?

The rich man just sat back and thought

Of the wealth he had in store,

And how to keep what he had earned,

From the lazy, shiftless poor.


The black man’s face bespoke revenge

As the fire passed from sight,

For all he saw in his stick of wood

Was a chance to spite the white.


The last man of this forlorn group

Did naught except for gain,

Giving only to those who gave,

Was how he played the game.


The logs held tight in death’s still hands

Was proof of human sin,

They didn’t die from the cold without,

They died from the cold within.

                                                            — Author Unknown, from “Dear Abby” Newspaper column



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Emergency Numbers


When in sorrow................................. call John 14

When men fail you................................ Psalm 27

If you want to be fruitful.......................... John 15

When you have sinned........................... Psalm 51

When you worry.............................. Mat. 6:19-34

When you are in danger......................... Psalm 91

When God seems far away.................. Psalm 139

When your faith needs stirring........... Hebrews 11

When you are lonely and fearful............. Psalm 23

When you grow bitter and critical........... I Cor. 13

For Paul’s secret to happiness............ Col. 3:12-17

For understanding of Christianity.... II Cor. 5:15-19

When you feel down and out............ Romans 8:31

When you want peace & rest.......... Mat. 11:25-30

When the world seems bigger than God.. Psalm 90

When you want Christian assurance... Rom. 8:1-30

When you leave home to work or travel... Psa. 121

When your prayers are narrow or selfish... Psa. 67

For a great intervention/opportunity......... Psalm 55

When you want courage for a task.......... Joshua 1

For how to get along with fellow men.. Romans 12

When you think of investments & returns. Mark 10

If you are depressed.............................. Psalm 27

If your pocketbook is empty................... Psalm 37

If you are losing confidence in people...... I Cor. 13

If people seem unkind.............................. John 15

If discouraged about your work............ Psalm 126

If you find the world growing small

    and yourself great.............................. Psalm 19

Alternate Numbers:

For dealing with fear........................... Psalm 34:7

For security...................................... Psalm 121:3

For assurance...................................... Mark 8:35

For reassurance.............................. Psalm 145:18


These emergency numbers may be dialed direct.  No operator assistance is necessary.  Open 24 hours a day, seven days per week.                                                                                     — from the Internet


Servile Work Versus No Work


Question: In Leviticus chapter 23 verses 7, 8, 21, 25, 35, 36, it speaks of no servile work to be done on the annual Sabbaths (holy days).  Servile in Strong’s Concordence is #5656 and work is #4399.  It basically says that servile means laborious work.  However, Lev. 23:3 speaks of no work in regards to the seventh day Sabbath.  Lev. 23:31 says no manner of work. . . .  My question is why does it say servile work?  I know no work is to be done on the Sabbath or holy days not even your employees.  Could it be talking about the Levitical priest in their preparation work for the holy days?

Answer:  Why does Lev. 23 say “no servile work” for 1st and last Holy Day of FUB, Pentecost, Trumpets, 1st Holy Day of FOT and LGD, while it says “no work” for the Sabbath and Atonement?  I do not believe it has anything to do with the work of the priesthood in sacrificing, because they performed animal sacrifices on all these days.

 Is there a difference between “no servile work,” and “no work”?  Yes, I believe so.  One can do non-servile work on the Holy Days (except Atonement).  This might involve Festival food preparation (FUB), or additional travel (Trumpets), or setting up a booth (Tabernacles).  The Bible does not seem to cover much of the details of this distinction.  However, it is clear that the Sabbath and Atonement are to be observed in a more strict Sabbatarian manner than the other Holy Days.