2.8.1 Index 0 Contents 2 Background 2.8 Problems 1973 Paper 2.8.2.2

2.8.1.1 Personal Background

1 Background Introduction
2 Personal Background
3 Parental Background
4 Omega Gospel
5 The Jehovah's witness
6 The Living Witness
7 My Experiences In Russia

 

Background Introduction

Our body and its' potential are what we are given at conception. The body is a creation of the past eternity that created the components of our zygote (the single cell formed by the joining of egg and sperm) but experiences, change due to nutrition, attention deprivation, damage from background of cosmic rays, unstable nuclei and chemical reactions. So the condition of bodies varies by the time it develops.

 

Our soul is our personal culture. The soul often develops in reaction to comply or rebel to a dominating parent. The sole can develop from as a personal set of intentional choices (often after a period of freedom from parental control) where the parents are roll models for behavior to be imitated or rejected.

Our Outlook (Spirit) is what we expect, what we look for and our attitude to what we experience. It plays a big role in how our mind develops. The Outlook (Spirit) is a guide through the possibilities of what can be. The Outlook (Spirit) is greater than good or bad in the sense that a weak Outlook (Spirit) is not much help for good or bad. Where a strong Outlook (Spirit) is an asset to the choices a person makes (to do good or bad).



Personal Background:

I remember that when John Kennedy started the project to put a man on the moon, the biggest problem in productive, high quality research was that most engineers were still using slide rules and that most mathematicians could not understand enough to put an engineering problem into an equation. There was a great need for a combination of laboratory experience, mathematical modeling and computer programming so that math and computers could be applied to real world problems.

I believe I was given the gift of the "Laboratory of life" even though I was punished for my curiosity.



Parental Background:

My father was a Coal miner of Swedish background. My mother was a school teacher. They met at annual conventions of their home churches in Pennsylvania. Grand parents on both sides had Sunday Meeting in their homes. They were part of the home church movement started by William Ervin and Ed Cooney in the late 1890's in Great Britain.

William Ervin developed thoughts like the end was coming in his life time:
From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Irvine_(Scottish_evangelist)#Irvine.27s_.27Omega_Gospel.27]

 

Omega Gospel


[Irvine's 'Omega Gospel' Irvine believed that the dispensation of grace had come to an end in August 1914, and that he had been chosen by God to bring a last message of Jesus Christ to the world before the final judgment. He also was under the delusion that he was to be one of the two witnesses of Revelation ch.11, who would have special powers to prophesy and perform miracles, and would be killed in Jerusalem and raised up after 3? days and taken up to heaven in a cloud. He prophesied that there would be a great famine, and encouraged his followers to sell their homes and farms and invest their money in food and other provisions that would enable them to survive this impending calamity. He referred to his earlier teachings as his "Alpha Gospel", and his later beliefs as his "Omega Gospel". It is unclear exactly when Irvine formulated his "Omega" beliefs during the period of the First World War, and there is some suggestion that Irvine didn't begin preaching his "Omega" revelation until late in 1918. Leading up to this time he was also under a cloud of moral indiscretions.


The Jehovah's witness
The thoughts of Irvine are similar to some thoughts of the founder of Jehovah's witnesses who predicted the end in 1914.


From:http://www.chick.com/catalog/books/0135.asp?FROM=bookad

[In 1889, Jehovah's Witness founder C.T. Russell predicted:
"...the final end of the kingdoms of this world, and the establishment of the Kingdom of God, will be accomplished at the end of A.D. 1914."  ...by Thomas F. Heinze; ]

William may have had other problems also but the Overseers seemed lack of openness may leave some questions unanswered.

[The only other major division occurred in 1928 when the worker Edward Cooney (well-known for preaching on Hyde Park corner) was excommunicated for rejecting the group's organization and the Living Witness Doctrine. Cooney also left with a handful of loyal supporters (who became known as Cooneyites)...



The Living Witness:..


From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Irvine_%28Scottish_Presbyterian_evangelist%29

{...A controversial teaching, presumably originating with Irvine, was that of the Living Witness Doctrine (first recorded mention was in a convention sermon by Joseph Kerr in 1903). This was derived from a statement by a contemporary of Charles Darwin that "only something that is living can reproduce life". It was concluded that only through the preaching of a 2x2 preacher (a "living witness") could one be saved. As a consequence of this doctrine, there was a significant exodus from the church at this time. ]

The "Living Witness Doctrine," stated that salvation is only possible through the ministry ("living witness") established by Irvine.

In fact I observe the Outlook (Spirit) of Truth is the living witness. We experience this living witness when Jesus Outlook (Spirit) moves in us, often with soft tears. We experience this when we have an honest caring Outlook (Spirit) and we experience it from other people with honest caring Outlooks (Spirits). Meeting is a special time and place. It is prepared for and protected so as to invite this Outlook (Spirit) of Truth  Our prayer and our testimony are an opportunity to serve The Outlook (Spirit) of Truth and tell of Its work in our personal life

Paul tried to help protect the Outlook (Spirit) in a Meeting. [1Corrinthians 11:20 When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's supper. 11:21 For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken. 11:22 What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not. 11:23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: 11:24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. 11:25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. 11:26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.11:27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.11:28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. 11:29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. 11:30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. 11:31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. 11:32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world. 11:33 Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another. 11:34 And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto condemnation. And the rest will I set in order when I come.]

Jesus brought the Outlook (Spirit) of  Truth to life in a human body and died upholding it that it could be sealed in history. That history was protected from the Gnostics by the Roman Church. The descriptions of Jesus life and purpose have life and give life to the fulfilling of Abraham's vision of a new culture. The outcome validates as a living witness that Jesus was the Christ that brought the Culture

Ed Cooney did not respect the powers assumed by Overseer Ministers and they rejected him for that. The Overseers were not open about the excommunicated founders. The Overseers denied our present age founders and said that this two-by-two ministry was all the way back to Christ. The founders of our group were later rejected by those they had put in authority.

Still, that Jesus' teachings were recorded in Luke 10 and were followed form time to time is true. The original organization of Jesus and then His sent ones (apostles) was undermined and nearly destroyed, literature and all, as Jesus said it would be. First by the Gnostics flooding the landscape with there corrupted gospels and then by the Bishops as recorded.

John wrote of the Bishops destruction of the no-money Apostles and home-churchs: [3 John 1:9 I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not. 1:10 Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church. 1:11 Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.]

The Roman Church (much derided by Protestant Hatred) saved the New Testament texts from the Gnostics and then preserved liberty by driving the Moslems out of Spain. We need to remember that most were not literate to read of the love and peace in Jesus and God or the vengeance and killing in Mohamed and Allah. Even today few know the New Testament, Koran or the Torah.

When the overseers that banded together to reject Irvine and later Cooney they may have done what served the Outlook (Spirit) Of Truth. With all our faults, I find no group in fellowship that invites and receives the Outlook (Spirit) of Truth in more people more often. But the way they went about it may be shown in error by Paul's wisdom as shown below.

1 Timothy 5:19 Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses. 5:20 Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear. 5:21 I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.

When I was 14, 15 and 16 years old I traveled around the country and into Mexico. Much of the time I had no money and hitch hiked. I found people had a different nature when I was broke than when I had money. I understood why Jesus in Luke 10 said to go 2 by 2 and take no money. There is something about the lack of conflict of interest in Jesus Way that can not be found in other ways. Still there are sometimes wolves in sheep clothing and sometimes human failure.



My Experiences In Russia

Older in my 60's I was coming to Russia. I depended on and found that good that Jesus knew a low estate brought out. In 2000 I had written over 200 emails to my present wife (all I had to do was go to my home computer). My wife wrote me over 100 emails (she had to travel to Pyatigorsk to get my translated email and have hers translated into Russian and sent). Our letters were lengthy and probing Outlook (Spiritually).

I had communicated with other women that professed a love of Christ as God's only begotten Son. I found that their idea of religion was God serving them (praying for job, spouse, children, car, money, health, long life and the like). My now wife wanted a fellowship that served God."

I will give a side trip for evidence of Jesus' insight. Invitation To Russia, Deported In The Ukraine

The Outlook (Spirit) of unselfish love that Jesus knew could be found by poverty and lack of conflict-of-interest is precious a thing. The Outlook (Spirit) is easily corrupted by conflict-of-interest like raising money for buildings and salaries.

Our present effort to respond to Jesus' prayer for Labors in Luke 10 exists. We may make many errors but our two-by-two Apostleship of tramp preachers and our network of fields, Home Churches and Conventions is World Wide and the closest thing to the Outlook (Spirit) of Christ (as judged by the writings Rome preserved by Peter, John, James and Paul ).

My father's father smoked secretly in the cellar. I feel this left a harmful example for the Outlook (Spiritual) development of the children even though my grandfather was well loved and respected.

My father played guitar in a band that went to bars. He started smoking and drinking. Both he and my mother stopped going to Meeting before or around when I was born. My father was disabled in his hip with one leg shortened about and inch and an elbow was immobile from a break in a childhood fall. Still he was an able worker but not eligible for the military.

I was born September 13, 1939. My father worked in the St. Michael, PA. mines. We lived in a company house, had company Doctors, bought our food and clothes on credit  in the company store. With debt and rent being deducted all they needed to do was give my father $2 a week (that would have been around a half a days pay).  When I was a year and 3 months old a teacher in the company school lost her ability to teach, my mother filled in to earn money and my father went to Western New York. looking for work. I was left in the care of an old lady during the day and a stressed out mother at night.

My father came back at the end of the school year and  moved us to Buffalo and then Niagara Falls when I was one year nine months old. My first memory was in Pennsylvania standing on the driver's seat of the pick-up-truck my father used to move us.

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