by Tony Alamo
Contrast what Christians do today in comparison to what the Bible says they are supposed to do. If Christians followed the Bible, they would be able to go to Heaven. Let me illustrate what the Bible says we are to do if we really want to go to Heaven, if we really are Christians. Here is a brief outline.
The Apostle Paul stated in the book of Acts, chapter 20, “Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of GOD. Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the HOLY SPIRIT hath made you overseers, to feed the church of GOD [with the WORD of GOD], which HE hath purchased with HIS own blood” (Acts 20:26-28). When you purchase anything, it belongs to you to use any way you want to use it. The original Bible calls us slaves, not servants. We are to do what our LORD bids us to do (again, because HE purchased us with HIS own blood). But some don’t believe; therefore, the wolves (devils) devour the flock, and Christians are to be blamed because of it.
Paul continues, “For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears” (Acts 20:29-31).
“And now, brethren, I commend you to GOD, and to the WORD of HIS grace [time to work by the SPIRIT, power], which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified. I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel. Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me. I have showed you all things, how that so laboring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the LORD JESUS, how HE said, It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:32-35).
“And when he had thus spoken, he kneeled down, and prayed with them all. And they all wept sore, and fell on Paul's neck, and kissed him, Sorrowing most of all for the words which he spake, that they should see his face no more” (Acts 20:36-38).
Remember the words of JESUS (and we are to obey HIM in everything): “And JESUS came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto ME in Heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the FATHER, and of the SON, and of the HOLY SPIRIT: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (Matthew 28:18-20). The LORD plainly said HE would be with us.
Remember the words of the LORD JESUS. Susie and I have always kept our church operating the way the church operated two thousand years ago in the book of Acts. The worldly, anti-GOD, anti-CHRIST government hates when a church lives like the book of Acts. Ours is successful, because it puts everything of the world down. The world government, the U.N., is run by Satan, the devil. The books of Daniel and Revelation both testify that the last carnal government destroys the world as it was, as GOD created it.1
This is why we operate the church according to GOD’S economic principles, exactly like the book of Acts. We don’t live by bread alone (from a bakery), but by every WORD that proceeds from the mouth of JESUS CHRIST, the WORD of GOD (Matthew 4:4).2
Sue and I were not able to afford the most expensive places for the people we were winning to the LORD to live in, so we had to institute the book of Acts. We were winning thousands of souls to the LORD, mostly hippies, and they had to have a place to live. They were sleeping on the streets, in parks, and on toilet seats in gas stations. They were all hungry, and wanted to eat. Like the book of Acts, we began to live communally. We all had all things in common, and after around half a century, forty-eight years, no one has been hungry, and everyone has a place to sleep and serve GOD (Acts 2:44-47, 4:32-37). Sue and I moved into a sixty-five dollar a month shack behind a gas station in Hollywood, CA.
Acts 2:16 states, “This is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith GOD, I will pour out of MY SPIRIT upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall PROPHESY, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on MY servants and on MY handmaidens I will pour out in those days of MY SPIRIT; and they shall prophesy: And I will show wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the LORD come: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD [who is the WORD] shall be saved” (Acts 2:16-21).
Like the apostles, Sue and I had agreed to give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the WORD. We were on the streets of Hollywood Blvd. and Sunset Strip every day and night. This is when the Watts riots were going on, and the hippies were saying, “Let’s burn down L.A. and kill the pigs (cops)” Sue and I trained the hippies that we had led to the LORD, armed with bags full of gospel tracts and warning people to repent because JESUS CHRIST was coming back to earth. We were threatened with guns, knives, fists, death, prison—you name it, we’ve gone through it all. This is not the way the Christians of today conduct themselves. Sue and I have held two services every day since 1964, and our people are on the streets every day witnessing and testifying. This is like the Christians in the book of Acts, not the supposed-to-be Christians of today.
We pooled the money that the brothers and sisters made, and we built the most beautiful and comfortable homes for them that anyone could dream of. Our food was the best in the nation. When I was young, I worked under the chef of the Waldorf Astoria. His name was Novis. He became the chef of the Northern Hotel in Billings, Montana. Les Carter was the president of the North Western hotel chain, and was always proud of the food at his hotel. Chef Novis was Japanese, but his skills were international. I learned the skills, and taught some of our people. We also hired the chef from the Tulsa Hilton Hotel. We compiled our knowledge, and the food at the Alamo restaurant in Alma, Arkansas was the most delicious anywhere! Our whole church ate there for years. Our Alamo restaurant in Alma, Arkansas was packed. It held one thousand people, especially when we had entertainers like Dolly Parton, Marty Robbins, and many others. On top of being the best preacher I’ve ever heard, Susie also was a top-of-the-line interior decorator. She bought the furniture for everyone’s house or apartment from the top-of-the-line furniture manufacturers. Nothing was too good for our brothers and sisters. Even though we were called the hippie ministry, we were also called the Rolls Royce ministry, and people knew it. And all the time we were visiting rest homes and preaching on the streets, we had our own T.V. program for ten years and radio program. We are still on radio all over the world: in Africa, India, USA, Mexico, and Canada. When I didn’t believe in JESUS or GOD, I never dreamed that I would be doing what I’ve been doing since 1964. GOD did it for me, and I thank GOD for showing me the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE. The pattern of how to be a Christian and what Christians are supposed to do and be is laid out perfectly in the Bible, in the book of Acts and throughout.3 Sure, people do lie about us, but they also lied about JESUS.4 HE said they would, but said eternal life should be far more important, that we shouldn’t grieve over persecution, slander and lies, but that we should rejoice over these things we will go through (Matthew 5:10-12, Luke 6:22-23, 1 Peter 4:12-14).5
“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with GOD through our LORD JESUS CHRIST” (Romans 5:1). We are justified by GOD enough to enter HEAVEN. We have faith in everything GOD in JESUS says, which again is the Bible, the WORD of GOD, JESUS.6 By faith in the WORD of GOD, we have peace through our LORD JESUS CHRIST. “[HE] By whom also we have access by faith into this power wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of GOD. We also glory in tribulation: knowing that tribulation worketh patience [makes you patient]” (Romans 5:2-3). We must have enough patience to continue on through the persecution, trials, and tribulations, even unto death, if necessary.7 The churches today need to repent and get busy for GOD, or they will be in Hell for eternity. Almost all churches will be gone. Pray that the fear of the LORD will come upon them, if you know how to pray. It is just talking to GOD.
On the day of Pentecost, after the 120 Christians were filled with the baptism of the HOLY SPIRIT, the Apostle Peter, by the HOLY SPIRIT anointing him, explained about the resurrection to the crowd and showed them that they were responsible for the death of JESUS, who will judge them all on the day of judgment. They were all convicted and filled with fear. After they heard they were responsible for the death of JESUS, they were pricked in their hearts and said unto PETER and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of JESUS CHRIST for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the HOLY SPIRIT. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off [Jews and Gentiles even to this day], even as many as the LORD our GOD shall call. [The false churches today say that the gift of the HOLY SPIRIT was only for the Apostles, but the HOLY SPIRIT says it is for all that are far off, such as ourselves today.] And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. [Now many people today may think that all these things are old-fashioned and do not apply any longer. If that’s the way you think, you are dead wrong. These words are the pattern of how the real church operates, no matter how long time goes on.] And they [these three thousand new converts with the others] continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine [which was given to them by the LORD] and fellowship, and in breaking of bread [living the life], and in prayers. And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread [living the life] from house to house, did eat their food with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising GOD, and having favor with all the people. And the LORD added to the church daily such as should be saved” (Acts 2:37-47). You never see people today full of gladness and happiness, filled with peace and joy no matter how much wealth they have, but that’s the way it was with them and still is with us, even while we are blistered with persecution and lies. None of us and none of them have ever had need, but you unsaved people and false Christians are worried to death and many are committing suicide. Won’t you come to the LORD and receive the LORD’S peace, which passes knowledge, and live the life that CHRIST has patterned for you and us outlined in the book of Acts and throughout the Bible? Nothing has really changed. The WORD of the LORD is the same yesterday, today, and forever.8 To be born again of the SPIRIT, say this prayer and join the continuation of the book of Acts.
My LORD and my GOD, have mercy upon my soul, a sinner. 1 I believe that JESUS CHRIST is the SON of the living GOD. 2 I believe that HE died on the cross and shed HIS precious blood for the forgiveness of all my former sins. 3 I believe that GOD raised JESUS from the dead by the power of the HOLY SPIRIT 4 and that HE sits on the right hand of GOD at this moment, hearing my confession of sin and this prayer. 5 I open up the door of my heart, and I invite YOU into my heart, LORD JESUS. 6 Wash all of my filthy sins away in the precious blood that YOU shed in my place on the cross at Calvary. 7 YOU will not turn me away, LORD JESUS; YOU will forgive my sins and save my soul. I know because YOUR WORD, the Bible, says so. 8 YOUR WORD says that YOU will turn no one away, and that includes me. 9 Therefore, I know that YOU have heard me, and I know that YOU have answered me, and I know that I am saved. 10 And I thank YOU, LORD JESUS, for saving my soul, and I will show my thankfulness by doing as YOU command and sin no more.11
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How to serve God footnotes:
1. Dan. 2:40, 7:7, 19, 23, Rev. chap. 13 return
2. Gen. 1:1-2, 26, Psa. 33:6, John 1:1-3, 10-14, Col. 1:16-17, Heb. 11:3, I John 5:7, Rev. 19:13 return
3. Matt. 6:24-34, 10:37-39, 13:44-46, Luke 5:11, 27-28, 9:23-25, 14:27, 33, 18:9-14, 18-30, Acts 2:44-47, 4:32-37, 5:1-10, 6:1-7, Rom. 12:1-13, Phlp. 2:3-8, 2 Tim. 2:4 return
4. Matt. 5:10-12, 10:16-18, 21-28, 26:59-60, John 15:18-21, Acts 6:7-15, 2 Tim. 3:2-3, Heb. 12:2-4 return
5. 2 Cor. 4:8-18 return
6. John 1:1-3, 10-14, Heb. 11:3, I John 5:7, Rev. 19:13 return
7. Matt. 24:9-13, Mark 8:35, Luke 21:16-19, John 16:1-2, Acts 6:7-15, 7:52-60, Rom. 8:35, 2 Cor. 6:4-5, 11:23-26, 12:10, 2 Tim. 2:9, 12, Heb. 10:32-34, 11:24-27, 32-38, 12:3-4, Jas. 5:5-8, Rev. 2:1-17, 6:9-11, 7:13-17, 11:3-12, 12:11, 20:4 return
8. Psa. 33:11, 102:27, 119:89-90, Eccl. 3:14, Mal. 3:6, Heb. 1:10-12, 6:17-18, 13:8, James 1:17return
1. Psa. 51:5, Rom. 3:10-12, 23 return
2. Matt. 26:63-64, 27:54, Luke 1:30-33, John 9:35-37, Rom. 1:3-4 return
3. Acts 4:12, 20:28, Rom. 3:25, I John 1:7, Rev. 5:9 return
4. Psa. 16:9-10, Matt. 28:5-7, Mark 16:9, 12, 14, John 2:19, 21, 10:17-18, 11:25, Acts 2:24, 3:15, Rom. 8:11, I Cor. 15:3-7 return
5. Luke 22:69, Acts 2:25-36, Heb. 10:12-13 return
6. I Cor. 3:16, Rev. 3:20 return
7. Eph. 2:13-22, Heb. 9:22, 13:12, 20-21, I John 1:7, Rev. 1:5, 7:14 return
8. Matt. 26:28, Acts 2:21, 4:12, Eph. 1:7, Col. 1:14 return
9. Matt. 21:22, John 6:35, 37-40, Rom. 10:13 return
10. Heb. 11:6 return
11. John 5:14, 8:11, Rom. 6:4, I Cor. 15:10, Rev. 7:14, 22:14 return