Save a Tree Ministry?! You may be saying "What an unusual name for a ministry!" Well, we are unusual ministers. There aren't too many like us. Why? Because we actually believe in DOING what the Bible says to do, and NOT DOING what the Bible says not to do, to the best of our knowledge and understanding as to what parts apply to believers today. Yes we know that not all the commandments apply to every person in every situation. Yes we know that we do not need to sacrifice animals to atone for our sins. But there are a lot of instructions in Yahuwah's (God's) Word that we DO need to be obeying that have been swept under the rug with many excuses.
Now, we admit we do not have ALL the answers. We are not 'know-it-alls' concerning every subject in that wonderful book, the Bible, the Word of Yahuwah. But there are many subjects that are obvious and easy to understand, and yet many believers do the opposite of what the Word says to do either from one end or the other. The more difficult subjects we should study more deeply and learn what they mean, but the obvious ones we should simply obey! Most of the mainstream ministries simply ignore them and do what THEY want to do, TEACH what they want their pastors and congregations to believe, pulling verses out of context to control their flocks for their own benefit and gain. The pastors and their sheep learn to do the same pulling of verses out of context, instead of studying them on their own and noticing that not everything they're being taught is truly in Yahuwah's Word.
They might as well SAVE A TREE! - and stop printing up full Bibles, pretending they are servants of God, and just print out the verses they do believe and follow! They probably aren't going to Heaven anyway, since they love doing their own thing instead of Yahuwah's thing, so why waste all that wood and paper, and why carry that heavy BOOK around, that instead of obeying they rewrite it in their own minds so they can justify in their minds to live the way they are comfortable living? You see, with these kinds of people it doesn't matter if you show them what the Word actually says, and explain to them their error and prove it with the Word, they will practically spit in your face with anger at the one who challenges their doctrine, rather than admit their error!
Even those who say 'yes, I see that, I see what you mean' will usually not actually repent and start doing things the right way. No, over and over we've seen these people start to understand, but then turn right back around and go the same way they were going, ignoring the Word and living their way instead of Yahuwah's way, and this is sin. Did you know that the Bible's definition of sin is 'transgression of Yahuwah's law' (violation of His commandments, REFUSING to keep His commandments)?!
People quote the verse that says we are not under the law, but not being 'under' the law does not mean it is alright to 'break' the law, it means we are not buried or weighted down by it because we now have the power of grace to supernaturally help us obey it! Think about it - if we didn't need to obey Yahuwah's law any more, that would mean we could freely steal, commit adultery, lie, cheat, put other gods before Yahuwah, murder, etc! How ridiculous that sounds! We know better. We are smarter than that! Then why on earth would we think we can cut out the 4th commandment and disobey that one? Do you see how absurd that is? Come on! We're not mindless idiots!
We are not under the law of sin and death, meaning that instead of having to face death because of our sins, we have the opportunity to repent and receive life - eternal life! Repent means not only to feel sorry for our sins, and apologize to Yah and people for our sins, but it means to turn around and go the other way! In other words, to STOP sinning. It means to stop doing wrong and learn to do right. And because of Yah's grace and mercy, if we do sin again, we can repent again and He will forgive us. But we are not to deliberately sin. Stumbling is one thing, but asking His forgiveness and then deliberately doing it again and again without even making a strong effort to stop it is not true repentance.
We also are not under the oral law. This is the law that the Pharisees made in addition to Yah's law. They made it so difficult to keep the laws (their laws) that they made it a burden. Yah's laws are not a burden, but a pleasure to keep.
Let's look at the 4th commandment for just one example - 'REMEMBER THE SABBATTH DAY TO KEEP IT HOLY, FOR IN SIX DAYS YAHUWAH MADE THE HEAVEN AND EARTH AND ON THE SEVENTH DAY HE RESTED' - Where in the Bible does it say that Yahuwah changed the Sabbath from the 7th day, Saturday, to the 1st day, Sunday? IT IS NOT IN THERE! IT'S STILL SATURDAY AND ALWAYS WILL BE! It never says that because He rose from the dead on Sunday, then we should keep that day as His Sabbath now and ignore His 7th day Sabbath! There's nothing wrong with worshipping Him on a Sunday (or Monday, Tuesday, etc) - we should worship Him everyday. But on the Sabbath, we are commanded to rest, to refrain from work, to honor Him instead of ourselves.
The Sabbath is one of His major commandments, one of the ten basic ones. Yahushuwah (aka Jesus, aka Yahshua, Yeshua, Y'shua) and all of His disciples kept it holy, all of Israel kept it holy, and believers today are supposed to keep it holy. But because the Catholic church decided to 'change' it to Sunday, most ministries and believers have followed those misleading shepherds like sheep to the slaughter.
Why do I say 'to the slaughter'? Well, I'm not the judge and don't know the eternal destiny of all people, but Yahuwah's Word does say that those who refuse to keep the Sabbath will be cut off from Yahuwah's people, and it does say they are worthy of death. Yes it does say that beloved. You can do what you want with those verses, but we choose to take them very seriously. 'But Lord, Lord, we have done many miracles in your name.... Depart from me you who refuse to obey my commandments, I never knew you.' Workers of iniquity means lawless ones - those who don't keep His laws/commandments. I assume that those who didn't know any better, and served Yahuwah to the best of their knowledge still made it into His kingdom, but that is MY opinion. We HAVE to teach what His Word actually says, NOT just what we are accustomed to, and NOT just what FEELS good! The Bible does say that Yah's people are destroyed because they lack knowledge, because they REJECT knowledge! Most believers reject the idea of honoring the Sabbath, because they believe we do not need to obey Yahuwah's laws, since we are not 'under' the law, and because we are saved by grace through faith. But they are misunderstanding the Word of Yahuwah when they think that way. Read the subjects on this website and you'll better understand the misunderstanding.
Some get angry if you challenge their ways that they have been practicing and teaching for many years, and many times it is because they are afraid they may lose some members and lose their profit - WAIT! - Isn't the gospel supposed to be a not-for-profit thing?! Aren't we supposed to preach and minister to people to get them saved, healed, and delivered, rather than to get money from their pocketbook?! Aren't we supposed to teach them that once they get the free gift of salvation, they need to turn away from their sins and learn to obey the Lord's commandments, rather than keep on living in their sins that they needed salvation because of?! Aren't we supposed to use the moneys they do give us to further the gospel, feed the poor, provide our basic needs, NOT to buy expensive and fancy homes and cars, diamonds and furs, expensive resort reservations, and eat out in expensive restaurants frequently?!
You cannot EARN your salvation - it's a free gift that you can receive. But once you receive it you must be willing to give up living in sin, and learn to live Yahuwah's way, according to His commandments and instructions, because the Bible says if you continue to sin after receiving the knowledge of the truth, then you have nothing to look forward to but the fiery judgment of Yahuwah. And the Bible says that the definition of sin is 'transgression of the law'! So in order to stop sinning, you need to stop transgressing Yah's law! In other words, since 'law' 'commandments' 'instructions' refer to exactly the same thing, you need to start obeying His commandments/law/instructions or you are living in sin. Any time you slip up and fall back into some sin, you can repent (feel sorry about the sin, ask for His forgiveness and stop doing that sin) and He will forgive you. He is very patient and forgiving and loves you very much. And He WANTS you to spend eternity in His kingdom with Him. He does NOT want to have to tell you to depart from Him.
But hear this - if you willingly and knowingly practice sin once you are saved, you are probably headed for hell. Salvation is not a one-way ticket to Heaven. The 'once saved, always saved' theology is a lie from hell. I recently heard a DJ for a Christian radio station say that when we receive the Lord as our savior, our name gets written in the book of life and WE'RE IN! She said that God doesn't have an eraser! That's a 'feel good' theology. It sounds good, makes us 'feel' good, if we're dumb enough to believe it. The problem is that the Bible actually says that Yahuwah blots some people's names out of the book of life. See his letters to the different churches, in the book of Revelation - 'You have done such and such that pleases me, but I have this one thing against you, you have done or not done this thing, and IF you repent, I will not blot your name out of the Book of Life!' In other words, He DOES have an eraser, and if you live in a way that is contrary to His commandments, and refuse to repent, then you are in rebellion, and He will erase you from the Book of Life.
The Bible says to work out your salvation in fear and trembling. That means we are to take His instructions very seriously every day, and strive to follow them and keep in right relationship with Him. Now the only reason we would need to be 'afraid' is if we were living in sin and refusing to repent. If we do seek to take Yahuwah's word seriously and live by it, then we are walking in His love, and His love casts out fear. The Bible says if we love Him we will keep His commandments. And it's not just His commandments in the New Testament. The teachings in the N.T. are from the Old Testament! Yahushuwah taught the O.T., the disciples taught the O.T. But believers today want to ignore the O.T., except for the verses about blessings and money!
Ministers will teach O.T. verses about tithing and about receiving blessings, but so many of them leave out the parts that say the blessings come IF we obey Yah's commandments, and the curses come if we do not. They leave out the verses that show us the tithe is 'food', NOT MONEY, and is to be given once a year to have a joyous gathering where the poor and hungry are provided the food, and the ministers get only a portion of it, NOT a paycheck to buy their fancy cars and homes with! It's not hard to figure out, but most people either make it too hard, or water it down so much to simplify it, and ignore what it actually says. Read the website to learn more.
Hmmm, do you really want to be saved, healed and delivered, and STAY THAT WAY, or do you want to just pretend you are saved, tear all the verses out of the Bible that you do not like, that your pastor didn't teach you, and live whatever way FEELS good to you, saving those trees, and ending up in a sinner's hell? Yahuwah's Word says that the way to Heaven is narrow and only a few will find it. I pray that you, beloved, are one of those few! Let's study His Word together and seek to understand the truth!
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"The MUD PEOPLE" is similar to James Lang's "This Land" (see
that aired on ACTV, in Aurora, IL, for about 15 years, but it is not a travel/cooking/music/evangelistic show like This Land was - it is an off-grid-living/cooking/music/evangelistic show! We share our off grid living tips, building experiences, livestock and gardening experiences, recipes, and music on this one of a kind evangelistic show! Go check it out! And enjoy our picture album diary too!