On December 4, 2004 God extended a call to our precious Pastor, Brother, Friend, and Apostle, Rev. Raymond M. Jackson. He called him to come up a little higher and rest for a little while. Bro. Jackson, who had faithfully stood for the true revelation of the mysteries of the Bible in the face of much opposition and hardship for the past thirty nine years, was called to come on home and let the five fold ministry carry on for a little season. All of those who are called to this office know what to stand for, because they have sat under the faithful teaching of this apostle for many years and loved and respected him, as we here in his home church do. All of us who loved and respected him will greatly miss him, but we will never allow Satan to sidetrack us with any kind of false hope: We will just press the battle with a little more determination, remembering how he taught us to stick with the Word of God, no matter what comes down the road to distract. God will never leave His true children without the spiritual guidance we need. He is always present to anoint and give leadership to those whom He has called to care for His flock. We who are left here to carry on, have a great outlook and vision of what to look for as Gentile time comes closer and closer to and end, which is when God turns His attention back to the Jewish people and opens the last week of Daniel’s seventy week prophesy concerning the children of Israel. Our faithful pastor has spent many hours of his ministry making sure we understand what this last week will hold for the Jewish people; and what Christians will take part in as the age closes out. He has greatly stressed the importance of our knowing what to look for when our time is drawing nigh. For that dedication to his calling and the patient way he has kept presenting it to us we will always be grateful. He was always thinking from the standpoint of the many who had never heard the true revelation even for the first time, as well as those who had heard it, but just not understood.
LOOKING BACK ALMOST FIFTY YEARS
Brother Jackson’s own words were as follows, “In the month of April 1950, the Lord began to deal with my soul and I had to surrender my heart to Him. A great hunger began to build up in my heart, not only to want to live for Him, but also to know the truth of His blessed Word. I always had a great respect for the Bible: I thought every home ought to have one, but I had heard so much about the fanatical things some had done because of what they read in the bible, I just did not want to get too close to it myself. That all began to change after the Lord got hold of my heart. It soon got to the point that I just could not seem to get enough of it. I looked for every opportunity to learn more about God and His Word. In the year 1952, a relative of my wife stopped by our home, and during that visit he told me about the ministry of a man by the name, William Marrion Branham, how God was using him in miraculous ways. Later that year, we were privileged to go hear him preach; and after hearing him that one time, I knew he had something I wanted to know more about, so for the next two and a half years we sat under his ministry and heard him preach in a way that made Jesus Christ of the Bible stand head and shoulders above any other man on earth.”
Needless to say, a hunger like that led our brother deeper and deeper into the Word of God and in April 1955, the Lord spoke to him about starting a church. He obtained a small building in New Albany, Indiana, where he started out. Then circumstances caused the little work to move to a place in Clarksville, Indiana for a while; and later on, back to another place in New Albany, Indiana, where we stayed until 1967, when the Lord enabled us to build the first part of what is known around the world today as Faith Assembly Church. He first thought it would just be a small mission where he would have a group to preach to, never even having a thought that the time would come, when he would travel around the world preaching to hungry souls; and then publish a paper of his edited sermons that would find its way into every nation on the face of this earth. (The first issue of the Contender was published in March of 1969.) Then the Lord opened up the way for him to have a web site, where people from every nation under heaven would be able to log on and hear him as he preached and taught this precious revelation of the Word of God that burned in his soul day and night.
There has been additions to the facility through the years as the congregation grew, but Brother Jackson has never been one to spend the Lord’s money on beautiful buildings with stained glass windows, just for a show. He always said, “As long as we have a place where we can get in out of the weather, that ought to be all we need;” and he has invested the tithes and offerings of the saints into getting the Word of God to as many people as possible in all the years of his ministry. He always said, If this ministry is of the Lord, He will supply: We will not have to beg for money to do the work of God. Therefore many who have come to Faith Assembly through the years, have had to ask someone, How do I give an offering? That is because an offering plate was never passed around in the congregation. We have a mail box slot in the wall where people drop their tithes and offerings; and the Lord has always met every need through the years without our brother having to preach on tithing. His belief was, That the saints do not have to be coaxed into supporting the Lord’s work; and he was right.
This may seem a little lengthy to some, but we have been taught to give honor and recognition to those to whom it is due: as our brother has been so faithful to do through the years. Therefore these simple words just barely touch on what could be said about a man that loved God and the people of God like Brother Jackson did. He demonstrated unselfish love and compassion like few others of our time. Yes we will miss him, but we would not call him back, even if we could. He has run his race and finished his course; and we all want to be where he is. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. (Rev 22:21) The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
Bro. Louis B. Turner, January 2004
Excepts from Bro Jackson’s Sermons on March 16, 2003 dealing with Rolf’s Strommen’s teachings on the Jehu Ministry.
In 1972 I was led to go to Norway. That opened the door to preach the truth there. I went back again in 1973, and had the privilege of baptizing 17 Norwegians in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. At that time I met a brother and his wife, Bro. Rolf Strommen from Verdal Norway. Through the years from 1973 until now, I have grown to know that brother. I will say this, Not only in Norway, but we have been instrumental in establishing a church in the Philippines, in India, Mexico, and in Africa, Ghana and Nigeria and also South Africa. I am not saying these things to brag, but God has used us to establish the foundation of these groups and they have had to stand in the midst of a lot of controversy, which was to be expected. Followers of Bro. Branham have also gone there with all kinds of adverse teachings. Well now, a short time ago, the brother in Norway, for some reason or other, took it upon himself to look at things a different way. The way he looked at things, was that there had to be another moving of the Spirit to really reach out and fulfill a five fold ministry. I will say to that brother, As I mention your name, Bro. Rolf Strommen, remember that when I first met you, you could hardly go from north Norway to south Norway and have hardly enough money to buy gasoline and a sandwich. Then in 1977, after being around you and hearing you preach, I felt that you had a ministry that could be very beneficial to a lot of saints around the world. Therefore Faith Assembly started bringing you and your whole family here that year. The people took a liking to you, and your simple way of teaching the scriptures. In those years, you had a very unique way of lifting up certain scriptures in the New Testament that were very up lifting. I had told different people since Bro. Branham’s death, that I have refused to be what some would call a one man show. However I did began to realize, that one man that knew Bro. Branham, knew his message, and how to teach it, was going to have to be strong enough, and lift up the truth long enough to give other men a chance to come and fill the ranks with the kind of ministry that God wants the Bride of Christ to have. I will say this to the brother, For a long time you have actually fulfilled that scripture to me. I realize as the years came and went, I was getting older, then when my wife had her sickness, that began to bring a stop to me traveling the world over. Yes, it looked to some people like my ministry was finished. I would no longer get to go and minister to the various groups as before, but little do people realize what is going on right now. Five years ago I did not know that a computer could be used like it is today. My son-in-law began to experiment with the computer, to see what could be done with it. Now it has grown into a universal setting. There are people logging on to this network from all over the world. It has been said from my pulpit that a computer can never be used like a live ministry. I want to say in return to that, The last six letters written by the apostle Paul, was while he was in jail. Are you going to say that they were not anointed? Are you going to deny the reality and fact of it? In fact, my text this morning comes from one he wrote while in jail. I am asking you to turn with me. I am not looking forward to delivering this message with a feeling of joy, but feel that I must. In 2nd Timothy, the 4th chapter, is something Paul wrote while in jail. This is the last epistle he wrote. As far as we know, In this chapter, when he says, For my time of departure is nigh, he must have known he was ready to leave the scene.
A TRUE SERVANT
Paul writes to a young man that was actually a spiritual convert of his. He looked upon Timothy like a son. In the 1st verse of this 4th chapter he said, “I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, (He may have thought, I don’t want to do that.) exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come (Brothers and sisters, you are living in it.) when they (of that hour) will not endure sound doctrine; (What is sound doctrine?) but after their own lusts (That does not apply to their beer drinking, smoking, and cursing. It means their religious inclination, something to hide behind and say, I am a Christian.) shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears.” Some people say, Bro. Jackson, I have heard this same thing over and over, I am getting tired of it. I will say right now, Do you really believe in the first place? Do you know what has been said? Do you know what it means? Do you know the purpose of God in it? You just do not memorize certain things and go on down the road of life and live haphazardly, thinking, I have got it made. You do not have it made. Every day the devil is going to stalk you with something to try to prove you, so I ask you, Are you living for the Lord, or are you living for my flesh? Don’t look to this vessel of clay. I am thankful to the Lord for His grace, but I did not want to do this thing, and I don’t enjoy it today. I would rather be in Harrison County raising cows. This is not a self appointment. I didn’t pursue this because of some great revelation I had. God had to more or less drive me into it. “And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” You are living in that hour. I am going to touch a lot of things today. There are individuals around the world, in Canada and the States, as well as Norway that will say, Bro. Jackson, you are not supposed to do it that way. I am going to remind you, Paul did a lot of things openly. I ask you, Why did he do it? Who was he talking about when he said, They are teaching that the resurrection is past already? They did not do it in a closet, they did it openly, purposely, hoping to draw disciples aside. In the 20th chapter of the book of Acts, the apostle Paul wrote, (This was before his imprisonment, when he was passing back through to Ephesus.) at a certain place he mentioned for all the elders of the Ephesian Church which was the model Church of the apostolic hour, to meet him at a certain place, when they gathered there, he spake these words to them, You know that by the space of three years, I have not held back anything, but I have fully preached to you the whole gospel. I have labored with tears night and day. I know that after my departure grievous wolves will come in, (Do not ever think grievous wolves are some drunks walking in. It is some fellow with nice slick words, Oh I am a servant of God, I am this or that.) Then he said this, Some men of their own selves will seek to draw away disciples, teaching perverse things. We have some people today, that will listen to anything and believe anything, if it sounds good. If it sounds good to their mentality, Well I don’t see anything wrong with it. It tickles their inwards. My point is, you are not following Raymond Jackson, you are either here because of truth or I guarantee you the time will come shortly, when you will hear something or find something that appeals to you far more than I will ever be able to appeal to you.
I have said through the years, When God finally pushed me out to do this, I said then, that by the grace of God I will do it, even if I never have a person sitting in front of me again. So now, I will deal with an issue that started in Norway. When I began to hear about this Jehu ministry, I remember when I first heard him preach this, at that time I never thought that he would really try to apply this in the manner that he eventually did. When I sent the video to him, in a short time he replied. (I am going to use his own words.) Bro. Strommen, through the years that I have traveled to Norway, I have never preached one thing one year, then something different on the same subject the next year, and leave people confused. In your personal letter to me, you say these words, on this video you mentioned about the Jehu ministry and said, I never have stood for any Jehu ministry. Bro. Strommen, I have always ministered on the five fold ministry. It is true that I have taken the pattern of the ministry of Elijah and called it a three stage three fold purpose of that ministry. I ministered that, as you mentioned, in Mexico and also in Manila. That topic is mainly an effort to try to help the believer see that everything was not over when Bro. Branham died and I said that myself. He said here in the last paragraph of the first page, It seems that you are taking the names Elijah, Elisha, and Jehu as the three persons. Bro. Strommen, I say that because that is exactly what you have given others the impression that you are looking at. Bro. Strommen, you say here on the second page, If the young men here in Norway have mentioned that they are Jehu men, then it has never come to my ears or I would deal with it. It just seems like some people are only out to find fault. That sounds very convincing Bro. Strommen, that is your own words. However on the video I sent to you, you have some people in Norway very disturbed over this Jehu thing that is being taught. My brother, I was sent the translation of one of the sermons one of the young men preached on the platform when you were sitting there. His name is Brother Amund (spelling ?) The translation of it is in twenty four pages. Jehu is mentioned twenty five times as this young man stood and preached Jehu, Jehu, Jehu with Bro. Strommen sitting there. It could be said, Bro. Strommen, that everywhere you went you said, I stand with Bro. Jackson. Well I don’t stand for that kind of revelation. Ever since Bro. Branham’s death and departure from this scene, and the dream I had, that morning when I went there on August 1, 1965, I related the dream to him. He said, Bro. Junie, something is getting ready to happen, when it does, there is a work for you to do. He never did say what, he just said, There is a work for you to do. He picked up his Bible and said, Stand with this! Now Bro. Strommen, in this message this young brother preached, he mentions some dream I have had and told through the years, but there is one he refers to, that I had in 1966, when Bro. Branham came to me in a dream while I was out building a fence. Bro. Branham walked up to me, I looked at him and greeted him. He said, Bro. Junie, I want you to go preach for me. I said, I won’t do it. He never did say why. He said again, I want you to go preach for me. I said, I won’t do it. The third time he said, Bro. Junie, I want you to go preach for me. I will say to the young brother that referred to that, It was not him that told me what to preach, I took a pencil and piece of paper out of my pocket and wrote down seven things. I handed him the paper and said, If I can preach that I will go, if I can’t, I won’t. He looked at it and said, Perfect. Now young man, quote what I said, do not quote what you think you want me to say. Bro. Strommen, I will come right back to what you said in your letter, dreams, experiences, have been done in Norway to confirm your ministry. By these you have pursued your ministry. Bro. Strommen, if you think I came to this platform blind, you are wrong. When I preached the first message back a few weeks ago, Judgment Begins at the House of God, immediately I began to get replies from different areas. I have a dream here from the Philippines that pertains to you, Bro. Strommen. I have another one that pertains to you from Georgia. There is another one in here that pertains to you from right here in Faith Assembly. I have a testimony of a young sister in Canada, when she heard my message that morning, she wrote and said, I was compelled to write a testimony, how God led me to see your ministry. She could remember when I was publicly opposed and stood against by a lot of people in Canada. She was only thirteen or fourteen then. That morning she sat down and wrote her testimony. I have several dreams here, and one is from Australia, these have come in from different parts of the world. It shows the body of Christ, as we get closer to the end, are going to function and operate precisely, according to the Bible. If I go out here and step out of line and do something wrong, it will be known the world over. But if I try to stand for the truth, for the will of God and His people, I am not responsible for what people think about me. I used to lose sleep over that. I have lost sleep over having to preach this. I don’t like to stand here and mention names and things that have been done. I am not going around the corner and excuse it and make it sound soft. Bro. Strommen, I have never said you are not my brother. You are my brother, but I am going to talk to you as your spiritual daddy. If that has lost its meaning to you, then you go ahead and follow that bunch of young men that you have educated that way. I will say this to the young men that are all wound up, If you are not careful and if you don’t ditch this Jehu idea and stop trying to use Bro. Strommen’s influence to justify yourself, you are going to destroy what little testimony you may already have. One of these days, and very soon, you will become so discouraged you will hang your head and walk away. You might reach a place where you will not want to come back among the old saints. Because you have gone wild over something you thought was a revelation. It is not. It is just an idea. The devil has a lot of ideas today, that he likes to pump into people. Young people like to listen to soft voices and soft words, Oh it is so appealing. The devil will hit you between the eyes one day with something, then you are going to wake up crying, What went wrong? I am not attacking anyone’s person or his character. It is the truth that you must try to lift up, that which will exemplify Jesus Christ. The body of Christ around the world is supposed to believe that. That is the sad part of it. That is why the denominational world today is dead. Get out of it! You might say, But I love grandma too much to do that. I can appreciate your love for grandma, but Jesus said, Matthew 10:34-37 “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” The gospel has separated a lot of households. You have to have a backbone to stand up for Jesus Christ in a true revelation. This idea, Well, I don’t care what you believe as long as you stand for Jesus is antichrist. You make Jesus a hypocrite, when you talk like that. If Jesus was alive and walking in your midst today, He would rebuke you openly. He rebuked the disciples for mumbling among themselves. Some will say, Bro. Jackson, you ought to take these things into the closet. Paul never did. Let me explain this to you, if there is a problem that comes up in the local church, then we will deal with it, not necessarily before the whole assembly. But if somebody comes here and teaches something that eventually is going out here to the whole world, that is not in secret. That was taught to make it possible that everybody could believe it and see it. You can rest assured of this, the prophecy of Isaiah 52:8 is hanging right over your head. In that day, the watchmen shall lift up their voice together, together shall they sing. The real Hebrew translation is, when the Lord is returning to Zion, what is going on in the Middle East today, is He not doing that? You can say, Well it is not happening. Governments can even crack because they have lived so carnally for the last number of years and had so many slick deals. As I say these things this morning, Paul never wrote his letters to be read in a corner. You everyone know that. He wrote them, that eventually they would find their way to the true saints and help them in their daily life. When Paul was on the road to Damascus and he was finally led into the city, Ananias the priest was told to go to a certain man’s house and enter in and pray for Paul. His name was Saul then. God raised him up to be a light and a means of salvation to the ends of the earth. I have to say, It is still a means of salvation, but let us be careful how we preach it. If we try to give it some little quick quirk of sound or meaning, then it may very well be that those who do so may have the wrong kind of spirit in them.
I will say this morning, I hold here in my hand three books. This is only a sample of what is out there. When Bro. Branham preached the seals in 1963, there was one seal not broken. We all should know that. The seventh one is still to be broken. Nevertheless through the years, and that has been thirty some years now, (just think of it), preachers are now saying, But all seven have been opened. Right here is one, I will not say who wrote it, but he specifically speaks that the seventh seal is none other than the revelation of how Jesus Christ was manifested in and through the life of William Branham while he was here. That would mean it is open. Well someone please tell me where the seven thunders sounded. That idea must be coming out of the same crowd that has been making all that other noise. You can read it here. I also have another message. This guy, when I had wrote a message about Marriage and Divorce, what does he do. He reads it, then he refers to me, how wrong I was. This is his personal letter sent to me, hoping to get me back into what he calls “the faith.” I am going to tell you what his faith became. He tells how the Lord appeared to him, then when it came to his own marital condition, he puts it right in his own writing. When he was first married he had married a girl that he found out later, was not a virgin, so what did he do? He divorced her and married a virgin, then justifies his message. Do you want to stand with or against something like that? We have a lot of people today, as long as they do not have to stand up and be made accountable for anything, you can beat them in the head with any book and they will hang right on. I also have here another one. He quotes Bro. Branham by using this statement, (I remember when Bro. Branham made the statement.) He said in 1963, the Almighty God speaketh through the mouth of William Branham, saying there are only seven hundred living saints who will be taken up in the rapture. Then when he was asked the question, he said, see there, I made a mistake, because he was referring back to Kings, how the Lord had said, I still have seven thousand that have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal. So I have to say, This comes to the point of the first resurrection, and he tries to tell what we put out in the first resurrection paper, by saying the first resurrection only includes the living saints, the Bride. The rest of these saints are not raised. He used Matthew 25, the judgment of nations and the judgment of the great white throne, all simultaneously at the end of the Millennium. Brothers and sisters, Matthew 25 does not occur then. Matthew 25 takes place right here at the end of the week of Daniel. I do not have time to go into and elaborate on details at this time. I get this kind of mail all the time. My filing cabinet is full of it. I will just say, If God singles you out to stand for something, you cannot just go on entertaining your flesh and being a sweet, loving person for a show, and get the job done. Let me say this, Brothers and sisters, I believe there is a time when a man can be gentle with the flock. I do not ever mean to stand here and be harsh. However I do know that there has to be times of correction. How many understand me? There is a time when you have to look the devil in the face and tell him, Go sit down: I don’t have time to listen to your foolishness. That is why Paul could say to Timothy, Rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and sound doctrine. Some will say, Well I don’t want to rebuke: I don’t want to expose anything: I want everybody to like me. When you get that way, it might be that the Lord don’t like you very much. You are just a soft pushover, that could not effectively stand for anything. I have to say that when my brother went to the Philippines last year and preached what he did about the foolish virgins, that they did not have any life at all, unless they were martyred in the tribulation period, he was leaving the revelation. He came right back through here, stood here and preached the same thing. It was later, that I heard he had preached the Jehu ministry over there, then went on down into Australia and preached it. It was not until he had gotten back home to Norway, that the Jehu thing really began to come out and I was informed of the hurt of it. Some of these Jehu young men over there were beating, hammering the other people and making them feel like they were nothing unless they submitted to this kind of teaching. Nobody has to submit to anything if it is not truth itself. I have listened to this, and Bro. Strommen, I will say this lovingly to you, I listened to this, but I did not want to commit myself because I wanted to yet esteem you as a brother, praying that somewhere up the road the Lord would speak to you by some means, to let you know that this Jehu thing is not a biblical pattern at all. As I have said in another message, when God sent His prophet messenger to the earth in our day, He did not say that the denominational world was going to accept him. Malachi 4:5-6 plainly says He would send that spirit of Elijah again in the later days to turn the heart of the children, that means the end time generation of Gentile believers back to the faith of the fathers, which was Peter, James, John, and all of them. Only God knows the extent that I had my trip through the denominational world. I have listened to the Jehovah Witness people, I have attended the Church of Christ and sit in many others. The first time I was baptized was in the Church of Christ, at about fourteen years of age. Later we moved and started going to the Methodist Church, because both my parents were raised up as Methodists. We went there until I went off to the war. I will say this as humbly as I know how, That man, William Marrion Branham, who lived in this area, was a man with very little education. I have heard the remarks of some of these doctors of divinity, that said he did not even know how to talk. I would like to look them in the face and say, You do not know how to listen to him. He talked like a hillbilly of course, because he was. The first time God gave a man, in the religious world, a lingo that sounds like a hillbilly, and they sit there finding fault. Those who had a revelation and understanding of what he was talking about, did not sit listening for all the adjectives and verbs, They got the thought, and thereby understood. As time passed, I could see that this man was bringing something out of the Bible, that to me, made Jesus of the Bible stand taller than any doctor of divinity ever could. I have heard my share of doctors of divinity. I have listened to them on the radio, but none of them compared to him. He could take a type in the Old Testament and make Jesus stand out. The first time I saw him, I said, That man has something I need, and I am not going to let the devil bring daylight between me and him. No, I was not going to follow his flesh, but I sure was going to do my best to listen to what he had to say. Over the period of months I would hear things that sounded confusing. I can say today though, that God ordained it to be that way. We have an element of church going people today, that know every adjective, every verb and every noun, but have no more scriptural revelation than a dog chasing a rabbit. It is how they want to live, just having a concept and very little revelation. That is why we keep saying, Some people just have religion, but if you have salvation in the heart, that begins to give you a thought, or an understanding, and even a picture of how the word of God wants you to live and allow your life to be measured up to it. That is why I say this morning, I am thankful for the grace of God in my life. The more I went to different places searching for something my soul longed for, the more I could see how certain men were coming along with this quote and that quote, and always, The prophet said this, but none of them were able to straighten up anything to present a revelation. I am thankful today, that after thirty seven years since Bro. Branham’s death, I have a deep respect for what I received from his ministry. The world over, I can see some followers that just want to bring a little something to exalt their own flesh. There are some people, that a fresh revelation makes them feel elated. Well that is wonderful to have a new revelation, because it is stimulating, but if we are going to use it just to exalt our flesh, be careful, we will get off course. God does not give a true revelation to anyone just to exalt their flesh. I believe with all my heart, we are living in a time when we are going to see certain scriptures fulfilled before our very eyes.
TO ROLF STROMMEN
Bro. Strommen, as I hold this up, I see Jehu mentioned and referred to by this young man ever so many times, and you were sitting there hearing it preached. That is why, when you say in the personal letter, that had you been aware that Jehu had been preached by these, you would have dealt with it, I have to wonder how? Here it is. I think you owe it to your people to deal with it, so I advise you to deal with it. There is no need talking to me and saying Bro. Jackson, you don’t understand. I do understand. I know exactly what is going on. I know there are a lot of men, if and when they do make a mistake, it hurts like everything to admit it. Therefore I will not attack your person, I have slept in your home, you and your wife and children have always treated us well, but that is not in consideration right now. The point is not your character nor your person. This Jehu thing, if you begin to tolerate it and use it as a type, that out of this Jehu movement is going to appear the real apostles and prophets, I have to say, Bro. Strommen, you are behind schedule. I have to say, that for the last thirty some years since Bro. Branham’s death, I have told men in different places, it is not going to be a one man show, I am not going to wind up to be the star, but by God’s grace He has given me grace to stand in the midst of all the criticism and false teaching and hold to what God has given me. I told you while in Norway that God has to raise up some men to fulfill the real ministry. I will say, that through the years I have seen them raise up, the little works and fellowships, whether it is in South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Philippines, India, or Norway or Canada, they are all a product of my ministry. I am not boasting: I am just stating a fact. Bro. Strommen, you can deny this thing, but I came there for over twenty some years, and I do not regret any of it: I enjoyed every trip we made. However when I see people suffering from something that is a wrong teaching, then I have to say, Bro. Strommen, you owe your own congregation an explanation of all of this. If I stand here before my congregation and say something unknowingly that is wrong, when it is really right, then it has to be explained, I am not going to run off from here to Michigan and look for some other avenue. I am going to be compelled by the grace of God to admit what I did, and where I got off course. I have to say to you, If you allow these young men to keep this up, not only are they going to destroy themselves, but Bro. Strommen, you are on the verge of seeing your own ministry begin to dwindle away. You cannot preach that in Norway, then come to America or somewhere else, and preach just what we stand for. You have got to be a man that can stand for the same thing in Norway that you do in other places. If something gets out of hand, don’t just say God will take care of it: He will not. If you are an instrument that God has laid the hand of responsibility upon, then you must be the one to do the correcting. Sometimes people get the idea that I want to be a one man show. That is not so. I have never given anyone a reason to think I believe like that. I have always stood for a five fold ministry in this end time.
MAKE THINGS RIGHT
The last time we were in Africa where Bro. Govender is, there were a lot of people that went with us to the airport. There was a man and his wife from Bro. Govender’s congregation that came over and sat down by me. They said Bro. Jackson, we have waited for an opportunity to speak a few words to you. You will never know how grateful to God we are for the things you have printed and stood for though the years. They were talking about the name of Jesus Christ in baptism and the godhead. They were reminded of what Contender they had read this in. They said, up to a certain point we were so confused by hearing this and that, but when we got that Contender and read it, that answered our questions. They said, Bro. Jackson, God bless you, we will not exalt your flesh, but it is what you put in there that set us free. I just said, Thank you. Since Bro. Branham’s death, there has been a lot of the Branham followers that has taken my name and spit on it, while dragging it under their feet. I have been to Mexico a number of times, and one of those characters would always come just to see what I would say. Hardly ever have I gone into Mexico without one of them coming to me and saying, Bro. Jackson, I have been a follower of Bro. Branham’s teaching for many years. I made a lot of mistakes, and I have said a lot of negative things about you that were not true. Will you forgive me? I said, Brother, you are already forgiven. I am not going to go to heaven carrying a bunch of junk in my mind: I want to leave here with a clean slate. The other day a man called me and said, Is this Bro. Raymond Jackson, I said yes. Then he said, is this Bro. Junie Jackson? I said yes. He said, Bro. Jackson, I was reading the other night in a book, he told when it was printed, what subject it was, and what year it was preached. He said, as I read that, Bro. Branham had referred to your name, he called you Bro. Junie. He said, the more I read that book, conviction got hold of me, I have made a lot of bad statements about you, I have to get this off my heart and make it right. God has condemned me for it, will you forgive me? I said, Brother, you don’t have to go a bit further, you are forgiven, I don’t want to hold a grudge against anyone. Neither do I want to leave here, leaving people hurt because I have taught something that is not truth. When something is preached that is just an idea, it can cause somebody else to take it and beat people with it. If I am responsible for it, I am the one that is responsible to make a change in it. I have to say today, God is going to lay these things right at some peoples door steps. You will straighten it up, you will make it right, you will get people looking in the right direction through the scriptures or somewhere along the line we will find ourselves like an old dried up corn shuck laying by the wayside. Now Bro. Strommen, I am going to defend you in this way, I know you have had a lot of opposition in years gone by, concerning your calling of God. I want to set the record straight both in Faith Assembly and around the world wherever it goes. A few years back, some kind of controversy came up and I said, Bro. Rolf Strommen is an apostle. Now I want every one of you in Norway to listen to me, from the south to the north, I don’t care what your name is. Every one here in Faith Assembly, when this truth was laid before the world society to be a message, a voice, to be a means by how God would draw you and me together, in that, is every potential for not only every person that makes up the body of Christ, but for every preacher that is out there that will eventually hear his call and come to this message. I say this message, because, if you are a preacher, that is one thing, but in this truth, God does not just call you a preacher: He calls you according to the potential you have in you. It is in this that He will judge you and determine, if you lived up to it. Keep in mind, this is the end time harvest, from the sowing era. How many realize that? Many are called but few are chosen. But whatever potential you have, do not tell me one day you are an evangelist, the next day you graduate to be a teacher. That is carnality. Your ability to handle the word of God speaks for itself. But then it is also a matter of how you handled it, and what is the motive you handle it with, which determines what comes out of it. Do you stay on course, or do you let the devil throw a stumbling block at you. Every preacher that has ever come to this message, somewhere in the early beginning, or later, he is going to be faced with something that he has to make a decision of how he will handle certain things and how he will teach it. You are not one thing one day, and graduate to something else the next. When He calls you, He has already seen your ability. That is why I say, Bro. Strommen, I have heard you teach so many beautiful things that made people feel good. But I have to say Bro. Strommen, Please be sensitive to your calling. Not every apostle is called of God to teach, necessarily, the same revelation. Paul wrote most of the revelation concerning the church. There are things he wrote that John never saw. There are things John saw that Paul never saw, and things that Jesus said in advance that neither one of them had understood, and they have been laying there in the scriptures for years. I have, and others have more or less treated them as insignificant. Little statements, little parables, Hallelujah!. When the time comes, you see exactly where they fit in. Then it makes the whole picture become more clear. Sometimes, it throws us for a loop. I hope you understand what I mean. It is up to each man how he looks at it, what he does with it, and his attitude. If he does make a mistake, he should say, Brothers, forgive me, I made a mistake. I will never let the devil do that again. A lot of people today, will listen to you because they try to judge you by what you say now, compared to what you said ten years ago. So I have to say this morning, I don’t like to keep talking on things like this, but I don’t like to have people cry on my shoulder, Bro. Jackson, what are we going to do? Bro. Strommen I have never told anybody to leave the congregation, but I will say this, with all my heart, Brother please, get this thing straightened out in Norway. If you leave them crying in Norway, hurt, that is going to follow you everywhere you go. Young people, I mean every word I am saying. It is easy some times to create a situation by just wanting to look at it and look over it, and not deal with it. Sometimes God is going to let a condition develop right in front of you just to see how you will look at it. I have to say, God is not going to send angels down, walking the aisles of Faith Assembly, to tap you on the shoulder, Go sit down somewhere else. If there is something that begins to come to surface that is wrong, sooner or later, we are going to be faced with the responsibility to deal with it, not hide it. If it is like that, no, we will not publicize it to the world, because it belongs here in Faith Assembly. But if it is something that somebody has preached publicly as though what was said needs to go out publicly to who? The Bride of Christ. Then you pull it out of the closet, you rebuke them openly, that others may fear. Paul never took anything to the closet. You know it. Last fall I preached a message. I was asked to come to Bloomington and preached it. I went up on Saturday night and Sunday morning. I had another brother sitting there. Bro. Tim McKay. Several weeks ago when I preached that first message and referred to his name, I tried to keep from making certain things public, but some people just have to ask, What do you mean, what do you mean? I want to be just as nice in front of you as possible. My brother used the things I preached as an excuse that everything I was supposed to have been told was gossip. It was not gossip. I just did not make publicly known what was done. I had reference from the Moncton church, several months back, my brother went up there, it was nothing he preached, keep that in mind, it was nothing he preached. It was what he did. You don’t know it, Friday night I had a telephone call from one of the brothers up there, he was sitting there in that meeting and watched what Tim McKay did. I didn’t ask him one question. He said, Bro. Jackson, I sat in that meeting and watched what went on, it was nothing he preached, it was what he did. When he got to taking some young people by the hand, and got to leading them around the building, then the second time they began to run, after awhile the crowd goes wild. Then he would get another one. This went on until it spread to older ones. When he went to my son, my son just looked at him. Service started at 5:30 Sunday afternoon and it wasn’t over until 1:30 in the morning. It wasn’t what he said. Please listen to me this morning, I believe that every Holy Ghost filled person needs to have freedom to express their joy to the Lord, but they don’t need me leading them around the church building, giving them the idea to run, and the Holy Ghost will get on you. You have no Bible for that conduct. It is not always what he preached, it is what he did. When he came home, he said to his own pastor, Bro. Gary Stewart, I was in the greatest meeting I was ever in, in my life. For a few days following that, those certain people that were all carried away, would communicate with him either by phone or e-mail. One particular lady said, God just sent you here to set us free. Tim, you sure did, but six weeks later they went into orbit and now they are in outer space and will not come back. I saw those same people a few years back when a man came from India, it was not what he did, it was what he taught. Those same people took up after him. They were so swooned by what he preached, they separated from us. Then it was through my ministry, Bro. Strommen, through the following, that they began to get back in. I felt in my heart, now they are back to stay, they have done had one ordeal. Bro. Tim, you went up there, this is not gossip, these are facts laid at your feet. I am not lying. Then when I wrote a letter to that family, warning them that they could be riding a hot air balloon, that whole element turned against me. When I publicly made an issue out of it, here you come, you did not want any part of it. You didn’t do this, you didn’t do that. Tim, you did something that was wrong. I would to God you were like Timothy of old. You can be instant in season and out of season, but you cannot rebuke. You love those sweet little words and gestures that make a few young people think the Holy Ghost is all over you. If you get hurt at me, you get hurt, because I am telling you something that is going to stand in the day of judgment. You are not going in the rapture because you have leaped, screamed, and yelled. You are either going to have the Holy Ghost, and a revelation and understanding of how to keep your feet on the ground and conduct yourself properly, being honest, being true, being faithful in all things, and stop trying to put on a show that makes you appear to have an anointing better than anyone else. Brother Tim, when I went to Canada, I never took a group of women with me that followed me. I never took musicians out of one church just to go along so I could have a little crowd. You though, in Virginia, must have been feeling good when somebody comes in and there were about three car loads. Sure you enjoy it. However I want to see the man that can go there all alone and has the real anointing on him to peach the truth that will lift you up. You say Bro. Jackson, this is rough. I know it is, but I ask you, Just look at the hour you are living in. My brother just spent several hours preaching a message in Bloomington, ten of them, all on gossip. Naturally he is trying to defend himself. He is trying to say that I just listened to gossip. Last fall when Bro. Strommen was here, there was a certain woman that had a dream and told him that God had given her a dream about me, that I believed everything anyone came and told me. She then ran to Bro. Strommen and told him that. Bro. Strommen, if you have more confidence in that woman’s dream than you do me, forget everything I said here today. That same woman has also said this, a few years back, God gave her a revelation that I am supposed to die; and that God told her to move to some other area. She moved to another area. She then said someone else was going to take my place. They were there for awhile, finally they came back, and poor old Jackson is still standing here. Sister, I do not believe in allowing lying spirits to run the Church, speaking lies in hypocrisy. You know what hypocrisy is? It is when you say things and do things to pretend that you are exemplifying something that you are not. If I were an electrician, I would not be ashamed to hang my shingle out. I might be able to go into a junction box and run one hot wire to just a single light, but if you ask me to come and wire a house, oh no. I don’t know the code. I don’t know how many outlets, how many junction boxes, how many circuits or anything. I think you get the picture. I have heard this, God told me, the Holy Ghost told me, constantly, the Holy Ghost has spoken, the Holy Ghost said this, Go here, go there, do this or do that. Brothers and Sisters: God does not speak that often to any of us. How many understand me? There are some things you are going to be confronted with and you are going to pray and pray and pray before you get the answer. When you become exhausted, then God will let you see what to do and what not to do. I am hoping that I can set some minds straight concerning what is going on in this world. Young people, I love you. A lot of your parents were married by me. Never did I think at that time that I would be alive when their offspring would come along and grow up here serving the Lord. I look upon some of you almost like my own children. I don’t want to hurt anyone, but I have to say, If I see something developing that is going to hurt somebody, it is my responsibility to deal with it. I hope you understand why that is true. I am not going to turn away and let somebody else do it, or say God will take care of it. God will not take care of what is my responsibility. He will leave it lay there until it gets so big, that you then do have a problem. We are getting too close to the end, so let us not put off until tomorrow, what we can get done today. I do not enjoy delivering this message, but I have lost sleep over it. There are some people that would not lose sleep over anything, but I do. Let me say also, I do not find joy in mentioning peoples names, and I am not attacking any person’s character, nor Christian conduct apart from what is at hand. Our conduct is very important.