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From Bro. Cloud's Mailbox, April 2008

April 22, 2008 (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143,; for instructions about subscribing and unsubscribing or changing addresses, see the information paragraph at the end of the article) –

From time to time, I publish some of the goodies from my interesting mailbox, and many people have told me that they enjoy reading these things. Following are some items from the last couple of months:


“Thank you demonstrating wisdom, humility and honesty in responding to your critics. I have been on your mailing list for a number of years. I carefully read nearly every article that comes to me from Way of Life and I have never once gotten the impression that you use or approve any Bible version except the KJV. I appreciate your stand for the truth, the example you set, and the courage you exhibit. May God bless you and your family and may he continue to give you strength to labor for him. I thank the Lord for allowing me to find and learn from your teaching materials. To God be all the glory!”

“I just wanted to thank you. After reading the page WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?, I finally see that I can be saved. I have always understood that I was a lost sinner in the eyes of God and I thought that I would have to change my own heart in order to be saved. I have spent many years trying to change my own heart and have failed miserably! I have been living in deep sorrow until now. I finally see that calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to save me from my sin and BELIEVING on him in faith, I am SAVED and that everything else will follow. Thank you so much for this site, I used to fill so empty and lost and now I feel like I have been rescued.”

“I just wanted to say, boy, you sure take a lot of lip, Brother! I read some of those negative e-mails, and without even considering the goof-balls at the end, it seems obvious that they built their opinions over, maybe one article, and that being something they were already considerably on the other side of. You are a man of considerable patience, and I can see your love and concern for those in error. I never have seen you use the vitriolic language of many of the Ruckmanites who accuse you of what they do, nor have I seen anything in your writings that shows anything but concern for the cause of Christ. Yet man would have you bow to the altar of tolerance for all over obedience to God. What a shame. I get some of that in my work, as well, but you really get it. God bless your ministry.”

“Dear Brother Cloud: I just wanted to drop you a note of thanks. I am old 64, but young, 2 years saved. Last week a fellow came to my door proclaiming the name of the Lord. We hit it off pretty good, and had a nice talk and prayed together in the name of Jesus when he left. I didn't think too much more about it until he came back again later that day and wanted to read the Bible. I didn’t have time, so I told him I had to leave. As he was leaving I asked what church he attended, and he said adventist. I had no idea what that was. When I got home that night I looked it up in the Baptist library, and I was quite shocked to say the least. When he came back I asked him what was the doctrine of his church. Of course he would not answer me directly, and kept throwing it back at me. I finally had enough, and questioned him about his doctrines. When I did this his whole demeanor changed and I swear I could feel the presence of evil. He started to quote scriptures to prove his points and it all sounded really true. If I had not been prepared his misquotes may have confused me greatly. Thank you Brother Cloud for the library.”

“I have been reading some of the articles contained on your site and they are eye-opening, encouraging, and have challenged me to look to God and his Word for truth....and nowhere else! There is so much false doctrine out there, and it is causing unsuspecting people to believe ‘another gospel.’ They are getting ‘saved’ under this ‘gospel’ and carrying on in deception, all the while thinking they are ‘saved.’ I know, I was one of them. There are endless amounts of churches where I live, but there are just not enough that want the Word of God as their final authority and it is sad. I'm just thankful for people like you who are looking out for deceptions, warning of apostate teachings, and putting the information in places where people like me can access it. THANK YOU.”

“I have received a great blessing from the Advanced Bible Study Series, which I purchased recently, especially How to study the Bible. This is helping me study God’s Word and rightly divide it, and for that I am very grateful. I am one of many that are benefiting from the material you have written.”

“True Christian fellowship is almost impossible to find, because those of us using the Bible of our source of instruction are considered trouble makers and reactionaries. May God continue to use you to publish the truth, giving you strength in the midst of cries of heresy.”

“God bless you for all the articles you have written about immodest dress among women and about the evils of CCM and rock music. God bless you for having written the book ‘Dressing for the Lord.’ There is nothing like it written in the last one hundred years. It is a book that should get 90% of the IFB Churches into sack cloth and ashes and repentance. God says in 2 Chronicles 7:14 that IF God's people would ‘turn from THEIR wicked ways’ then God would HEAR us from Heaven and forgive our sins and HEAL our land.”

“I want to commend Brother Cloud and all those who take the time to research so diligently and then carefully test these issues with God's Word. It has been a blessing to so many in our church family. We receive the O Timothy magazine which has been an encouragement in this day of compromise.”

“Thank you so much for your wonderful study guide on the Book of Revelation. I have been a Christian for many years, but have always struggled to understand this book. I have to say that I found this study so interesting I could hardly drag myself away from it, and completed it in less than a week.”

“Last spring I had the opportunity to talk to a retired military officer, as I noticed he was carrying a copy of Metzgers Oxford Bible I asked him if he had read the instructions in the front of the book, and he replied ‘no.’ I told him that I had read them (from your book) and it had scared me. I gave Him material from E. F. Hills and Dean John Burgon to read and left the materials with him all summer. This fall when we returned he caught me coming in to the restaurant where I coffee with the old cowboys and he returned my materials and proclaimed, ‘I AM KING JAMES FROM HERE ON.’ Had you not armed me with your book ‘The Bible Version Issues’ I would not have noticed the Bible he was carrying and known Metzger was the author. .... Your guidance and help is beyond measure.”

“An EXCELLENT article regarding rock music [“Is It Wrong to Listen to ‘Clean’ Secular Rock?”]. Here in Africa there is ‘gospel rock’ (a misnomer) all around us. I plan to copy this article off and take it to some that need to read it. Amen and amen!”

“Praise God for your ministry. I pastor Grace Baptist Church in Oxford, PA. Your materials are strengthening not only church members, but also pastors who may be tempted to compromise, sometimes knowingly, sometimes also because of simple ignorance.”

“I've visited several independent Baptist churches and cringe to hear some of subtle CCM music being used and to see the literature they’re offering -- devotionals and tracts written by or endorsed by new evangelicals. Instead of being vigilant we seem to be half asleep. ... Praise the Lord for Brother Cloud's faithful ministry.”

“God Bless you for the work your doing.  I am so amazed at how the people and preachers  will not touch the ecumenical  and charismatic movements and   preach fell good sermons with a "join the popular Jesus club no life change salvation instead of the Hell, Fire, and Brimstone Repent salvation.”

“I just want to thank you for your ministry and for remaining faithful in the last days. Your Friday Church News makes me more zealous each time I receive it. I was born again early in my senior year in high school and for years, I was involved in the Charismatic movement and gone to churches that espouse the ‘health and wealth’ and ‘prosperity’ teachings. In recent years, I got disenchanted with the whole Charismatic movement and so on that I was about to give up completely on God. But I started to seek the truth and now I am coming back to the fundamentals of biblical christianity. You have played a large part in my getting back to the fundamentals of biblical christianity and I praise God for your ministry. You have been a blessing not only to me but also to my family and I am sure to others. I want to thank you for your faithfulness and I continue to thank God for you. God bless you.”

“I have ordered six of your advanced bible study books, and I do not know why I waited this long to do so. I am presently working on the book of Romans and whao!!!, what an eye opener.”

“Just to give you a little background info, my wife and I were saved at Victory Baptist (SBC) a few years ago. ... Victory was following Ron Phillips’ philosophy by tossing out doctrine and allowing anybody to join, using praise and worship & CCM, encouraging charismatic teaching, etc. In fact the pastor took church groups to Pensacola’s Brownsville ‘revival’ a couple of times. My wife and I never felt comfortable with all this stuff going on, but didn’t know how to deal with it at the time. Eventually several families, mine included left Victory. It eventually changed names and became an Assemblies of God church. Long story short, the Lord led my family and me to leave and join an independent Baptist church under the ministry of a sound fundamental pastor. That is where the Lord called me to preach, and I have pastored at our current church for about the last 4 or 5 years. Your material was instrumental in leading us to the truth in many areas including Bible versions, music, the charismatic movement and the SBC.”

“I appreciate this piece on the current surge of Calvinistic doctrine. What stands out to me is your point that those enamored with Puritanism should be warned about Reformed Theology. I would like to thank you for your willingness to make that point.”

“Thank you for the informative material on the dangerous spread of Calvinism. I am a full-time faculty member here at the college and to the best of my knowledge none of our staff are Calvinists. May the Lord bless you for your timely, informed stand on crucial issues.”

“The more I listen to your posts the more I appreciate your work, thanks.”

“Just a short note to let you know how very much I've enjoyed your Bible study on the book of Job, along with many others such as Romans, Hebrews, Proverbs, Psalms as well as some Epistles. I recently picked up the Job study for the second time and must say that I whole heartedly agree with you when you say, ‘If the book of Job was not in our Bible we would be much poorer spiritually.’ The Bible studies really work for me because they are like a meal; they are tremendously meaty yet simple, not so large as to intimidate and not to small, just right. I like the format of reading so much and then a few questions; it keeps me (most of the time) paying attention. Thank you for this fine material.”


“Who died and made you the keeper and sustainer of all things holy? Who died and made you the judge of any man, much less another servant of God? Oh, yes, I see. You thought God died and you had to take His place. I pray for you that the LIVING GOD will forgive you of your hate-filled judgementalism. May God have mercy on your soul. Such attitudes as yours are a blemish on the bride of Christ.”

“Who is the enemy? YOU ARE! Shame on you. I was so disappointed to find someone claiming to be a believer criticizing other believers. God help you!!”

“Respectfully methinks your labored addiction to fundamentalism has clouded your view of Christ and christianity - christianity does not equal fundamentalism - fundamentalist diatribe such as you dwell in is more akin to paranoia than the gospel of Christ.”

“I have a much different view of your ministry, it is judgmental, condemnatory, haughty, finger pointing, and so focused on "truth" that you don’t know the real truth, which is the character of Christ.”

“I pray that you at Way of Life may find Jesus’ love and that it may melt the icy stone that birthed such an article [“Beware of the Ragamuffin Gospel”].”

“In response to your “Warning about Chuck Swindoll,” what will be worse for you -- to arrive in heaven one day, and find out there are 100x's more followers of Christ there than you expected, or to arrive in hell in the company of the Pharisees who completely missed the grace of God? We are saved by faith in Jesus, not by getting all of our tenets of the faith just right. I feel sad for you, and will pray that you experience the freedom that Jesus brings.”

“I just read your Rome tour and realized that people may read the same words but not understand them. I pity you in the darkness of Baptist hate and bigotry.”

“I think you might need to calm down a bit...for one, live and let live. If what Chuck Swindoll says is blasphemy in God's eyes, let God handle it! It is not yours or anyone elses' place to judge, so chill out and worship the way that you feel is right!”

“I believe that you have really missed the mark. In other words shut up and listen to God. I am not judging your religion please don’t judge mine. If you don’t agree with the Catholic Church that is fine, keep it to your self.”

“Baptist Fundamentalist Finger Pointing , Which I so thankfully came out of. Blind guides and Pharisee's. White washed sepulchers filled with dead men's bones. That's all you are portraying. Since you think Pentecostals and charismatic's are the ones in error, hear it from a former baptist. AIN'T NO WAY.”

“Shame on you and the things you have said about Mr. Swindoll. I have listened to Chuck for many years and have been very moved by his sermons and his love for the Lord. After browsing over your ‘Warning about Chuck Swindoll’ I am disheartened that a ministry (and I use this term loosely in your case) would bash a man who has done many great things for God. I hope that you go to bed tonight and look deep into your soul, as well as pray fervently, that the Lord will open your darkened eyes and see the light. God bless you, and know that I will be praying for you and your salvation.”

“I just read your post on John MacArthur at You people are pharasaic in every way. I'm looking forward to blogging on you - coming soon.”


“Shut up, Idiot! You read the information, and get saved, you idiot. Michael is now standing in Zion (Daniel 12:1; Matthew 24:15-22).” [This kind note was sent to me in reply to my simply request that he stop sending me his “prophecies.”]

“It is not Myron LeFevre and CCM who are destroying Christianity in America. It is the ADL and all of the Zionist-controlled organizations who are to blame. Notice how Jews and Judaizers are taking over Christian radio and TV.”

“I just think there are many paths to the One GOD and it is not within any ONE perception or name that we can call the God anything but the I AM or THE ALL. I mean we are spiritual beings here on earth having a human experience, so why slam humanity, creativity? Well let me say this -- music sooths the savage beast..... in all forms. ... Thanks for reading, if you did. Peace and Love to you from a Hippie, Pagan, Unitarian!”

“You are so wrong in your interpretation of the Beatles and especially George Harrison and John Lennon. I won't bother to go into the debate with you over the whether or not George Harrison is a Christian or not, I know for a fact that he was, but as far as the Beatles are concerned they collectively gave this world an injection of LOVE which it so desperately needs and perhaps they showed religion for what it truly is; a ‘
Classical Mess’.  ... God is Love and that is what the Beatles stand for!”