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  • About - Ministry
    Way of Life Literature/David Cloud
    David Cloud is founder and director of Way of Life Literature, a 45-year-old preaching and teaching ministry.

    In 1973, when he was 23 years old and living a “hippie” lifestyle, having hitchhiked across America, sold drugs, and joined a Hindu meditation society, Brother Cloud was saved by the marvelous grace of Jesus Christ. Right away he became an eager student of the holy Bible and felt the call to preach and teach God’s Word. Within six months. he had printed his first book on a biblical theme.

    Brother Cloud married his wife, Linda, in 1976, and God has given them four children and nine grandchildren. The Clouds have had a pioneer missionary church planting ministry in Asia since the late 1970s. Way of Life Literature has published roughly 200 books in fifteen languages, including the widely-used Way of Life Encyclopedia of the Bible & Christianity.

    Brother Cloud is also the founder of the monthly O Timothy magazine, which began in 1984. In a nutshell, David Cloud is a servant of Jesus Christ, and apart from Christ he is nothing. We join John the Baptist in saying of Christ, “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30).
  • About - Purchasing Books & such..
    Way of Life Literature
    We are a small church-based ministry. The Way of Life ministry office is operated out of Bethel Baptist Church, London, Ontario Canada. We maintain a mail stop (P.O. Box) in Port Huron, MI. Orders are processed and filled in London and then bulk shipped via UPS to Port Huron. From there they are mailed via U.S. postal service to customers. Orders are usually received in two to three weeks. Downloads (eBooks, etc) are provided immediately upon completion of order.

    We do our very best to get the orders out quickly and efficiently, but we cannot provide the instant service that large commercial publishers offer. We thank you beforehand for your patience and Christian grace.
  • Contact
    Way of Life Literature
    P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061–0368. (mailing address only)
    1-866-295-4143 (toll free: USA & Canada),
    519-652-2619 (voice), (email) site)

    Canada (Ministry Office location)
    Bethel Baptist Church, 4212 Campbell St. N., London, Ont. N6P 1A6
    1-866-295-4143 (toll free)
    519-652-2619 (voice), 519-652-0056 (fax)
    Way of Life Literature.

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  • eMailng Bro. Cloud

    Anyone of sincere heart and sound mind is welcome to write to me. I enjoy hearing from people, and I benefit from the information and links that people send. I also benefit from challenges and exhortations, and I answer many of the e-mails personally.

    But these days I am extremely busy, to say the least, and I simply cannot and will not answer all of the questions that people ask me by email.

    You need to understand my situation.

    I have been writing books since 1973 and have been receiving letters from readers ever since. Before e-mail, I tried to answer every piece of communication that included a question, unless it appeared to be merely a “hit piece.” But that was in the day when to communicate with a writer or preacher in another place one had to sit down and write a letter and purchase an envelop and stamp, seal it, post it, and wait weeks for a reply.

    In 1993, the Way of Life web site became active and e-mail came into play. Since then the amount of communication I receive has increased dramatically. Today any person can shoot off a quick e-mail with no cost or effort. It has become nearly impossible for writers to answer the deluge of communication.

    It is true that I should defend my teaching when challenged, but we live in a “new age” technologically that has changed everything, and there is no going back. We are doubtless at the end of the church age, and Christ is coming!

    We have been church planters in South Asia since 1979, and as part of that ministry we operate a full-time Bible college. I also travel three or four months out of the year on preaching and research trips to many parts of the world.

    All of this is in addition to researching and writing articles for the daily Fundamental Baptist Information Service (about 200 per year), the weekly Friday Church News Notes, the monthly
    O Timothy magazine, the major new books we publish each year, and spending time with my wife and kids and grandkids, and a ton of other things.

    What I am saying is that I just don’t have time to answer all of the questions and challenges that people send me. If I did that, I would neglect many things that I consider more important. It is that simple. And I am the one who will answer to Christ for how I spend my time.

    Many people take offense when I give a brief e-mail reply to their questions. (They also take offense if I don’t reply at all.) They think I am being curt because I don’t give them a lengthier, “friendlier” reply. People who read my writings get to know me somewhat, and they think they are not strangers to me and I therefore should not treat them as strangers, when the fact is that I usually don’t know them from “Adam’s house cat”! And that’s true even if they have written to me more than once.

    The bottom line is that I am not the fundamentalist equivalent of the “Bible Answer Man.”

    I have supplied a lot of information that is freely available on the Web site. There are literally hundreds of articles and about 60 free eBooks. The answers to vast numbers of questions can be found there. I don’t know anyone who gives away more extensively-researched, expensively-researched material than I do.

    We also publish a ton of material that is available for purchase at a very reasonable price.

    These materials contain the answers to most of the questions that we receive.

    I can say right up front that if you write and ask me about this or that author or speaker or this or that organization or this or that movement, you probably will not get a reply. If I have written on that particular thing, the report can be found at the Web site or the Fundamental Baptist Digital Library, both of which have search engines. In 2012 we worked hard to improve the search engine at the web site, and it is very efficient. The search engine for the 2012 edition of the
    Fundamental Baptist Digital Library was also much improved.

    If I haven’t written on that particular thing, it is exceedingly doubtful that I will give you a private statement or opinion.

    I can also say that if you write to ask me to read some article or web site page or to watch some YouTube video and comment on it, you will probably not get a reply.

    And if you write to ask my opinion about what is going on in your church, you probably won’t get a reply. I have learned that when I try to deal with such things with strangers and I don’t have the whole story, I am not only wasting my time but am also positively wrong in getting involved.

    I sincerely wish I could help everyone, but the reality is that I am only one man. I’ve never had anyone to help answer the e-mails. Therefore, I reply only as I have time and as I see fit.

    Feel free to write, but you must understand that you will not necessarily receive any sort of reply. And if you receive a reply, it will most likely be very short.

    By the way, I can promise you that writing repeatedly with the same question will not increase your chance of receiving a reply.

    Yours in Christ,
    Brother Cloud

  • Statement of Faith

    Statement of Faith


    The Bible, with its 66 books, is the very Word of God. The Bible is verbally and plenarily inspired as originally given and it is divinely preserved in the Hebrew Masoretic Text and the Greek Received Text. The Bible is our sole authority in all matters of faith and practice. The King James Version in English is an example of an accurate translation of the preserved Hebrew and Greek texts; we believe it can be used with confidence. We reject modern textual criticism and the modern versions that this pseudo-science has produced, such as the American Standard Version, the New American Standard Version, the Revised Standard Version, and the New International Version). We also reject the dynamic equivalency method of Bible translation which results in a careless version that only contains the general ideas rather than the very words of God. Examples of dynamic equivalency versions are the Today’s English Version, the Living Bible, and The Message.

    2 Samuel 23:2; Psalm 12:6-7; Proverbs 30:5-6; Matthew 5:18; 24:35; John 17:17; Acts 1:16; 3:21; 1 Corinthians 2:7-16; 2 Timothy 3:15- 17; 2 Peter 1:19-21; Revelation 22:18-19


    The Scriptures testify that God is a spirit whose nature is light, love, and holiness; He is infinite, eternal, all wise, all powerful, all knowing. There is only one God, but that God is revealed as three distinct Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This is the traditional doctrine of the Trinity.

    Genesis 1:1; Exodus 3:14; Psalm 115:3; Luke 1:37; Psalm 139:1-16: 145:17; 1 Peter 1:16; Malachi 3:6; John 3:16; Psalm 103:8; John 4:24; 5:26; 1 Thessalonians 1:19; Deuteronomy 6:4; Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19-20; John 14:16; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 John 5:7; 1 John 3:16


    We believe in God the Father, perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, measureless in power. We rejoice that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all that come to Him through Jesus Christ.

    Genesis 1:1; 17:1; Exodus 6:3; Deuteronomy 4:35; Psalm 90:2; 139:7-10; Isaiah 40:28; John 4:24; 1 John 1:5


    The second Person of the triune God is the Son, whose name is the Lord Jesus Christ. He existed eternally with the Father. At His incarnation, without change in His deity, the eternal Son of God became a man through the miracle of the virgin birth. Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. He lived a sinless life, performed miracles to prove that He was the Messiah, died a substitutionary death for all men, was buried, and arose from the grave bodily the third day. Thereafter He ascended into Heaven and is presently fulfilling His intercessory and mediatorial ministry. He has promised to return to Rapture the church age saints prior to the Tribulation and to return to the earth to establish His millennial reign at the end of the Tribulation.

    Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 18:11; 20:28; John 1:1,14; 3:16; 8:58; Romans 3:25-26; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:14-21; Philippians 2:6-11; Hebrews 2:9-15; 1 Peter 1:19


    The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Godhead (Matt. 28:20; 1 Jn. 5:7). He is eternal (Heb. 9:14). He was active in creation (Gen. 1:2). He fashions men and imparts life to them (Job 33:4). He anointed and empowered Israel’s judges, kings, and prophets (Jud. 3:10; 6:34; 11:29; 1 Sam. 16:13). He inspired the Scriptures, imparting the words of God to holy men of old (Jn. 14:26; 1 Cor. 2:11-13; 1 Pet. 1:10-12; 2 Pet. 1:19-21). He convicts the world of sin and draws men to Christ (Gen. 6:3; Jn. 16:7-11). He came upon the church age saints at Pentecost to empower them for world evangelism (Acts 1:8). He regenerates those who believe (Jn. 3:5-8) and seals them unto the resurrection (Eph. 1:13-14). He indwells all who are born again, sanctifies them (1 Pet. 1:2), equips and empowers them for service (Acts 1:8; 1 Cor. 12), and illuminates their understanding of the truth. He calls and sends missionaries (Acts 13:1-4).


    We believe in the Genesis account of Creation and that it is to be accepted literally and not figuratively; that the world was made in six 24-hour days; that man was created directly in God’s own image and did not evolve from any lower form of life; that all animal and vegetable life was made directly and made subject to God’s law that they bring forth only “after their kind.”

    Genesis 1; Nehemiah 9:6; Job 38:4-41; Ps. 104:24-30; Jn. 1:1-3; Acts 14:15; 17:24-26; Rom. 1:18-21; Col. 1:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-3; 11:3


    By disobedience to the revealed will of God, man became sinful and subject to the power of the Devil. When Adam and Eve sinned, their hearts became fallen and corrupted by sin, and this corrupt nature has been transmitted to the entire human race so that man is not only a sinner by nature and practice, but is guilty and condemned before God and possesses within himself no means of recovery or salvation.

    Genesis 2:16-17; 3:1-24; Psalm 51:5; Ecclesiastes 7:29; Isaiah 53:6; Jeremiah 17:9; Mark 7:20-23; Romans 3:9-20; 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3


    Salvation is by the grace of God alone, which means that it is a free gift that is neither merited nor secured in whole or in part by any virtue or work of man or by any religious duty or sacrament. The gift of God’s grace was purchased by Jesus Christ alone, by His blood and death on Calvary. The sinner receives God’s salvation by repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Though salvation is by God’s grace alone through faith, it results in a changed life; salvation is not
    by works but it is unto works. The faith for salvation comes by hearing God’s Word. Men must hear the gospel in order to be saved. The Gospel is defined in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4.

    John 1:11-13; 3:16-18, 36; 5:24; 14:6; Acts 4:12; 15:11; 20:21; Romans 10:9-10,13, 17; Ephesians 1:7; 1:12-14; 2:8-10; Titus 3:3-8; Hebrews 1:3; 1 Peter 1:18-19; 1 John 4:10


    We believe that all who put their trust in Jesus Christ are justified (declared righteous by God because of Christ); their sins are pardoned; they are regenerated (born again) and are given spiritual life by the Holy Spirit; they are eternally secure because they are kept by God.

    Isaiah 53:11-12; John 10:27-30; Acts 10:43; 13:39; 15:11; Romans 3:21-25; 5:1-2, 9; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Titus 3:7; 1 Peter 1:2-5; 1 John 5:10-13


    We believe that sanctification is presented in three phases in Scripture, past, present, and future: that the believer
    has been sanctified in Christ; that he is being progressively sanctified through the working of the indwelling Spirit, and that he will be completely sanctified at resurrection; that there is no complete eradication of the old nature in progressive sanctification during this present life; that speaking in tongues was not a sign of either regeneration or sanctification; that the New Testament gift of tongues is not in existence today, but ceased with the completion of the Scriptures.

    John 17:17; Romans 1:17; 6:1-18; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 6:11; 1 Corinthians 13:8-13; 14:20-22; Ephesians 4:15; 5:26-27; Philippians 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-7; Hebrews 10:10; 1 Pet. 1:15-16


    Prior to the creation of man, God made a great host of creatures known as angels (Col. 1:16). They are called “sons of God” in Job 38:4-7 and were witnesses of the creation of the earth. Angels are spirit beings (Ps. 104:4). They do not marry (Mat. 22:30). One of these, perhaps the very highest, was Lucifer. Becoming proud he determined to be like God and led a rebellion of angels against God (Isa. 14:12-17; Ezek. 28:11-19). Since then Lucifer is called Satan or the devil and those angels that followed him are devils or demons (Mat. 25:41; Rev. 12:9). Some of the rebellious angels are in hell (2 Pet. 2:4; Jude 6), while others are free and are assisting the devil (Mat. 9:34). The angels that did not join the rebellion are called “the elect angels” (1 Tim. 5:21) and “holy angels” (Rev. 14:10). They are innumerable (Heb. 12:22). They minister to the saved (Heb. 1:14). Satan is called “the prince of the power of the air” (Eph. 2:2) and “the god of this world” (2 Cor. 4:4). Satan has opposed the work of God since creation of man and is the power behind the “rulers of the darkness of this world” (Eph. 6:12). He is the power behind idolatry (Deut. 32:17; 1 Cor. 10:20; Rev. 9:20). Satan is currently opposing the progress of the Gospel (2 Cor. 11:14-15; 1 Tim. 4:1). The devil was defeated at the cross of Christ (Heb. 2:14). He is not greater than or equal to God (Job 1; 1 Jn. 4:4). He can be resisted (Jam. 4:7) and overcome (1 Jn. 2:13; Rev. 12:11). He will be cast into the bottomless pit at the return of Christ (Rev. 20:1-3), will be released briefly after the millennial kingdom, and will be cast into the lake of fire to be punished for ever and ever (Rev. 20:7-10).


    We believe that the church on earth is a congregation of scripturally baptized believers bound together by a common New Testament faith and fellowship in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The church was established and built by Jesus Christ (Mat. 16:18). The church is the pillar and ground of the truth (1 Tim. 3:15). Each church is autonomous (self-governing, self-disciplining, self-supporting, self-propagating) and stands on its own feet under its one Head Jesus Christ, which is what we see in Acts and the Epistles. Its officers are pastors (also called elders and bishops) and deacons (1 Tim. 3). Its two ordinances are baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which are performed as memorials of Christ’s death and resurrection (Acts 2:41-42; 1 Cor. 11:23-24). Baptism is for believers only and is by immersion and is called a burial (Rom. 6:1-4). It is not for salvation and is not a part of salvation but follows after salvation as a public testimony thereof and as a picture of the believer’s death, burial, and resurrection with Christ (Acts 8:36-39; 16:30-33; 18:8). Baptism is not the gospel but is a picture of the gospel, being the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ for our sins (1 Cor. 1:17; 15:1-4). The church’s sole authority is the Bible (2 Tim. 3:16-17). Its Great Commission is the work of world evangelism and discipleship (Mat. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 13:1-4).


    We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interests and good order of human society; that magistrates are to be prayed for (1 Tim. 2:1-4), conscientiously honored and obeyed (Mat. 22:21; Rom. 13:1-7; Titus 3:1; 1 Pet. 2:13-14), except only in the things opposed to the will of God (Acts 4:18-20; 5:29); that church and state should be separate, as we see in Scripture; the state owing the church protection and full freedom, no ecclesiastical group or denomination being preferred above another. A free church in a free state is the Christian ideal.


    We believe the Scriptures teach that at death the spirit of the believer passes instantly into the presence of Christ and dwells there in conscious joy until the resurrection of the body when Christ comes for His own (Mk. 9:4; 2 Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23; 2 Tim. 4:6; Rev. 6:9-11). At death, the spirit of the unbeliever descends immediately into Hell to await the resurrection of the wicked into judgment; there the conscious soul is tormented in fire (Mk. 9:43-49; Lk. 16:22-31). The blessed hope of the believer is the personal, pre-tribulational, pre-millennial appearance of Christ to rapture the church age saints away before the Tribulation (1 Cor. 15:51-57; 1 Thess. 1:9-10; 4:13-18; 5:1-9; Titus 2:13). This coming of Christ is imminent (Mat. 24:42-44; 25:13; 1 Thess. 5:2-4). God’s righteous judgments will then be poured out on an unbelieving world during the Tribulation (Dan. 12:1; Joel 2:2; Mat. 24:21; Rev. 6-18). This is the seventieth week of Daniel -- Dan. 9:24-27). The climax of this fearful era will be the physical return of Jesus Christ to the earth in great glory to establish the Davidic Kingdom (Mat. 16:27; 24:30-31; 26:64; Rev. 1:7; 2 Thess. 1:7; Rev. 19:11-21; 20:1-4). Israel will be saved and restored completely to their land and kingdom (Isaiah 2:2-5; 60; 66:20-24; Joel 3:1-2; 18-21; Zech. 14; Rom. 11:25-29). Satan will be bound, and the curse will be lifted from the physical creation (Isaiah 11:6-9; Rev. 20:1-4). Following the Millennium, Satan will be loosed from the bottomless pit, will lead one last unsuccessful rebellion, and will be cast into the lake of fire to be tormented forever and ever (Rev. 20:7-10). This will be followed by the Great White Throne judgment of the unsaved dead (Rev. 20:11-15) and the establishment of the New Heavens and the New Earth (Rev. 21-22; 2 Pet. 3:10-13).


    We believe that the Bible requires separation from all forms of heresy and ecclesiastical apostasy (Rom. 16:17; 2 Cor. 6:14-18; 1 Thess. 3:6; 1 Tim. 6:3-5; 2 Tim. 3:5; Titus 3:10-11; 2 John 10-11; Rev. 18:4). We are commanded to try them, mark them, rebuke them, have no fellowship with them, withdraw ourselves, receive them not, have no company with them, reject them, and separate ourselves from them. The Bible teaches that the course of the church age is characterized by increasing apostasy (2 Timothy 3:1 - 4:6).


    We believe the Bible also requires strict separation from the evil things of the world (Mat. 6:24; Rom. 12:2; 2 Cor. 6:3; Eph. 5:11; 1 Thess. 5:22; Titus 2:11-14; James 1:27; 4:4; 4:8; 1 John 2:15-17; 5:19).