No, you didn’t read that story in your local paper, because that convict got a Good and Evil book 2 months before he was paroled out of prison. After reading Good and Evil he asked the Chaplain for a Bible. The soon-to-be-released rapist and thief had read Matthew, Mark, and Luke before he fell to his knees weeping over his sins. God saved that man. When he got out of prison he walked in truth, and his life has become productive.
How do I know it happened? I know because it is happening all over America. We have letters from prisoners, the wives and children of prisoners, and chaplains testifying of the miraculous salvation of lost souls.
No, these wicked men do not deserve the gift of salvation, just as you and I don’t deserve God’s love, but that is the whole point. God deserves to be glorified in the saving of great sinners. Jesus went to ultimate lengths to purchase forgiveness for us sinners; to what lengths should we go to make his love gift known to sinners?
In Luke 8, we read the parable of the sower. “And the sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.”
Most people discount “jail house conversions.” I have been preaching in prisons and jails for 45 years and I have seen many seeds fall by the way side or upon stony ground, but I have sowed and sowed and I have reaped and reaped, for many seeds fell upon good ground and have been bringing forth good fruit now for many years. Now, with your help, we are sowing all over the world. To date, we have sent Good and Evil out to about 1,000 prisons in the USA.
You may have heard that I don’t have much time for drop-in visitors from our readership, and that’s true, but it is not due to my being antisocial. I have had as many as three ex-prisoners visiting here at one time. Furthermore, if you did come to visit, when you stopped by a neighbor’s house to ask directions, they would think you were just another one of those “saved guys from the prison.” I never turn away a former inmate who has come to know the Lord. They have my full attention. If you have ever received anything from NGJ, know that it was packed by a convicted murderer whom I ministered to for six years before he was released. He walks in truth. He now ministers the gospel in several state or city facilities. You can hear his testimony or hear him preach the Word on our free PODCAST found on the front page of our website. He is just one of many.
So, who were the lady and little daughter left unmolested this week because another sinner repented toward God? Maybe it was you and yours.
You can take books to your local jail, prison, or juvenile detention center. We will sell them to you at our cost of operation if you are giving them to inmates. Of all our ministries, the prison outreach is the one where we get the most requests for free books and the least amount of gifts to pay for them. We are not asking you to keep this ministry afloat and pay our salaries. That is taken care of in the sales of our materials. But we cannot supply each of the 2.5 million inmates in the USA with the Good and Evil books without your help. ◘
FROM THE PRISON
Dear Brother Pearl,
Grace, peace, and love from our Father and Jesus Christ the King. I am praying for you, brother. Jesus Christ is the Repairer of the Breach, and that’s what HE WILL DO FOR YOUR HEART. It is done, my friend.
We have 155 postage stamps saved up. I would like to know if we can buy some of your Good and Evil books to pass out to non-believers, to save souls for Christ. We did this once before with the Good and Evil books. Awesome, brother! When your Good and Evil books came, they had a shattering effect on the stronghold Satan has built in these men’s lives.
One day I came out of my cell for chow. In line, a Christian brother says, “How are you?”
I say, “I am blessed.”
There was a man serving the food who said to me under his breath, “Bless these NUTS”.
Wow, brother. Going to my cell, I committed murder hundreds of times in my heart and swore I would show this guy something. (You see, brother, I was a skinhead shot-caller. Jesus Christ saved my life out of the facility.) This guy is black.
I’m going through it inside my cell. I had just gotten four new Good and Evil books from our chaplain to pass out. I said, “I’m going to give him something, all right. It’s not gonna be a book.”
As the Spirit ministered to me, I started to repent. I ate and started my study. Then again the voice said, “Give him a book.”
Naaa. I didn’t want to give him one because of the verse that says “Thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head” (Romans 12:20). I wanted it to be a gift from God, not out of revenge. So I got back to studying. The voice again.
So I submit to God’s voice. I get the book and write a note of love to this man, with some helpful Scriptures at the bottom: Romans 3:10, 3:23, 6:23, and Acts 16:30-31. So now I call him to my cell. He doesn’t want to come. He knows that I know what he said. Mind you, brother, I never spoke to this man before. He finally comes up the stairs mumbling and grumbling under his breath.
He gets to my door and I say, “God bless you, brother. Jesus Christ loves you.”
“What’ch you want, man?”
“I got something for you.” I pass the book out the side of the door.
He says, “How much I owe you?”
I say, “It’s free, brother.”
He said, “Ain’t nobody gave me nuthin’ my whole life. Are you sure it’s free?”
I say, “Yes, brother.”
He says, “I never said two words to you before.”
“Jesus loves you, brother.”
He walked off. I could swear he said, “Crazy *** white boy…”
Brother Pearl, that night, for the first time, that man accepted our Lord as his personal Saviour! Mighty, mighty, mighty is our Lord and King.
Our prison chaplain said that instead of just paying the postage for your books, we need to pay $5.00 for each and the postage. Well, brother, we have 155 postage stamps saved up. Can we have an even amount of books: Good and Evil, Good and Evil Spanish? Whatever amount it costs, I don’t care, brother. Just one act of random kindness and God’s Word is saving men! If not, brother, keep the stamps as a donation to your ministry from us here at our prison.
– God is saving men, period! Glory to God, D
We have sent him $1200.00 worth of books. Someone’s donation will pay for them, souls will be saved, and the donor will receive the reward in eternity.