Bishop's Letter to Member who Left the Amish
April 25, 2012
The following letter was written by a Bishop of an Amish community in Pennsylvania and sent to a young man, Marvin, who had recently left the Amish community. The letter followed soon after Marvin was in a bad car accident.
Heard you were in a bad wreck, one of the guys got killed. As the tree falls, so he will lay. Until Judgment Day. I hear he was only 18? I don’t know him. But unless his parents didn’t try to teach him right from wrong the whole load will lie on him?
I’m older and I’ve learned a lot in my day. Jesus says, How many will be turned down on Judgment Day. They will be badly disappointed, irrnet nicht, Gott laszt sich nicht spotten [God will not be made fun of]. What a person sows in this life, he will harvest in all ewigheit [eternity]. So Jesus says further, Lasset uns gutes thun und nicht mude warden [let us not be weary in well doing], then in the time of judgment he that sowed good seed, shall receive the best, a home in heaven which will never end. He that sowed the worldly seed, shall receive hell in all eternity. “Forever.”
One preacher said, if anyone had the chance to ask the devil, why did you do this to me. He would most likely say, why did you listen to me? You wouldn’t of had to. Now you can see how it goes you.
One of the lessons I’ve learned that done me the most good, is to find out the devil don’t care in no way. His thinking is, you are going with me if I have it to say, “to hell.” First when television came out, I asked my Mother if she ever seen it? She said, No, and she hopes she never has too. Now people can’t hardly live without it and radio and music and all that.
God says, vie Gottlofen haben jein jrierlen, wider mit Gott, oder ihr gewissen [the ungodly have no peace with God or their conscience]. That’s why they have to dig deep in the worldly things so they can live with themselves, otherwise they couldn’t make it. We have two choices, pay attention while we can, or else only one thing left. “Hell fire,” It’s not me saying it. It’s God’s word.
One guy came back and went Amish again, the way he was learned. He said, don’t let anybody tell you it don’t bother them out there, where you are now. He knows better. The spirit that won us over, is the one we are working for. Good or bad? Another thing that tells me a lot is a good number of these that went the way you are headed now say, or have before they died, that they wouldn’t do it now. But it’s too late. The old timers used to say, when the devil is satisfied he has them tied up in knots, he lets them fall and goes and looks for someone else.
The big difference in you and your brothers and sisters, watch that you don’t have to stand back and watch them go to heaven and nothing but hell is waiting for you. If it wasn’t for concern for the undying soul, it’s wouldn’t matter. But that soul cannot die, don’t matter what.
Apocrypha says: Sirah3: 16 the writer, who leaves his Dad, der wird geschandet, und wer seine mutter betribt der ist ver flucht von herren zorn gottes [Whoever forsakes his father is like a blasphemer, and whoever angers his mother is cursed by the Lord]. The only way we can get away from the “zorn Gottes [God’s anger]” is to listen to our God fearing parents. And if we don’t listen to them, we will never get away from that. “It’s God Word and it stands.”
You might wonder why do I write this stuff? It’s because one soul is worth more than the world and anything or “everything” in it. Everything in the world will burn up to ashes. But the soul can’t burn up, “just burn.” It’s not me saying it. It’s God’s Word. I’m just writing it out of God’s Word.
Jesus warned His followers, don’t let yourselves be deceived. See to it that no-body “jemand euch verfujre [leads you astray].” That’s the biggest worry we have.
If you want to show this letter to someone else, that’s up to you. If we are ashamed of God’s Word, He will be ashamed of us. No matter who it is. Just hope you can get a full recovery. I’ve thought of you a lot already and probably will too. Bye for now. Love and best wishes.
Nothing would be nicer than to see you home again and in church.
Signed, Bishop D.D.K.
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