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Excerpts from Prince of Sumba

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John’s wives were so delighted to actually have Christian visitors, that they didn’t mind that Mary was talking about them. In fact, it was energizing them. John nodded his approval as his wife, Peesha, now took a softer approach.
“Mary, when you were a toddler, if you had an ice cream cone, would you share it? Probably not, I wouldn’t have either. But what if you had ten gallons of ice cream and no freezer? I think even a toddler would share the ten gallons, and if she didn’t, what a shame, for what was left over would just spoil. John is like that ten gallons of ice cream and it would break my heart to put him on ice. It’s just not natural. Men are different.”
“My Ish is not like that.” I wasn’t sure if it was John or myself who was being insulted but it was clear that Mary was worn out from our discussion. Even so, she had enough energy to take one last jab.
“What were you thinking, Ish, writing a book on polygamy!”

“Any historian who had truly studied first century Rome, would have read much of the Lex Papia Poppaea, the Roman marriage law which included rewards for having many children and penalties for remaining single. It’s also clear that this is why Paul defended celibacy, not to promote celibacy as a permanent state, but in reaction to certain of the regulations in the Lex Papia Poppaea. If a single man between the age of puberty and sixty was to receive an inheritance, he would lose it if he didn’t get married within one hundred and twenty days. The same applied to single women between the age of puberty and fifty. Paul simply wanted to make sure that no man would marry out of compulsion from the government but would marry only out of a compulsion from God to be fruitful and multiply. We certainly know that Paul never meant for any woman to be without a husband. He clearly stated, ‘I will, therefore, that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.'”

Mark 10:11 is confusing to many students of the Bible. In that verse, Jesus presents us with a syllogism. A syllogism is a logical argument that has the form; If A and B, then C. Here is the syllogism Jesus presented in Mark 10:11:

Whosoever shall put away his wife, and shall marry another,
[A]                                         [B]
committeth adultery against her.{DBY}
[C]

Notice that the Bible DOES NOT SAY:

Whosoever shall not put away his wife, and shall marry another,
[NOT A]                                    [B]
committeth adultery against her.
[C]

Since this example is not found anywhere in the Bible, we lie if we claim that a man who has not put away his wife, and marries another, commits adultery. Only when a man marries a new wife, having put away another wife, has he committed “adultery against her.” William Tyndale, the first English translator of the Bible, renders it, “breaketh wedlocke to her warde” which is synonymous with “causeth her to commit adultery.” Mark 10:11 is simply one of the many examples of putting away “for reasons other than fornication.” Putting away, “saving for the cause of fornication,” is forbidden. Marrying a new wife, without putting away another wife, is not forbidden.

Matthew 5:32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.

For those of you who are having a hard time grasping this I am adding additional material here that is not in my novel.

Let’s look at a real life example of a logical syllogism.

[Whoever borrows his friend’s car] and [sells that car as his own]
A                                                                 B
[commits fraud.]
C
From this syllogism, we can infer the example below is true:
Henry borrowed his friend’s car and sold that car as his own.
A                                          B
Henry committed fraud.
C
But when one of the antecedents (A or B) is not true then the conclusion (C) does not follow.
Henry bought his friend’s car and sold that car as his own.
NOT A                                   B
Henry committed fraud.
C
In the second example, A is not true and therefore C cannot be proven. Henry bought his friend’s car. He did not borrow it. So although B is true, he sold it as his own. Selling your own car is permissible so to charge Henry with fraud is unwarranted.

NOW LISTEN: The only people who think that Henry committed fraud in the second sentence are people who grew up in communist countries where strict laws against buying and selling have short circuited their brains into making them think that any activity involving buying and selling is forbidden.

Look at where you live. If your country has strict laws against polygamy then your brain has likely been short circuited to make you think that even an illogical argument against polygamy is logical simply because you’ve been improperly brought up to believe that is is forbidden. Remember, on the topic of buying and selling a car, you completely understood that the change of A to Not A (not borrowed but purchased) made the sale completely legitimate. Apply that to the topic of putting away and marriage. Only putting away for the purpose of marrying is forbidden. Marrying without putting away is not forbidden. Of course a woman who takes another husband commits adultery and there are verses against a married woman being with more than one man.

Romans 7:3 So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.

The following is a typical course description for Philosophy 101 for a first year Pre-Theology student. It includes an introduction to syllogisms. You do not have to be a theologian, or a linguist to understand that [If A and B then C] DOES NOT PROVE [If Not A and B then C.] In fact, it doesn’t even hint at C. You simply must have studied one paragraph from any first year logic book or even a dictionary to understand this.

PHIL101 An Introduction to Philosophical Argumentation
3 credits. This is an introductory course in logic and critical thinking as practiced by Western philosophers since the time of Aristotle, including the nature and uses of formal arguments or syllogisms; truth, validity, and soundness; the distinction between deduction and induction; and the nature and misuses of informal fallacies.

Note: Pastor Don Milton graduated from the University of Washington in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics. He applies his knowledge of linguistics and logic to analyze and preach the Bible.

The above was taken from footnote 9, Page 270 of Prince of Sumba, Husband to Many Wives. Copyright 2009 – Don Milton – All Rights Reserved

This excerpt is from The Prince of Sumba, Husband to Many Wives.
Copyright 1998-2009 Don Milton All Rights Reserved.
All Copyright Laws Apply – Thou Shalt Not Steal

Chapters: [Prologue] [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18]  [19]  [20]  [21]  [22]  [23]  [24]  [25]  [26]

Chapter 12 – Martin Madan – A Memory of Love
 

   Ruth’s genius was revealed through her method of Bible study but now she opened up to expose the tenderest of hearts. She set aside her notes, as her voice softened and she delivered a long overdue eulogy for the now forgotten Reverend Martin Madan.
“You remember how Sam said that there’s a long list of eminent theologians who’ve been forgotten simply because they supported polygamy?”
“Yes, I remember.” Suni answered, “I was wondering who those might be.”
“Well Suni, the Reverend Martin Madan, the Father of the Evangelical Hymnal, was a well known preacher of the eighteenth century and the most talented Church music composer of all time.22 He wrote a book called: ‘Thelyphthora; Or, a Treatise on Female Ruin, Its Causes, Effects, Consequences, Prevention, and Remedy.’ Part of the remedy that Madan proposed was polygamy.23 He put forth in his book that the ban on polygamy that was originally put in force by the Roman Catholic popes had been the cause of widespread prostitution and fornication. He roundly criticized the banning of taking more than one wife, an activity that Jesus used in metaphor without criticism.”
Cherry recalled the parable of the Ten Virgins, “Yes, Ruth, Jesus praised the five brides who kept plenty of oil in their lamps while they waited for their polygamous husband.”24
“That’s a great example, Cherry. Now can any of you tell me what song the following line comes from?

‘With th’ Angelic Hosts proclaim,
Christ is born in Bethlehem!'”

“Are you telling us that the Reverend Martin Madan wrote Hark the Herald Angels Sing?” Suni asked.
“No, Suni, that was primarily written by Charles Wesley, but in 1760, Martin Madan did introduce those two lines and they have been kept in the hymn as we sing it still today.”25
“So he was apparently a well accepted and much beloved Christian of his time to have known Charles Wesley.” Asina observed.
“That’s right. Not only did he know Charles but he was godfather to Charles’ son, Samuel and he was also a friend of Charles’ brother, John Wesley, the famous evangelist who founded the Methodist denomination.26 Madan even comforted the dying composer Handel, famous for his masterpiece; The Messiah.27 I think it’s clear that up to the moment that he published Thelyphthora, in 1780, that he was well respected. In 1746, thirty four years before he wrote that book, he founded the London Lock Hospital. London Lock was the first voluntary hospital that treated venereal disease.28 It was during his ministerial duties there that he gained a great deal of first hand knowledge about the consequences of fornication and prostitution. Shortly after Madan’s arrival, the institution opened a new building and it became known as ‘The Female Hospital.’ He built a chapel associated with the hospital which could seat up to eight hundred people.29 This may not seem large compared with today’s mega-churches but it’s still a very large fellowship and it was one of the largest of his day. His chapel received enough tithes to become a strong source of support for the hospital.30 It was there that the singing of hymns first took hold as part of Christian worship in England.31 The members sang from a hymnal that Madan, himself, had published. He published the hymnal as a benefit to future generations as well as to raise money for the hospital.32 From the Chapel at the Lock, Hymn singing spread quickly through the English speaking world with Madan’s hymnal the standard. His mastery of musical worship brought thousands to the Chapel at the Lock and his hymns have brought many more thousands to a saving knowledge of our Lord.32 In less than thirty short years from the first printing of Madan’s hymnal, fully two thirds of the hymns sung, even in the parishes of the Church of England, had been arranged by Madan himself for his hymnal had become the core of the Church of England’s hymnal.33 The Baptist’s hymnal came out twenty five years after Madan’s.34 Here is the very hymnal that Madan published. My father let me take the original from his library to show you.”
Ruth handed Cherry the hymnal, ‘A Collection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes, Never Published Before by the Reverend Martin Madan’. Cherry handled it carefully, then reflected.
“So the loving man who published this hymnal was cast aside because of his pity for the women who came under the bondage of harlotry?* For wanting the men who knew them only as their mistresses to take them as wives? That was his sin? That’s not sin, that’s a badge of honor! I would love to have known that man!”
“Cherry, I think there are some men just like the Reverend Martin Madan who are sitting in this room right now.”
“I agree. It’s wonderful.” Cherry looked down. She seemed shy to consider herself one who a Christian might desire. I didn’t doubt that she understood her eternal value to the Lord but forgetting her past, let alone believing that any potential husband could forget her past, was still beyond her grasp. Cherry wanted to know more.
“So what happened to the Reverend Martin Madan, Ruth?”
“After he published Thelyphthora in 1780, he was forced to resign from the London Lock Hospital, the very hospital that he had founded! He’d served thirty four years as its founder and twenty two years as its chaplain when he resigned.35

UPDATE – I have discovered that the Dictionary of National Biography was in error when stating that Madan resigned in 1780. According to various biographies of the time, Madan retained the sole title of Chaplain to the Lock till his death in 1790. Between the years of 1780 and 1790 it is true that other men held the positions of Morning Preacher and Evening Preacher but none filled his position of Chaplain till his death. De Coetlogon and Thomas Scott were the best known of these morning and evening preachers.

Ruth handed a Webster’s Dictionary to Cherry.
“Look up the word, ‘Lock hospital.'”
“Ok, hang on.” Cherry opened the dictionary and read the citation. “‘Lock hospital: a hospital for the treatment of venereal diseases.’ Wait a minute, Ruth, you’re telling me that a new word entered the English language because of the Reverend Martin Madan?”
“Yes, Cherry. The Lock Hospital was the first hospital of its kind in the world! Every hospital like it is now referred to as a Lock hospital. To this day, the administrators of such hospitals can only pray that they’ll have a fraction of the success that the Reverend Martin Madan had during his years at the Lock.”
“I’m afraid to know the rest of what happened to the Reverend Martin Madan but I’ve got to know.”

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*Harlot – a woman who has engaged in sexual relations without the benefit of marriage. Harlots are in bondage to sin, in bondage to the men they have relations with and those men are also in bondage to them.

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Chapter 6 – Cherry the Harlot

Pastor Sam was standing on a raised platform at the center of the courtyard. He motioned me to join him.
“Bring Suni with you. I’m sure you’ll need an assistant.”
“Suni, would you like to be my assistant today?”
“Okay, Ish. If you want me.”
“Of course I want you. C’mon”
I hadn’t realized it till we stepped onto the platform that it was slowly turning. Sam could see my surprise and explained it to me.
“Ish, the platform turns so that we’ll be able to face all of the audience every fifteen minutes or so. Don’t worry. It doesn’t spin fast enough to make you dizzy.”
“Nothing could make me any dizzier than looking out over these 700 women looking back at me.”
I said this to Sam, not realizing the microphone he’d fastened on me was live. My comment was met with laughter and applause so I went with the flow.
“Now that you’ve gotten my attention, I mean I’ve gotten your attention,” my words were met with more applause and laughter, “I can tell you that I’m in love.”
“Uhhhhhh~” Came the familiar chorus from the ladies.
“Yes, and so are you. We’re in love with the Lord!” I shouted.
They all stood clapping. The clapping became a rhythm which continued till I began to pray.
“Lord, help us so that we do not become a strange and degenerate vine unto You.1 Help us so that we will not close our eyes to Your Light. Help us so that we will not backslide but that we may joyfully accept Your deliverance from the the hand of our enemies. Help us to serve You without fear. Strengthen our faith. Amen.”2
“Amen” Came the shout from the ladies.
After I prayed, I began to teach.
“Now, let’s open our Bibles to” but before I could finish my sentence the ladies shouted as with one voice:
“Matthew 5:27&28”3
So they had read my book.
“Having read my books, you all must know that I like to put together little plays to demonstrate the meaning of various Bible verses. Suni has already volunteered and in a few minutes I’ll be asking for a couple more volunteers. Come over here Sexy.”
I was certain that calling Suni by her nickname, “Sexy” would keep the crowd’s attention and it did. The familiar “uhhhhhh~” could be heard from the audience.
“You’re going to be the single lady, Sexy. Stand over there.”
Sexy put on a pouting face.
“I wanted to be the married lady!” She stomped her feet like a spoiled toddler.
“Yes, let her be the married lady!” The girls shouted.
No more had I gotten out the words,
“Okay, so you’re the married lady.” than Suni said,
“Who’s my husband?”
Exasperated I replied,
“You want a husband? Let’s see. Who do you argue with most?”
“I’m arguing with you right now.” She snapped.
Running short of patience I replied.
“Okay, so I’m your husband.”
“Whatcha want for dinner honey?” Suni didn’t miss a cue.
I turned to the side shaking my head. Sexy was a natural when it came to tickling the crowd. I could barely keep a straight face. My wife, Mary, was watching from the front row and was having just as much fun watching Sexy pretend to be my wife as Sexy was having playing the part.
“All right, all right, let’s get on with this.” I said.
“Well we better. We’re married. If we don’t get on with this you’ll have me to deal with when we get home.”
The ladies roared with laughter. Sexy and I couldn’t have put on a better show had we planned it. Just then, I realized that Suni had planned it. She was using her comedic talent to warm up the crowd for me. I was glad. Maybe this would be the first Bible study I held where nobody fell asleep. Suni signaled me with a nod that she was through with her antics and that it was up to me to keep them awake from here on out so I announced.
“Now, I need two more volunteers; one to play the part of a virgin and the other to play the part of a prostitute.”
Modelisa came up to the stage and brought with her a shy girl who barely looked sixteen.
“I’ll let the two of you decide which will play the prostitute and which will play the single virgin.” I said.
Modelisa and the girl started arguing over who would play the prostitute. This was the first time I’d seen Modelisa in anything but perfect composure.
Modelisa complained,
“But she wants to play the prostitute!”
The girl looked so innocent that I couldn’t imagine her playing the prostitute either.
“But maybe she can act the part.” I offered.
Modelisa sighed,
“Introduce yourself to Ish.”
The young girl said,
“I’m Cherry the Harlot.”
“You mean that’s what you want your character to be called?” I asked her.
“No, I am a harlot. Puta*. I’m a whore.”4
It really hurt me to hear her say that. I’d written a lot on the subject of chastity but I’d never personally dealt with someone who’d come out of harlotry. Even with those words that came out of her mouth I couldn’t imagine her ever having been a whore.
“Maybe Modelisa is right.” Cherry said. “I can’t even remember what it was like being a whore.”
“You’re a new creature. Old things are passed away.” Modelisa insisted.5
Cherry, now in tears, burst out with,
“But that doesn’t change what I am because of what I did!”
The ladies in the audience could hear the entire discussion over the loud speakers and so they shouted,
“Testimony, testimony, testimony!”
Sam handed Cherry a microphone.
“There’s nothing good about the fact that I used to be a whore. Nothing! It didn’t teach me anything. That was a lost and worthless part of my life. I’m so ashamed.”6
One of the girls in the crowd shouted,
“But now you’re clean, you’re washed,7 you’re like your name, a cherry all over again.”
“Yeah right,” Cherry responded, “Cherry in the ass.”
There was dead silence. The girls from Sam’s church winced at Cherry’s words. Only a handful of them had even been kissed. It was as if Cherry’s words had pierced a veil of innocence that had covered their ears. Then there were cries from the audience. Modelisa had managed to convince about a dozen of the girls who worked in the local bars to attend the gathering. Some of them started sobbing and shouting. One of them screamed,
“I’m a whore, I’m worthless! Help me.”
The other girls with her started screaming and crying as well,
“Nobody can help us. We’re disgusting!”
“There is nothing we can do. You heard Cherry.”
Cherry, now composed, took out her Bible.
“They’re right! In First Corinthians 6:9,10,&11 Paul wrote:
‘Don’t you know that the unrighteous won’t get the kingdom of God?'”
Cherry now moved to the edge of the stage where the whores had cried out and looked directly at them.
“Don’t pretend, if you’re a whore, you won’t get the kingdom of God. And that’s what you are, whores!” She paused, “But you know what Paul wrote in the very next verse to those same whores? Paul said,
‘but you are washed, you are sanctified, you are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.’
Do you want to be washed through the name of Jesus?”
“Yes!” “Yes!” came their cries, now overcome by the Lord’s spirit moving among them.
“Praise God! And you will be!” Cherry assured them. Then Cherry turned her attention to another group.
“I know that some of you other ladies here, think you’re better than these whores because you gave yourself for free to your boyfriends and didn’t ask money. You even gave your boyfriends presents, kind of like equals you felt. Do you know what God says about you?”
The girls of Sam’s church now listened attentively to Cherry’s words. They knew, as Sam had told me, that there were a dozen or so tares among them; girls who despite being warned, refused to “kiss dating goodbye.”8
Cherry’s voice now hammered into the crowd.
“God says in Ezekiel 16:34
‘And you are the opposite of the other whores because nobody follows you to find you but it is you who gives gifts to your lover while he gives you none!'”9
Cherry’s voice was now shaking and yet it grew stronger. As each word found its mark another repentant voice would cry from the crowd.
“Help me!”10
Cherry’s spiritual assault was unrelenting.
“If these whores don’t get the kingdom of heaven, and God says you’re worse than them. What do you think you get? Some of you already think you’re Christians and yet you behave as whores of the worst kind! I say repent! Come down here to the front right now.”
Cherry pointed accusingly. She knew which girls were having sex with their so-called Christian boyfriends and she was making it crystal clear to them that they were every bit the whore that she’d been, and worse.
“Don’t wait. God will not wait for you when He arrives on a day and at an hour you cannot know!”11
The sobs which had begun slowly now echoed off the buildings that surrounded the courtyard. A few dozen of the ladies Cherry had been pointing to came forward in addition to the whores that Modelisa had brought. Then I noticed an awesome sight. Someone was wandering in from the street.
“What will I do?” She whimpered.
She started shaking uncontrollably as her tears gushed. One of the ladies helped her to a seat in front of the platform where Cherry stood.
Others were coming from outside the courtyard as well. The microphone hadn’t been turned up that loud but Cherry had been able to bellow out her condemnations of harlotry into the nearby streets. The bar girls had just begun arriving for work in the tourist district adjacent to the courtyard and they’d heard Cherry’s pleas and denunciations. They now began to fill up the courtyard.
Cherry’s cry now pierced the air like the sigh of an animal’s last gasp for life before going down in the jaws of a predator.
“What shall you do?” She rasped.
The whores’ eyes were fixed on Cherry as she spoke, their faces streaked with mascara from tears.
“I was a whore. I told myself it was an accident, that I hadn’t planned it and so that made it all right but I knew different. All those things I did. That’s not pretend. You’re not pretend. Your broken life, that’s not pretend. Your body, maybe it’s destroyed. What diseases do you have? If you still have your health, what unseen diseases does your filthy soul have? Yes, filthy soul. DIRT!”12
The sobs increased and there was now a wailing like the wind in a storm moving from one end of the courtyard to the other. It seemed no one else could possibly squeeze into the courtyard but they did.
“Ah, I hear some of you saying. ‘But I was raped by my boss and then he forced me to become a whore.’ He made you become a whore? Where are the chains around your wrists? Where are the shackles on your ankles. If you hated it so much then why did you remain a whore? Could it be for the simple reason that you are a whore? Tell me, does anyone mistake you for being anything but a whore?”13
Cherry’s face reddened as she screeched like a mother whose child has pushed her over the brink.
“You bought those clothes! Don’t you know that you chose to remain a whore? Wasn’t it enough for you to hate the man who raped you? No, your hatred was nothing compared to your envy and you became like him!”14 Cherry stomped on the stage. The sound system hummed with the reverberation.
Screams now filled the courtyard.
“Yes! You’re right!”
“Yes! I did it!”
The walls of the apartment buildings that surrounded us echoed with howls of repentance. It sounded hellish but it was heavenly. Cherry’s voice, now soothing, sang through the broken cries of hundreds of repentant sinners.
“Here is what I want you to do. I want each of you to come down here. You’re not going back to those bars. You belong to Jesus now. The worthless whore hunters that have found out you’re absent from work today; they don’t love you. They don’t even love themselves or why would they believe they’re only worthy of a whore? They’re fools.15 Over the next few hours I’ll help you to understand the joy of salvation that I have. I’ll help you to understand that Jesus loves you and gave Himself for you that you might have life and have it abundantly.16 If you plan to go back to the streets, leave now.”
Nobody left. Still, Cherry didn’t let up.
“Here is what you need to know.”
She spoke forcefully but no longer shouted.
“Repent! Turn from your sins and turn to God. Be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.”17
Cherry handed the microphone to Pastor Sam.
Pastor Sam began,
“You’ve heard a very powerful message today. I’ve known Cherry since she became a Christian but this is the first time I’ve ever heard her speak publicly. She still hasn’t given us her testimony but the Lord has used her to bring hundreds to Him in just a few minutes and I’m sure that this is a testimony that you will remember. I know they’d still like to hear your testimony. Cherry?”
Pastor Sam handed the microphone back to Cherry.
“My testimony isn’t pretty like some of yours.”
Cherry looked toward that part of the audience made up of second generation Born-again Christians. Her eyes were cast down as if ashamed, then she raised them back up and looked straight at the crowd.
“But what God has raised up, shall I cast down?  What God has done shall I now forget?”18
“No!” The new converts shouted, “Tell us!”
“I was with a customer. I’d just finished, well, think of the worst thing that whores do. That’s what I had just finished. Some of you don’t know what the worst thing is, but it’s worse than you think. But I would do anything for money. Nothing bothered me. I’d never gotten sick. I was counting the money my customer had already given me and hoping he’d go to sleep. The next thing I knew, I was waking up in a hospital bed. The nurses saw that I was awake and got the doctor. I could tell from the way he was looking at me that he knew I was a whore. He told me that my bill had been paid and he didn’t know who’d paid it but that I was lucky. He said that at first they’d thought I had hepatitis but since my condition responded to antibiotics it was simply some kind of an infection. I didn’t think I was lucky. I was in a hospital and I felt like I hadn’t eaten for weeks. I told them that I was hungry and their response was that I had to leave. I left the hospital and went back to the bar where I’d worked. There was a notice on the door that said it had been closed for allowing minors to work there. I wondered if I had anything to do with it. I was just thirteen.”
Some of the ladies in the crowd gasped. There was a girl who’d come up to the edge of the platform who was listening intently. She looked thirteen herself. She was made up like a whore and had a long tank top that she wore for a dress. A single tear rolled down her cheek. It was followed by a flood. Sarisa hurried over and wrapped her in a blanket, holding her. They both stood there, the girl trembling in Sarisa’s arms. Cherry continued her testimony.
“I knew what I was doing. I don’t blame the bar owner.” Cherry paused to regain her composure. “I’m sorry, I’ve never given my testimonial before. It’s so dirty. So I was walking down the street of bars looking for another place to work when I heard a woman preaching, saying. ‘There is only one thing that you must do.’ Then she looked straight at me. I looked around to see if there was anyone else she was looking at but there was no one there. ‘Walk away from sin and walk to God. He will show you the steps you must take.’ I looked at myself. I was wearing a top too short to cover my stomach and jeans that stretched skin tight. I asked the lady preacher.
‘How can I walk away from sin. I don’t even have any decent clothes.’ Did that just come out of my mouth, I thought. I’d never thought there was anything wrong with my clothing. My cousins all wore the same revealing stuff and they weren’t whores. But I saw myself as never before. I saw myself for the first time. I didn’t know this self that I had been. What were these rags I was wearing?
‘You’ve got to get me into some decent clothes!’ I pleaded with the preacher. She had a small booth next to where she was preaching and let me sit down there. The street of bars had lots of clothing shops and she walked into one of them. She came out with a simple dress and some under things.
After I’d changed she took my old clothes back to the shop where she’d gotten the new ones. I could see from the shop owner’s smile that she was very happy with the trade. The preacher lady, Sarisa, Pastor Sam’s wife, came back and folded up her booth. I helped her put it into the back of her pickup truck. Then she said,
‘Come on. We have someplace to go.’
I got in with her and we drove to a field meeting that was just a few blocks away. There was a preacher baptizing there. I’d never seen that kind of a baptism. He was putting a girl all the way down under the water. She came out of the water shouting and crying,
‘Alleluia, Praise God, Thank you Jesus!’
It really seemed weird to me. Sarisa introduced me to Pastor Sam.
‘This is Cherry, Sam. I know that she has just had a heavy burden lifted from her heart.’19
Pastor Sam took me by the arm and led me to the microphone. He asked me where I’d come from and what had just happened. I spoke into the microphone,
‘I was listening to your wife, Sarisa, preach and the moment she said to turn from sin and turn toward the Lord Jesus, I felt like I wasn’t who I’d been anymore. My clothing, my makeup, nothing felt like me. I felt…’
‘New?’ Pastor Sam asked.
‘Yes, new.’ I looked up at Pastor Sam. ‘Like something new!’
Tears started to flow from my eyes. Pastor Sam took out his Bible and read 2 Corinthians 5:17.
‘Therefore if anyone be in Christ, she is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.’
I was baptized that day and I haven’t turned back to sin. Not because I’m good but because God worked a miracle in me. He took over when I was weak. That’s my story.’20
You could still hear sobs from the crowd in the courtyard but the sobs had changed to sobs of joy. Sam took back the microphone from Cherry and addressed those who were yearning to be new creations in Christ.
“That day, Cherry met the Lord. She was baptized in that field and in that baptismal much like the one you see here. The Lord promises to you today just as he promised to Cherry on that day,
‘If anyone be in Christ, he or she is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.’ 2 Corinthians 5:17
Now I would like those of you who have accepted Jesus in your hearts today to come to the stage in an orderly procession. I want each one of you to come here and state publicly that you have accepted Jesus as your Savior and then show us by being baptized that you’re turning away from sin and turning to the Lord Jesus for He said,
‘If you are ashamed of me and of my words, then I will be ashamed of you.'”21
The musicians began playing hymns as Pastor Joe, Sam’s assistant, took over. He stood next to the pool which was at the center of the courtyard and called those who were repentant to come near.
“Prepare your hearts to approach the Lord and He will come near you. Cleanse yourselves now of the filthiness that has filled your lives you sinners and purify your hearts, you double minded.”22
I didn’t understand how Sam’s church could put everything into place so quickly but they’d apparently been expecting a great outpouring of the Spirit and this surely was. The ladies from the church were going to their apartments and getting clothing. They’d formed a tent to the side of the pool that was being used for a baptismal. Each of the girls was brought to the tent after her baptism to clean up and put on new clothes. Some of the ladies had built a fire where they were burning the prostitutes’ clothing. I could see Pastor Joe baptizing. Each time a whore approached him to be baptized he spoke the same words,
“Take away the filthy garments from her.” At this, the whore would enter a curtained area and come out wearing a baptismal gown. Then the pastor would say to her,
“Behold, the Lord has caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and He will clothe thee with a change of raiment.23 For today, you have received His robes of righteousness which all the angels now see.24 Enter now through the narrow gate.”25 Then the pastor would dunk her.
“I baptize you in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.”26
Each new convert nearly leapt out of the pool, praising God. Then Pastor Joe would greet these new creatures, these lost lambs who had been found,27 these beloved of the Lord with the same admonition,
“Greatly rejoice in the LORD this day and let your soul be joyful in our God; for he hath clothed you with the garments of salvation, he hath covered you with the robe of righteousness, as a bride adorneth [herself] with her jewels.”28
Pastor Sam walked over to me with Cherry. I was glad. I wanted to say something to her.
“Cherry, remember what Pastor Sam quoted?”
“Yes, Ish, I was thinking about that.”
“How you’re a new creature and that all things are become new?”
“Yes, Ish.”
“You’re not a whore, Cherry. Someone was a whore but that’s not you. You belong to Jesus and everything that belongs to Him is precious and perfect.”
“I know. I don’t know why I carried that burden with me so long.”
Now it was Pastor Sam’s turn to choke up.
“I know why, Cherry.” Sam forced back his tears. “Look at all of them. Maybe if you hadn’t carried that burden with you till this day, these sinners wouldn’t have believed your message.”
“Praise God!” Cherry exclaimed.
“Amen!” Pastor Sam and I concurred.

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1. Jeremiah 2:21
Yet I had planted thee a noble vine, wholly a right seed: how then art thou turned into the degenerate plant of a strange vine unto me?
2. Joel 2:32
And it shall come to pass, [that] whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.
3. Later in this book, Ishmael David’s explanation of Matthew 5:27&28 are given in great detail.
Matthew 5:27&28
Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
4. puta* Tagalog for prostitute.
5. 2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
6. Romans 3:20
Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law [is] the knowledge of sin.
We must not let the world teach us falsely that by sinning we gain knowledge of sin! Sin does not reveal sin. The law reveals sin and the prophet Malachi speaks of our Lord when he says,
“The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity.” Malachi 2:6
Those who brag that they grew up on the streets as if that gives them some special wisdom concerning sin are liars but there are so many who are fooled into believing that kind of liar that I am burdened to repeat the words of Paul to the Romans again: “for by the law [is] the knowledge of sin.” Cherry, the girl in this book, acknowledges this very fact when she says,
“There’s nothing good about the fact that I used to be a whore. Nothing! It didn’t teach me anything. That was a lost and worthless part of my life. I’m so ashamed.”
We must never forget this and we must teach our children that they will gain nothing whatsoever by sinful experiences nor by associating with sinful people.
2 Corinthians 6:17
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing]; and I will receive you.
7. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified*, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. (*sanctified – absolutely clean and presentable as an offering to God)
8. Matthew 13:38
The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked [one]. [Definition: tares – weeds]
9. Ezekiel 16:34
And the contrary is in thee from [other] women in thy whoredoms, whereas none followeth thee to commit whoredoms: and in that thou givest a reward, and no reward is given unto thee, therefore thou art contrary.
10. 2 Chronicles 20:9
If, [when] evil cometh upon us, [as] the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name [is] in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help.
The Lord hears and helps us when we cry unto Him in our troubles! He even helps us when we have created those troubles by our own actions. Praise God! He is a God of love!
11. Matthew 25:13
Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
12. Psalms 53:3&4
Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; [there is] none that doeth good, no, not one. Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people [as] they eat bread: they have not called upon God.
Proverbs 6:26a
For by means of a whorish woman [a man is brought] to a piece of bread
13. Pro 23:27&28
For a whore [is] a deep ditch; and a strange woman [is] a narrow pit. She also lieth in wait as [for] a prey, and increaseth the transgressors among men.
14. Proverbs 3:31
Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.
It’s common among those who have been oppressed to choose to become an oppressor as well, in order to have the wealth of the oppressor, which they envy. A whore is an oppressor in that she “lieth in waith as [for] prey, and increaseth the transgressors among men.” [see above] Certainly her diseases shall not be only for herself but for all the men who lay with her “receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.” Romans 1:27b
15. Proverbs 7:22 He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks.
16. Joy of salvation, gave himself, life abundantly
17. Acts 3:19
Act 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.
18. Ephesians 2:6-9
And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
19. Psalms 55:22
Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.
20. 2Corinthians 12:10
Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
21. Mark 8:38
Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
Luke 9:26
For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and [in his] Father’s, and of the holy angels.
Romans 10:9&10
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
22. James 4:8
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse [your] hands, [ye] sinners; and purify [your] hearts, [ye] double minded.
23. Zechariah 3:4
And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment.
24. Luke 15:10
Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.
25.] Matthew 7:14
Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
26. Matthew 28:19
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
27. Luke 15:4-7
What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found [it], he layeth [it] on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together [his] friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
28. Isaiah 61:10
Greatly rejoice in the LORD this day and let your soul be joyful in our God; for he hath clothed you with the garments of salvation, he hath covered you with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh [himself] with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth [herself] with her jewels.

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Admonitions

I have long been accustomed to plead at the Bar the cause of man; I stand here to plead the cause of God, and to beseech sinners to be reconciled to Him.

— Martin Madan

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