11-Day Zoom Conference in India

It is a grief to my heart that I am still presently bound from holding ‘church planters and pastors conferences’ in foreign fields such as India, Kenya, South Africa, etc. However, I rejoice that the Word of God is not bound! The living and powerful Word of God can never be quarantined! As this pandemic has continued to prevent me from holding ‘in-person conferences’ on the foreign fields, I have witnessed our Sovereign Lord open another avenue for teaching and preaching within other nations. This present opportunity of being able to teach and preach by Zoom and Facebook Live has provided an exciting door to reach far more brothers than I could have taught in person; especially in the closed nation of India. Nine of India’s twenty-eight states have laws, which will imprison those who are caught testifying of the Gospel or those who testify of conversion to Christ. The conference in Orissa, India, where I was teaching when the pandemic began, was a secret conference with 150 church planters in attendance. Oh, but praise be to our reigning Lord, I have recently concluded an 11-day Zoom conference, in which I was teaching the Beatitudes to many church planters and pastors from all over the nation of India. It was a great blessing to have Pastor Raj Eleazar translate the Beatitudes workbook from English into the Hindi language. Thus, if a pastor or church planter could speak either English or Hindi, they were welcome to attend this Zoom meeting. Raj was once again my interpreter, and he is an interpreter par excellence! There is a great deal of detailed planning and labor that goes into all the preparations for these conferences. Yet, these leaders joyously labored to carry out this huge endeavor, for the work of the ministry and the glory of the Lord. It was my joy to serve with them.

The following are a few testimonies from various pastors in India, who were in attendance for this Zoom Conference. First, I share a testimony from my dear brother Ajit, who is a former Muslim, who was gloriously converted to Christ. He is now a professor at Gilgal Bible Institute. “I really praise God for the last 11 days of class in my life. God conducted a deep searching of my own heart. God spoke mightily through His servant, to teach me how a Christ-centered life will be manifested. There were many powerful insights from the Word of God that have transformed my attitudes, ambitions, affections, and actions. I am earnestly praying that the Lord God will bless everyone who attended this very significant meeting. Bro. Ed, I really thank you personally. You have been an inspiration in my walk with the Lord. I am blessed to have you as a brother. We are serving a great and mighty God. May His name continue to be glorified, in and through your life.”

Pastor Raj Eleazar wrote, “I have read and preached on the Beatitudes so many times. But, when Bro. Ed taught this in-depth teaching of the Beatitudes, it was a tremendous eye-opener for me. I was the translator for all of the sessions. Thus, I personally was wonderfully blessed by all of this study. The teaching not only came to us as information; for the Holy Spirit was bringing the Word of God in a great transformation concerning my walk with Christ.The course is designed in a way that each Beatitude builds upon the previous one, as a golden ladder of light! I was most personally blessed by the 6th Beatitude, Matthew 5:8, ‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God’. Bro. Ed’s description of the pure heart, was a wonderful illumination, in its two-fold requirements of ‘Singleness of Heart and Sanctity of Heart’. I am praying that God will continue to use Bro. Ed to unleash His Kingdom truths in many hearts through the powerful and accurate teaching of the Word.”

The last testimony comes from Abraham George, who is also one of the lecturers at Gilgal Bible Institute. He writes, “The title itself (The Key to Supreme Happiness and Spiritual Prosperity) ignited a fire to listen to these teachings. We waited for a long time to listen to him with these fresh thoughts from the Beatitudes. After the powerful teaching from ‘Christ-centered Evangelism, I was thinking ‘What will be the next?’ I have preached many times from the passage that he planned to teach. But again, this was very powerful, profound in-depth, and well presented, Let me tell you, this was the most glorious teaching that I have ever heard on the Beatitudes! I want to praise God for placing Bro. Ed in our lives and ministries. We know that God has preserved him for His glory and to bless us. I also want to thank all of you who support Ed Lacy Ministries for the expansion of God’s Kingdom. We are so grateful in India, for these vital teachings to our lives and our ministries to others.”

 Precious co-laborers, things like are mentioned in these testimonies, are what you are so intricately a part of! Once again, we were able to provide the funds for all the logistics for this conference, as well as the food for the ones gathered in the various locations; along with the other expenses incurred. These men are truly overwhelmed that you have a desire in helping them to be equipped with the Truth, for their assigned duty stations within their nation. They always convey messages of thanksgiving and prayers for you.

Taking the Whole Armor of God in a Collapsing Culture

“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with TRUTH, ... .”

Today, we often hear that we are living in the midst of a ‘Cultural War’ in this nation. However, I would submit to you that we are witnessing a ‘Cultural Collapse’, as it is clearly delineated in Romans 1:18-32! As we observe the chaos of this shattered society, it is easy for believers to fall for the deception that the rebel sinners who surround us are our real enemies. However, the Word of God alerts us to the truth that these hellhound transgressors are not our adversaries; instead, they are our Mission Field! We are in a spiritual battle against invisible adversaries. Thus, we have not been redeemed to go AWOL! We have been enlisted into the army of the Lord of hosts. So we must fight the good fight of faith with the spiritual armor, which has been issued to every soldier in His army.

Our Commander is still building His church. He has not yet gathered in the last soul. We are marching toward that triumphant moment when all of the demonic armies and their commander will be incarcerated and thrown into the lake of fire. Oh, but as long as a disciple of Jesus is still living in this fallen world system, we are called to behave as His soldiers until the day of our departure. We were never enlisted into the army of the Lord to live a life of idleness and comfort. We have standing orders to advance into enemy territory with the TRUTHS, which cluster around the glorious Gospel of our Lord and Savior. Brothers and sisters, our primary weapon against the father of lies is the objective TRUTH of the Word of God. We must gird up the loins of our minds with the truth concerning the Deity of Jesus; the truth concerning the holiness of God; the truth concerning the sinfulness and condemned condition of sinners; the truth concerning the glorious work of our Savior, in His perfectly righteous life; His substitutionary and wrath-bearing death; His glorious resurrection from the dead; along with His triumphant ascension and coronation at the right hand of God the Father; and His Gospel commands to repent and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ; and then issuing His Gospel warnings to those who are refusing to come to the Lord Jesus on His terms!

Notice these precious words, which are found in the same epistle to the Ephesians, “In Him, you also trusted, after you heard THE WORD OF TRUTH, the Gospel of your salvation... .” Friends, with these words, Paul is describing the one and only message, which has the Lord Jesus Christ as both its center and its substance! Fellow soldiers, we must equip ourselves, so that we will be ready to proclaim the ‘rightly divided Word of Truth’. This ‘Word of truth’ (the truths which cluster around the Person; the Work; and the Gospel Commands of Jesus) is the only message, which the Spirit of God empowers to produce the new birth! Consequently, as soldiers in the army of the Lord, we must live a life of faithfulness to the TRUTH of the Word of God. We must seek to take opportunities and make opportunities to proclaim ‘THE WORD OF TRUTH’ to those who are still at enmity with God. The infallible and inerrant Word of God is our only objective standard, as we live as resident aliens in this culture of lies. 

The world is utterly corrupted with man-centered opinions and philosophies, which are being propagated by the god of this age. Furthermore, there are many so-called churches, which are contaminated with ‘man- centered teachings’, that are not rooted and grounded in the objective truth of the Word of God! Thus, if you are going to fight the good fight of faith, the objective truth of the Word of God must be your sole authority for life. This is precisely why Peter exhorts us to ‘gird up the loins of our minds’ with the faith (the objective truth), which was once for all delivered to the saints! We must tighten up the loose ends of our thinking, by securing our minds with the glorious truths concerning all of the blessings, which belong to the ones in Christ Jesus the Lord.

Are you girding up the loins of your mind with these magnificent truths that describe all of the spiritual blessings in the heavenly places, which are yours, if you are in union with Christ? Have you girded up the loins of your mind with the riches of the glory of our inheritance in Christ? Are you girding up the loins of your mind with the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe? Have you girded up the loins of your mind with the objective truths, which contain all of God’s glorious promises to His people from eternity past into eternity future? Precious ones, this is the vital and foundational equipment needed for this cosmic conflict in which we are engaged. This is a true and sure foundation for us, if we are going to fight from the bedrock of victory, which is already ours in Christ Jesus the Lord! Oh, may each of us gird our minds with the objective truth of the Word of God, in these days of deception!

THANK YOU!

Once again, precious friends and co-laborers our hearts are overflowing with thanksgiving for each of you who so faithfully and lovingly stand with us. We are overwhelmed at His goodness toward us to be recipients of the unspeakable gifts of your faith, your prayers, your love and your giving. We trust that you realize that you are a vital part of all that is taking place within this ministry. You have been loyal-hearted friends of this ministry, which God has graced to us. You are a gracious gift of God to our lives. Your gifts are enabling me to go to the uttermost parts of the earth with the Word of Truth. As you have read in this newsletter, we have been given so many opportunities to teach the truth of God’s word. However, because of your faithfulness, we have also been able to help others with desperate physical needs during this crisis. We have been able to help buy food and supplies in several countries, where many have little or no food or water. These countries remain under heavy restrictions because of this pandemic. Additionally, because of your faithfulness, we were able to help here in the United States with hurricane relief. We always make sure that we are working with men that will not only meet their physical needs, but will also use this as an avenue to share the Gospel with them. These are just a few examples, of how we have been able to reach out to others during these days. So again, thank you precious friends for standing with us in these unusual times. In these days, we pray for you, the precious prayer found in God’s word, “that you will be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, and being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. We love you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.


Your Servant for Jesus Sake,

Ed Lacy

OTHER OPEN DOORS OF MINISTRY

I don’t have the space to testify about the many other open doors of ministry, which our Lord has afforded to me in recent days, so I will only mention a few. I have been invited to be regularly involved at The Mission of Hope in West Mobile and The Home of Grace for Men in Vancleave, MS, on a more established and regular basis. I am absolutely thrilled to serve these men, and to proclaim the truth that can set the captive free! Please pray for these more regular and systematic opportunities to plant the mighty Word of God into the hearts of these men.

TWO VERY FRUITFUL CONFERENCES IN OCALA, FLORIDA

I am rejoicing over the privilege to once again serve two precious congregations of believers in Ocala, FL, in recent weeks. The first conference was held at Woodside Baptist Church, where I taught 6 messages from ‘The Armor of God’ in Ephesians 6. I would roughly estimate that ’90% of the assembled group on Sunday morning stayed with us until the last message. This body of believers exhibited such a precious hunger for the teachings on our call to ‘fight the good fight of faith’! The following testimony is just one of many encouraging comments on what the Spirit of God accomplished among us during those days. The following words are from the Associate Pastor and dear friend, Kenny Rodrigue. “Words cannot express our eternal gratitude for God graciously sending you to us, to again refocus our Christian lives on what really matters! From the pastors and the  entire body of Christ at Woodside, we want to say THANK YOU! It was obvious to me, because of the depth of the teaching, that you prepared hours upon hours with much thought, meditation and prayer, to rightly divide the Word of God. Your teaching that we are redeemed to fight the good fight struck my heart, because I am a man who does not like conflict. However, I understand now that we are not battling people. We are battling Satan and his minions. Consequently, when God’s character and truth are under attack, we must battle for our Commander-in Chief, the Lord Jesus Christ! Another great reminder, in your teaching, was that our armor is the Lord Jesus Christ. My armor is not comprised of what I can do to protect myself. My armor is not my faith in my faith. It is my faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as my protection, in all 6 areas-the belt of truth; the breastplate of righteousness; the shoes of the Gospel of peace; the shield of faith in the One who is our shield; the helmet of the assurance of glory to come; and the sword of the Spirit! Bro. Ed, the sword of the Spirit session convicted both me and my wife that we need to purposefully prepare ourselves for the daily battle, both to defend and to go on the advance, by employing the Word of God and not our own words. We must employ the mighty power of the truth of the Word. Woodside Baptist Church has purposed to prepare for all of the possible situations that we may encounter in the future, in relation to the edification of the saints and the evangelism of the lost, by employing the Sword, which the Spirit has provided. Thus, we will heed your teaching and seek the Lord for the appropriate verses to employ in each situation. Once we have completed this extensive list, we will put the list out to our congregation, so that we can prepare our people for the battle that is before us. Then, as you taught us, we can trust the Holy Spirit to bring the appropriate dagger that we need to defend and advance for the glory of our Captain! This teaching was extremely impactful to the glory of Jesus Christ and the building of His church. We love you, Pastor Kenny Rodrigue

Our Lord also blessed us with a tremendous week of ministry with my dear brothers and sisters in Christ at Olivet Baptist Church in Ocala. These precious bodies of believers have been rooted and grounded in the solid truths of the Word of God for many years, under the ministry of Pastor Mike Davis, a dear friend in Christ. I was privileged to teach my workbook, entitled ‘Redeemed to Worship’ to these very hungry and teachable disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Spirit of God brought illumination, application, renovation and transformation to many of these precious followers of Jesus. The following is a testimony from Pastor Mike. “Greetings Bro. Ed, What a joy it continues to be to count you not only as a dear brother in Christ, but also a precious friend. I have always greatly benefited from your ministry at Olivet Baptist Church over the years. But this time was very special to me personally and to our church corporately. I want to give a testimony about the dramatic impact of your faithful teaching on this subject, “Redeemed to Worship”. I was greatly encouraged and edified by this Bible conference. How appropriate it was for each of us to consider the truth that our glorious God has saved us to worship Him, in this season of ‘social distancing’. For you powerfully reminded us that there must not be any ‘spiritual distancing’ between the true worshiper and his Lord and God! I was very challenged, convicted, and at the same time comforted by each of the sessions. For in a true Puritan sense of the work, the teaching was a combination of ‘light and heat’! You set before us the penetrating truths of passages that I myself have studied and preached over many years. The session on magnifying Christ, from Philippians 1:20-21 spoke greatly to me, on a personal level. This  call to magnify Christ in my life was a refreshing reminder to me that my entire life is to be wrapped up in worship and adoration of the Living God. Furthermore, to proclaim the majesty of our Lord, through both our lives and our lips, must be the supreme goal of my life. Likewise, the sessions from John 4 were tremendous. You set before us the true nature of worship. As a matter of fact, I could walk through each one of the ten sessions, and testify to the mighty impact on our lives. I have heard countless testimonies from our members, as to the tremendous impact that each of the sessions have made in their lives. But the ones, which seem to have impacted the people the most, were the three sessions on Job and ‘The Crisis of Worship’. This was a tremendous treatment of the life of Job and the manner in which he worshiped the Lord God in the midst of satanic accusation and attack, which were both permitted and limited by the Father, for God’s own purpose and glory! I would highly recommend to any church that they schedule this conference, as soon as possible. For these are timely truths which the church desperately needs to hear. There has never been a greater need for the church to be the church, then right now! Furthermore, the church exists primarily to worship God in Spirit and in truth; as well as to proclaim His excellencies to the world! Thank you for your faithfulness to serve our Lord dear brother. We are looking forward to having you come again soon! In Christ’ service, Michael Davis, Teaching and Preaching Elder, Olivet Baptist Church, Ocala, Florida”