Editorial by John Carter
The American nation stands imperiled. Violence seems to be spreading everywhere. Your chance of being shot to death is 100 times greater than if you lived in England. What’s gone wrong? What’s happening?
America, more than any other nation in modern times, has been blessed with great light and privilege. As men and women willingly suppress God’s Truth, violence spreads. There is no darkness so dark as light rejected. With God denied, there is no bulwark against evil.
We have today:
- A culture of violence. Have you ever seen the movies and videos our kids are watching?
- A wave of mental instability.
- Feelings of hopelessness and despair.
- The rise of a militant anti-God movement.
- A war against the home, helped on by deadbeat dads.
- An epidemic of drug dependency.
- The demise of strong Biblical prophetic preaching. The Church too often is a whispering hope.
You know this is true. What is the real solution?
Here it is: We need a return to God and the faith of our fathers. We need to read and obey the Word of God. We need to bring back the cross of Christ and the Commandments of God. We need a revival of great public evangelistic campaigns such as Billy Graham did. Anything else is a band-aid on a bleeding cancer.
God assures me that all my needs will be met. Phil.4:19
He will take my little and turn it into much. He will open the windows of Heaven and pour out more blessings than I can receive. The generous soul will be made fat. As we give to the Gospel, our expanding basket will overflow with good things. Our God is faithful and generous.
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We believe in the public proclamation of the Gospel of Christ that is the power of God to everyone who believes. We believe that large citywide campaigns when filled with the Holy Spirit have the capacity to elevate public morals, restrain evil, cast down the powers of darkness, liberate the slaves of sin, and transform society.
We therefore, with God’s help and your support, are now planning for a great Gospel outreach to METRO MANILA, a city bigger than New York.
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John Carter and Graeme Bradford, with a local pastor, baptize prisoners on Death Row in Manila during The Carter Report campaign of 1984.
We Must Raise…
$500,000.00 to Win the Lost to Christ
Please stand with Pastor John Carter as he takes the Gospel to Manila with its gangs and spiritually hungry masses. Please help this old Gospel warrior who has no support but GOD and you to raise the budget of $500,000.00. Write now and give your very best gift for Jesus and souls.
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Dear Fellow Pilgrim,
Blessings to you. Here is an update on the great Manila Campaign. As I write, Carter Report volunteer and overseas manager, Pastor Harold Harker from “Down-Under,” is high in the sky on his way to Manila. He has much to do. Working in the Philippines is not easy, and he has a week filled with challenges.
Very few know what is involved in running a big citywide evangelistic campaign. It’s like preparing for a major military exercise where the aim is not the destruction of souls, but the saving of souls.
Some things that must be done include:
- Finding and renting a venue — Indoors or outdoors in a prime location. In Manila this has been frustrating. Months of work has gone into this, but hopefully this week we will sign a contract to rent the Philippine International Convention Center for US$74,000.00.
- Organizing the local churches — We go to Manila at the urgent invitation of the local church administration (the Central Luzon Conference), that still believes in public evangelism. Most places oppose it, having settled for a nebulous lazy thing they call, “Friendship Evangelism.” The latter is a mystery to me, I thought being friendly was something we all did without any special effort. To rely on “Friendship Evangelism” is to invite spiritual disaster because it denies the great Commission of Christ to “go into all the world and preach…”
- Buying television and radio ads — This is vital but expensive. Ads on primetime television may be $5,000.00 for 30 seconds. We do it because it is the best way to reach the lost unchurched masses. Churches often waste a lot of money lubricating the machinery, but throwing the net into the sea is the Jesus way. It costs money but it fulfills the will of God. In Manila, our television and radio advertising will touch millions.
- Renting huge PA systems — and giant video screens takes time, effort, and money. But we are determined to do it, because what we do for Jesus must be the best.
- Renting buses — to bring the people from strategic places. In El Salvador, we rented 763 buses and filled the stadium with more than 50,000 souls.
- 6. Raising the budget of $500,000.00 — without any help from the Church. We believe we are called to publicly proclaim the Word.
Raising the budget of $500,000.00 — without any help from the Church. We believe we are called to publicly proclaim the Word.
This is a call to arms. This is a call to rally the true people of God.
Soldiers are needed. Money is needed to fuel the Gospel fires. Please have a little talk with Jesus and please send your gift to what could be THE LAST CAMPAIGN in Manila. We must raise $500,000.00. God needs you. We need you. Visit our website www.cartereport.org to donate today.
God bless and reward you, true soldier of the cross.
With love, grace, thanks and blessings,
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We believe in public evangelism because:
- It works, in spite of the devil and his assistants
- It makes a tremendous impact for Christ. In some places our campaigns have had a national impact.
- It wins souls to Christ from the camp of the enemy.
- It is taught in the Bible. The Church started when a man stood up to preach. (Acts 2)
- We get so much opposition, we must be doing the right thing.
“The moment the church of God shall despise the pulpit, God will despise her.”
— Charles Spurgeon
“Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth—to every nation…” This describes PUBLIC EVANGELISM. This is why we do it!
Carter Report team members are working in India, the Philippines, Australia, and America. David Carter is now, as I write, traveling to a land of a million demon gods and a billion lost souls. He goes to India to keep a flickering candle of hope and truth burning. PLEASE PRAY FOR DAVID AND OUR CARTER REPORT TEAM.
The Church started when a man stood up to preach.
Pastor Harold Harker traveled to Manila as The Carter Report representative and overseas manager.
INSERT: PREACHING HOPE IN MANILA
Launching the MEGA METRO MANILA MISSION
- WHERE? Manila, a city with a Spanish, Roman Catholic culture.
- HOW BIG? 21 million plus souls.
- WHY? Because JESUS CHRIST is our HOPE.
- PLACE? The Philippine International Convention Center. Manila’s premier venue.
- HOW MUCH? US$500,000.00.
- AIM? To set Manila on fire with the Gospel of Christ.
- WHEN? Coming soon. We will keep you informed.
- VOLUNTEERS? YOU can join the team in Manila.
- WHO? The Carter Report team plus the Central Luzon Conference with 100 ministers plus 5,000 church members, plus the Manila Adventist Medical Center.
- PURPOSE? To affect a transformation of society through the preaching of Christ.
- HOW CAN I HELP? By praying and giving. As we sacrificially give, so God will abundantly bless and fill our cup to overflowing.
GOD WILL FILL YOUR CUP
“Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”
— LUKE 6:38
“But as you abound in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love for us—see that you abound in this grace also.”
— 2 CORINTHIANS 8:7
“But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.”
— 2 CORINTHIANS 9:6
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Girl Escapes Mass Killings
Svetlana was a teenage girl when the Nazis came to her town in Ukraine. They marched the entire population to a forest and made them dig a deep ditch. Then the machine guns spoke and hundreds, even thousands, fell screaming into the pit. It was winter. Svetlana and a young man, naked and freezing, made a run for it. In the confusion, they reached the shelter of the trees and kept on running. They found a farm house, and with it food and clothing. Eventually Svetlana found a train heading north to Russia. Finally she arrived and settled in Gorky. She married. She was young and beautiful. Alexander was young and handsome. They were happy. Then came the midnight knocking on the door of their apartment. This was Stalin’s Russia and Alexander was taken away. She never saw him again. She settled into a life of quiet desperation. Her heart felt like a lump of lead.
She was an unbeliever. Where was God? She was brainwashed daily by the Soviet media that she was a machine, or at best, an animal. Almost everyone she met was an atheist, and together they faced life bravely with a determined stoicism. The future was a nameless void. The years passed, she grew old and sick.
In 1992, The Carter Report team came to Gorky. Communism had just collapsed and despair prevailed. The shops like their hearts were empty. People were searching. Atheism had failed. Was there an answer?
We came in the providence of God with His hand heavy upon us. We came preaching the Good News of HOPE. We told the Russian masses that “there is a personal God who loves you. God knows your pain, He became a man. He knows suffering, the lash, the torture machine, He died for you. Come to Him now and receive life and hope.”
Svetlana with 20,000 other depressed souls sat in silence and listened. She was amazed and comforted by God’s Good News. She accepted Jesus as her Savior and we baptized her along with 2,530 other souls. The waters of the Volga River were freezing, but hearts were hot.
The message has not changed:
- GOD SEES AND LOVES YOU
- GOD UNDERSTANDS YOUR PAIN
- GOD BECAME A HUMAN AND SUFFERED FOR US
- YOU ARE IMPORTANT—YOU ARE NOT AN ANIMAL OR A MACHINE
- YOU HAVE A DESTINY, GOD HAS A PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE
- THERE IS A BEAUTIFUL NOW, AS WELL AS A BEAUTIFUL FUTURE
- THERE IS A WONDERFUL EXISTENCE BEYOND THE GRAVE
- LIFE NOW CAN BE VERY, VERY GOOD
- YOUR SINS CAN BE FORGIVEN NOW
- YOU CAN BE A NEW HAPPY PERSON NOW
This message of hope is the ultimate answer to suicide, despair, the opioid crisis, alcoholism, shootings, and every social and personal problem. It worked for Svetlana. It will work for you and me if we give God a chance.
The Carter Report continues to preach HOPE in a dying, dangerous world. This message is what is needed right now.
Please stand with us. Please support The Carter Report as we take HOPE to people who have no hope. God has no hands but yours and mine. Your gift right now will save a soul!
Write to: John Carter
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Tough Questions, Plain Answers
John Carter discusses ideas that risk making the modern Church irrelevant.
Are people saved, while in darkness, if they haven’t been told the Gospel?
Q: Will everyone be saved, as one popular theologian teaches?
JC: The Bible teaches that people are lost without personally accepting Jesus Christ. Try these texts:
“…that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.” — Eph.2:12
“Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born-again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.’” — John 3:3
The sugar-coated heresy of, “EVERYONE WILL BE SAVED,” if true, would fill Heaven with unregenerate sinners. We’d be worse off.
Q: Will Lucifer be saved?
JC: The popular idea that everyone is finally saved, including the converted Satan and his angels, is a monstrous lie. Jesus said:
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” — Matt.7:13,14
I challenge you to also read Matt.25:41,46. The Bible teaches a real Heaven and a real Hell.
Q: Didn’t Jesus purchase salvation for everyone when He died on the cross?
JC: Yes, definitely. All have been redeemed, but salvation must be accepted by faith. True faith always leads to repentance and obedience. People are not saved in ignorance and darkness.
“And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and BELIEVES in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” — John 6:40
Q: What is the Moral Influence Theory?
JC: It is a 900-year-old heresy that has been reborn and accepted by many. It teaches that Jesus did not die to atone for our sins. He simply died to show us God’s love. Peter Abelard (1079-1142) wrote:
“How cruel and wicked it seems that anyone should demand the blood of an innocent person as a price for anything, or that it should in anyway please him that an innocent man should be slain- still less that God should consider the death of his Son so agreeable that by it he should be reconciled to the whole world.”
Read that again. The Moral Influence Theory denies that Christ died for the sins of the world.
Q: Didn’t His death show us God’s love?
JC: It was His atoning death that shows us how far God was prepared to go to demonstrate His love. He became our substitute. The Moral Influence Theory denies the Blood Atonement. Those who teach the Moral Influence Theory call the Blood Atonement of our Lord, “Slaughter House Religion.”
“Whom God hath set forth to be a PROPITIATION through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.” — Rom.3:25,26 KJV
This text destroys the Moral Influence Theory.
Q: You have been preaching and doing public evangelism for more than 57 years. That must be some sort of a record. Why do you keep going?
JC: No, 57 years is not a record, many others have done MUCH better for much longer. But I keep going because I do not believe the Devil’s lies. I understand and believe the true Gospel. I don’t believe the Moral Influence Theory, and I don’t believe that everyone is automatically saved until they willfully reject. I BELIEVE THAT PEOPLE ARE LOST UNTIL THEY ACCEPT. I just happen to believe the plain texts of the Bible. My work has been to call the LOST to put their faith in Christ. Try reading these texts:
“…repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” — Luke 24:47
“How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” — Rom. 10:14
Q: Why do so many oppose evangelism?
JC: True evangelism (the preaching of Christ as Savior, Lord, and coming King) pushes us out of our comfort zone, is expensive, demands hard work, is sometimes dangerous, and often brings persecution. You would be crazy to do it, if you did not understand the imperative of the true Gospel. See Matt.28:19.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”
Q: Do you sometimes despair when you see the state of the Church and the world?
JC: Never, Never, Never. I have read the back of the book. Try Rev.7:9.
“After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands…”
Q: You are now a pretty old guy. Why don’t you just lie down, shut up, conform, and go to sleep?
JC: When I think of the Man on the cross, I can’t give up.
Q: Where next?
JC: Hopefully Manila, a city bigger than New York. We need your prayers.
Q: What are some of your bigger expenses?
JC: 1. We pay 3ABN US$260,000.00 every year to stay on that network.
2. We pay another US$200,000.00 for other TV stations across America and India.
3. We financially sponsor 100 kids in dangerous countries.
4. We need $500,000.00 for Manila, small change in today’s world. But big money for us.
5. Plus much more, like TV production costs. God will help us by moving on the tender hearts of ordinary, decent, loving people who still believe in the true Gospel and evangelism. Try Phil.4:19.
“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
Q: How are Carter Report finances?
JC: We are at present just holding on, and we will go for as long as we can. Our donations are down. All is in His hands.
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THE CARTER REPORT
“My name is Sergei.
I live in Nizhni Novgorod, Russia. During the collapse of the Soviet Union, I went to work for Russian Mafia. The pay was good, but I was empty inside. It was also a little bit dangerous. Russian police sometimes as bad as Mafia. Then preacher from our former big enemy America came to our city. He was Australian and I thought I will go to hear this person. Maybe he will tell us something good, to get us out of the mess we have made.
Many others came to hear this John Carter, I found it hard to get seat in our big Palace of Sport. People everywhere pushing and shoving. When he started talking, gangsters started throwing smoke bombs on the stage. He ignored and people cheered. I cheered, I liked this man. He told us about God, the best news I had ever heard. He preached from the Bible, and my heart cried out. He pointed to huge painting of Christ on cross and said, “Here is your God, O Russia! He loves you!” I thought fast beating heart would burst. He asked, “How many of my dear Russian friends will now accept Jesus as Lord and Savior?” I ran down to front of Palace of Sport. Many others running. Some crying.
Later, as thousand were baptized in Volga River, I too was baptized. The water was cold, but my heart was hot. No more Mafia job for me, I am now new man. That happened in 1992. I still follow this Jesus. I go to church with my family. We are now happy people.
Thank you, dear American people, for sending this preacher man John. Slava bogu!
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“For such a time as this”
These words were spoken by Mordecai to young Queen Esther in the palace of Persian King Xerxes. She was the right person at the right time in the right place: God had chosen her to do a special work. She answered the call.
Twenty-seven years ago, by God’s grace we answered God’s call and went to Nizhny Novgorod, Russia…
We went to Russia because the hand of God was heavy upon us. We did not go because it was easy. We went because it was hard and because people were perishing without hope and God in the world. We went at the right time to the right place for the right reason with the right message.
I have just read a story from the 3ABN World magazine (April 2019 Edition). It is about a young Russian woman who came to our meetings during 1992 in Nizhny Novgorod. With the help of Danny Shelton at 3ABN, we had raised the money to pay the bills. It had been a struggle, but our supporters in North America and Australia had risen to the challenge. Thank God for these true heroes of faith.
The lady was Svetlana. She had been born in the small village of Kerzhenets in the Soviet Union. When the Soviet Union came tumbling down in 1991, the people were cast upon a restless sea of insecurity and hopelessness. Some even turned to Spiritism and Eastern Mysticism. Then in 1992, our Carter Report ads appeared on Russian television. I quote Svetlana:
“I asked myself, ‘Is this all there is? Work is crazy, people are crazy, and there’s no hope. What happened to my country?’ By 1992, everyone was searching—some looked to Eastern religions, others to palm reading, and still others to ancient history. Then, all of a sudden, ads for John Carter’s series on archeology and ancient Egyptian mysteries appeared all over the city—at bus stops, on radio and television, even the talk show hosts were discussing it. ‘Come to the sports arena and I’ll have answers for you!’ he promised, and everybody wanted to go. I began attending, and every word I heard was like someone telling me, ‘This is true!’ My eyes were opened, my heart was softened, and I understood why things were the way they were. I studied the Bible lessons with my coworkers and when they gave me my first Bible, I sat down and read it from cover to cover. It seemed that every conversation I had with friends came back to what we’d just read in Scripture! I was baptized on June 6, 1992, in the Volga River, and joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church along with several thousand others.” (3ABN World Magazine, April 2019)
DR. JULIA OUTKINA
After the 1992 Carter Report campaign, my friend Danny Shelton built a great television production evangelism center in Nizhny. He then invited Dr. Julia Outkina to take charge of the 3ABN Russia Center. She then invited Svetlana to join her team. Julia too had been baptized in the Volga River after those amazing days of grace and glory when God’s Spirit had filled the Russian Palace of Sport.
It is all a very wonderful story, and you can read it in the 3ABN World magazine. I was blessed by God to be there when God visited His people. I had an overwhelming conviction that God had called me to “the kingdom for such a time as this.” Every night for six weeks as I stood before thousands of Russians, I had a sense that history was being made.
God isn’t finished with us yet. There is still work to do. Manila beckons and the cry of the lost is heard again in our ears. Please be God’s man or God’s woman for such a time as this. As the Spirit moves you, now is the time to go, to give, to sacrifice, to reach out.
“Esthers” are needed now. Will you join the battle? Will you say, “Yes.”
Thank you for giving for lost souls. Thank you for your financial and spiritual support that is needed now as never before.