Celebrating the Life of Pastor Mark Downey
May 6, 2018
Scripture Reading: Romans 12:1-2
Mark Downey passed away from this life on March 26, 2018. He was nearly a week from his 69th birthday. He died at home in the mercies of our God, without pain, and in dignity and honor after a long struggle with cancer. He will be greatly missed by his wife, his church, the men of his prison ministry and many others across the nation and around the world.
The Fellowship of God's Covenant People held a Christian Identity tribute service to Pastor Downey on Sunday May 6th. The audio portion is complete with shared testimonies and memories of Mark's life and ministry and the impact he made on others as a friend, brother and man of God. Below is the text of Jim Jester's and Debra Downey's contributions to the service, as well as a few other testimonies that were sent by e-mail.
Variation on a Theme of Mark Downey's "With Jews We Lose”
by Jim Jester
The campaign slogan of Robert Ransdell candidate running for Congress in Kentucky, 2014.
There I was, on a beautiful day in October, along with Mark and Robert, on the street holding this sign, “With Jews, We Lose.” Mark and Robert were facing Hopeful Church road, and I was facing Rt. 42. We were surprised at how many thumbs up we got, mostly from Arab descent and younger people too. However, the jew who owned the parking lot there confronted us and soon called the police. After awhile we consented to leave on the technicality that we were on private property. Overall, I think we were there about an hour.
At one point, a scowling woman driving by said, “You should read your jewish history!” I thought to myself, why would I read the jewish version of history? It is mostly lies. I responded, “I did!” Of course, meaning that I have read history about the jews; something different than what she had in mind.
As a church we are not afraid to tell the truth when it comes to an important issue. Why aren’t more Christians telling the truth? Is it because, as the Bible tells us, “…for fear of the jews”? That is part of it; …but many are kept ignorant of the truth, so how can one take a stand if they do not know.
The jews have been involved in every war since the beginning of our country (and actually since the beginning, as per Genesis 3:15) – the Banker War of 1812, Lincoln’s War of 1861, the World Wars, etc.
Since I have brought up Genesis 3:15, let’s read it:
[Speaking to the Serpent] “…And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”
Do you see it? Two seed lines causing conflict in the world. One is of the Serpent and the other of Eve. Remember, this is the book of Genesis, which lays the foundation for everything else that follows in the Bible. “Seed” represents descendants, and the Bible traces these descendants throughout its pages; and even includes genealogies to prove their origins. Thus, some people are cursed (being from Satan/Serpent), and others are blessed (being from God/Adam/Eve). Remember what Jesus said about the jews, the very people He was having so much trouble with? “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do” (John 8:44).
Only Christian Identity believes this while Judeo-Christian churches either ignore, overlook or misrepresent Genesis 3:15 with theological diversions. But the simplicity of this verse should be obvious, and it’s truth still stands – some are the people of God and some are people of Satan. Some are saved from wrath; others are doomed to destruction.
The jews (of the wrong seed line) have been expelled from every country in Europe, including Russia, sometimes more than once.
Mainz, 1012; France, 1182; Upper Bavaria, 1276; England, 1290; France, 1306; France, 1322; Saxony, 1349; Hungary, 1360; Belgium, 1370; Slovakia, 1380; France, 1394; Austria, 1420; Lyons, 1420; Cologne, 1424; Mainz, 1438; Augsburg, 1438; Upper Bavaria, 1442; Netherlands, 1444; Brandenburg, 1446; Mainz, 1462; Mainz, 1483; Warsaw, 1483; Spain, 1492; Italy, 1492; Lithuania, 1495; Portugal, 1496; Naples, 1496; Navarre, 1498; Nuremberg, 1498; Brandenburg, 1510; Prussia, 1510; Genoa, 1515; Naples, 1533; Italy, 1540; Naples, 1541; Prague, 1541; Genoa, 1550; Bavaria, 1551; Prague, 1557; Papal States, 1569; Hungary, 1582; Hamburg, 1649; Vienna, 1669; Slovakia, 1744; Moravia, 1744; Bohemia, 1744; Moscow, 1891.
Why? Shouldn’t this fact alone raise some questions? What is going on? Could part of the problem be in the jews themselves? Or, can it all be blamed on racist, “anti-Semitic” (anti-jewish) White people?
The Mysterious Number of 6,000,000 (When it appears).
During both World War I and the Russian Civil War, claims of "6 million Jews" being in jeopardy of dying appeared in print several times. Towards the end of World War II, the first published claim of "6 million Jews" having actually died was published in January of 1945, based upon the claim of a Jewish propagandist named Jacob Lestchinsky, correspondent for the New York Jewish Daily Forward (a Marxist-Yiddish publication).
As far back as 1933, Lestchinsky had been accused by both Latvia and Germany of spreading false atrocity propaganda. Germany had actually expelled him for telling atrocity lies. In November of 1933, the Jewish Telegraph Agency reported:
"The anti-Semitic Latvian newspaper, Lattvis, continues to agitate for the expulsion of Jacob Lestchinsky, correspondent of the New York Jewish Daily Forward, from Latvia on the ground that he has been spreading atrocity propaganda against Latvia."
With neither investigation nor confirmation, Lestchinsky's claim of "6 million dead Jews" was immortalized with a headline in the Jewish-owned New York Times of January 8, 1945. The most "prestigious" newspaper in the world thus gave a HUGE boost to a big lie.
Aside from Lestchinsky being a known Communist liar, there is another problem with the story. You see, none of the major concentration camps had even been liberated yet! So where did Comrade Lestchinsky get this “6 million” number of dead from?
Following are the 1945 liberation dates for some of the most well known "Nazi death camps":
January 27 / Auschwitz
April 4 / Buchenwald
April 11 / Bergen Belsen
April 29 / Dachau
May 5 / Mauthausen
Compare this to January 8, 1945, the New York Times.
Furthermore, the mysterious “6 million” figure has appeared many times before WWII even started!
One of those occasions was the “Holodomor” (death by starvation; “Holocaust” means death by burning).
What was the Holodomor?
The term Holodomor refers specifically to the brutal artificial famine imposed by Stalin’s regime on Soviet Ukraine in 1932-33.
In its broadest sense, it is also used to describe the Ukrainian genocide that began in 1929 with the massive waves of deadly deportations of Ukraine’s most successful farmers (kurkuls, or kulaks, in Russian) as well as the deportations and executions of Ukraine’s religious, intellectual and cultural leaders, culminating in the devastating forced famine that killed millions more innocent individuals. The genocide continued for several more years with the further destruction of Ukraine’s political leadership, the resettlement of Ukraine’s depopulated areas with other ethnic groups, the prosecution of those who dared to speak of the famine publicly, and the consistent blatant denial of famine by the Soviet regime.
1930 Over the extended period of collectivization, armed brigades forcibly confiscate land and evict entire families. Close to half a million individuals in Ukraine are dragged from their homes, packed into freight trains, and shipped to remote, uninhabited areas such as Siberia where they are left, often without food or shelter. A great many, especially children, die in transit or soon thereafter. Men were also forced into Stalin’s army.
1932-1933 The Soviet government sharply increases Ukraine’s production quotas, ensuring that they could not be met. Starvation becomes widespread. In the summer of 1932, a decree is implemented that calls for the arrest or execution of any person – even a child, found taking as little as a few stalks of wheat or any possible food item from the fields where he worked. By decree, discriminatory voucher systems are implemented, and military blockades are erected around many Ukrainian villages preventing the transport of food into the villages and the hungry from leaving in search of food. Brigades of young activists from other Soviet regions are brought in to sweep through the villages and confiscate hidden grain, and eventually any and all food from the farmers’ homes. Stalin states of Ukraine that “the national question is in essence a rural question” and he and his commanders determine to “teach a lesson through famine” and ultimately, to deal a “crushing blow” to the backbone of Ukraine, its rural population. This class of Ukrainians had supported the former Tsar of Russia; and were the most resistant to Stalin’s goals.
1933 By June, at the height of the famine, people in Ukraine are dying at the rate of 30,000 a day, nearly a third of them are children under 10. Between 1932-34, approximately 4 million deaths are attributed to starvation within the borders of Soviet Ukraine. This does not include deportations, executions, or deaths from ordinary causes. Stalin denies to the world that there is any famine in Ukraine, and continues to export millions of tons of grain, more than enough to have saved every starving man, woman and child.
Denial from the West
“Any report of a famine in Russia is today an exaggeration or malignant propaganda. There is no actual starvation or deaths from starvation but there is widespread mortality from diseases due to malnutrition.” (as reported by the New York Times correspondent and Pulitzer-prize winner Walter Duranty)
Some prominent Western journalists, like Walter Duranty, echoed denial of the famine by Soviet authorities. The Soviet Union adamantly refused any outside assistance because they officially denied that there was any famine. Anyone claiming the contrary was accused of spreading anti-Soviet propaganda. Outside the Soviet Union, Western governments adopted a passive attitude toward the famine, although most of them had become aware of the true suffering through confidential diplomatic channels.
In fact, in November 1933, the United States, under newly elected president Franklin D. Roosevelt, chose to formally recognized Stalin’s Communist government and also negotiated a sweeping new trade agreement. The following year, the pattern of denial in the West culminated with the admission of the Soviet Union into the League of Nations. Stalin’s Five-Year Plans for the modernization of the Soviet Union depended largely on the purchase of massive amounts of manufactured goods and technology from Western nations. Those nations were unwilling to disrupt lucrative trade agreements with the Soviet Union in order to pursue the matter of the famine.
Four million farmers killed because they opposed Stalin’s plans for expansion. Some estimates are as high as 10 million in this Holodomor.
Who was behind the establishment of the Soviet Union? None other than the Jews.
Do you think that Adolf Hitler knew about the Holodomor? You bet he did. Do you think Germany, after just recovering from the hard economic times imposed by WWI, with massive unemployment and inflation, and was now the economic miracle of the world, knew about what was happening to their neighbor country? You can bet they did.
Do you think it possible that there were some jews living in Ukraine during the famine? Could some of them have starved to death? Stalin would not have cared – collateral damage is acceptable as long as the goal is achieved.
Do you think that Stalin, after taking Germany and ending WWII, may have blamed the Germans for the death of millions of jews? It is a well-known fact that the Soviet Union “re-built” the alleged gas chambers after the war was over. If you were to go to Auschwitz today they will admit this is true. The original ruins are still there, but they will show you the re-construction (and alterated) version of the gas chambers.
Back to this mysterious (Kaballah) number. There are over 100 instances of the “6 million jews” number, appearing mostly in The New York Times and other jewish newspapers, beginning in 1900! “There are 6,000,000 living, bleeding, suffering arguments in favor of Zionism” – Stephen S. Wise, New York Times, June 11, 1900.
Another example is from the American Jewish Yearbook, 1911, “Russia, has since 1890 adopted a deliberate plan to expel or exterminate six millions of its people…”.
On and on it goes – since the turn of the last century, jews have taken advantage of any disturbance in the world to raise sympathy and financial aid for themselves.
Jesus did not only state that the jews’ father was the Devil, but that they were liars too, just like their father. No wonder they crucified Him.
Conclusion: From the 2014 sermon by Mark Downey, “With Jews We Lose”
They [the jews] can try every dirty trick in the book; it's not going to stop our efforts to tell the truth. We do not lose when we raise the standard up against the jew. “Lift up the battle standard against Babylon's walls. Strengthen the guard; post watchmen. Set men in position for an ambush. For the Lord will both plan and carry out what He has declared against the inhabitants of Babylon” (Jer. 51:12). Babylon then and Babylon now was, and is, the seat of power that expressed organized hostility to God and is associated with organized idolatry, blasphemy and the persecution of God's people, us. The jew is the persecutor, not the persecuted, and is ripe for divine judgment. The jew is always kicked out of a host nation because they overextended their hospitality and criminally worked against their benefactors. That is why with jews we lose; they cannot be accepted into a White Christian nation, lest they destroy it.
In times past it was thought, just get rid of the jews and the problem would go away, but the problem was merely redirected elsewhere and eventually they would trickle back to the country they were evicted from. The next brilliant idea was to make jews equal citizens and the jewish problem of anti-social behavior would disappear. They were told to assimilate and keep out of trouble, but for most jews this was an impossible order. With jews, the rights of non-jews is something they must lose in order for the jew to thrive. The Jews received their first emancipation in France. This was in 1791 after the French Revolution, a catastrophic event engineered by Masonic secret societies in which the jews featured predominantly and wielded the most influence. Several other revolutions were to follow in the 19th and early 20th century. All of these, without exception, were masterminded by jews. “At the front of every one of these revolutionary movements for the destruction of authority, nationhood and religion, you find a Jew.” These inflammatory words were written by Benjamin Disraeli, Prime Minister of England, circa 1868, himself a jew.
Every single country that emancipated its jews was soon taken over by jews. In 1917, the jews took Russia by force; an event carefully planned, financed, and largely administered by jews from New York. Communism was then established to bring the Red Terror to the world. White Christian peasants, who constituted 90% of the Russian population, were massacred in the tens of millions, with jewish commissars in the vanguard giving the orders to kill. Over 66 million Russian Christians, according to Solzhenitsyn, were murdered by an essentially jewish regime in the Soviet Union between 1917 and 1953. And these pompous self-righteous Christian Zionists have the audacity to yell at me, “You're anti-Semitic.” From the book, The Nature of Zionism by Vladimir Stepin (Moscow, 1993), he quotes from Memoirs of Aron Simanovich,
“We must turn Russia into a desert populated by white negroes upon whom we shall impose a tyranny such as the most terrible Eastern despots never dreamt of…. We shall shed such floods of blood as will make all the human losses suffered in the capitalist wars pale by comparison…. By means of terror and bloodbaths, we shall reduce the Russian intelligentsia to a state of complete stupefaction and idiocy and to an animal existence.”
Tell me there is no validity to 'With Jews We Lose.'
The jews now have nuclear weapons. More than once, they have threatened the world with their Samson Option; they will launch their missiles if IsraLIES existence is ever threatened. The most drastic measure one could suggest is the mass extermination of jewry, but the logistics and implementation are almost implausible. It seems the jews don’t like being killed, but they don’t mind killing other people in vast numbers. Provided they can get away with it and pin the blame on others, like Osama bin Laden. And needless to say, they are currently engaged in the ongoing depopulation of the world to the stated goal of 500 million people, in which every jew will have 2000 non-jewish slaves.
There is only one Final Solution to the jewish problem and that is the White race returning to the God of their fathers. And do you know why? I think the rabbis know. The Bible predicts the future, it is a prophecy of the jew finally being exterminated. Should we be any different today in wanting to rout out the moneychangers (as Jesus did) from our national temple? Jesus addressed these jews in no uncertain terms saying,
“Ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. Go ahead and finish what your ancestors started. Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can you escape the damnation of hell?” – Mt. 23:31-33.
Jesus was passing judgment in the divine courtroom on those who genetically violate the Law of God; it’s in their nature to kill and lie. We too, can pass judgment through the same court decisions that Christ made for us. “For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; He will save us” (Isa. 33:22).
Adolf Hitler once described America as the jews’,
“New hunting grounds…. It doesn’t even enter their heads to build up a jewish state in Palestine for the purpose of living there; all they want is a central organization for their international world swindle, endowed with its own sovereign rights and removed from the intervention of other states: a haven for convicted scoundrels and a university for budding crooks” – Mein Kampf, Chapter 11.
Jewish author Israel Shamir said, “A good time for the Jews is not a good time for mankind. The blessing of the jews is a curse for others. The regimes that are ‘good for Jews’ are rarely good for anybody else.”
We cannot afford to pretend this evil does not exist. We cannot afford to rationalize our inaction. If we do not get the jew out of banking, they will control the economic life of the nation. If we do not get the jew out of education they will pervert the minds of the young to their subversive doctrines. If we do not get the jew out of governments they will betray the nations of the world. There's no reason why our lives have to be miserable because of jewish austerity programs. We are God's chosen people and heirs of the promise in which we enjoy the blessings of God. When a nation tightens its belt in tough economic times it is because of the jew manipulating markets and currencies. This fact should even resonate with secular materialistic folks who are hit in their pocketbooks. You want jews in control? You lose. Oh, you might not be homeless yet, but that's what millions of other people thought also. Why would God's alleged “chosen people” do this to us? It's because you're being played for a fool, they're not Israel, they're Edom.
How often have we heard that if you don't vote, you have no right to complain? Or, if you don't like the way things are, then start your own party or run for office. Whoever says these idiotic platitudes is out of touch with the reality that jews have it rigged. If you're voting for the lesser of two evils, you're still voting for evil. I have every right to complain that wholesale cheating has been going on for decades. If you try to run outside the two-party system, you will be systematically marginalized. Just ask the Libertarians, who are great at getting ballot access, but, since their founding in 1971, have never won a federal office; their ideology of liberty is contrary to jewish objectives. It seems to me that if you do vote for the lesser of the two evil jew-run parties, you have no reason to complain, you voted them in. The only reason a White man who knows the evils of jewry should run for office is because it's a tool to inform other White people and so-called “anti-Semitism” is not illegal in this country... yet.
Not everybody is cut out to be a dragon slayer or Christian warrior, but God knows who you are and will give you the spiritual fortitude and stamina to contend for the faith, to defend the race and to end the grace (unmerited favor) that our people have mistakenly lavished upon the jew devils. I know its not easy to do what we do, but the recalcitrant Christian man, by the manipulative jew poisoning the public well with Jim Jones kool-aid, is understandably timid in shaking the scales from his eyes, simply because he believes the lie that jewish media feeds us; including the schools and churches from cradle to grave.
Christ was not a jew (as we understand that word to mean an antichrist) and the Lord repeatedly denounced the jew; and that's why they conspired to kill Him. He knew they were going to kill Him, but His sacrifice was for the forgiveness of the sins of His own race. His first admonition when He began His three-year ministry was REPENT. That means change your mind; change your way of thinking about those who killed Him; they are not God's chosen people. For God's sake, put aside your unfounded contempt for something that shall make you free from the anti-Christian (and anti-White) plague that has infected our society.
The jew ironically considers non-jews as animals and chattel and likewise has a plan of extermination. We can only surmise that God's intent is to exterminate the exterminators who have been the purveyors of wickedness.
“The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee... that saith in his heart Who shall bring me down to the ground?... Shall I not in that day, saith the Lord, even destroy the wise men of Edom?... For thy violence against thy brother Jacob shame shall cover thee, and thou shalt be cut off for ever... And saviors shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the Lord's” – Obadiah 1:3, 8, 10, 21.
There is nothing good about the jew, not one thing. Therefore, Jeremiah 24:9 prophesied against the “bad figs” of Judah (today's mongrel jews) saying, “And I will deliver them to be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth for their hurt, to be a reproach and a proverb, a taunt and a curse, in all places where I shall drive them.” And in fact, the jew has naturally become the object of ridicule by all people who have experienced the jew firsthand; their names to be used as a proverb for their ill gotten riches, their falsehood and trickery; and under the curse of God, and the reproach of man, as they are this day.
Let us pray for true Israel, for the White race to repent of the jew. If our people want change they can count on, that will make life better, then they will have to examine the Word of God. And if they want to fight for the truth, they cannot enter the theater of war without being a God fearing man. It's easy to talk the talk, but quite another thing to walk the walk. One thing I've learned over the years is that most White people won't engage in politically incorrect street activism “For fear of the jews,” for it is jews who invented this world of political correctness. All we have to do is be biblically correct and let go of our fears and let God take care of the adversaries. With Jesus we WIN.
From Nancy and Ken
It's difficult to know where to begin with my tribute, and honor to the memory of Mark Downey. Mark is the first person who led me to the truths of Christian Identity. He supplied me with resources, books and other related information that helped to guide me down the path of the Identity message. He was always so giving in that aspect. I especially appreciate the fact that Mark was a true man of God, in that he never wavered from teaching the truth. Mark was a real man of God, who stayed true to his calling. I looked upon Mark as my pastor and teacher. We had so much in common, we were the same age and had both served in the Army during the same time. Even though we had not met face to face in person, I considered Mark as a very close friend and valued his ministry immensely. I do believe that God has divine appointments placed in all of our lives, in regard to His establishing relationships within His Kingdom. I miss and will continue to miss Mark's presence in our lives. However when the Kingdom of God is finally established on the Earth, Mark will be reunited with all of us. I do Praise the Lord Jesus Christ for bringing us together. No one can take that away. Our prayers will continue to go out to Debbie and all of the saints at the Fellowship of God's Covenant People to strengthen and comfort all of you in the coming days.
In Christ, Ken and Nancy
From Meggie at Stormfront
My good friend Pastor Downey will be sorely missed by myself. I considered him to be one of the most learned and wisest of CI people I have ever known. He was a light to this list for so many years. He was a true man of God who fled the evil that temps us all and followed after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness and fought the good fight of faith and now has laid hold on eternal life, unto which he was called, and has professed a good profession before many witnesses. (1 Tim 6:11-12).
I can still remember the very first time Paul and I met Mark, and it was at a conference where he was a speaker . . . we spoke together after he spoke, and immediately knew we were going to be best friends ! We shared many things at that gathering, and we agreed (and were excited about !) just everything ! Alleluia !
Mark was blessed with many talents . . . and he used every one of them to glorify and honor Lord Jesus Christ, and to educate and encourage his brethren. And he was always bold in presenting the truths he was able to uncover.
What an example he has been to the rest of us . . . in addition to being a dear and faithful friend. I could write him a letter with questions and, busy as I knew he was, he would always write me right back.
Alleluia the Almighty has blessed us in our lifetime with Mark Downey. Knowing Jesus Christ is in control does help us accept the pain of his loss . . . but the loss of Mark is still tough to bare . . .
He has touched many of us. And because of his many writings that will continue to live on after him, he will continue to play a part in opening minds and hearts of our brethren he didn't have a chance yet to meet.
While the loss of Mark is such a heavy burden right now, yet we are so very grateful for his life. He has had an influence in our lives . . . and as we have occasion to continue to consult the many writings he so generously provided for us, we know we will continue to glean yet more from the research he has so tirelessly compiled and left for us to continue growing. Alleluia for his life !
Mark did indeed fight the good fight, and we must carry on with our part of this good fight as we are called on by Lord Jesus Christ to do . . . Mark would expect it of us, too, wouldn't he ?
May our Saviour bless and comfort and uplift you, Debbi, for you have been the one to make sure Mark could do all those important things he was able to accomplish. We thank you both from the bottom of our hearts, and look forward to thanking Mark himself when we see him in His Kingdom to Come ! Love, SusannaJean.
From John (Phineas 777)
Debra, I am deeply saddened to hear about Mark's passing. I hope and pray you are doing ok and have the support you need at this time. I just want you to know how Mark inspired and taught me over the years. While we didn't always disagree in the law of Christian brotherly love we were able to look beyond small doctrinal issues. His impact was real and his talent in art unquestionable. Yours in Christ, John (Phineas 777)
My Tribute to Mark Downey: the True Joy of Living with a Man of God
by Debra Downey
Thank you for being here today to celebrate the life of my husband, Mark Downey. It means a great deal to me and humbles me to hear how he impacted so many. I hadn't had any godly leadership with other men in my life and Mark's walk with Christ blessed me through our friendship and our marriage.
Mark was a friend of mine for 10 years prior to our marriage. He always joked about the year of our marriage using the phrase “2001 A space Odyssey”. After a failed long-term relationship prior to Mark, I was worried that he would start to want to court me. He was 50 at the time. I thought he wasn't my type and I didn't want to hurt him by rejecting him. I told a Christian Identity pastor that I was going to apply for a transfer with my job to avoid hurting him. He told me I should not fear where God would lead us. He told me to stay put. He reminded me that we had the same political activism, the same religious beliefs and a strong friendship.
Mark did start a courtship and we fell in love. I had previously thought he hadn't had much experience with women, so how could he know how to treat one? But I would find out that he knew the Bible and he was a man of God and he applied Biblical precepts to our marriage. He was an honorable man throughout our friendship, our courtship, and our marriage together. He earned my complete trust, which had been shattered with the previous failed relationship, and he kept my trust throughout our marriage. He felt that a marriage should be worked on daily. At his headship, we had a Christ-centered relationship focused on God, love, loyalty, dedication, activism and duty to others.
Regarding his artwork, his work is breathtaking. I watched many pieces go from blank canvas to beautiful paintings that he painted to glorify God's creation and to bring peace in the households of the people who purchased them. He won many awards and had had the recognition of many other artists. I remembered someone telling me once that no one could paint water like Mark could.
He was an avid reader and studious. He loved defending the Christian Identity faith. He contributed a wealth of information for many years on Stormfront, one of the most well-known websites in the White Nationalist Movement. Prior to having a church fellowship to worship with, he would get Sheldon Emry tapes and transcribe those by hand before he had a computer or typewriter. He also learned from other men, but I specifically remember Curtis Clair Ewing and Ralph Forbes. He would listen to news, all kind of news both liberal and conservative, mainstream and internet, and he was on several e-mail distribution groups and mailing lists.
I saw him grow spiritually through the years. His first sermon was “Will the Real Armageddon Please Stand Up”, which is now in booklet form through the Kinsman Redeemer website. He wouldn't start writing a sermon until he had a title and his creativity and his use of words, and the depth of his messages always amazed me. He always gave God the glory for his sermons.
I used to ask him a lot “what if we're wrong?” about this or that and then we would sit down and study Scripture. My wish has always been to please God in my life and we all know the path is narrow. Most of us here were taught the Judeo-Christian message prior to God having imparted the Covenant Christian belief. I was worried that we could be at variance with the Word of God. With Mark's wisdom and understanding of the full message of the Bible, I have no doubt in our beliefs and I am blessed and so thankful that he patiently spent the time with me to put those doubts to rest to carry on after his passing.
I was and continue to be amazed by his work ethic and his willingness to serve. He wrote many personal letters answering so many questions and bringing people closer to a better understanding of what God expects of us in the Kingdom.
Mark had the love of Christ in his life and he led me and others by example. He was creative, kind-hearted, even tempered, gentle yet strong, and he kept our household Christ centered. He was so very hard working and genuinely funny. I laughed out loud daily in our discussions.
He accepted me and loved me unconditionally, never judging me; never quenching my spirit. We rarely argued, but if we did, he always made sure we made up that day.
I have seen mean men; men who quench the spirit or try to control the women in their lives. Mark was not threatened by my talent or spirit and always lifted me up when I felt unsure of myself. He helped me understand and better my business relationships. Even though he never worked for a business, he applied godly concepts to daily living.
He taught me to be frugal. At his encouragement I got out of debt and stayed out of debt, and I have been able to plant that seed in others. He taught me that our bodies are a living temple and that we are to keep it clean.
His faith in God and the power of prayer was an inspiration to me. Before we were married, he sometimes wouldn't know where his next rent payment would come from, but God always provided a patron who wanted to buy a painting. He taught others to pray when they were worried about events and their daily life. He'd say, if you don't pray, you're without a prayer. And he tithed.
Every day Mark would help me prepare for work and then carry my bags to the car and waive me off. He'd do this faithfully, without fail, on a daily basis. He took care of me.
He helped me to understand how God puts tribulation in our lives to burn out the dross and refine the gold. He wrote “The Joys of Tribulation” when I was going through a particularly rough time in my life. I highly recommend you read or re-read it. He had no fear and he stood his ground, always bold in teaching God's Word.
And he loved God's elect. I don't know if one knows if they're dying, but in the final 2 weeks, in our daily prayers, he was praying for Israel in every prayer.
Our motto for years was “plant the seed and set the example”. Our Christian lives were based on Romans 12:1-2:
1. I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
He loved God and wanted to please Him in every aspect of his life. And he set that example for me and for others. I miss his wisdom, his foresightedness, his wittiness and his godly influence in my daily life. God blessed me with the gift of Mark's love and devotion and I praise God for His love for His Covenant People and I praise God for Mark's and my love for one another. Our love for one another was God's gift to us and I am humbled for how God used our marriage. I am a better person for having had Mark's influence in my life and I will strive to be the blessing to others that he was to me.
I'd like to thank the church and all Mark's supporters from around the world. We were humbled by the outpouring of love and support. This church, the Fellowship of God's People and several other Covenant Christians outside the church fellowship were unfailing in their love, support and service to both of us throughout Mark's illness and now to me in my time of grief.
As Mark showed me the true meaning of I Corinthians 13 love in my life, you also showed it to us. I so wish I had the words to convey the depth of love I feel for those who have supported Mark's ministry and those who have helped us over the past 6 months.
I pray God's abundant blessings to our church fellowship who brought us produce and groceries, who came daily to fellowship and give care to Mark and myself, who offered supplements and products, who sent us so many uplifting cards and letters and who were so thoughtful call us every Sunday that we couldn't attend church and include us in the music worship. If Mark were here, with his wonderful way with words, he would help me convey this perfectly, so I am at a loss for words, but I will offer this closing scripture from Numbers 6:22-27 to all of you:
The Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them:
The Lord bless you
and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.”’
So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.