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Gene Edwards is the author of some thirty Christian books. The best known are "The Divine Romance", "Profile of Three Monarchs" and "Chronicles of the Door". He holds conferences throughout the country that deal with the deepest Christian life, and is part of the Casas Iglesias movement. An interview with Gene Edwards, The roots of Gene Gene Edwards are related to the French people; specifically with Lousiana Cajun. In the year 1790 a Frenchman named Joseph Edoir landed in the port of New Orleans and that's how the Edwards family started in America. His father, J.C. "Negrete" Edwards, a day laborer in the oil fields, moved to Texas during the oil éxito. In 1927 he married Gladys Brewer. They had two children, and Gene was the second. When Negrete Edwards got married he was illiterate, as were all his ancestors. Gene's mother was the daughter of a nomadic farmer; that is, the family earned the bread by moving from one place to another picking cotton. Gladys' father had a tornado phobia about him, so he grew up in a prison against storms, a kind of trench three meters below ground. Gladys was the first person in her family to get to the University. Thanks to his university diploma he was able to teach grammar at school. Throughout her life she had a single dream-becoming a writer; a dream that never came true. However, his gift was bequeathed to his young son. Because Gene's father was a laborer in an oil well, Gene grew up in a world of men-a harsh world, brave, meaningless-a rough, unpretentious world. This fact has left a mark that has lasted throughout his life, both as a Christian and as a minister. At the age of three, in Conroe, Texas, Gene contracted scarlet fever. His lungs flooded, and breathing became impossible. He was close to death. The doctor offered no hope of life. In three of his visits to the Edwards house he thought Gene was dead. He had no pulse and his skin had turned blue. At that moment, in separate places, both his father and his mother offered the Lord with the supplication: "Lord, if you let him live, we offer it totally and completely to you." (Gene was not aware of this drama until who entered the ministry, then his father told him, then his mother confirmed it.) Gene went to school in Bay City, Texas. Without knowing it, he suffered a serious delay in the form of dyslexia. I was also colorblind. What he did know was that he was considered a clumsy and backward child. He was extremely shy. He recently attended the 50th convention of his former classmates. There was no one to remember him. Up to that point I was shy. "It was not hard to forget me. I always sat in the last row and did not say anything. "At age thirteen, his parents divorced. Each one followed a different path. Gene asked to be allowed to go to a military academy. Thus, his rookie year was spent at the Baptist Military Academy of San Marcos, Texas. "I did not know that the school was a kind of reformatory. The part of the boys had a police background and had been given a choice between a military academy or a reformatory school. It was a tough year, to say the least, but above all it was one of those sovereign acts that God used to shape my life. "The next two years Gene lived alone in Cleveland, Texas. Because of dyslexia I could not read aloud. I could not spell either. (Even today he can not do it.) Likewise, due to the seriousness of dyslexia, his writing was unrecognizable. (Even today it is.) Gene did not pass the baccalaureate mathematics. (Even today he has not overcome them either.) In his book of notes there are four MDs (very deficient). The four MDs are in a single subject: Algebra I. (In order to graduate and pass the University, he had to do six credits of Latin to get a single credit of Algebra that he would never have to pass!) On the 17th of In 1949, the day before his seventeenth birthday, Gene suffered a setback, in his words, "I jumped on Jesus Christ." He was saved in the back seat of a 1934 Chevrolet, next to a cemetery where he had gone to be alone. Among the many, many things that his conversion worked, began to break the rope of shyness. In the summer of 1950, a semester of his graduation, Gene met Helen Rogers. She was only 17 years old, and she was 19. At the end of 1951, Gene graduated from high school at the age of 18. It was Saturday. On Sunday, the 21st, he made his public entrance into the ministry, and on Monday he enrolled in the Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. It was probably the youngest university student who never enrolled in that seminar. Meanwhile, Helen was offered a job at Southern Baptist Sunday School in Nashville. At the same time, Gene had the privilege of being part of one of the American students selected to represent America at the European Baptist International Seminar in Zurich, Switzerland. He arrived there in 1951, about the same time that Helen moved to Nashville. Thus, his first year of theological training was spent in Europe, in the same city that was the cradle of the Anabaptist movement. While there, the part of the subjects dealt with the history of the church. That summer, with only $ 300 in his pocket he traveled from Zurich to the Holy Land. He visited Greece, Crete, Cyprus, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Israel. "He was in 4th class, which meant he slept on the deck of the ship. I traveled hitchhiking through those countries. The danger of hitchhiking in countries at war, of which six then hated the Americans, was not felt until several years later. "On returning from Israel to Europe, Gene stayed the rest of that summer living in Rome. All this happened before his twenty-first birthday. In 1952 he returned to the Southwestern Seminary. Again all his elective credits he studied in church history. With 21 years Gene married Helen on television! They got married in Studio B in New York's Rockefeller Plaza. Back then there was a program on NBC entitled The Bride and the Boyfriend. Couples were invited with interesting stories to tell. After the interview they got married. On television, in front of an audience of 6,000 people. The minister who married them was Frank Laubach, who, at that time, was probably one of the 3 or 4 most famous ministers in the world – possibly one of the best-known people across the globe. Dr. Laubach had traveled to almost every country in the world, as a guest of the respective governments, to help establish programs to teach reading and writing to the illiterate. In India Laubach was considered a hero and a legend. The previous summer Gene had done a course on writing for "quasi-trailers" at Scarritt School in Nashville. Then he would not have imagined that the course of that summer would affect his style as a writer for the rest of his life. "I write books of a baccalaureate level … the same level of my mathematics!" In 1954 he graduated from the Southwestern Seminary. (He has the title to teach language theory ("language") in high school and university) Gene commented on his seminary education, "Looking back, I never really fit into the typical ministerial mold. I had been raised in a rough oil field in eastern Texas. I never understood why the ministers changed their voices when they prayed, while keeping their hands together piously. Nor why they spoke with a Gothic voice or "typical rhetoric of tinted glass" when they prayed. Nor because their sentences were pronounced with English words typical of the Middle Ages. I just did not fit into this picture. When I pastored, my forms left the congregation dismayed. Likewise, it seemed to make the ministers nervous. During the summers I had earned my living teaching in rough and vulgar institutes. That was the world he had grown up in. The oil fields gave me to suckle. All this makes me a lousy minister model. I never got anything from the presumed world of ministry. This would hurt me a lot as a pastor. Think for a moment about the problems you generated with the people of the church. This lack of presumption would have to shake-it would become a kind of serious disease that had to be fled-my life completely by the time I was 30 years old and I left the organized church. "After finishing his education at Gene Seminary He became pastor of the Baptist Tabernacle Church of Pickton, Texas. He has many funny anecdotes to tell about that time in his life. "Almost from the first day I clashed head-on with the deacons, with the traditions of the church, the established powers, and the ministerial expectations of the congregation. Actually, I was never part of the pastorate! Nor has there ever been a time in my life when I felt I should be a pastor. It happened because it was what was supposed to happen. Apart from that I did not know why he was there. In short, we did what we did. "Gene entered into evangelism with 25 years. By the time he was 27, he was campaigning for an entire city and was the author of two books, both bestsellers. (And both removed from the printing press when he left the institutional church.) Gene's evangelistic ministry grew to the point that he not only maintained multi-church-assisted campaigns, he was even invited by many denominations in America to train their leaders in evangelism. personal. However, during all this time a despair took over his being, a feeling that he was working in the soul, not in the spirit. He also realized that this also happened throughout the ministry throughout the world. "None of us knew much about Christ." Gene had an impulse that led him to know the Lord better. I did not know that the heart and the desire of a Christian mystic were beating deep within him. There was no way he would ever know, because he had always been a "doer", not a "beholder". Some of the things that Gene learned as an evangelist was (in Gene's words): "That all the meetings on Sunday mornings were dead and boring, no matter what the denomination was." There seemed to be no relationship between our practices modern when compared to what happened in the church of the first century. "What is more, and it is worse, no person with whom I related seemed to know the Lord with depth, and nobody seemed to have any interest in knowing him better. The latter worried me. Should I stay on such a superficial plane in my Christian life? "" Every message I heard, and every novel idea I was exposed to, was nothing more than a patch of things from the past. There is nothing new out there. "(Once Gene mentioned that he has not heard a message or heard a new idea in organized Christianity that he had not already heard, or read, by the time he was 22 years old). In 1962, at the age of 29, desperate to know the Lord better, and desperate to find an expression of the first century church, Gene suspended all his lectures. It took a year out of the ministry. During that year, sitting on the edge of his desk at his 1620 house on Snead Avenue in Tyler, Texas, he wrote the entire history of the first century. No detail was overlooked, except name of person, place or event. He used any book he could find in print that contained some brushstroke of the history of the first century. As a consequence, Gene wove what would be the first complete history of the first Christian century. This growing awareness that there really was no relationship between Christianity in the first century and that of today, was now confirmed. The impact of that simple fact would change his life forever. Some years later Gene wrote a book entitled Revolution: The History of the Primitive Church. It was his third writing. But it would be about forty years before Gene began publishing the rest of that story in manuscript form. These books are titled The Journals of the First Century. It is a volume composed of five books that tell the whole history of the first century, in all its extension. Edwards interweaves, not only the history of the early Christians, but unites it with the complexity of the social customs of that day, as well as with the maritime, political, meteorological, religious and military world of that century. When that year ended, at the age of 29, Gene knew that he could not continue to be part of the organized church and maintain a clean conscience. Exposing his ideas to the church in a dozen different denominations, his own desire to know Christ better, his recent glimpse of what the first century really was, and his desire to experience the life of the church "in a first century style ", all this – together with an intangible work in his heart – he collaborated in creating this crisis. Add to that the fact that it was filled with stories of church dissenters, such as the Anabaptists, for example. He had also kept track of almost all Protestant practices. On top of that, his heart was in flames for getting to know his Lord better. "There was no way to continue on the traditional path without getting into a commitment. I had to leave to safeguard the integrity. In 1963 I made candles to a little-traveled ocean, on waters that were not drawn in navigation charts. "" I did not abandon evangelical theology. The historical doctrines of the Protestant faith are mine as long as I live. What I left behind was the practice of Evangelical Protestantism. I will never regret that decision. What's more, I just want the Lord to guide more people called by God to walk this path. "Over the next six years, Gene Edwards went through the US, and also the Far East (China …) looking for people who knew something about a Christian practice in the style of the first century. And always looking for someone who could tell him more to know the Lord. This was the dynamic, the forces that shaped his life. "The day I left the traditional ministry, I said to the Lord, 'I will never serve you again in what remains of my life. Not a day, not a minute. Here is my corpse – if you want to express your life through me, then you are free to do so. But you will be the one who will live that life, not me. I will never serve you again! From now on, whatever happens will be what you do. ' The answer of God? God put me on a shelf for five years, apart from the fact that he took away my health forever. "Gene has often said that as a pastor and evangelist, like many other ministers …" We follow the wrong god! Our god is not Jesus Christ. The true god we bow to is serving Jesus Christ. We are very attached to serving Jesus Christ (carrying out that which we believe He wants), tied to the things we believe He emphasized, to the things we believe He expects of us, and at the same time we are serving a Lord we barely know. I renounced that god, the god of serving Christ. Now it's Christ! "In late 1968, five years later, Gene gave a message to high school students who met in an auditorium at U.C.L.A. The cassette of that message came to be known as "The U.C.L.A tape". It became the most heard tape of the "Jesus Movement." In 1969 Gene was invited to Santa Barbara, California, by a group of students from the University of California at Santa Barbara. They met in a small village that was part of the campus of the university called Isla Vista. "Until that moment there was nothing that ever made it be classified as a ministry. The books I had written when I was young, the mass campaigns-all that-were of little or no eternal value. "The house churches of that time Gene has been involved in founding houses in churches; that is, helping Christians to meet in houses. Today there is a congregation of believers with whom Gene is involved, in each of the following cities: Jacksonville (Florida), Lithia Springs (Atlanta), Colorado Springs, Philadelphia, Dearbon (Michigan), Ventura (California), Houston (Texas), Minneapolis, Rotterdam (New York). Gene holds lectures on the life of the church and on the deepest Christian life. Apart from that, Gene is a writer. His books can be found in almost any bookshop in the English-speaking world. YOUR BOOKS A survey was recently conducted with the owners of the bookstores as to which Christian books -written in the twentieth century- could be classified as literature … against simple " Written. "The owners of the bookstores were asked the following:" What books written in the twentieth century do you think will last at the time? What do you think will still be on the shelves in 100 years? Being printed? Still being known? "This was the answer: Only three books made up that list. They were: My All for Your Everything by Oswald Chambers, Christianity and nothing else by C.S.Lewis, and The Divine Romance by Gene Edwards. Gene Edwards lives in Jacksonville, Florida, where he is currently preparing a group of four or five men as church planters. You are preparing workers for the twenty-first century! This preparation will begin in the year 2000. If you are interested in contacting Gene personally, you can do so by writing to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. A revolutionary book: The Story of My Life told by Jesus Christ. We have worked on this book for two years. There is nothing like it. It is an unparalleled devotional experience. Mateo, Marcos, Lucas and Juan intertwined. The four gospels have become one book. There is not a phrase that has been omitted from any of the four gospels. This book has dates and places along the margins. The story is in the first person singular. We have published this book with the primary purpose of helping Christians relate to the Lord. It is said many times, "In my prayer life I speak, but the Lord does not answer." Now he is going to answer! Please, get a copy of The Story of My Life and rediscover your Lord as the first time. Your brother, Gene "POSSIBLY THE MOST IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT YOU GAVE" G.E. That is the statement I made in my previous letter. However, trying to explain what I want to say is going to require more than one sentence. When I was thirty years old, I wrote the entire history of the believers of the first century. That is, I created the first and only Christian model of the first century. One of the things I learned in that adventure is that there are three lines of churches: the line of Jerusalem, the line of Antioch, and the line of Ephesus. The first two lines are easy to discern. The third line has been completely overlooked. I have wished with all my heart to see a new scrutiny of the line of Ephesus. For the next 35 years I rarely echoed the Ephesian line, but the dream of my life has been to see that line restored. What is the Ephesian line? Before Pentecost, and the birth of the church, Jesus prepared twelve men. What is not known is that Paul – making use of the same methods that the Lord used – also prepared eight men in Ephesus. When I was 30 years old, my dream was: "When I grow old I want to prepare men in the race and ways of the Lord and of Paul … prepare men called by God … to found churches, under the pattern of the first century." reason why I wrote (1) Revolution (2) The Diary of Silas (3) The Diary of Tito (4) The Diary of Timothy is to tell the story of what happened in the first century. I did it to give Christianity a model of how faith in the First Century was actually practiced. (Timothy's Diary tells the story of what happened in Ephesus.) This is the first and only written development I have ever offered on the Ephesian line.) Four young people recently read Timothy's Diary still in the form of a manuscript. They took me to a room and said, "Gene, you will have your Ephesus. Moreover, we (the four) choose the city-it will be Jacksonville, Florida-and you will prepare us … according to the model of the first century. "And that is how it happened. Each of those four young people has moved to Jacksonville! We start in. (There may be five men by the time the smoke dissipates.) Some of these four men have lived in church life … and others will live in the church life while they are in Jacksonville. And as with Paul, these men will be prepared by an elder who founds churches. By the mercy of the Lord, I will remain in Jacksonville for three years. Remember, it was not my idea, but men of churches after reading The Diary of Timothy. Two things are going to happen in Jacksonville. There will be "church" and there will be "preparation" with a dividing line between them. The preparation will be for five or six men. The church is for everyone. If you are interested in coming to Jacksonville for the church section, please write me a letter. So, briefly: One of the most important announcements that I will give. We are going to have workers. When he dies, there will be men on this earth who have been prepared to be laborers, in the style of the first century. Workers who have lived in the church life and who have been taught by a church planter. This is something unique. It may be the first time in 1700 years that a similar phenomenon has occurred.

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