August 28, 1916
Received by James Padgett
I am here, John.
I merely want to say that you will soon be well and in condition to receive some of our messages, which we are anxiously waiting to write. The time is approaching when the book will have to be published and it is very necessary that you get these messages in full so that you can compile the book. Of course, we want to incorporate every truth that is necessary to make known to mankind and, to do so, we will have to work faster.
Yes, I know him well (James the Lesser, the subject of a question asked by Mr. Padgett) and he was the brother of Jesus, the real brother, having the same father and mother that Jesus had and all speculations as to his having parents who were other than the parents of Jesus are not in accord with the truth and were falsified, to make it appear that Mary was a virgin. He was not in the beginning an apostle of Jesus and came to believe in him late in the ministry of Jesus, but when at last he became convinced that Jesus was the true Messiah, he became a very earnest and hardworking follower of Jesus and, also, the first Christian Bishop of Jerusalem.
I have no personal knowledge as to whether he wrote the epistles ascribed to him or not, but he has said that he wrote some portion of the first epistle and a portion of the second, but that he did not write the third. That in each of these epistles are many assertions of truth, which are wrong and which he did not teach.
All the writings of the New Testament, as they now exist, contain so many things which the original writers did not write and which they did not teach or believe in, that it is with difficulty that the mortal, even though a great student, can separate the true from the false. And that is one reason that enters into our motives for writing a new revelation of the truth. The truths will be made plain and you must not let the writings of the Bible influence you in your receiving a correct conception of these truths.
I will not write more now.So with my love I will say good night.