August 28th, 1916
Received by James Padgett
I am here, Luther.
I will not write much at this time but am anxious to continue my
letter to my followers, and as soon as you are in condition I will
come and hope that you will give me the opportunity. Well of course,
I will have to wait until they have delivered these messages, but
I have no doubt that there will be times when you will not be occupied
by receiving their messages. I thank you and will come.
I have met both the Popes who were in the papal chair at the time
that I went to Rome and when I was afterward persecuted and brought
to trial before them. (Pope Leo X and Pope
Clement VII) They are now in the Celestial Heavens but before
they left the earth sphere they were in very great darkness and
suffering intensely, and thus repentance was very thorough and sincere.
They were compelled to realize the great evil that the teachings
and dogma of their church was doing to humanity and they devoted
all their time in the spirit life to attempting to influence the
priests and hierarchy of the great errors that they were teaching,
but the result of their work was not very satisfactory for reasons
that I have not time to explain now.
The state of the ignorant catholic laymen is a very deplorable
one when he comes to the spirit world, but that of the Pope and
the priest is beyond all description. They are forever branded by
the results upon their followers of their evil teaching and consequently
suffer very much. Some time I will come to you and write in detail
into the conditions and causes there is of these blind teachers
of the blind. I must not write more tonight.
With my love I will say good night.
Your brother in Christ,
Editor's Note. The Padgett Tablett (summary
of each message) suggests that the phrase "They are not in
the Celestial Heavens" which is found in the publication, should
in fact be "They are now in the Celestial Heavens". The
text above has been altered accordingly.