In this Health Tip we begin a series of articles sharing how Hallelujah Acres has been FIRST in many areas. To begin with, we were the FIRST to promote God’s Original Genesis 1:29 diet, and the FIRST Christian ministry to show a concern for the health of the Christian community. Trust you will enjoy the journey.
Hallelujah Acres: First To Promote God's Original DietOn February 12, 1992 (over 22 years ago) Hallelujah Acres had its beginning in an 11-foot-wide storefront on Main Street in Rogersville, Tennessee. On this same date we began encouraging the Christian Community, as well as anyone else who would listen, to return to nourishing their bodies with the garden foods God told Adam to consume in Genesis 1:29. Here is what God told Adam he should eat in order to properly nourish and sustain the life of the physical body God had just created for him:
“AND GOD SAID, Behold I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.”~ Genesis 1:29There are two ways this verse is being interpreted: (1) As written in the King James Version this verse concludes with the words: “to you it shall be for MEAT” or “in place of” or “instead of meat”. (2) But a little research will quickly reveal that a more accurate translation doesn’t even contain the word “meat.” Proper translation would read: “to you it shall be for FOOD.” In this verse God is telling Adam, and through Adam all mankind – including you and me – that man was to consume a diet consisting exclusively of fruits and vegetables, seeds and nuts. These are the very foods found in the garden God had created before creating Adam and placing him into it. There was not even a hint in this verse that man was to ever consume the flesh or drink the milk of an animal.
“And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for FOOD . . . . .” ~ Genesis 2:5-6aHallelujah Acres became the very FIRST Christian ministry (that we are aware of) encouraging the Christian community to stop consuming the “world’s SAD diet” and to return to consuming God’s original 100% plant-based diet as outlined in Genesis 1:29. Hallelujah Acres, from its very beginning over 20 years ago, has discouraged the consumption of most of the foods found in the Standard American Diet (SAD). We have discouraged the consumption of all animal source foods – both flesh and dairy; all refined sugars and refined grains, stating that these substances were the “cause” or contributing “cause” of most of the physical problems being experienced in the Christian community today.
20 Years Ago, Few Christians Were ConcernedThis attempt by Hallelujah Acres to get the Christian community to return to the original diet God had given to mankind in Genesis 1:29 was not received very well. In fact, it was received about as well as the Israelites received God’s attempt to change their diets from the meat based diet they had learned to consume during their time in Egypt, to the plant-based diet God was providing them in the wilderness in the form of manna. (Exodus 16:31)
“And the children of Israel said unto them; Would to God we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the FLESH pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into the wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger.” ~ Exodus 16:3When we began proclaiming God’s original Genesis 1:29 diet, the Christian community was so addicted to consuming animal flesh foods that it had become the most important food served not only in their homes but at the church pot lucks and church fellowships. Sadly, BBQ ribs, Southern fried chicken, or a roasted pig, along with all manner of other flesh foods had become the main attraction at these church fellowships. Not to mention, they also featured lots of sugar laden desserts made not only with refined sugar but also refined flour which converts quickly and causes all manner of physical problems for believers.
Then Comes That "Crazy" Baptist PreacherThen all of a sudden there comes on the scene a Baptist preacher proclaiming these animal foods and sugar laden desserts were the primary cause of most of the physical problems Christians were praying for God to remove on prayer meeting night. Just who was this Baptist preacher who was trying to get Christians to change their diets? Was he a university trained nutritionist or a medical doctor? No! He was just a sinner saved by grace! A preacher who had developed colon cancer and refused all medical treatments for his cancer and in less than a year without any medical modalities was cancer free. What had this preacher done instead of accepting the traditional medical modalities used to treat cancer? He simply stopped eating the animal products, refined sugars, and refined grains he had been consuming the previous 42 years of his life and adopted God’s Original Genesis 1:29 diet along with lots of freshly extracted vegetable juices. That diet change eliminated his cancer within a year and made him well. The Hallelujah Acres ministry became his attempt to inform the Christian community that there was a better way of dealing with physical problems then the medical/drug route Christians as well as non-Christians had been previously pursuing in an effort to restore their health. This exalting of animal flesh foods and sugar desserts by the Christian community was the atmosphere into which this Baptist preacher and Hallelujah Acres came on the scene in 1992, proclaiming the Hallelujah Diet, a diet patterned after God’s original Genesis 1:29 diet.
First To Proclaim: You Don't Have To Be SickWhen Hallelujah Acres came on the scene, the Christian community was just as sick as the non-Christian community, experiencing the same physical problems to the same percentages regardless of how many prayers were prayed in the church for God to take away these physical problems. Also, the Christian community had grown just as dependent on drugs, both over-the-counter and doctor-prescribed as the non-Christian community. They consumed ever more drugs while feeling worse and worse, experiencing more and more sickness, spending ever more monies on doctors and drugs. But they never fully recovered from the physical or psychological problems for which they were paying doctors and taking drugs. When Rev. Malkmus (that "crazy" Baptist preacher) began holding seminars titled “How to Eliminate Sickness,” few people attended, but gradually a few did begin attending these seminars, applying what was being taught, and began sending in testimonies of all manner of physical and psychological problems disappearing – from high blood pressure, to diabetes, from cancer to you name it, after making the diet change. These testimonies were reporting that when Christians ceased the consumption of animal source foods along with refined sugar and refined grains, and began consuming God’s Genesis 1:29 foods with lots of vegetable juices, they not only recovered from nearly all their physical and psychological problems, but they didn’t get sick anymore.
First To Publish Christian Health MagazineIn 1993, Hallelujah Acres began publishing a magazine titled “Back to the Garden.” It was the FIRST health publication by a Christian ministry! It encouraged the Christian community to abandon the world’s SAD diet and return to the 100% garden diet God had given to Adam in Genesis 1:29. The first issue was a very humble beginning – 3,000 copies were printed, containing 12 pages, printed in dark green ink on a recycled paper. The feature article was titled “God’s Original Diet.” Here is part of that article written and printed some 22 years ago:
“When God created man, He placed him in a garden and told him his diet was to consist of raw fruits and vegetables. On this diet, man lived to an average age of 912 years without any recorded sickness! Following the flood, meat and cooked food were added to man’s diet. As a result, sickness entered the human race and man’s life span declined rapidly from an average of 912 years to 110 years by the time you get to the end of Genesis!”That first issue of "Back to the Garden" also contained numerous testimonies. Following is just one of the testimonies that appeared in that first issue:
“I am a diabetic. I started on the program you teach at Hallelujah Acres on March 5, 1993. At that time my blood sugar was running around 425 and I was taking two injections of 20 units of insulin daily. In 8 weeks I have been able to eliminate one shot and reduce the other to 10 units a day. My blood sugar has dropped from around 425 eight weeks ago to 112 this morning. I have also lost 21 pounds in eight weeks and have lots of energy. My high blood pressure is also lower. My neighbors say they can see a big change for the better. I thank the Lord for this program.” ~ Evelyn A.These testimonies of healing began being reported almost immediately after we started proclaiming God’s Genesis 1:29 Health Message on February 12, 1992 and have continued to be received almost daily for the past 22 years. Tens of thousands of them have been received reporting over 170 different physical problems disappearing – including even terminal cancers. Thousand of these testimonies are available here. I close this issue of the Hallelujah Health Tip with this quote by Paul Bragg. I shared this quote in that first issue of "Back to the Garden" in 1993:
“Don’t you believe the moth-eaten fallacy that man, as he gets older, must face decrepitude, decay, senility and death! Man does not die – he commits slow suicide with his unnatural habits of living. Your body is the most glorious accurate instrument of this universe. Given the correct fuel, pure air, exercise and keeping it internally clean; your body will last indefinitely and function perfectly.” ~ Paul BraggNext week, the good Lord willing and if the creeks don’t rise too high we will return with another exciting issue of the Hallelujah Health Tip. Trust you will join us and that you will share these Health Tips with friends and loved ones.