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Hallelujah Acres: First To Promote God’s Original Diet

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 Diet

On 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 1:29

There 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 2:5-6a

Hallelujah 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 Concerned

This 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 16:3

When 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 Preacher

Then 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 Sick

When 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 Magazine

In 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 Bragg

Next 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.


  1. Jacquline November 3, 2014

    Thank you so much for all you do. I really do enjoy Hallelujah acres, plan on taking the on line health minister training very soon.

    I did however want to offer a correction regarding the statement that Hallelujah acres is the first to promote The Genesis eating style, or veganism if you will. My own denomination has promoted a vegan diet following these principles since its inception. That was in the mid 1800’s. One of our founders at that time wrote much about this. And there is much evidence that the much simpler earlier Christian groups before and during middle ages also followed these precepts.

    We have had vegan and health focused centers since the inception of our faith as we believe in reaching out to others where they are, and assisting them to meet their needs, and esp. today, many times that has to do with their health. We also believe in living happy, healthy, and abundant lives, and that being healthy enables you to not have your mind so much on your own woes, but able to direct our focus more on service. And, while it is certain not all adventists follow these dietary principles, those that do reap the benefits.

    Once again thank you for everything you do, It is much appreciated.

    Jackie H.

    • Christy Okon November 4, 2014

      I have read most of Ellen G. White’s writings, and not one time did she say that the diet she was promoting was based on God’s Original Diet as found in the Bible in Genesis 1:29, the diet the Hallelujah Diet is based upon. What I say in my writings is that Hallelujah Acres was the first to promote God’s Original Genesis 1:29 diet, not that it was the first to promote a plant based diet.

      Sadly, today, the hierarchy in the SDA church no longer promotes Ms. White’s writings or a plant based diet, and SDA hospitals are now serving meat and promoting drugs. How sad! Many folks in the SDA church have written to me to express their unhappiness with the direction the church is going. Hallelujah Acres has a large following of SDA people and hundreds of them are now Hallelujah Acres Health Ministers.

      George Malkmus

  2. We followed the regimen for two years. I did present the program to a class at our church over a period of 8 weeks. However, I was met with resistance to the attempted claim that it was God’s diet. It is difficult to refute the numerous scriptural references to the eating of meat, milk and eggs. The children of Israel were led to the promised land “flowing with milk and honey”, a pretty strong endorsement. And obviously through the system of sacrifices, God’s own servants, the priests, were enjoined to eat meat. Under God’s instruction, and the penalty of death, they ate lamb at the Passover, and the Jews remain under that instruction to this day. How can we continue to claim that God endorses a meatless diet?

    • Christy Okon November 3, 2014

      The scriptures in the Bible related to eating of animal flesh are very clear and we take no issue with them. I want to be very clear up-front that eating meat, abstaining from eating meat, or any other dietary preference is not a spiritual issue. After the flood God allowed mankind to eat meat and it is not a sin to do so today! We are not to sit in judgment over other believers in regards to diet, lifestyle, or any other issues. We simply want to encourage believers to examine the scriptures to determine what is the best way to honor God in caring for these marvelous temples He has entrusted to us.

      However, if you go back to Genesis and study the creation of man you will find that God created Adam and Eve with physical bodies capable of enjoying eternal life here on earth if they simply would choose to obey God. God tested their volition by forbidding them from eating of only 1 tree in the Garden. The penalty for disobeying God would be death (first of all spiritual death in that the fellowship with God would be broken due to sin, and as a result of spiritual death, physical death would ultimately follow.) Interestingly, we do not know how long Adam and Eve lived in the Garden, as time was not an issue because they were enjoying everlasting life at this point. It was not until after the sin that time became a factor.

      We can deduce from scripture that it was some 1600+ years after their sin that God’s judgment was executed upon the earth by way of the flood in Noah’s day. In Genesis 1:29, God told Adam and Eve how to nourish the body/temple God had supplied them with. It certainly seems reasonable that God gave the very best to mankind at creation to nourish the physical body that had the potential of eternal life, here on earth. It is also interesting that in Isaiah 11 it appears that during the millennial reign of Christ on earth that the animal kingdom will be vegetarian/herbivore, as even the lion will eat straw and there will be no hostility in the animal kingdom as it was prior to the flood.

      If God created man in the beginning to ideally nourish the human body on a diet of plant foods, and it appears that during the millennial reign on earth that mankind will ideally nourish the body with a diet devoid of animal products, then this just might be the best way to nourish the human body. We have certainly found this to be true experientially and scientifically with such studies as the “China Project.” (“The China Study” by T. Colin Campbell, PhD and Thomas M. Campbell, III)

      As to why God allowed the eating of meat, and even commanded it of the priest, we can only speculate. We do know that after He allowed the eating of meat, He laid down specific guidelines in the form of dietary laws for His people. We also know that when Jesus came to earth it was for one purpose, that being to provide salvation. He came in the form of a Jewish baby that was raised under the Jewish laws and customs. He did not come to do away with the guidelines God had previously established but rather to fulfill the law to perfection. His mission was not one of dealing with dietary issues but rather that of executing the plan of salvation.

      If we ate meat today as they did in the biblical days, not as the main center piece of our diet; meat that was free of hormones, toxins, etc.; and meat that was from animals that were not feedlot fed for rapid growth and excessive fat marbling through the flesh, our bodies would no doubt handle it quite efficiently. Since it would be a minimal part of the diet and accompanied with a large volume and variety of raw, nutrient- rich plant foods, the body would handle it fairly efficiently. If we likewise, lived in a clean environment, with a rich supply of pure unpolluted water and air, along with the abundance of raw foods we would find a minimal amount of clean meat as God allowed would not be an issue.

      Since these conditions do not exist today, it is wise for us to nourish the body in the most optimal way possible if we are to overcome the negative factors that influence our health today.

  3. Making the statement that HA was the first to promote God’s original diet may not be totally accurate. I just finished a course from the School of Natural Healing founded by Dr. John R. Christopher and he promoted the raw diet years ago (mucusless diet). There was also Dr. Jethro Kloss in “Back to Eden”. Both of these gentlemen recommended a raw diet as much as possible and also the use of herbs to cleanse and maintain optimum health. However, because of the advantage of electronic media these days, HA may have attracted a wider client base.

    With all of these, though, I find it very easy to become all-consumed and controlled by food, thereby making it an idol. If what I eat, how I prepare it, how much it costs, etc., fills my thoughts and gets in the way of my witnessing the gospel to others, my priorities are wrong. I do try to eat as much as possible in the state in which the food was originally created. But I find a lot of effort being put forth to concoct recipes that “taste just like…..”, mimicking SAD foods that we have become used to. And the list of ingredients in some recipes is totally outrageous. Simplicity should be the name of the game, simple raw foods to sustain health and move on to what’s really important for the kingdom of God. Remember that the first temptation Satan used in the Garden of Eden and with Jesus had to do with food. It is a basic need for all human beings that he likes to use against us. And making food our idol – the thing that consumes our thoughts the most – is a very real temptation.

  4. Beloved Brothers & Sisters
    The principles of spirituality have remained the SAME throughout ALL AGES. Modern science (is only NOW) coming
    to the “REALIZATION” what the saints and mystics have realized for EONS: that in all respects (spiritual – moral – and physical) hay vegetarian diet is MOST SUITABLE for MAN. And for those who want to FOLLOW KNOWLEDGE OF
    GOD (REALIZATION) What part does diet play in spiritual work? Certain diets can help “PURIFY” the TEMPLE (your
    Body) from the tox”sins” we usually eat, day-to-day. When you’re BEGINNING to be “PULLED” to a NEW “DIMENSION” it’s based upon HEALTHFUL (healthFUEL) VIBRATIONS (vibRATIONS) Those of us (who are called to serve would be whyse to heed Daniel’s service in the king’s palace: “Daniel decided not to eat the king’s food because that would make him unclean.” Thank You ~ Snow Much

  5. Marti Orozco November 9, 2014

    George, thank you for your article regarding “Meat eating”. I have been a vegetarian about 16 year by the Lords grace after reading Genesis 1:29. I have also read in the bible about the homosexuals not entering the kingdom of heaven.

    A few weeks ago, I saw a documentary where little children who at the age as early of 2years were being discovered with a sex identity crisis. Girls feeling like they were boys and boys feeling in a body of a girl.

    I asked the Lord, how can this be? Why if you created us perfect are this little ones being born this way?

    Your article has answered my question and I thank you for having the courage to write this truth.

    Thank you for your ministry and look forward to other articles in the future.

    In the Love of Jesus

    Marti Orozco

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