“These people are members of the Church of God, known in our day as the Worldwide Church of God. This Church is unique in practicing Christianity as A WAY OF LIFE, as well as a faith—even as it did originally in the days of the first-century apostles. “- Herbert W. Armstrong, ‘This Is The Worldwide Church of God’, Plain Truth Magazine, December 1978.
Under Christ’s apostle in the Philadelphia Era(Rev. 3:7-13), the Church of God was known as “the Worldwide Church of God”.
But since Mr. Armstrong’s death in 1986, the IDENTITY of the Church has been brought into question. Is now the true Church of God calling itself another identity, or is it the same identity?
Mr. Armstrong wasn’t speaking of a legal corporation when he identified the Church in the above quote. He was speaking of the men and women who had been called by God, and had received His Holy Spirit upon repentance and baptism. He was speaking of the SPIRITUAL ORGANISM, or the spiritual Body of Jesus Christ.
Mr. Armstrong said in his article “Just What Is The Church?” the following, “First of all, the true Church of God is a spiritual organism. It is NOT a human organization. This spiritual organism is the “Body of Christ” existing for the PURPOSE of carrying on THE WORK OF GOD.”
Further down in his article, Mr. Armstrong says, “But is the corporation the Church?
“IT IS NOT! The Church existed as a spiritual organism, organized as CHRIST organized it (NOT organized on any human plan), and it carried on the SAME Work of God, with the SAME divinely directed organization BEFORE it incorporated as it does today. It is organized according to GOD’S pattern, not man’s legal corporate pattern.”
So, the California corporation “WORLDWIDE CHURCH OF GOD, INCORPORATED” was NEVER the true Church!
But, here in this article (and in other articles Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong) the apostle of Jesus Christ identifies the true Church of God as “The Worldwide Church of God”. That is what the true Church came to be KNOWN AS in this Philadelphia Era!
In the book of Revelation, the true Church is pictured as a “candlestick” or a “lampstand”. In chapters 2-3 pictured are SEVEN distinctive, and successive eras of the true Church of God. Each of these ERA’S pictured have ONE CANDLESTICK, for there are SEVEN total(Revelation 1:20).
Now, the apostle of Christ IDENTIFIED the Philadelphia Candlestick as the Worldwide Church of God.
Notice Zechariah 4. Pictured in this chapter is a single candlestick. Just one candlestick.
Now, pictured here standing beside this one candlestick, or church(Rev. 1:20), are “two anointed ones”(Zech. 4:14).
When the prophet Zechariah asks what this all meant, the angel starts speaking about Zerubbabel.
Since Zerubbabel was tasked with the job of building the Temple of God, God tells Zerubbabel “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.”(verse 6). The Church of God is being built by the Holy Spirit of God!
And so Mr. Armstrong fulfilled this with the Philadelphia Era, or the Worldwide Church of God.
Jesus Christ through him raised up the Worldwide Church of God, the spiritual TEMPLE of God, and through this end time Zerubabbel, Jesus Christ will finish building that Temple!(Zech. 4:9)
“Through whom did God begin preaching that gospel — the gospel of the Kingdom of God — in Europe and all over the United States (to the kings of this world all over this earth)? WHO? It came out of this Church, brethren. This Church is mightier than you realize. Very much so! We are in the last days, preparing for the Second Coming of Christ; and we’d better get our house in order, because Christ wants this Church presented to Him a glorious Church not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing.”- Herbert W. Armstrong, ‘We are the Temple’ sermon, August 22, 1981 Big Sandy, Texas.
IT WILL NOT BE SOME OTHER CHURCH! The True Church of God will not be IDENTIFIED with a different IDENTITY.
So many have gone out to try to build unto themselves A NEW IDENTITY, because they feel ASHAMED of the name given by Christ through His apostle! They no longer want to be identified as “the Worldwide Church of God”.
Now, notice in Zechariah 4, there are TWO ANOINTED ONES feeding the same candlestick, or the same Church, the “golden oil” which represents the Holy Spirit of God.
There is someone after Mr. Armstrong, that God will raise up, to FINISH THE JOB!
Notice what Mr. Armstrong said, “While I’m thinking about it, let me tell you something else that has come to my mind. I’m going to have to write something and get it into the GOOD NEWS along this line. And try to get it to the whole Church as soon as I can.
There are TOO MANY people that are wondering. ‘Well, now who’s going to take over if Mr. Armstrong dies?’ I’m supposed to die right away. Because of course, a lot of people do die before they are as old as I am now. But whether or not I die is going to depend on whether the Living Christ lets me, or whether he keeps me alive. And maybe we’ll see something about that before we get through right here. But someone says, ‘Well, have I appointed someone to follow and take my place?’ THE ANSWER IS, NO! That is NOT MY PLACE to do! I HAVE NO AUTHORITY TO DO SUCH THING!
You know it’s a great deal like the woman who was the mother of two of Christ’s Apostles and she came to Jesus. She said, ‘Lord when you come into your Kingdom, I want to make a request. Please let one of my sons be on your right hand, and the other on your left hand, when you come into your Kingdom’. He says, ‘Madam, you don’t know what your talking about that is not mine to decide. I have nothing to say about it. My Father only, God the Father, will decide who will be on my right hand and on my left. I can’t do it! That’s out of my hands.’ And let me tell you, THE HEAD OF THIS CHURCH IS ALIVE! Do you believe it? Jesus Christ, DO WE BELIEVE HE LIVES? Do we believe he’s on the Job? Do we believe if I am in need of correction that he is able to see to it and give it? Let me tell you, I BELIEVE IT! I believe it through and through. And I FEAR IT! And I TREMBLE AT IT!
If anything should happen to me, and it will only happen if God allows it. God can keep me alive as long as that is necessary, and he will as long as He feels it is necessary. And I don’t think he is going to take me from this work until this job is finished. But if he should, if I should be wrong about that can you trust the Living Christ to provide the man that will take over. If you’d ask me to choose, I couldn’t do it. I wouldn’t know who to choose right now. And I have no authority to do it. THIS IS GOING TO BE A TEST OF YOUR FAITH! Or, do you want to take it into your own hands, and know who it’s going to be, someone YOU can know in advance. Some one YOU can approve. Some one YOU CAN VOTE FOR! Oh, sometimes I say SHAME ON US! Let’s WAKE UP!” (Zerubbabel’s Temple, 1978 Sermon)
If Mr. Armstrong had “NO AUTHORITY” to choose a successor, then who chose Joseph W. Tkach Sr?
Remember, the Church membership was told Mr. Armstrong chose Tkach by the very men who LIED and DISMANTLED the Work of the Living God and by those who DEPARTED FROM CHRIST!
Months after Mr. Armstrong’s death, Ralph Helge, the attorney who legally represented WCG INC, resurrected a corporation in the state of Colorado. According to State records, this corporation was suspended in 1983, the same year Mr. Armstrong told Ralph Helge to SHUT DOWN THE DUMMY CORPORATIONS. (Ralph Helge sermon: “Dummy Corporations”)
Why was this corporation resurrected MONTHS after Mr. Armstrong’s death?
In the paperwork of this corporation sole, it declares that WCG INC, and all other corporations operated by the Church was subservient to it. It was OVER the other legal corporations. But Tkach was only listed as one of the Advisory Council of Elders, who were listed as the ones in control.
It wasn’t until 1991, that this corporation sole changed its name, and gave Tkach Sr full control over all the assets of the Worldwide Church of God. Check the paperwork yourself. It is listed on the Colorado Secretary of State website.
So who chose Joseph Tkach as successor over the legal corporatios? It wasn’t Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong. The only testimony we have telling us that he did are the very ones who rushed to make the changes to doctrine and who dismantled the very Work of God that Mr. Armstrong was used to raising!
They resurrected the dummy corporation, and in 1991 they gave control to Tkach Sr!
Mr. Armstrong said he had NOT AUTHORITY to choose a successor. He in fact, created the Advisory Council of Elders to choose a successor! (Article: Advisory Council of Elders formed, Worldwide News May 16, 1981)
But notice again what Mr. Armstrong said in his sermon!
“If anything should happen to me, and it will only happen if God allows it. God can keep me alive as long as that is necessary, and he will as long as He feels it is necessary. And I don’t think he is going to take me from this work until this job is finished. But if he should, if I should be wrong about that can you trust the Living Christ to provide the man that will take over. If you’d ask me to choose, I couldn’t do it. I wouldn’t know who to choose right now. And I have no authority to do it. THIS IS GOING TO BE A TEST OF YOUR FAITH! Or, do you want to take it into your own hands, and know who it’s going to be, someone YOU can know in advance. Some one YOU can approve. Some one YOU CAN VOTE FOR! Oh, sometimes I say SHAME ON US! Let’s WAKE UP!”(End Quote)
MEN among the ministry have gone out to form their own organizations, creating their own identities and works, and are trying to CHOOSE a leader for themselves. They want to be in a position to APPROVE of God’s next leader of the Philadelphia Era. They have even gone further to say that the Church is no longer in the Philadelphia era but the Laodicean era! Just so they can try to justify a NEW leadership.
This is why there are over 300 “Church of God” groups out there now! And I’ve found that their members, by joining these groups, are giving up their identity of “the Worldwide Church of God” to become identified as a member of another church. That is what is happening! Their ministers are saying and are calling theie membership and ministry in the Worldwide Church of God as their “previous association”.
What a GREAT SHAME!