The Doctrine of Binding and Loosing

“And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
  -Matthew 16:19

There you have it!
WHO has the authority under heaven to BIND and LOOSEN in the Church of God?
It is ONLY the apostle of God.
So why do ministers today, through committees, and self vouchers, try to attempt to place doctrine into their congregations? Does their declarations overide God’s true apostle(Herbert W Armstrong)? No it most certainly does not.
If what he taught was already BOUND in heaven, then these who pretend to have such authority cannot possible UNBIND God’s true doctrines. They are everlasting.

If they do not have such power, are they not stepping outside of Jesus Christ’s commands, in rebellion against the Word of God? Then are they true ministers of Jesus Christ?

And if they are attempting to establish their doctrines as official doctrine, who then is guiding them if not Jesus Christ?

These are serious questions indeed, and something you need to take to God in prayer and fasting.

The article “HOW CHRIST GIVES THE CHURCH ITS BELIEFS” by Herbert W Armstrong, releases an official declaration by God’s apostle Herbert W Armstrong to clear up any air of misunderstanding or misgivings that the ministry has had concerning WHO has the authority to BIND and LOOSEN doctrine in the Church of God.

Since Satan will send any minister of his own to declare “New doctrine” or “New revelation”, we in the Church of God must understand this abundantly in order to avoid deception and false doctrines from taking us away from God and Jesus Christ, and out of the Church, and eventually if the path is continued into the lake of fire.

It is the upmost of importance in the Church of God. Who has the authority to BIND and LOOSEN?

It is best to read the entire article from Mr.Armstrong, you can do that here, but below is an excerpt from this article that settles this dispute.

Please take this to God, and decide how loyal you are to Christ’s decision in the Church of God. You may be currently attending an organization that is ran by the claim of their ministry that they have the power and authority to unbind what Jesus Christ has taught through His apostle(Herbert W Armstrong), and that they have the authority to BIND whatever doctrine they feel they must make official. Do they have such authority?
In order to blow past all of the smoke, you must realize this foundational truth, that Mr.Armstrong reveals and declares for the Church of God. The question is, will you stay loyal and true to God and to His Truth? Because, undoubtedly, Mr.Armstrong delivers God’s Truth in this article.

“In all these successive instances, I have shown you, step by step, that Peter was LEADER of the apostles – and that the Church received it teachings and doctrines FROM THE APOSTLES!

But God has always worked primarily through ONE MAN at a time – as Abraham, then Isaac, then Jacob, then Joseph – later Moses, then Joshua, later Samuel, then David – and, in the New Testament Church, PETER. But Peter was an apostle – one sent forth proclaiming the message – not a resident pope over a religious hierarchy.

Now notice how JESUS gave Peter primacy over the apostles.

Jesus had asked His apostles to be whom they said Jesus really was, “And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.. And Jesus said unto him [UNTO PETER] Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee [UNTO PETER] That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell [the grave] shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto THEE [PETER not the Church] the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou [PETER] shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:16-19)

There has been much discussion at Pasadena between certain ministers of lower than apostle rank, as to the CHURCH binding and loosing.

So now let it be MADE OFFICAL – by Christ’s present day apostle – that this binding and loosing PLAINLY, CLEARLY was given to Christ’s chief APOSTLE – not to lower rank ministers ordained by his authority – not by the CHURCH as a body – but by the APOSTLE!  

When men who held office under the apostle, and by his appointment or approval, took it in their own hands, in his absence – stealthily KEEPING IT FROM HIM – to water down God’s TRUTH, alter his doctrines, assume unauthorized authority, then the living CHRIST moves His apostle to ACT SWIFTLY, to PUT OUT the prime mover in this conspiracy, and, under Christ, set God’s Church and Work BACK ON GOD’S TRACK!

PRAISE THE ETERNAL GOD! HE has NOT left nor forsaken HIS CHURCH. Jesus Christ still REIGNS SUPREME in God’s Church, as He shall, very soon, reign over all the earth!

Many harmful errors in the STP still remain to be PUT STRAIGHT – and it shall be done by JESUS CHRIST, through His apostle, as rapidly as is humanly possible!

JESUS CHRIST is the living HEAD of this Church! HE built it through His apostle. And He, Christ, still rules SUPREME in the one and only area on earth where the GOVERNMENT OF GOD is being administered today!”

-Excerpt from HOW CHRIST GIVES CHURCH ITS BELIEFS, published in the Good News Magazine Novemeber 20, 1978.

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