Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. Another COMMAND from Jesus Christ. What did Mr. Armstrong teach on the Great Commission? Who was given the Great Commission? Who Was Jesus Christ talking to? As you can read, the Apostles were the one’s being addressed. The Apostle Peter repeated it toward those called through his preaching, to be MINDFUL of what the Apostles taught! Now what about today? Are we to be mindful of Christ’s Apostle Mr. Herbert W Armstrong. But, that brings up the question, WHAT if they don’t BELIEVE he was an Apostle? What if YOU do not believe that Mr. Armstrong was called to be an Apostle and fulfilled his commission? Does Mr. Webber BELIEVE, UNDERSTAND or AGREE that Mr. Armstrong was called and placed in the Church as an APOSTLE? Does the United Church of God? Does any of the Cog groups today? I mean REALLY Believe it, not just say it and then go about and CHANGE what Herbert W Armstrong meant or Believed or wrote, saying he misunderstood(meaning did not believe God) on this or this topic or doctrine found in God’s Word. You might find they say it at one time or another, but do they REALLY believe it? Are we MIDNFUL of what we were commanded and taught through the Apostle? What does “mindful” mean? It means “conscious or aware of something”. Strong’s Concordance states – (through the idea of fixture in the mind or of mental grasp); to bear in mind, that is, recollect; by implication to reward or punish: – be mindful, remember, come (have) in remembrance. If we are mindful of what the Apostle taught, we wouldn’t believe something contrary to it. Once faced with another doctrine, another gospel, you must have the teachings and doctrines through the Apostle in our minds, making SURE that what we read is the same as what we were taught! And if they are not, HOLD FAST to what we have been taught! (Revelation 3:11) What did the Apostle Paul say? Php 2:1 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Php 2:2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. (Having the same MIND, BELIEFS, UNDERSTANDING) Php 2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Too many spend their time tearing down the ROLE and OFFICE of the Apostle, teaching others to put low those whom they should and are commanded to ESTEEM BETTER than themselves! Php 2:4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. (like the doctrines that came through the Apostle. As Jesus Christ said through him He restored ALL THINGS through) Php 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. So Jesus Christ gave the Apostle Paul his mind on things, on doctrine, on teaching, on God’s Law(LOVE), on unity. He in turn commanded us to be of that same MIND, the SAME UNDERSTANDING, the SAME BELIEF that the Apostle had! So are we with the Apostle, Mr. Herbert W Armstrong! He had the mind of Christ! If we remember Matt 28:20, Jesus Christ gave commandment(teachings, doctrines) to the Apostles, who in turn were to TEACH OTHERS what they were given. Some today, believe Mr. Herbert W Armstrong did not such thing, but have inserted his own ideas and taught the Church his ideas. But do we BELIEVE GOD? Or people? 1Co 9:2 If I be not an apostle unto others, yet doubtless I am to you: for the seal of mine apostleship are ye in the Lord. I ave no DOUBT that Herbert W Armstrong was an Apostle of Jesus Christ! Now what happens when the foot says I have no need of the hand? 1Co 12:21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. 1Co 12:22 Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: 1Co 12:23 And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. Notice what the Apostle Paul said! “ And those members of the body, which we think…”. If we rely on ourselves, believing that the Apostle is not needed today, we are commanded to REPENT and bestow MORE ABUNDANT HONOR. You have to say it MORE. You have to MAGNIFY THE OFFICE OF APOSTLE! You have to keep the Apostle and what he taught us in your MIND! That you are MINDFUL of what was taught! I ask the same question to Robbin Webber. Are you? Is Any other minister today? Is the United Church of God? Are any other group doing so? Are we ourselves? Why must we bestow more ABUNDANT Honor to the Apostle? 1Co 12:25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. 1Co 12:26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. 1Co 12:27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. 1Co 12:28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. 1Co 12:29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? 1Co 12:30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret? 1Co 12:31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way. Joh 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. If we do not care for(LOVE) the Apostle, giving honor to him when we think he’s less honorable or small comparative to others, then are we REALLY Jesus Christ’s disciples? Mat 10:14 And whosoever shall not receive you(The Apostles), nor hear your words(What the Apostle Taught), when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. (Have nothing to do with those who won’t receive the Apostles and their teachings) Mat 10:15 Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city. Why do they reject what the Apostles received from Jesus Christ? Mar_7:9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition. Mar 7:7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. Jesus Christ says their WORSHIP, their fellowship is IN VAIN if they reject what Jesus Christ gave through the Apostle! Are we heeding God’s Word here? Hos 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou(ministers) hast rejected knowledge(rejected REVEALED knowledge from Jesus Christ through the Apostle), I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. Again God says that their worship is in VAIN, Because of their traditions and rejection of the Apostle and the Apostles teachings, their Churches would become churches of this world. No longer CHILDREN OF GOD. Because they are deceived into what the Minister is teaching BECAUSE he has rejected the Apostle and what he taught! Luk_10:16 He that heareth you(the Apostles) heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me. What happens if we reject(cut off – saying “I have no need of you”) the Apostle(Mr. Herbert W Armstrong) Mr. Armstrong addresses this from a personal experience with his son. [Quote] “Read carefully now. As the Work grew, so did the human organization to work UNDER me in getting God’s Work done. Then, after this 35-year unmatched GROWTH with God’s blessing, I made a basic mistake, which I did not then realize was contrary to GOD’S form of organization. It was a detail that NONE in the Church realized was unscriptural. It happened this way: As the work continued growing and growing, especially after the foundation of Ambassador College, my younger son, Garner Ted, had become converted. Mr. Roderick C. Meredith had entered Ambassador College as a student beginning its third year, fall of 1949. He was developing as a leader under me. He saw the rapid strides my son Garner Ted was making at the time, spiritually. My elder son, Richard D. (Dick), was growing spiritually too, but at a slower more steady rate. Mr. Meredith began to urge me to make Garner Ted vice president under me, in the Work. I thought it a good suggestion. Along about 1956 and thereafter, Garner Ted showed aptitude for broadcasting and began occasional broadcasting……But I made the mistake, unrealizing that mistake, of allowing an office of authority to be injected BETWEEN ME AND THE MINISTRY AND CHURCH! For the first 35 years of this Work, I was the sole human in supreme command, UNDER CHRIST. There was opposition and persecution – from without – but THERE WAS NO QUESTION OF WHO WAS IN CHARGE! During those 35 years the Church and the Work GREW AND GREW AND GREW! It had Christ’s BLESSING! I knew that GOD’S FORM OF ORGANIZATION IS FROM THE TOP DOWN. I DID NOT REALIZE that allowing an office of authority to be interjected BETWEEN me and the Church was contrary to God’s form of human organization. WHAT RESULTED? Great confusion grew in the Church – especially in and around headquarters. “WHO IS REALLY IN AUTHORITY?” many wondered, perplexed. The Work STOPPED GROWING. More knowledge But at last God has opened my eyes to a more detailed knowledge of HIS FORM OF HUMAN ORGANIZATION. Now I want to take you direct to GOD’S WORD! The first human organizational procedure there recorded is that of Moses. The PEOPLE did not elect Moses – GOD CHOSE HIM! Under Moses were captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, over fifties and over tens. BUT NO ONE was interjected in authority BETWEEN Moses and the captains of thousands! There were 600,000 men. Men and women approximately 1,200,000. Adding children, there were at least THREE MILLION Israelites. That means a minimum of three to four thousand captains under Moses, and NO MAN BETWEEN THEM AND MOSES! Once Moses’ brother Aaron and sister Miriam challenged Moses’ authority and attempted to interject themselves between Moses and the people. Got STERNLY REBUKED THEM and punished Miriam! Korah’s rebellion Another time Korah attempted to challenge Moses’ authority and step in between him and the People. GOD PUNISHED HIM by causing him and his family to he swallowed up by the earth! ” June 5 1978 Good News “CHRIST PUTS CHURCH ON BIBLE FORM OF ORGANIZATION” By Herbert W Armstrong[End Quote] What was it that Mr. Armstrong taught concerning Matt 24:14? About the Great Commission? Through WHOM was it given, and who did he give it to from that point on? The Church certainly has to fulfill the Great Commission, but is everyone APOSTLES? 1Co 12:29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? 1Co 12:30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret? Many are not fulfilling THEIR PART in the Great Commission! They are trying to exalt themselves to positions NOT GIVEN! They believe they can go out as a witness and teach all nations, as the Apostles were to do. That was already fulfilled. Those taught and trained and placed by the Apostle are to continue to teach nonetheless, but not as an apostle. They cannot instill doctrines. They are to fulfill their role as an evangelist. Fulfill their role as Pastor, which is stationary. Fulfill their role as lay-member. To fulfill our roles in the Family. GROWING in the Grace and Knowledge of Jesus Christ! Teaching what we were taught by the Apostle! Not departing from it. What did the Apostle teach us concerning OUR PART, or ROLE? From “SEVEN PROOFS of THE TRUE CHURCH – Proof no. 6 by Herbert W Armstrong, Good News Magazine December 1978 [Quote]Why members called Now came another example of how the Church stood back of the apostles. Remember, the word apostle means “one sent forth.” Jesus had given the great commission to Peter and the apostles. The other members of the Church were not sent forth with the Gospel. They were called: 1) to support and encourage the apostles in getting out the Gospel message, as GOD’S MEANS of, 2) developing in them God’s holy, righteous CHARACTER, qualifying them for places as kings and priests in the KINGDOM! So here came another incident showing how the Church supported the apostles. Continue, verse 5 of Acts 12, “… but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him” – Peter. The brethren stood loyally 100 percent back of God’s apostles. What happened, when the Church so unceasingly prayed? “… The same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison. And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands” (verses 6-7), and Peter followed the angel on out of the prison. Peter fled on to Caesarea. The GREAT COMMISSION to apostles Jesus gave His GREAT COMMISSION to the apostles – those sent forth with the message. The lay brethren were added to the Church to support the apostles. Notice the GREAT COMMISSION as recorded by Matthew: “Now the eleven disciples [Judas had left them] went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them… And Jesus came and said to them [not the whole Church], All authority in heaven and on earth is given to me. Go, THEREFORE, and make disciples of all nations…” Notice, make disciples OF, or within all nations. A disciple is a student – one learning, being taught. “… baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…” Notice here, this does not and cannot refute Jesus’ own statement that “NO MAN CAN come to me, except the Father which sent me draw him.” The GREAT COMMISSION was not a commission to try to persuade ALL in those nations to come to Christ. Jesus said plainly “make disciples OF [within] all nations.” He referred to those whom God had called – and they were, comparatively, exceeding FEW by proportion to the whole population. Then Jesus continued… teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age” (Matthew 28:16-20, Revised Standard Version). The apostles were NOT sent forth on a soul-saving crusade, but to TEACH those whom God had called and made willing to listen. That is what God’s apostle does to this day. Today we are able to utilize modern methods of MASS COMMUNICATION – radio, television, the printing press. We TEACH – the good news of the coming KINGDOM – to those whom God calls and makes willing to listen. In this way we TEACH and PROCLAIM the true GOSPEL MESSAGE to many MILLIONS, worldwide. Our magazine, The Plain Truth, has more than THREE MILLION subscribers, and estimates are that each copy is read by at least three people – actually reaching nine or 10 MILLION people! And we teach all who willingly listen to observe all that God commanded His apostles! Now notice Mark’s account of the GREAT COMMISSION: “… Afterward He appeared unto the eleven… and he said unto them, Go YE into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:14, 15). Naturally Jesus did not mean every human being on earth – but all they might reach who would hear. “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved…” Yet only those God called would be able to believe – for Jesus meant believe what was SAID – believe the GOOD NEWS! However, this is quoted from the 1611 King James Version, but nearly all other translations omit it, saying Mark did not write these words – beginning verse 9 – but that they were added by some later editor trying to make it harmonize with Matthew 28:18-19. But the great commission was given to the apostles – not the Church as a whole – although as cited above, the Church completely, prayerfully, wholeheartedly backed up and supported the apostles. That was their part in the great commission. [End Quote] Is this being FAITHFULLY TAUGHT today? Within several sermons and articles among the Churches of God, they state Mr. Armstrong DID NOT FULFILL the Elijah Role, even though through MANY sermons he stated the fulfillment of those verses. By His Fruits Jesus Christ through him fulfilled them. [Quote]“In the book of Isaiah is a “now” prophecy: “The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord. . . . lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say. . . Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him” (Isa. 40:3, 9-10). That voice now cries out! The prophet Malachi confirmed this: “Behold, I will send my messenger and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts” (Mal. 3:1). The Elijah to Come Both of these prophecies have a dual application. First, they refer to John the Baptist, who prepared the way before Jesus’ human ministry more than 1,900 years ago. But, as a prototype, or forerunner, these prophecies foretell one to prepare the way before Christ’s Second Coming as the King of kings and Lord of lords to rule over all nations! Malachi’s prophecy, like Isaiah’s, if you will read on past the first verse, refers to a human messenger preparing the way before Christ’s now imminent Second Coming, this time in supreme power and glory as Ruler over all nations! Understand the duality principle here. These prophecies refer to a type and its fulfillment. John the Baptist was a voice crying out in the physical wilderness of the Jordan River area, preparing for the human physical Jesus’ First Coming to a material temple at Jerusalem, to a physical Judah. But that was a prototype, or forerunner of a voice “lifted up” (greatly amplified by modern printing, radio and TV), crying out in the midst of today’s spiritual wilderness of religious confusion, announcing the imminency of Christ’s Second Coming as the spiritually glorified Christ, to his spiritual temple (the Church resurrected to spirit immortality) (Eph. 2:21-22). Jesus came, over 1,900 years ago, to announce the future kingdom of God. He’s coming this time to establish that kingdom. That end-time last warning message is now going out worldwide in amplified power. It’s going before kings, emperors, presidents, prime ministers of nations—and to their peoples, on all continents and all nations of the earth! [End Quote] – Mystery of the Ages by Herbert W Armstrong 1985 edition After reading this, many CONTINUE to preach that Mr. Armstrong did not fulfill that role! Yet all the evidence is mounted up AGAINST THEM! Is it toward us as well? That is what we must make sure of. Getting back to Mr. Robbin Webber’s sermon, he(like many others in different groups) categorizes people into two categories.
- They believe that the Great Commission was given to the Church as a whole.
- Those that believe that Mr. Armstrong fulfilled Matt 24:14 and that he fulfilled the role of Elijah. And that the work as a whole was finished.