How to handle doctrinal disputes, contention and strife! Are we heeding God’s Word through the Apostle?
When there’s dispute, strife and contention, We must show what the Apostle declared, knowing it came from God! Look at Acts 15.
Act 15:7 And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.(Remember John 6:29 – He is explaining WHO Christ had sent)
Act 15:8 And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Spirit, even as he did unto us; Act 15:9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. Act 15:10 Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? Act 15:11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they. Act 15:12 Then all the multitude kept silence, and gave audience to Barnabas and Paul, declaring what miracles and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them. Act 15:13 And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me:(James believing the words of Apostle Peter, stands up and does what we all must do. “Christ’s Apostle(the one sent – John 6:29) has declared! TO solve disputes, to end strife and contention, we must go to the words of Christ’s Apostle Mr. Herbert W Armstrong, and hear what he has declared! And as James showed how Peter’s words were in line with Scripture(notice verse 15), we must do the same! People wonder WHY we bring up Mr. Herbert W Armstrong, and copy paste his words in the conversation or DISPUTE! We are following the Example set before us. There was no vote. We are admonished and shown that we are to go to what the Apostle had said and BELIEVE whom God has sent! John 6:29
Act 15:14 Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name. Act 15:15 And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written,NOTICE Isaiah 48:12-22
Isa 48:12 Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I am he; I am the first, I also am the last…”(Notice the similarities in Revelation 3:14)
Isa 48:13 Mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand hath spanned the heavens: when I call unto them, they stand up together…”(Again Revelation 3:14 “The beginning of the creation of God”)
Isa 48:14 All ye, assemble yourselves, and hear; which among them hath declared these things?…”(look at Acts 15:7-15. God’s Apostle declared what God said! Here God is showing there are many disputes and HERE is how to solve them!)
“…The LORD hath loved him:…”(Look at Rev 3:9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. Again referring to Mr. Armstrong!)
“…he will do his pleasure on Babylon, and his arm shall be on the Chaldeans…”(He prepared the way before Christ! He was given FAVOR in the eyes of BABYLON, this world!)
Isa 48:15 I, even I, have spoken; yea, I have called him: I have brought him, and he shall make his way prosperous…”(Just look at Mr. Armstrong. God was speaking through him. God has called Mr. Armstrong as his instrument and Apostle. And God made his way prosperous. Joshua_1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Referring to the part of “The Law shall not depart out of thy mouth”, read Mal 2:4 And ye shall know that I have sent this commandment unto you(REMEMBER 2 Peter 3:2), that my covenant might be with Levi, saith the LORD of hosts. Mal 2:5 My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear wherewith he feared me, and was afraid before my name. Mal 2:6 The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity. )
Isa 48:16 Come ye near unto me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning;…”(It was spoken through Mr. Armstrong all this time, it has been a WITNESS to us. It was NOT hidden from us!)
“…from the time that it was, there am I: and now the Lord GOD, and his Spirit, hath sent me…”(Could this refer to the Next Apostle, The Main Witness of the Two Witnesses?)
Isa 48:17 Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go…”(God was the one teaching us through the Apostle! The people think it was the MAN who was teaching, but God says HE WAS THE ONE TEACHING!)
Isa 48:18 O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments!…”(through the Apostle, notice 2Pe 3:1-2 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: 2Pe 3:2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:)
“…then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea: Isa 48:19 Thy seed also had been as the sand, and the offspring of thy bowels like the gravel thereof; his name should not have been cut off nor destroyed from before me…”(But to those who did not HEED God’s Word and Commandments through the Apostle, they are going to be CUT OFF and destroyed before God. Look at Hosea 4:6. Read Mal 4:5 Behold, I will send you(Apostle) ELIJAH the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: Mal 4:6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse(Utter Destruction, same as Isaiah 48:19. )
Isa 48:20 Go ye forth of Babylon, flee ye from the Chaldeans,…”(Notice God’s Command! To Come out of Babylon, away from this world and its ways! Is that not the message given to us through the Apostle Mr. Herbert W Armstrong? Rev 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. )
“…with a voice of singing declare ye, tell this, utter it even to the end of the earth…”(An Apostle DECLARING the Gospel Worldwide? No Doubt Referring to Mr. Armstrong)
“…say ye, The LORD hath redeemed his servant Jacob. Isa 48:21 And they thirsted not when he led them through the deserts: he caused the waters to flow out of the rock for them: he clave the rock also, and the waters gushed out.”(Rev 12:14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. ) (Another spot referring to The Place of Protection, referring to the area the Faithful, those holding fast to what the Apostle taught us, are to be protected? This surely fits in with Rev 3:10-11, Verse 10 – Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. Rev 3:11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.)
Isa 48:22 There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked.