Should We Pray to GOD or Only to Christ?
by Herbert W. Armstrong
GOD’S Church has been accused of error in addressing prayers to God the Father. Two supposed former members of God’s Church have set out to “speak perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.” (Acts 20:30). Rejecting the truth, after it was patiently pointed out to them, this couple now is going farther and farther into error. They have begun sending typed or mimeographed accusations and doctrinal arguments to such brethren as they may know, attempting to discredit God’s Church. We now must “mark them” as God commands, that all may “AVOID THEM” (Rom. 16:17-18).
Do we have access to the Father, on only to Christ? What does it mean to ask “in the name of Jesus Christ”?
“And He said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done …” (Luke 11:1-2).NOTICE! Jesus, teaching His disciples, instructed “When ye pray, say, OUR FATHER which art in heaven.” This false accuser says we are WRONG if we obey that instruction. IF JESUS CHRIST be your Saviour; Lord and Master, and High Priest, FOLLOW HIM! If this dissenter be your lord and master, then follow him. Notice again, from Matthew’s version of the “sermon on the mount.”
“But when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, PRAY TO THY FATHER which is in secret: and THY FATHER which seeth in secret shall REWARD THEE openly.” (Matthew 6:5-6).NOTICE! “When thou prayest … PRAY TO THY FATHER.” This is a command. This is the teaching of the Head of our Church. Will we listen to Christ, and obey Him, or listen to misguided and self-willed dissenters bent on accusing, discrediting, dividing God’s Church, and drawing a personal following after themselves? Notice, further, there is promise of THE ANSWER, when we address THE FATHER in prayer: “… and thy FATHER SHALL REWARD THEE …” In verse 8 Jesus adds, further: “for your FATHER knoweth what things ye have need of, BEFORE YE ASK HIM.” It is God the FATHER who knows what we have asked HIM — not asked of Christ! Next, Jesus instructed us HOW TO PRAY:
“After this manner therefore pray ye: OUR FATHER which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. THY Kingdom come. THY will be done …” etc. (Verses 9-10).If you can tear that teaching of Jesus out of the Bible, you might as well throw your Bible away! Yet this dissenter says we must NOT obey that teaching! He says that was all CHANGED, after the crucifixion and resurrection! If it was, the next step is to say the Sabbath was changed, and everything Jesus taught! This dissenter has ARGUMENTS! Long, voluminous ARGUMENTS. But this is a plain and simple THUS SAITH THE LORD! Can ARGUMENTS, or twisting and misapplying other Scriptures, knock THESE Scriptures in the head? Can you call Jesus a false teacher, and yet claim to honor Him?