HOW EX-MEMBER DISSIDENTS FILL THEIR MINDS… HOW ABOUT YOU? By Herbert W. Armstrong Worldwide News, 30th June 1980 ONE EMBITTERED expelled former member, whose principal purpose in life now seems to be to “expose the evils” of the Worldwide Church of God, has said, so I am told, that ex-member malcontents fill their minds continually with nothing but conjuring up in their minds what they seem to enjoy thinking is WRONG with the Church of the living GOD. Their whole thought — their conversation — dwells on nothing, it seems but what they like to suppose is wrong and evil about God’s one true Church. They twist and distort facts into that which is not true. They enjoy conjuring up in their embittered and often perverted imaginations monstrous, impossible, filthy lies about the Church or its leaders, and enjoy spreading false rumors. Significant? Those of us in the Church fill our minds on, more than anything else, the WORK of God’s Church, the wonderful TRUTHS of God’s precious Word. But, it seems, those who once had their minds on these POSITIVE things of GOD — of His WORK, and of His CHURCH — still keep their minds ON GOD’S Church, but now in a negative, embittered, resentful, hating and satanic trend. It fills their minds not only, but their hearts. This is a warning to YOU! Don’t let your mind and heart be filled with such vengeful bitterness! Are they now, as Jude says, “filthy dreamers [who] defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities …[who]speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves. WOE unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. These are spots in your feasts of charity [love] … feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever … These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words … mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit” (Jude 8-19). “But,” this passage continues, “ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life” (verses 20-21). This is definitely a prophecy respecting God’s true Church in these very last days. As a man thinks in his heart, so is he (Proverbs 23:7). So, THINK NO EVIL! “If ye then be risen with Christ … Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:1-3). We, brethren, ARE the BODY OF CHRIST, the CHURCH of the living GOD, now in the short time remaining, letting Christ prepare us as His Bride to whom He soon will come. We must be found without spot or wrinkle or any such thing. Never mind the PAST. If confessed to GOD, and repented of and turned from, the precious blood of Christ has COVERED all our sins. Let HIM prepare us for His soon COMING! PRAY for our former members, who have gone out or been put out according to Romans 16:17-18 and II Thessalonians 3:3,6,14-15. Pray that God will reveal to them that God is blessing His Church with PEACE, and that in spite of Satan’s masterstroke of persecution, the Church is GROWING, is BACK ON THE TRACK, that we are now closely knit together and with God and with Christ. When our ways are pleasing to Christ He BLESSES US AND HIS WORK! Those who have gone out are NOT so blessed. Pray that they may see it, and REPENT, that they may be received back with REJOICING! Some eight or 10 little splinter groups have gone out from us. NOT ONE HAS PROSPERED! Some have even been fighting one another! They have caused many to drop out, not only from God’s true Church, but from their little groups, and departed entirely from CHRIST! That is the FRUIT they have borne! Some have been lost FOREVER! Also pray diligently and fervently for ONE ANOTHER. Pray for me, as I pray for all of you DAILY — that we may allow God to preserve us faithful, enduring unto the END — now NEAR!
COMMENT: The wwcg-archives.com staff have been accused of slandering, harassing and attacking the true Church of God through articles explaining the departures from what has been restored by Christ through Mr. Armstrong. Since Mr. Armstrong’s job of the end-time Elijah was finished, Malachi 3:13-15 is speaking against those of the ministry: “Your words have been stout against me, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee? Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts? And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.” If a man hired to do a job, forsakes the job he was hired for to do a different job, will that man receive his reward, his paycheck? The Worldwide Church of God has been in the time spoken of in Revelation 12:13. “And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.” Yes, as Malachi 3:14 says, it has been a “mournful time” due to great persecution against the Worldwide Church of God membership. But some have forsaken “serving God” and the ordinances of God. They didn’t want to be persecuted any longer. So some have left the Worldwide Church of God to form their own human-organization, and to build their own support group upon that organization. They have targeted the membership of God’s true Church. There number one message? “The Worldwide Church of God is no more”. They are building their own organization, and in order for God’s true Church to join them they have to be adamant in this message. They will claim that the Worldwide Church of God was nothing more than a human-organization, led by a very human man. As we pointed out in our previous articles, the Worldwide Church of God was the Church! The WWC Inc, organization was never the Church. Matthew 16:18 tells us the Church will never die. The one who leads the Church? Jesus Christ! And Jesus Christ raised up and chose an apostle, named Herbert W. Armstrong, to lead the Church, and to teach the Church, and to guide and prepare the Church for marriage with Jesus Christ! We had no choice in that matter! The organization of WWC Inc was taken. New human organizations were created. Malachi 3:15 tells us that “wickedness was set up”. What has happened to the Worldwide Church of God? What has befallen it? In our warning of departures from what has been restored to the Church through Mr. Armstrong the end-time Elijah, by Jesus Christ, we have had to point out the actions of some. Because, the act of fraud has been done against the membership of the Worldwide Church of God, we have point out that fraud, and expose the works of darkness for the truth to be present. The Worldwide Church of God has not been destroyed. But since Mr. Armstrong’s death, the Church has gone into a stage of greater persecution. This persecution will grow until God, as it says in Revelation 1:14, will have to protect the Church in a place of safety, for the Devil is full of wrath and seeks the destruction of God’s true Church! It is time we wake up to that fact. Now, those who were at one time a member or minister of the Worldwide Church of God, are angry with us for pointing out the sins, and errors, and the FRAUD perpetrated by their new organizations. Each of them are arguing with each other, battling each other for how many of God’s people they have in their congregations thinking that the more of God’s people they have, the more God’s blessing is with them. The merchandising of God’s people is happening, and we must be careful, and we must pray, pray, PRAY for our brethren, and pray for those who are now enemies of Jesus Christ.]]>