Christian Life

Christ Now Leads To Rejuvenate Church

CHRIST NOW  LEADS TO REJUVENATE CHURCH by Herbert W. Armstrong Good News June 19, 1978 GOD’S CHURCH has been in mortal DANGER! That danger was WITHIN OURSELVES – the fatal danger of drifting away from Christ spiritually. The danger of putting worldly politics into our midst. The DANGER of saying, “I am of Paul – or I am of Apollo – or I am of Cephas.” This DANGER of trying to slide as close as possible – without falling off – into the abyss of Satan’s secularism and worldliness. Some of us – brethren, TOO MANY of us – HAVE, PERHAPS NOT REALIZING IT, been led to want to let – little by little – more of THIS evil WORLD into our lives. Brethren, AWAKE! Satan is subtle. He DECEIVES – and a deceived person is not aware he is misled – else he would not be deceived. He may be wholly sincere – yet deceived! The battle cry now, within God’s one and only TRUE CHURCH, is “BACK TO CHRIST!” He is the one and only HEAD of God’s Church! Not any man – though He does call and USE humans as His servants – but so can SATAN mislead and deceive men into unknowingly becoming his servants. Continue reading…

Teenagers Strive to Live God's Way

Teenagers Strive to Live God’s Way

By Richard Rice

Pastor General’s Report August 31, 1984

  More and more teen-agers who write in are showing a deeper interest in God’s truth. Their letters often display a maturity and depth of commitment that is inspiring. These young people are willing to combat peer pressure and society’s temptations because they are convinced that God’s way is truly best. Following are just a few of the many letters we’ve received: Continue reading…

God's Miraculous Protection

God’s Miraculous Protection

By Richard Rice

Pastor General’s Report August 10, 1984

  This week’s letter comments reflect God’s care and protection of Church members and others involved with God’s Church. They include examples of personal property being safeguarded, deliverance from disastrous weather and accidents. We thought you would find the following firsthand accounts inspiring. Continue reading…

Readers Encouraged by PLAIN TRUTH Article on Singles

Readers Encouraged by PLAIN TRUTH Article on Singles

By Richard Rice

Pastor General’s Report July 06, 1984

  Many readers have responded to the article in the June/July PLAIN TRUTH entitled “Singles Who Can’t Find Mates,” by Mr. Ron Kelly. Young or old, man or woman, divorced or never married, they were greatly encouraged to realize that God is concerned about them and their personal needs. A number said that the article reinforced their Christian values and that they were determined to put God first. Following are some of the many letters we’ve received: Continue reading…

Indiana Jones and the Desensitized State We Are In Since it's Release!

Gruesome Movie Is Latest Box Office Smash Hit

By Gene H. Hogberg, News Bureau

Pastor General’s Report June 29, 1984

  The Memorial Day weekend (May 26-28) witnessed the preview of a new blockbuster movie, INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM, Excited audiences, many of them teens and pre-teens, had anxiously awaited this sequel to RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK. If violent action and gore is your cup of tea, INDIANA JONES is your type of movie. Here is what the National Coalition on Television Violence, in a May 28 news release, had to say about this latest effort by the venerated team of Steven Spielberg and George Lucas: Continue reading…

Telecasts on Tithing and the Sabbath Draw Excellent Responses

Telecasts on Tithing and the Sabbath Draw Excellent Responses

By Richard Rice

Pastor General’s Report June 29, 1984

  Two of our most recent telecasts, which discussed tithing and the Sabbath, brought in excellent responses, even though they were hard-hitting doctrinal subjects. Continue reading…

Church Literature Provides Long Sought Answers

Church Literature Provides Long Sought Answers

By Richard Rice

Pastor General’s Report June 22, 1984

  Many people who come in contact with God’s Church are amazed at what they are learning and often mention that their lifelong questions are now being answered. Some have searched for the truth over a period of years, or even decades, and are thrilled that God has finally led them to His Church. The following comments convey the zeal and enthusiasm of those discovering God’s truth through our literature. How I wish I had known about you, The PLAIN TRUTH and the booklets that I receive and love, sooner. I am sixty years old and never had a goal in life until these past few months, due to your teaching. I desperately needed to know more. D.M. (Belleville, NJ) I started reading The PLAIN TRUTH magazine approximately six months ago and I must tell you that it has affected me deeply. Also, I have read some of the booklets offered free of charge, and enrolled in the Bible correspondence course. I was raised in “religion” but never felt satisfied–so many questions remained unanswered, so many explanations and interpre- tations seemed inadequate. Through the years, I have spoken with many people of various churches and beliefs and found myself even more confused. I now know that I have at last found the truth. By reading, studying and listening to Mr. Armstrong’s broadcasts, I find that my doubts are being put to rest and my questions are being answered, sometimes in such rapid succession that it is almost breathtaking. J.J. (Dover, NH) I can’t believe what a difference it makes to read just one arti- cle from your timely magazine. The articles are enriching and the information you give is priceless. Your booklets have also benefited me tremendously. I have finally found the answers to important questions and I’m experiencing a more total inner peace. A.G. (Goshen, CA) Please send me the free literature as listed. I do want to thank you dearly for the booklets that I have already received. They have helped me tremendously. They have answered my questions and erased my doubts. They also helped me to answer questions asked by my children. Thank you for the literature that I can pass on to them. I’m 61, a Catholic and not ashamed to admit that I have learned more this year through your literature than I have since I’ve been able to read and I now understand what life is all about. A.K. (Aliquippa, PA) I’ve been a subscriber to your magazines for seven years now. In addition, I’ve taken your Bible correspondence course. I’ve read this material and compared it to the Bible and the customs in which I was raised. I’ve gone to the point of consulting numerous ministers with all my questions and absolutely not one could answer more than two of my questions. The material that I’ve received from your magazines has ALL the answers to my questions. Mrs. R.T. (Dayton, OH) I have recently become interested in your literature. It is extremely eye-opening. Your material has made me realize all the questions I had about the Bible in the past may be answered. In just one issue of The PLAIN TRUTH my eyes have been opened about so many things. I have already sent in a card for my year’s sub- scription, but listed below are some other booklets I am interested in. P.T. (Linden, TX) For the past year I have read your literature and my Bible is now so clear–just like a jigsaw puzzle being completed. As I told one of your ministers on the phone, just as I form a question in my mind, the next booklet I read gives the answer. I am growing in the knowledge of my Lord. G.O. (Williston, TN)]]>

Literature Helps People Cope With Trials

Literature Helps People Cope With Trials

By Richard Rice

Pastor General Report June 15, 1984

  It is heartening to read how The PLAIN TRUTH and our other literature have been of great encouragement and inspiration to people in their time of greatest need. With the help gained from the literature the Church produces, many have been able to weather severe trials–illness, divorce, unemployment or the death of a loved one. Many have written telling how their faith has been strengthened and their outlook on life brightened, as the following letters show. I just wanted to express my sincere gratitude for all of your concern and generosity for me and all peoples of the world. The PLAIN TRUTH is a success because people with the right attitude are behind it. Your magazine has helped me in many ways with my attitude about physical, financial, mental, emotional and spirit- ual things and concerns. I truly thank you. H.D. (Akron, OH) Thank you for wanting me to have The PLAIN TRUTH. I learned much from it, and I enjoy having it sent to me. I cannot send you any- thing at this present time…but as soon as I can I will send my gift so that others may enjoy this magazine because it helps me to keep my faith when things around me fall apart. L.K. (Trenton, MI) Would you please send a subscription of your wonderful magazine to my daughter–my only child–who has just divorced and has her own daughter to rear. I came upon The’PLAIN TRUTH shortly after my own unwanted divorce five years ago and it has helped me a lot. I had gotten away from God for a long time (being married to an atheist). I do believe The PLAIN TRUTH is the only truth. Maybe it will comfort her. E.B. (Chicago, IL) Yes, I would like to still get The PLAIN TRUTH. I was getting it when my husband passed away and it helped me to get over the depressed feeling I had. I knew God took him out of his suffering for he had cancer and also had to have surgery on the spleen and gall bladder. Before he went back to the hospital he told me that if God wanted him to live he left it in His hands, but if not he was ready to go for he had made peace with his Maker. He also read The PLAIN TRUTH and loved it. Thank you for publishing this magazine. Mrs. L.M. (Saluda, SC) I have M.S. [multiple sclerosis] and The PLAIN TRUTH helps me “survive.” J.H. (Randolph, MA) Watching you on TV has given me a different outlook on life. I am a recovering alcoholic that had lost his faith in everything. I want to thank you. J.A. (Michigan City, IN)]]>

Readers and Viewers Inspired to Study Their Bibles

Readers and Viewers Inspired to Study Their Bibles

By Richard Rice

Pastor General’s Report, June 01, 1984

  It is encouraging to read letters from readers and viewers who have taken Mr. Armstrong’s advice to “blow the dust off of their Bibles” and begin to understand God’s Word. Using “The WORLD TOMORROW” program and our literature as guides, many are having their eyes opened to the truth. The following comments from letters describe some of their reactions: Continue reading…

Why did God put you into His Church?

Comment: The following article is a MUST READ! Since the death of Herbert W. Armstrong, the chosen apostle of Jesus Christ, the Worldwide Church of God has been under SEVERE PERSECUTION. Out of the ministry arose FALSE BRETHREN speaking perverse things.  The Worldwide Church of God is not a “legal corporation”. It is an unincorporated SPIRITUAL ORGANISM! When ministers “departed from the way”(Malachi 2:8), they gained control and  authority over the “legal corporations”. When this happened, they began to re-invent themselves, re-branding their “legal corporation” into a completely and utterly DIFFERENT Church! Others went out to create their own groups, doing the same thing. True members were CAST OUT, true ministers were MUZZLED, ostracized and put away. More and more the true Church was PERSECUTED just as it was in the first century! The Word of God says the end shall not come unless there comes a “falling away” first. Today, churches are “set up”. Different groups have rose up, each claiming to be the true Church, but each with a different “identity”. They want to build themselves a work, where THEIR IDENTITY is elevated. But God labels such works “WICKEDNESS”(Malachi 3:15), and such is the Great Falling Away of 2 Thes 2. The book of Zechariah pictures these days, where men are doing their own “puny, insignificant” works, the “day of small things”. Those of the true Church despise these days, because these works are NOT OF GOD! The Work of God is GREAT! And in the hands of Zerubbabel(Herbert W. Armstrong) God’s Work was GREAT! Zechariah 4 pictures TWO ANOINTED ONES, over the same CANDLESTICK. Revelation 1:20 pictures a candlestick as a CHURCH. Revelation 11 pictures the TWO WITNESSES, as “two candlesticks”, which can only mean one thing. ONE CANDLESTICK IS: PHILADELPHIA The SECOND ONE IS: LAODICEA Zechariah 4 pictures TWO ANOINTED ONES over ONE CANDLESTICK, the Philadelphia Era. Herbert W. Armstrong was one of them. There is a SECOND apostle of the Worldwide Church of God coming. Today, the Church is under persecution from Satan the Devil(Revelation 12:13). The next apostle will be THE MAIN WITNESS of the Two Witnesses of Revelation 11. He feeds the same candlestick in Zechariah 4, the same “golden oil”. This article from Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong pictures what we now face. He goes into detail on why the Church was called to do! We were called to get back of him, the apostle, who was sent forth unto the nations with the true gospel! Are we fulfilling our calling today? Or are we joined with some other church, fooling ourselves? In relation to the scripture pertaining to the TWO WITNESSES, I think Exodus 23:20-22 is pertinent. Herbert W. Armstrong fulfilled the role of the Elijah MESSENGER who would come before Christ’s second coming to PREPARE THE WAY! This next apostle, will be used by Christ to “KEEP YOU IN THE WAY, and to bring you unto the place I(God) have prepared”(Place of safety promised in Revelation 3:10; Revelation 12:14). Are we now doing our part in fulfilling our calling? The Worldwide Church of God must fulfill it’s calling! And in order for God’s Word to be true(and it is), those of the Church will be and ARE doing their part, and will continue to exist for the next apostle to be raised up! It will not be some other Church, with a DIFFERENT identity, but the same Worldwide Church of God! Exodus 23:20-22 explains that this messenger has “my(Christ speaking) name”. Revelation 3:8 has Christ praising the Worldwide Church of God(Philadelphia Era) for NOT denying His name! And if there is only ONE WORK, and ONE CHURCH, that blows out of the water what these COG groups are doing! The Worldwide Church of God is persecuted but STILL ALIVE doing the Work of God, backing and supporting Christ’s chosen apostle! WHAT ABOUT YOU?   PREFACE

HERBERT W. ARMSTRONG

PRESIDENT and PASTOR February 21, 1974

Dear Brethren of God’s Church: I have just completed what I feel is the most important article (in letter form) to God’s people in a year, or probably ever, because it sets forth as never before why God has called and put us in His Church NOW, instead of later. I ask you to read every word very carefully, then read it again — and STILL AGAIN when it comes out in the May issue of The Good News. Satan is attacking against you and against the Living Christ and His Work. Your eternal life may depend on thoroughly understanding this! WITH GREAT LOVE, in Jesus’ name, Herbert W. Armstrong

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