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Hear what the Spirit says unto the Church Today!

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches


How does the messages to the seven Churches mentioned in Revelation 2-3 apply today? There is a constant message throughout all the messages, what is it, and how does that have to do with us today? Let’s start.

The Message of Revelation 2-3 to the Churches and How it applies to us today!

By The Worldwide Church of God Archives Staff

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.(Rev 3:9) These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks. I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.(Rev 2:1-3)
The Philadelphia Era of God’s Church(Worldwide Church of God) today have been faced with the MANY groups calling themselves “God’s Church” which God calls “The Synogogue of Satan”. We in the Church are faced with False Apostles(Rev 2:2), and we have found them liars. Look at the PCG and RCG, and the Apostles of the other groups(The STP formula being used), all trying to replace God’s Apostle, Mr. Herbert W Armstrong. But We have found them liars. They do not speak what we were given by Jesus Christ through His Apostle Mr. Herbert W Armstrong. But we today of the Philaelphia Era of God’s Church(Worldwide Church of God) have TRIED, tested the spirits of those calling themselves APOSTLES, but have found them LIARS. They are not of God. The Apostle of the PCG is not of God. The Apostle of the RCG is not of God. The STP, the Apostle of the UCG, LCG, etc,etc and other groups is NOT of God. What is God’s Message to us who have strayed from what was taught?
Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.(Rev 2:4)
When we leave the teachings we were taught, the Truth we were taught through Christ’s Apostle, is God FOR US? What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?(Rom 3:8) But God is AGAINST when we REBEL, He is against our departures! That is the Clear statement Christ is saying in Verse 4.
Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. (Rev 2:4-5)
Get BACK ON TRACK is the CLEAR message here! Repent from our departures from God and His Truth and Get back to the FIRST works. Back to what we were FIRST given, FIRST taught. Reminds me of the TWO TREES Mr. Armstrong kept going back to. We have to OBEY God and His Word, His Truth given to us through His Apostle. If we refuse to repent and GET BACK ON TRACK, God is no longer going to consider us HIS CHURCH, the Candlestick is going to be removed from us!
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge(Refused to Repent and get back to God’s Truth, God’s Revealed Knowledge), 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.(Hosea 4:6) But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.(Rev 2:6)
God’s Church does not keep Christmas, Easter and the other holidays stemmed in Paganism, but in contrast we Keep God’s Holy Days.
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.(Rev 2:7)
Those who OVERCOME, who REPENT, who GET BACK ON TRACK, will be given Eternal Life(The Tree of Life).
I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. (Rev 2:9)
Here God is encouraging us, admonishing us the HE KNOWS what these false Churches are teaching. That reveals that we in God’s Church today are very CONCERNED about what these false churches are teaching, and we’re beseeching God about it. God is telling us HE KNOWS. What are we to do? Christ tells us.
Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.(Rev 2:10)
Does God say for us to be TOLERANT to their false teachings and ways? Does He tell us to compromise His Truth for these false churches and teachings? God’s Church WILL BE persecuted, it is being persecuted today.
And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.(Rev 12:13)
Some of God’s people are cast into prison, because of of the False Apostles of these false Churches God calls the Synogogue of Satan. God says NOT to fear what they are going to do to us. What are we to do? Be FAITHFUL til the END, unto DEATH. Not to change your beliefs to save your life. Too many deny Jesus Christ when faced with a hard decision. But we are to Obey God rather than men(That means ourselves as well). Getting BACK ON TRACK with what Jesus Christ taught us through His Apostle is a LIFE AND DEATH decision! Don’t think it isn’t!
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.(Rev 2:11)
He that OVERCOMES, who GETS BACK ON TRACK with what we were given through Christ’s Apostle won’t be resurrected into the Lake of Fire(The second Death) That is A PROMISE from Jesus Christ! Now God addresses us after Mr. Armstrong dies, we who are scattered within these Synogogues of Satan, these COG Groups teaching contrary to what we were given through Mr. Armstrong.
And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges; I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.(Rev 2:12-13)
Those of us who are scattered in these COG groups, where we DWELL, some are cotninuing with what we were taught, but again fellowshiping with unbelievers. Fellowshiping with the Synogoue of Satan, teaching contrary to what was taught. This is where SATAN sits! Satan sits in His Churches, the synogogue of Satan. There are those of us HOLDING FAST to what we have, some even be martyred(by the Synogogue of Satan). What is God’s Message to us who are fellowshiping with these non-believers?
But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.(Rev 2:14)
They are not following Christ’s Command to disfellowship and mark those who cause division contrary to to the Doctrines what we were given through Christ’s Apostle. These false ministers and brethren, are teaching God’s people to join their churches and Works. To sacrifice unto their works, send them God’s tithes and offerings. To Feed on their doctrines, their teachings INSTEAD of what Jesus Christ gave us through His Apostle, Mr. Herbert W Armstrong! This is explaining the STP program being used. Their program INSTEAD of Christ’s program established through His Apostle! These false ministers and brethren are using a FALSE APOSTLE, the STP formula(and their leaders) which is a STUMBLINGBLOCK to the Church, so says GOD!
So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. (Rev 2:15)
That is one good thing, they do not keep Christmas, Easter and this world’s Pagan Holidays. Indicating they are keeping God’s Holy Days. That is just about only ONE Good Thing God says about them who have departed, who are scattered in the many splinter Churches today. But is that ALL that is required here?
Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.(Rev 2:16)
God’s message is to REPENT, come out of her my people, Get BACK ON TRACK with what Jesus Christ gave us through His Apostle, Back to God’s Truth restored! Obey God’s command to Disfellowship and Mark them teaching contrary, AVOIDING them! Where God says to REPENT, HOLD FAST, OVERCOME, God is saying to OBEY God’s FULL COUNCIL which He gave us through Christ’s Apostle! Obeying God FULLY. To BE the Philadelphia ERA of God’s Church!
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.(Rev 2:17)
Again, we who get BACK ON TRACK will be given the Holy Spirit and be FED food from God! Be nourished by God’s Truth, as we were taught through Christ’s Apostle!
And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass; I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first.(Rev 2:18-19)
Here God is addressing us who have come a LONG way, who have GROWN on that Truth. Here is God’s Warning to those of us, after learning what the COG groups truly are. Are we to go back to them, and join the “Closest one to the Truth”? Some have, what does God say to them?
Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel(These false Churches, and false ministers(such as Garner Ted Armstrong and others)), which calleth herself a prophetess(which includes the Seventh day Adventists, because they have one who calls herself a PROPHETESS – Ellen G. White. But this is ALL INCLUSIVE, it applies to all of these synagogues of Satan, Churches of this World. The COG’S), to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication(To REJECT God’s Revealed Knowledge through His Apostle, to reject God’s Government through His True Apostle), and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.(Rev 2:20)
These Churches want us in God’s Church to Reject Herbert W Armstrong and what he taught us, and then to EAT, LISTEN and take in what THEY TEACH, take part in what they are doing, “to eat things sacrificed unto idols”. God says Don’t!
And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.(Rev 2:21-22)
God does, however, give us time to REPENT. God has given these among these groups time to REPENT. But to thsoe who REPENTED NOT, those who didn’t heed God’s warning and command to HOLD FAST, to GET BACK ON TRACK, will join and continue with these splinter groups teaching contrary, continuing in these false churches, they are slated to the Great Tribulation, EXCEPT they REPENT. God only wants us to REPENT and Get Back on Track with Jesus Christ and with what he gave us through His Apostle Mr. Herbert W Armstrong!! God wants us to get away from those speaking different things than what Jesus Christ gave us to speak through the Apostle! To Stop fellowshiping with these false groups. To Get BACK ON TRACK. HOLD Fast to what we were taught through Mr. Armstrong! What is God going to do with these false Churches?
And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.(Rev 2:23)
Why death? Because they do not Follow God’s Way of Life, they are living what is right in their own eyes. They Vote on Doctrine, they have democracy. They teach their corporate works is only part of the Body of Christ, stopping anyone to gon toward God’s Kingdom. They are deciding on already PROVEN doctrine, contrary to what we were taught! They change already proven Truths and doctrines and Policies. They are in rebellion, and their end is death. Then these Churches(Cog’s) WILL KNOW God is God! And they will come to KNOW that God loved Mr. Armstrong and those faithful with him(Rev 3:9)
But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden. But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.(Rev 2:24-25)
Now God is speaking to those OUTSIDE of these Churches. Those of us who have come to the TRUTH what God’s True Church really is, and have decided NOT to join these false churches who are teaching contrary to what we are taught through Christ’s Apostle Mr. Herbert W Armstrong. What is God’s Command to us? To HOLD FAST til Christ comes. He doesn’t say join another group, throw away the doctrines you were taught through the Apostle. But to HOLD FAST!!!
And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. And I will give him the morning star. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.(Rev 2:26-29)
Again, another command to OVERCOME, REPENT, GET BACK ON TRACK, HOLD FAST! To KEEP THEM unto the END!
Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.(Rev 3:2)
Watch and Pray Always! Strengthen the things which remain, what does that refer to? Strengthen what we were given to us through the Apostle! And STRENGTHEN it, not throw it away! And they are being thrown away. What was taught is being stopped and stifled, Being killed off! This is another verse that says to GET BACK ON TRACK, because you are not yet PERFECT. WHY? Because they have thrown out, or neglected to be faithful to the Apostle, and what Jesus Christ sent with him!
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: (Eph 4:11-13)
God is telling us to return to God’s Government through the Apostle! God is saying GET in line with His Government! To Get BACK ON TRACK with God and His Government. Because some of us are not heeding it.
Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.(Rev 3:3-4)
Remember how we have receied and heard! How did we recieve God’s Truth? How does God give the Church the Truth, and doctrines of which is ought to believe and speak? Through the Apostle! God is saying to Remember Christ’s APOSTLE! God’s Way prepared! God’s Government! Then what? Hold FAST to it! That is the recurring command here to HOLD FAST. Hold Fast to God’s Government. Hold Fast to what we were given. Then God warns us to WATCH, and gives us warning to those who do not! Again a FEW repent and Get Back on Track with God’s Government in His Church through the Apostle.
He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. (Rev 3:5-6)
Again he/she who OVERCOMES, REPENTS, HOLDS FAST, will be clothed with white raiment, God’s Righteousness, The Holy Spirit. Another promise to the Faithful. And it is indicating that those who WON’T get BACK ON TRACK will not be in God’s Kingdom. Because those who do GET BACK ON TRACK, those who do OVERCOME and REPENT will be in the Book of Life and have Favour with Jesus Christ where He speaks about us before God the Father and the Angels. Now we come to those who REPENT, GET BACK ON TRACK with God and His Apostle, HOLDING FAST to God’s Government and Truth restored. Mr. Herbert W Armstrong, the Apostle to this Era, is Summed up here. This is what Christ wants us! On track with Him, an able instrument in the hands of the Living God!
And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. (Rev 3:7-8)
Most specifically this is referring to Christ’s Apostle, Mr. Herbert W Armstrong. Because it is through him the True Gospel is proclaimed FAITHFULLY, anyone else has perverted it. Notice also Jesus Christ is the one who is HOLY, who is TRUE, who has the KEY OF DAVID, who opens the doors and shuts them, of which NO MAN can open or shut! Sorry Gerald Flurry, this is NOT referring to you. Jesus Christ opened the door through His Apostle, no man can shut it. Christ has shut the open doors when you go another way other through Christ and His Apostle. Anyone not going through WITH the Apostle and tries to open it, when it is shut(because of their rejection of God and His Government and Truth restored) is NOT of God.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.(John 10:1-5)
Jesus Christ gives a good testimony of His Apostle here, he, the Apostle, has KEPT my WORD and has not denied Christ’s Name! We are to do the same! How can we when we are speaking something different, believing something different, operating differently than what Jesus Christ said to be through the Apostle?
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.(Rev 3:9)
God is going to MAKE these OF, owned by, the Synogogue of Satan to KNOW that God loved Mr. Armstrong. HOW? He will be in the Kingdom and they are not. Those called to these False Churches of this world, they will have to go through him to be taught God’s Way. To be educated on God’s Way of Life, instead of these false teachers and preachers in the COG’s and Churches today!
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 3:10)
Here is the promise to those who OBEYS what Christ has said through His Apostle, who listened to what he has said to the seven Churches of Revelation 2-3. A Promise to be protected in a LITERAL Place of Protection from the Great Tribulation those who refuse to heed will be going through.
Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.(Rev 3:11)
Again that Command Again! How many times does God has to tell us to HOLD FAST, To NEVER LET GO of what we were given!!?? It is THAT important!
Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.(Rev 3:12-13)
Again another promise to those FAITHFUL. They are given promise that they will be CONCRETED in God’s Family and Kingdom! No more are they going to leave and come back, to waver in the faith once delivered! Our minds would be SET in God’s WAY! That is the GOAL here! Now after ALL THINGS have been restored to the Church, God again addresses those who waver from what we were taught. This is to those who had received the Apostle and Christ’s teachings through him, but wavered and departed. Leaning onto their own understanding. Although we are NOT in that era of God’s Church YET. This is directed ONCE AGAIN to those who are with those who were put out of God’s Church, such as the groups started by Garner Ted Armstrong, C. Wayne Cole, dissidents put out and marked by Christ’s Apostle, out of God’s Church, groups started by men who REBELLED against God and His Government and started their own groups and works of their own. They are NOT God’s Church today! When they REPENT and GET BACK ON TRACK, then and ONLY THEN are they “God’s Church”! Until then they are OUTSIDE of God’s Church, pretending they are God’s Church(Rev 3:9). Notice what God says FIRST!
And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;(Rev 3:14)
When God says “AMEN”, God is saying HE MEANT WHAT HE SAID! It is CORRECTION from God to GET BACK TO WHAT HE HAS SAID THROUGH HIS APOSTLE! Christ is the FAITHFUL and True Witness working through Mr. Herbert W Armstrong! And it was through Mr. Armstrong God started or BEGAN His Spiritual Temple of today through! Here Jesus Christ is explaining it was HIM, JESUS CHRIST who was doing it, because these people are beleiving it was Herbert W Armstrong’s work, or legacy and OPINION. NOT Jesus Christ who done it through and by the Power of His Holy Spirit through ONE MAN, Mr. Herbert W Armstrong! That is why Jesus Christ has to say the OBVIOUS HERE! And God gives WARNING to them THEIR END, as he has in previous verses. DEATH is the end for those who beleive it was only Herbert W Armstrong and his opinion, that is the SECOND DEATH. The Lake of Fire is what God spews them out into, unless they REPENT!
I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.(Rev 3:15-16)
God can no longer stand their rebellion! Because that is what it is!
Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:(Rev 3:17)
Notice, their focus is THEMSELVES! They have lost God from the picture. This shows how they think. This shows their high opinion of themselves, in contrast to the opinion of others they have. This is why they look down on Mr. Herbert W Armstrong with such disrespect and dishonor, they think they are above everything Jesus Christ had done. Notice the contrast to what they think and what God says they are.
I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.(Rev 3:18)
Here God is counciling them as new converts. They have to seek God and His correction, and God’s Truth. To ask and receive the Holy Spirit to see their ways and to See God’s Way so they can replace their own ways.
As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.(Rev 3:19-22)
Here it is again, Repent, get back on track, surrender to God’s Government over their lives. God means what He says, repetition shows the IMPORTANCE to do as God says. Those who REPENT and Get back on track with Christ and His Apostle, they’ll be accounted Worthy of the promises mentioned in these verses. One promise however is only given to those PRIOR to the Great Tribulation. Those who repent after the Tribulation starts, will have to lose their heads and die for God, to receive the other promises, Especially the promise of Eternal Life.

The message is clear.

Being faced with these “Churches of men”(The Synagogue of Satan), with their false Apostles made up of false churches, teaching Contrary to doctrines we were taught through the Apostle of Jesus Christ, Mr. Herbert W Armstrong. God commands us over and over again to Come out away from them, do not fellowship with them, Do not LISTEN to their teachings and believe them, don’t drink their kool aid. Strengthen what we have correct, but REPENT of our departures and Get BACK ON TRACK with what he established through His Apostle in COMPLETE SURRENDER TO GOD and His Government. If not the Lake of fire is our end. Yes there is going to be Persecution. But to stand with God and be persecuted and possibly killed in this life for God and inherit Eternal Life for all eternity is better than the Alternative, i.e. the Lake of Fire. “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches” This is what you hear over and over again. This shows ONLY those who have the Holy Spirit will understand these verses.

What are we going to do??

– The Worldwide Church of God Archives

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Do you represent a religious denomination, or what?

“Just who are you, anyway? Do you represent a religious denomination, or what? Who sponsors you? WHY don’t you charge a subscription price, and put a price on printed matter?”


I’ve explained before that even as Christ joined none of the religious denominations of that day, so this, HIS WORK, is nondenominational today.  


CoWorker Letter by Herbert W Armstrong

November 18, 1965

The Worldwide Church of God Archives

I learned years ago that it really is “more blessed to GIVE than to receive!” I’m deeply grateful for your interest in The PLAIN TRUTH. It’s our pleasure and our joy to GIVE! And now I want the blessing of GIVING you something more.

First, however, let me explain WHY we make no charge for anything. I realize it sounds pretty strange. Almost everything about The WORLD TOMORROW, The PLAIN TRUTH, and this entire worldwide Work seems incredible to many — because it is all SO DIFFERENT! In these personal letters to our subscribers I have answered repeatedly a question so many ask: “Just who are you, anyway? Do you represent a religious denomination, or what? Who sponsors you? WHY don’t you charge a subscription price, and put a price on printed matter?” I’ve explained before that even as Christ joined none of the religious denominations of that day, so this, HIS WORK, is nondenominational today. Many of our readers know I had decided, at age 18, that I belonged in the advertising, newspaper, and magazine field. I chose jobs for the training, education, and experience, rather than the amount of salary. I worked hard, studied late. Ten years later I was making an income equal to about $35,000 a year, on today’s dollar-value, in my own business as a magazine publisher’s advertising representative in Chicago. In 1926 I was provoked and angered into a study of the Bible — for the first time in my life. I had been brought up by sincere and upright parents in a respected Protestant denomination. My family had always been Quakers. My forebears had come to America from England with William Penn — nearly a hundred years before the United States became a nation. But, from age 18, entering the advertising profession, I’m afraid religion was neglectfully left behind. Advertising absorbed my whole heart, soul, and interest. Actually, as a boy in Sunday school, I never really knew what my church believed, or how its doctrines differed from others. But when I was goaded into an intensive study of the Bible, in late 1926, I was shocked to see with my own eyes that the Bible did not say what I had always supposed — or what most churchgoers suppose! To my amazement, much supposed “Christian” teaching was not to be found in the Bible — astoundingly, just the opposite! I was bewildered, shaken! Simultaneously, I had undertaken a thorough research into the generally accepted “scientific” theory of evolution. I began to question the authenticity of the Bible — even the existence of God! Did God really exist, after all? Was the Bible HIS Message to mankind? Now I had to know! I delved further and intensively into science. I began to learn things about the laws of radioactivity. I found PROOF that there has been no past eternity of matter. Matter was CREATED — it had a Creator! I studied everything on the origin and existence of LIFE. Of the conservation of matter, force and energy. I sought PROOF of the evolutionary theory. Instead of proof, I found it absolutely disproved. By infallible proofs, I found the existence of God — the divine, all-intelligent, all-powerful, personal CREATOR — positively PROVED! That was the starting point. Next, I determined not to accept the Bible unless PROVED to be the inspired revelation from God. And patient study and research brought the PROOF ABSOLUTE! I found it PROVED to be the Maker’s INSTRUCTION BOOK regarding the product He had made — the human family. I found it to be the very FOUNDATION of all knowledge — the basic REVELATION of knowledge otherwise utterly inaccessible to man! The basic FOUNDATION of knowledge is the answer to the question: WHAT is man? WHY is he here? WHAT is the real PURPOSE for human existence? Is there MEANING to life, and what is it? WHAT is the way to happiness, success, and to PEACE between individuals, between groups, between nations? WHAT are the laws that produce well-being, continuous interest, prosperity, happiness and joy? WHAT about the here, and the hereafter? Science has no answer to these questions. The BIBLE has ALL THE ANSWERS! The Bible, I found, NEEDS NO INTERPRETING. It interprets itself! But men, I discovered, jumped the track of TRUTH by interpreting the Bible. WHY? I asked. Men don’t interpret other books — they let other books mean what they say. But they have not accepted what the Bible plainly says. They have put other meanings into it — they have perverted it, twisted it, distorted it, and led the whole world to suppose the Bible says, in many basic fundamentals, precisely the opposite of what it does say. The BIBLE, I discovered, is not a namby-pamby collection of sentimental, sanctimonious but impractical religious sayings. It is a down-to-earth common-sense revelation of basic, essential KNOWLEDGE, plus a revelation of the only right approach to further and real scientific knowledge which is acquirable by man. It contains, for instance, the foundation for, and the only right approach to a study of psychology, history, biology, philosophy, the humanities, sex, music, business, homemaking, nutrition, etc., etc., etc. Taken as it is, the Bible makes sense, and is the most rational book ever written! And it foretells today’s world events and the immediate FUTURE! I had discovered the SOURCE of TRUTH! I had discovered true and absolute AUTHORITY! I had discovered the cause of world conditions — disastrous, unhappy conditions unsolvable by MAN without God’s instruction and intervention. I found the PURPOSE for human existence, and God’s Master Plan for working it out! I saw humanity in the raw — human nature as it really is. This brought me to see myself, for the first time, as I really was — and to a recognition that what I now saw was not good. It opened my eyes to TRUTH — and brought me to real repentance, complete submission to my Maker, and to FAITH. It brought conversion — completely changed my life. I honestly felt my life was as worthless as a “burned-out hunk of junk.” And when I very seriously GAVE mySELF over to Christ, I felt I was giving something worthless in exchange for the supreme life Christ had given for me. But I told Him that if He could in any way use it, this worthless life of mine, it was now His. “Receiving Christ,” meant, to me, letting Him come literally (in Spirit) into my very mind and body, to live HIS life in me. Never before could I understand the Bible. But now it became plain, and the most absorbing interest I had ever known. So I continued study almost night and day. Literally, Jesus Christ yanked me out of the advertising profession, thrust me into His Work. In 1931 I was ordained as a minister of Jesus Christ. In 1933 I was receiving a very small salary, holding an evangelistic campaign. Those who paid the salary demanded I preach and act contrary to this Word I had PROVED to be the authoritative Word of God. I learned that whoever pays one demands that the one paid serves the one who pays! I learned I could not work for, and serve GOD, and receive my salary from MEN. If I was to serve GOD — work for Him — I would have to look to HIM ALONE to supply financial needs. I realized this would require utter FAITH. I was well aware of the fact many — if not just about all others in the ministry — had faced this same problem. I was aware of the usual reasoning: “Well, if these MEN — or this denomination — or this group backing — will not allow me complete freedom to preach all I see in the Bible, it is better to preach as much of the Truth as they allow than to defy them and not be able to preach anything. It seems that it seldom occurs to those who have chosen the ministry as a profession to TRUST GOD for financial support. It seems to be customarily taken for granted that ministers must look to MEN or religious ORGANIZATIONS of men, for sustenance. I was fully aware, too, that if I relied on GOD for salary, I would have to serve Him faithfully, NEVER COMPROMISING WITH HIS WORD, or HE would “fire” me! My wife and I made the decision to trust GOD. A local church was formed as a result of that evangelistic campaign, in Eugene, Oregon. Almost immediately after we made that decision to look to God ALONE, Jesus Christ OPENED THE DOOR of radio and the printing press, for the MASS proclamation of Christ’s own Gospel! So, WHO SPONSORS THIS WORK? The living Jesus Christ does! I did send out letters to a handful of people I knew, and believed to be true disciples of Christ, asking pledges to make possible the broadcast. But these pledges fell far short. By experience I learned we had to really look to GOD for financial support. We did; and somehow, the money always came — just barely enough — to keep us on the air, on a 100-watt Eugene station. A year later a small 100-watt station in Portland offered us time. Again I made the mistake of asking support from people. It did not come, and at that time I did not trust God and walk through that open door. Do you know what happened? Experience is NOT the BEST teacher — it is the DEAREST — most costly — one. Jesus Christ punishes every son He loves. He taught me a lesson. He did not open that door again for TWO LONG YEARS! Then, three years after we had first started on the air, that same station once again agreed to let us go on. This time we walked through that open door IN FAITH, trusting God to send the wherewithal! That was the beginning of a gradual, slow, but steady and constant GROWTH of this Work. The living Christ proved again He is alive, by sending the necessary funds. Just barely enough, not more. God carries on His Work through human instruments. He has never rained down literal printed dollars from the sky. Always, without our begging, He has laid it on the hearts of enough of His people to GIVE, so we in turn could GIVE His precious TRUTH! Jesus Christ is the executive HEAD of God’s Work. Christ is very much alive, and very active. He has, through the years, continued to open doors (see Rev. 3:8). After a while we were on a third little 100-watt station, in Seattle. The program, in those days, went on once a week only. We had multiplied three times over — 300 watts of radio power weekly. Then a Spokane station. Then, in 1942, after eight years, a 1,000-watt station in Hollywood. Late in 1942, a superpower 50,000-watt station in the Midwest opened its doors — and now we were purchasing 51,400 watts of radio power weekly. By 1945 superpower Mexican stations opened, and we began DAILY broadcasting. The power wattage was multiplying. Today The WORLD TOMORROW is going out on every inhabited continent, around the world, on more than 28 MILLION watts of radio power weekly. More than 30 MILLION people listen every week — the most powerful program on radio on earth today! In a month we shall celebrate our 32nd anniversary on the air! Of course, just as other religionists persecuted Jesus over 1900 years ago, so do they persecute the very Work HE is directing, TODAY. He said, “IF they have persecuted me, they will persecute you,” to His disciples. As others falsely accused Him then, so they do His Work today. Some will even sell you — FOR A PRICE — false information purported to be ALL ABOUT this Work, and about me personally. Some say falsely I’m a former Jehovah’s Witness, a former Seventh-day Adventist, a former this or that. They are either ignorant of the facts or deliberately seeking to deceive. I have NEVER been any of those. If you want the TRUTH, just ask me — I keep telling our subscribers continually — AND NEVER ANY PRICE! I was brought up from birth in the Quaker church. My family had been Quakers — just like that of ex-President Herbert Hoover — for some three hundred years, and perhaps from the start of Quakerism. I drifted from any church activity or regular attendance by age 18. When I was married, my wife and I joined the Methodist church at River Forest, Illinois. After a year or two we moved, and I dropped church attendance or any religious affiliation, until my conversion in the spring of 1927. Then CHRIST baptized me into His own Church — the Church of God! I have NEVER had any other church or religious affiliation or interest or connection in any way. Now, for those who persist in false accusation, I will offer to pay $10,000 to anyone who can PROVE the false claim that I was once a member of any religious group except those here mentioned. We in this Work NEVER accuse others or persecute. Nor, except to explain, as above, do we even answer them. Jesus Christ NEVER did those things. He is the SAME today, and He, in us, simply does not throw mud, false accusation, or persecution today. We never ask you to believe us — but BELIEVE GOD’S TRUTH. Search the BIBLE. Believe what you find there. If you must sit in judgment of this Work, JUDGE IT BY ITS FRUITS, as God instructs. For nearly 32 years now, we have been enabled to GIVE Christ’s precious Gospel — the full and plain BIBLE TRUTH — without begging for contributions over the air — without charging for anything we offer.” Sincerely, In Jesus’s Name,

Herbert W. Armstrong

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An Explanation – In Plain Statement

AN EXPLANATION – In Plain Statement


If I write you a letter making plain, simple statements, you understand my meaning without “interpreting” my letter.”

ALMOST daily letters are received from interested radio listeners saying “I should like to know more about your work.”

This, then, is an explanation.

CoWorker Letter by Herbert W Armstrong

February 16, 1943 The Worldwide Church of God Archives

This work, we believe, has been raised up of Almighty God to sound a definite WARNING to our people, and to proclaim in these closing days that which has not been proclaimed, the TRUE Gospel— the Good News of the KINGDOM OF GOD. In the Bible—God’s revelation and special message to man—are whole chapters and books of prophecy whose meaning has been sealed until this present time of the END. Whole Books of the Bible had no meaning to those of a generation or two ago. Like Daniel’s prophecy (Dan. 12:8-10) these vital prophecies were sealed —closed to human understanding until NOW. They pertain to world events, NOW. A very large portion of all the prophecies of the Bible pertain to THIS very generation in which we live. Bible prophecies have foretold that, in these latter days, the popular churches would have turned their ears away from hearing the TRUTH, and be turned to FABLES; (II Tim, 4:1-4) being DECEIVED into believing they have the truth (Rev.13:14; 18:3; 19:20). That they would maintain all the FORM of religion, but be devoid of God’s POWER, or of true understanding (II Tim. 3:1- 5). That they would refuse to HEAR the law of the Eternal, and would demand that their ministers preach the soft and smooth things, and the deceits (Isa. 30:8-40). And that, as a result, the ministers of this time would be “feeding themselves” instead of the flock—that is, preaching hat they are TOLD in order to retain their salaries, instead of preaching GOD’S TRUTH. (Ezek. 34:1-5)

The prophecies show that our people today are “IN BABYLON” (Rev. 18:4),—that is, in confusion—with hundreds of sects and denominations, each interpreting the Bible differently. The Bible should not BE interpreted at all. If I write you a letter making plain, simple statements, you understand my meaning without “interpreting” my letter. If you begin to “interpret” what I said, you would be applying to it a meaning DIFFERENT from the obvious intended meaning of plain simple statements. And so it is with the Bible. Differences in belief come from INTERPRETING, when God never intended us to interpret His Message at all. That is why Jesus said that the Scriptures would be revealed unto BABES, but hidden from the wise and prudent. Know when we encounter the symbolic language of prophecy, still WE are not to interpret it. Always the Scripture interprets its OWN symbols. 

But denominations necessarily are bound to their particular traditional creeds or doctrines. They are not free to confess error in their teaching, or admit a new revelation of truth which would upset their past teachings. Consequently God has been unable to use them as instruments for proclaiming the long-hidden messages of these sealed prophecies NOW OPENED, which contain a live, most vital WARNING to our people today!   I was in business in Chicago, as a publishers’ representative, when God first called me to His service. My wife had a most unusual dream—perhaps more of a vision than a dream —in which she “saw” the second coming of Christ, as it first appeared, or a warning vision of it, as it then turned out. In this remarkable dream, she saw Christ descend; and she feared greatly for me, knowing I was not converted. But Jesus descended immediately in front or us, and placed His arms around us both, then revealing this was not His second coming—-but that it would be soon, and He was calling me to a special mission. At the time, I was awed when my wife told me of the dream, but suggested she tell it to some minister. I did not take it seriously— then. My heart was set on business success and making money. I was unusually successful for a young man, fired with an overpowering ambition. I had studied hard, applied myself diligently, and felt assured of great success in the business world. Overnight, God took away this business. Every large and important advertising client—multi-million dollar corporations— went into the hands of the receiver during the depression of 1920- 21. Twice afterward I started other businesses. Each promised to grow to national proportions, was on the very threshold of bi success, when forces entirely out of my control swept them suNdenly and completely away. I couldn’t understand it. I had endeavored to run away from God’s call in order to achieve success in business and make money. My business was my god. My sin was along economic lines; the punishment had to be economic. For seven years my family had to suffer poverty with me. It was like King Midas in reverse—everything I touched turned to NOTHING, no matter how diligently or determined the effort. It was during this time that my interest was drawn by two incidents to the Bible. My wife had suddenly come upon a truth which seemed to me utterly fanatical. Contrary to my orders, she insisted on following and living this truth. Divorce was even threatened, but first I exacted a promise that she would give it up, provided I would study the Bible and be able to show her where she was in error. For six months I wrestled with this Bible truth, and ended up by facing the alternative of accepting it or resorting to a dishonest perverting of God’s Word. God had “softened” me up for this surrender by financial reverses and discouragements almost beyond description. The surrender was made, the truth accepted, and then, for the first time in his life the writer began to really understand the Bible. Until then it had been like readin in some foreign language. Now it became plain, simple, understannable— and the most interesting, fascinating, enjoyable study of his life. It was about the same time that a sister-in-law, having encountered the arguments and hypotheses for the doctrine of evolution in studying geology and biology in college, challenged me on this subject, an wounded my pride by calling me “ignorant” because I did not believe the theory of evolution. Then I also set out to thoroughly STUDY evolution, and in doing so, studied the Bible revelation of CREATION. I succeeded in convincing the sister-in-law that it was SHE who had been in ignorance. As a result of these two incidences, I made a full surrender to God, and was converted. This was during the seven-years’ punishment God inflicted, and came when there was plenty of time for study. Many hours a day were devoted to Bible study. The writer was amazed to find that many of the teachings of his boy-hood Sunday school days were the exact OPPOSITE of the plain, simple statements of the Bible. At first I was confused — bewildered. But I read in James 1:5: “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ASK OF GOD, . . . and it shall be given.” I did ask, first for UNDERSTANDING, then for wisdom, which is right knowledge, rightly APPLIED. I began to pray a great deal—to pray as I studied—and much of my Bible study from then on was done on my knees. Gradually the picture cleared. Bible study became my great life-interest. It became a passion. Not as a hobby or side-interest. Not as a means of winning arguments. But purely for the love of the truth itself which had been born in my heart and soul, and as a means of learning HOW TO LIVE. I studied daily, often until long after midnight. I read the writings, studied the doctrines of various faiths and denominations—always following the example of the Bereans which God commanded, “searching the Scriptures daily, WHETHER those things were so.” And I have BELIEVED only what I found PROVED in God’s Word. Having been a trained writer, it was but natural that the amazing, fascinating new truths uncovered were written up in article form. Not necessarily with an intention of having these articles published, but as a matter of self-satisfaction. But as a few Christian friends who were deep Bible students began to read some of these articles, they urged me to speak before various groups. This at first I refused to do. Finally, however, a definite invitation to speak before a certain church group was accepted, because I had a message I felt literally IMPELLED to give them. Somehow that broke the ice. For the first time in my life I prayed aloud before others that day, upon an unexpected request I dared not refuse. Enthusiastic invitations to speak again, followed that meeting. Soon a request came to hold a ten-day evangelistic campaign in a church in a small Oregon town. It was during the holidays when I had time on my hands. I agreed to attempt my first evangelistic effort, on condition that every member of that church promise to devote at least one solid hour each day to earnest prayer for these meetings, to be continued until the close of the campaign. Four or five conversions were the fruit of that first effort, but I have always believed that even greater good, if possible, came to the congregation as a whole from the hour-a-day each one devoted to private prayer. Two or three weeks of that made them a much CHANGED congregation. Following this brief campaign, I was invited to conduct a short four-meetings-in-three-days campaign at the Baptist church in the next town. And so, gradually, I was simply DRAWN into the ministry. I never sought to enter it. Rather, like Jonah, I had tried to run away from God’s commission. But God threw me overboard into the depths of economic punishment until I learned my lesson. Not that I ran from it intentionally. I was not really conscious of the fact God was calling me to His service. My mind was too filled with material interests to clearly recognize the spiritual call. But now, during this seven years, all the former pride, ego, and self confidence was torn out root and branch, painful tho the process was. I came to the place where ALL confidence was lost. A strong man may, by sheer will-power, get up again when he is knocked down. But if he is knocked down enough times, he finally stays down. I came to the place where I decided I never had had the unusual ability I had fancied. I looked upon myself as a burned-out piece of junk, not even worthy to be thrown on the scrap-pile. The old Herbert Armstrong died, and with him all faith in Herbert Armstrong. Self-confidence was dead. But now a NEW kind of confidence was born—a confidence, not in self or self-ability, but an abiding FAITH IN GOD! Time after time we were forced to throw ourselves upon God’s mercy and depend upon an immediate and miraculous answer to prayer. Time after time the ANSWER CAME! Too consistently to be dismissed as coincidence. Once I had to ask God to SEND to us, at once, a dime for milk for the baby. In less than three minutes the dime came—was literally brought to our house. Another time, my wife could not have lived another twenty-four hours. She was suffering from a combination of things—blood-poison, a dog-bite, quinsy, internal complications. She had not been able to drink a drop of water, eat a bite of food, or sleep a wink in 72 hours—three days and three nights. A believing couple came and prayed a prayer of FAITH such as we had never heard before,—simply, believingly, claiming God’s PROMISES as stated in the Scriptures,—and Mrs. Armstrong was INSTANTLY healed of all these critical ailments simultaneously. Another time, we had to have $75 at once, and didn’t know where to turn. After 24 hours’ FASTING and prayer, the very next mail brought it from a totally unexpected source. FAITH, like muscle, is strengthened by EXERCISE—and God has graciously imposed upon us a very great deal of that exercise, until, like George Mueller, we have learned that whatever God promises in His Word HE WILL PERFORM —and if we can be sure of God’s will THRU HIS WORD, then we KNOW we have the answer—and it always comes! We have had, in other words, to come to really KNOW the Eternal, and we have found Him GOOD! The writer knows God loves him much, because God punishes every son He loves—and we have had to suffer a very great deal. But this suffering, and the thousands of EXPERIENCES we have had to live thru, have taught us valuable lessons, and manifested His live in blessings which words could never describe. From the time I began an active ministry, my labors were blessed and always have been successful. As long as I continued to strive to MAKE MONEY and build a business, every effort came to naught. But on the contrary, every effort devoted to God’s service was blessed, and today we look back upon a fruitage of hundreds of conversions, countless answered prayers, many changed lives, and the GOSPEL, together with God’s last warning for America, has been carried to many hundreds of thousands all over the United States and Canada. In the summer of 1933, the present work was started. I was called to hold meetings in a little one-room country schoolhouse eight miles west of Eugene. I started there without money— not even money to print hand-bills. I borrowed a typewriter, wrote out announcements giving the topics of sermons, and went around over the country-side personally inviting people to come. The attendance started good, grew as the meetings progressed, until often even standing room was taken. There were several conversions, and a small church started with these new converts forming a good portion of the little congregation. The first Sunday in 1934 the RADIO CHURCH OF GOD went on the air for the first time—and has never missed a Sunday since. During the preceding October, I had been told of an opportunity to speak over KORE, local radio station, for 15 minutes each morning for one week, conducting the “morning devotional” period carried by the station. To me, this was a serious opportunity, and I put a great deal of time and study into the preparation of the script. On the morning of the first broadcast, I well remember, about one or two minutes before I went on the air, the thought came that all people speaking for their first time on the radio are supposed to suffer “mike fright.” “Why, I’m not suffering any mike fright,” I remember thinking, “I’m as cool and calm as a cucumber.” Then came the red light and for the first time in my life, I was “ON THE AIR .” The script was all written, and as the words began to pour into the microphone, I was startled to notice that for some unexplainable reason I was almost out of breath, my heart was pounding, and I was so nervous I could hardly read. I couldn’t imagine what had happened to me so suddenly, when not a minute ago I had been so calm. But I struggled thru it, and after five minutes or so, had forgotten this heart-pounding nervousness, and had my whole mind on the message I wanted the hundreds of listeners to hear. I was amazed, a few days later—and the officials of the station were even more amazed—when letters began to pour in from listeners asking for copies of these morning raflio talks. The station had never before received mail as a result of this morning devotional period. The announcer and station owner got together and proposed that I start a regular Sunday morning “Radio Church.” They told me I had a good radio voice, and apparently had something that the listeners wanted. And so this broadcasting work began. At that time it cost us $2.50 per week, and it took a lot of FAITH! $2.50 was a lot of money in those days! But by faith it came. The PLAIN TRUTH made its bow before some 200 readers one month later, on February 1st. That first number was printed on a mimeograph machine. I borrowed the use of a typewriter to cut the stencils, and borrowed the use of the mimeograph. A friend contributed $5 which covered the cost of paper, ink, stencils, and postage for that first number. The coming issue of The PLAIN TRUTH will cost upwards of a thousand dollars to publish and to mail. That first number had a circulation of about 200 copies, as nearly as I can remember—while the coming number will have a press-run of 25,000 copies! From that time on the work grew steadily. Each time was devoted to holding personal evangelistic campaigns, and many precious souls were given us for our hire. After some three or four years, during which the RADIO CHURCH grew to be a real Lane county institution, the way finally opened to expand the broadcast to include a Portland station. We started there on station KXL, then on a power of 100 watts. The station changed hands after nine months, and the new owner refused to carry any religious programs. We then went over to KWJJ which then had a power of 500 watts. It increased later to 1,000 watts. Just recently we have gone back to KXL, which now broadcasts the Message on a power of 10,000 watts, Oregon’s most powerful station, again under different ownership. But to go back a little. For a time, just prior to coming to Eugene, we had joined a local church organization. I received a small salary, with our house rent paid, and vegetables, fruit and most of the groceries furnished—the selection being made for us by others. We found, however, that it was impossible to receive even this humble “salary” without being told what I daredreach, and how I must conduct God’s work. I came to see that it a man hires you, you must serve THAT MAN—or the denomination, or organization. And so it was that at the time we first came to Eugene, my wife and I made a solemn pledge to God that from henceforth, we would look to Him ALONE for “salary” and all financial support. If we would serve God, we must look to HIM for the “salary”. Then and there we dedicated our lives to Him and His service, on the basis of pure FAITH in His promises to supply every need. And from that day on, our work has prospered. During these past few years we have come into a constantly fuller understanding of the prophecies. Many of the prophecies, closed until now, began to open to our understanding. Gradually, little by little, and continuously, God had never ceased to reveal more and more of the TRUTH we know now He has called us to proclaim. We came to see and to understand the many prophecies —whole BOOKS of prophecies—pertaining to this present war and the time of the immediate future. We came to see God’s great WARNING to America and to Britain that we shall LOSE this war UNLESS OUR PEOPLE REPENT OF THEIR SINS AND PUT THEIR TRUST IN GOD! God helping us, we know of no one else proclaiming this solemn warning o our nation! And yet, unless it is proclaimed, WHOLE BOOKS of the Bible, such as Ezekiel, Amos, Hosea, Joel, are left almost wholly without meaning. They are a warning for our people in OUR TIME! Yes, even much of Jeremiah and Isaiah—much of Revelation, Daniel, and other important prophecies. To proclaim this life-and-death warning for our nation IS THE MOST IMPORTANT BUSINESS IN THIS WORLD TODAY. After all these years, I can look back now and see that all my business experience and training in the years before I entered the active ministry, was a PREPARATION for the present task. I was very specially trained and fitted for every phase of this present work in a manner I did not dream of then. The broadcasts evolved from the conception of a church service condensed to 20 minutes employing radio technique, to the present “WORLD TOMORROW” program of news analysis and Bible prophecy. Twenty years spent in the newspaper and magazine fields, in almost every department of the publishing business, has fitted me primarily for this program. Also it trained me for editing and publishing The PLAIN TRUTH and other booklets and articles. Always, from the first, this radio work has been a WORK OF FAITH. Always it has been NON-denominational. It is a channel thru which GOD’S TRUE MESSAGE may be proclaimed boldly to the nation without taint or influence of the “babylonish” traditions that seem to grip the world today, and that have deceived all nations. From the first we have tried to conduct God’s work GOD’S WAY. The Gospel must not be SOLD like merchandise—it must go FREE. You’ll never see the words “PRICE, so much” on The PLAIN TRUTH or on any literature we publish or send out. You’ll never hear us beg for money over the air—and the very fact that it is “customary” makes us the more determined to depart from the traditions of men, and adhere to the rules of God! We never take up collections in public meetings or services. God’s way is to GIVE, not to GET. God expects HIS PEOPLE to freely give—to give even at the cost of sacrifice—that the Gospel and the LAST WARNING may be carried forth and given FREELY to others. Our policy is to pay as we go, running no bills. Gradually, continuously, this work has grown to its present national and international influence. At this writing, “The WORLD TOMORROW” program is going out every Sunday morning at 8:30 over the Liberty Net-Work in the Pacific Northwest—including stations KXL, Portland; KRSC, Seattle; and KGA, Spokane. At 9:30 Sunday morning it is broadcast over KMTR, Los Angeles, and KFMB, San Diego. At 9:45 over KORE, Eugene. And then at 11:P.M. Central war time, over super-power 50,000-watt clear-channel WHO, Des Moines. At this hour, WHO is the most powerful station in America for REACHING OUT—in fact it is probably the ONLY station which has a regular listening audience in EVERY STATE in the Union, as well as EVERY PROVINCE in Canada, for the simple reason it is the only clear-channel 50,000-watt station near enough the CENTER of the North American continent to be heard over the WHOLE continent. We receive letters from the northernmost parts of Canada, from the Panama Canal zone, from the British West Indies in the Atlantic. But this is only the BEGINNING. This work is just emerging as a truly nation-wide, and international power. This work multiplied about six times over in power and scope during 1942. It must continue to grow proportionately during 1943, – or TIME IS SHORT, and much remains to be done. We hope the end of this year will see the “WORLD TOMORROW” program going out over all the larger stations of the Mutual net-work, Coast-to-Coast, supplemented by about seven super-power 50,000-watt stations such as WHO, Des Moines. We hope to see The PLAIN TRUTH circulation jump to more than 100,000 copies during this year. We hope to be able to develop enough office organization to be able to publish The PLAIN TRUTH regularly the first of each month—to publish also “The GOOD NEWS”, another monthly publication devoted to feeding the Flock—those who are converted—with the true spiritual food, and the deeper spiritual truths. In addition we hope to be able to resume publication of the “Bible Study Quarterly”, suitable for private home study, or for the Bible classes, or for Sabbath or Sunday schools. And we hope, too, to be able in due time to publish some 40 or 50 booklets covering specific important doctrinal subjects. Yes, we have the goals set high, for we have a clear VISION of the work God has given us to do. He has been moving on before, opening the way, laying open the hearts of a growing group of Co-Workers to GIVE of their tithes and offerings, that we together may GIVE of the true Gospel—without money and without price. While this work is wholly INDEPENDENT of MEN and of man made or political organizations of men, such as denominations, sects or federations,—as we believe it SHOULD be to be truly GOD’S WORK—yet it is wholly DEPENDENT upon GOD for everything. We try to WALK IN THE LIGHT as He GIVES us the light—to preach, boldly and fearlessly, the TRUTH, and to LIVE that truth as we go. God has blessed this work richly and abundantly. It’s FRUITS are those of a work specially called, directed, empowered, and blessed of GOD—and by their FRUITS ye shall know them! God Himself is WORKING in this work. To those who see that, and wish to place GOD’S TITHES and their liberal offerings besides, where GOD is working, we express our sincerest and deepest heart-felt THANKS and gratitude. May God bless you, as He has blessed and is blessing us and His work! The PLAIN TRUTH BEING PRINTED  And now, may I give our Co-Workers a report of the present status of God’s work? Please read carefully, prayerfully, every word. As I have explained to most of our co-workers before, the very phenomenal success of the broadcast over station WHO plunged us into a crisis. I believe it will be past as soon as the current issue of The PLAIN TRUTH is mailed out. We had expected station WHO to add something less than $100 per week to our expense—figuring station-time cost alone. I estimated, based upon experience in using six other stations, between 200 and 300 requests per broadcast for The PLAIN TRUTH and the special booklet being published at the time. Instead, the first broadcast brought around 600 requests, and the number steadily increased, until it was averaging around 1,000 per broadcast. One broadcast alone brought 2,200 letters and postcards. These letters and cards, most of which show unusual interest, come from every state in the union and every province in Canada. It cost a fraction over 3› to add each new name to our mailing list—the cost of stencil used in our addressing machine and labor in cutting. Adding postage for mailing the literature requested, and cost of printing, an salaries paid for two additional secretaries (we NEED two more) and each letter or postcard received is costing, in immediate expense, close to 15› to handle. Result, WHO has actually added about $250 per week to our expenses! We were prepared to handle only a $100 expense. BUT, station WHO has given us such a VAST audience that it is the equivalent of having added four super-power 50,000-watt stations, each producing the results we expected. Certainly I thank and praise God for this unexpected phenomenal response—and I thank Him, and you co-workers, too, for having tided us so nearly over this supreme financial crisis. As soon as these many thousands of NEW listeners receive the coming number of The PLAIN TRUTH—the first copy for most of them—many new co-workers will join with our present loyal helpers, to keep this work going—and GROWING. Meantime, the printers are already at work on The PLAIN TRUTH. This coming number will run to 25,000 copies! It will cost upward of a thousand dollars to print and mail this issue! And it all must come by FAITH, in addition to the heavy weekly expense of broadcasting. Remember, WE NEVER BEG FOR MONEY OVER THE AIR! I never even so much MENTION the need of it. Ours is the only broadcast I know that is truly 100% a work of FAITH. It’s GOD’S WAY! This is GOD’S WORK! And it is, right now, the most vital—the most IMPORTANT work, in this whole world! It is more than just preaching the Gospel. THIS NATION MUST BE WARNED! The sure Word of prophecy says definitely the only way we can win this war is to REPENT as a nation, turn to God, seek Him and FIND Him, and put our trust in HIM! God has SENT this war upon us, as a JUDGMENT! The day of reckoning, for this nation, is HERE. This is of GOD! HE SAYS SO! Regardless of the APPEARANCE of things at the moment, regardless or the war situation as we THINK it is, regardless of how many planes, and tanks, and ships and guns we produce and how many men we train, STILL God says He will send crop-destroying worms and locusts, and withering DROUGHT and FAMINE that shall literally STARVE us into defeat, unless we turn to HIM! I tell you, dear co-workers, more demands upon you and me making every sacrifice, putting every ounce of energy and spiritual effort into sounding this warning SO LOUD and with such tremendous spiritual power it will WAKE UP this slumbering nation, than upon all that ALL the armed forces, combined, can do! WE MUST NOT FAIL! We must PLUNGE ON! The financial crisis is not over. I still need an extra thousand dollars, over and above regular weekly expenses. Send the largest offering you possibly can by return mail in the enclosed envelope. KEEP sending as OFTEN as you can. And PLEASE PRAY EARNESTLY, and DAILY, for this work. As ever, your faithful co-worker,

Herbert W. Armstrong

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Is the Church named AFTER "Doctrines"?

“We have just covered the truth that God set officials to serve on the human level under Christ, in the Church. Members do not elect them. Yet in the churches of this world some believe in government by the entire congregation—“democracy”—and call themselves “Congregational.” Others have organized themselves into government by ministers or presbytery and call themselves “Presbyterian.” Some follow Luther and call themselves “Lutheran.” Some follow Wesley, who was strong on “method,” and call themselves “Methodist.” Some learned God’s truth about baptizing and call their church after the name of that one doctrine, “Baptist.” One wanted complete universal world dominion, and called itself “Catholic,” which means “universal.” What is the name of the Church Jesus founded? “
 
 
“Notice that Paul did not call the true Church “Catholic” or “Protestant.” Nowhere is the true Church called after the name of a MAN or after the name of a doctrine.”
 

Michael Venish of the “Vigilant Church of God”, in his video “Our Commission” explaining the name of his church group “The Vigilant Church of God”.
 
“Oh by the way, “The Vigilant…” , the word “vigilant” means “keeping careful watch”. And that is EXACTLY what Jesus Christ and Herbert Armstrong said we should do!”
 
Nowhere in God’s Word is the Church named AFTER a doctrine! Yet men name their churches after doctrines. “Vigilant”, “continuing”, “United”, “Philadelphia”, “Restored”, “Living”, etc,etc.
 
Let’s not be deceived!
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HOW CHRIST GIVES THE CHURCH ITS BELIEFS

Worldwide News, 20th Nov 1978 page 1

HOW CHRIST GIVES THE CHURCH ITS BELIEFS

By Herbert W Armstrong

I said to my wife, 52 years ago, “All these churches can’t be wrong. That’s how I know the Bible says ‘Thou shalt observe Sunday’” But on intensive, indepth study of the bible, I found all “these churches“ were wrong, and that they did not obtain their beliefs from God’s word, but rather that they believed doctrines and practiced customs that are contrary to biblical teaching. I wanted to find God’s teachings, doctrines, customs and practices. I found them! I found them in the same way the Apostle Paul did.

An eye-opener!

And, in one steeped in the practices and doctrines of today’s ‘Christianity’ – both Protestant and Catholic – it is, indeed, an eye opener. But I followed Paul’s example. And I can say with him, “I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ…But when it pleased God, who…called me by His grace to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood [neither went I to a biblical sanctuary, but I went into night and day study of the Word of God, mostly on my knees].” (paraphrased from Galatians 1:11-17) The apostle Paul says, verse 17, that instead of going to other MEN, he went into Arabia. Apparently Jesus Christ, in PERSON, manifested Himself and taught Paul there. For Paul said later, “…Have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord?…” (1 Corinthians 9:1) and “…that he [Jesus] rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve…And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.” (1 Corinthians 14:4-6, 8) The 12 original apostles received their teaching direct from Jesus in PERSON. The apostle Paul spent some three years in Arabia, and apparently that was the time when he saw JESUS IN PERSON, and was taught directly by Jesus Christ. But as Jesus is the Word in Person, so the Bible is the Word of God in print. Now back to Galatians 1: “Then after three years (in Arabia) I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days. But other of the apostles saw I none, save James, the Lord’s brother.” (Galatians 1:18-19) Continue on “Then fourteen years after I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with me also. And I went up by revelation and communicated to them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run in vain…But…when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision [to the Gentiles] was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision [Israel] was unto Peter; (For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision , the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:)” (Galatians 2:1-8)

One sent forth

The word apostle means “one sent forth.” The meaning here is unmistakeable – as Peter was the chief apostle to Israel and Judah, so Paul was chief apostle to the gentiles. Nevertheless, when ALL of the scriptures on this subject are put together, it becomes certain that Peter, in fact, was the overall chief apostle. The New Testament Church of God received all its teachings, practices, customs, FROM THE APOSTLES, with Peter chief over all of the others. I know well that, in view of Roman Catholic teachings regarding Peter being the first pope, this statement will be challenged by many – but it is TRUE, nevertheless. Peter did have primacy as chief apostle! I shall amply prove that. YET PETER WAS NOT A POPE! There is a vast DIFFERENCE! For remember an apostle is “ONE SENT FORTH WITH THE GOSPEL.” The Roman Catholic pope sits permanently (unless, as some few have done, he takes a trip to some other place – not as carrying the gospel, but as a POLITICAL HEAD OF STATE). Yet the apostles were the teachers, who instilled in the Church the BELIEFS, TEACHINGS, PRACTICES AND CUSTOMS of the Church. And all members of the Church were required by God to BELIEVE AND SPEAK THE SAME THING! In the Church in Corinth, Paul began his letter, INSPIRED as part of GOD’S WORD, by saying “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no division among you…” (1 Corinthians 1:10) Paul’s letter to the Corinthians was CORRECTIVE, as were his letters to other churches, and he was inspired to speak in the name of – and AUTHORITY of – Jesus Christ, for he said (verses 11-12) “…there are contentions [divisions] among you…that everyone of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas and I of Christ.” THEY WERE BEGINNING TO FOLLOW INDIVIDUAL LEADERS. They supposed those leaders differed in their teaching, though in fact those mentioned did all speak and teach THE SAME THING AS CHRIST had instructed.

Source of Church beliefs

Let’s SET THIS STRAIGHT, once and for all! The SOURCE of the beliefs, teaching, customs and practices in the Church of God is GOD HIMSELF! Not any man. Jesus said “I have spoken nothing of myself” – the FATHER had instructed Him! Jesus, in turn, taught His apostles in Person! THERE WAS NO DOCTRINAL BOARD! The teachings of the Church did not come from a COUNCIL of ministers and/or lay members, who voted on what to believe. Right here, SOME are going to ask “WHAT ABOUT ACTS 15? Wasn’t that the first Church Council in Jerusalem, to settle points of doctrine?” THE ANSWER IS NO! And I intend to devote enough space in this article to clear up this point! So far, I have shown you from Galatians 1 and 2 that Peter was the chief apostle to the house of Israel and Paul to the gentiles. Now I will show you that Peter actually had PRIMACY OVER ALL. At the very founding of the New Testament Church of God, it was Peter who stood up and explained what had occurred – preaching the first sermon in the Church that led to 3,000 converts. (Acts 2:14-39) A day or two later, the number became 5,000. It was Peter who said to the cripple “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.” (Acts 3:6) It was PETER who preached the sermon to the crowd thus attracted that converted 2,000 more. Next came the incident of Annanias and Sapphira stealing and lying. It was Peter who spoke and caused them to drop dead. Next, when signs and wonders were performed by the apostles, it was PETER’S SHADOW, as he passed by, that healed the sick. Next the apostles were brought before the high priest and the council, and the spokesman for the apostles was PETER, who said “…We ought to obey God rather than men.” (Acts 5:29) Coming to Acts 8 where Phillip, then a deacon, went to Samaria, and when the people believed Phillip preaching the things concerning the Kingdom of God, they were baptized. It was Peter and John who went down to Samaria, laid hands on the newly baptized (gentiles) and prayed for the Holy Spirit to be given to them. This is the best example of the Church of God’s custom of laying hands on the baptized for receiving the Holy Spirit – and PETER was the leader, for when Simon the sorcerer tried to buy an apostleship with money it was PETER who said to him (the first pope) “…Thy money perish with thee…for I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.” (Acts 8:20-23) He was the pater or peter – papa – pope of the Babylonian Mystery religion. Paul writes (II Thessalonians 2:7) “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work…” That religion, having without authority, appropriated the name “Christianity”, is named in Revelation 17:5 “MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT.” Is it not ironic that the one who rebuked and condemned the first pope was Cephas, whom Christ had called PETER. But continue on. We come to Acts 10. Although Paul was later to be made apostle to the gentiles, the time had come to first open salvation to the gentiles officially. And this was done by PETER, not Paul. It was PETER whom God sent to the house of the gentile Cornelius, to teach him. It was PETER who convinced the others at Jerusalem that God had opened salvation to the gentiles (Acts 11).

Peter not a pope

UNDERSTAND this about Peter. HE WAS NOT A PROUD RULING POPE. He was a humble man, strong in Christ’s gospel and faith, but he did not try to lord it over others or always take the top seat, unless his position required. He was HUMAN, still, though since the Day of Pentecost he had the Holy Spirit. When Peter came to Antioch, more than 14 years after the founding of the Church, his human nature showed when he withdrew from the gentiles after some Jewish converts arrived from Jerusalem. Paul rebuked Peter publicly for this. But then, we might well remember that Paul was also human. This event occurred in the chief gentile church, and Paul was a little nettled at seeing Peter withdraw from eating with gentiles because some had arrived from Jerusalem. This incident reflects the humanity of both Peter and Paul – and demonstrates also that Peter was not a pope, else Paul would never have dared rebuke him. Now we come to that crucial 15th chapter of Acts. Few in God’s Church have fully understood this chapter. I shall go into sufficient detail to MAKE IT CLEAR.

Unauthorized teachers

Notice verse 1 “…certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved.” Who were these men? NOT apostles, or they would have been named. Right here, MARK WELL THIS POINT, GOD PUT HIS TRUTH INTO HIS CHURCH THROUGH CHRIST AND THROUGH THE APOSTLES! These men were not apostles. What they taught was NOT FROM JESUS! The apostle Paul KNEW WELL that God gave His Church its teachings only through Christ and the apostles. Immediately Paul withstood these unauthorized teachers. Verse 2 “When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question.” The men from Judea were undoubtedly Jewish Christians who had not received authentic teaching through the apostles, nor did they recognize Paul’s authority as an apostle, or they would not have entered in such a disputation with him. Undoubtedly being Jewish converts, without full apostolic teaching, they looked on the Church as merely an extension of Judaism. Incidentally, the Judaism of that time was NOT Mosaic teaching. But after the days of Ezra and Nehemiah, the only organized Jewish religion was among the descendants of the contingent of Jews sent back to Jerusalem from Persian Capitivity (see Ezra l:1-3) 70 years after the destruction of Solomon’s temple, to build the second temple – to which Jesus later came. After Ezra and Nehemiah, the rabbis gradually made a considerable change in the old covenant religion given Israel by Moses.

World cut off from God

Their Israelite ancestors had always wanted to be more like the world around them. In 1 Samuel 8, you will read of how they wanted a king and government more like the other nations of the world. Now the WORLD, except for Israel, which was specially called by God, was CUT OFF from God. Remember, all those centuries and millenniums, the Chinese, Japanese, people of India, South East Asia, Africa, the Roman Empire knew little or nothing about GOD. They all had their own religions, and most were derived, with some changes, from that established by Semiramis the mother-wife of Nimrod. (Genesis 10) Now these pagan religions of Egypt, Greece, Babylon, Rome, had known nothing of God’s GRACE – unmerited, undeserved PARDON, forgiveness of past sins on repentance. Instead, their religions had adopted a system of self-inflicted punishment, ordeal or torture to justify past sins.

Israel given laws through Moses

Moses had been used of God to give Israel certain laws. First, there was the overall spiritual law of LOVE, or the Ten Commandments – although Israel without the Holy Spirit could keep that law only in the strictness of the letter (in the New Testament it must be according to the Spirit – or the obvious intent). This is called in the Bible the Law of God. Then, through Moses, God gave them the “law of Moses” – a sacrificial law of animal sacrifices, which could not justify sin, but was a reminder of sin, and was a physical substitute for the sacrifice of Christ. When Christ died on the cross, animal sacrifices ceased. There was also a ceremonial law – of physical rituals, carnal ordinances, meat and drink offerings, etc – to teach them the HABIT of obedience – things to do repeatedly morning, noon and night. The law of rituals, including circumcision, was PHYSICAL, and a substitute until the Holy Spirit should be given, to teach them the HABIT of obedience. In Galatians 3:19, this law was ADDED, because of transgressions. That is, transgressions of the spiritual law. In Galatians 3:24, this ritual law is called a “schoolmaster” to bring them to Christ. In Romans and Galatians, the terms “works of the law” always refers to these PHYSICAL laws, which were TEMPORARY until Christ. Sometimes the single word works means “good works” in accord with the spiritual law, and sometimes the “works of the law” when mentioned in the context will for brevity speak of just “the law”, but the context will make it plain the subject is the RITUALS. The Greek for works of the law is ergon, which means physical effort. Besides these temporary physical rituals and sacrifices, God gave them, through Moses, statutes and judgements – the CIVIL LAWS of their nation. They were not necessarily temporary or substitutional, but were to last as long as the NATIONAL GOVERNMENT was administered over the nation Israel.

Dos and don’ts added

Now the rabbis, after Ezra and Nehemiah, added some 65 dos and don’ts even to the keeping of the Sabbath. They adopted the PAGAN PENANCE – self-inflicted punishment – and construed the physical rituals as a means of justification of past sins. THIS WAS PAGAN, something really quite different from the religion of Moses. Now back to Acts 15. These Jews who had come down to Antioch thought this system of PENANCE was still in effect. In Galatians 5:3, Paul shows that if a man was circumcised as a legal ritual, he became a debtor to the WHOLE RITUAL LAW – and the context is speaking of the RITUAL law, though this verse does not use “works of the law”. Paul was quite willing to take this to Jerusalem, BECAUSE PETER WAS THERE AT THE TIME. This visit of Paul to Jerusalem is undoubtedly the one mentioned in Galatians 2. Apparently, according to Galatians 2:9, the only apostles at Jerusalem at that time were Peter, James and John. But in Acts 15:4, it is stated: “And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the Church, and of the apostles and elders…” Then, verse 6 “And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter.” All ordained ministers are called elders in the Bible. This means the lay members were excluded, but the apostles and ordained ministers ranked lower than apostles came together in this council.

Peter settles the question

Now we see that even these elders were not clear on this matter of circumcision. For, verse 7 “And when there had been much disputing, PETER rose up…” and settled the matter! Continue, verses 7-11 “…PETER rose up, and said unto the, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made the choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel and believe. And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Spirit, even as he did unto us. And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke on the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? But we believe through the GRACE [not ritual penance] of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.” Verse 12, “Then all the multitude kept silence…” PETER had settled the question! Right here, NOTE CAREFULLY! Peter was an apostle – ONE SENT FORTH proclaiming the Gospel, not a resident pastor of a church. James was pastor of the Jerusalem church at the time, though also an apostle. Therefore, James acted as chairman of the meeting – even though PETER gave the DECISION. As a matter of protocol, as chairman (as we would call it today) we come now to verse 13.

James speaks as chairman

“And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me. Simeon has declared…” in other words, acting as chairman of the meeting, James in effect started by saying , “PETER has declared” – Peter had settled it – “…how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name.” Again affirming Peter’s primacy – for when God decided to open salvation to the gentiles – to CALL some of them to salvation, whereas heretofore God had called only Israelites (and even them NOT to salvation except the prophets) – when God opened salvation to the gentiles, He used Peter to do it! Now continue James speech: “And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written, After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up: That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things.” This was quoted from Amos 9:11-12. NOTE THIS! The Church of God is built upon the FOUNDATION of the apostles and prophets – Old Testament prophets as well as the VERY FEW prophets of the New Testament. And James was here quoting from the prophet Amos, to add his own approval to Peter’s DECISION. James is not making the decision – he is making official Peter’s decision! Continue “Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God: But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions from idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.” (verses 19-20) Pollutions of idols was related to idolatry, and idolatry and fornication were violations of the SPIRITUAL law, eternally binding. Eating blood or things strangled was NO PART of the ceremonial law, but a law of health that was not substitutionary. OBSERVE SPECIALLY. This was not a matter, as did happen at Pasadena, of one of lower rank appointed by an apostle, while the apostle was in another part of the world, calling together a conference of ministers of various ranks – all under that apostle – and determining or changing doctrine – watering down God’s TRUTH – and sending it out, as the Systematic Theology Project (STP) was, claiming falsely and without authority that it was an authoritative doctrinal pronouncement! In this case, it was PETER, chief apostle, who set the decision. The letter they then sent to the church at Antioch specified that this decision was inspired by the HOLY SPIRIT. PETER set it, James, local pastor acting as chairman of the meeting, confirmed Peter’s decision, making it OFFICIAL, inspired by the HOLY SPIRIT.

Jesus gave Peter primacy

In all these successive instances, I have shown you, step by step, that Peter was LEADER of the apostles – and that the Church received it teachings and doctrines FROM THE APOSTLES! But God has always worked primarily through ONE MAN at a time – as Abraham, then Isaac, then Jacob, then Joseph – later Moses, then Joshua, later Samuel, then David – and, in the New Testament Church, PETER. But Peter was an apostle – one sent forth proclaiming the message – not a resident pope over a religious hierarchy. Now notice how JESUS gave Peter primacy over the apostles. Jesus had asked His apostles to be whom they said Jesus really was, “And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.. And Jesus said unto him [UNTO PETER] Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee [UNTO PETER] That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell [the grave] shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto THEE [PETER not the Church] the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou [PETER] shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:16-19) There has been much discussion at Pasadena between certain ministers of lower than apostle rank, as to the CHURCH binding and loosing. So now let it be MADE OFFICAL – by Christ’s present day apostle – that this binding and loosing PLAINLY, CLEARLY was given to Christ’s chief APOSTLE – not to lower rank ministers ordained by his authority – not by the CHURCH as a body – but by the APOSTLE! When men who held office under the apostle, and by his appointment or approval, took it in their own hands, in his absence – stealthily KEEPING IT FROM HIM – to water down God’s TRUTH, alter his doctrines, assume unauthorized authority, then the living CHRIST moves His apostle to ACT SWIFTLY, to PUT OUT the prime mover in this conspiracy, and, under Christ, set God’s Church and Work BACK ON GOD’S TRACK! PRAISE THE ETERNAL GOD! HE has NOT left nor forsaken HIS CHURCH. Jesus Christ still REIGNS SUPREME in God’s Church, as He shall, very soon, reign over all the earth! Many harmful errors in the STP still remain to be PUT STRAIGHT – and it shall be done by JESUS CHRIST, through His apostle, as rapidly as is humanly possible! JESUS CHRIST is the living HEAD of this Church! HE built it through His apostle. And He, Christ, still rules SURPREME in the one and only area on earth where the GOVERNMENT OF GOD is being administered today! ]]>

Should we Join a Church with another SPIRIT?

“The New Apostle of the Churches of God” to catch up on why we say the following. Should we join United Church of God, Restored Church of God, Living Church of God, Philadelphia Church of God, and any other “Church of God”, and the other ministers with them, because they appear close enough to the truth? Although they teach MANY things contrary to the doctrines we were taught by God’s Apostle Herbert W Armstrong? What would happen if you join them and their church? Read on! “There is a SPECIAL Spirit in God’s Church — the HOLY Spirit of God. For by His Spirit we are baptized into HIS Church. But does Paul WARN YOU about receiving a DIFFERENT “spirit”? II Cor. 11:4. COMMENT: This DIFFERENT spirit is the spirit of “anti-Christ” (I John 2:18; 4:3). It is AGAINST Christ. It SPLITS groups into DENOMINATIONS. It IS NOT the UNITING Holy Spirit of God. Do NOT make the fatal mistake of attempting to COVENANT with God through the WRONG church. If you do, the apostle John here warns you will receive the WRONG SPIRIT. YOU will be led into NOT keeping the commands of God as revealed in His Word, the Bible. “Are other warnings given against attempting to covenant with God through false churches? Mark 13:6. COMMENT: MANY — not the few, but MANY — will come in Christ’s name, thus FALSELY classifying themselves as CHRISTIANS, and will thus DECEIVE the MANY! Remember that after you are begotten by God’s Spirit, you must GROW SPIRITUALLY. IF you choose the WRONG church through which to covenant with God, you will be fed the WRONG spiritual food. You can then DIE SPIRITUALLY if you are fed this wrong spiritual food — for it is poisonous! And you can ultimately LOSE OUT on being born again at Christ’s soon coming. ” The Terms of Christ’s SECOND Marriage – Lesson 19(58 Lesson Edition) Ambassador College Bible Correspondence Course]]>

Shall We All Leave THE CHURCH OF GOD and Join "THE CHURCH OF PEOPLE"?

Shall We All Leave THE CHURCH OF GOD and Join “THE CHURCH OF PEOPLE”?

By Herbert W. Armstrong The Good News September 1980 Some already have done that. Let’s think about it for a moment. I had a vivid example of this a couple of mornings ago, awakening from a dream. In the dream it seemed to be several years ago when the Church was smaller. There was a young man across the street who looked like a possible one of our leaders. He was about age 30, with outstanding personality and appearance, and an articulate extrovert. Then two other young men of about 30, well dressed, of somewhat impressive appearance and manner, were seen walking over and talking to him. They took pains to avoid me, and I seemed to know they were opposed to me personally. In the dream I determined to speak immediately with the man they were trying to influence adversely. I told him I knew they were “lobbying” against the Church and against me. “Yes,” he replied, “but I have to tell you, Mr. Armstrong, I think these men have something worth listening to. They say you arrogate to yourself too much power. You make yourself the leader of the Church. They say the people ought to have all the ‘say so.’ The people ought to vote on who they want to be their leader and on what they want to believe and accept as Church doctrine. That sounds like a good idea to me. I think we need more DEMOCRACY.” I awoke at that point, thinking about the dream, which had stuck in my mind. But before awakening, I remember I had said to this man in the dream, “Well, the REAL QUESTION is whether this is GOD’S Church or the PEOPLE’S Church! If it is GOD’S Church, then GOD is running it, and revealing what we shall believe and teach. GOD has the ‘say so.’ God runs it through Jesus Christ, who is the HEAD of the Church. And Jesus Christ runs it through His chosen apostle, whom HE, not men, chose, prepared and now guides and leads. Those men are getting your eyes off of GOD – you are leaving GOD out of the picture – out of the Church. You are looking only at people! If you want to put GOD out of His Church, then you will have to be excommunicated!” I awakened considerably impressed with the dream. Was God revealing to me that TOO MANY within the Church membership are leaving GOD out of the picture – in their own minds putting GOD out of the Church? Do they think that the kind of men the people would vote for ought to be made the LEADERS in the Church – that the people should say to GOD, “This is OUR Church, God, we want you to GET OUT of the Church and leave us alone. WE will run this Church OUR way!” I awakened impressed that TOO MANY of our people are LEAVING GOD AND CHRIST OUT OF HIS CHURCH, and trying to make it OUR Church – the church of the PEOPLE, and NOT the CHURCH of GOD! I could cite you any number of examples of where this actually has been done by leaders under me in the Church. This was done to justify watering down GOD’S TRUTH, and the true teaching and doctrine He had put in His Church through His chosen apostle! That was done in Ambassador College, until it was no longer GOD’S college. They wanted a college approved by SATAN’S world – they called it “accreditation,” although we had already had GOD’S accreditation – the HIGHEST accreditation. I had to start Ambassador College all over again, with one freshman class! Now, once again, we have GOD’S accreditation – but we don’t want the anti-God accreditation of Satan’s world! I thought immediately of the time when God told His prophet Samuel to go to the house, or ranch, of Jesse. God had chosen one of Jesse’s sons to be GOD’S chosen king over Israel. Jesse knew right away which son people would choose – his eldest son. He was stalwart, handsome, with charming, outgoing, extrovert personality, articulate. He looked like a leader. But God said to Samuel, “No, he is not MY choice.” The second son was almost as handsome and had the appearance of a leader. God said NO! The third son and so on. “Have you no more sons?” asked Samuel. “Well, no – except only for a stripling of a youth who is out in the field shepherding sheep.” “Well, bring him,” said Samuel. In came the youth none of the people would have chosen, the lad David. “He is the one I have chosen,” said God. “The ETERNAL sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the ETERNAL looks on the heart.” Man does not see things the way God does. God says, “There is A WAY which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of DEATH” (Prov. 14:12)! As to how MAN looks at it – how MAN would choose, God says, “Lean not unto thine own understanding” (Prov. 3:5). How did GOD prepare the one HE had chosen to lead YOU – His Church of our time? I had to learn and admit that what I believed was ALL WRONG! I had to give up MY ideas, beliefs, opinions and ways. I had to allow God to sweep my mind clean, so HE could fill it with HIS Truth. Now IF this truly IS the Church of GOD and not of THE PEOPLE – if GOD is not only very much IN the picture – but FIRST and AT THE HEAD of it – UPPERMOST in our minds – then HOW does GOD run or operate it? HOW did He raise up this generation or succession of it? Just as God ALWAYS has done when raising up anything through humans. How is that? All of God’s calling and election of humans in His great overall SPIRITUAL PURPOSE FOR MAN, started with ONE MAN – Abraham. All the promises, both material, national and spiritual, were made to and come to us through Abraham – promises passed on to Isaac and Jacob who with Abraham became “the fathers.” When God decided to call a certain group of humans to be His people – His congregation or CHURCH of the OLD Testament, He chose to lead them ONE MAN, specially prepared and trained for the purpose – MOSES! God freed the Israelite slaves – made them His NATION, His CONGREGATION or OLD TESTAMENT Church. WHO really led them? GOD did! By supernatural miracles God took them across the Red Sea. But the people were led by God’s chosen, MOSES! They did not SEE God – they only saw the leader GOD chose – Moses. GOD led them, through Moses. They became organized. Some were put in positions over 50 people. Some over a hundred – some over a thousand. Among them were some who had been elevated quite high in the organization – men of renown – just as in the Worldwide Church of God today we have had men in comparatively high office – “men of renown.” I do not need to print their names – you know who they were. But GOD SAYS: “Now Korah… and Dathan and Abiram… and On… rose up before Moses, with … two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly [Church], famous in the congregation [Church], men of renown: And they gathered themselves together against Moses… and said … Ye take too much upon you… wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation [Church]…?” (Num. 16:1-3). Now through Moses, God had given them important offices in the OLD TESTAMENT Church – they were “men of renown.” But they wanted more – they coveted Moses’ seat! They wanted to be chief boss! They coveted more power! In 1974 men of renown, in reasonably high position in GOD’S CHURCH of our time, coveted MORE POWER and AUTHORITY. I quoted the above to them about Korah. IT MADE NO DIFFERENCE. They conspired to take over headship of the Church – to depose Christ’s chosen apostle. They had two men – vice-presidents and of evangelist rank – men in high position – men of renown – at headquarters. They thought that with these high-up men at headquarters they could pull a coup – a POLITICAL REVOLUTION – and the GOVERNMENT in the Church would cave in under their politically conspired plot. But they UNDERESTIMATED the REAL HEAD of the Church – Jesus Christ! They thought it was a church OF THE PEOPLE – not the Church OF GOD! GOD simply was not in the picture in their eyes! Christ’s apostle did not cave in. These men WENT OUT – several of them formed what they called the “Associated Church” in or near Washington, D.C. But those so “associated” soon fell out among themselves. GOD WAS NOT IN THEIR PLOT TO TAKE OVER – NOR IN THEIR ATTEMPT TO BUILD A NEW CHURCH OF THEIR OWN when their attempted coup failed! It was the “work of covetous MEN.” It fell flat on its face. It came to naught! “EXCEPT THE LORD BUILD THE HOUSE, THEY LABOUR IN VAIN THAT BUILD IT” (PS. 127:1). Later, other “men of renown” in God’s Church could not see CHRIST in the Church – only THE PEOPLE! They were in very high position in God’s Church – but they wanted to make it MAN’S church. Their conspiracy was far more subtle than that of 1974. They undertook to produce a “scholarly work” setting forth their own distortion and perversion of the doctrines GOD had put in His Church through His chosen apostle. It was done secretly. Christ’s apostle was overseas most of the time, and it was carefully kept from him. It was handed out to all the ministers as the “official doctrines of the Church.” There were at least six or seven in TOP offices next to Christ’s apostle in authority – men trusted and honored. But they were going to make it “THE CHURCH OF PEOPLE,” instead of the CHURCH OF GOD. They could not see God nor Christ in their mental picture of God’s Church. They were LIBERALS! They liberalized Ambassador College. They liberalized The Plain Truth magazine. They changed and liberalized Church doctrines and teachings and beliefs. But God brought His chosen apostle back from the jaws of DEATH – from complete heart failure. God, through His apostle, PUT THOSE MEN OUT OF His CHURCH. Now churches or works OF THEIR OWN have been started. But they overlook one thing: “EXCEPT THE LORD BUILD THE HOUSE, THEY LABOUR IN VAIN THAT BUILD IT.” God is NOT raising up and building a “house” based on resentment, bitterness and strife – on an attempt to DESTROY what GOD has built and build something for SELF – on an attempt to DESTROY the Worldwide Church of God by their false witness and false accusation of wrongdoing in God’s Church, bringing about the massive lawsuit by America’s largest state to try to take over and DESTROY the Church of the living GOD! – and to build for THEMSELVES by “siphoning off* to their own works the members of the Worldwide Church of GOD! No, this, like several other little tiny offshoots of embittered, angered, revenge-seeking, disfellowshipped former members, MUST COME TO NAUGHT! GOD is not building their houses! So what, now, do we have? Look at them – all now coming DOWN – all coming to naught! They are THE WORKS OF EMBITTERED SELF-SEEKING MEN – ALL FALLING FLAT ON THEIR FACES! The only good they accomplished was to attract out of GOD’S Church the few malcontents, disgruntled troublemakers. God’s ministers report to me that now that those contentious, accusing, bickering troublemakers have left their local churches, THEY HAVE PEACE! Of course a few well-meaning members were honestly deceived by these departed leaders. They have since had their eyes opened – they have realized their mistake and have returned HOME into GOD’S Church. Our GOD turns Satan’s handiwork into blessings for His people. The living Jesus Christ raised up from death His apostle, whom He has used to SET HIS CHURCH BACK ON THE TRACK OF GOD! Peace has been restored. God’s TRUTH has been restored – the liberalism swept out! There is peace, harmony and TEAMWORK solidly behind Christ and His chosen apostle at Pasadena. There is now ONE GOAL in the Church – to COMPLETE the Work of God around the world and to prepare GOD’S people for Christ’s soon coming! The Spirit of GOD vitalizes the Church, draws us closer to HIM and closer to ONE ANOTHER! Now, after some 12 years of tearing down what Christ had built, once again new members are coming in – Church GROWTH is once again, during 1980, up to a 30-percent increase – as it was for 35 long years! Today GOD ALMIGHTY and the living JESUS CHRIST are very much IN THE PICTURE! It is truly the CHURCH OF GOD – not the “church of PEOPLE”! Jesus said, “I am the vine, ye are the branches… without me ye can do NOTHING” (John 15:5)! ]]>

The Churches of God: Copying the Worldwide Church of God because it SELLS!

Excerpt from: The Seventh Day Adventist’s Mindset on Prophecy By Herman Hoeh Link: http://sermons.wwcg-archives.com/Herman%20Hoeh/11-25-1980%20-%20The%20Seventh%20Day%20Adventists%20Mindset%20on%20Prophecy%20-%20Herman%20Hoeh.mp3   Tags:Seventh Day Adventist,Philadelphia Church of God, Living Church of God, Restored Church of God, Church of God Worldwide Ministries, United Church of God, Church of God International, Eternal Church of God, Church at Home, Christian Biblical Church of God, Fred Coulter, Roderick C Meredith, Gerald Weston, Gerald R. Flurry, Stephen Flurry, David C. Pack, The World Tomorrow Evangelical Association, Earl Timmons, Shirley Timmons, Joseph Tkach, Grace Communion International, Stephen Gilbreath, Banned by HWA, Armstrongism LIbrary, Church of God Worldwide, PCG,PCOG,RCG,RCOG,UCG,UCOG,COGWM,World Tomorrow, COGI,CGI,LCG,LCOG,CBCOG, wwcg-archives.com, Worldwide Church of God Archives, Herbert W Armstrong, Herman Hoeh, WCG,]]>