Faith

Why did God put you into His Church?

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

WHAT ABOUT YOU?
 
PREFACE

HERBERT W. ARMSTRONG

PRESIDENT and PASTOR
February 21, 1974

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

WITH GREAT LOVE,
in Jesus’ name,
Herbert W. Armstrong
Continue reading…

Are We REALLY Listening Brethren?

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Worldwide News, 19th Feb 1979 page 1

And Now Christ Sets Church Back On Track Doctrinally

By Herbert W Armstrong

Until about 1969 we in God’s Church did all “speak the same things”. By 1978 many of the ministers were speaking different things! God had withdrawn from us His blessing and power that for 35 YEARS caused the Work of His Church to grow at the approximate rate of 30 percent every years of the preceding year!

WHAT CAUSED GOD TO WITHDRAW HIS BLESSING AND POWER? Continue reading…

OPINION: Joining the Church just to GET

  “To my great sorrow I learned a costly lesson. Some have merely “joined” the Church–not being really converted as I had supposed. Human nature was still with them. They still were on the “GETTING” way of life–not Christ’s “GIVING” way. To my great sorrow, I had to learn that, even in the Church, many who are GETTING their living on salary from the Church, still live by the “GETTING” standard, not God’s way of “GIVING.” The more they GET the more they want–and when they get it they are never satisfied, but want more.” Quote from Herbert W. Armstrong, Pastor General’s Report December 27, 1979

QUESTION TO MINISTERS AND MEMBERS

  • Are you joining with one of these  “churches” or “organizations” simply because you want a PAYCHECK?
  • Are you trying to find “the closest group to the truth” in order to GET what YOU WANT? Fellowship? Something to do?
That is the carnal mind reasoning within you. SATAN’S WAY IS “GET”! God’s Way is GIVE! Mr. Armstrong found out that many weren’t converted, but were just joining a church that “agreed with them”, because they could GET what they wanted. If you are just looking for “the closest group” you WILL NOT FIND THE TRUE CHURCH! And then you will be joining a church of this world, created by those who have gone out of the true Church!
  • Which way are you living? Are you getting back on track?
We all need to examine ourselves, because I believe many are joining FALSE GROUPS, just for the paycheck, or to GET what they want.]]>

God's Miraculous Protection

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God’s Miraculous Protection

By Richard Rice

Pastor General’s Report August 10, 1984

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

Church Literature Provides Long Sought Answers

Church Literature Provides Long Sought Answers

By Richard Rice

Pastor General’s Report June 22, 1984

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

Why did God put you into His Church?

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

WHAT ABOUT YOU?
 
PREFACE

HERBERT W. ARMSTRONG

PRESIDENT and PASTOR
February 21, 1974

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

Continue reading…