Church of God
Here in 2018, there are a MULTITUDE of “CHURCH ORGANIZATIONS”, but what about the Church founded by Jesus Christ on the day of Pentecost 31 A.D?
Is the Church of God an “ORGANIZATION”? Or is it a SPIRITUAL ORGANISM, made up of the people who have been called of God, and whom received the Holy Spirit upon repentance, belief of the gospel and baptism?
There has been MUCH confusion caused by the numerous misconceptions of what the true Church of God is! A REAL BABYLON!
Perhaps you belong to a certain “Organization”? Perhaps you have been working hard, volunteering, raising money, and donating that money to build up such an “Organization”? What if you were to find out that all of your hard work, all of your sweat, your tears, your sacrificing was ALL IN VAIN? You would be UPSET & ANGRY, now wouldn’t you?
But, whether you realize it or not, IT IS HAPPENING TO MILLIONS OF PEOPLE, and you may be one of the many who have been FOOLED by such a great deception!
- DID CHRIST Reorganize THE CHURCH? | Author: Herbert W. Armstrong
- Who Is Lord? Caesar or Christ? | Author: Herbert W. Armstrong
- CHRIST PUTS CHURCH ON BIBLE FORM OF ORGANIZATION | Author: Herbert W. Armstrong
- HOW THE WORLDWIDE CHURCH OF GOD CAME INTO BEING | Author: Herbert W. Armstrong
- What Every Reader Needs to Know About the FOUNDATION, HISTORY, AUTHORITY AND DOCTRINE OF THE WORLDWIDE CHURCH OF GOD | Author: Herbert W. Armstrong
- Just What Is The Church? | Author: Herbert W. Armstrong
- IS GOD’S CHURCH COMPOSED OF MANY SEPARATE ‘GROUPS’? | Author: Herbert W. Armstrong
- Just What Is ‘The Work’? And what was it, and how organized, in 1933, and from A.D. 31-70? | Author: Herbert W. Armstrong
- CONGRESS OF LEADING MINISTERS HEARS DEFINED AND REEMPHASIZED SPIRITUAL ORGANIZATION OF CHURCH | Author: Herbert W. Armstrong
- ADVISORY COUNCIL OF ELDERS FORMED | Author: Herbert W. Armstrong
- Mystery of the Ages (Chapter 6) | Author: Herbert W. Armstrong
- Would You Accuse Jesus Christ? | Author: Herbert W. Armstrong
- IS CHRIST STARTING A SECOND CHURCH? | Author: Herbert W. Armstrong
The Worldwide Church of God was raised up, through the WORK of preaching the gospel done by Herbert W. Armstrong. The people CONVERTED through hearing this wonderful message preached by the apostle of Christ, who received the Holy Spirit of God upon repentance, belief and baptism, became members of the Worldwide Church of God! This body of believers, is UN-incorporated.
This UN-incorporated body, SUPPORTED and FINANCIALLY BACKED God’s apostle, Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong, and the WORK GREW. And when the Work grew, an organization was REQUIRED to be incorporated. But the ORGANIZATION is NOT the Church!
“And, by the way, if you look at the telecast tomorrow morning, I wonder are you indifferent — thinking “Well I don’t need to look at it”? Well, brethren, it’s money that you pay in. Of course, it’s God’s money. But that’s what’s paying for it, and each one of those telecasts tomorrow (The one tomorrow morning on Channel 11, and the one tomorrow evening on Channel 9.), each one of those just for that one-half hour is costing several thousand dollars. Did you know that? But they reach a lot of people; and telephone calls come in by the hundreds and the thousands as a result immediately, from people clear outside of the Church.
But that’s part of your work. I just happen to be the speaker. But you notice that it says, “This is sponsored by the Worldwide Church of God.” Not by me. I don’t sponsor it. You are all the Worldwide Church of God. The Worldwide Church of God is all of us combined, put together. And we’re ONE BODY fitly framed and joined together whether we are in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the Philippines, South Africa, England, Germany, or where — ONE BODY, many offices, many things to do; but one body. So let’s understand that. And each of us has his own job to do. That’s why one scripture says, “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” because we each have something to do.”
| Author: Herbert W. Armstrong, “Success Based On God’s Law (Origins)” given July 30, 1983
Today, the Worldwide Church of God membership still supports Christ’s apostle in preaching the gospel.
However, there are today a NUMEROUS AMOUNT of “Church Organizations”, calling themselves “The Church of God”. The men starting these ORGANIZATIONS, were ministers who were ordained into the ministry, under Herbert W. Armstrong in the Worldwide Church of God. They started an ORGANIZATION FIRST, setting up their own CHURCH GOVERNMENT with them in the chief seat of power, then proceeded to build up a Church membership unto themselves, targeting the membership of the Worldwide Church of God.
Just like Garner Ted Armstrong did:
- IS CHRIST STARTING A SECOND CHURCH? | Author: Herbert W. Armstrong
Now, some libraries are promoting Garner Ted’s writings, and audio, and video, along with Herbert W. Armstrong’s, pretending that he is a minister or member of the Worldwide Church of God!
Since he was removed and MARKED from the Worldwide Church of God, and all members were commanded to AVOID HIM according to the command in Romans 16:17, the act of raising his old publications to the level of Church teaching is the height of disloyalty and rebellion!
Therefore those who do such, are NOT the Worldwide Church of God! But an impostor!
These “ORGANIZATIONS” are not the true Church of God! And as Mr. Armstrong said in the first article listed above, THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR SCATTERING GOD’S CHURCH AND PEOPLE!!!!
They teach their members, that the Worldwide Church of God ceased to exist. They teach that their Church is the continuation of that Church, but they are a DIFFERENT CHURCH ALTOGETHER, while competing with each other on how many members of the Worldwide Church of God they can GAIN as THEIR MEMBERS.
Yes, their members are WASTING THEIR TIME, SWEAT, TEARS and SACRIFICES, to build up these ORGANIZATIONS OF MEN. The Worldwide Church of God funded the organizations of the Church, in order to help and support Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong in the Great Commission(Matthew 24:14)!
- “And now, at last, we can say that gospel has gone into every nation on earth.” | Author: Herbert W. Armstrong, “Are We In The Last Days?”
- “It is revealed in Malachi 3:1-5 and 4:5-6 that God would raise up one in the power and spirit of Elijah, shortly prior to the Second Coming of Christ. In Matthew 17:11 Jesus said, even after John the Baptist had completed his mission, that this prophesied Elijah “truly shall first come, and restore all things.” Although it is plainly revealed that John the Baptist had come in the power and spirit of Elijah, he did not restore anything. The human leader to be raised up somewhat shortly prior to Christ’s Second Coming was to prepare the way—prepare the Church—for Christ’s coming, and restore the truth that had been lost through the preceding eras of the Church. Also a door was to be opened for this leader and/or the Philadelphia era of the Church to fulfill Matthew 24:14: “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.”
It was to be at a time when, for the first time in the history of mankind, the weapons of mass destruction were produced that could erase all humanity from the earth (Matt. 24:21-22). This also was to occur just before the Second Coming of Christ (verses 29-30).
These prophecies have now definitely been fulfilled. The true gospel has been restored and has now gone in power into every nation on the face of the earth.” | Author: Herbert W. Armstrong, “Mystery of the Ages” (Chapter 6)
The current landscape of the “Churches of God” is a landscape of ORGANIZATIONS, each competing with each other, each politicking, each trying to gain the chief seat with the MOST members, and each trying to make “their organizations great” as the organization under Mr. Armstrong grew great. And so when their organizations wax weaker and weaker in membership, they turn to the World with campaigns to build membership!
So they tell their members that they have been commissioned to fulfill Matthew 24:14, in order to justify their search for NEW MEMBERS! Mr. Armstrong, as the apostle of Christ, was given this commission, and the Worldwide Church of God was commissioned to HELP HIM in that Work! Not, go off helping ANOTHER MAN, or a BOARD OF MEN!
So the Worldwide Church of God are doing their parts LOCALLY where they congregate. Ministers who have REBELLED, have gone out to form their own ORGANIZATIONS, their own GOVERNMENTS, their own BOARDS and COUNCILS, teaching that such boards, or MEN, or COUNCILS have the power to put doctrine within the Church of God.
This is the IMAGE of the BEAST.
Mr. Armstrong magnified the OFFICE of his apostleship! He was UNDER authority! Doctrine did not originate from him, but from God the Father, who gave it to His son Jesus Christ, who then gave it to the apostle, who gave it to all of the Church!
These organizations, alter, reject or change existing doctrines of Christ, and place NEW DOCTRINES into their congregations on their own authority, NOT the authority of Jesus Christ!
“They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.”(1 John 2:19)
Someone UNDER authority cannot CHANGE what the authority OVER THEM has established!
Mr. Armstrong is under Jesus Christ, and was faithful in preaching what he had been taught! The true ministers are UNDER Mr. Armstrong! And so whatever Mr. Armstrong taught must be ADMINISTERED by the lower-rank ministers to the congregations, or they are not carrying out their ministry in Christ!
Any man or woman who teaches CONTRARY to what Christ gave through His apostle, are not fitly joined with the foundation of the Church!
And so the efforts, of these organizations, are all in VAIN. They are NOT the true Church of God!
They are ALL COUNTERFEITS OF SATAN THE DEVIL!
Yes, we have had ONE TIME MEMBERS of the Worldwide Church of God, turn against the Church to bring the members UNDER BONDAGE- BACK INTO BABYLON. And these organizations are being used to get that job done(i.e Obadiah)!
So, don’t be caught up in ORGANIZATIONS OF MEN.
YOU MINISTERS- Don’t be paid by ORGANIZATIONS OF MEN, rely on God, obey God.
The reason why the Church grew weak before the raising up of the Philadelphia Era, was due to the Church mingling with BABYLON, and allowing BABYLON to set up CHURCH GOVERNMENT, and under Babylon’s rule the Church was SCATTERED!
The very reason the Worldwide Church of God today is scattered is due to ORGANIZATIONS.
The 501(c)(3) status is a category the IRS has for “religious non-profit ORGANIZATIONS”. Some leading ministers of another Church claims that Herbert W. Armstrong and the Worldwide Church of God was 501(c)(3), and they teach their membership THIS LIE! This is done to LIFT UP THEIR ORGANIZATION- their IMAGE OF THE BEAST.
But the Worldwide Church of God was never 501(c)(3), as the Worldwide Church of God is NOT an ORGANIZATION OF MEN, but a SPIRITUAL ORGANISM. And because of this great confusion as to WHAT the true Church IS, this BABYLON of confusion, this array of competing ORGANIZATIONS, SECTS AND DENOMINATIONS is prominent!
WE NEED TO GET THESE THINGS STRAIGHT IN OUR MINDS AND THE TRUTH CEMENTED!
Those of us, who attend with these ORGANIZATIONS, must “DELIVER OURSELVES” as God commands in Zechariah 2:7.
In Revelation 18:4, Jesus Christ tells us- THIS CHURCH- to “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.”
Is this a light suggestion? Or a DIRECT COMMAND?
That depends on whether you have been called of God or NOT! Are you going to OBEY God, or just disregard His Word? That is simply up to you.
(Originally Published in the Plain Truth Magazine February 1982 Issue) [caption id="attachment_4397" align="alignleft" width="212"] This article is just one of many published in a NEW magazine called “Recapture True Values” published by wwcg-archives.com staff.[/caption] To download your Free Issue of our NEW magazine “Recapture True Values” – Click here! Millions have been led to think they are “saved,” who are only deceived and don’t know it! Here is a frank, daring article, making the truth PLAIN! IT’S DIFFICULT to believe, but it’s true. In today’s religious confusion millions have supposed they had salvation spiritually — they have believed on Jesus Christ — and are not saved! Would you suppose one could actually worship Christ — and all in vain? Do you know what Jesus himself said of these people who want to worship him without obedience to God’s Commandments? Listen to his words: “Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men… Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition” (Mark 7:7-9). Back to the Faith Once Delivered But what does GOD tell you in his Word? Through Jude, God says: “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares … ungodly men, turning the GRACE of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ” (Jude 3-4). Yes, even before the New Testament was completely written, ungodly men had crept inside the Church to corrupt it — turning GRACE into LASCIVIOUSNESS. And what is “lasciviousness”? It means “license” — unrestrained liberty — abuse of privilege. In other words, license to do that which seems right in human eyes — according to human conscience — though it disobeys God’s LAW! And that is exactly what those ungodly men, even in the first century, did — turned GRACE into unrestrained privilege to disobey God’s law and turned to human conscience as a guide! And once introduced, the practice has persisted and spread over the whole world until today! This is one of the FABLES the apostle Paul warned us men would turn to. Paul said: “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. . . . For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts [lasciviousness — human reasoning] shall they … turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto FABLES” (II Tim. 3:13; 4:3, 4). But, one will argue, Jude said these men would deny the Lord Jesus Christ. Do not the men who teach a “no works” doctrine believe in Christ? Do they deny him? Yes, they DENY him! God says: “They profess that they know God; but IN WORKS they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every GOOD work reprobate” (Titus 1:16). The way of human reason — that seems RIGHT — is often DISOBEDIENCE to God! What the Savior Himself Taught These deceived teachers have just one favorite text. They quote Acts 16:31: “BELIEVE on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.” Now that text from the inspired pen of Paul means what it says. But there are two kinds of BELIEVING — the living faith that brings salvation, and a dead “no works” faith that produces only DEATH! But WHY do they, in their tracts and their sermons, never quote what the Savior himself said in answer to the question? WHY? Jesus was asked: “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?” (Luke 18:18.) Some might try to tell you that the SAVIOR himself did not know, or teach, the way of SALVATION — he was teaching Old Testament religion. Well, he was asked HOW to gain ETERNAL LIFE. Is that salvation? It certainly is! Old Testament religion teaching lasted until John — not until the cross — not until “Pentecost.” Just UNTIL JOHN (Luke 16:16). Jesus preached the SAME gospel he commanded his disciples to teach ALL nations — gentiles included — the same gospel Paul preached to gentiles. He preached only the NEW Testament gospel. He revealed the WAY OF SALVATION. Here is his answer — that of the SAVIOR HIMSELF on HOW TO BE SAVED: “IF thou wilt enter into LIFE, keep the commandments.” And he enumerated enough of the Ten Commandments to show it was this particular law that must be obeyed AS A CONDITION to receiving eternal life as God’s GIFT. Jesus said “IF” — (THERE WAS A CONDITION) — “IF” we are to be saved, by God’s grace, WE MUST KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS! God lays down his own terms and conditions. His FREE GIFT is conditional — you get it ONLY if you “keep the commandments.” You can’t EARN it. God GIVES it — but only to those who “KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS.” God will not GIVE you eternal life in sin. And what is Sin? “SlN IS THE TRANSGRESSION OF THE LAW” (I John 3:4). Some who pervert God’s truth insist Jesus did not name ALL of the Ten Commandments in the above scripture. Sin is the transgression of THE LAW. It is a COMPLETE LAW. He named enough of its points to designate WHICH LAW he was talking about. And James says that law has “POINTS” — and, if we break any ONE of the 10 points of the Ten Commandments, We BREAK THE LAW, and are sinners (Jas. 2:8-11). The very same day the Holy Spirit came — the very day the NEW TESTAMENT Church commenced — thousands, hearing the inspired Peter’s sermon, which struck straight to their heart, asked, “What shall we do?” — yes, WHAT SHALL WE DO TO BE SAVED? The inspired answer was: “REPENT, and BE BAPTIZED every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts. 2:38). Jesus said, “REPENT YE, and BELIEVE THE GOSPEL.” We must BELIEVE not only in Jesus as Savior, but we must believe also THE GOSPEL he brought and preached — the Gospel of the Kingdom of God — the AUTHORITY of God and the WORD of God over our lives — a message not preached today by most organized churches! After his resurrection, in his parting instructions to his disciples for preaching the way of salvation, Jesus said: “Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: and that REPENTANCE and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things” (Luke 24:46-48). This is the gospel for ALL NATIONS! But what must we repent of? WHAT is SIN? Do you realize that VERY FEW people know? Very few know the BIBLE definition of SIN. God’s inspired definition of sin is this: “Sin is the transgression of the law” (I John 3:4). Paul would not have known what was sin, except by the law. But what law? The very law which says: “Thou shalt not covet” (Rom. 7:7). That law is the Ten Commandments. This law is summed up in the one word — LOVE! It is further defined in the two great Commandments, LOVE to God, and LOVE to neighbor. But the same law is further defined and divided into 10 points, by the Ten Commandments — the first four of which tell us how to love God, the last six of which tell us how to love neighbor. James’ Inspired Answer And thus it is explained in James: “IF ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well” (Jas. 2:8). Here is the royal law — the whole law — as a general principle. The law is LOVE — and LOVE is the fulfilling of the law. Jesus fulfilled it, setting us an example that we, too, should fulfill the law. We fulfill it with LOVE — not any natural, carnal love in human nature, but “the love of GOD is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit” (Rom. 5:5). The Holy Spirit in us is merely GOD’S LAW IN ACTION IN OUR LIVES! And so, if we fulfill this royal law we do well — but if not, we commit sin (Jas. 2:9). Now read verse 10. If we keep the WHOLE LAW — the general principle of LOVE to neighbor — yet offend in one point, we are guilty — we have broken the law — and the penalty is DEATH, not eternal life. Notice, please, the law is divided into points! And it is divided into 10 POINTS — the Ten Commandments. These are merely the 10 points, or subdivisions, of the general royal law, LOVE to God and to neighbor. “For he that said [or, that law which said], Do not commit adultery” said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery” — if you do not break that specific point — “yet if thou kill” — you just break that one point — “thou art become a transgressor of the law” (Jas. 2:11). So you see the TEN COMMANDMENTS is the very law it is sin to transgress. It is a SPIRITUAL law (Rom. 7:14). It is fulfilled by the SPIRITUAL LOVE that is God’s precious gift to us — his love placed within us. “Wherefore the law is HOLY, and the commandment HOLY, AND JUST, AND GOOD” (Rom. 7:12). To REPENT of sin means to turn from sin. It means to QUIT SINNING! And that means to stop transgressing God’s holy law. And the way to stop breaking it is to begin KEEPING God’s Commandments — ALL OF THEM, for if you break only one, you bring on yourself the penalty —ETERNAL DEATH — and you lose salvation. Now Jesus “magnified the law, and made it honourable” (Isaiah 42:21). When we put a spiritual “magnifying glass,” so to speak, on the Ten Commandments, it is enlarged in spirit and principle into many more points. And in a larger aspect the ENTIRE BIBLE is a magnification of God’s law. The law is the basis of all Scripture. It defines THE WAY of life — the way to happiness, joy, eternal life! Notice how like God it is! The law is GOOD (Rom. 7:12). God is good. The law is HOLY (Rom. 7:12). GOD is holy! The law is JUST (Rom. 7:12). GOD is just! The law is SPIRITUAL (Rom. 7:14). GOD is spiritual! The law is PERFECT (Psalm 19:7). GOD is perfect! The law — including all his Commandments — is immutable, ETERNAL, stands fast FOREVER AND EVER (Ps. 111:7-8). And GOD is eternal! Of course — for the law is the very character, the very nature, of God! It is the WILL of God. Conscience Not Your Guide But in the modern-day Babylon — confusion of conflicting teachings — you have been taught, falsely, that YOUR CONSCIENCE tells you what is sin. But your conscience only troubles you when you do what you THINK is wrong! And what you think is wrong, another may think is right! Your conscience is NO GUIDE! Sin is not the doing of what you think is wrong. Not the transgression of conscience — sin is the transgression of God’s LAW (I John 3:4). Sin is thinking and doing what GOD SAYS is wrong — and he says it in his law. One who does what he thinks is right may be committing a great deal of sin! God says: “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of DEATH”! (Prov. 14:12 and 16:25.) Again, “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes” (Prov. 12:15). And: “All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes” (Prov. 16:2). The world has been going the WAY that seems right to man for some 6,000 years. But this WAY has brought only unhappiness, emptiness, discontent, poverty, sickness and disease and finally, CHAOS and DESPAIR all over the world! It has produced NOTHING GOOD! God says: “SEEK YE the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake HIS WAY, and the unrighteous man HIS THOUGHTS: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. FOR MY THOUGHTS ARE NOT YOUR THOUGHTS, NEITHER ARE YOUR WAYS MY WAYS, saith the Lord” (Isa. 55:6-8). And there is THE WAY of salvation! There is THE WAY to find GOD! SEEK HIM, by forsaking — WHAT? Forsaking YOUR WAY — your thoughts! The way you have THOUGHT to be right. The WAY of SALVATION The first step toward salvation is to REPENT, and that means forsake your way — the customs and traditions you have been following, the ways of man, the ways you have been living. FORSAKE YOUR OWN WAY. Turn to God’s way — the way of HIS LAW! The way of HIS WILL! Yes, the WAY of success, achievement, doing good, of prosperity — the WAY Of ETERNAL LIFE! Since the entire Bible contains the magnified explanation of GOD’S LAW, the Bible becomes OUR GUIDE FOR RIGHTEOUS AND SUCCESSFUL LIVING! That is why Jesus said man shall live by every word of GOD! True repentance means you give your SELF to God. And the only kind of repentance that is prerequisite to the gift of eternal life is COMPLETE AND UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER TO GOD — to his will, which means to HIS LAW. You become HIS, literally, and wholly, with no reservations! Repentance is a COMPLETE CHANGE in your life — in your attitude TOWARD life — your purpose in life — your THOUGHTS and your ACTIONS. It means forsaking some of your old friends and companions — if they are living the worldly life that seems right to MAN. It means turning from and forsaking worldly social and religious customs, interests, pleasures that are contrary to GOD’S WAYS. It means THE BIBLE becomes the SUPREME AUTHORITY over your life — your guide to living — yes, to happy, abundant, gracious living, and SUCCESSFUL and righteous living, henceforth and forever — to live your life from now on with GOD’S HELP, and BY HIS POWER, according to the spirit and principle, as well as the letter and precept of his Commandments. You henceforth STUDY THE BlBLE — not just carelessly read, but STUDY, to learn GOD’S WAYS, and to LIVE BY EVERY WORD OF GOD! Now ask yourself, candidly: How MANY people who profess salvation — who have “accepted Christ” — do you believe have REALLY COME TO THIS KIND OF REAL REPENTANCE? “Except ye REPENT,” warned Jesus, “ye shall all likewise PERISH” (Luke 13:3, 5). And again, “He that SAITH, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a LIAR, and the truth is not in him” (I John 2:4). Yes, MILLIONS ARE DECEIVED! But if millions are deceived about the prior CONDITION of repentance, just as many millions are deceived today as to the KIND OF FAITH that really SAVES! The FAITH That SAVES Now think a moment! Use your REASON! We are taught, and rightly, that we cannot EARN our salvation — it is the GIFT of God. If is by GRACE — and “grace” means undeserved pardon and free gift. Yet, notice how inconsistent people are! They argue there must be NO WORKS — no OBEDIENCE to the Commandments, or doing GOOD — no recognizing of God’s AUTHORITY over your daily living — because salvation comes by GRACE — God’s free GIFT. And yet they seem to believe that somehow WE must supply the FAITH that brings salvation! If WE work up, or if WE supply this FAITH by which we are saved, would not that, in fact, amount to our producing our own salvation by the very WORKS of supplying this FAITH? So notice, briefly! Notice more CLOSELY than you did before! “For BY GRACE are ye saved through FAITH; and that [that FAITH] not of yourselves; it [this saving FAITH] is the gift Of GOD”! (Eph. 2:8.) The faith that really saves is GIVEN TO us by GOD — it is a GIFT from HIM! You don’t supply it, or work it up. Did you ever notice that before? Well, what then? In Gal. 2:16, Paul explains a man is justified only “by THE FAITH of Jesus Christ.” Notice, he does not say, by the man’s faith IN Jesus Christ — he says by “the faith of Jesus Christ” — which means CHRIST’S FAITH — the faith HE has and uses — the same faith with which he performed all his miracles — the same faith by which he lived — his faith, placed by a miracle, as a gift direct from God, into the man! So, PLEASE UNDERSTAND! Salvation is GOD’S GIFT. You do not, cannot, earn it. God GIVES it. But — and here is where people become mixed up, and stumble — God will GIVE it only on condition! Yes, there are terms and conditions! God has set these terms, and you can’t alter them, and he won’t change them! I want to make this perfectly PLAIN. It is not your faith in Christ — a faith YOU supply by BELIEVING in him as Savior — that saves you. It is CHRIST’S faith, which he supplies and places in you by his Holy Spirit, which actually IMPARTS ETERNAL LIFE. But WHAT, then? Is it not necessary for YOU to believe, with YOUR OWN faith, in Christ? Now let me make this PLAIN! Salvation is GOD’S FREE GIFT — it is by GRACE ALONE. Yet the very purpose of God demands TWO prior CONDITIONS on YOUR part. First, you must REPENT! Second, you must BELIEVE in Christ as Savior. But you cannot believe in Christ unless you also believe his message — the gospel of the Kingdom of God (Mark 16:15-16). But NEITHER your repentance, followed by your obedience, NOR YOUR faith earns any salvation! They are merely prior CONDITIONS. But when you supply these two ingredients, then God STANDS BOUND BY HIS PROMISE to impart to you by his Holy Spirit HIS righteousness, and CHRIST’S faith — and THESE, supplied by GOD, are the ingredients that SAVE AND IMPART ETERNAL LIFE! Paul explains: “Even we have believed IN Jesus Christ, that we might be justified BY THE FAITH OF CHRIST” (Gal. 2:16). You must repent and believe in Christ, as a condition, a prerequisite, IN ORDER THAT you may receive, and be saved by the faith OF Christ — by his faith placed within you! Cut Off From GOD All have sinned! All have gone the way that seems right in human eyes. And our sins have cut us off from God: “Your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear” (Isa. 59:2). Now salvation — eternal life — comes from GOD. But your sins have cut you off from God. The connection is SEVERED. You severed it! God will not GIVE you his gift of eternal life until you are reconciled to him! But he so LOVED you, that he GAVE his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to DIE FOR YOU so that you need not perish — but, through Jesus Christ, be brought into contact with him so he can GIVE you eternal life! The PENALTY of transgressing his law is DEATH! Jesus paid that penalty in your stead. If, and when, you TRULY REPENT, as I have explained at length, and BELIEVE on Jesus Christ as your Lord and personal Savior from sin and from sinning, then by and through HIM you gain access to GOD THE FATHER. The two conditions of turning FROM sin, and accepting Christ (including baptism), YOU must DO YOURSELF! That’s what YOU must do! That is NOT what saves you! It merely reconciles you to GOD — brings you into CONTACT with God, so that God will then GIVE YOU his HOLY SPIRIT — and his SPIRIT imparts the gift of the FAITH that saves — and is also the Spirit of UNDERSTANDING, of knowledge, of the love that FULFILLS the law and imparts GOD’S righteousness. Millions have been deceived and . falsely believe that they have a salvation that they do NOT yet have at all! GOD HELP us, then, to UNDERSTAND. What You Should Do Now, finally, just HOW shall you go about it? Must you go down the aisle in a church? Must you go to a public altar, and shed tears in front of others, and pray aloud before others? Being converted is not an initiation into a lodge or secret society! It is not a rite or ceremony! It is a matter of turning FROM the old life that was false, yet may have seemed right to you — of turning TO a new and TRUE way of life in Christ Jesus, living by every word of God, in and by the power of God’s Holy Spirit! When you UNDERSTAND the real MEANING and the PURPOSE, you’ll see that it is something that takes place down deep in your HEART and not a matter of THE PLACE or THE SURROUNDINGS, or the presence of other people. What Jesus said about confessing or denying him before men did not refer to a rite, or ceremonial form of being converted. Being converted is the receiving of the Holy Spirit — the very life — of God. You CAN, of course, make this full surrender and consecration to God in front of others, at an altar. You can, also, make it just as sincerely and fully, in a private room at home, all ALONE with God! You can pray in church before others and do it sincerely from the heart. Yet Jesus said, “When thou prayest, enter into thy closet [any private room], and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall, reward thee openly.” WHEN you have really repented — repented of what you are as well as what you have done — WHEN you come to this parting of the ways from the old life — when you come to the place of making this COMPLETE CHANGE — this total unconditional surrender to God — this complete consecration, GIVING your SELF to him, accepting Christ as your personal Savior — turning FROM your sins, and TO GOD’S way of life as you’ll find it in the Bible, you’ll want to PRAY! Yes, you’ll want to throw yourself completely on God’s mercy, and ask him through Jesus Christ to FORGIVE YOU all your past sins and transgressions against him. The apostle Paul reveals how. He confessed: “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform “that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do” (Rom. 7:18-19). He saw human nature in its gruesome reality. He struggled with it — fought against it — only to find that it was more powerful than he! What could he do? Paul cried out, “O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” Read the answer to the problem in the Moffatt translation: “Miserable wretch that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? GOD WILL! Thanks be to him through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (verses 24-25). It is not, perhaps, of great consequence where you do it! But the IMPORTANT thing is to DO IT! The longer you put repentance off the harder it will become. WHY it should be difficult to just go and throw yourself on God’s mercy, and ask his forgiveness and give your SELF to him, is hard to understand — yet something in the human nature within you will keep tempting you to PUT IF OFF. That temptation is not of God, you may be sure. If you are sick and tired of the empty, fruitless, materialistic life you have been living — IF in your heart you DO want to turn from it to the FULL and JOYFUL life filled with God’s SPIRIT, then WHY DELAY? This is just the start of the real Christian life. Don’t look for a certain feeling, but repent and believe. ]]>
COMING SOON- The Captivity of the American and British Peoples!
On July 11, 2013 Pope Francis gave an Apostolic Letter issued “Motu Proprio”, defining the jurisdiction the Vatican City State has over criminal matters among the “international community”. It begins: [Begin Quote]“In our times, the common good is increasingly threatened by transnational organized crime, the improper use of the markets and of the economy, as well as by terrorism.It is therefore necessary for the international community to adopt adequate legal instruments to prevent and counter criminal activities, by promoting international judicial cooperation on criminal matters.
In ratifying numerous international conventions in these areas, and acting also on behalf of Vatican City State, the Holy See has constantly maintained that such agreements are effective means to prevent criminal activities that threaten human dignity, the common good and peace.”[End Quote] The leader of both the Roman Catholic Church and the Vatican City State speaks of threats increasing against the “common good”. What is the “common good” according to the Roman Catholic Church? “Social life”, writes Beth Haile the author of “What Is The Common Good?” published by uscatholic.org, “is a lot like being on a sports team. Individual players want to be as successful as possible, perhaps by scoring lots of points. The ultimate goal of each player, however, is the success of the team, a goal more than the sum of every player’s statistics. A team does not win because each player tries to score as many points as possible, but conditions do need to be optimal for each individual player to play well in order for a team to win. The good of both the individual and the team are interdependent.“The common good is a lot like the set of “optimal conditions” that allow both the team and its players to succeed. In theological terms the common good is defined in Pope John XXIII’s encyclical Materet Magistra (On Christianity and Social Progress) as “the sum total of social conditions which allow people, either as groups or as individuals, to reach their fulfillment more fully and more easily.” She continues, “Solidarity encourages us to see one another as each other’s keepers, to make sure that no individual is hogging the ball. Also necessary is the state, which acts a lot like a coach to “guarantee the coherency, unity, and organization of the civil society” (Compendium, 168).” She ends her article, “Because society is always evolving, the concrete demands of the common good will also evolve. This means that the task of creating a good life for all members of society is never perfectly realized. Because of the pervasive temptations of individualism and self-interest, one of the most pressing demands of the common good is the persistent conversion of hearts in the realization that we do not exist for ourselves.”[End of Quote] So “the common good” for the Catholic Church is a unification(solidarity) of all members of society, ruled by a STATE acting as a coach to [Quote]“guarantee the coherency, unity, and organization of the civil society” (Compendium, 168).”[End Quote]. What the Pope is talking about in the first paragraphs of his “Motu Proprio”(meaning “of his own accord”), is how the “international community” is being urged by the Holy See to come together in agreements UNDER, mind you, UNDER the Vatican City State(through legal instruments) to combat the threats on the “common good” or the unification agenda. The Pope has issued an official “legal instrument” in his capacity as supreme sovereign PONTIFF, leader of the Vatican City State(not as apostolic leader and teacher of the Universal Church), declaring [Quote]“THE JURISDICTION OF JUDICIAL AUTHORITIES OF VATICAN CITY STATE IN CRIMINAL MATTERS”[End Quote] So, if you are found guilty of an act declared by the Vatican City State or by someone in the “international community” as a “crime”, you come under the Judicial jurisdiction of the Vatican City State. Herbert W. Armstrong, in a sermon titled “United States of Europe Is Coming!”, given November 27, 1982, said [Begin Quote]“Revelation 17:3-5 I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet colored beast (Now the beast is the civil government, the political government. The woman is a church. A “beast…”), full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. (4) And the woman was arrayed in purple (That is the color of royalty.) and scarlet (The color of a harlot, or a whore. “And scarlet…”) color, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand (A woman is always the symbol of a church. A civil government is spoken of in a masculine gender in symbol in the Bible. “…in her hand”) full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication. (5) And upon her forehead (the church’s forehead) was a name written, MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS… “In other words, the Babylonian MYSTERY religion, the ancient PAGAN “BABYLONIAN MYSTERY RELIGION”–now called, falsely, “Christianity” and claiming to be the original Church. And notice that: THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS who came out of her protesting and calling themselves “Protestant,” in protest. And God calls them “harlots,” brethren. Now, they are deceived. They don’t know it. I am not calling them names. I am reading you what God says. It is God who is doing. God has a right to call them names if He wants to. I am not doing it. “Revelation 17:5 …HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. “This thing is FILTHY in God’s sight, and yet we’ve come up among some of that. WE’VE BELIEVED A LOT OF THAT; and Christ has said COME OUT FROM AMONG THEM AND BE SEPARATE. Christ has called His Church out from among all of that–to be separate, brethren; and we have to live a different kind of life. “Revelation 17:6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints. “You know that she called them… If they kept the Sabbath instead of Sunday, they were declared “heretic,” or “anathema from Christ.” Now the accusation “anathema from Christ” made by the church was considered a capital crime by the government. And the government, the political state, put them to death; and they were martyred. And the woman is drunken on the blood of the saints. The woman says, “Oh, I never killed anybody. Oh, no, we didn’t put anyone to death. No, we just pronounced them ‘anathema from Christ.’ It is the government; the government put them to death.” But the woman sat on top of the beast. “A woman riding a horse is weaker. The horse is much stronger. It carries her, but she makes it go! You know, “gee” or “haw,” turning right or left. And she controls it, and guides it–which way it goes, and what it does. And that’s exactly what happened, a woman riding a beast. “Revelation 17:6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.” [End of Quote] The woman, depicted in Revelation 17, this GREAT & POWERFUL CHURCH, governs a CITY STATE- a political civil government. And so what has been set up, is the jurisdiction of the Vatican City State in criminal matters. The leader of the Vatican is also the leader of the Roman Catholic Church! Pope Francis! This only touches on a small piece of what this “Motu Proprio” is talking about. It is about who is UNDER the jurisdiction of the judicial authority of the Vatican City State. [Begin Quote]“With a view to renewing the Apostolic See’s commitment to cooperate to these ends, by means of this Apostolic Letter issued Motu Proprio, I establish that: 1. The competent Judicial Authorities of Vatican City State shall also exercise penal jurisdiction over: a) crimes committed against the security, the fundamental interests or the patrimony of the Holy See; b) crimes referred to: – in Vatican City State Law No. VIII, of 11 July 2013, containing Supplementary Norms on Criminal Law Matters; – in Vatican City State Law No. IX, of 11 July 2013, containing Amendments to the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code; when such crimes are committed by the persons referred to in paragraph 3 below, in the exercise of their functions; c) any other crime whose prosecution is required by an international agreement ratified by the Holy See, if the perpetrator is physically present in the territory of Vatican City State and has not been extradited. 2. The crimes referred to in paragraph 1 are to be judged pursuant to the criminal law in force in Vatican City State at the time of their commission, without prejudice to the general principles of the legal system on the temporal application of criminal laws. 3. For the purposes of Vatican criminal law, the following persons are deemed “public officials”: a) members, officials and personnel of the various organs of the Roman Curia and of the Institutions connected to it. b)papal legates and diplomatic personnel of the Holy See. c)those persons who serve as representatives, managers or directors, as well as persons who even de facto manage or exercise control over the entities directly dependent on the Holy See and listed in the registry of canonical juridical persons kept by the Governorate of Vatican City State; d)any other person holding an administrative or judicial mandate in the Holy See, permanent or temporary, paid or unpaid, irrespective of that person’s seniority.” [End of Quote] What this has created, is a PUBLIC TRUST, with “public officials”, placing under the Vatican City State those of the “international community”who are cooperating with the Vatican through “agreement”(legal instruments), which is being urged by the Holy See. The “persons”(fictitious entities) under the Vatican City State are deemed “public officials”. Now in 1979 the State declared Herbert W. Armstrong a “public official”, answerable to the State, and the Worldwide Church of God as a “Public Trust”, answerable to the State. Mr. Armstrong and the WCG proved in court that the State acted illegally, and the WCG was NOT a “Public trust”, and that Herbert W. Armstrong was not a “public official”. In order for the State to take over the Church, they first declared this. Now, if the nation you reside in, signs an agreement and voluntary places themselves under the Vatican City State, they come under the jurisdiction of the Vatican City State. Herbert W. Armstrong continued in his sermon “United States of Europe Is Coming!”(availableo n wwcg-archives.com), saying [Begin Quote] “Revelation 17:12 …the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. The beast will be over the ten nations. Each nation will have a king on its throne. It may be five in Western Europe, five in Eastern Europe… [Continuing]“Revelation 17:13-14 These have one mind, and shall give their power and (their) strength unto the beast (That’s in the military power of their nations.), (14) and these shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings… “That means the Second Coming of Christ! THEY WILL FIGHT AGAINST CHRIST WHEN HE COMES. That gets you down to the very time just before the Second Coming of Christ. (Now, I’m afraid I am going to have to take a little extra time. I’ve still got a little time, and hopefully I can get this without going over time.) “But now next, I want to show you what connection that has with the Great Tribulation, and with the United States, and with us. Isaiah 47 now. Back in Isaiah 47 and beginning in verse one. Now, let me see. I want the first seven verses… “Isaiah 47:1-7 Come down (This is a prophecy. “Come down…”), and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon… “Now remember the ancient Babylon was always a “he,” masculine gender, under King Nebuchadnezzar 604 years before Christ, down to 554 BC. That was in the masculine gender. But this is a DAUGHTER of that Babylon. This is a CHURCH. Remember the “her” is always a church. “Isaiah 47:1-6 Come down, and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon, sit on the ground: there is no throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans: (A church that has been riding on top of governments speaking different languages. This ties right in with what I just read you in the book of Revelation): for thou shalt no more be called tender and delicate (in female terms). (2)Take the millstones, and grind meal; uncover thy locks, make bare the leg, uncover the thigh, pass over the rivers. (3)Thy nakedness shall be uncovered, yea, thy shame shall be seen; (and) I will take vengeance (That’s God speaking. “I will take vengeance…”), and I will not meet thee as a man. (That is, God won’t meet as a man.) (4) As for our redeemer, the (Eternal) of hosts is his name, the Holy One of Israel (meaning Christ). (5) Sit thou silent, and get thee into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called, the lady of kingdoms. (A church riding over governments, “the lady of kingdoms.” God says:) (6) I was wroth with my people. “His people are Israel, and we are Israel. And you have to know ‘who is Israel’ and ‘who is Judah’ to understand this. “I was wroth with My people.” “Isaiah 47:6-7 I have polluted mine inheritance (which is Israel), and given them into thine hand (This church riding over the kingdoms. “And given them into thine hand.”): thou did show them no mercy (Now notice that–“Thou did show them no mercy.”): upon the ancient hast thou very heavily laid thy yoke. (Notice: that yoke is going to be on our people by this very UNITED EUROPE.) (7) And thou saidst, I shall be a lady for ever (This is the daughter of Babylon.): so that thou didst not lay these things to (thy) heart, neither didst remember the latter end of it. “Now there is a great deal more to the prophecy, and I’m just cutting it short to give you the general meat of it as quickly as possible. It’s addressed to the house of Israel. The next chapter starts out, “Hear this, O ye house of Israel” (7) and so on. Now this message, all the way through, is to the house of Israel–which is Britain, and the United States, and the English-speaking people.” [End of Quote] Now, in the United States, we have a particular problem. Since the Great Depression of 1929, the citizens of the United States of America have been used as collateral for the National Debt. The “New Deal” was given to us. Every citizen was required to have a “birth certificate” and a “social security number” registered. Now the United States was in debt to foreign banks. They just experienced a financial crisis this nation never had seen before! Creditors called due the loan the United States had taken out. Now, the United States required MORE collateral in order to float the loan. They came up with an idea, or the idea was given to them. Upon a child’s birth, the State would incorporate a “legal entity” using the child’s name. Little “billy johnson”, would have a D.B.A created for him recorded as “WILLIAM JOHNSON”(all capital letters-signifying a corporation) which is placed on the birth certificate printed on “bond paper”. Now this “treasury bond”, your “birth certificate”, is worth at least 1 million dollars when created. The United States Government measured the average “future energy” created by the child born, to be around 1 million dollars. That is the amount they deemed the average citizen would earn the Creditors in their lifetime.(first the United States indebted to International banks, owned ultimately by the Vatican-thus indebted to Rome- “All roads lead to Rome”.) Through making a D.B.A for it’s citizens, the United States was able to add the citizens as the collateral for the national debt. They took out a greater loan, using the citizens as collateral, using their future earnings to pay off the national debt. The United States has been in perpetul national bankruptcy since before the declaration of independence. The people borrowed money to come to this country and to start it. They’ve been in debt and servitude ever since to Rome through British Throne(that has been taken over by Rome). So everyone(from birth) has a corporation created on their behalf, printed on a “treasury bond” called the birth certificate, showing that this corporation is worth at least a million dollars. This treasury bond, is traded down on Wall Street as a commodity. Now, under the State level, this personal corporation operates. If you reside in the State of Ohio, the citizenship belongs to your “personal corporation” registered on your birth certificate. So, the citizens of the United States are tied in with the National Debt. If such a debt was suddenly called DUE, the American people(the flesh and blood human beings) would be the collateral our creditors would seize as payment for that debt! Much like how a child is seized by the government away from the parents, becoming a ward of the State. Citizens will be plucked away to become wards of another government! If you put up your house as collateral for a loan, and you cannot make the payment, the Bank comes and takes the collateral you used! The Bible prophesies such a thing will happen to the American and British peoples! Herbert W. Armstrong, in his article “Russia in Prophecy”, published in the April 1981 issue of the Plain Truth Magazine, said [Begin Quote]“Notice more of this warning: “A third part of thee [America-Britain] shall die with the pestilence, and with famine shall they be consumed in the midst of thee: and a third part shall fall by the sword round about thee; and I will scatter a third part into all the winds [in captivity being removed from our own land and scattered over the world]…” (verse 12). “Coming to chapter 6, the local scene of the vision shifts to the mountainous land of ancient Israel, in the Middle East–but the message is for AMERICA AND BRITAIN, today. “Will we heed it? God help us to wake up! “Listen: “Behold I, even I,” says the Eternal God (verse 3), “will bring a sword [invasion] upon you, and I will destroy your high places …. And I will lay the dead carcases of the children of ISRAEL before their idols; and I will scatter your bones round about your altars. In all your dwelling places the cities shall be laid waste [nuclear bombing]…. And ye shall know that I am the Lord” (verses 5-7). “Just a small remnant shall escape and be spared (verse 8). These are described in Luke 21:36. “Continue: “Thus saith the Lord God…. Alas for all the evil abominations of [not Judah, but] the house of Israel! for they shall [not did, in the captivity 130 years before Ezekiel wrote, but shall] fall by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence” (verse 11). “The Time Is Yet Future “This is not a popular message. You probably have never heard it before. The preachers and teachers of prophecy almost unanimously will rise up to deny this warning message–to apply it to a different time or people. But the warning is from the Eternal God, and it is sure! The reader will do well to heed.” [End of Quote] Now, under the State government, are the citizens of the State. Now, filed under the jurisdiction of the State is a “non-profit religious organization”, and such an organization is incorporated in its desired STATE it wants to be filed in. It is also registered with FEDERAL agencies. A 501(c)(3) organization, is a creature of the State, or a corporation under the jurisdiction of the State it is filed in. The people who operate these “organizations” have a ‘hold harmless agreement and indemnity contract” with the organization, protecting themselves with a relative shield. The people who fund, and donate to these “not-for-profit” organizations calling themselves “churches”, are the ones who are really in DANGER! Because the “tax-exemption status” of the organization relies on how well the organization obeys the regulations and restrictions placed on it by the State. If they lose “tax-exemption status”, then all the money received by donors is deemed “taxable income”. Therefore the organization is required to pay all back taxes on such income plus interest. Those who donated to these organizations, wrote off their donation as “tax-deductable”. But when the organization loses its “tax exemption status”, their donations are no longer “tax-deductable” but now TAXABLE. Therefore, they are in danger of owing back taxes, unpaid to the government PLUS INTEREST. This places the organization, and the people in the position of DEBTOR, or SLAVE. So when those of this nation who are left are taken away as slaves/captives by Europe, they are taken away as DEBTORS by their creditors. Jesus Christ through Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong protected the Worldwide Church of God from this sort of thing. The Unincorporated spiritual organism, aka the Worldwide Church of God, was raised up first, and then a “corporation” was created for the benefit of the Worldwide Church of God, in the State of California. This is required by the State to handle large sums of money, property and real estate. Mr. Armstrong, as an official of this “corporation”, declared that the Unincorporated Church was not liable and responsible for the actions of the corporation. The officers of the corporation, including himself, had a Hold harmless agreement and indemnity contract with the corporation. They were protected, and Mr. Armstrong gave protection to the Unincorporated Worldwide Church of God. The “WORLDWIDE CHURCH OF GOD INCORPORATED, a California corporation”, was the corporation OF the Worldwide Church of God. The name belonged to the CHURCH, which was Unincorporated. It was used by the corporation on behalf of the Church. Much like how you set up a bank account for a fundraiser. You must mention who will benefit from the account. For instance this fictitious example: “Fundraiser for the Southern Baptist Church of Houston Texas”. The benefactor was listed in the incorporation. What was recorded on legal paper, is that this corporation(WWC Inc) was the corporation OF the Worldwide Church of God. The corporation was NOT the Church as Mr. Armstrong made very clear. Now Mr. Armstrong as leading official of the CORPORATION, gave “liberty” to the membership who supported the corporation. He acted in the capacity of a head of state. He gave liberty to the members who funded and backed him and the corporation. He protected them. He was essentially a type of Zerubbabel, who was governor of Judah. Mr. Armstrong was the liaison between the Church and the governments of this world. A true Ambassador! What other churches have done, is done the opposite of what Herbert W. Armstrong did. They place their membership in danger of being the surety that will be used to pay off DEBTS incurred by either the organization or the government that governs over the organization. They, like Korah, wanted to go back to Egypt, become slaves once again in order to reap the benefits of being a debtor slave in Egypt! So what the Pope is saying in this legal document of 2013, is that the nations who come under the authority of the Vatican City State, through agreement(legal instruments), are under the jurisdiction of the Vatican. That means, the Federal corporation(government), the State corporation(government), the corporations filed under the State- which is either the 501(c)(3) organization or the citizen themselves! The Bible says our peoples will end up being taken away as SLAVES. Now when the Pope first visited the United States back on September 23, 2015 , he said something very interesting! He said, [Begin Quote]“Mr. President, I find it encouraging that you are proposing an initiative for reducing air pollution. Accepting — Accepting the urgency, it seems clear to me also that climate change is a problem [which] can no longer be left to our future generation. When it comes to the care of our common home, we are living at a critical moment of history. We still have time to make the change needed to bring about a “sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change.” “Such — Such change demands on our part a serious and responsible recognition not only of the kind of the world we may be leaving to our children, but also to the millions of people living under a system which has overlooked them. Our common home has been part of this group of the excluded, which cries out to heaven and which today powerfully strikes our homes, our cities, our societies. To use a telling phrase of the Reverend Martin Luther King, we can say that we have “defaulted on” a “promissory note”, and “now is the time” to honor it.” He continues, “Humanity still has the ability to work together in building our common home” (Laudato Si’, 13). As Christians inspired by this certainty, we wish to commit ourselves to the conscious and responsible care of our common home. “Mr. President, the efforts which were recently made to mend broken relationships and to open new doors to cooperation within our human family represent positive steps along the path of reconciliation, justice and freedom. I would like all men and women of good will in this great nation to support the efforts of the international community to protect the vulnerable in our world and to stimulate integral and inclusive models of development, so that our brothers and sisters everywhere may know the blessings of peace and prosperity which God wills for all his children.” [End Quote] This ties back in with the 2013 document speaking about the “common good”, or the unification of the international community under the Vatican City State. Pope Francis was heard urging the President towards “the change needed to bring about a “sustainable and integral development”. He as leader of the Vatican City State, gave notice to the United States that the Debt is now DUE. Change must happen. HONOR THE DEBT. Where does that place the American people? This is all part of Bible Prophecy and God says our nations will go through this! Now, being a member of one of these “churches” which are just organizations or corporations under the jurisdiction of the State, is voluntarily placing yourself as a DEBTOR under the creditor of this nation- which the Pope seems to believe is HIMSELF! This 2013 “Motu Proprio” is just the groundwork for what is to come! For more information about what the coming Beast Power and what the Roman Catholic Church will be doing, read Mr. Armstrong’s book “Who or What Is The Prophetic Beast?”. Also, what will happen to the American, and British peoples? Who will deliver us from such troubles? The Bible foretells the events that will ROCK YOUR WORLD in the near future! Read Mr. Armstrong’s detailed book “The United States and Britain in Prophecy”. THERE IS GOOD NEWS! In Christ’s Service, Tim Kitchen Sr. Samuel W. Kitchen Timothy Kitchen Jr.]]>
The REAL HISTORY of the TRUE CHURCH
Few indeed know the Bible reveals a great false church, deceiving millions, and a true Church of God, persecuted, yet enduring. Few know the real PURPOSE of the Church, who built it and why. Now we are warned of a forthcoming effort to deceive even this generation concerning who really built the present era of the true Church. Here is the plain truth.
by Herbert W. Armstrong [The Plain Truth Magazine, April 1982]FIRST of all, let the true FACT be stated that Jesus Christ built the true Church of God. It was founded by the resurrected living Christ, after his ascension to heaven. He has remained permanently the HEAD of it. The questions, then, are WHY was it built-what is its PURPOSE- by whom did Christ build it-and through whom has he built up the present era of the Church? What is the Church? WHY does it exist? What is its PURPOSE? People in the Western world take the church as an institution for granted-they know not why! A large segment of millions flock to services Sunday mornings. But WHY the Church? But WHY? Just what is the Church? Is it a building with a sharply sloping roof, with a steeple atop pointing heavenward, a cross on its facade? Do the members go to the church? Or does the local church assemble in a building or place? Winston Churchill said before the United States Congress during World War II, “There is a PURPOSE being worked out here below.” Does the Church have anything to do with that PURPOSE? To understand what the world does not understand, we need to consider the world into which Jesus came when he said, “I will build my church.” He came into the same world in which you and I live today. It’s the same world, though it has undergone significant changes in two directions. Its technology, its materialistic science and production have awesomely increased, while conversely the complexity of its social, regulatory, governmental, judiciary and educational systems has tremendously expanded. It has produced appalling evils, unsolvable problems, human discontent, unhappiness and suffering. But all that is merely the expansion of human systems already functioning. We cannot therefore understand the PURPOSE of the Church until we first understand the origin of civilization-the world into which Jesus came to build his Church. For indeed the Church is the Master Plan of the Eternal GOD for working out his PURPOSE here below. What was wrong that needed such a PURPOSE to be worked out? Not God’s Civilization This world has been blinded from the truth about its very civilization and how it started. Many people assume this is GOD’S civilization. Actually it all started in the dim recesses of prehistory. A super archangel, the cherub Lucifer (Isa. 14:12-15), invisible but immortal and extremely intelligent, was very high in rank in the government of the universe. He was one of two majestic cherubs whose wings overspread the very throne of the supreme Creator God in heaven (Ezek. 28:14-15). At the creation of the earth, Lucifer was set on earth’s throne to administer the government of God, in which he was adequately trained and experienced. Lucifer reigned over angels whose abode was then the newly created earth. But, while still on the inside of God’s universe-government, perfect in all his ways from his creation, Lucifer allowed vanity to corrupt him into covetousness, envy and rebellion. A spirit of competition entered him. He attempted to take over the government of the entire universe. He and his invading army of angels (II Pet. 2:4) swooped up to heaven in violent conquest to overthrow the Creator God from his throne over the universe. But they were cast back down to earth. Lucifer became Satan the devil, still on the throne of the earth, but no longer administering God’s government. His angels became demons. This angelic rebellion brought confusion, decay and darkness to the earth (Gen. 1:2). Then God (Ps. 104:30) in six days renewed the face of the earth (Gen. 1:3-25) for MAN (verse 26), created in God’s own image, after the God-kind-with God’s grand PURPOSE to be worked out here below of reproducing himself through MAN! That supreme PURPOSE provides that man shall be born, finally, into the very GOD Family! Yet the world seems never to have grasped that PURPOSE, or the incredible human potential! Man was created with human spirit (Job 32:8, I Cor. 2:11, Rom. 8:16), which imparts the power of intellect to the human brain. Except for this, human brain is like animal brain. Man was created with power of mind, in the form and shape of God, yet, even as dumb vertebrates, of matter from the ground with only temporary existence. Man, since rebellion entered his world, has been blinded as to what, and why he is-except for those to whom God has revealed this truth. Civilization Is Founded God is composed of Spirit. God is immortal, possessing life inherent-self-containing life. Man’s life is animal life-temporary physiochemical existence. But immortal, self-containing life was freely offered the first created man! That man was named Adam. But he was first made incomplete in two ways: he was of one gender only and to reproduce he needed another gender with him, so God made for him a wife, named Eve. Also his mind was incomplete, with the one human spirit. This gave him capability to acquire material knowledge-to deal with things. But God’s ultimate PURPOSE for him required a close relationship with his Maker, God, and also a workable, peaceful and happy relationship with fellowman. His mind therefore was incomplete as first created. For completion, another Spirit was needed-the Holy Spirit of God. All this wonderful truth seems to have been missing from humanly taught knowledge. It is revealed in the incident of the forbidden fruit, explained in the second and third chapters of Genesis. WHY has this been ignored-misunderstood- misrepresented? The entire founding of man’s civilization has lain hidden in this incident of the forbidden fruit. What if-yes, what if Adam had eaten of the tree of LIFE? The theologians and religionists seem never to have asked-or answered-that question. Before the first created man and woman were two symbolic trees. One was the tree of the “knowledge of good and evil.” This tree produced the forbidden fruit. That tree (Adam did not eat an apple) represented knowledge. To take to himself this knowledge production (of good and evil-of right or wrong)-would result in death. The other tree was the tree of LIFE-immortal, inherent life. But it, too, represented KNOWLEDGE. How do we know? Because immortal LIFE is today offered to the called Christian. And how does he obtain it? Not all at once, instantaneously, but by first receiving the very Spirit Adam lacked-the Holy Spirit of God. When one receives the GIFT of God’s Holy Spirit, he becomes merely a begotten child of God. And the Spirit of God opens the mind to UNDERSTAND the spiritual Word of God-the Bible! Man needed spiritual knowledge for fellowship with his Maker, as well as for contact with fellowman. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of a sound mind-the Spirit by which the mind is enabled to comprehend-to UNDERSTAND-spiritual knowledge as revealed through God’s Word (I Cor. 2:9-14). Placed before the first created man, father of the human family, were two very special trees in the garden of Eden, symbolic of tremendous meaning. The man was required to make a choice. One symbolic tree represented LIFE – self-containing life inherent-immortality. The other, DEATH! The tree of LIFE symbolized the gift of God’s Holy Spirit, the begettal of eternal LIFE. The forbidden tree was called the tree of “the KNOWLEDGE of good and evil.” When Adam disobeyed God and ate the fruit from that tree, he TOOK TO HIMSELF “the knowledge of good and evil”-that is, potential SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE! Understand at this point. God had created man with a mind capable of acquiring and utilizing material knowledge-the knowledge to work with matter-with things! This knowledge he could acquire on his own. But he had not been created with a mind that could discern, by itself, right from wrong-that is, SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE! The one human spirit created in man-and born in all humans since-can acquire physical, material knowledge. But it is unable of itself to discern spiritual knowledge. And spiritual knowledge can be imparted to the mind ONLY BY GOD! Adam, in taking to himself the “knowledge of good and evil”- that is, potential SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE-limited himself to material knowledge only. WHY? Because the one human spirit in man is not the faculty that sees, hears, smells, tastes or feels. The physical brain sees through the eye, hears through the ear, smells through the nose. And human man is LIMITED IN KNOWLEDGE to that which may enter his brain through these five physical senses! Adam, father and progenitor of the human family, had chosen self-produced humanly acquired knowledge and death. He lived 930 years and he died. All his children subsequently died after a temporary physiochemical existence! And so, at that time, “the foundation of the world,” Christ, the Lamb of God was slain (Rev. 13:8). That is, it was set by God at the foundation of the world that in due time Christ should come and die to pay the penalty for human sin. It was also decreed that “it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Heb. 9:27). It was then that God shut up the “tree of LIFE”-that is, the Holy Spirit, from mankind until after Jesus Christ, the second Adam, had come and paid the penalty of human sin in man’s stead. How Civilization Was Built God did not shut himself off from man, however. God even appeared to or communicated with Cain, Adam’s first son and the first murderer. God called out the Hebrew slaves from Egypt and communicated with them en masse at Mt. Sinai. He gave them his spiritual law-but, not having the Holy Spirit they neither comprehended it nor obeyed it. Lacking the Holy Spirit of God, they neither understood spiritual truths nor obeyed them. However, God did make one necessary exception, for the ultimate foundation of his Church! He did reveal truths to his prophets, for the writing of the Holy Scriptures, the very written Word of God! Much of the Church of God is based on the writings of the prophets, and they, with the apostles, became the foundation of the Church, Jesus Christ being the chief cornerstone (Eph. 2:20). Now consider the building of this world’s civilization, and the world into which Christ came to build his Church. With the Holy Spirit shut off from man, the human family started building its own world, influenced and swayed and deceived by Satan. ALL have been deceived by Satan (Rev. 12:9). Perhaps man did not realize it. Satan is a spirit being, invisible to humans. Without the spiritual perception of God’s Spirit, man does not recognize spirit beings or truths as existent. Yet Satan has been the “prince of the power of the air” (Eph. 2:2) working in and deceiving humans in a manner not realized. Ideas are transmitted through the air by radio and television waves and ultimately appear in the form of audible words and visible pictures. Does it, then, seem strange or impossible that Satan has transmitted attitudes, impressions, motives and impulses inaudibly and invisibly into human minds whose human spirits are tuned automatically to Satan’s wavelength? It is thus that even infants under one year old, when the teaching of whom is neglected by human parents, are being instilled subconsciously, by satanic broadcast, with selfishness and resentment of authority. Satan doesn’t neglect them. So, as man began to expand in numbers on the earth, taking to himself the knowledge of relationships with others, man, swayed by Satan, began building his own system of society. He built his own concepts of human GOVERNMENTS, utterly contrary to the government of God. Through human-devised and Satan-swayed GOVERNMENT, humans began regulating human lives. Humans began and developed a system of EDUCATION by which an adult generation seeks to brainwash, instill, inject into the minds of coming generations their concepts, ideas, opinions and supposed knowledge. Humans developed their own system of economics, business, industry, commerce. They developed their own systems of RELIGION, created their own concepts of God-and to this day not one organized religion except God’s true Church knows WHO and WHAT God really is! Humans developed their own social customs and systems. Thus CIVILIZATION was produced actually by Satan, using humans as his pawns! God’s way of life is based on LOVE-outgoing concern for the good and welfare of others, and love above all toward God who IS LOVE! The world’s civilization was built on the contrary way of GET- of vanity, covetousness, envy, jealousy, competition, strife, violence, rebellion against authority. And that is the world into which Jesus Christ was born. Remember God’s ultimate PURPOSE is to reproduce himself in and through MAN-to create in MAN God’s own holy, righteous spiritual and perfect CHARACTER! But all mankind had gone astray. The prophet Isaiah was inspired to write: “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way …” (Isa. 53:6)-contrary to the way of God’s CHARACTER. How, then, get humanity back? HOW carry out the divine PURPOSE? The Purpose of the Church How could God have offered salvation to the children of Adam and Eve? Satan had broadcast and inoculated their minds during infancy with the attitude of SELF-centered-ness. Before they were old enough for conversion (as Christians know it), they had already sinned, and incurred the DEATH penalty. None could be reconciled to God and receive his Holy Spirit until their death penalty had been paid for them! Therefore it was prearranged for the Word, who also was God, to be born of a human woman, to become Emmanuel (God with us), God in human flesh-both man and God. He, tempted in all points like the rest of us, never sinned. Though he did not incur the death penalty, he paid it-for YOU and for me-for all humanity! So, in God’s Master Plan for working out his PURPOSE, “as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive” (I Cor. 15:22) by a resurrection. Judgment was not yet passed on the deceived in Satan’s world. But it was appointed for men once to die, and after this the judgment (Heb. 9:27). All who ever died shall be made alive by resurrection (I Cor. 15:22-24; Heb. 9:27). But HOW was Jesus Christ to become SAVIOR-to save all lost humanity? Just dying for us was not enough. God’s CHARACTER had to be built into us. God performed an act of creation in Adam. That was a PHYSICAL creation! It began with the first Adam. But the SPIRITUAL creation began with Jesus Christ. The true Christian will “put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness” (Eph. 4:24). We become a NEW CREATION. So God’s spiritual creation is still in progress! Now WHY the Church? What is its PURPOSE? It is God’s means of working out his PURPOSE here below-his overall PURPOSE! That NEW CREATION – that SPIRITUAL CREATION-started with the Church of God! How the Church Was Started Notice now how Jesus started the Church. First, after being baptized himself-after being tempted in the supreme temptation by Satan, and overcoming Satan-Jesus started by CHOOSING 12 disciples. A disciple is a learner-a student being taught. Jesus was the teacher. Even these disciples were still carnal. Yet he said that when they received the Holy Spirit, the Spirit would bring to remembrance all that he had taught them-and then, with the Holy Spirit, they would UNDERSTAND! These disciples were not the Church. They and the prophets preceded and became the foundation of the Church. Jesus used these 12, taught in advance, to form the foundation and to teach and rule the Church. The disciples were not volunteers. They were chosen. Those in the Church are ALSO CHOSEN! Jesus said emphatically, “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him …” (John 6:44). In the same way, God has chosen the CHURCH to become disciples- students-learners-starting not only a new Spirit-led life and way of living in themselves, but also to “grow in grace, and in the KNOWLEDGE of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” (II Pet. 3:18). The repentant, believing Spirit-led Christian must BE TAUGHT SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE. He is being converted-that is, changed! From carnal to spiritualmindedness. From this world’s way of living to GOD’S WAY OF LIFE! As the disciples were a foundation for the Church, so the Church is a foundation for the KINGDOM OF GOD, to be reestablished on earth at Christ’s return in POWER and GLORY. He will reestablish the GOVERNMENT of God through the FAMILY OF GOD, then to become the KINGDOM OF GOD. The Church was assigned a dual commission: 1) to carry Christ’s Gospel of the KINGDOM OF GOD to the world for a witness (NOT to convert the world at this time); and 2) to “feed the flock”-instruct the Church as the members GROW in spiritual knowledge and character. At Christ’s glorified return to earth, the dead in Christ will be resurrected, and the living in Christ instantaneously changed from mortal, to immortal, and all shall rise to meet the returning Christ in the air and to reign and rule with him in the KINGDOM OF GOD! Satan shall then be removed for a thousand years. The Church will then BE the KINGDOM or FAMILY OF GOD. We shall be kings AND PRIESTS, reigning ON THE EARTH (Rev. 5:10). But, looking into our time today, what about the Church TODAY? By whom and THROUGH whom did Christ build up the present era? That modern history will be covered in a succeeding number.]]>
What Is a Liberal?
by Herbert W. Armstrong [Good News Magazine, March 1979 ]Jesus Christ says a house divided against itself cannot stand! A few “liberal” ministers have caused “division and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned.” God’s House has been divided. But NO LONGER! GOD SAYS to His Church, through the apostle Paul, “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment” (I Corinthians 1:10). This passage continues saying the church at Corinth, precisely like today’s Church of God, was following various and differing men with differing doctrines. They, like many today, were forgetting that the HEAD of the Church is Jesus Christ —that Christ is ALIVE today! That HE really is leading us! Satan has been striking at God’s Church and Work from within and from without! And as in the Ephesian church, where Paul said “. . . of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them” (Acts 20:30). What happened in those churches in the first century has happened to us today. Those guilty of causing division are fighting God and shall be judged by Him! My son, Garner Ted, fell under the influence of certain liberals, with whom he surrounded himself. He had had some liberal leanings prior to that. There were those around him bent on changing the doctrines of God’s Church, watering down God’s TRUTH. I am learning now that my son was swayed under this liberal and secular-oriented influence. Because of his position of executive vice-president, and because he assumed authority beyond that delegated to him, those who were sound in the doctrines Christ had put into God’s Church, who had been taught directly by me in earlier days of the college, were demoted, shanghaied away from headquarters. Gradually, subtilely, systematically, while I was in other parts of the world carrying Christ’s Gospel message, doctrines were being watered down, the college was being made secular, God and Christ were being cast out and a conspiracy was in progress to get rid of Christ’s chosen apostle, unless he accommodated the conspirators by dying. Church teachings were being changed. The most resultful booklet of all, The United States and British Commonwealth in Prophecy, was attacked, greatly deleted and later put out of circulation—the same with a number of other basic and important booklets written by Christ’s apostle. This group of liberals assumed the authority of setting Church doctrine. The one who primarily wrote the Systematic Theology Project later wrote, “My only goal in coordinating the project was to bring doctrinal consistency, stability and unity to the ministry”—that is, unity in watered-down doctrines that older loyal ministers did not and never would accept! THAT WAS NOT UNITY—IT WAS DIVISION! But what do we mean—LIBERAL? Let’s understand what defines a liberal—and GOD’S WORD about it. What is the basic difference between Old Testament teaching and that of the New Testament? The same BASIC SPIRITUAL LAW was given to both Old Testament Israel and the New Testament Church. But there was still a great difference. Notice how the apostle Paul defined this difference. “[God] Who also hath made us able ministers of the NEW testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit; for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life” (II Corinthians 3:6). It’s the same basic SPIRITUAL law. But without the Holy Spirit, the people of Old Testament Israel could keep the law of God only by the strict letter of the law—not by the SPIRIT or its obvious intent or principle involved. Years ago God showed me, by an incident, what He means by the spirit of the law. My elder daughter, Beverly, was in school, possibly the seventh or eighth grade or high school— I don’t remember the year. She was an avid and a rapid reader. One day her teacher sent me a note, saying Beverly was injuring her eyes and her progress in schoolwork by excessive reading. She had been bringing books of fiction—love stories—from the school library. She would read a whole book in two or three evenings at home. I spoke with my daughter and told her she must stop bringing the fiction books from the school library and stop her excessive reading—because her teacher had sent me a note saying it was interfering with her schoolwork. The very next evening I noticed Beverly reading a book, and she was almost halfway through it. “Is that another fiction book?” I asked. “Yes, Daddy,” she replied. “Didn’t I tell you to stop reading these fiction books?” “Yes, Daddy, but you said to stop bringing the books from the school library, and I obeyed you. I didn’t bring this book from the school library, I borrowed it from Helen.” She obeyed the strict letter of the law, but certainly not the spirit or obvious intent. Jesus gave some examples of the spirit of the law. He said: “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shall not kill . . . But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment . . .” (Matthew 5:21-22). Speaking of the Old Testament observance of the law, Jesus said: “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery. But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman, to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart” (Matthew 5:27-28). The SPIRIT of the law The spiritual law of God is a general principle, which, in its spirit, covers EVERY act. God intends for us today to apply the principle to every act. It is summed up in Ecclesiastes 12:13: “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” The law of God is a WAY OF LIFE. It is all-encompassing, IN PRINCIPLE—that is, according to its spirit. It is an attitude. It may be summed up in ONE WORD: LOVE. That one word is a principle of life. It is the way of OUTFLOWING love toward God and man. It is the way of GIVE, instead of GET. It is then magnified into the two great laws—love toward GOD, and love toward neighbor. In turn this is magnified into 10 general principles—the first four of the Ten Commandments express the principle of love toward GOD, the last six the principle of love toward man. We are commanded to love God more than self—with all our hearts. We are told to love neighbor AS, or equal to, ourselves. A principle—not every specific detail In the Bible God does not write down every specific detail of the PRINCIPLE or SPIRIT of His Law! He expects us, with His Holy Spirit, to apply the principle to every circumstance, act or question. The whole duty of man is keeping God’s law IN THE SPIRIT— far more than the specific detailed letter. It is the ATTITUDE or the principle of the law. The law does not list every detail included in the duty of man. Reduced to its simplest overall denominator, the whole law is the one word, LOVE. HOW does God’s Church receive its doctrines, beliefs and teachings? Direct from God, through the channels of Jesus Christ as HEAD of the Church, and from Him through the apostles! NEVER by any others! NEVER by a group of ministers appointing themselves as a Doctrinal Committee! So it was in the first century. HOW did the Worldwide Church of God receive its doctrines, beliefs and teachings? EXCLUSIVELY THROUGH CHRIST’S APOSTLE! True, I have practiced the biblical principle that “in multitude of counsel there is safety.” On many occasions some top-level ministers have contributed certain input that has helped me in setting doctrine. BUT EVERY DOCTRINE, BELIEF AND TEACHING IN THE WORLDWIDE CHURCH OF GOD HAS COME FROM CHRIST THROUGH HIS CHOSEN APOSTLE! Now, for example, we have a teaching that smoking is a sin. HOW did the Church receive that belief? Let me tell you. Fifty-two years ago, at the time of my conversion and baptism, I had to decide that question. I had been smoking—believe it or not! But only lightly—about three cigarettes a day. But I had to decide whether it was right or wrong. Now Adam and Eve took TO THEMSELVES the knowledge of right and wrong. Only GOD can give us that knowledge. I knew that. I had to decide at the time, for myself, but I knew I must look to CHRIST, the Word of God, for the answer. Of course I knew the Bible contained no teaching specifically on smoking tobacco. But I had learned the truth of II Corinthians 3:3 that sin is violation of the principle or intended meaning of the law. So I asked myself: “Why do I smoke? To love or honor God?” Answer, NO! “To express love, or outgoing concern, for the welfare of other people?” Again, NO! I knew that some found second-hand tobacco smoke objectionable. “For my own good—health or otherwise?” Again, NO! For although I did not know, nor anybody else 52 years ago, that smoking was a cause of lung cancer, I did know the function of the lungs in filtering out impurities from the blood and expelling the impurities through the breath. And I knew that inhaling smoke only clogged up the lungs with added impurities and interfered with their normal functioning. On every count I found smoking was CONTRARY to the PRINCIPLE of GOD’S LAW! Therefore I knew it was a sin, and I stopped smoking and have not smoked for 52 years. Jesus Christ through me put into God’s Church the teaching that smoking is wrong—mild or not, nevertheless, it is sin! Now if I had decided that as some of our ministers wanted to decide doctrine, I would have said, “The Bible does not contain a specific LAW against smoking.” That is the way of the LIBERAL —who wants to water down the truth of God and go as far into this world—which means as far in Satan’s way—as possible and still get into God’s Kingdom. The liberal is one who has a DIFFERENT APPROACH to questions of human conduct than God, or those who have really been CONQUERED by God and are being led by God’s Holy Spirit. What is God’s attitude? What is God’s ATTITUDE? Does God really want to sin, but, because He has power of resistance, He uses willpower and does not ALLOW Himself to sin? Can you realize that SIN is absolutely ABHORRENT to God? God DOES NOT WANT TO SIN! He has no such desire! He HATES sin! He is not tempted to sin! God loves and desires righteousness and holiness. That’s what He LOVES, DESIRES AND DOES! Listen, my children in the living Christ! Do you really WANT to smoke—want to have birthday parties— want to go along with this world in its ways? Is that what you really want to do? Do you have to use self-resistance, self-discipline and willpower to prevent going along in this world’s ways? If so, you have not yet been really CONQUERED by the all-loving GOD! If so, you do not yet have the mind of Christ or His attitude or approach to problems or questions! IF so, you’d better begin TREMBLING at the Word of God! Or, do you really hunger and thirst for God’s RIGHTEOUSNESS AND HOLINESS? You can’t have both attitudes! You have one or the other! Which is it? Are you like Mrs. Emma Smith, one of the new converts in 1933 who formed the parent church of the Worldwide Church of God? She came to me one day saying her father had died and his will left her some money. “How much of this do I have to tithe?” she asked. “I don’t want to tithe any more than I have to to still get into God’s Kingdom.” The doctrine of Balaam She was, in principle and attitude, like Balaam, mentioned as an evil man in Jude 11 and Revelation 2:14. The story about Balaam is found in Numbers 22. Balaam was a liberal—only perhaps more so. The Israelites under Moses had finally encamped on the east side of the Jordan River in the vicinity of Moab and Ammon. They were just across the river from Jericho. Balak, king of the Moabites, was afraid, for the Israelites greatly outnumbered Moab. So he sent messengers to the sorcerer Balaam, a pater or pagan leader, apparently with bribe money, asking Balaam to remain overnight. He prayed to God, for he knew he could not do this evil unless God allowed. The point is, Balaam wanted the rewards of divination, which the messengers from Moab had brought. He wanted to go as far in the GET way of life, even for doing evil, as he could. But he knew his curse against Israel would be ineffective unless he had God’s permission. God said to Balaam, “. . . Thou shall not curse the people: for they are blessed” (Numbers 22:12). There is much more to the story, but the point I want to show here is the ATTITUDE of wanting to go as far in the way of evil as possible. In Jude 11, God says, “Woe unto them! for they . . . ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward . . .” And in Revelation to the church at Pergamos, Jesus said, “But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam . . .” (Revelation 2:14). Christ is now purging out of His Church those that “hold the doctrine of Balaam!” Balaam was a liberal. The liberal is going also in the way of Satan. Satan’s evil attitude “. . . there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Eternal, and Satan came also among them . . .” The Eternal asked Satan if he had considered God’s servant Job, “. . . that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man . . .” (Job 1:6-8). Satan argued that Job served God in SELF-interest, for God had given him all his material wealth. But if God would allow Satan to take all his possessions from him, Satan said Job would curse God. The Eternal answered, “. . . Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand” (verse 12). Satan destroyed all Job’s wealth and even his sons and daughters. But Satan caused other humans to do his evil. Yet Job maintained his own righteousness and refused to curse God. Satan tried again. Satan argued that a man would give all he had for his own life. But he contended that if God would allow him to do evil to Job’s person, Job would curse God. God allowed this, but said, “save his life.” Did you ever have a boil? I did—just once, many, many years ago. I shall never forget it. The pain was nearly unbearable. And that was only one boil. Job was covered with boils from head to foot! But still he did not curse God. In the end God spoke to Job. Job’s one great sin was one Satan could not ascertain. It was SELF-righteousness. When God spoke, opening Job’s eyes to his self-righteousness, Job repented deeply, and God restored to him two-fold for all he had allowed Satan to destroy. The point I want to make here is, Satan CANNOT go farther than God allows—but Satan wanted to inflict as much evil and destruction and harm as possible. It is Satan’s ATTITUDE that is his prime evil. He does not hunger and thirst for God’s righteousness. He harbors only the deep-rooted desire to DO EVIL—TO GO CONTRARY TO GOD’S LAW OF LOVE AND RIGHTEOUSNESS! He wanted to go as far as he could in the evil way contrary to GOD’S WAY. That was in his heart. The liberal attitude The liberal among us today wants to GET! He wants to GET into God’s Kingdom, but he wants to go along with this world’s ways AS FAR AS GOD WILL ALLOW AND STILL LET HIM MAKE IT INTO THE KINGDOM! The liberal has deceived himself! I do not believe the liberal realizes his own attitude. He really wants to get into the Kingdom of God—he wants to RECEIVE the eternal rewards of happiness, joy and eternal life in security. But he still would like to hang on to some of this world’s ways. He doesn’t want to tithe, unless he can see beyond any of his arguments there is a specific LAW compelling him to tithe. He wants to be free to vote, at least in local elections. The argument was made to me that our Church people actually outnumbered others living in Big Sandy, Tex., BUT (what a big word is “BUT”) you see, if they did not vote, the minority would vote to incorporate the Ambassador College campus into the town of Big Sandy, and we’d have to pay big taxes. It never seemed to occur to the liberal mind that CHRIST will solve our problems, and we do not have to go contrary to HIS ATTITUDE! Like Mrs. Emma Smith, who was too new as a child in Christ and had not grown sufficiently as yet in His grace and knowledge —like Balaam—like Satan—the liberal wants to see how close he can come to the precipice without falling and losing his eternal life. Like Mother Eve, they use HUMAN REASON to justify straying partly away from the SPIRIT of God’s LAW. They want to keep the law in the strict letter, but not in the spirit! In his heart, the liberal would like to “go along” at least part way with this world. What is the mind of Christ? But God says, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5). What is the mind of Christ? What is His attitude—His approach to viewing and deciding all activities? Does He, as I asked before, really WANT TO sin, to think and act contrary to His Law, but because of His super power, restrain Himself? We know He has never sinned. But why? Is He sinless because He has such supernatural POWER to restrain Himself? A THOUSAND TIMES, NO! The living Christ has never sinned because He does not want to sin! What is His MIND, that should be also in us? It is a mind that HATES sin, that LOVES righteousness. It’s a matter of ATTITUDE! The liberal is not hungering and thirsting after RIGHTEOUSNESS! He WANTS to ease off a little on God’s Law, He wants to do only as much as he has to, to receive the reward of eternal life. He has not yet fully gotten rid of the GET attitude, and come into the GIVE attitude. It is Satan who deceives and puts into many human minds the desire to go as far into this world as he thinks God will allow—and into its ways of VANITY and INTELLECTUALISM (carnal, secular)—vanity of mind. Having the ATTITUDE of the “SPIRIT OF THE LAW” is the attitude of the mind of CHRIST!]]>
When it was required of Herbert W. Armstrong to incorporate with the State, as the Work grew, he created RADIO CHURCH OF GOD INCORPORATED. In the late 1960’s, the name of the corporation was changed to WORLDWIDE CHURCH OF GOD INCORPORATED. When you incorporate, you have to make clear who will BENEFIT from such an incorporation and for what PURPOSE. In this case, it was the Worldwide Church of God who benefited from the incorporation, and it was the purpose of the incorporation to provide an avenue for the Worldwide Church of God to perform a work, to handle monies and properties for the benefit of the Church. A Private Trust. The Worldwide Church of God existed PRIOR to the incorporation. The incorporation proved that the Church was in existence prior, and that they were now operating and handling monies, property etc. through this new organization which was formed. Now, the Worldwide Church of God is an UN-incorporated spiritual organism, not a corporation or organization of the state. Mr. Armstrong made this very clear, in both capacities- In the Church & in the organizations. He was over both Church and State operations. Much like Moses was over both Church and State in Israel. The people of the Church was separate from the organization. When the organization disappeared, the Church continued to exist. That is what is being discussed today. But now, men have started their own ORGANIZATIONS, incorporating a DIFFERENT CHURCH if you will. Now when they incorporated, they had to make it clear who benefited and for what purpose they were incorporating. Their incorporation is for a DIFFERENT CHURCH, with a different name, and their Church is what benefits from such an organization, and the purpose of the incorporation is to provide avenue for said Church to do a work, to handle monies and property etc. Though they call themselves a “Church of God” they are a DIFFERENT “Church of God”, not the same “Church of God” Mr. Armstrong was a member of ! Get the point? Now, in these ORGANIZATIONS, they have their own CHURCH GOVERNMENT set up to rule their own membership. They first created their government THROUGH THE ORGANIZATION. They had to make clear WHO WAS IN CHARGE. That is how Babylon operates. Mr. Armstrong never did this. Now, before Mr. Armstrong INCORPORATED, the Church already knew WHO WAS IN CHARGE under Christ! The Church did not need an ORGANIZATION to tell them who was in charge! Now, after the forming of an ORGANIZATION(as it was required by the state to handle large sum of monies and property), men rose up through the ranks of the ORGANIZATION, and many got confused as to WHO WAS IN CHARGE. Mr. Armstrong admitted this was his fault, because at the request of Roderick Meredith he had placed his son Garner Ted in a office of VICE PRESIDENT, which was between him and the ministry and church. He had not realized this office was UN-biblical, and when Christ showed him his error, he removed such an office! But much of this DIVISION is due to ORGANIZATIONS, and men trying to take control, or get for themselves a position of power in an ORGANIZATION. The true Church of God is not the organization! So when Tkach and his crew took control of the WCG CORPORATION, they did not take control of the Church! It was a TEST on the Church, and a great persecution was set against the true Church! And from this ORGANIZATION, which was no longer governed by God’s apostle Herbert Armstrong, MEN split off creating more and more organizations! And each of these organizations TARGET the members of the Worldwide Church of God! But these COG churches ARE DIFFERENT CHURCHES, and Herbert W. Armstrong was NOT a member of their churches. They went OUT of the Worldwide Church of God, and made it manifest that they were NOT THE SAME CHURCH! “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.”(1 John 2:19) But these ORGANIZATIONS are doing the opposite of what Mr. Armstrong did! Mr. Armstrong had a separation between the Worldwide Church of God and the organization. These organizations are binding the people to the organization, and therefore as the organization is a creature of the state, the people are being BOUND as surety for the state!! But they have to achieve this through the people VOLUNTARILY giving up their membership with the Worldwide Church of God and “joining” their new church! So while Mr. Armstrong FREED the slaves, these organizations are like Korah and those who turned back to become SLAVES! Korah, when Moses created an ORGANIZATION, was one of the leading men. He wanted the CHIEF SEAT. So he gathered those he could convince, under him, incorporating a DIFFERENT GOVERNMENT and ORGANIZATION, and wanted to OVERTHROW Moses and go back to Egypt! That is exactly what these COG churches have done! But God has not changed! What happened to Korah and his incorporation? WE BETTER PAY HEED!
An Organization is created by the state, while the true Church of God was created by God.