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"All Speak The Same Thing" | Official Doctrine of the Church

[Begin Quote] “Now what are the fruits of today’s church? It has survived all the opposition. If this is the Church of God, is Satan going to honor and bless it, or is he going to destroy it? How does Satan do it? He’ll bore within – using fifth column tactics. He has done it, and we have had to put some out. Once they get out they fight, but they don’t get anywhere any longer. The only way we can speak the same thing is if we speak what Christ put into the Church through an apostle. That’s the way he did it to start. Does Christ change? He is the same yesterday, today and forever. If we are to speak the same thing then the only way we can do it is to speak what Christ put into the church through his chosen apostle. Now if I’m not that chosen apostle, you go find the one who is. And then follow what he says. I invite you to do that. So you see there is only the one way we can all speak the same thing. They tried having a doctrinal committee and each man on it saw things a different way. They were all divided. Finally, I just abolished the whole thing except the doctrine which Christ gave me. And that is the official doctrine of the church today.” [End Quote: 1 Corinthians Chapters 1 and 2 Bible Study given by Herbert W. Armstrong]   Has this OFFICIAL doctrine been abolished? NO! Can lower-rank ministers abolish it? NO! Who can change this doctrine, or “loosen it”? ONLY AN APOSTLE OF CHRIST! And since Herbert W. Armstrong God has NOT raised up another apostle(disregarding those ex-ministers of the Church who now claim the rank inside their own churches). SO THIS OFFICIAL DOCTRINE IS OFFICIAL! And the APOSTLE OF CHRIST HAS SO DECLARED! And it indeed has come from Christ! “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”(Matthew 16:17-18) Who is the apostle of these COGS? Who can UNBIND what God’s true apostle has BOUND? What about this OFFICIAL DOCTRINE? Are we to THROW IT AWAY to obey any group of men? Those inside the Church are commanded to ALL SPEAK THE SAME THING, as it is A REQUIREMENT FOR MEMBERSHIP!]]>

Now God Speaks to You Ministers

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Now God Speaks to You Ministers

by Herbert W. Armstrong Good News Oct/Nov 1979

Years ago I proclaimed on the air a great deal from the book of Ezekiel. Ezekiel was among the Jewish captives of the 604 to 585 B.C. captivity by Babylon of the kingdom of Judah. This was more than 125 years after the kingdom of ISRAEL had been invaded, conquered and moved from Palestine to Assyria on the southern shores of the Caspian Sea. But both the Assyrians and their slave Israelites had long since migrated northwest into western Europe and Britain when JUDAH was made captive by Babylon. When Ezekiel wrote as God inspired, he was among the Jewish slaves beside the river Chebar. Yet the message Ezekiel was inspired by God to write was written primarily to ISRAEL, not Judah. Ezekiel’s message is NOT to the Jewish slaves among whom Ezekiel was living. It was to the HOUSE OF ISRAEL (Ezek. 2:3 and 3:1). The prophet Ezekiel was never able to break loose from Babylonish slavery and proclaim his message to the kingdom of Israel, by then dwelling in western Europe and Britain. THE MESSAGE OF THE BOOK OF EZEKIEL IS GOD’S MESSAGE TO US TODAY — FOR WE ARE THE PEOPLE of the ancient house of ISRAEL, of the tribe of Manasseh. (See — and you’d better BELIEVE — our booklet on the U.S. in prophecy.) A modern Ezekiel raised up Since the original writer, Ezekiel, was not able to go to the people of the house of ISRAEL, God showed me years ago that it remained for God to raise up “modern Ezekiel” to carry this prophetic message to the modern Israel of today — and that means, primarily, the English-speaking people. I have proclaimed the Ezekiel messages to our peoples by radio, television and by personal appearance and in print for more than 40 years. NO ONE ELSE HAS! The Church of God is founded on the apostles and the prophets, Jesus Christ being the chief cornerstone. The PROPHETS upon whom the Church is founded are NOT New Testament prophets. Only four are mentioned — and NOT ONE OF THEM contributed any doctrines or beliefs to the Church — but the apostles did, and they quoted at great length from so-called “Old Testament” prophets. THEREFORE EZEKIEL’S MESSAGE IS FOR US TODAY! That is, for God’s CHURCH to proclaim to the English-speaking nations. First, God prepared me in a special way, then called me in a manner to wipe my mind clean of every other or previous belief, and to come to HIS TRUTH in a manner experienced by none other in recent times, CONQUERING ME, completely submissive to HIM and His Word. He started His Work and His Church in a very small way BUT IT GREW AND GREW and became a large WORLDWIDE Church. God in due time added you ministers to 1) feed the local flocks, and 2) to stand staunchly and loyally WITH ME in carrying Christ’s Gospel to the world. Now the largest nation in the world has made plans for my OFFICIAL visit with their top-ranking men of the People’s Republic of China, shortly after the Feast of Tabernacles. I constantly THANK GOD for you loyal ministers and your faithful wives, and for the way Christ is using you in furthering HIS WORK! God has called us, that we must all “SPEAK THE SAME THING” (I Cor. 1:10) in perfect harmony and love, that we be of ONE MIND — the MIND OF CHRIST! But now I do feel we must seriously consider God’s warning message to our nations and to the ministry of His CHURCH through Ezekiel. This is of CRISIS importance right now. A message to the lost 10 tribes Ezekiel starts his book saying, “I was among the captives [slaves] by the river Chebar, that the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God” (Ezek. 1:1) . . . “in the land of the Chaldeans [Babylon]” (verse 3). The first chapter merely records what Ezekiel first saw IN THE VISION. It contains no message he is to deliver. He seemed to be taken to heaven IN VISION, preparing him to receive the message — which is to the “lost” house (or kingdom) of ISRAEL. It is NOT a message to Judah — the Jews — but to the by then “lost” house of Israel — the 10 TRIBES. I proclaimed much of Ezekiel’s message to Manasseh and Ephraim during the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. But I was ahead of my time — or else God has deliberately slowed down prophesied world events. We are now coming into the TIME for proclaiming Ezekiel’s message. When Ezekiel saw, in vision, this first chapter whirlwind, and the glory of the Lord, he fell forward upon his face — and then heard a voice speaking to him, saying (chapter 2, verses 1-3): “Stand upon thy feet unto me and I will speak unto thee … and he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against me . . . even unto THIS VERY DAY” (our day now, last half of the 20th century). And (3:4-5): “GO, get thee unto the house of ISRAEL, and speak with my words unto them. For thou art not sent to a people of strange speech.” The “lost” house of Israel in the three or four generations since their removal from northern Palestine had “LOST” their Hebrew language. They had “LOST” God’s Sabbath and thereby their knowledge of God and their identity. But TODAY, God has raised up this Work of His Church to carry this message to the “lost” Israelites, whose true identity God has revealed to us — and to us they are not a people of strange speech. “But the HOUSE OF ISRAEL will not hearken unto thee; for they will not hearken unto me” (verse 7). Our peoples today will not listen to nor heed GOD’S WARNING MESSAGE! Verse 17, “Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel” (today the English-speaking peoples). In chapter 4, verse 13, “And the Lord said, Even thus shall the children of Israel eat their defiled bread among the Gentiles, whither I will drive them” — a forewarning for the U.S. and British peoples NOW! Continue, speaking of the American and British peoples: “Wherefore, as I live, saith the Lord Eternal . . . A third part of thee 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 [the sword of nuclear destruction in our day] round about thee; and I will scatter a third part into all the winds . . . Thus shall mine anger be accomplished, and I will cause MY FURY to rest upon them” (5:11-13). God’s FURY is an expression used many times in prophecies to indicate the troubles soon to strike us — great tribulation and first phase of the “day of the Lord” — which shall climax in CHRIST’S SECOND COMING! It is clearly evident that this prophecy is for our peoples and for OUR TIME — latter half of the 20th century. This prophecy NEVER TOOK PLACE IN OLD TESTAMENT TIMES! Continuing into chapter 6, “In all your dwellingplaces THE CITIES SHALL BE LAID WASTE” (verse 6). This could be accomplished only by NUCLEAR DESTRUCTION. The TIME of this prophecy is now JUST AHEAD OF US! Verse 7, “And the slain shall fall in the midst of you, and ye shall know that I am the LORD.” This latter is an expression many times used by Ezekiel referring to the second coming of Christ. Our peoples as a whole do not really know that Christ is LORD. The State of California does not — their invasion of God’s property shows they think “CAESAR” is lord. So there is no mistaking the TIMING of this prophecy. It is to happen in the approximate NEAR FUTURE — but we cannot set dates. Speaking to the clergy To continue through Ezekiel, expounding it, would take a hundred pages. But, speaking especially to the ministry of God’s Church, I want to include some of chapter 34, where it speaks of the clergy of the American and British peoples. LET US BE CAREFUL LEST ANY OF THIS APPLY TO THE MINISTRY OF GOD’S CHURCH! “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord ETERNAL unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks? [with the Word of God] . . . The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick” (verses 2-4). Some of our ministry wanted to do away with healing. God put HEALING in His Church. He put it in 1,900 years ago through the original apostles. He put it in today’s era of the Church through me, His apostle. DO NOT BE GUILTY OF NEGLECT IN THIS IMPORTANT DOCTRINE. But the Catholic and Protestant ministers RELY ON HUMAN DOCTORS AND MEDICINES! And God here upbraids them for this! Continue, verse 4, “neither have ye sought that which was lost” — here speaking of the “LOST” 10 TRIBES. Certainly the clergy of “traditional Christianity” have not sought to locate the “LOST” house of Israel. God revealed their identity and location to me before the present era of God’s Church was started, and it has always been a PRIMARY DOCTRINE of this Church. Yet some few of our ministers have rejected this TRUTH, and even tried to destroy it from the Church. While I was overseas and did not know they were doing it, some, under my son Garner Ted, REDUCED the booklet U.S. in Prophecy, eliminating vitally important parts of it. A new full edition of this important book is now in process of being published, full size. This book was one of the two or three that did more to BUILD THIS CHURCH than any others. Continue in Ezekiel 34:4-11: “But [even though you did not seek to locate the lost house of Israel, you were ministers AMONG THEM, unknown to yourselves, and] with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them. And they were scattered [spiritually into many sects and denominations] because there is no shepherd . . . my flock was scattered upon all the face of the earth, and none did search or seek after them. “Therefore, 0 ye shepherds, hear the word of the LORD . . . Thus saith the Lord ETERNAL; Behold I am against the shepherds [be careful this does not apply to any of you]; and I will require my flock at their hand, and cause them to cease from feeding the flock; neither shall the shepherds feed themselves any more .. . “For thus saith the Lord ETERNAL; Behold I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out [at Christ’s second coming].” Dire punishment is ahead I will break off there, for lack of space. But chapters 5 and 6 of Ezekiel, combined with Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28, and other scriptures such as Matthew 24:21-22, Jeremiah 30, show the United States and Britain are going down, down DOWN, into utter defeat, slavery and dire punishment for our national SINS. Beginning 1800 to 1803, we inherited the vast national promises of material wealth, power and prestige that God promised our father Abraham. We have enjoyed a living standard higher than any nation in history. Yet what have we done with these blessings? We have turned from our God, and in all our educational process have taught instead the godless theory of EVOLUTION. We have allowed our FAMILY LIFE to be destroyed. Our morals have sunk into the cesspool. We have endorsed and given our national blessing to SODOMISM. We have been unethical and dishonest in our business and commercial dealings. We have rejected God’s Sabbath (not this Church), and God’s ways, and turned to Satan’s ways. The sun already has set on the British Empire, which as an empire exists no longer. The United States is now caught in the vise of INFLATION, and an economic situation where our high living standard is being swept from us. Down, DOWN, we go! And soon God will send such drought that it will bring disease epidemics that will take the lives of a third of our people! After that, our CITIES shall be destroyed — which never could have happened before WE first invented and produced NUCLEAR MASS DESTRUCTION. The remaining third of our proud people will be REMOVED from this country into SLAVERY! Those left of us finally will repent. God says He will not make a FULL END of us! Finally (Ezek. 20:33, 42-44): “As I live, saith the Lord ETERNAL, surely with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury [the last plagues] poured out, will I RULE over you . . . And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall bring you [not Judah, the Jews, but our people ISRAEL] into the land of Israel . . . And there shall ye remember your ways, and all your doings, wherein ye have been defiled; and ye shall loathe yourselves . . . And ye shall know that I am the LORD . . . O ye HOUSE OF ISRAEL” (not Judah, the Jews). Then shall come the KINGDOM OF GOD! Satan shall be abolished. Christ with the Church converted to spirit immortality shall rule! Those still living shall have learned their lesson. And PEACE, and HAPPINESS and JOY shall flood the earth!]]>

The Worldwide Church of God- BEING MEASURED

The Worldwide Church of God is an UN-incorporated spiritual organism, made up of those who have been CALLED by God, and have RECEIVED the Holy Spirit of God through REPENTANCE, BELIEF OF THE GOSPEL and BAPTISM.
Over this Church is a spiritual “plum-line”, and God our Master builder is MEASURING THE CHURCH OF GOD, the SPIRITUAL TEMPLE OF CHRIST to see what belongs and what doesn’t! Inferior materials will be discarded, but the precious materials of the Temple who are FITLY JOINED with the foundation and cornerstone, will remain.
 
The Philadelphia Era of God’s Church(Rev.3:7-13) was raised up through Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong, a.k.a “The Worldwide Church of God”.
The Worldwide Church of God was the only Church of God Mr. Armstrong was a member of.
 
Now, Mr. Armstrong was raised up as an APOSTLE of Jesus Christ, and those of the Worldwide Church of God were placed under him. The membership of the Worldwide Church of God is the “seal” of Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong’s apostleship, as the Church under the apostle Paul was his(1 Corinthians 9:2).
 
Those of the true body of Christ are doing exactly what is described by the early members of the Church in Acts 2!
“And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship…”(Acts 2:42) “And all that believed were together…”(Acts 2:44) NOT DIVIDED INTO A BUNCH OF BICKERING SECTS AND DENOMINATIONS!
 
In 1 Corinthians 12:28-30, and Ephesians 4:11-16, we are told that the entire body of Christ, the true Church of God, are COMPACTED TOGETHER, FITLY JOINED, with the apostles FIRST, under Jesus Christ our head!
 
If a man claims to be a minister of Jesus Christ, yet is not FITLY JOINED with Christ through the apostle, THEN THEY DO NOT QUALIFY TO BE A MINISTER OF JESUS CHRIST!
 
If they are off teaching something DIFFERENT, telling you the opposite of what the true apostle taught, then their head is not Jesus Christ, but Satan the Devil MASQUERADING as Christ- the “another Jesus” that the apostle Paul warned of!(2 Corinthians 11:4)
 
The very purpose of the corporate organizations under Mr. Armstrong, was to enable the apostle to do the Work of God given to him by Christ, with the Church BACKING and SUPPORTING THE APOSTLE!
 
The very reason that Mr. Armstrong on the World Tomorrow programs was introduced by “The Worldwide Church of God”, and at the end of the program “sponsored by the Worldwide Church of God” was due to the fact the UN-incorporated Worldwide Church of God was supporting the apostle by sending God’s tithes and offerings to Mr. Armstrong to make such programs possible!
 
After Mr. Armstrong’s death, other men took control of the corporate entities, and those of the true Church continued with the apostle’s doctrines. Those who DID NOT, were not the true Church and they NO LONGER CONTINUED IN WHAT WAS TAUGHT!
Now some ministers took some of the teachings they were taught from Mr. Armstrong, and made themselves a new organization. And in order to set themselves up in a role or seat of authority, they had to depart slightly(at least) on what Christ had given them through the apostle.
Raymond McNair, an evangelist under Mr. Armstrong, when he started his organization “CHURCH OF GOD 21st CENTURY”, closed it down soon after, because he came to realize he was WRONG and in SIN AGAINST GOD for starting it up! He had gotten OFF THE TRACK! He was not the man chosen by God to lead the Church, he said! And so he closed the doors on his organization. What a man of God! He REPENTED, and soon after he died, his eternal crown and salvation secured.
 
So these new organizations were set up by ministers, to do a work “their way”. And in “their way”, they have chosen from the tree of knowledge of Good and Evil, rejecting GOD’S WAY OF LIFE and rejecting God’s supreme RULE over them!
If they were to come to realize their sins against God, as Mr. McNair did, they would have to GIVE UP their work, and REPENT, and get back to teaching EXACTLY what Mr. Armstrong taught, back to doing their part in the Work of God!(John 6:29)
 
As a branch may retain “nutrients” given to it from the mother tree, but while broken off, eventually withering and dying, so are those who have left(or was broken off from) the body of Christ to do their “own work”!
 
Their works are DEAD or DYING WORKS. They may resemble the mother tree, with certain features prominent, they may even claim “they hold fast to the foundational doctrines” but the fact remains, if they are NOT faithfully teaching ALL of what Christ gave through His apostle, then they are not apart of the body of Christ, and they will die out spiritually if not repented of!
 
A tiny step away from the building, is still a step AWAY from the building, therefore you are no longer INSIDE the building!
 
So the Worldwide Church of God remains. Those who have been called by God, are continuing faithfully, and stedfastly in what was taught them from Christ through Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong. They are obeying Christ in Rev. 3:11.
 
There has been a GREAT FALLING AWAY(2 Thes. 2) from God’s Truth. This is still going on. Satan is causing those he deceives into thinking and calling what God says is good and honorable, evil and a thing to despise.
 
Those who once filled offices and roles within the true Church of God, are no longer there! They went out to form their own churches, or join a church they chose, to do their own work!
“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[the apostles]: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.”(1 John 2:19)
 
But those of the Church who stay faithful, are STILL THERE under Christ, continuing with the apostles of Christ!
 
Some of our brethren have been deceived, and caught up in the traps of Satan!
 
THEY NEED TO REPENT QUICKLY, and “deliver themselves”(Zech 2:7) from such group and churches!
 
The true Church of God has always been persecuted for doing this!
 
The Worldwide Church of God is going through a purification.
 
Jesus Christ is still ruling the Worldwide Church of God.
 
We need to get “back on the track” today, before it is TOO LATE!
 
 
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And Now Christ Sets Church Back On Track Doctrinally

And Now Christ Sets Church Back On Track Doctrinally

By Herbert W Armstrong

Worldwide News, 19th Feb 1979

Link: http://wwnews.wwcg-archives.com/1973-1979/WWN%201979%20%28Prelim%20No%2004%29%20Feb%2019.pdf Until about 1969 we in God’s Church did all “speak the same things”. By 1978 many of the ministers were speaking different things! God had withdrawn from us His blessing and power that for 35 YEARS caused the Work of His Church to grow at the approximate rate of 30 percent every years of the preceding year! WHAT CAUSED GOD TO WITHDRAW HIS BLESSING AND POWER? Precisely the same thing that choked the growth of the Church of God at Corinth from A.D. 56, 25 years after the Church was founded at Jerusalem. They were following different leaders, speaking different things, watering down the sacred and precious truths of Christ! Christ’s apostle wrote to the Corinthian Church in A.D. 56. “Now I beseech you brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” (1 Corinthians 1:10) They were starting to follow different leaders teaching different doctrines! The Church was becoming divided and a church divided against itself cannot stand! Once such division starts among ministers it is a difficult matter to correct for most who have gone doctrinally a field will today – just as in Corinth in A.D. 56 ??? be willing to change back from error and watered down doctrines to God’s truth! This same deception was occurring in the church at Rome. And God said through the apostle Paul, “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they … by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.” (Romans 16:17-18) Jesus Christ showed me that, as much as it hurt, the No 1 deceiver with watered-down doctrines, in authority, whom I had to mark and put out of God’s Church, was my only living son whom I loved as only a father can. Other liberals have had to go since GODS CHURCH MUST BE CLEANED UP! We must all SPEAK THE SAME THING, as God commands! But HOW? How does Jesus Christ put His doctrines into His Church? How did He in A.D. 31? How in A.D. 1933? DID THE CHURCH OF GOD, of A.D. 31, believe and proclaim the TRUE doctrines? How did they come to believe as they believed? Did their doctrines come as a result of a vote of ministers on the ideas, opinions and convictions of the ministers in the Church? HOW must the true Church of God today receive its doctrinal beliefs? Doesn’t every human individual know by himself, KNOW right from wrong – what is TRUTH and what is error? Is not the ability to know right from wrong acknowledged by society as the test of sanity or insanity? Does not mankind automatically know what is truth – what is good and right – as contrasted from what is wrong, evil and sin? God says we in His Church must all believe and speak the SAME THING – we must be AGREED on what is truth and right and good as opposed to what is evil and sin. Brethren, WE HAVE NOT OBEYED THAT COMMAND OF JESUS CHRIST! We have not all believed the same thing! There HAVE BEEN DIVISIONS among us for that very reason! We therefore have been GUILTY before God of disobeying HIS EXPLICIT COMMAND! I said “We’ve been”. But God’s time of trial and test is upon us! God says through Daniel, that at “the time of the end. Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried;…” (Daniel 12:9-10) God’s sifting time is upon us! God is allowing those duped by Satan to bring upon us the GREATEST TIME OF TRIAL AND TESTING THAT His Church has undergone in our lifetime! When I pray as I do many times a day during this supreme trial of the forces of State government of America’s most populous state and the forces of the public press lined up against us, falsely accusing us, picturing us to the public as if already tried and proved guilty – as CRIMINALS – I not only petition God to deliver us, but I also THANK GOD for this trial and test! We are being STRENGTHENED by it! We are being brought closer to God and welded CLOSER TOGETHER than ever before! God, through this trial, is weeding out from our midst the liberals who did not believe or “speak the same thing”. These I have LOVED sincerely even as I have loved my own son! I wonder, do we sometimes LOVE even the sin within us that we hate to purge it out? At least I know how I have so sincerely loved those individuals whom Christ has been purging out – that we may all be united in speaking the same THING – speaking GOD’S TRUTH! Now HOW may we obey Christ by all speaking the same thing when we – especially a small portion of the ministers – have not all believed the same thing? I can tell you how my son, when he was executive vice president, with a small group of liberals at headquarters, tried to being us into harmony. Some of the ministers did not believe many of the doctrines Christ had put into His Church. A minority (yet perhaps close to a dozen field ministers) had liberal leanings – did not believe the SAME THINGS Christ had put into HIS CHURCH. So, behind my back – unknown to me, while I was in another part of the world carrying Christ’s gospel message into other nations – they produced what they called a Systematic Theology Project, changing and watering down – making more liberal – many doctrines Christ had put into God’s Church. WHY did they do this? The one who wrote most of it stated to me in writing, “My only goal in coordinating the project was to bring doctrinal consistency, stability and unity to the ministry and the Church”. This reminds me of a saying we used to have on the tennis courts, “The idea was fine, but the execution was rotten”. These deluded and misguided “scholars” were in fact IGNORANT of the central truism that the “same thing” we must all speak must be what CHRIST speaks, and for unity in what He speaks, the doctrines MUST BE PUT INTO THE CHURCH BY JESUS CHRIST! Not be compromising, watering down Christ’s teachings to satisfy rebellious liberals. JESUS CHRIST is the living HEAD of the Church. They overlooked that! So it has become necessary for CHRIST the HEAD of the Church, to SET GOD’S CHURCH BACK ON THE TRACK OF GODS UNITY – not confusion by trying to satisfy rebellious men by COMPROMISING GODS TRUTH! Now HOW did God put His doctrines and teachings into His Church in A.D. 31 – before many in the Church turned to another gospel (Galatians 16:7)? And HOW did the living Christ put God’s doctrines and teachings into His Church TODAY – before these “intellectual liberals” began trying to compromise and water down? Only by His chosen apostles. As I quoted in the beginning in 1 Corinthians 1:10 Christ says we must all speak the same thing. WHAT “same thing?” That which comes from the MIND of CHRIST – “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5) The Corinthian church was not in harmony. It was divided. WE had gotten out of harmony. WE were divided! Those who do have the mind of Christ and are surrendered to the Spirit of God are being used by Jesus Christ in rooting out that spiritual CANCER from God’s Church. Ministers are being called in for conferences. The first thing we at headquarters are concerned about is their attitude! If the attitude is good, and doctrinal differences can be straightened out, and we may proceed in peace, harmony and UNITY in faith – all speaking the same thing that CHRIST SPEAKS! If the attitude is resentful, rebellious, bitter, the one having it is “hooked” on a spiritual drug far worse than physical heroin. I have warned against this attitude for 49 years – ever since I began to preach in 1930. It is only common sense to realise that if everyone teaches what he, personally, believes, or if we follow different leaders each speaking his own thing, WE HAVE ONLY CONFUSION! Our teaching and doctrines MUST COME FROM GOD! Through CHRIST! And through His apostle! But HOW? must some speak what they don’t believe? We must believe what Christ SAYS, to be saved! Jesus Christ is the Word of God in PERSON. The Bible is the same Word of God in PRINT! The very first man to be used in writing down the Word of God as Christ (in the Old Testament, Yahweh) inspired, was Moses, and he wrote more words of it than any other. Now did Moses seek this commission for himself? No. Moses had been reared a prince in the palace of Egypt’s pharaoh, and he probably cared little or nothing about being a leader for God. But God called to him in the incident of the burning bush (Exodus 3). Immediately Moses protested “I’m slow of speech,” he objected. “I stutter”. God was a bit angry at this. But God said He had provided for that He had appointed Moses’ brother, Aaron, to be his spokesman. Moses accepted God’s rebuke and became strong and faithful in the Lord. He believed what God said! God has always, in dealing with humans, worked through ONE MAN at a time – one who believed God! Some in ancient Israel challenged this one man leadership. Some, likewise, have challenged it today! First, Moses’ own brother and sister challenged his one man leadership. Miriam and Aaron said, “Hath the Eternal indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us?” (Numbers 12:2) “and the Eternal heard it… And the Eternal came down in the pillar of the cloud, and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam: and they both came forth… “My servant Moses is not so (as the others), who is faithful in all mine house… Wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?” (verses 7,8) “And the anger of the Eternal was kindled against them” (verse 9). And Miriam was inflicted with leprosy for a while. Yet though our members and ministers all know this some are NOT AFRAID to speak contemptuously, in hostility or defamingly against Christ’s apostle today! They need not fear ME for I will not turn on them or strike them. WHY then do they not fear GOD? It must be one of the two things – either they do not really comprehend this teaching of the incident about Aaron and Miriam, or they do not believe that God has chosen me as His apostle and human leader today. Or, perhaps they think God is NOT the same yesterday, today and forever! In any event, this is a matter between them and Jesus Christ. But there was an even more significant incident of opposition of Moses’ leadership. That is the case of Korah, Dathan, Abiram and On. “And they rose up before Moses with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes… famous in the congregation, men of renown: And they gathered themselves together against Moses… Ye take too much upon you seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the Eternal is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the Eternal?” (Numbers 16:1-3) They accused Moses of appointing himself – though there had been ample evidence by the fruits of Moses’ leadership and even miracles God did through him, that they were without excuse, just as many are today. What happened to them? “And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up.” “They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation.” (verses 32,33) GOD IS ON HIS THRONE! And He is the SAME GOD! He has not changed! Once again, the same God is going, very soon now, to shake this whole world – to produce astounding miracles – and those who take His Work lightly and ought to know better are going to have to REALIZE that He is the SAME GOD TODAY! We are in the trying and sifting time, right now, for God’s Church! Notice it in Daniel 12:9-10. At “the time of the end. Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall UNDERSTAND.” (Daniel 12:9-10) My children in Christ, can we not see that we are IN THAT TIME NOW? God is TRYING us as never before. He is drawing those of us who both love and fear Him close to Him and to each other! He is permitting trials and tests, such as we never experienced before to come upon us, so that we well RELY ON HIM in unshaken faith! But the self-minded among us, even the few in the ministry, DO NOT UNDERSTAND! They do not believe God is the SAME today and will act the same as IN HIS OWN TIME! They do not TREMBLE at His Word (Isaiah 66:5). But THEY SHALL! God has always worked through one man, primarily, at a time. God chose David and worked through him. Two of David’s sons, at different times, conspired to wrest David’s throne from him. At this point I noticed beside my typewriter a letter I had not seen before from Queensland, Australia. I paused to read it. I quote a sentence from it that is appropriate to what I have been writing. This member wrote: “Take courage Mr Armstrong. God took it personally when Miriam spoke against Moses, and when Israel spoke against Samuel.” HOW SIGNIFICANT that this letter caught my eye at this stage of this article. The letter continues “NO DOUBT but that God also takes it personally when they speak (and act) against you (and His Church).” In founding God’s Church, Jesus worked primarily through one man, Peter, even though He originally chose His 12 disciples. Few have ever noticed how Peter was the real leader. Jesus had told His disciples to go NOT to the gentiles, but to the “lost sheep of the House of Israel”. the “House of Israel” never refers to the Jews – and always to the kingdom that became known as “the lost ten tribes”. They were in Western Europe and Britain when Jesus gave this instruction. Undoubtedly it was after Peter and the original apostles had left the Middle East and travelled to Britain that we read only of Paul and those under him. Notice now PETER’S pre-eminence. Few have ever put all these scriptures as I shall now do. This shows PETER was leader. “And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw tho brethren, Simon called PETER, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea… And He said unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:18-19) This is the first mention of calling His disciples. It is significant that PETER is named first. Matthew 10:2 “Now the names of the twelve apostles are these. The first, Simon, who is called PETER…” Notice PETER is called the first. Matthew 16:16-19 “… Simon PETER answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hat not revealed it unto thee but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee (PETER), That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church;… and I will give unto thee (PETER) the keys of the kingdom of heaven and whatsoever thou (PETER) shalt bind o earth shall be bound in heaven and whatsoever thou (PETER) shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” In Matthew 18 Jesus appears to be speaking to the 12 as a group, and in verse 18 the binding and the loosing is again mentioned. The binding and loosing was given to APOSTLES but PETER was unquestioned leader of the original 12 apostles. John 21:15-17 The commission, “feed my sheep” is three times given to PETER. Acts 2:14 On the day of Pentecost, it was PETER who gave the first sermon, converting some 3,000. Verse 38, PETER gives the instruction for baptism. Acts 3:4-12 It was PETER who healed the cripple. And it was PETER who gave the sermon to the assembled crowd, and God added 2,000 more to the Church. Acts 4:8 It was PETER who spoke boldly to the rulers after imprisonment, and verse 19 said “Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.” Acts 5:3-15 It was PETER who spoke to Ananias and Sapphire, causing them to drop dead. Verse 15, it was PETER’S shadow as he walked by that healed the sick. Acts 5:29 PETER said “We ought to obey God rather than men.” Acts 8, PETER with John went to Samaria. Verses 18-23 It was PETER who rebuked the first pope, Simon the Sorcerer. Acts 9:32-34 PETER heals Aeneas. Acts 9:38-41 PETER raises Dorcas from death. Acts 10:1-9 PETER used by Christ to be the first to open salvation to gentiles. Verses 19-24 Circumcision not required. Acts 11:12-18 Apostles hear from PETER how God had granted repentance to gentiles and salvation with eternal life. Acts 15 Here is the crux chapter, not generally understood. Paul and Barnabas had come to the church at Antioch. Certain Pharisees had come down from Judea and taught that “Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved.” Paul and Barnabas have much dissension and disputation with them. Now here was a classic EXAMPLE of HOW DOCTRINES were put into the Church and doctrinal disputes settled in the Church! It was determined that Paul and Barnabas and certain others go up to Jerusalem for apostolic settlement through the Holy Spirit. “And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter. Now notice “there had been much disputing” between the apostles and elders. They were not of one mind! How was the matter settled? By the Holy Spirit, but through WHOM? “… Peter rose up and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us,” Notice PETER was specially chosen. “that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. And God, who knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Spirit, even as He did unto us. And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.” Notice, it was GOD leading Peter, as chief apostle. For these gentiles to be required to be circumcised would obligate them to become a debtor to do the whole (ritual) law. (Galatians 5:3) Therefore Peter concluded, “Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither or fathers nor we were able to bear? But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.” PETER had spoken! God had made choice amongst them, choosing PETER to open salvation to the gentiles, and, now to SETTLE this dispute over what God required of uncircumcised gentile converts. And that settled the matter! Notice, once Peter had settled the dispute, “Then all the multitude kept silence, and gave audience to Barnabas and Paul, declaring what miracles and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles and by them. Paul and Barnabas were NOT disputing Peter’s decision. There were NOT giving their input to the disputed question – the question had been SETTLED – by PETER! Paul and Barnabas merely gave the ministers gathered there the NEWS of what God had wrought through their ministry. Then James rose. James was pastor of the Jerusalem headquarters church, in today’s language we would call him chairman of the meeting. He did not make the decision, PETER had already made it. He merely said, Simon (PETER) hath declared. And James merely CONFIRMED Peter’s decision making it official. That ought to make clear this crucial 15th chapter of Acts. The one classic example of settling any disputed doctrine in the Church. And though there were other apostles, God worked primarily through ONE man – PETER! Has God changed? Or is He the SAME still today? Finally, notice Galatians 2:7 “But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto PETER”. The Jerusalem conference (Acts 15) showed that PETER was predominant over even Paul, although Paul was the ONE MAN God worked through primarily in the ministry to gentiles. The CHURCH is GOD’S Church. The HEAD of the Church under GOD is Jesus Christ. Under Christ on the human level is His chosen apostle, through whom He has raised up and built this SPIRITUAL TEMPLE to which the reigning CHRIST shall soon come in glory (Ephesians 2:20-21). Now in closing, back to the theme of this article. God COMMANDS that we all SPEAK THE SAME THING! It must be that thing which the mind of Christ speaks – and He speaks only as the Father commanded (John 12:49) All doctrines in the Church as it began, A.D. 31, were put in by the apostles. All doctrines in the present, Philadelphia era were put into the Church by Jesus Christ through His chosen apostle. Now WHY does Christ use such caution in putting HIS doctrines into God’s church through His apostle? LET ME MAKE THAT POINT CLEAR! You have just read a case in point – Acts 15. This crucial crux chapter has been misinterpreted, twisted and distorted. I have tried to take space to MAKE IT CLEAR in this article. The other apostles and ministers were all in confusion, arguing and disputing. But Christ silenced them by speaking through His CHOSEN CHIEF APOSTLE, PETER! Let us UNDERSTAND! First of all, in human history, God spoke direct in person to Adam and Eve. They did not believe what He said! But God chose Moses, and God chooses only a man who believes what God says. Moses wrote more words of the Bible than any person. The prophets were chosen by God – not by themselves – and they believed what God inspired and wrote it for us. Christ came and preached to many THOUSANDS. Yet only 120 believed what He said. And even of the apostles, there was disputing until Christ spoke through PETER, who HE chose! In our day, God brought about my conversion in a manner UNIQUE in our time. He CONQUERED me, first, by making me realise 1) that what I had previously believed was untrue, and 2) that I had to REPENT and BELIEVE – that is, turn from former ways and beliefs, to different WAY OF LIFE – GOD’S WAY – and to BELIEVE WHAT GOD SAYS! My mind SWEPT CLEAN of all previous beliefs. When Christ chose His apostle for this time, He chose one who 1) does believe what God says, 2) will not not compromise or water down truths and doctrines Christ has given, and 3) has an open mind to receive further truth from Christ, and to be willing to acknowledge error when PROVED and turn from it! I do TREMBLE at the Word of God! I LOVE it, and I FEAR to go contrary to it or to mislead you my brethren and my children in the Lord! As long as this Church believed and spoke THE SAME THING Christ put in it through His apostle, HE BLESSED IT, and it GREW 30 percent a year for 35 years. But when my son Garner Ted came to take over more authority than had been delegated to him, surrounding himself with a group of liberals who LED him, and MISLED him into watering down God’s doctrines – under their false influence and a Laodicean lukewarmness and indifference, losing the LOVE of God’s TRUTH, found root in the Church. Christ BUILT this Church through His chosen apostle! We did, perhaps imperfectly, but certainly in general, SPEAK THE SAME THING! We GREW in Christ’s KNOWLEDGE and truth as well as in size and scope of Work. Then my son fell under the influence of a group of liberals with whom he surrounded himself. He began to DISAGREE with Church doctrines more and more! AND GOD WITHDREW HIS BLESSING! For 10 months now, the living CHRIST has been setting His Church BACK ON THE TRACK! Also His college. The liberal element MUST GO! Either the liberals must TURN FROM their liberalism, as defined in my recent article (see article-page 3) and put IT out of themselves and the Church, or they must go out with it! I hope the former. God has allowed this terrible trial and test to come upon us with the government of the state of California trying to take over and manage and operate God’s Church! In defiance of the Constitution of the United States. They do not, now, and they SHALL NOT, operate, manage or destroy the Church and Work of the LIVING GOD! His authority is infinitely greater than theirs. Perhaps, like those who crucified Jesus, they know not what they do (Luke 23:34). But they are drawing God’s Church closer to Him and to each other. PRAISE GOD! for cleaning up His Church!]]>

Does God Have A Headquarters Church Today?

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Does GOD Have a Headquarters Church Today?

Where is the central church of divine authority to which scattered members and local churches should look for TRUE DOCTRINE or to settle disputed points?

 

By Herman Hoeh

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INCREASING numbers are now being added by God to His Church. The establishment of local congregations is steadily increasing. God’s church is growing. Continue reading…

OPINION: S.T.P Implemeted in modern "Church of God" organizations.

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The Systematic Theology Project, or S.T.P that slipped it’s way into the hands of the ministers of the Worldwide Church of God during the 1970’s is being implemented into modern churches!
[NOTE: this is ANTI-STP not PRO-STP] A look into the modern “Church of God” organizations will shock older members of the Worldwide Church of God members!
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HOW CHRIST GIVES THE CHURCH ITS BELIEFS By Herbert W Armstrong

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I said to my wife, 52 years ago, “All these churches can’t be wrong. That’s how I know the Bible says ‘Thou shalt observe Sunday’”

But on intensive, indepth study of the bible, I found all “these churches“ were wrong, and that they did not obtain their beliefs from God’s word, but rather that they believed doctrines and practiced customs that are contrary to biblical teaching.

I wanted to find God’s teachings, doctrines, customs and practices. I found them! I found them in the same way the Apostle Paul did. Continue reading…

A WORLD HELD CAPTIVE by Herbert W. Armstrong

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You live in a world of awesome progress, but paradoxically, of appalling evils. WHY? It’s a world held captive, deceived into loving its captivity. Deliverance from kidnap in deception, human discontent, suffering and death hastens nearer. World peace, happiness and joy are just around the corner.
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WHO SETS THE POLICY IN THE CHURCH

< ![CDATA[Mr. Armstrong wrote in his May 2, 1974 Brethren letter: “Now notice I Corinthians 12:  In this chapter God is showing that in THE WORK of the Church — proclaiming the Gospel to the world, and feeding the flock, there are different ADMINISTRATIONS, different OPERATIONS, in the Church, and for these, God has given various spiritual GIFTS, or empowerments, by His Holy Spirit.
ADMINISTRATORS refer to performance of executive duties, MANAGERIAL responsibilities, rather than policy-making.”
He continues, “The ADMINISTRATIONS in the Church refers to executive performance and managerial responsibilities, NOT to policy-making. In other words, adapting the method of functioning, according to the PRINCIPLE which GOD (the Policy Maker and Law Giver), not we, has laid down.”
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