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An Important Reminder —How Leaven Pictures Sin By George M. Kackos

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God offers Christians vital lessons through the Days of Unleavened Bread. What do these days picture, and how can they help you lead a happier life?

The apostles were jolted! First, the sound of a violent windstorm filled the house where they were meeting. Then, almost before they had time to think, glowing flames of fire began leaping upon them. Continue reading…

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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Great is the Name of Our God

GREAT IS THE NAME OF OUR GOD Do you always use God’s name with proper reverence and respect? Here are guidelines everyone should know and use.  

By Selmer L. Hegvold  

The Good News, August 1982  

  Everyone wants life — happy, exciting, challenging life here and now, and the assurance that such abundant life will continue even beyond this physical existence. How to have this kind of life was on the mind of the man who came and asked Jesus Christ, “Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?” (Matt. 19:16). Jesus’ stated purpose for being on earth was that mankind “might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). He answered: “Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments” (Matt. 19:17). Here Christ revealed the way to the happy, fulfilling life everyone desires, the way that will actually produce every good result man could want: the way of obeying God’s commandments. Continue reading…

Readers Prove Mr. Armstrong Right

Readers Prove Mr. Armstrong Right

By Richard Rice

PASTOR GENERAL’S REPORT, FEBRUARY 17, 1984 PAGE 5

A number who contact God’s Church are at first skeptical, even antagonistic toward our teachings and doctrines. Some start out determined to prove Mr. Armstrong wrong. But after thorough study, they are forced to admit that he is right after all and that it was their former beliefs which are in error. Following are some interesting comments from such people: I felt I had to tell you that I will not swallow your teachings hook, line and sinker! I will continue to read your literature if only to try to prove you wrong (which I am beginning to think I cannot do). If, in the course of my study, I come to the con- clusion that you are indeed right, I will let you know. I must thank you for opening the Bible as a book of study for today, and not just some great dark unfathomable mystery. A.T. (Muskegon, MI) I’m a firm believer in God’s advice “to prove all things.” Yes, I diligently sift through Mr. Armstrong’s booklets too. God does work in mysterious ways–all my “buts, ‘I “maybes, ” and excuses are being stripped from me. I’d like very much for you to relay the following to Mr. Armstrong: in trying to prove him wrong, I’ve ended up proving him right and me wrong! E.S. (Ironwood, MI) I must write to tell you how much I appreciate all the publications I have received from you so far–The PLAIN TRUTH, GOOD NEWS and Bible correspondence course plus many of your booklets. There have been a number of times while reading your articles when I said to myself, “I got ’em on this one,” only to find you are right again. G.H. (National City, MI) My husband and I have been married a little over six years. I’ve grown up listening to you and believing the Gospel but my husband hadn’t. So he finally decided to prove you wrong. He started this on his own. I had nothing to do with it. All I’ve ever said to him in all these years is prove it wrong and I’d believe anything he wanted me to believe. So all of a sudden he did try and then said, “One of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do is to say I was wrong and that hurts.” I said “Mr. Armstrong has always said that.” Now he hungers for the truth and wishes to pay his tithe, which he’s never done before. S.G. (Moscow, TN) I don’t swallow things whole–I’m a digger and I see that I’ve been wrong! That’s refreshing to me. I’m 61 years old and have been in and out of 13 “Christian” churches. This is the only [real] one. He [ Mr. Armstrong] calls himself an apostle and wow, I believe it! V.H. (Boulder, CO) Please allow me first to say thank you for all the booklets and Bible correspondence course lessons you have sent me. Over the past year and a half or so, I’ve been having my eyes and ears opened by Mr. Armstrong’s broadcasts and all the printed material from the Worldwide Church of God. I took the challenge and started to check into and prove (or disprove) the beliefs which I had blindly accepted for so long. I proved to my satisfaction that the Worldwide Church of God is God’s true Church. With that proof, I started to change my life and the course it was on. I started keeping the Sabbath and I got in contact with the Church’s local minister. For the last two months I’ve been at- tending Sabbath services, and most recently my wife has come along also. I will be speaking to the minister soon about baptism. R.R. (Somersworth, NH) After reading your magazine and literature I always check my Bible. I have never caught you wrong in any of your statements pertaining to Bible scripture. Sometimes it’s a little hard to grasp, but it always stands up. W.W. (Alexander, NC) I have been receiving The PLAIN TRUTH magazine for almost one year now, along with countless booklets all free of charge. I am amazed at the accuracy of your interpretations and translations of the subjects in your writings. You and your staff are to be commended. I check out each and every translation with YOUNG’S ANALYTICAL EXHAUSTIVE CONCORDANCE and find that you are right on the money each and every time. You are batting 1000. Keep plugging away and telling it like it is, The PLAIN TRUTH. J.B. (North Bergen, NJ) I have increased my knowledge tremendously by reading and studying your literature. At first I was apprehensive, but through prayer I’ve found your works are scriptural. There have been many unanswered questions in my mind that you shed light upon. H.B. (Farmington, MI)]]>

An Important Reminder —How Leaven Pictures Sin By George M. Kackos

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God offers Christians vital lessons through the Days of Unleavened Bread. What do these days picture, and how can they help you lead a happier life?

The apostles were jolted! First, the sound of a violent windstorm filled the house where they were meeting. Then, almost before they had time to think, glowing flames of fire began leaping upon them. Continue reading…

'Muslims—Clear the Temple Mount'-asks movement | The Jews In Prophecy

The Temple Mount Movement, which is working on building the third Jewish Temple, is asking Muslims not to come to the compound so as to allow Jews to sacrifice on the eve of Passover. Source: Ynetnews News – ‘Muslims—Clear the Temple Mount’  

“On Monday, April 10, we, the Jewish people, are commanded to perform a special sacrifice on the Temple Mount. Over the years, the Jewish people have been looking forward to the moment when they would be able to renew this mitzvah. So please, evacuate the Temple Mount compound on this day to allow the Jewish people to perform the Passover sacrifice in its rightful time and place,” said Rafael Morris in Arabic  
What about this event? Is this event prophesied in the Holy Bible? Find out. Carn Catherwood goes into detail in his sermon “The Jews in Prophecy”. Listen today. [embed]https://wwcg-archives.com/Sermons/Carn%20Catherwood/01-11-1980%20-%20Jews%20in%20Prophecy%20-%20Carn%20Catherwood.mp3[/embed] “The Jews in Prophecy” by Carn Catherwood.]]>

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…

Body Must Function Together by Gerald Waterhouse

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Have you felt this way?

Some brethren feel they are not a vital part of this great work because they are not being used as ministers or full-time employees. Perhaps they have no direct responsibility in their congregations.

The result? Some let feelings of discouragement and despondency come over them.

Why? Could it be that the adversary — Satan — knows discouragement and despondency are the easiest ways he has of keeping us from doing our part?

Continue reading…