Government in the Church vs those who have gone out

HERBERT W. ARMSTRONG P.O. BOX 431, TUCSON, ARIZONA 85702   Pasadena January 26, 1983   Dear Brethren in Australia:   Evangelist Gerald Waterhouse has just returned to Pasadena from his most recent visit to many of the churches in Australia, and I thank God for his report of your continued faithfulness and loyalty to our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ, and of your continuing steadfast in spiritual growth. I recently returned from conferences with government leaders in Europe. I am much sobered by what I learned. The revival of the medieval “Holy Roman Empire” may be much more imminent than we have supposed — and both prophecies of Revelation 17 and Daniel 2:44 show that its reformation will result quickly in the Second Coming of Christ, the END of this present evil world and the bursting forth of the wonderful, happy and peaceful WORLD TOMORROW! We in God’s Church are of the glorious TEMPLE to which the glorified Christ is coming. More of that later, but I find there have been some misunderstandings as to what Mr. Waterhouse taught, and also about God’s Church and what it is. God has shown me that this letter must be straight and PLAIN TALK- the PLAIN TRUTH. For I know you do not want to be wrong due to misunderstanding. Time indeed is now short. We are the last generation of this present evil world — the generation that shall be caught up in the air to meet Christ as he returns to earth as KING of kings and LORD of lords to establish A WHOLE NEW WORLD! Brethren, we are all still human. We have been called of God to come OUT of this world’s ways and beliefs — to be a separate and holy people, forming the glorious TEMPLE OF THE LORD to which he soon will come. But also, the first century church at Corinth were called out of this world, and though now dead they shall be resurrected at Christ’s coming and with us (then changed to spirit immortality) together meet with the returning Christ in the air at his coming. And Christ’s apostle to them of that day had to write: “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. For it hath been declared unto me of you … that there are contentions among you” (I Corinthians 1:10-11). Some of them followed one minister, some another. This was causing divisions in the Church. And the apostle Paul also wrote to those at Rome, “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them” (Romans 16:17). Christ put GOVERNMENT into his Church. Most of those who have gone out from the Church have gone because they resisted the GOVERNMENT of CHRIST in the Church. Brethren, how does God look at this world? It is common for us to look at it as we have been seeing it in our lifetime, in our little PART of this world. God sees the WHOLE world from its very foundation. It was founded through one man. Adam followed his wife, who was deceived by Satan, into rebelling against the GOVERNMENT of God. God had commanded him not to eat of the forbidden fruit. The penalty was DEATH. Actually Adam followed the GOVERNMENT of Satan. As the archangel Lucifer, a cherub, Satan had been placed on the throne of the earth (Isaiah 14:13) to administer the GOVERNMENT OF GOD over the earth. But Lucifer rebelled and became Satan. But he is still on that throne. Adam had the opportunity to reject Satan and obey God. IF he had taken of the tree of LIFE, Satan would have been abolished and Adam made immortal, ruling on that throne. But Adam accepted the government or rule of Satan over his life and that of his children. So God CLOSED OFF the tree of life (the Holy Spirit, impregnating with immortal life) until Christ, the second Adam, 4,000 years later. Adam’s decision was the FOUNDATION of this world. At that time it was decreed that the “WORD” would come as Savior of the world and be slain for human sins (Revelation 13:8). It was also decreed at the foundation of the world that all men should once die and after that the JUDGMENT. Also, that as in Adam ALL die, so in Christ should all be made alive by resurrection (Hebrews 9:27, I Corinthians 1 5:22). This world became Satan’s world. Satan became the god of this world (II Corinthians 4:4). Adam’s first son killed his brother and lied to God about it. A world developed, swayed by Satan — a world avoiding and rejecting God. God’s law is the basis of God’s GOVERNMENT. Law is merely rules that regulate one’s way of living. The world has rules or laws regulating all sports and games. God’s law regulates human RELATIONSHIPS — with God, and with neighbor. God’s way is LOVE — outflowing concern for the GOOD of others — humility, obedience to God, cooperation, serving, sharing with neighbor. Satan’s way (this world’s way — human nature) is the way of rebellion, competition, strife, violence, disagreement. Satan is STILL on that world throne. A civilization was developed by MAN, cut off from God’s Spirit. Satan is the prince of the power of the air (Ephesians 2:2). Just as thoughts in the form of sounds, words and pictures can be transmitted instantaneously through the air by radio and TV, so Satan transmits ATTITUDES and IMPULSES through the air, and this works in the people of the world with the contentious, self-willed way of “GET.” Satan injects this selfish nature into babies in the first months of their lives, and parents do nothing to teach them otherwise. You and I grew up that way. Into such a world Jesus came. HE DID NOT SET OUT TO REFORM THIS WORLD OR MAKE SATAN’S WORLD A BETTER WORLD. He did not come to CHANGE this world or convert this world or make it a better world, as Protestants think. He came to start a whole new and different world. So he chose and called 12 men — drafted them, so to speak. For 3 l/2 years he TAUGHT them the WAY OF GOD — which is the GOVERNMENT of God. Through them he started his Church — people called OUT of this world — people who had grown up IN this world, but to REPENT, BELIEVE his teachings based on GOD’S LAW, which is the basis of God’s GOVERNMENT. Still living IN the world, but no longer part OF it, learning GOD’S WAY of life based on God’s LAW, which is the basis of God’s GOVERNMENT. On real repentance and believing Christ and living as we shall in GOD’s coming world — living as God and Christ have always lived — the TREE OF LIFE is open to us, even as it was open to Adam before he sinned. Receiving the Holy Spirit of God to dwell with our human spirit, the two spirits become ONE — just as Adam and Eve became ONE family humanly, we become spiritually ONE in mind with God. Under the 12 apostles, the 120 disciples who had followed Jesus, having received the Holy Spirit of God on the day of Pentecost, taught the other 3,000 baptized that same day. They, in turn, were to teach a multiplied larger number converted in the following days. THEY BECAME THE START — THE EMBRYO — OF AN ENTIRELY NEW AND DIFFERENT WORLD, to reign and rule and teach others in GOD’S WORLD, beginning with their resurrection at the Second Coming of Christ. But Satan was still on earth’s throne. By A.D. 53, 22 years after the Church started, much or most in the Church had turned away. The Gospel was suppressed. A false gospel of MEN about the person of Christ, but denying the GOVERNMENT and law of God, counterfeited the true Gospel of Christ — the Gospel OF THE KINGDOM — of GOD’S GOVERNMENT. When I was converted, 56 years ago, the true Church still retained the Sabbath and the name “Church of God,” but had lost knowledge of the true Gospel of the KINGDOM OF GOD, knowledge of the whole PURPOSE and Master Plan of God — knowledge of who and what God is, what and WHY man is, what salvation really is. Brethren, think a moment. HOW did the first Church of God receive its doctrines — its teachings — its beliefs? Answer: Only through the APOSTLES. And how did they receive this teaching? Direct from JESUS in person. He is the WORD of God. The Bible is the SAME Word of God in writing! How did YOU receive the true teachings of Christ? From God’s apostle. How did I receive this wonderful truth? From the SAME JESUS, only IN WRITING. The Bible is a coded book. The Catholics and Protestants have access to it, but can’t UNDERSTAND IT! WHY? “A GOOD UNDERSTANDING have all they that DO his COMMANDMENTS,” says Christ in writing — in the Bible. Catholics and Protestants say his commandments are DONE AWAY — nailed to the cross! They CAN’T understand the Bible. Jesus said these truths are hidden from the wise of this world and revealed to babes — to those who submit to his commandments and his GOVERNMENT. I was astounded, 56 years ago, to see that what I had been taught in a Protestant church was the very opposite of the plain teaching of the Bible. I submitted to the GOVERNMENT OF GOD! I GAVE my life to Christ, to let him live his life IN ME. He opened my understanding to HIS TRUTH, used me to share it with you and all his Church. WE MUST ALL SPEAK THE SAME THING — and it must be the very same thing Jesus teaches in HIS WORD. There must be NO DIVISIONS or contentions among us. We must be ONE with Christ and with God. We are NOT an Australian church or an American church — we are all ONE in Christ Jesus! Now, finally, how does GOD look down and see this world? He sees it as a world started with Adam, led by Satan in rebellion against God and God’s way of life. It is SATAN’S world, God sees in it — but not OF it — his Church, living God’s way of LOVE, obedient to HIS GOVERNMENT. IF we overcome this world, overcome Satan, overcome our own nature Satan has implanted within us from infancy, believe and obey Christ’s Gospel, are all ONE in and with Christ, then are we a part of that HOLY TEMPLE that shall rise and meet Christ as he returns to SIT ON THE THRONE OF THE EARTH. Satan shall be banished from it. When he comes, the dead in Christ shall rise first, we living shall be changed instantly from physical mortals to spirit IMmortals — all together being the glorious TEMPLE to which he is coming. We shall be priests and kings, ruling with and under Christ. We shall JUDGE THE WORLD. For 1,000 years judgment will be on the world. Judgment NOW is on us of God’s Church. Again, finally, dear brethren, directly or indirectly my children in the Lord, I address you even as the apostle John did after A.D. 90, and since I also am now passed 90 years of age, I address you as “my little children.” Virtually all the trouble in your country has come from some disagreement or rebellion against the GOVERNMENT OF GOD, or about (like in the church at Corinth) a preference as to ministers or disagreement between ministers. Your minister is your teacher. You’re his student, learning to be a teacher yourself in God’s Kingdom. He is OVER YOU in the Lord. You therefore must esteem him highly. It is true, nonetheless, as in the first century of the Church, some departed from the faith to draw disciples after them, even so some few have today. But even IF you suspect a minister is false or off the track, DO NOT DISCUSS THIS WITH OTHERS IN THE CHURCH. KEEP SILENT. But write either to your regional director or to me or Mr. Joe Tkach at Pasadena. Let US who are over him look into it. KEEP THE PEACE in your church. We believe and sincerely hope all ministers now serving are Spirit-led, true ministers of Jesus Christ, doctrinally sound and correct, loyal and faithful. Go VERY SLOW about feeling otherwise. Pray for one another. Pray for me.   With much love, in Jesus’ name,   Herbert W. Armstrong]]>

You have condemned, you have killed the righteous man; he does not resist you

In the book of James, chapter 5, we have an interesting passage. “Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he does not resist you.”(verse 6) Some translations say “You have condemned, you have killed the righteous man; he does not resist you”. In Lamentations 4 is an interesting passage that is much like what James 5 talks about. “For the sins of her prophets, and the iniquities of her priests, that have shed the blood of the just in the midst of her,”(verse 13) “And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.  And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus…”(Revelation 17:5-6) Notice, that after this “righteous man” is murdered, the apostle James says this: “Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. “(James 5:7-8) Who is he talking to brethren? THE WORLDWIDE CHURCH OF GOD TODAY! In OUR GENERATION Jesus Christ will return! So this message is to US TODAY! This “righteous man” is put into context of Elijah the prophet. Notice verses 8, 16-18. Now who can that be? Who in this end time, was a type of Elijah? The beginning verses of James 5, is speaking AGAINST the “rich men”, and of their condemnation. (verses 1-6) He even says their “riches are corrupted:” and their “garments are motheaten.” (verse 2) Notice that the apostle James, begins to edify the brethren, admonishing them to be patient until the coming of Jesus Christ, even warning some who would be “condemning” their brethren, even reminding such that Jesus Christ, the true Judge, is standing at the door.(verses 7-9) WHAT CHURCH COULD THAT BE TALKING ABOUT? Notice in Revelation 3:10, Jesus Christ promises the Church of the Philadelphia Era, The Worldwide Church of God which was raised up through Herbert W. Armstrong, supernatural protection in a place of safety, IN THE PHILADELPHIA ERA, for their faithfulness to God and His Word. In Revelation 12:14, Christ goes further into detail on how this Church will be given 2 wings of a great eagle that the Church may “fly” into a place of safety for 3 1/2 years. “And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” (verse 14-17) Notice, the remnant of this Church, the Worldwide Church of God, the ones not protected, suffers the Great Tribulation or Satan’s wrath. It is the SAME CHURCH. Now, the remnant is the LAST, or the Laodicean Era! Our brethren, those of you who have the Laodicean Attitude of being “RICH and INCREASED WITH GOODS”, and “having need of nothing”, who think they are clothed are told you are “Blind and Naked”, and you are told that Jesus Christ is standing at the door. If you would only REPENT, and open the door, then you would be included with the Philadelphian brethren of the Worldwide Church of God, who is being persecuted today yet doing the Work of God of getting behind Mr. Armstrong, who are being fed spiritually by Christ! NOTICE, everything the apostle James CONDEMNS in his letter, is conditions the Laodiceans brethren are in! But, realize this! THE LAODICEAN CHURCH, will simply be those of the Worldwide Church of God who were NOT GIVEN PROTECTION in a place of safety, the remnant that was left behind to go through the Great Tribulation or Satan’s wrath. So, today, even as Mr. Armstrong warned, some of our brethren have become LUKEWARM, and have the Laodicean attitude! Because of this attitude, Jesus Christ CANNOT WORK THROUGH THEM, and they are spewed out of the body of Christ, disfellowshipped to WAKE THEM UP! They have become RICH, now why is that? Is it because some of you have thought more about MONEY, and perhaps some of you have incorporated a Church organization preparing for MORE MONEY? That is the only reason to incorporate: to handle larger amounts of money. These COG churches started out incorporating first, in plans for a growth in their pocketbooks. Perhaps selling the gospel is making you  or them a profit? Perhaps, you have thought more about how your Church organization needs God’s money? Perhaps you think you don’t need anything else, but what your Church organization preaches? Perhaps you think you have “matured” past the teachings which were taught to the Worldwide Church of God by Jesus Christ through His apostle Herbert W. Armstrong? Perhaps you accuse other brethren of being “stuck in the past”? Perhaps you want to “let loose” of what was taught? There has been an UPSURGE in brethren who have the LAODICEAN ATTITUDE, and many have been confused calling this the Laodicean Era, BUT right now GOD IS NOT WORKING THROUGH THEM, DUE TO THEIR ATTITUDES! Jesus Christ cannot handle such disloyalty, such in-decision, He spews them out of His body! And without Christ, they cannot claim the promise given to the Philadelphians, and so they are LEFT BEHIND to suffer the horrors of Satan’s wrath in the coming Great Tribulation. They could not hang onto their SPIRITUAL HEAD, JESUS CHRIST, because they had let loose of His apostle! The ones God is using today in the Philadelphia ERA is the Philadelphia brethren of the Worldwide Church of God, and because they are faithful and true to Him and His Word, they are promised protection in a place of safety. The Laodiceans must go through the Great Tribulation in order to buy gold “tried in the fire” from God. They were far away from God through lack of prayer and study,  prior to the Great Tribulation, and so they received blessings from Satan and his world, and was not persecuted as their brethren were, and became wealthy and prosperous in this world in their sin and separation from God. They thought that God was blessing them! They thought that they were clothed with righteousness, and that they had special “insight” and “new revelation”, that they were rich and increased with goods, but God calls them poor, naked, blind, wretched and miserable. Now, in James 5, we see the Church of God prior to the return of Jesus Christ. In the Church are TWO ATTITUDES, one Philadelphian: the ones who keep the word of patience of God, who endure, who stay faithful and true to God, knowing that Jesus Christ’s coming is near. The second ATTITUDE: Laodiceanism- The ones who thought the Lord delayed His coming, and so they joined the ways of this world, becoming rich and drunken with the cares of this world, lukewarm & indifferent in attitude concerning God’s Law and what He had taught them through His chosen apostle Herbert W. Armstrong. They had become so spiritual lax, that Christ could not use them! But they produced “works” of their own. Does this sound familiar? Why are there so many “Church of God organizations” today? They each claim to be doing the work of God, but Jesus Christ is not leading them. Christ has “spewed them out”. So, James 5 is a warning to both Philadelphians and Laodiceans. Now to the latter mentioned, the apostle James says Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he does not resist you.”(James 5:6) Why is this “righteous man”, condemned and MURDERED by those who were brethren? This righteous man is mentioned among the ranks of Elijah! This can be none other than Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong! Now, God’s Word says he was MURDERED! Astonishing BUT TRUE!!!!!! In Lamentations 4, God condemns both “prophets” and “priests”, for shedding the blood of the just. So let’s evaluate the events that occurred around the death of Mr. Armstrong. We are told by Mr. Armstrong in 1981, that he created for his “corporation sole” which he says he incorporated in Arizona, an “Advisory Council of Elders”. The reason was, it was their job to choose a successor for Mr. Armstrong, if he should die. Now, while we are told by Mr. Armstrong that he incorporated this corporation sole in the state of Arizona, we find another corporation sole in COLORADO. Now in this corporation sole papers, which are registered with the State of Colorado, it states that it received PERMISSION from Ralph Helge who acted as the secretary of Herbert W. Armstrong, to be created. However, instead of being the original “Apostle of the Churches of God”, this corporation sole was named “Pastor General of the Churches of God”. Now, in 1983, Mr. Armstrong found out that some ex-ministers, ex-members, and some not even connected with the Church, had been creating their own “corporation soles” in various states for the purpose of choosing his successor. He ordered Ralph Helge, to SHUT DOWN THESE DUMMY CORPORATIONS. This Colorado Corporation was suspended, and no longer was in operation all the days left of Mr. Herbert W Armstrong. Thus concluding this corporation in Colorado, was a DUMMY CORPORATION. It listed the Advisory Council of Elders as the ones who would gain legal control over the ORGANIZATION and various corporations of the Worldwide Church of God. This Colorado corporation sole, was resurrected back to life in May 1986, four months after Mr. Armstrong’s death! Through this corporation sole, the Advisory Council of Elders was in control of the WCG organization and supporting corporations. In 1991, they made a change in the name and paperwork of this corporation sole, and had it placed in the name of Joseph W Tkach Sr. Why did they have to use a DUMMY CORPORATION to gain control over the organization and corporate entities of the Worldwide Church of God and to give it over to Tkach Sr? Also, Aaron Dean admits that prior to Mr. Armstrong’s death, Mr. Armstrong had been placing ministers from the Advisory Council of Elders into an evaluation period where he would evaluate them for being his successor. They each was placed into a period of time of evaluation in the position of head of the Church, says Aaron Dean. Prior to Mr. Armstrong’s death, Tkach Sr. was the last man Mr. Armstrong placed in that evaluation period in the position of head of the Church says Mr. Dean. So while in this position, as Deputy Pastor General, Mr. Armstrong DIES??? The Church was told that Mr. Armstrong had written his last letter stating “the greatest work lies ahead”. But come to find out that was a lie. Aaron Dean admitted that is was he who wrote it for Mr. Armstrong who was too weak to write. Mr. Armstrong only had enough strength to squeeze his hands in recognition. So, did Mr. Armstrong really write the January 10 co-worker and brethren letter announcing Joseph Tkach as his successor? Also, if he was sooo weak, then how was it he talked to the Advisory Council of Elders in the Business Administration building via Telephone conference, with Tkach Sr. and Aaron Dean sitting beside him at his home, supposedly appointing Joe Tkach Sr. as his successor? With all of the LIES that were told about the events surrounding the death of Mr. Armstrong, we must be cautious with the story we were told, Ambassador Report, a magazine that was started by ex-students and members, actually recorded some things that occurred around the death of Mr. Armstrong. They reported, that at the time of Mr. Armstrong’s death, 2 men fled the campus property fearing for their lives! They said “They killed him, and we are next!” That is ODD don’t you think? One was a nurse aid for Mr. Armstrong, and the other was a security guard for the campus. Now, this is a bit ODD. Why was the Church lied to? Why was Tkach in place, and who really chose him? Why did Tkach Sr. and the Advisory Council of Elders through Ralph Helge RAISE UP A DUMMY CORPORATION to use after Mr. Armstrong’s death? Mr. Armstrong prior to his death was telling the ministry that when he died, the income of the Church would drop. And so he closed down the Big Sandy Campus, and was reducing expenses in the work. Because of this reducing, the Church itself actually received an INCREASE IN INCOME. Tkach and the leading men after Mr. Armstrong’s death used this “increase in Church income” to say that God was behind THEM, but in reality it was due to Mr. Armstrong’s diligence. Even in articles Mr. Armstrong was talking about dissolving and shutting down all of the WCG Organization, and all of the various supporting corporate entities the Church had, in order to prepare the Church for fleeing into the Place of Safety. But instead, the Advisory Council of Elders used the DUMMY CORPORATION in Colorado, to keep the corporations and WCG INC afloat and ongoing. And through them, they had to stop the printing of the Mystery of the Ages, and other books of Mr. Armstrong, because they claimed they didn’t have enough money. Yet, a month later they donated a million dollars to the Earthquake fund in California? Now, we are told that Mr. Armstrong, this type of Elijah who would be on the scene shortly before Jesus Christ’s return, would be condemned and then MURDERED by men within the Church? Why is it that Tkach and the leading ministers knew the EXACT MINUTE of Mr. Armstrong’s death? There is a secret being HID, and we have been LIED TO! But God’s Word already exposes the works of darkness. WHY DOES GOD’S WORD SAY SUCH THINGS? Perhaps God’s apostle was murdered, and perhaps that is HOW false ministers and false brethren seized control away from the Advisory Council of Elders? Perhaps that is why they had NO CHOICE but to LEAVE and start up NEW ORGANIZATIONS, and NEW CHURCHES? Remember, the only reason to INCORPORATE an organization, is to set up a CHURCH GOVERNMENT and to handle large sums of money. Mr. Armstrong, actually didn’t incorporate first. He and the Church was first, and when the work grew, and it was evident that creating a corporation to handle the monies of the Church was needed, he incorporated. He was just fulfilling the need, rather than going after the money as those of the ministry who started their own COG GROUP. Remember, the Laodicean brethren who have been SPEWED OUT OF THE BODY OF CHRIST, are outside performing THEIR WORKS, and they have joined themselves to the governments of this world, fornicating with them, in order to make their works possible. They have become RICH, and increased with goods under the blessing of Satan. These 300+ Church of God groups are working to make profit, so they can keep their jobs, and have financial security! Talk about HIRELINGS! The Hirelings condemned by God in His Word feed themselves, instead of the Church! And the very reason they incorporate is to be able to FEED THEMSELVES with the proceedings of the donations and tithes and offerings the people give unto them! And as Mr. Armstrong said, it is these ORGANIZATIONS OF BABYLON that are scattering the people! The people are getting FURTHER and FURTHER away from Christ, away from the Church they were called into, away from the TRUTHS that were delivered to them by Christ’s apostle Herbert W. Armstrong! The book of James is a profound book! And we, as God’s people need to EVALUATE OURSELVES to see if we are approved of God, or not. OUR SALVATION AND FUTURE DEPENDS IT! ]]>

OPINION: Remember what was taught unto you. Hold Fast to it.

 Paul, the apostle of Jesus Christ, wrote: “I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you.For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me. For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach every where in every church.” (1 Corinthians 4:14-17)

In the same way, Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong, the apostle of Jesus Christ, wrote: “I don’t know any reason why God should have chosen me. I’m no better than anybody else. I’ve known all kinds of people with more ability than I have, better personality, better appearance, better everything than I have. But God didn’t choose any of them. He hasn’t used any of them. So He had to take someone who wasn’t quite so good and use to bring YOU THE TRUTH THAT YOU HAVE HAD. And all of you directly or indirectly are my children in the Lord, because you got the knowledge directly or indirectly through me. Christ got it to me; but Christ is the living Word, and I got it through the living Word in print, in writing, just as the early apostles did.” (Sermon: The Need for Spiritual Knowledge, given August 29, 1981)

The Worldwide Church of God was begotten through the gospel preached through Herbert W. Armstrong, the apostle of Christ. Any true minister, or true brethren, will BRING YOU TO REMEMBRANCE of what Christ’s apostle taught! If he or she leads you to a group that teaches CONTRARY to what was taught, then they are not bringing you to remembrance.

REMEMBER WHAT WAS TAUGHT UNTO YOU. HOLD FAST TO IT.(Revelation 3:11) For the apostle of Christ has laid the foundation, which is Christ, and WE OUGHT TO GROW UPON THAT FOUNDATION FORSAKING NOTHING, NEITHER TURNING TO THE LEFT NOR TO THE RIGHT, BUT SOLIDLY BUILT UPON THE FOUNDATION, RIGHT IN LINE WITH THE MEASURING-LINE!    ]]>

Let God Fight Your Battles!

Let God Fight Your Battles! by Herbert W. Armstrong

Personal from HWA – Published in The Good News Magazine March 1985  

The world you live in today is a very troubled world. You not only have your own personal problems, but you also suffer from the deliberate OPPOSITION and ANTAGONISM of the world around you. It is time you considered how to conquer these troubles: ◘how to be FREE from them ◘how to let GOD fight your battles instead! One lesson not yet learned   First, understand this: If the WORLD today is not happy — if world conditions are in a chaotic state, if lives are empty and purposeless, if minds are filled with fears and worries, bodies wracked with sickness and disease — THERE IS A REASON! Conditions are exactly what we make them! Mortal HUMANS, groping in the darkness of confusion, have made conditions what they are. Humanity is REAPING what it has SOWN! Only the direct and all-powerful supernatural intervention of ALMIGHTY GOD can deliver this world from all its troubles. What the world doesn’t know is that God will not cause its present ways of wrong living to bring any human utopia. Rather, GOD ALMIGHTY WILL SOON HAVE TO STEP IN AND RULE OVER THE WORLD — bringing it INTO THE WAYS of His just laws, which alone can produce this happy TOMORROW! WE, TOO, AS GOD’S PEOPLE, HAVE LESSONS TO LEARN. Even though stubborn and rebellious mankind brings upon the world even DARKER days in the immediate future, REMEMBER — it’s DARKEST just before DAWN. Take hope in the SURE knowledge that the new world of GOD’S making and RULING — is VERY near today! But in the meantime, what about You and your own private life and problems? Let us consider some of your own private, personal TROUBLES. I know that you have them! And I want to tell you something — I want to tell you GOOD news. YOU are carrying, a lot of worries and fears and troubles that you don’t need to carry! Life is simply filled with private, personal battles. We have to battle fears and worries. Some-times it seems we have to battle PEOPLE who appear to be enemies – often it’s a husband, a wife or a mother-in-law — and whether you realize it or not, You also have to battle YOURSELF! It is like having to fight a host of ENEMIES — all these TROUBLES, these CIRCUMSTANCES, these adverse CONDITIONS, these TEMPTATIONS! But there is a way you may FREE yourself from these troubles that confront you. There is a WAY OUT! YOU can be FREE from fighting all of these enemies except just ONE — your own self – and you can receive a lot of HELP and KNOWLEDGE and POWER in doing that! Here’s where that help can be found! Jesus Christ is the deliverer   The eternal Creator-RULER of the universe — the God who gives you the very air you breathe — sent His own begotten SON, Jesus Christ, into this world more than 1,900 years ago to BRING YOU THE WAY OF DELIVERANCE from all your trials, your worries, your problems. WHY, then, do some of you not LISTEN to the way He taught us? And WHY do so many people think of Him as a dead Christ hanging on a cross? GOD ALMIGHTY RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD! Jesus Christ is our LIVING Savior and High Priest, just as the Creator is a LIVING RULER OF ALL THE UNIVERSE! Do YOU REALIZE THAT JESUS CHRIST, THE LIVING, RESURRECTED CHRIST, TO WHOM IS GIVEN ALL POWER, HAS A PRESENT MISSION TO PERFORM? Do you realize that His present mission is to FIGHT YOUR BATTLES FOR YOU — to DELIVER YOU — to FREE you from all your fears, your TROUBLES and even the circumstances that beset you? Thousands of you would come to me for help in your troubles if I had time to see and talk to you — you’d come with husband-and-wife troubles, funeral troubles — every kind of trouble. Yes, you’d come to me because I’m human – one you can see — whose voice you hear. But because I’m only human, I have not the ability, the strength nor the TIME to render such a personal ministry to so many in different parts of the world. Now think this over carefully, and ANSWER THIS! WHY do you fight your own battles, when HE — the LIVING Savior — is living in ALL POWER to fight them for you? He’s REAL. He’s DIVINE. WHY do some of you go on worrying, when HE is right there in ALL THE POWER OF THE DIVINE CREATOR to FREE you from all your worries? WHY? There is one of two reasons, Either you have not fully KNOWN of this great, all-encompassing DIVINE SOURCE OF POWER that you can call on at will — you have not REALIZED what ALL-CONQUERING HELP you can have — or else you have, through lack of faith or neglect, FAILED to CALL ON that supernatural HELP in your times of need! CAN I open your eyes to see that God is a God of LOVE — that God in all His supreme power wills above all things for you to PROSPER and BE IN HEALTH and to find the way to the HAPPY, FULL, ABUNDANT LIFE? That Jesus Christ is a LIVING SAVIOR, to whom you can go AT ALL TIMES — a Savior to save you from your present everyday fears and worries, adverse circumstances, troubles, sicknesses and trials, as well as to save you from eternal DEATH at the end? Notice what Scripture commands: “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). God is interested in your life now   God’s salvation is NOT something you collect only after you die. IT IS A PRACTICAL, COMMONSENSE, USEFUL salvation that starts in your everyday life RIGHT HERE AND NOW! What needless pains some have been suffering. What NEEDLESS fears and worries you may have been carrying around. What WONDERFUL TIMES — what HAPPINESS you may have cheated yourself out of, just because you have not REALIZED and taken advantage of the very PRESENT and all-powerful HELP of your LIVING Savior! Actually what is happening is that you may have found yourself faced with foes far more powerful than you. These foes may come in forms of troubles, of unforeseen circumstances, of worries, of sicknesses or even of other persons. These foes NEED not make your life unhappy. Old Testament illustration   Did you ever really think through the full meaning of I Corinthians 10:11 that the incidents in the lives of God’s people of Old Testament times were written into the Bible for OUR LEARNING AND HELP? I want now to turn to the experience of a man who lived in that time. This man found that he could RELY on the almighty GOD. This man was faced with a FAR more terrifying trouble than has ever beset you. He found the HAPPY SOLUTION. His experience will show you what you can do, this very day! Once you UNDERSTAND, you will have to learn to TAKE GOD AT HIS WORD — TO CALL UPON GOD IN PRAYER — you will have to ASK GOD for what you need — and you may have to learn how to PRAY. GOD ALMIGHTY will actually intervene in your life and help you and fight YOUR battles for you. Remember, God is no respecter of persons. He will not do more for one than another. He will do as much for you as for any person who ever lived. He will do as much for you — if you obey Him and rely on Him — as for any ancient king of Israel or Judah! You may have a problem that completely overwhelms you. You may be at your wit’s end — you may not know where to turn or what to do! It may be a family problem, a personal problem, a financial problem, a problem of sickness or disease. But let me tell you now as Jesus Christ’s apostle of a man who came upon a situation probably far more terrifying than yours — one that would throw fright and terror into the stoutest heart. The solution this man used will solve YOUR problems — put an END to your troubles. The same God who heard and delivered him will hear and deliver you — IF you will obey Him and trust Him. The fact that this man was an ancient king makes no difference. God is no respecter of persons — He will do as much for you. God is the SAME today and tomorrow as He was yesterday. This man was King Hezekiah of the ancient kingdom of JUDAH. He was an ordinary human mortal, the same as YOU today. God intervenes for a man   The vast armies of Assyria were marching westward and southward to invade Judah. The Jews were greatly outnumbered. They had no army or power to stand up against such a powerful foe. They were HELPLESS. They faced certain defeat — just as You may feel HELPLESS in the face of your troubles today. If some of you try to solve your problem or overcome your bad habits or resist sin in nothing more than your OWN power and strength, you, too, will find yourself outnumbered, overpowered and doomed to defeat! You must learn, as this ancient king did, that GOD stands ready and willing to fight your battles for you. Read his experience in II Chronicles 32, from the Moffatt translation: “It was after this, after all this loyal service, that Sancherib king of Assyria invaded Judah, besieging the fortified towns and meaning to seize them. When Hezekiah saw that Sancherib had come determined to attack Jerusalem, he and his nobles and his chiefs agreed to stop the water of the fountains outside the town… . “Then, appointing officers over the citizens, he gathered them in the open space at the gate of the city, and encouraged them. ‘Be firm,’ he said, ‘be brave, be not daunted nor dismayed for the king of Assyria or for all his host; we have with us One greater than all he has; he has a mortal force, but we have with us the Eternal our God, to help us and to fight our battles’ ” (verses 1-3, 6-8). Continuing: “His officers said even worse things against God the Eternal and his servant Hezekiah. (Sancherib also wrote letters, insulting the Eternal the God of Israel and attacking him thus: ‘As the gods of the nations elsewhere in the world have failed to save their folk from me, so shall Hezekiah’s God fail to save his folk.’) The officers shouted aloud in Hebrew to the citizens of Jerusalem on the walls, to terrify them and scare them, that they might capture the city. They talked about the God of Jerusalem as one of the gods of the nations on earth, mere handmade idols” (verses 16-19). Now notice what the king of Judah did: “King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz PRAYED over this and cried to heaven” (verse 20). They PRAYED for help. They did not know exactly HOW God would intervene. But they knew God would ACT! Here’s what happened: “Then the Eternal sent an angel who swept off all the gallant fighters, the leaders, and captains, in the camp of the king of Assyria, till he had to go home in disgrace. He [later] went into the temple of his god, and there his own offspring murdered him with their swords. So the Eternal rescued Hezekiah and the citizens of Jerusalem from Sancherib the king of Assyria as well as from all other foes, protecting them on every side”(verses 21-22). That experience was written into the very WORD OF GOD for your learning and to SHOW YOU THE WAY TODAY! Perhaps You are faced with a foe more powerful than you. It may be some TEMPTATION. It may be some circumstance or condition or trouble. Some serious WORRY. Then let me ask you, WHAT ARE YOU RELYING ON to withstand the siege of this trouble — to deliver you from it? Rely on God and His power What do some of you do when some fear, worry, trouble comes up against you? Do you not first FEAR AND WORRY, and then either try to RUN FROM this trouble or else try to meet it in your own power and strength — with your own thinking and planning and doing? Do YOU ever search your own heart and life to see if it is YOUR fault? In almost every in-law or marital trouble, for example, both are at fault. Did you never realize that the very CREATOR who caused you to be born — who gives you the life you have — who called you into His truth — is able and anxious to fight all these battles for you just as He did Hezekiah’s — if you will only turn to Him and ask Him for wisdom and guidance, RELY on Him and TRUST Him with the result? Two examples   I know of a lady who, when in her middle 20s, had a problem that was MOST SERIOUS in her life. Three times this girl had been disappointed in love. She had at last been tempted to marry a man she had no right to marry. She brought her problem to me, as God’s representative. I found she was looking ONLY AT PHYSICAL APPEARANCES. She reasoned that, so far as she could see, if she obeyed God and refused to marry this man, she might never be married. I counseled her to OBEY GOD — to stop looking at the material circumstances and using human reason to disobey God. I counseled her to do, first of all, WHAT GOD INSTRUCTS IN THE BIBLE, and then to TRUST HIM for the outcome. But that girl did not RELY ON GOD — she relied on her human reason. She obeyed impulse and temptation and married the man. He left her to commit adultery with another woman on their very wedding night. Her life became miserable, terribly unhappy. Then at another time, another similar case was brought to me. THIS young woman rejected the temptation — she obeyed God and RELIED ON THE ETERNAL to work out circumstances — she trusted HIM with the result. Her faith was tried and tested. God did not answer AT ONCE — but in due time, just the RIGHT man came into her life, they fell in love, they were married and GOD HAS BLESSED THEIR MARRIAGE WITH SUPREME HAPPINESS. The experience of King Jehoshaphat   Now I want to bring you one more case history — a REMARKABLE experience that will show you the way out of all your difficulties and troubles. If you will let GOD have HIS way in your life, then you will have begun to learn how to let Him fight your battles, solve your problems and deliver you from so many troubles you are suffering. Now, notice the experience written for OUR learning and help today: “It was after this that the Moabites and Ammonites, with some of the Meunim, made war on Jehoshaphat. Word came to Jehoshaphat that a huge host was moving against him from Edom, over the Dead Sea, and that they were already at Hazazon-tamar (or Engedi). Jehoshaphat was afraid” (II Chronicles 20:1-3, Moffatt). Is fear your usual reaction, too? But observe what the king of Judah did. “He resolved to have recourse to the Eternal, and proclaimed a fast all over Judah. So Judah assembled to seek help from the Eternal; people came from every town in Judah to worship the Eternal” (verses 3-4). Jehoshaphat did exactly what God wants you to do today when faced with any temptation or trouble — HE TOOK IT TO GOD IN PRAYER AND FASTING! And as he continued to ask God for help, he said (verses 6-10): “O Eternal, the God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven, and ruler of all realms on earth? Such power and might is thine that no one can resist thee. O our God, didst not thou evict the natives of this land before thy people Israel, giving the land to the offspring of Abraham thy friend, for all time? And they settled in it, they have built a sanctuary in it to thine honour, thinking that if evil befell them, the sword in judgment, or pestilence, or famine, they would stand in front of this temple and before thee (for in this temple is thy presence) and cry to thee in their distress, till thou didst hear and save them. “Now here are the Ammonites and Moabites and folk from mount Seir, whom thou didst not allow Israel to invade, when Israel came out of the land of Egypt — no, Israel turned away from them and did not destroy them!” There was no reason for these neighbors to be enemies. Sometimes your own neighbors become your enemies, too, don’t they? But notice what the king said to God: “Look how they reward us, coming to eject us from thy very own country which thou given us to be ours. O our God wilt thou not deal with them? We are helpless against this mighty host that is attacking us; we know not what to do, but we look to thee” (verses 11-12). God answers prayer   Now I want you to notice! Jehoshaphat cried out for God to come to their aid. Here is God’s answer (verses 14-17): “Jehaziel . . . was inspired by the spirit of the Eternal in the midst of the gathering to cry ‘Listen, all ye men of Judah, ye citizens of Jerusalem, and you, O king Jehoshaphat; the Eternal’s message to you is this: “FEAR NOT, falter not before this vast army; it is for God, not for you to fight them. March down against them to-morrow; they coming up by the ascent of Haziz,and you will come upon them at the end of the ravine in front of the desert of Jeruel. You will not need to do any fighting; take your position, stand still, and watch the victory of the Eternal,who is on your side, O Judah and Jerusalem. Fear not, falter not. Move out against them tomorrow, for the Eternal is on your side.” ‘ And notice that Jehoshaphat obeyed after God instructed him. Verses 20-23 declare: “Next morning they rose and moved into the open country round Tekoa. As they advanced, Jehoshaphat stood and said, ‘Listen, men of Judah and citizens of Jerusalem! Take hold of the Eternal your God and you will keep hold of life; hold by his prophets, and you will prosper.’ “After this counsel to the nation, he appointed the Eternal’s singers to praise him in sacred vestments, marching in front of the army and chanting, Give thanks to the Eternal, for his kindness never fails. “As they began to sing and praise him, the Eternal set men in ambush against the Ammonites, the Moabites, and the folk from mount Seir, who had attacked Judah, and they were routed. The Ammonites and the Moabites turned on the natives of mount Seir, determined to wipe them out.” They turned against one another! That is how God answered Jehoshaphat. “And then, after destroying the natives of Seir, they all helped to kill one another. So when the men of Judah reached their post of attack looking over the open country, they saw the host were so many corpses stretched upon the ground; not a man had escaped” (verses 23-24). Jehoshaphat did not merely leave this trouble with God and then do nothing about it himself. First, he prayed and asked for wisdom, guidance and HELP. Then he DID WHAT GOD SAID. He had to do HIS PART but the BATTLE WAS GOD’S, and Jehoshaphat did not try to fight God’s battle. He merely did his own part. But he BELIEVED God, and RELIED on God. The point I want you to REMEMBER is that YOUR battles are not really yours, but GOD’S. If you look to Him, He makes them His battles, and HE fights them for you. How FUTILE for you to try to fight God’s battles for HIM. God says, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all” (Psalm 34:19). In the New Testament we read, “By GRACE are ye saved through FAITH” (Ephesians 2:8, Authorized Version). Yes, but the FAITH that saves us is a living faith that is practical — it WORKS — it really RELIES on God! So PUT IT TO PRACTICE! God does not promise us an EASY time during this life in this world. But He DOES promise to fight our battles for us to deliver us from EVERY trouble and affliction. WILL YOU LET HIM DO IT, AND LEARN HOW HAPPY YOUR LIFE MAY BECOME? GOD HELP YOU TO UNDERSTAND!]]>

Are We REALLY Listening Brethren?

Worldwide News, 19th Feb 1979 page 1

And Now Christ Sets Church Back On Track Doctrinally

By Herbert W Armstrong

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

WHAT CAUSED GOD TO WITHDRAW HIS BLESSING AND POWER?

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Telecasts on Tithing and the Sabbath Draw Excellent Responses

Telecasts on Tithing and the Sabbath Draw Excellent Responses

By Richard Rice

Pastor General’s Report June 29, 1984

  Two of our most recent telecasts, which discussed tithing and the Sabbath, brought in excellent responses, even though they were hard-hitting doctrinal subjects.

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Readers and Viewers Inspired to Study Their Bibles

Readers and Viewers Inspired to Study Their Bibles

By Richard Rice

Pastor General’s Report, June 01, 1984

  It is encouraging to read letters from readers and viewers who have taken Mr. Armstrong’s advice to “blow the dust off of their Bibles” and begin to understand God’s Word. Using “The WORLD TOMORROW” program and our literature as guides, many are having their eyes opened to the truth. The following comments from letters describe some of their reactions:

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