Living Church of God

The Living Church of God vs. The Worldwide Church of God

Before We go into the different teachings and doctrine that the Living Church of God teach concerning many of the DOCTRINES we have learned. Everyone needs to take half an hour and listen to this, it is VITAL!

*#1 BINDING AND LOOSING*

 LCG TEACHING

 

*June 17, 2010 – The Gospel of Matthew – Program 18*

http://www.lcg.org/cgi-bin/lcg/biblestudy/lcg-bs.cgi?category=Matthew1&item=1119293587

“Matt. 16:19

“And I will give you [He told Peter.] the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

This is a rabbinical phrase meaning that Peter is the leader of the Apostles. Later, as we will see in chapter 18, authority is extended to all the Apostles to make binding and loosing decisions. That is, they could apply the Law of God to various situations and make a decision as to how to carry out its principles. They were not to make new laws. They were not to change God’s Laws, but they were able to make binding and loosing decisions in the Church of God. That was proper, as long as they stuck with God’s Laws, which many in the false church that developed did not do. “

*June 17,2010 – The Gospel of Matthew – Program 20*

http://www.lcg.org/cgi-bin/lcg/biblestudy/lcg-bs.cgi?category=Matthew1&item=1119294126

“Matt. 18:18

“Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

Most people do not understand this at all. It is not taught. This is another Hebrew idiom; the rabbis were guided by God, apparently, to make binding and loosing decisions. At least they had that right. They often made wrong decisions, but they were to make decisions based on God’s Law. They were not to introduce new laws. They were to make binding decisions based on the Law-applying the principle of God’s Law to a particular situation. So Christ told them to do that. He said: “Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven.”

Matt. 18:19-20

“Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask [You see, in this kind of context, in a judicial context, making a binding decision.], it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name [In Christ’s authority to make this kind of decision.], I am there in the midst of them.”

You may ask: “How could that be?” If they were Christians, judging according to God’s will-in most cases, this would be ministers trying to make a binding and losing decision-God would back it up just like He did in the Old Testament because, as it tells us in Hebrews 13:8: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.”

If you have your Bible handy, turn with me back to 2 Chronicles 19:4. It describes Jehoshaphat-a very righteous and God-fearing king. Jehoshaphat appointed judges in the land, throughout fortified cities of Judah, city by city. Verse 6 states: “And said to the judges, ‘Take heed to what you are doing, for you do not judge for man but for the LORD, who is with you in the judgment.'” If God was going to be with them in the judgment back in carnal Israel, how much more would God be with them in the New Testament Church of God, if they were faithful men trying sincerely to carry out God’s will-God’s judgment-in a particular situation. That is an important principle to understand. “

*LCN: July-August 2007*

Editorial – By Roderick C. Meredith

http://www.lcg.org/media/lcn/LCN-9-4.pdf

“So it is vital for the unity in God’s Church and for our training as future kings and priests that we all learn now to genuinely trust Christ to guide His Church in all these matters.

It is the responsibility of the ministry to make “binding and loosing” decisions regarding divorce and remarriage problems, how to apply God’s statutes in today’s society regarding first, second and third tithe administration, and other such matters important to His Church.”

 

*Truth given through Mr. Armstrong*

 

*Worldwide News – November 1978 – “HOW CHRIST GIVES THE CHURCH ITS BELIEFS” By Herbert W Armstrong*

There has been much discussion at Pasadena between certain ministers of lower than apostle rank, as to the CHURCH binding and loosing.

So now let it be MADE OFFICIAL – by Christ’s present day apostle – that this binding and loosing PLAINLY, CLEARLY was given to Christ’s chief APOSTLE – not to lower rank ministers ordained by his authority – not by the CHURCH as a body – but by the APOSTLE!”

*Worldwide News – February 1979 – “And Now Christ Sets Church Back On Track Doctrinally” by Herbert W Armstrong*

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.”

*Good News – October 1979 – “How Did You Come to Know the Truth” By Herbert W Armstrong*

“And that brings me to the main purpose of writing this letter. “Three or four months ago I was intensively studying your article on “How Christ Gives the Church Its Beliefs,” which appeared in’ the November 20th, 1978. Good News. I memorized its main points, and thoroughly marked up my Bible – especially at Matthew 16:18, on the subject of binding and loosing.

“I was then staggered – left literally speechless – when I read an article in the March, 1979. Good News, which, in my eyes at least, just plainly CONTRADICTS what Christ is saying through you! Whereas Christ teaches, through you, that binding and loosing is given only to His apostles, the author of this particular article states that the ministry have the authority to make binding and loosing decisions.”  

Let me add here that the particular article in question was a “REPEAT” article, which had appeared several years ago in The Good News. At that time no official doctrine had been made in the Church about “binding and loosing.” I did not reread the article prior to republication in the March, 1979; Good News, and I am sure the author of the article did not recheck it, either. I made the doctrine of “binding and loosing” official only a few months ago. I do not remember catching anything in this article that should have been edited when it first appeared several years ago. So I will personally assume any blame for this discrepancy.”

*Note* – The Article this woman was referring to was by Roderick Meredith in his article in the March 1979 Good News titled “Should You Help the Underdog?”

 

*#2 Jesus Christ to comes FOR the Bride, goes to heaven, and then coming back WITH the Bride*

 

You can read their explanation in Richard Ames’s article in the Living Church News titled “The Saints Will Stand Before God’s Throne In Heaven http://www.lcg.org/cgi-bin/lcg/lcn/lcn-issue.cgi?category=LivingChurchNews&item=1361829303

He also gives the same material in his sermon titled the same as the article here – http://www.lcg.org/cgi-bin/lcg/sermons/lcg-sermons.cgi?category=Sermon1&item=1351231201  

*Teaching through Mr. Armstrong*

*Prophecy – Nuclear Warfare – August 10, 1984 SERMON by Herbert W Armstrong*

And the churches of this world just don’t understand it. Now that time of great trouble is what is known as the Great Tribulation. And churches all over talk about the — protestant churches — talk about the Great Tribulation, and they think the Great Tribulation is a curse sent by God. They don’t understand it, and they say the church will be raptured up before the Great Tribulation, that the church won’t be in it, the church will go up to heaven. 

And they have a pretty way of saying it that Christ will first come for His bride and take her up to heaven, that is the church, and they think they are all going to go to heaven. And then after the Great Tribulation, some think that will be one year, some think it’ll be three and a half years, some think it will be seven years, and Seventh Day Adventists think it will be one thousand years, and then He comes back with His bride after they’ve been in heaven. 

I don’t know why they want to come back to this terrible earth after they’ve been in heaven all this time, but apparently that’s the way they teach. “[End Quote]

  I have also found a sermon transcript from someone who didn’t agree with it since it went against the Bible and what Mr. Armstrong taught. This can be found here. I do not have the speaker nor the date. https://wwcg-archives.com/Going%20to%20Heaven%20-%20Richard%20Ames%20-%20Living%20Church%20of%20God%20Teachings.html    

*#3 MAKEUP*

  He also teaches that it is OKAY to wear makeup if worn modestly. Mr. Armstrong taught that it was *SIN*!!  

*LCG teaching on Makeup*

 
*NOTE* the reasoning he used was also the reasoning FOR the *PAGAN CROSS*!!

https://wwcg-archives.com/LCG-Meredith/Mr_Meredith_and_the_Cross.mp3

  Take a quick search through the archives and you’ll see several articles and booklets on the subject. It is Clear, Makeup is SIN.  

*#4 The King of the South*

What Did Herbert W Armstrong teach on the King of the South?

 

*#5 That this is the Laodicean Era of God’s Church*

 

LCG Teaching

*Page 2 – Illumination – Fall 2015 – Living University(LCG college) *

“However, we live in a Laodicean era where the “days are evil,” and in Satan’s society that is designed to monopolize and consume as much of our precious time as possible. “

http://www.livinguniv.com/sites/default/files/Illumination-Fall-2015.pdf

Living University – Church History Lesson 07 – The Church Today – The Laodicean Era

http://www.livinguniv.com/course/thl-320-introduction-church-history

*Living Church News – November/December 2009 – Seven Eras, Seven Attitudes by Richard Ames*

We are living in the Laodicean era 

http://www.lcg.org/cgi-bin/lcg/lcn/lcn-issue.cgi?category=LivingChurchNews&item=1424710289

 

*Living Church News – July/August 2017 – Why the Living Church of God by Mike DeSimone*

Dr. Meredith frequently told us, “We are the Church of God in the Laodicean era, trying to do a Philadelphian Work.””

http://www.lcg.org/cgi-bin/lcg/lcn/lcn-issue.cgi?category=LivingChurchNews&item=1499887396  

*Living Church News – March/April 2009 – Editorial – Go “All Out” to Serve Your Creator!” by Roderick Meredith*

During this Laodicean era, God specifically warns us all: “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot.”

http://www.lcg.org/cgi-bin/lcg/lcn/lcn-issue.cgi?category=LivingChurchNews&item=1426792005

 

*Where is God’s True Church Today booklet by Roderick Meredith*

Today, we are clearly in the Laodicean era, which Christ condemns for being “lukewarm” even though it has most of the Truth.”

https://www.tomorrowsworld.org/booklets/where-is-gods-true-church-today/content

   

*Teaching through Mr. Armstrong*

What Did Herbert W Armstrong teach on the Laodicean Era?

*#6 Branches Churches of God*

 

LCG Teaching

*Where is God’s True Church Today booklet by Roderick Meredith*

“It is important to note that while God’s true Church is one spiritual organism, the Bible shows that it is normal for the Church to exist in several different corporate “fellowships” or “branches” at the same time. In chapters 2 and 3 of Revelation, Christ reveals the characteristics of the seven ages or “eras” of God’s true Church. “

https://www.tomorrowsworld.org/booklets/where-is-gods-true-church-today/content

 

*Living Church News – July/August 2000 – “What is the Mission of God’s Church? By Douglas Winnail*

It is incredible how much confusion exists today among the various branches and fragments of the Church of God about the mission of the church. 

http://www.lcg.org/cgi-bin/lcg/lcn/lcn-issue.cgi?category=LivingChurchNews&item=1366741224

 

*Living Church News – September/October 2013 – Personal Grow in Faith Through Trials! By Roderick Meredith*

Yet in the trials that we have today in the Work and in the Living Church of God and all branches of God’s Church—it may be easy to “give up” if things do not seem to be “going well” at any particular time.  

http://www.lcg.org/cgi-bin/lcg/lcn/lcn-issue.cgi?category=LivingChurchNews&item=1378217025

 

*Where is God’s True Church Today? By Roderick Meredith*

To be in the body of Christ, you must be fully surrendered to God and be led by God’s Spirit: “Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His” (Romans 8:9). So each member of the true Church must be genuinely converted and led by God’s Spirit. Again, God gives the Holy Spirit “to those who obey Him” (Acts 5:32). Yet down through the ages, there have been many different Church of God fellowships—”branches” of the true Church—that sometimes coexisted. In the first century after Christ, the Apostle John wrote of seven churches in Asia Minor, which displayed attitudes that would be found throughout Church history to come, each of which would also represent the dominant attitude of the Church in successive “eras.” These different “branches” of God’s true Church were often in different parts of the world—perhaps, at times, unknown even to each other. For example, during the 12th and 13th centuries, God’s true Church existed among the Bogomils in Hungary even while those believers were unaware that a similar group of Sabbath-keepers existed simultaneously in Great Britain.  

Many in the U.S. are familiar with the Seventh Day Church of God. Over the years it underwent various “splits”—as many denominations do—and before World War II had ended up with one group headquartered in Stanberry, Missouri, and another headquartered in Salem, West Virginia. From this environment, God raised up Herbert W. Armstrong, who for many years led what became known as the Worldwide Church of God. The Worldwide Church of God became, by far, the largest group of true believers who surrendered their lives to keep the whole law of God, observe the true Sabbath, preach the Gospel of the coming Kingdom of God and use the correct name, “the Church of God.” Even during this time, however, there existed the aforementioned groups of the Seventh Day Church of God. Mr. Armstrong often acknowledged that these different fellowships were “branches” of the true Church.”

https://www.tomorrowsworld.org/booklets/where-is-gods-true-church-today/content

   

*Teaching through Mr. Armstrong*

*Worldwide News – June 24, 1985 – Recent History of the Philadelphia Era of the World by Herbert W Armstrong*

Little groups, splintering off, centered in Washington, D.C.; Eugene, Ore.; Tyler, Tex.; Monterey, Calif.; and other places with groups too small to mention. They are not bearing fruit for the Kingdom. They are not pleasing God or being blessed by Him. Jesus said, “By their fruits you shall know them.” They usually claim to be “branches” of the Church of God. But Jesus said, “I will build my church” (Matthew 16:18). He did not say denominations, sects, cults, branches or a church divided against itself. Rather He said a house divided against itself cannot stand. There is one true Church and one only. The apostle Paul pictured humanly self-appointed “branches” when he said to the elders of the local church at Ephesus that some of their own selves would depart to draw a following after themselves.  

Paul said, “But now are they many members, yet but one body” (I Corinthians 12:20). How was that one body organized? Did it have one government? “And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues” (verse 28). Verse 25 shows there should be no divisions in the body — no branches or branch organizations.  

The Church is “built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone; in Whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy Temple in the Lord”(Ephesians 2:20-21). Note, the Church is organized and fitly framed together, not organized with competing and differing branches.”

*Unity Sermon – February 4, 1984 by Herbert W Armstrong*

Ephesians 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: (16) From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted [just as if it’s welded together — the one body, not two bodies. Not different branches, not different sects and denominations — one a Methodist, one a Baptist, one a Presbyterian, one a Congregationalist, one a Church of Christ, another a Church of England, and so on.”[End Quote]

Read the Whole article *“IS GOD’S CHURCH COMPOSED OF MANY SEPARATE ‘GROUPS’? By Herbert W Armstrong – Good News (and Worldwide News) December 18, 1978”*

 

*Success Based On God’s Law (Origins) Sermon – July 30, 1983 by Herbert W Armstrong*

 Christ is the Vine. We are each individually the branches. But we have to bear fruit, or we are going to be cut off; and that is our doing.”

Now there’s another thing. Here one says, well, you see the churches are like Christ said about the Vine. There are many branches. So there are many churches. There’s a Baptist church, a Presbyterian, and this and that. And one, who left this Church and started another church of his own, said he’s one of the branches — that there are many churches, not just one Church.

But they are all joined onto the Vine, and that’s speaking of individuals; and there are individual Churches, but they are all joined onto the Vine. Now there’s a Church here. There’s one that met this morning in this same place. There’s another one meeting this afternoon over in the Imperial Gym, I guess it is. We’ve had Churches today meeting today in Boston, where I expect to speak next Sabbath. You know, they’re all branches too. But we’re joined together! And we are joined in, and through, and by Christ — together. “

And, by the way, if you look at the telecast tomorrow morning, I wonder are you indifferent — thinking “Well I don’t need to look at it”? Well, brethren, it’s money that you pay in. Of course, it’s God’s money. But that’s what’s paying for it, and each one of those telecasts tomorrow (The one tomorrow morning on Channel 11, and the one tomorrow evening on Channel 9.), each one of those just for that one-half hour is costing several thousand dollars. Did you know that? But they reach a lot of people; and telephone calls come in by the hundreds and the thousands as a result immediately, from people clear outside of the Church.

But that’s part of your work. I just happen to be the speaker. But you notice that it says, “This is sponsored by the Worldwide Church of God.” Not by me. I don’t sponsor it. You are all the Worldwide Church of God. The Worldwide Church of God is all of us combined, put together. And we’re ONE BODY fitly framed and joined together whether we are in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the Philippines, South Africa, England, Germany, or where — ONE BODY, many offices, many things to do; but one body. So let’s understand that.”

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Is the Church named AFTER "Doctrines"?

“We have just covered the truth that God set officials to serve on the human level under Christ, in the Church. Members do not elect them. Yet in the churches of this world some believe in government by the entire congregation—“democracy”—and call themselves “Congregational.” Others have organized themselves into government by ministers or presbytery and call themselves “Presbyterian.” Some follow Luther and call themselves “Lutheran.” Some follow Wesley, who was strong on “method,” and call themselves “Methodist.” Some learned God’s truth about baptizing and call their church after the name of that one doctrine, “Baptist.” One wanted complete universal world dominion, and called itself “Catholic,” which means “universal.” What is the name of the Church Jesus founded? “
 
 
“Notice that Paul did not call the true Church “Catholic” or “Protestant.” Nowhere is the true Church called after the name of a MAN or after the name of a doctrine.”
 

Michael Venish of the “Vigilant Church of God”, in his video “Our Commission” explaining the name of his church group “The Vigilant Church of God”.
 
“Oh by the way, “The Vigilant…” , the word “vigilant” means “keeping careful watch”. And that is EXACTLY what Jesus Christ and Herbert Armstrong said we should do!”
 
Nowhere in God’s Word is the Church named AFTER a doctrine! Yet men name their churches after doctrines. “Vigilant”, “continuing”, “United”, “Philadelphia”, “Restored”, “Living”, etc,etc.
 
Let’s not be deceived!
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Proving All Things – Being Mindful of what the Apostle taught us

Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. Another COMMAND from Jesus Christ. What did Mr. Armstrong teach on the Great Commission? Who was given the Great Commission? Who Was Jesus Christ talking to? As you can read, the Apostles were the one’s being addressed. The Apostle Peter repeated it toward those called through his preaching, to be MINDFUL of what the Apostles taught! Now what about today? Are we to be mindful of Christ’s Apostle Mr. Herbert W Armstrong. But, that brings up the question, WHAT if they don’t BELIEVE he was an Apostle? What if YOU do not believe that Mr. Armstrong was called to be an Apostle and fulfilled his commission? Does Mr. Webber BELIEVE, UNDERSTAND or AGREE that Mr. Armstrong was called and placed in the Church as an APOSTLE? Does the United Church of God? Does any of the Cog groups today? I mean REALLY Believe it, not just say it and then go about and CHANGE what Herbert W Armstrong meant or Believed or wrote, saying he misunderstood(meaning did not believe God) on this or this topic or doctrine found in God’s Word. You might find they say it at one time or another, but do they REALLY believe it? Are we MIDNFUL of what we were commanded and taught through the Apostle? What does “mindful” mean? It means “conscious or aware of something”. Strong’s Concordance states – (through the idea of fixture in the mind or of mental grasp); to bear in mind, that is, recollect; by implication to reward or punish: – be mindful, remember, come (have) in remembrance. If we are mindful of what the Apostle taught, we wouldn’t believe something contrary to it. Once faced with another doctrine, another gospel, you must have the teachings and doctrines through the Apostle in our minds, making SURE that what we read is the same as what we were taught! And if they are not, HOLD FAST to what we have been taught! (Revelation 3:11) What did the Apostle Paul say? Php 2:1 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Php 2:2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. (Having the same MIND, BELIEFS, UNDERSTANDING) Php 2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Too many spend their time tearing down the ROLE and OFFICE of the Apostle, teaching others to put low those whom they should and are commanded to ESTEEM BETTER than themselves! Php 2:4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. (like the doctrines that came through the Apostle. As Jesus Christ said through him He restored ALL THINGS through) Php 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. So Jesus Christ gave the Apostle Paul his mind on things, on doctrine, on teaching, on God’s Law(LOVE), on unity. He in turn commanded us to be of that same MIND, the SAME UNDERSTANDING, the SAME BELIEF that the Apostle had! So are we with the Apostle, Mr. Herbert W Armstrong! He had the mind of Christ! If we remember Matt 28:20, Jesus Christ gave commandment(teachings, doctrines) to the Apostles, who in turn were to TEACH OTHERS what they were given. Some today, believe Mr. Herbert W Armstrong did not such thing, but have inserted his own ideas and taught the Church his ideas. But do we BELIEVE GOD? Or people? 1Co 9:2 If I be not an apostle unto others, yet doubtless I am to you: for the seal of mine apostleship are ye in the Lord. I ave no DOUBT that Herbert W Armstrong was an Apostle of Jesus Christ! Now what happens when the foot says I have no need of the hand? 1Co 12:21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. 1Co 12:22 Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: 1Co 12:23 And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. Notice what the Apostle Paul said! “ And those members of the body, which we think…”. If we rely on ourselves, believing that the Apostle is not needed today, we are commanded to REPENT and bestow MORE ABUNDANT HONOR. You have to say it MORE. You have to MAGNIFY THE OFFICE OF APOSTLE! You have to keep the Apostle and what he taught us in your MIND! That you are MINDFUL of what was taught! I ask the same question to Robbin Webber. Are you? Is Any other minister today? Is the United Church of God? Are any other group doing so? Are we ourselves? Why must we bestow more ABUNDANT Honor to the Apostle? 1Co 12:25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. 1Co 12:26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. 1Co 12:27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. 1Co 12:28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. 1Co 12:29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? 1Co 12:30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret? 1Co 12:31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way. Joh 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. If we do not care for(LOVE) the Apostle, giving honor to him when we think he’s less honorable or small comparative to others, then are we REALLY Jesus Christ’s disciples? Mat 10:14 And whosoever shall not receive you(The Apostles), nor hear your words(What the Apostle Taught), when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. (Have nothing to do with those who won’t receive the Apostles and their teachings) Mat 10:15 Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city. Why do they reject what the Apostles received from Jesus Christ? Mar_7:9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition. Mar 7:7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. Jesus Christ says their WORSHIP, their fellowship is IN VAIN if they reject what Jesus Christ gave through the Apostle! Are we heeding God’s Word here? Hos 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou(ministers) hast rejected knowledge(rejected REVEALED knowledge from Jesus Christ through the Apostle), I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. Again God says that their worship is in VAIN, Because of their traditions and rejection of the Apostle and the Apostles teachings, their Churches would become churches of this world. No longer CHILDREN OF GOD. Because they are deceived into what the Minister is teaching BECAUSE he has rejected the Apostle and what he taught! Luk_10:16 He that heareth you(the Apostles) heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me. What happens if we reject(cut off – saying “I have no need of you”) the Apostle(Mr. Herbert W Armstrong) Mr. Armstrong addresses this from a personal experience with his son. [Quote] “Read carefully now. As the Work grew, so did the human organization to work UNDER me in getting God’s Work done. Then, after this 35-year unmatched GROWTH with God’s blessing, I made a basic mistake, which I did not then realize was contrary to GOD’S form of organization. It was a detail that NONE in the Church realized was unscriptural. It happened this way: As the work continued growing and growing, especially after the foundation of Ambassador College, my younger son, Garner Ted, had become converted. Mr. Roderick C. Meredith had entered Ambassador College as a student beginning its third year, fall of 1949. He was developing as a leader under me. He saw the rapid strides my son Garner Ted was making at the time, spiritually. My elder son, Richard D. (Dick), was growing spiritually too, but at a slower more steady rate. Mr. Meredith began to urge me to make Garner Ted vice president under me, in the Work. I thought it a good suggestion. Along about 1956 and thereafter, Garner Ted showed aptitude for broadcasting and began occasional broadcasting……But I made the mistake, unrealizing that mistake, of allowing an office of authority to be injected BETWEEN ME AND THE MINISTRY AND CHURCH! For the first 35 years of this Work, I was the sole human in supreme command, UNDER CHRIST. There was opposition and persecution – from without – but THERE WAS NO QUESTION OF WHO WAS IN CHARGE! During those 35 years the Church and the Work GREW AND GREW AND GREW! It had Christ’s BLESSING! I knew that GOD’S FORM OF ORGANIZATION IS FROM THE TOP DOWN. I DID NOT REALIZE that allowing an office of authority to be interjected BETWEEN me and the Church was contrary to God’s form of human organization. WHAT RESULTED? Great confusion grew in the Church – especially in and around headquarters. “WHO IS REALLY IN AUTHORITY?” many wondered, perplexed. The Work STOPPED GROWING. More knowledge But at last God has opened my eyes to a more detailed knowledge of HIS FORM OF HUMAN ORGANIZATION. Now I want to take you direct to GOD’S WORD! The first human organizational procedure there recorded is that of Moses. The PEOPLE did not elect Moses – GOD CHOSE HIM! Under Moses were captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, over fifties and over tens. BUT NO ONE was interjected in authority BETWEEN Moses and the captains of thousands! There were 600,000 men. Men and women approximately 1,200,000. Adding children, there were at least THREE MILLION Israelites. That means a minimum of three to four thousand captains under Moses, and NO MAN BETWEEN THEM AND MOSES! Once Moses’ brother Aaron and sister Miriam challenged Moses’ authority and attempted to interject themselves between Moses and the people. Got STERNLY REBUKED THEM and punished Miriam! Korah’s rebellion Another time Korah attempted to challenge Moses’ authority and step in between him and the People. GOD PUNISHED HIM by causing him and his family to he swallowed up by the earth! ” June 5 1978 Good News “CHRIST PUTS CHURCH ON BIBLE FORM OF ORGANIZATION” By Herbert W Armstrong[End Quote] What was it that Mr. Armstrong taught concerning Matt 24:14? About the Great Commission? Through WHOM was it given, and who did he give it to from that point on? The Church certainly has to fulfill the Great Commission, but is everyone APOSTLES? 1Co 12:29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? 1Co 12:30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret? Many are not fulfilling THEIR PART in the Great Commission! They are trying to exalt themselves to positions NOT GIVEN! They believe they can go out as a witness and teach all nations, as the Apostles were to do. That was already fulfilled. Those taught and trained and placed by the Apostle are to continue to teach nonetheless, but not as an apostle. They cannot instill doctrines. They are to fulfill their role as an evangelist. Fulfill their role as Pastor, which is stationary. Fulfill their role as lay-member. To fulfill our roles in the Family. GROWING in the Grace and Knowledge of Jesus Christ! Teaching what we were taught by the Apostle! Not departing from it. What did the Apostle teach us concerning OUR PART, or ROLE? From “SEVEN PROOFS of THE TRUE CHURCH – Proof no. 6 by Herbert W Armstrong, Good News Magazine December 1978 [Quote]Why members called Now came another example of how the Church stood back of the apostles. Remember, the word apostle means “one sent forth.” Jesus had given the great commission to Peter and the apostles. The other members of the Church were not sent forth with the Gospel. They were called: 1) to support and encourage the apostles in getting out the Gospel message, as GOD’S MEANS of, 2) developing in them God’s holy, righteous CHARACTER, qualifying them for places as kings and priests in the KINGDOM! So here came another incident showing how the Church supported the apostles. Continue, verse 5 of Acts 12, “… but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him” – Peter. The brethren stood loyally 100 percent back of God’s apostles. What happened, when the Church so unceasingly prayed? “… The same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison. And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands” (verses 6-7), and Peter followed the angel on out of the prison. Peter fled on to Caesarea. The GREAT COMMISSION to apostles Jesus gave His GREAT COMMISSION to the apostles – those sent forth with the message. The lay brethren were added to the Church to support the apostles. Notice the GREAT COMMISSION as recorded by Matthew: “Now the eleven disciples [Judas had left them] went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them… And Jesus came and said to them [not the whole Church], All authority in heaven and on earth is given to me. Go, THEREFORE, and make disciples of all nations…” Notice, make disciples OF, or within all nations. A disciple is a student – one learning, being taught. “… baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…” Notice here, this does not and cannot refute Jesus’ own statement that “NO MAN CAN come to me, except the Father which sent me draw him.” The GREAT COMMISSION was not a commission to try to persuade ALL in those nations to come to Christ. Jesus said plainly “make disciples OF [within] all nations.” He referred to those whom God had called – and they were, comparatively, exceeding FEW by proportion to the whole population. Then Jesus continued… teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age” (Matthew 28:16-20, Revised Standard Version). The apostles were NOT sent forth on a soul-saving crusade, but to TEACH those whom God had called and made willing to listen. That is what God’s apostle does to this day. Today we are able to utilize modern methods of MASS COMMUNICATION – radio, television, the printing press. We TEACH – the good news of the coming KINGDOM – to those whom God calls and makes willing to listen. In this way we TEACH and PROCLAIM the true GOSPEL MESSAGE to many MILLIONS, worldwide. Our magazine, The Plain Truth, has more than THREE MILLION subscribers, and estimates are that each copy is read by at least three people – actually reaching nine or 10 MILLION people! And we teach all who willingly listen to observe all that God commanded His apostles! Now notice Mark’s account of the GREAT COMMISSION: “… Afterward He appeared unto the eleven… and he said unto them, Go YE into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:14, 15). Naturally Jesus did not mean every human being on earth – but all they might reach who would hear. “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved…” Yet only those God called would be able to believe – for Jesus meant believe what was SAID – believe the GOOD NEWS! However, this is quoted from the 1611 King James Version, but nearly all other translations omit it, saying Mark did not write these words – beginning verse 9 – but that they were added by some later editor trying to make it harmonize with Matthew 28:18-19. But the great commission was given to the apostles – not the Church as a whole – although as cited above, the Church completely, prayerfully, wholeheartedly backed up and supported the apostles. That was their part in the great commission. [End Quote] Is this being FAITHFULLY TAUGHT today? Within several sermons and articles among the Churches of God, they state Mr. Armstrong DID NOT FULFILL the Elijah Role, even though through MANY sermons he stated the fulfillment of those verses. By His Fruits Jesus Christ through him fulfilled them. [Quote]“In the book of Isaiah is a “now” prophecy: “The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord. . . . lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say. . . Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him” (Isa. 40:3, 9-10). That voice now cries out! The prophet Malachi confirmed this: “Behold, I will send my messenger and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts” (Mal. 3:1). The Elijah to Come Both of these prophecies have a dual application. First, they refer to John the Baptist, who prepared the way before Jesus’ human ministry more than 1,900 years ago. But, as a prototype, or forerunner, these prophecies foretell one to prepare the way before Christ’s Second Coming as the King of kings and Lord of lords to rule over all nations! Malachi’s prophecy, like Isaiah’s, if you will read on past the first verse, refers to a human messenger preparing the way before Christ’s now imminent Second Coming, this time in supreme power and glory as Ruler over all nations! Understand the duality principle here. These prophecies refer to a type and its fulfillment. John the Baptist was a voice crying out in the physical wilderness of the Jordan River area, preparing for the human physical Jesus’ First Coming to a material temple at Jerusalem, to a physical Judah. But that was a prototype, or forerunner of a voice “lifted up” (greatly amplified by modern printing, radio and TV), crying out in the midst of today’s spiritual wilderness of religious confusion, announcing the imminency of Christ’s Second Coming as the spiritually glorified Christ, to his spiritual temple (the Church resurrected to spirit immortality) (Eph. 2:21-22). Jesus came, over 1,900 years ago, to announce the future kingdom of God. He’s coming this time to establish that kingdom. That end-time last warning message is now going out worldwide in amplified power. It’s going before kings, emperors, presidents, prime ministers of nations—and to their peoples, on all continents and all nations of the earth! [End Quote] – Mystery of the Ages by Herbert W Armstrong 1985 edition After reading this, many CONTINUE to preach that Mr. Armstrong did not fulfill that role! Yet all the evidence is mounted up AGAINST THEM! Is it toward us as well? That is what we must make sure of. Getting back to Mr. Robbin Webber’s sermon, he(like many others in different groups) categorizes people into two categories.

  1. They believe that the Great Commission was given to the Church as a whole.
  2. Those that believe that Mr. Armstrong fulfilled Matt 24:14 and that he fulfilled the role of Elijah. And that the work as a whole was finished.
Point no. 1 – Many of the Points of clarification are neglected. It is so watered down, that one makes a blanketed statement where one needs to clarify. Where one needs to show what the Apostle taught. It is TRUE Mr. Armstrong fulfilled the Great Commission given to him through the prophecy of Matt 24:14. It is also TRUE that he fulfilled the Role of Elijah! His commission/Work is finished. The Work of the ministry through the Apostle is finished! But the Work of the Church is not! Our Part in the Great Commission is YET to be fulfilled! Some try to pigeon hole many people into the second category. If you believe he fulfilled the prophecy in Matt 24:14, you get pigeon holed. If you believe he fulfilled the Role of Elijah, you again get pigeon holed and judged. For a group that publicly stands as someone who does not JUDGE, as many have said the UCG appears as. Yet they stand as judges concerning the Apostle and God’s WAY of TRUTH, God’s Government in the Church. Then what happens to those left? They get pigeon holed into the first category of which is the watered down, neglected, teaching of the UCG(United Church of God). The ONLY two options we led to believe, is to believe as the United Church of God believes. Or Believe what the Apostle(Mr. Herbert W Armstrong) Believed, Understood and be counted as a heretic among organizations of men. As you study and read one’s literature, do they bring to light, are they MINDFUL of what the Apostle taught, and show how the Apostle fits, what he taught us, and how we fit within that Paradigm, or blueprint/plan of God?(for example Gerald Waterhouse’s sermons) Or do they leave out the Apostle? Do they fail to teach our relationship with the Apostle? Do they teach how Jesus Christ issued his doctrines and teachings through the apostle, and down to us? Very few may, but overall they neglect to do so. If they do they fail to MENTION that it was GOD who gave us the Apostle. Groups as a WHOLE, do not teach God’s viewpoint, as the Apostle directed us. The GROUP is not MINDFUL, does not have the mind of Christ as it was in the Apostle! There is the danger! Why is the Group that way? Because the Ministers are that way! Those who do, are spiritually bullied, bound up, restrained because of the people around them, of whom they fellowship with. They fear what men can do. A True Minister works for God ALONE. They are not muzzled by men and their organizations. They preach what the Apostle gave us, being MINDFUL at all times that they do not Preach the Gospel as they received it! Notice the Teaching of Christ’s Apostle as taught through a Faithful minister at the time. [Quote]What does it mean Brethren, when Mr. Armstrong says, “BACK ON THE TRACKS”? Or Christ has shown him that He’s going to put His Church “Back on the tracks”? You know since June 1978, Mr. Armstrong has been telling us, that Christ has shown him that Jesus Christ Himself, was going to put HIS Church “Back on the Tracks”. And from that time we heard about the Church itself being put back on the tracks. The Plain Truth Magazine, Ambassador College, Various things that was going on, one after the other as it was addressed and found not to be as it should be, was put back, and IS being put back on the tracks. One after the other. And that job is not DONE yet, there’s still much to do, but yet the major turn around is certainly taken place. But what does it mean, to be “Back on the tracks”? Take a look at John Chapter 12. The Apostle John, faithfully recording Christ’s words. For he says in John chapter 12, and verse 49(John 12:49) And you can find several scriptures where Christ says this very same thing, or very similar to it. He says, “for I have not spoken of myself”. The words that He brought and He spoke were not His own words! Christ did NOT claim authorship for the words that He delivered! “for I have not spoken of myself, but the Father which sent me, He gave me a commandment what i should say, and what I should speak”. Now you know most of us, would be reluctant to say something like that. We just don’t want to say, that we just speak what we’re TOLD to speak, but Jesus Christ faithfully said, “That His words were not His own”. He spoke the words the Father GAVE Him to speak. And He says and “I KNOW that His commandment is life everlasting. Whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me. So I speak.” Christ NEVER claimed authorship for His words. He always said the words were from His Father! Who is greater than He! Take a look in John Chapter 17. John Chapter 17, you’ll remember that this was the last night,. This was the prayer that Christ prayed to the Father before He was crucified. It’s a very moving prayer. And it’s got a lot of knowledge. Lot of Spiritual knowledge, and understanding for us. Notice John 17 and verse 6(John 17:6), He said “I have manifested Your Name unto the men which You gave Me out of the world. Yours they were and You gave them to me, and they have kept YOUR word.” Notice again He doesn’t claim authorship, He says they have kept the Word of God, The Father. They kept God’s Word. “Now they have known that ALL things whatsoever you have given me are of You”. The Apostles, the disciples at the time, recognized that the words that Christ gave them was NOT Christ’s Words! They knew that he was sent from the Father with a message! They understood that. And He says “now they have known that ALL things whatsoever you have given me are of You. And I have given unto them the WORDS which You gave me!” The Word was given to Christ. He was sent to the earth with a message. And He gave it to the APOSTLES! “I have given them the words which You gave Me. And they have received them”. They recognized them for what they were, “and have known surely that I came out from You, and they have believed that YOU did send me”. The Apostles knew that. They recognized Christ as the one that was sent from God. And His words as GOD’S words! Now, notice what they were to do. In Verse 18, of the same Chapter, “As You have sent Me into the World” Christ said, that’s why Paul referred to him as an Apostle, He was sent too, “As you have sent me into the world, even so have I sent them into the world.” Those Apostles were given the Words of God. Christ faithfully delivered them to the Apostles, and then He sent then into the world to take them and preach them and whosoever would hear, they would, they would listen and recognize the words for what they were. Notice in 2nd Timothy Chapter 3. 2nd Timothy, Chapter 3 and verse 14(2Timothy 3:14). Here’s Paul, who was trained personally by Christ as well, and Christ, you know, is SO much identified with the Word of God, and it so fills Him, that HE’S CALLED The Word of God! God permits that name to be on Him, because He’s so much like it, He is exactly the Word of God! He says in 2nd Timothy, Chapter 3, and verse 14, the Apostle Paul trained personally by Christ as well, “but continue you in the things which you have learned, and have been assured of”. Timothy was a young minister, and he TOLD to keep going the same direction. “…knowing of whom you have learned them.” Knowing that the Apostle Paul had taught him. And he had a direct connection with Christ who has taught him the Words from the Father. And that Christ had faithfully delivered the Father’s words. “…knowing of whom you have learned them, and that from a child you have KNOWN the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise unto salvation through faith, which is in Christ Jesus.” Timothy KNEW the Words of God, the Old testament of course, from a Child. But did he understand them? NO! Not until an Apostle came and explained it to him. And showed him what those words were, and helped him to put them together, here a little and there a little. To understand the Words of God! Notice brethren it’s ALWAYS called the Word of God. It comes from the Father. And it was sent by Christ, Christ was sent into the world to bring the Words of God! And He gave them to the Apostles. And the Apostles were to faithfully pass them on, to the membership, and the ministry, ALL of them! And they would carry them on Faithfully. Now when you have it straight down the line, and you get God’s mind on any subject, on any subject there is, and it comes from the Father. And it was given to Christ, and He faithfully passed it on to the Apostles. And the Apostles faithfully passed it on in the Word that we’re reading now, which is called the Word of God! SO representing Christ’s message that it’s the Word of God too. And we faithfully are in line with that, and it comes from the Apostles down to the ministry and the membership, and it’s straight and there are NO Changes or delusions, YOU’RE ON TRACK! And when there is anything that’s distorted, or somebody gets in the way, and changes it, and decides he is not going to deliver it faithfully as he’s been taught it, then it’s diluted, or distorted in some way, and then YOU’RE OFF TRACK! Then it’s NOT God’s Word faithfully passed on down! That might be on a subject like the Sabbath, which is very clear in the scripture. Which we can understand very clearly. Or a subject that is not covered directly, like smoking. Where the principles of God’s law are applied, and the clear Will of God is plain, about, in the Church of God, that we don’t smoke. Even though there’s no specific prohibition about it. Whether it’s on keeping God’s annual festivals, the Holy Days, that again is clearly set out n the Word. And kept in there and taught faithfully right through. Or something like applause in Church, where a certain decision has to be made based on the principles of God’s Law, and the principles of His Way of Life. Whether it’s a matter like Tithing, which again shows God’s mind very clearly in the scripture, that He wants us each to Tithe. Or something that is Not covered directly like calling a minister by his first name. But a principle based on God’s Law. When we have God’s mind on those subjects passed on down FROM God, to Christ, to the Apostles, in our age, APOSTLE, and on down to the ministry and membership, then we’re faithfully on track, and we’re going the way God wants us to go! There will be two results of that! That we now enjoy far more in the Church of God, than we did when we were OFF the track! And the one result is PEACE! Where no one’s arguing and bickering for his OWN point of view, he wants to have GOD’S Point of view on every subject! And he wants to know what God’s mind is. Cuts out all of the arguments and all the fights and the bickering. And the 2nd result is, that we’ll all speak the SAME THING! Exactly God’s Word as it comes down from Him, right through Christ, the Apostles, right on down through to us, the ministry and the membership. And I’ll tell you that is a pleasant thing, that can be. Because you see God knows the Way of Peace! He knows the way that men should go! He knows how we should have a proper relationship with God. And He knows how we should have a proper relationship with each other. And nobody else does. And when we have His Word straight, and we’re following it, we’re RIGHT ON TRACK! Exactly the way we ought to be. Take a look at Ephesians. The book of Ephesians, Chapter 4. You know it’s instructive, that anyone COULD alter the Words of God, the most qualified to do so, is Jesus Christ himself! He’s absolutely perfect! And yet in the scripture He goes TIME AFTER TIME AFTER TIME, to say that He DOESN’T Alter it, He DOESN’T CHANGE it, that they’re NOT His Words! And that He faithfully passed it on just the way the Father gave it! And each of us in our own lives, should do exactly the same thing. Following God’s Will. Following God’s Way. Notice in Ephesians Chapter 4 and verse 11(Eph 4:11), “and He gave”, Christ did, “some apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, for the perfecting of the saints”, so that the Church, the people that are the saints, would be perfect. “…for the work of the ministry, for the edifying…” or the Building “…of the body of Christ, till we all come…” ALL of us! “…in the UNITY of the faith”. There’s one faith! And there’s ONE way to go! “…and of the knowledge of the Son of God” with the knowledge of God’s Way. The knowledge that He brought from the Father. “…till we all come in the Unity of the Faith, and the Knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” Till we TOO can be called the Word of God, identified with God’s way, and to be filled with it, although we may never have that title, that’s His. But, till we follow that Word, until we are LIKE it! And we all have the SAME mind, and we serve God with one consent! And when we are, when Christ brings that Unity to His Church, It can be clearly said that the Church is, on the Tracks![End Quote] [Quote]What is the mind of Christ?   But God says, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5).   What is the mind of Christ? What is His attitude—His approach to viewing and deciding all activities? Does He, as I asked before, really WANT TO sin, to think and act contrary to His Law, but because of His super power, restrain Himself? We know He has never sinned. But why? Is He sinless because He has such supernatural POWER to restrain Himself?   A THOUSAND TIMES, NO! The living Christ has never sinned because He does not want to sin! What is His MIND, that should be also in us? It is a mind that HATES sin, that LOVES righteousness. It’s a matter of ATTITUDE! The liberal is not hungering and thirsting after RIGHTEOUSNESS! He WANTS to ease off a little on God’s Law, He wants to do only as much as he has to, to receive the reward of eternal life. He has not yet fully gotten rid of the GET attitude, and come into the GIVE attitude.   It is Satan who deceives and puts into many human minds the desire to go as far into this world as he thinks God will allow—and into its ways of VANITY and INTELLECTUALISM (carnal, secular)—vanity of mind.   Having the ATTITUDE of the “SPIRIT OF THE LAW” is the attitude of the mind of CHRIST!”[End Quote] – What is a Liberal by Herbert W Armstrong, Good News Magazine, March 1979   [Quote]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! [End Quote] – And Now Christ Sets Church Back On Track Doctrinally By Herbert W Armstrong, Worldwide News, 19th Feb 1979 page 1.]]>

Splinter Groups from the Worldwide Church of God Foretold!

The World Tomorrow Radio Broadcast The Gospel Must Be Preached By Herbert W Armstrong Tag timeline from start to finish:

  • Where are we NOW in the Fulfillment of Biblical Prophecy?
  • The Olivet Prophecy
  • Isaiah 30
  1. False Ministers to come
  2. Minister’s only wanting a paycheck to pay for PHYSICAL things
  3. Ezekiel 34
  4. Splinter Groups and Splinter Churches AWAY from Truth(Falling Away)
  5. Doctrine of Healing
  6. Doctors and Medicine
  7. Physicians
  8. Food and Diet
  9. The Spiritual Gospel vs Physical food and diet
  • Why Christ was Crucified
  • Sin
  • Abraham
  1. False Ministers
  2. People demand Preachers preach soft and Smooth Things
  3. Preaching Why Christ was Crucified
  4. Jeremiah 23
  5. God’s Law
  6. Do Not Listen to the ministers (Jeremiah 23) who say to the wicked that God accepts your Sin
  7. The Bible and God’s Law
  • Matt 24:14
  • Matt 24:14 Current fulfillment of Prophecy
  • The Body of Christ
  • The Work of God
  • The Holy Spirit
  • How to recognize those with God’s Spirit
  • The Great Commission
  1. Why Christ died
  2. Why do people hate God’s Law?
  3. How you can know a Carnal Mind vs a Converted Mind
  • The Body of Christ doing the Work of God
  • Goes out in Organized manner
  • The Great Tribulation
  • Church to be Protected during Tribulation
  • The Flight of those CARRYING the GOSPEL!
  • Literal=69. A.D.
  • 69 A.D. Roman Armies halted before going into Judea and Jerusalem
  • 70 A.D. Roman Army finally advanced around Jerusalem
  • Those who didn’t flee – Suffered a terrible Martyrdom
  • Modern Fulfillment
  • The Great Tribulation
  • The True Church carrying out the Commission of Christ
  • Carrying the Gospel of the GOVERNMENT of God/Family of God
  • Flight to a Place of Safety
  • Watch and Pray Always that you be accounted worthy to escape these things
  • Michael shall stand up for Israel
  • The Great Tribulation
  • The First Resurrection
  • Revelation 12
  • Martyrdom
  • Famines and Pestilences Next
  • Famine and then disease epidemics
  1. Recap
  • Matt 24:14
  • then the Flight of those carrying the Gospel
  • Time of Famine and Disease
  • Then the Great Tribulation
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GOD COMMANDS THAT WE AVOID CERTAIN ONES

 

GOD COMMANDS THAT WE AVOID CERTAIN ONES

By Herbert W. Armstrong

[Worldwide News, 25th Feb 1980]

    IS GOD HARSH? Does call on us to mistreat those disfellowshipped for sowing the seeds of discord in God’s Church?   NOT AT ALL! Let us UNDERSTAND THIS!   Do we expect Jesus Christ to have friendly fellowship with SATAN? Do you think Christ is unjust in not treating Satan with what you might call LOVE?   WHY – yes WHY do some of our brethren feel we are unkind toward those doing Satan’s bidding, if we OBEY Christ’s following COMMANDMENTS?   God says, through the apostle Paul, “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which you have learned, and AVOID THEM”. (Romans 16:17)   Many of you brethren have deliberately DISOBEYED that commandment of God by attending “out of curiosity,” a meeting of one disfellowshipped for that very thing! ARE YOU MORE RIGHTEOUS THAN GOD? ARE YOU ABOVE GOD, so that you need not heed what he says in the above paragraph?   You are going soon, to be called before the judgment seat of JESUS CHRIST. Will you say to His Majesty, “But Lord, I only wanted to hear what he had to say!” WHAT DO YOU THINK THE JUDGE OF ALL THE EARTH WILL SAY BACK TO YOU, who make excuse for DISOBEYING his positive COMMAND?   Let’s UNDERSTAND this! What doctrine have you learned? Where did you learn the doctrine? Answer? In or through the WORLDWIDE CHURCH OF GOD! How did the Church receive its doctrine – its beliefs – its teachings – when the Church first started, A.D. 31? The Church from the start received its doctrine from the APOSTLES!   Jesus is the personal Word of God. The Bible is the written word of God. Both are the same!   In our day, Jesus Christ taught His chosen apostle through the written Word of God. The Worldwide Church of God – the same Church as founded in A.D. 31 – received its DOCTRINE through God’s chosen Apostles!   Now back to Romans 16:17. Why have some leaders had to be disfellowshipped – MARKED? Because of causing divisions and offenses CONTRARY to the doctrine which you have learned!   God’s Church is UNITED. We are commanded (I Corinthians 1:10) that we must ALL SPEAK THE SAME THING! Those put out were splitting the Church speaking DIFFERENT THINGS!   Now notice the next verse: “For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.” (Romans 16:18)   And some of YOU brethren have wanted to hear those good words and fair speeches coming from persons of charisma, even though YOU WERE DISOBEYING GOD!   Notice FURTHER THE COMMANDS OF GOD!   God’s message through Paul, “Now we COMMAND YOU, brethren in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly… And if by any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed” (II Thessalonians 3:6,14)   Those ministers who have gone out, or been put out, of the Worldwide Church of God, often come to your town or city to speak. Many of them come to you in the form of a tape or cassettes, to preach their perverted doctrine, or to try to turn you AGAINST God’s Church – even as they are AGAINST it! They do NOT come to you with the doctrine which JESUS CHRIST put into His one and only Church. WHAT DOES GOD COMMAND YOU? LISTEN, and OBEY!   “If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed” (II John 10)   In the very beginning of the Church of God, in the first century, there were false apostles, and there were those who went out from the Church for selfish gain or for revenge – even as today.   The apostle Paul, speaking to the elders – the ministers – of the Church at Ephesus, said, “Also of your own selves [you MINISTERS] shall men arise speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.” (Acts 20:30)   To the church at Corinth, Paul wrote: “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which you have not accepted…(II Corinthians 11:4) Now WHO was trying to turn these members of God’s Church to some watered down doctrine or other teaching? Paul says they were men serving SATAN, and therefore SATAN’S MINISTERS! Notice, same chapter, “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into” [that is, professing to be] apostles of Christ. And no marvel, for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers [actually SATAN’S ministers, perhaps even themselves deceived into believing they are serving Christ] “also be transformed into the ministers of righteousness” (verses 13-15)   Brethren, STUDY THAT! If Paul had said to one of those ministers opposing God’s true Church, “You are a minister of SATAN,” he would have sharply said back, “I am not a minister of Satan, you are falsely accusing me!”   What about these minister who have gone out – or been PUT OUT – from the Worldwide Church of God today? They would be INDIGNANT if I should call them ministers of Satan. They would be ANGRY! They would say, as one was publicly quoted “I let go of coattails, and clasped the hand of Christ!”   Yes, they LOUDLY and indignantly say “SATAN COULD NEVER DECEIVE ME!” But Satan has deceived the whole world! He had deceived ALL OF US – but thankfully God called some of us, opened our minds to our former ways following Satan and brought us to HIM!   Perhaps these ministers now opposing God’s TRUTH and HIS CHURCH are themselves now deceived. Perhaps they are sincere – BUT THEY ARE SINCERELY WRONG AND IN THE CLUTCH OF SATAN!   Well then, you may say, “Should we not show them KINDNESS and LOVE?” Well, should Christ himself show kindness and love toward Satan?   These people, even if sincere and deceived, are in SATAN’S service doing what SATAN WANTS DONE – helping Satan try to DESTROY God’s one and only TRUE CHURCH!   Let’s not REASON our way to DISOBEY GOD! God COMMANDS “AVOID THEM!” “AVOID THEM” does not mean to go hear them out of curiosity! You who do that are DISOBEYING GOD. You are trying to be more righteous than GOD!   Now brethren, we have not wanted to act harshly. If we follow God’s instructions strictly we should DISFELLOWSHIP and MARK you who go to hear these ministers, or listen to their tapes or cassettes. PLEASE DO NOT MAKE US DO THAT BY YOUR CONTINUED DISOBEDIENCE and continued going to hear them or hear their recorded messages which are AGAINST Christ’s CHURCH, and therefore AGAINST CHRIST! But there is GOVERNMENT in God’s CHURCH. Just as there shall be GOVERNMENT in the Kingdom of God. It is the same government now in the Church – based on LOVE – but do not mistake GOD’S LOVE, and DISOBEY HIM!   Let me give you MORE that God says about these false ministers, seeking to draw disciples after them.   God says of them through Peter “Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam who loved the wages of unrighteousness. These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest, to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. While they promise them liberty [as some of these very former ministers did when they secretly prepared and distributed to the ministry the “STP”] they themselves are the servants of corruption. For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world [as these former ministers did when first in God’s Church] through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. (II Peter 2:15-20)   God says of them through John: “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have no doubt continued with us” (I John 2:19)   Through Jude GOD says: “Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core” (Jude 11) What was the gainsaying of Core? This is spelled Korah in the Old Testament. Read of it in Numbers 16. Korah led a group to challenge Moses, whom GOD had chosen to be the LEADER over Israel. For opposing the one GOD chose to lead His people, God had the earth open and swallowed them up. Yet men today oppose Christ’s chosen apostle!   There is MUCH MORE in the Bible about those who go out OPPOSING the PEOPLE OF GOD.   Brethren, if I as Christ’s apostle COMMAND YOU not to go to hear one of these or to receive one of his tape or cassette into your home, WHAT WOULD YOU THINK? Would you be angry at me? Well, that is PRECISELY WHAT GOD COMMANDS YOU. Are you angry with HIM? Some of you have been disobeying Him!   Are we a COMMANDMENT KEEPING CHURCH? If we are, then let’s OBEY. If you DON’T obey God or Jesus Christ, YOU ARE RIGHT NOW BEING JUDGED. IT IS JUST THAT SERIOUS. And it’s time we all begin to take it seriously.  

We haven’t much time left. It’s time now to COMPLETELY CLEAN UP GOD’S CHURCH, and to make His Church READY FOR CHRIST’S COMING!

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A CHALLENGE TO YOU!

  • Write down the name of the Church organization you support and attend with on a piece of paper.
  • Look that organization up in the state they incorporated, usually with a business search with the Secretary of State website.
  • What Church incorporated? Check that organizations name again. What does it say before “INC.”? There you go! That is the Church who incorporated.
  • Now, do some research concerning Herbert W. Armstrong. What Church did he belong to?
  • What Church “incorporated”  the “WORLDWIDE CHURCH OF GOD INCORPORATED”? The Worldwide Church of God, of course! Let’s not be silly about this. The Worldwide Church of God was the only Church of God Mr. Armstrong was a member of.
  • So, if the Worldwide Church of God was the Church with THOUSANDS of members, and the corporation was merely a separate organization(who only had a few members, check the incorporation papers), and NOW the Church organization you support and attend with IS A DIFFERENT CHURCH who incorporated, what are you faced with?
  • “Because here’s what we found, that the biggest trouble we had among the brethren in the Church was this question of divorce and remarriage. (Well, maybe our biggest trouble was among some of the top men at headquarters who were all playing politics and each one wanting to gain more, he was simply coveting more power. And there was a conspiracy to get rid of me and have others take over. There was a conspiracy in 1974 for a group, they had a whole group, and there were two evangelists at headquarters that were in on it. And they thought with those two evangelists, one of them in charge of the money, it’s just like the one in charge of the money that turned traitor to Jesus, you know, Judas Iscariot was in control of the money. You’ve got to look out for the man that’s in control of the money. And these men felt they could take over. Well, they didn’t and so they formed a new church and called it the Associated Church of God and about 35 ministers went out with them and went out from God’s Church. Now, I tell you you’ve got a grapevine here and Christ says, “I’m the vine and you are the branches.” And maybe there are 35 of those branches who say, well, we are going to cut off and form a new grape vine of our own. Are they still part of the vine? Are they going to still have grapes? You bet your life they won’t! No sir, I tell you if you get cut off from the Church, you’re cut off. “God is going to marry the Church. He’s not going to marry several different churches all in a hodge-podge of confusion, one believing this and another that and always disagreeing among themselves. Jesus and God the Father do not disagree. They are together and the Church as Paul said, as we read in the first chapter, when we were studying this book, that we must all speak the same thing. There must be no division. God isn’t going to marry a divided Church; He’s going to marry a Church that is one. ” Quote from Herbert W. Armstrong, 1 Corinthians 7 Bible Study
    “Then they speak out of the other side of their mouths, I am grieved to say. This time, they say Revelation 2 and 3 do NOT portray seven SUCCESSIVE stages or eras of the one true Church. Apparently they try to explain, or twist its true meaning, by saying seven is God’s number of completeness – therefore there are now MANY churches, as Roman Catholic, Methodist, Baptist, etc. – all of which COMBINED constitute the BODY OF CHRIST. Anyone who believes that had, perhaps, better get into one of them, or follow a man who has incorporated himself to be a church. But a legal corporation does not make it GOD’S CHURCH! “It might be interesting, at this point, to explain the TOTAL DIFFERENCE between what Garner Ted is now doing and what his father did in 1930. “He has incorporated under civil law, under a church name as a starter. This was done to try to draw away members from the true Church to follow him….” “…And I did not start out by incorporating myself pretending to be a church. We, in the growing Church of God – then Eugene-based – finally had grown to a size where incorporation became a necessity. IN NO WAY is Garner Ted doing as his father did, and any claim that he is, is a point-blank lie resorted to, to DECEIVE God’s people and present the REPREHENSIBLE things Garner Ted is now doing in a good light. It is Satan who tries to make us believe that wrong is right.” Quote from Herbert W. Armstrong,IS CHRIST STARTING A SECOND CHURCH?  Good News December 4, 1978
    “Actually the Worldwide Church of God is a spiritual organism, created by GOD – not a legal corporate organization created by this world’s laws. “But, in order to function IN the world in an organizational manner, the Church of God has needed to be incorporated according to state laws. The members of the Church are NOT members of the “Worldwide Church of God, Inc.,” a California corporation, nor of “Herbert W. Armstrong, a corporation sole,” under which our financial operations currently are functioning (since the massive lawsuit by the state of California). ” Quote from Herbert W. Armstrong, ADVISORY COUNCIL OF ELDERS FORMED Worldwide News – 16th May 1981
    “God has only ONE Church, and that Church has a few hundred local congregations worldwide, all a PART – and an integral working part – of the ONE spiritual organism, the Worldwide Church of God, which is “built upon the FOUNDATION of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom ALL THE BUILDING [with its many local congregations] FITLY FRAMED TOGETHER groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord.” Its whole body (with its many local congregations worldwide) “FITLY JOINED TOGETHER AND COMPACTED by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working [together]… of every part…” (Ephesians 2:20-21, 4:16) Jesus Christ does not HEAD, guide, and work in any competing man or church. Christ is NOT DIVIDED! Christ’s Body is led on earth, UNDER HIM, by His chosen apostle whom HE appointed and used in BUILDING His Church in our time. God’s TRUE Church is performing the FUNCTION of the Church – carrying Christ’s Gospel message to all the world. ” Quote from Herbert W. Armstrong, CHRIST IS THE LIVING HEAD OF ONLY ONE CHURCH – NOT TWO, Good News December 18, 1978
    “The “Philadelphia Era” born “In July, 1933, I started a six-nights-a-week series of meetings for six weeks in a 36-seat country school-house – the Jeans school – eight miles west of Eugene, Ore. Result: 11 new baptized members plus eight of us already baptized – total: 19. It was just over 100 19-year time cycles after the very first Church was founded by Jesus Christ. I had been ordained precisely, to the month, 100 time cycles after the first apostles were ordained, June, 1931. “On forming of the new little parent church, I ceased working under jurisdiction of the Oregon Conference, although I continued voluntarily as their pastor. The Worldwide Church of God was a newborn fledgling that Christ, the HEAD of the Church, was conducting solely by me, known beginning 1934 as the Radio Church of God. It became the Worldwide Church of God in 1968.” Quote from Herbert W. Armstrong, Just What Is ‘The Work’?  And what was it, and how organized, in 1933, and from A.D. 31-70? , Good News – April 1981
    “My son, still held in the bond and grip of Satan, has NOT started another Church of God. God has only ONE Church. “God calls His Church the Body of Christ. In this case the word body is used in the sense of a cohesive single GROUP – a SPIRITUAL ORGANISM. We are “the HOUSEHOLD OF GOD; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord” (Ephesians 2:19-21). “So we are a body of Spirit-begotten people – we are a building, and we are a holy temple! And all that one body is “fitly joined together and compacted [welded] by that which every joint supplieth” (Ephesians 4:16). “But that Church body is NOT TWO churches, but only ONE! “For as the body is ONE, and hath many members…. But now are they many members, yet but ONE body” (1 Corinthians 12:12, 20). What has been started in OPPOSITION TO the ONE Church of God is merely a group, mostly of embittered dissenters, following a MAN!” Quote from Herbert W. Armstrong, How the Conspiracy Worked , Worldwide News, 26th Nov 1979
      “Now for the organizational diagram of the Worldwide Church of God (See chart, page 4.) God is the Supreme Head over all. In heaven is God, and Christ under Him as Head of the Church but under God the Father. Below we come to the earthly area. First, under Christ is His chosen apostle. Jesus said by their fruits you shall know them….” “…We have here the Church, an organized spiritual organism but unincorporated. Now this is not the corporation, or the corporation sole. This is just the Church as God has organized it. As for “The Worldwide Church of God, Inc., a California Corporation”, do you realize that most of you are not members of that corporation at all? The members are the officers that sign the corporation papers.” WORLDWIDE NEWS, SPECIAL EDITION  -March 6, 1981
    “So, once again, what and why is the Church? The Church is the called out (from this world) begotten children of God. It is the Body of Christ (I Cor. 12:27; Eph. 1:23). It is the spiritual organism that shall be the “Bride of Christ”—after its resurrection to immortality. Then it shall be married to Christ! It is the spiritual temple to which Christ shall come at his second appearing (Eph. 2:21).” Quote from Herbert W. Armstrong, Mystery of the Ages
    “The New Testament Church organized by Christ is called, 12 TIMES in the New Testament, “the CHURCH OF GOD,” some times with a modifying word or phrase, as, “the Church of God, which is at Corinth,” or the “Churches of God in Judea.” Today it is known as the Worldwide Church of God.” Quote from Herbert W. Armstrong, SEVEN PROOFS OF THE TRUE CHURCH PROOF NO. 5  -Good News – December 4, 1978
    NOW LOOK AT THE CHURCH ORGANIZATION YOU SUPPORT? That Church is NOT “The Worldwide Church of God”, but A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT CHURCH! WE ARE NOT TALKING ABOUT ORGANIZATIONS, or CORPORATIONS! The Living Church of God & The Restored Church of God, is the product of the split of Global Church of God. Global was started IMMEDIATELY after Rod Meredith was OUT of the Worldwide Church of God. That organization was INCORPORATED FIRST, just like GTA did, to TAKE MEMBERS AWAY from the Worldwide Church of God. The United Church of God is the result of ministers leaving the Worldwide Church of God, they INCORPORATED IMMEDIATELY with a DIFFERENT CHURCH! A different Church INCORPORATED! It was not the Worldwide Church of God. They actually made a deal with Tkach Jr, who had control over the WCG INC(The corporation, NOT the Church)! They did not want to lose their paychecks when they left to incorporate a new organization. So they asked if they could continue to receive their paychecks from Tkach Jr. until their new organization could financially support them. Remember Joe Jr. talked a lot about “Church planting”! The Philadelphia Church of God was created IMMEDIATELY when Gerald Flurry and John Amos was out of the Worldwide Church of God. They tried to muscle over Tkach Sr. Gerald Flurry’s daughter Laura Turgeon(Flurry) was even a secretary of Mr. Tkach. They FIRST incorporated, and worked to draw away members for themselves. Then they tried to use Tkach Jr’s lack of interest in Mr. Armstrong’s writings to GAIN UNTO THEMSELVES “Exclusive use and rights” to them! The Court case between the PCG INC(Flurry) and WCG INC(Tkach) was a fight for “exclusive use and rights” in order to STOP the distribution of the materials you see on wwcg-archives.com. THANK GOD THEY DIDN’T! Jesus CHrist moved events, where the court stated that both parties DID NOT HAVE EXCLUSIVE USE! So the WCG and PCG settled out of court, with an agreement for the PCG to print “their versions”(their edits to the books), for a price. The PCG does not own the copyright of the originally distributed works of Herbert W. Armstrong! Their court battle was just a THEATER ACT, and BATTLE for “ownership”. None of them got it, but it did help PRESERVE what was taught, by keeping them from gaining ownership! Look at all of the COG sects, and splinter organizations. They were created by DIFFERENT CHURCHES. Really they were just MEN, claiming to be a Church before there was a Church! They had to go to modern Babylon, to incorporate calling their corporation a Church of God. They had NO FRUITS. There was NO CHURCH. Their SOLE PURPOSE was to STEAL MEMBERS AWAY from the Worldwide Church of God! THERE IS NO WAY AROUND THIS! Now, look at your piece of paper again. What Church is it? NOT THE WORLDWIDE CHURCH OF GOD! Today, while the CORPORATIONS are using the name of God’s Church, they are only CORPORATIONS and therefore NOT the same Church Herbert W. Armstrong was a member of!]]>

    REALITY CHECK- Different Churches?

    ” The Worldwide Church of God presents Herbert W. Armstrong” were the beginning words announced by Art Gilmore every week on the World Tomorrow Television and Radio programs, produced by the Worldwide Church of God and heard by MILLIONS. But what happened to that Church? Herbert W. Armstrong incorporated a corporation in the state of California, calling it “THE WORLDWIDE CHURCH OF GOD, INCORPORATED” in the late 1960’s. The reason this corporation was formed, was for the BENEFIT of the WORLDWIDE CHURCH OF GOD, an already established unincorporated body of believers. The PURPOSE for this corporation, was for the ability to handle and transfer large amounts of monies, and property for the WORK of the Worldwide Church of God. State law requires such. And in order for the Worldwide Church of God to do a INTERNATIONAL scope work, it had need of a corporation and facilities. But whatever happened to this Worldwide Church of God? There were THOUSANDS OF MEMBERS supporting the various corporate entities under Herbert W. Armstrong. The organizations and corporate entities disappeared. What happened to the Church that funded them? Today, we see many “Church of God organizations”. Those of us here at wwcg-archives.com do not endorse them, and we are not affiliated with any of them. To us they are a DIFFERENT CHURCH- alien to Herbert W. Armstrong and the Church he was a member of- The Worldwide Church of God. They may differ in their various presentations, but the bottom line is they are a DIFFERENT CHURCH altogether, although many of their members once were members of the Worldwide Church of God. They have a right to exist in this world, to believe what they want to believe. God gave every man and woman a free will. We hold no ill will towards them in their ventures. However, these different churches and organizations are teaching that the Worldwide Church of God is gone, and that God has forsaken His Church, and now Jesus Christ is leading their church and organization. They have targeted the membership of the Worldwide Church of God, and through their organizational efforts are scattering the people of God more and more. The Worldwide Church of God still exists. We are UN-incorporated, just as we always have been. But the damage caused by these various organization against the Worldwide Church of God, by telling their members that it is no more, in an attempt to gain them as members of a DIFFERENT CHURCH is being addressed by those of us at wwcg-archives.com .


    THE PHILADELPHIA CHURCH OF GOD

    Philadelphia Church of God   This ORGANIZATION out of Oklahoma claims that the Worldwide Church of God is no more and defunct, and that the Worldwide Church of God’s mantle of leadership went to their organization and that their organization and Church is continuing the legacy and work of Herbert W. Armstrong. This organization was started by Gerald Flurry in 1989 when Gerald Flurry was removed from the WCG INC organization by Joseph Tkach Sr, when he and John Amos disagreed with what Tkach was doing and was sending all of the ministry a booklet discussing how Tkach Sr. was wrong. So they started a different organization, with them listed as the leadership, naming their Church “the Philadelphia Church of God”. When WCG INC, sued PCG INC for copyright infringement and damages, the judge had to correct an important aspect. Both the WCG INC, and PCG INC, wanted “Exclusive rights and usage” to Mr. Armstrong’s books. The judge stated that WCG INC did not have “exclusive rights and use” to the discontinued publications that were originally given freely to the public. He also stated that the PCG did not have “exclusive rights and use” to these publications as well, and that “fair use” did not give them the right to STEAL books from the copyright holder. The WCG INC organization did not want the books kept in circulation in the general public, and was using the court case to establish their alleged “exclusive rights and usage”, but they were DENIED this by the courts. The PCG INC organization claimed “fair use” of the publications, while changing the contact information in the writings to direct people to the PCG INC organization. They were using the courts to prove the WCG had no interest in the publications, and were using that as the premise to urge the courts to give them “exclusive rights and usage”. They were denied this by the courts. What was determined, was that the WCG INC could not stop the circulation and distribution of ALREADY circulated publications. The realm of copyright and trademark was extended into the public realm, and therefore is public domain. The courts determined however, the PCG INC had caused financial damages to the WCG INC. The courts then went into the damages hearing,. However, both parties: “WCG INC” and “PCG INC”, settled out of court in a mutual agreement. WCG INC made an agreement with PCG INC, that for a determined amount of money, the PCG INC could print “their versions”, and that the WCG INC would no longer pursue them legally. Once the PCG INC agreed and carried out this agreement, they went to change Mr. Armstrong’s writings. Certain things Mr. Armstrong taught, the PCG INC organization and church does not agree with, and therefore they changed Mr. Armstrong’s writings to reflect the PCG INC’s beliefs. The PCG INC, is an organization of a DIFFERENT CHURCH. Their organization was not incorporated for the benefit of the Worldwide Church of God, but for the Philadelphia Church of God. And their incorporation was for the purpose of the Philadelphia Church of God’s work. Although they use Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong in name and face, in all of their publications and names of their college and buildings, their Church is NOT the Church Mr. Armstrong was a member of. The books they print of Herbert W. Armstrong are changed to fit their set of doctrines and dogmas. They have many doctrines and teachings that Herbert W. Armstrong and the Worldwide Church of God holds as abominations, and heresies.

    The Living Church of God

    Living Church of God International This Organization out of North Carolina, claims that the Worldwide Church of God is no more and defunct, and that the mantle of leadership continued over to them in their organization, and that they are continuing the work that was done through Herbert W. Armstrong. The Living Church of God INC organization was started by Roderick C Meredith, after his previous organization “Global Church of God” was shut down due to a power struggle with other ministers. Global, was an organization that was started in 1991 for the benefit of “The Global Church of God”. This was incorporated when Rod Meredith, along with the other Advisory Council of Elders of the Worldwide Church of God, signed over WCG INC and other corporate entities to Joseph Tkach Sr. On May 10, 1986, Ralph Helge started up a “suspended” corporation sole in Colorado. This corporation, which was started by Ralph Helge(acting as secretary to Herbert W. Armstrong) in 1981, was shut down and hid in 1983. This was the year that Mr. Armstrong was alerted to “dummy corporations” which was set up to choose a successor for him at the time of his death. He ordered them to be SHUT DOWN. Ralph Helge, according to state record, only suspended this corporation sole during that time. It was never used until AFTER Mr. Armstrong’s death. In this corporation papers, the Advisory Council of Elders, which Joseph Tkach Sr and Roderick Meredith were members of, was given legal power over the assets and properties of the Worldwide Church of God. In 1991, full power went to Tkach Sr. And a DIFFERENT CHURCH began to run the WCG INC and its supporting corporate entities. What Joseph Tkach Sr. was doing with the organization was not agreeable to Mr. Meredith, and after a heated argument, Joseph Tkach Sr. fired Rod Meredith out of the WCG INC organization. Rod Meredith then gathered other ministers who were loyal to him, out with him, and they incorporated GLOBAL CHURCH OF GOD INC. In this new organization, Rod Meredith and other ministers were in charge. When trouble was increasing for the organization due to internal strife and struggle, Rod Meredith diverted funds into a new organization, and sent letters out to all of the GCG INC’s members. The LIVING CHURCH OF GOD INC was incorporated, and a NEW CHURCH was started. Their doctrines and teachings are different from the Worldwide Church of God and Herbert W. Armstrong.

    The Restored Church of God

    Restored Church of God This Organization out of Ohio, was started by David C Pack, after an internal battle for power within the “GLOBAL CHURCH OF GOD INC” occurred with Rod Meredith. Pack ventured with Meredith for a short time, but eventually departed from the LIVING CHURCH OF GOD INC to form the RESTORED CHURCH OF GOD INC, a separate organization and a new Church, with himself in charge. He claims to be an apostle, and true successor to Herbert W. Armstrong and that his Church is the successor to the Worldwide Church of God, and claims to be continuing the work that was done through Mr. Armstrong. In his organization, he sends different literature to people based on their relationship with other churches, and their history and impact with the Worldwide Church of God. He claims to have “re-restored” what was restored by Christ through Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong. He has written hundreds of books that have titles similar to Herbert W. Armstrong’s writings. It has been reported that he sends different versions of his books to those who differ in what background they have with Herbert W. Armstrong and the Worldwide Church of God. The RESTORED CHURCH OF GOD is a different organization, incorporated for the benefit of “the Restored Church of God”. However, according to their incorporation papers, upon dissolution of their corporation, all assets, properties and monies are transferred to the Federal Government. This is much like how the Philadelphia Church of God INC was incorporated. Much of what is taught by the Restore Church of God organization, would be considered heresy and abominable by Herbert W. Armstrong and the Worldwide Church of God.

    THE UNITED CHURCH OF GOD

    United Church of God This Organization in Ohio, was started in 1995 by ministers who had left the WCG INC organization. In concluding that a NEW organization needed to be incorporated, they asked Joseph Tkach Jr. if the ministers joining the UCG could not lose their paycheck from the WCG INC organization, until they could get financial standing in the newly created organization. Tkach agreed. They incorporated the UNITED CHURCH OF GOD, and the smooth transition between the two organizations went successful. A new Church was created. The ministry organized into a council, and they appoint a rotating presidency. They have adopted a voting system for choosing a president, and the ministry. Doctrines which were taught by Herbert W. Armstrong and the Worldwide Church of God, have been departed from, and the UCG has set up their own doctrinal committee to settle doctrinal issues. This, like all of the other “CHURCH OF GOD ORGANIZATIONS”, is an attempt to claim the keys to “bind and loosen” doctrine. In their Church and Organization, they differ greatly to what was originally taught by Herbert W. Armstrong and the Worldwide Church of God. They write books on subjects and titles similar to Herbert W. Armstrong and the Worldwide Church of God. And they claim to be the successor of the Worldwide Church of God. The UNITED CHURCH OF GOD is a different organization, incorporated for the benefit of “the United Church of God”.
    These organizations, and churches, are NOT the Worldwide Church of God. Each of them are building membership, and are funding a work, of a DIFFERENT CHURCH. Their names are foreign to the the writings and publications Herbert W. Armstrong wrote and was apart of, although many men and women of their congregations and ministry were at one time members and ministers of the Worldwide Church of God. Since the Worldwide Church of God today is still UN-incorporated, no longer having an organization to handle large sums of monies and properties for its work, we have to conclude that these CHURCH OF GOD ORGANIZATIONS are organizations started by DIFFERENT CHURCHES, as indicated through their incorporation papers and their existence. This website, wwcg-archives.com, is sponsored and made available by a few members of the existing Worldwide Church of God. We are not associated nor are we affiliated with any organization or different Church. We provide here on this website, the publications of Herbert W. Armstrong and the Worldwide Church of God, seeking to inform our scattered brethren of the truths that were taught, showing them how these DIFFERENT CHURCHES differ from the one and true Church of God, and to admonish them to “HOLD FAST”(Rev. 3:11) to what was taught by Jesus Christ through His chosen apostle Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong. This is done so they may be equipped and able to fulfill the reason and PURPOSE of being called into the Worldwide Church of God.]]>

    OPINION: Attending a "Church of God" group? There is a danger, WATCH OUT!

    Revelation 3:14-22 “(14) And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;

    (15) I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

    (16) So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

    (17) Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

    (18) I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

    (19) As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

    (20) Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

    (21) To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

    (22) He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

    Revelation 11:3-4

    (3) And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. 

    (4) These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.

    Revelation 1:20

    The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.” TWO WITNESSES OVER TWO CANDLESTICKS- TWO CHURCH ERAS ONE: Philadelphia TWO: Laodicea Zechariah 4:1 “And the angel that talked with me came again, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep,”You and I are committed, as Co-Workers together with the living Christ, to the greatest and most important activity on earth today! This Work of God was originally started by ONE man — Jesus Christ. But on the day of Pentecost, A.D. 31, the same Holy Spirit that had carried on God’s Work through his individual body entered into and empowered his apostles, and the entire COLLECTIVE BODY, which on and from that day constituted God’s Church. The Church of God, of which Jesus Christ was, and is, the living HEAD, was commissioned to carry on the Work of God in an organized manner — starting out with the TWELVE apostles. What is the Work of God? First of all, it is the great commission — to proclaim the MESSAGE Christ brought for mankind from heaven and taught his disciples. Secondly, to minister to, and feed with the spiritual food of God’s Word, those whom GOD converts and adds to his Church. But, after proclaiming that gospel MESSAGE to the world of that day — after the Church had grown and multiplied in number and power, the headquarters Church at Jerusalem fled in the face of advancing Roman armies shortly before A.D. 70, became scattered, and under persecution — and because of discouragement because Christ had not yet returned in power and glory — the Church WENT TO SLEEP ON THE JOB of proclaiming Christ’s true gospel message! Satan then filled the world with his COUNTERFEIT “gospel.” The world accepted it as the genuine. You’ll read, in the parable of the l0 virgins, Matthew 25, how, while Christ tarried in heaven and did not return to earth as soon as they expected, THEY ALL SLUMBERED AND SLEPT on the job of carrying on God’s Work. But now the “midnight hour” spoken of in this parable has struck. Christ’s return is drawing near. He has raised up YOU, and all our Co-Worker family, to give to the world the cry, “The Bridegroom is COMING.” The KINGDOM OF GOD is at hand. The WORLD TOMORROW is about to dawn!” Quote from Herbert W. Armstrong, Co-worker and Brethren Letter October 25, 1985   Zechariah 4:1 “And the angel that talked with me came again, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep,” AFTER the period of time where the Church SLUMBERED AND SLEPT. Zechariah 4:2-5(2) And said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof:

    (3) And two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof.

    (4) So I answered and spake to the angel that talked with me, saying, What are these, my lord?

    (5) Then the angel that talked with me answered and said unto me, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord.

    THIS IS SPEAKING OF ONE CANDLESTICK. Or Church Era, that will appear at the end of the period where the Church SLUMBERED AND SLEPT, or the Philadelphia Era! Now of this one Candlestick, or Philadelphia Era, there are TWO INDIVIDUALS standing beside the Candlestick, feeding the Candlestick the golden oil, fueling the lamps. Zechariah 4:11-14(11) Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof?

    (12) And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves?

    (13) And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord.

    (14) Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.

    TWO ANOINTED ONES, who FEED ONE CANDLESTICK, or the PHILADELPHIA ERA of the Church of God. When Zechariah the prophet of God asked the angel of God what this vision meant, this vision of one candlestick with the Two Anointed Ones feeding it, the angel replied: “Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts. Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it. Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you. For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth.”(Zechariah 4:6-10) So the Two Anointed Ones are in the office of ZERUBABBEL. They are building up the SPIRITUAL TEMPLE OF CHRIST, the Church of God, that candlestick you see being fed by these two men of God. What Church is the Philadelphia Era? UP TO THIS point I have covered events preparatory to the actual beginning of this “Philadelphia era” of God’s Church, The WORLDWIDE CHURCH OF GOD.”- Herbert W. Armstrong, Article: The History of the Beginning and Growth of the Worldwide Church of God, Published in The Good News Magazine September 1980 The Worldwide Church of God, God’s Church today, THIS PHILADELPHIA ERA is the CANDLESTICK spoken about in Zechariah 4. Now let’s study a little more on these “TWO ANOINTED ONES”. They are pictured FEEDING THE WORLDWIDE CHURCH OF GOD. John 17:4-8(4) I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.

    (5) And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

    (6) I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.

    (7) Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee.

    (8) For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.

    John 17:17-21(17) Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

    (18) As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.

    (19) And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.

    (20) Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;

    (21) That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

    John 6:63It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” God the Father gave to His Son Jesus Christ, His Word. Jesus Christ passed the Father’s Word unto His apostles, and sent them out into the world to preach that Word. The apostles faithfully preached that Word, and the Church was raised up by and through the Holy Spirit of God. It was the apostles who “fed the Church, the golden oil, representing the Holy Spirit.” Pictured in Zechariah can only be speaking of TWO APOSTLES of the Worldwide Church of God. Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong was used by Christ to RAISE UP the Philadelphia ERA of God’s Church, or the Worldwide Church of God, the spiritual TEMPLE Jesus Christ will return to and MARRY! He fulfilled the role of the FIRST ANOINTED ONE. The role of the Second Anointed One will be fulfilled by another APOSTLE. Now who can this apostle be? He is none other than the FIRST WITNESS of Revelation 11. The Two Witnesses are over two candlesticks. Philadelphia and Laodicea are the last Church eras mentioned in the book of Revelation. So, the first witness must be over Philadelphia, and therefore is this SECOND ANOINTED ONE of Zechariah 4. Now, the Philadelphia Church is promised PROTECTION, and is taken to a place of Safety, to be protected during the Great Tribulation.(Revelation 3:10; Revelation 12:14) There they are fed and nourished. Who is feeding this Church, during the great tribulation? Christ is feeding them through the MAIN WITNESS! Pictured in Zechariah 4! Now back to the message unto the Laodiceans in Revelation 3. Christ is knocking on the individual’s door, calling upon them to open the door and eat with Him. This cry unto them comes from OUTSIDE. Since the death of Herbert W. Armstrong, we have seen various of different Churches rise up, calling themselves the Church of God. This happened in the first century. The Catholic Church rose to the top of numerous splinter groups, and became the dominant Church joined with Rome, persecuting the small, scattered yet true, true Church of God. The Catholic Church first called themselves “the Catholic, or Universal Church of God”. They wanted to be established above the true Church of God, who had been preaching the gospel worldwide at that time. So they called themselves “universal”, wanting to set themselves up over all others. This indicates that perhaps the true Church regarded themselves in the first century as the “Worldwide Church of God”. Is it also interesting, that while Christ raised up Herbert W. Armstrong to restore all things(Matt 17:11) as the end time Elijah, that the name of the Church was ALSO RESTORED! Now, in Malachi 3:15, it reads: “And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.” Now every one of these COG Groups do not teach wholly the teachings restored and taught through Herbert W. Armstrong. They pick and choose what they want to believe. Throw some teachings away, water down others, or begin teaching a new doctrine to replace the older established doctrines of Christ. These “churches” calling themselves the Church of God, are those who were “set up” to do a work of wickedness. Much like how Simon Magus “set up” his counterfeit church against the true Church in the first century. GTA mirrored him in the 20th century, after being disfellowshipped from the Worldwide Church of God, in going out to form a “corporation”, joining with Caesar and calling his corporation a Church of God. He created his counterfeit Church. So under these counterfeit Churches, not the true Church, the membership are NOT being fed spiritually by Christ! Since these are “counterfeit churches”, they have “Some truth”. Just as a branch that is broken off from the tree retains “some nutrients” from the mother tree. Since it is broken off, it no longer receives further nutrients from the Mother tree, it withers and dies. The Laodicean brethren feel they must show “love” to those who were aborted from the Church. They are lured into , and they attend with these false groups. Jesus Christ is calling unto them to REPENT, and come out of Babylon’s churches, to become PHILADELPHIAN! This is the Philadelphian Era of the Church. This message is specifically to the “angel of the church of the laodiceans”, the leader over the laodicean CANDLESTICK, or the second witness. Compare with Joshua the High Priest of Zechariah and Haggai. They have a church of their own now. In the OUTER COURT. They are doing their own works, producing fruits today. Because they call themselves the Church of God, yet deny Christ’s leadership over them(Through the apostle, Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong) which causes them NOT TO BE FED SPIRITUALLY, they are “Spewed out” into Great Tribulation. They aren’t completely Philadelphian(Hot) nor are they completely like this world(cold). Because of this Laodicean condition, they are SPEWED OUT, and not protected during the Great Tribulation. Their ERA, begins and rises through and out of the Great Tribulation. Those who REPENT, begin to obey God, produce proper works, and fruits, and therefore their era is an era of God’s true Church! The second witness will lead their repentance, and they will begin working the Work of God. The Philadelphia Era will be protected, at this time, in a place of safety, under the MAIN WITNESS. Those today, who have the laodicean condition, are congregating in false churches, trying to perform A WORK. A different work. But not performing their part in the work of God, as Philadelphians. Have you ever wondered WHY, these false churches are teaching that it is the “Laodicean Era”? They believe that the Philadelphia Era died with Mr. Armstrong, and that since they are in a new era, they have to find NEW LEADERSHIP! That is why these false churches teach this. To satisfy “Itching ears who want to heap upon themselves teachers”. Therefore they join these false churches who have been “set up”(Malachi 3:15) to deceive them! But God’s Word says we are STILL IN THE PHILADELPHIA ERA. And the one true Church, that same candlestick fed by Mr. Armstrong, is STILL the Worldwide Church of God! We are still commissioned to BACK And SUPPORT Christ’s apostle, Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong! Garner Ted Armstrong started the teaching his new false church of being in the Laodicean Era. That should help you figure out where this new false doctrine came from. It came from Satan the Devil, not from Jesus Christ. And Jesus Christ is calling upon our brethren in Revelation 3, who are falling into the laodicean condition, to REPENT and be grafted back with the Philadelphians, and allow Christ to feed them through His Two Anointed Ones! The Main Witness begins his commission at the beginning of the Great Tribulation. The Second Witness, will join him giving testimony. Therefore they two witness are pictured as the Two Candlesticks in Revelation 11. Today, God’s people who are being drawn into these false churches, calling themselves the “church of God”(Rev. 3:9), are being called upon to REPENT, and COME OUT OF HER, or be spewed into Great Tribulation by Christ Himself. The only true Church is the same Church that Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong was a member of and an apostle of. The Worldwide Church of God. That is the only candlestick ordained by God. IT is a SPIRITUAL organism, unincorporated. Under Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong, the Church used a “Legal corporation” to gather money, property together to be used by Mr. Armstrong and his team in the Great Work of GOD! To preach the gospel of the Kingdom of God to all the world as a witness to all nations! That job of preaching WAS FINISHED! Only the apostle was commissioned to do the preaching! We, the Worldwide Church of God, ARE TO BACK AND SUPPORT THE APOSTLE OF CHRIST! That is our commission. Today, we are “holding fast”, waiting for God’s next TRUE apostle. WE are still backing and supporting God’s apostle Herbert W. Armstrong! So after the death of Mr. Armstrong, God allowed “Men” to take over the “legal corporation”. The prized properties of the Worldwide Church of God was sold off and used to fund “these churches” who were “planted” by the new leadership. But even though “men” took over the “Legal corporation”, they did not take over the true Church! The candlestick still exists!! THANK GOD!!! Jeremiah 24 pictures two baskets of figs. One basket is filled with good figs, the other is filled with evil figs. God preserves the basket of good figs, and he sends them into Babylon “for their good”. Much like how Zerubbabel and his band of Jews were sent into Babylon as captives, and were later CALLED OUT OF BABYLON. They were sent there “for their good”. Today, God’s people have been sent into these COG Groups “for their good”, but the time is coming for God’s people to COME OUT OF HER. Those who refuse to obey God, will stay in these groups, caught up like chaff in a sifting chamber, bundled to be burned by fire. Those who repent, even during the Great Tribulation, will have gained gold tried in the fire, and will escape the lake of fire. Much like a “brand plucked from the fire”, as Joshua pictures as being in Zechariah. Those who suffer the Great Tribulation are joined with a Zedekiah figure. King Zedekiah rebelled against Babylon, who set him up, and he rebelled against God. These false churches, are joined with the “government” just as a“corporation”is joined to the State, then to the Federal Government through corporate law. Zedekiah suffered the wrath of Babylon, when Babylon struck ancient Judah! Just like the Laodiceans will suffer the wrath of Satan through the United States of Europe in the coming world war! Today, the membership of the Worldwide Church of God are meeting together in their homes. Since there is no apostle today, we do not have a need for a “legal corporation” to be formed to handle large sums of money. The Matthew 24:14 Great Commission has already been FULFILLED! The governments of men require a “Corporation” to be formed in order to handle large sums of money, property etc. That is the only reason why the Church had incorporated under Mr. Armstrong. Today, those incorporating are false churches, and false works, trying to deceive God’s people into turning away from their Philadelphia commission! Instead of holding fast and staying loyal to Christ and His apostle, they are joining another church, in support of MEN not led by Christ! Mr. Armstrong was used by Christ to lead the Church OUT OF BABYLON. These churches insist that you must join them IN BABYLON, in order to continue with Christ. This is the deception. The Worldwide Church of God still exists. It lives with the membership still scattered worldwide. It is unincorporated, and is a SPIRITUAL ORGANISM. Today, false churches are trying to preach a gospel, trying to take on the job of the apostle and of God’s Church. They want God’s people to join them, and support them with God’s tithes. Some, in a laodicean condition are doing just that! They are producing works and fruits before the tribulation, and Christ rejects it all! AND THEY NEED TO REPENT OF IT! They need to STOP, turn around, and OBEY CHRIST WHOLLY! Our brethren need your prayers! Christ, through His apostle, and His Church are WARNING our laodicean brethren, and admonishing them to REPENT, in order to escape the coming Great Tribulation. And the reason why Christ is knocking on the doors of individuals who have the laodicean condition, is to have them realize that HE, CHRIST, IS NOT WITH THEM, and they are dying spiritually not being fed by Him! Jesus Christ in Zechariah 4 feeds the Philadelphia Church, The Worldwide Church of God, through His TWO ANOINTED ONES, or TWO APOSTLES. Mr. Armstrong and the soon to arise Main Witness. WE NEED TO GET BACK ON TRACK, AND FULFILL OUR JOB AS THE CHURCH! And we need to REALIZE that even though we enjoy or like the fellowship or the good times in these COG Groups, or if we enjoy our responsibilities in these groups, we must REPENT and COME OUT OF THEM, touching no unclean thing, in order to serve God and be the PILLARS we were called to be, MEMBERS OF THE TRUE AND ONLY CHURCH- THE WORLDWIDE CHURCH OF GOD!]]>