United Church of God

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.]]>

Prove All Things | Is the United Church of God Preaching Heresy?

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PROVE ALL THINGS | Is the United Church of God Preaching Heresy?

  We read in Psalm 111:10 that “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments”. The apostle Paul to the evangelist Timothy wrote: “Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.”(2 Tim. 2:7) God gives the understanding through His spirit to those who obey His Commandments. We are told in Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” So our “paradigm”, our “position” must be from God’s point of view not our own. The Church of God is the spiritual body of Christ.(1 Cor.12;Eph.4:11-16) The Holy Spirit in each of the members of Christ’s body, leads us in all things to Christ. Though the apostle be “absent in the flesh” today just as the apostle Paul wrote in Colossians 2, the apostle is with us “in the spirit”. He is a member of the spiritual body of Christ. “And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.”(1 Corinthians 12:26) God commands in His Word that we all “SPEAK THE SAME THING.”(1 Cor. 1:10) That “same thing” He put into His Church through His apostle. Mr. Armstrong wrote several articles on the mind of Christ of HOW doctrine, beliefs and teaching came into the true Church of God. Jesus Christ said “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.”(Mark 1:15) What must we repent of? Sin. What is Sin? (1 John 3:4) It is the transgression of the Law of God. What is the gospel? It is the message Jesus Christ preached!(Mark 1:14) The Gospel of the Kingdom of God, or the GOVERNMENT of God. That government is based on THE LAW OF GOD, and the LAW OF GOD is predominant in the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. What is LAW? It is the rules of conduct. It is a WAY OF LIFE! So the gospel not only pertains to the proclamation that God will indeed send His son Jesus Christ to this earth to establish His Kingdom on this earth, but also how one must CONDUCT themselves in that Kingdom or even enter into that Kingdom! Now, those being called today, must repent from living and walking contrary to the Law of God, from breaking God’s Law and sinning against God. Then they must BELIEVE the gospel! The words which God gave unto His Son Jesus Christ, was given by Christ to His apostles.(John 17) These words are “spirit and life”(John 6:63) They are “all things pertaining to life and godliness”(2 Peter 1:3)which are ministered unto us by the Holy apostles of God. “Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall”(2 Peter 1:10) Therefore we are called to remember what was taught by God through Holy men in many places in the Bible. The gospel preached by Mr. Armstrong was not after men, but came from Christ. Even the apostle Paul had people questioning whether he had Christ speaking in him. He had people accusing him of being a “reprobate”, having Christ not speaking in him. He equates such accusers as people who have “sinned” or having breaking the law of God. “I told you before, and foretell you, as if I were present, the second time; and being absent now I write to them which heretofore have sinned, and to all other, that, if I come again, I will not spare: Since ye seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, which to you-ward is not weak, but is mighty in you. For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you. Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates. Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates. For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth. For we are glad, when we are weak, and ye are strong: and this also we wish, even your perfection. Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me to edification, and not to destruction.”(2 Cor. 13:1-10) Compare with what is said in Micah 3:11. So to teach that Mr. Armstrong, the apostle of Christ, did not have Christ speaking in him, on certain subjects or points, is “sin”. It breaks the law of God. “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.” 2 Peter 2 continues to explain how these ministers, due to SIN, speak evil of things they do not understand. They accuse the true ministers of Christ, including God’s apostle, of not having Christ speaking in them. They LACK THE UNDERSTANDING THAT GOD GIVES! Understanding comes from God to those who OBEY HIM. If we aren’t obeying God, we will not have a “good understanding”. Therefore the apostle Paul admonished those who make such accusations to “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves.”(2 Cor. 13:5) Some even within God’s true Church have been guilty of doing this sort of thing. It is something that is labeled “SIN”, and must be repented of! John 17 shows us that Christ gave the Father’s Words to the apostles. In Mark 6:11 Christ tells His apostles that if ANYONE doesn’t receive them(the persons of the apostles) nor hear their words(all of what they preach), to leave that house or city shaking the dust of your feet for their judgment is WORST than Sodom and Gomorrah’s. We are told by Jude, the apostle of Christ, in God’s Word concerning the apostles words: ” But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ” [Jude 1:17] Also, the apostle Peter wrote: “This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:” [2 Peter 3:1-2] The apostle Paul wrote: “For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.” [1 Thes. 2:13] He also wrote: “For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me. For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach every where in every church.”(1 Cor.4:15-17) “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (Gal.1:8-12)Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us. For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you;”…”And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.” (2 Thes. 3:6-7,14-15) How can we have company with those who OBEY NOT the words of the apostle of Christ? We are commanded to NOT have company with them. We have no need to doubt the apostle. He is NOT a reprobate. He is awaiting the First Resurrection. Christ was indeed speaking in him. Why should we “dehinge” ourselves from the apostle of Christ? Why should we “let loose of the coat-tails of Herbert Armstrong and clasp the hand of Christ” as one dissenting ex-minister said a long time ago? The apostle Paul heard that there were divsions among the people of God in Corinth. “For first of all, when ye come together[he is speaking of the passover service] in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it. For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.”(1 Cor.18:19) The reason for the division was due to heresies. Mr. Armstrong remarked in several articles, how the DIVISION that occurred during the 1970’s was due to the Church’s lack of obeying Romans 16:17. And this is true, for a corollary scripture 1 Corinthians 1:10 reads “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.” Now what “thing” must we all speak? If everyone spoke their own thing, there would be DIVISION. And today there is. We must speak what Christ gave through His apostle! That is what we must speak! There is so many scriptures that tell us this! God equates speaking something contrary to the apostle, which causes DIVISION within the Church, as HERESY. In fact, Paul’s 2nd letter to the Corinthains corrected those in the Church who was CAUSING DIVISION by saying that Christ was not speaking in Paul. It corrects those who say the same thing against Herbert W. Armstrong. Do you remember the STP? Do you remember what the apostle of Christ, Herbert W. Armstrong, said about the “Doctrinal committee”? They actively sought out to DIS-PROVE the teachings, and doctrines that Christ put into the Church through His apostle. They brought damage, harm, and DIVISION to the body of Christ. It was heresy. It was SIN. And God tells us to have NO COMPANY with those who do these things. Christ raised His apostle up after total heart failure, to be the SPEARHEAD to RID THE CHURCH FROM SUCH THINGS. Those led by God’s Holy Spirit joined with him, and God added His blessings. If you read Malachi 2, which is a corrective message to the ministry, God has some very important things to say. “And ye shall know that I have sent this commandment unto you[the ministry- i.e verse 1], that my covenant might be with Levi, saith the LORD of hosts. My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear wherewith he feared me, and was afraid before my name.[Rev. 3:8] The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity. For the priest’s lips should keep knowledge, and they[the ministry] should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.[THIS IS SPEAKING OF GOD’S APOSTLE- Herbert W. Armstrong] But ye[THE MINISTRY] are departed out of the way[The way that was PREPARED]; ye[the ministry] have caused many to stumble at the law; ye[again, the ministry] have corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith the LORD of hosts. Therefore have I also made you contemptible and base before all the people, according as ye have not kept [they did not Hold Fast, ie Rev. 3:11] my ways, but have been partial in the law.”[End Quote] John the Baptist prepared the way for Christ’s first coming as a lamb. The book of Malachi was both a message to the Levitical priesthood prior to Christ’s first coming, and ALSO a message to the MINISTRY of God’s Church prior to Christ’s SECOND COMING. And the man who came in the power and spirit of Elijah in this end time was Herbert W. Armstrong. He prepared the way for Christ’s second coming AS THE KING OF KINGS. Now when Christ returns, He will PURIFY the sons of Levi(Malachi 3). Levi, is the MESSENGER of God. His sons, or the ministry trained and ordained under him, “departed out of the way”. Which “way” is that? It was prepared brethren! In Malachi 4, they are told to “remember the law of Moses”. The LAW Moses gave was from GOD! Or THE LAW OF GOD! Now, in Malachi 3:1, a messenger of the Lord is sent to PREPARE THE WAY. That is the messenger who would come in the power and spirit of Elijah, who would restore(Matt.17:11)all things, who would prepare the way shortly before Christ’s second coming. This is none other than Herbert W. Armstrong. Now, the sons of this messenger “departed out of the way”, and was “partial in the law”. Now, to say that Christ was NOT speaking in Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong, and therefore he taught wrongly, “iniquity” rather than righteousness, is heresy, it is SIN against God and is CONTRARY to the Word of God. It causes DIVISION, and has no part within the Church of God! In fact, if someone comes along preaching contrary to what Mr. Armstrong taught, we are to have no company with them and AVOID THEM.
Many of the “sons” of Mr. Armstrong, the ordained ministry found their way into the “United Church of God” organization. Others found their way into other organizations. Is the UCG teaching faithfully what the Apostle of Christ taught them? Are the other COG groups?
Now through Mr. Armstrong Christ restored “all” of the truths that had been originally taught by Christ and the original apostles(Matt. 17:11). What was taught? “All things that pertain to life and godliness”(2 Peter 1:3). Also: “We [the apostles of Christ] have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” (2 Peter 1:19-21) We do WELL to TAKE HEED to what Christ taught through Mr. Armstrong. In a co-worker letter dated January 8, 1958, Mr. Armstrong wrote about “heresy”. [Begin Quote] “This is a very SPECIAL letter about you, personally. There is one point on which some of our Co-Workers may not be clear.   As you know, this great WORK OF GOD is non-denominational. We are not a sect or denomination in the generally accepted sense. Nor are we backed or sponsored by any, or connected with any.   There were several religious sects in Palestine in Jesus’ day. You read of “the sect of the Sadducees,” in Acts 5:17; “the sect of the Pharisees,” in Acts 15:5. There were also the Essenes, the Samaritans, the Herodians and the Zealots.   But Jesus joined none of them! What is the meaning of the word “sect”? According to the Cruden’s Concordance, “this word is generally used to mean a party in religion, differing in belief from the main body. In our old version it is frequently translated heresy, which the religions change to sect.” Webster defines it: “In religion: a party dissenting from an established or parent church.”   Jesus Christ joined no “sect” — but He did found and build the ONE TRUE CHURCH OF GOD. If you will examine the teachings and practices of the sects and denominations of today, and compare them to the teachings and practices of Jesus as recorded in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John — and those taught by the Apostle Paul in the New Testament — you will see that the popular denominations and sects of today do “differ in belief” and that they are very largely “dissenting from the established parent church” as it was established by JESUS CHRIST! Hard to believe — but IT’S TRUE!   The true CHURCH OF GOD, founded and built by Jesus Christ — the Church of which HE is the active, living, directing HEAD — is not a sect or denomination!   I want to make this absolutely clear–so I hope you will find it very simply explained in my autobiography, now running serially in The PLAIN TRUTH: that while this true work of God is non-denominational and non-sectarian, nevertheless God most decidedly does not carry on His great work thru me as an individual, but thru ALL OF US CO-WORKERS WITH CHRIST who today form the collective BODY led and empowered by the Holy Spirit, as God’s instrument by which and thru which HE carries on HIS WORK!   Jesus Christ came to this earth 1900 years ago to start the true WORK OF GOD — carrying His GOSPEL MESSAGE to all the world as a witness! But God works thru human instruments. Jesus did not preach to all the world. He called, taught, educated and trained His disciples, who became apostles. Thousands of others were converted thru them. These formed the true CHURCH that Jesus built — the COLLECTIVE BODY used in the WORK OF GOD, which is carrying HIS GOSPEL to all the world! The work was started by the Holy Spirit working in the individual personal BODY of Jesus. It continued by the same Spirit of God working in the COLLECTIVE body of the apostles, evangelists, pastors and elders and converted believers who became the true CHURCH OF GOD.   But the Church of the apostles’ day did not get to all nations. Persecution set in. They were scattered. By 70 A.D., after the Roman invasion, their organized effort was largely stopped. Only a few local churches remained faithful, but they were not organized for any world-wide evangelism. The prophesied APOSTASY set in. Pagan doctrines and customs drove in their entering wedge. By 150 or 200 A.D. there were more than 50 different sects calling themselves “Christian” — yet all believing different doctrines and practising different customs. They were not the real CHURCH OF GOD — they “dissented” from the teaching and practices of CHRIST — from “the established or parent Church” which Jesus founded.   In the early 4th century, Constantine, Emperor of the Roman Empire, took command over these differing sects that called themselves, falsely, “Christianity.” He called the Nicene Council. He told the leaders of all sects to settle their differences — to decide on some ONE doctrine they could ALL compromise on. That is what came out of the Nicene Council — a doctrine of human compromise that would please the largest number of people! The military General-Emperor, Constantine, used the power of the state police and the army to force that doctrine and practice on the Roman world! As time went on, more and more pagan doctrines and customs were gradually introduced into this false “Christianity.” Millions were martyred for BELIEVING the BIBLE instead of the man-made pagan doctrines that came out of these successive Councils.   Then came the Protestant “Reformation.” Luther, Calvin, Knox, the Wesleys, and other Protestant leaders made changes. They even restored parts of Bible TRUTH. But they also, in their turn, introduced various new doctrines and customs of their own, which were contrary and totally foreign to the Bible and the teachings and examples of Jesus and of Paul. Today there are hundreds of these Protestant sects and denominations. What do they have? Each has its own different combination of doctrines, part of which is Bible TRUTH; another part of which is error often peculiar to each particular sect; and a large part of which — larger than realized — is the same pagan beliefs and customs which came thru the Catholic Church which Emperor Constantine organized.   BUT THEY DO NOT SPEAK THE SAME THING JESUS DID! They do not believe or practice what PAUL taught. They do not, except in small part, BELIEVE THE BIBLE — incredible as that may sound.”[End Quote]

Mr. Armstrong also wrote about the 1974 rebellion:

[Begin Quote]“Those now advocating this Scriptural HERESY want to abolish all authority which Christ as our Head SET in His Church. Their contentions would lead to VOTING — the “democratic way” — the very OPPOSITE of God’s Way. They want to be “LIBERAL,” and soon this liberality would lead into general and widespread SIN. They would become just a few more churches OF THIS WORLD — Satan’s world.   Yes, SATAN is the real author of this rebellion against God’s WORK.”[End Quote from February 25, 1974 brethren Letter] So what does the UCG teach?

UCG’s teaching on the Government of God.

While not ignoring that the organization of the UCG was founded FIRST. They then requested from Joseph Tkach Jr. to keep their ministers on the WCG’s payroll, until the UCG found financial footing. Then their congregations were drawn away from the Worldwide Church of God, (which is “similar” to how GTA started his churches). The UCG the government structure is very different from what was “restored” to the Church through Christ’s apostle Herbert W. Armstrong. The UCG admits this. In the UCG, if a member of a congregation questions a doctrine, or comes up with a new one, he goes to his local pastor, who goes to the Regional pastor, who goes to the Doctrinal committee(which has sub-committees for certain subjects and topics), then it goes to the “council of elders” led by a rotating president, and after that it goes to the “General council of elders” and would need a ¾ majority VOTE or “ballot” to make this change, or new doctrine official. (from what I can gather from UCG Sermon: “Maintaining Doctrinal Integrity Given on Apr 27, 2013 by Roy Holladay”) The UCG is led by an “balloted” council of elders, with a “balloted” rotating presidency. Changes to doctrine, or new doctrine, are gone through the “process” mentioned above.(from what I can gather) It is DEMOCRATIC in form. Much like how the United States congress works in passing laws. The apostle of Christ, Herbert W. Armstrong, having Christ speaking in him, called it “scriptural heresy”. Now whether or not we believe God and His apostle is totally up to us. Many of our readers, some attending with the UCG, were originally called and baptized into the Worldwide Church of God. The Worldwide Church of God wasn’t an organization, but the spiritual body of Jesus Christ. You weren’t baptized into any “organization”. If you start researching into the writings of Herbert W. Armstrong, refreshing yourself with what you were originally taught, you will find that Mr. Armstrong spent a lot of time, sweat and blood, to give to you the mind of Christ on things that are very important to the true Christian. Was his labor in Christ all in vain?
From the UCG’s August 2003 Doctrinal Study Paper labelled “Balloting in the Church”: ” [Begin Quote] ”…every form of government has strengths and weaknesses, including the “one man” structure that had become our norm over the decades.”…”When the United Church of God began, there was a great desire to include a number of people in the governmental structure of the Church rather than relying on one person. Therefore, one of the first issues that had to be addressed was how the new organization would be organized. The system that emerged spread responsibility among the several instead of the few.Because this was a different approach to Church government for most, sincere questions about its biblical validity arose. Some, while not wishing to return to the old government with one man in charge, still felt uncomfortable with the new approach. Due to long held convictions regarding “voting,” many honestly felt, and still feel, uncomfortable when asked to vote on issues or officers. These concerns led the Council of Elders to conduct a doctrinal study on the subject of Church government. The “bottom line” of that study was the recognition that God has used various governmental models throughout history to work with His people. It was noted that the rebellion of Satan took place under a form of government that had been instituted by God Himself. It was also noted that while God allowed other forms of government, mixed results occurred under each form. The paper concluded that God is able to use our current form of government if our hearts are right with Him, and that no form of government will produce the right results if our hearts are not right with Him” [End Quote] Another sermon from UCG minister Frank Dunkel, called “A Proper Paradigm” given July 08, 2017, goes further to say this. He literally ATTACKS what Christ taught through Mr. Armstrong. He states that a paradigm from what Mr. Armstrong taught(using the examples of the Bible Christ used through Mr. Armstrong )would literally BLIND Christians today, and has. We posted something to say about this sermon here: https://wwcg-archives.com/2018/04/13/the-babylonian-paradigm-the-journey-into-darkness/ Another Sermon from UCG minister Donald Ward was evaluated a while back and we posted an article on it. Link:https://wwcg-archives.com/2018/04/08/teaching-their-disagreement-with-god-and-gods-government/ As the UCG doctrinal study paper said, the UCG’s teaching is very different! INDEED IT IS! NOTICE what was actually taught by Christ through His apostle! If we were to accept the UCG’s teaching, we would be REJECTING what Christ gave through His apostle. It is that VASTLY different!We would be breaking the command of Jesus Christ in Rev. 3:11! We would be breaking the law of God, to accept heresy. Did Mr. Armstrong teach heresy? Or is the UCG teaching Heresy? Let’s see what was originally taught. Here is a reading list. Check to see if what the UCG teaches is truly what the restored and taught by Christ’s apostle Herbert W. Armstrong. Are they in “harmony”? Or are they preaching “heresy”? All of them are available on wwcg-archives.com. This is very important! This is not just inclusive to what the UCG preaches and teaches, but what about the other groups? If they are differ in teachings, or doctrines in any way, they are teaching “heresy”. Now if you want to support heresy, then go ahead, but those of us in God’s Church are commanded to get rid of these heresies among us in order to “ALL SPEAK THE SAME THING”, to be in harmony with Jesus Christ and God the Father. We call not just only on the people but ALSO THE MINISTERS, to evaluate whether they be “in the faith”, or if they themselves are preaching and supporting “heresies”. Take this to God. Pray about it. Fast about it. Believe what God says in His Bible. Obey God.
First, please read the article from Mr. Armstrong called “Satan Use and Deceive Me?? Never!!!” published in the Worldwide News, 8th Dec 1980 page 1. In this article, Mr. Armstrong explains the gauge to judge what a true Christian must be doing. Have we strayed from one tiniest point of truth? Let us examine ourselves. If we have strayed a “little” then we have strayed into “darkness” and AWAY from Christ. What did Christ’s apostle, Mr. Armstrong, teach concerning the Government of God, the true gospel, and the organization of God’s true Church, about doctrine and how doctrines come into the Church? Below are a list of his articles(to save space). Please read them to compare with the UCG’s teaching. Article: And Now – Christ Sets Church On God’s Organizational Track (Worldwide News, 23rd April 1979 page 3) Article: And Now Christ Sets Church Back On Track Doctrinally (Worldwide News, 19th Feb 1979 page 1) Sermon: Another Civilization (Given October 2, 1982) Article: The History of the Beginning and Growth of the Worldwide Church of God (Good News Magazine, April 1980) Article: Letter to Brethren, February 25 1974 Sermon: Times and Seasons (Given March 15 1980) Book: Mystery of the Ages, Chapter Six- Mystery of the Church Article: “Recent History of the Philadelphia Era of the Worldwide Church of God” (Worldwide News – Special Edition, 24th June 1985, Page 1) Article: Shall We All Leave THE CHURCH OF GOD and Join “THE CHURCH OF PEOPLE”? (Good News Magazine September 1980) Article: HOW CHRIST GIVES THE CHURCH ITS BELIEFS (Worldwide News, 20th Nov 1978 page 1) Article: Why Churches Are Divide (Plain Truth Magazine March 1982) Article: How Did You Come to Know the Truth? (The Good News October 1979 ) Article: God Commands We Avoid Certain Ones (Feb 25, 1980 Worldwide News) Article: CHRIST NOW MOVES TO PUT GOD’S GOVERNMENT BACK ON THE TRACK(Good News Magazine September 1979) Article: CHRIST NOW PUTS CHURCH BACK ON GOD’S FINANCIAL TRACK! (Good News Magazine- January 1979) Article: Moving Forward “on God’s Track” Link:https://wwcg-archives.com/2018/01/06/moving-forward-on-gods-track-2/ Article: God brought me back for a purpose Link:https://wwcg-archives.com/2017/11/10/god-brought-me-back-to-life-for-a-purpose/   Let’s all get back on the track brethren!]]>

The Babylonian Paradigm – the Journey into Darkness

PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT from the UCG(United Church of God).

This is an exposé addressing the CONTRARY teachings the United Church of God teaches in contrast with what Jesus Christ taught us through His Apostle Mr. Herbert W Armstrong. – WWCG-ARCHIVES.COM STAFF

2Pe 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 2Pe 2:2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. I recently read a transcript of a sermon given by Frank Dunkle, a minister in the UCG on July 8 2017 speaking on “Paradigms” or our Viewpoint or “Structure” on God’s Word. Titled “A Proper Paradigm”. Now, I was reading this doing research on what the UCG taught about God’s Government, in CONTRAST with what we have learned through the Apostle Mr. Herbert W Armstrong, this sermon was in the list of articles and sermons mentioning God’s Government. To say the least, this sermon REVEALS A LOT into what the UCG teaches and/or fails to teach!   [caption id="attachment_3830" align="aligncenter" width="150"]A Proper Paradigm by Frank Dunkle Frank Dunkle of the United Church of God[/caption] So as I went through this man’s sermon’s transcript, word for word, paragraph by paragraph, it is plain the man is INTENTIONALLY destroying The Church of God’s faith in what God says in His Word. His intention was to INTRODUCE false doctrines and seeds of DOUBT, all the time speaking evil of the WAY OF TRUTH(God’s Government). His structure of the sermon is INTENTIONALLY against Mr. Armstrong and anyone who believes and HOLDS FAST to what we were given by Jesus Christ. He starts off talking about the “Fifth Monarchists” a splinter group of the Puritan Church of England in the 1600’s, which is a picture he uses to picture Herbert Armstrong and the Worldwide Church of God holding Fast to the Teachings and doctrines we were given. He states that this “group(The Fifth Monarchist’s)” held the same belief on Daniel 2 as “we”(the UCG) has, but they believe that the Stone made without hand is the Puritan Church and not the Kingdom of God. His point was to show that this group held a belief that perverted their whole outlook of God’s Word. And he does this equating Herbert W Armstrong and the FAITHFUL Church backing and supporting Jesus Christ through the Apostle as a individual and as a group with a PERVERTED outlook or PARADIGM! Blinded by one central belief which God commands in His Word. Well, that is according to this minister. Would I say of Christ? No, I wouldn’t. I would like to call to remembrance HOW Mr Armstrong was converted. I recall Mr. Armstrong talking about his agenda when he heard Mrs. Armstrong started keeping the fanatical SABBATH! And how he went out to PROVE HER WRONG. He said he finally came to a pamphlet of a dissenter from the Seventh Day Adventists where they said that the Sabbath was done away and nailed to the cross, as a argument against the Sabbath! The verse this pamphlet was speaking on was in Colossians 2. But Mrs. Armstrong prayed all night and didn’t sleep and when Mr. Armstrong woke up she asked him to go to the library and look up EVERY Greek Word of those verses concerning the Sabbaths, because God had shown her there was a mistranslation in there. So he did, and found that the verses didn’t do AWAY with the Sabbath, but only the PHYSICAL RITUALS and SACRIFICES were done away. Now, this was the START of Mr. Armstrong’s Conversion. This was the First Scripture that proved him WRONG, and God right! This man from the United Church of God(UCG) preaches that if anyone STARTS from Colossians 2, that it would CHANGE our paradigm or Viewpoint that would PERVERT the TRUTH found in God’s Word! It is no coincidence that he would start with what STARTED the conversion of Herbert W Armstrong, as we go further through the sermon. He does say that Mr. Armstrong has a DIFFERENT view than what the UCG has. In this, I believe him. It is different. He then goes into ANOTHER point to support this Paradigm of his(which he says Mr. Armstrong has) and that is the Government set through Moses. Talking about Jethro, Moses’s Father in Law. I quote the minister giving this sermon. [Quote] He said, “Listen now to my voice,” this is verse 19, “I’ll give you counsel, and God will be with you: stand you before God for the people, so that you may bring difficulties to God. And you’ll teach them statutes and laws, show them the way that they must walk, and the work they must do. Moreover, select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. And let them judge the people at all times. And it’ll be that every great matter they’ll bring to you, but every small matter, they’ll judge themselves.” And it goes on to say that Moses, he did it. You know, and we wonder, it doesn’t describe him talking to God about it, but we know another place as it says Moses talked to God very often. Probably, he got God’s approval. And they set this up, a very effective form of administration and government. So effective that many armies, most armies use this, so do many organizations.[End Quote] Notice his point in saying MOSES ”did it”. That it was Moses’s decision. And then he questions if God approved of it or not. Now we know that God chose Moses, and led Moses, look at what happened when Miriam and Aaron when they withstood God through Moses. So God DID institute His Government in ISRAEL, but ISRAEL did not obey. Mr. Armstrong can be found showing every scripture backing up that it was GOD, not MOSES who instituted His Government! Notice the focus of this man, his focus is on the MAN as the one deciding. When Mr. Armstrong focused on GOD who decided, not MAN! Mr. Herbert W Armstrong – God decides(The Tree of Life). The Minister from UCG – MAN decides(The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil). Where does God fit in with this? This is another instance where it PROVES God was with Mr. Herbert W Armstrong and who he IS NOT with! IT also proves Mr. Armstrong was a TRUE Minister of Jesus Christ, in contrast with the man speaking in this sermon. The very next words is this, [Quote]And it would be possible to look at this and say, “Okay, that’s my paradigm for how every organization has to be formed. I can view all other aspects of administration and leadership through it.” If I have that as my central focus, I’m going to look at in the New Testament for that type of structure. You know, and I would probably see Peter as being outspoken and at the forefront and say, “He must have been the chief apostle.”[End Quote] Here he speaks AGAINST the Doctrine of Binding and Loosing, and how Peter was the Chief Apostle. He goes and says that looking at what Mr. Armstrong taught would PERVERT our outlook on the Bible. Again is he speaking EVIL of God’s Government (The WAY OF TRUTH) in God’s Church? Read 2 Peter 2. He then states, [Quote]We know the Catholic Church did exactly that.[End Quote] Equating Mr. Armstrong and God’s Church as the CATHOLIC CHURCH called Babylon the Great, The GREAT WHORE, the Mother of HARLOTS! He goes on and says, [quote]Within the Church of God in previous decades, we did something similar. We designated an apostle as the unquestionable leader of the church under Jesus Christ, of course, and we always said that.[End Quote] Again he equates the Government of God restored to God’s Church through Christ’s Apostle as 1) Man’s ideas, as he said about Moses. 2) That the start of Mr. Armstrong’s conversion PERVERTED his outlook or Paradigm of God’s Word. Which he stated leads to “The Primacy of Peter” teaching, which he states the Catholic Church teaches. Mr. Armstrong showed from God’s Word that Peter was CHIEF Apostle! But he was not a POPE as the Catholic Church teaches. This man says listening to that, or having that outlook PERVERTS our outlook and foundational Lens we look at God’s Word with! Can we not see WHO this man works for? It certainly is not God. I have also noticed the LIBERAL approach to doctrine, saying one thing at one hand, such as a False teaching, then covering it up with the truth. He says all of this about Mr. Armstrong and the Government in the Church which was restored to the Church and then states “I’m not saying or implying that the form of church government we used was wrong”. This is in order so that he has a backup plan, a way out when someone points out his flagrant error. When we would point out that specific error, he would state the latter statement dancing around the truth and ERROR he’s teaching. That is LIBRERALISM, the Way of SATAN! You can read and hear Mr. Armstrong and many others in the Church speak about How Satan uses LIBERALISM as a greased hog at a county fair. You can never get it pinned down. It is an ATTITUDE of reasoning INSTEAD of using God’s Holy Spirit! Read Mr. Armstrong’s article “What is a Liberal”. Listen to David Hulme’s Sermon on “Liberalism”. As well as Gerald Waterhouse’s sermons, he always has something to say about Liberalism. He thinks he has a way out from God. But God already knows, and he cannot escape God. Are we approaching doctrines/teachings/TRUTH in this manner? Make sure we are NOT! This LIBERAL minister goes on saying, [Quote] No, it had some problems(the Government through Mr. Armstrong), but it also had great advantages, and it followed a biblical model. I have no criticism of that form of organization(again, he’s trying to make a way out from the statements he’s previously stated). “But what I would criticize is adopting a paradigm that says, “That’s the only form of organization that could ever be valid.” the only thing the Bible would support. I think if I did that, I would be blinding myself to some other things that are within the Bible. For instance, Acts 15.[End Quote] He’s saying that God has more THAN ONE form of Government. The government restored through Mr. Armstrong however is looked down upon, with seeds of doubt placed on it, saying God DOES NOT WORK THAT WAY “all the time”, “he has many forms”. So he’s rebelling against God’s Government. Saying God has MANY PATHS, not ONE WAY. 2Pe 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 2Pe 2:2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. The Way of TRUTH is God’s GOVERNMENT! He’s saying there are MORE than ONE WAY of GOD! When Scripture says CONTRARY! It does NOT say WAYS of Truth!

Joh 10:1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

Notice what he says! Thinking that God has only ONE WAY, Only ONE Government as our CORE of Beliefs… [Quote]I think if I did that, I would be blinding myself to some other things that are within the Bible. For instance, Acts 15.[End Quote] Here he goes and starts with HIS IDEA of what the Government they have in UCG, pretending it is God’s, saying Acts 15 is a COUNCIL led Church. That THEIR Government is found in the Scripture. SO in saying this he is saying what Mr. Armstrong taught us would only pervert our outlook on the Word of God and God’s Government. Saying he was BLIND to the TRUTH, following his OWN IDEAS, Personal Opinions of What the Government of God is supposed to be. He goes into Acts 15, starting with Verse 6 where it says “Peter Rose up”. [Quote]What we see here in this story though is not Peter presiding as chief apostle and then making a ruling. We see him so far of one voice, a very significant and influential voice giving testimony as part of this conference.[End Quote] Here again SPEAKS AGAINST Peter being the Chief APOSTLE! When God’s Word shows that he WAS! [Quote]”He was just a voice of testimony among many at a Church conference”[End Quote] Another point of REBELLION! He then goes on saying here that Peter gave his opinion, or testimony on the problem. Then Paul and Barnabas did. Again he goes and states [Quote]After that in verse 13, we see the apostle James. “After they had become silent, James answered, and said, ‘Men and brethren, listen to me. ’” James answers and he’s going to give a proposal. “And then it would seem…” actually, I want to skip down to verse 19, his proposal. “therefore I judge that we shouldn’t trouble those who are among the Gentiles who are turning to God, but write to them that they abstain from things polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, and from things strangled by blood. ’”[End Quote] He is saying Peter didn’t make the decision but JAMES. Saying James answered the problem. He then SKIPS verse 14, where it says SIMEON(or PETER) declared! He(James) was acknowledging Peter’s decision! Just as Mr. Armstrong taught us! Read it in CONTEXT
Act 15:13 And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me: Act 15:14 Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name.
He then sums up the “conference” in Acts 15 as [Quote]And it goes on, and the conference then makes a decision.”[End Quote] That is NOT True! Peter DECLARED, as the verse he skipped stated, not the Conference. James confirmed the decision. The Conference AGREED with Peter’s decision! Again speaking against God’s Government! He then reasons how VOTING was in the Church(when it wasn’t) with [Quote]. It’s possible that in this conference, they might have taken some type of a vote or a consensus, or, you know, they discussed this. We don’t really know for sure. But we do know that today, the United Church of God follows an organizational structure closer to what we see in Acts than what we read about in Exodus 18 .[End Quote] That again is FALSE. They follow something CONTRARY to what we read in Acts 15! They say they MAY have voted in this conference. That they do not really know that they did or not. But to say the UCG has a CLOSER(Not the SAME, but CLOSER) Government to Acts 15 than what God through Moses organized in Exodus 18, is FAR FROM the TRUTH! Just remember and be MINDFUL of what the Apostle of Jesus Christ taught us! Remember a Good Counterfeit is “CLOSER” to the original! He states [Quote]As I said, “I think that should be a part of that paradigm.” But the particular paradigm of it’s got to be this form of organization or nothing at all I think has caused and maintained division within the Body of Christ. It’s not hard to think of other things that can come up, other ideas, other interpretations that could cause division or maintain division. You know, there are some that are shaping people’s paradigms today.[End Quote] Again stating this AGAINST what was taught through the Apostle and the Worldwide Church of God! Further on down he states, Trying to give REASON why he is saying what he is saying, [Quote]I thought maybe it’s more of a cautionary tale.(Notice: TALE not TRUTH) When I think of those Fifth Monarchists and what they got involved in. And as I say, it can be harmful when you adopt one very narrow point of view through which you see everything else especially if that one point is not correct.[End Quote] Here he equates Mr. Armstrong and the Church of God(Worldwide Church of God) in the same boat with the “Fifth Monarchists” a Church of this world, having nothing to do with God’s Church. Saying that Mr. Armstrong and the Church were BLIND to the Truth of God’s Word because they believe what the Bible says.(Not what they are saying, they are saying that he wasn’t teaching God’s viewpoint but his own, and that it came from the “Fifth Monarchists” a splinter from the Quakers(The Puritan’s), that we have a perverted outlook and viewpoint if we keep(HOLD FAST) to what we were taught by Jesus Christ through His Apostle!). Here he definitely says God’s Government that was restored to the Church(Through Christ’s Apostle, Mr. Herbert W Armstrong) was in ERROR, and NOT truth! Yet he goes on to say that it is [Quote]”Not wrong to necessarily have differing opinions on them.” [End Quote]to backtrack and cover his attack of God and God’s Government. So when you address it, he will quote the “Excuse” rather than dealing with the False statement and accusation. Within in seconds he continues, [Quote]I think though it could be harmful to myself and to others in the Church if I allow that one of those topics to become the center of a paradigm by which I view and just interpret everything else.[End Quote] He is saying it is HARMFUL to have God’s Government as the CENTRAL point of our beliefs. For that is the Subject he is talking about and destroying here in his sermon. He then continues to bring up other points to HOLD UP his attack, building the trap ONE point at a time, in order to justify his error and falsehoods! He states, [Quote]Imagine how it might lead to some imbalanced thinking and actions.[End Quote] Here he equates the point he has been making about having God’s Government as our central core of our belief as being “imbalanced thinking and actions”. Then he goes and turns this issue he is speaking on, (God’s Government being EVERYTHING, but nothing to him) as some KOOKY ritualistic nonsense, based upon PERSONAL opinion and ideas. But was it? This is the COMMON teaching in the UCG(as well as other groups) One scripture he uses is Luke 10:25. This verse shows that GOD must be central to our Beliefs. That God’s Government and Laws should be central and the CORE of our beliefs. BUT,… BUT, he uses this not in the terms of God’s Government, but just God. Sort of like by just accepting God(or Jesus) is all they need. And other point he males. Now was the Pharisees Following God? Or was their RIGHTEOUSNESS their own? Jesus Christ answers that himself throughout the Gospels. But this man is teaching that THEY KNEW GOD and had worshiping God down pat! Notice [Quote]We can guess and argue because the answer isn’t given, but part of me thinks perhaps if this fellow was representing the Pharisees, I think they had that part down. they’ve learned their lesson from the Babylonian captivity to not worship idols and not take God’s name in vain. I think they had a lot to learn about loving their brother as themselves.[End Quote] Now does this line up with Scripture? Does one who is SELF righteous(as the Pharisees were known as having) REALLY putting God first above all things? He is saying the Pharisees kept the first FOUR commandments, but needed to keep the last six. I notice he references this type of thing ALONG with the previous statements AGAINST the Government of God restored through Christ’s Apostle. Is he saying Christ’s Apostle was a hypocrite, a PHARISEE? By putting together all the points he is making one can come to that conclusion. But again he makes several statements, a way out from the confrontation of these false statements, a backup plan to cover his assets. Shows what spirit rules him, it certainly is not God’s. [Quote]So rather than worry about… “Are the first four commandments out of the included?” I think the Ten Commandments come and go as a unit, and we see that pretty clearly in the Bible. But we could pause and give some thought to what else did Jesus not say was vital for having eternal life? As I said, I think the first four of the Ten Commandments are implied in what Jesus said, “If you want to have life, keep the commandments.”[End Quote] Notice he states something AGAINST what we were taught, say that the Pharisees obeyed God and was in line with God. Then he covers it with the Truth. That what Christ was referring to was the WHOLE ten commandments, showing WHAT commandments he was referring to. Which is what Mr. Armstrong taught. But doing this Covering the ACUSATION and FALSE teaching with the Truth! The same way Satan does! Twisting the scriptures! Accusing the Brethren. [Quote]What did he not say you have to do to have life? How about being able to correctly calculate the 70-weeks prophecy? Nope. Properly pronouncing the Hebrew version of God’s name? Nope. Wearing tassels on your garments, never trimming your beard? He doesn’t mention that, nor does Christ mention church government. [End Quote] Here he equates CHURCH(God’s) GOVERNMENT as physical things such as “calculating prophecy” and “tassels”. He says Church Government doesn’t matter because it wasn’t mentioned. With this way of thinking, then why does he believe that Christ was referring to the first four of the Ten Commandments? Because they too wasn’t mentioned. So in this, IF there is NO “Thus sayeth the Lord”, on Church Government, then it is up to OUR OWNSELVES to decide on it. Because it doesn’t “mention it”. He skims over the point Christ was making. “KEEPING” means walking, OBEYING what God says. That means surrendering to God’s GOVERNMENT! But he does not make the point to say that we must OBEY or KEEP God’s Government. He only teaches that the “Ten Commandment” in themselves is the central point. Missing the SPIRITUAL point that goes with the Ten Commandments. The point that we MUST KEEP THEM. Obeying GOD’S Commandments. God’s Government being the CORE of the LAW OF GOD! [Quote]If I let any other thing, any other idea take center place in my thinking, then I’m doing what the Fifth Monarchists did. I’m making a mistake. I might become blinded. I’m setting myself up to become intoxicated by some other ideology or some philosophy. that’s not what Jesus said to do to have life[End Quote] Again attacking God’s Government, and saying Mr. Armstrong was BLIND and intoxicated with some other ideology and philosophy other than God’s! Equating him to the Puritan splinter called the “Fifth Monarchists”. Yet as we go through this sermon, he states the condemning statements towards God’s Apostle and CHURCH and continuing in between these statements statements saying the exact opposite. Whitewashing the falsehoods, creating a SYNTHESIS of both teachings. Incorporating the accusations and character assassination of Mr. Armstrong and all of us HOLDING FAST, and his falsehood of God’s Government being MANY, many paths instead of ONE PATH, ONE WAY. He has now watered it down further than he has already to that ANYONE just keeping the Commandments, and not knowing the ANNUAL SABBATHS, and everything else God’s says, that they will come up in the first resurrection. So that today, in an age where ALL TRUTH is restored, God’s Government, God’s Laws, God’s Holy Days, ALL THINGS as Jesus Christ says, restoring through the End-Time Elijah Mr. Herbert W Armstrong, that you DON’T need anything else but the verses concerning the Ten Commandments that you will GET into God’s Kingdom. When everything else ties into the Ten commandments and God’s Government, all the teachings tie into each other, that somehow anyone missing the majority of the message taught through the Apostle will still make it. That is if it isn’t being taught, as he stated AGAINST Mr. Armstrong and the Church and its beliefs. At the very end of his sermon he ends with [Quote]But one of the points I want to leave us with, we have the right principles to shape how we understand the Bible, how to conduct our lives, how we look ahead to our future. Now, it’s possible. We could get caught up in an incorrect paradigm. We could get intoxicated with ideas that would get us out of perspective, lead to bad decisions. We could do as the Fifth Monarchists did. You know, their misunderstanding of one point of one prophecy, led them to engage in some activities that the Bible condemns. As I said, they looked at one first and it distorted the other. I don’t think members of God’s Church are likely to get caught up in rebellion, civil war, and regicide. I hope not. But members of God’s Church could get intoxicated with the perceived prophetic understanding, with a captivating doctrinal understanding. And being caught up in something like that could lead a Christian to separating from the Body of Christ[End Quote] “We have the RIGHT Principles…” As in contrast to what we had “WRONG” with Mr. Armstrong and the Truth back then. That is how the DEVIL WORKS! Finishing, [Quote] It could lead to causing division, alienation, even perhaps if you became disillusioned to abandoning the way of life that we know is the way of life.[End Quote] Notice what “WE KNOW”, as if WE are the CENTRAL source of knowledge. This is CONTRARY to Scripture. In the End the point that any Spiritual led Christian who can discern the spirits, will come out seeing the minister, as many under Tkach Sr and then Jr done, that the WHOLE SERMON was to attack God and His Government which was restored through Christ’s Apostle Mr. Herbert W Armstrong, Condemning Mr. Armstrong and any of us still HOLDING FAST to those VITAL TRUTHS and God’s Government which we were given. People that are convinced to this “church”(UCG) and its doctrines/teachings as this minister was teaching, will come out saying “Oh he gave a wonderful sermon on how God should be our focus” when the exact opposite happened! Surely he is a WOLF in Sheep’s clothing! 2Pe 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 2Pe 2:2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.

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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.]]>