April 20, 2018
A few years ago, I wrote to a member explaining how the name “Church of God – Scattered Faithful” was chosen (that letter is shown below). Tonight, I thought I would share parts of that email with you, to make sure everyone would have a complete overview and understanding of the process that went into my decision on a name that legal authorities (federal and state), would recognize as unique from other “organizations”. Have a good night’s rest everyone!
Your Brother in Christ,
…I wanted to explain how the name “Church of God – Scattered Faithful” came to be. Personally, I’m not even fond of the idea of “incorporation” and wish it wasn’t necessary. I would have been happy just saying, “Church of God”. God’s Church is a spiritual organism, anyway. Mr. Armstrong stated that fact! I want to serve God and His people, give to our brethren, and help them anyway I can to attain their spiritual goals – ultimately the Kingdom. The only reason to use a “unique” name (in a corporate sense), is to comply with the laws of the land (state and federal).
Tithing (as you know), is commanded by God. It pleases me to see such dedication in our brethren. Though I do not take a salary from God’s tithes, I knew when we started that the members would have to have a way to tithe properly. “Incorporating” (to comply with this world’s requirements), was necessary when given the responsibility of being a “caretaker” for the member’s tithes and offerings. Obviously, we have legitimate expenses as a Church that need to be properly administered. As a steward of God’s tithes and offerings, I must make sure those funds are used wisely and appropriately.
As for choosing a Church “name” (along with the words “Church of God” – I Corinthians 10:32, II Corinthians 1:1, etc.), I spent time in prayer and meditation on this subject. I wanted to make sure that the name would be what Christ would lead me to. The more I thought on the name “Church of God – Scattered Faithful”, the more I felt confident that this was the name we should use.
First, this name describes the condition of the Church as it is currently, “scattered” (Ezekiel 34:12) “As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered”.
Secondly, in thinking about the last word in the name – there are still members (scattered around the world), who have remained faithful to God, His TRUTH, and His commandments. They also recognize Mr. Armstrong’s role both as an apostle, and the end-time Elijah. These members will not compromise as so many others have! (Revelation 17:14 “…for He is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with Him are called, and chosen, and faithful”).
These were the reasons for naming it “Church of God – Scattered Faithful”…