June 18, 2021
It is my understanding that there are well over 500 corporate churches of God in existence today. Many of these churches openly reject Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong’s office as an apostle and his role as a TYPE of “Elijah” (Malachi 4:5; Matthew 17:11). Many of these groups take the “smorgasbord” approach to the doctrines once taught by God’s end-time apostle. Their thinking is, “We’ll choose these doctrines over here because we agree with them, but these others we’ll reject because we don’t agree.” The reality is, these leaders don’t have the authority to decide on their own what doctrines to believe.
There are also leaders who claim to teach EVERYTHING Mr. Armstrong taught, while behind the scenes they subtly dismantle the doctrines and teachings established by Jesus Christ. Others like to remind their congregations of the many television stations they broadcast from or the number of magazines they print. One man made the statement, “We have all of these web sites” to prove God was working with him exclusively.
There is one recurring theme found in these groups. They believe their specific church is “…the ONE TRUE CHURCH.” If you are not part of their group, you will find yourself in the GREAT TRIBULATION. Is that really God’s thinking? NO! Brethren, I assure you that God is not looking for seat warmers in a corporate Church of God. As Christ said, “You shall know them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:16). God expects much more.
Jude 3 shows that we are to be keeping our spiritual focus on the FAITH once delivered. “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 3).
By his fruit, we saw that Mr. Armstrong followed Christ’s lead. He knew that the Church was a “spiritual organism.” He stated it in Mystery of the Ages…
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).
Today, we can see the current condition of the Church of God. The Church (“the called-out ones”), has indeed been SCATTERED!
Then I heard the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand to heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever, that it shall be for a time, times, and half a time; and when the power of the holy people has been completely shattered, all these things shall be finished” (Daniel 12:7).
Brethren, we must LOVE God’s TRUTH and never STOP loving it! (Ephesians 1:13, Ephesians 4:15, I Thessalonians 2:13, II Thessalonians 2:13, I John 3:18-19, III John 1:4). As AMBASSADORS for Christ (II Corinthians 5:20), we must serve in a way that pleases God!
Have a wonderful Sabbath!
Your Brother in Christ,