Worldwide All Over Again?

Written by David Ben-Ariel

When Herbert W. Armstrong died, Dr. Hoeh declared thatrepparttar seventh candlestick had been lit. That means Laodicea officially began immediately.

Nearly four years later, Malachi's Message to God's Church Today began to soundrepparttar 149687 alarm: something wasn't kosher in God's Church! It exposed a corrupt ministry intent on destroyingrepparttar 149688 Worldwide Church of God's foundational doctrines, and urgedrepparttar 149689 brethren to hang on for dear life to what God had given us through His end-time Elijah. We were encouraged to get a grip, while others were losing it (Revelation 3:11).

Those who were of God heard whatrepparttar 149690 Spirit said torepparttar 149691 Churches through Malachi's Message. Those who weren't of God quickly lost it (God's truth) and slipped further and further into darkness. That darkness was disguised as a "new light of understanding" (II Cor. 11:14). The true members of God's Church responded to His call and came out of that decadent organization. Those who remained behind becamerepparttar 149692 SYNAGOGUE OF SATAN.

They were no longer God's Church! You can't reject God's truth for demonic doctrines without becoming a part of "Mystery Babylon" (I Cor. 10:21; II Cor 6:14-18). All this has been quite revealing (I Cor. 11:19)!

Knowingrepparttar 149693 Truth

God knowsrepparttar 149694 end fromrepparttar 149695 beginning (Acts 15:18). He prophesied a great falling away that would leave few standing. The BIG ONE has hit and shaken God's Church to its core! But isn't it possible to knowrepparttar 149696 truth without knowingrepparttar 149697 Truth (II Tim 3:7). God's calling us to a deeper love and conversion (I John 3:18). Isn't God's truth a means to an end? Didn't Mr. Armstrong fear some just "DON'T GET IT?" That too many were only converted to our doctrines? The doctrines are meant to help bring us closer to God by having a better understanding of His Will, but only a personal relationship with Jesus Christ will save us! We need Christ's teachings, but we need Godrepparttar 149698 Father and Jesus Christ even more! Only they can establish us and secure our salvation (II Thess. 2:13-17). You can have allrepparttar 149699 understanding inrepparttar 149700 world and still fall short (I Cor. 13:2).

Remember Solomon? Just because you know God's truth, doesn't mean you know Him! (Job 42:5; I John 2:4) You're not going to be judged by how much you know, but by HOW MUCH YOU GROW! By how much you apply what you know, becoming more Christ-like, more Godly, more representative of God's Kingdom, here and now (James 1:22; John 13:35). A system can't save you and ritual is no substitute for a relationship! (II Tim 3:5)

Malachi's Message Still Applies!

Whereas Worldwide was physically rich, aren't we in danger of feeling spiritually rich and self-complacent (Amos 6:1)? Ancient Israel had God's holy days; didn't eat pork, etc. But it didn't keep them from going into captivity! (Amos 5:21). It wasn't enough! Worldwide doesn't feel sufficient, they feel so impoverished they go to Babylon for help! We'rerepparttar 149701 ones who feel safe and secure! Who said we can let our guard down? We're commanded to REMAIN ON HIGH ALERT until Christ comes! (Luke 21:34) Yet some are failing to continue to apply Malachi's Message (Rom. 2:17-21). God's refining process isn't over! (Dan. 12:10; Isa. 48:10)

Let's see to it that Philadelphia Church of God (Judah) doesn't gorepparttar 149702 way ofrepparttar 149703 Worldwide Church of God (Israel)! These biblical principles still apply: don't put undue trust in men; work out your own salvation, it's not a group affair; bewarerepparttar 149704 scholarly approach that demands you rely on men - not God's Spirit or personal Bible study. And God help us to look past Petra (though it's important), to focus on His Kingdom (Luke 21:36; Isa. 33:17) To surviverepparttar 149705 Holocaust is one thing, to enter God's Kingdom is everything! (II Pet. 1:10-11).

Beware of Emperor Worship!

What'srepparttar 149706 greatest false doctrine to come out of Babylon? The nefarious idea of a DIVINE EMPEROR! Nimrod had put himself in God's place! He had people depending on him for all their answers and protection. Today, we have such MEN "playing God" inrepparttar 149707 Church! (Nahum 1:11; II Thess 2:3) There's nothing new underrepparttar 149708 sun. Unlike Moses, who wished that all God's people were prophets (Num. 11:29), Nimrod felt threatened by any "competition." He dealt cruelly, in a jealous rage, with those who opposed his haughty position. God used Shem to put him back in his place! Leaders are ordained of God; they do have a definite place, but it's NOT inrepparttar 149709 Holy of Holies (II Chron. 26:18)! They're intruding in God's business, and trespassing on His sacred ground, when they get out of line and overstep their bounds (Zeph. 1:9; Exodus 19:12; Col. 2:18). Away with emperor worship! It's soon to sweep Europe, but we don't need it in God's Church. Not if we want to remain God's Church!


Written by Irvin L. Rozier

Jeremiah 6.16 "Thus saithrepparttar LORD, Stand ye inrepparttar 149548 ways, and see, and ask forrepparttar 149549 old paths, where isrepparttar 149550 good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, we will not walk therein."

Today, Wednesday, July 12, 2005, I rode by my old home church, Youmans Chapel. Seeingrepparttar 149551 church brought back many fond memories.

The year was 1959, and I was inrepparttar 149552 second grade. The members of Youmans Chapel Baptist church called my Daddy,repparttar 149553 late Rev. A.J. Rozier, to be their pastor. This small country church was located in a farming community andrepparttar 149554 congregation was made up of some down to earth folks. We sang hymns out ofrepparttar 149555 old hymnal...I can still hearrepparttar 149556 song leader say, "Get your song book and turn to page 57 and let's all sing Amazing Grace like we mean it." Some ofrepparttar 149557 other songs that still ring in my ears are "Onrepparttar 149558 Jericho Road", "Camping in Canaanland", "Just a Little Talk with Jesus", and "I'll Fly Away". Several ofrepparttar 149559 congregation could really sing andrepparttar 149560 piano player sure could rattle them keys. Back in those days, we didn't have nurseries and such, so babies and allrepparttar 149561 little children sat with their parents. Daddy was a bi-vocational preacher...he also sold furniture. He knew that God had called him to preach and pastor at Youmans Chapel. I can see him now, standing behind that wooden pulpit, delivering a message torepparttar 149562 hungry congregation...a message straight fromrepparttar 149563 throne of God.

We had a few small Sunday School rooms, but we had no social hall. The sanctuary was not air-conditioned, so we used those hand-held cardboard fans to ward offrepparttar 149564 heat ofrepparttar 149565 hot Georgia summertime. We did have two gas space heaters forrepparttar 149566 cold ofrepparttar 149567 wintertime. After all week revivals, we would have Sunday dinner spead on tables set up underrepparttar 149568 towering pine trees. Man, there sure was some good home cooked food and deserts at those Sunday eatings! After dinner, we would go back intorepparttar 149569 church and have special singing. I immensely enjoyed hearing those good old gospel songs even though I was a small child. Daddy preached at Youmans Chapel until mid 1965, and then was called to another church. The Lord called Daddy home in 1966..he was 40.

Some ofrepparttar 149570 families who attended Youmans Chapel were kin to each other, and to Mr. Youmans, who donatedrepparttar 149571 land forrepparttar 149572 church. I fondly recallrepparttar 149573 Carters, Youmans, Eatons, Godwins, Howells, Pittmans, Bowens, Moores, Battens, Dowlings, Harpers and Bryants. All these folks hold a special place in my heart. Sister Margaret Bacon playedrepparttar 149574 piano, and her husband, Gene, was a close friend of my Daddy's. Those two could really sing, and they had beautiful children. Brother Gene and my Daddy are now singing aroundrepparttar 149575 throne.

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