God Have an “Organized” Work Today?
death of Mr. Herbert W Armstrong in 1986, what was once the Worldwide Church of
God is no more, and what was once the membership of that church has fragmented
and split into almost 400 divisions or “splinter groups”, and countless
individuals “on their own” for a variety of reasons.
“reasons” is because the entire ministry has gone off track and led
God’s people astray. This fact has been clearly documented many times over the
years here on the Church of God website, through many articles and countless
most) of God’s people have forgotten what Mr. Armstrong taught, and have
also forgotten that it was really Christ teaching through him.
many “rumors” going around in recent years, is that there is no “organized
church” today, or in other words, “God has no organized work” going on right
now, and everybody is just left to themselves to “go it alone”.
Is this true, and is it biblically sound?
Would God abandon His true people here at the very end, and leave us to
fend for ourselves in this world of spiritual chaos and confusion?
need to remember
what we were taught from the beginning, under Mr. Armstrong yes, but also by
Jesus Christ Himself!
16:18, Jesus Christ said He would build His Church and that the gates of Hades
would NOT prevail against it! In other
words, His Church will always exist! (although it will take on a different form
after He returns). One thing to notice though, is that He never said His
church would be big! In fact, quite the contrary, He called it a “little
Armstrong, the work was rather sizeable, and worldwide, yet still comparatively
small in comparison to the world population at that time. But God the Father
and Jesus Christ always have a work! (John 5:17) If you are old enough to
remember, Mr. Armstrong taught the same and said countless times, that God always
works through one man at a time.
that the work that God gave Mr. Armstrong to do is over (preaching the
gospel to the world as a witness), and that after he died there was a great falling
away (from the truth – II Thes. 2). But then did Christ just abandon
His true followers and decide that they have to go it alone? That’s foolish!
This is exactly what Satan wants God’s people to think, and some are actually
falling for it!
a work today, and yes, it is organized, albeit on a far smaller
scale than it was in the last era. There is a remnant or little flock, still
holding on (Rev. 3:11) to those same truths and doctrines (Matt. 17:11), that Jesus Christ
restored and revealed through Mr. Armstrong! But the work has changed. Instead
of preaching the gospel to the world as a witness, today it is a watchman
warning work, the final work just before the great tribulation (Jer.
6:17-19 & Isa. 62:6). When the tribulation comes, it will be down to just
two men (the two witnesses).
entails a warning to God’s people (congregation- Jer. 6:16) as well as
to the nations (of Israel -verse 18) and to the whole earth! (verse 19).
And even though the “gospel” has been preached to the world as a
witness, today it has to be preached again as a warning to
God’s own people (church) who have departed from that gospel, or way
of life! The warning is to repent and return to that gospel, which contains the
knowledge (truths and doctrines of Christ) of the way of life! (Jer.
6:16 & Jude 1:3)
paperback copy of Mr. Armstrong’s book: “The Incredible Human Potential”
(copywrite 1978), on page 118, Mr. Armstrong made the following statement:
What about a single
joint, or part," going off by itself -- or following a MAN instead
of the CHURCH OF GOD that is in direct
from the apostolic Church founded by Christ, in A.D. 31? He is like
a joint or a piece of wood or stone, entirely outside of, and therefore
PART OF the BODY OF CHRIST that shall MARRY
119, he states:
But what of the separated individual
believer, who tries to GET his salvation all by himself
-- or by following some MAN, or any of hundreds of professing Christian
denominations of our day? He is CUT OFF from that TRUE teaching
which Christ reveals to and through His apostle!
What if one in the
Church disagrees on some point of
doctrine? Then he is out of harmony with God's Church. And GOD HAS ONLY
THE ONE CHURCH.
down he says:
WHAT, then, of the
person who follows after a man
outside the Church -- or tries to GET his salvation,
simply by GETTING -- and not GIVING that which members are to give to the
Church's Work? Consider Jesus' parable of the pounds in Luke 19. The pound is
the British unit of money. Jesus illustrated Himself giving each member, on
conversion, "one pound" -- representing the Holy Spirit given at
conversion. But the Christian MUST GROW in grace and Christ's knowledge. As he
does, by GIVING in the Church, he receives an increasing amount of God's
Spirit. The isolated, separated member will probably LOSE OUT
(see Luke 19:20-24). (End of excerpts)
in God’s Word
does He say there would be no organized
work (or work) in the end. Christ does say however, in John 9:4, that there
is a time coming when “no man” can work, and the implication there is the time
of the great tribulation and Day of the Lord (God’s wrath).
years (a time-cycle) after Mr. Armstrong’s death are clearly summarized by the
Words of Jesus Christ Himself in Matt. 25:5, where He says: “While the
bridegroom was delayed, they ALL slumbered and slept.” This
parable of the ten virgins represents the condition of God’s end time church
just before the return of Christ. The very next verse (6) speaks of a “midnight
cry” (warning) just before the coming of the bridegroom (return of Christ).
This present warning work of God began in 2005, 19 years after the death of Mr.
mentions this overall condition of God’s people at the end, in Rev. 3:18 when
He admonishes His people to “anoint their eyes” so they may “see”
mentioned earlier, there is a warning to God’s people today to WAKE UP!
Time is almost up, and many are in danger of being thrown into the great
tribulation (Rev. 3:16), or worse, losing their eternal lives!
scoff at the fact there is indeed an “organized” yet small work today, I will
leave you with this warning from God’s Word:
Act 13:40 Beware
therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken of in the prophets;
Act 13:41 Behold, ye
despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which
ye shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto
God have an “organized” Work today? Those in the true Body of Christ already
know the answer to that question! It’s as plain as the plain