This is a wretched world. Every thinking man and woman in the United States now knows that. And you know it. Wretched crime and violence now run rampant. Vicious killers are regularly set free by permissive courts. The evils of rebellion, perversion and pornography have free rein while religious liberty is under attack.
God permits or allows our modern society to fester with its wretched sickness. He has revealed a way that would prevent all the confusion, the suffering, the hate and violence that we see growing around us daily. And most of you realize deeply and fully that man, the politicians, scientists and leaders, simply does not have the answers.
There is a last train to sanity. It is about to leave the station. Would you like to get aboard? That may sound rather metaphorical. But in all too many ways it is terrifyingly true.
Men have always had their “crusades” and their causes in this mixed up, confused world. Most are very sincere in this type of thing. But they do not give solutions for the swiftly mounting crisis of worldwide famine. They don’t give any real solutions to the nuclear arms race, daily threatening extinction of all human life from the face of this earth! They don’t even propose full solutions to the mushrooming problems of polluted lakes and rivers and oceans, and the air. Too many voters would be lost if they did! And how many voters would literally switch parties if some candidate came out with a ringing condemnation of parents, educators, preachers, child psychologist and theorists for utterly failing to instill in the new generation a deep and abiding respect for the laws of God and man?
This is the picture of our world today. “The way of peace have they not known” (Rom. 3:17). But our God and Creator has revealed a way to peace and happiness within our borders, and for mutual respect and tranquility among all nations of the world.
The proclamation of that way is what this Work of God is all about! It is to be given to the world as a “witness” just before the end of this present age (Matt. 24:14). It is a literal crusade for sanity, involving willingness on man’s part to obey the revealed physical and spiritual laws that would produce peace, happiness and universal prosperity.
To the thousands of people who are reading these articles, both men and women, this is your chance to take part in “the last train to sanity.”
The Work of the Church of God is sponsored and endowed by no one except God Himself. As the work of John the Baptist, “the voice of one crying out in the wilderness” – so this present Work of God stands alone and is set apart from all other groups and organizations of men in proclaiming Christ’s true message.
Your Bible says in Amos 3:7: “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he reveals his secret unto his servants the prophets.” God’s true church stands alone in revealing the meaning of what is taking place on the world scene today and what will, very soon, take place in major world events!
Long time readers of the old Plain Truth magazine and other literature from God’s true church know we no longer merely say something is going to happen, but often that it is happening right now.
Hebert W. Armstrong’s voice had thundered over the air waves for more than a third of a century, Britain is swiftly descending in dignity and might as a world power. As this church has specifically prophesied ahead of time for decades, the British Empire is virtually gone! The greatest sea gates on earth are gone from control of British Empire. And, America gave away the Panama Canal.
Again, as God’s Church has warned for decades, a United States of Europe is swiftly rising, which portends terrible trouble for the British Commonwealth and the United States of America! Is it possible that the financial crisis in Europe could be the catalyst that unites this sleeping giant?
Notice this striking prophecy for our day: “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse” (Mal. 4:5-6).
This basic but little-understood prophecy obviously refers to a man or work preparing the way for Jesus Christ’s second coming at the time of God’s intervention in human affairs, prophetically called “the day of the Lord.”
The work of John the Baptist was a first and typical fulfillment of the prophecy referring to this great end-time work. Luke was inspired to write about the work of John: “And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elisa (Elijah), to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord” (Luke 1:17). You will notice here that Luke said John was “in the spirit and power of Elijah,” not that he was Elijah.
When you listen to sermons and read our articles and our mini-correspondence course and traditional Christian doctrine series do you realize that Bible prophecy is being fulfilled before your very eyes? Where else on this earth can you obtain real answers to such basic questions as “What is man’s destiny, Who and What is God, What is Man, What is the purpose for life on this planet? Answers to the problems of human suffering, war and the fact that only a very few are being called to any kind of Christian salvation in this age, when you consider that most of the earth is Communist, pagan or at best agnostic?
How is this work made possible when there is no whining, begging, nagging, pleading or even hinting for money or financial help of any sort. It is made possible only through the combined efforts by members of God’s Church and co-workers whom God has called to help financially support this great Work.
God’s prophets and ministers have always had disciples, helpers and co-workers in carrying out their mission. Mention of the latter is especially prevalent in the New Testament. “We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain” (II Cor. 6:1). In context, this verse clearly shows that all true Christians should be workers together with Christ in reaching the unconverted world with His message. For there is certainly a work to do!
Yet, God commands His ministers not to ask the public for money to carry on this vital Work. Jesus said, “Freely ye have received, freely give” (Matt. 10:8). We cannot, therefore, put a price tag on the precious truth of God and the warning message which must go to the entire world regardless of its acceptance or its rejection.
Rather than using some wealthy benefactor or millionaire to back this work, God is using a band of sincere, dedicated co-workers who are doing their part by supplying the financial needs of this Work that the truth may go freely to others.
In writing to Philemon, the apostle Paul said: “There salute thee Ephaphras, my fellowprisoner in Christ Jesus; Marcus, Aristarchus, Demas, Lucas, my fellowlabourers” (Philemon 23-24).
Again, Paul beseeches: “And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement, also, and with other my fellowlabourers (co-workers), whose names are in the book of life” (Phil. 4:3).
It is clearly God’s way to use many scattered individuals in helping carry out His Work and in supporting and holding up the hands of His called and chosen ministers. And this very act of laboring together with Christ is a mighty important additional factor in the spiritual growth and blessings of those co-workers.
Notice that Paul describes the “fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.” Those individuals who give their lives, here and now as living sacrifices in carrying out God’s Work are certainly laying up treasures in heaven! For Jesus said: “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matt. 6:21).
Many of our co-workers obey Jesus’ instruction to not leave undone the matter of paying God’s tithe, the first tenth of the income to God, with additional offerings as they are able. But, in any case, their hearts are increasingly involved in God’s Work as they labor together in this end-time crusade for sanity, a crusade to restore the knowledge of God’s truth to man before he blows himself off this planet!
We have facts and proof behind what we are doing. Never forget that! Do not be too naïve or too lazy to check in your Bible, and with history, and with current events to prove the truth or error of what we say. We sincerely challenge you to do this, for your eternal good!
This crusade for sanity is literally God’s last effort to give the fighting, killing, competing, warring men and nations of this age the opportunity to know what lies ahead for them if they will not change, and the truth of God’s ways as a witness. “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come” (Matt. 24:14). My friends, you are hearing and reading this gospel message right here at The Church of God New World Ministries website! Will you join the crusade for sanity?