WHO WE ARE
Some of us have been a part of this group of people (the Ecclesia (Gr.) - the "called out ones"), for several years. Originally, we may have been inducted into the Worldwide Church of God, directed by Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong, where he had proven that most “Christian” churches -- Catholic and Protestant -- were preaching a wrong gospel, with false doctrines. That Church fell apart, after Mr. Armstrong’s death. We believe we are a continuing segment or remnant of the One True Church of God, which Jesus Christ said He would “build”, notice Matthew 16:18 “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter (Gr. ‘Petros’, meaning small stone), and upon this Rock (Gr. ‘Petra’, meaning an immovable Rock, in contrast with Petros and pointing to Himself) I will build MY CHURCH; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
Either this Scripture is TRUE or Jesus Christ is a liar and there is no “Church of God” into which we MAY BE or MUST BE put into! Colossians 1:18 “And He is the Head of the Body, the Church: Who is the Beginning, the Firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence.” Also in Ephesians 2:18, “For through Him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. 19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners (written to Gentiles), but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God. 20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the Chief Corner Stone; 21 In whom all the building fitly framed together growth unto an holy temple in the Lord.”
I Corinthians 12:27 “Now ye are the Body of Christ, and members in particular. 28 And God hath set some in the Church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.”
By putting together these Scriptures alone we have Biblical proof there is only ONE TRUE CHURCH OF WHICH JESUS CHRIST IS THE HEAD and THAT CHURCH WOULD ENDURE THROUGH ALL AGES!
To get the FULL UNDERSTANDING ABOUT THE CHURCH, I suggest you call (865) 774 - 8485 or write to P.O. Box 5536, Sevierville, TN 37864. Ask for Lesson 29 of the MINI - CORRESPONDENCE COURSE. It’s FREE, as is all our material! Now, let’s get to the purpose of this article.
THE GOOD NEWS, PLAIN AND SIMPLE
Most people, who are Biblically knowledgeable, know “Good News” means Gospel. What is the Gospel all about anyway? Just what is the Gospel that Jesus Christ taught and preached? IS IT REALLY PLAIN AND SIMPLE, as my title implies?
YES IT IS! IF you have the KEYS OF UNDERSTANDING that UNLOCK THE MYSTERY! I would guess that most people would BRISTLE WITH ANGER at my earlier statements about there being ONLY ONE TRUE CHURCH. Human indignation and pride would prompt them to say in their mind: "WELL, JUST WHO DOES HE THINK HE IS? I doubt if he has any Biblical training or credentials! He doesn’t even have “Reverend”, preceding his name!
Nevertheless, let’s move on in our topic and give you a few KEYS that OPEN THE HUMAN MIND to UNDERSTANDING the TRUE GOSPEL of JESUS CHRIST:
First of all, you must REPENT- plain and simple: Mark 1:14 “Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom of God.” 15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand: REPENT ye, and BELIEVE the gospel.
You must BELIEVE the GOSPEL; plain and simple, (verse 15). (The Bible warns of “another gospel”, “another Jesus” and “another spirit” in, II Cor.11:4)
You must understand that repentance is granted to individuals through the GOODNESS of God. Romans 2:4 “Or despiseth thou the riches of His goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance.”
God, the Father must DRAW YOU to His Son, Jesus, and induct you into His Church. John 6:44 “No man can come to me EXCEPT THE FATHER WHICH HATH SENT ME DRAW HIM: And I will raise (resurrect) him up at the last day.”
Another nearby Scripture describes this ACTION on God’s part in CHOOSING THOSE whom He can use in His TRUE CHURCH, as “SEEKING” individuals, with certain characteristics. John 4:22 “Ye worship ye know not what: we (includes ALL TRUE CHRISTIANS) know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. (Spiritual Jews- Rom. 2:28, 29) Ver. 23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers (only) shall worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth: for the Father SEEKETH SUCH TO WORSHIP HIM. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him MUST worship Him in spirit and in truth.“
NO! You can’t just “join the church of your choice”, as some so blindly believe! Even some of this world’s most recognized and renowned "Christian" leaders do not understand nor believe this PLAIN AND SIMPLE FACT!
You must be willing to OBEY GOD’S COMMANDMENTS to receive GOD’S HOLY SPIRIT. The HOLY SPIRIT is the ABSOLUTE KEY that gives to those, CALLED INTO the Church of God, TRUE UNDERSTANDING of the plain and simple Gospel of Christ. The Holy Spirit instills into our minds the willingness to OBEY: Matthew 19:16 “And, behold, one came and said unto Him, Good Master, what good thing shall I DO, that I may have eternal life (be saved)? 17 And He said unto him, Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is God: but IF thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.” Then Jesus proceeded to enumerate six of the Ten Commandments. 18 &lquo;He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder”. 20 “The young man saith unto Him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? 21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow Me. 22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.” (Christ could discern his heart; he was covetous and unwilling to obey.)
These same requirements of OBEDIENCE to the Commandments never change: Acts 5:32 “And we are His witnesses of these things; and so also is the Holy Ghost (Spirit), whom (which) God hath given to them that OBEY Him.”
I John 2:4, “He that saith, I know Him, and keepeth not His Commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” Chapter 3:4 “Whosoever commit sin transgresseth also the Law, for sin is the transgression of the Law.” Chapter 5:3 “For this is the love of God, that we keep His Commandments: and His Commandments are not grievous.”
Without THE HOLY SPIRIT, you are CARNAL and subject to the SECOND DEATH! Romans 8:6 “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the Law of God, neither indeed can be. 9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God is in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His. 11 But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you.”
The apostle Paul further explains this marvelous truth in: I Corinthians 2:6 “Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are (becoming) perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought. 7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory. 9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him. 10 But God hath revealed them by His Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea the deep things of God. 11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? Even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. 14 But the natural man receiveth not (does not comprehend) the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are Spiritually discerned. 15 But he that is Spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.” It takes the Holy Spirit to make the Gospel, Plain and Simple!
But there is another factor involved in this FABULOUS, PERFECT, PLAN OF GOD! He has deliberately hidden and clouded the PLAIN AND SIMPLE TRUE GOSPEL from the great majority of humankind!
Let’s notice HOW and WHY! Matthew 13:9 “Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. 10 And the disciples came, and said unto Him, Why speaketh thou unto them (the multitudes) in parables? Pay attention to:Verse 11 "He answered and said unto them (the disciples), Because IT IS GIVEN UNTO YOU to know THE MYSTERIES of the KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, but to them (multitudes)IT IS NOT GIVEN 13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing SEE NOT; and hearing they HEAR NOT, neither DO THEY UNDERSTAND. 15 For this peoples heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and THEIR EYES THEY HAVE CLOSED; lest at any time they shall see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. 16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.”
Are you now beginning to see that GOD IS NOT STRIVING TO OFFER SALVATION TO ALL in THIS PRESENT EVIL WORLD? YOU CAN’T just “COME AS YOU ARE”! YOU MUST DO IT HIS WAY, ON HIS TIME SCHEDULE, not WHEN YOU ARE READY AND WILLING. (Not as some of these charlatan ministers preach!)
God has inspired an entire chapter in the Bible, through the Apostle Paul, to reveal this Truth:
Romans 11:1 “I say then, Hath God cast away His people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God hath not cast away His people which He foreknew. (He knew HOW He was going to accomplish this Plan, from the very beginning). Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? How he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying, 3 Lord, they have killed thy servants, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life. (For sake of time, we’ll only read a few of the verses to get to the main subject matter of the chapter. It s about GOD’S BLINDING of a certain group of people to accomplish His purpose. There are SIMILARTIES IN THE WAY HE IS DEALING with a CHOSEN GROUP OF PEOPLE (His Called out Church) TODAY. (primarily from Israelites). Verse 5 "Even so then at this present time also THERE IS A REMNANT ACCORDING TO THE ELECTION OF GRACE. 6 --- 7 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for (salvation); but the election hath obtained it, AND THE REST WERE BLINDED 8 (According as it is written, GOD HATH GIVEN THEM THE SPIRIT OF SLUMBER, eyes that they should NOT SEE, and ears that they should NOT HEAR;) unto this day. 10 Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, ---. 11 I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy. 19 Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off (blinded) that I might be graffed in. 25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this MYSTERY, lest ye be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in. 32 For GOD HATH CONCLUDED THEM ALL IN UNBELIEF, that He might have mercy upon all.”
SO WHY AM I PREACHING TO A GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO DO NOT OR CANNOT UNDERSTAND WHAT I’M SAYING?
Because I’m commissioned to preach this Gospel of the Kingdom of God to the entire world, as strongly as I can and as long as God permits. Matthew 24:14 “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.”
AND IT MAY BE THAT GOD IS CALLING YOU TO THE TRUE CHURCH OF GOD THROUGH THIS PARTICULAR message. YOU’LL KNOW IT WHEN IT HAPPENS! WE WILL BE WAITING FOR YOU TO CALL US AND TO PROVIDE YOU WITH THE INFORMATION AND ADVICE YOU’LL NEED TO BECOME A TRUE CHRISTIAN AND TO UNDERSTAND “THE GOOD NEWS, PLAIN AND SIMPLE”.
We’ll appreciate the opportunity to serve you in any way we can. So call us at: (865) 774-8485; or write to THE Church of God, New World Ministries, P.O. Box 5536, Sevierville, TN 37864. As they say: “You may be glad you did.”