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Are You Willing To Change?

Your very life during the next few years depends upon your willingness to change! You had better heed the facts in this article.

In a few years from now (not setting dates) God’s work on this earth will suddenly disappear, many of you will wonder why. Perhaps at that time you will hear sarcastic reports that that group of religious people have gone into hiding to await “the end of the world.” Such reports will not be true!

But what will be true is that a rearmed Germany will be at the head of the rapidly forming United States of Europe, whatever its name will be. It will be composed, by then, of exactly Ten Nations or groupings of nations, like the Benelux countries, under one ruler. This Unification process is taking place now, today, because of the horrible economic status of many of the European Union nations. Some writers have said it could come as early as the end of this summer (2011).

This united Europe will make an agreement with and be dominated by a great religious power (the Roman Catholic Church). And this political-religious union of nations will have become increasingly hostile toward the United States and Britain and will begin imposing trade embargoes on us, in alliance with other nations

Meanwhile, by this time, Britain and the United States will be experiencing terrible national calamities, major floods, and drought, increasing earthquakes, tornadoes, horrifying disease epidemics, wholesale race riots, and increasing shortages of food and water leading to near starvation conditions in some areas. We will be internally weak and ripe for conquest by a cruel aggressor.

The united Europe will have become increasingly stronger and stronger and will make some sort of deal or non-aggression pact with Russia, as did Germany just before attacking Poland in 1939 and as did Napoleon over a century earlier. Thoughtful Americans and Britons will finally wake up and begin to wonder if we have not been building our own “Frankenstein monster” in Central Europe. (Read our article “Frankenstein Created”).They will wonder, then, but it will too late to do anything about it.

Then, only after these major events affecting the leading nations of the world have happened, then this work will disappear from the scene for a short while. A strange uneasiness will suddenly settle over America and Britain. Many will know that “something is up.”

For at this point, just before America and Britain are attacked and conquered by a united Fascist Europe, some of God’s people will be protected, ( Luke 21:36) while others will be brought before kings, and rulers and put into prison (Luke 21:12).

Within the next few years, by the time most of these things take place, millions of Americans and Britons who have heard the old World Tomorrow broadcast and read the old Plain Truth magazine will remember those messages. And all the people who have heard our sermons and read the articles from the Church of God New World Ministries will be faced with some very heartfelt decisions.

“And they come unto thee as the people come, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they show much love, but their hearts go after their covetousness. And, lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice and can play well on an instrument: for they hear thy words, but they do them not. And when this comes to pass, (lo, it will come), then they shall know that a prophet has been among them” (Ezk. 33:31-33).

What is it going to take to make you personally know that servants of God Almighty are speaking to you? What is it going to take to make you heed and act on the knowledge you are receiving through this Church organization? How much will our prophesied national punishment have to affect you, personally, before you are willing to change your ways and obey God?

For that is the key, you know, your willingness to CHANGE. Most thinking people are convicted by what they hear and read from us, they know it is right, but they resist and resent having to change their human way of life!

Yet, in this age above all others, your willingness to change and accept and obey the Truth God is revealing through His servants in these end times is the key to your very survival, now and forever! Before much longer you will be able to see that this is not just a sentimental idea, it is a fact!

Down through the ages, every true servant of God has preached a message of change. This is simply because the people of the world have always tended to go the way of human nature, the way of vanity, selfishness, lust, hate and war.

The answer is to REPENT, to be willing to change. For to repent not only means to be sorry, it means to be so sorry you are willing to quit doing that which is wrong and to turn around and go the other way! True repentance involves a “Real Change.”

Preparing for Christ’s first coming, John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judaea saying: “Repent ye: for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand” (Matt. 3:1-2.

Soon after, Jesus Christ began His own ministry preaching the Gospel of the coming government or rule of God. He proclaimed: “The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand: repent, ye, and believe the Gospel” (Mark 1:14-15).

Over and over, Jesus Christ warned the people that the only way they could be saved was to repent of the ways, the habits and customs of the people around them and begin obeying God. He warned: “I tell you, nay, but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3-5).

As the New Testament Church began, the inspired Peter set forth the way to salvation: “Repent, and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts. 2:38). And again: “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3:19).

The very word “convert” is a chemical term meaning to change. To be spiritually converted, a person must be genuinely, actively sorry and repentant for his or her past disobedience to the true God, and then he or she must change their ways of life, their habits and customs and actions to conform to His will. Haven’t you noticed that the articles on this website are constantly showing you habits and customs of this world which are contrary to the commands of God? What about the days you should keep holy? What about the reward, the true goal of the Christian? What about the constant exhortations to surrender your will to obey the commandments of God, all ten of them? What about the instructions on how to actually live by “every Word of God?”

ARE YOU REALLY DOING SOMETHING ABOUT THIS PRECIOUS KNOWLEDGE THAT GOD IS GIVING YOU? Or do you resent having to change? Does it seem too difficult to you to change from your way of life to God’s way of life?

You need to realize that this is a wrong part of human nature which in itself needs to be repented of! God says: “The heart (or mind) is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it” (Jer. 17:9). God is here describing the kind of human nature He gave you!

Notice this striking description of the human mind by Professor James Harvey Robinson’s book (The Mind in the Making): “We are incredibly heedless in the formation of our beliefs, but find ourselves with an illicit passion for them when anyone proposes to rob us of their companionship. It is obviously not the ideas that threaten themselves that are dear to us, but our self-esteem which is threatened. The little word my is the most important one in human affairs, and properly to reckon with it is the beginning of wisdom. It has the same force whether it is my dinner, my dog, my house, or my faith, my country and my God. We not only resent the imputation that our watch is wrong, or our car shabby, but that our conception of the canals of Mars, or the pronunciation of ‘Epictetus,’ or the medicinal value of salicine, or of the date of Sargon I, are subject to revision. We like to continue to believe what we have been accustomed to accept as true, and the resentment aroused when doubt is cast upon any of our assumptions leads us to seek every manner of excuse for clinging to it. The result is that most of our so-called reasoning consists in finding arguments for going on believing as we already do.”

Isn’t that a classic illustration of the human mind, your mind? Now notice what God says about the natural, fleshy mind of man: “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be” (Rom. 8:7). And in the previous verse, God says that “to be carnally minded is DEATH.”

So the Bible shows that the very key to your survival is your willingness to repent of your own ways and change your own ideas, customs and beliefs so that they really correspond with God’s way and teachings as revealed in your Bible.

God has shown thousands of you that this is His work: you are constantly challenged in plain, clear terms to obey the Ten Commandment literally as God intended to keep His days holy, to come out of pagan religious observances, customs and traditions. But most of you just sit back and listen to our sermons and read our articles and say: “Well, I agree with you, but I don’t see that there is anything I need to do about it.”

But God says: “For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified (Rom. 2:13). Again God says: “Therefore to him that knows to do good, and does it not, to him it is sin” (James 4:17).

You know that you should be doing, you should begin acting on the knowledge you have been learning through God’s Work, you know that even more precious knowledge of God’s Truth is available by studying the free Mini-Correspondence Course and out Traditional Christian Doctrines. You know where the truth is available. You know that there is no one else on earth today (but God’s True Church) that is really making the Bible plain.

How are you going to feel when suddenly this Work of God disappears? When those things you’ve been reading and hearing about suddenly come to fruition in front of your very eyes? When you see the chaos we have described in Britain and America all around you, and perhaps hear rumors that a united Europe may be preparing to attack us with nuclear, chemical or biological weapons?

How are you going to feel when you have known about these things all the time, have known that you ought to begin to obey God and act on this knowledge He was revealing to you, but have just sluggishly or stubbornly refused to change your ways and come under His protection in time? You had better sit down and very carefully think about this. The time to change is now, don’t wait!

 
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