Church of God, New World Ministries

Quarterly Letter - September 2018

September 2018
 
Greetings Everyone,
 
Religion! What a vast subject. I typed religions of the world into the search engine of my computer and found the following information available. There are 2.1 billion who profess Christianity. 1.3 billion profess Islam and 1.1 billion who are secular/agnostic/atheists, in other words nonreligious. Hinduism had 900 million adherents and Chinese traditional religion has 394 million. Those following Buddhism are 376 million and Primal-indigenous 300 million. An indigenous religion is a religion associated with a particular ethnic group. There are other groups.
 
According to Adherents, an independent organization that tracks religions of the world, there are 4,300 different religions. Amazingly, they all have beliefs that differ from one another. People certainly have the prerogative to “pick the religion of their choice.” And, truthfully, that is how most people “pick” or “choose” their religion—what is comfortable for them. A religion that requires them to alter their lifestyle as little as possible.
 
Now, if you are one of the people that visited our website and found our materials interesting or intriguing and requested to be added to our mailing list expecting to find our materials to be congruent with one of the major religions of the world, be prepared for a shock. The Church of God New World Ministries is unlike any of the other 4,299 religions of the world!
 
Before you throw this letter out and request to be removed from our mailing list, at least take the time to finish the letter. You may not be as Biblically astute as you think you are, particularly if you have been listening to the “religious leaders” of these worldly religions. Don’t be one of those who blindly accept what you are told by these leaders. Follow the Bible’s admonition to “Prove all things: hold fast to that which is good” (I Thes. 5:21).
 
Let’s begin with a basic scripture found in the book of Revelation, Rev. 12:9. Read it in your Bible, “...Satan, which deceiveth the whole world:” I am going to show you, from the pages of your Bible, that all 4,299 of these religions are deceived. And I will show you why. Will you believe what your Bible says?
 
Christ said, “upon this rock I will build my church,” (Mat. 16:18). “That Rock is Christ” (I Cor. 10:4). Christ, the apostles and the prophets are the foundation of the Church (Eph.2:20). Therefore, Christ’s true church, the one that He said He would build, must be built upon the foundation (the teachings) of Christ, the apostles, and the prophets. Peter, an apostle, said, “Christ left us an example, that we should follow his steps:” (I Peter 2:21).
 
What then did Christ, the apostles, and prophets teach? Every single one of them taught what Christ taught, “if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments” (Mat. 19:17), and that includes the 7th day (Saturday as we know it today) Sabbath. And, though space does not permit here to expound, Christ, the apostles and prophets observed the seven annual holy days found in Leviticus the 23rd chapter. They observed the Passover on the 14th of Abib every year (I Cor. 11:23-29). They all followed Christ’s example and preached the gospel (good news) of the Kingdom of God (Mark 1:14-15). They taught a message about the soon coming Government of God to this earth (Rev. 5:10) and not a message about the person of Christ, as warned by Jesus himself in Matthew 24:5. They taught, as Jesus did, that man can become god (John 10:34-35). That is one of the reasons Christ came to this earth, “to bring many sons into glory” (Heb. 2:10). They actually taught that God is a family and man can be born into that family.
 
Neither Christ, the prophets, nor the apostles ever taught that God was a trinity. They never taught that we should observe the holidays of this world. In fact they taught that we are to do just the opposite, read Jeremiah the 10th chapter. Jeremiah wrote, under God’s inspiration, that we are NOT to learn the way of the heathen from which the holidays of this world originated. If you do not believe me look the origins of Christmas, Easter, Halloween, etc. up in an encyclopedia and see for yourself. They are all originated from pagan customs and we justify them today by saying “oh, that’s not what they mean any more - it’s different now...”.
 
If you can show me any one of the 4,299 religions of this world that are adhering to all of the teachings of Jesus Christ, not just a few of them, please let me know. The way of a true follower of Jesus Christ is not easy. Christ said, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, (Christ’s way) which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Mat. 7:13-14).
 
My friends, if you would like to know more about what Christ, the apostles, and the prophets taught and lived by, enroll today in our Mini-Correspondence Course, our Traditional Christian Doctrine series, and our God’s Master Plan Mini-Course. Visit our website and read the many articles we have on the very same subjects I mentioned above, and many, many more. Request our DVD’s on these vital subjects. We follow Christ’s example and still teach the same basic truths the early Church Christ founded in 31 A.D. taught. We are not like any of the 4,299 religions of this world.
 
Why don’t you search the scriptures to see if what we are telling you is true (Acts 17:11)? If you do not believe what I am telling you, throw the letter away, request to be removed from our mailing list and you will not be bothered by us again. On the other hand you may be glad you searched the scriptures.
 
I always conclude these letters by thanking those of you who support this work. You have adhered to Christ’s admonishment to his disciples, “freely ye have received, freely give” (Mat. 10:8). Without your support we could not do this work.
 
 
Sincerely,
George Trent
 
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