Herbert Armstrong Tribute “God Sent him To Proclaim The Gospel”, Worldwide! By Pastor

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Dear brethren of God worldwide, we, like many of you, are baffled by the loss of so many of the teachings God restored to us via His apostle in the 20th century, Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong. As such we have seen many in the churches moving away from the trunk of the tree & solid foundational teachings, from which we all cut our teeth. Also the tremendous worldwide work Jesus Christ did through him. As he said, I am not doing this work, I have my part in it, but it is Jesus Christ doing the work, He is the Head of this church! (Or words to that effect) We have been criticized by some who appeared to worship Mr. Armstrong for not preaching him. We honour him as a faithful servant of God, and in deep appreciation of the truth God led us to understand. But I say, as I did to these; I preach Jesus Christ and Him crucified, (I Cor.1:23) not men! God’s servants are not to worship each other! For even the angel did tell this to the last surviving apostle of the 1st century. (Rev.19:10) “And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus; worship God: …  Even the mighty angel made it clear to this wonderful apostle toward the end of his life as a faithful apostle of Jesus Christ. We know it is Only God that ought to be worshiped! Herbert Armstrong castigated those who worshipped other men, and quoted the verses below, we have recorded on C.d, still, they continue on blindly worshipping him, while saying they aren’t worshipping him! In fact there are entire churches who have halted in their learning as a direct result of this “man-worship”. He stated, that he expected to go on learning until the day he died, and any who did not do this were in dire trouble. 

To prove their “man-worship” is in error, they they will never admit it; The apostle Paul encountered this same problem, and said “who is Paul, or who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man. I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that plants anything, neither he that waters; but God that gives the increase. (I Cor.3:5-7-My emphasis) The fact that there were divisions in the early churches of God, and that the ministry were having to counter this, shows nothing has changed as far as human nature is concerned. Today, some of the brethren, still want to worship men.

Another sad indictment on many of the people of God is that they do not understand that Jesus Christ said “I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH“; (Mt.16:18) But, it is the Father that doeth the works, via Jesus Christ, not any man! (John.14:10)

Mr. Armstrong  did his part faithfully, and as a result, we all love him, though he is dead. Many are slandering his name, his work, even accusing of heinous, yet unproveable crimes. Yes, he made his mistakes, he was after all, a man.

At this junction, I want to emphasize, that God did open the Gospel to his called people on a world wide basis, not done for 1900 years! (19 time cycles) Mr. Armstrong stated to his successor that he had preached the gospel, his successors job, was to to get the church ready! Even this well known statement has been rejected by the deniers, saying, they knew first hand that he did want the gospel to continue to be preached. Even though they all knew HE-had preached the gospel on a WORLDWIDE basis, that no man had done since the time of Jesus Christ. Did they realize Jesus Christ was opening the doors to him, and no other man? No, and they still will not realize this fact, so simple a child could work it out.

That “marvelous-work” WAS-DONE! (Hab.1:5) Does that mean as some “think”, that everything is finished? As one put it, the time of prophecy is over? And does that mean that there’s nothing else we can do? That we should should just wait? Perhaps we have nothing further to be doing? Maybe God is not even doing anything else, because Mr Armstrong is now dead? That “thinking” would mean all prophecy has been fulfilled. And that is impossible.  [Read more…]