The World TomorrowMr. Herbert W. ArmstrongJune 27, 1979Man Rejects Godís Way
THE WORLD TOMORROW
Herbert W. Armstrong brings you the Plain Truth about todayís world news and the prophecies of The World Tomorrow
Man Rejects Godís Way
Well, greetings friends, this is Herbert W. Armstrong with the Good News of the World Tomorrow.
And again, we could have good news today if we knew the way. Thereís only one reason why weíre having all of the troubles, the wars, and everything we have and thatís because we donít know the way to peace, to prosperity, to happiness, to every thing we want. That way has been revealed, the way has been made known, and men have always rejected it.
As Iíve mentioned so many times God Almighty revealed that way to our first parent. He turned his back on it, he turned the other way.
It was revealed through Noah at the time just before and after the Flood but men soon after the Flood began to go the other way again.
It was revealed by God through all of His prophets but men stoned the prophets and rejected that way.
God sent the message of that way by His own SonJesus Christ. Men took His name and appropriated it. They went out in His name and tried to appropriate His authority but they rejected the message and they crucified Him.
Thatís what men have done to the way that would bring them everything they want and then they wonder why they have the heartaches and the headaches and every other kind of ache and pain and suffering and unhappiness that we find on the earth today.
Now, we were looking through this ministry of Jesus Christ and how He was sending His disciples while He was teaching them... A disciple is a student or a learner. And while He was teaching them before they became apostles that is ambassadors with full credentials and authority to represent the Government of God on this planet Earth. Jesus was sending them out on a practice mission as it were. And as I was explaining in the preceding broadcast, I was giving you a number of things in which the teaching of Jesus and the way was entirely different, in fact, just the opposite of that which you see today. And so, letís see if we can pick up here where we were.
Jesus Himself had gone about all of the cities and villages teaching in their synagogues and preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom.
Now, people preach even about the Kingdom today, but very few seem to know what it is. They arenít preaching that today. And so that was the first thing that we saw that is different today. They are preaching a different gospel. Today, the gospel is just to make the name of Christ known. They preach about Christ. They tell about Him, how great He was. They deify Him but His message they reject.
Now, some claim to even preach the Kingdom of God but they donít seem to know what the Kingdom of God is. Very few people seem to know that the Kingdom of God is the super reign of God over all the universe. That God is that Kingdom. And that Kingdom is a great Family. And thereís a Family relationship. There is God the Father. Christ was the Son. There is a Family relationship. And God is not one Person but is that Family which reigns and rulesthe Creating Familywho created not only static or dead matter but God created forces and energies and powers and laws and set laws in motion and God rules by those laws. But for Godís purpose in order to work out His purpose here below God has made man a separate entity, a separate character free to have a mind of his own and to make his own decisions and to act according to his own volition and to reject God and Godís way and Godís rule and Government over his life if he chooses and thatís exactly what man has always done. Man seems not to have had enough of the powers of God and of the wisdom, the knowledge of God in his mind to have realized that only Godís way and the way that God thought out and designed and set in motion according to His laws, only that way can bring us any peace or happiness or anything else.
Now, God gave the great spiritual Law of Love. And thatís love to God and love to neighbor and itís the way to peace and happiness. But man just has come short of the, not only the glory of God but also of the knowledge of God and of the powers of God. Itís a very fortunate thing for us that God did not give the human family all of the power of God. Look what man has done with the powers at his disposal.
Now, Iíve pointed out so many times that man is the only being, the only creature that we know short of God or under God who has the faculty, the power of mind of being able to think, to plan, to reason out something, to design and plan something and then to carry it to execution and to perform it, to build, to accomplish. Nothing else that we know of can do that. And look what man has done with what power he has. He has turned it into inventions of powers of destructionto destroy, to tear down, to conquer, to go out in wars of conquest, to take away from others, to cheat, to steal, to exalt himself in vanity and so we have in human naturevanity (or pride) and greed or extreme selfishness. And that has actuated mankind from Adam down to now.
Now, Jesus Christ came proclaiming the way of God which is the Government of God and God governs by His Law which is humilitysurrendering the self to God. Recognizing and having the good sense to know that the Law that God thought out and planned and designed and set in motion is the only right way but man canít see that. Man doesnít agree with God. Now, Jesus came preaching that way.
And the Kingdom of God is the Family of God that is the Creating Family and the Ruling Family. And Jesus taught that we could be born into that Family and become a part of it ourselves, in other words, the God Familythe Kingdom of God, because it is a Family grown into a great super all-ruling Kingdom.
Now, God is allowing mankind to do as he pleases, to make his own mind and to decide as he pleases to reject God if he chooses which man has done but, my friends, God has allowed that for only a limited durationjust six thousand years and that six thousand years is now going to end in our time, in this present living generation. This generation shall not pass until God sends Jesus Christ as the King of kings, the Lord of lords to take over the rule and to reign and rule by supreme divine supernatural force over every nation on earth. It is matter of fact, every government devised by man is soon going to be shatteredall of these governments over which men fight wars, all of these isms that have been springing up in a world revolution in our time are merely human ideas of governmentevery one of them contrary to Godís Government. Itís all a usurpation of power which God, of course, has allowed. But the time of allowing that is about up and then God is going to intervene and step in and save humanity from himself and God is going to take over the rules of government and every government on the face of this earth is soon to be destroyed. Now, Jesus came preaching that.
And then He sent His disciples out on this practice mission. He gave them power and authority over demons and to cure diseases or to heal. And He sent them forth to preach the Kingdom of God. My friends, the Kingdom of God is the super-ruling Kingdomas the Kingdom to which we must yield and obey and that God rules by His laws and that God has revealed His laws. And Jesus said that man shall live by every word of God1 and thatís the Bibleitís written in the Biblewe have the word of God and the Law of God written in writing. And it is the Holy Scripturesthe Bible. And all the Bible is a magnification of that way so that we should live by every word of God but men donít do it. And you donít find much of that kind of preaching.
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Today, they say just accept Christ, thatís all. There are no works, no obedience, nothing of the sort, just do what you think is right; just donít violate your own conscience. Well, menís consciences play some very peculiar tricks on them sometimes. That is not the Gospel that Jesus sent His disciples out to preach. So thereís the first place.
And to heal the sickletís say thatís the second place because not very of the ministers of the churches today do that. Some do but they donít do it the way Jesus did or the way the apostles, they make a healing show. They call a certain healing service and they parade the people with their crutches and this and that down. They even have them go and get an ambulance and bring the people to the great minister or the preacher who is too dignified and tries to impress the people that he is too great to go to the home or the hospital or wherever it is and just anoint the person and pray for them as Jesus did and as the disciples did and have them healed that way and as the Bible says to do. If youíre sick, the Bible says, call the elders of the Church.4 It doesnít say let the elders call you. It says for you to call them. And where the apostle Paul couldnít get to everybody, he sent out pieces of cloth5 over which he had prayed, which he had anointed and on which he had laid his hands and that too is permissible because God honored it through Paul but letís find how God did these things and not the way men are doing today.
Now, hereís the second thing as I had in yesterdayís program. Jesus said, ďGo not in the way of the Gentiles, enter ye not into the city of the Samaritans.Ē6 And there were Gentiles there in the land of Samaria. ďBut,Ē He said, ďgo rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.Ē7 The churches the ministers donít do that today. They donít believe in that. They say well you know the law that was for Israel but weíre not Israel, weíre Gentiles. In other words, they imply Christianity is a Gentile religion. Now, Jesus said donít go to the Gentiles, go to the lost sheep of the House of Israel. And then as you find prophesied in the thirty-fourth chapter of Ezekiel8... He sent them out to the lost sheep of the House of Israel and the ministers today should follow that same identical commission but they have not sought the lost sheep that were lost. Neither have they found them nor bound them up and yet they have ruled them because they were right among them and didnít know it. They donít even know who the lost sheep of the House of Israel are.
Now, Jesus sent His ministers out to the lost sheep of the House of Israel. I donít believe I know of...well except one type of organization that isnít exactly a sectarian denomination in itself that even knows anywhere who the lost sheep of the House of Israel are and even they do not how to apply it and donít know too much about the Gospel of the Kingdom even though they proclaim a Kingdom message so-called. Oh, my friends, itís time to wake up. They donít seem to know about the Government or the Law of God. They donít seem to know why Israel was lost. They donít seem to know what was the sign between God and Israel that would have identified them and when Israel rejected that sign they became lost. But when Judah continued to observe that sign and to keep it, it tagged Israel all over them and the people think that the people think that the Jews are Israel today when they are not, they are the Kingdom of Judah or a part of what is left in the...today in todayís generation of the Kingdom of Judah because they have the identifying sign that would identify them as Godís people. But Israel rejected that sign and the world thinks that Israel are Gentiles and the Israelites themselves think theyíre Gentiles. They are not Jews they never were. Oh, how little we know of Godís Word and of the Truth and the Bible today.
Well, now hereís the third thing or really the fourth I presume I should say. He says, ďI send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves.Ē9 And we discussed that yesterday. The preachers today arenít sheep in the midst of wolves. In other words, the ones you preach to are a lot of wolves theyíre going to pounce on you if you preach the Truth to them, tear you apart. Now, the congregations donít pounce all over their preachers and tear them apart today. They welcome them because as I read to you yesterday, the people will not hear the law of the Lord;10 they donít want any of Godís law. They want a preacher to say, ďChrist nailed it to the cross.Ē Thatís so pleasing to the people.
Well, as Iíve told you before a man said in the early days of my ministry, he said, ďBrother Armstrong, youíre never going to go far.Ē (Iíve mentioned this a number of times.) I said, ďWhy?Ē And he said, ďBecause you preach the truth of the Bible. And that corrects and reproves people and rebukes them and they donít like it and they wonít support it!Ē Well, then I said, ďIím not trying to serve people. I donít look to people for the money. I look to God.Ē And you know a five dollar bill was so big in those days it was a fortune. That was back in the Depression when it was really bad. And thatís back in 1933. I just had to look to God because Heís the One I serve.
You know if you know who you work for theyíre the one that pay you a salary. If you work for a certain manufacturing corporation, you donít go over to their competitor and say, ďNow, you pay me the salary, while I work for your competitor.Ē And if you work for a man, you have to work for him. And you know most of the preachers are working for the people in their congregation. The people pay the salary and they have to preach what the people want! But you know I donít work for the people. I work for God Almighty and I have to preach what He wants preached otherwise He wonít send enough to keep the Work going.
Well, itís been a test of faith. God does try our faith. Now, He says He does that and He has done that all through the years. But somehow He has sustained the Work. Weíre in another test of faith right now. One of the heaviest weíve ever had. But you know Iím not worrying about it. I know that somehow God is going to supply every need for His Work. He always has. He always will. He will never let us down. I know that.
Well, letís come on now to the next thing. Hereís the fifth thing that is different as we were going through this. Jesus said to ďFear not him that is able to kill the body but not able to kill the body but not able to kill the soul, but rather [now listen] fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in [Gehenna Fire].Ē11 You donít hear that today because that Jesus said that there is a man to fear who can destroy the soul.
Why, they tell you today the soul is spiritual, a soul is indestructible. The word soul comes from the Hebrew word nephesh and itís the life of animals, animals that have their life by blood which certainly can be spilled as Jesus was on the cross for us and who receive the oxidation of that blood by the breath of life. And the breath can be shut off and stopped and then you die.
Now, they donít teach that today, they teach today the immortality of the soul. Jesus didnít. Jesus never taught the immortality of the soul. Jesus taught the sinner will die in his sins. He said if you...except you repent you shall all die in your sin! And in the Bible the wages of sin is death.12 Not eternal life whether itís in hellfire, in heaven, or any other place or in any such condition, but death. And that death is for all eternity. It is eternal punishment but the punishment is death, not life. Letís get that straight.
You see, they donít preach today what Jesus did or what the apostles did and what He taught them. And this is what, this is the instruction of Jesus in sending out His young ministers on this, you might say, practice message of theirs or practice ministry in this tour that they were taking.
Now, hereís the fifth thing he said or the sixth I guess it is. ďThink not that I came to send peace on the earth.Ē13 They donít preach that today. There again. Everything that you see that Jesus instructed His disciples is exactly the opposite of the way itís being believed and taught today. They have turned the Bible upside down. They have turned the message of Jesus upside down! My friends, when will we quit just believing what we hear?
You know something you didnít know, maybe the preacher or maybe some person who is religious, no matter who, they come along and they tell you something and explain it to you. Just the way they explain it, ďOh thanks,Ē you say, ďWell, I didnít know that. Well, Iím glad now I know it. Iíll believe that.Ē
But you donít look in the Bible. Most of you are too lazy or are you? Are you? Now, if youíre not, I donít mean you. But if you are then donít accuse me of calling you names now because if you really are, why, I guess you just are, arenít you? So, you shouldnít be angry.
Now, He said, ďThink not that I came to send peace on the earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.Ē14 Did you know thatís what Jesus said? Iím just quoting the words of Jesus. Itís in your Bible. Now, this is Matthew ten, verse thirty-four, Matthew ten, verse thirty-four.15 I should have told you where to look before I...I told you always to have a Bible ready when I come on the air. But I forgot to tell you where I am. Iíve been over this so many times lately; I thought you would already know.
Matthew ten, verse thirty-four: ďThink not that I came to send peace on the earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I came to set a man at variance against his father and the daughter against her mother and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.Ē16 I wonder if thatís where some of the mother-in-law trouble comes. Not too much of it in this world but it will come from there if youíll follow Christ, I tell you that. ďAnd a manís foes shall be they...Ē Who? Not of the other church. Not of the world. ďA manís foes shall be they of his own household.Ē ďA manís foes shall be they of his own household.Ē17
Now, how did Jesus come to bring a sword? How is it He didnít come to bring peace? Iíll tell you why. The world knows not the way of peace and they wonít have it. And He did come to bring the way of peace. But it wonít cause peace for this reasonthat the person who will accept His way which is the real way to peace if people would accept it arouses all the antagonism and all of the persecution of the other people.
And Iíll tell you who it is thatíll persecute youitís those that profess Christianity because the Truth really hits them. They think theyíre already saved and they want to be very smug in the satisfaction that they think theyíre all rightďit was all settled long agoĒso they say. They donít think thereís anything to do about overcoming, about growing in grace and knowledge and studying the Bible in continuous prayer to get closer to God all the time and to surrender and yield your life to Him. They donít believe in works. They donít believe in enduring unto the end. They say, ďOh, I am already saved. I was born again.Ē But they werenít because nobody has been born again, my friends, but Jesus Christ. Now, does that, does that astonish you? Do you think Iím a false prophet? Read your Bible and see what it says! You canít find in your Bible, my friends, where anyone has already been born again as Jesus was! Heís the Firstborn of many Brethren.18 Weíre to be born like He was by a resurrection19 and that which is born of the Spirit, is Spirit!20 Do you know anyone who is spirit?
Now, Jesus said, ďAll who would live godly in Christ Jesus [or was it Paul who said this?] shall suffer persecution.Ē ďAll who will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.Ē21
I am reminded so often of the minister of a very popular downtown church in a certain city who broadcast his Sunday morning service the whole church service for an hour and a half on radio some years back and he had a lot of empty seats. And the attendance was not increasing, it was rather going down. He had plenty of members but they just didnít come and fill the vacant pews. And the preacher was very disturbed. And so one Sunday morning and I heard it over the air in my car as I was on my way to another city to broadcast and he said he couldnít understand it. He said, ďNow, if you were persecuted for your belief and your religion there might be some excuse for not coming then you might have a reason. But,Ē he said, ĒI dare say, that not a single member of this church has ever been persecuted for his belief or his membership in this church. Why,Ē he says, ďThe world respects us. They look... This church is respected. And all the people respect us.Ē You know Jesus said, ďWoe be to you when...men [think] well of you.Ē22 Now, men thought well of them in that church but that isnít the kind of a gospel that Jesus taught. How about your church?
Yes, ďa brother shall deliver up brother to death,Ē said Jesus, ďand a father his child.Ē23 You know why there isnít more of that being done today? There arenít enough people that really believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Theyíd be persecuted more if they did.
ďAnd children shall rise up against parents, and cause them to be put to death.Ē24 Now, that time is really coming. That was prophetic and it did come once upon a time back there and itís coming again in our time and in our generation. There is a martyrdom of saints that is coming. And I tell you this is prophetic. This will happen!
ďAnd ye shall be hated of all men for my name sake: but he that endureth to the end the same shall be saved.Ē25 You donít hear much of that kind of preaching today.
ďAnd when they persecute you in this city, flee unto the next.Ē26 You are to flee when they persecute you. ďFor verily I say, you shall not have gone through the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come.Ē27 Heís talking about the Second coming of Christ there. I went back to the twenty-second, twenty-third verses there and there it is.
Now, there it is. They donít teach those things today.
Now, he continued to say down here that, ďhe that loveth father or mother...Ē Iím back here in verse thirty-sevenMatthew ten (I think it is) verse thirty-seven. ďHe that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that doeth not take his cross, and follow after me, is not worthy of me.Ē30 Now, we donít all have the same cross. Jesus did have to carry His cross. It was the custom that they always made a man condemned to be put to death by being nailed to a cross, he had to carry his own crossit was custom. Thereís been some dispute as to whether Jesus carried His own cross, but He did.
And He said here, our cross may be the persecution of others in the family. Our cross may be that we have to give up former friends and associates. Do you know? We are told that if we have fellowship and friendship with the world weíll be the enemy of God.31 And Iíve seen that happen so often. A person who has really converted, my friends, will probably have to give up his former friends and associates even members of his own family. Now, they wonít understand it. Theyíll get sore. Theyíll say, ďYouíre just high-hatting me.Ē They are not going to understand it. But I tell you, they are not interested in things that a person who has really been converted and who really has been begotten of God, he isnít really born again yet. What they call born again is really a begettal. Thereís just a little misunderstanding on the term, thatís all. But if they endure, if they grow in grace and knowledge and if they overcome and grow more like Christ and Christ is living in them they shall be born again.
Now, they canít participate in the same pleasures and the same activities as the people of the world, theyíre not interested in the same things. And Iíve known of a case recently and...where the one who had been converted, he wanted to talk about the Bible, but his people in his own family that he had known, they wouldnít talk about the Bible, they wanted to talk about worldly things that he had to get out of his mind. Well, they just said, ďYouíre just high-hatting us.Ē They couldnít understand.
Yes, a manís foes will be they of his own household. And theyíre the ones who are going to be condemned in the judgment, but of course now they condemn the one who follows Christ. Always itís that way.
ďHe that loveth father and mother more than me is not worthy of me: he that loveth son or daughter, brother or sister more than me is not worthy of me. And he that doeth not take his cross...Ē32 Thatís the cross some of us have to bear. It might be any kind of a crossa trouble, a persecution, whatever it may be. ďHe that findeth his life [youíre just going to try to have it easy now and the original is his soul] shall lose it: and he that loseth his life [or his soul] for my sake shall find it.Ē33 You know the soul is something you can lose; itís something that can be destroyed.
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- Matthew 4:4, Luke 4:4. (back to text)
- Isa 2:4, Micah 4:3. (back to text)
- Click on link Just What Do You Mean...Kingdom of God? to view booklet. (back to text)
- James 5:14-15. (back to text)
- Acts 19:11-12. (back to text)
- Matthew 10:5. (back to text)
- Matthew 10:6. (back to text)
- Ezekiel 34. (back to text)
- Matthew 10:16. (back to text)
- Isaiah 30:9. (back to text)
- Matthew 10:28. (back to text)
- Romans 6:23. (back to text)
- Matthew 10:34. (back to text)
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- Matthew 10:34-35. (back to text)
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- Romans 8:29. (back to text)
- Romans 1:4. (back to text)
- John 3:6. (back to text)
- II Timothy 3:12. (back to text)
- Luke 6:26. (back to text)
- Matthew 10:21. (back to text)
- Matthew 10:21. (back to text)
- Matthew 10:22. (back to text)
- Matthew 10:23. (back to text)
- Matthew 10:23. (back to text)
- Matthew 10:24. (back to text)
- John 15:20. (back to text)
- Matthew 10:37-38. (back to text)
- James 4:4. (back to text)
- Matthew 10:37-38. (back to text)
- Matthew 10:39. (back to text)
- Click on link What Is the Reward of the Saved? to view booklet. (back to text)
(*** Note: All scripture references are in the King James Version unless noted otherwise.)