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Good News 1969 (Vol XVIII No 07) Jul

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  The GOOD NEWS July, 1969 More About Our Cover... The ENVOY for 1969 will be bigger and better than ever From the cover and the gold Ambassador College seal to the nearly 400 pages of in-depth coverage of college life and the Work of God around the world-here is the issue of ,the ENVOY you won’t want to miss All three college campuses, and euch office from Headquarters in Pasadena to Manila and Johannesburg and Auckland very phase of this end-age, globe- girdling Work of God is profusely illustrated in living color. If you have neglected to send in your order on Lhe curd in last month’s GOOD NEWS, by all means don’t put it off any longer Send in the enclosed order today and reserve your personal copy of the 1969 ENVOY. You’ll always be glad you did Clark mhassador College What our READERS SAY. . . Truth About Health Fads “I’m writing this letter because I feel I must tell you what the Good News article on Proof No. 5 of God’s Church has meant to me. It is amazing how the natural mind can block things of truth out of it, even though this truth is so badly needed. I have been in God’s Church for some time now, and had read proof No. 5 some years back, but I didn’t really see what Christ was telling me. You see, I was a devout health food fanatic for many years, and since this was what I knew had kept me from ever seeing the doctors, I just couldn’t see the truth that God’s Church knows about this subject. When you’ve been a sickly child all your life and you see others failing in health all around you, it makes you ask, why? I have spent many hundreds of dollars on various pills and powders and now that I realize what the human liver must filter, it makes me shudder to think of all the concentrates I poured through it during the last 12 years. As God has shown us, the body needs natural foods, not food concentrates. After reading Proof No. 5, I emptied my shelves of all con- centrated food pills and into the trash can they went. My only regret was that I didn’t learn this truth sooner ” L. C. G., Seattle, Washington Finding True Church “I was talking to a minister that keeps the weekly Sabbath, so I asked him why he recognizes Christmas knowing it to be pagan. He says that it was because of his children and that they just exchange gifts and the tree in the house is just studying nature. Since he told me that, my mind is free from whether they were the true Church. prayed to God to give me convincing proof as to which was teaching the truth, and since then, there has come more and more false teaching from this particular church. I thank God that He has shown me their fruits.” Edward S., Khyber Pass, Warwick, Bermuda First Sabbath “I began attending church last Satur- day. It is just wonderful. The people are really Christians and they make a person feel so at home. They were all so natural, none of them made me feel like someone that shouldn’t be there, like you see in most churches. You can really tell this is God’s true Church.” B. L. c., Greenacres, Wash. Unexpected Blessings “A week ago I wrote to you a letter in which I informed you about the job which God helped me to find, and I sent in my first tithe of the first salary I received. This week something hap- pened which I did not expect. I was called into the office of the manager and he told me that I have received (Continued on page IG) “Good News International magazine of THE CHURCH OF GOD ministering to its members scattered abroad July, 1969 ~~ Tolume XVIII Number 7 Published monthly at Pasadena. California 969 Worldwide Church of God EDITOR HERBERT . ARMSTRONG Garner Ted Armstrong EXECUTIVE EDITOR MANAGING EDITOR David Jon Hill Roderick C. Meredith Herman L. Hoeh SENIOR EDITORS Associu/e Editors 4lbert J. Portune Ronald Kelly Contributing Editors David L. Antion Ernest L. Martin Dibar K. Apartian Leslie L. McCullough Frank Brown Bill L. McDowell Z. Wayne Cole Raymond F. McNair Raymond C. Cole L. Leroy Neff William Dankenbring Richard F. Plache Ronald L. Dart John E. Portune Charles V. Dorothy Paul S. Royer Jack R. Elliott Norman A. Smith Sclmcr L. Hcgvold Lynn E. Torrance Charles F. Hunting Gerald Waterhouse Paul W. Kroll Dean R. Wilson Robert Kuhn Basil Wolverton Dennis G. Luker Clint C. Zimmerman Foods Consultants Rose McDowell Mary E. Hegvold Isabel1 F. Hoeh Editorial and Pvodurtion AsJistants Steven J. Gray Paul W. Kroll Donald G. McDonald BUSINESS MANAGER Albert J. Portune ADDRSSS LL COMMUNICATIONS to the Editor P. 0 Box 111, Pasadena, California 91109. Canadian members should address P. 0. Bo, 44, Station A, Vancouver 1, B. C. Canada. Our members in United Kingdom. Europe, anc Afric.1 should address the Editor, P. 0. Box 111 St. Alhans, Herts., England. South Africa: P. 0 Box 1060, Johannesburg Transvaal. R. S. A. Members in Australia and Southeast Asia shoulc address the Editor, P. 0. Box 345 Nortt Sydney, NSW 2060, Australia. In the Philippines, P. 0. Box 2603, Manil; D-406. BE SURE To NOTIFY us IMMEDIATELY of an: change in your address. Please include both ol< and new address. IMPORTANT  ENEMY NUMBER ONE SPIRITUAL LETHARGY IN GO S CHURCH More people leave God’s Church because of spiritual lethargy than for any other reason You need to be on guard. Don’t become a disfellowship statistic. Read this article and find out HOW to recognize and overcome spiritual lethargy. by Dennis G. Luker W HY would anyone leave God’s Church- miss out on eter- rial life iri God’s Kiiigdorri? Yet all too many do each year ew in comparison to the total membership, but cach one a potential mcmbcr of God’s Great Family turned in the tragic direction of eteixal DEATH Tlrc chiel ieawii ib . ,bit ha1 lrlhai.gy.’ Otter. oiie thivd of all disfellowships during the last few years were for this reason Spiritual lethargy is somcthing we all have to fight. We must overcome it r, it will overcome us Don’t assume it couldn’t happen to YOU. Read this article with zeal. Stir your- self up with God’s abundant Spirit. Be JUI’P YOU make YOUR calling ntid eler- tioiz SURE What is Spiritual Lethargy? Let me quote from a report recently compiled by the Church Administration Department. “The greatest single prob- lem in the Church today, as evidenced by the visiting reports and the reasons for which members are disfellow- shipped, IS lethargy, clarified further as a ho-hum, what’s-the-use, I-quit, let’s- not-get-excited-abc,ut-it, I-can’t, it’s-not- important-anyway attitude.” i\.lnny in God’s Chiii~rh 1.e jiiJt plnitz That’s what spiritual lethargy means eing lazy in spiritual matters Prayer, Bible study, fasting, meditation, living and applying God’s laws and principles hese are spiritual matters. And the problem with too many in God’s Church is that they w ll izot diJrjpline thewz.re1i’e.r to do these things TOO LAZY TO OVERCOhlE as they should Too many lack char- acter, and will not repent and change Far too many are giving up the op- portunity to serve others. Far too many will suffer the soon-coming Great Tribu- lation just because they won’t rerog- iiize and repetit of their spiritual leth- argy. Notice this prophecy about some iii Gorl‘~ Chiirch: “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou ai lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth (Rev. 3 : 15-1 6). These people are not “cold,” mean- ing spiritually unconverted, yet neither are they “hot,” meaning spiritually zcalous. They are “lukewarm,” which means spiritually lethargic They have beeiz converted. They know the truth ~ but are not really zealously living it These members say, “I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing” hink they are doing all right spiritually. But Christ says to them, “thou art wretched, and miserable, and ponr, and blind, and naked” spiritually they are lacking (verse 17) Jesus Christ says these members must suffer the Great Tribulation he per- secutions and tortures of the coming Beast Power n order to be cleansed of their spiritual lethargy. This is what verse 18 means: “I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich. . . .” Zechariah was inspired to explain what it means to be “tried in fire”: “And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will re- fine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried. . .” (Zech. 13 8-9 . It will take captivity and much suffering before some will turn to God with their whole heart. But it doesn’t have to be this way, brethren I Ieed Christ’s aclmunitiun Lo the Laodiceans: “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealozir there- fore, md rcpcizt” (Rev. 3:13). Christ commands us to be zealous and repent of spiritual lethargy If we don’t He will correct us severely in the Tribula- tion, because He loves us and wants us to qualify for His Kingdom and eternal life. Overcome Lethargy Now There is a way that you can overcome spiritual lethargy now, in the few years left before the Great Tribulation begins. That way is, PUT YOUR WHOLE HEART INTO GOD’S WORK ou cannot have your whole heart in God‘s Work and be spiritually lethargic. I’m going to prove this to you Those members of God‘s Church who have their whole hearts in this Work and keep them there are spiritually zealous and growing, and will be taken to a place of safety before the Great Tribulation begins Again notice Revelation 3: “And to the angel of the church in Phila- delphia write. . . I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast iiot denied my name. Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are  4 The GOOD NEWS July, 1969 Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth” (Rev. These verses are talking about this present era of God’s Work and Church -the Church of Brotherly Love (Philadelphia means Brotherly Love in Greek). These members have love. A special love for one another which mo- tivates them to serve each other. A spe- cial love for the unconverted in the world which motivates them to give free- ly so others can be reached with God’s truth. And above all, A DEEP AND REAL LOVE FOR GOD which motivates them to worship and serve Him and .rhow it by being ZEALOUS FOR HIS WORK These members have “works” (verse 8) hey are true and faithful in obeying God’s Word and they recog- nize God’s power and authority in His Church. They are submissive to God and His ministers, helping to do the Work of God That Work is given in Matthew 24:14 and Mark 13:lO he preach- ing and publishing of the good news (gospel) of the imminent return of Jesus Christ to set up God’s government on earth o bring peace and happiness to this suffering, war-torn earth. This message will be preached as a witness or warning and “then shall the end come” The “open door” of radio, the print- ing press and now television and mass- impact, worldwide advertising, has been made available by God for the accom- plishment of the Work 317-10 . Put Your Heart Into God’s Work Those who put their whole hearts into this Work and do their part are given the special promise and blessing from God of protection from the Great Tribulation (Rev. 3:lO . Those who are zealous in God’s Church for God’s Work today will be taken in just a few years to a special place of safety and protection. “And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. . . And to the wo- man were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilder- ness, into her place, where she IS nourished for a time, and times, and half a time” (Rev. 12:6, 14). And our obedient children will go where you go If you go to a place of safety, they will be protected with you. If you are left behind, they will suf- fer and die with you. The consequences of spiritual lethargy are severe Those Christians who won’t even repent of spiritual lethargy during the Great Tribulation, but become bitter at God, will have to be destroyed permanently in the lake of fire They had their chance to become zealous and fervent for God and His Work, but they didn’t. They had their chance to repent of this lethargy in the Tribulation and they wouldn’t So they must receive the penalty of sin not repented of ternal death (Rom. 6:23) Our motivation is by no means to be the mere saving of our skins (Job 2:4) in some place of physical safety, but the promises are plain. Those who are Jpiri- tidally alive will be saved from physical harm, while those who are @iritxally lethargic will be physically Piiiiished in hopes of saving them spiritually (I Cor. 5:5). Yes, brethren, spiritual lethargy is a sin great sin And it affects not only you, but everyone you know. It spreads like cancer A lazy, indifferent, lethargic attitude is a deadly cancer It causes a person to take God and His laws lightly Our very purpose for living and breathing is to qualify now, iiz this life, to become a very son of God nd to help others who are being called in this age to qualify. You can’t help others by being lethargic In fact, you hinder them by setting them a wrong example. Be Zealous and Enthusiastic A zealous and enthusiastic Christian is an inspiration and joy to be around. But, a lethargic Christian is a definite discouragement and bad influence e carries a communicative disease This is why bad cases of spiritual lethargy must be put out of God’s Church We in God’s Church have an jmportiiiit job to do. The salvation of this world depends upon how zealous we are God’< Chiirch must he composed of iiidiiGd//allj’ zealous members i it is to be zealous as a whole. We have each been called to be a part of a large team dedicated to proclaiming God’s Truth to this present evil world as a warning message just before the return of Jesus Christ This is an important job, brethren If yo” don’t take it seriously, yunr blood will be upon joiii’ owti heud God says this in Ezekiel: “So thou, 0 son of man, I have set thee a watch- man unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me. When I say unto the wicked, 0 wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I rrqiiire at thine hand” (Ezekiel 33:7-8 . This Church col- lectively is doing the job of this “watchman.” It takes all of us zr~nrking together. zeuloi/sl)~ o accomplish this big responsibility We must each do our part faithfully and zealontl? in order to be as effective as we should and must be If yoa mdt get .rtjwed tip dbont yoiu pa1.t iiz God’s Wosk, theii j,ou are spirititally lethnrgjc And if you don’t repent of this lethargy, change and become zealous, you are going to end up oiit of God’s Church If the thought of heing out of God’s Church doesn’t frighteii ‘oi/, hen you are in bad shape spiritually In fact, you are dead spiritually and will soon die eter- nally nless you wake up and repent now Jesus Christ was ciithi/siaStic uboitt God’s Work. He loved God’s Work so much that many times He would miss meals and get it done Oncc, when the disciples asked Him when He was going to eat, He answered, “My meat is to do the will uf Him that sent me, and to finish His Work” (John 4:34). Brethren, let’s be like Jesus Christ. He is our examplc. Let us strive to be as zealous and dedi- (Coiztiiziied oiz page 18
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