What's In A Name

Dear Brethren,

The Worldwide Church of God, of which many of us were once a part, has said that it is changing it's name to Grace International Communion.  A name change has been under consideration for some time, and after looking to the advice of legal counsel, and considering the desires of the trademark office, the present leaders have chosen this new name.  Nothing remains of Worldwide as we once knew it.  God's name has been removed.  His Law and Commandments have been done away with.  God's true doctrines have been supplanted by this present evil world's false doctrines.  All books, literature, and correspondence courses have been withdrawn and invalidated.  The Feasts of the Lord have been replaced by ancient pagan holidays.  God's true people have been abandoned and scattered. 

There are a few faithful brethren who have tried to remain true to God while remaining with the Worldwide organization - in all of its error.  Somehow, they reasoned that God worked through physical corporations more than with His spiritual saints.  Even the organization's corporate offices are being moved away to Glendora, CA.  Now that there is nothing left - not even what might erroneously have been considered "tangible," like the Auditorium, Ambassador College or the property, what will happen to those faithful brethren who once prayed that God would, somehow, set Worldwide back on track?

Brethren, we must pray now, that every one of those faithful brethren who have a spark of God's Spirit will awaken to the fact that this false organization, the Grace International Communion, does not represent God's true saints in any way, shape or form.  "We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellowhelpers to the truth."  (3John 1:8)  Those false ministers in Grace International Communion, who think that they have accomplished what they set out to do two decades ago - do not realize that the Church of God is a spiritual entity.  They are like Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence in the church, and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church.  (3John 1:10)
Herbert W. Armstrong stated clearly and unequivocally that if those imposters and charlatans did such things - that the Worldwide Church of God would no longer be the Church of God - and it has not been, since the true Spirit-led believers began to be thrust out - as prophesied.  Herbert W. Armstrong understood perfectly that the true Church of God is a spiritual entity consisting of converted, Spirit-led brethren.

Let's answer three questions from the Scriptures:  1. Should the called out, "ecclesia", be called by God's name?  2. Does the corporate organization retain anything of God's when it completely disavows the Truth of God and the Laws of God?  3. What should those believing Christians, who have remained in Worldwide through twenty years of apostasy, do now?

The called out saints are called by God's name all through the Scriptures.  They are called, "the people of God," in Hebrews 4:9, 11:25 and 1Peter 2:10.

"All people of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord [Eternal]." (Deuteronomy 28:10)  "Holy Father, keep through your own name those whom thou hast given me."  (John 17:11)   "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."  (2Chronicles 7:14)

In well over a dozen places the Bible refers to the called out ones as the Church of God, the household of God, or the Church of Christ.  It would be good to mark these in our Bibles.  The preponderance of occurrences of  "Church of God," show the emphasis is not a fluke - but inspired by Jesus Christ. (Act 20:28, 1Co 1:2, 1Co 10:32, 1Co 11:16, 1Co 11:22, 1Co 15:9, 2Co 1:1, Gal 1:13, 1Th 2:14, 2Th 1:4, 1Ti 3:5, 1Ti 3:15, Gal 6:16, Rom 16:16, and Eph 2:19)

"For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named."  (Ephesians 3:14-15)  "I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads."  (Revelation 14:1)

The corporate organization cannot retain anything of God's when it completely disavows the Truth of God and the Laws of God.  "To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them."  (Isaiah 8:20)

Believing Christians, who have remained in Worldwide all these years must separate themselves from the Grace International Communion because it is counterfeit. That organization in no way represents anything of the True God.  We must pray, brethren, for our brothers and sisters in Christ that they are now able to come out.  They have reached the end of the road.

"Come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty."  (2Corinthians 6:17-18)


The title of this week's sermon is: "The People of God