BACK ON THE
is only one place on earth where the government of God is administered
— and even that has been sidetracked. Now Christ, the living Head
of the Church, sets it back.
THE WORLD DOES NOT realize that the government of God once ruled over the earth. God's government does rule the universe!
inhabited this earth before man. As ruler over the universe, God set a
throne on the earth and placed the super archangel Lucifer on that
throne to administer God's government over the earth.
Lucifer rebelled. He led his angels into rebellion — a third of all
angels. Chaos, destruction came to the face of the earth. Lucifer
became Satan, His angels became demons.
In six days God renewed
the face of the earth (Ps. 104:30). God set out to
REPRODUCE HIMSELF THROUGH man!
the sixth day of this recreation, God formed man of the dust of the
ground, out of matter. The man, Adam, was composed of matter. But God
formed him and his wife with human minds — capable of absorbing
knowledge and of reasoning and making decisions.
God gave Adam
the opportunity to sit on Lucifer's throne — if Adam, fully instructed
by God, would reject the ways of Satan and accept God's way — that of
God's law! But Adam rebelled against God and chose to go his own way —
not realizing, perhaps, he and his human race would be led and swayed
God's sentence on mankind
pronounced sentence on the man and through him on mankind! Man was cut
off from access to God — all except the very few God would specially
call for special service preparing for the Kingdom of God, to be ruled
by the government of God, to be established after 6,000 years.
4,000 years later, the second Adam, Jesus Christ, came to earth, born
of the human virgin Mary. He overcame Satan, chose the government of
God, based on the law of God. But He was not to take over the throne of
the earth until the end of 6,000 years. He raised up His Church, with
the government of God ruling in the Church.
drove the Church virtually underground, and the Gospel message
proclaimed by Jesus Christ was suppressed and not proclaimed to the
world for approximately 1,900 years.
Now we are near the end of
the 6,000 years. Christ is soon to come and set up the Kingdom of God
and rule all the earth once again with the government of God!
God's government in the Church
years ago, God raised up Herbert W. Armstrong, opening his mind to
God's truth, using him as Christ's instrument in raising up the present
era of the Church of God.
Through Mr. Armstrong, Jesus Christ
restored the government of God — not, of course, yet over the world,
but over the Church — as the only place on earth where the government
of God is administered, preparing for the soon-coming of Christ in
supreme power and glory to set up the Kingdom of God over all the earth!
Christ is coming this second time to his temple. The Church of God is
to grow "unto an holy temple in the Lord" (Eph. 2:21) — the temple to
which Christ shall come. Christ set God's government in the Church.
today the Church is composed of humans, subject to human error — though
humans chosen and led by Christ (as was David — a man after His own
heart — who corrected his mistakes) will likewise correct errors when
led to see them by Christ.
The present era of the Church of God
started small — 19 newly converted members. The Work of God, however,
grew. Some mistakes were naturally made, but corrected when Christ
Ambassador College was founded in 1947. After a
few years a number of small local churches were growing up, ministered
by ordained graduates of Ambassador College.
In those early days
I used Raymond Cole, a pioneer student, as a "troubleshooter," to
restore peace where frictions had developed. He set up an office at Big
Sandy, Tex. I moved him to Pasadena. Soon he moved to Eugene, Ore. It
was becoming extremely difficult for him to direct the growing ministry
CAD set up in Pasadena
A CAD (Church Administration Department) was set up in Pasadena, with Roderick C. Meredith administering the department.
about 1971 my son, Garner Ted Armstrong, had removed Mr. Meredith from
that office, sent him to England as dean of the faculty and installed
David Antion as director of the ministry. This was a mistake, but not
then recognized. It became apparent by 1974 that David Antion had gone
A conspiracy was growing among certain of the ministers
to bolt the Church of God, or, they hoped, through David Antion and
Albert Portune at headquarters, to simply take over the Church of God.
The conspiracy was thwarted. But Mr. Antion decided his loyalties were
with the ministers, not the apostle Christ had raised up and used in
building the Church.
The ministerial revolt, however, resulted
in some 35 ministers leaving the Church, and taking two or three
thousand members with them. . Mr. Armstrong succeeded in persuading Mr.
Antion to stay with the Church. A small few of the revolters formed
what they called "The Associated Church of God," with headquarters in
or near Washington, D.C. A few ministers took a portion of their local
members with them, each forming his own little local church. However it
all came to naught. God was not in this revolt. God was in His Church,
and in a few months God added to His Church more new members than the
number who went out.
My son, Garner Ted, about this time began
his own conspiracy to take over the Church — and if his father did not
oblige him by dying, to put Herbert W. Armstrong into retirement. Ted
brought four or five men in from the field to work on a peer basis with
Wayne Cole in supervision over the ministry.
After a period of
time Mr. Cole managed to eliminate the others. Mr. Cole managed to set
himself up as "the head" of the ministry.
When some of his
personal aberrations became known, he was dispatched to Canada, and
Garner Ted put Ron Dart in as "head" of the ministry. He was to a great
extent a "yes-man" to Garner Ted, and Ted's conspiracy to take over the
Church — by cutting his father off from the ministry and by taking
authority never delegated to him in two areas — policy setting and
College accreditation pursued
and others had lobbied aggressively to get the college accredited. I
refused for some time, saying it would be impossible to achieve
accreditation and keep it God's college. Their persistence, assuring me
we could achieve accreditation and still keep it God's college, finally
caused me to say, "Go ahead, then."
Result? A number of Ph.D.s
from various universities were brought into the college, and the Big
Sandy student body moved to Pasadena. Bible truth was being rapidly
watered down and permissiveness escalated. God Almighty and Jesus
Christ were virtually thrown out of the college — and were rapidly
being thrown out of the Church!
During these years from 1970 on,
I was overseas a great deal of the time — even up to 300 out of the 365
days of the year. Garner Ted had threatened ministers, or those who
knew what was going on, with being fired if they communicated to me
what was being done.
There came to be a total lack of response
from ministers when I repeated requests during 1975 and thereafter. I
was being shut out of all authority in the Church Christ had used me in
starting and building.
Ministers were crying for more and more
watering down of truths Christ had put into His Church through His
apostle. For example, a number of ministers either had never been
really converted or had slipped so far from Christ by lack of prayer,
that it was too embarrassing for them to anoint and pray for healing.
They were demanding that healing be eliminated.
these same years, a small group of self-professed "intellectuals" were
busy preparing the STP (Systematic Theology Project).
repeatedly asked ministers or members to contact me personally on
problems in the field — but my requests fell on deaf ears.
Dart was sent away by Ted to Texas on a sabbatical for further study at
the University of Texas. Garner Ted then brought C. Wayne Cole back as
"head of the ministry." He was Ted's tool, working with Dr. Robert Kuhn
and the "intellectuals." Ministers who should have been fired were left
in. Mr. Cole always has worked to keep people "friendly" to him.
the ancient prophet Eli was condemned and punished by God for allowing
his sinning sons to remain in the priesthood, so ministers who
should have been eliminated were left in. Mr. Cole would offend
no one. After Garner Ted was put out of the Church, Mr. Cole did all he
could to keep disqualified ministers loyal to him personally, building
power for himself.
A power bloc developed
has happened, through the years? A power bloc has developed in the Work
— a power bloc headed by these various "heads of the ministry" — of
ministers who were not loyal to Christ or His apostle, but to the one
using politics at Pasadena.
When the massive invasion by the
state of California struck the Church on Jan. 3, Wayne Cole and David
Antion called me on a telephone conference call — with both of them on
the phone. They raised their voices to me, demanding that I fire
Stanley Rader and allow the attorney who brought this evil suit against
us to select our defense attorney. This was the last straw. I
immediately disfellowshipped both from the Church. It has developed
also what I felt sure of — Wayne Cole was "in" on this whole
conspiracy to bring on the unconstitutional attack by the state of
California. Only he kept his name out of it.
In the emergency, I
set Roderick Meredith as head of the ministry until I could decide how
to eliminate this power bloc by having a man as "head of the ministry"
— which is virtually the same as being head of the Church and the
entire Work. Such an office simply does not belong in God's Church.
Therefore I am abolishing that office entirely. Christ's apostle is the human head over the ministry and
MUST NOT BE CUT OFF FROM THE MINISTERS! Mr. Meredith is being transferred back as dean of the faculty of Ambassador College.
Christ is the living head of the Worldwide Church of God and of the
college and the foundation. I have prayed urgently and repeatedly for
His guidance, and I know that I have it.
Jesus Christ has been
moving swiftly the past year to set His Church back on God's track!
Christ's second coming is near — and His Church is not yet ready.
Christ is moving through His apostle TO MAKE US READY!
By Herbert W. Armstrong The GOOD NEWS September 1979