by Mr Armstrong
The True Church (4)
broadcast in the 1980s - played UK 28 May 2016
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by Joseph Forson
Should we fear our God of love?
given Wales UK 28 May 2016
|Many scriptures encourage the reader to have a healthy fear of The Eternal. But what of the New Testament passages? Should we fear our God of love? In fact, many of those scriptures are to be found in the New Testament - so both Old and New are vital in understanding this important subject. (11.1 Mb)|
"Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. For he spoke, and it was; he commanded, and it stood." (Psalm 33:8-9 JPS Tanakh)
If you were asked to highlight the greatest problem in the world today — what would you say it is? There are certainly many things to choose from: transgender issues, the breakdown of the family; ISIS and the threat of nuclear terrorism; greedy bankers; corrupt politicians; GM foods, upset weather patterns .... but I doubt if anything even comes close to something far more pervasive — today's failure to fear The Creator God.
In days gone by a healthy fear of God was almost automatic within our lands, — but today that is not the case. How long has it been since you heard the the compliment; he or she is a "God-fearing man/woman"? Using an almost evangelical fervour to promote within higher education a totally materialistic mantra via the theory of evolution, rationalism and the systematic rejection of all things spiritual — Satan has driven today's world to a depth of foolishness never witnessed before. Even when Christ was on the cross the argument between the two thieves crucified with Him was settled by one answering the other, "Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?" (Luke 23:40)
The highly educated in this world have become so steeped in the lies of God-rejecting materialism that they simply cannot UNlearn these deceptions without totally rejecting their own cherished position that has taken them an entire lifetime to achieve. That is why so many intellectuals remain as agnostics or atheists when the overwhelming evidence shouts against their core beliefs. They simply have to continue kicking against the pricks — regardless of the evidence — to save face:
The Creator God openly labels such individuals as fools (Psalm 14:1; 53:1) and declares: "Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him." (Psalm 33:8) . Indeed, at the close of this age and the return of Christ to the earth, He will make sure the dishonest, God-denying evolutionary based concept of design without a designer is forever exposed, with this world-wide angelic proclamation:
By contrast, it can be seen throughout the Bible, that those who do hold onto righteousness in the face of adversity — due to their fear of the Creator God — are commended for it:
Although a healthy respect and the right kind of fear of God is needed by all humanity, it becomes even more vital for those who are leaders. Leaders who act as if they and their peers are the final word make such leadership absurd and without validity as they are effectively saying there is no higher authority above them. And of such a mindset God says, "When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn."(Proverbs 29:2) Unfortunately, this is what we find today, and it is this frame of mind which lies at the heart of virtually every problem we see in society:
More and more the removal of godly values is being implemented under the pretext of separating church and state. But that is certainly not God's Way. When Moses was advised by his father-in-law on what governmental structure to use within Israel, the fear of God — and all that then flowed from recognising we all operate under that Higher Power — formed its core. It was the very first prerequisite!
When Samuel later added a segment within the Law when the people demanded a king (1Samuel 10:25) — he too was inspired by The Eternal to place the fear of God that came from daily Bible-study as the paramount quality needed by the leader of God's people:
The book of Proverbs has much to tell us of this subject — pointing out that the fear of the Eternal lies as a foundation of all wisdom. All the other qualities of a productive, truly successful life, for all of us — young and old — begin with a healthy respect and fear towards the One who is over us as our Eternal Creator:
Although the demons believe there is One God — and tremble — the spirit currently broadcasting to this evil age (Ephesians 2:2) does not have the kind of godly fear that leads to wisdom – rather the opposite. The fear of God that leads to wisdom involves a respect and acceptance of the Power over us. Lucifer rejected God's authority over him.....certainly had no correct fear of Him....and he became Satan, the adversary.
What "wisdom" Satan has now is therefore deviant, and we thus see a similar deviant position at every turn in today's world because he is the true source of such deception (Revelation 12:9). At the heart of this insanity lies a glaring lack of healthy fear and respect for the Creator God. So great is this lack in the world today that much of mankind attempts to deny even the clear factual evidence of the intelligent design all around them in the natural world, let alone The Creator who produced it!
Sir David Attenborough, one of the most respected and influential television presenters of the 20th century, has done an horrendous amount of damage in this area by his enthusiastic blinkered promotion of evolutionary thought. Even though it should be glaringly obvious to anyone that mere blind evolution in no way could have brought about the incredible wonders he describes in his programmes, the narrative continues to push the agenda. Yet the fittest must first have been created and present to then survive via any form of natural selection. It is the arrival of the fittest — not the survival of the fittest — that remains as the conundrum of evolution. And random mutation does not provide a rational answer. Beyond minuscule adjustments at a micro level, mutation remains statistically impossible as a solution in macro evolutionary terms.
But the problem is, the results within our society of denying our Creator are utterly vile! With mankind viewed as just a "higher animal", we now see animals charities promoting animal rights above human rights. Traditional foxhunting is banned in the UK for example, but we read in just the last few days of the head of the UK midwives — traditionally a caring and life-enhancing occupation — encouraging abortions...at any stage of pregnancy. Such levels of depravity continue to worsen. Recently the transgender argument has taken on a life of its own with a mindset that can only be described as insane...mentally deranged. Yet, according to the apostle Paul in Romans chapter 1, such depraved practices naturally flow from a wilful denial of The Creator's eternal power and Godhead. Therefore, knowing the genderless satanic mindset that is broadcasting these perverted ideas, we should hardly be surprised at what we see and read!
But true wisdom — based on the correct fear of God — is what will lie at the very root of the Millennial rule of Jesus Christ;
And as kings and priests, all of us who are destined to serve under Him will have the same mindset;
This is the reason we must learn not to go down the path found within today's world — the path of a fool who lives his life as if there was no Superior Power over him. Rather, we are expected by our Father to live this present life as the wise — Godly wise! And such wisdom begins with a healthy respect, a genuine fear of The Eternal and of what He has to say.
Mr Armstrong brings this out in the Preface of Mystery of the Ages:...
"God has opened to understanding his Word to those he has chosen, who have yielded and surrendered to him and to his blessed sacred Word. In the 12th chapter of Daniel, it says at this time of the end the “wise” would understand, but “none of the wicked shall understand.” Who, then, are the “wise” who may understand the Bible?
"“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Ps. 111:10) and “a good understanding have all they that do his commandments” (same verse). Yet traditional Christianity has generally denied God’s commandments – says they are done away, nailed to the cross. The clergy and theologians of organized “Christianity,” therefore, cannot and do not understand the Holy Bible. "
Just as the world is rapidly heading to its eventual collapse because there is progressively less and less fear of The Eternal and His way of life, those of us to whom God has revealed the Spiritual solution need to progress in the opposite direction — to become progressively wiser - with a wisdom based on a healthy respect and fear of our loving Father, so we'll be prepared and ready for our roles within the coming Kingdom of God.
Before very long, this God-rejecting world will be a thing of the past and we will be living in and experiencing in full measure the promises of our God — as written in scripture for our teaching and encouragement:
Modern Europe – unelected leaders… unaccountable… impervious to public opinion… highly undemocratic… based on lies and deception… a clandestine dictatorship…
Airing his views at a recent referendum debate, a retired accountant, Mr Glover, made the following statement:.
“We have made huge differences to the EU and we have made a huge impact. You have to look at who is against remaining, the Euro-phobes. They are scared to be a part of something that is bigger than ourselves. A United States of Europe is not and will not happen; it is not in the founding papers of the EU.” (maidenhead-advertiser.co.uk)
Is that statement correct? Not if you know your history! Sixty years ago – the goal WAS very clearly defined as a European Superstate! First, let’s look at the foundations on the modern European Union.
“There were seven men who founded the European Union and though few are remembered in this country they are historic icons in Brussels. They were not bad men but they were traumatised. Each had been born before 1900 and each had by 1945 lived through two devastating wars, the first of which we are commemorating this week 100 years after the guns opened fire.
Each had watched as their countries and their continent were blasted into ruins. Each vowed “Never again” and concurred in a joint vision of how to prevent it. In Brussels their successors continue to work to realise the dream to create the utopia. Each was absolutely right in their grief at the devastation but alas they were mistaken in their solution.
Even today the fanatics of their vision still know they must toil covertly because if their vision was overt it would be rejected by the people of the continent, or at least a majority of them. The key lies in the title awarded to Jean Monnet in 1956, the year before the signing by six countries of the Treaty of Rome. The title was: President of the Action Committee for the European Superstate.
This was the heart of the dream – the Euro project – the unification of the continent, politically, economically, legally and socially into a single entity which by definition could never fight against itself.
But the vision was and remains based on three perceptions that became deeply held convictions.
The first was that the enemy of peace was the nation state.
The second conviction was that the people simply could not be trusted not to use their votes to elect tyrants and warmongers.
And finally the third element, a pathological fear of Germany, the creator of both world wars. It continues to this day. Millions of thoughtful Germans fear one European people more than any other: themselves.” (express.co.uk)
Here are some of the men involved – note – they are all Roman Catholics!
"Konrad Adenauer – a Roman Catholic - a pragmatic democrat and tireless unifier…
The first Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, who stood at the head of the newly-formed state from 1949-63, changed the face of post-war German and European history more than any other individual. A cornerstone of Adenauer’s foreign policy was reconciliation with France. Together with French President Charles de Gaulle a historic turning point was achieved: in 1963 the one-time arch-enemies Germany and France signed a treaty of friendship, which became one of the milestones on the road to European integration.
Joseph Bech – a Roman Catholic - Joseph Bech was the Luxembourgish politician that helped set up the European Coal and Steel Community in the early 1950s and a leading architect behind European integration in the later 1950s. It was a joint memorandum from the Benelux countries that led to the convening of the Messina Conference in June 1955, paving the way for the European Economic Community.
Alcide De Gasperi – a Roman Catholic - an inspired mediator for democracy and freedom in Europe. From 1945 to 1953, in his roles as Italian Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister, Alcide De Gasperi forged the path of the country’s destiny in the post-war years. Time and time again he promoted initiatives aimed at the fusion of Western Europe.
Jean Monnet – Roman Catholic - the unifying force behind the birth of the European Union. The French political and economic adviser Jean Monnet dedicated himself to the cause of European integration. He was the inspiration behind the ‘Schuman Plan’, which foresaw the merger of west European heavy industry.
Robert Schuman – Roman Catholic - In cooperation with Jean Monnet he drew up the internationally renowned Schuman Plan, which he published on 9 May 1950, the date now regarded as the birth of the European Union. He proposed joint control of coal and steel production, the most important materials for the armaments industry. The basic idea was that whoever did not have control over coal and steel production would not be able to fight a war." (europa.eu)
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 - “There are plenty of reasons to keep a close eye on Herman van Rompuy, the President of the European Council. Early September, Van Rompuy spoke to the ‘Interreligious Dialogue’ in Florence. The world press did not notice, but fortunately there was still the ‘Katholiek Nieuwsblad’ from Den Bosch, Rome’s last resort in the Netherlands. The newspaper proudly quoted Van Rompuy as announcing: ‘We are all Jesuits’. He was referring to those prominent European leaders with whom he is developing the architecture for the future Europe.‘It creates unbreakable ties’.
Who are those people that Van Rompuy, himself schooled by the Jesuits at Sint-Jan Berchman College in Brussels, was talking about?
First of all, there is José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission. Secondly, there is Jean-Claude Juncker, Prime minister of Luxembourg and Chairman of the Euro group. Van Rompuy also mentions the President of the European Central Bank (ECB)… Mario Draghi, who was schooled in the Roman Jesuit College Instituto Massimiliano Massimo. The Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti and his Spanish collegue Mariano Rajoy have also been shaped by Jesuit colleges, Van Rompuy cheerfully added.
Fortunately there is Angela Merkel, the stubborn daughter of a vicar from the former DDR, to act as a counterweight [but for how long?].
Listening to Van Rompuy, you will instantly notice the similarities of the Jesuits with Europe. Jesuits formed the vanguard of the Catholic Church, like the European elite is the vanguard of the European integration. Both portray themselves as ‘the elite’, elevated above the ordinary people. Their methods are very similar. A sophisticated lie or purposeful deception is allowed when framed in the interest of the greater goal.
A barely contained cynicism typifies the attitude toward the normal citizen, the ignorant fool, who within a democracy needs to be protected from himself. The Catholic and European elites work through inner circles. The rest is prose. Van Rompuy, Barroso, Monti and Rajoy are frequent visitors at papal audiences.” (djeppink.eu)
These Jesuit attitudes are still with us today. Mr Junker, the current President of the European Commission who is named as a Jesuit by Mr Von Rompuy, is also on record as using the Jesuit approach… “A sophisticated lie or purposeful deception is allowed when framed in the interest of the greater goal”.
Mr Junker also pushes the Jesuit concept that… “…the normal citizen, the ignorant fool, who within a democracy needs to be protected from himself.”
The Daily Express reports: “Jean-Claude Juncker has issued a thinly-veiled broadside to Britain’s democracy, accusing politicians of being ‘part-time Europeans’ who listen to their voters too much. The Vote Leave campaign blasted: ‘Juncker sees democracy as an inconvenience for his European Project’.” (express.co.uk)
As we approach a critical time in the relationship between Britain and the European Union, the leadership in Brussels is still Roman Catholic!
Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission - a Roman Catholic. (wikipedia.org)
Donald Tusk, President of the European Council – a Roman Catholic. (wikipedia.org)
Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament - Schulz attended the Heilig-Geist (Holy Spirit) grammar school, a private Roman Catholic school run by the Holy Ghost Fathers in Broich (now Würselen), a district of the town of Broichweiden, for nine years, leaving without his A-levels. (wikipedia.org)
These men are all unelected bureaucrats who are true to the goal of the founding fathers of Europe. They seek nothing less than a European Superstate. It doesn’t seem to matter what problem they face, their answer is – “More Europe”!
“The EU’s law-making process is fundamentally undemocratic. Power is vested in the unelected and unaccountable elite who make laws - in secret - to preserve the status of large multinationals at the expense of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Multinationals achieve their preferential status by spending enormous sums of money on lobbying.
There are four key institutions of the EU: the European Commission, European Parliament, European Council and the Court of Justice of the EU. Each institution supposedly represents separate interests. The Commission represents the EU, the Parliament represents the people, the Council represents the Governments of each Member State and the Court interprets the law. However, these institutions do not do this in practice, as they all represent large multinationals and an integrationist agenda, as the intention is to create a federal United States of Europe. This new country already has a flag, a Parliament, an anthem, Presidents, currency, a legal system, legal status and a navy - to name just a few.
The EU Commission is the guardian of the treaties and enforces EU law.
The Commission is made up of 28 unelected commissioners, who cannot be held to account. Each commissioner has a specific policy area in which to create laws. The Commission has a President (currently Jean-Claude Juncker); unlike the other 27 commissioners he is personally elected by the European Parliament, however his was the only name on the ballot paper, not exactly democratic. The Commission is advised by the Directorate General, which along with the Commission is heavily lobbied. Once the Commission proposes an EU law, this proposal is taken to the Parliament.
Secondly, the Parliament is made up of 751 MEPs who are elected by the people in EU Member States every five years in elections. This is not a Parliament in any real sense, as they have no right to propose laws. Instead it is a façade, created to make the EU look democratic, rather than give the public a choice over those who makes their laws. The Parliament does vote and can make amendments on laws proposed by the Commission, but the Commission must accept any of the amendments proposed for the changes to become effective, showing where the power lies.
The EU is a highly undemocratic organization ratcheting more and more power with every passing day. It is impervious to public opinion. The people who matter in the law-making process are unelected and therefore unaccountable.” (huffingtonpost.co.uk)
“Last Friday, Pope Francis received the Charlemagne Prize for services to European integration. The prize is awarded by the city of Aachen in the Rhineland, which Charlemagne chose as his capital and which, under the name of Aix-la-Chappelle, was for centuries a direct vassal of the Holy Roman Empire.
Last week it could have been mistaken for a direct vassal of the European Union. The awards ceremony, held in the Vatican, was addressed by Martin Schulz, president of the European Parliament, Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, and Donald Tusk, president of the European Council.
They must have been pleased to hear Francis identify Brussels with ‘the soul of Europe’.” (catholicherald.co.uk)
As Herman Von Rompuy, the previous President of the European Council admitted: “We are all Jesuits!” It would appear that the Jesuits are in the ascendancy within the Roman Catholic Church, and it seems to have started back in 2008 at an event which went almost totally unnoticed by the media.
“Obedience to the Pope and the magisterium of the Church is just one of the themes of the five decrees approved by the Jesuits upon concluding its 35th General Congregation.
[Jesuit] Tom Feely wrote on the Web page of the 35th Congregation: ‘Anyone who looks at the history of the Society will see that we have always understood our role of service in the Church in relation to the papacy. Therefore, the decree goes on to offer some reflections on living our relationship of obedience to the papacy today, especially with regard to our mission in the broadest sense’.” (zenit.org)
In a recent interview with The Sunday Telegraph, Mr Boris Johnson made the following observation on the EU:
“…fundamentally what is lacking is the eternal problem, which is that there is no underlying loyalty to the idea of Europe. There is no single authority that anybody respects or understands. That is causing this massive democratic void.” (telegraph.co.uk)
Over 50 years ago – the source of that “single authority” was already revealed!
1962: “United within ancient boundaries of the Holy Roman Empire; united by the common spiritual bond of universal Catholicism …at least TEN NATIONS OF MODERN EUROPE WILL MARCH ONTO THE SCENE OF WORLD HISTORY AS THE GREATEST SINGLE HUMAN FORCE EVER SEEN BY MAN!” (The Plain Truth, March 1962)
1968: “We have proclaimed repeatedly that the ultimate unifying force would be religious. We have shown how the prophecies of your Bible proclaim a great universal religious fervour will finally break down all remaining barriers to a full economic-political-military-religious union in Europe!” (The Plain Truth, August 1968)
That “Single Authority” is already in place
Back in June 2012, the Catholic Church hired a PR guru to help improve its relations with the media. It was announced he would be taking up the position of senior communications adviser with the Secretariat of State. That man, Greg Burke, is a member of Opus Dei.
Burke has been credited with helping to create Pope Francis’ public persona, using his own experience in public relations. He has been so successful that the Pope is now respected as the moral authority of the world – by both Catholics and many non-Catholics!
He is visited by Kings and political rulers. He has spoken at the United Nations. He has drawn the various factions of the divided Catholic Church together. He has forged links with the protestant Churches. When he speaks, he speaks for all “Christians”. When the crisis comes, and he speaks, Europe will listen!
The Roman Catholic political structure is in place. The Europe that they are striving to create already has… “a flag, a Parliament, an anthem, Presidents, currency, a legal system, legal status and a navy - to name just a few”. It is ruled by 28 unelected commissioners, who cannot be held to account …and boasts a Parliament, which cannot propose laws… all created to make the EU look democratic… while hiding a clandestine dictatorship!
That “Single Moral Authority” is already in place.
The Roman Catholic-controlled political structure is in place.
Germany, yet again, is the most powerful nation in Europe.
Next - we await the appearance of the “strong man”, the “Assyrian”, whom the Bible refers to as the Beast, to come on the scene. It seems likely that he will take control to get Europe out of a major crisis. The “glue” which will hold the prophesied 10 leaders/nations/power-blocks together will be the Roman Catholic Church. Then the final United States of Europe, the resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire, will have been formed.
“Britain will not be in the ‘Holy Roman Empire.’ But Britain will be DESTROYED by it, along with the United States! When this European empire is perfected, the great Work God is doing through this Church will be quickly completed – finished.” (Pastor General’s Report – June 27, 1980)
In a sermon given in November, 1982, Mr Armstrong explains the link between the Roman Catholic Church and the end time political system in Europe in the light of Bible prophecy, and also gives a timely exhortation to God’s true church:
“The Roman Catholic Church has claimed that the Kingdom of God IS the Roman Catholic Church, that the Pope IS in the place of Christ, (that) the Second Coming of Christ has occurred, (and) he is ruling the nations of the world. And they ruled for 1260 years the nations of Europe, and they call it the HOLY Roman Empire. That’s why the Bible speaks of her in such terms of rottenness, of filthiness. Let me go on and read it to you.
‘I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast [now the beast is the civil government, the political government. The woman is a church. A ‘beast’] full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple [that is the color of royalty] and scarlet [the color of a harlot, or a whore. And scarlet] colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand [a woman is always the symbol of a church. A civil government is spoken of in a masculine gender in symbol in the Bible. In her hand] full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead [the church’s forehead] was a name written, MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS…’ (Revelation 17:3-5)
In other words, the Babylonian MYSTERY religion, the ancient PAGAN ‘BABYLONIAN MYSTERY RELIGION’ – now called, falsely, ‘Christianity’ and claiming to be the original Church. And notice that: ‘THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS’ who came out of her protesting and calling themselves ‘Protestant,’ in protest. And God calls them ‘harlots,’ brethren.
Now, they are deceived. They don’t know it. I am not calling them names. I am reading you what God says. It is God who is doing. God has a right to call them names if He wants to. I am not doing it.
‘…HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH’ (Revelation 17:5). This thing is filthy in God’s sight, and yet we’ve come up among some of that. WE'VE BELIEVED A LOT OF THAT; and Christ has said COME OUT FROM AMONG THEM AND BE SEPERATE.
Christ has called His Church out from among all of that - to be separate, brethren; and we have to live a different kind of life.” (Sermon - November 27, 1982)
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