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How Ex-member Dissidents Fill Their Minds - How About YOU?
Good News Magazine
August 1980
Volume: VOL. XXVII, NO. 7
Issue: ISSN 0432-0816
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How Ex-member Dissidents Fill Their Minds - How About YOU?
Herbert W Armstrong   
Church of God

Born: July 31, 1892
Died: January 16, 1986
Member Since: 1928
Ordained: 1931
Office: Apostle

Herbert W. Armstrong founded the Worldwide Church of God in the late 1930s, as well as Ambassador College in 1946, and was an early pioneer of radio and tele-evangelism, originally taking to the airwaves in the 1930s from Eugene, Oregon.

   ONE EMBITTERED expelled former member, whose principal purpose in life now seems to be to "expose the evils" of the Worldwide Church of God, has said, so I am told, that ex-member malcontents fill their minds continually with nothing but conjuring up in their minds what they seem to enjoy thinking is WRONG with the Church of the living GOD.
   Their whole thought — their conversation — dwells on nothing, it seems, but what they like to suppose is wrong and evil about God's one true Church.
   They twist and distort facts into that which is not true. They enjoy conjuring up in their embittered and often perverted imaginations monstrous, impossible, filthy lies about the Church or its leaders, and enjoy spreading false rumors.
   Significant? Those of us in the Church fill our minds on, more than anything else, the WORK of God's Church, the wonderful TRUTHS of God's precious Word. But, it seems, those who once had their minds on these POSITIVE things of GOD — of His WORK, and of His CHURCH — still keep their minds ON GOD'S Church, but now in a negative, embittered, resentful, hating and satanic trend.
   It fills their minds not only, but their hearts.
   This is a WARNING to YOU! Don't let your mind and heart be filled with such vengeful bitterness!
   Are they now, as Jude says: "filthy dreamers [who] defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities ... [who] speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves. WOE unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. These are spots in your feasts of charity [love]... feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.... These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words... mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit" (Jude 8-19).
   "But," this passage continues, "ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life" (verses 20-21).
   This is definitely a prophecy respecting God's Church in these last days. As a man thinks in his heart, so is he (Prov. 23:7). SO, THINK NO EVIL! "If ye then be risen with Christ... Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God" (Col. 3:1-3).
   We, brethren, ARE the BODY OF CHRIST, the CHURCH of the living GOD, now in the short time remaining, letting Christ prepare us as His Bride to whom He soon will come. We must be found without spot or wrinkle or any such thing. Never mind the PAST. If confessed to GOD, and repented of and turned from, the precious blood of Christ has covered all our sins. Let HIM prepare us for His soon COMING!
   PRAY for our former members, who have gone out or been put out according to Romans 16:17-18, and II Thessalonians 3:3, 6, 14-15. Pray that God will reveal to them that God is blessing His Church with PEACE, and that in spite of Satan's persecution, the Church is GROWING, is BACK ON THE TRACK, that we are knit together with God and with Christ. When our ways please Christ He BLESSES US AND HIS WORK!
   Those who have gone out are NOT so blessed. Pray that they may see it, and REPENT, that they may be received back with REJOICING!
   Some eight or 10 little splinter groups have gone out from us. NOT ONE HAS PROSPERED! Some have even been fighting one another! They have caused many to drop out, not only from God's true Church, but from their little groups, and departed entirely from CHRIST! That is the FRUIT they have borne! Some have been lost FOREVER!
   Also pray fervently for ONE ANOTHER. Pray for me, as I pray for you DAILY — that we may allow God to preserve us faithful, enduring unto the END — now NEAR!

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