|Restored Truths (Restored Doctrines)
Restored Truths (Restored Doctrines)
Mr. Armstrong listed 18 restored truths in a sermon titled; Mission of the Philadelphia Church Era, given December 17, 1983. (Link to sermon and transcript — truths start at 1 hour 10 minutes 3 seconds and ends at 1 hour 23 minutes 15 seconds.)
Mr. Armstrong added the 19th restored truth in a Bible Study titled; The Spiritual Law vs. Rituals, given January 21, 1984. (Link to Bible Study and transcript — 19th truth starts at 19 minutes 12 seconds.)
Mr. Armstrong added the 20th restored truth in a sermon titled; Unity, given February 4, 1984. (Link to sermon and transcript - 20th truth starts at 1 hour 26 minutes 41 seconds and ends at 1 hour 27 minutes 44 seconds.)
1. True Gospel The world had lost the Gospel. They didn't know what the Gospel was: I came among the True Church of God of the Sardis Era, They didn't know what the Gospel was, they thought it was what they called the third angel's message. They didn't know what the gospel really was. They called it a third angel's message. God revealed it to me and through me, to the Church.
That the gospel is the Kingdom of God, that is the gospel Jesus preached, that's the gospel Paul preached to the Gentiles, that's the gospel that Peter and John preached. You'll find when Jesus sent them out and sent out 70, He said preach the Kingdom of God. That is the only gospel, is the gospel OF Jesus Christ.
The world preached and has a gospel ABOUT Christ. Now the first thing to be restored to the Church is the true gospel.
2. Purpose of God "The second thing to be restored is the PURPOSE of God. And the gospel has to do with that. That God IS reproducing us and that MAN CAN BECOME God! No other Church on earth believes that, brethren. And now let me tell you, I'm going to reveal to you, now, things that have been restored in this Church.
And let me tell you, these are all things that some of those who have been ministers in this Church — in high office — have gone out and now are saying, and saying publicly, that we are departing from the faith and that we are going farther and farther into error. Because they will not receive the Truths that God has been restoring into the Church!
God's purpose is that He's reproducing Himself and that we, ultimately, become God."
3. God's Plan Through the Holy Days "Now another thing that has been restored is, through the Holy Days, God's plan, His Master Plan for accomplishing that purpose, and the annual Holy Days. And no other Church has had those Holy Days, and understands them..."
4. Government "The government of God has been restored to the Church, and the government of God has been placed in the Church. You read that in Ephesians 4 and I Corinthians 12. Christ is the head of the Church and under Christ in the administration of the government are an apostle or apostles, then evangelists, then pastors, then all are called elders, all ministers all the way up clear down to the lowest. So then there are teachers and elders both speaking elders and preaching elders, deacons and deaconesses. And the Church is restored in that form of government. The Sardis Church even didn't have the right form of government"...
5. Who and What Is God "Who and what God IS. NO RELIGION ON EARTH KNOWS WHO AND WHAT GOD IS! NO RELIGION ON EARTH! ... GOD IS NOT A TRINITY! GOD IS NOT A SINGLE PERSON! God is a Family of persons, and the Family began with God and the Word. You read of that in John 1:1-5. You read of it in Genesis 1 beginning with verse 1.
You should learn about God first, and it begins first both in the New Testament and the Old, because many experts feel that — errh, so-called experts let me add — that the book of John should be placed first in the New Testament, although it was not written first. That God is a family and it began with the two, and we can be born into that family."
6. What and Why is Man? "Now the next thing that's restored to the Church — what and why man is! WHAT IS MAN? WHY DID WE COME TO BE ON EARTH? The Sardis Church didn't know, they didn't know in the Middle Ages. Man was made from the dust of the ground. Man was made with one spirit and he needs another Spirit, the Spirit of God which unites him with God, and is the impregnation of God-life in him, and he will be born of God."
7. Spirit in Man "Next the human spirit IN man. No other Church knows about that. That has been revealed to the Church. That is knowledge that has been restored to the Church of God. And this Church has that knowledge."
8. Firstfruits "Another, the next piece of knowledge that has been restored to this Church, that the rest don't know and no other Church knows it: that this Church is the first-fruits. That God is not trying to save the whole world now. He's calling us out now and He'll use us as teachers to help save the others in THEIR turn, and they in turn, from the Millennium, will help save all the rest in the great White Throne Judgment.
And ultimately, God's going to go after the saving of everybody who ever lived. But no Church understands that, that we are the first-fruits, we are the embryo of the Kingdom of God. The fact that we have to be called by God, and that salvation is not open to just anyone, whosoever will. The whosoever will may come is found in the last chapter of the Bible, and does not pertain to this time at all. And no other Church seems to know that. That knowledge has been restored to this Church."
9. Knowledge of What the Millennium Is "The knowledge of the Millennium and what it is. Now the Sardis people knew that Christ would rule a thousand years. They knew it would be a Millennium. They had NO IDEA IN THE WORLD about what would happen in the Millennium. They HAD NO IDEA WHAT IS THE PURPOSE of the Millennium.
We know when we assemble at the Feast of Tabernacles, that's what we're celebrating, and we know what's going to happen in the Millennium and that salvation will be open, then, to all that are still alive. But it is not open to all now. No other Church knows that. These are things that YOU, brethren, are privileged to know. YOU, God has blessed you with this knowledge, has restored this knowledge to you."
10. Truth About the Holy Spirit "Now truth regarding the Holy Spirit..."
Added from: Mystery of the Ages, pages 56-57: "The Holy Spirit came from heaven, audibly, sounding like a mighty wind, "and it [the Holy Spirit] filled all the house where they were sitting." Next, the Holy Spirit appeared — WAS VISIBLY SEEN — manifested — "And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it [the Holy Spirit in the form of divided tongues] sat upon each of them" (Acts 2:2-3). In verse 18, Peter is quoting from the prophet Joel: "I will pour out...of my Spirit..."
The Holy Spirit, like water or a fluid, can be "POURED OUT." Can you pour out a person from one into another — as from God into those assembled there? John 7:37-39: "In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy [Spirit] was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)" Again in Acts 10:45, "...on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy [Spirit]."
11. Begotten Now "And the fact that we are begotten now. You're not born yet, only begotten".
Added from: Mystery of the Ages, pages 260-261: "Now, as the physical male sperm finds its way to, and unites with the nucleus in the ovum, so God's Spirit enters and combines with the human spirit and MIND! There is, as explained before, a spirit IN man. This human spirit has combined with the brain to form human MIND. God's Spirit unites with, and witnesses with our spirit that we are, now, the children of GOD (Romans 8:16). And God's Holy Spirit, now combined with our human spirit in our MIND, imparts to our mind power to comprehend SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE (I Corinthians 2:11) — which the carnal mind cannot grasp.
"Now we have the presence of ETERNAL LIFE — God-life — through God's Spirit. In like manner the human embryo was an actual human life as yet undeveloped. But we are not yet immortal spirit beings — not yet BORN of GOD — just as the human ovum was not yet born of its human parents — not yet inheritors, and possessors, but physical HEIRS (Romans 8:17). But IF God's Holy Spirit dwells in us, God will, at the resurrection, "quicken" to immortality our mortal bodies BY his Spirit that "dwelleth in us" (Romans 8:11; I Corinthians 15:49-53)"
12. Born Again at Resurrection "That we will become born at the time of the second coming of Christ, when this mortal puts on immortality, when we won't be human any longer, we'll be divine. The knowledge that he that is born of the flesh IS flesh, mortal, that's what we are. That is when you're born in the Spirit you will BE Spirit."...
13. Identity of Israel "Another thing restored to us is our own roots, our identity, who we are. We [within the USA] are the tribe of Manasseh of the lost ten tribes of Israel, and no other Church on earth knows it. That knowledge has been restored into this Church, and God restored that to me 53 years ago."
14. Identity Opens Up Understanding of Bible Prophecy "Our identity. And that opens all the doors of one third of the whole bible — prophecy — you can't understand without that knowledge. That opened a whole third of the bible which is prophecy, that's a third of the bible. and so a third of the bible, and the understanding of prophecy has been opened to this Church. That has been restored to this Church."
Has God sent someone to restore knowledge to this Church brethren? I'm not tooting any horns, I'm just telling you what has actually happened! And you know it's happened. The fact that the annual festivals — that they represent Gods Plan.
15. Second and Third Tithe "The second and third tithe, what other Church knows about that? And that was restored by this Church, that knowledge restored by this Church."
16. Identity of Babylon and Her Daughters "Then the great deception, the counterfeit of Revelation 17:5, Babylon, the Great, the mother of harlots and abominations of the earth, her daughter churches and who they are."
17. Satan is the Guilty Party "And the fact that Satan, the devil, has deceived the whole world. Brethren, Satan is the one who is guilty. Those people in the Catholic Church and the Protestant churches have been deceived. And I think they really believe. God just hasn't opened any more truth to them. We don't sit in judgment of them. We're not judging them yet. We're going to do it and when we judge them, then all truth will be opened and God will take away the blindness from their eyes so they can understand if they're willing. Today they couldn't understand it, even if they're willing. I don't think they're willing, either, as far as that goes."
18. We Are to Be Separate "And how in Revelation 18:4 that God has called us out from among them, to be separate."
19. Correctly Placing the Emphasis on God the Father (Added during Bible Study) "This opposition put an emphasis on Jesus as the Messiah and it had a tendency to de-emphasize God the Father. Now bear that in mind. Because I didn't mention that Sabbath. That's another truth. I don't know that I've mentioned that before. Perhaps some of you never thought of that. Let's say we're revealing that truth then — right now. And so the de-emphasizing of God the Father came on and they began to look on Jesus"
20. The correct Bible name of the Church: "Church of God" (Unity Sermon)
Today it's not in any one place, or city, or district. It is worldwide; so we call it Worldwide "Church of God" — which is truly, according to the Bible, the correct Bible name of the Church.... God has restored all of those to the Church through His Apostle. Now all 20 are here; and, if more are to be restored, we shall accept them as fast as God reveals them.