The Church of God in America .
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few, the scattered, the faithful
RESOURCES AND ENCOURAGEMENT
FOR THOSE PREPARING TO REIGN IN THE KINGDOM OF JESUS CHRIST
HOW WILL THE WORLD END?
How will the world, as we know it, end?
The answer involves all of the above (except the last four, which are fiction).
The world, as we know it, will be on the verge of total annihilation from war, famine, plagues, and pestilence, but human life will not be wiped out, because Christ will forcefully take over rulership of the whole earth by the use of apocalyptic events (Mat. 24:22).
"And it shall come to pass,
that every one that is left of all the nations which came against
Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the
Lord of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles." Zech. 14:16
1. "Who, or what, is The Church of God?"
Jesus Christ said that the "chosen" would be "few" in number (Mat. 7:14, 9:37, 20:16, 22:14, Lk. 10:2, 13:23-24)
- and that he would reject "many" of those who call
themselves Christians (30% of world pop., 2.1 billion)
Prophecies show that God's chosen would include people from all twelve tribes of Israel (Rev. 7:3-8, not just Judah), and also include "others" (Isa. 56:6-8, Mk. 12:9, Mat. 22:8-9).
The New Testament explains that the righteous can be recognized by the good fruits of the holy spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, temperance, not easily angered, showing mercy, forgiveness and love toward all, kindness, humbleness of mind, always truthful, rejoicing, giving thanks always to God, obedient to parents, honoring one's parents, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, keeping the ten commandments, not greedy for money, fame or physical things, able to teach, and more, (see Gal. 5:22-23, Col. 3:12-23, Eph. 5:9-11, 6:1-10, 1Tim. 3:2,4, 1Ths 5:11-12, Jas. 3:17-18, Mat. 19:16-17). The part about not lying, which includes hypocrisy, eliminates "many".
This is who we are and what we seek to become.
The Lord gave the "wicked and adulterous generation" of the first century, only one sign that he was the Messiah (Mat. 12:39, 16:4).
The Lord gave his people "[his] Sabbaths" (feasts,
Lev. 23) as a sign to recognize the true God, and to be recognized
by Him as his true people. (Eze. 20:12, 20, Ex.
31:13-17). Everyone will be expected to observe them when Christ
returns (Zech. 14:1, 4, 16-21).
2. "Where do you meet?"
Christ said, "For where two or three are gathered
together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." His followers
have, since the first century, met in public places when it was possible and
there was enough interest, and in people's homes when they were persecuted or
their numbers were few (Acts 12:12, 16:32, 18:7-11, 20:20, 28:30,
Rom. 16:3-6, 1Cor. 16:19, plus others).
This is why we encourage all to fellowship directly with our Father, through Christ, daily and continually, which is all that we should need, however, if profitable and enjoyable fellowship with others is available, then we rejoice with you, as long as it does not interfere with your personal spiritual growth.
If you are looking for fellowship with others who are
likeminded, we may be able to help. Contact
3. "Are you a new church, or a split-off of some other organization?"
We use the term, The Church of God in America,
as a temporary identity, which may change as America continues to decline and
fall, and as the world staggers into the Great Tribulation (described in
Christ's Revelation through his apostle John, Rev. 1-22). We use it
because it is where we are. We use it because our culture is accustomed to
labels and brands, and many are easily confused when they come into contact with
something different. Consider, that when Christ establishes his Kingdom on
the earth, there will be no hundreds of denominations or thousands of church
names. There will be his Kingdom and one will either be in it and subject
to it, or not (Zech. 14:1, 4, 16-21).
We have previously attended various denominational
and non-denominational churches, but we are not affiliated with any corporate
Scripture tells us to “Prove all things. Hold fast that which is good.” (1Ths. 5:21).
Scripture also tells us that Satan has deceived “the whole world” (Rev. 12:9) except for a “few” (Mat. 20:16) who can not be deceived by Satan or by those who are influenced by him (Mat. 24:24).
No one who is deceived, knows that they are deceived. However, scripture gives us the “sign” by which to recognize God’s people, the “fruits” by which we can recognize those who are truly converted and led by the Holy Spirit, and the “works” by which we can recognize false prophets, false ministers, false doctrines, false brethren and false churches.
We believe in God the Father, who spoke by the mouth of all
his prophets (Acts 3:18), who also
sent his firstborn Son, in the form of Jesus Christ, who delivered the Father’s
words in the Gospel message regarding the way of life today that leads to
eternal life in the Kingdom of God. We believe Christ's promise that God's
holy spirit will guide us into all truth. For more details,
please see entire web site.
5. By whose authority do you speak? Who credentialed
If we speak the truth, then who and what we are is irrelevant. However, to answer the question, we write and speak by the same authority as Elihu (Job 32-33) and Philip (Acts 8). Christ gave instructions on how to recognize false prophets (teachers, preachers, writers) by their fruits and spoke in terms of absolutes (Mat. 7:15-20), not consensus or compromise. The good fruits, proof of living according to God's Holy Spirit are given in lists (Gal. 5:22-23, Col. 3:12-23, Eph. 5:9-11, 6:1-10, 1Tim. 3:2-4, 1Ths 5:14-15, Jas. 3:17-18). Since all have sinned (Rom. 3:23) which includes all the "righteous" named in scripture except Jesus, and since claiming that we have no sin would make us liars (1Jn. 1:8), then judging truth based on the assumed righteousness of any human leader would be futile and foolish.
We didn't write the Book, we just point out the obvious (Acts
5:38-39). However, this is a limited time offer (Amos
6.What is your church motto, or maxim?
A motto is defined as, “a sentence, phrase or word attached to or inscribed on anything as indicative of its purpose or character, a maxim adopted as expressing one’s guiding idea or principle.”
To borrow from Christ‘s words, “Man shall not live by one motto alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”
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(Note: We resisted the urge to put up a picture of Flipper the seal, as some
might have interpreted that as being flippant.)
"It was usually attached to an object like a possession or a document, in order to give it authenticity, ownership or authority.It was used often in the ancient world, especially in Egypt, Babylonia and Assyria and surrounding nations including Israel."
Since God's words are authentic independent of any man and, since he owns us by virtue of both Creation and Christ's sacrifice and, since all authority is derived from God, a seal would seem superfluous, unless we were claiming infallibility in our writings, corporate ownership of God's truth, or authority over someone's faith, in which case it might be considered pharisaical arrogance.
Where an official seal would have been displayed on this site, we have
inserted NASA's photo of earth from space, called "the blue marble."
For more information on God's seal, and seals in context of the Bible,
Those whom Christ called were referred to as "disciples" (Greek mathetes,
a learner, i.e. students), so we "study" (2
Tim. 2:15) to "prove all things"
(1 Ths. 5:21) .
This is necessary because there are "many false prophets" (Mat.
7:15) who "deceive many" people
Christ said that everyone is "known" by their "fruits"
and "every good tree brings forth good fruit" (Mat.
We are also told to not conform to this world (Rom. 12:2), and that the world will reject us as it rejected Christ (Jn. 15:18).
In summary, we are scattered, but repentant, non-conforming
fruit farmers who, through much study, may offend you with God's good news, and
which, if you accept it, means that the world will also hate you.
A few (less than ten) have flamed us on what appears
to them to be an "irreverence" on our part for God's word. These
criticisms were made publicly in forums, and privately, in the context of some
of our attempts to "lighten up" the tone. We have heard that
there are organizations whose leaders are less than happy with our comments and articles.
We feel there are several reasons for this misunderstanding. One is that,
in the daylight of God's truth, some "sacred cows" are just plain old
"bull". To point out the obvious may make us unpopular, but it does not make us irreverent.
Much of the Bible, in view of human nature, lends
itself to humor. (For example, see "Exodus:
The Rest of the Story"). Remember, as long as God is laughing,
he isn't hurling fire and brimstone.
11. "Can you answer a question without being long-winded?"
"Have you never read . . . " -- Jesus Christ (Mat. 21:16, 42, Mk. 2:25).
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