Sunday, October 31, 2021


October 31, 2021

Something to think about...

For those who are of the glorious Body of Christ (Church of God), 95-99% of all the COGs believe the same salvation matters.

The things that they differ on are based upon a CULT mentality - in which the people are either under the control of the ministry by "mind control," where they are placed within a small box and must believe only as the church leaders allow them to believe.

Or, they have minor somewhat petter differences.

Is there unity!?


It's their own self-made choices to be a part of these cultish Jesus-lacking organizations!

Many follow leaders of men who have been placed upon a pedestal by church propagandists - to where the living Jesus Christ is NOT their main focus!

Or, some have embraced man-made "church" ideologies that prevent the people from being able to be in common faith contact with others of the same faith.

Which all equals an UGLY spirit and an UGLY look upon each other, all in the name of a so-called "loving" religion.

None of which equals the Way of Jesus Christ!

It's just merely people playing as though they are "Christian," when in reality they are not!

Brethren, we had better LOOK TO JESUS as our spiritual and Life-guide before our time is up and a harsh judgment befalls us.

Yours in Christ,
Guy C. LaMar

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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Judgmental Religion

OF LATE I’ve been evaluating people that cling to the “deep depths” of their religion.

They go so deep that they become rather petty and judgmental towards others.

Now, this is a sad thing.

Because, when you look to JESUS you will find that He offered not harsh and petty judgments, but rather compassion, concern, empathy, and a very caring correction for those that missed the mark. He showed LOVE for all.

Our Lord Jesus Christ did NOT go around calling out every flaw in every man that He came across.

He truly walked alone in full righteousness, but He was NOT puffed-up in His religion.

He didn’t go around throwing people into deep water with a millstone hung around their neck!

He didn’t go around gossiping about others.

He was not a petty person.

Instead, He showed true LOVE and UNDERSTANDING towards everyone.

After all, He knows His creation!

Just as the Father knows who are His begotten sons and daughters, so does our Lord Jesus Christ know His begotten brothers and sisters.

I don’t know if many people really think about this – but a child is made in the image and the likeness of its parents.

The child comes from the parents.

A child is an extension of its parents – like a clone.

Now, the parents (a married husband and wife) are supposed to be bonded together, as one in thought and deed. Just as God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ are one – cf. John 10:30.

So, God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ are ONE, and when They had created man, They certainly knew the flaws of Their creation – yet, allowing man to be a free moral agent.

However, as the generations of man went on, the further away people strayed, becoming entangled with various free moral agency personalities, they traveled further and further away from their parent – God.

Remember – God is a FAMILY!

God is currently made up of the Father and the Son – Jesus Christ.

The Holy Spirit is but Their presence aboding within those of whom They have chosen among man.

The point is: Don’t make your religion into something that is NOT what JESUS showed us to live by.

Religion can be evil.

Including this world’s “Counterfeit Christianity” religion.

Because MANY people take the “Christian” religion and perverse it by making it into a religion of hate. So many people choose things to use against others in a hateful manner.

They will use their religion to find a reason to attack and even murder others – while not looking in the mirror at their own flaws.

Often people will allow their religion to make them even more self-righteous!

So, do not cast stones if you are a true Christian. Call out sin for the sin that it is.

Look for good in all people, to outweigh their flaws.

Focus on the good of people instead of the flaws that you may, and can certainly find.

This is showing more love than bitter pettiness.

Attacking people’s personal manners of their attempts to worship God is wrong! Let us give all people respect for their efforts and their desire in seeking to worship God.

For decades I have witnessed people claiming that THEY ONLY have the truth of God, and they would dog others for not having that truth. Those types of people are no more a true Christian than a field mouse.

Don’t lead by your good arguments – lead by your good ways. □

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Monday, October 25, 2021

Pray to Father God or to Jesus Christ!?

SHOULD WE pray to Father God or to Jesus Christ!?

Well, actually BOTH!

In that, BOTH are as ONE.

Both represent the other.

Our Lord Jesus taught us to pray to the Father.

That is our MASTER telling us to pray to the Father, THROUGH Him, and only through Him are we allowed to pray to the Father! Our Lord Jesus will relay our messages to the Father in a way that is purely righteous.

Now, make no mistake – God the Father is over Jesus the Son.

Our Lord Jesus intercedes our prayers for us, to the Father.

’ But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly’ – Matthew 6:6, NKJV throughout.

’ In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed by Your name’ – verse 9.

Our Lord Jesus is clearly instructing His disciples (His people) to pray to the Father.

And, when speaking to the Father, we are speaking to JESUS!

Jesus is interpreting, in the proper manner, our prayers to the Father.

Prayer is speaking to God.

Now, God speaks to us through His living word – the Holy Bible.

We speak to Him through prayer.

Praying to the Father through Jesus gives honor and respect to BOTH, who are as ONE.

So, while Jesus taught His disciples to pray to the Father, it does not suggest that we are to pray to the Father only.

The disciples prayed to Jesus.

Understand – after the ascension, with Jesus no longer with them, the disciples understood they could still speak to Him, but now through prayer. Many examples of prayers to Jesus are found in God’s living word.

The apostle Stephen, while being stoned for his testimony for Jesus, looked up and he called out, “ … ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit’” – Acts 7:59.

The apostle Paul prayed to Jesus at his conversion, asking, “ …’ Lord, what do You want me to do?’” – Acts 9:6.

Paul also pleaded with the Lord three times regarding the thorn in his flesh, asking that it be removed – 2 Corinthians 12:8.

And, Jesus Christ heard his prayer and responded, ’ My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness’ – 2 Corinthians 12:9.

The disciple Ananias at Damascus prayed to Jesus –

“Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and to him the Lord said in a vision, ‘Ananias.’

And he said, ‘Here I am, Lord.’ … 13) Then Ananias answered, ‘Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem. 14) And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name’” – Acts 9:10, 13-14.

The apostle John closes the Holy Bible with a prayer to Jesus.

“ … Even so, come, Lord Jesus! 21) The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen” – Revelation 22:20, 21.

All those who belong to Jesus Christ pray to Him.

“Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, 2) To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified [by] Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place CALL ON THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD, both theirs and ours” – 1 Corinthians 1:1-2.

So, while praying, all prayers will always go to Jesus before they will the Father – because Jesus is giving those prayers to the Father when addressed to the Father.

It is very respectful and right to follow the example Jesus has given us for prayer, by praying to the Father THROUGH Jesus. But, it is as well perfectly correct to pray to JESUS directly.

Now, personally, I know that when I pray I am going straight to Jesus, which also includes the Father. And that for me, makes me very comforted in knowing that I am addressing Them BOTH, yet as ONE, but with equal recognition. □

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There Is A Generation

by Guy LaMar and Leonard V. Johnson

Turn with me to the Book of Proverbs chapter 24

“Deliver those who are drawn toward death, And hold back those stumbling to the slaughter. 12) If you say, ‘Surely we did not know this,’ Does not He [the LORD God] who weighs the hearts consider it?

He who keeps your soul [your life], does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?” – Proverbs 24:11-12.

I begin with this Scripture here today, because on June 23rd, 2020, Minister Michael Garrett gave an important sermon – entitled “Pray Not For This People”! And, that message reminded me of this passage.

Sometimes there are people who take an initiative, even if it’s a little embarrassing, to prevent something even more embarrassing or even dangerous from occurring.

But then, there are those people who try and keep quiet and try not to make waves.

The only thing necessary for evil actions to take place is for “good” people to do NOTHING. And, we just witnessed this: in which train riders watched – and even filmed with their cell phones – as a woman was being raped on a SEPTA train in Pennsylvania!

Yet, it is the squeaky wheel that gets the grease, and it’s the politicians that make the most noise and waves in our societies. Mostly out of fear of losing their political position.

God’s living word – the Holy Bible – speaks of things that were once, will be once again.

“That which has been is what will be, That which is done is what will be done, And there is nothing new under the sun” – Ecclesiastes 1:9.

There will be an EVIL GENERATION – our Lord Jesus Christ spoke of how it was going to be a time like Noah’s was just before the Great Flood – that it will be like that just before His return.

“’ Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak; And hear, O earth, the words of my mouth. … For I proclaim the name of the LORD: Ascribe greatness to our God. He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice, A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He.

They have corrupted themselves; They are not His children, Because of their blemish: A PERVERSE AND CROOKED GENERATION’” – Deuteronomy 32:1, 3-4, 5.

King Solomon wrote –

There is a generation that curses its father, And does not bless its mother. 12) There is a generation that is pure IN ITS OWN EYES, Yet is not washed from its filthiness. 13) There is a generation – oh, how lofty are their eyes! And their eyelids are lifted up. 14) There is a generation whose teeth are like swords, And whose fangs are like knives, To devour the poor from off the earth, And the needy from among men” – Proverbs 30:11-14.

On the very Day of Pentecost – when it had fully come – the apostle Peter stood up among the people of Judea and all who were dwelling in Jerusalem –

“And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, ‘Be saved from this perverse generation – Acts 2:40.

In the Book of Genesis, we are told that the LORD saw “that the wickedness of man was great upon the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” – Genesis 6:5.

So, whatever evil thing that a wicked and vile person could think up was being done – none-stop!

That is how it has become TODAY!

Now, did this generation get like this overnight!?

No. It was a process over time to where it is virtually unbearable!

Our Lord Jesus Christ told us of things to come just before His return –

“ … ‘Take heed that NO ONE deceives you. 5) For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many’ – Matthew 24:4, 5.

Now, which religious organization is the largest in the world that takes upon themselves the very title of “holy” when referring to their church leader!?

The Roman Catholic Church and the pope of Rome.

’ And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet’ – verse 6.

And, certainly, there have been wars and rumors of wars throughout all generations – and ‘this generation’ is no exception, He says, ‘see that you are not troubled; the end is not yet.’

’ For nation [the Greek word is ethnos, here meaning a Gentile nation] will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. …’

Certainly a reference to a final ‘king of the North’ and a final ‘king of the South’ in this end-time trauma soon to come! A reference to Daniel 11:40.

“ …’ And there will be famines, pestilences [troubles], and earthquakes in various places. 8) All these [speaking of the SIX SEALS which is mentioned in Revelation chapter 6] are the beginning of sorrows’ – verses 7-8.

So, it will be like a roller coaster ride! You’re all buckled in, and then you begin to move up to the top of the lift hill before the car goes down a steep track that then turns the car over and over! We are in utter disbelief and shock at just what we can see once we start down that lift hill!

’ Then they will deliver you up to tribulation [to troubles] and kill you, …’

Many so-called Christians will deliver you to various troubles [as an example: them not being prudent and careful (cf. Proverbs 14:15) when it comes to Covid-19 and its variants – cf. “Blessing or Curses?”]. Many so-called Christians will be jealous of you, as like what the apostle Paul said to the congregation there in Rome – “For your obedience has become known to all. Therefore I am glad on your behalf; BUT I WANT YOU TO BE WISE IN WHAT IS GOOD, and simple concerning evil” – Romans 16:19. 

As our Lord Jesus Christ continued here –

“ …’ and you will be hated by all nations [and the Greek word for nations can very well mean peoples] for My name’s sake. 10) And then many [and even many so-called Christians] will be offended, and will betray one another, and will hate one another’ – verses 9-10.

True Christians will be hated in all areas around the world for keeping the Ten Commandments of God and have the TESTIMONY [the gospel] of Jesus Christ!

Our Lord Jesus continues –

’ Then …’ – indicating that this takes place even after all this! “ … ‘many false prophets will rise up and deceive many’ – verse 11.

Minister Michael C. Garrett speaks of this –
“Folks, understand, the ‘beast’ and the ‘false prophet’ are simply Satan’s counterfeit to what God is gonna do on this Earth! He will work an end-time work! The most spectacular event in the history of humankind! I envision servants of God walking into a major metropolitan hospital – starting at the top floor and working their way down to the basement, the morgue, and cleaning it out! And when these men are given that power from God – servants of Jesus – they’re going to walk out and every radio and television van in the land is gonna be parked in the parking lot! All their satellite dishes and their microphones, and they’re gonna run up and say – just like they said to Peter and John way back at the original Pentecost – “By what power have you done this!?” And these servants of God are gonna say, “Why do you look upon us as though we somehow did this!? We didn’t do this, the great eternal Creator God and Jesus Christ – the Jesus Christ that you have NEVER known; you’ve NEVER been told about!”

And they’ll probably point a finger at some guys over in a corner wearing funny robes, acting very pious, swishing their way out to the parking lot, and these end-time prophets are gonna say, “And the Jesus Christ that these people have NEVER told you about!” Folks, I guarantee you, they will end up dying for their service. Because the world is not going to want to hear it. And yet, we know that this truth is coming!”

’ And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold’ – verse 12.

There will be injustice going on everywhere!

Many people all around the world – even including a great many so-called Christians – will not have any compassion or concern for others (also known as love).

But, our Lord Jesus Christ spiritually uplifts us –

’ But he who endures to the end shall be saved’ – verse 13.

’ And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a WITNESS to all the nations, and then the end will come’ – verse 14.

Now, the TRUTH OF GOD will be preached from JESUS CHRIST in ALL the world and His very few (possibly twelve) chosen “end-time prophets” (see Revelation 11) – also through the use of the Internet, such as what Minister Michael C. Garrett is doing!  – to testify and witness unto all peoples from the various places around the world; and it will be only then that the end of the age, as we know it, will come to an end.

The world at large will begin the process of ushering in a New World System at that time.

Then, even more, horrible and terrible things will begin to occur!

Our Lord Jesus Christ tells His chosen people to be ON ALERT to these things to soon come, to pray (and pray often) that you will be deserving as to escape those horrible things to come – Luke 21:35-36.

It is made of GREAT IMPORTANCE by our Lord Jesus Christ, in which He states –

’ But seek first the kingdom of God [which is the very government of God] and His righteousness [which is the very character and ways of Jesus; which is being a true Christian], and all these things shall be added to you’ – Matthew 6:33.

Then, turning once again to the Book of Matthew chapter 24, we are told –

’ For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be’ – verse 21.

’ Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; …’ – verse 29.

Basically, the world will become dark because of the large amount of nuclear fallout in the upper atmosphere blocking out the sun and the moon’s light.

“ … ‘the stars [the Greek word here being astēr, meaning stars; certainly speaking of meteor showers] will fall from heaven, and the powers [dynamis, meaning ruler] of the heavens will be shaken’ – verse 29b.

After which follows other grave events that Minister Garrett and we will surely cover in future sermons. Also, be sure to read the series “Revelation – A Book of the Past and the Future.” Be sure also to read “Prophetic Events To Watch For” as well as watch our sermon “Prophecy – According To Jesus Christ” by Minister Leonard V. Johnson.

But, as far as where we are right now in world events – according to biblical prophecy – it is clear that we are in the ‘beginning of sorrows.’

The end of a great nation (the United States of America) is in the works!

Satan the devil certainly knows that his time is nearing its end – and that people need to get a renewing of minds towards what they hold dear of a worldly nature and truly embrace the living will of JESUS CHRIST!

FOLLOW JESUS – not old traditions and worldly customs.

“Pursue peace with all people, and holiness [which truly means cleanness, the freedom from foul language and filth, to be pure with thoughts and actions], without which no one will see the Lord” – Hebrews 12:14.

The point is – stay the course and find the proper and right guidance.

Friends, through the teachings of the Owensboro Church of Jesus Christ under the leadership of Michael C. Garrett, that proper and right guidance is in place.

It is on the individual to follow a man that is a true servant of God, who teaches the living Word of God, the Truth of God, and the Plan of God with the glorious Holy Spirit leading the way – or to follow a person whose ideas and understandings is but human reasoning, which is NOT of God. And will only lead people to ‘the lake which burns with fire and brimstone.’

So, let us keep our hands to the plow – going ever-forward in the faith, not looking back. Keeping our eyes on JESUS CHRIST as our Guiding Light! □

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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Blessing or Curses?

IT IS my understanding that of all the remnants of the churches of God – the Intercontinental Church of God has had the most confirmed Covid-19 cases and deaths!

A great many people have a very odd way of looking at certain things when it comes to churches. So many feel that by following a MAN or by following a TITLE when it comes to a church, that it is correct in the will of God.

But, if the leaders of the church are NOT praising or glorifying JESUS CHRIST and truly following and living by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God – then the people are going to church in vain.

Also, if church groups with a certain title – e.g. Church of God – are NOT following and living by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God – then the people are going to church in vain.

Throughout some eight decades, there have been a great many people who have come to believe that if they just follow a church of this or of that – perhaps because its leader is the grandson of one of the most successful and influential ministers of the 20th century, then, that is the will of God.

Seriously, if you are going to a church because of a man’s name or title, then you no more have the Holy Spirit in you than a door mouse.

That, my friend, is a really STUPID way of looking at things!


“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean NOT on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, AND HE WILL DIRECT YOUR PATHS” – Proverbs 3:5-6.

Not in just one day finding a Twenty-First Century WATCH magazine and thinking – this is the church for me!

No, FOLLOW GOD – by the living word of the Eternal One!

This present evil age is full of mindless followers! Our Lord Jesus says, ’ Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into the ditch?’ – Luke 6:39. And the apostle Matthew writes, ’ Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘Whoever swears by the temple, it is nothing; but whoever swears by gold of the temple, he is obligated to perform it.’ 17) FOOLS AND BLIND! For which is greater, the gold or the temple that sanctifies the gold? 18) And, ‘Whoever swears by the altar, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gift that is on it, he is obligated to perform it.’ 19) FOOLS AND BLIND! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that sanctifies the gift? 20) Therefore he who swears by the altar, swears by it and by all things on it. 20) He who swears by the temple, swears by it and by Him who dwells in it. 22) And he who swears by heaven [the THIRD HEAVEN], swears by the throne of God and by Him who sits on it – Matthew 23:16-22.

Sadly, a great majority of our people are like sheep being led to their slaughter (cf. Isaiah 53:7), they DO NOT allow God to lead them (cf. Jeremiah 29:11)!

When MAN followed their own way (cf. Genesis 3:6), taking of “the tree of the knowledge of [what they thought was good and evil],” then they fell onto the wrong route to LIFE! And, by continuing to allow yourself to follow a TITLE of a church group, or a NAME – with their own ideologies, doctrines, and bylaws – which direct your life, then you are on this wrong route to Life! 

As God’s living word says –

“O LORD, I know the way of man is not in himself; It is not in man who walks to direct his own steps” – Jeremiah 10:23.

When a man or a woman is guided by the Spirit of God, they are the children of God (Romans 8:14). And the apostle Paul writes, “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit” – Galatians 5:25. We are to be guided by the Holy Spirit, not by some man or title.

Since the dawn of time (cf. Genesis 10:8-12), mankind has allowed themselves to be led by worldly governments instead of the Government of God (see also 1st Samuel 8)!

Now, in this present evil age, it is wise to follow the edicts, rules, and laws of the land – as long as they DO NOT go against the holy and just Law of God!

When a worldly governmental edict, rule, or law separates you from the Law of God – then you are following after Satan the devil!

TODAY – in this 21st century – nearly all governments of the world are preaching a doctrine of FEAR!

As in all things, we must be prudent with this ‘pestilence’ of the COVID-19 and its variants. 

As God’s living word says –

“Every prudent man acts with knowledge, But a fool lays open his folly” – Proverbs 13:16.

“The simple believes every word, But the prudent considers well his steps” – Proverbs 14:15.

“A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself; The simple pass on and are punished” – Proverbs 27:12.

And the apostle Peter writes, “But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers” – 1st Peter 4:7.

Be on ALARM! Be CAUTIOUS! Be ALERT! Do not put yourself in a dangerous place. It’s common sense 101!

When a leader of a church spews HATE and refuses to even use the holy and glorious name of JESUS CHRIST (the only name given among men by which we must be saved – Acts 4:12) proclaiming himself to be a Christian, then he and the people in that church will fall hard!

Also, God has placed within each of us our own native language and way of speaking. There are many church groups that love for you to fall into “sacred names” as the way of your salvation – e.g. Jehovah, YHWH, Hashem, Adonai, or even Gd.

This alone proves that they are unknowledgeable and weak in the living truth of God!

The Holy Spirit is NOT working much in such groups.


Because they CAN NOT see the forest for the tree directly in front of them!

Sadly, people that actually believe that speaking some “sacred name” of God, or for that matter, babbling in “tongues” – is only greatly limiting the great and sovereign Eternal God – along with their ability to speak to Him!

They are nothing more than the types of people – like the Pharisees and Sadducees – of Jesus’ day.

These groups – as in Judeo-Christian groups – will continue to take you further away from the real JESUS CHRIST and the Holy Spirit of God!

Truly, by denying your own native language and way of speaking is mocking God! – mocking His very ability to speak to you in your own native language and personal way. After all, He is the very One who allowed all the different languages around the world to come about (cf. Genesis 11:1-7). And God knows all things – cf. 1 John 3:20; Hebrews 4:13. GOD HAS PLACED YOU WHERE YOU ARE!

For ENGLISH speaking people around the world – as I quoted earlier, “the only name given among men by which we must be saved” – Acts 4:12 – is JESUS CHRIST OF NAZARETH!

If your native language is English and you feel the need to speak God’s name in Hebrew or Greek, then you are mocking Him, and you are – in effect – doing nothing more than “having a form of godliness but denying its power!”

But, I suppose, if that makes you feel better – so be it. If you want to limit God, you will only be limiting your connection to God!

As Elton John sings –

It's sad, so sad (so sad)
It's a sad, sad situation
And it's getting more and more absurd.


Now, why is the Intercontinental Church of God being cursed with so many confirmed cases of Covid-19 and deaths?

Well, because the PEOPLE have decided to break the SECOND COMMANDMENT OF GOD! Might I remind you –

“’ YOU SHALL NOT make for yourself a carved image – any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; 5) you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children TO THE THIRD and FOURTH GENERATIONS of those who hate Me, 6) but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me AND KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS’” – Exodus 20:4-6.

Sadly – and we do indeed weep for them and their children – they have decided to follow a leader who denies the very name of JESUS CHRIST OF NAZARETH!

Be WARNED my friends – DO NOT BE A FOOL – stay away from those who deny the name and power of JESUS CHRIST!

The candlestick of God’s LIGHT is NOT upon this church organization, nor is it upon any group or individual who denies JESUS CHRIST!

JESUS is the name of the LORD God (cf. Matthew 1:21) made flesh for the ENGLISH speaking peoples around the world! A person who is deaf and dumb CAN SPEAK TO GOD! “ … ‘For the LORD does not see as man sees; for a man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart’” – 1st Samuel 16:17.

Friends, following and serving a family name – i.e. the Armstrong family – will DENY you your inheritance into the kingdom of God – your very salvation! FOLLOW GOD – follow no man!

Let no one complicate God’s living truth! Let us always follow the admonition of the apostle Paul -

“But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ” – 2 Corinthians 11:3.


I, like the apostle Paul -

“I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of HIS BODY, which is the Church, 25) of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me FOR YOU, to fulfill the word of God” – Colossians 1:24-25.

For the LORD our God alone makes us dwell in safety – eternally! – cf. Psalm 4:8. □

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Monday, October 11, 2021

Personal From... What Gospel?

LAST MONTH I began what will become a series of personals. And I began by giving you some prehistory facts in relation to “God’s Work.” I love to write, and I absolutely love to explain to you just what the Lord our God has taught me throughout these five decades under His leadership. Sadly, there are brethren in the world that claim they don’t want to learn any more than what they learned in 1972! That truly boggles me, especially since we are told we should “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” One who is stagnant in God’s living knowledge is dying a slow death.

So, to recap, I explained last month that when we speak of this awesome and this growing worldwide Work, we mean GOD’S LIVING WORK, which God is accomplishing through human servants – at this time. Now, mind you, in a Letter to our Friends I had written –
“ … many of the descendants of the [Church of God] continue to practice the misappropriation of Matthew 24:14. They continue to teach it as, “And this Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a WARNING and a WITNESS unto all nations, …” It does NOT say that! Jesus Christ said – quoting from the Authorized Version – “’ And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.’” The word witness is from the Greek word marturion, meaning testimony. And, testimony is almost always rendered “witness” in the Revised Version (RV). The New American Standard Bible (NASB) renders it, “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.”

Jesus Christ just said the TRUTH OF GOD will be preached. But human beings have incorrectly came up with the idea that THEY are going to be the ones doing the preaching! …

… in T R U T H – in the end-time – that TESTIMONY will come from Jesus Christ through His chosen ‘witnesses’ (possibly 12) – the “end-time prophets.” Friends, it is not referring to printing presses, or radio stations, or TV, and all of that …

… as I had written in May 2019 - Matthew 28:19-20, though preaching as a witness is included within the scope of the commission – it is actually placing MORE emphasis upon the ENTIRE PROCESS OF CONVERSION, of feeding, of growing, and of overcoming – than merely witnessing. The keyword being “process.”

The word “teaching” in verse 19 is the key to this understanding. The New King James English more accurately translates the word “teaching” to “make disciples.” And, this is not that teaching is wrong as long as you understand that teach means a process. All the teaching required to make disciples doesn’t take place merely in making a witness. There are huge differences between the two.”

(Letter to our Friends – January 21, 2020).
Now, I’d like to note: There have been many ministers through the years that have tried using Mark 13:10, KJV as proof that their articles and booklets are to be “published” before “the end will come.” In the Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, the word “published” in the Authorized Version in Greek is kēryssō, meaning “to be a herald, to proclaim.” 1 And, Strong’s Concordance renders it, “preach, proclaim, with warnings of consequences for not doing so.” The fourth-century Codex Sinaiticus renders the word “preached.”

Well, sadly, there are a great many of our peoples in this world that don’t properly understand the background – the biblically revealed facts of prehistory. One should understand this world’s conditions, as it exists in this 21st century – it’s civilizations, its various governments, it’s chaos and problems. These dreadful world conditions are one of the main reasons for God’s living Work in the world.

In a brief summary – in our free PDF online booklet – Proving the Truth! Minister Michael C. Garrett goes over the ‘seven proofs that God exists.’ And, that this great, awesome, and sovereign GOD, the supreme Personage, composed wholly of Spirit – not physical matter – is of a perfect mind and almighty power! And, GOD rules all creation. GOD designed and brought all into existence – including the known finite universe and its bodies – which includes our sun, this earth, and her one moon.

I had gone over last month that there is a Satan the devil – which was known as Hêlēl – meaning “shining one” – incorrectly translated Lucifer in the King James Version. He was a ‘covering cherub,’ created with great knowledge, wisdom, and perfect in beauty – trained for the very seat of God’s throne. He was trained to administer the Government of God upon the earth for the very arrival of mankind. This ‘covering cherub’ allowed himself to become filled with PRIDE and arrogance. And he organized a coup d'état of the third heaven – the very throne of the Master of the universe! He attempted to seize the very GOVERNMENT of the entire universe!

Now certainly, some may say – this sounds just like something out of a Star Wars movie (and we now know that George Lukas had read Joseph Campbell’s Myths To Live By (1972) – But, the fact being, GOD being the greatest and most Supreme power of the universe, Hêlēl and a third of the angels which followed him were thrown back down to the earth! – cf. Luke 10:18; Revelation 12:4.

Utter physical chaos and destruction of the earth resulted from this universal sin! – cf. Genesis 1:2. In SIX DAYS GOD brought about order from chaos – and certainly eliminated the giant dinosaurs – which had become dominant during the Triassic-Jurassic period, as well as that of the Cretaceous-Paleogene period – which ended (possibly by what many believe was a large asteroid which caused the Chicxulub crater in Mexico) 66 million years ago – as some estimate. Speaking of this order from chaos, the LORD our God inspired King David to write, “You send forth Your Spirit, they are created; And You renew the face of the earth” – Psalm 104:30.

Hêlēl – now Satan the adversary – was now disqualified to administer the Government of God in preparation for the creation of mankind (Adam and Eve being the first of true Homo sapiens). However, in the Master Plan of GOD, he could not be removed from the earth, and upon the throne of his kingdom, until a successor has qualified and been inducted into office.

Adam had the very chance to replace Satan. But Adam also reached out to take what GOD had forbidden – rebelling against the very Government of God – and obeyed Satan the devil.

It is sad that so very few truly understand just why our Lord Jesus Christ actually came to earth, nearly two thousand years ago, begotten by God the Father, yet born a human from the virgin Mary! He came to be the Savior of all mankind! Yes, and many do realize that. But there is so much more to it than just that. He also came to start the very living WORK OF GOD in a rebellious and wicked world!

And, like I had said, many of you may know just what “the Work” is, and many may not. But many of our growing friends in places like Cambodia, Ireland, Brazil, Trinidad, or Barbados may not.

Now, our Lord Jesus’ obedience to God the Father’s Law – the very Law of the Government of God – and by overcoming Satan the devil, along with His own human nature, qualified Jesus Christ to replace Satan the devil and to administer the very Government of God upon the earth – He is indeed also known as ‘the Last Adam’ (1 Corinthians 15:45).

But, as we are very aware – He did not, then, take over that world-ruling kingdom. He, at that time, was not inducted into office.

GOD first had a VERY IMPORTANT Work to be accomplished.

During His ministry, our Lord Jesus Christ explained to His disciples (Luke 19:11-27) that He (this ‘certain nobleman’ in His parable) “ … ‘went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom …’” But that He would first have to return to God the Father in the upper heavenly realms – “ … ‘and to return.’

Now, in the Book of Daniel, the 7th chapter is a vision that describes this coronation –

“I watched in the night visions, And behold, One like the Son of Man, Coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days [God the Father], And they brought Him near before Him, 14) Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, Which shall not pass away, And His kingdom the one Which shall not be destroyed” – Daniel 7:13-15.

In the upper heavenly realm, He will be given, officially, this Kingship; and there will supervise the Work of God in preparing and training brethren for His kingdom – to be co-rulers in His Government.

Jesus Christ’s Ministry

In the Book of Mark chapter 1 we read –

“The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.” And, this beginning began with the work of John the Baptist. He prepared the Way for Jesus Christ’s ministry, or mission, of which God the Father had given Him.

“As it is written in the Prophets …” – in the Book of Isaiah.

“ … ‘Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You.’ 3) ‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the Way of the LORD; Make His paths straight.’

Then follows the very beginning of Jesus Christ’s ministry –

Verse 14 – “Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15) and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in [obey] the gospel.’

But, repent from what!? Repent of sin! In the 1st Book of John, we learn just what sin is –

“Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness - 1 John 3:4.

Lawlessness against the Government of God!

Let us notice that our Lord Jesus Christ says that it is necessary that one repents! He also says that it is necessary for one to believe! Not only to believe in and on Him – but also to believe the gospel message.

But, which gospel!?

Back in the spring of 2018, a man on Facebook tried to tell me “the gospel that should be preached now is the Gospel of grace of God.” He also went on to say, “the gospel of the kingdom will be preached again after the rapture to Israel before the second coming. We cannot preach the gospel of the kingdom now because that was meant for the lost sheep of the house of Israel only.” 

But, is this correct!?

Today, as it was so long ago (cf. Galatians 1:6-9), many preach a different gospel – “which is not another.” Some call what they preach, “the gospel of salvation,” or “the gospel of the grace of God,” or even “the gospel of Proven Principles and of Winning Formulas,” “the gospel of Church and Christian Ministry,” along with “the gospel of the Great Man,” “the gospel of reincarnation,” “the gospel of political ideology.” Or even the Seventh-day Adventists’ “the gospel of the Three Angels”! Then, there’s the gospel, or rather the message, about going off to heaven. Then there are those who preach about Christ only – about His title. Now, they may call it the gospel of Christ – but none of these are the gospel that JESUS CHRIST taught and preached!

Now, upon the writing up of this personal, on the Internet it is replete with church organizations, of all kinds, falsely proclaiming “the fact that there are different gospels”! Which truly flies in the face of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, as well as all the original apostles! One particular blasphemous site’s tagline reads – “Rightly dividing our walk!”

Now, our Lord Jesus Christ was crystal clear concerning just what gospel to believe and obey – “ … ‘the kingdom of God …’ The gospel of the kingdom of God! Our Lord Jesus Christ preached the gospel – the good news – of the soon-coming kingdom of God. The very Government of God which will be implemented upon the earth!

This is how we state just what gospel our Lord Jesus Christ brought and taught from God the Father –
“The very word “gospel” means good news. The Gospel is the wonderful, good news Message of God’s Master Plan of salvation for all mankind through the life, the death, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ – “the Christ, the Son of the living God” – cf. Matt. 16:16; Mark 8:29; Luke 9:20. 

The New Testament calls this Message the Gospel of grace. The Gospel of grace is the good news that Jesus Christ is the Savior – the Messiah – of the world and that through His blood all who repent and believe on Him may have their sins forgiven and may enter into the family of God. The Gospel is also a Message about the soon-coming kingdom of God on E A R T H. 

It is the glorious, good news that when Jesus Christ returns to the earth, He will set up His kingdom – His government. He will rule all nations as King of kings and Lord of lords. The saints who are given eternal life at the first resurrection – who are changed from mortal to immortal – will be co-heirs with Christ and will be given authority to rule His kingdom as kings and priests alongside Jesus Christ. Through preaching the Gospel, God is preparing saints for His kingdom by calling those whom He chooses to repentance and conversion.”
It is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT that you rightly understand, clearly, just WHAT gospel our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ brought from God the Father! Also, just WHAT gospel was sent unto the Gentiles. In the spring of 1981, I came to rightly understand that this world’s “traditional Christianity” teaches and preaches different gospels! Certainly, this is something each individual has to prove to themselves! And, your Bible says that Satan the devil has ‘deceived the whole world!’ – Revelation 12:9.

Now, our Lord Jesus Christ said of Himself –

“ … ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, …’ – John 5:19a. And, ’ I can of Myself do nothing’ – vs. 30. Along with, “ … ‘The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works’ – John 14:10b. And, continuing He says, ’ Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; …’ – and speaking mostly of the end-time prophets He adds, 2 “ … ‘and greater works than these he will do, …’

’ the Spirit of truth, [which] the world cannot receive, … for [It] dwells with you and will be IN you’ – John 14:12, 17.

So, at the very beginning of His WORK OF GOD, our Lord Jesus Christ taught His twelve disciples, which God the Father had called unto Him (cf. John 17:24) the very Message given to Him by His Father concerning the soon-coming Kingdom of God.

Then, after 3 ½ years, our Lord Jesus finished that initial phase of the Work of God, which Father had given Him to do. In His final prayer to Father, He says, ’ I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do’ – John 17:4.

Note: Daniel 9:27, a two-fold prophecy, speaks of a remaining 3 ½ years of an end-time work. I briefly mention this in the article “Satan’s World” section ‘Satan’s sign and lying wonders’. Minister Garrett also writes concerning this –
“Daniel 9 gives us a clue: Contains what is often referred to as the SEVENTY WEEKS PROPHECY. Verse 27 – Remember, verse 25 we see the word “Messiah.” That’s who we’re talking about here in verse 27. The “he,” who – JESUS CHRIST – “he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week;”

Which in Bible parlance, one day for a year – this is SEVEN YEARS. “But in the middle of the week He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering.” Now, who was the ultimate sacrifice!? Jesus Christ. When did He die!? When was He executed!? He was executed on a WEDNESDAY, in the middle of the week. And, His human life ended after 3½ years of His public ministry. It was SEVEN YEARS He was supposed to have a very special dispensation. And He lived upon this earth for 3½ years, it begs the question: What became of the other 3½ years!? Well, the other 3½ years will be fulfilled in those events upon His return and for 3½ years the Millennium doesn’t really start, UNTIL AFTER 3½ years. Because Jesus Christ for 3½ years, is, as it were, remolding and reshaping the Earth – the people of the Earth. He’s getting the attitudes right. We are told “as a Rod of Iron.” And, Jesus Christ WILL wield that club, and we as members of the resurrected Family of GOD WILL in part wield that club, and here’s a part of the story – God uses the physical people of Israel as a part of His club. That’s a part of the story which has NEVER been told.”

(Garrett, M.C. Notes Concerning the Feast of Tabernacles and the Last Great Day, 28 Sept. 2019, pgs. 16-17).
However, just prior to our Lord Jesus Christ finishing that initial phase of the Work of God, He had said to His disciples, ’ Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper [the Holy Spirit] will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send [It] to you’ – John 16:7.

So, after our Savior, Lord, and Master – Elder Brother – ascended to the very THRONE OF GOD, the very seat of the Government of the entire universe, He sent His Spirit. 3 And, about fifty days later – “when the Day of Pentecost had fully come” the Spirit of God was sent! And then His disciples became apostles!

Then, “having been built on the FOUNDATION of the apostles and prophets [of the Old Testament], Jesus Christ Himself being the Chief Cornerstone” (Ephesians 2:20) He built His Church. “In whom the WHOLE BUILDING, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord” (vs. 21) – which is composed of those called and begotten children of God who have received, and in who is dwelling, God’s Holy Spirit – they are the spiritual temple of God.

Now, the head of Jesus Christ’s Church is not – and never has been – any man, but it’s always been the living Jesus Christ!

Why the Church!?

Notice that the Church is called “His Body” – “And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, 23) which IS HIS BODY, the fullness of Him who fills all in all” – Ephesians 1:22-23.

Just why is His Church called “the Body of Christ”!? – see also Ephesians 4:12; 5:30; Colossians 1:24; 1st Corinthians 10:17; 12:27; Romans 12:5.

Well, because it is the SAME POWER that had worked mightily in our Lord Jesus Christ’s human physical body which then entered the collective body of His Church. The Church, lead by JESUS CHRIST from the upper heavenly realm after His resurrection unto glory – which was led by the apostles who had been taught and trained directly from Jesus Christ, becoming the COLLECTIVE BODY empowered by God’s Spirit – is today still being led by JESUS CHRIST from the upper heavenly realm – CARRYING ON THE LIVING WORK OF GOD!

And, that work, initially, was the divine commission. Notice this –

“ … ‘Go into ALL THE WORLD and preach the gospel to every creature’ – Mark 16:15. The word “creature” in Greek is ktisis, meaning, “creation or governmental institution.” Along with, “’ Go therefore and make disciples of [meaning, teach] all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20) teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; …’ – Matthew 28:19, 20.

Minister Guy C. LaMar gave a very informative sermon entitled “The Work Of The Church” which certainly speaks volumes of God’s living truth! We are reminded that since God does not change (Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8), His divine commission for His Church has not changed.

Many within this world’s “traditional Christianity” falsely teach that our Lord Jesus Christ turned over the Church to the apostle Peter (cf. Matthew 16:17-19) – to a human successor as voted by men. But God’s living word distinctly says, “And He is the head of the body, the Church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, …” – Colossians 1:18. See also Ephesians 4:15; 5:23.

Just what is the purpose of Jesus Christ’s Church – even in this 21st-century world!? Well, in a nutshell – it is the same as it was in the 1st century! –

“For the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the BODY OF CHRIST, 13) till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ – Ephesians 4:12-13.

And, again, just what gospel did the original apostles proclaim!? It was – and is – the gospel of the Kingdom of God! Let’s go through some of the Scriptures that prove this –

“These TWELVE Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying: ‘Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans. 6) But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7) And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom [from] heaven is at hand’ – Matthew 10:5-6.

Minister Michael C. Garrett teaches an enlightening truth regarding “the lost sheep of the house of Israel” –
“This is an end-time prophecy! Even though the story started out in about 30 AD, the story became a prophecy for the end-time. … Now, think about that phrase, ‘lost sheep.’ Jesus said, ‘feed My sheep.’ Now in one sense the physical people of Israel are the ‘lost sheep.’ But in an even more spiritual, more heightened, more intense meaning, I think Jesus Christ might very well be saying, ‘Go to the lost Church member’s.’ ‘Go to those people who thought they were in a good organization, they didn’t realize their leaders were corrupt and their doctrines were impure – or highly compromised.’ ‘Go to those lost sheep!’ I think it has a double meaning!”

“He sent them to preach the kingdom of God …” – Luke 9:2.

“ … ‘and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you’ – Luke 10:9b.

“ … and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God – Acts 1:3b.

“But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, …” – Acts 8:12.

“And he went into the synagogue and spoke boldly for three months, reasoning and persuading concerning the things of the kingdom of God – Acts 19:8.

“ … among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, …” – Acts 20:25.

“ … and solemnly testified of the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus from both the Law of Moses and the Prophets, …” – Acts 28:23.

“preaching the kingdom of God and teaching the things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ …” – Acts 28:31.

“for the kingdom of God is not …” – Romans 14:17.

“For the kingdom of God is not …” – 1 Corinthians 4:20a.

“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?” – 1 Corinthians 6:9. See also verse 10.

“Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; …” – 1 Corinthians 15:50.

“ … those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God – Galatians 5:21b.

“For this you know, that no fornicator [whoremonger, meaning “pornos – one who is sexually immoral], unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God – Ephesians 5:5.

“ … These are my only fellow workers for the kingdom of God …” – Colossians 4:11b.

“ … that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, …” – 2 Thessalonians 1:5.

“Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, ‘Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God [God the Father], and the power of His Christ [Jesus the Christ] have come, …” – Revelation 12:10.

And, let us always be reminded, that the apostle Paul WARNED that a DOUBLE CURSE would be pronounced on anyone preaching any different gospel – Galatians 1:8-9.

We – built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone – continue to bring you the great and awesome message of God - which is based upon the Word of God, the Truth of God, and the Plan of God. Our mission and our purpose is to follow the admonition of Jesus Christ, when He said, “’ FEED MY SHEEP!’” We do the will of God the Father and Jesus Christ - to preach the Gospel - the good news of Jesus Christ, of His forgiveness, of His atoning sacrifice, of the opportunity for all of us, to have Jesus Christ as our great High Priest and to live under the promises of the New Covenant, and to someday be a part of the glorious Kingdom of God! □

to be continued


1) Vine, W.E., Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, Fleming H. Revell Company, Old Tappan, New Jersey, published by United Kingdom Marshall, Morgan & Scott, Publications, Ltd., 1981, pg. 229.
2) Mr. Garrett mentions an absolutely remarkable meaning – from his own personal take on studying the Bible – of John 14:12b in End-Time Prophets – a seven-part series, Part 2 section ‘in mighty signs, wonders, and deeds.’
3) Be sure to read “Is God a Trinity?” by Michael C. Garrett. Is the Holy Spirit a being, or the creative power of the Godhead?