Roderick C. Meredith (Photo by Joyce Thiel)
In his latest co-worker letter, Presiding Evangelist R.C. Meredith of the Living Church of God (LCG) reported the following (bolding in the letter):
The world around us is rapidly changing. Many millions of people, right now, are being persecuted or uprooted from their homes, suffering the loss of their jobs or having families come apart. Millions are increasingly unsure as to whether there is a “real” God. And so, most of these untold millions of human beings have no sense of genuine purpose for their lives. Increasingly, many of them just “give up”—turn themselves over to alcohol or drugs, or simply decide to “end it all” by suicide. As a syndicated article for the New York Times just reported from Europe, “Giovanni Schiavon, 59, a contractor, shot himself in the head at the headquarters of his debt-ridden construction company on the outskirts of Padua…. Especially in the most fragile nations like Greece, Ireland, Spain and Italy, small-business owners and entrepreneurs are increasingly taking their own lives in a phenomenon some European newspapers have started calling ‘suicide by economic crisis’” (April 15, 2012).
My friends, if these men and women had truly understood the supreme purpose which the Eternal God is working out here on this earth, they would not have killed themselves! If you truly set yourself to “seek” the true God of the Bible and fulfill His purpose in your life, then each day, each major world event and even each personal trial can have a sense of meaning. If you genuinely study the whole Bible and ask God for understanding, the major world events will definitely help you “see” God’s purpose as it is being worked out here among men and nations.
In the pages of our Tomorrow’s World magazine and on the Tomorrow’s World television program, we have told you repeatedly of the Big Picture events soon to come: a rising United States of Europe, a revived Roman Catholic church with increasing influence on religion and world affairs, a coming federation of Arab states—the prophesied “King of the South” mentioned in Daniel 11:40—the “grinding down” of the pride and prestige of the American and British-descended peoples, plus soon-coming major earthquakes even in our nations, along with increasing storms, disease epidemics, alternating drought and floods leading finally to hunger and ultimate starvation for millions.
Also, we have told you repeatedly that the Creator God will use human instruments to powerfully warn our peoples of what lies just ahead and help those who are willing to repent of their sins and seek the genuine protection which our Father in heaven offers to those who are willing to truly surrender themselves to the “real” God of the Bible. Most of you long-time subscribers and TV viewers have seen or heard us say these things repeatedly.
The question is: What are you, personally, doing about it?
Do you not take our words seriously? Remember, we are not preaching what the “mainstream” professing Christians preach. We are not preaching a message which is easy or popular. But it is the Truth.
If you will actually believe the Truth, then the living God will begin to directly guide your life. He will give you increasing understanding and peace of mind (Philippians 4:7). Through His Spirit, God will help you learn lessons for all eternity so you will be ready for your part in the coming Kingdom of God. He will fashion and mold you and make you His full sons. As Psalm 33:10-15 tells us, “The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect. The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of His heart to all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He has chosen as His own inheritance. The Lord looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men. From the place of His dwelling He looks on all the inhabitants of the earth; He fashions their hearts individually; He considers all their works.”
So, the important sounding “counsel” of the nations of this world—the big meetings, conferences and important treaties—will all come to nothing. But the eternal God really does guide the lives of those who “fear” Him—those who stand in awe of the majesty, power and wisdom of the great Creator of heaven and earth. And as the very specific prophetic events unfold which we have told you about for years, may God help you to “get the point”—to know that there is a very “real” God who can be your spiritual Father if you truly give your life to Him and trust Him with your life.
As frightening prophetic events unfold in our nations, as disease epidemics, storms and earthquakes strike and even famine and starvation occur in many areas, may the great God who gives us life and breath help you to genuinely trust in Him. For His inspired Word tells us: “Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His mercy, to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in Him, because we have trusted in His holy name” (Psalm 33:18-21). If you really trust in God and walk with Him, He will bless you, protect you and guide your life for good in every way. His inspired Word tells us about how He will bless those who have trusted and obeyed Him even in the coming tribulation of this end time, “Instead of your shame you shall have double honor, and instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double; everlasting joy shall be theirs” (Isaiah 61:7).
The rest of the co-worker letter can be viewed at the following link News of the Living Church of God at the 04/18/12 p.m. post.
The world is changing and we are almost at the end of the 6,000 years God allowed humanity to rule itself.
We in LCG are serious about trying to fulfill Matthew 24:14 and hope others will catch the vision and join together to help finalize that.
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What is the Meaning of Life? Who does God say is happy? What is your ultimate destiny? Do you really know? Does God actually have a plan for YOU personally?
Does God Have a 6,000 Year Plan? What Year Does the 6,000 Years End? Was a 6000 year time allowed for humans to rule followed by a literal thousand year reign of Christ on Earth taught by the early Christians? Does God have 7,000 year plan? What year may the six thousand years of human rule end? When will Jesus return? 2019 or 202x?
Should the Church Still Try to Place its Top Priority on Proclaiming the Gospel or Did Herbert W. Armstrong Change that Priority for the Work? Some say the Church should mainly feed the flock now as that is what Herbert W. Armstrong reportedly said. Is that what he said? Is that what the Bible says? What did Paul and Herbert W. Armstrong expect from evangelists?
Are You Saved? Do You Love Jesus? What is a True Christian? What is the Gospel? Evangelist Richard Ames answers those important questions.
True vs. False Conversion Are you really converted or willing to be? What is true conversion? What is false conversion? What are the dangers of false conversion? Evangelist Roderick Meredith provides information on those important questions.
Getting the Gospel Out is More than a Local Job Discusses Biblical rationale for doing an international, and not just a local, work.
The Gospel of the Kingdom of God was the Emphasis of Jesus and the Early Church Did you know that? Do you even know what the gospel of the kingdom is all about? True religion should be based upon the true gospel.
There are Many COGs: Why Support the Living Church of God? This is an article for those who wish to more easily sort out the different COGs. It really should be a MUST READ for current and former WCG/GCI members or any interested in supporting the faithful church. It also explains a lot of what the COGs are all about.