WCG’s J. Tkach and “Just As You Are”

Ten Commandments in Holy Land, Arkansas

Does the Bible Teach Repentance and Following the Ten Commandments or Just to “Come as You Are? 

The Jan-Feb 2008 edition of Together: Worldwide Church of God News lists that it has:

Worldwide total 34,500  {members and}  911 {congregations}  

In his latest update titled Just As You Are, WCG’s J. Tkach wrote the following:

Billy Graham has often used a phrase to encourage people to accept the redemption we have in Jesus. He says, “Come, just as you are!”…

“Come just as you are” means that God is not waiting for you to get better before you come to him. He loves you already, despite what you have done.

Comments by COGwriter 

Yes, God loves everyone.  Yet, while the Bible says that God will call people “of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues” (Revelation  7:9), it never teaches “come as you are”.

Actually, the Apostle Peter in his first recorded sermon after he converted specifically taught:

Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call” (Acts 2:38-39). 

Peter continued that theme in his next recorded sermon:

Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord (Acts 3:19).

The Apostle Paul also said that he taught repentance to the Gentiles:

I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, 20 but declared first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem, and throughout all the region of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent, turn to God, and do works befitting repentance (Acts 26:19-20).

And in the last book of the Bible, Jesus taught repentance:

Repent, or else I will come to you quickly and will fight (Revelation 2:16).

Repent of what?  While sin of course.  And what is the Bible’s definition of sin?

Notice what the Apostle John wrote:

Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin (1 John 3:4-5 KJV).

So, while Jesus will take away sins, sinners are to repent.  And they are not to transgress the law of God.

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