A little over 2 years ago I wrote a short post entitled Where is the Government of God. Many ministers then were claiming that they represented the Government of God and if you were not a part of their group you were not a part of the  Church of God.

I want to elaborate on that a bit more in this post.

I am convinced that from an historical perspective, God wanted a large tightly controlled church group to be formed during the Philadelphian ERA of the Church in order to facilitate what was needed to bring the Gospel message to the world in power.

Frankly the funding and man power needed to utilize the doors that were opened by Christ to that ERA of the Church was astronomical and God provided what was needed to perform the work that Mr. Armstrong was called to do. Even though the end result of that governmental system that formed up under Mr. Armstrong was largely responsible for the ultimate failure of the group itself.

The government of God as understood by the group WCG at that time was controlled from Pasadena and when it began to move the WCG group(a grouping of the body of Christ) into heresies many began to leave the group. In doing so I ask the question where was the Government of God? Was it not at that time still residing in the WCG? When did the government move from WCG and where did it go?

It seems to me that no one was given the authority by that Government headquartered in Pasadena and representing Christ at that time, was authorized to start their own groupings of God’s people under their own control as leader of their groups Government of God. Bear with me because this gets confusing as you try to follow the logic.

The very fact that in Revelation 3:14 God clearly refers to the Laodicean Church ERA in the plural where it was always referred to in a singular fashion for all the other ERAs of the church shows that God KNEW that the church would be scattered in this end time ERA of the church.

(Rev 3:14)  And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;

Do you see {church of the laodicean(s)}? Notice the s at the end of the name Laodicean all the other ERA were referred to in the singular as in one church group but Laodicea is referred to as being multiples of one group. Not the Church of Laodicea but rather the church of THE LAODICEANS!

So again WHERE IS THE GOVERNMENT OF GOD? I see ministers saying that their Group is the only group that has or represents the Kingdom of God. That we must submit ourselves to their Government of God to be able to say that we are part of the Church of GOD! Really? Where is the proof that their grouping of the body of Christ is anymore connected to the Government of God that any other Grouping of God’s people.

They will tell you that they are keeping the doctrines of God given to us by Mr. Armstrong more completely than any others but there is very little evidence of that being true since most of what is being said is in itself judging the hearts of other Christians something we are commanded not to do. In fact some say that God has given them a mandate to do just that. That they are Judging the churches of God.

When a man takes on the prerogative of God that is a worrisome state of mind to me. God tells us to Judge no man. He tells us not to speak evil of our brothers. Yet many are out there doing just that. And at the same time saying they are the only ones who have the government of God to which we should be attached.

Here is our attachment, brethren;

(Eph 5:23)  For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

(Eph 5:24)  Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

(Eph 5:25)  Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

(Eph 5:26)  That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

(Eph 5:27)  That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

To me people trying to use the Government of God as the measuring stick as to who belongs to God and who does not is confused. Each organized grouping of God’s people will have an organization to help do the work of the ministry for the benefit of the people attached to that group. And any who belong to that group should adhere to whatever rules that grouping applies as long as it does not counter anything given by God.

But we cannot use the Government that developed under the WCG as there was no governmental authority given by the then WCG to split off. They could not take that government with them. They had to establish their own governmental leadership within their own groupings of God’s people. So they really have no authority or claim over any of God’s people who have not voluntarily placed themselves under that authority. Do you see how convoluted this line of reasoning gets?

When you think about it I Cor 12:4-6 begins to make more sense;

(1Co 12:4)  Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.

(1Co 12:5)  And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.

(1Co 12:6)  And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.

The various Groupings of God’s people spread across the Laodicean Landscape are merely different administrations(groupings) of the same church. All of them believe 90% the same and none of the differences are salvational issues unless we make them so with our attitudes and hatreds.

We all stand on the same foundational truths that were given to us in Philadelphia. while we are not all in complete agreement the things we do agree on far outweigh those where we do not. We are brothers and sisters in Christ and we should conduct our selves in that fashion.

So to me saying that you represent the only true Government of God is a patently false statement. Even if the person believes it to be truth it is not. God Himself indicated that Laodicea would be populated by multiple groupings of His people. But by going to each of His people individually He is showing that the Groupings of His people are not relevant in this ERA like it was in Philadelphia. He is doing a completely different work to day(The Knock Work) today He is calling on each of us privately to Zealously Repent and get with the program. It is time we stopped playing at being Christians and began living as a Child of God waiting anxiously for the gathering of His people before the time of Jacob’s Trouble begins in earnest.

WE need to stop attacking each other and start loving each other. We need to pray for each other like we have never done so before. We need to help our people get ready to be gathered together not causing us to be even more separated.

Let’s stop hammering at our differences and start celebrating what we share. Christ said that the world would know us by the love we show for the brethren. The world cannot see that love if we keep chipping away at our differences. We need to be coming together in love not necessarily in organization. Getting each other READY for the GATHERING of God’s people should be our primary work emphasis in the ERA no matter what “Administration” we are affiliated with.

WE NEED TO GET RIGHT WITH GOD NOT WITH SOME GOVERNMENTAL GROUPING(CHURCH) OF GOD’S PEOPLE!

by Raymond Mills

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