The World Tomorrow. The Worldwide Church of God presents Herbert W. Armstrong, internationally recognized ambassador for world peace, visiting prominent leaders around the globe, discussing the cause of world problems, and proclaiming the good news of the world tomorrow. Ladies and gentlemen, Herbert W. Armstrong.
For years, this program has been introduced as "The Worldwide Church of God presents," and then follows the program. But just who and what is The Worldwide Church of God? I'd like to devote a little time on this particular program to tell you just what is The Worldwide Church of God?
Jesus Christ said, as you find recorded in Matthew 16 and verse 18 (Matthew 16:18), "I will build my church, and the gates of the grave shall not prevail against it." It would never die out. Now, he said "church," he did not say "I will build many churches," denominations, sects, and many different groups calling themselves Christian. He said, "I will build my church."
Now, that church was founded in the year of 31 A.D. But within two years, persecution set in and the false church began to rise up in the year of 33 A.D., calling itself Christian, using the name of Christ, calling itself Christian.
By the year of 53 A.D., the Apostle Paul wrote to the churches up in Galatia, as you find in the first chapter of the Book of Galatians, beginning with verse six (Galatians 1:6), "I am marvel that you are so soon turned from Him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel." They had turned from the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Now, the gospel he preached, gospel means good news. He was a newscaster. He brought a message, and that message was news. It was news of the future. It was news of the Kingdom of God. You read in the first chapter Mark the beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ and how he came in the Galilee preaching the gospel of the Kingdom of God. That was the gospel that he preached. But soon men began preaching the gospel about Christ and not the gospel of Christ.
The gospel of Christ was a message about the Kingdom of God. So, Paul said, "which is not another, but there'd be some that trouble you and would pervert the gospel of Jesus Christ", (Galatians 1:7). Now there are many prophecies in the New Testament showing that false apostles, false teachers rose up, that they changed the original gospel altogether.
The books, the last two books in the New Testament, Jude and the Book of Revelation, written in about 90 A.D., many, many years later, the last books written in the Bible, showed that as Jude said, they should contend for the faith once delivered because the churches have begun to turn away from the true message that Jesus brought.
John showed how many had come, many false prophets had come and that if they said, "I know Him," but they didn't keep God's commandments, they were liars and the truth was not in him. So later on, the false church spread into hundreds of different denominations, sects, and groups, all calling themselves Christian and sort of going under the general name of traditional Christianity.
But the true church did survive. These other churches were of the world, they grew big. The true church of God was persecuted. Jesus had called it the Little Flock, but it endured. And in the second and the third chapters of Revelation, Jesus Christ himself foretold seven different successive epochs, periods of time, or eras in which the true church would exist and what would happen to it as a persecuted church small in number.
But the true church did survive. Now today, that church still exists, and it has spread the gospel with all of the modern means of technological advancements. And today, our television department has recently prepared a very brief film to show in other countries describing the church and some of its activities of today. Today, it is worldwide. The gospel is going worldwide all over the world to multiple millions and millions of people.
Well, here is just a little of that special film.
In today's tumultuous world. No message is more important than human survival. That is the message that the Worldwide Church of God has been proclaiming for over 50 years. It is a message of peace, the ultimate deliverance of mankind from impending nuclear annihilation. Herbert W. Armstrong, now in his early nineties, is Pastor General of the Worldwide Church of God, Editor in Chief of The Plain Truth magazine, and founder and chairman of the Ambassador Foundation.
The World Tomorrow with Herbert W. Armstrong is a unique program dealing with the relevance of God's word in today's turbulent society. With the use of modern technology, he delivers a message of hope on over 270 radio stations and 250 television stations worldwide, including major market areas in Canada, Australia, the Philippines, and the Caribbean Islands.
In January 1982, The World Tomorrow began using satellite syndication in the United States as a means of distributing the telecast to various stations. At present, 61 stations receive the broadcast from World Satellite Television Network via the Telstar 301 satellite and record the program to be aired at the scheduled time.
In addition to the regular English broadcast, The World Tomorrow is subtitled in two languages. French is aired on RTL located in Luxembourg and TMC in Monte Carlo, and most recently, Italian broadcast on TMC Milan, which is cabled throughout northern Italy, including Rome.
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As Pastor General of the Worldwide Church of God and founder and chairman of the Ambassador Foundation, Mr. Armstrong has met with numerous heads of state, including the late President Anwar El Sadat of Egypt, as well as Egypt's current President Hosni Mubarak, President Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines, Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel, King Hussein of Jordan, and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher of Great Britain. He has also met with every Prime Minister of Japan since 1971, including Yasuhiro Nakasone.
Internationally recognized for his humanitarian efforts on behalf of world peace, Herbert Armstrong has been called a builder of bridges between peoples everywhere. In recognition of his contributions to world peace, Mr. Armstrong has received numerous decorations, awards, and honorary doctorates. For example, he was honored by Emperor Hirohito with Japan's Order of the Sacred Treasure, the most prestigious award that can be bestowed upon a non-Japanese private citizen. In January 1984, Mr. Armstrong was decorated by their Majesties, King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit of Thailand, with an award equivalent to knighthood, in recognition of his years of service to the Thai nation.
Several years ago, Herbert Armstrong was highly honored by his longtime friend, the late King Leopold the III of Belgium, after the armistice of World War I, the war that was supposed to end all wars. King Leopold's father, King Albert, picked up a cannonball from a battlefield that had been the site of several wars through the centuries. From that iron cannonball, he commissioned four watch cases to be made, each completed with a fine jeweled movement. These watches were to be given to the four men whom he felt had contributed most to the cause of world peace.
The first watch was given to Field Marshal Foch, Supreme Commander-in-chief of the allied armies in World War I. The second watch was presented to General Pershing, commander-in-chief of the United States Forces in Europe. And the third to George Clementa, Premier of France. Finding no one else he felt was qualified to receive the fourth watch, King Albert passed it on to his son, King Leopold, who presented that final watch to Herbert W. Armstrong.
According to Mr. Armstrong, "I feel it was the very highest honor the king could have paid anyone. Whatever contribution to world peace I may be making is not through war but through education, teaching millions worldwide the way to peace." In his meetings with heads of state around the world, Herbert Armstrong explains that the way of the creator is the way of giving, of outgoing concern for others, rather than this world's way of getting.
In addition, he addresses groups of distinguished businessmen and civic leaders. He has spoken before numerous rotary clubs around the world, boldly proclaiming the good news of a coming peaceful and prosperous world tomorrow.
The philanthropic arm of the Worldwide Church of God is represented by the Ambassador Foundation. Foundation projects are natural extensions of Mr. Armstrong's overseas visits with leaders of nations. These projects embrace a wide variety of cultural, educational, and humanitarian activities around the world.
For example, in conjunction with Hebrew University, students from Ambassador College work during the summer months, excavating various archaeological sites in Jerusalem. Through his mutual friendships with Japan and Israel, Herbert Armstrong has been able to assist Prince Mikasa in building the collection of artifacts at the Middle Eastern Culture Center in Tokyo. As a result of Mr. Armstrong's efforts, Dr. Joseph Aviram, Director of the Institute of Archaeology at Hebrew University, presented several fine examples of ancient Israelite pottery.
This museum, the only one of its kind in Japan, was founded by Prince Mikasa to enhance the Japanese people's knowledge and appreciation of Middle Eastern cultures. The foundation also helped support a special school in Amman, Jordan. The Bayat Special Education Center, a personal project of Princess Sarvas of Jordan, provides vocational training for mentally handicapped children. On a recent trip to Amman, Mr. Armstrong was accompanied by the princess on a tour of the center's facilities.
Projects around the world supported by the Ambassador Foundation provide students from Ambassador College the rare opportunity to serve others as well as develop new and enriching experiences. For example, through the Accept-Act program, the Ambassador College educational project in Thailand, specially trained students participated in a joint project with Wat Thai Temple of Los Angeles. The students were sent to northern Thailand to help and prepare Indo-Chinese refugees for their new lives once resettled in the Western world.
The foundation's cultural centerpiece is Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena, California. The auditorium is regarded as one of the world's most beautiful and acoustically perfect performing arts centers. Many of the world's finest performers have graced the auditorium stage, including Carlo Maria Giulini and the Vienna Symphony, Vladimir Horowitz, Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra, Luciano Pavarotti, the late Arthur Rubinstein, Renata Scotto, Beverly Sills, Joan Sutherland, Herbert von Karajan, and the Berlin Philharmonic.
The Ambassador Auditorium is located on the award-winning campus of Ambassador College in Pasadena, California. Three times, Ambassador has been recognized as America's most beautiful college campus. The college maintains two campuses, a four-year institution in Pasadena, California, and a two-year junior college in Big Sandy, Texas.
The college places primary emphasis on the education of the whole individual, and not of the intellect alone. Ambassador college is a unique educational, character-building institution it teaches not only how to earn a living but how to live. Ambassador students are taught the missing dimension in education, the underlying purpose, and the real meaning of life, the worthwhile values, the basic laws of success. They are given individual attention in the development of character, culture, and personality.
Undergraduate students come from a great variety of national, racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. The international student body encompasses diverse cultural heritages, representing over 20 nations, and provides a distinctive cosmopolitan flavor. The college is largely supported by the membership of the Worldwide Church of God and has been empowered by the States of California and Texas to confer degrees.
Major funding for The Plain Truth magazine, World Tomorrow Broadcast, and Ambassador College is provided by the membership of the Worldwide Church of God. A specially designated fund contributed by the church members is used to help support the needy widows and orphans of the church. In keeping with the biblical principle of "give". The independent auditing firm, Arthur Andersen & Company, annually audits the financial statements of the church, college, and foundation to provide an unbiased certification of financial integrity.
The Worldwide Church of God has always been non-proselytizing and non-competitive. As a matter of principle, the church does not appeal for converts, solicit contributions from the public, offer anything for sale to the public, agitate movements to bring about any objectives, political or otherwise. The Worldwide Church of God practices Christianity as a way of life. The creator's way of life demands an outgoing concern for the welfare of others, equal to one's own self-concern. Herbert W. Armstrong believes in the principle of "give" as opposed to the all-too-often practiced way of selfish "get".
Along with the members of the Worldwide Church of God, he is committed to sharing a message of hope with all of mankind. For this reason, the church is dedicated to an international effort to ultimately reach all peoples worldwide.
Now, today, there are hundreds, as I said earlier, hundreds of sectarian denominations, all calling themselves Christians, all calling themselves Christian or traditional Christianity. But where is the one true church that Jesus Christ himself founded?
Now I have prepared a very special booklet. It has only been offered, I believe, once before on this program. Where is the true church today? "Where is the true church?" I'd like to have you have a copy, I'd like to share some of the history of what happened from the time Jesus Christ started this church in 31 A.D. What happened in that first century, in the second century, what has happened since, and what has happened today? And where is that one true church today? After all these years of persecution and trial and everything that has gone on.
Now, there's no cost, of course. We never ask for money over the air. There'll be no follow-up. And at the same time, I would like to send you a year's subscription to the world's finest magazine. It's one of the largest circulation magazines in the world, larger than any of the weekly news magazines published in the United States, larger than most of the popular magazines that you see on newsstands, and that most people get called "The Plain Truth". The finest magazine published in the world today. It's published in seven different languages, it's in full color. On the front cover of this particular issue, New Volcanic Activity, Why?", here is an editorial by me on "Why Should God Permit or Allow Human Suffering".
Now, for your copy of this very special booklet, "Where is That One True Church that Jesus Founded? Where is it today?" Write in for this booklet and we'll send you a year's subscription to the plain truth. There is no subscription price. It contains no advertising. You don't have enough money to buy a subscription. We don't ask you for money. We don't beg for money over the air. I hope you've noticed that, all you do, you just sent your request with your name and address to me, Herbert W Armstrong Pasadena, California, Herbert W Armstrong Pasadena California 91123 or immediately, just go to the telephone right now and call this toll-free number. You first dial 1 then 800-423-4444. Now that is 800-423-4444. So, until next time, this is Herbert W Armstrong. Goodbye. Friends.
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