VOL. 5 Number 4. September 21, 1944
SHALL WE NOW CARRY THE GOSPEL TO OTHER NATIONS ?
Hollywood, Calif. -- GREETINGS, dear Co-Worker family, in Jesus'
name. Once again I am broadcasting daily in a special series over
KMTR, at 4:45 PM, besides Sunday mornings at 9:30.
I have just returned from a conference with radio-station
representatives. They represent foreign SHORT-WAVE stations, and
are working now on availabilities for The WORLD TOMORROW program,
by which we can send the Gospel to ALL THE WORLD for a witness to
Think of it! Short-wave stations carry the Message many
times farther than standard-broadcast stations--come are powerful
enough to be heard almost around the world. The power of radio
makes it possible to send God's final Message quickly to ALL THE
WORLD! I believe God has provided this power for a purpose.
Now I need your counsel and advice. Some have criticized
because this work has grown even to its present scope and
influence. Some seem to believe that to remain humble, God's
work must always remain small in range and number of people
reached and helped. The question is, SHOULD the glorious Gospel
work to which God has called us--YOU dear Co-workers, our active
staff, Mrs. Armstrong and myself--should it GROW, and serve and
help increasingly more people, and proclaim the Gospel to
constantly greater multitudes, or should it shrink back to a
little work, little in doing good, reaching only a FEW?
Let's look to the Bible teaching, and Christ's commands.
Remember two things: 1st) the Bible reveals, everything God does
thru human agencies starts small and GROWS BIG; and 2nd) Jesus
said. "Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted,
shall be rooted up." But when God does the planting--when it is
guided by Him, watered by His Spirit--it is like the mustard-seed
of Jesus' parable: the smallest of all at the start but it grows
and grows until it becomes the LARGEST OF ALL! God started the
human family with one man and one woman. He commanded, "Be
fruitful and MULTIPLY." Today there are two billions of people on
earth! God started His chosen nation Israel with one surrendered
man, Abraham. Today Israel numbers hundreds of millions, and
ultimately thru conversion into the true spiritual Israel, this
nation shall include ALL the earth.
Unless a work, such as ours, started small, it is not of
God. But the work which God uses us to start began as small as any
work could possibly begin. There was no money--NONE! It started,
with nothing but willing obedience to follow where God led, with
abiding FAITH, and with hard work, in a little one-room country
school-house. But God blessed that first beginning eight miles
outside Eugene, Oregon, with a harvest of souls. A few months
later the radio phase of the work started on one of the smallest
stations in the United States--only 100 watts--in one small
community. But God blessed it from the start, and for nearly
eleven years it has grown steadily, tho thru much opposition, with
much persecution, encountering constant trial and test and
difficulty which has been hurled ONLY by answered prayer by OUR
GOD--it has grown to national scope. Hundreds have been converted
--even atheists. Uncounted thousands have heard the TRUTH and have
But did Jesus intend the preaching of His Gospel to remain
small in power and scope of members reached? His parting command
to His disciples was, "Go ye, therefore, and teach ALL NATIONS."
And again, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to
every creature." Now every thing in the operation of God's Plan is
DUAL in fulfillment. The disciples of that first century lived in
a smaller world than we today. But they DID carry His Gospel to
EVERY NATION, then.
The GREAT APOSTASY
But the prophesied great apostasy set in. During the middle
Dark Ages the light of God's TRUTH--the Gospel Message Jesus had
brought from the Father and preached--was snuffed out, except for
its preservation thru the written Word of God. And Satan, arch-
deceiver, god of this world, has succeeded in blinding the eyes of
men, until even the Protestant reformation has resulted in hundreds
of differing and disagreeing teachings and denominations. The
original Gospel JESUS PREACHED people seldom hear today!
Now we have reached the TIME OF THE END. We are the last
generation of this age! And, just as the early disciples did carry
Jesus' Message to all the world of that day, so Jesus prophetically
commanded for NOW: "This Gospel of the KINGDOM shall be preached in
all the world for a witness UNTO ALL NATIONS; and then shall the
END come." WORLD WARS have started (verse 7)--after 1914 and 1939.
Now for centuries that Gospel has not been preached! It's
the ONLY true Gospel--the Message Jesus brought and preached--the
one His first-century disciples DID carry to all the world of that
day. Today that which is being preached around the world is a
DIFFERENT gospel--a preaching which DENIES the GOSPEL OF THE
KINGDOM. The Message of this KINGDOM is the Message of Christ as
Saviour, but it's MORE than that. It's the Message of the coming
KING, to establish GOD'S KINGDOM, which shall replace all present
kingdoms and governments on earth, and rule over all peoples.
The whole, pure Gospel OF THE KINGDOM is not being preached today
to all the world for a witness to ALL NATIONS, and it has not
been preached since Jesus' first-century disciples carried it!
Now today we live in a much larger world. This Gospel of
the Kingdom must now go to ALL nations--between now and the END
of the age (Matt. 24:14). Our time is SHORT! Radio men from
Hollywood, just returned from a national convention of radio-
station owners and managers in Chicago, tell me there was a
decided increasingly hostile attitude toward religious broad-
casting. More and more radio stations, under pressure of powerful,
influential, sinister big-money interests in New York, are
constantly closing their facilities to the preaching of the Gospel.
Yet today RADIO and the PRINTING PRESS are the facilities which God
has raised up which ALONE make it possible to preach this Gospel of
the Kingdom to all the world, to ALL NATIONS, in the short time
Think of it! One servant of God today can take his Bible,
and speak in an ordinary voice, and the power of the radio throws
that voice right into thousands and millions of homes, all around
the world! Just one humble, faithful minister of Jesus Christ,
inspired with His true Message, can be heard by untold MILLIONS,
all around the earth! How else can Jesus' command be carried out?
The time is HERE. The time is SHORT! You and I are
commanded to work while it is DAY for the NIGHT cometh when NO MAN
CAN WORK. God warns us thru Amos (8:11) that just before the end
of the age there will be a FAMINE of hearing the word of God
preached. Our days of opportunity are NUMBERED.
Yet God is going ahead, and in spite of powerful forces
setting out to STOP the preaching of God's truth, He is opening
amazing new opportunities before us. The new A.B.C. net-work, I
find, is progressing nicely--waiting for us to be able to afford to
use it. I am to see, in a few days enroute to San Antonio to
broadcast over WOAI, a super-power station at Juarez, Mexico,
across from El Paso, Texas, which is TWICE as powerful as the
strongest super-power stations in the United States--100,000 watts.
It is station XELO, and I have reason to believe God is opening the
tremendous power of that station to our use!
So many of you have shown such kind interest in my family---
written such nice things about Mrs. Armstrong who is heart and soul
in this work with us all--and so many recently have asked about our
daughter Dorothy getting married.
Yes, she was happily married July 22nd. Her husband is a
U.S. Marine, and has been thru the battles with the 1st Division,
beginning with Guadalcanal. Dorothy had asked us to pray for his
safety when he went over, two and a half years ago. He came home
without a scratch, tho many of his buddies are never coming home,
and he had one hair-breadth escape after another. When told how we
had prayed for him, he believed it, because he said he constantly
was aware of some strange presence he couldn't understand which he
KNEW was protecting him. He has been selected from the ranks on
his record to become an officer and at present is at officer's
candidate school on the Atlantic coast. May I ask you to PRAY for
Dorothy and her husband? Neither are converted, but we know they
will be, and I know you'll join us in praying for God to convict
them, since so many of you ask us to pray for the salvation of YOUR
loved ones. God bless you for this.
Finally, I have to tell you our Co-workers are slackening
again in sending in tithes and offerings for God's great and
glorious work. My, how glad I'll be when the money system is
abolished and we do not have to use money any longer! You can't
begin to know how I dread--and always put off till last--
acquainting our Co-workers with this financial NEED. I never do
until the situation is DESPERATE. But I know you understand I
never so much as MENTION the need of money, let alone beg for it,
over the air. We send The PLAIN TRUTH and other free literature
to 35,000 different homes, yet more than 32,000 of them have never
had any request for money in any form whatsoever. You are one who
voluntarily became one of our Co-Workers, and this BULLETIN goes
only to our little inner family of Co-Workers, who are the ONLY
ONES, aside from God, I can acquaint with this need. I never take
up offerings in church services, or public meetings.
But GOD'S WORK is again in dire need. That ought not to be.
There ought to be PLENTY to carry this work constantly into bigger
fields of service--plenty to start now adding short-wave stations
one by one to carry the Gospel AROUND THE WORLD. And an important
consideration is that these short-wave stations carry the Message
to our boys in the service OVERSEAS. It's the only way we can
reach THEM. Shall we do it? They are facing death--thousands of
them hungering for God's TRUTH just now. This work of God NEEDS
MANY THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS JUST NOW. Expenses are increasing.
Beginning last Sunday the cost of sending the broadcast to Southern
California over KMTR nearly doubled, now almost triple what it was
up to a year ago! It depends upon Southern California Co-workers
whether we can even continue to send out the precious Message in
this important section!
Listen, dear Co-Workers, won't you PRAY, earnestly,
prevailingly, believingly, for me, and for his work? You can't
know the trials and problems we face in conducting it. Yet its
as much your work as mine--we are Co-Workers together for GOD. I
NEED your prayers, SO MUCH! Please don't forget! If we'd all pray
enough, I know God would lay it on the hearts of a few, who can, to
place some really large gifts of from one to several thousand
dollars in God's work, right now, when it is needed so sorely.
There are some who CAN. But it's HARD to part with that much
money, even tho one has it. It will take earnest and prevailing
PRAYER on our part, and then God will help them do it, and lay up
treasure in heaven instead of keeping it invested or stored up in
this uncertain, and doomed world. God is our only REAL security
today. Will YOU take upon yourself the burden to PRAY to this end?
Our united prayers alone can keep this great work going and
growing. We must not fail our Saviour in this solemn hour. I know
YOU will sent in at once--by AIR-mail if possible--the very largest
amount you possibly can. And whether it's a dollar, or several
thousand, God knows the ability of each of us, and He expects us to
give as we are ABLE--He does not expect us to give what we do not
have. Remember to PRAY! My heart is filled with gratitude for
your interest, your sacrifice, your prayers. Thank you, and GOD
Sincerely, in Jesus' name,
HERBERT W. ARMSTRONG