"The WORLD TOMORROW"
A NATION-WIDE BROADCAST
HERBERT W. ARMSTRONG
Analyses Today's News, with the
Prophecies of The WORLD TOMORROW
Publishing Box 111, Pasadena, California
The P L A I N T R U T H
a Magazine of UNDERSTANDING
June 29, 1949
GREETINGS! in Jesus' name: You are one of several
hundred of our radio listeners, and readers of The PLAIN TRUTH,
who have written me about being baptized.
I am more than happy to be able to tell you that God has
provided men qualified to come to you, or at least near you where
you can meet them, and visit with you, explain the Bible to you,
and, if you are ready to be baptized, to baptize you.
I wish I could have the pleasure of coming myself. It
would be a thrill of joy to meet you, and these scores upon scores
of others whose lives are being changed, and who are being brought
to Christ and into the knowledge of His Kingdom and the true way of
salvation through my labors. Mrs. Armstrong and I labor
unceasingly, almost night and day; we have had to face very grave
and severe obstacles, and carry a heavy load of responsibility.
But to know that MILLIONS are hearing the true Gospel that has been
hidden so long, not only, but that literally hundreds are being
converted, and brought into the fellowship of Christ and the joys
of salvation and the Kingdom of our God as the precious fruit borne
of these labors is the thrill of all thrills---the greatest reward
that God could possibly give us! We long to meet you and know you
But as the work grows in scope, and now with the
responsibilities of the college added, I find it increasingly
difficult to get away from Pasadena. The broadcast must go on the
air from our studios every day. The PLAIN TRUTH and Bulletins must
be written. The college demands much of my time. Hundreds of
letters are piled up on me, demanding personal answer. I'm sure
you will appreciate that I must devote my time to the largest
number continually. Perhaps you can come here, and pay us a visit
some of these times.
But in the meantime, Ambassador College is bearing
precious fruit, and proving the wisdom of God in leading us to
establish it. For there are now seven of our students whose lives
I feel God has called and which will be devoted to this great work.
From them I am sending two, starting today on a nation-wide
baptizing tour. Others will follow later.
The two young men starting out today are Raymond Cole, of
Jefferson, Oregon, and Raymond McNair of Camp, Arkansas. I have
every confidence in them. They are sober, truly converted and led
of God's Holy Spirit, and God has shown with ample evidence that He
has called them to His service, to which they are consecrated. God
has blessed them with unusual understanding, I have come to know
many scores of professed ministers of the Gospel, recognized and
ordained of men---but I have never yet encountered one that I feel
possesses the sound understanding of God's Word, and the true
Gospel, that these young men have. I would much rather send them
to you than any ordained minister I have yet known. I have had
them with me daily here at the college, and am most happy to be
able to send them to you.
They are not ordained ministers. They are comparatively
young men, but I know no reason why their comparative youth should
keep them in inactivity and deprive many from the Bible
explanations and other help they are qualified to give. While it's
true the age, in the Levitical priesthood under the Old Covenant,
for ordination as a priest was 30,---and while Jesus was about
thirty when He began His ministry,---yet Jeremiah was a mere lad,
years younger than these men---he was only 17, according to some
accounts, when God called him to service as a prophet.
Jeremiah argued he was too young, but God replied, "Say
not, you are too young; to whomsoever I send you shall you go, and
whatever I command you shall you speak." (Jer. 1:6-7).
David was but a youth when God called him to His service.
God did not make him king until later, but called him to service
when just a boy. When God called on one in Israel to defeat the
great giant Goliath who had taunted and insulted the armies of
Israel, He called on this mere boy---not a mature man. Saul the
king said to Abner: "Whose son is this stripling?" Tho there were
many strong men in Israel, it was this mere stripling, David, in
whom was the Spirit of God, and who had the courage and strength to
prevail against Goliath.
The apostle Paul was led of God and sent out Timothy, who
was one of Paul's students, in Gospel work. "Let no man despise
thy youth," Paul wrote to Timothy---or, as the Moffatt translation
renders it: "Let no one slight you because you are a youth, but set
the believers an example of speech, behavior, love, faith, and
purity." (I Tim. 4:12).
While Jesus did not embark on His great ministry
officially until about thirty, yet even at the age of twelve Jesus
was teaching, and saying, "I must be about my Father's (God's)
business." (Luke 2:42-52).
And likewise, while these young men are not yet ordained
for an official ministry, yet they are the BEST QUALIFIED men I
know for this present mission, and they come to you with my full
approval and I know they can be of help to you.
As to baptising, Jesus had His disciples baptize for Him,
apparently before they were 30, and before they were even
converted. Paul sent Timothy, a youth, to baptize. They are in
every way qualified to baptize, and they themselves will be able to
explain this to you.
I know you will be glad to know them and talk with them,
and they can tell you all you may want to know about the college
and the work here. If possible they will drop you a card along the
way as soon as they know definitely when they will reach you.
Sincerely, in Jesus' name,
Herbert W. Armstrong