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Plain Truth 1978 (Prelim No 10) Dec_w

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ARTICLES
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magaz
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ISSN
0032-0420
December1978
ThePlainTruth
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CONTRIBUTIONS
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riptionornewsstand
price.This
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Contribution
saregratefUlywel comedandareta
x-deductible
intheU.S.Thosewho wishto
voluntarily
aid
andsupport
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thismajor
effort
topreach
and
pu
blish
the90spelto
allnations.Contributions
shoul
dbesenttoouroffice
nearestyou(seeaddressesbe
low
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Astronom
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Personal
from
...
The
Knowledge
Expl
osion
I
nthelasttwentyyears,theworldhas
exper
ienceda
KNOWLEDGE
EXPLOSION!
Itsfund
of
knowledge
especiallyin
techno
logical
and
scientificfields
-has
morethan
DOUBLED.
Buttheworld's
TROUBLES
also
have
doubledover
the
same
period
of
time.But
what
about
God-revealed
knowledge?
Thatknowledge-knowledge
newtous
-has
burst
on
our
consciousnesslikeashocking
EXPLOSION!
God
said
thatat
"the
time
of
the
end
,
many
shall
run
to
and
fro,
and
KNOWLEDGE
SHALL
BE
INCREASED
"
(Dan.
12:4).
Do
you
realize
HOWMUCH
vitalknowledge,revealedbyGOD,
hascome
to
God'sChurch
inthelast
three
decades?
When
Ilookbackonit,itis
AMAZING!
Many
in
God'sChurch-actually
morethan
99
percent
-have
come
into
the
Chu
rchin
that
last30years.
Probablymany
of
them,aswellasreaders
of
ThePlainTruth,
have
never
realized
how
THE
TRUTH
wasrevealed.Most
members
havebeen
put
into
God'sChurch
bytheliving
Christ
with
THE
TRUTH
alllaid
out
in
order
for
them.
When
theycame
in,
they
came
intoa
Church
that
already
possessedthetruth.
They
were
able
tolearnit,
andcome
tofull
unde
rstanding,inavery
short
time,
comparatively.
That
is
not
thewayMrs.Lorna
Armstrong
and
I
came
in!We
don't
have
ALL
the
truth
God's
revelation
(the
Bible)holdsforus,evenyet.Ibelievewenow
have
MOST
that
isvitaltousatthis
particular
time!ButI
had
to
come
into
God'struth
asingle
doctrine
,orasinglebit
of
truth,
atatime.Itwasnotalllaid
out
inorder
-in
ac1ear
cut
,
plain
,well
-organized
pattern-as
itis
today
.SoI
thought
itwouldbe
interesting-and
profitable
-to
start
at
the
beginning
and
giveyou,briefly,thestory
of
HOW
God
put
His
truth
intoHis
Church
of
this
Philadelphiaera
(Rev.3:7-13).
The
Philadelphia
era
of
God'sChurchhad
notcome
into
existence
when
God
firstcalledme.I'm
sure
most
of
you
know
something
of
my
background:
of
myearlylifeintheadvertisingprofession;
of
having
mybusiness
takenaway
by
nationwide
conditions
beyond
mycontrol
three
times;
of
being
angered
intomyfirst
actual
STUDY
of
theBible.
The
PLAINTRUTHDecember1978
Mrs.
Armstronghad
been,inmyview,
"deceived"
into
taking
upwithreligiousfanaticism.
Shehad
beg
un
keepingwhat
I
then
called
"the
Jewish
Sabbath."Unable
to
argueherout
of
it,I
started
to
study
theBibletofind
where
it
commanded
"Thou
shalt
keep
SUNDAY!"
Of
courseI
couldn't
findit.Butthe
study
widened
inscope
and
lasted
about
six
months
before
truthbegan
to
clear
beforemy
mixed-upand
befoggedvision.Iwas
simultaneously
challenged
onthe
theory
of
evolution.Both
challenges-theSabbath
and
evolution-took
metothefirst
chapter
of
Genesis
.
Thesimultaneous
study
of
the
evolutionarytheorybrought
onanintensive
study
into
thequestion:
Does
GODexist?
For
evolutionistheatheist's
attempt
toexplainthepresence
ofa
CREATION
without
a
Creator.
That
six-months'
study
proved
these
BASIC
truths:I)
God
doesexist.2)
Evolution
stands
Disproved
-an
error
-a
false
theory
.3)
The
Bible(initsoriginalwritings)istheinspired
and
infallible
INSTRUCTION
BOOK
of
the
Creator
GODto
manki
nd.4)
The
SABBATH
is
bind
ingtoday,the
SIGN
that
identifiesGODtous,
and
identifiesusasHIS
PEOPLE.
5)Attheverylast
of
this
study
,thefact
that
the
annual
holy
days
and
festivals
of
God
are
also
binding
became
apparent.
6)AlsoI
had
learnedthat
thewages
of
sinis
DEATH
,
noteternal
lifeinhellfire
-that
itis
eternal
punishment,not
eternalpunishing
.7)I
hadlearned
also
thateternal
lifeis
God's
GIFT
byHisgrace,
imparted
tousbyHisHolySpirit.Do
you
see,fromthis,
HOWMETHODICALLY
God
began
revealingHis
truth
tome?
Those
sevenpoints
are
BASIC
the
FOUNDATION!
Knowledge
of
the
TRUE
God;
gettingrid
of
thefalsegod(evolution);
PROOF
of
the
AUTHORITY
of
the
Bible-the
SOURCE
of
knowledge;the
Sabbath
as
God's
SIGN;
the
annual
sabbaths,
picturing
God
's
PLAN
(
though
I
did
not
yet-at
that
time-understand
their
meaning);the
PENALTY
forsin;
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