Dear Brethren and Co-workers with Christ,
Many of you greatly appreciated Mr. Richard Ames’ July letter in which he gave much encouraging news about this Work. He also mentioned that I was in Texas overseeing a two-week summer camp for our teens and this brought about the following comment from a co-worker in the United Kingdom.
Dear Colleagues of Richard F. Ames: I was prompted to respond to Richard’s letter of a few days ago in the absence of one by G. Weston. . .
His letter is much valued. I was impressed that “Tomorrow’s World” manages Youth Camps . . . They require much organising skill, patience, and the qualities that go with integrity, and the first two commandments as spelled out particularly in the Gospel of John in chapters 13–14 and 15 of the N.T.
Keep up your much needed outstanding evangelistic work. God guide us all!
We thank the writer for such kind comments. In addition to the Texas camp and the two wilderness adventure camps that Mr. Ames mentioned, the Living Church of God held three preteen camps this summer in North America. We also hold camps in Africa, Asia, Europe, Central and South America, New Zealand, and elsewhere. Of course, COVID has disrupted some of them in the past two years.
Although we mention it from time to time, we find that many people do not realize that there is an organized Church behind Tomorrow’s World. I was in Little Rock, Arkansas recently for a Tomorrow’s World Presentation and spoke on “Signs of Christ’s Return.” Several of the 48 guests were surprised to learn that we have a congregation in their city. Our congregations mostly go unnoticed since we choose to give the Truth away rather than spend money to build or buy meeting halls. We instead rent rooms and halls according to the size of each congregation.
We admit that we don’t fit the mold of most Sunday morning religious programs. Some televangelists represent a single-city megachurch. Other ministries send viewers to “the church of your choice.” Sadly, some are mere charlatans hawking books, DVDs, prayer cloths, hats, and t-shirts. Tomorrow’s World is different. We have nothing to offer except the Truth and we give it away free of charge. Our supporters are members of the Living Church of God and others like you who have voluntarily become co-workers with us. And we can never say it often enough—thank you for your heartfelt prayers and support!
The overwhelming majority of our nearly 600,000 Tomorrow’s World subscribers benefit from the spiritual content of our magazine, telecast, and other resources, but never become members or co-workers. And that is perfectly fine with us. Only a few like you—and how precious you are—have voluntarily chosen to contribute so that hundreds of thousands can receive these free resources.
When we say these resources are given free of charge, we mean that from the heart. God’s Word is not to be merchandized. Jesus gave this instruction to those He sent out to preach the Gospel: “Freely you have received, freely give” (Matthew 10:8). And a proverb admonishes us, “Buy the truth, and do not sell it, also wisdom and instruction and understanding” (Proverbs 23:23). So, while we give the Truth away, the attitude that we all should have is that of one who diligently seeks the Truth and hangs on to it when he finds it. Jesus likely had that proverb in mind when He gave the parables of the “hidden treasure” and the “pearl of great price” (Matthew 13:44-46).
I hope you have noticed other ways Tomorrow’s World is different. In that Little Rock presentation, I challenged our guests to prove the Truth from the pages of the Bible and to ask themselves why they practice Christianity as they do. I so often point out that we are NOT all the same. Christ never instructed people to go to the church or synagogue of one’s choice. Instead, He said, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:13-14).
Why is it that so few take to heart this passage and the many warnings in the Bible about false Christianity? The Apostle Paul chided the congregation in Corinth about being careless regarding who and what they listened to: “But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted—you may well put up with it!” (2 Corinthians 11:3-4).
Imagine accepting a different Jesus, carrying on in a different spirit, and believing in a different message than the one Jesus of Nazareth brought. Surely, that could never happen to us! Or can it? Consider the Olivet Prophecy, where Jesus warned about those who would use His name, even admit that He—that is Jesus—is the Christ, but deceive people in the process (Matthew 24:5, 11, 24). These warnings are repeated in Mark 13:6, 22, and again in Luke 21:8. They are repeated in these three accounts for emphasis. God wants us to get the message!
Paul pleaded with the elders from Ephesus to be on guard against deception: “For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves. Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears” (Acts 20:29-31).
Over the decades I have been invited into the homes of many people who are interested in the Church behind Tomorrow’s World. Sometimes they have a stack of our booklets sitting on a coffee table, but it becomes evident they have not read them. Many questions people ask are answered in our dozens of booklets, but some people are collectors rather than readers. I hope that does not apply to any of you. I hope that you “check up on us” and open the Bible when you see a reference, because that is the ultimate source of truth. The Bible is the mind of Christ in print.
Our mission here at Tomorrow’s World is to preach to the whole world the truly good news that Jesus Christ proclaimed for three and a half years prior to His crucifixion and resurrection, and to give a warning to the Israelite nations of what will surely happen (in fact is already beginning to happen) if they do not turn and go the right direction. As I am sure you can see, our world is heading into troubled waters, and it is not going to end well in the near term. But there is good news. Christ will stop our madness and set up a world-ruling government to bring peace and prosperity to all (Zechariah 14; Isaiah 2). That is the message He proclaimed (Luke 4:42-43)! Our booklets Do You Believe the True Gospel? and The United States and Great Britain in Prophecy explain these subjects from the pages of the Bible. If you do not have copies, please let us know and we will send them out to you. After all, you have paid for others to read them, so why not avail yourself of these resources if you have not already done so?
Thank you, dear members and co-workers, for responding to Mr. Ames’ July letter. Income had dropped off a bit, but many of you responded to make up for those who are struggling to get along during this time of inflation. Many of you no doubt offered up heartfelt prayers and it did make a difference. Thank you for being a part of our team. Without you, we could not send this precious knowledge to a hurting world. May God bless you as you serve Him.
Sincerely, in Christ’s service,
Gerald E. Weston