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What We Stand For

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We of Tomorrow's World believe that we are commanded by God to get back to the original Christianity of Jesus and the apostles. We are deeply committed to "Restoring Apostolic Christianity"—living by the first century Christianity of the early Church of God, which was later subverted by false teachers.

The Tomorrow's World magazine has a definite mission. That mission is to carry out Jesus' command to His true servants given after His resurrection. Jesus gave this command and indicated that it would last "to the end of the age," when He said: "'Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.' Amen" (Matthew 28:19–20).

"So, what makes your mission, and your understanding of Christ's commission, any different from 'mainstream' Christianity?" some will ask.

The difference is that we really believe that Jesus meant it when He told His servants to teach "all things that I have commanded you." As you know, you will find example after example after example where "mainstream" Christianity has clearly and decisively departed from what Christ taught His original disciples!

Shocking? Am I all alone in saying this?

No. Because, interestingly enough, dozens of respected mainstream theologians and church historians acknowledge this strange contradiction.

Well-known Protestant historian Jesse Lyman Hurlbut acknowledged: \For fifty years after St. Paul's life a curtain hangs over the church, through which we strive vainly to look; and when at last it rises, about 120ad with the writings of the earliest church-fathers, we find a church in many aspects very different from that in the days of St. Peter and St. Paul\ (Story of the Christian Church, p. 41).

If the professing Christian church became "very different" from what it was in the day of Peter and Paul, an honest inquirer should ask, "Why?" For the Apostle Paul commanded the Corinthians: "Imitate me just as I imitate Christ" (1 Corinthians 11:1). And: "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever" (Hebrews 13:8).

So genuine Christianity should never change its fundamental teachings and practices! Yet, as Hurlbut and many others plainly admit, this is exactly what has happened.

Well-known philosopher and theologian Søren Kirkegaard wrote: "The Christianity of the New Testament simply does not exist… what has to be done is to throw light upon a criminal offense against Christianity prolonged through centuries, perpetrated by millions (more or less guiltily), whereby they have cunningly, under the guise of perfecting Christianity, sought little by little to cheat God out of Christianity and have succeeded in making Christianity exactly the opposite of what it is in the New Testament. (Attack Upon Christendom, pp. 32–33).

That is why God inspired the Apostle Jude to write, near the end of the apostolic age: "Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ" (Jude 3–4).

Jude said that people would have to "contend earnestly" or fight for the "faith which was once for all delivered." For, over the centuries, misguided men have tried to somehow turn God's "grace" into "license"—into some kind of permission to disobey God's spiritual law and the clear teachings of Jesus Christ!

So, what do we believe?

We of Tomorrow's World believe that we are commanded by God to get back to the original Christianity of Jesus and the apostles. We are deeply committed to "Restoring Apostolic Christianity"—living by the first century Christianity of the early Church of God, which was later subverted by false teachers. We are dedicated to teaching the way of life consistently taught by Jesus Christ. Remember, it was Christ who told the young man inquiring about the way to life: "If you want to enter into life, keep the commandments" (Matthew 19:17).

We are trying—through Christ in us—to inculcate that entire way of life into every aspect of our existence! We believe, as Jesus taught, that we should obey all ten of the Ten Commandments. We believe that this can only be done through Jesus Christ living His life within us through the Holy Spirit. Through Him, we are trying to grow in love and obedience to our Father in heaven. And we are also trying to grow in love and in outflowing concern for all those around us.

My personal favorite Bible verse is Galatians 2:20, where Paul wrote: "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me" (KJV). This one verse summarizes true biblical Christianity better than any other, and it typifies the approach to the Truth in which we believe.

As Jesus said: "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:32). If truly practiced—as the Bible instructed it must be—genuine Christianity would free the entire world from war, rape and violence, from theft and dishonesty, from adultery and broken homes—and, in turn, it would "free" our modern professing Christian nations from wasting untold trillions of dollars in taxes and other spending to let us "afford" the above sins of mankind! Our taxes would go down and our young men and women would never have to go off to war. There would be no need for locks on our doors, for police and security guards or for a host of other protective arrangements.

But above and beyond all of that, the whole world would experience an inner peace and joy that it has never before known. It is called "the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding" (Philippians 4:7). With children growing up in loving and stable homes—with an entire society that tried to worship and obey its Creator and His magnificent spiritual laws—the earth would be filled with a depth of fulfillment and happiness beyond anything we have experienced.

Are we dreaming?

Is this all an impractical "dream"? No way! It is exactly what your Bible predicts conditions will be like in Tomorrow's World! This is the fulfillment of the "Gospel"—the good news of the Kingdom of God—the good news of Jesus Christ's soon-coming rule on this earth (Revelation 11:15). As Isaiah foretold: "They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea" (Isaiah 11:9). And: "Instead of your shame you shall have double honor, and instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double; everlasting joy shall be theirs" (Isaiah 61:7).

We at Tomorrow's World gratefully preach and publish the message of Christ's sacrifice for our sins, proclaiming the good news that through Jesus' death on the cross we can be totally forgiven our sins! But we also enthusiastically proclaim the good news of Christ's return as King of kings, and of His glorious reign over this entire earth. We thrill to anticipate our part in that coming Kingdom, when the true saints will assist Christ in reorganizing, teaching and ruling this world as kings and priests. For God's inspired word proclaims that He has—in His great plan—"made us kings and priests to our God: and we shall reign on the earth" (Revelation 5:10).

The "bottom line" is that you either truly believe the Bible or you do not! We choose to look to God and His inspired word as the ultimate authority in our lives.

Then, through His Spirit, we strive to live by every word of God in this life, and we eagerly look forward to God's intervention in human affairs and the soon-coming Kingdom of Tomorrow's World. We know it will be "darkest just before the dawn." Because we are His obedient servants, God has given us genuine understanding of many detailed biblical prophecies of the near future, which we share with you who understand. Your Bible says: "For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy" (Revelation 19:10). So we are duty bound to help you understand the truly awesome prophetic events that will occur as we near the end of this present age! Beyond all of that, however, we look expectantly toward Tomorrow's World, and to the opportunity to teach and serve billions of our fellow human beings during the coming Millennium.

Describing the traumatic events just ahead, Jesus told His servants: "Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near" (Luke 21:28). So we encourage all of you to be grateful that God has made His forgiveness available through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. We encourage you to rejoice in knowing that Jesus Christ will live His life within true Christians by the power of the Holy Spirit. We encourage you to be preparing enthusiastically for the soon-coming Kingdom of God—a time of genuine peace and joy on this earth.

This is who we are. This is what we truly stand for!


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