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Pastor General’s Report – November 28, 1979
Ministers’ Conference

by Herbert W. Armstrong

It has now been decided that the 1980 Ministers’ Conference will be held either in the latter part of May or early June.

As announced last month, we will bring in the same rank of ministers as last January, and it is expected that wives will come also.

We hope the meeting this next year can be held in Pasadena. If held again in Tucson it would cost the Church a few hundred thousand dollars more than to hold it in Pasadena. It appears now that if set for January it would again have to be held in Tucson.


Herman L. Hoeh has been appointed Senior Editor of The PLAIN TRUTH in charge of article production. Dexter Faulkner will add at least one additional assistant to his present staff and, with their support, assume the office of Managing Editor of The PLAIN TRUTH, as well as continuing in that capacity on the GOOD NEWS and the WORLDWIDE NEWS.

I first envisioned The PLAIN TRUTH in 1927, seven years before God opened the way for it to emerge in actual publication. Even then God caused it to start, February, 1934, in the smallest possible manner, as He often starts projects through human instruments. It started as a mimeographed “magazine” printed on a borrowed mimeograph, with stencils cut on a borrowed typewriter.

Soon after that first issue, I was provided with a secondhand typewriter at a cost of $10, and an old secondhand neostyle, ancestor of the mimeograph – wholly manually operated.

There is every reason why The PLAIN TRUTH now should become the finest, most important mass-circulation magazine in the world. Under our dedicated staff, and competent contributors of article content, we shall press on to that goal.

The News Bureau under Gene Hogberg, occupying adjoining offices, will work in close cooperation with The PLAIN TRUTH, GOOD NEWS, and WORLDWIDE NEWS staffs.

One by one, every facet of God’s Work is being set back on the track!


Going over papers in preparing for the trip to China, I came across a letter that had become sidetracked. It was dated August 19, 1979. On reading it again, I decided to print it in the WORLDWIDE NEWS, and I am including it also in this Pastor General’s Report.

It describes, from the member point of view, how the conspiracy to eliminate both God and Jesus Christ from this Church and Work actually operated. Of course Satan was the real author of the whole conspiracy – now continuing in the California Attorney General’s attempt to take over the Church and its properties and assets – or, in other words, to DESTROY the Church of the living GOD!

My son, still held in the bond and grip of Satan, has NOT started another Church of God. God has only ONE Church.

God calls His Church the “Body of Christ.” In this case the word “body” is used in the sense of a cohesive single GROUP – a SPIRITUAL ORGANISM. We are ”…the HOUSEHOLD OF GOD; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord” (Eph. 2:19-21).

So we are a “body” of Spirit-begotten people – we are a “building” and we are a “holy temple.” And all that one body is ”…fitly joined together and compacted (welded) by that which every joint supplieth…” (Eph. 4:16).

But that Church body is NOT TWO churches but only ONE! “For as the body is ONE, and hath many members… But now are they many members, yet but ONE body” (I Cor. 12:12, 20).

What has been started in OPPOSITION TO the ONE Church of God is merely a group, mostly of embittered dissenters, following a MAN!

It was started in anger, and resentment and hostility, under threat to DESTROY the ONE Church of the living GOD. That conspiracy continued into the plot that influenced a California lawyer, for his personal profit, to induce a deputy Attorney General of California to attempt to DESTROY the Church of the living GOD!

The REAL conspirator is Satan the Devil. He has DECEIVED a handful of resentful, embittered, hostile former members into trying to DESTROY that which formerly FED them and supplied all their physical need.

Let us PRAY, earnestly and continuously, that Jesus Christ will LOOSE him that is in the clutch of Satan from the power of Satan, that he may yet find his way back to that to which he was originally called.

The other morning I awoke from a most startling and vivid dream. I was walking past a counter in a building, and standing there at the counter was this one held captive by Satan. He turned and saw me. Looking beaten and frustrated, he said, “Dad, is there any possible way that I can come back?”

I awoke at that instant, shaken, but with a new ray of hope. Of himself it is IMPOSSIBLE for as Paul wrote in Hebrews, when one has tasted of God’s Holy Spirit and the holy Word of God, if he shall fall away, it is IMPOSSIBLE to renew him to repentance. Impossible for him – yes. BUT NOT IMPOSSIBLE FOR JESUS CHRIST.

In the 3rd chapter of Zechariah is the forerunner – the antetype or the prototype of this late 20th century – the High Priest Joshua, clothed with filthy garments – covered with sin. Beside him stands Satan, holding him BOUND (but not possessed) – unable to shake himself loose – unable to REPENT! Then comes Jesus Christ and REBUKES Satan, frees Joshua, orders his filthy garments to be taken off, and clean garments of white (righteousness) put on, and then a fair mitre put on his head.

PRAY WITH ME, earnestly and diligently that the END-TIME EVENT which that foreshadowed may yet come to pass. I pray for this fervently DAILY, as I pray also for all of YOU.