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- 09/26/15--13:58: _ExCOG member Ken Ja...
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- 09/27/15--20:04: _ Blood Moon's and C...
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- 09/29/15--10:16: _Literalism
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- 09/15/15--18:50: The Corruption of an Unconventional Mind
- 09/21/15--11:41: The Church of God Obsession With Creepy Sock Puppets
- 09/22/15--11:18: Living Church of God: Forbidden Bible Study
- 09/22/15--12:27: Living Church of God Hierarchy
- 09/23/15--12:05: Big Bad Meanie Americans Picking On Perfect LCG Before Atonement
- 09/24/15--12:39: Lil'Joel Hilliker Says No To Immigrants, Body Graffiti and Bad Hair
- 09/25/15--14:11: Halloween Hysteria Strikes The Churches of God Once Again
- 09/26/15--12:33: Only the BEST in the COG Went To Ambassador College/University
- 09/26/15--14:05: You Know You Grew Up In The Church of God If...
- 09/27/15--20:04: Blood Moon's and Church of God Prophecy
- 09/29/15--10:16: Literalism
- 09/29/15--11:49: COG Prophet Says To Pitch A Tent In Your Living Room This Feast
- 10/04/15--17:56: Biblical Adherence Disorder Syndrome
- 10/06/15--14:18: Apostates and the Churches of God
- 10/08/15--10:05: Living Church of God: Lil Jimmy Has A Great Feast In Hawaii (Again)
Dave has no large Feast sites this year ready to accommodate new members. People are not packing their bags to go to Dave's Feast. No splinter group is in negotiation with Dave to change their allegiance and festival sites turning them over to the Restored Church of God.
This is what Dave wrote that keeps coming back to bite him:
Details may begin (and only begin) to come into view on the first of the month of Elul (in God’s calendar—August 7 in the Roman Calendar). A more complete picture will emerge by Elul 24 (August 30). Right now, all are urged to have in their thinking that they will be reassigned to a new nearby Feast site, and those who choose to return to the Body of Christ will attend with what becomes a much bigger organization—probably significantly bigger than the largest splinter! (Crucial Questions—Important Answers! July 19, 2013, http://rcg.org/sep/crucial-questions-important-answers)
Which three leaders are the greatest obstructionists to God’s stated purpose in Haggai—returning HIS people to doing HIS Work? (The Final Announcement. August 2, 2013, http://rcg.org/sep/the-final-announcement)
Next, the 2013 Feast of Tabernacles: This will also be among the most special and inspiring times in Church history. It will be a Feast of unity and harmony among all of God’s people. Everyone will keep this joyous occasion as members of The Restored Church of God in scores of sites across the world. At this time, we have 21 sites, but we anticipate adding many more. In some areas, former splinter brethren will attend our current sites. In other locations, we will have to quickly add new ones. In still other areas, splinter sites will simply become Restored sites. The total number of Feast sites, and where they are, will depend entirely on how many brethren answer the “stirring” of Jesus Christ to return to His Church, and in what areas they live. Details may begin (and only begin) to come into view on the first of the month of Elul (in God’s calendar—August 7 in the Roman Calendar). A more complete picture will emerge by Elul 24 (August 30). Right now, all are urged to have in their thinking that they will be reassigned to a new nearby Feast site, and those who choose to return to the Body of Christ will attend with what becomes a much bigger organization—probably significantly bigger than the largest splinter! (Crucial Questions—Important Answers! July 19, 2013, http://rcg.org/sep/crucial-questions-important-answers)
It must be humiliating to be seen as such an epic failure in the eyes of his own members. Its no wonder they are leaving. Those tens of thousands of new members never jumped ship with their money, which Dave was greedily claiming as HIS.
Dave now is struggling to keep the money flow coming in. His mini-me auditorium yearns to be built. Dave's master plan for his campus is stagnating. His epic gardens look out of place crisscrossed by high tension lines while being squeezed in between the busting freeway and the big lot store across the street with its expansive parking lot.. His magic garden that Dale Schurter was supposed to be setting up as the epitome of agricultural genius has been pushed to the sidelines.
Dave's big dreams have turned out to be big dud's!
This is Jelly and his "handler" in one of many of United Church of God's creepy sock puppet campaigns to brainwash their kids with aberrant doctrines.
Not to be outdone is the Church of God International with Buckaroo Bob and the Roadkill Cafe.
The Living Church of God not only FORBIDS its members to study the Book of Enoch, it now also forbids its members to study the Holy Bible.
LCG has had the policy that its members are not permitted to have private Bible studies with "10 or more people without a minister" for some time now. Their justification is that studying the Bible without one of "God's ministers" present could potentially lead to a wrong understanding which could in turn lead to potential problems and "divisive ideas". Several Charlotte members have been suspended and/or put out for participating in "private Bible studies".
Of course it's far better for the controlled to be spoon-fed their information from those in control. After all, lay members are probably too stupid to understand the written Word all by themselves. The control of information is always the best way to maintain one's authority over the people.
Gone are the days of HWA pounding his fist on his desk shouting, "Don't trust me! Look it up in your own Bible. Prove these things to yourself brethren!".
They have been fully replaced with, "If you don't understand our doctrinal upgrades, perhaps you aren't fully converted" and "is it your job to question God's ministry?". And the ever popular, "you may not fully understand it brethren, but if you have faith that we are God's chosen ministers, you should have the faith to do what we say, even WHEN you don't fully understand it".
Apparently not trusting or even questioning a LCG minister is akin to not trusting Christ Himself. Who knew?!
All that was crazy enough but LCG has tightened the reigns EVEN MORE of late. Now the private Bible study rule has been extended to ALL groups regardless of size. Even a group of two constitutes a forbidden offense in the Charlotte congregation.
Of course many continue to study their Bibles with friends. Just don't get caught by LCG Gestapo or you will have Rod McNair to deal with! Guess who's name will turn up as the next "Visiting Minister" prize winner???
The old-timers aren't happy with the new rule and are having a difficult time understanding how a church feels it has the right to tell its members NOT to study the Bible. When questioned, McNair spouts non sequiturs like, "you might be strong enough to study the Bible by yourself, but what about the babes in Christ and what about the teens? Should they be able to do Bible study without a minister?"
It's convenient to use the "we must have the same rules for everyone" line when it suits them. Only, everyone has seen that the same rules do not, in fact, apply to everyone in LCG where favoritism and unbalanced scales abound.
If you are an LCG member reading this and you don't believe it true, don't trust me, go ask you minister.
Or don't. Sometimes not knowing how tyrannical the church you've pledged allegiance to is easier than the change that acknowledgment will likely foster.
The first fallacy above is the idea that Herbert Armstrong is directly under God the Father. Next you will notice that in the chain of command HWA is right there beside
The next fallacy is that men ordained through Herbert Armstrong received a higher degree of consciousness than the lay members possess. These men possess all scriptural and doctrinal knowledge that the LCG deems fit for its members. These men are far more enlightened than any of the lowly LCG members. That's part of the reason LCG has instituted a new policy that LCG members are not allowed to congregate together to study the Bible on their own. One of the elite ministers has to be present to give the OFFICIAL version of things.
Then you have the big tithers in the LCG. These are the ones that get by with all kinds of indiscretions and never are punished. The regular members always are at the bottom of the heap are held to a higher standard and pay the consequences quit severely at times.
This is also what has led to McNair and Meredith telling members that they are NOT to question the ministry on anything. God works with them personally and they are incapable of making a mistake. Even if what they tell you is 100% wrong, God will bless you if you do what they say. Its all about submission.
That threat of submission also intimidates members into sending in more money to LCG HQ. LCG members are reporting lots of sermons lately on money. Income in the LCG has dropped and they are scrambling to keep the money flow coming in. Certain lifestyles need to be maintained! Lil'Jimmy needs to decorate his office again. Brethren there ARE priorities!
The cash cow for the LCG and other Church of God's is the Festival season. With Trumpet's, Atonement and the Feast, money freely flows into the coffers. They foolishly make people believe they are required to give offerings and turn over a tithe of the tithe to LCG at this time of year. If you are an LCG member reading this it would be in your best interest to keep that tithe of the tithe for use by your OWN family and have the best feast possible and enjoy it to the fullest, because if Meredith dies in the next year the LCG is going to be ripped apart by division and you will never experience another Feast like this one. Besides, why are your giving a tithe of the tithe to the LCG ministry when they are all getting $4-6,000.00 in ministerial benefits to travel to and from Feast sites, stay in expensive hotels or condo's and enjoy the finest wines and delicacies while you and your family are eating at Hardee's. You are paying for Lil'Jimmy's trips to Hawaii and Rod McNair's trips. Why?
It's Satan brethren! Satan is attacking the church! Satan is causing the drop in income! Satan is casing members to leave! Satan gets far more air time in the Living Church of God than
How dare we criticize the Living Church of God before Atonement! It surely is Satan causing this egregious persecution instead of stupid LCG policies.
Wake up people!
The world is falling apart!
The Pope is reuniting the harlot protestant daughters.
A black man is President.
The famine of the word is here.
The Churches of God are splintered into hundreds of factious cliques.
Gays are on Rod Meredith's mind, as always.
The end times surely are here!
I received this today:
Getting the boot in before atonement.. nice..you Americans are really something
You might all like to take a look around because while you go after the church of God groups it maybe that you are not seeing what's happening in the world..and you won't be scoffing for long unfortunately there really are greater things a foot than your beef with LCG..regardless of what is true and what is not..have you seen what the US government is doing..get a clue already its time to wake up..instead of chomping at the bit waiting for salacious gossip watch a bit of you tube..you should be freaking out..the rest of the world is seeing what you obviously are not and that's really sad
Gerald Flurry and the Philadelphia Church of God continue to struggle with members who are catching on to his lies and are speaking out to family members. Flurry's degenerate policies and doctrines have led to countless broken marriages, suicides and other deaths. The Internet has become a hostile environment for the Philadelphia Church of God. Their sick policies continue to be exposed daily for all the world to see.
In an article recently published on how the PCG is preserving "pure religion" Lil'Joel Hiliker writes the following:
Everything in Armstrongism always had to be some kind of "test" that most church members failed at horribly. That's why we were constantly bellowed at by Herbert Armstrong and the ministry. We could never pass the "test"becasue we "never got it."Despite God’s commands, at times the Israelites descended into idolatry. Anticipating this, God gave laws on what to do to ensure it didn’t spread. Again, His goal was to keep the nation and its religion pure!
These laws directly correlate to New Testament commands about what to do when a Church member embraces dissident material or tries to pollute the true religion (see, for example, Romans 16:17; Galatians 1:8-9; 2 Thessalonians 3:6, 14; 1 Timothy 3:5; 6:5; Titus 3:10-11; 2 John 10-11). God is the same yesterday, today and forever. He is just as concerned about purity in the congregation today as He was anciently—and, spiritually, He deals with the problem today the same as He did anciently.
Contemplate how the principle in Deuteronomy 13:1‑4 should inform the way we handle a message from a religious source that does not represent the true God. Do not treat that message—whether it be a letter, e-mail, booklet, cd, television program, phone call or personal visit—casually! It is, in fact, a test: How much do you love God? He is jealous, and wants to keep your relationship with Him pure!
Read in verse 5 how God instructed the Israelites to deal with those who tried to turn His people away from Him.Some people criticize God’s Church today for disfellowshiping and marking certain people. But consider how merciful that instruction from God is for New Testament Christians (e.g. Romans 16:17) compared to the law for unconverted physical Israel. Today, a Spirit-begotten Christian who turns to heresy has his eternal life on the line—and God wants to give him every opportunity to repent!
Read in Deuteronomy 13:6-7 of the far more difficult matter of close friends or family members coming secretly to peddle dissident ideas or material. The natural tendency in such circumstances is to do nothing: to reason that everything will be fine; that we can just pray about it; that it’s not really our business; that we shouldn’t “tell” and get the person in trouble; that we don’t want to break their confidence. Deeply contemplate God’s answer in verse 8. Don’t be acquiescent, don’t listen, don’t give him any attention, don’t be compassionate, don’t commiserate, don’t listen to his arguments why he’s really innocent, God says. And don’t try to cover the matter up, hide it, be secretive about it, or hope it will go away! You must bring this out into the open and let the ministry know!
To see how serious God is about keeping His people pure, read His command to ancient Israel in verses 9-11.
God wanted the family member to be the first to put the seducer to death! Surely this reinforces the responsibility each of us has to watch out for and to help those we are close to—to love them enough to encourage him or her to stay close to God! If you have questions, talk to God’s ministry. If someone close to you has questions, encourage them to go to the ministry. If it’s a serious question that could lead to problems, and he won’t go—then you go! Love that person enough to go!
Study verses 12-16 to see how God dealt with rumors of idolaters in an Israelite city in order to ensure that all Israel remained free and pure of idolatry. Consider the profound effect this law would have had on the Israelites had they kept it. It would have put a great deal of responsibility on people to ensure their city remained free of idolatry! If they heard rumors about idolatry in their city, they couldn’t simply dismiss them and say, Well, that’s their business. If they did that, they too could end up being killed! Everyone needed to be vigilant to prevent idolatry from spreading!
The PCG has an article up about God has preserved "pure religion" in the PCG. One of the ways PCG's god preserves pure religion is in marriage. Its rather odd to see this article considering how the PCG has a horrible track record of breaking up marriages (see here.) Even when non-believing spouses desire to live with PCG member spouses, the goons in charge in Edmond tell the member to divorce their spouse and take all the money they can from them.
Why the PCG trots out Lil'Joel Hilliker, who has absolutely no qualifications to be discussing "pure religion" and marriage other than reading PCG booklets on the subject, is beyond most peoples comprehension.
Jumping from marriage Lil'Joel lets the world know that the Philadelphia Church of God is anti-immigrant. Never mind the FACT that this entire nation was populated by immigrants.
He next trot's out the old catch phrase of the Church of God movement: "We are in the the world but not part of it."God’s laws reveal His desire to protect Israel from the idolatry that saturated the surrounding peoples. “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues,” Revelation 18:4-5 say. “For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.” That is a command to us as well, which is why the specific laws God gave Israel on this point are so relevant today.
When God brought the Israelites into the Promised Land, He used them as His instrument of judgment against the idolatrous pagans. Contemplate His command in Deuteronomy 12:1-3. Consider how this precisely parallels what Christ is going to do when He returns to this Earth (e.g. Revelation 19:11-15). At the same time, this command was also meant to protect the Israelites and preserve the one true religion.
Apparently some of the PCG women are having some hairstyle issues. Gerald Flurry was none too happy when this was taken at the Feast of Trumpet's dance this year:The people of God’s Church arein the world but not of it (e.g. John 17:14-16). We must be careful not to get wrapped up in the activities, business, customs and practices of this world. We all must examine ourselves individually and consider things like our dress, our language, our music and entertainment. Consider: God gave Israel specific laws about hairstyle, of all things. Clearly, God does care, and He wants His people to maintain high standards even amid a degenerating world.
Next Lil'Joel whines about PCG members reading dissident literature:Read Leviticus 19:27 where God forbade hairdos that were popular among idolatrous priests. He didn’t give this law so His people would look freakish—but to prevent them from looking freakish. Read verse 28 where He outlawed cutting your own body out of grief, as well as tattooing or making marks on your body. These practices all have pagan origins. God wants us to treat our bodies with respect and to avoid disfiguring or harming them. God says your body is a temple for the Holy Spirit. He doesn’t want you making permanent marks on it any more than He wants you defacing His house with graffiti!
Well...I'm glad to be part of the dissident material that upsets PCG so terribly. I know PCG is mad at me since their servers regularly check out this blog. I have Rod Meredith mad at me. Dave Pack is mad at me. Wade Cox is mad at me. I must be doing something right!These laws directly correlate to New Testament commands about what to do when a Church member embraces dissident material or tries to pollute the true religion (see, for example, Romans 16:17; Galatians 1:8-9; 2 Thessalonians 3:6, 14; 1 Timothy 3:5; 6:5; Titus 3:10-11; 2 John 10-11). God is the same yesterday, today and forever. He is just as concerned about purity in the congregation today as He was anciently—and, spiritually, He deals with the problem today the same as He did anciently.
It's that time of year again in the Churches of God when they bow to the pressures of Satan and his crew of pesky demons on this their most holiest night. This is the time of year that COG members retreat to the back rooms of their homes and turn out the lights as they cower in fear at the evil standing on their front porch. Can you imagine the terror in their eyes when looking through the front window curtains and seeing Jelly standing there with a Mystery of the Ages book in its hand! Satan can't get any more evil than that!
Here is Keith Stump's article about Halloween that has irritated Bob Thiel and others in the various splinter personalty cults of Armstrongism. Keith was a former writer for the Plain Truth magazine and other WCG material.
HALLOWEEN HYSTERIAby Keith StumpOctober is quickly flying by, meaning it’s time for the traditional Christian hand-wringing over that most “demonic” of holidays, Halloween! In anticipation of the usual anti-Halloween propaganda, I offer the following observations about this alleged “satanic festival of evil”:First, there’s no need to point out that Halloween is not found in Leviticus 23. (Duh.) Leviticus 23 is obsolete and irrelevant anyway. Second, forget the lengthy dissertation about how the papacy (the alleged “image of the beast” and “great whore”) instituted the Roman Catholic celebrations of “All Hallows Eve” and “All Saints Day”. That, too, is irrelevant. Today’s Halloween has nothing to do with honoring Christian saints. For most, Halloween long ago ceased being viewed as a religious observance—and never was, by Americans.
The Halloween that many of us know today is largely an American phenomenon. And it’s a purely secular observance.Yet some of Halloween’s customs do have roots in pre-Christian (“pagan”) practices. “Pagan” has long been a popular buzz word among Christians, especially among the COGs. As a Plain Truth and World Tomorrow writer, and occasional GHOSTwriter (how occult!) for the Armstrongs, I used the word liberally for decades. If it’s “pagan” in origin, it MUST be evil (like, I suppose, playing cards, wedding rings, dominoes, medicine, beer, the theater, the names of the days of the week and months of the year, and so on—all of which are scrupulously avoided in the COGs, aren’t they?).Some of Halloween’s customs can be traced to practices of the Celtic New Year, particularly among the Druids of ancient Britain. The Celts worshipped nature deities and practiced a relatively benign type of witchcraft. (Shame on them for living before the birth of Christ! Why, they must have been as evil as Cyrus the Great, who worshipped Ishtar, the pagan goddess of love and war, and Ahura Mazda, god of light and wisdom. [Oh, wait a minute—God still called Cyrus "that righteous man from the East." Never mind.])The Celtic festival of Samhain (which means “summer’s end” and marked the Celtic New Year, and is properly pronounced SOW-in, not “Sam Hain”) was considered to be a magical time, when the thin veil between the worlds was lifted, and the dead walked among the living. It was a night of ghosts and fairies, in which bonfires were lit and fortunes were told, and the thoughts of all turned to the afterlife. For some odd reason, the Celts didn’t think that exposing their children to contemplation of death and the afterlife was a problem. And, of course, the “witches” of the time were primarily herbalists and midwives. Witches as evil, devil-worshiping crones were an invention of the medieval Church, perpetuated by modern fundamentalists.Despite fundamentalist assertions, there were no orgies or human sacrifices or cannibalism or devil-worshipping during Samhain. Anyone who claims otherwise is an incompetent researcher or an outright liar. And—despite all those sermonettes you’ve heard—there was never a Celtic “god of death” named “Samhain”.The ancient Samhain festival in no way “glorified” the demonic world, nor—except for a relatively few “Satanists”—does Samhain today. Modern pagans who celebrate Samhain regard it as a time to look back on the past year and reflect on how they can become better people, and a time to honor departed loved ones and welcome them into their presence. Modern Halloween is even less focused on “making contact” with the spirit world.Stop for a moment and consider rationally: Is a six-year-old girl trick-or-treating in a Cinderella costume “fellowshipping with demons”? Is a child covered in a sheet with eye-holes “associating with spirits”? Are employees attending a company costume party “consorting with the devil”? Is hanging a plastic skeleton in your window “paying homage to Satan”? Is carving a jack-o’-lantern “fashioning an idol”? Is bobbing for apples a “wicked revel”? Some who are reading this would reply with a resounding “yes”. And that’s because of the spiritual myopia that warps their thinking, as I’ll discuss in a moment. Goofball notions are de rigueur for the fundamentalist.Others who are reading this have heartwarming memories of Halloween. It’s a slice of genuine Americana. It was one of the highlights of their childhood calendar—a time of family crafts and costume-making, a time to celebrate creativity and imagination. It was a time for children to dress up and solicit candy from their neighbors. (We were even taught to say “thank you”, which I’m sure irked Satan no end.) Trick-or-treating allowed the entire community to share in the Halloween festivities, as costumes were admired and rewarded with goodies. Halloween reaffirmed social bonds with friends and neighbors. These are hardly the “unfruitful works of darkness” (Eph. 5:11), unless one is a fanatic who interprets that phrase like, well, a fanatic.(A parenthetical note to hypocrites: Anyone who condemns Halloween, yet enjoys an occasional Bela Lugosi or Boris Karloff film, or reads a Stephen King or Anne Rice thriller, or a Harry Potter novel, or who watches “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” or “The Wizard of Oz” or Disney’s “Snow White” or “Sleeping Beauty” or the “Lord of the Rings” films or who plays fantasy-based video games or visits Disneyland’s “Haunted Mansion” or watches a stage magician is a hypocrite, pure and simple. It’s like a conscientious objector being a fan of war movies. But hypocrisy is nothing new to the COGs, is it? And, for that matter, is “glorifying violence” any less “sinful” than “glorifying the occult”? (Hmm. I must have been imagining those LCG members sitting in the theater when I saw “Terminator 3″.))To all COG members out there: Is your children’s Christianity so feeble as to be endangered by a plastic mask and a few candy bars? Are your children so inadequately grounded in their religion as to be tempted into a life of witchcraft by attending a costume party? Are you yourself so poorly rooted in your faith that you fear your children will ask questions to which you have no satisfactory answers?I have seen no evidence of children being psychologically warped or seduced into a life of witchcraft and perversion as a result of innocent Halloween activities. I HAVE, however, seen many fearful and superstitious COG children who have been conditioned to be abnormally hypersensitive to anything blackened with the feared label “occult”. One child in particular comes to mind, whom I witnessed shrieking in stark terror at the mere sight of a jack-o-lantern. Are you raising fearful children who, like medieval peasants, see Satan lurking behind every tree and demons skulking in every dark corner? Are you raising children who fear they will “open themselves up” to “demonic control” at any moment by the slightest misstep? What a tenuous, precarious and paranoid spirituality! Satan is a defeated enemy! We need not shrink inanimate mortal remains. Explain that fear of black cats is an ancient superstition of the ignorant. Talk to them about the fanciful creations of horror fiction, like werewolves and vampires. It’s healthy to examine the things that frighten us. Tell them about “ghosts” or disembodied spirits. (The dead are relatively safe; it’s the living you need to watch out for!) And talk to them about the subject of life after physical death. Tell them about the Lord of Life who overcame death. Assuage their fears about those who can kill the body but not the soul.Halloween is also a good time to reconsider our own views about death and the afterlife. The unbiblical doctrine of “soul sleep” would be a good place to start. The Bible clearly teaches (and centuries of experience demonstrate) that death does not interrupt self-awareness; personal identity survives death! By contrast, Herbert Armstrong’s so-called “restored truth” about “What is Man?” is totally without biblical foundation, though his followers blindly accept it. Measuring truth by the teachings of a morally unprincipled deviate who was indisputably unqualified for ministry by biblical standards (i Tim. 3:2-7; Titus 1:6-7) is far scarier than any aspect of Halloween! (A rule of thumb, which I’ll throw in free of charge: The farther an individual or group moves away from the teachings of the so-called Philadelphia era of the Church of God, the closer he moves toward genuine truth and balanced spirituality.)So here’s my point: Objection to Halloween is a reflection of something much broader: an obsession with trivialities, a confusion of priorities, a primitive fear of the unknown, an arrogance that finds “righteousness” in being odd-ball and out-of-step. Fundamentalists can find something offensive or objectionable in almost anything. They have a world view in which virtually everything is “anti-Christian”. They have lost the ability to filter the important from the inconsequential. The traditional COG prohibition against Halloween ignores the facts of history, misrepresents the modern holiday, and demonstrates a woeful lack of spiritual discernment.So, in a nutshell, my message to Christians about Halloween is: Lighten up! There is nothing spiritually harmful about this tradition. Sensibly observed, Halloween can be a day of wholesome fun and merriment. Believe it or not, not everything in life has to have some deep spiritual connotation. Halloween is “Satan’s Holiday” only to those who concede it to him or arbitrarily label it as such. Christians have been redeemed from the forces of evil. We don’t have to give credence to Satan’s claimed authority in any area of life. Don’t surrender to the fear, superstition and hypocrisy of the fundamentalist, who wouldn’t recognize a little harmless fun if he tripped over it, who is oblivious to the value of fantasy, who has no idea what “magic” and “witchcraft” really are, to whom everything paranormal is “demonic” and who trembles before the power of Satan and his demons (whether he admits it or not). Don’t fall prey to shady “scholarship” and flawed arguments about this holiday. Don’t let anyone judge you in respect of this or any other occasion. Safe, fun Halloween activities are NOT “of the “devil”.To believe otherwise is just plain silly!
Armstrongism has produced a lot of crackpots over the decades. I'm not talking about Dave Pack, Gerald Flurry, Bob Thiel, Rod Meredith, and the other delusional church leaders. I'm referring to COG members who felt god had personally spoke to them
None seems to be more crazy that Kenneth Jackson. Here is Ken's "official" title:
...claims that he is in possession of a $400 million dollar luminous pearl, an ancient far eastern artifact of immense pseudo historical significance.
So where does the Church of God connection come from?
The only "seal" the church had was one that was metal and was a stamp that embossed letters onto documents. There was no wooden seal other than the lion and lamb seals that were give to almost every single church area to affix to their speakers podiums.Kenneth Sr. claims to have been a top security official of the personal guard and administration of World Wide Church of GOD leader Herbert W. Armstrong.
Kenneth Sr. teaches that prior to HWA's death, he was entrusted with one of three official WWCG seals of authority. Another of these seals remained with HWA and the third was passed to his successor Joseph W. Tkach.
One thing seems clear, Kenneth Sr. lusted for HWA's power and office, and made it his mission to build for himself the same prestige, international respect and power; seeds which grew into Sovereign Church of 'ELOHIYM International and 1BLOOD International a church of even greater apostasy and deception than Armstrong's organization, despite its relative insignificance in world events.
Jackson reportedly took a trip to Sierra Leon in 2003 where was met with much adoration and gratitude for a successful food program he had supposedly initiated years before.
...the success of his first seed rice farms in the Bo District of Sierra Leone had caused the natives, as is their natural way, to exhort Kenneth with great parades and tributes, including grand displays and gifts and offerings. It seems that this adoration consumed him and when he returned he immediately began to change in the eyes of his members. He began wearing royal clothing, and adorning himself with gold and diamonds. He had a crown constructed for himself and wore it for all Sermons and official meetings. His Sabbath sermons began to shift from bible studies into long rambling stories of his exploits, grand designs, visions, prophetic powers, ecclesiastical authorities and he also claimed himself Apostle. It reached the point at which Kenneth rarely opened the Bible or read from it, claiming that he now received visions and new testimony straight from the Most High GOD who he identified as 'ELOHIYM, based on the original phonetic translation of the Hebrew word used to describe GOD in the ancient Chaldean. The church which had been called International Church of GODs Elect became Sovereign Church of 'ELOHIYM International, and he established 1BLOOD International as his outreach ministry and registered it as an NGO.
Like with any good Church of God leader, that adoration went straight to his head and he began to imagine himself as something highly elevated by God. This is much like what Dave Pack, Bob Theil, Gerald Flurry, Rod Meredith, Vic Kubik and others have done., They set themselves up in positions they had no right to.
Once he abandoned the Bible as the center of his teachings his doctrines began shifting radically. He began printing and publishing his own doctrinal writings and forcing his congregation to undergo intense workshops where he indoctrinated them with his new lofty visions and scriptures. He began to identify himself as a hereditary king of West Africa, based on some connection he had found through his slave ancestry leading back to Africa. He rapidly convinced the West African natives under his influence of this belief and he gladly accepted royal praises, titles and tributes from his new subjects. As his food program grew, so did his ego. In time he began to claim that he was in fact a modern day Joseph, in reference to Joseph of ancient Egypt whom GOD used to implement a national food security program to stave off famine for the glorification of GOD. This became a regular topic of his "sermons" which were little more than several hour long bragging sessions during which he would boast of all things from having the power to raise the dead, over power demons, speak self fulfilling prophecies and influence world leaders.
The latest I could find on the guy was from April of last year where he promised to help fund a soccer stadium:
For the last couple of years various fundamentalist preachers, Jewish extremists and whacked out Mormons have declared the "blood moon's" to be prophetic signs from God that the end time is here. Every single one of them has proven to be liars and frauds.
Jumping into that fray are various Church of God "leaders" who claiming NOTHING will happen on the "blood moon" dates, but then go on to make their own bizarre predictions. They trip all over themselves trying to disprove the blood moons, mocking the men and women who made the predictions, YET they make their own stupid predictions and think they are absolutely spot on.
For 80 some years now we have heard one idiotic prophecy after another from Herbert Armstrong, Rod Meredith, Herman Hoeh, Dean Blackwell, Gerald Waterhouse and others. Not one single thing they prophesied has taken place nor will it. Every one of them have been proven to be liars, yet their god continues to speak to them and reveal secret equally stupid knowledge that they willingly share share.
Church of God leaders are eager to disprove "so-called" Christian's, radical Jews and other cult predictions, yet they do not speak out against the abysmal failure of their own leaders and their own prophecies. They all want to be take as credible men yet none of them have any credibility at all. Not one single one of them!
You can read a list of 209 failed prophecies of Herbert Armstrong, Rod Meredith, Herman Hoeh and others here: Herbert Armstrong's 209 Failed Prophecies
David Renz is back in the news again admitting that he had cut his ankle bracelet numerous times to sneak around. Each time he did it the authorities did not follow up with him so he got bolder and bolder till he kidnapped, raped and murdered a mother and her 10 year old daughter.
A convicted rapist and murderer has said he was only able to commit his horrific crimes because he could take off his ankle monitor without authorities noticing.
David Renz was sentenced to life in prison without parole last year after murdering a librarian and raping her ten-year-old daughter in Syracuse, New York.
Renz, 31 - who was out on bail at the time for suspected child-pornography offences - admitted carjacking Lori Ann Bresnahan, 47, and her young child on March 14, 2013
God's most imortant mouthpiece ever to walk this earth is back telling his few African members and some gullible Americans how to keep the Feast this year. It is particularly pointed towards those that cannot travel. For those true Christians who could not travel to a holy designated feast site, Bob Thiel presents an alternative...pitch a tent in our living room and spend 8 days in it. You even have holy dispensation to sleep in a camper in your driveway! Woo Hoo! Best Feast Evvvvvvvvvvvvvvver!
Those who cannot may wish to consider the possibility to not sleep in their houses during the time of the Feast. If they are physically and financially able, they may wish to try to sleep in some type of temporary dwelling like a hotel, motel, camper, or a tent (including perhaps one in one’s own home). In ancient Israel, those who did not travel (as well as native Israelites that did) made ‘booths’ of branches on top of their roofs (Leviticus 23:40) and slept in them for the seven days of the Feast (Leviticus 23:42), and some slept for the entire eight days (though th e Bible only mentions seven days). Staying in ‘temporary dwellings,’ of whatever sort, helps convey that this age is temporal and a new millennial age is coming.
The United Church of God is now returning home from its annual Feast of Tabernacles which to them symbolizes the millennial kingdom where peace and brotherhood will reign. Reading their Facebook feeds and endless posts on the many extravagant things they have been doing for the last 8 days, a person can quickly see the "high" they are all on. It's been the BEST FEAST EVER and the LOVE is so thick it drips off your computer monitors when you read their pages.
One would think that as they all head back to their various church area and to the Cincinnati HQ that they would want to share that love with the world around them so that the world could have a foretaste of the kingdom to come. Apparently the Cincinnati Boys and other Ohio UCG ministers could care less about showing brotherly love and extending a hand in fellowship. Are they so insecure in their faith that they think they will be tainted by being in the presences of other Church of God members who are not UCG? Or, are they so embarrassed by their actions when the broke away from the Worldwide Church of God that they are ashamed to be in Joe Tkach's sight?
A person who is going to attend the reunion says that the RSVP list does not include any of the leadership or ministry of the UCG, even though they are a short jaunt down the road from Columbus.
Come on boys, grow a pair, man up, and go share that millennial love with people who would like to see you again.
Join us as we celebrate 50 years serving God in the Greater Columbus area.
Saturday evening we'll share memories, photos, and hors d'oeurves in a festive atmosphere.
The suggested attire is dressy casual.
Dr. Joseph Tkach, President of Grace Communion International, will be joining us and will also be the featured speaker at our worship service at 11 a.m. Sunday.
Please don't forget to RSVP and help spread the word by forwarding this evite to others. We look forward to seeing you there!
The similarities between the Jehovah's Witnesses and the Churches of God (Armstrong era) are strikingly similar. That is particularity so because of our heritage as faith groups that have ties in the William Miller fiasco. The JW's are just as secretive and manipulative in its teachings and administration as the Churches of God are.
Both share similar aberrant doctrines,
Both have abusive teachings,
Both shelter pedophiles and abusers in their midst.
Both practice shunning (disfellowshipment).
Both have top down structural government that welds powerful authority
over those 'less than' below them.
Both are secretive.
Both ridicule medicine.
Both have a distorted view of Jesus.
Both ridicule apostates.
Lil Jim Meredith really enjoyed his deluxe accommodations, expensive meals and lots of pricey recreational activities such as ATVs, zip-lining and, his personal favorite, golfing on high-end golf courses with endless views at the Feast this year. Being the bosses kid and heir apparent does have its privileges! And it's so much easier to stomach the high prices in Hawaii when your trip is being fully funded by tithe-payers instead of coming out of your own pocket. Twenty bucks says Lil' Jimmy will be festival coordinator in Hawaii next year, and the year after that, and the year after that.... Can anyone imagine him at one of the smaller, less noted and far less luxurious sites? I don't think so!
Maybe one year LCG can have as many Feast-goers in Hawaii as UCG or COGWA. As for now, their numbers pale in comparison. Not that any of us really care, but numbers mean EVERYTHING to Meredith and his henchmen. They mean so much that they have no problem LYING about them to inflate their sense of importance and to prove that they are doing an amazing "work". Although it's not really "lying" if you accidentally count dead people, children or people who get married and change their names so they start receiving 2 of everything; or people who donate $5 once and are never heard from again. LCG counts it all as evidence of "growth".
Perhaps they learned this technique from that "How To Lie With Statistics" book that Living University uses to teach math (Living University Class On How to Lie).
It's really a shame that LCG doesn't have a congregation in Hawaii because maybe he could just move there permanently to "serve the people" but I guess it would be frowned upon for the next leader of LCG to be so far away from Charlotte. when the old man is so close to death.
Insiders say that Lil' Jim is now officially the department head of EVERY DEPARTMENT at LCG headquarters. He now heads departments with which he knows absolutely nothing about. Not that that is too shocking because none of them really know what they are doing in the 1st place. It's so much easier to train people to do what you want them to do instead of hiring educated professionals to do things the proper way. Lil' Jim now signs off on every employees time card and approves all requested time-off, but he's not in control, right? It's interesting that Lil' Jimmy has been made the head of every department and has his name on all the financials but THEY CONTINUE THE RUSE THAT JIM ISN'T TAKING OVER AFTER EMPORER ROD DIES ! He is most certainly going to be wizard behind the curtain despite the smoke and mirrors LCG uses to pander an alternate plan to their trusting members. Lies are okay in Meredith-land just so long as the ends justify the means.