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Church of God News Blog: 2017, 1 Aug –

17 Aug:  LCG News:   Living University classes began this past week with approximately 170 online students and eight on-campus students.

UCG News:   Ambassador Bible College students are arriving for the new academic year. We plan for a class of 24 that includes five international students. 

Update:  John Cafourek, pastor of Salem, Eugene and Roseburg, Oregon, suffered a major heart attack last Sunday morning. On Monday morning he had double bypass surgery. There was more damage than preliminary tests showed and recovery will take some time.  

Both UCG and COGWA are in the process of seeking building permits for their respective projects.

 

14 Aug:  The UCG Canada National Council held its meeting on June 8th and 9th with Donald Ward present to watch over things.  The next UCG Canada board conference is scheduled for September.

The UCG Canada is generally more forthcoming with relevant information than the United CoE in the United States.  Included in the discussions:

  1. The retirement of the baby boomers and the affect that might have on the income of the church. The source of our donations is: 70% from members; 20% from donors and 10% from coworkers. Income is going to drop substantially in UCG Canada and the US in the coming years.  It was suggested it would be a good idea to give sermons as to the importance of giving tithes and offerings and what the scriptural basis for doing so is.
  2. This past year responses to the Beyond Today broadcast have dropped about 1/3 from the previous year.  
  3. Low registrations for the Feast this year.  Note: UCG membership in Canada is in decline.
  4. A new system for on line balloting.  

The American UCG CoE is now focused on its scheduled August 21 to 24 Conference. Many will also take part in the August 20 retreat where the real work is done before the actual meeting.  They will likely focus on similar issues and the upcoming Fall Festivals.

 

13 Aug:  UCG News:  Mr John Cafourek, “Pastor of the Salem, Oregon Congregation, suffered a major heart attack early Sunday morning (August 13). He is in the hospital and there are indications that he has heart damage. The family is requesting prayers on his behalf. More details will be posted in the Prayer List pages of the [Salem] web site [controlled access] when available.”

John has been Pastoring the UCG Salem, OR; the Eugene, OR; and Roseburg, OR (as a circuit w/Salem) congregations. Previously: Pastored UCG Tacoma & Olympia; and many other WCG and UCG congregations in his career

 

9 Aug:

Announcing the passing of Allison Dart

She passed away this morning at 8:52, 9 August 2017

She went peacefully with Sammie, her aide by her side.Monday,

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Funeral, August 14 at 10 am at Stewart Family Funeral Home in Tyler

with Mr. Wesley White officiating.

Visitation will be 30 minutes prior to the service


Burial will follow at Whitehouse Memorial Cemetery.
Monday, August 14 at 10 am at Stewart Family Funeral Home in Tyler withMr. Wesley White officiating.

Visitation will be 30 minutes prior to the service. Burial will follow at Whitehouse Memorial Cemetery. 

 

4 Aug: LCG reports:  Ron McGowen, Associate Pastor serving in the Houston area, died of cancer on July 31. Mr. McGowen was 79.  

COG Big Sandy:  “President Ron Avey reported that Clay Forrestier has resigned from the board and that Stan West (the next person in line following the election in June) is the new board member. Mr. West will assume the remaining two years of Mr. Forrestier’s term.”  

There is trouble brewing in COGBS over finances.  The resignation of Clay Forrestier from the COGBS board comes at a very difficult time for COGBS.  

The COGBS and the CEM have the same “emotional love love, trumps God’s law”;  [when God’s law defines God’s love] error held by so many others.  

The false teaching of an emotional love trumping the true godly law of love in these movements, has a very strong appeal in today’s COG Groups whose brethren have been exhausted by the false Nicolaitane bully boy approach of so many leaders.  

Both of these ways are wrong and we need to understand that godly love is to live by every Word of God; which is neither Nicolaitane bullying nor is it an “emotional feel good trumping law” position, replacing God’s law and agape love with human emotions.  

Art Mockarow who resigned when Stan Rader managed to convince Herbert to resist the State of California’s investigation – contrary to HWA’s own teachings to submit to government – into Rader’s misappropriation of millions of dollars of WCG funds has died.

Rader is alleged to have run most of the WCG activities through his own companies at exorbitant prices fleecing the WCG out of vast sums.  Among other things, in clear conflicts of interests;  all WCG traveling was run through the Rader owned travel agency while the auditorium construction and the AICF were both Rader boondoggles.  

Those who demonstrated against the receivership were acting contrary to Scripture in support of the financial raping of the organization they had been deceived into thinking they were defending.

An updated article on “The 70 Week’s Prophecy” has been posted.   The article covers the 70th Week of the prophecy revealing that the first half of the week [3 1/2 years] was fulfilled in the first century and that the tribulation will begin as Jesus said (Mat 24:15), as soon as the man of sin goes to the Temple Mount.  The article also explains how the Daily Sacrifice was stopped in 70 A.D. by the Roman Prince Titus and is not to be renewed until Jesus Christ comes to build the Ezekiel Temple.  

An article on the 1335 days of Daniel 12 and the latter day Daily Sacrifice is coming soon.  If the two prophecies sound contradictory, please wait and read the coming article before jumping to conclusions!

3 Comments

  1. Art Mockarow was one of the first WCG ministers to push the church into an acceptance of psychology (both “Pop” and traditional). He championed the “pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps” approach while traveling widely in church circuits. In later years, He regularly ran large ads in “The Journal”.

    The “receivership” of the WCG was contrary to the United States Constitution which is the highest law of the nation per the First Amendment. Though government may legally look for malfeisance and illegal activity, the remedy and actions of the State of California which were imposed upon the church were excessive, out of bounds and outside of legitimate governmental authority. The church was within its right to defend itself, and, subsequently, no major abuses were found, no one was arrested and convicted or imprisoned. This is not written in defense of Stanley Rader (whose surname is appropriate for his activities).

    You are correct that in most things we are to be subject to authority, unless they violate scripture and (in WCG’s case) the U.S. Constitution, which determines the extent of governmental authority. The Apostles resisted and disobeyed the Sanhedrin multiple times and they were the high civil authority in Judea. The church in the 2nd, 3rd and subsequent centuries often disobeyed decries which disallowed Sabbath keeping, assembly etc. The whole history of the Church of God from its founding is a continual lesson of faithfulness to God against the illicit overreaching (even direct persecution) decries of government and the world’s religions, even today in the 21st century.

    The receivership was an investigation of criminal wrongdoing by Stan Rader and had nothing to do with interfering in doctrine or church teachings, it was quite legal and constitutional. It was Rader who tried to turn this into a constitutional matter which it was not, in order to save his own skin after bilking WCG of millions.

    Just think, if it was unconstitutional it would have been easily thrown out of court, instead Rader had NO constitutional case at court at all, and had to rally others and lobby to have the California government pass A NEW LAW!

    Remember that Herbert ordered C Wayne Cole TO COOPERATE FULLY WITH THE STATE and only when Rader flew to Tucson and used his blackmail material on Herbert – threatening to reveal certain matters – was HWA forced to fire Cole for his faithful obedience to Herbert, in a horrendous and cruel injustice; relent and change his mind to fight on behalf of Rader. HWA then got rid of Rader as soon as he could.

    Rader forced HWA to go along and then they deceived the majority in the WCG as to what was taking place.

    As for Art I would certainly not agree with his teachings.

    I would add that your comments about the disciples resisting the Sanhedrin are not true. Yes they did insist on putting God first, however they accepted whatever the Sanhedrin handed out and did not resist even being put in jail. There is a difference between keeping God’s commandments contrary to the law of man, and resisting the consequences of that action.

    And again the state of California in no way interfered in doctrinal matters [like the Sanhedrin and the emperors did], they were investigating criminal activity [which activity also broke the law of God], and people were unwittingly deceived into defending Rader’s sins against them. James

    1. NwChristian – I agree, but with one alteration. The Receivership was contrary to the 14th amendment, because the appointment of the Receiver violated due process. No hearing had been held prior to the appointment, which is supposed to be standard practice in such proceedings. Mr. Armstrong & WCG were on the right side of that battle, for lots of reasons.

      FYI Due process was followed and the WCG law offices were informed. Robert Kuhn began informing church executives and Rader began shredding documents. Then on On Tuesday, January 2, Judge Jerry Pacht of the Superior Court of Los Angeles issued a temporary restraining order placing the assets and financial records of the church and related corporations under the control of a receiver, retired Judge Steven Weisman. This was done (on an ex parte motion) to prevent further shredding of church financial records before a full hearing could be held.

      After the documents were secured Rader filed numerous motions and hearings were properly held with the investigation being stayed during the proceedings. Nothing unconstitutional, inappropriate, illegal or even unusual was done. Full hearings were held and extensively so with many appeals.

      Late that Friday afternoon a full hearing was held in the downtown Los Angeles County courthouse where the head of Rader’s legal defense team, Allan Browne, attempted to show that the receivership was causing the church irreparable harm and should be lifted. Hillel Chodos lawyer for the plaintiffs pleaded with presiding Judge Vernon Foster not to lift the receivership, saying it would take Rader only 20 minutes and a pack of matches to do away with crucial evidence. Chodos presented some of the evidence discovered in only two days of investigation: a shredding machine from Rader’s office and the executive payroll checkbook for the church (found at the Worldwide Advertising Agency’s offices in Century City). Checks drawn in just the last few days before “the raid” included one to Herbert Armstrong for $40,000; one to Natalie Rader for $1,144; one to Rader’s secretary, Virginia Kineston, for $2,500 (marked “bonus”); and checks to Rader for $2,400, $4,940, and one for $35,000 marked “bonus.” This is 1978 dollars.

      Although Judge Foster modified the receivership somewhat by ordering Weisman not to interfere in the normal day-to-day operation of the church. The receiver was NEVER allowed to interfere in doctrinal matters.

      This amounts to arresting someone before charging him at a later hearing and is standard practice.

  2. The church DID go into receivership for a while, did it not? If Stanley Rader was bilking the church out of millions, wouldn’t the state have discovered that? I am definitely NOT a fan of Stanley Rader’s, but I don’t remember him being found guilty of anything. I would appreciate you elaborating on that because the details are escaping me. Thanks!

    Rader and WCG filed one lawsuit after another staying the investigation each time, while they pushed for a new state law stopping the investigation entirely. For the reasons of the lawsuits and delaying tactics, the investigation never properly got off the ground.

    Rader used his own professional legal accounting practice, and also incorporated new companies in order to conduct profitable business enterprises with the Worldwide Church of God. The companies largely owned and controlled by Rader included:
    Rader, Helge & Gerson, which provided legal representation for the church.
    Rader, Cornwall, Kessler and Palazzo, which provided accounting services for the church.
    Worldwide Advertising, Inc., which booked The World Tomorrow on radio and television stations.
    Mid-Atlantic Leasing, which leased light aircraft and a Gulfstream II,
    Wilshire Travel, which made the travel bookings for Rader and Armstrong.
    Gateway Publishing, which printed the literature used by the church.

    Rader also conspired to have the low bidder for the Auditorium construction bow out so that he could handle the construction himself at a considerably higher fee. Incidentally he also convinced Armstrong to actually pay bonus to workers who were willing to work on the Sabbath to speed construction. The manager who handled the construction for Rader had a son who is now an LCG elder in southern California.

    Besides the glaring conflict of interest, all of these companies owned by Rader charged exorbitant fees – much higher than the going rate at the time – for their services lining Rader’s pockets. In addition HWA gave Rader a huge interest free loan for Rader to buy and refurbish houses for later resale at huge profits.

    Rader convinced Herbert that the state was investigating him and advised him to fight, and Herbert was named in the documents but the real person the complaints by church members was directed against Rader not Herbert. Despite Herbert’s extravagance it was Rader who really bilked the organization.

    It must be said that GTA was in the background of the lawsuit since GTA had lost a power struggle with Rader and had been disfellowshipped by his father. Ted knew where all the Rader skeletons were hiding and opened up to the plaintiffs.

    It also must be said that Rader lieutenant Joe Tkach was supporting the lawsuit behind the scenes against his mentor Rader. T^kach did not support Ted but wanted to take over from Rader himself, which he did; winning the overall power struggle.

    Since Garner Ted Armstrong’s expulsion from the WCG, many members of the church had become increasingly concerned over the rapid liquidation of church and college properties at a time when the WCG has claimed record-high income. Many deeply committed members of the church have been heartbroken to see college properties and church festival sites put up for sale while millions of tithe dollars are diverted to the costly world tours of Herbert Armstrong, the secular Everest House Publishing Company, Quest magazine which supported witchcraft and homosexuality, and other Ambassador International Cultural Foundation projects.

    In late 1978 a handful of concerned WCG members obtained legal counsel about the matter and were put in contact with Hillel Chodos, a distinguished Beverly Hills attorney noted for his expertise in litigating major corporate fraud cases. A legal brief was prepared and presented to the attorney general of California. (Coincidentally, Ambassador Report, completely unaware that any of this was occurring, also contacted the attorney general’s office expressing concern over the same matters.)

    The attorney general, working in close cooperation with Mr. Chodos, took immediate action. A civil suit was prepared listing the following plaintiffs: Earl and Shirley Timmons of Altadena, California, John and Paula Tuit of New Jersey, Ronald Quinlan of Staten Island, New York, and David Morgan of Pasadena, California. Also listed as a plaintiff are the People of California because monies contributed to nonprofit corporations are, by statute, deemed monies held in public trust and therefore subject to monitoring by the attorney general on behalf of the people.

    Listed as defendants are: the Worldwide Church of God Inc., Ambassador College Inc., the Ambassador International Cultural Foundation Inc., Herbert W. Armstrong, Stanley Rader, Ralph Helge, Henry Cornwall, Robert Kuhn, Ray Wright, Osamu Gotoh, plus five firms with ties to Rader: Worldwide Advertising Inc., Wilshire Travel Inc., Gateway Publishing Inc., Environmental Plastics Inc., of Dallas, Texas, and the accounting firm of Rader, Cornwall, and Kessler.

    Among the charges of the suit are the following: (1) that Herbert Armstrong and Stanley Rader have siphoned off (“pilfered”) millions of dollars of church funds annually for their personal use, (2) that there has been a failure to provide an adequate accounting of the church’s financial position as required by state laws governing charitable institutions, (3) that there has been a refusal to hold regular meetings of the corporations or to allow voting on matters affecting the governance of the organizations, (4) that there has been improper co-mingling of funds among the church, college, and foundation, (5) that there has been a liquidation of church-owned properties “on a massive scale,” including about 50 parcels in Southern California, (6) that written records of financial dealings have been removed from the church’s Pasadena office, shredded, and destroyed.

    The suit had noting to do with the church’s teachings and did not ask for any monetary damages for the plaintiffs but called for an accounting of all funds and financial transactions, especially of Herbert Armstrong and Stanley Rader. The suit also calls for the replacement of the trustees of the nonprofit corporations.

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