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Church of God News Blog: 2017, 25 May – 31 July

29 July:   Allison Dart’s cancer has returned and her struggle is nearing its end.  Allie has suffered through devastating surgeries and therapy, and the cancer has now aggressively spread to her liver, lungs, colon, and possibly to her kidneys. 

She has now been sent to spend her last days in a Hospice.

 

31 July:  Dave Pack announces Dale Schurter has returned to RCG where he is serving with Larry McElroy in Dayton, Ohio.  Both men come from UCG.

 

29 July:  In the LCG Weekly Report Gerald Weston is claiming incredibly high view rates on YouTube.  Since it is easy to corrupt visitor stats on YouTube and the claims are so inordinately high, the numbers are highly suspect.  See Ezekiel’s Message Unlocked which shows more than ten times the normal Tomorrow’s World viewers.  Then see our study through the entire book of Ezekiel here.

Please note that TheShiningLight School of Biblical Studies Literature page has a free download of  the entire book of Ezekiel study for your convenience.

LCG is trying to hold on to its members by holding indoctrination camps on loyalty to LCG for men, under the guise of learning to follow Christ. Northeast Men’s Training Camp 2017: “Following Christ”—Change in Deadline: August 1.  

Of course their point is to follow Christ and since they claim to be the servants of Christ  to follow them;  and the already tithing brethren will be expected to pay extra for this seminar as LCG – in financial difficulties – seeks to milk the brethren for all they can get.

Remember that we are the servants of those we obey: Romans 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

Therefore when they justify polluting God’s Sabbath, or rejecting God’s Biblical Calendar, or any other part of God’s Word, they are not obeying the Word of God; meaning that they are NOT the servants of Jesus Christ and must NOT be followed into such sin!  If we obey them contrary to the Word of God we become the servants of sin and have apostatized from God the Father and Jesus Christ!

For Jesus said:  John 8:34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. 

No, they cannot make decisions contrary to the Word of God, anyone who does so – and all those who follow them contrary to God’s Word – are not servants of Jesus Christ, they are the servants of sin:  Jesus said so!

 

28 July:  Jorge DeCampos is again visiting the independent Worldwide Church of God Angola.  The WCG Angola and  UCG are cooperating as UCG seeks to bring the 6,000 members of WCGA into UCG an International Association as an Associated Organization. 

Due to summer holiday’s this week’s church news is all about summer camps.

Currently UCG is preparing for a Council of Elders Conference scheduled for the week of 20 August.

At this site all of the free book downloads – except for the Home page special offer at this site – have now been transferred to TheShiningLight School of Biblical Studies literature page.

I can report that as of today “The Biblical Sabbath and Calendar” book has been downloaded 280 times, and of course folks are free to then share the download with others as often as they want.

 

24 July:   The new moon was NOT seen from Jerusalem this evening.  Sunset tomorrow will begin the first day of the fifth biblical month which will last all day until sunset ending Wednesday.  God commands that all New Moon’s be observed with worship services [Bible Studies] and the sounding of the Shofar.  

For more please download our free book on “The Biblical Sabbath and Calendar“,  and visit the Calendar category at the Biblical Studies site for many in depth articles on the Biblical Calendar and the New Moon.  Those seeking information on the teachings of Herbert Armstrong on the calendar and new moons will find two such articles at the COG News site.

 

23 July:  LCG’s Gerald Weston cancelled many of his activities last week due to a severe respiratory infection temporarily misdiagnosed as pneumonia. This should be a wake up call for the board to follow the example of Weston’s predecessor and name a successor.  Weston himself is part of the Germano Winnail clique and they would want to maintain their position in LCG.

 

20 July:  COGWA posts sermons, sort of;  even though they are calling this their TV Webcast, a COGWA password is needed for access.

LCG:  Michael Germano finally announces last years Living University enrollment as 200 Internet students and 21 students in Charlotte.  It must be noted that some of these students are only taking one or two classes and some are only auditing a class.

UCG:  Victor Kubik reports:  “Aaron Dean and Larry Darden are both in Malawi and will go on to Zambia to visit our congregations and take care of legal matters concerning national councils, church registrations, property deeds and humanitarian needs involving LifeNets. At this moment they are with the VanAusdles and Hilgens in Lilongwe, Malawi.”  

LifeNets must be discussed because these international trips are now financed by LifeNets to bail out the UCG budget and give it an appearance of being balanced.

 

10 July:  Gary over at the “Banned by HWA” site had a fit this morning over me reporting evenhandedly about the Dave Havir III case below.  

Gary who makes a career out of twisting and spinning every bit of COG news out of any resemblance to reality in order to attack the most innocent of people and events, had posted implying that Dave was some kind of monster.  

It is obvious that any judge at the thinnest suggestion of a hint of a hint of danger to a minor or of sexual wrongdoing to a minor, would issue a restraining order faster [and have charges pressed] then one can read this paragraph.  Yet Gary tries his best to imply some nonexistent great evil to Dave.  Then he does his best to attack me for reporting the event in an even handed manner.  

Gary’s highly twisted article artfully  filled with insinuations is here

Gary’s reaction to my post: 

NOTE:  James Malm, after reading the story below, decided to take the story and spin it in his own usual malevolent way, by making the family the guilty party instead of Havir III.  This is the ongoing narrative that the COG has continued to use for 80 some years as it continues to make excuses or do anything about hundreds and hundreds of pedophiles, sexual abusers, stalkers and rapists that have been loose in the church and have been left to roam freely unencumbered.

“Hundreds and hundreds”?  Now that is taking lying to an extreme!

Gary, who is still throwing a childish fit because his mom would not let him play sports on Sabbath, just cannot miss a chance to attack without any cause.  Let me add that if Gary thinks that I do not have many sources other than himself he has an ego even bigger than Bob Thiel!  

Yes, there are problems, but that does not justify perverting the truth and habitual compulsive lying! 

 

9 July:   Allie Dart fired David Havir III as vice president of operations at the former Ron Dart’s “Christian Educational Ministries” in Whitehouse Texas; a few days before a hearing at the Wood County Texas Courthouse on July 6, 2017.  The hearing  alleged an improper relationship with a minor child.  The judge found Dave’s actions inappropriate but not actionable.  

This is a sad situation where Dave apparently tried to be supportive of a maturing young girl whose parents had broken up and she developed a crush on Dave.  

He did not handle this appropriately by cutting contact with the girl and communicating with the mother; and she did not handle the matter properly by working the thing out with Dave instead of going to court.

The matter was mishandled by all sides with the results of Dave losing his job and the church suffering much bad publicity.  If this issue had been handled according to the instructions of Jesus Christ in Matthew 18 the outcome would have been much different and much happier. 

Dave Pack says that the RCG Pentecost offering is way up and that   “I would anticipate within 2, 3, 4 months at the most, over 2,000 households are going to ask to come to church”.  The Pentecost offering was up because Pack demanded that the brethren give all they had and this prediction is likely to fall flat, like all his other predictions.

 

6 July:  Lucretia Kellers, beloved wife of Fred Kellers, died Tuesday morning, July 4.

The new and updated [UCG] Good Works website was launched this past week. It is greatly improved both aesthetically and functionally. And it’s mobile friendly. On the UCG members page the “Good Works” tab replaces the former “Outreach” tab. Youth Corps will become part of Good Works and new projects will be featured on the Good Works page with application information.  

UCG income was less than expected for the fiscal year ending June 30 ,  however expenses were also less than expected bringing a balanced budget.  Details and the audit will not be completed before 2018.

LCG News:    Gerald Weston is complaining that one unnamed Australian network is rejecting LCG recordings for broadcast.  I expect that he is correct in suggesting that pressure to conform to worldliness will grow until only by God’s power can any work be done.  

 

28 Jun:   UCG’s Chairman and President have published a public letter on the activities of Mark Mickelson.  It seems that Mark’s days on the CoE and as a UCG elder may be numbered unless he backs down on his heretical teachings.  

New UCG Ministerial Trainees hired:

Steven and Danielle Britt are members of the Macon, Georgia, congregation, and they also consider Raleigh and Greensboro, North Carolina, to be home churches. Steven earned a PhD in Applied Mathematics from North Carolina State University and worked for the last 2 years as a Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar in mathematics at Tel Aviv University in Israel. Danielle holds a Master’s degree in Food Science and works in food manufacturing with a focus on food safety and quality.

Joshua and Elizabeth Creech are members of the Cincinnati East, Ohio, congregation. Joshua has worked the past 9 years as a Senior Financial Accountant for Western & Southern Financial Group. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Northern Kentucky University. Lizzy is a stay-at-home mom to their four children.

 

24 Jun: LCG News:  The sermon in Charlotte today by Rod McNair was titled “Peter and the Key Man Principle”  and touted the Primacy of Peter principle of Nicolaitane leadership which has been followed by LCG since its inception.  

See what the bible really says on this subject in our lessons 101 to 106 on this subject.  

Our Sabbath book containing this material has been in circulation for some months now and is making such an impact in LCG, that a sermon on the subject was thought as needed to try to defend this wicked exalting of men above the Word of God.  Download the entire book for free at our Home page.  Feel free to download the book and share it with others.  

 

23 Jun:  COGWA elders Todd Carey and Manuel Quijano died over the past month..

David Hicks was hired as COGWA Managing Editor.

Deacon Chad Messerly has been hired as a paid elder to assist Lyle Welty in Ohio.

LCG News:  LCG is preparing “A Tribute to Rod Meredith”  TV broadcast.   

This weekend LCG is holding public presentations in  Rolla, Missouri and Salisbury, Maryland.  Gerald writes “In Canada we have Windsor, Ontario and Grand Prairie, Alberta.”

 

20 Jun:  COGWA publishes Ministerial Conference Report.  The focus is to become more zealous for COGWA.

 

18 Jun:  LCG’s Rod King retires due to serious health issues.

 

15 Jun:  UCG News:  On June 10, 2017, Jim Lucas was ordained into the ministry. He and his wife, Almeda, serve the congregations in southern Ontario, Canada. He will become Assistant Pastor for the Ottawa congregation on July 1.

On June 10, 2017, Ellsworth Stanley was ordained into the ministry. He and his wife, Dorothy, serve in the St. John’s, Newfoundland, congregation in Canada.

LifeNets operated by Victor Kubik is strongly entangling itself in UCG and taking over much of UCG’s international third world activities.  

Victor writes that “Rotary has helped LifeNets with over $150,000 for our overseas work”. LifeNets has a large presence of UCG elders on it Boards and staff  and the UCG is subbing out a part of the financing and subsidizing of its international third world churches to LifeNets; which is how they maintain the illusion of financial health inside UCG.  

Rotary thinks that they are helping Kubik’s Rotary Club LifeNets do good works; I wonder what they would think if they knew that while legally independent, LifeNets is associated with UCG and that they are being used to subsidize UCG’s overseas third world churches? Maybe they do know and do not care? 

 Victor was recently in Atlanta for the Rotary International Convention.  

LifeNets announces the death of LifeNets Malawi Board member and UCG elder [Oakland] Mark Rorem of San Francisco, California, on May 31 – funeral on June 10 – a faithful LifeNets board member for nearly 15 years.  Mark’s son Gregory is also associated with LifeNets involving himself in LifeNets [read UCG] youth camps around the world.

Church of God Seventh Day:  The biennial convention will take place on July 3-8 in Springfield, Illinois.   The theme is ‘Worthy is the Lamb’. Proposals will be put forward to revise the General Conference bylaws.

 

8 Jun:   COGWA announces the death of elder Todd Carey.  Jim Franks mentions that;  Britt Taylor (COGWA treasurer), David Baker (member of the COGWA Ministerial Board of Directors), Ron Kelley (local pastor for COGWA) and his wife Nancy, and I [Jim Franks] attended Dr. Meredith’s funeral service on Sunday, May 28, along with many others from various Church of God groups.

UCG:  On June 4, 2017, Kent Foraker was ordained into the ministry. He and his wife, Kristy, serve in the Wichita, Kansas, congregation.

On June 4, 2017, Roberto Parada was ordained into the ministry. He and his wife, Barbara, serve in the Tacoma, Washington, congregation.

Today Victor Kubik wrote about his Pentecost sermon saying:  “On Pentecost, I gave the sermon and I look to a time that is described in the second chapter of the book of Acts. The Holy Spirit was powerfully poured out on the Church and that power was the game changer as the Church suddenly grew from 120 to 3000 and then by another 2000 shortly afterward. This great outpouring was promised to the “Last Days” yet to come. What happened at Pentecost in 31 A.D. was only a type of what will yet happen.”  

Victor is trying to motivate the brethren to stay with UCG by falsely implying that there will be a pouring out of God’s Spirit and major growth in UCG in the future.  He is also implying that any changes being made are inspired by God’s Spirit.  Please see the Holy Spirit series of studies.   

Victor seems to be reading Acts 2 and not studying any further to include the scripture that Peter is quoting. No Victor the pouring out of God’s Spirit is NOT promised for the latter days as he claims;  it is promised to take place AFTER the Day of the Lord and the coming of Jesus Christ as King of kings (Joel 2).  

For the latter days before Christ comes, a great apostasy is foretold  (Mat 24, 2 Thess 2:3, Jude and many others).  It is after the correction  of the tribulation and after Christ comes, that God will pour out his Spirit on all flesh (Joel 2:28).  

For the real story of Pentecost and its prophetic significance please do study the Spring Festivals categories at the Bible Studies site and download the free Spring Festivals book at the Literature page there.

 

7 Jun:   Over the past few months God has been stirring up many LCG brethren – and many from other COG Groups – to come to see the Sanctity of the Sabbath and / or the Calendar issue, either on their own or via our book “The Biblical Sabbath and Calendar”  available for free download at our sites.  

So many LCG brethren have been questioning their elders – who have been unable to give satisfactory answers, that LCG is now demanding that the brethren obey and shut up.  

See Gerald Weston’s 1 June 2017  “Trust and Obey”  [LCG NOT GOD] sermon, at this link.  

Added to Weston’s sermon is this comment by Doug Winnail.  See “Big Picture or Loose bricks” at this link.  

Winnail tries to claim that the scriptures are ambiguous and that the brethren need to obey LCG leaders and are not to question the LCG interpretations of the scriptures.  Doug then falsely implies that the scriptures which allow administrative decisions also allow them to interpret and bind their own opinions of the Word of God.  

Of course this is all falsehood and double talk!  What is ambiguous about: Exodus 16:23 He said to them, “This is what the Lord commanded: ‘Tomorrow is to be a day of sabbath rest, a holy sabbath to the Lord. So bake what you want to bake and boil what you want to boil. Save whatever is left and keep it until morning.’” 16:24 So they saved it until morning, as Moses commanded, and it did not stink or get maggots in it. 16:25 “Eat it today,” Moses said, “because today is a sabbath to the Lord. You will not find any of it on the ground today. 16:26 Six days you are to gather it, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath, there will not be any.”  

Notice this command, not to gather or cook food on the Sabbath was made before they arrived at Sinai to prepare them for receiving the full Sabbath commandment:  

Exodus 20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.  

20:9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:  20:10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:

20:11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.  

There is absolutely NOTHING ambiguous about God’s Sabbath commandment; we are NOT to procure food, we are NOT to cook and we are NOT to cause any other person or even animal to work on the weekly and annual Sabbath days.  

These things are not new to LCG, UCG and COGWA, rather I have made them well aware of the commandment and they are choosing to maintain their traditions above turning to the Word of Almighty God.  

These COG Groups and others have chosen to FIGHT the Word of God by setting themselves up as the final arbiters of God’s Word; setting themselves up above God’s Word like other men of sin.  

Let no man lead you into God’s corrective tribulation or lead you into sin and so take your crown!  

Are you afraid of the truth, or do you still have that first love of all truth?  See what these “educated, spiritual men” cannot answer and so they must demand obedience to false tradition  in place of a spiritually honest answer!

READ THE BOOK “The Biblical Sabbath and Calendar” available for free download here; and consider whether we should zealously obey men or God. Extensive additional information is also available at the Sabbath Calendar category on the sidebar.

 

1 Jun:  The COGWA ministerial conference was held in the Dallas area, May 21-24. About 270 ministers and wives [like the other major groups they add the wives to the total to  make the ministry seem bigger] convened for two days of meetings.  COGWA meetings are a chance for the leaders to give a pep talk to the elders.  

The UCG Tkach following leadership made a tremendous effort to get the changes to the majorities needed to modify fundamental teachings approved at the recent GCE Conference.  President Kubik lobbied elders for months before the vote and many of those elders supporting the change in turn lobbied other elders very hard; sometimes even encouraging brethren to write their friends in other congregations to encourage their elders to vote in support of the proposed change.  

Yet the effort was a failure at attaining the 3/4 ths majority needed as only about two thirds of elders voted in favor and about one third voted against.  In fact the effort was worse than a failure because it has polarized many in the UCG ministry.  Only a small handful today believe that the leadership has no interest in making formal doctrinal changes towards Tkach evangelicalism.  

Despite all the talk of unity UCG is now deeply divided again, with about two thirds supporting doctrinal change and one third against, with a handful still keeping their eyes tightly closed to the truth.  At this point the UCG leadership realizes that the only way to get their way, is to split off even more of the ministry.  With the tribulation at the door, will UCG split again?  

A most interesting set of circumstances is developing in the three major COG Groups as many in the other two groups are also slowly becoming more and more disillusioned.  As people from each group visit the other groups looking for a godly place, and as world events unfold;  will some turn to a zeal for living by every Word of God?  Let us pray that God’s will will be done.

 

28 May:  LCG News:  On Thursday of this week, Mr. Ames, Dr. Winnail, and I held an hour-long video conference over the Internet with over 200 ministers and wives around the world. During the meeting, we discussed the importance of holding on to the biblical truths that Mr. Armstrong and Dr. Meredith have emphasized, and the challenge of fulfilling our mission of preaching the Gospel, warning the world of a coming judgment, and caring for God’s people in a rapidly changing world.—Gerald Weston.”  

Additionally LCG writes the same false take on prophecy that the other COG Groups also support; that the king of the North is Christianity  and the king of the south is Islam when Psalm 83 names the Islamic countries as allied with the Ashur [Germany] a main part of the king of the North.  The scriptures clearly state that the king of the north is a federal system of ten nations ALLIED with the Islamic nations; and Egypt with her allies [America and Judah] are the king of the south.  

These folks have no understanding because they reject the Word of God for the false traditions of men and have no zeal for God’s Sabbath.  Please download our “Bible Prophecy” and the Biblical Sabbath and Calendar” books at the Free page to see what the scriptures say.  

This is NOT what Herbert taught,  and neither did HWA teach the false idea that there will be a three and one half year work after peace is declared.  He taught as I do, that the first 3 1/2 years were fulfilled in the first century.  

So much for LCG standing on HWA.  They neither stand on HWA nor do they stand on the Word of God, rather they cloak their own false ideas by claiming that they are godly when they are NOT.  All of the major COG Groups in addition to Bob Thiel teach this gross error.

“Bible prophecy has long foretold an end-time conflict between a “king of the North” that will arise in Europe and a “king of the South” that will emerge in the Middle East (Daniel 11:40-43). It has become apparent that this is a conflict between “Christianity” and Islam. Jesus warned repeatedly that we should “watch” world events (Mark 13:29-37) because these prophecies will come to pass (Daniel 2:45; Isaiah 46:8-11). For more insight into these sobering times, read or listen to The Middle East in Prophecy.”

 

26 May:   The new moon was NOT seen from Jerusalem this evening, meaning that sunset ending the Sabbath of 27 May will begin the New Moon Appointed Time and the first day of the biblical third month which will be on  Sunday May 28.  

The New Moons are commanded Appointed Times to worship God [hold Bible Studies] and to sound the Shofar in rejoicing.  For more on the new moons and the Biblical Sabbath and Calendar please see our free book available on the Home page.  

The next new moon is expected to be visible from Jerusalem the evening of June 25, making June 26 the first day of the fourth biblical month.

 Victor Kubik uses Pentecost to imply that UCG is the “church” that Christ started and that the brethren must be absolutely loyal to UCG n o matter what the leaders do.  Besides further enhancing the mind set, that changes being made in UCG are advances in understanding inspired by the Holy Spirit [remember these same men making the same claims in the Tkach WCG?], Victor is trying to combat the coming losses to UCG as so very many in UCG are seeking out information on where they might go after leaving UCG.

UCG graduates 26 from ABC. 

On Monday 20 LCG Living U students graduated.  Living U now has 15 on campus students and a handful of Internet students.  The LCG Board met this week and the final takeover from Rod Meredith appears to be almost seamless.  

The recent Germano tirade has driven many LCG brethren to TheShiningLight to see what the fuss is about.  It seems that many people are now asking deep questions that these folks cannot answer. 

2 Comments

  1. Your post explaining how a tremendous effort was put in an attempt to thoroughly push through the 3/4 majorities vote in United is very much the truth. I was taken aback by being lobbied myself. Ucg brethren were being openly lobbied by the ministry to actually come forth with written support for or against the vote. This was totally unprecedented I have never had this happen to myself nor heard of this happening before in United.

    They want to know who and how many are for and against: Sounds very suspiciously like the lead up to the COGWA split when the doctrinal change types polled the ministry on who would approve changes [until president Kilough found out about it and stopped that poll]. The first thing Denny said on becoming president was to call for an amicable divorce [split] in UCG
    James

  2. Having been a member of the Ekklesia for 48 years it is so disheartening to see that the corporate ministry still suffers from the plague of spiritual Nicolaitism. It is a scourge which will continue to vex the members of the Ekklesia until Yahweh shelters them a place of refuge. Gerald Weston (LCG) and their hierarchs have a wonderful opportunity to change course and do things right, yet the N-plague has so infected them that recovery will be nigh impossible without God’s direct intervention.

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