Church of God News Blog; 2019

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23 Mar:   A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!  Special Music before Passover about God using trials to perfect his people.  This is true in the lives of each one of us and it is true concerning God’s greater plan for the nations.  Even the tribulation will become a great blessing as humanity is humbled and turns to trust in the Eternal to live by every Word of God and so receive the gift of eternal life.

From IndonesiaMy God is a Mountain Mover.”

From Dubai  “God Will Make This Trial a Blessing.He’ll Make a Way” and “Master of the Wind

 

 

18 Mar:  As Passover approaches I have been able to arrange with the Lulu bookstore for a whopping 60% off my book  “Ecclesiastical Authority: God’s Sabbath and Biblical Calendar.”  For less than $20 you can now have a print copy of this vital in depth study into the duties and responsibilities of the priesthood/ministry, and the parameters and limits of their ecclesiastical authority.  Buy one for yourself and copies for your friends who may be interested but do not have internet access!

LCG-   Gerald Weston writes Until now, Mr. Richard Ames and I co-pastored the headquarters congregation in Charlotte, and prior to that Mr. Ames and Dr. Meredith served as co-pastors. I consulted with Mr. Ames and we agreed to turn over the responsibility and title to Mr. John Strain, who will devote full time to pastoring as well as mentoring younger men that we hope to use in the field ministry.” 

I am told by a Charlotte source that:  “Rod McNair was the former “working pastor” in Charlotte not Richard Ames or Gerald Weston, though being Assistant CAD Director he delegated most of the Charlotte pastoral work to his assistant Mike DeSimone.

John Strain is actually taking the hands-on Charlotte pastoral leadership role away from Rod McNair, not from Richard Ames and Gerald Weston. DeSimone, a very junior man with a pattern of making outrageous unbiblical statements urging blind loyalty to leadership, has been put over LCG’s TV Department.

As for Ames, he hasn’t been a real factor in Charlotte congregation leadership for years, and the new changes are actually meant to help him let go of all remaining responsibilities including TV [Mike DeSimone replaces Wyatt Ciesielka at TV, and Richard Ames will begin to retire from overall broadcasting].

As for Strain mentoring future field ministers, this is a slap in the face to CAD Director Doug Winnail, who was previously responsible for that. Watch for Winnail to retire or be reassigned in the next year or two.

Rod Meredith was grooming Rod McNair to replace Winnail, so it will be interesting to see whether Weston has his eyes on [McNair or] someone [else] to replace Winnail.”

Personally I understand that Doug leans heavily towards UCG attitudes but could probably never be hired for a position there which is anything like the position he presently holds in LCG.  It will be interesting to see of Gerald Weston replaces Doug with McNair and what Doug might then do.

It appears that Rod McNair,  John Strain and Mike DeSimone  all infamous for adamantly insisting on blind obedience to men, high above any zeal for God’s Word, are the rising stars [at least for now] in LCG.  This is not surprising since it could be expected that Gerald Weston would surround himself with like minded persons.

 

16 Mar:   A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!

Passover-  The new moon should be easily visible at Jerusalem after sunset ending 6 April.  Subject to actual observation 7 April should be the first day of the Biblical New Year and Passover will be on Saturday 20 April.  The the first High of the Feast of Unleavened would be 21 April with the last High Day on 27 April and Pentecost on June 9. 

Since the first High Day falls on a Sunday it will be necessary to properly  prepare for a weekly Sabbath followed by a Holy Day.  At the Biblical Studies site the book of John is scheduled to begin tomorrow; this will be followed by a study of the Way to Salvation and the Spring Festivals beginning on 31 March. 

UPDATE-   This link has been added to last week’s Passover article.

 

14 Mar: 13:00 PDT Breaking:  Mideast War-   Two rockets strike Tel Aviv from Gaza, all sides rush to war footing. 

UCG/COGWA-  COGWA reports that Leslie McCullugh died, aged 89, on Monday, March 11. UCG Ministerial Services profile.  Les is survived by his wife, Marion; two daughters and their spouses; Kimberly and Ron Mabry, Gladewater, Texas and Lynn and Matthew Gus, Plano, Texas; and one son, Michael, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

 

11 Mar:  See today’s new article on the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

 

9 Mar:  A Blessed Sabbath and New Moon for All God’s Faithful!

 

8 Mar:  COGWA-  COGWA will hold its International Ministerial Conference at the Sheraton Hotel, which is near the new McKinney, Texas office in mid May.

New Moon-  Sunset this evening begins the first day of the 13th biblical month.  

The New Moon is to be observed with congregational bible studies, or personal bible studies if it is not possible to meet with a like minded congregation.  I recommend that visitors go to the “Sabbath and Calendar” category and review these things this New Moon Sabbath Day.  The New Moons were observed in the Armstrong Radio Church of God with congregational bible studies.  

God’s Word tells us to begin the new month with the first visible light of the new moon as seen from Jerusalem.  The new moon day is an Appointed Time like Passover and is not a High Day, it is to be observed with Bible Studies and the Shofar.    

When Christ comes and the Ezekiel Temple is built, special new moon sacrifices will be offered and in addition to the Shofar being sounded in every town, the two silver trumpets will be sounded over the sacrifices in the Temple at Jerusalem.  See Ezekiel 40-48 and the Leviticus studies.

Remember that when Christ comes he will require all humanity to observe the New Moons.  Isaiah 66:23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord.

 

7 Mar:  The New Moon was not seen this evening at Jerusalem, therefore the first day of the 13th biblical month will begin at sunset on Friday. 

No Aviv barley was found near Jerusalem or anywhere else in Israel.  Therefore an intercalary thirteenth month will be added at the next visible new moon [tomorrow evening], and the first month of the new year will begin in April.  See our Report here

UCG-  UCG Germany elder Alfred Riehle died Wednesday evening at 9:30 p.m. in the intensive care unit of a Reutlingen hospital without having regained consciousness following a stroke on Sunday morning.

Re-credentialed-  On February 26, 2019, Bruno Leclerc was re-credentialed by the United Church of God. He and his wife, Chantal, serve in the Montreal, Quebec, Canada, congregation.

On February 26, 2019, Matt King was re-credentialed by the United Church of God. He and his wife, Soledad, serve in the Los Angeles, California, congregation. 

UCG Canada-  During the recent Council of Elders meeting, Victor Kubik conversed in podcast with two Canadian UCG elders Rainer Salomaa and Tony Wasilkoff.

 

 

6 Mar:  Breaking Israel warns Hamas of pending broad military operation if demonstrations not ended.  The second edition of the  Matthew Mark book is now available for free download here.

 

4 Mar:  UCG has clean and unclean correct as far as they go, then they miss the spiritual point and teach the SDA concept that the law of the clean and unclean is only physical and is only a principle for good health.  This false teaching is also in line with the SDA concept now rampant in UCG, that “we keep the laws not because we have to but because we want to;” which teaching does away with the sovereignty of God making man the decider. 

In fact there is no such thing as “only physical”  since all physical things and laws are intended to teach us spiritual lessons.  To learn the truth about this very spiritual law which law is also commanded in  the New Testament, visit the article: The Law of God and the Unclean Thing

 

2 Mar:   A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!

 

28 Feb:  UCG-  UCG has now posted this month’s Conference videos and the CoE conference Report. There was nothing significant except for the reelection of president Kubik at this Conference, which mainly planned for the May GCE.  “The Council had the assessment of the President. The Council reaffirmed President Kubik for three more years.”

 

24 Feb:  The “Standing Alone”  article has been posted.

UCG-  CoE members are now holding their pre Conference confab in Big Sandy.  Tomorrow the Conference will begin discussing its usual subjects, the coming May GCE and will decide on a president to take over when the Kubik tenure ends on May 7. 

 

23 Feb:   A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful! 

 

21 Feb 11:00 PST:  TheShiningLight Israel Elections-  With the candidate lists now finalized a survey published Thursday evening on Channel 12 reported, if the elections were held today, the Gantz peace party joint list now called the Blue and White party would win 36 Knesset seats and Likud would win 30 mandates.  In terms of building a governing coalition they are tied, with the Netanyahu-led bloc mustering 60 seats, and the peace bloc at 60 seats.  With a Middle East war highly probable and a possible criminal indictment of Netanyahu in the coming weeks,  the numbers are subject to change.

Don’t miss our series on Post Exilic History from the Babylonian captivity to the Ezra Restoration and  Keep up with the latest prophetically significant news at TheShiningLight!

 

17 Feb:  LGM-   I have been informed that Bill Glover, the patriarch founder of Living God Ministries, died this weekend in Oregon.

UCG-  The CoE will convene in Big Sandy in one week on Feb 25, 26.

LCG-   Doug Winnail adds to and twists the scriptures to falsely claim that we are hating if we say anything that offends anyone.  Notice how he adds his own false definition of hate to the scripture.  Hate is to seek to harm or take advantage, to abuse others; it is NOT hate to speak the truth which God commands us to speak.

“The Scriptures state that if we profess to be disciples of Jesus Christ and we hate (offend, despise, talk against, or make comments about) a brother or sister, we “walk in darkness” and are deluding ourselves—because we are not acting like real Christians (1 John 2:9–11).” 

What absolute nonsense;  2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.

Isaiah 58:1 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.

Ezekiel 3:18 When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die [death is the wages of any sin Romans 6:23]; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.

Do these people not know the law? Leviticus 19:17 Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin [allow him to sin without a warning] upon him.

James 5:19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him [how does one convert a person from sin?  By teaching him not to sin]; 20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

It is our moral duty to warn the brethren when we see any sin, in fact God says that we HATE a person if we do not warn them!  Indeed Doug is condemning the preaching of the gospel of repentance.   

The truth is that these folks are so self-involved and proud (Rev 3:15-22), that they are always right in their own eyes no matter how wrong they are; and so reject any questions that they cannot answer and simply attack the messenger to avoid the truth.

 1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: If they cannot defend their doctrines to their own members, how can they teach the world?

Why not just obey the scriptures and give an answer and defend their teachings instead of rejecting questions and attacking the messenger?  Because they cannot answer by the scriptures and they cannot defend their indefensible false traditions. 

Yes godly love brings peace, but it brings peace between people and God; and it will divide the ungodly from the godly (Mat 10:35-37).   

There are people who welcome a life saving warning and respond positively, turning to God with a whole heart.

There are also some people who will be deeply offended by being warned to stop sinning and will attack the messenger accusing of him of hate, when he warned them out of a deep and sincere love in the hope that they might be saved.

 

16 Feb:  A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!

There seems to be an intermittent connectivity issue.  I will have this looked into after Sabbath.  If you cannot access the sites please try again in an hour or two. 

 

15 Feb:   TheShiningLight-   See today’s new article Looming War and Peace in the Middle East, which explains the present situation, and how the Mideast War is likely to unfold into a Mideast peace deal and a short period of booming prosperity in the US.

 

12 Feb:   LCG, COGWA and UCG are all pushing organizational unity and fighting against doctrinal questions which they are unable to answer, so they try to defend their indefensible errors by condemning the questions.  Doug’s comment below is almost identical to the ones he shared with LCG brethren on September 7, 2017 and July 9, 2015.

 

11 Feb:   New Year Assessment-   We are now in the twelfth biblical month with the next new moon expected to be visible – if conditions are perfect –  after sunset 7 March.  Weather conditions in Israel are snow in the north and icy rain in much of the rest of the country with some sunshine and flowers around Gaza.  The likelihood of the barley being in the Aviv state by early March is almost impossible, therefore the New Year is expected to begin on April 7.  However it is wise to keep a close watch in case of any unexpected weather changes and barley growth, and we will be doing so to fulfill the duty of faithful stewards.

LCG-  Mrs. Shirley Apartian died a week ago Friday, The funeral will be today in Charlotte. 

Doug Winnail pushes blind obedience to men and tries to deceive saying “Nowhere do the Scriptures encourage individuals to take it on themselves to correct or “save” the Church.”  The exact opposite is true; we are told to personally prove all things and hold fast to those things which are scripturally correct regardless of what some corporate organization teaches (1 Thess 5:21).  Only by doing that can we discern false teachers from true people of God (Mat 7).  See our articles on Ministerial Authority here.   

 

10 Feb:   COGWA-   COGWA expects their new building to be completed on Feb 19 with the move presently scheduled for 25 Feb.  Only six days for final inspections, deficiency fixes and occupation permits seems very ambitious.   

COGWA is now pushing organizational unity very hard and is promoting the idea of some kind of Bible School to train future ministers. 

 

9 Feb:   A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s faithful!    Special Music I Pray That God’s Blessing Falls Upon All God’s Faithful.  (Numbers 6:22-27 Hebrew English)

 

3 Feb:   New Moon Report-  The new moon should be easily visible in Jerusalem during the evening of Wednesday Feb 6th, which also completes a 30 day month. 

Because no month may be longer than thirty days, Thursday Feb 7 will be the first day of the twelfth biblical month.  The Biblical Feast of Purim in on the 14th and 15th days of the twelfth biblical month, or  20 and 21 Feb this year. 

The Rabbins insert the intercalary 13th month before the twelfth month [calling 13th the 12th, and 12th as the 13th] so as to hold Purim on 20 and 21 March.  Could the timing of this Festival which commemorates deliverance from Haman in the empire of king Artaxerxes Longimanus have any significance in the timing of the Israeli elections and the planned Middle East war?

The New Moon is to be observed with congregational bible studies, or personal bible studies if it is not possible to meet with a like minded congregation.  I recommend that visitors go to the “Sabbath and Calendar” category and review these things this New Moon Sabbath Day.  The New Moons were observed in the Armstrong Radio Church of God with congregational bible studies.  

God’s Word tells us to begin the new month with the first visible light of the new moon as seen from Jerusalem.  The new moon day is an Appointed Time like Passover and is not a High Day, it is to be observed with Bible Studies and the Shofar.    

When Christ comes and the Ezekiel Temple is built, special new moon sacrifices will be offered and in addition to the Shofar being sounded in every town, the two silver trumpets will be sounded over the sacrifices in the Temple at Jerusalem.  See Ezekiel 40-48 and the Leviticus studies.

Remember that when Christ comes he will require all humanity to observe the New Moons.  Isaiah 66:23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord.

 

2 Feb:   A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!

 

1 Feb:   UCG-   UCG will be holding a series of “Focus Meetings”  at the Home Office, pushing organizational unity and indoctrinating people into believing that they are being inspired by the Holy Spirit as they turn away from sound doctrine.  This seems to be an obvious prelude to coming changes since these same men went through the same process before they made the WCG changes    13:00 PST now posted Message from the President.

“Throughout the next few months we will continue to conduct a series of extended Focus Meetings where we will focus more on both the Vision and Mission of the Church.

You might be interested in the questions that we posed in the small group discussions in our extended meeting on Monday that we called Unpacking the “Why”:
How do we put our opinions aside and yield to the Spirit of God?

  • What impedes us from being “joined and knit together?” Are there things that we can do now to change that?
  • Do you feel valued for what you personally “supply?” Are you given opportunities to contribute the skills you have to offer?
  • What is currently in place that helps you work most effectively? Is there anything that could be improved upon or added?
  • Are we growing in love as a home office staff, within our church, and within our community at large? What specific things can you point to? What barriers do we face?
  • Are there things we do that are inconsistent with our Vision statement?
  • Is the home office team conveying the vision of the Church to all our members effectively and does the message we send encourage and enable them to fulfill it?
  • Are we conveying God’s vision for humanity in a loving, genuine, and compelling way?
  • Do we have a culture that is welcoming and loving to new believers?
  • How do we as individuals fulfill the vision of the Church?”

 

30 Jan:   TheShiningLight-   The last article in the Daniel Revelation series has been posted today. The first post in the brand new Gospels and Epistles studies [which will replace all previous Gospels and Epistles studies] is scheduled for tomorrow. 

Gary Leonard at the Banned by HWA site regularly attacks me saying that I am the chief zealot for the law in the COG constellation.  While from their perspective they are excoriating me, I can think of no higher compliment than for my enemies to attest and affirm that I am passionately zealous to teach and to live by every Word of God. Do visit these studies into the Gospels and Epistles beginning with Matthew tomorrow and see why the Adversary hates this work so much.  Don’t forget to tell your friends!

 

29 Jan:   Christian Educational Ministries Lawsuit-   The written, signed and witnessed will of Rob Dart willed his church assets and intellectual properties to his CEM organization.   Upon his death, his wife Allison was convinced along with the will’s Executor to avoid probate and refrain from carrying out the will’s provisions, effectively stealing the assets from Ron’s proper beneficiaries. 

Wes White ingratiated himself to Allie Dart who was terminally ill herself and became the beneficiary of the Dart millions [both Ron’s and Allie’s] upon her death.

CEM has requested that the courts order that the Ron Dart will be probated and the assets distributed properly according to the legal will.  This request is being resisted fang and claw by Wes White who gained possession of these assets by alleged skulduggery.  Wes is falsely claiming that CEM is suing him contrary to scripture, but CEM is not asking for a judgment of law, only asking that the provisions of the will be properly probated and distributed according to the law.

Wes White is an anti COG person by his own admission on various anti COG sites.    Wes claims to be godly, just not a worshiper of Armstrong, and runs his “Start Our Sabbath:” program to entice the brethren, but his alleged actions and teachings fall far short of godly.  

 

27 Jan:    LCG-   LCG announces:    “The lcg.org and cogl.org sites are being combined into a single lcg.org site.”  The new site will be ready in the coming days.

COGWA-   Is Jim Franks greasing the path to declaring apostleship?  He is certainly building a personality cult as his elders are mentioning his name with reverent awe, more and more often in the congregations and in their pronouncements.  Here is an example

UCG-   The next CoE conference will begin on 25 Feb in Big Sandy Texas.  One issue on the agenda is to either confirm or replace Victor Kubik as president since his tenure expires on 8 May.

 

26 Jan:   A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s faithful!

 

24 Jan:   Israel is doing all they can to provoke war with Gaza adding substantial new conditions to the release of Gaza civil servants wages and preparing to launch Gaza war see our January News Blog for more.

 

23 Jan:   TheShiningLight-   I have begun working on the Gospels and Epistles studies,  had thought they were pretty good but I am finding that there is much improvement needed.  Posting of Matthew is expected to begin on Jan 31.

 

19 Jan:   A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s faithful!

 

17 Jan:   UCG Ordinations-    On December 8, 2018, Warren Poffenroth was ordained into the ministry. He and his wife, Heidi, serve in the Calgary, Alberta, Canada, congregation.
On December 29, 2018, Jonathan Hill was ordained into the ministry. He and his wife, Carol, serve in the San Jose, California, congregation.
On January 5, 2019, Tom Meece was ordained into the ministry. He and his wife, Terry, serve in the Petaluma, California, congregation.
On January 5, 2019, James Malizia was ordained into the ministry. He and his wife, Stacey, serve in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, congregation.

Deaths-   Roger Korthuis, pastor of the Sedro-Woolley (Washington) congregation, passed away peacefully in his home on Tuesday, the 15th of January.   John Elliott has been appointed the interim pastor for the United Church of God congregation in Sedro-Woolley, Washington.

TheShiningLight-   Our policy is to remove error and update with increased understanding on a continual bases, always being willing to learn and grow in the knowledge of godliness.  Consistent with that policy a Third Edition of the Daniel Revelation study was published yesterday.  A free download of the manuscript is also available at the Literature page.

I urge all those who purchase our books to use their tithe to do so, in that way the books will cost nothing personally  because they are coming out of funds earmarked for this work anyway.   

This technique of providing the published works directly from Lulu printers saves this work a considerable amount in processing, mailing and maintaining an inventory.  Please do purchase from our official printer Lulu, as other sources will charge considerably more. 

Please note that further edits have been made to the Daniel 7 post at TheShiningLight site clarifying certain points.   Please take the time to reread the Daniel 7 article

15 Jan:   TheShiningLight-   Today completes the Daniel studies series, tomorrow the Revelation studies are scheduled to begin, please note that on many days there will be two posts. 

I have been working hard on updating the Twelve so called Minor Prophets and that project is now completed, they are available at the Minor Prophets category and have also been posted to the Literature page for free downloading.  It has been decided not to post the Minor Prophets on a daily bases but to go directly into the Gospels after Revelation. 

Our Revival theme for 2019 began with Daniel and Revelation, and will continue with the Gospels followed by the Spring Festivals material.

 

13 Jan:   LCG continues to reject the scriptures, still falsely claiming“Bible prophecy proclaims that, just before the end of the age, a European army will arise and function under the auspices of the “king of the North” or “beast” power (Daniel 11:40–45). This European power will carry out a military response to provocation by a king of the South (from the Arab-Muslim world).”  Of course God’s Word says that the New Europe will be allied to Turkey and the Muslim Arab World, Psalm 83.  Why does LCG [and the other groups] reject the sure word of prophecy, the Holy Scriptures?

 

12 Jan:   A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!

 

10 Jan:   TheShiningLight-   As part of the 2019 Revival theme I will be posting studies through the New Testament again.  The intention is not just to repost, but to continue expanding and updating the studies. and as each section is completed the free downloads will also be updated with the new 2019 date.

 

9 Jan:   Mideast Peace-  The details of a Middle East Strategic Alliance (MESA) have been worked out in talks through most of 2018 and Pompeo’s trip is to climax on 15 Jan with a formal signing.  See TheShiningLight Jan 2019 news blog for more.  Also see the articles at the Coming World Events category for an overview of prophetic events

 

7 Jan:  New Moon-   The new moon was easily visible in Jerusalem, making Tuesday Jan 8 the first day of the eleventh biblical month.

 

6 Jan:  TheShiningLight A compilation of the 14 recent prophecy articles in the “Coming World Events” category is now available for free download at the Literature page.

 

6 Jan:  TheShiningLight A compilation of the 14 recent prophecy articles in the “Coming World Events” category is now available for free download at the Literature page.

 

5 Jan:  A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s faithful!

 

3 Jan:  UCG-   Victor Kubik writes-  The 2018 Winter Family Weekend is the largest annual UCG event, and thanks to the work of many dedicated volunteers, one of the smoothest-running ever. The event began with a Friday evening Bible study that encouraged youth to take God’s calling seriously right now. 1,217 brethren attended Sabbath services, with 61 watching via webcast at the home office, along with more than 500 other web connections. The continued growth of this event has us considering larger venues for future years, but in 2019 the Winter Family Weekend will take place at the same location.

In the Northwest 320 people gathered to celebrate the 54th annual Northwest Family Weekend December 21-24 in Portland, Oregon.

Ordination

On December 29, 2018, Jonathan Hill was ordained into the ministry. He and his wife, Carol, serve in the San Jose, California, congregation.

Pastoral Changes
We appreciate the service that retired pastor Steve Shafer has provided to four Michigan congregations as their pastor since 2016. On January 1, he transferred responsibility for Ann Arbor, Flint and Detroit to Mike Phelps, who has been named pastor for those congregations. Craig Clark has been named the pastor for the congregation in Gaylord, Michigan, in addition to his assignment as pastor for Freeland, Michigan. 

Bob Thiel- In reaction to my article of Nov 25, 2018 Bob Thiel writes “There is no possibility that the Great Tribulation can happen in 2019.”    “This cannot possibly happen before 2022 and I do not believe the Great Tribulation can start before 2023.” Here is a link to the Thiel sermonette video: Might the Great Tribulation start in 2019?

Bob has made many failed predictions in the past, like claiming that Islamic Extremism will take over Egypt and grow to become the king of the south, even though Psalm 83 tells us that the Middle Eastern Islamic nations [except Egypt] will be allied with Europe, the king of the north.   

I have been very clear in the Coming World Events category posts about the line up of events; and when the tribulation does begin Bob will be taken by surprise because he views the Scriptures through the lens of  the false traditions of men and the teachings of the unconverted ancient Mayas and others.  On this coming Sabbath, TheShiningLight studies through Daniel [which Bob does not understand and twists to support his unconverted views] will begin.  

 

31 Dec:  UCG-   Changes are coming and rumors are flourishing.  Rumor has it that Don Ward is on the way out as Chairman come May [possibly due to his advanced age and resistance to the proposed new “God of the Old Testament” heresy].   I do not say that Don is against the new heresy since Don was a major figure in making the Tkach changes, but Don remembers well the numbers who left WCG as a result and would like to avoid another exodus from UCG.   

Jonathan Garnant a member of the late Ron Dart’s Christian Educational Ministries governing board, and a UCG elder, may be headed to the CoE. 

 

29 Dec:   A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s faithful!  Special Music:  Worthy is the Lamb.

27 Dec:  For older COG News visit the 2018 COG News live blog

Beginning 29 Dec there will be 13 articles posted over about 8 days at TheShiningLight Coming World Events category.  This will be followed by studies through the books of Daniel and Revelation.

COGWA-   At the annual board meeting in December, President Jim Franks said:

4)  “In the next 7 to 10 years half of our current pastors will most likely retire. Not only is there a financial responsibility to provide for them when they retire, but how do we replace them? This will require judicious use of our resource,s and an increase to continue providing pastors for every congregation, which we are committed to doing.”
“Our current financial plan is to pay off the mortgage of the (new HQ) building within 6 years … this is about when we will see the largest number of men retiring.”

This concern is NOT unique to COGWA and is a pressing issue in the other groups, especially UCG and LCG.  What Franks did not say is that [in the other groups as well]  over the next 7 to 10 years over half of the tithing membership will also retire, pass on or leave. 

Also not stated is the fact that the big three have become little more than social clubs with almost no understanding of the sound doctrine of God’s Word.  In fact they resist the truth with all of their strength.

Jim Franks again:  

We know that we have doctrinal challenges to contend with.
“Paul, Peter and John all warned about false teachers and false prophets. It will come from among us. We must ask ourselves if we have done the best job we can in teaching our basic beliefs, especially among our young adults. Are we doing our best to help them understand some of the most basic teachings of God’s word? We all must be on guard against heresy. It will come and it has come. We must not tolerate [any change from their own false traditions] it. We will be kind to everyone, but we will not accept erroneous doctrinal teachings.” 

That is,  they will not accept any truth that does not agree with their organizational errors and false traditions.  

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  1. “This concern is NOT unique to COGWA and is a pressing issue in the other groups”… unless I miss my guess, there’s a very real chance that in 7 to 10 years, 100% of your ministry will be retired as well. And 50% of your donating disciples will be gone. But hey, at least you’re not a social club…

    Dear Amused I have repeatedly stated that this work is purely preparatory and is about preparing the brethren, regardless of corporate organization, for the advent of God’s two servants and the coming of our Lord by building a body of studies through the scriptures and expounding sound doctrine.

    When God’s two are set up they will take over and they can make any needed changes.

    I expect to go to the place God has prepared. I doubt very much if I will be one of these two; but who they will be is in God the Father’s hands alone. I fully expect our Lord to come well within the next 10 years, making the advent of God’s two and the onset of the tribulation probable in a year or two [as world trends and prophecy also indicate].

    A few hundred will turn wholeheartedly to God now and go to the place which God has prepared and during the tribulation many tens of thousands will turn enthusiastically to godliness.

    I have never made any secret of these things, it would be wise to at least read the material and get informed before making comments. I dare say that your amusement will evaporate quickly once this trial begins James

  2. It’s interesting that ancient Israel never went anywhere when God poured out the plagues on Egypt. Meaning that God can and does protect His people anywhere they may be. We were all duped by WCG/HWA over so many false doctrines including the place of safety. Who wants to go to Petra, which was recently flooded when a group of young people were touring it?

    It is also interesting that Israel left Egypt when God told them to; Noah built and entered the ark when God told him to; Lot left Sodom when God told him to; and the first century brethren fled Jerusalem when God told them to!

    Of course God can protect us where we are, but if God tells us to leave for another place through his two prophets, we had better obey Him! This is not a test of God’s power, it is a test of our faithful obedience!

    This all about dividing the faithful from the disobedient by forcing people to make a choice to either obey or chose to disobey God. This is why it is so very important to warn the brethren of this coming test and to properly prepare them by expounding the sound doctrine of every Word of God so that they can make an informed decision;

    The brethren must also be warned of things to come, so that when these things happen those who have made the wrong choice will remember the warnings and be convicted and turn to live by every Word of God during the period of their Job like correction.

    Further, Petra is NOT God’s prepared place, and I have never taught any such thing! On the other hand, there is most definitely a place prepared by God for his faithful.

    In the first century God took the faithful to Pella NOT Petra, and it is very likely that the faithful will return to some kind of refuge camp close to the same Pella in our time. Please read the material: https://theshininglight.info/revelation-12-and-the-70-weeks-prophecy/

    See also Pella: https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1NHXL_enCA711CA711&ei=bHYnXLLkBdav0PEP0ayH-AE&q=pella+jordan&oq=pella+jordan+&gs_l=psy-ab.1.2.0l2j0i22i30l8.8158.10996..16793…0.0..0.87.1038.19……0….1..gws-wiz…….0i71j33i21j33i160j33i22i29i30j0i22i10i30.IXxl-G5j-9A
    James

  3. Jim Franks wrote: “…“In the next 7 to 10 years half of our current pastors will most likely retire. Not only is there a financial responsibility to provide for them when they retire, but how do we replace them?…”

    I wonder what scriptures Jim Franks has in mind that tells those associated with cogwa that they need to provide for the retirement of others. Didn’t [couldn’t] the ministry provide for their own retirement. For example, have a reduction in pay and put that money “saved” aside for that retirement? I am not sure how social security fits into their retirement, if at all?

    God would be a god of confusion if He were indeed working with all of the split-off groups claiming to be “of God.” That would make God look stupid.

    Jim Franks was at the Indianapolis Conference when the United Ass. was created. An individual, BM, thought that the ministry of Melchizedek was “…entitled to pick up tithes and offerings from the people,” but then went on to ask a question: “…how do you present yourselves in relationship to the ministry of Melchizedek? Are you claiming that the ministry of Melchizedek has moved from Pasadena to this new board of elders?…”

    Dennis Luker said: “…if we are the ministers of Jesus Christ, then we are the ministers of Melchizedek…We’ll need to address that issue…that issue will be addressed in more detail, when we can have many of us together to discuss it, to make sure we give a proper and accurate answer…”

    To my knowledge, nobody in the United Ass. has provided any additional details to this day. And I don’t believe Jim Franks of cogwa has either, unless someone can provide those details showing otherwise.

    Their ministries all seem to be striving to take care of themSELVES, and all of those who attend must bear all of the ministry’s burdens in addition to their own financial burdens.

    John

    This would be a corporate responsibility incurred through any employment agreements with paid employees. This has nothing to do with any God commanded retirement package for elders. This kind of corporate employment package for elders was created by Stan Rader at HWA’s request so as to keep the elders as dependent on the organization as possible.
    James

  4. I have to agree with Bob’s interpretation James. The Great Tribulation cannot begin until the Beast and False Prophet have risen to power at least. Neither have been revealed as yet. Nor have the 2 witnesses come on the scene and surely will prior to the Tribulation since they are martyred at its latter end. Further, they’ll be prophesying against the Beast and False Prophet (so the latter two will have to be on the scene for the 2 witnesses ministry to begin).

    Sir, that is exactly what I teach so your comment is bewildering. Perhaps you should actually READ the material before commenting? Begin with this article https://theshininglight.info/prophesied-events-for-the-immediate-future/ and then go here. https://theshininglight.info/category/news-and-prophecy/coming-world-events/

    James

  5. James with all due respect I did read your material and the reason I felt the need to comment was because you wrote: “At this time all events are lining up for the 42 month great tribulation to begin at the end of 2019, or if things go slowly at the end of 2020” (https://godourlight.info/theshininglight-and-ucg-update/). The Great Tribulation won’t begin until the Beast and False Prophet have been revealed. They haven’t been revealed yet so until then why do you, Bob and others with a HWA/WCG background make such presumptuous predictions that the Great Tribulation will happen in 2019 or 2020?! Aren’t you setting yourself up to fail as a false prophet not unlike HWA, RCM and others who wildly speculated about the destruction of America and the return of Christ decades ago and whose predictions were proven wrong time and again? As our Savior said: “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power” (Acts 1:7).

    Dear Tom
    The false prophet will be set up after this coming Middle East war as a peace deal is made. God’s two prophets will be set up as this false man calls for the nations to approve the New Europe setting up the political beast.

    My positions are based on the flow of the news [everything I have said is now coming together] and on the scriptures. See https://godourlight.info/105-the-2300-day-prophecy-dates-the-coming-of-christ/

    Acts 1:7 is explained in Revelation 4 and 5. The Father revealed these things to the Son AFTER he was changed to spirit and risen to sit with the Father until he comes back; which was AFTER he said that no man knew the time when he was still in the flesh. https://theshininglight.info/rev-4-5/ and we have God’s promise that he would reveal these things during the very last days. See the Daniel 12 study https://godourlight.info/the-days-of-daniel-12/

    I realize that mistakes are most certainly possible in historic dates and in our understanding, which is why I have never made any firm predictions.

    I do understand that Herbert and others have caused people to become gun shy, which suits Satan’s purpose in trying to obscure true warnings; on the other hand God will not leave the people without a good warning as God has promised in Daniel 12.

    I do know that people will be skeptical now and I have said these things so that when they happen people will begin to take the doctrine seriously and will turn closer to God.
    James

  6. James, you wrote: “COGWA- Is Jim Franks greasing the path to declaring apostleship? His elders are mentioning his name with reverent awe, more and more often in the congregations and in their pronouncements. Here is an example.”

    I went to the site and read the latest member letter and viewed the current video by Britton Taylor and I did not see anywhere that Jim Franks is greasing some path to declaring apostleship. Was there something specific you read/saw that led you to your conclusion about Franks’ potential apostleship that I did not look at? Was it a specific letter or video you had in mind that I did not read/view?

    Thanks, in advance, for replying.

    John

    I wrote that; “His elders are mentioning his name with reverent awe, more and more often in the congregations and in their pronouncements.” I was referring to the phenomena of COGWA elders continually referring to “Mr Franks” in a very obsequious, fawning, servile, boot licking fashion, so very often. James

  7. How about are these things consistent with God’s Word? Unity for the sake of unity is just another word for complacency. God expects us to do things His way not to try to fit in or blend in to an organization. It’s sad to see all of these different organizations trying to resurrect what God destroyed back on 1995. Let’s not forget, Christ is the head of the church (Ekklesia). I hope that we can all wake up before Christ returns and not be lulled to sleep with smooth words. May God speed His return & may we be ready when our Husband comes!!

    This Kubik message and the UCG plan is noteworthy for its focus on organizational unity, falsely claiming that it is the same as unity with God.

    This is also noteworthy for its false use of the Holy Spirit to claim that their developing changes are inspired by God. This is the same Evangelical idea that they are following the Holy Spirit as they reject much of scripture.

    This focus program has every appearance of being a prelude to changes which they will claim are inspired by the Spirit, just as these same men claimed that the changes they made in the WCG were inspired by the Holy Spirit. See these articles https://godourlight.info/category/church-history/
    James

  8. How can COGWA push organisation unity when they (cogwa) know more than others how scattered the COG is ??
    Sole organisation loyalty died a bad death a while ago.

    They revolted against organizational loyalty when they split UCG. Now it appears that enough time has passed for them to push loyalty to COGWA. Isn’t that how it always works with these groups, it’s always about loyalty to them, when true religion is about loyalty to GOD ALMIGHTY! James

  9. The spirit of unity is of God.Mans personalities cause division if allowed.

    The ONLY unity of any value is unity with God through living by every Word of God.

    Unity with God brings all those persons united with God, into a God based unity with one another.

    God commands that the spiritually unclean through sin or false teachings be cast out and divided [separated] from the godly; https://theshininglight.info/the-law-of-god-and-the-unclean-thing/ for this reason Jesus cast the sinners out of the Temple.

    Organizational unity through conforming to the false traditions of men leads to severe correction from God. James

  10. Hello James.I represent a few scattered followers of God’s TRUTH here in this part of Africa. We came out of the COG groups in our various locations due to doctrinal issues and now want to have an organized group of like-minded people. Example of this is what was done in the early days of the church recorded in the book of Acts. James can you therefote help initiate discussions on this issues for us, as to how best to bring it into fruition.Thanks.

    Please bear in mind that TheShiningLight is strictly an internet effort so that I can reach out to ALL organizations and brethren. I am not trying to establish a corporate church but I am calling all existing corporate churches and brethren to a closer relationship with God. I cannot offer financial or other support beyond the information supplied.

    There are several small groups of family and friends already meeting informally together on the Sabbath and High Days, reading and discussing doctrine; and thousands of others regularly reading the posts.

    Thank you for this comment and I will work on a post about the subject.

    James

  11. Doug Winnail wrote: “…“Nowhere do the Scriptures encourage individuals to take it on themselves to correct or “save” the Church…”

    I wonder if Doug has ever considered any significance with the following verses, which God inspired James to write?

    James 5:19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him;

    :20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

    Perhaps Doug may consider those words of James and write up some “new” (& not regurgitate the “same old, same old” stuff he has already written, and rewritten with minor word changes) worthwhile advice for his followers??????

    John

    These folks also seem to reject the words of Christ in Matthew 18 that when we have an issue [are offended] we must go to the person.. What do they think of Ezekiel 3 or Ezekiel 33. Are we not told to always be ready to give an answer, how can they, then forbid honest questions from their own members? 1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: If they cannot defend their doctrines to their own members, how can they teach the world?

    The truth is that these organizations have been flooded with questions which they cannot answer, because their pride will not allow them to accept the increase in knowledge that God promised us in this latter day in Danial 12. James

  12. Thank you James for the prompt reply to my post on having an organised group here. I wish to state here that “silver and gold” is not what we need from you. We have come out individually for some years now. The challenge in remaining in the COG groups and observing all things whatsoever Jesus Christ commanded is just NOT possible. Because any time there is conflict with the date of commanded assembly then your loyalty is at stake. Meanwhile we have come to realise that for now, developing holistically as a chistian in isolation leaves room for improvement. Hence the need to call on you and the brethren to assist us as to the way to go. Note also that we have internet challenges here this makes access to your posts irregular. Thanks again for your time.

    I will do a post on this subject of standing alone as soon as I can. Please note that most of the studies being posted daily can be downloaded freely from our Literature page and then studied at your leisure without internet access. This was intended to help with the very problem of intermittent internet access.

    A free version of Microsoft Word to open these files can be downloaded at our Literature page.https://theshininglight.info/literature/

    Most of the Old Testament is now available but because I am redoing the New Testament I would expect to have studies through the New Testament completed and available by this autumn. James

  13. Doug Winnail pushes blind obedience.

    You forgot to mention that God gave His church specific instructions concerning those who are within His church and who are either sinning or pushing false doctrines (of men). Notice:

    I Cor. 5:12-13
    12 For what business is it of mine to judge outsiders (non-believers)? Do you not judge those who are within the church [to protect the church as the situation requires]?
    13 God alone sits in judgment on those who are outside [the faith]. Remove the wicked one from among you [expel him from your church]. (AMP)

    The job of leadership within the church has been given to elders and senior elders, the God-appointed leaders in the church. Most of them have not stepped up to the plate and called for an accounting of those who continue to abuse and jerk around God’s people in order to maintain their so-called “control” and “authority” which is really NO authority at all! Many so-called leaders in the church, who aren’t leaders at all, are nothing more than spoiled babies from the WCG who continue to want their own ways and still haven’t grown up or learned anything about Godly love in the past one or two generations!

    Still it is not wise to be bitter, instead we should learn the lessons that God is teaching us. God is allowing these things for his purposes. First to teach people to put God’s Word above the words of men, and to teach the brethren to discern between the godly and the ungodly (Mal 3:18). 1 Corinthians 11:19 For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest [stand out like shining beacons] among you. James

  14. Re: Feb 24 – Minutes of the COE meetings show President Kubik received a third term.

    I think that’s a first. And I think it’s surprising – since he seemingly threw down a gauntlet in recent weeks with online letters straddling U.S. political lines, instead of taking a hard Trumpian stand on things like immigration.

    This short line at the very end of the report. “The Council had the assessment of the President. The Council reaffirmed President Kubik for three more years.” http://coe.ucg.org/council-report/council-elders-meeting-report-february-25-27-2019-2019-02-28 James

  15. I do so love to have other people here. We can learn from the comments. I am not very well with words. The one thing I can say about the power of the pillars telling the COG’s what they are doing wrong. What would the leaders of the COG’s today do to the groom’s witnesses and also Paul. I think we all know the answer. Everyone have a great Sabbath. Thank you James.

  16. James on 4 Mar you wrote: “……UCG … miss the spiritual point and teach the SDA concept that the law of the clean and unclean is only physical and is only a principle for good health. This false teaching is also in line with the SDA concept now rampant in UCG, that “we keep the laws not because we have to but because we want to;” which teaching does away with the sovereignty of God making man the decider……”

    Has Victor Kubic or someone else in the United Ass. said those words of: “we keep the laws not because we have to but because we want to”?

    I believe Joe Tkach senior said words to that effect back in the WCG days about 1994 or 1995, and that his son Joey certainly thinks that way about the Sabbath and things regarding God’s law.

    Thanks
    John

    Yes, Gary Antion consistently taught this to the ABC students for years and when I asked Aaron Dean about this in a personal letter, Arron told me that Gary was correct and said that my take on the subject was only my own opinion. ABC has been used to indoctrinate into such things for many years now.

    Scroll down this link to see an ABC student parroting the Antion teaching in a comment to this sermon. https://www.ucg.org/sabbath-services/sabbath-webcast-cincinnati-pm-october-6-2018

    I quote The Antion Sabbath Webcast Cincinnati PM – October 6, 2018 comment directly in case this should be removed
    “Louise Roth 3 months ago
    Zenda, You said we did not have to keep the Sabbath because of Christ dying on the cross we no longer had to keep the Commandments. You’re right we don’t have to keep them, As Christians we want to keep them, we want to please God as we recognize all of his sacrifices for us, we want to please him. If you are in a position where you are not wanting to please God I think you need to reevaluate Your relationship with God.
    Log in or register to post comments”

    Now of course we should WANT TO keep God’s commandments, nevertheless regardless of whether we want to or not; we are required to obey Almighty God or pay the penalty of eternal death. This subtle lie makes obeying God optional according to our own judgment, thereby exalting us above God!

    Ask any former ABC student on the subject; Do we keep the Sabbath because we have to, or because we want to? The UCG youth have been brainwashed with this garbage for almost two decades and now for the past three years Victor has been ordaining many new elders who accept this gross heresy; which makes people the deciders with the right to decide for themselves, thereby exalting them above God. James

  17. It looks like they removed the link: https://www.ucg.org/sabbath-services/sabbath-webcast-cincinnati-pm-october-6-2018

    Thank you for this. I did copy the comment suspecting that it might be removed. I do hope that enough people have visited the actual link so as to confirm my true copy.

    Strange that they did not just reply to the comment with a correction instead of removing it. Instead of correcting it, by removing the sermon and comments they made a clear admission that they agree. Actually why remove it when Gary has been teaching this for the past decade and more, and any former ABC student can confirm this?

    The truth is that they were not ready for this to come out to the larger body of brethren yet. They are working hard to set an attitude in the brethren before openly declaring these things.

    This extremely subtle “we can decide” attitude leads to situation ethics and falling away from any zeal for godliness; and as the folks in WCG learned, this heresy is a foundation for completely falling away. Of course we should “want to,” nevertheless Almighty God requires us to obey regardless of what we want!
    James

  18. Re: 14 Mar – Sympathies to the McCullough family and all who knew him.

    He served as UCG President for a few years. I’ve always thought it strange and sad that UCG has had six Presidents, including the current one – and three of them wound up in other groups.

  19. Don’t be concerned about the link to the sermon being removed. I have witnessed and heard myself in UCG Sabbath services the remark being said.
    I heard similar and worse preached “We dont keep the Holy days because we have to, but because we want to”
    I have never forgotten. It arises the apostate thinking of “what if a person doesn’t want to ?”
    It puts EMOTION before LAW.

  20. Rocky,

    I too visited the site while the 6 October 2018 information was still being shown, saw the comments made by Louise Roth to Zenda, Sabrina Clore and Patricia Mercer, and then I posted the following (between the #############) including some statements made by Joseph Tkach Senior about how one would “want to obey God:”
    #############

    Louise Roth wrote: “Zenda, You said we did not have to keep the Sabbath because of Christ dying on the cross we no longer had to keep the Commandments. You’re right we don’t have to keep them, As Christians we want to keep them…”

    Louise/Zenda both agree there is no need to keep the Sabbath Commandment, but that you both keep it b/c you “want to keep” it/them (all Commandments).

    That’s interesting b/c Joseph W. Tkach Sn. in a 24 Dec 1994 sermon said: “..Each person will have his own relationship with God that Jeremiah predicted. Each person will WANT TO OBEY God, not because of some list of rules that were written down somewhere, but because…God first conditioned us before we said, yes Lord, your will be done, and not mine. And we submitted as we made that agreement and covenant with God at Baptism. God calls it the circumcision of the heart…”

    Mr. Tkach knew God first conditioned us! How, by the power of God’s Spirit as Mr. Tkach went on to say: “..We are going to WANT TO OBEY him, if we really believe..”
    And how believe?

    “And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,” Eph 1:19; Romans 3:22

    Submitted 11:47 AM 13 March 2019 “Your comment has been queued for review by site administrators and will be published after approval.”

    #############
    Later in the afternoon I looked into the site again and noticed that, as James Malm so aptly perceived, the Site Administrator removed all evidence of the 6 October 2018 sermon and comments…swept it clean, as though the thoughts earlier posted there never existed.

    Is someone in the United Ass. ashamed of something, have something to hide? The comments from Sabrina and Patricia have been on the site for at least 5 months. Why remove all evidence now?

    I rarely ask my wife anything about the United Ass. anymore, because she usually says things like: “Go to the website yourself…tell others to go there and search for themselves…why do you care?…why do others really care?, etc.”

    I would be shocked if she said she observes the Sabbath now “not b/c she has to, but b/c she wants to.” I know she believes the Sabbath is a Commandment, a separate covenant; however, I doubt that she has any idea about what the Leadership really thinks, and is saying, nor exactly what the ABC students are being indoctrinated to think/teach, nor that most of the leaders of United today, once upon a time, are the identical same leaders who backed up Mr. Joseph Tkach Senior and many of his comments made about “new understanding” about “…the old covenant practices like tithing, avoiding unclean meats, keeping the Sabbath and the Holy Days…” in that infamous 24 Dec 1994 sermon.

  21. Growing up in the church, I used to see my friends go out to the college & almost every one of them would come home baptized. Some, were put into the ministry. The same thing is happening today in these organizations. False teachings & dumbing down of God’s word are not only being taught to these people, but are now being brought forward to the congregations where we now have to hear it. God is not the author of confusion. I hope that we do what God commands us to do which is to prove all things & hold fast to that which is good. Things are going to get a lot worse. What we see in the church is what is happening in this world. I hope we can all draw near to God & focus on getting ourselves ready to meet our Husband Jesus Christ. May He speed that day!

  22. James, Rod McNair was the former “working pastor” in Charlotte, though as Assistant CAD Director he delegated most of the Charlotte pastoral work to his assistant Mike DeSimone. John Strain is actually taking the hands-on Charlotte pastoral leadership role away from Rod McNair, not from Richard Ames and Gerald Weston. DeSimone, a very junior man with a pattern of making outrageous unbiblical statements urging blind loyalty to leadership, has been put over LCG’s TV Department. As for Ames, he hasn’t been a real factor in Charlotte congregation leadership for years, and the new changes are actually meant to help him let go of responsibilities in TV, not in the Charlotte congregation. As for Strain mentoring future field ministers, this is a slap in the face to CAD Director Doug Winnail, who was previously responsible for that. Watch for Winnail to retire or be reassigned in the next year or two. Rod Meredith was grooming Rod McNair to replace Winnail, so it will be interesting to see whether Weston has his eyes on someone else.

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