Church of God News Blog; Jan to July 2019

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31 Jul:  This COG News blog ends today 31 July and a new COG News blog will begin on 1 August.

 

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27 Jul: A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!

UCG-  Victor Kubik posts a message about “love,” saying that “God is love” and presenting some of the aspects of love, but he does not define love by putting all the scriptures on the subject together.  God’s Word defines love as; Love is to live by every Word of God!

Love is the very nature of God and love as well as God are defined by the entire Word of God which is a very large subject. It is very easy to fall into the evangelical and Tkach trap of looking at a few scriptures that seem to fit our own ideas and neglect the other scriptures on the subject, or mixing up the proper priorities as Victor and the UCG Council as well as other groups are doing.

The very foundation and definition of godly love is the Word of God. What the evangelicals and Victor are doing is to look at a few principles relating to human relationships that they like and neglect the many other principles which do not fit their own ideas.

It is very good that Victor desires to help others, but we should not let a laudable desire to do good to others override our obligation to put God first.

The truth is that we are commanded to warn others who are sinning and not to do so is defined by God as “hate.” Therefore if we take the “do not offend people” path, we are not really practicing love by God’s Word at all.

Leviticus 19:17 Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him.

We must look at the whole and not just take something which appears to support our own inclinations out of the context of the complete Word of God, which is what Victor is doing.

In 1968 Herbert fell into the trap of an inoffensive business model outreach. It is very important to realize that Victor and the Council really believe what they are saying about love and not offending people, and that this approach is not limited to internal UCG relationships but will water down the UCG message even further.

This false evangelical love love concept looks very good to people, but it separates people from God by focusing on a few scriptures and neglecting so many others.

We are commanded to:

Isaiah 58:1 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people [this includes God’s spiritual people] their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.

We cannot please God by being inoffensive to men, but we are to avoid any UNNECESSARY offenses.

Pride in good works toward humanity and acting on a few scriptures that appear to support our preconceived notions instead of putting all scriptures together, is exalting our own ideas of loving others above our duty to put all scripture together to come to a proper understanding of the Word and Will of God: This is idolatry!

Christ is described as like a flame of fire.  Flames are a fire that purifies all things.  Jesus Christ will purify all things by forgiving sincerely repented sins and destroying all willful sinners in the lake of fire.

1 John 2:3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.  2:4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.  2:5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.

1 John 3:22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

Beginning tomorrow our Epistle series studies through 1, 2 and 3 John, which focus on the love of God.

 

23 Jul:  Right now most COG news is about summer camps and Feast preparations. 

UCG is holding its next CoE Conference Aug 19 to 22 the focus will be on its doctrinal reviews and Feast preparations.

LCG seeing present world events is preparing a message about prophecy for the fall Feast. 

The Richard Ames July 19  FB post states “Our Lord Jesus Christ prophesied that the “gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14). We thank God that this stirring message is now going forth in power. We also know that the two witnesses will continue that mission for 42 months during the Great Tribulation and Day of the Lord (Revelation 11:3-13). But preceding their ministry, Christ gave the Great Commission to His servants (Mark 16:15), and it continues to this day.” This introduces a Gerald Weston Personal titled “The Ride Is Almost Over” coming up in the September-October Tomorrow’s World magazine, which will focus on what LCG is doing at this time. 

 

20 Jul:  A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s faithful!

 

14 Jul: COGWA– From Jon Pinelli:
“It is with mixed emotions that we inform you all of the death of my father, Richard Pinelli. While we are saddened with losing him, we are grateful he is asleep awaiting his resurrection to eternal life. He died peacefully at approximately 5:00 a.m. this morning in Vancouver, Washington.
Richard Robert Pinelli was born in Chicago, IL on July 25, 1937. He was called into the Church and baptized in 1956. He attended Ambassador College from 1956 – 1961. He married Mary Porter in 1960. My father was ordained into the ministry in the fall of 1963. He would serve God’s people in a number of locations and capacities, in Canada and the United States over the next 56 years. He was preceded in death by a grandson – Justin. He is survived by his sister Eileen Pinelli, wife Mary, son Jonathan, daughter Adrienne, daughter-in-law Debbie, and grandchildren Kegan and Emaerie.
Visitation, Tuesday July 16th 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Evergreen Memorial Gardens
1101 NE 112th Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98684
Funeral and internment, Wednesday July 17th 10:00 a.m.
Evergreen Memorial Gardens
1101 NE 112th Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98684”

13 Jul:  A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s faithful!  Dear A, received your letter.  Thank you for your kind words of encouragement.

COGWA- So far reports of the death of Richard Pinelli have not been confirmed.

 

11 Jul 10:45 PDT: Update- Louisiana’s governor, John Bel Edwards, declared an emergency and said national guard troops and high-water vehicles will be positioned all over the state. Mandatory evacuations were ordered south-east of New Orleans, Louisiana as a state of emergency was declared.

09:00 PDT: WARNING!-  Due to a very wet spring in the central USA the Mississippi is running very high.  There has been heavy rain and flooding in recent days and At this time a series of heavy rainstorms is gathering over the sea and building to hurricane strength while heading towards New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, catastrophic flooding is forecast.  Brethren residing on the Gulf Coast should consider a precautionary pre weekend evacuation.

 

9 Jul: UCG Ordinations-  On Pentecost, June 9, David Elliott was ordained into the ministry. He and his wife, Hannah, serve in the London (Central), United Kingdom, congregation. On June 15, Joel Borton was ordained into the ministry. He and his wife, Suzanne, serve in the Fort Wayne, Indiana congregation.

 

8 Jul: TheShiningLight-  See our Twelfth Anniversary Message.

COGWA-  Jim Franks writes about international leadership seminars in his July letter.

UCG-  The United News is now available.

Jorge de Campos and Kraig Bledsoe’s recent trip to Brazil and Angola.

UCG has just posted this belated report about some aspects of the May GCE Conference.

“Cincinnati, Ohio—The annual meeting of the General Conference of Elders convened May 3-6. Present at the Conference were 144 elders and 125 wives, with many more who watched or listened in remotely. The ministry approved the Council’s Strategic Plan, Operation Plan and Budget for 2019-2020. Four council seats were also chosen. 

The Sabbath on May 4 began with two seminars presented by Darris McNeely and Randy Stiver titled “God’s Unfinished Business With Israel” and “The Tribes of Israel: Always Hidden in Plain Sight.” Both focused on the role of the scattered tribes of Israel throughout history and into modern day events. Ministerial and Member Services operations manager Mark Welch gave the first split sermon titled, “The Pearl of Great Price.” Len Martin, pastor in Cambridge, Columbus and Mansfield, Ohio and member of the Council of Elders, gave the second called “Do You Have What It Takes?” During a special dinner, Council Chairman Donald Ward welcomed all guests and a ceremony was held recognizing ministers and employees for their years of service. The day ended with a Question and Answer session with the Council of Elders. 

Sunday, May 5

Jerold Aust opened the proceedings with prayer. Council secretary Gerald Seelig announced the ballots for the Council, international nominees, Strategic Plan, Operation Plan and Budget. 

Chairman’s Address: Dr. Donald Ward reminded ministers and elders of the important calling to prepare a people for the return of Jesus Christ and for the coming Kingdom of God. He spoke on the importance of bringing into remembrance the “big picture”—the truth of God’s plan that has been committed to the Church—to stir each other up to be more on fire than ever before, especially during these critical times in society. He also stressed courage, conviction and commitment as necessary traits to keep kindled the fiery zeal to do the work of the Church and the will of God. 

President’s Address: Victor Kubik focused on the necessity of open doors in order to preach the gospel. God is the one who opens doors through His Spirit (Zechariah 4:6Isaiah 55:11) and calls the people to whom we preach the gospel. He asserted that the future of the work will not involve us battering down walls, but instead walking through doors that God opens for us. Mr. Kubik charged the entire Church, both members and leadership, to get on their knees and ask God to open doors for us.

Ministerial and Member Services: Mark Welch gave some updated numbers and statistics regarding the ministry and attendance. He also shared nine goals for the coming year(s):

1. Develop close relationships with all pastors and elders. 

2. Encourage all pastors to be helpers of our members’ joy and to involve all members in service wherever possible. Develop church congregations around the world that are warm and inviting to new attendees. 

3. Visit as many church areas as feasible with the intent to meet as many members as possible and to cultivate a relationship of mutual trust and openness. 

4. Survey every congregation to determine overall satisfaction level of members and to help pastors and elders improve in their service to our local congregations. 

5. Implement annual pastoral and elder self-evaluations, in collaboration with regional pastor and pastors. 

6. Improve regional ministerial conferences and ministerial education, leadership workshops, Pastoral Development Program, all programs and online training. 

7. Respond to international requests and needs for training and help.  

8. Encourage all pastors to mentor others in their congregations to serve in the ministry. 

9. Endeavor to head off conflicts in the early stages—point everyone involved to follow Matthew 18

Address from Treasurer: Rick Shabi’s address covered significant financial events of the past year including the audit, the completion and capitalization of the video recording studio and some property acquisitions. The audit was completed with no proposed adjustments for improved internal controls for the fifth year in a row. 

Total studio construction costs, to date, are $1,004,000 and so far we have received $936,000 in restricted fund donations. A building for the Columbus, Ohio congregation was purchased largely by the congregation and a property in Cape Girardeau was donated to UCG this year. 

Before April 2019, the income was 3 percent under budget and 8 percent lower than the previous year. After April, however, the income is now on budget, albeit still 3 percent lower than the previous year. The Days of Unleavened Bread and fall Holy Day offerings this year were $100,000 over budget, while general contributions were lower. This is due in part to demographics of the Church; as more people retire, they give offerings but have less titheable income. The income is steadying out in the $18-19 million range, about equal to estimated expenses this year as they have steadily risen in the last five years.  

Media and Communications Services: Peter Eddington updated the audience on the new video recording studio and its results. The new studio is about 10 times larger than the old one, and can also be used for photoshoots, reenactments and other projects. Above it is a prop and costume room, sound console and lighting board. Adjoining upstairs is a radio and recording studio for capturing sermons, podcasts and voiceovers.

To date, the media team and presenters have recorded 15 new programs with each one hosting about 50 guests in the audience. Since February 2018, our Roku app has seen a 56percent increase in channel installs, an 81 percent increase in channel sessions and a 74 percent increase in videos watched. Average watch time is 24.5 minutes of the 28-minute videos. The Beyond Today YouTube channel has gotten 10.48 million video views and hosts over 1,935 videos with 46,685subscribers. UCG.org is currently ranked by Alexa as the 13th most popular religious denomination website in the world. Last year, the UCG.org website received over 10 million unique visitors and 99.8 percent were non-members. 

Keynote Address: Bill Bradford, pastor of six congregations in Queensland, Australia, gave an address entitled “The Compact” in which he explained that God’s plan of salvation for mankind is because of an agreement, or compact, between God the Father and Jesus the Son.  

This greatest agreement ever made is still honored and always will be. Understanding this eternal compact allows us to assess where we are on the spiritual spectrum of God’s plan. Are we on it? Is the path ahead clear to us upon whom the ends of the earth have come? When we properly understand the mystery of this great compact, it gives us the capacity to know where we are and who we are in the great plan of God. It is the heart of everything that is. 

Following the international reports was a presentation by Greg Thomas honoring the deceased elders and wives of the past year. The proceedings ended with chairman Donald Ward announcing the ballot results.

Monday, May 6

The day began with the ministerial wives’ workshop led by Barb Welch. The theme, “Becoming Resilient Women,” set the tone for an edifying discussion about maintaining and caring for one’s health, relationships and mentoring. At the same time, Steve Myers led the men in an elders workshop called “The Heart of a Shepherd” where he covered a number of practical and relevant scriptures and points about being more effective ministers. 

Following the workshops were three seminars: In “LGBTQ &You,” Dan Dowd discussed the “second sexual revolution” that is currently underway and how to counsel with compassion while also maintaining godly standards. In “New and Incredible Discoveries Backing Intelligent Design,” Mario Sieglie covered the amazing new scientific breakthroughs that point to a Creator God, not evolution. In “Artificial Intelligence: Assumptions (Not) Included,” Dr. Steven Britt debunked many of the myths surrounding man’s pursuit of artificial intelligence and showed the natural limitations to creating true intelligence. 

The weekend concluded with chairman Donald Ward’s closing comments, in which he encouraged elders to become more passionate in their speaking by giving challenging and convicting messages. Bob Dick ended the weekend with a closing prayer. 

6 Jul:  A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!

 

4 Jul:  The New Moon was seen from Jerusalem and elsewhere in Israel after sunset this evening, therefore 5 July will be the first day of the fourth 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 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. 

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.

 

3 July:  The New Moon was not seen this evening.

29 Jun:  A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!

 

28 Jun:  TheShiningLight–  Alongside the Timothy study an article on Godly Marriage has been posted today.  This will be followed on Sabbath by an article on Divorce and an explicit article on sex and Godly Sexuality on Sunday.  Because of this there will be two studies each day through the weekend.

 

24 Jun:  LCG-  Gerald Weston writes: “On Wednesday, Mr. Ames, Dr. Douglas Winnail, and I held a 90-minute teleconference with our worldwide ministry to update everyone on developments in the Work and discuss topics that are relevant to the ministry and how we can serve more effectively.”  No details of what was discussed.  These folks are masters at making announcements that say nothing.

 

23 Jun:  COG 7th Day pushes the same  “Love Love” focus that UCG is drifting into-  7th Day Churches of God News  reports The 2019 General Conference Convention will take place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from Monday the 1st to Saturday the 6th of July. Unlike the ex-WCG groups, the COG7’s conventions are open to everyone, including children.  “The convention theme, ‘Compelled by Love’, gives just a hint of this biennial meeting’s focus. Recognizing God’s great love for us, we are moved, or motivated (compelled), to action. Throughout the convention, you will be challenged to explore the impact of compelling love on individuals, churches, and the General Conference. With emphasis on the Great Commission, workshops will explore evangelism, discipleship, fellowship, and the impact of this love on family life. There will also be updates on the Church’s ministries, Artios seminars, and reports from churches that are sharing Jesus’s love in their communities.”

TheShiningLight-  See details of the financial aspect of the Middle East peace just posted. This week will be a very interesting one with several key conferences setting up a multi front Mideast war. 

 

22 Jun:  A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!

 

19 Jun:  TheShiningLight-  See the new article on The Revival of the Gospel of Salvation!

The process of completely revising and updating the Bible studies from Mathew to Jude has now been completed and the new volumes have been published as Second Editions.  These same studies are being posted in daily 1 to 2 chapter increments at the Bible Study site however anyone desiring a hard shelf copy which can be studied without computer access or given to friends can purchase one or more at 40% off at the Lulu bookstore.  Notes:  (1) This discount is not available from Amazon or other vendors, (2)  Lulu is a reputable long established printer, (3) The Genesis Exodus, Daniel Revelation and the Jeremiah study are scheduled to be updated in early 2020 so it would be wise to wait to purchase them.

 

16 Jun: LCG-  LCG will be conducting an online, ministerial conference on Wednesday, June 19, at 4:00 pm (Eastern Daylight Saving Time, USA) for all pastors and elders and their wives worldwide.  

Gerald Weston writes that “Mr. Ames, Dr. Douglas Winnail, Dr. Scott Winnail, and I participated in a discussion of prophecy for this year’s “Behind the Work” film for the Feast.”  If a major Middle East war comes off this summer, prophecy will likely become an area of interest at the Feast.  LCG [as have the other groups] has called me a false teacher for the past dozen years for warning about what is now beginning to take place.  See TheShiningLight especially the 01 News and Prophecy categories.

PCG-  Gerald Flurry is now in rapidly failing heath and most day to day operations in PCG have been handed over to his son Stephen. 

Stephen Flurry will replace his father for the coming scheduled campaign visiting – Red Deer, Alberta, Canada (June 23-24); Spokane, Washington (June 25); New York City (June 30-July 1); and Memphis, Tennessee (July 2).  It is obvious from this list that this is a very widely spread out disorganized campaign tending to inordinate expense, rather than a much more efficient regional efforts. 

After leading PCG into blatant idolatry, antithetical to true godliness; Gerald will leave the misnamed Philadelphian Church of God with extensive unsustainable debts and a declining congregation. 

Will PCG lose their plane and other properties?  Will Stephen be able to save PCG after Gerald’s reckless financial mismanagement and the failure of Gerald’s prophecies when the Iranian regime is changed?  

 

15 Jun:  A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!

 

12 Jun:  LCG-  Doug Winnail comments on loving the truth this week.  I wholeheartedly agree that we should love the truth of God’s Word.  Sadly: None of the Armstrong based COG entities including LCG, love the truth of God’s Word, instead they love their idols of men, corporate churches and false traditions.

Doug in this comment makes it clear that by “the truth” he means the corporate teachings of LCG even mentioning Ahithophel and organizational loyalty.  This comment is interesting in that usually Ahithophel is mentioned when a significant person is about to be sacked. 

Please read the articles in the Sabbath Calendar category to see how these men reject the Word of God in favor of their own false traditions.  Also see the articles on the Biblical Festivals to see how they reject the scriptures on the meaning of God’s Festivals.

 

11 Jun:  TheShiningLight: CORRECTION:  In Chapter 49 of the Jeremiah free download study Elam has been corrected to Assyrian Empire.  If you have a older version you might want to update your copy of the Jeremiah study in the interest of accuracy.

 

8 Jun:  A Blessed Sabbath and Sunday Feast of Pentecost for All God’s Faithful!  View our Pentecost presentations.   Special music;  The Lord is Marching On  and Come Let Us Go Up  Spanish English El Poderoso.

 

5 Jun: New Moon-   The new moon was seen by at least three persons from Jerusalem this evening. The first day of the third biblical month will be June 6 beginning at sunset this evening.

TheShiningLight–  Our series for Pentecost began Monday with a post on the New Covenant Ministry.  The Holy Spirit post has been taken scheduled for this Sabbath. 

 

1 Jun:  A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!  Today is the sixth Sabbath after the Wave Offering. The Feast of Pentecost is coming on Sunday June 9!

 

27 May: LCG-  Mark Sandor and his family are being transferred to the Minneapolis area this summer.  Lenny Bower is finishing his training in Charlotte and will be relocating in West Virginia. 

 

25 May:  A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!  Today is the Fifth Sabbath after the Wave Offering! 

An extremely important article “How Do We Know That We Are Led By The Holy Spirit?”  is scheduled for next Friday.

 

23 May UCG-  From: Ministerial and Member Services- Victor Kubik writes The General Conference of Elders for 2019 was well attended with 144 elders and 125 wives present physically.  The 2019-2020 Strategic Plan was approved (213 yes, 20 no); the Operation Plan was approved (204 yes, 29 no); and the Budget was approved (193 yes, 39 no).” 

Only about one half of the 300 US elders bothered to attend although some others did visit online.  One can only wonder what Victor means by “well attended” when slightly less than half attended.  There seems to be an obvious lack of interest by many UCG elders. 

Mark Welch of MMS writes:

“I would like to share with you the nine primary goals I have as Operation Manager for Ministerial and Member Services:

Develop close relationships with all pastors and elders. Together we want God to be pleased with our service to His children and called-out ones.

Encourage all pastors to be helpers of our members’ joy and to involve all members in service wherever possible. Develop church congregations around the world that are warm and inviting to new attendees.

Visit as many church areas as feasible with the intent to meet as many members as possible and to cultivate a relationship of mutual trust and openness.

Survey every congregation to determine overall satisfaction level of members and to help pastors and elders improve in their service to our local congregations.

Implement annual pastoral and elder self-evaluations, in collaboration with regional pastor and pastors.

Improve regional ministerial conferences and ministerial education, Leadership Workshops, Pastoral Development Program, all programs and online training.

Respond to international requests and needs for training and help.

Encourage all pastors to mentor others in their congregations to serve in the ministry.

Endeavor to head off conflicts in the early stages–point everyone involved to follow Matthew 18 carefully.

I asked all pastors and elders to be actively involved in helping these goals to be realized. I would ask that you, too, where applicable, also help in the achievement of these goals for Ministerial and Member Services.”

 

21 May: LCG-  Gerald Weston was in Dallas, Texas for the Sabbath, and had a meeting on Sunday for the LCG ministry in Texas and the surrounding states.  Of the fourteen students completing the nine month course in Charlotte five were from important Charlotte leadership families: Crockett, 2 McNair’s, Winnail and Ruddlesden [the senior Ruddlesden heads the financial office of LCG].

After calling me a false prophet for years LCG is now warning their brethren that the war I have been warning of could well come this summer! LCG Weekly Report.

War in the Middle East This Summer? Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah has apparently warned his top generals in a secret meeting that “there will be a war with Israel this summer and that he may not be around to support them”—because he and other top officials may be killed by Israel in the near future (Jerusalem Post, April 21, 2019). He also noted that this war would “take everybody by surprise.” These and other comments were reported in Kuwait’s respected daily newspaper Al Rai. Some believe that this admission raises the probability of a war with Israel from “50/50” to “70/30”! Nasrallah believes that, should a war break out with Israel, other nations would be drawn in, including the U.S., the U.K., and some Arab states. Hezbollah sources deny the report. Hezbollah is believed to have between 130,000 and 150,000 rockets that can reach deep into Israel.”  

Long time readers of TheShiningLight will not be at all surprised when this war comes and escalates to include regime change in Gaza, Syria and Iran; resulting in a Middle East Peace Agreement which will collapse almost immediately into the Great Tribulation (1 Thess 5:3). Indeed I have been warning of this in considerable detail for the past 12 years! 

See our overview of  “Coming World Events” here and keep up with our Daily News Blog and Daily Bible Studies.

 

18 May:  A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!  Today is the fourth Sabbath after the Wave Offering. 

Brother Tim McCaulley has finally been diagnosed as having had several mini strokes.  There is no paralysis but some problems with memory and general health.  Your prayers are much appreciated.

 

17 May: COGWA-  Jim Franks writes about next week’s Conference.

 

15 May: UCG-  The May 8 presentation on doctrinal accuracy seems deliberately designed to confuse and obscure the fact that until now it has been the job of the Doctrinal Committee to examine all publications for doctrinal accuracy.  One wonders why this was not clearly stated? 

In any case this CoE report amounts to an announcement that they have already changed ten unnamed publications and are launching a complete reexamination and doctrinal updating of all UCG publications. 

Yes there is some confusion between different publications that needs to be addressed and they do have much wrong like the Calendar, Festival meanings and the sanctity of the Sabbath,  but they are not going in the direction of greater godliness.

Remember that a little tweak here, a tiny change there and a slightly different word or two somewhere else can add up to a radical change in the overall interpretation of the List of Beliefs. They need not change the List, they need only change the understandings of the listed teachings.  See how these same men did this in the WCG

 

14 May:  UCG COE Highlights- May 7  and May 8

The two new incoming Council members are Darris McNeely and Randy Stiver.  The two outgoing members of the Council are John Elliott and Rex Sexton

The outgoing secretary is Gerald Seelig.  Frank Dunkle is appointed Secretary of UCGIA with his term commencing on July 1, 2019.

Next CoE Conference Aug. 19-22, 2019 at the home office.

The dates for the 2020 meeting of the GCE are May 3-4 the 25th anniversary of UCG. GCE planning will begin at the August Council meetings.

The updated committees and their chairmen:

Doctrine Committee: Scott Ashley, Jorge de Campos, Dan Dowd, Len Martin and Mario Seiglie (chair).
Education Committee: Aaron Dean (chair), Rainer Salomaa, Randy Stiver and Tony Wasilkoff.
Ethics Committee: Dan Dowd (chair), Bob Dick, Darris McNeely, Mario Seiglie and Tony Wasilkoff.
Executive Committee: Scott Ashley, Aaron Dean, Darris McNeely and Don Ward (chair).
Media and Communications Committee: Scott Ashley (chair), Jorge de Campos, Darris McNeely, Randy Stiver and Tony Wasilkoff.
Roles and Rules Committee: Jorge de Campos, Len Martin, Rainer Salomaa (chair) and Randy Stiver.
Strategic Planning and Finance Committee: Aaron Dean, Bob Dick (chair), Len Martin and Darris McNeely.

UCG goes into secretive mode; 

No announcements about minister or membership numbers.  GCE minutes no longer to be published and CoE videos will now only be posted privately for the ministry. 

In future heavy emphasis will be placed on doctrinal accuracy; meaning that all materials could be subjected to doctrinal review and all teaching must now adhere to the official line.  

 

12 May:  LCG-  Gerald Weston writes:  

The Council of Elders met this past Monday through Wednesday. Regional Directors and Department Heads gave encouraging and helpful reports on the state of the Work in their areas of responsibility. The Council discussed a number of procedural and administrative issues, as well as issues regarding Bible prophecy. Mark Mager from Australia and Michael Heykoop from Canada were also in town to touch base with Charlotte personnel on matters related to the Internet and Social Media.” 

This notice is consistent with the secretiveness of LCG and the lack of information being provided to the members which is resulting in so many rumors and so much division. 

PCG-  Gerald Flurry’s mental and physical health has been in decline for several years now and this decline has recently accelerated.  Steven has now been recalled from Britain to take over, leaving the father in a figure head position until his passing.  

 

11 May:  A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!  Today is the third Sabbath after the Wave Offering.

 

9 May:  COGWA will be holding their biennial International Ministerial Conference on May 20-21 with follow up meetings on May 22.

 

7 May: UCG-  GCE Conference scheduleThere was a seminar on British Israel on the Sabbath in this session, as this teaching is no longer supported by many UCG elders.  For the truth about this subject see our articles on Israel Identity, “The Dynasty of David” article would be very enlightening for those seeking the truth.

LCG-  Rod King’s struggle with cancer ended with his passing last night in Melbourne.

6 May:  New Moon-  Today being the last day of a 30 day month, sunset this evening begins the first day of the second Biblical Month.  The second Passover will be on 20 May, observed after the sunset ending 19 May.

COG-  LCG and COGWA hold Board Conferences while UCG holds Ministerial and Board Conferences this week.

Syrian Idlib offensive begins in earnest and  Netanyahu has accepted a temporary time out from hostilities to buy time to form a government, but vows the fight is not over and continues to build up for invasion.  See the News Blog for more.

 

4 May:  Extensive hostilities have broken out between Israel and Gaza.

A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful! Today is the second Sabbath after the Wave Offering.  The new moon should be easily visible after sunset ending Monday 6 May, making Tuesday 7 May the first day of the second biblical month.

 

3 May:  UCG GCE- Victor Kubik writes:  On Friday, May 3, we will hold international meetings through much of the day. Our focus will be on ministerial training, which we have already implemented in Africa. We are seeking how to expand training to other parts of the world.”  They will feature the usual special service on the Sabbath and take care of business on Sunday and Monday including choosing persons to fill four seats on the CoE.  The CoE will meet Tues, Wed and Thurs.

Services will begin at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. This is the direct link to the GCE Sabbath webcast.

 

1 May-  Brother Tim McCaulley now in his 70’s has been in rapidly declining health for several months.  Your prayers would be much appreciated. 

29 Apr:  LCG-  LCG reports that Richard Ames had a mild stroke causing some numbing on his right side about three weeks ago.

Today TheShiningLight begins a series through Acts and the Epistles.  Since Romans was completed during the Spring Feast, after Acts I will proceed with Corinthians. 

Do not be carried away with the present plans for war and peace in the Middle East, there is an excellent chance that it might take until at least the end of next year for everything to come together and the tribulation to begin. For details see the update in this article.

 

27 Apr:  A Blessed Sabbath and Holy Day for All God’s Faithful!  Today is the weekly Sabbath, the seventh day High Holy Day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread and the first Sabbath after Wave Offering Sunday.  Israel came up out of the Red Sea as a type of resurrection from the dead, late on the sixth day of the Feast and as the sun set Moses penned this song of gratitude to God for their deliverance for the High Holy Day.  When the resurrected faithful stand before the throne of God they will sing this same song (Rev 15).  See our article on the Song of Moses.   

Special Music; The Song of Moses from Revelation 15;  The Song of Moshe from Exodus 15.  When you see Israel and the Egyptians and Canaanites mentioned in the Exodus 15 version; think spiritual Israel and deliverance from Satan the pharaoh god-king of this world.

 

25 Apr:  UCG-  Elders will be gathering next week for the May 4-6 General Conference of Elders convention and the CoE will meet May 7-9,  following the GCE conference.  Four CoE seats are up for renewal.  Meanwhile president Kubik is preparing the brethren for change by pushing the idea that UCG brethren and leaders are full of the Holy Spirit

This push will accelerate through Pentecost, planting the idea that we must follow the lead of God’s Spirit,which is true;  but then the twist is added that people must follow the church leaders because, and this is an assumption;  those leaders are full of God’s Spirit. 

Remember that God gives his Spirit, ONLY to those who obey God [The Holy Spirit is given to those who live by every Word of God without compromise or toleration of doctrinal diversity or any sin.] (Acts 5:32). 

Knowing what is going on and earnestly contending for sound doctrine as instructed by Jude, I have posted on Romans through this Feast of Unleavened Bread at the Bible Studies site; and I plan to do updated studies through Acts and continue with Corinthians and the remaining Epistles beginning on April 29.  

 

21 Apr:  A Blessed Feast of Unleavened Bread for All God’s Faithful!  Special Presentation  “The Power of the Shepherd

 

20 Apr:  A Blessed Sabbath and Spring Festival for All God’s Faithful!

According to God’s Biblical Calendar Passover is on Sabbath 20 April this year and should be observed after the sun sets ending Friday.  The first High Holy Day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread begins at sunset Saturday evening with a Night Vigil remembering the exodus from bondage to Egypt which is an allegory of our calling out of bondage to Satan, sin and death. 

This year the first Holy Day is also Wave Offering Sunday and appropriate articles will be posted on Friday, the Passover Sabbath and on Sunday at the Bible Studies site.  Visitors will also find the recent Spring Festivals articles including the  three articles on Israel in Egypt, Moses and the Egyptian plagues, fascinating.   

Special Passover Music:  Michael Card “God Will provide a Lamb

Full length “Handel’s Messiah,” this version has a long introduction with the music starting at about 23 minutes. 

 

13 Apr:  A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful! 

Pre-Passover Special Music.  From the United States a song about the hope of the resurrection “Roses Will Bloom Again.”  A song about the mission of Jesus Christ with very clever lyrics but an objectionable video.  “You Are I AM, and I Am; Because You Are.”  This concludes our four part Pre-Passover Special Sabbath Music series.

 

12 Apr:  PCG-  Gerald Flurry’s PCG is fasting tomorrow over their desperate financial situation.  Gerald needs to give up his jet but is loathe to do so. 

 

7 Apr:  New Moon-  Someone has asked about the Sabbath evening new moon sighting.  I will provide a full explanation in my New Year’s message expected to be posted on Wednesday.  

 

6 Apr:  A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!   

New Moon Report and Spring Festival Dates-  Due to cloud and rain the New Moon was sighted by one person so far in Israel, but has been seen by multiple witnesses in areas as far east of Israel as Australia.  While awaiting more reports, since calculations made the sighting a certainty and it has been sighted by one trustworthy person in Israel and many others to the east of Israel,  for a few other sightings east of Israel scroll down to 6 April at this site.  When the sun sets welcome the new moon with the schofar.

According to the new moon rules sunset today ending 6 Apr and beginning 7 Apr will begin the first day of the first month of the new biblical year.

Passover will be on Sabbath 20 April to be observed after sunset ending Friday 19 April.  The first High Day will be on 21 April and the seventh day on 27 April.  Pentecost will be on 9 June. 

Because the High Holy Day will follow a Sabbath, do make sure that you are properly prepared on Friday for a two day Holy Time period.  A New Year message will be posted in a few days.

Pre-Passover Special Music  “The Love of Goda beautiful and relaxing instrumental with minimal lyrics from the Philippines.  Note that the word “song” should be “Sing.”    “I Will Overcome”  in my opinion the word “cross” would be better rendered “Lord,”  otherwise an excellent song. 

Four Days Late” a song about Lazarus and the resurrection; when we get discouraged and all our hope is gone, just remember that we do not see things as God does.  God is always on time according to HIS plan and schedule, Jesus will come in God’s own appointed time and the faithful will rise up!  

 

5 Apr:  UCG-   Longtime pastor Camilo Reyes died in Bakersfield California this past Sunday morning, March 31.   He was the pastor of the Albany-Corvallis, OR church, later transferred to California.

Ordination:  On March 30, 2019, Tony Edge was ordained into the ministry. He and his wife, Ruth, serve in the Melbourne East, Australia, congregation.

International Visiting:  David and Denise Dobson to visit all three pastorates in the Philippines during the 2019 spring festival season.

Paul Moody will be departing for West Africa on April 9 for a three week visit to Ghana and Nigeria.

Tim Pebworth completed a nearly two-week trip to West Africa on April 2, having visited our French-speaking congregations in Benin, Togo and Côte d’Ivoire. 

“During the trip, arrangements were also made for a forthcoming leadership conference in July to be given by Darris McNeely in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, as well as detailed planning for this year’s youth camp which will, for the first time, include French-speaking Good Works volunteers.

I am continuing my trip now in France with my wife, Maryse, where we are visiting scattered members, prospective members and will celebrate the Passover, Night to be Much Observed and first part of the Days of Unleavened Bread with the Bordeaux congregation as well as taking the opportunity to conduct seminars for brethren on fundamental doctrines and Christian living topics on the 2nd Day of Unleavened Bread.”

 

3 Apr:  Biblical Calendar- Herbert Armstrong stated in How Often Should We Partake of the Lords Supper (1952 – re-published in 1971) : “The first day of the new year always begins with the day nearest the Spring equinox when the new moon is first visible to the naked eye AT JERUSALEM (not in the United States). The Jewish calendar as used by Jews today is correct.” Of course that is not how today’s modern Rabbinic Jewish calendar works, nor is it what the Rabbins openly admit; as has been proved in great detail at this site. 

Even the Rabbins openly admit that their calendar is in error and needs revision; how is it that today’s major Church of God groups reject the truth which even the Rabbins and Jews accept, and these churches are even willing to use misinformation to do so?  

 The Sanhedrin in Jerusalem has established a calendar court, as in the time of the Second Temple, and has been receiving monthly testimonies from witnesses “to accept evidence concerning the sighting of the New Moon, as required by God’s Law … The purpose of the court is to increase awareness, develop skills, and resolve issues that arise when determining the Jewish Calendar according to testimony by witnesses.” 

Today the Rabbins are resisting recognition of a Sanhedrin with all their might, not because of the calendar but because it would take authority over all things Jewish replacing the Rabbins as deciders of all things Jewish.

 

31 Mar:  TheShiningLight Biblical Studies site–  See the March and April News prophecy Blogs at the Studies site for exhaustive coverage of the Middle East situation. 

Today we began to publish a series on Salvation and on April 8 or 9 a series on the Spring Festivals is scheduled to begin.  At lest two articles [except where a post is exceptionally long] are planned for each day from now to the end of the seven day Feast of Unleavened Bread.

This year our featured subject during the seven days of the Feast is a study of the Epistle of Romans and Paul’s words on salvation. 

I have been planning a Personal New Year’s Message at this site.

 

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

Pre-Passover Special Music: When everything appears to be going wrong for us and we lose faith, consider that God has a better plan and is working things out even though we may not understand. A Greater Yes and; from Japan with English subtitles The Power of Your Love.  Truly the fields are ripening for the harvest!

 

29 Mar:  UCG-   In Australia Derek Lewis from our Brisbane congregation and current Board Treasurer has been appointed as the new National Office Manager. 

UCG Chairman Don Ward has posted a Passover message exhorting the brethren to reject deciding right and wrong for ourselves, and to put God first and to live by God’s Word.  I agree 100%,  this is very well said. Yes we are never to live as we decide for ourselves, we are to put God first and to live by every Word of God!  I applaud Don’s statement endorsing this truth! 

Brethren, consider this truth by Don Ward very carefully, because it means that if and when the leaders of UCG or any other corporate church entity do what they think is right instead of doing what God’s Word says; we are not to “do what the church says:”  We are to be faithful to live by every Word of God! 

The leaders of all today’s WCG sourced organizations demonstrated this very truth when they walked away from the leadership of Joe Tkach and the apostatizing WCG; setting us an example that we should do the same thing and walk away from them when they depart from the Word of God!

 

24 Mar:  PCG-  Gerald Flurry has declared a church wide fast for April 13, 2019.  Andrew Locher announced: Cash flow is at a low point this time of year, and we want to come unified before God asking for financial miracles to strengthen our bank balances.

Some 200 people attended Gerald Flurry’s first lecture Sunday night; the overwhelming majority were members of PCG making the presentation a complete failure.

 

24 Mar:  LCG-  Gerald Weston reports “We held a Council of Elders teleconference this past Wednesday and heard reports from around the world.”  How is that for informing the brethren about the state of LCG? 

Also in the update:  “Weather has been the talk of members in California, Nevada, and the Midwest, where there has been significant snowfall followed by rain and flooding. Interstate 29 between Kansas City and Omaha is closed and 70 percent of the counties in Nebraska are declared natural disaster areas.  Brian Pomicter sent this update from Nebraska: “Many brethren may be concerned about the flooding that has recently occurred in Iowa and in Nebraska. All of our brethren are safe and have been spared injury. The same cannot be said of some of the brethren’s property.

 

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:  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.

  23. RE: 24 Mar – It’s the Sabbath before God’s Passover, and they’re fasting for financial miracles?!

    When did the “bread of life” analogy stretch that far? (If you know what I mean)

  24. Don Ward also slipped in the words. (God and Christ) had led them out of bondage into the promised land.

  25. You said concerning Don Ward’s letter: “The leaders of all today’s WCG sourced organizations demonstrated this very truth when they walked away from the leadership of Joe Tkach and the apostatizing WCG; setting us an example that we should do the same thing and walk away from them when they depart from the Word of God!”

    With the formation of UCG in 1995, as well as all the other large COG corporations, they have all continued to follow traditions and the doctrines of men which HWA/GTA invented and emphasized during their lifetimes. It is no wonder that Ray Wooten pulled away when he found out they would continue their pagan hierarchy structure of the WCG. My wife and I walked away from ALL COG organizations in 1997 and became non-aligned but completely aligned with God and Jesus Christ. We follow God’s word and the lead of the Holy Spirit ONLY.

    Like the ancient Mosaic priesthood, church organizations can be very helpful IF the elders and leaders are focusing the people on God. It is when men use God to accrue a following for themselves turning the people away from God to follow men; that such organizations have apostatized.

    In this present world the wicked will infiltrate the Assemblies (Mat 24) and you will never find a perfect or godly church organization because as Jesus predicted, the eagles [worldly wise] will gather to feed upon the brethren who are not worldly wise.

    Because they are so talented and impressive, the spiritual bad apples always rise to the top positions in the corporate churches. Today’s brethren do love God but they have been deceived into thinking that loving their church and its officials is the same as loving God and that obeying men is the same as obeying God; and so many brethren have been led astray. James

  26. The 12 April comment said: “PCG- Gerald Flurry’s PCG is fasting tomorrow over their desperate financial situation. Gerald needs to give up his jet but is loathe to do so.”

    As is often said, the xcog hirelings don’t pay much attention to the Word of God, and in this situation, Jesus’ sharing His Father’s words with all of us:

    Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
    Luke 16:13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

    It is so evident, that Flurry serves mammon and himself, at the expense of others.

    And fasting on God’s Sabbath, when it is not the commanded fast on the Day of Atonement? Fast for what? Are the people of Flurry’s group going to ask something of God? And if so, that makes no sense in light of the following instruction:

    Isaiah 58:3 Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours.

    4 Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high.

    If they make their voice to be heard on high, guess what? God won’t see it. God is not interested in those prayers that are concerned about Get, Take…the “gimmies” for self.

    By their fruits we may know them, we are told. People shouldn’t tell God how to run His Church. If Flurry’s group were God’s Church, then why aren’t they living within the mammon already given to them? Why isn’t their budget within the finances that God provided?

    Sometimes group leaders want to tell God how much mammon God needs to provide them so they can meet their projected budget increase for an upcoming year, but what if God intended all along to establish a cut-back in finances. I suspect God would run His Church and inspire it to function within the monies He knows He will provide.

    Since when did people come to believe that they can advise the Head of God’s Church how to run it and what finances need to be to accomplish God’s will?

    Overall, what Flurry, like so many xcog leaders, is doing is only proving that God’s Church is working someplace else on this earth.

    John

    Gerald has been squandering large sums for many years and the PCG financial situation has been well known for some time; this fast has been timed to motivate extra large offerings during the Feast. It has nothing to do with God and everything to do with cynically using God for fiscal gain.

    He is following in the footsteps of his god HWA, who sent out letters every month alternately begging and demanding every last cent people had and asking people to borrow to send to him; not because there was a need, but to squander vast sums on high living and ostentatious extravagance. James

  27. James your post on 7 Apr: New Moon- Someone has asked about the Sabbath evening new moon sighting. I will provide a full explanation in my New Year’s message expected to be posted on Wednesday.

    Is the reason that you are holding of posting on it because of this ( This ‘nascent’ Sanhedrin is getting close to the point when it will have the authority to make such a change, but it “has not yet achieved halachic [Jewish legal] status on par with its previous position. It does however have the full authority of a Rabbinical court.”
    The Jewish calendar year begins according to a 19 year time cycle, which was fixed to keep Passover close to the equinox (March 20th or 21st), but never before it. The cycle does not synchronize precisely with the solar year, so that Passover is gradually drifting later in the solar year. In both 2016 and 2019 it was over a month after the equinox. The Sanhedrin has not yet reached a conclusion as to how it might solve this problem. )

    In spite of their claims of authority, that authority is not recognized by anyone. Forming a recognized Sanhedrin is being rejected by the Rabbinic leaders who at present have full control of Judaism in Israel. This is actually a power struggle between the Rabbins and those who want to restore the Seventy as the religious authority.

    The Jewish 19 year cycle is actually a Greek Babylonian Calendar idea, and today’s Jewish Calendar is actually the ancient Greek Babylonian Calendar with High Days added. https://godourlight.info/112-the-biblical-festival-calendar-part-3/

    I posted on this Sanhedrin story to show that even many Jews acknowledge and are preparing for a change back to the Biblical Calendar. There is virtually no chance of a recognized Sanhedrin being formed before Messiah comes. See https://theshininglight.info/the-rabbinate-fights-the-biblical-calendar-and-a-reconstituted-sanhedrin/

    When Christ comes he will restore the Biblical Calendar; I and others in the Ekklesia and also many Jews are preparing the way.

    My reason for delaying this post a few days was so that I could include the results of the Israeli elections. James

  28. James, you wrote: “…president Kubik is preparing the brethren for change by pushing the idea that UCG brethren and leaders are full of the Holy Spirit.

    This push will accelerate through Pentecost, planting the idea that we must follow the lead of God’s Spirit,which is true; but then the twist is added that people must follow the church leaders because, and this is an assumption; those leaders are full of God’s Spirit…”

    Victor Kubik saying that United leaders are “full of the Holy Spirit,” while implying the membership is not, certainly does not make it so, and it makes God out to be a respecter of persons when it comes to all those He seals as His Firstfruits making up His Church.

    This is very obvious to those who examine those leaders for the evidence of the fruit of God’s Spirit in their lives.

    Currently, the heart/mind of humans is “deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked” (Jer 17:9), and “is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be” (Rom 8:7).

    The heart/mind cannot change on its own, without first having input from God. For example, in the future, God will cause changes in the hearts/minds of Israel, as follows:

    Ezekiel 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
    :27 And I will put my spirit within you, and CAUSE you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
    :28 And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.

    As verse 27 shows it is a matter of cause and effect. To be “them that obey Him,” God, and walk in God’s statutes, judgments, and yes Commandments, one must first receive God’s Spirit. This is plain to see/hear by watching local/world news and seeing/hearing all of the world’s evils occurring as a result of following “another spirit,” Satan and his angels (Eph 2:2; I John 3:8; 2 Tim 2:26).

    God knows that His Spirit is so vital in the life of any human being: “…Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.” Zech 4:6

    So, if Victor Kubik & leaders are not displaying God’s fruits with obedience, it is evident that they are not “of God” even though they may profess they are, and it may also prove that United is not God’s Church, which will be composed of “them that obey Him,” God.

    Not to rule one thing out: that being that there are some “few (?)” within the United Ass. that may be Firstfruits of God’s Church, while being a physical part of a physical association. Doubtless, God knows who are His.

    John

  29. There is something definately amiss within UCG. The weirdness that occured in the aftermath of the UCG COGWA split is clearly stiring again. It is very subtle at the moment.
    But as always with apostacy, bullying behaviour is hand in hand with apostacy. The underhanded nastiness has started within UCG as well.

  30. Do you know why United’s GCE this year has no theme? A theme can be interpreted as proving vision for the year ahead. Having no theme looks stagnant.

    I cannot say about a theme. In the past the Chairman always sent out a letter and asked for prayers, that is also not being done. I wonder if Don is just old and tired. James

  31. Re: 14 May – If they’re not going to keep minutes of the GCE, why not open up a webcast of the main session so everyone who wishes can watch? (Surely they have a private webcast for elders or wives who can’t attend.)

    I am sure that they have minutes of the meetings, they are just not posting them.

    Based on what I hear they are going into a secretive mode to push doctrinal reinterpretations onto the ministry, under the guise of correcting errors and upeducating the ministry. Of course, this is all being done under the guise of loyalty to past teachings, to avoid upsetting the brethren; when the process is really intended to gain acceptance of reinterpretations of past teachings.

    I suspect that they are taking this path because they recently learned from my exposure of their attempt to change the “God of the Old Testament” doctrine, that I will place every change and even existing errors under a microscope and fight all doctrinal errors.

    Remember that over the past 25 years very many new elders have been ordained based on organizational loyalty; the leadership seem to believe the time has now come to indoctrinate them into the new perspective. Once the ministry has been prepared the new interpretations will be slowly presented to the brethren. James

  32. Thats disgusting and appalling. Basically United has closed the door on COE meetings to the members.
    Not publishing the minutes is bad news. Are they allowed to do this ? What have they got to hide?

    This will not go down well with established brethren. I’ve already seen united members irritated at the secrecy from the GCE.

    They are still posting a CoE report [not the minutes], just not the videos. They are no longer publishing a GCE report. They are reexamining and “correcting” their publications. James

  33. Re: 23 May – “Well attended” must include the UCG online viewers.

    Doing the math, nearly 40 percent of the votes on the three plans must have been cast online. (Unless they allow proxy votes, like corporations do at shareholder meetings – I’m not sure how that works.)

    Yet that again opens the question: if elders can “attend” online, why can’t lay members watch as well?

  34. I have a sermon given by John Elliot of UCG on the nature of God’

    John sits on the doctrinal committee and claims they have been working ( brewing) this up for the last 4 years .
    Far as I can see they claim that Jesus and God the Father are totally “ one” and they both are God of the OT and NT
    So where is this going ?
    Sound like 25 years ago all over ? Hmmmmmmm
    What you make of it all ?……….

    Thank you Paul
    I am posting on this in an article on “How Do We Know if We Are Following the Holy Spirit” at the COG News site next Friday.

  35. It’s not really one of your current topics here – but a longtime WCG Feast hall took a big hit from a tornado Monday night. (The complex closed three years ago.)

    WHIO-TV

  36. Hmmmm
    By observation both churches of God (UCG & Cogwa) has fallen asleep. They are rich and in need of nothing…actions prove it.

    Prove me wrong, Lord I hope I am….

  37. Is concerned comments legitimate James or a troll?

    I have no idea. It could be a first timer who has not seen the material at the sites.
    James

  38. 12 Jun: LCG- Doug Winnail comments on loving the truth this week where he wrote: “…These precious truths are a mystery to most people (1 Corinthians 2:6–12) because Satan—“the god of this age”—has blinded their eyes (2 Corinthians 4:3–4)…”

    And Doug cannot see how blinded he is. For example, at the LCG site, below Doug’s comments is a section titled News and Prophecy—June 6, 2019 Winds of Change in Europe where a comment says: “… Bible prophecy speaks of the “iron and clay” nature of an end-time European “beast” power (Daniel 2:33–45). This indicates that European nations will have difficulties working together until something happens to unite ten of their “kings” or leaders in an unusual way (see Revelation 17:12–13). The recent elections highlight the growing divisions within the 27 nations of the EU that could lead to the fulfillment of these end-time Bible prophecies. To learn more about Europe’s tenuous future, be sure to read “Shadows Over Europe…”

    “SHADOWS OVER EUROPE” written 14 1/2 years ago in the 2005 January-February Tomorrow’s World magazine and it is by Douglas S. Winnail, who writes about the 10 kings/toes as if they will exist soon but, again, that was 14 1/2 years ago:

    “…SHADOWS OVER EUROPE…
    And the growing shadow of a politically united Europe is of profound prophetic significance. Daniel predicted that four empires would dominate the Middle East (Daniel 2, 7). He indicated that the fourth empire, Rome, would be revived many times (the ten horns—Daniel 7:7, 20, 24). The last revival, which will occur just before the return of Jesus Christ, will involve ten kings (ten toes, as in Daniel 2:42–44) who will surrender their sovereignty to a strong leader (the beast, described in Revelation 17:12) as they create a global trading block (see Revelation 18). This final revival is described as an unstable mixture of “iron and clay” that will crumble at Christ’s return (Daniel 2:40–45)…”

    The truth is, according to scriptures, that those 10 kings/toes will not come into existence for over a 1,000 years from now, and after Satan exits the bottomless pit for a short/little time/season to deceive the world and cause human beings, still learning to war, to go to battle once again!

    Rev 20:7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
    :8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

    Yes, Doug is blind to God’s truth, and as James said, Doug does: “…love their idols of men, corporate churches and false traditions…”

    John

    John you have an interesting take on this but cannot be correct; because the ten rulers give their power to a central ruler BEFORE Christ comes and the 1,000 years even begins. In fact the ten kings should give their power to a central leader as soon as the false prophet is set up; which is now very highly likely in late 2020. James

  39. Re: 16 Jun – I’ve heard some people say LCG is more of a “prophecy” church and UCG is more of a “love” church. The current United News article by Dr. Ward on being a “Christian Soldier” certainly could reinforce that for some people.

    This is certainly an evangelical love love message true to his strong support for Tkach in the WCG https://godourlight.info/tkach-wcg-history-and-ucg-today/ when he advised people to transfer from AC to the trinitarian Azousa university https://www.apu.edu/.

    Notice in regards to the song that he speaks of the “cross” rather than the Word “going on before” as well. https://www.ucg.org/members/united-news/are-you-a-christian-soldier
    James

  40. James, that was interesting that you picked up on Dr. Ward in his article where he: “…speaks of the “cross” rather than the Word “going on before” …”

    The cross really is a symbol of DEATH. It’s the only thing that happened with that cross Dr. Ward referred to; it’s death; it’s a MURDER of Christ and Satan is reveling in that fact that he killed the Son of God! In a way, Satan just continues to mock God with that symbol.
    We are saved by Christ’s life: not by His death.
    The cross is that sign of all Christianity, and it is openly displayed on all of these graves and headstones if one visits any cemetery. The cross is of this world and of the god of this world.

    Even before the former WCG changed its name, students at Ambassador College could be seen wearing the cross around their necks.

    Satan is always death-oriented within his present evil world:

    Hebrews 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
    :15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

    John

  41. James, FWIIW, when I first read Dr. Ward’s article titled “Are You A Christian Soldier?” I read right over that word “cross;” however, I noticed Dr. Ward mentioned that “Onward Christian Soldiers” is a “19th century English hymn.”

    I don’t really quite understand that; however, we no longer sing certain songs, because one is associated with the German National Anthem. Similarly, we no longer sing “America the Beautiful.” These songs do not seem to be appropriate for any Sabbath services where God is worshiped, but rather may be far more appropriate elsewhere for such things as political events, athletic games, etc.

    Perhaps some of United’s music sung for services, like some of United’s quality of sermons given, may have contributed, unknowingly to Dr. Ward, to his writing in that article to the United brethren saying: “…I see brethren come to church and passively sit with a pleasant look on their face, but if they bring a Bible they don’t open it – much less take notes…”

    My mind actually was more focused on this then the mention of the “cross,” but it all is probably tied together in the culture of the United Ass., and perhaps may also be true of other groups that have come out of the former Worldwide Church of God.

    John

  42. The UCG hymnal substitutes “Word” for “Cross” in the lyrics of onward Christian soldiers. Did the lyrics in WCG hymnal make the same substitution?

    Yes, this is why I thought the item worthy of comment. It is a departure from the traditional COG hymnal. James

  43. Other Churches of God Hymnals have the Onward Christian soldiers cross version instead of the Word version. It might be a case of copywrite and cost.

    The is far worse goings on in United than this.

  44. Re: 23 Jun – The COG-7 “convention” is like a Feast of Tabernacles and a General Conference of Elders all rolled into one.

    But of course, COG-7 doesn’t think much of keeping God’s real Feast. The Colorado Springs congregation seems to be the only one which does anything to recognize it.

  45. I’m sorry, but what is wrong with the word “cross”?! Isn’t this just quibbling over semantics? Our Lord and Saviour was crucified on a cross. The gospel writers and the apostle Paul use the word “cross” without shame or embarrassment. How can you or these churches “of God”-so called be so sensitive to the word?! It’s just juvenile imo.


    Paul did not venerate or idolize the cross and in fact the cross was a major symbol of paganism a thousand years before Christ. The cross was an instrument of murder and we are to look to the person not to the instrument of his murder for our salvation as Paul did.

    Venerating crosses is the gross wickedness of pure idolatry. Venerating crosses is the same as idolizing a knife because the sacrifices were killed with a knife, it is the sacrifice and not the instrument of its death which is important.

    The cross is the main symbol of the false religions being the symbol of the sun god Tammuz and forced on the bishop of Rome by the sun worshiper Constantine. The first act of the Tkach falling away [which was orchestrated by the present UCG leadership] was to begin the paganism of venerating crosses. See https://theshininglight.info/04-the-great-fourth-century-falling-away/ James

  46. Hello James,
    Just wanted to pass along to you that it appears Richard Pinelli has just died. This is unconfirmed, but based on a couple posts on Facebook by his son and daughter. Prayers of comfort for his wife Mary, son Jon, daughter Adrienne, as well as other family and friends of this longtime servant.

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