Church of God News Blog; August 2019

18 Jan: A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!  Special Music You Raise Me Up.”  English song introduced in Korean. Use full screen to fully appreciate the beautiful accompanying dance. If only Herbert had used his millions and his auditorium for more than producing carnal shows and operas. If only today’s Assemblies would make this kind of effort for a Feast program that could use music to get the message across.

 

17 Jan: UCG-  Victor has used a message on faith to insert the gross evangelical error that “we obey God because we want to, not because we have to.”  Of course we should want to, but we are required to obey God, whether we want to or not.

Gary Antion has been teaching this LIE to the UCG youth for over a decade; now Victor as a front man for the CoE to making this appalling LIE [which exalts people above God by making obedience to God a matter of our own personal choice] public, to indoctrinate all of the brethren into this gross evangelical heresy.

UCG Ministerial changes: 

At the beginning of January, Kent Foraker was appointed pastor of the congregations in Wichita, Salina and Meade, Kansas. Mr. Foraker and his wife, Kristy, had been assisting the previous pastor, Ed Dowd. Mr. Dowd will continue to pastor the Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, congregations.

Scott McKeon was appointed pastor of the congregations in Phoenix Northwest and Northern Arizona. Mr. McKeon and his wife, Carrie, had been assisting the previous pastor, Jim Tuck. Mr. McKeon will also continue to assist pastor Randy Schreiber with the congregation in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Monte Knudson was appointed pastor of the congregations in Phoenix East and the Bible Study group in Show Low, Arizona, in addition to his responsibility as senior pastor for East Africa. Mr. Knudson and his wife, Susie, had been assisting the previous pastor, Jim Tuck.

Jim Tuck will continue to pastor the Hawaii congregation in addition to his service as a regional pastor.

 

16 Jan- The Syrian Idlib offensive has resumed and in Israel 30 political parties and factions have registered for the March 2 election.  Polls indicate that if there are no security issues and the election goes ahead it will be another virtual tie and deadlock in forming a governing coalition.

In February the US is deploying thousands of troops to Europe and Israel for the biannual Juniper Cobra Israel air defense exercise in March and an exercise in Europe.

An Israeli war with Gaza and Hezbollah could begin at any time this year.  See our program analyzing the situation at TheShiningLight programs page

 

15 Jan- UCG- For the record I did write Mario as head of the Doctrinal Committee who was teaching contrary to doctrine, not just once but twice before posting the UCG Calendar Chaos and Fraudulent Calendar Papers  article.  Then I wrote him a note to announce the publication.  At no time did he have the common courtesy to even reply. This article has now been read well over 600 and approaching 700 times and is having an affect across the big three.

Programs: After Monday’s short news review the first real program is now scheduled for 24 January and subsequent Friday’s. These programs will be about 20 minutes long and will be chock full of information. In spite of some initial problems with links there have already been 65 views.

 

13 Jan LCG- Our first audio program has been posted at TheShiningLightThe speaking could benefit from more practice but  I wanted to get this up quickly because of the developing situation.  I have been warning of these things in print for over 12 years in great detail, and this program is a short overview of the warnings and the reasoning behind them.  All of the major COG groups insist that Islamic extremism will grow and become the king of the south and I have stood alone as they called me a false prophet and false teacher just because I stood firmly on the Holy Scriptures.

LCG- Gerald Weston reports: “Worldwide membership is now over 12,300 in spite of many older members going to sleep and awaiting the resurrection.  We have more than 7,600 baptized members, over 2,000 prospective members, and slightly under 2,600 church youths.”  They add all of these numbers to get an LCG membership of 12,300. 

Gerald tries to say that membership is keeping pace with losses do to the aging membership, by including nonmember attendees and a seriously over optimistic number of prospective members in the total.

It is unlikely that even half of the youth will remain in LCG and there are probably not more than a few hundred really serious prospective members and many of those are followers of Dave Pack investigating a potential alternative. 

 

12 Jan:  ECOG- I have been told that former LCG elder Charles E Bryce who left to form the Enduring Church of God is nearing the end of a long struggle with cancer. 

 

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

 

08 Jan:  The main contributor [an important COG person] to the “UCG Calendar Chaos” article just mentioned this to me this morning:  The United Church of God, an International Association (UCG) now has three sitting Council of Elders members, who have been openly preaching doctrines to the membership which contradict the church’s official position about what is a “New Moon” and what begins “God’s” months. Not only are they teaching contrary to UCG’s official doctrine, they don’t even agree with each other, either!  Even more troubling, all three are now sitting on the UCG Doctrine Committee!  Dan Dowd, Jorge de Campos and Mario Seiglie.

 

07 Jan: TheShiningLight-  The New Covenant Passover Sacraments and Service book is now available for purchase. The book comes in a durable hard cover with red easy to read scripture text and is about the dimensions of your hymnal. 

The book has three sections, first a section on the Passover symbols including two unleavened bread recipes, the second section contains the complete Passover service and the third section is an Appendix on the Passover in the Gospels.  This book was produced in response to many inquiries on how to keep the Passover at home or in small groups.

Please use your tithe to purchase a copy of this very important Passover Service book containing the entire New Covenant Passover Service.  

The Twelve Prophets studies have been completed and are available for purchase or download of the manuscript at the Literature page.

While subject to various military and political calculations there is good reason to expect the general regional Middle East war to begin in mid to late February.  That initial News Prophecy program is scheduled to be followed up by a series “From Sinai to Jesus” about the reason for the captivities and covering the remarkable fulfilled prophecies of the rebuilding of the temple and city and the inter testament history up to the ministry of Christ.

 

06 Jan: See today’s new post explaining The Death of Three Shepherds and revealing who sits in Moses seat today.

 

05 Jan: TheShiningLight-  I have resurrected the facebook page ahead of launching the audio programs at Youtube. I am told that having the two running at the same time along with the website will increase the Google ranking.

 

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

 

03 Jan 01:00 PST: Breaking-  Israel is preparing for a crushing military response from Iran over the killing of the IRG commander and ten top officials by the United States just minutes ago. 

 

30 Dec: TheShiningLight- A completely new edition of the Daniel Revelation study is now available for free download at the Literature page. Like all of the other book studies revised this past year, the Daniel Revelation study is full of updated material. A published version is available here.

 

28 Dec: A Blessed Sabbath and New Moon for All God’s faithful!

 

27 Dec: New Moon Report-  The new moon was easily visible in Jerusalem this evening making the Sabbath the first day of the tenth 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.

For more see the Calendar category

UCG-  Victor Kubik discusses the Fruit of the Spirit called Goodness and presents it as, God is Good; which is fine but only the introduction of the subject.

Victor hits only the preliminary since in fact this goodness of God is a Fruit of the Spirit which WE are to manifest, by becoming good as God is good; through learning, internalizing and living by every Word of God!

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Ephesians 5:9
(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
1 Peter 1:15
But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation [conduct]; 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

 

25 Dec 12:30 PST: West Coast Earthquake Warning-  At least 15 moderate earthquakes have been recorded off Vancouver, BC since Dec 23.  A 6.2 quake was felt on Monday and a 3.6 magnitude earthquake struck in the Pacific Ocean around 150 kilometres west of Port Alice, B.C., this morning. This increased activity could settle down or presage a much more serious quake.

See the new article on the Calendar Chaos in UCG.  The article was posted yesterday with a few edits added this morning including an explanation of the Philo misrepresentation.

Subject to sightings at Jerusalem, in 2020 the Festivals are expected to fall on the same days as the Rabbinic Calendar, this is unusual and due to the Rabbinic Calendar postponements.

The new moon should be easily seen after sunset ending 27 December, making Sabbath 28 December the first day of the tenth biblical month.

 

23 Dec: LCG-  This message was received from a contact in Charlotte this morning:  I don’t think that you are aware that our (Living Church of God) offices are open on Dec  25th and Jan 1st for regular business and all employees are expected to be at work unless they are sick or on vacation. It actually has been this way on December 25th for several years. it is actually quite peaceful to work on these days as there is no traffic and no outside vendors. It becomes an overall productive day.” 

This is good but still does not justify holding the WFW and refusing God’s command to hold services every day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread.  I did reply with a few suggestions.

Repeat Announcement-  The truth is that the biblical months begin with the first light of the new crescent.  However the modern Rabbinic Calendar used by UCG, COGWA and LCG was only finalized in 1178 A.D. It departs from the scriptures and uses the average time between conjunctions when the moon is at its darkest to begin the Rabbinic months. 

The UCG paper “Should Christians Observe the New Moons” falsely claims that Israel has always used the conjunctions and to support that position they engage in wholesale  Contextomy, taking quotes out of context and presenting them as meaning the opposite of what was actually written by the scholars.

This paper and the other UCG Calendar papers [produced by the Jim Franks Doctrinal Committee] are full of deception and falsehoods.

To understand the very deceitful nature of these papers see this rough draft analysis of the misrepresented quotes from Rabbi Nathan Bushwick  in the UCG paper “Should Christians Observe the New Moons.”   Anyone who looks into the UCG/COGWA Calendar papers would quickly see that they are a complete fraud. For  more on the Biblical Calendar see the Calendar category on the sidebar.

 

22 Dec 11:00 PST:  Breaking!  Vatican/Israel-  Israel and the Vatican have agreed to a Papal visit to Israel late in 2020. 

Talks are underway to set the final date and details.  If the expected early 2020 regional war takes place, a peace agreement is reached and a pontiff is empowered to do miracles and endorses a New Federal Europe by then: The tribulation will begin when the Pontiff, either this one or a successor, goes to the Temple Mount in late 2020.  The time is rapidly approaching:  Watch for these signs and be zealous to live by every Word of God!  

 

21 Dec: A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!

See our article on Christmas.

The major COG organizations are having their Christmas celebrations, renamed Family Weekends, this week.  In the fourth century the bishop’s renamed the Saternalia, Christmas; to hide its true meaning.  Today the apostate corporate COG’s rename the same occasion as Family Day or Family Weekend, but it is still the birthday of the sun god which represents Satan and should be a regular work day.  No job on Christmas, then get to that “to do list” of home repairs.  Do remember that the Feast of Unleavened Bread is commanded to be observed with seven days of services before God, how is it that God’s command is rejected while the brethren are encouraged to engage in such carnal things?   

 

19 Dec:  UCG-  Victor Kubic uses birthday’s as examples of kindness.  I am glad the lad in the story was encouraged but there are many ways to do that. One would think that Victor could come up with a better example than birthday celebrations or does UCG celebrate birthdays?

TheShiningLight-   The brand new Ezekiel study has been completed and set up for downloading. A completely updated edition of Jeremiah/Lamentations and Isaiah has also been posted for free download at the Literature page.  Work has now started on Daniel/Revelation with only the Twelve Minor Prophets left. I am working as hard as possible to get the studies done so that there will be a solid body of studies to back up the planned new Programs. 

Bible Studies and World News Prophecy site

 

15 Dec:  COGWA Board meeting- Joel Meeker provides a minimal update on the Dec 9-11 Board meeting. Lyle Welty has replaced the recently deceased Richard Pinelli on the Board.

 

14 Dec:  A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!

 

12 Dec: UCG-  UCG announces a total Feast attendance of 13,235 with 64 Feast sites for 2019. 

Members-  Those people on our U.S. file associated with the Church (teens, members, associated) is at 12,261.

Magazine-  Total Beyond Today magazine circulation worldwide is at 294,703—which is 5% less than the same time last year and 9% less than two years ago.  U.S. magazine subscribers are at 241,014. This is 7% less than the same time last year.

Finance- The complete audit report will be printed in the next issue of the United News.

GCE Schedule- 2020: May 2-4,  2021: May 1-3, 2022: May 14-16.

See the latest CoE Report here.

 

07 Dec:  A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!

 

5 Dec: COGWA- 2019 Feast of Tabernacles total attendance worldwide was 9886, compared with 9830 in 2018. There was a 30% increase in the number of people receiving DVDs or watching the webcasts without attending a COGWA site from 841 in 2018 to 1096 in 2019.

 

4 Dec: UCG- Don Ward writes an extremely evangelical letter to the UCG brethren.  While he correctly writes: “That is, we must repent, exercise faith in the sacrifice of Christ, be baptized and receive the laying on of hands.” there is not a single word in the entire letter about what we are to repent of or about being called to learn and live by every Word of God.  See this article about Don and other Tkach backers now in control of UCG.

LCG- Rod McNair writes: “It has been almost six years since the Living Church of God has had a General Ministerial Conference. We are planning one for March 16–18, 2020. Arrival day will be Sunday, March 15, and departure day on Thursday, March 19.” 

This will be the first such general conference since Gerald Weston took over LCG and will provide an opportunity for him to present his future plans for LCG.

 

2 Dec: Wes White reveals himself as a crony of the Banned crowd-  

By Wes White


There are many, many reasons why a lot of us on “Banned…” left WCG.  One of the main reasons for my departure was that I recognized the SYSTEM was bad!

The WCG system was an imperial dictatorship.  The system abused people.  It betrayed them.  It promoted lies.  It was based on the end justifies the means.

I have varying degrees of respect for those who left that organization because they recognized the system was bad.

However, when I look at guys like GTA, Meredith, McNair, Flurry, Pack, etc, I see guys who loved the system.  And they left it because they were mad that they couldn’t be IN CHARGE of that system!  

These lovers of the old system are not just the leaders of the wackadoodle COGs. These lovers also permeate the leadership of the supposedly more “moderate” COGs.

And most Armstrongite members are not aware of this because they don’t want to know.  A lot of these geezers love fellowshipping with their old friends from the old days.  Attending church services with other geriatrics is all they have to live for anymore.  

Yes, Armstrongism is in a state of hospice.  “Let’s just keep the patient comfortable.”

 

1 Dec: LCG-  UCG-  The CoE will be gathering later this week for the private get together next Sunday ahead of the Dec 9-12 CoE Conference. They will evaluate this fall Feast and then the key topic will be preparations for next May’s relaunch of UCG with their “The Next Twenty-Five Years” slogan. Any issues being considered for a GCE vote next May must be approved by the CoE and forwarded to the GCE this month. 

Your Health: Adults over 16-  If you receive less than 12 hours of sunlight per day remember to avoid crowds and take at least 500 mg 24 hour timed release Vitamin C and 250 mg Vitamin D daily to support your immune system and mitigate or avoid colds and flues.  Be kind to others; if you are sick stay home, rest,  drink plenty of fluids and air out the sick room [with outside air] thoroughly several times a day!

 

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

27 Nov: New Moon Report- The moon set in Jerusalem at 17:27, it is now 18:10 and no reports of a sighting have been received.  Sunset tomorrow 28 Nov will end the current month and 29 Nov will be the first day of the ninth 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.

For more see the Calendar category

To see just how far they are willing to go to reject knowledge and defend error see this analysis of their “Should Christians Observe the New Moons?” paper.  As in other papers on the calendar they make ample use of Contextomy which is deliberately lying by taking a quote out of its context and presenting it as meaning something entirely different from its true in context meaning. 

In this case the misrepresented quotes from Rabbi Nathan Bushwick were approved by the 2002 UCG Doctrinal Committee.  While this is a UCG Paper, COGWA and LCG also adhere to the same position based on the same deliberate deception. Note: This is just a rough draft as a sample of what is coming.

 

26 Nov: UCG- More Ordinations- 

On October 26, 2019, Haiton Thungula was ordained into the ministry. He serves in the Lilongwe, Malawi, congregation.
On October 26, 2019, Cephas Chapamba was ordained into the ministry. He and his wife, Patricia, serve in the Nkhwasi, Malawi, congregation.
On October 14, 2019, Clive Demont was ordained into the ministry. He serves in the East London/Port Elizabeth, South Africa, congregation.

 

24 Nov: New Moon- Observers will be out after sunset ending Wednesday 27 Nov. looking for the first visible light of the new moon to begin the ninth biblical month.  Conditions will need to be perfect for a sighting, otherwise the next evening will begin the new month.  The ninth biblical month will be announced as soon as reports are received.

 

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

 

22 Nov 16:00 PST:  Internet Explorer is no longer being updated and therefore cannot access our sites because Explorer can no longer access through the RC4 Security Cipher.  This is a Google issue as they want everyone to use Chrome now.

 

21 Nov:  UCG-  Victor Kubic writesOn the last day of the [Pastoral Development] program, in the question and answer session, we discussed the next 25 years of the United Church of God and what we could do reinvent ourselves to become more effective and relevant.” 

This coming week we will meet with our North Central ministry in southeastern Minnesota for a ministerial conference.

Also see my new Personal for today here

 

18 Nov: LCG- The Charlotte congregation pastor, John Strain, has been diagnosed with lymphoma and will be replaced.

I apologize for mixing up Doug and Scott Winnail in my initial report. It is Scott not Doug who will be pastoring LCG Charlotte. Doug will remain in his present position for a few more months while the power struggle works itself out.  

Scott Winnail is being removed from the TWNow and the on-site Living Education programs and moved to handle the routine day-to-day responsibilities of serving the Charlotte congregation.

LCG is also cancelling the  TWNow program: The reason given: “our commission is to preach the Gospel to the world, and other initiatives are fulfilling that task more effectively.”  The TWNow program was an effort to feed the flock but that consideration was apparently not involved in the decision.

Important news update: It looks very much like Israel will go to new elections in spring. It also looks like Netanyahu will delay his war as long as he can so as to initiate hostilities as close to the election date as possible in order to delay the vote as long as he can.  There is a very serious chance of a peace making coalition led by Benny Gantz’s Blue and White winning the election and forming a non religious, moderate peace making government not held hostage by the far right extremists and make the peace desired by Donald Trump.

2020 could be a very significant year with developments in world affairs and in the COG.

TheShiningLight- A new edition of the Proverbs – Song of Songs study is now available for free download.

 

16 Nov:  A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s faithful!

Breaking:  Israel attacks Hamas.

 

15 Nov: See today’s new article about becoming a virtuous bride for the Lamb.

Special Music  

UCG: Victor Kubik writes:  At the home office, the fifth annual Pastoral Development Program is in session. It started on November 11, and will run until November 20. Thirty-two people from Australia, Haiti, Sri Lanka, Malawi, the Caribbean, Myanmar, Canada, United Kingdom and the U.S. are represented. We also have two veteran U.S. pastors, Vince Szymkowiak (St. Louis) and Randy D’Alessandro (Chicago), who we invited to be part of the mentorship process.

News update:  A very uneasy calm has begun with Gaza.  The Israeli president is working hard trying to establish a governing coalition with the Gantz mandate expiring Wednesday night. Gantz could either ask for a two week extension or return the mandate. 

Once the mandate is returned it will pass to the Knesset which will have three weeks to try and form a government and if they fail an election must be called within three months. The Gaza situation is very likely to erupt again and if there is no formal government the various parties would support a minority Likud from the opposition until hostilities end.

 

12 Nov 00:30 PST:  Even though Xmas is on a Wednesday LCG and COGWA go out of their way to include the day in their disgraceful WFW.  These folks reject God’s command to meet every day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread and instead spend their money on this; what a disgraceful affront to Almighty God!

COGWA announces it will again hold their WFW over Xmas:  “The Winter Family Weekend runs from Tuesday evening, Dec. 24, through Saturday night, Dec. 28, 2019 – so it’s more than just a weekend!”  Their WFW will once again be the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky.

The LCG Charlotte Family weekend is to be held December 25–29 at the Renaissance Charlotte Suites Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina. and is restricted to LCG members.

At least UCG  will avoid Christmas Day this year, for its winter weekends. The main WFW will be at the major Christmas celebration site at the Great Wolf Lodge in Mason, Ohio, running from Friday the 20th to Tuesday the 24th of December. 

 

11 Nov: LCG- Gerald Weston reports that “Overall, Living Church of God Feast of Tabernacles attendance in 2019 was 11,060—a 4.7 percent increase over 2018 and the first time in our 27-year history to go over the 11,000 mark. This year, we sponsored the Feast in 61 locations in 37 countries.”  He did not say if he was using actual attendance or the number of registered persons. He also mentioned that in some areas offerings increased by 10% but did not mention total figures.

Crossover visits between the big three seems to have been a consistent trend across the US. so Feast visit numbers are not reflective of memberships or regular weekly attendance in these organizations. It should also be noted that these figures include men, women and children and do not reflect the number of baptized persons, which is a closely guarded secret.

LCG also held board meetings in Charlotte this past week.

 

10 Nov 02:45 PST: Today we begin a new series through the book of Exodus at the Bible Study page.  This series is full of information not commonly taught including the name of the Pharaoh, the date and many other details.

After review the Passover book has been restored to the Literature page for free download. 

 

9 Nov:  A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!

 

7 Nov: Feast News- UCG has published the following preliminary details.

Number of sites:
2018 — 66 sites were kept around the world (same as 2017).
2019 — 61

Registration All Sites (many international sites do not register in advance):
2018 — 8,547
2019 — 8,514

Total Attendance:
2018 — 13,453
2019 — to be determined

 

4 Nov: Feast News- COGWA’s  Jim Franks reports record offerings and attendance with more attendees than were registered, over 100 extra in Myrtle Beach alone.

LCG’s Gerald Weston reports  all seven offerings this year were slightly higher than last year and that this Tabernacles there was a “well organized Feast and a loving atmosphere.”  At the LCG Branson, Missouri site a third of the brethren failed to attend the afternoon Eighth Day service.

I am hearing that most of the extra visitors to COGWA were unhappy LCG folks taking advantage of having many of their sites in the same cities as COGWA to cross over for a visit. LCG in Myrtle Beach had an attendance of about 200 less than the number registered, with some checking out COGWA and others taking a look at UCG. 

Crossover visits between the big three seems to have been a consistent trend across the US. It also appears that many are now so uninspired by the sermons provided that they prefer to turn the Feast into a carnal vacation and engage in other activities.

 

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

 

1 Nov: TheShiningLight-  New feature at the Literature page

Access an English audio King James Bible version here.  Click on the book you want and then click the player to listen as it is professionally read. Excellent for those who have trouble reading.

 

30 Oct: UCG- The big three will be holding board meetings sometime over the next six weeks or so. The UCG CoE is scheduled to meet Dec 9-12 along with their usual premeet weekend. The UCG CoE will discuss the recent Festivals and evaluate the Oct-Nov advertising campaign of 30 million Sunday paper inserts as well the usual subjects. Any matters that require a GCE vote in May 2020 must also be prepared and presented to the GCE in December. A second stage of advertising is planned to insert 70 million adds in Sunday papers in the Jan-Feb time frame.

The May 2020 GCE conference is being billed as the launch of a new UCG era with the theme “Moving Forward with Conviction, Commitment and Courage,” and they are pushing “The Next 25 Years” very hard.  They now have most of the ministry online for the agenda of the present permissive evangelical leaning CoE and most of the brethren are sound asleep, however there are some good elders and brethren who are beginning to see the trends and deep divisions are developing. 

 

29 Oct: New Moon Report-  The first visible light of the new moon was seen by several witnesses in Jerusalem and Judea this evening.  30 October is the first day of the eighth biblical month which is to be observed with a special congregational or family bible study.

 

26 Oct: A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!

 

25 Oct: UCG- Despite stagnant membership numbers UCG has ordained a number of new elders.  The overall makeup of the UCG ministry is being rapidly changed in character towards the present leadership’s agenda.

On September 30, 2019, Neil Crane was ordained into the ministry. He and his wife, Rita, serve in the East Texas congregation.
On September 30, 2019, Gregory Dullum was ordained into the ministry. He and his wife, Marie, serve in the Cape Girardeau, Missouri, congregation.
On September 30, 2019, Brent Fogelson was ordained into the ministry. He and his wife, Kristina, serve in the Phoenix Northwest, Arizona, congregation.
On September 30, 2019, Alan Gunn was ordained into the ministry. He serves in the Columbus, Ohio, congregation.
On September 30, 2019, Dave Wells was ordained into the ministry. He and his wife, Carrie, serve in the Troy, Illinois, congregation.
On September 30, 2019, Andy Duran was ordained into the ministry. He and his wife, Amber, have been transferred from Cincinnati to the Chicago area. Mr. Duran will assist Pastor Randy D’Alessandro with the Chicago (Illinois) and Beloit (Wisconsin) congregations.
On October 5, 2019, Richard Moulton was ordained into the ministry. He and his wife, Michelle, serve in the Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, congregation.
On October 21, 2019, Frank Reckerman was ordained into the ministry. He and his wife, Tina, serve in the Colombo, Sri Lanka, congregation.

 

22 Oct: Please see the new Personal article on how proclaiming the Gospel will unfold from now to the coming of Christ.

TheShiningLight-  The article on the Kurds has been updated with an explanation of the recent Trump maneuvering, revealing his secret strategy and goals. An important read to understand present events.

 

21 Oct:  A Blessed Feast of the Eighth Day for All God’s faithful!  May we all rejoice forever in our Mighty God!   Special Music: The resurrected of Spiritual Israel will rejoice forever!  Shouts of Joy

 

20 Oct:  In pictures; worshipers gather with their branches to celebrate the seventh and last great day of the Feast of Tabernacles.  The Feast of the Eighth Day begins at sunset tonight and ends at sunset tomorrow night. Some COG groups confuse the Last Great Day of Tabernacles with the Feast of the Eighth Day; they are NOT the same occasion.

 

19 Oct:  A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!

New Moon- Subject to observation the first day of the eighth biblical month is expected to begin at sunset ending 29 October.

 

14 Oct: A Blessed Feast of Ingathering and Eighth Day for All God’s Faithful! 

 

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

Thought for the day: Learn to Discern- God does not judge by sight but by careful examination of the facts to determine the truth.  The godly person must follow that example and exercise the mind to properly discern the truth. 

Isaiah 11:3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: 11:4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.

The present propaganda about the Turkish operation in Syria is a classic in obscuring the truth which becomes very clear in our posts on the operation for the last several days at TheShiningLight October 2019 News Blog

Thinking deeply and being diligent to discover the facts and learning to discern between truth and error is a vital part of following God the Father and Jesus Christ to internalize their nature and to become like them.  We should practice this love of the truth in physical things and also in spiritual matters by carefully examining the words of men, regardless of the title that they claim (1 Thess 5:22),  by the Word of God. See our article on Discerning the godly from the false teacher.

 

10 Oct: TheShiningLight-  The Daniel 8 study has been updated to clarify the ambiguous statement near the end of the article: “Antiochus then proceeded to advance on Nicomedes I king of Bythnia and the army of Gauls he had called to help him and Nicomedes of Bythnia bowed to Antiochus without a serious fight in 278 B.C.  Nicomedes then continued to rule Bythnia but accepted the dominance of Antiochus king of Babylon [Seleucid Syria].”  This paragraph gives the impression that the four divisions began in 278 B.C. therefor I have added the date when Nicomedes submitted to Antiochus which was 277 B.C.

After the Feast beginning on Oct 22 a series through the books of Moses is scheduled.  These completely updated studies are much improved and very informative.  Because I am trying to complete studies through all of the bible by the fall 2020 Festivals, I plan to begin publishing TWO posts each Sabbath and each Sunday.

 

8 Oct:  The fast of Atonement begins at sunset tonight and continues through to sunset ending 9 October.  The seven day Feast of Ingathering called Tabernacles begins at sunset ending 13 Oct. The Feast of the Eighth Day begins at sunset ending Oct 20 and lasts to sunset Oct 21.

 

6 Oct UCG-  UCG issues a Feast press release designed to appeal to Evangelicals, focusing on false explanations of the Feast and on the Christ centeredness of the Fall Festival.

This press release is more than an appeal to evangelicals, it announces to the brethren that after redefining Jesus into an evangelical false Christ, which I have been fighting for the past ten years; they are now ready to make the change over, public.  They despise me for standing up to their machinations, especially with their recent attempt to redefine the God of the Old Testament in preparation for this unveiling of their new evangelical Jesus to the public. 

Notice that nothing seems wrong with this announcement; the issue only rears up when we begin to understand that besides presenting false evangelical explanations for the Fall Festivals taken directly from mainstream commentaries, they have changed the Real Jesus into the false tolerant of sin emotional “love love” evangelical model. 

PRESS RELEASE: 14,000 Gather to Celebrate Coming Time of Christ-Centered Global Peace: Church Follows Example of First Century Disciples

 

5 Oct: A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!  The Fast of Atonement begins at sunset Tuesday evening Oct 8 and ends at sunset on Wednesday evening Oct 9.

 

2 Oct: UCG- Victor Kubik and UCG as well as the other major COG organizations are still teaching their gross errors that the Fall Festivals somehow are about the early spring harvest.   “First, Christ returns to the earth, symbolically depicted by the Feast of Trumpets. The Feast of Tabernacles that follows pictures the coming Kingdom of God. In between these events, though, is the Day of Atonement which pictures the removal of the one who has brought evil to this earth. . . ”  [For the truth about God’s Festivals visit TheShiningLight Festival categories. For an overview of the Festivals see this.].  Victor then goes on to write about Satan and pride, not seeing that it is because of pride that UCG and the other major COG organizations cling to their past false teachings and refuse to accept the truth of the Holy Scriptures about God’s Festivals, biblical prophecy [One of their major key errors is explained here.] etc.  

 

1 Oct: LCG-  Doug Winnail has a good piece on loving God’s law.  If only LCG did love God’s law enough to keep it instead of only paying lip service to it.

LCG continues to push its anti biblical prophecy error: “Bible prophecy indicates that a powerful leader, described in Daniel 11 as the “king of the South,” will eventually arise in the Middle East region at the end of the age. Could the current tensions in that region create an environment that unifies Arab nations and enables such a leader to rise? Only time will tell. For greater insight about the future of this volatile area of the globe, be sure to read or listen to our well documented and biblically focused booklet, The Middle East in Prophecy.”  

Now identify the king of the South directly from the Bible.

 

30 Sep: An Inspiring Feast of Trumpets for All God’s Faithful! See our Feast presentations here.

 

29 Sep New Moon Report:  The first light of the new moon was reported seen by at least seven persons in Jerusalem!  The Memorial of Rejoicing with Trumpets begins at sunset this evening!

UCG new Grace booklet review-  The new “Grace” booklet seems to be a compilation of extracts from the many past UCG articles on the subject and contains very little that is new. Scott has done a good job putting this material together in one article. 

The content is certainly broadly acceptable to the religious mainstream as well as the COG, with the key issue of defining the law as the entire body of law given to Moses or only the Ten Commandments not being addressed.  The only suggestion I would have besides correcting that omission is to increase the font to a size better suited to the aging membership. A larger font would also make reading easier for the general public.

Darris’s recent statements [see comment below] as well as the Grace booklet [which does not define God’s law] are a lesson in discernment; teaching us that someone can tell the truth but still mislead by telling only a part of the truth.

I am working on an analysis of the UCG/COGWA and LCG Calendar papers to be posted in future. Nearly every quote in them has been lifted out of context and twisted to appear to mean the opposite of the original, in context meaning; this is so pervasive that these Papers appear to be a deliberate and calculated attempt to deceive the brethren. Be patient on this one but the research has been done and the process of writing a post exposing the many lies will begin after the Feast.

These are very subtle tricks and we must be wise in God to discern such attempts to lead us astray.

See and download the Doctrinal Papers being analyzed here:

The Hebrew Calendar Doctrinal Statement (UCG)

Summary of the Hebrew Calendar (UCG)

Appendix to the Hebrew Calendar (UCG)

Should Christians Observe New Moons? (UCG)

The Hebrew Calendar (COGWA)

Living Church of God Calendar Articles–Part 1 and Part 2 (LCG) 

 

28 Sep:  A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!

The Memorial of Trumpets-  Observers will be out looking for the first light of the New Moon on Sunday and the New Moon Feast of Trumpets will be announced as soon as the information is available.

UCG-  UCG brethren are beginning to receive their new booklet “What Does the Bible Teach About GRACE?” 

UCG is focusing on their 25th anniversary in May, not in terms of remembering the past 25 years but in declaring that the next 25 years will be much better.  Since they are about to experience substantial losses in income and members due to a rapidly aging organization, it is obvious that the “Grace” booklet and the focus on the Next 25 Years is conditioning people for changes as the UCG reinvents itself.  As you read this new booklet consider not only what is being said but what is being left out and not said. See how many of today’s UCG leaders reinvented the WCG for Joe Tkach before being laid off and forming UCG.

 

25 Sep:  The Seventh New Moon-  This will be a difficult sighting with less than one hour lag time between sunset and moon set.

Observers will be out looking for the new moon of the seventh month and if it is seen Monday 30 Sep will be the first day of the seventh biblical month and The Memorial of Trumpets.  By chance the often wrong Rabbinic Calendar may have it right this year.  See the Calendar category for more.  

Important:  Trumpets is only one day, however since the days of Hezekiah it has been necessary to set aside a cautionary two days for the Memorial of Trumpets just in case the moon is not seen on the expected evening. Trumpets is expected on 30 Sep but please be ready for a one day delay if the new moon is not seen as anticipated.

The Fall Festival presentations have now begun at TheShiningLight.

 

22 Sep:  UCG Ministerial change- Bart Bornhorst will be relocating from the Indianapolis area to Pennsylvania. One of the Creech Brothers is expected to replace him.

 

21 Sep: A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s faithful!

 

20 Sep: TheShiningLight– Beginning Tuesday Sep 24 the Job study will be paused to begin the Feast of Trumpets and Fall Festival presentations. Job will be completed after the Memorial of Trumpets and ahead of the Fast of Atonement. Do join us to see what the Holy Scriptures say about the Biblical Festivals and what they really mean, you might be surprised! 

See the new article “Be Strong and Mighty in the LORD.”

 

16 Sep:  There is an interesting new comment and response here.

I am working on a 2019 Fall Festivals Personal for next week.

TheShiningLight- Dear Friends, over this summer TheShiningLight has received an average of 5,000 unique visitors making many thousands of visits and reading nearly 150,000 pages each month.  This COG News site receives almost the same amount of traffic.  In spite of this almost no one has remembered that your financial support is necessary to do this work.  As the Fall Festivals approach our bank balance is shrinking towards zero and we find ourselves in serious need; please consider helping us to serve you.

 

14 Sep: A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!  The last post in the Psalms study is scheduled at TheShiningLight today. Beginning tomorrow a series on Job is planned which will lead up to the Fall Festivals presentations.

 

13 Sep: UCG-  In 2009 “Larry Salyer (former UCG media director) was strongly opposed to any increase in outreach expenditures beyond the 19% level in order to plough money into ministerial health care and pensions: While Robin Webber campaigned for the council with a message of “dramatically increasing the expenditure on public proclamation” in the hope of increasing income. Webber won, Salyer lost.

More money for the ministry and less money spent on a different kind of Outreach was a central part of the leadership change that led to Salyer and others departing.

UCG then very quickly increased Outreach expenditures especially on ineffective media to 31%. They tried to maintain that level, but have run into difficulties.”  UCG figures for the year ending June 30, 2018, show that it spent $5,044,659 on public proclamation, out of its total annual revenue of $19,772,322, i.e. 25.5%.

COGWA- Larry Salyer to retire. See the comment below this post.

Britton Taylor, reporting on COGWA’s audit for the year ended December 31, 2018, wrote: “… income received for 2018 was just under $12.7 million – the highest in our history. This was a 6% increase over 2017, which was a strong year with income close to $12 million. Total expenses for 2018 and 2017 were about $11.8 million and $11.3 million respectively.”

Salaries and related expenses represented 43.8% of income. The ministry is elderly, so the rate of this expense will increase in all the major corporate groups in order to fund ministerial retirement pay, sickness benefits and the recruitment of replacement ministers.

COGWA public proclamation of the gospel, the focus of most corporate churches, amounted to $1,216,976 – which is 10.3% of annual income. This low percentage is due to its public proclamation being currently restricted to its website, Life, Hope & Truth – which is not as effective as the leadership had hoped.

Visitor numbers consist mainly of members with very few others being reached. Visits have declined through 2018, so in January 2019 the media department (which is outsourced) was given the task of improving website visitor numbers and page views by refining its search engine optimization tactics, redesigning the website, adding and changing content, and other techniques to enhance its attraction.

Jim Franks, writing in his September 2019 member letter, has now admitted that it is the content that needs to be attractive:
“… we are working hard at upgrading our Internet presence. For the past 18 months, our unique visitors to Life, Hope & Truth has leveled off at just under 500,000 per month. This is about half the number we were getting at our high point. We are investing resources to develop a strategy to increase our numbers. There are some technical things that we can do with the Internet, but we also realize the need for more compelling articles that get people’s attention and that proclaim the true gospel to a world that is spiritually starving.”

Sadly these groups do not proclaim the true Gospel, but present an insipid watered down lukewarm message full of errors.

 

7 Sep:  A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful! There will be two articles on Psalms 119 posted at TheShiningLight today.

 

4 Sep:  The COG and Prophecy-  Gerald Weston and the LCG Board have been busy discussing prophecy and I understand that prophecy will be a part of next month’s LCG Feast of Tabernacles presentation.  In the July/August edition of the Living Church News, Gerald discuss the Seventy Weeks Prophecy in his Personal message entitled Why a Council of Elders? 

He is correct in saying that Daniel 9 begins with the decree of 457 B.C. to build the city of Jerusalem.

Here is the correct explanation of Daniel 9:1 to 9:23 about the first coming of Christ the Messiah, which is largely understood in LCG. 

The 70th week of the 70 Weeks Prophecy begins in Daniel 9:24 and using the Bible to explain the Bible to clear away the confusion on the subject: here is the correct understanding of the 70th week of the 70 Weeks Prophecy which begins in Daniel 9:24.

 

3 Sep:  LCG- Gerald Weston writes:  “Last weekend we had Tomorrow’s World Presentations, mostly repeat presentations, in five U.S. cities, reaching 15 first-time and 10 returning guests.”

 

1 Sep: 15:30 PDT: It appears that both Hezbollah and Israel have declared victory and the focus will return to Gaza as Israel waits on the situation in Idlib Syria. 

The regional Israeli war that I have been warning about for the last 12 years is now at hand. Israel is calling up reserves and war can break out at any time in the coming weeks. See our Twelfth Anniversary Message to learn what is about to happen. 

 

31 Aug: New Moon Report:  Sightings from Jerusalem and across Israel have confirmed the first visible light of the new moon.  This means that tomorrow will be the first day of the sixth 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.

 

30 Aug: UCG-  The second part of the UCG COE report is now posted: UCG Conference of Elders Report Aug 20-22 2019   This has a few extremely interesting and important items.  If you can’t change the list of fundamental beliefs then change the perspective and understanding by which those beliefs are interpreted.  This UCG big push on “Grace” has been coming for a long time now:  For the plain truth on Grace see the top four articles here.

There is nothing complicated about Grace!  Grace is: God’s merciful forgiveness for all those who sincerely repent of all past sin and make an unshakable commitment to STOP sinning and go forward to forever live by every Word of God in dedicated enthusiastic zeal!

As the sun sets May All God’s Faithful Have A Blessed Sabbath!    Special Music:  Because You Are

 

27 Aug: New Moon-  Observers will be out looking for the first visible light of the new moon at Jerusalem on Saturday night.  If seen, Sunday will be the first day of the sixth biblical month.

 

24 Aug:  A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!  Enjoy our studies through the Psalms this Sabbath!

 

22 Aug: COGWA-  COGWA posts 2018 audit.

WFW-  This year UCG is holding its Winter Family Weekend Dec 20 to 24 while LCG is holding their’s Dec 25 to 29.  They make a big deal about holding this non biblical “Church Retreat” every year at Christmas, while they refuse to keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread with services on each of the seven days of the Feast as God has commanded and then they dare to call themselves God’s people!  For Shame!

UCG-  The August 19 CoE Report is now available.  

 

18 Aug:  Dear friends I am testing out a translator for TheShiningLight.  I do have some misgivings about the accuracy of a mechanical translator even though the GTranslate plugin seems like a good idea.  I request that those who are fluent in various languages give the translator on the menu bar a try and send me their input especially about translation accuracy at jddm3@hotmail.com  Thank you very much for your participation in this project.

 

17 Aug:  A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!

 

16 Aug: COGWA- COGWA is to hold an International Leadership Program in the UK in a facility at Cranfield University, from the evening of Friday 23 Aug to Sunday 25 Aug.

Attending COGWA leaders include:

Jim (and Sharron) Franks, COGWA President
Leon (and Reba) Walker, COGWA International Coordinator
Doug (and Tanya) Horchak, COGWA Ministerial Services Operations Manager
Clyde (and Dee) Kilough, COGWA Media Operations Manager
Britt (and Donna) Taylor, COGWA Financial Operation Manager
Joel Meeker, Chairman, Ministerial Board of Directors, & French Language Director
Bernard Hongerloot, Translator & Administration for French Language Areas

This will be the last of ten initial regional leadership seminars, the most recent being held in Runaway Bay, Jamaica.  The purpose of these seminars is to groom potential ministry for the COGWA in areas outside of the US.  They have a list of some 400 men and women, but the attendees at the UK seminar would only include the folks on the list from Europe.

Jim Franks wrote on 8 Aug:  “We have collected the names of over 400 men and women for an international leadership database. There are three requirements for participants to complete this first phase of the new program: (1) be invited to and attend the weekend seminar in their region, (2) view the seven follow-up classes from the leadership website, and (3) view the 24 Foundation Institute classes on the Fundamental Beliefs.”

With all those American leadership personalities attending it seems reasonable to assume that the European COGWA leaders and elders will be attending the seminar as well as potential new elders.

UCG- Elders are arriving for next week’s CoE conference.  First informal discussions at the Sunday retreat, followed by the formal conference 19 to 22 Aug. 

Victor Kubik of UCG writes:

I’d also like to mention that the online radio station for United Church of God is streaming 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. You can listen to booklet and magazine readings, Bible readings, Bible Q&As, sermons, Bible class lectures, podcasts, the BT Daily series, music and more! A radio schedule in PDF can now be downloaded which will show you upcoming programs. You can reach it easily on your computer at https://www.ucg.org.au/radio 

 

15 Aug 02:30 PDT:  The PHP has been updated on our server.  If you are having trouble accessing any of our sites please delete your computer and search engine browsing history.

 

11 Aug: LCG-  Doug Winnail misidentifies the LCG ministry with the authority of the Word of God, and in pushing people to obey LC G without question says that people who are willing to put God first and not the LCG ministry or their erroneous traditions are motivated by Satan. 

Doug very subtly exalts the “authority” of the LCG ministry above the Word of God.  See the “Binding and Loosing” and the “Legitimate Ministerial Authority” articles, or download the “Ecclesiastical Authority” book.  

Satan’s Subtle DevicesWhat motivates our thoughts and actions? Principles from God’s word or ideas from the world? Most people today, whether in the Church or in the world, either tend to forget or do not realize that Satan is the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4) and that he is the one who strives to influence the thoughts and actions of unsuspecting individuals (Ephesians 2:1–3). Unfortunately, even after spending years in the Church, we can still be snared by Satan’s devices (2 Corinthians 2:11Ephesians 6:11) without even realizing what is happening. Satan—who is the accuser of the brethren (Revelation 12:10) and the source of doubts, divisions, and rebellion against authority—can beam thoughts into our minds that stir us to question, complain, or criticize ideas and actions of those around us or over us in the Body of Christ. When we see that Satan tempted Jesus Christ  (Matthew 4:1–10) and also stirred Peter to sharply rebuke Jesus (Matthew 16:22–23), we should realize that we are not immune to Satan’s devices. If we forget the warning that “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12), we will be an easy target for Satan to manipulate. This is why we are urged to stay alert and vigilant—because we have an enemy who wants to use us for his purposes and eventually destroy us (1 Peter 5:6–9). Let’s strive to promote peace and harmony and not be an instrument that Satan can use to sow division or discord in the Church of God.

 

10 Aug:  A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!

 

7 Aug:  Both Norbert Link of the Church of the Eternal God and Gerald Fury of PCG are insisting that Donald Trump will be reelected US president.  This prediction is based on their personal opinion that Trump is doing God’s will, however it assumes that God cannot use any other.  In fact Trump could still win or he could be replaced, after all politics is primarily a theatrical spectacle for the public since the Establishment owns all the important horses in the race.

 

3 Aug:  A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful! 

Special Music: One of the best voices to come out of the modern Jewish State; Bat-Sheva Ofra Haza sings from the Song of Solomon. The song begins at about the 1:27 mark.  About Ofra Haza: Ofra died of aids in 2000 after contracting the disease from a blood transfusion following a miscarriage.

 

2 Aug:  The Holy Day Festival Calendar chart has been updated to add a potential early new year and Festivals for 2024. 

The new moon was seen from Jerusalem this evening making 3 August the first day of the fifth biblical month.

 

1 Aug: UCG- Does size matter?  UCG affiliated Worldwide Church of God Angola may be about to lose its official corporate status.

New Moon-  Observers will be out looking for the new moon in Jerusalem after sunset ending 2 August.  I will announce the first day of the fifth biblical month when a sighting is confirmed.

TheShiningLight- The Epistles series is scheduled to complete with Jude on 2 Aug.  There is a post scheduled for 3 Aug on Leadership which is mainly about family and child rearing as a follow up to the marriage articles which can be found in the General Doctrines category.  A series through the book of Psalms is planned to begin on 4 Aug and will last up until the fall Feast material begins. 

A superficial reading of Psalms gives the impression that they are about David’s sins and prayers for deliverance and praises to God. In fact there is an enormous amount of very deep meaning in the Psalms, which are an instructional allegory using physical struggles to teach us about the spiritual struggle against Satan and sin and the way of eternal salvation.  

 

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  1. Comment was made 7 Aug 2019 saying: “Both Norbert Link of the Church of the Eternal God and Gerald Fury of PCG are insisting that Donald Trump will be reelected US president. This prediction is based on their personal opinion that Trump is doing God’s will, however it assumes that God cannot use any other. In fact Trump could still win or he could be replaced, after all politics is primarily a theatrical spectacle for the public since the Establishment owns all the important horses in the race.”

    Some used to say something like beware of the “‘man’ behind the curtain!” How would Link or Flurry speculate to know “that Trump is doing God’s will?” Is it possible that Trump may be doing Satan’s will? Satan, god of this present evil world, has a will:

    “And [that] they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.” 2 Tim 2:26

    Jesus Christ, when He walked this earth, addressed the false leaders of his day as follows:

    “Ye are of [your] father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”

    Are Link and Flurry listening to lies?

    Satan operates in a stealth mode, wants to remain hidden, does not want to be exposed and oftentimes seems to be very much like a “‘man’ behind the curtain!”

    In any event, all the world is deceived, and regardless of whether God allows Satan to keep/put Trump into office or any other man/woman for that matter, nothing will thwart God’s will and His perfect plan of salvation for humanity.

    John

    You assessed this well in your last para, Satan has his own will but he is limited by God’s will and what God will allow.

    Trump is Jesuit controlled and his core support is Catholic and Evangelical, it seems that Norbert and Gerald have bought into their propaganda that Trump is God’s agent. However he is not the only person who has Jesuit support. James

  2. Regardless of who the next President will be, God’s overall will is of paramount importance. The Greater COGs have a very long list of failed prophecies, predictions and trying to second guess God and His timetable for bringing about the end of man’s rule on this earth and restoring His kingdom and government. As always, time will tell.

  3. I’ve heard Trump say more than once he might pull our troops from Europe. Imagine Europe with no US or Great Britain presence. How long would it take for the Beast to rise?

    The New Federal Europe is ready for approval as soon as the conditions are right. British refusal to accept the move to a federal Europe is the very reason that Europe and Britain are divorcing.

    Once Brexit is accomplished [probably at the end of October] some European political maneuvering will be necessary and then a final push in the form of a papal recommendation will result in ten nations coming together. As for the US and Nato or Europe, that situation could come before, during or right after the federal Europe rises. James

  4. Re: 22 Aug – To COGWA’s credit, the audit is detailed. Yet those details are revealing, and a bit sad to me.

    “Public proclamation” accounts for only about 10 percent of COGWA’s expenses. Taking care of the “headquarters office” total about seven percent.

    And under the public proclamation category, three times more is spent on “salaries and related expenses” than on internet and printing.

    With numbers that low, is COGWA really a “healthy” church in a position to grow?

    Spending millions to teach error is not healthy either. Spiritual health is measured by zeal to learn and live by every Word of God not by finances, numbers of attendees or outreach numbers.

    These folks including LCG, UCG and many others, have not grown spiritually for over fifty years; they believe that they are spiritually rich and are blind to their true spiritual condition.

    Their pride prevents them from seeing the truth so they are comfortable in their spiritual coma and resent being called to wake up. Because they reject spiritual knowledge and growth they are sleep walking to serious correction by God.

    Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
    James

  5. Regarding …. 27 Aug: New Moon- Observers will be out looking for the first visible light of the new moon at Jerusalem on Saturday night. If seen, Sunday will be the first day of the sixth biblical month.

    Who said we have to look for a crescent Moon anyway??? Sounds like the worship of Nana if you ask me.

    I suggest that you read the articles at our Biblical Calendar category. https://godourlight.info/category/101-sabbath-and-calendar/ James

  6. Re: 13 Sep – Your timing is uncanny. COGWA announced in this week’s update video that Larry Salyer is retiring this fall.

    What a mixed record he leaves, especially in terms of bringing groups together (remember CBCG)? and pulling them apart (COGWA).

    Thank you, I missed that. I am always grateful to receive news I can share. Here is more on Larry Salyer https://godourlight.info/meredith-salyer-history/
    James

  7. 28 Sep 2019, comment was made saying: “…UCG is focusing on their 25th anniversary in May, not in terms of remembering the past 25 years but in declaring that the next 25 years will be much better. Since they are about to experience substantial losses in income and members due to a rapidly aging organization, it is obvious that the “Grace” booklet and the focus on the Next 25 Years is conditioning people for changes as the UCG reinvents itself…”

    I am in process of reading the latest issue of Beyond Today (September – October 2019) and the cover of the magazine says: “When Heaven Comes to Earth” and the lead article by Darris McNeely has the same title.

    Darris wrote on page 4 saying: “…We’ll look more at this parable shortly, but its message is basically this: The Kingdom of God is coming to earth…Another way to say this is that “heaven,” the divine realm of God’s reign, will come to earth…”

    Throughout the article the phrase of “heaven coming to earth” is emphasized.

    Might United be reinventing itself to appeal to Catholics and Protestants, regarding the emphasis on “heaven,” to attract more members and thus acquired more income?

    Jesus Christ prayed Thy Kingdom Come, and not Thy Heaven come.

    Instead of saying Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, is one to change their thinking and say instead: “Seek ye first Heaven?”

    John

    A change in general attitude and focus is being orchestrated as a prelude to changing the meaning and explanation of some of their listed beliefs. They may well maintain the List of Fundamental Beliefs while reexplaining and clarifying their meaning. These folks originally set up the list in such a way that the individual beliefs could be changed by reinterpreting them. That way they can say that they are not changing the list only clarifying various points. James

  8. John said: “Jesus Christ prayed Thy Kingdom Come, and not Thy Heaven come. Instead of saying Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, is one to change their thinking and say instead: “Seek ye first Heaven?””

    On the contrary John, the Kingdom of God is the same as the Kingdom of Heaven (Mat 3:2; 4:17; 5:3, 10, 19-20; 7:21 8:11; 10:7; 11:11-12; 13:11, 24, 31, 33, 44-45, 47, 52; 16:19; 18:1, 3-4, 23; 19:14, 23; 20:1; 22:2; 23:13; 25:1, 14). So I’d argue that McNeely’s explanation is both scriptural and correct unless you have an issue with the gospel writer’s recording of Christ’s use of the phrase as well?

    You both have a point. The Darris issue is the exclusive use of one term over the other which places the entire focus on the one point while obscuring the other.

    McNeely’s statement is scriptural as you say but has an unbalanced focus and is definitely designed to appeal to the religious mainstream. He would have been much clearer if he had used some of these other scriptures as well, but he chose not to even though he is well aware of them. He is definitely tailoring his messages to the religious mainstream as much as possible. FYI he definitely has a very evangelical bent and is one of “the good old boys” club of evangelicals in UCG. James

  9. Job,

    We may read the following verses from the NT and the OT, respectively:

    “HEAVEN IS my THRONE, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest?” Acts 7:49

    “Thus saith the LORD, The HEAVEN IS my THRONE, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?” Isaiah 66:1

    Do you want to know what that Heaven is? It was not about the 1st or 2nd heavens, but the third heaven.

    What’s coming down to this earth? Heaven? Yes! Kingdom? Yes! Throne? Yes!

    My point was that Jesus, unlike Darris McNeely, EMPHASIZED that we pray: “Thy Kingdom Come” (Matthew 6:10; Luke 11:2) and NOT “Thy Heaven Come” OR “Thy Throne Come.”

    John

    Well said. Darris’s statements as well as the Grace booklet [which does not define God’s law] are a lesson in discernment; teaching us that someone can tell the truth but still mislead by telling only a part of the truth.

    I am working on an analysis of the UCG/COGWA and LCG Calendar papers to be posted in future. Nearly every quote in them has been lifted out of context and twisted to appear to mean the opposite of the original in context meaning; this is so pervasive that these Papers appear to be a deliberate and calculated attempt to deceive the brethren. Be patient on this one but the research has been done and the process of writing a post exposing the many lies will begin after the Feast.

    These are very subtle tricks and we must be wise in God to discern such attempts to lead us astray.

    James

  10. John, I still have notes from a sermon titled, “The Days of Heaven Upon the Earth.”

    Herbert McNair gave it at a WCG Feast…. in 1983. And it’s a Biblical phrase, from Deut. 11:21. So I’d be careful about looking for conspiracies here.

    Deu 11:21 has nothing to do with any Kingdom of Heaven and it has nothing to do with this issue, which is about the exclusive use of one phrase “the Kingdom of Heaven” to the exclusion of the phrase “the Kingdom of God.” Deu 11:21 is a simple statement that they would possess the land forever if they obeyed God.

    Deu 11:18 Therefore shall ye lay up 7760 8804 these my words 1697 in your heart 3824 and in your soul 5315, and bind 7194 8804 them for a sign 226 upon your hand 3027, that they may be as frontlets 2903 between your eyes 5869. 11:19 And ye shall teach 3925 8765 them your children 1121, speaking 1696 8763 of them when thou sittest 3427 8800 in thine house 1004, and when thou walkest 3212 8800 by the way 1870, when thou liest 7901 8800 down, and when thou risest up 6965 8800. 11:20 And thou shalt write 3789 8804 them upon the door posts 4201 of thine house 1004, and upon thy gates 8179:

    Deu 11:21 That your days 3117 may be multiplied 7235 8799, and the days 3117 of your children 1121, in the land 127 which the LORD 3068 sware 7650 8738 unto your fathers 1 to give 5414 8800 them, as the days 3117 of heaven 8064 upon the earth 776.

    This states that: your days on the land [the time that your generations will possess the land] will last as long as the length of time of the heavens if they obeyed God. In other words this is a poetic way of saying that they would possess the land forever if they obeyed God.

    Apparently Herbert McNair misused Deu 11:21 taking it out of context [contextomy] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quoting_out_of_context and twisting it to support his own opinion. This has nothing to do with any Kingdom of Heaven on the earth. It is very important to look up the scriptures or any quotes, in their proper context.

    Note that the UCG/COGWA/LCG Calendar Papers [most produced originally under the Jim Franks UCG Doctrinal Committee] are chock FULL of the contextonomy form of deliberate deception. James

  11. Concerning UCG’s press release about the Feast of Tabernacles. They said:

    Church Follows Example of First Century Disciples

    Nothing could be further from the truth! Having a hierarchy, an exorbitant paid ministry, and abusing and lording it over the brethren does not follow the example of Jesus’ disciples. The corporate COGs still have so much to learn about Godly love and true discipleship!

  12. Rick wrote: “…Nothing could be further from the truth! Having a hierarchy, an exorbitant paid ministry, and abusing and lording it over the brethren does not follow the example of Jesus’ disciples. The corporate COGs still have so much to learn about Godly love and true discipleship!…”

    And the United Ass. has been basically stagnant, in some sort of a way like being in an aircraft flying in fog waiting for a break in the clouds and hoping to land, since they got established in 1995. And in some 24 years have not grown in the grace AND knowledge……….of Jesus Christ, something Christ’s disciples experienced in their lives daily. The organization’s leadership is still striving to figure out exactly just who they are and what they should be doing. They admit they may be in a time of “critical reflection,” something I once thought they already did before/at the 1995 Indianapolis Conference when they voted the United Association into existence and numerous hirelings, who fled the Pasadena WCG, became a part of…thinking the “grass would be much greener.”

    John

  13. Sadly, UCG has ordained so many people (many of them good people, but unqualified) that the office of elder really has no meaning in the United Church of God anymore. It would be interesting to see a total number of people United has ordained since 2011, because I believe the number would be staggering.

    Membership has fallen and yet ordinations have outpaced retirements by a substantial margin. It seems that they are are not happy to wait for a natural changeover through retirements and are building up the numbers of voting elders who would be amenable to the new UCG agenda of the present leadership.

    The CoE is making a very big deal about using the 25th anniversary GCE next May to push it as a new beginning. They have adopted the theme of “Moving Forward with Conviction, Commitment and Courage.” James

  14. Re: 7 Nov – Did you know UCG is now a “mega-church”?

    That’s what at least one pastor is declaring.

    I wonder how many other UCG Pastors would laugh at such a claim.

    Size matters more than sound doctrine to these folks. James

  15. Comment mentioned on 4 Dec said: […UCG- Don Ward writes an extremely evangelical letter to the UCG brethren. While he correctly writes: “That is, we must repent, exercise faith in the sacrifice of Christ, be baptized and receive the laying on of hands.” there is not a single word in the entire letter about what we are to repent of or about being called to learn and live by every Word of God.]

    And if that weren’t enough, the photo caption repeats something Don Ward’s letter said: “God has not called you to just sit on the sidelines and watch the world go by. He expects you to be in the arena fighting the good fight of faith with all your might;” however, Don does not explain how one is to be fighting some good fight with all one’s might.

    I listen to United people talk a lot about politics, attitudes of people towards one another, problems in the neighborhood, well people-problems, but the Bible says we do not wrestle flesh and blood:

    Ephesians 6:12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places].” [{flesh … : Gr. blood and flesh }] [{spiritual … : or, wicked spirits }] [{high: or, heavenly }

    So, fight the good fight? Well, in order to fight any good fight one has to first: “…learn and live by every Word of God,” as was pointed out by James. God has identified our real enemies in daily life.

    John

  16. Re: 15 Dec – After watching the [COGWA] report, it’s nice to know the board members didn’t have to eat out in the evening. 🙂

    But on COGWA’s four-point list of priorities, why is “preaching the gospel” third – with only a passing reference to it? Isn’t that what Jesus Christ made the top priority?

  17. Re: 19 Dec – Should a believer suspend all forms of “worship” to God on 25 Dec.? No prayer, Bible study, etc.? Would that give an “appearance of evil”?

    No, they should treat this just like any other day and not make a special occasion out of it. FYI as for a Family Day or Winter Family Weekend there already is an official one, the third Monday in February, called Presidents Day in the US and Family Day elsewhere.

    Just as big a sin is neglecting services during the week of the Feast of UB. https://godourlight.info/restoring-the-seven-day-feast-of-unleavened-bread/
    James

  18. If there is any doubt about how LCG views their Winter Family Weekend, consider these comments by Charlotte pastor Scott Winnail. These aren’t secret “insider” comments, as his message asks recipients to “share this email with the rest of your family.” Winnail writes:

    “This weekend is NOT an annual festival. However, much like the Feast of Tabernacles, it is a special privilege for all of us together and in many similar ways “come out of the world” for a short period of time as we fellowship and rejoice with God’s people of like mind.”

    Did you see that? He admits that the WFW is “much like the Feast of Tabernacles.” It’s not just a secular opportunity for church members to bond together as brethren. It is LCG’s spiritual alternative to Christmas, much like the original Christmas was marketed as a spiritual alternative to the Saturnalia. Elsewhere in his letter, Winnail praises the WFW as “a very special opportunity for God’s people to gather together, about half-way between the Feast of Tabernacles and the Passover.” Winnail writes as if God’s annual festivals aren’t enough and LCG’s Winter Family Weekend is fixing a problem God created by keeping his annual festivals so far apart. How presumptuous!

    And this while they refuse to obey God’s command to assemble every day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread! See https://godourlight.info/restoring-the-seven-day-feast-of-unleavened-bread/

    In response to the LCG comment posted on 23 Dec I replied to the LCG notable suggesting that they choose a different date not associated with Xmas and said: “I also suggest returning to holding services every day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread even if only with an internet site; and similarly that you set up a fall festivals internet site.” I am not holding my breath! James

  19. Scott Winnail admits that the WFW is: “…’much like the Feast of Tabernacles,’ it is a special privilege for all of us together and in many similar ways ‘come out of the world’ for a short period of time…”

    Only for a short period of time? What did Jesus say His disciples would do?

    “If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.” John 15:19

    Those of the living group could not be more in the world, than they were at the WFW and all of the merchants there loved the living group for whatever mammon they would provide. The living parents and children must have gotten a daily mind-full of “all things XMas.” The adults and their children were exposed to the appearance of evil.

    In light of the following scripture, perhaps Scott cannot see the difference between being “in the world” and being “of the world:”

    “He hath made every [thing] beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart…” Eccl 3:11

    The heart of every human being is “of the world” unless/until God intervenes further to change that heart by the power of His Spirit.

    God weighs the spirits. What spirit is obvious during XMas?

    “Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?” James 4:5

    Tis the season for lots of lust for things, envy towards one another, arguments, family squabbles, etc. Most people know by listening to the news, and personal example, that there is very little good lasting fruit produced during this season of a very strong “GET” attitude towards self: the self with the world set in its heart.

    Scott, and his daddy may disagree, but WFW is nothing like God’s Feast of Tabernacles where God’s people genuinely rejoice for a much longer period than something called a “weekend.”

    If one looks more closely at the WFW one will observe many lies associated with this period of time this year. For example, the WFW took place during the midst of the week, and not during the Weekend. Scott is blind-sighted with his understanding about what it actually means to “come out of the world.”

    John

    One wonders how Scott could possibly think that going to a very Christmnassy location could possibly be a break from worldliness. This is double think self-justification.

    Personally I would not be at all surprised if these organizations are so keen because they are making a few bucks off of this activity. James

  20. Show me where the bible says the first faint crescent is the new moon.

    You could see this article. https://godourlight.info/ucg-calendar-chaos-and-fraudulent-calendar-papers/ You could even listen to Mario’s sermon!
    There are over a dozen articles here that do just that. https://godourlight.info/category/101-sabbath-and-calendar/
    If you truly wanted to acquire knowledge you would read the material or read your Bible starting with Genesis 1.
    https://godourlight.info/110-the-biblical-festival-calendar-part-1/

    If you knew your Bible you would know that commenting before gathering the facts is both shameful and foolish. Proverbs 18:13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.

    James

  21. in his 19 December Update, Victor Kubik wrote:

    “…This was an act of kindness . Kindness (also translated “goodness” or “gentleness”) is the fifth fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). As I have been writing before, these fruits are produced in the spiritual transformation of a disciple of Jesus Christ (Romans 12:1-2).
    The Greek word here is transliterated chréstotés . It describes an event where someone else’s needs are met in a remarkable way, where the gift of kindness is made with no expectation that it will be returned or reciprocated…”

    Victor Kubik is going to end up confusing people. Why? How so?

    Galatians 5:22 says: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,”

    Gentleness and goodness are listed as fruits 5 and 6, respectively. Most of us are used to thinking of these fruits of God’s Spirit as presented there; however, it appears that Victor prefers changing the words found in the KJV to a different translation he prefers.

    For example, Victor prefers changing fruit #5, translated to say “gentleness,” to be translated as “kindness.”

    Sure it is a change here and a change there. Will Victor provide additional translations to replace any more of the fruits as listed in Galatians 5?

    And then, thinking ahead, if Victor can just go ahead and make such changes so easily, will he continue providing more “different translations” of other words found in the KJV. Which words should we keep in our minds? What is the next change coming along?

    In the former WCG organization we read and listened to Joseph Tkach senior quote the same scriptures as HWA, while both men explained them with opposing meanings. Both men were no longer “walking together” in harmony. People were forced to ask: “Who is right? What is the true meaning of that verse? One man said one thing before he died, and now Joe is saying the opposite.”

    It remains to be seen where Victor Kubik will end up if he continues changing words as translated in KJV scriptures to words he prefers, especially when it ends up changing their current doctrinal beliefs.

    John

    One can change beliefs about a doctrine without changing the name of the doctrine on a list. That is what I have been warning about for years; they are not changing the list of their doctrines they are changing the meaning of those doctrines! James

  22. I’m sorry ,,,,,,but all you have given me ,,,,,,is articles!!!!!!!!!!!!
    no biblical evidence…………….

    The articles are full of biblical evidence and historical facts. If you cannot take the time to look up the scriptures then you are not really serious about seeking truth and are only trolling. James

  23. To the best of my knowledge, all the major Church of God groups still teach that the day before the weekly Sabbath is the Preparation Day. Also, I appreciate that in our modern Western society the ideal of the five-day workweek has taken root. So, why don’t the corporate Churches of God give their employees a Sunday – Thursday workweek? By making their employees work until 3:30PM or 4:30PM on Fridays, the corporate churches reduce the Preparation Day to a hurried frenzy that hardly dignifies the Sabbath or allows proper preparation. Did HWA ever explain why WCG HQ employees had to put in nearly a full day of work every Friday? Have any of the splinter leaders given their own explanations?

    Your point is excellent. That is exactly what churches should do as employers. To answer your question I would be extremely surprised if they would do such a thing. James

  24. James, 15 Jan 2002, you mentioned: “- UCG- For the record I did write Mario as head of the Doctrinal Committee who was teaching contrary to doctrine, not just once but twice before posting the UCG Calendar Chaos and Fraudulent Calendar Papers article. Then I wrote him a note to announce the publication. At no time did he have the common courtesy to even reply. This article has now been read well over 600 and approaching 700 times and is having an affect across the big three.”

    What did you mean by “the big three?” Is that a reference to United’s […three sitting Council of Elder members who have been openly teaching contradictory to the church’s official beliefs about when “God’s” new months begin.]?

    Or, is a reference to three major groups of: United Ass., Living, and cogwa?

    John

    Sorry I apologize for the confusion. I mean the three largest organizations; Living, COGWA and UCG. These Calendar doctrinal papers were prepared and endorsed by the UCG Jim Franks Doctrinal Committee and CoE, and the present COGWA position is identical to these Franks prepared UCG Papers. The LCG position was and is also largely based on these extremely dishonest Jim Franks Papers.

    Yes I did write Mario in n effort to get him to look into this, but in reference to the Papers I had meant that in all three of these groups people were having their eyes opened to the extreme dishonesty that has been used to deceive them. James

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