Church of God News Blog; July 1 2018

27 Dec:  For the latest visit the 2019 COG News live blog

Beginning 29 Dec there will be 14 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.

 

24 Dec:   Israel-   Breaking 05:00:   Israel goes to early elections-   Coalition leaders voted unanimously Monday afternoon to dissolve the Knesset and go to early elections on April 9th It is now highly probable that a Middle East war will break out before such elections,  See the Dec 2018 News Blog.  Also see the  article on Middle East Peace at the Coming World Events category.

 

Please note that this 2018 COG News Blog will end on Dec 31 and a new COG News Blog for 2019 will be published.

23 Dec:   See the comments for some UCG News.

LCG-   LCG reports that Roderick Meredith’s son, James, has been sent out to Knoxville, Tennessee, to assist his father-in-law, Martin Fannin.  Michael DeSimone will be taking over Television and Mr. Daniel Guidry will take over the Internet effort for LCG.  Wayne Ciesielka will take over congregations in eastern North Carolina.  John Strain is moving to Charlotte to pastor the Headquarters congregation and work with Ministerial Trainees.  

Peter Nathan will spend two days with Christo Botha, South Africa Office Manager  in Pretoria to discuss the plans and budget for 2019, and investigate a potential 2019 Feast site, Mr. Nathan plans to return to London on Tuesday evening.

WorldWatch-  The <.is> designation means that the url is a local Icelandic site.  I had registered the worldwatch site at <.is> due to the strong anti censorship laws in the country.  To my dismay I have learned that the search engines place a very low priority on such small country registered sites; this url just will not do for a site intended to be a main public outreach site.

This issue has caused me to restore the monthly News Blog at the Bible Studies site now, and I plan to migrate the three History articles and the few Prophecy articles as a single project as soon as the Chronicles study completes.  In the meantime the handful of articles at the WorldWatch site will remain up at worldwatch.is. 

I apologize for this error on my part, but the worldwatch.is url simply will NOT meet our needs and it is far better to find out now than a year from now.  From now on I intend to maintain TheShiningLight studies site as our only site [except for the COG News site]. 

2019 is shaping up to be a critical year and it is important that I get things right, before the big push.

 

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

The Roman church is criticized for renaming the pagan festivities “Christmas” and continuing to observe them, yet today’s Ekklesia renames Christmas as a Winter Family Weekend and observes the same days at the most Christmas friendly sites available; and this is done while the assemblies refuse to observe the seven day Feast of Unleavened Bread as a Pilgrim Feast as God has commanded.  No wonder that we are about to be rejected by Jesus Christ into great tribulation (Rev 3:15-22).  Please see the Christmas article.

 

20 Dec:   UCG-   UCG announces two new assistant pastors; Scott McKeon will be assisting pastor Jim Tuck in the Northwest Phoenix area and Monte Knudson will assist in the Phoenix East area.

 

19 Dec:   UCG-   UCG income was down 8% in 2018 and UCG brethren have been called to fast before the end of December

COGWA anticipates a 9% increase in 2018 income over 2017.

LCG-   There was a drop in LCG  income in 2017 from 19,455,806 in 2016 to 17,823,748 in 2017.  This drop was due to an extraordinary receipt of certain estate bequests in 2016 which resulted in a temporary bubble increase for that year, with the income falling back in 2017.  2018 income is up from 2017.

 

16 Dec:   After I wrote to an LCG official on Monday 3 Dec, asking for member figures and explained the intense interest of LCG members, they have released this notice today [back dated to Dec 13]. 

On behalf of all the brethren, thank you very much!

The Living Church of God currently has 393 congregations in 57 countries around the world. We also have scattered members in 29 additional countries, who, without a regular congregation in their country, yet are our brothers and sisters in the body of Christ. Please remember to pray for these scattered brethren! So far in 2018, we have had over 160 baptisms, for which we are also grateful. Our average weekly attendance at Sabbath services in 2018 is running just over 9,000. Our high attendance figure for the Feast of Tabernacles was over 10,500 [so this is not an average attendance but the high attendance]. Thank God for the dedicated, faithful brethren we have all over the world, and continue to ask Him to add to our little flock, to help us get the Gospel message to all the world.—Church Administration Department”

 

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

 

13 Dec:  UCG-   On December 8, 2018, Warren Poffenroth was ordained into the ministry. He and his wife, Heidi, serve in the Calgary, Alberta, Canada, congregation.  Victor Kubik has said that UCG is a young church and to back that up claims that 49% of attendees are under 50,  Since when is 50 young?  In fact UCG like all of the Armstrong COG groups is quite old and aging rapidly, which is why Victor had to use 50 years old in order to get 49%.  If he had used the normal age for youth, under 25,  the percentage of youth would be much much lower.  This lack of youth in UCG is the very reason that UCG is pushing hard for youth programs. 

What concerns me is the lack of honesty in these folks [UCG is not unique]; why not just admit to the situation and ask for prayer and input from the brethren? 

 

10 Dec:   Please note:  The Free Downloads page at this site has not been working for a few days and has been removed while I work on it.  The same articles are available for download at TheShiningLight Literature page.

UCG CoE Conference report-   On August 22nd John Elliot as chairman of the UCG Doctrinal Committee proposed a new position on the established teaching concerning the God of the Old Testament.  Chairman Don Ward clearly uncomfortable, suggested that this be presented in closed session but John insisted on presenting it openly.   After discussion it was decided that a paper would be presented for approval at this month’s CoE Conference.  

At the time I responded with this post on the self evident heresy pushed in UCG by John Elliot and later I revealed the extent of this major change from existing doctrine  by posting UCGs own published position paper on the subject. 

Aaron Dean then weighed in with a denial claiming that this was not a change at all, but when confronted with the truth quickly retreated into evasion, distraction and misdirection.  See the comments of Aaron Dean at this post;  the technique of avoiding the truth is called redirecting.  When a person responds by speaking on something else, he is redirecting and trying to cover up.  This is one of the big “tells” in identifying deception [lying].

It must be understood that it is vital to them that they deny a change is being made, so that the CoE can pass this as a Doctrinal Study Paper without the need for approval by the GCE.

The December 3 Committee Chair video shows that John Elliot has been replaced by Mario Seiglie as Doctrinal Committee Chairman, and today the Report on last week’s CoE Conference was posted. There is no mention of this new Paper on the subject of the God of the Old Testament during this Conference. 

This means that either the Paper is not yet ready, or it has been shelved, or it has been discussed in Executive [secret] Session and its release is being delayed until things settle down.  If it has been approved in secret [or when it is approved] the Paper will then be circulated to the ministry.

It is imperative that the brethren keep alert and watchful for this or other such heresies to come up in future.

 

9 Dec:   LCG-   Gerald Weston writes: Mr. Millich and I conducted a mini-conference for 84 elders, deacons, their wives, and deaconesses in Joplin, Missouri last weekend. We reviewed some of the material covered in the November Council of Elders meetings and discussed how best to handle difficult situations that arise in serving our members.” 

Because of the work of TheShiningLight in presenting sound doctrine, LCG and the other COG organizations are being inundated with hard questions which they are unable answer.  Yet, they fight the truth tooth and claw, in order to maintain the false traditions of men. 

 

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

The new moon was observed in various locations around Jerusalem but no reports from Jerusalem have arrived as yet.  According to principle 3 of the principles for the Biblical Calendar article Sunday is 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 Sabbath Day. 

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.  For more information please see the Calendar articles at this category.   

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 Dec:  UCG-   The CoE Conference ended at noon yesterday.  

The Southwest Regional Ministerial Conference preceded by a Sunday Leadership Conference will begin this weekend in Temecula, California.

WorldWatch-   Today is Pearl Harbor Day. Our recent History series reveals the background and reasons behind America’s wars including the Civil War and the Japanese and Vietnam conflicts.

 

6 Dec:   World Watch-   With the posting of the Vietnam article today I will be getting back to the Bible Study site work.  Posts at WorldWatch will now be less often, perhaps once a week.  I am not entirely satisfied with the name WorldWatch and am open to suggestions; write me at <jddm3@hotmail.com> 

TheShiningLight-   For the curious we do not have members but reach out and serve all the brethren.  At this time we have about 2,000 regular visitors making some 30,000 visits per month at TheShiningLight Bible Study site.  I am aware of elders, deacons and heads of large and small households as well as singles among our dedicated readership; meaning that we reach far more than 2,000 individuals.   This has not translated into income because most of these folks are attending the various COG organizations and supporting them. 

This is actually ideal since many of these folks are being a positive influence or at least a witness within these organizations.  Nevertheless I am in real need of financial support at this time.  Even if you support other organizations, please consider sending an offering to help this effort to teach sound doctrine and to perform the service of watching and reporting unfolding prophetically significant world events. 

About ten thousand others visit from time to time and it is my hope that there will be a substantial increase in interest in the coming year, as I begin the Revival theme of doctrine and the New Testament in 2019.  

LCG-   I contacted my source in LCG leadership asking for the weekly attendance figure.  

UCG-   UCG has begun posting its videos of the ongoing CoE Conference.

 

4 Dec:  Estimated regular attendance figures for Armstrong based COG corporations. These numbers include all attendees baptized or not, including men, women and children.

United Church of God: 12,360 according to Peter Eddington on 26th February 2018.
Church of God a Worldwide Association11,100 (5,500 in the USA), according to Jim Franks on 29th November 2018.

Living Church of God: 9,000

Continuing Church of God: 3,800 according to Robert Thiel [there are less than 200 men women and children subsidizing the over 3,600 in Africa, nearly all of whom came from other groups for financial advantage].

Philadelphia Church of God: 3,500

Restored Church of God: Less than 1,000 

 

3 Dec:   I have begun posting at the WorldWatch site.  Because much of the general public might be overwhelmed by the extensive Bible studies at TheShiningLight site, I intend to use the new site as an introductory site with general articles and overviews linking to the advanced Bible Studies site. 

I have long had a desire to do a series on the Modern History of the Anglo American People focusing on the many fascinating things not commonly known.  The initial posts are on Babylon the Great and a first installment on the History series.

LCG-   Jim Meredith relieved of responsibilities in Charlotte.  “Mr. and Mrs. Jim Meredith are moving to Knoxville, Tennessee next week.”  

Doug Winnail again misunderstands and misapplies the scriptures claiming that 2 Peter 1:19 refers to the prophetic understanding of LCG, when it refers to the Holy Scriptures as God’s Sure Word.  “God has given His Church a “more sure word of prophecy” (2 Peter 1:19, KJV) so His Church can act as a watchman to warn about the prophetic significance of both current and impending world events (Ezekiel 3 and 33).” 

In fact LCG is NOT “God’s church:” NO corporate entity is.

This claim is blasphemy, because “God’s church” is NOT a corporate organization;  and LCG has no understanding either of prophecy or of sound doctrine; because they do not rely on that “Sure Word of the Holy Scriptures” but instead rely on the false contrary to scripture traditions of men. See a few of their prophetic errors explained here.

 

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

 

29 Nov:   UCG-   UCG begins the December 2018 CoE conference this weekend with the pre-conference get together on Sunday.  Will they approve their new position that God the Father directly involved himself with humanity before the birth of Christ?  See today’s special article.

UCG opened its new recording studio on Monday, and on Wednesday recorded their first three programs.  

  • “The Horsemen of Revelation” by Darris McNeely
  • “The Power of the Holy Spirit” by Steve Myers
  • “Are We Living in the Time of the End?” by Gary Petty

 

26 Nov:   UCG-  The Igreja de Deus Mundial [Worldwide Church of God] in Angola is now associated with the United Church of God, an International Association.

 

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

 

21 Nov:   TheShiningLight-   Announcing the publication of our brand new book “Bible Studies Daniel Revelation.”   Our studies in these books will be updated by serial posting of the chapters in 2019.   The 2300 Day and 70 Weeks prophecies are explained, including dating the birth, ministry and death of Jesus Christ and the approximate onset of the latter day tribulation and the second coming of Messiah the Christ. The 144,000, God’s Two Prophets and the Messages to the Seven Churches are also explained in detail along with the entire content of Daniel and Revelation.

Tomorrow is the Thanksgiving celebration in the United States; for information on Thanksgiving please visit our Non Biblical Festivals category.

 

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

 

15 Nov:   UCG-  Victor Kubik reports that the new recording studio is completed and will be opened on 26 November. 

Ministerial Services:     

“Mr. Stan Martin will be transferred from Florida to serve as pastor for the United Church of God congregation in Dallas/Ft. Worth (Texas), and Lawton (Oklahoma). Until that relocation is complete, Mr. Fred Whitlark will serve as interim pastor for those congregations.

Mr. Doug Wendt will relocate to Tampa (Florida) from the Orlando area where he had been serving as an elder alongside pastor Rick Shabi in the Orlando and Jacksonville (Florida) congregations. Mr. Wendt will serve as pastor for the congregations in Tampa and Saint Petersburg (Florida) after Mr. Martin’s relocation.

Mr. Braden Veller will serve as pastor for the Ocala and Vero Beach (Florida) congregations, in addition to his previous assignments of Fort Myers and Tallahassee (Florida).”

 

14 Nov:   LCG-   LCG is being rocked by questions from the brethren which they cannot answer about the sanctity of the Sabbath, the Biblical Calendar, the meaning of the Festivals, doctrine and prophecy.  The board has spent much of the past week discussing how to deal with the situation and refusing to accept the truth or to even sincerely examine the issues.  Instead they are taking the incredibly self-righteous  “We Have Decided” approach. 

Gentlemen I do not care how long or how many support a position; if it is wrong it is wrong.  God promised an increase in spiritual knowledge and understanding in the very last days Daniel 12: 4, and these men are rejecting the growth in grace [repentance] and spiritual knowledge that Almighty God is revealing, refusing to even examine the information and relying on the errors of the past, like true”We Know it All”  Laodicean’s

I have been writing these men with the same issues for over a decade and they still cannot answer or defend their positions from the Bible, so they take the “We Have Decided” route which if they refuse to repent of, will bring strong correction upon them.

Gerald also makes the mistake of saying that there is safety in many counselors.  The truth is that there is safety in GODLY COUNSELORS; but there is NO safety in many flatterers or foolish counselors who reject any part of God’s Word for the traditions of men.  If he wants many counselors with long experience why not consult the College of Cardinals?

Gerald Weston

 “I have come to value the advice given to us in Scripture regarding receiving a multitude of counsel (Proverbs 15:22). There truly is safety in doing so, as Proverbs 11:14 reveals. We so often hear of members coming up with different doctrines, fancying themselves as Bible scholars. By the time they come to the ministry, they are so convinced of their own rightness that nothing will persuade them otherwise [the truth is that many ARE correct and you cannot refute them]. The issues raised are almost always peripheral [no they are core and vital since they go to obedience of God’s Word or rebellion against God’s Word to remain in past false traditions], or doctrines contrary to our longstanding understanding [finally the truth, they will not accept truth from God’s Word  if it is contrary to their own errors]. The Church’s Council of Elders often discusses subjects that may appear simple on the surface, but are frequently more complex than first thought [the deceive by taking the simple and complicating it with human reasoning’s]. It is through thoughtful and prayerful discussion with the Bible as the foundation that 15 or more men [These men deceive themselves in saying this,  because they wrongly equate following the traditions of men as being faithful to God.  They pay lip service to the scriptures but they follow the past false traditions of a man making God’s Word of no effect], who have been in the ministry for decades, are able to come to a sound biblical understanding  [their misunderstanding is neither sound nor biblical].” 

 

9 Nov:   New Moon-  Sunset tonight begins the ninth biblical month.  A Blessed Sabbath and New Moon for All God’s Faithful!  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. 

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.  For more information please see the Calendar articles at this category.   

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.

 

8 Nov:   UCG-   “Retired elder Chuck Zimmerman died of a heart attack yesterday, November 7, 2018, less than a week before he would have reached age 70.  From 2011 to 2016, he served in Florida in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Vero Beach, and Fort Myers.” 

Victor Kubik acknowledges new congregation in NYC 

“Personal From the President…

Dear fellow servants of God,

New UCG Congregation in Manhattan, New York!

Oft spoken about, but not in place until now: a fledgling new congregation in upper Manhattan has formed. The New York City metro area is a complex mass of roads, rails, subways and waterways and it is important to locate a meeting location as close to the people as we can.

Pastor Lewis VanAusdle writes:

“The first Sabbath service took place at the new location on the 27th of October. There were 20 in attendance including 9 or 10 who plan on being regular attendees in Manhattan. I anticipate that there were a number of folks who weren’t able to make it due to the bad weather that day (high winds and rain, especially in the morning). We’ve been told the hall can actually fit 200 people. I can only hope and pray that we will one day fill it. Lomax Morris gave the sermonette, I gave the sermon. We also had the opportunity to bless the two children of a brand-new attendee from Yonkers who plans on attending regularly now that she has a place to go.

“Last Sabbath (November 3rd) there were 16 people, including James Calantjis who led songs, gave the sermon, and gave a Bible study after services. I think this number might be closer to the usual attendance we might see in the coming weeks. I know there are at least a few more who plan on attending, but are limited by their health and by any bad weather.”

This is the [now former] NYC congregation of Grace Communion discussed in the recent Comments.

 

7 Nov:  TheShiningLight-   See the new article New Europe Rising  which reveals how the New Europe is rising and the name of the most likely leader.

 

6 Nov:   LCG-   LCG will be airing its program on the Cowboy channel in the coming weeks.  LCG is retreating from some other TV media outlets.  The Cowboy Channel is linked to a mere thirty million households but actual viewers of the LCG program would be a tiny fraction of that.  They are now spending slightly more for TV and getting somewhat less as costs increase in that medium. The LCG Board is meeting Monday to Wednesday this week.

 

4 Nov:   RCG-   RCG has announced that Dave Pack’s right hand man Jeff Ambose has resigned and left RCG due to irreconcilable doctrinal differences. It appears that a separation, compensation and non-disclosure agreement has been made and Jeff will retire quietly.  

 

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

 

2 Nov:  TheShiningLight Update post has been updated with more material.

UCG-   Victor Kubik writes:  “We have had three valuable conferences and training sessions cascading over the past week and a half with the Camp Team, the Regional Pastors and now the Pastoral Development Program (PDP) [in Cincinnati]. We are in the midst of the fourth annual PDP with an enthusiastic and attentive group of 23 people from Australia, Canada, Zambia and the United States. We include non-ordained ministerial trainees along with others with hope that they will become ordained congregational leaders soon. We also included others newer in the pastoral ministry for enrichment.”

 

28 Oct:   LCG-  Gerald Weston reports: “Approximately 3,800 successfully viewed the [the church wide fast sermon to the congregations via streaming or tape] program in English, with another nearly 400 viewing the Spanish translation, for a total of about 4,200.”   The word “approximately” indicates that this is a high estimate.  This figure must have been a terrible disappointment to Gerald since it is considerably less than one half of the claimed Feast attendance of 10,565. 

Correction:   I have been informed that the figure was for streaming listeners only, and additional people heard the taped sermon.  Nevertheless even if the figure is doubled it is still low. 

I can tell you that COGWA is of real interest to very many in today’s LCG [especially in North America where COGWA is very rich] and if COGWA does begin a strong outreach program after their new studio is completed in January, many in LCG could soon be heading in that direction.

Unless something drastic happens or LCG decides to associate with COGWA, they could have real problems in the next few years.

All of this is rather moot since these organizations will collapse in great tribulation in the next few years anyway. 

With UCG doctrinal drift taking them further and further away from God into Tkachism and LCG in crises; Will COGWA grow to become the primary Laodicean COG organization? 

 

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

 

25 Oct:   UCG-   Long-time member and elder, Joseph Harold Lester, died Monday afternoon, October 22, 2018. His death was from complications after he suffered a heart attack and fall that left him with two broken ribs and other serious injuries. 

The God of the Old Testament-  In the interest of publishing my Paper on “The God of the Old Testament” in time for members of the CoE to read and consider it before they finalize their own Position Paper on the subject;  my Paper was published today and an invitation was sent to the CoE to review it. 

 

23 Oct:   LCG-   I hear that the announced LCG Feast attendance of 10,565 was fudged by including over 500 who claimed to be keeping the Feast at home; at least some of whom actually attended other organizations. 

I am also told from Latin America that LCG is growing there because many are coming from UCG, which is also the reason for Bob Thiel’s African followers;  UCG is shedding their poorer folks in the international arena. 

There was a drop in income in 2017 from 19,455,806 in 2016 to 17,823,748 in 2017.  This drop was due to an extraordinary receipt of certain estate bequests in 2016 which resulted in a temporary bubble increase for that year, with the income falling back in 2017.  2018 income is up from 2017. 

TheShiningLight-  A new post explaining the True Gospel has been published today.  The True Gospel is far different than proclaiming a coming kingdom;  the True Gospel explains the Way into that Kingdom!

As of now president Trump plans to present his peace plan before end February. In response Netanyahu plans to call an election to establish a new mandate to deal with the plan, and the long planned general Middle East War seems likely in Spring / Summer 2019 followed by serious peace talks.  There is a strong probability that the tribulation will begin in either late 2019 or late  2020.

 

21 Oct:   LCG-   Doug Winnail writes about self examination as LCG held its fast and special streamed service yesterday.  Gerald Weston announces:  “Our attendance figure for the Feast of Tabernacles 2018 has been tabulated, and stands at 10,565.”

 

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

TheShiningLight-  I intend post an in depth article at this site on the God of the Old Testament, as UCG prepares a Doctrinal Paper on the subject for the Dec CoE conference to approve.  

The UCG CoE recently instructed their Doctrinal Committee to prepare a paper on the nature of God, and they were very careful in how they presented this; insisting that NO CHANGES were being made, only an increase in understanding:  Sound familiar? 

In fact they are making a profound change in existing beliefs and insisting that no changes are being made: Why?  Because they want to make the change via a CoE vote and avoid having the issue face a GCE vote where it would need 75% to be accepted and added to the List of Fundamental Beliefs!  This is “change by interpretation.”

 

16 Oct:   UCG-  Len Martin replaces Mark Mickelson on the CoE.

UCG holds special CoE meet.

“Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Chairman Don Ward called the meeting to order at 4:05 p.m. Eastern, and the meeting was opened with prayer. Ten of the twelve Council of Elders (Council) members were present. John Elliott and Tony Wasilkoff were unable to attend online.

The Council began in executive session and came into open session at 4:42 p.m.Steve Myers, pastor of the Cincinnati East congregation, gave a presentation on the possibility of purchasing a building for the local congregations in Cincinnati. . . .

After thoroughly discussing the proposal, the Council passed a resolution approving the administration to enter into negotiations for the purpose of purchasing the proposed facility. The resolution was unanimously approved by a quorum of the Council.”

The subject of a building purchase in Cinci seems inadequate to account for a special meeting; the subject of the secret session has not been revealed. 

 

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

 

12 Oct:   COGWA-   Jim Franks reports 2018 Feast attendance as between 10,700 and 11,000.

LCG-   A reminder that Gerald Weston has called a church wide fast for next Sabbath.  This fast is coming ahead of the post-feast board meeting. 

UCG-  President Victor Kubik writes about his trip to Sri Lnka and India here.

SDA-   The 2018 Council of the Seventh Day Adventist General Conference Executive Committee is currently meeting (October 11-17), as resistance to the Trinity [which doctrine was adopted in 1980] grows.  COG News. 

Interestingly the SDA publication criticizing the drift away from the Trinity headlines that those turning away from the Catholic Trinity are turning towards Catholicism, when in fact the Trinity is a thoroughly Roman Catholic teaching.  In reality those who endorse the Trinity are embracing a Catholic doctrine while those departing from the Trinity are abandoning a solidly Catholic teaching.

 

10 Oct:   New Moon-  The first visible light of the new moon was seen from Jerusalem after sunset this evening; making 11 Oct the first day of the eighth biblical month.

COGPKG-   Ron Weinland admits that his organization is crumbling and speculates they may not be around for the 2019 Fall Festivals.  He insists that Christ will come on Pentecost 2019  saying that war will break out by end March 2019 if he is correct. 

Since it is quite possible that the regional Mideast war I have been warning of for the past 11 years may break out at any time in the near future, Ron may think that his prediction is finally true.  Sorry Ron, this regional war will be a great if Pyrrhic victory for the US and Israel. After that war a Middle East peace will be agreed which will collapse beginning the 42 month tribulation.  That being the case one would think that 2019 would be the last disappointment that COGPKG could stand and just fade away.

 

7 Oct:   UCG-   “On September 10, 2018, Joshua Creech was ordained into the ministry. He serves as an assistant pastor for the congregations in Cincinnati, Ohio, with his wife, Lizzy.
On September 10, 2018, Steven Britt was ordained into the ministry. He serves as an assistant pastor for the congregations in Cincinnati, Ohio, with his wife, Danielle.
On September 8, 2018, Victor Hou was ordained into the ministry. He serves in the San Diego, California, congregation.
On September 1, 2018, Filius Jere was ordained into the ministry. He and his wife, Chosiwe, serve in the Chipata, Zambia, congregation.”

 

6 Oct:   A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s faithful!

 

2 Oct:   By the calendar that God gave to Moses The Feast of The Eighth Day begins at sunset tonight!  A Blessed Feast of The Eighth Day for All God’s Faithful!

TheShiningLight-   The updated Fall Festivals “Pentecost to Purim” book has just been published with updates from the 2018 Fall Festivals and is available for purchase on page two of the list of our books.   A Free Download manuscript has just been added to the Free page as well.

 

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

 

25 Sep:   The Feast of Tabernacles begins at sunset tonight and for our brethren in the Asia Pacific region our Feast presentations begin with a study through the book of Ecclesiastes which was read during the Feast from at least the days Ezra. 

Tomorrow we begin a study through the book of the law, Deuteronomy as commanded by God for the Feast of Tabernacles.  The 3 Oct article will be on the Feast of the Eighth Day.  Please note:  To provide a few days travel time and a chance for people to catch up, The News Blog will continue to be updated but there will no new posts on Oct 4 or 5.  On Oct 6 a series through Joshua is scheduled to begin.

 

24 Sep:  TheShiningLight-   The Feast of the Ingathering of Nations [also called Tabernacles] will begin at sunset ending 25 Sep and continue from Sep 26 to 2 Oct at sunset.  The Feast of the Eighth Day will begin at sunset ending 2 Oct and continue until sunset ending Oct 3. 

Bible Study Site-  Please note:  To provide a few days travel time and a chance for people to catch up, The News Blog will continue to be updated but there will no new posts on Oct 4 or 5.  On Oct 6 a series through Joshua is scheduled begin.

 

22 Sep:  Aaron Dean Update-   Aaron indicates that he is feeling well, but feeling well and being well can be two very different things.  His left side is being affected and emergency surgery to relieve intracranial pressure is being discussed to prevent further injury, however the situation is a complicated one.  Relieving the pressure is necessary to prevent further injury, however relieving the pressure could also increase the bleeding; and normally anticoagulants are used to dissolve blood clots in the brain, however using them will also increase the bleeding and pressure.

 

21 Sep:   UCG-   Aaron Dean has suffered a stroke with two subsequent episodes of brain bleeding. Aaron Dean was due to give the main message on Monday at the Church of God International site at Kentucky Dam Village (Land Between the Lakes). Richard Crow will now give the sermon.

 

20 Sep:   High Holy Day-   According to the Biblical Calendar that God gave to Moses; the Fast of Atonement begins at sunset tonight and lasts until sunset Friday evening.  Be sure to prepare for the Sabbath today.  A Blessed Fast of Repentance [Atonement] followed by a Wonderful Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!

Myrtle Beach Feast site cancellations.

• The Intercontinental Church of God
• The Church of God International 

16 Sep:   Because the Fast of Atonement is on a Friday this year it is very important to properly prepare for the Sabbath on Thursday.  Be sure to have your casserole, stew. pot roast, soup or whatever you prepare for the Sabbath, ready and in the fridge by Thursday afternoon: Then you can just warm and serve after the fast and on the Sabbath!

Aaron Dean has posted another comment.  I would highly recommend going to the article and reading through all of the comments. Reading through all of the comments would be very informative on both the subject and on the verbal techniques these folks use.

 

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

13 Sep:   TheShiningLight-   As I update the Psalms and Festivals posts, I am also updating the Festivals books.  New editions will be published as soon as they are ready.

12 Sep:   A Blessed Feast of Trumpets for All God’s Faithful!

 

11 Sep:   See the latest Situation Report on the Middle East.

Mandatory evacuations in Virginia and the Carolina’s as monster category five Hurricane Florence to hit on Thursday. 

 

10 Sep:  Seventh Month New Moon Report-  

The New Moon was NOT seen from Jerusalem or anywhere in Israel this evening, therefore the first day of the Biblical Seventh Month will begin at sunset ending 11 September and the Feast of Trumpets will be all day until sunset Sep 12.

Early on Sep 11 there will be a post on the New Moon as it applies to the Feast of Trumpets. Tomorrow afternoon at 19:00 EDT there will be a post on events during the period between Pentecost and the Feast of Trumpets.  There will also be a post on the Feast of Trumpets, during the actual Feast on 12 Sep.

From 13 to 17 Sep Psalms 37 to 54 will be posted, after which will begin articles on Atonement and the Feast of Tabernacles and Eighth Day.   During the Feast of Tabernacle we will post a study through the book of the law, Deuteronomy; in obedience to God’s command.

The Fast of Atonement will begin at sunset ending 20 Sept and last until sunset ending 21 Sep. The Feast of the Ingathering of Nations [also called Tabernacles] will begin at sunset ending 25 Sep and continue from Sep 26 to 2 Oct at sunset.  The Feast of the Eighth Day will begin at sunset ending 2 Oct and continue until sunset ending Oct 3.  To access these Studies please click the Biblical Studies tab at the top of this page. 

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

 

7 Sep:   Feast of Trumpets-   Observers will be out looking for the new moon after sunset ending 10 Sep.  A sighting will be difficult with the sun setting at 18:48 and the moon setting while still in twilight at 19:28.  If the new moon is sighted, the Feast of Trumpets will be 11 Sep:  The Feast of Trumpets CANNOT be any earlier than 11 Sep.  If the moon is not sighted at Jerusalem after sunset on the evening of 10 Sep, then the Feast Day will be 12 Sep.  I strongly urge everyone to read our Calendar articles beginning with number 107 at this link.

 

5 Sep:   See the comments section on the side bar for Aaron Dean’s latest and my response to his dishonesty.

 

4 Sep:  Turkey rising to lead Middle East Islamic nations [except Egypt] in alliance with the rising New Federal Europe.

 

3 Sep:  The Bible Study site Fall Festival coverage will begin tomorrow 4 September with an Introduction and Overview of the Biblical Festivals. 

UCG-  In response to Aaron Dean’s denial of UCG making any changes with its new God of the Old Testament statement from the recent CoE meet, I have posted the published version of the UCG teaching on the God of the Old Testament here.

To clarify the UCG situation with COGBS and CGI.   Victor Kubik apparently spoke to Don Ward’s Big Sandy UCG congregation.  Another COGBS is led by Dave Havir.  Dave Havir’s COGBS is talking with the CGI.   UCG is also trying to reach out to CGI.  The situation is in flux.  

 

1 Sep:  A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!  Special Music:  Presley “How Great Thou A rt”  Shea “How Great Thou Art

 

30 Aug:  LCG-  LCG continues to teach the error that an Islamic union will be the King of the South even though the scriptures (Psalm 83) tell us that Turkey, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and the Arab nations will be close allies of the King of the North and will be the nations which initially attack the king of the South, necessitating European intervention!

Not putting all scripture together LCG states “The Bible describes an Arabic “king of the South” who will ultimately end up fighting against and being overrun by a coming European “beast” power, also known as the “king of the North” (Daniel 11:40–43).”   Which is the precise opposite of the scriptures.  Yes these nations will ally together but not to fight Europe, rather they will be allied WITH Europe against the true biblical king of the South Egypt and Israel.  They have had eleven years of personal and public warnings and they still refuse to correct this gross error. 

LCG-  Aug 2018, CoE Report 

 

27 Aug:   Madge has been diagnosed with advanced cancer and requests your prayers.

 

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

Church of God News reports that congregations from the Church of God International (Tyler, Shreveport and some from Dallas) will be combining with CGBS [UCG Big Sandy]  for the Day of Trumpets. The Bible study will be given by Lenny Cacchio of the Kansas City Church of God, and Jeff Reed of the CGI will be giving the sermon.

 

24 Aug:   UCG-  “We are happy to announce the appointment of Mark Welch as Operation Manager for Ministerial and Member Services.”  One part of the job is coordination of ministerial education.  

 

22 Aug:  UCG to adopt major heresy-   I have added more material and expanded on the subject; this item was getting too long for this News Blog and has been moved to a post of its own here

 

20 Aug:  Dixon Cartwright suffers another stroke.   He has congestive heart failure and is scheduled for another stent (he has two) or possibly by- pass surgery today.  Dixon is a member of the COG Big Sandy and published  “The Journal” as a vehicle to push the Unitarian One God Movement heresy that the Father was the God of the Old Testament [see this article].  A heresy championed by the late Kenneth Westby and very popular in some circles in UCG, CGI and CGBS.  Dixon is very close to Alan Ruth of biblestudy.org and several leading personalities in UCG.

UCG-  UCG CoE meet in progressmany sessions will be secret.  Appointment of two members to the Fundamental Beliefs Amendment Committee and two alternate members to that
Committee is on the agenda. 

Now that UCG has changed their Rules of Association they are embarking on a big push to reach out to other smaller COG groups, particularly CGI.  

In a recent CGI  interview with UCG’s Victor Kubik it was mentioned that Victor Kubik recently gave Sabbath sermons at the Church of God International in the morning, and at the Church of God Big Sandy [UCG] in the afternoon.

During this year’s Feast of Tabernacles, Anthony Wasilkoff will be speaking to a festival site in Collingwood, Ontario sponsored by the CGI and the Canadian Church of God (which is affiliated with the Churches of God Outreach Ministries); Kevin Kenady will be at a site sponsored by the CGI and Christian Educational Ministries in Gilbertsville, Kentucky (Land between the Lakes); and Aaron Dean will be speaking both in Kentucky and at the CGI site in Harrison, Arkansas.

UCG also recently changed its formula for changing their doctrines [the Fundamental Beliefs Amendment Committee and process] in the CoE; not the List of Fundamental Beliefs, which is interpreted according to the doctrines decided by the CoE.  These two major changes approved at the recent GCE Conference open the way to seek accommodation with other smaller groups. 

Watch for subtle doctrinal changes reinterpreting the List of Beliefs to facilitate a closer relationship with certain other smaller COG groups.

 

19 Aug:   Please see today’s very important analysis of the present Middle East situation.  August 19, 2018; Situation Report the Middle East Today and Tomorrow

All of the major COG organizations have claimed that Islamic Extremism would take over the Islamic world and become the biblical king of the SOUTH.  Bob Thiel even prophesying that Islamic Extremism would take over Egypt.  I have repeatedly told them in private and in public that; no, organized Islamic Extremism would be defeated; and no, extremism would not take over the Islamic world; and no, Islamic Extremists would not take over Egypt. 

Holy Scriptures says that the king of the SOUTH is Egypt / Israel which will be overwhelmed by the New Federal Europe allied with the Islamic nations of Psalm 83!  Most Islamic countries far from fighting the king of the NORTH will be ALLIED with the New Federal Europe (Psalm 83).

I have consistently taught these things for the past eleven years only to be called a false teacher by these organizations, because I teach the truth out of the Word of God.

These organization’s prophetic positions are failing because they prefer to teach their own assumptions instead of relying on the Word of God!  Please do read the announced article and keep up with the daily Prophecy News Blog; and by all means, do follow the studies through the scriptures and carefully consider the doctrinal material at the Bible Studies site: to prepare for the coming of our LORD!

 

17 Aug:  LCG-  Gerald Weston calls a fast: We are therefore calling for a Church-wide fast for the Sabbath of October 20. We recognize that some individuals or Church congregations already have plans in place for that Sabbath, so it is certainly fine to choose the next day or another day close to this day.”  

 

15 Aug:   A download of the updated Holy Day Date Chart in addition to the free download listing of the probable new moons through to the end of 2027 has now been added to the Festival Calendar page

 

14 Aug:    COGWA-  2018 visits to the COGWA website have declined from 765,083 in January to 456,732 in July.

UCG-  UCG to hold CoE Conference next week.

 

12 Aug:   It is beginning to look like an Israeli election will likely be called on 2 Sep for next spring and that that call will be followed by an Israeli attack on Gaza possibly also in Sep.  See the Aug 2018 News Prophecy Blog.

The new moon was sighted by observers in Jerusalem making sunset this evening the beginning of the sixth Biblical Month. 

The Feast of Trumpets and the New Moon of the Seventh Biblical Month.  There is a very slight chance [less than 10%] that the new moon will be seen at sunset ending  Sep 10, making the Trumpets High Day 11 Sep and one should be prepared just in case.  If the moon is NOT seen on that evening then the High Day will be 12 Sep. 

The Holy Day dates page has been updated with the years 2026 and 2027 added.  I have also added a free download listing the probable new moons through to the end of 2027.

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.  For more information please see the Calendar articles at this category.   

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.

 

5 Aug:  UCG-  Victor Kubik reminisces abut his youth in an Evangelical style message comforting people that God will never forsake them.  

He ends with a quote from an Evangelical mistranslation: “And finally, I invite you to read these words from Romans slowly and ponder their magnificent meaning for you and me: “ nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow… nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39, NLT).

It is true that nothing can separate us from God’s love, but it is also true that our sins separate from God.  Being separated from God by sin yet not separated from God’s love mystifies some, but it shouldn’t. 

A normal parent loves their spouse and their children, but that does not mean that they love everything their spouse or child does!  If our child grows up and engages in much sin, do our hearts not ache for them because we love them and we are deeply troubled by their self destructive behaviors?  It is because we love them that we hate their departure for the paths of life harming themselves and others. So it is with God, he loves all humanity dearly and for this reason he corrects the wicked.  

Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 

The Creator gave his life to save mankind from the wages of sin; that is how much God loves humanity.   

Our sins separate us from God and God does not want us to be separated from HIM: 

Isaiah 59:1 Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

It is because of God’s love for us that he will correct us in “tough love” when we go astray.   Yes Victor is correct in that God loves us and that nothing can separate us from God’s love, but it is necessary that because of his love, God will not overlook sin but will correct us whenever we go astray from living by every Word of God. 

It is because God deeply loves us that he will cast us into great tribulation (Rev 3:15-22) in the hope that afflicting the flesh will spiritually save us to eternal life. 

1 Corinthians 3:17 If any man defile the temple of God [we defile the spiritual Temple by sinning] , him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

Far too many use God’s love as an excuse to justify failing to stop living contrary to the Word of God. Sin hurts us, it hurts others; and God will not tolerate any uncleanness of sin in his people.

 

4 Aug:   A blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful! 

LCG:    With all that is going on in the world, the best LCG can do is comment on the weatherKeep informed visit our live News Prophecy Blog regularly

Jerry Clevenger, of the Statesville, an elder in the North Carolina congregation has died. Mr. Clevenger, an elder since 2013, died on July 24.

Just posted:  Doug Winnail and Corporate Unity

 

28 July:   A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful

 

23 July:  LCG-   Gerald Weston’s latest personal complaining about LCG members not reading their literature or watching their broadcasts. 

LCG Revenue was $19.4 million in 2016 & $17.8 million in 2017.

UCG-  Elder Leroy Cole died early the morning of July 17, with his wife, Laura, and two of their daughters by his side.  His last assignment was Bethlehem, Lewistown and York, Pennsylvania.   The funeral was Sunday in Emigrant, Montana, near Yellowstone National Park. 

Newly-ordained elder Devin Schulz and his wife, Tiffany will be moving to Kalamazoo, Michigan, after the Feast of Tabernacles. Devin will be an assistant pastor for Kalamazoo, Lansing and Grand Rapids with pastor Mike Joseph.

UCG has restarted its Bible Studies program of 2002 with a study through Ecclesiastes.  I am delighted that UCG is following the example of TheShiningLight and beginning to do study / commentaries through the scriptures; now even acknowledging that Ecclesiastes is appointed to be read at the Feast of Tabernacles. Our own Ecclesiastes study for the Feast of Tabernacles is at this link

However the actual UCG “study” is a deeply disappointing rendition of traditional mainstream commentaries instead of a serious study into the scriptures. It seems that no serious thought has been put into understanding the scripture and all they can do is quote commentaries and parrot the traditional mainstream.

This is a study of commentaries on the Catholic Protestant take on Ecclesiastes; it is not a study of Ecclesiastes.  This is a repetition of what unconverted men say about Ecclesiastes; it is not an independent, open minded, prayerful study of the scriptures. 

They will be posting New Testament studies soon and if Ecclesiastes is any indication those NT studies will be an indoctrination into mainstream “Christianity” as UCG continues to reveal their strong drift away from godliness into mainstream religion.   

I am just completing and polishing the Epistles which will provide a solid standard for comparison with any mainstream commentary based NT studies.   To see the direction that UCG is taking, watch what they teach in the upcoming NT studies [especially the Epistles] very, very, carefully and do visit our studies and compare.

 

21 July:   A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!  Special Music “Great is the Lord”  

UCG-   UCG announces another “Jelly” movie short.

 

17 July:   COG-PCG-  Ron Weinland’s organization is in a state of collapse dropping to 200 members with more contemplating leaving.

 

14 July:  A Blessed New Moon for All God’s Faithful!    The new moon was seen by many observers just after sunset from Jerusalem this evening making 15 Jul the first day of the fifth biblical month!  

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.  For more information please see the Calendar articles at this category.   

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.

For HWA and the New Moons see these articles

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 extensive commentary/studies through the entire bible visit our completely free TheShiningLight Biblical Studies.  

Manuscripts can also be electronically downloaded at this site’s Free page. 

 

9 July:   COGWA-  Jim Franks announces new ministers:  “The six hires are Chad Messerly (hired in July 2017) from Columbus, Ohio; Zach Smith (hired in November 2017) from Akron, Ohio; Caleb Froedge (hired July 2, 2018) from the Kansas City area; Larry Solomon (hired July 2) from East Texas; Wes Cohron (hired July 2) from Buford, Georgia; and David Jackson (from part-time to full-time on July 16) from Maryland.”

Church of God – Preparing for the Kingdom of God-  Ronald Weinland suffered another heart attack on 7 July and has undergone quadruple bypass surgery, he is still in hospital.  Ron who claims to be one of the two witnesses along with his wife as the second witness, is widely seen as a false prophet and has only a few remaining followers.

 

7 July:   LCG-   LCG is working on a new Portuguese website and has seven Portuguese language booklets printed and available to be announced when the site is up and running.  UCG’s Jorge DeCampos has been involved in Portuguese efforts for years.

 

1 July:  UCG-  United Church of God  July-August 2018 issue of the Beyond Today magazine online.

COGWA-  Church of God a Worldwide Association  July-August 2018 edition of Discern Magazine online.

LCG-  Living Church of God  The July-August 2018 issue of Tomorrow’s World magazine on-line.

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  1. Re: 23 July – At least UCG is not leaning on Herbert Armstrong’s writings in its Bible Commentary. His name doesn’t occur in the Ecclesiastes study once. Other COG’s would make sure his name and quotes showed up often.

  2. You said:

    “God’s Word tells us to begin the new month with the first visible light of the new moon as seen from Jerusalem.”

    How about some scripture verses to back that up? Thank you.

    This is covered extensively and in depth through ten articles beginning with post 110 at this category https://godourlight.info/category/101-sabbath-and-calendar/

    James

  3. Re: 22 Aug – How confusing! Didn’t you report that Mark Mickelson was nudged toward retirement by UCG for preaching about God the Father in the O.T.? Why would UCG now accept a teaching that might have cost a long-time minister his job?

    Mark retired with cancer and health issues. I did report that the CoE rejected his paper https://godourlight.info/rebuke-of-mark-mickelson-from-the-ucg-chairman-and-president-june-28-2017/

    Here are the four posts on the Mickelson doctrine thread. https://godourlight.info/rebuke-of-mark-mickelson-from-the-ucg-chairman-and-president-june-28-2017/

    It seems that since he was retiring anyway they set up Mark and used the Mickelson Paper to test the waters in UCG and later decided to go ahead with the main point of that paper. Yes, these folks are that devious, remember how they established the same sort of changes in the Tkach WCG.

    UCG is now making a profound cosmic change in its teachings [doctrine]. I have been warning of doctrinal change for some years now, which is why I have worked so hard on doctrinal posts on this and related subjects.

    The warnings I have given about the direction of UCG for the past eight years are true and the only way to fight this apostasy [as per Jude’s instruction] before it actually came, was by posting on sound biblical doctrine to prepare the brethren for what was coming.

    With the majority of the ministry on line they have now finally decided to go forward. They are crafting a Doctrinal Paper for approval in December.

    UCG has always taken the biblically correct Armstrong position, which I also teach [and by now everyone should know that I do not follow HWA or any man and I teach only what I have proved from the Holy Scriptures]; that the Being who became Jesus Christ was THE sole God of the Old Testament known to Mosaic Israel and known in the Old Testament, and that Jesus revealed God the Father and explained certain scriptures such as Psalm 110:1 The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.

    See HWA http://www.herbert-w-armstrong.com/books/ISJESUSG/IS_J_GOD.HTM

    Many other COG Groups also retain this truth see https://www.cgg.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/Library.verses/ID/4042/Jesus-Christ-Revealing-Father-verses.htm
    and
    https://www.cbcg.org/jesus/how-jesus-revealed-the-father-01.html

    UCG is now departing from the Holy Scriptures into the very exact same teaching that they established for Joe Tkach; and is making a dramatic cosmic change in its teachings [doctrine] by denying that Jesus was the God of the Old Testament and Mosaic Israel.

    The List of Fundamental Beliefs is simply a list of core positions and is NOT a complete list of doctrine.

    UCG doctrine is established by the CoE [NOT the GCE] and consists of various Doctrinal Papers and interpretations of the List of Beliefs.

    Even the List of Beliefs can be changed in two ways

    1 by a vote of the GCE or

    2 by the CoE simply reinterpreting items on the list

    UCG doctrine [which is NOT the List of Beliefs] is easily changed by a CoE vote on a new Doctrinal Paper.

    Whether one agrees with what is being proposed or not; it is obviously a major change in UCG doctrine! and in my view and that of thousands of others this is absolute heresy.

    If they follow through with this there is going to be a reshuffle in future; many will leave UCG while others will join with them according to their personal ideas on the subject.

    James

  4. UCG has been blatantly bringing in apostacy since 2010.
    What is said in the UCG sermons by both new speakers and anointed ministers has been a disgrace. The sermons are rubbish. They are biblically illiterate.

    It has become a very toxic church with all manner of outrageous sin going on, that the brethren are forced to accept.

    This is from UCG in Europe. James

  5. It is news to me James that Ron Dart believed in one God Doctrine. I heard him repeatedly preach against the one God doctrine. I think you have made a mistake there.
    So who now are UCG saying spoke to Moses and stood on Mount Sinai and stood afar off when Israel collected water? God the father ? An angel ?
    This is the beginning of the end for UCG.

    I did not say that Ron Dart, COGBS, CGI or these UCG folks are One God people, if I conveyed that impression I apologize. I said that they were abandoning the Biblical and Armstrong position that after sin entered the world God the Father left human affairs in the SOLE hands of the Son and that when Jesus came he revealed the Father. UCG is now claiming that BOTH the Father and the Son were actively involved in relationships with human beings during the Old Testament age which is a radical departure from present doctrine.

    The basic beliefs of these organizations would all allow for this interpretation; but it is a new change for UCG nonetheless, as demonstrated by their need to pass a new Doctrinal paper.

    I also pointed out that this new teaching opened the way for the Father to be claimed to be the LORD of Hosts the God of Mosaic Israel which is what Mark Mickelson claims, which claim then opens the door to the false evangelical claim that there is no need to obey the laws that God gave to Moses in the New Covenant.

    I posted the positions of a few others, here is my already posted article on this general subject of the God of the Old Testament. This article and series was posted to deal with this very subject which I had been watching develop for at least two years in UCG. https://theshininglight.info/levites-and-priests/

    The whole Priesthood and Ministry series https://theshininglight.info/category/the-priesthood-and-ministry/

    They are only taking the first step now and I do not personally think that the changes will go beyond the present move to remove Christ as the SOLE God of the Old Testament and claim that the Father was also fully involved during that dispensation for some time yet. Again this is only the first step in a process and these folks well remember the exodus from the WCG and are working very carefully and slowly to avoid that debacle.

    This whole thing will proceed slowly; this first move will take months to establish officially and it will many months more for people to get used to the idea before they can proceed further.

    The next steps may not even take place before the tribulation begins; but when they come under pressure, UCG and many others will fall as organizations because they are already leaning to their own ways and are not standing on the Word of God as revealed by their Sabbath pollution, false apostate calendar, the primacy of Peter Nicolaitane governance by many groups and their failed prophetic statements.

    I hope this clarifies things a little. Once the formal paper is published I can get deeper into the matter.

    UCG is now claiming that BOTH the Father and the Son were actively involved in relationships with human beings during the Old Testament age which is a radical departure from present doctrine. The One God movement teaches that Jesus only came into existence at his human birth which neither Dart nor these folks claim, but the One God heresy is indeed still well established in some UCG people.
    James

  6. James, 20 Aug 2018, you wrote: “…Now that UCG has changed their Rules of Association they are embarking on a big push to reach out to other smaller COG groups, particularly COG Big Sandy and CGI.

    In a recent CGI interview with UCG’s Victor Kubik it was mentioned that Victor Kubik recently gave Sabbath sermons at the Church of God International in the morning, and at the Church of God Big Sandy in the afternoon…UCG…two major changes approved at the recent GCE Conference open the way to seek accommodation with other smaller groups.

    Talks with the COG Big Sandy leadership were the real reason behind last winter’s UCG CoE Conference in Big Sandy.

    Watch for subtle doctrinal changes [Update: This warning was fulfilled on 22 Aug when a major change was announced!!!] at the UCG CoE level, reinterpreting the List of Beliefs to facilitate a closer relationship with certain other smaller COG groups…”

    James could you please clarify one thing relative to the Church of God (COG) Big Sandy? When you use that phrase are you referring to United Ass., which is located in Big Sandy, or are you referring to Dave Havir’s cog group in Big Sandy?

    My wife is associated with United and is unaware of Victor Kubik’s giving a Sabbath sermon at Dave Havir’s Church of God Big Sandy.

    Tkx, in advance, for your clarification.

    John

    John I am sorry the only information I have is from the linked interview. All I can suggest is that you watch that interview again or have your wife ask her elder. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwvtAaFGW3o&list=PLt9QqCyvx6f8porZLS49WynC_yvLVpON2&index=3&t=0s James

  7. Hi James,

    Today, I watched that linked interview you suggested and I did notice Victor Kubik’s (VK)/United’s latest/future involvment with CGI. I also did hear VK mention United’s Church of God (COG) in Big Sandy; however, I did not pick up on knowledge regarding Dave Havir’s COG group in Big Sandy.

    John

    OK It looks like he was referring to United in BS. Thanks for clarifying this.
    James

  8. who is Madge?

    Madge is a long time visitor to our sites. I cannot identify her further.
    James

  9. Re: 30 Aug – The minutes show the UCG (not LCG) Council of Elders added a section to their “Ministerial Code of Ethics,” which can be found at “the ministerial website.”

    Given what’s been happening lately in the Roman Catholic Church, and even a few major U.S. Protestant ministries, wouldn’t it be a good move of transparency to publish that code for the general membership to see? Perhaps to use as a measuring stick for their Pastors?

    And saying “it’s the Bible” probably isn’t good enough.

  10. I can not log onto your site worldwatch.is is something wrong?

    Dear Shane
    A decision was taken during the summer to merge Worldwatch with the Bible Study site to create one combined outreach site. Most of the Worldwatch stories have now been migrated to theshininglight.info and the Worldwatch url and site have been retired.

    The current month News Blog will always be stickied to the top of this page https://theshininglight.info/articles/

    By looking at the very top of the categories list on the right hand side bar you will also see a link to the archive of the monthly news blogs, and just below that link to the list of actual News Stories.

    James

  11. James, 23 Oct, wrote regarding the Living group fast: “Their fast was because of a drop in income in 2017 from 19,455,806 in 2016 to 17,823,748 in 2017 and a continuing fall in 2018. Watch for the 2018 financial statement if they even publish it.”

    I was wondering about the income drop from the point of view that if Living were really God’s Church and God were in control, then perhaps God would not want Living to do as much of a work as it did back in 2016,does not need such a huge income and must work within the budget God is providing for them; however, if Living is not God’s Church as so many suspect, then who knows how far Living’s income will continue to plummet. 2018 isn’t over yet.

    John

  12. Regarding the UCG Rules of Association: It is now reported that UCG has taken over the lease of the Grace Communion Church facility in Manhattan NY (former WCG), and has moved their services to Saturdays (from Sunday), and is now running a NYC UCG comprised of people who have not tithed, kept the Feasts, kept the seventh day sabbath (and have kept Christmas) for the past 20 years or so. Is this the new “Catholic” UCG? — anything goes as long as we have their ‘allegiance’? (our family knows from visiting there occasionally that the one and only NYC congregation that met near JFK airport had a decline in attendance from about 80 or 90 folks around 2010 to about 20-30 members by 2014).

    I understand that this has nothing to do with UCG doctrinal drift or UCG taking over a CGI congregation, and that UCG simply took over the lease because it was a good deal and CGI no longer needed the facility do to a further loss of attendees since 2014 and the collapse of CGI in NYC.

    This NYC congregation is an existing UCG congregation now using a new place for meetings and is not a UCG association with CGI.

    I ask everyone to please understand that I am not against UCG, LCG, COGWA etc; quite the contrary I am all for them, and I am warning them and calling them to godliness in the hope of saving them from the terrible correction now at the very door. James

  13. James, I suspect you have spoken to someone at UCG who has tried to confuse you with a ‘covering’ explanation/obfuscation of the comments above. Firstly, I did mean UCG. The one and only UCG congregation that has always existed meets near JFK, and it was that one that lost so many members between 2010 and 2014. Secondly, that same congregation STILL meets and will continue to meet there near JFK, so the new Manhattan church is not a “new place” — it is an additional second location. Thirdly, it is the Grace Church location and its members that form this new second UCG church. It has NOTHING to do with CGI. The core membership of this new location does not include any of those UCG-ers who still attend near JFK – they will continue to attend there. Instead the membership base in Manhattan is Grace Communion (Sunday keepers until now, non-Feast or tithe believers) and NOT CGI, which still maintains most of the original WCG teachings. You are completely wrong about a CGI collapse in NYC (they still meet at 2PM at the same location my family used to go to), and quite right about there not being any UCG association with CGI. The curious fact is that it is an absorption of the Grace Communion location and some of its members, i.e. those who agreed with the apostasy in Worldwide. Always thankful for the work you are doing.

    I know that UCG is in a strong doctrinal drift towards Tkachism which was actually formulated by the men now running UCG. https://godourlight.info/tkach-wcg-history-and-ucg-today/

    I apologize for confusing the initials and for misunderstanding the situation which is entirely my fault.

    I just could not believe them to be so stupid as to associate so closely with Grace Communion before making the change on “The God of the Old Testament” and then shelving other doctrines; not necessarily changing them, just saying that they are no longer obligatory. I had expected this process to take several more years.

    Thank you very much for this clarification! James

  14. Re: Nov. 15 – LCG on the war path against the brethren – This is almost laughable if it wasn’t so pitiful. Their conclusion? The “ministry” are the only ones who can come to a “sound Biblical understanding”. Even though ALL brethren ARE ministers. What they are really saying is that they have an inside track on Biblical understanding that the “brethren” don’t have. What a ludicrous and juvenile conclusion! When, oh when, will they ever learn and come down off their high horse? Probably not in this life!

    These men are well meaning and probably sincere. They are receiving questions from scores of brethren which they cannot and will not try to answer because they genuinely think that they have all truth from their human idol, not realizing:

    Revelation 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich [spiritually], and increased with goods [spiritual knowledge], and have need of nothing [no one not even Christ (the Word of God) can tell them anything]; and knowest not that thou art [spiritually] wretched, and miserable, and [spiritually] poor [knowing almost nothing of God as they ought to know it], and blind [willfully blind to their wretched spiritual state], and naked [naked of any true godly righteousness, not being zealous to keep the Word of God]:

    Let me say that these men are not unique in the Armstrong based organizations; COGWA, UCG and most other organizations also reject any zeal for sound doctrine and godly spiritual growth. It is TheShiningLight [standing virtually alone] which has not been afraid to address and correct the errors of the past. Please see the Messages to the Seven Churches articles. https://godourlight.info/category/prophecies-for-todays-ekklesia/

    Old timers know that Herbert Armstrong taught that he was above God’s Word and had the authority to decide whatever he wanted. Is it any wonder that his successors believe the same thing? Beginning about 1975 Armstrong accepted the Roman Catholic Primacy of Peter heresy and declared that: “The title, and the keys, passed from chief apostle to chief apostle, from Peter to Peter. Each chief apostle was the new Peter. ‘Now I am the chief apostle, and I am the Peter’.” “Whatever I bind is bound in heaven, and whatever I loose is loosed in heaven.”

    Based on that, Charles E Bryce once told me to my face “I am a minister of Jesus Christ; I can do anything I want and God must back me up.” I subsequently wrote to him and reminded him that we are the servants of those we obey (Rom 6:16) and if we were true servants of Christ we would be doing what Christ taught not doing “anything we want.” John 8:34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. I sincerely hope that Herbert and Charles found repentance of that monstrous heresy, and that today’s elders also quickly repent.

    See https://godourlight.info/105-the-primacy-of-peter/
    James

  15. I think most of them will die before they repent. Here’s what one individual wrote in response to the post about LCG’s heavy handed attitude toward the brethren:

    “The ministry in the COGs, by and large, are spiritual legends in their own minds whose audience of admirers grow tinier and older each day.

    The ministry’s attitudes of superiority, which HWA had early in his ministry, and guys like Herman Hoeh mightily pushed as early as 1951, have been consistently promoted for years . . . albeit even subtlety even by those who have been out of the WCG organization for more than 30 years.

    Their penalty for promoting the evil of top-down hierarchy is a COG in shambles, no one having enough money to do much of anything, and an incredibly old membership (and ministry) that is treated, and correspondingly behaves, like immature little children lost in a supermarket.

    The COG is dying and the brethren are paying for the funeral. There is no future for groups with a history back to the WCG. The average minister and member is easily in their late 60s or more. With most of the top COG leaders now pushing their late 70s, the next 5 or so years will see more COGs marginalized even more.

    What is left today is a ministry of mediocrity whose goal it is to hold onto whatever little money is left until they die. After that, no one really cares. The motto of “I’ve got mine, you get yours” have never rung truer.”

    I totally agree. It’s only a matter of time until the corporate COGs no longer exist.

    These organizations will surely perish, because God will never tolerate their exalting themselves as idols between the brethren and him. Yet, those brethren who turn in passion to live by every Word will be saved. James

  16. Rick wrote: “I think most of them will die before they repent…”

    Whether they do repent or not is not so much our concern as it is God’s concern:

    Acts 5:31 Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.

    Acts 11:18 When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.

    God first provided a Saviour before giving repentance of life to Israel, and then grants it to Gentiles.

    Of course, these xcog leaders/members could never repent enough to somehow give themselves salvation by any grace on their part. Again, God’s will is key:

    Ephesians 2:7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
    :8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
    :9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

    If it weren’t for God’s kindness via His grace, there would be no hope for any of us.

    But why must the xcogs perish. Again, God, the Father, is the key, or as Jesus Christ tells us:

    Matthew 15:13 “But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.

    :14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.”

    That blindness and confusion prevails so greatly today, that it is becoming increasingly obvious that God has not planted them.

    May God give/grant them repentance!

    John

    The principle error of many is to look up to the corporate entities as if they were God. They fill a purpose in allowing collective activity but they are only corporations registered with a state; simple organizations of men. It is the individual people that God loves and is working with.

    God has allowed these corporate churches to rise up and has allowed many brethren to love them as their idols; and God will soon destroy them, to teach people to love and exalt him above such organizations of men!

    Today, many brethren exalt and love these organizations and we have allowed them to come between us and God which is idolatry, so that we obey the false traditions of men instead of being zealous to live by every Word of God.

    The organizations themselves are largely to blame for this state of affairs, because they have taught the brethren to exalt themselves; and they have not taught and grounded the brethren on the sound doctrine of Holy Scripture.

    God has allowed this and God has allowed these corporate churches to be set up, so that God can destroy them!

    These corporate churches were born in order to be destroyed like all idols of men!

    God is using this process to teach us to exalt him above all else! So that through eternity another Lucifer could not arise among the leadership and lead the people away from following God to follow himself!

    God is teaching us the lesson that we are to exalt God the Father and Jesus Christ as the head of the brethren [the spiritual bride] (1 Cor 11:3), and that we must live by every Word of God (Mat 4:4). We must prove the words of men (1 Thess 5:21) by the Word of God and we are to follow men ONLY as they are consistent with the Word of God (1Cor 11:1)! James

  17. Re: Dec 10 – Is it mere coincidence that the UCG President posted an article on unity at the end of this Council week? Including a section on “doctrinal integrity”?

    December is a notorious month for COG splits, going all the way back to the Joseph Tkach “Sabbath is voluntary” messages of 1994.

    I must be very careful about what I post because these folks will make adjustments accordingly. I can say that they are continuing to work on various issues which when finalized will be distressing to some.

    At this time most of the ministry and brethren would accept anything that comes, but there are some who will resist. The situation is very similar to about 1994 in the WCG but it remains to be seen just how many will leave and where they will go.

    Over the next year or two some may join COGWA because of family etc, others may form another HWA based organization and others will turn to wholeheartedly live by every Word of God.
    James

  18. Re: Dec 16 – LCG income may be up, but UCG now is admitting to an eight-percent drop this fiscal year.

    A new letter from Dr. Ward calls for a “you-pick-the-day” church fast about the UCG budget. But he wants it taken before 2018 ends – which is noteworthy, because U.S. tax rules about charitable giving will change January 1.

    Thank you sir, you are quick as this just came out. James

  19. Re: Dec 13 – James mentioned his concern: “What concerns me is the lack of honesty in these folks [UCG is not unique]; why not just admit to the situation and ask for prayer and input from the brethren?”

    The United Ass. has done numerous “member surveys” and obtained lots of “input,” but how had the surveys changed anything? I also suspect the United leadership has asked for prayers.

    What is one to conclude? Their prayers were answered and the United leadership does not like the answer? Or, their prayers were unanswered. Jesus Christ is not the Head of all cog splits. Where is God’s Spirit working to produce good fruits? United does not appear to be that location.

    Re: Dec 16 – Comment was made stating: “A new letter from Dr. Ward calls for a “you-pick-the-day” church fast about the UCG budget. But he wants it taken before 2018 ends – which is noteworthy, because U.S. tax rules about charitable giving will change January 1.”

    You pick the day? No sense in all members being united on a day: I guess. That sounds like confusion, but if that weren’t enough: why fast about the UCG budget? If Jesus Christ leads the United Ass., then isn’t the answer obvious? For example:

    Would Jesus Christ be saying: “Your idea of a budget is too large, and too foolish? Stop trying to get Me to go against My Father’s will. Plan to curtail your budget and stop striving to get more $!”

    Would Jesus Christ be saying: “I planned to give you so-much $, which is less than you desire, so work within what I have planned for you?”

    It appears that the United Ass. wants the members to “fast to get for SELF,” but scripture very plainly states:

    “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.” Isaiah 58:4

    What/how specifically are the members supposed to fast for? Just go without food and drink? Or, does the United Ass. leadership expect those members to make their “voice to be heard on high?”

    United appears to becoming more and more “disunited” with this practice of fasting. God is not the author of confusion.

    Perhaps the United leadership should be explicit in explaining to their members what it specifically is that they want to budget for. Just asking God for mammon, if that is the real reason, won’t cut it.

    Or, to conclude with the words of the Head of God’s Church:

    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.

    Does the United budget serve God, or the ideas of its leaders? The United leadership is hinting that the members need to focus on that mammon…like God is deaf, dumb and blind and wouldn’t know the budget situation.

    John

    What is really needed in UCG [and all the COG assemblies] is a fast of genuine wholehearted repentance; and a turning to live by every Word of God, beginning with God’s Holy Sabbaths. A church might have vast resources, but what does it matter if they will not live by every Word of God?

    Brethren, for the record, I have not spent so much time on news and prophecy thinking that people would believe me; rather I have written these things so that when they are fulfilled, people would then take the doctrine seriously and turn to enthusiastically live by every Word of God.

    Prophecy is temporary in the fact that once fulfilled it is done. The most important thing is to live by every Word of God, because those who are faithful to do so will have eternal life. James

  20. Re: Dec 22 – This year UCG opened the doors of the Home Office for those who preferred not to go to the Winter Family Weekend site northeast of Cincinnati. They watched the webcast from WFW for their service.

    The final totals were announced at the end of the service. Home Office had 61; WFW more than 1,200. It’s hard to tell how many people at Home Office were there in protest, and how many simply found it more convenient.

    I understand that finances also play a part as the WWF is expensive to attend; some even steal from their festival tithe to attend. James

  21. Please tell me what is happening in or to Intercontinental church of God?

    I have no information on the situation inside ICG. Anyone else? James

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