Church of God News Blog; July 1 2018

A very warm welcome to all our brethren and guests.

 

11 Nov:  Announcing the first episode of our new “Straight Talk” program. After a lot of investigation and consideration it was decided to rename the simple subject heading “Sermons” and replace it with a program name. “Straight Talk” was chosen because these will be more personal talks and encouraging exhortation than formal sermons. Due to the explosive Middle East situation the first episode was made today well ahead of my plans to begin next summer. 

 

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 wit 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. 

 

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. 

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. 

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.

Netanyahu is trying to keep the present government until the scheduled Nov 2019 elections and I would not be surprised if #2 in the introduction to the October 2018 News Blog took place with a Mideast war followed by the scheduled November 2019 elections, followed by peace talks leading to an agreement and the onset of the tribulation in late 2020 [a Middle East peace in late 2020 would get Trump reelected?]. 

 

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:   Video now enabled at the Bible Studies site.  See / hear President Trump’s UNGA speech at the September News Blog.  See 03 Videos in the Categories on the right hand side bar.

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. You wrote 10 Oct: [a Middle East peace in late 2020 would get Trump reelected!]

    History suggests otherwise. Winston Churchill was voted out as British Prime Minister right after World War II ended. And the first President Bush lost the 1992 election, after the liberation of Kuwait.

    Good Point James

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

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