Today and throughout history there is a power struggle in the assemblies.
Jesus said “Matthew 24:28 For wheresoever the carcase [body] is, there will the eagles be gathered together.” Jesus was warning that Satan would sow talented tares in the assemblies who would struggle for control so as to dominate and make merchandise of the brethren. In modern terms a famous American robber once said “I rob banks because that is where the money is” and so it is as the assemblies attract men who would take advantage.
It is very important to remember that there are many kinds of tares and false teachings and there is no way that we can study them all to protect ourselves. In training, a bank teller will not be taught how to identify each one of thousands of counterfeits, instead they will be taught how to identify the real thing: Then anything that cannot be identified as the real thing is a counterfeit.
We must do this also, we must focus on learning the real thing by diligently studying and living by every Word of God. Once we are familiar with the real thing we will be able to discern the counterfeits.
Satan sows every kind of false teaching in this world and these things will affect the brethren if we are not grounded in every Word of God. This is why I have posted studies through every Word of God instead of focusing solely on individual subjects like most others do.
Today’s Spiritual Ekklesia is very ill with certain major problems.
Far too many talented tares have been ordained because of their talents or corporate loyalty and have risen far in the organizations. There they struggle for the preeminence in order to feast on the body of the brotherhood like soaring eagles of great men.
These men, being tares and looking godly and able to parrot what they have been told for a time, yet not understanding sound doctrine; can be used by Satan to plant false ideas in the body of believers.
Satan knows that those close to God and diligent to learn and live by every Word of God are extremely difficult to deceive, so he works to distract people from sound doctrine by focusing them on men, traditions, organizations or physical buildings money and numbers, which over time replace sound doctrine in importance and become idols in our minds. Such idolatry has taken over a large part of today’s Brotherhood.
Once most people are blindly obeying men, Satan then uses these idols of men to subtly insert tiny snippets of error obscured in many impressive words. From there it is a simple matter of progressively and very gradually increasing the errors until soon there is only an appearance of godliness while all zeal to learn and live by every Word of God has been lost. From then on it is lip-service for God while having no zeal to live by every Word of God.
Satan has been using the very technique he probably used to deceive one third of the angels to follow him and he is very good at it.
Once the people are convinced to blindly believe the words of a man without question Satan can then slip errors in through that person and before long the whole assembly has gone astray; except for those who remained close to God and diligently studied and lived by every Word of God.
Those who remain close to God and diligently study and live by every Word of God are the true Philadelphian pillars even though they are very small in numbers compared to the majority who have been led astray.
The first goal of Satan is to place his men in the top positions and then convince people to blindly follow them without proving their words by God’s Word.
The second goal of Satan is to use such men to deceive the brethren by concocting an appearance of biblical support for errors through taking various verses out of context and spinning them to mean something very different from what they really mean in their original context.
Not understanding the scriptures, such men will often sincerely believe what they say, but they are sincerely wrong. However many errors can only be discerned by questioning and very carefully studying the Word of God to see whether the thing is correct or not. (1 Thess 5:21, Acts 17:11).
The third goal of Satan is to distract the brethren from a diligent study of the Word of God and from the truth by focusing them on physical things like men, corporate churches, colleges and buildings.
The fourth goal of Satan is much like the third, but the distraction comes by presenting a kind of straw man argument of presenting two different ways or teachings, both of them false; and focusing the people on deciding between the two while neglecting the third and correct way.
If Satan can distract the brethren into following one of the two false ways instead of diligently studying and living by every Word of God; he has succeeded in apostatizing the brethren who fall into that trap,
For the past decades Satan has deceived most brethren into believing that the words of their leaders are the same as the word of God and so making idols of their human leaders. Satan has then used these men to focus the brethren on two different ways, BOTH false.
- The hard line Nicolaitane dominating of the brethren by placing layers of men between the brethren and God,
- A false emotional love that makes the law of God of no effect; “Jesus loves you so he will understand if you fudge on keeping God’s Word.”
Both of these ways are FALSE!
Modern Church History
In the 1930’s Herbert Armstrong came along with his bait and switch tactic of telling the public to prove him by the Bible and saying that at baptism we are not joining any church; and as soon as you were baptized he said “now that you have joined the church you have made your choice and you must not question anything I say.”
He adopted the false Primacy of Peter principle to exalt himself as the idol of the brethren and adopted the Nicolaitane heresy of placing layers of dominating men between the brethren and God with himself at the top.
In reaction to the dominating and abuse there arose an evangelical “love” faction over time led by Ken Westby which split the WCG in 1974, however many such people like Joe Tkach remained in the WCG and took over as HWA became senile in the early 1980’s.
Tkach led a movement into evangelicalism and the Armstrong and doctrinal loyalist brethren left. This exodus forced the lay off of hundreds of loyal Tkach men who joined the UCG masquerading as Armstrong folks. When these folks took over the Armstrong loyalists again left to form COGWA.
Now UCG is reinventing itself as an evangelical leaning Sabbatarian false emotional love organization, and the same struggle between the Nicolaitane hard liners and the evangelical false love people continues in LCG.
UCG’s Don Ward just wrote an extremely evangelical letter to the UCG brethren. While he correctly writes: “That is, we must repent, exercise faith in the sacrifice of Christ, be baptized and receive the laying on of hands.” there is not a single word in the entire letter about what we are to repent of or about being called to learn and live by every Word of God. See this article about Don and other Tkach backers now in control of UCG.
Does the fact that Rod McNair has announced the coming general elders conference and not the Director of Church Administration Doug Winnail mean that Rod McNair is winning the power struggle in LCG?
Doug Winail had recommended that his friend diehard evangelical Micheal Germano be brought in to head the LU because of his expertise. Germano used his position to subtly implant evangelical ideas and students went home as respected persons to begin the process of infecting LCG with an emotional love love attitude above any zeal to live by every Word of God.
Gerald Weston’s first big move was to remove Germano and rebuild the church education system. In recent years Winnail has also endorsed this emotional love love attitude himself and Rod Meredith had been grooming McNair to replace Winnail but was not able to do so before his death. Now that Gerald Weston has had time to settle in, are the hard liners finally making their move. Will Doug Winnail be retired from the CAD in the near future? If so what will that do to LCG?
The LCG has been in a subtle power struggle between the emotional love love attitude people who exalt an emotional fake love above living by every Word of God [the same as UCG], and hard liners like Meredith, McNair and other Nicolaitanes who dominate harshly while doing what they want instead of being faithful to every Word of God.
Jeremiah 5:31 The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means [The Nicolaitane hard liners dominate the people doing whatever they want instead of living by every Word of God.]; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?
It is so sad to see LCG and others torn apart by struggles between the Nicolaitane head line bullies who rule as they want and not according to godliness, and the Evangelical Laodicean attitude of emotional love love above any zeal to live by every Word of God.
Brethren, BOTH sides are WRONG!
Putting layers of men between the brethren and God is wrong and adopting a false emotional based love is wrong! True love is based on learning and living by every Word of God: Not simply paying lip-service but actually doing it!
Satan has got the brethren fighting over two false ways [in most COG corporations] and so has distracted us from the true path!
Regardless of how this situation in LCG works out or when: With the tribulation only a year or two away Who will turn to live by every Word of God which correctly defines godly love?