The Doctrinal Committee recommends that the statement “Jesus is the God of the Old Testament” be removed from UCG and no longer used. They will have a formal Study Paper supporting the position that Jesus was not the God of the Old Covenant for CoE approval in December. The CoE can approve such doctrinal papers and make them official in a simplified process due to the new formula for changing doctrines passed in May.
They use a lot of double talk saying without any evidence [all evidence being to the contrary] that because the Father was alluded to in the Old Testament they surmise that he must have been the God of the Mosaic Covenant.
Without doubt this is a dramatic departure from both Armstrong and Holy Scripture and is a massive change in UCG towards the evangelical idea that God the Father was the God of the Mosaic Covenant; while Jesus brought the New Covenant which they falsely claim exalts “love” above God’s law; when God’s love [including all of the statutes, precepts and judgments which God gave to Moses] is love and defines godly love.
Once adopted, this heresy will bring UCG into line with CGI, CGBS and the Ron Dart people. See my article on the subject of the God of the Old Testament.
Once they get this approved in December they will have laid the foundation for moving towards the evangelical positions these same men crafted for Joe Tkach before they were laid off and joined the forming UCG.
Where is this heading? UCG has spent the last decade indoctrinating its students at ABC with the lie that “We do not keep the Sabbath, High Days, clean and unclean etc, because we have to; we do this because we want to;” thereby assuming the Mark of the Beast by exalting their personal choice above the sovereignty of God’s command.
The Doctrinal Paper is to claim that BOTH God the Father and the Being who became flesh as Jesus Christ were the God of the Old Testament; which is manifestly false since Christ revealed the Father.
This will lay the groundwork for a subsequent [utterly false] claim as revealed in Mark Mickelson’s Paper, that God the Father was the LORD of Hosts the God of Mosaic Israel and the Mosaic Covenant; while Jesus Christ instituted the New Covenant.
Once they officially reject and then deny that Jesus Christ was the God of the Mosaic Covenant they can proceed to claim that none of these things are required any longer, but are simply a matter of personal choice: Which is exactly what they taught with Joe Tkach, before being laid off when so many brethren left the WCG.
Comment: 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?
My Response: Mark retired with cancer and health issues.I did report that the CoE rejected his paper.
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 at the Bible Studies site.
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 for this change in UCG doctrine, 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 until now, 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 God of the Old Testament known to Mosaic Israel, 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.
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.
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.
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 falsely 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 they 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 take 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.