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  • The True Church: One Organization, or Many? [Armstrong splinter group -- UCG -- sized up]

    The United Church of God (UCG) split in the winter of 2010-11... Consider UCG’s plight after its split: About 175 ministers and local elders (the number keeps growing), and thousands of brethren (this number also keeps growing), suddenly left, throwing the entire organization into disorder—and in every regard. UCG began with about 20,000 in attendance, but had decreased to a reported approximately 15,000 at the time of the split. It has now lost well over half of its fulltime field pastors, including almost all of the most “senior” ones. How long does one remain in such a tragically broken, declining...
  • Global Lessons From the Worldwide Church of God [Grace Communion Intl traces u-turn as sect]

    Gleanings for world missions from a wayward movement gone aright. How does the American evangelical community respond when one of its customary entries into The Kingdom of the Cults refutes its aberrant doctrinal distinctives and repents of its abuse to those within their own fold? Or, more narrowly, how do the congregants of this movement respond when presented with the unpleasant reality that they no longer had the corner on Biblical truth and the sole keys to the Kingdom? And how do the leaders of this movement usher their people from exclusivism and self-acknowledged heresy to orthodoxy without bowing the...
  • [Christian Sabbatarian Caucus] The Sabbath in the Age to Come

    01/07/2014 1:24:04 PM PST · by DouglasKC · 10 replies
    God's Sabbath Rest ^ | Unknown | Unknown
    The Sabbath in the Age to Come God created the Sabbath for mankind and there will yet come a time when all mankind will keep God's Sabbath. God created the Sabbath for mankind (Mark 2:27), and there will yet come a time when all people will keep God's Sabbath. The Bible speaks of God's Kingdom as being established on earth when Jesus Christ returns to rule as "King of Kings and Lord of Lords" (Revelation 11:15; 19:11-16). In addition to ruling over sons of God who will be changed to spirit beings and rule with Christ in the Kingdom of...
  • Do You Know “David Pack”? My Life and Ministry—Rumors and Lies vs. Facts and Truth [Cult Wars]

    ...Many today use innuendo, outright lies and other forms of deception to confuse and divide in order to control followers... The end result?...About 80% of the Church succumbed to lies and deceit, and either followed Joe Tkach or went home in confusion...-most...became “lost to history,” spiritually dying where they sat. The remaining 20% fell into following various bickering, disagreeing splinter leaders teaching selected—preferred!—parts of the truth... Fast forward to 1993-1998, to sample one splinter. An evangelist (Roderick Meredith) arose and came to power in the Global Church of God. This second new leader also promised...he would uphold the truth as...
  • You May Be Shocked at God’s answer…Should You Trust “God’s Ministers”? [Cultist]

    ...Never before...have so many people become so deceived in such a comparatively short time of less than a decade. How could this unprecedented end-time deception have happened with such lightning rapidity? The success of this...apostasy was due, at least in part, to mass defections in the ministry, but...also partly due to the power of modern means of communicating and disseminating information. At the time of Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong’s death in January 1986, about 130,000 members of the Worldwide Church of God regularly observed God’s weekly and annual Sabbaths, as well as other important laws and commandments of God. During...
  • Escape From The Iron-Fisted Worldwide Church of God Cult into The Power and Freedom of Jesus Christ!

    01/03/2014 7:51:36 PM PST · by Colofornian · 15 replies
    JoyfullyGrowingInGrace ^ | April 15, 2013 | Mark Smith
    It is with a grateful heart that I’ve received yet another testimony. This one like so many others, came via an email, and is a great blessing to me and to others who contend for the Gospel in the arena with those who pursue Torah. Many thanks to Mark Smith for the following. Mark’s story is about coming out of the Worldwide Church of God, from which the Hebrew Roots Movement draws much of its doctrine.This testimony will also appear on the Testimonies Page here at JGIG.If you have a testimony you’d like to share about coming out of the...
  • You're Probably Not Saved, Yet.

    12/12/2013 12:59:05 PM PST · by DouglasKC · 412 replies
    Beyond Today ^ | 2013 | Various
    How do you know you're saved? Imagine you arrive at a most important banquet that's hosted by Christ Himself. After all--you're a Christian. Picture coming to His home and walking right up to the door. Perhaps you're a little surprised that the door is closed and you're shut outside. But not to be deterred, you knock and knock. No response, no reaction. So you call out, "Jesus open the door, Lord it's me." Still, no response, no reaction. At long last, you hear Jesus' voice and He says, "I never knew you!" What a devastating and shocking situation in which...
  • Are the Biblical Holy Days Christian?

    04/19/2013 9:44:14 PM PDT · by DouglasKC · 93 replies
    Bible Study Guide ^ | Unknown | United Church of God
    Are the Biblical Holy Days Christian Festivals? Why do most people keep holidays that are different from the festivals listed and described in the pages of the Bible? Why do most people keep holidays that are different from the festivals listed and described in the pages of the Bible? When were the biblical feasts abandoned, and why? How can we be sure which sacred days Christians should observe? Here are the answers! Jesus Himself set an example for us (1 John 2:6) in observing the sacred festivals commanded in the Holy Scriptures (Matthew 26:17; Mark 1:21; Luke 4:16, 31; John...
  • Who is the Harlot AND Her Daughters?

    12/03/2012 2:15:56 AM PST · by DouglasKC · 342 replies
    12/3/2012 | self
    Question: In the passages below a harlot symbolizes something. The title on her head is "MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH." One of the titles is "the mother of harlots". This suggests that there are other harlots that have sprung from this harlot. This is more curiosity then anything else...but what are opinions on what this represents? Rev 17:1 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me, "Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits...
  • Why Some Christians Don't Celebrate Christmas

    12/04/2005 7:27:20 AM PST · by DouglasKC · 327 replies · 6,361+ views
    Good News Magazine ^ | Nov. 2005 | Jerold Aust
    Why Some Christians Don't Celebrate Christmas Many feel that Christmas marks Christ's birthday and that it honors Him. After all, can 2 billion professing Christians be wrong? At the same time, some few Christians don't observe Christmas, believing that Jesus didn't sanction it and that it dishonors Him. Who is right—and why? by Jerold Aust One day, years ago, someone asked me why I kept Christmas. "The Bible says to keep it," I responded. "Somewhere in the Gospel of Luke, it speaks of the nativity scene. An angel told some shepherds that were keeping their sheep in the fields at...
  • From Toledo to Jerusalem

    12/10/2003 8:10:39 AM PST · by BenAriel · 1 replies · 105+ views
    The Jerusalem Post | David Ben-Ariel
    Why would a blond, "non-Jewish" American want to emmigrate to Israel? What's the connection? Especially when so few Jews in the United States are willing to make the move. What force would drive someone to travel to Israel 11 times, serve in 8 kibbutzim and even stay there during the Persian Gulf War, complete with gas mask, with his room designated as cheder atoom - "sealed room" - that other volunteers had to run to whenever the eerie sirens sounded that another Scud Missile was headed for the Promised Land? Why would such an individual risk arrest, defamation and deportation...