Since the November 1998 takeover of the old GCG by the board in the U.S., those once with GCG went to many places. Most of the members and ministers ultimately went with the Living Church of God (LCG), 8-15% went with the Church of God, a Christian Fellowship (CGCF) and smaller percentages ended up with David Pack's Restored Church of God (RCG), Harold Smith's Church of God Fellowship, Northwest (CGFnw), the Continuing Church of God (CCOG), and other groups (at least one which is outside the U.S. uses the term Global Church of God). On July 1, 2001, eight ministers resigned from CGCF and formed the Church of the Eternal God (CEG), similar in name, but not related, to the Eternal Church of God (ECG--founded by a minister removed from the original GCG ministry for impropriety). About a month later CGCF (USA) dissolved and most then with it ended up in the United Church of God (UCG). One former GCG minister (Ronald Laughland) became pastor of the Wholeworld Church of God. In 2004, Raymond McNair, having been in GCG, CGCF, LCG, then went on his own and formed Church of God, 21st Century (COG21); later he died and that group disbanded. Don Haney, once in GCG/LCG, formed the Church of God In Peace and Truth. In 2005, Ben Faulkner, who was in GCG/LCG, formed the Church of the Sovereign God (CotSG). In 2006, Charles Bryce who was in GCG/LCG left, and formed the Enduring Church of God (En COG). In 2010, several of the main leaders who went to UCG from CGCF left it and went to a group called COGWA. A couple of people, like Norman Edwards (Servants' News/Shepherd's Voice), left GCG well before the 1998 takeover (he has Port Austin Bible Campus). In 2013, Rod Reynolds left LCG and formed COG Messenger. On 12/15/11, a minister in good-standing with LCG anointed Bob Thiel with oil and prayed that God would grant him a double-portion of His Spirit (see also How To Determine If Someone is a True Prophet of God): and things have not been the same since (Bob Thiel still, of course, supports the goals and biblical beliefs of Philadelphia era of the Church of God). Website links for most of those who were once part of GCG and that have websites can be found at the COGlinks page. In 2012, certain heresies were officially introduced, accepted, and/or promoted by LCG. After concluding that insufficient value was placed on the truth (and keeing their word) by certain leaders of LCG and that they no longer held to biblical church governance and could not as is be used to lead the final phase of the work (see also Why Bob Thiel Left the Living Church of God), on 12/28/12 Bob Thiel was led to form, and then announced, the beginning of the Continuing Church of God (CCOG). CCOG seems to be the second or third largest group, in terms of members, of those groups whose leaders were once part of GCG (LCG is largest). This page reports on those groups that somehow once had ties to the old GCG.
03/25/17 a.m. RCG's David Pack posted the following as part of his newest booklet "How God’s Kingdom Will Come The Untold Story!":
The prophet Habakkuk, whom Paul quoted in Hebrews 10 regarding the man of sin, adds to this man’s profile: “Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith. Yes also, because he transgresses by wine, he is a proud man, neither keeps at home, who enlarges his desire as hell, and is as death, and cannot be satisfied, but gathers unto him all nations, and heaps unto him all people” (Hab. 2:4-5). Here is a man who is of the devil, but who holds such awesome power that all nations of the world buckle to his will. No one is talking about this man because no one understands him or could believe the enormous reach and power that he will bring. A number of verses make plain that this counterfeit will be very short-lived. (Other helpful related verses to read include II Corinthians 11:4; all of Habakkuk 2; all of II Timothy 3; Zechariah 11:15-17; James 5:1-6; Matthew 7:15-23 and Luke 21:8, 35-36.)
Like many, David Pack does not understand the prophecy of Habakkuk 2 which has to do with the USA that will be destroyed for greed and indebtedness (David Pack should have realized what Habakkuk 2:6-8 states as he recommended that his readers would read the entire chapter--those that do will realize that David Pack misunderstands it; (check out Do you take seriously the warnings God had the prophet Habakkuk record?). Like many, David Pack also does not understand the truth about the 'man of sin' (see also Who is the Man of Sin of 2 Thessalonians 2?). There were many. many other ways that David Pack erred in that booklet. He continues to veer further away from the truth. Some of his errors are in the article Why Not the Restored Church of God?
03/07/17 a.m. Received the following in an email today:
It looks like Mr Ames' health has taken a turn for the worse. They rushed him to hospital after complaining of a headache. The doctors are doing further tests on him.
Sorry Mr Ames was complaining of slurred speech and numbness on his right side.
Richard Ames is with the Living Church of God. Roderick Meredith once designated him as his replacement, but later switched to Gerald Weston. An LCG minister once told me that Richard Ames was loyal to a FAULT--emphasizing that he would not stand up for the truth when he should as he placed his version of loyalty above doing right. My experience with him and LCG, sadly, confirmed that.
02/24/17 a.m. ECG reported the following in its newsletter today:
“The EU Council president (Donald Tusk) railed against ‘brute force, egoism and arrogance’ in a series of jaw-dropping remarks which will be interpreted as a very thinly veiled assault on the Republican commander-in-chief. Polish eurocrat Mr Tusk admitted that nobody could ‘pretend that everything is as it used to be’ following months of verbal attacks from the Republican’s administration which have met with furious responses in European capitals. And in an extraordinary press conference following talks with Vice-President Mike Pence the top Brussels official effectively admitted that trans-Atlantic relations are in the gutter following the election of Mr Trump.
“In an exchange surely unprecedented in recent EU-US history he railed against the new US President’s ‘surprising opinions’ on European integration and said he had directly challenged his second-in-command over the administration’s hostility towards the bloc. The remarks came after signs earlier emerged of the gaping chasm emerging between the two sides as France railed against a speech the Republican gave to delegates in Munich in which he did not even mention the EU.
“Mr Tusk made no attempt to hide Europe’s dismay at the election of Mr Trump, and instead harked back to better times for trans-Atlantic relations under his predecessors Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan…”
Subsequently, Mike Pence was asked in a press conference what America will do if Europe does not fulfill America’s demands of contributing more to NATO’s defense costs. The journalist raised the question in regard to a comment that Europe must do so, “or else.” Mike Pence refused to explain what was meant by that comment and said that the future will have to provide the answer.
The Bible teaches that Europe will end up with a "great army" (Daniel 11:25) and defeat the land with the "strongest fortresses" (Daniel 11:39; see also USA in Prophecy: The Strongest Fortresses). Those who properly understand biblical prophecy realize that the USA is currently pushing Europe to arm and that this will not end well for the USA (see also Anglo – America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel).
02/18/17 a.m. The following was forwarded to me today regarding LCG's Dr. Meredith:
Dr. Meredith is resting at home following a diagnosis of cancer. He is keeping in touch with Mr. Weston and others at the office via visits [their visits to him] and phone calls. After praying and meditating on the subject, he has decided not to get caught up in various rounds of treatments that MAY prolong life but not quality of life, while in the end the outcome is the same. He is putting his life in God’s hands to do as only God knows best. He knows that God can heal him, but he is realistic, knowing that he is 86 ½ years old and has had a full and very eventful life. His concern has always been the Church, serving Jesus Christ, and his family. Tuesday evening he had about 20 people over for dinner—mostly family and a few of those who have been like family to him. He is in good spirits and greatly appreciates everyone’s prayers for God’s intervention in his life.
Here is something that was posted by someone at an anti-COG website:
Maybe now that RCM is on his death bed he will start making some calls. ...
All the people Rod has slandered over the years including Bob Thiel (say what you want about him but it doesn't negate the fact that RCM lied about him repeatedly), Charles Bryce and the Scarborough's to name a few.
Let me state here, that although I was NOT a fan of Charles Bryce, I did personally object to LCG's top leadership about certain items that Dr. Meredith improperly wrote about him after Charles Bryce left LCG. As far as the Scarboroughs go, while I discouraged them from filing their lawsuit, it was my hope that with their information people would realize that LCG had put out knowingly false information about them.
And as far as I go, yes, Dr. Meredith put out several false and misleading statements about me and he even flat-out denied telling me that he said if he would accept the role of an apostle, he was considering ordaining me as a prophet--even though he did, in fact, do that in January 2009. Plus he broke numerous promises to me related to correcting literature and doctrinal errors that he and others at LCG had acknowledged. He also falsely libeled my character. Yet, I have stood for and told the truth. And Dr. Meredith, if he still has the mental capacity, should realize that and tell the truth.
He and others in LCG need to seriously considere that the Bible teaches:
10 Cursed is he who does the work of the Lord deceitfully, (Jeremiah 48:10)
4 For the word of the Lord is right, And all His work is done in truth. (Psalm 33:4)
Those verses help show why I do not believe that God allowed the Philadelphia mantle to remain in LCG.
Furthermore, consider that Dr. Meredith wrote the following:
Personal - Pray for Our Financial Growth!Roderick C. MeredithJanuary/February 2016
One special prayer that I would ask all of you to join me in praying is this: let us all together beseech God to grant us in this Work at least half of the financial increase that He gave Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong for about 35 years! For, as Mr. Armstrong explained many times, God gave the Work under his direction about 30 percent increase year by year for about 35 years.
Near the end of his ministry, with personal problems and sins growing throughout the Church, those blessings were taken away or cut back. ...
God Almighty is still alive, He is working through us right now, and—as these terrible end-time events approach—we really need to shake the world with the knowledge of His Kingdom far more than we have ever done. Remember, brethren, we are only “beginning to fight.” We have not yet finished! So again, since Jesus told us: “ask and you shall receive,” we can with faith ask God to give us at least one-half of the financial increase He gave His Church all those years when Mr. and Mrs. Armstrong were still alive and doing the Work. That would be a 15 percent financial increase of this Work year by year. I hope all of you will sincerely and zealously do your part. But I am not going to “press you” on that. For that is up to you and between you and God as you “walk with Him” in the fear of God. But I feel that God would want us to cry out and ask Him for the blessing that I have already indicated. Then, we could go on far more television stations, greatly increase our impact over the Internet—which is certainly the “wave of the future”—increase our personal appearance campaigns and “grow” the Work in every possible way.
When I first began this present Work back in 1992, I was a little embarrassed to ask for money. ...
Most of you realize this. If you go around your neighborhood you find virtually no one who has heard of the Living Church of God or any of the other groups that are trying to do God’s Work today. This needs to change! So I hope all of us can begin to fast and to pray fervently and ask God to help us stir ourselves to do our part far more zealously and begin to serve our Creator with zeal and to give of our physical substance sacrificially as we are able. Some of our brethren are already doing this. But I am fully aware that many of our brethren—often fine brethren who mean well and who are already giving a little bit of their substance—are nevertheless sitting on hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars worth of money, property and other resources they very rarely touch to help do the Work of the living God at the very end of this age.
Think of it! ...
God’s Word tells us: “Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common.And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all.Nor was there anyone among them who lacked; for all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold,and laid them at the apostles’ feet; and they distributed to each as anyone had need. And Joses, who was also named Barnabas by the apostles (which is translated Son of Encouragement), a Levite of the country of Cyprus,having land, sold it, and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet” (Acts 4:32–37). God does not ask us to “have all things in common” as did these first-century Christians, but we can still be moved and inspired today by their great zeal.
Is it too much to ask that all of us follow the pattern of the early Church and give of ourselves, our time, our energy and our possessions in the very service of Jesus Christ at the end of this age?
So, Dr. Meredith wrote that he believes that sins cause COG groups to have less than 30% growth, so he was hoping for 15% for LCG. There are sins in LCG (see Why Bob Thiel Left the Living Church of God). Therefore, by Dr. Meredith's logic, there are severe problems with LCG.
As I repeatedly told Dr. Meredith over the years when I was part of LCG, even doubling the number of television stations its broadcast was on would NOT fulfill Matthew 24:14 as the reach (according to his own statistics) would still be inadequate. I explained to him that it looked like God would use media coverage just prior to the Great Tribulation to insure that Matthew 24:14 would be fulfilled. The non-Philadelphian groups seem not to realize how God's work really will be accomplished (cf. Zechariah 4:6) and that it is a work of faith (cf. 1 Thessalonians 1:11) not money.
We in the Continuing Church of God have been walking by faith and have had vastly more than the 30% growth that the old Radio/Worldwide Church of God once had and the 15% growth that Dr. Meredith has asked his followes to plead for. Dr. Meredith and others may wish to consider the ramifications of that in lieu of what he posted.
I have prayed for Dr. Meredith and prayed that he would publicly repent of his false statements. Yes, he is getting old and will die someday--but God may have kept him alive these past four plus years for him to see that the CCOG is the only COG this century that has had the type of growth he claimed showed God's blessing (see also CCOG's Four Years and God Revealing Philadelphia?).
He and others are getting a witness, but sadly the Bible shows that the bulk of the Laodiceans will not repent as they should (Revelation 3:14-18 ). It is time for Dr. Meredith to repent and it may be that his time to do so is getting very short.
02/15/17 a.m. Just received the following:
Just got the following message regarding Mr Meredith
Hey ..., I hope you're well
I just received ... an email from Mr. Weston that Mr. Meredith was taken to hospital after feeling very weak at work. He's been released from hospital after doing some tests, but it's highly likely from the results that he has cancer.
Dr. Meredith is elderly and has a variety of health problems. He has remained in my prayers.
02/01/17 p.m. Just received the following email from Aleksandar 'Sasha' Veljic, the Serbian host of the Continuing Church of God, who is currently in Kenya:
Greetings dear brethren,
I am taking advantage of the fact that I have a wi-fi at the hotel where I am staying tonight, so I am able to drop you a few words. I arrived to Kenya last Friday evening, just about the beginning of the Sabbath. The hotel in Nairobi didn't have Internet access, so I basically couldn't write anything. Then we kept the Sabbath with a small group nearby Nairobi. On Sunday we hit the road and travelled to Kenya interior. That traveling has continued to today and will will continue until Friday. Then after the Sabbath at the home of pastor Evans Ochieng, it should continue next Sunday. I have been preaching the Good News basically day and night, trying to help the small congregations in Kenya and also help pastor Evans and ease his burden. I have been giving him and his son some useful ideas on how to speed up the Work in this area. And I am full of impressions. The brethren are generally responsive and just yesterday we had an unexpected visitor from Adventist church. Upon hearing my preaching on the meaning of prophecy and seeing that the congregation remained still for three hours, this man declared that he cannot longer be in the Adventist church and wants to join this Church that preaches the truth. Another younger man, right after my speaking, asked pastor Evans to baptize him soon because he is ill with cancer and he doesn't want to die without being baptized in the true Church of God. (Please, pray that he would be healed of cancer).
The greatest miracle for which I prayed in this country is - rain. I began to cry and pray to God for that miracle because there was nothing I could do about it, nor there is anyone who could have done anything about it. I asked God to intervene for our members have not been able to grow crops, many remained without seeds and some were facing starvation to death. So I began to pray for rain. And the first word that was on my mouth ever since I arrived in Kenya, the word that I so often mentioned was only one word - rain. On the Sabbath, I prayed with the small local congregation in Kitangala, nearby Nairobi, for the rain. On Sunday, as we were asking blessing for a meal, I mentioned rain. Ten minutes afterwards there came rain over the city we were staying in - Narok. In the following days it was raining everywhere. Even tonight, here where we are staying (Kissi town) we had a downpour of rain. Exactly what I asked God, everything happened when it comes to rain. I have tens of witnesses that it is true.
I now pray for other miracle - that I would manage to get organic seeds to our brethren, so that they would be able to grow their own food. If you don't mind, please join me in prayers.
I am supposed to return to Serbia on February 13th, following the Church conference in Nairobi. On another topic, I connected a man from Tanzania who got in touch with me seeking the truth with these people even before I came to Kenya. This evening, the man wrote me the message and asked about baptism. He kept the Sabbath with our members in Tanzania last week and he is very happy with it. A young man from Uganda also contacted me even before I came to Kenya and he has been searching deeper understanding of the truth. I have connected him to this people even back then and continue to maintain that contact.
Again, I couldn't write you anything as I was on travel, then I had no Internet and tonight I am using that opportunity to drop a note that I am fine and will continue to preach the Good News of the coming Kingdom of God. I could tell you yet many things about the ways that we have preached Gospel here without saying a single word, simply because of our skin colours, but I will leave that for another time.
Would you, please, in the days to come, set aside a day for fasting and praying for the success of our Church conference here in Africa, which will be held next week.
With appreciation and gratitude,
I am to planning to see Sasha and others there in a few days for the CCOG conference in Nairobi, Kenya. My wife Joyce asked me if we could get and send seeds. We looked online and could not find a reliable local source. So, we ordered some from out of the area. Please pray that they will arrive in time for me to bring them and that they will grow in Kenya. I will not be able to bring much, but hopefully what I many be able to bring will help some.
01/30/17 a.m. RCG's David Pack posted the following in what is called Sermon Transcript The Greatest Untold Story! Part 31:
II Thessalonians 3, verse 6: “Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw yourselves from every brother that walks disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.”
Those in the splinters…There are thousands of them, brethren, who are in the splinters, who have the Holy Spirit. They’re not going to follow this man, and they’re the ones that are going to come back to God’s Church. I’ll have a lot more to say about them, in a way that will simply stun you—stun you. They’re going to escape, but not until they go through fire.
I don’t know how long this man will last, but we ought to, at least, pause and say…The next thing we’re looking for is not Christ revealed from heaven. It’s this evil blasphemer…revealed out of the splinters—that is coming first, and God is going to vacuum away all the tares and those who lost His Spirit and who will not come—and they’re not going to come later—they’re out. You know Luke 14. There are those who are invited and they don’t come. God said they were not going to come…They will in no wise enter this supper……
Let’s be clear…(II Thessalonians 2) verse 12, those who follow him are damned. They are condemned. I didn’t say that. God does. Why? Because they “believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” You cannot be saved if you follow a Satan-possessed, blaspheming, false Christ. Who knows? Maybe he says he’s God the Father. There’s a guy in Rome that calls himself the Holy Father. It’s not shocking that a human being might say that.
Salvation is lost to the people who follow this man…It just was never clear how far they would go, and how God would vacuum them out of the Church. God said in Haggai—I called for the desolation. I raise up the Foolish Shepherd. It’s something He’s doing. He hardened pharaoh. He used Judas. He can do that. He can use man for a righteous purpose like Cyrus, and others. ...
I began to realize that, after the apostates under Joe Tkach, there would actually be worse leaders that followed. ..
God raised up Joseph W. Tkach and a group of people around him to cause the apostasy. We all know that. Mr. Armstrong was not so deceived or weak a leader that he picked an evil man to follow him. He didn’t know. ...
Do you think the devil would need to be coaxed to enter a man among God’s people, in a way no man has ever done in 2,000 years—that we could ever see? Do you think the devil would have to be coaxed to do that? He’d be like a dog on a chain with his front legs off the ground, straining to snap the leash to do it!
God could probably just snap His fingers, and the devil would enter this man and knock him over when he did, so to speak. This is easy for God to do. We serve the God who can change out the universe with a bang. It’s easy for God to do. He has a purpose in it. It also draws tremendous attention to His Church in a right way. He raised up Joe Tkach to cause the apostasy. Without that, this man can’t rise out of it. Surely, brethren, we believe that He can raise up a man out of it to carry out the last part of it.
This is interesting for at least four reasons. Here are three:
David Pack is now claiming that someone who was in the Church of God will have Satan enter him to become the man of sin. David Pack once claimed that COGwriter (me) was part of the 'synagogue of Satan' (see RCG’s David Pack Says COGwriter, Dr. Meredith, COGs, etc. ‘Part of Synagogue of Satan’). So, it should not come as a surprise that presuming thousands more will come into the Continuing Church of God that he will falsely also call me the 'man of sin.' Especially if some day I get over some illness.
And the fourth reason is that this represents yet ANOTHER change from David Pack. Here is who he identified the man of sin of 2 Thessalonians 2 before:
God does not just describe this false religious system as abominable, but refers to it as “the mother of...abominations.”
This religious leader is described in II Thessalonians and there referred to as the “man of sin.” Notice: “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day [Christ’s Return] shall not come, except there come a falling away first [a prophecy fulfilled in the twentieth century] and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition…Who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God” (2:3-4). ...
This is clearly the False Prophet of Revelation 16:13, not the Beast.
(Pack, David C. What Is the “Abomination of Desolation”? https://rcg.org/articles/witaod.html viewed 07/16/16)
This two-horned beast gives “power” to the first beast...So this beast, then, appears to be religious...Remember also, this two-horned beast possesses such awesome power that it inspires the world to worship the beast...
The second beast is able to perform miracles. He does this “in the sight of” the first beast—the Holy Roman Empire. These miracles are so extraordinary—so mesmerizing—that they allow him to deceive the whole earth! Finally, the beast is worshipped as a result. This future religious leader will lead the final resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire alongside a great civil leader.
In II Thessalonians 2:3, this same religious leader is called the “man of sin.” Revelation 19:20 refers to him as a “false prophet.”
(Pack, David C. Who or What Is the Beast of Revelation? http://rcg.org/books/wowitbor.html viewed 05/05/13)
So, David Pack used to believe that the 'false prophet' that worked with the Beast of Revelation would be the man of sin. Now David Pack believes that the man of sin comes from within the Church of God. David Pack continues to display ignorance of prophetic and other scriptures.
David Pack, and many others (including LCG), do not understand what the Bible teaches about the 'man of sin.' For more details, check out the article Who is the Man of Sin of 2 Thessalonians 2?
01/26/17 p.m.CCOG now has materials online in over 90 languages (see Letter to the Brethren: January 26, 2017), plus it put up a slideshow related to the: Continuing Church of God Feast of Tabernacles 2016.
01/24/17 a.m. A reader tipped me off to the following, which he called To Force revealing Personal info, LCG limits Online access, and which LCG had read in services on 1/22/17:
We have encouraged people everywhere to sign up for our digital magazine, but when the whole magazine is already on our Web site, and therefore available without subscribing, there is little incentive to do so. What we plan to do going forward is to offer a portion of the magazine on our Web sites, but if one wants to read the whole magazine right away, one must subscribe (thus giving us an e-mail address). Otherwise, he or she must call or write for a hard copy subscription. We will still make the whole magazine available after the next issue comes out so it will still be available, but with a delay for some articles for as much as two months.
In addition, we hope to offer enhancements, additional material that will only be available with a digital subscription. The intent in all this is not to take away, but to give more to the subscribers and to make it possible for us to better serve these individuals going forward.
The reason for this announcement is to inform all of our members the reasons for these changes. This is not unusual in today’s Internet world. We will remain different from others in that we still provide everything free of charge.—Gerald Weston
LCG does not think that is unusual for the internet world, but it is not normal for the COG (though COGaIC had restrictions on one of its publications for a time, but then rescinded it; PCG has restrictions, however, that are still in place). In CCOG, we do not restrict access to the truths we publish for proclamation (cf. what Jesus taught in Matthew 10:27). But LCG has chosen to go in another direction with some of its materials.
01/20/17 p.m. CEG had the following in its newsletter today:
Mr. Trump’s stance on many political issues will force Europe to unite against the USA… which has long been prophesied in the Bible to occur.
As regular readers of the COGwriter.com news page are aware, CEG is correct about this. I just wrote a book about Donald Trump, which is 100% FREE on Kindle until Monday (and you do not need a Kindle reader to be able to read it). We have arranged with Amazon Kindle to give the Kindle edition away free for five days beginning yesterday (five days is the maximum that Amazon Kindle allows in this type of promotion). Otherwise, the electronic version will be $3.99.
Anyway, you DO NOT need a Kindle device to get it for free. Simply go to the link: Donald Trump and America’s Apocalypse and then Amazon has an app there you can also get for free so that you should be able to download it for many electronic devices for free.
01/12/17 p.m. Just received the following report from Kenya-based Pastor Evans Ochieng about his trip to Tanzania:
Pastor Dr Bob,
Greetings from Kenya.
I thank our Almighty father above for giving me a safe and nice trip to Tanzania. I met our brethren in Tanzania. On Wednesday, We had a wonderful discussion concerning the work in Tanzania. Andrew and Martin are very steady in the work that they are doing in Tanzania. I was happy to hear that our brethren in Tanzania are getting it right that there is a great different between continuing church of God and the passed churches of God that were in that country before. They said that the work which CCOG is doing is powerful.
Martin Wanga and Andrew will attend the conference in Nairobi Kenya in February 2017. I gave them their transport to Nairobi.
Martin and Andrew will go to meet some old members of community international church of God who called them to go and meet on next sabbath. This people were discouraged by the work which, that church was doing. But they are happy with the work of CCOG.
Let us pray for the trip of our two brothers and the work which they will do on sabbath. When I was coming back I met our brother Samson who came into Kenya to visit some relatives. We discussed more about holy names that some people are thinking that these names can purify a person. After a long discussion, we finalized by saying that Samson will keep on working together with Martin Wanga.
This is great news. By “community international church of God” Pastor Evans is referring to COG,aIC (which is led by David Hulme). We have had contact with some of their former members in Tanzania before and perhaps more of them will decide to support the Continuing Church of God (CCOG). Please pray for the success of our talks with these former COG,aIC members.
As far as the Nairobi conference goes, this is scheduled for next month. We hope to have leaders from Kenya, Tanazania, Malawi, Mozambique, Ghana, and Ethiopia attend. As well as myself from the USA and Alexsandar Veljic from Serbia. We held a similar, but smaller conference three years ago, for leaders in Kenya and Tanzania representing about 300 people. The 2017 conference is expected to have leaders representing 2,000 people who are part of the. Continuing Church of God.
01/05/17 p.m. The latest edition of Shepherd's Voice just arrived. In addition to articles by Jim Patterson and Norman Edwards, I noticed that there were articles from Richard Traver (Christian Church of God, Grand Junction) and David Havir (Church of God, Big Sandy). Norman Edwards also had an article about prophets that reminded me of some of what he wrote before (and that is in the article How To Determine If Someone is a True Prophet of God).
Norman Edwards also wrote the following about his PABC:
Port Austin Bible Campus provides the following to people in need:
• Emergency housing: 50,000 bed- nights to 500 Guests so far.
• Food, mostly received from food banks or grown in our garden.
• Help getting lost documents (State ID, birth certificate, Social Security Card, etc.)
• Assistance to finding jobs, applying for government programs, etc.
• Transportation to jobs (essential to those with no money to get to their first job)
• Location accountability to discourage Guests from “hanging out” with people in negative environments that cause self- destruction and homelessness.
• Access to recovery groups for those suffering from substance abuse
• 8 hours per week of Bible classes to teach principles that most Guests have never heard.
• Firm correction—sometimes dismissal—for those who will not learn their lessons by love and need to be returned to reap the fruit of their own ways.
Sharing the Blessing with Guests
Most of the PABC homeless Guests are glad to find an emergency place to stay. They take on the tasks of finding a job, securing other payments due them, and finding new housing. Some can do that in a few days or weeks, others have more hurdles to jump, and can take months. They are generally thankful for what PABC has provided.
Other Guests have more difficulties. Some of the reasons for their homelessness become quickly evident. They do not want to follow the campus rules, even though they could without much difficulty. They have frequent excuses for not doing what they should do— some of which turn out to be totally false. Some percentage still want to engage in substance abuse, stealing or promiscuity—but will go to great efforts to try to keep it secret.
Though we have several theological differences, I have long admired Norman Edwards commitment to support the downtrodden.
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