Abigail Cartwright reported the following late yesterday:
Mr. Jim Franks, December 2010, resigned from the Council of Elders
Mr. Alfredo Arboleas, December 2010, removed from UCG ministry
Mr. Eleodoro Avila, December 2010, removed from UCG ministry
Mr. Alberto Gonzalez, December 2010, removed from UCG ministry
Mr. Jaime Guiñez, December 2010, removed from UCG ministry
Mr. Adan Langarica, December 2010, removed from UCG ministry
Mr. Luis Mundo, December 2010, removed from UCG ministry
Mr. Fermin Nain, December 2010, removed from UCG ministry
Mr. Jaime Ortiz, December 2010, removed from UCG ministry
Mr. Manuel Quijano, December 2010, removed from UCG ministry
Mr. Pablo Dimakis, December 2010, resigned form UCG ministry
Mr. Ron Kelly, December 2010, removed from ministerial duties
UCG continues to sustain losses. As today is only the 5th of December, a lot has officially occurred in UCG so far this month.
Now most of the above appear to be Latin American ministers (many of whom probably left in June), but not all, such as Jim Franks and Ron Kelly.
Jim Franks once seem to have had the goal of getting the COGwriter website shut down as apparently he did not want me to report about UCG. Now he seems to have more issues with UCG.
UCG itself has never truly been “united” and the events of this year seem to be driving this point to many more than in prior years. Of course, I have always had problems with the way it decided to govern itself, which is why I felt its initial foundation was more on sand than a Rock (Matthew 7:24-27).
As I reported last month (see UCG 2010 Financial Statements Show Income Drop), UCG seems to spend an inordinate amount of its income on its form of governance and administration.
Despite its relatively massive amounts of spending in governance and administration, UCG continues to have major governance problems. Getting back to a more biblically-appropriate form of governance is something that few, however, in UCG seem to be advocating. Some in UCG are publicly wondering how many more losses UCG can sustain.
UCG’s Council of Elders is to meet from Monday, Dec. 6, through Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010. It would seem that its recent losses (see also With Jon Pinelli, UCG Now Lost 9 Ministers in November) will be an agenda item–but becoming Philadelphian likely will not be.
Any interested in supporting the remnant of the Philadelphia era of the COG should prayerfully check out LCG.
Some articles of possibly related interest may include:
Polycarp, Herbert W. Armstrong, and Roderick C. Meredith on Church Government What form of governance did the early church have? Was it hierarchical? Which form of governance would one expect to have in the Philadelphia remnant? The people decide and/or committee forms, odd dictatorships, or the same type that the Philadelphia era itself had?
Unity: Which COG for You? Why so many groups? Why is there lack of unity in the Churches of God? Has it always been this way? What can/should be done about it?
Differences between the Living Church of God and United Church of God This article provides quotes information from the two largest groups which had their origins in WCG as well as commentary.
There are Many COGs: Why Support the Living Church of God? This is an article for those who wish to more easily sort out the different COGs. It really should be a MUST READ for current and former WCG/GCI members or any interested in supporting the faithful church. It also explains a lot of what the COGs are all about.
Should the Church Still Try to Place its Top Priority on Proclaiming the Gospel or Did Herbert W. Armstrong Change that Priority for the Work? Some say the Church should mainly feed the flock now as that is what Herbert W. Armstrong reportedly said. Is that what he said? Is that what the Bible says? What did Paul and Herbert W. Armstrong expect from evangelists?
The Laodicean Church Era has been predominant circa 1986 A.D. to present. These are non-Philadelphians who mainly descended from the old WCG.