Roderick C. Meredith (Photo by Joyce Thiel)
Roderick C. Meredith, the Presiding Evangelist of the Living Church of God (LCG) informed me yesterday that rumors on the internet related to alleged merger talks with the Church of God a Worldwide Association (COGWA) or the United Church of God (UCG) are not true.
I did not ask Dr. Meredith about this matter, he without any question from me, brought it up. FWIW, all prior discussions that I have had with the Charlotte-based evangelists of LCG have always resulted in them stating basically the same thing.
Although all the Charlotte-based evangelists of LCG have long known, and often worked with, many of the top leaders in COGWA and UCG, that keeping somewhat cordial relations with them should not be interpreted as some type of merger plan. Dr. Meredith reiterated that none of them at any time talked seriously about any kind of “merger” or getting together more than simply having a certain degree of brotherly love and mutual cooperation regarding the brethren helping one another during national or weather related tragedies, outside attacks, etc.
Dr. Meredith took exception to those who claim otherwise.
Some articles of possibly related interest may include:
There are Many COGs: What About the Living Church of God? This is an article for those who wish to more easily sort out the different COGs. It also explains a lot of what the COGs are all about.
Differences between the Living Church of God and United Church of God This article provides quotes information from the two of the largest groups which had their origins in WCG as well as commentary.
Concerns about Church of God, a Worldwide Association Known as COGWA, this is the largest group that came out of the United Church of God. Here is some history and concerns about it. UCG’s former president Clyde Kilough and UK CEO Peter Hawkins are part of it.
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?