News of Those Once Affiliated with the Global Church of God

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 'Nashville Christian Media'). 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 is the second 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.

02/20/20 a.m. The CCOG sent Terry, Andre, and Asher Nelson to Africa. They arrived in Kenya on February 13, 2020.

Terry, Andre, and Asher Nelson arrived in Kenya on February 13, 2020.

They have began to visit several congregations there.

Evangelist Evans Ochieng sent in the following photo and information:


Chilani, Kenya

Pastor Dr Bob,

That’s Chilani …
It was a wonderful Sabbath.  Terry read more about how Continuing Church of God is differ from Protestants. It was a wonderful massage.
Evans

Later he sent the following:

Pastor Dr Bob,

Greetings from Kenya.
We had a wonderful meeting in Kisii.
Terry read more about in the new book (how the continuing church of God differs with Protestants).  It was a good message. No we are in Oyugis. Tomorrow we are going to Nyakach.  I gave Nyakach some food assistance when you sent money.
Evans

Pastor Tiongik Sawek sent the following report:

Receive greetings in the name of Jesus Christ, here in South Rift are doing well. We are thankful in the lord for enabling Brother Terry A Nelson to visit our area. The first meeting was done in Bomet where he managed to meet the groups of Bomet and Mau. The meeting was mainly attended by the representatives from these groups due to impassable roads. The groups of Bomet were thankful for support they had received in their church and are hoping for the cementing of the floor. The church of Mau is also doing well in faith despite the fact they are somehow unstable due to the fact that most have been evicted by the government from their homes and that most of them left their crops in the farm however others became comfortable when the government defined the boundaries of the forest, they were not affected. Even the pastor himself was affected and that he lives in the church with his family. The only difficult task that he has is to attend the flock given the area is hilly. However he is very much dedicated on his duties knowing that reward will come from the God alone. The flock has been scattered, he therefore move to assemble those nearer to each as cited from the bible none of them should not perish (Luke 15:3-6). My prayer is that before Passover Lord’s willing I will visit them on 15/2/2020. The report on the groups of Chilani is that the Sabbath meeting went on successfully. Evangelist Ochieng’ was given a chance to introduce the visitors where he introduced Terry Nelson and his two sons, the family of pastor also had a chance to be introduced to the visitors. After that brother Terry had time to teach the congregation on how the continuing church of God differs from the Protestants. There were also four brethrens from Protestants who attended the meeting and that they were very happy with the teachings of Brother Terry and that they could soon joined us. Secondly there were elders of the church of God 7th day who are not feast keepers from different churches and had a chance to interact with us. Indeed there was huge congregation since we had to allow only adults and to squeeze while sitting on a mat on the little remaining space inside the church while the children had to remain outside, we also expect for expansion in the near future as has been earlier said by the pastor. After the service, I was accompanied by the visitors to my house where they prayed to my grandson and thereafter Evangelist Ochieng’, church elders and Brother Terry gave hope that the child will get well. We are therefore thankful because the child now is improving. The sons of Terry got an opportunity to interact with the youth and shared a light moment whereby it is still in their minds up to date.  Brother Terry had an opportunity to interact with the women of Chilani called ‘‘Chilani light of Christ group’’. It is a year since the group was started and has been doing well. Their main work is to visit the orphans, the widows and the widowers and gave them a little assistance. Given the support to the group, they could do greater things (Philippians 4:3). After that, they left for the regions of Nyanza and we hope that next Sabbath of 22 Lord’s willing will be in the North Rift.

The brethrens of South Rift will not also forget to extend their thanks for the support they have received from you including the ongoing Kabolech Church the brethrens of Cheramgoi are also in need of a plot for the construction of the church.

God bless you.

Regards,

Pastor Sawek

Terry Nelson sent the following reports:

Hi Dr Thiel, I meant to update you yesterday, but we didn’t have internet service: the trip is going great, were having an awesome time, the weather is perfect down here, on Friday evening we visited the Bomet church, there was about 20 or so members ; I gave about a 20 minute sermonette, they were all very excited to see us, they served us Kenyan tea with bread, it was very good, Andre video taped the entire visit and took pics;on the Sabbath we visited the Chilani church, there was about 100 or more there including children; they were also very excited to see us; I think I spoke about a half hour; Evans and another minister also spoke, after that we went into Paster Sawek’s house and they wanted me to pray for his grandson-he is having mental distress, I prayed for him … We then had tea and bread, and fellowshipped for an hour or so and took alot of pictures and Andre also videoed the time we were there. It’s almost 1am … Andre and Asher also speak for a few minutes each time we visit a congregation, and are having a very fun time, especially playing with the many children and video taping them.  Terry

Hi Dr Thiel, couldn’t write for few days, due to {lack of} internet service,; we visited the Kisii congregation, they were happy to see us,. It’s an area were a lot of bananas grow, the sweet kind, and also the ones that are like potatoes, very filling.  Later on when’s funds permit, a few elderly gentlemen want to start raising chickens for the congregation, I believe it would cost around 200.00; they also have bought the bricks for the bigger hall that will be built in the future.  Next on to Njakach, our poorest congregation in Kenya: before we leave we will be buying them corn to last a month and hopefully 40 or 50 chickens to help with meat and eggs; even though they are so poor, they managed to put on a big dinner for us; the hall they built is very nice it is all cement and brick; they have a brick mason in the congregation there: and he did a fine job in constructing it. They were very excited to see us also. Next onto the Ndhiwa congregation; this is on Evans land, a very fine hall is built here and has four upper rooms for people to stay; they were also very happy to see us; this is there big feast site is and is grand indeed. Evans is helping a lot of people and  is preparing this site to hold hundreds. We also toured Evans farm which has many vegetable crops and fruit trees.  Today we visited the Migori congregation, it is there smallest around 35 or so persons, but to us it is huge: a lady from this congregation has been in the church of God since 1976 with Worldwide. They were also very happy to see us; and we had a fine lunch and fellowship; well all is very well. I’ve been speaking close to an hour or so in each congregation, touching on different subjects, on our difference from Protestantism, tithing, enduring to the end, understanding trials and Christian living; the persecution now and to come. It’s greatly helping me feel closer to God; and his presence is greatly felt here. My son’s are greatly enjoying it.  You will have hours of video. A great work is being done here. More US brethren need to come here; it is very good.  Signing out now, almost midnight here. All of you God bless and take care.  Terry

Terry Nelson also sent a link with a couple of videos of singing in the Kisii congregation in Kenya: https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipM1Lhr_ZuWqUaHxPr6nTe0EOARNbEgK0gn8leY2kt4kV72aApDvQiCVOmS68RUpxw?key=ZUV6NkQ5S0x4ZnBRM25SMHd6ajJ5dXFjSGlZM3p3

Terry Nelson also sent the following link which has many photographs of him, his sons, and CCOG Kenyans: https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipPY4wIzqVG6drevYTNqdzbH7v1yGWtqXCBOcCDQHK1GMBjmeP4kw3uZloTi1we-MQ?key=NmdTSWk0VnVwQjRpUGlHbTNZUzZJVFdpN1YzMXVR


Terry Nelson and a young Kenyan congregant             


 Asher & Andre Nelson and Evangelist Ochieng

Terry Nelson, his sons, and Evangelist Evans Ochieng have more to visit in Kenya and also intend to visit Malawi and Mozambique later this month.

This trip is intended to assist in fulfilling Matthew 24:14, Matthew 28:19-20, Romans 11:25 as well as to provide needed physical assistance. Thus far, it has been doing well on those matter.

02/07/20 p.m. In its newsletter today, CEG had the following:

Trump will stay in office and be re-elected. He will play an important role regarding the building of the Third Temple.

No, Donald Trump will not play an important role in the building of a massive 'Third Temple' in Jerusalem. Such a structure will not happen until AFTER Jesus returns. That does not mean that the Jews may not have a stucture for sacrifices or that they may not use an underground location (see BIN: Palestinian “Expert”: “Israel is Building the Third Temple Under the Aqsa Mosque”). But CEG's insistence on a massive Third Temple in Jerusalem is simply not biblical.

See also: Why is a Jewish Temple in Jerusalem Not Required?

01/31/20 p.m. In its TW News & Prophecy E-Zine today, LCG had the following:

Concern is growing in China about thousands of cases of a new coronavirus. These infections include flu-like symptoms that can lead to pneumonia and even death (The Guardian, January 16, 2020). The Chinese city of Wuhan (about the size of London with a population of 11 million) is the epicenter of the viral outbreak. ...

Prophecy warns that serious disease epidemics will be one of the signs of the approaching end of the age (Matthew 24:7).

The latest video for CCOG's Bible News Prophecy program has to do with the coronavirus and other pathogens:

17:01

Biological Warfare and Prophecy

Is biological warfare possible? Was it prophesied? Scientists have long warned that pathogenic organisms like the coronavirus could be weaponized. Furthermore, back in 2017, there were concerns that the biological research facility being constructed in Wuhan, China was risky and that a coronavirus from it could be released. On January 25, 2020, China’s President Xi Jinping publicly stated that the situation with the Wuhan-related strain of the coronavirus was grave. Did Church of God writers like the late evangelist Raymond McNair warn that engineered viruses (the “Doomsday bug”) were consistent with prophecies from Jesus? Did a warning from CCOG leader Bob Thiel warn about risks of genetically-modified (GMO) mosquitoes come to pass? Could human research and/or the consumption of biblically-unclean animals such as bats and snakes be a factor in current outbreaks or coming future pestilences? What about famines? How devastating have pestilences been? How devastating are the prophesied ones going to be? Dr. Thiel addresses these issues and more.

Here is a link to our video: Biological Warfare and Prophecy.

In its TW News & Prophecy E-Zine today, LCG also had the following:

Disney, a name once associated with wholesome family entertainment, is moving in a more ominous direction. One of the Disney Channel’s newest animated series is called The Owl House. As summarized by Deadline Hollywood when the series was first announced last year, The Owl House “is a horror-comedy series that follows Luz, a self-assured teenage human girl who accidentally stumbles upon a portal to the Demon Realm” (February 23, 2018). The main character “pursues her dream of becoming a witch” by serving as an apprentice to a mentor witch whose roommate is a demon warrior.

Yes, Disney has been off base. Here is a link to a related article posted a couple of weeks ago at COGwriter.com: BI: Disney Introduces: ‘Demon’ who Trains Children to be Witches.

01/23/20 a.m. Financial priorities are one way that the Continuing Church of God differs from other groups. The following is from the CCOG Letter to the Brethren: January 23, 2020:

Jesus said, “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21).

In the CCOG we really do focus on others and reaching the world with the gospel of the kingdom of God.

Gross income for 2019 ended up 7.3% higher than 2018.

Recently, someone asked me if we would provide additional details as to how the US office of the Continuing Church of God spends the funds it received.

Overall, if you sent the CCOG a check for US$100.00 in 2019 here is how it was spent:

  1. Support to or for Africa, Serbia, Haiti, Mexico, and the Philippines $59.68
  2. Internet proclamation $8.41
  3. Printed publications $20.31
  4. Video and animation production $6.03
  5. Foreign final phase of the work $2.75
  6. US Feast of Tabernacles’ costs and US travel $2.37
  7. Administration and US legal expenses $0.45
  8. Salaries, health insurance, and retirement plans for US leaders $0.00

Yes, most of our money goes to support the physically and spiritually poor as we work to fulfill Matthew 24:14, Romans 11:25, the Ezekiel Warning, and Matthew 28:19-20.

1. Support to Africa includes paying for ministerial expenses, gospel proclamation, travel, printing literature, certain translations, distributing literature, meeting space assistance, supporting the poor (Galatians 2:10; Romans 12:13; cf. James 2:14-16; Hebrews 13:16; Isaiah 58:7; Proverbs 28:27), including widows and orphans (James 1:27). And yes, since we print and distribute literature in Africa, we spend more on literature production than is shown in item 3. Support ‘for’ includes expenses paid to people who were traveling to some of these places. Funds to Serbia provide ministerial and other support, including producing materials (mainly electronic) to reach and teach people, not only in Eastern Europe, but also around the world. While most of the direct support for Haiti comes from the Canadian office, the USA office helps advise on this, as well as has not asked for funds to reimburse for literature it produces and sends to Canada in order for that office to better be able to provide support for Haiti. Mexico expenses were related to sending Louis Rubin to visit as well as paying expenses related to the Feast of Tabernacles there. Philippine expenses were mainly related to sending Jay Chiang to handle a funeral as well as some expenses related to the Feast of Tabernacles there. The vast bulk of the money in this Support category goes to Africa as that is where the vast majority of our members reside and where many fruits are being produced.

2. Internet proclamation includes paying for servers, URL fees, and our Google campaign to reach people around the world. The Google campaign has now made 178 million computer impressions with parts of the Philadelphian message.

3. Printed publications include the production, printing, and distribution of the Bible News Prophecy magazine in various languages as well as various books and booklets. The costs here also include formatting non-English literature in forms that it can be available on the internet as well as forms to allow it to be printed in the USA and Africa.

4. Video and animation production covers the costs to produce the BibleNewsProphecy videos, CCOG animations, the Behind the Works video, and the creation of DVDs that are sent to some international locations for the Feast of Tabernacles. It also, sometimes, includes cost for sermon production–but those costs are negligible.

5. Foreign expenses (incurred outside the US) related to the final phase of the work (essentially long-term proclamation matters and international connections). US expenses related to the final phase of the work are in other categories (like printed publications and internet expenses).

6. US Feast of Tabernacles’ costs include what the hotel charges for the meeting room and some travel and other expenses. This category also includes other travel, which tends to be low. An example of US travel would be costs associated with Deacon Richard Close making a baptizing and counseling tour.

7. Administration and US legal expenses. This tends to include a few office supplies, mandatory government fees, and telephone costs. US legal fees for 2019 consisted in my contacting a copyright attorney to ask about the viability of producing youth Bible lessons that another church once copyrighted–this was a very small charge. My business office does NOT charge the CCOG for use of space, electricity, postal machine use, etc. Now, it should also be mentioned that for those who send funds via PayPal, PayPal deducts between one – three percent and those costs are not reflected here as we used the example of someone sending a US check. Let it be pointed out that PayPal is still the most cost-effective way of sending US dollars from outside the US and is also conveniently effective for US supporters that use it.

8. Salaries are not paid to leaders in the USA. People such as myself, Richard Close, Steve Dupuie, Louis Rubin, and Terry Nelson (who is about to go to Africa on CCOG’s behalf) are not paid—we all have freely donated time. Nor have we paid their spouses. Nor have we funded any retirement nor health insurance plans. It is not that we would not consider having a paid US ministry, but we had none in 2019. (Note: We did not list all our unpaid USA volunteers, only those that we from the Grover Beach office have requested to travel on CCOG’s behalf).

It appears that never before in Church of God history have so few helped so many with so little for so long in order to have the impact that the Continuing Church of God is having.

We strongly believe that whatever you send is well spent to support the Philadelphian remnant as we work on Matthew 24:14 and Matthew 28:19-20 while we strive to be ready for the short work and our part in the final phase of the work.

Hear the words of Jesus:

 2 … The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. (Luke 10:2).

Pray for more laborers for the harvest. Thank you for your support.

01/17/20 p.m. CEG had a link to the following today in its newsletter today

The Bible contains numerous passages that deal with the future of Iran, which was formerly known as Persia. Most commentaries and encyclopedias are in agreement that the modern-day Iranians are descendants of the ancient Elamites. For instance, Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible equates Elam with Persia.

Genesis 10:22 and 1 Chronicles 1:17 state that Elam was a son of Shem, and therefore, a brother of ancient Asshur or Assur. The city of Sushan or Susa was one of the capitals of the Elamite or Persian Empire, and Esther, Daniel and Jeremiah resided there at times. Susa is today known as Shush—a city in modern-day Iran. ...

In this context, we should note that in the near future, Iran will participate in fighting against the state of Israel.

Isaiah 22:6 prophesies, in the context of the future enslavement of the inhabitants of the city of Jerusalem (compare verses 1-4):

Elam [Iran] bore the quiver With chariots of men and horsemen, and Kir uncovered the shield.”

Despite having several prophetic errors, it is good that CEG seems to understand about Iran and tying it in with the prophecy in Isaiah 22. For more on Iran, check out the article .Iran in Prophecy.

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