CG7’s Whaid Rose states “We Are Protestant”

The latest edition of Norman Edward’s Servants’ News arrived this week.  Norman Edwards reported that he attended this summer’s convention of CG7-Denver.  And while he apparently liked the convention, here is some of what he reported:

President Whaid Rose stated, “We are Protestant.  We protested the Catholic Church and embraced ‘sola scriptura’. We just protested more than the rest.” (Edwards N. 2007 G.C. Convention Church of God (Seventh Day).  Servant’s News, July-Aug 2007, p. 6).

I am glad that Whaid Rose is still willing to publicly admit that his church protests the Catholic Church.

The following which is purportedly from the October 2003 edition of CG7’s Bible Advocate and was written by its president, Whaid Rose, states:

When God wants to do something significant in the world, He calls a man or a woman and sets him-her to the task.” {Speaking of the Protestant Reformation}, “That event is remembered each year during the month of October. What better time to celebrate the blessings of the Reformation and contemplate the impact of your own life…There were many other reformers besides Luther.”

CG7’s President must realize that, years ago, even CG7 did NOT trace its history through the Protestant reformation. Thus, celebrating the ‘blessings of the Reformation’ seems odd.

Yet while Roman Catholics tend to consider that all non-Catholics who profess Christ are Protestant, the truth is that those truly in the Church of God (COG) are not Protestant.

We not only protest the Roman and Orthodox Catholics, we protest the Protestants themselves precisely because they have not truly embraced sola scriptura and because they have embraced many Catholic practices that they should have protested (Sunday, Christmas, the Trinity, etc.).  Furthermore, Protestants do not seem to understand that since God is a God of love, that His plan of salvation will result in nearly every one being saved.

In addition, we in the COGs like the Living Church of God, specifically trace our history from the apostles including Peter, Paul, and John, and through various leaders in various lands throughout history.  Unlike the Protestants who trace themselves through the Roman Catholics, we in the COGs DO NOT trace ourselves through Rome, never accepted the authority of the Roman Church, and hence never broke away from it. 

Unlike the Protestants, we in the COGs can boldly teach about early Christianity because our early leaders (like Polycarp and Polycrates) were the ones that objected to Roman Catholic practices such as Easter-Sunday Passover–the Protestants have no such early leaders they can point to that objected to Rome when it attempted to expand its influence.

An ecumenical age is approaching that many, including the Seventh-day Adventists (see yesterday’s post) and even some who consider themselves part of the COG will be caught up in.  Hopefully, those in CG7 will realize that they should not consider that they are Protestant.

Several articles of possible interest may include:

Church of God, Seventh Day: History and TeachingsNearly all COG’s I am aware of trace their history through this group. Whaid Rose is the president of the largest CG7 group (Denver). Do you know much about them?
Hope of Salvation: How the COGs differ from most Protestants How the COGs differ from mainstream Protestants, is perhaps the question I am asked most by those without a COG background.
Sola Scriptura or Prima Luther? What Did Martin Luther Really Believe About the Bible? Though he is known for his public sola Scriptura teaching, Martin Luther’s writings about the Bible suggest he felt that prima Luther was his ultimate authority.
The Similarities and Dissimilarities between Martin Luther and Herbert W. Armstrong This article clearly shows some of the doctrinal differences between in the two. At this time of doctrinal variety and a tendency by many to accept certain aspects of Protestantism, the article should help clarify why the COG is NOT Protestant.
The History of Early Christianity Are you aware that what most people believe is not what truly happened to the true Christian church?
The Churches of Revelation 2 & 3 Do they matter? Most say they must, but act like they do not. This article contains some history about the Church of God (sometimes referred to as the continuation of Primitive Christianity) over the past 2000 years.
Which Is Faithful: The Roman Catholic Church or the Church of God? Do you know that both groups shared a lot of the earliest teachings? Do you know which church changed? Do you know which group is most faithful to the teachings of the apostolic church? Which group best represents true Christianity? This documented article answers those questions.
Some Similarities and Differences Between the Orthodox Church and the Churches of God Both groups have some amazing similarities and some major differences. Do you know what they are?
Similarities and Differences Between the Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Churches of God Both groups have some interesting similarities, but many major differences. Would you like information on how to deal with Jehovah’s Witnesses?
SDA/COG Differences: Two Horned Beast of Revelation and 666 The COG is NOT part of the Seventh-day Adventists. This article explains two prophetic differences, the trinity, differences in approaching doctrine, including Ellen White.
Five Dissimilarities Between The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and the Church of God The COGs are not related to the Mormons and this article explains five differences.
Being Separate: What Did Herbert Armstrong and the Bible Teach About Where Not to Fellowship? Some believe that it is acceptable to attend groups called COG, but who are not actually. What did Herbert W. Armstrong and the Bible teach about this.
Universal Salvation? There Are Hundreds of Verses in the Bible Supporting the Doctrine of True Apocatastasis Do you believe what the Bible actually teaches on this?

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