The Journal: LCG death, D&R, Feast of Tabernacles, and ICG elder’s death


The latest issue (says #176, print date August 31, 2015) of The Journal was sent out electronically and received today.

Items covered included the death of an LCG teen, divorce and remarriage,  the Feast of Tabernacles, unitarianism, and the death of an elder in ICG.

Here is something on the teen death:

DELAWARE, Ohio—A young member of the Living Church of God, based in Charlotte, N.C., died Aug. 2, 2015, while serving as an assistant counselor at a youth camp in Ohio sponsored by the church. Morgan Montgomery, 19, of Adelaide, Australia, was floating in the Alum Creek Reservoir in Ohio after waterskiing when she was hit by a high-speed motor boat whose driver failed to see her. Divers located Miss Montgomery’s body the next day, after searching more than 24 hours. She and other campers had been staying at the Boy Scouts of America’s Camp Lazarus, midway between Lewis Center and Delaware, Ohio. The boater who hit Miss Montgomery was not identified in news reports but was said to be cooperating with investigators. Miss Montgomery’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Montgomery, flew in from Australia for a memorial service Aug. 9.

I reported on this at the page News of Those Once Affiliated with GCG last month.  Her family remains in my prayers.

Here is something on D&R:

“The Fruits of D&R? They Were Not Good,” by Patt McCarty, about his painful experience of living under the old Worldwide Church of God’s divorce-and-remarriage doctrine, focused on an aspect of Church of God history that many (but not all) COG members agree should never have happened. Under the D&R doctrine, many hundreds if not thousands of prospective Radio/Worldwide Church of God members were counseled to separate from their spouses because of a previous marriage that left one or both of them “bound” to the earlier marriage partner.

For more on biblical marriage as opposed to D&R, check out the article Making Your Marriage Work and/or watch the sermon You Can Make YOUR Marriage Work.

As far as the Feast of Tabernacles goes, sites were listed.  Here is a link to CCOG Feast of Tabernacles’ Sites for 2015.  The Feast of Tabernacles in 2015 begins the evening of September 27th and runs (including the Last Great Day) until sunset October 5th.

The death of an elder in ICG was also reported by The Journal:

ICG elder dies in crash

TANNER, Ala.—An elder of the Intercontinental Church of God died in a traffic accident Aug. 11, 2015. Clyde Crawford, 68, of Lacey’s Spring, Ala., an ICG elder f or many years, was driving a van that collided with a log truck. Mr. Crawford died a the scene. The truck driver was injured and hospitalized.

I did not know Clyde Crawford.  His family is in my prayers.

The Journal also had the usual letters to the editor and other advertisements, various comments, and opinion articles.

The Journal itself is available by paid subscription (though Dixon Cartwright says some subscriptions are free to those who cannot afford it).

It tends to have a non-Philadelphian approach to many matters and, in my view, it excessively allows unitarians to promote their views, which I do not believe were held by early Christians (see also Was Unitarianism the Teaching of the Bible or Early Church?).

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