UCG’s Damage Control

Ancient Laodicea


UCG’s President Luker sent out his 11/4/10 letter to non-UCG members as one was received last night.  This is the letter that I reported about on 11/5/10 (see Dennis Luker: Spirit of Rebellion Brewing in the United Church of God).

The letter, amongst other things, stated:

Sadly, I must state that there is a spirit of rebellion that has been brewing in the United Church of God for some time—but which is now rising to the surface. Some ministers and members have taken it upon themselves to hold meetings to undermine the authority in the governing structure of United, that all of them once endorsed. They are disseminating false information designed to discredit those in authority, and favor others that they desire to have as leaders instead.

And while the above may be helpful for “damage control” amongst UCG members, it was a surprise to me that UCG mailed this to people that are not attending or officially part of UCG.

UCG may see wisdom in that, but it did seem an unusual form of damage control to involve non-UCG members in an internal dispute that UCG inquirers and prospective members may get turned off by–  especially as they probably have not been directly affected by UCG’s issues (unless they live in Latin America, but since the letter received was in English, Latin America, which was not directly mentioned, did not seem to be the issue).

Speaking of getting turned off, RCG’s self-appointed “apostle” David Pack wrote what I consider to be a nonsensical article yesterday in order to supposedly attract UCG members his way (I reported about it last night at my GCG News page).

I would simply caution any UCG members who look at RCG to check with their Bibles and look at the real “fruits” of RCG as to me the organization seems to mainly exist to soothe and stroke the ego of its leader.  I consider the organization to be at best, Pharisaical.  I have also written a couple of articles that explain why.  As well as others that those in the COGs may find of value.

These are trying times for those in UCG, and I would suggest that they study and pray about what has been going on.

Some articles of possibly related interest may include:

Why Not the Restored Church of God? This group, led by David Pack, claims to be the most faithful. The information in this article suggests otherwise.
Are the Laodiceans the Modern Sadducees and Pharisees? Discusses similarities of the Sadducees and Pharisees to various COGs in this end-time.
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.

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