WCG, Trinity, GIC?

Worldwide Church of God Transformed from Truth to Fairy Tales


In it latest email, WCG announced the following:

Mike Feazell talks with Elmer Colyer, professor of theology at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. Dr. Colyer talks about the weaknesses of the concordance method of theology, that the Bible is not an end in itself, our knowledge of God is participatory, and the promise of Trinitarian theology to transform our vision of what it means to be a Christian and what it means to be the church as the antidote to the church’s current consumerism, individualism and never-ending programs to get members.

Trinitarian theology means that one accepts the decisions of a Greco-Roman council in the late 4th century that was enforced with Imperial edicts and persecution.

Trinitarian theology means that one rejects the fact that the early true Church always held a Binitarian View of the Godhead.

Even compromisers, like the Bishops of Rome and Constantinople, endorsed some type of a Binitarian View as late as the middle of the fourth century.  Some type of Binitarian View was the majority position of those who professed Christ, even among many of the Greco-Romans in most of the fourth century.

Accepting Trinitarian theology means that one has rejected what Jude referred to as “the faith that was once for all delivered for the saints“.

Those interested in understanding the truth on these matters, should study the following with their Bibles open:

Binitarian View: One God, Two Beings Before the Beginning Is binitarianism the correct position? What about unitarianism or trinitarianism?
Is The Father God? What is the view of the Bible? What was the view of the early church?
Jesus is God, But Was Made Man Was Jesus fully human and fully God or what?
Virgin Birth: Does the Bible Teach It? What does the Bible teach? What is claimed in The Da Vinci Code?
Did Early Christians Think the Holy Spirit Was A Separate Person in a Trinity? Or did they have a different view?
Did the True Church Ever Teach a Trinity? Most act like this is so, but is it?
Was Unitarianism the Teaching of the Bible or Early Church? Many, including Jehovah’s Witnesses, claim it was, but was it?
Binitarianism: One God, Two Beings Before the Beginning This is a shorter article than the Binitarian View article, but has a little more information on binitarianism.

On other matters, a couple of years ago WCG proposed the possible name “Grace International Communion” (GIC) for itself (Together, November-December 2006).  It is still trying to determine if now is the time to change its name:

FAQs About Changing the Church’s Name

We haven’t heard anything about changing the church’s name for a while. Have we dropped the idea?

No, not at all. But we are not rushing into adopting a new name just to make a change. This is a serious and important decision, and we must make it carefully…The next most desirable name, Grace International Communion, was met with mixed reactions when we announced it as a possibility.

Such as?

Many people told us they did not like the sound of the name. That is to be expected. Any new name will take some getting used to. Some people who initially did not like it have told us that they eventually warmed up to it.

Since, WCG is no longer a Church of God (and has not been one since probably the late 1980s/early 1990s), any name change that removes the expression “Church of God” as a descriptor is likely to be an improvement as far as I am concerned.

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