He is the abomination of desolation because he changed the doctrines that Armstrong restored. According to Flurry, the time between Armstrong's death and Flurry's reestablishing the truth is depicted in Daniel 8. Verse 14 indicates that 2, evenings and mornings will pass before the sanctuary would be cleansed.
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After explaining that 2, actually refers to 1, days, Flurry reveals that this was the time period in between Armstrong's death and the writing of his book, Malachi's Message To God's Church Today. Finally, God is testing his people with the changes in the WCG: "God's church has been flooded with His precious truth. Do we remember what we were taught and live by it? This new church -- announced at the close of a four-day conference in Indianapolis -- is headed by David Hulmes of Pasadena, who resigned from the WCG after 23 years as an evangelist and director of its Ambassador Performing Arts Foundation.
The new United Church of God now has more than churches in 43 countries in the U. It also airs a weekly radio broadcast in 11 media markets "Good News Radio" , and publishes Good News Magazine , a bimonthly magazine.
Many well-known evangelical leaders and cult watch organizations have accepted the leadership of the new Worldwide Church of God as brothers in Christ and have called for acceptance of the organization. David Neff, an editor of Christianity Today, bewailed the fact that many Christians have been slow to receive the WCG with open arms: "Sadly, Christians outside the WCG have been suspicious and slow to extend the right hand of fellowship.
A report by Phillip Arnn in The Watchman Expositor noted that Tkach's call for WCG ministers to preach the new doctrinal position on the Trinity has been met by hostility: "One of those changes was a bombshell dropped in July of with the adoption of 'a form of the Trinity' as the official statement on the nature of God. Although the change has been in effect for over a year, many field ministers have failed to explain the new position to their church members. Armstrong taught that the Trinity doctrine was false, and God was a family.
Ministers and members were taught that God was reproducing Himself and they had the potential to become Gods themselves. Many are unwilling to give up the 'Truth' they received from Armstrong.
Watchman has received numerous reports from members and ministers who are saying that they can not understand the New Covenant being preached by Tkach. While at least some of the leaders today have rejected Armstrongism, many within its rank and file have not. It is a mixed multitude in every sense of the term. Many things about the reformation occurring in the Worldwide Church of God are confusing.
The first area of concern pertains to salvation. When were the members of the Worldwide Church of God born again? Since Armstrong plainly denied that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone, and that works are a necessary part of salvation, they could not have been saved under Armstrong -- no person can be saved through a false doctrine of salvation.
If WCG members claim that they have always been saved, then they are not to be believed. That judgment is not mine. It is based on the testimony of the Word of God. Those who openly deny the testimony of Scripture, as Armstrong and his followers have done, prove that they are not taught of the Spirit 1 John , Now some Worldwide Church of God leaders are attempting to follow Bible doctrine. That is wonderful, but we still ask "When were they saved? A second area of concern we have pertains to the Worldwide Church of God as a church.
One has to wonder -- when did this strange entity, with its blasphemous heretical history, become a true New Testament church? The fact is that it was not a true church under Armstrong, and it is not a true church today. It is a religious organization, but it is not a New Testament church. We can understand how denominational structures can tentatively accept the WCG as a church, because the denominations themselves are unscriptural.
It is not surprising that denominationally-minded men can accept the Worldwide Church of God as a "church," but we cannot. It is not a New Testament church. If the leaders of the WCG want to obey the Word of God, let them disband their unscriptural organization and exhort their members to get saved and to join sound churches. By attempting to reform an unscriptural organization which has such a wretched and apostate history, the leaders of the WCG are creating tremendous confusion.
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Brafford, and friends at Azusa Pacific University, Fuller Theological Seminary, Regent College and elsewhere -- who have extended the hand of fellowship to us as we sincerely seek to follow Jesus Christ. Christianity Today editor David Neff, after commending the WCG leadership for its courage in pursuit of truth, concluded his article on the WCG with the following words: "Can we now welcome their people into this transdenominational fellowship we call evangelicalism? Therein lies the problem!
Ecumenism in a nutshell, if you will. Neff's description of evangelicalism as "this transdenominational fellowship" is precisely what evangelicalism has become, and it is an utterly unscriptural concept. Modern evangelicalism represented by Christianity Today and its sister publications and institutions is not following the Bible.
It is following a philosophy called " New Evangelicalism " which was formulated 50 years ago by men who had rejected Biblical Christianity for a worldly-minded, positive-emphasis Christianity.
Modern evangelicalism is proud of its intellectual accomplishments, but is spiritually blind. This same Christianity Today examined the teachings of Robert Schuller a few years ago and declared that he is not a heretic. This same Christianity Today has argued that the Roman Catholic Church should not be called a cult and that there is such a thing today as an "evangelical Catholic. Modern evangelicalism will accept the reformed Worldwide Church of God as a genuine church, but that is not surprising.
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It appears that the reformed Worldwide Church of God is going to fit right into the ecumenical movement of these last hours. The ecumenists will receive them and not be overly concerned about when or if they were born again, and the WCG will add just a little more confusion to an already confused ecumenical stew. David Covington was a member of the WCG for 25 years and was in the full-time ministry for five of those years. In May , Covington resigned because, "after 19 months of addressing these issues with [the WCG's] administration, it became apparent that I was actually enabling a sick system that does not desire genuine change for Jesus.
I am convinced you aren't even capable of seeing, much less addressing the genuine problems. I compare the WCG to a husband who used to beat his wife seven days a week and now has cut back to four. And, the wife is supposed to be satisfied with his progress!
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Worse still, he's holding seminars on domestic violence! Addressing why outside observers are reporting that genuine repentance has taken place in the WCG, Covington points out, "These observers cannot possibly understand what it is like to be a member of this church. They miss the dynamics of this system which remains abusive.
I would add that the abusive heretic, Herbert W. Armstrong, continues to be regarded as a minister of Jesus Christ. One little fellow, sadly disillusioned about "Santa Claus," said to a playmate, "Yes, and I'm going to look into this 'Jesus Christ' business, too! God says "Thou shalt not bear false witness! Is there a connection? Satan appears as an "angel of light," to deceive!
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II Corinthians ; Revelation And so when we examine the facts, we are astonished to learn that the practice of observing Christmas is not, after all, a true Christian practice, but a Pagan custom—one of the ways of Babylon our people have fallen into! But if the Bible is silent about telling us to observe Christmas, or recording any such observance by the apostles or early true Church, it does have something to say about the Christmas tree! Jeremiah , "Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen. For the customs of the people are vain ;.
They deck it with silver and gold, they fasten it with nails and hammers, that it move not. There is a perfect description of the Christmas tree, termed by the Eternal as "the way of the heathen—the custom of the people. It is also viewed in this passage as idolatry. The fifth verse shows that these trees cannot speak—cannot walk—must be carried.