posted on Oct, 11 2011 @ 04:46 PM
reply to post by Veritas1
The old testament that article's author ( Roderick C. Meredith of the Worldwide Church of God) references so much tells of "men of God" committing
murder, having many adulterous relationships, stoning people, selling their very young daughters off, deceiving their parents to steal a brothers
birthright, even more murder (including women and children), deception, and debauchery.
All the while the author claims to be speaking the Truth. He is a member of a faction of evangelicals that say THEY know the Truth. That faction is a
small part of a religion in which every faction claims to be preaching the Truth, even though all these factions disagree with each other on many
Every religion and belief system in the history of the world has claimed to be the one "real" Truth...
See where I am going with this?
What makes you so sure that this one man's interpretation, from one faction of one church, of one religion is the correct way to view things??
Who's to say that the actual truth wasn't completely lost thousands of years ago, and nobody today is correct?
Who's to say there even IS ONE actual, real Truth???
Until a few years ago when it embraced mainstream Christianity, the Worldwide Church of God was a cult of Christianity (a theological designation
indicating a movement that rejects or twists one or more essentials doctrines of the Christian faith). After Armstrong's death in 1986, the
Worldwide Church of God underwent changes that, while subtle at first, set it on a path toward schism. By 1995, its leadership had repudiated much of
Armstrong's "end-time" theology and even jettisoned hallmarks that helped define the church — worship on Saturday instead of Sunday, for example,
and mandatory tithing. It also accepted the Christian doctrine of the Trinity, which Armstrong had disavowed. The turn toward mainstream
Christianity prompted the formation of eight breakaway churches.
Armstrong held to some unconventional Christian beliefs, including that the Sabbath should be celebrated on Saturday and that holy days on the
calendar are those given in Leviticus, which included holidays such as Passover. He also emphasized that the end of time was coming soon. After
Armstrong's death in 1986, his church ruled that some of these beliefs were in error and moved toward the mainstream of the evangelical world, Tabor
said. Meredith remained more faithful to the original Armstrong positions and broke away. In 2003, Meredith's church, now known as the Living Church
of God, moved its headquarters from San Diego to Charlotte. Tabor described the church as conservative and evangelical, but said, "The key thing
would be apocalyptic."
In its Official Statement of Fundamental Beliefs on its Web site, the church says its mission includes: "To preach the true Gospel of the Kingdom
of God and the name of Jesus Christ to all nations as a witness" and "to preach the end-time prophecies and to warn the English-speaking nations and
all the world of the coming Great Tribulation." The church holds generally that members should not take part in politics, juries or military
service, and it continues to observe the Sabbath from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday. Tabor said that although the church puts "strong
emphasis on the Hebrew roots of the Christian faith," including its Sabbath and holiday observances, it would not be correct to view it as connected
to Judaism. The church believes strongly in the divine identity of Jesus. "They would tend to really revere the Old Testament alongside the New
Testament more than most Christian groups do," Tabor said.
Due to its rejection of some of the essential doctrines of the Christian faith, the Living Church of God is considered to be - theologically - a
cult of Christianity. [Click here for information about the difference between theological and sociological definitions of the term 'cult.] In The
News The Living Church of God is currently in the news because of a shooting that took place at one of its services
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