The Apostle has laid down the law on how you should be observing the Sabbath. Epescially for you disgruntled COG members who are disturbed by all the constant upheavals in the COG's. So you have jumped ship from UCG into COGaWA. You now realize you made a mistake and don't know what to do. So feeling sorry for yourself you want to sit at home on your sorry little behind and whine. But have no fear, the Apostle is here and has specific instructions for you!
Rule 1: First the Sabbath is a commanded assembly. Lev 23:3 Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings.
Rule 2: This does NOT mean assembling with just anyone! We are to assemble with like minded persons in a godly manner.
To assemble with heathen is not a HOLY convocation;
(i.e. you are not to assemble with anyone outside the COG. Even then they must be strong, firmly rooted believers in HWA's teachings.)
Rule 3: To be HOLY any convocation must be in their name [by their authority or command] and it must be God centered; Christ centered; and centered on the Father.
(i.e. Since they do not know Jesus and ignore what he taught they do not know the Father.)
Rule 4: Assembling with those who will not obey the Father and will not accept his instruction and correction through his spirit ARE NOT SONS OF THE FATHER! They are NOT brothers of those who do love the Father enough to obey him and accept his instruction.
Each brother is to assemble with Christ and the Father. That IS the PRIORITY; the FOCUS!
(i.e. Armstrongism always has to label people as 'others'. It needs a bogeyman to blame and to make themselves feel more special and set apart)
Rule 5:We must assemble with those who we have proved to ourselves are of the same mind and have the same spirit of God.
Who did Adam and Eve assemble with? Who did Enoch assemble with? What corporate church did Noah assemble with? The key is to stand with the Almighty and NOT with men; then those who do likewise will come together. After that Satan will sow his tares until they rise to the top and take over any corporation and then those faithful to God will leave to be loyal to him and start anew. That is the history of the New Covenant assembly of the Called Out!
God is allowing this for a PURPOSE! To teach those who would govern with him in the Kingdom: Absolute loyalty to HIM ALONE: No matter what anyone else does! He does NOT want another rebellion with someone going astray and leading others; he want us all to be totally loyal to HIM, so that if by chance anyone does go astray: NO ONE WILL FOLLOW THEM ASTRAY!
To teach us this very important lesson he allows this to happen over and over through each new generation! This is the VITAL lesson of complete loyalty to God above loyalty to anyone or anything else!
(i.e. Apostle Malm is ignorant about the New Covenant. It cannot be kept by attaching any of the 613 laws of the Hebrews)
The Apostle is setting his acolytes up for the formation of his new splinter cult starting sometime around the Feast this year:
I have repeatedly said that people should stay where they are until the fruits of what is going on mature. Recently I stepped back from that as some fruits are now coming clear and I realize that this is very much a matter of personal understanding and decision.
Let me say this. At this time the fruits have not yet reached their full maturity. Things that are obvious to some may be obscure to others. This is a transitional situation. I expect that in the near future [within a year and most likely around or soon after the fall Feast] much will work out. At that time the faithful will come out of these various groups and come together into a new, much more godly association.
The End is Here! God is sifting the COG to weed out the rebellious heinous sinners from it's midst. Only the true followers of the Apostle will understand. It's time to scare the sheeple once again!
Brethren, God is sifting his people and the “Hour of Trial” is at the door for Laodicea and the whole world.
PREPARE YOURSELVES! ARM YOURSELVES WITH THE SWORD OF TRUTH! FORTIFY YOURSELVES IN OUR HIGH TOWER OF STRENGTH!
Use the Sabbath and all the other time available to fight the good fight against the evils that are already evident; and to prepare for what lies ahead!