Friday, October 5, 2012

God Lowers Gas Prices So LCG Members Can Travel To The Feast



I just love this magical god that does this cool stuff!  Little did I know that gas prices have fallen just so LCG members could travel to the Feast!  Woo Hoo!

They sure haven't fallen much here in Pasadena since gas is still between 4.05 and 4.50 a gallon.  Of course Pasadena is filled with heathen apostates now so LCG's god is still punishing us. 


God blesses Feast of Tabernacles travel.
For the last several years, oil prices have dropped right around the time of the fall Holy Days (fall in the northern hemisphere, that is). This year appears to be the same. Gasoline (petrol) prices have been dropping for the last several weeks now. Monday, oil reached its lowest price since September 2010. It ended trading in New York at $78 per barrel. Experts believe it will stay low to year’s end (Associated Press, October 3, 2011).
Thousands of years ago, God gave His people the command to keep His annual festivals, including the Feast of Tabernacles (see Leviticus 23). These days were to be statutes “forever” and blessings were promised to those who keep them, and the rest of God’s laws (Deuteronomy 14:29).

It is both interesting and encouraging to see a trend in dropping gasoline prices (which some would call “chance”) just prior to the “pilgrim” Feast of Tabernacles–a time when God’s people are commanded to travel to locations where He has chosen to place His name (Deuteronomy 14:22-26). In allowing fuel prices to drop, God is blessing the obedience of His people who are willing to travel to worship Him at this very important time of year.

50 comments:

Byker Bob said...

Well, again, these dudes should tune into this week's segment of "Religion and Ethics" on PBS, to see the segment on "Sukkot"

The fact on the gasoline is this: This is the time of the year when the oil companies switch from the more expensive "summer blend" to the less expensive "winter blend".

I generally spend upwards of $350 per month on gasoline, so it's always a financial blessing when the prices come down. Summer can be an economic pain because in the desert the electric bill for air conditioning also goes way up. And, because of the heat, business slows way down.

It's never bad protocol to give God the credit for blessings, but LCG is being unjustifiably chauvinistic and indulging in some gratuitous high hatting here!

BB

Douglas Becker said...

Around here, the gasoline prices just went up.

And as for the Feast,

here is what I have to say in the Calendar article.

1) The Israelites kept the Feast to fear God;
2) But we are to love God;
3) Therefore, if we want to love God, we will avoid the Feast;
4) And Zechariah 12 says that if the enemies who fought the Redeemer at his return don't go to the Feast, they will have drought: Question -- just how does having a drought for unconverted people forcing them to go to the Feast cause them to love God, exactly?

I guess you have to hit them over the nose with a 2 x 4 and break it before they can respond to them so you can give them a hug.

Any Armstrongist want to explain?

Note that the same very strong language of keeping the Feast forever is exactly the same kind of emphasis given to circumcism, and we all know what happened to that in Christianity under the Apostles, don't we.

Anyway, refrain from blood, things strangled, idols and fornication and call it good.

Anonymous said...

wait til they get a load of grocery and restaurant prices. There is balance to all bargains.

If a few cents less is a God ordained bargain for his people.

Silly talk . If it rains, God sends it to keep God's people in services. If it's sunny, God sends it so they can play. You can't lose.

DennisCDiehl said...

Yikes BB. I have my Yaris which gets 40 mpg and maybe spend 40/mo God is good!

Anonymous said...

DB...We are to fear God so he doesn't kill us and for not killing us we then can love him. On top of this, we must love with all our heart, mind and soul and be all sincere. Truthfully, I have to fake sincere sometimes so don't know how that works.

At any rate, we love God because he lets us live and while we live we can fear him so he won't kill us for which we love him.

Anyone can understand that!

:)

DennisCDiehl said...

Being ordered to love with all your heart, mind and soul and be 100% sincere is kinda like being told "you MUST relax." The "must" screws up the relax part as we keep chiding ourselves stressfully to relax

Douglas Becker said...

And yet... perfect love casts out fear.

And God loves us as His children so we don't have to fear Him.

We do, however, must fear His Armstrongist ministers who promise doom and terror if we don't obey their interpretation of what God wants from us, which suspiciously corresponds to hireling wages, ego building exercises for the ministers and the power of life and death in their hands.

If they ever get in control of society, be AFRAID! Be VERY AFRAIDE.

Not to worry.

They've pretty much failed at everything else, particularly holding the "brethren" together.

One would suspect that their accounting will not go well.

Douglas Becker said...

May peace be upon you!

Or else!

DennisCDiehl said...

I'd like to propose "The Outcast Feast of Tablernacles" for all of us here on BBHWA. What a hoot that would be.

Douglas Becker said...

I'd like to propose "The Outcast Feast of Tablernacles" for all of us here on BBHWA. What a hoot that would be.

Not, I'm afraid, at the current level of gas prices, not to mention flights with long waits at both ends in the airports. Also, I have big issues with bedbugs and will not be attending any Feast this year, except, perhaps, virtually... or not.

Douglas Becker said...

OK, Dennis... well, maybe.

I want to know who will be giving the sermons.

I could give one on British Israelism.

Maybe the troops over at Armstrong Delusion could give sermons on Gap Theory.

You just HAVE to give a sermon or two on the Apostle Paul.

Who do you suggest give the sermon on church eras?

We will also need one on non doomsday that's never going to happen 5 to 7 years from now.

NO2HWA can give a sermon on demons coming through Stargates at the bottom of the ocean.

Obviously, Byker Bob should give a sermon to the pre teens using using muppets and singing catchy little tunes that everyone will be humming on their way home from the best non Feast ever!

Lake of Fire Church of God said...

Dennis said, "I'd like to propose "The Outcast Feast of Tablernacles" for all of us here on BBHWA. What a hoot that would be".

MY COMMENT - Good idea! Actually, I think the same thing every year about this time. I have thought about my church, The Lake of Fire Church of God, (the one and only true Church of God by the way) sponsoring such a Feast site and having it listed on The Journal's list of Feast sites.

Of course, the one creed we would have for anyone who would speak at the pulpit is - "we don't care what you say, as long as you entertain us!"

Richard

Allen C. Dexter said...

I had a great Yom Kippur -- ate and drank my fill all day long.

Looking forward to that long non-trip and doing exactly as I please while not sitting on hard chairs listening to pompous bombast based on things like British Iraelism, prophetic nonsense and a Catholic and Jewish priest invented spurious book.

Anonymous said...

While it always seemed that it was God's Feast and whether or not Jesus was invited was purely speculative, instead of lowering the price of gas, why not just return to earth and fix everything?

We are waiting for what??????

M.T.Delays

Painful Truth said...

For the "Best Feast Ever" don't forget the Advil, Pepto, and a shot of whatever gave you the hangover to start with, all readily available for the morning after.

It beats puking at services and making evident what you did last night.

Douglas Becker said...

Yes, and those of us in Squaw Valley still remember Al Portune, David Jon Hill and Garner Ted Armstrong getting up during the fun night and telling drunk jokes.

There's a kind of symmetry to that, don't you think?

Steve Kisack said...

Anonymous said...
While it always seemed that it was God's Feast and whether or not Jesus was invited was purely speculative, instead of lowering the price of gas, why not just return to earth and fix everything?

We are waiting for what??????

M.T.Delays

MY COMMENT: It was always OUR fault that Jesus(ooops! I mean Christ)hasn't returned. But, now, God has lowered the gas price? Go figure! My, what if the gas prices rise again before the feast is over? We give all of our e4xcess "second tithe", our "tithe of the tithe", and our "offerings" to the "ministers", just keeping enough to pay for gas to get back home. If the gas prices go up...we're stuck in podunkville, USA!

Anonymous said...

If the prices go back up before the feast ends, it will be an attack by Satan on God's people and an attempt to lower the last day holyday offering

M.T.Gastanks

Painful Truth said...

Story of a Feast Keeping Cult!

Allen C. Dexter said...

It's amusing to see this mindset we all once shared. We were so sure that "god" was intervening every time something beneficial came along. If it's not beneficial, it has to be Satan attacking. No thought to the real world forces at play. This price drop, slight as it is, was predicted weeks ago. Nothing supernatural about it.

Douglas Becker said...

No price drop where we are.

Anyway, it's sort of irrelevant since there is no such thing as second tithe.

Allen C. Dexter said...

Sorry to hear that, Douglas. I saw our price was down 3 cents today. A big whoop to that. I begged off on attending a sales meeting in Prescott tomorrow morning because I can't afford the gas to go over a hundred miles over the mountain. Besides, the van is over ten years old.

Glenn said...

Only a few weeks now until Malm starts his own group! I can barely wait to see how many followers he gets - could climb into the double digits.

Awaiting in Austin

Anonymous said...

Malm followers will become Malmites and the teachings, Malmisms. Once bittin, they will get Malmitis, which we all know is a swelling of the Malm.

M.T.Malmism

Anonymous said...

But we must ask...Is there a Malm in Gilead? To heal the sin sick soul?

prolly not

Assistant Deacon said...

And now...gas prices are SPIKING dramatically -- during the Feast!

What, then, shall we say to these things?

Douglas Becker said...

Not that anyone will see this post, mind you, but gasoline prices have just spiked and in some places are the WORST ever

Never believe a false prophet.

NO2HWA said...

We had a 35 cent increase in two days and a 20 cent increase in three hours. They are predicting unleaded at 4.50+ in a day or so.

NO2HWA said...

Those prices are at ARCO, other stations are already hitting 4.50-5.00+

Anonymous said...

God is apparently raising the gas prices to humble the arrogant ministers in charge of LCG. Is there something LCG has not learned that is causing the United States to suffer because of their rebellion?

Douglas Becker said...

God is raising the price on gasoline so people won't go off and keep the Feasts of British Israelism which He hates.

Byker Bob said...

Wow! What I stated about this being the time of year when prices go down because of the cheaper winter formula is true; it's been the general pattern for years. The ACOGs brag about something being for them, and then we all end up getting punished along with them. Sure hope they don't brag about special protection from hurricanes and tornadoes!

BB

Douglas Becker said...

Just imagine LCG members not paying any attention the last few days of the Feast, turn in their supposed "excess" "second tithe" and then not have enough to buy gasoline to get home and be stranded!

Best Feast ever!

Worst going home from the Feast ever!

Anonymous said...

God has now raised prices to prevent them from getting home...

M.T.Wallets

Anonymous said...

Doh! They're keeping the Feast on the wrong dates. They should have been home before the prices increased.

Steve Kisack said...

D.B. said...Just imagine LCG members not paying any attention the last few days of the Feast, turn in their supposed "excess" "second tithe" and then not have enough to buy gasoline to get home and be stranded!

Best Feast ever!

Worst going home from the Feast ever!

MY COMMENT: Don't you read any of the other posts?

Douglas Becker said...

Steve, I do.

Give me a reason any of us should have read yours.

Another brain dead primate.

The gasoline prices are actually going up. Everyone here (with a couple of exceptions said so). Besides, Yahoo said so, and who can argue with Yahoo?

Pay attention Steve.

I think my cat is smarter.

Byker Bob said...

What just occurred to me is this: Armstrongites are noted for eating lots of beans, due to their interpretation of the tithing laws in the Torah. But, FoT season is one time each year when they have a decent amount of money and can afford foods which do not produce nearly so flatulent byproducts. So, this gas price thingy must be hitting them especially hard, considering the dearth of their normally plentiful alternative fuel.

BB

Steve Kisack said...

DB said...The gasoline prices are actually going up. Everyone here (with a couple of exceptions said so). Besides, Yahoo said so, and who can argue with Yahoo?

That's not the point, D. B. You just repeated what I said. Like I said, I don't think you read most of the posts here because you're so hung up on your own "intelligence". Talk to your cat since you don't really care what others say.

Douglas Becker said...

Steve, has anyone mentioned that gasoline is $5.99 per gallon yet. I looked I couldn't find it.

Oh, wait!

I did.

No one mentioned it but I had a link to the article.

But you didn't follow it, did you?

Not very observant of you, is it?

No one else mentioned the possibility of people getting stranded.

It isn't that I'm smart.

It's that you are stupid.

And you are pointless.

Douglas Becker said...

As for my cat, he has his own video.

Steve Kisack said...

Now you're showing your "intelligence", Dumb Butt.

Lake of Fire Church of God said...

NO2HWA,

I am Washington, D.C. based. Here in the Maryland suburbs, we are paying $4.65. We have a saying here in Maryland - Watch California because any significant trends happening in California usually Maryland isn't too far behind.

Richard

Allen C. Dexter said...

"Now you're showing your "intelligence", Dumb Butt."

What's with these ad hominem attacks and just plain childish antics? They're a turn off to me and I don't respect such comments.

Steve Kisack said...



Allen C. Dexter said...
"What's with these ad hominem attacks and just plain childish antics? They're a turn off to me and I don't respect such comments."

MY COMMENT: You mean, for another example, like...

Douglas Becker said...
"It's that you are stupid."

Allen C. Dexter said...

Yes, that's one of the comments I was referring to.

Douglas Becker said...

And here we at the last day of the Feast and the price of gasoline is over $5 a gallon in California in many places. The price went up just in time for people to leave.

The Living Church of God has a Feast Site in San Luis Obispo and they may very well have issues if they have a long drive home.

The issue here that Roderick Meredith is a moron (an obvious ad hominem attack on my part, but not necessarily inaccurate) who has POWER -- power to declare that gasoline prices are going down so LCG Members can travel to the Feast -- and have naive people to believe him.

And what no one here yet has said is that it is possible that he is right! Yes! Maybe God lowered gas prices so LCG members could travel to the Feast!

So He could have them raised at the end of the Feast so LCG members could be stranded!

Douglas Becker said...

No, no, Mr. Dexter: By the Armstrongist rules, Steve now has to prove that he is not stupid!

You know the rules of engagement: He attacks me for who knows what reason, I respond in kind and he now has to defend himself.

Instead, he issues another attack without explaining just why he wasn't wrong in the first place (I showed he was wrong in my counter attack, so I followed the rules of engagement and upped the ante).

He didn't follow the rules.

This will never do.

Anonymous said...

Any scientists out there?

Christian TV claims that if you mix Christian Pat Robertson's protein shake with gasoline, it will double your gas mileage.

(And don't forget, Pat Robertson can leg press 2,000 pounds, due to swallowing his "Jesus Juice"!)

Could this be the key to cheaper Feast transportation that Jesus has been looking for?

Norm

Steve Kisack said...

I said: "My, what if the gas prices rise again before the feast is over? We give all of our excess "second tithe", our "tithe of the tithe", and our "offerings" to the "ministers", just keeping enough to pay for gas to get back home. If the gas prices go up...we're stuck in podunkville, USA!"

Then, doofus comes along and says, "Just imagine LCG members not paying any attention the last few days of the Feast, turn in their supposed "excess" "second tithe" and then not have enough to buy gasoline to get home and be stranded!

DUH!

So, I asked doofus, "Don't you read any of the other posts?"

To which he responded, "It's that you are stupid."

That's the first ad hominem attack. So, I responded with my own ad hominem attack. D.B. stands for "Dumb Butt".