Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Churches of God: Truth In Advertising?




There is a great post on another blog that has an entry today about "Truth in Advertising for Churches.

We all know it.
It’s a fact we all live with.
The food that we see on all of the fast food advertisements never look like what’s lurking inside that cardboard box.
The following images present them side-by-side, thus showing the contrast between advertising and reality.
Let’s make sure our Church websites and media doesn’t do the same thing.

The posting ends with the comment below which describes most of the Churches of God.  The outward appearance in many cases is sharp and impressive, but once you are inculcated into the experience it's another story.  Appearances are deceiving.

There’s a fine-line between putting your best foot forward, and bearing false witness.

How many of  the COG's are bearing false witness?


7 comments:

Byker Bob said...

The bad part is that people come to Christ looking for truth, and when you have a church that tries to preach the gospel by telling blatant lies, its something that most people cannot overlook, and they become turned off towards all spiritual pursuits. It is especially disheartening when the lies are credibly disproven, yet people continue to spout them citing the "authority" of a bogus apostle as their proof.

It's not as if the ACOGs have a corner on false advertising, and we've certainly discussed the clowns and actors from other churches before right here on the Banned by HWA blog.

As I left WCG, back in the '70s, two songs kept going through my mind. One was the Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again," and the other was the Jefferson Airplane's "Somebody to Love." Grace Slick said it so succinctly in the opening line of that one: "When the truth is found to be lies......"

BB

Byker Bob said...

If a hamburger represented Armstrongism, truth in advertising would mandate that is should be referred to as a "bowel burger".

BB

Anonymous said...

Bob I know you are sincere, but all churches lie or believe themselves as truth. Once you organize truth, you disembowel it.

Allen C. Dexter said...

Bob just has the "god virus" really bad. He got free and then had a relapse.

Douglas Becker said...

How many of the COG's are bearing false witness?

All of the Armstrongist ones -- and it is a metter of doing it deliberately and not being "deceived".

Byker Bob said...

Anonymous 2:09, I somewhat agree with you. That's why I attend church without committing to it as a corporate entity. Church functions in my life much the same as a library book. I just use it for the good stuff, and certainly don't consider "them" as having any type of authority over my life.
They're more of an optional tool, to be utilized as appropriate.

Psst: I know. "They" don't approve of "Lone Ranger" Christians, but my spiritual butt is still raw and sensitive from Armstrongism.

BB

Anonymous said...

Psst: I know. "They" don't approve of "Lone Ranger" Christians, but my spiritual butt is still raw and sensitive from Armstrongism.

I'm not so sure about that.
I have friends who have been in similar situations, and people in megachurches identify those with "spiritually raw and sensitive butts" as being some of their best marks.

Norm