Armstrongism and it's acolytes have never had the sense to pick their battles. Instead they open their mouths and make complete jackasses of themselves over various subjects.
Bob Thiel, the Unofficial mouthpiece of the Living Church of God and official world renown authority on prophecy, has picked his favorite battle to rail against this Thanksgiving. Football.
How many of you sat at home today and before dinner or after dinner to watched a football game? If you did you are a filthy sinner that has bought into the ruinous lifestyle that Satan is promoting as enjoyable
God's greatest earthly messenger on ALL subjects has give us all his two cents about Thanksgiving and football. Of course no proper Armstrongite can speak on any subject without invoking the name of God's greatest theologian, Herbert Armstrong.
At least Thiel still thinks it is appropriate to observe Thanksgiving, unlike Apostle Malm who thinks it is a Satanic day for devil worship.
For many, other than food and family, football is a major focus of the Thanksgiving holiday.
Should Christians support violent sports like American football?
The late Herbert W. Armstrong wrote:
Hostility toward the other is sin…Boxing at Ambassador College is definitely banned. God did not create the human brain and head to be pummeled and knocked senseless by an antagonist.While I have even heard some people thank God for football, it is not a sport that I believe that the God of love would condone.
Wherever a game in sports involves antagonists–in hostile attitude to harm the other and/or to “get” from the other–to get the best of the other then a harmful, satanic and evil attitude enters in, and the sport is evil, not good…
Football (American football) is a violent body-contact sport. It is often played with an attitude of hostility and is dangerous and is fraught with physical injury. (Plain Truth, July-August 1984)
The scripture used to back Thiel's stance up is this:
“Love does no harm to a neighbor” (Romans 13:9), yet what do sports like American football and boxing do?
This is something that Christians, and others, should think about.