In another "uplifting" message to the faithful, the Living Church of God has laid out instructions on how to Count Your Blessings. Nothing about Jesus, but lots of Old Covenant whiners and moaners.
William Williams writes an article on being thankful for the blessings God has given us.
Of course, like any true COG leader, he starts the first paragraph off letting you know you are incapable of being thankful to God.
The first sentence lets us know we have great opportunities to thank God, but the second lets us know that we are too dumb to do it and that God is apparently going to be really, really pissed when we don't.
At Thanksgiving, we have a natural opportunity to reflect on our blessings, and to renew an “attitude of gratitude” in our lives. How important is our attitude? God expects us to be thankful, and in Scripture He left us many powerful examples of the danger of thanklessness.
He then goes on to talk about the Israelites and their whining about manna. When they should have been thankful, they were tired of the same tasting food, day in and day out. They whine, God gets pissed, and showers them with meat to eat till they vomit it out their nostrils.
So, how did the Israelites respond to God’s gift? They complained about its lack of variety, and asked for meat (Numbers 11:4-6). These people, who had not shown themselves willing to abide by their covenant with God, were already putting Him to the test by their complacency and ingratitude! If God could give them bread, they reasoned, why not meat? They forgot that God did not have to give them anything at all!
But God heard their complaints, and gave them what they wanted—and it was a harsh lesson in being careful what you wish for! He brought waves of quail, and fed them meat until they grew literally and physically sick of it: “You shall eat, not one day, nor two days, nor five days, nor ten days, nor twenty days, but for a whole month, until it comes out of your nostrils and becomes loathsome to you, because you have despised the Lord who is amongst you, and have wept before Him, saying, ‘Why did we ever come up out of Egypt?’” (Numbers 11:19-20). God then sent a plague to finish off those who most offensively allowed their desire for self-gratification to get ahead of their remembrance of their Deliverer (Numbers 11:33-34).
So what does this have to do with us today? Well, God has blessed us with so much yet we are incompetent fools and ungrateful idiots. We don't appreciate it all. (Only those in the COG can be appreciative.)
God has done something very similar for many of us today. He has allowed us to live in abundance, and blessed our nations in just about every way possible. Even when times are relatively hard, we must be careful to remind ourselves that such blessings are not shared by all, and are not guaranteed to last.Apparently the Living Church of God members are not up to snuff right now in being thankful and for not giving enough money to go through all those open doors before them. Yet again, the members are too stupid and incompetent to do what God wants so the church is suffering.
When God opens a door for us, as He did for the Israelites, we show tremendous gratitude by going through it, but we often betray a profound ingratitude when we do not! We should have confidence that, as with the Israelites and early Christians before us, God will not “hand us a stone” in place of bread if we ask in gratitude and righteousness (Luke 11:10-12). But if we slap from His hand the gifts He offers, or if we simply walk away in ignorance or self-will, He might sometimes let us have a brush with a scorpion, or give His blessings to others more grateful. So, pray always that you may see—and walk through—those open doors (Philippians 4:6)!
Then to close the letter, Williams writes that while Thanksgiving might be OK, but just be aware it is a human made holiday invented by pagans. Only the enlightened ones in LCG and certain COG's know about those other special days that they think still are required.
Although Thanksgiving is a natural occasion for us to reflect on our attitude of gratitude, it is a holiday invented by mankind. God Himself has given His people an annual series of Holy Days that are even more meaningful, yet have rarely been practiced. Those Holy Days are true gifts from God. If you want to know more, please write or call for our free booklet, The Holy Days: God’s Master Plan, and learn about how God’s Holy Days can change everything you ever knew or thought about “the holidays,” and show you what most to be thankful for.