The latest Restored Church of God minister that has had a "mind washing" is Larry McElroy. He has his own version of his escape from being blinded by subtle demonic doctrines and teachings in WCG and UCG.
What shocked him the most about WCG was that Tkach Sr. made this comment:
“The sign of true Christians is faith in Christ, not keeping the annual festivals. So, like the Sabbath, we keep the festivals to celebrate salvation in Christ”
What's really outrageous that a man who claims to be a "christian" is outraged that some one tells him that the sign of a true Christian is that they have faith in Christ. McElroy would rather be doing something, law keeping, sabbath keeping, not wearing earrings, not having his wife wear make up, etc, rather than just having faith in Christ. Anyone religious or not knows that the sign of a Christian is that they have faith in Christ. Yet the idiots in far right-field Armstrongism are too dumb to see that.SUCH GARBAGE WAS DUMPED ON THE MINISTRY! Where was the outrage? I pounded my fist on my desk when I read this!
Later the behavior of numerous ministers’ children was like a kick in the stomach, with some marrying outside the Church. How could this be (ll Cor. 6:14-18)? The results were inevitable—several went back to the world, keeping Christmas and other pagan holidays, and never returned to the WCG. Next, the dress code went into a nose dive—long hair and earrings for men and revealing outfits and make-up for girls—all done to accommodate the world!
McElroy then like all rats on sinking ships, jumps to United Church of God, where he is looking to be disgusted again. Of course they immediately find all kinds of things wrong:
He goes on:My first meeting with UCG pastors and elders was in 1995. An evangelist, now leader of UCG, came to Phoenix. A meeting was held with the pastors, local church elders and a few deacons—a large group, as Phoenix had three UCG congregations. The evangelist asked for questions. The first came quickly from a pastor: “When do we get a raise?” I couldn’t believe my ears—after all that had happened, this was crude! But it was also very telling—the word “hireling” comes to mind. Where was the love for the brethren? Where was the desire to lead God’s people to safety? Later in the meeting, finances were discussed. After some discussion, I raised my hand and commented, “Mr. Armstrong said we should prepare to lower our standard of living.” That comment was the “lead balloon” of the day!
Later my wife and I attended the 2nd and 3rd conferences of UCG, held in Cincinnati, OH, and Louisville, KY, respectively. Our first conference had to some degree a Feast-like atmosphere, but it featured wrong government, voting, politicking and coveting for power. Several major questions were asked: “How soon before we get insurance? How soon do we have retirement?”
What an outrage!
At the 1996/7 UCG conferences, we witnessed several things that were mind-boggling, but they seemed to faze no one:
- Those nominated to be on the Council of Elders posted resumes including their titles and accomplishments, and why they would be good for the position.
- After the 1996 elections, one newly elected council member came by us and said in a loud voice and with raised arms, “hey, we won—let’s go out and celebrate!” I couldn’t believe my ears. I Iooked at my wife; she looked at me—how could anyone treat such a responsibility so superficially, so flamboyantly?
- Voting to change church doctrine became an option
- The designation of a “Home Office,” not a “Headquarters.”
Isn't it outrageous that that called their HQ a Home Office instead of a Headquarters? How STUPID can these COG people get! So I guess that because Pack calls his church HQ a Headquarters then that's what makes them a true church? How stupid!
He ends with:
We got it! The adventure of a lifetime began—the journey to find the true Church of God. We were yet to wander in a toxic spiritual wilderness for some time. There were many lessons for us to learn—even unlearn. But eventually we arrived “back home.”
Today, an increasing number are returning to the full Truth they once loved. They see the dramatic difference between The Restored Church of God and the splinter groups. They see the unity of purpose and doctrinal purity found nowhere else. They see God’s hand in His one, undivided unified Church.
"Everything is glorious in Restored Church of God. We have the worlds largest and fastest growing Church of God. We have the ONLY end time Apostle as leader, we call our headquarters a HEADQUARTERS instead of the wimpy, effeminate Home Office, we talk about law all the time, we anoint our eyes, WE ARE THE BEST!"
Like all the other moronic letters written on Pack's corny blog for defecting Church of God ministers, there is no mention of Jesus. Jesus is irrelevant to the law. Not wearing make-up, not voting, not marrying outside the church, and law keeping carry far more weight than Jesus does.
You can read this rather boring and sad letter that truly says nothing worthwhile here:
A Group Started on the Wrong Foundation—Another Voice Speaks Out