Friday, August 16, 2013

Leon Sexton: Church of God In Burma: Death, Sin and Apostasy Are Hurting My Spiritual Babies

Leon Sexton has spent several decades preaching the gospel of Herbert Armstrong and a "strong hand from someplace" to the Thai, Burmese and other nationalities of that area.  Sexton has given the impression over the decades that he alone is the authority on that region and what should be preached.

Apparently not enough COG members are flocking to the region and now apostates who actually speak about Jesus are disturbing his "spiritual babies."  With that kind of condescension directed towards these people it is no wonder they are becoming disillusioned.

The idea that he calls the Gospel message a "perversion of doctrine" shows what a shallow little man he is.  It is the doctrine of a man that he is concerned about, and not the doctrine of salvation and justification by grace.   Law vs. grace, where in Armstrongism rules trump and are more important.

The Church of God in Burma has been devastated by the loss of pastors due to death, sin, and apostasy. More and more are coming to Jesus Christ, but we have no pastors to feed and protect them. Without spiritual food, the newly called wither and die spiritually. There are also the wolves that lurk about, hoping to pounce on unsuspecting new spiritual babes who are not strong in grace and knowledge. These would-be teachers hide in the shadows and periphery of a congregation until some unsuspecting weak new member—or even an old, tired member—comes along; and then they pounce with false accusations of others and/or perversion of doctrine. If a congregation has strong pastoral leadership in place, these false wanna-be ministers will be exposed for what they really are.


Douglas Becker said...

Well, then, Sexton, stop with the sin and apostasy then.

It's your choice.

And really, your followers are not babies spiritual or otherwise: Perhaps the DSM-5 has a suitable description.

Byker Bob said...

Doesn't say much for Leon's concept of the power of God. It does speak volumes regarding the typical ACOG teaching on the role and authority of self-important ministers.


Anonymous said...

in Burma at one time there were well over 15000 people who were followers of the CoG teachings due to some person translating mass numbers of booklets to the native languages of the Burmese. Later, some reached out to the larger of the CoGs who were simply concerned about the 'costs associated' with these large numbers of peoples. Although I agree with many of the commentary on this site, most of the comments and the info in this post are more armchair ragging on someone who has done something with what he believes, practicing much of what he preaches. The many deaths from disease, sickness and old age has reduced membership and challenged any potential for growth.