“Yet they are all HUMAN. They are ALL subject to error, and so are YOU—and so am I—and so is this Work of God. Even though it is God’s Work, directed, empowered and blessed by Him, He carries it on through frail, weak HUMANS, and we humans are ALL of us subject to mistakes!’
Translation: God can't get us to get it right through the power of inspiration and whatever the role of a Holy Spirit that is suppose to guide us in all truth, whatever that means. And YOU make mistakes too.
“…Repent means CONFESS YOUR SINS …”
Observation: Yes it does Mr. Pack. We're waiting and "the prophecy is still very much 'on''' does not count.
“If I were looking for God’s one true Church, I would assuredly look for one that had confessed and corrected its errors! For all have had them—even the early churches…”
Observation: I wouldn't. Gospel Jesus promised it would be lead and guided in all truth. There is nothing in the NT about the church being prone to futsing up but correcting itself. The self does not correct all that well and only after the Sheepy Sheep wake up and grumble.
“Any criterion that assumes God’s TRUE Work through humans is absolutely perfect, unable to be wrong or make mistakes or hold to any error, is a false measuring stick and will mislead you.
Observation: It's not a criterion thing. No one I know thinks humans are "perfect." But most do observe that those who think they are , especially those who claim divine guidance, are the most difficult to stop because they are not prone to thinking it is their own views and not that of any deity that runs the show. You can't spend years saying "God says", "Christ is now wanting us to..." "Jesus tells us..." when they don't and be prone to admitting it.
“You may ask, do I, then, feel that we in this Work are full of errors, misleading the people? MOST EMPHATICALLY NO! We have not had to correct error many times. But each time we have corrected an error, we have had one fewer error left. If we KNEW of any error still remaining, now, we wouldCHANGE it! If and when we find one in the future, we shall correct it! The one who follows that principle is the MOST FREE FROM ERROR!”
Observation: It's also not a "we" thing. Most members and ministers quietly are uncomfortable with the errors of Apostles and Joshuas but say nothing. They hope it will be obvious to the Apostle soon enough to save them from having to speak up or caution the Apostle. Apostles aren't real good at listening or using that multitude of counsel thing. Think gyrating agreers on Dave's "counsel." One should rather say, the many, not the 'one' who follow that principle. When the one has to be convinced they are full of poo poo, it takes way too long and the damage is done.
“So, confessing such an error is one of the SUREST proofs to identify the people through whom the living Christ IS WORKING—and whom HE is USING!
Observation: No it isn't. You don't find the NT Apostles confessing to any missteps, misinformation or misapplication of scriptures, of which there were plenty. They set the president that readers can never question the content and proofs of their views.
“If you are looking for a leader who claims that he is PERFECT, and you think you have found him, and he is human, HE IS A FALSE LEADER. There is ONLY the ONE Leader who is perfect today—and He is theLIVING CHRIST! We follow HIM—and we trust you, with us, will do the same.”
Observation: No one does that. Only the brain dead would be looking for a leader like that especially in religion. You are merely playing humble and "only human" here to get yourself off the hook. It's easy to "trust" a being that does not actually make himself known in any comfortable or confidence building way. Everyone says "we follow Christ." Paul did and the other Apostles told him, "No you don't"