Poor Bob Thiel. Living Church of God continues to stick it to him every time he turns around. Thiel feels he is the one true church doing a mighty work. However, LCG members see otherwise. Thiel thought that when he started his personality cult that many members from LCG would immediately jump ship to join him. It never happened. Both the corporate LCG and the membership turned their backs on him. Theil has had to go to Africa in order to get some members that marginally look good to him.
Here are some comments from the LCG Facebook page where members lay it on the line as to what the general membership feel about the various COG splinter groups and who is doing the work. The thread is built around the topic of "Will the splintered COGs ever get back together before the return of Christ?" Incidentally, this very same reason is why David C Pack was such an epic failure in October 2013, and why he will NEVER gain a large number of LCG members. LCG has proper church government and is doctrinally pure - at least in their eyes.
There is but one Church of God and it is the Living Church of God, though there are fellowships with the name of God's Church. However, it is the Living Church of God that is preaching with the increasing power of the Holy Spirit the whole Gospel of the soon-coming Kingdom of God and feeding the flock. - calling out for repentance and shouting out the Ezekiel warning to the Israelite Descended nations and to the world. It is the one that has God ordained and commanded governance and Biblically grounded doctrinal certainty. But, though it is the leading light in the world, it is not perfect because none who are part of it are perfect and are prone to human error - making mistakes as Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong and Dr. Roderick C. Meredith have humbly confessed. The Church has a degree of the weaknesses of the eras mentioned in Revelation as do all of us imperfect people who are part of the Church of God. Yet we have a greater degree of the Philidephian spirit than elsewhere. And we still hold fast to the 18 truths God restored to the Church of God through Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong and have not strayed away by being led astray through having itching ears and going on wild goose chases doctrinally speaking. Mr. Armstrong strong advised the saints to focus on the " trunk of the tree " and Dr. Meredith constantly warns us to see the " Big Picture ". This we, through the servant leadership of those God has put in the leading roles of the Living Church of God have done and are doing. We are the lit lamps on the lampstands, the shining cities on the hill.
So will the various COG's every regroup as one unified body? Apparently Bob Thiel, David C Pack and other COG leaders are "abominations."
I'm not writing about what the world thinks. I'm writing about what God thinks. To Him, divisions which He Himself is not responsible for - divisions which arise from people sowing discord among brethren through factions, heresies or any other work of the flesh - are abominations and that's why "splintered COGs" is very nearly an oxymoron (a self-contradiction). We cannot simultaneously be God's Church - that is, as a people (see below) - and a house divided against itself.
The author above is correct in that a house divided cannot stand. That is why the COG is rapidly in decline. RCG, PCG, LCG, CCOG and the others are NOT experiencing growth in numbers. A few thousand viewers to a web site or to a TV program do not result in huge number increases and the doorway to more money flowing. All the COG's have no presence anymore in TV. Ask the average person if they have ever seen a COG program or read one of their magazines and 99.999999% of the people will say no. The current status of the entire church of God is once pathetic mess.