Friday, February 7, 2014

E. W. King Uses Sunday Keeping Church Picture Pretending It Is His Group




Church of God hypocrisy at its finest!  E. W. King uses a "Sunday keeping" church picture as if this was his group he was speaking to.  It is predominately Asian so we know for sure that it is NOT King's little flock.

King is also just as delusional and narcissistic as David C Pack.  Why these boys feel they need to ANNOUNCE their upcoming messages is beyond me, other than to stroke their massive ego's.


Audio Message: E.W.King's 2014 Message to the Remnant

New Audio Message to be posted in the next few days!

We have put together talks titled "2014 Messages to the Remnant". These audio messages were recorded live and are extremely important messages for God's true Church!


Messages Recorded in California
These messages were recorded live during the first month of January 2014 in California. These are extremely important messages for those involved in the splinter or offshoot groups of the Original Worldwide Church of God.

The first of four messages will be posted soon!


Thanks, 
     Elder Scott Wilson [COGSR]

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Living Church of God Sets The Creation Debaters Straight!



The "wisdom" of the Church of God knows no boundaries.  The recent creationism debate by Bill Nye and Ken Ham has brought forth the worlds foremost authorities on the Bible - Church of God ministers to set the record straight.

Both of these men are lacking true wisdom and knowledge which can only be found in the Church of God, particularly the Living Church of God. Their latest web entry has this: Creation vs. Evolution: Bill Nye and Ken Ham Are Both Wrong!

Both sides raised objections that went unanswered, and each man seemed to score his points in the debate. The consensus among those discussing the event seems to be that, on the whole, Mr. Nye made the better impression on most observers, though both sides of the issue generally seemed to feel fairly defended.

Yet, is there something that both Bill Nye and Ken Ham have missed? Clearly, both of these men could not be right.  But, what about the possibility that both men might be wrong? Are both of these men wrong?

Yes, they are! Ken Ham is correct to realize that God’s word is not something to be rejected in favor of data, as Bill Nye would suggest. Rather, it is a vital element of the data. People who have proven the Bible for themselves realize that. Yet, at the same time, many of the findings Bill Nye mentioned in the debate do not actually contradict the scriptural data, despite Ken Ham’s assertions.

In fact, the Bible indicates to careful readers that—while the present order of things, including the creation of man as a potential child of God, made in His image, did begin 6,000 years ago as recorded in Genesis—planet Earth, itself, was created well before that “Creation Week” and has a pre-history not detailed in the book of Genesis!
"People that have proven the Bible for themselves..."  Ah yes, that proverbial hidden catch phrase, "We know more than you because only WE have the real truth delivered to us after 1,900 years through God's only end time Apsotle."

The article ends with this know-it-all advertising blip from those that have all the answers:

The story is more complex and wonderful—and the Bible has so much more to say—than most people today understand! If you are interested in what the Bible does and does not say about the age of the earth and its creation, as well as about the angelic rebellion, click through to read our eye-opening article “How Old Is the Earth?” As for the role of science and the hunt for the truth, consider watching our brief three-minute feature video, “What Is Truth?” The universe is a much richer and more meaningful place than either Ken Ham or Bill Nye realize!

Ambassador College Pasadena Reunion - the First 30 Years!






Ambassador College Pasadena Reunion - the First 30 Years!
To celebrate our unique experiences and friendships as AC students
Who: Students who attended AC Pasadena anytime between 1947 & June 1977
When: Friday, February 27 - Monday, March 2, 2015
Where: Pasadena Hilton Hotel
The AC Pasadena Reunion Committee is pleased to announce the upcoming Reunion of students from the first thirty years of the Ambassador College Pasadena campus. It will take place Friday, February 27, 2015, through Monday, March 2, 2015, at the Pasadena Hilton Hotel, only one mile from the campus.

For those of you who have not been back since your college days, you will be pleased that the main campus still looks essentially the same, with most of our iconic structures and landscaping still intact. The only major losses at this time are the Fine Arts & Science classroom structures and the Library. Nevertheless, a stroll from Ambassador Hall past Terrace Villa to Mayfair still yields the same stunning views of sloping lawns, huge trees, streams, formal gardens, and the lower campus structures, including the Auditorium.

Pasadena has changed for the better, including "Old Town," which is now vibrant - even "trendy" - the center of night-life in the San Gabriel Valley. You can still see the Rose Bowl (site of one AC year-end track meet), The Huntington (Gardens/Library/Art Museum - much expanded and improved), Caltech, the Norton Simon Art Museum, the revitalized Civic Auditorium/City Hall quadrant, JPL, and much, much more.

Our Committee currently has six folks (and looking for more!) who are planning this very special weekend. There will be a full range of activities, including visits to the former Ambassador College campus - and, most importantly, the opportunity to become reacquainted with friends from your college years!  All weekend at the Hilton there will be a dedicated Hospitality Room, replete with memorabilia such as Envoys, Portfolios, and pictures, as well as plenty of chairs for informal gathering, chatting, and catching up on the ensuing decades since we last saw each other.

In February 2013, sixty-five met in Las Vegas for the first-ever multi-day AC Pasadena Reunion. The idea had begun with Joe Bauer and Bill Hughes 20 months earlier.  Although, sadly, Joe died before the actual event, Bill went on to organize an enjoyable and successful reunion. At the conclusion, there was enthusiastic support for an expanded reunion two years hence in Pasadena - and Bob Gerringer and Carol Stephenson Taylor volunteered to coordinate that effort.

The Pasadena Hilton (168 S. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101) has set aside a limited number of rooms at a discounted rate of $125 plus tax for up to two people per night (additional $10 plus tax each for a third or fourth person). Penalty-free cancellation is allowed up to 24 hours before arrival, so there is no risk in reserving now, which will also help us determine if additional rooms need be set aside. To book your room at the special rate, you will need to contact the Pasadena Hilton directly. You can email Stephanie Vasquez at svasquez@hiltonpasadena.com or speak to anyone at 626-584-3208, or leave a voice-mail.  In your email or voice-mail, mention the 'Ambassador Reunion', and provide your name, check-in and check-out dates, and phone number.

Also, please forward this email to other former AC Pasadena students from this era, and/or send us their names and email addresses, and, if possible, maiden names and years attended. [Please note: all email addresses will be kept strictly confidential, only accessible by a subset of the Reunion Committee.] We now have over 450 email addresses; however, we need many more to reach everyone from those thirty years. We do not want anyone left out!

We have created a survey which will provide us a preview of the potential number of attendees; this data is vital for our planning efforts, so please Click Here to take the survey.  Thank you in advance for timely responses to the survey and for forwarding and/or sending other students' contact info to us.
   
Please take a look at our website www.ACPasadenaReunion.com. Much more information and features will be forthcoming between now and the Reunion in 2015, however, in the meantime, if you have any questions or comments, please contact us at info@ACPasadenaReunion.com 

We really hope to see you all in 2015.

Warmest regards,
Bob Gerringer (bob@ACPasadenaReunion.com)    and
Carol Stephenson Taylor (carol@ACPasadenaReunion.com)


Reunion Committee members and year each began attending AC:
Cledice Decker (1959)                                  Bob Gerringer (1967)
Jean (Ehlert) Updegraff (1964)                    Roger Hoffman (1969)
Carol (Stephenson) Taylor (1966)              Margaret (Dill) Zola (1970)

Pat Robertson Calls Ken Ham's 6,000 Year Old Earth Creation Myth "Nonsense"



One of the cornerstones of Creationism is that the earth is only 6,000 years old.  Many in Armstrongism have held this view too. Even Cyrus Scofield who brought us the dispensationalist Bible that Armstrongism loves to use says the earth is older than 6,000 years.  Which asks one to wonder why he used the work's of Ussher so prominently in the Scofield Bible when Ussher is the one who promoted the 6,000 year nonsense.

The legendary Bible commentator C.I. Scofield is probably the most well known champion of old earth creationism.This Old Planet - Rapture Ready

Robertson said:

Televangelist Pat Robertson reacted Wednesday to the big debate between Bill Nye “the Science Guy” and Creation Museum founder Ken Ham on Tuesday night. Robertson actually took issue with one of the central arguments of creationism and said it’s “nonsense” to say the world’s only six thousand years old. He brought up the findings of a bishop centuries ago who came up with that figure and said, “There ain’t no way that’s possible.”

Robertson argued that there’s too much scientific evidence in the world to assert the world is thousands, and not billions, of years old. He said, “To say that it all came about in 6000 years is just nonsense, and I think it’s time we come off of that stuff and say this is impossible.”  Media ITE

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Is Creationism A Viable Model of Origins In Today's Modern Scientific Era? Live Debate Tonight




For those who may be interested:

Bill Nye (The Science Guy) and Ken Ham (Answers in Genesis CEO) 
debate creationism and science.

Live Stream   7:00 Eastern Time, 4:00 Pacific

There Are Only A Few Hundred Real Christians In The ENTIRE World!


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James Malm is harping today about the horrific status of the Churches of God and most particularly  the apostate filth in COGWA, UCG,  LCG, and  CCOG.  All of these groups are filled with Laodicean apostates who trample the world of God into the ground by their continual law breaking.  Mercy and grace be damned!  The law reigns supreme!

Malm claims there exists today on the ENTIRE earth only a few hundred REAL Christians.

Some are zealous for God and his word now, they are a very small minority of a few hundred.  The vast majority of the COG Groups today are fully Laodicean and are to be judged and rejected by Jesus Christ into great tribulation  That is the stopping of the daily intercession of Jesus for them as an organization; the stopping of the daily sacrifice for them! 
I am so glad that God does not rely upon the stupid reasoning of people like this!

I know more cigar smoking, cussing, pork eating Sunday keepers, who love God and who are better Christians than Malm will EVER be!

Malm is claiming again that the abomination of desolation may be set up by the end of this year.  At that point the following will happen to the various COG's:

However once the COG Groups see how very wrong they were by the reality of what they have fallen into; most will quickly repent and turn to love and keep the word of God to the death, joining the many martyrs of the past.  That is when the fruits of this warning work will become evident.
Dave Pack was not able to do a mass conversion of the Churches of God at the Feast of tabernacles 2013, so what makes Malm think he will do the same?  Thousands will immediately start keeping the law while continuing to ignore Jesus as they already do.  What a lovely world that foretells.....NOT!

Dennis Muses on: Conceiver-Receiver-Perceiver

What if...


Everything We Have and Do Experience is OK

You Can Let Yourself Off the Hook for Your Church Experience?

You Were Never Really Driving the Bus Anyway?

It's Just a Ride...






First, let's be honest.  This site exists and thrives because of our collective experience, the good, the bad and the ugly,  for sometime in the past having "chosen" to affiliate with The Worldwide Church of God, Herbert W Armstrong, Garner Ted Armstrong, and ALL the various religious personalities, both minister and member associated with it.  We are curious group as to what continues to go on with the splits, splinters and slivers of that once minuscule Church in the whole scheme of things. Some take time for thoughtful comments here while the vast majority just read and never say a thing. We assume they are thinking about it at least.  We are at once curious about what else is going on in COGdom  and angry we ever had the experience.  Some seem to grow through as evidenced by their comments and some not so much as evidenced by their comments.  But it is our common experience and the reason this site exists as a place to process our perceived realities. In layman's terms...a place to bitch and moan.

Ultimately, and I can only speak for myself, I want to understand WHY I did, thought, practiced and experienced what I did.   It seems like just a year or two ago I that 18 year old kid  coming on to the Ambassador College Campus to start what I felt in my soul, was my life believing , doing and teaching the absolutely right things about what God, Jesus and the Bible said and meant.  I wanted to know who and what they were, where they came from and what the future would hold.  I was terribly sincere and horribly naive.  I went to AC intending to be a minister when told not to come there for that.  That made no sense to me then but I gave them no choice and ended up being told by powers that be, "for you Dennis, the sky in the ministry, is the limit."   Strange comment to me but I thought I knew what they meant...maybe.  

The kindest and most idealistic years of the experience were the ones in college.  From 1972 when I entered the holo...ministry, to 1998, when I exited the holo...ministry, it was one damn thing after the next.  That was Winston Churchill's definition of history.  One damn thing after the next and so it was all the years of my ministry.  It was NOT what I thought it would be nor ever close to what I thought I had gotten myself into.  In my 20/20 hindsight, I wish I had never heard of it or ever got on that plane to California in 1968 eating my last ham sandwich somewhere over the Grand Canyon in the approach to LAX because, well you know.

Disclaimer:  The Blogmeister, and contrary to what some think it is not myself, can remove this posting if it is not appropriate for the site.   But if left in place, just maybe it can open the hurting and angry mind to a new level of acceptance and perspective and heal.  I know the site is not necessarily about healing from an experience, but it really is because even venting and expressing thoughts is part of the healing process.  Moving past that is an individual choice or maybe not.   I can't imagine anyone that comes to Banned HWA that does not want to heal and get potential answers to:

How could I have been so foolish in my choices?
What was I thinking?
Why did I not speak up when I knew what i was hearing was simply speculation and not fact?
Why did I have to experience this Worldwide Church of God mess in the first place?
Why did I have shit for brains?
Did I waste my life over this?
If only...

I am sure you can add your own thoughts but I believe we get the point.  What's the point in having an experience if you never get to understand what is behind the experience?  Of course, the why is subject to opinion of the experiencer but that is my point in this posting.  

First of all, I know not one in a hundred here will actually watch and consider this series on The Holographic Universe.  That takes an actual investment in time, requires a degree of curiosity about the topic and the absolute need to resist filtering it all through one's past or current perspectives which will manifest itself in sarcastic, cheeky and terribly negative comments which I know never appear on this site.  

"This guy kills me!"

There are really only two explanations that I have for myself over just why did I have to have the Worldwide Church of God experience?   1.  It just unfolded one stupid and ill advised decision at a time in my utter sincerity to know the truth of the Bible and life.  or...  2.  It was and is an experience designed for me and not by me for reasons that can never cross my mind without having had it. Or as I take credit for saying as one my one real life quote:

"Experience is not only the best teacher, it is the only teacher.  Everything else is merely hearsay."

The next level, I am thinking, may not be anymore that I am the one having the experience.  Maybe, just maybe something bigger is afoot here and something else is having an experience through me and through you by the way.   I like that.  It removes a lot of anger, guilt, shame and fear all in one swoop.  You will never understand what I mean unless you watch the whole series and do so seriously and with an unfiltered mind.  I am now 64 years old.  That time from 1968 to the present , as I always heard but never experienced,  passed like a weaver's shuttle to quote the book and then goes out.  I am much seeking the "truth" at this age as as I was at that age.  To think I had found it at 18 and there was no more to know than what was in a Bronze and Iron Age book seems to have been a mistake on my part  TO ME.  To many of you, I know you will say the current view is the mistake or as I was told once..."Your problem Dennis is that you need to give up your intellect, you will and come back to Jesus."   I can't do that.  I am not built that way and to do that would only lead to more anger and depression over past decisions that I now, TO ME, feel are simply no longer necessary to endure and carry around like so many rocks in my backpack.  I'm dropping the whole backpack and going light.  This series on The Holographic Universe has given me a new perspective that was and is sorely needed.  It is not based on myths (though I sense there are some saying, "oh yes they are!), but... whatever.  TO ME means TO ME.  The idea that everyone will ever come to any "oneness" where two or three are gathered together simply is not so in reality.  The concept of "we must all speak the same thing," is equally as ludicrous if one is going to actually seek the truth as that pearl of great price.  We all know "speaking the same thing" merely means that one must agree with the person who encourages that.  Sorry, no can do if I don't.


I found it serendipitous that at some point in the presentation, the narrator says he is was a 62 year old man with this, that and many other things having gone awry in life , sitting in his apartment in Greenville, SC.  LOL...He may have been the guy next door and I never knew.  Perhaps the "Infinite I" is playing with the script to get my attention.  We can hope.

These presentations, (In 5 parts and I will leave it to the reader to find 2-5)  are based on current theories and observations in quantum physics "falsely so called."  I find them compelling and encouraging.  Perhaps you will too and perhaps even produce that rare but very fulfilling "Aha' moment in your own experience that may come only once in a lifetime.   This is truly one of the strangest and yet verifiable "realities" science well done has ever speculated on.  Somehow at a deep level, it resonates because it just seems true to me.  Enjoy, it will take an investment on your part in your time over days perhaps and no one can do that for you. If it threatens your paradigm, ask yourself why and what are you afraid of finding out if it truly is the way things are.

If this topic is inappropriate for Banned, then I'll remove it and we can all sink back down into the mire. However, it deeply inspired me because it is not something that relies on mere faith which is what we use to believe before we get the facts.  Facts seem to trash faith over time.  This seems true to me and has producded a nice shift in my own perceptions about my own experiences in and with the Worldwide Church of God







Monday, February 3, 2014

Bob Thiel Tries To Confront Wallace Smith (LCG Minister) About His Stance That it is NOT a Sin to Watch Football



Yesterday when I posted about Thiel's latest rant against the game of football, I forget to look at one of the other areas on his blog that he posts in.  He just cannot get over the fact that no one cares what he thinks about football.  He is trying as hard as he can to get COG members to stop watching football.  If Thiel is such a failure on football prophecies what's going to happen if he ever says anything true?  That that THAT is ever going to happen......!

He has this to say:

  • American professional tackle football is inherently evil
  • Encouraging people to be Superbowl fans is a sin

Then Thiel had to check out LCG to see if they were listening to him.  He narrowed in on Wallace Smith, who runs the Thoughts En Route blog.  Wallace seems to have a more level head on his shoulders as compared to many other COG leaders and I enjoy reading some of his postings, though theological we are different. 


Bob Thiel was particularly upset the other day to to find out that Wallace Smith (LCG) said on his blog  in 2012 that watching football was NOT evil. 

Thiel quotes Smith:

02/02/14 a.m. Is American tackle football inherently evil? Should Christians watch American professional football games such as the Super Bowl? Here are some comments from LCG's Wallace Smith:
One of the fun questions that I’ll focus on in this post was this: “Will there be football in the Millennium?” Actually, the conversation during table topics was more broad, asking about sports in the Millennium in general, but with tonight’s Super Bowl event on folks’ minds (which might be going on right now as I type this, come to think of it), football had a starring role in the discussion.
 The question and conversation also reminded me of a question I received from an elderly widow lady in one of my congregations. She is a sweet lady who happens to enjoy football on television. She had read someone preaching something that unnecessarily troubled her and came up to me at services to ask for counsel, worried that watching football might be “evil” in some way. For such a sweet lady in my care to be so worried unnecessarily about something which was not a sin required a response.
At the heart of the question about any particular sport being played in the new society after Christ’s return is this: Is the sport inherently evil? If so, then: no, of course, it would not be played.
 So, is football inherently evil? No, it isn’t. Some might say that “No” is only the right answer for touch football or flag football, as if tackling is somehow the “inherently evil” quality.

Smiths answers seem rational and though out.  Thiel did not think so and was so infuriated he had to call Smith and try to CORRECT him.

Encouraging people to be Super Bowl fans is inherently evil. I believe Wallace Smith's position encouraging people to watch professional American tackle football was wrong and I did actually telephone Wallace Smith about this a couple of years ago (so I did go to him directly about it).

Thiel then has to drag Herbert Armstrong out of the grave to support his viewpoint:

Now, to make the record clear, Herbert W. Armstrong did not write that he approved the watching of professional American tackle football. He denounced the sport. Fifteen years after the bolded quote was published, he personally wrote:
Competition and not cooperation, is the attitude which Satan inculcates human minds. But that does not mean that all sports are wrong or to be banned. The law of God is based on the way of righteousness…The basic law is love, out flowing toward God above all else, and secondarily, “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”
To harm the other fellow and to gain by doing so for self is a kind of competition that is wrong. Hostility toward the other is sin…

Wherever a game in sports involves antagonists–in hostile attitude to harm the other and/or to “get” from the other–to get the best of the other then a harmful, satanic and evil attitude enters in, and the sport is evil, not good…
Football (American football) is a violent body-contact sport. It is often played with an attitude of hostility and is dangerous and is fraught with physical injury…Soccer does not embody the same evils. (Plain Truth, July-August 1984)
Theil and many others don't listen too much to what HWA had to say anymore. but do when he supports their erroneous views.

Thiel fails to remember that the church and college were active participants in the Rose Bowl Game for many decades.  Both entities made money off of selling concessions, programs, film parking and ushering on the route with the FULL blessing of Herbert Armstrong and church leaders.  It dumped tens of thousands of dollars into the hands of the church and college every year.

Thiel knows that no one cares for his viewpoint and admits that he will be ignored.  He then has to take a broad swipe to discredit all COG members who dare to watch the game after his warning.  If they do watch it then they are not TRUE members.  Bob said it, so let it be done!

Now Wallace Smith and those who prefer to follow him and his interpretation of Christianity and football will do as they please. But for those who are trying to be Philadelphia Christians, they will not be fans of professional American tackle football. Even the term Philadelphia means 'love of the brethren.'

All I can say is, Brave to Wallace Smith and other more sane COG members who ifnroe Bob!

The most telling thing of all about this topic comes form the following comment by Theil.  Thiel was outraged to find out that Smith had made fun of Thiel's absurd fascination with St. "Malarkey," Nostradamus and other Catholic prophecies.  Thiel's attack against Smith is in revenge for making fun of Thiel's incessant preoccupation with pagan prophecies.

I was not originally going to post anything on this page today about the Superbowl. However, because I ran across a link to something that Wallace Smith wrote about 'heathen prophecies' yesterday that was directed in specific parts against me, that reminded me of him and his past posts about American football. Hence the above post. I consider that LCG's position of fantasy and actual violence contradictory and seemingly hypocritical (see the posts on this page dated 01/14/14 a.m. and 01/23/14 a.m.).

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Bob Thiel: Jesus HATES the Super Bowl and it's Nearly Naked Cheerleaders!



Bob Thiel presumes to speak for the guy that he claims to follow but can never talk about except when it come to using him as a prop to promote a pet topic.

Thiel has been on the warpath against football for quit some time now.  He is particularly galled that today is Super Bowl Sunday and over 200,000,000 people may INTENTIONALLY watch it!

Thiel writes:

Today is known as “Super Bowl Sunday” in the USA. Most years, the American football (which is not the same as the sport called soccer in the USA) contest known as the Superbowl is the most watched television program in the USA. Between 100,000,000-200,000,000 are expected to intentionally (as opposed to perhaps seeing a news item about it) watch at least some of it today according to various reports.
Then in his next sentence he has this to say:

Since most people in the USA have, at one time or another, made some hint of professing following Jesus, a relevant question may be:
Would Jesus want you to watch the Super Bowl?


Lest we forget, in Theil speak whenever he talks about "professing" followers of Jesus he is talking about the "SO-CALLED" harlot daughters of the Catholic church.  These unwashed UNCONVERTED masses are worthless fake Christians that follow Jesus instead of the law.   Whenever Thiel throws around the "so-called" and the "hint of professing" style Christians he is ultimately trying to tell you that there are REAL "professing" Christians and "called" ones.  Of course the "called" ones can only be found in the Continuing Ed Church of God.


 Jesus only plays soccer!  Real CONVERTED Christians know that!

Thiel finds American football to be offensive because of the "violence" in it.  He writes:

After seeing the injuries that some of my high school football-playing colleagues suffered, I could not reconcile the scriptures with American football. There are better ways for Christians to learn principles like teamwork from other sports or activities than watching actual violence such occurs in American tackle football.

I think the root of the matter may lie deeper than the "violence" he wants to see.  Did Thiel really want to be on the football team but was ultimately too unfit for it?  That is the impression I have heard people have that were in LCG listening to his malarkey.  Was he rejected and therefore humiliated in front of his peers?  Many seem to think so.

Thiel then brings John the Baptist into the mix. Thiel cherishes his flesh too much to dare to play football:

Also, notice what John the Baptist taught soldiers:
14 And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages. (Luke 3:14, KJV)
I could not reconcile loving my neighbor as myself and cherishing my flesh and not doing violence to any man by watching others do it in a football game. Nor the following:
9…You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. (Romans 13:9-10, NKJV)

Thiel then quotes Theophilus as the authority on refusing to watch football.  Because football is violent in Thiel's eyes he thinks it is comparable to Christians being martyred in the Forum or gladiators fighting to to death.   What a moronic comparison.  Of course Christians did not attend events where people fought to their death.  To compare football to that same kind of violence is stretching the point to absurdity.

The New Testament also warns Christians against being violent or approving of those that are (Romans 1:28-32), while history records that early Christians would not watch violent sports. Notice one such report from Theophilus of Antioch perhaps written about 180 A.D.:

Consider, therefore, whether those who teach such things can possibly live indifferently, and be commingled in unlawful intercourse, or, most impious of all, eat human flesh, especially when we are forbidden so much as to witness shows of gladiators, lest we become partakers and abettors of murders. But neither may we see the other spectacles, lest our eyes and ears be defiled,



Then Thiel just sinks further into his madness.  Football is EVIL and so are the cheerleaders!

Since I do not actually watch American football, I do not know how many violent acts are likely at today’s Super Bowl, but the number is likely to be very high, and maybe even a lot more if thoughts of violence are included (cf. Matthew 5:21-22).

In my view, the tackle version of the sport of American football is evil (touch football I would not consider to be inherently evil–though attitude is still a possible factor there). Also, no Christian can really defend how professional football cheerleading females are publicly dressed and displayed–and presumably some of how they will be displayed at today’s Super Bowl game.
 In the world Thiel is going to be King and Ruler over as God, he is not going to allow American football to be played.

Since American football games, like the Super Bowl, intentionally inflict various hurts, the following scripture supports the idea that American football will not be allowed in the Millennium:
9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain,
For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord
As the waters cover the sea. (Isaiah 11:9, NKJV)





Theil concludes with this.  When you look at it it it really makes sense to a follower of Armstrongism.  The Jesus they think the world knows is this weak, effeminate, pussy-boy who is too delicate to play tackle football. 


Would Jesus want you to watch the Super Bowl?  What about the Apostle Paul who warned against approving violence?  The same Apostle Paul who said to imitate him as he imitated Christ (1 Corinthians 11:1).  Would Jesus or the Apostle Paul watch the Superbowl as football fans routing for one team to crush the other team?

Perhaps, some might say. And some may ridicule and/or dismiss what I have written.
If Jesus Himself did watch the Super Bowl, would He watch it and hope that one team would tackle and crash into members of the other team? Or might He watch it, if He did, so He could make social commentary against the violence and/or distorted priorities.

Say what??????????  Jesus is now a sports commentator?????

Thiel needs to stop making such a fool out of himself with these worthless and idiotic promotions of personal opinion.  Armstrongism is based purely upon personal opinion instead of having any ting to do with Jesus or reality. 

Even as a kid...Dennis mused about Sunday School stories.....and I know you have too


If Jesus is the 'God' of the Old Testament, YHVH Had an Amazing Transformation Between the Testaments

Although it could have been better thought out

15And they were bringing even their babies to Him so that He would touch them, but when the disciples saw it, they began rebuking them. 16But Jesus called for them, saying, "Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.17"Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all."

(Unless this means without question no matter the terror)

Luke 18:15-17

But back in the day...


Hebrews 11

17 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, 18 even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.”[c] 19 Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.

I also wondered what Isaac might have said in later years when dad asked him if he wanted to get away from it all and go on a little camping trip to the mountains with him.

(I'm not sure Isaac understood it in "a manner of speaking."

Next we have Jephthah 

Hebrews 11

32 And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak,Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, 33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. 

And who can forget...Lot and His Daughters



The story of Sodom and Gomorrah is not about an entirely gay city in the Middle East.  It is a hospitality tale and the way your put the fear of spying on the town into visiting strangers was to treat them like women, who as we know did not enjoy the equality and respect they have in the Western World today.  The safety of "the angels" under lots protection was much more important to him than any daughter.  And besides, you don't offer your daughters to whole gay crowds, which of course they were not.  

 As a child I wondered what breakfast the next morning must have been  like at Lot's table with Mrs. Lot and the girls.


Not exactly drawing the hearts of fathers to their children...

"Ummm...Dad... Errrrr Lot.... Would you like to explain what that was all about?"  I suspect Isaac had a talk with mom as well who may have had some questions about "what exactly went on up there Abe?"  Mrs Jephthah must have been brain dead. 

II Peter 2:

7and if He rescued righteous Lot, oppressed by the sensual conduct of unprincipled men 8(for by what he saw and heard that righteous man, while living among them, felt his righteous soul tormented day after day by their lawless deeds), 

Really?  Even as that child in Sunday School and teenage catechism classes these fathers seemed deranged and undeserving of the praise they received in the New Testament but then again Middle Eastern men seem to have a different value system and it must be ok if it was in the Bible because it must be God's value system as well...we were assured.

Just sayin'