On June 22 there was a comment on the LCG Collecting Facebook Screenshots of Members? thread describing how McNair and League demanded that several LCG members take down photo's they had put up on Facebook of a party they had attended. It seems some LCG members had recently returned from Greece and decided to throw a Greek themed party. In most of society this would not even ring any alarms or raise an eyebrow. However.....we are talking about a Church of God now and things are NOT normal in most Churches of God, particularly in the Living Church of God. Power and control must be maintained over the sheeple at all times. They must never think outside the box or have fun without the permission of a minister!
A reader here wrote:
The pics were of families. There was nothing crazy or inappropriate going on in any of them. Just mothers and fathers with their kids enjoying fellowship on a Sunday night.
"What's wrong with that?" you might ask. Well I'll tell you.
The host and hostess of this get-together had just returned from a trip to Greece. The party was Greek-themed and the guests came dressed as Greeks (aka togas). Apparently wearing a toga means you are engaging in an Animal House type fraternity party with drunken mayhem and other lude and lascivious behavior which "paints the LCH headquarters in a negative light". I was told that even if nothing bad happened at the party, "it was better to avoid the appearance of evil" so I needed to take the pics down asap.
Many others were also told to take the pics down. Some did. Some refused.
LCG headquarters (especially Richard Ames) believes that costumes are evil and that God's people should have no part in them. I was told that the Pagans used to wear costumes/ masquerade so that they could have orgy sex with each others wives without their identities actually being known. From that, coupled with the ever-evil Halloween, a true Christian can deduce that costumes are bad. Interestingly, other LCG congregations can engage in costume parties without retaliation. But in Charlotte not so much.
In true LCG form, there are different rules for different people.
I only wish I could share the pics with all of you so that you could see how harmless they were. Maybe I can email them to the blog owner and he can post them?
The pics are relevant in that they are perfectly harmless. No booze or sexy outfits. Just families and their kids in modest costumes. We were all asked to take the pics off our FB pages because HQ's felt they made them "look bad". We were told to "avoid the appearance of evil".
I don't know about you but I don't see anything "evil" or embarrassing in them.