It has been fascinating over the last couple of decades to watch various Church of God men who envision themselves as true leaders go into mental melt downs. From men uttering hundreds of failed prophecies to men proclaiming themselves Elijah's, Joshua's, one of the two witnesses, prophets, true apostles, and Chief Overseers.
We have watched Gerald Flurry plagiarize Jules Dervaes book, to getting arrested for public drunkenness, and then suffer through a humiliating court trial when he lost the plagiarism case. Then after paying out a $3,000,000.00 fee for rights to publish Herbert Armstrong's writings, Flurry had to rewrite many of those works to edit out negative things that HWA said that would cast him in a bad light with all of his failed prophecies and Elijah predictions. His melt down continues as extreme forms of control are forced upon Philadelphia Church of God members isolating them from society and their families.
Then there is Rod Meredith. After being publicly humiliated in court proceedings after libeling Leona McNair and having WCG pay for his attorney fees, he jumped ship to take over leadership of Global Church of God which was started started by a child molester. Then Meredith was forced into sticky position by Raymond McNair and others who felt Meredith was not fit to be running Global leading him and the child molester to start up Living Church of God. From murders in his church to numerous ministers and members defecting, this rapidly aging leader is no longer a watchman.
There is also Dave Pack, ensconced in his cult compound in Wadsworth Ohio. This legalistic tyrant has left a trail of destruction in every church area he has ever been in. After decades of being rejected as a true leader, Dave had to start his own group because he knew MORE than any other COG out there. Because he is so puffed up with "knowledge" Dave had to go and declare that three COG leaders would be struck down by God (three years ago) and that all of the members of these three churches would come over to Dave's camp and live happily ever after. After suffering a humiliating defeat in this epic failure; Dave has proven once and of all that he is nothing but hot air.
And then there is Bob Thiel....who through duplicity was doubly blessed and then self-appointed himself as Chief Overseer of the ONLY true Church of God on the earth today, even though 95% of his members and readers live in various countries of Africa. Nevertheless Bob feels he is the most highly informed man on the earth today. That puffed up arrogance, vanity, and narcissism has led Bob to make another incredibly STUPID comment today.
In today's entry on his blog he makes note of Harper Lee's new book, Go Set A Watchman. Then Thiel, like any good Church of God leader has to make the subject turn towards himself.
Thiel feels that the title Harper Lee chose was from Bible (Isaiah 21:6) has nothing to do with the Bible story and has this to say:
Then Thiel makes a bold claim. He is the TRUE Watchman sent by God!I debated for the past week if I should report about that particular book. The title seems to come from a statement in the Bible (Isaiah 21:6), but the content of the book is not like the Book of Isaiah. Here is what Amazon says about the novel:
Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch—”Scout”—returns home from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise’s homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town, and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt. Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past—a journey that can only be guided by one’s own conscience.
Written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman imparts a fuller, richer understanding and appreciation of Harper Lee. Here is an unforgettable novel of wisdom, humanity, passion, humor, and effortless precision—a profoundly affecting work of art that is both wonderfully evocative of another era and relevant to our own times. It not only confirms the enduring brilliance of To Kill a Mockingbird, but also serves as its essential companion, adding depth, context, and new meaning to an American classic.
While many are interested in fiction, most fail to realize that God has a set a watchman to warn the world and the end time descendants of Israel what is going to happen.
At this news page, regular readers are aware that I declare what I see on a daily basis.
Because of Jesus’ admonishing to watch, you see news items on this page daily.
But is a watchman witness clearly needed today?
Notice something else that Jesus said:
14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. (Matthew 24:14)Notice that Jesus said His gospel of the kingdom would be preached to the world as a witness, then the end would come. That end has not yet happened, so that message needs to continue to go out.
Since the rise of the Philadelphia era of the Church of God, through the old Radio then old Worldwide Church of God in the 20th century to those in the Continuing Church of God in the 21st century, this message has been going out.
Why so many members of the various Churches of God continue to follow these liars and outright frauds is shocking. Bob Thiel is no more a Watchman that my cat is Elijah. Thiel is a fraud and religious huckster just like Flurry, Pack, Kubik, and Meredith. Sick degenerate men that are enslaving sincere people with mindless pablum and legalistic rules.The Bible itself also tells about a time when restrictions will be in place–so much so that it will be a famine of the word (Amos 8:11-12). We have already started to have restrictions (watch the short video Famine of the Word?), but more significant ones are coming.
Because we know this, we in the Continuing Church of God are leading the final phase of the work and are actively preparing for the short work that will be cut short. Thus, we need to do the watchman work now, while we can. For as Jesus said:
4 As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. (John 9:4, NIV)Anyway, the newly popular novel Go Set a Watchman does not do that. Relatively few realize what God’s watchman should be doing today.
We in the Continuing Church of God “have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts” (2 Peter 1:19, KJV).”