Living Church of God continues to be rocked by one scandal after another. Just as things start to calm down another issue pops up causing the LCG bigwigs to jump into damage control.
Recently a woman in LCG approached her minister with information that she thought was vitally important about the calendar and that LCG was no keeping the proper calendar. For the uber-legalists the proper calendar is far more important that anything Jesus ever did, said or accomplished. These people place more weight in being as Jewish as possible than they do in being grace-filled hands of mercy in the world around them.
Rod Meredith reacted swiftly to this woman and disfellowshipping her. He then sent a letter out to everyone in the Southern CA area letting them know that she had been disfellowhsipped.
Hello Members of the Body of Christ,
I am very sorry to have to address you on this matter. But, yesterday a woman who has been attending with us sent an email and a document to members of the Living Church of God claiming that she had a special understanding about the biblical calendar, and stating that the Church was wrong. She also sent it to members in another region and has stirred up trouble there. She was counseled by various of God’s ministers and offered articles explaining the calendar, but she has refused to accept the long held Church of God teaching. She told me, and implied in her email, that all the Church’s of God and all the ministers were wrong—false ministers not teaching the Bible. Instead she referenced the writing of a man who was disfellowshipped about 40 years ago by Herbert Armstrong, for his heretical beliefs and teachings.
Since she is preaching heresy, not willing to be shown the truth, damaging some people’s faith, and therefore causing division, I’ve had to tell her that she is no longer welcome among us and is disfellowshipped. If you have received this email you know who she is, and you are warned not to have contact with her.
Tomorrow’s Bible Study will cover the subject of God’s Sacred Calendar and the Hebrew Calendar we use today. In preparation, please read the attached articles.
The Living Church of God is struggling lately on maintaining unity in its church. One issue after another has plagued LCG over the last few years causing the church to be constantly preaching about how "unified" the church is.
Doug Winnail writes:
LCG is having trouble "holding fast" to much of everything any more. One issue after another has plagued the LCG over the last few years. As Rod Meredith approaches his certain death due to old age, the LCG is facing an insurmountable mountain ahead of them. Large factions do not want Jim Meredith to be given any power, others distrust Richard Ames who is the heir-apparent, other see the Charlotte offices as a cesspool of impropriety and corruption and others are tired of suffering under legalistic ministers in the field who are making their lives miserable.Beware of Misguided Ideas: The Apostle Paul warned “in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons” (1 Timothy 4:1-4) and that many will not listen to sound doctrine but will prefer to follow their own ideas (2 Timothy 3:1-6; 4:1-4). The Apostle also warned that critics within and from outside the Church will try to divide the Church to gain a following (Acts 20:29-31). He pointed out that Satan will try various ways to mislead well-meaning people (2 Corinthians 2:11)—often new people (1 Timothy 3:6)—by appealing to the human desire to be in the limelight or be recognized as an authority (3 John 9-10). Numerous issues threatened to divide the early Church: foods, hair lengths, ideas about the resurrection, circumcision, etc. (see 1 Corinthians and Galatians). However, Paul’s consistent advice was to “Guard what was committed to your trust” (1 Timothy 6:20), to “hold fast” to what you have been “taught” (Titus 1:9-11) and “avoid foolish disputes” (Titus 3:9; 1 Timothy 6:3-5). When questions do arise over doctrine, the biblical example is to take the issue to the leaders of the Church for a decision (Acts 15:1-31). Nowhere do the Scriptures encourage individuals to take it on themselves to correct or “save” the Church. That is something that Jesus Christ will take care of in His time as He “builds” His Church (Matthew 16:18).Have a profitable Sabbath,Douglas S. Winnail