Friday, February 26, 2016

Living Church of God: We Will Soon Be Banned! (Though not by this Banned...)

An LCG member contacted me about the constant fear mongering that Rod Meredith fills all of his sermons and articles with lately.  Members are getting sick of hearing it.  

Some of the things they pointed out are:

According to Rod Meredith, terrible times lie ahead for Living Church of God members.  Intense persecution and suffering is shortly around the corner. This persecution will be like none other in history and because LCG is the ONLY true church the earth those 7,000 people will soon be made to suffer.  Fear seems to permeate every one of Rod Meredith's articles now.

Rod Meredith writes:
It is obvious that mankind cannot solve the problems of human nature—vanity, jealousy, lust and greed. It seems the U.S. is destined to continue as the most visible target for cowardly terrorist attacks since it is now, almost by default, the enforcer of whatever world peace and stability there is. But what about spiritual Israel (cf. Galatians 6:16)—the true Church of God? Will we somehow escape all the madness and be “whisked off to safety” with nary a scratch or a bruise? 
No, indeed! 
Even apart from the true Church, professing Christians around the world are suffering increased persecution. News reports tell us of more and more horrifying instances of their being tortured, killed, raped or even sold into slavery in many non-Christian lands.
And now there is a movement in many European countries to crack down on virtually all religious groups that are not in the “mainstream.” These groups include Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventists and others. Clearly, as the Living Church of God gains worldwide recognition and prominence for doing the Work of God, we too will be restricted—maybe banned!—and eventually persecuted in many nations around the world.

Clearly, since the Living Church of God has NOT gained worldwide recognition and prominence, I wonder where this intense persecution is coming from?  For the last 60 some years it has been living in Rod Meredith's head, that is for sure.

Even though LCG now is on Apple TV, Roku and other streaming sites where it sits along side numerous other religious group streaming sites, it is still is a minor blip on the radar screen. People who stream movies and sports are not sitting there streaming Living Church of God videos. Fact.

Even as much as Rod Meredith hates this blog and warns his members to steer clear, nothing presented here is persecution, even though he counts it as persecution.
Although Christ’s zealous and faithful servants will be taken to a Place of Safety at the very end of this age (Luke 21:36; Revelation 12:14), Scripture makes it quite clear that we all will have trials, tests and at least some degree of real persecution before this deliverance. For God inspired the Apostle Paul to warn us, “Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived” (2 Timothy 3:12–13).
The only people I see suffering REAL persecution are the REAL Christians in the middle east being killed for their beliefs.

12 Christians Brutally Executed By ISIS Refused to Renounce Name of Christ, Died Praying, Reciting Lord's Prayer 
Syria's beleaguered Christians 
Christians almost completely destroyed by ISIS fanatics in Syria, says Aleppo Archbishop

For a church that faces so much persecution it sure seems to finds time to dump more hard earned tithe money into its little so-called "university" for dorms, redecorating offices and buying expensive furniture to please Lil Jimmy's exquisite tastes. Since intense persecution is rapidly approaching I would think LCG would be funneling money into accounts where it could help its persecuted brethren around the world.  But no, sadly it's not.


Black Ops Mikey said...

If only. The only persecution will be for the leaders at the Lake of Fire.

LCG can expect to be ignored to death.

Floyd 1944 said...

The persecution on lcg is from their own ministers esp Rod Meredith. While real Christians are dying for their beliefs Rod keeps thinking his little 7000 members are going to shake the world. It is so sad that the members can't wake up and see what a joke Rod really is

Anonymous said...

Christians being wiped out by ISIS and we in the Christian West have barely heard about it? Why is the media silent? Because the media is not Christian! The media is controlled by Jews.

Byker Bob said...

They are in their tribulation right now as we speak. Just by being members of LCG. For me, the tribulation ended in 1975, when "the truth" was found to be lies..... (0pening lyric to "Somebody to Love" by the Jefferson Airplane.

Let us hope and pray that more of our former brethren leave their own private hell, their tribulation, behind.


Anonymous said...

"cowardly terrorist attacks"

The enemy is always "cowardly" and our troops are always "brave." Sounds like Rod is about as objective as a politician. I wonder if Rod has the guts to blow himself up or pick up a gun. So much for the objectivity of the Holy Spirit... if he has any of it. The church should get out of politics.

DennisCDiehl said...

Big fish in their infinitesimal ponds always see themselves as much more influential than reality would allow. I know no one outside of my own experience who has ever heard of LCG..UCG..RCG...or Bitter Bob . God seems quite the failure at "the work"

Anonymous said...

"The media is controlled by Jews."

So are the COGs, judging by their doctrines.

Glenn said...

Regarding how little known "the work" is, I have lived in Austin for 37 years. During that time I have met three (3) people who I learned had some knowledge of either of the Armstrongs. One was a woman I had hired to work for me (without knowing her WCG background), the second was/is a neighbor on my block who is a member of LCG, and the third was a dentist who was a member of a board for which I was an employee.

Occasionally, if I am up early enough, I will run across a TV broadcast of one of the splinter groups (Flurry or Meredith) and years ago I used to hear Ron Dart on the radio once in awhile. I would not know that xcg splinters exist were it not for my own background and internet sites such as this one.

So, Meredith seems to have a long, long way to go before he and his little group are well known enough to be persecuted. This is the way the COGs end, not with a bang but a whimper.

Anonymous said...

RCM thinks he's so big but, in fact, he's so small. He's a tiny, angry man with no understanding of the weightier points of the law.

Byker Bob said...

Heh! It's beginning to look as if in the case of this self-fulfilling prophecy, the dude isn't being a false prophet. Defamation court is a'comin' tuh town!