This was sent to me today. This is a sermon that David Ambrose and Dave Pack delivered. This sermon is the root of the evil that is taking over the Restored Church of God. It is the expectation that everything the members own belongs to Dave.
“COMMON”: Paying One Portion of Christ’s Price
This article is among the most important you could read! It is necessarily long—yet consider reading it twice! Its implications for the Work and growth of the Church—as well as your eternal reward—are incalculable.
JEFFREY R. AMBROSE (AND DAVID C. PACK)
How It Will Happen!
Dave once again sets himself apart from the rest of the COG leaders. They are nothing compared to his magnificence! He soon will be preforming miracles and wonders.
Dave is such an astounding man that he will soon have two bodyguards to protect him Dave still believes that the two witnesses will arise from his group and that he will train them.
Dave and his two witless witnesses (obviously Rod and Laura Weinland) will frighten the world so much that they will send their armies after the Restored Church of God. It is only then that they will be taken to Petra where they will find out that Bob Thiel, James Malm, Rod Meredith and UCG will be waiting for him. Just imagine what a cat fight that will all be!
Dave is still under the impression that tens of thousands COG members will soon abandon their various COG's and come flocking over to his side. His predictions on this happening have failed for 4 years straight. Dave also feels that thousands more will enter his church as a result of his superfantabulous message.
Now we get to the "meat" of Dave's astounding message. Communism pales in comparison to Dave's amazing church economy he is planning.
What Do You Mean, “Common”?
Imagine having to sit and listen to Dave preach six 1 1/2 hour sermons on the commonality of all things in the church.!
Yet Dave fails to mention that this "tradition" never survived in the church as more and more affluent people joined the church.
You have to remember that many converts to Christianity were slaves or former slaves, people who had no property or steady income, so it was necessary that others helped care for them. Today, that is NOT a necessity, other than filling the pockets of some COG leader. They never share that money with their poor members, but instead build huge monuments to themselves or Herbert Armstrong. Jesus and God be damned! It is more important to have an Auditorium or new dance hall! Jesus needs those kind of buildings!.
There you have it! If you own businesses or homes then please sell them and send the money to Dave, The only rightful heir to COG members money! Since Dave owns the money he gets to do with it what he wants.
Dave claims to want his members to "freely" give their assets and not feel forced, but then goes on to say God commands it. RCG members are double damned now. If they disobey Dave they disobey God. Since when has a "command" in the Church ever been "optional?"
Really? Never once was it called doctrine.
We are also back to the membership lowering their standards of living so that the church and its leadership can prosper. The less money you spend for yourself the more you can send to Dave and crew!
Reports have been around for years that the RCG does not freely give out 3 tithe assistance. Dave rigorously goes over incomes and tithing statements first. Dave's false charges above do not make any sense, never mind not even being true!
It is vitally important that RCG members "get to the point" as soon as possible in regards to sending in all of their money. God commands it, though Dave may not. Cough, cough....
How can any COG member every put into practice what Jesus taught when what he taught is never preached? It is all the law all the time, or be damned.
Rich Young Ruler
This is a subtle lie of Dave. The words of Jesus to this man about selling all he had was a specific statement to this man only. Not something that was meant for future generations or for future COG members. This man, even though he kept the law religiously, placed more value upon money than he did anything else. It no more applies to people today than id did to anyone who were contemporaries of the man in his time period. It was a specific statement made specifically to him and to no one else. Even though many wealthy Christians later helped the poor and destitute (slaves and refugees from Roman tyranny) it was still no more a command to them than it is to us today. People did it because they wanted to and saw a need.
In other words brethren, if you do NOT sell all you have and give it to me, Dave the Most Superfantabulous, then it is an obvious sign that God's power is NOT working through you.
We have all seen what happens when the ministry are over 3T. Rod Meredith used it to decorate his house. Other evangelists in Pasadena did the same thing. It was used dot buy paintings, gold, silver and other fine things.
Dave, if you were actually a true Christian you would not be teaching the man how to fish, but do you best to see why the man go to the state he is in now. Only then would fishing be profitable. Something lead thhe man getting to that point and it was no that he did not know how to fish.
“A Certain Rich Man”
Your very salvation depends upon you selling what you have snd giving it to Dave!
Lazarus and the Rich Man
Somehow this message has always escaped the leadership of the Churches of God. From Herbert Armstrong and onward. Power always deserved more money and the membership were expected to send it in and to never question how it was used.
So its ok for Dave and Gerald Flurry to justify the need to build multi-million dollar auditoriums, dance halls for their grand-kids and rows of faculty homes. Its important to justify multi-million dollar campuses that are gated off from the communities that surround them. It is important to justify buying Rolls Royce's, Mercedes and limo's for the exclusive use of the leadership. Its important to justify the need to buy jet planes because of the need to separate themselves from the sweaty unwashed commoners on regular jets.
Dave next twists scripture to fit his own convoluted mind. What he does is turn it into a threat. Any RCG members who accumulates wealth has done so because they are spiritual poor. No COG member wants to be seen as spiritually bankrupt. Outward appearances are important.
The Apostle Paul’s Experience
Not only can you hoard your money and hurt the church but you can also be found guilty of not giving enough to the Church of Dave. That is even more egregious in his eyes.
i.e. fear Dave as you have never imagined!
By having all things in "common" RCG members can "choose" to be made low in this life. They can suffer while Dave prospers.
If Dave wants to actually preach this then he needs to turn over every single dollar from the sale of his current home that is up for sale to feed the joint account that all other RCG members donate money to. Every single one of you must be doing this so that when the tens of thousands of wayward COG members come from other groups come over to Dave's side they will see everyone sharing everything.
Time Is Running Out!
Imagine God punishing people whether or not they gave money to Dave and crew. Total bullshit.
Called to Sacrifice
Your good works must always involve sacrifice. Sacrifice of you money! It should always have pain. That pain must be mental or physical! It should be EXTREMELY hard!
A Message of Hope
Ways to Give
Did you know that REAL Christians NEVER retire???????!!!!!!!!! Because you are never to retire you should be giving any money in your pension plan directly to Dave. We all know he will take care of you when you are on the last part of you life needing care. Right? The more money you give the more Dave will help you......dream on!
Don't even think about keeping any inheritances either!
Don't be an ungrateful slob and put the church in your will while you enjoy your money in this life. The church deserves the money now, not when you die. Besides, some of your relatives or children might contest it and then the church would have to spend more money fighting to get it all.
Do you have a large collections of collectibles? If so, sell it all! Right now! Sell it and send ALL proceeds to Dave!
Start cleaning out your garages and closets. Have yard sales and send Dave everything you make.
Word to the Prosperous
If you are affluent and have lots of money you are particularly expected to give it to Dave.
Remember though that God will not reward you if you are not sacrificing and hurting!
Lest any of you think about questioning Dave's reasonings, you must take all of these questions into consideration.
How can Jesus take it personally when the church ignores Jesus? I am sure he finds that much more offensive than someone struggling to give money.
Dave's most superfantabulous work must always be cuttng corners and operating on a shoestring budget because lazy church members would send in everything they own.
Church employees have taken big pay cuts, though Dave has not. It has been a long standing tradition in the COG HQ's for the little people to get crapped upon first. HWA did it, and so does every single COG group to this day.
Frequently Asked Questions
Did you know that it is a sin to leave your children an inheritance? The end will be here in a few years and they won't be able to spend it. Dave can though, so send it all to him. Screw your kids over! That's the Christian thing to do.
Dave needs it all!