Monday, August 15, 2016

United Church of God Removes Another Minister



United Church of God continues to have problems.  Recently Malcom Murray told his congregation in Flint and Detroit that he was stepping down as a preaching elder a few weeks ago but would still be a pastor.

Malcom wrote on August 9:
I have not taken a leave of absence and am still a full time minister in the United Church of God. What I have done is taken a leave from speaking for a short while. I am still working in the ministry in every other capacity except speaking for this interval. Serving God’s people, God’s work and God’s purpose on this earth is still the focus of my wife Francie and I in every aspect of service that we are able to perform.

Apparently the Big Boys in Cincinnati did not take too kindly to that. He has been removed from his ministerial duties and replaced by Steven Shafer who will pastor the Flint and Detroit churches.

Strangely though, Murray is still listed as the Traverse City pastor.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is no great loss, though Shafer is not much better. Both are ineffective preachers who still promote legalism and place unnecessary rules upon members. If UCG HQ really had any integrity they would close UCG down and set the people free.

Anonymous said...

I wonder what really went on behind the scene in this story. If the UCG is really the Amstrongite church with-out the abuse as they claim they will be totally open about what really happened behind the scenes.

Byker Bob said...

It's difficult to realize sometimes that these are not just generic, nameless, faceless unknowns in a forgotten and failed religious movement, because in some way, everybody means something to someone. Honestly, the scale has contracted to the point where even the presenters on the various cookie cutter media broadcasts are forgettable. For that matter, HWA himself has pretty much passed from the consciousness of the general public.

Generally, people are either part of the problem or part of the solution, depending on their impact. In a way, being a neutral unknown qualifies as being just slightly positive in the wacky world of Armstrongism.

BB

Anonymous said...

From what I have heard he did not toe the party line coming out of Cincinnati and this was retribution. Its funny to watch the current leadership be so nasty to those who don't agree with them and kick them out, yet these are the same ones who in acts of rebellion started UCG because they disagreed with something. It was ok for them, but not for anyone else. Credibility is still an issue in Cincinnati.

Black Ops Mikey said...

The one thing about Steve Shafer is that knows how to quote himself -- in various sermons he will quote what he said in one of his previous sermons.

Didn't he retire?

Anonymous said...

Whenever Shafer speaks you can see people zone out in church. He is boring as hell. Same canned sermons he has given for the last 15 years or so. Why is it that COG ministers can never preach anything fresh and interesting and on topics other than standard Armstrongist baloney?

Anonymous said...

The UCG articles are sooooo flat. I can't even bring myself to have a browse of their monthly magazine, cause of the flatness. At least 'give me your money' Dave, Malm, and some others, believe in something.

Anonymous said...

Your not alone in thinking that. They are so flat because many of them don't actually believe what they claim to. They are hypocrites who talk the talk but don't walk the walk. That's why the is a lack of originality and genuiness. They don't believe anymore and are chomping at the bit to change. Murray will be the first of many.

Mrs. Donut said...

This is very sinister