Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Living Church of God/United Church of God: Those Were The Days My Friend, WeThought They'd Never End...



Living Church of God recently posted a picture of their University class and all of its teachers. This is the picture:


Accompanying the picture this morning was this comment:

The entire Ambassador University for LCG, Freshman, Sophomores, Jr's and Seniors, plus the football team, the basketball team, the debate club,  biology, chemistry, humanities, history, paleontology, theology, archaeology departments, and home economics for girls, plus the entire faculty, all in one wide angle shot!   :)  I can imagine they all feel that it is reminiscent of the founding days of that Great University...Ambassador College Pasadena which has now grown into Harvest Crock Church and Condos I believe. 




Even the Bricket Wood, England campus was bigger that LCG's University!

Here is United Church of God's amazing college:


Just how credible is a "college" that calls itself ABC?

Somehow Ambassador Bible Center just does not compute properly...



Then there was this about Lil'Jimmy Meredith on the COG News site:


With no Festival of Tabernacles in Hawaii this year, the LCGMeeting Planner, Jim Meredith, is left with organizing the Charlotte Family Weekend, which again will take place at the Renaissance Charlotte Suites Hotel, December 22-25. 
The festivities will begin with a dance on Thursday evening, the 22nd, and finish with a sports day and games night on Sunday the 25th. The Sabbath service will be live-streamed over the Internet.  
The family weekend is, as Jim Meredith puts it, “a weekend of spiritual rejuvenation, fun, food, and fellowship!” - so different then from the festival that the world celebrates at this time of year.

Picture of Lil'Jimmy planning the Winter Family Weekend


After spending many years doing advance planning in Hawaii for LCG's Feast by staying in the finest hotels, snorkeling, sailing, and spending tithe money on fine dining, Lil'Jimmy has to settle for the finer things in life like planning LCG's annual winter Christmas party.



No matter how hard all of the Church of God groups try, they just cannot recapture the vision Herbert Armstrong had.  Flurry has been unable to do so, even with his mini-me auditorium and prayer rock.  Dave Pack has not been able to complete his superfantabulous campus or run his church as HWA did.  Both Living Church of God and United Church of God have been relegated to little office buildings where they run one room University campuses.

Yes, those were the days by friend, we thought they'd never end...but they did.






20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ouch! Talk about a wake up moment! Though none of them have the ability to understand what was portrayed here.

Byker Bob said...

Ya know, I see all of these pictures, and I've just got to think that there surely must be some rebel-type outlaws amongst the smiling members of the various student bodies. I never had any problem finding a cadre of like-minded friends amongst the guys and gals back in the day, and that was even leading up to events we "knew" were a certainty upcoming in 1972-75, because all the enthusiasm-sapping prophecy failures had not yet occurred. We always managed to have some sort of "underground" thing going on whether it was in the local church areas, at the F/T, at SEP, or at Embarrassing College. And, some of my siblings did likewise while teaching at, or attending Imperial Schools.

They can't possibly have suppressed and cleaned this up! There have got to be some students who listen to unapproved music, enjoy "vaping" off campus, "break the dating rules", and somehow evade detection although they have not ingested the Kool Aid. The only obstacle to this might possibly be the relatively low numbers of students, making it impossible to prevent the faculty and student leaders from getting to know the people who wish to operate below the radar.

BB

Anonymous said...

That song grabbed me! The truth of it actually brought some tears. How naive we all were back then!

Allen C. Dexter

Anonymous said...

They can't possibly have suppressed and cleaned this up!

They haven't. Living University's first on-campus bachelor's degree recipient got pregnant before marriage and had to move away with her shotgun-wedded husband. At least one of Rod Meredith's personal in-home student aides has partied with David Meredith in ways not appropriate for an LCG member. There are many other stories. Don't forget, though, that the main reason kids go to LU is to become employees and ministers. Kids who want that are much more likely than most to prefer sucking up to the ministry instead of partying with their peers. The main "underground" choice is the degree to which they privately side with Winnail vs. Meredith while feigning loyalty to both.

Anonymous said...

"No matter how hard all of the Church of God groups try, they just cannot recapture the vision Herbert Armstrong had."
"...organizing the Charlotte Family Weekend, which again will take place at the Renaissance Charlotte Suites Hotel, December 22-25."

No, but LCG seems to be mirroring the great death of HWA's original WCG, if only in a much tinier and insignificant way.

Lucky Lou from NJ said...

Is Jim peeing over the railing in that photo?

Anonymous said...

He's already done that to his daddy's legacy by all the immoral activities he has been involved in over the years. He can breed with anything he wants and take any drug of choice and daddy will cover it up, while the lowly members get kicked out.

Connie Schmidt said...

Living University vs. Flurry's Armstrong College in a Football Match!

It could be known and promoted as the "Toilet Bowl".

NO2HWA said...

...and God's doubly blessed prophet can be the referee! We all know how much he looooooooooves football.

Hoss said...

Didn't LU start out as an on-line only university? Then there wouldn't have been all these campus capers.

Disgusted in Charlotte said...

I can tell you that most in Charlotte are sick of Jim. They are sick of his dad coddling the pervert and making excuses for all the stuff he does. I have known several church member who did the exact same things he has done and they were disfellowshipped. They were given no second chance and several not even a call from the minister. He is disgusting!

Anonymous said...

It seems someone here is confusing Jim and David.

David is the drug-abusing alcoholic pervert (two failed marriages and many affairs) who runs LCG's social media operations.

Jim is the failed contractor who runs LCG's Festival Office.

Anonymous said...

Obviously.

But Jim is not much better.

Anonymous said...

That's some student to faculty ratio.

Anonymous said...

only the Righteousness of God lasts forever; and what is the Righteousness of God? Justice, Mercy and Faith...

since those things were/are largely lacking in the cogs, history will simply be repeating itself...

Anonymous said...

BB wrote, "I've just got to think that there surely must be some rebel-type outlaws amongst the smiling members of the various student bodies. I never had any problem finding a cadre of like-minded friends amongst the guys and gals back in the day..."

Bob, this is September of 2016, and what's now left of the "members" have been pared down to the mostly deeply entrenched.
These days, it's less likely that you'd meet a chick at the Feast of Tabernacles that would let you rub an ice cube over her nipples in your hotel room. (As the Holy Spirit clearly wants you to do, between sermons and second-tithe dinners.)

Byker Bob said...

Hey, 8:20, not fair. You remembered the story wrong! That wasn't a chick I picked up at the Feast, that was my wife! But, the take away, I suppose, is that ladies do love ice cubes, and other thoughtful creative things.

BB

Retired Prof said...

Word has it that the Holy Spirit does encourage erotic play between spouses at the Feast. I once joined a hunting party headed by a COG minister I had been friends with since Ambassador College. When we sat down in the woods for lunch, several church members began reminiscing about the Feast they had recently participated in. One of them said he loved the luxuries associated with the Feast. "You drink all that good wine, eat all that rich food, and you feel like you got to get a little piece every night."

The minister grinned slyly at me and said, "That's why [Retired Prof]'s not in the Church. He can't come up to our standards."

We all had a good laugh over that. If all COG ministers could ditch their earnestness long enough to joke around with both members and outsiders in this informal way, the Church would be better off.

Anonymous said...

Ronald Dart used to do that, and even on his taped sermons.

DBP

Anonymous said...

when my father passed away several years ago, i went out back of the house into that dusty ol garage and found numerous relics from the old wwc of God, including 60s era envoys, correspondence courses, and those ridiculous cartoon books bible stories, etc...

i have to admit it did bring back some memories...

but then the reality of there being virtually no people of color in the envoy photos, etc. reminded me why armstrongism ultimately was a failure...

God Created people of all races, but to hear armstrong tell it youd think God only favored white people...