Rod Meredith is making the claim that
DidAs I have previously explained, Christ did raise up the Global Church of God in early 1993, through me—just a very few months after the blasphemous, “God Is...” booklet came out, along with other heretical changes in doctrine. But many were not aware of Christ raising up this Church—or had been poisoned against us by vicious rumors and accusations. So, instead of zealously searching out and proving to themselves where Christ was continuing His Work, many just stayed put or even dropped away from the Truth altogether.
Why is the god of Armstrongism always "testing" its followers? For eight decades now it is obvious that the members have never measured up. They have missed the mark. The god of Armstrongism is still displeased. Its anger can never be vanquished. It is eternally pissedBut—mark this!—the living Christ did give people in early 1993 a “way out”—He did raise up a Church with a trained, dedicated ministry of long standing who preached the full Truth and who quickly—within weeks—went on the radio, published literature and began to revive the Work. So Jesus Christ did not “desert” you or anyone else. He is still the living Head of the Church. He is alert, active and powerfully in charge of His Church and His Work! And in His great wisdom, He is now “testing” His people to see what is really in their hearts.
Has the splintering of God’s people been a trial? Of course it has. But God specifically reveals that He allows trials for our good and “tests” us through them. Notice these words of the Apostle Peter: “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:6–7). The Apostle James was also inspired to tell us the same thing: “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience” (James 1:2–3).The splintering of the church over the decades has been the direct result of self-serving men setting themselves up as know-it-all's with their new churches focus entirely upon their personalities. Money flow has always been the top priority in the starting of the various splinter groups. The ministers and leaders need that money stream coming in. That was Meredith's prime issue when starting Global. Huge amounts of money needed to be collected BEFORE he jumped ship. He had no faith to step out on his own. He let his flunkies do it for him. If he truly was a man of conviction and principle then he would have required no money and no followers but stepped out in faith.
Meredith claims his group is the ONE church that is doing the real gospel and exemplifying the real form of true godly government. That real government is supposedly a foretaste of what the government will be like in Petra and the world tomorrow. It that is true, then the church and the world is screwed! Government in the COG has always been a joke. If they actually practiced what they preached, then not a single one of them would have started their own groups. There is nothing godly about the form of government that many of the COG's pretend to use.
Christ is alive! He has not gone off and left His Church! He is not the author of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33).If that statment is true, then WHY is the current Churches of God in one of the most confused messes in Adventist/sabbatarian history? Hundreds and hundreds of personality cults run by their own special guru's stealing tithe money of their own benefit. The COG can no longer mock the hundreds of Christian denominations any more. The Church of God is a complete and utter fractured mess.
Additionally, remember Jesus’ powerful promise in Mark 11:23–24: “For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”
Meredith can "feed" on scriptures all he wants. Because he ultimately denies the one he claims to follow. All of that scripture feeding will be of no benefit to him or the church. As long as legalism runs amok the church it cannot be a follower of Jesus. Plus, fasting in order to appease that eternally pissed off god is not in scripture and is not a new covenant requirement. Therefore it is a waste of time and ultimately does nothing more than create hundreds of grumbling stomachs.Brethren, if we in the Living Church of God “feed” on these and related scriptures, then we certainly will begin to build “an atmosphere of faith.” Also, obviously, we cannot just “work up faith.” Each of us must do his or her part in fervently studying the Word, meditating on the examples of faith in the Bible and on the things we see God do even in His Church and Work today. Then, we must CRY OUT to God in heartfelt prayer and fasting that our heavenly Father would give us the “gift” of faith through His Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:7–9).
Next Meredith resorts to his usual doom and fear mongering. Tough and violent times are ahead...in a very few years, of course. That eternally pissed off god is getting ready to spank LCG members. After being part of three different COG movements, they STILL cannot get things right. Of course it is always the members fault and never the corrupt leaders.
Remember, God’s Word tells us, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6). Building an atmosphere of faith within God’s Church today is absolutely vital. We cannot even fully imagine the trials, tests, persecutions and difficulties that will come upon His people during the next several years. We will all need living faith in God. And to do the Work which God really wants us to do, we will have to walk with God, commune with God and wrap our minds around some of the direct statements of Jesus Christ, such as John 14:11–12: “Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves. Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.”The scripture that COG members need to find assurance in is this:
Gone is the burden of having to worry if your have "made it" or if you have been "fighting the good fight." There is no need to worry about those things. Grace and justification abound, legalism and the law destroy.
From Editorial: Living Faith