We later came to realize that the Grace and Knowledge was that according to others view of it all and not allowed to be something of our own realizations and homework. You grow as you are told to grow and the knowledge you grow in must be approved from above.
Mostly now the various COG Grand Masters simple are caught up in "Crowing and Over-gumming", if you get my drift. David C. Pack is master of the crowing and over-gumming concept.
I'd like to think that most of us here at BannedHWA are here because we care and are concerned about the spiritual, emotional and even physical well being of those still trapped by their own fear, guilt and shame abundantly stoked by their theological leaders, falsely so called.
The bottom line seems to be that we'd like those beginning to react to the feeling in their stomachs to realize that is what is really true as to what the reasonings in one's heads might be as they are pummeled every week in church with the latest shoulds, must nots and you better realize this, messages.
Here are a few things I believe we'd all like those questioning their involvement and place in any COG congregation, watching their own particular three ring circus unfold to realize or make real in their thinking.
In time, you won't believe you fell for that.
There can't be 300+++ Splintered One True Church
Narcissistic men, in positions of leadership, can well hide in a church environment because their illness looks like a weird form of obedience, dedication and sincerity.
Organizations are full of lessor yes men and women who don't and won't protect you from what they suspect is so themselves, if they have a position and enjoy wielding fake authority.
All of these men will grow old and die with nothing of what they predict or fashion themselves to be ever remotely comes to pass
Properties purchased and colleges built with your tithes and offerings plainly show your leader doesn't believe his own press about "time is short".
These same properties, in time, will be sold to others to use for the exact opposite purpose you thought you supported them for in the first place.
If you can step back a bit and admit your doubts you'll end up wondering "what was I thinking?"
Dreams do not a theologian make
"And yes brethren, I am an Apostle" also does not an Apostle make
"God knows that 'that man'...." always means "ME" when the minister is letting you in on his ill drawn conclusions about himself easily
"But I'll save that for next week" always means "Please don't leave the church"
Too many words and phrases in a sermon like, "overarching", "Awesome", "Never before understood", "I never realized this until writing this sermon", "Will leave you gyrating in your seats", "Will stun you' and "I don't think I have ever given a sermon quite like this one" and so on simply means, "I'll keep you praying, obeying, paying and staying anyway I can".
...and so on. You know it when you hear it.