Today is Memorial Day in the United States. It is a day set aside to remember those who have died for our freedom.
The Church of God has always pretended to be a pacifist church that encouraged its members to not join the military. Members were encouraged to be Conscientious Objectors. Being a Contentious Objector usually meant serving in some non-profit civil community capacity for a couple of years. While the church encouraged members to do this, they end up treating those members attending the Ambassador Colleges like dirt. See: Failed Experiment
Ironically, despite being a pretend pacifist church, the church was very militaristic. How many remember sitting through a sermon by evangelists and some ministers listening to their military exploits. The church also would go into great detail using war as their weapon of fear when discussing the end times. The church would have no leg to stand on without war being part of their fearful scenarios. Plus, look at the title that church leaders used for decades, Pastor GENERAL. Church generals were leading an army of the faithful into the kingdom or to their deaths in Petra, if we really want to be truthful. We sang, Onward Christian Soldiers, with gusto and fervor. Some COG cult leaders taught their members that they would take up swards to kill apostates and help usher int he Kingdom. Others taught their members that they would be used by Jesus to slaughter all reprobates and evil doers in the millennium. Rod Meredith salivated over church members ruling with "rods of iron."
Today, Almost-arrested, Elisha, Elijah, Amos, Andy, Joshua, Habakkuk, doubly-
In Bitter Elisha Thiel's screed today he says this:
Today, many in the USA observe ‘Memorial Day.’ It was originally known as ‘Decoration Day.’ It started after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century, Memorial Day was extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service.A reader sent me a link to the following article about it:It is proper to pay respect to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the rest of us. Memorial Day should also be a time of reflection on when it is moral for the United States to wage war and, if allowed, how this country should conduct war.War is awful. In these days of shallow, sanitized news coverage, the real horror of war rarely confronts us with the terrible death it levies against fellow humans, soldiers and civilians alike, and the maiming injuries, physical and psychological, it leaves behind in its wake…Over the centuries, religious leaders and moral philosophers have clarified moral principles for commencing a “just war.” Choices about war and peace involve not only military and political options, but also moral questions
...from the beginning of the New Testament church, true Christians (and even most of the heretical apostates) would not participate in carnal warfare.He then goes on to quote various Christian theologians to support his idea that war is not good. It is funny to watch Habakkuk Thiel use writing by Christians to support this views, and then a day later calls Christians outside his personality cult "so-called Christians" who are not worthy of being believed or read, because real truth only resides in the "continuing" Church of God channeled through his miraculous brain.
But then Elijah Thiel jumps off the deep end into his putrid swamp of "football is evil." Apparently in the deluded false prophet's eye, those that box and play football are equal in sinning as those fighting in a war.
Even today, many Christians realize that watching brutal events intent on causing physical harm, such as real boxing and American football, is inappropriate.His "proof" is:
Now, here is something from Theophilus of Antioch (who apparently was part of the Church of God) perhaps written about 180 A.D.:Consider, therefore, whether those who teach such things can possibly live indifferently, and be commingled in unlawful intercourse, or, most impious of all, eat human flesh, especially when we are forbidden so much as to witness shows of gladiators, lest we become partakers and abettors of murders. But neither may we see the other spectacles, lest our eyes and ears be defiled, participating in the utterances there sung. Theophilus of Antioch. To Autolycus, Book III, Chapter XV. Translated by Marcus Dods, A.M. Excerpted from Ante-Nicene Fathers, Volume 2. Edited by Alexander Roberts & James Donaldson. American Edition, 1885. Online Edition)
He then goes on to quote Catholic theologians and even Christianity Today magazine to bolster his understanding. One day, he claims Christianity Today is produced by "so-called" Christan's and the next they are valid for use by him. Amos Thiel is a hypocrite every time he does this.So, true Christians did not believe that they were to fight nor even watch the violent sports that were popular in the second century.
He ends his screed with this:
So, as many remember the soldiers who died in warfare today, Christians can look forward to the time that there will be no more war nor pain of war.
While this is a valid and true comment that humanity would like to see happen, COG leaders need war to make their cultish utterances valid and keep their members quivering in fear.
Plus, you can bet delicate Thiel would welcome with open arms any military that would intervene in Arroyo Grande if there was a terrorist attack. Everyone else is expected to protect his family and personal freedoms, but he will not. Other people may freely die while he, the best doubly-blessed prophet in world history, gets to dream dreams and say stupid shit.