Saturday, May 13, 2017

Reading Reprint Articles For Your Sermon..Desperate Much?

Can you imagine driving over a hundred miles to church and having to sit there and listen to a so-called minister READING old WCG reprint articles that supposedly had the answer to almost any question church members might ask?  Most of those articles have ZERO relevance to anyone's Christian walk.  Absolutely NOTHING!  Zippo!  Nada!

Why in the world would any so-called minister, who supposedly has a Th D in theology and has read thousands of books and visited hundreds of historical locations, need to read outdated reprint articles from a church he considers apostate?

Here is what Almost-arrested, Elisha, Elijah, Amos, Habakkuk, Joshua, doubly blessed, world renown Mayan authority, unlicensed to practice Naturopath, bitter "son" that Rod Meredith wished he had never had, and Chief Overseer of the improperly named "continuing" Church of God is bragging about to his 1,996 members.  Why would ANYONE in Africa care what privileged white people had written in about because they were incapable of making their own decisions?

Dr. Thiel continues the series of going through answering questions that were commonly posed to the old Worldwide Church of God. Using a binder that many speakers were given by that church that contained standardized letters that were sent to answer questions, Dr. Thiel answers them.  Normally, in much greater detail than the normally single or double page answers that were given in the past by the old Radio and Worldwide Church of God. Subject covered included the answering questions, the meaning of B.C., A.D., B.C.E., & C.E. (B.C. originally was intended to refer to the period before Jesus was born and A.D. afterwards, though they were off a few years–Dr. Thiel misspoke once in this sermon and accidentally stated the terms B.C. and A.D. related to Jesus death–he apologizes for that misspeaking), lifespans before Noah’s flood, Herbert W. Armstrong’s genealogy, modern descendants of the Chaldeans & Babylonians, giants, Bible commentaries, Bible concordances, pen pals, swearing an oath, Jesus’ location between age 12-30, and the two witnesses.
The Lake of Fire sounds like a sure relief instead of sitting in a hot living room listening to this crap for two hours!


DennisCDiehl said...

Bob is actually an interesting phenomenon that has come out of the WCG explosion. Sincere I would suppose but having absolutely none of the appeal as a teacher yet so badly wanting to think he is a prophet and as special as can be in the world of Prophets, Apostles, Priests and Kings.

He does not seem to take obvious criticism of his quirky mannerisms, very poor settings for his presentations and know it all attitude which does not include any hint of ever being mistaken about anything, which he is.

Bob has settled in to believing that because various Bible characters who were "slow of speech" "who am I Lord that I should..." or like the Apostle Paul was said to be, "strong in word but weak in presence " 4 that's he's doing just fine. I imagine he thrives under the idea that "not many wise men now are called, not many noble brethren.But God has chosen the weak of the world and the things that are not to confound the wise.." as his mantra and justification for not improving or even realizing he is none of that which he fancies himself to be in reality.

I tried to watch one of his presentations where he was going through old random questions and answers from the WCG cheat sheets. Not only boring but irrelevant to today. He is stuck, just as GTA got stuck in the past and new information eventually made his sermons seem outdated, canned and devoid of having learned anything new about the topics in the past 40 years.

Dave Pack as well prides himself on learning the "absolute proof of God" and foolishness of evolution 50 years ago. That's a very stupid statement and makes him so out of touch with current reality as to make him ne of the fools of creationism.

Bob must at least be sincere but his inability to work with others , like Dave Pack, and his frustration with not being listened to or "elevated" is the poison in his cup. Bob is no team player and neither was Paul in the NT, and I don't say that as a compliment. These types run off on their own and make religion and the foolishness of preaching looked and sound even more foolish.

The Painful Truth said...

As I see it, Bob is playing church.

Just as little kids played Cowboys and Indians back in the day, Bob would have played church minister. HE WOULD HAVE PLAYED ALONE BECAUSE A NORMAL CHILD WOULD NOT WANT TO BE A PRIEST OR MINISTER. There, I shouted it out!

I knew Bob in LCG said...

Bob thinks he was highly respected while in Living, but he was mocked there just as he is mocked here. Many thought him to be a blithering idiot that was constantly running off at the mouth about some silly prophecy or how the church was off track on some esoteric doctrine. He has never taken any constructive criticism to heart, which is why he consistently looks silly to others. Meredith was right in rebuking him, which was a stunning blow that Bob has never recovered from. All of his actions are a vain attempt at gaining credibility in the eyes of others, but he never succeeds. Even when he is on his radio show interviews, he comes across as smug and condescending, instead of humble.

Connie Schmidt said...

Hoping for the day that Bob has a reprint article called "THE PLAIN TRUTH ABOUT SANITY".

Connie Schmidt said...

Bob is on "THE PATH". He is both a Naturopath and a Sociopath!

nck said...

"Just as little kids played Cowboys and Indians back in the day, Bob would have played church minister. HE WOULD HAVE PLAYED ALONE BECAUSE A NORMAL CHILD WOULD NOT WANT TO BE A PRIEST OR MINISTER. There, I shouted it out!"

That is hilarious!

I remember being reprimanded by my Catholic school teacher during an schoolyard impersonation of the pope when I was about 10 years old. I truly couldn't see why. Since I thought it very funny.

Alas the man passed away to soon because of smoking.

Thinking of it I should have impersonated my own religous leader. But I would have had to create a square to sit behind. And a kite would not suffice as a GII.


Hoss said...

Yes, I can imagine the ardent CCOG member waiting with bated breath for the answers to these exiguous blasts from the past. The sermon ends with Bob hoping our Biblical knowledge and interest in the Bible have increased. What does pique my curiosity when listening to Bob's sermons are the faux pas he tends to make. I have profited from following up on some of the more scholarly work he's rejected because it doesn't fit his set theology or opinionated worldview.

BTW and FWIW, Bob gave the the old Pasadena post office answer to the question of HWA's "W". But, if you look at his 1932 CG7 Ministerial License Certificate, it's made out to H.W. Armstrong, and signed Herbert W Armstrong, years before moving to Pasadena.