This issue covers the continuing controversy for some in the Church of God over "postponements" with an article written by Dixon Cartwright.
"If you haven’t yet heard about the calendar postponements, just wait a while. Questions about the Hebrew calendar and the touchy subject of its postponements are a hot topic in many of the Churches of God. To some people postponements are no big deal. To others they’re the mark of the beast.
What are they? Do the brethren need to be concerned about them? Do they make any difference one way or the other? "
There is an interesting article by Benjamin Corey on "ghosting," a practice quite common in the COG and practiced by far too many members. He encourages members to NOT be the ones disfellowshipping. This is probably the best article in some time.
Ghosting is something that can happen to anyone, in any social circle, or from any particular social group. However, we American Christians seem to have perfected ghosting to a finely crafted art.
What is ghosting? You might not know the term, but you probably know the action.
Ghosting is when someone abruptly ends a friendship with limited or no explanation, and when the former friend proceeds to quickly disappear from your life.Dixon writes about a former Air Force fighter pilot, now professional cartoonist, Earl Cayton
Lonnie Hendriks has a short blurb on former Armstrongites attracted to atheism, that I am sure will stir up a small stink.
I’ve noticed too that evangelical atheism has been particularly attractive to some of the former followers of Herbert Armstrong.
I guess it’s a way for some of them to maintain their unique status as one of the enlightened (one of those who is not deceived). In short, they get to maintain their superiority over the ignorant, unquestioning masses. After all, it feels good to believe that my understanding is superior to yours.
Moreover, ridicule and scorn are considered appropriate because the other side is ignorant and wrong.
Hm, evangelicalism isn’t any more attractive in atheists than it is in theists, is it?
Rex Jamerson, has an issue with slovenly dressed people at church. You would not go to Buckingham Palace dressed like that, so why come to church dressed like that? How many times have I heard THAT one?
COG members and leaders have been complaining about dress standards in the church ever since my family started attending in the late 50's.
Dave Havir as an article about leaders and people desiring to be "worshipped." While this issue of The Journal was in the works before issues erupted in COGBS, it makes for an interesting read.
Some people (including religious people) have a lust to be worshiped and they overtly behave in a way to demonstrate their desire to be worshiped.
Other people (including religious people) have a lust to be worshiped, but they are subtle in fulfilling their desire.
There is an article by Mrs Mokarow about her husband who died recently.Some other people (including religious people) do not have a burning desire to be worshiped, but they allow a group of people to draw them into sin.
And, there is the usual nuttiness with some of the paid advertising. What must a new convert think when they see this kind of malarkey? Old time COG members laugh it off, but it portrays a disturbing mentality that has existed in the church for decades.