A rational person would think that Church of God groups would be really cautious about writing articles on how to determine what is a counterfeit church, especially considering how fractured the Church of God movement is, with every single one of the groups preaching a different message. But no, they have not learned to keep their mouths shut. Every single one of them, in their self-righteous glory, think they have the inside track and everyone else is wrong, even other COG's.
The latest entry in the "one true church" schtick is Church of God a Worldwide Association (COGWA). Clyde Kilough has an article in the latest Discern magazine, How to Spot a Counterfeit Church.
We see this at work today in the likes of James Malm and his Wiccan sidekick Constance who envisions herself as a discerner of the Word, in Dave Pack, Bob Thiel, Gerald Flurry, and most of the other church leaders in the Church of God today. Pharisaical laws, damaging legalism and outright lies make these leaders the epitome of the Pharisaical tactics mentioned above.
For well over 80 years now, the Church of God has been filled with deceitful workers and hundreds of false apostles and prophets. Every single one of them liars and deceivers of the brethren. The sad part is that they all put on the air of righteousness and members fall for their vile schtick and get wrapped up in their lies. Look at the followers of Thiel, Malm, Pack, Flurry and the others. Given the track record of upstart false prophets in the COG, these men should never have a single follower, but they do. They try to transform themselves into workers of righteousness, yet they are agents of darkness. This includes Clyde Kilough and his fellow workers of darkness. He and his team of men threw a tantrum and split off from United Church of God, preaching their own version of what they claim is the truth. They imagined themselves as teachers and holders of the keys to the kingdom, so much so that they formed their own group and yet they preach a different message than any of the other COG's.
Kilough then writes this:
Look at the hundreds and hundreds of Churches of God in the world today, representing differing interpretations of what Christ did and said when they decide to mention him. Yet, the majority of COG members do not see this as a problem. Somehow they all see themselves as unified by some illogical thread. They never stop to examine the authenticity of what they claim to believe.
Most Church of God leaders and members have never really studied church history. The only version of it they know is what their respective church leader has spoon feed them as the "authentic" version. Any real student of church history knows the fascinating story of the growth of Christianity and the church through the centuries. It has never died out nor did it need to be restored after being lost by an impotent god for 1,900 years.
If Kilough and other church members truly believe that "God is not the author of confusion" then why are there 500-700 different splinter Churches of God? Why did they contribute to the mess by starting yet another group? Is that not confusion?
Surely all of the Churches of God cannot be wrong? Which one is right? Every single one of them picks and chooses which teachings they want to keep and thus setting them apart from the next COG.
Which COG leader is right? Thiel? Malm? Pack? Kubik? FLurry? Are they genuine or are they liars and deceivers of the brethren?
Every time a Church of God splits off this is exactly what has happened.They pick and choose which doctrines they want to keep and reshape the church into what they want it to be.
No Church of God leader or member has ever kept the 10 Commandments or any other other commandments. It is an impossibility. To say they do is to deliberately lie. They cannot be humanly all kept. The Jesus they all claim to follow has said over and over that they cannot do it and won't do it.
Kilough, Malm, Thiel and all the others have never kept the commandments. When they deny the one they claim to follow and place the law above that ever so inconvenient dude they are not "abiding in My love."
People can say they “abide in Christ,” but do they keep the commandments? That’s the test, isn’t it? If you are looking for the Church Jesus built, start looking for those who are striving to walk as He walked. Sad to say, “commandment-keeping” immediately crosses a huge number off the list.Seriously? Are we to look at the hundreds and hundreds of self-appointed prophets and leaders as followers of a "Jesus" they know nothing about? The 10 commandments are no more a "test" than the Sabbath is. Because these men all deny the Christ they claim to follow, they are immediately crossed off the list.
What is the truth in the COG? Every group has hundreds and hundreds of nonbiblical doctrines and practices. The Philadelphia Church of God is different than United Church of God, which is different than the Restored Church of God, which is different than Church of God International, which is different than Intercontential Church of God, which is different than COGWA, which is different than "continuing" Church of God.
Where does truth reside now? The Churches of God love to mock the different divisions in Christianity and even call them "so-called" Christians, yet their own church is so fractured now that it is irrelevant with none of them doing any worthwhile work that is changing lives.
Where are the fruits of the spirit? Where are the good works? Where is Jesus?