Dennis Leap, of all people, has an article up on the Philadelphia Church of God site about proper child training. He claims that since PCG is God's only church, that proper child rearing teachings can only be found in PCG:
Ah yes, God apparently channelled into Gerald Flurry's head that he should force parents to cut off all ties with their children if they are no longer part of the PCG. God also apparently tells PCG ministers to take their disabled kids and dump them at the local mall so the government can take care of them. God also apparently tells PCG leaders to bombard the mids of members with so much depressing anti-biblical bullshit that people are driven to suicide. Yep, that sure is "godly child rearing."
Gerald Flurry gets his child-rearing teachings from another man who was not qualified to be teaching members how to rear their children. Herbert Armstrong was a failure as a father to his children. He treated them at times with utter contempt, so much so that every single one of them left the church. And don't forget the incest! Yes, he was the grand poohbah of proper child-rearing techniques, never forget that!
Never forget that Herbert Armstrong was also the epitome of what a true marriage should look like. Let your first wife die because you were too big of an ass to take her to the hospital and have her colon blockage taken care of. Yes, digging in ones heals and blaming church members for his wife's death instead of taking the blame himself is the epitome of a "true godly marriage."
And don't' forget his second "godly marriage" that even serial adulterer Garner Ted knew was doomed to failure! So much for creating any future god's to be part of the grand plan! Even his stepson deserted him.
So just what is that previous knowledge that HWA and Flurry have to give to the world and the church? It is the belief that Satan enters the minds of babies almost a soon as they are born and it is a constant battle thereafter.
The entire world is cut off from proper child rearing techniques because the world has refused to read the Mystery of the Ages. All essential truth necessary for salvation is found in this book. Anyone who reads it will immediately know how to raise their children to be just like the kids of Herbert Armstrong! Woo Hoo!
All children outside the Philadelphia Church of God are cut off from God. Seriously? Do these hypocritical jackasses actually believe this? Oh wait, they do. So please explain to me how the child of the parents who dumped it at the mall, is blessed because its parents are "converted?"
Mr. Armstrong wrote, “While other people—not members of the true body of Christ—and all other children are cut off from access to God,—can believe in Christ—are not cut off from God—and much of God’s truth, even though as yet too young to be converted. But they are a to God!” (ibid). Do we get what Mr. Armstrong is teaching here? Children of members can have a relationship with Christ and come to understand God’s truth because of their parents’ calling. Mr. Armstrong adds that they are a special treasure to God. How inspiring, exciting and thrilling! Do we realize what a sacred treasure our children are?
Mr. Armstrong viewed this as “important new knowledge” that should be received “eagerly.” This was not just Mr. Armstrong’s, or any other man’s, view—it was new revelation given from the Bible by God, specifically for God’s Church. Mr. Armstrong did not understand this truth until the mid-1970s. Yet the Apostle Paul had explained about the special category of members’ children nearly 1,900 years earlier. The incredible truth, lost to the Church from the first century, had been restored!Remember that it was the mid-70's when he destroyed the last contact he had with his children when he turned his back on Garner Ted and his daughters and all of the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Nothing like "consecrating" his children to God by being a good father! Yes, he was a shining example!
Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy” (1 Corinthians 7:14). Paul was very clear here. Children of converted parents (or one parent) are holy! The Greek word for holy is hagios. Strong’s Concordance translates this word as sacred or consecrated. Something that is sacred or consecrated is set apart for holy use! God sees our children as sacred. Do we? All parents in God’s Church must ensure that our children remain sacred to God. God-inspired child rearing can ensure this.Dennis Leap claims that through presents teaching them about Jesus while in the PCG (COG) the child will be consecrated. That is a stretch right there since the PCG and most of the Churches of God have totally ignored Jesus over emphasizing on the law. Jesus is only trotted out once a year at Passover where he is beaten to a bloody pulp and left on the Masonic Lodge or Odd Fellow's floor until next year.
Imagine being a child in the PCG and being taught about a kingdom to come where Flurry, Leap and others will be in charge! What a nightmare that would be! Even Jesus weeps at that thought!
Leap likes to believe that is the parent's fault that so many children left the church in the 1980's. Never place any blame on the asinine teachings of the ministry or rapidly apostatizing ministers who set out to start splinter personality cults. Nope, they were never the problem. It was the parent's fault.
In the early ’80s, many young people who were raised in the Church, did not grow up to become members of God’s Church. Mr. Armstrong was greatly disturbed by this trend. He placed the blame where it belonged—on the parents. He wrote, “Brethren, God’s Church is not showing even half the growth it should have from the oncoming generation of our members. This shows we have neglected the teaching of our children! When God has calledGod was apparently too stupid to use any of Jesus teachings about children so there is the constant need in the Church of God to rely upon Moses and other "heroes" of the Old Covenant. Jesus is still on the Masonic Lodge floor, so let's look to the law and Moses for guidance. for special service in loyally backing the proclaiming of the gospel to the world by God’s Church, He intended that your childrenshould also be called and enter into the Work of God’s Church” (ibid). Besides teaching our children about God, we must also teach them about His Work and show them how to back and support the Work. If our hearts are truly in the Work, this will not be difficult to accomplish.
God established through the Prophet Moses that it is the responsibility of the older generation to properly instruct its youth. “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up” (Deuteronomy 6:5-7). The success of ancient Israel was tied directly to the quality of the instruction given to succeeding generations. The quality of teaching depends upon the spiritual maturity of the adult generation. Because of the continuing degeneration of the adults, eventually the teaching broke down. Ancient Israel became a miserable failure. The lesson is there for any parents willing to look (1 Corinthians 10:11).The Church of God and this includes the PCG, RCG, UCG, LCG, COGWA, and most of the others have been an epic failure in how it has raised its children. If Leap really wants to be truthful, he should admit that PCG and the COG have been a "miserable failure."
Yet there is still marvelous hope. Mr. Armstrong wrote, “Although Satan is going to influence your children, almost from birth, toward his selfish and rebellious attitude, you may counteract this by ! And when sufficiently adult . None of this is true of children outside truly converted parents!” (ibid). We should be as positive as Mr. Armstrong. Let’s never forget that we have the power of the Almighty God behind us and our children!
Mr. Flurry continues, “Children of converted members in God’s Church, even if not baptized when Jesus Christ returns, I believe will still be a part of that firstfruits group because they were sanctified before Christ’s return. Our children have such a wonderful future!” (ibid). Do we see the opportunity that Christ gives us to help Him prepare His own Bride? Do we really see what God has planned for our little children? Those who grow up to believe, repent and become converted in the Millennium will eventually receive the Bride-level reward promised only to the firstfruits. What a future! This is for us and for our children.
Let’s not fail to recognize that our children’s place in that future depends mostly on us. Surely we want to give our children the best future ever!The best chance any child in the Philadelphia Church of God has, as do most of them from the other Churches of God, is that they LEAVE! Their future depends upon it!
Our Sacred Children: How well do you understand what God has given His Church
concerning child rearing?