The time of correction for the Church of God is now close at hand. Let us turn to him and diligently seek him with whole hearted passionate love for him and his ways as defined by his law; let us internalize the very nature of Almighty God as defined by his commandments;
On April 27th Rod Meredith aired this presentation titled “Rejoice in God’s Sabbath” from about the 25 to 30 minute mark he states that such people are going to work anyway and therefore we may partate of their efforts.What does our God have to say about this self justification?1 Tim 5:22 Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure.1 Thess 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 22Abstain from all appearance of evil.Rod then goes on to say that it is wrong to eat out in restaurants on sabbath, but if there is an “ox in the ditch” it is alright. He then defines his ox as the wife being tired etc.
Apostle Malm wants you to know that you are lazy backslider if you do not have food at home already prepare:
Let me ask a question here: If there is enough money to buy in a restaurant, why is there no food in the house? Is this not a simple question of not caring enough to properly prepare? Are not the shops filled with bread, cheese, salads and many rady to eat products?
The Apostle indignantly spits out one of the most stupid comments he has made lately:
There is NO SUCH thing as an “ox in the ditch” regarding food on the Sabbath. Even if our home and food were burning down, we could count on the brethren to feed us; couldn’t we?Because we idolize our personal pleasures; our God will remove them from us in great tribulation.
I can just picture a person standing in front of Apostle Malm's god being yelled at because they went out for some warm food after their house had burnt down in the middle of winter. That poor family's nearest COG neighbor happened to have been Apostle Malm who had spit back at them that it was the Sabbath and he would NOT fix them any warm food. So they family had to go to a restaurant for some hot food. The Apostle would not even pay for hotel accommodations for the night because it was the sabbath. The Apostle's god was berating this family for allowing their house to burn which obviously was a result of hidden sins in their lives. Compounding that sin, the family went and got a hotel room, driving the spear further into the side of
The Apostle then goes on to make another dumb comment. Because you went out to eat on Saturday, you will be kicked out of the Kingdom like Adam was kicked out paradise:
In other words, Your ass is grass!That is partaking of the forbidden fruit of deciding for ourselves instead of obeying our Lord and we shall be thrust out of the presence of Christ like Adam.
This is the Apostle's response to a person that called him out for his legalistic silliness. Apostle Malm considers a person"weak and apathetic" if they dare to seek food or shelter that costs money after their house burns on the Sabbath.
I point out that the people deprived of their home would be seeking a place to stay and would naturally seek out the help of close friends and brethern anyway, would you have them sit in a public restaurant all night or be taken in by a brother?
Please explain why the roads to help a brother are more dangerous than roads to a church service or a restaurant?
I would also point out that emergency help would be on the scene to help with the fire and possible injuries anyway; and they would have or take you to a refuge that would have temporary food and shelter without charge.
Further I would rather miss a meal unnecessarily in zeal for my God to do my all to please him, than to be lukewarm and apathetic to him. However your scenario makes shelter far more important than food.
We do fast on Atonement and at other times, or do we? Do we not know that we will not perish over delaying a meal for a few hours.
You speak of a lack of compassion, quite the contrary, I call upon tha compassion of the brethren!