Saturday, June 2, 2012

Dennis on "You Already Own One of These....Use It!"

You Already Own One of These....Use It!

Dennis Diehl - EzineArticles Expert AuthorAs a student,  member and then minister in WCG I always took my Bible, a fine margin writing pen and a highlighter to services. These were absolutely vital to one getting the very most out of the sermon.  I think I had one of these as well but used it very few times as I was too young and naive to know just how to turn it on and read the results.  Whenever it did go off, I was told it was a false signal and my detector must be defective. 

My BS detector went off a few times when I was younger but I felt guilty that it did. Once HWA said that Dinosaurs didn't reproduce because Satan couldn't and so neither could his creation.  BEEEEEEEP!   I had just read National Geographic in HWA office about the first discovered Dino eggs!  My friend asked if he just heard my BS detector go off.  "Ghastly days! yes, but I don't know where that came from. It won't happen again..."  I thought even having one could get you in big trouble so I begged him not to tell anyone that it went off. 

As years went on, my personal BS detector went off every darn time Gerald Waterhouse stopped to pump up the troops.  Once it went off while at dinner with GW and I got a swift kick under the table to turn it off!!!   A typical evening for me listening to GW tell us all about how it all was, is and will be with HWA and the Wonderful World Tomorrow...I could hardly hear what he said for all the beeping in my head!   I kept the volume setting on off, but I could feel the vibration when it went off!  Some of my friends in the audience looked at me sometimes when they wanted to see if it was vibrating in my head after something was said.  I evidently was not good at hiding the beep in my head to some who knew me better than perhaps I would have preferred at the time.

That BS meter went off many many more times as time went on and the winds of change swept across the plain truth. It eventually got so bad I could not even think without the constant beep of BS detection.

But now I am older and wiser and while annoying to hear the constant "beep" of this vital tool to proper and responsible living, I grew to appreciate all the future drama and trouble it eventually came to save me.

The beauty of it all is that you don't have to purchase one of these. You don't have to put it on your credit card or wait a couple weeks to get one in the mail. You already have one.  You have always had one. 

Just turn it on....and trust it enough to save yourself and your family further Pastor, Prophet and Apostle abuse. 

They come in various models but all detect the truth of the many grand pronouncements one has grown all to used to hearing from the grand and the glorious "God speaks to me not you," goofballs who see themselves spoken of in the scriptures. 

Here they are in action....

"A final thought: Circumstances forced me to research and come to much more fully understand the office of prophet than anyone else ­today. This extensive process has allowed me to teach you the truth of that ­office—from the Bible.."
David C Pack

"All of this has helped prepare—train—me to understand how my office will someday interact with the two final prophets Christ will select and train within this ­Church!"
David C Pack

"Let me repeat: I state without apology and with God’s authority that both of the Two Witnesses will be members of The Restored Church of God! There is no doubt! "
David C Pack

"The day of Pentecost, 2012, will prove to be most important to the return of Jesus Christ. As a prophet, God gives to me prophetic interpretation and additional prophecy not previously given in scripture. He does not do it all at one time, but in a “progressive” manner,"
Ronald Weinland

"So in many respects, my job as a prophet is simple, since I speak and write what God gives to me."
Ronald Weinland

"There are many people who simply “hate” such prophetic declarations because they hate God’s ways. The things written in 2008 – God’s Final Witness are not a matter of my own ideas or my ways, but they are from God to one of His prophets. Those who hate God also hate His prophets and perceive them, their actions, and their words as arrogance and pride."
Ron Weinland

Once you get the hang of it, show your friends where they can find their very own and how they work.  Start a "Beep of the Week" club and share your findings with friends.  No Church of God devotee should be without one if your belong to a Church where there is just one grand Apostle, Prophet or Watcher telling you how it all is and what you are expected to believe...  "Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep,"   Uh oh....there's another one!

Dennis C. Diehl


Painful Truth said...

Good you didn't try this on Weinland. The needle would have broken off!

Black Ops Mikey said...

Good luck in trying to tell the truth in the hearing of the lying con man.

About the only thing you can do is walk away and take as much of your resources with you as you can.

Or you could start a blog and tell everybody about the lies. It does a little good for a few.

Anonymous said...

With all these bovine excrement producers you have to understand one thing, when they say "God", they're referring to themselves.

In any and all walks of life, I think of my bullshit detector as being the best mental health insurance there is.

DennisCDiehl said...

"It does a little good for a few."

That's exactly right Douglas. Or it does little good for most. I find the phenomenon of people giving their reason, thinking and resources to those who speak outrageous things to be fascinating. But you are right. The eye that sees can't see itself.

Because the Bible has a story or describes the antics of a prophet, which may today mean a mentally ill or out of whack human being, they tolerate and hope in such people today.

Because a book says that once an axehead floated to the surface, they believe it is what can happen if you pray hard enough or have enough faith.

Because a book says you can take up deadly serpents or drink poison (what idiot inserted that just one time into the NT?) some pay with their lives trying to prove their foolish faith.

Because some feel the more obscure the book or the writing in it, the more symbolic the words or crazy the text, as in the Book of Revelation, they can clearly understand what it means. Of course, it means them and now.

When a man sees himself spoken of in the scriptures, and it is always in the role of prophet, priest or apostle and not miserable, blind , poor and naked, people go for it. They buy into his visions, send in their resources to spread the virus and turn off the BS meter because they are told to.

All very fascinating as long as we can abide by the blessing for the Czar given in Fiddler on the Roof.

"May God Bless and keep the Czar.....far away from us."

Black Ops Mikey said...

The posting about Dr. Ernest Martin really says it all: Herbert Armstrong didn't want the truth -- it was all about lies and taking money. Sure, power was involved too.

The lesson is: The first time you catch someone lying to you and they know they are lying, there is no more credibility left and no basis for any relationship whatsoever because you can never trust them.

John said...

Those few self-righteous remarks of David C. Pack reveal an underlying ignorance that's truly disturbing! He flatters himself too much and really should heed Paul's advice, an apostle no less with whom Pack insists he stands on par with! "And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know" (1 Cor. 8:2) or "For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself" (Gal. 6:3). And if Pack thinks calling on God's name to lend credence to his asinine and false assertions will make Him accede to his demands then two can play at this game, and thus, I hereby state without apology and with God's authority that David C. Pack is wrong about the Two Witnesses, and that they will be of God's own choosing. Neither Pack nor Meredith nor Flurry nor Luker nor Ritenbaugh nor the Pope of Rome nor the Queen of England, nor anyone else for that matter will have any say into who His Two Witnesses will be, what race they'll be from or which "church"--if any!--they'll be members of. There is no doubt!

DennisCDiehl said...

"The first time you catch someone lying to you and they know they are lying, there is no more credibility left and no basis for any relationship whatsoever because you can never trust them."

While I know what you mean, there are no humans who don't lie, even knowingly , at times. It is better to address the reason for the lie which can be a light thing such as wanting to spare someone pain not knowing if they are able to really talk frankly and realistically without going bonkers, or a heavy thing as in to deceive.

One time an you're out is a formula for a very lonely and unrealistic life.

Byker Bob said...

People are trustworthy only on a percentage basis, and the key becomes managing them as you would any other imperfect resource. It'd be nice to have 100% truthful, 100% loyal friends, family members, employers, but if you actually expect this, you're in for a very big letdown.

The lesson from WCG is that you also have to manage your minister, and to trust him on a limited basis. If he can minister to you in certain ways, or give you an occasional nugget that helps you with a bit of spiritual guidance, take that for what it's worth, but don't read too much into that. Of course, it's doubtful that you could be an ACOG member and apply such criteria, but perhaps that is informative as well!