The Church of God's greatest Pharisee is its greatest proponent of the law. Grace and love are tools of Satan that allow unbridled "sin" to take over a persons life. Being shackled to the law supposedly stops that wantonness. In my decades in Pasadena that belief has been proven wrong many times over. The laws never stopped anyone in the Church, in most cases it caused them to do more things. the more the church prohibited the more people rebelled.
Apostle Malm is setting himself and his splinter cult up for failure. He is not bringing anyone closer to God. If anything, he is driving a wedge between them and the God they seek to follow. Begin shackled to law and being told what to do 24/7 is very comforting to some. Being allowed freedom is an unknown concept to many. Freedom brings insecurity and the ability to ask questions. That in turn can lead to doubt and doubt is a four letter word in Armstrongism.
Apparently one of Malm's acolytes dared to question the teachings of the apostle. Retribution was swift and public.
The apostle writes:
While Larry assured me that he was of like mind with me when he offered to set up the Facebook site last year, I have been hearing otherwise. I therefore wrote him yesterday to ask his positions, and he responded by saying that he is not against me, he just does not agree with me.
Larry has taken a stand on the calendar, however he does not agree on the meanings of the Festivals etc, and has said that he will not attend our Feast site because I will not allow dissent He has chosen to attend the Feast with UCG [Do they allow sermons dissenting from their teachings? I expect that this means that Larry wants to attend with UCG because he agrees with their teachings on the Festivals.] and is trying to set up for the true Eighth Day [by the Biblical Calendar] a few days after UCG holds theirs.
In case some believe that Larry and I are on the same page doctrinally and about the Feasts; I feel c0mpelled to issue this clarification:
Larry does not agree with the teachings on this Blog concerning the Festivals, and is doing whatever he does on his own: He does not represent me, nor is he associated with me when he diverges from the teachings and doctrine at TheShiningLight.
Those who want to attend a Feast site for the whole eight days, based on the positions and doctrines presented at this Blog, should write me at firstname.lastname@example.org for information about our Feast site in Oregon.