Saturday, January 26, 2013

Prophet/Overseer Thiel: I am Really Getting Sick Of Having To Do This All By Myself!

Self appointed prophet and Overseer of his house church is soliciting for money and help to get his fledgling mega church off the ground.  So far in these few short weeks it supposedly has reached more people than ANY other Church of God has inhuman history.  This really must have Davey Pack ticked since he alone is the head of the world’s largest and best Church of God ever!

 While all of this sermon uploading was going on, I also got hit hard by a virus that made it fairly difficult to carry out my daily duties (and am barely functional now), but carried them out anyway. 

Yes brethren, I am a TRUE martyr for the truth!  Even though I was sick I still did God's work!

This week, I received emails from New Zealand and Canada asking what some there could do to assist us of the Continuing Church of God in Arroyo Grande, California.  One or more assignments were given based upon those requests.
But I would like to add is that what is really needed is prayer.
Specifically, notice something that Jesus said:
37…”The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few.  38 Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” (Matthew 9:37-38)
So, please pray for that, as well as myself and my family, as we attempt to serve all of you.
Thank you for your support and encouragement as we strive to do what God would have us do.
Bob Thiel, Pastor and Overseer
Continuing Church of God

Prophet/Overseer Thiel: Only Appropriate Males Can Pray In My Church

The undervalued and much maligned prophet of the Continuing Church of God has laid down the law today for those who will be holding house church services. Only "appropriate males" may pray.  Sorry women!  You should know by now that only REAL men can preach and pray.  You women are a little too daft to be considered able to pray.

Note that only "appropriate Males" may pray.

here is my suggested format for Sabbath services for January 26, 2013:

Living Church of God: We Deserve To Have Your Estate Instead Of Your Heretic Relatives

From a reader here:

Your post regarding the COG minister's demanding of money reminded me of this from the Jan-Feb Living Church News article written by Rod the Charlottain:

"Brethren, I want to strongly encourage all of you to genuinely go “all out” in backing the very Work Christ is doing through us on this earth today! I know that most of you are doing this. But many do “let down”—especially after the Feast when the income for Gods Work often drops for a number of weeks. But above and beyond that, I not long ago received a letter from one of our fine ministers who has in recent times had the experience of several older people dying in his congregational areas.

It's guilt trip time.  Sure some may be slacking in tithing, but many are struggling to make ends meet.  When they read stuff like this it is an automatic guilt trip laid upon them.  What they are telling the members is this: “It's YOUR fault that the income is down. “ “It is up to YOU to change it.”

This very sincere and serving minister—not a “money grubber”—wrote me: “Of them all, two were moderately wealthy. Neither looked or acted wealthy but they were farmers and left quite an inheritance. One left $300,000 and a nice home, the other left 300 acres with quite a bit of nice river frontage. At $1,500 per acre that would be $450,000. At $2,000 per acre that would be $600,000. This is why I mention it. The one man said strongly the one thing he wanted to avoid was having his stepchildren, who seemed to hate him, inherit. He left no will, so of course the stepchildren got it all. Dr. Meredith, I feel we are missing a special opportunity by not bringing the possibility of leaving all or part of their inheritance to the attention of the Church.”

If God says his blessings are showered upon the "just" and the "unjust," why would a minister be worried about step children receiving an inheritance?   It’s none of the ministers business whether or not someone inherits property.

Brethren, following through on this suggestion from this fine minister, I would like to take the opportunity now to encourage many of you who are growing older to think about giving a good part or all of your estate to the Work of the living God. Many of you, no doubt, would like to do this but “simply have not gotten around to it. Many want to do it, as this one man said—but simply put off making out a will so that your intentions will be carried out when you die. Gods word encourages responsibility and wise estate planning. A good man leaves an inheritance to his childrens children, but the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous (Proverbs 13:11). Pray that God will give you wisdom in planning for how your assets may be helpful to your children— and to Gods Church—after you die. And it is important that you think about this, because if you just “do nothing your estate may go to people who will not appreciate what you are leaving behind, or it may even go to the state and be part of the budget of some government treasurer to use as he desires!

The church is just as ungrateful for estate inheritances as the ungrateful relatives may be.  In the past estates that were given to the church were used to remodel evangelists homes.    Diamonds, jewelry and other gifts were regularly taken by certain department heads and kept as their own or sold off and pocketed the money themselves.  Believe it or not they actually bragged about this. 

As the end of this age approaches, each one of us needs to focus on the profound statement Jesus Christ our Savior made in the Sermon on the Mount, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Matthew 6:19–21).

This is laughable coming from Rod Meredith.  This is the man who used third tithe money to remodel his million dollar home on Waverly Drive decades ago.  This is the man who had valuable works of art and treasures of the church in his office.   It is also laughable considering how the Church of God has always been obsessed with laying up treasures.  Look at the hundreds of millions of dollars in fine art, gold, silver, crystal, that the Church bought to furnish homes and offices with.  It was and always has been about MORE.  More offices, more TV stations, more buildings, more students, more members, more magazines, more cars, more jets, ad naseum........

If we truly have our “heartsin Gods Work, we will obviously want to give generously! This should not be a mystery to any of us. So we should each think about how we can best do this. A wonderful example as a “hero of the faith was Raymond Jorgensen, the Iowa farmer who willed his entire farm with the buildings and equipment and everything to Gods Work enabling us to move to our new Headquarters in North Carolina! Some of you remember his wonderful example. By giving that entire property—which was valued at nearly a million dollars—he certainly indicated to our Father in heaven exactly where he stood! His wonderful gift will never be forgotten by me, nor by many of us who are profoundly thankful that God put this action into his mind and heart.

Again this translates for those who cannot give a lot that it is their fault they are lacking in money.  If they would only step out in faith and write that big check then God will bless them doubly for it.  In other words, they are lacking in faith.   In faith you can give your entire estate to the church and write off any relatives.

Obviously, those of us who can help the Work in this way will certainly be honoring God and a genuine reward will be given us from the God who gives all of us life and breath. He will never forget what you are trying to do in leaving Him—through His Work—much or all of what you have accumulated during this short human life time. You know your own personal family situation, and you know your own heart. So, you know what is appropriate in your circumstances.

Those who give more to the church will be given more by God later on.  Maybe you will be ruler over two cities instead of one.  Or, God of two planets instead of one.  God will doubly bless you for being so generous.  Apparently God is really hard up that he needs you to leave estates to him.

Please think about it and pray about it—and, if you wish to do this—take action before it is too late. Even now, I hear from time to time about brethren who left the Worldwide Church of God many years ago, but failed to update their wills, and when they died their families were shocked to see bequests go to an apostate group from which they had departed years ago. So, if necessary, be sure to update your will. If you need help in this, or in other aspects of planning your bequest to the Church, I urge you to contact our Legal Affairs Department at Headquarters. For contact information, please note the box at the end of this article." [end of article quotation]

Brethren!  Please make sure that the Living Church of God is in your will and NOT an APOSTATE Church of God!  Don’t give your estate to Gerald Flurry or Dave Pack!  

The reader from here continues with this:

It reminded me of the following two items from history:

"Orthodox Christians defended slavery as part of the divinely ordained hierarchical order. Passages in the Bible support the institution of slavery:

    Both the bondmen, and thy bondmaids, which thou shalt have, shall be of the heathen that are round about you; of them shall ye buy bondmen and bondmaids. Moreover of the children of the strangers that do sojourn among you, of them shall ye buy, and of their families that are with you, which they begat in your land: and they shall be your possession. And ye shall take them as an inheritance for your children after you, to inherit them for a possession; they shall be your bondmen for ever. [Leviticus 25:44-46]"

2) from the book A SHORT HISTORY OF THE INQUISITION by  By Kessinger Publishing pp. 230-231:

“’After the death of a heretic they (the inquisitors) can confiscate the property he held, depriving his heirs of it, although his condemnation may have been prior to his decease.’ That is, when a man was dead the Inquisition could denounce and condemn him, attaint his children, and confiscate the property they had inherited. ‘And though it be an incontrovertible rule in civil law that with death ends all criminal action, that law is not held valid in causes of heresy, it being so serious a crime; and thus proceeding may be carried on against heretics after they are dead, declaring them as such, to confiscate their property (ad finem confiscandi), and taking it from its owners although it may have passed through many hands, applying it for the benefit of the Holy Office.’ Did any system ever furnish such facility for the work of sacerdotal (priestly) thieves?”