The Church of God has always found life to be hard a fight to live. We were constantly battling some evil force as we struggled to advance a few yards towards the kingdom. Satan was always there in front of us fighting to take as many as he possibly could away from the truth. Who can ever forget hearing ten thousand people or more at a Feast site singing, Onward Christian Soldiers, Marching Off To War in unison. It was stirring and unifying at the same time. We naively thought were helping fight the battle along side Herbert Armstrong as we journeyed onwards to Petra.
As Mr. Flurry wrote in the last sentence of How to Be an Overcomer, “Let’s all be noble knights together and thank God that we have the opportunity.” We have the chance to fight as one for Christ and the Father and be an awesome bannered host!It is this kind of thinking that allows such terrible and physical abuse to run rampant in the Church of God. As soldiers supposedly unified on the path to war, it is not good to be a questioner, to rock the boat or disagree with the Pastor General. To do so, destabilizes the ranks and the battle cannot be won. Christ has had to delay his coming so many times now that even he forgets the exact date, all due to the fact that the membership was not ready. It had failed to fight the good fight.
If these men were actually Christian that might have the understanding that the battle has already been won. The fight is no longer ours to worry about. There is a rest that comforts the weary of hear tired of fighting a fight they can never win because they just can't ever measure up.