Gerald Weston is locking control of LCG even further. Gone are the days of the public reading LCG magazines on the Internet without first resisting their names and email addresses. Weston claims that the church is facing a great difficulty in not knowing just how reads their rags.
The Internet is an exciting tool the Church uses to preach the Gospel to the whole world. At the same time, it presents unique challenges. We have always presented the Truth free of charge and will continue to do so; however, when we post everything we have on our Web sites, with no means of knowing who is reading our material, this creates some difficulties.This is the excuse he offered. They cannot create data bases on who responds to their materials so they can contact them later when they get kicked off TV stations due to their heretical content (which has happened.)
For example, we were on television for over four years in Hong Kong until the station ceased operations. During that time, we had thousands of people responding to the telecast by going to our H.K. Web site. And without a cost-effective telephone service, we were not able to capture names, addresses, etc., except for a few hundred that signed up for a monthly e-mail newsletter. We embarked on that initiative as an act of faith, because we are commissioned to go to the whole world. We knew that we would not be able to do things in Hong Kong or China like we do in the “Western” world, but the result is that we have no idea who these people were and no way of contacting them. If we had their e-mail addresses, we could have informed them of a new offer, a new station, or a Tomorrow’s WorldPresentation. The same is true in India, where our primary source for people responding to our telecast is by means of our Web site.Several from LCG have written to me stating that this is another form of control of the members. This tells LCG brass which church members are exactly reading their material. Weston has always been about control. Now that Meredith is out of the way, Weston has achieved his goal. Rough days are ahead for LCG members.