The following is from False Prophet Ronald Weinland: Don't Drink the Flavor Aid Served by False Prophets
A question was directed towards a former follower of Ron Weinland to respond to. It is a question that almost all who have left Armstrongism and the Churches of God get asked by people when they hear stories about the corruption, lies and aberrant doctrines that members were expected to overlook or believe. It was a specific question concerning Ron Weinerdude Weinland's teaching that Christ did not preexist. The preexistence of Christ is almost a universal understanding of Christianity, but not for some COG followers.
A person was asked why they got sucked into Weinerdude's teachings. The same can be applied to how could people have been sucked into Herbert Armstrong's, Rod Meredith's, Dave Pack's, Gerald Flurry's, Bob Thiel's, Vik Kubik's and other COG leaders lies and deceptions.
I look back now and I cannot believe how damn stupid I was!!! I KNOW BETTER THAN THIS!!!!
The only thing I will give nothingburger weinland credit for is this, “he is one hell of a salesman”!!! Until you realize that, this is all he is, a salesman!!
The good news is that I am far wiser now than I was then. I stand on “what I know” and “what I believe” and I do not give a damn what someone like weinland has to sell. As a matter of fact, I would welcome a face to face encounter with weinland!! He knows and I know he would NOT stand a chance against me ever again!! weinland is a liar and he lacks the courage to face any opposition that would challenge him and/or embarrass him in public and/or in front of his remaining worshipers (they worship weinland not God). If they truly understood what God teaches they would have left long ago!!!
Ask yourself this question, where the hell is he?? All of his boisterous claims about God’s only chosen one and how the world will tremble at his feet, well, where the hell are you nothingburger weinland!!??
"Salesman" is a good term to describe all past and present Church of God leaders. They are selling their version of a product no matter how bad and stinky it might be. Like people who buy products on late night TV, Christians get sucked in by "dynamic" preachers who make them feel special and set apart from the world with insider or exclusive truths that have been supposedly revealed by the preacher's god.
In Armstrongism alone, there are between 400 - 700 different splinter groups that have arisen over the last 80 some years. Everyone of these blowhards claim an exclusive inside track to knowledge not reveled to any other COG minister. From the bombastic big boys like HWA, GTA, Flurry and Pack to the latest pissant upstarts like Bob Thiel and James Malm, these men of deceit are destroying peoples lives.
In every single group out there today, there are members sitting there every week thinking, "Why am I here?" or "Why don't I have the guts to get up and walk out?" or "How can Dave say such idiotic things?" We have all done it.
So the next time you are sitting there and hear something incredibly stupid or appalingly wrong, remember that you KNOW BETTER THAN THAT and take a bold move and set yourself free!