Several people on XCG Facebook pages are telling stories of how they have attended Feast sites this year just to make parents and family members happy, or to meet up with friends for a day of fun after services. Every single one of them has been saying the same thing. Their comments also illustrate just how provincial the Church of God still is in 2017.
Everyone is stating that they heard the exact same sermons using the same scriptures that they had heard every single year during their time in the church. Not one of these speakers had an original theme to their sermons. It is the exact same thing published over and over in every COG magazine and article. The ministers preached the same canned sermon that they heard from Herbert Armstrong.
It is the same old mantra, "We are being trained to be kings and priests." "We will head to the place of final training as the chosen of God, highly from the entire population of the world." "The church will soon face persecution for our beliefs...will you be held worthy of God's protection."
One person mentioned how downtrodden the women at the Feast they visited looked. None of the sermons were geared towards women, other than being "helpmeet's" for their husbands and that they be submissive, quiet in church and good stewards of their households."
One person had this to say:
"Don't these people's brains rot after listening to the very same thing for decades?"For centuries Christians have lived their faith in ways that make it relevant to the time they live in. While they look forward to a kingdom to come, they work to make that kingdom present in the lives of those they touch around them. What better way to witness to those around you, instead of parked for four hours in some dank hotel ballroom listening to yet another incredibly boring sermon. The things that Jesus taught and said can never be said to be boring. Can you say that about the typical COG minister today?