Neo made the following comment about COG prophets and their failed prophecies:
The question is why does failed prophecy not convince followers of the lack of integrity of the prophet and his/her theology?He continues with this:
In my case, I believed at that time that the WCG was the true church but its members were sometimes weak. Hence, someone, even someone of importance, could make a mistake in prophecy. I believe others viewed it the same way so Hoeh's error, as large as the failure of 1975, was overlooked - I assume - I never heard anything else about it. The whole thing vaporized leaving the WCG intact - no crisis for anyone I knew.
This willingly beneficent attitude of those deceived works in favor of all the nouveau prophets who rise up(compare Trump). That is why this blog will never erode the base that supports these guys. We ex-Armstrongists view the words of the nouveau prophets as fixed but their followers view the words as fluid. Sometimes I think they even see prophecy as a kind of entertainment - like watching Ancient Astronauts on the History Channel - everyone knows it is not true but it is kinda fun. These ad hoc prophecies will fail and these nouveau prophets, like the artful dodger, will duck away unscathed to prophesy again. And they know it. That is why they are so bold in their error. It is for the momentary affect on their base, not us critics.
I remember attending combined services in Columbus, Ohio in my youth for some Holy Day. It was one of those double services days and we were told before we went to lunch that we were required to be back in the room and in our seats by a certain time. At that time the doors to the auditorium would be locked and no one would be admitted or allowed to leave. There was news from Headquarters that was vital to the church.
We came back from lunch early to make sure we were safe in the room. They promptly shut the doors and had deacons stand and guard the doors. The minister rolled out a large board onto the stage where he proceeded to map out, in detail, the exact date we would be fleeing in 1972. My mother copiously copied all of it down, took it home and made a chart for the kitchen cabinet, that she put on the inside of the door. As the days and months went by, she crossed them off.
I was told I was never going to graduate from high school or ever go to college. They sent me to SEP Orr in 1971 for one last experience of this "world."
As we all now know, it was an epic failure. Not one single thing they predicted came true. Herbert Armstrong was deep into collecting money to build his auditorium in Pasadena. Jets were needed to fly the apostle around the world for yet one more final witness and push. And still, nothing happened. Church members went with their lives because we were told that God had delayed things so that the church could correct itself and a huge final witness could be proclaimed.
Of course this delay was all the member's fault. We were not ready. We were not 100% behind the apostle, the work, and many other excuses.
I think Neo's comment above is spot on as to why COG members that follow Pack, Flurry, Weinland, Thiel, and others will sit there, year after year, listening to them tell one whopper of a lie after another, and yet remain loyal.
I would add to that the teaching ingrained in COG members was the duty to remain true to the "one true church" that God had miraculously raised up. We were taught to never question that belief and that to do so placed ones salvation at risk. Thus, it is easier to sit there and chuckle at the absurdities of our COG prophets, knowing deep down they are fools, than it is take a bold leap and reject them as scripture commands. How many times were we told, "God is in control and he will correct them when needed. It is not up to us to question our leaders, they are only human, after all."
So what response to you have to this?