The Church of God a Worldwide Association
has an article up in their latest Discern
(November/December 2017) magazine concerning New Years. Like any good Church of God, they have to find everything they can wrong with it. The problem is, some of the things they attribute to it are the exact same things they do at the Feast of Tabernacles.
New Years was always a college and church activity for those in the Pasadena area. Hundreds of college and church members sold their souls to the devil New Year's Eve as they freely volunteered to sell programs, film, and food along the Rose Parade route. In addition to that, they also ushered in almost all of the grandstands and served in the parking lots all along the route. For many years the church had the exclusive rights to sell programs and film along the entire route. Doing this brought hundreds of thousands of dollars into the college and church coffers which supposedly went into college and church activity funds for students and member activities. Very few of those dollars ever trickled down to the members where the church paid for activities. Never once was a sermon preached on the evils of New Years.
Church members and college students/employees spent decades partying along with the public on New Year's Eve. This includes many of the members in all of the splinter groups, including a lot of the ministry. But New Years still remains an evil Satanic activity and they find anything they can to malign it, even though their excuses sound silly and trite in 2017.
Mike Bennett writes:
In addition to its pagan roots, the fruits of this holiday are not good. For example, according to Allprobailbond.com, “the holidays are the busiest time of year for the bail bond industry.” Why?
• Increased alcohol consumption. … Driving under the influence is the leading cause for New Year’s Eve arrests.
• Increased emotions. Some people are very unhappy during the holidays. Domestic violence often increases during the holiday season as well as self-inflicted wounds. Consumption of alcohol also increases violent acts.
This sounds just like a typical COGWA or any other COG Feast site. Alcohol consumption goes through the roof during the Feast. Liquor stores used to stock up when COG members came into town at some of the larger Feast sites. Ministerial dining rooms are stacked to the brim with wine, beer and all kinds of spirits that the sheeple can only dream about.
Increased emotions at the Feast time also soar. For some, it is the struggle they have to go through to attend Feast sites. Even though they cant afford it, they show up with a smile on their faces pretending all is right, while inwardly they are struggling. Others get caught up in the crowd emotions at Feast sites as certain "favorite" speakers show up in all their grandiose glory. Tears stream down some of the faces of members when they see these men. They did it for Herbert Armstrong, and they still do it today.
COGWA goes on to warn us about getting ensnared in "pagan" worldly celebrations, even though they celebrate harvest festivals and other days taken straight from pagan ways of those nations surrounding them during their evolution as a people. The self-righteous leaders and members bitched and moaned when Tkach and others who claimed that God could take pagan days and make the Christian observances, like Christmas and Easter, yet they turn right around and do the exact same thing when they celebrate the Feast and other days.
As usual in the COG, they spend their energy majoring in minor subjects, which in the long run actually do not matter, while ignoring that inconvenient dude they claim to follow.
COGWA continues with this:
Playing with paganism isn’t cute—it is corrosive to our relationship with the true God. When God calls Himself a “jealous God
,” it’s actually a sign of His love and desire for the best for us (Deuteronomy 6:14-15).
And consider the apostle Peter’s call to avoid sinful celebrations where there is “lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries” (1 Peter 4:3). Peter acknowledged that our friends may think it strange we no longer party with them, but in the end we must answer to God.
For all these reasons, celebrating the pagan holiday of New Year’s Eve is not pleasing to God.
All of the things mentioned in the second paragraph above are the exact things that still go in in COGWA, UCG, LCG, PCG, RCG and other groups. None of these groups are pillars of virtue when it comes to being standard bearers for Christian principles. Their divisive 20+ year track record has proven that