I was browsing through one of David C Pack's booklets today. OK, I know, what a dumb thing to do, but...oh is it ever entertaining! The booklet is, "Should Accusers Be Answered?"
One thing the various COG leaders of various personality cults receive is a LOT of criticism. In the Internet age of today, as soon as they open their mouths or put pen to paper, everyone knows what they said. It happens so quick sometimes that they are left stupefied. Then, after being endlessly mocked and ridiculed, they attempt to pull their articles and sermons from the web (as Dave has done) trying to cover their tracks and save face.
Every single one of them blames dissidents, whom they imagine are influenced by Satan, as "persecutors of the brethren." None of them can ever stop and take an inventory of their words and actions and realized that much of what they say is a load of bull and they are being called out for their abuse of the brethren.
Most of them have told so many lies now that their brains cannot even grasp what it is to be an ethical, moral and grace-filled minister. From outright lies about how God had placed them in their leadership rolls, to wild and blatantly idiotic prophecies, and to their sick whoredom to the law, the false leaders of the Church of God have become blind to their own perversions. It is easier to blame the other than to examine their actions.
Christ described our time as the age of hatred, betrayal, offense and lawlessness (Matt. 24:10-12). Many today use and promote innuendo, rumors, outright lies and other forms of deception to confuse and divide God’s people, and defeat their confidence in Christ’s ability to govern His Church. When presented with such information, what do—what will—you do?
Christ said, “If they have persecuted ME, they will persecute YOU!” This means attacks, sometimes vicious, are a fact of life for God’s people. The true Church and especially its leaders stand squarely in Satan’s crosshairs. It will receive the brunt of persecution prior to the Tribulation, when Satan will turn on the “remnant” of Laodicea (Rev. 12:17). Should Accusers be Answered?I don't think any of the so-called "dissident" sites have ever accused the brethren of things, but have held their leaders accountable.
We have leaders in the Church of God today, like Dave Pack, who wants all of his members to give them all of their money while making outlandish prophetic claims. Gerald Flurry forbids family member from having contact with former members which immediately wrecked marriages and familial ties, while claiming he is in possession of the new coronation stone of
So just who are those that persecute the brethren? Is it the "dissident" blogs and websites, or the corrupt leaders of the various Church of God's today? None of us directly picks on members of the various groups, but we do have a fervent desire to see those people freed from the lies and vile abuse their leaders dish out on an hourly basis. There are may COG groups out there who are not even on our rader because they actually doing some good in peoples lives. They don't make extreme demands or utter wild prophecies. They actually seem to care for those who are part of their groups.
If you are a Christian, you know that there is an accuser of these men who is greater than Satan or some dissident web site. These men don't fear that One, because their narcissistic arrogance has blinded them as to whom the real abuser of the brethren is.