UCG apparently has no members in Haiti, but they do have family of members there. Obviously, news has been slow in coming.
It turns out that UCG contacted LCG about its members. From what I gathered, there are about 30 members that are alive, but it sounds like there is damage to their homes. The details are a little sketchy, I’m afraid. Regardless of the details, we need to continue to pray for them and their families.
Of course, UCG did not have to ask, and LCG did not have to respond. This shows a spirit of cooperation I would think God would be in favor of.
Yet, it seems that often instead fear settles in. Fear that groups might merge. Fear of a particular minister that someone believed mistreated them in the past. Fear of influence. The list goes on.
Some COG groups rule by fear. PCG teaches that you can lose your eternal salvation by not shunning family members that are in other COG groups. You know something? I’m glad that my JW friends left me some literature. PCG is definitely the COG version of the Jehovahs Witnesses. They also teach you lose eternal salvation unless you are connected with their physical organization on earth.
What is “Philadelphian”? What is “Laodicean”?
Some want to continue to teach the self-contradicting notion of church eras. I would propose instead the idea of Zeitgeist, the German word for “spirit of the times”. There are general attitudes that prevail in times. These are not distinct eras, which have marked beginnings and marked endings, but times in which attitudes ebb and flow and one becomes predominant for a time.
When I look at the Church at Laodicea in Revelation, I see a materialistic attitude. I see an attitude of “I can do it – alone”. “Laodicea” means the “people judge” or “judgment of the people”. Indeed, we live in a time in which the Western world is filled with judgmentalism and materialism. They wallow in self.
When I look at the Church of Philadelphia, though, I see one that holds fast. Holds fast to what? Doctrine is important, obviously, but consider the name. “Philadelphia” means “brotherly love”. What was Christ’s criticism of the Church at Ephesus (Rev 2:4)?
All physical things eventually crumble, though. Manmade economies collapse. When a recession hits a materialistic, self-centered economy, what is the result? Fear! What is the opposite of fear? Love (Ro 8:15)!
Which attitude are we going to have when dealing with each other?
If you do believe in church eras, though, then you should already know that the temperature described by Jesus has everything to do with love.
And, just what is iniquity but a systemic lack of outgoing concern for our fellow human beings?