OK, I tried to understand this one, but it doesn’t make sense to me. COGWriter Dr Robert Thiel wrote:
Leon Walker made the following statements on 11/19/10:
As you know, Denny Luker sent a letter to the Spanish ministry still credentialed by UCG demanding that they choose between him or me—as though that was the issue. The letter contains many errors regarding this issue—including the concept that I have formed a group in competition with UCG. This is totally false. I have not formed any new group. I have visited with and spoken only before United Church of God congregations in Latin America, pastored by ministers still credentialed by UCG. However, Mario Seiglie has traveled to Latin America and formed groups in competition to the UCG congregations—contrary to the UCG Rules of Association.
This morning Mario began a telephone campaign calling the Spanish ministry and asking what they plan to do regarding Mr. Luker’s letter. Mario attempted to intimidate them by stating that if they reject the Council of Elders they are rejecting the government of God. How arrogant! Did Mario believe that when he rejected the WCG Pastor General in 1995 that he was rejecting the government of God?
The hypocrisy of those who rejected the governance system that they all publicly proclaimed that they supported prior to UCG’s formation in 1995 has long been obvious to me. And apparently Leon Walker decided to also point it out.
Now, keep in mind that Leon Walker uses the word “hypocrisy” nowhere in his letter. Rather, he used the word “arrogant” and indirectly points out hypocrisy of rejecting WCG’s government and then saying later you must submit to the “government of God” (Mario Seiglie’s words, according to Walker), that is, UCG.
However, Thiel’s comments paint a rather broad brush if you ask me. He is taking Walker’s comments out of context and saying, if you follow the logical conclusion, that changing your mind about government is hypocrisy. In essence, everyone no longer in WCG must be a hypocrite for rejecting what government God placed in the church.
Where do we draw the line, then? I changed my mind when I decided to keep the seventh-day Sabbath. Was that hypocrisy? Some have decided that the Hebrew calendar is wrong and have tried to keep various forms of “biblical” calendars. Are they hypocrites? What about people who find out Christmas is of pagan origin and quit keeping it? Are they hypocrites?
Mind you, and I wrote Thiel about this, there are probably tares in any group. Did some hypocrites leave WCG and go to UCG? I think some of the history of the organization points to the answer. Did some hypocrites leave WCG and go to GCG? Did some hypocrites leave WCG and form PCG? I think the answer is “Yes” in all cases, but calling an entire organization as “hypocritical” for rejecting a non-Biblical doctrine is being pretty judgmental, if you ask me.
A hypocrite isn’t one who changes their mind about something. A hypocrite is someone who pretends to be for one thing, yet secretly is for something else. If Seiglie indeed said what Walker says he did, then that would be hypocritical because that is not what UCG teaches, not for the reasons Thiel gives.