I suppose most of you have already been informed about the resignation of 3 of the members of the United Church of God (UCG) Council of Elders (COE). That makes 4 for the month: Jim Franks, David Baker, Michael Blackwell and David Treybig. The UCG leadership is quick to point out that it did not request their resignations.
Well, this wasn’t that hard to see coming. I’ve been saying for a while now that something was likely to occur before the end of January, and this action only shows the divide between factions growing larger instead of coming together. There have been repeated calls for some type of conference in different configurations, but it seems quite unlikely now.
In fact, it isn’t clear that even if were such a conference now arranged that any good can come of it. These resignations undoubtedly reveals a breach that is beyond reconciliation.
Another thing that has become more apparent lately is that God seems to be loosening control of the activities of the adversary. Things on the news, what other members are experiencing and world events seem to be piling up in greater proportions. I don’t think strife within the Body of Christ and the seemingly increased frequency and severity of trials are a coincidence.