Busy day. In between trying to actually get some work done, I’ve been tying up the bow tie ribbon to place on my ex-UCG life. I don’t want to burn any bridges, at least locally, and I need to finish up my obligations in a clean manner.
Meanwhile, I see it hasn’t taken Dr Robert Thiel long to pin the Laodicean label on Church of God – America, something-too-long-to-remember.
Notice Who should be doing the judging. Not the people judging, which is what Laodicean means.
Laodicea refused help from Rome after it was hit by an earthquake. They were rich and didn’t need Rome’s help. They had “need of nothing” physically. They were also “blind”, indicating a spiritual problem as well.
The church listed right before Laodicea is the one that everyone wants to claim to be a part of. “Philadelphia” means “brotherly love”, yet so many of these COG organizations have less than many worldly churches. Ironically, it is the ones beating their chest the most about being Philadelphian that truly feel they have need of nothing. The Church at Laodicea is lukewarm because they are lacking what the previous church had. They are judgmental because they are missing the fact that brotherly love is an important part of the ingredients of making it into the Kingdom of God. In fact, Jesus referred to loving others as the second greatest commandment, only outdone by love of God.
I had hoped of course that UCG would show much of that spirit of brotherly love, but now it seems things have taken a different route. Time will tell if any of the COGs will wise up and really learn what brotherly love is.
At any rate, it appears that Dr Bob will have to let that one go and focus on pinning the Laodicean button on Church of God, a Worldwide Association now, seeing as COG-America’s site has closed down.
As regular readers of this page are aware, I strongly believe that it can be demonstrated that it is the Living Church of God (LCG) which holds fast to the truths that were restored to the Philadelphia era of the Church of God–all of them.
And, regular readers of this blog know I strongly believe it can be demonstrated that some of these “truths” were additions to the word of God (Rev 22:18). That goes for many COG groups, BTW, not just LCG. Furthermore, if someone wants to be “Philadelphian” it needs to be proven in words and deeds, not just in doctrine. The attitude reflected needs to be love, rather than just giving it lip service.