It is a fact that once Mr. Armstrong died that an Apostasy arose within the congregations of the WCG to such an extent that something like two thirds of the brethren in these congregations had to leave. The scattering began.
Daniel prophesied this event.
Dan 12:7 And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.
I maintain that this scattering and reduction of the power of the Holy People began with Mr. Armstrongs death and will reach a crescendo of destruction during the 3 1/2 years of the rein of the beast power.
This scattering was allowed by and in fact planned by God. Once the shepherd was taken away the sheep were scattered
Zec 13:7 Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.
While this is a prophecy of Christ the principle certainly applies to the ‘single” leader or Apostle of the WCG being taken away and the sheep then were scattered.
The point that I am making is that it is not necessarily the fault of the ministry that the flock is scattered.
A lot of us get very upset with certain of the ministers and organized congregations of the body of Christ. And we want to go out and tell all the members of those organizations that they should pick up and leave. That if they don’t they are likely to go through the Great Tribulation. While inside their congregations their leaders are telling them that they are only safe inside their own congregation of the body.
We get all upset over the fact that some groups especially the larger ones forbid their members to fellowship with those of other groups. but isn’t that exactly what Mr. Armstrong said for us to do. We were told that we should not fellowship with others outside of our group. The ministers were told that they would be able to protect their flock in this manner. And of course to a point that is true.
Sure their are bad ministers out there, both hireling and tares. But as I have looked at these groups over the last few years I have seen that basically ALL of them teach essentially the same basic foundational truths. And they teach them quite well. Sure I do not agree with all of them on everything they teach for doctrines or prophecy but without a REAL Apostle how are they really able to get together on all the little ticky things where they differ.
The point I am getting at is these congregations of Spiritual Israel are indeed teaching their people the foundational doctrines that were given to us in WCG. They are indeed preparing their members for the return of Christ.
It is true that some seem to have a tendency to put their people to sleep rather than stir them up. But that is because they themselves are not aware of where we are in prophecy, some of these still think they are fulfilling the Mat. 24:14 prophetic work of Mr. Armstrong.
I guess I am saying that going to these people attempting to draw them away from a minister whom they have placed their faith in is rather like trying to teach the Gospel message to someone who has not been called by God.
God said that He was going to deal with the harsh ministers who do not love the flock. That He was going to remove His people from among their ministries so that these ministers could no longer feed on them. It is not our mandate to do this for Him. Only He knows who is ready to be taken away from the group that they have become a part of. Only He knows the best way to accomplish that and the best time to do it for the safety of the person. We should not be attempting to do this ourselves.
We can be there to talk to any brother who has questions or doubts but our job is to show by example the Repentance and Zeal that Christ requires in us, We need to redirect the people of God back to Christ and the Father.
We need to be showing in more and more power what the Knock Message is all about so that they will begin to listen for His Knock and respond. It is a distraction from satan for us to be spending our efforts trying to get people to leave these groups that we don’t like or that have treated us badly. That is God’s job they are His servants and no matter how much we dislike those who lead these people of God, they are still congregations of the Church of God. Any one within those congregations are obliged to obey or leave. There really isn’t any other opportunity.
So let’s not waste the precious time we have left doing a fools errand for satan. he wants the church scattered into even smaller groups it diminishes their power even more. We need to use this website and our personal contacts to spread the word about what Christ is doing in this ERA and why. To show the eye salve that our brethren need, and to show by our own zeal what they are lacking.
I know I’m on my soap box again but there has to be a balance point somewhere. There is so much anger and strife regarding false ministers and congregations that just does not feel right in my spirit. Christ is doing a work with the individuals but He is not telling them to leave their church homes, although He might at some point but rather He is telling them to open the door for Him by repenting and becoming zealous for Him again. That is how you open the door to His Knock.
Sure if something isn’t right then we should say so anytime. But just leaving a congregation that you are in does not mean that you are any better off than you were, in God’s eyes. First you must change your self and THEN God can show you what you should do and He will brethren. Count on it.
We should be concentrating on showing our brethren the important things that they should know about this ERA of the church and the prophetic Timeline that we are living in NOW.
I just felt like this was something that should be stated. What do you think brethren?