COGWriter Dr Robert Thiel posted on the Church of God News today “Announcing the Continuing Church of God”. He starts the post about how he tried to resolve some issues with the leadership of the Living Church of God (LCG).
Instead of speaking with me, a few hours ago I received a factually incorrect letter from Dr. Roderick C. Meredith. Based upon its tone, numerous inaccurate statements, accusations, and his unwillingness to address the real issues that I wanted to bring up, this letter is 100% proof (to me at least) that my view that the Living Church of God lost the Philadelphia mantle in 2011 or 2012. I am saddened by this development and had hoped to avoid having to make a variety decisions. But, God’s will is to be done (Matthew 6:10; 1 John 2:17).
After reading over that letter, I telephoned the LCG regional pastor for this area and clearly (and politely) told him that I was no longer affiliated with LCG….
About an hour ago, I signed various notarized documents to declare the start of a new organization. It is legally to be called the Continuing Church of God Overseer and successors, a corporation sole.
Well, there were some that pondered what Thiel would do if he split from LCG, and here’s your answer. I cannot but feel a bit for him, yet even this post shows he still doesn’t get it. Calling yourself Philadelphia does not make you so. Worshiping an ideal is not the answer. If Philadelphia is an era in seven successive churches, there is no such thing as a remnant. It is is either that era or it is not.
Philadelphia means brotherly love. Love is what Jesus said would show outsiders we were His disciples.
Philadelphia is not an organization. A corporate organization is not the Church, anyhow. If we in different organizations really are brothers and sisters, then why can we not show that by our words and actions?
Philadelphia is a term that means brotherly love. Beating people over the head, calling them Laodicean (why Laodicean? why not Sardis? are they gone?) and telling them they won’t go to the Place of Safety is not love.
Arguing over the placement of the napkin in the tomb is not love. How dare either side call themselves “Philadelphian”?