Woodcut from Luther’s translation for Revelation 17
Dr Bob Thiel, founder of the fairly new Continuing Church of God, opens “CCOG, RCG, UCG, LCG, and PCG on the ‘Man of Sin,’ which is biblically correct?” with:
Because of the new insistence of one Church of God (COG) group on the identity of the ‘man of sin’ in 2 Thessalonians 2:4 earlier this Spring, we in theContinuing Church of God put together a YouTube video on it, which you can view titled Who is the Man of Sin?
He goes on to quote ministers within RCG, UCG and LCG that give a confusing mish-mash of how the false prophet will cause the world to worship the first Beast, but he will set up himself as God so he will be worshipped.
It is just not logical. The Man of Sin will exalt “himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped”! He cannot do this and cause others to worship the first Beast at the same time! We cannot call ourselves teachers of truth if we are reinterpreting clear Scripture!
Perhaps most disturbing was this quote allegedly from Roderick C Meredith of LCG (underlining mine):
For those of you who understand prophecy, it becomes obvious that this great “man of sin,” or “man of lawlessness,” ties in directly with the “second beast” of Revelation 13.
As obvious as the false prophet would be working against himself by setting himself up higher than the being he is causing others to worship? As obvious as the “I am right about every little detail” sort of arrogance that turns others away from the truth about the bigger picture to begin with?
Truth requires honesty. Honesty requires humility. Humility requires acknowledging our weaknesses, which includes occasionally being wrong.
Because, in the end, only God is never wrong.