The original Hebrew term, satan, is a noun from a verb meaning primarily to, “obstruct, oppose,” as it is found in Numbers 22:22, 1 Samuel 29:4, Psalms 109:6. Ha-Satan is traditionally translated as “the accuser,” or “the adversary.” The definite article “ha-,” English “the,” is used to show that this is a title bestowed on a being, versus the name of a being. Thus this being would be referred to as “the satan.”
~ “Satan”, Wikipedia
This blog has been and will continue to be a warning against the accusers of God and His Church. Of course, The Church is a spiritual organism, which transcends bounds of corporate identity. However, not all organizations which call themselves “Church of God” are necessarily part of the Church and are imposters. Regardless, it is there in the open for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear how many critics of the Church actually use the tactics of the enemy in accusing others, using terms like “lukewarm”, “Laodicean”, etc., without any understanding of what these terms actually mean or refer to. The Bible calls such people “fools”, as they reject revealed knowledge, and their lack of understanding is because they do not want to understand.
There are no new accusations. They simply recycle the same old ones. The accusation de jour is to accuse Churches of not sounding a warning message. My favorite is the accusation that using the IRS 501(c)(3) tax code so that members can actually pay less taxes (see? Mammon!! Mark of the Beast!!!) is somehow watering down the warning message. When accusations are made that Herbert W Armstrong did not file for 501(c)(3), then Wallace Smith gave a pretty good response to it all. He addressed it in a two-parter, “501(c)(3) and Herbert W. Armstrong” and “Follow up to ‘501(c)(3) and Herbert W. Armstrong’”.
Some people are predictable. Then, the accusation was that it was a response based upon what HWA did rather than the Bible, thus replacing loyalty to God with loyalty to an organization. Really? Another lie and slander from those who work against God! Smith made no bones about why he was posting the article:
Very recently I was talking with someone who had been confronted by a “friend” on Facebook with a number of false statements and accusations. As I have mentioned before, there are many, many out there who have recast Mr. Herbert Armstrong in their own image and have made an idol for themselves out of that image–something Mr. Armstrong, himself, would have taken great umbrage about (and did so while he was alive on a number of occasions). These were such people.
Some who display a particular variety of that idolatry once contacted me and accused our church’s leaders of being “in bed” with the government because they complied with U.S. 501(c)(3) regulations regarding non-profit status. When I explained that Mr. Armstrong did so, as well, they disagreed–passionately and vehemently. When I presented evidence that he did so, they said that was before the receivership crisis, asking for proof that he did so afterwards.
It only takes a couple of brain cells to figure out that the posting was to refute a specific accusation that HWA did not file for 501(c)(3) status. He was addressing it this way to counter the idolatry that many engage in, which makes the false accusation even more ironic.
Still, Smith went on to post “Has the Church given up its freedom to speak?” to address the more general issue. He did what I did not do, and it was partly because I knew the end result would have been a waste of time. He actually listed articles and programs where certain pet sins of some people were mentioned. In 30 minutes, I myself had compiled two lists, one for LCG and one for UCG, of three topics that are hot button issues. I began doing the same for COGWA, when I realized that it wouldn’t matter. The topic would just shift. The goal posts would be moved, to paraphrase Smith.
Was Smith’s effort good enough? Of course not! In fits of illogic, the claim is made it isn’t strong enough! Just as predicted! You really don’t have to be a prophet to predict the antics of those possessed with the enemy’s tactics.
It now becomes crystal clear this morning. Now, I understand that “not strong enough” means not using Satan’s tactics of spewing out hatred, malicious gossip, twisted Scripture, slander and outright lying. Yeah, that’s really godly – NOT.
Apparently COGWA isn’t sounding a warning message either! Really? I timed it at about three minutes to find “Why Is God Angry With America?” on the main COGWA site. This isn’t strong enough?
Much of prophecy focuses on God’s anger with people’s sins. Those He has blessed receive a stricter judgment. What has America done to deserve God’s anger?
Please note that we love the United States. We pray for her and wish her only the best. When we think of her sins, we are deeply saddened.
So why are we writing about America’s sins and the curses prophesied to befall her? First, because we do love her and hope against hope that America, or at least many of her people, will repent and be spared.
In less than one minute, I found “Understanding the Mysterious Book of Revelation” on the Life Hope & Truth website, and it has this image (it’s a link and subject to change) right at the beginning:
That’s not “strong enough” or even qualifies as a “warning”, I guess. Want words? How about the chapter on “What Is the Day of the Lord?”
Prior to the Day of the Lord, there will be a time of tribulation during which Satan will be given a short time to cause as much rebellion and destruction as God will allow to test the whole world (Mark 13:19; Revelation 3:9-11; 12:12). Satan will accomplish this in part by giving power and authority to political and religious leaders, who will establish a powerful government that will be used as a tool to persecute God’s people for 3½ years (Revelation 13). This period is known as the Great Tribulation, and it will bring humanity to the brink of self-destruction (Matthew 24:21-22).
This is all with less than 30 minutes effort!
When will these critics realize their lies and distortions are ungodly?
The Malicious Man
12 A worthless person, a wicked man
goes around speaking dishonestly,
13 winking his eyes, signaling with his feet,
and gesturing with his fingers.
14 He always plots evil with perversity in his heart—
he stirs up trouble.
15 Therefore calamity will strike him suddenly;
he will be shattered instantly—beyond recovery.
What the Lord Hates
16 The Lord hates six things;
in fact, seven are detestable to Him:
17 arrogant eyes, a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood [how much more those who kill spiritually?],
18 a heart that plots wicked schemes,
feet eager to run to evil [to get the latest slander and gossip, no doubt],
19 a lying witness who gives false testimony,
and one who stirs up trouble among brothers.
Of course, none of this will do any good for those who are intent upon being fools, a biblical term that applies to those who reject God’s commands and follow the dictates of their own evil hearts.
4 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.
5 Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.
You cannot win in an argument with a fool. His arrogance and conceit will work against all reason, all compassion, all godly love, all godly revelation and all that is called good. God will recompense such people with their just reward.
BTW – I hope that this message was not too “weak” for you all.