We are getting people attempting to join us from UCG and LCG in various areas. We are also getting people trying to come in to CCG with varying degrees of acceptance or unwillingness to keep the laws of God and God’s Calendar.
We are noting that UCG in particular has the most extraordinary divergence in opinions and beliefs. We are seeing more and more divergence over important doctrines like the Calendar and the Nature of God. Now these two aspects are critical as to whether you are in the First Resurrection or not.
The divergence in the understanding of the Nature of God in UCG is amazing. They vary from Radical Unitarians, to Ditheists, to Binitarians, to Trinitarians and more increasingly to Sabellianists where Jesus is worshipped as the one True God. They are not united, they are more untied.
Some came to us from LCG where they vary from Ditheists to Binitarians and some are Sabellianist. One officer of LCG was simply amazed when his minister told him and the congregation in a sermon that 1Timothy 6:16 referred to Jesus Christ and not to the One True God. He spoke to the minister and then wrote to HQ but got no reply. Another group were told that it was Ok to pray to Christ and that position is actually on the LCG website although many LCG officers and members think that view is heresy. It is beyond dispute that no person in WCG ever prayed to other than God in the name of Jesus Christ. Had they done so they would have been asked to leave.
Both LCG and UCG keep the Hillel Calendar but most have totally divergent opinions as to when the Sabbath years are and when the Jubilee system occurs. They rarely keep the Holy Days on the correct days such as in 2014 and 2015. In 2016 they will not even be in the correct months because of the Babylonian intercalations introduced in 344 CE and issued in 358 CE as the new Jewish calendar by Chief Rabbi Hillel II. Many think they do not have to keep the New Moons. Some try to keep the Crescent Moon instead of the conjunction and some are being killed for that position at extraordinarily young ages.
One of our officers is dealing with a group in Europe who all came from UCG. There are a number of them and they wish to be part of CCG but they do not wish to sign the fellowship forms and they each differ from one another on issues of the Calendar and other aspects of doctrine. They state that they believe that each church has among them true Christians and that they will be and are part of the Body of Christ and they do not believe there is one true church with authority to determine doctrine. They wish to simply attend CCG at the Lord’s Supper and Passover and each hold to their own opinions.
They make Christ out to be a liar. Christ was the rock of the faith and the church was given the right and duty to bind doctrine. Also the church of God must be alive somewhere on this planet right now or Christ is a liar. Revelation chapters 2 and 3 show that there are seven eras of the churches of God and two of them, the Sardis and the Laodicean churches, are not accepted into the Kingdom of God except for individuals who repent. The Sardis system has a marker church that calls itself Living. (see Rev. 3:1) (cf. also the paper The Pillars of Philadelphia (No. 283)). The Sardis is dead and the Laodicean is lukewarm and the name means “the people (or laity) decide.” Thus the attitude of these people is exactly what God hates about their doctrines and why He spews them out. They are the largest in terms of wealth but their doctrines are false and they are heretics. The promise to the Philadelphians is that they will no more go out implying that they have to leave these false systems to be accepted into the First Resurrection in the Last Days. It is they that are made pillars in the Temple of their God.
Mat 16:16-19 says: 16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. 17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar–Jonah: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. 18 And I also say unto thee, that thou art Peter (cephas a rock), and (kai) upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
(kai conjoins comparatively Cephas, the pebble or stone, and Christ the rock on which the church is built).
This text is misused to imply that Peter was the basis of the Church but the Acts 15 conference shows that James the brother of Christ and Bishop of Jerusalem was its head. Acts 15 shows also that the church had the authority to determine doctrines (see the paper The Acts 15 Conference (No. 069)). The apostle John was the last alive and was given the Revelation of God to Christ to record for the church for all time and to be the guidance of the faith at the end. Peter was based at Antioch and appointed three bishops there and went to the Parthians. He did go to Italy but he was never bishop of Rome (see the paper Fate of the Twelve Apostles (No. 122B)). Linus (of the LXX) was the first bishop of Rome under Paul.
Now we have said this many times. Somewhere on this planet must be the Church of God in the Last Days. It must be keeping God’s Laws and His calendar. If it is not CCG then it must be another church of God. It is the responsibility of each person to find that Church and to keep the Passover and to tithe to it.
It must be keeping the Jubilees and the Sacred Calendar according to those jubilees and they can be determined from Scripture (see the papers God’s Calendar (No. 156); and Reading the Law with Ezra and Nehemiah (No. 251)).
It will be keeping the same Calendar as the Temple kept in the First Century under Christ. It will be keeping the New Moons as did Christ and the apostles and all Judah in the Temple Period (cf. also Amos 8:5). It will not be keeping the Hillel System that did not originate until 358 CE using the Babylonian intercalations and getting the Holy Days all on the wrong days most of the time and some times in the wrong months (see also The Calendar and the Moon: Postponements or Festivals? (No. 195) and Distortion of God’s Calendar in Judah (No. 195B)).
Now CCG is doing all of these things according to the Law and the Testimony (Isa. 8:20). It worships the correct One True God. God says to us to: Give our works to Him and He will establish our thoughts (Prov. 16:3 ). It is not the other way around. Do it then you will be given more understanding.
CCG is not interested in running a gab fest of a hundred different opinions. Unless you agree with our doctrines we don’t want you among us. We don’t want your opinions and we don’t want your money. Go somewhere else. When the Witnesses get here they will tell us if we have anything wrong and then they will deal with the whole world including the churches of God. God has reserved somewhere 7000 people to Himself that have not bowed the knee to Baal. Somewhere He set aside a core group of at least 300 people initially and then expanded on that core as He did with Gideon (see the paper Gideon’s Force and the Last days (No. 022) and The Warning of the Last Days (No. 044)). They keep the Day of Atonement on the correct day and they keep the feast of the Passover and Unleavened Bread at the correct time and the Holy Days also correctly. The punishment for failing to do so is to be cut off from your people who are the Church of God. You keep the Sabbaths and New Moons or you die (Isa. 66:23-24). So also the Feasts (Zech. 14:16-19). They are to be kept correctly and on the correct days.
Do the church a favour. If you don’t want to keep CCG doctrines and obey God and the Scriptures, then go somewhere else. Next year is the Third tithe year, if you don’t understand that then do some more study until you do understand (see the paper Tithing (No. 161)). The Church of God is not a Greek monster like the Hydra with many heads going in different directions. We speak as of one voice, of one accord.