News of Those Once Affiliated with the Global Church of God

Since the November 1998 takeover of the old GCG by the board in the U.S., those once with GCG went to many places. Most of the members and ministers ultimately went with the Living Church of God (LCG), 8-15% went with the Church of God, a Christian Fellowship (CGCF) and smaller percentages ended up with David Pack's Restored Church of God (RCG), Harold Smith's Church of God Fellowship, Northwest (CGFnw), the Continuing Church of God (CCOG), and other groups (at least one which is outside the U.S. uses the term Global Church of God). On July 1, 2001, eight ministers resigned from CGCF and formed the Church of the Eternal God (CEG), similar in name, but not related, to the Eternal Church of God (ECG--founded by a minister removed from the original GCG ministry for impropriety). About a month later CGCF (USA) dissolved and most then with it ended up in the United Church of God (UCG). One former GCG minister (Ronald Laughland) became pastor of the Wholeworld Church of God. In 2004, Raymond McNair, having been in GCG, CGCF, LCG, then went on his own and formed Church of God, 21st Century (COG21); later he died and that group disbanded. Don Haney, once in GCG/LCG, formed the Church of God In Peace and Truth. In 2005, Ben Faulkner, who was in GCG/LCG, formed the Church of the Sovereign God (CotSG). In 2006, Charles Bryce who was in GCG/LCG left, and formed the Enduring Church of God (En COG). In 2010, several of the main leaders who went to UCG from CGCF left it and went to a group called COGWA. A couple of people, like Norman Edwards (Servants' News/Shepherd's Voice), left GCG well before the 1998 takeover (he has 'Nashville Christian Media'). In 2013, Rod Reynolds left LCG and formed COG Messenger. On 12/15/11, a minister in good-standing with LCG anointed Bob Thiel with oil and prayed that God would grant him a double-portion of His Spirit (see also How To Determine If Someone is a True Prophet of God): and things have not been the same since (Bob Thiel still, of course, supports the goals and biblical beliefs of Philadelphia era of the Church of God). Website links for most of those who were once part of GCG and that have websites can be found at the COGlinks page. In 2012, certain heresies were officially introduced, accepted, and/or promoted by LCG. After concluding that insufficient value was placed on the truth (and keeing their word) by certain leaders of LCG and that they no longer held to biblical church governance and could not as is be used to lead the final phase of the work (see also Why Bob Thiel Left the Living Church of God), on 12/28/12 Bob Thiel was led to form, and then announced, the beginning of the Continuing Church of God (CCOG). In August 2020, Sheldon Munson left LCG and was 'marked' by LCG on 8/19/20 and then on 9/05/20 he announced Church of God Assembly (CGA). The Continuing Church of God (CCOG) is the second largest group, in terms of members, of those groups whose leaders were once part of GCG (LCG is largest). This page reports on those groups that somehow once had ties to the old GCG.

04/16/21 p.m. Noticed that EnCOG's most recent post was a 21 minute message related to Acts 8.

Here is an article: The Book of Acts.

The following are a series of sermons covering the Book of Acts:

Book of Acts 1-2: Jesus Left, New Testament Church Began, Acts 3-5: Miracles, Trials, Proclamation, and Persecution, Acts 6-9: Widows, Stephen, Saul, and Simon Magus, Acts 10-12: Visions, Dreams, and Gentiles, Acts 13-16: Prophets, Poisoning, and Proclamation, Acts 17-19: Travels, Anointed Cloths, & the Gospel of the Kingdom, Acts 20-22: James, Sunday, and Prejudice, and Acts 23-25: Vows, Secrets, Cults, & Criticisms, and Acts 26-28: Shipwreck, the Kingdom of God, & Amen.

04/03/21 p.m. The CCOG Letter to the Brethren: April 1, 2021 had the following:

Northeast Florida Services: April 10, 2021

Joyce, David, and I expect to be in northeast Florida on April 10, 2021.

We plan to hold services somewhere in the Jacksonville-St. Augustine area.

If you wish to attend, please send me an email: COGwriter@aol.com

This is the first time we will be in this part of the country to conduct church services. So, if you wish to attend, please send me an email: COGwriter@aol.com

03/24/21 a.m. Last Saturday in part 299 in a short message, RCG's David Pack reportedly stated:

Now, everything you know, is summarized in three facts. Everything! The first half of the year is 1,290 days, and it ends at Trumpets in 2024. Meaning Abib 10 (When Christ returns), sometime on March 23rd! Number two. We eat the Passover with Christ on Abib 14. This is when God and Christ appear together in glory with all saints. Three, the "gap" between the 1290 and Passover is 84 hours. Those are your "pole stars." Those are your touchstones. Those are Jachin and Boaz. They're the two pillars. Abib 10, "the coming," and Passover and a half a week in between. Now, if Tuesday comes and goes, then it would appear we wait another year.

Again, David Pack was wrong. David Pack keeps throwing out improper dates, which of course, prove to be wrong.

Despite his long-standing claim, it has always been my biblical opinion that he is not a true apostle but has repeatedly proven to be a false one (cf. 2 Corinthians 11:12-14).

03/20/21 a.m. Just received an email that stated that Church of God Assembly is now using C.G.A. and not COGA as its preferred abbreviation. The reason given was that COGA sounds too much like COGWA (a group that split off from UCG). So, in future posts, I will try to refer to them as CGA and not COGA.

03/17/21 a.m. Someone NOT in a COG with ties to the old GCG sent me an email with the following that also included a copy of an email from Sheldon Munson:

This is the group that separated from Living CoG recently. I'm told it was over the "mask" mandate imposed by their LCG HQ.

(Must wear a mask during services / can't sing hymns / only hum them!, etc.) ...

From: Church of God Assembly <sheldonmonson6@gmail.com>
Sent: Tuesday, March 16, 2021 5:26 PM

Subject: NEW: Church of God Assembly (CGA) Website is up! ��
 
Good evening Brethren -- 

We are very excited to announce the launch of the new CGA website!

As with most endeavours of a technical nature, we had a few bugs to work out over the last 24 hours, but now we are pleased to present ........ 

 https://www.cogassembly.org   ��

Please click on the link above to take a look at what we have been working on!  Once on the site, you will find Sermons, Bible Studies, timely articles, information about the upcoming Spring holy days, and more.  Be sure to bookmark the site and add it to your favorites.  As with most websites, this is a work in progress and we will be continually adding new content.

P.S.  You do not need to register to view the site at this time.  We will notify everyone when the "MyCGA" page is operational.  

That is NOT a new URL for COGA, but looks a bit like a 'facelift.'

Anyway, at the website, there was a sermon, dated March 13, 2021, related to the 'falling away' that I decided to watch.

Essentially, Sheldon Munson agreed with my general position that the falling away is a departure from the truth and NOT the position that LCG adopted in 2012 related to Protestants, etc.. That change in doctrine was a factor in my departure from LCG (see also Why Bob Thiel Left the Living Church of God).

Apparently, for the 8 years he remained in LCG after they adopted that heresy, Sheldon Munson was not in agreement with the doctrine that LCG evangelist Dr. Doug Winnail declared as essentially the defining doctrine of LCG.

Here is other information on the falling away, including many of LCG's assertions:

The Falling Away: The Bible and WCG Teachings Who is 2 Thessalonians 2:3 referring to? Are there multiple falling aways? Here is a related link in Spanish/español: La Apostasía: Enseñanzas de la Biblia y de la WCG. There are also two YouTube videos on the subject that you can watch The Falling Away Part 1: From the Bible and Church History and The Falling Away Part 2: Positions Presented by Others.

It is good that Sheldon Munson undertands and NOW teaches the truth about the falling away.

Sadly, also in that sermon, Sheldon Munson asserted that the false prophet is the' man of sin' of 2 Thessalonians 2. Holding on to this prophetic error is not a good sign of COGA. Those interested in the truth about the man of sin may find the following helpful:

Who is the Man of Sin of 2 Thessalonians 2? Is this the King of the North, the ten-horned beast of Revelation 13:1-11, or the two-horned Beast of Revelation 13:12-16? Some rely on traditions, but what does the Bible teach? Here is a related link in Spanish/español: ¿Quién es el Hombre de Pecado de 2 Tesalonicenses 2?; here is a link to a video in Spanish: ¿Quién es el 'hombre de pecado'? Here is a version in Mandarin: N;ÿ Œf/'Y'jNº'ÿ Here is a link to a related English sermon video titled: The Man of Sin will deceive most ‘Christians’.

My hope and prayer is that COGA will relook at scriptures in Daniel 11 and Revelation 13 in more depth and change its position on the 'man of sin.'

03/13/21 a.m. LCG's top evangelist wrote the following:

My wife takes a 31⁄2 mile walk most mornings with several ladies in the neighborhood and was exposed to the virus from one of them. Several days later, Carol did not feel well and tested positive for COVID. I was tested the next day and came back negative. Carol felt a little under the weather for about a week, but is now back to her long walks and doing well. Our neighbor who unknowingly exposed her is back to normal, but her husband is not doing well. It has been about 11 days since I was clearly exposed, and I have had no symptoms that would indicate a problem, other than what appeared to be my usual seasonal allergies.

Carol and I have self-quarantined for two Sabbaths and, unless I can get tested in time, will probably miss attending in person for one more Sabbath. I have not made this generally known until now as I did not wish to cause concern among any of you. While my wife and I are in a risk category due to age, God seems to have been merciful to both of us. The point I want to make is that COVID has not gone away just because a few government mandates have. Even now, new, more contagious strains are beginning to circulate and bear watching.

Yet, brethren, we cannot hole up in caves forever. We have over 200 members now meeting safely here in Charlotte, some with a variety of pre-existing conditions and risk factors. Not a one of us wants to wear a mask indefinitely, yet we must also keep in mind that our decisions affect others: “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:3–5lcg).

By the meeting’s end, we decided to meet again in three to four weeks, after the Days of Unleavened Bread, to consider modifying our current protocols, based on how things develop. In the meantime, we continue opening up areas for services wherever possible, planning for summer camps, and the Feast of Tabernacles. Thank you for your prayers and let us continue to stand together as we see this challenge through.

Sincerely, in Christ’s service, Gerald E. Weston

COVID policies were a factor in the split led by Sheldon Munson from LCG last year.

03/06/21 p.m. Banned by HWA claims an RCG source provided the following:

Dr. James F. Pastor, Chief RCG Legal Counsel, and Rose Ann Pastor, Leaves David C. Pack’s Group


As RCG passes part 290 in Dave Pack’s prophetic sermon series, reports are coming out almost weekly that increasingly more are abandoning ship. Several key people have left in recent weeks.

One notable recent departure is Dr. James F. Pastor, and his wife Rose Ann. Most recently, James served as the General Counsel & Director of Risk Management. Rose Ann filled the role of Campus Administrator at the nearly-defunct Ambassador Center. Prior to James having a fallout with Dave, Jim was also the Business Office manager, among other key roles. He also taught at “AC” (see inset photo).

Sadly, James and Rose Ann are perhaps some of the more professionally accomplished people to have been duped by Dave Pack. Jim is an author and an expert in his field (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_F._Pastor) and Rose Ann has two Master's degrees. Thankfully, they finally saw the deception of the man.

Other recent notable departures include Wayne and Dale Caudill of HQ, as well as Brent and Elizabeth Garrison, pastors of the Kentucky area.

All of these (and others) add to the mounting list of 140+ staff members (The 140 Ex-Employees of David C. Pack and the Restored Church of God) and scores of ministers who all stand as a testimony and witness...they have all had their scales fall off and now see the falsehood of David C. Pack.

Since Banned is often NOT a reliable source, I did take steps to confirm Dr. Pastor held the position and presume he has left. I have long written that RCG would implode and this looks to be consistent with that. Those currently and recently in RCG remain in my prayers.

03/05/21 a.m. In its TW News & Prophecy E-Zine today, LCG had the following:

In recent weeks, the German defense minister and the inspector general of the Bundeswehr published a strategic white paper on the future of the German military (German Foreign Policy, February 15, 2021). This new document highlights the increasing threat against Europe that Russia represents. It also highlights China’s rise as a military superpower and the need for Germany to balance that rise.

The paper calls for more than just military defense. It calls for a drastic increase and advancement in offensive military capabilities. “The Bundeswehr ‘urgently’ needs hi-tech capabilities and innovations. ‘Critical’ sectors, such as a ‘comprehensive and modern air defense’ and the capability for ‘rapid deployment of fully operational forces must be prioritized.’”

In 2009, I wrote a book (2012 and the Rise of the Secret Sect) in which I warned that the Europeans would use technology to gain military prowess. The report above shows that looks now to be the official plan.

02/21/21 a.m. The CCOG added another platform for its videos.

A member suggested that last week that we consider going on an internet platform named BrandNewTube. So, I asked Bill Wedekind to look into doing so.

He was able to get the title “prophecy” which means that on that channel, the Continuing Church of God should come up for those looking under the heading prophecy.

Bill was able to load some videos last week and was pleased that we already began to get subscribers. He said it was relatively easy to to start to copy what we already have at YouTube to put on this channel.

However, he later ran into complications. But we still expect to continue with this new channel.

As many of you are aware, YouTube has deplatformed (removed the videos of) many others in the past year.

Last month they deplatformed LifeSiteNews, a pro-Roman Catholic anti-abortion site. And, they were fairly major with YouTube. While I do not believe that the Continuing Church of God will be deplatformed immediately, I suspect that will happen one day. Actually, I am certain it will happen, but am not sure when.

We had one video removed by Vimeo (another platform we use) last year and need to be careful about what we make live there as their official policy is against calling out certain sins. YouTube is moving in that direction as well.

What has been happening with YouTube and others brings a certain scripture in mind. Notice the following from the New Living Translation:

A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences. (Proverbs 22:3)

Anyway, having additional platforms is not only prudent, it also gives us access to new markets of potential listeners.

So, at this time, in addition to BrandNewTube we have videos on the following platforms:



The Book of Revelation teaches that Jesus opens and closes doors (Revelation 3:7-8). So, while YouTube and Vimeo are not currently closed, partially because they might, we in the CCOG are going through other doors that are opening.

02/06/21 p.m. Well, RCG's David Pack's assertion that Jesus would appear by now in Wadsworth, Ohio did not happen--though perhaps some delusional people may say otherwise.

For a history of many of David Pack's numerous false predictions, check out the post: RCG’s David Pack about to be proven wrong again.

02/02/21 p.m. Someone posted the following related to parts of a sermon by RCG's David Pack:

Sermon 285

While David Pack needs to repent and then to be forgiven, no, it is not possible for Jesus to return this week. Furthermore, it is not possible for the Millennium to end as early as April 3, 3028.

The Millennium cannot start until 7 years after the deal of Daniel 9:27 has been confirmed/pushed--for details check out the article: The 'Peace Deal' of Daniel 9:27. Such a deal is NOT going to be done by April 3, 2021, hence David Pack's date for the end of the Millennium is too soon.

David Pack went over the 'deep end' years ago and his recent rantings should make that more and more obvious to any that will look.

01/31/21 p.m. Someone posted the following related to parts of a sermon by RCG's David Pack:

Part 283 (Jan 27th, 2021) - "It looks like we understand the end, more than ever before!"

33:09 - The end is either this winter or next!

45:30 - There is one big blast from Christ and then its all done. Everything starts with a bang! So many people have left us and said "its taking too long!" They only left because they wanted to break God's laws, and run after their own lusts. Because God "changed," "raised" and "sent them out," of the church! They are pretty much the "Synagogue of Satan," that's what this verse is talking about. They are "briars and thorns" who are now ejected.

1:41:55 - Tomorrow is the end of the series we go into a watch for a short space and then the Father's Kingdom starts.

1:58:50 - it looks a lot like this Friday, we are out of material, I now understand the end as I never did before. Starts doing math, somehow got to 1335. (crazy math nonsense).

2:03:00 - The KOG is "held in a mystery," you have to adhere and wait through the hard part (all the back and forth and failed prophecies).

2:07:40 - Its all got to wrap up by Passover, its got to be winter, its the bibles biggest metric!

David Pack has repeatedly been proven wrong and will be once again. More on his church can be found in the article: RCG: Why Not the Restored Church of God? Here is an earlier version in the Spanish language: ¿Por qué no la Iglesia de Dios Restaurada?

Regarding the 'Synagogue of Satan,' David Pack declared myself and various others in that many years ago (see  RCG’s David Pack Says COGwriter, Dr. Meredith, COGs, etc. ‘Part of Synagogue of Satan’ and What is the Synagogue of Satan?). Now he is including all who left his improper group.

As I have been writing for years, I do not consider that David Pack is a converted Christian and, hence, do not consider him an actual COG leader.

01/24/21 a.m. The following was reported as LCG's new singing policy:

COVID Guidelines—Singing at Services
During his sermon of December 26, Mr. Weston explained the updated policy regarding singing hymns during congregational services. In case some brethren did not hear the sermon, we will briefly summarize his comments in this issue of The World Ahead. He explained that last summer it was decided we would not sing aloud because of reports of how the virus is transmitted. We’ve also been wearing masks and social distancing since that time (in the United States—in some cases outside the United States, the protocols have differed). Thanks to God, we have not had any major outbreaks from Sabbath or Feast services during this time. Therefore, Mr. Weston explained we would like to carefully move forward with singing softly while wearing masks, if local regulations and restrictions allow it. He explained that singing softly is reasonably similar to what we are already doing in fellowship. The overall format of services—two songs at the beginning, and one at the end—will stay the same for now. We can be thankful for this decision and encouraged by the opportunity to sing as we worship God together!

LCG's singing restriction was a major factor in the departure of then LCG minister Sheldon Monson, who formed the Church of God Assembly late last Summer.

As far as singing in services goes, we in the Continuing Church of God did NOT ever prohibit it as, consistent with New Testament teachings, we feel that singing was part of original Christian church services. To deal with government restrictions, we had chairs somewhat distanced at the Feast of Tabernacles last Fall, but did not otherwise change our practices.

01/08/21 a.m. Someone put together a five-minute video emphasizing RCG's gardening priorities as well as indicating that RCG is into occult images. Here is a link: https://www.bitchute.com/video/2YD4s8DFVUAQ/

While I do NOT think that having a nice garden is wrong or that RCG is into occult images, it is correct to conclude its priorities are wrong (they have been wrong since its founding, and that was well before it had any garden). Plus, its prophetic understandings have repeatedly been demonstrated to be in error.

01/01//21 a.m. In yesterday's Letter to the Brethren, CCOG had the following:

Another Dream

The Bible teaches that unlike with Moses, God speaks to His prophets in a dream (Numbers 12:6-8).

I am writing this section from Doha, Qatar on December 28, 2020.

After going to bed on the night of December 26, 2020, I had a dream.

Because of airline connection issues, I was concerned whether or not I would be able to make the flight to Qatar.

In my dream, there were complications that made it look like I might not make the connecting flight. In the dream the complications were stressful, but without details. In the dream I prayed about this. I also prayed that if this trip and other trips I have made related to behind-the-scenes aspects of the final phase of the work was God’s will, that: 1) if there were stressful problems which looked like might cancel the trip 2) that I would make my connection to Qatar, and 3) that I would pass negative for the airport required COVID test.

(I did not want to be quarantined for two weeks in the event of a false positive. Recently, CCOG evangelist Evans Ochieng got a false positive COVID test which delayed his ability to fly back to Kenya from Malawi.)

Fulfillment?

As it turned out, there were two different people with two different, yet seemingly very serious, health issues on that first flight, which delayed it. It looked like one or both of them (they were not related) may need to be taken off the flight or even treated on the ground as some came aboard the flight related to each of them. While their situations appeared treatable, I was concerned that this may cause me to miss the connection to Qatar, so I began to make contingency plans (as one flight I was on years ago was delayed over 10 hours because of a health-concern of one passenger). Anyway, today was the best time to go on this trip as far as a lot of details were concerned. Plus because how short the trip was, I would have had to completely cancel it if I missed the connecting flight to Qatar. Yet, although my first plane left late, I was able to make the connection.

So, since the first two parts of the dream were confirmed, I strongly suspect that the dream was from God.

Jeremiah was inspired to write:

28 The prophet who has a dream, let him tell a dream; (Jeremiah 23:28)

That is why I am doing so.

Slightly before midnight, I got my required COVID test.

December 29, 2020

It is now December 29, 2020. I have been wondering about the results of my COVID test as they were delayed. I had been told that they were supposed to take five or six hours, but instead after thirteen hours they have not arrived.

So, I wondered if perhaps something was wrong and perhaps the results would say I had COVID-19. I was NOT worried about the disease itself (as I have successfully treated several with it), but was concerned about God’s will for something I believed His Spirit, consistent with John 16:11-12, led me to do. I did not want to be working on something of my imagination, but wanted to be sure that the groundwork we were doing was what God wanted us to do.

Anyway finally, after much waiting I got the results of my COVID test.

It was negative. And on this trip I was able to accomplish some things that I believe will have long-term impact on the final phase of the work.

So, yes I believe that the dream did come from God.

Should I have not known before it was fully confirmed?

Not necessarily. The VAST MAJORITY of dreams are not from God, even if they have some accuracy.

Notice also what the prophet Jeremiah wrote:

6 And Jeremiah said, “The word of the Lord came to me, saying, 7 ‘Behold, Hanamel the son of Shallum your uncle will come to you, saying, “Buy my field which is in Anathoth, for the right of redemption is yours to buy it.”‘ 8 Then Hanamel my uncle’s son came to me in the court of the prison according to the word of the Lord, and said to me, ‘Please buy my field that is in Anathoth, which is in the country of Benjamin; for the right of inheritance is yours, and the redemption yours; buy it for yourself.’ Then I knew that this was the word of the Lord. (Jeremiah 32:6-8)

So, even though Jeremiah wrote that the word of the Lord had come to him, he was not certain until it came to pass.

Now that that all three parts of the dream were confirmed (which reminded me what happened with Gideon for him to do a certain aspect of God’s work involving him and others: Judges 6:36-40), I consider that God has confirmed that the behind-the-scenes aspects of the final phase of the work we have been working on for many years was God’s will and should continue.

Essentially, this has to do with making mainly low-level contacts with leaders and others on most of the continents of the world which I have long believed will assist in future aspects of the final phase of the work that God wanted done.

While the latest overall trip accomplished much of what we felt needed to happen, one thing I can share was a meeting I had hoped to have with CCOG interested parties from Algeria in Qatar did not happen because of COVID and travel issues–but perhaps God will open the door to Algeria in a different way. Jesus often opens doors (cf. Revelation 3:7-13) in ways we do not always expect.

For those wondering about CCOG and Israel, some behind-the-scenes work has included contacts with Jewish leaders in Israel as well. And, it may be one or more in Israel that will become the first of those that will go from ‘behind-the-scenes’ to public in the next few years.

While the elements of this dream will not seem dramatic enough for most who call themselves Christian, God sometimes goes with “a still small voice” (1 Kings 19:11-12). And that “voice” (via a confirmed dream) confirmed for me to continue what I have considered to be long-term aspects of the final phase of the work.

Yes, even if not dramatic enough for many, God said He would use dreams in the last days (Acts 2:16-17; see also Does the CCOG have the confirmed signs of Acts 2:17-18?) and has been doing so within the CCOG.

More on dreams can be found in the article: Dreams, the Bible, the Radio Church of God, and the Continuing Church of God. CCOG seems to have the most last day's signs that the Bible predicts--for more details, check out the article Does the CCOG have the confirmed signs of Acts 2:17-18?

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