May the prisoners be set free!

While we are now three days in a new year,  I have always wished those who are entrapped in what we call Armstrongism will be set free and it is my hope that 2011 will be different in the fact that there will be a significant number hitting the road. Douglas Becker in his latest article in The Painful Truth website agrees:For 2011, expect more people to be wising up and leaving the venue of the Armstrongist community. In ligt of what has and is happening with the UCG and CGAWA, 2011 should have a revolt of the members. Ministers just had theirs this past year. What about the tithe-payer who supplements their salaries? Isn’t it time they get a voice too? Yes, there will be some who want others to do their thinking for them but we’re not talking about them (we all know they are a lost cause)—we are talking about those who want to get of the treadmill and on to something else. Douglas Becker has still offered the alternative to Armstrogism in the form of  the Church of God Seventh Day and if anybody wants to keep the Feast of Tabernacles WITHOUT the Armstrongism, they have the chance to do so with a  Seventh Day Church of God  based in Idaho having their Feast in Washington state later this year. I can only support Douglas and say to those who pondering the idea, “GO FOR IT!”  This Church of God has been celebrating the Feasts, according to Becker, since 1920—approximately 13 years before a Radio Church of God came on the scene.

Douglas Becker also says in his post in The Painful Truth,”Expect to hear more about Jesus Christ than you would at the standard Armstrongist CoG Festival and the participation is a lot more Scripture oriented..” I say “Amen” to that!

In light of the spirit of a revolution for the tithe paying member, I will leave you with some clips of the last episode of the 1960’s British TV series The Prisoner. Yes, one of the most highly complex and metaphoric episodes I ever seen of the series or any TV show. You might be perplexed by it but I hope all will enjoy it.

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5 thoughts on “May the prisoners be set free!

  1. Yes, “The Prisoner” is really a great choice, Felix. I am number 6, by the way. Wait! Who is number 1? Gavin over at Otagosh?

    It is only in its fledgling stages of being fleshed out, but you might enjoy our efforts at the DNA Refutes British Israelism site by looking at the newest (incomplete) entry about freedom at:

    http://www.dnarefutesbi.com/freedom.html

  2. I dunno about those SDAs, Felix; I got into an argument on a forum with an SDA cultie once, who tried to insist the CoGs weren’t “all that bad”, just because they kept the Sabbath. Even though I linked the idiot to repeated horror stories, it was “Well, that wasn’t so bad, because they were faithful.” Or somesuch bullshit like that.

    It’s just like the trinitarian Christers who now look the other way as Gracie continues to reap minds and hearts (and, most importantly of all to Junior, pocketbooks), the SDAs don’t call the splinter groups cultic, merely because they say the right things.

    Feh. A pox on all their houses.

  3. Ahahaha and I just read down the rest of the entry — talk about cognitive dissonance, The Prisoner was my absolute favourite TV show when I was a kid! :mrgreen: As Mikey says, very apt!

  4. Aggie,

    Let’s get it right again. 🙂 There are Seventh Day Adventists and the Church of God (Seventh Day)—two different organizations. Gilbert Cranmer in the 1800’s rejected Ellen White’s visions (smart man) and thus ended up forming the Church of God (Seventh Day). I will agree with you about SDA’s both traditional and liberal wing. They LOVE (and the capitals are there for a reason) to argue. Both wings have an I’m OK, you’re not OK attitude and I don’t have much patience for such attitude. There are Evangelical Adventists, who are in some ways like other evangelicals but some do have a liberal slant as well. There are well meaning people, but bluntly kind of wimpy, almost lacking in any kind of convictions. I have been associated with an Evangelical Adventist ministry after I left WCG. I hope to touch on my experiences with them on a later post.

  5. Ministers just had theirs this past year. What about the tithe-payer who supplements their salaries? Isn’t it time they get a voice too?

    Pardon my getting personal here – but I’ve been unemployed (and looking hard) for several months.

    To see so many UCG ministers resign and jump into a new “safe landing zone” with apparent ease has made me wonder what I’m doing wrong.

    It’s something I let out in prayer to God last Sabbath, as 2010 ended. I shouldn’t “compare myself to somebody else” as Galatians 6:4 puts it. I also know it would be arrogant of me to think I’m like Job, compared to those ministers.

    Whatever this new COGWA plans to become, I hope they’ll take a little thought for members who probably have faced a trial of the faith far longer than they have. If they’re creating new jobs with a start-up venture, as they seem to be, will members who need jobs get top priority?

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