Last night was the beginning of the Days of Unleavened Bread and also the Night to be Much Observed. When I was growing up in RCG/WCG, small groups would get together to share a meal in a member’s home. Seems that also has changed in the CoGs including within PKG as per a comment left on the Purple Hymnal blog about how Johnny observes it.
False Prophet Ronald Weinland has recorded his high day sermon and is heading over to Australia. He must have a lot on his mind because he didn’t issue a reminder for holy day special offerings as he usually does. Perhaps Audra’s testimony is occupying his thoughts these days.
He also announce that after Saturday’s services he had ordained 4 more people in New Zealand. On Jan 9, he indicated that I was doing them a favor by publishing the first and last names of elders even though he only gave first names. Looks like Ron really didn’t mean that and doesn’t appreciate my efforts, because he didn’t give even the first names of the four new elders. With Adrian Gray and the 4 new elders, New Zealand probably now has a higher percentage of elders than does the already high percentage of the rest of PKG.
Ron took some time to address his critics, at 27 minutes into this week’s version of the recording on the PKG website:
I think about people out there who torment themselves listening to me sabbath by sabbath, holy day to holy day. For no other purpose than to find something wrong. To find some fault so they can bla bla bla and they don’t get it, they don’t understand what’s being said…. Those who seek to find fault will always find fault. They’ll always find something negative and wrong or something to twist and distort, just a little bit.
Well, Ron makes it so easy. About the ability to find fault. I don’t have to get picky to find fault with what he says. He puts both feet in and chews on them. No need to twist and distort. He is correct about the torment — his sermons are tormenting to listen to. The only way I can maintain my sanity is to tune out most of his blather, a skill I learned while warming the hard metal folding chair enduring one of False Prophet Herbert Armstrong’s 4-hour Last Great Day sermons.
Later on in his sermon, Ron was reading from Mark 11:20-24 about faith being able to move mountains. At 1 hour 46 minutes he followed up these verses with:
But what do you believe? What is the purpose behind it? This is a little bit of what I’m trying to convey of recent time about Two Witnesses and what happened. What happens in certain prophecy in Revelation. Because the vast majority of those things don’t happen till toward the end. Just as in Christ’s ministry here. In his period of his ministry, the things that happened on the last few days were immense, indeed.
And so it is in this age we live in right now. There are going to be things that are reserved toward the end. Because I am who I know I am doesn’t mean I can go out here and ask God and tell God, or say – I wouldn’t do it unless I know and I won’t know until God let’s me know. When it agrees with God and when it agrees with God’s will. There are certain things you don’t do in life, unless you know it’s God’s will and God’s purpose. And so it was with Christ, so it is with all of us, and what we pray about. You must know something is a matter of God’s will and in agreement with God and then you can pray about it with boldness. In faith.
It’s not a matter of just asking whimsically God to do certain things. [sarcastically] That if somehow you can whip it up enough – “I’m going to work up this faith and I’m going to ask: Mountain be moved. And cast into the sea” And all of a sudden you it plop off the top and take it – I won’t tell you what you’d probably do if you saw that – ‘your loins would be loosed’ is the expression in the old testament.
But see, who is going to do that? I can tell you who would do it. Some nutcase, some whacko, some weirdo. Unless you know it’s from God and God’s purpose. And how can you know that? If something is written in here and you know it and you know the timing of it and what the purpose is. Yes. If you’re at one with God, if there’s a unity and oneness with God here in your life, that he gives it to you, in some sort of way, whatever way that he works with every one of us in life. Then so be it. But belief is a matter of faith and how God works in your life and what he’s doing with your life and what his will is. It doesn’t mean that you go and ask for certain things that aren’t a part of his will.
So Ron, let me ask you this: Was it God’s will that the thunders would increase in January of 2007 after you asked him to do so in December of 2006? Was it God’s will that Roderick Meredith, Richard Ames, Gerald Flurry, David Pack, and John Ritebaugh die in response to the curse you placed on them after they ignored the letters you sent them? Or did they ignore you? Come on Ron, you’re big on history. How about posting a copy of the letters you sent them and their responses, if any?
Was it God’s will that “nukular” explosions occur in US port cites in response to your prophesies?
Or did your blather in the sermon only apply to mountains and lottery tickets? Inquiring minds want to know. And what about Revelation 11:6? Which states:
These [the Two Witnesses] have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.
The Bible says the Two Witnesses don’t have to wait for an indication of God’s will. Was it God’s will that caused me to die speedily after you cursed me with death 66 weeks ago? During the first part of your latest sermon after talking about how you were tormenting me, you said:
And that blows my mind, about human nature. And how much human beings will fight against God, and the word of God, and God’s prophets and God’s teachers. That’s the way it is. So if they want to live in misery, I tell them “Go ahead and live in misery. Torment yourself. Have at it. I feel sorry for you. It’s pathetic what you’re doing.
And you’re going to pay for it.’ Some tried to mock and said ‘I hadn’t paid for it yet, I’m still alive’ ….. because it doesn’t happen immediately … some things don’t happen immediately, … people can say….‘God’s not going to punish me’ Oh, yeah. Everyone will be judged, in God’s time. Incredible.
Yes, Ron — I’m going to die. Just not when and how you said. And you’re going to die too. Just not when and how you said, during May of 2012 on the streets of Jerusalem. That is unless your Jerusalem Syndrome is worse than I thought and you and Laura buy your own airline tickets to Israel and do yourself in. But wait, that won’t work either — the “beast power” has to do you in. How will you make that happen? Spiritually is what history suggests.
Note: in the last episode of “The Simpsons” available for viewing online, Homer’s goofy neighbor Ned Flanders persuades Homer to travel to the “holy land” where he acquires Jerusalem Syndrome.