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A Heightened Dedication Part 2

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

A little delay reposting this, early Thanksgiving dinner with friends.  A lecture on psuedo-spirituality from an expert on the topic for your perusal and commenting.  Be sure to take your irony supplements before reading.

———-Weinland’s Post ——————–

From the beginning, God’s desire for how people should live the life that was given to them was revealed in basic instruction to the first two who were created; however, God knew that mankind would not choose Him, but would instead choose their own selfish ways.

God’s plan was to propagate the earth over six millennia and allow people to choose their own ways and live by “the fruit” it would produce. Every religion, every government, and every economic system mankind has established has failed. Someone who reads this might say, “Yes, but today there are those that are succeeding.” Such individuals simply do not understand or see that these man-made systems are all on a countdown to failure within the next 4 ½ years, and some much sooner.

So God’s plan was to propagate the earth during the long span of 6,000 years. For those who would live within that span of time, God’s plan included giving these same people “another period of time” in which to live life again. Then, in that additional period of life, they would be granted the opportunity and the ability (means) to choose and then live by the way God desired for them from the beginning. We are now transitioning from that 6,000-year period of mankind’s selfish focus and way of living to that time when God’s intervening power, to change that horrible self-destructive course, begins to be poured out to everyone in the world.

It was pointed out in the first part of this series that this transitioning begins first in the Church. That is because this kind of change requires the begettal of God’s spirit in one’s life in order to make this necessary transition from a totally selfish nature to one that is able to develop true qualities of the “way of give” and unselfish love. One of the major changes mentioned in the last post is to bring mankind back to the original purpose God desired and has intended for the role of women in family, society, and His family.

Now, we are addressing the next great step of this accelerated transformation process that God is granting in order to bring mankind back to the intended purpose of His instruction contained in the phrase to “dress it and keep it.” This is about the need, understanding, and means (ability) to accept true personal responsibility for what God places under (within) each person’s actual control. Within the Church, this can now become enhanced and strengthened to a much higher plane.

The Garden of Eden
In the first few chapters of Genesis, God’s ultimate purpose for the creation of mankind, along with the original instruction and its actual intended meaning, is highly condensed and simplified into basic, physical terms. As an example, God’s use of the term Elohim – the God Family – from that beginning section of scripture only began to be revealed in these last days starting through Herbert W. Armstrong and then even more fully in recent years. In addition, it was also mentioned in Part 1 how God began to reveal the deeper meaning of “the two trees in the garden” through Mr. Armstrong.

All of that greater understanding and insight has led to God now revealing even far more about other matters He had recorded in those initial chapters of Genesis. God is giving this process of revelation during this period of accelerated transition from one age into another because it is necessary for the establishing of His Kingdom from the very beginning of the Millennium.

In regards to the Garden of Eden, God told Adam and Eve to “dress it and keep it.” What does this actually mean? What is God’s intended purpose in such instruction?

When most people think of a garden, they tend to think of a small plot of land where vegetables, herbs, and some grain-producing plants may be grown. Some may also include grapes and fruit trees as part of a garden. However, this expression concerning God’s garden is massively broader than this in meaning and purpose.

This Garden of Eden was not about the care of a typical modern garden on a simple plot of land. Its meaning, scope, and purpose was far broader. It was all-inclusive of everything that was created and placed into this environment of God’s garden for mankind, with the exception of Satan who was also there. It even included the presence of God Himself, of whose garden this was.

This garden was about far more than just physical plants, trees, fruits, and vegetables. It was about God’s very purpose in the creation of mankind and of how that purpose could become a reality – how that purpose could be lived. It was about what God was planting.

Scriptures speak of God planting Judah, Israel, nations, and kingdoms. They speak of God planting His vineyard, which is not a reference to growing grapes, but is in reference to what Christ spoke of in the Book of John.

“I am the true vine (which God planted), and my Father is the husbandman (the one who plants, grows, and tends to the vineyard)” (Jn. 15:1). In speaking of the Church, Christ went on to say, “I am the vine, and you are the branches” (vs. 5).

God put within the Garden of Eden everything necessary, concerning what He had purposed for the development, growth, and further creation of the most important part of His entire creation – Elohim. So God put – planted – mankind in the Garden of Eden. After God instructed mankind to partake of the “tree of life” and never to partake of the “tree of the knowledge of good and evil,” He followed this by giving awesomely important and necessary (highly needed) instruction concerning all that He had placed in this garden.

God gave “personal responsibility” to mankind for what He had created, and for what He had given to them, and He placed it within their own personal control. They were to “dress and keep” everything in God’s garden, with one exception. They were first instructed to have nothing to do with the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They had been told to reject the “way of Satan” and to eat of the “way of God” only. That is the true purpose and meaning contained in the instruction about the two trees in the midst of this garden. A physical reality was given to teach a spiritual reality.

Keep It
When God gave instruction concerning His garden, what does it mean concerning one’s responsibility to “keep it?” To help one begin to understand this, it is needful to see how this is used in scripture. The Hebrew word that is translated here as “keep” in English is also translated as “observe, take heed, and beware.” It literally means, “to hedge about (as with thorns),” with a purpose to protect and/or guard.

Within the Ten Commandments it states, “And showing mercy unto thousands of them who love me and keep my commandments” (Ex. 20:6).

The commandment for the Sabbath in Deuteronomy 5:12 is stated in this manner: “Keep the Sabbath day to sanctify it, as the Eternal your God has commanded you.”

Toward the end of journeying 40 years in the wilderness, Moses gave instruction concerning the reading of the law: “Gather the people together of the men, women, children, and the stranger who is within your gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the Eternal your God and observe to do all the words of the law” (Deut. 31:12).

There is another verse that carries great importance concerning true acceptance of personal responsibility and of God’s purpose for what we are to “keep.” In this case, the word is again translated as “observe.” It reveals the kind of responsibility and desire that all parents should have and then exercise toward their children, who belong to God, but who are in a parent’s direct care from the time of birth until they begin entering adulthood.

“And he said unto them, set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day, which you shall command your children to observe to do all the words of this law” (Deut. 32:46). A child does not receive God’s ways through osmosis or at some sudden moment in time once they begin entering adulthood. For those in God’s Church to learn God’s way of life, children must be guided, led, given a right example to follow, corrected, and trained in God’s way of life. Then in time, it will become a matter of their own choice to live it or not.

Another use of this Hebrew word is stated in the following manner, “Beware that you do not forget the Eternal your God, in keeping His commandments, and His judgments, and His statutes, which I command you this day” (Deut. 8:11).

So when God gives instruction concerning His garden and what He has placed within it, it should be clear that this is about a lot more than just tending to some physical plants on a small plot of land. It certainly applies to physical matters, as will be covered later in this series, but its true context and instruction is far more about how we live life in the decisions and judgments we make, which are to be based fully on God’s ways and not on our own way or the way of others.

Dress It
Again, when God gave instruction concerning His garden, what does it mean concerning one’s responsibility to “dress it?” Knowing the meaning of the Hebrew word that is translated as “dress,” and seeing how it is also used in other areas of scripture, can help you to better understand God’s instruction here.

The Hebrew word translated as “dress” simply means “to work, to serve (as being bound in servitude), to labor.”

When the children of Israel were no longer going to be supplied with the straw necessary for producing bricks during their enslavement in Egypt, this is what they were told: “Now go therefore and work, for there will be no straw given to you, but you shall (continue to) deliver the total requirement of bricks” (Ex. 5:18).

Once again we also find that this word is also used in the midst of the Ten Commandments: “Six days shall you labor, and do all your work” (Ex. 20:9).

A very meaningful place where this is also used in relationship to the subject at hand concerning our acceptance of a heightened dedication and the exercising of greater personal responsibility in life, is what is found in what was stated to the Levites about their service in the tabernacle.

“Take the sum of the sons of Kohath from among the sons of Levi, after their families, by the house of their fathers, from thirty years old and upward, even until fifty years old, all who enter into the host, to do the work in the tabernacle of the congregation” (Num. 4:2-3).

“These were those who were numbered of the families of the Kohathites, all who might do service in the tabernacle of the congregation, whom Moses and Aaron did number according to the commandment of the Eternal by the hand of Moses” (Num. 4:37).

“And after that shall the Levites go in to do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation, and you shall cleanse them, and offer them for an offering” (Num. 8:15).

“And I, behold, I have taken your brothers the Levites from among the children of Israel. To you they are given as a gift for the Lord, to do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation” (Num. 18:6).

So once again, when God gave instruction concerning His Garden, and what He placed within it, that they were to “dress it and keep it,” there is far more purpose and meaning than the simple care of a small plot of ground.

It should become clear that mankind was charged with guarding, protecting, and keeping what God had given – what He had placed in His garden. Such a charge and the ability to fulfill it requires work (labor), along with a keen focus on service, dedication, and agreement with God in doing so. This is key to grasping right motive and intent in how we conduct (live) our life.

The question must then be answered, “Is what one lives a matter of such focus, dedication, and agreement with God?” Are the decisions and judgments one makes in life based on guarding and protecting “the way” God has given or are they about guarding and protecting “one’s own way?” On which does one focus and live life? On which does one focus and expend one’s energy, efforts, and actual labor?

Pseudo-Spirituality
From the beginning of the Genesis account, God repaired, restructured, and rejuvenated the earth as He began to create new life to exist on it. His primary purpose was to create mankind, and in doing so, He created the environment that was necessary for mankind to propagate, and He also provided the means whereby the creation of Elohim could follow.

From that beginning, it was necessary that God reveal to (instruct) mankind how to live the kind of life that would produce abundance, happiness, richness, blessings, and every fullness life can potentially offer. Living such a life could then lead to that which would become far greater – to becoming part of Elohim.

As we have been delving deeper into the truer meaning and purpose of God’s instruction for His garden, “to dress it and keep it,” the tendency of some might be one of wanting to quickly jump ahead to the “spiritual.” It might be one of thinking that a person can somehow suddenly become “more spiritual” by learning the long-hidden meaning contained in God’s word.

However, growing spiritually does not happen in such a manner. To approach these revelations as though one suddenly becomes “more spiritual” through the knowledge and insight God is granting is to approach this in a Protestant manner. Such a manner can involve the human desire to “feel better” about oneself or it can be the desire to project “being spiritual” to others by how one discusses the subject at hand.

That is the kind of manner in which the Protestant world approaches God’s word. They like to talk a lot about Christ, but do not strive to live by the truth he taught, which is more about a person having the “feel good about myself” attitude that seeks to project an image of being good rather than of actually striving to live good. It is like those who desire to be seen by others as being spiritual or elevated in importance. This is often done in an outward show, as through outward prayers, or by some method of communicating that one is fasting, or in feeling compelled to share with others verbally or through writing about one’s own knowledge or insights into spiritual matters they “see.” This is also apparent in the instance of a person who wants to be seen, or recognized, for any “service” they do for others or toward God.

These things are simply a part of human nature, and because they are, they exist in God’s Church. It is the reality of an ugly part of selfish human nature that strives, or works to “project” a perceived form of spirituality rather than actually “living” what is spiritual.

If one has been in God’s Church for any length of time, then they have seen the ugliness and awkwardness of pseudo-spirituality. It has been projected in prayers at Sabbath services, or at some Church function where someone uses the occasion to wax eloquent, and/or as an opportunity to teach and show-off one’s spiritual depth and insight. This false spirituality is too often manifested in email communications (or other electronic media) as an individual presses their own view upon others of what “they see” that God is revealing to His Church or of what they conjure up that they want others to believe that God is doing that is special in their own life. This generally means that such a person is focused more upon sharing their own insight with others rather than sharing the excitement of the true insight that God is granting His people.

Also, a false spirituality can be easily projected by someone who is ordained if the use (actually the misuse) of the office is to lift up oneself in importance – to be seen by others as important. However, what becomes even more dangerous is when someone who is ordained not only wants to project such importance of themselves to others, but also actually begins to believe and act as though they truly are important. Such attitudes then result in the abuse of authority where one sees him or herself as spiritually superior to others, and they desire that others see that authority, which is exhibiting loftiness or being haughty. Within such a spirit, one can go beyond their ordained responsibilities and take to themselves the exercise of functions that are not theirs to perform. This can be done by inserting oneself into another member’s life by giving advise, personal counsel, or opinion on teachings which does not fall within the scope of their duties, but are instead the responsibility of someone who is over them.

When such a thing happens within the ministry, this often leads such a person to believe their way of administering matters within the Church is better than the way they are being shown by those over them in God’s government. Such attitudes and actions that follow are highly dangerous within the Body of Christ and they are a spirit of rebellion, which God declares is worse than witchcraft.

True Motivation – Yielding to God’s Spirit
The source for one’s judgment and decision-making determines the “actual motive” for any action that follows. This will determine whether a person is yielding to God’s word, wisdom, and judgment or whether someone is deciding for themselves what is best for them – what is right and what is wrong. If God is not the source for a judgment and decision in life, then any choice that follows will always be based on selfishness. The motive is then selfish in nature. Only when fully yielding to God and acting upon His judgment in a matter can the motive be sanctified and righteous. It is only in that kind of environment when someone is fully yielding to God’s way that God’s spirit can then work in and through a person to produce truly unselfish acts or works in life.

Pseudo-spirituality is a matter of the source of one’s motive being strictly about self and that of elevating self in some manner which is simply an act of pride and vanity. Such spirituality is more about justifying one’s own true condition than it is of actually doing (working at) and living what God instructs, teaches, and reveals.

True spiritual growth develops through the exercise of right motives and requires work while truly yielding to God’s spirit. Such transformation is a matter of faith, agreement, reliance, and trust in God’s way, which is the only source for true motives in life. Such work must be seen as a matter of one’s relationship to God where what one does is done so in an attitude of “true service” to God’s purpose in our lives – work dedicated to God. It is work that we should desire to always exercise (live) in our life – work we should always esteem, keep, and hold fast. One must embrace such a focus and then exercise a complete yielding to work according to God’s way, and in doing so, seek to guard and protect His way from our ways or from the ways of others.

By yielding to such work, our motivation will become transformed into one of more fully elevating God and His ways, to honoring God, and to more fully dedicating our life to His purpose. That is just the opposite of giving into our own way or the way of others. It is the opposite of selfishness and selfish motivation. It is the opposite of pseudo-spirituality. Work dedicated to God’s purpose is work that results from making judgments and decisions that are in agreement with how God shows us to live. Choosing to live by such agreement rather than what “seems right” to us is the way that produces true motivation in one’s life.

So, all that God is currently revealing to us does not automatically thrust us into becoming more spiritual because of new-found knowledge and understanding. Instead, it requires a response in our life as a result of that new knowledge that is then followed by far better work – work that will produce a greater and truer spiritual condition and state in one’s life. And that process begins in some of the simplest, smallest, and easily overlooked areas of one’s physical life. Much of the actual healing of our minds and the spiritual transformation we are able to grow in depends on how we address many of those things that are considered to be the “small things in life.”

So much of our spiritual state and “transformation in thinking” comes from learning to become far more faithful in the “little.” As we learn to live that way even more fully in life then our thinking and agreement with God will become far stronger, and our growth and healing will move forward much further and much faster. That will be the focus of Part 3.

Chopping Block

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Several weeks ago, False Prophet Ronald Weinland announced that he was going to perform some trimming on his bloated ministry.  Comments were left on the prior post with a list of elders’ names and demotions.

It seems that demotions were communicated by letter.  A form letter at that. Here is a copy of the form letter to demoted elders  as posted in the comment:

This letter is being sent to you to inform you that you are being moved from the role of an elder to that of an associate elder. This is rather new for the Church, since our history coming from Worldwide has been different. During those days, an ordination, or specific office in the ministry, was viewed as a life-long placement. However, in this time that is now before us, there is a different design and purpose in what God is working, and we are simply to learn from it and support it. God has specific reasons for these changes and the streamlining that is taking place in the ministry. Some of that will be mentioned here, but other matters will be learned as you go forward.

At this point, there are right at 40 ministers being directly affected by these changes and reorganization, with the likelihood of a few more that will follow. So we are sending most all of you this same letter concerning this specific change, although there are a lot of others who are now being fully removed/retired from the ministry.

As a whole, God is now preparing and training a group within the ministry who will become quite active as we go into the final stages of this end-time and they are primarily being readied for responsibilities once the Millennium is established. Many of you have issues with health and/or age that simply restrict you from carrying out certain duties. This may also restrict you from being able to serve in what is coming.

In a few cases, it is simply a matter that the need for your service as a minister does not or will not exist where you are located. This also means that the need for some roles within the ministry are not now needed for the same purpose that existed several years ago and for what God was teaching and molding within the Church. Many things have changed since this process of a widely expanded ministry began.

Yet for a few of you, this is a matter of your need to more deeply examine yourself and the example you have been living that reflects upon the ministry. Ministers are indeed held to a higher standard of responsibility and example in what is reflected in our life to others around us. It is a matter of striving to be on greater guard in all that we do, say, and administer in our responsibilities toward the world around us, toward the Church, and also our personal families. Over the next year, this will be the time to make the necessary changes that have been put off or ignored for too long now.

In other cases, the change in one’s role may simply be a matter for the need of stepping aside so that others can be inserted who need the experiences that can only be gleaned, learned, and molded into a person by serving for a period of time in the ministry. This is God’s work in us and it is by His design.

Everyone being moved from the role of an elder to that of an associate elder will be receiving this “form letter”, although, some few of you are being given more than this letter. For those receiving more direct correction where it is needed, you know some of the primary matters that must be addressed and changed in your life. Others will need to genuinely examine yourself before God to see it there are things that you need to address and change. Although there are still some of you who have consistently been moving forward and growing spiritually and the change for your role in the ministry is simply a matter of some of the other reasons listed, and not primarily of a matter of correction.

Lastly, is a matter of great importance to Laura and myself. We have loved working in a more direct manner with you due to your being in the ministry. In a short time, we have been through much together. We are so thankful for all the support and service you have given to us and God’s Church. That does not change simply because you are no longer in the role of an elder, but that of an associate elder. You are in God’s ministry and yet have much before you concerning service you can render to the Church. So again, thank you!

We continue to move forward together as a family. As there is still so much that is before us as a Church, and for Laura and myself, we need and are requesting your continued prayers and support for us and the Body of Christ.

The list left in the comments had 123 names of elders on it.  From that list, the Ministry page was created, linked at the top banner of the blog.

Of that list, 12 were demoted and 16 defrocked for a total of 28 names.  As Weinland mentioned 40, there are a dozen names which are yet to come out.

The following Senior Elders demoted to Elder: Jimmy Carlisle, Angela Hopkins, Lori Williams.  Jimmy was one of the first promoted to Senior Elder back in 2008 when Ron created the rank.  I understand that Lori is a childhood friend of Laura.  Angela Hopkins was formerly Angela Wrozek before divorcing Terry earlier in the year.

The following Elders demoted to Associate Elder: Tim Tiernan, Sandy Bays, Tim Brown, Sandy Czech, Curtis    Fields, Susan Illitch, Mark and Kalee Wiesman, Ken Zitt.  All of these are long-time members, from well before the first time the Great Tribulation didn’t start in 2008.

The following Elders removed completely: George Black, Gayle Blair, Maggie Carlisle, Bill Carr, Newt Carter, Engelien Henderson, Fredda Maeker, Sam Qualls, Karen Rode.  Fredda is a long-time member, going back to the 80’s and from West Texas was a member of one of the WCG congregations to which Ron was assigned when he was first hired.

The following Associate Elders were removed completely: Cookie Fields, Brandi Light-Siedentopf, Bob Madison, Kim Oaklund, Gerald Prutsman, Keith Prutsman, Beverly VanNorman.

 

Hubris

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

I ran across this article which led to an “Aha” moment.  Hubris Syndrome combines aspects of different personality disorders, such as Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) and Histrionic Personality Disorder.

—————The symptoms of hubris syndrome, from a scholarly article: ————–

Proposed criteria for hubris syndrome, and their correspondence to features of cluster B personality disorders in DSM-IV
1. A narcissistic propensity to see their world primarily as an arena in which to exercise power and seek glory; NPD.6
2. A predisposition to take actions which seem likely to cast the individual in a good light—i.e. in order to enhance image; NPD.1
3. A disproportionate concern with image and presentation; NPD.3
4. A messianic manner of talking about current activities and a tendency to exaltation; NPD.2
5. An identification with the nation, or organization to the extent that the individual regards his/her outlook and interests as identical; (unique)
6. A tendency to speak in the third person or use the royal ‘we’; (unique)
7. Excessive confidence in the individual’s own judgement and contempt for the advice or criticism of others; NPD.9
8. Exaggerated self-belief, bordering on a sense of omnipotence, in what they personally can achieve; NPD.1 and 2 combined
9. A belief that rather than being accountable to the mundane court of colleagues or public opinion, the court to which they answer is: History or God; NPD.3
10. An unshakable belief that in that court they will be vindicated; (unique)
11. Loss of contact with reality; often associated with progressive isolation; APD 3 and 5
12. Restlessness, recklessness and impulsiveness; (unique)
13. A tendency to allow their ‘broad vision’, about the moral rectitude of a proposed course, to obviate the need to consider practicality, cost or outcomes; (unique)
14. Hubristic incompetence, where things go wrong because too much self-confidence has led the leader not to worry about the nuts and bolts of policy; HPD.5
  • APD = Anti-Social Personality Disorder; HPD = Histrionic Personality Disorder; NPD = Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

In making the diagnosis of hubris syndrome we suggest that ≥3 of the 14 defining symptoms should be present of which at least one must be amongst the five components identified as unique.

—– Back to discussion —————-

Here are some characteristics that Weinland displays from the list above:

  •  (#6 unique) I have heard Weinland use the royal “we”, as in “we believe”.
  • (#7 NPD) Although Ron talks about “walking side by side to God’s house in counsel-blended sweet”, at the end of the day he’s not willing to accept the advice or criticism of others .
  • (#8 NPD) He has an exaggerated self-belief in what he can achieve (#8).  Millions of people will still yet join his church.
  • (#9 NPD) Weinland thinks he only answers to God.
  • (#10 unique) Ron had the hubris to think he could take the witness stand in court and get off.  Instead he just made himself look even worse, bragging about the suit the church paid for that he was wearing to court on non-church business.  And his explanations for his Swiss bank account.
  • (#14 HPD)  Ron left the nuts-and-bolts of financial accounting to Laura.

With 6 characteristics 2 of them being “unique”, in my opinion Weinland meets the criteria for a diagnosis of Hubris Syndrome.  Perhaps some of my readers more familiar with him could add to this list.

 

A Heightened Dedication – Part 1

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

False Prophet Ronald Weinland must have more time to wear out #2 pencils with the cold weather keeping him indoors off the roof.  Another post just 9 days since the last.

—– Ron’s Raving —————————–

God and Christ are beginning to reveal a far deeper understanding for the need of accepting greater “personal responsibility” in one’s life. This post will help to magnify God’s will from the beginning about what it actually means to exercise such responsibility in a godly manner rather than from a selfish motive.

In The Beginning
From the very beginning, mankind did not embrace God’s will, but his own will, as he turned inwardly and exceedingly selfish. Mankind was created with the ability to do (to live) both good and evil, but because mankind rejected God as the only true authority and source of good, man’s good became based on selfishness instead of godly righteousness.

Without God’s spirit in one’s life, the true depth of our selfish human nature cannot be seen or fully acknowledged by anyone. God has to reveal it, as it is a “spiritual condition” of the mind that can only be corrected and changed by God’s spirit. That holy spirit can only work in the mind of a person who actually desires, chooses, and then yields to such a transformation.

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked. Who can know it?” (Jer. 17:9) This knowledge is difficult for the human mind to accept as true, yet God clearly reveals that this is man’s nature. It is a matter of wisdom to come to believe and acknowledge such truth concerning our human mind and thinking.

The word “heart” in this verse is about the inner thinking, reasoning, and intent that originates in the very spirit of one’s mind. This verse goes on to say about this human mind, which is empowered by a spirit essence that is fully separate from God’s holy spirit, that it is “desperately wicked.” Those two words are translated into the King James Version from a single Hebrew word that simply means “sick,” or even better, “incurable.” The following verse more accurately translates this same word and reveals its clearer meaning by its very context: “Why is my pain perpetual, and my wound incurable, which refuses to be healed?” (Jer. 15:17)

To grasp the depth of the depravity of the human mind that of itself is “incurable,” is what makes other scriptures about healing so exciting and beautiful, because this is what God’s purpose is concerning the human mind – that it be healed. “I (the Eternal speaking) have seen his (man’s) ways, and will heal him. I will lead him also (of those who will choose to follow), and restore comforts unto him and his mourners (those who bemoan and grasp the burden of such a sick nature). I create the fruit of the lips. Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, says the Eternal, and I will heal him” (Is. 57:18-19).

This healing process begins once the human mind (spirit in man) is begotten by God’s holy spirit, and then with the continual indwelling of the holy spirit the mind and thinking of an individual can begin to “change” – to be healed. “Do not be conformed to this world (living as all others do by selfishness), but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove (indeed prove and discern) what is that good, acceptable, and perfect will of God” (Rom. 12:3). It should also be stated that this word “transformation” is the Greek word “metamorphoó,” which literally means metamorphose. This is awesome change!

Herbert W. Armstrong simplified the clear reality of all life by stating that there are only two ways of life – one is “get” and the other is “give.” Only God’s way of life is the way of true “giving.” The way of mankind is the way of “get” – totally inward and selfish by nature. Only by receiving the indwelling of God’s holy spirit into one’s life can a person begin a life-long process of change and transformation in “thinking” in order to come into unity and continual practice of God’s true way of “give.”

We are now being given even deeper insight into how this process can be more fully captured, enhanced, and lived as we learn more clearly about taking greater control of life, rather than letting life control us. In reality, when a person allows a motivation of selfishness to continue to exist on any level, then they are not in true control of their life. They are not free from that bondage as long as that specific portion of selfish living is controlling them.

An Enhanced Transformation of the Mind
That which is going to be addressed in this post is about this enhanced process of transforming the mind. The Church has always been taught about this transformation of the mind, but because of the abundance of revelation that God is pouring out to His Church at this time, the process of transforming the mind has been greatly enhanced and accelerated. Only in recent time has this begun in the Church as each individual has been learning about false thinking and prejudices that has been in the minds of all people – passed down through generation after generation since creation.

God chose to reveal to His Church, after 6,000 years, that the curse upon women was to come to an end. He also chose this time now to reveal more of his plan concerning a verse in Genesis. Both of these topics (the curse being removed, and what God is revealing now) started in the beginning with Adam and Eve. They both have a direct effect – a direct relationship – to the process of transforming the mind, indeed making it an accelerated, enhanced process.

The Removal of the Curse: The Beginning of an Enhanced Transformation
Within the Church over the past few years, God has begun to reveal the rightful place of women in the family, society, and in the Church. God is beginning to reverse this curse that has plagued the world for nearly 6,000 years. This requires a complete “change” in thinking regarding such matters. True “change” that is genuine and lasting is one that can only come about on a spiritual plane as a result of repentance and transformation of the mind itself. The Church is now simply scratching the surface, as it is only in the beginning stages of making this specific transformation regarding a right mindset toward women. There is more “work” that must be done in this area, much more!

Much of God’s “good news” (gospel) to this world is that this same transformation will begin to spread throughout the earth during the Millennium – from its very beginning. It can only spread throughout the world as the Church itself grows and spreads to encompass this earth because such a transformation in thinking is spiritual and requires God’s spirit to dwell in the mind of each member. As God’s spirit begins to dwell in most all of humanity, that which God intended mankind to “live” in family and society will begin to be experienced throughout the world.

In the time that is now ahead of us, women will begin to think right about men and themselves. Likewise, men will begin to think right toward themselves and toward women. Family will begin to be what God first created it to be, as His spirit begins to “reign” within those families.

This change in human thinking itself will create a massive measure of dynamic peace and fulfillment in life that is right now difficult to grasp. The reason is because such “thinking” has never fully existed, except in the life of one person – Jesus Christ. Over the past few years, it has only started to exist within the Church in small ways (in actual numbers) and to a much smaller degree than what it will finally become (percentage-wise within the Church), as the process for this particular transformation of the mind has only just begun. This rapidly escalating change that will begin to spread around the world will bring change not only to the “family unit,” but it will result in great changes throughout society in entertainment, music, clothing styles, business, advertising, and so much more.

An Enhanced Transformation Continued
Toward the end of Herbert W. Armstrong’s life, God began to reveal to him a much deeper meaning about the two trees in the Garden of Eden. Mr. Armstrong’s excitement was electrifying, as he was being blessed to continually add to this understanding on a spiritual plane because God was pouring out more and more spiritual meaning that was contained in this story of the first two parents on earth.

Now, at this very moment in time, there is additional revelation and spiritual understanding that God is pouring out upon His Church regarding deeper meaning concerning His purpose for what is stated in another verse in Genesis. All this is actually tied into, and building upon meaning associated with those two trees. That is coupled together in context with what is stated in Genesis 2:15.

“The Eternal God took the man, and put him into the Garden of Eden to dress it and keep it.” That which was stated earlier about what God is now revealing, which is what will be addressed in this series, is about this verse in Genesis. This instruction, from the beginning, was rejected by mankind, and it is only now being once again addressed by God so that this too can begin to be “changed” within the Church and then “lived” by mankind in the Millennium.

It was also stated earlier, “That which is going to be addressed in this post is about this enhanced process of transforming the mind.” So this “enhanced process” of transforming the mind is about how God has chosen this time now to begin to reveal what His intended purpose was from the very beginning, and that is now being revealed to the Church. The direct relationship to this process is about how this is what God began to do in the revelation of the curse upon women being removed and the Church now beginning to live differently. This same process is now beginning to take place with what God is revealing concerning what it means to “dress it and keep it,” and how this was God’s intended purpose from the beginning.

God has chosen this time now to be the time to begin to far more fully reverse this self-destructive course of mankind, beginning first within the Church. This will become a heightened deliverance from captivity into a far stronger ability to begin experiencing an escalation in truer freedom – a beginning for greater deliverance from “selfishness and get” to the way of “give.”

What we are living through now is the beginning of a transition in time as these things are now being revealed to the Church – for the Church to begin learning, embracing, and living more fully. Then, as the Millennium is established and God’s one true Church begins to spread throughout the entire world, so will the “living and experiencing” of His true ways and purpose, given from the very beginning, become firmly established.

A few years ago, we partially touched upon a greater significance contained in this verse that has only the simplest of application on a physical plane. Yet, as we will learn, it has an awesome significance on a spiritual plane, which powerfully affects our physical lives. This is true far, far more than what anyone could “see” when it was first mentioned. At the time when it was first mentioned, it was only seen in a very basic manner, so much so that it carried “little significance,” compared to other matters in life that were being taught. Yet when this post is complete, all will hopefully see that this carries incredible importance for great transformation in thinking that will yield much greater change, beginning within the Church itself.

Drawn to Selfishness
In the beginning, God placed Adam and Eve in an environment that was filled with abundance. Everything that was needed to sustain, enhance, and enrich human life was available in that Garden of Eden. Not only was every physical necessity for human life made easily obtainable, but mankind’s spiritual needs were also made accessible. God Himself was in their midst, and there was access to the tree of life, access to spiritual knowledge, truth, understanding, and necessary spiritual strength from God.

However, we know the story of how the first two parents did not choose to partake “only” of the tree of life, but they also chose to partake of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Physically motivated human nature was drawn to selfishness rather than to God’s only true ways of “give.”

From the moment in time that Adam and Eve chose to partake of the forbidden tree, they became their own judge of what was good and what was evil, rather than accepting God as the only true source of such knowledge. There is awesomely great understanding that can be learned from this account. It is about that which “originates” from the human heart – from the very mind of man that reveals the true purpose and intent that is motivated only by selfishness.

So man’s good, on the surface, may often seem to agree with what God says is good, but the source of such decisions (judgments) is what is vastly different. God tells mankind not to murder. On the surface, because so much of mankind believes the same thing, it might appear that mankind is in agreement with God, but he is not! The true difference and even the actual opposition toward God in this lies in the “source” (the means) for formulating the belief that mankind should not murder.

Human reasoning, of itself, is selfish. That which may “appear” to be in agreement with God, as with the example where most people in the world agree that murder is wrong, has nothing to do with God. Certainly, the choice of society that reflects that people are largely in agreement with one another that murder is wrong, does agree with what God states in His law about the subject. However, man’s choice in believing such a thing – making such a judgment (decision) – isn’t at all based on any actual reasoning that God commands it. It is just a selfish decision based on easy to understand self-preservation.

Even traditional Christianity does not understand this deception in human reasoning. Those who claim that this law of God is good and who also believe they are making such decisions because they are in agreement with God do not believe in obedience to all of God’s laws, just the ones that suit them, that suit their selfishness.

There is a giant difference with being in agreement with some things that God has stated and then that of actually being in agreement with God due to one actually believing that God alone is right in all things. Only when God calls an individual and then gives the “spiritual” help to “see” that only He is true and right in all things can a person then begin making choices not based on selfishness, but on agreement with God as the source of one’s judgment (decisions).

Once called and begotten of God’s spirit then one has entered an agreement, a covenant, with God to resist selfishness and yield to a “personal responsibility” of agreement – of obedience to His word. When a person fails to resist selfishness and they do not take personal responsibility, then one is to quickly repent of their selfish choice and seek to again live in agreement with God – to walk only in His ways.

During this “Year of Dedication,” we are to seek a heightened dedication to accept and more fully exercise personal responsibility to “dress and keep” what God has placed before us.

Beginning With the Physical
The human mind cannot see what is spirit or spiritual except by the help of God’s spirit. Even with such help, the human mind still works first and foremost on a physical plane. So even in this, God gives spiritual insight and learning through the use of the physical world around us. The examples of this are seemingly endless. It would be good to just mention a very few.

God gives us the physical analogy of yeast working in bread to help us grasp spiritual matters like the leavening of sin, pride that puffs up, and then unleavened bread as being free of sin, and instead filled with sincerity, truth, and righteousness. Examples of wind and water are likened to God’s spirit. Incense is likened to the prayers of God’s people. Aspects of a physical temple and the service within that temple leads to better understanding of a spiritual temple and many aspects of work and service in it. The types and analogies of so much that is physical helps to clarify, magnify, and even beautify that which is spiritual.

Concerning the previous reference in this post, about how previously we had only slightly touched upon some of the meaning of Genesis 2:15, some simple, physical examples had been used to touch upon part of what was meant by God’s instruction to “dress and keep it.” One reference was in the simple example of the upkeep and grooming of one’s own yard. How do we take care of what God has given us? How do we care for, enhance, and/or build upon what God gives to us, which is under our own personal control? What are those things that actually come under what should be seen as our own “personal responsibility” in life?

[Pt. 2 will follow.]

Special Inset Post

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

The feast is over, and False Prophet Ronald Weinland is back to wearing out #2 pencils.  A new post up this morning (thanks Plimsol for alerting me).

—————– Ron’s posting ———————————————————

Overall, from the numerous letters, email, and ministerial reports, the 2014 Feast of Tabernacles has proven to be a very special one for God’s people. There was a trend toward a much closer fellowship, far fewer conflicts or problems (which have been very few and small in importance), and a far greater appreciation for what God and Christ have been pouring out upon the Church. The growth in so many people over the past year has been very encouraging even though there have still been a lot of trials. However, those trials have only worked to make most people stronger.

We are now looking forward to next year’s Feast and making plans for it more quickly than usual. There have been several fast moving developments that have led to our making some quick and easy decisions that have now been made about this coming Feast. It is evident that God and Christ are preparing us for an even much greater Feast next year. With the latest post that has just come out concerning this coming year being one of a “Year of Dedication,” we should indeed be able to see how next year will prove to be a most awesome Feast!

By Feast time, the Church will have become much, much stronger spiritually. The growth and blessings people will experience, coupled together with the incredible importance of the time we are currently entering, will all work together to make the 2015 Feast of Tabernacles the most important we have experienced since the remnant Church was formed. By Feast time, we will be at the pinnacle of the “Year of Dedication,” and will have witnessed the fruit that “this year” will have produced.

Consolidated Feast Sites
We are consolidating a lot of sites for this coming year. As a result, the Church will be helping some who are most affected by the need to travel a lot of extra distance in order to attend the site closest to them. However, not all will be able to receive such assistance. There also will be some who may receive assistance for travel, but it may not be the full amount of travel expenses that they will incur. This information is being sent out early so that you can begin making plans, which will include financial ones, so that you can start preparing now, seeking extra work you might be able to pick up, and/or to save extra in order to insure you can attend.

By consolidating sites, we also recognize that due to age and/or factors of health that hamper mobility that there will be more individuals who will not be able to attend this next year. However, God will bless those individuals with an extra measure of help and spiritual strength as they seek to glean all that they can from the messages of the Feast.

For any who will be traveling long distances, above all things, do not make early airline reservations unless you have the money in hand to do so, as such funds are not refundable if you have a change in plans or do not receive the full assistance you need for travel. We will have an early sign-up for the Feast. Hopefully the information on all sites will be out before the end of this year, and then you can begin to make lodging reservations right away.

Anyone who desires to attend an international site should feel comfortable and free to do so. This is being stated because sometimes in the past there has often been some reluctance to travel far from home because of uncertainty about when tribulation might begin that might prevent one from returning home. After the last post, it should be clear that any physical destruction from the sounding of the trumpets cannot begin until some point after the Year of Dedication is over.

Those who plan on traveling to the Gold Coast in Australia, lodging reservations need to be made as soon as possible since there are other activities taking place in that region that are already resulting in fast booking of available lodging. If you are going there you will need to contact Wayne Matthews right away to get what you need concerning the meeting location and lodging information.

It has been decided that there will be no Feast site in New Zealand this year. There will only be the one in Australia on the Gold Coast for everyone in that region of the world.

Another area being consolidated is in Europe, as there will only be a single site in the Netherlands and there will not be one in the United Kingdom.

The site in the Niagara Falls, Canada region will remain the same. Just as a side note to any in the States who might want to attend that site, please be advised that you must have passports in order to cross-over into Canada.

There will only be one site in the United States and that will be in the Cincinnati area. It will be at the same location as last year, except that by the time of the Feast, the entire hotel will have been renovated. There will be no site in Hawaii, or any other location in the U.S.

That makes only four Feast sites to choose from for this coming year, which includes the Gold Coast of Australia, the Netherlands, Canada, and the Cincinnati area. So you have some decisions that you will need to make concerning this next year, as we plan on having our sign-up for the Feast to be out by the end of the year, and we are requesting that everyone sign up as quickly as possible for planning purposes. Any who fail to sign up early and then have need for assistance to attend will not receive assistance. It is highly needful that everyone sign up early.

Ministerial Organization
On another matter, we want the Church to be aware that we are going to begin making quite a few changes in the structure of the ministry. There are several reason for this, but it is something that everyone needs to be aware of since we will be making this information known to the Church when the primary changes have taken place and as other changes are made throughout the following year. The Church needs to know who is serving in their region within the ministry, so we will be updating this information when it is time to do so.

The ministry is beginning to be streamlined and organized in a fashion that better prepares everyone for what lies ahead of us, including the Millennium. Some of those changes have already begun. One important change involves the preparation of the immediate structure of the Church once we enter the Millennium. Although it did not strike me at the time when it took place, the recent ordination of a third prophet in the Church was picked up by quite a few people as they realized this could mean that a woman, if not part of the 144,000, would be the physical head of the Church at the beginning of the Millennium, just as I am now, as an apostle, the physical head of the Church under Jesus Christ. It is wise to note here that God is preparing someone for that role and it will be someone well trained and molded for it.

Our focus 2008 and forward, as we began to have much growth in the ministry, was that of Pentecost 2012 being the time for Christ’s coming. This focus for the ministry also included the work that would need to be accomplished through an incredible increase in the requests for baptisms. That increase would be the result of more and more people repenting, the farther the world is thrust into end-time tribulation, as the return of Christ drew nearer.

Certainly, that time is still ahead. There will be much work for God’s people before Christ returns, and there will be much more after he returns. But much has happened since 2008, and the primary fact is that all in the ministry have grown older, and within this process, those who were older anyway have in many cases weakened physically and/or even become more incapacitated due to lessened mobility and sicknesses that often accompany the aging process.

So some individuals in the ministry are going to have the stress and potential demands (many which will be multiplied mightily once the tribulation begins) of the ministry removed from them by no longer requiring their service in the ministry. In some cases, a lesser level of service will be made, as in moving an elder to the role of an associate elder, or a sr. elder to an elder. It will be along the lines equivalent to employment that goes from full-time to part-time or even retirement due to age or health.

There will also be changes for others to a lesser role in the ministry that is the result of other ministerial issues such as the “actual need” in a particular region, which has changed. In some cases, things that will happen in the future and where they will occur have changed. Only God and Christ are knowledgeable of those conditions and will lead the government of God to make those changes, which are a matter of their direction and will, just as they were made when a person was ordained or raised in position of responsibility.

Then finally, there will be a few changes that will occur in the ministry because of correction that is being given, and the role of the ministry did not fit a person’s life. Some other changes will be the result of “personal needs” in a person’s life that are more important for an individual to deal with than with the issues of the ministry at this specific time.

There are yet other issues, needs, and inspired purposes for some changes that only God and Christ have in their knowledge and control, which are for the purpose of molding and fashioning the Church through various experiences, training, etcetera. When that is the case, only God and Christ alone can perform (work to accomplish) a creation of greater growth and transformation in the lives of individuals who are being prepared for different parts of the body, specific places within the temple, which require different circumstances to exist in their life to accomplish such a work.

The bottom line is that one does not have to be in the ministry, nor does one need to remain in the ministry in order to receive the kind of experiences, growth, learning, and transformation that God is creating in each person in order to be in a specific part of the Family of God. We are all different and are all being prepared for different places within the temple. Ours is not to question God, but to yield ourselves to the process and awesomeness of such a calling. Nor should anyone try to figure out why any such changes are being made, as these are from God and His Government alone and not open to judgment from anyone else, lest one find themselves guilty of judging God.

[The next post will begin the new series entitled, A Heightened Dedication.]