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A Heightened Dedication – Pt 3

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

False Prophet Ronald Weinland’s last post in this series was published the day before Thanksgiving, and his new post now on Christmas morning.  Reposted here for your amusement/disgust and commenting.

—————— Weinland’s posting ————————————————–

From the very beginning, God gave instruction that whatever was placed within the environment and personal control of an individual they were to “dress it and keep it.” This reveals the kind of “personal responsibility” that God gives to each person blessed with life.

It was stated earlier in this series, in reference to when God created Adam and Eve, that “everything that was needed to sustain, enhance, and enrich human life was available in the Garden of Eden.” In order for a person to experience the kind of life that God was offering Adam and Eve, one would need to accept and then exercise personal responsibility over whatever fell under their control within the environment they lived – to dress it and keep it.

By now, it should be clear that this means an individual is to work and labor, even to work to have a willing spirit of servitude toward God (to dress), and an individual is to observe, to take heed to, and to keep, even to protect and guard, God’s way of life (to keep).

So what were Adam and Eve to work and labor to observe and keep concerning God’s way? What did God place within His garden that was given to them as their personal responsibility within that environment?

The Spirit of God’s Ways
When a person first begins to learn of God’s way of life and then decides whether to begin living it, choices have to be made as to whether to begin obeying the laws of God and to begin repenting of sin. If a person begins to make such choices, then they will begin to focus upon the outline of the law contained in the Ten Commandments. They will begin to address basic instruction on how to live life in one’s relationships.

As the first four commandments reveal how to have a right relationship with God, a person will generally begin to see that if one is going to follow God’s true way of life, it begins with obedience in keeping the seventh-day Sabbath and the annual holy days of God. One also begins to make choices of obedience to the last six commandments that directly concern all human relationships.

This is where major change first begins to take place in one’s life after being called by God. As an example, when a person is called within an environment of traditional Christianity, they begin to make such decisions as to cease observing false holidays like Christmas and Easter and to begin embracing God’s true holy days. They also have to address turning away from any observance of Sunday worship to that of the seventh-day Sabbath, which also means that a person has to take a stand on not working on God’s holy days.

In addition to these changes that involve a right relationship with God, a person will have to begin addressing changes in their life that must be made so that one is in unity of obedience with those last six commandments. This may involve matters of sexual misconduct, and/or matters of stealing, lying, hatred, and other wrong conduct and loose lifestyles that must be repented of and changed.

These are the “primary areas of life” that one focuses upon as they enter into a process of repentance, baptism, change (conversion), and spiritual transformation that begins to remold the very thinking of one’s mind. Indeed, obedience to these laws are the primary means whereby a person can be transformed in spirit (in thinking) in order to grow in unity and oneness with God’s spirit, ways, and His kind of love. As one grows in transformation and stronger obedience to God’s laws, one can grow in ability to see, understand, and come into greater agreement with “the spirit” of the law.

So from the very beginning of one’s relationship with God, a person must learn to “dress and keep” God’s laws. One must work to apply God’s law to their life, and most of that work involves an active battle against one’s own human nature and own ways of seeing and doing things that are based on selfishness. This work involves an active participation in keeping, guarding, and protecting God’s true ways and God’s truth. It is a matter of holding fast to the tree (the source) of life that God sets before us so that we can be changed from the way of selfishness – of get – to the way of God’s love – of true giving.

However, there is really much more to this process of transformation that can now begin to be added to one’s thinking regarding change and learning to think differently. God is now beginning to magnify a deeper understanding of the spirit of His way of life. This has to do with other areas of life in addition to a generalized focus on obedience to the Ten Commandments and upholding and living by the truths of God. These other areas of life also need to be at the forefront of one’s focus concerning how to live God’s way of life more fully. This is because there is more to God’s way, which reflects right thinking, soundness, balance in life, and a healthy focus toward life itself. Once a person begins to more fully grasp and then exercise such thinking and living, then one will come to see an even greater magnification of “the spirit” of God’s laws and way of life. This is further “spiritual refining” that God is offering us in which we can grow and experience much greater healing within the mind.

This is a matter that concerns the instruction to “dress it and keep it.” This instruction most certainly includes what was just covered about working and laboring to keep (observe and protect) the Ten Commandments and how one lives in all relationships, just as from the beginning in all that was given to Adam and Eve, this was the primary focus God gave through the tree of life in their midst that they were to dress and keep; however, it includes much more. This instruction is leading us to understand the need to address that which is physical around us (in our environment) that is actually our responsibility to care for and dress and keep as well. God created mankind as physical human beings within a physical environment. Such responsibility to care for that environment is often overlooked or underrated in importance when it comes to exercising a right relationship with God and Christ, and a right relationship with others in the world around us. Yet these are vastly more important than anyone has generally recognized. Focusing upon this will indeed help lead one to see and capture a vision of a greater magnification of God’s laws and way of life.

When Christ first came and began to teach about God’s ways and His law, he began to “magnify” the law, which primarily could only be seen on a physical plane, but he began to reveal a spiritual plane and intent.

Christ stated the following: “Do not think that I have come to destroy [to do away with] the law, or the prophets. I have not come to destroy, but to fulfill” (Mat. 5:17).

He went on to explain his words by giving examples of a greater purpose and intent in living by the law that was more than just a matter of what was largely perceived as a physical system of “do(s) and don’t(s)” for human conduct. Instead, he revealed that obedience – living God’s way – begins in the mind, in the spirit, and is a matter of how one thinks.

“You have heard that it was said by them of time long ago, You shall not commit adultery. But I am saying to you, that whosoever looks upon a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart [in the mind and thinking]” (Mat. 5:27-28).

The Next Step
Once again, after nearly 2,000 years, Jesus Christ is revealing a spiritual magnification of God’s word and way of life. He has chosen this time just before his second coming to do so. This is being accomplished by learning what happened from the very beginning and the response of mankind to dress and keep what God had given.

It bears repeating that apart from God Himself being in their midst, that which stood out the most before Adam and Eve were the two trees which were described as being in the midst of the garden. They were to have nothing to do with the one, and the other they were to follow the instruction to dress and keep it. We know the story well and the outcome of their disobedience.

Adam and Eve did not begin a process of true spiritual growth and development in their life as they quickly became cut-off from ready access to God and His spirit that otherwise could have dwelled in them. So they never progressed to experiencing the fullness, richness, and kind of joy in living God’s way within the environment of all that God had placed within the garden, not even in each other. They never experienced the kind of full life offered to them by dressing and keeping all that God had placed within their personal control and responsibility. Instead, they were separated from God and removed from the Garden of Eden.

The tree they rejected was the Tree of Life. It revealed God’s laws and how to have strong healthy relationships with God and with others. It was the means to a continual revelation of God’s “way of life” that would lead to becoming at one “in spirit” with God Himself. It would take them beyond the need for “law” that is necessary to regulate human behavior in order to experience right relationships with God and mankind. Instead of a continual need for law to regulate human behavior, one can actually grow spiritually in thinking and come into greater oneness, agreement, and unity of spirit with God’s spirit – His mind and His Word – with all life and with all that is created, both physical and of spirit. Law is needed to regulate human behavior, but in God’s Family, behavior that is in agreement with God is just a way of life that functions at one with God’s holy spirit.

Besides the Tree of Life that Adam and Eve were to dress and keep, what else did God place in their environment that was their responsibility to also dress and keep? Stating this in another way, what else was in their environment that they were to dress and keep that reflected God’s being – His mind, thinking, purpose, and spirit?

All of their physical surroundings, and all of our physical surroundings cry out to the greatness, glory, majesty, and beauty of the very mind and thinking of the Almighty God. We can learn more about the very mind, thinking, and spirit of God by those physical things that surround our lives. Certainly, the laws that God gave to regulate human behavior reveal much about God and His way of life that is based on true peace, true family, and a true “giving” kind of love. However, there is more that also reflects God’s very thinking, His ways, and His mind that is contained in our physical surroundings and in how we are to “see” such things.

From the very beginning, God revealed that He did not create the earth in the condition it was in when He came upon the scene, a second time, to once again make the earth orderly, beautiful, and perfectly synchronized in balance, time, and cycles in order for vast varieties of life to exist. However, between the time of the original creation of the earth that was first made to be inhabitable for life, and the time God refashioned, remolded, and reestablished the earth back to its original condition, Satan and the demonic realm had tried to destroy all that they could and the earth became waste, desolate, and void of all ability to sustain any kind of life.

“For this is stated by the Eternal, who created the heavens [universe], God Himself who formed the earth and made it, He established it and He did not create it in vain [Heb. word ‘tohu’ meaning desolate, to lie in waste, in emptiness, in confusion], but He formed it to be inhabited [habitable], I am the Eternal and there is no one else” (Is. 45:18).

Clearly, God first created the earth in perfection and to be habitable for life.

Genesis 1 is the account of God correcting what Satan had done and of Him putting the earth back into its original state and of then creating vast varieties of life that had never existed before. In the first verse, the story begins with the original state of God’s creation. “In the [should be ‘a,’ as there is no definite article ‘the’ in Hebrew] beginning God created the heaven and earth” (Gen. 1:1). The earth, moon, sun, and rest of the universe had long before been created by God.

However, from the time of the literal creation addressed in this verse, Satan set out to destroy what God had created. By the “time” mentioned in the following verse, we are thrust ahead to when God comes on the scene to reestablish the proper condition of the earth following the aftermath of Satan’s destruction.

“And the earth was without form and void [Hebrew words ‘tohu’ and ‘bohu,’ meaning in chaos and confusion, in waste and destruction, desolate], and darkness was upon the face of the deep [the sun did not reach the surface of the earth]. Then the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters” (Gen. 1:2). This begins to describe how God started to refashion what was already here so that light from the sun could once again shine on the earth.

So the Almighty Eternal God set everything back into perfect harmony in order to provide for an incredibly abundant life to potentially be experienced by that which was the focus of His greatest creation yet – mankind. After creating Adam and then Eve, God placed them in His specially prepared environment (His garden), and they were told to dress it and keep it. They were then given responsibility of caring for His creation.

The Creation Reveals God
It should not be a difficult thing to grasp how the creation around us cries out to the greatness of God and of that which reflects His being – His mind, thinking, and very spirit. There are numerous words that should jump out at us as they cry out and declare such thinking and spirit which are of the Great God who created everything. Consider some of those words, such as: order, harmony, balance, planning, productivity, work, healthiness, liveliness, true beauty, expressive creativity, design, quality, discipline, life-giving, cleanliness, completeness, replenishing, joyful, timeliness, organized, attentive, and so much more.

Such words help define and reflect the very thinking and spirit of God Almighty. This is the kind of spirit and thinking we need to embrace and seek to develop more fully in our life in a balanced and sound manner, as this is what needs to be reflected more in our actions in life as a result of how we think, as we seek to come into greater unity and oneness with the ways of God and Jesus Christ. Such balance and soundness can only come from God through the power of His spirit. The human tendency of far too many, as one focuses on any one of these particular words and how such can be applied to their life, is to go to extremes and to be “unbalanced” in how they apply such quality to their life. Some of these will likely be addressed in the next post.

There are also words that cry out and reflect just the opposite, which can reveal a wrong kind of thinking and spirit – the kind that brought this earth to a condition of destruction, waste, confusion, and desolation. These words tend to reflect thinking that is contrary to God’s ways and His spirit. So it should be rather easy to see what is reflected in that which is just the opposite to the actions and ways of God’s spirit. Such words are those like: destructive, wasteful, chaotic, disorderly, uncleanliness, confusion, disarray, ruin, sickly, clutter, neglectful, unfruitful, flawed, cheap, disorganized, lethargic, lazy, nonproductive, unsound, discord, reckless, unhappy, murderous, inactive, etcetera.

God’s instruction to dress and keep His creation should have great meaning for us as we consider what it means to work at caring for what He has placed within each individual’s personal control as one’s own responsibility. It does indeed include some of the smallest things in life, and that is why it is so important to begin learning such things at a very young age. The reason for this is because such things have much to do with the very formation of one’s thinking and spirit. This is why it is so important to begin teaching children about areas of responsibility that are theirs. These are small in the beginning, but highly important for aiding the formation of right thinking and focus toward life for the future.

A child can begin to be taught about qualities of cleanliness, discipline, order, organization, and work ethics by learning to care for the smallest of matters in their personal surroundings thereby they can begin learning to take on the positive and productive quality of “personal responsibility” in life. To serve as only one example, a child can begin at a very young age to be taught to pick up their own dirty clothes and put them in a laundry container and then hanging up their own clean clothes.

Sadly, there are many who never learn such traits and qualities in life as they were never taught them and/or never had such responsibility enforced in their life. This is especially true concerning boys who far too often “learn” to rely on mommy to do everything for them. There are many married men who shamefully grow up having a wrong vision and deep lack of understanding of the right and true role of a female in a family. In reality, they (females) tend to be viewed as “less” than them (the male). Wives then are “expected” to clean up behind a husband (who hasn’t been taught) as he leaves his dirty underwear and socks on the floor.

To such a man, this is a very small and relatively unimportant thing. But in reality, it is a symptom of a very big thing that is not right in one’s thinking. It compounds the problem by distorting how to love others as well. If this applies to anyone in the Church, that person needs to see that this involves a “spirit” in thinking that is resisting an area of healthy change that needs to come into greater harmony with God’s spirit, His way of thinking, and way of life. This specific symptom also reveals wrong thinking toward women. This is only one small example of a far greater problem that is so big and it has been perpetuated to the extreme for nearly 6,000 years now, just as the example given here is multiplied many times over in all kinds of instances and occasions in life.

Hopefully, this very small example alone can begin to help magnify the importance of going beyond the “laws” of God, which indeed must be lived, to that which involves “right thinking” based on qualities that are in God and are revealed through His very creation. As one grows and understands these qualities as being godly in nature, they will also grow to see that these are based on God’s kind of love (agape) that reveals the true nature of His spirit.

It is not the purpose of this writing to go into all the vast numbers of examples in life that exist where characteristics are reflected in creation which reveal the mind and thinking of God. This is something for individuals to examine in their own life, and begin to build upon, and then to grow more spiritually in oneness and unity with God. This is just the beginning of building blocks that can be used to spur greater spiritual oneness with God as individuals build upon this understanding and how to apply it to themselves individually and their families.

That which needs to be understood in all this, at this point, is that each individual’s response to some of the smallest of things in life reflect their mind – the way they think, which is of one’s very spirit. Wrong thinking in many of the small things of life need to be addressed in order for greater transformation of the mind to take place for it to come into greater unity and harmony with God. This is needful so that as members of God’s family we can rightly deal with the bigger things of life in an ever-growing godly manner. If we learn to become more faithful in the little, then we are learning to be able to be faithful in much.

[Pt. 4 will follow.]

Inset Post: Regional Changes

Friday, December 12th, 2014
False Prophet Ronald Weinland has a blog post up.  Seems that some of his members are disrespecting the 2nd and 3rd ranked prophets (Laura and Audra).
A reminder that there is a “Ministry” page linked at the top of every page on the blog.  The information is indirect and therefore may be inaccurate or outdated.  Please provide any corrections in an email or a comment on this posting.
———————- Weinland’s post —————————————-
A letter has been or is in the process of being sent to the different regions of the Church to update everyone on who is currently serving in the ministry in the specific region they are located. It explains some of the changes that have been underway in much of the restructuring within the ministry and the reasons for them. Hopefully, it also serves to clarify some of the organizational format of the Church concerning God’s government, current structure, and some of the duties of various parts within that structure.

This inset post in the midst of our current series, A Heightened Dedication, is the basic content of that letter being sent to all the different regions. The same information is being placed in this inset to hopefully help some who read this post that did not receive the letter itself. This letter was sent to each member from the individual who is over the region where they were located. In all regions, there is ultimately one individual who is responsible for an area, as a matter of organizational structure, and of God’s government being administered in that region. This is in addition to the duties specifically given their level of ordination. Some of these ministers vary in ordination and in their role within God’s government, which means that they carry different responsibilities due to specific ordinations. As an example, the regions in the U.S. and Canada primarily have senior elders who have been placed in responsibility to function as coordinators. However, in New Zealand and Australia, everyone is under a senior evangelist, and in Europe everyone is under a prophet.

Within the current structure of the Church under Jesus Christ, it is led, administered, and governed by a team of two individuals, where one is an apostle and prophet, and the other a prophet. The Church follows the pattern for government that is outlined as the primary structure given in scripture through the apostle, Paul. As in the time of the Philadelphian and Laodicean Eras in the Worldwide Church of God, there are some modern-day descriptions within that structure that better describe how the Church functions today. The primary positions of apostle, prophet, and evangelist do not vary. However, God may not always utilize some functions (ordinations) during specific periods of time.

In the Worldwide Church of God, there was never the role of a prophet within God’s work at that time. Since the Apostasy, God has been reestablishing the various roles and responsibilities that He works through in His ministry. Only as of this year was the role and work of a pastor reestablished in the Church.

At this point, it should prove to be helpful and informative to clarify the governing structure of the Church that exists in God’s ministry today.

Order and Structure of the Ministry
In the primary order and functions listed by Paul, it begins with the first role under Jesus Christ, which is an apostle. This is followed by a prophet.

There is more for the Church to learn concerning the role of a prophet. Many still seem to have a very limited grasp of this and tend to think that all prophets are given prophetic events to declare or that they are given revelation of recorded prophecies directly from God. Many of the prophets of old were given prophecy concerning future events, but most of what they were given and what they recorded was not known to them. That which they did know was very limited and often had a “type” of fulfillment that was being addressed in their immediate time, but was recorded for greater purpose to be fulfilled in the future.

However, the primary function of most of these well-known prophets, as well as many other prophets whom God worked through, was that of spiritual insight into a wide range of matters and of declaring the administration of God’s way toward those who would receive it. This was on a physical plane with the Israelites in dealing with very physical matters, but having spiritual importance. The Israelites did not have God’s spirit dwelling in them like the Church (spiritual Israel) has today.

This should not be lost on the Church at this time. Other than myself, being both an apostle and prophet, there are two prophets through whom God is working whose primary function within His Church is the administration of His ways. They are given spiritual insight as prophets to discern and then administer God’s will and that of Jesus Christ toward the ministry first, and then the Church as a whole.

As I have temporarily been removed from “direct” contact and involvement, my “indirect” contact and administration of the Church has helped to reveal (make manifest) things I would not have otherwise been able to see and learn in this specific area of government. By this, I mean that I do not deal with the administration of most matters of the Church through direct communication with individual members and ministers as in the past. Instead, I give to both prophets my input for such guidance, direction, and instruction that is to be given brethren when such need arises. However, because of this indirect administration of some matters in the Church, and the fact that such communications come directly from a prophet who is female rather than directly from me, it is much easier to see things I would not see to the same degree. That which I have seen is that far too often there is resistance manifested toward a woman, where these same individuals would not have responded to me in the same manner. Yet it is the same government of God in action. In addition, there are other matters that both prophets administer, due to a heavier work load placed on them, where God directly gives them judgment and insight to deal with various situations that arise in the Church. Again, because of some of the responses they receive, it is evident that there is too often resistance, and it is simply because they are women.

The reality is that God is now far more fully bringing to light the importance of how He governs and the necessity for each person to see Him and not just a physical leader, and then to yield to His government, rather than to resist it. God is also revealing hidden prejudices and pride during a time when He is showing the rightful role for women in family and His Church. There are men and women alike who are resisting that revelation, and therefore, resisting His government that now includes women over them. However, God is bringing this to light in each person’s life so that where it is needed, individuals can repent, begin to make changes, and thereby become more fully transformed in thinking.

The process of God bringing this to light in the life of an individual who is resisting Him can be a painful experience as one comes face to face with such reality. The pain is one where pride and ego suffer for a time until such is conquered through genuine humility and one is brought more fully into subjection and agreement with God.

The series of sermons on Personal Responsibility and Rebellion, and the way they fit so perfectly with current posts, should be incredibly enlightening, sobering, corrective, inspiring, and received in a serious and fearful manner. God is having us focus upon these things so we can come to see the need to become far more fully dedicated to Him and the purpose He is working in our lives at this time.

Now, continuing with the order of structure of God’s government within the Church, following that of an apostle, then prophet, is an evangelist. The role of an evangelist is that of being the “primary support” between the work of the apostle and prophets with that of the rest of the ministry and Church. Their role in that “support” structure is a more direct and recognized one within the Body of Christ that includes upholding, promoting, protecting, and of teaching and expounding upon the administrative matters, doctrines, and truths that come through God’s prophets and apostle.

Following the ordination of an evangelist is that of a pastor. Within the Philadelphia Era (WCG) and on up to the Apostasy, pastors were ordained within God’s Church whose role consisted largely of preaching and administering to the needs of larger localized church areas. During that time, this role was given to those who were classified as preaching elders and pastors, where pastors were of a higher rank than preaching elders. This administering to the needs of a congregation generally involved working more directly in a one-on-one manner of counseling, giving guidance (direction and/or correction) to others, as well as much preaching through sermons and bible studies. The counsel, guidance, and/or intervention in some people’s lives was needful in times of trial, wrong behavior, family problems, unease or problems between members, and other areas of life where intervention from the ministry was needful. Such intervention on a more personal plane and with direct contact was necessary in order to help produce greater unity, peace, order, and oneness within the Body of Christ.

In local regions in the past, this role of pastor was enhanced through preaching, as many of the situations that would arise that needed guidance of a pastor could be addressed to some degree in Sabbath sermons. This aided a pastor with the ability in a larger localized church environment to address some of these matters that needed to be dealt with in a congregation when such situations were occurring within an area. This often included covering spiritual areas dealing with various kinds of sin in life, family matters, fellowship among the members, etcetera. Preaching was also a needful way to address certain topics during those periods, which was the primary means of nurturing the Church each Sabbath.

Only since the fall holy day season this year has the role of pastor been reintroduced to God’s Church. This is part of setting the stage and making preparations for the Millennium. It is also to assist the Church now in being able to address such matters more directly in whatever scattered area they arise. This role at this time can be perfectly fulfilled as a more direct means of pastoring/shepherding specifically where needed, with no need for public preaching to enhance that role in any specific congregation as in the past.

God has qualified a woman to carry out such duties now for a three-fold purpose. First, it is because of the help that is needed now within the Church that can be administered through this role. Second, it is also to reveal that such a role can actually be effectively fulfilled without the aspect of preaching. Third, it is to reveal the need for women to serve in such a capacity and not just men. Both are needed in order to far more effectively fulfill the need of such a function due to the kind of varying and specific needs that sometimes arise simply because of different situations, circumstances, and experiences.

Lastly, we come to the ordination of elders. This is a single ordination with three different levels of structure. First, there is the entry level into the ministry, which is an “associate elder.” They may anoint any member who is ill and who requests such service. They may also baptize any who have been approved for baptism by someone over them. After this, there are other duties they may carry out in service to the Church area they are in when it is appointed to them by someone over them. Such areas of service and responsibility can vary widely from area to area.

The next level above that of an associate elder is an “elder.” This is simply the next step of being an elder that carries a little more responsibility and/or duties that might be given. Associate elders and elders do not of themselves counsel or direct members in any fashion unless specifically directed to do so by someone over them. Various matters do arise in church areas where an elder will need to contact their superior to see how to handle a matter. Those over them may deal with it or direct the elder how to do so. All of this is only a simplified description that carries a wide variety of situations and service that an elder might be given responsibility to administer.

One of the primary things concerning associate elders and elders that they themselves need to understand, and the Church is to understand as well, is that theirs is an entry level into the ministry that carries restrictions, yet authority. They learn to serve and minister as they are directed by those over them, where basically, nothing in this “beginning stage” is determined or directed from self, but from the government structure over them. This is where a heightened training and service begins for a minister.

It might be helpful to explain a little more about the role of an associate elder and elder, especially when considering God’s structure of government in a church area. Essentially, there is no government authority carried by such elders except for specific occasions where they are assigned to carry out some function or responsibility given to them by a senior elder or by some other minister that is above a senior elder. Of course, members are to respect and support whatever the associate elder or elder has been given to fulfill as their duty. Associate elders and elders do not counsel or expound on doctrine unless given the responsibility to do so in a specific case. If someone has doctrinal or Biblical questions they may go to an associate elder or elder who may then direct them to some sermon, topic, or other publication that will give an answer. If associate elders or elders have questions where they need help in dealing with any Church matter, then they simply contact the minister who is assigned over their region. As mentioned before, that may be a senior elder, senior evangelist, or prophet. It should also be noted here that associate elders are not “under” elders, as elders do not pass along responsibilities or duties to an associate unless told to do so by those who are over them, and then it would be communicated that they were asked to pass along such information.

Thirdly, there is the function of a “senior elder.” Here, there are far more responsibilities and duties that are entrusted to a minister. By this point, an individual has learned more fully how God’s government functions and one knows that if they are uncertain about how to administer a matter that they will go to those over them to find out. Other normal routines have been learned and when a person knows what to do, they can simply do it. They have been learning to not rely upon self (one’s own opinions or ways), but to rely on what they have been taught concerning how to administer specific areas of God’s government.

Senior elders may be given a certain region to help administer in that area for the Church. They may be given other administrative duties that are a matter of direct Church Administration. Simply put, senior elders have an important role in helping to carry out duties for the administration of God’s government and ways in His Church.

Reasons for Restructuring
The experience in the Church concerning the ministry during the Worldwide Church of God and up to the time of the Apostasy was that an ordination, or specific office in the ministry, was mostly viewed as a life-long placement. However, since that time, God has had a different design and purpose in what He is working within the Church. Big changes within the ministry began to be made in 2007 and 2008. Now God has once again been leading us to make numerous changes through a streamlining of the ministry in order to better serve His specific reason and purpose for such changes. As He does so, we are simply to learn from it and support it.

Since just before this past fall holy day season up until now, there are over 50 ministers who have been directly affected by these changes and reorganization. The largest group this is affecting consists of those who are being removed/retired from the ministry. There are others being moved from sr. elders to elders, and from elders to associate elders. Within this period of time, God has also been ordaining a few to new placements within the Body to enhance the administration and service of His Church.

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. Many of these are simply being readied for specific responsibilities once the Millennium is established.

As we approached May of 2012, many within the ministry were beginning to slow down as a result of age and/or a matter of health issues. That has only become magnified as time has continued on and will become far more of an issue now that we know Christ’s actual coming is in 2019. Such issues dealing with health and/or age have simply restricted many from carrying out certain duties. This would also likely restrict them from being able to serve in what is coming.

The reality is that there is much that is coming upon the world that is going to require a new generation in the Church to deal with it. God is not placing that weight upon an older generation or upon anyone with certain physical limitations. It is time for a new group to fight in the forefront and to be molded into what God has planned for them in the Millennium. This group that is older and/or dealing with more serious health issues are those who comprise the largest number being directly affected by these changes. It is within this group that many are being removed/retired within the ministry.

There are also other reasons some are being removed/retired from the ministry or being moved to a reduced role. For a few, it is simply a matter that the need for such service as a minister does not or will not exist where they are located. In other cases, it is a matter of stepping aside so that others can be inserted who need the experiences that can only be gleaned, learned, and molded into them by serving for a period of time in the ministry. This is God’s work in us and it is by His design. God uses many means to mold and fashion those things that are necessary to prepare us for specific places within the temple and within the structure that will be the foundation for the Millennium.

Lastly, and affecting a very few, these changes are a result of correction and should lead one to a renewed sense of urgency, soberness, and pursuit of greater spiritual alertness and growth.

This is a great “Year of Dedication” for God’s Church. This streamlining of the ministry should work to enlighten, sober, encourage, motivate, and serve to help each one of us to focus more fully on the incredible importance of this special year. The changes addressed in this letter, along with the current series of sermons being given by the senior evangelists, and that which is contained in the current posts, is serving to strongly propel us into this coming year in a very positive and powerful manner.

The Church is deeply thankful for all those who have faithfully been serving within the ministry. So much of the strength of the Church is dependent upon such faithfulness and true spirit of service they give toward God’s people. This thankfulness is extended to those who are continuing in the ministry and those who have given of themselves for so many years and are now being removed/retired from direct ministerial service, but who will most assuredly continue to be a strength and stable example to God’s people in the Church areas they are located.

Changes In Your Region
Each region has been or is being notified of those ministers who are currently serving in it. This will serve to keep everyone informed of the government structure within the ministry in his or her region and who is part of that structure. This is not a time for anyone to try and figure out or speculate the reasons for those who have been removed/retired or given less responsibility. It should be a simple matter of humble acceptance and support on each person’s part of what God does in His Church.

For Sale: Prophet’s Hovel

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

Audra_frontAlmost 8 years ago in 2007,  Audra moved into her own duplex just a few miles north of where the Two Witnesses live in a home on a golf course. The following year, Audra married Chris Little and settled in for a life of wedded bliss.

But in 2012, Christ failed to heed his second invitation from Ron to return. This meant that instead of being converted to a spirit being at Christ’s return, Ron had to go on trial for criminal tax evasion just a few weeks later. Although Chris attended Ron’s sentencing hearing in November of 2012 and sat beside Audra and about a dozen other church members on the side of the courtroom behind Ron and his 3 high priced attornies, the wedded bliss was about over.

By August of 2013, Chris and Audra were divorced.  Audra quickly recovered from the breakup, reportedly dating even before the ink was placed on the divorce decree and by February of this year was married to Edwin Van Horne.  Since Edwin lives in the Netherlands and reportedly has stable employment, the Van Horne’s live there and Audra comes to the States occasionally to show the flag and be ordained to higher rank in the visiting room at a Federal Correctional Institution.

Audra_entranceSo what to do about the condo?  Around a month ago, it went on the market.  Below is a clip of the realtor information.  Not listed among the selling points is that it is owned by the 3rd ranking prophet of God.  It does mention a short sale.  If what Audra paid matches the $140,000 tax valuation, she’s going to have to come up with some money to be able to sell it at the asking price of $125,000.  Too bad Audra’s prophecy skills don’t cover the decline in the real estate market.
———– Realtor’s description of Property —————————

Incredible unit 3 finished levels, wall of windows. Shower, sep whirlpool bath. Wood burning fireplace. Short sale. Buyer to check schools. Sold as is.

General Information

  • Beds: 2 Bed
  • Price: $125,000
  • Property Type: Single Family Home
  • Stories: 2
  • Baths:2 Full, 2 Half Bath
  • Lot Size: 1,742 Sq Ft Lot
  • Style: Traditional
  • Garage: 1 car garage

Bedrooms

  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Master Bedroom Dim: 14 X 13
  • Bedroom-2 Dim: 12 X 11
  • Bedroom 2: 12×11 Level: 2
  • Master Bedroom: 14×13 Level: 2
  • Master Bedroom Features: Wall-to-Wall Carpet, Bath Adjoins, Walk-in Closet, Dressing Area

Bathrooms

  • Full Bathrooms: 2
  • Half Bathrooms: 2
  • Bath 1 Features: Shower, Tub

Kitchen and Dining

  • Dining Room Dim: 11 X 10
  • Dining Room: 11×10 Level: 1
  • Dining Room Features: Wall-to-Wall Carpet
  • Formal Dining Room: Yes
  • Kitchen: 13×12 Level: 1
  • Kitchen Features: Vinyl Floor, Wood Cabinets, Pantry, Counter Bar, Walkout

Other rooms

  • Entry Dim: 10 X 4
  • Family Room Dim: 20 X 19
  • Kitchen Dim: 13 X 12
  • Laundry Room Dim: 14 X 13
  • Living Great Rm Dim: 20 X 12
  • Entry: 10×4 Level: 1
  • Entry (Foyer): Wood Floors, Closet, Open Foyer
  • Family Room: Yes
  • Family Room: 20×19 Level: Lower
  • Family Room Features: Wall-to-Wall Carpet, Fireplace, Walkout, Wet Bar
  • Living/Great Room: 20×12 Level: 1
  • Living/Great Room Features: Wall-to-Wall Carpet
  • Rooms: 7
  • Basement Feat: Finished, Walkout, Fireplace, WW Carpet
  • Basement: Full
  • Laundry Room: 14×13 Level: Lower

Interior Features

  • Cable Tv
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Recess Lights
  • Garage Door Opener
  • Attic Storage
  • 220 Volt
  • Possible Short Sale

Building and Construction

  • House Style: Traditional
  • Levels or Stories: 2
  • Construction: Brick
  • Foundation: Poured
  • Roof: Shingle
  • Windows: Insulated, Aluminum
  • Levels: 2 Story

Exterior and Lot Features

  • Patio
  • Deck
  • Views: Woods
  • Lot Square Footage: 1742

Garage and Parking

  • Number of Garage Spaces: 1
  • Garage: Attached, Front, Oversized
  • Parking: Driveway, Off Street

Heating and Cooling

  • Heating: Electric, Heat Pump
  • Cooling: Central Air
  • Fireplaces: 1
  • Fireplace: Wood, Ceramic

Utilities

  • Water Source: Public
  • Sewer: Public

Appliances

  • Oven/Range
  • Dishwasher
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave