Did Not Leave Because of the Coffee

Here is as its own post a comment left earlier this morning.  In the past I have posted copies of such letters without revealing full names, but since Donna chose to leave her full name in the comment it is repeated here.

——————–  Donna’s comment ———————————–

Hi to all,
I have not been on here for awhile as I don’t care for people blaming God for what a man has done. We are all responsible for our own actions. GOD IS ALIVE AND WELL! I read the  post of our latest retiree from PKG. I am so glad that there is still hope for some to come to their senses. I did not leave because of the coffee. I am attaching a copy of the letter I sent directly to Ron and Laura. It is a little lengthy but I think it will let some on this blog see that we left for all  the right reasons. Please read to the end, I know it is long.

This is to the Church of God – PKG.  I am removing myself from the membership of this organization. Reasons are as follows.

Ron and Laura Weinland,

You have  proven to me that you are no longer following  the truths of God that were given to us through the scriptures.  I have been searching the scriptures daily for a time now, trying to prove what you are teaching.  I have found no proof for the words that you speak. You have as of the last few years been giving you own interpretation. 2Peter 2:20  (Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is an any private interpretation. (21) For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.  The words in the Bible are true and right. You cannot make them fit your agenda.  I have tried now for years to believe what you are still preaching even from your prison cell but not one of your prophecies have been fulfilled.

Read what it tells us in Deuteronomy 18:20-22  But the prophet, which shall presume to speak  a word in my name , which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of others gods, even that prophet shall die.  And if thou say in your heart,  How shall we know the word which the Lord hath not spoken? When a prophet speaks Sin the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken presumptuously: thou shall  not be afraid of him.

You tell us that when God says we are to turn to the right or left we just do it. Are we not to prove all things?  Yet the Bible tells me in  Ephesians 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, (meaning is according to the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance) ( the function or the information-doctrine, learning ,teaching ) by the sleight of man, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive. When is the last time you have told the congregation to open their Bibles and prove all things according to scripture.

I do believe that at one time you spoke the truth, but the truth is no longer in you. You are LAODICEAN, it is still the Laodicean Era. There is no other era mentioned in the Bible. Or do you think that God forgot to put that in there for our edification. When did you forget who you were to be serving? You cannot serve two masters.

When you revealed to the church that Laura was the second witness and said you were the spokesman, it tells us in the Bible that they both speak.  Where is it written in scripture? We are to  prove all things. You have lifted yourself up  and yet you tell me how humble you and Laura are. Yet I see nothing but haughtiness and pride in both of you.  There have been so many lies told that Laura and yourself cannot back track fast enough to cover yourself.  Have you read the scriptures lately as to what is to happen to the false prophets. God does not allow it for very long and I think that your time is over. At least I pray that it is. I pray that people will be able to have the scales removed from their eyes while there is still time. You have deceived God’s people for so long and now they have lifted you and Laura up and made you their idol. Matthew 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. can be deceived, even you.

You and Johnny keep telling me if I am  digging in the garbage pit I no longer have God’s  Spirit. Well I am digging in the Bible, is that also what you consider the garbage pit. I have been seeking Gods truth and guidance for a couple of years now and this is where He has lead me. I am not just a dumb sheep following what you say is the truth. I am trying to prove  all things. I am now going to have to go back and prove everything that you have taught. When did the lies begin? That is what I am going to have to look for, the beginning.

I have read most of the trial transcripts on line. I do not consider them garbage as they were given by your  daughter and elders in the church, under oath, right? Did they all lie. I have caught Laura in a number of lies just recently but have tried to overlook them . But that is not what we are told to do. When did money become so important to you and your family that you forsook God? Do you realize how you have hurt the body? Those that have given their tithes and offerings with a willing heart.  And yet you have rewarded those that you and Laura PREFER above others. You give money to just certain ones that you feel are worthy, but there some who are hurting and them you leave out. They are not good enough to be part of your circle. God has always blessed me that I have been able to take care of myself, but there are others who really needed the churches help but they were never given any. Yet they follow you and Laura, just stumbling along hoping for a crumb. But they don’t look to God as their source of peace. I told Laura not too long ago that this is not the Church of Ron. I follow God. I have tried to find truth in your teaching but you have become blinded with the money you stole from God for your own gain. I wish that you would repent but I think that you have sold yourself to something different.

Proverbs 6:16 -19  These are six things that the Lord hates. Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
17. A proud look, a lying tongue Hands that shed innocent blood
18. A heart that devices wicked plans,  Feet that are swift in running to evil
19. A false witness  who speaks lies  and one who sows discord among the brethren.

I don’t believe that seeking the truth and telling others to open their Bibles is sowing discord. But there is  nothing that one can say that will help someone to open their eyes. I can save no one but myself as we are told.  I do pray for the body as I think they are deceived but that is between them and God. But I think that there is going to be much blood on your hands. You were to be the head of your family but you listened to a woman. And so it all began! PLEASE  PLEASE  repent for the sake of the body. A man is to be leading his family, what has happened to the ministry?

These are the things that I see in you and in the ministry. You told me that my baptism was not legit because the man who baptized me was not a minister in the WWCG. Yet you have woman baptizing and they are not even given the right to speak in church. And I don’t believe that this means a physical place where people worship. You  made women elders so that Laura could collect a pay check. Did you not have enough money at your disposal?  You don’t even counsel for baptizing, were you just  trying to enlarge your numbers.  Was this to make you look good or was it again the money coming in that you and your family squandered on personal pleasure. How much of this do you not want the congregation to know? Is that why you keep threatening the body, is that of God? Do you think He will be pleased with what you have done?

I see where you used the churches money to fund Jeremy’s education. Could I get that to help Ethan further his education. I think that the answer would be no. And yet my son works hard and he would find a job, which is more than what Jeremy has done. As told to me by Laura. Even your daughter is not qualified to do the job she has, it is only because she is family. She is not an accountant. But then an outside accounting firm would not have lied and cheated for you. You would have had to pay your taxes just like I have to do ever year.  Maybe that is where you started to go wrong. Laura talks too much and tells too many stories, each time it has a different twist to it. She is just one of the many gossips in the church, but as I said, just one. Is that not one of the things that God hates? But for her it is okay. And the truth be told, I still love Laura very much. I counted her as a friend but I know she is not sincere. I have heard her talk about so many of the other people in the body. If she is slandering some I know she is doing the same thing with all of us. You have known this for a long time as I know people have brought it to your attention.  You even mentioned it in a sermon at one time. Yet you were not strong enough to rule your own house.

Ron I wonder if you are really that blind or if it is what you choose to believe. I don’t believe that you have the character needed for repentance, at least not that I have ever seen in you, but I hope and pray that you will. Many are called, few are chosen.  There are vessels to honor and some to dishonor. Just as I told Laura that Mr. Tkatch was put in his position in God’s church to do what needed to be done. It was all part of the God’s plan. You know Ron, I have thought on what the Bible tells us about Adam and Eve. Adam was not deceived but he followed his wife. I think the same is true for you. You knew better, but Laura was more important to you than God. Ron, I still love you both as we are commanded but I pray for God to do what He has to do quickly to wake up those that still love God more than they love you and Laura. I pray that you both repent but if not?????

I am still in the body of Christ, as He dwells in me.  Being in a physical organization does not put me in the body.  So says HWA. You have brought shame on the name of God’s church. You carry His name, how do you think He feels? Christ asked if he would find faith when he returns. My faith is in God and His son, NOT in you. You have made the body to believe that their place of safety is in the PKG. Yes, there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

So ends my relationship with PKG.  Good luck to you in what is to follow.
Donna Kautz

Mere Words and Promises Aren’t Cuttin’ It Any Longer

As False Prophet Ronald Weinland finishes his last year in prison, PKG gets smaller and smaller — but probably will not hit zero.

Just this week I received an email from a now former PKG member, having just left this weekend.  Here is his email in it’s entirety with the exception of redacting his last name.  Those PKG members from East coast near Pennsylvania should recognize who it is.

—————-  Bill’s email ———————————–


A Heightened Dedication – Pt 6

 

False Prophet Ronald Weinland’s pencils seem to be on a 3-week cycle: here’s his latest.

Seems that some have been disfellowshipped for being unemployed.  Gotta keep those tithes coming in!!!  As this is the last of his postings in this series, we’ll have to see what kind of nonsense he comes up with next.  And whether he’ll have another one 3 weeks from now, which will be one week prior to passover.

———————-  Weinland’s Posting ———————–

In this Year of Dedication, in the lives of those whom God has called, there are a number of areas where improvements can be made in regards to the example being set. We are ambassadors for Christ, and as such, we are to always be keenly aware of what we reflect to those in the world around us and toward one another in God’s Church.

In this very special year, God is offering us the knowledge, opportunity, help and power to make greater change in the spiritual refinement of our lives. We are the temple of God and He seeks to more fully dwell within His Church, especially at this time in the preparation and work that will usher in His Kingdom and the reign of His Son, Jesus Christ.

Although it was quoted in the last post, it needs to be quoted again what Paul instructed the Church concerning our responsibility to glorify and honor God in our life. During this year, these verses need to become much more deeply ingrained in our thinking.

“Do you not know that your body is the temple of the holy spirit which is in you, which you have of God, and you are not your own [to do as you please, as you will, apart from God's ways and will]? For you are bought with a price, therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Cor. 6:19-20).

These are truly awesome verses and each person should strive to come to see more deeply the importance of what is being said. These verses are so important to grasp at this time that it would be good to go through them in prayer before God. In so doing, one needs to genuinely and earnestly focus on the words and what they mean for their life.

We are not only “not to defile the temple,” but we are to “dress and keep” ourselves in a way that reflects true honor being given to God through our example, which also has much to do with our very appearance. We honor and glorify God when we live in “true” moderation, soundness, and balance in life. We can dishonor God when our example reflects characteristics that are opposite or contrary to His.

In the last post, the principle of judging by moderation was addressed in the use of makeup and alcohol. That process for judgment can be used in other areas of life as well. However, it is also necessary to add to that process the need to also seek soundness of thinking and true balance in our judging. The ability to exercise these with “right reasoning” is not in mankind, but must come from God, just as it was covered concerning the ability to rightly judge moderation.

Some of the areas that can be worked upon more in this quest of seeking to reflect true moderation, soundness, and balance include matters like one’s work ethic and productivity, clothing (styles, cleanliness, and care), diet, weight, grooming, and any other area that involves the need and responsibility to “dress and keep” ourselves.

Seeking Good Health
It should be clear throughout scripture that it is one of God’s desires for His creation to be healthy. Early on, God gave Israel laws that pertained to maintaining good physical health and hygiene. God also revealed to Israel the curse of sickness and disease that would result from disobedience and negligence to live the way He revealed to them.

It needs to be recognized here that one’s attitude toward working at maintaining good physical health reveals much about the likelihood of how one will work at maintaining good spiritual health. If one is lax toward being watchful in their diet and need for exercise, then there is a stronger likelihood of that person being lax (not as watchful) toward their spiritual health. It could also be said that if one is primarily motivated by vanity in how one looks, then they are more likely to be motivated by vanity in how they act in what they perceive as being spiritual and the reflection they want to portray in how they want to be seen by others. If someone is motivated by pride in one’s own self-discipline and personal values then the likelihood is higher that such a person will be motivated by pride in their own abilities and/or self-discipline in personal study, prayer, fasting, listening to sermons, etcetera, rather than in having a true meekness, humbleness, and thankfulness toward God for the spiritual health and strength they are blessed to receive in life that come fully from God and not at all from self.

In this modern age where there has been an explosion in science and technology, we find that mankind, due to his greed, has been more greatly cursed than in any other age. Although there is much good that has come from the great advances in science and technology, the norm for mankind is to misuse such knowledge for immoral and selfish purposes.

We see this misuse of knowledge in the area of agriculture where the raising of animals and crops, as well as its distribution for consumption as food products, is steeped in greed and a reckless application of science and technology. As a result, the food we eat is not the quality God originally created for mankind. With the chemical contents alone that are contained in food items at a grocery store, people truly have no idea of the true effects of what these chemical ingredients can have on the human body and mind.

The reality is that we cannot begin to completely protect ourselves or our families from the harmful effects of chemicals and food degradation. To do so would require great wealth, years of work, land, equipment, workers, and so many other resources. In this age, it is impossible to secure totally uncontaminated, chemical-free, purified food products. We are in bondage to a corrupt world.

Nevertheless, we should strive to be healthy, and when it comes to what we eat, we should work at ever improving upon our diet – what we eat. Interjecting at this point, it needs to be said that great balance and soundness of mind needs to be exercised in such matters, and the motivation must be one that comes from God and wanting to please Him.

There are some who keep off excess weight simply by their own drive that is motivated by vanity (how they want to appear to others or how they see themselves). Such can at times become so unbalanced toward their own appearance to the point of becoming nutritionally starved, and this can even lead to some becoming bulimic or anorexic. Then there are those whose diet is governed by pride and strength of self-control as a result of their own “self-educated belief and understanding” of “proper diet.” True and sound motivation can only come as a result of one’s personal relationship with God and a right desire of humbly honoring Him in one’s life.

Great balance and soundness of mind must be exercised, because when people begin to become more informed and/or concerned about such things, the tendency is that many then become unbalanced in how they address it all. Human nature often reacts (responds) in an extreme way and not in a balanced manner. The extreme for some is that they totally ignore such knowledge because for them it is easier. They simply do not want to be bothered by such responsibility and the feeling of any guilt for what they want to eat.

While there is one group that goes to the extreme in choosing to ignore helpful knowledge, there are others that swing to the opposite extreme to the point of fanaticism. Such individuals often tend to go to great lengths acquiring only food products which are considered “natural” or only “organic.” This thinking generally goes so far that these same individuals often take this to a level of great pride. Often they feel the urge to promote and openly preach, to those who will listen, about “their” understanding and “personal practice” of such pursuits. Not only that, but they also tend to look down upon others and openly reflect their disdain, disagreement, and/or judgment against them by their condemning or condescending words and/or actions. A person exercising such pride and/or hard judgment upon others does far worse in dishonoring God by such actions than all of their best efforts they expend at eating purer foods do to honor God (if such were their true motive).

However, there is “balance” and “soundness of mind” that needs to be exercised in such matters. Much of this comes back to rightly understanding our relationship with God and what it means that we are to be seeking to act responsibly toward those things within our control. Yes, one should seek to eat in a healthy manner, and that is a personal matter for each individual to judge for themselves. It is a personal matter for each person because of one’s own unique circumstances that often vary from that of others. One must consider their own budget (financial balance), their own circumstances regarding their own health or that of other family members, a manageable stewardship of that which is within their control, etcetera.

If a person has absolute knowledge of the true quality of some food and believes it to be a healthier item that they can afford to add to their overall food budget, then that is their choice to include such to their diet, and it is good if they can do so. If someone has the same knowledge, but feels it is too expensive for them or not of as meaningful an advantage over other less natural or less organic products, then that is their free choice. One person may be able to enhance their food supply somewhat by planting a garden where they can exercise better control of the produce it yields. Others, however, may not find such a thing helpful or possible to do. Someone may have access to or ability to purchase more food items that are more natural or organic, while another may not. These are personal judgments and we should not judge or condemn others for their personal judgment in such matters.

There is also the factor of each person’s need to understand the importance of faith and that of trusting in God for protection that should always be considered when striving to be a good steward over such things in one’s family. We can and should always look to God for protection from those things that might possibly be harmful if one is striving to handle well the overall management of what they eat or feed to their family.

We should indeed seek balance in our efforts to honor God. It is far better to work toward having a balanced diet than it is to acquire the most perfect food that one can. Yet if one is able to improve upon the quality of their food, then that will indeed enhance the quality of their balanced diet.

This matter of a balanced diet also brings up a closely related subject concerning that of being overweight. Over the past several decades, the percentage of those who are overweight has grown exponentially. There are two factors that should be included in maintaining good physical health, which if omitted, often leads to one becoming overweight. These are “exercise” and a combination of “eating better food” and “portion control.”

It is true that some people have simply inherited a breakdown in genetics that has then been passed down from generation to generation, which has led to a poor functioning metabolism. If that is the case, then one should not just settle for such an outcome, but one should fight to make some improvement in their condition.

Very often, however, the condition of being overweight is simply the matter of a lack of effort being expended to exercise greater self-discipline in one’s life. Engaging in the battle to fight against being overweight is often beneficial in the development of stronger qualities of character, like that of strengthening one’s self-discipline that can then be exercised in other areas of life, and in developing or strengthening qualities, such as not giving up in battle, patience, determination, compassion, work ethic, consistency, etcetera.

Then there are those who have never had weight problems, or those who experience them to a much lesser degree than others, who themselves also have need to develop or strengthen such qualities of character, but will have to learn and develop them through other means or trials. The reason for this is because they have such a metabolism and genetic disposition where they will never have such battles or may only have to put minimal effort into losing weight.

Most who are overweight can mightily improve their overall health by losing weight through improving their diets and exercising regularly. For many, the fight against being overweight can be a life-long fight, just as many other battles are. It should be well understood that being overweight is the cause of many serious health problems in life. The issue of being overweight is one that clearly relates to what is being said when speaking of the need to seek to honor God in our physical bodies.

Excess weight does not accumulate in a week or a month and it simply will not disappear in a short time either. One must focus on changing bad habits like over eating, eating too many sweets, eating unbalanced and excessively fat producing foods, lack of exercise, etcetera.

In the environment I’m in now, in this prison system, I’ve seen a wide variety of examples that show how people address weight issues. This environment is unique in that the quality of food is quite poor compared to what the average person has access to through their local grocery store. There are those who not only go through the line at the cafeteria at every meal, but who often try to go through it two or three times. These same people also purchase sweets, soda pop, and junk foods that they eat often between meals. These individuals reflect their eating.

I’ve seen those who come in big and get bigger. I have seen those who come in average and then become big. However, I’ve also seen others lose weight, and they are those who have become more food conscious since coming here. They have tended to become more selective in what the will eat and will not eat as part of their diet. Such individuals lose weight by eating less and being more selective of what they do eat.

As common as it is for many to get bigger here, it is just as common that many lose weight also. The loss of twenty to forty pounds is a pretty regular occurrence. Yet there are some who have worked to shed much more. In addition to taking more control over their diet, all of these individuals exercise as well. There is one person I have come to know who has lost 140 pounds in thirteen months. Besides taking control over his diet, he has been faithfully walking three miles a day.

There are a wide variety of diets one can use to start the process of trying to lose weight, if one so chooses. Some may feel that there are certain diets that are dangerous, but such choices should also include the reality that failure to shed excess weight can also be very dangerous to one’s own health. All such choices are personal and others should not insert themselves into judging what another does in such instances. The focus for one’s health regarding daily diet should be to strive to eat more balanced meals and in smaller portions. This needs to be coupled together with striving to eliminate more junk foods from one’s eating habits (if applicable) and of trying to purchase the best quality foods that one can comfortably afford.

Smoking
There are also other matters that can be addressed that have to do with seeking good health, but there is one issue that has an important lesson clearly associated with it that can help one grow in understanding. It has to do with the matter of quitting the bad habit of smoking. It is an issue that has been a battle for many who have been called by God. This is still a battle for a very few in God’s Church, but it is still another area that needs to be cleansed within the environment of God’s temple.

This habit is not only a very unhealthy one, but it is also obnoxious and highly annoying for those who do not smoke. It is indeed a dirty habit that is spiritually steeped in selfishness, having a lack of love or concern and respect toward others, and of reckless disregard for being a clean temple for God to dwell. Some do indeed “seem” to perhaps escape some of the highly dangerous repercussions to their own health, such as cancers, lung disease, circulatory related conditions that affect the blood, heart, and other organs, whereas others do not “get by” and instead suffer horribly at some stage in their life.

There are many lessons that can be learned from such a foul habit, but one that will be mentioned here is important in understanding how wrong patterns of thinking conflict with that which could otherwise be in true harmony on a spiritual plane with God.

One who smokes tends to lose, or has never developed, the ability to recognize the obnoxious smell of cigarette smoke itself. To someone not accustomed to such an environment of cigarette smoke, whose sense of smell and taste are used to a far cleaner environment, such an individual is so sensitive to that smell that they can easily smell smoke on clothing, in the car, or in a home of a smoker. Yet the smoker is clueless – oblivious to such a “reality.”

This example is very reflective of other areas of life that separate the way people “think” about various matters of life. We are to seek to “dress and keep” our environment – that which is within our control – in a way that is in harmony with God and His ways. If one’s environment includes the filthy habit of smoking, then such a person will be “dulled” or fully unable to “think right” toward “why” such a thing is so wrong, unhealthy, and not in unity with what is right before God. Instead, one will see such a thing in a way that tends to justify, minimize, condone, and/or choose to ignore the truth about smoking. They simply cannot “see” what others “see” who live in a clean environment.

This same “reality” is true in nearly all areas of life concerning one’s ability to see things more clearly on a spiritual plane. The ability to best understand this is to begin seeing it here with this example of smoking and then in other smaller and more basic areas of life as well.

As with the example of makeup, those who have more fully experienced a sound balance toward its use are amply able to “see” when it is being misused and/or over used. Those who don’t see such a thing simply cannot “see,” just as one who smokes “cannot see” what others do who are cleansed or clean from it. One cannot truly see the ugliness, uncleanness, and obnoxiousness of smoking until they have been free and cleansed of it for some time. Then they can begin to grow in ability to truly “see.”

These are two very small and basic physical things that reveal a reality that is true in all areas of life. It is not until one has been cleansed from a wrong environment or practice in life and then begins to practice and live what is right that they can truly begin to “see” the ugliness of that which is not in unity and harmony with God. For those who have lived, exercised, experienced, and proven (by living and doing) things in life that are right and in harmony with God, they are able to “see” what others simply cannot until others also begin to live right and in harmony with God in those same areas of life.

We know that some might consider it a very small physical thing concerning the length for hair on a man or woman, yet God reveals that it is important in showing true and right honor toward Him and His Son, Jesus Christ. Matters of hair length, hygiene, dress or skirt length, physical appearance, Sabbath wear, and other very physical things have much to do with how we think. These reveal whether our thinking is steeped in selfishness, pride, and/or vanity, or whether we are genuinely seeking to take responsibility to “dress and keep” our lives in a manner focused on true desire to honor God.

Work Ethic
Another area that needs to be considered in this very special time of a heightened dedication that we are seeking in our relationship with God is that which concerns the value of living by right, balanced, and sound work ethic. Such is not only vital to one’s own well-being, financial stability, peace of mind, strength of character, and the giving of proper family support and example, but it is highly important to the support of God’s work.

There are some who have had to be suspended or even disfellowshipped from God’s Church because they have failed to “work” as they should. Paul revealed God’s will in this matter concerning work when he stated that one who does not provide for his own family is worse than a non-believer. A non-believer has no place in God’s Church (the Body of Christ). This instruction for “family” being spoken of may include the need for a mother, a father, or of both a husband and wife who must work, if necessary, to properly provide for the needs of their family. This “family” may also be only one person who is on their own and is therefore responsible for properly providing for themselves. Providing for family is a principle to be applied to any family unit, whether it is one person or many.

There are a vast number of causes for why there has been such a dramatic increase over the past couple of decades in a rapidly deteriorating “work ethic” being taught to (or learned by) young people. As a result, today’s overall younger workforce has a very poor work ethic, and also lacks skill (ability) to plan financially for their lives.

Many employers today have to deal with workers who regularly show up late, lack motivation and drive, and are often filled with such pride that they believe they know how to better do their jobs than how they have been told to perform them. They fail to grasp the importance of unity, support, cooperation, order, consistency, etcetera, which must be maintained within a company. Many workers today will not show initiative to go above and beyond their specific duties, and not only that, they even have to be closely supervised so they will do the tasks given to them. Some have the concept that 30 hours of work per week is a full-load and they do not strive to put in 40 hours per week, let alone consider doing overtime where they would likely receive extra bonus overtime pay. Often, if one is only able to find work for 20 hours per week, there is no concept of the possibility of seeking to secure another 20-hour job to fill in a workweek and thereby be a better provider. Too many just work enough to barely get by, and even then, if they have credit cards, they live on debt.

There is an attitude among too many that once they have left home and are on their own that they should continue with all the comforts they had while at home. Such seem to have no real concept of starting out small and then working hard to build up their own possessions and to establish financial stability in their life.

Quite candidly, laziness, lack of motivation, little drive, poor planning skills, failure to exercise personal responsibility at work, and other such traits are just the opposite of the ways of God. Scripture says much about the blessings, wisdom, and peace that come from being productive and learning the value and rewarding exercise of good work ethic.

Yet even in the subject of “work” there is the need for balance and soundness of thinking that should always be exercised so that a person does not go to the opposite extreme of working too much. One is to also enjoy the “fruit of their labor” and it is always good to also learn the importance of spending time, good time, with family – both physical and spiritual where possible.

Conclusion
There is so much more that could be written about for so many other areas of our lives and even about what has already been covered, but we have already been given far more than what we are actually able to fully digest and focus upon. We should simply zero-in on addressing what we can, especially those most important areas in our individual life that need the greatest attention and focus for change and transformation at this time.

In this complete series of posts, A Heightened Dedication, we have been given many principles, tools, and lessons that can be utilized and even built upon as we seek to strengthen our lives spiritually. We are being given great opportunity to more fully dedicate our lives to God, especially within the next eight months of this awesome Year of Dedication.

God our Father and Jesus Christ are with us, more than at any other time, to give to us far above and beyond what we can currently grasp or see. We are the focus of God’s work and continuing creation at this end-time. We are the foundation of all that will continue into the soon coming Millennium. We are God’s temple!

One More Year

release_dateA brief note here to break up the prophetic blather.  Ronald Weinland is serving a 42-month prison term for 5 counts of criminal tax evasion.  He started serving just about 2 years and 2 weeks ago.  With time off for good behavior, his scheduled release date is one year from now.

But the sentencing order requires an additional 3 years of supervised release.  Which means that Ron will not be allowed to leave the Eastern District of Kentucky without permission from his probation officer.  The sentencing order also includes this provision:

13) as directed by the probation officer, the defendant shall notify third parties of risks that may be occasioned by the defendant’s criminal record, personal history, or characteristics and shall permit the probation officer to make such notifications and confirm the defendant’s compliance with such notification requirement.

Wonder if the probation officer could be persuaded that Ron is a danger to those who believe his nonsense or are likely too.

A Heightened Dedication – Pt 5

After 4 weeks, False Prophet Ronald Weinland has a new post up, reposted below for your comments.  I haven’t looked into God’s creating Adam and Eve as naked but telling them to “dress and keep” themselves.  Guess they didn’t fully understand that until Satan helped out and they realized they were naked.

————— Ron’s nonsense —————————————–

The most important thing God told the first two created humans was that they were to “dress and keep” themselves, but they did not have the ears to hear. Mankind, beginning with Adam and Eve, was the primary focus for all of God’s creation, although God’s creation of Adam and Eve (just as any individual) was not completed simply when they were created as physical beings. Their creation was to have continued beyond the instantaneous physical one that gave them physical life, and a creation “in them” was to have continued over their lifetime.

God let Adam and Eve know from the beginning that they each had been given great personal responsibility directly from Him to “dress and keep” everything that had been placed within their environment and control. The most important part of all that was that they were to “dress and keep” themselves. If they had done so then everything else in life would have fallen into its proper place, as they would have been striving to do everything in accordance to God’s ways, in complete unity and harmony with Him.

Although they were created in a kind of neutral state, it did not take long before their own motivations began to set in. As a result of being made physical, they were by nature drawn to selfishness. That is the actual “nature” of a physically created human mind in a physical body that is living within a physical environment. A way to begin seeing this more clearly is to understand how a baby quickly develops traits of selfishness. If they are hungry, they will let you know. If they are uncomfortable or unsatisfied, you will know it. The development of selfish nature only becomes stronger as one matures physically. That is the natural progression, from birth, from being created in such a manner. Yet all of this was by Devine design.

The natural created state of mankind would be to resist God’s ways and to instead embrace their own ways due to a natural selfish nature, yet it needs to be understood that this response to God (to naturally resist) would always be the result of “free choice,” as a matter of a person’s own free will.

So from the beginning, Adam and Eve began to base their choices and decisions in life upon their own selfish desires and did not make choices and decisions based upon their confidence in, and agreement with, God’s ways, nor of any desire to glorify, honor, and place God first.

A Continuing Creation
All that was created within the animal kingdom was created in a kind of robotic, preprogrammed manner, with no free will given to it that would enable the ability for thinking and reasoning. Instead, that creation responds automatically to conditions in life by a specifically unique nature that God gave (programmed within) each variety of species in His creation.

Geese and ducks do not reason and plan for the necessity to fly south for the winter. Neither does a squirrel reason and plan for the necessity to gather nuts for the winter in order to survive. Animals and birds do not follow precise patterns of migration because they have figured out how to do so. They do so because they have been preprogrammed by the Great God who created them with such nature, instinct, and abilities. Having such an understanding of God’s creation truly makes evolutionists and many scientists look like awesome fools who harbor great intellectual stupidity on one part, while having a good level of actual intelligence on the other.

Within His great power to create life, it needs to be understood that God cannot instantaneously create a free moral agent (a being with free will) to be in full unity, agreement, and oneness with Him. If any being were created instantaneously to be in full agreement and of the same thinking as Him, they would have to be created robotic by nature with no free will. Yet God desired to create a family that would be in unity and harmony with Him. God desired that each one in His family would live the way of peace and His kind of love as a result of each one’s own personal motivation and willing choice. To do this, they could not be instantaneously given holy righteous character that is only in God Himself. Such cannot be instantaneously created, but it can be created over an extended period of time.

Holy righteous character can only be created through God’s direct power actively working in the spirit of man – in one’s mind – to help transform one’s thinking that originates from motivation that stems from selfish human nature to motivation that originates from agreement and unity with God and all His ways, truth, and thinking. There is still much to be revealed and learned about this process, but God has granted us a clearer insight into this process than at any other time in human history.

This process of spiritual transformation of the spirit in mankind, which is a process of God’s “ongoing creation” to create Elohim – a God Family – is only possible once someone has been called by God and has received the impregnation of His holy spirit within their human spirit. From that point, holy righteous character can then be created through a means of one making consistent and continual “personal choices” in life that stem from the acceptance and desire they have of actively seeking to exercise “personal responsibility” in living God’s way. When such choices are genuine, honest, and true then God gives the means for the creation of holy righteous character through the working of His holy spirit with the spirit in them (the spirit in mankind) to bring about a transition in one’s very thinking.

Thus Adam and Eve, because of yielding to their own selfish nature, cut themselves off from being able to continue in the process of God’s creation that could have transformed their human mind and thinking to that of God’s. The choice to follow one’s own selfish nature is simply the way of mankind, and since such choices are opposed to God’s ways, they simply result in sin. All mankind has sinned, except for one – Jesus Christ. So in God’s timing and according to His purpose, He determines when He will call (invite) a person into a relationship with Him for the purpose of a “continuing creation” that has been ongoing from the beginning in order to bring about Elohim through the transformation of the mind in those who are called. This is an “ongoing creation” in the development of a new mind and not of one that is instantaneously created.

God clearly reveals that mankind’s own ways are not of Him, but are actually against His ways. Isaiah and Paul both speak of this.

“‘For my thoughts [ways of thinking and reasoning] are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ says the Eternal” (Is. 55:8). Simply put, both ways are opposite to each other in motive and intent. God’s thinking and ways are outgoing to the benefit of others, but mankind’s thinking is inward (selfish) to the benefit of self above others.

As it has been recently pointed out, this is why God makes it clear that man’s ways must be changed. The mind of mankind is to become healed of selfishness. That is what is being spoken of when God says, “I have seen his [mankind's] ways [that are selfish by nature], and will heal him” (Is. 57:18).

Paul addresses it even more directly by stating, “Because the carnal mind [the ways, mind, and thinking within human nature] is enmity [hostile, opposed] against God, for it is not subject to the law of God, and neither indeed can be” (Rom. 8:7). By nature, the human mind and thinking is opposite of God’s. This is true to the degree that the human mind is actually hostile and naturally opposed to God’s ways, so that God’s ways can only be seen as a threat, an obstacle, and a great interference to how one wants to live life their own way.

One’s Greatest Responsibility
Throughout this series, we have focused on many aspects of God’s instruction concerning what it means to “dress it and keep.” Adam and Eve did not grasp what this meant, and they could not see that the primary focus of its application should have been upon their own self. Now, we are going to focus more fully upon what this means as a “personal responsibility” toward themselves that God has given to each of us individually.

True change in the conversion of human nature can only be accomplished by a person’s free choice and practice of yielding to God’s ongoing creation that comes through the spiritual transformation of the mind. Upon making the decision to repent (Gk. – to think differently), and to actively work on one’s own conversion and change in spirit, then one has accepted the greatest responsibility that is given in human life. When called (invited) by God to begin the process of a spiritual transformation within one’s mind, then God is at that time offering a person the choice to participate in a “continuing creation” to become part of His spiritual family – Elohim.

Once such a calling is offered to anyone then they must choose to accept the greatest responsibility offered to any human. It is a matter of willingly choosing to yield to obey, honor, and strive to glorify God and His ways of life, while fighting against one’s own selfishly motivated human nature, which resists doing so. This begins the process of learning to fight against being motivated by selfish human nature. It also begins a process of learning how to judge according to God’s way and then of practicing (applying) that judgment to one’s actions (way of living). As one then grows in greater spiritual insight and wisdom, through many different experiences, a person can begin to change from a selfish motivation, to a motivation that responds in agreement and unity with God – with His ways, thinking, truth, and mind. Yet “personal choice” is always a factor.

The spiritual growth that comes with accepting ever greater personal responsibility to “dress and keep” one’s self leads to greater acceptance and desire to honor and glorify God in one’s life – in one’s actions, example, and way of living. This involves (includes) a deeper understanding and appreciation of what it means for us to be included as part of the Temple of God. This in turn gives much greater importance to scriptures that reference such reality and fellowship in life that God offers.

“Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy them, for the temple of God is holy, which [temple] you are” (1 Cor. 3:16-17).

It is not possible that the human mind of itself can grasp what is stated in these verses. Such understanding and deepening appreciation of this is something that one will grow in spiritually throughout their lifetime. Even with God’s spirit it is difficult to fathom the awesomeness of what it means that we are part of God’s Temple that is to be kept holy, as God dwells in it.

“And what agreement does the temple of God have with idols [that which is raised up above or before God]? For you are the temple of the living God, as God has said, ‘I will dwell in them, and walk in them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore come out from among them [become removed from the ways of the world], and become separate, and do not touch the unclean, and I will receive you. I will be a Father unto you, and you shall be my sons and daughters,’ says the Lord Almighty” (2 Cor. 6:16-18).

We are responsible for working to remove ourselves from the ways and practices of this world. It is up to us that we not blend into this world as though we are part of its ways, that we not conform to it, but that we be transformed away from it. We desire that God will dwell in us and walk with (in) us in all that we live.

This not only applies to how we live differently as a matter of not sinning as the world does around us as we seek to obey the laws of God, but it also includes many other aspects of life. There are many choices made in life that can be a matter of sin and there are some sins that are not as obvious as breaking one of the Ten Commandments, which clearly state specific sins. One can sin by simply dishonoring God, and often such matters are not as clearly revealed as with the physical application of the Commandments.

Much comes down to one’s basic desire and intent (motivation) for the choices one makes. It comes down to where one’s level of desire is to honor God and to glorify Him in how one lives.

“Do you not know that your body is the temple of the holy spirit which is in you, which you have of God, and you are not your own [to do as you please, as you will, apart from God's ways and will]? For you are bought with a price, therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Cor. 6:19-20).

Building On A Framework
This series has been focusing upon the need for each member of the Body of Christ to accept greater personal responsibility in “dressing and keeping” what God has given to them, within their environment, that falls within their own control. A vision concerning greater change that can take place in our lives – in our thinking – is being given to us in this Year of Dedication. Now is the time to respond more fully to God and Christ with a “heightened dedication” by actively building upon a framework that is being shown to us in this series.

We are being given an opportunity to draw closer to God Almighty and His Son, Jesus Christ. As we apply ourselves to a heightened dedication, we will experience a heightened spiritual transformation in God’s continuing creation in us. Before proceeding with the final part of this series, there is one paragraph that needs to be repeated about this transformation process:

“We are now being given deeper insight into how this process can be more fully captured, enhanced, and lived as we learn more clearly about taking 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 selfishness is controlling them.”

It also needs to be repeated again, as it has already been stated in different ways, that in the instruction to “dress and keep” what God has placed within our environment and personal control, our focus should first be upon ourselves, of “dressing and keeping” ourselves in God’s way. Certainly, the most obvious in all this concerns what we first focus upon when God calls us, which is physical and spiritual obedience to the Ten Commandments, as we also live in faith and obedience, while seeking to be in greater unity with truth He reveals to us. Some of this has already been mentioned in this series, and it is also something we have focused upon and grown in since we were first called, but there is more we can focus upon.

That which we are going to now cover is spiritual in nature, as it has to do with the way we think, and why we make some of the kinds of choices and decisions in life that we do. Although much of this is not a clear matter of right and wrong, as is more easily seen in the application of the Ten Commandments, it is still spiritual just as so many of the attributes and characters of God are spiritual, originating from the holy spirit in nature.

In all that will be addressed in the remainder of this post, we will only be scratching the surface, but what is covered will give us a basic framework that can be applied to many other areas of life, so that we can continue to build upon them in a more refined manner.

Judgment Motivated To Honor God
As we proceed through a few examples that will be given of how to better “dress and keep” ourselves in greater unity and oneness with God, there is one basic factor that will aid in all decision-making. This factor concerns learning how to distinguish righteous judgment from self-righteousness. One is simply based upon and motivated by one’s own selfishness and one’s “own” opinion. The other is based upon making decisions and judgments that are the result of seeking to keep God’s truth, judgments, character, qualities, and ways as the primary focus for such reasoning. This is the kind of mind that seeks to honor and glorify God by how one is living. One way seeks (or yields) to put self first and the other seeks to put God first.

The best way to begin understanding these differences more deeply is to begin seeing how this is to be applied to the smaller or simpler things in life. If one does not grasp this and know how to apply this in the easier matters of life, then one will not know how to apply right decision-making to the more difficult and complicated matters of life.

One example that we are going to examine first would indeed seem to be of small importance in life. This example was at one time mentioned in a past post concerning matters of government during the history of the era of Philadelphia. It was about the use of makeup. For those who did not experience this history in the Church, it might seem a little unimaginable that such a seemingly small thing could have become such a large issue within the membership of the Church.

This issue of whether or not the use of makeup would be allowed resulted in the manifestation of attitudes and spirit that were not at all in unity and agreement with God and His Church. This small matter revealed far deeper spiritual problems that needed to be revealed within the environs of the Church. This controversy escalated in such a divisive manner that it mushroomed into far more serious issues and it eventually resulted in the removal of thousands from fellowship in the Church. So never underestimate the importance to your overall spiritual life and well-being concerning what one would generally consider the small things in life. This one example alone reveals how little things can and do reflect one’s true overall spirit.

Through this experience regarding the wearing of makeup, the Church has come to appreciate and better understand that such decisions made in the Church result in our refinement that produces truer unity and agreement with God. It also results in understanding moderation, balance, and soundness in thinking and judgment that only God can fully reveal and give to us. This example of makeup should teach and emphasize the importance of striving to govern our lives in all things in life, for even the small things must be under our control, or else they will control us. Having such control and being able to govern our lives in greater unity with God requires God to continually live and dwell in us because of ourselves we cannot “think” as we should.

It is good to notice that there are many decisions that we must make in life in which there is no written law that specifically tells us what to do, as with the decision to not wear makeup. We are to learn how to judge and make right, sound, and spiritually healthy decisions in our life, which requires that we learn to judge the motivation for such decisions.

In the matter of makeup, there is no law written that covers its use; therefore, there are several things to be learned from such an example as this. The obvious one for the Church became a matter of whether or not an individual was in unity with God’s Church and God’s government in decisions that are made by the Church, even in administrative issues as well.

Sharpening One’s Judgment
In the matter of makeup, there are principles that one can learn which may also apply to other areas of life. There is no need to go into an extensive examination of the subject, but rather to “get to the point” of the important issues that one needs to address. And by applying these things, one who seeks to honor God can improve upon how they judge and make decisions concerning whether God is being placed first in different aspects of their life.

It is good to ask, “Why was there a question about makeup in the first place?” It is because its use over the centuries was highly associated with a wrong use as an alluring enhancement for sexual attraction. However, that wrong use and purpose does not mean that it couldn’t have an acceptable and right use as well. This distinction was difficult for most to understand during that period of Philadelphia.

This brings to mind another example in which people have had such opposing views, and that is about the use of alcoholic beverages. Some religious groups totally forbid it, claiming it is against God’s will. Even this nation (the United States) went through a period of time known as Prohibition, where it was illegal to make alcoholic beverages of any kind. Rather than going into all the stir over the issue that has existed through time, it is simply better to look at what kind of use can dishonor God and what it means that a right use can honor Him. Simply the fact that one seeks to not dishonor God in any way in the use of anything is a matter of honoring God.

There are plenty of examples in scripture that reveal that alcoholic beverages are not forbidden by God. This has led the Church to better understand the principle of moderation in its use. Lack of moderation, acting irresponsible in its use, and drunkenness reveal dishonor toward God in that God is not in the consideration and judgment of such actions.

Whether one chooses to have a glass of wine, a mixed drink, or a beer is simply a matter of free choice. This is just as it is with what one chooses to eat for a meal (with the understanding that no unclean food is a matter of free choice). It is in the “process” of making the decision whether it’s right or wrong that determines whether the intent and motive is to honor God (whether God is in the forefront of such thinking and choices). Certainly, the misuse of alcohol dishonors God. However, alcohol can be used in right balance when done so in a responsible manner. Its misuse has caused incredible grief and suffering through time. This misuse often leads to addiction and total lack of control over its consumption. The misuse of alcohol and drugs are associated with nearly half of all traffic deaths in the United States, where each year traffic fatalities are numbered into the tens of thousands.

Over the course of a meal, if someone chooses to consume an alcoholic beverage, most people will have no symptoms of drunkenness. If a drink or two are consumed over a period of an hour to two, most of the affects of any alcohol will have fully dissipated. Choosing to drink or not to drink alcohol is a free choice. But it is not a free choice to have a quick meal with a couple of drinks and then quickly place one’s self behind the steering wheel of a motor vehicle. In some instances of eating a meal and consuming an alcoholic drink, a person may still be in good form while visiting with others, but they may not be as sharp in skills which are necessary to maintain when it comes to driving. Proper time for the dissipation of alcohol should exist before someone places themselves into the kind of responsible position that is required when driving. If such freedom is abused, this can potentially have a very wrong impact and consequence upon one’s own life and that of others.

As alcohol has had such a history of misuse, this does not take away from the fact that when used responsibly it is perfectly fine to enjoy such beverages if one so chooses. Simply because far too many people choose to misuse it does not mean it should be prohibited. This misuse in general is just a sad commentary on today’s society. This now brings us back to the subject of makeup. Just because many people have misused it through time, as an enhancement for sexual attraction, does not mean it should be prohibited.

Makeup can be used to enhance natural features, but it can also very easily be used beyond moderation to something that tends to enhance sexual attraction. To address this correctly in one’s life, a person must go before God, in spirit and in truth, and seek His help to properly discern the difference. A sound way to measure such a thing is to seek that which reflects something between light use and that which draws closer to moderate use. In doing so, one would then be acting in a responsible fashion before God. One should guard against going beyond the point of moderate use to that of heavier use, just as in the consumption of alcohol.

The use of makeup does not dishonor God unless one goes beyond a balance in moderation. Rather than judging one another, each person must go before God to seek that balance. Just as the Church teaches it is fine to wear makeup in moderation, it is also fine not to wear it. One is not more righteous or better than the other.

It is also wise, when striving to determine matters of moderation, spiritual soundness of mind, and that which honors or dishonors God, that one pays extra close attention to any related statements on a specific subject that has been made by the Church. If the Church has given direction in any matter, then one should recognize that importance, especially if one truly grasps how God works in and through the leadership of His Church.

Once again, it is necessary at this point to end here in “Part 5” of this series. This is to give time for this material to more completely become mentally (in knowledge and understanding) and spiritually (in reasoning and soundness of thinking) digested and absorbed. It was originally thought that this series would be much shorter, but God has continued to give more. This is so His Church can be better equipped to make this Year of Dedication greater in what can be produced in one’s life if one so chooses to more fully apply to their lives what is being given.

A Heightened Dedication – Pt 4

Now 3 weeks after Ron’s “Christmas present”, he finally has another post.  Seems that he doesn’t like people playing computer games during sabbath services.
Ron’s revelations reposted here for your comments:
——- False Prophet Ronald Weinland’s post ———————
It was previously covered how important it is to begin teaching children at a very young age to exercise personal responsibility in small things around them that directly affect them. These are the beginning years in the formation of one’s mind, thinking, and reasoning, which is far more important than what people know when it comes to the development of godly qualities in the very spirit in mankind.

For families in the second and third generations of the Millennium, the ability to apply more of what God is now giving will become much the norm; however, it is often for many who have been called into God’s Church, that a parent cannot get that early and most formative process started at the beginning. This will also be true for parents called into the Church at the beginning of the Millennium. Instead, a child (or children) will be at various ages when a parent is called.

It is expedient for every parent to begin as quickly as they can to help their children to experience and learn to live by godly qualities and characteristics in their life. In this manner, they can potentially have these qualities developed within them as they learn of the value and benefit of it in life. This takes great discipline on the part of a parent, who in turn, will need to actively administer love, instruction, and discipline with their children throughout this process. The older a child, the more difficult the task may be, as their minds have already been largely established in specific patterns of thinking, attitude, reasoning, and living; yet it is a parent’s responsibility to strive to do so. However, even in all this, it needs to be understood that each child still has “choice” in such matters as to whether or not they will accept such qualities and characteristics as part of their way of life.

In some areas of this process of a parent working to help mold such attributes into their child’s thinking, a parent will find it valuable to also incorporate a system of reward verses punishment (discipline). Far too often, I’ve witnessed an unbalanced attitude expressed by some who consider rewarding a child as being a form of bribery, and therefore have judged it as being wrong, especially when it comes to using some monetary means as a part of a reward system. This is not true.

I’ll never forget the incredible impact an elementary teacher had on our son when she was looking for a means to motivate him in a particular subject. After certain achievements, she gave him baseball cards, which she had learned were important to him at that stage in his life. Different systems of reward and discipline often change with age. At one stage, we also used a system of monetary reward when it came to his grades in school. If grades were at certain acceptable levels, he would receive a monetary reward according to a specific level of accomplishment, but if the grade level were below an acceptable level, he would have to pay us. For him at that specific stage of his life, this worked quite well, and he grew in qualities that helped to develop better levels of drive, work ethic, value, planning, and creativity.

Parents need to focus on what kind of things or activities will help motivate a child in a right direction until a good quality can potentially be developed in them. In this manner, a child then becomes better equipped to then choose to live by such a quality. It is in this manner that such can become a factor of their “own thinking.”

When working with systems of reward verses punishment (discipline), a parent must seek God’s help to be “balanced” in this, just as any adult must seek to be balanced in many areas of their own life. Balance determined from one’s self, from one’s own thinking and with normal human nature, is rarely true balance. Learning true balance and soundness of thinking (decision making) is something an individual must grow in spiritually throughout their life.

In working with young children, it involves working with raw human nature. The work involved is striving to establish right characteristics that are in harmony with the mind of God. Often times, the use of giving a reward after specific accomplishments can go a long way to help begin establishing right patterns of thinking. It is after they have “experienced” the benefit for a time, and then through that process have begun “proving” the practice of such quality a parent is striving to teach, that a child is then more easily able to make the choice for themselves to live by such quality and characteristics in the future. God works with adults, especially in the beginning, in much the same manner in leading them to “prove” His ways with the prospect of reward, fulfillment, and the receiving of other profitable benefits from living His ways. This is not bribery.

Children Focused on God
From the beginning, mankind has failed to grasp God’s command to “dress and keep” what He gave to them. The greatest and most miraculous experience that mankind can witness in all of God’s creation is that of the birth of a child. For a parent, that God-given area of personal responsibility is far greater than they can comprehend simply through their own ability. Only within the Church are many now beginning to grasp this in a far deeper way, but there is much more to be built upon in all this. Now is the time to strive to incorporate and improve upon the exercise of personal responsibility toward one’s own children, especially in this year of a heightened dedication to God.

Once a child leaves the womb, breathes air, and has life, that is the moment a potential future member of the God Family is born. Aside from themselves, there is no greater responsibility in life given to a parent to “dress and keep” than to raise a child in the ways of God.

By now, everyone should recognize that there is much more about personal responsibility that is to be exercised in our lives. The building blocks are there that can be used and applied to every area of life that falls within our personal control. This includes areas of our home (residence), belongings, finances, use of credit, transportation, work place, job/employment/occupation, and more. We are to consider and seek to correct how we address matters of “dressing and keeping” those things around us that involve qualities and characteristics reflected in creation that actually reveal God’s thinking and His “spirit.” Most of this involves how we think toward much of this physical world around us that falls within our personal control or presence, which itself is also a matter of responsibility for the “example” we set toward those around us. It is another matter altogether, of incredibly great importance, that we begin to grasp the kind of responsibility God has placed on parents and their responsibility to “dress and keep” their children in God’s ways.

Once called, it is indeed a parent’s responsibility to actively work to mold their child (or children) in God’s ways and for teaching them that God and His ways are to be first in their thinking. It has already been pointed out how to begin this process of working with a child at a very young age to help develop right godly qualities in their thinking. However, when it comes to teaching them the importance of putting God first in their life, a parent needs to recognize that the most powerful means they have to do so is within the environment of God’s Church. Even if a parent were able to masterfully teach a child personal responsibility in “dressing and keeping” their environment, and they were able to have instilled in them such right patterns and qualities of thinking, that would all be for naught if a child is not taught and disciplined in keeping God first, especially within the environs of God’s Church. Indeed, the church environment is one of the most important areas where a child can be worked with to begin thinking in a manner that places God first.

This too begins in the smallest of ways. A child can be disciplined at a very young age to be quiet, still (calm), respectful of others around them, to speak to others (address/acknowledge others), to participate to whatever level they can for their age within a church environment. This includes teaching a child to learn familiarity with their Bible and looking up scriptures, as well as taking notes to help reinforce what is being said. This obviously includes teaching a child from a very young age to be listening to sermons and receiving whatever they can from what is being stated, even in the simplest of matters that they may be capable of gleaning. Such things as this do not just happen, and it does not come easy, but instead it requires a parent to exercise strong focus, attention, hard work, time, interactive conversation, explanation (teaching), discipline, love, etcetera.

As a Church pastor over a few decades now, and dealing with hundreds upon hundreds of people, I have seen the full gamut of parents working with children from active involvement to that of virtually no involvement at all. This is from a personal witness of seeing literally nothing being done to that of truly good examples of those parents who have been actively engaged in teaching their children many of these qualities, behavior, and values in life, where the Church is viewed as their family, and of them learning personal responsibility within that family.

In examples of those parents who have not engaged their own child or children well, or not at all, in rearing them to see the Church as their family, I have witnessed that which is even more negligent and defiling. In times past, there have been many parents who actually went in just the opposite direction. They not only did not engage in “dressing and keeping” their children in God’s ways, but they actually turned them away from God and His Church.

Sometimes a child will turn away on their own regardless of how good a job a parent does, but for those parents who are primarily responsible for turning their child away, that is incredible shame, hideous neglect, and sin. Because of a parent’s idle or negative involvement in nurturing their child as they should, that child can often begin to find attending Sabbath services as being a burden, unfulfilling, and an unwanted place to be, whereas many children look forward to coming together with others on the Sabbath.

In beginning to develop positive characteristics or traits in a child’s thinking, including the Sabbath and church attendance being a delight and something to look forward to each week, a parent needs to seek God’s help to know how to motivate their child toward such a direction.

The most powerful means available for a parent to influence a child in their thinking toward Church services, members, and the ministry, is that of the personal example of a parent themself. Too often I have witnessed how parents have spoken negatively about sermons, ministers, and others in such a manner that their children learn the opposite of what they should. Instead of the mind being molded as it should, it becomes negatively judgmental, more self-righteous, superior to others, critical, unloving, uninvolved, and uncaring. The wrong kind of mind is formed and fashioned in them, so it should be no wonder when they became adults that they then turn away from God’s Church. Much is often learned simply from a parent’s own example and attitude toward such things as the Sabbath, the ministry, and the Church.

So indeed, a child is to be taught to put God first, especially in an environment where this can be more readily taught and then for themselves to more easily learn. They are to be reared to respect God and to show respect to His Church and His government. This does not just somehow happen in life. A parent who fails to teach respect to be given to God are themselves failing to show respect and proper worship to God.

Several months ago, God and Christ drew my attention to the need to get rid of electronic devices from the environment of Sabbath services (before, during, and after those services). The exception to this is that children who are not yet in school can use such devices, and since school-age varies in areas, it has been decided that children from age six and up are not to use these devices. This was beginning to become a Church-wide problem as a result of the negative influence of society in the misuse of modern technology. Slowly, a negative and unbalanced use of such things began to creep into the environment of Sabbath services. This obviously does not include those devices being used for note-taking or bible programs that can be used during services. It does include electronic games being played by children and too often used as a kind of babysitting service for older children, where a child has no direction of focus for the real purpose of being in such an environment that is commanded by God. The wrong use of electronic devices also includes such things as texting and use of cell phones in areas of fellowship before, during, and after services.

It is at times like this, and in an environment when an administrative decision concerning change is made, that a parent has an excellent opportunity to teach qualities of value, respect, balance, unity, order, and so much more to their child. If not careful, a parent can also teach just the opposite.

There is a story I would like to tell you that helps to drive home the importance of some of what is being covered here. After this past Sabbath was over, my wife told me how she had made it a point before services began to visit with one of the children who is of elementary school-age. She mentioned to this child how she would like to see him begin taking some notes about what he was hearing in the sermon. Just as other children who had previously been playing with video games in the Sabbath service environment, this boy had been doing the same. As this change concerning the use of electronic devices was beginning to be addressed in the Church, it presented an opportunity to positively influence him to become motivated with a better focus toward Sabbath services.

My wife mentioned to this young boy that if he would start to take notes on the sermon, and after services bring those notes to her, and that if they reflected that he was listening and growing in that skill, then she would give him a certain monetary reward. After services he brought her the notes and was excited to show her what he had done. She asked him if she could keep the notes to show them to me. He stated yes, but he was eager to first show them to his father before giving them to her. After reading the notes myself, it was clear that he could be worked with in this new endeavor and that he was receptive to positive change. It was also evident that he was indeed able to grasp some of what he heard in the sermon.

Yes, even at a very young age, children can be taught and reared in a manner that helps them to be molded in ways in which their acceptance of personal responsibility becomes “normal.” During those years of helping to mold and fashion their minds in a positive manner, they will also be able to begin developing qualities and characteristics that are more in harmony with God’s very thinking and spirit. Certainly, it is clear that they will be filled with carnal human nature, as all people are until human life is complete, yet when they are young they can be fashioned and more prepared for the potential impregnation of God’s holy spirit that can be received later in life when they are called. They can be better prepared to come into unity with God and to more successfully engage in battle against their own selfish human nature.

Predetermined Personal Responsibility
In my beginning years in the Church, I had the opportunity to go to one of the three campuses of Ambassador College (a college of the Worldwide Church of God), which was located in the area of St. Albans, England (just north of London). That was in 1972, at the same time that Herbert W. Armstrong was being given knowledge and truth that there was a “spirit in man” (not of God’s holy spirit) that made mankind different from the animal kingdom. That “spirit in man” made the mind of mankind unique, as it gave a living being the ability to have the capacity to learn and a have memory, along with individual thought, reasoning, independent choice, creativity, etcetera. This was also the same time that Mr. Armstrong had a book published that explained this newfound knowledge more thoroughly. It was entitled, The Incredible Human Potential.

In one of the bible classes at Ambassador, I remember a class discussion at the time regarding Adam and Eve and the manner of their creation. We were also learning of this “spirit in man.” The present truth and focus at that time on that subject was that they were created neutral, which is true in part. It was understood that they had been created with free choice as free moral agents to determine their own choices for how they would live life. They were placed in as perfect of an environment as could be given to two physical human beings, yet they did not choose God and His way of life.

In that class, the instructor left us with the idea that since they had not chosen God, that it was as if God then slapped Himself on the forehead and asked, “What shall I do with mankind now, since they have not chosen me?” It was as if God then needed to come up with a plan whereby mankind could then be saved from sin.

Yet it was predetermined (preplanned) before mankind was ever created that they would need a Passover – that a Son of God would be born among mankind to be both their Passover and Messiah (Christ).

On one occasion, Paul was teaching the Corinthian Church about God’s purpose for the creation of mankind and His plan, which included giving His holy spirit to those in His Church so that they could “see” the things of the wisdom (mind, thinking, truth) that are of God, which others in the world who did not have His spirit could not see. It is good to see the whole context of what Paul was teaching. There are two verses that reveal much about what he was saying:

“But we [the ministry, the teachers sent from God] speak wisdom [that comes from God] among those who are being perfected [those called by God and begotten into His spiritual family], yet not the wisdom of this world, nor [nor from any wisdom] of the princes [leaders] of this world who come to nothing. But we speak the wisdom of God ordained before the world unto our glory [to the glory of those in the Church], which none of the princes of this world knew, for if they had known they would not have impaled on a stake [wooden pole] the Lord of glory” (1 Cor. 2:7-8).

The Greek word translated as “ordained” in this verse literally means “to limit in advance, to predetermine” and is most often translated into English as “before ordained, determined before, or predestinated.” In this verse, the word “before” that follows this word “ordained” literally means “in front of and/or prior to.”

Paul is clearly stating that at a time that was “before” (in front of, prior to) the age of mankind God had already “ordained” (predetermined, predestinated) that mankind would need to receive His holy spirit into their life in order to “see” what was spiritual, and that those who did not receive of His spirit would not have the ability to “see” on a spiritual plane. Paul said that the ability for someone to see these mysteries (this wisdom, mind, thinking, and truth from God) was reserved for those who would be given of God’s holy spirit as a glory in their lives. Further, Jesus Christ is being described as the Lord of glory, as the one through whom this glory (this revealing power) of the holy spirit would come.

Paul clearly magnified this same thing by what he told the Ephesians:

“According as He [God the Father] has chosen us [those in the Church] in him [Jesus Christ] before the foundation of the world, that we should be [become] holy and without blame before Him in love. Having predestinated [Gk. – predetermined, before ordained] us [those in the Church, those among mankind who are called by God to become part of His family] unto the adoption of children through Jesus Christ unto Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will” (Eph. 1:4-5).

It was always God’s purpose and plan to create mankind of physical matter in a physical environment, and that by doing so, mankind would turn inward and be inherently selfish and sinful by nature. God knew mankind, by nature, would not choose Him and His ways. This is true from the very beginning with Adam and Eve who were not able to remain neutral for very long. As mankind was created in such a manner, they would be given a Passover through whom they could then repent of sin once they were called (Gk. – invited) by God to be begotten spiritually into His Family. At such a time, one could then objectively begin to choose God and His ways if they willed to do so.

Only when someone is called (invited) by God to enter into His “God Family” (Elohim) can one begin to focus upon and develop a spiritual mind with God’s holy spirit. This is the process of the transformation of the mind itself that is spoken of by Paul in Romans 12.

All of what has been covered in this series to this point now brings us full circle to the most important thing God instructed Adam and Eve. God told them to “dress and keep” all that He had place in His garden – their environment – that was within their control. Of everything that was placed within the garden, God’s primary focus and purpose was upon the creation of mankind, as they were being created to have the potential to become Elohim.

So indeed, the most important thing they were to do was to “dress and keep” themselves – mankind – the very focus and purpose of all God’s creation. The need to accept such personal responsibility in “dressing and keeping” one’s self was predetermined before creation itself. We have already covered such responsibility concerning this instruction in regards to God’s truths, ways, and laws, as well as those things within our control that are in our personal environment. How each person addresses the personal responsibility to “dress and keep” themselves will be the focus of “Part 5.”

A Heightened Dedication – Pt 3

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.

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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

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.
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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.