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  • Danny Tomkins
    Darris, a very thought provoking sermon, thanks. Reminded me of a conversation I was party to many years ago in a worldwide church that fragmented, disintegrated, schismed and evolved into into many other churches, UCG among them. The state of play in that church at that time in it's history was one of turmoil/unrest and fermenting division eventually resulting in it's demise as described. One group retained the name yet transformed into a 180 degree opposite of it's parent church! This conversation began when a member said to his church 'brother' and friend " *We are [ 'we' being the inner circle of self perceived holders of truth within that church] are worried about you.'' "How so?" "We don't know who you are for, are you for ... or ...? Naming two individuals, father and son. The responder replied without hesitation that he wouldn't be involved in adulating men, adding this zinger "I'm 'for' God and Christ."....Silence ensued and the inquisitor strolled away; thereafter the 'inquisitor' and the * 'we' inner truth group were never the same friendly church brothers to the man who replied as described. Methinks there is a valuable lesson therein for all churches!
  • Danny Tomkins
    Sadly, we in the Western world 'ain't seen nothin' yet!' Probably the best form of government evolved to this time is Democracy, which unfortunately is its own worst enemy. America is being hamstrung by increasing Socialist political tendencies in her parliament and populace: America, Britain Canada and the Western nations did not become the powerful, influential and vibrant nations world wide [they are] through Socialism and it will help bring them down! Socialism is like a termite, eating away at the heritage, traditions, beliefs, and by revisionist historians our very histories, it limits growth and excellence to some socialist perceived 'norm' or average performance, hindering growth and national strength. We should all pray 'thy kingdom come!'
  • Danny Tomkins
    Taa Steve! Enjoyed; get a better whiteboard or marker Steve!
  • Danny Tomkins
    cont'd....back in early NT church days, has been throughout church history, is now and will doubtless be needed preached tomorrow! Some may have observed regarding Church[es] Of God history that often when the [pseudo] 'new and or special knowledge,' guys arrived 'on the block:' things went downhill fast and so did attendance, as opposed to GROWTH! Schism, splinter groups and high exit figures are the natural evolution of the politics of DIVISION: 'divide and conquer.' I suspect most Christians understand who the author of DIVISION is!
  • Danny Tomkins
    Thank you Peter for an educational Sermon. THIS theme has been preached about , obviously since the NT church began, was during WCG days is now and will be tomorrow I feel. Surely the more things change,the more they stay the same! 'Back in the day' when the 'Laodicean' theme was preached: some church folk felt 'they' had the special knowledge which [self] identified them as 'Philadelphians', a class apart and it appeared: a class above those these 'Philadelphians' branded/ marked as 'Laodiceans' amidst the then and there church. An unfortunate ripple effect resulted in an invisible demarcation line being drawn through the church: self identified 'Philadelphians' one side and 'Philadelphian' branded/ marked 'Laodiceans' the other! Churches became divided and exit figures [ Ibelieve] increased. Some folk were in the middle: bewildered by these events, often exiting through disenchantment with the church, believing rightly or wrongly that the Church of God they had joined was no longer His church! Vain philosophies, pseudo science spoutings, spiritual vanity and a self elected belief that one or a group is the sole font of 'new knowledge' is not new. It was preached .....
  • Danny Tomkins
    Vivek Pul. Circumcision was a ritual and abolished along with animal sacrifices, washings and such. The Sabbath was given BEFORE the rituals laws and given. [reinforced actually] BEFORE Moses received the 10 Commandments at Sinai.
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    Howdy Janet, read your article, so true, most likely it was written by a victim of and or observer of the toxin that is gossip spreading through body [church] of people.

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    twocents. Howdy! You’re advice seems sound to me and as always Scripture holds true. Perhaps there is a case for asking the talebearer to go with you to the minister and discuss the situation: there and then. Probably you won’t get many taker uppers on your [such] offer I’m suspecting!
    Perhaps someone will comment hereon as to whether there is the possibility of gossip and talebearers having a direct influence on NON or very low growth evidenced in some churches? Could this be a reality factor?

  • Danny Tomkins
    Jerry....continued...instantly: DESIGNED to live SOLELY by their SYMBIOTIC RELATIONSHIPS. The cosmos Jerry: nature with all its beauty, terror, intricacy, the "web of life," the human mind. Our planet and everything about it designed to support life: gravity, our atmosphere, seasons, tides; despite what sin and misuse has done to it, is still beautiful and stands as proof of a CREATOR and HIS INTELLIGENT DESIGN. NOT proof of evolution which denies God and claims we, the cosmos, everything came about by accident and came from NON life! I'm not a UCG member, however I suggest you request their publications addressing the lie of evolution and the truth that is creation. Cheers.
  • Danny Tomkins
    Hi Jerry! Before Humans existed, there were dinosaurs, they became extinct through cataclysmic upheaval. Later, God RE created the planet we live on, He made it suitable for human life, then created humans. Some believe the days of creation were 1000 years long, others believe 24 hours long, then there's those believing that everything came about by chance, without intelligent design. Scripture in Genesis uses the terms "night and day" and defines ONE DAY as consisting of the sunlight part + the night [dark] part just as it remains today. Many contemporary scientists have come to believe that intelligent design is the only way our universe, planet, us and the whole cosmos can be explained. Of course the anti creationist camp believe myriad theories about how we arrived, anything but accept the Bible account, which is their prerogative. Besides the scientific fact that "life cannot come from nothing" espoused in this sermon there are ESSENTIAL SYMBIOTIC RELATIONSHIPS extant in the animal world which severely challenge the lie of evolution. Perhaps you should research them with an OPEN mind and ask yourself how could theses creatures possibly exist unless they were CREATED
  • Danny Tomkins
    IF scientific theory, philosophy or belief teaches a NON creation message it or they are of Satan. Creation: the cosmos, is an example of God's handiwork, contrary to 'evolutionist speak' which claims it to be evidence validating the non existence of God! Evolution has been one of the most successful lies fed into gullible human minds by Satan, successful in terms of drawing folk away from God and into the mindset of believing we're animals. This lie is preached by educators/ scientists/ philosophers as truth and our minds are indoctrinated with it from early childhood by teachers and through university by anti God [mindset] lecturers. The terrible ripple effect of this evil social engineering is that when folk believe we're animals and not answerable to almighty God, our society evolves into one where murder via abortion is acceptable and anything is OK , life is cheap, live for the moment moral standards are flexible or non existent which is exactly where we are now!
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    True. Sad truth also is that in the one *place where people seek succour, spiritual refreshment/ mental relief, refuge, understanding, support, joy, true friendship and brotherly love. They can be and are the targets of gossip: the *church! Human nature historically, remains constant and in many areas this is unfortunate.

  • Danny Tomkins
    The American President is certainly strong in words and actions, much of what he says and does is necessary and evidences patriotism. However it's usually what quote "I'm" doing it's about the "me" concerned, God is left very much out of the picture, he's not on his own in this regard among national leaders. America's state of play regarding: number one manufacturer and purveyor of pornography, worldwide, her national murder by abortion statistics: breaking the 6th Commandment, are not indicative of national repentance! Ditto for her Western allies world wide.
  • Danny Tomkins
    This sermon: subject matter has been preached , for good reason, in Apostolic times, 20th and 21st centuries in the churches of God. It's sobering in content and message; far as I know there's only been the Assyrians and a King of Judah and his nation that repented nationally and returned to God . Both are examples of God forgiving nations for their sins, accepting national repentance and not punishing them. The western nations' leaders don't show anything like the examples above and it's a case of not "if"but when these nations receive divine punishment as has been the track record of our existence to date! God maybe extending time for America as some preachers suggest or it maybe that their time [and ours] simply isn't up yet, He alone knows. Economic success can be a flimsy and very temporary factor in a nation, trade + military wars, weather, disasters, civil unrest and resultant debt, along with heavy financial debt owed to other nations can swiftly change the national scenario. America could even experience another civil war, history often repeats itself, such tragic calamity would quickly dissolve any confidence in her: militarily and financially.
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    Nations of the world have indeed been blessed through associating with Britain and America, even their enemies: prophecy fulfilled. America's demise will mean the fall of her allies in the western nations: UK, Canada, Australia etc and national captivity: history repeating itself to nations that have ignored the lessons of Bible and secular history. How much longer will God endure the depravity and degeneration of His chosen nations? America sadly is the world's largest, most prolific manufacturer/purveyor of pornography. Murders millions of unborn babies via abortion, has mind boggling crime figures, is a nation spaced out on drugs: illegal/legal and even legalized marijuana so whole states can make state and personal decisions with chemically altered minds! "In God we trust" on US coins, yet removed God's Law from public buildings and banned school prayers! Truly the "whole creation groans" for God's Son to return: heal us and the planet we live on, "thy Kingdom come."