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  • Danny Tomkins
    ...cont'd...due to the effects of gossiping. Again truly, "There is nothing new under the sun"...."The more things change, the more they stay the same" these parables/ sayings are OK when they refer to good 'stuff,' however gossip for those who have been on its receiving end is toxic and destructive. I noticed, back 'in the day,' rightly or wrongly, that the chief tongue 'waggers' in this regard seemed to not have any qualms about their actions or the results thereof; unfortunately there's always an eager listening ear! Way back in the early New Testament church of God, we read that gossip was extant and the Apostles addressed it in their sermons, 2000 years later: no change! There is a need for the Biblical exhortation for members to go to their peers involved and talk it out as brothers in Christ, there was a lack of this back 'in the day.' Such lack means a 'wound' festered and the 'infection' can [did] spread through the whole 'body.' Cheers.
  • Danny Tomkins
    Thanks for this valuable message. There's an old question asked of employees, employers and I suppose in personal relationships..."Are you part of the problem or part of the solution?" Which probably, hopefully encourages many folk to pause and take inventory of their attitudes at a certain time and place. You raise valid points and we all need to evaluate ourselves honestly constantly: regarding our attitudes, whether in one on one, or group situations. This evaluation IF done honestly, can be painful I suggest, yet necessary and should hopefully be for the best in the end....Today I listened to the Sermon by Brian Shaw titled The Spirit of Gossip, which I found helpful and I believe accurate. The sermon subject matter and the way it is delivered suggests to me that this problem is unfortunately alive and well in the UCG presently. This same sermon topic I heard [seems like frequently] in the WCG back 'in the day.' From my experience, in the area I attended church, this problem seemed endemic. The damage done by gossip is probably inestimable, members were distressed, hurt and distraught, due to the savaging some took from gossiping tongues. Some folk exited that Church..
  • Danny Tomkins
    Thanks Donald, I never 'became confused' in this case. I simply wanted to read your understanding regarding my question: subject matter and therefore also ascertain IF the UCG still so believed. That's what my question was about, thanks again for your answer. Danny .
  • Danny Tomkins
    Donald. Do you believe that religions teaching that Christ is an angel are blaspheming in so doing? I ask for clarification: does the UCG still preach that the Word was the creator of everything that was or is, lived with Yahweh and was 'God?' Later came to earth as Jesus Christ. Please advise me asap.
  • Danny Tomkins
    Donald would you please answer my question: what is your opinion of Jesus being an angel, specifically Michael the archangel? I believe such a believe to be blasphemy and would welcome input from you please.
  • Danny Tomkins
    There are some churches who teach that the Word and therefore Christ was/ is Michael an archangel. Please tell me specifically you're understanding of this view from Scripture; some regard such a belief as blasphemy!
  • Danny Tomkins
    WOW! 100% In 7 1/2 years that's growth alright. Due to a 'church disturbance' seems to suggest growth through non regular methods of 'growth.' Or is the growth evidenced solely from NEW prospective and or baptised members joining your congregation Greg?
  • Danny Tomkins
    Thanks for your sermon randy.
  • Danny Tomkins
    Taa Greg! Understood, what has been the percentage of growth evidenced in your God given 'flock?'
  • Danny Tomkins
    Greg, thanks for your sermon. What is the growth rate expressed in percentage of the UCG for the past year and past five years? A survey regarding the results or answer could be interesting? Regards Danny
  • Danny Tomkins
    Interesting to see [again] that nothing is new under the sun and that also applies to and within the church[es] of God. Whether its sermon topics subject matter due to group dynamics of a church, including value judgements exhibited in and by the congregation[s]. Or responses to anonymous online surveys: the more things change,the more they stay the same! It would be interesting, educating even to see the results of an anonymous survey within congregations to ascertain why a church doesn't show growth or conversely why a church does show growth.
  • Danny Tomkins
    True, you're correct. Many folk as do I watch UCG on PC/ TV as do others regarding other religions. It would be interesting to see the results of a survey/ questionnaire as to WHY folk such as your 'friend' stopped attending churches. Perhaps a similar survey/ report on the growth or LACK of it in a church[es] and a Beyond Today Daily or sermon about that subject matter would be very informative for all concerned?
  • 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!