(Incidentally the magazine cover is quite similar to the cover of the January-February 2014 issue of COGWA's recruitment magazine, Discern.)
Roderick C. Meredith has a personal article fear mongering that catastrophic times are ahead and asking the reader if he or she is prepared for the Great Tribulation soon to occur, which he has been saying is very soon since the 1950s.
Roderick C. Meredith has an article asking if the reader is seeking God and encouraging people to find God by studying the Bible. However LCG has a very specific and highly flawed interpretation of it.
Look at this amazing piece of double speak Meredith says in order to hide the authoritarian nature of LCG and of Armstrongism in general.
No! You do not need to rush out and “join our church” to be saved! But your very Creator says over and over in His inspired word that at such a time as this, anyone who truly wants the help, the guidance and the divine protection of Almighty God must at the very least begin to sincerely “seek God,” cry out to God and sincerely and earnestly let Him know that you do want the help and guidance of the One who gives you life and breath! Is that too much to ask? (pp. 5-6.)Do not believe these words. They are very misleading. You don't need to join LCG? Was this true during the days of HWA's WCG? My word! So many ex-members of HWA's WCG and LCG wish they knew that. They joined because they thought they had to join in order to do the right thing and obey God. They paid the three tithes and extra offerings because they thought this was the right thing to do. They thought that because people like HWA and Meredith persuaded them that this was so.
Do not let Meredith's words fool you. LCG's recruitment magazine is simply made for this purpose: to get more members into LCG in order to get money money from more LCG members.
(This reminds me of a previous post which exposes how Meredith deceptively pretends on his TV show that only LCG presents the dogmas of Armstrongism by saying untrue statements such as, "You will gain precious insights and information available nowhere else." Statements like this makes viewers of his TV show falsely think they are seeing something unique and unobtainable anywhere else. That is a blatant lie.)
Stuart Wachowitz has a column telling the story of how some people (who did not know Armstrongism existed by the way), through many trials and tribulations, were able to create a beautiful garden in what used to be a quarry. Wachowitz uses this story to say that very soon the world will be glorified and all will know the truth (as defined by LCG's leaders).
Richard F. Ames has an article saying that the issue of whether to worship on Saturday or Sunday is vitally important. Of course this is done to preach that only Christians who worship on Saturday can be saved in order to isolate readers from mainstream Christianity so that they will start paying three tithes to LCG. This doctrine was inherited from HWA and in fact his understanding of these things was highly flawed.
Ames also claims LCG is descended from the Seventh Day Baptists. This is nonsense. Bruce Renehan quite persuasively revealed in his book, Daughter of Babylon, that the COGs are not descended from the Seventh Day Baptists. In fact the COGs inherited their Sabbatarianism from the Sabbatarian Adventists descended from the Millerites who taught that Christ would return in 1843-4 leading to the Great Disappointment of 1844. Many of these persons later formed the Seventh Day Adventist Church. Some of them however left and then formed the Church of God (Seventh Day) into which HWA later joined and was ordained a minister of theirs, despite his vehement denials to the contrary.
Rod King has a column insisting that British Israelism is true. This is nonsense. As Silenced.co recently showed British Israelism is built on a foundation of sand. In fact DNA evidence refutes British Israelism. King and everyone else within the COGs who thinks British Israelism is true do not know what they are talking about.
John Meakin has an article saying humanity cannot put a stop to wars but (LCG's) God will end war forever when Christ's return. It is written in commemoration of the start of World War I one hundred years ago.
Questions and Answers has a column insisting that one is not saved by faith alone and it is necessary to obey LCG's definition of God's law while misleadingly saying LCG does not teach salvation by works. The COGs love obfuscating this issue to persuade predominantly Protestant Christians to join them. Maybe one should look at these Articles on Grace and Law to see how flawed the COGs have been on this issue.
Douglas S. Winnail has a column insisting that Ecumenism is actually a sinister plot by the Vatican to seize control of the Protestant churches for themselves. What madness! As shown in a previous post Winnail constantly spreads fear inducing false prophecies in this column year after year regardless of what actually happens.
J. Davy Crockett III (he who said obelisks are evil, pagan sex symbols) has a column saying that the changing of the seasons reminds us of the greatness of God.
Phil Sena has a column for the youth saying you are not stupid and encouraging young people to be develop social skills.
Wallace G. Smith has a column praising the complex qualities of water and claiming it is a physical counterpart to LCG dogma which we supposedly need. Of course Armstrongism is largely nonsense.
Lehman B. Lyons, Jr. has a column saying that we all need a rudder in our lives and Christ is our rudder. However LCG says Christ can only be reached via LCG. And one of the requirements to be in good standing with LCG is to pay three tithes to LCG.
Some Letters to the Editor are also printed.
Your article “Who are the Irish?” ... was excellent! My ancestors are from northwest Spain, the region called Galicians. We divided the land like the Irish, eat lots of potatoes, speak a language that combines the Latin and Irish dialects, and the bagpipe is our main instrument in all our music.And the Irish speak the Irish language which belongs to the Celtic branch of the Indo-Eurpean language family. Consequently Irish is of no relation to Hebrew which is a member of the Hamito-Semitic language family. British Israelism is built on a foundation of sand. In fact DNA evidence refutes British Israelism. The article under discussion was dreadfully in error on this issue.
As mentioned in a previous post Herman Hoeh tried to get around this inconvenient truth by claiming the Assyrians were Indo-European. Hoeh did this by saying the Assyrians were the same as the Indo-European Hittites. This is also untrue. The Assyrians spoke the Assyrian language, which is a Hamito-Semitic language related to Akkadian, Hebrew and Arabic. The Hittites were Indo-European but the Hittites and the Assyrians were not the same people as Hoeh claimed.
Also the potato came from the Americas.
My journey began about seven months ago. All the things I didn’t understand all of a sudden started to make sense. Me and my husband and kids no longer celebrate Christmas, Halloween, Easter, or Valentine’s Day. A lot of our family thinks we are atheist, because even with the evidence we show them they refuse to believe that Dec 25 isn’t God’s birthday.Everyone knows December 25 is not God's birthday. Rather this topic is cunningly used by the COGs to alienate people from mainstream society in order to make them dependent upon said COG group.
I feel very sorry for those children. They are enduring a lot of unnecessary social pressure that they do not need to endure. It is very unfortunate that LCG's heretical teachings continue to draw in more people needlessly isolating themselves from their families and friends.
LCG inherited its Christmas ban from HWA who in fact plagiarized that teaching from the Jehovah's Witnesses. HWA plagiarized many teachings from them, including his anti-medicine superstition that caused so many WCG members to die and impair their health. Why would anyone want to drink from such a poisoned cup?
And so we see that once again LCG has produced a recruitment magazine designed to lure people into thinking that to know God they must join LCG and therefore leave themselves vulnerable to financial exploitation for the benefit of the powerful within LCG who live off of the three tithes and extra offerings of their badly mislead followers.