We were given a copy of the In Transition
newspaper to read. We too are former members of WCG and at first couldn't
believe this was happening in God's Church. But, we are the Church, each
and everyone of us who want to obey His law. We have not left God. This
is just another step in His plan.
We find the information in this publication helpful
and hope it will be straightforward and honest. We are tired of lies.
Enclosed is a check for a subscription to In
Transition and we would like to request an issue of May 5, 1995, if
We are looking forward to the next issue. Thank
you very much.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hawes
I am subscribing to In Transition and enclosed
is my check for $10.
My family of 14 just came out of WCG this past
February after 28 years and we were devastated, needless to say.
Thank you for providing this much needed service
for us "walking wounded."
We are attending a study group of the CGI in Chattanooga,
I just read the first issue of your new news magazine
on the churches of God. I would very much like to have a subscription. I
am enclosing $10 for a six-month subscription. Please keep up the good work.
Ex-members of the WCG deeply appreciate your news. We know that we are not
alone in our dismay at events that are beyond our control. Thank you.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Byrd
I'm in receipt of your new publication In Transition.
It appears to be everything you said it is: A publication to help furnish
church members unbiased information to help them make informed decisions.
Thank you for stepping out to "fill the gap"
with accurate and timely information. Who would have ever thought we'd be
faced with such a crisis within the church.
Thank you for seeing and filling a very real need
for many of us during this time of dramatic change! I appreciate the professional
style of reporting in contrast to the gossip sheets that some have tried
to promote. You have produced an excellent product.
Enclosed is a check for $20. Please enter our subscription,
beginning with Vol. I, No. 1. Please use the remainder of the money to cover
expenses which certainly are not covered by the subscription fee.
Thank you again for shining some light during a
very dark time.
Rancho Cordova, Calif.
I am a member of the United Church of God in Portsmouth,
Ohio. We have approximately 150 members. We all enjoy your newspaper In
Transition. I appreciate your unbiased viewpoint toward all the churches
I would like to pass on some information that I
found to be very informative regarding the doctrines of the Worldwide Church
of God. David Pack, a minister with Global Church of God, has written a
book with over 230 changes of the Worldwide Church of God. The name of the
book is "Except There Come a Falling Away."
Enclosed is a check for a few gift subscriptions.
Keep up the good work.
Hello! We live in rural northwest Kansas and had
a wonderful Feast of Pentecost in Ft. Collins, Colo. We had 158 in attendance
I believe. We saw someone else's copy of your publication In Transition,
and want to request our own copies, including the past editions. So please
begin our subscription with the May 5 edition if that is the first one.
Enclosed is $10. Please send them as soon as possible as we weren't able
to finish reading the one we started. All of the articles were top quality.
Thanks for providing something for everyone. We
are quite rural and are the only ones out of our congregation who are holding
fast to the truth of the Sabbath and Holy Days, so we don't have a congregation,
but plan on being a part of UCG when we can attend. Thank you for providing
good information for not only UCG but the other Churches of God as well.
We urgently look forward to receiving our copies
Craig and Annie Doll
We have been in the Church of God for over 30 years.
The wife and I are affiliated with Fred Coulter. I understand that you are
looking for news of different Churches of God.
We don't know anything about you, but hope that
you are a fair and friendly publication. Please send me information about
who and what you are and what views you embrace.
I'd like to subscribe to your paper and keep in touch with like-minded individuals.
Since the trouble began, I started a review on
the 10 Commandments, the Law and the Feast of Tabernacles. I discovered
verses that I hadn't really realized existed. I started with the first commandment
and checked it from Genesis through Revelation. Also the other nine commandments.
Personally, I believe that is the church's weakest
point. That is, ignorance about the full scope of the commandments and their
meaningful status in everyone's life.
Please begin my subscription with the current issue.
A friend has loaned me Vol. I and II.
I would be glad to send all of these research papers
Odis C. Shaw
Webbers Falls, Okla.
Totally consumed the first issues--great job! Keep
up the good work. You're filling a big gaping hole--really appreciate it.
Maybe you can run a listing of who's with which
church somewhere along the way. Who's on what boards, administrations, etc.
As a former member of WCG for 26 1/2 years, I am
interested in reading publications that faithfully hold fast to the truth
God revealed to His Church. Please send the first issue dated May 5, 1995.
The subscription price of $10 is enclosed. Thank you.
Sally K. Gallo
Thank you for the article In Transition
May 26 about the Sabbath and Dr. Bacchiocchi's book "From Sabbath to
Are you aware that there is another book by that
name by Carlyle B. Haynes copyright 1928 by Review and Herald Publishing
Association? Do you know anything about this author? His religion, Etc.?
It seems to be very convincing and true. We would like to see you comment
in the paper on this book if you want to.
Mr.. and Mrs.Edwin Saha
The doctrinal differences between the CGI, PCG,
GCG, UCG and Bill Dankenbring's outfit appear largely insignificant. All
seem to share in common the observance of the seventh-day Sabbath, the Holy
Days of Leviticus 23, tithing and certain aspects of church government.
Most, of course, do not support the doctrine of the Trinity or the traditional
doctrines about heaven, hell and the immortality of the soul. Other, lesser
known, spin-offs offer variations on those themes.
If all these groups are so close in doctrine, why
different organizations? The issue can only be that of leadership.
Which leader, or group of leaders, can I have confidence
in? After all, a lot is at stake. If the blind lead the blind, both fall
into the septic tank. "When the wicked bear rule, the people mourn."
As its leaders go, so goes the Church.
Trust is a multi-faceted thing. I must be able
to trust a leader morally, ethically and intellectually. I must believe
that he practices what he preaches that he lives his life by conviction,
not convenience. I must know that he will be willing to follow truth wherever
it leads, no matter the cost in dollars or following. I must believe
that he will be exegetically honest that he will not distort the plain meaning
of Scripture in order to reinforce some status quo upon which his financial
Finally, I cannot follow an authoritarian leader.
By that I mean one who exercises authority for its own sake. This is not
to say there should not be authority in the body, but no godly leader should
be an autocratic despot. The Jim Joneses of the world are not the kind of
Joneses I want my leaders to keep up with. Leadership must be accountable,
not just to God, but to the congregation. No one should be above censure.
I will also be impressed with leadership when it
is carried out "in demonstration of the Spirit and of power
" (I Cor. 2:4), not just in the force of microphone volume. When will
we see that type of leadership manifested in the Body of Christ?
Enclosed is $10 for six issues of your publication.,
I hope you will be able to publish the WCG California
articles of incorporation and bylaws that the 1987 document superseded.
Letters from the Internet or other online services:
The following are some of the messages we have
In the first issue of In Transition [May
5] you printed the WCG California bylaws, but you omitted the paragraphs
in Section 5. I was particularly interested in a couple of those paragraphs
because they are referred to elsewhere as specifying the conditions under
which members of the board could call a meeting. I presume the conditions
would be the incapacity or death of the pastor general since normally only
the pastor general could call a meeting. I was hoping someone would catch
the omission and you would print the missing material in your second issue,
but no such luck. I would appreciate seeing this material in your next issue.
By the way, Linda Moll Smith said in the second
issue that the traditional toast was offered at the AU graduation in May.
I was there and I didn't hear any toast, even though I was waiting for it.
I think Dr. Herman Hoeh either wasn't aware of the tradition
Things I would like to see in the future would
include in-depth interviews with major figures from all groups and audited
financial statements. Comparisons of doctrinal statements by the different
organized groups (United is still too unsettled in its doctrines) would
Your list of booklets by CGI was very helpful;
I am going to request several of them.
Material on the Church of God (Seventh Day) would,
I think, also be very interesting, as would material on the Seventh-day
Adventists. (I have been told that they have greatly modified some of their
doctrines in recent years, including placing much less emphasis on Ellen
There are also some good human-interest stories
out there from both ministers and lay members. If someone could go back
through old issues of The Worldwide News and prepare an income chart
for the past 10 years or so, it would answer some questions that many of
us have. These are just a few ideas.
Note that on page 10 of the May 5 In Transition,
in "Article VIII, Amendment to Bylaws," paragraph 8.1, the document
refers to "Section 5.4 and 5.5 of Article V . . . of the Articles
of the Association." The "Articles of the Association" are
not to be confused with the "Articles of Incorporation," which
are reprinted in that issue.In Transition has not been able to locate the "Articles of the Association."
The association is defined in Article I, paragraph 1.1, of the Articles
of Incorporation (page 3): "This corporation is chartered by and subordinate
to the Church of God, a/k/a Worldwide Church of God, an unincorporated association,
of which Joseph W. Tkach is the Pastor General, which Church is hereinafter
referred to as the `Association.' In Transition would be interested
in printing a verifiable copy of the articles of the association, if they
Regarding Dr. Hoeh's toast, writer Linda Moll
Smith stands by her account.
I may be wrong in this assumption, but I thought
the paper was going to be somewhat unbiased or neutral. I felt the issue
was heavily weighted against the WCG. If being neutral is not your goal,
then this is acceptable. Here are some examples:
- Giving virtually equal treatment to WCG Texas
as to the WCG. The Texas group is so insignificant that to use "WCG
California" is almost an insult. Can't you just use "WCG"
and add "Texas" only if referring to them? Adding "California"
is your own invention as that is not the name of the church.
- The five sermon summaries, essays and statements
were all from UCG. Again, if this is to be a UCG paper, that's fine. If
you have a sermon summary or essay from UCG, why not have one on the same
topic by WCG?
- While all the stories on the offshoots had positive
titles, one of the few stories on the WCG had a title which was not very
positive: "Pasadena Reps Pitch New WCG Doctrines." The word "pitch"
is negative and set the stage for the story.
Thanks for a good newspaper.
In the first two issues, to avoid confusion
for our readers, we used WCG California and WCG Texas for clarity. Now that
the WCG Texas has fewer references, we have dropped "California"
Concerning WCG participation, we contacted spokesman
Tom Lapacka, who said Joseph Tkach Jr. did not want to cooperate with In Transition at this time.
I especially enjoyed the article by Sasha Veljic
on the Ukrainian brethren [May 26]. It would seem that God's Spirit is definitely
working with those people.
I know that, being in the WCG for the past 18 years,
I had always viewed offshoots from the church as different and always had
somewhat of a distrust about them. I knew that somehow they must be wrong,
or a bad influence, because they weren't part of us.
This is why I have appreciated your editorial slant
so much. It's because it isn't slanted. Your frank representation of the
various Churches of God has been with an underlying respect. My feeling
toward the Global Church of God has been changing anyway as I've realized
that I was being lied to and, hence, the GCG was misrepresented by headquarters
I was even more surprised to see you bring the
Church of God International to the fore. I initially had a kind of revulsion
due to fear, and then I realized that I had placed them in a box too and
didn't even deign to respect them with the title "brother." I've
since repented of my views and am eager to hear more of our brothers and
am even more desirous of uniting us all.
Winter Park, Fla.