"But," he said to Mr. Waterhouse, "I
and many others who might like to be a part of what is happening in United
find it very difficult to deal with this past understanding, which upholds
loyalty to a human representative of God up there with any of the other
of God's commandments and acts of His will."
Mr. Damiano wrote Mr. Waterhouse because "he
was the one who was in the forefront of this instruction in the past."
He suggested that Mr. Waterhouse publicly answer his letter, perhaps on
the Internet or in some other form of open communication to the brethren,
but Mr. Waterhouse did not immediately respond.
After the Damianos contacted this newspaper,
an In Transition staffer E-mailed Mr. Waterhouse, who responded to
questions about the Damianos' situation with a statement he wrote for this
newspaper he titled "Why I Left the WCG and Joined the UCG."
In it, the UCG elder said the turning point for
him came Jan. 7, 1995, when "it was officially announced" that
"the WCG no longer believed the Sabbath and Holy Days were required
At that point Mr. Waterhouse said he determined
that the Worldwide Church of God had "moved off of the foundation of
God's Church and coming family," and, "therefore, I knew support
to the WCG could not continue."
Four months later he attended the organizational
conference of the United Church of God in Indianapolis and was impressed
with the "obvious intervention" and "unifying spirit"
evident in that meeting. He says he is happy with his decision to affiliate
with the United Church of God and has witnessed "astonishing progress
in what has been accomplished" in 16 months in the UCG.
(In Transition publishes Mr. Waterhouse's article in its entirety.)
Meanwhile, Jim and Barbara "patiently wait"
for God to show them the proper course of action. He wrote the following
letter to the brethren to explain a point of view many who fellowship with
a congregation or Church of God organization may find difficult to understand.