show up for Day of Pentecost services with CGI Jamaica
Church of God International here broke another attendance record
when 230 people showed up for Pentecost services Sunday, May 19,
the highest number of people ever to attend any CGI meeting in the
The previous day,
the weekly Sabbath, Pastor Ian Boyne of Kingston delivered "The
Elect of God," to show that Church of God members are predestined
to be a part of the godly firstfruits and that "we are not
just another church calling upon Jesus Christ."
Rather, he said,
"we are a specially selected, divinely called-out group."
Mr. Boyne contrasted
16th-century French theologian John Calvin's teaching that some
people are predestined for eternal damnation with the biblical teaching
that all will eventually be called.
Calvin, said Mr.
Boyne, "blasphemed the character of God" with his "reprobate
and reprehensible teaching" of radical predestination, but
he did understand a part of Scripture that Martin Luther and other
Protestant reformers did not see: "that the Scriptures do clearly
speak about a special calling and election."
with Calvin was that, unlike Herbert Armstrong, he was not called
and guided by God," said Mr. Boyne, "and he did not have
the Holy Spirit to put the different elements of Scripture together,
those elements which spoke of special election and those which talk
about Christ's coming to save the entire world."
Those who don't
understand the meaning of the yearly feast days are at a disadvantage
when trying to comprehend "universal atonement" and "special
election," said Mr. Boyne.
he told the brethren at the Pentecost meeting, were "divinely
revealed to Mr. Armstrong," founder of the Worldwide Church
of God, from which the CGI and many other Church of God groups have
Mr. Boyne preached
on the mercy and grace of God and that the Holy Spirit works with
people in spite of their weaknesses.
The Holy Spirit
is the "encourager," he said. "Its power is not just
in the spectacular and the dramatic but also in its help to us in
our valleys, troughs and ditches in life."
on the annual feast day was CGI deacon George Ramocan, who talked
of the abiding validity of God's law, showing that it does not contradict
"Everyone left inspired and encouraged," said Mr. Boyne.
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