From a contributor:
From the (LCG) Weekly Update:
The Most Important Quality: Most of God’s people understand the importance of keeping the commandments, the Sabbath, the Holy Days and the dietary laws. They also understand the importance of government, tithing, faith and watching for the fulfillment of prophecy. Yet sometimes, in our zeal to obey the laws of God, we can overlook something else that is even more important—the need to develop and exercise godly love. We are told in the Scriptures that without godly love, we are nothing (1 Corinthians 13:1-3). Here, the biblical word for love (agape) refers to an unselfish, outgoing concern for others. In this same chapter, the Apostle Paul states that godly love does not seek its own way, it is calm and not easily provoked, nor does it jump to conclusions or assign motives or sit in judgment of others. Instead, godly love is gracious and forgiving. It is positive and focuses on what is right and true. It never fails or falters. Godly love is the most important fruit of God’s Spirit that we must nourish and cultivate if we hope to become like our Father and our Elder Brother Jesus Christ. God is love (1 John 4:8, 16), and we are to become like Him (1 John 3:1-3). Let’s ask God to help us learn to love Him and to love others as He does, so we can develop this most important quality—of godly love.
Have a profitable Sabbath,
Douglas S. Winnail
Doug Winnail writes about the importance of godly love which is almost comical for anyone who has been in LCG for more than a couple of years.
Maybe it was intended as instruction for all the easily provoked, ungracious and totally unforgiving ministers under his authority like Rod McNair and Gerald Weston.
Your average citizen of the world has more “godly love” for his fellow human than 95% of the ministry in LCG.
The hypocrisy of this article reeks like a pile of hog manure left in the hot sun for a month.
Meredith is one of the most easily provoked, impetuous men one could ever encounter! He specializes in “jumping to conclusions” and “assigning motives” before obtaining all the facts. He has an advanced degree in “sitting in judgement of others”.
Would anyone EVER use the words “gracious and forgiving” to describe Rod?
He is a documented grudge-holder who is completely incapable of admitting any personal wrong doing. He destroys people with his hate and lies and then sits back satisfied that he wields enough power to do it.
Many of the men under him have witnessed his total and complete lack of godly love for decades but they continue to support him because they feel he keeps to the truth more closely than any of the alternative ACOG leaders. These followers of Rod (not followers of God) will have a rude awakening in the final Judgment.
Matthew 23:23 "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices--mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law--justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.”
They may make a concerted effort to keep the letter of the law over in LCG (the commandments, the Sabbath, the Holy Days and the dietary laws) but they make zero effort to keep the spirit of the law and it is well documented as evidence by their harsh and unforgiving treatment of so many sheep over the years.
I suspect that the growing discontentment among the brethren over how horribly HQ’s has treated good people this last year inspired Winnail to write this piece of propaganda. It looks like an effort to attempt to counterbalance all the bad PR going around about Meredith bearing false witness and refusing to recant when proven wrong and about them refusing to make any effort to reconcile with lost sheep which shows how harsh and unforgiving they truly are.
Winnail is right about one thing. Godly love IS the most important fruit of the Spirit and the fact that it is completely lacking in the core leaders at LCG is evidence that LCG is not God’s church.