Sunday, February 3, 2013

Roderick Meredith Wants Your Inheritance

Banned by HWA had this amazing and horrifying post which discussed how Roderick C. Meredith told his followers, in an article in the January-February 2013 Living Church News (pp. 1-2, 34), to will their inheritance to his cult organization.

I would like to take the opportunity now to encourage many of you who are growing older to think about giving a good part or all of your estate to the Work of the living God. Many of you, no doubt, would like to do this but “simply have not gotten around to it.” Many want to do it, as this one man said—but simply put off making out a will so that your intentions will be carried out when you die. God’s word encourages responsibility and wise estate planning. “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous” (Proverbs 13:11). Pray that God will give you wisdom in planning for how your assets may be helpful to your children— and to God’s Church—after you die. And it is important that you think about this, because if you just “do nothing” your estate may go to people who will not appreciate what you are leaving behind, or it may even go to the state and be part of the budget of some government treasurer to use as he desires!...

If we truly have our “hearts” in God’s Work, we will obviously want to give generously! This should not be a mystery to any of us. So we should each think about how we can best do this. A wonderful example as a “hero of the faith” was Raymond Jorgensen, the Iowa farmer who willed his entire farm with the buildings and equipment and everything to God’s Work enabling us to move to our new Headquarters in North Carolina! Some of you remember his wonderful example. By giving that entire property—which was valued at nearly a million dollars—he certainly indicated to our Father in heaven exactly where he stood! His wonderful gift will never be forgotten by me, nor by many of us who are profoundly thankful that God put this action into his mind and heart.

This is merely the latest continuation of exploitation from Armstrongite cult leaders. From HWA's long history of begging for money, to Dave Pack's Clarion Call sermon Armstrongite cult leaders have long ruthlessly exploited their followers.

Making members feel as though they need to give a large part (or even all) of their inheritance is a terrible thing. Truly the men leading these cults are ravenous wolves who care nothing about how their greed destroys the people below them.

Recently Ronald Weinland was sent to jail. Roderick C. Meredith deserves to be cast in with him as well.

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