Thursday, January 14, 2016

Meredith's Scare Mongering in LCG's Co-Worker Letters

Let's take a look at the co-worker letters that are sent each month by Roderick Meredith or Richard Ames to LCG's flock and those who send money to LCG.

Quite often these co-worker letters will allude to political affairs to fear monger that World War III would soon come to pass.

One thing that is quite noticeable reading the co-worker letters is just how obsessive Meredith is about homosexuals. It is a constant fixation for Meredith. So many things are of public concern for the people of the United States and yet Meredith is so fixated on this numerically small minority of Americans. Fear mongering against them serves to distract LCG members from the problems within LCG.

While reading the co-worker letters I found this piece of information showing that Richard Ames first started sending money to HWA's following in 1961.

April 23, 2010

Here Ames mentions that he first started sending money to the false prophet HWA back in 1961.
I remember the encouragement and inspiration I felt when, back in 1961, I received a letter from Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong accepting me as a new co-worker with Christ.
For the rest of this post we shall take a look at what LCG's co-worker letters say from the July 17, 2013 co-worker letter onward.

Let's take a look.

July 17, 2013

Here Ames advertises a presentation by Meredith condemning the Supreme Court striking down the Defense of Marriage Act.
I hope most of you had the opportunity on June 30 to watch Dr. Meredith’s live on-line Tomorrow’s World Presentation, “Prophecy and the Decline of the Western Nations.” He powerfully indicted America and those nations supporting and promoting same-sex marriage. Shockingly, the U.S. Supreme Court on June 27 struck down the Congress-legislated Defense of Marriage Act. As Dr. Meredith has proclaimed, the Supreme Court of Heaven will not be mocked by men and women rebelling against the laws of God! The history of the world has demonstrated that civilizations decline, decay and self-destruct when they reject the Ten Commandments and the nuclear family. The Roman Empire was one case in point. Read my Tomorrow’s World magazine article “Rise and Fall of Nations” (July-August 2002) on our Web site.

Twenty-nine of the 50 U.S. states currently ban same-sex marriage; in another five it is not legal but not explicitly banned. Twenty states directly ban “same-sex civil unions” meant to approximate marriage. Will their moral strength remain strong? Or will the wave of immorality undermine even these states?
Ames then cites an article from Russia condemning the decision.
When God punished the ancient House of Israel, He occasionally called on lawless Gentile nations to witness the justice of His actions (Deuteronomy 29:24-28; Amos 3:9-15). For decades, the USSR was the only “super-power” challenger to the United States. Though the USSR has disintegrated, it is ironic that many of its people plainly recognize which “super-power” has truly fallen from its former heights! As one Russian commentator put it: “The US is broke and Russia is the world’s largest oil producer with a growing economy. Russia is not backing down and they have China to back them up. Who will back the US? Tiny Britain? Americans are turning gay and Russian men are looking more like the Klitschko brothers. The US is the modern day Sodom and Gomorrah while Christianity triumphs in Russia. No ACLU in Russia suing Christians to be sure. The largest country in the world shows only contempt at the US Bomb & Missile Diplomacy” (“Putin Throws Down Obama,” english.pravda.ru, June 18, 2013).
What an indictment against a previously self-professed Judeo-Christian nation: “The US is the modern day Sodom and Gomorrah.” Gentile nations plainly see that our immorality is headed for judgment! When will we ever learn?
August 14, 2013

Here Meredith fear mongers that Britain will soon lose control of Gibraltar.
For more than 60 years, I have been preaching and writing that most of the great “sea gates” which God promised the descendants of Joseph (Genesis 22:17; 24:60) would be taken away from us unless we truly repented and turned back to God. Now, only two of the eight or ten major “sea gates” in the entire world are still in the hands of Britain—Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands. Each of them is in a strategic area controlling entrance and egress from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic and—regarding the Falkland Islands—control over the great sea passage around the tip of South America. Now, all of a sudden, the Spanish and the Argentines are beginning to try to gang up on Britain and take away these sea gates which God promised our Israelitish-descended peoples. Most of you have probably read newspaper reports about the tension between Spain and Britain over Spain’s claim to Gibraltar. Yet, as all historians know, Britain has controlled Gibraltar for some 300 years under the 1713 Treaty of Utrecht. As recently as 2002, Gibraltar residents resoundingly rejected return to Spanish rule. But now the Spanish are “tightening up” on the citizens of Gibraltar by searching all cars leaving Gibraltar and other acts to try to break the will of the locals and take this great sea gate away from the people who were originally promised this great sea gate by God in His inspired Word. In describing the tension between Spain and Gibraltar over control of this important outlet, The Wall Street Journal (August 10, 2013) describes how “Fish and chips outlets are prominent, along with portraits of Queen Elizabeth II and Horatio Nelson, victor over the Franco-Spanish fleet in the 1805 Battle of Trafalgar—fought not far from Gibraltar, then as now a British naval base—that helped give England mastery of the seas for more than a century.”
Meredith fear mongers about Hezbollah. This is to insinuate that some sort of catastrophe will soon descend on the State of Israel.
As our American and British-descended peoples are slowly but surely humbled by the Eternal God, our Jewish friends are also in mortal danger more and more with each passing month. For the Iranian backed Hezbollah fighters are now preparing to destroy the Israelis and, as a senior military official warned, the next war with Hezbollah would be “far more painful” for Israeli citizens than any previous experience (“Israel fears next war with Hezbollah,” latimes.com, August 8, 2013). This article continues, “Hezbollah is now believed to have 60,000 to 100,000 rockets that boast longer ranges, improved accuracy and larger warheads. ‘This will be a whole new ballgame,’ the official said. Israeli officials fear that as many as 2,000 rockets a day could be released against all parts of Israel. Most of the launching sites are in southern Lebanon, where Hezbollah militants use private homes and farms in about 100 villages.”
Meredith insists that the only reason these events are to be watched is to discern a sign that Christ will soon return.
My friends, we all need to realize that the next very few years are shaping up to produce big changes on the world scene. There are going to be horrible wars in the Middle East and elsewhere, financial crises here in America and continuing upset weather, disease epidemics and powerful earthquakes beyond anything experienced in modern times. For God is not mocked! As we increasingly turn away from God, as we even condone same-sex “marriage,” as we turn back to drugs, other forms of illicit sex and violence, the Eternal God’s divine punishment is definitely prophesied to come upon our people. Interestingly, The Wall Street Journal (August 8, 2013) just reported, “Heroin Makes a Comeback.” With prescription drugs tougher to get, addicts are increasingly turning to heroin. So the spread of illicit drugs, perverted sex, abortions and other diabolical behaviors are increasingly taking over many of our people—especially our youth. God help us!
Once again Meredith seeks to inspire fear among his predominantly American followers. And yet constantly his dire proclamations come to nothing. 

October 14, 2013

In this letter Meredith discusses the Feast of Tabernacles. He also mentions a veterans' protest march in Washington, D.C.
My friends, most of you have heard or read about the veterans’ march on Washington, D.C. which took place just yesterday—as I write—on October 13, 2013. Newspaper reports indicate that thousands of veterans marched on Washington to express their deep hurt and growing disillusionment with the confusion they see in all our human governments. Many of you perhaps saw on television how they grabbed the barricades around the Veterans Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial and even the White House gate—and in the latter instance—literally threw some of these wooden objects over onto the White House lawn itself! Had the police and other officials not shown restraint there may have been a terrible incident which would never have been forgotten around the world!

The point we need to understand is that none of man’s governments are working properly. People around this world—as most of you see on TV almost daily—are being tortured, killed, raped and humiliated in many, many different ways. People are beginning to wonder what is the purpose of their lives. They are deeply disillusioned. Only the intervention of the true Almighty God of the Bible will solve this growing hurt! Again and again, God’s inspired Word tells us that the true God of the Bible will intervene in human affairs....
October 23, 2013

Here Meredith scare mongers about the attempt by some Republican legislators to shut down the government for partisan reasons.
But now, we all need to realize how quickly world conditions are changing. Most of you are aware of the tremendous financial upheaval which has been taking place in the United States Congress. At the very last minute, the U.S. Congress was able to pass some continuing resolutions to somehow keep the government going for now—in spite of the fact that America is still running up its debt at an unsustainable level. Many economists around the world realize this, and governments around the world are beginning to consider whether to slow down or completely stop purchasing U.S. Treasury Bonds. All this is going to have a tremendous impact on our economy within the next several months. God Almighty truly is humbling our peoples....
Right now, in the U.S., television and newspaper commentators and politicians are arguing back and forth—accusing each other of “who’s to blame” in bringing about the financial crises we seem to be having on a regular basis. The latest “settlement” is simply “kicking the can down the road.” As the news pundits acknowledge, it is not really solving anything—it is simply delaying the hard work of somehow bringing our spiraling national debt under control, and of causing Congressional leaders to work together in a way they are simply not doing at this time. Yet these politicians—and other leaders around the world—do not remotely know the real cause of all the troubles that beset our societies.
December 12, 2013

In this letter Meredith mentions the death of his wife, Sheryl Meredith.

Meredith also fear mongers about present day events to insinuate that the Great Tribulation will soon occur.
Frankly, dear brethren, as the “drums of war” begin to sound between China, Japan and South Korea because of their overlapping “air defense zones,” as a virtual genocide is continuing in Syria which will demand action, as Israel comes closer and closer to having the imperative to attack the ongoing military and atomic build up in Iran, as the massive “debt bomb” comes closer to exploding here in the United States, we in this Work of the living Christ must urgently be about our Father’s business.
January 16, 2014

Here Ames mentioned the death of Sheryl Meredith from cancer.
Dr. Meredith asked me to write this month’s co-worker letter, and to convey to you his deep appreciation for the love and support so many have shared with him since the death of his wife Sheryl last November, even since his December co-worker letter in which he shared his personal feelings at the loss of his faithful wife. She served her Savior, husband, family, and God’s Church and Work as a profitable servant of Christ.
Ames also talked about LCG's various attempts to get more converts.

February 18, 2014

Here Meredith exploits the drought in California.
We need to realize that the terrible drought in California is just a prelude of what is to come for millions of people across the Southwest and other parts of the United States, Australia and other Israelitish nations. [Quotes articles from the Wall Street Journal and the Charlotte Observer.] ....

Also, originating in California, many recently viewed or at least read about another horrifying event which shocked millions of thoughtful Americans and others. The vile behavior and antics displayed in the “Grammy Awards” displaying so much naked flesh, with filthy double entendres, sexual references and even the flagrant “fist in God’s face” by the so-called “marriage” of dozens of same-sex couples by the entertainer Queen Latifah—all of this was like a “fist in God’s face”! How long do you think it is going to be before God Almighty intervenes?
 
What many of you may not have thought about is the need to “connect the dots.” This vile rejection of every sense of God-fearing decency which took place in Hollywood was at the same time that the Creator has been cutting back on the water for these very people in the state of California! Oh, I know! Some of you think that God has nothing to do with the weather! But, in fact, the Creator of heaven and earth has everything to do with weather! If you have any respect for the inspired Word of God, you will come to realize that over and over down through human history, our Creator has used the weather to humble people and help get their attention.
March 17, 2014

Here the turbulent situation in Ukraine is exploited to insist that it will soon cause Europe to arise as a unified Empire antagonistic to America.
The stage is being set. Events are moving swiftly to stir the European Union states into action. For, unlike the United States, Russia is “just across the border” for many of them. And the current situation in the European Union is very dire. They have great economic weakness, constant disagreements among themselves, and certainly military weakness. They have been protected at the expense of the American taxpayer for decades. But now we are pulling back from Europe—and, in President Obama’s words, “pivoting” toward Asia. The Europeans know they absolutely must begin to get together in a more coherent fashion to protect themselves. And they will begin to do this, no doubt, more than ever because of the current threat of Russia taking over Crimea, threatening even the Ukraine and beginning to try to recover the “great Russia” of the past. They know Vladimir Putin means business.

As a major Wall Street Journal editorial recently headlined:  “Putin Acts, the West Talks.” The editorial went on to state:  “President Obama and European leaders are ratcheting up their rhetoric against Russia. Too bad Vladimir Putin is a man of action who hasn’t seen anything worth stopping his assault on Ukraine. In the two weeks since Russia invaded Crimea, the U.S. has put a handful of unnamed officials in Moscow on a visa-ban list. The Europeans suspended talks on trade and visa liberalization. That’s about it. Both put off sanctions to give Russia time to ‘slow down and take the off ramp’ in Crimea, in the favorite Western evasion. John Kerry will give diplomacy another shot in London Friday with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who has lied throughout this crisis” (March 14, 2014).  So, as America and its allies vacillate and continue to “talk,” the Russians are beginning to move throughout eastern Europe. The alarmed President of the Czech Republic, Moliš Zeman, is now pushing the Europeans to form a “European army”! Notice this quotation from praguepost.com on March 12, 2014:  “Czech President Moliš Zeman hopes the present crisis in Ukraine would speed up the formation of a joint European army, he said today at a conference marking the country’s 15 years of membership in NATO. ‘Apart from the North American pillar, a second NATO pillar should be developed,’ Zeman said about joint European armed forces. He said a joint military would be in line with further EU integration.”
And yet somehow this feared European Empire never comes to pass.

April 16, 2014

Once again Meredith exploits the tense situation in Ukraine.
The seeds are now being sown to bring about the prophesied “Beast” of Revelation! As the Russian- sponsored men in black masks take over more police stations and other key facilities in the Ukraine, the European powers are reminded of how impotent they really are. Having depended upon the nuclear umbrella provided by the United States since World War II, the nations of central Europe now realize that they cannot depend upon America’s support in the future. Our actions have shown these nations—and many other nations around the world—that we will usually do a lot of “talking,” but we will not act vigorously to protect our friends from assimilation by Russia, China or other aggressors. Increasingly, America is seen around the world as a “paper tiger.”
April 30, 2014

Meredith continues to insist all is falling apart. 
We are now on the verge of a new “Cold War” with Russia because of its aggression in Crimea, in Ukraine and perhaps beyond by the time you receive this letter. Because the United States has had the pride of its power “broken” (see Leviticus 26:19), it will not be able to do too much, and its efforts in slowing down Russia’s aggression are very weak and tentative. Because of the United States’ weakness and uncertain leadership, many more “hot wars” could break out at any time in the Ukraine, in Eastern Europe, in the Chinese/Japanese battle over control of the islands in the South China Sea, over North Korean aggression as they develop nuclear weapons, and regarding the Israeli-Iran crisis, etc. 
June 18, 2014

Here Ames talks about the formation of a Palestinian unity government between Fatah and Hamas.
Just two weeks ago, on Monday, June 2, two formerly adversarial Palestinian groups, Fatah and Hamas, agreed on the formation of a new “Unity Government” for the Palestinian Authority. On June 3, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, posted on Facebook his message of deep concern: “Israel is deeply disappointed with the State Department’s comments today on the Palestinian unity government with Hamas, a terrorist organization responsible for the murder of many hundreds of Israelis, which has fired thousands of rockets at Israeli cities, and which remains committed to Israel’s destruction. Had Hamas changed, it would be one thing. But Hamas hasn’t changed. It remains as committed to Israel’s destruction today as it was yesterday. This Palestinian unity government is a government of technocrats backed by terrorists, and should be treated as such. With suits in the front office and terrorists in the back office, it should not be business as usual.”
The Guardian reported the following: “Israel, which suspended peace negotiations in April when a surprise reconciliation deal was signed opening the way to the appointment of the new government, reacted angrily to the deal. The prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, chairing a security cabinet following the signing, told ministers: ‘Today, Abu Mazen [as President Mahmoud Abbas is known] said yes to terrorism and no to peace’” (June 2, 2014).
Brethren and co-workers, watch the Middle East! Current conditions for peace between Israel and the Palestinian unity government indicate that only external pressure will bring about a temporary rapprochement. In fact, Pope Francis hosted a “prayer summit” on Pentecost, June 8, for the leaders of both groups. The Washington Post reported: “Pope Francis brought together the presidents of Israel and the Palestinian Authority on Sunday at the Vatican to join in prayer and promise to seek peace—though their governments are officially not talking. Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas concluded the two-hour ceremony by kissing each other on the cheek and then planting an olive tree, gestures intended to signal a commitment to trying to end one of the longest-running, most intractable conflicts in the world” (June 8, 2014).
Turns out this Unity Government did prove to be rather important. The State of Israel later launched a deadly bombardment of the Gaza Strip that killed about 2,500 Palestinians in Gaza including 551 Palestinian children. But LCG is so concerned that "gentiles" will soon take control of at least part of Jerusalem that LCG thinks this war meant little since it did not fit their tapestry of false prophesies.

July 14, 2014

Here Meredith scare mongers that demonic activity will increase before Christ's return.
Actual “spirit wars” are coming soon! Though very few understand what is happening, the accounts of demon influence or even demon possession are increasing. Most importantly, your Bible definitely reveals that demonic activity will skyrocket toward the end of this age! ...

As we read about the mass murders in a motion picture theatre in Colorado, in an elementary school in Connecticut—and all over the world the increasing murders, grotesque tortures and horrifying acts inflicted on others in Africa, in the Middle East and elsewhere, we need to realize that many of these shocking accounts are not just “normal” acts of warfare or personal hatred or revenge. They are often so horrifying and grotesque that they really are motivated or directly inspired by Satan and his demons! In the newspaper photos of many of these mass murderers, it is often quite obvious that the person involved has a “strange look” about him or her—and often with unusually bulging eyes, etc. Taken by itself, of course, such a newspaper photograph proves nothing. But when you read the many newspaper accounts now coming out about “weird” individuals performing these almost “inhuman” acts, you may realize that—in many cases—this is indeed “inhuman” and caused by something outside of the human race, by demons!
August 20, 2014

Here Meredith exploits China's assertion of border claims in the South China Sea, the rise of the right in Europe, turmoil involving Russia, the atrocities of ISIL and the Ebola epidemic to insist the Great Tribulation will soon occur.
By far the largest nation on earth, China, is increasing its bellicose behavior in Southeast Asia. Just this morning, the news reported that the Philippines are increasingly upset with China’s continuing to push them around—plus nations like Vietnam, Japan and others are also looking over their shoulders “hoping” for America’s backing in case of war! Certainly, all-out war may break out in Southeast Asia because of China’s increasing hegemony and push toward total dominance in that area. Neo-Nazi and Fascist groups are increasing in power all over Europe! And growing anti-Semitism is very obvious—and the “chosen people” are being increasingly hated in many parts of the world.
Additionally there is a real chance that Putin will soon invade the Ukraine and draw other Eastern European nations into the Russian fold if he can. Are we really going to stop him? With what? The current administration is consistently decreasing America’s military effectiveness—and other nations continually laugh at the “red lines” talked about by President Obama. Certainly, the “pride of our power” is rapidly being broken as prophesied in Leviticus 26:19.

In Iraq, as the ISIS guerillas are slaughtering, torturing and actually crucifying more and more people, our administration often tries to help out with too little, too late. And in Africa, the Ebola virus is spreading rapidly! This morning’s news mentioned that there are now more than 1,200 deaths attributed to the Ebola virus and it is continuing to spread rapidly throughout western Africa and is just a “plane flight away” from being here in the United States or western Europe!
September 16, 2014

Here Meredith exploits ISIL's atrocities to fear monger that the end is near. 
Greetings from Charlotte, NC! With the recent beheading of David Cawthorne Haines, a British aid worker, it is finally becoming clear to America’s leaders that the Islamic terrorists mean business! Because of the gold and cash these rebels took from banks, and because of millions of dollars of military hardware they have seized in recent months, the so-called “Islamic State” is now regarded as the best financed, most heavily armed terrorist group we have ever faced.

Yet, despite all the “good speeches,” we are doing very little to actually destroy this bestial organization. Hundreds of its members have British, Canadian or U.S. passports. Some of them may show up somewhere near where you live! In spite of his faults, President Nixon was prescient in his comments about the “silent majority” here in America. For it is true that it takes a lot to genuinely stir the average American, Canadian or British citizen. What will it take to wake us up?
One should not insult animals by comparing them to ISIL.

Meredith also uses ISIL to scare monger that they will provoke Europe to unite as the future European Empire Armstrongism has constantly insisted will soon destroy America.
Although this “ISIS” terrorist organization may not end up being the final King of the South, it is certainly helping set the stage. And it will, no doubt, provoke the leaders of the major Arab nations to totally unite. All of this will certainly stir to action the nations of Europe to realize their great need to “truly unite.” So, as Almighty God clearly prophesied, ten coming kings or leaders in Europe will be of “one mind,” and they will “give” their power and authority to the Beast. ... Even now, most of the nations of Europe regard Germany as the leading nation. Germany’s finances are better, and its army is better equipped and organized. And Europe is increasingly looking to Germany to “take the lead” and do something.

October 29, 2014

Here Meredith fear mongers that big government is monitoring what religious organizations are saying about sexual minorities.
But now, in this “present evil age” as the Apostle Paul described it (Galatians 1:4), we who are willing to truly surrender our lives to God and walk with Christ must come out of this present society and actually do what Almighty God clearly tells us to do in His inspired Word. We will be blessed forever if we are willing not only to hear but to act on the Truth of Almighty God. As millions in this society increasingly turn away from the true God and descend into more and more paganism and even debauchery, we may find ourselves persecuted and tempted to turn aside as thousands of the early Christians were similarly persecuted. Even now, the Huffington Post reports (October 15, 2014):

“Some Houston pastors are being forced to hand their sermons over to the city—and they’re not happy about the government reading over their shoulders.

Houston has asked five local conservative pastors to turn over sermons about a controversial new city ordinance that bans discrimination against LGBT people. The original subpoenas demanded to see any preaching related to homosexuality and gender identity….

It appears that the city will still be demanding access to no less than 17 categories of private communications (including things like text messages) between private citizens who are not even parties to the suit and other private parties. This is a naked attempt to intimidate private citizens who did nothing but disagree with the government over a policy matter. Do any of us really want to live in an America in which we can be threatened, silenced, and even punished for disagreeing with the government?”
Perhaps Meredith fears this might happen to him. Well he should stop scapegoating them.

December 15, 2014

This letter by Meredith condemns Christmas and boasts of LCG's efforts to gain more recruits via TV and the Internet.

January 20, 2015

Here Ames comments on the terrorist attacks in Paris and speculates that they will provoke an anti-Muslim backlash within Europe leading to the creation of the future European Empire.
On the world scene, terrorists viciously attacked innocent French citizens, killing 17. The New York Times, Sunday, January 11, 2015 featured this headline: “In New Era of Terrorism, Voice From Yemen Echoes As France Declares ‘War.’” Later that day, the on-line Wall Street Journal followed with the headline: “Paris Displays Defiance With Huge Rally, World Leaders Gather With Crowds to Show Solidarity After Terror Attacks.” It is highly unusual for world leaders to gather together like this. The article reported: “Families and friends of the 17 people killed in the spree of violence moved solemnly at the head of the march. French President François Hollande and a row of leaders, who at times made for strange bedfellows, followed. German Chancellor Angela Merkel walked arm-in-arm with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shook hands with President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita of Mali, which doesn’t have diplomatic relations with Israel.”

What are the implications of these attacks? As we reported in our News and Prophecy feature: “Many feared for the long-term implications for a French society already witness to a steady rise in xenophobic and anti-Islam sentiment, and a political landscape increasingly polarized with the far-right Front National having steadily made large electoral gains” (The Guardian, January 7, 2015). In Germany, “18,000 people demonstrated in Dresden… against the supposed Islamization of Europe” (Deutsche Welle, January 8, 2015). Many worry the situation in France could feed anti-Islamic feelings across Europe (ibid.). These events appear to be playing into Bible prophecies about an end-time Islamic “king of the south” that will “push” against or attack a European “king of the north,” bringing retaliation from the European power (Daniel 11:40-43). The growing anti-Islamic sentiment across Europe could add to the political and economic pressures threatening to reorient the current European Union.
March 17, 2015

Here Ames mentions the election in the State of Israel. 
As I write this letter, the troubled Middle Eastern nation of Israel is preparing to hold national elections. Polls show Likud, the conservative party of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, trailing behind several other parties in a center-left coalition. Hoping to gain more conservative support, Netanyahu on Monday reversed his long-standing support for a “two-state” solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This may cost Netanyahu some moderate supporters, yet observers suggest that Likud—even if it wins fewer seats in the next Knesset (Israel’s parliamentary body) than the center-left coalition—may still be better poised to form a majority government to rule the nation.

No matter who may hold power within Israel, the tiny and beleaguered nation is continually facing threats to its very existence. Israel is surrounded by nations that would like to see it conquered or destroyed. Even many liberal Israelis and Arabs within its current borders support the giving up of more land to form a Palestinian state alongside Israel. So, if Netanyahu wins, will Arab-Israeli tensions increase? Or, if Netanyahu is weakened or ousted in the upcoming election, will Israel become still more vulnerable to both internal and external threats? As we have been warning for years, there will come a time when the “king of the north” will invade and control Jerusalem and the nation.
Ames also mentions LCG's attempts to gain more members in untapped markets for more tithes paying converts, namely Spanish speakers and the people of Hong Kong. May LCG's indoctrination efforts fail miserably.
If you are multilingual, you may also appreciate our various international editions. Online at ElMundoDeManana.org you can hear the telecast with Spanish-language voiceover. French speakers can find an edition online at MondeDemain.org. Our Canadian office continues to produce a telecast especially for China; a Chinese-subtitled version airs from Hong Kong—and you can view the English version online at TomorrowsWorldHK.org, which also offers Chinese-language translation of various Living Church of God publications.

What about the many who have “cut the cord” and no longer watch cable television? For those who rely on the Internet, our Tomorrow’s World channel on Roku is growing steadily. Based on installation rates so far, by the time this letter is mailed our new Roku advertising campaign will have added several thousand new subscribers in just its first few weeks. We encourage you Internet users to watch Tomorrow’s World on the platform of your choice, whether Roku, Amazon, Apple or Google.
April 14, 2015

Here Meredith ignorantly asserts that the war in Yemen "actually" started with the Sunni-Shia split dating back to AD 632. Such talks reveals just how little Meredith understands regarding the current civil war in Yemen.
The current conflict in Yemen has already begun to draw in the nations of Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Iran. This could easily lead into an “explosion” affecting the production of about 550 billion barrels of oil—nearly four-tenths of the world’s oil reserves! All because of “religion.” For this conflict has roots that go back to the death of Muhammad in 632. That was when a major conflict arose in the Muslim world over who would be the “Caliph”—the Supreme Leader of the Muslim world. That is when the two major religious sects of the Muslim world split into separate groups—Sunni and Shiite—and they have been fighting ever since. That is when the war now raging in Yemen actually began. Potentially, this war and several other religious conflicts in the Middle East could erupt into a world war affecting over one billion people in the Muslim world! But “religion is of no consequence”?
Meredith also uses this as a pretext to scare monger that Europe will soon arise as a military power.
Even now, the leaders of the European nations are being forced to rethink their positions of neutrality and lack of armament. They are beginning to get together a genuine European army for the first time since World War II. They are beginning to realize that the threat of Islam is real and is going to affect all their nations before long. So they are getting ready for warif need be. All of this, plus the increasing power and encroachment of the ISIS warriors in nation after nation in the Middle East is preparing the way for the final battle which I just described. And this will involve “religion!” So I pray that all of you dear brethren and co-workers can begin to take seriously what is happening before your very eyes! These major powers are definitely coming together within the next several years. These prophecies which I have been personally preaching for over 62 years are certainly beginning to happen right now


May 1, 2015
How world conditions have changed since that time! Back then, the United States was truly united as we were about to begin eight solid years of mostly peaceful and prosperous times under President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Most people virtually never “made fun” of religion the way they are often doing today on mainstream TV and in other sources. Nearly everyone stood straight and proud when our national anthem was played at some public event. The same spirit of love and loyalty was evident in Britain and most of the Commonwealth nations also when “God Save the Queen” was played.

Back then, some smart-alecks would have been virtually “run out of town” if they had even suggested the idea of “men marrying other men!” The Anglo-American love affair was in full swing. For together we had won World War I, World War II and were united in powerfully resisting the takeover of world affairs by the Soviet Union. We were still a basically strong and solid people. Even though the full Truth of God’s Word was not fully understood or preached, there was still a deep reverence and respect for the God of the Bible.
Meredith also insists on presenting the campaign against ISIL as a war of religion.
Millions of people in the Muslim world are already being stirred up to action by the power of religion! Even as I write, the United States’ government is being forced to intervene more and more in the religious wars of the Middle East. Western politicians do not want to call them “religious wars,” but they are nevertheless exactly that. For these people are fighting each other over religion.

But “religion is of no consequence”? ...
Meredith falsely portrays Islam as a unified, political force referring to it as "the threat of Islam" (singular).
Even now, the leaders of the European nations are being forced to rethink their positions of neutrality and lack of armament. They are beginning to get together a genuine European army for the first time since World War II. They are beginning to realize that the threat of Islam is real and is going to affect all their nations before long. So they are getting ready for warif need be. All of this, plus the increasing power and encroachment of the ISIS warriors in nation after nation in the Middle East is preparing the way for the final battle which I just described. And this will involve “religion!” So I pray that all of you dear brethren and co-workers can begin to take seriously what is happening before your very eyes! These major powers are definitely coming together within the next several years. These prophecies which I have been personally preaching for more than 62 years are certainly beginning to happen right now.
June 18, 2015

Ames mentions the drought in California and lambaste the leaders of California for not praying and holding day of mourning and beseeching to God over the drought.

In it announced that LCG's recruitment magazine had a print run of 500,000 for the first time.
In a few days, you will receive your July-August 2015 Tomorrow’s World magazine, our first with a print run above 500,000.
July 21, 2015

Here Meredith fear mongers about our food to say society outside of LCG is horrible and to once again vilify a certain minority.
Our God-ordained calling is awesome! For, in the resurrection, we “overcomers” really become full sons of God! We will then replace Satan and his demons as we assist Christ in ruling this entire planet. But, even the thought of this makes Satan furious! So Satan is trying in many different ways to destroy the human race. He is stirring up more and more wars, violence, terrorism and hatred between men than ever before. He is influencing mankind to think that science is the “answer” to all our problems! He is also influencing confused humans into producing “foodless foods”—foods which are filling our bodies with toxins and with increasing incidence of cancer, diabetes and many other forms of illness. Now Satan is furiously attacking the very foundation of all human society—the family. He is making people “question” whether they are male or female. In spite of many scientists’ admissions that there is no proof, he is deceiving millions into believing that they are “born” to become a homosexual, a transvestite, etc. In virtually every part of our human society, the perverted mind of Satan is causing increasing millions to begin to doubt almost everything about genuine reality and about what is right and true. As God Almighty predicted about our peoples at the end of this age:  “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight” (Isaiah 5:20-21).

Our confused religious and elected leaders and even some confused judges need to deeply consider the inspired Word of their Creator which warns us about His attitude regarding the practice of homosexuality.
August 19, 2015

British Israelism is an inherently racist doctrine that insinuates that certain people (white Americans, white British, etc,) are somehow blessed by God in a way not available to the rest of humanity. This viewpoint favoring people of a certain color may be seen in the following statement by Ames.
It is interesting to note that the least corrupt countries are among the world’s most prosperous, and that a majority are descended from the ancient tribes of Israel.  
Ames is talking about Whites.

Ames also talks about corruption and the filthy slavery practiced by Abu Bakr al Baghdadi's lackeys to insist that the world will soon be destroyed in the Great Tribulation.
Sadly, we see that thefts, covetousness, fornication and other violations of God’s commandments are so prevalent in our modern society. Let me share just one recent example. The New York Times published an Associated Press release on August 12: “Leaked Documents Raise Anger Over Palestinian Corruption…. Documents leaked online detailing two attempts by Palestinian officials to misuse public funds have triggered outrage, highlighting the corruption and mismanagement critics say remains rampant in the Palestinian government.” Other corruption scandals are currently shaking the governments of Brazil and China. And they are not alone. Where is the respect for God’s law?

Some even try to use religion to justify the most horrible anti-God actions. As Bloomberg Businessweek magazine recently reported, ISIS is now selling women and children as slaves: “A senior United Nations official says Islamic State is circulating a price list for captured women and children who are being sold as slaves” (August 10–23, 2015, p. 16). The highest prices are paid for children ages one through nine. The report quotes Zainab Bangura, a U.N. special envoy on sexual violence in conflict, as stating: “They have a machinery, they have a program… they have a manual on how you treat these women.” The article concludes: “The result is sexual abuse that shows no sign of ending” (ibid.).

 The New York Times on August 14 published a front-page article detailing this extensive system of enslavement for sexual abuse. ISIS is attracting new troops by claiming that Islam allows them to take sexual ownership of non-Muslims: “Enslaving Young Girls, The Islamic State Builds A Vast System of Rape, Militants Use Practices as Recruiting Tool While Claiming Quran’s Support.” The article describes an ISIS fighter’s attempt to use the Qur’an as justification for his rape of a 12-year-old girl.
September 10, 2015

Here Meredith complains that his competition, Evangelical Christians, sometimes talk about and even to a certain extent celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. Meredith does not want any potential convert to be sending money anywhere else except LCG.
An increasing number of evangelical groups “talk about” these festivals and “dabble” at keeping them from time to time. But we in the Living Church of God actually do observe them—just as Jesus, the original apostles and the Church of God did for hundreds of years. And we’ll all be observing these annual festivals in a few years when Christ returns as King of kings!
October 19, 2015

Here Meredith exploits the refugee crisis in Europe to insist that the European Empire will soon arise. (Wasn't the turmoil in Ukraine supposed to do that?)
Meanwhile, increasing millions of horribly distraught and starving individuals are making their way from the Middle East and Africa into Europe. The European nations truly do not know what to do with this massive wave of immigrants. Just recently, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi complained that the EU has no plan for dealing with the crisis! Cracks are beginning to appear in the European Union’s unity and finances. Many situations are coming about that are pushing Europe to the brink of disaster. All of this upset will probably drive the Europeans to powerfully react against the Arab nations as some of the Islamists coming to Europe with these waves of immigrants begin to cause increasing trouble. Eventually, this will lead to what is described in Daniel 11 when the “King of the South”—an amalgamation of Arab nations—strongly upsets or “provokes” the Beast Power in Europe, leading to one of the greatest wars in human history! Truly, biblical prophecy is already beginning to roll through our society with increasing frequency. Russia is pushing us around in Syria and literally humiliating President Obama and his team by paying virtually no attention to what they are asked to do. In Asia, the Chinese are marching forward and continuing to militarize little specks of land that they are turning into military bastions. In spite of this, we are now “threatening” to go ahead and send some of our Seventh Fleet through these areas that China claims—possibly provoking a military confrontation with them in the next few months! But, as always, we will probably find a way to “back down,” lose face, and continue to be humiliated as God Almighty does indeed break the pride of the power of the American and British-descended peoples (Leviticus 26:19).
December 15, 2015

This letter is rather short.
For the growing violence and terrorism which is increasing throughout much of the world is going to affect all of our lives more and more as each year goes by.
All too soon Meredith will like all humanity soon die but his followers will still continuing believing his words that catastrophe will soon erupt.

6 comments:

  1. "Heaven will not be mocked by men and women rebelling against the laws of God!"

    And yet... and yet...

    Roderick Meredith has been doing it for decades as a false prophet.

    What are we to think?

    That false prophets get a free pass and won't be subject to the death penalty?

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  2. It is morally reprehensible how Meredith and Co. exploit fears for their own benefit.

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  3. S.O.S., different decade! They have been doing this flame-fanning all of my life. The meanings they attach to news events are way off-base because they forecast something that is always way beyond worst possible scenario. It is like saying that if you have a gun, someone, possibly yourself, will be killed by it. Or, if you drive a car, one day you will be involved in a horrible car accident and die. And, of course, the all powerful "they" use this fear to manipulate people into accepting what they teach as the total solution to all of their fearful imaginations. It is overly simplistic, and not credible to most participants in the era of the information super highway.

    BB

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  4. It is terrible how LCG's leaders and those in the other COGs keep making such dire predictions. They never come to past but are quite useful in manipulating people.

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  5. How sad that this wild cocktail of dysfunctional behavior exists within the COGs.

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