“ABOUT” for tcogmso.com & .net
This COG member’s personal website is a Bible service & true Gospel witnessing oriented website.
(The two domains given above lead to the same website at this time. This may change in the future, if it is God’s will.)
About the website;
This particular website (tcogmso.net—later changed to .com on the home page) was established during the days of UNLB on April the 7th -2015. The domains are based on the fact that I, the editor/author/founder am a True COG member who has the desire to serve others with the truth’s God has revealed to me through His Holy Spirit. The seven letters reflect that, as is stated in the header of the home page. However, the first choice for a new website domain (As I had an older one, which expired) was the seven letters with .com, as noted above which was not purchased until in July of the same year. So the website was up and running before then, as .net. That background being said, let me also say that the rest of what is here is freely given, not of any compulsion by anyone and is just more information some may find interesting.
The website and its purpose is the same as the older one; (for 7years) that of serving ALL with Biblical truth & the Gospel; the many scattered members in various COG groups, as well as all humanity. (The Gospel, being a first priority for all truly zealous Christians of the COG body, was established first on the home page and was first among other pages, with 3 pre-recorded messages prepared for launching the website, now nearly 3 year ago.) All literature and audio, unless otherwise noted is authored and edited at this time by the owner/founder of this web site. Remember, this is an individual COG member site, not an organizational one, therefore finances are very limited but everyone is welcome to download anything from the website. Materials may change and space is limited; some will be dropped off to be replaced by something else. As the founder of this web-site, I simply go by the title of “Editor” for various reasons, as was used in my old site when establishing this picture LOGO and this pattern. It is the goal of this website to enlighten people on what the Bible actually does say and/or reveal, plus be a witness of points of the true Gospel to those anywhere in the world that I can reach with the internet, anyone who may chance to visit the site. Thanks to all for the opportunity to serve you with this web-site.
About the editor and some history;
This is not an extensive history by any means, as that would take much too long, & not being that important. However, as the writer, editor and founder of this site, I had established the website logo several years ago (wolf, lamb & child) which was based on the true wording of Isa.11:6. (I had the idea for the Logo (picture/plaque to the left on Home) that stems from Isa.11:6 & Isa.65:25 for decades, soon after coming into WCG. I quickly found myself wondering why the WCG used a lion with the lamb, which neither of those verses seem to present together, without some word changing. This was even discussed from time to time over the years, never receiving a satisfactory explanation.)
As a believer of the Word of God, I am, as stated above, an individual member of the True Church of God desiring to serve Christ and humanity; being a part of the one Spiritual organism which is now scattered into many organizations and locations at this time of Laodicea. Many have become lukewarm and compromising, with their own ideas, while the few still cling to the truths of the Bible and reality.
(Let me state here that I am not seeking personal recognition nor a following with this website—as I have been accused of by some—just sharing truth and my comments/opinions freely with others who may also be committed to these same truths and understanding, but have become confused and disoriented by others, even in the COG, over time.)
It is my firm belief and acknowledgment Christ intended for the COG (Spiritual organism) as a whole and by commission, to be proclaiming the Gospel, as we see was done in the early Church, and restored through HWA. The COG today is not just any single organization of men that may claim to exclusively be the COG, as some are doing today. (See1Cor.12:12-31) That is another part of the reason for a website to begin with, as too many people get caught up in following men and organizations and lose sight of bits and pieces of truth. The true COG is non-denominational, with Christ as its head and always has been, (always being a Spiritual organism existing thru time) which is made up of those who have in them and are actively being led by the Holy Spirit. (Rom.8:9,14—Eph.4:1-6, as well as other Scriptures.)The Spirit of God will lead or guide anyone in that body into more truth, (See John16:13.) IF that person is truly converted, submissive and humble enough to be led; this is very important to understand, in this last era of Laodicea! We, as true Christians are not to be just followers of men and organizations, but of Christ and God and their way of living.
As a COG member for now over 40 years; being baptized and given the Holy Spirit in Feb, 1976 and after attending the WCG for a short period of time beforehand. Herbert W. Armstrong was the leading individual of that organization at that time. It was a period of time determined as the Philadelphia Era (for those who believe in ERAS as was taught by HWA) of the COG and as such, seemed to fit the historical time frame and predominate spirit of the sixth letter to the Churches in Rev.2&3. I personally began writing Biblical based content in short articles for the outside world in a column (titled “Spiritual Inspiration”) for my local newspaper at the time in 1985.
HWA died in Jan.1986, after trying for seven years to “get the COG back on track”. WCG began to fracture and splinter apart as lukewarm-watering down of truth turned into an all-out apostasy, scattering the brethren, causing various new organizations and independent groups to form. As the editor, I have perceived for several years that some “leaders” & ministers are far more arrogant and dictatorial than others and some are clearly more laidback, compromising and lukewarm than others—some not even converted—all have some problems, as we humans do. There is no “perfect” organization of the COG today and never really has been, but Smyrna and Philadelphia were without reprimand from Christ. The times and Satan have taken their toll on the COG and it is clear, without strong leadership fully dedicated and yielded to God to do things His way and expound His Word as it is in Scripture; compromise will set in, as it has and was prophesied. Those seeking power over the people will rise and people will begin to veer off track when they begin to follow those men.
About who is in charge at this website;
Many today seem to want to know “who’s in charge”! We should never forget however, the real Head of the true Church is Jesus Christ and He is the savior of the body. He commissioned the COG body (Spiritual organism) to be about His Fathers business; proclaiming the Gospel as a first priority and as a witness to the world. He still works in and leads by the Holy Spirit, those who have submitted to the direction of the doctrines of the early COG, as is found in Scripture. Too many serve their organizations, themselves and their own ideas before they serve God, instead of the other way around, making even many COG organizations the works of men. They choose what takes the higher priority for their organizations and the preaching of the Gospel often takes a back seat and gets watered down. Time and time again over the last three decades, many ministers have set themselves up as the ones who should lead and they are inevitably continuing to scatter the flock. This is shameful and does not represent our Lord and Master, Jesus the Christ, as good ambassadors. It does not reflect the spirit of Philadelphia nor the love that shows us to be Christ’s disciples. (John 13:34-35)
As a member of the one true COG body and Spiritual organism, I have placed this website and myself in the hands of the LIVING GOD and His Son, my Lord and savior Jesus the Christ, with hope and prayer that He guide all that is said and done here through the Holy Spirit and by use of the entire Bible. For that reason, sometimes what is found here does not exactly match some of the teachings of organizations and may sometimes point out their errors, according to what the Bible teaches. The reason is simple; I feel that I must hold fast to the faith and doctrines of the early COG and what the Scriptures reveal, plus not trying to re-write past history, as some are now trying to do in the name of modern Christianity. However, I also know that inevitably some mistakes will be made and have to be corrected when seen, as I am only human.
I hope all you visitors to this Website will profit from it & continue your study of the Bible, gaining something spiritually helpful from what you find here. Thank you for allowing me to serve you,
The editor for TCOGMSO
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