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The full-page color ad in a popular magazine sounded familiar, but I couldn't place it because no religious group identified itself. It offered a free booklet called Revelation: The Mystery Unveiled! It didn't take much work on Google to track them down. Of course it sounded familiar--a Herbert W. Armstrong's Worldwide Church of God redux. Armstrong, who died in 1986, opened the way for Roderick Meredith to fill the vacuum he left. Meredith, whose doctrines follow the teachings of Armstrong, is now the leader of the Living Church of God, a cult with a crazy mixture of theology taken from the Jehovah's Witnesses, the Mormons, Adventism, and Church of God 7th Day. An informative website on this dangerous cult can be found at http://www.exitsupportnetwork.com/artcls/meredith.htm * In addition to information on the cult, the site has published letters about the Living Church of God shooting spree that occurred during Sabbath services in Brookfield, Wisconsin on March 12, 2005. The website also offers two other informative articles: "Identifying Marks of an Exploitive, Abusive Group" and "Lifton's Eight Criteria of Mind Control," which includes how it is used by Armstrong's disciples. New believers are in danger of being snared by this cult by what appears to be a belief in Christ as the way of salvation. In their booklet, Is This the ONLY Day of SALVATION?, Scripture is widely quoted pointing to Christ as the way of salvation. And yet, grace-faith salvation is, in reality, denied by Meredith who teaches that you must keep certain Old Testament laws and rituals in order to obey God and to be born again. And that, according to Meredith, doesn't occur until the resurrection! The exhortation by the Apostle Peter is timely in view of this. He says, "Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen" (2 Pet. 3:17-18). In other words, watch out; they're back! # # #
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