At a couple of points during Insane Lying False Prophet Ronald Weinland’s sermon last Saturday, he took pot shots at some of the leaders of competing CoGs. He dug up some old copies of his News Watch magazines from 1998 and 1999. From the sermon:
[Reading from page 5 of the Jan ’99 issue of News Watch]”The large organizations will no longer be functioning as they are today. On the contrary, even now they are nearing their end.”
[Commenting extemporaneously] Now people can mock and make fun of that. 1999 – Hah, they’re nearing their end. A lot truer today than it was then. How near is near? Ten years? Eleven years? Is that not near? Amazing how human beings are sometimes, now haughty human beings are. Some who like to poke fun at and make fun of some of what is said in one area of the thunders about certain leaders of the church. It’s coming. It’s coming. In God’s time. According to God’s will.
The “area of the thunders” Ron referred to is the first phase of the fifth thunder of the 6th seal. During the first phase of the fifth thunder, Rod Meredith, Richard Ames (both of Living CoG), Gerald Flurry (Philadelphia CoG), David Pack (Restored Cog), and John Ritenbaugh (CGG) were to die early on. This is all described on page 107-108 of 2008 – God’s Final Witness and offered as a test of himself as a prophet “How much more specific can one be to show that he is either of God, and indeed His prophet, or someone who has clearly stepped over the line to be dealt with by God in a speedy manner. Time will tell! And, you don’t have long to wait!”
As described in 2008 – God’s Final Witness “This phase of the Fifth Thunder is one of my own choosing, which God has granted me as part of His own will and purpose for the Church”. Well, it’s over 3 years since the book was released in November of 2006, and over a year since the 6th seal ended for the second time, and we’re still waiting as none of these accursed CoG leaders are dead. Not mocking or making fun of, just pointing out something for those who have eyes to see. God didn’t grant Insane Lying False Prophet Ronald Weinland anything.
Ron wasn’t done. He took additional pot shots at John Ritenbaugh for counting Pentecost a week differently a few years. And then he went on to mention a “minister from Missouri”.
Ron started his globe trotting with a trip to Europe in November of 1999 using Steve Dalrymple’s air miles. Ron mentioned that during that trip he used Benjamin and Grace’s home in greater London to conduct a Bible study which was attended by a number* of people including Phillip Burman who is still one of Ron’s elders. The group in the UK now is fewer than 50, most of whom joined in 2007 and 2008 after Ron started promoting his book, so I doubt that very many of those attending Ron’s Bible study went with PKG. Any friendships that Benjamin and Grace had with others in that small group are now ended by edict of Sheriff Ron. * (According to Saturday’s sermon, 19 people were at the meeting in London in 1999. According to the sermon of Dec 5, 1999 there were 12 people including 3 children.)
Ron continued on in last week’s sermon:
“It was at this time  that we invited that minister from Missouri to be there during Thanksgiving while we were away. And while we were away, the mice did play. Because they started hatching up division while we were gone, while we were in Europe. And they began to spread things around a bit here and there. And they began to talk amongst themselves. About what I was doing and I was their minister and I should be there and I shouldn’t be anyplace else and I shouldn’t go anyplace else, because he’s our minister. And basically he should do what we tell him to do. Little did he know what God was
While Ron was in Europe, he missed two sermons. On November 20, 1999 Al Buchanan delivered a sermon titled “Children of the Light” to “the Church of God” in Toledo. Al Buchanan was the minister of the Belleville CoG (a suburb of St. Louis in Illinois). By all accounts, Al is not an empire builder. In fact a few weeks after this last Feast of Tabernacles he stepped down, stating that he felt his little CoGlet was encouraging division within Armstrongism. This just points up Ron’s paranoia. Ron, just because you’re plotting doesn’t mean that everyone else is.
On the other hand, it was just over two months after Ron’s first European trip as a prophet that he seized control of the Church of God Inc from its lay board during January and February of 2000. Ron the cat swallowed the church whole and spit out the mice.
During Ron’s sermon this past week, he quoted from various issues of News Watch. Here’s one potshot against CoGs that he didn’t quote. From the June-July 1999 issue on page 3 (336kB PDF Download):
Today some believe they are to give a warning witness to Israel. What a puny effort we see. If and when God gives a witness to Israel, more than He already has, you will know it. Israel has already received the height of a warning witness given through the Philadelphia period of time, and they rejected it. That is a witness against them!
The next witness will be obvious. It will be when God needs no Church to help sponsor nor support it. There will be such miraculous events accomplished at that time that much free publicity will be given. The work of that witness will consist of such newsworthy events that it will be widely reported in this world. There will be no need for an organization to sponsor such efforts.
That future witness to Israel will be one that reminds them of the earlier witness they refused during the Philadelphia era. It will tell them why they are then suffering once the physical tribulation has begun. It will also be a message to the whole world of what is soon to follow – the Kingdom of God on earth with the soon coming of Jesus Christ as King of kings. That job has been set aside for two to accomplish by the power of God. No church organization is going to do it, and no individual is going to be able to set himself up as God’s apostle to do it. It is for the two who are yet to be sent by God.
Ron sure doesn’t skimp on his irony pills. Ron, here you have it. It’s all your fault that the Great Tribulation hasn’t started. You don’t need the COG-PKG. Turn it over to Johnny and strike out on your own exercising your awesome Witness powers. When you and Laura are on your way out of town to call down plagues on world capitols, Y’ALL can stop off to breathe fire on that nasty IRS special agent who keeps serving Audra with summonses.