The Babylonian Paradigm – the Journey into Darkness

PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT from the UCG(United Church of God).

This is an exposé addressing the CONTRARY teachings the United Church of God teaches in contrast with what Jesus Christ taught us through His Apostle Mr. Herbert W Armstrong. – WWCG-ARCHIVES.COM STAFF

2Pe 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

2Pe 2:2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.

I recently read a transcript of a sermon given by Frank Dunkle, a minister in the UCG on July 8 2017 speaking on “Paradigms” or our Viewpoint or “Structure” on God’s Word. Titled “A Proper Paradigm”. Now, I was reading this doing research on what the UCG taught about God’s Government, in CONTRAST with what we have learned through the Apostle Mr. Herbert W Armstrong, this sermon was in the list of articles and sermons mentioning God’s Government. To say the least, this sermon REVEALS A LOT into what the UCG teaches and/or fails to teach!

 

A Proper Paradigm by Frank Dunkle
Frank Dunkle of the United Church of God

So as I went through this man’s sermon’s transcript, word for word, paragraph by paragraph, it is plain the man is INTENTIONALLY destroying The Church of God’s faith in what God says in His Word. His intention was to INTRODUCE false doctrines and seeds of DOUBT, all the time speaking evil of the WAY OF TRUTH(God’s Government). His structure of the sermon is INTENTIONALLY against Mr. Armstrong and anyone who believes and HOLDS FAST to what we were given by Jesus Christ.

He starts off talking about the “Fifth Monarchists” a splinter group of the Puritan Church of England in the 1600’s, which is a picture he uses to picture Herbert Armstrong and the Worldwide Church of God holding Fast to the Teachings and doctrines we were given.

He states that this “group(The Fifth Monarchist’s)” held the same belief on Daniel 2 as “we”(the UCG) has, but they believe that the Stone made without hand is the Puritan Church and not the Kingdom of God. His point was to show that this group held a belief that perverted their whole outlook of God’s Word. And he does this equating Herbert W Armstrong and the FAITHFUL Church backing and supporting Jesus Christ through the Apostle as a individual and as a group with a PERVERTED outlook or PARADIGM! Blinded by one central belief which God commands in His Word. Well, that is according to this minister. Would I say of Christ? No, I wouldn’t.

I would like to call to remembrance HOW Mr Armstrong was converted.

I recall Mr. Armstrong talking about his agenda when he heard Mrs. Armstrong started keeping the fanatical SABBATH! And how he went out to PROVE HER WRONG. He said he finally came to a pamphlet of a dissenter from the Seventh Day Adventists where they said that the Sabbath was done away and nailed to the cross, as a argument against the Sabbath! The verse this pamphlet was speaking on was in Colossians 2. But Mrs. Armstrong prayed all night and didn’t sleep and when Mr. Armstrong woke up she asked him to go to the library and look up EVERY Greek Word of those verses concerning the Sabbaths, because God had shown her there was a mistranslation in there. So he did, and found that the verses didn’t do AWAY with the Sabbath, but only the PHYSICAL RITUALS and SACRIFICES were done away.

Now, this was the START of Mr. Armstrong’s Conversion. This was the First Scripture that proved him WRONG, and God right! This man from the United Church of God(UCG) preaches that if anyone STARTS from Colossians 2, that it would CHANGE our paradigm or Viewpoint that would PERVERT the TRUTH found in God’s Word! It is no coincidence that he would start with what STARTED the conversion of Herbert W Armstrong, as we go further through the sermon.

He does say that Mr. Armstrong has a DIFFERENT view than what the UCG has. In this, I believe him. It is different.

He then goes into ANOTHER point to support this Paradigm of his(which he says Mr. Armstrong has) and that is the Government set through Moses.

Talking about Jethro, Moses’s Father in Law. I quote the minister giving this sermon.
[Quote] He said, “Listen now to my voice,” this is verse 19, “I’ll give you counsel, and God will be with you: stand you before God for the people, so that you may bring difficulties to God. And you’ll teach them statutes and laws, show them the way that they must walk, and the work they must do. Moreover, select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. And let them judge the people at all times. And it’ll be that every great matter they’ll bring to you, but every small matter, they’ll judge themselves.”

And it goes on to say that Moses, he did it. You know, and we wonder, it doesn’t describe him talking to God about it, but we know another place as it says Moses talked to God very often. Probably, he got God’s approval. And they set this up, a very effective form of administration and government. So effective that many armies, most armies use this, so do many organizations.[End Quote]

Notice his point in saying MOSES ”did it”. That it was Moses’s decision. And then he questions if God approved of it or not. Now we know that God chose Moses, and led Moses, look at what happened when Miriam and Aaron when they withstood God through Moses. So God DID institute His Government in ISRAEL, but ISRAEL did not obey. Mr. Armstrong can be found showing every scripture backing up that it was GOD, not MOSES who instituted His Government! Notice the focus of this man, his focus is on the MAN as the one deciding. When Mr. Armstrong focused on GOD who decided, not MAN! Mr. Herbert W Armstrong – God decides(The Tree of Life). The Minister from UCG – MAN decides(The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil). Where does God fit in with this? This is another instance where it PROVES God was with Mr. Herbert W Armstrong and who he IS NOT with! IT also proves Mr. Armstrong was a TRUE Minister of Jesus Christ, in contrast with the man speaking in this sermon.

The very next words is this, [Quote]And it would be possible to look at this and say, “Okay, that’s my paradigm for how every organization has to be formed. I can view all other aspects of administration and leadership through it.” If I have that as my central focus, I’m going to look at in the New Testament for that type of structure. You know, and I would probably see Peter as being outspoken and at the forefront and say, “He must have been the chief apostle.”[End Quote]

Here he speaks AGAINST the Doctrine of Binding and Loosing, and how Peter was the Chief Apostle. He goes and says that looking at what Mr. Armstrong taught would PERVERT our outlook on the Bible.

Again is he speaking EVIL of God’s Government (The WAY OF TRUTH) in God’s Church? Read 2 Peter 2.

He then states, [Quote]We know the Catholic Church did exactly that.[End Quote] Equating Mr. Armstrong and God’s Church as the CATHOLIC CHURCH called Babylon the Great, The GREAT WHORE, the Mother of HARLOTS!

He goes on and says, [quote]Within the Church of God in previous decades, we did something similar. We designated an apostle as the unquestionable leader of the church under Jesus Christ, of course, and we always said that.[End Quote]

Again he equates the Government of God restored to God’s Church through Christ’s Apostle as 1) Man’s ideas, as he said about Moses. 2) That the start of Mr. Armstrong’s conversion PERVERTED his outlook or Paradigm of God’s Word. Which he stated leads to “The Primacy of Peter” teaching, which he states the Catholic Church teaches. Mr. Armstrong showed from God’s Word that Peter was CHIEF Apostle! But he was not a POPE as the Catholic Church teaches. This man says listening to that, or having that outlook PERVERTS our outlook and foundational Lens we look at God’s Word with!

Can we not see WHO this man works for? It certainly is not God.

I have also noticed the LIBERAL approach to doctrine, saying one thing at one hand, such as a False teaching, then covering it up with the truth. He says all of this about Mr. Armstrong and the Government in the Church which was restored to the Church and then states “I’m not saying or implying that the form of church government we used was wrong”. This is in order so that he has a backup plan, a way out when someone points out his flagrant error. When we would point out that specific error, he would state the latter statement dancing around the truth and ERROR he’s teaching. That is LIBRERALISM, the Way of SATAN! You can read and hear Mr. Armstrong and many others in the Church speak about How Satan uses LIBERALISM as a greased hog at a county fair. You can never get it pinned down. It is an ATTITUDE of reasoning INSTEAD of using God’s Holy Spirit! Read Mr. Armstrong’s article “What is a Liberal”. Listen to David Hulme’s Sermon on “Liberalism”. As well as Gerald Waterhouse’s sermons, he always has something to say about Liberalism.

He thinks he has a way out from God. But God already knows, and he cannot escape God.

Are we approaching doctrines/teachings/TRUTH in this manner? Make sure we are NOT!

This LIBERAL minister goes on saying, [Quote] No, it had some problems(the Government through Mr. Armstrong), but it also had great advantages, and it followed a biblical model. I have no criticism of that form of organization(again, he’s trying to make a way out from the statements he’s previously stated). “But what I would criticize is adopting a paradigm that says, “That’s the only form of organization that could ever be valid.” the only thing the Bible would support.

I think if I did that, I would be blinding myself to some other things that are within the Bible. For instance, Acts 15.[End Quote]

He’s saying that God has more THAN ONE form of Government. The government restored through Mr. Armstrong however is looked down upon, with seeds of doubt placed on it, saying God DOES NOT WORK THAT WAY “all the time”, “he has many forms”. So he’s rebelling against God’s Government. Saying God has MANY PATHS, not ONE WAY.

2Pe 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

2Pe 2:2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.

The Way of TRUTH is God’s GOVERNMENT! He’s saying there are MORE than ONE WAY of GOD! When Scripture says CONTRARY! It does NOT say WAYS of Truth!

Joh 10:1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

Notice what he says! Thinking that God has only ONE WAY, Only ONE Government as our CORE of Beliefs…

[Quote]I think if I did that, I would be blinding myself to some other things that are within the Bible. For instance, Acts 15.[End Quote]

Here he goes and starts with HIS IDEA of what the Government they have in UCG, pretending it is God’s, saying Acts 15 is a COUNCIL led Church. That THEIR Government is found in the Scripture.

SO in saying this he is saying what Mr. Armstrong taught us would only pervert our outlook on the Word of God and God’s Government. Saying he was BLIND to the TRUTH, following his OWN IDEAS, Personal Opinions of What the Government of God is supposed to be.

He goes into Acts 15, starting with Verse 6 where it says “Peter Rose up”.

[Quote]What we see here in this story though is not Peter presiding as chief apostle and then making a ruling. We see him so far of one voice, a very significant and influential voice giving testimony as part of this conference.[End Quote]

Here again SPEAKS AGAINST Peter being the Chief APOSTLE! When God’s Word shows that he WAS!

[Quote]”He was just a voice of testimony among many at a Church conference”[End Quote]

Another point of REBELLION!

He then goes on saying here that Peter gave his opinion, or testimony on the problem. Then Paul and Barnabas did.

Again he goes and states [Quote]After that in verse 13, we see the apostle James. “After they had become silent, James answered, and said, ‘Men and brethren, listen to me. ’” James answers and he’s going to give a proposal. “And then it would seem…” actually, I want to skip down to verse 19, his proposal. “therefore I judge that we shouldn’t trouble those who are among the Gentiles who are turning to God, but write to them that they abstain from things polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, and from things strangled by blood. ’”[End Quote]

He is saying Peter didn’t make the decision but JAMES. Saying James answered the problem.

He then SKIPS verse 14, where it says SIMEON(or PETER) declared! He(James) was acknowledging Peter’s decision! Just as Mr. Armstrong taught us!

Read it in CONTEXT

Act 15:13 And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me:

Act 15:14 Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name.

He then sums up the “conference” in Acts 15 as [Quote]And it goes on, and the conference then makes a decision.”[End Quote]

That is NOT True! Peter DECLARED, as the verse he skipped stated, not the Conference. James confirmed the decision. The Conference AGREED with Peter’s decision! Again speaking against God’s Government!

He then reasons how VOTING was in the Church(when it wasn’t) with [Quote]. It’s possible that in this conference, they might have taken some type of a vote or a consensus, or, you know, they discussed this. We don’t really know for sure. But we do know that today, the United Church of God follows an organizational structure closer to what we see in Acts than what we read about in Exodus 18 .[End Quote]

That again is FALSE. They follow something CONTRARY to what we read in Acts 15! They say they MAY have voted in this conference. That they do not really know that they did or not. But to say the UCG has a CLOSER(Not the SAME, but CLOSER) Government to Acts 15 than what God through Moses organized in Exodus 18, is FAR FROM the TRUTH! Just remember and be MINDFUL of what the Apostle of Jesus Christ taught us! Remember a Good Counterfeit is “CLOSER” to the original!

He states [Quote]As I said, “I think that should be a part of that paradigm.” But the particular paradigm of it’s got to be this form of organization or nothing at all I think has caused and maintained division within the Body of Christ. It’s not hard to think of other things that can come up, other ideas, other interpretations that could cause division or maintain division. You know, there are some that are shaping people’s paradigms today.[End Quote]

Again stating this AGAINST what was taught through the Apostle and the Worldwide Church of God!

Further on down he states, Trying to give REASON why he is saying what he is saying, [Quote]I thought maybe it’s more of a cautionary tale.(Notice: TALE not TRUTH) When I think of those Fifth Monarchists and what they got involved in. And as I say, it can be harmful when you adopt one very narrow point of view through which you see everything else especially if that one point is not correct.[End Quote]

Here he equates Mr. Armstrong and the Church of God(Worldwide Church of God) in the same boat with the “Fifth Monarchists” a Church of this world, having nothing to do with God’s Church. Saying that Mr. Armstrong and the Church were BLIND to the Truth of God’s Word because they believe what the Bible says.(Not what they are saying, they are saying that he wasn’t teaching God’s viewpoint but his own, and that it came from the “Fifth Monarchists” a splinter from the Quakers(The Puritan’s), that we have a perverted outlook and viewpoint if we keep(HOLD FAST) to what we were taught by Jesus Christ through His Apostle!).

Here he definitely says God’s Government that was restored to the Church(Through Christ’s Apostle, Mr. Herbert W Armstrong) was in ERROR, and NOT truth!

Yet he goes on to say that it is [Quote]”Not wrong to necessarily have differing opinions on them.” [End Quote]to backtrack and cover his attack of God and God’s Government. So when you address it, he will quote the “Excuse” rather than dealing with the False statement and accusation.

Within in seconds he continues, [Quote]I think though it could be harmful to myself and to others in the Church if I allow that one of those topics to become the center of a paradigm by which I view and just interpret everything else.[End Quote]

He is saying it is HARMFUL to have God’s Government as the CENTRAL point of our beliefs. For that is the Subject he is talking about and destroying here in his sermon.

He then continues to bring up other points to HOLD UP his attack, building the trap ONE point at a time, in order to justify his error and falsehoods!

He states, [Quote]Imagine how it might lead to some imbalanced thinking and actions.[End Quote]

Here he equates the point he has been making about having God’s Government as our central core of our belief as being “imbalanced thinking and actions”.

Then he goes and turns this issue he is speaking on, (God’s Government being EVERYTHING, but nothing to him) as some KOOKY ritualistic nonsense, based upon PERSONAL opinion and ideas. But was it? This is the COMMON teaching in the UCG(as well as other groups)

One scripture he uses is Luke 10:25.

This verse shows that GOD must be central to our Beliefs. That God’s Government and Laws should be central and the CORE of our beliefs.

BUT,…

BUT, he uses this not in the terms of God’s Government, but just God. Sort of like by just accepting God(or Jesus) is all they need.

And other point he males. Now was the Pharisees Following God? Or was their RIGHTEOUSNESS their own? Jesus Christ answers that himself throughout the Gospels.

But this man is teaching that THEY KNEW GOD and had worshiping God down pat! Notice [Quote]We can guess and argue because the answer isn’t given, but part of me thinks perhaps if this fellow was representing the Pharisees, I think they had that part down. they’ve learned their lesson from the Babylonian captivity to not worship idols and not take God’s name in vain. I think they had a lot to learn about loving their brother as themselves.[End Quote]

Now does this line up with Scripture? Does one who is SELF righteous(as the Pharisees were known as having) REALLY putting God first above all things?

He is saying the Pharisees kept the first FOUR commandments, but needed to keep the last six.

I notice he references this type of thing ALONG with the previous statements AGAINST the Government of God restored through Christ’s Apostle. Is he saying Christ’s Apostle was a hypocrite, a PHARISEE? By putting together all the points he is making one can come to that conclusion. But again he makes several statements, a way out from the confrontation of these false statements, a backup plan to cover his assets.

Shows what spirit rules him, it certainly is not God’s.

[Quote]So rather than worry about… “Are the first four commandments out of the included?” I think the Ten Commandments come and go as a unit, and we see that pretty clearly in the Bible. But we could pause and give some thought to what else did Jesus not say was vital for having eternal life? As I said, I think the first four of the Ten Commandments are implied in what Jesus said, “If you want to have life, keep the commandments.”[End Quote]

Notice he states something AGAINST what we were taught, say that the Pharisees obeyed God and was in line with God. Then he covers it with the Truth. That what Christ was referring to was the WHOLE ten commandments, showing WHAT commandments he was referring to. Which is what Mr. Armstrong taught. But doing this Covering the ACUSATION and FALSE teaching with the Truth! The same way Satan does! Twisting the scriptures! Accusing the Brethren.

[Quote]What did he not say you have to do to have life? How about being able to correctly calculate the 70-weeks prophecy? Nope. Properly pronouncing the Hebrew version of God’s name? Nope. Wearing tassels on your garments, never trimming your beard? He doesn’t mention that, nor does Christ mention church government. [End Quote]

Here he equates CHURCH(God’s) GOVERNMENT as physical things such as “calculating prophecy” and “tassels”.

He says Church Government doesn’t matter because it wasn’t mentioned.

With this way of thinking, then why does he believe that Christ was referring to the first four of the Ten Commandments? Because they too wasn’t mentioned.

So in this, IF there is NO “Thus sayeth the Lord”, on Church Government, then it is up to OUR OWNSELVES to decide on it. Because it doesn’t “mention it”.

He skims over the point Christ was making. “KEEPING” means walking, OBEYING what God says. That means surrendering to God’s GOVERNMENT! But he does not make the point to say that we must OBEY or KEEP God’s Government. He only teaches that the “Ten Commandment” in themselves is the central point. Missing the SPIRITUAL point that goes with the Ten Commandments. The point that we MUST KEEP THEM. Obeying GOD’S Commandments. God’s Government being the CORE of the LAW OF GOD!

[Quote]If I let any other thing, any other idea take center place in my thinking, then I’m doing what the Fifth Monarchists did. I’m making a mistake. I might become blinded. I’m setting myself up to become intoxicated by some other ideology or some philosophy. that’s not what Jesus said to do to have life[End Quote]

Again attacking God’s Government, and saying Mr. Armstrong was BLIND and intoxicated with some other ideology and philosophy other than God’s! Equating him to the Puritan splinter called the “Fifth Monarchists”.

Yet as we go through this sermon, he states the condemning statements towards God’s Apostle and CHURCH and continuing in between these statements statements saying the exact opposite. Whitewashing the falsehoods, creating a SYNTHESIS of both teachings. Incorporating the accusations and character assassination of Mr. Armstrong and all of us HOLDING FAST, and his falsehood of God’s Government being MANY, many paths instead of ONE PATH, ONE WAY.

He has now watered it down further than he has already to that ANYONE just keeping the Commandments, and not knowing the ANNUAL SABBATHS, and everything else God’s says, that they will come up in the first resurrection. So that today, in an age where ALL TRUTH is restored, God’s Government, God’s Laws, God’s Holy Days, ALL THINGS as Jesus Christ says, restoring through the End-Time Elijah Mr. Herbert W Armstrong, that you DON’T need anything else but the verses concerning the Ten Commandments that you will GET into God’s Kingdom. When everything else ties into the Ten commandments and God’s Government, all the teachings tie into each other, that somehow anyone missing the majority of the message taught through the Apostle will still make it. That is if it isn’t being taught, as he stated AGAINST Mr. Armstrong and the Church and its beliefs.

At the very end of his sermon he ends with [Quote]But one of the points I want to leave us with, we have the right principles to shape how we understand the Bible, how to conduct our lives, how we look ahead to our future. Now, it’s possible. We could get caught up in an incorrect paradigm. We could get intoxicated with ideas that would get us out of perspective, lead to bad decisions. We could do as the Fifth Monarchists did. You know, their misunderstanding of one point of one prophecy, led them to engage in some activities that the Bible condemns.

As I said, they looked at one first and it distorted the other. I don’t think members of God’s Church are likely to get caught up in rebellion, civil war, and regicide. I hope not. But members of God’s Church could get intoxicated with the perceived prophetic understanding, with a captivating doctrinal understanding. And being caught up in something like that could lead a Christian to separating from the Body of Christ[End Quote]

“We have the RIGHT Principles…” As in contrast to what we had “WRONG” with Mr. Armstrong and the Truth back then. That is how the DEVIL WORKS!

Finishing, [Quote] It could lead to causing division, alienation, even perhaps if you became disillusioned to abandoning the way of life that we know is the way of life.[End Quote]

Notice what “WE KNOW”, as if WE are the CENTRAL source of knowledge. This is CONTRARY to Scripture.

In the End the point that any Spiritual led Christian who can discern the spirits, will come out seeing the minister, as many under Tkach Sr and then Jr done, that the WHOLE SERMON was to attack God and His Government which was restored through Christ’s Apostle Mr. Herbert W Armstrong, Condemning Mr. Armstrong and any of us still HOLDING FAST to those VITAL TRUTHS and God’s Government which we were given.

People that are convinced to this “church”(UCG) and its doctrines/teachings as this minister was teaching, will come out saying “Oh he gave a wonderful sermon on how God should be our focus” when the exact opposite happened! Surely he is a WOLF in Sheep’s clothing!

2Pe 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

2Pe 2:2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.

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