The Systematic Theology Project, or S.T.P that slipped it’s way into the hands of the ministers of the Worldwide Church of God during the 1970’s is being implemented into modern churches!
[NOTE: this is ANTI-STP not PRO-STP]
A look into the modern “Church of God” organizations will shock older members of the Worldwide Church of God members!
It is also not meant to offend, but to only inform you. If you are apart of these churches mentioned, you may not know, you may not realize, what you are being taught! And so we are not speaking against the membership of these churches, but are just presenting the truth to them, out of love and not hate. We don’t want our brethren to lose their eternal crowns, because we “didn’t” warned them of the deception! Satan wants the people of God, to forget what Jesus Christ taught and gave us THROUGH THE APOSTLE, HERBERT W ARMSTRONG! And that is what we(My family) point back to. I don’t care if you hate my family, or are angry at my family, STUDY GOD’s Word, and STUDY WHAT WAS TAUGHT TO THE CHURCH BY JESUS CHRIST!!! Study what Herbert W Armstrong taught. Prove it with your own Bible. Then believe the Bible. That is all we ask. Because that is what we ALL are being judged by today! We are not attacking anyone. But the Church was taught the Truth of God, and all of God’s Truth was given to the Church “on a platter” by Jesus Christ through His chosen apostle and End Time Elijah, Herbert W Armstrong.
(resource: worldwide news article, June 11, 1979 called “Watering Down or Building Solidly Up? available on wwcg-archives.com)
It was given as a “TOTAL PACKAGE” to us. We can’t “pick and choose” what we want. God feeds HIS FLOCK! He does not provide A BUFFET, where you and I can pick and choose what we want! HE sends SPIRITUAL MANNA! Will we reject it, for some “quail”? And if you and I are studying the Bible and praying and fasting as we should, having the Holy Spirit of God lead us, then God will give us the understanding through the Holy Spirit, AND if you study what God’s apostle, Herbert W Armstrong, taught, you will find WHAT GOD ESTABLISHED IN THE CHURCH! Then you will find what has God’s STAMP OF APPROVAL OR NOT! But we must submit unto what God gave through His apostle, and pray for God’s Understanding. We can’t throw away what Christ taught through His apostle! THAT WOULD BE SPIRITUALLY DETRIMENTAL TO YOU AND I !!! If we don’t yet understand why, then WALK BY FAITH! But don’t reject what God’s apostle taught, because “you don’t understand”. Abraham didn’t know where God was leading him, but “he obeyed”, and went even though he didn’t understand!
God placed an Apostle over the Church in this end time. That one and only apostle, is Herbert W Armstrong. In God’s Government, The apostle is above all other ranks of ministers. His word, is the last word. He, being led by Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit, has taught to the Church what Christ has taught to him. Most don’t give Jesus Christ enough credit, to have taught him properly! Christ himself prophesied that the End Time Elijah would come and restore ALL THINGS. And when Christ commands us in Rev 3:11 to “Hold fast” to what the End Time Elijah, and leader and apostle of the Philadelphia era, Herbert W Armstrong, teaches, WE MUST OBEY JESUS CHRIST! Even if we don’t “see with our own eyes” where we are being led, even if we don’t yet UNDERSTAND, WE MUST OBEY CHRIST “IN FAITH”, like Abraham did, and understanding will be given AFTER OBEDIENCE!
We are not attacking anyone, but we do wish to warn our brethren who are falling into the traps of the Devil. We do this out of LOVE, not hate!
I found something that I found interesting that reveals a lot about what the UCG is built around. The following is from the STP(Systematic Theology Project), and it explains the UCG to a tee. Meaning, UCG has its membership give input to their ministers and their ministers give input to what is being taught, about what doctrines are.
From the STP –
“The systematic theology project is the product of numerous ministers and scholars of the Worldwide Church of God. It is only through this substantial resource of knowledge and experience that we can hope to attain a reflection of God’s Understanding and wisdom. Yet the systematic theology must not be cemented in stone. It will need continual revision as God guides the Church in further understanding of His Word.
What is herein presented is therefore still in preliminary form. It must continue to grow in both scope and quality. But it cannot grow without constant constructive input from the ministry. Ministers should consider it their responsibility to help refine the Systematic Theology project, contributing to it in the same spirit with which it was prepared. Hence, we accept, appreciate and welcome–indeed solicit–all information which serves to enhance and improve this effort.
Such input may take the form of short or long edits, comments, ideas, additions, deletions, critiques, scriptural references, and/or new information and research. The proper procedure for giving input is to present your contribution in as clear a manner as possible and send it to the Systematic Theology Project at Church Headquarters in Pasadena, California, U.S.A., in care of Dr. Robert Kuhn. All information will be read and considered, and if accurate, appropriate and approved, it will be incorporated.
Input from the general membership of the Church is also welcome, but should be submitted through the local pastor. The sheer volume of such material could overwhelm the headquarters staff unless it is deemed by the local pastor to have merit. No doctrinal paper can be considered unless the author’s pastor has studied the paper and then submitted it with his appropriate annotations, edits, or comments.”
Notice that THE APOSTLE of God was left out! Notice that what was approved was approved by Robert Kuhn, NOT Herbert W Armstrong! Notice it explains the type of Government of the United Church of God as well. That the Ministers gave the input and made the decisions, and whom through the membership voiced their judgements as well. Is REVEALS A LOT!
The STP also reveals and teaches that the Church’s Commission was Matt 24:14 and to fulfill the role of Elijah of Malachi 4.
EXACTLY what the COG’S teach!
Notice the Following
“The early disciples followed Christ’s command to preach this gospel of the Kingdom as a witness to all nations. The Worldwide Church of God also follows this command and views as the primary reason for its existence the commission to preach the gospel of the Kingdom to all nations in accordance with Jesus Christ’s instructions. The Church today strives to continue fulfilling that commission with ever-increasing effectiveness, following in the tradition of Elijah the prophet and John the Baptist (Mal. 4:5-6), by preparing the way for Christ’s return through the announcement of that gospel message. ”
Also, something VERY Important! The STP states that it Supersedes previous Publications, articles, and UNDERSTANDINGS! Instead of reading precious writing’s of the Church , one would only need to read the STP.
“While these statements of current teachings and practices contain very little that is “new” as such, in some cases they do include additional supportive information and commentary, or contain original analyses, syntheses and approaches, or give fresh insight and understanding–all of which reflect positively in generating refined comprehension of, and continued confidence in, the fundamental doctrinal convictions of the Church. As such, these papers supersede individual opinions; out-of-print publications, articles, and booklets; and past teachings and earlier understandings. As far as the papers themselves make possible, they should be used for doctrinal understanding and exposition. ”
Sound Familiar? The VERY thing the COG’S Claim! They teach that their teachings, books, booklets, articles, sermons, etc., etc, SUPERSEDE what was taught by Jesus Christ through Herbert W Armstrong! That you don’t need to read the “Old stuff”. NO NEED to study earlier understandings. They teach that what they produce SUPERSEDES the RESTORED Truth!
ALL The COG’S do this! ALL the actions of the COGS are traced back to the STP! Do you think that Satan hasn’t duped us ALL? (HE HAS, and we must REPENT!)
From:Worldwide News – Special Edition, 24th June 1985, Page 1
Recent History of the Philadelphia Era of the Worldwide Church of God
By: Herbert W Armstrong
“It had become custom to hold an annual ministerial conference of ministers at Pasadena headquarters. In the 1974 to 1977 conferences, these meetings had been marred by controversies over doctrinal issues.
Just before the January, 1978, conference I was determined to prevent doctrinal controversy. I was also due to leave on another ’round-the-world trip. I had decided to postpone the trip until after the conference in order to keep controversy out of the conference. But the one to be left in charge in my absence urged me to remain for the opening morning session, so that I could open the conference, and keep my departure at 12 noon, and he gave me his word no doctrines would be discussed in the conference, only administrative matters.
I agreed to this. I opened the conference, left immediately for the airport and had lunch on the plane. I was going first to Japan, then across the north pole to Europe, and into western Africa before returning to Pasadena.
I had not gotten very far out over the Pacific Ocean that afternoon, until in the afternoon session of the conference a voluminous printed work called “Systematic Theology Project,” or “STP” for short, was distributed to the ministry with specific instructions that this was a definite outline of basic Church doctrines, and no minister was to preach anything contrary to this treatise.
I knew absolutely nothing of this STP, or that it had been in preparation. It had been carefully concealed from me. It was a flagrant violation of the promise made to induce me to leave so this doctrinal change in Church teaching could be given to all ministers without my knowledge. I knew nothing of this STP in spite of claims made by others, until a copy was brought to me by some loyal ministers in late April or early May of 1978 when I then notified every minister in the world to return his copy immediately and ignore all its liberal doctrines and teachings.
It has come to my attention that some of the liberals, no longer members of God’s Church, have claimed that I did know of this infamous STP project. That is positively NOT TRUE. A few papers on one or two subjects, which were not liberal, had been brought to me in Tucson, Ariz., but no clear mention was made of the preparations under way for producing this STP project. None of the liberalized teachings in the STP were shown to me or approved by me at any time.
Some of these liberal ministers who worked on and produced the STP and the one who was in charge of executive administration in my absence were disfellowshipped and others left the Church.
At the time of the Feast of Tabernacles that fall, 1978, at a Festival held by one of these split-off liberals and a few who followed, in their own Feast of Tabernacles, a conspiracy was hatched to attack and destroy the Church by the legal process of a class action lawsuit. Some six or seven liberals, former members, signed the suit against the Church. This resulted in an ex parte order by a judge. Secretly without prior notice, deputies on order of the Attorney General’s office swooped down on the Church on the morning or Jan. 3, 1979. The ex parte order had been signed by a judge late the day before.”
From: Worldwide News – 9th July 1979, Page 1NON-TITHING IS STEALINGBy Herbert W. Armstrong
“I am simply heartsick that my son assumed power and authority neither Christ nor I gave him to WATER DOWN GOD’S TRUTH. In that infamous “STP” [Systematic Theology Project], paying tithes, which WE OWE to God, was changed to merely mean a little GIVING – IF we feel like it!”
From:Worldwide News, 20th Nov 1978 page 1HOW CHRIST GIVES THE CHURCH ITS BELIEFSBy Herbert W Armstrong
“OBSERVE SPECIALLY. This was not a matter, as did happen at Pasadena, of one of lower rank appointed by an apostle, while the apostle was in another part of the world, calling together a conference of ministers of various ranks – all under that apostle – and determining or changing doctrine – watering down God’s TRUTH – and sending it out, as the Systematic Theology Project (STP) was, claiming falsely and without authority that it was an authoritative doctrinal pronouncement!
In this case, it was PETER, chief apostle, who set the decision. The letter they then sent to the church at Antioch specified that this decision was inspired by the HOLY SPIRIT. PETER set it, James, local pastor acting as chairman of the meeting, confirmed Peter’s decision, making it OFFICIAL, inspired by the HOLY SPIRIT.”