I have wanted to do the post about this topic for some time since it is one of the popular allegations against the Church of God (WMSCOG). Cult experts call this “deceptive recruitment”. For the original article, click on here.
How much can you really explain in the first encounter?
Church of God does not just tell people what to do. We explain them why we do the things the way we do. For example, we do not just say that we have to go to church on Saturday, the biblical Sabbath but the reason why we are going church on that day. That covers the origin of the Sabbath, its blessings, prophecies, history, etc. In order to explain the Sabbath which is one of our most basic teachings properly, it takes more than 40 minutes. Explaining about second coming Christ takes much more time. We go through many prophecies such as the prophecy of King David, and Melchizedek in order to testify about Him properly. Then how can everything be explained in the first study? Slanderers speak as if the Church of God is hiding something but we are not hiding but explaining properly. We just have a lot to explain and therefore we need more time.
Even Jesus did not explain everything in the first encounter
When Jesus preached to disciples, did he say everything at the first counter? No. Let’s see the following cartoon from thetruewmscog.com.
Matthew 9:9 As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.
The only thing Jesus was to follow me. To Peter, he said a little more.
Matt 4:19 “Come, follow me”, Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”
The only thing is Jesus said was to follow him and he would make them the fishers of men. Jesus lived with them for 3 years and taught them all the truth of the kingdom of heaven. After that, he told his disciples to go and make disciples of all nations.
Matt 28:19-20 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you…
If it took years for Jesus to teach disciples the truth, can everything be taught at the first counter? Please ask yourself.
It takes to learn something
Let’s say you want to be a lawyer. Can you learn everything about the law in one day? Or let’s say you want to be a doctor. Can you learn everything about medical science in one day? Of course not because there are so many things to learn. How would you react if someone complains to a law professor that he did not teach him everything in the first class? You would not think that person is normal. It is the same with the Bible. It takes time to understand the truth of God in depth and just like law and medical science there is a lot of learn. If you want to learn about the World Mission Society Church of God, please take some time and visit the church in person. I’m sure you will understand very clearly about the church and its teachings.