With the absolute clarity of the doctrine of Solo Scritpura and the obvious perspicuity of scripture yet another new fruit of the rebellion of the Protestant Reformation is bearing fruit, clearly this was another of the apocalypse doomsday sects which makes their living out of scaring the heck out of their followers about the impending 2nd coming, seems contradictory to be wanting the second coming then at the same time not trusting in scriptures words not to have cares or troubles but instead to be so struck by terror of it they stock pile water and provisions…anyway here is the story;
"The Living Church of God, based in Charlotte, N.C., places a strong emphasis on using world events to prove the end of the world is near.
The church branch that met in Brookfield was started by Randy Gregory, who moved his family from Texas to Gurnee, Ill., five years ago
Terry Ratzmann, the man who police say killed seven people and then himself during a church service, was a member of the Living Church of God, a denomination that focuses on "end-time’’ prophecies.
The church’s estimated 6,300 members in 40 countries place a strong emphasis on using world news to "prove’’ that these are end times, to be followed by Christ’s second coming.
This year, the group’s leader, Dr. Roderick C. Meredith, wrote that events prophesied in the Bible are "beginning to occur with increasing frequency.’’
"We are not talking about decades in the future. We are talking about Bible prophesies that will intensify within the next five to 15 years of your life,’’ he wrote in the church’s magazine, Tomorrow’s World.
He advised members to gather emergency food supplies and follow government instructions on how to prepare for an emergency. He also warned about a coming "financial emergency’’ and cited an article from the San Francisco Chronicle about the financial fallout as baby boomers retire.
The Charlotte, N.C.-based Living Church of God grew out of a schism in the Worldwide Church of God, formed in 1933 as the Radio Church of God by Herbert W. Armstrong. Armstrong, an Oregon advertising man, preached that Anglo-Americans were Jews, descendants of the lost "ten tribes of Israel.’’
The Worldwide Church of God changed their doctrine after Armstrong’s death in 1986, but more than half the membership withdrew and formed splinter groups.
Meredith and Raymond McNair led one of the numerous groups that broke away, forming what was then called the "Global Church of God’’ in 1992 to perpetuate Armstrong’s original teachings.
Armstrong’s followers worshipped Saturday mornings, as Ratzmann did, and often rented facilities rather than erecting its own buildings. Adherents believe in faith healing and strict opposition to divorce, among other things. Members are told to shun worldly involvements, including politics, military service or participation in juries.