December 13, 2016
December 13th, 2016
Dear Brethren and Co-Workers with Christ,
Dr. Roderick C. Meredith, the Presiding Evangelist of Living Church of God, the sponsor of Tomorrow’s World telecast and magazine, has graciously asked me to write this letter to all of you co-workers. People often ask, “How is Dr. Meredith doing?” He is very much on top of things, but at age 86 he tires more quickly. Nevertheless, he drives himself and writes all articles under his name in our publications and continues to guide and direct this Work in preaching the true gospel of Jesus Christ to the world and warning of what is to come. He greatly appreciates your prayers.
As most of you are well aware, our world is in moral meltdown, and hardly a day goes by when we are not slapped in the face with this fact. Note this title from The Guardian: “French MPs vote to ban abortion websites that intimidate women.” The article then goes on to say, “The socialist government’s proposal seeks to criminalise any websites that deliberately mislead, intimidate or ‘exert psychological or moral pressure’ on a woman seeking information about terminating a pregnancy, with punishment of up to two years in prison and a €30,000 fine.” Of course, we would fully agree and condemn any attempt to “deliberately mislead” or “intimidate,” but the phrase, “exert psychological or moral pressure” is open to interpretation and troubling. Will telling the truth about the sanctity of life from a biblical perspective be classified as “moral pressure”? I think that we can see the dangers this presents to those who dare preach the truth in our “politically correct” world.
Another country that is taking the lead in abandoning biblical values is Canada. The government of Alberta earlier this year began a social engineering campaign to indoctrinate the province’s children with an LGBTQ agenda. As a November 1, 2016 CBC News story points out, the Alberta Teacher’s Association has picked up the baton with PRISM, a manuscript instructing teachers how to propagandize children in their grand social experiment. “A new toolkit to assist Alberta teachers with LGBTQ discussions is being slammed by critics for suggesting drag shows could be staged in schools and students be addressed as ‘comrades’ rather than boys and girls. Those are just two of the proposals in a 150-page document from the Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA). The ‘Prism Toolkit for Safe and Caring Discussions’ aims to help teachers create classrooms and curriculum that are more LGBTQ inclusive.”
It is suggested on page 101 of this toolkit that, “Students may want to invite local drag queens to come to the school to teach make-up and hair techniques.” This is only one of the more outrageous proposals, but it is perhaps the more subtle suggestions that are most dangerous. “Normalizing content can be more helpful than the token ‘gay’ lesson as it is embedded in our regular practice” (p. 115). No subject is left out. Everyday language and practice is to be transformed. Pronouns such as he, she, him, her, himself and herself are to be replaced with: ze, xe, per, zir, xem hir, xyrself, perself, etc. No my friends, these are not misspellings, but new pronouns being shoved down the throats of unsuspecting and vulnerable children who don’t understand what is being done!
Psychiatrist Dr. Miriam Grossman worked in the health services department at UCLA and witnessed firsthand the activism found in academia. She explains where this is headed in her powerful book, Unprotected: “Their goal is an androgynous culture, where the differences between male and female are discounted or denied, and the bond between them robbed of singularity” (p. xxi).
Ontario is another Canadian province in meltdown. “Up to four people will be able to be recognized as the parents of a child without a court order, if all parties entered into a written pre-conception agreement to be parents of the child together. The birth parent is required to be one of the parties to the agreement” (Ontario Newsroom, Nov. 29, 2016). This bill also changes the Children’s Law Reform Act and Vital Statistics Act to “use gender-neutral terminology, where possible.”
But it gets worse! The Grand Marshall for the Ottawa Gay Pride Parade this past year was a gender-confused boy who sees himself as a girl. As Dr. Michelle Cretella, president of the American College of Pediatricians, explained to LifeSiteNews, “This unfortunate 10-year-old child is being exploited by adult transgender activists in order to normalize their own mental illness and procure special rights.”
Many are blind to what is happening and are falling for the propaganda being pumped out by these activists and supported by a sympathetic news media, but these behaviors are NOT normal. A gullible public doesn’t realize how carefully crafted propaganda strategies are manipulating its thinking, and anyone who honestly disagrees with them is labeled “homophobic” or “homo-haters”! Such intimidation tactics are dishonest. The ones who truly hate are those who promote dangerous behaviors. Since when is it love to encourage someone to live in a nightmarish fantasy world?
One of America’s most respected psychiatrists is Dr. Paul McHugh, who is a University Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Regarding this subject, he explained in the Wall Street Journal: “The transgendered suffer a disorder of ‘assumption’ like those in other belief disorders familiar to psychiatrists. With the transgendered, the disordered assumption is that the individual differs from what seems given in nature—namely one’s maleness or femaleness. Other kinds of disordered assumptions are held by those who suffer from anorexia and bulimia nervosa, where the assumption that departs from physical reality is the belief by the dangerously thin that they are overweight.”
He also wrote: “Yet policy makers and the media are doing no favors either to the public or the transgendered by treating their confusions as a right in need of defending rather than as a mental disorder that deserves understanding, treatment and prevention. This intensely felt sense of being transgendered constitutes a mental disorder in two respects. The first is that the idea of sex misalignment is simply mistaken—it does not correspond with physical reality. The second is that it can lead to grim psychological outcomes” (WSJ, June 12, 2014).
And what are those “grim psychological outcomes”? Dr. McHugh points out that in a large comprehensive Swedish study, individuals who are 10 years out after going through reassignment surgery to satisfy their sad delusions have a rate of suicide 20 times higher than that of the average population! So is it hate or is it love to tell people the truth and try to get them needed help?
Yet every kind of unnatural behavior is being promoted among our children and grandchildren. God tells us through the writings of the Apostle Paul: “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind. . .” (Romans 1:28). J.B. Phillips translates this verse: “Moreover, since they considered themselves too high and mighty to acknowledge God, he allowed them to become the slaves of their degenerate minds, and to perform unmentionable deeds.”
In the introduction of PRISM, the toolkit for Alberta’s teachers to use in indoctrinating other people’s children, note this bizarre explanation: “Many acronyms are used, but the most recognizable and common is LGBTQ. While this acronym is useful and has important historical roots, it has been criticized for not being inclusive of all marginalized identities. A more inclusive version of that acronym is LGBTTTPQQAI+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Two-Spirit, Pansexual, Queer, Questioning, Asexual, Aromantic, Ally, Intersex, etc.…); however, this acronym can make conversations about this topic cumbersome. The Alberta Teachers’ Association uses Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) to be inclusive of all identities and ways of being. You will find this acronym throughout ATA materials. Materials adapted from outside sources may still use the LGBTQ acronyms or variations thereof. Outside of this resource, you may encounter other acronyms such as MOGAI (Marginalized Orientations, Gender Identities and Intersex) or QUILTBAG (Queer/Questioning, Undecided, Intersex, Lesbian, Trans (Transgender/Transsexual), Bisexual, Asexual, and/or Gay)” (p. 7).
Dear co-workers, can we not see where our world is headed? Can we not see that these are not normal times and that God’s patience will soon wear out? Can we not see that disaster lurks right over the horizon and that the storm clouds are building? Can we not see our need to turn fully to Him?
Many of you have been co-workers with us for many years. We cannot thank you enough for your faithfulness in helping us warn our nations of what is to come. But we deeply care for each of you and hope you will, if you haven’t already done so, take a step spoken of by the Apostle Paul by seeking to fellowship with people of like mind: “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:24-25).
The Living Church of God has congregations in many nations and cities around the world, and if you are willing to step out in faith to fully live the way the Bible instructs, we hope you will check us out. So whether you live near Sylva, North Carolina or Bismarck, North Dakota; Grande Prairie, Alberta or St. John’s, Newfoundland; Glasgow, Scotland or Hook, England—if you are receiving this letter it may be that there is a small congregation of people near you who believe as you do that the Bible is the living word of God, that it is to be obeyed, and that its prophecies are true.
Thank you, thank you for your support! We deeply care for you. We hope you will go all the way and be a part of the Kingdom of God at Christ’s return.
Sincerely, in Christ’s service,
Gerald E. Weston
P.S. All of us are very much looking forward to the special “live online” Sabbath service and to hearing Dr. Meredith’s live sermon that Sabbath, December 24, at 2 pm Eastern Time. This special Sabbath service will be broadcast live over the Internet, around the world, and will be simultaneously translated into both French and Spanish. Please pray for this event. And, although registration is not required, if you have not registered but do plan to watch online, it would help us in our preparation if you would register by clicking the links at either LCG.org or TomorrowsWorld.org.