avid C. Pack, self proclaimed Apostle of the Restored Church of God in Wadsworth, Ohio has been forced to edit an article in his Ambassador Youth Magazine about whether teens should or should not blog or have personal websites. The article went GLOBAL after bloggers got wind of it on WhatReallyHappened in an article entitled “An Open Letter to the Teens in the Restored Church of God.”
Now the offending article forbidding teen AND adult blogging and websites in the RCG, contains the following introduction in response to the nearly totally negative reaction expressed over the original article. It states…
“Welcome to AMBASSADOR YOUTH!
This magazine (www.thercg.org/youth/), along with realtruth.org and thercg.org, is part of the world’s largest biblical websites, which receive millions of visits and downloads each year.
The article you are about to read has received a tremendous response, ranging from those who agreed, those who liked parts of it, and others who took issue with the topic. As you read the article, please keep in mind that it was written specifically to the youth of The Restored Church of God, with the purpose of setting an internal policy.
While many religious organizations routinely set unbiblical internal policies for its membership (such as “dancing is prohibited” or “drinking is a sin”), The Restored Church of God sets policies founded on basic biblical principles as taught by Jesus Christ. In this case, our intent is to explain the widespread misuse of blogs.
Please feel free to browse our web pages and read the vast library of books, booklets, articles, magazines, reports, lessons and audio material we provide free of charge.”
May as well make lemonade out of lemons, I can hear them say. I remember one rather narcissistic lawyer telling me once that he didn’t care what anyone said about him, as long as they spelled his name right. He had been on 60 Minutes and came to this conclusion. In a similar way, the Apostle now is using the bad press the best one can in such cases by offering a look at even more of what he has to say on his vast blo…, I mean website, which of course is a truly legitimate use of the web. We’re talking truth here folks. No, we are talking the only Biblical opinion as given by the only true Church under the leadership of the one true end-time Apostle. While one is no longer told they can go to the world or the splinters (other fractured parts of what once used to be the Worldwide Church of God), you still can if you don’t like the edict, which still stands.
We see here that there is some offense over what was meant to be an “internal policy” becoming so public. One only need to point out that the reason it did was is that it was placed in the text of a publicly available youth magazine that the Apostle hopes everyone will want to read. Mr. Pack claims to have the largest Biblical blo…, I mean website, in the world, which of course is a prime example of what he means by “a legitimate business,” on the internet. Mr. Pack also notes that while many churches set unbiblical internal guidelines on such things as dancin’ and drankin’, this edict is clearly based on sound Biblical principles. They actually are many of the same “clear” Biblical principles the anti dancin’ and drankin’ crowd use. Just read the blogs, er writings, of such notables as Moses, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, King David of the Psalms, James, Peter, John or Paul for the backing you need to justify anything you wish to do or wish not for others to do.
The original article said, “”Let me emphasize that no one–including adults–should have a blog or personal website (unless it is for legitimate business purposes). When this policy, now being instituted, was discussed with Mr. Pack and other Headquarters ministers, there was not a shadow of doubt in anyone’s mind that blogs are something youth should not be doing in any way.As has been said before, Jesus Christ and His Church have standards. Those who desire fewer standards should go to the splinters or to the world.”