You know, the really ironic thing is that Pope Joe and Cardinal Mike sat on their hands all through the fiasco of the eighties and early nineties.
The Apostle raved, and they joined in cheering.
Decent, honest people were purged, and they whistled and hooted.
These guys knew what was going on, and they assented.
Joe and Mike were active collaborators with evil.
Of course, now they've "seen the light." But only after it was convenient to do so.
And they've reformed the church, and now with a final coat of whitewash, even renamed it.
They reformed the doctrine, but not the structure.
One wonders why.
Sabbaths are out, Pastor Generals stay in.
The Trinity is in, but an elected Board with inbuilt checks and balances is locked out.
Financial transparency is shunned, but feel free to wave your arms at appropriate moments in services.
Sure, the church's teachings needed an overhaul: and a really radical overhaul. That's a no-brainer. But the church's hierarchical, oppressive structure needed dismantling even more.
It still does.
But there sits Joe in his comfy high-backed swivel chair, the third Pastor General.
BY WHAT RIGHT? By what MANDATE?
None, other than Daddy tapped him on the shoulder.
And Joe Senior? He was tapped on the shoulder by whom?
Herbert W. Armstrong.
To dress this up as some kind of episcopal governance is plain deceitful. This was, and continues to be, a top-down structure that spits in the faces of those that rally to it, even those who sacrifice hugely for it.
There is more accountability in the Roman Catholic communion than the post-Armstrong sect that Tkach and his buddies reign over.
Let's be clear, the name change illustrates just how Pope Joe operates.
Who suggested the name (initially something like Grace International Fellowship)?
All the "consultation" was pro forma. Window dressing. Rubber-stamping. Right from the start it was evident that Pope Joe the Petulant would have his way. You'd have had to be particularly dense not to realize that when Joe christened the church's post-graduate program "Grace Communion Seminary." Even a moron in a hurry could see the writing on the wall.
Joe Tkach is no better than Herbert Armstrong. In fact he's arguably worse, in a weak-kneed, underhanded way.
Those members who remain with WCG/GCI might well ponder what benefits now remain for continuing:
- to attend a church which denies them the rights of full members
- to fund a church which allows no meaningful participation in decision making
- to support a denomination which is now virtually indistinguishable from a thousand evangelical bodies, almost all of which carry less toxic baggage
- to financially contribute to a church which has a history of sub-standard financial accountability and undisclosed salaries