CoG-PKG FoT 2005: Feast Report From Former Member of CoG-PKG
An eyewitness report from the Feast of Tabernacles 2005, as experienced by the Church of God, Preparing for the Kingdom of God.
“…..It was during this visit [Spring 2005] that we had a conversation with Weinland concerning his adaptation of the baptismal beliefs.…..And he matter-of-factly told us that anyone baptized at this time would not achieve the same “status” as members baptized years earlier we were very surprised and taken-aback at such a blatantly Unbiblical belief……Weinland brushed us off with essentially a “accept what I’ve said” PERIOD. No arguing. After a few more attempts [to argue the point with Weinland citing scriptures], we finally decided this was one of those “agree to disagree” situations.
Over that summer  Weinland suffered his heart attack. This was alarming to us as we felt that an event like that should cause a person to wonder if God is “telling them something.” Yet we saw no evidence of self-examination in Weinland’s actions or behavior.
As the Feast approached, we were beginning to have other little niggling feelings that something was just not right, yet we had no other place to go for the Feast and so we packed up and traveled to Tennessee. The Feast that awaited us was like nothing we have experienced before or since.
The first thing that struck us was an overwhelming “deadness” in the members. One of the buzz words among splinters is a “sleeping” state of members in some COGs. To us, it appeared as if Weinland’s members were also asleep, but in a very different way. It was startling and unsettling when we began to actually spend time with some members. They seemed to almost be in trances.
As the Feast began we were again startled to learn that almost every sermon would be delivered by Weinland and Weinland alone – and he had an important agenda at this Feast. [Feast of Tabernacles 2005]
There would be no encouraging and motivating sermons about the World Tomorrow or the Milennium. No…the plan for this Feast was to share with the members Weinland’s newest doctrinal understanding. The humanization of Jesus Christ – another of Weinland’s “Pet Doctrines.”
It seems that Christ was NOT the God of the Old Testament, but did not exist until he was born to Mary.
What followed after this initial revelation was what we affectionately call the “NOT ONE WORD” sermon, where the members were sternly admonished not to verbalize ONE WORD of dissention or disagreement amonst ourselves. He threatened immediate removal of anyone disobeying this directive.
Weinland then proceeded to utilize the entire Feast to pitch his new doctrine. We learned that this was actually a long-held belief of his and he had never accepted or even taught the WCG’s doctrine about Jesus Christ’s God-head position. He covered all the bases, telling us that the translation of certain pertinent verses was flawed and that lay members could not possibly hope to understand scripture of this magnitude without the help of educated ministers such as himself. [Weinland was “educated” at the Bricket Wood campus of Ambassador College, the unaccredited Worldwide Church of God college]
As the Feast continued, we [were] dismayed and saddened by what we witnessed in the brethren around us. At first there was general shock and surprise as everyone reacted to the new “understanding.” Very few would actually talk about their thoughts about the matter except to say that they were fervently “praying for understanding” and “praying for enlightenment.” There was a bit of unsettlement as these “entranced” members seemed to be struggling with accepting the new doctrine. It was almost as if some of them “woke up” a bit ~ but it was short-lived. As the days of the Feast passed, the majority breathed a collective sigh of relief as they GOT IT and settled back into their blind stupors.
[We] continued to attend the Feast, but as the members around us scribbled madly in their notebooks, we scribbled madly to refute every point he presented. It wasn’t hard.