“I Don’t Care. I Go Forward.” RW Sermon May 3, 2008
Update: First one and a half hours of the sermon is transcribed here.
Shadows of WCG has the relevant quotes and a sermon summary here. Highlights include blaming the congregation for wanting to see something physical, apparently the church has lost membership after April 17th, and the claim that the church has remained steady at 300 members.
The church officially announced it had 311 members nine months ago, before its last concerted push leading up to the great tribulation. Thus, I’m not really sure what to make of this Saturday’s claim. Given the indications, it is likely that number could be lower than 300 now, and Weinland is just rounding up.
Weinland also makes mention that all the money they threw into Google (which was guesstimated to have been upwards of $5500 a month) ended up breaking the church, and apparently has now ended up being all for naught, as it didn`t draw in the millions and millions of fresh fish that Weinland expected. Weinland then promises to return the tithes to any who have regretted giving over and above their annual 10%. Here’s the catch: Members feeling such regrets must contact Weinland before Pentecost to get their money back.
Is this a crafty lead-in to “plan B”? Or just more prevaricating on Weinland’s part? Is Weinland drinking his own Kool-Aid or just handing it out? Regardless of what is apparent to those of us on the outside, the church may be already starting its own end-game, with the promises of returning donations that people are expressing regret for giving. Whether or not Weinland is at the helm of it all, or is being carefully guided by his elders into a planned series of sermons claiming repentance, remains to be seen.
Mike, from Don’t Drink the Flavor-Aid, posts an appeal to Weinland’s daughter, allegedly the business manager of the corporation: “Audra, Give Back the Money”. Mike issues an appeal to Daddy’s Little Bookkeeper to return the money that has been cashed out of tax-shelter programs (for which the members are going to be dinged, come income tax time, if they haven’t been so already), and without being contacted by any members expressing their regrets in doing so.
If Audra Weinland is indeed (as has been alleged) the business manager of the corporation, and if she has been (as we are surmising, given the traffic statistics for the various blogs) the one monitoring the bulk of the Internet chatter, will she step up to the plate and do this? Doubtful, as she is clearly benefiting from the spoils of spiritual war her father has already accumulated from the faithful few.
As Bereans Did asks the pertinent question, “Who Are the 144,000?” For any members of Weinland’s group who may have believed they could buy their spot among god’s special chosen elect, they are either in for a nasty shock, or they are (shockingly) starting their own rumblings within the organization, and it has nothing to do with thunders or the great tribulation that hasn’t materialized. Also don’t miss the excellent rant from ABD, “Are You God’s Prophet or NOT Ron?”
Never mind Rotten Ron, methinks Junior might be starting to get a little antsy: We, the “lost generation” are all grown up—and all the carrion crows are coming home to roost. Junior better get himself a bird-repellent umbrella.