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What is faith? Can faith be increased? What about what happened with John the Baptist and Job? What did Jesus teach? What is the biblical definition of faith? What about faith and works? Can you prove that God exists? Are you supposed to have blind faith? What did the Apostles Paul, James, and Peter teach? Why do people lack faith? Is faith a feeling?

A free online booklet of related interest is available titled "Faith for Those God has Called and Chosen" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/FaithforthoseGodhasCalledandChosen.pdf

Is Satan immortal? Is it accurate to equate spiritual life with eternal life? Does he have eternal life? Or will he perish? Richard Close examines many scriptures indicating that Satan's final fate has been revealed.

In this sermon, Dr. Thiel answers questions that have been submitted to the Church of God on many topics, such as:

Does the biblical prohibition against eating blood mean one cannot eat rare meat?
Satan: Immortal or Destructible?
What about casting lots?
Did Jephthah kill his daughter?
Is it better not to vow than to not fulfill one?
Was it only the Jews who were God's chosen people?
Are Christians begotten now?
Ar Christians born again at the resurrection?
Was Jesus equal to the Father?
Does the Star of David have a pagan connection?
What is a soul?
Do the reign of some kings contradict each other?
Is literature available in languages other than English?
Do we discard non-food items for the Days of Unleavened Bread?
What are the names of leavening agents?
What are commonly used ingredients that are not leavening agents?

Dr. Thiel goes through scriptures, facts, COG documents, opinions, and historical information to provide answers.

Details regarding being born again and being begotten are in the article titled "Born Again: A Question of Semantics?" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/born.htm

The 'Martyrdom of Polycarp states, "The church of God which sojourns at Smyrna to the Church of God which sojourns in Philomelium and to all the congregations of the Holy and Catholic Church in every place … the elect, of whom this most admirable Polycarp was one, having in our own times been an apostolic and prophetic teacher, and bishop of the Catholic Church which is in Smyrna." What type of Catholic was Polycarp: Roman, Eastern Orthodox, or Church of God? Did he have apostolic succession from the Apostle John or Paul? How long did he live? What did he teach? What his associates like Papias or successors like Melito and Polycrates? Did he keep Passover or Easter? Did he keep the Sabbath and biblical holy days or Christmas? Was he trinitarian or binitarian? Did he endorse the Ten Commandments? Did he denounce anti-millennialists like Marcion of Pontus and trinitarians like Valentinus? Did Polycarp know the books of the New Testament? Did he teach in accordance with scripture? Did he not heed the changes from Roman Bishop Anicetus (now known as Pope Anicetus I). Did Polycarp teach doctrines that were later condemned by the Roman and Eastern Orthodox Catholic churches? Was there succession from the See of Ephesus which might also be called the See of Smyrna? Is there a church today with the same basic teachings and commitments to scripture that Polycarp of Smyrna held to? Dr. Thiel address these issues and more.

A free online book of related interest is available titled "Beliefs of the Original Catholic Church" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/Original-Catholic-Beliefs.pdf

Are you willing to accept the truth about the Bible and church history? What is the Church? Does the Continuing Church of God meet the Vatican's written requirements for being a church? What is the most common name of the church in the New Testament? Are Christians supposed to contend for the original faith or one that (according to Benedict XVI) which resulted in "an irreversible turn" by people like Origen of Alexandria? Do you have sufficient "love of the truth" (2 Thessalonians 2:10) to "prove all things and hold fast that which is good" (1 Thessalonians 5:21)? Where were believers first called Christians? Does the Bible call the church holy? Did second century writers often use the expression Church of God? When do we first see the use of the expression "catholic church"? Was the original "catholic church" used in relationship to Rome or Smyrna of Asia Minor? What do we learn from the writings of Ignatius of Antioch and the 'Martyrdom of Polycarp' (written by the Smyrnaeans)? When Pionius of Smyrna used the referred to the Catholic Church could that have been a reference to Rome or the 'Eastern Orthodox' church in Alexandria? In the early third century were Asia Minor and Antioch in fellowship/communion with the major churches in Rome and Alexandria? Did the Nazarenes that Jerome and Epiphanius wrote of accept the Councils of Nicea and Constantinople which were convened by Roman emperors (including the unbaptized Emperor Constantine)? Did anyone ever write of the "Catholic Church of God"? Did Church of God Christians use the term "catholic church" throughout history, even after Emperor Theodosius restricted it and called them insane and madmen? Is the Continuing Church of God like the Protestants or does the Continuing Church of God really have ties to the original apostles? Dr. Thiel addresses these subjects and more.

A free online book of related interest is available titled "Beliefs of the Original Catholic Church" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/Original-Catholic-Beliefs.pdf

The Bible says God is love. The Bible says the Father sent Jesus to die because of love. If God's plan is all about love, how can you develop it? Is God's character one of love? What about the tests and trials we go through--are they proof that God does or does not love us? What about loving God? What about loving your neighbor? Does loving one's neighbor involve both the physical and the spiritual? Does God love everyone enough to offer salvation to all, either in this age and the age to come? What are some of the connections between the Ten Commandments and love? Did Herbert W. Armstrong's book, The Mystery of the Ages, teach about character and love? Were actual Church of God Christians expected to have their love grow cold in the end times? Will your love wax cold? Was Philadelphia to continue? What does Laodicea mean? What is the love chapter? What about lack of natural affection? How can you develop more love, more compassion? Do prayer, Bible study, and meditation help? Did a disciple with little compassion change and teach a lot about love? Did the Apostle John's disciple, Polycarp of Smyrna, teach about love? Do you want to know how can you have true love? Dr. Thiel addresses these issues and more.

A written article of related interest is available titled "God's Plan: It's All About Love " URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/gods-plan-all-about-love.htm

What is sin? Why do people sin? Are any sins pleasurable? Are sins some type of arbitrary set of rules God imposed to stop people from enjoying life? Are all of God's commandments righteousness? Is the purpose of the commandments love? What about the 'mystery of iniquity,' the mystery of lawlessness? Are many moderns violating and reasoning around the Ten Commandments like the Pharisees of old because of their traditions? Were the Ten Commandments done away? How does God look at sin? What about comparing sins? Is bad behavior excused because everyone is doing it? Is not having faith sin? Are there sins of omission? Are people actually sinning if they are not doing good? Should you repent and confess your sins? Do you need the blood of Jesus for the forgiveness of sins? What about penance? Are there reasons you should hate sin? What about small sins and 'white lies'? How can you sin less? Dr. Thiel addresses these and more in this sermon.

A written article of related interest is available titled "
What is Sin? How Can You Sin Less?" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/sin.htm

How does the Continuing Church of God (CCOG) spend the tithes and offerings it receives? How much did its income change over the prior year? What does the Bible teach about ministerial salaries? Does the New Testament teach support of the poor brethren? Does the CCOG spend too much on Africa and Haiti? What about literature, radio, videos, animations, online platforms, Europe, and administrative expenses? Why doesn't Dr. Thiel or his wife Joyce take a salary? This short sermon addresses those and provides details behind the following spending:

Internet proclamation 6.21%
Printed publications 27.00%
Video and animation production 2.75%
Foreign final phase of the work 7.92%
Future projects 3.80%
US Feast of Tabernacles’ costs and US travel 1.90%
Administration and legal expenses 0.74%
Salaries, health insurance, and retirement plans for US leaders 0.00%
Support to Europe 2.13%
Support to or for Africa, Haiti, and the Philippines 47.55%

Here is a link to the CCOG Donations page: https://www.ccog.org/donations/

A written article of related interest titled: "How does the Continuing Church of God spend the tithes and offerings it receives? is available at: https://www.ccog.org/how-does-the-continuing-church-of-god-spend-the-tithes-and-offerings-it-receives/

Are there any ties between Hindu, Jewish, biblical, and early Christian, understandings of prophecy? Is it possible that the end of the 5000 year 'Kali Yuga' in 2025 coincides with the end of the 6000 years of humanity's rule? Or is it possible that it could closely coincide with the start of the Great Tribulation? Does the Bhagwan Kalki of Hindu prophecies have resemblances to the warring European King of the North Beast power? Have Hindus tied a rider of a white horse with the white horse of the apocalypse (Book of Revelation)? Why could India accept a revised and compromised form of Roman Catholicism? Do Hindu prophecies allow the possibility of following the European Beast and False Prophet (Antichrist)? What are some of the comments from Roman Catholic and Hindu leaders related to interfaith dialogue? What about the pilgrim statue of Fatima? Will God call all Indians? What about the Kingdom of God, White Throne Judgment, first resurrection, two witnesses, Satan's influence, and the second resurrection? Might Indians (such as from India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka) support the prophesied 200,000,000 man army and fight against the Beast? Could the Great Tribulation begin in 2025 or 2026? Might the last days of scripture point to Jesus' return by 2031? What is God's plan for the Indians of the east? Dr. Thiel addresses these issues and more.

A free online book of partially related interest is available titled "
Universal OFFER of Salvation, Apokatastasis: Can God save the lost in an age to come? Hundreds of scriptures reveal God’s plan of salvation" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/universal-offer-of-salvation-apokatastasis.pdf

Was the New Testament originally written in Aramaic, Hebrew, or Greek? Did Jesus speak Syriac Aramaic or could the Peshitta be, as Assyrian Church of the East patriarch Shimun XXIII Eshai asserted in 1957, "the language spoken by our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and that the Peshitta is the text of the Church of the East which has come down from the Biblical times without any change or revision" ? What about Rylands Library Papyrus P52? What about P66 and P137? Are there over 5800 ancient Greek fragments of the New Testament? Were most of the books of the New Testament addressed to native Greek speakers? Did early church writers write in Greek, Hebrew, or Aramaic? Are there 'contradictions' in the Greek that the Aramaic does not have? Were the Aramaic translators unbiased? When is the earliest Aramaic manuscript dated? Does the New Testament show the Apostle Paul speaking in Hebrew? Did Paul and Luke know Greek? Dr. Thiel addresses these and other questions in this sermon.

A free online book that covers much of what the sermon covered (and more) is titled "Who Gave the World the Bible? The Canon: Why do we have the books we now do in the Bible? Is the Bible complete?" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/BibleCanon.pdf

A more detailed article on the language of the New Testament is also available titled "Was the New Testament Written in Greek, Hebrew, or Aramaic?" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/greek-aramaic-hebrew-new-testament.htm

In Mark 13:37 and Luke 21:36, Jesus tells His followers to watch world events that will precede His coming. In this sermon, Dr. Thiel goes over 21 items to watch in 2021 and pointed out events that were related to them in 2020. Dr. Thiel goes through the following list of items to watch in 2021:

1. Scoffers in the Last Days
2. Morality Prophecies Being Fulfilled
3. Media, Internet, and Other Censorship
4. Weather Sorrows and Troubles
5. Earthquakes
6. The White Horse of the Apocalypse
7. Strife and the Red Horse of War
8. Trade
9. The Deal of Daniel 9:27
10. Knowledge Increasing
11. Debt
12. US Dollar Dominance will Decrease
13. Cash and 666
14. Gold
15. Europe Will Work to Reorganize
16. Europe Will Have a Great Army
17. Steps Towards the Formation of the King of the South Will Occur
18. The Time of the Gentiles will Lead to Armageddon
19. Jews Ready to Sacrifice
20. Fulfillment of Matthew 24:14 and 28:19-20
21. Unrest, Terror, and the Dividing of the USA

Dr. Thiel goes over prophetic scriptures (in 2 Timothy, Habakkuk, Amos, Daniel, Matthew, Mark, Romans, Revelation, Isaiah, 2 Corinthians, Psalms), including those that must be fulfilled before the start of the Great Tribulation as well as others that also need to be fulfilled before Jesus returns.

A written article of related interest is also available titled "21 items to prophetically watch in 2021" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/2021prophecies.html

Has there been 8 years of Philadelphian restoration in the Continuing Church of God? What has happened over the past 8 years. What happened in 2020? Was there any interference from censorship by Vimeo or YouTube? What are the plans for the future? Has God poured out His Spirit in the last days consistent with the Apostle Peter's sermon in Acts 2:17-18? Has the CCOG taken more seriously performing the teachings of Deuteronomy 31:10-12 and Matthew 28:19-20 than any other COG that Dr. Thiel had been affiliated with? Is CCOG going through open doors? What about Africa? Does the CCOG now have Spanish language videos? How large is the CCOG? Is the CCOG the fastest growing xWCG organization in the 21st century? What has been going on with websites, videos, personal visits, literature, and youth programs? What about false statements from anti-COG types? Has CCOG been restoring more knowledge of God's plan (cf. Matthew 17:11)? What about preparing for the short work (Romans 9:28), the full number of Gentiles (Romans 11:25), and leading the final phase of the work? Do Laodiceans seem to have a race problem? Are there any future plans for radio? How many languages are available at the CCOG.org website? Why did CCOG acquire CG7.org? Why has CCOG put together a lengthy apostolic succession list? Does the CCOG expect that some of it members will 'instruct many'? Should Philadelphians support CCOG?

A written article of related interest is available ""CCOG 2020 Hindsight: 8 Years of Philadelphian Restoration URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/ccog-eight.html

The New Testament teaches that Christians are to "contend earnestly" (NKJV) or "fight hard" (NJB) for the faith given once for all of God's saintly people (Jude 3). Was Christmas part of the original faith? Did early Christians observe Jesus' birthday? Did the custom of gift giving come from the 'three wise men' or from pagan observances? Did Tertullian of Alexandria warn that Greco-Romans who professed Christianity were compromising with the heathen by participating in idolatrous observances such as Saturnalia in the winter? Does 1 Timothy 6:1 apply for pagan holidays? What about 2 Corinthians 6:15-17? What about the 12 days of Yuletide? Was it possible that the census of Luke 2 was performed in the winter or the shepherds out in the field with their flocks then? What does impossible mean? What days were observed by original early Christians? Are they mentioned anywhere in the Bible? When was December 25th adopted? Was that at all related to Emperor Constantine, Mithraism, and the Sol Deus Invictus? What about Santa Claus and lying to children? What about the use of trees in worship? Was it right for people to incorporate non-biblical traditions that the pagans used? Should Rome have compromised or urged separation from heathen practices for its converts? Jesus said, "God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth" (John 4:24)--does Christmas observance do that? Dr. Thiel addresses these matters and more in this sermon.

A written article of related interest is available titled "What Does the Roman Catholic Church Teach About Christmas and the Holy Days?" URL: https://cogwriter.com/christmas.htm

Where is we get the New Testament in English? What was the involvement of John Wycliffe and William Tyndale? What about the Great Bible and the Geneva Bible? Is the best New Testament text the Traditional Text? Were the Apostles Paul, Peter, and John involved in putting together the New Testament? Were the canons passed on to Polycarp of Smyrna from the Apostle John? Did those of Philipi and Ephesus (like Polycrates) know them in the second century? What about Serapion of Antioch in the third century? Was Lucian of Antioch involved in what became known as the Textus Receptus? What about the proto-Waldenses and actual Waldensians? Was the translation of the King James Version of the Bible inspired by God? Does the Authorized Version have translation errors? What about hell, Gehenna, and Hades? Did Erasmus originally include the trinitarian addition to 1 John 5:7-8? What do scholars and historical records (like the Codex Sinaiticus) show about the "Johannine comma'? Does the 'A Faithful Version" always get the gender of the Holy Spirit correct? Is there a perfect translation into English that is always 100% reliable? Which translations into English use the best original manuscripts? Did many Protestant translators since Westcott and Hort use inferior Egyptian/Alexandrian New Testament texts instead of the more reliable Byzantine/Syriac Tradition Text/Textus Receptus? What about Nestle-Alland? What is a paraphrase and what can one be good for? Why does the Continuing Church of God often use the New King James Version? What is something superior about the AFV, KJV, NKJV, MEV, YLT, GLT, and Interlinear Bible over the ASV, HCSB, NAB, NIV, NRSV, and NWT versions? What about Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Jehovah's Witness', and other Bibles? Has the true Church of God maintained a chain of custody of the Bible since the death of the last apostle? Dr. Thiel address these and more in this sermon.

A related free online book is available titled "Who Gave the World the Bible? The Canon: Why do we have the books we now do in the Bible? Is the Bible complete?" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/BibleCanon.pdf

Philip of Bethesda was one of the original twelve apostles. What were the circumstances around his calling? Why could he be called "doubting Philip"? Did he keep biblical holy days such as Pentecost and Passover on the 14th of Nisan? Was he martyred in Hierapolis? Did his later successor in that region, Apollinaris, push for the same doctrines? What do the Bible and certain post-biblical documents say about him? Dr. Thiel addresses these issues.

A written article of related interest is available titled "The Apostle Philip of Hierapolis" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/apostle-philip.htm

In this sermon, Dr. Thiel answers questions that have been submitted to the Church of God on many topics, such as:

What about using expressions like gosh and OMG?
Can Europe get together?
Is mercy killing (euthanasia) allowable?
What about stopping medical life support?
Is it alright to become pregnant during this time?
Why aren't you supposed to boil a goat kid in its mother's milk?
Did Ezekiel see the throne of God?
Can you participate in gambling games of chance?
Is bankruptcy acceptable?
Should Christians avoid gelatin?
What does "until Shiloh comes" mean?
Did Jacob engineer selective breeding?
Where did the Germans come from?
Is Germany the Assyria of biblical prophecy?
Where is the location of Golgotha, the site of Jesus' execution?
Was Jonah swallowed by some type of great fish?
Did Jesus observe any national holidays, like Hanukkah?
What is the CCOG position on vaccines?

Dr. Thiel goes through scriptures, facts, COG documents, opinions, and historical information to provide answers.

Were most of the New Testament books written from Asia Minor? Which ones? Do any scholars accept that the "Apostolic Canon of scripture first formed ... in Asia Minor"? Was it the Church of God and not the Church of Rome? Is it possible that the Church of God in Asia Minor had the New Testament canon from the beginning? Is there any historical evidence suggesting that the Apostle John passed the knowledge of the canon to Polycarp of Smyrna? What about the Harris Fragments? What about the Didache, 1 Clement (Letter to the Corinthians from the Romans), and the Murtorian Canon? Was there 'a chain of custody' of the New Testament books from the apostles to Polycarp? Did Polycarp quote the Hebrew, Byzantine, or Alexandrian text while quoting Matthew? Did Ignatius, Polycarp, Polycrates, and Serapion show that the Churches of God in Asia Minor and Antioch had the scriptures handed down from the apostles? Was that confirmed by Melito, Irenaeus and Tertullian? Did the 'Nazarenes' have the Old and New Testaments? Did the 405 A.D. 'canon' list from Roman pontiff Innocent I leave out the Book of Hebrews as scripture? If the "Catholic church gave the world the Bible," which "catholic church" was most involved? Where did Jerome get his information on the correct books of the canon? Were the Waldensians involved in the preservation of the Textus Receptus? Who gave the world the Bible?

A free related online book is also available titled "Who Gave the World the Bible? The Canon: Why do we have the books we now do in the Bible? Is the Bible complete?" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/BibleCanon.pdf

The Church of Rome teaches about a place of punishment that comes after death to believers who have not truly repented of "venial sins" or who have not paid the "temporal punishment" for sins called Purgatory. The Continuing Church of God, Eastern Orthodox Church, and most Protestants do not teach the purgatorial doctrine. Is the idea of the "great news of Purgatory," the "gospel of Purgatory" the true gospel of the kingdom? Does the Bible teach the idea of a place called purgatory or does it teach about a restoration (Greek: apokatastasis)? Does the Bible teach Purgatory? What about 1 Peter 3:19, 1 Peter 4:6, and 1 Corinthians 3:15? What did early Christians believe? Does 2 Clement contradict the notion of Purgatory? Should we rely on visions purportedly given to Thecla and Perpetua in the late second century? Was Purgatory part of the original faith or was in added later after 'Origenism' was condemned by the Greco-Roman Council of Constantinople in 543 A.D.? Could that have led to the doctrine of Purgatory? Where did Purgatory come from? What did the Roman Pope 'Gregory the Great' teach about it? Was Purgatory condemned by some called Cathari, Albigensian, and Waldensian? Did Greco-Roman saints such as Gregory of Nyssa and Gregory of Nazianzus teach apocatastasis? Was Purgatory a factor in the "great schism of 1054" between the Roman and Eastern Orthodox Catholic churches? Did the God of love make the "pain of Purgatory, ... {to surpass} all the pains of this life" as Thomas Aquinas taught? Does the Bible teach universalism? Did Anne Catherine Emmerich have a vision of Purgatory? Has Pope Francis indicated God will save all? Will God offer salvation to everyone? Can purchasing indulgences reduce the amount of "temporal punishment" people supposedly in Purgatory are to receive? Did Plato and Jesus condemn something like that? What about the Apostle Peter? Does the Bible support Purgatory or Apocatastasis?

Related literature includes the free online article "Did the Early Church Teach Purgatory?" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/purgatory.htm and the free online book "Universal OFFER of Salvation, Apokatastasis: Can God save the lost in an age to come? Hundreds of scriptures reveal God’s plan of salvation" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/universal-offer-of-salvation-apokatastasis.pdf

In this sermon Dr. Thiel goes over information related to the New Testament (NT) and answers questions many want to know. Are there really only 27 books of the NT? Was the New Testament predicted in the Old Testament? Was the New Testament intended to be published? Could the New Testament been canonized in the first century A.D.? When were the New Testament books written? What about the role of Mark, Peter, Paul, and John? Were the four gospels known in the first or second century? Is Rylands P52 the oldest known NT manuscript? Is the Byzantine text more accurate than the Alexandrian text? Which is the 'Traditional Text'? What about the so-called Received Text (Textus Receptus)? Did Desiderius Erasmus make revisions to his 1516 text? Where did the Stephens 1550 text come from? Did the Apostle John lead the true Church of God from Ephesus? How do we know approximately when the Apostle John wrote the Book of Revelation? How do we know approximately when the Apostle John died? Does the NT itself give clues on how it was put together?

A free online book of related interest is available titled "Who Gave the World the Bible? The Canon: Why do we have the books we now do in the Bible? Is the Bible complete?" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/BibleCanon.pdf

Do we have a complete Bible? What about the so-called 'lost books' of the Bible? Do you know much about them or what any of them teach? Were some books not accepted in order to suppress women as the best selling book "The DaVinci Code' states? What are pseudepigrapha? Can we rely on the Urantia Book, Book of Jasher, Book of Enoch, or the Book of Jubilees? Are any accepted by groups like the Ethiopian Coptic Orthodox? What about the Gospels of Peter, Thomas, or Mary Magdalene? What did Polycarp, Polycrates, and Serapion teach related to the scriptures? What about the Qu'ran? What about the Book of Mormon? Dr. Thiel answers these questions and more and reads passages from many of the claimed 'lost books of the Bible.'
A free online book of related interest is available titled "Who Gave the World the Bible? The Canon: Why do we have the books we now do in the Bible? Is the Bible complete?" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/BibleCanon.pdf

This sermon is the last in a series covering the entire Book of Ecclesiastes. In it, Dr. Thiel begins with chapter 9 and goes over all the verses until the end of the 12th and last chapter. Topics covered include living joyfully, money answering all, giving, youth, human work, the work of God, laziness, the day of small things, aspects of marriage, worry, seeking first the kingdom, responding to God, accepting Jesus, 'the whole duty of man' (KJV), God's commandments, Solomon, the patience of the saints during the time of the Beast and Antichrist, and the reason that God made humans.

A written article of related interest is available titled "Ecclesiastes: Scriptures and Commentary" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/ecclesiastes.htm

What is the Masoretic Text? Did it only exist starting 916 A.D. or is there proof of it a thousand or more years earlier? Is the Greek Septuagint an improvement to the text God originally inspired in Hebrew? What is a jot and tittle in Aramaic? Do the Dead Sea Scrolls found in Qumran support the Masoretic Text? What about the Great Isaiah Scroll? Was the Masoretic Text meticulously counted and checked? Do the silver scrolls, the Ketef Hinnom, of the 6th/7th century B.C. support the Masoretic Text for the Book of Numbers? What about the En-Gedi scroll citing Leviticus? Were any possibly associated with the Church of God, like Lucian of Antioch involved in textual support for what became the Textus Receptus? How about Pre-Waldensians or the Waldensians themselves? In addition to addressing these issues, Dr. Thiel addresses other issues pointing to the reliability of the Old Testament books used by the Continuing Church of God.
A free online book of related interest is available titled 'Who Gave the World the Bible? The Canon: Why do we have the books we now do in the Bible? Is the Bible complete?' URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/BibleCanon.pdf

Continuing Church of God (CCOG) evangelist Evans Ochieng was originally a Seventh-day Adventist before becoming part of the old Worldwide Church of God. After the apostasy hit the old WCG, he became a host in the old Global then Living Church of God, before going elsewhere. In November 2013, after reviewing CCOG websites and literature, he asked to be part of CCOG. He came in with 260 people and now oversees 4,000 in Kenya, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, South Sudan, Zambia, Tanzania, and Uganda. Yet, various ones, such as some connected to the anti-COG Banned by HWA website have promoted lies about him. What do scriptures say about addressing claims of fools? In this sermonette video, Dr. Thiel dispels some of the lies that have been falsely stated about Evans Ochieng and provides truth for those interested in it.

A written article of related interest is also available titled " Banned promotes lies about evangelist Evans Ochieng and CCOG" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/news/cog-news/banned-promotes-lies-about-ccog-evangelist-evans-ochieng/

Thyatira is the 4th of the seven churches listed in Revelation 1:11--did any part of it use the 4th lighted lampstand as a symbol? The Thyatira church era seems to have been predominant from c. 1050 to c. 1600 A.D. Jesus had the Apostle John write about it in Revelation 2:18-29. Those of Thyatira were to holding fast until Jesus came. But they had problems compromising with 'Jezebel.' Does anything in the message to Thyatira equate to the Greco-Roman and Protestant churches? Those of the Thyatira era were called names like Paulicians, Bogomils, Vaudois, Cathars, Patarenes, Albigenses, Publicans, Lombardists, Henricans, Waldensians, Petrobrusians, Insabbati, and even Anabaptists, though they tended to refer to themselves as Church of God Christians. Were all with those names true Christians or only a minority? Did the Roman Catholics teach the "person of Christ," while the Waldenes taught the "doctrine of Christ"? Did they teach against Sunday, Easter, and Christmas? They claimed to have a list of apostolic succession starting with the original apostles into the 16th century, and essentially claimed that they did not come from the Church of Rome, but their succession came from the original Greek church (like Antioch). Were many in Thyatira subject to persecution, including the Spanish Inquisition? Did any in India claim apostolic succession from the Apostle Thomas and/or people in the Greek regions of Asia Minor or Antioch (Syria)? What about ties to Armenia? Were the Thyatirans non-trinitarian? Did they have a version of the Textus Receptus? Did those of Thyatira preserve and translate scripture that the Greco-Roman churches later took? Were Peter Waldo, Peter de Bruys, Andreas Eossi possibly leaders? Were many of the records of the Thyatirans burned or otherwise destroyed by the Greco-Romans? Some who compromised doctrinally got the Greek Orthodox to accept their succession in the 15th century, Roman Catholics to accept in the 16th century, Anglicans to accept (and insist on the validity) in the 18th century, and even the British Parliament to accept the Moravians' succession claims from the Waldenses in the 18th century. What did the faithful in Thyatira believe about the seventh day Sabbath, Holy Days, tithing, crosses, and clean and unclean meat? How did they view the Greco-Romans? Who did they think was a forerunner of the final Antichrist? Many in Thyatira were in the Italian Alps, Transylvania, Romania, Ukraine, and Hungary--where might be are any remnants of Thyatira now? What about Bozodujfalu? What about compromisers with the changed Worldwide Church of God, now called Grace Communion International? Dr. Thiel addresses these matters and more!

A written article of related interest is available titled "In Search of the Thyatira Church" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/thyatirachurch.htm

Is Halloween an actual Christian holiday? Is it listed among the 'Feast of the Lord' in Leviticus 23? Where did the date October 31 come from? What about All Saints Day and the Mexican Day of the Dead? Did Celtic Druid observations of Samhain (pronounced sah-vah) occur then? Any similarities to Japanese, Chinese, or Scottish traditions? Is Halloween an important holiday to Satanists and those involved with Wicca? What is the origin of bonfires, costumes, and going door to door? Should Christians dress up as ghosts, witches, harlots, or 'sexy nurses' to celebrate it? What are reasons that Protestant pastors and publications like 'Christianity Today' say Halloween should be observed? What are the arguments that celebrities such as Kirk Cameron and Hailey Bieber promoted? Do they agree with the Bible? Did early Christians observe anything like Halloween? Are there Roman Catholic leaders for and against the observation of Halloween? How is Halloween claimed to be similar to Christmas and Easter? Does Halloween promote the gospel of the Kingdom of God? Was Halloween part of the original faith that the Apostles Paul and Jude said should be continued/contended for? When did Halloween begin to be observed? Dr. Thiel addresses these issues and more.

A written article of related interest is available titled "Is Halloween Holy Time for Christians?" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/hallo.htm

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