It is now after 6:00 p.m. Wadsworth time. All Restored Church of God services are over, even here on the West Coast. No splinter group ministers died today. Tens of thousands of COG members did not jump ship to join up with Dave. Not a thing happened.
David C Pack is now ready to go down in Church of God history as a certified liar and false prophet in the vein of William Miller, Herbert Armstrong, Gerald Flurry and Ron Weinland. 1844, 1845, 1971, 1975, 2008, 2012, and 2013, all dates to live in COG infamy for lies uttered by theological depraved idiots.
The sad part is that Dave's cult members will stick by his side when he comes up with a new excuse. They did that for William Miller, so much so that his followers became even more fervent in their end time prophecies. They did it to Herbert Armstrong when he lied in 1971 and 1975. They stood by Ron Weinland when his prophecies failed and they stood by Gerald Flurry when he lied about Petra two years ago. It only took a prison sentence for Ron to start losing members and ministers, while members have stuck by the side of the other leaders.
What will Dave Pack's members do? Will any of them have the wherewithal to leave his cult now? They know for a fact he lied to them. He has stolen their money to build monuments to himself. Will Dale Schurter grow a pair of balls and take personal responsibility and walk away publicly holding Dave accountable for his lie?
On Sunday morning, September 1, Dave is going to go about his business as if nothing happened. He will of course have had his god talking to him over the last day or so telling him to not to respond to his critics. His god will remind him that the average COG member is a sucker and will soon forget Dave ever uttered his false predictions. People will quickly forget and send in more money when Dave asks. They do this because in the back of their mind Armstrongism has installed a tape that runs 24/7/365. That tape says, "But, what IF he was right, but the timing is off. I am under the government of God and must remain loyal or I will lose my salvation."
That "what IF" is a big deal breaker for many. They will see it as a test to see if they are loyal to the government of God. Dave, ever the manipulator that he is, will take full advantage of that thinking. With threats of being disloyal to the "government of God," to disloyalty to Dave himself, is the yoke that he will hang over his members.
Disloyalty is a heavy burden in Armstrongism. The problem is, 9 times out of 10 it is disloyalty on the part of the ministers, evangelists, prophets, and leaders that is the issue. Their disloyalty to the membership is appalling. They use and abuse the members while never taking responsibility for anything. Heck, when you have leaders like Dave Pack and Rod Meredith who claim that they have never committed a major sin, what is a bottom feeding member supposed to do? How do you question that...