|Best ever COG blow-hard?|
Other COG sects have thrown truckloads of green-backs at Kiwi broadcasters over the decades - Ted (and Herb), Gerry, Rod. To be honest, I still think motor-mouth Ted (Garner Ted Armstrong to the uninitiated) was the pick of the crop way back in the 70s. At the very least he was entertaining, and even knew how to chuck in a bit of winsome self-deprecation from time to time (however insincere).
Of course Ted, to paraphrase something Churchill once said about a lady of his acquaintance, had much to be self-deprecating about, what with stewardesses and massage appointments.
The UCG though? Oh okay, I'll record it and give it a gander later. "To keep my disgust fresh," to quote a certain Gibraltan poet, sage and ethnographer. I mean, it can't be as awful as LCG's Tomorrow's World - which has the 8.30 slot, also on Prime. Can it?
As an aside, Troy Fitzgerald has an interesting interview with former UCG member Jeff over at Secular Safe House.
I shudder to think what Prime has got sandwiched in between UCG and LCG. Oh dear lord, I just checked and it's Hour of Power. With that combination you'd hope they'd preface each show with a prominent warning about the likely side effect of viewers experiencing a steep drop in their IQ.Jeff, the oldest of 5 kids, was born and raised in the Worldwide Church of God, but at the age of 11 his parents left to join a new church, United Church of God, which split off of the WCG due to massive doctrinal changes they did not agree with. He was home schooled and largely taught himself, which made him self-reliant and independent. An analytical, science-loving student, by the time he was a teen he was already beginning to secretly doubt the teachings of the church, and before he was 18, he didn’t believe in the religion or Christianity at all. He watched his friends who left the church be shunned and ostracized and, despite being hounded for his “rebellious attitude,” he continued to attend until he was 21 when he could move out on his own.Jeff discusses how the church sent his tithing (donations) records to his parents prompting his mom to confront him about his not contributing for the previous year, about his ultimate exit from the church and religion at the age of 21, and how his relationship with his family — all of whom still remain in the church — has evolved. He opens up about the emotional turmoil and heartbreak, years later, watching his mother succumb to cancer all the while resisting modern medical treatment and how the church practiced the avoidance of medical intervention (faith healing) despite the unspoken policy not being official doctrine. Finally, he offers his advice to others having doubts about their faith.