The Restored Church of God (RCG) will premiere The World to Come™ with David C. Pack on nationwide television in the United States this September. The program will feature Pastor General David C. Pack "analyzing world news and explaining Bible prophecy with a unique approach, stripping away mystery from current events while detailing many other biblical truths."
RCG is just one of around 500 splinter groups birthed from the former Worldwide Church of God created by Herbert W. Armstrong, a cult of theology that pretty much died along with Armstrong when it changed its theology to more mainline Christianity and became known as Grace Communion International. One of these splinter groups, the Church of God – PKG, made headlines this year when its leader, Ronald Weinland, declared that Jesus Christ was returning on May 27, 2012 and warned mockers of his proclamations that they'd die of cancer. Weinland was convicted of tax evasion in June.
In his "Who is David C. Pack" video posted on YouTube and embedded below, Pack takes aim at all the other 499 or so splinter groups who were "confused" and "watering down" the doctrines laid out by Armstrong. According to the video, Pack has a divinely-appointed commission: "God would send a man to make sense of the uncertainty and division among God's people. Personally trained by Mr. Armstrong, that man is David C. Pack."
Pack attended Ambassador College (a Worldwide Church of God institution) and entered the Worldwide Church of God ministry in 1971 until he quit over doctrinal disputes following Armstrong's death. "Mr. Pack's ministry became a beacon of clarity to those struggling to come out of the doctrinal error and return to the truth that Mr. Armstrong taught," Pack's promotional video narrates. "In early 1999 Mr. Pack established the Restored Church of God as the continuation of the one true church Jesus established."
The video describes a "splinter packet" that people can read — a collection of pamphlets penned by Pack that explains why his church is the only true church that continues on with "the work" begun by Armstrong.
Pack's ministry patterns itself after Armstrong, printing numerous free books and pamphlets, "The Real Truth magazine" (patterned after Armstrong's "The Plain Truth magazine"), The World to Come program (patterned after Armstrong's The World Tomorrow program), and the Ambassador Center (patterned after Armstrong's Ambassador College).
According to the RCG press release:
In this violent age filled with war, famine, pollution, disease, disasters and economic uncertainty, The World to Come with David C. Pack answers life's greatest questions straight from the Bible and provides solutions for unsolvable worldwide problems and conditions. Each weekly 30-minute program is recorded in high-definition and will be broadcast with closed captions for the hearing impaired. More than 125 million viewers will have access through over-the-air stations, select cable affiliates, and two separate satellite networks.
"Everyone recognizes the world is in terrible trouble," stated David C. Pack, Pastor General of RCG. "In an age of uncertainty, The World to Come is a voice of plain truth, proclaiming humanity's only hope—in terms heard nowhere else!" (Editor's note – exclamation mark is quoted.)
RCG is apparently engaged in all sorts of earth-shattering, groundbreaking things as it paves the way for the return of Jesus Christ and the world to come. It redesigned its website, which it says "now takes its place among the most advanced in the world, eclipsing all other religious sites!" (Editor's note – exclamation mark is quoted.) It is also building a "a magnificent World Headquarters" in Wadsworth, OH, that "will reflect the extraordinary tradition of the Worldwide Church of God’s three Ambassador College campuses—which the Church long understood were in fact to reflect the quality and character of God!" (Editor's note – exclamation mark is quoted.)
The RCG World Headquarters, patterned after Armstrong's Ambassador College, is different from the $20 million Armstrong Auditorium in Edmund, OK, built by a different Worldwide Church of God offshoot, the Philadelphia Church of God.
According to an article about the Pack church's building plans, written by the Akron Beacon Journal and reprinted at Silenced.co, "While the new complex will offer a larger worship area than the current 150-seat multipurpose room, one of the primary reasons the church needs more space is because of its publishing operation, expected to grow with the cable television launch."
Pack's press release and "World To Come Television" web page don't say what cable and satellite networks his 30-minute program will be broadcast on — but it is unlikely that ex-church members at the Exit and Support Network and Silenced will be tuning in for the show's promised answers to life's greatest questions.