In the early days of PCG Flurry claimed to see significance that the Gulf War started January 16, 1991 (Combat actually started January 17, 1991.) Then Flurry said the same thing in regards to the Northridge Earthquake of 1994, even though the earthquake occurred at 4:31 a.m. in the early morning of January 17, 1994. In both the Gregorian calendar and what the COGs call "God's Sacred Calendar" this is the day after the anniversary of HWA's death.
But over time it seems that Flurry is growing increasingly desperate to find something, indeed anything, to keep claiming important things occur on January 16.
Here is Gerald Flurry claiming that Ernest Martin's death on January 16 is some sort of sign of divine disfavor towards him.
Earnest Martin was a prominent minister in HWA's WCG who tried to reform WCG into a more humane and less legalistic group. HWA decided Martin was a threat to his absolute power within WCG and cast him out. Martin was one of the first of the so-called "liberals" that HWA cast out of WCG in his attempts to maintain his absolute power among a restive membership that was beginning to wake up that things were not what they appeared. Martin also came to argue that tithing was not required for Christians and that the New Testament offers no justification for tithing.
Here is what Flurry said about Earnest Martin while discussing his involvement in HWA's WCG helping archeological digs in Jerusalem.
Ernest Martin was honored to be deeply involved with that dig—in fact, he directly assisted Dr. Herman Hoeh on the project. Yet, he left God’s Church before Mr. Armstrong even died. Then, just a few years ago, he died on January 16—the same day Herbert Armstrong died in 1986. Is that an ominous sign? Was his death a sign of what happens eternally to saints who reject the instructions of God’s end-time apostle? (Gerald Flurry, The Key of David, current 2011 version, Chapter 11, p. 125.)What madness! As noted in a previous post it is absurd to imagine God having regard for our current calendar (which was supposedly devised by the Satanically inspired Pope.) It is just madness.
It is disgusting how Flurry uses the occasion of this man's passing to spread more fear that God is angry towards those who threaten Flurry's power over PCG.