Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Introducing PCG's Live By Every Word

PCG has released another radio show. It is entitled Live by Every Word. It is hosted by Brian Davis. The first episode is dated September 1, 2015.

Let's take a listen to what he has to say.

Davis cites man should not live by bread alone but by every word of God. This is very often cited by Armstrongites leaders to justify imposing their many dogmas upon their followers.

Davis notes when this occurred during the temptation of Jesus.

Notes that it is a quote from Deuteronomy.

How many people know what those words are? How many people are willing to act on them? PCG claims that only PCG properly understands the Bible. Consequently those who believe PCG think it is necessary to do whatever PCG says to gain God's favor.

To live is redefined to mean obeying God's law. Which is actually obeying whatever PCG says needs to be done.

It is asserted that Satan constantly broadcasts his rebellious attitude into us.

Bible like a jigsaw puzzle, Herbert Armstrong said. (4 minutes.)

Who really understands it? Talk like this is to make the listener concerned that he or she does not properly understand one's own religion. It is to make one worried and go to PCG for advice. And PCG will present their dogmas and teachings in order to persuade such a one to join PCG. (And pay three tithes to PCG, the same tithes Brian Davis lives on.)

Cites Bruce Barton saying the Bible is the book no one knows. Says even learned theologians do not know the Bible. This is to discredit all opinions contrary to PCG.

Rhetorically asks is the Bible just written by men or is it the word of God? PCG says it is the word of God but PCG has devised its own peculiar interpretations.

Says we must not assume we know what we know, but we must investigate matters for ourselves and prove a matter one way or the other. This is what Armstrongites tend to say to those outside of the COGs that they are trying to recruit. But the more one becomes involved in PCG one is expected to accept and believe whatever the PCG leadership should happen to declare to their followers.

Recites the Armstrongite dogma that many people who worship Christ are deceived by false prohets, meanings all of Christianity outside of HWA's group. PCG condemns all Christians as false, claiming that only PCG is the true bearer of Christianity in all the world.

Cites Isaiah 46 to describe the greatness and power of PCG's God, not the God of the Bible. The COGs have often used this Scripture to try and recruit people to believe in Armstrongism. LCG did this when I started reading their writings.

Talks of prophecies. This alludes to PCG's claim to be able to foresee the future. 

All in all, it is just another recapitulation of traditional Armstrongite dogma. Davis sounds very similar to Meredith from LCG.

How ironic it is that PCG so often vilifies and demonize the other COG groups and yet they are so similar to the other COG groups.

No doubt that is one motive for PCG constantly vilifying the other COGs is to obscure how similar PCG is to the other COGs. Although PCG does have a few peculiar features PCG is still just one of hundreds of COG groups that continue to believe what HWA taught.

PCG can't see the future.

Back in 2001 PCG's Ron Fraser thought Macedonia would be partitioned in two. That did not happen.

For many years, and especially in 2011-3, the PCG leadership claimed that the Muslim Brotherhood would seize power in Egypt and align themselves with Iran, impose Islamic fundamentalism upon Egypt and make Egypt an adversary of the United States allied with Iran. Instead the Muslim Brotherhood was ousted from power in 2013 and later suppressed in a crackdown that killed at least 638 people.

Let us remember what is written:
When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath NOT SPOKEN, but the prophet hath spoken it PRESUMPTUOUSLY: thou shalt not be afraid of him.' (Deuteronomy 18:22, emphasis mine.)
God is not with PCG.

PCG's failed predictions prove there is nothing supernatural behind PCG.

They merely speak their own words, not God's.

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