Imagine that. PCG making an article that contains a picture that portrays Africans as threatening and violent toward white men.
The nonsensical idea of British Israelism was created to prop up the British Empire. That theme is maintained even within an organization that is based in the United States, a nation that gained its independence after fighting a war against British rule.
Rethford talks about the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879 and talks about the Battle of Islandhlwana in which British forces were routed and the Battle of Rorke's Drift in which a vastly outnumbered British force defended their position from attacks by Zulu warriors.
While describing the Battle of Rorke's Drift the following passage appears.
The Zulus broke into the field hospital and savagely fought the sick and wounded. The hospital caught fire; the sick were dragged out. The battle raged on. The wounded found that they could function in some lesser capacity, carrying water, passing out ammunition, caring for those more seriously wounded. Only the dead stopped fighting.To put it too kindly, a rather poor of choice of words.
The battles are portrayed from the perspective of the British soldiers. But one detail that Rethford does not mention about these battles is evidence that wounded Zulu soldiers were massacred by British personnel after the battle.
After the battle 351 Zulu bodies were counted, but it has been estimated that at least 500 wounded and captured Zulus might have been massacred as well. Having witnessed the carnage at Isandlwana, the members of Chelmsford's relief force had no mercy for the captured, wounded Zulus they came across. Nor did the station's defenders. Trooper William James Clarke of the Natal Mounted Police described in his diary that "altogether we buried 375 Zulus and some wounded were thrown into the grave. Seeing the manner in which our wounded had been mutilated after being dragged from the hospital ... we were very bitter and did not spare wounded Zulus". (Battle of Rorke's Drift, Wikipedia.)But inconvenient facts such as that are ignored since they detract from his story.
And after describing the battles Rethford then seeks to apply lessons from those battles to PCG members.
The comparisons between these two battles and the battles we face today are frighteningly similar. In the last decade, when more than 140,000 WCG members fell, a superior enemy had overcome the larger force. We, the smaller numbers today, are now met by the enemy. Our success or failure depends on the battle plan we adopt.He makes a call to PCG members to fervently believe what PCG's leaders taught them or else they will be deceived by Satan.
If we forget the true God, we don’t have a fortress. If we give up the truth, we don’t have a shield. Without God and His truth we’re caught out in the open. The massacred British soldiers at Islandhlwana were caught by surprise out in the open and were quickly overwhelmed by the enemy. That’s exactly what has happened to the Laodiceans.He quotes Gerald Flurry's book, Malachi's Message, and states that Flurry was inspired by God writing that book.
Truly, as Mr. Flurry was inspired to write—without the truth [PCG's teachings], we are deceived. Without the true God and His truth, we are caught out in the open—we have no defense.Actually it is well known that Malachi's Message was plagiarized from Letter to Laodicea by Jules Dervaes (1986-8) which contained many of the ideas in Malachi's Message and yet preceded it.
He insists that PCG members are estined to become God beings so they must remain loyal to PCG's leaders regardless of evidence that undermine PCG's claim for authority. He also implies that not remaining loyal to PCG will lead to becoming "eternally dead" and that the same could happen to his readers thus threatening their salvation.
Our potential is to be born into the God Family, receiving total power! We are to be given jurisdiction over the entire universe. Think of that. It will be an eternal life of accomplishment, constantly looking forward to new creative projects and looking back on past accomplishments with happiness and joy. We shall never grow tired and weary. Always alive and full of joyous energy, vitality, exuberant life and strength and power! What a potential!
Don’t let the cares of this life cause you to lose sight of that glorious goal. Losing sight of the Kingdom has resulted in many casualties already, and some are eternally dead. Don’t let this happen to you.He also insists to PCG members to remain loyal to the organization, refers to Gerald Flurry as "God's prophet" and that (PCG's) God only works through the author's numerically small organization with headquarters in Edmond,
But even in the face of seemingly overwhelming odds, these men at Rorke’s Drift kept faith in the leadership and followed directions. This is how they executed the seemingly impossible battle plan successfully.
This third point, then, is we must learn to keep our eyes on headquarters. Is Jesus Christ divided? Of course not (I Cor. 1:13). We have many proofs that He is only working through the small remnant of the PCG; but even if we only had one proof, the Work would be enough. ...
A greater work was done through God’s Elijah, Herbert Armstrong. That great Work continues today through God’s prophet, Gerald Flurry. We must focus our attention on the Work and where it is being done. We must keep our eyes on headquarters—Edmond, Oklahoma. Losing sight of whom God has placed in charge of His Work will cause us to become battle casualties.People looking after their own interests is equated with being deceived by Satan.
Satan would love to see our thoughts turn again to ourselves and our carnal desires to rule our lives again. Then our part of the baptismal vow would be neglected, maybe even forgotten, so that God’s Spirit would no longer fill us. Satan hates us and is jealous of us because we are heirs to the Kingdom of God. We must never lower our defenses against him.In other words if a PCG member's own interests should contradict the will of PCG's leaders then the member is expected to give up on his or her own interests.
If a PCG member should wish to keep at least some of the money sent as part of the three tithes to look after themselves and their families talk like this could be used in a way that is against the member's interest.
How terrible it is that the painful events of those days should be exploited to try and prop up this sectarian organization based in Edmond which constantly insists World War III will soon lead to the conquest of the United States. Their dire predictions will never happen. PCG are but false prophets.