Friday, August 18, 2017

Stephen Flurry's First Broadcast About Charlottesville Attack (August 14)

In his first radio broadcast discussing the awful events in Charlottesville (August 14, 2017) PCG's heir apparent Stephen Flurry complained that the media's condemnation of President Trump's discussing the white supremacists and the counter-protesters as morally equivalent. He insists that the media has ignored acts of violence by what he narrowly defines as the other side.
"The man and the movement are to be blamed." [Stephen Flurry states while quoting the mayor of Charlottesville on a CNN program.] Something that you never, ever heard in the previous eight years prior to Donald Trump's election. "The man," speaking of the president, "and the movement behind him." And you think about all of these violent atrocities coming from Antifa or coming from Black Lives Matter. Or aimed right at the police like in Dallas. Or the riots in Charlotte, or in Baltimore, or in St. Louis. And on and on and on it goes. And never, never, never, never did you hear all of these programs laying the blame at the White House. Now, just like last week [alluding to the recent tensions with North Korea], the big story here is not this particular white supremacist or what led up to his attack. The big story is President Trump's response. (6-7 minutes.)   
In other words the media are not to be trusted. If acted upon this attitude destroys trust in alternative sources of information that may happen to contradict Stephen Flurry. However the white supremacists were much more prepared for inflicting violence then the counter-protesters.

Many people are worried that the president lacks moral clarity regarding the white supremacists who assembled from all over the nation into Charlottesville. Stephen Flurry's response to this problem is to complain that people are not worried or alarmed enough about the possibility of nuclear destruction from either North Korea or Iran.

He scare mongered about Iran yet again, insisting that they are racing their build a nuclear bomb. PCG demonizes Iran in order to insist that their leader, Gerald Flurry, is blessed by God since he labelled Iran as the King of the South back in 1994. Stephen Flurry insists that the future World War III will begin with some sort of attack by Iran against Germany. He also fudged that issue by implying that North Korea may end up using nuclear weapons at some point in the future. PCG teaches that a German led European entity will conquer America in the near future just before Christ's return.

He also promotes a new booklet by his father, Gerald Flurry.

In the latter half of this broadcast Stephan Flurry reads letters from people struggling with drug addiction. He also discusses the ongoing opioid crisis.

Here is the synopsis of this particular broadcast.
#545: Charlottesville: A New Reason to Hate on President Trump   
 During a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend, a man intentionally drove his car into a crowd of opposing protesters. The reaction from the major media was predictable: Blame U.S. President Donald Trump for the violence. Under Barack Obama, U.S. cities experienced similar violence while President Obama remained silent. The media’s amnesia is a symptom of the hypocrisy dividing America and bringing it down. On today’s Trumpet Daily Radio Show, we discuss the media’s reaction to this weekend’s tragedy as well as other major events happening around the world. (August 14, 2017.)
It should be noted that white supremacists are the most dangerous strand of domestic terrorism.
White supremacists are much more likely to commit violent crimes than other sub-groups or classifications of domestic extremism. According to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), in 2015, white supremacists accounted for 38 percent of all extremist killings, followed closely by Islamist, anti-government, and anti-abortion extremists. Left-wing extremism accounted for around 1 percent of all killings; so-called “black extremism” did not register. (Melanie Schmitz, Think Progress, August 17, 2017.) 
PCG's 1% can scare monger about Antifa protesters and Black Lives Matter protesters as much as they want on their tithes sponsored radio station. That can't change the simple fact that white supremacists have a frightening history of inflicting violence to enforce their racist views and silence dissent.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

PCG's Stephen Flurry Defending President Trump's Third Statement About Charlottesville Events

And so we continue with the topic mentioned in the last post. PCG's heir apparent Stephen Flurry has released a third broadcast of PCG's Trumpet Daily in which he defends President Trump's third statement concerning the terrible events that had recently occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia in which there occurred a car ramming terrorist attack. One counter-protester, Heather Heyer, was killed and nineteen counter-protesters injured in the car attack.

Here is PCG's synopsis of the broadcast.
#547: President Trump Exposes the Media’s Shamelessly One-sided Coverage 
United States President Donald Trump’s press conference on American infrastructure absolutely dominated the major media yesterday. The conference was a circus where reporters cared little about infrastructure and more about drawing connections between the president and white supremacists. Reporters shouted questions out of turn at the president like, “Why do Nazis like you?” and, “Do you support the Confederacy?” Mr. Trump drew attention to the weekend violence in Charlottesville, providing context and a balanced view of both sides of the protest. His answers set the left-wing media ablaze. On today’s Trumpet Daily Radio Show, we discuss what is wrong with the mainstream media in America and why these problems are only going to intensify in the near future. (August 16, 2017.)
There was widespread condemnation of this particular statement. Stephen Flurry insisted that the media, the reporters in the press conference, were biased and determined to make President Trump look bad. He says the press conference was supposed to discuss manufacturing but the reporters wanted to talk about his response to the violence by white supremacists in Charlottesville. That is how Stephen Flurry portrays that press conference. There is no attempt to give the benefit of the doubt to these journalists that their inquiry is legitimate. Instead it is dismissed as biased and an attempt to politically weaken the president.

Stephen Flurry cited an article by the Media Research Center insisting that news shows disproportionately focused on this particular news conference. The Media Research Center is a right wing outfit.

He also cited an article by Melanie Phillips to condemn Antifa protesters. She cited an article by Peter Beinart in The Atlantic. PCG's 1% tend to rely on Phillips' writings a lot. Stephen Flurry also tried to gain the listener's trust by saying that Phillips is no fan of Trump and that The Atlantic is a left wing publication. Stephen Flurry insists that the media are on the side of Antifa protesters even though there is a lively debate about such groups.

Near the end of the broadcast Stephen Flurry insisted that President Trump should be congratulated for his press conference.

So many have been dismayed, upset and angry at President Trump for comparing counter-protesters as being morally equivalent with the racist extremists. But not PCG's 1%. They have chosen to side with him despite the widespread opprobrium that this press conference caused. One might suspect that PCG's 1% reacted in this way because they are so partisan in favor of the political right. However PCG's 1% have shown in the past that when they want to they will criticize Trump. So the decision of PCG's 1% to speak up in favor of President Trump is a conscious decision that PCG's 1% have made that they will have to bear.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

PCG's Pathetic Response to Racist Terrorism in Charlottesville

Much could be said about the terrible events that occurred last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. The innocent woman who was murdered by an attacking car. The two policemen who tragically died in a helicopter crash while trying to monitor the tense situation. The racist, extremist slogans chanted by the racist extremists such as the Nazi slogan "Blood and soil" and also saying "Jews will not replace us." The distress of the people of Charlottesville in seeing their town be used by these white supremacists from all over the nation for their show of power and of having their beloved hometown be remembered as the place an American citizen was allegedly killed by a racist extremist.

But how did PCG respond to these horrible events? Complain that the riot by white supremacists is being used to criticize President Trump.
#545: Charlottesville: A New Reason to Hate on President Trump 
During a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend, a man intentionally drove his car into a crowd of opposing protesters. The reaction from the major media was predictable: Blame U.S. President Donald Trump for the violence. Under Barack Obama, U.S. cities experienced similar violence while President Obama remained silent. The media’s amnesia is a symptom of the hypocrisy dividing America and bringing it down. On today’s Trumpet Daily Radio Show, we discuss the media’s reaction to this weekend’s tragedy as well as other major events happening around the world. (August 14, 2017.)
For decades HWA and his imitators insisted that America would soon be conquered and enslaved by rampaging Germans. It was often implied that these militaristic Germans would be similar to the Nazis. Sometimes these future Germans were even called Nazis as though Nazi Germany itself would somehow arise again in the near future.
God warns us to either submit to His government now or learn a big part of that lesson by being conquered by the Nazis. (Gerald Flurry, Royal Vision, July-August 2000, pp. 14-15.)
And yet when an American gets murdered apparently by an actual neo-Nazi the reaction of PCG's 1% is to indulge their partisanism and badmouth people criticizing President Trump.

Their second broadcast of The Trumpet Daily chose to scare monger against anti-fascist protesters called Antifa who are slurred as a "radical Marxist protest movement".

It also implied that "race wars" are coming which alludes to PCG's false prophecy of "race war" which describes a supposed future time in which African Americans will supposedly launch a wave of riots against the white majority. This inflammatory and racist claim will never come to pass.
#546: Alt-Right, Antifa, Left-wing Media and the Handcuffed Police: A Toxic Mix Prophesied to Explode 
White supremacist groups in America applauded the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend. Some members said it wasn’t enough. Meanwhile, the radical Marxist protest movement Antifa has been given a clean slate despite also having a long record of violence. Both extremes are beginning to fight in the streets of America’s cities, and the police are helpless to do anything about it. These are turbulent times, and it’s about to get a lot worse. Bible prophecy says America will experience race wars on its way to collapse. On today’s Trumpet Daily Radio Show, we explain how these events play into Bible prophecy. (August 15, 2017.)
A pretty dire response to the terrible events in Charlottesville.

Then PCG got their resident McCarthyite, Andrew Müller, to write an article about it in which he lambasts both sides for being violent. (Andrew Müller, Socialists Brawl on Virginia Streets, August 16, 2017.)

He states that there were white supremacists in Charlottesville.
Approximately 500 white supremacists gathered at Emancipation Park on Saturday for an event dubbed the “Unite the Right” rally. Multiple white power groups sent representatives, including the Ku Klux Klan.... [Other groups are named.] Many waved Nazi flags and chanted Nazi-era slogans like “Blood and Soil.” Others waved banners with slogans like, “the Jewish media is going down” and the “Jews are Satan’s children.”
Those who chose to stand up for their local communities and participate in counter-protests are simplistically labeled as Marxists. Within PCG's writings Marxists are generally viewed quite negatively.
Amongst the approximately 1,000 counterprotesters who showed up to oppose the “Unite the Right” rally were representatives of several Marxist organizations, including Antifa, Black Lives Matter and the Democratic Socialists of America. By 11 a.m., Emancipation Park descended into violence as both protesters and counterprotesters taunted, shoved, clubbed and pepper sprayed each other. It is still unknown whether the fascists or the Marxists started the fight, but more than a dozen people were injured in this street brawl.
How strange it is to see the counter-protesters who stood up against the white supremacists who had descended upon Charlottesville from all over the nation are labeled in general as Marxists.

It is stated that the counter-protesters moved their location.
After Virginia State Police declared the gathering an unlawful assembly around 11:40 a.m., riot police cleared the scene. Yet many of the protesters just moved to nearby McIntire Park.
The frightful murder is then mentioned.
During this spin-off rally, someone drove a car into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing one person, Heather D. Heyer, and injuring 19 others in what was apparently a deliberate attack. [The suspect] is being held on charges related to the crash. According to [the suspect's] high school history teacher, he was fascinated with Nazism and admired Adolf Hitler.
He mentions President Trump's statement but makes no comment about the widespread dissatisfaction that he blamed both sides for violent behavior.
President Donald Trump condemned these horrific acts of violence in an official press statement on Saturday, saying that “the hate and the division must stop, and must stop right now. We have to come together as Americans with love for our nation and … true affection for each other. We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides.”
He frets that "fascists and Marxists" will portray themselves as victims.
The main threat posed by these bloody street brawls is that fascists and Marxists might use their supposed “victimhood” status to divide Americans into warring camps.
He slurs Antifa as a "left-wing terrorist organization."
Mainstream media outlets are buying into a narrative that conflates white supremacy with constitutional conservatism. By projecting the authoritarian racism of a fringe movement onto libertarians and mainstream conservatives, they are encouraging left-wing terrorist organizations like Antifa to attack conservative speakers at universities across the nation. If this continues, it won’t be long before people start fighting back.
He then makes the severely flawed and inaccurate claim that just because Adolf Hitler's National Socialist German Workers' Party had the word socialist in it that most frightful and terrible party was somehow socialist.
Nazism—which stands for National Socialism—is the combination of xenophobic nationalism with authoritarian socialism.
One critique of the spurious claim that the Nazi Party was somehow socialist and therefore left wing may be seen courtesy of David Neiwert.

The author equates Black Lives Matter protesters and Democratic Socialists of America (which is slurred as "a Maoist organization") as being like neo-Nazis by supposedly setting their audience to oppose other socioeconomic groups.

He also slurs Black Lives Matter as "a Castroite organization" possibly referring to an obituary for Fidel Castro that some members of Black Lives Matter had made upon Fidel Castro's death. It seems unfair to assume that everyone in Black Lives Matter would have the same view concerning Fidel Castro.
Like other socialists, neo-Nazis abandon principles of individual liberty and maintain power by pitting their social group against a hated enemy. Black Lives Matter, a Castroite organization, pits blacks against law enforcement. Democratic Socialists of America, a Maoist organization, pits the poor against the economically successful. Fascist organizations like [name] pit whites against Jews and other races.
The end result: Anarchy and street brawls like those America witnessed this past weekend.
He also alludes to PCG's false prophecy of "race war."
The Bible also foretold that there would be serious race problems in the end-time due to the sins of the American and British peoples....
He also complains about journalists and media commentators complainig that President Trump waiting until Monday to make a statement about the terrible events in Charlottesville.
God does not put the primary blame on a political leader the way that so many political commentators do. In the end, these nation-destroying problems are actually correction from God to help people see their sins and repent of them.
So all in all it seems clear that PCG's 1% reaction to the terrible events in Charlottesville has been rather dire. They continue to vent their partisan views against liberals and leftists even after this terrible attack within this rally by neo-Nazis and other white supremacists. It is just awful that PCG's 1% chose to react the way they did. They say Nazis or Germans of some sort will soon conquer America but when an actual neo-Nazi appears to have killed an American person they choose to scare monger about those who stood up against the racist extremists instead of simply condemning those who promoted racist views during that terrible weekend in Charlottesville.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Horror in Charlottesville

On Saturday, August 12, 2017 Heather Meyer was killed as a result of a car driven by a far right extremist in Charlottesville, Virginia during a gathering of far right extremists from all over the country. The suspect is now in police custody. It is terrible that a human being has been killed apparently as a direct result of racist extremism. We must always stand against hatred including the horror that is neo-Nazism.

As far as I can tell neither PCG or LCG have bothered to comment about this terrible atrocity.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Temple Mount Crisis, Iranian Food and Canaanite Lebanese: PCG's Trumpet Daily (August 2, 2017)

Recently I listened to the August 2, 2017 broadcast of PCG's Trumpet Daily. This broadcast was hosted by Brent Nagtegaal.

In this broadcast Brent Nagtegaal spent the first half of the broadcast reinforcing PCG's vilification of Iran by saying that Iran sent food to Palestinian protesters during the protests against the metal detectors around Al Aqsa Mosque and speculating that Iran was behind the terrorist attack in which two Israeli police personnel were murdered on July 14, 2017.

The claim of linking the attack with Iran seems quite weak. Even he admits in the broadcast that it is largely circumstantial. He speculates that the attackers ran away into Al Aqsa Mosque in order to fulfill a ten year old declaration made by Raed Salah but this inflammatory claim is not verified. (How could Nagtegaal verify such a claim?) He states that one of the attackers was once photographed with Raed Salah but that proves nothing about the July 14 attack. He states that Raed Salah was once arrested for sending funds to Hamas and meeting with an Iranian intelligence agent back in 2003 but none of that proves anything about the July 14 attack. He states that Raed Salah was the head of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel and that it was banned by Israel in November 2015 but that proves nothing about the July 14 attack. (Nagtegaal also incorrectly called it the "northern front" of the Islamic Movement in Israel instead of calling it the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel.)

It is important to note that PCG's leaders have a strong motive to condemn Iran. Back in 1994 PCG's leader, Gerald Flurry, proclaimed that Iran would be the "King of the South" even though it is east of the Holy Land. Before World War II HWA taught that the King of the South was Abyssinia. Later in HWA's WCG and in other COGs it had been taught that the "King of the South" would be Arab rather than Iranian. Flurry staked out a distinctive position on this matter compared with the other COGs. Consequently PCG's leaders want to convince their audience that Iran is the King of the South in order to insist that their leader, Gerald Flurry, is blessed by (PCG's) God and is worthy of being followed.

In the second half of the broadcast Brent Nagtegaal discussed a recent report saying that the Lebanese people are mostly descended from the ancient Canaanites. He complains that news reports mentioned this and said that this meant that the Bible was wrong. Nagtegaal replied to that claim by saying that the Bible states that Canaanites in Lebanon remained there.

May peace soon come to the Holy Land.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Listening to PCG's Trumpet Daily (July 31, 2017)

In this broadcast of PCG's Trumpet Daily (July 31, 2017) Joel Hilliker states that he was in Edstone as part of working with Philadelphia Youth Camp.

Joel Hilliker praises a speech delivered by President Trump in Poland. He says he was moved by it.

Then he complains about a Washington Post columnist criticizing the speech. He mentions that the columnist is African American and gay. Why does he bring those things up? They should not matter. He should focus on the topic under discussion without mentioning personal details like that.

He then complains that there are people out there who hate Western civilization. He states that 25% of young male African Americans in California meet state standards for reading. It is implied that this is somehow linked to this alleged contempt for Western civilization he scribes to certain people out there.

Or maybe there are reasons why this particular demographic does not perform as much as one would hope.
 “Part of this may be structural, in having texts that aren’t relevant to the experiences and legacy of African-American boys,” said Chris Chatmon, founding executive director of the African-American Male Achievement program at the Oakland Unified School District. “When a lot of the curriculum you have access to isn’t familiar, or doesn’t acknowledge your past or your present, you have a tendency not to be engaged with it or want to read it.” (The Mercury News.)
OK. I get it. Joel Hilliker does not like the Democratic Party. He does not want them to be elected to power. That's OK. Maybe he should disregard HWA's ban on voting and vote Republican.

Old WCG's Address in Jerusalem

In a recent post it was noted that a 1975 booklet produced by WCG listed a mailing address in Jerusalem without mentioning Israel indicating that WCG was acknowledging that East Jerusalem is not recognized by the international community as being a part of the State of Israel. This includes the 161 national governments that recognize the State of Israel as well as the United States.

It now appears that this policy was not enforced consistently but changed over time.

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Some WCG booklets do not use the word Israel when listing their mailing address in Jerusalem.

HWA's 1971 booklet, Which Day is the Sabbath of the New Testament? only mentions Jerusalem when listing its mailing address. The word Israel is not used.

The 1973 version of HWA's book, The Wonderful World Tomorrow, only mentions Jerusalem when listing its mailing address. The word Israel is not used.

HWA's 1974 booklet, Why Marriage! Soon Obsolete?, only mentions Jerusalem when listing its mailing address. The word Israel is not used.

The 1975 booklet, The Modern Romans, only mentions Jerusalem when listing its mailing address. The word Israel is not used.

The 1976 booklet, White Horse, False Religion, only mentions Jerusalem when listing its mailing address. The word Israel is not used.

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Other books and booklets list Jerusalem as belonging to Israel even though the US government does not recognize Jerusalem as belonging to the State of Israel.

Garner Ted Armstrong's 1972 booklet, The Real Jesus, lists their mailing address in Jerusalem as being in "Jerusalem, Israel".

Garner Ted Armstrong's 1972 booklet, "To Kill a People," lists Jerusalem as being in Israel.

The 1972 booklet, This is the Worldwide Church of God, lists Jerusalem as being in Israel.

HWA's 1978 booklet, Never Before Understood, lists Jerusalem as being in Israel.

HWA's 1984 booklet, A World Held Captive, lists Jerusalem as being in Israel.

HWA's 1985 booklet, Are We in the Last Days? lists Jerusalem as being in Israel.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Overview of the September 2017 Issue of PCG's Philadelphia Trumpet

PCG has released another issue of their recruitment magazine (September 2017) in an attempt to gain more tithes paying converts. Back in 2012 PCG had an income of about $19.5 million according to a booklet by their leader, Gerald Flurry. Even as early as 1996 PCG claimed to have more than $5 million in annual income. Recently PCG has even bought its own plane.

Let us see what they say this time.


The editors of this issue are Gerald Flurry, Stephen Flurry, Joel Hilliker, Brad MacDonald, Richard Palmer, Robert Morley, Jeremiah Jacques, Dennis Leap and Phillip Nice.

The circulation of this issue was 245,925 issues. August's circulation was 255,897 issues. July's circulation was 267,569. May-June's circulation was 263,551. April's circulation was 267,569 (which happens to be the same as July's figure). March's circulation was 271,949. February was 273,591. January was 267,992.

The contents page features a picture of the Grenfell Tower fire in London on June 14, 2017 in which at least eighty people were killed.

Gerald Flurry has an article hysterically entitled, "The Fall of the British Royal Family" bemoaning that the British royal family is going along with the supposed increase in behavior contrary to PCG's dogmas that supposedly will lead to Britain being conquered by a German led European Empire. He also complains of the Labour Party's Jeremy Corbyn even though he is not in power.

PCG teaches that the British royal family is a continuation of the House of David described in the Old Testament. This is a feature of British Israelism., the idea that the British are descendants of the Israelites mentioned in the Old Testament. There is no genetic evidence linking the British people with the Jewish people. The alleged ancestral link between the British and Jews as claimed by promoters of British Israelism is nonsense.

Abraham Blondeau has a little column accompanying this article that scare mongers that Canada may soon abolish the monarchy.

Jeremiah Jacques has an article discussing the twentieth anniversary of the end of British rule over Hong Kong and its return to China in 1997.

Joel Hilliker has an article bemoaning about how bad things are in certain parts of the world.

Richard Palmer has an article scare mongering about the recent G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany and the protesters accompanying that summit. Among other things he ludicrously implies that Adolf Hitler's National Socialist German Workers' Party was somehow left wing because it had the word "socialist" in its name.

Richard Palmer also has an article scare mongering about German intelligence supposedly spying on Americans.

Andrew Müller has an article which discusses the problem of desertification and insists all will be solved after Christ's return.

The Infographic insists that farming methods are contrary to (PCG's) God's law which will supposedly be in force after Christ's return. Among other things it is insisted that the land Sabbath (shmita) is to be observed by farmers despite farmers involved with HWA's WCG encountering severe problems and even bankruptcy trying to observe this religious practice in the past.

Samuel Livingston has an article scare mongering about hearers, people encouraged to listen to voices in their heads. Quite irresponsibly Livingston insists that voices in peoples' heads are the work of Satan. Banned by HWA discussed an earlier version of this article.

Christopher Eames has an article insisting that the great flood of Genesis 6-9 was literally true. Many other churches unconnected to HWA's organization also say the same thing.

Joel Hilliker has a little article promoting happy marriages.

Robert Morley has a little article hysterically proclaiming that people cannot trust institutions anymore.

WorldWatch discusses Germany supposedly about to be a peace broker between the State of Israel and the Palestinian Authority; the triumph of  La République en Marche in France's legislative election; the sell off of Banco Popular in Spain for a single euro; the Saudi led blockade of Qatar; Iran producing more long range missiles citing an announcement by the National Resistance Council of Iran, an organization closely linked to the Mojahedin-e Khalq which was formerly listed as a terrorist organization by the US State Department from 1997 till 2012; the presence of Assad regime armed forces and Hezbollah near the State of Israel; Russia and China agreeing to increase military cooperation; scare mongering of Russia buying more gold; and India's admission into the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

SocietyWatch discusses Canada extending legal protections to transgender people; that more Americans believe in evolution; and scare mongering about the household debt of Australians.

There are letters. Here's one letter from Augusta, Georgia from a person persuaded by PCG's constant demonization of Iran which is done to convince readers that Gerald Flurry's proclamation in 1994 that Iran is the "King of the South" somehow proves that God is with PCG.
I have been reading the magazine for some time and agree that your analysis has been spot on in the issue of Iran. I really enjoy the magazine and feel that we are entering a time that really leads up to the end times. I pray each day more people will come to realize what the future holds. It seems God is holding off some of the disaster, hoping that people will change their way of living, but it seems that history is about to repeat itself.
Here's a letter from Coram, New York from a person who had been reading PCG's recruitment magaizine since about 2005 who praises PCG as making accurate predictions despite their record of making numerous failed and inaccurate predictions.
I have to tell you this is the most amazing periodical I have ever read. I have been reading it for 12 years now and everything you have said will happen or has happened. But that doesn’t surprise me because the Bible doesn’t lie.
Here's a letter from Long Beach, California from a person disillusioned with President Trump.
I was so happy when I discovered the Trumpet by accident. I read the one with Donald Trump on it four times over. According to this book, we are close to World War III. I don’t care for President Trump, but some members of my family think he is a gift from God. I told my daughters that he was going to lead us to destruction and they didn’t believe me. Then I found the Trumpet and it agreed with me! I really love the PCG. I am not really good with the Bible, but you put it all before me; I can read with the Bible and it is easier for me to understand. I appreciate your work so much.
And so we see that PCG's 1% has produced yet another issue of their recruitment magazine seeking to gain new recruits and to keep their followers overawed towards PCG's 1% by thinking that they can see the future. However since its founding in 1989 PCG has made at least 52 failed predictions. Getting a British columnist to talk at their headquarters cannot change that fact. Clearly PCG's leaders are but false prophets. There is no need to fear their dire proclamations. PCG's leaders are but false prophets.

WCG said East Jerusalem Does Not Belong to Israel (1975)

In 1967 the State of Israel acquired East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip after its victory in the Six Day War. Immediately the State of Israel annexed East Jerusalem while placing the West Bank and the Gaza Strip under military rule under the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) which is a part of the Israeli Defense Ministry.

But governments tend to be reluctant to recognize changed borders lest that diplomatic act should set a precedent justifying the dismemberment of their own territories. Consequently no national government recognized the Israeli government's annexation of East Jerusalem instead viewing it as occupied territory in which the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 applies. This includes the United States. It is for this reason that most foreign embassies are located in Tel Aviv and not Jerusalem.

Even WCG acknowledged East Jerusalem legal status as occupied territory ruled by yet not recognized by the international community as being a part of the State of Israel. This may be seen on list of mailing addresses placed in the 1975 edition of WCG's booklet, The Modern Romans: The Decline of Western Civilization (1971, 1972, 1975).

On page 90 of this PDF file the booklet lists mailing addresses in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Puerto Rico, England, Switzerland, West Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Jerusalem, South Africa and Rhodesia. The mailing address for Jerusalem does not mention the State of Israel. This acknowledges the legal status of East Jerusalem in the view of every national government (expect the State of Israel's) that East Jerusalem does not belong to the State of Israel but rather it is viewed as occupied territory in which the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 applies.

LCG Remembering Roderick C. Meredith

LCG has released a broadcast of their recruitment telecast, Tomorrow's World, commemorating the late Roderick C. Meredith following his death on May 18, 2017 at 86 years of age. It is presented by Gerald Weston and Richard Ames. (A Life of Faith, August 2, 2017.)

Most of it is a compilation of footage of some of Meredith's TV broadcasts dating from 1995 to 2014.

Monday, July 31, 2017

LCG's John Ogwyn on Nimrod (2001)

Back in 2001 the late John Ogwyn wrote an article that promoted LCG's view of Nimrod. (John Ogwyn, Fragmentation in an Age of Globalism, January-February 2001.)
The original Babylon, or Babel, was founded by Nimrod in the land of Shinar, in what is now Iraq.... Here the people—all of one language—came together to build the famous Tower of Babel to keep from being fragmented and scattered. The tower was to reach into heaven—a prideful venture that directly challenged God.... The Almighty intervened and divided the various nationalities by giving them different languages.... This halted construction of the tower. 
This parallels our modern time remarkably. In fact, the economic and political integration of European nations with their different languages has frequently been compared with the ancient Babel project. As an example, the European Commission sponsored a widely distributed poster of the Tower of Babel and the words, "Europe—Many Tongues, One Voice." 
In addition to trying to build a political empire, Nimrod also promulgated an idolatrous system of worship known as the Babylonian Mysteries, through which he sought to unify his subjects. It may surprise you to learn that this essentially pagan religion, though changed in form, has persisted to our day. Called by God "Mystery, Babylon the Great"..., it is described as a great "mother" church which will play a major role in end-time events.
The concord between European nations under the aegis of the European Union is negatively portrayed as being something opposed to (LCG's) God's will.

The last paragraph is largely based on a discredited anti-Catholic polemic from the 1850s, namely The Two Babylons by Alexander Hyslop, a Presbyterian minister. One book that critiques the spurious claims made by Hyslop is The Babylon Connection? by Ralph Woodrow (1997).

It is taught in LCG that the final Pope will be given power by Satan to perform sinister miracles such as summoning fire from the sky in order to prop up a future European superstate fated to conquer the United States just before Christ's return.

Ever since Armstrongism began in the 1930s the COGs have constantly insistied that catastrophe is coming and it has never happened. There is no need to fear their dire proclamations. They are but false prophets.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

PCG on the Al Aqsa Protests

Since 2005 PCG's leaders have continuously scare mongered that a third intifada would soon occur in the Holy Land. Following the tragic and terrible events that have occurred regarding the proposed metal detectors that were placed around the Al Aqsa Mosque recently PCG's Brent Nagtegaal has released an article discussing those terrible days. (Brent Nagtegaal, Palestinians Are Preparing for Another Intifada, July 25, 2017.)

The article serves to insist that PCG's teachings regarding supposed future events in the Holy Land are true and will soon be fulfilled. It also promotes a misconception common within the COGs, namely that tensions between the State of Israel and the Palestinians are all about the Al Aqsa Mosque.
Palestinian society is always one minor event away from reigniting a holy war over al-Aqsa.
It is casually assumed that the grievances of Palestinians in this matter are minor. How could peace ever be made if one side's concerns are belittled in such a way?
On Friday, July 14, two Israeli-Arab police officers were killed at the hands of Arab terrorists bearing machine guns and knives who came from the sacred Temple Mount complex. In response, Israel set up metal detectors at the entrance to the 35-acre compound to ensure such an attack will not take place again.
No mention is made that the perpetrators of that terrible and deadly attack were killed in the armed attack. The murderers were Palestinian citizens of Israel. Describing them as simply Arab obscures that detail.

The two police officers who were tragically were robbed of their lives by this terrible act of murder were Druze. Since its founding the State of Israel has favored the Druze community.

While the Israeli government justified the metal detectors as a security measure they seem to have failed to note that this move would inflame tensions with the Palestinians who did not ask for this measure. Tragically this measure would cause more loss of life.
Even though the metal detectors have been taken down, the fact remains that any Israeli movement around the Temple Mount, however minor, will be interpreted as justification for holy war.
It is assumed that the problem is mainly about the Temple Mount. While it is certainly true that from time to time tensions have been particularly acute and deadly over that particular site that is only a symptom of larger problems.

The territory seized by the State of Israel in 1967, including East Jerusalem, is viewed by the international community as occupied land under the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949. The international community recognizes the State of Israel as only having the right to rule the land it had in its 1949-67 borders. This is why the US Embassy and the embassies of many other nations, such as the embassies of Britain, France, Canada, Mexico, Australia, China, India, and others, are located in Tel Aviv and not Jerusalem. As far as the 161 nation states that recognize the State of Israel are concerned East Jerusalem does not belong to the State of Israel but, rather, is occupied by it.

The author then describes at length the murder of three Israeli Jews by a 19 year old Palestinian. There is no such detailed description given for the three Palestinians who were killed by Israeli personnel in protests against the metal detectors. On the Friday after the publication of this article two more Palestinians have died violently. One of them was a 16 year old Palestinian named Abdelrahman Abu Hmeisa, who was shot to death in the Gaza Strip during a protest.

Palestinian parents, brothers, sisters, husbands and wives love their families and friends as much as any other people. No doubt the lives of those who knew those three Palestinians killed in the protests have been shattered by the loss of their loved ones. But somehow that pain and suffering is overlooked in this article.

While describing the mass murder the author makes the following statement.
One such person is 19-year-old [name of murderer] from the Arab village of Kobar. On Friday night, he took a knife and entered a nearby Jewish village in the West Bank.
Kobar is a Palestinian village in the West Bank. The scene of the terrible mass murder was Halamish, an Israeli settlement in the West Bank. It was built on land captured in 1967 which is viewed by the 161 nation states that recognize the State of Israel as not belonging to the State of Israel but instead is occupied by it. Palestinians are not allowed to live in these Israeli settlements even though many of these settlements are built by Palestinian laborers hired by Israeli authorities. Furthermore Palestinians are even hired to work in these settlements despite not being allowed to live there.

The author then criticizes the Palestinian protesters' objections to the metal detectors by saying that many other places in Israel and lands controlled by it have metal detectors. He also brings up Mecca and Medina.
Living in Israel, it seems that the only place that metal detectors haven’t historically been used is where Muslims gain access to the Temple Mount. Of course, if you are a tourist or a Jew wanting to visit the Temple Mount, you have had to go through a metal detector for years to gain access. Even then, you can only reach the Mount at very limited times during the week. Installing simple metal detectors at the Arab gates would simply raise the Temple Mount to the standard of public safety afforded other locations where public gatherings take place. Furthermore, Mecca and Medina, the first two sites most sacred to Islam, have far more stringent security measures in place (including metal detectors and security cameras) compared with the Temple Mount.
The difference between Mecca and Medina on the one hand and East Jerusalem on the other is that no one questions the Saudi government's sovereignty over Mecca and Medina however no nation state recognize the State of Israel as having the right to rule East Jerusalem because the State of Israel acquired it by armed force during the Six Day War of 1967. Consequently the 161 nation states recognizing the State of Israel view East Jerusalem as occupied land.
But this isn’t about metal detectors. It is about the long-standing Palestinian goal to wrest complete control of the Temple Mount from Israel. These security measures are just the latest excuse.
He is right to say that it is not only about the metal detectors. Many Palestinians, including some in Jerusalem, have had their homes demolished or have lived in fear that their homes would be demolished. Events like these are certain to make Palestinians weary of living under Israeli rule. The author makes no attempt to try and view these events from the perspective of one who had seen his or her home demolished by an Israeli bulldozer by order of Israeli authorities.
In 2000, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon visited the Temple Mount. The Palestinians’ reaction to that should have been little more than a verbal debate. Instead, their reaction was the second intifada.
No mention is made that Sharon visited it with about 1,500 security personnel. It is insisted that Palestinians should have only had "a verbal debate" about it without trying to understand the Palestinians' perspective. Furthermore Palestinians were frustrated that their hopes for the Oslo Peace Process had not been fulfilled seven years after the PLO signed the Camp David Accord. In those seven years many more Israeli settlers moved into the settlements in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The Palestinians had hoped that the peace process would stop the settlements from expending. It was not just about Sharon's visit.
That “al-Aqsa intifada” also used the narrative that Israel was trying to take over the Temple Mount in order to motivate its Palestinians to blow themselves up on buses and in cafés throughout Israel. 
It was not just about al-Aqsa. Alas, as stability gradually collapsed the use of armed force gradually escalated. It was six months before the Palestinian militants began to use suicide bombers against the civilians of the State of Israel. Of course none of that justifies the horror that is suicide bombing. Today even the Palestinian armed groups that used suicide bombers back in the Second Intifada have for the most part quietly stopped employing that ghastly act. A pertinent detail which is also left unstated in this article.
In the end, over 1,000 Israelis were killed, not to mention thousands of Palestinians who died believing a narrative that was as untrue then as it is today.
The author obscures how high the death toll was for Palestinians in the Second Intifada. The author also criticizes the Palestinians who died, people unable to defend themselves, as believing in untrue rumors. This negative statement is made only about Palestinians. Many of the Palestinians who died violently in the Second Intifada were civilians.

The fact is that the Palestinians were far more vulnerable to violence than Israelis. While Palestinians had clandestine militia groups with guns and bombs the State of Israel had a powerful and well equipped army, navy, collaborators among the Palestinian peoples and other resources. The Palestinian insurgents could not compete militarily against this armed force. It was inevitable that the armed forces of the State of Israel would gradually wear down the insurgency.
Of course, if Israel wanted to take over the Temple Mount, Judaism’s holiest site (believed to be the location of the first and second temples), it has had the means and, some would say, the justification for doing so for over 50 years. And yet, to this day, there has been no attempt to take over the sanctuary, nor exercise greater control over it.
It seems an unhelpful way of denying that rumor by stating that such a terrible thing could be done.
Again, it’s not about the metal detectors. And even the Muslim Waqf that oversees the daily running of the Temple Mount said on Sunday that it won’t accept any new security measures at the Temple Mount, “even if metal detectors are taken away.” They are not interested in a security compromise to ensure Israel’s legitimate security concerns are mitigated. 
Instead, the Waqf and the Palestinian leadership are looking to use this situation to further erode Israel’s ever shrinking sovereignty over the Temple Mount. This is part of their long-term strategy.
It is not mentioned that the Waqf is Jordanian. This is a hold over from when the West Bank was ruled by Jordan in 1949-67.
It has always been the Palestinian goal to take the Temple Mount completely out of the hands of Israel. Because of the constant lies about Israel’s attempts to block access to Muslims, Palestinian society constantly lives one benign event away from instigating a holy war to “protect al-Aqsa from the Jews.”
The author complains that it is a lie to say that the State of Israel is attempting to block access to Muslims entering the Al Aqsa Mosque. But actually since 2014 Israeli authorities have restricted certain age groups from entering the mosque at certain times. Since 2014 some Muslims have been restricted from entering the mosque by Israeli personnel. The author is wrong regarding this particular claim.

Also if a Palestinian state is be created out of the land acquired by the State of Israel in 1967 those who would build such a state need East Jerusalem. The 161 nation states that recognize the State of Israel do not view East Jerusalem as belonging to the State of Israel but as occupied land that is supposed to be governed by the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949. In addition to the legal status of East Jerusalem as occupied land the religious significance and tourist attraction of East Jerusalem is an invaluable resource. Consequently it is unthinkable for Palestinians to give up East Jerusalem after recognizing the State of Israel as having the right to rule the land in its 1949-67 borders (which constitute 78% of Mandatory Palestine) back in 1993.
We at the Trumpet take no pleasure in the loss of life, whether it’s the Palestinian that is driven by a religious fervor predicated on a pernicious lie or the Jews who are killed as a result.
Even here the author feels compelled to present one side, namely the Palestinians, as being deluded by a lie. He presents one side as good and innocent and the other side as deluded and irrationally fanatical.
But we do watch these events closely because Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry has said for over a decade that the Bible prophesies that East Jerusalem will fall to the Arabs in the near future. ... He also writes more specifically that the Temple Mount itself will fall into Arab hands. As Mr. Flurry relates ... that will only occur after there is a fight with Israel over that territory.
PCG has made at least 52 false prophecies since its founding in 1989. This prophecy is also sure to fail. PCG's 1% are but false prophets.

To say that nothing can be done to solve these problems until Christ returns is of no use. Even if that were true surely we should feel that it would be right to try and solve this problem instead of just giving up and waiting for Christ to return. That advice is not good.

May peace soon come to the Holy Land. May violence soon cease.

Friday, July 28, 2017

All Americans Deserve to Have Health Insurance

So it now appears that Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act in the Senate have failed. The Congressional Budget Office had stated that millions of Americans would have lost their health care insurance if the legislation had passed. It would have been a terrible thing if so many Americans would have lost their health insurance. So many would have their health compromised and even die early.

All Americans deserve to have health care insurance. All Americans deserve to live healthy and prosperous lives.

Children's Nightmares in Radio/Worldwide COG

Banned by HWA has released a post entitled Richard Armstrong and the Church of God Tradition of Beating Children into Submission discussing Richard David Armstrong's infamous letter of March 12, 1958 berating the congregation for not disciplining their children as he expected and making threats of publicly humiliating church members if their children behave in a manner he disapproved of. This letter has gained attention before back in 2013.

The comments are also quite revealing about the frighteningly abusive and authoritarian atmosphere within the Radio/Worldwide COG. Some of what is mentioned in the comments is shocking. How dare anyone claim that the Radio/Worldwide COG is somehow worthy of emulation.

Also relevant to this discussion if a sermon Richard David Armstrong made on October 13, 1957 which was mentioned in a previous post. In it he complains that children are supposed to sit still and keep quiet during the entire sermon. Here is one sick anecdote he mentions in the sermon.
One of the cutest things I've ever seen....And I've seen, and it's fantastic. I've never seen anything like this before. I've seen that boy ... take off his belt, hold it up to him, and say, Daddy, I was supposed to get a spanking this evening. (Audience laughs.) I'm not lying either. That's a fact. I've seen it happen. I've seen him remind his father that he had a spanking coming. I never did that. (Laughter.)
And many within the COGs happen to view these days as Radio/Worldwide COG's golden age. What dangerous nonsense.

Transgender Ban in Military Would Endanger American Soldiers

Recently President Trump proposed banning transgender people from serving in the armed forces. Regardless of how we may view this issue we must face the facts even if we may not like them. And the fact is that if such a policy will be enforced it will endanger American soldiers since those who want to serve and who may earn a promotion by proving their competence and skill will be overlooked simply for being a transgender person.

Furthermore transgender people in the United States tend to enlist for military service at a disproportionately higher rate than the general population. Do those in the COGs who vilify and condemn transgender people realize that they are slurring a community that include many who serve the nation in the armed forces?

Friday, July 21, 2017

Reading Mark Mendiola's Article, The Scourge of Pornography (2001)

The tenth issue of LCG's recruitment magazine, Tomorrow's World (January-February 2001), featured an article by Mark Mendiola of Pocatello, Idaho entitled "The Scourge of Pornography." (pp. 24-28.) This was the ninth of several articles Mendiola would write for this recruitment magazine. Here Mendiola condemns pornography and insists that it is a sign that LCG's God will soon unleash the Great Tribulation upon the United States.

Let's see what he has to say.
Pornography is one of the fastest growing sectors of the global economy as people from throughout the world buy staggering volumes of sexually explicit materials. Americans alone spend an estimated $8 billion a year on it, making pornography one of the most profitable industries in the United States. How can nations with Judeo-Christian underpinnings justify their massive production and consumption of such objectionable material? Historically, cultures that have repudiated morality have rotted from the inside only to collapse. (p. 24.)
Mendiola implies that pornography will cause the United States to collapse.

Mendiola exploits the Northridge earthquake of 1994 to insist that LCG's God is filled with wrath at the United States for its pornography industry.
At 4:31 a.m. on January 17, 1994, Southern California’s densely populated San Fernando Valley was jolted by the most devastating earthquake in the United States since the 1906 San Francisco temblor [sic]. Nearly 60 people were killed, 1,500 others seriously injured and 12,500 structures damaged, including major Los Angeles freeways.  
The earthquake measured 6.7 on the Richter scale. Its total damage estimate of $15 billion made it financially one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history.... Was it merely coincidence that the quake’s epicenter was at Northridge, Calif., considered the nation’s pornography capital? More than 80 percent of all video pornography made in the U.S. is filmed at Northridge studios within five miles of the epicenter.  
The destruction that occurred in the Los Angeles area is a forerunner of the national punishment coming on the U.S. and other nations in the western world for their blatant disregard of moral standards prescribed by God’s living spiritual laws, including guidelines on marriage and sexual relations. The proliferation of pornography in western society today is a disturbing cultural phenomenon, symptomatic of a hedonistic age that rejects traditional values. (p. 24.)
Earthquakes are a natural fact of life. They are caused by friction between plates in the Earth's crust. It is terrible that a natural disaster which killed so many people had been exploited in a superstitious manner.
Whether displayed behind convenience store counters or posted on the Internet, pornography is a corrosive element eating away at the vitals of civilized society. Raunchy pornographic material in various forms—including magazines, videotapes, cable television and Web sites—is easily accessible to people of all ages. (pp. 24-25.)
How knowledgeable.

He then cites a statement from Beverley LaHaye.
Calling Internet pornography the “red light district of cyberspace,” Concerned Women for America, a public policy organization founded by Beverly LaHaye in 1979, stated, “There has never been a time in history when such massive distribution of pornographic material has been paralleled. And, sadly, because of the nebulous quality of the Internet, currently very few safeguards or age-check procedures are in place to monitor its distribution.” (p. 25.)
Concerned Women for America is a prominent organization of the religious right. So often LCG and the other Armstrongite COGs vilify the mainstream churches as false Christians and even as bearing the mark of the beast by worshiping on Sunday. But here Mendiola finds it useful to cite an organization of these supposed false Christians who bear the mark of the beast to prop up his condemnation of pornography. How selective he is.

Mendiola moans that his views are not popular.
It is not popular or politically correct today to call deviant sexual behavior “perverse,” yet God shows that indulging in widespread sexual promiscuity defiles nations. History strongly attests that such nations bring punishment on themselves. The licentious ancient Greek and Roman empires and many other nations have written that lesson for all of us to consider. (p. 25.)
But what happened to the Greeks? They were conquered by the Romans and became a part of the Roman Empire. Later the Roman Empire was split into two and the Eastern Roman Empire did not fall to any foreign power until 1204 when Constantinople was sacked during the Fourth Crusade.
In 1998, 8,948 new hard-core videos hit the U.S. retail market, up from 1,275 in 1990. Many of those were produced in the Northridge, Calif. area. (p. 26.)
Once again the earthquake is exploited to make his point even though earthquakes are a natural phenomenon.

Mendiola then insists that those who enforce the law insist that "repeated exposure to pornography" lead to dangerous and illegal sexual behavior. But instead of citing any of these law enforcement officers he claims have this view he immediately cites an infamous serial killer.
Law enforcement officials who have investigated sexual abuse, rape and murder cases confirm that repeated exposure to pornography has turned many men into sexual addicts, predators and abusers. Hours before his execution in 1989, notorious serial killer Ted Bundy stated: “I have lived in prison a long time now, and I’ve met a lot of men who were motivated to violence just like me. And without exception, every one of them was deeply involved in pornography, without a question, deeply influenced and consumed by an addiction to pornography.” (p. 26.)
It is strange to see Mendiola citing a serial killer to support his argument against pornography. It is dangerous to trust people like that. They tend to be dreadfully manipulative. They cannot be trusted.

It also needs to be asked why it is that none of the editors of this recruitment magazine removed this passage? Didn't anyone above Mendiola think this passage was a bad idea? The editors of this issue were Roderick C. Meredith, Richard Ames, William Bowmer and Gary Ehman.
Yet throughout the western world, pornography is promoted and defended by those who argue it is a form of freedom and enlightenment. (p. 27.)
Who has ever called pornography "a form of ... enlightenment"?

The COGs tend to be right wing in regards to politics and Mendiola shows this by complaining about the Supreme Court legalizing pornography. I do not condemn the COGs for being right wing but it is important to note that they are right wing because it explains so much of the political stances they choose to make.
The turning point in the United States for the commercialization of pornography came in 1973 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Miller v. California that “pornography,” but not “obscenity,” was protected by the First Amendment, muddying the issue. (p. 27.)
He then mentions that President Reagan was strict about enforcing the law against obscenity. But he complains that Clinton then was elected and that it is implied that his administration has let pornography flourish.
However, the Attorney General’s Commission on Pornography was established shortly after President Ronald Reagan gave his second inaugural speech in 1985. It included an enforcement unit that aggressively prosecuted pornographers. 
“During the Reagan and Bush administrations, the Justice Department successfully prosecuted child pornographers and large-scale purveyors of obscenity; and, in the process of effectively enforcing the obscenity laws, collected millions of dollars in fines and forfeitures to offset the costs of enforcement,” Morality in Media president Robert Peters wrote in a July 28, 2000 article. 
President Bill Clinton assured voters in 1992 that “aggressive enforcement of federal obscenity laws by the Justice Department... will be a priority in the Clinton-Gore administration.” 
However, the pornography industry has exploded with unfettered success in recent years. “During the first six years of the Clinton administration, federal obscenity law enforcement declined by over 80 percent. ...” (p. 27.)
Mendiola cites this article to cast suspicion upon various organizations blaming them for the pornography industry instead of our sex hormones.
He [Russell Peters] speculated that Clinton was pressured by elitist supporters in Hollywood, the Playboy empire, the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force and People for the American Way to ease off enforcing obscenity laws. Scandals in his administration also made it difficult for him to urge U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno to prosecute porn cases. ... Pornographers have flourished from the benevolent neglect the porn industry has enjoyed under Attorney General Reno. (p. 27.)
Strangely in all this article there is no discussion of sex hormones. The reason there is pornography is because we have natural urges that encourage reproduction partly caused by hormones such as testosterone and estrogen. Mendiola fulminates about pornography and yet he seems to think that our sex hormones are a matter unworthy of mention. Think about it. That is a very strange omission. It is no use to fume against supposedly liberal elites instead of addressing our own hormones.

Another concerning thing about this article is how he seems to make little distinction between what is legal and what is illegal. He emotively mentions illegal sexual behavior and assumes that illegal behavior is caused by watching pornography but it is hard to prove something like that. That line of thought also fails to address the fact that there is legal pornography. How can one expect the government to stop that which is legal?

In the last part of this article Mendiola links his condemnation of pornography with LCG's proclamation that at some point in the near future a German led European entity of some sort will launch a war of conquest and seize control of the United States with much violence and take Americans as slaves back to Europe. This is taught to be divine punishment for behavior contrary to LCG's teachings.
Rather than being a shining beacon on a hill as President Reagan fondly envisioned, the United States exports prodigious volumes of some of the vilest material imaginable in the form of pornography. A nation that prides itself in its Judeo-Christian roots is accountable to the Living God for promulgating such filth throughout the world. (p. 28.)
Mendiola proclaims that the German led Europeans are coming.
What happened in the past to ancient Israel and Judah will recur in the future. The Bible shows a modern Babylonian Empire, spearheaded by modern Assyrians or Germans, will arise on the European continent.... Inspired by a charismatic religious leader who will denounce American and British cultures for their steep slide into immorality, including the export of pornography, the Europeans will justify unleashing horrific punishment on the U.S. and British Commonwealth peoples. (p. 28.)
This "charismatic religious leader" refers to the final Pope. It is taught within LCG that the final Pope will be granted power by Satan to perform miracles such as summoning fire from the sky to prop up a future political union between some of the nations of Europe in a union led by Germany. However such things are not made clear in this article. The COGs have been making similar dire proclamations since the 1930s and yet this dire news has always failed. It will never happen.

Mendiola insists that this supposedly coming conquest by Europe will lead to a catastrophe even worse than the Holocaust thus crudely invoking the memory of the approximately six million Jews who were so dreadfully murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators for being Jews. What dreadful behavior Mendiola shows here.
As unbelievable as it is to contemplate, American, British, Jewish and other modern Israelitish people will be plunged into national punishment even worse than the Holocaust unless they repent of their widespread immorality and sexual sins. Although they now are considered allies, the remilitarized Europeans primarily will be used by the Living Creator God to chastise modern Israel and Judah. ... [Ezekiel describes] a scenario frighteningly reminiscent of the Nazi death camps of World War II.... (p. 28.)
Mendiola's insistence that the United States will soon endure such terrible things is because he assumes that Americans are descended from the Biblical Israelites. This idea, which is known as British Israelism, is complete nonsense. British and Americans are not related to Jews in that way. Once British Israelism is exposed as incorrect much of LCG's other dire proclamations of doom awaiting the United States fall apart as well.

This claim seems unbelievable because it is unbelievable. It will never happen. LCG's 1% cannot see the future.

Mendiola then calls for repentance by embracing behavior taught by LCG's leaders. He implies that it is possible for the United States to repent and stop the conquest by the Europeans from occurring but within the COGs it is generally assumed that such a military conquest is inevitable.
It is not too late for nations in the western world to repent of their plunge into the cesspool of pornography and immorality, defiling themselves, but time is running out. 
The Bible shows when Jesus Christ returns to establish the Kingdom of God on earth, He will cleanse these nations and restore their former greatness after they bitterly repent of their widespread lewdness. (p. 28.)
He then ends the article with a quote from Jeremiah.

It does not matter how many times LCG's 1% insist that the Great Tribulation is near since they cannot perceive the future. From 1953 onward their predecessors in the Radio Church of God taught that this Great Tribulation would begin in 1972 and culminate with the return of Christ in 1975 to begin the Millennium. Clearly the COGs do not know the future.

In September 2006 Mendiola left LCG and joined Dave Pack's Restored Church of God. Around 2008 he left RCG and joined Don Billingsley's Church of God-Faithful Flock.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Listening to PCG's Trumpet Hour (July 7, 2017)

The July 7, 2017 broadcast of PCG's Trumpet Hour discussed the G20 summit in Hamburg and other topics.

EU-Japan Trade Deal

It also mentioned a free trade deal between the European Union and Japan. This is presented as an attempt to counter the United States for its rejection of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Sam Livingston cites a 2011 booklet by Gerald Flurry, namely Isaiah's End-Time Vision, to imply that he had predicted this development. (27 minutes onward.)

What is overlooked is that PCG has constantly vilified Japan. It is often portrayed as drifting toward militarism. This habit was inherited from the Armstrongite WCG. PCG's 1% are constantly scare mongering about many nations and shrilly declaring that they are somehow working against the United States. This includes Japan. It is no surprise that some in this social milieu would link different perceived threats together. Thus these words against Japan can be cited at any time whenever relevant news occur.

UNESCO on Hebron

Joel Hilliker and Brent Nagtegaal also denounced the recent UNESCO resolution to recognize the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron as an endangered Palestinian heritage site. Hilliker stated that Hebron is in Israel even though no nation state on Earth recognizes the State of Israel as having any right to rule the land acquired during the Six Day War of 1967. This includes the United States government.

No mention is made of how the United States withdrew from UNESCO as retaliation for it admitting Palestine as a member back in 2011. 136 nation states have granted diplomatic recognition to the State of Palestine since November 15, 1988. With the United States now out of UNESCO it has no way to directly influence it.

And on another matter Andrew Müller complained that the recent federal budget did not cut enough expenditure.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Fruit of Islamophobia in Oklahoma

So often the COGs moan and scare monger about Muslims. There seems to be little awareness of the problem of discrimination and hatred directed against American Muslims. The Huffington Post has published a timeline of acts against Muslims in the United States in 2016. In the timeline 385 acts are listed ranging from harsh rhetoric to the criminal act of murder.

What follows are the entries from the timeline for what happened in the home state of PCG's Headquarters, Oklahoma.

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WHERE: Oklahoma
WHEN: Feb. 25, 2016
WHO: Unidentified bigots.

Organizers of the annual Muslim Day at the Oklahoma state capitol -- in which followers of Islam host panels and discussions with state lawmakers -- said they received multiple threats to disrupt the event. "We've heard all kinds of crazy things, like people wanting to throw bacon at attendees, or blocking entrance to the capitol," said Adam Soltani of the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. One online threat in particular read: "Everyone should put as a big a pocketful of bacon bits in their pockets and throw it like wedding confetti all over these neanderthal bastards." The Quran forbids pork product consumption. Dozens of anti-Muslim protesters showed up at last year's Muslim Day. Organizers said they had stepped up security for this year.

Source: KOKH

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WHERE: Savana, Oklahoma
WHEN: May 2, 2016
WHO: Police arrested a man named Larry Johnson

Johnson allegedly attacked a man working at the Savana Superette gas station, stabbing him in the chest and head. A witness told police that Johnson called the victim a “terrorist.” The victim, police added, was born in Bangladesh. Police are investigating the incident as a hate crime.

Source: The McAlester News-Capital

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WHERE: Oklahoma
WHEN: June 18, 2016
WHO: Republican Oklahoma state representative Pat Ownbey

Ownbey shared an article on Facebook titled “Radical Islam -- The Final Solution” in which the author, Paul Hollrah, argues that “Islam is not a religion, subject to First Amendment protections.” The article goes on to say: “The first step in coming to grips with the Islamic threat is to officially declassify Islam as a protected religion in the hearts and minds of western populations.” When asked by a reporter at NonDoc if he thought Islam should be protected by the First Amendment, Ownbey said it was an “interesting question,” adding that he’d have to study Islam before making a determination. Later, after deleting the Facebook post, Ownbey said that Islam “should be Constitutionally protected.”

Source: NonDocKFOR

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WHERE: OK Halal Meat & Grocery store in Oklahoma City
WHEN: Aug. 11, 2016
WHO: Unknown

Someone spray-painted a series of anti-Muslim messages on the wall of the store. “Saad is not welcome here," read one message, likely directed at Saad Mohammed, director of Islamic news and information for the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, a mosque near to the store. Another statement said, "CAIR not welcome here,” referring to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a prominent Muslim civil rights group. Other messages mentioned the terror group ISIS and made derogatory references to the Prophet Muhammad. On another wall of the store, someone spray-painted a hangman with spaces underneath for a five-letter word. Police are investigating.

Source: News9The Oklahoman

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WHERE: Tulsa, Oklahoma
WHEN: Aug. 12, 2016
WHO: Stanley Vernon Majors

Majors, a 61-year-old ex-convict, allegedly shot and killed 37-year-old Khalid Jabara outside his home. Majors reportedly has harassed the Jabara family, who lived next door, for years. He called the Jabaras -- Christian immigrants from Lebanon -- “dirty Arabs,” “Aye-rabs” and “Mooslems.” Last year, he nearly killed Haifa Jabara, the family’s mother, when he hit her with his car. Afterwards, according to police, he called the Jabaras “filthy Lebanese” who “throw gay people off rooftops” -- a reference, no doubt, to ISIS propaganda videos showing the terror group doing just that. Majors was arrested and now faces murder and hate crime charges.

Source: The Huffington Post

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And so the quotations end.

The COGs need to be better aware that talking about Muslims or any group in an irresponsible manner can have tragic consequences that need to be avoided.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Reading Mark Mendiola's Article, Watch and Warn (2000)

The ninth issue of LCG's recruitment magazine, Tomorrow's World (November-December 2000), featured an article by Mark Mendiola of Pocatello, Idaho entitled "Watch and Warn." (pp. 20-24, 30.) This was the eighth of several articles Mendiola would write for this recruitment magazine. (The September-October 2000 issue had featured an article by Rod McNair about US relations with the Philippines.) Here Mendiola scare mongers that a time of severe military conflict called the Great Tribulation will soon occur which is to be shortly afterwards followed by Christ's return. He also insists that the news media have failed to notice the signs that the Great Tribulation is about to occur implying that readers cannot trust other sources of information.

Introduction
Jesus Christ told His followers to watch world events, and to warn the world of what is to come. With the Bible as our guide, we can understand how seemingly unrelated events in different regions tie together as the Savior’s prophesied return draws near. (p. 2.)
In other words these separate events are unrelated without LCG's dogmas.
Momentous changes that will dramatically impact everyone on earth are occurring throughout the world.  How do seemingly unrelated events in different regions tie together?  Jesus Christ urges us to "watch" and shows us how, giving us major signs to discern.  With that watching also comes a responsibility to warn of impending troubles. (p. 20.)
In other words keeping up with current affairs and using LCG's speculations to interpret them. In this way political and economic events are exploited to make the audience more indoctrinated into believing that LCG's 1% have God's favor.
Jesus Christ, the greatest newscaster of all time, urges His disciples to remain constantly vigilant of world events. They also must stay close to God in prayer to survive the calamitous conditions that will precede His return to earth at the end of this age. (p. 20.)
And this article seeks to convince the reader that one draws close to God through LCG.
The ultimate impact of developments in Europe, the Middle East and the Far East will be profound on the United States, British Commonwealth and other nations in the western world. Yet these major developments often are barely mentioned, if even reported, in newscasts or news publications. (p. 20.)
In other words Mendiola is casting suspicion towards mainstream media outlets to make the audience distrustful of them so that they will rely on LCG to tell them about world events.
Virtually everyone on earth will be astonished at the unforeseen direction events will take in the coming years that will change the global balance of power and plunge the world into its most severe crisis ever. The destruction, loss of life and suffering will exceed even the two previous world wars. It is a scenario that seems unbelievable, but will come as surely as the sun rises and sets. Yet beyond this time of unprecedented trouble dawns tomorrow's world ruled by Jesus Christ, who proclaimed the Good News of the Kingdom of God. (p. 20.)
And it is implied that "destruction, loss of life and suffering ... exceed[ing] even the two previous world wars" will soon occur. And yet seventeen years later no such thing has occurred.

Mendiola writes, "It is a scenario that seems unbelievable, but will come as surely as the sun rises and sets." It seems unbelievable because it is unbelievable. While catastrophes may well occur the possibility that LCG's leaders then based in San Diego and (after relocating there in 2003) in Charlotte could possibly know the future is utterly unbelievable.
In Luke's account of the famous Olivet Prophecy, Jesus Christ warns of conditions that will prevail prior to His Second Coming to this earth. He notes that religious deception, wars and commotions will be widespread, but the end will not come immediately as a result.... 
Wars between nations and kingdoms, however, will steadily intensify; great earthquakes will strike throughout the world; famines and disease epidemics will spread. These conditions are worsening throughout the world. One only has to witness the wars, starvation and pestilence reaching crisis proportions on the African continent for confirmation. What Christ foretells is unfolding right before our eyes! (pp. 20-21.)
But seventeen years later still in such catastrophe of the type Mendiola prophesied of has yet occurred.

Mendiola then belittles those who may disagree with him by insisting that most people are too self centered to notice his dire proclamation of catastrophe.
In other words, He strongly admonishes His disciples to wake up and be aware of world events around them. However, He also notes that most people will be so consumed with seeking their own pleasure and concerned about their own personal cares that they will be oblivious to the ominous trends happening around them.... Most people will not expect the rapid chain reaction of events leading to a great tribulation that will engulf the entire world prior to Christ's return. (p. 21.)
He shrilly insists all life on Earth is in danger.
As prophecies in the Bible show, we are to watch developments throughout the earth that will lead to a grand smash collision threatening the existence of all life on earth.... (p. 21.)
Future European Superpower

First he focuses his attention on Europe. LCG teaches that America is destined to soon be conquered by a European military power said to be destined to arise in the future and conquer the United States. He claims that Europe is arising as a mighty military power and insists that this is happening without the media's notice and scrutiny. Once again he seeks to slur the media as unreliable and unworthy of trust.
With the collapse of the Soviet Union about 10 years ago, a significant power vacuum was created, leaving the United States the world's only major superpower. What was a bipolar world suddenly turned into a unipolar world, with the U.S. the undisputed dominant nation. However, a shift in the balance of power, eroding U.S. supremacy, is under way, which has not been widely reported in the news media. Yet this development on the European continent is extremely significant. (p. 21.)
He implies that most people are obsessed with trivial matters and so have failed to notice Europe's supposed rise as a military power. By belittling the many he flatters the attentive readers that he or she is better than most of society.
A United States of Europe that threatens to rival the U.S. on the diplomatic, economic, political, and even military fronts, is emerging. It is a development that looks innocent on its surface, but has sinister ramifications for the entire world. Most people in the western world are so obsessed with celebrities, scandals, sensations and other inconsequential news, they are not aware of what Europe's unification means for their future. (p. 21.)
He cites a speech by German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer on May 15, 2000 to imply that the European Union would somehow remove some members in some sort of closer union. After that he once again casts suspicion towards the media to imply that they have failed to notice the supposed rise of Europe.
Yet when this United States of Europe rears its head for a final time as a monstrous beast, the Bible also shows the world will be astonished. Because the news media devote little attention to international affairs, when that powerful empire arises, it will seem to come out of nowhere, astonishing the vast majority of mankind! .... 
Watch news trends leading to a more powerful united Europe militarily, politically and economically. (p. 22.)
The Middle East

When it comes to the situation in the Middle East much of the COGs have this misconception that the problems are all about Jerusalem. This is largely ignorant nonsense. It is true that the political status of Jerusalem is an issue but it most emphatically not the only issue.
In His Olivet prophecy, Jesus Christ emphasizes the need to watch not only developments in the Middle East in general, but also Jerusalem in particular. (p. 22.)
He calls for readers to be informed about events concerning the Middle East region and Jerusalem.
Diplomatic negotiations in the Middle East between the Israelis and Palestinians, as the European Union and Vatican become more heavily involved, will not mean peace in this volatile, strategic region. Christ warns that Jerusalem ultimately will be surrounded by gentile armies and trampled by foreign troops! .... Yet are we keeping ourselves informed about what is happening in that explosive region? (p. 22.)
And how is his audience supposed to be informed about these things if (he implies) the news media are so incompetent as to not notice the important developments? Through LCG.

He scares mongers that "Islamic power" will somehow be magnified in the future.
In March 1999, Stratfor, Inc., an intelligence consulting firm in Austin, Texas, launched an experimental Web site www.stratfor.com. In December 1999, it predicted three events that will, in this decade, magnify Islamic power in the Middle East.... (p. 22.)
Page 22 features pictures of various Middle Eastern leaders to further emphasize the theme of scare mongering about uncertain succession.
The Middle East remains the world’s most explosive region, with leadership a volatile issue. From left to right: Saudi Arabia’s King Fahd; Jordan’s King Abdullah II bin Hussein; Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak; Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi; Bashar al-Assad of Syria; Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat and Iraq’s Saddam Hussein. Jordan’s King Abdullah II bin Hussein and Bashar al-Assad of Syria are the most recent changes in Arab leadership; both assumed power after the deaths of their fathers. (p. 22.)
King Fahd passed away on August 1, 2005 but Saudi Arabia remains a stable nation. King Abdullah is still in power and Jordan remains a stable nation. President Mubarak was overthrown in a popular uprising in 2011. Gaddafi was overthrown and killed in a popular uprising and armed insurgency but tragically to this day Libya has been divided and politically unstable. Since 2011 Syria has been the scene of severe political instability partly caused in no small part by police brutality against what was initially a peaceful protest movement. Since then the crisis has escalated into a full scale armed conflict that among other things allowed the terrorists of Jabhat al-Nusra and ISIL to exploit the troubled situation to seize power for themselves. However with its armed forces and aid from Iran and Russia the Assad regime is still intact in its territory. Yasser Arafat passed away on November 11, 2004 and was succeeded by Mahmoud Abbas. In 2007 Abbas' faction, Fatah, lost control of the Gaza Strip to Hamas. Saddam Hussein was overthrown by US led military intervention in 2003 and hanged on December 30, 2006 after being convicted for leading a campaign of state terror in Dujail in 1982 after a failed assassination attempt. Alas, Iraq has and continues to be travailed by many troubles.

Many things have happened since 2000 when this article was published. But the Great Tribulation and other predictions of LCG's 1% remains as distant as it was in 2000.

Mendiola insists that the Arab nations will join themselves together in some kind of alliance to be led by a future political leader named in Armstrongite dogma as the "King of the South."
The Bible strongly indicates Arab nations in the Middle East will band together to form a confederation led by a "King of the South" that will provoke a remilitarized European power to take swift action in the Middle East. (p. 22.)
The King of the South has changed over the years among the COGs. Before 1945 HWA taught that it was Ethiopia. Later in the 1960s the dogma was changed to label the Arab nations with this role. LCG teaches that idea to this day but other COGs have different opinions. In 1994 PCG's leader, Gerald Flurry, proclaimed that Iran, not the Arab nations, would fulfill this role even though Iran is east, not south, of the Holy Land. RCG's leader, Dave Pack, chose to only accept Ethiopia as fulfilling that role.

It is taught among the COGs that the King of the South is fated to somehow provoke the future European superpower into launching a decisive attack and crush the King of the South and seize control of the Middle East.
This provocation could be prompted by Arab nations in the Middle East cutting off supplies of petroleum to the western world, prompting a swift response from European nations, or a controversy regarding the status of Jerusalem, which requires foreign troops. This crisis in the Middle East, in turn, will pull in nations from other regions like a vortex. (p. 23.)
He ends this section of the article with these vague words.
Watch for future changes in leadership among key Arab nations. And watch the geopolitics associated with the production and marketing of Middle East oil. (p. 23.)
Russia, China and Other Nations

Mendiola then scare mongers about Russia, China and other nations in the east. He teaches that Russia and China will lead some sort of alliance of eastern nations fated to fight against the future European superpower just before Christ's return.
Once this King of the North invades the Middle East, other major military powers in Russia, India, China and Southeast Asia will mobilize to counterattack the brazen move by the Europeans.... 
He [the future European leader supposedly fated to conquer America] will eventually meet his end at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.... This King of the North will face the massive armies of Eurasia. Even now the populations of China and India each exceed one billion people! (p. 23.)
He scare mongers against Russia and China presenting them as working towards weakening the United States.
Russia and China, both nuclear superpowers, will probably be in alliance with the kings of the east and supply most of the 200-million-man army that will launch a major offensive against the European beast power in the Middle East. Russian and Chinese leaders recently stressed the need to offset American power by encouraging a multi-polar world. (pp. 23-24.)
Why have the readers scared of only Russia and China? Why not get them scared of other nation states as well?
Watch continued cooperation between Russia and China as well as among India, Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia and other heavily populated Asian nations. These geopolitical developments in various regions of the world do not bode well for the U.S. and its western allies. (p. 24.)
Fall of the United States

Mendiola claims that since there is no King of the West mentioned in the Bible that it is a sign that the United States will be rendered powerless in the days just before Christ's return.
The Bible speaks of a King of the North, a King of the South and kings of the East, but remains almost deafeningly silent about a king from the other compass point—the West. There is no "King of the West" per se named in the Bible. Yet the United States undoubtedly is the leading nation in the West. 
When the King of the North retaliates against the King of the South, which will compel the kings of the East to respond, Bible prophecy shows the United States and other nations of British descent will be either conquered, enslaved or on the verge of captivity. (p. 24.)
Mendiola then makes the inaccurate and nonsensical claim that white Americans are descended from the Biblical Israelites of the Old Testament. Elsewhere LCG teaches that white Americans are descended from Manasseh, the son of Joseph mentioned in Genesis.
America and other British-descended and northwestern European nations are identified in Bible prophecy as modern descendants of Israel, the Old Testament patriarch whose name was changed from Jacob. (p. 24.)
It will not be immediately apparent to readers unfamiliar with Armstrongism but much of Armstrongism's fearful proclamations are based on the misconception that white Americans are descended from the Biblical Israelites. But white Americans are not descended from the Biblical Israelites. Genetic evidence shows conclusively that there is no such ancestral connection as is imagined by Armstrongite dogma. It is nonsense and any news of doom and gloom arising from that misconception is also wrong.

Heedless of the painful history of US slavery Mendiola insists that slavery awaits the United States at the hands of Germans, Europeans and Arabs in the future just before Christ's return.
The Bible shows these nations will bear the initial brunt of the unprecedented Great Tribulation.... He [Jeremiah as interpreted by Mendiola] also shows foreigners will enslave these nations of modern Jacob and even those considered allies will severely wound them.... Psalm 83 is prophetic in that it illustrates major powers in Europe and the Middle East conspiring to annihilate Jacob or Israel as a common enemy.... Arab nations and Assyria, the ancestral nation of modern Germany, are then described as the conspirators. They have shared anti-Semitic sentiments historically. (p. 24.)
It is also complete nonsense to claim that Germans are the descendants of the ancient Assyrians. This idea arose within the British Israelism movement due to World War I. Before 1914 the British Israelism movement taught that Germans were fellow Israelites but during the course of that cataclysmic war the teachers of the British Israelism movement changed the Germans' purported ancestry.
Watch trends in the moral decay of western nations, particularly the modern descendants of the ancient patriarch, Jacob. (p. 24.)
When Mendiola talks of "moral decay" he speaks of behavior contrary to what is taught by LCG's 1%.

Appeal for More LCG Members

The main purpose of this article and the entire magazine is to gain more recruits to join the organization behind the recruitment, namely LCG. After spending so much time insisting that catastrophe will soon occur he implies that reader has a responsibility to act on this message of doom and gloom.
As we watch the decline of such nations as the United States, Canada, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the Jewish state of Israel, there comes a responsibility to warn people in those nations as well as the rest of the world about the punishment that will ensue. (p. 24.)
Mendiola slurs "secular and religious leaders" for not sharing telling the same message of doom and gloom that is taught by LCG.
Yet the prophet Isaiah also foresaw a time when the secular and religious leaders, who should be trumpeting a warning to their people, would not because they are too wrapped up in the cares of this prosperous age and hope its comforts and luxuries will continue indefinitely. (p. 24.)
He slurs other sources of information to make his own organization and his paymaster look good.
By contrast, God's true servants are to be faithful watchmen. For more than 50 years, evangelist Roderick C. Meredith has been involved in this work of teaching, preaching and warning the world. Thousands of co-workers are supporting the Tomorrow's World magazine and telecast and are committed to crying aloud, lifting up their voices and showing mankind its sins and warning of the consequences. That is coupled with proclaiming the wonderful news of the Kingdom of God that Jesus Christ will establish beyond the horrible times that lie ahead. (pp. 24, 30.)
He ends this article with an appeal to the reader to respond to the article.
Those involved in this Work are soberly striving to heed Jesus Christ's command to watch world events and, like sentries, sound an alarm out of love, about the terrible times ahead for all people on the earth. They fully realize that the message will not be popular, but an urgent warning is needed. Beyond the gloom and doom of the immediate years ahead lies a glorious world governed by Jesus Christ. But meanwhile, we all need to sincerely hope and pray people will repent and turn around as a result of this message of warning and hope. You have just read that message! How will you respond? (p. 30.)
What is intended is for the reader to be moved into sending money to the organization behind this recruitment magazine and perhaps even the organization. And yet sixteen years later his message of doom and gloom is still unfulfilled. While many things have happened since this article was written what he and LCG teaches has not occurred. The United States is still the most powerful nation state on Earth. Europe still relies on the military protection of the United States under the NATO alliance. No "King of the South" has arisen in the Middle East. Russia and China are strong but LCG teaches that it will be a German led Europe that will conquer the United States.

There is no need to listen to LCG's dire proclamations. They are but false prophets.

In September 2006 Mendiola left LCG and joined Dave Pack's Restored Church of God. Around 2008 he left RCG and joined Don Billingsley's Church of God-Faithful Flock.