While reading through the May-June 2017 issue of PCG's recruitment magazine, The Philadelphia Trumpet, I could not help but note the numerous times the writers will quote their leader, Gerald Flurry. Look at how they flatter their leader.
This is from Brad MacDonald's article written shortly after the attack at Westminster in which five innocent people were murdered. This issue was published before the frighting attack in Manchester in which twenty-two innocent people were murdered.
“People are just not alert to what’s happening in this world, and that includes the media,” Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry said in his Dec. 22, 2002, Key of David television program. “God calls most of the watchmen just dumb dogs. They won’t bark! They won’t tell you what’s really happening, either because they don’t know— and even if they do know they won’t really tell you the blatant, scary truth about all this.” (p. 6.)This is from Jeremiah Jacques' article about race relations. This article also ends with advertising for an article by Flurry.
In 2015, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry called attention to a similar situation. That year, a psychopathic, white supremacist in Charleston, South Carolina, opened fire on the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, killing nine black people. The victims’ relatives shocked America by saying that instead of hating the racist murderer, they forgave him. They said they were in deep pain, but that they were praying for the killer. “This example should have been held up for the whole nation to follow,” Mr. Flurry wrote. “This is a lesson and an example for all of us in a way of life that can really solve our problems!” (July 3, 2015). (p. 17.)This is from Brent Nagtegaal's article scare mongering that Iran is supposedly using the Houthis to control the Bab el-Mandeb Strait passing Yemen. For whatever reason Brent Nagtegaal quotes Flurry three times.
Ever since the Houthis took over Yemen’s capital Sanaa in late 2014, the Trumpet has emphasized that this was actually a victory for Iran. In the April 2015 issue, editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote, “The Houthis’ takeover of Yemen was not just a grassroots revolution. It was a part of a deliberate and calculated Iranian strategy to conquer the Red Sea. (p. 20.)
Gerald Flurry wrote in 2015 that the “Houthi takeover in Yemen proves that Iran is implementing a bold strategy to control the vital sea lane from the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea” (op cit). This was at a time when most commentators were focusing on the Houthi rebellion as an attempt to take over land and destabilize Iran’s rival, Saudi Arabia, which is Yemen’s northern neighbor. But Mr. Flurry foresaw that Iran’s interest in the Houthi uprising was aimed at a vital strategic goal: domination of the southern Red Sea passage. (p. 21.)
Since 1994, Gerald Flurry has forecast that Iran would grow to become the dominant power in the Middle East, heading up a powerful alliance of radical Islamic nations known as the king of the south. The king of the north in this prophecy is a united Europe led by Germany. While the world is mostly blind to it, some in Europe are waking up to Iran’s plan to capture the Mediterranean and the Red Sea. The Europeans see that this strategy and Iran’s overall strategy of aggressiveness and terror is a definite push. And Europe will eventually push back.
On February 3, in a letter to supporters of the Trumpet and other Philadelphia Church of God projects, Mr. Flurry wrote that the aggressive king of the south is about to push the world into an all-out world war. The increasingly violent actions by Iran and its proxies in the Red Sea are one part of that push; a push that will ultimately succumb to a violent and forceful counterstrike by a superior force from the north. (p. 36.)This is from an article by Jeremiah Jacques scaring mongering that the United States is supposedly losing power and influence among allies in Asian nations. He cites the infamous attack in Benghazi, Libya in 2012 in which four brave, courageous and innocent Americans were murdered. It is terrible to see their memory being used to prop up PCG's dogmas about the future.
On Oct. 1, 2012, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry said America’s flat-footed reaction to the Benghazi massacre the month before meant that the Leviticus 26:19 prophecy had then been fully fulfilled. He said: “It’s no longer God saying, ‘I will break the pride of your power.’ It’s now God has broken it! I’ve never seen America in such a low as this!” (p. 25.)This is from the recruitment magazine's WorldWatch section scare mongering that Iran might get a nuclear weapon from North Korea.
Editor in chief Gerald Flurry asked in the April 2016 Trumpet issue, “Why were Iranian officials present for North Korea’s illegal nuclear weapons tests? Are the Iranians outsourcing their nuclear program, or at least parts of their nuclear bombs?” (p. 29.)This is from Richard Palmer's article about the rise of the far right in Europe and the recent Dutch elections. He quotes Flurry twice and also quotes Brad MacDonald.
Since its inception in 1990, the Trumpet has intently watched for the emergence of a strongman in Germany. “Routinely in German history, when Germans become anxious about world events, they call on a strongman to lead them!” writes Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry in [a 2016 booklet entitled] A Strong German Leader Is Imminent. “They have done so throughout history—and they are going to do it again.” “The weakness being demonstrated by the West is exposing the crying need for stronger leadership. And whether or not people want to believe it, that leadership is going to arise in Germany,” he writes. “Today, Europeans are looking for another ruler like Charlemagne.” (p. 32.)
In A Strong German Leader Is Imminent, Mr. Flurry writes, “Daniel 11:21 prophesies that this strong leader will come into power ‘by flatteries’—probably not by votes, but through a coalition government of some kind.” “The Jamieson, Fausset and Brown Commentary says ‘the nation shall not, by a public act, confer the kingdom on him, but he shall obtain it by artifice, ‘flattering,’’’ writes Brad Macdonald in the same booklet. “In other words, a deceived public, or a group of European leaders, likely invites this man into power.” “This soon-coming ruler could literally be called a king,” notes Mr. Flurry. “Even if he is not, the Bible gives him that label. When the Bible talks about a king, in most cases it’s saying that this is not a democratic government.” (p. 32.)It looks pathetic seeing them flatter their leader by quoting him. So often PCG's leaders bad mouth mainstream society as somehow failing to meet their standards