Friday, June 23, 2017

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

PCG has released another issue of their recruitment magazine (August 2017) in an attempt to gain more tithes paying converts. Back in 2012 PCG had an income of about $19.5 million according 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's take a look at what PCG's leadership are saying this time.


Even though Republican legislators are trying to pass a healthcare law which, according to the Congressional Budget Office, will cause 23 million Americans to lose their health insurance that weighty matter is ignored. Instead the issue argues that one should be worried about nuclear war.

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

The circulation for this issue is 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. November-December was 277,131.

Gerald Flurry has a particularly bitter personal article condemning the Paris Climate Accord by denouncing it as an attempt to undermine and control America. He also moans about former President Obama for supporting the Paris Climate Accord even though he is no longer president. He defends President Trump's decision to withdraw from it. 

Andrew Müller has an article insisting that there is no scientific consensus that climate change is happening because of the excess emission of greenhouse gases by humans. He implies that concerns about climate change is an attempt "to frighten people into surrendering their freedom to centralized government." (p. 6.) However the vast majority of scientists say that climate change is real and it is being by human activities.

Jorg Mardian has a little article extolling the health benefits of enjoying laughter.

Richard Palmer has an article denouncing the leaders of Britain's Labour Party as "Communists" even though such heated rhetoric has clearly failed to stop the Labour Party's strong electoral performance in the last election. It also includes a side article by Richard Palmer blaming the youth for the Labour Party's increased share of the vote.

Brad MacDonald has an interview with the German journalist Niklas Frank discussing Germany and the journalist's infamous father, Hans Frank.

Stephen Flurry has an article insisting that America is propping up the supposed rise to power of both Europe and Iran. He excoriates Obama for making the nuclear power deal with Iran and Trump for calling on Germany to spend more money on its military.

Kieran Underwood has a little article discussing what would happen if European nations increased their military budgets.

Jeremiah Jacques has an article bemoaning that in his opinion China has succeeded in establishing control of its claimed territory in the South China Sea.

Andrew Müller has an article denouncing the various murders of white South African farmers. As is well known South Africa presently has a severe problem with violent crime which harms everyone of all races and all socioeconomic classes.

Gerald Flurry has an article promoting (PCG's edited version of) Mystery of the Ages insisting that it can reveal various religious teachings about the nature of God.

Joel Hilliker has a little article encouraging readers to manage stress by being healthy. This would be easier to do if a certain proposed legislation, which if passed will cause 23 million Americans to lose their health insurance, gets rejected by the Senate.

Abraham Blondeau has an article scare mongering that the European nation states are a "hidden superpower." The Infographic shares the same theme.

WorldWatch mentions that Germany will establish a military vase in Jordan; NATO is to conduct military operations against ISIL; Lebanon presenting a request for $12 billion in aid from Europe; a spokesman of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps announcing that they will continue to develop their missile capabilities; speculation that Iran has copied a submarine design from North Korea; a thaw in relations between Iran and Hamas; North Korea's test launch of a Hwasong-12 missile on May 14; scare mongering that states and cities bear more debt than is generally acknowledged; and speculation that the newly elected South Korean Prime Minister Moon Jae-in may ease relations with North Korea.

SocietyWatch mentions gang violence by MS-13 criminal gang in order to condemn President Obama's supposedly soft stance regarding immigration (even though more people were deported under President Obama than any other president); that 36% of respondents in a Gallup poll said that pornography was moral; and citing the murder rate in Baltimore to insist that the murder rate was caused by the riots of 2015 that occurred after the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody. PCG has a long history of condemning Black Lives Matter protesters and insisting that their grievances are wrong and illegitimate.

There are letters. Only four of them this time. Here is one letter from Huntsville, Alabama from a person who used to read HWA's recruitment magazine and seems to be unaware that there are hundreds of COG splinter groups which all teach many of the same things that PCG teach as well.
I used to be hooked on Herbert Armstrong’s magazine. I’d go and find them in the stands everywhere and read them. But then I stopped finding those stands. But when I took my mom to the doctor here in town, low and behold, I found the Philadelphia Trumpet—only this is by Mr. Gerald Flurry. And if you can get the word to him, tell him he is doing a wonderful work. I sure do appreciate it. I have a lot of questions, and none of the other denominations answer them, but Mr. Flurry sure does.
Here is one letter from Phoenix, Arizona from a person of German background insisting that the situation in Europe is worse than what PCG has said. No wonder PCG's writers picked this letter to publish.
I really like getting your magazine! It talks a lot about Europe, and I have a German background, so I’m very interested in what’s going on over there. Your magazine is true. What’s happening over there is far worse than what they are publishing here. I agree with what you say about it.
Here is one letter from Florida.
I am a permanently disabled combat veteran, and I read the magazine every month. I agree with most everything it says, and I don’t agree with much these days.
It is certainly to be hoped that one who had sacrificed so much will be looked after and be blessed with a happy and prosperous life.

For whatever reason there is no mention in this recruitment magazine of the controversy surrounding President Trump's firing of the director of the FBI.

PCG's writers insists that there are so many threats directed toward their audience and yet they make no mention in this issue of the proposed legislation now heading to the Senate which if passed will cause about 24 million to lose their health insurance. No doubt that would include thousands of those who read this recruitment magazine. And yet PCG's leadership says nothing about that in this issue.

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. They cannot. 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.

Banned by HWA: African Children Starving Because of Dietary Restrictions

Recently Banned by HWA had a post noting that some children in Africa are starving because their parents are following various dietary restrictions introduced to them by various Adventist churches, It is so sad to hear that things like this are happening. There is no need for Christians to observe such dietary restrictions.

In the West it is relatively easy to adopt such practices but among the poor in Africa this may not be at all possible. It is terrible that ideas such as this are adding yet more suffering to such people.

Bobby Fischer and Armstrongism

Banned by HWA has highlighted a fascinating website (http://vindication-of-bobby-fischer.co/) by Sharon Mooney discussing Bobby Fischer, the great chess player who back in the 1960s and 1970s was a member of HWA's WCG.

Mooney presents the possibility that Fischer's eccentricities in his later life were caused by his association with Armstrongism. I will state here that when I learned of some of his eccentric behavior in his later years I could not help but wonder if HWA's ideology had done that to him. I suspect everyone who had encountered Armstrongism and got out of it would have the same chilling thought. And as far as I know no one has looked into that issue concerning Fischer in so much detail as Mooney.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

SDF Advances onto ISIL Held Raqqa



The Syrian Democratic Forces are advancing into Raqqa, the de facto "capital" of the criminal network known as ISIL which has been present in that city since 2013 and has enjoyed exclusive control over it since January 2014. The criminal network that has inflicted so much pain and misery throughout Iraq, Syria and the world now has its main stronghold under attack by the Syrian Democratic Forces.

One wishes that ISIL would simply surrender to spare the added suffering that the battle will cause but it is clear that the criminal network will not do that.

May peace soon come to Syria and Iraq.

ISIL Destroys 845 Year Old Mosque in Mosul, Iraq

ISIL has destroyed the al-Nuri Mosque in Mosul which dates back to 1172. It was centuries old even when the first Europeans arrived in what is now the United States. ISIL claimed it was destroyed by a coalition airstrike but this appears to not be the case.

How awful it is that yet another historical monument has been destroyed by this fanatical criminal organization. It is so terrible that so many people have been victimized and murdered by this criminal organization which is justly so loathed all over the world.

May the day of ISIL's fall soon dawn.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Foul Fruit of Islamophobia

Recently two incidents of deadly violence against Muslims have occurred showing the danger of promoting Islamophobia, a practice which is all too common among the COGs today.

One 17 year old Muslim woman from Virginia has been murdered with her body found in a lake. A suspect has been arrested.

In London a terrorist drove a van into a crowd of Muslim worshipers leaving a mosque killing one and injuring others. The suspect has been arrested.

We must not demonize categories of people in general. It is shameful that some in the COGs have promoted fear of a vulnerable minority instead of encouraging the best in humanity. Shame on them.

North Korean Regime Claims Another Victim

So saddening to learn of Otto Warmbier's death due to injuries while he was held as a prisoner in North Korea. The family's statement made be read at heavy.com.

So awful and sickening.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

There is No Need to Live in Fear

Recently I listened to an episode of The Conversation in which two women who had gotten out of destructive cults discussed their experiences in the cults and getting out of those destructive life styles. At one point in the conversation of the interviewees mentioned that for years after leaving the cult whenever the words judgment or last days, the apocalypse, end of world, etc, she would be distressed at such talk.

With about seven and a half billion people on Earth it is safe to assume that at any point in time something rather bad is happening somewhere. Watching the news bad things have recently occurred. The fire in Grenfell Tower in London. The mass shooting in San Francisco. The attack against Republican legislators practicing for the congressional baseball game with Representative Steve Scalise still in a critical condition. An Israeli border guard was killed in an armed attack in East Jerusalem.

There are many things that can be said about such harrowing events but these events certainly do not provide any evidence that Herbert Armstrong or any of his imitators know what will happen in the future. Herbert Armstrong and his imitators have made many predictions that have miserably failed.

From 1953 onward Herbert Armstrong, Herman Hoeh and the 1% of the organization taught that the Great Tribulation would begin in 1972 and end with Christ's return in 1975.

In 1985 Herbert Armstrong wrote in his book, Mystery of the Ages, that Christ would return within twenty years, that is by 2005. (That passage has since been removed in copies of that book published by Gerald Flurry's Philadelphia Church of God after acquiring the copyright in 2003.)

Clearly there is no need to fear or give any respect to the dire proclamations of Herbert Armstrong or any of his imitators. There is no need to live in fear.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Reading Mark Mendiola's Article, The Ten Commandments: A Sacred Law for All Nations




The sixth issue of LCG's recruitment magazine, Tomorrow's World (May-June 2000), featured an article by Mark Mendiola entitled "The Ten Commandments: A Sacred Law for All Nations." (pp. 14-18.) This was the sixth of several articles Mendiola would write for this recruitment magazine. Here he makes a political tract condemning the political left and lawyers for requiring publicly funded facilities to not post religious displays, namely the Ten Commandments. One reading this article by itself would have no idea that it is from an organization which teaches things that the vast majority of Christians do not teach.

Let's take a look.
Lawlessness and violence sweeping across the western world have brought the Ten Commandments to the front pages of today’s newspapers. Courts and legislatures contend over public displays of the commandments. Are the Ten Commandments sacred laws for all nations? The Bible’s answer may surprise you.
While the article's title may make the reader think that this is a devotional article it actually reads more as a tract defending attempts to display the Ten Commandments in publicly funded court houses. Instead of a song of praise to God the reader gets a political tract denouncing rulings by federal judges concerning the public display of the Ten Commandments on government property.

Mendiola shrilly claims that the Ten Commandments have been outlawed by federal judges.
Yet, today many want to completely remove the Ten Commandments from public view or consideration—in effect outlawing the greatest, most sacred Law ever given to mankind!
What nonsense. Anyone who wishes to observe the Ten Commandments in the United States is free to do so.
It is ironic and almost unthinkable, but in United States courtrooms American lawyers and judges are hotly debating the legality of displaying the Ten Commandments. This is the very law on which Judeo- Christian principles and civil laws have been based in the western world for hundreds of years. 
And so does this individual  who is not a lawyer or a judge presume to know better than them?

Mendiola proceeds to denounce a Supreme Court ruling in 1980.
... the Supreme Court ruled in 1980 that the Ten Commandments could not be posted in public schools or taught to the nation’s children in public classrooms. In that Stone vs. Graham ruling, the Supreme Court decided that posters of the Ten Commandments displayed in Kentucky schools promoted religion and could not be allowed.
In other words this ruling is the law of the land. We are under no obligation to like this ruling but it is there and has to be adhered to.
Justices on the highest U.S. court also shockingly concluded, "If the posted copies of the Ten Commandments are to have any effect at all, it will be to induce the schoolchildren to read, meditate upon, perhaps to venerate and obey, the Commandments." Apparently, the justices believed this was an undesirable outcome! 
It was about the separation of church and state. There is a debate about whether or not it is appropriate for religious displays to be present in publicly funded buildings considering that some tax payers funding such buildings happen to not share Mendiola's religion. This debate is reflected in the various legal cases concerning this issue and the judicial rulings on this topic. Regardless of how the Supreme Court may rule on this issue if one wishes to observe the Ten Commandments then such a person is free to do so.

Mendiola bewails the legal cases regarding the separation of church and state.
Many state officials also continue to challenge an aggressive attempt on the part of the American Civil Liberties Union and others to remove any display of the Ten Commandments in courthouses or on government property. 
There have been legal clashes in California, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Utah where government officials have defended the right to display the Ten Commandments. In fact, Alabama’s governor in February 1997, threatened to call out state troopers and the National Guard to protect a carved rendition of the Ten Commandments in a judge’s courtroom! 
Mendiola insists that the Ten Commandments will lead to wonderful prosperity for the people of the United States even though he taught elsewhere that the United States is destined to be destroyed.
For the United States or any nation to draw near to the Living God and reap His blessings, the Bible is plain, we must carefully observe His law and commandments and teach them to successive generations. That is how we can obtain wisdom and understanding. 
Mendiola insists that not adhering to his religion is causing all kinds of problems for American society.
By rejecting or breaking God’s Ten Commandments, the United States and other nations are bringing curses on themselves. If the first four commandments that teach respect for God are not kept, the last six also are held in low esteem. The U.S. and other countries are witnessing an outbreak of social problems as a result of violating God’s commandments. It is not well with our nations!
And seventeen years later the United States is as powerful as ever. The possibility of America being conquered by Germans is as distantly remote now as it was back then.

Even though Christianity is the predominant religion of the United States Mendiola bewails that the Ten Commandments are held in contempt.
Yes, God wants our children instructed in His Ten Commandments. Yet, how many young people, let alone adults, can actually recite them at a time when they are held in such contempt?
Mendiola cites various politicians past and present to say that Christian morality is essential to how American society operates. Then he talks about how (LCG's) God expects the Ten Commandments to be taught to children which is freely permitted since the legal argument over publicly displaying the Ten Commandments in court houses is about the separation of church and state. That argument has nothing to do with restricting anyone from observing the Ten Commandments should he or she choose to do so.

One distinguishing feature of LCG and the other Armstrongite organizations is the insistence that the Old Testament laws are to be followed by Christians today.
Ministers who claim Christ did away with the law and that the Ten Commandments are no longer in effect are hard-pressed, however, to explain the Apostle Paul’s plain statements in his epistle to the Romans praising the commandments and God’s law. 
Paul was raised a Jew. Christianity was first taught and adhered to among Jews. Among those early Christians it is reasonable to believe that they continued to adhere to Jewish rituals and practices as part of their culture. But when Christianity began to find an audience outside of the Jewish community the question arose, Must one be a Jew to become a Christian? The church concluded and then taught that it was not necessary to for non-Jews who had converted to become a Jew. Paul strongly taught against this idea as may be seen in Galatians and Acts 15 when they talked about circumcision to become a Jew. Later Jewish religious authorities proclaimed that Christians were not Jews. There is no need for a Christian to keep the Jewish law to be a Christian. HWA was wrong to teach otherwise. Unfortunately Mendiola continued to promote that misunderstanding with this article.

Mendiola cites various figures from the New Testament to praise the Ten Commandments. While mentioning the Apostle John he mentions a fear inducing prophecy of LCG's to insist that terrible times await for his readers.
John describes Satan the devil launching an all-out attack on God’s Church and true saints at this end time.
Armstrongites have continuously insisted since the 1930s that terrible catastrophes will soon occur. And yet the doomsayers of Armstrongism have always been completely wrong. The evidence is clear. The Armstrongite doomsayers are but false prophets. We do not need to fear them.

Mendiola insists that since American society will not adhere to his understanding of the Ten Commandments all sorts of frightful things are happening in the United States.
It is no coincidence that as God’s commandments and law of love are rejected in society, criminal acts of indescribable hatred and violence are breaking out throughout the land.
Mendiola then insists that a new world will soon be established in which the Ten Commandments will be obeyed by everyone and world peace will finally be a reality.
Oh, that there were a heart in all of us that we would read, meditate upon, venerate, obey and keep all of God’s Ten Commandments, that it might be well with us, our children and grandchildren forever! Think of how much different our nations would be if no one broke the commandments against killing, stealing, cursing, lying, coveting or dishonoring our parents or our God. Society would be radically transformed almost beyond comprehension. Then, lawyers, judges and legislators would not need to debate whether the Ten Commandments could be posted in public places or taught to our children.  
Such a wonderful utopia is coming and will be established on earth when Jesus Christ returns as the Great Lawgiver and King of kings in Tomorrow’s World.
HWA and his imitators have always insisted that they had advance knowledge of what will happen to the world. But since the 1930s HWA and his imitators have made so many predictions that simply have not occurred. They clearly cannot see the future. These words cannot be trusted.

And so this political tract comes to an end. Mendiola kept complaining about the Ten Commandments not being allowed to be displayed in publicly funded government buildings such as courthouses following a decision by the Supreme Court in 1980. But regardless of whether the Ten Commandments can be displayed in courthouses or not there is freedom of religion in the United States so Mendiola is free to teach his religion to anyone who is interested. And yet in this article he seems to not notice how much leeway the federal government gives to all religions including his own.

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.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

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

PCG has released another issue of their recruitment magazine (July 2017) to attempt to gain more tithes paying converts. Back in 2012 one of PCG's booklets boasted that PCG had an income of about $19.5 million. Even as early as 1996 PCG boasted of enjoying more than $5 million in annual income. Recently PCG has even bought its own plane.

Let's take a look.


(I find myself compelled to say it: That cover is ugly.)

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.

This issue has a circulation of 267,569. May-June's circulation was 263,551. April's circulation was 267,569. March's circulation was 271,949. February's circulation was 273,591. January was 267,992. November-December was 277,131. October was 280,116.

(Strangely enough this issue's self reported circulation is the exactly the same as that for the April 2017 issue.)

Gerald Flurry has a personal article insisting that the family is under attack. He also boasts about having British journalist Melanie Phillips give a lecture at PCG's Headquarters. PCG has a history of often citing her writings.

Andrew Müller has an article bewailing that father led families idealized by PCG's leadership is no longer as prevalent as it used to be and it is insisted that this will cause the collapse of the United States. The LGBT community are also condemned as well.

Jeremiah Jacques has an article scare mongering about China supposedly expanding its influence in the Middle East.

Richard Palmer has an article about Macron's election to the French presidency scare mongering that various crises in Europe will get worse and worse. The implication is that under a severe crisis Europe will transform itself into a militaristic power which will conquer the United States. The Armstrongites have been continuously scare mongering about such a European attack since the 1930s and it has never happened.

Josue Michels has an article scare mongering about Germany establishing a cyber-warfare division even though one can reasonably assume that the United States has far more expertise in that field of study.

Andrew Müller also has an article about cyborgs.

The Infographic scare mongers about the increase in number of children growing up in fatherless homes. One of PCG's simple answers for explaining why there are problems in society is to imply that if children had fathers raising them up all would be well.

Richard Palmer also has an article about the Catholic Church. He mentions the investiture controversy in the Middle Ages and Pope Francis' words of concern regarding the persecution of Christians in various parts of the world. It is also mentioned that the terrorists and murderers of ISIL have ludicrously mentioned conquering Rome in some of their filthy propaganda. PCG teaches that ecumenism will be turned into a plot by the Catholic Church to forcibly unite the Protestant churches in the time before Christ's return. PCG also teaches that the final Pope will prop up the future European Empire fated to conquer America. This article reinforces these induced phobias.

Jorg Mardian has an article about self-discipline.

Gerald Flurry also has an article justifying HWA's numerous meetings with world leaders. He cites HWA's November 26, 1973 co-worker letter.

Stephen Flurry has a little article about improving one's self.

Andrew Müller also has an article about Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the Supreme Court. He makes no mention of how Republican Senators refused to allow President Obama to make his nomination to the Supreme Court for nearly a year.

WorldWatch mentions President Trump's air strike on Syria in retaliation for the gas attack in Khan Sheikhoun on April 4, 2017; scare mongering that Iran will make its army more focused on learning offensive capabilities; the launch of the first Chinese built aircraft carrier in Dalian on April 26, 2017; Chancellor Merkel making an agreement with Saudi Arabia to train Saudi soldiers in Germany; that military spending in Western and Central Europe has increased by about 2.5% due to fears of Russia; Cambodia's removal of a US Navy unit in the country which is presented by PCG as a move to be more closely aligned with China; a claim that Russia is building some sort of spying facility in Nicaragua; and scare mongering that the United States' agricultural output is declining and now falls behind Russia and Brazil.

SocietyWatch mentions a Gallup poll indicating Americans are most worried about race relations since the poll started in 2001; that the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom has reported that religious freedom is on the decline in the world; and condemnation of an attempt to be friendly towards transgender students in Britain.

There are letters. Here's one from Sarasota, Florida who sent a copy of the recruitment magazine to another person.
Your magazine and e-mail briefs are incredible and extremely timely. I’m totally thrilled to know where our world is in prophecy, and you are great researchers and providers. You sent me two magazines this month and I gave one to another Christian and she was surprised. She asked me where I got it and I told her. The first few pages of what’s happening today compared to prophecy are extremely enlightening—along with matching Bible verses.
Here's another one from Florida who thinks this publication of fear inducing false prophecies is "one of the most valuable publications in this whole wide world."
I think the Trumpet is one of the most valuable publications in this whole wide world. What we learn from this is fantastic. I just wish more people would read it. I appreciate these materials more than I can say.
Here's a letter from a person who liked HWA's recruitment magazine, The Plain Truth.
Please subscribe me to the Philadelphia Trumpet magazine, one of the two best real newsmagazines in world history; the other one being the Plain Truth.
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. They cannot. 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.

PCG's Sephen Flurry React to UK Conservatives Losing Parliamentary Majority

Britain had its election and the Conservative Party lost its majority in Parliament. The Conservative Party actually gained the largest percentage of voters it had since the 1983 election. The Conservative Party did not lose votes but rather the Labour Party, led by Jeremy Corbyn, gained more voters.

PCG's Stephen Flurry was not pleased at this development as may be heard in the June 9, 2017 broadcast of The Trumpet Daily.
British Prime Minister Theresa May’s attempt to strengthen her party’s majority in Parliament by calling a snap election completely backfired. The election results reveal a dangerous shift in Britain. Nearly half of Britain’s voters are willing to support a party led by radical Communists who entertain the IRA and radical Islamists. How did the United Kingdom get to this point, and where is it headed?
He criticized the Labour Party's leaders as being Communists, Marxists, sympathetic to the IRA, Hezbollah and Hamas even though such assertions have clearly failed to restrain the Labour Party's rise in popularity.

He bizarrely moaned that the Conservatives are viewed as better at providing security so he could not understand how the recent terrible, tragic and shocking terrorist attacks in Britain did not result in a better result for the Conservative Party. One wishes that Stephen Flurry would have a better sense of what should not be said.

If he is so disquieted by the Labour Party's strong electoral performance perhaps he and the rest of PCG's leadership should return to America and leave Britain alone.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Mark Armstrong Vilifies "Liberal Socialist Self-Righteousness" After Manchester Terrorist Attack

Mark Armstrong, leader of the Intercontinental Church of God, had released yet another one of his weekly updates. There is not much time to see this particular weekly update at the moment (May 26, 2017).

Those who are innocent of a crime are innocent of the crime. Those who are guilty of a crime are guilty of that crime. It is not right to punish innocent people for crimes committed by others. This important fact seems to have escaped Mark Armstrong's attention in regards to Muslims as may be seen below.

On May 22, 2017 twenty-two innocent people were murdered in Manchester Arena in a terrorist attack by a suicide bomber sympathetic to ISIL. After this weekly update's release three extremists murdered eight innocent people in London. The people of Britain need and deserve to have wise leadership in this time of crisis. Unfortunately such help will not be forthcoming from Mark Armstrong in his May 26, 2017 weekly update.

Here Mark Armstrong criticized the police as having "no intention of doing what is necessary to prevent the next" terrorist attack.
It was absolutely disgusting to hear the Manchester chief constable and police spokesman come out to plead that authorities were doing "all we can" to help the victims and their families in the face of the tragedy. NO, THEY'RE NOT!  They didn't do what was necessary to prevent the slaughter in the first place, and they have no intention of doing what is necessary to prevent the next one, which surely will occur.  "We now have a team of specially-trained family liaison officers who are supporting families."  Oh, goody.  Too bad there weren't specially-trained officers following the movements and communications of the Muslim terrorists, who, as it turns out should have been easy to identify and remove from the presence of the unarmed population.  
What could Mark Armstrong be thinking of when he talks of "what is necessary"?

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Even though Manchester had just endured this terrible attack in which twenty-two people had been killed Mark Armstrong vilifies the "politically-correct," makes the ridiculous accusation that Muslims in Britain are indoctrinated with extremist views and vilifies refugees as terrorists.
Then the politically-correct constable had the audacity to say that it is "vital that our diverse communities in Greater Manchester stand together and do not tolerate hate."  What's it got to do with hatred?  Manchester's, and every place else's Muslim "communities" have been spoon-fed anti-westerner, anti-Jewish hatred from earliest childhood.  It's not a mysterious proclivity unique to the so-called "self-radicalized," it's a staple of their religion and culture.  And now, through the miracle of the UN High Commissioner for Refugee resettlement, Britain is teeming with vast numbers of "refugees" and their children who yearn for the immortality of "martyrdom" in the commission of mass murder in the name of their god.  
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He stirs up resentment against the politically correct. Trying to assure people that the matter is being addressed by the authorities and advice to not lash out in violence in response is presented as being patronizing toward the families and friends of the victims. In this moment of crisis Mark Armstrong condemns what he calls "liberal socialist self-righteousness" among the British.
The grief of the families and those who know them must be unimaginable.  But they mustn't blame the "community" where the plot was hatched and hidden, or the panty-waisted politicians who've overseen the influx of hateful third-world strangers into their city.  It's too late for the little eight-year-old girl, whose photo you've seen, and the fifteen-year-old and the twenty-odd others killed by flying nails and bolts.  But it's not too late for hundreds and thousands of others who surely will fall victim to the followers of the "extremist" Muslim death cult.  Except once-Great Britain is doubling down on its liberal socialist self-righteousness, patting itself on the back for its diversity even as they mourn the senseless deaths of those children and young people.
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Mark Armstrong then mentions other terrorist attacks. There is no attempt to present or understand the context of those acts of violence as situations related to those particular nations. For instance the attack in Egypt which he mentions is part of this dreadful armed insurgency against the government by extremists affiliated with ISIL based in the Sinai Peninsula which has been ongoing since 2011. These separate events are simplistically presented as being connected together.

It is here Mark Armstrong seems to suggest what he thinks "what is necessary."
Since the Manchester attack, terrorists (masked gunmen) shot up a bus-load of Coptic Christians on their way to visit a monastery in Egypt, and other terrorist attacks have taken place in Indonesia and the Philippines, all attributable to the same ideology.  The U. S. chief of Homeland Security says we'd never leave the house if we knew the full extent of the terror threat, even here in the United States.  But expelling the would-be terrorists is not an option.  Judges simply will not allow it nor will they stand by and allow potential terrorists to be denied entry to the United States.  That would be racial or religious discrimination!
Laws are complicated. That's why we have lawyers. In certain circumstances authorities can expel people deemed a threat or even people simply unwanted or who failed to fill out the proper paperwork. In other cases this is not legally possible. Also it is hard to detect criminal activity of this sort especially if just one person plans to do such a thing. 

Furthermore it is not legally possible to discriminate against everyone who just happens to be Muslim. Religious discrimination is illegal. Mark Armstrong should be happy that such a thing is illegal since if it were not then someone with governmental authority might decide to discriminate against the Intercontinental Church of God.

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Mark Armstrong viciously demonizes the (alleged) politically correct as being like those who practice human sacrifice. He also implies that they expect the British people to be "smug in their open-minded acceptance of the "new normal" of periodic suicide bombings, beheadings, stabbings and vehicular terrorism." He also makes the inflammatory and false accusation that those who commit acts of violence are somehow carrying out "the instructions of their prophet." This is a terrible false equivalence which unfairly slurs all Muslims with ISIL like extremists.
So, we're supposed to be willing to sacrifice our baby girls to the evil religion of "tolerance" of those who espouse terrorist ideology in their mosques and at some moment in time might well snap and carry out the instructions of their prophet.  The British are expected to attend scores of funerals and memorial gatherings and then return to shopping and the pursuit of entertainment, smug in their open-minded acceptance of the "new normal" of periodic suicide bombings, beheadings, stabbings and vehicular terrorism.  In essence, the authorities are saying, "Get over it, we're doing all we can...or all we're going to do within the boundaries we've created for ourselves."
It is just astonishing seeing the bitterness and hostility that lies in his heart. How can the members of ICG accept this sort of behavior from their leader?

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Mark Armstrong then talks about President Trump's visit to Europe, his speech berating NATO allies for not spending enough on their own military forces and discussion about the Paris Accords regarding climate change which President Trump would later reject. He then states the following.
Whether man has anything to do with "global warming," if in fact that's what's going on, will be argued for the rest of our lives.  But Islamic terrorism is a FACT with mutilated bodies as proof.  The list of attacks worldwide just since the start of this year would consume page after page.  But unless we "care" more passionately about the plight of "refugees" and "climate change" we're simply not educated or compassionate.  That's the DOCTRINE of the mainstream media, and of the political elite from London to Brussels to Paris.
Mark Armstrong implies that climate change is not real even though the vast majority of scientists are persuaded that human being are causing climate changes due to the excess emission of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane.

Mark Armstrong also incites resentment towards those who call for the fair treatment of refugees and for addressing the climate change crisis. He presents such persons as having a patronizing attitude to his audience. That is one reason why ICG's members accept Mark Armstrong's behavior. Assuming they take Mark Armstrong at his word it seems that at least some of them think they are 'resisting' assorted elites who happen to view matters differently from them.

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Mark Armstrong ends his weekly update with expressions of exasperation that the various terrorist attacks by ISIL sympathizers and like minded extremists have not turned societies in Europe and the United States into being as hostile towards Muslims as himself. Maybe they are simply stronger and smarter than Mark Armstrong could hope to be.
At some point, it will break down.  Bible prophecy shows that a conglomeration of nations ultimately will unite in Europe and take it to the Muslim world in a war that will spread to threaten the existence of all human life on Earth.  With Europe's present leadership demanding that the ruination of Continental culture is an acceptable price for their version of empathy, it's hard to imagine what it will take to turn the tide.  Airports, streets and concert venues littered with mutilated bodies obviously is not enough, just as the attacks and murders here in the United States have been insufficient to wipe the smug smirks off the faces of America's most prominent news anchors.

September 11th wasn't enough, nor were the Charlie Hebdo murders, nor the Brussels airport attack, nor London, Berlin, Nice, the Bataclan theater in Paris, Westminster Bridge or Manchester brutal enough to alter the narrative.  It's hard to imagine what event will finally change the thinking of the masses, assuming democracy survives.  The murder of little girls in Manchester, rubbed in the face of the western world by ISIS, clearly wasn't nearly enough to pry stubbornly self-righteous socialists from their "progressive" doctrine.  
Based on my reading of previous weekly updates by Mark Armstrong his claim that "Europe's present leadership [is] demanding ... the ruination of Continental Europe" seems to be a reference to the arrival of refugees, many of them fleeing the cataclysmic war in Syria.

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It is safe to say that Mark Armstrong's words in this weekly update will not help the people of Britain in this time of crisis. Ignorantly comparing criminal actions to religious observance is wrong. Comparing "liberal socialist self-righteousness" as being like human sacrifice is disgusting. No good can come from his Islamophobia and his loathing of those who view matters differently from himself.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Another Failed Prophecy from the Late Roderick C. Meredith (2003)

Yet another false prophecy brought to us by the late Roderick C. Meredith. This one was written in 2003 during the second intifada of 2000-5.
Yasser Arafat and the Palestinians are capitalizing on recent events to intensify their anti-Israeli and anti-American propaganda campaign. Watch for Israel to come increasingly under pressure and for Jerusalem to be brought under some kind of international control, probably involving, in some way, the Roman Catholic Church and the European powers. (Roderick C. Meredith, Prophecy is Speeding Forward, Tomorrow's World, July-August 2003, p. 6.)
What actually happened was that Yasser Arafat passed away in 2004 and the State of Israel overcame the insurgency. It ended in 2005. Fourteen years later the State of Israel is still firmly in control of all of Jerusalem even though the international community only recognizes the State of Israel's right to rule the land it controlled before the 1967 war. And even with the recent peace efforts are being propelled by the United States rather than "the European powers."

This prophecy failed. There is no need to fear their dire proclamations. They cannot see the future. They are but false prophets.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Australian PCG Writer Condemns His Own Country over an Award to Black Lives Matter



PCG has constantly vilified and condemned the Black Lives Matter movement even connecting them to their false prophecy of "race war." But now a charitable foundation of the University of Sydney, the Sydney Peace Foundation, has decided to award Black Lives Matter the Sydney Peace Prize. The award is to be presented on November 2.

PCG has released a petulant article condemning this foundation for contradicting PCG's negative stance regarding Black Lives Matters. The PCG leadership even got an Australian, one Callum Wood, to write this article. (Callum Wood, Black Lives Matter Wins Sydney Peace Prize, May 30, 2017.)

Let's take a look.

The article begins with this ridiculous statement in which Wood throws his own nation under the proverbial bus to keep his bosses happy.
Australia condones the division of American society.
If Wood just bothered to actually read the website of the Sydney Peace Foundation he will see that it is a charitable foundation of the University of Sydney so it is absurd to somehow equate this foundation with all of Australia. How could Wood neglect to see that?

Here we see Wood ridiculing his own countrymen and women as ignorant for showing favor to the Black Lives Matter activists.
The same website is awash with praises to BLM. Understandably, it can be hard to see the looting, rioting, murder and call to arms from across the Pacific Ocean. But if the Peace Foundation stands to “support their vital work” then it must stand in support of the following.
It is clear where Wood's loyalties lie. He chooses to condemn his own fellow Australians to PCG's audience.

Wood insists that more white Americans are killed by police officers to delegitimize the Black Lives Matter movement. He insists that it started based on "wrongful accusations."
BLM rode in on the wake of wrongful accusations leveled against George Zimmerman, and again in the Michael Brown case. Both incidents and their trials saw looting, rioting and mob rule at the hands of the BLM. Both incidents also saw BLM supporters baying for police blood despite a black-inclusive jury exonerating the accused officers. Worthy of a peace prize?
It is concerning how Wood ignores the fact that Black Lives Matter is primarily a protest movement. It has attracted support from white Americans as well. Protests that do not end badly are ignored in this article. Instead sensationalist acts are mentioned to vilify the movement. The protests and activism that has no direct connection with the sensationalist acts are ignored slanting how the protest movement is portrayed.

Wood is wrong to imply that the case of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown ever went to trial. It actually went to a grand jury which threw the case out even though a grand jury's mission is to simply agree to indictments rather than determining guilt or innocence. A grand jury is only supposed to do what the prosecutor tells it to do. If Wood can't even get that detail right what else is he wrong about?

Once again Wood seemingly criticizes the people of his own country for not caring about alleged hostility towards the United States Constitution.
BLM’s disdain for the United States Constitution might carry less weight for non-U.S. citizens. But when it is understood, it shows BLM’s true intent.
Even if this inflammatory accusation happened to be true mere disdain cannot overthrow the government or the Constitution. This is emotive rhetoric.

To demonize Black Lives Matter protesters to his audience he cites one heated yet marginal article from one college student written in 2015 instead of citing a statement by an organization connected with the movement. This article has been used several times by PCG's leaders since March 2016.
Blake Simons, a University of California–Berkeley student and Black Lives Matter activist, wrote a chilling article on Nov. 4, 2015. 
Actually the article in question was first published in September 2015. Then it was taken down from the website and then reposted on November 4, 2015. Wood can't even get that detail right.

Also Wood's sentence is quite similar to how Joel Hilliker mentioned Simons' article. Is this plagiarism? The highlighted portion is the same as in Wood's recent article.
Blake Simons, a University of California–Berkeley student and Black Lives Matter activist, wrote a chilling article on November 4 peddling the same lies. (Joel Hilliker, A Most Menacing Attack on the United States Constitution, March 2, 2016.)
Also both Hilliker and Wood refused to link to the article.

After quoting Simons' article he uses it to scare monger against the Black Lives Matter movement.
Does that sound like the mindset of an organization intent on fostering peace? How do you suppose Australians would react if the Aborigines told us we need to scrap our own Constitution or “get the bullet”? Would everyday Aussies take that as a peaceful statement?
Wood takes Simons' article and equates it with the entire Black Lives Matter movement. That is absurd and a false equivalence.

Also why does Wood exclude Aborigines from his "us" when he says "if the Aborigines told us we need to scrap [Australia's] Constitution"? Are they not Australians as well? Why is it that he thinks of them as not like himself?

Wood also clams that the Black Lives Matter movement lies. The possibility that the movement is an attempt to solve problems concerning the African American community is carefully ignored.
This article is not intended to single out the Sydney Peace Foundation as the only organization that has fallen for BLM’s lies. With significant help from America’s liberal left, BLM has gone mainstream. Beyoncé’s backup dancers raised the Black Panther fist at the Super Bowl while former President Barack Obama weighed in on racially charged cases before even hearing the facts.
Wood stirs up feelings of hostility and fear among his readers by slurring Black Lives Matter as supposedly demonizing law enforcement personnel. Wood makes no attempt to give Black Lives Matter activists the benefit of the doubt.
Now BLM is celebrated as a peacemaker while America’s law enforcement is demonized! And the radical machinations of BLM are celebrated as a step toward peace? Race relations have never been worse! But the Sydney Peace Foundation decision shows the mindset of Australia’s left wing is not too dissimilar from its American counterpart.
Wood ends the article by implying that his PCG can solve the problem of racism against minorities. That is a ridiculous claim.
Australia might not suffer quite the same crippling race relations that America does, but we have our own set of unique problems that threaten our society. There is a way to solve them all, and it doesn’t start with rewarding the divisive actions of Black Lives Matter.
It is so hypocritical for PCG to condemn Black Lives Matter activists as "divisive." What about PCG? From the day it started in 1989 PCG has insisted that it and it alone is the only true church. All other churches are belittled as false Christians. It is widely reported that PCG members are even told to shun members of the other COG groups.

PCG is quite ill suited to solving the problem of racism. A book they publish, Mystery of the Ages, insists that interracial marriage is against (PCG's) God's will slurring thousands if not millions of happy marriages and families. PCG also teaches this ridiculous and racist idea that African Americans will launch a wave of riots against the white majority in the days shortly before Christ's return. Clearly PCG is woefully unable to solve the problem of racism in the United States, Australia or anywhere else.

More information about the unfortunate problem of racism in Australia may be seen this previous post.

Why is PCG's Leadership Worried for President Trump?

Listening to recent broadcasts from PCG's radio station, KPCG, it seems clear that PCG's leadership is not at all happy about the controversy regarding the ongoing Trump-Russia situation. They have brought up other issues to their audience to insist that it just a biased, partisan attack by the left.

But if they believe what they teach then why are they worried about it? Do they not trust their God to protect them? They insist the United States will soon be destroyed by Germans. If they really believe that nonsense then being worried about allegations concerning Trump seem to be a terribly trivial matter compared to Germans conquering America. (By the way, that will not happen.)

And besides even if President Trump should happen to be kicked out of office over this matter the PCG leadership can still look forward to a Pence presidency. If such a thing were to happen it is safe to assume that the PCG leadership would welcome such a thing. So why should they worry?

Oh well. Might as well enjoy hearing the PCG leadership squirm over this matter.