Sunday, June 3, 2018

Overview of the July 2018 Issue of PCG's Philadelphia Trumpet

PCG's 1% have released the July 2018 issue of their recruitment magazine, The Philadelphia Trumpet. Let us see what they have to say this time.

The editors for this issue are Gerald Flurry, Stephen Flurry, Joel Hilliker, Brad Macdonald, Richard Palmer, Jeremiah Jacques, Dennis Leap and Phillip Nice.

This issue has a circulation of 264,040 issues. This is a slight increase compared with the previous May-June issue which had a circulation of 262,750 issues. The April 2018 issue had a circulation of 247,749 issues. Strangely the March 2018 issue has exactly the same circulation figure of 247,749 issues. February 2018's circulation was 248,247 issues. January 2018's circulation was 247,255 issues. November-December 2017's circulation was 246,769.

Gerald Flurry has a personal article insisting that America has somehow forgotten God. He approvingly cites George Washington and Abraham Lincoln as men who were had the wisdom and foresight to seek to placate God. It so happens that Flurry conveniently ignores the fact that both Washington and Lincoln held religious views very different from that taught by PCG and the COGs in general.

Stephen Flurry has an article scare mongering that some sort of "deep state" cabal is plotting to overthrow his preferred president. Of course if President Trump was removed from office he would simply be replaced by Vice President Pence.

Brad Macdonald has an article promoting an exhibit in PCG's headquarters of some of the artifacts discovered in the archaeological dig partly sponsored by PCG. Regardless of what they may happen to find digging in the Holy Land PCG's reputation among the COGs and those formerly associated with them will remain as abysmal as ever.

Richard Palmer has an article discussing cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology.

Andrew Müller has an article scare mongering that the "deep state" cabal is plotting to launch some sort of coup d'etat against his preferred president. Presumably this "deep state" cabal is devoting so many people and so much strenuous effort towards an alleged plot which will result in making Pence the President of the United States.

The Infographic condemns various government agencies as somehow constituting an unconstitutional fourth branch of power. It should be noted that PCG's 1% tend to be very sympathetic towards the Republican Party.

Jeremiah Jacques has an article encouraging readers to enjoy the outdoors. PCG members' payment of three tithes to PCG's 1% would make it harder for many PCG members to enjoy such things.

Joel Hilliker has an article discussing the power of Turkish President Erdoğan. It also mentions that a Turkish journalist had an interview with PCG's recruitment magazine.

Joel Hilliker also has an article advising readers how to pray to PCG's God.

Joel Hilliker also has an article advising the elder generation to teach the young.

Stephen Flurry has an article calling upon the recruitment magazine's readers to do what PCG's 1% want them to do and get more involved with PCG by funding them and/or even joining their organization.

Note how retaining information presented in PCG's recruitment magazine is equated with receiving knowledge from PCG's God.
Are you willing to go all the way for God? Are you truly supporting God’s work, or do you just think you are? Are you doing something with the knowledge God is giving you through the Trumpet, or are you content to read and listen while doing nothing about it? Are you waiting it out, hanging on and doing your own thing until Jesus Christ returns? (p. 35.)
May Stephen Flurry's plea for more tithes paying members and co-workers fail miserably.

WorldWatch discusses tensions between Iran and Israel in Syria; Israel's leaking of information regarding various nuclear activities pursued by some Iranians until 2003; the violent suppression of Palestinian protesters in blockaded Gaza by the Israeli military with over 100 Palestinians being killed by Israeli military personnel between March 30 and May 15, 2018; the Shanghai Cooperation Organization holding a meeting in Beijing on April 24; Japan's establishment of an Amphibious Deployment Brigade on April 7; the assassination of over eighty politicians in Mexico by drug cartels; scare mongering that India and China are getting closer together; religious issues in Europe; Poland's purchase of a Patriot missile defense system from the United States; and the establishment of a NATO naval command in Rostock, Germany.

Even though the Israeli military knew that protests would be held on May 15, 2018 as early as late March it still happened that Israeli military personnel killed about fifty-nine Palestinians on that day of despair. Many of those Palestinians were shot to death. One Palestinian infant suffocated to death because of tear gas. But in the strictly partisan worldview of PCG's 1% it is who Palestinians bear responsibility and blame, not the well equipped military personnel who pulled the triggers or those managing them. This attitude within PCG's 1% may be seen in the following passage.
During their demonstrations, Palestinian rioters flung stones, rolled burning tires and flew kites with incendiary attachments and tried to cross the border into Israeli territory. Israeli security forces killed more than 100 protesters and injured 7,000 others. Most of these protesters were not defenseless or innocent; they were terrorists or Hamas operatives and Palestinians who agreed with the goals of Hamas or were coerced by Hamas to the front lines of the riots. (p. 28.)
PCG often discuss events concerning the State of Israel since they assume that events concerning that nation state will herald Christ's return. They have reduced the State of Israel into a weatherman of their superstitions. Most Israeli Jews will profoundly disagree with such views.

SocietyWatch scare mongers about an attempt to be more accepting of transgender persons in Canada; implies that high divorce rates correlates with the opioid problems; the situation regarding Alfie Evans; and scare mongering that young people are not aware of the Holocaust.

There are letters. Here's a letter from Ontario from a person who seems to be convinced that the United States will collapse.
You are right in the article “Saving America from the Radical Left—Temporarily.” America wants communism. Get used to “grass soup,” as Venezuela is doing now. America is full of resources but has squandered its opportunity for advancement with the nation’s reckless spending spree—on someone else’s dime! I expect America to collapse, and that will do unknown damage to other countries.
Here's a letter from India.
It is very hard for me to express my feelings regarding the Philadelphia Trumpet magazine. It is the best possible thing to receive if you’re studying about Christianity and learning the teachings from the Holy Bible. It gives a deep knowledge about world politics, and the way you relate every prophecy to world events is such a great thing that only blessed people can do.
Here's a letter from Pennsylvania which accuses "news on TV" as seeking to mislead people.
I would like to thank you for sending me the Trumpet magazine. It is very educational. The news on TV today is designed to mislead people with information. I am in search of the truth, and that is why I read my Bible, because the truth is God.
And so we see that PCG's 1% have produced an issue of their recruitment magazine designed to gain new converts and to keep believers convinced that PCG's 1% are worthy of their loyalty, tithes and offerings. PCG's leader, Gerald Flurry, once boasted of PCG having an income of "around $19.5 million annually as of 2012" and this recruitment magazine seeks to keep that income intact.

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