Sunday, November 22, 2020

Overview of the November-December 2020 Issue of PCG's Trumpet

In late September 2020 the PCG leadership, those pawns of the Republican Party, released the November-December 2020 issue of their recruitment magazine seeking more tithes paying converts for their organization. This was published before the election.

Let's see what they have to say this time.


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

This issue has a circulation of 245,857 issues.

Gerald Flurry has an article saying that a new government will soon be created on the Earth.

Stephen Flurry has an article saying society  need new leaders.

Joel Hilliker has an article about how wonderful the cities will be after (PCG's bizarre interpretation of) Jesus Christ returns to rule over the world.

Stephen Flurry has an article about the economy.

The Infographic tells the reader that the world needs a one world government under PCG's interpretation of Jesus Christ.

Gerald Flurry has an article once again vilifying President Obama even though he has not been president since January 20, 2017.

Back in early 2013 Gerald Flurry released a booklet entitled America Under Attack. In it Flurry hysterically compared President Obama to Antiochus Epiphanies, the Syrian king who placed an idol in the Jewish temple in Jerusalem and persecuted Jews so severely he provoked an armed revolt. Flurry also compared Obama to Joseph Tkach who implemented the changes which turned WCG into essentially an evangelical Protestant church. Flurry current articles denouncing Obama might be motivated by an attempt to reinforce this negative stance against Obama among his followers.

Richard Palmer has an article scare mongering about the European Union's role in your life even though most PCG members live in the United States and so therefore did not live under EU rule.

Joel Hilliker has an article telling his readers that they need to accept correction from (PCG's heretical interpretation of the Christian) God.

The letters section contains this letter from a reader in South Africa. In this letter the coronavirus is inaccurately referred to as "the Wuhan virus," a name which stigmatize the people of Wuhan and people of Asian descent.

I read this article and it was not wasted time! ... Thank you for this wonderful insight into crumbling America. It's odd that these kinds of stories don't make world news. All the media giants cover is the Wuhan virus, President Trump removing TikTok, and other rubbish. Thank you for not giving "fake news"!

There is also a letter from a reader in California who states a wish to donate to the organization which produces the magazine.

I have never seen anything like the Philadelphia Trumpet! I don't agree with everything written, but I really love the magazine. I would like to see an option either on the website or on the renewal notice for ways to donate.

The editors of PCG's recruitment magazine happily reply:

So glad you are enjoying the magazine. You are welcome to visit [a PCG link with the word "donate" in its URL address.]

That is how PCG got an income of about $19.5 million back in 2012. That is how PCG get enough money to buy a private airplane for their leader.

Brad Macdonald has an article telling his readers to view the tragic events in Kenosha, Wisconsin in religious terms that happens to promote the PCG leadership's views regarding what they insist will soon occur in the near future that PCG has been anticipating for thirty years and counting.

And so we see that the PCG leadership continues to try to get more converts and maintain the loyalty of their followers. However there is no need to follow give heed to these people. They do not know the future. They have made many predictions that have not been fulfilled. There is no need to live in fear of their dire predictions.

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Mark Armstrong: "Everything We Value in This Human Life is About to be Lost"

Mark Armstrong continues posting his bizarre weekly updates in which he goes on political rants and writes as though he is quite angry instead of managing the Armstrongite splinter group he inherited from his father, namely the Intercontinental Church of God. 

This time, on his November 20, 2020 update, he complains that the media's warnings about the new third spike of infections of the coronavirus are starting to sound boring to him.

If there's one thing everybody knows it is that, “The numbers don't lie!” Nearly every news station is carrying numbers on screen throughout the day and night. Every radio news-break warns that we're drowning in the virus. They've doubled down on every superlative in the English language, and it's beginning to get a little repetitious.
Over a quarter of a million Americans have died from this terrible disease. The rate of deaths per day in the US is in the thousands. Hospitals are running out of space for patients. And meanwhile Armstrong minimizes the ongoing crisis by insisting that most deaths were caused by other underlying conditions and not the coronavirus itself.
Not only that, the numbers coming out of the CDC show that only a fraction of the deaths constantly reported on the news are exclusively attributed to the virus. But if some want to take the network reporters' word for it, they're welcome to do that.
He then spends the rest of the update complaining about the media making everyone scared and trying to somehow censor him. He never uses the word after this.

(While in this train of thought Armstrong implies that he might not be able to post these strange, bitter and angry tirades as much as does now. Such a statement appears to be an attempt to gain sympathy from his lay member followers.)
It's a little astonishing that Americans who love freedom would be prepared to relinquish it at the drop of a hat over the word of those who've made a career of lying to us. When you consider the fact that so many have died fighting for the rare blessings of freedom, the respect and debt we owe to those who came before, it becomes a little emotional. 

You can look forward to these updates being dialed back somewhat. Our beliefs and doctrines certainly don't hinge on my attitude, which has admittedly become somewhat jaundiced. But it does get a little tiresome, having a lot of tripe jammed down the throats of us all. We seem to be well down the road from a situation where the “truth has fallen in the streets.” None plead for justice, surely not from any mainstream networks or social media titans. When you look at the priorities of those promoting fear, it feels a lot like they intend to rule over what we can and can't know, and what we will or won't do.

He makes the hysterical and nonsensical claim that "everything we value in this human life is about to be lost." Words like this are to incite fear of the world outside his organization and loyalty from his followers towards him. Staying with Mark Armstrong's organization is presented as an act of defiance against bad people.

Having said that, we all want the best for those we love and it surely looks as if everything we value in this human life is about to be lost
To his shame Armstrong presents emergency measures designed to save lives and ease the burden facing hospital staff as somehow leading to the mark of the beast. This is shameful demagoguery that puts his followers at greater risk of getting the dreadful disease.
Shutdowns and masks won't be the end of the demands made upon the American people. They're just warming us up. Will we also curl up in the fetal position when they roll out demands that we all receive a Mark that violates our free will, not to mention God's Laws? No doubt it will be promoted as the only assurance of everyone's health and safety.
Please take the coronavirus seriously. Shutdowns and masks help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Shutdowns reduce social interaction which makes it harder for the virus spread. Facemasks makes it harder for the wearer to pass on any disease he or she may happen to have. Including the coronavirus.

Observe shutdown regulations. Minimize social contact, especially indoors. Wear your face mask. Wash your hands. Listen to your doctor. Listen to science. Of course discouraging social interaction is painful but that is how one fights a pandemic. It appears there will vaccines eventually but it will take months before the general public get it. Until then we must be careful not to catch or spread the coronavirus.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

PCG's Gerald Flurry Hysterically Says Some on the Left has Already Declared War on America

Back on November 9 PCG's leader, Gerald Flurry, posted an article in which he insists that Donald Trump will be elected again. While stating this belief of his Flurry makes the nonsensical statement some have already declared war on America.

Many on the left want a civil war. Some have already declared war! They certainly want to bring the nation to the point where they can pounce on their opponents and destroy them. And they are going all out! (Source.)
After that Flurry cites a lawyer from 2017 mentioning the possibility of impeaching President Trump which is not a declaration of war.

The highlighted statement is wrong. It is certain factions within the political right that fixates on the idea of a second civil war. Not the left.

To say that some unnamed persons on the political left "have already declared war" is nonsensical. Who specifically made this alleged declaration? When did they supposedly did this? That is a frightening accusation and yet Flurry neglects to name who had supposedly did such a thing.

There is no need to listen to Flurry's words of doom and gloom. He has such a poor understanding of present events so how could he see the future? 

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Biden Elected President

NBC, CNN, AP and Fox announced shortly before 11:30 am ET, November 7, 2020 that Joe Biden had won in Pennsylvania and therefore had gained enough electoral votes to be elected President of the United States of America.

In the United States most of the Armstrongite organizations tend to favor the Republican Party in regards to politics. Many of the tithes receivers within the world of Armstrongism will be quite unhappy that the candidate of their preferred political party did not get elected to the presidency.

Saturday, October 31, 2020

PCG's Gerald Flurry Getting Remarried

Gerald Flurry is to be married on November 16, 2020 to Vicki Barreiro. (Hat tip: Banned by HWA.)

Gerald Flurry has constantly insisted that the end is near. He has said that Christ will return in ten years or less. He has said that terrible things will soon occur. And yet he has time to get married again. He has time to tell his followers to pay tithes to his organization.

Gerald Flurry infamously implemented a no contact policy against the members of the other COG groups. PCG has long had a reputation for being particularly harsh and authoritarian compared with the other COG groups.

This development reminds us again that unfortunately the system of Armstrongism works well for the one percenters who receive tithes and offerings while giving the lay members oppressive and controlling rules. 

Thursday, October 22, 2020

The Book of Enoch

I have read the Book of Enoch (First Enoch), specifically the 1893 translation by Robert Henry Charles. It is an ancient religious text of Jewish origin which was first written in Hebrew. It was revered by Jews and early Christians but it gradually lost favor and in time was essentially forgotten. Except in Ethiopia. They adopted it as part of their canon and they preserved it in the Ge'ez language. The rest of the world rediscovered this book thanks to the Ethiopians. 

It is certainly a fascinating and intriguing book. It offers a glimpse of what was believed by at least some ancient Jews and their hope for a future righteous society to be created by God.

One section of the book is devoted to detailing a calendar that differs from the current Jewish calendar.

This book contains descriptions of the movement of heavenly bodies and of the firmament, as a knowledge revealed to Enoch in his trips to Heaven guided by Uriel, and it describes a Solar calendar that was later described also in the Book of Jubilees which was used by the Dead Sea sect. The use of this calendar made it impossible to celebrate the festivals simultaneously with the Temple of Jerusalem. (Source.)

Back around early 2015 this book caused some controversy within LCG when the LCG leadership discouraged lay members from studying this ancient book even though their students had been previously instructed to study that book.

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Mark Armstrong Complaining About California's Lockdown

Here's Mark Armstrong, leader of the Intercontinental Church of God, in his October 16, 2020 weekly update stating that his Armstrongite splinter group has observed their idiosyncratic version of the Feast of Tabernacles.

He also appears to imply that lockdown orders in the State of California were ignored.

The good news is that we observed the Feast of Tabernacles at all planned locations, save California, which apparently is still in “lockdown,” per the all-knowing governor's orders. Services were still held on the Holy Days at an undisclosed location. Not many churches are claiming Constitutional protection, thinking it safer to cooperate with the local “authorities,” lest preachers be hauled away in handcuffs. We don't want to sue or see anyone arrested, but we will obey the mandates from on High long before some governor, drunk on his own “authority.” These vain dictators never wielded this kind of power before, but they're clearly enjoying telling everyone what they can and can't do. Constitution? What Constitution!

Did Mark Armstrong just admit to breaking the law? We should follow the law including lockdown restrictions. If he and his followers did not break the law then he should not imply otherwise.