Saturday, November 18, 2017

Overview of the November-December 2017 Issue of PCG's Philadelphia Trumpet

PCG has released another issue of their recruitment magazine to try and gain more tithes paying converts. (November-December 2017.) Let's take a look at what they have to 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.

This issue's circulation is 246,769. October's circulation was 245,780. September's circulation 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).

Gerald Flurry insists that Satan is the problem and the cause of the massacre in Las Vegas, not the easy accessibility of assault rifles.

Gerald Flurry has an article insisting that God has abandoned America and is no longer listening to the prayers of the people citing the recent hurricanes to support his dire prediction.

Tyrel Schlote has a side article accompanying this article insisting that in times past prayers were heard but that this is no longer the case. Schlote seems to say that recent prayers did not talk about repentance thus somehow causing PCG's God to not protect the United States from more hurricanes.

(The problem of climate change caused by the excess emission of carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gases are conveniently ignored. With more greenhouse gases in the atmosphere means hotter water which means more numerous and stronger hurricanes. If they admitted that climate change is real then they could not claim that hurricanes and other such things are caused by their twisted parody of the Christian God being angry at America.)

Gerald Flurry also has reprinted a passage from his 2001 booklet, Repentance Toward God. That booklet was discussed in a previous post.

Dennis Leap has an article condemning the acceptance of the gender identity of transgender people. He scare mongers that children are being tricked into thinking that they are transgender. It has the sickeningly inflammatory title: "Encouraging Gender Fluidity is Child Abuse." He decries various therapists seeking to help people with gender dysphoria even though Leap himself was trained to be a librarian and, as far as can be determined at present, has no specialized training in this topic.

Brad Macdonald has an article scare mongering about the recent elections in Germany and the rise of the far right Alternative for Germany party.

Richard Palmer has an article insisting that Europe only needs to a strong leader to transform into the military superpower of Armstrongism's nightmares.

Richard Palmer also has an article scare mongering that continental Europe is becoming increasingly fanatical about their religious identity as Christians and using this identity to marginalize Muslims and elect politicians who play to these tropes.

The Infographic scare mongers about the military forces of the various nation states of the European Union conveniently ignoring the vast military superiority of the United States. The map also leaves Britain shaded as though it is not a part of the European Union when in fact it is still a member of it while the negotiations for its departure from the EU are underway.

Andrew Müller has an article scare mongering that problems in Latin America are negatively affecting the United States and scare mongers that such issues will get much worse later on.

Jorg Mardian has an article about avoiding chronic noncommunicable diseases.

Jeremiah Jacques has an article scare mongering about various nations no longer using the US dollar to buy oil.

Joel Hilliker has an article calling upon parents to make their children civilized.

Joel Hilliker also has an article discussing the revelations about the sexual harassment allegations concerning Harvey Weinstein and uses that topic to complain about what is shown in movies and TV shows today.

WorldWatch discusses European attempts to deal with the migrant crisis in Libya; the establishment of processing centers for migration to EU nations inside Africa; the rightward shift in Austria following its recent elections; wildfires in California; President Trump's announcement of sending more US troops to Afghanistan; a new type of battleship being made for Britain's navy which is claimed to be less effective; the State of Israel's airstrike against a chemical weapons site in Syria on September 7; scare mongering that South Korea will turn against America to make war with North Korea less likely; scare mongering that the North Korea problem is making Japan more militaristic; and recent UN sanctions against North Korea for its recent nuclear weapons tests which are condemned by PCG's recruitment magazine as weak.

SocietyWatch talks about how some US states are contemplating legalizing euthanasia; defends a "No to Marxism" rally in California to continue their vilification of Antifa; a wave of riots in St. Louis on September 15-17, 2017 following the acquittal of a police officer who had fatally shot an African American man; and condemning the Burning Man festival.
The bacchanalia was marked by depravity and debauchery, including wild raves fueled by hallucinogenic drugs. “Burners” wore outlandish and provocative costumes or went nude, many engaging in sexual promiscuity and perversion. (p. 31.)
There are letters. Here's one letter from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin which denounces the Catholic Church as a cult and mentions that PCG's recruitment magazine is available at a public library.
We have the Trumpet in our local library, and I am happy to see that so people can pick it up. You have one of the most informative magazines. I used to be in the Roman Catholic Church, but I left it; that is one of the biggest cults in the world. I really wish the Trumpet came out every week like Time magazine. You are covering everything so well.
Here's a letter from Karachi, Pakistan.
I like to read your world events. I would like to know more about how world events combine with the Bible, with some related Islamic events, if it is possible.
My advice to this person is: Run. Don't walk. Run.

And so we see that PCG's 1% has produced yet another issue of their recruitment magazine to gain more tithes paying converts and to keep their followers in awe of them as being able to see the future. However since its founding in 1989 PCG has made at least 52 failed predictions. But despite such a poor record of predictions their talk of doom and gloom has gone well for PCG's leadership. 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. But PCG's many failed predictions clearly reveal that PCG's leaders are but false prophets. There is no need to fear their dire proclamations. PCG's leaders are but false prophets.


  1. They continue to fan the embers of the Armstrong prophecy mold in hopes that flames will actually emerge.

    One thing we can learn from criminology studies relating to classic scams is that scams must constantly vary, change, and redisguise in order to continue to entrap victims as the word gets out and the public progressively immunizes itself against the original. While the Armstrong scam enjoyed 30% annual growth for decades, the splinters have failed to adapt and to make their game relevant. By slavishly imitating, they continue to "phone it in", and face dwindling returns, because at this point the scam is no longer attracting people of means and intelligence. The label "bottom-feeders" comes to mind. And they are not even successful in their scavenging activities.

    A few mouse clicks, assuming that the Trumpet readers are computer literate, will either moderate or dispel the supporting information provided for the major premises of each of the very ignorant articles in this useless recruitment vehicle.


  2. At the moment I'm living in an area where information comes from Fox News, the local newspaper, and the mail. I can see that PCG's recruitment by magazines and booklets would have more acceptance by the hardcopy crowd.
    One of the possible reasons for COGs rejecting anthropogenic climate change could be that they would need to set the example by reducing their own carbon footprint. I can't see PCG leadership switching to a fleet of Teslas and a solar powered plane.

  3. Hoss,
    Will it contribute to global warming if I burn pcg magazines?

  4. Opinionated -

    Yes, and it will add to atmospheric toxicity as well!