Sunday, June 9, 2019

Gerald Flurry Praising Rod Meredith in 1964

From October 1964, page 2.

Before he started up his own Armstrongite splinter group Gerald Flurry first wrote under the name Jerry Flurry.

In 1964 Jerry Flurry wrote two articles in Church of God News, Northern Midwest DistrictOctober 1964. An article on page 2 lists officers of the St. Louis Spokesman Club. On page 3 he has an article lauding the speakers in the Armstrongite Feast of Tabernacles in Big Sandy that year.

On page 3 Jerry Flurry praises Roderick C. Meredith's sermons at the Armstrongite feast. Later Gerald Flurry would start up his own Armstrongite sect and denounce all other Armstrongites as false for not being in his organization.

Below is Jerry Flurry's article about the spokesman's club.


St. Louis Club Spokesman Club Officers

by Jerry Flurry

When Mr. Dean Blackwell comes to town, many activities usually occur. One of the most exciting events was the change of Spokesman Club officers.

The following men were appointed as officers of Section "A" Spokesman Club: Jerry Flurry, President; Jim Malone, Vice-President; Jim Carrington, Secretary; Lee Welshams, Treasurer; and John Thompson, Sergeant-at-Arms.

The new "B" club officers are: Roger Malone, President; Gerald McCormick, Secretary; Walter Darling, Treasurer; and Dick Pierson, Sergeant-at-Arms.

Mr. Hal Baird once asked us all a very pertinent question: "Can you picture a king who can't speak?" The answer is obvious. Mr. Dean Blackwell said in his sermon the following Sabbath that if we were not attending the Spokesman Club, we might just as well write "LAZY CHRISTIANS" in our notes, because that is EXACTLY what we are!

The new officers are filled with enthusiasm about their opportunities to serve in this significant way. The Spokesman Club is a vital part of God's work. When a job needs to be done, a spokesman is usually chosen—one who can take the "Message to Garcia."


On page 3 of the same publication Jerry Flurry has an article praising the Armstrongite yearly convention they call the Feast of Tabernacles held that year.

Here is the article below.


THINK-BIG-THEME At Big Sandy Feast

by Jerry Flurry

"This is the 1964 Feast of Tabernacles, and this is God speaking!" So began Mr. Norman Smith in one of his earlier sermons to set the theme for an entire feast that admonished us to THINK BIG NOW! Mr. Smith told us how God has, since the time of Moses, spoken through men and unless we believed this, we were wasting our time at the Feast.

Between 7500 and 8000 people motored to Big Sandy to attend this festival. The weather was hot and humid when we arrived, but a good rain cooled things off in the latter part of the week.

Last year, about the time of the feast, deep cracks veined much of the land around Gladewater. However, this year floods were raging in other towns around Gladewater, but God protected his people from them.

Mr. Roderick Meredith opened the feast, and in his first full length sermon told us to RULE our thoughts and emotions, our mouths and our time. We were told that our motto should be, "anything good is accomplished by God—ALL mistakes are ours." Our accomplishments are to be considered as dung (Phil. 3:8).

People there for the first time were absolutely awed by the content of the messages and by the authority with which God's ministers spoke. Of course, the old-timers weren't exactly unmoved when such vivid pictures of the coming Kingdom were portrayed.

Many spokesmen were used, and the organization was smooth—displaying the fruits of the clubs. Men were told to do a job and they did it.

After talking to many of the spokesmen club officers and members, they agreed that there has been much growth in the clubs. However, ONE main problem is a failure of many men to THINK BIG. No doubt this reflects a problem in the whole church and is why God gave us so many sermons on striving for the RIGHT GOAL.

Mr Meredith told us when we saw the sun and moon to think how we would shine like them in a few years. We must think in terms of the universe. If we are to be Gods, we must think and act like Gods. As Mr. Herbert Armstrong said, "The only way to the top is the hard way."

In the future, little men with little purposes are going to persecute us more severely. Mr Meredith told us how this stage of the church has suffered less than any other. Perhaps this is why so much emphasis was placed on THINKING BIG—unless we do, we can't possibly endure to the end.


In 1971 Jerry Flurry also wrote the following two articles for WCG's recruitment magazine, The Plain Truth.
  • Dear Mom and Dad: I'M COMING HOME, Plain Truth, April 1971.
  • Unmasking the White Collar Criminal, Plain Truth, July 1971.
In 1973 Gerald Flurry was ordained as a minister of HWA's organization. In 1989 the organization fired him and he started up his own Armstrongite organization and has has lead it ever since. Flurry's organization has always had a reputation for being particularly strict. It is widely reported that PCG members are even taught to shun the members of the other Armstrongite organizations, even close family members. But the organization works well for Flurry. Recently Flurry's organization has bought an airplane for Flurry's use.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

How Limited HWA's God Family Heresy Is

So we were told by HWA and his imitators how wonderful it would be to become a God being as fully God as God is though of a lesser rank. But why limit our goals to this point. How about something even better? Why not becoming (a part of) Christ Himself?

That's what the Roman Catholic Church offers in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

On page 184 of the 1994 edition Augustine is quoted. (Tractates on the Gospel of John. 21, 8. Migne, Patrologia Latina, 35, 1568.)
Let us rejoice then and give thanks that we have become not only Christians, but Christ himself. Do you understand and grasp, brethren, God's grace towards us? Marvel and rejoice: we have become Christ. ... The fullness of Christ then is the head and the members. But what does 'head and members' mean? Christ and the Church.
And then Thomas Aquinas is quoted. (Summa Theologiae, III, 48, 2.) In the catechism the passage is quoted as follows:
Head and members form as it were one and the same mystical person.
At this passage is cited as follows:
The head and members are as one mystic person...
These persons were specifically talking about the Roman Catholic Church but the idea can easily be applied to other churches if we so wish to do so.

While so many have been mesmerized by HWA and his imitators little did they know how others have viewed their relationship with Jesus Christ. Why yearn to be a God being when one could view oneself as being mystically united with Christ by being in a church?

So we now see that HWA's God Family heresy is redundant. If one happens to be mystically one with Christ by being in a church then there is no need to become a God being.

Clearly there is no need to follow HWA or any of his imitators.