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PCG Income Plummets Drastically--Flurry Calls for Fast:

January 24, 2017

Gerald Flurry recently sent out a Pastor's General's report that called for a church wide fast on January 15 or 16th (the members could choose which date). The PCG income has plummeted drastically. It seems that over 50% of its core membership are old school WCG senior citizens on Social Security. These people are not now required to tithe on that income but are being told to go out and get work if practicable. Also, the membership is being directed from HQ to increase the local congregational fund raisers in order to send more money to Edmond. With more and more people leaving or being disfellowshipped, coupled with a very low new member growth rate, all are combining to hit Flurry's grand aspirations very hard. I think the PCG is on the ropes in more ways than one.

The huge expense of maintaining that white elephant that is Armstrong Auditorium is an intense drain on the PCG's coffers. Also that pig in a poke UK college venture is also proving to be a severe money pit for the PCG. It was supposed to be the catalyst to finding the Stone of Scone and Jeremiah's tomb. None of these prophecies have come to pass.

The recent concerts series produced/directed by Ryan Malone and performed chiefly by the River Dancing Flurry Grandchildren has not been the commercial success with the local Edmonites what was hoped for. These concerts are also a money consumer and are little more than a chance to show off the talents of the Flurry grandchildren and titillate the local PCG members.

Gerald Flurry has prophesied that Trump is the "End Time Jeroboam" that will ally with Joe Jr. Tkach and the WCG and finally kick the PCG members out of the USA, exiling them to Jordan/Petra. Flurry has also made a prophesy that Trump will be the last President of the USA because the Tribulation is very, very close and could happen at any time.

The recent PCG Feast of Tabernacles held in Lexington, Kenkucky was a severe let down compared to years past. The PCG turnout at the designated hotel/conference center was smaller than expected and they were forced into a much smaller meeting hall/venue. Ironically the Living Church of God was meeting in the same hotel and had around the same amount of people attending. Philadelphians and Laodiceans mingling? Shame!

I hope this has been of some help.--Former PCG member [name withheld]

PCG's Money is Drying Up:

January 24, 2017

I think PCG's money is drying up and they don'
t have disposable cash for advertising; e., g., on Facebook, like they used to. I even noticed the quality of the paper used to print the Trumpet is not as good as it used to be. --Impacted by PCG

Mark Saranga Kicks Daughter Out of House:

January 25, 2017

Mark Saranga took over as head of the PCG Mail Processing Dept. when Mark Nash was unceremoniously fired from that position. His daughter Alicia was seeing a "worldly" boy at the public school she attended, so Mark Saranga kicked her out of the house never to return (which is in keeping with Gerald Flurry's disfellowshipping policy). Alicia was a minor and around 16 years old at the time. She had no place to go as the other PCG members were too afraid of Gerald Flurry putting them out, too, for sheltering someone thrown out of the PCG. People are in fear of the ministry.

Alicia had to go to the local office of Health and Human Services and tell them she was basically homeless without any means of support. The State put her into foster care and she has been there ever since. Her father Mark Saranga is still an "upstanding minister" in the PCG. He writes for the Philadelphia Trumpet and Royal Vision magazine and his work is predominantly featured on the PCG website. Ironically, one of his current articles on there is about the Sandy Hook tragedy and how to protect your children. This coming from a man who kicked out his minor aged daughter to the curb for seeing a boy in school.

Not only are Gerald Flurry's insane policies destroying the PCG financially, but they are also causing a local strain on the taxpayers as the kicked out minor aged children of the PCG members are relying on the State to survive. --[name withheld]

Ask the State to Bill Mark Saranga:

January 26, 2017

Parents have a financial responsibility for their underage children. I suggest we ask the state to bill Mark Saranga for Alicia's care at the foster home of Health & Human Services. Maybe that would wake somebody up. --J. G.

PCG Should Be Investigated:

January 28, 2017

The letter concerning Mark Saranga and his daughter Alicia breaks my heart. What a cruel and ruthless thing to do. I am reminded of what Jesus preached about the prodigal son and how he treated the lady at the well, and many of the other wonderful things He did for sinners. Flurry claims to preach the gospel to the world. What gospel? One of destroying the family? There is certainly no love, grace and truth in what he and his ministers preach. By not preaching the true gospel the PCG is twice cursed according to the Apostle Paul.

Now that Obama and Clinton have been taken care of and the USA has a Christian and Jewish supporting President, we who are suffering under the PCG rules should contact our new president and request him to have this so called "church" investigated for breaking any law on child care and have the IRS do a financial audit on them. I cannot remember when last we saw audited accounts from the PCG or any of their branches around the world.

I remember many years ago that the FBI were very interested in H Armstrong and the WCG. --W.

Comment: Read letter "FBI Files on Herbert Armstrong" and the comments following.

Authorities Need to Investigate PCG Child Abuse and Finances:

January 29, 2017

I remember years ago one of the governmental authorities called us regarding investigating PCG and they told us the two areas they could and would investigate was in child abuse and finances.

We hope someone does something quickly. Thousands of families have been horribly ruined and disunited leaving a wake of illness, sadness and destruction of once loving families with their one scripture of destructing families of "no contact" so-called Doctrine.

When did Jesus Christ ever tell children to ignore their parents (against the commandment to honor) and for parents to "throw out" their beloved, darling children.

We pray for these people to understand the "grace" message of Christ and repent. --Former member whose loving family has been affected by the destructive cult . . . the PCG (Poor Coercive ["church"] Government)

Making Money is More Important to Flurry Than Keeping Families Together:

January 30, 2017

The scripture Flurry uses to separate families is Matthew 10:34-38:

"Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me."

What it really means is this; here is the answer Flurry does not want you to know. Christ was talking about people who would believe that He was the prophesied Savior that was to come, and those who would not. It is not talking about a family of Christians who all believe that Christ is Savior, but about believers and unbelievers.

In a lot of homes there are people, meaning son, daughter, husband and wife who would believe Christ is the Savior, and some would not. Sometimes families in the same household would belong to different religions. Because of this simple fact, there will be divisions among them, because of their beliefs. Flurry twisted this scripture to his benefit. Making money is far more important to him than keeping families together. Flurry twisted this scripture to mean, if your family is not in his "church," the members should have nothing to do with them; in other words, cut them off. --Former lost member of PCG

Something is Seriously Wrong With PCG:

January 31, 2017

I was reading the letter about the drastic drop in the income for the PCG. I remember from back in the old WCG days that HWA said the proof of God's blessing on "The Work of God" was a 30% increase in income and new membership annually. HWA always said that "when we please God then He is pleased with us" and will bless the Work accordingly.

So if Gerald Flurry really thinks that HWA was God's true End Time Apostle as Flurry has always preached, then HWA's teaching on church growth absolutely condemns the PCG. When you have to send your elderly church members out to work to drag in additional income so the Edmond HQ elites can live the life of luxury, then something is seriously wrong somewhere.

I hope that when Gerald Flurry finally dies the new leadership will undo the horrible damage that has been done since the early '90s when this nightmare began. --M. M.

Stephen Flurry Will Be Just Like His Dad:

January 31, 2017

Unfortunately, Stephen Flurry has been groomed to take his father'
s place when the inevitable happens, and I believe he'll be just like him. --L. B.

Drying Up of PCG Information:

February 5, 2017

I am an habitual reader of your site and have been curious about developments with the PCG. Your Letters section of your site always was a source of updated information but lately, it would seem there has been a tightening of security on the part of the PCG where no one is daring to provide you with any information as to what is going on on the inside. Maybe the PCG has been reduced to a core of unshakeable believers who coupled with the fiery sermons coming from the pulpit that all those sites out there on the internet are the tools of the devil to destroy the "one and only true church" and anyone leaking information to them is destined for the lake of fire and this is why the code of silence is being strictly respected.

Or, maybe it is that the PCG phenomenon has lost its luster, is really going nowhere fast and former and current members have simply lost the will to do anything about it. Those that are in it are content to stay there hoping that it is the right place and those that are no longer part of it have moved on and don't care what happens to it. Of course, other factors may be at work but the end result has been a progressive drying up of information coming out on what's going on inside the PCG.

Too bad, I, like I'm sure many others, were hoping to see this great hoax of a church fall apart and the leaders having to get real jobs out in the world which some of them would have found it a very difficult thing to do given their poor skills and abilities. But, it seems to be maintaining itself though not at the same level as before; they seem to be building fewer grand structures.

Hope people inside the PCG, at least some of them, get back to sharing with your site what is going on inside the PCG. --[name withheld]

John Macdonald Cuts Off Mel Tupas and His Wife for Trivial Incident:

February 6, 2017

This is just another sad story among the many on your page. Here is one tragedy.

For a background, the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Melchizedek Tupas. They were last seen at the Feast of Tabernacles in 2013.

The couple received the wrath of the former Regional Director of the PCG, John Macdonald due to a trivial incident that happened during the Feast. During one of the services, Mel Tupas forgot to turn-off his mobile phone and, unexpectedly, it sounded an alarm which caught the attention of John Macdonald. That made the man who is well known for his temper and harshness to give the couple the equivalent of capital punishment immediately. They were suspended and not allowed to attend services anymore after that Feast. As called for by the PCG's unreasonable and much abused NO CONTACT POLICY, all the children of the couple who are in the PCG were automatically prevented from having any contact with their parents. They were to be treated like they don't exist anymore or like they are dead already. Consequently, the Tupas couple were abandoned, neglected and forsaken by their children to prove their loyalty and faithfulness to their ministers.

The Tupas family are not really from Angeles city. They are from Rizal, Palawan, Philippines and they used to have a good life there. All their children were born and raised as well as educated in Palawan. Then things took a wild turn when John Macdonald started to pursue a dream of turning Angeles City into a little Edmond, Oklahoma.

We still do not know the fate of this couple as they have not been able to contact any friends and family.

I wish to remain anonymous. Maybe someone reading your site could help us. --Anonymous

Parent Closed Mouthed in Regard to PCG:

February 7, 2017

I agree with the author of the Feb. 5 letter who stated that less information is getting out regarding the PCG. I too have always checked ESN to see what new atrocities were happening in the PCG. I have a parent who attends but they are very closed mouth in regards to what the PCG is up to. I will say that my parent is no closer to leaving as I would have hoped. Brexit [see: Was Herbert Armstrong Right About Britain Exiting the European Union?] and Trump and a few other global events have made them even more convinced that they are in the "one true church."

On another note, I read that California is no longer under drought conditions, something I remember the PCG making a big deal over. I wonder what happens when events that they insist are the sign of the end times either do not occur or stop occurring. I guess they just brush it under the table with all the other dusty prophecies and keep banging the drum. I still have hope that my parent will see the light but I doubt it. --Name withheld

Flurry Says Trump Will Deport PCG Members from United States:

February 13, 2017

This last Sabbath Gerald Flurry said that Trump is going to deport the members of the PCG from the United States. This is when they will be going to the place of safety. This is only one more way for GF to squeeze more money from the members. When it doesn’t happen, it will be forgotten.--F. S.

PCG Building Fund Down:

February 16, 2017

A friend who has access to the Philadelphia News said that their building fund income is down. Other things like second and third tithe went up. They want the money from the building fund to continue improving their musical dance building and for other building ventures. They are also encouraging fundraisers in this upcoming year to bring in money. --Anonymous

Flurry Claims New Revelation About Book of Hebrews:

February 21, 2017

In the July-August Royal Vision article, "Hebrews is Mainly For Our Day!" Gerald Flurry has "new revelation" about the book of Hebrews which he says is urgent. Flurry believes Paul wrote the book of Hebrews between A.D. 65 and 67 (i. e., A.D. 66), and since the church fled to Pella just three years later, his conclusion is:

"Since God has given us new revelation to understand this at this time, it could be a signal that we might be about three years from going to the place of safety." (p. 1)

The most ridiculous and heretical thing he said was:

"if Christ had sinned one time, He would have died forever." p. 24

How can God die?? Jesus was God in the flesh! [Read PDF booklet: The Deity of Christ]

According to GF, Satan is "growing more and more enraged" (even at this article) and is coming after PCG members "in many ways." (p. 24) The only way they can "overcome Satan" is to stay close to their High Priest. (Yet John says Christians have already overcome the wicked one. (I John 2:13-14). And this verse: I John 4:4 "Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world."

How many times has Flurry claimed "new revelation" about this and that book of the Bible? How many times has he warned that we only have a few years left? [Read quotes from Philadelphia Church of God and the Place of Safety.]

This article is sick! It is delivered with fear and threats and is filled with so many misapplications of Scripture, that it would be a waste of time to quote more of what he said. --Anonymous

PCG to Take HWA's Prayer Rock When They Flee:

February 21, 2017

All the talk this past Sabbath at services was about the PCG's plan to take HWA's “prayer rock"
 with them when they flee. --W. S.

Evil, Deceptive Men Who Have Deliberately Used Innocent People:

February 21, 2017

I can't have any sympathy for GF or HWA. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are evil, deceptive men who have deliberately used innocent people. They both just used people for what they could get from them--for their money and to control them. They are so full of the devil I can't even stand to see their faces. They both have such smug looks on their faces on their books, almost as if they are mocking me. All these leaders are messing with people's minds and they know it; they have absolutely no remorse for what they've done. I will not, however, give up trying to convince and warn others of what they and their organizations are. --Impacted by PCG

Gerald Flurry a Master at Using Weasel Words:

February 21, 2017

When I was reading GF's article in the July/August 2016 Royal Vision, I couldn't help but notice that he is a master of using what are called "weasel words." Weasel words and phrases allow someone to say something and yet allow themselves a "back door" or escape in case they need it. GF must not be too sure of his prophecies because he sprinkles these words liberally through his articles.

For example, in the article, "Hebrews is Mainly for Our Day!" he says, "Since God has given us new revelation to understand this at this time, it could be a signal that we might be about three years from going to the place of safety."

When did any of the prophets in the Scriptures ever use the phrase "it could be…", or use the word, "might" in their messages? He goes on to say, "This [2016] could be America’s last presidential election--and I'd be rather stunned if it were not, considering what is happening." Once again, notice his careful insertion of the word, “Could." These are not the words of a prophet, but of a snake-oil salesman.

The article is also full of words and phrases that conjure up anxiety and fear in the mind of the reader. Obviously, this is GF’s latest "push" to try to milk even more money from the already strained and aging members of the PCG to continue supporting his sagging religious empire of lavish buildings, the overseas campus, and the promise of a personal jet. But when Trump's term is finished and no one’s been ousted from the United States, GF can fall back on his "weasel words" and say, “Well, I never said that for sure." --[name withheld]

Wife of John Amos Dies:

February 24, 2017

I heard last night that the wife of John Amos passed away from a stroke. She was in her 70s. John Amos, as you know, was co-founder of the PCG in 1989. --C. W.

Gerald Flurry Has Plans to Buy a Private Plane:

PLEASE NOTE: The 3rd paragraph below (1st Comment in purple) was corrected and added to on Feb. 25, 2017. Refresh the page.

February 24, 2017

Gerald Flurry sent out a letter dated February 3, 2017. He believes it is an "open door from God" to buy a private plane. He believes it will improve the Work. He says there are some members who are capable in managing the aircraft.

He said HWA had this prized asset to "complete an urgent work" and the same reasons apply today.

Comment from ESN: In HWA's January 12, 1972 co-worker letter, he claimed the gospel had gone to all the world, whereas it had not before that time. (See this part in the Gerringer letter.) Here are HWA's exact words: "It is significant that by the end of 1971 we were able to say, for the first time, 'This gospel of the Kingdom has been preached, and published in all the world for a witness unto all nations' (as in Matthew 24:14). ... But, within the meaning of Bible terms, we have definitely now for the first time, proclaimed God's message into all nations." "This gospel now has been preached into every nation." (Mystery of the Ages, p. 158) His January, 1986 co-worker letter (no exact date given) stated: "It is now true that this Gospel has been proclaimed within every nation on earth by the Worldwide Church of God."

He believes God is behind this and is asking the members and co-workers to pledge to the aircraft fund as they did for the building of Armstrong Auditorium. He says, "If you can help financially, please complete the enclosed pledge statement." He also mentioned waiting on estate donations that have not been completed yet but everyone is to pray many more come through to bring down the costs more.

He talks about Herbert Armstrong not being able to do the Work he did without a plane. He quotes Revelation 10:11 about how we are to "go before kings." He plans to start up the "going to the nations" campaign again.

Comment from ESN: Since HWA said the gospel had already "gone to all the world" (See: Mystery of the Ages, p. 291: "These prophecies have now definitely been fulfilled. The true gospel has been restored and has now gone in power into every nation on the face of the earth."), why does GF think he has to now go before kings? Furthermore, when has God ever use a false prophet to do any kind of "work" for Him? HWA's private jet was for his ego, nothing more, just as this plane will be. Members will continue to be exploited.

He said they will have to cut back on some broadcasting networks and some cuts to the musical acts in order to sacrifice.

The secondhand plane they are eyeing is between $9 to 11 million and it would cost about $2 million to maintain it per year. --[name withheld]

Flurry's Narcissistic Pipe Dreams:

February 24, 2017

Gerald Flurry is filling up the members, composed of mostly ex-WCG members, with memories of the old "glory days"--big dreams of rebuilding HWA's WCG empire by all the buildings, "cultural performances" at HQs, the new UK campus, and soon to be (if he has his way) a private jet. He is trying manipulate members to cough up millions in dollars for a frivolous and wasteful purchase. The truth is that the PCG can't support all this. It's just a matter of time before this "house of cards" he's building on HWA's memories comes falling down. The members, which are becoming fewer every day, simply cannot go on financially supporting GF's ego trip, no matter how much he tries to squeeze "blood from a turnip." The members will eventually succumb to financial and spiritual exhaustion to try to satisfy GF's narcissistic pipe dreams. --Impacted by loved one in PCG

Comment: One other thought, the Internet reaches literally every nation in the world today (unlike in HWA's time), so why is it necessary to have a private plane to "go before kings."

Exact Pages for HWA Saying Gospel Has Gone into All the World:

February 25, 2017

The quote given for Mystery of the Ages above about HWA saying "the gospel has gone into all the world" is actually found on p. 158 and p. 291. --Anonymous

Comment: We have corrected that above. (note: this letter will be removed later)

HWA Said the Gospel Had Been Preached in All the World:

February 25, 2017

When we came in the WCG in early 1984. HWA said those words around late `85 (I think it was during the holy day season). Our friends knew a member that they had been college buddies with and he invited us "newbies" to join him and his wife at a restaurant. The member was ecstatic that HWA announced that "the gospel has been preached to all the world." He said he had never heard HWA say that in all his years as a member. So he was going to go home and "get ready to flee."

This member had been in the WCG during his 4 years at Ambassador College; he had been in years before us, but not the decades that distinguish true long time members. So this is why he didn't hear HWA say that "the gospel was preached" until 1985 (I keep thinking it was said just before the Feast of 85; then we got the MOA at the Feast, then HWA died a few months later.) I know he made it a point to let us know how very important this announcement was since we were new and rather clueless at the time. So this member had no idea that this had been said before by HWA in January 1972. He was going to go home and get ready to flee and advised we do the same. --K.


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