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Letters From Those Impacted by
Philadelphia Church of God

January 1, 2018 to present

 

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Cal Culpepper Having His Assistants Interview Members:

January 18, 2018

Cal Culpepper (Regional director for the Northeast United States) is having his assistants interview all the members in his area, and the interviews must be done in the members' homes. They are conducting some kind of inspection of the members' living conditions, probably to assess whether the members could be paying more in offerings, or if they are withholding money from the PCG. --Anonymous

Is January 16 a Commanded Fast Day for PCG Members?

January 19, 2018

My parent fasted and studied again on January 16, the anniversary of HWA's death. I don't know if this is a commanded fast that the whole PCG participates in or just something my parent chooses to do.

Strange how you're not supposed to commemorate the day a loved one died but they put so much importance into HWA's death date. Another sign of brainwashing [mind control] by the PCG. --Child of a PCGer

Reply: From what we know,  January 16 is not a commanded fast day for PCG members. Your parent may just be doing this on their own. The only time we are aware that the members were to fast on that date was last year because the income had plummeted. (See January 24, 2017 letter.)

Culpepper's Visits Having Something to Do with PCG's Financial Situation:

January 22, 2018

Cal Culpepper is also performing interviews with the PCG members, which can take as long as an hour or more. The members still haven't been given an explanation as to why they are conducting the interviews. I don't believe that Culpepper would take the time to conduct these interviews just to visit and see how the members are doing on friendly basis. I think these visits have something to do with the PCG's financial situation since buying the new personal jet, like inspecting the homes to see if they think the members are holding out on their giving of money to the PCG. --Anonymous

Gerald Flurry Goes Against What Herbert Armstrong Said:

January 22, 2018

The members have selective memories. GF says he venerates HWA, but he goes against what HWA said time and time again (reaching the "cities of Judah") and the members turn a deaf ear to it. They hear what they want to hear. Much of this has to do with the extreme control they are under. --Impacted by loved one in PCG

Comment: HWA many times boasted about going to the "cities of Judah" Notice his words in some of his co-worker letters; e. g., July 16, 1982: "God has providentially opened the door for me to get this warning to the 'cities of Judah' "; April 24, 1983: "God has now opened the door for the fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah 40:9-10. That message now will go in power to the cities of Judah." In 1967 he said he was going to broadcast on Radio Jerusalem but in 1968 he said he couldn't get in there because of the Six-Day War. None of his grandiose plans ever transpired the way he said they would. Members continued to respond to his pleas for money, while they waited for the end. See: HWA's "Commission" to World Leaders.

Regarding Cost of Operating GF's Corporate Jet:

January 30, 2018

The post for January 22 is not correct. The Royal Vision says nothing about financial problems nor asking for money for the G450.

I received the Member/Co-worker letter yesterday. The letter asks if you want to give to the G450 expenses, here are the ways to do it. Flight hourly fuel cost runs around $2,280 HR., but over all cost is higher. (Example for G450 showed $16,000 per Hour)

Guide for Aircraft purchase:

As with any aircraft acquisition, the decision to purchase a Gulfstream G450 as opposed to a fractional ownership or a jet card should be made after carefully considering your needs and reviewing the alternative options.

G450 Maximum Fuel 29,500 lb

Thank you. -K

Comment: That post which said it takes "$14,000 just to fill it up with fuel for one trip" has been removed. Here's the official info on that particular jet. It's still expensive, but not hardly that expensive.

Cost of Fuel for GF's Corporate Jet:

January 30, 2018

I checked the cost of jet fuel per gallon. It will still cost between $3,000-$5,000 to fill the plane. Not cheap, but not hardly $14,000. Still, trips to England to the new campus and jetting around to various feast sites, including sites overseas, will rack up the dollars, and quick. --Impacted by PCG

Secrecy Continues in PCG:

January 31, 2018

PCG has some very high-tech devices now. Within the last several months, they've started sending the latest sermons from Edmond directly to the local contact person's cell phone (as you know, there are no CDs anymore). They know exactly when the sermon is played to the congregation, and as soon as the sermon is played, it is automatically deleted from the phone. --[name withheld]

These Groups Will Destroy Your Marriage:

February 9, 2018

I can relate to the testimony regarding RCG (Restored Church of God Destroyed My Marriage) although my husband is in the PCG. It is the same thing. Members become cold and distant to family who will not applaud their decision to sacrifice everything for this group. It is interesting that now the Armstrong cult has so many "one true" churches and they are all the same except for the leader.

The wife who wrote this story is correct when she said it will destroy your marriage. It destroyed mine because this relationship with strangers became more important (fear driven) than our marriage and children. Do not let your loved ones engage in any way with this group. --Impacted by loved one in PCG

Comment: Read 2-9-28 letter: David Pack Has Found His Money Making Scheme.

King Flurry?

February 27, 2018

In reading the July-August 2017 Royal Vision, "The New Stone of Destiny," Gerald Flurry said the following: (my words in brackets)

"We are ready to go to the place of safety, and we now have the stone of destiny! [emp. mine]
"It was right around Jan. 16, 2017, that God revealed the truth about the new stone of destiny. [HWA's Prayer Rock]
"And it was on this date that God moved the throne of David to this Church!
"God is getting us ready to go to the place of safety where we will have David's throne. There is a new king and a new stone. There has to be for this prophecy to be fulfilled! And this new king would have to be God's apostle [Gerald Flurry], at least for this time. [emp. mine]
"The prayer rock, the new symbol of David's throne, also came to us through a descendant of David, Herbert W. Armstrong. And it all happened on Jan. 16, 2017, the anniversary of his death.
"God made all these things happen miraculously. This was all prophesied, and God has brought it about in a way that is truly mind-staggering when you think about it."

It's not mind staggering, it's ridiculous. GF is not only an egomaniac, he is becoming more and more off his rocker. The sad thing is the members can't see it. --[name removed]

Comment: Also read February 28, 2017 letter: Flurry Says PCG's Scone of Stone is Now HWA's Old Prayer Rock.

Comment: In this Royal Vision, GF says, "We are now in the gun lap of our race to Christ's Second Coming." (p. 31) HWA used these words ("in the gun lap") many times. They are even found in his co-worker letters: Oct 29, 1967, February 25, 1968, and September 1, 1968.

Liars and False Prophets:

March 4, 2018

The letter of February 27, 2018 about King Flurry is as stated ridiculous, in fact absolutely ridiculous.

Having appeared, I presume, only in the Royal Vision means that the prophecy in regard to a New King and a new stone is only for the PCG membership. What gospel is Flurry preaching to the world? Matthew 24:14 clearly states that before the end comes the gospel of the Kingdom, of Grace, and the New Covenant will be preached to all the nations of the world and Matthew 24:11 categorically states that many false prophets will arise and deceive many. Flurry is for sure one of these deceiving false prophets.

Has Flurry, "That Prophet" ever spoken or published a prophecy that has come to fruition at the exact time and place? No, never!

Be warned Gerald Flurry and read Revelation 21:8 and see what is the final destination for liars and false prophets in the prophecy from Jesus Christ. --Ex PCG member.

Gerald Flurry Called for Church-Wide Fast:

March 12, 2018

G. Flurry called a church-wide fast for yesterday. No one was told why. --Anonymous

Members Fasting Before Passover:

March 17, 2018

Someone I know who is in PCG said they were fasting Friday. Anyway, fasting right before Passover and Days of Unleavened Bread must be to get more money. --Ex PCG

That Prayer Rock:

March 17, 2018

The Royal Vision of July/August 2017 contains the history and story of the PCG's and HWA's prayer rock. Maybe Flurry should have struck the prayer rock to see if water came out of it.

I have carried out a rather brief search of Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible and found some very interesting references to "ROCK."

 In Psalm 18:2 and 31, as Psalm of King David, it is written, "The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; ... who is a rock save our God?"

Psalm 62:2 & 6, & 7 Also King David. "He only is my rock and my salvation; ... The rock of my strength;"

Psalm 78: 16, 20, 35. " He brought streams also out of the rock; He struck the rock; And they remembered that God was their rock;"

Psalm 92:15. "He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him."

1 Corinthians 10:4. "For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ."

Both Armstrong and Flurry have placed themselves between God our Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. They have ignored John 1:17 that the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ, and have failed to teach Galatians 3:10-14 that they are under the curse of the Law but Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the Law and they have failed to receive the promise of the Spirit through the faith of Christ.

In the Book of Revelation, that great prophecy for the end time, I can find no reference to HWA's and now GF's prayer rock being of any importance, but find numerous references to Christ our Rock, our Refuge, our Fortress. Flurry and the PCG must start preaching from the New Covenant, extend Grace to many of his ex members and the families of those he has disfellowshipped and ruined financially.

Please keep up your support for all those who have suffered at the hand and words of Flurry and his ministers. --[name withheld]

Thank You For All Your Work:

March 19, 2018

I just wanted to thank you so much for the support and articles you guys post. My life has drastically changed since I first wrote years ago. I'm so happy with life and finally financially sound. Thank you for all your work and diligence at ESN. I'm glad that slowly but surely PCG will be exposed. Keep up the good work!! --Child survivor of PCG

Gerald Flurry Flying to Australia:

March 30, 2018

I saw through a Twitter where someone posted a video of Gerald Flurry's plane taking off to Australia 2 days ago. --Former member of PCG

PCG Feast Sites for 2018:

April 2, 2018

The feast sites for 2018 are:

Edmond, Oklahoma (headquarters)
Lexington, Kentucky
Palm Harbor, Florida
Blaine, Washington
Lake George, New York
Lake Arrowhead, California
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Tweed Head, Australia
Invermere, British Columbia, Canada
Baguio City, Philippines
Henley-in-Arden, United Kingdom
Limpopo, South Africa
St. Lucia, Caribbean

--[name withheld]

Flurry Uses Guilt and Threats at Feast Time:

April 8, 2018

Hello to Mike and all of the workers at Exit Network Support™. I have been out of the PCG for 5 years. I came into the PCG in the '90s under Dennis Leap and Wilbur Malone. Things were kind of strict back then but now....boy, it is hard to believe.

I do read your letters section to try and keep up with what has been happening since I have been out. I have been reading your postings from 2018. I was told by someone in the know that Flurry in November of 2017 gave a corrective sermon to the PCG people.

Apparently two things happened connected with the 2017 FOT. (See November 30, 2017 letter: Some Members Not Staying at Designated Hotels at Feast) One was that people are starting to rebel against the strict hotel reservation commands given out from HQ. So many PCG people are finding it hard to pay for the over-inflated prices at these ritzy hotels that people are going to Motel 6 and Day's Inn, Ramada, etc., without telling their local ministers. With prices on the Feast brochures of the cheapest rooms around $80-99 dollars a night (budget rooms) people have disobeyed the orders of Flurry and have booked non PCG approved accommodations.

Well, Flurry said that there were so many rooms not used by the PCG members that HQs had to pay thousands of dollars in fees/fines to all of the hotels per contract. This hit into the PCG budget as it costs even more to fuel up Flurry private jet. He said that from now on people have to counsel with the minister or they will have to be corrected.

Also, Flurry said that after the Feast was over and all of the personal checks from the members were cashed, quite a few checks bounced. Flurry was very upset because the HQs had to pay fees once again--this time to the bank. Apparently, a lot of pressure was put on the membership this Feast to pay up. I suppose the usual guilt and threat of eternal death was dangled in front of their eyes. So a lot of people gave more money (wrote checks) under that influence than they had to give.

I remember in the mid/late '90s that we had some wonderful Feasts. I know it was all a lie but back then we had money to spend. We stayed in some nice hotels and ate steak and drank nice wine. We even bought whole bottles of wine for the table. I never heard back then of checks bouncing like that or rooms not being used. I think things are so hard on my friends still in that they are trying so hard to please God/Flurry that they are doing things that they never had to do before, like staying in nasty flea bag motels. So many are old and retired and on fixed incomes. They are not getting in any new members and the young singles are fleeing once they turn 18--some even before they reach 18. I have quite a few dear ones that have died after I left. I never got to say goodbye.

A member told me that they do not care anymore about "getting a lot of members" anymore. They prefer to be small and stay small. They are "God's Elite" and only a small elite are going to be stationed in the Millennial Temple in Jerusalem. Flurry has told them that God is separating out the chaff from the wheat and only those totally loyal will be allowed to go to the Place of Safety. I know of one old couple in their mid 70s who have cut out eating little luxuries like ice cream and sending the money to Flurry so he can fly to where he wants to go.

I hope the whole PCG collapses and I can see my friends again.

Please, all of you have a good weekend and God bless. --[name withheld]

Mother in PCG Has Abandoned Her Family:

May 14, 2018

I grew up in the WCG and then was in the PCG from 1996-2007. The only family member left is my mother and she is under mind control that has got her to abandon her family.

This is hard to think about and deal with. I thought she would just get out after they told her not to associate with me but it's been over ten years now. My kids are affected by it and my [relative] has depression from it. It's severe emotional abuse to make people do what they want because no one wants to be abandoned by their family.

I wish this group was put in prison for destroying my family. Mind control is very scary to people looking on, and hard to understand. --Formerly in WCG & PCG [name removed]

Another Suicide Caused By The No-Contact Policy:

The following letter was sent to ESN; the author requested that we withhold his name.

May 31, 2018

PEDRITO CARA, A PCG MINISTER IN THE PHILIPPINES, CAUSED ERROL CONCEPCION TO COMMIT SUICIDE

Brethren in the PCG,

We are so saddened by the news that came to us through one of your own people from Angeles City who could not hold the cat from coming out of the bag anymore. So we heard that Errol Concepcion committed suicide by hanging himself to death.

We took Errol in our group and provided him all the help we can give: a home, a foster family, encouragement, and our love. But because he misses his family, we tried to turn him over to his grandparents who were acting as his former guardians. The Concepcions were initially reluctant to take him back because of fear of the repercussions of acting against the counsel of Mr. Cara. Eventually, Errol was taken by his grandparents only to bring him to his uncaring relatives in Lucena. With that, his situation became even worse. He was a lot better off when he was still with his foster family in our group. But we are not blaming the Concepcions. They are mere victims of deception in the PCG.

Actually, it was Mr. Cara who made the situation unbearable for the physically sick young man by preventing his being reunited with his family due to his strict and uncompromising implementation of the irrational, illogical, Satanic No Contact Policy! That same policy has already claimed the lives of two other Filipino PCG members, namely: Rodolfo Marquez and Orville Lilangan. Errol Concepcion is now the 3rd victim of the murderous No Contact Policy of the PCG Ministers in the Philippines.

By God's words, what Pedrito Cara and his fellow ministers in the Philadelphia Church of God are doing in implementing their no contact policy is murder. Notice this:

1 Jn. 3:15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know tht no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

1 Jn. 2:9 He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.

1 Jn. 2:10 He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.

1 Jn. 2:11 But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.

Brethren, please use some common sense and let the Holy Spirit of God guide you so you can see what's going on in the PCG with true wisdom from above!

Can you say that separating a very young man from his grandparents--guardians--by throwing him out of the house and cutting him off completely and letting him live like a pauper in the streets an act of love? Where in the Bible can you see where it says that you can show your love for your son, daughter or even your parents by cutting them off completely like what they have done to Errol Concepcion, Rodolfo Marquez, and Orville Lilangan? How many more ex PCG members will they kill? Who will be the next victim?

Just knowing the 10 commandments of God without truly understanding the intent of His law is useless knowledge! You have to use Godly wisdom to see through the lies you have been made to accept and practice like the No Contact Policy. It is premised on hatred which is the exact opposite of God's love.

Your unrepentant ministers are all going to be burned in the Lake of Fire. Why should you give your support to the men who are worse than criminals since they are causing people to die the eternal death? That's where they are taking you! --Philippines [name withheld]

How Many More Are to Suffer in This Cult?

June 3, 2018

The demolition of "God's Family" and the destruction of true believers continues unabated in the "one and only true church." How many more people are to suffer at the hands of Gerald Flurry and his henchmen in this cult? Is there nothing the USA Government under the direction of President Trump is able to do?

The financial ruin caused by the demand for tithe after tithe is also a huge problem for many of the families in the USA as well as in many countries around the world. The cost of attending the Feast of Tabernacles has become beyond the reach of most people in this cult, but the PCG insists on attendance and disfellowship for not attending.

What is also most worrying is the fact that when members of this cult are disfellowshipped, suspended, or leave, they immediately begin searching for another breakaway group like David Pack, or one of the many others that continue under the heavy hand of Herbert Armstrong. Surely they must realize that the Worldwide Church of God of Armstrong's was destroyed by God and broken into many pieces, never to rise again. Quite the opposite of what Jesus said about His Church.

Christ said "suffer the little children to come unto Me" not to throw them out onto the street. The cruelty and humiliation members suffer under these "churches" is horrendous and must be stopped.

We have not been able to contact our family and grandchildren in this cult for over ten years. Beware of these people as they are not preaching the TRUE GOSPEL that the Apostle Paul preached. --Former PCG member [name withheld]

Additional Info Regarding: Another Suicide Caused By The No-Contact Policy:

June 7, 2017

Here is additional information with regard to the suicide of Errol Concepcion.

The Philadelphia Church of God's No Contact Policy has just pushed over the edge a young member after having cast him out of the fellowship and mandatorily shunned by his own family for around 5 years.

Errol Concepcion, the firstborn son of Mrs. Lai Cruz and stepson of PCG Deacon Alvin Cruz of Tandang Sora, Quezon City hanged himself to death in his grandparents' home in Harvard Street, University Village, Lucena City, Quezon Province. The incident happened on May 29, 2018 and his remains were laid to rest in Lucena last Friday, June 1, 2018.

Errol had been feeling the pain of being cut off from his own family as mandated and continually perpetrated by the Ministry of the church (PCG) where he was raised by his grandparents (guardian), Mr. and Mrs. Roberto Concepcion. Since then, he had been living a life of constant struggle with emotional distress and with the difficulty of living alone. He wasn't really ready yet to face that kind of life at a very tender age when the PCG ordered his family to cast him out of their home and to let him fend for himself and to deprive him of any kind of support. The NO CONTACT mandate is absolute and a clear indication of tyrannical rule in the cult. Outrageously, the ministry of the PCG considers it an ACT OF LOVE!

Pedrito Cara is the Associate Pastor of the PCG in the Philippines with office in Cutcut, Angeles City, Pampanga. He is the man responsible for perpetrating the continuing ordeal of Errol which finally pushed him over the edge. He gave no room for mercy and compassion to the young man despite having been informed that Errol was already suffering from dementia and could no longer live on his own. He did not agree that Mr. and Mrs. Concepcion should take him back and provide him the love and attention he needs. He has not relented in continuing the immoral and abusive implementation of the vile NO CONTACT POLICY which has wrecked many lives, split up marriages and destroyed families in the Philadelphia Church of God not only in the Philippines but in many other countries around the world where they have congregations. --Philippines [name withheld]

Disgusted With the Callous, Elite Mentality of the Fat Cat Edmondites:

June 9, 2018

I was recently reading a 2017 letter where it showed how people in the PCG were bouncing checks left and right after Feast Days because of a severe lack of funds. I can only imagine what financial hardships the rank and file PCG members are facing week after week as a result of Flurry's outrageous private jet acquisition [April 12, 2017]. It also appears that many PCG members are not staying in the PCG commanded hotel/motels because of the increasing high cost of the rooms forced upon the membership. I remember when we were in the PCG and we had the same dilemma. We just had a baby and were short on funds. When we would go to Ohio to attend the Holy Days, or attend the Feast two states over, we often did not have the means to pay $130 dollars a night for a "church allowed" hotel room. Even the "budget rooms" were around 70-80 dollars. However, if you would stay in a Motel 6 it would be only around $30-$40. So even 6 years ago there were people who struggled to pay for rooms. I cannot but help think that the PCG gets some sort of underhanded remuneration from the hotels by demanding that all the members use one hotel elusively. Some of us remember the Seabreeze scam in South Africa.

I saw a shameful post on Twitter by Jeremy Cocomise concerning the recent 2018 NTBMO. Jeremy Cocomise boasted how the Edmond elites had hired exclusive private Chefs/Servers to cook and cater to the high up PCG members living on the Edmond compound for the NTBMO. Jeremy bragged about having someone to cook and serve him 'roast duck and asparagus sauce" along with delicious expensive wines. He even had the audacity to post a picture of his exclusive meal online for all too see. I cannot but feel disgusted with the callous, elite mentality of these fat cat Edmondites. We all know that many of the PCG members are the poor, retired, and elderly and cannot afford in a zillion years to eat "roast duck." They cannot even cover the Holy Day offering checks without bouncing them. I know we all realize that wolves like Wayne Turgeon, Brian Davis, and Andrew Locher are putting the psychological pressure on the PCG membership every Sabbath--threatening with eternal death any PCG member who does not obediently sacrifice Financially to "The Work." Then they go back to Edmond and feast on "roast duck."

I also saw where Gerald Flurry has hired full time as highly paid PCG employees his two grandchildren Grant Turgeon and Paris Turgeon as "Airline Stewards." Grant and Paris are to serve aboard Flurry's new private luxury jet in the capacity of serving the passengers and crew with whatever amenities they might desire as they travel. Grant and Paris were sent on a PCG-paid vacation to Florida to train for several weeks at an exclusive private airline steward academy. Grant Turgeon boasted online how, when he told his fellow classmates that he would be working for his grandfather as a private steward, they all apparently gushed and raved on his good fortune for landing such an elite position right after graduation. Many of these young people have to wait to be hired by a airline witch and often takes months. This is nothing more than a Ponzi scheme where Gerald Flurry's family members are getting the best job opportunities and preferential treatment in the PCG governmental structure. Such shameful, biased, corrupt Financial nepotism is not worthy of any so called "man of god."

Also, you will see on Twitter how Gerald Flurry gets the "Red Carpet Treatment" when he lands at a destination in his private jet. You will see Twitter photos of Flurry and his Edmond entourage descending the steps of his private jet with a nice wide red carpet laid before them. I can only surmise that this royal treatment is because of Flurry's recently prophesied position as the only man on Earth who had God's divine bloodline and sanction. I cannot but help to compare Flurry's grand delusions of elegance with Jesus words where He said that He came "not to be served--but to serve." --B. S. (Former PCG member)

The People Who Could Have Helped Errol Conception to Bounce Back From Depression Were Not Found:

June 11, 2018

Errol's decision to kill himself could have been averted if only Pedrito Cara exercised some compassion to the young man they cast out of the fellowship of his brethren and his very own family. The No Contact Policy is the root cause of Errol Concepcion's death. He was a normal, young, vibrant, energetic man when he was still living in the comfort of his home and in the company of the people closest to him. But his life went into a tailspin after he was cut off by both PCG and his family with the imposition of the wicked, murderous No Contact Policy. In the period of 5 years that follow his excommunication for the flimsiest reason, the difficulty of living life alone and loneliness itself dealt Errol with a deadly blow, causing the deterioration of his physical health and sending him into the depths of depression. The stage of his depression became suicidal when he could no longer hold a job and support himself. That's when he sought refuge in the company of the Remembrancers.

He admitted that he only found real family love when he was adopted by the Fernandez family and things were getting better from the time he found home and family life with them. But Errol had a longing for his own physical family and this desire caused a new turn in his life. The PCG which cast him out and ordered his separation from his family authorized his grandparents/guardian to take him. But this new turn in his life became the beginning of a nightmare which led to the end of his life. His depression may have peaked at a certain point that about 4 months later after Pedrito Cara ordered him exiled from the home where his biological family lives which took him to his uncaring relatives in Lucena city, Errol committed suicide.

The wealth of information contained in [online article: "Helping Someone with Depression"] which could have been applied to help Errol live a normal life demands the presence of family members around the depressed person. The tips in this article are just useless because Errol's family was forbidden to extend him the love and affection he needed. His situation of being exiled in Lucena only worsened his depression and made his continuing existence unbearable for him. He merely fulfilled his desire not to wake up anymore.

Who should be blamed for Errol's death? The people who cared for him in his hour of distress? Don't be irrational. The guilty party is the Philadelphia Church of God and their chief minister in the Philippines, Pedrito Cara. --Philippines [name withheld]

Comment: Many people are suffering in PCG today because they fear to leave. As we show on our site, this kind of situation has happened before. Read: "Our Family's Devastation Due to Gerald Flurry's No-Contact Policy". If anyone is involved with PCG today, beware. There will be more tragedies, heartaches, and burdens to come. Christ says He will never leave us, nor forsake us. That is not contingent on our staying in the PCG. Is PCG of God? 1 John 4:18: "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love."

Gerald Flurry Will Face Judgment One Day (concerning recent suicide):

June 16, 2018

Just wanted to drop you a short letter to express my outrage and disgust concerning the recent suicide of the young man from the Philippines. [see May 31, 2018 letter above] How tragic that another death has to be announced because of Gerald Flurry's insane doctrines. I am so angry right now. I keep asking WHY?!?!

Gerald Flurry will face Judgment one day because of what he has done. I have to believe in that. You see, many of my ex-PCG friends have turned their backs on God and have become atheists because of what they experienced in "God's church"--and because of what is continuing to happen in the PCG. Their mentality is that there is no God because of (what they perceive as) God's non-intervention in punishing Gerald Flurry for what he has done to people. All I can say to them is wait. God has his own timing. It is not God's fault. He has given us free will.

I also read on your site how the people at HQ are feasting on fine foods and wine at the Night to Be Much Observed while some cannot afford to attend the Feast or Holy Days. Makes me sick!! I know we want to ask why is Flurry allowed to prosper and live the high life--buying multi-million dollar jets while people are killing themselves? Why is his pampered and arrogant children/grandchildren getting great jobs/perks at Edmond HQ while so many PCG members are pressured by sermons into writing checks they do not have the funds to cover? It makes us all so angry I know.

The only thing that keeps me from getting overly angry is reading on your site how many people have benefited from your work. I know that people still in the PCG are reading from ESN because some that I had contact with told me they are. They are too scared to ask questions at services or confide in the members. They read your letters and know that deep down something is wrong. Some are beginning to question. That is a important First step...to question.

I just wanted to say keep up the good work because people are reading your site.

God Bless, --George B. from Dayton, Ohio (I used to attend PCG at Grove City and Morse Conference Center in Dayton under Carl Craven)

Comment: I hope that members are reading much more than the letters. Also see: Understanding Mind Control & Exploitive Groups.

How to Boycott Events at Armstrong Auditorium and Make People Aware:

June 18, 2018

I've been out of the PCG for 6 years now. I was put out by the demon Cow Cultpecker [Cal Culpepper]. Since then my two children who remained in the cult have been forbidden to talk to me. Thankfully two of my children have come out and I am able to see them.

In an effort to help cut off funding and make people aware of what this evil group is doing I have been sending a message to all churches in Edmond and Oklahoma City.

The easiest way I've found to do this is through Facebook.

I've sent the following message to many churches. I've received positive supportive messages in return. People are agreeing to boycott events at Armstrong Auditorium.

Here is the message:

Please help a grieving father.

My wife of 36 years died 8 years ago and now Gerald Flurry and the Philadelphia Church of God have taken my children from me.

I wish I could hear from them on Father's day. I haven't heard from them in 6 years. They are in the Philadelphia Church of God. A controlling cult that cuts children off from parents and parents from children. The dictatorial leader Gerald Flurry has issued an edict that says members can have NO contact with family members that have left the church. If you go against his rulings you will have to go through the tribulation and be cast into the lake of fire. Members have committed suicide because of this evil family destroying ruling.

My oldest son Nathan M. and my youngest daughter Elise M. are in the cult and have been prevented from contacting me, my youngest son, my daughter and granddaughters. The cult has destroyed my family. When my oldest daughter and her family were told that they could have no contact with me, and told I was not allowed to see my granddaughter, they left the cult. When you attend events at Armstrong Auditorium you support the family destroying cult. They don't allow interracial dating or interracial dancing. They believe they are God's ONLY TRUE Church and Gerald Flurry is THAT PROPHET, he is THE APOSTLE, God's only representative on earth.

Please do not support the evil group by attending events at Armstrong Auditorium TELL MY CHILDREN I LOVE THEM, PLEASE!

Dan M.

I did not include full names in the message. I hope many will do the same to help warn local people that attending events at Armstrong Auditorium is supporting this family destroying cult. Thank you for all you do to help members and ex members of the PCG. --Dan M.

Getting Out of Debt Since Leaving PCG:

July 2, 2018

I just want to say that I have greatly reduced my debt load since leaving PCG and am on the verge of purchasing a house. I never seemed to reduce my debt load when in PCG as I had to pay all those tithes, go to all the feasts, etc. I was never catching up. --Former PCG'er.

Fred Dattolo Replaced by John Macdonald:

July 2, 2018

It seems Fred Dattolo is back in Oklahoma and was replaced by John Macdonald as Regional Director. That is surprising considering Dattolo was Canadian and this was one of the reasons Flurry put him there. Also, since he was an accountant Flurry wanted to get the finances in order and make sure tithes and offerings were paid as should be. --Anonymous

Another Attempted PCG Suicide:

July 3, 2018

Please pray for another grieving father and husband whose children came home to find their mother, a 24 year member of the PCG, unconscious after one of several suicide attempts. Praise be to God that He intervened and with the help of the medical field, she survived this attempt. Yes, PCG people, God does use doctors to save people. Flurry's no contact rule caused a heavy burden to be placed on this poor beautiful woman when she found out her daughter, age 23, who also attended PCG was found dating outside the PCG and was kicked out, causing a great deal of pain and suffering leading to severe depression with her mother. Since her daughter left the bondage of that cult, with their rules and hoops to jump through in order to obtain salvation under the dictatorship of their so called leader, her health and disposition issues have greatly improved. Praise God!

The Bible says not to follow a man, but rather Christ only. Your salvation is based in Christ only, and not Christ plus some church and a self-appointed prophet. Christ is the Vine, and we are the branches. There is nothing in between.

Romans 3:10 -- "There is none righteous, no, not one:" You can try to keep all the rules you want PCG members but you are only fooling yourselves.

Galatians 5:1 -- "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage."

The PCG believes they are the only ones with Gods truth. Sorry, but Jesus said He is the Truth and the Way and the Life! [John 14:6] And, that it is those who come to Him that are saved, and not some particular church or prophet.

This is you, PCG members: Jesus said in John 5:39 -- "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me."

It is Christ who saves us, and not Christ and the Law, or Christ and the Sabbath, or Christ and anything else! You members of the PCG need to understand this! The Scriptures point to Christ. Christ does not turn around and point us back to the Law, or the Sabbath. He is our law! He is our Sabbath! He said, plainly, that there is a rest found in Him that is permanent!

Yet you PCG members refuse to come to Christ! So sad that He is still waiting for you to come to Him.

There is NO Love in that "church" whatsoever. It has been 3 weeks and not one phone message or flowers or cards sent, after her so-called leader was told what had happened. Wow! Is that how you PCG members want to be remembered? And all this after her 24 years of faithfully bowing down to a man (Flurry) who has no understanding of Ephesians 3:19 -- "And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God." Imagine a Love that surpasses knowledge! 1 Corinthians 13:13 says that among faith, hope, and love, the greatest of these is Love.

Please pray for this husband who came out 24 years ago to find freedom in Christ, who is suffering, seeing his beautiful bride of 26 years almost destroyed by this cult. Wake up! PCG members, get out while you can. If this message can save one precious life it will be well worth it.

Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30 -- "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."

Flurry and the PCG have burdened people with a yoke that is impossible to bear. Their yoke is hard, and their burden is heavy.

Matthew 18:6 -- "But whoso shall offend one of these little ones (many who have committed or tried to commit suicide) which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

"If anyone causes one of these (many who have committed or tried to commit suicide) who believe in me to stumble," . . . that's you Flurry!" "It is better for you to have a large stone around your neck and cast into the sea!"

I would not want to be you at the Judgment Seat of Christ! You better repent before it's too late! --[name removed]

Life at Herbert W. Armstrong College

July 25, 2018

Hello ESN,

You helped me out about 6 months ago when I decided to leave the PCG (thanks!).

I've spent some time in the last few weeks writing an article about my time at Herbert W. Armstrong College...

Please feel free to attach my name and my email address to it so that people can contact me. I have received a few emails lately from other ex-PCG members that have been very enjoyable. --Kieren Underwood

NOTE: Read article: Life at Herbert W. Armstrong College by Kieren Underwood.

UPDATE: Kieren later sent us a revised copy where he brought it down to around 4000 words. He added a few more sentences and deleted several sections from the original.

Gerald Flurry Lacking Compassion:

July 31, 2018

It is so sad to hear that Gerald Flurry's no-contact policies are still killing our young people. I can't imagine anything on earth that could evoke compassion for children from Gerald Flurry.

I came across this old article that claims "God's Government" is meddling with family and that Gerald Flurry's policy of separating family members is one of the worst abuses of power since pre-Civil War days when plantation owners split apart slave families by selling individuals to new owners. I think it's probably true.

The author of that article obviously clings to some vague hope that God will correct the problem or the man. We used to think that way in Worldwide [WCG]. But now, having observed several self-proclaimed prophets, I realize that God is going to let men do whatever men do. Our thoughts are not His thoughts.--Name withheld

King Gerald's Self-Coronation

July 31, 2018

Though presented in a somewhat elusive discourse, I understood Gerald Flurry to indicate that he has now crowned himself king of the British Empire seeing that God has removed His blessing and approval from the royal family now residing in Great Britain. The throne long possessed by descendants from King David's royal lineage has, according to him, rightfully passed to Gerald Flurry (who himself is also a descendant of David). He believes that those other contenders will soon be eliminated in a nuclear World War III while he takes the throne and the stone to a place of safety.

An interesting parallel is the late Mormon leader James Strang (1813-1856) who claimed to be a prophet. After the death in 1844 of Joseph Smith, founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, several splinter group leaders emerged claiming to be the legitimate successors of Smith, including Brigham Young, Joseph Smith III and others. In 1850, according to the Wikipedia article "Self-proclaimed monarchy," James Strang proclaimed himself king of his followers. He was crowned in an elaborate coronation ceremony. Sadly, he was assassinated only 6 years later by two disgruntled ex-members. --F.

The Place of Safety is Now in Abdullam:

August 6, 2018

Gerald Flurry in his new book The New Throne of David has now told his reading public that God has inspired him (Flurry) to announce that the Place of Safety is now a place in Israel called Abdullam:

"The prayer rock, the new symbol of David's throne, also came to us through a descendant of David, Herbert W. Armstrong. And it all happened around January 16, 2017, the anniversary of his death. ....

"Now—what will happen to God's people during that time? Verse 15 says, 'Yet will I bring an heir unto thee, O inhabitant of Mareshah: he shall come unto Adullam the glory of Israel.' This translation is a little awkward. The word Mareshah means summit, or chief place. And the New King James Version reads: '… The glory of Israel shall come to Adullam.'

"They are spiritual Israel, or God's true Church.

"God considers these people worthy to take responsibility for David's throne. That is a lot of responsibility! But these people are God's nobility! What greater nobility is there than having David's throne?

"David escaped to the cave of Adullam along with several hundred people. Prophecy shows that, in the end time, God's people will have to escape to a cave as well. They will go to a rocky fortress to escape the Holy Roman Empire, which has been chasing them for centuries! The Church had to flee into the wilderness for 1,260 years (Revelation 12:6—described prophetically as 'days'). Now, we will have to flee for 1,260 days (verse 14). When we do, we will take with us the throne of David.

"We must be prepared to go to the cave of Adullam, the place of safety. Make this a part of your thinking, because we live in the most urgent time ever! We must be willing to go anyplace and do anything God wants. We must get our minds conditioned to do that!"

~Excerpted from The New Throne of David. Chapter 2, by Gerald Flurry, 2018. (For info on Adullam see Wikipedia)

If God inspired HWA to restore all things in the Church then how could Gerald Flurry be sent from God when Flurry is undermining everything that HWA taught? --Former PCG member

Members Turning a Blind Eye to Flurry Changing HWA Doctrine:

August 6, 2018

Once again, GF is changing HWA doctrine, and also, the silence about GF changing HWA's doctrines from the PCG members that claim to hold closely to HWA is eerie. Even HWA loyalists are turning a blind eye to GF's doctrinal changes. Changing doctrines was one of the reasons for the WCG empire crumbling, and it may be the undoing of the PCG. --H.

PCG Members Told to Start Sending in Cash:

August 6, 2018

The PCG leadership is now pushing hard for the non-Edmonites rank and file PCG membership to send in as much money as possible to HQ. It was announced from HQ again that the cost of operating Gerald Flurry's plane is putting a strain on PCG finances. An internet source has itemized a list of the operating expenses of a private Jet like Flurry's. According to this source costs around $800.000 a year just to maintain and operated the facilities, staff, insurance, maintenance, etc.

The PCG members are being told in no certain terms that if they want to go to a Place of Safety and if they want to really show God if their "Hearts are in the Work" then they need to start sending in the cash. Some have taken out another mortgage on their homes. Others have cashed in their 401(k) fund to give to Gerald Flurry. (See online PCG article: Illinois and Wisconsin Members Sell Concessions to Support Aircraft Fund.)

The PCG has now sunk to the depths of catering to "worldly" venues like music concerts, sports events, and monster truck competitions. The people they gleefully take money from at these venues are all condemned behind the pulpit and in PCG literature as non-Sabbath, Holy Day keeping sinners who are just a hairsbreadth away from being nuked and cannibalized in the Great Tribulation.

You will also notice in the article that Jim Privratsky Sr. and David Privratsky were there devotedly bringing in the cash for Flurry's Jet fund. Jim Privratsky Sr. if you recall is the man whose daughter Janet Privratsky tragically committed suicide over Gerald Flurry's new harsh disfellowship and no-contact policies. David Privratsky is the non-grieving ex-husband of Janet Privratsky. I would have to ask myself, if my own beloved daughter or wife killed herself because of the policies of one, demented, megalomaniac, would I then go out and slavishly spend time and effort getting loads of free cash for him? --Former PCG member

Former PCG Member Writes PCG Minister, Receives Spin Replies:

August 15, 2018

I am forwarding you emails that you might find interesting. Everything I wrote is completely true. This is a complete compilation of my attempts to get answers from PCG Ministers. ... --Former PCG member [name removed]

NOTE: Go to: My Correspondence With PCG Ministers and Their Spin Replies.

Never Go Back to PCG if You Are Suspended:

August 18, 2018

My advice to the suspended member in the article, My Correspondence With PCG Ministers and Their Spin Replies, is to Disfellowship yourself, get out quickly, and never go back before these hit men, like Brian Davis, Mark Nash, Alex Harrison, Max Rumler (now deceased) and all these so-called ministers ruin your name, reputation, family and whatever else they may be able to destroy. Gerald Flurry and Herbert Armstrong have never preached a word of the the Gospel of Grace, and are more like Pharisees than God's ministers.

WARNING. GO NOW BEFORE THEY DESTROY YOU SPIRITUALLY.

Kind Regards. --Name Withheld.

P.S. Thanks again for the sterling work you do in exposing this cult.


UPDATE by ESN: The July 31, 2018 letter above: Gerald Flurry Lacking Compassion has a new paragraph added at the end by the author.

Flurry's Hallucinations:

September 1, 2018

So Flurry is claiming to be Jewish of the tribe of Judah. Because of Judah in Genesis chapter 49, it was prophesied that the "sceptre shall not depart from Judah." Flurry must also believe he is Shiloh. Shiloh means "whose right it is." The throne of David was to be "overturned, overturned, overturned, and shall be no more (overturned), until he comes (Shiloh) whose right it is." From Ezekiel 21:27. That means from King David's Jerusalem, overturned to Northern Ireland, overturned to Scotland, overturned to London England, and will be no more overturned until Shiloh overturns it to Jerusalem again. But something is wrong because if Flurry hallucinates that he is Shiloh, he has instead overturned it to Edmond, USA.

So he must hallucinate he is Jesus "the anointed" aka Shiloh, whose right it is, forever and ever. And Jerusalem must now be Edmond, USA. But that is the wrong place. And he did not ride a cherub through the clouds, in his majesty, through the heavens, to our rescue either.

Time for Philadelphians to get back to the reality of their bibles to program their minds as to the knowledge of God, instead of allowing Flurry to program their minds with his hallucinations to enrich himself thereby. Time all COG mentally deceived realized that a burnt offering would be a crisp $100 note burnt round the edges including portions of the serial number, before offering it. My wife has been burnt monetary wise by Flurry's PCG who promised in writing (we kept the letter) to provide a receipt for honest auditing purposes for monies contributed, but did not, which was poor stewardship on their part. Highly questionable we think. Two years went by, we complained, and they tried to foist the blame on us for not complaining earlier. We thought the loot vanished into the ether. We then realized it had effectively disappeared into the ether. No more of our loot materialized into Flurry's PCG "ether."

Whenever we paid tithes to COG churches [offshoots], God did not rebuke the devourer in our fruit trees as promised in Malachi 3:11. This is the test for whether or not tithing is being placed in the wrong hands and/or the "ether." So none of them preach that taboo, obviously. Our cups didn't overflow either. Flurry's did! --Peter Holt.

PCG Downgrades From the Muskoka Region for the Feast:

September 14, 2018

PCG for eastern Canada is having the FOT in Sault Ste Marie at the "Q" hotel stands for Quattro. They have a 157 rooms. It is a downgrade from the Muskoka region where they had had the feast last two years. The Muskoka region is where a lot of the rich and famous have homes and cottages. But from everything I had heard that feast area was so expensive members were struggling with the east coast being a poorer area. Maybe because Fred Dattolo is not there anymore--he always had expensive tastes for feast sites--they decided on a cheaper area. --Former PCGer

Another PCG Milton Ontario Suicide

October 3, 2018

It is with great sadness that I announce another Philadelphia Church of God suicide from the Milton Ontario branch of this cult-church. MaryAnn [last name removed], a 25 year member, took her own life Sunday, Sept 23rd, 2018 at approximately 10:55 A.M. while Randy and their son Caleb were at church, praising and worshiping our creator God. Randy has been waiting 25 years for his wife to attend with him and now each Sunday she will be there with him in spirit.

Being kicked out of her (cult) church when she needed them the most was too much for her to bear. This most precious of women left a husband, three children and three grandchildren in tears and disbelief. Gerald Flurry's dictatorship style of preaching falsehoods and twisting of God's Word pushed this beautiful wife and mother to her grave. Matthew 18:6 says if anyone causes one of these who believe in me to stumble it is better for a huge stone to be hung around their neck and drowned in the sea. She endured four months of suffering with no flowers, cards, or phone calls from her fellow members of Flurry's cult-church offering any emotional or Christian support. The only support she received was from her husband's church who has and still is reaching out with God's love and compassion, sending flowers, food, and cards over the last several months. People and family members just can't believe she could be brainwashed into believing such doctrinal lies. Her husband believes she has accepted Christ and in Him alone, and that we will see her again someday, hopefully soon.

The RCMP and the OPP [Ontario Provincial Police] and other law enforcement groups are well aware of what Flurry's teachings are doing to innocent people. This is the second suicide from the Milton Ontario cult. You have to ask yourself what the hell is going on.

Well over 200 family and community people gathered together to show their love and support for the family, and not one word from those in the "Philadelphia” Church of God.

Wow! Trust me, no one from this area will be joining that cult for sure!

I beg all of you who are still drinking Flurry's Cool Aid to GET OUT!

The pastor who married us 27 years ago, George Alfeldt, called and sent his condolences and stated he feels Satan has entered that cult. I have so much more to say but with half my heart ripped out I am at a loss for words right now. I pray this will cause some if not many of Flurry's followers to GET OUT!!!!!

MaryAnn's Loving Husband Randy

Thinking For Yourself

December 2,2018

I have for the longest time been monitoring your site to keep updated on what is going on with the Philadelphia Church of God (PCG). It would seem that over the years it has become so secretive that hardly any information is coming out about what's happening in the PCG. It only makes sense that the supposedly only one true Church of God which is the only one that has the truth would want to hide its operations from the world and even its own members. There are a lot of clues for those who are paying attention that the PCG is not what it claims to be. Nowhere in the Bible is there any indication that the members of God's one, true Church are to mindlessly follow whoever comes along and appoints himself as the one having "THE” truth. In fact, the members of the Church are repeatedly warned of false teachers arising right from within the ministry and that each and every member of the church is responsible for proving for himself using the Bible whether what is taught them agrees with the truth of the Bible. Nowhere in the Bible does it say that members are to mindlessly follow the leaders in the Church as all are but fallible men whose ways can become evil; having been honest in the past is absolutely no guaranty of continuing to be honest in the future. Men are not to be trusted; none of them; all their preaching has to be constantly verified against the Bible and if they cannot be proven with the Bible, they are not to be believed.

Your well-being as a religious person does not depend on you finding the man that in your estimation looks the most trustworthy but in you personally and always verifying everything men say against your Bible. Your salvation does not and has never depended on any man. Your salvation is between you and God and your criterion for sorting truth from error is your Bible. Paul said, follow me as I follow Christ and if I am not following Christ then don't follow me.

There are many lamenting that they have been misled for years and had to endure all sorts of abuse from the ministry and I am sure this is very true. However, there was never any need for them to let themselves be the victims of such abuse. Our salvation does not depend upon belonging to a specific organization which has somewhere in its title the words "church of God.” It is not a question of belonging to the "right” organization or of following the "right” man. God places squarely on your individual shoulders the responsibility for your salvation which is wholly based on your personal efforts to understand the truth as written in your Bible — not according to what men say is the truth — and your resolve to apply it in your life to the best of your abilities.

You do not need to be at the mercy of men running organizations they call "churches of God” who abuse you (not very Christian to say the least) and who callously exploit you financially to provide a life of luxury for themselves and their inner circle supporters who are often family members and close relatives.

If you are feeling miserable and hopeless, the key to your freedom is and has always been in your own hands.

Your salvation is between you and God and not you and some organization or man who calls himself a prophet. God looks on the heart. Are you really trying to know and understand the truth and to follow it to the best of your abilities? Then there is a crown of glory reserved for you which Christ will bring at the time of His 2nd Coming for all those who will delight in his appearing. God's Church is not a physical organization but a spiritual organism made up of all those who sincerely are hungering and thirsting for the truth and who resolve to obey it when they find it whether they be by themselves or part of a group.

Don't let any man make your life miserable by impoverishing you, disrespecting you and your family while claiming to be God's true servant. Their actions speak louder than their words and make plain the truth about who they really are and what they are doing.

It just doesn't make any sense to believe that such an organization or person could be what and who they claim to be.

You have it in your power to set yourself free; right now. God will not forsake anyone who sincerely wants to obey Him.

--EX-PCG Member (left the PCG over 20 years ago and I'm still standing and YOU can too)

Comment: "...the truth is in Jesus." ~Ephesians 4:21.  But many times it is hard to leave an emotionally and spiritually abusive relationship. Recommended book: The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse (Recognizing and Escaping Spiritual Manipulation and False Spiritual Authority Within the Church). [available on Amazon]


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