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Letters From Those Impacted by
Philadelphia Church of God

January 1, 2018 to present

 

NOTICE: The McNair PDF book "Armstrongism Religion or Rip-Off?" was re-sized down to 1.6 MB. (See our Booklist for a description and where to download it.)

NOTICE: The Hinson PDF book "The Broadway to Armageddon" was re-sized down to a much smaller file and is clearer to read. (See our Booklist for a description and where to download it.)

 

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]


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