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Concerns From Trinidad

(Letter sent to Alex Harrison, PCG HQs)

 

The following letter is in regard to concerns in Trinidad in the Caribbean. (Some paragraphs have been inserted to make the reading easier.) At the end we have posted the email updates that ESN has received from Trinidad about this very abusive situation.

Note: ESN was given permission to post this letter to Alex Harrison on our site.

 

From: sheriff ali
Subject: Concerns from Trinidad
To: "Alex Harrison"
Cc: sseebran
Date: Friday, October 26, 2012, 4:39 PM

Hi Mr. Harrison, hope you are well, I thought I would write you a letter, informing you of some things that are going on in the Trinidad congregation that I think you should know about, I wanted to mention them to you for some time now, but kept putting it off thinking God would work things out, but as you and Mr. Flurry has always told us, your doors are always open, if members have any problems. I told Mr. Seebran that I would be talking to you and would copy him in, so we would all be on the same page.

Attitude Problem

Mr. Seebran gave bible study last Sabbath, but they were less that 7 Scriptures given, the church knew that it was a corrective sermon geared towards putting down teens and singles, and once again creating an atmosphere of fear and intimidation upon the membership. it started out very harshly, and was founded upon 85% correction, 10% instruction and 5% love, in fact one of the new members said she wanted to walk out of services, she said her unconverted daughter out of the church was far worse than our children in the church, yet she would never discourage them like how Mr. Seebran did.

Mr. Seebran keep on saying that all the singles and teens have an attitude problem, I believe he base that on how much they talk to each other as well as how they talk, all in all, a lot of things are blown way out of proportion, I hope you really investigate this and get to the bottom of it all.

I hope you listen to that tape, in the study Mr. Seebran said three main points, one that how singles hold a beer bottle reveals an attitude not becoming a God, two, he said how girls take their picture also reveals an attitude and third he said singles and teens should not talk to each other only at services, but should go and talk to adults, but how can they do this is he sets a bad example. Ask him when was the last time he spoke to the singles and teens.

As I said he started the study very fired up and came across harshly, about 5 minutes into his study the deacon Mr. Patrick Ramlochan was given a note to quickly take up to the podium, written by Mrs. Seebran which Mr. Seebran read out loud to the church, it said "Some of them are laughing" as if she wanted to say to all of us "shut up and listen” it was intimidating to say the least.

DON'T BELIEVE ME, PROVE ALL THINGS

Fact: When new members start to attend services, the advice they get is "Don't say anything bad about Mr. Seebran's daughter because he gets hot under the collar" Mr. Thomas Mussio was the last person to tell me that, just ask him.

Mr. Wayne Dawson, when he just came into the church, was invited to the Seebran's home and afterwards told me during casual conversation that Diana Seebran runs that family, she is the real boss and her father is a puppet.

Mr. Paul Ritz, a member that lives in Chicago came here for a FOT and said Diana Seebran runs the church here.

Mr. Seebran likes to hear and know what people talk about, as if we should have no freedom of expression in God's Church, so he 'recruited' a child, a single, to go and listen to the conversations of the singles and teens and report back to him, that single is only 20 years old and his name is Keith Mulchan. Ask any single or teen.

Mr. Seebran said from the podium, without remorse that he has people, adults, which tell him what is going on. Does this mean we are supposed to be fearful of expressing our views, and fellowshipping would now move from a 'IRON SHARPENS IRON' to a' be careful what you say thing'

Mr. Seebran allows his daughter to get away with a lot in the church, just ask random members, and the only way they would not say something is because they are afraid.

Diana Seebran carries about herself like her father owns the church, her attitude of loud aggrogant wild laughter, hip hugging, tight fitting clothes that leave little to the imagination, as well as put down and one liners meant to belittle others, while her father and mother does nothing about it, is a sad expression as to what God's church in Trinidad has come to, But don't believe me, come and hears from random members for yourself. She was counseled by her father for baptism, and baptized by him also, but I must say, if she is converted, I would be surprised. She acts as carnal can be.

The members are so afraid of being suspended that they just put up with anything, and attitudes of the Seebran family. We equate speaking out logically about decisions made by Mr. Seebran with being put out of the Kingdom, this fear has turned to paranoid.

Mr. Seebran called me last night and told me my son Adam Ali was suspended for one month, he did not call Adam, I guess I am supposed to tell him. I asked him for the reason, he told me it was because Adam was on Facebook, I asked him how is that a valid reason for suspension, he then said that is was more than that, he said in his opinion Adam was not serious about his calling and he sees an attitude that he does not like, and does not talk "Sabbath things" on Sabbaths, by the way, he said this about almost all the teens and singles in the church, I told him his reasoning is flawed, and I'm saying that if that is his reasoning for suspension that maybe all the members should be suspended I even told him that almost all adults, not only in Trinidad but all around the world do not talk only "holy Sabbath thing" at services, He told me" that is just how it is, and his judgment is final" He has not yet given me a scriptural reason of Adam's suspension. Is that how Christ rules his Church?

He then told me all the singles and teens would have to counsel with him during the month long suspension, and he would counsel them like  adults, and based on what they say, they would be allowed to attend services again. I guess they would have to say what he wants to hear. Is that intimidation or what.

How can any minister treat children who do how have God's sprit as adults, and expects, and even demand they act like one?

Adam asked me why he was suspended and I told him it was because he talked to his school friends on Facebook, (friends, not Laodicians) maybe the way he holds his beer bottle, but that can't be it because he does'nt drink beer, or maybe because he rarely carries out 'holy' conversations, or maybe because Mr. Seebran just does not like him, his so called attitude or the way he talks very much, I don't really know because Mr. Seebran cannot and would not give me a straight answer.

Mr. Harrison, our members and their children are good people, we don't cause division, we believe in the doctrines in the church, we back up and support Mr. Flurry and HQ, we sit quietly and listen to the messages, yet Mr. Seebran told me that our children must grow like adults, speak like them and act like them to remain in the church. Is that how it is with people who do not have God's sprit? I told Mr. Seebran that Mr. Armstrong never said that, in fact we know that everyone grows at different rate, but Mr. Seebran told me "Well that's just how it is".

Mr. Seebran, if you have read this far down in this letter. I just want to say to you that something has changed in you, as a shepherd, if you are supposed to have us follow you as you follow Christ, you are failing, I believe a lot of your decisions are bias, based on your own personal imperfect feelings, and I don't know what is driving them, and sadly you don't even see it. I for one would not like to follow your example, I do not hate you, I respect you, but I believe you need a wakeup call on how you handle the Church of God.

IF I AM WRONG, I WILL ADMIT MY ERROR, THIS IS JUST HOW I SEE THINGS NOW.

I know you will try and fight everything I've said here, because I know having your self and your family be see in a certain good way, means more to you than a members eternal life, and maybe I will be out of the church after this letter, but some things just needed to be said, I hope HQ checks this out, and really talk to the members and prove all things.

Mr. Robin Sirjoosingh told me once that if there is one thing Mr, Seebran cannot take is correction, that is true, but please prove me wrong.

Mr. Seebran's sister said that he runs this church like he ran his former, as if he and his family are up there and we are all down here.

I believe you should make an emergency trip to Trinidad to prove if all this is true, because the membership is slowly being discouraged. God's Church is supposed to be a place of refuge, not a judgmental court, based on what a minister's personal views and opinions are.

Sheriff Ali


Letters ESN Received From Trinidad About this Situation:

(The person's name has been withheld.)

More Disfellowshiping and Suspensions Take Place as Flurry Covers Up the Truth:

January 7, 2013

In November 2012, Samuel Seebran (Preaching Elder for the Trinidad / Caribbean area) suspended some teens / singles for not being spiritually mature. A total of 5 teens were suspended from charges of holding a beer bottle by the neck, not responding positively to "God's Government," not submitting to "the Authority" of the Church and having a bad negative attitude and unchristian-like behavior. Samuel Seebran went on Facebook to find out what teens were talking about, using another teen to set up a Facebook account for him in order to invade their privacy.

The PCG has banned teens / singles from using Facebook or any social media network because it "corrupts and damages one's mind." Members [and teens] are taught to only read PCG literature, books on the PCG / Gerald Flurry or go only to the PCG web site. This is thought reform and indoctrination at its best effort to keep members in line or ignorant of the truth.

Samuel Seebran then stated that Gerald Flurry is the Pastor General of God's "One and Only True Church" and that we the members should support Gerald Flurry because Jesus Christ is backing him; that it's God's Government and God's authority that Gerald Flurry is enforcing. Samuel Seebran said that innocent teens / singles were suspended to set an example for the other teens / singles who they couldn't get and that this was sanctioned by Alex Harrison (Regional Director of Latin America and the Caribbean) under the authority of Gerald Flurry. One brave parent questioned the ministry's decision and also highlighted Seebran and his wife and daughter's faults to Alex Harrison only to be disfellowshipped and later marked. Another father questioned why his son was wrongfully suspended. He also was disfellowshipped. His wife and both sons have stop attending. They were suspended. So the PCG made it look as if they did something wrong and were suspended, thus hiding the truth from the other members. Alex Harrison once told the Trinidad congregation to come to him with any concerns and that he will address it. This is how the PCG addresses members' concerns--disfellowship them, whereby discrediting them so their concerns won't be valid and will not be addressed. --Resigned PCG member (Trinidad)

Update 2014: Only senior baptized members are allowed on Facebook not "un-baptized" teens and singles. Special privileges must be granted by the ministry based on one's spiritual growth and development and will be scrutinized by parents and the minister. (Also read: PCG Using Facebook to Promote Themselves.)

ESN Helped Us Greatly in Breaking From PCG Chains:

January 8, 2013

Your support network helped us greatly in breaking from the PCG chains that enslaved us. You are doing a great job. Keep it up. I will spread the news of ESN to others seeking freedom. Thank you. --Resigned PCG member (Trinidad)

No-Contact Rule Continues to be Cruelly Enforced in Trinidad:

January 8, 2013

Unbaptized singles / teens are told that the "no-contact rule" applies to all those suspended or disfellowshipped, including other teens and even blood relatives. Any phone calls, Emails, or even texting is prohibited. The head of the family (fathers) are instructed to monitor this very carefully and enforce the decisions and rulings of the PCG; i. e., disciplining their teens if they disobey the "Government of the Church" and reporting it to the Ministry (Preaching Elder Samuel Seebran). The "No-Contact rule" violates and contradicts the teachings of Jesus Christ: Love one another as I have loved you; love your enemies; do unto others as we would want them to do unto us, and bear one another's burdens. How can you love if there is a "no-contact rule"? This is emotional punishment at the hands of the PCG. Instead of building families they are dividing and destroying family and friends. This situation in Trinidad will only get worse. Will keep you updated! --Resigned PCG member (Trinidad)

Update for Trinidad / Double Standards & Hypocrisy:

January 9, 2013

Suspended or disfellowshipped teens/ singles are told if they want to return to services that they will have to counsel with the ministry (Preaching Elder Samuel Seebran). They are gave mandatory reading literature: Who is That Prophet? and Malachi's Message. They must read, understand and accept this without question. Also, they must show "fruits"; i. e., repentance and having a positive, remorseful attitude and behavior. Also they must continue giving tithes and offerings despite being out of the PCG. One young Lady from Grenada was suspended one year ago, she has to continue to tithe and give offerings ("support God's Work") before even being considered back in PCG.

Samuel Seebran told disfellowshipped members that the PCG is doing great financially and members continue to give despite the hard economic downturn in Trinidad's economy. Why would Seebran throw his statement in the faces of disfellowshipped members? Is the PCG all about money? It should be about Christ and his Law of Love. (The Trinidad congregation has 100 members. If each gave 100 tt each, that's 10,000 per week, 40,000 per month, 480,000 tt per year. Offerings are 25,000, average x 7 holy day offering =175,000. That's a total of 655,000 tt minimum per year that goes to HQ.) The PCG is all about enriching themselves at the expense of the members. Some members live in broken down homes and eat only one solid meal a day while the PCG ministers upgrade their standard of lifestyle, drive the latest model of vehicle, eat at the best restaurants, buy the best brand of clothes and wear the highest quality jewelry. Gerald Flurry told members to lower their standards of living. Isn't this a double standard and hypocrisy?? --Resigned PCG member (Trinidad)

Samuel Seebran's Mother Resigns From PCG:

January 14, 2013

Preaching Elder Samuel Seebran's 80 year old mother has resigned from the Trinidad PCG. Her daughter was suspended because she supported her husband who was disfellowshipped for questioning why his teenage son was suspended. Seebran's mother was a long standing member of the Trinidad PCG for 15 years since its inception. The No-Contact Rule imposed on all suspended/ disfellowshipped members took its toll on this elderly lady that it seriously affected her to the point that she became ill and had to seek medical attention. Worrying and stress took its toll on her because her daughter and two grandchildren were suspended. The thought of never seeing or communicating with them affected her emotionally and mentally. Seebran's other sister has stopped attending services together with her son. Seebran's actions have divided his own family. Regional Director Alex Harrison told the Trinidad Congregation that he knows what is going on here for the pass six years. Yet he has done nothing to solve it. --Resigned PCG member (Trinidad)

Samuel Seebran Has Failed as a Leader, Minister and Shepherd:

January 24, 2013

Two members have resigned from the PCG in the Guyana congregation They joined the WCG in 1982 and then the PCG. They are long standing members of 31 years in the PCG. There were 4 members in the Guyana congregation; now there are only 2. They resigned because of the suspension of the teens / singles and the disfellowshipment and marking of members in Trinidad; also because of gossip being spread in the Trinidad congregation; e. g., negative and derogatory statements being made against the disfellowshipped members in order to discredit and undermine them, so that the truth [of what is going on] will be hidden from the other members. Preaching Elder Samuel Seebran has failed as a leader, a minister and a shepherd to the members. His lies and deceptions have led to betrayal. A wolf in sheep clothing. This disease will keep spreading. Will keep you updated! --Resigned PCG member (Trinidad)

Trinidad Congregation Separating the Loyal From the Disloyal by Using Mind Control Tactics:

January 28, 2013

Preaching Elder Samuel Seebran made an announcement on Saturday [Jan. 26] that four members were disfellowshipped. Two were from Guyana (his mother and now his other sister who resigned on Friday). These people simply had enough of his lies and deceptions taking place and were against the "no-contact" rule being enforced on their own family. What was also obvious was the negative remarks being made against those who were disfellowshipped and suspended by the women in the Trinidad congregation. The rampant and malicious gossiping seems to be a method used to secure the remaining members loyal to Samuel Seebran. Fondly called " Seebranites "

This is the latest form of mind control tactics used by the Trinidad ministry to separate the loyal from the disloyal. Rumors being spread is that those who left or got suspended/ disfellowshipped means that "Satan got to them" so the others will be fearful and stay closer to the government of the PCG. Unless one stays committed and loyal to Gerald Flurry--only then will one be allowed to go to the "place of safety " and obtain salvation. This form of mind control and mental manipulation is being employed to keep people ignorant and blinded from the truth of what's really going on. One woman was overheard saying, "Let the bad ones leave and go and the few loyal ones will remain faithful to my minister (Samuel Seebran)." This blind loyalty is very disturbing and frightening. Isn't this a form of idol worship? What ever Samuel Seebran says or does must be accepted without question because he represents the "Church Government" in Trinidad. What a load of nonsense! Will keep you updated. Special thanks to ESN for giving us the courage and conviction to expose the lies and hypocrisy in the PCG. --Resigned PCG member (Trinidad)

Comment by ESN: This tactic is heavily used in controlling, abusive groups. Read articles on this.

Ultimatum Given As More Abuses Continue:

February 1, 2013

Preaching elder Samuel Seebran has given an ultimatum to a 65 year old mother of a disfellowshipped member that she either applies the "no-contact" rule on her son and family or be suspended / disfellowshipped. Members living close by her went and carried news to the minister (to gain favor with him) that she does have dinner and family gatherings with her son and family members who were disfellowshipped by the PCG. Her daughter was told by Samuel Seebran that she will have to be re-baptised since he believes that her previous baptism is not valid since her husband has been disfellowshipped and her older son never returned since he was unlawfully suspended. Samuel Seebran's 80 year old mother has become seriously ill since the suspension / disfellowshipment of her two daughters and their families. Who are the ones taking care of her as her minister / son (Samuel Seebran) has refused to do so and to not even visit her? Doesn't this violate the 5th commandment--honor your parents so that your days may grow old. [Exodus 20:12] Samuel Seebran has also confronted his younger brother who has been in the WCG / PCG for the past 26 years to see where his loyalty lies. He and his wife (who stopped their work to take care of his mom) have been given the cold treatment by the other members of the Trinidad congregation who are loyal to Samuel Seebran.

So far, 11 people have been suspended / disfellowshipped since this incident started in December. More will be thrown out as proud and self-righteous Samuel Seebran's brutal reign of abuse and victimization continues to be unleashed on anyone not willing to bow to him (Church Government). --Resigned PCG member (Trinidad)

More Members Are Beginning to Question the Lies and Deception:

February 14, 2013

Preaching Elder Samuel Seebran's younger brother and his wife have both resigned from the PCG. This brings the number to 13 thus far who resigned or were disfellowshipped. For the past 19 years they were faithful and dedicated members actively serving in the PCG. Since the wrongful suspension of the teens followed by the numerous disfellowshipments afterward, certain issues came into question. When the younger brother asked Samuel Seebran why all this is happening, the only response was that Satan is using an ex deacon (disfellowshipped) to "attack the church" (putting all blame on another except himself). The younger brother stated that it was he, Samuel Seebran, who is responsible for the turmoil taking place in Trinidad and that the blame shouldn't be put on others. The younger brother asked Seebran why he was allowing his wife and daughter to control him and run the church. He denied this saying that Alex Harrison and Gerald Flurry make all the decisions. That it's "Church Government."

Samuel Seebran's inflated ego and pride have gotten the best of him as more people are beginning to question what is happening in the Trinidad congregation; all the lies and deceptions being announced from the podium. Seebran seems to have selected memory of bouts of forgetfulness; that he never said that, or his words are being misrepresented or misapplied (no contact or association ruling). A long standing member died recently. And Seebran stated that only family members and church members can attend--not those suspended or disfellowshipped. Those were the deceased wishes and was enforced by the ministry. Is this "God's Love" that exists in the PCG?? Or is the hidden depths of vanity, pride and self righteousness prevalently existing in the PCG? --Resigned PCG member (Trinidad)

Alex Harrison is Instilling Fear and Intimidation in Remaining Members:

February 27, 2013

Alex Harrison, Regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean, made an unannounced 2 day emergency trip to Trinidad to address the congregation about the massive suspensions / disfellowshipments (exodus) of long standing members from the PCG (13 members and counting). He stated that Satan is attacking the "church" from within by using certain members; he was twisting scriptures and taking them out of context to prove his position and authority.

Here are things Alex Harrison said to the Trinidad congregation: 1. That God doesn't call a whole family at a time; 2. That those who left did not have God's Holy Spirit; 3. That he doesn't know if the disfellowshipped could ever repent and return; 4. That all those disfellowshipped will go to the Lake Of Fire; 5. That those people disfellowshipped are not true to their calling and were never called and were only in "the church" physically and not spiritually.

Preaching elder Samuel Seebran repeatedly told the members to support the decisions of the ministry regardless of whether it makes sense or not! That Christ is behind Gerald Flurry and that the members must support the ministry!

During Alex Harrison's "Bible study," he informed the congregation to write any questions that they wanted him to address. One such question was if the members could attend a funeral of a disfellowshipped person. Harrison said, No! The PCG teachings are: once you are out of the "church" you are no longer in the body of Christ and will be treated as an unbeliever! The PCG is in the " inner court" while the others are in the "outer court." Being loyal to the PCG is being loyal to God. A mother was told by preaching Elder Samuel Seebran to have "no contact" with her son and family who have been disfellowshipped. Also, a sister has stopped talking to another sister and her husband who left the PCG (long standing members for 19 years). The PCG's "no contact rule" is dividing families and alienating loved ones. Even others who have been close friends for decades are being shunned! Alex Harrison is instilling fear and intimidation into the remaining members. Their going to "the place of safety" and not being in the "Tribulation" are the only important concerns to them which is conditional only if they are obedient and remain loyal to the "church government," are faithful to their Pastor General Gerald Flurry ("That Prophet") and support "God's work" (tithes and offerings--all money goes to Headquarters in Edmond, Oklahoma).

The suspension / disfellowshipment of 13 members represents a serious loss of income to the PCG. Others will have to give more in order to pick up the loss of income. Samuel Seebran's 80 year old mother has been sick for the past 2 months and he has showed little or no concerned for her well being (he has broken the 5th commandment to honor thy father and thy mother). [Note by ESN: Also see Ephesians 6:2]. Her other son and son-in-law and their families (now disfellowshipped) are taking her to the doctor and taking care of her. Seebran has stated that his own family has betrayed, disappointed and embarrassed him by not supporting him. This reflects bad on him because his own mother, brother and 2 sisters have left the PCG. Is that why he shuns them? A man who cannot control and have authority in his own house is not a leader, will not be taken seriously, and has loss respect because he is a bad example for others.

I know that PCG Headquarters does go on the ESN website and are always seeking information on others. There is now a "witch hunt" for those who correspond with the disfellowshipped. Those caught will be branded as traitors and "Judas's." People are being watched, monitored and scrutinized very closely by those who want to gain favor with Samuel Seebran, whose once clean reputation as a caring minister has come under observation from the Gerald Flurry administration, and is living in fear of being further exposed on the ESN website for his total lack of leadership and being a wolf in sheep clothing. --Resigned PCG member (Trinidad)

Is it All About How Much Money PCG Has in Their Bank Accounts?

March 1, 2013

Certain members in Trinidad are beginning to question why Regional Director Alex Harrison made the statements that God doesn't call a whole family at a time and those who left / disfellowshipped--some were in the PCG for 19 years--were not really called and will end up in the lake of fire. If this is the case, then why were they even baptized in the first place and why did the ministry take these people's (Samuel Seebran calls them" devils") tithes and offerings, even donations to "God's House " situated in the Headquarters compound? Pastor General Gerald Flurry should give back these people their hard earned money, should not accept money from "devils" and people heading into the lake of fire. If this is the case, is he also accepting money from drug cartels and fanatical organizations? It should be on moral and ethical grounds. Does his conscience even bother him? Or is it all about the glamorous lifestyle of the rich and how much money the PCG has in their bank accounts? Some people are so mind-controlled and hypnotized by these PCG ministers that they will stop all contact and shun even there own family to remain loyal and obedient and will do anything to please the ministry. --Resigned member (Trinidad)

Child Abuse and Victimization at a Dangerous Level:

March 4, 2013

One of the teens that Samuel Seebran suspended for having "governmental problems and having a bad attitude" has left his parents home. The PCG's brutal authoritarian style of governing and rearing children/teens backfired on the parents. This harsh tough love implemented by the PCG (child rearing booklet and Bible studies) only alienates and widens the relationship and communication between parent and child. This Gestapo style of parenting focuses on "one man rule and authority"--whatever I say goes without question. This is very evident in the PCG's teen camps [PYC] held at Edmond Headquarters compound.

This military mindset of obeying and following orders from camp leaders without insubordination is what is being taught to these fragile young minds. This form of mental manipulation only serves to break the will and free thinking of these teens--to obey without questioning authority, otherwise be subjected to harsh discipline measures sanctioned and enforced by the PCG ministry. This is child abuse and victimization at a dangerous level. This affects children / teens emotionally and psychologically. Some never come out of it, others take several years of therapy and re-education to regain one's free thinking and get their life back while some forsake God and religion altogether. Another female teenager is very lonely, frustrated and sad with all the disfellowshipments taking place and the no contact rule being enforced. She missed spending time with her uncle and aunt and other teens and young people who resigned / were disfellowshipped.

Seebran Focused on the negative things concerning the teens instead of their positive attributes. These teens worked really hard and long hours before and during the Feast in order to make it a success while Seebran was delegating duties and barking out orders to members. These teens which he referred to as "bad, disobedient and disrespectful" were working tirelessly and for long hours sometimes without food and rest to make him look good because he was "festival elder"--only to boost his over inflated ego and to obtain praise and recognition by Headquarters. These children and teens need to be loved and respected and treated like human beings and not like animals being brutally trained. People are taking notice and beginning to ask questions.

This brings the number to 15 people who left or were disfellowshipped under the administration of Samuel Seebran. --Resigned member (Trinidad)

PCG Preying on the Old, Sick and Dying (and Not Leaving Any Paper Trail):

March 5, 2013

Members are encouraged to give more to God's "Work" even though the economy is bad. One woman sold a piece of land and gave the ministry 10,000 tt, saying God had blessed her. Members are sacrificing and giving a huge portion of their hard earned income stating they don't need it and will do without; that God's Work must come first. Members are told to get their financial affairs in order in the event that they should die, that God's Work must continue. The ministry doesn't want any finances or property in a will, because wills have to be probated and family members complicate the procedures. [Note by ESN: Read: Warning to All Elderly Considering Joining PCG! (2007 testimony about what members were told to do with their land, wills and power of attorney.)]

Samuel Seebran cunningly arranges with members who seek favor with the ministry to look after those who are elderly and sick or dying to encourages them to "serve the Work" by giving money or property to the "church" [PCG] in the evident of their death, setting an example for other members to do the same. This arrangement is done behind closed doors as a charade stating it's a private matter between the individual and the ministry. Even old members are encouraged to give from their pensions. The pensions are already small but they still have to give as much as 50% or more to the PCG as holy day offerings or towards "God's house." Even if it means depriving their own children or family members, their loyalty and faithfulness comes under scrutiny from the minister, who is more than willing to make private /personal appearances to the individual's home so that these matters will be discussed in confidence.

In death, one's loyalty to the PCG seals their calling by how committed and dedicated that individual is by how much they give financially. Even though they are aged, sick and dying, they are still required to serve faithfully. The aged, sick members are easily manipulated and coerced into giving the PCG their life savings in order for God's Work to continue and prosper despite their families objection. Most of the time the family members don't know until its too late--once the property or money goes to the PCG it's considered a free will offering (no receipts are given--no paper trail). The transaction is made before the member dies and is considered legit. This is hidden from the other members so they won't know what goes on and remain oblivious to the scam. This cycle is continued and passed from one victim to another. The mere fact that the PCG doesn't want the member's family knowing about the transaction points to soliciting money from these aged, sick, dying people. Shepherds (con men) using the name of God to rob the sheep. --Resigned member (Trinidad)

Alex Harrison Has Deceived and Betrayed the Members in Trinidad:

March 9, 2013

Alex Harrison, regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean, has betrayed the members of the Trinidad Congregation. He told the entire congregation that he is the boss and whatever he says goes; that he is the Pastor of the church and Samuel Seebran is the sub-pastor and that he (Seebran) works for and answers directly to him.

Alex Harrison knows what has been going on in Trinidad for more than 7 years and still has not done anything to solve it. Instead he befriended an ex deacon (whom he had disfellowshipped and fired from being a deacon under Seebran's advice ) in order to obtain vital information / concerns about issues affecting the PCG in Trinidad on the pretext that he (Harrison) will address it and rectify it. He got very close to this family and friends, eating, laughing and associating with them--all the while he was putting his schemes and diabolical plans to fruition in order to have is own way, stating that's it's "God Government." Other members came forward when Harrison addressed the congregation telling them to bring any and all concerns to him so that he will address it. Unknown to them, Harrison was only obtaining information and relaying it back to Seebran. Harrison later turned against these same members and labeled them "troublemakers" and discredited them saying that they had a "government problem, were causing divisions in the church and that Satan was getting to them and they need to repent and get more focused on God's Work." He labeled the disfellowshipped as "unbelievers" and that they will be casted into the lake of fire. Most of this information was about Samuel Seebran's wife and daughter being very authoritative and dictatorial in the congregation. Only a minister is to have the authority in the PCG, not his wife or children, yet in the Trinidad congregation Seebran's wife and daughter are giving instructions to the deacons and speak with bold authority to the members, even their extended family members. Samuel Seebran's office is referred to as "The Cold Room." That is where the members are corrected, belittled, disciplined and verbally degraded and broken down so as to know their place.

Seebran's wife loves to correct the women as to how they are to dress (dress code) and about their attitude and behavior while her "perfect" daughter wears tight hug-fitting clothes (contouring her feminine assets) and makeup and refers to herself as a Diva princess telling people that she has her daddy wrapped around her little finger. Yet she wasn't suspended while other members got kicked out for the smallest of infractions; e. g., holding a beer bottle by the neck; bad attitudes and behavior. Both mother and daughter love to listen in to other people's conversation and recruit others to do the same. They are also trained at reading lips, facial expressions, and body language and report back what was said and done to the minister so that swift, harsh disciplinary measures and punishment will be taken on those who violate the "Samuel Seebran Code of ethics and Behavior." They even recruited other ladies and teens to spy for the ministry because "Satan" needs to be cast out off the church. Those who assist the ministry gain favor with the minister and are given special privileges and duties (close special friends of the minister).

All of this is condoned and sanctioned by Alex Harrison who always defends the ministry (Samuel Seebran, wife and daughter), despite the repeated pleas of the members to investigate and address their concerns. Yet all this goes unpunished as the rule and penalties don't apply to the "ruling class" only to the "dumb sheep." A lot of people have been hurt and offended by Alex Harrison's subtle betrayal and complete lack of compassion. --Resigned member (Trinidad)

Read: Identifying Marks of an Abusive, Deceptive Group.

Paranoia and Blind Loyalty Grips the Trinidad Congregation:

March 12, 2013

A disturbing and frightening case of paranoia is unfolding and gripping the Trinidad congregation as remaining members are encouraged to blindly support and stand behind Samuel Seebran. Seebran has put the congregation on a high defensive alert because of mass resignations and disfellowshipments which continue to occur and members are told not to talk to anyone about the affairs of the PCG. Members are scolded to faithfully support and back up "that Prophet" and "end time Apostle" (Gerald Flurry) because God is using him to lead them and their very salvation depends on the PCG finishing the "end time Work."

Members are told to be very careful who they talk to in the congregation as there are traitors/Judas among them. A group of ladies under the guidance and supervision of Seebran's wife have pledged their love and undying support to their minister, Samuel Seebran, despite all his lies and deceptions and unjust disfellowshipments. These loyalist fanatics (groupies) have the control and authority over their own husbands and families. The minister's wife is using the women to do "damage control" and trying to regain stability in the congregation. Every Sabbath after services they gather into groups discussing the affairs and situations happening and how to remedy the damage done to the once spotless and un-wrinkled "true church of God." During the week they communicate with each other (gossip) and report back to Seebran's wife about any wrongdoings or information they receive about certain "dissidents." Seebran's wife then in turn informs her husband as to how to deal with any potential troublemakers. Seebran is deeply worried about very private information leaking out to ESN. This has never happened before since the "church" started about 20 years ago.

Samuel Seebran always thought that he had absolute control and dominion over all the members. Now his pride and over inflated ego have been wounded and damaged. He told members that those who are contacting disfellowshipped ex-members will be dealt with very severely and punished. Some are rallying around him saying that they will fight and hold on to the "church's truth" and "this way of life" until the end. (What end??) Seebran appears to be a puppet as his over authoritative wife is pulling his strings and in turn ruling the congregation and remaining members. Members are going to her (discreetly) instead of him with any concerns. This is done directly after services or during the week via phone calls or emails. Seebran's wife has recruited women in the congregation to watch and question other members' loyalty and report all matters to her. An example of this is, one woman who lives close to a certain disfellowshipped family is reporting directly to Seebran's wife as to what that family is doing and who is at their home (dinners or functions).

All this is to gain special favor with the ministry; e.g., to be special friends of the minister or receive special help from the ministry (3rd tithe assistance and Feast assistance--transport, housing and food allowances, etc., all paid for by the PCG). This sort of behavior is encouraged and condoned by Samuel Seebran who preaches about fairness and equality in the "Family of God" sermons. The men in the congregation are over shadowed, outwitted and out smarted by Seebran's wife's group of women. The wives in the Trinidad congregation are encouraged to report their husband's weakness and faults to her who in turn has her husband (Seebran) counsel and deal with the husband. This is done to get the husband under subjection, authority and jurisdiction of the PCG, or else be mercilessly suspended or disfellowshipped. The husband is then emasculated, demoralized and emotionally / mentally broken down, being under subjection and control of his wife because the ministry has a hidden agenda to control and dominate its members and therefore takes and supports the wife's word above the husband's. It is preached on the podium that the husband is the head of his family and that he has the authority yet Seebran's wife is in control and rules the Trinidad congregation with an iron fist and a cunning / crafty mind. Blind loyalty and fanaticism will lead to pain, suffering and destruction to one's free will to think and reason. --Resigned member (Trinidad)

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