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PCG Ministers Were Abusive Towards Me

Ever since I "officially" left PCG not too long ago (my attendance steadily declined five years before that), I have truly felt liberated. I no longer belong to any church, preferring instead to walk in the Spirit of God and to practice genuine love, peace and understanding.

Those who claim to be the "righteous ministers of God" in PCG were abusive towards others and also towards me in a couple instances. A regional minister refused to anoint me for a certain type of pneumonia (valley fever) because I had put my trust in medical intervention and in antibiotics. (Unfortunately, the antibiotics were useless in fighting a virulent fungal infection, but we didn't know that at the time.) It took me over a year to recover from the devastating effects of valley fever. I pointed out to a younger minister the example of the woman who touched the robe of Jesus and was instantly healed even though she had sought medical treatment for years without success. Jesus didn't judge her and neither should his ministers. The regional minister Craig Winters also blasted me in front of the congregation on a holy day for worshipping the God of Ekron (god of medicine1) instead of Yahweh Rapha (God of healing). This same minister who blasted me allowed, perhaps even coerced, his own son into refusing medical treatment for Addison's disease.2 His son died two to three years ago at about the age of 25, a beautiful humble young man who was abused by his own father. When I made an inquiry to PCG headquarters about how this regional director had treated me, he denied everything I said. And, of course, no further action was ever taken.

I know of at least one local member who suffered a major stroke when he threw away his high blood pressure pills to put his faith in God for his healing. Now he's a paraplegic in a wheelchair, which has placed an unnecessary burden on his own family to care for him. I also stopped taking pills for my high blood pressure and suffered minor kidney damage. To continue to refuse treatment would have only caused further damage to my health. I did not want to become a burden on my family so out of love for them I started taking my pills again.

One thing that bothered me terribly was the way the founder of this "church" called himself "That Prophet." He continually referred to many ancient (and obscure) prophecies of the Bible to claim that he was the fulfillment of those scriptures. He believed in "duality" in a big way (as did HWA). He even likened himself to a prophet in the O.T. whose wife died so that he was then free to do a greater work for God.3 "That Prophet" then suggested that perhaps his own wife might need to die, as a fulfillment of that same Scripture. Not long after he gave that sermon, whether this is simply a coincidence or not, his wife suffered a major heart attack and a stroke and was confined to a wheelchair without the power of speech. She died not long afterwards.4  

The last straw came when "That Prophet" did away with the sermon transcripts for the deaf brethren and the sermon tapes for the shut-ins. As a deaf-blind person, I depended on those sermon transcripts to get my spiritual nourishment. I wondered why he was so worried about others infiltrating his church and why he felt he needed to eliminate any incriminating evidence if he had the truth. Why would anyone want to "hide" the truth?5 Even regular members could no longer borrow sermon tapes from the library and take them home to listen to. To me, this was a sign of his growing paranoia and a tactic designed to instill fear in his congregation so that he could gain more control over them.

When I notified a different minister (the son-in-law6 of "That Prophet") that I was leaving PCG, he used the most disgusting words to depict how violently sick it made him. He started out by telling me, "When I started to read your message, I just wanted to vomit..." and I'll leave it there because what he said was absolutely revolting. I could never believe that such words could come out of the mouth of a minister whom I had always trusted. His words proved just how foul he was. There was no talk about love, support, encouragement, regrets, well wishes, etc. It was as if he wanted to spew me out of his mouth along with his own vomit. I knew that wasn't "love" talking. I felt sorry for him, his family, and the PCG congregation, some of whom were my very dearest friends.

It was much harder for my hubby to leave PCG. He agonized over leaving the "church" that he loved and believed in and supported for over 32 years (first WCG, second PCG). I knew that if I left PCG, I would be shunned. I just didn't know how he was going to handle the pressure of me not being in this "church" (which I now freely call a "cult"). He took the matter to God in prayer and knew deep within his heart that some things weren't right, such as when the ministers refused to anoint me. He also did some online research and found information that incriminated both Worldwide Church of God and PCG. And leave the PCG he did, thank God! Since then, he has come a long ways in his spiritual growth and understanding. Our marriage is as strong as it ever was and we are as close as we ever were. I feel truly blessed!

May God have mercy on the trusting people in PCG. I hope they will see the evil that has pervaded PCG.

By Loretta
October 4, 2006

Footnotes:

1 The "god of Ekron" is mentioned in II Kings 1: 2-3, 6, 16.

2 Craig Winters' son, Jacob, age 25, died of Addison's disease on January 13, 2002. He tragically refused life-saving medicine, which his father told him he shouldn't take. (Read: Run From Death That Resides in PCG! and Jake Winters a Victim of Abuse.)

3 Since "Ezekiel" is one of many titles that Flurry has appropriated for himself, he was probably referring to the prophet Ezekiel whose wife died when Jerusalem was being destroyed (Ezek 24:19). However, neither the verse nor the chapter say that the reason she died was so that Ezekiel would be "free to do a greater work for God."

4 Gerald Flurry's wife Barbara had a heart problem at the time (rapid heart beat and high blood pressure) and he was well aware that she would only get worse without treatment. (Read: Mrs. Barbara Flurry Suffered For Years With Health Problems.)

5 Herbert Armstrong (whom Flurry emulates) taught that we should not "throw our pearls before swine," or we would be persecuted. The main reason for all the secrecy was because he knew outsiders could more easily find out what his group was all about and resist becoming a member. Today Flurry knows people have easy access to the Internet where he is being exposed and he doesn't want to take any more chances that his sermons will be transcribed on the net.

6 Gerald Flurry's son-in-law is Wayne Turgeon. Read an Amazing Statement by Wayne Turgeon.


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