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Suspended After Being Laid Off

While I was in the PCG, I firmly believed everything that I was taught and questioned nothing just like any good little PCGer.

Since I had a problem overcoming a particular problem, I requested council with our local elder. He wasn't very helpful and pretty much just told me to keep praying and trying to overcome.

What I didn't know was that it put me in the spotlight for further scrutiny. The minister would contact me by phone and ask me leading questions about my life and, of course, I was honest in my answers. All the while he was building a case against me.

I had been laid off and not working for a while and try as hard as I could, I couldn't find work. After the Spring Holy Days a few years ago, I received a call from this minister asking me if I had found work yet and I told him that I was very close to getting a job but I had to wait until the manager got back from out of the country for him to hire me. The minister told me that I was suspended for not supporting my children. I had been divorced and was paying what I could to my ex-wife and had gotten a little behind in my support. He quoted II Timothy about "being an infidel" for not providing for my family. Two days later, I got the job I told him about. But I was still suspended.

At first, I was devastated. My whole world was gone. I couldn't contact any of my "family" in the PCG and was to only speak to the minister. For a while he was supportive of me and tried to offer counsel as to how to "repent." After a year of being totally lost and and feeling like dirt for my "loathsome, evil nature," I called the minister and asked him if I could return to services and he told me that I wasn't repentant enough. In tears, I asked him to explain to me how he knew that and he babbled on about not being close enough to God. During this period I had gotten laid off again and was on unemployment and not tithing. I was still giving offerings though.

Then the Spring Holy Days were rolling around again and I sent a e-mail to this minister and got a reply from another elder telling me that I wasn't under his jurisdiction anymore and to call the regional director, Marvin Campbell. I found out later that the first minister had been put out of the PCG. I left Campbell a message asking about keeping Passover at home and asked him to call me back. It's been years and I still haven't heard from him.

Well, needless to say I had been feeling like crap for a long time. I put religion completely out of mind in trying to deal with the pain of all this, even questioning my own salvation. I thought for sure that I was going into the lake of fire--until I found this website a few months ago. I didn't know that other people had suffered similar abuse from "God's True Ministers." When I first started reading the letters from these people I was angry! Angry that they can get away with doing this to people. I am thinking of writing Flurry and demanding a refund of all my tithes and offerings. Thanks for this site. I feel much better knowing that I'm not the only one who has suffered at the hands of these people. I've begun to realize slowly that there is simplicity in Christ. But they made things so complicated and placed all of these burdens on people. Shame on all of them.

By Dwayne
January 26, 2010

Update: We were later informed that this man's father died about a week later.

Footnotes:

1 This minister's wife was later put out of the PCG.


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