NOTICE: Some Christians have expressed to us that they are fearful right now. While it is normal to have fear in uncertain times, it is not what God desires for us. Turn to Him and ask Him to give you peace and He will. Pray and trust in God and He will see you through. Following are a few verses to meditate on:

“And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?” (Mark 4:40)

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (II Timothy 1:7)

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27)

“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)

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Gerald Flurry’s Open Letter the Same Old Con Game:

January 1, 2020

I read Gerald Flurry’s “open letter to the churches of God” that was posted online December 6. So he is trying to capitalize on the warm fuzzies of yesteryear, huh? It’s the same old con game used by HWA. “Remember the good times?” says SF, and “Oh, and let me remind you that you better remember because your eternal life depends on it!” It’s the usual pile of crap. He sounds like a broken record, rehashing the same load of garbage as David Pack–and they’re still fighting for HWA’s crown after all these decades! –[name withheld]

UPDATE by ESN: Some splinter groups who claim they are God’s true church have put forth some kind of “open letter” to try and gain more members. Gerald Flurry’s “open letter” is filled with trigger words (aka Buzzwords) which will resonate with anyone who has been in these groups.

These Guys Can’t Do Anything That is Original:

January 1, 2020

I read the same letter as the above person. It’s a load of caca. You’re also right. It’s just an effort to entice members of other” churches of God” [offshoots] into the PCG. I think the PCG is struggling with membership and money, especially now that there’s a huge expense of the upkeep on a personal jet. I seem to remember Dave Pack penning an “open letter” years ago when he was trying to establish his “church.” He was trying to steal members away from other splinter groups then, too. These guys just can’t do anything that is original. –Impacted by PCG

The “Good ole Days” is Merely A Disguise of the Deceit:

January 1, 2020

Since we’re going into a new year, I’ve been seeing “recaps” of the past year’s events. Flurry is using the “recap format” but at the same time, trying to lure ex-members into his fold with nostalgic memories of the HWA Glory Days.

Yeah, I want to “relive” all those good memories–with a bucket of “ice cold reality” water: D&R, triple tithing, disfellowshipping, racial segregation, control over food, careers, sex, etc. It was spiritual abuse on a grand scale. Once people are convinced that this is “the only true Church,” they’re too frightened to leave, lest they face the Lake of Fire for their “rebellion.” PCG, with all its clean-shaven, business suit-wearing men, and conservatively clad women and children, are exploited both financially and emotionally. The members are hyper-focused on obeying a plethora of cherry-picked rules. They rarely have an opportunity to truthfully evaluate the quality of their lives and question the motives and/or direction of their leadership.

So the marketing of “sunshine and roses of the Good Ole Days” is a mere disguise of the deceit that Flurry has no qualms to engage in so he can continue living his palatial lifestyle. It’s all about the leaders’ insatiable appetite for money and power, and they’ll use any means to gain it. –M.

Comment: More about WCG’s “glory days” are found in Worldwide Church of God History.

NOTE: We need to remember the mind control techniques that were (and still are) used on innocent people. Read: Techniques to Gain Control (detailed letter to ESN which covers techniques used on members to gain control and also replace God with the “government”)

Gerald Flurry’s “Open Letter” is a Worked-Over Letter from February 2006:

January 1, 2020

I just discovered that this “open letter” of Gerald Flurry’s was a worked-over letter that he originally published in the Philadelphia Trumpet back in February 2006. I found this out from a footnote you had in “Information on the Philadelphia Church of God” where you quoted from it. You can find this open letter of his in the February 2006 Trumpet Print Edition online and the recent re-worked one in the PCG church articles online.

Here is what your footnote #31 said, referring to the sentence “Gerald Flurry continues to proclaim to his members that God is giving him ‘new revelation.’ “:

 “God has continued to bless us, as He did Mr. Armstrong, with new revelation. The living God did not stop speaking to His people when Mr. Armstrong died.” (Philadelphia Trumpet, February 2006, “From the Editor: An Open Letter to the Churches of God” by Gerald Flurry) …

This “open letter” is nothing new. Even time was “fast running out” back in 2006.  –[name withheld]

Flurry Obstructs One’s Vision:

January 2, 2020

I read Flurry’s letter. He is well named, “Flurry” as in a snow storm that obscures one’s vision. He is desperately trying to establish himself as receiving the Armstrong mantle. Pathetic. –B.

Death of Suzanne Davis Was Avoidable:

January 3, 2020

Suzanne apparently had fallen ill with a kidney problem during the Feast of Tabernacles and if she had been to visit a doctor may have been a treatable problem. [Suzanne died 12-3-19] However, being Brian Davis wife she would have suffered in the faith and died in the faith. It is so sad that doctors are seen as so evil in the PCG that all these people who could maybe be alive have all died just because they will be frowned upon by members if they don’t “die in the faith.” Also, her brother Richard suffers from MS [multiple sclerosis]. –Ex-PCGer

Read: Brian Davis is an Abusive Tyrant (March 5, 2012 PCG letter to ESN) and Brian Davis Gets Big Laugh Out of ESN Site (July 21, 2012 PCG letter to ESN).

Suzanne Davis Never Looked Healthy:

January 5, 2020

Suzanne Davis was always very thin. Her condition obviously wasn’t treated at all. It may have been just a UTI, or kidney stone(s). She never looked healthy to me. I recently spoke with a friend that knew her and the Hessong family well when he was in PCG. He mentioned how sickly thin she was, too. –Former PCG & RCG member

The January 16 Date:

January 10, 2020

Greetings to all those members of any of the splinter groups and especially to the ex-WCG and PCG members. Beware, January the 16 is fast approaching and Flurry has to make a prophecy of what will occur on the anniversary of the death of Herbert W Armstrong. –Ex-WCG and ex-PCG.

Comment: Many members in PCG have been lead to believe “something significant” will happen on that date. PCG still has a 2010 article up: “Keeping an Eye on January 16 and 17.”

Temporary Court Order Preventing Spouse From Taking Children to PCG Services:

January 11, 2020

I have separated from my spouse because of this “church.”

I have a temporary court order preventing my spouse from taking my children to services.

Do you know of anyone who has sought legal action against Gerald flurry or PCOG? –[name withheld]

Comment: This person has received a personal reply.

Death of a Friend in the PCG:

January 11, 2020

Hello ESN,

I am a former member of the PCG. I left sometime in 2013 as I started becoming disillusioned with how things were going within the “Church’s” structure. Today I just learned of an old friend’s death at the hands of cancer. Corey Wommel died this morning from cancer leaving his wife and my friend Caity Wommel and their son Ian behind. I’m greatly saddened to hear from his death but for the last 7 years, I had not heard from him. I do not know when he found out he had cancer but I have to wonder if the teachings of the PCG dissuaded him from seeking treatment that could have saved him from death and kept him in place as a father and husband. Even during my time at HWA college, I have seen the effect that this teaching has had with many people refusing medical treatment for things we have cures for, instead of relying on the deluded belief that God will do what they are fully capable of doing themselves.

Thanks for listening. –[name withheld]

Reply: Thanks for sharing about this. There have been many deaths in PCG over the years due to lack of medical treatment or even suicide. I know this is very sad and I’m sorry to hear this about your friend.

After Losing Several Friends I Was Starting to Get Jaded:

(2nd email from person above)

January 11, 2020

I was actually still in when Janet Privatsky died. I went to school with David’s younger brother Stephen. The story about Janet kinda put me over the fence as far as my decision to leave. The whole situation seemed kind of fishy to begin with and after losing several friends at that point I was starting to get jaded. Anyway, thanks for doing what you do. As I’ve gotten older, the only thing that seems to matter to me anymore is honesty and it seriously seems to be lacking in the PCG. –[name withheld]

Leaving Comments for the Key of David Program:

January 14, 2020

I have an idea if interested. I went on You Tube the other day and pulled up The Key of David to take a peek. I noticed that I could leave a comment so I spoke the truth about them being a cult and listed several major errors that they teach and warned people to stay away. I would suggest that the comments be truthful and not too nasty. –Former WCG/PCG member

January 16–When Something Significant Happened:

January 16, 2020

There are PCG members who feel something “very significant” will happen “around January 16” (HWA’s date of death). When you remind them that nothing significant happened last Jan 16, they have nothing to say. If the date of HWA’s death is so significant, why is it “around” the date, and not right on that date? Also, why are the happenings hit-and-miss? Shouldn’t something very significant happen every January 16, like clockwork? So it would appear that there is no “new prophecy” from GF about what will happen January 16, just the usual poppycock speculation. –B. W.

Comment: PCG posted an article in News/Philadelphia Church of God (online website) entitled,”On This Day: January 16″ (by Staff) where it lists what they believe are “some of the “most significant world events” from January 16, 1986 to January 16, 2020. And what is the most significant even for January 16, 2010? “Impeachment trial of President Donald Trump begins in U.S. Senate.” So there you have it.

He also is covering the subject in his 2019 booklet, entitled, January 16: God’s Miracle Day. In the booklet he lists ten “Notable Events in the Church” that happened on January 16 (Key of David was Jan 17), up to 2017. Beneath that he lists 19 “Notable Events in the World” that happened on Jan. 16 or 17, up to 2017. The online article just shortens the list and updates it with 2020. He’s coming up with anything he can to keep perpetuating this myth.

Gerald Flurry Declares Churchwide Fast:

January 17, 2020

GF has declared a churchwide fast from this Saturday evening (Jan. 18) until Sunday evening  (Jan. 19). He says the reason is for the Jerusalem Dig, but I think that this fast will serve as a distraction that nothing major (or “notable”) in PCG or on the world scene happened this year around this supposedly “miraculous” day. –T. F.

Flurry Predicted Trump Will Kick PCG Members Out of the United States:

January 18, 2020

Why is Flurry saying the most significant event for January 16 is the impeachment trial of Trump?  Didn’t he predict that Trump will kick the members out of the United States? –[name withheld]

Reply. Yes, and this is mentioned in the January 24, 2017 letter where it says Flurry prophesied that “Trump will ally with Joe Tkach Jr. and the WCG and finally kick the PCG members out of the USA, exiling them to Jordan/Petra.” But the August 6, 2018 letter says GF said in The New Throne of David that the place of safety was now in Abdullam. Then the August 9, 2019 letter talks about GF’s “prophesy” of “Trump being re-elected and deporting all of the PCG members and then being assassinated.” I’m sure all this keeps members’ focus on how “the time is short.”

Gerald Flurry Doesn’t Look Like He Used to:

January 23, 2020

The last picture I saw of Gerald Flurry, it looked like he wasn’t aging well. Then someone told me I needed to view a more recent picture. They said he wasn’t smiling and my first thought was, well he may have new dentures which would change the look on his face–or because he sees his empire crumbling.

So I decided to look up a recent picture of him and…ooh, boy, he does look rough. His face doesn’t even look like it used to. If I ever garden again, I may use the picture as a scarecrow. That face could scare off varmints.

I actually think his overall health is worse–Impacted by PCG

GF’s Wild Predictions:

January 30, 2020

I’d like to expose GF for the liar he is. Gf’s wild predictions about Trump and the PCG members being ousted is just another ploy to keep the members distracted and coughing up dough for his “boy toy” Lear jet. This “prophecy” may be the one that breaks the camel’s back, though; whether Trump is re-elected or not, there’s no way that the PCG members are going to be kicked out of the USA. I’m hoping there’s a great exodus from the PCG when this one fails. This prediction is a biggie for GF, so when it fails, I hope it hits hard. He does have time on his side, as some members will completely forget about this years from now; and you never know, GF may be “pushing up daisies” by that time, so its failure will be irrelevant in the members’ minds. –Georgia

Flurry’s Prediction About Trump Makes No Sense at All:

February 13, 2020

I wonder how it is that Gerald Flurry thinks Joe Tkach Jr. is going to get together with Mr. Trump to kick the PCG out of the US?

Joe Tkach Jr has been retired from GCI [Grace Communion International] for at least a year.

And I recently contacted GCI and asked them if they back or talk to Mr Trump. They said they don’t back or promote any political people at all.

That “prediction” makes no sense at all.

You people are doing a great service to all ex-COG members by letting us hear what is happening around the world. –Former PCG member

PCG is Very Political and Very Right Wing:

February 14, 2020

Gerald Flurry is very pro-Trump. For an offshoot which is not supposed to be affiliated with politics, their literature constantly praises DJT and vilifies BHO, which is especially remarkable for an organization that doesn’t allow its members to actually vote in the elections. The PCG is very, very political, and very, very right-wing. –Anonymous

UPDATE: There is an article in the February 2002 Trumpet entitled “This is the Philadelphia Church of God” – A look at the organization behind the Trumpet magazine by Eric Anderson and Mark Jenkins.” In the last paragraph it says: “The Philadelphia Church of God has no political agenda.”

Saying Drought in Australia Was a Curse From God:

February 16, 2020

I been thinking recently about the bushfires in Australia. Flurry (and other similar people) would have people believe that the lengthy drought in Australia was a curse from God for people’s (the public’s) sins, and that God would give them rain when they repent of whatever sin was the cause of the drought.

I seem to remember that we were taught in the WCG that it is God who grants repentance. If only a “few” are “called now” and given the chance to “repent,” then why on earth would God be punishing the rest of humanity for their so-called sins when He hasn’t even granted them repentance?

Now there has been rain across the bushfire regions and the fires are effectively put out.

Did the people of Australia “repent” of their sins? No, probably not, but it rained anyway. There are floods now which are a natural result after a drought.

These religious leaders all seem to say the same thing in their literature and television broadcasts to suck people into their cults by saying the words, “You need to know.” No, you don’t “need to know” anything that they have to say.

–Australia

The Trumpet Dwelling a Lot on This World:

February 20, 2020

When I was attending UCG, their literature was nothing like the PCG’s. GF’s is all doom-and-gloom. There’s a lot of apprehension about the world condition, as well as anxiety and fear induction that goes into his Philadelphia Trumpet. I thought PCG was supposed to be focused on the coming wonderful “world tomorrow”; instead they dwell a lot on this world. –[name withheld]

January 16 is Called National Nothing Day:

February 23, 2020

Did you know that January 16th in the USA has a special significance? It is called National Nothing Day. There are many other websites mentioning it as well. It is a day to celebrate nothing of significance! –G.

Truth Will Withstand Any Scrutiny:

February 24, 2020

I haven’t noticed too many letters lately that are revealing very much. But I’m sure your research is being read by people who haven’t contacted ESN but are staying quiet. I’ve read stuff on other websites but never contacted them, and I’m sure there are people out there who are doing the same. It’s scary to see all that information and have your belief system knocked out from under you. I know it makes you feel guilty that you betrayed the organization (PCG, etc.) by looking at it, and somehow they are going to know that you did. So you don’t say anything to anyone because you feel somehow it’s going to get back to them. But I realized that if it was the truth, it would withstand any scrutiny. Truth will always win if it is indeed, true. But when you question, they make you believe that questioning them is like questioning God Himself. The Lord has inspired you to put this information up for a reason and only He knows how many have been helped. He will break their bonds if they so allow. –[name withheld]

PCG Members Not Thinking For Themselves:

February 26, 2020

The majority of PCG members are not thinking for themselves. Gerald Flurry has used techniques for brainwashing [mind control] that Armstrong never even dreamed of. Can you imagine the zealous commitment of people who are willing to cut off their own family whom they love?

My feeling is that the only way to save these people is to cut off the funding of the PCG and not allow their positive PR campaign to be successful.

You’d be surprised how many people in PCG are clueless about ESN and/or frightened by it. –Former member of PCG

The Pull to Go Back in PCG is Strong:

March 1, 2020

I want to tell you how I knew someone who would ask me about some of the teaching in PCG and what I thought about them and some of their decisions. I got the feeling she was in too deep and just thought that “if only” the right person was in there, a head of things, then things would be all right. She just didn’t see the whole thing was wrong and she was in a cult. I wanted to keep in contact with her, but I just find with most they want to air their feelings about being wronged in the “church” [PCG] and just feel if the right person was in there [in place of GF] things would be all right and they would be found exonerated and then they would want to be there.

That seems to be the main undertone I get from most. Some do actually see the truth– get out and stay out! The others just don’t seem to be ready to leave. I would have continued to e-mail her but the pull to be there, or somewhere similar was just too strong. I can usually detect when someone feels that way. They might feel different later, but I guess they just haven’t had enough of the hypocrisy, as of yet. All we can do is stand back and wait until they see it. Even when you show them articles or Scripture, they go back to the teaching of the PCG. When the church (cult) makes you cut off of family and friends, it is just such a pull to go back with them. As you have burnt your bridges with everyone on the outside and there’s no one to be with any more. It just seems easier to suck up your hard feelings, put them behind you, and go back, just to be with family and friends that are there. This is my feelings about things. –Former PCG member

Only Questioning the Ministry and Not the Doctrine:

March 2, 2020

These people who are in the offshoots of WCG get their faith shaken up when they get in trouble with the ministry. Unfortunately they only question the ministry or the group they’re in, but never the doctrine–or only parts of the doctrine but not all of it. It’s hard to give that up. I’ve given it up completely because I took the time to research every aspect of it and realized how much WCG lied, covered up and distorted the truth! It’s sad to see people still in slavery but they choose to stay there. –Former member

Flurry Asks For Church Wide Fast / Kentucky Members:

March 3, 2020

I was told by my father-in-law who is in contact with someone still inside the PCG that Gerald Flurry asked for a Church wide fast and prayer for a land deal in Israel to succeed. Apparently, Flurry wants to buy some property near to Jerusalem to give the PCG a permanent foothold in the Holy Land.

Outsiders have occupied property in Israel and have even built institutions of Christian theological learning for decades at least. The Mormons have a university right on the hills of Jerusalem called BYU Jerusalem Center since 1986. A Christian evangelical couple named Stephen and Clair Phann have an institution called University of the Holy Land right in Israel. Bethlehem Bible College is another institution run by evangelicals that has been there since 1979.

Flurry is just doing what HWA tried back when Teddy Kolleck was mayor of Jerusalem in the 80s.

More requests for money are forthcoming as well as the incessant Spring Holy day guilt trip to be put on the membership. I still cringe when I think of those 3 1/2 hour Passover Services with Cal Culpepper glaring at you behind the pulpit.

Also, now all of the Kentucky PCG members have to drive anywhere from 5 to 6 hours round trip to get to the nearest congregation which is north of Cincinnati. I can only imagine wasting your entire Saturday driving hours to listen to a Sermon played on CD. So much for resting on God’s Sabbath. –B.

PCG Members Talking to Excommunicated Family Members and Friends:

(2nd email from person above)

March 3, 2020

There are also many PCG members who are still talking to their excommunicated family members and friends. My wife has seen on Social Media where some members even attend Birthday and Christmas outings with people Flurry has banned. I hope this is a sign that people are not drinking the Kool-Aid like they used to. As Gerald Flurry slowly slips into declining mental ability, it is hoped that Stephen Flurry (now the heir apparent) will relax the draconian rules put in place by his father. –B.

Members in South Africa Still Cutting Off From Family:

March 4, 2020

Thank you for your web site.

I would like to point out that God Almighty is a God of love and He says to honor our father and our mother. [Ephesians 6:2: “Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise.”] He does not say to only honor parents if they are in the PCG.

My husband and I would never return to the PCG. We have a daughter and grandsons whom we have not seen for 10 years. I emailed and asked my daughter if they would please send us some photos of the family especially our grandsons, needless to say we did not get any. –South Africa

PCG May Have Feast in Israel:

March 4, 2020

It looks like PCG may be having a feast in Israel. PCG posted on Twitter a new planner going out and Jerusalem is on the cover. –Ex-PCG member.

Extensive Congregational Shrinkage in KY:

March 6, 2020

I didn’t know that Cal Culpepper had shut down the KY congregations. That’s a huge indicator of extensive congregational shrinkage. –A. E.

Flurry’s Key of David Off the Air on Channel 44 in Perth, Western Australia:

March 6, 2020

Very recently a community television station, channel 44, shut down completely. The Key of David therefore
will no longer be shown in Perth, Western Australia. –Australia

The Pull to Be Part of That Special Flock:

March 7, 2020

Thoughts towards one of the February letters. [February 14, 2020: “Truth Will Withstand Any Scrutiny”]

Yes, I am one of those once who is staying quiet. I’ve read stuff on other websites and never contacted them either! I have been on this page for 10 years.

I think it is time to introduce change into that habit of saying nothing…hearing nothing…seeing nothing.

What have I been into as a former member of the PCG during that membership?

What is/was that PCG experience all about?

For me as I look back into all those years as a member of the PCG, what was it really that kept me going, kept me motivated to be actively involved in that PCG endeavor?

I as a German must have known better because my ancestors followed a man and got fooled individually and collectively by a man. Why did I stepped into that same trap so easily?

It is so difficult to accept and confess that one is a man follower, isn’t it? That tremendous pull to be part of that special flock. That elite, that elite train of thought to be part of something big.

It is so “wonderful” and easy going to be led by a man or a group spirit towards that man’s authority and as “someone who follows and obeys”–what can he do?

He who submits is not guilty, infallible, so we even submit to the most horrible crap like zombies. Submission towards a higher cause. So we whitewash ourselves for that cause or whatever our mind is making up.

That is the bottom line and it took me now all that time in a way to denazify myself from that mind trapping slavery.

Yes, now it is out. –Germany

Your Site Helped Me to Recognize a Wild Wolf:

March 10, 2020

From the outside, nothing can make us doubt of what is going on inside this organization.

There is so much difference between what they say and how they act with people, without respect.

I’m very thankful to all people who wrote their testimonies and letters on your site. Your site allowed me to recognize a wild wolf where I saw a lamb!

Keep up your good work!

Have a nice day! –Mario (author of PCG testimony: I Almost Got Sucked Into the Swirl of PCG)

NOTE: The March 10, 2020 letter by B. has been removed and added to his March 3 letter above.

So Little of What They Teach is About God:

March 11, 2020

I can’t believe anyone in their right mind would even consider going with David Pack, or Gerald Flurry. These two tyrants are the worst that the offshoots of the WCG have to offer! So little of what they teach is about God. It’s mostly about Herbert Armstrong, themselves, and the “work” that they are doing. –Ex member RCG/PCG

PCG Making Comment About Fear is a Joke:

March 11, 2020

I saw this on Twitter yesterday: “A recent study shows kids fear exactly what the media tells them to fear.” What a joke! How dare they make that comment about fear and the media affecting kids. That is exactly what the PCG does with their scare tactics. –[name withheld]

PCG Using Fear in Their Article:

March 17, 2020

PCG has a January 28, 2020 article online: “Is the Coronavirus Part of the Bible’s Prophesied Disease Pandemics?” In it they say that the “only ones promised divine protection [from the coronavirus] are those few who have yielded to God and His way of life.” (i.e. PCG’s “way of life”) Then the article refers you to The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. The article is filled with fear of disease epidemics and talk of the pale horseman of Revelation. –Anonymous

GF and PCG Use a Crisis to Their Own Advantage:

March 17, 2020

I fully agree that GF is going to use this pandemic to his full advantage, both to try to keep members and to keep the flow of cash rolling in. I think it’s good to show how GF and the PCG use a crisis to their own advantage, plus, how the PCG puts fear into the members. –W. S.

PCG Feast Sites for 2020:

March 18, 2020

Here are the 2020 Feast sites taken from their planner:

Edmond, OK
Welches, OR
Cranberry, PA
Lake Geneva, WI
Greenville, SC
Indian Wells, CA
Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Invermere, BC
Plantations Estate, TT
Stratford-upon-Avon, UK
Buffelspoort, SA
Tweed Heads, AU
Baguio City, PH
Jerusalem, IL (pending)

Note on the Jerusalem site:
“At the time of printing, we are not sure if we will have a 2020 Feast site in Jerusalem. If something does open up in the future we will make the information available on the Feast website and through announcements. We will give preference to those who have a passport, the funds, and who have never been accepted to Jerusalem in the past, since the plan is for a small site of just 60 people.”

–[name withheld]

Jerusalem Will Be An Exclusive Site:

March 18, 2020

Notice that the number of attendees at the Jerusalem site is limited to 60 and says, “We will give preference to those who have a passport, the funds…” I’m betting that this site, if it works out, will be reserved for GF and his buddies–the PCG’s elite; the bootlickers and butt-kissers. Wait and see. This will be an exclusive site. –P. T

Flurry Not a Prophet:

March 19, 2020

If GRF was a true prophet, why didn’t he prophesy this [pandemic] to happen? This came like a thief in the night.They thought they would be in a place of safety before things got this bad. –Former member of PCG

God Working Through One Man at a Time is Not Scriptural:

March 19, 2020

I’ve ran into those that say God works through one man at a time and then they follow up with saying Gerald Flurry is the “one man” chosen by God to carry on HWA’s legacy.

This “God works through one man” idea is a belief that has no Scriptural backing.

Why did Jesus call twelve disciples instead of just one to take over when He was gone? Why call Paul when there were twelve others to work through?

This notion only serves to convince people to stay with their cultmeister.

God can work through as many people as He wants. He is not limited just because someone thinks otherwise. –Anonymous

PCG Services Basically Shut Down:

March 20, 2020

I don’t have any specifics, but COVID-19 has basically shut down the PCG because they can’t have services due to the no more than 10 people allowed to assemble together now. I haven’t heard anything official on it. Not sure about the Night Much to Be Remembered and Passover. Anything that is carried out in a private home the government can’t regulate, so I don’t know if any of those services will be cancelled or not. –[name withheld]

PCG May Go Back to Meeting in Homes:

March 21, 2020

In regard to the previous letter, PCG may go back to meeting in homes. That was the way it was when I first went to PCG. If there is a lot of people coming and going, or disruptions (neighbors might call police). –Former PCG member

PCG Using YouTube to Broadcast Their Services:

March 23, 2020

The PCG is using YouTube to broadcast their services to the members, with Stephen Flurry giving the sermon. This past Sabbath, there were over 1,000 people who attended via the internet. –Anonymous

Private Channel for PCG Services:

March 25, 2020

Pretty certain that PCG has a private channel for their members to watch services. They certainly aren’t going to have the public hear what they’re saying. Since SF is speaking, not sure what GF is doing. –L.

Fear Leading to Anger Not Helpful:

March 26, 2020

GF has created much fear with his “prophecies” and threats, and from experience I know it isn’t beneficial to be ruled by fear, especially if we’ve left. But the thing is, lately is I’m seeing some people letting their fears–of whatever–turn to anger and they start blaming others, and that just isn’t helpful at all. –Exiter

Members Not Hard Hit in Canada:

March 27, 2020

Haven’t heard anything about members here being “hard hit” by the coronavirus. So far I’ve been hearing that the flu is still bigger in terms of deaths. In our town, as far as lockdown, it’s the same as in the United States. People are to stay home and just go out for essentials unless they are in a job they have to go to.  –Canada

Members Think They Will Be Protected:

March 30, 2020

Was it just me? Because GF didn’t mention anything about recent events; i. e., the coronavirus in his live presentation.

Members have been saying they’re going to a Place of Safety. Ministers [Since GF’s Live Presentation] would have had to explain why that time isn’t now. So they’ve probably told them for now the place of safety is in their home. I know for a fact that my mom thinks she will be protected. Pretty arrogant of them to think only others will be affected but that’s how the offshoots are. –S.

NOTE: The transcript of “A Live Presentation From Gerald Flurry (March 28, 2020” has been removed and replaced with A Live Presentation From Gerald Flurry (will members be protected from the coronavirus?) which is shorter and focuses more on his hints that members will be protected. It includes comments from ESN.

GF Was Deliberately Vague in His Live Presentation:

March 31, 2020

GF was deliberately vague and noncommittal to avoid any legal ramifications. [see the reworked and shorter version A Live Presentation by Gerald Flurry (will members be protected from the coronavirus?)] Just like HWA was always saying, “We’re in the gun lap.” I don’t ever think GF will give the directive to flee to the place of safety. I don’t think he and his son would go if they did make the edict, they have too much to lose–the tithes and offerings, their cushy lifestyle, the jet.

He definitely rattled on. The constant talk of “God’s people” and “obedience” and talking down about “the world” reinforces members’ feelings of being special, set apart, above all this.

Early in his message he said, “Signs are beginning to appear that show we are going to be more in the spotlight of this world, we’re going to have to deliver a message.” What signs? Such vague language. And what message?? Since he opened with firmly establishing that HWA was the “End time Elijah” and that he is the one carrying on the “Work” of this Elijah, he reinforces once again that this is the one and only way, and even says “God is revealing new truth to his church in this end time era.” So of course, folks will hang on to hear more “new truth.” It just never ends. –J. A. (person who transcribed the first live presentation)

Comment: The name of this video was “Special Saturday Edition With Gerald Flurry” aired on March 28, 2020.

 

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