Monday, December 11, 2017

Overview of the January 2018 Issue of PCG's Philadelphia Trumpet

PCG has released another issue of their recruitment magazine to try and gain more tithes paying converts. (January 2018.) Let's take a look at what they have to say this time.

The editors for this issue are Gerald Flurry, Stephen Flurry, Joel Hilliker, Brad Macdonald, Richard Palmer, Robert Morley, Jeremiah Jacques, Dennis Leap and Phillip Nice.

This issue has a circulation of 247,255 issues. November-December 2017's circulation was 246,769. October 2017's circulation was 245,780. September 2017's circulation was 245,925 issues. August 2017's circulation was 255,897 issues. July 2017's circulation was 267,569. May-June 2017's circulation was 263,551. April 2017's circulation was 267,569 (which happens to be the same as July's figure).

The cover is illustrated by Gary Dorning. The cover features portrayals of the leaders of Russia, China, Japan, Turkey, Austria and Hungary. It should be noted that PCG often scare mongers about Russia, China and Japan. PCG's leaders do not talk of Turley as much Turkey but PCG does teach that the Turkish people are fated to be annihilated by PCG's pathetic parody of God based on the erroneous assumption that the Turkish people are descendants of the ancient Edomites.

Gerald Flurry has a personal article which shamelessly labels the recent victories against the criminal network known as ISIL as a defeat for the United States and a victory for Iran. This is done to promote his claim to be able to see the future since he has taught that Iran is the King of the South since 1994. This prediction gives PCG's 1% a strong motive to vilify Iran as much as possible to glorify their leader as one who can see the future. Widespread concern about the criminal network known as ISIL makes this harder to do. How easy it is for Flurry to shamefully downplay the frightfulness of the criminal network called ISIL when he has never had to flee his home or see his homeland get shattered by an armed insurgency. This is a particularly disgraceful article.

Stephen Flurry has an article saying that the world is becoming dominated by authoritarian strongmen. PCG's writers complain about those they label as authoritarian strongmen and yet their own leader, Gerald Flurry, boasts of implementing "one-man rule" within PCG.

Richard Palmer has an article discussing the leaders of Hungary, Poland, Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. PCG teaches that in the future a European Empire led by Germany will conquer the United States and take Americans as slave labor back with them to Europe in the days just before Christ's return.

Jeremiah Jacques has articles about the leaders of China, Russia, Japan and the Philippines. Even though Japan has been closely allied to the United States since the end of World War II PCG's leadership continues to portray Japan as a threat to their predominantly American audience.

Brent Nagtegaal has a little article about the president of Turkey.

Anthony Chibarirwe has an article about the crown prince of Saudi Arabia.

The Infographic discusses methods of politicians gaining a large amount of power over their nations.

Brad Macdonald and Joel Hilliker has an article insisting that the sexual harassment currently being exposed after the revelations concerning Harvey Weinstein is because people are not living their lives in accordance with PCG's teachings. This seems rather unhelpful considering how widespread this problem is within society, including churches.

Andrew Müller has an article condemning far left protesters labelled Antifa, crudely linking them to German Communists of Weimar Germany who opposed the Nazis.

Christopher Eames has an article insisting that Abraham was a genius in astronomy and mathematics citing Josephus and Philo of Alexandria overlooking the issue that Genesis, which was written centuries before the time of these individuals, said nothing about these alleged events. That indicates that these are legends that arose after Genesis.

Gerald Flurry has an article saying that science cannot help humanity solve its problems.

Joel Hilliker has an article calling for children to obey their parents.

WorldWatch mentions commemorations for the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation to scare monger about ecumenicism; the State of Israel's purchase of submarines from Germany; al-Shabaab's terrorist bombing in Mogadishu, Somalia which killed 512 people on October 14, 2017; a claim that Osama bin Laden worked with Iran; an ISIL sympathizer's terrorist attack in New York which killed eight people on October 31, 2017; an Iranian proposal to stop using the US dollar for transactions involving oil; China further building up artificial islands in the South China Sea; and restoration of full diplomatic relations between China and South Korea.

SocietyWatch mentions scare mongering about social security running out of money in 2036 (which could be easily solved by just making more than the first $100,000 of income applicable to paying into Social Security); scare mongering that young people are becoming witches; that deaths from drug overdoses have tripled since 1999 in the United States; and scare mongering that doctors in Britain are being encouraged to make children change genders as part of PCG's denigration of transgender people.

Andrew Müller has an article praising PCG's God as the true and righteous strongman who must be followed by PCG's followers.

There are letters. One letter implies that PCG has the only media outlet worth listening to.
There is a great comfort with the Trumpet, when everything else is empty.
One letter from North Carolina boasts of knowing PCG's dogmas while the rest of the world knows not.
Yes, the good thing is, we are all still here. The bad thing is, the world is in confusion and will continue to publish garbage based on the imagination of man’s heart. The brilliant thing is that God has blessed our eyes and ears to receive the truth grounded in the sure Word of God. I am so consumed by all the excellent articles and broadcasting on the Trumpet.
One letter from Rarotonga, Cook Islands seems to indicate agreement with PCG's negativity towards the well known phenomenon of climate change caused by human activity.
I sincerely thank you for the two Philadelphia Trumpet magazines, August and September 2017, which I received today. I was extremely interested in the article in the August issue on the subject of climate change. This has been a major worldwide topic that I have tried to follow over several years, and I have to say I agree with you 100 percent on what you say.
One letter from California compliments them on their illustrated covers. Back in 2012 PCG's strongman leader, Gerald Flurry, authorized the creation of an art department.
The cover designs to the Trumpet magazine are top-notch and always interesting to look at. The articles are well written, and Stephen Flurry’s Principles of Living articles are an inspirational read.
And so we see that PCG's 1% has produced yet another issue of their recruitment magazine to gain more tithes paying converts and to keep their followers in awe of them as being able to see the future. However since its founding in 1989 PCG has made at least 52 failed predictions. But despite such a poor record of predictions their talk of doom and gloom has gone well for PCG's leadership. Back in 2012 PCG had an income of about $19.5 million according to a booklet by their leader, Gerald Flurry. Even as early as 1996 PCG claimed to have more than $5 million in annual income. Recently PCG has even bought its own plane. But PCG's many failed predictions clearly reveal that PCG's leaders are but false prophets. There is no need to fear their dire proclamations. PCG's leaders are but false prophets.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Mark Armstrong on Pope Francis, Jerusalem Controversy, California Wildfires, Immigration, the Homeless, Trump-Russia, etc.

Intercontinental Church of God's leader, Mark Armstrong, has another weekly update posted online. (December 8, 2017.) Let's see what he has to say this time.

First he rants about Pope Francis. He also mischaracterize immigration as "a third word invasion ... of Western nations" in his feelings of xenophobia which are often expressed in these weekly updates.
Some weeks you hardly know where to start, and this is one of those.  First, the pope has made a big stink about changing the wording of the Lord's prayer!  And why not?  He, and his predecessors have changed everything else about the Bible, what it says and what it means.  Since when are Catholics authorized to read and understand anything in the Bible?  They chant in Latin, pass out wafers every Sunday, defend homosexuality, promote a third world invasion (especially Muslim "refugees") of Western nations, and despise American patriotism.  Since when did they encourage the reading or understanding of the Bible? 
He crudely implies that Pope Francis is desperately seeking attention.
All that said, there are plenty of clumsily translated passages in scripture, otherwise there would be no need for the commentaries and handbooks that put things into historic and linguistic perspective.  What's the pope going to do, find every passage that might be better translated?  Probably not!  The only ones authorized to study the Bible have been the backward, effeminate cardinals and priests.  Mere parishioners have never been encouraged to read and understand the scriptures by the Catholic church.  It just wouldn't be healthy to whatever is left of a flock told that their "vicar" is infallible!  It's almost as if the pope was looking for any pitiful excuse to command the spotlight.
He also calls Pope Franics a "little twerp." After that ad hominem insult he praises President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel even though just about every other national government views East Jerusalem as territory occupied by the State of Israel because it was captured in the Six Day War in 1967 and governments tend to be very reluctant to recognize altered borders.
The little twerp also condemned the truly important news of the week, and that is that President Trump announced that the American Embassy is moving to Jerusalem, finally.  December 2017 will become one of a handful of historic, watershed events in Israel's relatively short history, as Prime Minister Netanyahu just said.  But the Palestinians are rioting!  They're burning tires, throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at police!  Oh no!  That's only happened a couple of thousand times before.  The fact is, it goes on constantly and never stops.  They've been raised to battle Israeli police and that's what they do.
He mentions that rockets had been fired from the Gaza Strip. Then complains that "the mainstream media, Hollywood notables and European political elite"  are afraid of President Trump's influence upon political affairs.
But they've fired rockets at Israel from Gaza!  Yes, three.  Two fell short, inside Gaza, and another landed on open land, far from any target.  It's not exactly the first time they've done that either.  Every president going back to Reagan promised to do it, Trump did it.  But, as we all hear from the mainstream media, Hollywood notables and European political elite, Trump is burning down the world.  It's even been suggested he's responsible for the California fires!
He then moves on to the fires in California. He has his own politically charged idea about how the fires started.
A more likely conclusion is that California is burning up due to its own self-congratulatory non-sense.  These fires didn't start themselves, based on the admissions of Fire Chiefs.  There have been no storms, no lightening.  But they've got homeless camps growing out of control, and more illegal aliens than they can count.  Whose money will pay to rebuild all the multi-million-dollar homes going up in flames?  Do you pay for fire insurance?  Do those same companies insure California homes? 
He charges that Californian officials are trying to hide what caused the wildfires. To him it is obvious that undocumented immigrants are to be blamed.
Officials refuse to discuss the likely source of the fires, they're too busy dealing with the heart-breaking tragedy of smoldering properties and altered lives to engage in any discussion that might burn a hole through the logic of a sanctuary state that refuses to hold illegal aliens responsible for any and all crimes destructive to public safety.  We just saw them pat themselves on the back for the mind-blowing acquittal of Kate Steinle's killer.  It wasn't REALLY his fault.  He didn't even know he was holding the gun when it went off!
He seems to imply that homeless people may have started the fires. The highlighted phrase below sounds sarcastic to me.
The liberal media went crazy about the story of Park Rangers catching the illegal leaving a fire he'd admittedly set for warmth in remote park in Sonoma County.  The Sherriff said that story was totally irrelevant.  There's no word on what happened, if anything since he was jailed after having been caught red-handed.  But, as officials have said, these fires didn't start themselves.  Whatever you do, don't suspect the homeless or the illegals who are carving out refuge on the outskirts of nearly every city and town in the state.  They are the proof of California's superior empathy toward the poor.  They're are the pope's sacraments, for crying out loud!
He then insists that climate change is a hoax designed to take away the people's freedom.
And then there is this.  Global warming scientists just got caught "red-handed" (again!) "phonying" up sea level measurements.  It seems that the global authorities on such matters, known to evaluate and publish sea-level data were able to take readings showing long-term STABLE measurement data and alter, or "realign" it before releasing it as scientific proof of global-warming and rising sea levels.  The organization is known as the PSMSL the Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level.  It was exposed by two Australian scientists in a paper for Earth Systems and Environment, and it joins the jumble of bogus "scientific proof" that global warming is something that should panic everybody into giving up freedom to "save the planet."
He then tries to discredit the ongoing investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia by insisting that "the lawyers, FBI investigators and Justice Department personnel who have been leading the charge" are "utterly corrupt".
Lastly, maybe you've heard the expression, Fruit of the Poison Tree.  It may sound Biblical, but it has legal connotations.  It means that false, or falsely obtained evidence taints an entire case, and it's been used in reference to the Russia-collusion case that is tried and analyzed endlessly by the mainstream media.  If you haven't been able to keep up with the tiresome giddiness with which media hacks cheer-lead the president's downfall you may not yet know how utterly corrupt are the lawyers, FBI investigators and Justice Department personnel who have been leading the charge.  So many scandals are coming to the surface that it may be bigger news than the accusations of inappropriate behavior burning up the headlines.  Well, almost that big.  If CNN had to retract all the false, breathless reports they've made over the past year (including last night!), we might well not live long enough to see it all straightened out.
He then talks about the latest ICBM test from North Korea and scare mongers that something wrong may occur during the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang County, South Korea next year.
But we'll close with some pretty good news.  The report last week of North Korea having successfully completed a test of an ICBM that could reach anywhere in the United States wasn't entirely accurate.  Turns out it broke up on re-entry and was not a successful test.  But the Winter Olympics are scheduled to be held in South Korea, and the North wouldn't need an ICBM to ruin them.
He then ends with these words.
Other than that, everything is looking up!  Have a great Sabbath.   
What must it be like being in an organization where a man who writes like this is in charge?

Iraq "Fully Liberated" from ISIL Terrorists

CNN reports that Iraq has declared itself to be "fully liberated" from the terrrorists and murderers of the criminal network known as ISIL.
The Iraqi military has "fully liberated" all of Iraq's territory of "ISIS terrorist gangs" and retaken full control of the Iraqi-Syrian border, it said Saturday in a statement. 
"Our heroic armed forces have now secured the entire length of the Iraq-Syria border," Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi said on his Twitter account. "We defeated Daesh (ISIS) through our unity and sacrifice for the nation. Long live Iraq and its people." (CNN, December 9, 2017.)
May there be peace in Iraq.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Mark Armstrong Condemning a Jury's Verdict

Intercontinental Church of God's leader Mark Armstrong has another weekly update. Let's take a look. (December 1, 2017.)

Here he complains that a jury found Jose Inez Garcia Zarate not guilty.
When Governor Jerry Brown declared California a sanctuary state, he wasn't kidding!  No doubt millions reacted with astonishment and anger at the “not guilty” verdict issued for the illegal idiot who shot and killed beautiful Kate Steinle.  My TV may never be the same after the tongue lashing it got last night.  And then these slime ball lawyers came out and warned first the President, Vice President and Attorney General, and then all of the rest of us who might be tempted to be critical of the jury's verdict, that we all enjoy the presumption of innocence until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.  While it wasn't conclusive about the first lawyer, the second had a serious speech impediment that he seemed to play up, leaving no doubt about his proclivity. 
He assumes he better understands the situation than the jury.
Now we know beyond the shadow of a doubt that the state of California has embraced insanity.  They’re soooo righteous in all their empathy for illegal aliens, that a jury will declare an habitual criminal innocent if he kills someone, and there's some doubt about his intent.  Assuming he didn't intend to take the innocent life of Kate Steinle, he still killed her.  That's involuntary manslaughter at the very least! 
He expresses the hope that his readers will share his opinion.
If this doesn't get the rest of the nation to recognize the depth of stupidity that infects, not just the California state leadership, but in this case a jury of San Francisco citizens who UNANIMOUSLY found the killer innocent, then nothing will. 
He then takes comfort in the thought that of the leftists he despises have been accused of sexual misconduct in the wake of the allegations regarding Harvey Weinstein.
Many may not yet recognize the boomerang effect of the left's air of righteous superiority.  But it's coming back upon them, time and again.  They got so excited about destroying Judge Moore and gaining a seat in the Senate, the scandal they set in motion is taking down a who's who of their own beloved hierarchy.  Their biggest Hollywood financial benefactors, some of their reliable network propagandists, their favorite former president, and some of their biggest heroes in government are dropping like flies.
He then hopes that some similar misfortune will occur to leftists reporting on the ongoing Trump-Russia scandal.
Self-righteous promoters of socialism and political correctness don't have the slightest bit of shame in accusing others of things that they themselves are guilty of.  Wait until their Russian “collusion” obsession comes full circle.  Much of the information is already out, though the mainstream media hasn't yet had its face rubbed in it.  Odd, isn't it, how the “facts first” network is blissfully unaware of information already in the possession of millions?  They know nothing of the financing of the fake dossier, for which their ideological friends paid millions.  They never heard of uranium sales to Russia, approved by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. 
He complains of calls for President Trump to be removed from office.
They throw little tantrums about what a lunatic President Trump is, between “facts first” adds about an apple still being an apple even if someone says “banana, banana, banana.”  Facts first!  Then they go back to wondering when Trump's family will stage an “intervention” due to his obvious diminished capacity.  They can't understand why Congress hasn't invoked the 25th Amendment to have Trump relieved of his duties, due to his inability to faithfully execute them.  Facts first, my left foot.
He charges that the Trump-Russia scandal is leaving Americans unaware of problems with North Korea and Iran.
North Korea just demonstrated its ability to launch a full-blown ICBM with a range to hit anywhere in the United States, and carry a nuclear warhead.  Maybe they don't yet have the nuclear warhead, but then nobody thought they had an ICBM of that magnitude either.  There is little dispute over the fact that the world is in grave danger as the radical rogue regimes, such as North Korea and Iran, start to brandish nuclear weapons.  But in the midst of mainstream fury over the election and apparent success of the Trump administration, nuclear threats are a footnote.  The BIG NEWS is that President Trump is almost caught “colluding with the Russians.”  He's been almost caught every day and night for nearly a year now.  They seem to have no recognition that their false reporting and obvious bias is a major reason he was elected in the first place! 
He then crassly accuse those sympathetic to the plight of refugees of causing Europeans and Americans to exposed to terrorist attacks from Al Qaeda like extremists. This is a vicious accusation against those who wish well to those who happen to be less fortunate.
Europe is on red alert for more “holiday terror,” similar to the attacks last year.  Terrorist bombs and massacres are a way of life for much of the Middle East, and as we all know, the danger is all over Europe and all over the United States due to the overwhelming goodness and empathy of those willing to sacrifice all God's blessings and their children's future, assuming they have any, so they can brag about their lofty ideals.  The “goodness” of these godless socialists is liable to be end of Western culture.
He ends this missive against immigrants, those wishing to welcome them, those concerned about the Trump-Russia scandal and jurors doing their duty with a little statement of encouragement.
May God grant all of us the patience and the gumption to recognize what is important and what is not.  We're being pulled in all directions.   
He then adds a postscript.
P. S. The December letter was mailed two days ago and should be in your mailbox directly.  We have another edition of Twenty-first Century WATCH laid out and on its way to print.  We've also seen very effective results with some of our internet “boosts,” and will continue testing material on the Sabbath, what happens after death, and concentrating on strategies that work.   Have a great Sabbath.
Shouldn't the paragraph above be the weekly update?

PCG's 1%'s Cover-up of the Watergate Scandal

Since around late 2015 some within PCG's 1% have minimized the Watergate scandal (as may be seen herehere and here) despite the weighty evidence indicating otherwise, not least the famous testimony of former White House Counsel John Dean.

While reading Dean's account of what happened in those days I was struck by his reaction to Nixon's resignation speech on August 8, 1974.
By the time he had finished, my pity had given way to dismay. He never admitted a ... thing, I thought. He went out with a campaign speech. Oh, well, I thought, at least he's consistent, but why? Why is he taking Watergate with him? ... 
The cover-up had been a stupid error. Lying about it had been deadly for him. It was over now. He'd been caught in his lies, so why didn't he confess? Was he really far wiser than most would give him credit for? Would history say he'd been unfairly forced from office? Was he planting seeds of doubt? Or did he fear prosecution and jail? (John Dean, Blind Ambition: The White House Years, 1976, p. 357.)
But at least Nixon's seeds of doubt have failed to sprout for the most part and most people know that Nixon was guilty. But these seeds of doubt have sprouted within PCG's 1%. Gerald Flurry and Joel Hilliker have minimized the criminal cover-up. It was a Communist attack. It was revenge for Nixon's prosecution of Alger Hiss. PCG's leadership have been trying to cover-up the Nixon Administration's attempted cover-up of its involvement in the activities of the Plumbers.

We must embrace facts instead of just believing what we want to believe.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

What if There was War with China?

Renowned journalist John Pilger in his latest film, The Coming War on China, discusses the possibility of war between the United States and China and what might happen in such a nightmarish situation. This documentary was first released on December 5, 2016 in Britain and can now be viewed on Al Jazeera.

The COGs have often scare mongered about China but if such a dreadful thing as war with China should occur (may that day never dawn) in actual fact the United States is quite well positioned for such an eventuality. The United States have many military bases located in nations neighboring China ready to respond if such a thing were to occur. The COGs have failed to notice that rather pertinent fact.

Those of us who with a COG background have often been encouraged to interpret news not to learn what is happening but to convince ourselves that the COG is right and can see the future. I believe for many of us who were or are involved with the COGs it would be good to learn from one who is not blinkered with COG dogma discuss and confront this important issue.

Roy Moore Implied George Soros is Going to Hell

Just appalling.
Roy Moore, the controversial Alabama Senate candidate endorsed by President Donald Trump, said George Soros’ agenda is “not our American culture” and suggested the Jewish billionaire philanthropist was headed to hell. ...
“He is pushing an agenda and his agenda is sexual in nature, his agenda is liberal, and not what Americans need,” said Moore, not explaining what it is about Soros’ agenda that is “sexual.” He added, “It’s not our American culture. Soros comes from another world that I don’t identify with.” ...
“No matter how much money he’s got, he’s still going to the same place that people who don’t recognize God and morality and accept his salvation are going,” Moore said. “And that’s not a good place.” (JTA, December 5, 2017.)
There is nothing wrong with honest disagreement over political matters. But this sort of exclusionary talk is dreadful. How does implying that a Jewish individual as being not a part of "our" culture not sound like anti-Semitism? We need to treat people with equality, dignity and respect.