Friday, June 23, 2017

Overview of the August 2017 Issue of PCG's Philadelphia Trumpet

PCG has released another issue of their recruitment magazine (August 2017) in an attempt to gain more tithes paying converts. Back in 2012 PCG had an income of about $19.5 million according 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.

Let's take a look at what PCG's leadership are saying this time.


Even though Republican legislators are trying to pass a healthcare law which, according to the Congressional Budget Office, will cause 23 million Americans to lose their health insurance that weighty matter is ignored. Instead the issue argues that one should be worried about nuclear war.

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

The circulation for this issue is 255,897 issues. July's circulation was 267,569. May-June's circulation was 263,551. April's circulation was 267,569 (which happens to be the same as July's figure). March's circulation was 271,949. February was 273,591. January was 267,992. November-December was 277,131.

Gerald Flurry has a particularly bitter personal article condemning the Paris Climate Accord by denouncing it as an attempt to undermine and control America. He also moans about former President Obama for supporting the Paris Climate Accord even though he is no longer president. He defends President Trump's decision to withdraw from it. 

Andrew Müller has an article insisting that there is no scientific consensus that climate change is happening because of the excess emission of greenhouse gases by humans. He implies that concerns about climate change is an attempt "to frighten people into surrendering their freedom to centralized government." (p. 6.) However the vast majority of scientists say that climate change is real and it is being by human activities.

Jorg Mardian has a little article extolling the health benefits of enjoying laughter.

Richard Palmer has an article denouncing the leaders of Britain's Labour Party as "Communists" even though such heated rhetoric has clearly failed to stop the Labour Party's strong electoral performance in the last election. It also includes a side article by Richard Palmer blaming the youth for the Labour Party's increased share of the vote.

Brad MacDonald has an interview with the German journalist Niklas Frank discussing Germany and the journalist's infamous father, Hans Frank.

Stephen Flurry has an article insisting that America is propping up the supposed rise to power of both Europe and Iran. He excoriates Obama for making the nuclear power deal with Iran and Trump for calling on Germany to spend more money on its military.

Kieran Underwood has a little article discussing what would happen if European nations increased their military budgets.

Jeremiah Jacques has an article bemoaning that in his opinion China has succeeded in establishing control of its claimed territory in the South China Sea.

Andrew Müller has an article denouncing the various murders of white South African farmers. As is well known South Africa presently has a severe problem with violent crime which harms everyone of all races and all socioeconomic classes.

Gerald Flurry has an article promoting (PCG's edited version of) Mystery of the Ages insisting that it can reveal various religious teachings about the nature of God.

Joel Hilliker has a little article encouraging readers to manage stress by being healthy. This would be easier to do if a certain proposed legislation, which if passed will cause 23 million Americans to lose their health insurance, gets rejected by the Senate.

Abraham Blondeau has an article scare mongering that the European nation states are a "hidden superpower." The Infographic shares the same theme.

WorldWatch mentions that Germany will establish a military vase in Jordan; NATO is to conduct military operations against ISIL; Lebanon presenting a request for $12 billion in aid from Europe; a spokesman of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps announcing that they will continue to develop their missile capabilities; speculation that Iran has copied a submarine design from North Korea; a thaw in relations between Iran and Hamas; North Korea's test launch of a Hwasong-12 missile on May 14; scare mongering that states and cities bear more debt than is generally acknowledged; and speculation that the newly elected South Korean Prime Minister Moon Jae-in may ease relations with North Korea.

SocietyWatch mentions gang violence by MS-13 criminal gang in order to condemn President Obama's supposedly soft stance regarding immigration (even though more people were deported under President Obama than any other president); that 36% of respondents in a Gallup poll said that pornography was moral; and citing the murder rate in Baltimore to insist that the murder rate was caused by the riots of 2015 that occurred after the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody. PCG has a long history of condemning Black Lives Matter protesters and insisting that their grievances are wrong and illegitimate.

There are letters. Only four of them this time. Here is one letter from Huntsville, Alabama from a person who used to read HWA's recruitment magazine and seems to be unaware that there are hundreds of COG splinter groups which all teach many of the same things that PCG teach as well.
I used to be hooked on Herbert Armstrong’s magazine. I’d go and find them in the stands everywhere and read them. But then I stopped finding those stands. But when I took my mom to the doctor here in town, low and behold, I found the Philadelphia Trumpet—only this is by Mr. Gerald Flurry. And if you can get the word to him, tell him he is doing a wonderful work. I sure do appreciate it. I have a lot of questions, and none of the other denominations answer them, but Mr. Flurry sure does.
Here is one letter from Phoenix, Arizona from a person of German background insisting that the situation in Europe is worse than what PCG has said. No wonder PCG's writers picked this letter to publish.
I really like getting your magazine! It talks a lot about Europe, and I have a German background, so I’m very interested in what’s going on over there. Your magazine is true. What’s happening over there is far worse than what they are publishing here. I agree with what you say about it.
Here is one letter from Florida.
I am a permanently disabled combat veteran, and I read the magazine every month. I agree with most everything it says, and I don’t agree with much these days.
It is certainly to be hoped that one who had sacrificed so much will be looked after and be blessed with a happy and prosperous life.

For whatever reason there is no mention in this recruitment magazine of the controversy surrounding President Trump's firing of the director of the FBI.

PCG's writers insists that there are so many threats directed toward their audience and yet they make no mention in this issue of the proposed legislation now heading to the Senate which if passed will cause about 24 million to lose their health insurance. No doubt that would include thousands of those who read this recruitment magazine. And yet PCG's leadership says nothing about that in this issue.

And so we see that PCG's 1% has produced yet another issue of their recruitment magazine seeking to gain new recruits and to keep their followers overawed towards PCG's 1% by thinking that they can see the future. They cannot. Since its founding in 1989 PCG has made at least 52 failed predictions. Getting a British columnist to talk at their headquarters cannot change that fact. Clearly PCG's leaders are but false prophets. There is no need to fear their dire proclamations. PCG's leaders are but false prophets.

Banned by HWA: African Children Starving Because of Dietary Restrictions

Recently Banned by HWA had a post noting that some children in Africa are starving because their parents are following various dietary restrictions introduced to them by various Adventist churches, It is so sad to hear that things like this are happening. There is no need for Christians to observe such dietary restrictions.

In the West it is relatively easy to adopt such practices but among the poor in Africa this may not be at all possible. It is terrible that ideas such as this are adding yet more suffering to such people.

Bobby Fischer and Armstrongism

Banned by HWA has highlighted a fascinating website (http://vindication-of-bobby-fischer.co/) by Sharon Mooney discussing Bobby Fischer, the great chess player who back in the 1960s and 1970s was a member of HWA's WCG.

Mooney presents the possibility that Fischer's eccentricities in his later life were caused by his association with Armstrongism. I will state here that when I learned of some of his eccentric behavior in his later years I could not help but wonder if HWA's ideology had done that to him. I suspect everyone who had encountered Armstrongism and got out of it would have the same chilling thought. And as far as I know no one has looked into that issue concerning Fischer in so much detail as Mooney.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

SDF Advances onto ISIL Held Raqqa



The Syrian Democratic Forces are advancing into Raqqa, the de facto "capital" of the criminal network known as ISIL which has been present in that city since 2013 and has enjoyed exclusive control over it since January 2014. The criminal network that has inflicted so much pain and misery throughout Iraq, Syria and the world now has its main stronghold under attack by the Syrian Democratic Forces.

One wishes that ISIL would simply surrender to spare the added suffering that the battle will cause but it is clear that the criminal network will not do that.

May peace soon come to Syria and Iraq.

ISIL Destroys 845 Year Old Mosque in Mosul, Iraq

ISIL has destroyed the al-Nuri Mosque in Mosul which dates back to 1172. It was centuries old even when the first Europeans arrived in what is now the United States. ISIL claimed it was destroyed by a coalition airstrike but this appears to not be the case.

How awful it is that yet another historical monument has been destroyed by this fanatical criminal organization. It is so terrible that so many people have been victimized and murdered by this criminal organization which is justly so loathed all over the world.

May the day of ISIL's fall soon dawn.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Foul Fruit of Islamophobia

Recently two incidents of deadly violence against Muslims have occurred showing the danger of promoting Islamophobia, a practice which is all too common among the COGs today.

One 17 year old Muslim woman from Virginia has been murdered with her body found in a lake. A suspect has been arrested.

In London a terrorist drove a van into a crowd of Muslim worshipers leaving a mosque killing one and injuring others. The suspect has been arrested.

We must not demonize categories of people in general. It is shameful that some in the COGs have promoted fear of a vulnerable minority instead of encouraging the best in humanity. Shame on them.

North Korean Regime Claims Another Victim

So saddening to learn of Otto Warmbier's death due to injuries while he was held as a prisoner in North Korea. The family's statement made be read at heavy.com.

So awful and sickening.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

There is No Need to Live in Fear

Recently I listened to an episode of The Conversation in which two women who had gotten out of destructive cults discussed their experiences in the cults and getting out of those destructive life styles. At one point in the conversation of the interviewees mentioned that for years after leaving the cult whenever the words judgment or last days, the apocalypse, end of world, etc, she would be distressed at such talk.

With about seven and a half billion people on Earth it is safe to assume that at any point in time something rather bad is happening somewhere. Watching the news bad things have recently occurred. The fire in Grenfell Tower in London. The mass shooting in San Francisco. The attack against Republican legislators practicing for the congressional baseball game with Representative Steve Scalise still in a critical condition. An Israeli border guard was killed in an armed attack in East Jerusalem.

There are many things that can be said about such harrowing events but these events certainly do not provide any evidence that Herbert Armstrong or any of his imitators know what will happen in the future. Herbert Armstrong and his imitators have made many predictions that have miserably failed.

From 1953 onward Herbert Armstrong, Herman Hoeh and the 1% of the organization taught that the Great Tribulation would begin in 1972 and end with Christ's return in 1975.

In 1985 Herbert Armstrong wrote in his book, Mystery of the Ages, that Christ would return within twenty years, that is by 2005. (That passage has since been removed in copies of that book published by Gerald Flurry's Philadelphia Church of God after acquiring the copyright in 2003.)

Clearly there is no need to fear or give any respect to the dire proclamations of Herbert Armstrong or any of his imitators. There is no need to live in fear.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Reading Mark Mendiola's Article, The Ten Commandments: A Sacred Law for All Nations




The sixth issue of LCG's recruitment magazine, Tomorrow's World (May-June 2000), featured an article by Mark Mendiola entitled "The Ten Commandments: A Sacred Law for All Nations." (pp. 14-18.) This was the sixth of several articles Mendiola would write for this recruitment magazine. Here he makes a political tract condemning the political left and lawyers for requiring publicly funded facilities to not post religious displays, namely the Ten Commandments. One reading this article by itself would have no idea that it is from an organization which teaches things that the vast majority of Christians do not teach.

Let's take a look.
Lawlessness and violence sweeping across the western world have brought the Ten Commandments to the front pages of today’s newspapers. Courts and legislatures contend over public displays of the commandments. Are the Ten Commandments sacred laws for all nations? The Bible’s answer may surprise you.
While the article's title may make the reader think that this is a devotional article it actually reads more as a tract defending attempts to display the Ten Commandments in publicly funded court houses. Instead of a song of praise to God the reader gets a political tract denouncing rulings by federal judges concerning the public display of the Ten Commandments on government property.

Mendiola shrilly claims that the Ten Commandments have been outlawed by federal judges.
Yet, today many want to completely remove the Ten Commandments from public view or consideration—in effect outlawing the greatest, most sacred Law ever given to mankind!
What nonsense. Anyone who wishes to observe the Ten Commandments in the United States is free to do so.
It is ironic and almost unthinkable, but in United States courtrooms American lawyers and judges are hotly debating the legality of displaying the Ten Commandments. This is the very law on which Judeo- Christian principles and civil laws have been based in the western world for hundreds of years. 
And so does this individual  who is not a lawyer or a judge presume to know better than them?

Mendiola proceeds to denounce a Supreme Court ruling in 1980.
... the Supreme Court ruled in 1980 that the Ten Commandments could not be posted in public schools or taught to the nation’s children in public classrooms. In that Stone vs. Graham ruling, the Supreme Court decided that posters of the Ten Commandments displayed in Kentucky schools promoted religion and could not be allowed.
In other words this ruling is the law of the land. We are under no obligation to like this ruling but it is there and has to be adhered to.
Justices on the highest U.S. court also shockingly concluded, "If the posted copies of the Ten Commandments are to have any effect at all, it will be to induce the schoolchildren to read, meditate upon, perhaps to venerate and obey, the Commandments." Apparently, the justices believed this was an undesirable outcome! 
It was about the separation of church and state. There is a debate about whether or not it is appropriate for religious displays to be present in publicly funded buildings considering that some tax payers funding such buildings happen to not share Mendiola's religion. This debate is reflected in the various legal cases concerning this issue and the judicial rulings on this topic. Regardless of how the Supreme Court may rule on this issue if one wishes to observe the Ten Commandments then such a person is free to do so.

Mendiola bewails the legal cases regarding the separation of church and state.
Many state officials also continue to challenge an aggressive attempt on the part of the American Civil Liberties Union and others to remove any display of the Ten Commandments in courthouses or on government property. 
There have been legal clashes in California, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Utah where government officials have defended the right to display the Ten Commandments. In fact, Alabama’s governor in February 1997, threatened to call out state troopers and the National Guard to protect a carved rendition of the Ten Commandments in a judge’s courtroom! 
Mendiola insists that the Ten Commandments will lead to wonderful prosperity for the people of the United States even though he taught elsewhere that the United States is destined to be destroyed.
For the United States or any nation to draw near to the Living God and reap His blessings, the Bible is plain, we must carefully observe His law and commandments and teach them to successive generations. That is how we can obtain wisdom and understanding. 
Mendiola insists that not adhering to his religion is causing all kinds of problems for American society.
By rejecting or breaking God’s Ten Commandments, the United States and other nations are bringing curses on themselves. If the first four commandments that teach respect for God are not kept, the last six also are held in low esteem. The U.S. and other countries are witnessing an outbreak of social problems as a result of violating God’s commandments. It is not well with our nations!
And seventeen years later the United States is as powerful as ever. The possibility of America being conquered by Germans is as distantly remote now as it was back then.

Even though Christianity is the predominant religion of the United States Mendiola bewails that the Ten Commandments are held in contempt.
Yes, God wants our children instructed in His Ten Commandments. Yet, how many young people, let alone adults, can actually recite them at a time when they are held in such contempt?
Mendiola cites various politicians past and present to say that Christian morality is essential to how American society operates. Then he talks about how (LCG's) God expects the Ten Commandments to be taught to children which is freely permitted since the legal argument over publicly displaying the Ten Commandments in court houses is about the separation of church and state. That argument has nothing to do with restricting anyone from observing the Ten Commandments should he or she choose to do so.

One distinguishing feature of LCG and the other Armstrongite organizations is the insistence that the Old Testament laws are to be followed by Christians today.
Ministers who claim Christ did away with the law and that the Ten Commandments are no longer in effect are hard-pressed, however, to explain the Apostle Paul’s plain statements in his epistle to the Romans praising the commandments and God’s law. 
Paul was raised a Jew. Christianity was first taught and adhered to among Jews. Among those early Christians it is reasonable to believe that they continued to adhere to Jewish rituals and practices as part of their culture. But when Christianity began to find an audience outside of the Jewish community the question arose, Must one be a Jew to become a Christian? The church concluded and then taught that it was not necessary to for non-Jews who had converted to become a Jew. Paul strongly taught against this idea as may be seen in Galatians and Acts 15 when they talked about circumcision to become a Jew. Later Jewish religious authorities proclaimed that Christians were not Jews. There is no need for a Christian to keep the Jewish law to be a Christian. HWA was wrong to teach otherwise. Unfortunately Mendiola continued to promote that misunderstanding with this article.

Mendiola cites various figures from the New Testament to praise the Ten Commandments. While mentioning the Apostle John he mentions a fear inducing prophecy of LCG's to insist that terrible times await for his readers.
John describes Satan the devil launching an all-out attack on God’s Church and true saints at this end time.
Armstrongites have continuously insisted since the 1930s that terrible catastrophes will soon occur. And yet the doomsayers of Armstrongism have always been completely wrong. The evidence is clear. The Armstrongite doomsayers are but false prophets. We do not need to fear them.

Mendiola insists that since American society will not adhere to his understanding of the Ten Commandments all sorts of frightful things are happening in the United States.
It is no coincidence that as God’s commandments and law of love are rejected in society, criminal acts of indescribable hatred and violence are breaking out throughout the land.
Mendiola then insists that a new world will soon be established in which the Ten Commandments will be obeyed by everyone and world peace will finally be a reality.
Oh, that there were a heart in all of us that we would read, meditate upon, venerate, obey and keep all of God’s Ten Commandments, that it might be well with us, our children and grandchildren forever! Think of how much different our nations would be if no one broke the commandments against killing, stealing, cursing, lying, coveting or dishonoring our parents or our God. Society would be radically transformed almost beyond comprehension. Then, lawyers, judges and legislators would not need to debate whether the Ten Commandments could be posted in public places or taught to our children.  
Such a wonderful utopia is coming and will be established on earth when Jesus Christ returns as the Great Lawgiver and King of kings in Tomorrow’s World.
HWA and his imitators have always insisted that they had advance knowledge of what will happen to the world. But since the 1930s HWA and his imitators have made so many predictions that simply have not occurred. They clearly cannot see the future. These words cannot be trusted.

And so this political tract comes to an end. Mendiola kept complaining about the Ten Commandments not being allowed to be displayed in publicly funded government buildings such as courthouses following a decision by the Supreme Court in 1980. But regardless of whether the Ten Commandments can be displayed in courthouses or not there is freedom of religion in the United States so Mendiola is free to teach his religion to anyone who is interested. And yet in this article he seems to not notice how much leeway the federal government gives to all religions including his own.

In September 2006 Mendiola left LCG and joined Dave Pack's Restored Church of God. Around 2008 he left RCG and joined Don Billingsley's Church of God-Faithful Flock.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Overview of the July 2017 Issue of PCG's Philadelphia Trumpet

PCG has released another issue of their recruitment magazine (July 2017) to attempt to gain more tithes paying converts. Back in 2012 one of PCG's booklets boasted that PCG had an income of about $19.5 million. Even as early as 1996 PCG boasted of enjoying more than $5 million in annual income. Recently PCG has even bought its own plane.

Let's take a look.


(I find myself compelled to say it: That cover is ugly.)

The editors of 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 267,569. May-June's circulation was 263,551. April's circulation was 267,569. March's circulation was 271,949. February's circulation was 273,591. January was 267,992. November-December was 277,131. October was 280,116.

(Strangely enough this issue's self reported circulation is the exactly the same as that for the April 2017 issue.)

Gerald Flurry has a personal article insisting that the family is under attack. He also boasts about having British journalist Melanie Phillips give a lecture at PCG's Headquarters. PCG has a history of often citing her writings.

Andrew Müller has an article bewailing that father led families idealized by PCG's leadership is no longer as prevalent as it used to be and it is insisted that this will cause the collapse of the United States. The LGBT community are also condemned as well.

Jeremiah Jacques has an article scare mongering about China supposedly expanding its influence in the Middle East.

Richard Palmer has an article about Macron's election to the French presidency scare mongering that various crises in Europe will get worse and worse. The implication is that under a severe crisis Europe will transform itself into a militaristic power which will conquer the United States. The Armstrongites have been continuously scare mongering about such a European attack since the 1930s and it has never happened.

Josue Michels has an article scare mongering about Germany establishing a cyber-warfare division even though one can reasonably assume that the United States has far more expertise in that field of study.

Andrew Müller also has an article about cyborgs.

The Infographic scare mongers about the increase in number of children growing up in fatherless homes. One of PCG's simple answers for explaining why there are problems in society is to imply that if children had fathers raising them up all would be well.

Richard Palmer also has an article about the Catholic Church. He mentions the investiture controversy in the Middle Ages and Pope Francis' words of concern regarding the persecution of Christians in various parts of the world. It is also mentioned that the terrorists and murderers of ISIL have ludicrously mentioned conquering Rome in some of their filthy propaganda. PCG teaches that ecumenism will be turned into a plot by the Catholic Church to forcibly unite the Protestant churches in the time before Christ's return. PCG also teaches that the final Pope will prop up the future European Empire fated to conquer America. This article reinforces these induced phobias.

Jorg Mardian has an article about self-discipline.

Gerald Flurry also has an article justifying HWA's numerous meetings with world leaders. He cites HWA's November 26, 1973 co-worker letter.

Stephen Flurry has a little article about improving one's self.

Andrew Müller also has an article about Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the Supreme Court. He makes no mention of how Republican Senators refused to allow President Obama to make his nomination to the Supreme Court for nearly a year.

WorldWatch mentions President Trump's air strike on Syria in retaliation for the gas attack in Khan Sheikhoun on April 4, 2017; scare mongering that Iran will make its army more focused on learning offensive capabilities; the launch of the first Chinese built aircraft carrier in Dalian on April 26, 2017; Chancellor Merkel making an agreement with Saudi Arabia to train Saudi soldiers in Germany; that military spending in Western and Central Europe has increased by about 2.5% due to fears of Russia; Cambodia's removal of a US Navy unit in the country which is presented by PCG as a move to be more closely aligned with China; a claim that Russia is building some sort of spying facility in Nicaragua; and scare mongering that the United States' agricultural output is declining and now falls behind Russia and Brazil.

SocietyWatch mentions a Gallup poll indicating Americans are most worried about race relations since the poll started in 2001; that the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom has reported that religious freedom is on the decline in the world; and condemnation of an attempt to be friendly towards transgender students in Britain.

There are letters. Here's one from Sarasota, Florida who sent a copy of the recruitment magazine to another person.
Your magazine and e-mail briefs are incredible and extremely timely. I’m totally thrilled to know where our world is in prophecy, and you are great researchers and providers. You sent me two magazines this month and I gave one to another Christian and she was surprised. She asked me where I got it and I told her. The first few pages of what’s happening today compared to prophecy are extremely enlightening—along with matching Bible verses.
Here's another one from Florida who thinks this publication of fear inducing false prophecies is "one of the most valuable publications in this whole wide world."
I think the Trumpet is one of the most valuable publications in this whole wide world. What we learn from this is fantastic. I just wish more people would read it. I appreciate these materials more than I can say.
Here's a letter from a person who liked HWA's recruitment magazine, The Plain Truth.
Please subscribe me to the Philadelphia Trumpet magazine, one of the two best real newsmagazines in world history; the other one being the Plain Truth.
And so we see that PCG's 1% has produced yet another issue of their recruitment magazine seeking to gain new recruits and to keep their followers overawed towards PCG's 1% by thinking that they can see the future. They cannot. since its founding in 1989 PCG has made at least 52 failed predictions. Getting a British columnist to talk at their headquarters cannot change that fact. Clearly PCG's leaders are but false prophets. There is no need to fear their dire proclamations. PCG's leaders are but false prophets.

PCG's Sephen Flurry React to UK Conservatives Losing Parliamentary Majority

Britain had its election and the Conservative Party lost its majority in Parliament. The Conservative Party actually gained the largest percentage of voters it had since the 1983 election. The Conservative Party did not lose votes but rather the Labour Party, led by Jeremy Corbyn, gained more voters.

PCG's Stephen Flurry was not pleased at this development as may be heard in the June 9, 2017 broadcast of The Trumpet Daily.
British Prime Minister Theresa May’s attempt to strengthen her party’s majority in Parliament by calling a snap election completely backfired. The election results reveal a dangerous shift in Britain. Nearly half of Britain’s voters are willing to support a party led by radical Communists who entertain the IRA and radical Islamists. How did the United Kingdom get to this point, and where is it headed?
He criticized the Labour Party's leaders as being Communists, Marxists, sympathetic to the IRA, Hezbollah and Hamas even though such assertions have clearly failed to restrain the Labour Party's rise in popularity.

He bizarrely moaned that the Conservatives are viewed as better at providing security so he could not understand how the recent terrible, tragic and shocking terrorist attacks in Britain did not result in a better result for the Conservative Party. One wishes that Stephen Flurry would have a better sense of what should not be said.

If he is so disquieted by the Labour Party's strong electoral performance perhaps he and the rest of PCG's leadership should return to America and leave Britain alone.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Mark Armstrong Vilifies "Liberal Socialist Self-Righteousness" After Manchester Terrorist Attack

Mark Armstrong, leader of the Intercontinental Church of God, had released yet another one of his weekly updates. There is not much time to see this particular weekly update at the moment (May 26, 2017).

Those who are innocent of a crime are innocent of the crime. Those who are guilty of a crime are guilty of that crime. It is not right to punish innocent people for crimes committed by others. This important fact seems to have escaped Mark Armstrong's attention in regards to Muslims as may be seen below.

On May 22, 2017 twenty-two innocent people were murdered in Manchester Arena in a terrorist attack by a suicide bomber sympathetic to ISIL. After this weekly update's release three extremists murdered eight innocent people in London. The people of Britain need and deserve to have wise leadership in this time of crisis. Unfortunately such help will not be forthcoming from Mark Armstrong in his May 26, 2017 weekly update.

Here Mark Armstrong criticized the police as having "no intention of doing what is necessary to prevent the next" terrorist attack.
It was absolutely disgusting to hear the Manchester chief constable and police spokesman come out to plead that authorities were doing "all we can" to help the victims and their families in the face of the tragedy. NO, THEY'RE NOT!  They didn't do what was necessary to prevent the slaughter in the first place, and they have no intention of doing what is necessary to prevent the next one, which surely will occur.  "We now have a team of specially-trained family liaison officers who are supporting families."  Oh, goody.  Too bad there weren't specially-trained officers following the movements and communications of the Muslim terrorists, who, as it turns out should have been easy to identify and remove from the presence of the unarmed population.  
What could Mark Armstrong be thinking of when he talks of "what is necessary"?

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Even though Manchester had just endured this terrible attack in which twenty-two people had been killed Mark Armstrong vilifies the "politically-correct," makes the ridiculous accusation that Muslims in Britain are indoctrinated with extremist views and vilifies refugees as terrorists.
Then the politically-correct constable had the audacity to say that it is "vital that our diverse communities in Greater Manchester stand together and do not tolerate hate."  What's it got to do with hatred?  Manchester's, and every place else's Muslim "communities" have been spoon-fed anti-westerner, anti-Jewish hatred from earliest childhood.  It's not a mysterious proclivity unique to the so-called "self-radicalized," it's a staple of their religion and culture.  And now, through the miracle of the UN High Commissioner for Refugee resettlement, Britain is teeming with vast numbers of "refugees" and their children who yearn for the immortality of "martyrdom" in the commission of mass murder in the name of their god.  
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He stirs up resentment against the politically correct. Trying to assure people that the matter is being addressed by the authorities and advice to not lash out in violence in response is presented as being patronizing toward the families and friends of the victims. In this moment of crisis Mark Armstrong condemns what he calls "liberal socialist self-righteousness" among the British.
The grief of the families and those who know them must be unimaginable.  But they mustn't blame the "community" where the plot was hatched and hidden, or the panty-waisted politicians who've overseen the influx of hateful third-world strangers into their city.  It's too late for the little eight-year-old girl, whose photo you've seen, and the fifteen-year-old and the twenty-odd others killed by flying nails and bolts.  But it's not too late for hundreds and thousands of others who surely will fall victim to the followers of the "extremist" Muslim death cult.  Except once-Great Britain is doubling down on its liberal socialist self-righteousness, patting itself on the back for its diversity even as they mourn the senseless deaths of those children and young people.
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Mark Armstrong then mentions other terrorist attacks. There is no attempt to present or understand the context of those acts of violence as situations related to those particular nations. For instance the attack in Egypt which he mentions is part of this dreadful armed insurgency against the government by extremists affiliated with ISIL based in the Sinai Peninsula which has been ongoing since 2011. These separate events are simplistically presented as being connected together.

It is here Mark Armstrong seems to suggest what he thinks "what is necessary."
Since the Manchester attack, terrorists (masked gunmen) shot up a bus-load of Coptic Christians on their way to visit a monastery in Egypt, and other terrorist attacks have taken place in Indonesia and the Philippines, all attributable to the same ideology.  The U. S. chief of Homeland Security says we'd never leave the house if we knew the full extent of the terror threat, even here in the United States.  But expelling the would-be terrorists is not an option.  Judges simply will not allow it nor will they stand by and allow potential terrorists to be denied entry to the United States.  That would be racial or religious discrimination!
Laws are complicated. That's why we have lawyers. In certain circumstances authorities can expel people deemed a threat or even people simply unwanted or who failed to fill out the proper paperwork. In other cases this is not legally possible. Also it is hard to detect criminal activity of this sort especially if just one person plans to do such a thing. 

Furthermore it is not legally possible to discriminate against everyone who just happens to be Muslim. Religious discrimination is illegal. Mark Armstrong should be happy that such a thing is illegal since if it were not then someone with governmental authority might decide to discriminate against the Intercontinental Church of God.

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Mark Armstrong viciously demonizes the (alleged) politically correct as being like those who practice human sacrifice. He also implies that they expect the British people to be "smug in their open-minded acceptance of the "new normal" of periodic suicide bombings, beheadings, stabbings and vehicular terrorism." He also makes the inflammatory and false accusation that those who commit acts of violence are somehow carrying out "the instructions of their prophet." This is a terrible false equivalence which unfairly slurs all Muslims with ISIL like extremists.
So, we're supposed to be willing to sacrifice our baby girls to the evil religion of "tolerance" of those who espouse terrorist ideology in their mosques and at some moment in time might well snap and carry out the instructions of their prophet.  The British are expected to attend scores of funerals and memorial gatherings and then return to shopping and the pursuit of entertainment, smug in their open-minded acceptance of the "new normal" of periodic suicide bombings, beheadings, stabbings and vehicular terrorism.  In essence, the authorities are saying, "Get over it, we're doing all we can...or all we're going to do within the boundaries we've created for ourselves."
It is just astonishing seeing the bitterness and hostility that lies in his heart. How can the members of ICG accept this sort of behavior from their leader?

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Mark Armstrong then talks about President Trump's visit to Europe, his speech berating NATO allies for not spending enough on their own military forces and discussion about the Paris Accords regarding climate change which President Trump would later reject. He then states the following.
Whether man has anything to do with "global warming," if in fact that's what's going on, will be argued for the rest of our lives.  But Islamic terrorism is a FACT with mutilated bodies as proof.  The list of attacks worldwide just since the start of this year would consume page after page.  But unless we "care" more passionately about the plight of "refugees" and "climate change" we're simply not educated or compassionate.  That's the DOCTRINE of the mainstream media, and of the political elite from London to Brussels to Paris.
Mark Armstrong implies that climate change is not real even though the vast majority of scientists are persuaded that human being are causing climate changes due to the excess emission of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane.

Mark Armstrong also incites resentment towards those who call for the fair treatment of refugees and for addressing the climate change crisis. He presents such persons as having a patronizing attitude to his audience. That is one reason why ICG's members accept Mark Armstrong's behavior. Assuming they take Mark Armstrong at his word it seems that at least some of them think they are 'resisting' assorted elites who happen to view matters differently from them.

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Mark Armstrong ends his weekly update with expressions of exasperation that the various terrorist attacks by ISIL sympathizers and like minded extremists have not turned societies in Europe and the United States into being as hostile towards Muslims as himself. Maybe they are simply stronger and smarter than Mark Armstrong could hope to be.
At some point, it will break down.  Bible prophecy shows that a conglomeration of nations ultimately will unite in Europe and take it to the Muslim world in a war that will spread to threaten the existence of all human life on Earth.  With Europe's present leadership demanding that the ruination of Continental culture is an acceptable price for their version of empathy, it's hard to imagine what it will take to turn the tide.  Airports, streets and concert venues littered with mutilated bodies obviously is not enough, just as the attacks and murders here in the United States have been insufficient to wipe the smug smirks off the faces of America's most prominent news anchors.

September 11th wasn't enough, nor were the Charlie Hebdo murders, nor the Brussels airport attack, nor London, Berlin, Nice, the Bataclan theater in Paris, Westminster Bridge or Manchester brutal enough to alter the narrative.  It's hard to imagine what event will finally change the thinking of the masses, assuming democracy survives.  The murder of little girls in Manchester, rubbed in the face of the western world by ISIS, clearly wasn't nearly enough to pry stubbornly self-righteous socialists from their "progressive" doctrine.  
Based on my reading of previous weekly updates by Mark Armstrong his claim that "Europe's present leadership [is] demanding ... the ruination of Continental Europe" seems to be a reference to the arrival of refugees, many of them fleeing the cataclysmic war in Syria.

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It is safe to say that Mark Armstrong's words in this weekly update will not help the people of Britain in this time of crisis. Ignorantly comparing criminal actions to religious observance is wrong. Comparing "liberal socialist self-righteousness" as being like human sacrifice is disgusting. No good can come from his Islamophobia and his loathing of those who view matters differently from himself.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Another Failed Prophecy from the Late Roderick C. Meredith (2003)

Yet another false prophecy brought to us by the late Roderick C. Meredith. This one was written in 2003 during the second intifada of 2000-5.
Yasser Arafat and the Palestinians are capitalizing on recent events to intensify their anti-Israeli and anti-American propaganda campaign. Watch for Israel to come increasingly under pressure and for Jerusalem to be brought under some kind of international control, probably involving, in some way, the Roman Catholic Church and the European powers. (Roderick C. Meredith, Prophecy is Speeding Forward, Tomorrow's World, July-August 2003, p. 6.)
What actually happened was that Yasser Arafat passed away in 2004 and the State of Israel overcame the insurgency. It ended in 2005. Fourteen years later the State of Israel is still firmly in control of all of Jerusalem even though the international community only recognizes the State of Israel's right to rule the land it controlled before the 1967 war. And even with the recent peace efforts are being propelled by the United States rather than "the European powers."

This prophecy failed. There is no need to fear their dire proclamations. They cannot see the future. They are but false prophets.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Australian PCG Writer Condemns His Own Country over an Award to Black Lives Matter



PCG has constantly vilified and condemned the Black Lives Matter movement even connecting them to their false prophecy of "race war." But now a charitable foundation of the University of Sydney, the Sydney Peace Foundation, has decided to award Black Lives Matter the Sydney Peace Prize. The award is to be presented on November 2.

PCG has released a petulant article condemning this foundation for contradicting PCG's negative stance regarding Black Lives Matters. The PCG leadership even got an Australian, one Callum Wood, to write this article. (Callum Wood, Black Lives Matter Wins Sydney Peace Prize, May 30, 2017.)

Let's take a look.

The article begins with this ridiculous statement in which Wood throws his own nation under the proverbial bus to keep his bosses happy.
Australia condones the division of American society.
If Wood just bothered to actually read the website of the Sydney Peace Foundation he will see that it is a charitable foundation of the University of Sydney so it is absurd to somehow equate this foundation with all of Australia. How could Wood neglect to see that?

Here we see Wood ridiculing his own countrymen and women as ignorant for showing favor to the Black Lives Matter activists.
The same website is awash with praises to BLM. Understandably, it can be hard to see the looting, rioting, murder and call to arms from across the Pacific Ocean. But if the Peace Foundation stands to “support their vital work” then it must stand in support of the following.
It is clear where Wood's loyalties lie. He chooses to condemn his own fellow Australians to PCG's audience.

Wood insists that more white Americans are killed by police officers to delegitimize the Black Lives Matter movement. He insists that it started based on "wrongful accusations."
BLM rode in on the wake of wrongful accusations leveled against George Zimmerman, and again in the Michael Brown case. Both incidents and their trials saw looting, rioting and mob rule at the hands of the BLM. Both incidents also saw BLM supporters baying for police blood despite a black-inclusive jury exonerating the accused officers. Worthy of a peace prize?
It is concerning how Wood ignores the fact that Black Lives Matter is primarily a protest movement. It has attracted support from white Americans as well. Protests that do not end badly are ignored in this article. Instead sensationalist acts are mentioned to vilify the movement. The protests and activism that has no direct connection with the sensationalist acts are ignored slanting how the protest movement is portrayed.

Wood is wrong to imply that the case of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown ever went to trial. It actually went to a grand jury which threw the case out even though a grand jury's mission is to simply agree to indictments rather than determining guilt or innocence. A grand jury is only supposed to do what the prosecutor tells it to do. If Wood can't even get that detail right what else is he wrong about?

Once again Wood seemingly criticizes the people of his own country for not caring about alleged hostility towards the United States Constitution.
BLM’s disdain for the United States Constitution might carry less weight for non-U.S. citizens. But when it is understood, it shows BLM’s true intent.
Even if this inflammatory accusation happened to be true mere disdain cannot overthrow the government or the Constitution. This is emotive rhetoric.

To demonize Black Lives Matter protesters to his audience he cites one heated yet marginal article from one college student written in 2015 instead of citing a statement by an organization connected with the movement. This article has been used several times by PCG's leaders since March 2016.
Blake Simons, a University of California–Berkeley student and Black Lives Matter activist, wrote a chilling article on Nov. 4, 2015. 
Actually the article in question was first published in September 2015. Then it was taken down from the website and then reposted on November 4, 2015. Wood can't even get that detail right.

Also Wood's sentence is quite similar to how Joel Hilliker mentioned Simons' article. Is this plagiarism? The highlighted portion is the same as in Wood's recent article.
Blake Simons, a University of California–Berkeley student and Black Lives Matter activist, wrote a chilling article on November 4 peddling the same lies. (Joel Hilliker, A Most Menacing Attack on the United States Constitution, March 2, 2016.)
Also both Hilliker and Wood refused to link to the article.

After quoting Simons' article he uses it to scare monger against the Black Lives Matter movement.
Does that sound like the mindset of an organization intent on fostering peace? How do you suppose Australians would react if the Aborigines told us we need to scrap our own Constitution or “get the bullet”? Would everyday Aussies take that as a peaceful statement?
Wood takes Simons' article and equates it with the entire Black Lives Matter movement. That is absurd and a false equivalence.

Also why does Wood exclude Aborigines from his "us" when he says "if the Aborigines told us we need to scrap [Australia's] Constitution"? Are they not Australians as well? Why is it that he thinks of them as not like himself?

Wood also clams that the Black Lives Matter movement lies. The possibility that the movement is an attempt to solve problems concerning the African American community is carefully ignored.
This article is not intended to single out the Sydney Peace Foundation as the only organization that has fallen for BLM’s lies. With significant help from America’s liberal left, BLM has gone mainstream. Beyoncé’s backup dancers raised the Black Panther fist at the Super Bowl while former President Barack Obama weighed in on racially charged cases before even hearing the facts.
Wood stirs up feelings of hostility and fear among his readers by slurring Black Lives Matter as supposedly demonizing law enforcement personnel. Wood makes no attempt to give Black Lives Matter activists the benefit of the doubt.
Now BLM is celebrated as a peacemaker while America’s law enforcement is demonized! And the radical machinations of BLM are celebrated as a step toward peace? Race relations have never been worse! But the Sydney Peace Foundation decision shows the mindset of Australia’s left wing is not too dissimilar from its American counterpart.
Wood ends the article by implying that his PCG can solve the problem of racism against minorities. That is a ridiculous claim.
Australia might not suffer quite the same crippling race relations that America does, but we have our own set of unique problems that threaten our society. There is a way to solve them all, and it doesn’t start with rewarding the divisive actions of Black Lives Matter.
It is so hypocritical for PCG to condemn Black Lives Matter activists as "divisive." What about PCG? From the day it started in 1989 PCG has insisted that it and it alone is the only true church. All other churches are belittled as false Christians. It is widely reported that PCG members are even told to shun members of the other COG groups.

PCG is quite ill suited to solving the problem of racism. A book they publish, Mystery of the Ages, insists that interracial marriage is against (PCG's) God's will slurring thousands if not millions of happy marriages and families. PCG also teaches this ridiculous and racist idea that African Americans will launch a wave of riots against the white majority in the days shortly before Christ's return. Clearly PCG is woefully unable to solve the problem of racism in the United States, Australia or anywhere else.

More information about the unfortunate problem of racism in Australia may be seen this previous post.

Why is PCG's Leadership Worried for President Trump?

Listening to recent broadcasts from PCG's radio station, KPCG, it seems clear that PCG's leadership is not at all happy about the controversy regarding the ongoing Trump-Russia situation. They have brought up other issues to their audience to insist that it just a biased, partisan attack by the left.

But if they believe what they teach then why are they worried about it? Do they not trust their God to protect them? They insist the United States will soon be destroyed by Germans. If they really believe that nonsense then being worried about allegations concerning Trump seem to be a terribly trivial matter compared to Germans conquering America. (By the way, that will not happen.)

And besides even if President Trump should happen to be kicked out of office over this matter the PCG leadership can still look forward to a Pence presidency. If such a thing were to happen it is safe to assume that the PCG leadership would welcome such a thing. So why should they worry?

Oh well. Might as well enjoy hearing the PCG leadership squirm over this matter.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

PCG Leaders' Pathetic Flattering of Gerald Flurry



While reading through the May-June 2017 issue of PCG's recruitment magazine, The Philadelphia Trumpet, I could not help but note the numerous times the writers will quote their leader, Gerald Flurry. Look at how they flatter their leader.

This is from Brad MacDonald's article written shortly after the attack at Westminster in which five innocent people were murdered. This issue was published before the frighting attack in Manchester in which twenty-two innocent people were murdered.
“People are just not alert to what’s happening in this world, and that includes the media,” Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry said in his Dec. 22, 2002, Key of David television program. “God calls most of the watchmen just dumb dogs. They won’t bark! They won’t tell you what’s really happening, either because they don’t know— and even if they do know they won’t really tell you the blatant, scary truth about all this.” (p. 6.)
This is from Jeremiah Jacques' article about race relations. This article also ends with advertising for an article by Flurry.
In 2015, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry called attention to a similar situation. That year, a psychopathic, white supremacist in Charleston, South Carolina, opened fire on the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, killing nine black people. The victims’ relatives shocked America by saying that instead of hating the racist murderer, they forgave him. They said they were in deep pain, but that they were praying for the killer. “This example should have been held up for the whole nation to follow,” Mr. Flurry wrote. “This is a lesson and an example for all of us in a way of life that can really solve our problems!” (July 3, 2015). (p. 17.)
This is from Brent Nagtegaal's article scare mongering that Iran is supposedly using the Houthis to control the Bab el-Mandeb Strait passing Yemen. For whatever reason Brent Nagtegaal quotes Flurry three times.
Ever since the Houthis took over Yemen’s capital Sanaa in late 2014, the Trumpet has emphasized that this was actually a victory for Iran. In the April 2015 issue, editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote, “The Houthis’ takeover of Yemen was not just a grassroots revolution. It was a part of a deliberate and calculated Iranian strategy to conquer the Red Sea. (p. 20.)
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Gerald Flurry wrote in 2015 that the “Houthi takeover in Yemen proves that Iran is implementing a bold strategy to control the vital sea lane from the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea” (op cit). This was at a time when most commentators were focusing on the Houthi rebellion as an attempt to take over land and destabilize Iran’s rival, Saudi Arabia, which is Yemen’s northern neighbor. But Mr. Flurry foresaw that Iran’s interest in the Houthi uprising was aimed at a vital strategic goal: domination of the southern Red Sea passage. (p. 21.)
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Since 1994, Gerald Flurry has forecast that Iran would grow to become the dominant power in the Middle East, heading up a powerful alliance of radical Islamic nations known as the king of the south. The king of the north in this prophecy is a united Europe led by Germany. While the world is mostly blind to it, some in Europe are waking up to Iran’s plan to capture the Mediterranean and the Red Sea. The Europeans see that this strategy and Iran’s overall strategy of aggressiveness and terror is a definite push. And Europe will eventually push back.  
On February 3, in a letter to supporters of the Trumpet and other Philadelphia Church of God projects, Mr. Flurry wrote that the aggressive king of the south is about to push the world into an all-out world war. The increasingly violent actions by Iran and its proxies in the Red Sea are one part of that push; a push that will ultimately succumb to a violent and forceful counterstrike by a superior force from the north. (p. 36.)
This is from an article by Jeremiah Jacques scaring mongering that the United States is supposedly losing power and influence among allies in Asian nations. He cites the infamous attack in Benghazi, Libya in 2012 in which four brave, courageous and innocent Americans were murdered. It is terrible to see their memory being used to prop up PCG's dogmas about the future.
On Oct. 1, 2012, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry said America’s flat-footed reaction to the Benghazi massacre the month before meant that the Leviticus 26:19 prophecy had then been fully fulfilled. He said: “It’s no longer God saying, ‘I will break the pride of your power.’ It’s now God has broken it! I’ve never seen America in such a low as this!” (p. 25.)
This is from the recruitment magazine's WorldWatch section scare mongering that Iran might get a nuclear weapon from North Korea.
Editor in chief Gerald Flurry asked in the April 2016 Trumpet issue, “Why were Iranian officials present for North Korea’s illegal nuclear weapons tests? Are the Iranians outsourcing their nuclear program, or at least parts of their nuclear bombs?” (p. 29.)
This is from Richard Palmer's article about the rise of the far right in Europe and the recent Dutch elections. He quotes Flurry twice and also quotes Brad MacDonald.
Since its inception in 1990, the Trumpet has intently watched for the emergence of a strongman in Germany. “Routinely in German history, when Germans become anxious about world events, they call on a strongman to lead them!” writes Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry in [a 2016 booklet entitled] A Strong German Leader Is Imminent. “They have done so throughout history—and they are going to do it again.” “The weakness being demonstrated by the West is exposing the crying need for stronger leadership. And whether or not people want to believe it, that leadership is going to arise in Germany,” he writes. “Today, Europeans are looking for another ruler like Charlemagne.” (p. 32.)
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In A Strong German Leader Is Imminent, Mr. Flurry writes, “Daniel 11:21 prophesies that this strong leader will come into power ‘by flatteries’—probably not by votes, but through a coalition government of some kind.” “The Jamieson, Fausset and Brown Commentary says ‘the nation shall not, by a public act, confer the kingdom on him, but he shall obtain it by artifice, ‘flattering,’’’ writes Brad Macdonald in the same booklet. “In other words, a deceived public, or a group of European leaders, likely invites this man into power.” “This soon-coming ruler could literally be called a king,” notes Mr. Flurry. “Even if he is not, the Bible gives him that label. When the Bible talks about a king, in most cases it’s saying that this is not a democratic government.” (p. 32.)
It looks pathetic seeing them flatter their leader by quoting him. So often PCG's leaders bad mouth mainstream society as somehow failing to meet their standards

Monday, May 29, 2017

Reading Mark Mendiola's Article, Is Time Running Out for the U.S. Economy? (2000)

The fifth issue of LCG's recruitment magazine, Tomorrow's World (March-April 2000), featured an article by Mark Mendiola entitled "Is Time Running Out for the US Economy?" (pp. 24-28.) This was the fifth of several articles Mendiola would write for this recruitment magazine. Here he scare mongers about the US economy being destined to somehow go through "the most ignominious economic collapse ever experienced in 6,000 years of history." Seventeen years later his dire prediction is still unfulfilled.

Mendiola starts by stating that the United States had never been as prosperous as it was then in early 2000.
Some historians say the affluence enjoyed by Americans, and others in the western world, is unprecedented. Never have so many enjoyed so much for so long! Yet, are there indications the remarkable growth could come to an abrupt end?
At this time Mendiola belonged to an organization, LCG, which taught that the United States is destined to soon be conquered by a European Empire led by Germany as divine punishment for behaving contrary to LCG's God's will. LCG and their predecessors stemming from HWA have continuously made dire predictions of this sort since the 1930s and yet this catastrophe simply never happens.
In November 1999, President Clinton signed a bill that dismantles the financial safeguards installed in the 1930s to prevent a recurrence of the 1929 market crash. The new bill, in effect, repeals the Glass-Steagall Act, which had erected “firewalls” to separate banks, investment firms and insurance companies, prohibiting them from engaging in each other’s businesses.
Following the financial crash of 2007-8 this act of legislation was often cited as one of the factors which made that financial crash possible. However it is clear from the context of this article that Mendiola was implying that this would lead to the Great Tribulation not just another market collapse. Yet seventeen years after this article was published and nine years after the fall of Lehman Brothers the United States is still by far the most powerful nation state on the face of the Earth and the prospect of Germany conquering the United States remains as absurdly remote as ever.
Yes, those trusting in this world’s financial system for their economic security could be in for a very rude awakening if they find their savings and investments shattered overnight in another crash. 
Here we see Mendiola making his readers fearful and scared. Such fears can be used to grab the attention of the readers and make them listen. Many readers of this recruitment magazine will have no idea of the many flaws in what this organization teaches.

Mendiola then scare mongers about the federal debt failing to understand that it is public debt, not private debt.
While Congress and the White House have trumpeted the first balanced U.S. federal budget in decades, little has been said of the fact the national debt, or the accumulation of annual budget deficits, stands at about $5.76 trillion and continues to grow at the rate of $211 million a day! Each U.S. citizen’s share of this debt is about $21,000. Despite the strong economy, the number of Americans filing personal bankruptcies in 1998 also reached a record 1.4 million; up more than 300 percent since 1980. 
Unlike the private debt that so many of us have the US federal government can simply print more money legally. At present it is not possible for the United States to go bankrupt. Furthermore even today the United States was more in debt per capita back in the 1940s because of World War II. Also about half of the federal debt is owned to Americans, not foreigners. Mendiola is sorely mistaken in using the federal debt to make his readers think that economic catastrophe is about to happen.

Also noteworthy is the way the public federal debt is placed right next to a discussion of bankruptcies. This shows he has a flawed understanding of these matters to link the tow topics so closely together. Public debt is not the same as private debt.

After that Mendiola moans that his message of impending catastrophe is not popular.
The Apostle Paul said that covetousness is idolatry.... He also warned that the last days would be perilous, and men would be lovers of themselves, lovers of money and lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God.... It is not popular to warn of punishment coming on our people, who think they can blatantly break God’s spiritual and economic laws without paying the consequences. Yet, a day of reckoning looms.
Since the 1930s HWA and his various imitators including those in LCG have made dire predictions that the United States will soon be conquered by a menacing, European power. Nowadays many people who may become interested in joining LCG can simply look them up on te Internet and access critical information about HWA and what he taught. Many will simply realize that HWA or any of the splinter groups stemming from him are not worth joining not least because of the countless failed predictions that they have made over the years.

Also while preaching of catastrophe is not as popular as Mendiola would like in actual fact there is a market for this kind of talk. LCG and the Armstrongite organizations live off of inciting and providing (terribly flawed) solutions to fears of the end of the world.

Mendiola insists times of desperation even worse than the Great Depression is fated to happen. He also calls the United States "spoiled."
Tough economic times— even worse than the Great Depression of the 1930s—are looming for American and British peoples living in spoiled nations accustomed to soft, luxurious lifestyles.
Mendiola shrilly insists that the United States is just like the Titanic before it sank.
Bible prophecy plainly shows there is going to be a recurrence of such disaster on a national scale. The American and British peoples are steaming full speed ahead to their own rendezvous with catastrophe!
Seventeen years later his dire catastrophe has still not occurred.

Mendiola then criticize Americans for trusting in themselves to create wealth. Well how else are people supposed to get anything done without believing that they can do it?
U.S. currency is stamped with the motto “In God We Trust.” Yes, in God we should trust, but most Americans and Britons are trusting in their own abilities to create wealth!
In God We Trust has appeared on US coins since 1864 and was adopted as the national motto in 1956. The phrase stems from a line of the fourth verse of The Star Spangled Banner.

Mendiola ends his article shrilly insisting that America will soon go through "the most ignominious economic collapse ever experienced in 6,000 years of history." LCG teaches that the United States is fated to be conquered by a European Empire led by Germany with "Israelites" (white Americans) being killed off and the remaining survived taken captive as slaves.
Unless our peoples repent as a nation and reverse course, they are doomed to suffer the most ignominious economic collapse ever experienced in 6,000 years of history. God help our nation to repent and turn to Him wholeheartedly before the rapidly inflating bubble bursts!
Clearly Mendiola was not talking about the collapse of the Nasdaq in 2000 or the crash of 2007-8. He was alluding to the supposedly inevitable collapse and conquest of the United States. And yet seventeen years later this "most ignominious economic collapse ever experienced in 6,000 years of history" has simply not happened. Mendiola's words have failed miserably. There is no need to fear LCG's dire proclamations.

In September 2006 Mendiola left LCG and joined Dave Pack's Restored Church of God. Around 2008 he left RCG and joined Don Billingsley's Church of God-Faithful Flock.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

An Ambulance in Gaza in 2014

The leaders of the COGs have shown over and over again that they have little regard or concern about the Palestinian people. So often they are portrayed as a crude, one dimensional stereotype and not as the complex human beings that they are.

In 2014 war broke out in Gaza. One film maker in Gaza, Mohamed Jabaly, followed an ambulance crew as they worked to help the injured and killed in those terrible days of violence.

AMBULANCE │Official Trailer, June 17, 2015,

Ambulance - Trailer, May 10, 2016.

Synopsis:
A raw, first-person account of the last war in Gaza in the summer of 2014. Mohamed Jabaly, a young man from Gaza City, joins an ambulance crew as war approaches, looking for his place in a country under siege, where at times there seems to be no foreseeable future. While thousands of things are published on the recurring violence in Gaza, the stories behind them remain hidden. Not this one.
May peace soon come to the Holy Land.

Mass Palestinian Hunger Strike Ends

After forty days a mass hunger strike by 1,187 Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails has ended,
More than 1,000 Palestinians held in Israeli jails ended a mass hunger strike against detention conditions. 
Israeli officials said the move - at the start of the holy month of Ramadan - came after an agreement to allow two family visits per month, not just one. 
The action was led by Marwan Barghouti, a Palestinian leader jailed by Israel for life for five murders. 
Barghouti has been touted as a possible future successor to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. 
Some 1,187 detainees observed the strike, according to Israel's prison service. (BBC News, May 27, 2017.)
May peace soon come to the Holy Land.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Painful Truth Celebrates Twentieth Anniversary

This is the 2100th post for the Living Armstrongism blog. I wish to thank you, the readers, for inspiring me to carry on with this blog.

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Recently The Painful Truth has commemorated its twentieth anniversary. Without question The Painful Truth has helped many people to wake up from the indoctrination of Armstrongism.

This includes myself. I will never forget how it was that I read "A Treasury of Famous Prophecies," an article from the first issue of Ambassador Report (June 1976) which is hosted on The Painful Truth, and that was the moment I finally woke up and realized that I did not have to listen to what HWA and his imitators in the COGs had to say. God is not with them. There is no need to fear their dire proclamations.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Reading Mark Mendiola's Article, America's Shocking Military Decline (2000)

The fourth issue of LCG's recruitment magazine, Tomorrow's World (January-February 2000), featured an article by Mark Mendiola entitled "America's Shocking Military Decline." (pp. 16-20.) This was the fourth of several articles Mendiola would write for this recruitment magazine. Here he exploits problems within the American military during the Kosovo War (1998-9) to insist that the US military was falling apart. He had no idea of what would soon happen starting on 9/11.

Let's take a look.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s relentless bombing of Serbian military forces and strategic targets in the Balkans, during an air war that lasted 78 days last March to June, exposed how badly recent defense cuts have limited United States military might. It also drove home to the Europeans the urgent need to beef up their own military expenditures to protect their national interests. ... 
The United States continues to downsize its armed forces, but European nations appear to be on the verge of a significant military buildup, which does not bode well for America or Britain. As "the American Century" comes to a conclusion, many experts see the rise of a Europe much more powerful economically, politically and militarily in the 21st century —a superpower that will be able to challenge the U.S. on various fronts in its own right as a modern empire.
This was written in 1999. Eighteen yeas has now passed and Europe still has not arisen as a military force capable of conquering the United States. This prophecy has failed miserably. Clearly God is not with Mark Mendiola or LCG.
During the bombing of Kosovo, the Air Force banned all pilots, navigators and support crews from leaving the service, affecting about 6,000 Air Force personnel who already had approval to retire and return to civilian life.
He had no idea that in less than two years American soldiers would go to war in Afghanistan and later in Iraq. Clearly LCG cannot see the future.
Critics of cuts in American defense spending have said the U.S. is no longer capable of launching another Desert Storm operation such as the one initiated nine years ago by President George Bush against Iraq’s Saddam Hussein. There are doubts the nation could even repeat the Kosovo campaign! 
What an absurd claim. That Mendiola and the editors of LCG's recruitment magazine thought that claim was worth mentioning shows they did not know what was going on. They do not know what will happen. They are as surprised by world events as any of us.
The Clinton administration and Congress have slashed the nation’s military personnel by about 35 percent since 1991, cut the money needed to train those remaining and reduced equipment purchases. Depleted, untrained crews in all branches of the military have resulted.
Considering that tensions had eased with the Soviet Union it was perfectly reasonable that some would call for a reallocation of public resources since the major threat to the United States was now no longer so pressing. Little did Mendiola know that circumstances would change so soon.
USA Today on October 22, 1999, reported that military recruiting costs per new enlistee hit an all-time high in 1999, even as the Army fell short of its goal by 6,300 soldiers and the Air Force missed its goal by 1,700 people. The Navy also needs an extra 22,000 sailors, who are difficult to recruit as high school graduates find lucrative employment in the booming U.S. economy.
So often the COGs insist to anyone who would listen that the US economy would soon collapse. They did not foresee that in the late 1990s the economy would be "booming."
In August of 1999, retired Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, a former chief of staff for the Army, warned in a letter to members of the Association of the United States Army that the Defense Department needs an immediate investment of $90 billion for new equipment to maintain U.S. combat readiness. But the chances of that amount getting appropriated is slim, as an increasingly isolationist nation prefers to spend its surpluses on domestic programs. 
Should Mendiola really be surprised that the US government would reallocate resources once the Cold War had ended? That means more money for the civilian population like Mendiola. But he still complains.

The COGs have a long history of demonizing Germany since they teach that Germany is destined to lead Europe in conquering the United States in the near future. Mendiola continues that practice in this article.
[New York Times columnist Roger] Cohen noted that German leader Gerhard Schroeder, nicknamed the "Kriegskanzler" or war chancellor, committed 8,000 German troops for deployment in post-war Kosovo, the second- largest contingent after Britain. In fact, troops in Kosovo from the four major European Union countries will total about 33,000, eclipsing the planned American unit of 7,000 troops. Since the end of the Cold War, U.S. troops stationed in Europe have dropped by 200,000 to 100,000 or 66 percent! 
Seventeen years later the possibility of Germany conquering the United States remains as distant as ever.

Even though the United States back in 2000 and at present has the most powerful military force that humanity has ever beheld Mendiola ludicrously imagines that the United States just might find "itself virtually defenseless against the growing threat from ballistic missiles." What a joke.
This worst case scenario is not beyond the realm of possibility, as the U.S. finds itself virtually defenseless against the growing threat from ballistic missiles. Antagonistic nations like North Korea and Iran are likely to join Russia and China as long-range missile threats to the United States over the next 15 years, the Central Intelligence Agency reported recently. These emerging missile forces "potentially can kill tens of thousands, or even millions, of Americans, depending on the type of warhead, the accuracy and the intended target," the CIA said, noting Iraq also posed a more distant threat.
Mendiola cited this source to say that Iraq "posed a more distant threat" compared with those other nations. Clearly he had no idea that just three years later the United States would go to war in Iraq and overthrow the Saddam Hussein regime. Seventeen years later there has been no war against any of the other nations mentioned above.
Western Europe’s arsenal of ballistic missiles with nuclear warheads also could be easily aimed at the United States. ... The implications of the shocking decline in U.S. military power are absolutely frightening, but there is wonderful news beyond the unprecedented trouble looming for the U.S. and Britain!
Seventeen years later and Europe has made no attempt to take American nuclear weapons stationed in Europe.  The idea of Germany leading a European Empire to conquer the United States remains as bizarre and absurd as it was back in 2000. LCG are but false prophets. There is no need to fear their dire proclamations.

In September 2006 Mendiola left LCG and joined Dave Pack's Restored Church of God. Around 2008 he left RCG and joined Don Billingsley's Church of God-Faithful Flock.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Death of Roderick C. Meredith

LCG has announced that Roderick C. Meredith has passed away aged 86 on Thursday, May 18, 2017. It had been announced earlier that he had terminal cancer. His funeral is to be held Sunday, May 21.

I wished he had lived longer. My thoughts and condolences go to his family members.

We human beings are complicated. We can treat those close to us well while neglecting those not so favored. I will not speculate about those who were close to him. But for those of us who participated in and saw the fallacies of what Roderick C. Meredith taught it is sad to see that he used up his working life promoting and sustaining a religion that is severely flawed and has caused much pain to the many people who have grown disillusioned with it.

As HWA's organization grew HWA and those immediately below him including Meredith had few restraints upon their authority. In a situation like that abuse of that power were practically certain to occur.

Infamously, as may be seen in his July 18, 1969 letter, he helped enforce HWA's astoundingly brutal divorce and remarriage policy which gave ministers of HWA's organization the power to order couples to end their marriages for arbitrary reasons. This frightening policy was in force until 1974.

In 1992 HWA's organization had to pay $750,000 to Leona McNair to settle a libel case that started after Meredith made public statements about her in 1979 that she denounced as libelous. At one point of the long running case a jury awarded her $1,260,000 in damages for Meredith's libel on August 23, 1984.

Last year Meredith was sued again by the Scarboroughs for alleged bad behavior against them when they were disfellowshipped out of LCG. However that particular lawsuit failed.

Although Meredith often played up his associations with HWA he actually fell out of his favor long before HWA's death. David Robinson stated in his book, Herbert Armstrong's Tangled Web, that HWA no longer favored Meredith as early as 1972. He insisted that Meredith was only placed over the ministry in 1979 in order to bolster HWA and Stanley Rader's power over HWA's organization during the receivership crisis. Once he had served his purpose in reasserting HWA's authority over the ministry he was immediately replaced by Joseph Tkach in July 1979. Even after Rader lost HWA's favor in 1981 Meredith was not returned to that position which he previously held. HWA's actions indicate that he did not view Meredith as a possible successor.

While Meredith was over the ministry in January-July 1979 he disfellowshipped numerous ministers. The authoritarian nature of HWA's organization allowed Meredith to wield such frightening power even over other ministers.

In 1992 as the Tkach changes got closer to transforming the organization founded by HWA into essentially another Protestant church Meredith left it and formed a splinter group. In 1998 a schism erupted and he left to form yet another splinter group. While leading these organizations of his he hosted a telecast. And even though there had emerged hundreds of splinter groups which taught many doctrines very similar to what he himself preached he would still say things like, "You will gain precious insights and information available nowhere else," letting his audience falsely think that no one else taught what he did. How is saying a statement like that not a con?

Meredith also had a long history of demonizing and vilifying the LGBT community. While such hostility is common among the splinter groups originating from HWA's organization Meredith seemed especially obsessed with vilifying them. One shudders to imagine the effects of his vindictiveness upon those who paid attention to his words. One wonders why he was so bitter and nasty towards them,

It is clear that Meredith was badly served by his uncle C. Paul Meredith who seems to have helped lead Meredith into joining HWA's organization in Meredith's teenage years. Serving HWA's organization led to Meredith promoting all kinds of misinformation that were simply untrue such as British Israelism. It would have been better for himself and those around him if Meredith had pursued another avenue of employment that would have prevented him having such a negative influence over other people. But he made his choices and the consequences of his choices have to be addressed.

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Roderick C. Meredith's death has been mentioned elsewhere.

Banned by HWA. (Here and here.)

As Bereans Did.

Painful Truth.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Overview of the May-June 2017 Issue of PCG's Philadelphia Trumpet

PCG has released another issue of their recruitment magazine (May-June 2017) to attempt to gain more triple tithes paying converts. Back in 2012 one of PCG's booklets boasted that PCG had an income of about $19.5 million. Even as early as 1996 PCG boasted of enjoying more than $5 million in annual income. Recently PCG has even bought its own plane.

Let's take a look.


The editors of 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 263,551. April's circulation was 267,569. March's circulation was 271,949. February's circulation was 273,591. January's circulation was 267,992. November-December was 277,131. October was 280,116. September was 282,121.

Intriguingly several articles contain quotations from their leader, Gerald Flurry. MacDonald's article has one on page 6. Palmer's article has two quotes on page 32. Jacques' article about race relations has one on page 17. Nagtegaal's article has three quotes on pages 20, 21 and 36. Jacques' article about Asian politics has one on page 25. WorldWatch has one on page 29.

Gerald Flurry has a personal article denouncing the German Holy Roman Empire as the most frightening and terrible thing.
You are going to see that crown [of Charlemagne] take on more than just symbolic meaning. That empire is prophesied to rise again! It is ready to burst on the world scene shortly—perhaps even in 2017! (p. 1.)
He mentions that Mein Kampf has begun to be published in Germany and has sold 85,000 copies but he does not mention that this occurred because its copyright expired (p. 2).

Brad MacDonald has an article denouncing calls for the British public to carry on and live normal lives after the mass murder in Westminster on March 22, 2017 in which five innocent people were murdered by sympathizer of ISIL.
Truth is, this contemporary interpretation of “keep calm and carry on” is destructive. ... 
In some respects, the calmness was admirable. But it exposed profound passivity and apathy. One would have expected an attack of this magnitude and the publicity to arouse greater indignation, to provoke much more reflection and self-evaluation. ... 
This, sadly, is the state of Britain (and America) today: These nations wish to be humbugged! In Britain, neither the leaders nor the public have the will to discuss the truth about Islamist terrorism, and certainly not to take serious actions to confront radical Islam. The U.S. has the same willful blindness. ... rather than using each crisis as an opportunity to reflect, to ask some searching questions and then to take meaningful actions that will prevent the crisis from happening again, these nations choose to keep calm and carry on. (pp. 4-5.)
MacDonald casts suspicion upon those who were acquainted with the murderer even though he is no position to investigate that issue.
Why didn’t [the murderer]’s “moderate” friends and acquaintances inform the authorities about him? (p. 5.)
After the mass murder twelve people were arrested in connection with it and by April 1 all had been released without charge.

MacDonald insists that multiculturalism has failed.
Instead of encouraging her people to carry on as normal, Prime Minister May ought to have been bolder.... Braving the accusations “war monger” and Islamophobe, the prime minister should have stated the obvious—radical Islam has burrowed deep into Britain. That it is a threat to the nation, to its institutions, culture and communities. That multiculturalism has failed. That Britain, if it is ever to truly solve this issue, will have to take meaningful actions on a large scale. (p. 6.)
To its shame PCG is Islamophobic and has a long history of scare mongering about Muslims in general. (See PCG's Demonization of Muslims: Part 1Part 2 and Part 3.)

Richard Palmer has an article insisting that mainstream political parties in Europe are shifting to the right to counter the rise of right wing populist parties citing the Dutch elections.

Andrew Müller has an article denouncing evolution as leading to immorality and hopelessness.

Joel Hilliker has an article about how men are to behave and gain respect as being a man.

Jeremiah Jacques has an article about one Daryl Davis, an African American man whose decision to talk to a Ku Klux Klan member to learn about racism led to some rather unexpected results.

The Infographic lists twelve prophecies to watch insisting that PCG's leaders can foresee future events. Here are some of these predictions.
10: VIOLENCE WILL ERUPT WITHIN U.S. CITIES
The moral breakdown of American society will culminate in large-scale looting, rioting, violence and murder in America’s most densely populated areas. (p. 19.)
This is an allusion to PCG's false prophecy of "race war," a racist teaching which claims that African Americans will launch a wave of riots against the white majority. Such fears are nonsensical and when directed at one specific race such as African Americans such an idea is racist.
12: U.S. ECONOMY WILL COLLAPSE
The American monetary system will crash, draining its superpower status and leaving it vulnerable. (p. 19.)
The United States has the greatest military power the world has ever seen and the federal debt is not at present a danger to US stability.

Brent Nagtegaal has an article scare mongering that Iran will disrupt maritime trade using the Houthis in Yemen. Various attacks by Houthi militiamen on the sea are mentioned, some of which resulting in fatalities. There is no talk about the severe humanitarian crisis afflicting the people of Yemen on the land because of the cataclysmic civil war that has raged since 2014 between the internationally recognized government and the Houthis with the terrorists and murderers of Al Qaeda's arm in Yemen also seizing territory elsewhere and fighting the other sides. It is also left unmentioned that the Houthis' enemies control the skies and have bombarded Houthi held territory from the air since March 2015.

In this article Nagtegaal mentions that Flurry is telling his followers that Iran will soon "push the world into an all-out world war."
On February 3, in a letter to supporters of the Trumpet and other Philadelphia Church of God projects, Mr. Flurry wrote that the aggressive king of the south is about to push the world into an all-out world war. The increasingly violent actions by Iran and its proxies in the Red Sea are one part of that push; a push that will ultimately succumb to a violent and forceful counterstrike by a superior force from the north. (p. 36.)
How terrible it is that Gerald Flurry is scaring his followers like this. There is no need to fear his dire and futile predictions. He is but a false prophet.

Jeremiah Jacques also has an article scare mongering that various Asian nations such as the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam are turning towards China and allegedly moving away from close relations with the United States.

The "Bible study" article insists that (PCG's) God wants the reader to listen to the Bible. However PCG's leaders insist that only they properly understand the Bible consequently reverence for the Bible is twisted into a prop to back up PCG's claim to be the only ones who understand the Bible properly.

SocietyWatch mentions
  • that the European Union has approved the creation of a military command; 
  • that China is now Germany's leading trade partner instead of the United States; 
  • that Hamas has produced a new charter which endorses the creation of a Palestinian state on the 1967 lines and breaks away from the Muslim Brotherhood; 
  • that Japan is to send the battleship, Izumo, on a three month cruise into the disputed South China Sea; 
  • that there is speculation in Israel that Iran may acquire nuclear weapons from North Korea; 
  • that Russia has adsorbed the armed forces of South Ossetia, a province of Georgia which had seceded in 1992 and since then has been de facto independent under Russian protection; 
  • that intelligence stated that Russian operatives plotted to assassinate the Prime Minister of Montenegro on October 16, 2016 but were stopped just hours before implementation; 
  • and South African President Zuma's endorsement of the possibility of forced confiscation of white owned farmland. Back in 1913 most farmland in South Africa was forcibly confiscated and handed over to whites.
SocietyWatch mentions
  • that judges blacked President Trump's order to stop immigration from seven countries which is condemned by PCG's writers as "a dangerous act of judicial overreach" and "judicial activism"(p. 31,); 
  • that the Heritage Foundation has ranked the United States' as falling to seventeenth instead of sixth back when Obama assumed the presidency; 
  • and that Mexico is still enduring a cataclysmic wave of drug related violence citing the murder of three Mexican police officers abducted from Veracruz principality in January 2017. 
Stephen Flurry has a small article calling upon readers to rekindle their first love in their marriages.

Andrew Müller also has a small article denouncing the scandal of some members of the US Marine Corps distributing nude photos of their female colleagues acquired without their permission. This foul exploitation of women is mentioned in order to condemn sexual conduct contrary to PCG dogma.

The back page features advertising for a booklet by Joel Hilliker entitled Biblical Manhood.

There are also letters (p. 34). Here's one letter commenting on the difficulty of maintaining trade barriers.
I repair bicycles and maintain a couple of expensive road bikes.... The tires I prefer are Continentals—made in Germany. They are already expensive at approximately $75 each. A 35 percent tariff would put them out of reach cost-wise. I can’t imagine why anyone would believe an America-first policy on trade would help us. We depend far too much on the rest of the world for supplies.
Such trade barriers would also invite the possibility of retaliatory tariffs.

Here's one letter from a person worried that President Trump has not dealt with "left-liberal control of education."
President Trump, with a $20 trillion debt to deal with, will soon have a funding crisis and possible government shutdown.... He already looks like he is weak, as per this analysis, in not dealing with left-liberal control of education.
The federal debt is not quite as much of a pressing matter as this person seems to think.

Here's one letter from a person who condemns those who look after undocumented immigrants as a "pro-illegal lobby."
There’s a video on YouTube where an undercover reporter asks pro-illegal immigrant protesters if they are willing to put up an illegal immigrant in their own home.... They all replied no. The pro-illegal lobby is so generous with the money of other people and their endangered lives.
No one is illegal. A person may break certain laws but he or she should never be called illegal as though the individual him or herself is somehow illegal. Furthermore such persons are unable to vote consequently politicians have little incentive to be nice to them but some of them can mobilize against them without fear of these undocumented immigrants voting against them. Such persons are easy targets for political grandstanding.

Here's one letter from Michigan from a person who tries to spread the word about what PCG's leaders say in their recruitment magazine.
Your magazine the Trumpet honestly proves so much. I am just astonished. There were some things I didn’t believe, but when I looked them up they are true. All I can say is thank you very much. It is very eye-opening. I am trying so hard to spread the word but there are so many people that get upset when you do that.
One may hope that this person will realize what this organization actually is and cease such talk.

Here's one letter from South Carolina from a person who acquired PCG's recruitment magazine from a doctor's office and is now reading one of HWA's books and advising other people to take a look at their writings.
I thank God every day for that church out there. I just finished The King of the South and now I am reading The Incredible Human Potential. You all are a blessing to me. I got the Philadelphia Trumpet magazine from the doctor’s office. I asked him if I could have it and he said yes. I had never heard of you before but I have spread the word around this area as much as I can, giving people your address and phone number, because I think you people are amazing!
I would strongly advice a person in this position to give no heed to what they say. God is not with PCG. They do not know what will happen in the future.

Here's one letter from Alabama from a person who praising PCG's recruitment magazine for "exposing the corruption in our government" in all likelihood having no awareness of the problems within PCG.
I had canceled your magazine, but I changed my mind. I don’t agree with everything that you say, but you are saying things about the government and the world we live in and I need to know what’s going on. You are opening the eyes of people. Our country is in bad shape. Thank God we have a magazine like yours that is exposing the corruption in our government.
And so we see that PCG had produced yet another issue of their recruitment magazine to attempt to gain new tithes paying recruits and keep their followers mesmerized into thinking that PCG's leaders can see the future.

However since its founding in 1989 PCG has made at least 52 failed predictions. Getting a British columnist to talk at their headquarters cannot change that fact. Clearly PCG's leaders are but false prophets. There is no need to fear their dire proclamations about the future. They cannot see the future.