Apostle Malm has a couple to things on his blog today that are of interest. The first is about the salaries of HWA, Rader and Ray Wright (one of Armstrongisms' biggest crooks. Despite getting caught embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars he was brought back into the church to be over money twice.) and then learning to forgive your abusers and let "god" take care of them.
Fiduciary responsibility in the HWA WCG
For those unaware, while HWA was writing and begging for sacrifice in 1978, he wasted tens of millions on the AICF and receiving a salary of over $300,000 per year, the exclusive use of two church owned palatial homes, complete with church paid household staffs, a personal home in Tucson bought and furnished with an interest free loan from the church, an unlimited expense account and the exclusive use of a church owned and chauffeured Rolls Royce.
Stan Rader was salaried at $200,000 per year with an unlimited expense account and regularly speculated in real estate, using interest free loans of church funds; his home was bought with an interest free loan from the church, and he placed all church business through his own companies at high rates. including AICF business; raking of many millions per year for himself.
GTA had a Base Salary of $150,00/yr, an unlimited expense account and $750,000/year for use of the private Falcon jet, as well as the use of private church owned hunting and fishing cabins bought by the church for his personal use and the interest free mortgage loan to purchase his home and furnishings.
Ray Wright Basic salary $122,728
These are very high salaries for 1978. Compare them to other professionals in industry at that time:
•Engineers – $20,000 to $58,000
•Attorneys – $25,000 to $75,000
If it were only the salaries it might look reasonable, it is the additional perks that add up; as Rader has said: “It is not what you own, it is what you control” that is important.
Now Dave Pack and Gerald Flurry are trying hard to follow in HWA’s foot steps. Burdening the flock with burdens that they would not life a finger to bear themselves.
Don't forget UCG and LCG who still con members out of money to support their lifestyles and fund useless "colleges."
Then the Apostle goes on to write:
Many COG leaders are infamous for their lack of concern and love for others, it is very important that we DO NOT follow this example and exhibit a lack of concern for others including such leaders.
Some people may have let some bitterness enter them because of the abuse of others.
Let us leave abuses in our Father’s capable hands; he knows how to correct the situation and bring ALL his children to repentance. We have the right to just walk away from abuse, but any retribution is up to the Father, for “Vengeance is MINE sayeth the Eternal”. Remember that we were ourselves sinners and God is still working with us; he is also still working with those who have offended us and those that WE have offended.
So when a person is abused they are just to walk away as if nothing ever happened? What about the rapists, murderers, stalkers, and child molesters that had free reign in the church? So when a woman is raped by a minister or member she is to walk away and not report it because Armstrongism's"god" will take care of it?
What about the murderers that have killed numerous members over the years? Even though one shot himself to avoid prosecution the others were arrested and went to jail. Were the relatives of those that were shot supposed to just sit around on they behinds while Armstrongism's "god" fixed it?
Sadly this is what happened to most of the child abuse cases in the church. They were swept under the rug as if nothing happened, causing the children to suffered even more mental anguish.
What about the wives that are beaten by their husbands and when they go to ministers for help they are told to return home and be a submissive wife?
Every abuse by any minister or member that harms another needs to be reported to the authorities and action be taken against them. They need to be in prison. This includes any ministers that sits there and tells a woman to go home to be beaten and raped by her husband. Those ministers need to be prosecuted as accessories to a crime.
The Apostle continues with:
When we are prepared to die for those who have offended us, then we are approaching the love of God that he is working to produce in us.
Bitterness is “hatred” and has no place in the heart of any in the faith.
A person has the right to be bitter and angry when they are abused by church leaders. A person has every right to hate the actions of these deviate morons. Far too many of these men need to be in jail right now!