The ministry in the Philadelphia Church of God has never been know to be the brightest of the lot.
The PCG seem to have attracted the worst of the worst from the COG ministry when it comes to legalistic ministurds who shackle their members in oppressive leg-irons.
When Lord Six-Pack threw his hissy-fit and stormed off to Oklahoma things have gotten progressively worse in his personalty cult. Excessive spending, destroyed families, suicides and more. The ministurds apparently are getting crazier and crazier!
On the Exit and Support Network there is a page that lists asinine things that Philadelphia Church of God ministurds tell their members. Its no wonder that Gerald Flurry demands that sermon tapes be destroyed.
Here are a few of the "Words of Wisdom" from these frauds:
- One time our pastor said, "You can't study the Bible too much or you'll get wacky." (No chance of that happening to those guys, right?)
- During a weekly sermon, our minister said, "Because I am a minister, I will always be over you in authority in the World Tomorrow." Somehow I can't find that concept in the Bible.
- When we were new in the PCG, our daughter had just been fitted with braces to widen her upper jaw and bring her molars in line so she could actually chew. The local elder found out about the braces and told us quite seriously that we could have had the same result just by "picking up a sturdy stick out of the yard and having her bite on it every day."
- One time our pastor bellowed out, "I treat my wife like a queen, but she has to remember I AM THE KING!" What about loving her as his own body? Of course, no mention was made of that.
- To justify spying on members, the minister told all of us, "We need spies in the church to help keep Satan out."
- One of the most ridiculous statements I ever heard was out of the mouth of Craig Winters. It came from a disagreement of what the Bible actually said and what he said it said. The end statement was: "What you need to do is get your head out of the Bible and stick to reading Mr. Flurry's books."
- Wayne Turgeon [Flurry's son-in-law] once told me, "It does not matter if Gerald Flurry was preaching outright heresy, I would still follow him."
- In a Spokesman Club meeting one time, Craig Winters instructed us, "You should not wear slip-on shoes, loafers or penny loafers, and don't wear shoes with tassels. Tie shoes are the shoes that you, as leading men in the church, should wear." We were discouraged from wearing "burgundy shoes" but "black and sometime brown shoes would be okay." Months after this lecture, the local minister and his three sons were all still wearing slip-on" shoes.
- When I said in a counseling session that I was not perfect, our local elder said, "Of course you're not perfect. If you were perfect, you'd be sitting here (pointing to his seat) and I'd be sitting over there." (pointing to my seat)
- I will never forget the time I sat in services and heard Gerald Flurry yell, "He should have his head shot off! Then we will resurrect him, put his head back on, and teach him a thing or two about government!" (He was referring to a former member who had written GF a letter to ask him to repent.)