Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Flurry Cult: God Has Protected His Earthly Sanctuary From The Tornado

The above screen capture is of a comment a reader here posted on PCG's site the other day.  She was responding to a comment by a PCG member claiming that their god had protected his earthly sanctuary in Edmond Oklahoma on the PCG compound.

As if God is actually coming down to Edmond for a cup of tea every once in a while.  The "earthly sanctuary" belief is just as stupid as claiming the Ambassador Auditorium was "Gods House."

I had the nerve to write to PCG.  They had a whole big article on their site.  They mention their booklets, how they missed out on the tornado and how bad they feel.  See attached photo of my comment.  Its under moderation.  I’m Michelle Ruscansky, a critical thinker.  Other comments published right away.
Publish if you like.  We all need to start holding their feet to the fire, and have them put their money where their mouth is.


Byker Bob said...

I do not wish tragedy on Flurry, his followers, or their properties.
In fact I hope they were all spared any harm or loss. I also would hope that they indulge in letting their lights shine, being good Samaritans, and genuinely caring about their surrounding community.

When you look at the charity blueprint established by Herbert W. Armstrong, it is difficult to see any altruism. Concerts put on by the AICF, participation in Jerusalem-based archaeological digs, and gifts of expensive Steubenware to wealthy leaders really did nothing to benefit humanity, or to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. You might even say that HWA made his gospel into a eunuch. There was nothing uniquely Christian about any of HWA's alleged charity activities.
To put it in Biblical terms, the salt had lost its savor.

Any church that would use tragedy as a vehicle for proselytizing is also missing the boat. The best thing a church could do in Oklahoma City is for members to be there just hanging out and helping.
Lead by example, not by passing out booklets or sermonizing. Later on, when the people who helped are recognized, those who were helped will take the time to notice what groups were prominent in providing relief, and some might be drawn into life changing decisions, not because they were trapped or backed into corners, but because they admired the selflessness of others.


NO2HWA said...

What gospel did HWA bring? All he could ever mention was a "strong hand from someplace." That is really effective witnessing!

Anonymous said...

The PCG hasn't the time or the money for their neighbors this tornado season, they're much too busy flying their ministers, faculty, students, (and whatever limelife sucker they can find) off to Jerusalem for a summer of biblical archaeology.

And by the time they return this fall, they expect the neighborhood cleanup to be completed.

Anonymous said...

Looks like they removed the original article, the PCG leadership are very stealthy and sneaky that way.

They knew they had to put something up, if only temporarily, to appease the HWA worshippers.

Anonymous said...

Here is a link to a good article on the Belief Blog that brings some common sense understanding to tragedies such as the recent tornadoes.

Don't know how to make that a link.

Glenn Parker

RSK said...

Wellll... lemme put it this way. The Bible says to be the light of the world. Yet the very next line is "that men may see your good works and praise your Father".

There's little praising going on as a result of anything the COGs do. Nobody turns around and praises the god of a bunch of self-exalted big mouths with a doomsday fixation.

Byker Bob said...

Right on, RSK!. It's more like the outsiders would be totally flummoxed, and asking WtF?. Who would want to have anything to do with a god that behaves like the god of Armstrong?


Anonymous said...


That's a good article.
I thought the best part was,

"...we might crave the order of a world where God never gives us more than we can handle, but ultimately platitudes are placebos. They only work some of the time and their effectiveness requires the buy-in of the recipient."