Ever on the quest to spend more tithe money and to gain favor in the eyes of the world, the Philadelphia Church of God resorts to all kinds of tricks to accomplish that. Because it is mocked and ridiculed in the various Churches of God for its horrendous treatment of members and their families it is constantly scrambling to make itself look good. Its horrendous reputation for not allowing medical treatment that can save lives, its breaking up of families, marriages, friendships and for causing the suicides of members, it will never have a positive light in the COG or the world.
Because its image is so tarnished in the COG's it has to go out to the world to find favor. Flurry had to build his mini-me auditorium that was totally unnecessary and without worth in the Edmond area. Millions of dollars went into it and now the PCG is suffering mightily because of the financial drain. Flurry is trying to bring in first class concerts and is courting the rich in Edmond to income partners in his "musical" endeavor, just as Herbert Armstrong did with the Ambassador Auditorium. Just like the Ambassador Auditorium, the Herbert W Armstrong Auditorium has became a white elephant sitting in the midst of the cult compound as a reminder that money was foolishly spent.
Now the story gets more complicated. Due to the history of British Israelism in the Church of God, Flurry has had to embrace it even more wholeheartedly. Without the myth of British Israelism the PCG would have no reason to exist. PCG's version of BI's goal is to promote white exclusionary exceptionalsim. That exceptionalisn dates back centuries as the supposed lost 12 tribes made their trek northwards trough Europe into Britain and Ireland. Its to those Irish "roots" that the PCG now has prostituted itself with its members money.
Like in the Worldwide Church of God, the elite of the organization lives lives of excess and luxury. That same trend is carried over into the PCG. Flurry, his family members, and the upper echelon of the PCG are reaping those rewards as their lives are pampered and upheld by the tithes of the lower class members of the church.
Tremendous amounts of money have been spent over the last several years by Gerald Flurry and Wayne Turgeon bringing Irish dance to the chosen people of God. Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been spent on bringing in teachers, building dance studios, paying for costumes, putting on dance performances, travel, etc. Many members are totally disgusted by this enormous waste of money.
Most of Flurry's grand kids and nearly every child in his Imperial Academy are now being taught Irish dance, all paid for by tithe money of the gullible sheeple. The PCG has even flown in teachers from Muggivan School of Irish Dance to train their kids.
PCG's most famous Irish dancer is Gerald Flurry's grandson, Jude Flurry.
Shane Granger of Armstrong Auditorium talks about the pagan roots of Irish dance and how the PCG celebrates the paganism:Jude Flurry is only eleven years old, but he’s already an accomplished Irish Dancer. Having danced since he was six years old, he placed 9th in this year’s world championships. My Outlook, Jude Flurry
Nothing like a little sun, moon and nature worship to go along with the worship of Herbert Armstrong in the PCG! The PCG talks about Riverdance in all its promotion when it comes to promoting its Irish dancing members. The show has always had a great following regardless of the countries it has played in. Its a fascinating evening of dance all filled with one pagan reference after another.Riverdance is based on the story of the Irish people. The beginning of the show deals with the first settlers coming to Ireland and realizing the power of the land. This part of the show incorporates symbolic elements representing the sun, the moon, thunder, lightning and water. The stories and themes are heavily influenced by Celtic mythology. The second half of the show deals with the Irish people’s emigration to America. Scenes depicting Irish immigrants and African-Americans sharing dance and song illustrate the unifying power of these human experiences. The Riverdance finale shows how the Irish people have joined the various communities of the world while retaining their heritage through music and dance.
Some of the lyrics of Riverdance include this in its opening act:
Out of the dark we cameBlessed Beltaine
Out of the sea
Where the long wave broke on the shore
As the day broke and the night rolled back
There we stood
On the land we would call home
Out of the dark we came
Out of the night,
The first of many mornings in this new place
When the sun rolled back the mist
We rose like a strong wave on land
Now we were the people of this place
What burns through through the mist?
What banishes rain and dark?
What makes the children straight and bright?
What makes the mountain sharp?
The sun is our lord and father
Bright face at the gate of day
Comfort of home, cattle, and crop
Lord of the morning, lord of the day
Lifting our hearts we sing his praise
Dance in his healing rays
Celtic Sun Worship
Do you remember how the church used to teach that God lived in the northern heavens? One would think that when HWA and Flurry built their auditoriums they would have the membership facing the throne of God while worshiping. Ambassador Auditorium faced East so that all worship was done towards the rising sun. Flurry's auditorium faces Southeast AWAY from the Northern skies. The PCG has turned their backs towards God!