On a couple of Facebook pages there are stories being shared about the abject evil that the Philadelphia Church of God is perpetuating on its members. The vile filth that these so-called men of God are doing to members is appalling to read. No one in the PCG speaks out for these people who are mistreated and traumatized. They sit by and do nothing. Marriages and families are ripped apart. Grandparents turn their backs on children/grandchildren all because a narcissistic drunken despot and his cadre of gestapo agents have allowed themselves to sink into a cesspool of moral depravity.
Contrast that to the short film above about a man with severe disabilities and how a best friend and a community of fellow travelers came together to help him accomplish a 500 mile journey on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail through northern Spain. A loyal and devoted friend helped push his friend over what seemed to be an insurmountable mountain. Joining him on the way were other travelers that saw a need and joined in accomplishing something that will remain with them their entire lies. A community of people who were filled with compassion and love that conquered something unimaginable.
In spite of what is displayed in the film above, many in the Churches of God are all about CREATING mountains and obstacles. Abusive ministers, manipulative members and all kinds of evildoers conspire to keep members beaten down, devalued and dehumanized. Fear and legalism are the two things that keep the members compliant. That's why they sit by and do noting when their friends and relatives are treated like dirt. That is why they turn their backs on these same friends and family members.
The film closes with the following words which I think describe what we do here and others are doing in numerous web sites, blogs and Facebook pages. There are desperate people out here that need to be pushed and pulled over the mountains of abuse and out of the valleys of quagmire that Armstrongism has trapped people in. There is no community or loyalty in Armstrongism, only people slightly joined together in fear. Disrupt that apple cart at some point in time and you will truly see who your REAL friends and community were. It will NOT be those in the COG. That road has been littered with the bodies of tens of thousands of former members of the Churches of God over the past eighty some years.
Everyone of us have people in our lives who pushed, pulled and drug us over mountains at some point in time and everyone of us have people in our lives that are desperate for hope, who are desperate for someone to come along up the face of their mountain, over the precipice of their mountain and push them forward in life. Push them beyond their limitations.
Who are you going to push?