Saturday, March 26, 2016

PCG: Good Posture Improves Your Chance Of Salvation: Men Should Stand Like MEN!

Armstrongism has always filled its magazines with stories that have absolutely nothing to do with Jesus, redemption, grace or anything else that is tied to the new covenant.  This is especially true today in the more right wing personality sects led by Dave Pack, Bob Thiel and Gerald Flurry.

The Flurry camp in Edmond Oklahoma has for some reason decided that Joel Hilliker is morally and spiritually superior to the rest of the church.  As such a pillar of excellence, Hilliker has been given free reign to write some of the most useless articles that have ever filled a COG magazine.

The latest gem that Hiliker is lecturing PCG members that they need to stand tall and erect in daily life, aprtiuarly when they attend church.

Notice the pictures and paintings of the kings of England. These men who sat on the throne of David held a royal bearing that was visible. You see the king’s whole body is strong and upright. The same is true of the queens who have reigned from that throne.

Then there is this:

Now notice the posture of just about anyone around you. Uneven footing, stooped shoulders, arched neck, head dropped. This is not a royal posture. It isn’t even a manly posture. It’s a little closer to a chicken’s posture. 
Men should not stand like this. Men should stand like men!

Leave it to good old British Israelism to cause articles like this crap to be written. Herb always taught us we would be Kings and Priests in that whacky world to come, so we needed to act like one.  This is the  same crap that Hilliker is falling back on.

Since the men of the PCG are God's only chosen forms of true masculinity (sorry Bob Thiel...) they have to act like real godly men.  Given how effemoncat many of the men are on the Edmond compound, particularly in the leadership positions, this article may be sorely needed.

Since the men of the PCG are soldiers in god's new army, they need to learn to stand tall.

A 1946 War Department Field Manual instruction on posture training states, “A soldier is often judged by his appearance. The man with good posture looks like a soldier. He commands attention.” Compare an army of Beetle Bailey slouches to an army that stands like the Queen’s Guards.

How you stand makes a big difference in how you project yourself as a man. A slouched, bent posture reflects weakness and trepidation. When you see a man hunched over his phone, what impression is he creating? A man’s body language can communicate a lot—and most men are communicating with their bodies that they are weak, tired, timid, sheltered, awkward and/or ashamed. Good posture projects more vigor, more authority, more confidence and more power.

Bad posture causes your ribcage to push down on your organs, and they actually can begin to protrude out and push against your abdominal wall. Unmanly! Want to take some inches off your waistline—literally instantly? Stand up straight! Standing like a man reduces beer belly; improves your organ function; prevents humped shoulders; reduces pain in your neck, shoulders and back; and makes you about an inch taller.
Hilliker then even finds a Bible verse to prove his point:

Psalm 37:37 says, “Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.” That means to observe, give heed, consider and inspect the man who is whole, lacking nothing in physical strength and beauty, upright, straight, correct or level in a physical or in a moral sense. Look for men who are physically and spiritually strong—and watch them! The word upright literally means “positioned to be straight up.” That means being vertical, erect in carriage or posture. What does such a man have in store for him? Peace, which can mean completeness, soundness, safety or soundness in body, welfare, health and/or prosperity.

Then in a direct slam at elderly PCG men who might have bad posture, Hillier makes this appalling comment:

If you are young and you are not very concerned about your posture in 10 or 20 years, just take a look at a picture of an old man who is not physically upright. Some of the more extreme examples of what age and bad posture can do to a man should make you sit up straight! 

So here's the plain truth on how to stand like a REAL masculine he-man:

Here is how to practice your stance:• Plant your feet shoulder-width apart
• Feel your weight in your heels (not your toes)
• Twist your heels into the ground (so the weight shifts to the outside of your feet) as you tighten your behind
• Allow your arms to hang at your sides and open your palms forward
• Spread your fingers and reach for the ground; feel the weight come off your shoulders
• Imagine you have a tennis ball between your chin and your chest; don’t let the ball fall
• Imagine someone pulling straight up on a hair at the top of your head
• Breathe 
Doesn’t this feel good? You are standing at the full height God made you! You are standing like a man! With practice, this will become how you naturally stand. But it will take practice and effort. You have to think about it.
This is the idiotic claptrap that PCG presents as spiritual meat.  When you turn your back on Jesus Christ, you have to write this kind of useless bullshit.


Anonymous said...

Stop it,stop it! I am slouching over with laughter on reading this post. I can't ''stand it''.

Anonymous said...

I read an article in the UCG GoodNews magazine a few months back, that mentioned gym etiquette. To an outsider, this gives the impression that they have mastered the moral fundamentals, and are now working on fine tuning the details. But the reality in these groups is that they have rejected the fundamentals, and are just being Pharisaic.

Anonymous said...

How to stand like a man by the boy in the bubble!

Joel Hilliker quite literally lives in a fantasy world. In a previous article by Hilliker found here: Joel makes a few interesting statements about his perfect existence. In the article Hilliker candidly admits that he has been full-time employed by the PCG since 1997! Effectively what this means is that ‘Lil Joel now in his early forties has been living in the rarefied enclave of PCG privilege at Edmond for a very large portion of his adult life.

Joel Hilliker quite literally has no functional idea of what modern life in the real world is like. Sadly, at the same time, this doesn’t stop him dispensing platitudes, simplistic ideas and crap like this to people stupid enough to actually take him seriously.

Hilliker especially has no understanding of the life faced by the average Joe in the PCG.

In a sermon a few years ago, Hilliker who has a senior editorial role on the Trumpet magazine staff, joked that he has a reputation for being late in meeting his editorial deadlines. In his message he just laughed that off. If he was actually working for real publication in a professional commercial workplace and was consistently late like that he would quickly find himself unemployed. However Joel’s sister is Gerald Flurry’s daughter-in-law, subsequently there’s no risk of anything like that happening to him any time soon.

In real terms Joel’s existence is one of nepotism, seclusion and privilege, yet at the same time he has the gall to tell rank and file PCG members on how to be men.

Over the last few years Joel Hilliker has been carefully grooming and stylising himself as the relationship expert of the PCG. More and more Joel’s sermons and articles have focused on such topics as child-rearing, dating, manliness, masculine leadership etc. In these messages Hilliker never misses an opportunity to dispense his simplistic text-book world view.

It’s a great life cutting and pasting WND articles and renaming them as your own, doing radio shows, singing in musicals or giving occasional sermons.

I would like to issue Joel Hilliker with a challenge: Resign from your employment in the PCG, leave Edmond and go out into the workforce and support yourself and your family by getting an actual job in the real commercial environment of 2016. Only after a few years of this can you come back and tell us about what being a man is really like.

PS. Just where in the NT is there anything even resembling doctrine or instruction like this? God looks on a person’s heart, their faith, their character not on the shape of their spine.

Apparently the apostle Paul physically was a very unattractive person:

2 Cor 5:12 For we commend not ourselves again unto you, but give you occasion to glory on our behalf, that ye may have somewhat to answer them which glory in appearance, and not in heart.

2 Cor 10:1, 7 Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence {in presence: or, in outward appearance } am base among you….

2 Cor 10:10 For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.

Steve D said...

If I heard him give this advice in a sermon, I would think, "This must be a Saturday Night Live skit".

Anonymous said...

I sure hope Mark Jenkns reads this! He's gotten so fat and sway back in the last couple years, he looks like a pregnant duck waddling around!

Anonymous said...

The truth is that, in PCG, if you are taller than Gerald Flurry, your best hope is to slouch a little bit so he won't be upset at how you tower over him.

Anonymous said...

Walking like penguins should do it. At least PCG is concentrating on the most important stuff you need to know. One should also hold one arm out at about a 45 degree angle when seeing Mr. Flurry.

Anonymous said...

"If you are young and you are not very concerned about your posture in 10 or 20 years, just take a look at a picture of an old man who is not physically upright."

Wait a minute, Joel! I don't have to be concerned about such a thing, not in the least, because THIS WORLD and its corruption will all be over within 10 years or so (maybe 15), and I'll have the "spirit-composed" body Herbert promised me so, so long ago!

. . . Right?

Joel? Hello? You there? Hey! Joel!

Black Ops Mikey said...

Hitler had good posture -- a good example of what it is to be a man and a leader!

Sieg Heil!

Charlie Brown said...

Dave Pack also has an obsession with posture. It's funny how much these two groups have in common. I always thought Dave looked like he was walking with the broom stick stuck up his ass.

Lake of Fire Church of God said...

What about those ACOG men age 50+ who have lower back pain, joint pain and sciatica from doing physical work all their entire adult lives as a tithe slave for God's work? Does their current physical condition negate them being "a real man" 30 years ago when in their prime?

As previously pointed out by Anonymous 3:50 AM, I guess this Joel Hilliker has never had to function in the real world. His entire adult life experience has been in the make believe world. What a useless piece of dripple that the dumb tithe slave sheep finance.


Anonymous said...

PCG: Good Posture Improves Your Chance Of Salvation: Men Should Stand Like MEN!

“Standing like a man reduces beer belly;”

Pay attention, Gerald Flurry. This advice was given to help you.

Anonymous said...

and never forget.......real men stand up to pee.

Anonymous said...

PCG: Good Posture Improves Your Chance Of Salvation: Men Should Stand Like MEN!

“Now notice the posture of just about anyone around you. Uneven footing, stooped shoulders, arched neck, head dropped. This is
not a royal posture. It isn’t even a manly posture. It’s a little closer to a chicken’s posture.”

What they see all around them is the beaten-down posture of the typical PCG CHICKENDUNG.

So now all the PCG CHICKENS are supposed to strut around and pretend to be MEN? If they were real men, they would “fly the coop,” or at least make like horse dung and “hit the trail.”

Anonymous said...

“PCG: Good Posture Improves Your Chance Of Salvation: Men Should Stand Like MEN!”

No amount of posturing by those hypocritical PCG sex perverts can save them. Whether they go slouching towards Gomorrah, or brazenly walking tall towards it, they are still doomed either way.

Connie Schmidt said...


"The latest gem that Hiliker is lecturing PCG members that they need to stand tall and ERRECT in daily life, particularly when they attend church."

Nothing more nasty, perverted and weird than an "ERRECT man" at church! Be warned!

Black Ops Mikey said...

This seems reminiscent of The Shocking Truth about Queer Men by Roderick Meredith in the December 1961 Plain Truth where Meredith spoke of being a "real man" and used the example of J. Edgar Hoover partly to do so. Unfortunately, in an hilarious misfire, Meredith didn't realize that Hoover was as gay as a tree full of chickadees.

As for the problem of the Queers, his main recommendation is they go out and have vigorous exercise to become 'real men'. It's too bad he didn't have the prophetic knowledge of gay power lifters and WWE gay wrestlers. It turns out that exercise, all things being equal, increases testosterone in men and for those who are homosexual, it will just make them more horny.

Yet, Meredith, just like Hilliker are prone to extremely poor judgment, as is the case of those who are false prophets (based in British Israelism), have no structural visualization with not a chance at understanding science, prone to rely on their own narcissistic understanding, and, perhaps most important, are seriously disinclined to listen to others except that they are fools who only listen to what they want to hear. They have not one iota of the ability to accept correction, let alone, seek it -- and thus, have the worst. judgment. ever.

We'd be more impressed if they would stick to basics. You know, proving God exists, proving the Bible is true and, using modern methods, validate that Jesus even existed. You know, before you launch off into the minor miniscule finer points of irrelevant behavior, it might just be that they should check Deuteronomy 18:20-22.

Of course, they probably have nothing to worry about, since the book of Revelation was controversial and barely made it into the New Testament cannon, being all about Rome and the Emperor of the time. They won't burn in the Lake of Fire, they'll just be dead and then when the sun goes giant red, their atoms -- what's left of the recycled ones, will be burned up and scorched into subatomic particles (which will undoubtedly emit light, making them ultimately into light bringers).

The good news is that Armstrongism is slowly dying from entropy as energy becomes less and less available (mostly in the form of pecuniary energy to energize their Luxury Fund).

Byker Bob said...

Well, in our family, we've all got good posture, because in the midst of our childhoods, Rod Meredith came out with his "Shocking Truth About Queer Men" PT article. This made everyone in the local church areas and at SEP camp cultivate hyper macho mannerisms. At summer camp, campers over-used the word "effeminate" on one another for stuff like wearing orange shirts, or pants that were too tight. One guy used to address select campers by calling out, "Hey! Sissyfied!"

I am actually in favor of good posture. But, I also believe that in Armstrongism, they simply read too much into it, and cause yet another layer of obsessive-compulsive behavior. Again, majoring in the minors, concentrating on outward appearance, etc.


Unknown said...

as a female,i have very bad knees an have a tough time moving about.guess i'm out....

Lisa Williams said...

as a female,i have very bad knees an have a tough time moving about.guess i'm out....

Sane Con said...

Armstrongism hyper-masculinist idiocy at work. I also remember the picky nonsense of giving a good handshake too.

Anonymous said...

I'm very much in favor of good posture.
It is also recommended for those wanting to get ahead in the business world.

One more point however. The king on that particular painting is responsible for the fashion statement, to keep the lower button of ones suit unbuttoned. It had become a necessity for the size of his belly. And of course his close aids were ready to adopt this as a custom.

Now the opened button will enhance your believability while giving an important presentation, OR the closing prayer for that matter.


Ivan Chesnokov said...

"Joel Hilliker quite literally has no functional idea of what modern life in the real world is like. Sadly, at the same time, this doesn’t stop him dispensing platitudes, simplistic ideas and crap like this to people stupid enough to actually take him seriously."

This goes for anyone working and or living at the PCG HQ from what I've observed.

Redfox712 said...

Anonymous 3:50 AM,

It is certainly true that Joel Hilliker has quoted WorldNetDaily in his writings.

"Egyptian security officials are also reportedly expressing concern that Palestinian terrorists are moving south to plan attacks on Egyptian targets. ... One Egyptian official told World Net Daily, “If Palestinians from Gaza succeed in carrying out an attack against Egypt, it will be a turning point in Palestinian terrorism.”" (Joel Hilliker, Sinai Becoming Terrorist Haven, September 19, 2006.)

"Matt Hissey says when he manned GOProud’s CPAC booth, he was thanked by a stream of participants for coming and “for driving the wingnuts away.” Barron criticized a prominent Republican attorney for her role in the boycott by branding her “a nasty bigot.” He called boycotting Republicans “losers” and sneered, “They’re all excited that Jim DeMint is boycotting. And that’s fantastic. I’m glad that he’s willing to be on the Island of Political Misfit Toys with [World Net Daily’s Joseph] Farah and the Concerned Women for America.”" (Joel Hilliker, Amazing What Passes for ‘Conservative’ These Days, February 16, 2011.)

Also worth noting is one article that quotes a book published by WorldNetDaily that promotes PCG's absurd and racist false prophecy that African Americans are fated to soon launch riots against the white majority. (Joel Hilliker, Ignoring the Race Riots Won’t Make Them Disappear, July 25, 2012.)

As for PCG in general I know of 20 articles written from 1999 to 2014 in which WorldNetDaily is quoted. WorldNetDaily is never criticized nor is it even mentioned that it happens to leans far to the right regarding politics. About the only way one could be more right wing than them is to be become an actual far right extremist. This indicates that PCG's leaders trust WorldNetDaily.

Joel Hilliker was based in the State of Washington during his early days in WCG. I suspect most of the people of the State of Washington would be embarrassed to be associated with Joel Hilliker or PCG in any way. (That is if they even knew PCG existed.)

DCM said...

Good posture was spoken of in the old WWCG also. Mr. Harold Jackson said it was important to sit up straight. Health benefits I think.

Ivan Chesnokov said...

"African Americans are soon to launch riots against the white majority"

Not supporting the author but haven't they done this already?

They literally can't stop doing it. Every time they hear of some nerdowell getting canned for doing something stupid they chimp out like it's 1992 all over again.

Just saying, have a little bit of objectivity man.