Friday, June 6, 2014

PCG Acolytes Make Second Trek to Where the "Gestation Took Place" and are SHOCKED at the Number of Books They Saw!

Only in the cult of Flurrydumb would you have groups of "faithful" walking around neighborhoods staring into peoples homes and businesses as they naively feel they are walking on holy ground!

Check out the article with a picture of the sheeple standing in front of a private home in awe struck worship:   Members From Northwest Retrace the Footprints of Herbert W. Armstrong

OREGON—Members from the Northwest region gathered on March 16 for the year’s second church history tour of the landmarks from the early Philadelphia era of God’s Work. The group visited sites in the city of Portland, led by James Lowry and his wife, Jessica. The tours were put together through hours of research of Herbert W. Armstrong’s co-worker letters, articles and autobiography, as well as library microfiche, old newspaper clippings, phone books and advertisements.

“If Eugene was the birthplace of the Philadelphia work,” Mr. Armstrong wrote, “then Portland was where the gestation took place.”

The group of pilgrims drove to Portland where they looked at the buildings and holy ground that HWA and his brother Russell worked.  Really????   The article says that building is " a moss-covered and dilapidated structure slated for demolition"  I think that is perfect description of the dilapidated decay that Armstrongism is currently in.  Its rotten, moldy and decaying.

So what earth shattering thing that happened at this site that requires pilgrimages to?

The holy coat
It was while he was working there that Russell offered to buy his older brother a new overcoat, since his had a large hole. Mr. Armstrong recorded the incident in his autobiography.
I bet HWA never imagined that his crazy followers would travel great distances to stand and stare at buildings he and brother worked in.

So what did these loyal acolytes of Gerald Flurry do next on the Holy Worship Tour?  They went to see the department store where Russell bought the coat!!!!!!

The group boarded the bus and drove to the location of the former Meier & Frank store where Mr. Armstrong selected his coat (the building is now a Macy’s department store)

Then the gang headed off to the library where HWA "studied" outdated books from the 1880's for six months instead of providing for his family.   Six months later he knew everything about Christianity and restored the true chruch........!

There they discovered something truly shocking!!!!  Never in their wildest imagination did they realize the library had a lot of books!  Imagine that!  A wide variety of books to let a reader look at all sides of an issue.

“God must have carefully directed him to show him what to look for,” deacon Bruce Young said. “There are so many books here.”

They then trekked off to stare with glazed over eyes at two former homes of HWA and his family.

The tour stopped at two houses where the Armstrong family had lived. Lowry reminded members of what Mr. Armstrong wrote in his autobiography about the many miracles that happened there, including the “18-second prayer” asking for healing of his wife, much-needed food, firewood, money for a hospital bill and a new overcoat.

Just further proof on how sick Armstrongism/Flurryism truly is!


Connie Schmidt said...

Did they find the copy of J.H. Allen's "Judahs Scepter and Josesph's Birthright" at the Portland Library that HWA plagiarized?

Black Ops Mikey said...

Decades back I read some books in the Portland Public Library. The one I remember most is "Rape of the Mind".

I didn't know at the time how applicable it was.

Byker Bob said...

The people I admire most from this lifetime are Ronnie Van Zant and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Would I study their music? Well, yes, actually I have. I've also read several biographies as well as articles in Guitar Player and Rolling Stone. Would I go traipsing through their old neighborhoods, wanting to see where they lived, studied, and shopped? Hell, no.

The virtual worship of HWA that is encouraged by PCG is just way beyond insanity. It's an obsession, the extremes to which most people will not even go for the deity. Beatlemania has nothing on Herbiemania.


RSK said...

Heh, I stumbled into that library recently too, in Grant Park. Didn't occur to me at the moment, though, it was only while driving down the street later that I realized I was close to the old man's former digs.

old EXPCG hag said...

Did they find The Holy Bible at the Portland Public Library with Christ's teachings for HIS FOLLOWERS

Did they huh??...huh!

Assistant Deacon said...

It's funny how even Wikipedia cites that "The Portland Public Library was a short-lived but influential institution" that ceased to exist in 1902, when it merged with the Multnomah County Library. That was a quarter century before HWA's trips there.

But that's splitting hairs. He likely visited what's known as the Central Library, which opened in 1913. Still, it's peculiar that he would consistently refer to it by a name outdated by 20+ years.

Bruce Young's silly comment that God must have directed HWA where to look because "there are so many books here" assumes the library had 90 years ago the number of books it does now. One would hope the library's collection has increased significantly in eight and a half decades.

Whatever. This bizarre practice of touring the places HWA walked is more than a little creepy. What a strange spectacle Flurry has made of Armstrongism.

RSK said...

Now when I was in Astoria I did look for some of the landmarks he mentioned in his autobiography, just because Astoria is so picturesque and the architecture has not changed much in a hundred years. Interestingly, when I looked up the newspaper he was supposedly working for in that period, I couldn't find any records of it ever existing.

Anonymous said...

Was there a long line to use the rest room at the library so that they could actually sit on the same toilet that HWA sat on.

Black Ops Mikey said...

Books are so last century.

And booklets?

Oh, c'mon!

old EXPCG hag said...

I mean seriously, everyone but the Philadelphia Church of god knows this one by heart. Well, maybe not everyone...

Exodus 20:3-5

King James Version (KJV)

3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

Anonymous said...

Did the tour guide say--This is the bedroom that Herbert the pervert slept in. Over there is bed that he actualy used to screw his daughter.

Anonymous said...

This is something isn't it and it's hard to make out. It's clear that PCG is romanticizing HWA and the early COG and setting these places up to have some sort of cultural significance. But what they need to understand I think is that there needs to be some sort of reconciliation with the past that may not be doable in this regard, although in regards to other ways there is still something that can be done. I'd like to remind everyone though that what PCG is doing is not different than what most institutions have done. What makes George Washington significant isn't just what he did, but that we all agree on his significance.

Black Ops Mikey said...

They should visit the places where Herbert Armstrong betrayed the Church of God Seventh Day.

Anonymous said...

"PCG Acolytes Make Second Trek to Where the "Gestation Took Place" and are SHOCKED at the Number of Books They Saw!"

Even more shocking is the number of books, articles, websites, Blogs, etc. that Gerald Flurry has forbidden his followers to read, and the number of family members and friends that he has forbidden them to talk to.

With all the time, energy and money PCG people save by not reading widely and by not having anything to do with the relatives and friends they have completely cut off, they figure they can afford to go on tours of worthless things.

Anonymous said...

I would say there's more to it than that. There's some good reasons that so many agree on the significance of George Washington, reasons that aren't manifestly false, like making oneself out to be the one and only "chosen" latter latter-day "apostle of Jesus Christ," and made manifest by his criminal behavior and failed prophecies. George Washington and the other founding father's of the U.S. were actually putting their lives on the line. If they had failed, all of them would have been executed for treason. But they thought it better to die fighting against serfdom than to keep their heads down and be abused and subjugated. HWA has more in common with George III than George Washington. And what PCG is doing is nothing more than pursuing relics of someone they're in the process of turning into a demigod. If Armstrongism were to continue for hundreds more years, by then HWA's legend will probably be embellished with the working of many miracles, Herculean labors, a white dove descending when he was baptized, an ascension narrative, and other stuff no one so far has ever heard of.

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RSK said...

It does raise the question, though, so these people not know how to browse in a library? Heh.