Saturday, August 4, 2018

LCG: Prideful Members, But Not The Prideful Ministry, Are Causing Issues In The Church

When will Living Church of God members realize that ALL issues in the Living Church of God are the member's fault?  Since the ministry is above reproach the blame has to fall on the lowly members.  Never has the Church of God movement seen a church headquarters filled with the most unified and converted leadership as LCG has.  But in spite of being unified as a ministry, those dumb members keep screwing it all up.  Grow up!  Emulate us! Be ye perfect like we are!

Humility—Key to Unity

King David wrote, “How good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity” (Psalm 133:1). The Apostle Paul urged Christians to “walk worthy” of your calling “with all lowliness and gentleness… endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:1–3). He stated that the work of the ministry is to edify (build up) the body (the Church) “till we all come to the unity of the faith” (Ephesians 4:12–13). Paul also told the contentious Corinthians that they should be “perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment” (1 Corinthians 1:10). In order to grow together in unity, we need to understand what causes contentions that disrupt unity. The Scriptures reveal that pride is an underlying cause of contentions (Proverbs 13:10), and that pride will contribute to a person’s downfall and destruction (Proverbs 16:18). Insisting on our own way also causes dissentions and strife (James 4:1). However, humility will eventually bring a person honor (Proverbs 15:33; 29:23), and true humility will promote peace and unity (James 3:13–18). Just as Jesus Christ humbled Himself and followed His Father’s instructions (Philippians 2:5–9), as Christians we must be subject to government (within and without the Church) and not resist authority (Romans 13:1–2). As we learn to exercise true Godly humility and treat each other with love and respect (Romans 12:10–18), we will promote unity within the body of Christ.
Have a profitable Sabbath,
Douglas S. Winnail

Twitchy Fingers of the Future Gods

Just what this world needs...thousands of gods running around who just might press the wrong button or wish the wrong thing at the wrong time. Kaboom! Oopsie!

Friday, August 3, 2018

Fundraising for God: Keeping Gerry Flurry's Family Jet In The Air

The Philadelphia Church of God, in its quest to imitate Herbert Armstrong in all things, decided that Gerald Flurry needed his own private jet so that he did not have to sit on public jets next to unwashed or germ-laden commoners.  An appeal was sent out to the PCG faithful to help him raise money to buy his family their own luxury private jet.  Church members held garage sales, bake sales, sold fruit, cashed in retirement programs and took loans on houses and business.  The coffers of PCG filled up.

Now, Gerald Flurry has to face the harsh reality of having to pay for this boondoggle.  All of those trips to England, Irish dance competitions, and to a select number of church areas soon started draining the coffers of God's most important work ever created in human history, as the mighty PCG boldly proclaims the Stone of Herb as the salvation seat for all humanity.

Directives have gone out from the holy city of Edmond to the faithful that they need to step up to the plate and keep Gerry's plane in the air.  They are to hold more garage sales, bake sales and to engage in any fundraising activity they can get involved in.
Illinois and Wisconsin Members Sell Concessions to Support Aircraft Fund
ILLINOIS—An average of 17 Philadelphia Church of God members from northern Illinois and from Wisconsin worked together at three separate evening events in January and February selling concessions at the Sears Centre Arena under the direction of Associate Pastor Eric Anderson and Chicago deacon Jim Privratsky Sr. 
The first event was a sell-out country music concert that took place the night of January 20. By the end of the show, 18 PCG volunteers had brought in a record-breaking sales commission of $3,080, plus $813 in cash tips.  
At the second event, 15 PCG volunteers raised $1,158 during a Monster Truck Nationals show the night of January 27.
On the night of February 3, 18 PCG volunteers raised $2,463 working a third event—a Professional Championship Bull Riders competition.
The combined profit from the three events amounted to $7,515. The funds will be added to the northeast region’s annual summer speedways and fall fruit sale proceeds and sent to headquarters in early 2019 to support the Church’s aircraft fund.
Wisconsin member Ben Tryba added, “This fundraiser was a great opportunity to spend time working with the brethren from Chicago.”
Chicago member David Privratsky noted how these types of fundraisers help unify the brethren, saying that working together was “a unique and special opportunity to interact with God’s people apart from weekly services; it helped strengthen the spiritual family bond.”
Did you notice the name of a couple people above?  Remember the Privratsky family from a few years ago?  Gerald Flurry's vile "no contact" policy led Janet Privratrsky DeGennaro to commit suicide.

Here we have her ex-husband and her ex-father-in-law raising money for the church that killed Janet.  Just how sick can people get?

The Church of God News further reports:

PCG members are being urged to take part-time jobs to help pay for Gerald Flurry’s jet – which he hasn’t used for ‘the work’ since his public appearance campaigns in January (Los Angeles) and February (Houston).
Fundraising for God’ (Philadelphia News, May-July 2018):
“God blesses us in many ways, and He asks for so little in return … tithes, holy day offerings and funds for building, airplane and other projects …
There are more than 100 Philadelphia Church of God congregations spread across the globe. Most of these congregations have few members … Even small congregations can make a big contribution through fundraising…
Chief financial officer Andrew Locher said that the Church received $200,000 in fundraiser donations in 2017…
So what are some practical fundraisers you can become involved in? Here are some ideas you can suggest to your local minister. One of the most profitable ways to earn money is to work concessions at sporting venues, which are always looking for people to staff their food and drink stands …
When I was serving as a minister in Michigan, we had a bake sale where one chocolate cake auctioned for $150! 

Herbert Armstrong: Evil Lurks In My Inner Most Soul

From a reader of this blog.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

No Blessings For You!

The "logic" of Herbert Armstrong

COG Pharisee Claims to Know How Jesus Became Human

From the Chief bastardizer of the law, James Malm:

Was Jesus God? 
  • Before being made flesh and being placed in the womb of Mary; he was the very Implementing Creator God! 
  • After he was made flesh, he had voluntarily  given up his Godhood and he became a 100% physical human being!
  • At his resurrection, this man of flesh was restored back to his original state as a spirit God! 
All of the imaginations of men that Jesus was half man and half God or the fantastic idea that Jesus was both 100% man and 100% God are simply nonsense. 
He was ALL God until he gave up has Godhood to be made flesh, and once made flesh he was a 100% physical human being, then after he died he was resurrected back to spirit and became a God again! 

How was this done? 
Think; vapor, liquid, solid; being different states of the same thing. 
God is spirit and spirit is pure energy, matter is made out of energy.  God the Father simply transformed the Messiah from pure energy to matter and then placed him inside the womb of Mary as the tiniest possible form of human being.  He then grew from that to birth and then to the age of 33 when he allowed himself to be sacrificed to atone for sin and redeem humanity from the wages of sin which is death. 

Lots of squishing and smashing going on heaven to get Jesus down to sperm size!

Jesus Christ the eternal High Priest gave up his divinity to become mortal flesh and offered up himself as the Creator of Humanity, who being worth more that all humanity and being without any sin; was a perfect sacrifice and needed be offered only once to atone for all the sincerely repented sins of all humanity. While the physical sacrifices of animals only served to keep people in the physical Mosaic Covenant and had NO spiritual promises, and animals needed to be killed on a continual basis.
Our High Priest, Jesus Christ will now live forever and will be able to make continual intercession for us, for all eternity.  His sacrifice being perfect, no longer has to be made again and again. He doesn’t have to be killed day after day, year after year. No!However, every time someone repents, that perfect sacrifice needs to be REAPPLIED to the repentant sinner.The difference is in the actual dying as opposed to the actual applying of the sacrifice. They are two different things.
Christ died, regardless of whether any man ever repents or not. He was dead and He was resurrected. That has nothing to do with whether men repent, or turn from sin or not. However, when men do sincerely repent, the sacrifice is now there and available to be applied to them. 

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

LCG: "...God’s people will be persecuted for their beliefs..."

Living Church of God has an entry on its website about the soon coming persecution of LCG members. It is a call to action for LCG members to stand up for their faith and to defend it against those that persecute the church.  Doug Winnail's comments are in sharp contrast to Gerry Weston's recent jabs against LCG members for living duplicitous lives and for not reading church literature so they could actually understand what the church believes.

Defending Your Beliefs: The Bible reveals that God’s people will be persecuted for their beliefs (John 15:20) and that deceivers will try to undermine and discredit those beliefs (Matthew 24:4-5, 24). However, the Apostle Peter wrote “always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear” (1 Peter 3:15). Peter did this on numerous occasions (Acts 3-5) and so did Stephen (Acts 7-8) and the Apostle Paul (Acts 22-26). So how can we prepare to defend our beliefs? Peter urged believers to “add to your faith virtue, [and] to virtue knowledge” (2 Peter 1:5). Paul urged Christians to “test [examine, prove] all things; hold fast what is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21). He also encouraged believers to diligently study the Holy Scriptures so they can properly explain and apply them (2 Timothy 2:15). Studying one doctrine at a time is a good way to start. To avoid being misled, Christians must be able to recognize whether a teaching agrees with the Holy Scriptures or not (Isaiah 8:20), which is what the people of Berea actually did (Acts 17:11). We are living in an age that is becoming increasingly hostile to biblical beliefs, so we need to prepare to defend what we believe.
Have a profitable Sabbath,
Douglas S. Winnail

So-called COG Prophet Claims He Can Prove His Polytheistic God Exists

The self-appointed prophet of the improperly named "continuing" Church of "god" claims to know all about the polytheistic god he claims to believe in.  Another bad day in Arroyo Grande, CA.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The Future of Man

Happy Birthday Herbert W Armstrong

The Painful Truth is celebrating Herbert Armstrong's birthday:

Happy Birthday Herbie!

To provide you with a holistic and thematic history of Herbert W. Armstrong’s crafty obloquies we need to begin with a frank acknowledgment of the basic humanness of each of us. And we must acknowledge that Herbie’s sole purpose in life was to impose his hate filled prejudices, and faulty theology on the public in order to enrich himself.
His rancor bitterness towards a world who rejected his so called “genius mind” has caused widespread social alienation within the daughter churches, and from this alienation a thousand social pathologies or churches have sprung up to entice and carry on his mentally deficient ‘work’.
In honor of the apostate apostle of malpractice the Painful Truth has received permission from the author for a showing of “Birthday Bash 2009.” 

View the video here:  Happy Birthday Herbie!

Monday, July 30, 2018

Robert L Kuhn, Illuminati Handler?

Never let it be said that the Church of God movement (Millerite) is a normal, run of the mill organization. One would be truly hard pressed to find any normalcy in any of the groups.  The church has always been a hotbed of prophecy nuts and conspiracy theorists that surpass the legalists in their crazy fervour.

From the Jesuits, the Jews and to the Illuminati, the Church of God was fertile is ground for wild and crazy imaginations.

When Stan Rader and Robert Kuhn hit the scene, the jealous and bitter leading men of the church started their chatter in order to discredit them both. Any smear they could imagine, they spread it.

In 2018, they craziness still continues.

In the course of doing some research for an entry on China’s “first lady” Peng Liyuan and China’s central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan, I came across a passage in the Chinese President’s Wikipedia bio that caught my eye…
>>> Xi is now the leader of the People’s Republic’s fifth generation of leadership. He has initiated a renewed campaign against corruption, further market economic reforms, governing with greater emphasis on the law and legal institutions, and a comprehensive national renewal under the neologism “Chinese Dream.” <<<
Curious about the “Chinese dream,” I clicked on the provided link and saw something else that caught my eye…
>>> According to Robert Lawrence Kuhn, who is an international investment banker and the author of “How China’s Leaders Think: The Inside Story of China’s Reform and What This Means for the Future,” the Chinese Dream has four parts: Strong China (economically, politically, diplomatically, scientifically, militarily); Civilized China (equity and fairness, rich culture, high morals); Harmonious China (amity among social classes); Beautiful China (healthy environment, low pollution). <<<
Upon reading this, I thought to myself, “How does this guy know so much about how China’s leaders think? Why is he, a Western “Jew,” defining the Chinese Dream? And is he related to the Kuhn bankster family?”
Those evil Joo's always working behind the scenes to destroy humanity. Armstrongism conspiracy at its finest.

1) He has been deeply involved in an “End Times” prophecy cult and the promotion of the New World Religion
Despite being “Jewish,” Robert Lawrence Kuhn was deeply involved in a Christian “End Times” prophecy cult called the Worldwide Church of God (WCG), and the story of what happened within that group is a very sordid tale told from a multiplicity of different perspectives. After sorting through a variety of “he said, she said” narratives from a number of sources, this is what I took away from it…
The WCG was the ministry of a Christian pastor named H.W. Armstrong, who had been amassing a growing following due to his radio broadcasts and prophetic doctrines. It would appear that the Illuminati noticed this and targeted the ministry for a standard infiltration and subversion operation, and it seems that Robert L. Kuhn and a fellow “Jew” named Stanley Rader were tapped for the op. According to Stanley Rader’s bio
>>> In 1956 Rader met Armstrong, leader of what was then called the Radio Church of God, at its headquarters offices in Pasadena, California. Under contract with the Radio Church of God, Rader worked on improving its accounting system, thereby creating a highly favorable impression with Armstrong, who then urged him to attend law school at Armstrong’s expense…
After coming to terms regarding salary and compensation, in 1969 Rader decided to devote his full-time to the service of Armstrong…
Rader, who still considered himself Jewish, was baptized into WCG by Armstrong in 1975 using a hotel bathtub in the Mandarin Hotel in Hong Kong. This move allowed Rader to reposition himself as a high-ranking church evangelist in an attempt to quell misgivings by many in the ministerial hierarchy, who felt that Rader’s undue influence on Armstrong was troubling. <<<
At some point along the way, Rader was joined in the organization by his reputed close friend Robert Lawrence Kuhn
>>> Kuhn first came to prominence in 1972 when “Why the Vast Difference between Animal Brain and Human Mind?” appeared in The Plain Truth magazine published by Ambassador College, an institution of the Worldwide Church of God (WCG). The WCG’s Systematic Theology Project was coordinated by Kuhn, but later banned by WCG Founder Herbert W. Armstrong. <<<
After their infiltration of the WCG, Rader and Kuhn became a tag team of subversion within the cult. Rader managed to get control of the Church’s finances, and Kuhn attempted to get control of the Church’s doctrine (through the “Systematic Theology Project” and other efforts). But H.W. Armstrong and many members of the WCG were troubled by all the changes Kuhn was attempting to implement
Using the Bethel Church of God as a credible source is like using Dave Pack's COG history as a credible source.  It is not.

One of the main reasons so many in the upper echelon's of the church dislike Kuhn was because he was intelligent!  His early series in the Plain Truth on the brain sent many of the non-intellectuals like Rod Meredith over the deep end.  Kuhn was highly educated and had done lots of scientific research and investigations, something no Ambassador College trained minister was ever encouraged to do or was taught to do. Higher education outside the bounds of an Ambassador "Master's or its so-called PhD" was frowned upon.

The author also acts as if Kuhn was the brains behind the Systematic Theology Project.  He wasn't.  It was the entire Council of Elders, GTA, Meredith and others.  For so many of these men to come out later and lie, like HWA did, that they knew nothing about it was ridiculous.  The all knew, they all read the submitted papers and sat there and discussed them! Then to lie after HWA pitched his fit, they were more than eager to stab fellow ministers in the back in order to gain HWA's trust.

You can read the rest of this craziness here:  Meet Robert Lawrence Kuhn, Illuminati handler of China’s leaders

Wayne Matthews: People Who Give Money to Charity Are Selfish

Wayne Matthews of Ron Weinland's rapidly dwindling cult, preached a sermon recently on Walking in the Spirit.  He starts out by quoting Galatians 5:16,

"16 Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. NRSV

Like any good Armstrongite, Matthews claims that no one outside COGPK can truly understand what this verse is about.  Leave it to Matthews to turn the verse into one concerning money.

Money is one of Ron Weinland's favorite subject!  After all, Laura his dingy wife and Second Witless Witness needs some more diamond rings so it is important to keep the money coming in!  Weinland loved money so much he even went to prison for it. 

But there seems to be a problem in COGPK  these days.  It seems COGPK members are not as fruitful with their money now that Weinland's prophecies have all failed and that he is now is waylaid due to a heart attack.  Why give money to a weak and impotent little man who is well-known to be a failure?  Some COGPK members have apparently been giving money elsewhere, and that is not kosher! Even then, their motives are suspect!

People will give something (they may give a hundred dollars to a charity), well, their motive really is selfish. They can’t see it. They can’t understand it, but we can see it that deep down there’s something coming back to them. They wouldn’t think it; they’re just giving a hundred dollars to a charity, therefore, it looks good on the outside, but deep, deep down their motive is selfish. Well, when we give a hundred dollars to whatever – the highest priority, of course, is God’s Church. If you had excess money why wouldn’t you give it to God’s Church to God’s work on this earth rather than to something physical?
How dare you give money to someone not in the COG! God's second Witless Witness needs it more!  When you help others you apparently grieve the Holy Spirit, even though it SHOULD have been working through you to give that money to the church.

It is all your fault.


Sunday, July 29, 2018

Is it wrong to be open minded?

One of the things I heard many times growing up in the church and at Ambassador, was to not be too open-minded because our brains would fall out.  Being open-minded was opening the mind up to allow Satan to take over to deceive us.

After being in the church for many years it was obvious as to why the church discouraged open-mindedness.  It allowed people to discover the church as not all it was claiming to be.

Milquetoast COG Ministers Struggled to Preach from Pulpit Because of Women in Short Dresses

Reading the following quotes from Herber W Armstrong reminds me how Muslims demand their women cover up because the men will be tempted.     It is always the woman's fault instead of the weak men who cannot control their urges or desires. Sadly, the Church of God history has a track record of its leaders unable to control their urges.

"...And I want to say, before quoting from the former article, that God's ministers are quite frequently embarrassed, while preaching in the pulpit, by women wearing too short skirts that do not cover their knees, sitting with their knees spread apart at least eight or ten inches. Usually the careless ones are middle-aged or elderly women. Just once, I believe, have I personally noticed this inexcusable carelessness on the part of a college girl. This happens REPEATEDLY. Personally, I have not wanted to publicly embarrass these women. But if, after this article has appeared in print, such carelessness occurs again in my sight, I shall personally reprimand such women regardless of the painful embarrassment it may cause them!"
"In our teaching on child rearing, based on God's Word, we teach parents to speak plainly JUST ONCE-and then punish. The women guilty of this neglect are old enough to know better, but they are our spiritual children, and I am instructing all ministers to PRACTICE WHAT WE PREACH, and ENFORCE this ruling!..."

"...that means women may wear skirts up to the knees-that is, JUST BELOW the knee-cap, BUT NOT EXPOSING IT WHEN STANDING. Women should wear skirts of sufficient length to cover the knees when sitting...."
"...Since the last article on this subject, the Ruling has been so flagrantly ignored or disobeyed that the time has come TO ENFORCE this Ruling. God's Ministers are instructed to act accordingly.

By that, I mean these skirts taken up just below the hips, so they FORM FIT the buttocks, clinging tight behind and under the place where they OUGHT to be SPANKED! I know that nearly all skirts are made that way today. But;
1) you do not have to buy that kind, and
2) if you have them, you can, and MUST, if obedient, let them out at the seams. And if NOT obedient, God's ministers will know you are part of this world, and not of God's Church...."