Letters From Those Impacted by
Philadelphia Church of God
Best of the letters from 2002
Finally Quit PCG:
January 10, 2002
I have attended the PCG for 9 years with my husband and other family members. My husband and I grew up in the WCG and when the WCG changes started, my husband was sure that the WCG was Laodicean. The WCG was telling so many lies, so when Malachi's Message came around it seemed to make sense. I had my doubts, but my husband joined and made my life difficult until I attended as well. The last few years, Gerald Flurry has been claiming so many biblical titles and now he claims to be "That Prophet." I just couldn't see it. The ministers make up rules just for the sake of making up rules and you are not allowed to question anything. The sermons are confusing and extremely boring; all they care about is building their college and controlling the members. I have wanted to quit for years, but just couldn't work up the nerve to tell my husband. Last Saturday I finally told him how I felt and to my surprise he was as miserable going to services as I was. We quit the next day. My husband still believes that HWA was the end-time Elijah, but at least we are out of the PCG. Thank you for your help. --Former PCG member
Flurry Telling Members to Stay Off the Internet:
January 22, 2002
I was told that Flurry is now telling his members to "stay off the Internet!" I think he's afraid that they might read something on your pages. Keep up the good work. --Former member
Latest Royal Vision Says "Almost No Rules" in PCG:
February 16, 2002
Hello! We just got our Jan/Feb 2002 Royal Vision recently. The "Greetings Brethren and Co-Workers" letter on page 1 has some very misleading and flat out lies in it. Gerald Flurry's quotes throughout. My comments are in color.
1st paragraph, 3rd sentence Quote: "Apart from God's word, we make almost no rules for baptized members." (What? There's nothing but rules and regulations!)
3rd paragraph Quote: "Occasionally members, and even ministers, will try to get us to make and enforce specific rules to help control extreme behavior of those who are baptized. If we did so, God's church would soon have a "talmud" of do's and don'ts, in addition to the Bible. (Excuse me, but there is a "talmud" of do's and don'ts in PCG--dating rules, skirt lengths, hair lengths, makeup, jewelry, dating, etc., to name a few.)
7th paragraph Quote: "One evangelist in the Worldwide Church of God kept trying to get the late Herbert W. Armstrong to make specific rules about skirt and hair lengths in inches. But no such rules were ever made." (This is absolutely not true! When I was 12 or 13, I distinctly remember my mom having to re-hem all my dresses and skirts to be a "certain length" because of "the church.")
8th paragraph Quote: "Such detailed rules--apart from God's word--would begin to put us in bondage." (People are in bondage in PCG!)
10th paragraph Quote: "We must understand why Satan's slavery is evil and hate it vehemently. We must also know why God's liberty is so inspiringly precious and love it passionately--with deeds to support our words." (Those in PCG do not know a thing about God's liberty, or His love, for that matter.)
15th paragraph Quote: "Today we have ministers of the Spirit. Our members and ministers must be careful not to descend into the letter of the law." (This is double-talk; PCG does descend into the letter of the law.)
I could have quoted more, but those statements bothered me the most. Your website is fantastic! There are a lot of very revealing stories and letters about the cult life. People need to know where they're coming from! It's hard to admit it. --Former WCG/PCG member
Hard to Accept That I Was Duped and Deceived:
April 1, 2002
I would like to be placed on your list of those who would like to help others get out of the PCG and recover from it. I was in the PCG for 8 years myself. I left in March of 2001. I am still recovering myself. It's hard to accept the fact that I was duped and deceived for so long, and that I threw 14 years of my life away. (I was in the WCG for 6 years). When I consider how much money I gave to those liars and criminals who twisted and distorted the tithing laws, I almost get ill. With all of the money I gave--over 14 years to those frauds--I could have paid for 2 or 3 college educations at very fine institutions, or I could have given that money to organizations that really do help people.
I truly feel sorry for the lying ministers in the PCG. There is one main law that they need to be aware of, and that is "what goes around comes around." They call it "reaping what you sow." There is justice for all, even though it takes time to be delivered. They can go on destroying families, friendships, and the finances of hard working people for now and think they're getting away with it, but "time marches on" and their day is coming.
I believe power trips are unfulfilling and always lead to disappointment. Herbert Armstrong died a pathetic, lonely, and miserable man. He was unhappy virtually all of his life. The fruits bear that out. He led a life of the flesh and passed himself off as a man of God. He knew he was a fake and criminal, but never, never owned up to his crimes.
Hoping that all in the PCG will wake up. --Formerly in PCG
Accurate Information About Dangerous Cults:
May 28, 2002
I grew up in the PCG and hated it. It's been a long time since I quit. My father (who is still involved with the PCG) kicked me out of the house because of my reluctance to re-join the PCG or to follow the "government" of God. Flurry now has his followers believing that they are in the last hour of the last day, or whatever.
Thank God for websites like yours that provide accurate information about dangerous cults like Flurry's. Keep up the incredible work you have going on. Knowledge is contagious as they say. You have my support 100 % of the way. --Formerly in PCG
Secrecy in PCG is Satanic:
July 15, 2002
Members are starting to get scared of Flurry because he has gone overboard. I think Satan is at his right hand and he can't be trusted. He is too secretive and that is the mark of someone who can't be trusted. Most of all, why would any of these leaders try to hide what they are doing? God doesn't say to hide, He says to rely on Him. If Flurry and the others are hiding, it is because they don't trust God either. I don't hide what I believe, even to un-believers. I don't make an issue of it, but people know and that's enough.
That is what makes me see Satan in all this. Why the secrecy, why the "stay away from them" attitude? It is satanic and it is driving a wedge between all believers through these "leaders." --Former member
I Heard Gerald Flurry Lie About His Police Record:
July 18, 2002
Regarding Gerald Flurry's police record, it is public record. And for another thing, I sat there and heard Flurry lie about what happened during that incident. (Kinda like Bill Clinton). I know that he lied because I requested an actual copy of the police report, and the officer's statement doesn't even come close to Flurry's account. I suggest that others get a copy of it. Ask yourself this: who has more to gain by lying, the police officer or Flurry? Remember, Flurry at first claimed that the officer was a WCG member. There was never any proof of that, and I don't think he claims that anymore. --Former PCG member, Texas
November 20, 2002
I work for a former PCG member. We are very close friends and discuss things openly. He was the architect for the college that Gerald Flurry built in Oklahoma and because I work in his office, I know all the work he put in it and how much he loved that organization. He lives in N. J. but at least once a month he would be in Oklahoma for at least a week. He put his life on hold for PCG and gave them his all in everything including thousands of dollars. Awhile back he and his child were "put out" from the PCG because he asked a few questions on something things that were being taught. I personally read this letter and it was very respectful, but they were still put out the next day and now none of there old friends in the PCG will talk to them. This is what I do not understand. First, why they were just thrown out like you would throw out old trash and second how people could be so curt as to just not talk to them any more. --N. J.