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Letters From Those Impacted by
Philadelphia Church of God

January 1, 2018 to present


NOTICE: The McNair PDF book "Armstrongism Religion or Rip-Off?" was re-sized down to 1.6 MB. (See our Booklist for a description and where to download it.)

NOTICE: The Hinson PDF book "The Broadway to Armageddon" was re-sized down to a much smaller file and is clearer to read. (See our Booklist for a description and where to download it.)


Cal Culpepper Having His Assistants Interview Members:

January 18, 2018

Cal Culpepper (Regional director for the Northeast United States) is having his assistants interview all the members in his area, and the interviews must be done in the members' homes. They are conducting some kind of inspection of the members' living conditions, probably to assess whether the members could be paying more in offerings, or if they are withholding money from the PCG. --Anonymous

Is January 16 a Commanded Fast Day for PCG Members?

January 19, 2018

My parent fasted and studied again on January 16, the anniversary of HWA's death. I don't know if this is a commanded fast that the whole PCG participates in or just something my parent chooses to do.

Strange how you're not supposed to commemorate the day a loved one died but they put so much importance into HWA's death date. Another sign of brainwashing [mind control] by the PCG. --Child of a PCGer

Reply: From what we know,  January 16 is not a commanded fast day for PCG members. Your parent may just be doing this on their own. The only time we are aware that the members were to fast on that date was last year because the income had plummeted. (See January 24, 2017 letter.)

Culpepper's Visits Having Something to Do with PCG's Financial Situation:

January 22, 2018

Cal Culpepper is also performing interviews with the PCG members, which can take as long as an hour or more. The members still haven’t been given an explanation as to why they are conducting the interviews. I don't believe that Culpepper would take the time to conduct these interviews just to visit and see how the members are doing on friendly basis. I think these visits have something to do with the PCG's financial situation since buying the new personal jet, like inspecting the homes to see if they think the members are holding out on their giving of money to the PCG. --Anonymous

Gerald Flurry Goes Against What Herbert Armstrong Said:

January 22, 2018

The members have selective memories. GF says he venerates HWA, but he goes against what HWA said time and time again (reaching the "cities of Judah") and the members turn a deaf ear to it. They hear what they want to hear. Much of this has to do with the extreme control they are under. --Impacted by loved one in PCG

Comment: HWA many times boasted about going to the "cities of Judah" Notice his words in some of his co-worker letters; e. g., July 16, 1982: "God has providentially opened the door for me to get this warning to the 'cities of Judah' "; April 24, 1983: "God has now opened the door for the fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah 40:9-10. That message now will go in power to the cities of Judah." In 1967 he said he was going to broadcast on Radio Jerusalem but in 1968 he said he couldn't get in there because of the Six-Day War. None of his grandiose plans ever transpired the way he said they would. Members continued to respond to his pleas for money, while they waited for the end. See: HWA's "Commission" to World Leaders.

Regarding Cost of Operating GF's Corporate Jet:

January 30, 2018

The post for January 22 is not correct. The Royal Vision says nothing about financial problems nor asking for money for the G450.

I received the Member/Co-worker letter yesterday. The letter asks if you want to give to the G450 expenses, here are the ways to do it. Flight hourly fuel cost runs around $2,280 HR., but over all cost is higher. (Example for G450 showed $16,000 per Hour)

Guide for Aircraft purchase:

As with any aircraft acquisition, the decision to purchase a Gulfstream G450 as opposed to a fractional ownership or a jet card should be made after carefully considering your needs and reviewing the alternative options.

G450 Maximum Fuel 29,500 lb

Thank you. -K

Comment: That post which said it takes "$14,000 just to fill it up with fuel for one trip" has been removed. Here’s the official info on that particular jet. It's still expensive, but not hardly that expensive.

Cost of Fuel for GF's Corporate Jet:

January 30, 2018

I checked the cost of jet fuel per gallon. It will still cost between $3,000-$5,000 to fill the plane. Not cheap, but not hardly $14,000. Still, trips to England to the new campus and jetting around to various feast sites, including sites overseas, will rack up the dollars, and quick. --Impacted by PCG

Secrecy Continues in PCG:

January 31, 2018

PCG has some very high-tech devices now. Within the last several months, they've started sending the latest sermons from Edmond directly to the local contact person's cell phone (as you know, there are no CDs anymore). They know exactly when the sermon is played to the congregation, and as soon as the sermon is played, it is automatically deleted from the phone. --[name withheld]

These Groups Will Destroy Your Marriage:

February 9, 2018

I can relate to the testimony regarding RCG (Restored Church of God Destroyed My Marriage) although my husband is in the PCG. It is the same thing. Members become cold and distant to family who will not applaud their decision to sacrifice everything for this group. It is interesting that now the Armstrong cult has so many "one true" churches and they are all the same except for the leader.

The wife who wrote this story is correct when she said it will destroy your marriage. It destroyed mine because this relationship with strangers became more important (fear driven) than our marriage and children. Do not let your loved ones engage in any way with this group. --Impacted by loved one in PCG

Comment: Read 2-9-28 letter: David Pack Has Found His Money Making Scheme.

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