What is the Philadelphia Church of God?
PCG is considered by many to be one of the most destructive offshoots of the Worldwide Church of God. The PCG boasts that they alone are the true church of God. Gerald Flurry proclaims that his literature and tapes are offered "free" for the "educational benefit of the public." While his program may appear quite sincere to the undiscerning, once deceived by this group, the individual finds him or herself becoming ensnared in a very exploitive and abusive apocalyptic organization which takes away freedom of thought and can destroy close family relationships.
History of Philadelphia Church of God:
After Herbert W. Armstrong, founder of Worldwide Church of God (name changed to Grace Communion International in 2009), died at age of 93 (January 16, 1986), Gerald Flurry (born April 12, 1935 and a minister in WCG since 1973,1) was one of those that disagreed with the new changes that Pastor General Joseph W. Tkach, Sr. began instigating. Flurry refused to accept any change in the teachings of HWA and as a result he was disfellowshipped from the WCG December 7, 1989.
On December 16, 1989, Gerald Flurry, along with John Amos (a WCG minister who was also disfellowshipped at the same time, but later died in 1993), founded the Philadelphia Church of God, headquartered in Edmond, Oklahoma, with 12 members, proclaiming to be the only church that holds fast to all the teachings and dogma of Herbert W. Armstrong. During that time, Flurry placed large ads in the New York Times, promoting Herbert Armstrong and announcing the WCG's doctrinal changes. By 1996 he claimed to have over 6,000 members. (See more on membership figures below.)
PCG uses the same fear tactics and mind control methods that Herbert W. Armstrong did, but is reported to be much harsher and more abusive with the membership. Former members have testified that this high demand, totalistic group has exploited them financially and abused them emotionally and spiritually. Likewise, those who have loved ones or family inside PCG have testified of the cruelty and total lack of empathy and love that they have experienced from PCG ministers and members.
For a tragic example of how deceived and coerced members can become, read: The Strange Story of Uncle George and the Philadelphia Church of God.
Also read about the severe emotional and financial abuse that is taking place in Trinidad, Caribbean: Concerns From Trinidad (Includes 2012-2013 emails ESN has received and continues to receive).
In 1990, Gerald Flurry wrote Malachi's Message stating that it was "a new vision from God and a new revelation"2 concerning the "Worldwide Church of God falling away from the truth" and that HWA fulfilled the prophesied role of "God's end-time Elijah." ("Just as one John the Baptist prepared Christ's way the first time, so one messenger [HWA] has prepared the way for Christ's Second Coming." Malachi's Message, p. 8.) Flurry, along with stating that HWA was also "the modern Zerubbabel," previously stated in this book that Joseph W. Tkach, Sr. was "the Man of Sin" and HWA, until his death, "held him back." However, Flurry finds himself having to update MM every so often, as his predictions often don't come to pass; i. e., the fulfillment of "the Man of Sin" has now switched from Joseph W. Tkach, Sr. to Joseph Tkach, Jr., mainly because Sr. died, when he was "supposed to live on into the Great Tribulation and repent."
In 1997 there were 5,000 members in PCG. (See this part in Outsider's Inside Update Newsletter, Vol. 4, pt. 4) By 2004 Flurry's membership figures started dropping. Feast sites have been combined as members continue to leave. In September 2008, the PCG website said an updated version of the old hymnal by Dwight L. Armstrong had been reprinted and 4,300 copies were being mailed to the PCG feast sites. By 2009 there were reports that PCG was down to 3,800 baptized members, plus family members. (See: January 23, 2009 letter to ESN: Membership Down in PCG and October 24, 2010 letter to ESN: Members are Dwindling Greatly in PCG.) Recent exiters of PCG have stated that there were always more members leaving than new members joining and that the numbers have been declining each year. In fact, by January 2012 the membership figure was said to be down to 2,500-3,000. (See January 4, 2012 testimony to ESN)
Flurry began publishing The Philadelphia Trumpet in 1990, a free magazine, which is designed to look like a news magazine, but pulls others into his organization by the offer of more free booklets and articles. The Trumpet circulates in over 100 countries. His inside magazine for members is Philadelphia News. He also has a weekly TV Broadcast called "The Key of David" (began in 1993) and a magazine for the youth entitled, True Education (now an online magazine only). (Note: Ellen G. White, co-founder of 7th-day Adventism, that Herbert Armstrong copied from, spoke much about "true education" in her book Education. She even had a "True Education Series.") Their other TV program "The Trumpet Daily" ended December 9, 2011 and began airing only reruns.
In 1992 PCG started Philadelphia Youth Camp for ages 13-19, which is patterned after Herbert Armstrong's Summer Educational Program camps (S.E.P.). (Read stories from those who have attended PYC and tell what it is really like.)
PCG offers Herbert W. Armstrong College Bible Correspondence Course to the public, which is basically an edited and revised Ambassador College Bible Correspondence Course formerly published by Worldwide Church of God. This free three year course is advertised as "no catch" but, unknowingly, readers will be subtly set up to be recruited into PCG's deceptive organization. (Read: How Did Herbert W. Armstrong Recruit People?) A close examination of the lessons (which are based on a question and answer format) reveal that scriptures are taken out of context and their application altered in order to "prove" what the author is saying.
Gerald Flurry purchased approximately 170 acres of land in Edmond, Oklahoma. He opened a college on this land in the fall of 2001, calling it Imperial College (IC). In 2006 the name of Imperial College was changed to Herbert W. Armstrong College. The college has 50 students (1/08). One of the objectives for the college is "to teach its students how to live" and "prepare pastors for their local congregations" (words similar to what HWA said about his Ambassador College in Pasadena, California3). The college is said to make use of mind control methods to train men for the ministry in PCG. (Read: May 2004 letter to ESN which furnishes more info about their college.) Homes worth approximately $200,000 have been built on this land for the ministry. The grounds on the campus are furnished with security guards. The address is 14400 S. Bryant Ave, north of Waterloo in southern Logan County, Oklahoma. It is located two miles west of Interstate 35 off Waterloo Road, a few miles north of downtown Edmond, just outside of Oklahoma City.
Imperial Academy is the name of their school for kindergarten through 12 grade. It opened August 14, 2008. In 2012 Wayne Turgeon, Gerald Flurry's son-in-law, was its Principal.
On March 7, 2003 Gerald Flurry bought the copyrights to Herbert W. Armstrong's literature, including Mystery of the Ages and 18 other books/booklets, from Worldwide Church of God for approximately $3 million dollars. (Read: Sold Copyrights to PCG)
Philadelphia Church of God believes that the world can't fully understand what God's message is apart from Gerald Flurry's "revealed" writings and without believing Malachi's Message.
In the May-June 2005 Royal Vision Editorial (p. 1-2), Flurry proclaims that PCG's emphasis has changed and it is now on "warning" and "prophecy" because "the time is short." In this same issue he talked about PCG's new Hall of Administration on their 171-acre Herbert W. Armstrong campus (i. e., Armstrong College or "AC"; formerly called Imperial College). This building (which is an office facility) is said to be a step in "finishing God's final warning work."
PCG boasts of Armstrong International Cultural Foundation (AICF) (modeled after Herbert Armstrong's Ambassador International Cultural Foundation), which is on the grounds of Herbert W. Armstrong College. In January 2008 the Armstrong International Cultural Foundation broke ground for this auditorium (Performing Arts Center called Armstrong Auditorium, patterned after HWA's Ambassador Auditorium which was located in Pasadena, CA). When it was completed in 2010, it was said to cost $20 million. But in 2012 Gerald Flurry told the members that the building actually cost $25 million because they had not included the cost of landscaping. (December 26, 2012 letter to ESN) PCG and members have referred to the auditorium as the "House for God." For more about this, read: Gerald Flurry Plans to Build a "House for God" and Gerald Flurry Spends $107,500 for Items Auctioned Off by Worldwide Church of God.
In the summer of 2007 Gerald Flurry spent time in Jerusalem with his son Stephen working on the "Jerusalem Dig." PCG students have been working with archeologist Eilat Mazar to unearth what they believe is King David's palace. Flurry calls it a "continuation of HWA's work."4
Gerald Flurry has stressed that before anyone is able to be baptized by PCG ministers, they must acknowledge that he is "that prophet" (one of several titles which he has assigned to himself, including "apostle"), and that he is the man under God who speaks for God. He also makes members believe that "Christ is about to return." None of his prophecies have come to pass.
Others feel Flurry is becoming fanatical. Here are quotes from some of his booklets:
"As we get into more trouble, they will really think we are crazy! But we simply are giving ourselves passionately to God." Who is That Prophet? pp. 5, 88.
"They [the members] will stay with God even if it gets them killed." Ezekiel, the End-Time Prophet pp. 2, 116.
For more info, see Articles on Gerald Flurry.
Note: Teachings in PCG are very similar to what was taught by Herbert Armstrong in the Worldwide Church of God. Refer to Letter #3 from ex WCG member to author Latayne Scott, which gives a list.
- PCG claims to be "the only true church and God's Work on earth today5 and the "Philadelphia era of God's Church" (i. e., "the only church in the inner court").PCG claims to be "the only true church and God's Work on earth today5 and the "Philadelphia era of God's Church" (i. e., "the only church in the inner court").
- Herbert W. Armstrong is considered to have been the "end-time Elijah" and "Christ's end-time messenger" who prepared the way for the Second Coming of Christ, restoring the true gospel in 1934 (which had "not been preached since 69 AD" until HWA began preaching it). No one can attend PCG services without a prior visit by the ministers and without believing that HWA fulfilled the role of the end-time Elijah.6 All their beliefs are based on what HWA taught.
- Flurry calls his position a type of Elisha's office7 and has recently proclaimed to his members that he is "That Prophet"8 mentioned in John 1:21, 25. He says he is in the role of "lawgiver to God's Church"9 and the "messenger to the Laodicean era," and that God has worked with him the same way that God worked with HWA, even giving PCG new truth.10
- Members are not to question Gerald Flurry's teachings, or they will be disfellowshipped.
- Other churches "in the world" are looked upon as Satan's counterfeits.
- PCG believes they are right and everyone else is wrong.11
- The PCG expects persecution as a result of the message they preach.
- Malachi's Message is the centerpiece of PCG's literature (their whole message is built around it) and "PCG was commissioned by God to deliver Malachi's Message." Before one can become a member they must believe MM is the "little book" of Rev. 10. (Note: In 1990 Jules Dervaes wrote Gerald Flurry a letter, saying that Flurry plagiarized his material when he [Flurry] wrote Malachi's Message. This article links to the original letter and mailing receipt signed by Mrs. Flurry.) [offsite link]
- The Worldwide Church of God members are "Laodiceans" and the "Synagogue of Satan" and are being cursed because they have turned away from the doctrines of HWA and from obeying "God's government."
- Flurry and his members have been "commanded by God" to get out the end-time message about God's law and soon coming government on earth, or else they will suffer in the Great Tribulation and/or end up in the Lake of Fire. Only those that are ruled "unconditionally" (i. e., by the government in PCG) can accomplish this "Work of God" and qualify to rule with Christ and be in the Kingdom.12
- Only a few being called now; those in PCG are considered "the elect."
- God works through the government (from the top down) in His church (PCG) and "if you question it, you are questioning God."
- Baptism by immersion, followed by laying on of hands by PCG ministers, is necessary as a condition for receiving the Holy Spirit and becoming a member of PCG. (Young children are not baptized.)
- There is no immortal soul, nor conscious existence until the first resurrection. Members do not "go to heaven," but "sleep in the grave" (soul sleep) "Born again" refers to a physical (1st) resurrection, not to spiritual birth. They deny the bodily Resurrection of Jesus.
- Members "qualify" for the Kingdom by submitting to "the government of God." At that time they will assist Christ in ruling the earth and later rule the universe with Him.
- God is a "family." This "God Family" is comprised at present of the Father and the Son, but members will be born into it at the Resurrection. The Holy Spirit is not a Person, but only "the power of God" which can be lost.
- Jesus was a "messenger" to bring the good news of the Kingdom of God. Christianity preaches a "false gospel" about Christ.
- The blood of Jesus "doesn't finally save any man."13
- There will be a "2nd resurrection" (a 100-year period after the thousand year reign on earth) when all those who "never had a chance to hear the gospel" (as taught by Herbert Armstrong) will be resurrected from their graves and given their "first chance." Then there will be a "3rd resurrection" after the Millennium for those who had their chance and willfully rejected "the truth" and who will be annihilated in the Lake of Fire.
- Cutting off ties with family members and "worldly" friends and co-workers is encouraged.
- Sunday, birthdays, Christmas, Easter, Valentine's Day, etc., are considered "pagan days" and are not to be observed. Only Thanksgiving and national holidays, such as Mother's Day, Father's Day, Fourth of July, and wedding anniversaries can be observed--as long as they aren't overdone.
- Clothing styles and hair length are regulated. Women's dresses must be below the knees (even when sitting) and no low cut dresses.
- Use of the medical profession is discouraged and most have no medical insurance. It is considered being "weak in faith" to go see a doctor, or to take medications. Instead, they are to be anointed by the elders and urged to look to God to heal them. Some members are using doctors and medicines; however, they have been told they can't take Passover if they are depending on medicine. Many of the ministers and their wives are still going without medical attention and dying. Read: How Did Worldwide Church of God Instruct Ministers to Deal With "Health and Medical Problems"? which shows it is to avoid prosecution.
- Members are not to vote.
- Members are not to take up arms in military service (conscientious objector). They must trust God for protection.
- Three tithes must be paid to PCG headquarters (3rd tithe given every third year in seven), plus offerings are taken up during all the Old Testament feast days ("annual Sabbaths"). This is in addition to contributing to the building fund. Members travel to an assigned area for the Feast of Tabernacles in the fall, according to the Jewish calendar.
- Makeup is considered vanity and "a sin."
- Men cannot wear earrings.
- No nursery or classes are provided for the children during services; children are expected to sit and be quiet for two-hour services, or sleep on a pad beside the parent's feet. Children are to be disciplined according to the principles in the older Garner Ted Armstrong childrearing booklet: The Plain Truth About Child-Rearing (which sanctions spanking babies and harsh discipline of children).
- Dating and marriage are heavily regulated; dating outside the organization is forbidden; inter-racial marrying is discouraged.
- Divorce is considered "a sin." The ministry decides whether or not a marriage should be dissolved (it can be considered grounds for separation and later divorce if a mate leaves PCG and becomes "Laodicean"). They are forbidden to marry a non-member of PCG.
- Racist doctrine of British-Israelism/Anglo-Israelism/lost Ten Tribes of Israel (described in HWA's books, The United States and British Commonwealth in Prophecy and Mystery of the Ages), which states white Anglo-Saxons are "God's chosen race" or descendants of Israel.
- They are living in the "last days" and "last hour"14 and the prophecies in the O.T. are for U.S., Britain and other English speaking nations today. The Great Tribulation (believed to be 3 l/2 years in duration) is imminent. A "United States of Europe" with Germany at its head, is to arise and attack the United States and other English-speaking nations.
- Anyone not in the PCG is considered Laodicean and they "must give up their lives to prove themselves to God."15 PCG members who are not obedient enough to be taken to the "place of safety" (which is thought to be Petra)16 will go into captivity and either be martyred or suffer the seven last great plagues and the wrath of God.
- Disfellowshipping and marking is enforced. Those who leave PCG, or are disfellowshipped, are "considered Laodicean" and members are commanded to shun them, even if they are of their immediate family.17
- Belief that God prophesied the Worldwide Church of God would be destroyed by Satan after Herbert W. Armstrong died."18
- Gerald Flurry hinted that the "last hour" could come on January 16, 2010. (figuring another 19-year time cycle from the "Elijah work"19)
- Jesus Christ is not the central figure of the Gospel; God the Father and the "government of God" is.
- The most important book, next to the Bible, is Mystery of the Ages20 and the 3rd most important book is Malachi's Message. (MM is considered "the little book" of Rev. 10)
- Faith to be healed is the same as faith to be resurrected and they are to have the faith "of" Christ.21
- Belief that they are becoming like God and will be "co-Saviors."22
- Teaches members will "become God's family" (which is merely a re-wording of HWA's teaching which said they become a member of the God family; thereby becoming God.)
- Those who want to attend services must study PCG literature beforehand. Flurry feels they "just need a little more education first."23 Required reading for prospective members before they are contacted by a minister is: Mystery of the Ages, Malachi's Message, and That Prophet (in that order).24 (The God Family Vision has since been added to the list.) Also read: The Letter that is Sent to All Philadelphia Church of God Inquirers (Regarding attending their services)
- Much emphasis is placed on dates, especially the anniversary of HWA's death.25
- Teaches that members must keep "God's law" or they will not receive eternal salvation.26 This means the Ten Commandments (especially the seventh day Sabbath), the seven Old Testament feast days ("holy days") and the law of clean and unclean meats (Leviticus 11).
- Members are not to exalt Christ above the Father.27
Similarities Between PCG Doctrines and Doctrines of the Branch Davidians:
David Koresh and his members (the Branch Davidians) all kept the Seventh day Sabbath and also believed the books of Daniel and Revelation had been unsealed. They claim to have the Key of David. They teach that the Daily (a.k.a. the "Continual") has been taken away. They give the identification of the tribes of Israel today. They teach about the Elijah messenger. They hold to clean and unclean foods. They teach about the two trees, and the two witnesses. They also claim to understand the firstfruits harvest. They claim New Truth and New Revelation. They distinguish their faith as special and unique and they believe they are God's chosen people and are living in the end times. The Branch Davidians (David Koresh) were an offshoot from the Millerites (Seventh-day Adventists), just as the WCG was. More can be read under: "WACO (we start to investigate."
Destructive Methods of Mind Control:
- Fear: Fear to question, doubt or read literature that is critical of the group; fear to leave the group; fear of losing salvation; fear of the Great Tribulation; fear of the "Lake of Fire"; fear of being "cursed"; fear of demons and/or becoming demon possessed.
- False guilt: Blamed for things they did not do in order to break them down and cause them to submit more fully to the leadership; feeling guilty over not measuring up.
- Shame: Sins are dwelt on in sermons, literature and counseling sessions; shame at their imperfections.
- Secrecy: Taught to keep their core beliefs a secret, as "outsiders will not understand." Meeting places are kept secret. As of 2005, tape libraries have been shut down and tapes/CDs of sermons from headquarters are destroyed after being played to members.
- Unquestioning submission: Must obey the authority without question or doubt.
- Control: Control of every aspect of members' lives, including their thoughts.
- Isolation: All those on the outside ("the world") are influenced by Satan. Flurry has a "no contact" ruling which is causing members to cut off from family.
Gerald Flurry continues to proclaim to his members that God is giving him "new revelation."28
Instructions to ministers on how to conduct "proper and effective in-home visits" are in Gerald Flurry's November 5, 2004 Pastor General Report, p. 5-9. This is revealing in how it shows PCG determines who is ready to attend services. Their 2004-2006 Pastor General Reports can be read online. (See the December 10, 2005 PGR for the "no contact" ruling and "CD and Tape Policy.")
According to informants with inside info, PCG is becoming more exclusive and paranoid.
By D. M. Williams
Exit & Support Network™
August 14, 2000
Last updated March 12, 2013
"For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. For every tree is known by his own fruit." ~Luke 6:43-44
1 "Then, in 1973, I was ordained a local church elder." (Jude - The Most Urgent Prophecy Yet for This End Time! Gerald Flurry, 2005, p. 35)
2 "Malachi's Message was revealed to me in 1989. GOD REVEALED IT! There was no reason for God to do so if a few already understood the message! I hope all of us would challenge such statements. Malachi's Message is a new vision from God. It's a NEW REVELATION-- not something somebody already knew!" (The Little Book, Gerald Flurry, 1995)
3 "Regarding AMBASSADOR COLLEGE, all of you know that the purpose for which it was founded is to provide a trained ministry for the Church of God to assist Mr. Armstrong in this world-wide work. We carefully screen applicants for the College -- because not all young people are potential candidates for the ministry." (Good News, March 1958, "Who May Attend Our Schools?")
4 Ambassador College was involved in the "Jerusalem dig" from 1968 to 1976. HWA told members they were "cleaning off the rubble" where David's throne was in order to prepare for Christ's return. After claiming it was "the most important archaeological excavation of our time" he ended up spending thousands of dollars for nothing. More is covered in "AC's Participation In Jerusalem Dig Ends" (AR 2, 1977).
5 "Actually, we are God's only true representative on this earth!..."(Philadelphia Trumpet, p. 19 March, 1994) "...that truth is in only one church today, God's church. Only God's Philadelphia Church has retained God's Law in this end time." (Philadelphia Trumpet , p.5 March 1994)
6 "Elijah Has Come Already and 'They Knew Him Not'" by Stephen Flurry, Philadelphia Trumpet, July 1995; "Herbert Armstrong was Christ's end-time messenger." (The Key of David, Gerald Flurry, chap. 2) "Mr. Armstrong's writings are the foundation of all that we believe." (Personal, "Miracle Victory! And What it Means," Philadelphia Trumpet, March-April 2003, Gerald Flurry) "When prospective members come to the PCG, the first and perhaps most important question we ask them is, 'Do you believe Mr. Armstrong fulfilled the role of the end-time Elijah?' If they don't believe this then we don't invite them." (Philadelphia Trumpet, January 1993, p. 15)
7 That Prophet: Part Five, "The Elisha Work," Gerald Flurry.
8 PCG's ministerial conference, June, 1999.
9 Mr. Armstrong had to establish God's law and government. He was the Elijah who restored all things just before Christ's return. I have continued the same law and government that he taught. ... Mr. Armstrong and I each have been used to fill the role of lawgiver to God's Church and the world." (That Prophet: Part Four, Gerald Flurry, p.21)
10 "Mr. Armstrong was not a prophet in the sense that God spoke to him like He did with the prophets of old. God spoke to Mr. Armstrong THROUGH THE PAGES OF THE Bible. ... God has worked with me in the same way. He has not spoken to me directly in vision, But He has given me all kinds of new revelation from the Bible--new revelation that you can prove." (That Prophet: Part One, Gerald Flurry, p.8) "And--most importantly--God has continued to bless us, as He did Mr. Armstrong, with new revelation." (Philadelphia Trumpet, February 2006, "From the Editor: An Open Letter to the Churches of God" by Gerald Flurry
11 "After all we are right, God is with us, and everybody else is wrong and they're going to have to see that." ("The Mantle of Elijah," 3-8-03 sermon by Gerald Flurry, Pt. 2, Tape 2, Side 1)
12 "We must submit to God's government today, or we'll never rule with Christ or be in His Kingdom!" (Jeremiah and the Greatest Vision in the Bible, Gerald Flurry, "Why Israel Failed," Gerald Flurry, p. 53)
13 "The blood of Christ does not finally save any man." (All About Water Baptism, Herbert Armstrong, 1972, pp. 1-3.) "People want to believe we are simply saved by our faith in Christ's blood. As Mr. Armstrong said, that 'is nothing but a dead faith--and a dead faith never will save one soul!'" (Philadelphia Trumpet, Gerald Flurry, May 1994, p. 15). HWA often contradicted himself, so we will find him saying such things as: "The blood of Jesus Christ was so precious it paid for ALL OF OUR SINS!" (1979 co-worker letter from Herbert Armstrong); we are "justified by the blood of Christ" and acceptance of Christ is "for remission of sins" (Just What Do You Mean Salvation?) However, in his typical Scripture twisting manner, HWA (the same as Gerald Flurry) turned around and said that Romans 3:25 meant we only have remission of sins that are "past." (Pagan Holidays—or God's Holy Days—Which?)
14 According to Flurry, the "last hour" began on May 5, 2001. He later claimed that the last half of the last hour began on June 4, 2005. (The Last Hour, 2004; Dear Brethren and co-workers in Christ, 2/2/04; Jude, 2005, PCG sermon by Wayne Turgeon, 12/24/05, etc.) In 2006 he denied that he was preaching the last hour. Then in 2010 he extended the "last hour" for another decade (April 2010 sermon).
15 The Lion Has Roared, Gerald Flurry, "Laodiceans face death," 1991, 1992, 2006.
16 Flurry has talked about Petra being the "possible" place of safety. (Philadelphia Trumpet, "The Place of Safety," July 1995; Nov./Dec. 1998 issue of Royal Vision.) Read: Philadelphia Church of God and the Place of Safety.
18 Flurry said America, Britain and Israel were "about to enter into the Great Tribulation." (Philadelphia Trumpet, July 1995, "The Place of Safety." Ezekiel, The End-Time Prophet, pp. 87-88. Ezekiel--The end-time prophet, Gerald Flurry, 2002, p. 142. Royal Vision, July/August 2003, "The Mantel of Elijah.") A few years ago he was figuring another 19 year cycle from Jan. 16,1991 which would have suggested January 16, 2010 as a target year. January 16 is the month and day that Herbert W. Armstrong died and Flurry has placed great emphasis on it. (see footnote #25)
19 Ezekiel-The End Time Prophet, Gerald Flurry, 2002, pp. 87-88.
20 "I candidly feel it may be the most important book since the Bible." (Dear Brethren & Co-Worker letter, September 1985, by Herbert W. Armstrong.) After a long court battle, Worldwide Church of God sold the copyrights to nineteen of Herbert Armstrong's works (including MOA) to PCG for $3 million (March 7, 2003). In his Royal Vision, July/August 2003, p.7, Gerald Flurry used the verse "Buy the truth and sell it not..." (Proverbs 23:23) to justify his buying Herbert Armstrong's literature from the WCG.
21 Feast of Tabernacle sermon, Gerald Flurry, October 6, 2004.
22 "We have a Savior, and He is teaching us to be co-saviors. God is teaching us how to save people today and during the Millennium. We are becoming like the Savior God!" (July-August 2004 Royal Vision)
23 Pastor General's Report, Vol. 2, No. 4, February 12, 2005, p. 7.
24 Pastor General's Report, Vol. 1, No. 8, November 5, 2005, p. 3, 6.
25 "Malachi's Message was first received by many people on Jan. 16, 1990, the very day of the anniversary of Mr. Armstrong's death (Jan. 16, 1986). ... You are going to see the date of Mr. Armstrong's death take on more significance as time goes on. ... The number 40 is significant in the Bible. The third 19-year time cycle of the work of the WCG ended in January of 1991—the same month as the fifth anniversary of Mr. Armstrong's death. ... The Persian Gulf War began on Jan. 16, 1991! God considers the date of Mr. Armstrong's death to be very significant." (Malachi's Message and Chapter 6, Isaiah's End-Time Vision, by Gerald Flurry)
27 Letters to ESN: June 4, 2009, August 14, 2009 and August 17, 2009 (last letter says Gerald Flurry stated, "Christ is not our Savior.")
28 "God has continued to bless us, as He did Mr. Armstrong, with new revelation. The living God did not stop speaking to His people when Mr. Armstrong died." (Philadelphia Trumpet, February 2006, "From the Editor: An Open Letter to the Churches of God" by Gerald Flurry)
Dropouts See Hucksterism Where They Once Saw God (Newspaper testimony which shows the bondage PCG members are under is very similar to the exploitation that WCG members went through)