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Exposé of "Clarion Call—The Time is Now!"

(Includes excerpts from Pt. 1: "The 1335 Days—What Most Will Never Hear")

 

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Abusive leaders are also notorious for making duplicitous statements. This keeps members always guessing, and never arriving at any definite conclusion. They continually "muddy the waters" so members can never pinpoint errors or hold the leader accountable.

Let's examine some contradictions made by Pack. First, he asserts that Gerald Flurry (of the Philadelphia Church of God) uses fear and threats against his members, hanging the place of safety over their heads:

(1:18:20) The guy who claims to be "That Prophet"— who blasphemes by taking 12 different titles of God, through fear and threats and— [uses voice mimicking Gerald Flurry] "I have your ticket to the place of safety"2— with a false model he's built up— has people giving more per person by far than any of the splinters, and that includes us, and we're not a splinter.3 I know his income and I know the size of his group. We can do a lot more. He's told those people ... The devil has got his agents saying the kinds of things that have people giving. But we're the people of God. What should we be giving?...

Now we will see Pack engage in the same type behavior for which he ridiculed Flurry. Below, we see him manipulating his members into believing that they won't be going to the place of safety unless members give him their assets:

(1:06:20) I wonder how many— how many who are saving their assets— who think they are going with us to the place of safety— and others may replace them in the splinters who anoint their eyes and come here, how many will find that their assets are stolen from them anyway, which wouldn't have done much good when they go into the Tribulation anyway?
(1:34:45) It's all going to be taken away from us anyway, brethren. Do you want to give it up in advance— some of it— while you can have great reward— or do you want to hold on to it, and lose it anyway because thieves are going to get at it unless you don't believe Christ? You aren't going where you think you're going. And that may include the Kingdom of God, by the way.

From his own words, it is clear that Pack uses fear and threats by telling members that they are not going to the place of safety and are headed into the Tribulation if they withhold their assets. The pot has called the kettle black. This type of psychological and emotional bullying is repugnant and nothing short of horrific. "Give" or "don't go" is outright extortion. How can these kinds of ultimatums come from an emotionally sound individual, let alone an "apostle of God"?

Another interesting contradiction is Pack's way of making it seem painless to give their assets to him. Notice carefully how Pack clearly states that these Home Equity Line payments are not felt, and that he personally testifies to that fact since he has done this himself:

(1:46:05) I've talked about using a Home Equity Line that I've used many times. And there are ways to do this. This is not something that's pie in the sky. Home Equity Line is for people who have a lot of equity in their home, or maybe have their home paid off. It's a great way to advance funds to the Work. You can also leave enough in the Equity Line, which could, in affect, for years – make your payment for you – so you literally don't feel it. For instance, you can get 20, 30, 40, 50 thousand dollars— or much more— and never feel a payment for years because you're also making your payments out of the Equity Line. I have done that. It allowed me to give a lot and never feel it. It takes faith...

Now let's see Pack flip-flop and say the opposite:

(44:35) I have no equity essentially in my home. My Home Equity Line is basically maxed. I have a huge payment, [but it] doesn't bother me. I'm in the middle of an appraisal. I literally have no money. I have no debts except that Home Equity Line which is colossal in size.
(2:06) I'm left with a great big, many hundreds of dollars a month, coming out of my pocket that I will be stuck with for the rest of my life— no health insurance, just remember, lost my wife's salary same time I had to borrow every dime to bury her. I don't want a dime...I'm not asking for any. I'll be fine.

HOW TO HAVE A HAPPY MARRIAGE

Sociopaths aren't the least bit concerned how their selfish demands affect others. They are completely indifferent to the pain and devastation they cause. They openly display feelings of contempt toward others who get in the way of their goals. Following is a clear example of this kind of behavior when Pack instructs husbands and wives to ignore the protests of their spouses and take what is entitled to them:

(1:43) Wives, you can be independent in this. You have half the worth in whatever is there in your house. I'm officially telling all of you, read verses 17, 18, 19 and focus on it. Wives you have an independent voice. Legally you have half the funds. What are you going to do about it? [Pack begins a tirade and stutters heavily] Husbands, your wife, [speaks as if quoting] "Well, my wife isn't in the church. She doesn't want me to do it." You know what? [starts raising his voice] Tell her, "You don't have a voice, woman." She might say, "Well, I disagree" and she might fight ya, but, well then, that's what happens...Your wife doesn't agree that you don't eat ham, doesn't agree that you believe God isn't a Trinity, doesn't agree that you keep the Sabbath, or it could be other way around. Well, what does she agree with? Of course she's not going to agree with your tithing, or contributing on Holy Days or anything else. Or that there's a place of safety or that the whole world is coming to an end.
(1:44) Now some would say, "Well, I have to leave everything to my husband or my wife." Again, my question is, "Why?" Leave enough so that they're cared for, whether in or out of the faith? "Well I just feel that I should leave my Lutheran wife everything," somebody might say. [Shouts] Why??? Get over that feeling!!! That's what Satan wants you to do!!! He [Satan] would absolutely agree with your decision. God wouldn't agree with it. "Well my wife's in the faith. I'll just leave it to her and trust her." Well, wait a minute! She'd be the first to tell you to "Give it now— don't leave anymore than what I need." If she doesn't say that, then she's not in the faith, she's just sitting here warming a seat. The wife, in the faith, will say, "Give everything we can. Leave just enough for me."

Pack instructs spouses to get their fair share, or more, coming to them. Whatever happened to "living the life of give"? Look closely at Pack's double-talk. When it comes to "getting their fair share" from their husbands, Packs tells the wife that she "has an independent voice." But five sentences later, when the unconverted wife doesn't agree, then he says that "You don't have a voice, woman!" In all seriousness, can anyone believe that the words "You don't have a voice, woman!" could come out of the mouth of Jesus Christ? Would God approve of such demeaning and mean-spirited talk from the mouth of an "apostle"? Why would Pack have spouses fighting against one another? Look closely how Pack devalues their feelings and could care less about the outcome of these arguments. His annoyance is clear, and clearer still is his belief that he is entitled to these funds. He could care less if he sends spouses on a collision course in their relationship as long as he gets his money. The needs of others are of no importance to him. Notice how Pack cleverly sets up those who want to leave everything to their spouse. He plainly tells them that they are "doing what Satan wants." Again, he stoops to emotional extortion, even putting believing wives on the spot. This is despicable.

Without realizing it, the options are narrowed and the member has no choice but to follow Pack's orders. Members think they still have "free will," but in truth, they do not. Interestingly, Pack avoids quoting I Timothy 5:8 "But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith and is worse than an infidel." Why would an "apostle" cause families to disobey this Scripture? There is no sin in showing love and concern toward a spouse's financial needs. Members have already "paid God His tithes," paid their taxes, and given money above and beyond normal limits. For them to have anything in savings shows wisdom and caring on their part. Pack should be congratulating them instead of castigating them. But his greed won't be satiated until he's squeezed every last drop from them, and shamefully, all this is done in the name of God.

WHEN WILL JESUS RETURN?

In both the "1335 Days" sermon and the "Clarion Call" sermon, Dave Pack bedazzles his members with secret formulas and calculations to make his members think he's on the inside track concerning the return of Christ. Below is a good example of the kind of double-talk Pack continually engages. He clearly states that no one, not even Jesus Himself, can know the day or the hour of His return:

(18:20) We cannot know the day and the hour of Christ's return...No one. No man. Christ himself doesn't know. [Excerpt taken from "The 1335 Days— What Most Will Never Hear"]

Then Pack flip-flops and states emphatically that Christ is returning on the Feast of Trumpets, and no later than the year 2021.

(15:50) Another fundamental understanding is that Jesus comes on Trumpets... [Goes into long explanation why Christ must return on Trumpets.] If He doesn't, then we've been wrong on a doctrine. If the 7,000-year plan is not 7,000 years, Herbert Armstrong was wrong.
46:00) You come up with the completion of the 6,000 years in 2021...The latest that Christ can return is 2021. You may say, "But Mr. Pack, no man knows the day or the hour." Believe me, I know that and I'm not about to announce it. As a matter of fact, I'm going to prove to you why anyone could never announce it. You can't know it until you get to the 1335.
(47:20) All right, Christ returns on Trumpets. So you're looking at, for instance, the latest Christ could return is Trumpets 2021, Trumpets 2021. Correct?...
(48:10) ...And the church of God happens to believe that Jesus Christ is going to return and set up his Kingdom on Trumpets...the Tribulation will begin in the spring of 2018 at the latest...so we're looking at a little over 10 years from now.
(49:35) Did God let His servant get that wrong— who restored all things— that was a doctrine once understood? Taught to the church? I proved it— you should have proved it. We're we wrong? Did Mr. Armstrong get it wrong? Let's reason together now. Christ returns on Trumpets...
(53:30) So we're asking the question, "When will Christ return?" That's the question. Well, apparently he can't return later than 2021...So that's a little less than 14 years from now until Trumpets 2021.
(56:30) The Work has a maximum of 9 years to go. [All excerpts above taken from "1335 Days" sermon]

Like it or not, Pack has given the definite day of Christ's return. Even though he didn't give the exact year, he's certainly given the definite day. It's quite simple to figure when the date of the Feast of Trumpets is from now until the year 2021. Anyone can get a calendar on any given year and circle the day of the Rosh Hashanah. Although he doesn't give the exact hour, it doesn't really matter. It has to happen in a 24-hour period on any given Feast of Trumpets. So even though Pack won't tell his members that Jesus is returning at 3:35pm, he's already informed them that the return of Christ has to be on the Feast of Trumpets. It seems that Pack knows something that Jesus said He didn't know. (Mark 13:32) Even though Pack says he would "never announce it," he already has. The following dates were taken from an online calendar up until the year 2021— the latest date of Christ's Return, according to Pack. (Since Pack is launching his book printing campaign in 2008, that's a sure sign that Christ isn't returning this year. Pack will be too busy).

  • Friday September 18 in 2009
  • Wednesday September 8 in 2010
  • Wednesday September 28 in 2011
  • Sunday September 16 in 2012
  • Wednesday September 4 in 2013
  • Wednesday September 24 in 2014
  • Sunday September 13 in 2015
  • Monday October 3 in 2016
  • Thursday September 21 in 2017
  • Monday September 10 in 2018
  • Monday September 30 in 2019
  • Saturday September 19 in 2020
  • Tuesday September 7 in 2021

So there you have it. If Pack's words are true, and his "Trumpets return doctrine" is true, then you now know the potential days of Christ's return. Once the day is known, it's not too hard to wait for the "hour." If Jesus doesn't appear on Friday, September 18, 2009, then try again on Wednesday, September 8, 2010. You only have to do this each Feast of Trumpets until the year 2021. Pack may not have given a "3, 6, 9, 12 months in advance" figure, but by declaring the "day," we have Christ's return date years in advance. Scripture plainly says that "no man knows the day or the hour" (Matt. 25:13) and Pack's teaching has clearly violated this Scripture.

Even Pack's Tribulation formula goes against any secret return. Pack insists that they will flee in the winter, 3-1/2 years before the return of Christ so they can avoid the Tribulation. That makes calculating Christ's return even easier. If members flee in the winter of 2013, then anyone can figure that Christ will be returning on Monday, October 3rd in 2016. If they flee in the winter of 2014, then Christ will be returning on Thursday, September 21st, 2017, and so on. Pack's formula makes it easy for anyone to calculate Christ's return in advance. And Pack's church won't be vanishing in the middle of the night, either. It takes time to make passports, exchange currency, and grant Visas. One simply cannot hop on a plane and settle into foreign country without necessary paperwork and in many cases, inoculations. There will be plenty of loved ones left behind that will blow the whistle to the media should they take off for the Middle East. Everyone will know the Restored Church of God has fled, and therefore, everyone will know the day of Christ's return. [Note: Similar problems have been listed concerning Gerald Flurry's talk of going to a place of safety. See this part in Philadelphia Church of God and the Place of Safety.]

Pack claims that "the Work has a maximum of 9 years to go" and earlier he stated, "perhaps 4-9 years left, 5-9 years." One wonders why Pack would bother erecting new buildings when there will be so little time left to use them. One also should wonder why he would start a "building fund" for members to donate to— haven't they donated enough already? What do they have left to give— the shirt off their backs? They've already paid for the buildings by liquidating their assets. How could Pack have the audacity to ask for "more"? At least members won't have to worry about getting "an internal signal" and fleeing in the next few years since Pack will be preoccupied with spending their hard earned cash.

FAITHLESSNESS REDEFINED

Faithlessness, according to Pack, is not giving up personal assets to him now. Below, Pack is dancing in circles again in an attempt to get members to shed the old church doctrine of getting a "pre-sign" from Headquarters to sell off their goods and count the days until Christ returns:

Faithlessness, according to Pack, is not giving up personal assets to him now. Below, Pack is dancing in circles again in an attempt to get members to shed the old church doctrine of getting a "pre-sign" from Headquarters to sell off their goods and count the days until Christ returns:

(56:10) There will be no last call to give everything after we get some "pre-sign" that the 1335 sign is coming. Why? Why is that impossible?? Because we'd know the day and the hour of Christ's return. You do not know that until the 1335 begins. No human leader could ever stand up— who is false—he's literally telling you in advance of the waiting period that requires faith to wait for. He's telling you, "I figured it out 3, 6, 9, 12 months in advance." If I ever do that, then you know I am false! And the test of faith would be gone at that point. It would be too late at that point to do any good, for most to liquidate what they have, give what they can— absolutely faithless when you think about it— because there wouldn't be enough time for personal enjoyment and wants.
(1:24:30) The concept is correct, it was not a wrong concept, but nobody ever thought through what amounts to the faithless position to say that it would arrive in the last 3, 6, 9 or 12 months before the Work was over. The timing is different— the need is urgent now! You should be excited about this.

Pack tries to claim that getting this "pre-sign" to sell off assets (like members in WCG thought they would do in 1972) is impossible because one then could calculate the day of Christ's return. This is hogwash since Pack has already made it clear what day Jesus is returning. It matters little what mystical formulas he conjures up because in the end, he's given the day and the time frame.

He also tells members that the old teaching of waiting until the time gets close to the end before selling off assets is faithless, because members will spend years enjoying their assets before they have to give them up, and when they won't be needing them anymore:

(57:30) [Reads 2 Tim. 2:4 about being "lovers of pleasure"] Endure hardness as a good soldier... A lot of people would be perfectly willing to drain their bank accounts, their stocks, and their equity in their home, etc. Now they see the place of safety. [Speaking as another person] "Now I know there's no more time to spend it on me, to keep it for security for me, because now I can see the place of safety. I don't need God's government; I can't follow any more pleasure seeking, which of course, is my first love. Of course, I'll give it all." How generous am I? Where's the faith in that??

The real motivation behind this change in doctrine is quite transparent: Pack wants his money now. He knows this whole scenario isn't going to happen, but he needed a way to get his hands on his followers' cash to realize his dreams now. He didn't want to have to wait, as HWA taught, until it gets close to the end. He doesn't want to wait until they die and leave the goods in their Will. Even that is considered being "faithless":

(1:42:30) Now let's talk about Wills. Naming the Restored Church of God in your Will sometimes might cause an individual to think they're doing the right thing. That's good, that's wonderful. But they feel comfortable that they've done their part. Think about it. How much faith does that require? The Church gets everything when you die and you don't need it anymore? Where did you sacrifice anything?? Now again, that's a nice thought. But all you're saying is since you're dead you don't need anymore financial security. No faith. Get it now— When it requires faith. When you're dead you don't need it. We have people who have hundreds upon hundreds of thousands of dollars— some even millions— they're telling us they're going to give us in Wills. We're kind of put in a funny position when you think this through. Do we pray that people die so we can get it? We can't do that! I'm going to get an inheritance from my uncle some day. I don't pray that he dies— I can't do that...Don't put God in the position where you have to die, where He must say "I need that money" and you won't turn loose of it now. If you named us in your Will, it could take months or years, particularly if there's litigation before we have it. Think it through... [talks about the natural "cycle of death" bringing funds to the church]
(1:45:40) We live in a strange, different, final generation—final generation. Don't look for excuses to hold on to your treasure! We don't have the luxury of waiting years...Today, leaving everything in your Will doesn't work!

Again, Pack resorts to extortion by making members feel that God will be put in a position of killing them so the Work can have funds. Even though Pack likes to claim that he is gifted in logic, what we find here is twisted logic. What kind of God does Pack serve? The god of Pack is quite a greedy, malicious monster that is easily provoked when He doesn't get his money.

Pack continues his verbal onslaught to pry his members' fingers off their assets. He does not allow them any middle ground, giving them no time to think things over. For those who don't want to give, they are donned with the despised label: "Laodicean." They are accused of "lacking faith" and told they are under a "test." There is no such thing as a "free will" offering here.

(1:08) If you don't have the faith, then learn to say like Peter did, "Lord increase my faith!"... Make yourself come to grips with why you will not heed this instruction. Do you disbelieve prophecy? Do you lack faith? Are you fearful? The fearful will not be in the Kingdom of God! My answer is "Overcome your fear!" Are you uncertain of God's government? [Yells angrily] Then what are you here for?!!?...
(1:50:50) ...There are only two positions here regarding all that I have mentioned—only two—there's no middle ground...You're either going to yield and submit and to follow the Clarion Call, that the time is now, or you're not. Postponing a decision is deciding not to do anything. It is a decision. It's saying "I'm going to wait until we get closer because I lack faith. I walk by sight and not by faith, and I don't see that it's the End yet." Well, we should know that the whole world is going to step into a snare. Everybody's going to say that there's lots of time left. They'll be eating and drinking and building and planting and giving in marriage. It's not going to look like the End, except to those who are close to God and know what and how to "watch." [Says with disgust] Don't say, "I'm going to wait until we get closer, when I can see exactly how it's going to work out." You'll be out of time. Make a decision now! The decision is "My treasure stays on earth or it goes to heaven." Period! I want to just say it straight up. Boom! One way or the other: "I will not lay up for time to come" or "I will."
(1:52:10) This is a real test for Laodicea. Either hold on to your assets and trust in riches so you have need of nothing—that's the Laodicean attitude—or give it.
(1:22) I think perhaps one of the things that's has happened is that God has held back some very large income that we've been told that might be coming, this way or that. There are some very exciting things coming, but is held up, to see how many of God's people will be faithful verses faithless.

Since when was the definition of "faith" tied into how many assets one can give to Pack? Members need to open their Bible concordance and look up the word "faith" and see what the Bible says instead of allowing Pack to manipulate them into believing his convoluted definitions.

According to Pack, members have to give their life's savings in order to please God and gain access to this "internal signal" when the Tribulation comes. Members are so frightened that they stop questioning and comply. Pack wants them to believe their faith is being tested, and mostly, their faith toward him is being tested:

(58:00) It would be easy to give since all your future's needs are automatically looked after [because] you've gone to the place of safety. The time is therefore well before the 1335 that we have to give everything up. But there can't be a last call. That call is specifically now— as of this sermon...The test from this moment forward is now! It is now!!
(1:55) If God boomed from heaven to go the place of safety—"You must do this!" —meaning, "empty your assets!" there would be no test of faith! The test is whether you believe the human servant, or servants, His Headquarters, that God is using. That's the way God always works. God works through flesh and hence the test of faith.
(2:00:00) Your faith is being tested. Think about that.

Again, observe in the above statement another incidence of "authority transfer." As a test, members must transfer their faith and totally trust and believe in him, the human leader, and what he tells them to do. Pack plainly puts his members on the spot and forces them to embrace his directive: Believe him and pass the test— period. There are no other options. Not even Scripture can topple the authority that Pack holds. And if Pack orders that one sell off his assets now instead of waiting until it gets closer to the end— even though it cannot be found in Scripture— members will obey Pack because they want to pass the test.

A CALL TO FASTING

Abusive leaders are known to use fasting to heighten suggestiveness and submissiveness in their followers. Depriving oneself of food and water for a day is not the time to make good financial judgments and David C. Pack knows this. Notice his use of peer pressure and public shaming of a man who paid off his home.

(2:04) I have the authority to ask that. The points for fasting: A) [discusses fasting for personal strength] B) Fast for personal faith and courage to follow through what I'm asking you to do. [Starts shouting] Our enemies will jump all over us and call us a cult. I'm way past caring about that!! I've given up too many friends, I've given up all of what I've had—I've lost my wife. I care not what God's enemies4 have to say. But just expect it, I'm telling you. It wasn't received with great acclamation, other announcements that we've made from people who do not see the great fire of the Tribulation is real—they didn't believe it at all.
(2:06) Fast for faith, strength, courage for others with more than you to give, that they'll have the courage, faith and strength to give it. [Repeats.] Some of them may not have the strength to reach into various assets...One man was quoted at the Feast—it got back to me—he said [uses arrogant, mocking voice], "I've paid off my whole house!" and somebody said, "Well, why don't you cash in part of it and give it to the Church. He looked pie-eyed, like "What!? Are you kidding?!?" That man may recognize who he is—this happened at the Feast a year ago. Go get a big chunk out of your house! Yes, you might be left with 1% of the balance, which is what I'm left with on my Home Equity Line.

Pack has set his members up to give because they are afraid of not giving. They will comply through peer pressure and checking on one another to make sure they have the "courage to give." They will also comply because they don't want to be publicly humiliated from the pulpit by the "apostle" himself.

Typical of abusive leaders, Pack will engage in double-speak in order to cover himself.

(1:09:35) Some could say, "This message crosses the line!" [says with sarcasm, then launches into loud scolding] How?? Where is it unbiblical?! How am I telling you to do other than what Christ said, what Christ did, when He didn't have a place to call home? I'm not saying, sell your house so you don't have a place to call home. But how is it crossing the line, if you conclude that? Why is it?
(2:09) People are stepping out in faith, again. We want you to understand that under no circumstances did we intend that anyone give beyond their means. We asked you to do that, and certainly don't want financial hardship. It's just been incredible to watch the response. Choice has to be whether or how much, it has to be the people's choice—not ours. And we're just sort of sitting back and watching...

True, Pack didn't tell his members to "sell their homes," but taking out a large Home Equity Line and not being able to pay it back when it comes due is setting them up to lose their homes. By publicly backtracking and stating "We don't want financial hardships" and "it's the people's choice"—five weeks after he's given the "Clarion Call" sermon demanding money—he's put the blame squarely in the members' laps should they run across any financial hardships as a result of his financial extortion plan. Back in 1972, members in Worldwide Church of God—not all, but more than a few—sold their assets and sent the monies in to Headquarters because they were told they were going to flee to the place of safety. They were called "faithful" because they "stepped out in faith to give," but when the predictions failed, they were branded as fools. I wonder how many of these faithful members would appreciate knowing that their ministers, whose salaries are paid through their tithes, had stabbed them in the back for being "foolish" when they had been coerced to do these things? (Read: How Mind Manipulation is Used for Influence and Control which will include "The Techniques of Coercive Persuasion") Instead of HWA being held accountable for his false prophecies, the blame was cast toward the members. This is precisely what Pack is doing. When the year 2018 has come and gone, and members are stuck with no assets, he will simply turn up his nose and say, "We only asked you to do what you could afford. You were only to give what excess money you didn't need. We didn't ask you to impoverish yourself. It was your choice."

Abusive, authoritarian leaders are infamous for ensuring that there is no accountability for the funds that they anticipate to receive. Pack predictably covers his bases:

(56:15) If you send funds, or a great deal is sent collectively around the world, let's be careful that we don't grow a voice suddenly in how it should be spent...When you give, it belongs to God. It's like tithes. You don't come after you give and tell God and His servants how to spend it. The church has to be the judge of how to do that.

Dave Pack employs "information control"5 by telling his members that, "Obviously attacks are going to come and they already have. People spin the message this way or that. You need to understand that." He has instructed his members to close their minds to any outside information. Anything, including this article, will be seen as "spinning the message." Members will allow Pack to abuse6 them because they are afraid they will lose out on their salvation if they don't get this "internal signal" and make it to the place of safety. This is the most sickening sermon Pack has delivered to date. The yelling, the belittling, and the domineering attitude was disturbing and demeaning. One wonders how much lower he can sink his members?

What was the end result of these sermons? Five weeks later7, Pack ":

(2:08) I want to just comment again a little bit more about the "Clarion Call" sermon. We're very pleased. I'll be saying more about it as time goes on through letters and announcements. We are pleased by the response that has come in. The sermon was given five weeks ago, and probably heard by everybody else three weeks ago. To say we're pleased would be an understatement. It's been phenomenal. I've kind of waited for questions to arise and many have called or written with questions. People are absolutely stepping out in faith and making substantial donations to Restored Church of God. More than we thought or imagined. So we can accomplish the goal to announce the Kingdom, and do the Work and sound the warning to modern Israel. Of Course the Work depends on financial support and sometimes it can come in an unexpected amount and way, and sacrifices are being made. There's no doubt about it.

By impoverishing his converts, they become dependent on Pack. They cannot leave because they cannot afford to. The stakes are costly—their eternal life—and they have sacrificed deeply to ensure their ticket to the place of safety and their positions in the Kingdom of God. They have offended spouses and alienated family members to follow the dictates of their maniacal leader. They must depend upon one another for support and reassurance that they did the "right thing." Truly members do not understand the loving hand of Jesus Christ. He would never place such a yoke of bondage on believers. A loving Savior would never resort to fear, shame, intimidation and extortion to gain funds to preach the gospel.

Pack reassures his members that he's following God's orders:

(1:59) Would God allow His servant to perform "self-will" on something like this? I always marvel how people will allow for little decisions to be correct, but not big ones—the ones that are the most important. We need to ask, "Would He permit his servant self-will on something like this?"

No, He wouldn't. And since Pack is not an apostle of God, we can rest assured that Pack is performing "self-will."

By Kelly Marshall
Exit & Support Network™ 

NOTE: This sermon can be listed to here playing on Windows Media Player. ESN also has a copy of the file.

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Related Articles:

David C. Pack Declares Himself an Apostle (from his February 26, 2005 sermon, "21st Century Apostle."

Profile of a Sociopath (A number of abusive, religious leaders may exhibit many of these behavioral characteristics)

Understanding Mind Control & Exploitive Groups

Where is the True Church?

Footnotes by ESN:

1 How could Pack call himself an apostle when the Bible shows that apostles were men who not only had seen the resurrected Christ, but were directly and personally commissioned by Him to preach the gospel? (Galatians 1:1)

2 "Backing and supporting this message is your ticket to a place of safety and a magnificent reward." (Gerald Flurry, Malachi's Message, Chap. 9, p. 144.)

3 This statement is false. Restored Church of God is a splinter, or offshoot, of the Worldwide Church of God and was founded by David C. Pack in May 1999.

4 Leaders of abusive, mind-manipulating groups frequently label those who are exposing them as "God's enemies."

5 See: Milieu (Environmental) Control.

6 Pack pulled his "Clarion Call" sermon off his site five weeks later. He then added words to it to let his members know how well they responded. Then he put the sermon back online.

7 For a description of abuse, especially psychological abuse, read: Did Herbert W. Armstrong Abuse His Flock?

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