Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Overview of the November-December 2017 Issue of LCG's Tomorrow's World

LCG has released another issue of their recruitment magazine. (November-December 2017.)


The editors of this issue are Gerald Weston, Richard Ames, Wallace Smith, Gary Ehman, Robert Tyler, Stuart Wachowitz and Adam West.

This issue has a circulation of 273,000 issues. For September-October 2017 it was 293,000. For July-August 2017 it was 282,000. For May-June 2017 it was 355,000. For March-April 2017 it was 417,000. For January-February 2017 it was 412,000. More circulation figures may be seen in a previous post.

Gerald Weston has a personal article saying that God is the best teacher.

The magazine continues its reprinting of the late  Roderick Meredith's 1958 thesis condemning the Protestant reformers as too much like Catholics to be "true Christians."

Jonathan Riley has an article talking about the necessity of learning to adapt to differing situations citing Roald Amundsen's journey through the Northwest passage in northern Canada.

Gerald Weston also has an article condemning various trends in society.

John Meakin has an article discussing the Balfour Declaration a hundred years after it was first issued.

Stuart Wachowitz has an article denouncing efforts to legalize marijuana.

J. D. Crockett III has an article denouncing the observance of Christmas.

Wallace Smith has an article discussing the dream of terraforming other planets to make them suitable for human habitation. LCG's dogmas insists that after Christ returns LCG's followers will be changed into God beings able to traverse the universe at the speed of thought.

The Questions and Answers discusses the Johannine Epistles discussion of the spirit of antichrist.

Sheldon Monson has an article calling upon youth to persevere to gain one's goals.

There are letters. Even though most LCG members are in the United States in this issue they have cited in this issue are from other countries, namely Mozambique, Japan, Ethiopia, South Africa, Canada and the Philippines.

The letter from Mozambique is from a person who had gone to seminary but is nevertheless impressed with LCG's writings.
I have been studying the Bible for quite some time. I even have an undergraduate degree from a respected seminary, but the truth that I am finding from your literature since I became a subscriber is quite amazing. To be frank, I am learning a lot more from you than I did during my seminary education. What I am getting from you is nothing but SOLID TRUTH. It’s a pity that we don’t have a congregation of your church here in Mozambique.
The letter from Mozambique also praised the current reprint of Roderick Meredith's 1958 thesis condemning the Protestant reformers.
Your first article on the 500 years of the Protestant Reformation (March-April 2017) is a marvel. I did a course during my seminary education on the Reformation, but I have to admit that I have learned more from your publication than I did during my time in seminary. I am waiting eagerly to receive the second part of the series.
The entire narrative by Meredith condemning the protestant reformers as false Christians which he made back in 1958 may be seen here and here.

There is also a letter from South Africa from a former member of LCG's grandparent organization, WCG, seemingly wishing to get back into an organization like HWA's WCG.
Greetings! I have become aware of your organization recently via the magazine with its articles on the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s Reformation. Please add me to your mailing list. I was a member of the Worldwide Church of God many years ago. I would also be interested in getting your pamphlets on Restoring Original Christianity and God’s Church Through the Ages.
And so we see that LCG's leadership has produced yet another issue of their recruitment magazine to gain new converts and to keep their followers convinced into thinking that LCG is especially blessed by God and deserves to be followed.

Mark Armstrong on Australian Referendum, Immigration and Climate Change

ICG's Mark Armstrong has released another weekly update of his (November 17, 2017). This time he grouses about the 7,817,247 Australians who voted to legalize same sex marriages.

But before talking about Australia he chooses to rubbish the Supreme Court of his own nation.
No referendum, “plebiscite,” or any other barometer of American opinion was ever undertaken in the United States. Only suspicious “polls” by think tanks and news organizations pushed the idea that Americans were clamoring for so-called “marriage equality.” A ruling by the Supreme Court decided that states' bans on legal recognition was unconstitutional, in essence a discrimination against the rights of some. And presto, as of June 26, 2015 it was suddenly, as the exuberant prime time sputterers loved to intone, the “Law of the Land.”
Even though the Supreme Court is legally empowered to make rulings on legal cases Mark Armstrong condemns the ruling.
The Supreme Court had spoken, and that was that. The entirety of civilized world history was overthrown by a contorted argument about “equality” and “discrimination.” This helped buttress the notion that only a discriminatory bigot (or hater) could now oppose what had been enshrined as the “Law of the Land” by the Supreme Court. Mind you, the ruling was a 5-4 split on a Court whose narrow majority chose to disregard religious beliefs as a valid excuse for anyone to opt out of participation in ceremonies or wedding parties, particularly bakers, photographers or clergymen. The fact that the Bible condemns every aspect of homosexual practice, and Christian believers might not want to participate apparently didn't matter at all.
Then he gets to the point: He is annoyed at the recent referendum in Australia.
Western Europe has embraced the practice across the board, while East European nations still refuse to recognize the practice. Australia was one of the last holdouts in all of western civilization, until this week. We'll probably need the insight of our Australian colleague to explain the intricacies of the “vote by mail” referendum that just transpired down under, but the homosexuals are dancing in the streets to celebrate what's been called an “emphatic” and “overwhelming” support for the legalization of so-called “gay” marriage. The Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull triumphantly says that Australia will not countenance discrimination against “same sex weddings,” and promises legal action “before Christmas.” 
Seeking to distress his readers at these events he insists that these acts are slights against (the COGs') God.
That's it. The whole of the Western world has declared God wrong, and in great righteous compassion signed on with an abomination on the basis of “modern” opinion. 
He then insists to his readers that the law may yet be overturned in the United States.
Mind you, this “Law of the Land” might not stand the test of time here in the U. S. In case you haven't noticed, there is a fledgling conservative movement beyond the seething population centers of New York and Los Angeles that managed to elect a president that's just way out of step with their mainstream dogma. He's made one conservative appointment to the Supreme Court, and with any luck may get to make another one or two. Cases regarding Religious Liberty are pending, and may be adjudicated by a slightly different, hopefully significantly different set of Justices.
He talks of the "seething population centers of New York and Los Angeles." Who writes like this? With this strange and bitter turn of phrase we see his loathing of those he thinks disagrees with him.

He then complains about the various allegations of sexual harassment that have been made recently following the allegations regarding Harvey Weinstein. He alludes to the allegations against Roy Moore.
In case you haven't noticed, there are a deluge of nasty accusations thrilling breathless opinion panels on national news. The internet has also exploded with stories and photographs and suspicious yearbook inscriptions. Apparently, there is an insatiable appetite for all manner of “sexual misbehavior,” all in the light of the new, NEW morality that is changing under your feet. Some of the things that have been done and said by important people are more than the public should have to stomach. But, ready or not, here it comes.
He then complains that people on news shows should dare complain about what President Trump has done or comment about accusations concerning him.
The refrain on CNN? It's all Trump's fault. He's compromised too, and he's showing no “moral leadership!” That's priceless! When you've got these openly “gay” news-people, flaunting their unmistakable mannerisms, self-righteously condemning the president for a lack of “moral leadership.” Homosexuals are now the arbiters of morality! They're outraged that the Pentagon might not continue paying for “sex re-assignment surgery,” as if there were any such thing. They're shocked that “trans” wannabes might not be recruited for military duty. It is all the more reason to push “Russian Collusion” and cheer-lead for Trump to be impeached. 
But he insists that media are presenting misinformation.
But the media has destroyed its own credibility to the point that we know beyond doubt that we cannot believe something just because they report it. How wrong have they been, about nearly everything? They've put out false information, false analysis, faulty polls, and intricately bizarre theories for a full year, but they are flabbergasted when they learn that a large segment of the American public doesn't believe them anymore. Then they have to analyze what's wrong with these people who won't immediately act on the information they've put out and get with the program. It must be some ignorant Bible thumpers who are cut off from modern society! Yeah, that's what it is!
He once again scare mongers about the current Syrian refugee crisis accusing immigrants of increasing violent crime even though immigrants tend to have low crime rates.
Maybe you've heard the term “U. S. centric.” It implies that we Americans are so immersed in our own national concerns that we have little regard, or understanding of what's going on elsewhere in the world. And it's undoubtedly true for the majority. Most have absolutely no idea what's actually going on in Europe. Because Angela Merkel of Germany, the leaders of the EU and the pope himself are the ones demanding that Middle Eastern natives be accepted and financially supported, they are covering up the truth of what is transpiring in every Western European nation. Believe it or not, the knife has become the weapon of choice for Muslims all across Europe. Stabbings have increased 1200% in the past ten years in some of these nations, but aren't widely reported and the nationality of perpetrators is concealed when they are. Car bombings are routine.
He says "car bombings are routine" but he is quite vague about that claim. If he is talking about events in Europe then he is simply wrong.

He scare mongers that the European Union is about to become a military power.
The EU is moving ahead with something called PESCO, which stands for Permanent Structured Cooperation. It envisions bringing all the military assets of member nations under central control of the EU, which it claims as being in the interests of defense. Twenty-three nations have already signed up, and a formal “launch” is expected next month. The aim is to give the EU a measure of independence, particularly in the wake of Brexit and the election of Donald Trump. Oh, and they claim it will be “good for NATO.” 
He then talks of attempts to make European Union nations as more environmentally friendly and again complains about immigrants.
We'll see if there's anything “permanent” about the EU in due time. Europe looks to be heavily invested in its own destruction. There are unruly “green” factions that have doubled the price of energy in recent years and are committed to replacing all traditional energy production with solar panels and windmills in a matter of years. There are also demands for more immigrant rights, meaning that another one to two million Syrians may be taking up residence in 2018. They've made it a hate crime for anyone to say anything negative about the immigrant population, especially if it's obvious and true.
And to end his narrative he condemns Pope Francis for speaking about the problem of climate change.
And to top it all off, the pope has doubled down on man-made global warming, saying it is “perverse” to doubt the “science” on which “global warming” is based. Wow! Gay orgies at the Vatican aren't perverse, but don't get caught doubting the “science” no matter how bogus it might be proven to be. It's impossible to know the details of how this all plays out, but certainly Europe and the pope are pushing every socialist ideal into practice, and few there be that stand against the accumulating wave of thought control.  
Mark 
And so we see Mark Armstrong ends yet another one of his misanthropic screeds. And yet the members of his organization will simply accept these strange weekly updates from Mark Armstrong.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Overview of the November-December 2017 Issue of PCG's Philadelphia Trumpet

PCG has released another issue of their recruitment magazine to try and gain more tithes paying converts. (November-December 2017.) Let's take a look at what they have to say this time.


The editors of this issue are Gerald Flurry, Stephen Flurry, Joel Hilliker, Brad Macdonald, Richard Palmer, Robert Morley, Jeremiah Jacques, Dennis Leap and Phillip Nice.

This issue's circulation is 246,769. October's circulation was 245,780. September's circulation was 245,925 issues. August's circulation was 255,897 issues. July's circulation was 267,569. May-June's circulation was 263,551. April's circulation was 267,569 (which happens to be the same as July's figure).

Gerald Flurry insists that Satan is the problem and the cause of the massacre in Las Vegas, not the easy accessibility of assault rifles.

Gerald Flurry has an article insisting that God has abandoned America and is no longer listening to the prayers of the people citing the recent hurricanes to support his dire prediction.

Tyrel Schlote has a side article accompanying this article insisting that in times past prayers were heard but that this is no longer the case. Schlote seems to say that recent prayers did not talk about repentance thus somehow causing PCG's God to not protect the United States from more hurricanes.

(The problem of climate change caused by the excess emission of carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gases are conveniently ignored. With more greenhouse gases in the atmosphere means hotter water which means more numerous and stronger hurricanes. If they admitted that climate change is real then they could not claim that hurricanes and other such things are caused by their twisted parody of the Christian God being angry at America.)

Gerald Flurry also has reprinted a passage from his 2001 booklet, Repentance Toward God. That booklet was discussed in a previous post.

Dennis Leap has an article condemning the acceptance of the gender identity of transgender people. He scare mongers that children are being tricked into thinking that they are transgender. It has the sickeningly inflammatory title: "Encouraging Gender Fluidity is Child Abuse." He decries various therapists seeking to help people with gender dysphoria even though Leap himself was trained to be a librarian and, as far as can be determined at present, has no specialized training in this topic.

Brad Macdonald has an article scare mongering about the recent elections in Germany and the rise of the far right Alternative for Germany party.

Richard Palmer has an article insisting that Europe only needs to a strong leader to transform into the military superpower of Armstrongism's nightmares.

Richard Palmer also has an article scare mongering that continental Europe is becoming increasingly fanatical about their religious identity as Christians and using this identity to marginalize Muslims and elect politicians who play to these tropes.

The Infographic scare mongers about the military forces of the various nation states of the European Union conveniently ignoring the vast military superiority of the United States. The map also leaves Britain shaded as though it is not a part of the European Union when in fact it is still a member of it while the negotiations for its departure from the EU are underway.

Andrew Müller has an article scare mongering that problems in Latin America are negatively affecting the United States and scare mongers that such issues will get much worse later on.

Jorg Mardian has an article about avoiding chronic noncommunicable diseases.

Jeremiah Jacques has an article scare mongering about various nations no longer using the US dollar to buy oil.

Joel Hilliker has an article calling upon parents to make their children civilized.

Joel Hilliker also has an article discussing the revelations about the sexual harassment allegations concerning Harvey Weinstein and uses that topic to complain about what is shown in movies and TV shows today.

WorldWatch discusses European attempts to deal with the migrant crisis in Libya; the establishment of processing centers for migration to EU nations inside Africa; the rightward shift in Austria following its recent elections; wildfires in California; President Trump's announcement of sending more US troops to Afghanistan; a new type of battleship being made for Britain's navy which is claimed to be less effective; the State of Israel's airstrike against a chemical weapons site in Syria on September 7; scare mongering that South Korea will turn against America to make war with North Korea less likely; scare mongering that the North Korea problem is making Japan more militaristic; and recent UN sanctions against North Korea for its recent nuclear weapons tests which are condemned by PCG's recruitment magazine as weak.

SocietyWatch talks about how some US states are contemplating legalizing euthanasia; defends a "No to Marxism" rally in California to continue their vilification of Antifa; a wave of riots in St. Louis on September 15-17, 2017 following the acquittal of a police officer who had fatally shot an African American man; and condemning the Burning Man festival.
The bacchanalia was marked by depravity and debauchery, including wild raves fueled by hallucinogenic drugs. “Burners” wore outlandish and provocative costumes or went nude, many engaging in sexual promiscuity and perversion. (p. 31.)
There are letters. Here's one letter from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin which denounces the Catholic Church as a cult and mentions that PCG's recruitment magazine is available at a public library.
We have the Trumpet in our local library, and I am happy to see that so people can pick it up. You have one of the most informative magazines. I used to be in the Roman Catholic Church, but I left it; that is one of the biggest cults in the world. I really wish the Trumpet came out every week like Time magazine. You are covering everything so well.
Here's a letter from Karachi, Pakistan.
I like to read your world events. I would like to know more about how world events combine with the Bible, with some related Islamic events, if it is possible.
My advice to this person is: Run. Don't walk. Run.

And so we see that PCG's 1% has produced yet another issue of their recruitment magazine to gain more tithes paying converts and to keep their followers in awe of them as being able to see the future. However since its founding in 1989 PCG has made at least 52 failed predictions. But despite such a poor record of predictions their talk of doom and gloom has gone well for PCG's leadership. Back in 2012 PCG had an income of about $19.5 million according to a booklet by their leader, Gerald Flurry. Even as early as 1996 PCG claimed to have more than $5 million in annual income. Recently PCG has even bought its own plane. But PCG's many failed predictions clearly reveal that PCG's leaders are but false prophets. There is no need to fear their dire proclamations. PCG's leaders are but false prophets.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

7,817,247 Australians Vote for Same Sex Marriage

The Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey has ended with 61% of voters (7,817,247) choosing to vote for the legalization of same sex marriages. No doubt the COGs will disapprove and be made uncomfortable at the fact so many no longer follow their stance against the LGBT community.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Fifth Woman Speaks Out About Roy Moore

Now a fifth woman, Beverly Young Nelson, has spoken about Roy Moore's behavior and says that he sexually assaulted her. Her account is absolutely chilling.

It is so terrible that so many people are victimized in crimes like this. May all those who are guilty of such crimes, no matter how powerful such individuals may happen to be, be brought to justice before the courts of law. 

Roy Moore and a Certain Poem

Following the allegations regarding Roy Moore I took a look at his 2005 book, So Help Me God: The Ten Commandments, Judicial Tyranny, and the Battle for Religious Freedom, and saw that the preview of the Kindle version of that book discussed his time as in the Military Police during the Vietnam War in Chapter 2. While reading that section I saw the following passage:
Of course, my real strength was my dependence on God. A poem, found on the body of a dead soldier, has been in my possession all these years. Entitled, "Since I've Met You I'm Not Afraid to Die," it showed this man's dependence on God in the midst of fighting a war. I kept my Bible by my bed and often read its encouraging message, while looking forward to going home!
Curious about this passage I looked up the words "Since I've Met You I'm Not Afraid to Die." Turns out this poem actually dates back to World War II. One source states that it was written by Frances Angermayer in Kansas City on June 3, 1943. According to that source it is entitled "A Soldier's Conversion." Another source states that an interview with Angermeyer is in the November 10, 1957 edition of The Chicago Tribune. That source states the song's title as "Conversion."

But from where did the claim that this poem was found on a soldier's body originate? Turns out there is an account (as may be seen here and here) that says that on April 19, 1944 an American soldier who died fighting Axis forces in Italy was found by a Royal Army Medical Corporal to have had this poem in his possession.

One would have no clue of any of this fascinating background about this poem if one simply read this passage in Moore's book. But perhaps he does vaguely allude to its origin from an earlier era when he states that this soldier was "fighting a war" instead of the same war he was involved in.

Monday, November 13, 2017

PCG on Roy Moore

According to a recent report by The Washington Post has recently reported that the Republican Party's senatorial candidate for Alabama, Roy Moore, initiated a sexual encounter with a 14 year old girl named Leigh Corfman back in 1979. It was also reported that around this time Moore dated three teenagers even though he was in his thirties at the time. One former work colleague, Teresa Jones, has since stated to CNN that it "was common knowledge that [he] dated high school girls, everyone we knew thought it was weird."

In times past he had gained attention after getting into contention with federal judges regarding his placement of the Ten Commandments in Alabama's court house. His contention with federal judges was mentioned twice by PCG's Dennis Leap.
In late August [2003], many news outlets ran a story about the controversy surrounding a 5,300-pound granite monument of the Ten Commandments in the Alabama state judicial building. The monument, which had been placed there by State Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore two years earlier, included excerpts from the Declaration of Independence and other historic documents, as well as quotations from James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and other leaders. It featured our national motto: In God We Trust
The storm over the monument began when three attorneys, backed by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the American Civil Liberties Union and Americans United for Separation of Church and State, filed a lawsuit against Judge Moore for unlawfully crossing a constitutional line separating church and state by imposing his own brand of Christianity on the state of Alabama. When Moore placed the monument in the judicial building, he said it depicted “the moral foundations of law” and reflected the “sovereignty of God over the affairs of men.” Moore has been battling to keep it in place since U.S. District Court Judge Myron Thompson ordered it removed in November 2002. Justice Moore has lost that battle. The monument was moved. ... 
Judge Moore appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, and his case was flatly refused—meaning Judge Thompson’s ruling stands. The Supreme Court obviously agrees that our nation cannot acknowledge God! This same Supreme Court said in June of this year that sodomy is a constitutional right. Think about this. For refusing to comply with the court’s order to remove the monument, Judge Moore has been suspended as a judge because of his so-called criminal activities—and yet, sodomy is now a right? What is going on? (Dennis Leap, America’s Judicial Blackout, November 2003.)
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In the latter half of 2003, a lot of publicity was devoted to the furor over Judge Roy Moore’s placement of a huge chunk of granite displaying the Ten Commandments in the Alabama state courthouse. Opposing him were judges, lawyers and leaders of atheist groups. Supporting him were well-known heads of Christian groups. There were marches to get the granite rock out of the state house. There were prayer meetings and candlelight vigils to keep it in public view. The setting was very revealing about how our Western world views the Ten Commandments and God. 
Christopher Hitchens, Oxford graduate and prolific political journalist, wrote this in an article titled “Moore’s Law: The Immorality of the Ten Commandments”: “Judge Roy Moore is clearly, as well as a fool and a publicity hound, a man who identifies the Mount Sinai orders to Moses with a certain interpretation of Protestantism. ...” The article continues in such a similar reproachful manner for all the commandments. It is not our intention to fingerpoint here, but the author obviously holds a hatred of God and established religion. (Dennis Leap, Keys to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, February 2004.)
(The passage above was later included in Dennis Leap's booklet, The Ten Commandments, which was first published in 2005.)

Recently PCG has mentioned Moore in twice in their writings. Once after he gained the Republican nomination to run for a seat in the Senate.
Stephen Flurry discusses the repercussions of the German elections and the coalition that German Chancellor Angela Merkel may not be able to form. Also on today’s program: Israel’s worry over the rise of the far right in Germany, Roy Moore’s Senate victory in Alabama, and what inequality and injustice looks like from a global perspective. (September 27, 2017.)
He is mentioned again in a brief mention of the frightening allegations.
Today’s sexual harassment revelations and accusations have been aimed at ... Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore, who allegedly pursued relationships with teenage girls when he was in his 30s, nearly four decades ago. (Joel Hilliker, Sex Scandals: A Glaring Lesson People Are Missing, November 10, 2017.)
He who wishes to a senator for Alabama portrayed himself as being so devoted to God and yet he is said to have behaved in a sexual manner with an underage, 14 year old girl.