Saturday, February 18, 2017

Roderick Meredith has Terminal Cancer (Banned by HWA)

Banned by HWA has revealed that Roderick C. Meredith has terminal cancer. Due to his advanced age of eighty-six and the current state of the disease he has decided not to seek "extensive treatment" but to rely on God. Being about 86 years old it is not surprising that it seems as though he will soon pass away.

It is saddening to think that his family and friends are in distress at this development. Despite feeling compelled to move away from his organization I had hoped he would live for a long time to come but that now seems less likely.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Remembering the Apartheid Regime's Propaganda Efforts

Journalist Ron Nixon has released a fascinating book, Selling Apartheid: South Africa's Global Propaganda War, detailing the propaganda efforts and various strategies of the Apartheid regime in South Africa in trying to blunt widespread opposition to its racist policies towards the black majority. It an intriguing account of this aspect of the Apartheid regime. I heartily recommend it to anyone interested in this topic.

One interesting account in the book notes that in the early 1970s officials in the Apartheid regime authorized a R280,000 survey in twenty countries to see how the world viewed South Africa. The twenty volume report revealed the widespread disgust that existed in the world at South Africa's racist apartheid policies.
Apartheid government officials knew that South Africa was not well liked in the world, but had no idea just how disliked they were.... 
[In the survey] South Africa ... was ranked as the most unpopular country in the world, except for Uganda, then ruled by the brutal dictator Idi Amin. The country was also less favorably regarded than the communist countries of the Soviet Union and China.... the report showed that apartheid was 'the one word that popped into people's minds most frequently when questioned about South Africa.' (pp. 51-2.)
That is the racist regime that HWA and his imitators chose to sympathize with. HWA and those with him generally chose to view the Apartheid regime in South Africa quite favorably. One example may be seen in the April 1977 issue of The Plain Truth (pp. 6-11, 34-5). No wonder HWA's WCG has been characterized as white supremacist.

How shameful it was that HWA's WCG chose to sympathize with such a regime. It was readily apparent to so many that Apartheid was wrong and the leaders of HWA's WCG somehow failed to see that.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Mark Armstrong Complains of Liberals and Muslim Immigrants Again

Intercontinental Church of God's leader, Mark Armstrong, has released another weekly update (February 10, 2017). Let's take a look.

It is an unfortunate fact that many Americans are unable to afford health insurance. But Mark Armstrong decides to ridicule the Affordable Care Act and presents it in a sensationalist manner as funding elective surgeries he views as somehow wrong.
It was also prior to the time that the State required us to pay for "health insurance" policies that include sex change operations, abortions and a host of services inapplicable to pretty much everybody with any traditional belief system considered religious. As every American knows, it is a mandate, required of every citizen. As for the hordes of foreigners thrust into our midst, they needn't worry too much about the government's mandate. They're all on the receiving end of it anyway. But, as all we American citizens know, the fine, or is it a tax, extracted from those of us who refuse to participate, also pays for all manner of elective nonsense, including various psychological therapies so much in demand post-election.
He then indulges in some Islamophobia and presents immigrants who happen to be Muslim as plotting to impose their own laws upon American society, a largely nonsensical stereotype often used in Islamophobic polemics.
Now, according to some of the lawsuits raining down on the new administration from organizations funded by George Soros, "religious liberty" now means that people wanting to enter the country, even from nations that have transformed into sprawling terrorist training centers, have a Constitutional "right" to come into the United States at the expense of citizens who've been robbed of their own rights and liberties by the government. It doesn't matter if their form of religion demands our transformation to the tenets of Islam, or the necessity that they give their lives to wipe out as many infidels as possible. It doesn't even matter if they hold Sharia (Muslim religious law) to be a higher authority than the Constitution that has been convoluted by activist judges to force them upon us. 
Holding Sharia dear means they may very well practice brutal female mutilation and believe fervently in their right to carry out "honor killings." Some of the most western-oriented, civilized Muslims living in the west do, in fact, hold open the possibility of "honor killing" for any female that "dishonors" the family. And it doesn't take much, by American standards, for that possibility to be triggered. If, for example, a girl or woman dares go out of the home escorted by someone other than a mother, father or brother, that could do it. If she's escorted by a male, not from her own family, or seen to be flirtatious in public, chances are she's as good as dead.
He then slurs Muslims in general as somehow being inclined to commit murder against female family members.
A recent documentary showing the relatively mild circumstances under which Muslim men serve time in Israeli prisons, pointed out that the majority were incarcerated for having carried out honor killings, whether on a sister or daughter. There's literally no cultural shame attached to such an act. In fact, it is respected by other family members and the community at large. The way they look at it, the girl had it coming and the family had no choice. 
Actually most of those "Muslim men" he mentions as being held in Israeli prisons are Palestinians. Many Palestinians are Christians. But he chooses to ignore such details to vilify Muslim men in general.

Mark Armstrong hysterically insist that liberals and Muslim immigrants (inaccurately stereotyped as extremists) are engaged in a plot to demographically overwhelm Americans like himself. What ridiculous, xenophobic nonsense this is.
Incredibly, U. S. policy over recent years has not only given them the "right" to stay in the United States at the expense of others who work for a living, but to bring in their extended families. Once the brothers, sisters and cousins are in the United States, they can begin bringing in their extended families. Domestic policies are actually assisting them in their goal to eventually overwhelm the indigenous population. One look at the fearful, crime-ridden situation in Europe will show you exactly where this is headed.
Actually Native Americans are the indigenous population of the United States.

Also American Muslims only compose 0.9% of the population. To imply that they could become the demographic majority is terribly inaccurate. How strange it is to say a community of 0.9%

He condemns the federal judge who stopped President Trump's recent executive order concerning people from seven Muslim majority countries. He also implies that refugees are not refugees and also condemn Black Lives Matter protesters.
Oddly enough, the liberal judge from Seattle who issued the emergency stay on immigration orders banning travelers from terrorist regions is himself involved in "refugee resettlement," and spouts bogus Black Lives Matter rhetoric in his court. How is it that Federal judges with all the reasoning ability of a protest mob, have the unilateral power to imperil the nation's security? 
He hysterically insists that he and his followers have been stripped of their religious liberty and lost it to Muslim immigrants (inaccurately stereotyped as extremists). Such talk leads to resent against a numerically small minority community that is only composed of about 0.9% of the population.
President Trump has promised that religious liberty, of the variety guaranteed Constitutionally, will be restored to the American citizenry. Presumably, we won't have to pay for elective surgeries for the mentally deranged at some point in the future. For now, however, we do. 
But our "religious liberty" has been, at least for the time being, transferred to those who would see us all convert to Islam or die. The unelected judges of the Ninth Circuit Court have spoken. We were told we'd be winning so often we'd tire of it. But Americans aren't winning. The election is over, the transition has taken place, and the nation is still hostage to unjust judges determined to force their own version of righteousness, along with untold thousands of hateful practitioners of a heathen religion, upon us all. 
And so we see that Mark Armstrong continues to condemn liberals and Muslim immigrants to his followers. Even implying that a community of 0.9% of the population is somehow plotting to become the majority population.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Listening to Garner Ted Armstrong

Recently I decided to listen to some of Garner Ted Armstrong's sermons.

In one sermon entitled "Who is the Antichrist?" he starts out by calmly stating that the New Testament never talks about a single individual called the Antichrist. He ridicules one author who wrote a book saying that Prince Charles is the Antichrist. Then he talks about the "false prophet" who is interpreted in Armstrongism to be the "final Pope," an assertion bound to stir up anti-Catholic hostility.

In one sermon entitled "Fervent Patriotism - is it the Same as Godliness?" he talks about the political situation shortly after 9/11 including the situation with Afghanistan. Although he states his support for the wave of patriotism that occurred in response to 9/11 he talks about how the United States is filled with things that (his) God hates. He also alludes to his military service during the Korean War.

In one sermon he gave in a Atlanta on April 22, 2000 he talked about the annual Sabbaths insisting that Christians are to observe them. Lack of knowledge regarding the Jewish holy days of Leviticus 23 is portrayed in a sensationalist manner as being suppressed by mainstream Christian churches.

HWA, Garner Ted Armstrong and the COGs in general have insisted that Christians are required to observe the holy days mentioned in Leviticus 23. This unusual teaching is contrary to what has been taught by the vast majority of Christians. While it is true that the first Christians were Jews when Christianity began to spread among non-Jews naturally the question arose: Did Gentile converts to Christianity need to become Jews to be a Christian? And one obligation for male Jews was to be circumcised which symbolized entering the Jewish community.

Very early on, even before the New Testament was written, it was decided that a non-Jewish convert to Christianity did not need to adopt the rituals and practices of Judaism to become a Christian. Hence why Gentile Christians were allowed to not be circumcised as Paul argued in Galatians and as was mentioned in Acts 15. Over time it came to be mutually agreed that Judaism and Christianity were two different religions so Christians do not need to observe the holy days of Leviticus 23.

The Jewish Holy Days were specific to the Jewish community back in Apostolic times. They are precious to Jews all over the world. It is most unfortunate that HWA and Garner Ted Armstrong have exploited these beautiful festivals to sow resentment, disillusionment and division within Christian churches. The Jewish community never gave permission for these distinguished festivals to be exploited in such a way. HWA culturally appropriated these Jewish festivals and twisted them into a weapon to discredit mainstream Christian churches and get tithes paying converts. That is a terrible misuse of these precious Jewish festivals.

Near the end of this sermon Garner Ted Armstrong fantasized about the power he and his followers would have as immortal God beings ruling over the world. He mentioned the Elián González custody case and fantasized that if he and his followers were immoral God beings that would easily resolve that case as well as casually overthrow the Castro regime as well. What hubris.

Why wait for Christ's return to have a positive influence on society? One might as well try to help out our troubled world now.

Glynn Washington on Life in WCG

Finally listened to Glynn Washington describing his early life being raised within WCG. His anecdotes regarding life in WCG is at the start of the broadcast in these broadcasts. Truly he is a great and gifted story teller. It is little wonder that his show, Snap Judgment, has done so well.

"...and the rest of the world are Muggles", Banned by HWA, February 1, 2011.

Glynn Washington - Son of Ham, Banned by HWA, July 19, 2011.

Day of Atonement, Banned by HWA, April 29, 2013.

The Missing Dimension In Sex, Banned by HWA, May 21, 2013.

Glynn Washington On "The Reunion", Banned by HWA, July 15, 2013.

PM Netanyahu Tried to Cut British Funding for Breaking the Silence

Recently Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu met with British Prime Minister May. No doubt they had important and pressing issues to discuss. But somehow Prime Minister Netanyahu chose to use part of this important meeting to call on the British government to withdraw funding for Breaking the Silence, an NGO of IDF reservists which publicize what happens in the Palestinian territories. However according to a co-founder of Breaking the Silence the British government has not sent any such funding since 2011.
On Monday the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, met with his British counterpart, Theresa May. Among other things, he asked her to stop the UK government’s funding of the group I co-founded, Breaking the Silence, as well as other human rights organisations in Israel and Palestine. This is regardless of the fact that Breaking the Silence has not received funding from the British government since 2011. (The Guardian, February 8, 2017.)

Sunday, February 5, 2017

PCG's Gerald Flurry Labels Trump as Modern Jeroboam

In 2013 Gerald Flurry proclaimed President Obama to be "another Antiochus." He has done this again with Trump labeling him as a modern day Jeroboam. He did this in his November 23, 2016 co-worker letter. Gerald Flurry named the Trump era as the "Jeroboam end." In promoting this new doctrine of his he has made a Key of David broadcast entitled "Who Is the Modern-Day Jeroboam?" (February 3, 2017.) Let us take a look at the transcript of this broadcast.

Flurry fearfully intones that there will be a modern-day Jeroboam. This alludes to Jeroboam who led the ten northern tribes to revolt against King Rehoboam after Solomon's death and set up two golden calves to prevent the people from worshiping in Jerusalem. Flurry also mentions Jeroboam II who was the fourteenth King of Israel and reigned during the time of Amos.

Flurry does not state who this modern day Jeroboam is in this broadcast but he later offers an article (unavailable online) that can be ordered by the viewer. However other sources tell us that he is talking about President Trump as may be seen in Banned by HWA, Exit and Support Network in the January 24, 2017 letter and the January 23, 2017 broadcast of Stephen Flurry's Trumpet Daily.)

Let us see what Gerald Flurry says in the transcript of this broadcast.
God prophesies of His last warning to Israel in the book of Amos, and He aims it specifically at two nations, the two birthright nations, and that’s all explained in our book on The United States and Britain in Prophecy. God says, though that, in this context that there’s one last WARNING that He’s going to give, and it’s going to be in the timeframe of a modern-day Jeroboam. It’s going to be in that TIME. (p. 1. Emphases in original throughout.)
He insists that this modern day Jeroboam is vitally important in (PCG's interpretation of) Bible prophecy.
So it’s pretty mind-sobering when you think about it, that if you look at these end-time prophecies God talks about INDIVIDUALS. He names NAMES just repeatedly, and we need to understand those names and the role those men play if we’re going to understand these end-time prophecies. It’s ESSENTIAL that we understand these individuals. So this last timeframe is just FILLED with Jeroboam. You could say it’s a JEROBOAM timeframe or a JEROBOAM end. (p. 1.)
It is all about the modern day Jeroboam according to Flurry.
You can see that in this Jeroboam-end it all revolves around HIM, and that’s why it’s so essential that we understand who he is. But who IS this man? (p. 2.)
He mentions a priest of Bethel named Amaziah mentioned in the Book of Amos who opposed Amos and went to King Jeroboam II to work against Amos. Back in the early 1990s Gerald Flurry wrote a booklet entitled The Lion Has Roared which scare mongered that Tkach's WCG would conspire with American authorities to somehow suppress PCG. (Of course that never happened.) But this idea of governmental suppression seems to be getting reused and adapted to suit modern circumstances.
So here is this priest that is talking to Jeroboam, which tells you that Jeroboam has a religious following in this end-time. This end-time Jeroboam has a RELIGIOUS following, and he’s leading them in a way that they should not be led. THAT’S the problem! (p. 2.)
According to Stephen Flurry in his January 23, 2017 broadcast Gerald Flurry's co-worker letter mentioned the support Trump gained from religiously inclined Protestants and Catholics. Possibly this insinuates that Evangelicals and Catholics will soon conspire with President Trump to somehow suppress PCG. (Actually most of them have in all likelihood never heard of PCG.)

Apparently this modern day Jeroboam (Trump) is leading Americans away from (PCG's) God.
But anyhow, we can go on to prove that to you. If you look at I Kings 12, and I want to just to read a few verses there, you can see that this modern-day Jeroboam is committing the same sin that the ANCIENT Jeroboam did. There was more than one, but they all had the same spirit and did the same evil deeds. But the ancient Jeroboam turned Israel away from the message of God and the throne of David, turned them away from the throne of David. Now, that sin is being committed in this end time, as well. Why does God use Jeroboam as the last warning to the nations of Israel? (p. 3.)
Even though he insists that this modern day Jeroboam will be bad for his viewers he does not reveal who he is but instead directs the viewer to order a new article that has been produced.
Well, we have this special reprint article we’ve planned and created just for this very program that will explain all of this to you about who IS Jeroboam, and what do you need to know about him. And God DOES reveal a LOT about him in this modern-day endtime Jeroboam. And I’m telling you, the original Jeroboam committed a great sin and the modern-day Jeroboam is committing the very identical sin again, and it’s been going on for a long, long time, hundreds and even thousands of years. (p. 3.)
Trump is somehow doing what the ancient Jeroboam did.
Now, today a modern-day Jeroboam is causing other religions to make serious mistakes, and other Christians, and it’s just really simple to see that it’s going the same way it did ANCIENTLY, only on a higher level in many ways. (p. 4.)
Flurry then talks about "the key of David" which in PCG's jargon is a reference to the God Family doctrine. Other churches are condemned for not teaching this doctrine. However many COG groups also teach the God family doctrine to this day. They do not tend to use the phrase "key of David" regarding that doctrine but it is the same idea.
And He’s inviting those firstfruits to share that throne with Him if they’ll be loyal to Him and teach the key of David message, the house of David message! Then He’s going to give them the reward of being His Bride for all eternity, an unparalleled offering to any human being! What a reward that God gives the people who are loyal to Him! (p. 6.)
Flurry teaches that those who are transformed into God beings at Christ's return are "Christ's bride," the "firstfruits,"an elite group within the God family into which it will not be possible for anyone else to be admitted into after Christ's return. It is taught that for all eternity the God beings of this elite rank will be of a higher rank over all others who will later be born into the God family.

It is very unfortunate that Gerald Flurry has decided to try and squelch any hope his followers had that things will improve by denouncing Trump in such a ludicrous and bizarre way. But PCG are but false prophets. Their words will never come to pass. There is no need to fear their dire proclamations.