PCG’s Sickness of the Heart

“Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:” (Isa. 29:13)

We must remember that this verse in Isaiah 29 is specifically intended for Ariel, the altar and lion of God (v. 1, spiritual Jerusalem) which we can easily prove here to be referring to the Philadelphia Church of God Headquarters in Edmond, Oklahoma.

Let’s look at how one Bible translation interprets verse 13:

“The Master said: These people make a big show of saying the right thing, but their hearts aren’t in it. Because they act like they’re worshiping me but don’t mean it” (The Message)

God says “this people” know how to look spiritually upright through the use of lip-service – they know how to make a big show of saying the right thing. They know about God’s law and every doctrine that the end-time Elijah has restored to the Church. And just like Diotrephes whose “…big problem wasn’t in rejecting doctrine. He lusted for power.” (The Last Hour booklet, p.111)

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They know about God’s government which they have also turned upside down – they want the people in God’s Church to fear them rather than to fear God by just using the magic word, God’s government. And since they have God’s government, they use it to teach the people to obey their precepts or ordinances, which at times, are not backed up by solid scriptural proof. They want the people in God’s Church to look up entirely to them – no further questions to be asked, or else, you will be suspended or disfellowshipped altogether.

The result? The fear goes toward those men and not toward God. They terrorize God’s people by using God’s government. It’s also the same as making God the clay and they are the potter. Instead of those men conforming to God’s image, they want God to conform to their image. They are actually creating ANOTHER image for God and to make things much worse, they even use His very own government to do that! And just like the make-up issue of the 70’s, these men are like the women who are trying to paint another image on top of their very own image. What an abominable sin! Here is what Lange’s Commentary wrote regarding verse 13:

The Prophet urges the people to fear (God), and to trust in Him alone. …The Prophet, therefore, directs now his discourse against those who honor the LORD with merely external, ceremonial service, and not from the HEART (verse 13)…

Notice very carefully: Why is it that the HEART always keeps coming to the forefront? The context in verse 13 is very much the same as what has been prophesied in Jeremiah 17:1, 5 about the sin of Judah. Now, do we have an occurrence in this last end that God could have used for spiritual Judah to see a problem which involved the HEART? To answer that, all we need to do is to REMEMBER. Remember the ailment and eventual death of Mr. Flurry’s wife with a CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE? It pictures the spiritual condition of the Philadelphia Church of God! Three times has God used the date September 5 to get our attention, but it seems we have not discerned what the Spirit is saying to the Church! Continuing from Lange’s Commentary:

(T)he Prophet connects what he has to say with the immediately foregoing. He indicates by this verbal form that what follows is occasioned by the stupid and perverse behaviour of the people (vers. 9 and 10). That perversity had its root in the people trusting more in themselves and their wisdom than in the LORD. They, therefore, thought that they could satisfy the LORD …by the performance of outward ceremonial service…

The punishment for this hypocritical conduct of the people towards (God) is that the LORD continues to deal with them in a wonderful way.

Again for emphasis, as Lange’s Commentary noted that the punishment for the hypocritical conduct towards God being mentioned here is somewhat very strange – how strange could that be, you might think? Well, God still continues to deal with them in a wonderful way (see Isaiah 28:21).  Now consider the article below of how God continues to deal with the Philadelphia Church of God in a wonderful way – but carefully notice that this is just like a spiritual make-up being applied to make the Church appear more physically beautiful which is comparable to the make-up issue of the 1970’s.

Let us consider a specific activity made to prop up the image of the Philadelphia Church of God in the sight of the world and their Laodicean brethren in the outer court.

Helicopter over Armstrong Auditorium

Helicopter Captures Aerial Footage of Herbert W. Armstrong College Campus

June 13, 2013

By Breanna Leiferman

A helicopter maneuvered over the campus of Herbert W. Armstrong College on June 12, capturing video footage and photography that will be used for television and editorial department projects…

(T)he Rosses …taped individual buildings, including the Mail Processing Center, the men’s and women’s dormitories, the John Amos Field House and Imperial Academy. The Hall of Administration and Armstrong Auditorium were saved for last, since they light up especially well at night

Television department manager Dwight Falk said, “…A shot that gives a smooth path up and over the auditorium is the type of shot that really shows off the beauty of the structure. These types of shots will be able to be used countless times and really give the audience a breathtaking view of the auditorium and campus”…

The footage captured during this flyover reflects the new campus entrance and the completed landscaping around the auditorium, as well as improvements across the campus…

The new aerial footage will be used in Behind the Work videos, The Key of David, for Armstrong Auditorium publicity and more.

http://www.pcog.org/31956/helicopter-captures-aerial-footage-of-herbert-w.-armstrong-college-campus/

But what really is more important to God – the external physical beauty or the internal spiritual beauty? The PCG seems not to get enough of propping up its image by conforming to the standards of this world by even getting a certification from the tourism industry in Edmond, Oklahoma:

EDMOND—Marketing director Shane Granger and Armstrong Auditorium head usher Edwin Trebels became Certified Tour­ism Ambassadors on June 11, joining a pro­gram they hope will improve the auditorium staff’s customer service, as well as its relation­ship to the local community.

The Certified Tourism Ambassador pro­gram is an initiative available in 17 states. According to its website, it “serves to increase tourism by training and inspiring front-line hospitality employees and volunteers to work together to turn every visitor encounter into a positive experience.” It is the only national certification program of its kind. Through providing superior customer experiences, CTAs aim to increase tourism and its econom­ic impact on their home regions…

“When visitors ask, ‘What’s there to do in Edmond?’ we want Armstrong Auditorium to be at the top of the list when CTAs give advice,” Granger said.

Additionally, our be­coming CTAs shows a level of commitment to and participation with the tourism industry in Oklahoma.

Trebels said that becoming a CTA is “a good fit” because visitors to the exhibit have already been asking about other sites in the area. “Being able to talk knowl­edgeably about other places nearby makes us more a part of the community,”

(p. 3, The Philadelphian, September 13, 2013)

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Well, what happened to being more a part of God’s community? What do you think God has to say? Now, look closely at what Mr. Armstrong wrote about such external beauty – the make-up issue of the 1970s:

Some …will say it is adornment, and they mention how God adorned Israel. LET’S LOOK AT THAT SCRIPTURE A MINUTE! It’s the 16th chapter of Ezekiel. It begins, “Son of man, cause Jerusalem to know her abominations.” The ABOMINATIONS of Judah are the subject. Then God speaks symbolically of Israel and Judah as a newborn female child who grew up. She grew up polluted by the world, and at the time of love, God adorned her. How? God used apparel as a symbol of righteousness. Here He used the symbol of covering her with the FINEST apparel and adornment – HIS LAW – WHICH IS FINEST IN SPIRITUAL CHARACTER. THE APPAREL AND JEWELRY MENTIONED ARE NOT MENTIONED TO APPROVE WORLDLY ADORNMENT, BUT INDICATE THE FINEST QUALITY IN CHARACTER, as measured by God’s spiritual LAW. God mentioned only the finest in material adornment to typify the finest in spiritual adornment…

The BEAUTY God lavished on Israel was SPIRITUAL beauty – of HIS WAY OF LlFE – the way of His LAW. (The Worldwide News, November 16, 1981, Volume 9, No. 19)

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When we go to verse 30, we can understand where it all began –

“HOW WEAK IS THINE HEART, saith the Lord GOD, seeing thou doest all these things, the work of an imperious whorish woman”

Remember the emphasis of Mr. Armstrong: “The ABOMINATIONS of Judah are the subject.” This is specifically for the Philadelphia Church of God today!

The word “weak” in Strong’s Concordance also means “TO BE SICK.” Remember that this chapter 16 of Ezekiel is all about Jerusalem’s abomination which could very well be applied to the Philadelphia Church of God Headquarters being spiritual Jerusalem in this last end. So God says, HOW SICK IS SPIRITUAL JERUSALEM’S HEART! And how does God describes that sickness? Let us consider the meaning of the word “imperious” for us to clearly see what really that sickness is all about:

  1. Befitting or characteristic of one eminent rank or attainments: commanding dominant
  2. Marked by arrogant assurance: domineering

The word “IMPERIOUS” is also synonymous to the following:

  1. Authoritarian – of relating to, or favoring blind submission to authority
  2. Autocratic – of relating to, or being an autocracy (government in which one person possesses unlimited power)
  3. Despotic – of relating to, or characteristic of a despot (a ruler with absolute power)
  4. Dictatorial – of relating to or befitting a dictator (one ruling absolutely and often oppressively)
  5. Tyrannical – being of characteristic of a tyrant (an absolute ruler unrestrained by law)
  6. Domineering – inclined to exercise arbitrary and overbearing control over others
  7. Bossy – inclined to domineer

All the meanings above speak vividly of what the people inside the Philadelphia Church of God has experienced during the Ezekiel 4 siege from THE HEART – those people who administer God’s government in an imperious manner. (Remember that Mr. Flurry is the MOUTH OF GOD in this last end.)

Now, do we have a prior warning from God that involved the SICKNESS OF THE HEART in this last end? Indeed He has! Through the sickness and eventual death of the wife of Mr. Gerald Flurry with a CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE on September 5, 2004!  Was that not enough evidence to prove that such a spiritual sickness exists inside the Philadelphia Church of God?

Barbara_Flurry's_death_Sept_5_2004

Well, it seems that’s not enough, so God has to give another warning through the September 5, 2010 inauguration of Armstrong Auditorium as a reminder. But has that been noticed? Not at all! Then He gives us the final warning – the September 5, 2013 reckoning of all the feasts days which unfortunately has been given a cold shoulder by the PCG HQ ministry.

If Mr. Gerald Flurry is the MOUTH OF GOD in this last end and the PCG ministry is the HEART, and while Christ Himself said that “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matt. 12:34; Luke 6:45); Does this mean that Mr. Flurry could already be speaking the abundance of the secret counsel in the PCG ministry (consisting of 25 men) which is actually a doctrine of vanities, falsehood and a work of errors?

“Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their HEART far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:” (Isa. 29:13).

Here again is what Lange’s Commentary noted about this verse:

(T)he Prophet connects what he has to say with the immediately foregoing. He indicates by this verbal form that what follows is occasioned by the stupid and perverse behaviour of the people (vers. 9 and 10). That perversity had its root in the people trusting more in themselves and their wisdom than in the LORD. They, therefore, thought that they could satisfy the LORD …by the performance of outward ceremonial service…

The punishment for this hypocritical conduct of the people towards (God) is that the LORD continues to deal with them in a wonderful way.

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God is doing a very, very strange act (Isa. 28:21), i.e., punishing a hypocritical conduct by dealing in a wonderful way. That in itself is a STRONG DELUSION coming from God. And the worst thing about this delusion is that no one can ever know if we are being deceived, except that God removes the scales from our eyes! Here is what Mr. Armstrong wrote about such a deception?

Was mother Eve, the very first woman – a direct creation of God – insincerely evil? Did she have evil motives and intentions? No, Eve was DECEIVED! Undoubtedly she thought she was doing right. The forbidden tree, after all, “was GOOD for food,” and it was “pleasant to the eyes,” and, Satan had assured her, she would really not die. God knew better than that – she was an “immortal soul.” And besides, Satan had said, it would make her a god intellectually – it appealed to her intellectual VANITY. She couldn’t see anything wrong with it. So “she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.”

But when and how did this thing of SIN begin? It all began with the super archangel, the cherub Lucifer. He was “perfect in his ways” from the day God created him. Then iniquity (lawlessness) was found in him. His heart was “lifted up” in VANITY because of his beauty (Ezekiel 28:15-17). The wisdom of his mind was lifted up in VANITY. This violated LOVE in the form of obedience and submission to God…

SELF-exaltation, vanity, jealousy, envy, rebellion against authority, competition, desire to “GET” and “TAKE” seized his perverted mind. Sin, spiritually, is self-centeredness, self-exaltation, desire to be beautiful, vanity, coveting, desire to GET and TAKE, to exalt the self, jealousy and envy, competition, oft-resulting violence and war, resentment and rebellion against authority.

The PCG wants to GET the Bricket Wood college campus, and supposedly TAKE the Ark of the Covenant and Jacob’s pillar stone. And for what reason? – To exalt the SELF and to become BEAUTIFUL in the sight of all the Laodiceans and the whole world. But when you consider it thoroughly, it is all but VANITY! Very much like the make-up issue of the 1970s.

Now notice this very vitally important reminder in Ezekiel 8:13-14 about women weeping for Tammuz, which according to Mr. Flurry is ABOUT WOMEN WEEPING AND WAILING FOR ANOTHER GOD! Remember that the specific fulfillment of this prophecy is about the make-up issue of the 1970s.

Let us then go to the next verse (v. 15), which is the continuation of the vision which the prophet Ezekiel saw:

“Then he said to me, Hast thou not seen this, o son of man? Turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abomination than these.”

God said to Ezekiel, “You turn AGAIN, and you can see a much GREATER ABOMINATION than the make-up issue.” When we mean “again” it means there was a prior point of reference which is the make-up issue. Does it mean that there would be another abomination much greater than the make-up issue of the 1970s? Take note in verse 16, that this GREATER ABOMINATION is directly tied to the 25 men in the inner court from the house of spiritual Judah (PCG) who turned their backs on God!

Verse 16 shows those 25 top ministers in the inner court, but their faces are toward the east. The entrance to the temple was on the east side. The holy of holies—where God was located—was on the west side! These ministers commit a wanton affront by turning their backs to God! This is the worst abomination of all!

These have to be God’s own ministers who knew God intimately and then turned their backs to Him! They knew the great God “face to face”—and then turned away! This is the most abominable crime in the whole book of Ezekiel!

God is not addressing false ministers of this world in these verses—He is discussing ministers who knew God and turned away. These rebelling ministers think they are changing the doctrines of Herbert W. Armstrong, when actually they are turning their backs on God! A big difference!

The expression “between the porch and the altar” refers to where the ministers prayed to God in the temple (Joel 2:17). That means the prayers of God’s own ministers have become sin! Of course they still pray. But they don’t get through to God, because their backs are toward Him. What a grotesque spiritual disaster! (P. 57, Ezekiel, the End Time Prophet)

Ezekiel booklet

The work in Bricket Wood and in Ireland is what the prophet Ezekiel saw in his vision to be the GREATER ABOMINATION than the make-up issue of the 1970s! (For a detailed explanation, read the article, A Prepared Deception)

You may think this is not a big issue. But look at the fruits! In retrospect, we can see that SATAN WAS WORKING ON THE WOMEN, JUST AS HE WORKED ON EVE IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN. This is not unprecedented. Now, it is one thing to be weak in faith, and it is QUITE ANOTHER TO TURN AWAY FROM GOD! WE HAVE WITNESSED AN ADAM AND EVE SCENARIO ALL OVER AGAIN. AND JUST AS IT DID IN THE 1970s, IT HAS DERAILED THE WHOLE CHURCH.

The god of this world has great power, and he can apply pressure and make you feel like nobody, when you are actually sons of the living God! This is what happened in God’s Church—this is our pitiful history! Ezekiel is very specific here, when you look at it spiritually and look at the history of the Church. (p. 55, Ezekiel, the End Time Prophet)

If one can recall, God has already given us a definite admonishment of our spiritual condition through the illness and eventual death of Mrs. Barbara Flurry with a CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE on September 5, 2004, but what have we done? We ignored it. So God sent a second warning (September 5, 2010), and then a third and final one (September 5, 2013). But have we heard and listened to God’s still small voice? The deception as we have seen revolved again on another EVE in this last end.

“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” (2 Cor. 11: 3)

The Apostle Paul’s fear was for the yielding character of the spiritual EVE (God’s Church) to submit to Satan’s subtle deception which will eventually lead to the corruption of our minds. This clearly shows us that there is one last final ADAM AND EVE SCENARIO all over again with the symbolic TWO TREES in front of us!

“For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.” (v. 4)

Now, here is the simplicity of Christ: The gospel of the Kingdom of God concerns the land of Jerusalem only (The Eternal has chosen Jerusalem). Other than that, whether it is Bricket Wood or Ireland, it must surely be another gospel being preached by another spirit. It’s like we, as part of the spiritual Eve, are facing the TWO TREES in this last end. Now, which TREE will you choose? The TREE OF LIFE (Jerusalem) or the TREE OF KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL (Bricket Wood and Ireland), it’s just that simple. No need to complicate.

AND JUST AS IT DID IN THE 1970s, THE WHOLE CHURCH IS BEING DERAILED AGAIN IN THIS LAST END!

If you want to know more, you may want to read:

Ezekiel, the End Time Prophet

The Last Hour

House of the Spiritual Jews

The 25 Men of Ezekiel 8

Esteemed As The Potter’s Clay

A Prepared Deception

Or you may want to download a free copy of the book:

The Last End – A Book of Remembrance

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