2013 should win some sort of weirdness
award, particularly because of the Cult of Herbert Armstrong. Prophet
Thiel began accepting tithe money. Ronald Weinland finally went to
Federal Prison for Income Tax Evasion on or near Groundhog's Day (we're
thinking it parallels the movie where he keeps reliving the same day in
prison over and over again until he gets some prophecy or other right).
E. W. King and Apostle Malm made more stupid statements. Apostle Malm
also held his very first Feast of Tabernacles (if you could call it
that, maybe it should be called "Cult Bible Camp") in Oregon.
Speaking of Oregon, we had projected the
likelihood of more splinters in 2013 and sure enough another nano
splinter sprang into existence, this time from a former UCG Deacon of
questionable competence and aptitude, one Larry Hardison, who formed the
Church of God Northwest Brethren on his Ekklekonx (the spell checker
has just committed suicide) WordPress forum so that he could sponsor the
Feast of Tabernacles in Bend, Oregon at the Phoenix Inn Suites with a
top attendance of 48 with an average of 28. People had to come from all
over the world to even make up that many. It's not clear how many traded
off with UCG in Redmond. We've heard his sermons in the past and would
rather listen to paint dry. No doubt 2014 will be a banner year for them
because there just not enough alternatives around with UCG, CoGWA,
Pacific Church of God, Living Church of God, Heritage House
Ministries-Love for Israel, Christian Biblical Church of God and you do
know, the Feast for Church of God in Peace and Truth, Intercontinental
Church of God, Continuing Church of God and Guardian Ministries is too
far away and the Seventh Day Church of God is both too Biblical and
focused on Jesus to be a viable alternative.
As we projected last year, Jesus didn't
return in 2013 and, in fact, the Great Tribulation didn't begin...
again. It was a great shock and surprise that all of the Armstrongist
Churches of God did not all combine all into one under David Pack August
31st, 2013 and that three of the leaders of the major ACoGs didn't die
by the day before that. It seems that David Pack of the Restored Church
of God there in Wadsworth, Ohio has been again proven to be a false
prophet. It's too bad too, for we had so much hope for a little extra
drama, but all we got was paint drying on the new buildings he's put up
in his little Gulag. He does, however, look like an utter fool.
UCG again couldn't figure out the
purpose of their church. Dennis Luker announced that he would not seek a
second term as President and we wondered why, since he had done so very
well in his first term (that might be a slight exaggeration) -- yes, we
wondered until he died of prostate cancer before he could retire.
Victor Kubic promises that he will carry on Luker's vision and we sure
hope that it has something to do with eliminating alcoholism from the
ACoGs and not more stalking. What United has finally figured out is that
it is not growing larger as a church... it is growing, but growing
smaller. Entropy rocks!
The Pope resigned and the Catholics
appointed a new one, apparently with more 'life' and competency, neither
of which has much to do with the Armstrong Mafia.
We learned from Neville Stevens that
demons are employing flying saucers to roam around the earth. We thought
Satan had the power of the air, but, frankly, Harry Potter seems more
G. Sbarcea, based in Berowara Heights, NSW, Australia claims that Sons of Dracula Violated My Mother and Killed Her! Perhaps we've said too much already about this.
William Koeneke, an 86 year old deacon
from Church of the Eternal God Minister, was convicted of four counts
child molestation for indecent assault on young boys more than 20 years
Gerald Flurry with his misnamed
Philadelphia Church of God continued to be spectacularly irrelevant this
year except as a place holder, save for the advice of his ministry that
disabled children be left in shopping malls and further reports of a
teen or two being turned out on the street (quite literally) to fend for
themselves with the subsequent pain and suffering sucking in more
Speaking of the PCG, the DSM-V came out
this year with a new view of mental disorders. Many of the descriptions
fit the leaders of the sects of Armstrongism, particularly the PCG. In a
turnabout, Ron Frasier of the PCG came out to mock the DSM-V,
whereupon, the critics of the PCG came out to mock Ron Frasier and the
PCG. It's symmetric.
Glenn Beck did a segment on British Israelism. Apparently, he hasn't seen our proof that it is a fraud.
Roderick Meredith is one more stroke
closer to passing beyond the veil of the Living Church of God, at which
time it might not be Living much longer. These things, though, are
calculated in half-lifes apparently. It could be another decade or more.
Or, if luck is with us, 2014 will be the proverbial "it" for him.
Attendees of the CoGWA are somewhat
disturbed for no particular reason except it might be something Biblical
that a full time minister who is divorced and remarried is, well, full
time. We guess it's because he gives good sermons. Perhaps it could be
time that CoG members might possibly consider that they may be in a cult
-- if that's not too difficult concept for them to grasp. Maybe, too,
CoGWA members should consider the Legionnaire's Disease at the Feast of
Tabernacles in Florida this past year as a sign from God that He hates
their Feasts. Some people can be pretty dense about these things. It
also appears and rumor has it that after the death of Dennis Luker,
members of CoGWA are tacitly returning to United. This seems to be yet
another case of a patient getting a blood transfusion from one arm to
the other and losing most of it in the process.
The demolition of the old remnants of
Ambassador College continued apace this year with the campus hardly
being recognizable as the one that Jesus was to return to in 1975 for
sure at the latest.
Reports of Ysrael Hawkins, founder of
the House of Yaweh, exposed on Dr. Phil again this year (at least in
reruns), shows that it is a merciless abusive cult, not that will
diminish business one whit and neither will it bring down the House.
Dr. David V. Barrett came out with his seminal work, The Fragmentation of a Sect: Schism in the Wordwide Church of God
which gave us some good ideas why there are over 700+ (some have
estimated as high as 1,200) of subspecies of the Cult of Herbert
Armstrong. Our favorite quote was from Richard Rittenbaugh of the Church
of the Great God who made the astonishing claim that Herbert Armstrong
wasn't a false prophet because he was a false apostle. Well, that's not
exactly what he said, but that's the gist of it, which leads us onward
to what's ahead for 2014 after such an appalling major fail of 2013.
David Hulme, with his Church of God, an
International Community (COGIC), thought to be the fifth (5th) largest
of the Cult of Herbert Armstrong Mafia sects, seems to be having trouble
with his troupes: Apparently, he has rejected the notion of British
Israelism which has annoyed some in his CoGIC (although that probably
isn't the real source of unrest and his arrogant self-centered hubris
along with his happy-go-lucky profligate spending with no apparent
restraint, controls and oversight might be). This has led to his
disfellowshipping (is that even a word, spell check doesn't seem to
think so) members for daring to have differing doctrinal opinions or
criticisms of cult leadership. Apparently, Brian Orchard, a longtime and
well-liked minister formerly with UCG, was among those who
“resigned.” Also, COGIC treasurer Steven Andrews has apparently left the
group, taking members with him, intending to start a new splinter group
-- this is ironic since Steven Andrews was the early on treasurer who
supported David Hulme during the days his UCG Presidency came to an end,
mostly because of his profligate spending, bankrupting United -- and
Steven had been a staunch advocate early on in the 1990s. Others that
have been booted or left the cult are Peter Nathan, Cliff Veal
(UK/Germany), Bob Rodzaj (Phoenix, New Mexico). Revenue is falling,
falling, but David Hulme is isolated in his ivory tower, apparently
confident that he is God's chosen one to carry out the Work and will be
provided for no matter how senseless, stupid or foolish his spending
habits are -- going forward with the divine right of kings with no
thought to the consequences of unwise stewardship. It will be more
difficult than ever in a disintegrating sect without Steven Andrews
to manage the already constrained resources, but we're pretty sure that
David Hulme won't care a whit until he has to face the absolutes of
reality when they strike and the well is completely dry in the ACoG
Troy Fitzgerald, a son of a Worldwide Church of God, came out as gay this year and published a book, Cults and Closets: Coming out of Chaos, in 2013. The Secular Safe House website has this to
Troy Fitzgerald was raised in a religious cult — the Worldwide Church of God (aka Armstrongism) — as the son of a pastor and is now a secular humanist.
He came out as gay later in life after being married to a woman and
starting a family, having been in denial of his sexuality due to his
religious indoctrination. He and his ex-wife, who was raised in the
same cult and is now also a secular humanist, remain close friends and
partners in raising their family. He wrote a book about his coming
out, Cults and Closets: Coming Out of Chaos, and publishes a blog at CultsandClosets.com.
As a result of publishing his book and
getting more connected with the struggles of others with similar
backgrounds, he became very passionate about providing a voice, support,
and safe refuge for others coming out of religion, cults and as LGBT.
His professional background includes business analysis, website and film
production, technical/web project management, and small business
management. He is the proud father of three sons and lives in Colorado
Troy is just one of many fleeing the
oppression of the Cult of Herbert Armstrong Mafia, seeking peace from
the world of chaos from the lies of Herbert Armstrong. His efforts to
help others to provide a refuge for those coming out of religion, cults
or as LGBTQ is admirable. His effort may be the first of its kind.
And many of the Cult of Herbert
Armstrong Mafia sects had their Winter Family Weekend in 2013, amazingly
coincidentally coordinated with the Christmas and New Year's
celebrations of the pagan world of the wickedness of the Gentiles, which
we are assured are completely different as they are completely godly
without any hint of any pagan parallels. The Weekends will include
eating, drinking, feasting, games, social gatherings, dances --
absolutely, positively, completely different from the secular worldly
pursuits, often held within the same facilities famous for their
Christmas and New Year's celebrations. Yep. We're convinced. No
hypocrisy to see here. Move along....
One thing quite disappointing in 2013
was absolutely no more mention of demons entering the world by a
Stargate under the ocean. We're bummed.
Our friend(s) over at Silenced.co once
and for all (again) completely, totally, absolutely destroyed the
foundations of British Israelism, proving once again that Herbert
Armstrong's failed key to prophecy, making him a dead false prophet, are
based on a foundation of sand. You may read the many proofs and
A Foundation of Sand: Part I -- correlation does not imply causation
A Foundation of Sand: Part II -- Ancient Israel's future wrongly mapped to today
A Foundation of Sand: Part III -- The Lost Ten Tribes Were Never Lost
A Foundation of Sand: Part IV -- Israelites did not become Western European Barbarians
A Foundation of Sand: Part V -- Linguistics
A Foundation of Sand: Part VI -- Chronology
A Foundation of Sand: Part VII -- An Issue of Questionable Scholarship
A Foundation of Sand: Part VIII -- Genetic Evidence: BI’s Kryptonite
A Foundation of Sand: Part IX -- The Crumbling Castle (the key to prophecy to the Bible and prophecy was neither)
Now we know why Ambassador College was
located at Big Sandy: A sly reference to the entropy to follow based on
the foundation of British Israelism.
We were pretty much on spot with our
projections for 2013 last year, which leads us to a fairly high
confidence that even though there continue to be surprises in the world
of stupidity, we can have a fair amount of certainty about the future of
2014 -- mostly the things that won't happen.
We're pretty sure that as a trend, Jesus
will continue not to return and the Great Tribulation will not begin
yet again. We can't be absolutely sure, but if some group or other has a
Place of Safety, it won't really be and anyone foolish enough to wend
their way into the wilderness may find themselves in dire straights as
in "Jonestown" or if not Jonestown, certainly Looney Tunes.
The developing trends of 2013 may well find their way and amplify along the way for 2014.
1) Continued addiction of the membership
(not to mention the leadership) on British Israelism: They have to have
it -- it's a drug of choice, to assure that the doom and devastation
will fulfill their lusts of idolatry and hubris to validate their
"rightness" in their belief that they will be winners if only they
follow the right cult leader into a wonderful world where they finally
have some power!
2) The Cult of Herbert Armstrong Mafia will continue to do and say really stupid things!
3) The Cult of Herbert Armstrong Mafia will issue lame excuses when the stupid things they predict again do not come to pass!
4) The Cult of Herbert Armstrong Mafia will absolutely take no responsibility for the consequences of their actions!
5) The Cult of Herbert Armstrong Mafia
will cover up their silly mistakes and continue to pretend they did not
say or do the stupid things they really did!
6) The Cult of Herbert Armstrong Mafia will make no apologies for the stupid things they say and do!
7) The devastation, gloom and doom of
the entropy causing apathy will continue its single arrow of time,
marching the cult sects into inevitable irrelevance.
8) The high energy promises of Herbert
Armstrong in the 1970s for prosperity and wealth in our time (and not
just to wait for the future) would be available to all the loyal members
as blessings from God will be continue to be ignored by the Cult of
Herbert Armstrong Mafia, because they are too far gone to believe and
try to sell such nonsense -- thus dooming them to the useless dust bin
of irrelevance to a society moving onward without them.
9) The Cult of Herbert Armstrong Mafia
will continue to lose the youth, their future, because, let's face it,
British Israelism with its self-sacrifice for the good of the Empire is
just not that much fun and the next generation doesn't see any future in
it for them.
10) Diehard cult members will cling to
Armstrongism doggedly no matter what -- it doesn't matter if their
leader is a proven an insane lying false prophet psychopath convicted
felon in prison, darn it all, sticking with him proves our loyalty to
God and by Jiminy we're going to inherit the Kingdom come hell or high
water even if liars and whoremongers won't inherit the Kingdom of God:
We're crazy nuts and we're absolutely sure of the delusions we believe.
These are the trends that have been
developing in 2013 and it sure looks as if they are going to continue
into 2014. We're also pretty sure that what's ahead is even more crazy
outrageousness that none of the cult Mafia leadership is going to
acknowledge and they won't even bother with excuses any more, just like
David Pack with his predictions for August 31st, 2013 -- it came, it
passed, it failed and he doesn't even bother with excuses. As the ACoGs
progress through 2014, that's what we see ahead.
Other trends are developing as well,
particularly for those of opposing this outrageous nonsense. It's utter
rubbish. We're not going to stop exposing it at every turn. The ACoGs
will continue to try to ignore us, but the forces of nature (entropy),
God and whatever openings we can find will continue to erode this
oppressive stupid wrong cult throughout the next year and beyond.
For 2014, the opening gambit is BritishIsraelism.com: We love the British, just not British Israelism.