Gerald Flurry with “Swans in Flight”
A reader forwarded me, PCG’s latest letter from its Gerald Flurry. In it, Gerald Flurry wrote the following:
We have done due diligence in understanding all the details about purchasing, owning and operating a private jet. For more than 17 months now, we have monitored what we believe to be positive signs that seem to confirm this is an open door from God. …
Revelation 10:11 tells us we are to GO BEFORE KINGS. …
I believe God is directing me to find and purchase an aircraft to fulfill the needs of this Work. …
We anticipate borrowing $9 to 11 million for the purchase of a quality used aircraft. …
If you can help financially, please complete the enclosed pledge statement … (Flurry G. Letter to members and co-workers, February 3, 2017)
PCG has, for a long time, focused (in my opinion) on mainly how to physically appear to be like the old Worldwide Church of God (WCG). In my view, the desire for a private plane is part of that as the old WCG had one.
Gerald Flurry seems to believe that a private plane in necessary for him to fulfill Revelation 10:11. I believe that his ego and imagination have once again influenced his direction. This is NOT a door that God is opening for PCG.
From various reports I have seen, PCG has NOT been growing at the 30% per year that the old Radio Church of God used to have and like the Continuing Church of God has surpassed. Instead, PCG seems smaller than it was a few years ago. PCG is looking at an open budget, not an open door, to spend to look like the old WCG which had a private plane.
Gerald Flurry’s covetousness will not end well (cf. 2 Peter 2:1-3).
The photo at the beginning of this post shows Gerald Flurry with the “Swans in Flight” sculpture. PCG acquired this relic of the old Ambassador College Campus in Big Sandy, Texas back in 2009. It has made purchases of other physical items as well that were once owned by the old WCG.
I have considered that PCG’s fascination with attaining old WCG items to be on the idolatrous side.
Of course, just calling oneself ‘Philadelphia’ and/or buying physical items does not actually make ones church part of the Philadelphia Church Era.
Some items of possibly related interest may include the following:
Teachings Unique to the Philadelphia Church of God Simply calling oneself ‘Philadelphia’ does not make one so (see Revelation 3:7-9), nor does Gerald Flurry calling himself “that prophet” make it so. This article provides many quotes from this group which claims to be faithful.
What Did the Early Church Teach About Idols and Icons? Did Catholic and Orthodox “saints” endorse or condemn idols and icons for Christians? A related sermon is available: The Second Commandment, Idols, and Icons.
The Philadelphia Church Era was predominant circa 1933 A.D. to 1986 A.D. The old Radio Church of God and old Worldwide Church of God, now the remnant of that era is basically the most faithful in the Church of God, like who hold to the beliefs and practices of the Continuing Church of God.
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Preparing for the ‘Short Work’ and The Famine of the Word What is the ‘short work’ of Romans 9:28? Who is preparing for it? Here is a link to a related video sermon titled: The Short Work.
The Final Phase of the Work What is the final phase of the work? Who will lead it? Do you have the courage to support it? Here is a related YouTube video titled The Final Phase of the Work. The written article has been translated into Spanish La Fase Final de la Obra.
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Behind the Work 2016: All Nations, Tribes, People, and Tongues What has been going on in the Continuing Church of God to do the work? How is the Continuing Church of God working to fulfill scriptures such as Matthew 24:14 and Matthew 28:19-20? How many languages has CCOG literature now been translated in? How might this tie in with Revelation 7:9? What about ‘stammering lips’? This is a sermon-length video.
CCOG’s Four Years and God Revealing Philadelphia? Has God been revealing Philadelphia since CCOG formed? What has been happening? Can you see the hand of God in this? A related sermon is titled CCOG: Four Years Revealing Philadelphia?
Why Be Concerned About False and Heretical Leaders? There have been many false leaders–here is some of why you should be concerned about them. Here is a related article in the Spanish language ¿Por qué estar preocupado acerca de falsos y heréticos líderes?
How To Determine If Someone is a True Prophet of God There are many false prophets. How can Christians determine who is a true prophet? There is also a sermon-length video titled How to determine if someone is a true prophet of God. Here is a related link in Spanish/español: ¿Cómo determinar si alguien es un verdadero profeta de Dios?