Rendering of Armstrong Auditorium (Rees Associates)
The Philadelphia Church of God (PCG) is reporting that is plans to have its “inaugural concert” featuring the Irish Guard on February 14, 2010.
PCG has 7 concert events scheduled from February to April 2010. The concerts are put out by an arm of PCG called the Armstrong International Cultural Foundation. Here is some of what its auditorium website says about it:
Armstrong International Cultural Foundation
The Armstrong International Cultural Foundation is a non-profit, humanitarian organization sponsored by the Philadelphia Church of God and headquartered on the Herbert W. Armstrong College campus in Edmond, Oklahoma…
The foundation began in 1996 as the Philadelphia Foundation…The foundation began sponsoring a small concert series in 1998. Since then, the series has grown significantly, attracting hundreds of guests to the John Amos Field House on the Herbert W. Armstrong College campus…
The foundation’s concert series is patterned after the famed Ambassador International Cultural Foundation’s series, hosted in the Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena, California. Under Herbert Armstrong, the auditorium, known as the “Carnegie Hall of the West Coast,” hosted greats such as Luciano Pavarotti, Vladimir Horowitz, Joan Sutherland, the Vienna Philharmonic and other musical legends. Beyond Pasadena, the foundation stretched from Bombay to Brussels, Tokyo to Cairo, Jerusalem to London, Nepal to Okinawa, and the Netherlands to the Philippines.
PCG has had a long history of attempting to try to LOOK similar to the old WCG. It, however, has changed emphasis, doctrine, governance, and even added extra-biblical requirements to be part of the church.
In my opinion, PCG is NOT faithful, but fixated on trying to give a physical impression that they are. Its doctrines and emphasis are simply not “Philadelphian”.
To learn more about why, please carefully study the following article:
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 tries to look faithful.