Herbert Armstrong established an empire which could only end in the
stagnation of fetid rotten pockets of stale sluggishness where even
revenue flow is stagnant. The stench of stagnation with entropy drifted
everywhere among the Cult of Herbert Armstrong Mafia sects in 2014 and
trends indicate that 2015 will continue the stagnation. No one should
expect the return of the Laodocean rich and increased in goods in need
of nothing prosperity of the 1970s Worldwide Church of God because it is
never coming back. Frankly, it may well be that 2015 may not even be as
good as 2014 was and 2014 just wasn’t all that good.
After 80 years of Armstrongism, you
would think they would have gotten somewhere. Instead, Armstrongism is
predicated upon stagnation, constantly reinventing wheels, and misguided
attempts to “really get serious this time.” As a result, “depth” is
something no one has ever achieved. Armstrongism’s idea about “going
deeper” is to double-down on strategies that have proven to lead only to
failure, and to go around in an old, familiar circles yet one more
The trouble is, when one really does
make the personal decision to “get serious,” it winds up in that person
realizing that he needs to leave Armstrongism behind, because the COGs,
in and of themselves are an imposition to “getting serious.” Acceptance
of the tenets of Armstrongism bind you with shallowness and stagnation.
They make the abandonment of seriousness incumbent upon the believer.
Instead, they divert any “seriousness” they might have had into useless
old testament rituals like “deleavening” their homes. Ritualized
“progress” takes the place of any actual “progress.” The only thing
ministerial types like Robin Webber have ever been “serious” about is
coming up with that extra 5 inches.How “deep” or “exhaustive” has any COG
minister or member’s attempt to understand the bible or live like Jesus
ever been? Armstrongists keep on using words like “deeper” or “more
exhaustive,” but the fact is, these now-trite sayings are incoherent.
Either something is exhaustive, or it is not. It is not possible to do a
job “more exhaustively.” All this means is, “We were wrong about saying
we did it ‘exhaustively’ last time (like every other time) and we’ll
probably be wrong this time too. The reason why they can’t even come up
to “the world’s” standards is because, for all their talk about
“mooring” they’re completely unmoored from reality. Everything they say
is without any objective referent to anchor it. The only thing that’s
possible is more pie-in-the-sky talk and meaningless platitudes. They’ve
never been serious before and they’re not about to get serious now.
The trouble is, when one really does make the personal decision to “get
serious,” it winds up in that person realizing that he needs to leave
Armstrongism behind, because the COGs, in and of themselves are an
imposition to “getting serious.” Acceptance of the tenets of
Armstrongism bind you with shallowness and stagnation. They make the
abandonment of seriousness incumbent upon the believer. Instead, they
divert any “seriousness” they might have had into useless old testament
rituals like “deleavening” their homes. Ritualized “progress” takes the
place of any actual “progress.” The only thing ministerial types like
Robin Webber have ever been “serious” about is coming up with that extra
Perhaps we can expect statements of the
state of the Work by the various cult leaders again this year. It may be
that David Pack will issue Pastor General Yearly Letter again this
January as he did last year with glowing reports of explosive growth for
the Restored Church of God, but in reality the operative word here
should be ‘implosion’. It looks like he’s been buying more property
without sufficient resources to pay for it and that Steuben Crystal at
the office looks like it will collect dust. Meanwhile, Davey will keep
his member abuse program going in high gear, but that’s hardly an effort
which will create an enthusiastic energy for his compound.
David Hulme learned something about
tampering with British Israelism last year and it is very likely he will
not recoup his losses.
The Living Church of God continues to
have a name that it is Living, but it’s in the stagnant doldrums and the
only possible excitement in 2015 could be the death of Roderick
Meredith. There would be a great deal of frenetic activity temporarily,
overriding the stagnation, but if it were to occur, the ultimate result
would be even more stagnation from entropy, with possible help from a
major split or two.
Robert Thiel has been off to a slow start and it does look like it’s going to decline from there: Expect stagnation.
Gerald Flurry keeps making noises about
how good things are going at the Philadelphia Church of God, but a word
of advice: When your outgo exceeds your income, your upkeep will be your
downfall. Flurry has been spending money he doesn’t have and has bought
a new campus in England which may well have as many as 8 students and
it may well be the British may require diversity classes. Brad MacDonald
will be moving in to be headmaster of a glorified high school called
‘college’ or ‘university’. It’s too bad he couldn’t get Bricket Wood and
this is certainly not the same level of culture being represented, but
it made him feel better to buy it and after all that’s said and done,
raising the dopamine levels in a geriatric Armstrongist leader is what’s
important here. It’s tempest in a teapot time and the water in the
teapot has stagnated.
Ronald Weinland continues his prison
term, so the PKG can’t expect much progress — it’s stagnation squared,
while Weinland issues doltish daft decrees from his cell. He will
continue to do so, and the troops in the trenches will continue to get
the manure falling from heaven.
James Malm will continue to more or less
accurately portray the faults and evils of his compatriot competitors
without ever looking in the mirror.
The United Church of God, an
International Association will have all things continue as they have
from the beginning… of 2014. They have noted that their average
congregation size is 20 to 30 people (that’s an average — some are
hundreds and some could fit in a phone booth). That is not cause for
optimism, because there is a bottom line. In the stagnation, there
really isn’t much new blood and ministers continue to retire. In this
long slide of entropy toward irrelevance, the average rank-and-file
member will have less in the way of personal ministerial contact, not
that has ever been a priority in the Armstrongist churches, but it will
get ever worse… slowly. Changing the name of the flagship magazine from The Good Newsto Beyond Todaycan
do nothing but lend itself to stagnation. It was about time to change,
though, since the UCG hasn’t really come up with much good news,
although… there may not be much beyond today for them — eat, drink and
be merry, for tomorrow you could retire. It’s truly unfortunate that The
Originals have passed from the administration, taking their expertise
and vision with them, so in the interest of helping out the Council of
Elders, we highly suggest this book for their support:
Hope it helps. The members have received the very last Good News they will ever get from United.
If the UCG is having challenges, one can
only suspect that it will be worse for the clowns at the Church of God
Worldwide Association. Everybody is aging out on the average from senior
to geriatric in Armstrongism and the CoGWA certainly isn’t going to be
exempt from stagnation. The dream of establishing a college or
university just isn’t in the cards and they likely overestimated the
possible prosperity on the way out of United. There are not a few people
wondering why they are in CoGWA at this point, because, except for the
name on the door, you really can’t tell much difference from the UCG.
Their flagship magazine is One Accord. Ha, ha, ha! That’s really funny when you consider they split with the UCG. One Accord. Is that all they have left of their transportation fleet?
The House of Yahweh with Yisrael Hawkins
isn’t going anywhere. It is likely that HoY will be featured again as
an expose on Dr. Phil and legal problems will continue, but at a low
level, befitting the state of stagnation into which it has fallen.
The Church of God in Truth with James
Russell? He said himself that “we haven’t learned anything new in 40
years”. He does claim that because the other Churches of God don’t keep
the Feast Days at the right time, they will be those described in
Revelation 3:9, “Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan,
which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make
them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved
thee.” Yes, friends, all the other Armstrongists are the synagogue of
Satan saying they are Jews but are not, will suffer in the Millennium
while CoGIT members will be God as God is God, lording it over everybody
else. With this ‘holier than thou’ attitude, there is no chance that
there’s going to be much change: Expect stagnation. If there is an
afterlife, someone is in for a BIG surprise! You should all get their flagship magazine, Prove All Things.
It’s worth it for the misprints in every issue. For example, a favorite
is “Herbert Armstrong Pasture General”. Replete with manure? Watch
where you step? They have something every issue. It’s hilarious! They
should Proof Read All Things.
And there are the Rittenbaughs of the Church of the Great God fame. Oh, maybe you’ve not heard of them? Perhaps fame
is too strong a word? Let’s just say that they are of the same
conservative ilk as the rest of the Cult of Herbert Armstrong Mafia,
except no one much notices them or their flagship magazine, Forerunner Magazine.
If you didn’t know better, you’d think it had something to do with
Toyota. Prognosticate that they will see stagnation in 2015? It’s a
little late for that. Try obscurity instead. We wonder what happened to
their minister who raped 16 teenage girls and 8 of their mothers? Still
preaching or not with them? Who cares? This sect doesn’t even rise to
the level of apathy and will continue that way through 2015. The founder
was a welder at U.S. Steel for 16 years. It’s like Johnathan and Martha
Kent at their Smallville farm setting ecommerce up from their farmhouse
living room to market organic produce to the Luthorcorp employees
cafeteria, except in this case, there’s not really much of a product and
not much of a market.
We’d mention Mark Armstrong and the
Intercontinental Church of God, but if you look at their website, you’d
swear that Garner Ted Armstrong was still alive, so what’s the point?
Dixon Cartwright will continue reporting about the Cult of Herbert Armstrong Mafia in The Journal
as a journalistic exercise in irrelevance in the modern world for those
addicted to the preposterous idea that it’s all one big happy family of
specialized believers when he knows very well it is nothing of the
kind, with some of the weirdest ideas ever being promulgated in the ads
while some of the real news is being covered up: It’s an impressive
effort to ‘report’ on the stagnation where everything is presented in
such a positive light when the underlying core is utter garbage, much of
which is generated with people who have severe mental disorders. It
wouldn’t be half as bad if he didn’t know better and didn’t pretend
everything is OK. It’s called enabling; Dixon Cartwright is a enabler.
He has The Touch: He can make the daft seem respectable; just don’t
think about it too long.
In all of this, Herbert Armstrong will continue to remain very dead all the way through 2015.
The Worldwide Church of God transformed
itself into Grace Communion International in 2009. Originally, Joseph
Tkach, Senior ‘inherited’ (hostile takeover) from Herbert Armstrong when
Herbert Armstrong died in 2006. After Joseph Tkach, Senior died, his
son, (Dr.?) Jo(seph)[e] Tkach (,Junior) finished taking the WCG into
pseudo mainstream Christianity replete with Christmas, Easter and the
Trinity which was much less mainstream than it may have appeared —
retaining the autocratic nature of the ‘leadership’ but projecting a
more benign ‘liberal’ religion. It became stagnant long ago as masses of
people left either for the more traditional cult Armstrongism or became
atheists and agnostics. Congregations shrank significantly to pathetic
little groups, some of which kept Sunday, others keeping Saturday still
and still others kept both Saturday and Sunday. Feasts were slowly but
surely eradicated, but not before the Feast of Tabernacles was kept in
August so it was more convenient to get time off work and school
children (the few that attended) wouldn’t have to miss any school. The
‘headquarters’ was sold to provide riches for the few at the top and the
‘administration’ moved to Financial Street in a nearby city. To tell
the truth, there’s so much stagnation that those still left would be
better off in local mainstream Christian churches with the people,
doctrines and facilities and sever their connections with GCI once and
for all. GCI has become totally irrelevant and those with the beliefs
espoused by the GCI would be better served by going elsewhere. It seems
unlikely that 2015 will change much for them.
Unfortunately, stagnation cuts both
ways. There was a time not too long ago that those of us working to
expose the sects of the Cult of Herbert Armstrong Mafia had an impact.
Expect that to slow in 2015. Herbert Armstrong originally created the
Pavlovian response by getting members conditioned to respond to
prophecies of death, doom, destruction, devastation, deviancy (in the
world) so whenever they heard or saw news reports, particularly those
which engaged British Israelism in their heads, it invoked belief,
strengthening their faith in the prognostications. Of course, Herbert
applied a layer of snow on top of the toxic dump to make it attractive
by plying his wiles to create visions of a brave new world of prosperity
where the members were to become God as God is God: Ring the bell and
the salivation began.
Rex Sexton of the UCG wrote in a church
bulletin that church members were like dogs being trained by the Master,
Jesus Christ. He has something there: Doggie members have two basic
rules for their control — keep them on a short leash and don’t let them
bark. It is useful to let them out free to romp in a dog park once a
year to socialize at the so-called “Feast of Tabernacles”, and if you’re
with the right trainers, you might even get out to play at the
so-called ‘Winter Social’ which is really the Winter Solstice Social.
There will be fun exercises and special doggie treats — for the ‘good
dogs’. The one thing every mutt fears is the minister calling them ‘bad dog!”.
That will bring about howling. No, the leaders must be careful in their
regimen. Every dog has his day. And being in the Restored Church of God
gives new meaning to ‘running with the Pack’. Dogs. They’re all dogs.
Care must be taken not to mention Revelation 22:15.
The spit-offs have continued to ring the
bell and the salivation continues, but the dogs are old and can’t do a
much as service animals any more. For one thing, because of the decline
in membership and the fact that the seniors are becoming geriatric, the
bell has to be rung ever so more loudly for a response. The pooches are
finding it harder and harder to hear and even more difficult to get
On the other hand, the old dogs aren’t
getting up and roaming any more. Youth is gone and so is the spry. The
Armstrongist Churches of God are beginning to realize that they have to
let the dogs lie because their get up and go has gotten up and gone.
This means that members don’t become strays much any longer. They lost
their curiosity (and a lot of other things). They aren’t that swift on
the uptake any more and the cultists have a captive audience in their
little dog pounds. One would hope that the leaders — the hounds of hell
— would be bitten by their mother when they return home to the kennel.
The implication of this is clear:
Disorganizations, such as the PKG with Ronald Weinland, have had most of
those who are going to leave, leave. The rest just stay and stay, no
matter how little sense it makes, and continue to wait until Weinland
rings the bell again from Terre Haut, Indiana.
The COGS attract narcissists who lust
for power and glory so the COGS are where they flock to. And then when
they start seeing the real evil that Weinland and Flurry and all the
other maggots do they use their intelligence to explain it away as if it
is GOD’s Will or a righteous way to behave. They love the idea of a
hierarchy, a place where they can treat everyone like they are already
GODS because they are now in a highly ranked system. The Gospel of
Christ and Heaven are not enough for a COG member. They want more.
Power! Riches! Planets! GOD at THEIR right hand side!
COG leaders are merciless, greedy,
arrogant narcissists who reward their followers with the chance to share
in this greed and lust and brutality – in the abuse of others (in the
name of God) as long as these aspiring anti-Christs keep the tithes
coming to the lead anti-Christ! And once you invent a reasonable story
in your head to justify what you know DEEP DOWN is wrong, you get
intelligent people acting unwise (evil). It is so easy to see that the
Fruits of the Spirit in these COG leaders are CLEARLY Satanic, you MUST
fool yourself in order to think they are godly!The COG members that stay in these fake
churches LOVE thinking they are better than everyone, and to leave the
PKG or PCG or whatever is to lose their justification for bullying,
lying, theft, misogyny, and all the other things they love to inflict on
others to feel like they are GODS.
COG leaders are merciless, greedy, arrogant narcissists who reward their
followers with the chance to share in this greed and lust and brutality
– in the abuse of others (in the name of God) as long as these aspiring
anti-Christs keep the tithes coming to the lead anti-Christ! And once
you invent a reasonable story in your head to justify what you know DEEP
DOWN is wrong, you get intelligent people acting unwise (evil). It is
so easy to see that the Fruits of the Spirit in these COG leaders are
CLEARLY Satanic, you MUST fool yourself in order to think they are
It’s easier if you remember that dogs are the descendants of wolves. It’s a dog eat dog society — a result of bad breeding.
Stagnation has set in, in a big way and
the dogs of war don’t much give as much as a woof any more — and it
looks like that’s the way it’s going to stay in 2015: It’s all going to
the dogs. The ACoGs should buy new deck chairs for the Titanic so they
can constantly rearrange them — if only they could afford them!
2015: Stagnation — one implication is
that a mediocre equilibrium of evil will be achieved by the Armstrongist
leaders who will continue to act like 9 year old schoolyard psychopath
alcoholic boozing bullies extorting lunch money so they can have prime
rib with Dom and those who they have robbed will continue to dig in the
trash bin to find something — anything — to eat. The glass ceiling
between the elite and the Proles will become thicker and more opaque
than ever, ever more impenetrable to the peasants as the Oriental
Potentate and his henchmen continue their oppression upon the helpless
who they see as social misfits who the elite have made that way.
There may (or may not) be more ministers / elders who are convicted of pedophilia in 2015.
It will be OK: The mediocrity will not bother you as long as you remain clueless.
Do we really have to say it? Stagnation means that the old guard will remain because you can’t teach old dogs new tricksor science, for that matter.
Just watch where you step.
Grow in grace and knowledge?
Because they all stopped accepting correction a very long time ago.