Gerald Flurry Philadelphia Church Of God Biography & Facts
The Philadelphia Church of God (PCG) is a non-trinitarian, sabbatarian church based in Edmond, Oklahoma, US. The PCG is one of several offshoots of the Worldwide Church of God (WCG), founded by Herbert W. Armstrong (1892–1986). The PCG was established by Gerald Flurry with the stated purpose of continuing Armstrong's teachings, which were re-evaluated and subsequently rejected by the WCG after Armstrong's death, as it came to accept orthodox Christian teachings, such as the Trinity (the triune nature of God as one Being in three distinct Persons). Armstrong had rejected the Trinity doctrine in favor of the view that God is not one but two separate God-beings (i.e., the God Family or the Family of God) into which Family, according to Armstrong, humans upon true conversion and spiritual growth, may be born.The PCG asserts that it is carrying on Armstrong's legacy after the doctrinal changes made by the new WCG leaders, namely Joseph W. Tkach and his son, Joseph Tkach Jr., and also teaches new revelation that Flurry claims has been shown by God from the Bible since Armstrong's death.
Gerald Flurry is Pastor General of the Philadelphia Church of God and Editor-in-Chief of The Philadelphia Trumpet magazine. He is also founder and chairman of the 'Armstrong International Cultural Foundation' and founder and Chancellor of 'Herbert W. Armstrong College' in Edmond, Oklahoma, USA. He was ordained as a minister in 1973, and formerly served as a pastor in the Worldwide Church of God, from which he was disfellowshipped (excommunicated) on December 7, 1989, for resisting sweeping doctrinal changes. He had alerted the WCG ministry and members of those changes via his booklet Malachi's Message, after which he and his assistant, John Amos, were fired. Flurry then immediately founded his own organization, the Philadelphia Church of God.
The PCG teaches they are the one and original true Church of God and all other churches are apostate or counterfeit. Based on the doctrine of seven church eras, Flurry believes the seven churches in the book of Revelation are descriptive of seven successive eras of God's church from the original apostolic church until the final church that Christ returns to marry. In his book, The True History of God's True Church and it's 2000-Year War with the Great False Church, he attempts to trace his church's history back to the first century church through the Worldwide Church of God, Church of God (Seventh Day), Seventh Day Baptists, Waldensians, Petrobrusians, Paulicians and Bogomils.Herbert W. Armstrong founded the Worldwide Church of God in 1934 and led it until his death in 1986. His chosen successor, Joseph Tkach introduced significant doctrinal changes and began to withdraw Armstrong's literature from circulation. He took the church into a more orthodox direction, focusing on Jesus Christ and grace, instead of prophecy and the millennium. Disturbed by these changes, local minister Gerald Flurry and his assistant, John Amos "seriously questioned WCG leaders' doctrinal changes", resulting in their termination and excommunication. Flurry went on to establish the Philadelphia Church of God in Oklahoma in 1989.
In 1990, Flurry published and started distributing Malachi's Message to the members of the WCG. He claims this book was delivered to him by a "mighty angel" and is the prophesied Little Book found in Revelation 10. He teaches his followers that it is revelation from God and the centerpiece of God's revelation after Armstrong's death. According to Flurry, the Old Testament prophet Malachi, prophesied over 2,000 years ago that the WCG leadership would make these changes and those who don't follow him are destined for the Great Tribulation. He brands those that won't follow him out of the WCG for being Laodicean - a pejorative he uses to describe their "lukewarm attitude", and warns them of the "nuclear holocaust" that awaits them. He calls those that heed his warning Philadelphians and the "very elect" - those that cannot be deceived, promising them a "headquarters position of rulership" in God's Kingdom. He assures his followers refuge during the "worst time of suffering" - the Great Tribulation and claims his book, Malachi's Message, is the "ticket to a place of safety".
Mystery of the Ages
In August 1985, Armstrong's final work, Mystery of the Ages, was published. The WCG described it as a "synopsis of the Bible in the most plain and understandable language". By 1987, the WCG ceased printing the book, citing "biblical discrepancies". In 1997, the PCG decided to reprint Mystery of the Ages and a six-year legal battle over its copyright ensued. While the WCG believed that it was their "Christian duty" to keep Mystery of the Ages out of print, the PCG claimed that God had commissioned them to get the book out to the "largest audience possible".In 1999, the District court ruled in favor of the PCG, but was reversed later by the Ninth Circuit Court in 2000. With an injunction to stop printing Mystery of the Ages issued, Flurry appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court and reassured his followers that his court case will be heard before the Supreme Court. A few weeks later, the Supreme Court declined to hear their petition. During the same year, the PCG made different offers to license or purchase some or all of Armstrong's literary works, resulting in an out of court settlement of $3 million for Mystery of the Ages and 18 other works.
Gerald Flurry is a self-declared prophet (as written in his book Who Is That Prophet). Over three decades, he has made several prophecies, including Donald Trump remaining president, the Supreme Court overturning the 2020 U.S. Election, Barack Obama as the last president of the United States, Pope Benedict XVI will resurrect the Holy Roman Empire, the PCG would acquire the Bricketwood Estate in the UK, and Jesus Christ could return by 2020.
Gerald Flurry as That Prophet
In 1999, Gerald Flurry declared himself a prophet, specifically That Prophet from John 1:21. In a 2004 sermon, he states "If you just study this book, you'll know who That Prophet is... It does set me apart from other ministers... Is God going to give us something like this that we cannot prove?.. [It is] revelation from God - from outer space - way beyond Mars... If it doesn't, I'm crazy". He claims to speak for God, receiving new revelation from him and even hearing his voice.
Donald Trump as King Jeroboam
According to his Great Again booklet, Flurry claims that Donald Trump's victory in 2016 was prophesied in the Bible and designates him as King Jeroboam from the Bible. He believed that God revealed to him "that we are in the prophesied 'Jeroboam' end" and there would be "unparalleled carnage and destruction on Earth like never in history!" He also prophesied that Donald Trump would be "taken out by the sword!". He also indicated that Joseph Tkach Jr. would conspire with Donald Trump to send the PCG into exile..... Discover the Gerald Flurry Philadelphia Church Of God popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Gerald Flurry Philadelphia Church Of God books.