In Which I Agree With Ronald Weinland
Ronald Weinland was in Dallas yesterday, the 37th sabbath of the Great Tribulation. No one from Oklahoma traveled to see their spiritual idol even though the journey would have been significantly less than the 12 1/2 hour trip some Canadians made last week. So perhaps Oklahoma is OK, being one state that’s free of Ron’s delusions. There were visitors from Louisiana and even one from Mississippi, probably Laura’s friend Lori.
Ron reviewed last week’s sermon in which he claimed that he was either an apostle or a prophet. His proof? A claim that truth has to come from either one of the two. As evidence, he recited some of the 50 “truths” listed on his website, such as “truths” 35, 42, and 44. According to Ron, he began teaching the 35th truth way back in ’82 when he started in WCG’s full-time paid ministry in Lubbock .
To keep the tithe-slaves in line, Ron has previously promised a new truth for the Last Great Day sermon. And Friday, yet another truth was revealed to Ron which he is not yet passing along. Two new truths would bring us to 52 truths. A deck has 52 cards, but then also it has a couple of jokers. But it seems that Ron is going to hold the number of “truths” at 50 (one of God’s perfect numbers), with the latest revelation to be folded into the 50th. I understand that — the 50th truth is getting rather smelly and needs to be refreshed. Probably the other “truth” can be integrated into one of the others such as the 38th “truth”.
Ron must be feeling a bit insecure right now. A handful of doubters has developed, as reality has intruded with the lack of evidence of the 1st trumpet. He warned against going on the Internet to visit sites like mine, which work to destroy faith and damage the spiritual mind. It seems that Ron doesn’t completely understand as do I that true faith totally trumps reality. Ron’s followers are quite adept at integrating his lame excuses and trotting them out to counter any argument of reality. If a site like mine has any effect it would only be after someone’s faith is shaken. Or maybe Ron does understand, and the faith of more than just a handful of his followers is shaky.
As pointed out on Gavin’s, Jack’s, and Dill Weed’s blogs, Ron took a good deal of the sermon to preach against Myspace and Facebook. He prophesied that these sites won’t exist in the Millennium. People will visit with their neighbors. The problem for PKG members is that they’re so scattered that many don’t have physical contact with other members unless they travel great distances. Weinland advocates phone calls and emails.
It would seem that some are writing comments critical of Ron on their Facebook “Wall”. But even though Ron isn’t on Facebook, he knows what is being said because God reads it and then tells him. (But I rather suspect that it’s Laura’s friend Lori — see, you too can be God.) Those who criticized Ron should be afraid, very afraid. I also caution them, because they could die a speedy death from the inside just like I have.
After Ron hinted at his ire with Facebook last week, several deleted their accounts. After his forceful pronouncements of yesterday, I expect that many more are deleting their accounts.
Weinland repeated his theme of last week — that he was either an apostle or a prophet. And then he insisted that he is a prophet, not an apostle. Newsflash!! Ron, I agree with you. You are a prophet, and not an apostle. The same was true of your spiritual idol, Herbert Armstrong. The two of you prophesied, which made you prophets. And both of you are the same kind of prophet — no, not one of God but rather the false kind. Herbie made numerous false prophecies either personally or through a surrogate. False Prophet Herbert Armstrong. False Prophet Ronald Weinland.