Al, who is one of False Prophet Ronald Weinland’s Cincinnati area elders, is undergoing a personal great tribulation. He is currently being sued twice — one of the lawsuits is for a foreclosure against his business property. His 18-year-old business owns a co-located vehicle body repair shop with a house usable as an office which is on the market for $269,900. Hopefully he will be able to close a sale on it before the judge bangs his gavel and sends the sheriff to put him on the street.
During the fall of 2007, Weinland asked his members to show Total Resolve for his prophecies. In his November 3, 2007 sermon, Weinland mentioned his own $381,000 house and stated:
And I think of all that equity in there, it’s not going to serve anybody any good whatsoever. Serve the church in a very powerful way. The more we can do as a group, those of us who are running down together, those of us who are part of the 144000. If we have the means and the ability … Don’t do it right now either. Someone asked me this last week here, “If I withdraw a certain amount right now, I’m going to be penalized, by taxes and so forth.” But see when January or February come around you’re not going to be penalized. (snorts) The following year you don’t have to worry about it too much, do you?
Al is old enough to have a WCG background and would thus being eligible in 2008 to be sealed (Feb 2) and resealed (Sept 30) as part of the 144,000. Weinland often mentioned the example of Gideon and his army of 300 that sneaked up on the Midianite camp and defeated them, and described them as “running down the hill” (which they didn’t do, they crept quietly) and “breaking their pitchers” as a metaphor for what his members were to do, by cashing in their 401Ks and the equity in their homes. Since the US was going to be down the tubes by 2009, not even being able to inaugurate a new president, the IRS wouldn’t be around to collect taxes. Too bad for Weinland that the IRS is not cooperating with his prophecy even through they probably know all about it.
In his May 3, 2008 sermon, Weinland stated:
So if anyone who gave above and beyond – I just want to add this too, so you can examine your place and what you did. Because I know how the human mind is, I know that some gave offerings that aren’t normal. I hope that if there are some that are regretting that, having second doubts about that, I want to say something right now, real clear to you. Ok . I’ll return it. Those of you who have given 10 thousand, 20 thousand, 50 thousand, 80 thousand, 100 thousand, and more because there are those of you who fit in those categories. Above and beyond normal tithes and offerings. But you need to let me know before Pentecost. Thought I’d give a week, I thought “no” I’ll just say it “’til Pentecost”. Otherwise, to understand, you are saying that you’re in full agreement of those monies being used fully to whatever I deem necessary. Because we’re going to continue moving forward, putting everything into what we’re doing.
In a later sermon, he stated that the only request came for refund of tithes and offerings from an ex-member. At another point in the 5/3/08 sermon:
We hit over a million dollars at one point. But we’re way below that right now. We’re not there any longer because of all the monies we’re throwing into Google, and everything else we’ve been doing. But for a small group like us to be able to do something like this, like we’ve been able to do on the Internet, to be out there, for people to be able to do a search and here we pop up, being this small?
And yet at another point in his May 3, 2008 sermon:
So if you didn’t believe that you have any mortgage payments after April the 17th, or you didn’t have to pay off your credit card, then you made a mistake! You know. You can’t blame me! I don’t know how long some of this is going to take place. Live life wisely.
This statement was only a few weeks after prophesying “nukular” explosions within 45 to 90 days after April 17, 2008. Indicators are that Weinland did not throw down his own pitcher as did his members–he’s still paying the property tax on his $381,000 house directly to the county instead of through a mortgage company. I expect that if he’d refinanced the equity from his house that the mortgage company would require him to pay into escrow.
Weinland, as he often does, has shifted all of the blame to the member for whatever happens to them as a result of throwing down their pitcher. So I wonder how expensive the pitcher was that this elder threw down to light the torch of Google advertising for Ron’s fictional book “2008 God’s Final Witness”. It’s sad that he’s losing this modest family business which was also the employment for another of Weinland’s elders, Tom, who has the same last name. While Weinland blames the economy, and I expect that played a role in this situation, I also expect that pitcher-breaking also had a lot to do with it. I wonder how many other PKG members are similarly suffering, but I doubt that Ron and Laura are among them.
Ron, when you respond to this by accusing me of lying, twisting and distorting, be specific. Be very specific. And no twisting and distorting of your own.