Lies and Broken Promises
The prophetic failures of False Prophet Ronald Weinland are detailed in other posts and pages on this blog such as the one reviewing his book. This page is focused on outright lies and broken promises contradicted by provable facts that go to his character.
Weinland’s Lie About the Reason for his Tax Conviction
On January 26, 2013 in his last sermon he delivered before reporting to prison sermon, Ron discussed his criminal conviction for tax evasion,. He mentioned the inclusion in the charges of church funds in the Swiss bank account he established in 2003 and the expenses for Laura’s travels to accompany him as he traveled the globe to visit his scattered flock. He followed up with this statement “If it weren’t for those two things, next week wouldn’t be happening.”, “next week” at the time being his reporting to prison on February 1, 2013. Below is from page 15 of the transcript of that sermon obtained from the Church of God – PKG’s website.
I thought I might share it with you – my wife and I have talked about different things because of things we’ve done. There are things that I have been moved by as much as I have been by the 50th Truth or the 51st or the 38th, whatever number it is – as moved by what we did when we came to the decision of putting money over into Europe at one time as any other doctrinal thing was ever given to the Church. It was something that we believed with all of our being we were supposed to do, so I did it, because I believed it was from God. And there are other things we’ve done as well, and you know what, in time God has a purpose for it. We thought it might be for something else, and later on when Europe is self sufficient, if something were to happen and if we are over there the work is going to go on because all these other countries now have their own strong funds, and it wasn’t needed. What was needed at that time was advertising because of a thrust that God was giving to us and so it was brought back and used for that…now, that’s counted to me as ‘income’. They said that’s my personal money. What an awesome thing! So I’ve got to pay taxes on it now…but I can’t claim it as any income – kind of a tough thing to deal with isn’t it, because if I had that I could easily pay my taxes!
Anyway, but if it wasn’t for that and one other thing – if she would have stayed home in all the traveling, because in God’s Church husbands and wives have always-always-always-Always been recognized as a team. We are a team. When we go to different Church areas she does more counselling than I ever do. She does! She helps more people than I ever have as far as counselling. Mine is through the sermons, some counselling…not compared to hers. But none of that can be claimed so people make decisions, “Well, you can’t claim that you owe taxes, that was your personal money, personal benefit, she just likes to gallivant all over the world. So, you have to pay taxes on that.” If it weren’t for those two things next week wouldn’t be happening. Matter of fact, if it wasn’t for the first thing – if that hadn’t of happened next week wouldn’t be happening. Anyway.
In an official court filing (docket #103), Weinland’s own defense team stated:
The government’s revised tax loss number is $245,176. Section 2T1.1 and Section 2T4.1 provide a base offense level of 18 for a tax loss amount that is more than $200,000, but less than $400,000. However, as discussed above, the government failed to exclude certain amounts from its determination of gross income. These exclusions from gross income consist of approximately $290,000 in church funds that Mr. Weinland transferred into the foreign accounts on behalf of the church and approximately $95,000 in airfare costs for Mrs. Weinland to visit and counsel with church members around the world. Together, these items total approximately $385,000. It is estimated that this reduction in gross income would reduce the tax loss by approximately $107,800 ($385,000 x 28%). Under Section 2T1.1 and Section 2T4.1, a revised tax loss number of $137,376 provides a base offense level of 16 for a tax loss amount that is more than $80,000, but less than $200,000.
Whether or not these funds should have been included in the charges, even Weinland’s own talented criminal defense team acknowledged that there remained $137,376 of tax loss they couldn’t argue against, more than 50% of the total. So much for Ron’s claims to his members that these two things were the only reason he was sentenced to prison. Ronald Weinland lied to his own members.
During court testimony, it was revealed that the criminal investigation began after Weinland’s bank reported to the IRS large transactions between church bank accounts and Weinland’s own personal bank accounts. The IRS did not become aware of the Swiss bank account until after the investigation was started. Transcripts of this testimony and other court filings are available on Criminal Trial page on this blog, and directly from the US Court’s pacer.gov website for a fee.
Weinland Lies on His Own Daughter’s Marriage Certificate
During Weinland’s criminal trial, his daughter Audra was on the stand for the longest of any of the government’s witnesses, longer even than the IRS special agent who investigated the case. During Auda’s testimony, she described her marriage to Chris Little (“Q” is questions from the prosecutor, “A” is the answer given by Audra):
8 Q When did you get married, ma’am?
9 A September 9th of ’08.
10 Q And I think you told us your father performed the service?
11 A Uh-huh.
12 Q Where did that take place?
13 A In Germany.
14 Q Did you formally get married before you went over to
16 A No.
17 Q Tell the jury about that trip. When did it happen and what
18 were the circumstances?
19 A My parents were going over there for — to go to church
20 there in the Netherlands and the UK, so I had planned on going
21 there previously before I got married and before we planned to
22 get married, and about — and my fiance, he was — at the time,
23 he was going to go with us also. So we had decided since we
24 weren’t going to have a big wedding that we were just — we
25 would rather — we were trying to figure out when we were going
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AUDRA LITTLE – CONTINUED DIRECT – MR. MCBRIDE 118
1 to get married. So about three weeks before the trip, we
2 decided to get married over there on the first day we got there
3 instead of as opposed to a couple of weeks after we went there.
4 Q So did you fly from the United States to Germany?
5 A Yes.
6 Q And so you went to Germany for the purpose of having your
8 A Well, originally we had already planned to go over there.
9 Q You were going to see congregations in London —
10 A Uh-huh.
11 Q — and then the Netherlands; right?
12 A Yes.
13 Q Do you have a congregation in Germany?
14 A No.
15 Q Who was in Germany?
16 A My brother was there.
17 Q So your brother, was he married at that time?
18 A Yes.
19 Q So he and his wife could join you for the wedding?
20 A Yes.
21 Q Anybody else from the family go with you besides your mom
22 and dad?
23 A No.
24 Q So you went and had — do you remember when the wedding —
25 so the date of your marriage is actually in Germany; correct?
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AUDRA LITTLE – CONTINUED DIRECT – MR. MCBRIDE 119
1 A I think so.
2 Q So you’re in Germany, and then how long were you in
4 A I think two days.
5 Q Two days. Were your mom and dad there with you?
6 A Yes.
7 Q And where did you go from Germany?
8 A I drove with my brother and his wife and my husband, we
9 drove to Antwerp, Belgium, from there.
10 Q And what did you do there?
11 A We were there to go to the church in the Netherlands. It’s
12 right near the Netherlands.
13 Q Where did your mom and dad go?
14 A They flew — I’m not sure, I — I’m not actually sure. I
15 think they flew straight to Belgium, but I’m not positive.
16 Q That’s fine. So they went on to Belgium for the services?
17 A Yes.
18 Q Or to see a congregation?
To summarize, Ron Weinland performed the marriage ceremony for Audra and Chris on September 9, 2008 on German soil with Audra’s mother and brother in attendance. When the Weinlands returned to Kentucky, Ron filed the marriage certificate with the Boone County, Kentucky courthouse. Below is an image of the marriage certificate filed.
So Audra testified in federal court that she was married on September 9, 2008 that she was married in Germany and Ron filed a legal document that she was married on the same date on Kentucky soil. Weinland lied to his own government.
The documentation is available from government sources. Audra’s testimony is docket number 81 in Ron’s criminal trial. A copy is conveniently available on this website, or if you prefer you may visit pacer.gov and look up case 2:11-cr-70 in the federal court of the Eastern District of Kentucky to download the transcript yourself for a nominal fee. The image of Audra’s marriage certificate is available from the Legal Records department at the Boone County, Kentucky courthouse.
To the Very Hour?
Joseph Tkach gave a sermon in Atlanta on December 17, 1994 in which he turned Armstrongism on its ear. Weinland interprets this as the opening of the first seal in the book of Revelation and that Joseph Tkach is the man of sin described in 2 Thessalonians chapter 2. Forty weeks later to the very day, Tkach died of cancer.
But Weinland claims that it was 40 weeks later to the very hour. In his 23rd “truth”, he states “Joseph Tkach, Sr. died 40 weeks to the very hour that he delivered his sermon of apostasy, which was a sign to God’s Church that Jesus Christ was now coming and that final end-time events had begun.” And repeats this in his 50th “truth” : “When Joe Tkach, Sr. gave a sermon denouncing the most basic laws of God, it was exactly 280 days later to the hour that he died. This timing was God’s revelation of who the son of perdition and this man of sin was.”
So what was the hour of Tkach’s death? According to a Worldwide Church of God press release, it was 2:20 PM Pacific Time. This press release was reprinted in a publication called Servants News shortly thereafter, see the second page of the PDF from that website and the image below:
The same time of death was given in the Oct 3, 1995 issue of WorldWide News (PDF on external site). Given that Pacific time is three hours behind Eastern time, it was 5:20 PM Eastern time at the moment of Tkach’s death. And what was the time of Joseph Tkach’s apostasy? According to a timeline published on the church website (since removed but still available on the “Wayback Machine” web archive), the sermon was occurred between 10 AM and 1:30 PM. This is confirmed by a copy of the Atlanta congregation church bulletin for that day which indicated that the hall had to be vacated by 1:30. These are consistent. So “to the very hour” for Tkach’s death would have been no later than 2:30 PM Eastern time if Tkach’s statement of apostasy occurred as the congregation was being pushed out of the hall. The time of 5:20 PM Eastern time (same as 2:20 PM Pacific time) is well after that. Even so the time of 4:20 PM Eastern time after noting that the day of the sermon was when standard time was in effect while the day of the death was when daylight time was in effect and adjusting by one hour, gives a gap of 2 hours and 50 minutes even if Tkach’s statement of apostasy was at the end. That 2 hour and 50 minute gap gives ample time to allow for Tkach’s having gone somewhat overtime and making his statement of apostasy at the very end.
As “to-the-very-hour” is significant to Weinland’s claims that Tkach was the “man of sin”, that “to-the-day” was not good enough, then Weinland issued a false “truth” on top of his lie.
Promises, Promises: If it Doesn’t Come to Pass
At various times , Weinland made promises as to what he would do if his prophecies failed. Recordings of these promises are available, if not provided on this website are under the Church of God – PKG’s own website’s Audo Page, either on the Sermon Archive page or the page with radio interviews for his book “2008 — God’s Final Witness”
On December 15, 2007 Weinland was a guest on “The Edge” radio program. At about 56 minutes is this exchange as the host, Daniel Ott, reads a listener question:
Dan: Ron, will you come on The Edge in December of 2008 and explain why your prophecies have not been fulfilled?
Ron: Well, let’s put it this way. If we come to a point in time where what I’ve said doesn’t take place, the reality is: I’m just a false prophet. Because that’s the bottom line. That’s it. There’ll be no other answer. I candidly say that. There would be absolutely no other answer. I know most religious people, what they do when they say a certain time, if you want to look at Ellen White, if you want to go back and look at different people at different times in history. People have made prophecies, religious people and so forth and they haven’t come to pass, well they give all these reasons why. Well, it’s going to happen five more years from now, God has led us to understand that. And so they go on from one point to another point to another point until they die. The reality is: if it doesn’t happen, you’re just false. There’s nothing else to say.
Two weeks later, on December 29, 2007, Ron gave a sermon “Stay the Course, Part 1”. At about 1 hour and 2 minutes into the audio file on the PKG website, Ron stated:
Well, what if Ron Weinland and what he says doesn’t come to pass in April? What if these things don’t happen in 2008? I think about what I’ve said in interviews. There’s really a simple answer — he’s a false prophet. I get tons of email every day from people saying ‘We’ll, I guess in 2009 you’re going to be saying this or saying that, or trying to explain to people..” No, I’m done. Just to be real candid with you, so people know and people understand, ……, again that’s the only answer. There is only one answer. …. The world is not like that. You know people who are doing what is not right and they claim certain things or say certain things about what is given to them, and it doesn’t come to pass — then they have to madly change everything and do something else. Or say ‘God showed me this, and I just didn’t understand this, or God has revealed this to me now, and blah blah blah blah. ’ Because when it comes down to it, it’s about the paycheck. It’s about what are they going to do from here on out.
On March 29, 2008 Weinland upped the ante (about 1 hour and 27 minutes into the recording on the PKG website):
If by Pentecost I’m just going to make this real clear to everyone. If by Pentecost it is not powerfully and abundantly clear that there has been a great deal of destruction that will clearly encompass a third of all plant life in the US and at least the clear results of this mingled with blood the death of very much animal life and the beginning of large numbers of human life then I will stop preaching.
Just so all the critics and everyone out there will understand. I am true to my word in these things. OK? And for all the critics if by the end of July and for most likely around Pentecost if nothing has clearly caused great destruction and death I will make it very clear that I was a false prophet. I will do exactly what I said I would do on all of those interviews that I have held; to do less, aah well, would be quite insane.
On April 7, 2008, Weinland appeared as a guest on the Mike McConnell show on Cincinnati area radio station WLW (about 11 minutes into this interview recording obtained from the WLW website: MCCONNELL040708HR2).
Mike McConnell asked: If it doesn’t pan out will you continue to do shows like this?
Weinland responded: If it doesn’t pan out the only thing I would do is… So, if I responded to anything…explain to the people that I was a false prophet – that’s the only answer, that I’m no longer a minister.
A couple of minutes later during the interview, Ron mentioned false prophets who don’t admit their failures. On Pentecost of 2008 (June 8th that year), Ron delivered his sermon even though there had not “been a great deal of destruction that will clearly encompass a third of all plant life in the US and at least the clear results of this mingled with blood the death of very much animal life”. “By the end of July” nothing had “clearly caused great destruction and death” yet Ron did not “make it very clear that” he “was a false prophet”
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