Posts Tagged ‘Las Vegas’

What Happens in Vegas Doesn’t Always Stay There

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

This last weekend, False Prophet Ronald Weinland returned from appendicitis in Australia to hold a conference with his evangelists and senior elders, and also the Silent Witness.  Twenty people were in attendance, who included: Ron, Laura, Audra, Johnny and Myrtle Harrell, Terry Wrozek, Wayne and Chris Matthews, Dave Conley, Ron’s brother-in-law Scott Cameron, Jimmy Carlisle, Lori Williams, Ralph Dowd, Jim Jamieson, and Steve who’s looking for a job since PKG doesn’t need his full-time services any more.

The venue chosen for this meeting was the Venetian Resort, Hotel, & Casino in Las Vegas.  The cheapest suite in this five-star hotel is $199 per night on weekends. I wonder if Ron and Laura showed their humility by sleeping in such humble digs (pictured here).  Or maybe they showed even more humility by taking a better suite, maybe even the penthouse suite?

Assuming they doubled up, 10 hotel rooms for two nights cost $4000 plus room tax.  This cost was dwarfed by the airfare required to fly 20 people in for the weekend.  None of the attendees live near Las Vegas.  Assuming an average of $400 per person for airfare, travel expenses were $8,000, or more (Wayne and Chris came from overseas).  Add to that the costs to eat in a five-star hotel, taxes, a conference room, etc we’re looking at around $15,000 for this cozy little party in Sin City.

Those PKG members who dug deep or even borrowed money for the special offerings this holy day season can take comfort that they received good value for their money, as their senior elders, evangelists, and prophets slept on Egyptian cotton sheets under 400-count wool throws in their suites.  After all, Herbert Armstrong taught quality.  (But then that was for Herbie himself and his evangelists.  Not for lay families like mine which was clothed through Mom’s careful shopping at garage sales, which meant that my sisters were teased in school for wearing out-of-date clothes.) Perhaps the senior elders, evangelists, and prophets had time to see the Blue Man Group or to drop a few chips in the casino, particularly the ones who continued their stay through Monday.

And we have a video tour of one of the suites:

Ron Is Not Dead

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

As I expected, False Prophet Ronald Weinland resurfaced today in Las Vegas, sharing a split sermon with his chief deputy sheriff Johnny.  He did not die speedily from the inside due to appendicitis, but is recovering from that as well as a hamstring.  Johnny was not accustomed to preaching from a seated position like Ron.

Ron did not elaborate about his sickness from the inside.  He did spend several minutes cautioning members against posting pictures taken at the feast on public websites.  It seems that some are posting pictures of members and twisting and distorting.  I’m not aware of that going on.  If someone could please post a link, I’d appreciate it.

Now Ron, if you’re referring to my post earlier this week about your senior elder Steve, then explain exactly how I twisted and distorted about him.  As far as violating his privacy, if that’s what happened, why are your elders ashamed to be one of your elders?  Why wouldn’t you want the publicity, so that 10 million people will know whom to look up to be baptized in the 19 months remaining before Christ doesn’t return?  ‘splain it, Ron.  I will point out that I did not post Steve’s last name, so an employer Googling him won’t find how it is that he inflated his resume.  If I got something wrong, let me know what it is.  Otherwise, we all know who the liar, twister, and distorter is.

During the sermon, Ron revisited his ban on Facebook, referring to his former elder Benjamin whom he defrocked over Facebook and later disfellowshipped.  It seems that Ron’s membership is contracting.  Some have died since the feast, someone in Virginia and a New Zealand member struck by a car.  Fred Roberts maybe?  Also, Ann Wrozek is battling a disease she contracted from a mosquito during the feast in Hawaii.  Hopefully she will not be the third elder’s spouse (and second female elder) all in their early 50s to die since the Great Tribulation didn’t begin for the second time in December of 2008.  Also, some have left voluntarily since the feast, apparently not impressed by his 4 new “truths”.  Some have been disfellowshipped, and now that Ron has recovered from his sickness from the inside, he’ll be disfellowshipping others.

I hope this is the beginning of an avalanche, as more people come to recognize Ronald Weinland is described in Matthew 24:4-5.

What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

False Prophet Ronald Weinland spoke from Las Vegas today.  No lay members were in attendance, as this is the weekend of the evangelists and senior elders meeting.  If he had allowed it, I imagine that a few lay members would have traveled hundreds of miles to see their spiritual idols.  Based on the description, these are the people who would be in Las Vegas for the conference:

  • Ron and Laura Weinland, Cincinnati area
  • Johnny Harrell, central Georgia
  • Wayne and Chris Matthews, Australia
  • Terry Wrozek, Jackson, Michigan
  • Steve Dalrymple, Cincinnati area
  • Jim Jamieson, Boise
  • Jimmie Carlisle, Dallas
  • William Milne, UK
  • possibly Willem Henderson, Netherlands

Looking over this list, it makes you wonder why they didn’t have the conference in Cincinnati since three of them live in the area and another is close enough to Cincinnati to drive down in a day.  Jim Jamieson is closest to Las Vegas, but it’s still over 600 miles.  While I’ve heard that air fares to Las Vegas may be cheaper, I wonder if that offsets the costs of having everyone travel and the hotel rooms. Ron and Laura should have enough room in their mansion on the golf course to put up several from out of town and save on hotel bills.  I’ve heard an unconfirmed rumor that Ron has had meetings at Las Vegas in the past and likes to gamble.  That doesn’t fit in with my impression of Weinland so without confirmation I’ll consider it to be false — but it makes you go “hmmmm”.   And then Ron has a risk-making streak in him as shown by the big gamble with his prophetic timelines.

Ron did a bit of reminiscing.  After he broke his Toledo congregation away from UCG back in 1997, there was not enough time for them to organize their own feast site that year.  According to Ron, at that time he felt that it would have been presumptuous to have set up a feast site. But he changed his mind after attending Ron Dart’s feast site in Kissimmee, Florida and the Global site in Clearwater.  In 1998 some of his members organized a feast site at Niagara Falls.

According to Ron, the regional pastors in WCG knew of the coming apostasy a couple of years before Tkach made it official and they planned to resign in mass when it happened.  But after Tkach’s December 17, 1994 apostasy in Atlanta, many of them waited until UCG formed to assure a steady paycheck before resigning.  And UCG was too slow getting off the ground, with the 1995 conference in Indianapolis not being scheduled until a smaller group scheduled one in Houston.

Ron and Laura’s globetrotting began in November of 1999 with a European trip paid for with some of Steve Dalrymple’s frequent flier miles.  They became friends when Ron was assigned by WCG to Cincinnati in the mid-’80’s.

Ron is still tweaking the timeline chart on his website.  But it’s still has errors in it, the larger print implies that Pentecost of 2012 is part of the 1260 days and the 980 days when it is not part of those timelines but immediately follows.  Also that Pentecost of 1998 was on May 30th when it was actually on May 31st.

PKG is having a church-wide fast on Feb 6 in honor of the end of the first of the shortened half-times.  It seems that the trumpets will not strike before mid-March as he will be in Columbia, MO on March 13th.  But still no indication when my speedy death from the inside will happen.