PCG, as headed by psycho Gerald R. Flurry, is one of the most dangerous and damaging COG cults in existence. So it’s satisfying to watch them struggle in spite of their arrogant hubris.
Long has PCG, despite its meager membership, aspired toward lofty ambitions in a mad quest to futilely reclaim WCG’s lost glory as it worships at the grave of Herbert W. Armstrong. One of those goals was to reacquire and reopen the old Ambassador College Bricket Wood campus in England, which we found out completely failed despite wildfire online rumors to the contrary.
Money seemed to be a huge problem in its attempts to acquire Bricket Wood, which isn’t surprising considering how deeply in the red PCG’s is financially. This has not stopped them from trying to open a college in England in anyway, since these fanatics refuse to admit failure, as that would suggest they aren’t God’s chosen people.
New reports have surfaced that PCG wants to buy different property in England to open Flurry’s new college. PCG is therefore attempting to purchase Edstone Hall in the English Midlands for about $4.5 million, a cheaper price tag than Bricket Wood’s Hanstead House. Yet, it should be noted that while Flurry’s bid has been accepted, the purchase is not even close to finalized and there’s a strong chance this attempt will also fail. That $4.5 million is still a hefty burden on a dwindling flock that’s already heavily indebted after major construction projects, which doesn’t even take into account how very expensive it is to live in England, especially around Edstone Hall where the upkeep costs and taxes will be horrendous.
And that transitions into other problems with a COG cult trying to establish a significant presence in England. There’s a reason why most COG organizations have even weaker influence and membership in the United Kingdom. Aside from the cost of living and doing business there, England is much more secular and more progressive, both within the government and the culture, than the United States.
England is much more weary of cults and religious extremism in a country that doesn’t have the same tax-exempt benefits for churches. That’s likely why a recent Internet campaign to oust Flurry’s “The Key of David” program from England’s CBS Reality channel was a resounding success. Expect also that the British government, should Flurry be successful in his bid to purchase Edstone Hall, will put PCG’s curriculum under the microscope and perhaps even enforce various edicts on what the college teaches and who they accept as students. England is not a bastion for kooky religions to bunker down in quiet seclusion like America is. Just ask the Church of Scientology about their struggles to function in British society.
Of course, it’s deeply important to COG members, including those in PCG, to have a connection with the United Kingdom, as a fundamental Armstrongist belief is the incorrect assertion that the U.S. and U.K. are Manasseh and Ephraim, respectively, of the so-called Lost Ten Tribes of Israel and are therefore key to the prophetic unfolding of the world’s end. PCG loonies are hoping to dig up England and Ireland looking for “Israelite” artifacts.
Yet, PCG may quickly find that that “Ephraim” is not so welcoming of their particular brand of dangerous insanity.