Philadelphia Church of God

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Philadelphia Church of God
Classification Church of God
Leader Gerald R. Flurry
Region International
Headquarters Edmond, Oklahoma
Founder Gerald R. Flurry, John Amos, et al.
Origin December 20, 1989
Edmond, Oklahoma
Separated from Worldwide Church of God

The Philadelphia Church of God (PCG) is an international church based in Edmond, Oklahoma. PCG traces its roots to the Worldwide Church of God (WCG), founded by Herbert W. Armstrong, and teaches a "new revelation" which its founder, Gerald Flurry, says God has shown to him from the Bible since Armstrong's death. It was founded with the stated purpose of continuing Armstrong's teachings, which were repudiated by WCG after its founder's death in 1986,[1] as it embraced mainstream Christian beliefs like the Trinity that had formerly been rejected.

PCG states that it is carrying on Armstrong's legacy after the doctrinal changes made by new WCG leaders Joseph W. Tkach and his son Joseph Tkach Jr.

Founder[edit]

Gerald Flurry is the pastor general of the Philadelphia Church of God and editor in chief of the Trumpet news magazine, which he began publishing in 1990. He is also founder and chairman of the Armstrong International Cultural Foundation and founder and chancellor of Herbert W. Armstrong College in Edmond, Oklahoma.

Mr. Flurry has been an ordained minister for over 35 years. He formerly served under Herbert W. Armstrong as a pastor in the Worldwide Church of God. After being excommunicated from the Worldwide Church of God for resisting sweeping doctrinal changes, Mr. Flurry founded the Philadelphia Church of God in 1989.[2]

Media projects[edit]

PCG sponsors media projects, including television shows and regular publications, to preach its message and continue the legacy of Herbert W. Armstrong.

The Key of David[edit]

The Key of David is a weekly religious television program hosted by Gerald Flurry, in which he discusses world events and issues from his perspective of the Bible and its prophecies, covering topics such as the human mind, politics and war.

The program is aired in Africa, Australasia, Canada, Europe, Latin America, the Philippines, and the United States.

The Philadelphia Trumpet[edit]

The Philadelphia Trumpet is PCG's monthly news and prophecy magazine.

The Trumpet Daily[edit]

A program called The Trumpet Daily featuring Flurry's son Stephen premiered 9 May 2011.

Activities and educational institutions[edit]

PCG runs several foundations and educational institutions aimed at promoting Armstrong and Flurry's teachings to its members and their children.

Herbert W. Armstrong College[edit]

The PCG administers a small liberal arts and theology college, Herbert W. Armstrong College, located in Edmond. The college was established in 2001 as "Imperial College of Edmond," but was renamed after objections by Imperial College London.[3] Armstrong College graduated its first class in 2006.[4]

Imperial Academy[edit]

In August 2008, Flurry founded Imperial Academy, a primary and secondary school for the children of church members patterned after the WCG's Imperial Schools.[5]

Philadelphia Youth Camp[edit]

The Philadelphia Youth Camp (PYC) is the youth camp of PCG. PYC campers participate in athletic activities and a wide variety of social and educational activities during the three-week event, encouraging teamwork and cooperation. Church doctrines are also stressed throughout the children's camp experience, both in day-to-day activities and in sermons and Bible studies. PYC is located in Edmond, Oklahoma, but PYC camps are also held annually in Australia and the Philippines.[6]

Armstrong International Cultural Foundation[edit]

The PCG established a humanitarian arm called the Philadelphia Foundation in 1996 when it took over a project in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan that the WCG's Ambassador Foundation had left behind. In 2005 the name was changed to the Armstrong International Cultural Foundation. Since 1998, the foundation has sponsored a performing arts series in Edmond, Oklahoma, and in 2005 it began supporting archaeological excavations in Jerusalem.

In January 2008, the PCG broke ground on Armstrong Auditorium, an 800-seat performing arts center located on the Herbert W. Armstrong College campus in Edmond, built in the spirit of Ambassador Auditorium at Ambassador College.[7] It was completed in September 2010, and became the venue for the foundation's concerts. The Auditorium is hosting a world-class concert series including such artists as The Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields, Andre Watts, The Eroica Trio, and the Russian National Ballet Theatre.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Martin, Tim (2000), "The Philadelphia Church of God", Profiles (Watchman Fellowship) 17 (2) 
  2. ^ https://www.pcog.org/about/gerald-flurry
  3. ^ Imperial College of Edmond Changes Name, Herbert W. Armstrong College news, December 5, 2005
  4. ^ "The Weekend Web - January 6, 2008". The Trumpet. Philadelphia Church of God. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Foundational Education". Imperial Academy. Philadelphia Church of God. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  6. ^ Philadelphia Youth Camp
  7. ^ http://www.americanseating.com/architectural/resources/A-ARM-11.pdf
  8. ^ Adam Kemp (15 July 2010). "Brand new, high-class Armstrong Auditorium hopes to be cultural jewel in Edmond". Retrieved 11 June 2011. 

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