PCG and Fox 25

Reporter Nick Winkler, of Fox 25 in Oklahoma City, presented a special report on the Philadelphia Church of God that aired Nov. 24 and Nov. 25.

I found the special report on the PCG, all things considered, unusually fair and balanced and commend Nick Winkler and Fox News for it, since the Sabbath-keeping Church of God members have always been highly skeptical of such reporters and cynical about such programs.

You can watch the Fox News’ videos for yourself and see what you think:

Philadelphia Church of God: Part One
Philadelphia Church of God: Part Two

I’m pleased Fox News made mention of my book and name and showed them on my Philadelphia Church of God blog, having interviewed me as a former PCG member who was disfellowshipped for writing Beyond Babylon and who strongly disagrees with how Pastor General Gerald Flurry is squandering tithe money in Edmond, Oklahoma instead of going all out to share the plain truth of the Bible, our warning message, with the world in a powerful way that such money makes possible.

Fox 25, Oklahoma City, Special Report:
Philadelphia Church of God: Part One

David Ben-Ariel: I was basically put out..

Reporter Nick Winkler: Former PCG member David Ben-Ariel says he was kicked out of the Church for writing a book [Beyond Babylon: Europe’s Rise and Fall] without the Church’s approval and says all that money [15 million Art Center on their Edmond, Oklahoma site] could be better spent spreading God’s Word differently…

David Ben-Ariel: Hopefully, they’ll stop spending their money in Edmond, Oklahoma and use it to become a household word with our teachings and let that become known.

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Fox 25, Oklahoma City, Special Report:
Philadelphia Church of God: Part Two

Nick Winkler: Before Jesus Christ returns…

David Ben-Ariel: Violence, WWIII…yes, there will be lots of violence.

Nick Winkler: Former PCG member David Ben-Ariel says he was kicked out of the Church but still defends its tithing practices…

David Ben-Ariel: Again, it’s voluntary but it’s understood if you’re a Church of God member you will tithe and you’ll want to.

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PCG: Carrying on “Business as Usual”
If you truly saw what is coming on this Earth, and had a vision of tomorrow, you would know that the Gathering Storm darkens as you sip champagne and boast that you’re rich and in need of nothing, woefully ignorant that the Two Witnesses will soon be wearing sackcloth and fasting, not wining and dining at black tie dinners!

Here’s an excerpt from Philadelphia Church of God Leads Laodicean Era (Conclusion) that reveals the PCG ministers’ initial response to Beyond Babylon: Europe’s Rise and Fall, and how Gerald Flurry’s fomer right-hand man, PCG minister Dennis Leap, shamefully insisted on playing politics:

What’s BEWILDERING to me is the different responses I’ve received from several of God’s ministers who have read Beyond Babylon — towards it and me — before and after Dennis Leap’s PARTIAL review! (Malachi 2:9).

When I faithfully sent a computer disk with my book on it to minister Wayne Turgeon, he graciously read all of it and responded:

“Oh, how I admire those with both the ability to write as well as the courage to put down their ideas on paper! I felt that you have a very gripping style of writing that uses twists and slants of words or phrases to make your point. I looked up every scripture you referenced and it became clear that you have really spent a lot of time in your Bible. Being Jewish, I think, gives you an added perspective that I could never have… Much of what you have written is not ‘new revelation’ as I’m sure that you’d readily agree… It’s certainly not my place to determine if what you believe God has shown you is true or not, but would you mind presenting Mr. Flurry with an abbreviated version of what you feel is inspired… as I highly doubt that he would have time to read your whole book.”

What does he mean it’s not his place to determine if what I wrote is true or not? God holds every INDIVIDUAL responsible to prayerfully determine whether something is of God or not! How did we prove Malachi’s Message was biblical? Did we rely solely on our minister’s evaluation? Worldwide all over again?

Mind you, unlike Mr. Armstrong’s lengthy manuscript of close to 300 typed pages, Beyond Babylon is only 1/2 that size, literally! I suggested Gerald Flurry read the first and last chapters. Mr. Turgeon told me Flurry returned it to him, saying something like, “He’s always sending us stuff.”

I have written short letters to the point, like correcting him about Mount Hermon and Mount Carmel after he continued to confuse the two in several articles. I’m familiar with them because I’ve been blessed to have lived next to both of them. Mr. Turgeon also wrote that I was a little “too radical” for Mr. Flurry and wondered what I’d said or done that had given him that impression. I explained it’s because I took exception to his careless condemnation of those religious Jews who want the Temple built as “extremists.” I wrote that it’s extremist for secular, humanist Jews to oppose converting the Promised Land into a Holy Land!

Flurry was surprised and had also written against the STRONG EMOTIONS some feel over Jerusalem and Israel. How could God use someone so distant over there?! Some of us have a GOD-GIVEN LOVE for Jerusalem and a genuine passion for Judah that’s most personal; we’re not a stranger in OUR Homeland! (Psalms 102:14; Ps. 137; Isaiah 62). That’s not “radical,” it’s BIBLICAL!

Minister Carl Craven also read Beyond Babylon and acknowledged it as biblical. He said he hadn’t looked up every Scripture, but was sure if he had they’d also be used correctly. I commented that I know it’s biblical, but that I was just waiting for headquarters to prove that to themselves as well. He expressed an understanding of how it’s difficult to be patient meanwhile.

When Dennis Leap did call, it was to instruct me to STAY HOME FROM SABBATH SERVICES while he looked at the book! I didn’t recall such an unusual request being made of Mr. Armstrong, and recognized it went against “innocent until proven guilty,” but obliged with the hope of returning soon (John 7:51).

“Prophesy Not!”

After some time, I called Mr. Leap. He said he’d read PARTS of the book, and that it wasn’t important whether Mr. Flurry had read it or not (even though I’d been led to believe he’d pass it on to him). He stated, “You use some pretty strong language in there,” to which I replied, “But it’s biblical, isn’t it?” “Well, yes, but…”. He also noted, like Mr. Turgeon, that most of it is what we already teach. I agreed and said that that should serve as a GOOD SIGN, but that the NEW REVELATION about the Two Witnesses and Europe is firmly built upon that foundation.

Dennis Leap found it difficult to accept that a LAY MEMBER would write such a book. He admitted Flurry had received bits of revelation from lay members, but NEVER a whole book! I didn’t want to be judged by precedent, but by whether or not what I’d written is biblical. If I was in error, then it was his duty to clearly show me where FROM THE BIBLE, like Aquilla and Priscilla helped improve Apollos’ understanding (Acts 18:26).

I was informed if I wanted to return to services, I would have to forget Beyond Babylon, act like a “regular lay member,” and basically deny that it was from God! Like Mr. Armstrong, I had PROVEN what I’d written to be TRUE. Actually, Leap didn’t say that it wasn’t or attempt to refute it!

I told Mr. Leap I didn’t want to play politics. By his insistence that I must be a MINISTER to write such a book, he was still looking to MEN OF STATURE! And since I’m not one, he was demanding that I “PROPHESY NOT!” (Amos 2:12).

He got very angry when I mentioned this and said he was severing all ties between the PCG and myself, and that I wasn’t to claim any association with the PCG. He said I was now free to go and do whatever I felt God would have me to do with BB and not worry whether or not he or Mr. Flurry had read it! When I expressed the hope of reconciliation, he retorted we could when I repented. Of what? OBEYING GOD RATHER THAN MAN? Is that “rebellion?”

Mr. Armstrong WASN’T an ordained minister either when he wrote what he felt GOD would have him to share! The Identity Doctrine also wasn’t so much new truth, as a new way of presenting it. I’m sure glad he didn’t let those two points stop him! Aren’t you? So I was UNJUSTLY DISFELLOWSHIPPED for believing God used me to write a book, and MARKED for exposing the facts about Mr. Leap’s folly!
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Read Beyond Babylon for yourself. You can read Beyond Babylon for FREE on my Beyond Babylon blog!

Beyond Babylon
CONTENTS
Introduction
Survival Guaranteed
Why National Defeat?
Truth or Consequences
Victims of Tradition
Europe’s Fate
Jesus and the Jews
Elijah’s Key Role

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