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Munson Letter RCG

Munson Letter RCG

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Dear Brethren of The Restored Church of God,Mr. Pack has often stated in the past that he wants us to be the most informed Church among all the splinter groups. I know you haven’t been hearing that lately, so here is some information that is vital for you to know,about which Mr. Pack has somehow failed to inform you.It is with great sadness and heaviness of heart that I, Thomas L. Munson must write this to you. It is my duty asa Trustee of The Restored Church of God, Ministerial assistant and Ministerial trainee of Mr. Pack, Treasurer for the Church and a converted Christian who is committed to the entirety of the truth of God as taught to us byMr. Herbert W. Armstrong, to inform you of particular events that have occurred over a period of time. Theseevents happened in my presence while I was employed at RCG. If you are as committed to the truth of God as Iam, then you will want to know. If you are not, then you will not care to know what this letter contains. I nowhave the distinction of being the longest lived employee of Restored, although I was the newest employee asrecently as mid-January of this year.Mr. Pack has repeatedly stated in the past that he wanted to run the Church in a squeaky clean manner. As theTreasurer of the Church for the past three months now, I can see a clear and consistent pattern of overspending,wastefulness and worst of all, a misuse of all three categories of directed tithe funds. Anybody who is acontributor to the Restored Church of God should be concerned with that statement. What do I mean? Let meexplain. Directed funds are funds where you, the contributor, specify exactly how they should be spent as acondition of RCG accepting the funds. Example: Third tithe. Everyone in the Church knows it is to go to thewidows and the orphans and other needy people as their legitimate needs arise. This is a long standing doctrineof the Church. However, very little third tithe contributed to RCG is actually spent in the manner which Godsays it should be. Mr. Pack has even instructed me to deny people who need third tithe, and instead use the thirdtithe to help meet payroll, rent, attorney salary, and other expenses unrelated to third tithe. I cannot in goodconscience comply with his demands any longer.Mr. Pack has repeatedly instructed me to turn down those requesting second tithe assistance while alsorepeatedly instructing me to deposit all excess second tithe, and tithe of second tithe into our main checkingaccount, (which is the first tithe account) to cover our shortfalls due to overspending. I have refused to do as hedemands, explaining to him that my conscience tells me not to do as he demands. Of course his demands areverbal and not in writing. When I told him of my crisis of conscience, he became extremely angry and verballyabusive of me. He even made many untrue and unkind remarks to me about my wife, and even attacked Mr.Armstrong’s integrity. He claimed Mr. Armstrong misused third tithe and festival tithes in such a way that I“wouldn’t even believe it.” That saddened me. I had hoped he would have said: “Tom, you passed the test, Ireally didn’t expect you to do what I was telling you to do, I was just testing you.” But he didn’t. He told me acondition of my continued employment was to pay the bills with excess second tithe, and tithe of a tithe andthird tithe. I won’t steal God’s tithe in my personal life and I won’t steal God’s tithes from the needy. Mr. Pack should have known I was honest when he hired me.Even though the Church pays me $54,000.00 per year as a salary, and I am by no means the highest paidemployee of the Church, I am no pauper either. After speaking to Mr. Pack about my crisis of conscience, he privately offered to give me money from the third tithe fund “to keep me happy and to help me out.” I declinedhis offer, assuring him that I did not need to be “helped out.” I could come to no other conclusion except that hewas offering me a bribe. And, had I accepted the money, I felt I would be just as guilty as he.Brethren, this is a new twist of a doctrinal change. He teaches excess second tithe, tithe of a tithe, and thirdtithe, but he seldom uses it for the purpose which God intends. And when he does, only a small portion is spentas it is intended. The rest goes to pay Mr. Pack’s salary, and the salary of his attorney and the excessive rent payment for our office complex. We only use about half of the space for which we are paying. Mr. Pack is onlytoo willing to use these directed tithe funds as a part of the normal operating budget. Meanwhile the needy do
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without. God will not bless a Church or its leader who blatantly rob him. This is immoral and illegal. I cannotignore the seriousness of what I have witnessed. As a trustee of the Church, I have an obligation to the membersof the Church and to God that supercedes any obligation to Mr. Pack as my employer. I also have to consider the fact that my attorney has advised me that I may be exposed to prison time if I comply with Mr. Pack’sdirections.Reread Mr. Pack’s own book “There Came a Falling Away” on page 403, change 257. This outlines exactly howall the different tithes are to be used. On the bottom of page 25 of the revised“Why The Restored Church of God?”booklet , Mr. Pack states: “I have gone on record for so long, and in writing, through these books andtapes about exactly where I stand on doctrine and the pursuit of holding fast to all of it, no matter the cost, that Icould never get away with making changes now. God’s people (and my detractors) would be quick to “call meon it.”” I “called him on it.” He treated me harshly when I brought up to him how I believed he wascompromising God’s doctrines, teachings and law in a clear way. He compounded his wrong practices withunChrist-like behavior. His unChrist-like behavior has been witnessed by me since the day I began working atRCG headquarters. I can excuse this behavior no longer in my mind.As Treasurer, I can attest to the fact that God has been removing his blessings from Restored. Mr. Armstrongoften said “If our ways please God, he will bless the work.” Mr. Pack used to say that frequently, the last fewmonths he has forgotten this. He even scoffed at me when I suggested that God is not pleased with some aspectof Restored a month ago. Income is dropping steadily, and so is membership in RCG. I believe it is in part dueto Mr. Pack misusing God’s tithes. Membership in RCG is dropping faster than new members can replace theones who are leaving, despite what Mr. Pack so often says or would have you believe. Over 100 of the less than200 members at the feast last year have dropped out. Mr. Pack did the math himself. Most who left are not fromthe local congregation at headquarters, although some are. At least half of the new members gained after thefeast have also dropped out. Some people beg for counseling and are ignored, others are dealt with so harshlyonly a masochist would take the abuse. I am not exaggerating, brethren. I could go on and on. I have workedside by side with Mr. Pack for the past eight months, I have witnessed too much. I refuse to be a witness to anyfurther abuse or neglect of God’s sheep. Currently membership in RCG is less than 200 in total around theworld and dropping, not rising as Mr. Pack claims.The bylaws of The Restored Church of God seem not to be worth even the paper upon which they are written. Ihave ample supporting evidence to back this up. This legal document defining who and what RCG is and whatit must do “By Law” has not been adhered to ever since the day Mr. Pack and his full time attorney wrote them.When I bring these matters to the attention of Mr. Pack, his solution is not to abide by them, but to rewrite them.There is so much more I could say about the matter of the bylaws of the Church, but space prevents me.Mr. Pack changes his mind more than any person I have ever met in my entire life. This is very damaging to themorale of the office staff, both past and present. Now I can clearly see why so many have walked away fromworking with Mr. Pack. This instability doesn’t come out in sermon tapes but it sure does at the headquartersoffice. I have taken more than any reasonable person can withstand and I can excuse his behavior no longer.With my departure, his longest lived employee is employed 6 months. Is it a coincidence that ALL hisemployees but the two most recent have left him? After they leave he pronounces that they were unconverted.What are the odds that all his former employees were unconverted? What a very poor judge of character hemust be after twenty some years in the ministry if all his employees whom he hand picks personally areunconverted.Mr. Pack and his attorney have repeatedly, in the presence of the office staff of RCG, commented how thankfulthey are that Mr. Pack can fire any employee at anytime, for any reason, and the Restored Church of God willnot have to pay out one cent in unemployment compensation benefits. Churches in Ohio can only rarely obtainunemployment benefits for its staff. Hearing this bantered about demoralizes the employees, especially thosewho quit more secure jobs, and had no knowledge of this prior to coming to work for Mr. Pack. The work environment at RCG headquarters, which Mr. Pack has created, is best described as dysfunctional. I have personally witnessed Mr. Pack lose his temper so many times I have lost count. Previous employees of RCGcan affirm that he has a lack of self-control in the temper department. Many are the victims of his wrath. I believe the only reason Mr. Pack has not been sued is because of the unwavering Christian values of his forme
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victims.Mr. Pack has repeatedly told outright lies in my presence in order to manipulate people and obtain whatever results he desires as a result of those lies. He does not seem to care about the consequences those lies may bringto his victims. The scripture he has quoted most in my presence is 2 Cor. 12:16. He constantly goes around proudly saying “I caught you/him/her/them with guile.” Any study of the word guile in a concordance will showyou if God approves of his private interpretation of this scripture. Rev. 14:4-5 is what Mr. Pack should try toattain and teach. As a ministerial trainee, I need to report that he has tried to teach me that catching people withguile (deceit) is a Godly attribute worthy of apostles. He knows that I cannot and will not agree with him on thismatter.RCG’s policy: If you don’t tithe you’re out. Over half of the mailing list was removed for one reason and onereason only, they didn’t give as much as Mr. Pack wanted them to. Forget about “freely you received, freelygive.” One of the biggest events of the day for Mr. Pack is when the mail comes in. He opens the mail personally in order to count every last cent that comes in, and to see who has suddenly stopped tithing. If someone hasn’t given money in a while, he usually won’t counsel with them. What he does is to remove themfrom the mailing list. This is true of prospective members, too. Everything seems to revolve around money for Mr. Pack. If you knew how much he spent per month on rent and for his personal attorney, or how huge hissalary is, then you would know why he is so concerned with the tithes, and why he is so willing to misuse theother tithes as well as first tithe.He stereotypes people based on what group they came out of. Mr. Pack acts one way to people to their faces or over the phone but behind their backs he acts entirely different. Here is what Mr. Pack has told me he feelsabout those who are in Restored: If an RCG member came with us from PCG, they are as spiritually insane asGerald Flurry and are likely to detonate. He says he shudders every time someone new comes with us fromPCG. If you came from Living then you are lukewarm and compromised like Rod Meredith. If you came fromGlobal straight to Restored, then you are balanced. (That’s the route Mr. Pack took!) All others don’t evenregister. How insulting of his membership. At best, this leaves no room for change or growth, assuming hisstereotypes are correct. I do not believe his stereotypes are Godly or correct.Mr. Pack gossips constantly. When you counsel with Mr. Pack it is not confidential. If you counsel with himabout someone else and ask for confidentiality, sooner or later he betrays that trust and tells the other personwhat was said, and oftentimes he puts a spin on what was said. I have witnessed this repeatedly, and previousemployees have witnessed this, too.Make-up: Despite Mr. Pack’s claims to the contrary, RCG does permit the use of cosmetics when it isconvenient to do so. I am personally aware of people who have left RCG because Mr. Pack refused to enforcehis ruling on make-up. Many people he allows to come to services with make-up on as long as they, guess what,TITHE. Those who want to wear make-up and don’t tithe are put out.Open door policy: RCG does indeed practice an open door policy. Perhaps the worst violator of the open door  policy is Mr. Pack himself. He has invited his own relatives who have no intention of joining Restored toservices and allowed the women to wear make-up. Protestants, other COG, ex WCG now unbelieving, etc., etc.Even a woman who works downstairs in another office but has no clue about God’s truth asked to come and thePacks invited her. The reason she wanted to come to Church was because she could hear the song service andliked the music and singing. Also in violation of his stated policies, Mr. Pack sent out Feast registration forms todozens of people who are not members of RCG. He is flinging the doors of our Feast wide open.Mr. Pack spends an inordinate amount of time trying to pin something, anything, on previous employees. It wasMr. Pack and his attorney who called the police on Don Tiger after Don refused to sign over the rights to hisCD’s to RCG. Mr. Pack knew there was an outstanding federal warrant for Don Tiger when he hired him. Mr.Pack wanted the CD project so badly that he was willing to overlook the warrant. Don’s mistake was to counselwith Mr. Pack. Sadly, Mr. Pack used that information against Don later, violating yet another confidence. Mr.Pack turned Don Tiger over to the police. Read the following quote from Mr. Pack’s persecution statement:“The history of the True Church is replete with a basic replicating pattern of persecution that comes, almost
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