Pastor and theologian Paul Begley of Community Gospel Baptist Church, Knox, IN, has an urgent message for the Christian community: Pray for Ronald Weinland.
Weinland, through his Church of God – PKG, has been predicting for over three years that Jesus Christ will return to earth on May 27, 2012. In a May 23 post on his blog, Weinland wrote that his post was his last article, and that he would be recording his final sermon. The post went on to explain how he and another of God’s witnesses (apparently, his wife) will be hated for their divinely appointed roles and message, and would be ascending to heaven on May 27 as part of God’s plan to reunite the fragments of the now-defunct Worldwide Church of God. The Worldwide Church of God, created by Herbert W. Armstrong in the 1930s, was considered by many to be a Bible-based cult. It did not survive Armstrong’s death.
"I am concerned that Ron Weinland may be suicidal,” Begley said in a GodDiscussion.com podcast on May 24, “and we need to be praying for him."
Begley, who has a popular YouTube channel, regularly posts videos about events which he believes point to the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy and Jesus Christ’s return. He does not give prophetic dates because the New Testament notes that even Christ himself did not know exactly when He would be returning.
"May 28 is going to be a disappointment for Ron Weinland and his followers," Begley told GodDiscussion, "but particularly for Weinland. We need to forgive him and help him through this difficult time. He appears to be an elderly gentleman and his statement about a final sermon and that it was the last time he will ever publish an article has me very concerned about a suicide attempt. The spirit of God is telling me to pray for him, and for others to pray for him, too."