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Secrecy, Mystery, and Deception

Secrecy, mystery, and deception are prominent features of cults, and are common characteristics of such organizations which make them stand out from others. Certain organizations, such as cults, take part in these kinds of behaviors and mindsets on a degree that no respected organization would practice. Examples of these behaviors and mindsets include:

  • Cult leaders keep secrets from their members.
  • Cult leaders perform rituals only with high-ranking members.
  • Cult leaders are seen taking members into their office and closing and locking the doors.
  • Cult leaders are seen taking members into a secret room.
  • Cults keep valuable information from their members.
  • Cult leaders reveal information only to members who are most loyal to the leader.
  • Cults claim to know the truth about mysteries but they refuse to disclose it to others.
  • Cult leaders claim that they obtained revelations from a deity but they do not reveal it to others or prove that they received it the way they claim to.
  • Cult leaders claim to know valuable information that goes against common knowledge, but claim you will only understand the truth as members of their cult.
  • Cult leaders make an outrageous claim but when asked to prove it, they make it impossible to do so. An example of this is a cult leader who claims that he can be invisible, but it will only work when everyone closes their eyes.
  • Cults and their leaders deceive the public and their members.
  • Cults lie about facts and they make up their own.
  • Cult members use alternative words when they speak in an attempt to hide their true intentions.
  • Cult members use logical fallacies to trick you into believing what they want you to.
  • Cult leaders make glorious promises that they claim will be fulfilled when you join their organization.
  • Cult leaders accuse members of not being true members if the promises made are not fulfilled.

There are many more examples, but these are traditional practices among cultic organizations. Non-cultic organizations do not take part in these types of behaviors and mindsets. When you are a witness to any person or organization which portrays such features, this is usually a red flag, warning you that you are most likely face to face with a cult.

The PMCC 4th Watch is a cult, with Arsenio Ferriol as the cult leader, and these types of examples can be found by this leader and his cult. They do not exhibit all of these features, but it is clear from the ones that they do, that their organization and its leader indeed make up a cultic institution.

Arsenio Ferriol, the 4th Watch's cult leader, makes the claim that God appointed him as the world's only true apostle, and that God gave him a revelation about the end times of the Earth and humankind, that time has been divided into four parts called watches, and that everyone is now living in the fourth and last watch, the end times. This is a bold and ridiculous claim that Arsenio cannot back up or verify, and he has never been tested on this knowledge. The cult calls Arsenio their "Sent One", and says that you cannot truly understand the truth of his Sent One unless you are part of God's true church, Arsenio's cult. Many members of the 4th Watch believe this claim, yet there are plenty of individuals who have left the church, never accepting this supposed truth. The 4th Watchers claim that this is because they are not true Christians and that their heart was never with God, but in reality, it is only when persons join and become brainwashed by the cult do they actually believe in the lies that their Apostle tells them.

This type of cultic behavior and mindset was made more evident by a current member of the cult who tried to convince us that Arsenio's religion is the true church because it is entirely based off of the Bible. He said that in order for a church to be true, it must have a proper Biblical name. Here is what he said:

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spacer The right name of the true church is the one that teaches who is the owner of the church.

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And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. In this verse, Christ said, "my church."
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I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours.
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The church also belongs to God. Therefore, the right name of the true church is Church of Christ or Church of God. The church is not a property of anyone. It is Christ's and God's property.

Why Pentecostal Missionary Church of Christ 4th Watch? The name of the true church is Church of Christ, but what kind of Church of Christ? There are many so called "Churches of Christ"nowadays. It is a necessity to distinguish the true church. Hence the words Pentecostal and Missionary and 4th Watch. Pentecostal means having the attributes of the early church. Missionary is the modern English word for sent one. 4th Watch is the last watch in the parable of Christ in Mark 13:35, which is the end time, or our present time.
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The problem with this cult member's reasoning, is that the notion of the 4th Watch which the name of the church is modeled after, is not what the 4th watch in Mark 13:35 is referring to. In fact, let's look at that verse. The 4th Watcher debating us might have left it out so that we wouldn't notice his mistake.

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Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back-whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn.
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The 4th Watch as the name for the end time is an unbiblical concept. The fourth watch is the last division of the day, used when soldiers would take turns being on guard. In this verse, Jesus is simply saying to keep watch for the end time, that it could come at any of the four divisions of the day. No where does it state in the Bible that the 4th watch is a distinct period of time other than the last division of a day, and no where does it say that the end time is called the 4th Watch. This is an invention of Arsenio Ferriol, and he is obviously using the 4th Watch as a way to name the end times by using the watches in the Bible. And he's trying to be clever, which is cool, but the watches in the Bible are not periods of time in the way that Arsenio is trying to use them as.

What this means is that the PMCC 4th Watch church has a non-biblical aspect. Now, here's where the cult member really reveals his cultic influence. He told us that he could prove to us that his church is the true church because their teachings are all according to the Bible, and that one of the qualifications of being a true church is that you have to have a name that is according to the Bible. But he couldn't find any verses in the Bible to prove this. When we pointed this out to him, this is what he told us:

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And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.

Times and seasons is a mystery to the early apostles. The mystery of times and seasons (also called watches in the Bible) was revealed to Apostle Arsenio Ferriol. That is the reason why even you cannot understand the Fourth Watch. Mysteries are revealed only to the church.
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That's right. We cannot understand how the 4th Watch is Biblical because we are not members of the true church. It's a mystery whose answers were only revealed to Arsenio Ferriol, and in order to understand them, we must be members in his church. In other words, his very own church violates one of his qualifications of being a true church, by having an unbiblical name and using an unbiblical concept, but he can't admit it, so he makes up an excuse so that he can cop out. He cannot prove his position in the way that he said he could, but instead relied on his cultic behavior to get himself out of the trouble that he had placed himself into. So because he can't find a verse to Biblically support the notion of the 4th Watch, he's just going to cop out and tell us that this was something revealed to his cult leader and that only members of his cult can understand. We were expecting bad logic in this debate, but we were also hoping for a response like this because it shows that his church truly is a cult!

Whenever someone resorts to this type of behavior, it is a red flag that the person you are talking to does not in fact know what they are talking about, and that there is a good chance that you are face to face with a cult member...And where there is one cult member, there will be more cult members, so be on guard when you come to the realization that you are facing a cult. They will use behavior like this in every part of their lives, and they will try to ruin yours, because the truth is, when an organization states that there are "mysteries" and secrets whose answers are revealed only when joining the church, they are only using lies and deception to lure you into a trap.

All of this is especially true when the leader of such an organization claims that these answers were revealed only to them. Such leaders often make the bogus claim that they are an angel, or the second coming of Jesus, or in this person's case...an apostle. Such leaders say things like this in order to lure you in, trap you, and program you, usually to obtain something from you, whether it's money, glory, or power...and they make up excuses like this when they cannot explain something any other way. Of course the 4th Watch religion goes against the Bible in many ways, and when the leader of the cult cannot explain them in the Bible, he resorts to telling everybody that because he is an apostle sent by God, that God himself has revealed to him the truth, and so it is then okay to bypass the Bible, which you admit you are doing here. And when this leader then makes promises to you which offer something like an eternity in Heaven if you join his church, and makes the claim that you will be damned to Hell if you don't, then it cannot be denied that you are being petitioned by a cult. They can make all the promises and excuses they want to, but they are never able to backup or verify these bogus and cultic claims. We can just as easily come out and claim that one of us is an angel, and tell everyone that we know the answers to mysteries, and that we will tell you what they are if you join our church and pay us 10% of your income every week. But like their apostle in their cult, we would not be able to backup our claims.

We understand that there are scenarios when somebody can't understand something unless they meet a requirement that allows them to understand it, but these are not the same as the cultic scenario that we are talking about now.

For instance, we know that if an underground cave was discovered, it would be a great mystery as to what lied within it, and the only way you could get the answers to any mysteries associated with the cave, is to go in there. Also, if someone was to start talking to some of us about quantum mechanics, we would probably get lost and not understand them because we are not a part of the scientific community that is educated in that field of science. But there are two differences with this church in this example of the church's name.

First of all, regarding their church, a leader of an organization has made a huge outstanding claim that he cannot back up and promises he cannot fulfill. He cannot verify that he is a true apostle. He cannot show that God even exists at all or that the Bible is even true to begin with. He has never been tested, and the reason why is because he's a CULT LEADER.

And two, this 4th Watcher that we were debating said that he was going to prove to us Biblically that his church has a true name and teaches true Biblical teachings. Well, he failed to do that, because he can't do that. But it all comes down to this, if they can truly prove to us Biblically that what they say is true, then it should not matter what mysteries were revealed to their cult leader.

Now, another related practice of the 4th Watch is to use logical fallacies to trick others into believing the complete nonsense that they want them to. Logical fallacies were touched up on in the teaching piece, but basically, a logical fallacy is a failure of logic, that can often trick someone into believing something, even though logically, it is not true.

Here are two examples:

Ask a 4th Watcher how they know that God is real, and they will tell you because the Bible says that he is. But when you ask them how they know that the Bible is true, they'll say because it is the word of God. This is a failure in logic. The failure is that they believe that God is real because the Bible says that he is, but believe the Bible to be true based on God, the very thing that they are using the Bible to confirm its truth.

Here is another one:

The 4th Watcher will tell you that even if you can't reason that Arsenio Ferriol is truly the apostle of God, a person should wager as though he is, because living life accordingly has everything to gain, and nothing to lose.

This notion states that if Arsenio Ferriol is the true apostle, believing in him will allow you to go to Heaven, but not believing in him will cause you to go to Hell. If he is not the true apostle, then believing in him will bring about nothing. So because of this, it is better to just believe that Arsenio Ferriol is the true apostle, because if you believe, either you will go to Heaven, or nothing will happen to you at all. But if you don't believe, then while there is a chance that nothing will happen to you, you could also go to Hell, and in any case, you will not be allowed into Heaven. Therefore, it is better just to believe that he is the true apostle.

This is also a failure of logic. The failure comes in two forms. One, the person telling you this is incorrectly assuming that there are only two possibilities; that Arsenio's religion is true, or that there are no true religions. What would a 4th Watcher say if someone from another cult with another cult leader used the same wager on them? And two, seeing what Arsenio's religion wants you to become, you do have a lot to lose. In any case, it's a bad wager because your life on Earth will be wasted as a 4th Watcher, and given the extreme improbability that Arsenio is the true apostle, it is not a good choice to believe in him.

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