HERBERT  ARMSTRONG'S  TANGLED  WEB  CONCLUDES

WITH  HIS  WILD  IDEA  THAT  UNTIL  HE  CAME  ALONG  THE  GOSPEL  HAD  NOT  BEEN  PREACHED  TO  THE  WORLD  SINCE  THE  FIRST  APOSTLES

Again  I  am  indebted  to  David  Clark  for  all  his  work

compiling  the  writings  of  Herbert Armstrong

Keith Hunt



"In the beginning the church was a fellowship of men and women centering on the living Christ. Then the church moved to Greece where it became a philosophy. Then it moved to Rome where it became an institution. Next, it moved to Europe, where it became a culture. And, finally, it moved to America where it became an enterprise".

--Richard Halverson


DID Mr. ARMSTRONG PREACH THE GOSPELTO WORLD LEADERS?


As it became clear that the end-time events would not begin during (or before) 1972, Mr. Armstrong then went on to claim that his new commission was to bring the gospel to world leaders.  He used this claim as justification to spend lavishly on housing, furnishings, artwork, clothing, cars, airplanes, travel and entertaining.  


From Mr. Armstrong's perspective

Member Letter 7/30/73:  "God has shown me HOW to present it [his gospel]... as a sensational NEWS ANNOUNCEMENT that affects their country... in such a way that their newspapers will PUBLISH THE NEWS—PRINT WHAT I SAY… I believe I can proclaim this true Gospel as something SO NEW—so  STARTLING—so SENSATIONAL—that it will get big headlines in newspapers…" 

"It’s NOTHING LIKE what missionaries have taught in those countries! They will not recognize any connection WHATEVER. It will not appear as anything competitive to THEIR religions. 

In Japan it will be thundered to them as direct from the CREATOR OF THE JAPANESE PEOPLE.  I will not say anything against their religions.  … 

THAT’S OUR COMMISSION! Just the ANNOUNCEMENT of the soon coming KINGDOM OF GOD.. of course I must reveal this great announcement to these heads of state first…" 

Ministerial bulletin  6/3/79:  "Some weeks ago I authorized the formation of a new FOUNDATION—named the Ambassador International Cultural Foundation. It has become a necessary adjunct to this worldwide dimension of getting Christ's TRUE Gospel to the nations through heads of government…[a] whole new phase of the Work. 

... One thing has been a serious handicap and caused me and my touring team no little embarrassment. We have had to say that we represent either Ambassador College, or Worldwide Church of God. 

... This new Foundation is giving us great added prestige, credibility, and favor. It is something NO ONE CAN CRITICIZE. It doesn't sound 'religious'!" 


WELL  THE  APOSTLE  PAUL  NEVER  TOOK  THAT  STAND  BEFORE  ANYONE,  NOT  EVEN  THE  ROMAN  LEADERS.  HE  NEVER  BACKED  DOWN  FROM  TEACHING  GOD'S  WORD  AND  THE  MESSIAH  SAVIOR  CHRIST  JESUS.  NONE  OF  THE  OTHER  FIRST  CENTURY  APOSTLES  TOOK  THE  ATTITUDE  OF   HERBERT  ARMSTRONG.  HIS  SECULARIZATION  OF  THE  PLAIN  TRUTH   MAGAZINE  FOR  SOME  YEARS,  WAS  ONE  MORE  NAIL  IN  THE  COFFIN  THAT  GOT  ME  SERIOUSLY  QUESTIONING  THE  WORLDWIDE  CHURCH  OF  GOD  AS  A  TRUE  WORK  IN  THE  HANDS  OF  THE  HEAD  OF  THE  CHURCH  OF  GOD  -  JESUS  CHRIST.  AT  THE  SAME  TIME  MANY  OTHER  THINGS  OF  VERY  QUESTIONABLE  NATURE  WERE  MANIFESTING  THEMSELVES  IN  THAT  ORGANIZATION;  I.E.  WE  WERE  TAUGHT  THAT  A  MINISTER  COULD  BE  DISFELLOWSHIPPED  FOR  WRONG  CONDUCT,  THAT  HE  COULD  BE  ALLOWED  BACK  INTO  THE  CHURCH  ON  REPENTANCE,  BUT  NOT  IN  THE  POSITION  OF  A  MINISTER.  TED  ARMSTRONG  WAS  DISFELLOWSHIPPED  TWICE  WITHIN  A  YEAR  FOR  WRONG  CONDUCT;  HE  WAS  ALLOWED  BACK  ON  A  SUPPOSED  "REPENTANCE"  AND  STRAIGHT  BACK  AS  A  MINISTER  AND  SECOND  IN  COMMAND  UNDER  HIS  FATHER,  AND  AS  THE  VOICE  ON  THE  RADIO  ONCE  MORE.  WE  WERE  TOLD  NOT  TO  TALK  ABOUT  IT.  THEN  WITH  THE  CRAZY  MAD  LONG  WINDED  JERALD  WATERHOUSE  RANTING  AND  RAVING  WITH  3  HOUR  SERMONS,  TWICE  IN  OUR  LOCAL  CHURCH.....I  WAS  REALIZING  THERE  WAS  SOMETHING  VERY  VERY  WRONG  WITH  THIS  SO-CALLED  "ONLY  WORK  OF  GOD"  ON  EARTH.

Keith Hunt



From the perspective of others

The following are comments on the above quotation by Marion McNair, one of the first men to be ordained as an evangelist in HWA's Radio Church of God. He left the organization and wrote the book “Armstrongism-- Religion or Rip-0ff? ” after becoming disillusioned about Mr. Armstrong.

 From page 60 of that book:    “Did the TWELVE APOSTLES, when they came to the attention of rulers, hide the fact they represented Jesus Christ? Did they not say, when confronted, "… we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard… and they spake the word with boldness…" (Acts 4:19-20). Verse 2 of this  chapter shows exactly what they preached—"The resurrection of the dead through Christ Jesus." 

But Armstrong does not represent Christ to the Japanese. He thunders to them as direct from the CREATOR of the Japanese people. Whatever false god they have in their minds is the one they will "believe" is sponsoring Armstrong. It could be Buddha, Confucius or the Imperial god (Shinto) but not Jesus Christ. 

Is that what our Lord instructed? Did He say to go to a nation "in the name of its  god"? But rather through Paul, "… whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus…" (Col 3:17) 

p.62  … Jesus said, "Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words… of  him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh…" 

Christ wants His ministers to speak boldly in His name. He did not say, "Go ye therefore unto all the world and SNEAK the Gospel into every nation." 


AMEN  AND  AMEN  AND  AGAIN  AMEN  -  Keith Hunt


Was Mr. Armstrong's approach effective?  

Did Mr. Armstrong actually have an impact on world leaders and the world overall with his new approach?  Did he make headlines and get newspapers to print "the gospel message" he delivered?


From Mr. Armstrong's perspective

Member Letter 2/22/74:  And now, PUBLIC APPEARANCE CAMPAIGNS are planned already in THREE nations, sponsored by officials high in the governments of these nations. Already I have gotten the MESSAGE OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD to audiences of 55 to 100 of each nation's LEADERS in banquets or dinners in India, Japan, Thailand, South Vietnam, Ethiopia, and the Philippines.

This is positively miraculous!  It is GOD'S DOING!

God had a SPECIAL MISSION for His first-century apostles -- giving personal eyewitness proof of the RESURRECTION of Christ, as well as proclaiming the Good News of the KINGDOM OF GOD.  From then until 1934, the Church existed, comparatively small in number, persecuted, unable to proclaim the KINGDOM OF GOD to the world.

When I go before kings, presidents, emperors, prime ministers, and the LEADERS of many nations, I go and am received as AN AMBASSADOR FOR WORLD PEACE. I go before them not only as GOD'S representative, but also as YOURS.

I go in Satan's great disfavor -- in Satan's eyes and those he has deceived into being used AGAINST the Work of the living God, with no credibility. But in GOD'S EYES, and in the eyes of the nations' leaders, I go with great FAVOR, THE HIGHEST CREDIBILITY, and in high HONOR!


Member Letter  12/18/79 :  "We arrived [in Red China] on Sunday evening, December 2nd. On Monday evening I spoke for about a half hour at a banquet in my honor, attended by prominent members of the government and their wives. Tuesday evening I spoke again before the Diplomatic Corps, including ambassadors—many with wives—representing 76 (SEVENTY-SIX) other nations from all parts of the world, beside a number of high-ranking Chinese... 

[HWA, quoting a memo by Stan Rader about the meetings] ... "The Vice-Chairman undoubtedly had been advised of your strong comments Monday night and again on Tuesday night. I believe that he knew full well that the United Europe and the cataclysm that would follow were directly connected with your comments about the 'Strong Hand from somewhere' that would save mankind from complete destruction and would be man's salvation and only HOPE." 



From the perspective of others

 

NEWS OF THE WORLD  8/1/75 , page 5:   Article describes how HWA's donations were used to arranged introductions as photo ops, but that his meetings were completely insignificant and his antics were not appreciated by those leaders that had been duped.


THE JERUSALEM POST, 8/24/76 , page 5:   “Herbert Armstrong has shuttled in and out of Israel and the Arab world in the last few years at a rate that would leave Henry Kissinger breathless. 

Flying in his own executive jet,  the 84-year-old fundamentalist church leader and philanthropist has visited Israel alone 50-60 times since 1965. He has visited almost as extensively in Arab countries. Unlike  Kissinger, he has offered his Israeli hosts neither bitter truths nor hard alternatives—only goodwill and money.  It is an offer neither side has been able to refuse. 

Mr. Armstrong’s current visit is in connection with a $250,000 contribution for a playground in Jerusalem’s Liberty Bell Garden… 



Although Mr. Armstrong did make headlines, the subject of the articles was not the gospel of Jesus Christ.  The facts regarding his travels led many to reflect on the third question raised earlier:


Did Mr. Armstrong preach the Gospel to world leaders?


Even by Mr. Armstrong's own claims, it is clear that he did not.  A vague message about the “give” and “get” ways of life (or “a strong hand from someplace”) to diplomats and other government officials does not equate to warning nations about the need to repent, accept Christ, turn to God and keep His commandments.    And Mr. Armstrong's life of luxury with his mansions, art work, Rolls Royce’s, and Gulfstream Jets funded by struggling church members was unlikely to have demonstrated any connection to Christ's example for those dignitaries he interacted with.  


ONCE  WHEN  ARMSTRONG [I  WILL  NOT  GRACE  HIS  NAME  WITH  "MR"]WAS  IN  BRITAIN,  A  MINISTER  ASKED  IF  A  FAMILY  IN  NEED  TO  FLY  BACK  TO  THE  USA,  COULD  GO  WITH  HIM  IN  HIS  JET;  HIS  REPLY  WAS,  "I  DO  NOT TRAVEL  WITH  NOBODIES."  - Keith Hunt


CONCLUSIONS REGARDING MR. ARMSTRONG'S CLAIMS


The purpose of this document was to determine whether it would be possible to reach a sound conclusion regarding  Mr. Armstrong's sincerity by examining his own statements.  In essence,  was he God's apostle as WCG  (and Mr. Armstrong) claimed or was he merely a con man as others have concluded.   This document just examined three primary questions:


Was HWA honest about his role and understanding of prophecy?

Was Mr. Armstrong honest about the church's financial needs?

Did Mr. Armstrong preach the gospel to world leaders?

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I  THINK  IF  YOU  HAVE  ANY  BRAINS  OF  COMMON  SENSE  YOU  CAN  SEE  FROM  THE  EVIDENCE  PRESENTED,  HERBERT  ARMSTRONG  WAS  A  CON  MAN  AND  FALSE  PROPHET  FROM  THE  VERY  BEGINNING  OF  HIS  MINISTRY.

THIS  HAS  BEEN  VERY  VERY  HARD  FOR  ME  TO  READ  AND  UPLOAD;  I  WAS  HARDLY  ABLE  TO  SLEEP  LAST  NIGHT,  WAKING  UP  WITH  ALL  THIS  GARBAGE  ON  MY  MIND.  I  WAS  IN  PERFECT  HEALTH  BEFORE  STARTING  IT  ALL.  MY  STOMACH  BECAME  IN  KNOTS.  I  WAS  AWAKE  EARLY  TO  GO  TO  THE  TOILET;  I  HAD  DIARRHEA.

NOW  THIS  IS  ALL  OVER  AND  DONE  WITH  IN  UPLOADING  IT  ALL,  I  AM  BACK  TO  HEALTH  WITH  A  NORMAL  STOMACH  ONCE  MORE.

THE  ARMSTRONG  HISTORY  OF  THE  CHURCH  OF  GOD  WAS  IN  THE  OVERALL,  DAMAGING  AND  IN  ITS  END,  BRUTAL  AND  HORRIBLE  IN  ITS  WAYS  OF  USING  A  IRON  HAND  OF  DISFELLOWSHIPPING  PEOPLE,  WHO  STOOD  UP  TO  OPPOSE  HIM;  BUT  HISTORY  SHOWS  ALL  CULTS  AND  CULT  LEADERS  WORK  THIS  WAY.


IT  IS  NOW  HISTORY  AND  I  PRAY....YES  FERVENT  PRAYING,  IT  WILL  NEVER  BE  REPEATED  IN  THIS  AGE!


Keith Hunt