A Question I Was Asked:

Surely to be so Critical of Herbert W. Armstrong, You Can be no Christian. Where is Your Love?

The Question:

I read some of your writings. I can see, so much of hatred towards Armstrong and his teachings. Maybe you forgot one thing, if you are a true christian then you should not hate your fellow men. I can see that level of your hatred in your writings. That itself shows you are not still become a follower of Jesus Christ. You maybe having all knowledge and but you still don't know the love of God. In the end one suggestion: If any one in this world are evil or bad, they will get punishment from the God, that includes you and Armstrong also.

UK Apologetics Reply:

I haven't got a clue as to where you are coming from. What has marked me out is that though we (my wife and I) originally came out of the armstrongist cult, I have shown no hatred toward Herbert W. Armstrong. I have, of course, pointed out where he - and armstrongism - are in error, but, on a purely personal level I think he might actually have been sincere (though woefully ignorant of the subject he claimed to represent).

The Bible carries very serious warnings for those who would pervert its message so, yes, we are tough on the cults and sects but I bear no personal malice toward Armstrong or, for that matter, toward Joseph Smith, Ellen G. White or any of the others.

My feeling is that you might have possibly got my writings mixed up with somebody else's - there are quite a few anti-armstrongist sites out there and a few are utterly scathing about him, but I don't choose to follow that course. But if we are serious about the message of the New Testament we must warn about those who have clearly perverted its message! For that I make no apology. The New Testament carries many messages of warning for those who would pervert its teaching, here are just a few:

"Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. (Matthew 7:15-20).

"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'(Matthew 7:21-23).

Jesus answered: "Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am the Messiah,' and will deceive many. (Matthew 24:4-5).

Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears. (Acts 20:28-31).

For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. (2 Timothy 4:3-4).

'But there were false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber.' (2 Peter 2:1-3, NKJV).

Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God's holy people. For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. (Jude 3-4).

I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll. (Revelation 22: 18-19).

(All quotes NIV except where noted otherwise).

So we should all be able to see that it is most essential that we hold fast to the Gospel of Jesus Christ as originally delivered. Surely those of us who have studied the Holy Bible over many years have a particular need to be warning about deceivers?

You infer that I am no follower of Jesus Christ, well, you are entitled to your opinion but I think that your critique of me is unfounded. Could it even be that you yourself are a follower of Armstrong?
Robin A. Brace. September 17th, 2011.