A page of countercult articles intended to
be helpful for those who have come under the influence of
Herbert W. Armstrong (Armstrongism) at some stage in the
We respect all members and adherents of other beliefs/religions, but we sincerely believe that true Christianity has some utterly unique claims and verifications which we encourage all to become familiar with.
As many of you will be aware, my wife and I were
once members of the 'Worldwide Church of God' (almost
always now abbreviated to 'WCG') a name which has become
synonymous with the term 'Armstrongism'.
We were part of this group from 1981-1994. The reason for the term, 'Armstrongism' is that the old-style WCG was the brainchild of one Herbert W. Armstrong, an American marketing and advertising man who (lamentably) came to consider himself as the supreme Bible expert upon this earth, and the only one that God was actively guiding. His errors are now very well documented, of course, and I have no wish to rake over old things yet again.
In fairness, the current WCG (now a very small group) now reject Armstrongism and have tried - and continue to try - very hard to fit into the mould of an evangelical Christian organisation. However, numerous small groups still exist who uphold Armstrongism and who now see the current WCG as being totally apostate. These groups and their ongoing influence as well as the long-term effect of Armstrongism upon current and former WCG members are the reason I have written a few things about this eclectic set of doctrines.
My wife and I hold no bitterness either to the WCG, or to the break-off groups whom we genuinely want to help; moreover we separate ourselves from some of the more abusive, hateful and vitriolic attacks on Herbert W. Armstrong which can be found on the 'net'. By the way, this might be an opportune moment to sound a warning that Armstrongism can be found in many apparently harmless names which appear on various "Christian web site" listings right across the internet! Some of these groups now appear to want to mask their true identity; several such groups, for instance, appear within the very popular 'Christian Top 1,000' listing of supposedly Christian websites.
I have only written a few of the articles on this page, the other articles are included as also being very helpful for those who have been influenced by Armstrongism. PLEASE NOTE: to return to this page after reading each article, simply use 'Back' on your browser rather than the links which appear at the foot of the separate articles.
HERE ARE THE LINKS:
WERE VITAL TEACHINGS REALLY RESTORED THROUGH HERBERT W. ARMSTRONG?
WAS HERBERT W. ARMSTRONG REALLY AN APOSTLE?
A BRIEF BIOGRAPHY OF HERBERT W. ARMSTRONG
FROSTINESS BETWEEN THE UK WCG AND OUR MINISTRY TO CONTINUE?
WHERE IS THE AUTHORITY?
DAVID C. PACK'S APPALLING SABBATH CONFUSION
SHOULD WE STILL BE KEEPING THE SABBATH AND THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES?
COMPARING THE BIBLICAL MODEL OF THE GODHEAD WITH THE ARMSTRONGIST VIEW
WAS IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR THE 'CREATION SABBATH' TO EVER CHANGE?
ENTERING TRUE SABBATH REST
THE MOVE AWAY FROM LEGALISM
(My article of 1998 which outlines the essential underlying theological errors and incorrect assumptions of many legalistic groups)
ROOTING ARMSTRONGISM OUT OF EX-WCG FOLK!
(Showing the pervasive influence of a flawed theological foundation even upon many who claim to have put Armstrongism firmly behind them. Advice on how to help these people)
JESUS, CHRISTIANS AND THE LAW
(An exposition of Matthew 5:17-19)
THE LAW AND THE PROPHETS WERE UNTIL JOHN
THE SYMBOLICAL NUMBERS OF THE BOOK OF REVELATION
(Many Christian groups, to say nothing of the cults and sects, misuse the numbers in the Book of Revelation)
THE SEVEN PARALLEL SECTIONS OF THE BOOK OF REVELATION
(A most essential article to help recover one's understanding of this great book from Armstrongist/Adventist/Dispensational influences)
IS THE SABBATH BINDING ON CHRISTIANS TODAY?
MUST WE OBSERVE THE LAW OF MOSES AND THE SABBATH TODAY? (PART ONE)
(Not on our site. If this link goes dead I am hoping somebody will tell me)
MUST WE OBSERVE THE LAW OF MOSES AND THE SABBATH TODAY? (PART TWO)
AN APPEAL TO SEVENTH-DAY SABBATH BELIEVERS
(Written by a former 7th Day Adventist, now a reformed Christian)
CONFESSIONS OF A FORMER SABBATH-KEEPER!
(From Tom Warner, who was once a 7th Day Baptist minister)
WHAT ABOUT "THE MARK OF THE BEAST"?
HERBERT W. ARMSTRONG: A PLAGIARIST?
THE EARLY CHURCH FATHERS AND THE SABBATH
ENDING THE ABUSE OF BIBLE PROPHECY
THE GODHEAD IS A TRINITY!
WHY WORSHIP ON A SUNDAY?
IS PHYSICAL HEALING INCLUDED IN THE ATONEMENT?
WHO ARE THE 'TWO WITNESSES' ?
DOES THE BIBLE FORBID INTERRACIAL MARRIAGE?
JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH ALONE
WAS THE RISE OF GREAT BRITAIN AND THE UNITED STATES FORETOLD IN BIBLE PROPHECY?
(My 2001 article. Truthfully, there are more details I need to add to this, but the time has not been forthcoming)
THE UNITED STATES AND BRITAIN IN FANTASY
MR ARMSTRONG'S VERSION OF BRITISH-ISRAELISM
(A very long, painstaking refutation of the Armstrongist version of what the writer calls 'British-Israelism'. I have not checked out every single detail of this article but it appears to be accurate)
WERE THE "THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS" INTENDED TO BE A LITERAL 72 HOURS?
WHERE WE MAY AGREE TO DIFFER....AND WHERE WE SHOULD DEFEND THE TRUTH!
ANCIENT HERESIES AND DISCREDITTED THEORIES WHICH HAVE BEEN TAKEN UP BY THE CULTS AND SECTS
TITHING: CAN WE HONESTLY FACE UP TO THE TRUTH?
(My article of 2002)
HOW CAN I DISCERN WHETHER I AM IN A HEALTHY OR ABUSIVE FELLOWSHIP?
THE TRUE CHURCH
(The JC Ryle classic)
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WHY YOU MIGHT WISH TO CONSIDER GOING ON OUR E LETTER LIST
ARMSTRONGISM IS ALIVE AND WELL ON THE NET!
Be warned that the following sites (and others too) are firmly Armstrongist websites:
THE RESTORED CHURCH OF GOD
UNITED CHURCH OF GOD
LIVING CHURCH OF GOD
PHILADELPHIA CHURCH OF GOD
THE GOOD NEWS
THE CORNERSTONE EVANGELISTIC ASSOCIATION
INTERCONTINENTAL CHURCH OF GOD
GIVING AND SHARING
THE CHURCH OF THE GREAT GOD
(Artisan Publishers do not appear to be wholly Armstrongist, but they show great enthusiasm for certain Armstrongist publications/teachings).
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