There are probably countless reasons why NO ONE should ever belong to the organizations that have been spawned by the teachings of Herbert Armstrong and the Worldwide Church of God. We can only list a few here. If you want more background to the shenanigans behind the “church” activities, then please avail yourselves of the enormous amount of data in the AMBASSADOR REPORT, and the personal experiences, essays, and articles here on the PAINFUL TRUTH.
For thousands of years, church and/or religion has used the same routine of adopting the name of God into their particular organization in order to gain credible acceptance that they have the almighty “power” of God behind them.
From Rastafari Talmud
Herbert W Armstrong was an influential and charismatic church leader who founded The Worldwide Church of God and Ambassador College, to globally propagate his doctrine of British Imperialism, through his version of Anglo-European dominated Christianity. Mr. Armstrong was under the delusion that the Ancient Solomonic Dynasty was divinely preordained to be finally re-established through the British Monarchy’s “jewish” bloodline (see The United States and Britain in Prophecy, Armstrong, H. W., 1954). His conviction becomes apparent during an interview when H.I.M. Haile Selassie I afforded Mr. Armstrong audience, in the following excerpt: “Then I mentioned that I have the genealogy of my ancestry, and that I too, am a direct descendant of King Solomon of ancient Israel. “Well why not?” blurted out the Emperor spontaneously, without waiting for the interpreter to tell him what I had said. At that responsive quip WE ALL BURST OUT IN LAUGHTER. From that point the interpreter had very little to do.” (The Plain Truth, pg 38, Dec. 1973) H.I.M. Haile Selassie I’s reply could be better comprehended within the context of Ephesians 1:5 Having predestinated us ONTO THE ADOPTION of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will 6 To the praise of the glory of HIS GRACE, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved”.
Wherein lies the evil of Mr. Armstrong’s mentality may not be so much due to his lack of historically accurate biblical references (for The Throne of David to be established anywhere except Ethiopia, absolutely disqualifying Britain and the United States) but the fact that he and many in his ministry subscribed to the lie of white supremacy and incorporated it’s atrocity into their counterfeit gospel. Whether or not these missionaries were under the influence of political motives or mere victims of spiritual blindness the author doesn’t know. Nonetheless, the damage of this false ideology has done an extreme amount of damage by turning souls away from the true Gospel of Salvation, due to a lack of truth in it’s preaching. If intentional, this would be nothing less than practicing the doctrine of Balaam? (Βαλαάμ I.Balaam meaning “perhaps”
A native of Pethor a city in Mesopotamia, endued by Yahweh with prophetic power. He was hired by Balak to curse the Israelites; and influenced by the love of reward, he wished to gratify Balak; but he was compelled by Jehovah’s power to bless them. Hence later the Jews saw him as a most abandoned deceiver/Balaam is the typical hireling prophet, seeking only to make a market of his gift. This is “the way of Balaam” 2 Peter 2:15 and characterizes false teachers. The “error” of Balaam” Jude 1:11 was that he could see only the natural morality–a holy God, he reasoned, must curse such a people as Israel. Like all false teachers he was ignorant of the higher morality of vicarious atonement, by which God could be just and yet the justifier of believing sinners Romans 3:26 . The “doctrine of Balaam” Revelation 2:14 refers to his teaching Balak to corrupt the people whom he could not curse ; Numbers 31:16 ; 25:1-3 ; James 4:4 . Spiritually, Balaamism in teaching never rises above natural reasonings; in practice, it is easy world- conformity. Scofield Reference Notes).
Perhaps, Mr. Armstrong, being not well studied in Proverbs, was unaware as H.I.M. subtly made it known that one’s works are not hidden and proceed them as noted in the subsequent excerpt “Early in our talk, His Majesty mentioned THAT HE WAS WELL AWARE, as were the others in the Ethiopian government, that I was the spiritual leader of a large worldwide following. During the first fifteen or twenty minutes of our meeting, he tended to answer whatever I said with a philosophical observation, apparently inspired by Solomon’s Proverbs, which I rather deduced he has studied continuously and religiously.” (The Plain Truth, pg 38, Dec. 1973).
On the other hand, Mr. Armstrong did publicly champion many crucial issues plaguing humanity according to basic Christian principles. Yet, the question remains: did Herbert W. Armstrong live according to these principles in both Word and Deed?/Spirit and Truth?, or did he truly hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans? (Νικολαΐτης Nikolaïtēs I.Nicolaitans = “destruction of people” A. a sect mentioned in Rev. 2:6,15, who were charged with holding the error of Balaam, casting a stumbling block before the church of God by upholding the liberty of eating things sacrificed to idols as well as committing fornication)