While the actor Johnny Depp was still a
bachelor, a single man asked him if he could give advice on dating and
Johnny Depp’s response was something like:
Don’t ask me, I don’t know, I’m as screwed up as everybody else.
It’s a good honest answer of the sort we
wish we could get from the leaders and ministers of the Cult of Herbert
Armstrong: Herbert Armstrong never gave such answers himself — being a
“know it all” kind of End Time Apostle — and his followers since have
followed in the same rut he established decades ago in the last century,
being full of instant answers backed by booklets, literature, magazines
and websites of every stripe answering every kind of question and even
answering quite a few that were never asked, projecting full confidence
that their answers are all true, useful, scientific and unassailable.
The Cult of Herbert Armstrong is full of
itself, puffed up in full arrogance, confident in its overweening ego,
that the only truth is here with them and you dare not go anywhere else
because, if you do, disasters will surely follow, you will be in deep
trouble, you will have terrible problems, living in want and fear with
no one to rescue you: You will be sorry, because you should have
listened! The entire venue is designed to put you in fear so you will
submit to the superiority of those who dominate and manipulate you.
These self-made Gurus are experts in every subject — at least every
subject of any importance. They are the only ones with wisdom and
knowledge of any use.
These arrogant Gurus suck you in with
something you’ve never thought of, attracting you with curiosity,
snaring you initially with something you agree and believe in, gaining
your trust with something familiar and then leading you down the
primrose path of kook insanity.
Here is an analogy which may help you understand the process:
The world is NOT Flat!!!! We can prove that the earth is absolutely NOT Flat!!!!
Brethren (gaining your trust by sucking you into the conspiracy of the
brotherhood), you KNOW what I am saying is true!!!! You KNOW I have the truth!!!!
You all know (making you part of a collective) the Earth is not
flat!!!! People who tell you the earth is flat are WRONG!!!! They know
it is wrong, yet they continue to spread this terrible lie!!! I can prove the world is not
flat!! You know what I say is true!!! Haven’t you wondered about this
truth???!!!? Have you proved it for yourself???!!!?? Write for our free
booklets, The Earth is NOT Flat and Seven Proofs the Earth is not Flat!
You need this information, never brought to you before!! For 1900
years, this truth has been hidden — a few have known — but now you can know!!! There is no obligation, no one will call on you — it is all free of charge.
Now you know the
world is not flat, but did you know that the sun revolves around the
earth???!!!??? You may not have thought about it, but you see it every
day: The sun comes up over the horizon of the round
earth and runs its course in the heavens and sets in the West!!! You’ve
never heard this truth before! Scientists are trying to cover this up!
But don’t believe me, believe your Bible! The Earth is round and it is
in the center of the Universe because God has chosen us to make us gods!
I am the only one with this truth! You can become God as God is God,
but only if you believe in the truth of key to Godhood, which is that
the sun revolves around the earth!!!! Be sure to write for our free
booklet, You can become God because the Sun Revolves Around the Earth!
This is all delivered with confidence to
the point of arrogance so you will believe that he believes and in
believing he believes, you will believe.
Johnny Depp said:
I think everybody’s nuts.
There may be some truth to that.
Consider the absolute arrogance of a man
who belongs to an organization and then begins to think that he, and he
alone, has been touched by God with an understanding that no one else
has, and his mission is now to go forth to preach this new truth to
everyone, no matter how silly and stupid it is. Often, this “revelation”
is accompanied by a psychotic break, leading to the manic phase of the
bipolar disease cycle. This self-styled Guru will insist that he was
humbled — a recounting of his initial depression — where he was nothing
but “burned out junk”, but when the manic phase kicks in, he will be
able to recount the “joy” that his God has renewed him and given him a
spirit of understanding that others do not have. And then we are off and
Even as unqualified as our new Guru may be, steeped in arrogant incompetence, he manages to dig himself deeper into his pit of arrogance
studying without any real understanding of subjects he’s undertaken in his pursuit of his new “truth”. He’s already lost his business / job. He
is mentally incapacitated. Yet he is self-deluded that he’s been given brilliance given to him by the endorphins stimulated by sleep deprivation in his manic mode.
He has “up” times and he has “down” times. Sometimes the “down” times leave him in such a state of depression he can’t even get out of bed, or, if he does, he won’t be up until mid afternoon. He can disappear and be unavailable for weeks at a time, shunning human contact or at least severely limiting it. After months of this, he finally emerges fully engaged in arrogant narcissism to take on the world
as some new savior just emerging from his cocoon. He then thunders his message to the world. Or if he’s like Robert Thiel,
he does significant squeaking.
The problem is that arrogance is infectious, like a virus that mutates
as it is transmitted from person to person. Once caught, the arrogance
does its damage and often becomes chronic. Now when it is transmitted
from Guru to simple follower it is transmogrified to be an arrogance that the follower now knows special secret knowledge — but much less than the Guru. This sort of
infection makes the follower proud, but it also propels him or her to
infect others, but in the process, the followers do not gain infected
followers for themselves, but direct the newly diseased to the Guru.
Moreover, the Guru, finding a modest
success in infecting others through his arrogance and making them
arrogant themselves, but still subservient to him as “Patient Zero”, he
trains some of a small cadre of followers in his special laboratory of
infectious virtual mental disease to be special carriers of the virus of
arrogance. These manifest the disease with different symptoms: They are
special and seize arrogant power over the followers of the Guru while
remaining in his domain of disease. They lord it over the followers as
being superior by virtue of the fact that they know more crap than the
follower simpletons do and the followers are impressed with the advanced
qualities of the leaders as being superior to them.
It should be noted that this sort of arrogance of ignorance is widely spread. According to the Watchers of Deniers,
scientific literacy has reached ever plunging lows showing that United States Adults and Students believe:
- Sound travels faster than light (14%);
- Disagree that the center of the earth is very hot (20%);
- Disagree that the Earth goes around the Sun once a year (33%);
- Disagree that astrology is not at all scientific (41%);
- Think antibiotics kill viruses as well as bacteria (45%);
- Think that ordinary tomatoes do not have genes but genetically modified tomatoes do (49%).
According to the article — to be much
more clear — one-third of of American Adults / Students believe the Sun
revolves around the Earth.
Imagine if you must, how much damage an arrogant Guru can do?
Imagine if you must, how much damage an
arrogant Guru can do by inducing his followers to believe in British
Israelism as the Key to Prophecy — managing to get all of the prophecies
wrong — but having the followers believe that he is the End Time
Elijah, which we must point out, that Elijah was a prophet, so no matter
how you slice it, Herbert Armstrong actually was a false prophet.
There is, however, a built in mechanism
to defend the arrogance of the leader, authorities and followers against
being inoculated with the truth: Bald face arrogant lies. The Fragmentation of a Sect: Schism in the Worldwide Church of God by Dr. David V. Barrett quotes Richard Nichols, Herbert Armstrong and Richard T. Rittenbaugh to show how this works:
The offshoots deal
with the problem of Armstrong’s failed prophecies in different ways.
Richard C. Nickles, of Giving and Sharing Ministry, quotes Armstrong
himself from an early World Tomorrow radio broadcast:
A terrible famine is
coming on the United States, that is going to ruin us as a nation
inside of less than twenty more years. Alright, I stuck my neck out
right there. You just wait twenty years and see whether I told you the
truth. God says, if a man tells you what’s going to happen, wait and
see. If it doesn’t happen, he was not speaking the word of God, he’s
speaking out of his own mind. If it happens, you know God sent him.
Nickels comments, “The twenty years is long past! Herbert Armstrong labeled himself a false prophet.”
But Richard T.
Ritenbaugh, of the Church of the Great God, comes to a different
conclusion. Although he accepts that Armstrong “made many predictions
during his ministry, and many of them have not come to pass. Some were
plain wrong. Some were vague. Some were specific,” he then argues:
So what are all
those predictions Herbert Armstrong made? Rather than call them
prophecies (which they were not) and him a false prophet (which he was
not), his predictions were more correctly speculations, theories based
on true but insufficient and unclear evidence. Speculation is not sin.
It is if you sign it “In Jesus’ Name”.
Richard T. Rittenbaugh.
What a Dick.
At minimum, a religious leader that
makes wild prognostications [make that read: Prophecies] which do not
come to pass, simply cannot be trusted to get anything right [make that
read: Is a false prophet]. Read 1975 in Prophecy
again [published in 1956] and if you aren’t embarrassed to have
believed it at some point, there’s something seriously wrong with you.
It is arrogance that moves the leaders
to declare that white is black, black is white, lies are truth, truth is
lies, love is hate, hate is love, poverty is prosperity, prosperity is
poverty, speculation isn’t prophecies and that failed prophecies don’t
make a man a false prophet, but it gets worse, because if it were just
the arrogance of the leaders, the membership would bolt like scared
It is arrogance that keeps the members
in place, even after their leader is proved to be wrong, a false
prophet, crazy and even a convicted felon. Members of Ronald Weinland’s
Church of God – Preaching the Kingdom of God (PKG) continue to not just
follow him but continue to give him their money so his wife can go
travelling, buy underwear from Victoria Secret and have all those
diamonds she sports, even as he sits in prison for Income Tax Evasion as
a convicted felon. He isn’t going anywhere for the next three years and
neither are his followers. They believe in him. They lap up all the
crap he spews at them. They won’t leave. They continue to defend him,
even though his absolute set dates (multiple and progressive) for the
return of Jesus Christ come and go, come and go and still, no Jesus. The
next date is coming up less than 50 days from now. It too, will come
and go, but the PKG membership will stay because of their infernal
arrogance. They will not admit they are wrong. They will not change.
They don’t stop following their false prophet proved wrong again and
again. That takes a LOT of arrogance.
History has repeated itself: You just wait twenty years and see
whether I told you the truth. God says, if a man tells you what’s going
to happen, wait and see. If it doesn’t happen, he was not speaking the
word of God, he’s speaking out of his own mind. If it happens, you know
God sent him. The only thing that is different is the time period.
Ronald Weinland said essentially the same thing. He’s proved himself a
false prophet. Since the other Cult of Herbert Armstrong sects have been
making the same prophecies (but most don’t set specific dates — it’s
always 5 to 7 years away), they too are false prophets. Ronald Weinland
is just one who’s the worst one caught with his hand in the cookie jar.
Roderick Meredith has been able to be a false prophet for 60 years — a
record hardly anyone in the CoHA sects can rival, but he keeps going on
and on and on (he may die shortly, so if he does before this article is
published, I apologize, but, after all, I didn’t prophesy it, one way or
The arrogance of the leaders and the membership is asinine, but one man, Dixon Cartwright, has put together The Journal
which manages to keep the arrogance alive and prosper in one place. He
knows that most of the stuff in the rag is pure drivel, but he publishes
it anyway. He gives nearly everyone to have a dialog, even though it
should be obvious they are spewing. The Journal actively supports and
promotes arrogance in its own way, to keep the arrogance alive, thereby
giving the arrogant advertisers opportunity to promote their emphatic
empathy entropy and the writers an opportunity to have arguments which
are totally meaningless given that the assumptions upon which they are
based are quite daft. There is month after month, page after page
publications of stupidity disguised as arrogant confidence.
No one is about to give up the
arrogance. It holds everything and everybody in place. It is the glue
that holds the cultists together, except they aren’t glued together,
they are screwed together — but they are too bull headed to admit
there’s anything wrong with their wrong headed religion. It can’t work
and it doesn’t, but they aren’t about to admit it because of their
arrogance, so the dysfunctional disease continues unabated. A few
escape, but often it takes quite a lot at the personal level to prompt
them to leave when they get to the point they just can’t stand it any
And after they do leave, they look back
at the arrogant “friends” and “family” they left behind, with their
glorious erstwhile leaders, and see, even if not perceive, the great
arrogance of the cult which held them prisoners for so long.
There are over 7 billion people on
planet earth. Each one of us is just a small part of a giant crowd. Very
few rise to the level of being noticed — but what if, what if, you had
something that distinguished you as special? Suppose you had secret
knowledge? Suppose that you were one of just a small few that was
selected of God to have truth that no one else has? Suppose that you
could feel different, special, superior? Suppose that you are so very
special that you have the entitlement to be arrogant? Suppose you will
become a king, priest, god, to lord over all your former critics,
enemies and those who don’t even notice you, let alone pay any attention
to you? You can now ignore science. You can now ignore the experts. You
can now ignore anyone who disagrees with you. You can remain confident
that you are better than anyone else (except your Guru and his
appointees) and no one can tell you anything. You are right and everyone
else is wrong. You are better. You are superior. Soon, the whole world
will see how special you are. You will be validated. You are a winner!
This is really heady stuff. It is the stuff of arrogance. It is for losers.
If you need to know, the earth is not flat and the earth revolves around the sun.
The rest you should be able to figure out for yourself if you’re not too arrogant.