William Ashley "Billy" Sunday
Nov. 19, 1862 – Nov. 6, 1935



[1] Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

[2] A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.  Proverbs 22:

    Billy Sunday

    Billy Sunday was a strong supporter of Prohibition, and his preaching almost certainly played a significant role in the adoption of the Eighteenth Amendment in 1919.

    The Sundays were disgraced by the behavior of their three sons who engaged in all the activities Billy preached  against. [1] In the end, the Sundays were effectively forced to pay blackmail to several women to keep the scandals relatively quiet. [2]

    His surviving Winona Lake library of six hundred books gives evidence of heavy use, including underscoring and reader's notes in his characteristic all-caps printing. Poet Carl Sandburg crudely accused him of being a money-grubbing charlatan. Sunday also was charged, with plagiarizing a Decoration Day speech given by the noted agnostic Robert Ingersoll.


Ellen White
November 26, 1827 – July 16, 1915


[1]Mrs. White's extensive writing, often regarded as evidence of divine guidance, is a characteristic behavior of partial-complex seizures.

[2] Since it is the patient's own brain that is "short circuiting" and producing the illusion or hallucination, the content is frequently manifestations of previously stored information or is given meaning based on the content of the patient's consciousness. Since the patients who have partial-complex seizures tend to be religious, the hallucinations frequently have a religious significance to them.

[3] Ellen White's supposedly inspired writings.
"Spirituality and religion in epilepsy"

    Ellen White

    There is no one individual entirely responsible for the development of the Seventh-day Adventist church, but there is no question that Ellen G. White was the one most influential person during the time of its formation. Not unlike Herbert W. Armstrong's wife Loma, one wonders if there would be a Seventh-day Adventist church today if not for Mrs. White. Her 100,000 pages of writing continue to be an authority for the Adventist church second only to the Bible. [1]

    Seeing the Bible through the writings ofMrs. White has resulted in some of the unique doctrines held by the Adventist church. Mrs. White claimed to be a "messenger of God" and the church accepted her as a "prophet of God" and continues to believe that God gave her specific instructions and guidance through her visions. [2]  

    It was the supernatural nature of these visions" that was one of the most significant early evidences that she was being used by God as a prophet, and it is these same events that continue to be evidence of her inspiration
    to most Adventists.



William Branham
April 6, 1909—December 24, 1965

[1] Halley, H. H., Halley's Bible Handbook, (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1978) p688
Scofield, C. I., The Scofield Study Bible, (Oxford university Press, 1996) p1332
Unger, M. F., Unger's Bible Dictionary, (The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, 1975) p924


[2] That Branham was Elijah the Prophet


[3]The Laodicean Church Age  


[4] Branham, W. M., An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages (Jeffersonville, Indiana: WBEA, 1965) p321



















    William Branham

    You can say Branham was the light at the beginning of the tunnel for Pentecostal healing and miracle meetings. Its no wonder Oral Roberts, Copeland, Hinn and many others look to his ministry for inspiration. William Marrion Branham was born April 6, 1909 in the mountains of Kentucky. He was the first of nine children. His father was a logger and their first home was a dirt floor log cabin. Branham was told by his mother that his birth was accompanied by a supernatural sign. He was born in the predawn morning. He was told that when the small window of the cabin was opened, that a light stood in the opening.

    From his early childhood Branham claimed to have supernatural experiences including prophetic visions. He recalled that in his early childhood, while walking home from getting water from the creek, he heard the voice of the Angel of the Lord who told him 'never to drink, smoke or defile his body, for there would be a work for him when he got older. (Relate to Ellen White's light vision.)

    Like Herbert Armstrong, Branham was a poorly educated man and had no formal Bible education. His ministry was proclaimed with alleged supernatural manifestations and empowered by a spirit being. Along with some other Bible commentators, Branham, like Armstrong, believed that the seven churches described in The book of Revelation, chapters two and three represent seven historical ages of the Christian church, from its beginning to the present time. [1]
    Just like Herbert Armstrong:

    Branham thought he was Elijah the Prophet. [2] 
    Branham taught church eras. [3]
    Branham, false prophet. [4]
    Unique Terms: Laodicean Church Age, Seventh Angel's message, Mark of the Beast.

    On December 18, 1965 William Branham and his family (all except his daughter Rebekah) were returning to Jeffersonville, Indiana from Tucson, Arizona for the Christmas holidays. About three miles east of Friona, Texas (about 70 miles (110 km) southwest of Amarillo on U.S. Highway 60), just after dark a car traveling west in the eastbound lane, struck Branham's car head-on. The driver of the car was intoxicated and died at the scene, as did the other front seat passenger.

    Newspapers reported that Branham was buried four months later after his followers waited until Easter Sunday, believing he would rise from the dead. Rev. Peary Green, of the Branham ministry, was quoted as saying he "believe[s] Rev. Branham will return to life" and that the services were also delayed to wait for Branham's wife to recover to attend.. William Branham's body was left in a sealed casket in a Tuscon funeral home during that period. About 700 followers waited as he was thought to rise from the dead, but he didn't. He was subsequently buried.


Loma Armstrong
October 18, 1891 - April 15, 1967

Herbert W. Armstrong
July 31, 1892 - January 16, 1986


[1] "Spirituality and religion in epilepsy"

[2] When fanaticism and religion are mixed, we have a very potent and dangerous brew that can sustain itself for centuries unlike non-religious fanaticisms. Religion is based on the psychological weakness of all humans. The idea that there is a god, which is assumed to be the unknown power in the universe makes the human mind paranoid because of our fear of the unknown. And this paranoia drives humans to do anything to propitiate this unknown power that is assumed to exist. This is what transforms this weakness of our human mind into a sickness.


[3] Herbert Armstrong's Tangled Web,
     p. 237


[4] Questioning HWA's Death Diagnosis


[5] The Press Waves Good-bye


























    Loma & Herbert Armstrong
    "The Family Business"

    The dream of Loma Armstrong and the "work" that Herbert was to do, eventually led to the formation of the Armstrong family business. 

    Loma's dream:
    "Suddenly there appeared an awesome sight in the sky above. It was a dazzling spectacle -- the sky filled with a gigantic solid mass of brilliant stars, shaped like a huge banner. The stars began to quiver and separate, finally vanishing. She called my attention to the vanishing stars, when another huge grouping of flashing stars appeared, then quivering, separating, and vanishing like the first.... great white birds flew directly toward us. As they descended nearer, she perceived that they were angels....“it dawned on me that Christ was coming, and I was so happy I was just crying for joy. Then suddenly I thought of Herbert and was rather worried. At that time, we had been going quite regularly to motion-picture theatres." [1]

    After the failure of many business schemes by Herbert, Loma Armstrong had become acquainted with an elderly neighbor lady, Mrs. Ora Runcorn. She was convinced by this Adventist friend that all Sunday churches were wrong about not keeping Saturday as the Sabbath. The year was 1926, and the influence of Ora Runcorn on Loma was to be the beginning of a fruitless work that would ruin the lives of tens of thousands. This "work" was later to be know as the Radio Church of God and from there, the Worldwide Church of God.

    This religious fanaticism of Loma Armstrong had reawakened a forgotten interest in her husband Herbert. [2] Where Herbert failed in business, Loma succeeded. Loma Armstrong had founded the family business. Armstrong-ism.

    Herbert Armstrong was a poorly educated man and had no formal Bible education, however he began to see how easily religion could be used to bring in millions of dollars.

    Over the years, Loma and Herbert saw that the winning formula for a successful business was in the marketing. Utilizing fear, guilt, uniqueness of the group psychology, they marched forward constructing an empire that would rake in more cash than Billy Graham and Oral Roberts combined.

    The Armstrong's used deceptive recruiting tactics by giving away magazines for free, leaving the receiver feeling obligated to the group. In time, the recipients of these books and magazines were recruited into the Armstrong church or became co-workers, donating their money and time. Even when Herbert wasn't lying, he would use facts, emphasizing facts, quietly ignore facts, in a way that would enable him to gain control over peoples minds. This grooming is called "undue influence."

    Armstrong would tell the members that Satan has corrupted their minds. He reducesthe membership to such helplessness that they are incapable of making the simplest of decisions without asking their minister for guidance. Herbert demands absolute and blind obedience from his followers. And he gets it.

    In time dissenters began to question the doctrines of the Armstrong's. Rather than honestly and intelligently debating their critics, the Armstrong's and many of the church hireling's resort to labeling them as evil or stupid, using name-calling, slander, condescending put-downs, personal slurs, accusations of bad motives, and casting aspersions on the critic's intelligence or sanity.

    Loma Armstrong who came up with Petra as the place of safety, [3]  dies on April 15th, 1967 of bowel obstruction.

    Herbert Armstrong dies under suspicious circumstances. [4]
    January 16th, 1986.  

    The respected British paper The Guardian, had this to say about Herbert Armstrong:
    Herbert Armstrong, the 93-year-old head of the Worldwide Church of God, stated recently from California that his tome, Mystery of the Ages, "may be the most important book since the Bible." He has now been called in to account for this statement - he died on Thursday. [5]

    And that folks is "The Rest of the Story."