The Armstrongist Churches of God are not war-like tribes — they are warring
tribes, at war with one another, to the point that they not only don’t
look Christian or necessarily godly, they look downright barbaric and
uncivilized, as though they are waiting for civilization to catch up to
them some time in the future — a future which will never come.
One of the many occurrences of the
evidence of the constant battles of the war of ascendancy is the schism
within the United Church of God, an International Association (UCGaIA),
which resulted in the formation of the Church of God, Worldwide
Association (CoGWA). The split wasn’t even about doctrine. It seemed to
be about governance, but from the outside view away from the intimate
internal dealings of the Church Administration, no one can be really
certain why the split occurred.
Now, if it were a matter of Christian
Soldiers fighting the war in the good fight against Satan and this
world, that would be one thing, but it isn’t that at all: They are
battling against each other in a manifestation of the works of the
The Apostle James in his epistle wrote:
From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?
That’s part of it: The founders and
leaders of this ancient religion of the War gods certainly is based on
the lust for salary and retirement, along with the lust for power and
narcissistic fulfillment by pathetic idolatrous narcissistic source
borderline personality types hanging on every word of delusional
pronouncements of the promises of future godhood and false prophecies of
a short work, ended by a mythical Great Tribulation. People lust after
that. It is emotionally satisfying.
But there is convincing evidence that that is not all of it: It’s just a part of the puzzle.
Why are the Armstrongist Churches of God at war — with one another?
Some of the explanation may lie in the
fact that their religion does not appeal to even a miniscule segment of
fresh blood out there in the world any more. The time of the cold war is
past and the threat of nuclear holocaust just isn’t an inducement like
it used to be. No, in these days of technological wonders of advancement
beyond the wildest imagination of three decades ago, the world has
changed so significantly that the old inducements for new membership
just won’t cut it. As a result, with the severe entropy restricting the
options and opportunities for a continued flow of money into the sub
cults, the only solution is to resort to cannibalizing the remaining
sheople amongst the various 700+ splinters, offering each one a “better
deal” to sweeten the pot for preserving the life style to which the
leadership of each cult would like to become accustomed. And make no
mistake, this is ranchers quibbling about the branding on their
However, there seems to be a much deeper
and sinister motivation lying behind the constant war going on, wherein
there is no peace, and indeed, cannot be, as in the words of Isaiah:
For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers
with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered
perverseness. None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they
trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring
forth iniquity. They hatch cockatrice’ eggs, and weave the spider’s web:
he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh
out into a viper. Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall
they cover themselves with their works: their works are works of
iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands. Their feet run to
evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are
thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths.
The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in
their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein
shall not know peace.
They are, in short, the very flower of the example of humanity.
The cults have inherited the warlike nature of Herbert Armstrong who
fought and railed against everything from the Catholic Church to the
Church of God Seventh Day (as being Sardis). The world was of Satan and
he was the conquering hero to usher in the golden age of the War to come
which was to bring ultimate peace after there was no one left who had
any energy left to fight him — or at least that was the vision that he
created. He created an environment geared to war from the very
beginning, rebelling against society and science so he could have his
own way. He often turned against his own employees in a fit of rage. His
temper was legendary. He left a legacy of anger and war, and who of
those guards he personally trained in his Ambassador College Prison
Experiment could rise above the overwhelming tsunami of the West Point
of God’s Work?
Science and genetic research has revealed interesting developments of
late, with the discovery of the so-called “Warrior Gene”, DARRP-32 TC /
TT variant allele of damaged chromosomes. Not only is there a basis for
the reality of continuing chaotic strife for those with this sort of
genetics, but there are tests for it — even to the point that Dr. Phil
uses the test on his show to identify the cause of family disruptions by
those with this damaged genetics: It’s built in.
It should be pointed out that this particular form of anger has no
real evolutionary advantage: It will not promote the continuing life of
the Armstrongist Churches of God, but will hasten their demise in an
ever increasing downward spiral of entropy where the resources become
ever less available.
Given the history of Herbert Armstrong and the history of such people
as Roderick Meredith, whose pride is rooted in winning a Golden Gloves
Championship in his teenage years, it is not difficult at all to believe
that the War amongst the various Churches of God are spearheaded by the
leadership who just can’t help themselves to engage in endless battles.
Any members who are still delusional about the opportunity for the
path to peace, need to heed the words of II Timothy 3: “From such turn
away”. Proverbs 22:24-25 add to the wisdom:
Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious
man thou shalt not go: Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy
But then, Armstrongists never have been very careful to follow “The
Word of God”, otherwise, they would not have followed Joseph Tkach. The
Ambassador Report tells of the anger management challenges of Dr. Tkach
with his first wife, Jill. The temper of Senior is legendary and there
is at least one account where he yelled at an innocent woman in his
office for five hours straight, doing great emotional
damage to her. There are much more recent examples of the fury of
Armstrongist leaders in the churches of God today because it is a
continuing problem which will not abate.
So let the Armstrongist founders and leaders take the test.
We already know what they will find.