What is Armstrongism? Is the Worldwide Church of God a cult?


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Shea S. Michael Houdmann Supporter Got Questions Ministries
Armstongism refers to the teachings of Herbert W. Armstrong, which became the teaching of the Worldwide Church of God. These teachings were often at odds with traditional Christian beliefs and at t...

July 01 2013 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Data Bruce Lyon Elder: Restoration Fellowship Assembly
Herbert Armstrong was the founder of the World Wide Church of God and in my opinion was a false prophet and the leader of a cult religion. His teaching mixed law and grace which Paul condemns in the strongest terms saying that anyone who does so is under a curse.

Ga 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continues not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.

Armstrong said that his followers were under obligation to keep the law of Moses and keep all the holy days as mentioned in Lev:23.

Galatians 2:3-5: But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised: And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage: To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.

Paul would have labeled Armstrong a false brother who indeed brought people into the bondage of the law of Moses, and requiring them to circumcise their children on the eighth day after birth, which Paul obviously would not subject the gentile Titus to be circumcised, in order to join an assembly of God.

Gal:2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

This statement by Paul totally condemns all that Armstrong did by saying his followers had to keep the law in order to be saved and enter the kingdom of God, which is a Satanic lie.

Galatians 3:13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangs on a tree:

What Armstrong taught was a total rejection of what the anointed one Jesus did for us by allowing himself to be crucified. Anyone who mixes law with grace is under a curse and is following a false gospel, Paul makes that very clear all through the letter he wrote to the Galatians. Nothing in my hand can I bring to earn salvation, only to his cross [stake] I cling, realizing that I can do nothing to earn salvation. Knowing that my lord and savior has done all on my behalf to reconcile me to his God and his Father and my God and my Father. There is no other means or way to gain salvation but in the name of the lord Jesus God's anointed one. His is my all!

January 12 2014 7 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Al Mari Private practice as a cardiovascular & thoracic surgeon
What I know about WWC of God was the teaching that when Israel was divided into 2 kingdoms, the southern kingdom composed of Judah and Benjamin with Jerusalem as capital; the northern kingdom made up the rest of 10 tribes with Samaria as capital. 

The southern tribe now called modern Jews were slaves in Egypt. The northern kingdom kept the name Israel and was enslaved by Assyria that then scattered them to Europe mainly. This is how he got Ephraim to be the father of the Btitish and Manasseh the father of Americans who left the British empire and formed the USA. 

True, he emphasized the 10 Commandments to be followed including God's holidays and tithing. Nevertheless he believed in faith in God, not works that provided the path to salvation. 

His pioneering work was the "World Tomorrow" radio program in WW II, and founded the Ambassador College in Pasadena that subsequently went into "receivership" with the "turmoil" that rocked that organization to metastasize into many different sects, but mainly CGI. 

I do not agree with many of his teachings but I do not take his church as a "cult". I see that church as part of "developing the body of Christ", like many well-meaning churches.

January 27 2015 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

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