Wish I Had Never Wasted My Time
It has been about a year now since I listened to those preaching Herbert Armstrong. I was born in 1983 and I started to really get into the Bible around 2000. Well, as I started my search, the first person I found was Herbert W. Armstrong dedication websites. I started writing them, gathering materials and reading them. I bought a large collection of about 100 Plain Truth and World Tomorrow magazines.1 Then I contacted a man in Australia to get an Armstrong video compilation of old programs. He then contacted a woman in the States which sent me a big binder of the Bible study course and 5 videos with over 40 old World Tomorrow TV programs.
Following, I received many booklets and tapes, and CD Sermons. Then I found the son's organization, Garner Ted Armstrong, The Intercontinental Church of God. I read his info constantly, and I was quite zealous about it at first. Following this, I was on their mailing list; also Roderick Meredith's Living Church of God, and Gerald Flurry of the Philadelphia Church of God. I would also mention that because I was changing to Saturday Sabbath, saying Easter was pagan and also Christmas, I was quite an outcast in my family. I read so many booklets and books. I wish I had never wasted my time, but now finding that there are others, it is like deliverance out of Babylon. I even contacted the Garner Ted Armstrong Evangelistic Association and found a nearby congregation just outside of Houston, Texas, which I did not stay with too long, just a few months. This is what began to wake me up. And it was destroying my relationship with my family.
I am glad to say now things are much better since. But I used to study night and day after school just to read Armstrong's letters. The greatest change has been in this year 2003, in which the truth began to unravel for me, and the False Prophet (Herbert W. Armstrong) was exposed. So my journey only lasted about two and 1/2 years, but I am only 19, and when I study something it literally consumed my entire free time from age 17-18. The pain of this heretical system has caused so much grief. But now to come out of it, gives me great joy. Also I gave many tithes to Garner's work. I wish I had my money back.
August 8, 2003