Herbert Armstrong claimed many times that he was “God’s Apostle” (i. e., “Christ’s apostle”):

(Caps by HWA are not used; bolding ESN’s)

“I call upon all of you in the name of Jesus Christ, as God’s Apostle, and your Minister, be careful!” (March 29, 1957 Dear Brethren letter)

“Naturally, it is incumbent on me as God’s Apostle, to protect His ‘sheepfold’ He has placed under my care.” (July 31, 1978 Dear Brethren letter)

“And please state in your letter, in your own words, that this money is your endorsement of my apostleship, and the money is to be used for defending God’s Work as I, Christ’s Apostle, deem best.” (January 14, 1979 Dear Brethren letter)

“But I am the chosen apostle of Jesus Christ and in His name, I have to say these things to you,” (March 14, 1980 letter to Roderick C. Meredith from Herbert W. Armstrong)

“God calls the Church to back up His apostle and get His message to the world…” (March 19, 1981 Dear Brethren letter)

“Now Jesus Christ, through His chosen apostle, is going to rule on this question once and for all!” (Pastor General’s Report, November 2, 1981 and Worldwide News, November 16, 1981; “How Subtly Satan used make-up to Start the Church off the Track.”)

“The author, Christ’s apostle, can say emphatically that the apostles, evangelists, pastors and elders could not carry on the work of God without the loyal backing and continued encouragement of the lay members.” (Mystery of the Ages, 1985, p. 267)

“And finally, Christ’s apostle sends out monthly a mimeographed Co-Worker letter to all members and co-workers reporting on progress in the work, current activities and needs.” (Ibid., p. 269)

 

“We automatically believe the expert or follow those in authority. This is true even if the person is not and cannot be an authority, but is only perceived as such. ” ~Thomas R. Yoder

 

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