“Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness:” ~Psalms 112:4
Was Herbert W. Armstrong who he said he was? Did he tell the truth? These articles are for those who want to get to the bottom of these things.
NOTE: If this is the first time you have visited this page, we recommend you first read: Why is it Difficult For Exiters to Question Herbert Armstrong?
(Insertion of offsite links are provided for informational purposes only and do not necessarily mean an endorsement of all views espoused on that site.)
Put your faith completely in Jesus Christ,
not in any man or any movement. ~Robert L. Sumner
Questioning if HWA told the truth:
- Herbert W. Armstrong’s Religious Roots
The origin of Herbert’s unique doctrines.
- Did Herbert Armstrong Set Dates?
Includes several examples, plus an HWA quote saying there is “no prophet today.”
- Did Herbert Armstrong Have God’s Truth?
Includes New Age & Occultic similarities.
- What Were the Lies and What is the Truth?
- Was Herbert Armstrong God’s True Servant?
- Mystery of the Ages (a critical review) by Kelly Marshall
- Mystery of the Ages (a 2nd critical review) by William Hohmann
- True Original Church/Faith Once Delivered (Proof Herbert Armstrong Lied About the “Lost” Church Century)
- Did Herbert Armstrong Distort Historical Church Documents?
- Herbert W. Armstrong Claimed He Was God’s Apostle
- The “Key to Unlocking Prophecy” (Did Herbert Armstrong Say God Revealed it to Him Alone?)
Includes note about Ellen G. White and how she claimed the “Truth” was revealed to her directly by God.
- Was Herbert Armstrong Right About Britain Exiting the European Union?
- The United States and Britain in Prophecy (What Did Herbert Armstrong Teach About it?)
- John Kiesz Furnishes Information on Herbert W. Armstrong
Kiesz was an elder in the Church of God Seventh Day and a close friend of HWA’s; includes a number of HWA’s failed prophecies.
- Memories About Petra
The Place of Safety according to HWA.
- The Origins of Assyria and Germany
This article shows the fallacy in HWA’s teaching that the Assyrians “settled in central Europe, and the Germans are the descendants of the ancient Assyrians.”
- Herbert Armstrong Ministry 1930-1986
Documentation of HWA’s history of lying. Also lists at end many of his false prophecies. [offsite article]
- Did Christ Reorganize the Church?
February 1939 Good News article showing HWA condemned hierarchal church government in his early years. [offsite article]
For more, see our: Booklist
Questioning HWA’s background
Note: OIU Newsletters mentioned below are in PDF.
- Radio Church of God openly embraced the agenda of the American Communist Party
This also includes info about “Communism and the Churches.” (This is in: OIU 5, Pt. 2 beginning with “Communism is the RESULT”)
- Herbert Armstrong studied communism (from his own words in his 11-24-67 letter to PT subscribers)
(This is in: OIU 5, Pt. 3 beginning with “The OIUs point in discussing this matter”)
- Herbert Armstrong and His Communist Friends
March 5, 2006 letter to ESN
- Letter Regarding FBI Files on Herbert Armstrong
March 29, 2006 letter to ESN
- Herbert Armstrong Used Mein Kampf as a Guide in Controlling People
May 29, 2007 letter to ESN
- HWA’s questionable activities in international governmental affairs
(See OIU 6, Pt 3 beginning with “The Good News”)
- The Private Letters of Herbert W. Armstrong and Loma D. Armstrong
HWA and his wife were very active in international governmental affairs following the United Nations’ first meeting held in San Francisco in 1945. (This is in: OIU 5, Pt. 3 beginning with “The Private Letters…”)
Questioning HWA’s fruits:
- “None of God’s Servants Were Perfect” (for those who like to use this reasoning)
- Why Herbert Armstrong Couldn’t Have Been God’s True Apostle
Also includes incest allegations
- Herbert W. Armstrong and the Incest
- Letter About Herbert Armstrong and the Incest
Confirmation of the allegations; snail-mailed to: “Dear Friends in the Worldwide Church of God” and ESN
- Shocking Words That Herbert Armstrong Told His Daughter Dorothy
Questioning HWA’s methods:
- How Did Herbert W. Armstrong Recruit People?
The step-by-step process.
- Did Herbert W. Armstrong Abuse His Flock?
- Dropouts See Hucksterism Where They Once Saw God
- Lifton’s Eight Criteria of Thought Reform
Includes how it has been used by leaders of any high demand, authoritarian group.
- Where is the True Church?
Questioning HWA’s doctrines:
- Mystery of the Ages (a critical review) by Kelly Marshall (opens as PDF)
- Mystery of the Ages (a 2nd critical review) by William Hohmann (opens as PDF)
- British-Israelism–True or False? (includes at end “HWA’s Racial Views”)
- Herbert Armstrong: Mr. Confusion
Covers many of HWA’s doctrines
- What Were We Really Believing in the WCG Era?
Did HWA have some good basic Christian doctrine, or could it have been “doctrines of devils”?
- A Brief Biography of Herbert W. Armstrong (1892-1986) [offsite link]
For more, see our section: Grace & Law (includes articles on tithing, Sabbath, sin, Mystery of the Ages critical reviews, HWA’s Sabbath booklet review, and much more.)
These are a few of many letters we have received on HWA:
- Herbert Armstrong Learned His Religion at the Library
- Hard to Shed the Image of Herbert Armstrong
- My Image of Herbert Armstrong Has Been Completely Blown Apart
- The Absence of Jesus in Herbert Armstrong’s Teachings
- Undying Allegiance and Never Questioning
- Sick, Angry and Disillusioned at What I Found Out About Herbert Armstrong
- The Path of Destruction Left Behind by Herbert Armstrong
“Thou maketh this people to trust in a lie.” ~Jeremiah 28:15