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Herbert Armstrong’s Letter Disfellowshipping Garner Ted Armstrong

 

 

                         WORLDWIDE CHURCH OF GOD

 

                           WORLD HEADQUARTERS

                       PASADENA, CALIFORNIA 91123

 

  HERBERT W. ARMSTRONG

  President and Pastor

                                                  June 28, 1978

 

DEAR BRETHREN OF GOD'S CHURCH AND CO-WORKERS WITH CHRIST,

 

     This is the most difficult letter I have ever been called on

to write.  I would give my left arm rather than write it if that

could nullify what Satan has done to make this letter necessary.

 

     In the past few weeks JESUS CHRIST, LIVING HEAD of God's

Church, has moved dynamically to set God's Church and Work BACK ON

THE TRACK -- restoring God's BIBLE form of organization and

administration of the Work -- restoring HARMONY and PEACE in the

administration of the Work -- powerfully calling on all of us to

rededicate our lives.  Even with the FASTING AND PRAYER -- to stir

up again within us the SPIRIT of the living GOD.

 

     All this is GOOD NEWS -- wonderfully good news, but I have to

remind you that Satan is ALERT to move instantly, powerfully, and

with all his cunning to DECEIVE the people of God.  He is moving

with lightning speed to THWART God's move toward PEACE and HARMONY

and in getting the Work back on multiple radio and television

stations, with the TRUE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST thundering out in

greater POWER than ever!

 

     Brethren, I have said many times that all you who have God's

Holy Spirit are directly or indirectly my spiritual children in

the Lord.

 

     Jesus Christ, the living HEAD of God's Church, started and

built the present era of the Church.

 

     HE DID IT!

 

     But He used me as His human instrument and ONLY APOSTLE OF OUR

TIME in this powerful WORLDWIDE Work.  We are in the very LAST DAYS

of this present evil world of Satan's.  Satan knows he now has but

a SHORT TIME.

 

     It is desperately important that we know that too!  Christ,

through me -- with you BACK OF ME 100% (as so many of you have written

me) -- is now proclaiming IN POWER and IN ALL THE WORLD the fact that

Christ and the KINGDOM OF GOD -- and the abolishment of Satan -- is

SOON to happen -- IN OUR PRESENT LIVING GENERATION!

 

     But now I must come to what is the most difficult and painful

letter I have ever had to write.  My second son, Garner Ted, was not

yet even born when God called and started His Work through me.  He

was only three years old when God raised up our parent Church for

this time in 1933.  The living Christ BLESSED IT -- caused it to GROW

at approximately 30% per year for 35 years -- a record UNMATCHED!

 

     Ambassador College was started October 8, 1947.  It was started

for the SOLE PURPOSE as GOD'S OWN COLLEGE of training ministers and

other needed administrative personnel for the Work.

 

     The first three years of Ambassador College I had an almost

devastating and nerve-wracking battle to SAVE THE COLLEGE as GOD'S

COLLEGE against the onslaughts of Satan.  He used the secular and

worldly faculty members -- the ONLY KIND then obtainable -- to turn

Ambassador into a rubber stamp of the schools of higher education

in Satan's world.  There was every subtle effort to THROW CHRIST

OUT OF THE COLLEGE.

 

     But Christ was on His Father's throne.  I looked solely to

HIM -- trusted solely in HIM.  And Ambassador became truly God's

college.

 

     AND IT GREW!  It produced abundant fruits.

 

     As I said, a loving GOD brought me to complete repentance and

faith in Him -- believing (as VERY FEW ever have) WHAT HE SAYS -- and

into His service before either of my sons were born.  As a little boy

growing up, Garner Ted was one of the most lovable boys -- with a

most lovable spirit -- I ever knew.  However, what Christ was

preaching through his father, even then, (as he himself has said

publicly many times) was merely "Dad's religion" held naturally in

some degree of boyish contempt.  At age 18, as the college was getting

started, he "ran off" -- so to speak -- and without our parental

knowledge joined the navy.

 

     His four year "hitch" ended in, I believe, late spring or early

summer of 1952.  The first three years in the navy he had become

assistant manager of the Naval Office at San Diego -- his last year,

in the war in North Korea on the carrier "Antietan."

 

     On his return to civilian life, I made him manager of our

general office.  He entered Ambassador College that fall in order

to hold his job -- for all such jobs had to be available for students

working their way through.

 

     During his freshman year a series of articles was running in

LOOK magazine on the religions of the world.  Ted became enamored

with the article on "What Is Christianity?" written by a famous

New York minister.  What grabbed his interest was the statement

that first the writer would tell readers what Christianity IS NOT.

It is NOT, the article said, "a way of life."

 

     Then it so happened that in freshman Bible studies Ted noticed

on an open two pages in the book of Acts in his Bible that

Christianity was some four or five times referred to as "THIS WAY."

Ted has related publicly many times how shocked he was to see that --

IN HIS OWN BIBLE.  He underscored these four or five references to

"THIS WAY."  That, he has said publicly, led to his conversion.

 

     And I certainly BELIEVED he had become a thoroughly converted

young man.

 

     As the years went by, Ted had become president of the Student

Body of the College, and had begun preaching sermons in the Church.

In June 1955, I went on television.  I think Ted had participated

in at least one radio broadcast by that time.  His brother, Richard

David, had spoken on a few radio programs -- once from Paris.

 

     During this TV series, I let my two sons participate with me

on a television program.  Ted seemed to take to television, as I

often expressed it, "like a duck to water."

 

     This TV series was consuming my entire time.  It was leaving

no time for my other duties of heading the day-to-day executive

leadership in God's Work.  In January 1956, I went off TV.

Experience up to that time had shown me that it was daily radio

broadcasting that was building the Work.

 

     I personally traveled to all parts of the United States with

our advertising agent, selling our radio program to station managers

-- especially the nation's leading 50,000 watt stations.

 

     Ted had shown aptitude on the TV series -- in fact, I had let

him do one program by himself.  Naturally, I had encouraged him to

begin doing occasional radio programs.

 

     At times his voice sounded so much like mine that people could

hardly tell which of us was speaking.  Meanwhile, Rod Meredith had

been making strides towards becoming one of our top ministers.

Dr. Meredith began urging me to make Garner Ted vice-president.

The Work was GROWING, the organization was expanding.  So I did

make Garner Ted vice-president and later Dr. Meredith second

vice-president.

 

     As we were passing through the sixties, Ted began gradually

doing more and more of the radio programs -- by the early sixties

I believe most of the weekday programs.  I continued to do the

Sunday programs.

 

     By about 1969 or 1970, I had started Ted on television.  We

had built a fully equipped television studio on campus.  Ted's

natural inclination led him into making a good number of secular

documentary programs.  As vice-president, he had gradually assumed

more and more of the executive administrative duties, giving me

time to begin getting into other parts of the world, carrying

Christ's GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD into other parts of the

world.

 

     But by September 1971, his personal emotional problems forced

me to quietly and privately disfellowship him.  He went to El Paso,

Texas.

 

     But above all, on my mind, was the urgency to keep it

confidential -- known to only about two of our other top ranking

ministers at Headquarters.  Above all, I wanted to shield Ted from

criticism and protect his name and reputation -- so that, on

repentance (which I fully expected), he could come back with his name

unstained.

 

     Some few days before the Feast of Tabernacles in 1971, Ted

called me on the telephone.  By that time he and I had been

speaking, for some years previous, each of us at every feast site in

the United States and one in Canada.

 

     "Dad," Ted said over the telephone, "I simply can't bear the

thought of having to miss this Feast of Tabernacles.  PLEASE can't

I come back?"  He professed repentance.  I took him at his word.

I said, "Come on back, Ted."  The Church did not know I had put

him out.  But I was determined not to be guilty of what condemned

Eli -- allowing his sons to depart from God and still remain in high

offices in the Kingdom of Israel.

 

     During the 1971 Feast, word reluctantly was given to me of

totally improper behavior and excessive drinking at the Feast sites

he had attended.  This improper behavior occurred in restaurants

and places where most members attending were unaware of it.

 

     One or two days later, I received a telephone call from the

minister in charge of the Squaw Valley site.  I was then at the

Lake of the Ozarks site where Mr. McCullough was site leader.  It

was late evening.  Ted's conduct was totally unbecoming a minister

of Jesus Christ.  He was drinking and gambling late at night at a

casino on the Nevada shore of Lake Tahoe.  I was informed that it

was URGENT that I remove him from further participating in festival

site speaking.  He was to arrive next afternoon after speaking at

Squaw Valley in the morning, at the Penticton, Canada site.

 

     I had Mr. McCullough participate in the telephone conversation

with Squaw Valley.  We agreed I had to stop Ted from further

participation in that festival.  I arranged for my plane to fly to

Scranton, Pennsylvania through the night, pick up Mr. David Antion,

who was in charge of the Mt. Pocono festival site, and return for

Mr. McCullough and me.  We had only a few hours for sleep while

the plane flew through the night  for  Mr. Antion.  They arrived

back at the Lake of the Ozarks airport about 4:00 a.m.  Mr.

McCullough and I joined Mr. Antion and flew on to the Penticton site.

 

     There we intercepted Ted as he landed early in the afternoon

in his Falcon plane.  We had a tearful conference in the privacy

of my plane (the crew had left the plane to give us privacy).  Ted

was there cut off from further participation in the 1971 festival.

He flew to a Church-owned house or cabin near the south shore of

Lake Tahoe, and then on into seclusion in a small town in Colorado.

 

     At that time I made Mr. Albert Portune executive vice-president,

taking over the day-to-day administrative duties of the Work in

Pasadena.  At that time Mr. Antion was occupying the second position

in rank, and Mr. McCullough was deputy chancellor of the college in

Big Sandy, Texas.

 

     BUT ONCE AGAIN WE TRIED TO PROTECT MY SON'S NAME AND REPUTATION

-- to keep the matter quiet.  Always I was hoping for a change of mind

and repentance from my son.  I wanted to keep the door open for his

return to the Work.

 

     Some time later -- perhaps in November -- while I was at the Big

Sandy campus, I received a heartbreaking, tearful letter from Ted

professing repentance.  In it he stated he could hardly believe

what had happened.  He acknowledged he had sinned against God,

against the Church, and against God's apostle.  That letter deeply

touched his father's heart.  I immediately telephoned Ted to come

on back into the Work.

 

     But early in January 1972, an event happened more serious than

any before.  It was in the evening.  I got together all the

evangelist rank ministers then at Pasadena.  This time I knew I had to

publicly mark Ted and disfellowship him from the Work and the Church.

We all met Ted at his own home when he returned from a basketball

game where apparently he had been continually drinking beer

throughout the game.  By this time, Ted had come to have a very

special aversion against Dr. Roderick Meredith, who had urged me to

put Ted in an executive vice-presidency in the first place -- years

before. Ted had exceedingly hot and angry words against all ten or

twelve of us in general and Dr. Meredith in particular.  I handed Ted

the official letter disfellowshipping him from God's Church.

 

     This time I was unable to keep it private -- and the news media

picked it up.  But I still tried to protect Ted by refusing to reveal

the real reason for his disfellowship.  News media hounded me, but

all they could get out of me was that he had been sent away because

of "personal emotional problems."

 

     Brethren, let me interject at this point to remind you of

GOD'S TEACHING so contrary to this world's in regard to publicizing

the wrongs or sins of another.  God teaches us that "LOVE COVERS."

In the worldwide notoriety about "Watergate" President Nixon was

accused, condemned and forced to resign because of what Satan's

world called the sin of "COVER-UP."  In other words, the world

regarded it a sin because Mr. Nixon did not come right out in

public and before the whole world defaming the United States by

reporting the whole affair.  If Jesus Christ had been in office

(of course He could not take such political office in this world),

He would have properly CORRECTED those guilty -- in whatever

punishment was in His sight fitting to CORRECT AND ABOLISH such

evil and, IN LOVE for both the guilty and for this nation, He

would have COVERED IT UP!

 

     I have only followed the WAY OF CHRIST, trying desperately

through the years to COVER UP my son's sins and mistakes -- while

at the same time NOT condoning his sins, but trying to give God's

kind of punishment which CORRECTS AND RESTORES to the grace of God,

rather than to act in hostility and revenge.

 

     Time magazine came out with the story with the headline,

"WHERE ARE YOU, GARNER TED?"  I would not reveal WHERE Ted was-

though I KNEW and was in constant touch with him.

 

     At this time it is IMPORTANT that I now reveal to you that

I STOOD ALONE among the higher rank ministers of the Church in

trying to bring my son to the real repentance and restore him

IN THE WORK.  The ONLY man who stood with me -- working for Ted's

repentance and restoration -- was the man he now HATES apparently

above all men and without cause -- Mr. Stanley R. Rader!  It was Mr.

Rader who was constantly helping me to restore Ted into God's grace

and forgiveness and to his place in the Work!  Because of the

slanderous innuendos of character assassination my son has cast out of

his mouth against Mr. Rader, there are some -- even ministers -- in

the Church who would GO OUT of the Church rather than show any of the

milk of Christian kindness towards Mr. Rader.  And yet NONE of these

has seen or had one iota of PROOF of any wrongdoing by Mr. Rader.

He is my assistant and I regard him BY HIS FRUITS -- which are of VERY

GREAT VALUE TO GOD'S WORK -- rather than unfounded emotional

prejudices and hatred.

 

     After I had worked tirelessly with Ted by continuous letters

trying to restore him to grace, right conduct and his position in

the Work (always with Mr. Rader's invaluable help), by June 1972

I felt that PROBABLY my son -- my ONLY living son -- had made the

necessary CHANGE OF MIND and attitude.

 

     To try to be SURE of this, I took with me Mr. Rader, Mr. Portune

and Mr. Antion, and we flew to Colorado for a meeting with Garner

Ted.  Whether or not it was merely "putting his best foot forward,"

we were all convinced that he had been restored to God's grace and

told him to come back.

 

     He now started DAILY TV campaigns, really preaching Christ's

Gospel this time, instead of secular and worldly documentaries.

 

     But I had determined that THIS TIME he must be kept on ONE

YEAR'S PROBATION before restoring him to the executive

vice-presidency of God's great worldwide Work.

 

     However, the executive load was proving too much for Mr.

Portune and Mr. Antion, who was then second in the administration

under Mr. Portune.  They came to my office about six or seven

months after receiving Ted back.

 

     "Mr. Armstrong," said Mr. Portune, "I simply cannot carry this

work any longer.  You will simply have to put Garner Ted back to

executive vice-president NOW!"

 

     Reluctantly I did, for by this time I was devoting most of the

time to CARRYING CHRIST'S GOSPEL to Asia, Southeast Asia, Africa,

South America and Europe -- INTO ALL THE WORLD AS JESUS CHRIST

COMMISSIONED ME!

 

     I told Garner Ted I would turn "more of the reins" of the

Work over to him -- making it very plain to him that as board

chairman and President, as well as God's only Apostle, I was

giving him ONLY authority to administer MY policies as Christ

led me, and Christ's doctrines as He led through me -- and that

all MAJOR decisions in the operation of this great Work remained

mine -- although Ted could make the minor necessary day-to-day

administrative decisions.  I emphasized the IMPORTANCE of our

keeping in CLOSE COMMUNICATION.  For awhile, Ted did send me

long and lengthy telexes while I was in some other part of the

world.

 

     BUT HE BEGAN KEEPING FROM ME MAJOR DECISIONS HE WAS

UNAUTHORIZED TO MAKE.  He demoted the men highest and older in

service -- such as Dr. Roderick C. Meredith, Dr. Herman L. Hoeh,

Mr. Raymond McNair who had headed the college in England as

deputy chancellor for fourteen years; Dibar Apartian, director

of the French work; Mr. Dennis Luker, who had been in charge

of the large operations in Australia; Dr. Charles Dorothy,

director of the Spanish work; Mr. Norman Smith, director of

television and radio production; and others.

 

     Meanwhile, in the spring of 1974, there was a major rebellion

among some 35 ministers brought on primarily because of their

opposition to Garner Ted being brought back into a limited top

executive authority (WHICH AUTHORITY, AS I WILL LATER SHOW, HE

ABUSED AND FAR EXCEEDED).  When this major rebellion broke, Garner

Ted telephoned me an SOS -- to race back full speed to pull the

Church out of this eruption.  I was just starting a major public

campaign in Manila, Philippines.  I had to cancel the campaign and

race in between 550 and 600 miles per hour -- an all night flight.

That whole night in flight I was at my typewriter writing the letter

that quelled the rebellion.  It had been intended as a "coup" to wrest

entire control of the Church from Garner Ted, and of course from

myself.

 

     But we with God's guidance "broke the back" of that rebellion,

though we lost 35 ministers.

 

     But now Garner Ted began tightening his grip on the helm while

I was trying to carry out the GREAT COMMISSION committed to me to

get the GOSPEL INTO ALL THE WORLD.  Ted never did agree about this

commission -- he regarded obedience to Christ's command to "go into

all the world" with the Gospel as "extravagant and lavish spending

of the people's tithes."

 

     I began to realize there was a NEW conspiracy actuated by

Satan in an effort to destroy God's Church subtly going on behind

my back.  As I stated, my son had demoted and removed to minor

positions the top ranking ministers, senior in years of service --

THOSE MEN HE KNEW WOULD BE LOYAL TO THE CHURCH under God's Apostle --

which active removal HE HAD NO AUTHORITY TO DO.  In their minor

positions of demotion, THESE MEN WERE THREATENED WITH BEING FIRED

ENTIRELY IF THEY COMMUNICATED AT ALL WITH ME!  Garner Ted moved to

surround himself with men he thought would be loyal to him

personally above being loyal to the CHURCH and to GOD.  In this, I

am happy to say, as nearly as I now know, he was mistaken.

 

     But knowledge of MAJOR decisions Ted was UNAUTHORIZED to make

was carefully under threat kept from me in the years 1975 and 1976

while I was away from Pasadena approximately 300 or 365 days.

 

     But I did begin to sense there was a CONSPIRACY to "retire"

me as being now too old, and for Garner Ted to "TAKE OVER" as the

supreme HEAD of the Work.  HE SEEMED NOT TO KNOW THAT JESUS CHRIST

IS THE HEAD OF GOD'S CHURCH AND WORK!

 

     Finally a year ago the men next in authority under Ted came

to me begging me to TAKE ACTION.  "Your son, Mr. Armstrong," they

said, "has been trying to DESTROY everything Christ has built

through you and build something for Garner Ted Armstrong."

 

     Meanwhile, the Ambassador College I had "fought and bled and

died" to found as GOD'S College was becoming completely secular.

Christ was being put out.  The leaven of intellectualism was

flooding in leavening not only into the college, but beginning

to spread into the Church.

 

                   WHAT I HAVE NOT TOLD YOU BEFORE

 

     Now I come to something I have felt I had to withhold from you

brethren.  During these past few years when I sensed a CONSPIRACY

to bring about a complete "takeover" of the entire Church's Work --

virtually to PUT JESUS CHRIST OUT as well as myself -- I went to

Garner Ted about it.  He flatly denied everything of the kind and

assured me he did not want to be head of the Church -- our talks

would end up in an embrace -- and I would then appear on the platform

telling you brethren that Ted and I were solidly together -- standing

back to back.  I WROTE FOR YOU THE SAME THING -- BECAUSE I BELIEVED

IT!  I still believe there simply HAD TO BE a conspiracy, but I

attributed it entirely to Satan; I was willing to believe that Ted

and those close to him were not themselves conscious of the adroit

subtle cunning Satan was using in his conspiracy.

 

     To protect my son's name and reputation, I HAVE covered up

for him -- because I have said to him that I love him above all people

on earth.

 

     But I know now that in my eagerness to show "LOVE" and to

protect my son's name, I have without realizing it been a "respecter

of persons;" that I have protected my son to the detriment and harm

it has brought to God's Church and Ambassador College!  Of that I

now have to repent!

 

     When Garner Ted maneuvered to shut off communication of what

REALLY was going on, -- when he SHUT OFF ALL AUTHORITY ABOVE HIM --

he not only shut me off, but also HE SHUT OFF CHRIST AND GOD ALMIGHTY

WHO STAND ABOVE ME!  Brethren, THIS WORK WAS BUILT BY THE LIVING

JESUS CHRIST!  I was merely His instrument!  But Christ has all but

been PUT OUT of Ambassador College in the effort to gain this world's

"accreditation" and the leaven has STARTED in the Church to get the

living CHRIST out of the CHURCH!

 

     Garner Ted was maneuvering so that NO ONE DARED GO ABOVE HIM --

under threat of being fired!  Many top ranking men of senior years

of service would give solemn AFFIDAVITS to that truth.  Shutting

off all above him, my son, lusting for POWER, shut off also THOSE

ABOVE ME -- Jesus Christ and Almighty GOD.

 

     For a year those now in top administrative positions have

implored me to STEP IN and once again TAKE OVER COMPLETE CONTROL

UNDER CHRIST as it was until some ten years ago.

 

     I say THIS CHURCH AND ITS WORK WAS BUILT BY THE LIVING CHRIST!

It was HIS SPIRIT that inspired, motivated this entire Work, but He

was being PUT OUT.

 

     My son says he upheld me, even extolled me, before large

audiences of brethren.  He even said to many of you, "my father

is a great man."  That, of course, is not true -- the GREATNESS is

in Christ.  But at the same time -- whether you realized it or not --

Satan was craftily leading my son to say -- or imply -- that his

father was now old and senile -- my mind was in a fog -- I did not

know what was going on -- I was being manipulated by those in top

administrative positions, and Mr. Rader.

 

     He has spread the POINT BLANK LIE that Mr. Rader is now actually

heading the Church and Work.  Brethren, I brand that as a Satan LIE!

Mr. Rader does not even have any administrative position -- except in

the AICF -- AND LET ME INTERRUPT HERE TO SAY THAT I HAVE GIVEN THE

DIRECT ORDER TO MR. RADER TO SELL OR DISPOSE OF THE MAGAZINE QUEST 78

as soon as possible.  I was never enthusiastic about this magazine,

but I went along with it under the understanding that I was to write

the LEADING ARTICLE in every issue.  I said emphatically at the

beginning that the magazine could not succeed otherwise.  But men

of SECULAR EXPERTISE hired to run it deceived Mr. Rader.  The

magazine now is showing a slight profit through advertising sales and

subscription price, but I have given a firm order which Mr. Rader

will at once follow: "SELL IT OR GET RID OF IT!"

 

     On May 8 last month, I learned that my son had appointed a man

I do not even know as President of Ambassador College.  I then wrote

him that this was the last straw -- of his assuming authority never

given to him to make major decisions.  I then told Garner Ted to

take a temporary compulsory leave of absence, which he did not do.

He came to me and in a four hour talk was full of hostility and

angry emotion on his part.  His wife was present and in anger twice

left my office.  My wife also was present.  This nerve-shattering

session, wrestling with a defiant spirit seeking only to HAVE HIS

WAY, finally ended in a tearful hug.

 

     After that, we had one more private talk in which he rose and

said to his father, "I could DESTROY you, Dad!"  He wrote some three

or four letters and we had two or three telephone calls -- all

hostile, nerve-shattering ordeals I do not feel I should have to

submit to. This side of things I have kept from you in my desire to

protect my son's name and reputation.

 

     But while he has professed to uphold me and extol me, he has

subtly been destroying me -- his father's credibility, dishonoring

his father and his God.

 

     Finally, about ten days ago, I sent him another letter telling

him that UNLESS he did go into the compulsory leave of absence and

if he did anything more to CAUSE DIVISION among brethren in God's

Church, or if he "went to the world's newspapers" as he had

threatened, I would have no alternative but to MARK HIM, according to

Romans 17, for causing division, and DISFELLOWSHIP him from the

WORLDWIDE CHURCH OF GOD.

 

     My irate, red-hot, angry, hostile son went to the Los Angeles

Times with distorted, twisted facts and non-truths.  He sent me by

special personal messenger the day before yesterday a seven-page

single-spaced typed letter literally breathing out "threatenings

and slaughter," as Saul was before God struck him down and

converted him -- the most hostile embittered father-dishonoring letter

I could imagine -- except under Satan's inspiration.  His letter was

full of dire THREATS.

 

     In all these unhappy irate encounters the past six weeks, NOT

ONCE has any vestige of the Spirit of God been evident -- only ANGRY

wrathful contentions FOR HIS OWN PERSONAL DESIRES.

 

     Yesterday I sent to him the official letter, heartbreaking

as it was to me, disfellowshipping him from the WORLDWIDE CHURCH

OF GOD!

 

     That means, brethren, that on pain of being themselves

disfellowshipped and PUT OUT of God's Church, you are all, according

to CHRIST'S COMMAND, restrained from contact with, or conversation

with, Garner Ted Armstrong -- no longer a member of this Church!

 

     I would have given my right arm rather than having to do this.

But I have been TOO LONG tolerant, forgiving and covering up with

LOVE toward an ungrateful, hostile, threatening son.  I have let

the CHURCH OF GOD suffer in order to protect my son's name and

knowledge of his wrongdoings.  BECAUSE I have -- in fact we all, at

or near the top of the administration of the Work -- have done our

best to SHIELD HIM, and in some manner neglected the CHURCH and

all the flock in so doing.

 

     Many times behind my back, my son in meetings called of those

at Headquarters, so top ministers told me only yesterday, made many

overt or even sarcastic remarks tending to discredit his father.

 

     My son spread the rumor that my mind had gone senile.  He is

guilty of what he accuses -- his mind has become filled with HATE,

ANTAGONISM -- and has become UNSTABLE.

 

     This is NOT "my empire" nor my son's -- it is the Church and

the WORK OF THE LIVING GOD!

 

     All of us at Headquarters are now standing ONE HUNDRED PERCENT

TOGETHER!  For the first time in some ten years THERE IS HARMONY --

COMPLETE UNITY AND TRUST at Headquarters.

 

     I know some of you will say in great sorrow "let's PRAY for

Garner Ted that he will come back."  Brethren, I have been DOING

JUST THAT EVER SINCE 1971.  He professed to come back, but it

proved a subterfuge.

 

     GOD SAYS:  "For it is IMPOSSIBLE for those who were once

enlightened and tasted of the heavenly gift and were made partakers

of the Holy Spirit, IF they shall fall away to renew them again unto

repentance."  GOD would gladly grant repentance and receive him back

-- I would and so would we all, but his entire attitude the past weeks

and months has certainly indicated the impossibility of leading him

again to repentance.

 

     God gave Moses his brother Aaron to help him while Moses was

gone on a mission to be with God on Mt. Sinai.  Aaron and the people

said, "... as for this Moses ... we wot not what has become of him."

Then Aaron led them to make golden calves as IDOLS TO WORSHIP,

departing from the LIVING GOD!

 

     Later Aaron set himself, with his sister Miriam, up as being

even with Moses in leadership over God's people.  GOD PUNISHED THEM!

 

     Jesus said we CANNOT SERVE TWO MASTERS.  He did not allow Aaron

to be a SECOND master with Moses.  For some years now God's CHURCH

has been in great CONFUSION -- especially in and near Pasadena.

"WHO'S IN CHARGE?" they have wanted to know.  Some have been for GTA,

some for HWA, and I hope some for CHRIST.

 

     "A house divided CANNOT STAND," says Jesus.  My son has made

God's Church DIVIDED!  Up until ten years ago, WE WERE NOT DIVIDED!

CHRIST was at the helm using me as His Apostle.

 

     Again God says to us, "Except GOD build the house, they labor

in vain that build it."  GOD through the living JESUS CHRIST built

God's Church of OUR time, as surely as the time of the first

original Apostle.  The Work GREW AND GREW with God's blessing for the

thirty-five years up to 1969 -- SINCE THEN GOD'S BLESSING HAS BEEN

WITHDRAWN.  We had been tending to forget GOD, letting Laodicean

lukewarmness leaven us.  CHRIST SAYS NOW, AWAKE!  Rise up from

this stupor that has drugged us!  RALLY BEHIND CHRIST AND HIS APOSTLE!

LET'S GET ON WITH GETTING THE JOB DONE.

 

     Brethren, THANK YOU for your loyalty!

 

                          With deepest love in Jesus' name,

 

                          Herbert W. Armstrong