You’ve probably had someone come to you and remind you that “Herbert W. Armstrong was human. He sinned.”
I often found that the spirit that rules those who say that most often is not the Holy Spirit, but rather a foul spirit that wishes to accuse.
Notice 1 John 3:7-8 “Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning…”
When you bring up the importance of what Christ gave to His apostle, God’s wonderful truth and sound doctrine, they often will try to redirect the conversation on how “Herbert W. Armstrong was a fallible human being. He sinned too”.
I always found that dumb to say, because of course he was human, and of course he did sin. The re-direction made is not on the Work of God done through Mr. Armstrong but rather that the man of God had sinned. The accusation they are making, however, is against the Holy Spirit. It’s their defense against why they are no longer walking in what was taught to them.
Herbert W. Armstrong, as Christ’s chosen apostle obeyed God’s Commandments, therefore he was given a “good understanding”.(read Ps. 111:10)
And like 1 John 1 reveals, the apostles gave the “Words of life” to the Church. That “good understanding” they received from Christ, was passed down. Notice Matt. 10 & Luke 10.
They say “well..now here’s how I see it. Herbert W. Armstrong was wrong in several different things…he isn’t infallible.” They are speaking against the Holy Spirit, accusing that what came through God’s apostle isn’t sound! They want to prove to you, how you can’t trust what he taught. That comes from Satan the Devil.
They want to call Christ a liar! So they accuse His apostle of being a liar!
And they regulate the importance of the “words of life” that Mr.Armstrong taught the Church from Jesus Christ, down to a “maybe”. WHAT BLASPHEMY!
Then they can get you to join them and their rebellion against God, if they can convince you of that! That’s Satan’s plan.
The apostle John, in 1 John, was writing concerning deceivers!
” These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you.”(1 John 2:26)
1 John 1:1 “concerning the Word of life”
” that which we[the apostles] have seen and heard we declare to you[the Church], that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.”(verse 3)
So if we reject what Christ gave through His apostle, we are cutting fellowship off from the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ!
IT’S THAT IMPORTANT!
1 John 2:24-26 “Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning[from the apostle of Christ]. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life. These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. ” or try to pull you away into DISBELIEF of what Christ gave through His apostle!
So put those who come to you with this deception, who no longer are LOYAL to Christ and His apostle, who no longer walk in light but in darkness, OUT and view them as God views them. They are not led by the Holy Spirit, and are led by Satan and his demons, trying to DECEIVE YOU.
Herbert W. Armstrong was a keeper of God’s commandments. He obeyed God. He had the Holy Spirit of God.He had a “good understanding”. And what he taught came from Jesus Christ, and we are admonished by Christ through his written word, to HOLD FAST to what we have been taught by Christ’s chosen apostle,and “abide in it”. Christ tells us what was taught came from Him, and that they are “the words of life”. And if we hold fast, and abide in what was taught, we will have eternal life promised to us!
Those who do not abide in the doctrine given by Christ through His apostle is apostate and as it is written in 2 John, we are not to allow them into our homes, nor should we fellowship with such people.
It’s that serious.