Professionalism is stunningly refreshing after experiencing the leadership of the Armstrongist churches.
Professionalism is rare in today’s world and is totally nonexistent in the Cult of Herbert Armstrong Mafia. Discern the marks of professionalism from the above sign: Competent, expert, talented, knowledgeable, skilled, reputable, reliable, credible, qualified… in short — professional.
Contrast that concept with the recent lawsuit brought against The Living Church of God, Roderick Meredith and Rod McNair for “The Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress” and “Defamation of Character” (Slander) by members of the beleaguered members of the Scarborough family. Details of the breaking news may be found at the Banned by HWA! Books, News and Observations About Armstrongism and the Churches of God:
- Living Church of God Lawsuit: Bob Thiel and James Malm Broadsided
- EXCLUSIVE BREAKING NEWS: Living Church of God, Rod Meredith and Rod McNair Being Sued For “Defamation of Character “and “Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress”
- Living Church of God: The Story Behind the Lawsuit…The Scarborough Letter
- Living Church of God: Satan Is Cleverly Deceiving LCG Members By Trying to Divide Us From Within
Roderick Meredith has done this before with Leona McNair, wherein Meredith viciously attacked her:
After her divorce Leona led a quiet life in Pasadena. But underneath the reserved exterior was a woman deeply hurt by the “Ambassador experience.” Perhaps for that reason – and because she still had friends and relatives in the WCG – she continued to follow the antics of the Armstrong church, especially through the pages of Ambassador Report. The years of subservience to the Armstrong patriarchy and later the shunning by many friends and relatives in the WCG had taken their toll. But at least she was free of the Armstrong organization’s oppressions. Or so she thought, until one day in June 1979 when someone showed her the June 25,1979 issue of the Pastor’s Report, an official WCG publication. It contained an article by Roderick C. Meredith, then the director of the WCG ministry. In it, he castigated Leona as having been the cause of the McNair marriage breakup three years earlier. In an attempt at justifying Raymond McNair’s 1976 divorce and subsequent remarriage, Meredith described Leona as being a family deserter:
“A classic example of this [marital desertion] would be Mr. Raymond McNair’s situation. His wife refused to be a wife to him for over two years – to sleep with him, cook for him, or even civilly communicate with him in a decent manner. Rather, she had left God’s Church and was actually FIGHTING God’s Church and Mr. McNair, turning his children against him and literally cursing him to his face. Finally, upon advice of Mr. Armstrong and Ted Armstrong, he was finally forced to make legal the already existing FACT that she had deserted him and was no longer his wife in any way whatsoever.”
Unknown to Leona then, but later discovered, was the fact that six months earlier Meredith had also made similar statements in public. In early January of 1979 the state of California had brought a civil suit against the leaders of the WCG. HWA, distrusting the “liberal” wing of the church, put right-winger Meredith in charge of the WCG’s entire ministry. At an emergency ministerial conference held in Tucson, Arizona, it was announced that such “liberal” practices as voting in elections and keeping birthdays would again be taboo in the church. Then, on the last day of the conference, Meredith, for some reason, felt it necessary to spend five minutes attacking Leona before 1,000 WCG ministers and wives. In court, a tape recording would reveal how Meredith, in strident tones had exclaimed:
“…his [Raymond’s] first wife [Leona] had left the Church and was virtually cursing him, cursing Mr. Armstrong, with curse words, spitting literally in people’s faces and as hateful as a human being could be. And God does tell us and the whole Church of God decided long before this ever came up with Mr. McNair back in I Corinthians 7:15, ‘But if the unbelieving depart’ – and I tell you before God and Christ, she sure departed. I mean she departed so far that she is one of the major enemies of God’s Church in Southern California and remains so to this day and has been working actively and ferociously with the Ambassador Review. [She] tried to call me personally and get me to give them an interview here a year or so ago which I would not do. And everyone else that attends their meetings, attended Dr. Martin’s meetings, fighting us, and fighting us actively. And ‘if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage’ …and we’ve come to realize that what God has bound he can unbind. That’s part of our understanding on divorce and remarriage which the whole Church came to back in 1974. And so after about two solid years of living without a wife and a virtual hell on earth Mr. McNair was encouraged by Mr. Armstrong and by Garner Ted Armstrong, and this is not a matter of a secret because he told me that he’d done that with Raymond and he told others – Ted Armstrong, that is, and Mr. Armstrong. Both encouraged Raymond to put her away and divorce her since she was just simply wanting to keep him on the string and get a free ride while she cursed him and would not have anything to do with him. There was not even a way of saying hello in a friendly way, living in opposite ends of the house and an armed truce or an armed hell, and the way to do [it] was to put her away and do what I Corinthians 7:15 said on the advice of the two top men in God’s work. And so he had done that after about a year and a half, or whatever, and finally, also, several months later, married his present wife. And he is not married to anyone else but his present wife according to the understanding God’s Church came to back in 1974. Thank you very much.”
In the end, Leona prevailed: It took five years of exhausting pre-trial discovery, mountainous paperwork and endless legal maneuvering followed by a grueling seven-week trial. But in the end, it was all worth it for Leona McNair. On August 23, a Pasadena, California, jury awarded her $1,260,000 in her libel and slander suit against the Worldwide Church of God.
Further details of this can be read at The Ambassador Report #29, October 1984.
Over the decades we have watched as the leadership of the various Armstrongist Churches of God have bungled whatever they think their assignment in this world is through their lack of professionalism. David Pack predicted three leaders of the major churches of God and all the members would come to him. Ronald Weinland was convicted and went to prison for 3 years for felony tax evasion. United can’t seem to figure out what the gospel is. Gerald Flurry and his Philadelphia church of God has a no contact rule for just about anyone who isn’t specifically part of the PCG. The House of Yahweh is featured periodically on Dr. Phil. The list goes on and on. Stalkers have had a field day in the WCG and beyond. Pedophiles — some of which are elders — pursue children and the ACoGs do nothing.
Armstrongists have veered off to the left.
Just so we are clear here, the following are the 15 traits of a terrible leader from www.success.com:
- Lack of Transparency
- Not Listening
- Dismissing Ideas Other Than Your Own
- Valuing Experience Over Potential
- Working 24/7
- Lack of Empathy
- Forgetting About Leadership Development
- Being Overly Conservative
- Permitting Negative Gossip
- Poor Communication of Strategy
- Close Mindedness
- Assigning Blame
- Being Too Slow to Adapt
Just remember, the professionals making the list know nothing about any of the Armstrongist leaders, which means that lack of professionalism is universal.
It may come as something as a shock that in this world, there are qualified, competent professionals who provide premier services and products for a reasonable price.
Nathan Weller is a consummate professional who works as a freelance blogger and content consultant for websites ranging in topic from Art, Graphic Design, Web Design, UX/UI, Freelancing, and (most prominently) WordPress. He has various projects, one of which is producing Divi Nation podcasts for Elegant Themes, a company which makes WordPress Themes, of which Divi is their premier product. Brian Gardner is the Founder of StudioPress and a partner at Rainmaker Digital.
Pay close attention to this recent video interview by these professionals and think about the vast difference between these people’s approaches versus how the so-called leadership of the Armstrong cults approach those they say they serve:
This gives an in-depth look at professionalism. Refreshing, isn’t it? Take a look again at success.com where it gives the 7 personality traits of a great leader:
- Learn to be Strong but not Impolite
- Learn to be Kind but not Weak
- Learn to be Bold but not a Bully
- Learn to be Humble but not Timid
- Learn to be Proud but not Arrogant
- Learn to develop Humor without Folly
- Learn to Deal in Realities
Isn’t that the kind of Professionalism you want to encounter?
If you want answers, ask an expert: Professionalism still exists in this world. You can trust that a professional will render the best possible advice honestly. It is a refreshing (and jolting) change from what we’ve come to expect after the cult experience of decades.
Unfortunately, you won’t find it among the Cult of Herbert Armstrong Mafia.