The LORD of hosts is His name; great in counsel and mighty in deed, whose eyes are open to all the ways of the sons of men, giving to everyone according to his ways and according to the fruit of his deeds.
Among the many stories relayed to me by members and former members of the Worldwide Church of God, the following one is among the strangest. Whether it has any relevance or not I am not sure but I decided to leave it in for the novelty of it. In January 1986 a Seventh-Day Adventist nurse was routinely doing her work at Martin Luther King General/Drew Medical Center hospital in Los Angeles.
Attached to the main hospital is Augusta Hawkins Psychiatric Hospital. Many psychotic patients were admitted to these hospital wards during this time. On this day there was an unusually hysterical patient screaming in torment down the hallway from the nurse’s station. One nurse there became so intimidated by the man’s screaming that she avoided walking into the man’s room, in spite of the fact that he had been restrained to his bed and drugged.
To his attending nurse he looked up and shouted, “I am going to go down under!” When the nurse asked him, “Where’s down under?” he shouted back, “I am Herbert W. Armstrong and I am going to go to hell!” Two days later, the nurses discovered that Herbert W. Armstrong had indeed died in his Pasadena home. The nurse, who had been too intimidated to go into the man’s room, had once been a member of the Worldwide Church of God.
“Daughter Of Babylon, The True History of The Worldwide Church of God”
Mr. Renehan is understandably intrigued by the story. He calls it “strange” and leaves it at that. But what he does not know is that the phenomenon of transmigration of human consciousness out of the body and even into those of animals or of other, usual mentally disturbed, human beings, has been repeatedly documented.
The great American-Indian scholar Vine Deloria, Jr. discussed the phenomenon in several of his articles, some of which are available on the Internet. He argues that a scientific basis for the phenomenon exists in the fact that human memory is an organized bundle of electromagnetic energy and that any such energy by its very nature is capable of being transmitted and received.
Just think of the truly divine appropriateness of such a punishment. Here is Herbert, who for 52 unrepentant years denied the very possibility that any human being could have a soul or experience life after death, unless he turned over all his blood and sweat earned wealth to Herbert himself.
Herbert also denied the very possibility of any “Hell” after death, except for all of humanity who would continue to deny to worship him as Christ’s eventual Senior Human God Number One. And now we find that Herbert may very well indeed have left a Last Message for All His Followers; a very last message as to what he finally found in the afterlife. He finally gave his One True Witness at the very end after all. For once in his life, he finally told the truth, though it was after his own conventional mortal death. He finally had one true revelation from God after all. And what was it? “I’m Herbert Armstrong and I am going to go to hell.”