Was Herbert Armstrong a False Prophet?

False Prophet Hall of Shame: Herbert W. Armstrong

Herbert W. Armstrong (1892-1986)

The Worldwide Church of God, under Herbert W. Armstrong, denounced all trinitarians as false prophets. They also denounce all other churches as preaching a false gospel and a false Christ. They accuse others of “stupendous errors,” “false conceptions,” and “spiritual blindness.”

When a cultists believe they alone are God’s people, then it follows most logically that whatever they believe must be truths from God. All who disagree with them are viewed as lost or deceived. Their belief that they have an exclusive corner on truth leads them to think they also have an exclusive corner on salvation.

The Motivation of the False Prophet Is Money:

Micah 3:11 Her leaders judge for a bribe, her priests teach for a price, and her prophets tell fortunes for money. Yet they lean upon the LORD and say, “Is not the LORD among us? No disaster will come upon us.”

Many Prefer The False Prophet:

2 Tim 4:2 Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage–with great patience and careful instruction.
3 For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.
4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.

The Fate Of False Prophets And Those Who Follow Them:

Jer 14:14 Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.
15 Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that prophesy in my name, and I sent them not, yet they say, Sword and famine shall not be in this land; By sword and famine shall those prophets be consumed.
16 And the people to whom they prophesy shall be cast out in the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and the sword; and they shall have none to bury them, them, their wives, nor their sons, nor their daughters: for I will pour their wickedness upon them.


Dixon wrote:
‘I don’t think Herbert Armstrong was a prophet, therefore I don’t think he could have been a true or false prophet.’

The Painful Truth answers:

And there are more comments from Armstrong himself expressing that he indeed
was sent by God and had the gift of prophecy.

Let’s be honest here. Should we take Armstrong at his word?



“What a stupendous, what an incomprehensible machine is man! Who can endure toil, famine, stripes, imprisonment & death itself in vindication of his own liberty, and the next moment . . . inflict on his fellow men a bondage, one hour of which is fraught with more misery than ages of that which he rose in rebellion to oppose.
– “Thomas Jefferson to Jean Nicholas Demeunier, January 24, 1786