We the editors of Armstrong Delusion boast an extensive history in the Churches of God, and specifically the PCG and WCG. We spent decades as staunch supporters of the “Work of God” and “The Plain Truth”…but our zeal backfired when we enthusiastically applied the oft-repeated admonitions to “prove all things.” We believed, and still believe, that “by their fruits ye shall know them”, and we took to heart Mr. Armstrong’s admonition to not believe him, but believe the Bible. We researched, studied, prayed and fasted, but the more we reviewed the doctrines, history, policies, teachings and politics of the Armstrongist movement, the more we realized there was only one possible action if we were to retain any moral or intellectual integrity: we had to leave.
In the intervening years we’ve been liberated by this search for truth, and our passion for knowledge and real understanding of the universe and the world has only expanded since those terrible dark days of disillusionment and moral quandary. And while each of us now lives a busy, complex, fulfilling life, many of our family members remain inured in the PCG dogmatism; they have fallen prey to the ‘no contact’ policies, intellectual oppression and financial vampirism practiced by Mr. Flurry and his top aides, and because of this we each have a very personal vested interest in helping people who are on the verge of liberation, but remain immobile due to the baseless fears which have been insinuated into their minds. In this blog we seek to provide only fact-based, logical argumentation–reinforced by the years of research which we have already invested. It may be a cliche, but the truth really does have the power to set people free–if only they will open their eyes and apply reason and logic to their decisions.
Remember how the church encourages you to dig deep, to prove all things, to test the spirits, to judge by fruits, to learn from history—from the church’s own history? If you have, then you’ll recognize your own studies in what we have to say. If not, then read on and be encouraged to conduct your own research and SEE those fruits for what they are; the mind is a marvelous device, and those powers of rational thought and deduction should not lie dormant while we allow others to do our thinking for us. We know where you’re coming from, and we’re here to help.