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Armstrong shouldn't be completely discounted

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Submitted by Stephen Phillips (United States), Dec 20, 2006 at 14:50

I know all about the errors of Herbert W. Armstrong and I'm still a member of the church that he led. Regardless of his truths or errors the english speaking people are still the "lost tribes of Israel." People tend to throw the baby out with the bath water when they confront a few errors. As far as interpretations are concerned, I haven't used my own interpretations in years. God has given me enough wisdom to know that only the bible can interpret the bible.

By the way, I recently discovered that the "lost tribes" theory didn't come from Herbert W. It came from some ministers from the 19th century. Also, the bible is often precise in its identification of nations. I've studied this prophecy business for 30 years and at least 85 percent of what Herbert W. taught about is true. I already know I'm going to be "written off" and minimized by quite a few people on this blog for my beliefs. That's a shame because WWIII is getting ready to jump off and most people are asleep and want to remain that way. I don't understand how the bible is about 1/3 prophecy and most Christians don't know it. Or even care. I'm sure God didn't put all that prophecy in the bible to be overlooked. And God is such a great God that he removes all doubts about what he teaches. So Herbert W. doesn't convince me of the truth of prophecy, God does. One other thing I've noticed in recent years is that most Christians don't know God at all! They don't even read their bibles if they own one.

J.M. this stuff is not directed at you necessarily. I'm just summing up some things I've wanted to say all week so bear with me.

Most Christians are swayed by things like "Left behind", "The Da Vinci Code" and "the rapture" because they're too lazy to read their bibles and find out the truth. This is one reason why so many Christians think that God is so "loving" that he would never punish man. Well God is gentle and kind and also a fierce warrior. Just look in the old testament. And for those who think that Jesus is a wimpy hippie look in the book of Revelation and read about the second coming. The first thing Jesus is going to do is fight and destroy the nations. I mention all this harsh stuff because I want Christians and others to wake up. This is not a time for "lip service religion" but a time of warning and searching for the truth. I can see millions of Christians losing the faith in the hard times because they never read their bibles and got to know their God. I read his word and I know him well. And he sends blessing and cursing. God sent the Asian tsunami of 2004, Hurricane Katrina, 9-11, and all kinds of other disasters and he remains perfect and loving for all eternity....

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