From: "Dr. Daffodil Swain" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, Sep 16, 2003
Evangelist Garner Ted Armstrong dies
Evangelist Garner Ted Armstrong, best known for
his "World Tomorrow"
program, died yesterday from complications from pneumonia at a hospital near
his home in Tyler, Texas. He was 73.
"I know that all of you prayed with all you
had as we did here, and
fully expected God's intervention," said Armstrong's son, Mark, in a
statement. "We cannot fully understand why the healing we begged for was not
granted. But God's thoughts are not our thoughts, and He has plans sometimes
that we as mortal humans cannot see."
Armstrong had been hospitalized since late last
month, and had
previously shown signs of improvement, according to a spokesman.
Armstrong was founder of the Intercontinental
Church of God and Garner
Ted Armstrong Evangelistic Association, and son of Worldwide Church of God
founder Herbert W. Armstrong, who died in 1986.
"I know that my dad fully expected that his
work will continue, and we
all have an enormous responsibility to make certain that his work has not
been in vain, and that his voice will not be silenced," Mark Armstrong said.
"His broadcasts will continue, his wisdom and his knowledge will constantly
be made available to the church and to the public at large in the unique way
only he has been able to explain and portray the truths of God."
"The World Tomorrow" broadcasts, which
aired in the U.S. and dozens of
other countries, focused on current news events in the light of biblical
prophecy, as it looked toward the "coming kingdom of God."
For more than four decades, Armstrong interviewed
many national and
world leaders. During the height of the Cold War, he proclaimed that the
Soviet Union was not the main worry to the United States, but warned that a
"United States of Europe" under German leadership was the real coming
He also was a strong voice against homosexuality,
being precluded in
recent years from broadcasting on some stations which disagreed with that
Regarding New York's new high school created specifically
homosexual students, Armstrong wrote on July 30:
"Can you imagine the shrieks of outrage from
liberals if some group
announced they were opening a new high school for 'straight kids only?'
Think about it."
Armstrong wrote dozens of articles and booklets
on a wide range of
subjects, arguing against the theory of evolution, against world government,
and he recently ripped those who keep suggesting Islam is a religion of
peace and not inherently tied to terrorism.
"Only a blithering fool can deny the connection,"
Armstrong wrote last
month. "Apparently, there are plenty of those in the U.N., and in many a
national government which struggles against terrorism."
He also believed the U.S. and Britain are the
leading powers in modern
times because they are recipients of ancient promises made by God to the
physical descendants of Israel, as he claims both countries trace their
lineage back to Israel's son Joseph of the Old Testament.
His published books include "The Real Jesus" and "Peter's Story."
Armstrong's theology differed from that of much
Christianity - or "churchianity" as he sometimes called it.
Among the biggest differences, Armstrong believed:
God is not a trinity, but rather a family currently
consisting of two
members (God the Father and Jesus Christ), with the potential of adding
countless numbers of humans born into that family in a future resurrection;
Christians should observe the weekly and annual
Sabbath days mentioned
in the Bible;
and Christians should abstain from holidays whose
traditions he said
were of pagan origin, including Easter and Christmas.
During a December interview with WorldNetDaily
on the history of the
winter holiday, Armstrong stood by his long-running statement that "it is
impossible to 'put Christ back in Christmas,' since He was never in
Christmas in the first place!"
"It would be a sin for me [to celebrate Christmas],
but it doesn't
mean it's the unpardonable sin," Armstrong said, stressing he didn't feel at
all threatened by the holiday.
"I have no more difficulty walking through
Beijing at the Chinese New
Year and seeing the dragons and fireworks. It doesn't affect me. ... [the
Apostle] Paul says the idol is nothing."
Born in Portland, Ore., in 1930, Armstrong was
raised in Eugene before
joining the Navy, graduating from college, and embarking in a career in
evangelism and analysis of current events in the mid-1950s.
According to the Tyler Morning Telegraph, "Armstrong
was seen by an
estimated 20 million Americans weekly on television and his radio show was
broadcast in five languages to every inhabited continent on more than 300
From: "ghost" <email@example.com>
Didn't Daddy kick him out of the church for porking some choir bimbo?
It was a sad day for me when they took down the "World
Tomorrow" kiosks in
the Port Authority bus terminal... that slick little rag set the STANDARD
for the DELIBERATE OVERUSE of CAPITALIZATION.
Of course, in the one TRUE Church©, you don't get
kicked out... you get
From: nenslo <nenslo@yahooX.com>
That must be the fifth person named Garner to die this
month! This is
really getting creepy!
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