Monday, September 16, 2013

10 years ago: Garner Ted Armstrong goes to the "Wonderful World Tomorrow"

On September 15, 2003, Garner Ted Armstrong, the second son of Worldwide Church of God founder Herbert W. Armstrong, died at the age of 73. The WCG, founded as the Radio Church of God by Herbert W. in 1933, was a hodgepodge of various false doctrines that added up to a false gospel that could prove quite deceptive to those not steeped in Biblical truth (see my previous post on the death of Herbert W. Armstrong for more on the Worldwide Church of God and its derivatives). In the 1960s Garner Ted took over from his father as host of the WCG's radio and television programs titled The World Tomorrow, and was editor-in-chief of The Plain Truth magazine. Garner Ted was a more dynamic and telegenic speaker than Herbert W., and the programs' popularity increased during the years when Garner Ted was the host.

"Mr. Ted Armstrong," as WCG members referred to him--Herbert W. was "Mr. Armstrong"--was known to indulge in fornication. Mr. Armstrong ignored his son's sins for years, but in a 1978 power struggle, used Mr. Ted Armstrong's immorality and differences in opinion over the direction of the church as excuses for removing him from his positions with the WCG.

After his forced exit from the WCG, Garner Ted Armstrong founded the Church of God, International, based in Tyler, Texas, but was forced to leave in January 1998 after numerous verified instances of being caught with his pants down. He remained in Tyler and founded the Intercontinental Church of God (also based in Tyler), which he was leading at the time of his death.

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