Herbert Armstrong. Pioneer of Religious Broadcasting?

Much has been made of Herbert W. Armstrong’s early radio career. He and his followers have claimed that he was one of the first religious broadcasters, beginning his career in 1933. Since commercial radio broadcasting in the United States began in the early 1920’s, it seemed unlikely to me that he could be a pioneer in the field. Thanks to the Internet, it is easy to show that this claim of Armstrong’s, like many others, is a lie.

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The Broadcast

The Worldwide Church of God used radio and TV through out its existence as a recruitment tool, much as many cults and legitimate organizations do today.

Those who read The Plain Truth or listened to the broadcast were never subjected to the level of degradation reserved for church members. That would come later when the final phase of the recruitment process would result in their baptism.

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Herbert W. Armstrong: Racist

In the June-July 1981 issue of The Good News, there is an article titled “After 50 Years – Christ’s Apostle Still Ahead of His Time!” Like just about everything else published by the Worldwide Church of God about Herbert W. Armstrong, this is a lie. Herbert W. Armstrong was a man whose feet were firmly planted in the past. Within his church, Armstrong tried to re-create the world of his youth.

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Who was Herbert W. Armstrong?

Herbert Armstrong had a profound impact upon people in the Twentieth Century. He affected millions with his vision. He was personally known throughout the world by prominent leaders such as Indira Gandhi, Eisaku Sato, Anwar el-Sadat, Mrs. Golda Meir, Ferdinand Marcos, and Haile Selassie. He founded a Church which broadcast on Radio and later Television, founded The Plain Truth Magazine, established Ambassador College, and promulgated a unique doctrine of prophesies and the afterlife.

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