Early Writings of Herbert W. Armstrong
Public Domain Articles Written, 1928-1953
By Herbert W. Armstrong
Edited by Richard C. Nickels

About This Book | Foreword | About the Editor | About the Author | Acknowledgments

Table of Contents

What is Faith?
Faith is the assurance that God will fulfill His promises. Faith is God's gift, the faith of Jesus living in us, not just faith in Jesus. What Kind of Faith is Required for Salvation? Living faith, the gift of God, produces good works, the keeping of God's Law. The doers of the word, and not the hearers only, have the faith required for salvation. Dead faith, without obedience, is not saving faith.

Does God Heal Today?
The day of miracles is not past. God is the only real physician. Modern medicine has a pagan origin and can become idolatry. Healing is the forgiveness of sin, something only God can do. Christ's death paid for our sins; it is God's will that we be healed. We do need natural doctors. Let the elders of the church anoint and pray over the sick, and leave the way and the time for healing to God.

Divorce and Remarriage
Divorce and remarriage is America's national sin. God holds the ministers to blame for not telling the nation His Truth. God, not man, joins husband and wife together. God's Laws of Marriage apply to all peoples and races. Jesus said whosoever puts away his wife, except for fornication (illicit sex before marriage), and marries another, commits adultery. Thus, adultery is not the Bible grounds for divorce. Many divorced and remarried people are living in adultery, and must not continue to sin.

Fundamentals of Belief
Twenty basic doctrinal beliefs of the Radio Church of God, including the Holy Spirit, Nature of Man, Passover, Sabbath, Holy Days, Clean and Unclean Foods, Carnal Warfare, Church of God and its Mission, Resurrections, and Return of Christ.

Did Christ Reorganize The Church?
The Church is a spiritual organism, not an organization of men. Most churches today are organized according to a Gentile form of government, contrary to God's instructions. The 12, 7, and 70 were not to continue on to our time. Church organization has split up and divided the Church of God. We should come out of Babylon.

Why Should We Have Churches?
Human government is based on Nimrod's example of men ruling over other men. God's government is totally different. The function of the New Testament Church is to Spread the Gospel, and Feed the Flock. Which Day is the Sabbath of the New Testament? This article is an examination of the eight New Testament texts where the phrase, "first day of the week," is mentioned, contrasted with New Testament references to the seventh day Sabbath.

The Sabbath A Perpetual Covenant
The Sabbath Covenant is not part of the Law of Moses. The Sabbath is a sign between God and His people, Israel.

Does Easter Really Commemorate the Resurrection? Gives Bible proof that Jesus really was in the grave exactly three days and three nights, that the crucifixion was on Wednesday, and the resurrection was late on Sabbath, not Sunday morning.

The Plain Truth About Christmas!
Christmas is a pagan, not a Christian, festival. It is not Christ's birthday, but a continuation of the old Roman feast of the birth of Sol, the sun. Christmas was not observed by professing Christians for the first 200-300 years.

When, and How Often Should We Observe the Lord's Supper?
How the Lord's Supper should be observed.

LORD'S SUPPER -- Shall We Take It On the Eve of 14th, or 15th?
The Christian Passover should be observed annually, on the beginning of Abib 14.

How to Figure Pentecost
The Feast of Pentecost is always on a Monday, fifty days from the Sunday after the Sabbath during the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

Beautiful Secluded Mountain Resort Taken Over for Feast of Tabernacles
Description of Belknap Springs, Oregon, 1945 Feast of Tabernacles site. Explanation of Second Tithe to finance the spiritual festivals.

Do You Want the Baptism With Fire?
Are You Sure You Know What It Is? The "baptism with fire" is God's judgment on rebellious sinners, the stubble (chaff, tares) to be burned up.

Tongues: Is the Pentecost Experience Being Repeated Today?
"Speaking in tongues" is not the Bible evidence of the baptism with the Holy Ghost. It is everyone hearing the speaker in their own language. Acts 2 was a unique experience in history.

The Kingdom - Bible Study Quarterly
The Kingdom of God is God's government on this earth, to be established by Christ as His Second Coming. The purpose of Christian life is to prepare us for positions of responsibility in the Kingdom.

The Truth About Israel
Bible Study Quarterly Britain and America are descended from the House of Israel. This truth about Israel is a key to understanding Bible prophecy.

The United States and Britain in Prophecy
The 1945 version of Herbert W. Armstrong's most well-known book. The United States and Britain are largely descendants from the "Lost" Ten Tribes of Israel.

The Key to the Book of Revelation
The keynote of Revelation is the Day of the Lord, and is to be understood by His people. The seven seals cover the entire book. The Olivet prophecy of Jesus in Matthew 24 is the key that unlocks the seals of Revelation: (1) false prophets, (2) wars, (3) famines, (4) pestilences, (5) Great Tribulation, (6) Heavenly signs, (7) Day of the Lord (seven trumpets, the seventh of which is the seven last plagues). The Tribulation is NOT the Day of the Lord.

Editorial, February, 1934, Plain Truth
The Truth of God is simple and plain, not hard and difficult, to understand. One must have a willing attitude to be corrected.

Editorial, March, 1938, Plain Truth
Truth can come only through love. Doctrine should not be the basis for church fellowship.

April 10, 1943 Letter
The World Tomorrow program is a necessary part of America's war effort. Unless our people repent of their wrong ways of living contrary to God's ways, God will not permit us to win the war.

April 12, 1943 Co-Worker Letter
There is a movement to shut the Gospel broadcast off the air. We are shouting the last warning message to America. Prophecy says that we shall lose this war unless we repent and turn to God and put our trust in Him. Give to God's Work as quickly as you can.

Co-Workers' Bulletin, November 29, 1946
The importance of education. Opening of Ambassador College in Pasadena, California.

The Importance of Fasting
There are two vital reasons for occasional fasting: health and physical fitness, and spiritual reviving. When you fast, spend a third of your time studying the Bible, a third of your time in meditation, and a third of your time in prayer on your knees. Fasting and prayer open the lines of communication with God, allowing Him to talk with you.

Ten Simple Rules That Lead to Health
Health principles based on the Bible.

Can a Sabbath-Keeper Believe in Evolution?
Evolution is the opposite of faith in God.

Constitution of the Radio Church of God
Key points: Herbert W. Armstrong has been called by divine authority to hold office perpetually; basic doctrine is a plain and literal understanding of the Bible; basis for fellowship is LOVE; dismissal of members only after a public meeting and approval of the pastor and two thirds of the members present.

Which Day is the Sabbath of the New Testament?
An expose of the Biblical Sabbath and its New Testament relevance

Appendix A
Technical Notes

Appendix B
Comments by Richard C. Nickels

Appendix C
Biography of Herbert W. Armstrong

To obtain a printed copy of the book, "Early Writings of Herbert W. Armstrong," write to: Giving & Sharing, PO Box 100, Neck City, MO 64849.


Thanks to Raymond C. Cole, who gave me access to his personal library, including copies of Herbert Armstrong's early writings. Thanks to my daughters Rachel and Amanda, as well as John Guffey, for typing many of these articles. Thanks to our proofreaders, who wish to remain anonymous. Above all, I give praise and thanks to the Almighty Creator who revealed His truths to fallible human beings such as ourselves. May we be faithful stewards of His Grace and Truth.

Why This Book Was Written

Remember the days of old; consider the generations long past. Deuteronomy 32:7

The sayings of old, which we have heard and known, and which our fathers have told us, we will not hide them from our children. Psalm 78:2-4

. . . ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. Jude 3.

How To Obtain a Copy of This Book

The articles re-published in this book are all in the public domain. They may be copied and distributed by any person. For a printed copy of this book, or a computer disk, please write:

Giving & Sharing P.O. Box 100, Neck City, Missouri 64849 United States of America

Foreword by Richard C. Nickels

In the summer of 1961, my father and I cleared a wooded lot on the Oregon coast, and began construction of a new home for our family. Each night, we slept in a construction shack, and listened to the radio. We were introduced to Herbert W. Armstrong, and the "World Tomorrow" radio broadcast, via radio station KGO San Francisco, which came in loud and clear at night. Dad and I talked about Armstrong's religious message, and studied the Bible together. In the years to follow, we became avid subscribers to The Plain Truth magazine, and eager readers of all of the literature produced by the Radio (later renamed "Worldwide") Church of God.

In 1967, my parents and I visited the Church's Ambassador College in Pasadena, California. And, in 1969, I was baptized, and became a member of the Worldwide Church of God. From 1971-1973, I was an employee of the Church at Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin; Big Sandy, Texas; and Pasadena, California, where I was Administrative Assistant to Raymond C. Cole in Church Administration. Mr. Cole was one of the original graduates of Ambassador College. My office was just a few doors down the hall from Herbert W. Armstrong. I became intimately involved in the Church's work. I assisted Armstrong on an article published in The Good News magazine.

However, in 1974, the Church began a process of major doctrinal change, which accelerated after the death of Herbert W. Armstrong in 1986. Since 1978, I have been independent of church organizations, and seek to study God's Word and share it with others through Giving & Sharing, a non-profit bookstore.

One of my most precious treasures have been the Bible Truths that I have learned through the teachings of Herbert W. Armstrong. When I worked for Raymond Cole, I copied original articles written by Herbert Armstrong, which were in Mr. Cole's personal library. These articles were suppressed and buried by the Worldwide Church of God, in an attempt to destroy the Church's historical doctrines. As early as 1973, members were told to burn copies of certain articles, as the Church veered towards a liberal doctrinal position. I later discovered that all of the early articles were originally published without copyright. Since I continue to believe these eloquently powerful presentations of Biblical Truth, why not make them available once again, to the whole world?

I realize that in publishing this material, I may receive a great deal of criticism. Some might say, "You are worshipping a man." I recognize many of the shortcomings of Herbert Armstrong, and I abhor his sins. But, I love the man who, in spite of his human frailties, taught the Truth of the Almighty in a most powerful and unique way. I have learned many Bible Truths through Herbert Armstrong. He always preached, "don't believe me because I say something, believe what you prove from the Bible!" Armstrong helped me to lay my foundation on the Messiah, not on an organization of men.

"Armstrong's corrupt lifestyle invalidates his message," some are saying. That is a foolish statement. Do the sins of David and Solomon invalidate their inspired teachings, which are part of the Bible? We should judge a minister's teaching by the Bible, not by his own personal sins. In the vast majority of cases, the original doctrines taught by Herbert W. Armstrong have stood the test of time. Unfortunately, in his later years, Armstrong departed from his own teachings in a number of key areas: church government, divorce and remarriage, and healing. Personal Bible study has convinced me that Herbert Armstrong initially preached more Bible Truth than a trainload of "orthodox" Christian ministers. His speaking, and writing, style was dynamic, interesting to the average person, plain and simple, to the point, and above all, solidly based on the Bible.

The core teaching of Herbert W. Armstrong can be summed up in one word: FAITH. Armstrong defined faith in God, made faith plain and understandable, and showed how faith and works are one characteristic, that we need to have faith in God to be healed, that we should be faithful in marriage, that we need to trust the Savior to run His Church, that the Sabbath is a test of faith, that we can faithfully trust Christ when He said He would be three days and three nights in the grave before His resurrection, that God has not cast off His people Israel today, and that we in faith look forward to the return of the Messiah and the establishment of the Kingdom of God on this earth, the World Tomorrow. The world is on the verge of end time wars, earthquakes, famines, disease epidemics, and martyrdom of God's people. FAITH is the missing ingredient that we need to carry us through to the return of our Savior, to overcome all and to endure to the end. Herbert W. Armstrong was indeed an apostle of faith.

All the articles in this book are in the public domain. They were written by Herbert W. Armstrong from 1928-1953. I have attempted to preserve them as close as possible to their original form, including following Armstrong's custom of frequent use of CAPITALIZATION and italics for emphasis. For consistency, I have spelled out all Scripture references with bold type. I have not reproduced many early articles on prophecy, because Armstrong made a number of prophetic predictions which failed to come to pass.

Appendix A, Technical Notes, gives information regarding the condition of the original documents I used. In the Appendix B, Comments, section, I have given my understanding on some of the major articles in this book. Finally, in Appendix C, Biography of Herbert W. Armstrong, are little-known facts about the life of Armstrong. This book is not a monument to Herbert W. Armstrong. Instead, it is a memorial to the Eternal, whose Word is the foundation of knowledge, and to His scattered people, who have not bowed the knee to Baal.

Richard C. Nickels, 3316 Alberta Drive, Gillette, Wyoming 82718

About the Editor

Richard C. Nickels (1947- ), a native of Oregon, has also lived in Texas, California, Missouri, Washington, and Wyoming. He and his wife Shirley have three children: Barbara, Rachel and Amanda. An accountant and computer consultant, Nickels currently works for a major coal mining company in Gillette, Wyoming. He is a graduate of Linfield College (BA, 1969, Summa Cum Laude).

Richard Nickels became a World Tomorrow broadcast listener in 1961, was baptized in 1969, and was employed by the Worldwide Church of God from 1971-1973 in festival site construction and church administration. Since 1978, he has written numerous articles and books for Giving & Sharing, a non-profit mail order bookstore serving Sabbath-keepers around the world. These include History of the Seventh Day Church of God, Six Papers on the History of the Church of God, Biblical Holy Days, Biblical Law, Biblical Health and Healing, Biblical Doctrine, Bible Studies, Newsletters, and other articles.

By the grace of God, Richard Nickels has learned much of his understanding of the Bible through the teaching of Herbert W. Armstrong. This compilation of Armstrong's early writings is a tribute to the Almighty, who has restored much of His Truth in the end time. In his later years, Herbert W. Armstrong strayed from many foundational principles he originally taught. Richard Nickels hopes that the publication of Early Writings of Herbert W. Armstrong will serve to preserve the legacy of revealed Truth.

About this Book

Early Writings of Herbert W. Armstrong is a compilation of public domain articles, written from 1928-1953. Armstrong's doctrinal teachings are hard-hitting, and frequently are diametrically opposed to orthodox Protestant beliefs. Drawing from a straightforward understanding of the Bible, unfettered by theological nitpicking, Herbert W. Armstrong presents the plain truth of Scripture on a variety of practical Christian topics. His masterpieces, including What Is Faith? Does God Heal Today? and Divorce and Remarriage, provide a solid foundation for the true believer who seeks to live by the Almighty's faith.

The purpose of reproducing these vital articles is to encourage the Church of God to renew its zeal during this time of luke warmness. May we all earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered to the saints.

About the Author

Herbert W. Armstrong (1892-1986) was the most famous Sabbath-keeping Christian minister of the Twentieth Century. Baptized in 1927, Armstrong was ordained an elder by the Oregon Conference of the Church of God, Seventh Day, in 1931. In 1934, Armstrong launched an independent radio work, on radio station KORE, Eugene, Oregon, which became known as The World Tomorrow, and began publishing The Plain Truth magazine. In 1947, he moved his Church's headquarters to Pasadena, California. The Sabbath-keeping church he founded, the Radio Church of God (renamed Worldwide Church of God in 1968), grew to a worldwide membership of over 100,000.

The worldwide printing and radio and television broadcasting sponsored by the church grew to reach an audience of many millions. Its wide appeal was no doubt due in part to Armstrong's advertising skills, and his unique ability to present complex Biblical truths in a simple, yet interesting, manner. While many lay members would not tolerate corrective Bible teaching from their own minister, they would nevertheless listen to Herbert Armstrong's captivating radio voice. Many of his early articles were transcribed from radio broadcasts.

Armstrong married Loma Dillon in 1917. The Armstrong's had four children: Beverly (1918-1992), Dorothy (1920- ), Richard David (1928-1958), and Garner Ted (1930- ). Loma Armstrong died in 1967. Richard David died as the result of a tragic car accident. In 1978, Garner Ted Armstrong was expelled from the Worldwide Church of God and began his own organization, Church of God International. In 1986, Herbert W. Armstrong died, passing the leadership of the Worldwide Church of God to Joseph W. Tkach. The vast majority of the teachings in Early Writings of Herbert W. Armstrong, are no longer held by the Church.

For a listing of Herbert W. Armstrong’s Co-Worker Letters, 1938-1948, please click here.

For additional articles of Herbert W. Armstrong please click here.

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