I think a little over-stated ... burning books always raises a warning flag for me.Or is he?
He seems on-brand.
Yeah I wondered that too. Why not join another church if you don't like the one you are in? Reform is one thing, but reforming it to something that is already available elsewhere just doesn't make sense.Herbert Armstrong had to constantly kick ministers out of his church who wanted to change it either to a Pentecostal church, or an Evangelical church (Tkach succeeded in the latter). I never understood it. There are tons of Pentecostal and Evangelical churches out there. If someone didn't like Mr. Armstrong's church, surely they could just join one of the many other Pentecostal and Evangelical churches. I didn't realize that I had already knew who Garner Ted was. He was somewhat famous in Nashville. Merle Haggard considered him to be one of his biggest influences.
What I was replying toIf you're just tilting at Catholicism:
Then I said:(Pity he's not more informed about the historical Catholic stance towards 'witchcraft', for example.)
When he started his first few congregations some members were trying to convert the church to Pentecostal congregations. Yes, speaking in tongues and holy roller actions. Such a huge leap for that church to try to take. I don't get it. I read part of Armstrong's autobiography and he brought up this issue.Yeah I wondered that too. Why not join another church if you don't like the one you are in? Reform is one thing, but reforming it to something that is already available elsewhere just doesn't make sense.
I don't think I knew about the Pentecostal movement within WWCG. What were people trying to do? Speaking in tongues, or having holy-roller actions in services?
Actually the ferocity meted out to supposed witches in the Middle Ages is from the reformation Churches – Protestants got caught up in the whole furore, the Catholic Church response was relatively enlightened.To me it seems he was continuing the ferocious Catholic stance against "witchcraft"
Witch hunts were actually quite popular in Rome before any Christian churches ever existed. I definitely agree that these witch hunts from the Catholic church are quite exaggerated.Actually the ferocity meted out to supposed witches in the Middle Ages is from the reformation Churches – Protestants got caught up in the whole furore, the Catholic Church response was relatively enlightened.
I can go through the history of the various statements on the matter if you like, but it's one of those things that in time gets exaggerated out of proportion.
I'm generalising, of course, but really if you talk of witch-hunts then you have Salem, Matthew Hopkins, the Witchfinder General, in England (in terms of wealth accrued from the prosection of witches, Hopkin was equivalent to Jeff Bezos or Elon Musk!) – Puritans or Reformers, not Catholic. The Catholics drew a distinction between 'witchcvraft' which they saw as a nonsense, and heresy, something more insidious.
There were abuses, of course, but the craze was really much more a Protestant thing.