shamelessly used double-talk

The Error

Phillip Arnn, interview by Dr. D. James Kennedy, "Truths That Transform," Coral Ridge Ministries radio program, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 1993:
"In our opinion, the leadership [of the WCG] is caught between a rock and a hard place. Many of their top ministers are attending bible schools outside of the church and are being exposed to orthodox theology. They are bringing these doctrines, these new doctrinal understandings, back into the church and actually changing church doctrine — the doctrine of who God is, the doctrine of 'born again' — these have all been changed to conform more with orthodox Christian thinking.

"So we applaud them for their research and their understanding. But at the same time, to make such a drastic change, they are concerned that they're going to lose a lot of members, 'cause these are 180 degrees opposite of what they have always taught. So they are actually telling the members that they are not making any changes whatsoever, but that they're just explaining the old doctrines in a different way."

"So they're having to use a different language with the membership than they are with the orthodox Christian community. And we can understand their position."

David Hulme, letter to James Walker of the Watchman Fellowship, August 3, 1993:
"With regard to the current issue of your publication ... the headlines on the lower front cover, 'Insiders Report: Worldwide poised to adopt Doctrine of the Trinity,' and on page 3, 'Worldwide Church of God Accepts Trinity Doctrine,' do not reflect the vital distinctions and definitions that have been made."

"It is no secret that Mr. Tkach wants to improve the doctrines of the Church wherever this is necessary. Neither is it a secret that some splinter groups have been formed.�There is a sensitive way of presenting this material to the members so as not to encourage them into the arms of splinter groups."

"You are torpedoing the efforts of the Church to present the truth in the right way."

Josh McDowell and Don Stewart, The Deceivers: What Cults Believe/How They Lure Followers, 1992:
"We frankly are troubled by what appears to be a double standard in the Worldwide Church of God material." (p. 286)

Michael Snyder, assistant to David Hulme, interview with WMUZ radio, Detroit, Michigan, December 13, 1991:
"We have found that we have used certain language in the past that didn't really describe what we believed and we have attached our own internal meanings to them.... And so we have, as a result of discussions with Dr. Tucker and other people, re-evaluated certain things."

The Truth

Herbert W. Armstrong, "Communism, 'Christianity,' and Double Talk," Plain Truth, February 1962:
"What in the world could COMMUNISM have in common with interpreting the Bible? A great deal — only, very few have ever recognized it."

"Among other things, realized by too few, Communisim is a system of double-talk. Interpreting the Bible, likewise, is a system of double-talk!"

"They use the trick of having one oppostie meaning for a word to them, and another, but natural and normal meaning to us, in order to deceive us into letting them destroy and conquer us!"

"The 'Communist Party' is merely a trick term to pull the wool over our eyes and deceive us — a means of getting a fifth column into our midst — of getting the ENEMY'S GOVERNMENT into our very midst, leading us to accept it as part of OUR government. Its only object is to DESTROY our government."

"Now notice the similarity between a method of organized religion, labeling itself 'Christian,' and this method of Communist propagandists."

"Now in the Bible God uses words to mean what they say."

"Nowhere does the Bible deceive or resort to double talk!"

"Organized 'Christianity' uses satanic double talk to pervert God's Word — to deceive people into accepting a meaning utterly different than the Bible plainly SAYS."

"To interpret the Bible is to put a different meaning on its words — to resort to diabolical, satanic, deceptive DOUBLE TALK."

"Interpreting the Bible is putting your own meaning into it, instead of receiving out of it GOD'S intended meaning. It is a method of saying to people: 'The Bible doesn't mean what it says. God is a liar. You must believe what I tell you — what I make God's words mean. Believe ME, not God.'"

"To INTERPRET the Bible is to use the satanic, diabolical, deceiving methods of Satan and of Communism. It is a means of LYING.

"WE NEVER INTERPRET THE BIBILE. The Plain Truth makes the Bible — which is Truth — PLAIN, because we know it means what it says, and says what it means."

Herbert W. Armstrong, "Why Churches Are Divided," Plain Truth, March 1982:
"When I read Romans 6:23, I stared at that verse in my Bible in shocked, incredible desbelief! It said, 'For the wages of sin is DEATH; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.'"

"I learned that many Protestants INTERPRET that verse — that is, they PUT A DIFFERENT MEANING INTO IT. They change the meaning of the words. They manufacture a new definition of the word death. They define death to mean 'separation from God.'"

Herbert W. Armstrong, "Just What Do You Mean — Born Again!," Plain Truth, February 1962:
"It's about time the TRUTH of what Jesus Christ meant by being 'born again' is made so plain you will UNDERSTAND!"

"God intends us to understand! YOUR BIBLE makes it PLAIN — yes, the PLAIN TRUTH — if you will only quit 'interpreting,' reading into it a supposed meaning carelessly assumed because it has been popularly taught — or representing it as a system of double-talk in which words do not mean what they say."

Herbert W. Armstrong, "If You Had Lived in the Time of Christ," Good News, October-November 1983:
"Any who are teaching things different from CHRIST'S OWN GOSPEL ... will naturally disagree, oppose this true message, probably accuse us, today, of being false prophets.

"They may even attempt to discredit — to impute evil and diabolical motives — to accuse of dishonesty — to try to assassinate character. Possibly they will malign, impugn, use every psychological trick to set up PREJUDICE, so that you won't listen or check up, for yourself, in your own Bible!"

"BELIEVE GOD'S WORD, regardless of men."

Herbert W. Armstrong, Autobiography of Herbert W. Armstrong: Volume 1:
"Immediately I set out to develop a distinct and effective style. It had to be fast-moving, vigorous, yet simple, interesting, making the message plain and UNDERSTANDABLE."

"Some speakers and writers seem to think they impress their audiences or readers by their ability to use big words beyond the comprehension of the audience. Others succumb to the temptation to become too 'scholarly,' speaking over the minds of their hearers — but never plainly into their minds."

"In any event, this early training resulted in literally thousands of letters during recent years from radio listeners and readers of The Plain Truth, saying that the FACTS are being made more plain, more clear and understandable than they ever heard them before!"

"But there is another principle ... even more important than any of these. That is to be honest — to stick to the TRUTH!" (pp. 62, 66, 67)

King James Version of the Holy Bible:
2 Corinthians 4:1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;
2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.

Ephesians 4:14 Henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.

Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

1 Timothy 3:8 Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued.

2 Timothy 2:16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
17 And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;
18 Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.

Titus 1:10 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision:
11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake.
12 One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.
13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;
14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.

2 Peter 2:18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity [NKJV: great swelling words of emptiness], they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.

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