In the never ending list of excuses that COG members come up with in order to legitimize HWA, King adds his point of view.
What we must remember is the fact that God did not call Mr. H.W.Armstrong to be a “prophet”, God called Mr. H.W.Armstrong to be an APOSTLE. It is true that Mr. H.W.Armstrong longed for the appearing of his savior, Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul during the New Testament era felt that he might see the return of Christ Jesus in his day. Apostle Paul wrote in terms of disciples “longing for His appearing”. This is something that all true Christians do. So we must understand that what Mr. H.W.Armstrong spoke about regarding these types of issues should more appropriately be called “predictions” and NOT prophecies. Speculation is not a sin.As many of you know I too believe in the soon coming of our Lord and Savior but I do not believe in date setting nor did Mr. H.W.Armstrong. I also make “predictions” based on Biblical prophecies and current world events. I also know that God has given me the gift a “spiritual discernment”. Many of my predictions have come true. I am not a prophet nor do I claim to be.
In the typical style of all Church of God failed prophets, when the event does not happen it has to be "spiritualized." So when HWA's 1971, 72, 75, prophecies did not happen as predicted, they had to be made into spiritual events. Instead of widespread famine in the U.S., there was a famine of the word. Only in Armstrongism can its god be such a weak impotent thing that it continually looses its message and truth.
The tribulation that HWA constantly railed on and on about never happened in 1972/75 but was spiritualized into a mini-tribulation of the "work."
Yes, even apostles can make mistakes. When we look at some of the great men and women of the Bible we find that they made mistakes. It has been stated; “Great men tend to have great sins”. Look at Solomon and King David…wow! So we should not be surprised that the latter day apostle made some mistakes. God always allows this so that we do not fall into the “worship of men”.
There's that "testy" god again playing his cosmic joke upon the COG. No matter what you do you will never be right. It really doesn't matter what the apostle or prophet said or did, it was all a test to see how you would react. Your leader can lie though his teeth, but it's your fault that you caught him lying. God was testing you to see how you submit to authority. Since the liar is over you, you must remain under his authority event though you know he is wrong. That "testy" god will take care of him in the end.