For decades we have heard the stories of thousands who have left Armstrongism and how that action impacted their lives. One of the most shocking things many experienced was how fraudulent the friendships that they had with fellow church members actually were. The minute any one starts questioning the church, beliefs, the minister, or its doctrines those once "loyal" friends would instantly turn their backs on you.
Armstrongism has always been belief system that was based upon superficial appearances. It was vitally important to the church to be seen as special. Beautiful campuses, exquisite homes for leaders filled with gold, silver and the finest art. Impeccably dressed leaders pounding lecterns while living repugnant lifestyles. Beautiful videos, visually striking booklets and magazines, produced by some of the most morally and spiritually bankrupt men/churches imaginable. All utterly fake and insincere. Just like relationships.
Real friends stick by one another, regardless of the situation. Real friends would refuse to follow the admonition of lying fools who tell them to turn their backs on spouses, family and friends. Friendships in the Church of God have always been superficial. They never have been truly sincere and usually never deep. Deep abiding love is hard to find in the Church of God.
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