One of the great myths of the Worldwide Church of God was that the Book of Acts is the only book in the Bible without an ending. There was a reason for that, or maybe a couple of reasons, that the church ministry put forth. I heard this in Pasadena in class and preached from the pulpit.
Reason 1 (This one I had never heard before, but it does not surprise me)
I also remember hearing from the pulpit at AC BS that the Book of Acts was not complete and that the co-worker letters authored by HWA would be used to complete the book. Can you imagine the grotesque presumption that would lead someone to think that those blatant appeals for money would come up to the standard of the Book of Acts? (ht: NEO)
The Book of Acts has no ending because the lives of COG members would be recorded for holding fast to the faith once delivered. The inspiring stories of church members would be recorded for future generations.Can you imagine future generations reading about the corruption and abuse that COG ministers and leaders have dished out on people? Imagine reading the Acts of Dave Pack, or the Acts of Rod Meredith, or the Actis of Rod McNair, or the Acts of Bob Thiel. I can just picture people now saying, "I should have chosen the lake of fire over this malarkey!"
Acts only deals with Peter and Paul. It does not include any other apostles. There is nothing about Bartholomew or of Thomas and his supposed journey to what is now India. One would think that the stories of the two James who were the first two of the apostles to be martyred would be there. Nope, not a thing, but yet Herbert Armstrong and Dave Pack's writings will be included.
Imagine reading the Acts of Gerald Waterhouse or Acts of Vic Kubik. It makes me want to get a bottle of wine and some cheese and crackers and settle in for a good read. NOT!