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The Armstrong Cult

Founded in 1934 by Herbert W. Armstrong as a radio ministry named Radio Church of God, the WCG under Armstrong had a significant, and often controversial, influence on 20th century religious broadcasting and publishing in the United States and Europe, especially in the field of interpreting biblical end-time prophecies. Within a few years after Armstrong's death in 1986, the succeeding church administration, led first by Joseph W. Tkach, Sr. and then his son, Joseph Tkach, Jr., transformed the denomination's doctrines and teachings to be compatible with mainstream Evangelical Christianity. As a result, the WCG experienced schisms when some members and ministers formed churches that conformed to most, if not all, of Armstrong's teachings.

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