The Enduring Legacy of Herbert & Loma Armstrong

To many, Herbert W. Armstrong was a familiar and distinctive voice on nightly radio, but little more besides. To others he was the preeminent symbol of loathsome cults who threatened beloved Christian traditions. To still others he was the catalyst for dramatic life change – changes that affected them in ways that for better or for worse, could never be erased.


About Herbert W. Armstrong

Many of those who were affected by his work in some way since the early 1930s are ashamed that they ever responded to his message at all. Others still hold loosely to some version of what they first learned through him. But some few continue in determined personal sacrifice to hold fast to that which they believe was not the work of any man at all, but of a purposeful Creator God.

Was he a powerfully inspired messenger of God in the twentieth century, or was he, perhaps, merely an opportunistic businessman making a living off of religion? Is there anything of value still left of that Work today? If so, what might it be?


  1. Former Members

    Are you a former member of the Worldwide Church of God (or one or more of the many remnant groups having their roots in that parent church), and already convinced that Herbert Armstrong was inspired by God? 

  2. Curious About Herbert Armstrong

    Have you had previous interest in the teachings of Herbert Armstrong to some extent, but have you been put off by much of the confusion and negative press concerning “Armstrongism?” 

  3. New To The Teachings

    Have you only recently been exposed the teachings of Herbert Armstrong, and are you curiously seeking to make heads or tails of all of the different “takes” out there on what it is really all about? 

  4. Frustrated With the Most Vocal Remnants

    Have you been frustrated because existing groups claiming to honor Armstrong teachings fail to answer significant questions about the history and doctrines of that church, and continue to introduce “new teachings” that stray ever further from the original?


Download the book materials completely FREE of charge. Choose from the full book text in PDF format, ePub, or individual chapters. 


For those of you that prefer to curl up with a good book, we have both Hard Cover and Paperback editions available in print.

Jon Brisby


Jon W. Brisby was raised in the Worldwide Church of God by parents, Don & Pat Brisby, who joined the church in 1959. In 1968, Don was recruited by Herbert Armstrong to work at the Ambassador College Press in Pasadena, CA because of his expertise in commercial color printing. That is how the Brisby family, much like the Beverly Hillbillies, made it to southern California from middle Tennessee.  Jon attended the church’s private grade school on the Ambassador College campus (Imperial Schools) from 1968-1972. His own experience as a child “at headquarters”—as well as that of his parents during this significant time period for the church—would leave lasting impressions.

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P. Van Allen

Who was Herbert W. Armstrong? What happened to the controversial church that he founded? The author of this ground-breaking new book answers these questions in a thorough investigation of the true history of the Worldwide Church of God from its humble beginnings to its ultimate breakup.

Dr. Martin Rosen

From the early years, this book demonstrates the beginning of Herbert Armstrong’s ministry and the foundation of the Radio Church of God (later Worldwide Church of God). In a very rare instance of unbiased honesty, hardly seen today, the author looks openly at the history and the mistakes made by the church from its inception to its final demise in the late 1990’s.

E. Manning

In his book A Peculiar Treasure, The Enduring Legacy of Herbert and Loma Armstrong, author Jon W. Brisby brings to light the true, documented history of the ministry and work of Herbert W. Armstrong. The book provides a complete picture of that work from its humble beginnings in 1934, its phenomenal growth, and the causes of its ultimate collapse after Mr. Armstrong’s death in 1986.

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