Religion: Trouble in the Empire

Dapper in his modish suit, his silver hair carefully coiffed, Garner Ted Armstrong looked out from the television screen last week and talked to his nationwide audience about their eyes liquefying, their bodies vaporizing and their cities vanishing in a nuclear holocaust. The "end times," he warned, were near. Garner Ted and his father, Herbert W. Armstrong, are the watchful guardians of Pasadena's Worldwide Church of God, a clannish, bizarre, 40-year-old sect (TIME, May 15, 1972) that has made the end times something of a stock in trade. Now it appears that Founder Herbert and Heir Apparent Garner Ted may be...

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