About ABD

A Warm Welcome and God’s blessings to You, dear Reader!

Welcome to the revived As Bereans Did. This blog was started by Seeker of Truth in April, 2008. On February 7, 2011, we shut it down. At that time we hoped it wouldn’t be the last project for our team. On March 8, 2013, we reopened the doors with new writers.

This blog is new, but the original purpose remains – As Bereans Did is about the importance of seeking the truth of God's Word, and that truth must be tempered with love.

We are a small group of people who have each left the religious system that we refer to as “Armstrongism” (for lack of a better word).
Herbert W Armstrong was “the founder, Pastor General, and spiritual and temporal leader” of the Radio Church of God which later changed its name to the Worldwide Church of God. When the Worldwide Church of God left its legalist history for grace, and changed its name to Grace Communion International, thousands left and formed “splinter” churches. Some of the more prominent splinter groups include the United Church of God, the Philadelphia Church of God, the Living Church of God, and the Restored Church of God. There are hundreds more. Many newer members of these churches have no idea who Herbert Armstrong was or that Armstrongism is a branch of Ellen G White’s Seventh Day Adventist movement. 
It has been the pattern of Armstrongism since its earliest days to bury mistakes and injustices of the past. It is our hope to never let those things be forgotten. You deserve to know the truth about the history of this church, its teachings, and its doctrines. Loved by God and desperately sought after, you deserve to know what you're getting yourself in to by taking part in such groups.

As Bereans Did was formed to provide such truth, and to give an alternative view to the doctrines of Armstrongism; many of which, we were surprised to discover, were not only incorrect but willfully and deceitfully so. We want to help people to discern the truth from fiction and to help them step out of the Armstrong system into the New Covenant in the finished work of Jesus Christ.

For those in search of truth, and those leaving Legalism in search of truth: 

"Truth without love is brutality; love without truth is hypocrisy." –Warren Wiersbe

It is vital to make sure what we say/teach is the truth. We should not simply believe everything, but test the spirits; prove things for our self. Investigate. Drill down. We cannot ride someone else's coattails into the Kingdom.
Do we believe that we have a moral obligation to ensure that what we say/teach is as close to the truth as we can make it? Do we prefer the truth, whatever it may be? Even if it’s not what we thought it would be? And do we temper the truth with love?
Of course! Because we want to please God!
So, we do As Bereans Did.

(Acts 17:11) [NIV]
'Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.'

Our goal is to help others understand & receive the Grace & Freedom that is in the New Covenant through Christ Jesus our Lord & Savior. 

ETIQUETTE

We welcome your questions and comments. It’s wonderful and refreshing to hear different views on Biblical matters from fellow believers in Christ.

If a debate should result, we ask you for patience and temperance. A debate in a spirit of seeking truth, and not of competition & self-aggrandizement, is desirable for stimulating thought and is a good resource for individuals in coming to their own conclusions. 
(However, we will not debate the existence or non-existence of God, or of Jesus as the Christ the pre-existent and only Begotten Son of God).

A healthy debate is not an argument. If each view point were identical, there would be little to be gained toward stimulating thought and growth. We will certainly write as if we are certain that our beliefs are true, since to say otherwise would be an inaccurate representation of ourselves. Just keep in mind that everything is based on the current understanding of each author. We expect nothing of you that we don’t ask of ourselves; so we expect that you, the reader, must research with more than just the scriptures and notes we provide. With God's guidance, prove for yourself.

The reader should be confident of being afforded a forum for civil faith-based discussion and a place to present their opinions and evidences so that everyone involved might increase in understanding.

May God bless you in your quest for His truth!