Joseph W. Tkach (1927–1995) was an American pastor who was the
appointed successor of Herbert W. Armstrong, founder of the Worldwide
Church of God. Tkach was ordained as a minister in the church in 1957,
and became President and Pastor General of the church upon the death of
Armstrong in 1986. Tkach spearheaded a major doctrinal transformation of
the Worldwide Church of God, abandoning Armstrong's unconventional
doctrines and bringing the church into accord with mainstream
evangelical Christianity. Changes included encouraging members to seek
proper medical treatment while retaining faith in God as a healer,
permitting interracial marriage, and allowing work on the Sabbath. The
changes that he implemented stirred much controversy among those who
continued to follow Armstrong's theology. Dissenters labeled the changes
as heresy and many left to form new church organizations. His son,
Joseph Tkach Jr., continued his work and in 1997 the Worldwide Church of
God became a member of the National Association of Evangelicals. Within
the mainstream Christian community, some have hailed Tkach's reforms,
which brought a church from the fringe to orthodoxy, as unprecedented.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_W._Tkach>
Today's selected anniversaries:
Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar II captured Jerusalem and
installed Zedekiah as King of Judah.
Around 150 Jews inside York Castle in York, England, committed
mass suicide rather than be killed by a mob.
American scientist Robert H. Goddard launched the world's first
liquid-fueled rocket, which flew for two-and-a-half seconds before
falling to the ground.
Former Prime Minister of Italy Aldo Moro was kidnapped in Rome
by Mario Moretti and the Red Brigades.
American peace activist Rachel Corrie was crushed to death by
an Israel Defense Forces armored bulldozer in Rafah as she was
protesting the demolition of a house.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
(law) To cause injuries or loss to.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Art has a double face, of expression and illusion, just like
science has a double face: the reality of error and the phantom of
Show replies by date