STANLEY R. RADER (August 13, 1930 – July 2, 2002), was an attorney,
accountant, author and, later in life, one of the Evangelists of the
Worldwide Church of God , then a Sabbatarian organization, which was
Herbert W. Armstrong
* 1 Before meeting Armstrong
* 2 First associations with Armstrong
* 3 Joining WCG
BEFORE MEETING ARMSTRONG
Stanley Rader was born and raised in White Plains , New York . He
later moved to
FIRST ASSOCIATIONS WITH ARMSTRONG
In 1956 Rader met Armstrong, leader of what was then called the Radio Church of God , at its headquarters offices in Pasadena , California. Under contract with the Radio Church of God, Rader worked on improving its accounting system, thereby creating a highly favorable impression with Armstrong, who then urged him to attend law school at Armstrong's expense. In 1963 Rader graduated from University of Southern California Law School .
Radio Church of God
had been previously incorporated on March 3,
1946, when it was re-established in Pasadena. Prior to this event it
had been an unincorporated voluntary association based in Eugene ,
Rader, who still considered himself Jewish, was baptized into WCG by Armstrong in 1975 using a hotel bathtub in the Mandarin Hotel in Hong Kong . This move allowed Rader to reposition himself as a high-ranking church evangelist in an attempt to quell misgivings by many in the ministerial hierarchy, who felt that Rader's undue influence on Armstrong was troubling.
60 MINUTES INTERVIEW
In a 60 Minutes interview with Mike Wallace, Rader defended himself, remarking to Wallace, "I don't take stupid pills." Wallace read to Rader a portion of a letter Armstrong was drafting, asking Rader to resign from any church positions that would make him Armstrong's successor. Wallace then played a tape of Armstrong reading the letter. Rader started to sweat, before finally declaring: "Now I say you've acquired this by illegal means. I intend to have my attorneys today not only sue you if you use this. ... Mike, look, I think you'd better scrap everything because you're on my list. Okay? You're never going to live it down, Mike, I guarantee it. ... you're contemptible. ... I'd like you to get out of here, immediately!" Rader then stormed out of the room, and accused the press of distorting the facts.
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As a consequence, the AICF transformed
, on the
Ambassador College campus, from a church auditorium, in which Saturday
Sabbath church services were conducted, into a "
Armstrong, in the company of Rader, began introducing himself to any world leader who held political power and was willing to meet with the aging, grandfatherly figure for a photo opportunity for The Plain Truth , during which the leader would receive expensive gifts, such as Stueben crystal. Armstrong sold his new AICF portfolio approach to the church membership as being a new phase in preaching the church's gospel .
Rader used his own professional legal accounting practice, and also incorporated new companies in order to conduct profitable business enterprises on behalf of the Worldwide Church of God. The companies largely owned and controlled by Rader included:
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* ^ A B C D Cartwright, Dixon. "Stanley Rader, WCG evangelist and treasurer and confidant of Herbert W. Armstrong, dies". News of the Churches of God . The Journal. Retrieved 15 September 2012. * ^ "Rader Ordained - AR10 November 19, 1979". Ambassador Report . The Painful Truth. Retrieved 15 September 2012. * ^ "Stanley Rader on "Sixty Minutes" with Mike Wallace". Ambassador Report . The Painful Truth. Retrieved 15 September 2012. * ^ "The Lawsuit - AR7 January 21, 1979". Ambassador Report . The Painful Truth. Retrieved 15 September 2012. * ^ "Petris Bill Passes", Ambassador Report , Issue 13, September, 1980
* Stanley Rader, 71; Advisor in Worldwide Church of God - Stanley Robert Rader, the long-time confidant of the late Herbert W. Armstrong of the Worldwide Church of God, has died. He was 71. - Los Angeles Times/July 4, 2002 - By Larry B. Stammer * "The Devil and Stanley Rader" Article in The American Lawyer
* Against the Gates of Hell: The Threat to Religious Freedom in America by Stanley R. Rader Online copy of Rader's book defending Armstrong and the Worldwide Church of God * Against the Gates of Hell by Stanley R Rader - Herbert W. Armstrong Searchable Library border-left-width:2px;border-left-style:solid;width:100%;padding:0px">
* WorldCat Identities * VIAF : 75147378