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Dr. Wierwille was a
wonderful man, a "man of God" in the truest and fullest sense. I saw
him give his utmost for God's highest day after day in his life and finally in
his death. And, I should know. I lived; I worked; I took care of the man and
his heart for years.
Points for Consideration
QUESTION: Did Dr. Wierwille really say all the things that you say he said?
ANSWER: Why else would
Dr. Wierwille have journeyed all the way to Scotland? He was very weak before
he left. He had already delivered his farewell message to the Household at
International Headquarters. He had told his earthly family at Headquarters that
he was going to die very soon. There is no logical reason for a dying man to
journey like he did, except to accomplish some very specific goal in the last
days of his life.
QUESTION: What makes you
think that Dr. Wierwille was still sane?
ANSWER: He was the same
Dr. Wierwille that I had known for so many years. Barbara also lived with him
for a long time, and had he been mentally incompetent either she or I could
have spotted it as quickly as anyone living. There have been other times when
he seemed a lot less "with it" than he did during the period recorded
Down to deciding what day
to leave for the U.S.A.,
details about packing suitcases and travel arrangements, he showed absolutely
no signs of mental breakdown. Physically the signs were abundant but not
mentally. Mrs. Wierwille would have seen it; I would have, and so would any
number of others who were around Doctor the last days that we were at Gartmore.
The occasion of his last
teaching is a fine example of the clarity of his mind. As he first started
teaching, he held an impromptu conversation with Phyllis (Warren) Murdock. Even in front of all the
people who were present, he carried himself with obvious mental capability.
There were comments made about his physical condition, but none were ever
brought to my attention about his mental condition.
No one who traveled on
the coach back from Boston
nor anyone who saw him at Dr. Winegarner's or soon after his return to
International Headquarters thought him insane. As I said, there was a point
that we thought him past lucidity, but that was not until the very last few
days of his life.
Dr. Wierwille was not
insane, but he was deeply hurt emotionally. He was a very strong man mentally,
but if there were one phrase that I could use to describe his demeanor it would
be "broken-hearted". He carried it very well and to the best of his
ability kept it from view to all; he even tried to hide it from me. He was
crushed and very lonely and alone. He was hurt deeply. He felt that before his
days were over what he had stood for was basically lost.
QUESTION: Did you take
the historical occurrences of the last days of Dr. Wierwille's life and weave
into them your own tale?
ANSWER: I wish that I
had. The historical occurrences are as accurate as I can recall them. So are
the conversations. There is probably no other man living who knows the
ramifications of what he said to me better than I do. I would like nothing
better than to be able to admit to myself (and to you, too) that it was all a
fabrication. It is not. The historical evidence as well as the Biblical
precedents do not stand in favour of it being a fabrication.
QUESTION: Why did you
write it all out?
ANSWER: I wrote by no
means all of it out. What is contained here is no more than 60 per cent, if it
is that much, of the conversations that Dr. Wierwille and I had during those
twenty-two days, as well as relevant conversations and background information
from the years involved. As I stated, much was left out entirely. Some is not
pertinent; the rest is only of value as decisions are made in the days to come.
There are things that will have no meaning until men make up their minds where
they stand with God and His Word.