You can click on this image to get a better look. Soldiers of the Cross is the Christian Identity training institute. You will see white supremacist’s Roy Gillaspie and Kenneth Goff’s names on the document and some other details.
Is it possible that this institution, Soldiers of the Cross, bequeathed upon Murray his title of doctor? It sure seems so. Murray denies it but in his earlier messages he himself claims to have received a doctorate under a man named “Roy Gillespie” after he did his dissertation on the Book of Daniel.
I can personally recollect his statements about the dissertation in Daniel and when I get some time I will get you direct source from the audio… this B.J. Oropeza fellow was responding to claims that Murray commonly made over 30 years ago but after the CRI incident in the early 90’s he quit alluding it.
A dissertation is something you submit to receive a doctorate and there are only two possible Universities that this could have been done.
To be sure, there are no dissertations filed by either Gillespie or Murray at the National Union Catalogue or University Microfilms International, a headquarters for dissertation copies in America.
On his “Answers to Critics” page he stated that he that he didn’t publish this information regarding his doctorate because of “guilt by association”… Who were the people he was afraid of being associated with? Here’s his own words:
“I have never claimed to have received a doctorate from Roy Gillaspie. I do not know where some of these researchers came up with this. Roy Gillaspie was simply a beloved teacher of God’s Word and I have never said or implied any such thing. It is true that I have a policy of not publicly stating where I earned my doctorate because then “critics” cannot judge me by association. I have always publicly stated that my credentials are my ability to teach God’s Word. To the extent that our Heavenly Father blesses me with the ability to clearly teach His Word then what higher ordination could there be?” – Arnold Murray, Answer to Critics
Tony Pierce, a counter-cult researcher queried the Chapel – the receptionist stated that Murray was a student of Biola University but Biola officials denied this. They stated it was impossible that Murray received his doctorate there because they stated that they didn’t have a doctoral program until recently…
The receptionist also stated that Murray’s dissertation wasn’t available because it was being revised. DISSERTATION’S ARE NOT REVISED ONCE SUBMITTED!
It is clear that there is no legitimate doctorate – this is a projecting of invalid authority… why claim to be something you are not and then not verify your claim?
Soldiers of the Cross was a seminal Christian Identity training institute for equipping leaders of a new strand of white supremacist theology. Wesley Swift, the founder of SOTC trained every manner of influential bigot you can imagine. If you want to understand what Arnold Murray teaches, look no further than Wesley Swift. I will be detailing this in short order…
What we have in Murray’s doctrine is a television network friendly, PC version of Christian Identity teaching repackaged and ready for mass consumption.
Friends, the reason no evidence for the doctorate was ever put forth is because Murray was never a “Doctor”. This is a credibility ploy that didn’t work.
It seems that he was legitimated by the Soldier’s of the Cross organization and their hierarchy – maybe they convinced him that he had all the credentials that he later came to believe in…