Welcome to our site! ESN, a support, research and information service established in 1993, assists and supports survivors of Worldwide Church of God, or any related controlling splinter group or offshoot, who have suffered spiritual, psychological and financial abuse and exploitation.
Destructive religious groups, often referred to as high demand groups, spiritually abusive churches, or Bible-based cults, are becoming more widespread in our society. The devastation they leave behind is enormous. Those who leave speak of feeling betrayed and exploited in the worst possible way, even suffering complex post traumatic stress disorder due to highly sophisticated cult mind control programming. Without education to understand what happened, they feel alone in their feelings and experiences. As a result, many often suffer for years, carrying feelings of guilt, shame, fear, separation, and the inability to feel and understand the true God's love and acceptance.
Help and Hope for Exiters of Worldwide Church of God and Offshoots
If you are a former member or survivor of Worldwide Church of God* (Herbert W. Armstrong, HWA), or any of the affiliated high demand splinters; i. e., Philadelphia Church of God (Gerald Flurry, PCG), Restored Church of God (David C. Pack, RCG), Living Church of God (Roderick Meredith, LCG), Church of God-PKG (Ronald Weinland), Intercontinental Church of God (Garner Ted Armstrong, GTA), or others which claim to be the only true Church of God, the one true Church, or God's true Church, which alone has the source of truth, then we trust that you will find these pages helpful in unraveling the lies and propaganda, while furnishing validation, encouragement and hope.
"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits, whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world." ~ I John 4:1
*WCG changed their name to Grace Communion International in April 2009