January 1, 2017 to present
NOTICE: The McNair PDF book "Armstrongism Religion or Rip-Off?" was re-sized down to 1.6 MB. (See our Booklist for a description and where to download it.)
NOTICE: The Hinson PDF book "The Broadway to Armageddon" was re-sized down to a much smaller file and is clearer to read. (See our Booklist for a description and where to download it.)
Appears That Not Much Has Changed:
February 2, 2017
First of all I would like to thank you for your many articles exposing the troubles within the WCG and its offshoots. I grew up in WCG, and even now at 58, I struggle with separation. As time has passed, and many splits have occurred, it has appeared to me that not much has changed. One set of men desiring to sit in the high seats that someone else currently sits in, and the sheep are divided in the spoils. So, in recent months, I have began withdrawing.
This has been very painful for me, as I have loved ones in what is now called "Church of God, A Worldwide Association." Just the name concerns me, and I can't understand why we want to look in the past. I have attended only several times in the past year.
I was wondering if you would mind sending me David Robinson's book Herbert Armstrong's Tangled Web, as I understand you have it in your possession. It would be of great value to me as I attempt to sort out all the inconsistencies of this religious organization. The particular group I have been in seems to have this continued fascination with HWA, and I cannot for the life of me, understand why.
Thanks again for your ESN page and I look forward to hearing back from you.--[name withheld]
Churches That Employ Mind Control Tactics:
March 8, 2017
Hello, I happened across the Restored Church of God's "3 fold false gospel." In doing a little research to check out their beliefs, I linked into your "Exit and Support" site.
I'm impressed at the sheer volume of information that you are offering in assisting those who "are trapped" in error!
I have a daughter that has recently become extremely religious, belligerent and condemning towards us her parents. Interesting, she was quite careful in keeping secret, the name of the church she is attending, as well as who's teaching the church leaders were adhering to. After her moving back into our city, we learned that she very specifically sought out a church that adhered to John MacArthur's "Lordship salvation" teachings. I have done quite a bit of online searching on Lordship Salvation and have learned that they seem to employ mind control tactics very similar to those that you are writing about.
Do you have any information or comments that might help me to better understand our daughter as well as your views on the scriptural validity or heresy of John MacArthur's teachings. --[name withheld]
Aaron Dean Next Head of UCG?
March 10, 2017
I wonder if Aaron Dean is going to have a new role now as "prophet" in United Church of God? He says he feels that being close to HWA for so long makes him feel like one of the prophets! I highly suspect he is looking to be the next head of the UCG. --M.
I Was Already Sure of HWA's Fate:
March 14, 2017
I recently read a February 1967 Plain Truth article where HWA said "the 'Day of the Eternal'... is going to strike between 5 and 10 years from now!" (p. 47) It looks like he missed this prediction by forty years. He claimed he was writing [this] "on the authority of the living Christ." What a liar. He tempted God for many years. I remember when he died , I was already sure of his fate because I knew about him. I was young, but I was smart. --R. S.
Confused About Mark of the Beast:
March 16, 2017
I am confused. What is the Mark of the Beast? How do we know when to expect it and to know not to take it? How do you not be in fear that you could make a mistake and take it? Every time I think about it or come across the subject it scares me. There is so much false teachings on it. After being in a cult, it is so hard to understand the real truth not man's teachings. All the false teachings of 35+ years is hard to get out of your mind and to understand the truth because your mind tends to think of the false teachings. Thanks for your website. It has helped but still confused on Mark of the Beast. I did notice nothing said about it on Exit Support. I believe that's one of the subjects that we need more teaching on. --[name withheld]
Comment: A new Q&A has been posted. Go to: What is the mark of the beast and how do we keep from being afraid?Often Felt I Was the Black Sheep of the Family:
March 20, 2017
Hello, I found your website and I wanted to say Thank You for creating it. I grew up in the WCG and often felt I was the black sheep of the family for so many reasons. I think even then I knew what we were being told and the ideology we had was not right. It's so strange that after all these years how things from childhood in the "church" still effect your daily life. Thanks for your time. --A. , child survivor of WCG
New UCG Feast Site:
March 20, 2017
I wanted to let you know about one of UCG's newest feast sites. It is in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina.
What gets me is that organizations like UCG continually preach against these so-called "false Christians" and their wrong doctrines. Yet, they meet for services on the Sabbath (at their church halls, and now this feast site). They are the ultimate hypocrites! They'll be telling the membership (at the feast) how "we are to come out of this world" and they are right there with those they adamantly preach against.
UCG posted this note on their site:
"On Lake Junaluska’s informational signs there are small crosses and there is a large cross at the far end of the lake. However, there are no crosses in the hall where services will be held."
--Former member of WCG and RCG
ESN Site Helpful and Informative:
March 27, 2017
I visit your site often and have found it helpful and informative. I was a WCG member for 25 years. I likely will never get entirely over it, but maybe some hard and valuable lessons were learned. --[name withheld]
We Are Finally Healing:
April 20, 2017
Thank you so much for the tremendous effort you've put into this website. As a member of WCG for 15 years, and lifelong for my wife, we were deeply indoctrinated. We walked away in 1997 and rarely spoke of it for years, but we were far from being healed of the spiritual wounds. After 5 or 6 years we attempted to attend a local Baptist Church, but it was so foreign to us that we couldn't remain. Your site has helped us, most importantly, to realize that we're not alone, that many others are as lost as we were.
After much prayer, we have finally found a small church that is non-denominational which preaches God's Grace along with the great morality found in the New Testament. We meet on Sunday but only for convenience, not esteeming one day above another. We have zero ordinances, dress is casual, music is mixed contemporary and orthodox. Everyone attending is there of their own free will, as there is no membership and no requests for money. An offering plate is provided in the rear if one so desires to contribute. There is no "headquarters" as the church is entirely autonomous, and best of all, the building seems filled with a spirit of joy and freedom. We are finally healing. Thanks for your help in this process. --J.
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