Exit & Support Network™ assists and supports former members and survivors of Worldwide Church of God, Philadelphia Church of God, and all offshoots.
Spiritual Abuse & Psychological Manipulation
Many, after involvement with authoritarian religious groups, suffer spiritually, emotionally and psychologically. They feel betrayed and deeply wounded. Without education to understand what happened, they feel alone in their feelings and experiences. As a result, they can suffer for years, carrying feelings of guilt, shame, fear, separation, and an inability to feel a connection to God’s unconditional love and acceptance.
High Demand Groups
These groups are skilled at using methods of thought reform and exploitation to completely control the member’s life. Much emphasis is placed on fearful end-time prophecies and how we are in the “last hour.” They claim to be “God’s one true church” and usually have a top leader who calls himself “God’s Apostle” or “God’s Prophet.” They claim to have “God’s truth” as they offer black and white answers to life. The promise held out is to qualify to be born into the Family of God and administer the Government of God in the Millennium. But their promises turn out to be financial exploitation, heavy burdens, and families destroyed, or divided.
Help and Hope
It is possible to recover from spiritual abuse and go on to create a new life for yourself. But it often takes hard work and determination. If you have been in any of these groups, or have a loved one inside, then we trust that you will find these pages helpful in unraveling the lies and propaganda. We hope that they will furnish validation, encouragement, hope and healing.
Following are some of the sections on our site:
- Philadelphia Church of God (Gerald R. Flurry)
- Restored Church of God (David C. Pack)
- Christian Biblical Church of God (Fred R. Coulter)
- Living Church of God (Gerald E. Weston) [Roderick Meredith, founder]
- United Church of God-AIA (Victor Kubic)
- Intercontinental Church of God (Garner Ted Armstrong)
- Church of God, a Worldwide Association (Jim Franks)
- Church of God, The Eternal (Jon W. Brisby)
- Christian Churches of God (Wade Cox)
- The Church of God-PKG (Ronald Weinland)
“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
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” ~II Timothy 1:7
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Note: Worldwide Church of God changed their name in the United States in 2009 to Grace Communion International. Some local church areas and countries may still carry the former name or a different one.