High demand, authoritarian religious groups, a.k.a. Bible-based cults, focus on end-time events. These groups usually have a charismatic leader who proclaims fearful prophecies about the future, often setting dates. Deceit and fear are used to recruit new members and retain them. They claim to be God’s “one true church.”

Spiritual Abuse & Psychological Manipulation

Many who leave, or who are thrown out, suffer spiritual, psychological and financial abuse and exploitation. They 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.

Loved Ones Inside

If you have a mate, friend, or family inside you have no doubt gone through a variety of emotions. You may worry or be concerned about what will happen to them if they stay. These emotions are compounded if the loved one has cut off communication, or is leaving you. Please see our article: If You Have a Loved One in a Deceptive, Exploitive Group.

Help and Hope

We care about what has happened to you or your loved one. Our purpose is to educate, assist and support former members and child survivors of Worldwide Church of God, Philadelphia Church of God, Restored Church of God, or any other related controlling offshoot. (We cover several of them on Offshoots.) We want to help you to get beyond this experience–and for some of you it’s been a nightmare–and to recover and heal so you can eventually go on to make a new life for yourself.

So if you have been in any of these groups, or have a loved one inside, and are seeking to understand what happened, then you will find the articles, testimonies, and letters on our site helpful in unraveling the lies and propaganda, while furnishing validation, encouragement, and hope.

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“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



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.