Welcome to our site! Exit & Support Network™ is a support, research and information service, established in 1993, that assists and supports former members and survivors of Worldwide Church of God, and any related controlling splinter group, or offshoot, who have suffered spiritual abuse and exploitation.
Spiritual Abuse & Psychological Manipulation
After involvement with destructive, authoritarian, religious groups, many 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 may 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. However, their promises turn out to be financial exploitation, heavy burdens, and families destroyed or divided.
Help and Hope
If you are a former member or survivor of Worldwide Church of God*, or any of the affiliated high demand offshoots (or if you have a loved one inside), then we trust that you will find these pages helpful in unraveling the lies and propaganda, while furnishing validation, encouragement and hope.
Following are some of the sections on our site:
We cover the following groups on our WCG offshoots page:
- 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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*Name changed to Grace Communion International in April 2009. Some local church areas and countries may still carry the former name or a different one.