Exit & Support Network™ began in 1993 as a complete resource for individuals exiting from and researching the Worldwide Church of God or its affiliations. The founder of ESN was former WCG member L. A. Stuhlman (active from 1993 to 1999).
Many Begin Exiting
As a result of WCG’s new doctrinal changes, many began exiting the organization in massive numbers. Our OIU Newsletters™ (now available as PDF download) were written to help readers understand and to expose the decades of corruption, deception and lies of the “historic” Worldwide Church of God changes which took place. These newsletters looked behind the scenes at the real activities and associations pertaining to the WCG “transformation” and their New Age agenda.
From 1993 to 1998 ESN was available full time for phone calls, consulting, exit counseling, and to offer references and referrals to those who were seeking information and/or assistance. During that time, copies of printed material was mailed to researchers, professionals, ministries, and exiters who contacted ESN.
First website is Launched:
In 1997, our first website was launched. The historical background of the WCG organization was reported on, including the last six decades. This information is helpful for anyone researching the organization and seeking to understand the personal history of its founder, Herbert W. Armstrong. Information has come from a diverse multitude of sources and experts; including prominent former members who held high positions in the Worldwide Church of God, and the National Archives in Washington D. C.
In February 2000, a reorganized and new website went up with a much expanded Recovery section, along with Mike’s Enlightenment Page which offers much information on Philadelphia Church of God, including a letter section from those impacted by PCG.
A year later the Child Survivor section was added to aid and encourage those who had been raised in WCG or any of its offshoots. Email correspondence became available for those who wanted it.
These sections are helpful for anyone who has been affected by the WCG, PCG, or extended offshoots.
Those Helping in ESN:
ESN is composed of a few loosely-knit former members and survivors of WCG and PCG who have a desire to help others. They have networked together across the country and willingly donated time to research, write, and review articles.
In order to heal, several of us attended conferences concerning destructive cults and received counseling from professionals who familiarized and educated themselves on the effects of trauma and spiritual abuse.
New information on any of these groups is still welcomed.
What We Are Not Associated With:
ESN is not associated with, nor funded by, any particular church, denomination, organization, or splinter group. Instead, the Word of God tells us to expose false teachers and false gospels and to have discernment.
Our site does not endorse the church growth movement, New Evangelicalism, the modern Charismatic (Word-faith) movement, Dominionism, interfaith movement, ecumenicalism, or any form of compromise or apostasy.
We believe in Christ Jesus’ love and grace to heal spiritually and emotionally, and that a personal, loving relationship with Him is what He desires, not our performance or striving for perfection.
Your prayers for the protection and guidance of this website are needed and greatly appreciated.
Exit & Support Network™
- Provide education on thought reform and exploitive, deceptive groups
- Furnish information on healing from emotional, spiritual and psychological abuse
- Offer support, validation and recovery information to survivors
- Maintain confidentiality
- Be empathetic toward survivors’ struggling faith
“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” ~Matthew 7:15