Exit & Support Network™ began in 1993 as a complete resource for those individuals exiting from and researching the Worldwide Church of God or its affiliations. The founder of ESN was former WCG member L. A. Stuhlman, with a background in business management, mental health nursing, and crisis intervention.
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) exposed 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, over 180,000 copies of printed material was mailed to researchers, professionals, ministries, and exiters who contacted ESN.
First website is Launched:
In 1997, the Exit & Support Network™ website was launched. ESN was the first to report on and cover the historical background of the WCG organization, including the last six decades, offer research and educational material and post a 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 offered information on Philadelphia Church of God. A year later the Child Survivor section was added to aid those who had been raised in WCG or any of its offshoots.
Those Helping in ESN:
ESN is composed of a few loosely-knit former members and survivors of WCG and PCG who have networked together across the country and willingly donated time to research, write, and review articles. Several attended conferences concerning destructive cults, and received counseling from professionals who understood controlling churches and familiarized and educated themselves on the effects of trauma and spiritual abuse. ESN has networked with social workers, researchers, crime investigators, attorneys, and ex-members in order to exchange information and gain input.
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 are not associated with, nor funded by, any particular church, denomination, organization, or WCG splinter group. Instead, the Word of God tells us to expose false teachers and false gospels and to have discernment.
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. We hope you will find these pages helpful.
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