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Whatever Happened to The Bible Story Books?

March 8, 2021

I attended HWA’s church as a child. I remember there was a series of gray paperback books that were full of stories from the Bible written so children could understand them. I would love to be able to get a copy of these books. I do realize this is a long shot as this has been probably 45 years ago and longer than that since we got the books. I would love to be able to share them with my grandchildren. Any help would greatly be appreciated. Thank you, –Former WCG member

Reply: Yes, we remember those Bible Story books (now out of print). Unfortunately, there are those who feel they were never appropriate for children, especially young children. You may remember the grotesque artwork. Didn’t you ever wonder why WCG never printed a Bible Story book on the N. T.? Why didn’t they want children in the N. T. to learn about Jesus and His love? We need the N. T. to interpret the old.

I’m going to direct you to a couple of letters on our our site about these Bible Story books:

WCG Never Published a Bible Story Book Based on the New Testament (2-12-09 letter to ESN)

Basil Wolverton and “The Bible Story” (12-2-04 letter to ESN which shows that HWA used Wolverton to instill fear and horror through his artwork)

Pray and ask God to give you the spirit of discernment and to show you a good Bible story book for children that will teach them the love of God in Christ Jesus, but not put terror in them.

Better Books Out There for Children Than The Bible Story:

March 8, 2021

I used to have good Bible story books when I was a child made by Golden Press. Goodness only knows where they went to over the years.

I found some by “Arch” that look like what I remember. Here’s some on eBay that look similar to what I had: ARCH BOOKS Vintage 1960s Lot of 10 Children’s Bible Stories Religious Paperbacks | eBay

Or any children’s books by “Little Golden Books” would be good. Some of these are still available on eBay.

For heaven’s sake, yes, keep those horrible Bible Story books illustrated by Basil Wolverton away from children. They’ll cause nightmares.

I have a copy of 1975 in Prophecy on .pdf written in 1956 that still has the pictures in it by Wolverton. They’re the stuff of nightmares, but I’m sure that’s what they were meant to be. –W. S.

Straitway Truth Ministry Is a Dangerous Cult:

March 22, 2021

I want to thank you for this website! I was involved with a cult, and they are just like the WCG offshoots! The leader name is Pastor Charles Dowell, or Straitway Truth Ministry. I got sucked in very early on in my walk with Christ, and it nearly destroyed me. It nearly destroyed my marriage, I segregated myself from family, I was under such intense fear, and mind control! It is truly by the grace of God, that I am out of there, I was so deluded that I would not have left out of fear if it wasn’t for Christ’s hand intervening mightily to get me out! Can I ask you if you have anyone who has ever made a complaint about this group? This group is one to mark down as a dangerous cult! Thank you again for all you do. Your website has given me much needed clarity, and has been a very helpful tool that I have used. I can’t even begin to say how much this has helped me. May God continue to bless your work! –H. P.

Reply: Our March 10, 2019 letterStraitway Truth Ministries” was from a lady whose boyfriend in LCG was getting caught up with Straitway. In many ways it appears their control and abuse is worse than any WCG offshoot. Here is info I gathered about them:

Straitway Truth Ministries follows many of the false teachings of Herbert Armstrong (HWA), founder of WCG, including believing they are “spiritual Israel,” keeping the holy days, commandments, sabbaths, unclean meats, meats, etc. They have had complaints against them. See the following:

Complaint about Straitway Truth Ministry, Lafayette, Tennessee” and alsoStraitway Unpacked” (on Facebook).

Once someone has been thoroughly mind-controlled by these groups, it is very hard to leave as their methods of control, especially of fear, are very insidious and the members’ entire lives are controlled.

I am sorry you were deceived and abused by this dangerous cult but very glad to hear that Christ led you out.

Thankful for David Robinson’s Book:

March 30, 2021

I am so thankful for the book by David Robinson [Herbert Armstrong’s Tangled Web] and love his writing style. He was a good investigative reporter. It took courage to write that book. –Former WCG member

Almost Gave Up Everything For RCG:

March 30, 2021

I contacted the Restored Church of God in March of this year and received a return contact from a minister a day later. After a subsequent phone call, he determined that my baptism and membership with the WCG was still valid and I was invited to attend services the following sabbath. I was welcomed wholeheartedly, and surprisingly became aware of their belief that we would be taken to a Place of Safety within the Passover time, 2021. I came to accept that I would leave everything, but I was willing.

I gave up my job as a host home provider with a $54,000 a year contract. I also knew I was going to give up my husband of 43 years and a small parcel of land and all that lay upon it.

I shared this grief with this minister, whom by the way was all too familiar with me, telling me that he felt he had known me for a “long time.” I was told that I could not share any prophecy or doctrine or any literature with my spouse or anyone else. No one else was to attend services with me. This raised a red flag. I was told that as a member, I must attend the Passover. I shared my mourning too much with this minister. He, along with David C. Pack decided I was “too unstable” at this time and removed my membership and Passover invitation. Even after more extensive study in hopes they would relent, they hardened their heart further towards me.

I have since been reading much from your site. Recently, I went through the sabbath critique, which opened up my eyes a lot. I also have learned much about HWA and how two-faced and corrupt he was. This has been a very intensive trial for me within a three week period. –[name withheld]

Good  Ending to This Trial and Emotional Abuse:

(2nd email from person above)

April 1, 2021

Our merciful Father is producing a good ending to this trial and emotional abuse. Never again will I be involved with any church that gets in the way of my marriage, or the talents I have been given. I am an artist and have also reached the time to give up being a host home provider. Now I can dedicate myself to my husband, grandchildren, gardening and first and foremost to God and the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
God has brought forth good, from what was intended for evil and my self destruction. –[name withheld]

Seeking to Exit Intercontinental Church of God:

April 2, 2021

I am 27 years old and was born into Armstrongism. All my life I’ve been taught all the doctrines but recently I began questioning everything. The group I am seeking to exit is the Intercontinental Church of God founded by Garner Ted Armstrong [previously known as Church of God International]. In 1995, my parents went to UCG and in 2009 we went to ICG.

As I read material on your site, it almost seems too good to be true that grace alone saves us, and that God’s love is unconditional. The programming is so strong that sometimes I have felt that God is turning away from me and will curse me for rebelling against His Law. I just want to be free and enjoy true intimacy with Jesus Christ but the guilt and the fear of losing my salvation is so overwhelming.

Thank you for reminding me that God is still here and that He still loves me even if I can’t feel it right now. I so desperately need the peace that passes all understanding spoken of in Philippians 4:7. Thank you so much for this website. God bless you. –B.

Comment: This person has received a personal reply. Read: Questions About the Law, Works or Salvation.
Note: It is recommended to get rid of all literature from ICG and get off their mailing list. Also see:
Confession and Freedom From Specific Cult/Occult Strongholds.

Thanks for a Superb Website:

April 4, 2021

Many thanks indeed for this superb website. It must have taken a lot of work, and that is much appreciated.
Regards, –Dr. David N.

My Sins Were Already Forgiven:

April 5, 2021

When our pastor gave us an opportunity to examine ourselves and talk to God about anything that we needed to, I bowed my head, and just as clear as day, something (I believe it was the Holy Spirit) told me “Your sins are already forgiven.” Wow! –Impacted by loved in PCG
Comment: This is something those in or out of PCG need to fully grasp since PCG is continually pounding members over the head with their sins. Read: The Law of Moses and the Grace of God and The Sin Question or visit Bob George Ministries which will give a clear understanding of the New Covenant and how our sins have all been forgiven.

Celebrating One Year of Freedom From Restored Church of God:

April 5, 2021

Today marks 1 year since I left Restored Church of God after being a member for 6 years. I was under the control of a wacko false prophet, false Apostle, false teacher David Pack.

I have saved emails from his failed prophecies from January,2020, and his lame attempt to explain why it didn’t happen. I thank God that I didn’t lose my wife and all my friends and family. They never quit praying for me every day; due to that I truly believe it is a miracle that I left.

I thank you for your site and read it every day. I can relate to all the letters people write in. I also enjoy reading your offsite readings, such as Aaron Budjen at Living God Ministries, and Bob George Ministries. I pray for the close friends that I made while I was there for 6 years. Only one person has called me since I left. I know why they are shunning me. I pray that the Holy Spirit will convict their hearts, but in God’s timing, like He did me.

I could say a lot more but I better quit. Keep up the good work. God bless you. –L. G.

Comment: Read: Special Prophecy Letter From David C. Pack

David Pack Says You Can End All Your Financial Worries:

April 12, 2021

David Pack had a “featured booklet” on his home page that said “End All Your Financial Worries.” The title should more accurately read “Begin All Your Financial Worries.” Giving tithes and offerings to RCG is the best way to end up with significant financial problems. The only one who ends his financial worries is Pack himself. –[name withheld]

Scared of UCG-AIA Minister:

April 20, 2021

I contacted one of UCG-AIA’s “counselors” through email and the last email I sent him is when I told him that I believed UCG was a cult and how I didn’t want to believe it. I never joined one of their congregations but I am scared he will try to get me back in through malicious ways because he knows my age and what country I am in and he knows about problems that I wanted help with. What do I do? –[name withheld]

Reply: Don’t be afraid. This person you contacted is one of their so called “ministers” or “elders.” They are taught that UCG is not a cult and will probably tell you that. He could also tell you that any websites critical of UCG are “lies.” But we must research these things out, not just go by what they say. You could tell him that you are choosing to think for yourself now and do not want to hear back from him anymore. He can’t force you to go into UCG, but he can try placing fear or guilt on you. Tell him you no longer need his help.

 

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