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January 1, 2022
I have most recently observed and heard in the language of my two closest loved ones–who grew up in the Worldwide Church of God–an absolute indication that they were, beginning at the age of around 5 years old, being groomed for sexual abuse by their father and for the benefit of other members of this church. I am horrified! These two lovely women, now adults, and born in 1972 were obviously subjected to something I simply cannot even begin to imagine. Is this a common practice of the church and its membership during the 1970’s through the 1990’s? They have also shared terrible stories of “Elders” and “Ministers” of this organization routinely being in incest in every imaginable combination within family groups–fathers with sons, with daughters, brothers and sisters–and on and on. Again, was this commonplace? Does it continue to this day? How can I offer support and guidance to these dear ones as they finally, finally, work to break free of early childhood programming and abuse? Thank you. –[name withheld]
Reply: Yes, according to testimonies, these horrific things did happen in WCG (and offshoots). Go to our search page and type in “sexual abuse,” and “sexually abused.” It is common for cults to engage in such behavior secretly. (Read letter: “Predator in WCG Approached Me.”
Your loved ones need to waste no time in finding a qualified therapist that has been trained to help in cases of sexual abuse, trauma, and also abusive religious cults. The book On the Threshold of Hope (Opening the Door to Healing For Survivors of Sexual Abuse) (listed on our Booklist) is recommended reading.
Also, please go to our Links page under “Trauma & PTSD” and there are two links you should look into and get in contact with: “The Hope of Survivors” and “Do you have a Church Childhood Sex Assault Claim?”
I’m glad you wrote and I hope your loved ones receive the help they desperately need.
Life Destroyed Due to Worldwide Church of God:
January 4, 2022
I was member of the Armstrong organization for more than 30 years starting in my twenties. I was made to feel unchristian and displeasing to God for not wanting to marry a guy from the Caribbean with a very different culture and family structure. I then forced myself to marry [this man,] someone I did not want to, so that I would then be very pleasing to God, and He would bless me so much for listening to the ministers who gave “godly counselling.”
My life has been ruined, destroyed, along with our two daughters who are grown now. I am still somehow hoping the Lord God will really bless me. We lived in the dark for 6 years due to this bad husband’s lack of constant work, we lost our home due to lack of a $200 mortgage monthly. We had no medical insurance, no furniture other than some picked up from street. I only talk about my heartbreak of Worldwide Church of God to my daughters now because their lives were destroyed by [only having a] lamp light, a ripped up exterior of our ranch house. He was mean.
I feel like I will never be good enough for God in Heaven. I prayed and trusted In Him to give up my desire for a husband and chose from what those ministers counseled me to do and said was Jesus’ desire for me. It’s been Hell on earth since and no one has been able to put this shattered Humpty Dumpty back together. That is my testimony regarding my three decades in H. W. Armstrong organization. –[name withheld]
Comment: This person has received a personal reply. Note: It is never too late for God to help anyone whenever we turn to Him in faith and trust.
Was HWA or Tkach, Jr. a Freemason or Bildeberger?
January 4, 2022
Do you know if HWA was a Bildeberger or a Freemason? What about Joseph Tkach, Jr.? –[name withheld]
Reply: We have no way of knowing or proving whether this is true because these things are usually kept very secret. There is, however, a connection between Freemasonry and cults and some of HWA’s doctrines; i.e., the “God family” came from Mormonism, whose roots come from the occult and Freemasonry.
Also see this letter which mentions the Bildebergers: “WCG Has Aligned With the One World Religion.”
OIU Newsletter 5, Pt. 4 says the following: (download OIU Newsletters as PDF)
“The Church received many condolences by telex, letter and telephone, including some from dignitaries around the world.”
(Then after listing the condolences it says:)
“Many of the names you have just read are individuals who belong to one or more of the following organizations:”
- United Nations
- Masonic orders
- Council of Foreign Relations
- Trilateral Commission – David Rockefeller
“Millions of dollars exchanged hands under the auspices of the International Ambassador Cultural Foundation, with Thailand, China, Japan, Asia and Buddhist markets.”
January 5, 2022
I just read LCG’s latest Dear Brethren and Co-workers letter for December 2021.
After reading it I find it is exactly the same format that HWA used to coerce money from his co-workers and members.
Read: LCG co-worker letter
Unfortunately people are still being sucked in by it. –[name withheld]
Comment: This LCG co-worker letter says similar things as HWA did; i.e., telling them we’ve have disaster upon disaster this past year because of rebelling against our Creator. There are many lies in this letter and it is filled with buzzwords. Much of the letter dwelt on financial support and those “who have included us in your wills.”
Finding Out the Truth Wrecked Me and Opened Up Old Wounds:
January 6, 2021
I am contacting you because I grew up as a child in WCG. I stayed even through the doctrinal changes. I left in 2003. Got married in 1991 and I came to know Jesus somewhere around that time as well.
I believed all this time that they had now believed doctrinally but until recently, through your website, that it was all a marketing ploy. I began digging Sunday and Monday of this week and it has wrecked me. So much so that I didn’t know what to do with myself. It opened old wounds that I thought had been dealt with long ago. I feel robbed of so much and my childhood especially. I’ll go to my grave believing being a child and growing up in WCG was a lot harder than any adult in WCG. School was horrid. My home life was fantastic, though, in spite of WCG. I experienced no abuse in “church,” except it is all psychological.
I do believe after reading from your site that I have some form of PTSD. [Note from ESN: See Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder] What you listed under Common Emotional Difficulties After Leaving a High Demand Group pretty much describes me. All of it.
I would like to be contacted from your organization. I have no idea where to start.
Thank you, –Child survivor of WCG [name withheld].
Comment: This child survivor has received a personal reply.
Do You Offer a Bible Course?
January 9, 2022
Do you offer a Bible course? I would like to learn more about the Bible but not according to HWA. –E. G.
Reply: We do not offer any Bible Correspondence Course. However, we have exposed the deceitfulness of Herbert Armstrong’s Bible Correspondence Course in our Article, “How Did Herbert W. Armstrong Recruit People?” (see the part “Bible Correspondence Course”)
What we do recommend is the teaching of the late J. Vernon McGee (go to https://ttb.org ), who goes through the entire Word of God in 5 years, alternating from the O. T. to the N. T. It is completely grace-orientated. Bob George Ministries (with the late Bob George) is also good for understanding the New Covenant and grace and law. Just pray for discernment and then choose which ministry you like best.
Crazy Statements by Ministers and Members:
January 22, 2022
I have gotten a laugh out of your Crazy Statements Made by WCG Ministers. You used to have up “Crazy Things by WCG Members.” Some of them were really funny. Do you think you could post those again? –Ex WCG
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