Exit and Support Network

Letter to Ruth Tucker

Ruth Tucker was part of the doctrinal committee for Worldwide Church of God (now known as Grace Communion International). She started meeting behind closed doors at Talbot School of Theology with David Hulme, Mike Feazell, Tom Lapacka, and Greg Albrecht before members knew any changes were being made. The WCG leadership took their doctrinal cue from Tucker.

NOTICE: WCG is now known as Grace Communion International. See ESN update at end.

Letter from Coalition of People Against Intentional Deception

[all emphasis ours]: 

June 24, 1994
Ms. Ruth Tucker
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
2065 Half-Day Road
Deerfield, ILL 60615

Dear Ms. Tucker,

"People are brought under Armstrong's influence before they realize..."

"Advertising is a key element of church-growth-advertising that consists of literature and media programming focusing on issues not central to the doctrinal position of the church..."

"The Worldwide Church of God is revising its doctrinal statement, so it is impossible to assess how significant any changes in church doctrine will be. Will they, in fact, be more cosmetic than real?"

Certainly these words are very familiar to you as you authored them in Another Gospel. It is clear you are alluding to Herbert W. Armstrong in your writings; however, have you stopped to realize that the methods of Armstrong were so deeply ingrained throughout the ministry and that they continue to be the modus operandi of the current leadership? To this day, well-meaning people such as yourself continue to get snarled in the many different webs of WCG

Throughout the past several years many WCG ex-members have contacted you pleading for you to investigate the duplicity prevailing within the WCG organization. Many shockingly listened to your radio interview with the WCG leaders1, as they were made aware of the outright deception and elusory statements about the wonderful WCG change permeating the airways. Others were entertained by your book, Another Gospel, where many felt you have elected yourself as "judge and jury" over the WCG case, CULT vs. CHURCH.

Ms. Tucker, many Christians and ex-members have followed your personal activities related to the WCG cult. One must question why you refused to respond to their attempts to contact you. Many wonder why you have continued to support the WCG's position without completely researching the facts or providing documented evidence that substantiates the claims made by the few top leaders whom you have often met with behind closed doors.

It is most incredible to watch an organization that aspired to be a two hundred million dollar conglomerate within sixty years by traveling the CULT avenue in EVERY degree, now set their direction toward the de-cult avenue by simply changing a few minor doctrines in order to appease certain Christian publishing individuals. It is apparent that the WCG propaganda tactics of the past fifty years have been replaced by a modern strategy. In the past, people such as yourself, were clearly known throughout the entire WCG organization as Satan influenced. Now the clever sales maneuvers employed are far more in vogue...meet your enemy head on...hit the objections up front...catch your opponents off guard. You may think you are a friend of the WCG and you may feel quite special about yourself for having influenced what appears to be doctrinal changes. However, be informed, that outside of a few antithetical messages sporadically and ambiguously laced in The Worldwide News, the membership, to this day, is taught that "outside theologians do not have TRUE understanding." As the WCG has been most careful about what they put in print these days, you will not find the words written. But be assured they are spoken clearly with great repetition, to the membership. All one must do is listen to the taped sermons such as the ones you so often receive.

Those who know the history of the WCG and are fully aware of the current internal activities of this organization, would never be fooled by a few leaders' dialectical comments. It has become most obvious that those who have bought into the propaganda presently being perpetrated by the WCG, have not done their homework, or worse, for whatever reason, have chosen to ignore it! Based on the fact that thousands continue to be severely affected, this is an atrocity! Equally upsetting, is to see that some Christian cult watchers have taken the position that a cult is to be defined by a few "choice doctrines," giving full acceptance and free reign to an organization which continues to utilize coercion, fear, threats, manipulation, exclusivity, deception, control and exploitation, as it manifests abuse through psychological, spiritual, and emotional means.

Congratulations, Ms. Tucker, you must be commended for having made the page of The Plain Truth magazine. Now that you are considered to be endorser  of the WCG, perhaps the next time you have an opportunity to be featured in The Plain Truth you can write an article helping the tens of thousands of women who seemingly have been, and continue to be, severely abused in EVERY DEGREE by this same organization.


Coalition of People Against Intentional Deception

Footnote by ESN:

1 Michael Snyder and Ruth Tucker radio interview, December 13, 1990, WMUZ, Detroit. Snyder was David Hulme's assistant and strategist for the new doctrine propaganda. This interview shows proof that Hulme did not reveal all the truth in his resignation letter and was a principal architect with WCG's "transformation" behind members' backs. (Mike Snyder later left the WCG in 1993, calling it a "cult.")

Related Article: Letter Exposing Outright Lies, Abuses and Sociopathic Behavior (mentions Ruth Tucker and how she ended up injuring members by her acceptance of WCG changes)


Ruth Tucker was quoted in the Christian Research Journal as saying, "If evangelicals want a good Christian magazine to read, then for heaven's sake they should get The Plain Truth."


In November 2004 the Worldwide Church of God moved its headquarters from Pasadena to Glendora, California. In April 2009, they changed their name in the United States to Grace Communion International. (Some local church areas and countries may still carry the former name or a different one.) Today they have gone on to embrace New Age Teachers and philosophies. Read: Grace Communion International - New Age and Ecumenical Connections and Letter to Worldwide Church of God, Philippines (On Apostasy--A Radical Proposal) (this letter reached close to 350 WCG ministers, including those at Headquarters). UPDATE: In April 2018, GCI relocated its headquarters to Charlotte, North Carolina. Joseph Tkach, Jr. will retire at the end of 2018 and Greg Williams will replace him as GCI’s President. (GCI Update, March 14, 2018)

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