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“A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.” ~Matthew 7:18

These articles, letters, and transcriptions cover a time span from about 1960 to 2020 and show a progression of events in regard to deceit, exploitation, doctrinal distractions, mind manipulation, and history revision. The OIU Newsletters are especially important to read, covering propaganda and Dialectical Materialism.

While Worldwide Church of God (GCI) is not labeled a “religious cult” by the Christian establishment today, we have given reasons why we do not endorse them, but rather expose them. 


History / Exposure

New Changes / Mainstreaming



Testimonies by Former Members of WCG


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History / Exposure:

Roots of Worldwide Church of God

Worldwide Church of God and Herbert Armstrong
Covers background information on HWA, his Empire; also includes the maneuvers of their mainstreaming.

Worldwide Church of God History by Kenneth Westby
Double standards of the Armstrongs; suffering of the members leads to mass exit. Reveals how some of the same “new” doctrinal changes introduced in the 90s had been brought up to HQ in the 70s, yet were ignored.

Jack Kessler 1981 Letter to WCG Board of Directors
Reveals the evil of the continuing, persistent financial abuses and shocking moral depravity which was taking place in the WCG; plus revealing info on HWA’s lifestyle. Also covers Joseph W. Tkach, Sr. stealing $5,000 as a “needy church member.”

Robert Gerringer 1975 Letter to Charles Hunting
Reveals how Herbert Armstrong was confronted time and again with doctrinal issues and failed to change. Covers double standards, false prophecies, bad fruit, the lack of intellectual freedom of the members to think for themselves, etc. Shows what really happened in the 70s when many left.

Beware “Ambassadors” Bearing Gifts!
Covers the tragic story of Garnet Hill and what happened to him after he responded to Herbert Armstrong’s pleas for more money.

Dropouts See Hucksterism Where They Once Saw God
Newspaper testimony from those who were exploited by WCG. Those who read this news article will notice carry-overs with certain totalistic WCG offshoots.

Hanky-Panky and Revolt in the Worldwide Church of God
Magazine article covers the 1972 date; misuse of funds by the Armstongs, how HWA would not listen to charges, and reveals exploitation and suffering of members.

What in the World is Worldwide Church of God Doing Now?
Includes selling the copyrights to HWA’s literature to Philadelphia Church of God for $3 million; sections at end: “What Are They Still Doing Today?” and “Need For Discernment.”

Was WCG Conducting Psychological Research Without Informed Consent?

Techniques to Gain Control
Detailed letter covers techniques used on members; also replacing God with the “government” of the group.

Myths About Loma Armstrong
Myths and far-fetched tales about the woman who motivated HWA to begin the Radio Church of God (later known as WCG).

For more expose` see our section: Herbert W. Armstrong

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New Changes / Mainstreaming:

Note: Doctrine was used as a massive distraction in making WCG’s changes, and these changes were instigated through a layer of deception and confusion. We recommend reading the early letters to ESN which reveal more of what was happening after the changes and also how members were treated.

An Open Letter to Our Acquaintances in Worldwide Church of God
This courageous letter has enabled many to question deception and exit Worldwide Church of God and any of its authoritarian splinter groups.

OIU Newsletters (available as PDF download)
Looks behind the scenes at the real activities and associations pertaining to the “transformation” of the WCG (CGI) and their New Age agenda. (OIU FIVE and SIX are detailed reports surrounding the Ecumenical Movement and their current strategy involving the WCG (GCI) conglomerate.)

What Really Occurred With Worldwide Church of God (GCI)
Very important information; detailed.

Video Sermon by Tkach to Worldwide Church of God Members, January 1995
Transcript shows the manner in which the new changes were first delivered to the members: with confusion, double messages, shouting and blaming (especially in Part Two).

Transformed by Truth or Transformed by Lies??
A critique of the gross distortions in Chapter two of the book.

A Cult in Transition

Letter Exposing Outright Lies, Abuses and Sociopathic Behavior
Outstanding letter that reveals the truth about what was really going on at the time of the changes. 

Worldwide Church of God Changes Name
Tactics such as confusion and distortion were used when making their new changes; includes their reasons for name change.

GCI – New Age and Ecumenical Connections
Shows their ecumenical, New Age, liberal and Charismatic connections.

The Earl Williams Factor
Excellent article. Reveals how Williams was preaching grace way before Tkach, Sr. supposedly received his “truth about the New Covenant from God.” Letters at end about how Atlanta was a “test area.”

The Day Joseph Tkach, Sr. Gave His New Covenant Sermon (What really happened?) Three short testimonies and reactions by those who heard the three-hour sermon.

Unavailable! The Worldwide News – Prior to September 1995
WCG says their WN’s are “not available before September 1995.” What is it they don’t want others to read? Quotes and comments from the 1994 and 1995 WNs.  Double-speak, deceit, blame and lies.

Fun With Prophecy
Shows how Ron Kelly used humor to disarm WCG members while making them believe that somehow they were at fault for believing HWA’s prophecies; shaming and blaming of members (transcript of his sermon with comments by ESN). 

Honey, I Shrunk The Church 
Exposé article on Worldwide Church of God and their new changes; published in New Times Los Angeles. Includes expose` info on Herbert Armstrong; his lavish lifestyle, double standards, alleged incest, etc.

Transformed by Christ (a critical review of GCI’s booklet)
Covers the massive distortions in the book and shows history revision and whitewashing of their founder.

Worldwide Church of God Whitewashes Herbert Armstrong After New Changes
Includes quotes from GCI’s 2019 booklet, “Transformed by Christ.”

Transformed by Truth Kept on Grace Communion International Website
This book reveals GCI’s reverence for Herbert Armstrong.

Worldwide Church of God: Completion of Conspiracy

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What Were We Really Believing in the WCG Era?
Includes: “What are doctrines of devils?”

On Apostasy–A Radical Proposal (Letter to WCG, Philippines)
Reveals the disturbing direction WCG (GCI) is headed doctrinally; New Age authors WCG has endorsed. This 2006 letter reached close to 350 ministers, including those at HQs. (Shows they are embracing replacement theology, spiritualizing the Scriptures, discounting the Millennium; believing that the church has replaced Israel.)

A Rebuttal to Michael Morrison
This is the rebuttal to Mike Morrison of WCG when he responded to On Apostasy–A Radical Proposal. (shows they are embracing replacement theology, spiritualizing the Scriptures, promoting ecumenism, discounting the millennium; are ambivalence.) [sent to over 300 Worldwide Church of God ministers and members]

Last Wake-Up Call to Joseph Tkach, Jr.
Sent to 308 ministers in WCG (GCI), warning them of the grave direction they were headed. Includes sarcastic replies from some of the ministers. (by above author)

What in the World is Worldwide Church of God Doing Now? (evolution, universalism, heaven and hell, teaching a second chance after death, guilt concerning giving, replacement theology, spiritualizing Scriptures, etc., are covered in this article)

Grace Communion International and Their Heretical Beliefs (2019 letter to ESN)

Grace Communion International and Their Evolutionary Views (letter sent to HQs)

Grace Communion International and Their Universalism Views (letter send to HQs)

Grace Communion International Promoting Evolution (2011 letter to ESN)

Quotes Proving Grace Communion International is Endorsing Evolution (2011 letter to ESN; still relevant)

Also see: Grace & Law (many articles)

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This page has articles on all the offshoots we cover. Includes Testimonies from former members. Also an offsite link to hundreds of organizational splits.


Testimonies (WCG):

Testimonies by Former Members of Worldwide Church of God



This section has tongue in cheek articles, including Tkach Jr. in 1993 denying changes were coming; buzzwords; crazy statements by WCG ministers, PCG ministers, and more.


PDF downloads

Books exposing WCG & Herbert Armstrong; ESN critical book reviews on Mystery of the Ages, ESN critique of HWA’s Sabbath booklet; Outsider’s Inside Update Newsletters.

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Related Material:

Confession and Freedom from Specific Cult/Occult Strongholds (Includes Worldwide Church of God and any Herbert W. Armstrong splinter groups)

Where is the True Church?

Herbert W. Armstrong (many articles)