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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 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.

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
Covers the 1972 date; misuse of funds by the Armstongs, how HWA would not listen to charges, and reveals exploitation and suffering of members.

Beware “Ambassadors” Bearing Gifts!
A tragic story of what happened to one member after he responded to Herbert Armstrong’s pleas for more money. [offsite link]

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).

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

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.”

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.

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

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

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.)

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. 

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 (offsite link)
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.

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

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. Includes link to A Rebuttal to Michael Morrison.

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

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, etc., are covered in this article)

Grace Communion International Promoting Evolution (2011 letter to ESN; still relevant)

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/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:

Prayers For Freedom From Spiritual Strongholds

Herbert W. Armstrong (many articles)