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 most in the Christian establishment today, we give reasons why we do not endorse them, or their doctrines, but instead expose them.
Note: Worldwide Church of God changed their name in April 2009 in the United States to Grace Communion International. (Some local church areas and countries may still carry the former name or a different one.)
History / Exposure:
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. This page also includes: Worldwide Church of God Amasses Wealth Amid Rising Criticism (This is a “special report” which appeared in the same newspaper. Both articles are excellent.)
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.
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).
Grace Communion International History
Includes their selling the copyrights to HWA’s literature to Philadelphia Church of God for $3 million; excuses for selling the copyrights; whitewashing HWA; what else are they are doing today? etc. (Formerly entitled “What in the World is Worldwide Church of God Doing Now?”)
The World of Fairyland: The World Tomorrow
Transcript of a sermon given in the 1960’s by J. Vernon McGee; covers the origin of HWA’s doctrines; his audacious statements; tells of Richard Armstrong’s tragic car accident and his death due to neglect of medical treatment to prevent shock; also covered is The Throne of David, and more.
For more expose` see our section: Herbert W. Armstrong
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.
GCI – New Age and Ecumenical Connections
Shows their ecumenical, New Age, liberal and charismatic connections.
Worldwide Church of God: Completion of Conspiracy
Very good analysis of what happened.
An Open Letter to Joseph Tkach, Jr.
Forthright letter which boldly confronted Tkach about the way the changes were made; covers double messages, half-truths and guilt placed on members during the changes; abuses of members; mentions Earl Williams.
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.
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.
Worldwide Church of God Whitewashes Herbert Armstrong After New Changes
Includes quotes from GCI’s 2019 booklet, “Transformed by Christ.”
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.
Transformed by Truth Kept on Grace Communion International Website
This book reveals GCI’s reverence for Herbert Armstrong.
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 [amillennialism]; and are ambivalent.) [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)
Grace Communion International History (evolution, universalism, heaven and hell, teaching a second chance after death, guilt concerning giving, replacement theology, spiritualizing Scriptures, etc., are covered in this article) (previously entitled “What in the World is Worldwide Church of God Doing Now?)
GCI and Their Ecumenical Mishmash Doctrines (November 2019 detailed 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)
This page has articles on all the offshoots we cover. Includes Testimonies from former members. Also an offsite link to hundreds of organizational splits.
This section has tongue in cheek articles, includes “Rumors” (ridiculous Sermon Excerpts by Joseph Tkach, Jr. Denying Changes in 1993); buzzwords; crazy statements by WCG ministers, PCG ministers, and more.
Some have expressed an interest in corresponding with others who have been in Worldwide Church of God, Philadelphia Church of God, or any related offshoot (or who have been impacted by a loved one inside) in order to share experiences and/or to receive support and encouragement.
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.
Confession and Freedom from Specific Cult/Occult Strongholds (Includes Worldwide Church of God and any Herbert W. Armstrong splinter groups)
Herbert W. Armstrong (many articles)