Social Fund Taken from Ambassador Report 2, , under "Letters" I am so thankful that you are exposing the past system for what it actually was and is. Please note that the AR is now posted on an atheist site. Never-Ending Set of Rules and Checklists: May 22, I just read the sermon notes above. What a terrible yoke members had to bear. After reading each point, I could feel the burden get heavier and heavier with each obligation. Sadly, what was never pointed out to the members is the fact that these requirements were made as "tax laws" to help run the newly founded nation of ancient Israel.
God never intended for these laws to extend beyond the ancient nation of Israel and into to our modern times. God knew that He was going to save the Gentiles in due time, and that ancient Israel would no longer exist. God never intended to burden people with these "additional financial requirements. List B does not contain a single scriptural reference!
These "requirements" are nothing more than man-made requirements with no scriptural backing. Should we be forced to obey "financial laws" that simply don't exist in the Bible? God through the Apostle Paul told his followers that we are worse than infidels if we don't take care of our families.
It disgusts me and makes me want to cry at the same time! Seeing this list, I hope readers can detect the outright greed of these so-called "ministers" who hide behind God's authority and use His name in the vainest way possible. God loves us, and never intended to burden us with man-made requirements that simply do not exist in His Word, or have been twisted out of context.
He wants us to love others as He loves us. He wants us to provide for our family's well-being, so that they can understand how God truly loves them.
He gives us the means to earn a living, so we can bless our families and those around us as He has blessed us! You don't need a "checklist" for this! I hope everyone who reads that list will become more aware of the rampant greed and see the sick system that has perpetuated it through the decades. The leaders' lust for money is insatiable as they devour the widow's mite, and trample the poor into the dust without conscience.
Religion or Rip-Off by Marion J. It is amazing the corruption when one has the blinders off. I could run circles around non believers. I just shake my head in sadness now. Man, I was fanatical. It burns me up. The key that did it for me [to leave] was when HWA was begging for donations and the next day he had some expensive crystal or something to that affect and was bragging about it to students.
That made me step back and ponder and start researching more. It took awhile to finally see all the proof and accept it for what it was. I wish that man was able to be in front of me right now. I closed myself off to my family and friends and almost left my wife over what he taught. Thank you for all your help! May 28, I've been reading about what happened years ago in the WCG. I came across your site purely by accident yesterday and have been reading the information for literally hours!
July 6, I grew up in the Worldwide Church of God ; my dad was a preacher. It does help me to read some of the letters and I can totally relate to the insanity that we all went through. I still have trouble dealing with a lot of issues because of the mind control I went through as a child. I have struggled with drug addiction and other addictions just to try to find some kind of peace but now today I know that Jesus Christ is real and alive, and I thank him everyday for setting me free from the bondage and legalism I learned in the WCG.
July 17, Thank you so much for all the time and trouble you've taken to document and refute the false teachings of Herbert Armstrong. I left the WWCG around after not being able to stomach anymore contradictions and half-truths. I visit several sites against HWA and the WWCG but find myself coming back to ESN because your site seemed more interested in helping people better found their relationship with Jesus rather than destroying faith altogether.
In coming here, I find encouragement, support through the articles to combat the mind control when it is triggered, and news about others still harmed by HWA's teachings so that I can pray for them. I remember hearing announcements that we were to destroy any dissident materials that may have been received without reading them. Now having read some of the documents online, I understand why. Their content totally contradicts what we were being told.
July 30, For the past several weeks Dave Pack of the Restored Church of God has been teaching that the scattered members, splinters, and slivers of the Church of God would be reunited with him in the RCG by August 31th. He has given sermons and announcements backing his claim. Anyone not with him and the RCG at that time will be considered disfellowshipped by Christ.
He has been taking Old Testament prophesies out of context and applying them to the Church. Dave Pack believes he is the end-time Joshua and acts like he is a savior to the church. Nothing could be further from the truth. I knew that Pack had the potential to become another Flurry. He has mixed the element of Ronald Weinland in with this and added a double-dose of HWA and the result is--another false prophet. Pack rules with fear and intimidation.
That is all he has ever known. Part of Pack's "predictions" involve the simultaneous deaths of three top leaders in the other offshoots. But Pack has also given himself an out, saying if it doesn't happen this year, it will happen "next year. I think it would be helpful. I had to really stop and think, "How could God endorse such doctrine proposed by a man who made blatant false prophecies?
September 2, Now that David C. The "church of God" world [i. Frankly, many in the offshoots are sick of Pack and RCG. You have been in our face with your self-righteous rhetoric for far too long. Dave Pack has proved before many witnesses that he is a lying prophet and incompetent to be any kind of "church of God" leader. To continue to follow him and his teachings is a mistake that you don't want to make. If you make excuses for him, you are as guilty as he is.
It's easy to prove him wrong--especially, when you can use his own words against him. God never gets it wrong! It's time for all of us in the various splinter organizations to look to Him and stop following fallible men. Flurry would always go back and "tweak" something. It makes me wonder, if Christ was on Earth today, would these same people come to His aide?
I'd say that is highly doubtful. Most of the attendees from the various splinters of the old WCG don't even know what true Christianity is. How can they when they hear "sermons" about buildings, big works of men, and how only their leader and group is right.
Are these the kind of subjects Christ spoke on? September 20, I have had your website bookmarked for quite a while and take a look now and then. Thanks to God, I am now learning the truth about Jesus and what God truly expects of believers. I have learned that the false gospel HWA used to warn us against in Galatians 1: He was the false teacher that the Bible warns against and he quoted that passage so many times I still get shudders when I read it.
I am still learning and hopefully growing away from the error but it is not easy. I only recently learned how much HWA plagiarized other groups such as Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormons, groups we were always warned against. When I went on the a JW's list of beliefs online, I was shocked to the core to see how many doctrines were directly incorporated into WCG teachings. Thank you for keeping the website going as there are many of us still out there and I hope many more will finally find the real truth.
Sexually Abused in Global Church of God: September 20, I have come to realize over the past that I was repeatedly sexually abused as a child whilst in Global Church of God [Rod Meredith's former group], possibly as far back as Worldwide. I now know for certain there are others and I can't possibly be alone. I have contacted [name withheld] and I hope I can get something from it.
It gives me great comfort to know I am not alone and now I will pursue these matters with the police unafraid. Your website is invaluable and I will be reading over it intensely when I feel more stable.
October 21, Wow! It brought back so many memories. After a bit, we started learning about "the rebellion" from the members. They had to whisper about it because the Cole families had been split by it. They had been longtime, influential ministers in the WCG.
Carrozzo was accused of trying to "liberalize" the church. The "liberals" were spoken about with contempt, and ridiculed for their foolishness.