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Atheist Exposes the Worldwide Church of God

The Worldwide Church of God — a cult operated by the late Herbert W. Armstrong –boasted over 140,000 members in its prime.   The church changed its doctrines after the 1986 death of Armstrong and numerous "splinter churches" formed.   It recently changed its name to Grace Communion International, probably a move to cut its ties to its cult reputation and the dozens of Armstrong splinter groups.

Although Armstrong has been dead for over 20 years,   those familiar with his church are still passionate about his influence.   Some staunchly cling to his teachings; others feel abused, disillusioned and/or angry.   Thousands of Facebook members belong to the "I Survived the Worldwide Church of God" group.   Various websites and blogs continue to provide news and support for people who either grew up in the church or were members who quit.

Contributing bloggers to this site, Dakota O'Leary and Urbain Beck, were forced to attend Armstrong's church during their childhoods and/or teenage years.   Dakota wrote a heartfelt article about the spiritual abuse she and her mother endured in the Worldwide Church of God.

A young lady using the handle "SientSpirit" presented a two-part YouTube series on the teachings of the Worldwide Church of God — and notes that the church's stance on not seeing doctors or seeking medical help contributed to the deaths of two members of her family.   She explains that she is now an atheist.

The literal interpretation of the biblical old testament, together with the elitist attitude of the church's patriarchy and members, combined to create a strong example of the repressive and controlling nature of religion.

About D. Beeksma

One of the growing crowd of American "nones" herself, Deborah is a prolific writer who finds religion, spirituality and the impact of belief (and non-belief) on culture inspiring, fascinating and at times, disturbing. She hosts the God Discussion show and handles the site's technical work. Her education and background is in business, ecommerce and law.
  • Chuck

    People need to be aware that religious organizations can't just do whatever they please and get away with it under the laws that protect religion. If you look hard enough you can find articles on the internet about "faith healers" that went to jail because they were running a scam. The religious freedom laws didn't save them because they were running a scam and they *knew* it. I.e. they were not sincere in their beliefs. How is this relevant? Because there are web sites that prove Armstrong lied and that people like Flurry are deceivers. The splinter leaders probably know about these sites because it is their business to be aware of what the "dissidents" are saying. Yet they continue to defend Armstrong, which shows that, in many cases, they are also deceitful. So they could probably go to jail. What's needed is someone with the financial resources to pursue this issue and take some of these splinter leaders to court.

  • nev higgs

    Sorry to hear about the death of your family members. I am a christian and I believe in God's healing power but I also believe that God gave knowledge to the doctors to enable them to heal as well. To ignore that fact is folly. Please don't give up your faith because your family believed in false doctrine, It wasn't God that failed them because God never fails.

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