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Worldwide Church of God / Grace Communion International
« on: July 10, 2016, 10:59:32 AM »
As with the other cults in this section we don't have to look far to find a recovery support:

"Exit and Support Network
Aiding those spiritually abused by Worldwide Church of God, Philadelphia Church of God, and all offshoots."
http://www.exitsupportnetwork.com/index.htm

As exposed in the sidebar articles in that recovery site Armstrong would seem to have been a real piece of work.
http://www.exitsupportnetwork.com/mike_ep/exam/exam.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grace_Communion_International

British Israelism
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grace_Communion_International#Historical_teachings_under_Armstrong

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Herbert W. Armstrong and his Jets
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2016, 08:33:00 AM »
When I started searching the CCOG I came across this video that begins with Armstrong climbing out of a big fat private jet.
Binged it and found a real interesting (and entertainingly written) paper on the subject of the Armstrong's jets and extracurricular activities:
http://www.hwarmstrong.com/enlyten-armstrong-traveling-in-style.htm

And that's not all:
http://www.hwarmstrong.com/enlyten-god-loves-quality.htm

The ministers:
http://www.hwarmstrong.com/enlyten-non-ministers.htm

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LETTER EXPOSING OUTRIGHT LIES, ABUSES AND SOCIOPATHIC BEHAVIOR
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2016, 08:34:26 AM »
"LETTER EXPOSING OUTRIGHT LIES, ABUSES
AND SOCIOPATHIC BEHAVIOR"

http://www.exitsupportnetwork.com/resrch/ltrsoths/ltrsjan3.htm#Janis,%20if%20you%20cannot%20see

"Your statement on Minister salaries is appreciated. For the record I ran a survey of local churches and in every one members knew the salary and compensation package of the Minister. Mainly because the parishioners pay it and-vote on it. I attend a local Lutheran church and everyone in the congregation receives a financial package annually showing all income and expenditures for the church, including all compensation for the Pastor. This church has 800 members and the pastor receives $32,000 a year salary with $12,000 housing stipend and an insurance package, $4000 automobile allowance. In the WCG I am told that senior Ministers receive approx. $65,000 and Regional Directors a base salary of $120,000 per year, neither figure reflects perks or intangibles i.e. retirements, insurance, autos, etc., etc. But I tell you in all truth that a local Minister LIVES ON THE BACK OF THE MEMBERS. They mow his yard, baby sit his kids, supply his food-from. their gardens, repair his cars, paint and repair his home, add additions to it, even build homes for the Ministry. I know of many, many Ministers that literally had the members build their homes. The mind set of the members is that to serve the Ministry is serving God, AND THEY STILL ENCOURAGE IT. That's why you hear ex-members say nothing's changed. THEY DON'T MEAN DOCTRINE."

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Honey, I shrunk the church
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2016, 09:19:52 AM »
"Honey, I shrunk the church

After renouncing founder Herbert W. Armstrong as a false prophet, the Worldwide Church of God is in upheaval. So why is new leader Joseph Tkach, Jr. smiling?
New Times Los Angeles/December 4, 1997
By Ron Russell"
http://www.culteducation.com/group/1236-world-wide-church-of-god/22317-honey-i-shrunk-the-church.html

"Despite Tkach's early pledge to promote openness and loosen the dictatorial grip for which Armstrong was famous, the leaders have resisted calls for financial disclosure. Among other things, they've refused to reveal their own salaries and perquisites. A former high-ranking church official says that Tkach's compensation package exceeds $300,000, including a hefty raise he reportedly was given even as plans were being drawn up to lay off staffers. His chief aides include Greg R. Albrecht, the church's second-in-command and its public relations director, treasurer Bernard Schnippert, and J. Michael Feazell, an assistant to the Pastor General. Tkach and Albrecht declined numerous requests for interviews. After calls to Schnippert and Feazell went unreturned, Albrecht, the public relations chief, told New Times that neither they nor any other church officials would make themselves available for comment.

Not until January of this year did the Tkach team and its outside accountants complete a legally required audit of church finances for 1995. The leadership then declined to publish it, with Schnippert declaring in a message to the faithful that the audit was "so late as to be almost irrelevant to our current financial picture."

The leaders also refused to publish the church's bylaws until a smuggled copy turned up on the Internet last year. Afterward, the church printed the document in its monthly newsletter. The bylaws confirmed what doubters had long suspected -- that Tkach, as head of the church, wields virtually absolute financial authority. Not only does the title of Pastor General denote his eminence in spiritual matters, but as chairman of the church's board of directors, he possesses the extraordinary power to appoint or remove other board members "at any time, with or without cause or notice.""


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Re: Worldwide Church of God / Grace Communion International
« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2016, 11:18:42 AM »
The shift of WCG to Grace Communion International seems to have been one into the New Age movement.
http://www.exitsupportnetwork.com/resrch/wcg/changes.htm