Help and Hope for Survivors of Worldwide Church of God, Philadelphia Church of God, Restored Church of God, and All Offshoots
If you are a former member or survivor of Worldwide Church of God* (Herbert W. Armstrong, HWA), or any of the affiliated high demand splinters; i. e., Philadelphia Church of God (Gerald Flurry, PCG), Restored Church of God (David C. Pack, RCG), Living Church of God (Roderick Meredith, LCG), United Church of God, An International Association (UCG-AIA), Church of God-PKG (Ronald Weinland), Intercontinental Church of God (Garner Ted Armstrong, GTA), or any related controlling splinter group or offshoot which claims to be the only true Church of God, the one true Church, or God's true Church, which alone has the source of truth, then this site can be of assistance to you.
Destructive religious groups, often referred to as Bible-based, apocalyptic cults, spiritually abusive churches, or high demand groups, are becoming more widespread in our society. The devastation they leave behind is enormous. Those who leave, or who were cast out or disfellowshipped, speak of feeling spiritually betrayed and exploited in the worst possible way, even suffering complex post traumatic stress disorder due to highly sophisticated cult mind control programming. Without education to understand what happened, they feel alone in their feelings and experiences. As a result, many often suffer for years, carrying feelings of guilt, shame, fear, separation, and the inability to feel and understand God's love and His complete forgiveness.
ESN is a support, research and information service established in 1993 to aid survivors who have suffered spiritual, psychological and financial abuse or exploitation.
We trust that you will find these pages helpful in unraveling the lies and propaganda, while furnishing validation, encouragement, hope and healing.
"Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly
they are ravening wolves." ~Matthew 7:15
*WCG changed their name to Grace Communion International in April 2009.