Exit and Support Network

Testimonies and Writings by Exiters

 

valley in the mountainsRecovery from an exploitive and abusive religious group is one of the hardest things we will ever do. We cannot bury our experience and move on. It is important to give ourselves time to heal. While we each heal at different times and in difference ways, the journey is still painful. Writing and speaking out is an effective way to counter the disinformation, propaganda and lies and is helpful in our healing.

Where Do the Feelings Go? (covers processing painful thoughts)

The following insightful writings and stories* from trusted sources tell about the deception, fraud, abuses and traumas suffered at the hands of "ministers of God." They are valuable in validating exiters' experiences, helping them to understand their involvement, and to know that they are not alone. All are written by former members of Worldwide Church of God, but a few are from those deceived by controlling splinter groups.

*Names have been changed for confidentiality, unless otherwise noted . Not all stories submitted to ESN are posted.

 

"We felt shame, but we were not the shame.
The thing that happened to us was the shame." ~ Anonymous

 

Personal Writings About My Experience With "God's Church"
Insightful writings that cover deception, trauma and abuses suffered at the hands of "God's ministers." Includes" recent reflections. Helpful for anyone who has exited any of the high demand HWA groups and are working through their feelings. (Includes: "Questioning Why I Was in an Abusive, Controlling Group.")
Testimonies From Child Survivors
Looking Back on My Experiences
Many articles by Lindsey which are validating for exiters and very helpful for understanding our involvement and breaking free. Covers tithing, Petra, singles, fundraising, perfection, etc.
Testimonies by Former Members of WCG and Offshoots
Personal Stories About Grief
Includes "We Weren't Allowed to Grieve Normally," "I Listened to a Man," "It's Been Hard to Observe Christmas Again," etc.
Testimonies by Those Impacted by Philadelphia Church of God
Poems/Free Verse
Sometimes we that have survived an abusive, soul-damaging experience express more freely our feelings through poems or free verse.
An Open Letter to Our Acquaintances in WCG
Courageous letter by ESN founders which enabled many (including themselves) to question deception and exit.
God's Love in My Life There are times when God makes His love known to us in special, unexpected ways. Two of these are miracle stories. Letter Exposing Outright Lies, Abuses and Sociopathic Behavior
Written  by Michael S. to author Janis Hutchinson. Excellent.
Trauma With Another Church
These writings reveal what happened by attending a Christian church too soon. Includes: "The Twilight Zone"; "Other Christians and Cult Deception"; "The Full Christians," and more.
D. William's Letters to Author, Janis Hutchinson
Valuable research info to understand what transpired during the WCG changes; reveals deception and cover-up.
Struggles With Attending Mainstream Churches
Includes: "Former Members Can't Be Pushed into Other Churches"; "My Pain With Other Churches Was Great," etc.
Kelly Marshall's Letters to Author, Janis Hutchinson
Valuable research info to understand what transpired during the WCG changes; reveals deception and cover-up.
Good to Be Free From the WCG
Writings by Will, former deacon, which validate exiters' experiences.
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"For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ." ~ John 1:17

 

Note: Worldwide Church of God (and its abusive offshoots) taught a false god. Any articles on this site that mention God are those that reveal the true God whose love is everlasting, and who is full of mercy, grace and compassion, giving Himself freely to meet our deepest needs. He manifested His Love to us by revealing Himself through His Son, Jesus, who saves us eternally by His grace and not by any works that we might try to do.    


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