Who would have thought when I started this little blog that it would be having the impact it does today!
Soon after I started this the UCG/COGWA debacle hit and viewership started climbing rapidly. This site soon became the "go to" site for the latest in the absolute craziness in the Church of God. We have taken their own words and posted them for all the world to see.
We had a direct influence in LCG's smack down of Bob Thiel when they had to publicly acknowledge that Bob was NOT the official LCG spokesperson as he assumed he was. Through witnessing Bob's mental meltdown, the COG has got to see a regular member appoint himself as a leader without any credentials or ordination. The icing on that cake let us see some of the most absurd and poorly produced videos a COG leader has ever produced.
We have have experienced the venom from Wade Cox and legal threats. We know we are read by Dave Pack and and his lap poodles. We know LCG, UCG, PCG, GCI, COGWA and others regularly check us out.
25-30 years ago no one would have ever thought that the Internet would be as powerful as it is. The Internet was a thing used by schools and universities for scientific research. It was only a couple of years after HWA's death that the Internet took off and the COG has never been the same since.
It rapidly contributed to the downfall of the WCG as various splinter groups networked through email and private groups plotting their departure from the Mother church. The power and control of the Church leaders suddenly went impotent. People did what their conscience told them to do. They left in the tens of thousands.
All of the splinter groups thought the Internet was God's new gift to them and would be their friend as it helped gather their faithful together in ways never imagined. But then, all hell broke loose. The Internet started being a tool to expose abuse of Church of God leaders. The people could no longer be silenced.
The ground breaking work that the Ambassador Report accomplished decades ago took on a new light and route. While the AR was originally mostly Pasadena based, the Internet went world wide. Around this time The Painful Truth appeared and Gavin Rumney's blog Ambassador Watch suddenly took off. The AW caused such a stir that various COG HQ's started calling in people to find out who was spilling the beans. In essence, the Ambassador Report and Ambassador Watch with the help of the Internet, started the decline of the Churches of God that it has never recovered from to this day.
From an organization of close to 140,000 members, with millions of co-workers, three college campuses, enormous print runs, and a rich heritage, the Church has declined to 700 some splinter groups all fighting to see who is top dog.
We are getting to watch first hand the implosion of the Dave Pack and Gerald Flurry groups. We have witnessed the minuscule rise of two self appointed false prophets, Bob Thiel and James Malm. We have witnesses the mental breakdown of a COG member who went on a shooting spree killing Living Church of God members all because of a sermon by Rod Meredith. We have seen Church Elders lie under oath in stalking trials. We have read about the suicides and deaths caused by church teachings. We have seen Gerald Flurry get arrested for public drunkenness and then try to bribe a Peace Officer. We have witnessed families destroyed by Gerald Flurry's hate-filled disfellowshipment polices. We watched as Rod Meredith broke away from WCG to form the Global Church of God, then to watch him trash it by taking their money and leaving them in debt as he started Living Church of God. The list is endless.
You can rest assured, that we will be here for a long time to come chronicling the fall of the Church of God into hundreds and hundreds more splinter groups. If they try to shut us down there are others ready to step in and start another site.
Please patronize our fellow compatriots on this journey to freedom!
In no particular order:
The Painful Truth
False Prophet Ron Weinland
All About Armstrongism
Exit and Support
The Plain truth About Malachi's Message and That Prophet
Non-Believer Former Members of the Worldwide Church of God
The Age of Reason - 21st Century
Armstrongism Plagiarism Research
The Supreme Cult
Armstrongism - The Ultimate Guide
The Gun Lap
Life After The WCG: A Spiritual Pilgrimage of an Independent Believer
Currently Starring....Pam Dewey's Most Excellent Blog
Towards The Faith Once Delivered
Matches In The Gas Tank Link fixed
Field Guide To Wild World of Religion
Old Covenant Compared To The New Covenant
The Practicing Heretic
Investigation of Armstrongism