Monday, April 7, 2014

Jeff"s Story on Leaving United Church of God



Check out the latest story from a former UCG member, his life in Armstongism and his exit:

Listen here: Coming Out Conversations – Ep. 23

"Jeff, the oldest of 5 kids, was born and raised in the Worldwide Church of God, but at the age of 11 his parents  left to join a new church, United Church of God, which split off of the WCG due to massive doctrinal changes they did not agree with.  He was home schooled and largely taught himself, which made him self-reliant and independent. An analytical, science-loving student, by the time he was a teen he was already beginning to secretly doubt the teachings of the church, and before he was 18, he didn’t believe in the religion or Christianity at all. He watched his friends who left the church be shunned and ostracized and, despite being hounded for his “rebellious attitude,” he continued to attend until he was 21 when he could move out on his own."

"Jeff describes what it was like growing up in the WCG and watching his parents become very vocal in their opposition of the doctrinal changes in ’95, bolstered by the fact their pastor was also opposed to the changes. He talks about being home schooled and how that lead to his independent thinking and ultimate analysis of church doctrine, which he did secretly, as a young teenager.  He talks about the heartache of watching his teenage friends who had chosen to leave being shunned and ostracized by members in the church and how he relied on his friends for his sanity given his growing state of disbelief in the teachings of the church.

"Jeff shares about his ultimate exit from the church and religion at the age of 21 and how his relationship with his family — all of whom still remain in the church — has evolved. He opens up about the emotional turmoil and heartbreak, years later, watching his mother succumb to cancer all the while resisting modern medical treatment and how the church practiced the avoidance of medical intervention (faith healing) despite the unspoken policy not being official doctrine. Finally, he offers his advice to other having doubts about their faith."

From Troy Fitzgerald's web site: Secular Safehouse

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I wish the best for Jeff.
Coming out of a cult that holds people strongly with psychological BS like the UCG does, is not an easy thing to accomplish.

Byker Bob said...

This unfortunately provides confirmation of some of our fears. It would appear from what happened with his mom that while the medical doctrine has been officially changed, the inside dope is that if members want to be Philadelphian, they will not consult with medical professionals, or take advantage of the latest in medical technology.

BB

Ed said...

I am surprised. I thought the UCG was more un-cult like then the other splinter groups.

old EXPCG hag said...

God is love. Any group of people that try to convince you that ABUSE is God's love are nuts.

I hope Jeff can overcome all the adversity that those false, satanic people have programmed into his head and just follow Christ's teachings ...even by himself if he cannot find any others that have enough sense to do the same.
You are not to follow a false Prophet and government that man has set up claiming it's God's government on this Earth...only Christ. The End.

Anonymous said...

Ed, I do think they're less cultish than many of the WCG's other splinter groups...... but yet, they are the largest splinter group, with their leaders being those who plotted and collected paychecks and lied while laying low before they exited the WGC, in order to re-emerge in a church that taught Armstrong's old crap(in which they could retain positions of power, and paychecks- via members' tithes).
Sure, they're less harsh than other splinters like Flurry's, but they are far from being "un-cultish"...
Heck, most UCG members absolutely luv Herbie and are nostalgic for the golden years of the WCG, and they'd throw a shit-fit and withhold $ if the large portrait of HWA that hangs at UCG's HQ were ever removed!
(That's why it's still there, plain and simple. It's not because they "forgot about it", or they'll "probably remove it soon" as some UCG apologists claim.)

Bottom line: UCG is less harsh than some of the crazy splinters, but they're still a cult of Armstrong, led by liars who have tried to capture the tithes of the most people they could- of those disaffected by the WCG's newer teachings. For the UCG leaders, retaining their positions of power has been shown to be all-important to them.

Silence said...

This is a tragic reminder that splitting hairs between what's official policy and what's simply practice ultimately doesn't matter if people are still dying as a result.

James said...

The UCG is the culmination of armstrongism. Why do you expect that to change? A generation or two would have to pass before any significant change takes place.

Anonymous said...

Jeff made Jelly's ears burn!

Anonymous said...

UCG does not teach or pressure their members to avoid modern medicine....