Worldwide Church of God Horror Stories,
How Bad Was It, Really?
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Racism in my church. We had ONE black family. At church dances we were instructed to not dance with them.. We had an Asian woman and her white husband join...During the Sermon they were called to stand and were given as an example not to follow. ( They had married before entering "the church") My mother was called a "Spiritual widow" because my father didn´t attend church. We were treated as second class citizens
because of this. My best friend at 16 was forced to marry our earlier YES teacher because she became pregnant by his abuse... He was in his late thirties. He came from a prominent family and everyone excepted it. Even though she had maintained sexual relations with him since she was 13. He would later on sexually abuse their 2 year old daughter and she would be asked to leave the church and him allowed to stay. Another friend who also tithed her non-church going husbands money... She wanted to leave him because
he abused drugs, she was told by the pastor that she would be discommunicated for leaving her husband. My sister was kicked out for wearing gold earrings that resembled calves( they were koalas!). My brothers left to assume crime ridden lives. I left and had a family of 4 kids by the time I was 21. My mother and younger sister left to join the Spin off church that was voted on in our area. The still attend. My sister and mother are followers... They just did away with ALL their beliefs and joined a Sunday
worship, xmas celebrating, ham eating church. I was so excited to tell my father this years later. (She never told him of the changes). Needless to say, there was no Ham brought into that house after that day by my dad! My Dad years ago stopped drinking, I have told him about all the secrets and abuse and he hugged me and said " I would of protected you if I´d only known" I don´t know if that´s true or not... I´ve forgiven my mother. She only did what she knew growing up. She was brainwashed, weak,
ill. I rejected ALL faiths for years. It was very hard to learn to love a "new" God! A forgiving, loving God.
Thank you for submitting your letter to the Painful Truth.
This letter stands as testimony as to the mental deterioration one can find in the various Churches of God. Placing a guilt trip on a six year old or even a ten year old child is to blame them for others actions. Armstrongism has always called out to people in psychological dissociation or distressed situations. It sounds like your mothers dissociation with reality was her way to sidestep dealing with distress producing events, such as being a member of Herbert Armstrong's Worldwide Church of God. The people who joined the WCG were attracted to the power from a helpless and powerless existence. Unfortunately, your story is typical of so many others here on the “Horror Story” pages.
“The idea of forgiveness is one of the most difficult issues with which survivors of sexual or domestic violence must deal.”
Try this link for a better understanding of survival : How the Christian Church Guilt-Trips Survivors.
“Racism in my church.”
From M.A.M: “With his adoration for the past, it is no surprise that Armstrong’s views on race relations remained unchanged from his youth. Segregation, bans on interracial dating and marriage, and the inferiority of the “Negro” race were things he took for granted. As his article in the October,1963 Plain Truth demonstrated, Armstrong cloaked the racial prejudice practiced in the Jim Crow south with Biblical garb. His attempt to make racism Biblical is truly astonishing."
People like Armstrong are not born—they are excreted.
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