Larry - a current WCG member - writes: Don't you think it is fascinating that there is so much passion here about the WCG?
I am amazed. I mean, really...., do you think there is this much passion in a bunch of ex-Methodists? Or ex-Episcopalians?
I doubt it.
Why do you think that is? What is it about the Worldwide Church of God and subsequent splinter groups that could stir the hearts and minds of people after so many years?
I'll bet that some of you would say...blatant hypocrisy. But you would be wrong. That's not it.
Larry raises an interesting question, though it seems a bit unfair to hint that he knows the answer but won't tell! Here is a sample of the ongoing reaction.
Response 1 (anonymous): For the same reason that abused children seek out forums to interact with others that were abused. Or someone with an illness seeks out others who might have the same illness. It's as simple as that. Don't play psychologist and make more of it than it is.
Response 2 (Richard): Larry, its probably because most of us were young, dumb, stupid, gullible and impressionable when we attended the WCG. We grew-up believing HWA was God's Apostle; believing that there is this wonderful world tomorrow coming right around the corner in 1975 as HWA told us; and believing there is a place of safety from the world's tribulation in Petra.
There is also the social aspect that we were all in this WCG cult that did not associate much with the outside world. People gave their all for "God's work" - their time, money resources and lives.
But, it all turned out to be a giant con job. We all lost our innocence with the WCG - it was all a huge lie. There is no wonderful world tomorrow, and there is no place of safety.
I really don't believe anything that comes from the WCG or its splinters and religion in general. The God of HWA and the WCG was a very cruel God.
Armstrongite ministers have cried wolf so often, that its now entertainment for me. I can't take them seriously anymore.
There is an old adage, "Lie to me once, shame on you. Lie to me twice, shame on me".
Response 3 (Corky): No, but the ex-members of the Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons and other cults far outnumber and outshine the few people who are on Ambassador Watch in protestation of their past delusions.
The reason you don't see the same thing from ex-Methodists, Baptists, Episcopalians, Presbyterians etc. is because they are real churches and not cults.
That is another sign of a cult, by the way, ex-members having their say on-line or in books accusing the cult of being a cult.
Larry's rejoiner: Richard, you make it sound like the Church ruined your life. Get a grip.
Response 4 (Bamboo Bends): Did it ever occur to you Larry that maybe, that's exactly what happened?
I don't know Richard.....but I do have a close friend who committed suicide because of the treatment he got from his pastor...
Yes, some lives were indeed ruined.
But you won't read about the casualties on the Suprising God Blog.
Most of us just carry on the best we can but we'll always carry the scars. Its when people tell us that what we experienced really wasn't that bad that we get truly annoyed. We lived through it.
FWIW, I find Richard's comment about loss of innocence particularly apt. A discussion worth pursuing?