Sunday 20 August 2006
John Morgan is a member of the Kiwi diaspora living in the Big, Dry Country, west of Eden. He is also a former member of the Worldwide Church of God.
He’s the latest to put his story in book form, but unlike some others he doesn't appear to have a sectarian axe to grind. From what is available on his website, it seems he’s put together a valuable resource.
Here’s a brief excerpt from the preface:
“I believe that to be successful in completely moving on ... it is important to understand more about Herbert Armstrong – answering critical questions like: what was his background, and where was he coming from? It is important to understand the actual reality of the organisation WCG members were a part of. ...
“In Flying Free I have addressed these issues. This book contains never previously published research on Herbert Armstrong’s Holiness Quaker upbringing. It includes extensive research on the WCG’s comparison to a cult, and the characteristics that actually define a cult. There are also many pages devoted to scanned material from original WCG literature – the content of material read from an external perspective, is assimilated and interpreted completely differently to the identical documents read from within the organisation. Reviewing this material can give new insight into the journey taken by WCG members and ex-members.
“Further to this, Flying Free also contains an open-minded assessment of the origins of the Bible, the authority of the Bible, and an appraisal of organised Christianity’s influence on the individual Christian.
“Flying Free documents the impact of the Armstrong teachings on individual lives, but then goes on to show a priceless freedom – found in life beyond fundamentalism.
“Flying Free should serve as a warning to those contemplating entering a fundamentalist church.”
The book is available on CD for a nominal cost, and the contents page indicates that there’s much there that will be helpful for members and ex-members alike. Further downstream there may be a review available on Otagosh. John's web address is www.flyingfree.zoomshare.com. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org