The Hidden Cult: Secrets of the Worldwide Church of God

In the depths of religious history, there are organizations that stand as beacons of hope and enlightenment, and then there are those that shroud themselves in darkness, leaving behind a trail of twisted beliefs and unspeakable atrocities. The Worldwide Church of God, a seemingly harmless name for an entity with a dark past, belongs to the latter category.

Founded by a charismatic and enigmatic figure, Herbert W. Armstrong, the Worldwide Church of God (or WCG) emerged from the shadows in the mid-20th century. Armstrong, a man with a tendency for prophecy and an uncanny ability to blend fact with fiction, set the stage for what would become one of the most controversial religious movements of its time.


“Al, let’s get one thing straight! I’m a no good, fornicating, adulterating son of a bitch!” These highly emotional words initiated a private conversation between Garner Ted Armstrong and me at 10:05 a.m. on Wednesday, May 16, 1973, in the seclusion of his television studio office. This was not the first or the only time Ted ever admitted that he was an adulterer. In spite of repeated public denials, Ted has privately admitted that he has been guilty of flagrant, continuous adultery and fornication for almost a quarter of a century-as a church member, an executive, and an evangelist!

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