Item description for The Liberation of the Worldwide Church of God: The Remarkable Story of a Cult's Journey from Deception to Truth by J. Michael Feazell & Michael J. Feazell...
Overview Now available in paperback. A longtime insider and church executive tells the story of God's liberation from a false doctrine. ." . . a story perhaps without parallel in America's religious history."--"Los Angeles Times."
Publishers Description A Compelling Story of Grace and LibertyWe believe in the life-changing influence of grace and truth. Rarely, however, do we see it demonstrated with such explosive power as in the case of the Worldwide Church of God. Told by one of its top leaders, here is the remarkable inside story of what happened when a well-known cult grappled with the truths of the New Testament. The Liberation of the Worldwide Church of God is far more than the fascinating account of a church's journey from darkness to light and from bondage to grace. It is a blazing testimony to the gospel's matchless power---a power able to transform hearts and lives that seem beyond reach...and fully capable of changing us.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.54" Width: 5.44" Height: 0.61" Weight: 0.465 lbs.
Release Date Feb 3, 2003
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
ISBN 0310250110 ISBN13 9780310250111 UPC 025986250119
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More About J. Michael Feazell & Michael J. Feazell
J. Michael Feazell (D Min, Azusa Pacific University) is executive editor of 'The Plain Truth' magazine and senior advisor to the president of Grace Communion International in Pasadena, California.
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herbert Feb 13, 2010
this is the other part of the story of the world wide church of God. read it very interesting.
Read raising the ruins for a more accurate version of what happened!! Dec 8, 2008
This book is an interesting read on a mans opinion. Much of what is said is misguided. He should rename the book "How to steal a church and tell others what is right and wrong". I am glad I didn't buy the book new so he didn't benefit from the sale. If you are going to waste your money on this book buy it used then resell it. Better yet read raising the ruins. Raising the Ruins: The Fight to Revive the Legacy of Herbert W. Armstrong
The Prophet of Money and Intolerance: Armstrong Dec 5, 2008
More than anyone else on the margins of Protestant religiosity, it was Herbert W. Armstrong who fashioned the "electronic church." Starting out in advertising in Oregon, he switched in 1933 to pitching religion on the radio. He amassed a fortune, built a massive headquarters, and founded Ambassador College in Pasadena, California, where he moved his business ventures in 1947.
Armstrong blended end-time speculation and the idea that the Brits were Israelites with the slogans of pre-World War II fundamentalist religiosity. Some may remember hearing his booming voice on The World Tomorrow radio show or seeing him eventually perform on television, or recall reading his Plain Truth mass-circulation magazine.
Armstrong could have been the model for the comic Dave Barry's amusing quip: "Jesus saves, send the money." He eventually augmented his Radio Church of God with congregations, launching the Worldwide Church of God (WCG). He led the WCG as its pastor general until his death in 1986.
His "church" was not without controversy; his troubles surfaced when he ousted his even more gifted son, Garner Ted Armstrong, who turned out to be a high-living, spectacular moral failure. When Herbert W. Armstrong passed away in 1986, his financial empire was in decline. Joseph Tkach, who replaced Armstrong, lacked his theatrical skills. In 1995, Joseph Tkach Jr. replaced his father and was soon forced by massive financial setbacks to cut much of the headquarters staff, sell real estate holdings, and then in 1997 close Ambassador College.
Feazell provides the official, but highly sanitized, account of the fall of the Armstrong empire. He grants that under Joseph Tkach Jr. the leadership of the WCG was driven to abandon various unorthodox doctrines, including much of the end-time speculation and the British-Israel connection (p. 12). This was necessary to salvage what remained after the collapse of the Armstrong empire. Feazell seems to indicate that those who remained at the WCG headquarters believed the bizarre teachings of Armstrong.
But Feazell also admits that "despite the poor research skills of certain [unnamed] cult-watchers, Herbert Armstrong did not deny the divinity of Jesus Christ" (p. 216 n. 14). The Armstrong movement, whatever its strange ideology on crucial issues, was also well within the parameters of fundamentalist Christianity.
Much like a failed business venture, it tried to hold some of the badly splintered followers of Armstrong together while also finding a way of salvaging something in the aftermath of a dramatic market failure. While downsizing the Armstrong empire, its managers claim to have discovered orthodox religion. With this strategic shift, the WCG was eventually admitted to the National Association of Evangelicals.
Why should any of this be of interest to readers in general? When on 14 November 2004 Richard Mouw and Rabi Zacharias spoke in the Salt Lake Tabernacle, Joseph Tkach Jr. was on the stand supporting the effort of Greg Johnson (Standing Together Ministries) to evangelize the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Earlier Johnson had introduced Michael Feazell, special assistant to Joseph Tkach Jr., to his Latter-day Saint friends and evangelical associates. Included in this group were the ardent anti-Mormons at Living Hope Ministries who specialize in attack videos.
Those folks then produced a video entitled Called to Be Free, which purports to tell the story of how and why the WCG found the real Jesus and gained evangelical respectability. This video appears to be an attempt by countercultists to suggest to the Saints, based on the model of the WCG, how they can gain full recognition as an evangelical denomination.
Fascinating Reading Sep 30, 2008
This was a fascinating tale of something I have never heard happening. A cult turning back to the mainstream! I felt it was well written although I would have liked more detail of the people involved and the steps taken. Surely many people lost jobs, etc. How was that done. Were they given a severance pay? What happened to them? What is this church doing now? Most of the other "reviews" aren't book reviews at all! They belong in a chat room. They are a continuation of an ongoing conflict by members and former members of this organization. But, wow, isn't the emotion interesting!!!
Informative, but not very cohesive Aug 29, 2007
Unlike his friend and co-worker, Joseph Tkach (Jr), Mike Feazell provides a relatively in-depth examination of WCG doctrinal changes during the early 1990s. The book seems poorly organized and rather disjointed, even contradictory at times - Feazell jumps from topic to topic with little of a detectable outline (perhaps he produced a majority of the book by combining previous articles he had written), and often adopts an irritatingly defensive tone, but it does provide ample "food for thought" on many points, as opposed to Tkach's rather glossy, plastic narrative. There's less here for an outside observer, though; the book seems to be more directed at current and former WCG members.