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Out of the Shadows: Finding God's Truth in a World of Deception [Paperback]

By J. Thomas Lapacka (Author)
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The autobiographical story of one man's involvement with the Worldwide Church of God (WCG). The book chronicles his slide into the abyss of the WCG's deceptions, including false prophecy, spiritual abuse, emphasis on the Law, and subversion of the Gospel. It also explains the transformation Lapacka experienced as the WCG confessed its theological errors and, by the power of the Holy Spirit, began to profess beliefs more closely aligned with the historic Christian faith. In the process, the Holy Spirit guided Rev. Lapacka on a journey from the shadows of legalism into the full light of God's grace in Christ Jesus. He now embraces the historic creedal faith, has left the WCG, and joined the LCMS.

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Read one man's story of his involvement in the Worldwide Church of God and his pilgrimage to the historic Christian faith.

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Studio: Concordia Publishing House
Pages   317
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6.04" Height: 0.81"
Weight:   1.15 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2001
Publisher   Concordia Publishing House
ISBN  0570052467  
ISBN13  9780570052463  


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An insider...with insight!  May 10, 2003
Tom Lapacka's book is a fascinating, can't-put-it-down look inside one of the most incredible American religious/entreprenurial stories in the last 150 years. Lapacka's spiritual leader (and mine, from 1972-1979) was Herbert W. Armstrong, a failed advertising man who "discovered" substantial "new truth" that he marketed, effectively, to millions of people. Of those millions, some 150,000, at Armstrong's peak, were hardcore followers and/or members of the Worldwide Church of God.

I was utterly impressed with Lapacka's honesty, candor and perspectives. While he and I might disagree on some points, this is a valuable, insightful and informative book that desreves serious reading by those interested in modern American religion, the question of "marketing God," and the dynamics of a personality-led church. It is also a cautionary tale for members of many different denominations, about what can happen when power is too concentrated, and about how people who may have some good ideas can get far off track. (I'm not necessarily putting Herbert Armstrong in the "good ideas" category, inasmuch as I see him more as a creative re-packager and marketer, but I digress.)
 
A Fascinating Book From First Page to the Last  Apr 10, 2003
Young Tom Lapacka began as a casual Christian member of a church and member of a home where there was little peace and harmony. His grandfather influenced him to turn to Herbert W. Armstrong's World Wide Church of God. The radio programs attracted him as a high school student. The account of the author's acceptance of the teachings along with his eager search for the best makes absorbing reading. He rose to positions of trust and leadership in the group but somehow there was always a sense of dissatisfaction and longing for something more.

This is a thrilling document about one individual's search for and finding the God of the gospels. The book challenges all Christians to be able to defend the faith to those who are seeking.

 
A Fascinating Book From First Page to the Last  Apr 10, 2003
Young Tom Lapacka began as a casual Christian member of a church and member of a home where there was little peace and harmony. His grandfather influenced him to turn to Herbert W. Armstrong's World Wide Church of God. The radio programs attracted him as a high school student. The account of the author's acceptance of the teachings along with his eager search for the best makes absorbing reading. He rose to positions of trust and leadership in the group but somehow there was always a sense of dissatisfaction and longing for something more.

This is a thrilling document about one individual's search for and finding the God of the gospels. The book challenges all Christians to be able to defend the faith to those who are seeking.

 
Good and Tries to Be Balanced...  Feb 6, 2003
This book appears to be mainly accurate but one can sense a root of bitterness that he has not quite dealt with. If you are still in a cult, this book might give some useful information to help you think about why you are still there. Personally, I have found Mike Feazell's account - Liberation of the Worldwide Church of God -- to be filled more with love and understanding.
 
The penetrating testimony of one man's journey  Jun 5, 2002
Out Of The Shadows: Finding God's Truth In A World Of Deception by J. Thomas Lapacka (Executive Director, The Lutheran Church/Missouri Synod Board for Communication Services, St. Louis, Missouri) is the personal and penetrating testimony of one man's journey through the tight clutches of a cult to embracing faith and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. A powerful, moving account of the depths of the human and divine spirit, Out Of The Shadows is highly recommended reading for any member of the Christian community having to deal with the insidious deceptions of religious cults.
 

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