Here’s a new, filterable interactive map of COG splinters and their known congregations. If there are any congregations we should add, let us know in the comments. Thanks!
An estimated 700+ WCG splinter groups are scattered across the globe, so it’s very difficult to keep track of them all. However, few in the COG realize or acknowledge that WCG was itself a splinter from the Church of God, Seventh Day, which in turn split from larger bodies.
We’ve launched a project to allow people to interactively explore the COG family tree with a zoomable, sortable, draggable chart.
Most of the data represents schisms, but an obvious handful are organizational name changes, major shifts in leadership or otherwise transformed identities of these cults.
This obviously isn’t everything, but it includes information housed in our own knowledge banks and GCI’s original splinter chart. We’re putting the call out for anyone with any further information on splinter groups and from whence they descended to let us know in the comments, social media or via email. It’s our goal to make this as comprehensive as possible.
Zoom In/Out: scroll wheel | Zoom and Center: double-click | Expand/Collapse Node: left click | Reorganize Node: drag and drop
Many commenters over the last few years have shared their horror stories about the Restored Church of God, many providing valuable insights into the cult’s internal workings and culture, along with the sheer insanity of its leader, David C. Pack.
We’re looking to compile detailed accounts from members or the friends and family of members about how RCG has affected their lives, any particular incidents that stand out in their experience or just anything you think the world needs to know.
If you have shared your story before, feel free to share it again. We’re trying to collect all of these accounts in one place.
Send us your story via our contact form, or feel free to leave a comment on this post.
Nothing will be published without prior permission. We’re just seeking as much detailed information as possible.
Can we just say how nice Wikipedia looks right now? A huge kudos to the editors who have been diligently keeping COG-related entries clean of propaganda and other garbage. The Armstrongism umbrella page is particularly shiny.
Many of the initial edits we made have held fast against the tide of changes over the last year, so that feels good. Sweeping through and making those changes seems to have brought this otherwise neglected niche of Wikipedia articles to the attention of the wider community, so they’ve naturally only gotten better instead of worse.
Also, we haven’t had to delete any COG linkage to its literature in the body of the text for months. Hopefully the cults are learning.
But, there is one thing that needs to be fixed. COGWA, after a couple attempts, has finally setup a page. It’s okay, but it could be better and should have some tweaks made to it. It’s too…friendly. At least they had the honesty to link themselves to the Armstrongism page, which nobody else had previously done of their own volition.
Considering how “amazing” the work of David C. Pack’s RCG is supposed to be, it’s kinda odd that he has such small Facebook and Twitter followings, accounts he actually tries to promote. Pack is also one of the few COG leaders who has profiles that are specifically focused on him and separate from RCG’s actual pages. Cult of personality much?
We’re wondering if we can, in fairly short order, find a way to surpass Pack’s social media audience. Silenced hasn’t done much in the way of social media work — it’s always been something kind of sitting on the back burner of our priorities. But now seems like a good time to try and build that audience.
We know this is a tougher struggle for blogs like this one, when it may not be wise to telegraph to one’s friends and family in the COG that you’re tuned into cult-critical content. But it’s worth a try anyway.
We may start sharing more links from across the anti-COG blog community as well, not only our own, simply because there isn’t really a social media presence for COG critics outside of a handful of closed Facebook groups.
Apparently, leftist bloggers and online daters are ripe for RCG cult leader David C. Pack to convert to his strain of Armstrongist lunacy. We’re uncertain of the logic behind Pack’s strategy to spend his online advertising dollars, but Web denizens have sent both Silenced and Banned! screenshots of websites where RCG ads have been popping up, notably Daily Kos and OK Cupid.
Similar to a Painful Truth’s pseudo-suggestion to drive up PCG’s ad costs, Pack’s Google-powered ads are also likely costing him money per click. While concerted efforts to click links over and again are usually caught by Google, if you run across an RCG on these sites, Facebook or anywhere else Pack has been advertising, don’t be afraid to click it. The radioactive stupidity can only hurt you so much, but draining some of Pack’s advertising warchest hurts him more in the long run.