"In reviewing Transformed by Truth, I was struck with the thought that God must be very pleased with the leadership of Joseph Tkach and the Worldwide Church of God team. Their courage to bring the full truth of Scripture as an illumination on long-established, misguided teaching, as well as their eagerness to join the greater Christian community as full kingdom partners, is a story that will inspire and motivate many of us who have settled into a ‘comfortable’ obedience to Christ."
E. FELIX, PH.D.
PRESIDENT, AZUSA PACIFIC UNIVERSITY
"Wow! What a story! Transformed by Truth was a healing balm for this old preacher’s cynicism. Read this book and rejoice with the angels. You’ll be glad you did."
PROFESSOR OF PREACHING AT REFORMED THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
"It is with highest admiration and deepest respect that I recommend Joseph Tkach’s Transformed by Truth. He is a man whom I consider both a brother and a friend. His transparent awakening will be a flagship for honest Truthseekers.
G. BRAFFORD JR.
PASTOR, VALLEY COMMUNITY CHURCH
EL MONTE, CA
"The transformation of the Worldwide Church of God movement is a remarkable story. Every Christian should read this wonderful account of the Lord’s power and grace."
PAUL A. CEDAR
CHAIRMAN, MISSION AMERICA
"What rejoicing there must have been in heaven when the Worldwide Church of God repented, confirmed, and moved toward orthodoxy. I believe the story told in this important book is indeed the religious story of this decade."
PRESIDENT, EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION
"To know the story of these dear brothers who have truly ‘tasted grace’ is to be more than fully assured of the validity of God’s miracle wrought in the Worldwide Church of God. Even more significant is to have your own heart stirred with a deeper hunger to keep that childlike humility that we all need if we want to live in grace as well as believe in it—for all our lives!"
PASTOR, THE CHURCH ON THE WAY
VAN NUYS, CA
"Transformed by Truth was like hearing a new Christian give his testimony. It records how a whole denomination changed from cult to mainstream because a few men were willing to follow truth, regardless of the consequences! This book will inspire all who read it. I hope other cultic denominations will follow the example of the Worldwide Church of God and let truth and grace do their sovereign work."
AUTHOR OF SABBATH IN CRISIS
AND THE CULTIC DOCTRINE OF SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTISTS
"A landmark book that narrates a truly historic event. It’s a gripping story that challenges Christians of all denominations to examine their beliefs and practices with openness and honesty."
VISITING PROFESSOR, TRINITY EVANGELICAL DIVINITY SCHOOL
"The apostle Paul commanded orthodox believers to be gracious in receiving ‘him that is weak in the faith, but not to doubtful disputations.’ I believe that the Worldwide Church of God is entitled to be accorded the opportunity to prove that it has renounced heretical doctrine and embraced the teachings of evangelical Christianity, as set forth in this book.
The changes that have already occurred within the Worldwide Church of God are more intensive than those that brought about the Protestant Reformation. Though there are still some problems to be dealt with (as would be expected) I, for one, am extraordinarily encouraged by the reformation taking place."
D. JAMES KENNEDY
SENIOR MINISTER, CORAL RIDGE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
FT. LAUDERDALE, FL
"This is a historic testimony of the grace of God at work in the hearts of humble Christ-followers. In this work, Joe Tkach not only chronicles the journey of the Worldwide Church of God in renewal but, most importantly, helps us all to draw defining lines between principles of the kingdom of God and human tendencies toward legalistic control and imposition. The transparency with which Joe communicates this journey is a poignant reminder that the body of Christ is built on authentic vulnerability in the community of faith."
KEVIN W. MANNOIA
BISHOP, FREE METHODIST CHURCH OF NORTH AMERICA
"Picture the radical story of Paul’s transformation from Judaism to Christianity. Replace that image with the Worldwide Church of God, which has experienced the supernatural and dramatic conversion from a gospel that included works, to the true gospel, which is totally based on the grace of God. You now have the picture of one of the most dramatic works of God in our century: the Worldwide Church of God, under the leadership of Joseph Tkach, transformed from human cultic teaching to the supernatural gospel of truth. This candid, behind-the-scenes account is a compelling, convicting and awesome story of God’s power."
GORDON E. KIRK
SENIOR PASTOR, LAKE AVENUE CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
BY TRUTH was published by Multnomah Publishers, Inc. © 1997
International Standard Book Number: 1-57673-181-2
Printed in the United States of America
Cover photo illustration by Scott Ferguson/Ferguson & Katzman
Unless otherwise noted, Scripture quotations are from: The Holy Bible, New International Version (NIV) © 1973, 1984 by International Bible Society, used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House.
Also quoted: The King James Version (KJV)
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Transformed by truth/by Joseph Tkach.
ISBN 1-57673-181-2 (alk. paper)
1. Worldwide Church of God-Doctrines-History-20th century. 2. Adventists-Doctrines-History-20th century. 3. Sabbatarians-Doctrines-History-20th century. 4. Anglo-Israelism-History-20th century. 5. Armstrong, Herbert W. 6. Tkach, Joseph, 1927-. 7. Tkach, Joseph. 8. Church controversies—Worldwide Church of God. 9. Evangelicalism—United States—History—20th century. I. Title.