The Worldwide Church of God [now named Grace Communion International]...has changed its position on numerous long-held beliefs and practices during the past few years. At the heart of those changes has been an acceptance that salvation is by grace through faith. While this was preached in the past, it was always coupled with the message that God owes us a reward for our works that build holy, righteous character.
References to: Worldwide Church of God
Transformed by Christ
A Brief History of Grace Communion International
In the early 1930s, Herbert Armstrong began a ministry that eventually became our denomination. He had many unusual doctrines. These he taught so enthusiastically that eventually more than 100,000 people attended weekly services. After he died in 1986, church leaders began to realize that many of his doctrines were not biblical.
Glendora, California—The Worldwide Church of God announced that, effective April 3, 2009, it changed its denominational name to Grace Communion International. Although the church’s official, incorporated denominational name has changed, it nonetheless retains ownership of the United States Registered Trademark “Worldwide Church of God” and continues to license that name to those of its local congregations across the country who wish to use it.
Roots of the Worldwide Church of God
This chart shows the historical relationships of the Seventh-day Baptists, Seventh-day Adventists, Church of God Seventh Day, Advent Christian Church, Church of God Abrahamic Faith, Jehovah's Witnesses, etc. The chart is based on information available in 1996; we are not attempting to keep it up to date.