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WHAT YOU WILL FIND ON THIS WEBSITE-- READ THIS FIRST!
Consider the following quote from Lloyd Goodwin's last sermon on July 20, 1996:
"I say to every preacher on the face of this earth that contradicts and conflicts with the message that was given to us by Brother William Sowders and the message that goes over this pulpit - let that preacher be damned. Let him be damned! Any preacher sitting on this platform that doesn't feel that way, you shouldn't be up here. You're up here because you're supporting my message..."
I personally heard statements like this my entire life, as I grew up in this so-called church. This is but one quote that you will find on this website. Lloyd Goodwin used tactics of fear, manipulation, and mind control. As you can guess from the above quote, he taught that if you did not follow him, you would likely be damned. As one studies how cults operate, it is easy to see the similarities. (See this article, which describes Lloyd Goodwin perfectly, in my opinion.)
When Lloyd Goodwin
died, his brother
Glenn Goodwin has consistently held up his uncle Lloyd as an "Apostle" and a great man of God, despite statements like the above. He apparently still believes statements like this-- he apparently still runs this church the same way that his uncle ran it. In fact, his church thinks so highly of Lloyd Goodwin's last sermon that they made it into a booklet titled "Brother Goodwin's Last Message." Glenn has never made it his business to publicly denounce statements like the above, or to disavow his uncle's mind control tactics. In fact, in my opinion, he is a carbon copy of his uncle. Glenn would not be ashamed to admit this.
This organization has hurt many people, as you will see when you visit the personal experiences section. Mental abuse was constant when I grew up in this church. Girls have been raped in this church, and families torn apart. In addition, according to some ex-members, the church does not and never has reported the rent that it receives from it's tenants (the church has three apartment buildings on the property). Tenants were instructed to pay in cash-- yet the church claims that it does not charge rent at all. There are also allegations that the church instructed parents on how to claim the tuition to their school as tax deductable so they could give more to the church. (Of course, the church did not call it tuition, yet there was a set amount that the parents were expected to pay per month for each child enrolled.) When Lloyd Goodwin would use the word "tuition" in a sermon in regards to the GAC school, the person who was in charge of recording the sermons was instructed to "bleep" that word from the audio tape.
You can navigate this website using the menu bar on your left. If you read nothing else on this website, read this letter from a rape victim. I also highly recommend the following pages: Lloyd Goodwin's misc. quotes, Lloyd Goodwin's false prophecies, the personal stories section, and the Glenn Goodwin page. This website also has a message board where you can see what others have to say and post your own thoughts.
The purpose of this website is twofold: First, to expose this "church," and second, to provide an online "support group" for the many ex-members of this organization. As Robert Mason says "...to all those who might think that talking about all these things is negative...It's only negative to the point of releasing the hurt."
Creating this website has taken up a lot of my time. I certainly have other things that I would rather be doing, but it needed to be done, as other people have tried to get the church to right these wrongs, and Glenn Goodwin has refused to listen.
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