The following is an excerpt from the article published by Ethics Daily:
The Worldwide Church of God, which re-examined and later rebuked the teachings of founder Herbert W. Armstrong after his death in 1986, has changed its name to Grace Communion International.
It's the second name change for the denomination that Armstrong founded as the Radio Church of God in 1934, and church leaders say it's a better reflection of its mainstream evangelical theology.
"We are a church that God radically transformed," said church president Joseph W. Tkach, who is a board member of the National Association of Evangelicals. "Our new name is consistent with the transformation and aptly describes what God has made of our fellowship."
Armstrong denied the Christian belief in the Trinity and took Old Testament law to heart. He urged followers to abide by ancient dietary restrictions, to observe traditional Hebrew festivals, to mark the Sabbath on Saturday and to reject Christmas, Easter and birthdays as pagan holidays.
The transformation that God has worked in the lives of those who are part of the Grace Communion International is good news to all of us because it tells of the power of the Holy Spirit to teach truth to those who are seeking the truth.
“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32).
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary
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