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I Am An Ex Member of Church of Christ

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    Ex Church Of Christ Member, Student, Minister. . .

    I grew up hard core church of Christ. Went to church every VBS, 3 times a week (30 minutes early), every revival and went to their college. It was there where I began to learn that the answers I have been given were bad answers. Most were answers based on twisted logic and...
    pastormatt pastormatt 41-45, M 4 Responses Aug 10, 2012

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    Legalistic Church

    I was raised in the Church of Christ. I was grateful for being a part of a church as my parents were abusive and that restrained them some. But the CoC is sooo legalistic. One little sin and you are labeled for life. They even teach you must be perfect. It left me with a complex...
    fruitcake fruitcake 56-60 20 Responses Feb 8, 2008

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    Survey: Why I Left The Church Of Christ

    I send you warm greetings from Nashville. I hope this note finds you and your family well. I would love for you to share with me why you left the church of Christ. I have an online survey, but unfortunately the message board here won't allow me to post the link. Please message me...
    BradHarrub BradHarrub 41-45 Apr 30, 2013

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    Ex Member Of Atlanta Gwinett COC

    I am an ex COCmember and I have to tell this story. My husband and I relocated to the Gwinnett area of GA a few years ago and did not know anyone. I guess that is how we got suckered into this cult ministry. After being coerced into several bible studies which were very...
    Sdmcgee123 Sdmcgee123 46-50, F 1 Response Oct 12, 2013

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    I was raised in a very conservative CoC.

    We had 1 cup, 1 loaf, no music, no Sunday school/classes, no cutting or even trimming our hair, no dancing, no co-ed swimming, no wine, no shorts or showing our knees at all. No wearing pants to church. I could go on & on.... I was the first member of my family to leave. It was...
    maryann0 maryann0 46-50, F 1 Response Nov 6

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    I "had" To Leave The Church Of Christ...

    My story is abit different, in that before I attended a COC, to start off with, I thought they were just another "church" in my local neighborhood in Delaware. As we all know...there are literally hundreds, maybe even a few thousand "types" of churches, especially today, emerging...
    caviar5 caviar5 56-60 3 Responses Oct 19, 2012

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    Teen Life Dedication

    Was baptized into the church at around 14. Had trouble with scripture and asked pastor, who shined me on.  Turned me off.
    dorobo dorobo 70+, M 5 Responses May 23, 2008

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    Never Never On A Sunday, A Sunday, A Sunday...

    (A/N: I have never been, nor will I ever be, a member of the Church of Christ, but I'm sympathetic and supportive of the people who leave. The following is the first in a four part series which will explain why.) The summer I was nine, my dad and mom loaded up our dark green...
    allicat331 allicat331 46-50 Nov 6, 2011

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    Institutional Churches Of Christ

    This is my 2 attempt with this site to tell my story. Not goin well with that. These church of Christ run Children's Homes in AR for profit at the expense of children place in their institutions. I am a survivor of child abuse that occurred at one of these such facilities...
    kristinna kristinna 46-50, F 3 Responses May 12, 2012

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    How I Was Delieverd From Church Of Christ Salvation By Water Baptism Theology

    I grew up in the non-instrumental Churches Of Christ and left the Stone/ Campbell movement in late 2001 when I was about 40. Since that time we (my family and I) have been active members in a Baptist fellowship. I did not leave the Church of Christ over a falling out or a bad...
    cofcd cofcd 46-50, M 3 Responses Aug 22, 2012

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    After 4 Years

    I left the church after 4 years, i was in sin and came to look for help. instead of helping me i was punished severly and reminded everyday of this mistake. I was asked to apologise to the church and the leaders but not to God. I was very confused so I decided to leave as I knew...
    GKKT GKKT 22-25 3 Responses Aug 28, 2012

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    I was a member and minister of the Churches of

    Christ from 1965 to 1971. I was a minster for about a year from 1969 to 1970 during this time. It was all I could take of the legalism, Holy Spirit denial and prooftexting out of contect by the COC. Since I left I have been a minister with the Friends Church, House churches, the...
    Garyhealer Garyhealer 66-70, M 1 Response Mar 3

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    Short-lived But Painful

    I was a member of the Church of Christ 15 years ago, for about 5 months. Not usually long enough to really suffer like many have, but definitely long enough to feel like a prisoner and have control of my life lost. I became a member through a friend (who ended up leaving the...
    smoothsax30 smoothsax30 36-40 4 Responses Jun 30, 2010

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    Left Coc For Many Reasons

    I quit going to the coc about 20 years ago. I didn't feel love and warmth were abundant, just if you could jump through all hoops correctly, you might get to heaven. I started questioning belief system early in my teens, things didn't add up to me. My whole family is coc, brother...
    ruralsub2 ruralsub2 41-45 2 Responses Nov 27, 2012

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    Why I Left The COC Cult

    After much thought I realized much of the cult movement's teachings and logic had some serious holes. Much scripture was taken out of context, like when they tried to explain why instruments are "forbidden" in the New Testament. I do, however, agree with their firm stance on...
    jtjesuslover jtjesuslover 22-25, M 2 Responses Dec 27, 2012

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    Raised in a few very conservative North Texas

    congregations, and though I was one of the more studious in the church's youth throughout high-school, I was astonished at my real lack of knowledge when I got out to college after graduation. It wasn't that I learned some new undeniable truth. Simply, I was able to ask new...
    abananafish abananafish 22-25, M Nov 20

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    I Almost Lost My Life Over The Church Of Christ

    I wanted to tell my story so others who have left the "Boston/Crossroads movement" could benefit from my realizations and revelations. I have always wanted to tell my story to someone who might understand. I went to my first bible study my freshmen year of college. I...
    dwolf1 dwolf1 46-50, F 21 Responses Oct 11, 2009

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    Help For Our Son

    Does anyone have a son or daughter who walked away from family as a result of being in the BCC (Boston Church of Christ) and could be suffering depression because of same? onWe need a special someone accompany/assist us in approaching him where he lives. Can anyone help us - or...
    sidney2010 sidney2010 70+ 1 Response Nov 26, 2010

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    Takes Advantage Of Broke College Kids

    When I was a freshmen at the University of Chicago I was a long way from home and I was broke. I come from a rich family and love fine dinning, and basketball. They took advantage of that, seeing that I was lonely and Broke they took me out to a nice restaurant in downtown...
    TheShado TheShado 18-21 2 Responses Aug 29, 2013

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    Missionary Turned Missing?

    I began attending the local church of Christ when I was six. My family never attended. At the age of 10, I wanted to be baptized, but told I was not ready - end of story, no discussion. At the of 15, someone new asked me why not - after all I had all of the outward behaviors as...
    scaredquiet scaredquiet 31-35, F 12 Responses Aug 17, 2009

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    I believe everything happens

    for a reason... I am who I am to today either because of OR in spite of being raised from birth in the COC.. I left after having my first child. I had always questioned some of the teaching & rules, they just didn't make sense to me. 1.The bible says thou shalt not judge, but...
    maryann0 maryann0 46-50, F Nov 9

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    It Was Fine Until...

    I went to Lubbock, TX at age 21 to attend the "adventures in missions" program. What I was lead to believe would be a fun diversion from college that would allow me to travel abroad turned into a nightmare; COC distilled down to its pure, concentrated form. Surrounded for...
    Rapidfire1977 Rapidfire1977 36-40, M 7 Responses Aug 18, 2013

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    Ex Church Of Christ Minister

    I was a full-time preacher in the CoC for over 20 years.  My own sinfulness drove me out of the church as well as the unforgiving spirits of those in the church.  But praise Jesus' name; He gave me time to repent not only of my lifestyle but my faulty doctrines, and...
    dmdk66 dmdk66 56-60, M 12 Responses May 7, 2010

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