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I Used to Belong to a Cult-like Church

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    Stay Away

    As a young girl, I was brought up in the Full Gospel Interdenominational Church in Manchester, Ct. For the years that I attended that church we had a great pastor. Pastor Saunders was one of the most respected men in my life. For years, we did as we were told by the church. Never...
    gina1973 gina1973 70+ 3 Responses Dec 23, 2011

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    Not The Same

    It has been 12 years since I left that troubling place. I have had problems making connections at church since. I miss many aspects of my experience there, but of course would never return. I just miss the feeling of family and belonging, the hugs, the laughter, the...
    FeelingOrange FeelingOrange 46-50, F 1 Response Aug 23, 2012

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    It Really Happened to Me

      My true-life story about the cult. copyright@emmasharn   My mother knew that I was living with Steve. I couldn’t hide it from her; I didn’t have the energy to try. Besides, defying her gave me a smug, satisfied feeling. I stood facing her angry glare...
    emmasharn emmasharn 31-35, F 1 Response May 16, 2009

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    Horrified They Still Exist And Are Florishing!

    I don't know what happened this evening, but I was doing a search online and thought I'd type in the name of the "church" that virtually destroyed my life.  And there it was - City Church. Same location, same "message", nothing whatsoever had changed. In fact, they are...
    wordsforliving wordsforliving 46-50, F 3 Responses Oct 14, 2010

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    Banging My Head On The Wall

    I am so stupid. I am in the middle of a conversation with one of the church members. They just said my reasons for leaving are "plane dumb". (Ok so that is a really funny statement in itself.) Why did I get myself into this conversation?! Ugh. Why am I putting myself through...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Oct 15, 2010

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    Warped Christianity

    I was introduced to this church in 1990.  They called themselves "The One True Church."  It started from people that left the traditional churches of christ in 1979.  They were at first called the "Crossroads Movement" and then broke away from...
    Purehope Purehope 41-45, F 11 Responses Apr 6, 2007

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    Christadelphians

    http://recoveringcultist.blogspot.com/ I was born into a Christadelphian family. They think the have the one 'truth' and are all so fake nice and all. Bastards consign those who leave them into a cult like recovery. They beat their own into submission with fear of death and...
    WhaleDreamer WhaleDreamer 31-35, M Dec 21, 2009

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    International Church Of Christ

    14 years - I spent in this church. They control every aspect of your life: Who your friends are, who you date, marry, where you live, your time and your money. Thank God I am free from them (7 years!) Life is good now!
    aslsign aslsign 41-45 2 Responses Sep 5, 2011

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    Just Left Today

    I just left today. I told them how I feel and they told me I cannot see my friends and that they already told my friends that they cannot see me. Now I just have to keep myself from crawling back. I love my friends, but I also know that one day they'll figure out what is...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Oct 9, 2010

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    Just A Little Visit

    It had been 11 months since I had visited them. My husband, my children and I were on a walk after the hurricane and we were about to walk by their houses. We decided to visit. They seemed cheerful. Besides the people there, not much had changed. But I don't want to go back...
    Allergic Allergic 22-25, F 13 Responses Aug 31, 2011

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    Genius

     
    Allergic Allergic 22-25, F 1 Response Sep 27, 2011

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    What does anyone wish in a relationship.......a strong sense of belonging. This sense of belonging comes from acceptance ....a complete acceptance and understanding....an...
    Tynfoil Tynfoil 18-21, F 15 hrs ago

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    I found online this church in Milwaukee called the Metropolitan Community Church. It's kind of a small church, but it was packed when I went there...some had to stand in the back...
    ninathecat ninathecat 31-35 Jul 9

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    Slowly and painfully. I feel hopeless and lethargic all the time. I'm literally losing the will to live. I don't belong here. I live in a time where 'survival of the fittest...
    QuietIsViolent QuietIsViolent 13-15, F 1 Response 5 hrs ago

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    I have to go to church in the morning and there will be like 50 people from out of town. Our church is super tiny and only holds about 150 people uncomfortably. We will be packed...
    mwlabtech mwlabtech 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 5

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    ever since my dad got remarried and had another kid, my brother and i have taken the back burner. scratch that, we've been moved out of the kitchen entirely. particularly me bc i...
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    I have a box. Had a box. About the size of 2 shoe boxes filled to the brim with memories, Pictures, postcards, Stones from my Nan before she passed away, Things belonging to...
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    Kinder, Kirche, Kuche (Children, Church, Kitchen) Part Three - Chapter One Hundred Thirty-Eight When I put down the receiver, I was so upset that I missed the cradle and had to...
    MaryJanine MaryJanine 56-60, F Jun 27

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    Kinder, Kirche. Kuche (Children, Church, Kitchen) Part Three - Chapter One Hundred Fifty-Three On Mary Jane's birthday, Bobby took her to breakfast and then do a little...
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    Kinder, Kirche, Kuche (Children, Church, Kitchen) Part Three - Chapter One Hundred Sixty - Three We managed to get Mutter from Mt. Joy to Carlisle before the weekend was upon us...
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    I used to go church back in 2004 but now I don't go anymore :)
    bluekit1 bluekit1 22-25, M Jun 30

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    Kinder, Kirche, Kuche (Children, Church, Kitchen) Part Three - Chapter One Hundred Forty-Four Jimmy seemed to be a little more grownup after the Philadelphia excursion alone with...
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    I have bookcases throughout my house full of my books. I used to keep them in my bedroom until it became too much. I am at the point now where I make weekly Barnes n noble trips. I...
    PrincessKayleigh PrincessKayleigh 16-17, F 4 Responses 14 hrs ago

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    I know I put the experience title as such above, but at the moment I would put myself on the borderline of not liking his actions and/or just not caring any longer for him...
    Paintbrushes Paintbrushes 16-17, F Jun 27

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    Kinder, Kirche, Kuche (Children, Church, Kitchen) Part Three - Chapter One Hundred Thirty-Nine Robert was up - I guess the row that Jimmy and I had had woke him. He was standing...
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    Liv4Life Liv4Life 18-21, F 3 Responses Jun 28

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    This story was not written by me . . i just wanted to share. "Best friend"       10th grade    As I sat there in English class, I stared at the girl next to me. She was my so...
    s3gur0 s3gur0 22-25, M Jun 29

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    💦The Little Mermaid🐠 ***cult classic***
    Li1981 Li1981 31-35, F Jul 8

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    honesty, subtlety, nature, palindromes, emotional intelligence, a good sense of humor, mature men, inner beauty, strong coffee, abstract art, realistic literature, depressing...
    quidproquonaif quidproquonaif 36-40, F Jul 9

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    "It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so, and will follow it by suppressing opposition...
    Volk18A Volk18A 22-25, M 2 Responses Jul 16

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    I say I love the word of God, In the beginning God created the man on the sixth day and created, made of flesh and bone quoted 'and Adam said this is now bones of my bones and...
    simsym simsym 22-25 Jul 17

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    Everyday another minute second or hour goes by I feel more and more unattached to this earth, it really started when I was young people would stare at me strange and say I didn't...
    pearlpearson pearlpearson 18-21, F 3 Responses a week ago

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    "I'm calling on the universe I radiate the vibe I can see the answer to my Random blinking light" "I'm thinking I like the thought of you More than I like your presence" "I'm the...
    dolceharajuku dolceharajuku 26-30, F 1 Response a week ago

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    I am learning how to count my blessings. :) Recently, I was sitting in church. I wasn't paying much attention to the service, because I was too busy whining to myself about my job...
    gingershuman gingershuman 36-40, M 1 Response a week ago

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    Kinder, Kirche, Kuche (Children, Church, Kitchen) Part Three - Chapter One Hundred Sixty I walked into the door - and, before I reached the check-in counter, I was accosted by...
    MaryJanine MaryJanine 56-60, F 6 days ago

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    Kinder, Kirche, Kuche (Children, Church, Kitchen) Part Three - Chapter One Hundred Sixty -One Thank God, Jimmy was nowhere in sight when I parked the car and came in. Robert was...
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    Kinder, Kirche, Kuche (Children, Church, Kitchen) Part Three - Chapter One Hundred Sixty - Two When I finished, Robert took my hands and held them. His dark brown eyes held my...
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    I am an introvert so I generally try to go unnoticed to avoid talking to people. The down side: you feel like no one ever sees you. I know, seems contradictory. I guess it's a...
    littlechief79 littlechief79 31-35, F 18 hrs ago

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    "I choose to live by choice, not chance; to make changes, not excuses; to be motivated, not manipulated; to be useful, not used; to excel, not compete; I choose self-esteem...
    blommetjies blommetjies 31-35 14 hrs ago

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    Well, a couple of days ago I moved back home from uni and I really dont feel like I belong here. I feel so out of place here and any freedom I had at uni has gone. So now I feel...
    shadowhero92 shadowhero92 22-25, M 1 Response Jun 27

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    I'm 19 years old and I've never experienced sex or even kissed a girl. I know I'm not a talkative person but it's still strange and unfair. Am I really that bad? Everywhere, every...
    jakob95 jakob95 18-21 2 Responses Jun 28

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    Maybe I'm just being weird but I have never felt like I belonged here where I live ever since I could remember I have felt this way like it be best if I went somewhere else
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    lillyclaire lillyclaire 41-45, F 6 Responses Jun 30

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    The older I get, the more I realize I do not belong in society. All my life has been full of rejection and hate. I don't understand how after so many years I still haven't managed...
    jakob95 jakob95 18-21 2 Responses Jun 27

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