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I Used to Belong to a Cult-like Church

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 34 People

    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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    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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    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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    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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    Genius

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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    I used to go to church when I was trying out Christianity. But when I was finding my own way to what I want to believe in I finally dropped the church. The church I went to was...
    ValhallaAwaits ValhallaAwaits 18-21, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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    Im so different. I wish I had friends. Im always told im beautiful but always sucked at conversations. Im probally too much of a weirdo to be a model, but I get told I should model...
    PrettyUnique47 PrettyUnique47 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 30

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    This is quite weird but I do! I know I have put on quite some weight since I were at college, but there are some jeans and dresses I just can't throw away. I try to squeeze me into...
    fedeegirlDD fedeegirlDD 26-30, F 3 Responses Nov 13

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    My older brother used to look like eminem in high school. And now my little brother is starting to look like him. 😱 maybe eminem is my two brothers dad, I mean you never know...
    TheHurting TheHurting 16-17, F 1 Response Nov 7

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    …to make me feel better to confide in...or to just talk to… and be myself with :( I feel like I have no one to talk to… my mum used to be like that… I'm sure of it… I...
    Misscoconut Misscoconut 18-21, F Nov 13

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    It's like abuse actually. We're being used and abused like we're not even human
    Dynasty2000 Dynasty2000 13-15, F 1 Response Nov 13

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    THE SEVEN FOUNDATIONAL BIBLICAL TRUTHS There are seven foundational biblical truths that uphold and enhance our belief in the truth of God’s glorious Family Plan for the...
    timesoftrouble timesoftrouble 56-60, M 5 days ago

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    I Hate My Church I felt deeply in grieved and spiritually drained with my church. Something is missing. Our pastor is an intelligent withdrawn man who never talks to us for so long...
    kiendy123 kiendy123 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 2

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    That Catholics should know. The R. Catholic church says that the Pope is the head of the Catholic Church. Ans: The Bible says the Lord Jesus Christ is the head of the church...
    yodatheching yodatheching 22-25, F 3 days ago

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    I'm not in the cult thank goodness! I just like reading your stories
    jojom543 jojom543 36-40, F Nov 11

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    I have heard what they believe and that they have their own Bible. I was raised Lutheran, ironically, which is a spin-off of the Catholic church. It used to be good, but now the...
    astrokitty4341 astrokitty4341 22-25, F Nov 7

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    Do you ever feel like you don't belong here? In a place, in a situation, among people, indeed anywhere. Like, you should be living some other life? When I sit in my room at night...
    TheHeartOfALovingSoul TheHeartOfALovingSoul 22-25, M 1 Response a week ago

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    I know I don't. I don't know what to do. I'm stuck on this earth. I just want it to go away. I've always been too different to have acceptance or love. Every single person has...
    1lonelydaisy 1lonelydaisy 41-45 3 Responses 3 days ago

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    This is my first shared experience so bear with me please. Lately, for no apparent reason, I have just been feeling like I don't belong anywhere. And I ask myself all the time why...
    broller broller 18-21, M 3 Responses 6 days ago

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    Since my very first breath on this world... I have always thought I was meant to do something BIG! I have always felt like there is some kind of magnetic field pulling me in. I've...
    MKM18 MKM18 18-21, F 2 Responses Oct 29

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    Sometimes you realize life is not what you thought. There's a moment on it when you have to let go people that dont meant to be on it, and you start thinking on what you lived, on...
    belleom belleom 18-21, F 1 day ago

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    I used to be funny and carefree and happy just a few months ago but now I just lost all that's happened over the past few months. The people who made me feel where I belonged left...
    jacithepanda jacithepanda 13-15, F 6 days ago

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    we seem to live in a world where people think that they HAVE to be the most badass, or they have to see who can give the least amount of ***** and where apologies are a foreign...
    BiCPP BiCPP 18-21, M 1 Response Nov 12

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    I've recently joined the Ruess cult. Joining thousands in pondering just what happened to Everret Ruess. They made lots of books about him. Check it out sometime :)
    BGwannabe BGwannabe 18-21, M 1 Response Nov 11

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    We label ourselves with all these in-numerous tags: religious, spiritual,starseeds, atheist, empaths, introvert, extrovert, beautiful, ugly, narcissistic, selfish, selfless...
    Melancholiactic Melancholiactic 22-25, M 5 Responses Nov 8

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    For instance, School. I don't know about you, but at my school society is pretty ****** up. Maybe it's because you spend 7 long hours surround with people that care more about what...
    blueapple12 blueapple12 22-25, F 1 Response Nov 17

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    I'm 24 years old now. I've been actively looking and searching for something that can keep me content with just living on this earth. I can't stand how everything revolves around...
    Floo64 Floo64 22-25, F Nov 20

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    There's not much else to say; I don't feel like I belong. I think that may be due to my general outlook on life, which I have always had so it's not something that will change (at...
    Ri95 Ri95 18-21, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    I'm not interested in the unnecessary gossip people around me always seem to be talking about, or in the constant criticism that goes around. I prefer to stay away from everyone...
    YeuxNoirs YeuxNoirs 22-25, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    I'm really not the person I used to be.. I used to be naive.. I used to be shy and quiet.. Now? Not anymore.. I used to keep everything for myself, my thoughts, opinions etc...
    Fofitupida Fofitupida 13-15, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    I can't communicate openly with people because I'm too shy. I get the feeling people think I'm a ***** because I don't really like to talk, and when I try to be outgoing I say the...
    batjokes batjokes 22-25, F 4 Responses Nov 1

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    ever since I watched wolf children I felt alive. I love running, building dens, playing out side and growling. and the forest. I dint know why but I feel like I belong as a wolf...
    TheSummerBreeze TheSummerBreeze 13-15, F Nov 1

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    i don't know anymore if it's all worth it. everyday day find something else to tease me , and everyday it gets worse. nobody helps me and to be honest i'm done fighting it and...
    secretwriterx secretwriterx 16-17, F 2 Responses Nov 5

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    i don't know anymore if it's all worth it. everyday day find something else to tease me , and everyday it gets worse. nobody helps me and to be honest i'm done fighting it and...
    secretwriterx secretwriterx 16-17, F 1 Response Nov 5

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    After that dressing up with my cousin for a photo, i started feeling jealous of what girls used to wear. They always have more dresses to wear. All so comfy and cosy... In my...
    priyacbe2k1 priyacbe2k1 31-35, F Nov 8

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    I accidentally deleted my story to this experience when I was going to add a comment (I wanted to delete the comment, NOT the story) So.. *sigh* Here I'll try to write it again...
    AngelicLights AngelicLights 26-30, F 3 Responses Nov 9

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    Two years ago i fell in love. At first it was just like some other teen crush i had earlier. And then, one of my really good friends, told me she is in love with him. But she didn...
    MentalnoSjebana MentalnoSjebana 13-15, F Nov 9

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    "It's not hard to get your way when it's your way or the highway. People either follow suit or they're not around. I don't really like the sound of that, 'cause that sounds like a...
    MollyAgnes MollyAgnes 46-50, F 1 Response Nov 12

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    Heart Vs. Mind. i say yes. No. lol... um... yes. no... there's this.... What about that?.. geez... well it's kinda important. *shrugs* ehh.. EHH??? are you KIDDING??? nah... I...
    SKiesterly SKiesterly 41-45, F 1 Response Nov 17

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    Knowledge is like a river- it flows and travels through every person and all through the land. Eventually, it soaks into the ground, into the Earth, into yourself. And once you...
    Kivaria Kivaria 13-15, F Nov 19

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