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I Used to Belong to a Cult-like Church

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 34 People

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 66-70 3 Responses Dec 23, 2011

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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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    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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    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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    Genius

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

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    started out not wanting to go back to my original church because i don't feel the connection to God. the pastor's wife looks like a miserable person. the church is in a white...
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    Maya, Tawny and another girl and i arrived over an hour late. walked into the church. the usher did not even greet us. Maya walked straight to the front. that was annoying. how can...
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    so everybody in the church started throwing the anointed stones to the ground, angrily. Each person was cursing at their personal enemies in rage. after that the pandemonium...
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    piscespieces piscespieces 18-21, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    anontori32 anontori32 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 1

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    annoyinglydark annoyinglydark 16-17, F 1 Response a week ago

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    It is just that, I am like a ghost. Going about with no aims nor reason, I could not belong but with another 'ghost'. When I look at the gaggle of girls chattering about, I could...
    AtashinoSunflower AtashinoSunflower 13-15, F 6 days ago

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    I used to be pure.. Until I saw that there is no such thing. I used to be intelligent.. But it all appears to be perception. I used to be honest.. But it doesn't exist anymore. I...
    Myohmygoodness Myohmygoodness 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 18

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    If we are universal travelers ,I do believe this is the only earthly place they feel we can stay , My theory as crazy as is sounds. We come from a place with no emotions , bodies...
    angeleyes2820 angeleyes2820 36-40 6 days ago

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    HONOR if you're hoping for honor, man, don't wait too long; when the angel comes calling you'll have written a song. men will have praised you, and glasses been raised to you...
    paulie138 paulie138 66-70, M 1 Response Mar 1

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    So, like if I could disappear that be great
    kst97 kst97 16-17, F 2 Responses Mar 1

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    LONER I'm a loner and that's about it. you don't like it, I don't give a s***. it's how I was made; it seems to have stayed. maybe you better split. this side of the street here...
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