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I Used to Belong to a Cult-like Church

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 35 People

    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Genius

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

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    Most people that know me do not no know me as much as they would like to think. I have always wanted a relationship, just like all of my friends. Someone to say i love you to me...
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    I don't know if any of you will read this but anyways. Hi, i am Melanie, 15 years old, and i used to be a really happy girl. Probably the happiest you've ever seen. I've never...
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    Kinder, Kirche, Kuche (Children, Church, Kitchen) Part Three - Chapter One Hundred Ninety-Seven But things never go as one would like it to be. Although Mary Jane struggled down...
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    This was meant to be written as a poem, but let's be honest...I'm not a poet. He's the poet. Now it's a letter. I needed to write this all down. My thoughts were all over the place...
    NeelraDorianGray NeelraDorianGray 31-35, F Sep 21

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    lostinparadisee lostinparadisee 18-21, F Sep 27

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    I feel completely like I belong somewhere else, overseas really. I grew up in the states, but my significant other grew up in Africa. I have left the states once and traveled to...
    belongelsewhere belongelsewhere 18-21, F Sep 27

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    I honestly wonder if anyone wouldn't agree with the above sentiment. "Oh, no. Not me. I would rather like to be a failure at everything. I aspire to become a heroin addict...
    EmperorRen EmperorRen 18-21, M Oct 9

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    A few years ago my mom used to get her hair done at a church member's house and I knew her son. When I wanted to smell his feet he would laugh, and let me smell his feet. They...
    meep154 meep154 16-17, M 1 Response 1 day ago

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    I wake up every morning knowing that I'm supposed to be somewhere else. I just don't know where. I don't like this time period that we're in. I think that I'm supposed to be in a...
    mld196747 mld196747 46-50, F 1 Response Sep 21

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    Ever feel like you will never belong anywhere?
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    I don't. Sometimes, it feels like I just watch humans. I don't feel like I'm really... human? Like as if i weren't meant to be a person. I still do daily stuff; make up, school...
    neptunegurl neptunegurl 13-15, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I belong in hell. On the throne.
    ColourfulDreams ColourfulDreams 13-15, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    Since I met my EP lover and fiancée Kornisone she has been enchanting me and drawing me into her love deeper and deeper. Aphrodite has blessed me to belong to her. I am still...
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