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I Used to Belong to a Cult-like Church

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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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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 4 Responses Dec 23, 2011

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    Genius

     
    Allergic Allergic 22-25, F 1 Response Sep 27, 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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    This group describes my beliefs extremely well. I used to care a lot about what people thought of me. Being a victim of bullying, i was self conscious, vulnerable, and very...
    AlzBellz AlzBellz 18-21, F 4 Responses 3 hrs ago

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    I have made loads of mistakes in my life... When i was a small kid i used to make troubles a lot for example one time me and my aunt (who is the same age as me) had an idea to...
    fallenindarkness fallenindarkness 13-15, F 18 hrs ago

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    I have dayshavoo all the time. I witness death and the end of the world. I see people I love die in front of me . I feel so far away from the world but living in it. I go to church...
    Bustedox219 Bustedox219 26-30 1 day ago

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    I had a very good experience today I went to a catholic mass by the ocean tonight they do this special this time of year I was excited to be there a mass by the water it was...
    Bella70 Bella70 41-45, F 1 day ago

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    He makes me want to live like a real princess and he will be the king. He makes me want to wake up next to him completely naked. He makes me want to be cooking his favorite meal...
    MyKingsPrincess MyKingsPrincess 18-21, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    She says she wants to end it all when she's all alone in her room She cries The way she feels inside is too much for her When all you got is these four walls It's not that hard to...
    kidLeftInTheDark kidLeftInTheDark 13-15, F 2 days ago

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    I just started college this week, 4 days have passed and I already feel like i don't belong. I'm considered a foreigner in my country due to dual citizenship. Not only in that...
    Jessicasumaria Jessicasumaria 16-17, F 4 Responses 2 days ago

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    I am still trapped with the feeling that i am still a kid. I oftentimes wish i was still in in my teens and in highschool. As a matter of fact, i enjoy any high school movies. It...
    pusongpalaboy pusongpalaboy 31-35, M 2 days ago

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    Our church had a downstairs room which was used as a storeroom but was also very handy for taking naughty children who were playing up during the service and spanking them. I can...
    littlescamp littlescamp 41-45, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    1 year today we moved out of our house. I went to stay with a friend ...who later decided my kids couldn't stay overnight. Ended up sleeping at our church a couple nights when I...
    MrHeartaFire MrHeartaFire 41-45, M 5 Responses 5 days ago

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    "To feel as if you belong is one of the great triumphs of human existence — and especially to sustain a life of belonging and to invite others into that… But it’s interesting...
    HungrySoil HungrySoil 22-25 6 days ago

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    On Saturday, a good friend of mine asked me to go to church with her. I didn't want to go, but I still went with her to make her happy. I don't normally go to church, so I thought...
    moose73630 moose73630 16-17, M 4 Responses 6 days ago

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    I was sexually abused from age 5 to 12. Lost my mother in 2012. Was almost killed in 2013 by my same abusers. My sister has now been sick for 5 months and her and my mom were/are...
    AngelOfGod1506 AngelOfGod1506 22-25, F 6 days ago

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    I don't feel like I belong, I always feel like the odd one out and when I do feel like I belong it's short-lived and then the pain is so much worse than before. Eventually you...
    BriarRose96 BriarRose96 18-21, F 6 days ago

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    Terror on Extension 29 Twenty-Six - Karen Duke (aka Carrie Collins) I breathed a silent sigh of relief as we circled out of the area of boats and fish, heading for uptown...
    MaryJanine MaryJanine 56-60, F 6 days ago

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    I spent high school being bullied relentlessly for being weird. College was better in that I could be as weird as I want and no one cared, unless my weirdness interfered with their...
    Emeryael Emeryael 26-30, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    Do you ever close your eyes and it all feel upside down? when I'm at my house I could look at a compass I feel as if it should be turned upside down. And no mater what I do I...
    Ayaime7 Ayaime7 26-30, F 4 Responses a week ago

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    Terror on Extension 29 Twenty-Four - Christine Chrysler/ Ellen Brody I tried to muffle the sickening-sounding "bark" as the phone rang. I picked it up, swallowing the dryness in...
    MaryJanine MaryJanine 56-60, F a week ago

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    I am not a graceful person. I am not a Sunday morning or a Friday sunset. I am a Tuesday 3 a.m. I am gunshots muffled by a few city blocks, I am a broken window during Febuary. My...
    absss absss 18-21, T a week ago

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    We were not made for this earth but a future better place. There will be two prophets soon that the world will try to destroy. They will bring fire down on the earth and they will...
    Taniasmania Taniasmania 36-40 1 Response Jun 28

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    Rights of ownershipIn the current debate over the confederate flag, everyone is ignoring the most important issue. "Who owns that flag?"The owner of the 'Stars & Bars' should have...
    proudsocialist proudsocialist 56-60, M 1 Response Jun 26

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    I used to really like the States a lot when I was a kid, based on all the stories and popular media at the time. But then right around the time I was in my mid-teens my opinion...
    Redivivus Redivivus 26-30, M Jun 26

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    Am staring outside from my office window , screaming on the I inside, talking to myself so loud, seen my words just fly by . and for a moment wondering , can they hear me.. out...
    angeleyes2820 angeleyes2820 36-40 Jun 26

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    I can't find it anywhere, the answer to my problem. I simply cannot understand what normal people do anymore, and i feel like i am done trying because nothing's getting any better...
    Bradly123 Bradly123 18-21, M 1 Response Jun 26

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    Like I'm living someone else's life. Just day by day...feeling lost.
    Oso41412 Oso41412 41-45, F 1 Response Jun 25

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    I I feel like an outcast most time people don't or don't want to understand me they don't give me a chance to show how wonderful I am created to be or can be do anyone know where I...
    riderz4christ riderz4christ 31-35, M 2 Responses Jun 24

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    I may be gay but I am a guy, I am not like a guy though, I don't know anything about sports,I don't play sports, I'm fragile, and don't fit in with the guys and that's why I hang...
    loneleyboy loneleyboy 13-15, M 1 Response Jun 24

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    From the time i was young i never got along with anyone. I couldn't make friends, couldn't really have a healthy relationship with my parents, and just never seemed to fit. My...
    alt41r alt41r 22-25, M 1 Response Jun 24

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    I'm a 13 year old Orthodox Jew girl. I have 4 other sibling and I don't like my religion. My parents (who are orthodox) don't let me wear pants. I'm fine with certain things, but I...
    CallMeNobody CallMeNobody 13-15, F 1 Response Jun 24

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    Where Do I Belong - I don't know where exactly I belong, sometimes I feel like i'm a stranger, like i'm something else...I don't feel human sometimes. Like I'm something other...
    Monstermaster13 Monstermaster13 22-25, M Jun 24

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    I feel them and i got answered , they are here to gather. for the past week I haven't been able to sleep , wondering , seen my life and deep inside saying goodbye, don't give me...
    angeleyes2820 angeleyes2820 36-40 2 Responses Jun 24

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