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I Used to Belong to a Cult-like Church

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 35 People

    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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    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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    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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    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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    Genius

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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    What a roller coaster day. Last night, which I made a post about, I had a terrible sleep due to my brain being on high alert all the flipping time. When I woke up in the morning...
    Hush92 Hush92 18-21, F 19 mins ago

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    I used to be obsessed with exchanging letters with different people around the world. Then life happened and I stopped writing. I'd love to get back to writing letters again.
    hmmyz hmmyz 22-25, M 3 hrs ago

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    I'm probably just too weird by normal people standards. I don't feel like anyone likes me or wants to be with me, I'm just kind of there it's hard to explain. There was a time when...
    imme163 imme163 13-15, F 7 hrs ago

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    i feel like i m outsider this ****** mind is killing me this black thougt are slaying me
    SEDDIKMBM SEDDIKMBM 16-17, M 2 days ago

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    In My Ears And In My Eyes Eight Mommy's eyes softened. She tried to be reasonable about the whole thing. "But Marie is right. We already have Sharon and two puppies besides, and...
    MaryJanine MaryJanine 61-65, F 4 days ago

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    I found this poem by Pablo Neruda, and every time I read it it moves me. You can find sadness and happiness coexisting and its really sweet The Saddest Poem by Pablo Neruda "I...
    Lacrimosadies Lacrimosadies 18-21, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    My name is Anthony and I'm 23yrs old. I used to volunteer at my friends church and feed the less fortunate
    Anthony2400 Anthony2400 22-25, M 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    At my church there is a room used for spanking. This is a story from last Sunday when I had to bring the girl I mentor for out of service for a spanking. (She is 13 & I've known...
    teenmommyof2 teenmommyof2 18-21, F 5 Responses 4 days ago

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    You are not you - you have no body, no blood, no bones, you are but a thought. I myself have no existence; I am but a dream - your dream, a creature of your imagination. In a...
    AmethystCluster AmethystCluster 26-30, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    In My Ears And In My Eyes Seven The woman with the bag of popcorn was still sitting on the camp chair. She wore a scowl on her face - evidently she didn't care for seven young...
    MaryJanine MaryJanine 61-65, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    ...because of my mental illnesses.
    cosmosdrift cosmosdrift 31-35, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    So very, sadly, true. I realize I am a part of society, like we all are, unless we are secluded in a cabin in the woods (maybe in the deep northern woods of Canada?). I am just a...
    PixieParty PixieParty 31-35, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    Everyone I end up being around, I don't fit in with. I don't care to fit in and never did really. At the same time it would be nice to have others who don't make me feel bad for...
    EternityF EternityF 26-30, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    It just makes the idea of there being a world within those covers more interesting. It's not so processed, filtered, or synthetic smelling or feeling that it appears artificial or...
    ProcessOfBecoming ProcessOfBecoming 18-21, T 1 Response a week ago

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    The gawking, mocking, mean spirited spite of slaves. Disguised as capitalism, **** talking to their graves. What do all humans want, deep down, to feel safe and belong? Competitive...
    Muzeam13 Muzeam13 31-35, M Jan 31

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    i feel like i don't belong in this world. i feel like i don't belong in the family I'm in. i struggle with alot of different things...i have ever since i was a teenager..and i...
    bloodRedd bloodRedd 26-30, F 2 Responses Jan 30

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    I've been in this for years now, and still feel like an outsider. I've been with my boyfriend for three years living with him but still feel like I'm not part of his life. When I...
    LossOFcontrol LossOFcontrol 31-35, F 2 Responses Jan 30

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    I don't feel like I belong anywhere on this planet.... This is not my home, it just cannot be!
    MourningDove7 MourningDove7 36-40, F 2 Responses Jan 29

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    At one moment everything is crystal clear in front of me. I know what to do , and I realise this is where I belong and all I have everything planned in front of me.But then the...
    charley00 charley00 16-17, F Jan 29

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    I lost one best friend this week, and, like the title says, I feel like part of me is missing. I might be losing another friend due to some mistakes that were made and I feel like...
    jaks26 jaks26 16-17, F Jan 28

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    Heart ...the cult ....van halen ...scorpions ....guns n roses ... .Michael Jackson .....zztop ...survivor ....Whitesnake ...Europe
    Thewatercolourgarden Thewatercolourgarden 22-25, M 1 Response Jan 27

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    In My Ears And In My Eyes Prologue - House Without A Home The wind howled and creaked mightily through the supports of the old bridge my sisters and I huddled against, wrapped in...
    MaryJanine MaryJanine 61-65, F Jan 27

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    Every now and then, I get this overwhelming feeling. I start noticing how most people I meet or know don't talk to me. My family puts me on the bottom of their priority list and...
    Dereth Dereth 26-30, M 2 Responses Jan 26

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    40 bronze artifacts ,dating back to 5th and 6th centuries ,were unearthed from a place near Kolkata,India.The statues mainly belonged to Buddha,though some belonged to Goddess...
    whitesunshine87 whitesunshine87 51-55, F 1 Response Jan 24

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    I don't belong here. I don't know where I do, but I don't think it's here. I'm not happy. I'm not sad. Im just here.
    Missiontohappy Missiontohappy 16-17, F Jan 23

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    God i hate being outside my comfortable room. I hate going to college and feeling judged by people. I am so scared of what people think of me. Yesterday i felt like it was such a...
    Shyvioletoceaneyes Shyvioletoceaneyes 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 23

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    About 5/6 years ago I moved to Bournemouth in the uk to start a new life and to get away from my unsupportive and hateful mother who refused to allow me to live with her in the...
    Inthedark16 Inthedark16 36-40, F 4 Responses Jan 22

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    Rock N Roll Playlist #16 *not really considered classic rock in the true sense due to the jazz. Glenn Frey You Belong To The City The sun goes down, the night rolls in You can...
    music2inspireme music2inspireme 41-45, F 3 Responses Jan 22

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    Thers a shop that sells the donuts I like. Its quite a drive to get there. I go at least twice a month. Their donuts are big, and greasy and sugar gets everywhere. I was brought...
    AgentSeven AgentSeven 46-50, M Jan 21

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    Ask me about the summer I fell in love, and I'll tell you; It was like a mouth watering thirst one couldn't quench. I often wonder what would have happened had I never placed my...
    LavenderDarling LavenderDarling 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 21

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