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I Used to Belong to a Cult-like Church

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 34 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    "If they are not in your life to improve it, then they do not belong in it."
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    Unrequited love is like one of the worst things in life for anyone. I knew a guy named Hernan for a year now since January. I remember when I first met him in class, I was afraid...
    AziaLee AziaLee 18-21, F 4 hrs ago

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    Unrequited love is like one of the worst things in life for anyone. I knew a guy named Hernan for a year now since January. I remember when I first met him in class, I was afraid...
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    That song really brightened my mood. It is well with my soul. I feel as if I'm where I need to be. I feel as if I can handle my life problems one day at a time now, instead of just...
    HigherCalling HigherCalling 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 8

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    Yes. I am jealous with him. He had just recently been attending our church. When I first saw Kevin, I felt that there's a deeper story behind his meekness. I only had a chance...
    KIDiz24 KIDiz24 22-25, F 3 days ago

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    "How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful...
    MFBG MFBG 61-65, M Jan 18

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    Did you know that Joan Jett's song 'I Love Rock and Roll' was not originally her song? This song was originally recorded by a British group called The Arrows in 1975, and it was...
    secretme1970 secretme1970 41-45, F 3 Responses Jan 22

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    It's not even the romantic thing- sometimes i feel like that's just out of the question- but my friends never stay around and i always do something to hurt them and probably even...
    inbetwienerz inbetwienerz 16-17, F 2 Responses 10 hrs ago

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    I used to have a group of very close friends , they would cheer me up on my worst days and help me get through all the bad things in life but, we were very different so little by...
    UneReveuse UneReveuse 16-17, F Jan 11

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    this is so true for myself. I have spent the last 7 years trying to find that one place that I feel like I belong. Im soooo sick of moving. I always feel bad that I can't be...
    Lookingupalways Lookingupalways 26-30, F Jan 5

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    That's how it happens. Some version of that story is true for almost every homeless person out there. It happens because of not being loved. Because of not having supportive...
    Ajushi Ajushi 36-40, M 1 Response Jan 10

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    It all started as a joke. A conversation about how people had stupid nicknames for each other in a relationship. From there I thought it would be funny to google "nicknames for...
    LizzyThomas3434 LizzyThomas3434 41-45, F a week ago

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    When Tomorrow Comes Part Five - Chapter Twenty I didn't eat dinner and woke up the next morning running late with a raving tension headache. I hadn't had one in so long, I almost...
    MaryJanine MaryJanine 56-60, F Jan 16

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    One time I had a dream that I was in a big room with a lot of people. The only person I recognized though was my crush, who was being the center of attention; being very flamboyant...
    super563 super563 13-15, M 1 Response Jan 18

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    I used to be a socialist, but over time my political beliefs have changed. I don't know exactly what party, if any, I belong to. Let me describe my beliefs and the could you please...
    heapograss heapograss 22-25, M 1 Response Jan 21

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    im 29. i have been struggling with ao much in where doni belong?.why am i disgusted by humans? why i hide in my home? i never want to go out i literally have panic attacks at the...
    tiiedrope tiiedrope 26-30, F Jan 3

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    I belong to the 80's haha. I love the songs and movies during that time. I would have liked to live in the 70's too. I'm sure times were cooler back then.
    hondurananonymous hondurananonymous 13-15, F 1 Response Jan 3

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    I don't belong in my group of friends. They don't care about me. I don't belong in my family either. They all hate me. My dad loves my younger brother, my mom loves my older sister...
    xxdeepestcutxx xxdeepestcutxx 13-15, F Jan 3

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    It's straing, I'm different from everyone and my HOLE life I felt like I'm not ment to be what I'm being, I don't belong im my family. My mother thinks I'm depressed cause...
    Lumapier951 Lumapier951 13-15, F 1 Response Jan 5

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    Instructions for a Bad Day, by Shane Koyczan " There will be bad days. Be calm. Loosen your grip, opening each palm slowly now. Let go. Be confident. Know that now is only a...
    BetterWithThree BetterWithThree 18-21, F Jan 5

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    I'm new to the group of friends I have right now and I can't help but feel left out sometimes. They're all great people, but sometimes I feel like I'm intruding, or like I'm not...
    brimc7 brimc7 16-17, F 2 Responses Jan 7

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    I think it is good to not belong to a certain group that has a set of rules which you have to abide by - You have to defend these rules no matter what, just blame it on anything...
    MissGaga MissGaga 22-25, F 6 Responses Jan 10

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    I was probably the coldest kid on the planet. I got a kick out of hurting people for no reason and it made me feel really good. A bully would be the right word. I couldn't help it...
    anonamanda001 anonamanda001 16-17, F 2 Responses Jan 20

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    Out of all the relationships I have had, the two that worked out the best was with a 32 year old (10 years older) and a 37 year old (15 years older). I tend to click better with...
    MsBree01 MsBree01 22-25, F 2 Responses Dec 30, 2014

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    I could qoute that book "Pensees" forever it feels like. "We never keep to the present. We recall the past; we anticipate the future as if we found it too slow in coming and were...
    mirkwood86 mirkwood86 26-30, M Jan 2

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    I like to woof, I like to bark. I like to run in circles too. I'm hyper active, I'm very territorial, I growl, I chew, I crave meat and drool over it. I also have eyes that change...
    MindlessMessenger MindlessMessenger 13-15, F Jan 3

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    I am a two time felon and I just recently picked up another case. I love god, my mother and learning. I am a clean person who wants the best for people. I just keep letting myself...
    Ashly1989 Ashly1989 26-30, F Jan 4

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    I like making sure guys can see every curve of what belongs to them.
    sai7154 sai7154 18-21, T 5 Responses Jan 4

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    I am turning 41 years old in 2 weeks and when I look back at my life I keeping asking myself the same question over and over. I do not know why I was born or brought into this...
    ShyGuyInFL ShyGuyInFL 36-40, M 4 Responses Jan 9

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    This is true I feel like the world is a agents me and every one hates me and that people don't want to know me
    thebigscottishguy thebigscottishguy 22-25, M Jan 9

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    I tried to sign myself in 2 years ago. My ex boyfriend and his best friend were both assuming relationships with me. I'd have to talk to one guy, all through the day and hours at...
    DarkwingGoslyn DarkwingGoslyn 31-35 Jan 10

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    Should Cells be used in class? ---------------------------------- Well... it depends. It depends on what you're using it for. Yeah, there are quite the plethora of us who sneak a...
    HannahMarieX HannahMarieX 18-21 Jan 14

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    sometimes, I think to myself.. what is the point of even trying in the world any more if people just result in not liking me in the end. i'm a very nice person and i try to belong...
    tirwin6471 tirwin6471 16-17, F Jan 16

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