Saturday, September 25, 2010

Happiness is a Journey

This account is from a dear family member who also attended the abusive church:
I must say, this is a very difficult situation for me because I still have family that I love dearly, still in this compound. My mother and sister are still held captive there by a force that they can not even see for themselves. They will read this and will be very upset with me, and I am sure that they will make sure it gets back to me that they are not by any means being held captive or feel they have to stay, but the truth is, I have been there and I know that there are times they feel insecure about the environment in which they exist, we all did at some point and time, but because of the deep-set mind control, you ignore those feelings and continue your mere existence in the world that has been “created” for you. So, mom and sis, I do this because I love you!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

My Story: Can't You See I'm Dying?

To start the beginning of the end of the blog I am re-posting the personal accounts of life in an abusive Dade City church.

This is my story:
I was part of a Tampa/Dade City church for twenty-four years. If I sat at this computer for a year and typed continuously, I couldn't begin to record the horror perpetrated on me and those I love.

At the same time, I have experienced God's amazing deliverance from destructive cult and the amazing concern from those who walked with me as I left behind a spiritually-abusive hell.

My history begins with my parents attending the church when I was pre-school age.

The pastor at the time tried to 'sever ties' with the movement called the 'Body'; being a young child, I didn't understand what this meant.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Journey From The Cult

The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.

Still round the corner there may wait
A new road or a secret gate,
And though I oft have passed them by,
A day will come at last when I
Shall take the hidden paths that run
West of the Moon, East of the Sun.

~J.R.R. Tolkien~

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Good Reading On Lukewarm, Grace, Hazing, and The Desperately Wicked Heart

Articles and blogs definitely worth the perusal time.
by Rebecca Walker
Heartbreaking article detailing the emotional damage when a parent is fanatically dedicated to a movement
by Hillary McFarland
The overwhelming burden of perfectionism
by Eric Pazdziora
This post resonated deeply with me as the leader of the cult I was in ranted regularly on this was a "one-size-shame-for-all" sermon when she wasn't getting enough parishioner's money, time or adulation.
by Elizabeth Esther
The title says it all...
by Tales From the Crypt (Meg and Burnie)
Leaving a cult can feel like being mowed over by a semi-truck...
by the Cult Next Door
Re-read my post about the hazing-like tactics used by the cult leader of the Dade City church.