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"We Are Spiritual Abuse Survivors" 
7th-Jun-2012 01:29 am
Pigpen
The writer/producer of the previously mentioned film, "Paradise Recovered", has written a piece called "We Are Spiritual Abuse Survivors" to "honor those who have been hurt by high-demand churches and cults". Excerpts below:

We are spiritual abuse survivors.

... we believed a dangerous lie that closely resembled the truth. And we have paid dearly for that belief with the sacrifice of our very souls.

...

We thought we were specially called by God. We learned later that we were just a means to an end, with the end being the elevation of our leader.

...

We were taught or reconditioned to fear everything that contradicted our leaders’ edicts. We believed dissent to be wicked, evil, and Satanic.

And then we learned something about our leaders that made us question all that we built our lives upon.
Comments 
9th-Aug-2012 02:57 am (UTC)
how do you even recover and trusts other churches after this? I haven't been able to dedicate myself to another church (except the ones online). I'm just curious how you guys did it...
13th-Aug-2012 09:18 pm (UTC)
I've been at the same church for most of my post-UBF years. It belongs to a large, well-known and old denomination, so I trust it. I wouldn't say I'm dedicated to it. I would say that I am not ready to dedicate myself to a church. I also currently don't see the value in dedicating myself to a church (though I keep going to the same one every Sunday, go figure).
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