Re: Glad to see a support group out there.
[I finally took my stand and told the pastor I was leaving he started
laying into me with his vulcan mind meld control speech.]
That line really cracked me up.
I cross posted your message to Escape From the Fellowship.
You may get some responses over there. Nichole, who posts under the name mammamanykids is also from Yucca Valley, and left the fellowship just a few months ago. You might want to have some interchange with her and her husband. She also runs her own message board, Freedom From the Potter's House.
We also have another ex Marine posting on Escape, Denis, who goes by iwas1ncthr. We have some Australian ex members posting there as well.
So stop by Escape From the Fellowship, if you get a chance. I am sure you will get some responses to that testimony of yours. I appreciate you taking the time to write that. Thanks.
- I love what you wrote, its true if you are going to leave you should
just leave. I left the fellowship about six months ago. I was a
member for three years. To be honest I am not sure why exactly I
left. I loved the church, but the more more people were leaving and
it wasnt even just new converts it was member of the church that had
been their for ten twelve years, I start praying and asking
questions. And, it is so true once you start asking questions you
kind of get in trouble, they tell you that these members are
backsliding or have lost their way just pray for them and stay away
from them. I knew these people and they were my family. I was so
confused, if these people were in sin and at risk to going to hell,
why not embrase them talk to them befriend them even more, to try and
win them back. This was an issue I always had with the church. I
didnt understand how I could call my self a christian and these
peoples family when i would abandon them when they need church family
the most! My decision to leave was based on month of prayer I truly
felt God telling me to leave and not look back. I did try and talk
to pastor and let him know that i was no longer attending the church,
they just made me feel like i did not hear from God that I was making
it up. I knew the last sunday I was their that I was doing the right
thing. I over heard pastors wife telling a young lady whos husband
was in the military and not saved that if he left the area she needed
to stay here and not go with him. I couldnt believe it, god is all
about family and keeping them together what would be so wrong with
her going with her husband and attending another fellowship church. I
made my decision and never looked back. I have still recieve calls
from members, and they want to know why i left and some even ask me
how you could do it. The only reponse i have is it was what was write
for me and my family. I dont bash the church with them or even
listen to them bash the church. I will not be a part of their ideas
of me. I was told that the first sunday I left pastor stood up and
told everyone to beware of the Jezbel spirit. I couldnt believe it,
i had been a part of the church for three years and I had put my
entire life on hold and put them first. I was so angry I wanted to
march my self up their and tell them exactly what a cult they were
but knew it would be useless. I found this group and truly love it,
to be able to talk to others who had left. I look at your stories
and draw strength, I admire anyone who has left the church after ten
years or twenty years. I was only a member for three years and still
am stuggling with my decision. I miss all my friends, and people who
were my family for the past three years. I do pray for them and the
church to open their eyes to the truth, and to change there ways. I
am so sad to hear about members who left and now no longer have faith
in Christ. It kills me to see the damage that one person can do.
I left the chruch not my faith in Christ in fact I dont even
think I was truly saved in the potters house. I was just obedient to
a mans words not gods. Talk to yall later!