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  1. When I was 16 I joined a cult called Branhamism. Most people haven't heard of it, but it has churches all over the world. It's a Pentecostal, Holiness, Fundamentalist Christian Cult that follows the teachings of the man they (used to be we) consider the prophet for the last days. His name was William Branham--he died in 1965. The church was all tangled up with my abusive marriage, because the Bible and the prophet really emphasis blessing those who curse you, doing good to those who despite-fully use you, that a soft answer turns away wrath (which it doesn't, in most cases, it didn't with my husband) and that wives have to obey their husbands in everything as unto the lord. It does say all that. A lot of people have told me it doesn't because that doesn't fit in with their image of god and what he would want for people--like to not be miserable their whole lives--but it really does. I was mentally ill when I joined--I think I was mentally ill almost my whole childhood, especially after my uncle raped me when was five and my step-grandfather molested me over a several year period. But the church made my mental illness much worse. And being in the abusive marriage did too. my ex-husband was even a preacher for 10 years. So, i left him after 22 years, but i was still in the cult. I left the church a year later. That was the hardest thing i ever did, not the divorce. The divorce was a huge relief, but leaving the church was terrifying. It's been 10 years and I'm not really scared anymore, although it still affects me. i feel warped by it. From 16 to 44--that's a long time to be in such a destructive mindset and atmosphere. Anyone else spend time in a cult? There's lots of different kinds, but they all use mind-control and fear. Brain-washing. i'd love to hear from others who have been in cults or have feedback or thoughts. Thank you!
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