Searching for my Tribe – Growing up gay in a Cult

There I sat.  Alone amid 250 other people, feeling as though all eyes were on me, especially Dr. Duke’s.  It was Epistles of Paul class in the Science Lecture Hall.  I have never felt such despair descend upon me like I had felt that day.  There I sat, a gay boy in a theology lecture, being told, no admonished about the perverseness of homosexuality.  Being read to, or at more precisely, from the Bible the words that would seal my fate.  That “those” men, lovers of themselves, would never inherit the Kingdom of God.  That I, on judgment day, would be cast into the Lake of Fire along with all the other sinners, that I would never be able to express my love and share my life in a way that had always felt natural to me. 

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In February, 2004, the editor at the Painful Truth website contacted me. He asked if I would write a piece concerning what I would say to the next-generation Worldwide Church of God (WCG) members and those who have split off from this “mother” church. He wanted me to express what would be most important for me to try and get those people to understand. He had asked a few others to do the same thing.

Blast from the past… Betty J. Brogaard

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Herbert Armstrong Puts the Church “Back on the Track”

Besides being a high school dropout, HWA was a uneducated man. A conman to be exact. And actually, a pretty smart conman to pull off what he did.

Herbert Armstrong sure had a lot of words to his ‘sermons.’ But the truth is, the vast majority of his ranting’s were nothing but un-spiritual shit, and little to nothing he ever preached was of any scholarly value.

But the one thing that none of us was aware of as we sat listening or reading his soul destroying material, is that he was damaging us not only psychologically, but physically altering our brain structure.

From Psychology Today we read…

Depression is an experience of depletion. You’re worn down, hollowed out, devoid of enthusiasm or vitality. Your senses are dull, perhaps to the point of taking in very little around you. Research has noted that our moods are affected the most by what we take in through our senses. What we smell, hear, see, feel, and taste are processed neurobiologically, but emotionally as well.

Make sure you read the entire article. It can be found HERE.

  • Under the heading entitled “HEAR” it says “Studies show that using meaningful sounds will produce theta waves, the deep relaxing brain waves one attains when meditating.”

How about angry words, or words that condemn you, make you hate or doubt yourself? What do these words do to your inner mind. How do they psychologically damage you? The answer is, that they inflict lasting physical effects on your brain structure. Read this HERE.

So with that warning in place, here’s an old guilt trip rant by the apostle of malpractice, Herbert W. Armstrong, heretic and chief. That is if you can stand it!

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