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Thanks for the photos, David. The chains one spoke to me. Not so much of what I feel I am going through right now, but more of being thankful that I did not go there. I picture a man (old in soul) staring at the rusted, heavy bindings of his life. Then I realize the love of my wonderful wife and children have kept me from being that man. "Things that make you go hmm."

First post on the forum, but hopefully not last, as God loosens my chains that are more of communication.
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Hey fog, do I know you from somewhere? ;) :P It's great to see you here! :D
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Hello. When I received Christ as a teen, it released some poetry in me. I thought I would share this poem first, since so many free believers have expressed their coming out of Babylon journey in terms reminiscent of what I experienced when I came out of a one true church personality cult 30 years ago. About 6 months after that change I caught a film at a church , put together by former Moonies, called "Heavenly Deception". Thus the poem was born. Heavenly Deception is the phrase used within the group to justify the lying done to advance the Work. I think this poem crystallizes a common experience, creating opportunity for reflection, healing, and thankfulness.

Heavenly Deception

There is so much Lord,
That is claimed in Your name,
For which we are ashamed.

Truth whispered from ear to ear;
Prized, hidden, cloaked,
Disguised from the world;
For we are one of the chosen few,
Initiates into the mysteries of time,
And the world laughs at us.

The works of man feel soo good-
Discipline, love, acceptance,
Unity in uniformity,
Common belief,
With no grief, no pain-
We’re anesthetized,
So we believe everyone else is insane
Living in vain,
While we're mindless -
Drugged out, washed out,
Unable to know our feelings & doubts,
Because we know Truth,
We're in the Family,
We're his 'children'
And must express the reality thereof;
Perfectly loyal, without fear, doubt,
Or equivocation.
Just claim emancipation,
As we sink deeper,
And deeper,
Thru mere participation,
Into mindless submission,
Performing the deception,
Ordained of god,
To advance the Work,
Amongst all these clods.
Heavenly Deception -
In the name of Truth.

We sit back,
Having it all pat,
Swallowing Satan's con:
Surface religion.
Tired of his standard brands,
We searched for truth, peace & love.
He offered us suitable facsimiles,
(Empty & hollow,
The only level deception survives at)
Just prior to our reality confrontation;
Plucked out of the rat race,
Placed into Satan's deceptive grace.

But then the moment comes,
The true moment of truth,
When we see
From the simple gut level values of our conscious,
That what the group speaks,
To its members
And the world,
Don't match.
The moment of confrontation -
When we find politics preempts truth.

"God, what do I do?
This group teaches the truth,
The fruits are good,
But God,
This is hypocrisy,
Help me Lord!
I want to believe!
I want to belong!
I want to serve You,
I want to do what is right!
Help me God,
Show me how to reconcile the two,
Maybe this…
Or maybe that…
But it doesn't fit!
It just doesn't fit.

Lord, why aren't you answering me?
Can You?
Maybe they don't reconcile -
But they've got to -
What they preach and write is so true -
I've put so much into this organization -
They can't be hypocrites,
Can they?…
Why not?
Why do they have to be different from other men?
Why can't money, power & fame
Get to them,
Making religion one big game?
God!!
Help me!!!
I don't want to think these thoughts,
I don't want to believe this to be true,
I want to believe in You,
I want to do Your work,
And they're doing it.
God!
Help me!!
I can't figure this out!
Its driving me mad!
Help me!!!

Then more information came pouring in,
Confusing me more,
Friends desperately bombarding me with questions and facts;
The dilemma worsens;
I can't hold on,
But I must,
They are God's chosen,
The true church,
The only way to eternal life.

"I just want peace Lord,
I don't want anything new in my life;
I just want to sit home.
Leave me alone everyone,
I'm busy hanging on to the truth;
Please, don't change anything in my world,
I'm just barely in it now.
Oh Lord, I can't wait till the day I die'
Thoughtless death,
Sweet death,
Please come to me."

But it didn't.
Instead, You sent a message,
You reminded me of our first meeting,
How You convicted me to search for the Truth,
Showed me to judge honestly.


Thank You Lord,
For renewing my faith in You to see me through.
Be with me as I study YOUR Word,
Let me not take sides,
Nor make artificial standards to measure by,
But seek the Truth,
Which shall make me free;
If I am free
I am free totally.

There is so much Lord,
That's destroying people in these cults;
Use me to help them,
To help pluck them out of the fire somehow,
As You have plucked me,
Saved me from deception's misery.
Come Lord Jesus,
To save us all from ourselves.
Come.
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Wow, Brett! This is a powerful poem. You've beautifully expressed the feelings I had while I struggled to make sense of my time in an abusive church. He spoke so much truth, it was hard to believe it was a destructive system buillt on lies.

Although my blog isn't primarily devoted to the topic of spiritual abuse, I have a lot of resources on it for those who have been victims of spiritual abuse. If it's okay with you, I'd like to post your poem on my blog. I believe it would be an encouragement to many as they journey towards healing.

Thanks for sharing it.
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Go for it Aida. However it may be useful. Thanks.
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Can I post it on my blog too Brett? I love this...
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Brett, I just posted it. If you'd like to see what I wrote as an intro, here's the link.

http://forgettingtheformerthings.blogsp ... ption.html

Thanks for letting me share it with my readers.
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Sure thing lionwoman.

If you'll post the link here, I'll check your blog over the next few days, incase anyone wants to dialogue with the author on it.

Thanks.
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Brett, I just posted another blog inviting my readers to share their comments and questions about your poem. Some people may be interested in sharing their journeys but may need some encouragement since shame is such a big part of our struggles to be free from spiritual abuse.

The link for that post is:

http://forgettingtheformerthings.blogsp ... -post.html

I told them you would be available to respond to any comments. I hope that was okay.
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Cynthia Clack wrote:I am an emerging artist, only having discovered this passion in the past couple of years. Here is a piece I did a few months ago called Faithful Lamenting:

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I just LOVE this, Cynthia. It is beautiful on so many levels. The texture of it, the colours, the concept ... oooh! :D
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Okay, Sue. I know you've got those creative juices flowing through your veins too. I hope you'll share some of your writings with us.
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Hello.

I have another poem to share. As a young Christian, I did fine on my own for a few years. Then I got involved in groups, and everything got messed up. When I was returning to sanity, the task seemed toooo BIG. Despair was my constant companion. Fortunately, I was comfortable with letting God speak to me. This poem came out of facing this issue with Him. Later, a friend turned into a beautiful song, which she used in her church ministry.

Go Ahead

Go ahead,
My child,
Give it another try,
Don't runaway and hide,
Don't shrivel up and cry,
Don't refuse to look Me straight in the eye;
Just give it another try.

Forget your failure,
I have.
There is nothing to fear,
Forget how you appear,
Who, but I, sees clear?

I am your Father,
I am your guide,
There need not be reason for pain to reside.
Just give it another try.

Forget your human rights,
What looks good only by sight.
Allow Me to teach you what is real,
Then you will know how to feel,
So the abundant life will always be your seal.

Go ahead,
My child,
Give it another try,
So give it, give it another try.
Give Me, give Me another try.
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Thanks, Brett, for sharing! This is wonderful :) It's good to remember that God does not see us as failures the way we or other people sometimes do.
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Thanks for sharing this one, Brett.
I will print this one out, just to remember myself. Thanks!
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I think this one speaks for itself.

Power Shower

God is love,
In Him there is no shadow of turning,
He meets all of our yearning,
With learning and power,
Giving us a holy shower;
Cleansing us,
Setting us apart,
To live from the heart,
According to His will, good pleasure & abundant treasure;
Never to loose,
Always to gain,
That which He claims
Will glorify His name,
Lifting us out of what's vain,
Playing no games,
Living the same life of love,
As Jesus did,
When He first came.
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