I spent 20 years as a member of the United Pentecostal Church.
What follows on this page is my story - how I got sucked into this cult, why it is indeed a cult, and how I finally developed enough courage to get out. I hope this story can help others to see that the UPC is not the wonderful organization it portrays itself to be. If my story can save one person the heartache I went through at the hands of this "church," it will have been worth it.
A couple sit anxiously in the ER, where their only child is being frantically attended to. As they fall to their knees in desperate prayer, the husband pulls out what he believes to be his biggest bargaining chip with God: “Heal our child, Lord. Work a miracle. My wife, this […]
I got a text from my Mother In Law last week. She told me that doctors had discovered a small nodule on her lung, that she’d had chest x-rays and a CT scan done and that she had an appointment today with a lung doctor to discuss. She may or […]
So over the weekend my Facebook feed (I promise I don’t live my life on Facebook, but it does give me lots of great article fodder) was littered with links to a particular article. It caught my eye because, for one, I saw it several times, but also because it’s […]
It was recently pointed out to me that this blog has a bit of an attitude. Someone whose work I respect mentioned that they are a Christian, yet they don’t shove their beliefs down the throats of others. They don’t flip out over the idea of a wedding cake for […]
Josh Duggar is having a bad week. Up till now, he had no doubt assumed his prior transgressions – molesting young girls, including his sisters – would stay swept under the rug. And that he could therefore continue his “ministry” with the Family Research Council, warning society of the dangers […]
On Saturday afternoon, May 2 a magnitude 4.2 earthquake hit western Michigan. It was centered 8km south of Galesburg, outside of Kalamazoo. Earthquakes are fairly rare in Michigan, but not unheard of. In fact, this is only the second-strongest one ever recorded in that state. About 120 or so miles to […]
I discovered this gem while researching for my article on Lee Stoneking lying to the United Nations. Seems his “miraculous healing” isn’t all that Stoneking likes to play loosie-truthies with. That story could (if you’re feeling really generous) be labeled a (gross, extreme, huge) exaggeration. This one, however… not so […]
The fact that we were sitting together at lunch on Saturday could be considered a triumph of enduring friendship. We’d been friends since riding the same bus to junior high in 1980-something. I remember when he first came out, his first boyfriend. He was one of my very closest friends. […]
Christianity is losing members, according to Pew Research. The foundation released polling data completed in 2014 that shows a 7.8 percentage point drop in the number of Americans identifying themselves as Christians since 2007. According to the survey, the sharpest decline was among mainline Protestants and Catholics – the denominations […]
It was the third day in a row, and my 3 year old son was tugging on my hand. “Please, Mommy!” he was saying. “Don’t sit in the chair today!” I looked into his big green eyes, so like my own. I loved him so very much. I desperately wanted to […]