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Hey all

!I'm new to this forum, I stumbled across it the other day. Did anyone here go to the Geelong Revival Centre in Geelong? I went there about 9 years ago and since leaving have been suffering from anxiety and depression. I tend to feel guilty about a lot of things and fear rules my life. I can't say that the GRC is responsible for my problems, but since I was a member throughout most of my childhood I think it could have affected me. Even though I know that the GRC is wrong, I still feel drawn it. The GRC taught me that they are the only "right" church and even though I know they are not, I still have doubts about other churches.

I still believe in God and try to live like a good person. But I think the GRC has made me fear God! Fear of going to hell and armageddon. (Arm a geddin outta here!!) I could never understand how they could all sing happy songs about Jesus returning, because it used to scare the crap out of me! - Looking for jesus...waiting for his coming... longing to see my saviour face to face... LoL! I can't believe I still remember the songs.Anywayz, don't really have much to say at the moment... cya!!
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Re:GRC taught me that they are the only 'right' church

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Hello,

Mate I know exactly how you feel.  You doubt yourself and you doubt other churches.  But you know what I have discovered a long time ago?  I discovered that there are no absolutley 100% right church on the planet.  That the church of God is a spiritual one.  There is only one church and that's God's church.  You are a part of that church too.  So no matter which church you attend and what doctrine they preach, you need only have to worry about your own heart.  Trust in God...don't trust in man.  They can get things wrong but God never does.

I hope this helps.

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Re:GRC taught me that they are the only 'right' church

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Hey,

I didn't go to the Geelong branch I went to the one in Hobart but I do know how you feel, but I found that with a good bunch of friends who are very supportive and a few trips to a therapist I was able to get on with my life and not worry about going to hell or any of that stuff. I did go into depression and almost went to do some nasty things to myself but figured out I had to fix my mind up and live life because it is certainly worth living.

The main reason they tell you all that (being sent to hell and it's worse if you are a backslider in their church) is so that if you leave you will feel guilty and go back but since I have left I have met a few people that left ages ago and a lot of teachings have changed over the past few decades so I don't see how they can be the correct church if what they are saying changes every few years. Also it says in the bible we are saved by grace and believing in Jesus and since most people do believe he existed and is the son of God I really don't see how any church can say they are the only church.

Also,did you know there is no such word as a backslider in the bible, they made it up and I haven't seen anywhere where it says that people should be put out or shunned if they live, where is the forgiveness - the main reason I didn't go back even though my family is in there is because forgiveness shouldn't be a time delay thing but instantaneous and what people have done shouldn't be broadcasted to the rest of the assembly.

Anyway - that's my view on things, hope it helps a little.

 

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Date Posted:20/10/2004 1:29 PMCopy HTML

Well said ladies.  I couldn't agree more.
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Date Posted:21/10/2004 12:23 PMCopy HTML

I have just been informed that the Anonymous poster may actually be someone else, I'm disgusted and hurt that someone would do that to people who have been through so much.

Thanks for being so SUPPORTIVE!!!!

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Huh?
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never mind merry, just annoyed is all
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never mind merry, just annoyed is all
Who?  I hope you don't think it's me.  'Cos it isn't.
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Oh really.... then who is it then???
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Who was the anonymous poster...and where did they post?  And I dont' think it was Troy cos' that's not his style.
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Who was the anonymous poster...and where did they post? And I dont' think it was Troy cos' that's not his style.

That's one thing we have to be careful of on here, forming opinions based on assumptions.  Whoever told you it was me needs to be viwed with suspicion and their motives questioned.

Its very easy to appear as someone else online and then make mischief.  But no, it wasn't me.

Thanks Merry, that's not  my style.  I am openly rude!!!   LOL!!!

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Date Posted:24/10/2004 12:43 PMCopy HTML

Well then if it isn't a fake post I'd like to know where the person went that did the first one, they haven't replied to it yet.
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Date Posted:25/10/2004 11:27 AMCopy HTML

$%*'`[SaPPhiRa]%*'`@

Hey guyz!!

Thanks for all your great advice....  Sorry I have taken a while to respond, I have just been really busy and don't get the chance to come online much.  I won't be returning to the GRC, coz I know they don't preach love.  I still believe in God, and believe I can do so without being part of the GRC.  I've just had a run of bad luck lately and was thinking that if I return to the GRC, things might get better.  But anyway, things are finally starting to pick up though since my last post.  I think God is answering my prayers.  Anyway... bye for now!!

SaPhiRa 

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Oh that is so great to hear!  Yes it can be like that can't it?  When things go wrong you think that it must be because you left the church but God works in or out of the church as long as you keep your eyes on Him.  I'm glad you haven't lost sight of God and through your faith you will be blessed.
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Are u the sister who loves to surf?  I visited Hobart assembly in 1993 after visited the assembly in Tasmania.  I was with a few sisters in Hobart and were invited to a house for lunch and met her daughter who was about 16/17 of age and loves to surf.  Hobart's beach is so beautiful!

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Just reading this old thread, it seems that everyone who leaves the GRC feels the same.

For a few years after I left I would often wonder 'what if they are right' even though I knew they're not.  Twice I even tried to go back.  The first time, when life wasn't going so well, I thought I was being punished because I had backslidden so I contacted Pastor Hollins who saw me monthly, then after 6 months let me only attend the 3PM meetings, then a month later 3PM, 7PM and Wed (but no youngies), then about another month later I was allowed to go to youngies (it was like he had to ween me back into fellowship), I think I only went to youngies once after that when I realised I had just wasted 8 months trying to please a bloke whose teachings I didn't believe. 

Then again, every now and then I would again wonder, sometimes I would even drive past the GRC at 3PM just to make sure they hadn't been raptured yet.  Then once again when life wasn't going so well I contacted Pastor Hollins, and again started my punishment pathway to return, I had to stay out-of-fellowship for 6 months, and then contact him again ... I never contacted him again.  Through the help of real Christian friends, I realised that my life wasn't going so well because I hadn't dealt with the abuse of the GRC, they helped me through it, and I have never had those thoughts again.

I was in the GRC for nearly 17 years, and it is almost my 17th annaversary after leaving the GRC (the first time) Now I love God, and attend a NORMAL Church, where people are loved and not abused.
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has anyone ever really left? Cos it seems to me by reading through some of these comments, that some of you allow the place to control your thoughts, and emotions still by hoarding all that hurt and bitterness. I can also see some pathetic people on here, too cowardly  to say who they are even with a psyodenum (sorry if thats not spelled right means fake name). Yes its hard, yes it takes a while but it can be done, and it always works out; once you let go. Im sure some of you extra special christians think youre incredibly funny, sneaking in and causing mischeif, like mice. Judas ring a bell? anyway i dont want to preach. or help anyone to be honest. but what i did, i wrote it all down. all of it. It took me a long time, and it felt good. i burned the papers. that felt better. i dont pity those people now, i dont think of them. i saw someone from the niddrie assembly and told them how much admiration i have for them, managing to live in hell before time. im not scared, i have nothing to fear.
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Hey all

!I'm new to this forum, I stumbled across it the other day. Did anyone here go to the Geelong Revival Centre in Geelong? I went there about 9 years ago and since leaving have been suffering from anxiety and depression. I tend to feel guilty about a lot of things and fear rules my life. I can't say that the GRC is responsible for my problems, but since I was a member throughout most of my childhood I think it could have affected me. Even though I know that the GRC is wrong, I still feel drawn it. The GRC taught me that they are the only "right" church and even though I know they are not, I still have doubts about other churches.

I still believe in God and try to live like a good person. But I think the GRC has made me fear God! Fear of going to hell and armageddon. (Arm a geddin outta here!!) I could never understand how they could all sing happy songs about Jesus returning, because it used to scare the crap out of me! - Looking for jesus...waiting for his coming... longing to see my saviour face to face... LoL! I can't believe I still remember the songs.Anywayz, don't really have much to say at the moment... cya!!


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Hey all

!I'm new to this forum, I stumbled across it the other day. Did anyone here go to the Geelong Revival Centre in Geelong? I went there about 9 years ago and since leaving have been suffering from anxiety and depression. I tend to feel guilty about a lot of things and fear rules my life. I can't say that the GRC is responsible for my problems, but since I was a member throughout most of my childhood I think it could have affected me. Even though I know that the GRC is wrong, I still feel drawn it. The GRC taught me that they are the only "right" church and even though I know they are not, I still have doubts about other churches.

I still believe in God and try to live like a good person. But I think the GRC has made me fear God! Fear of going to hell and armageddon. (Arm a geddin outta here!!) I could never understand how they could all sing happy songs about Jesus returning, because it used to scare the crap out of me! - Looking for jesus...waiting for his coming... longing to see my saviour face to face... LoL! I can't believe I still remember the songs.Anywayz, don't really have much to say at the moment... cya!!

Our God is a loving God
I don't believe anyone should fear GOD.
GRC banned Shannon & Comeron Henderson from their Church for appearing on Australia's got talent.
So wrong - what an inspiration the father and son can be to the unsaved.  Anyone can tell they are beautiful people - and God is well aware of this. 
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well you can beleive what you will, but consider this.... throughout the existence of the human race, man has had beleifs about religion... if you were to count the amount of gods & deity's that  have been recorded since day dot then you would number the hundreds. if you beleive that the one you call god is real then with so many other gods beforehand you must also consider that all the other gods are real (thats a lot of gods). religion is about control of the population with its number one tool being fear. hell & damnation to those who dont beleive.. grow up, but a newspaper and see what is going on in the world. if you think that your god runs the show, then he can only be a tyrant.  your god is responsible for all of the suffering on earth. some kind of loving! brain washed morons!
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All of this is very interesting, but do you think that God with all His infinite wisdom would put His One True Church in a global back water such as Geelong.

Why not somewhere more central, say in Europe? or a place with a large population, say America?

Oh, that's right, I bet there are heaps of churches in America that think THEY are the One True Church.

Also, one would assume that God's One True Church would GROW---not shrink like the GRC has over the years.

If it wasn't so sad that people actually believe the GRC is the ONE True Church, it would be laughable!!!
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I left this church some 20 years ago. I have since found a home in a Church of Christ. I believe the Geelong church should re-name themselves The Church of Fear, or The Church of Control. That is what they operate on: fear and control. My experience pushed me right away from ALL churches for at least 20 years. I earnestly believe that if a church says: This is the ONLY church you should walk away because they are NOT.
Some results of my time in this church are: All my children are scarred by their experience in this church, I very nearly became an atheist because of my bad experiences with this church.
I thank God I have finally found a spiritual home in the church of christ.
 
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hm... nearly became an atheist....
can't see anything wrong with that....
atheists are smart people and much more fun

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