Chip's UPC Experience
Doing a little surfing and saw your site and your e-mail address. I'll give the short version of my story, five years UPCI 17-22. Saw it all, spent most of my time at pastor's houses.
In the Marines during this time, I went door to door inviting people to church. Sat in on the men's meetings where we were warned not to have oral sex with our spouses to protect against the spirit of homosexuality. :)
When I left, that story could take pages by itself as well as my other experiences; my confessions became public. I left, but still believed, but chose going to hell over being a part of the organization. I was terrified.
My recovery began laying on my bed and seeing Christ on the cross and feeling peace. I told myself that was enough. From there I joined a support group for Co-dependents anonymous and dealt with many of the issues that made the UPCI so attractive to begin with. People are wasting their time thinking it's a theological or apologetical issue; it's a family issue.
I am having a baby in a month, getting my bachelors in Psychology in March and currently applying to graduate school. But pointing out what "I am doing or getting" puts me in the same boat as when I was in the UPCI. So, instead let me say, I have gotten to know and comfort my inner child. I laugh with my wife and disagree with my family, in love. May God continue to use you and your web site.
Posted March 13, 2003
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