posted on Feb, 23 2005 @ 10:20 AM
A co-worker of mine belongs to a church called the United Church of God.
United Church of God
He has belonged to this church for around 4 years now. He was a catholic before. His children are 14 and 10, respectively. Now, since his new church
does not believe in any 'pagan' celebrations (ie. birthdays, Christmas, Easter, etc.) his children are not allowed to participate. This must be
rough for his kids, growing up with birthdays and presents and all, only to find out that they are 'pagan' (hence evil). This must have been rough
for them, and I feel for them.
The church also does not believe in medical treatment. He has said his kids need to go to the dentist, but he will not take them there.
Women are not permitted to wear make-up, jeans, or to cut their hair.
My problems are:
A.) He took holidays and birthdays away from his kids. They partially grew up with them, all of a sudden they are 'evil'. How would this effect a
B.) His children need to go to a dentist, according to him. I am still thinking of a way to talk him into bringing them there.
C,) My co-worker is easily influenced. I can see how this church got a hold of him.
Has anyone ever had an experience like this, either belonging to this type of church, or know someone who got out of this type of church?
From what I understand, the preacher puts enormous pressure on his 'flock' to obey. I'm sure my co-worker does not want to be chastised.
I believe this is deception, due to the fact that he 'thinks' he id doing something right. I have no problem with him; a person can worship any way
they see fit, but when children are involved.....