When I was 15, I was linked to Xenos for the first time. My brother joined the group when he left university. We both grew up very close, and he decided to invite me to see this new church in which he participated. At first, I loved it. Everyone was so kind and kind, and I immediately felt welcome. But a few months after my first visit, a good friend of mine died in a car accident. I blamed myself and fell into a period of depression. This is of course the moment when the Xenos decided to strike. After a conversation on this extremely painful subject, they pushed me to speak and pushed me to block my feelings and emotions. I still look at the consequences of this nearly a decade later, struggling with feelings of guilt and sadness, because I was driven to ignore and bury my feelings during that time. I spent the next few years being put under pressure, moving into a ministry house, and when I finished high school, I was enlisted almost immediately. My brother would put pressure on me every moment and assure me that I would not be able to be just a Christian if I was not part of a service house. I was a member of Xenos for four years.
I wish I had the strength to leave early. I was plagued by anxiety and stress, lest I get rid of it, and the church leadership team would fire me. I was trying again and again to plan a path to walk, unable to understand the constant pressure that was exerted on me. I had a hard time going to school full-time, working part-time and enrolling in Xenos` weekly program. Keith McCallum`s blog post. I don`t think I met Keith. I`m not going to speculate on his motives, while allowing (to be fair) that this can be both rhetorical and slightly mocking of the newspaper articles he mentioned. I don`t think it`s balanced.
He tried to stick to what he wrote directly: “He went into bizarre stories that led him to research Xenos” – by for the course, repelling former members. Why “weird”? Are all these people liars? “In fact, we will find ourselves in Xenos with other churches in difficulty because we are too cowardly! The Xenoids will snuggle up, drink, party, go to bars (including raves!), dance, smoke and sometimes manipulate like pagans – they don`t seem rigorous at all. ” – This is, I believe, a dishonest argument often made by the people of Xenos. In fact, it is more prescient that Xenos positions himself against many other churches by limiting the value that is put into his specialty. “Shunning`s original practice – and the term still bears this defect – arises from an irrational fear of the real world (i.e. the modern world) of separatists and cult groups. I don`t want someone to call me shunner — it means you`re close, scared, straight, and very compulsive. From New American “avoid, ignore or reject.” There is no doubt that Xenos will do this to members who do not like it.