Actress Leah Remini is famous for her role on The King of Queens. Lately, she has become the enemy of the Church of Scientology, due to her breakthrough documentary titled: Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, on the A&E network.
Remini is very brave in speaking publicly about her experience with the Church of Scientology, particularly about its controlling and damaging views, rules, and regulations.
One former member stated that your life could be in danger, once you leave the organization. Your name is mud in the community, not to mention you're being harassed and followed. Current members are told not to associate with you. Your job could even be affected as this group has the power to tamper with this aspect of your personal life.
The part I believe that I have something in common with Remini and others who followed strict rules and regulations in the religious system, is that it does control your life.
The church I attended was not as intense as the Church of Scientology, but they were very strict in having us adhere to the doctrine of the bible.
That's great--that's exactly what you are supposed to do if you are declaring yourself a Christian. There are supposed to be by-laws of the congregation or else people will be all over the place.
The problem, however, is when people follow these rules so much to the point that they don't give themselves room to study the word of God for themselves. Dictation takes over and before you know it, you don't have a life of your own.
The biggest mistake I made was that I didn't know that I could still communicate with non-believers and be a Christian. There are a lot of people in this state right now, including those caught up in Scientology and other organizations. They only communicate with their own unless there is a set time when they come together and recruit.
To me, there is more division within church organizations. Leaders are not getting along and therefore members follow their lead. Members are told not to associate with other congregations they used to have fellowship with.
Don't get me wrong--getting saved or becoming a Christian was the best thing I've ever done with my life. I'm thankful that I know the difference now. I know that I don't have to go by anyone's do's and don't's. I don't have to wait until someone hears from God and then tell me what to do--I can do all of that myself.
I'm glad that Leah Remini discovered this for herself and I hope that others will as well.
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