Here is an interesting article in Sunday's Huffington Post
"Yes. When I was young, I learned to act grown-up and self-contained in church, the same as others."
Growing up, I attended The Worldwide Church of God (WCG). The WCG was a cult, characterized by exclusivity, secrecy, and an authoritarian culture. There was lots of emphasis on conformity, and very little room for individuality.
"So now ... I'm trying to be authentic and the same as," I said. "And I just end up feeling lost."
Until that day, I didn't realize how much of my identity was wrapped up in spiritual achievement.
As a girl, I'd filled out every Bible lesson book. I was the first of my friends to be baptized. I never missed devotionals, and I served in various leadership roles.
In other words, "Hi, my name is Caroline, and I'm a religious performance addict."
Read the entire article here.