EDMONTON (CityNews) – Three years in the past life was very completely different for Breanna and Peter Phipps.
The couple had been born into a non secular cult in Sherwood Park, simply exterior Edmonton. They had been a part of the roughly 600 member church for 26 years.
“It’s nightmares. It’s stuff of horror movies. And it’s ample there,” defined Breanna Phipps. “It’s simply horrible, horrible life.”
Whereas the Phipps lived as members of the church, every little thing from what they wore, who they dated, how they disciplined their kids, to what went on of their intimate intercourse life, was determined by cult leaders.
“They managed each single side and in the event you questioned it. Nicely then you’re simply not non secular sufficient,” she defined.
In an image of the couple from a number of years in the past, Breanna’s hair was previous her knees. She says hair cuts had been forbidden. She was additionally by no means allowed to put on pants, solely lengthy skirts.
The Phipps say they had been additionally not allowed to affiliate with folks exterior the church, even relations.
Including their kids weren’t even allowed to attend public or personal college.
“It’s so tragic the quantity of psychological abuse that goes on. Convincing children at younger ages which you can’t play with the opposite neighbourhood children. Why? As a result of they’re unhealthy folks. Instructing hate at such a younger age. The hate simply goes on and on… Racism comes up. And so they name that god’s love,” defined Peter Phipps.
What else was forbidden? Principally something that included the surface world, assume carnivals, music apart from gospel, motion pictures, Netflix, TV, and video video games.
“The chief believes the second coming of Jesus has already occurred, and he’s god’s solely vessel. In order that god speaks on to him. So at each service that he speaks we’re listening to immediately from god.”
The Phipps say they needed to pay the church 15 per cent of their month-to-month revenue earlier than any payments had been paid.
For them it was their lifestyle, till someday it wasn’t.
The couple had been kicked out three years in the past after a nasty enterprise deal. At first they thought they misplaced every little thing. However quickly realized what they acquired was their freedom.
“We had been in an absolute cult. We had been confined to at least one mind-set… a person’s mind-set,” stated Breanna.
CityNews reached out to the church, Phrase of Life Tabernacle, for his or her aspect and have but to obtain a response.
The Phipps say they’re on their path to therapeutic. They’ve blogged their experiences and even launched a podcast, hoping someday to assist different cult survivors.
“The last word purpose is to assist folks. To assist them,” stated Peter.
“Take these first steps into the actual world,” stated Breanna. “To know there’s a protected place out right here the place you’ll be able to leap to.”