When a church takes control of your life
Hope City Church in Liverpool appeared to be an exciting blaze of bright lights, smoke machines and trendy pastors. But the truth was very different
Dear members — today’s story is about religion, coercion and trauma. In 2014, Richard Turner got a new job working for a charity in Liverpool helping the victims of human trafficking. It was attached to a church with a trendy pastor who wore white trainers and filled his sermons with jokes. Over the course of three years, Richard gradually found aspects of his life were being controlled.
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