Hi CovLass, and others.
Thanks for your reply. It is good to hear from others who have been in the same church so understand the background. One of the problems I have had over the years is that there has been no-one to talk to - those in SMC just tell me to repent (although they won't say of what) and these who have not been involved just think it is all rubbish, so why am I bothered?
What you say about the head coverings I actually find quite astounding. How can SMC have changed their position on this? This was a really strong doctrine with 100% compliance in my time. I wonder if the change was in Hugh Black's time or after he had gone. After all he - quite literally - wrote the book on this doctrine. Hmmm.
I really relate to the discernment thing that you describe. In my experience, it was often initiated by a pointed "discernment" sermon. This led to a number of individuals recognising they had a problem (more discernment perhaps?) that they would take to the leaders who would pray with them in tongues - generally without providing any other input or advice. I wonder if this worked for some people. Looking back, I guess the message was it worked everyone who had the right attitude.
Not sure if this pattern is still going on, but the first part of is seems to be - see for example the page on the abomination sermon at [www.latigo214.info
I wonder if there are any others out there with experience of SMC? I had nightmares every night for years after I left, and am still what I will chose to call "confused" by the whole experience. It would be really good to hear about others who have had any experience of SMC.
Glad to hear there is at least one who has been there and moved on!