Do they seriously believe that we would be publicising our pain and confusion if everything we have said here is just lies and bitterness?
There is little risk in praising any group, guru or church.
But there is considerable risk of unpleasantness if one publishes a post describing troubles or worse.
How often have we witnessed trolling in response to endorsements of a group, leader or church?
(Pause; crickets chirping)
By contrast, how often do we witness troll outbreaks when someone writes about troubles in a group or church?
I have read many posts put on this message board during the eleven years of its existence.
And have watched discussions on other venues, too.
There seems little or no risk if someone chooses to write in praise of a church and its leaders, or of some other spiritual group.
No risk in giving praise. Often, others will step forward supporting and praising the ones who give glowing reports.
But...trying to describe problems in a group or a church, trying to describe something that is not a happy story, one encounters shaming, blaming, ridicule, accusations of negative thinking, etc.
Again, in 'spiritual matters' there seems little or no risk in giving praise.
Describing abuses of power and money are what get a person in trouble.
As in Jesus kicking over the money changers tables in the Temple, saying Gods house had been turned into a market.
When a church is a market, thats when to speak up.
Ditto if turned into someone's private fiefdom with members as the serfs.