I'm not only sympathetic to congregants within the church system who have to hide parts of their lives. The same happens to the leaders. I know both sides because I've been there. In order for the system to continue, everyone has to agree to collaborate.
There is a silent code of conduct that you don't reveal the disagreeable parts of yourself that could threaten the security of the system or its ideology. Members and pastors can be victims of this reality.
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