Intimate Confessions on the Web…

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“Intimate Confession Pour Out on Church’s Web Site” by Neela Banerjee writes about a website called mysecret.tv, which is an evangelical site based off of LifeChurch. . The Church holds a conservative view on homosexuality and abortions. LifeChurch is based in Edmond, Oklahoma, and has nine locations.

At mysecret.tv, people can write confessions anonymously to the LifeChurch Founder, Reverend Craig Groeschel. After 16 years of working at the ministry, he thought of mysecret.tv because “he knew that the smiles and eager handshakes that greeted him often masked a lot of pain.” The Reverend did not want secrets to “isolate” people, so 10 years later he created LifeChurch.

Even later, about a month ago when this article was written, mysecret.tv. was set up as an online forum.  LifeChurch  now has “an interactive Web site tied to its sermons,” mostly for the need of confessions. Throughout LifeChurche’s nine sites, it draws 18,000 total of people to weekend services. LifeChurch is also online and has a virtual campus there as well which technologically “binds” and intertwines the campuses through actions such as broadcast sermons.

Since mysecret.tv has gotten off the ground, 150,000 hits and 1,5000 confessions (since the article was written). The author describes a few other places online for confessions, but then brings her writing back to LifeChurch and mysecret.tv. Banerjee states that mysecret.tv may be special from all the other confessional sites, because “it gives people at LifeChurch an easy opportunity to act on the sermons…”

The confessions are of all types, usually just a paragraph or two, some “rushed and without punctuation, as if the writer needed to get it all out in one breath,” whereas others are “eloquent, almost literary.” The article describes intense confessions, such as the confession of a woman who shot her abusive boyfriend, or of an adolescent who as been molested before, including by her mother. Sometimes in the confessions they wonder if there really is God.

The article ends by saying a few negative things, such as: because the site is anonymous, there is no way to reach out for help, and points out that the resources section of the site at the moment lists mostly religious books, not lists of places for mental health services.

The last bit of the article discusses the major positive point – that since people can read these anonymous confessions online they now know they are not alone, they are not the only ones out there struggling for hope.

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