Our expert says:
Apart from the main churches, there are indeed cult-like groups that relate themselves to some churches, ranging from the happy-clappy sort for the intellectually stunted, to more sinister stuff. Speaking in tongues is a broadly hysterical phenomenon, and usually a sign of emotional instability.
Excluding others or looking down on them is not a respectable part of the basic beliefs of most churches, nor feeling and acting superior to others.
It may be well worthwhile, though, for you to explore with a counsellor why you seem to feel so uneasy with ANY church activity and attendance, rather than just with some fringe activities. And having such profound diferences with a partner is not a good basis either for a long term relationship or marriage, or for raising kids without unpleasant conflict.
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