Brother and sister reveal what it's like to grow up in a cult after their parents married as strangers in a mass wedding

Kate and Elijah Flowers, from Ohio, US, spoke of their unusual childhood in a video on Kate's YouTube channel.

They revealed how their dad, from California, and mum, from Boston, were "matched" by the cult, which they don't name but is believed to be the Unification Church, also known as the Moonies.

The Moonies were founded and inspired by Sun Myung Moon, a Korean, in 1954.

A unique take on Christianity, Moonies believe world peace can be attained through the creation of "true families".

They are known for mass wedding ceremonies, like the kind the Flowers siblings described.

Kate said: "A huge part of this movement involved mass marriage ceremonies and mass matching ceremonies.

"Our parents were actually matched. Our parents had never met [and] did not know each other at all [when they married]."

"The wedding ceremonies, the matching ceremonies, were huge…. thousands of  women on one side, thousands of men on the side."

Her brother added: "Waiting for the leader to walk down the middle and say, ' You and you are going to get married.'"

Kate added: "And that is how we exist…

"There is some respect and gratitude, despite the weirdness – and there is a lot of weirdness."

Kate, who along with her brother is not a member of a cult, told how their parents separated when she was around eight and he was 10.

But, before exiting it Kate recalled being told, she too, would be "matched".

In the video, she said: "I remember being five or six years old and my parents saying things like, 'One day you'll be matched.'"

But it was not to be because they left the cult – and Kate insists she would never have agreed to it anyway.

The siblings told how their parents were "recruited" into the cult when they were in their early 20s.

"They were seeking answers," said Elijah.

"They got involved in this movement which on the surface level had positive things to day.

"It was painted as promoting world peace."

"There was a very specific leader to this movement, who claimed to be a messiah, who pretty much claimed to be an incarnation of God," he continued.

"He claimed to be God's true family, the only real incarnation of God.

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He added: "I think that especially in the beginning, it was presented as a way to bring together all religions and spiritualities to create a harmonious family on this Earth, and a progressive system for promoting world peace, pretty much."

His sister said: "I bet, at the time, you feel really loved and really inspired."

They explained how, after being recruited, they were "lovebombed" – given lots of hugs and treated to inspirational speeches by intelligent, well-educated people.

But, quickly, they were indoctrinated.

Like father like son. Love you Dad. #throwback

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And people who didn't follow the cult's strict rules were told they were "going to hell for ever", said Elijah, who recalls "honouring and ceremonies with altars" from his childhood.

"We would say prayers and sing songs."

"Looking back it is sad in a lot of a ways," he said, of the cult's far reach on people.

When their parents split up and left the cult, both brother and sister said their relationship with their mum and dad improved.

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