100% can confirm. It was pure elitism and the implication was that you'd be a fool to go anywhere else. Admittedly, it felt very special to be a part of God's 'favorite church'. Even if you didn't buy into the 'elitist propaganda', you'd still be likely to fall for the 'fear campaign', i.e. "if you leave you'll either go insane, or die... or both".When I was in the fellowship, I remember being told from the front that what the CF is preaching and teaching is a superior, better, more true word than other churches and I do remember feeling a little conscious thought of being glad and of feeling good in myself that had "the special revealed word", which was better than the rest.
The messaging was consistent across meetings and age groups, from the Sunday communion (not that they call it that anymore) to bible studies and prayer meetings, from seniors to young adults and teens all the way down to the Sonseekers:
"We are special, everyone else is going to hell, don't leave or you'll die."
Add to that the emphasis on unquestioning submission and deferring all personal decisions to an elder's opinion (à la shepherding movement), and you've got all the makings of a psychologist's cash cow.
It would be a different story if the church generally, and the elders specifically, bore good fruit. Any reasonable person can bear reasonable discipline and submission to authority if it bears good fruit (think of a winning football team). But when authority is abused and the net result is anxiety and depression (and worse)... well, I'm preaching to the choir here.