“When people first attend a church and then continue to attend, it is usually because of some very positive things– the services, the people, the music, the message, the fellowship, or the atmosphere. Whatever it is, there is some positive element that makes people return and in time invest themselves in a church.
How shocking and unexpected it is when aspects of spiritual mistreatment or abuse then come into view! Spiritual abuse occurs when a person in a position of spiritual authority misuses his or her position. Instead of serving those being led and directing them towards God, they are used for some other end. This can include a wide variety of behaviors, from harshness to outright mistreatment, from subtly controlling everything to the advancement of an agenda of the leader or the leader’s personal prestige without regard for the well-being of the individual.
People in a church environment have…
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