Churches and faith communities should be a source of healing, love, blessing and spiritual growth. Godly spiritual leaders will model and help others in growing closer to Jesus. Sadly, this is not always the case. Some churches or spiritual leaders are characterized by toxic relationships. Sometimes churches will wound instead of bringing love, joy, peace and healing. While insecurity, jealousy, anger and more are often behind all this, the term to best describe this unfortunate phenomenon is “spiritual abuse”.
Jesus taught a lot about spiritual abuse without actually using that term. Jesus experienced this type of abuse and he expects his disciples to grow in discernment and awareness of it as part of the Great Commission.
In this audio message, you can learn about fourteen dynamics of spiritual abuse. Maybe you have experienced some of these, or know someone who has or is experiencing this now? When you face a problem, it is always helpful to understand the nature and dynamics of the problem. Then, you can more clearly and resolutely pray about it, seek counsel from others and ask for the Lord’s direction.
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