Understanding Spiritual Abuse
If His yoke is easy, then why am I working so hard?
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“Jesus would publicly call out people in the faith community who are guilty for hurting/violating others. He wouldn't sit back in silence. He wouldn't bury the evidence. Or cover up abuse. In addition, He would never ignore, condemn, or ostracize those who've suffered trauma. He wouldn't say, “Get over it.”
- Dana Arcuri, Sacred Wandering: Growing Your Faith In The Dark
Perhaps we should quit acting like spiritual abuse is something that happens to other people, and take a hard look at our own churches?
Where an aura of holiness and divine calling is created around a leader who avoids admitting weakness while others are mercilessly confronted with a performance based set of rules and, thus, their own guilt.
1 Cor 6:11
1 Cor 2:2
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Where leaders present themselves as having special powers, an exemption from normal civil law or an exclusive corner on truth - and cause those who disagree (or show them up) to live in fear of judgment, a loss of the free gift of faith or relationship.
1 Cor 5:19
Where the poor are marginalized or outright excluded and life is found in money or the purchased worship of others, instead of in Christ.
2 Pet 3:9
It's called spiritual abuse, and it's far from rare...
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