Some Comments by Visitors
I am aware of David Johnson and Jeff VanVonderen's book and know them
well. Jeff has a ministry of helping people with overcoming spiritual
abuse. I would want to make you aware of the fact that people who
suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder are very much open to be
abused and I have dealt with a number of cases here in the States.
I have worked in evangelism and Christian counseling for over 25 years. My schooling was at Tennessee Temple College and Temple Theological Seminary and the University of Chattanooga. Tennessee Temple was very much like Bob Jones University, so I had first hand experience with spiritual abuse while in school. I have seen it in churches and Christian groups all over the US and even in some countries outside of the US.
The sad thing is most Christians do not understand it, nor do they seem to really want to understand it, until they experience it or someone near them does.
I am both a therapist and a pastor. As a therapist I became
fascinated (read “appalled” as a pastor) at the way spiritual
images and Christian scripture was being used as a means to set up
abusive situations or to justify the use of abuse.
I hope your willingness to share your story will aid others in experiencing true freedom that comes from true faith.
In the Word, somewhere, it says something like “Trust in the
Lord alone”. One can understand why He wishes us to place our
trust in Him — unchangeable, all wise, all loving — and not in
someone who unfortunately tends to have “feet of clay”.
“Behold I am with you always unto the end of the age”.
I believe that end is nigh, and as far as I’m concerned, it can’t come too soon! Look after yourself, my brother.
Unfortunately you have discovered just how deceptive and
abusive religious men become when their images and their
little kingdoms are threatened with the truth. They do
what all abusive leaders do — attack and try to discredit their
Sad to say, all too often this works and many people just shut up and disappear into oblivion, which only plays into the hands of abusive leaders and allows them to continue abusing people and, might I add, misrepresenting God to people which leads many people to have a distorted image of God.
I believe that there is a time to confront leaders (Gal 2:11) and a time to disobey leaders (Acts 5:29). If more people would follow the biblical mandates here I believe we would have less problems in the church!
You have chosen to speak up and fight what you believe is wrong and I applaud you for this, however you have choosen the harder path and the enemy will try to beat you down and to wear you out!
I can understand and sympathise with you as I have been involved in a similar battle for approximately eight years.
Spiritual Abuse runs the gammut. |
The insidious nature of Spiritual Abuse involves abusing and confusing our relationship with God and any future hope of relating to God without old anger and fear associations. It is challenging at best!
Be encouraged that all things work together for the good for those who love the Lord! Be well, Be blessed!
Last update : 23 December 1997 |