Abuse. Devastates. People. Not just the abuse that involves hitting. But abuse of all forms - emotional and spiritual.
When the pastor is feeding on the sheep, it can be difficult for a church member to separate their faith in Christ from their faith in the leader.
Generally, positive stories about how the church responds to abuse are far and few between. But, Janice's is different.
Abusers actually have a great deal of self-control. They know when to dismember and when to charm.
Those who suggest emotional or verbal abuse is not really abuse need to consider scripture and psychology.
When your pastor says, "If you don't trust me, you don't trust God," run.
Saul was just like the other kings. He was wicked and abusive. And he had enablers who supported his abusive behavior.
Do you want to regain a relationship (reconciliation) with an abuser? Are you seeking to save your job or your marriage? This is a clarion call that the only way a relationship with an abuser will be saved is through his repentance. Hold the line!
It is hit or miss when it comes to finding justice and healing in the church or Christian organization. We need professional help!
Indicative of the abuse of power in the home, church, organization, or workplace is entitlement. Scripture gives no leeway to those who think they are particularly important.