We see our oppressors (as the Bible calls them) winning the battle. But that is only in the short-term. The LORD is my refuge.
Are we supposed to respect them . . . or challenge them? Leaders are God's and they are ours.
One of the surest ways to kill an organization is to be driven by image. One of the surest ways to identify a toxic leader is to find one driven by image.
Biblical repentance is difficult to understand. The word is used freely as though everyone gets it. But identifying the actual repentant heart is not so easy. Restitution can help.
Bad leaders are held to account by the Lord and His people are called to hold them accountable for their failures where they have that ability.
The leader of the international organization for which Kani worked fired him after he confronted corrupt ministry practices.
If you work for a Christian organization (or other) that is ruled by a toxic leader, be aware. It will spill out and over you.
Relationship with, the power, or charm of the leader creates followers and like-minded fools. They became complicit with the abuse though maybe having the best intentions.
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.