Amber, a young adult, was committed to church. She loved the fellowship and teaching. Then something happened.
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.
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.
Abusers actually have a great deal of self-control. They know when to dismember and when to charm.
It is not uncommon to hear people speak of the good that has come from a leader even though he or she is toxic. Let's not draw those lines.
Pride and jealousy. It is extraordinary what these sins can do to a leader.
It is hit or miss when it comes to finding justice and healing in the church or Christian organization. We need professional help!
Timothy Keller writes insightfully, "To be your own god and live for your own glory and power leads to the most bestial and cruel kind of behavior. Pride makes you a predator, not a person."
We are all dependent. We long for respect and love and relationship. But leaders need to depend on God, not our subordinates.
People were created to love God and neighbor. They were created to care for and keep the world [Genesis 2:15]. To create flourishing. They were not created to sow power and reap abuse.