Spiritual Abuse – When it is time to leave

By Rick Thomas

Spiritual abuse is a broad category in that it can encompass many different kinds of relationships, contexts, and situations. Wherever there is a two-tiered system of leaders and followers, spiritual abuse can happen.

Any place where a person chooses to dominate, manipulate, or seek to control someone else is a context for spiritual abuse. I regularly see spiritual abuse in marriage counseling, where one spouse is creating havoc in the other spouse’s life.

I think most people would equate spiritual abuse as something that happens in a local church or within a denominational setting. When Peter wrote about spiritual abuse, he most certainly had the local church in mind.

Not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. – 1 Peter 5:3 (ESV)

The word spiritual speaks to the type and the location of the abuse–it is spiritual in nature and it happens inside of a person. Spiritual abuse is different from physically beating someone or bringing other forms of physical harm to a person. Though physical harm will affect you spiritually, the idea behind spiritual abuse is its internal effect.
  • It’s spiritual.
  • It’s soul related.
  • It affects a person’s inner being.

This article is about how a person can be abused spiritually within an organizational setting, even when there is no physical danger. These kinds of mental mind games happen more than you may realize.


Popular posts from this blog

Biden Administration Issues Title IX Regulations: Parental Rights at Stake

Response to Crosspolitic Claim that Baptists caused the Transgender Movement

What is 'Gay Christianity'?