What is Spiritual Abuse?

“Johnson & VanVonderen use the following 7 criteria to identify the abusive system.  These criteria can be used in a wide range of systems, from families and groups to organizations, to see if they are abusive:

  • Power-Posturing
  • Performance Preoccupation 
  • Unspoken Rules 
  • Lack of Balance 
  • Paranoia
  • Misplaced Loyalty
  • Secretive

Spiritual (religious) abuse occurs when a leader uses his or her spiritual (religious) position to control or dominate another person.”        http://www.crescentlife.com/spirituality/spiritual_abuse.htm

Spiritual abuse can exist in families.  When a parent uses his or her spiritual authority to spiritually dominate a son or daughter, that is spiritual abuse.  Parents are given authority to guide and point their children to God, not to themselves. 

1 Timothy 2:5
For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.

Galatians 5:1
Freedom in Christ ] It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

2 Corinthians 3:17
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

James 2:12
Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom,

2 Peter 2:19
They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity—for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him.

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