Discussion: Thoughts on Spiritual Abuse

I think that sexual, physical, emotional and spiritual abuse are all interconnected. While these different types of abuse often happen separately from one another, there is an underlying mindset that seems to breed and foster abuse in general. I think we are making some headway but it is slow. I do think that the fact that many in church leadership are on the defensive about this, is a sign that your efforts are paying off. They can’t just ignore you and the other voices who are out there.

Spiritual Sounding Board

Spiritual Abuse, Church, Understanding


“You have not strengthened the weak or healed the sick or bound up the injured. You have not brought back the strays or searched for the lost. You have ruled them harshly and brutally.” Ezekiel 34:4

I was thinking last night about spiritual abuse. Do you think we are makingspiritual abuse, marriage, ATI, Doug Phillips, Vision Forum, Reconstructionism any headway on this subject? Do people understand what it is? Is the Body of Christ understanding it as a legitimate abuse within the church? Or is it getting brushed aside as whiny and/or complaining about conflict? Where are we today?

I’m wondering if people will only consider it as abuse if there is another conflict along with it:  ie, mishandled sex abuse, mishandled church discipline, etc.

We haven’t had a discussion like this in a while. What are your thoughts? Is there anything we can do to help legitimize this horrific abuse that affects people at their…

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About Dale Ingraham @ Speaking Truth In Love Ministries

We started Speaking truth in love Ministries to address the issue of sexual abuse within the faith community. My wife, Faith, is a survivor of many years of abuse by her father who was a pastor at the time. We go into churches, colleges and conferences to speak about this issue.
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