Spiritual abuse is when someone in a position of spiritual authority, the purpose of which is to come underneath and alongside others and serve, build, equip and make God’s people MORE free, misuses that authority and places themselves over God’s people to control, coerce or manipulate them for claimed Godly purposes which are really their own.
Unfortunately, Spiritual Abuse by this definition is rampant within organized Christianity and institutions to varying degrees. It’s my belief that a great deal of spiritual abuse comes primarily from a gross misunderstanding of what Spiritual Authority really is. Most churches and organizations operate on the principle of hierarchy. That means that there are layers of “accountability” and leadership placed between the member of the organization and God in the form of Clergy, Elders, Deacons, Boards, Disciplinary committees etc. The assumption seems to be that God has gone silent and there is no real priesthood of all believers. [Continue reading]