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 making 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 core?