Victims of "Ministry"
- Name: anonymous victim
Yeah ... I used to defend churches like mine. I'm still tempted to. Maybe it's the leadership? Maybe it's my idealistic nature that makes me susceptible? Regardless, the scales have tipped heavily and I'm seeing too much hurt, too many coincidences, and too little love to continue my self-sacrificial blindness. I'm daring to think I can reclaim the real me ... and spray paint the sacred cow I've revered for far too long!
Saturday, May 20, 2006
Thursday, May 18, 2006
The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse
Now that I've found a few links, I'm intrigued by the cover: "Recognizing and Escaping Spiritual Manipulation and False Spiritual Authority Within the Church" Hmmmmm. "Manipulation" is a HUGE keyword as of late. OK ... I can't resist. I'm going to take the "sneak peek" and see what it says.
The introduction has some elements with which I can relate ... especially honestly wanting help when you feel like you're struggling, and ending up having a finger pointed at you without room for (as they say) give-and-take dialogue. Here is their definition: Spiritual abuse is the mistreatment of a person who is in need of help, support or greater spiritual empowerment, with the result of weakening, undermining or decreasing that person's spiritual empowerment.
This might be good!
I do believe I'm fed up ...
Are you a victim of "ministry" in any way? Maybe it's a big bite to chew to have an open invitation like this, but I'll just go ahead and say you're welcome here. I'll post some links I find. I'll vent a little. And if others want to join me ... WELCOME!