a mountain of harmed people found in the foundations

a mountain of harmed people cartoon by nakedpastor david hayward

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Because I am in the business of analyzing and critiquing religion, including abuses within the church, I suppose I might hear a lot more about the people who are harmed than some. I get messages every day from people with their horrific and sad stories.

But you can just read the news to see that the stories of church and spiritual abuse are refreshed daily.

Some leaders and public figures will do anything to gain and retain their popular status and the growth of their ministries.

Where are you in this cartoon? At the top? I probably won’t hear from you. Or are you one of those bodies buried beneath the building? I’d love to hear from you.

This is why I started The Lasting Supper… to provide such people with a safe place to process this as well as become spiritual strong, free and independent.

About David Hayward

David Hayward runs the blog nakedpastor as a graffiti artist on the walls of religion where he critiques religion… specifically Christianity and the church. He also runs the online community The Lasting Supper where people can help themselves discover, explore and live in spiritual freedom.

  • Chester McMackin

    DAVID : I am one of those bodies who WAS in the underneath pile. This reflected the general trend of centuries past, where innocents did not know better. We wre hung up on the belief that all ministers, priests and holy men were, indeed , appointed by God through His CALL. Therefore , anything they had to say, after indoctrination/ordination, was sacred and unquestionable .

    In recent years , I have allowed myself ( or GOD has) to use the reasoning He gave me at conception. Does not mean I have the answers, but I have gained the right to question, as I believe He intended. Only through research among people am I able to come closer to the answer on life. Realistically, however, there is not time to discover all of it, and I am fully cognizant of that.

    The journey is a good one, in that the development of friendships ( good ones ) with many people of diversified faith, has established a desire to seek real knowledge beyond what has been so many questionable responses leaving guesswork .Pursuit has to follow. It is with gratitude that I have received so much GOOD stuff , as well as the scripted responses from so many people as previously referred. Sure has aided removal of cobwebs from many previous rather fixed mind sets.

    Time to shut down( for the moment ) what might be perceived as an uneducated and wrong point of view.

  • http://nakedpastor.com/ nakedpastor

    I don’t take your view as uneducated or wrong. Thanks!

  • Shary Hauber

    Near the bottom are most missionary children who were sacrificed so their parents could save the heathen. Even those raised in “good” situations have been taught as a MK you have no choice you are a sacrifice. Yes children are always at the mercy of their parents. But when you add to that a spiritual reason God sacrificed his Son therefore missionaries must sacrifice there children. The question “Am I of any value to the church, mission, or even God becomes foremost in the minds of many MKs.

  • Adam Julians

    I’m nowhere to be seen in that. I’m either far away from the church as it is depicted there or off in my own little world and happy place *smile*

  • Adam Julians

    Sounds great! :)

  • Al Cruise

    I got buried, but I have to take some blame, I allowed it to happen. Thanks for this site David.

  • Gary

    I have been both in the pile and the one standing upon it. So glad to have left both far behind.

  • http://www.braintarts.wordpress.com/ MichaelL65

    I crawled out from near the bottom and ran away.

  • Pat68

    I’m not in the picture at all–I got out. For those who would encourage you to stay and forgive, so often what they mean is to overlook the offender’s transgressions, as though that’s the higher road. But overlooking and never confronting and dealing with the issue is not the higher road. It just leads to more carnage.

  • 2TrakMind

    I would suggest that not everyone is in this pile, even if they have been in the church for their entire lives. I grew up in a very legalistic environment with some well-meaning, but misguided people. I never experienced blatant abuse within the church, but as I look back, I have come to believe that most abuse within the church, while rife with manipulation and control, is quiet and deceptive, rather than blatantly abusive, to the point that even the leaders are completely convinced that they are doing “the Lord’s work.” Pastors and congregants alike, have been lulled into this idea that we are to follow the pastor and submit to their leadership. Not only are we not allowed to think for ourselves, we’ve been fooled into believing that we CAN’T think for ourselves, which is why we NEED a pastor to lead us (sounds like the kind of deception the serpent used in the Garden). Once people believe that, a pastor will rarely be challenged.

    About a year ago, I started to BELIEVE that I could think for myself and be led by the Spirit without my pastor, OR EVEN THE BIBLE. ***GASP!*** Fortunately, in this group of people, I don’t feel compelled to have to explain myself! When I started thinking for myself, my whole understanding of God changed, and you know what? He’s not the guy I always believed He was!

  • klhayes

    I think of the child abuse coverups…..all to not tarnish the churches images….shame on them!

  • mountainguy

    When I saw at first time this pic I thought more about the history of western christendom, instead of something less broad as within church abuses. Anyway, we must acknowledge that christianity has built up on bodies of innocent people (as almost any other human institution), wether we talk about individual churches, denominations, the whole christendom, etc. Great pic BTW

  • http://nakedpastor.com/ nakedpastor

    thanks mountainguy