Indentifying Spiritual Abuse: The Pastor Litmus Test – The Newtown CT Shooting

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Sometimes identifying spiritual abuse isn't an easy task, particularly if it is coming directly from the pulpit.Today as you listen to various pastors and teachers speaking about Friday's tragic murder of those twenty school children ponder on the way they talk … [Read more...]

The Emotional and Psychological Consequences of Authoritarian Religion

by Bruce Gerencser(Cross posted from Bruce's blog The Way Forward)Over the past few years I have met countless people who have escaped authoritarian religions like the Independent Fundamentalist Baptist (IFB) church movement or your every day garden variety Evangelical church. Authoritarian ecclesiastical structures and authoritarian pastors dominate the lives of those who come under their spell.Most authoritarian churches believe God ordained a chain of command, not only in the church but in the home. These churches almost always practice complementarianism.Wikipedia defines complementarianism as: A theological view held by some in Christianity and other world … [Read more...]


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