No one should leave church feeling manipulated, controlled, shamed, or condemned. But places of shelter and encouragement can become abusive if spiritual leaders begin to use their authority to meet their needs for importance, power, or spiritual gratification. Here you'll discover how to identify an abusive church and also how to break free from its destructive legalism. Topics covered include:How spiritual abuse develops--and why those under its grip often don't see itThe subtle ways that leaders and systems "hook" and control believers, robbing them of their joy in ChristScriptural help in recognizing healthy spiritual relationshipsEffective strategies for escaping abusive situations
Insightful, practical, and solidly grounded in Scripture, this book has what you need to recover a grace-filled relationship with God and His church.