t’s time to start being on the lookout for spiritual abuse!
I have no doubt that you have heard of physical and emotional abuse. But a form of abuse that many people are unfamiliar with is spiritual abuse (specifically in a religious setting). While more attention has been given to this in recent years through the writing of books and articles, it is still ignored.
Unfortunately, it is very common in conservative Independent Fundamental Baptist Churches (IFB). It’s time to shed some light on this issue.
Let me make two precursory comments. First, I am sure this problem exists elsewhere outside of Independent Baptist circles, but I have no experience elsewhere. I speak to what I have seen. Second, not every Independent Baptist Church is guilty of this. Many are not. Many fight against this. Many are loving, biblical churches. Not all of them deserve to be added to this pot.
Since you may be unfamiliar with what spiritual abuse is; here are 8 warning signs that you are being abused spiritually.