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A SPIRITUAL ABUSE QUESTIONNAIRE: How to Know if You Are Being Spiritually Abused or Deceived
Booklet by Chris Lawson (SpiritualResearchNetwork.org)
Do you know a loved one, a neighbor, or a co-worker in a cult or an abusive church or group? Or perhaps you yourself are in such a situation. The Spiritual-Abuse Questionnaire in this booklet will help shed light on this issue.
Spiritual abuse occurs when a leader, church, or belief system, whether well-intentioned or not, dominates, manipulates, or castigates individuals and even entire families through fear tactics, mind control, or psychological-emotional abuse.
Sadly, the mask of spiritual abuse deception can be worn by anyone. The following two Scriptures reflect what happens when the position of authority is abused within a spiritual/church setting (e.g., self-exaltation, heavy-handed leadership, etc.).
The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means [by their own authority]; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof? (Jeremiah 5:31)
I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not. Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church. (3 John 9-10)
I hope this booklet will help people who have been through or are experiencing things similar (or worse) to what my family and I experienced years ago.
If you have been spiritually abused, take heart; the faithful Jesus desires to help and heal you as He has helped countless others...
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