Spiritual Abuse Gerry Breshears

Spiritual Abuse

How to recognize spiritual abuse, important steps to take to recover and what you can do to walk with someone as they recover.

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How to recognize spiritual abuse, important steps to take to recover and what you can do to walk with someone as they recover.

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  • Subject:
    Leadership
  • Skill Level:
    Basic
  • Time Required:
    2 hours
  • Price:
    Free
  • Institution:
    Western Seminary
  • Language:
    English

Lectures

1

Spiritual abuse exists when a person or group of people with religious authority use their position of spiritual power to control or dominate another person in the name of God, church faith, etc., taking advantage of the person’s vulnerability to gratify their own needs in areas like power, intimacy, prosperity, sexual gratification, etc.

2

It can be difficult to recognize spiritual abuse because you often don’t realize that it's happening. One sign of possible spiritual abuse is a change of personality in a negative direction. Many abusive situations will undermine and devalue family relationships of the members to exploit them and increase control over them in the group. They will emphasize church loyalty to the exclusion of family loyalty. 

3

When you are encouraging someone as a friend who has experience spiritual abuse, there are specific elements of your relationship that can be helpful.

4

When you are encouraging someone as a friend who has experienced spiritual abuse, there are 6 elements of your relationship that will be helpful to avoid. 

5

Untwist Scripture passages and model a healthy relationship.

6

Dr. Breshears responds to questions that are commonly asked about the subject of spiritual abuse.

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