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From Michael Kruger: 5 Misconceptions about Spiritual Abuse: #3: “The Bible Doesn’t Talk about Spiritual Abuse–It’s Just a Modern Psychological Construct”

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Michael Kruger blogged a series of 5 posts on misconceptions and misunderstandings of spiritual abuse in preparation for his new book, "Bully Pulpit: Confronting the Problem of Spiritual Abuse in the Church". In the third post of the series, Kruger addresses the objection that spiritual abuse is not in the Bible or church history. He argues that the concept of spiritual abuse is rooted deep in Scripture and church history, even if the terminology is relatively new. He defines spiritual abuse as when "A spiritual leader - such as a pastor, elder, or head of a Christian organization - wields his position of spiritual authority in such a way that he manipulates, domineers, bullies, and intimidates those under him in order to maintain their own power and control." Kruger goes on to give examples of spiritual abuse from the Bible and church history. He concludes by saying that harsh, domineering leadership has been around as long as humans have been around and it is the result of the fall.
Here is a brief excerpt from Kruger's Article:
In anticipation of the Nov 1st release of my new book, Bully Pulpit: Confronting the Problem of Spiritual Abuse in the Church, I am making my way through a 5-part blog series on misconceptions and misunderstandings of spiritual abuse. You can read prior installments here and here.We come now to #3 i...

You can read the full article here