Manhattan Spiritual Abuse Recovery
I love the bumper sticker:
“God, save me from your followers.”
It always amazes me how much pain and damage can be cause by churches. Damage caused by legalism, cliques, abuse of authority, exclusion, control, manipulation. I call all this: spiritual abuse.
Abuse by religious organizations is often subtle. But the pain is very, very real and can leave a person feeling abandoned, confused and excluded. A core part of their being having been attacked.
Frequently, organized religion can cause more pain than they alleviate. Too many people have their foundations crumble when their “church family” turns on them or their leaders mislead them.
Churches can hurt. But there are ways to begin the healing process and re–connect with your spirituality. It is possible to feel safe and loved again. Counseling can help.