Here is the last part of chapter three. I have been really struggling with this chapter when it comes to writing something each week. I am just ready to move on to the next and hope that it is easier for me to put into words then this last one has been for me. I know what I want to write but have been struggling with putting it down for you to read.
~Spiritual Abuse Is An Old Story~
Spiritual abuse has been happening since the beginning of mankind. Back when Abraham was alive till now. Spiritual abuse and religious abuse are similar to each other. Jesus even said to the crowds that followed Him and to His disciples:
“The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must obey them and do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. They tie-up heavy loads and put them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them. Everything they do is done for men to see: They make phylacteries* wide and the tassels on their garments long; they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues, they love to be greeted in the marketplaces and to have men call them Rabi.” (Matt. 23:2-7) (*boxes containing Scripture verses, worn on forehead and arm)
The same thing happens even today in our government and even in our everyday lives in our church’s and sometimes even in our homes.
People in church’s are not perfect they are human just like everyone else and make mistakes too. So when we come into situations of spiritual or religious abuse, we need to remember what Jesus did when He was tempted. He turned to the truth that is God’s Word the Bible. Remembering who God says we are in Him. His children, loved, beautifully and wonderfully made, made in His image. Loved!
~Turn Your Heart Toward Truth~
We worship among imperfect people, but we worship only our perfect Savior
~Mended Heart Challenge~
If a doctrine or teaching is confusing, dig deeper.
If an individual demands worship or absolute obedience, redefine their role in your faith and life.
Forgive those who have hurt you to release the burden you’ve been carrying.(The Mended Heart by Suzanne Eller. Chapter 3, Pages 63, 77) The verse she used in her book as well I just used a different translation.
As you can see I let the verse do the most of the talking in this post. But my Dad wrote a few notes for this chapter and I thought I would share them here at the end.
- We use “Spiritual Abuse” all the time, as it has always been about having power over someone else. Today it is political figures and sometimes unfortunately spiritual leaders. But Jesus knows a persons heart. There are times a leader becomes legalistic and blind to what they are doing.
- We have to realize the church is full of people. One of my friends told me once the church is like a hospital, you check in but you don’t check out. Some people never heal when they check in. They love the people, but forget what Jesus wanted from them to begin with, and that is a relationship with each of them.