Spiritual abuse —whether through the twisting of scripture or threatening behavior —inflicts immense emotional pain and blocks spiritual growth. It is one of the most common forms of abuse in the church today and it often goes undetected, masking itself as "truth from a man of God." In this 96-page book, find out how to recognize the signs of spiritual abuse and how to know when leaders, pastors, or even spouses are using the Word of God to manipulate you (and others).
Find out biblical truths and practical advice on how to:
Recognize warning signs of spiritual abuse
(Includes helpful checklists) Distinguish between law and grace (What does God really expect of me?) Begin to heal from spiritual abuse
Respond to common arguments that fuel spiritual abuse, including:
Shouldn't you honor those in authority?
Is there no law for Christians to live by?
What's the difference between legalism and biblical obedience?
This mini-book will shed light on the characteristics of spiritual abuse, words used in abusive conversations, methods of manipulation, and examples of what victims may experience when dealing with an abusive leader or group. Find out why it can be easy to get trapped into legalism and how protect yourself from being vulnerable to this type of manipulation again.
Packed with scripture, practical advice, and helpful insight, the last section titled "Steps to Solution" gives you practical advice on how to put an end to spiritual and emotional abuse with:
3 "tests" to determine a man-made sin from a real sin
4 ways to respond in a spiritually abusive situation (includes how to set boundaries)
8 keys to move from a mindset of legalism to grace
Honesty test for those who may be abusive
And much more!
Perfect for small group & Bible studies, Sunday school, young adult and youth ministry, chaplaincy, Christian counseling, addiction & recovery programs, church giveaways, and much more!