Spiritual abuse can happen within any religious organization or within a family.
Spiritual abuse comes from a foundation of shaming and humiliating someone into complying to what the abuser is wanting to accomplish, which is keeping control and power over their victims.
What is spiritual abuse?
– A set of beliefs against someone in order to manipulate that individual into agreeing or complying to those beliefs. This can happen in combination with other types of abuse.
– Twisting scriptures in order to manipulate and/or gain control of an individual.
– Tactics used are humiliation, invalidating, or demeaning someone who doesn’t agree with certain spiritual aspects.
– Intimidating others to be submissive to religious authority without questioning or disagreeing the person’s authority.
– Falsely accusing others or labeling them as having no faith in God, being disobedient, being an enemy of one’s church, or trying to make others fall away from the church.
– Being accused of being possessed or having a devil.
– Forbidding individuals from having any association with friends or family members because they are perceived as a threat.
– Sharing information with only certain “privileged” people.
– Expecting others to conform to dangerous religious practices.
– Shunning, persecuting, and/or excommunicating individuals, and expecting, encouraging, forcing others that are still in the group to do the same by spreading rumors, threats, and other lies.
– Refusing medical or psychological treatment by claiming God will heal.
– Seducing someone or sexually abusing someone with claims that God is wanting this done may also occur.
When an individual has been a victim of spiritual abuse, healing can take place. Overcoming the effects of spiritual abuse can be difficult and challenging but with the support of a caring therapist, the healing can be achievable.