ATSS: Marko Lukic, “Two Ways of Dealing with Spiritual Abuse”
23 November 2022 |
Spiritual abuse is a sensitive and largely neglected topic in the church. We are accustomed to talking about it in the context of cults, such as the infamous Waco group.
For some, any criticism of the church seems like cutting the branch we are sitting on. So to even suggest that spiritual abuse exists within the church seems risky—hence, the silence.
The topic is complex. There is more than one type of spiritual abuser. There are those who are 100% aware what they are doing, who are deliberate and have clearly selfish goals. But there are also spiritual abusers who are sincere in their hurtful relationships with their children, spouses, neighbors, and friends, who are not always aware they are manipulating people. These people may be among the most helpful to the church and the pastoral staff, but they are nevertheless doing serious harm to people.
In this class, I will define spiritual abuse, discuss its main features the way they appear within the religious context, and discuss two ways of dealing with it for those people who do not have the option of leaving the spiritually abusive environment.
Marko Lukic works as a pastor in Smederevo, Serbia. He holds a PhD in systematic theology from Lampeter, University of Wales (completed at Newbold College) in the area of Adventist Studies, with a focus on paradigms and paradigm changes.
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