This blog was started to be a resource for those who’ve experienced spiritual abuse in churches, the Internet, and/or spousal abuse.
These days, thanks be to God via His provision of the Internet, there are many resources for finding information about spiritual abuse. Each one with it’s own perspective. This is just one of them. Most people wouldn’t find their way to this little corner of cyberspace unless they had a need for such information, or maybe because of their own experience of spiritual abuse.
Before the advent of the Internet, those of us who experienced spiritual abuse may have felt like we were all alone and had no one to talk with about it. If we came out of the apostate organized church system, we were basically “on our own”. It was indeed, “the churches best kept secret”. It wasn’t talked about, even less acknowledged by the churches.
Those who left were often censured and made to feel betrayed by their own brethren, and left to carry their pain and burden alone. That was “back in the day”….now, many are coming forward by the multitude with stories of their own mistreatment and spiritual abuse, to the point that the term, “spiritual abuse” has almost become a by-word. Even to the point of being overdone. Well….maybe. What it indicates to me is that spiritual abuse has been- and continues to be -a major problem in today’s religious system. Therefore, it does need to be talked about, and corrected.
Perhaps by exposure, the churches will realize they have a problem that needs to be dealt with and corrected. The word is out, and is no longer to be covered up within the four walls of the church.
Young Christians have been so wounded they walked away, not only from churches, but from Jesus Himself, as if He were to blame for the misdeeds of His aberrant people. Folks, I think what I see in this present time, is the LORD Himself beginning the clean up of His church, and I thank God for this.
It’s not my intention to fight with brothers and sisters, but instead, I have a tendency to stand for the underdog…and that is, my precious brethren who’ve been wounded in the churches. I can rightly say, “I feel their pain”, for I am one of them.
However, lately, I have seen a shift in the status- quo in the operation of the Internet concerning those who’ve left the apostate churches for one reason or another. And now, we are seeing a group of people who’ve risen up online proclaiming themselves to be a resource, (and replacement), for those leaving the apostate churches, and counseling against them, and by doing so, funneling these church exiters into their own Internet blogs and websites, usually with an accompanying request for donations, and then offering up a pseudo type ministry of their own. I say,” pseudo”, because nothing ever has and nothing ever will take the place of a local body of believers gathering together to worship and serve the LORD.
I am not here to tell people to leave churches. I know there must be some good ones out there. It’s not good for any of us to isolate themselves due to being out of a godly assembly. All I am trying to say is that the Internet is not a replacement for church. Be not deceived by those who would try to make you think you can do “online church”, and be OK… constantly putting fear in people about all churches. I don’t have the answers to your spiritual needs, and neither do they.
I’ve posted here in this blog about this and other issues I see online that I feel are deceptive. But each person has to work out their own salvation, tested by the Word of God, not what I say or what anyone else says online. It’s my hope that you will pray and use much discernment in finding the LORD’S will for you.
May peace and grace be multiplied unto you as you continue your spiritual journey.
If anyone wants to contact me privately, you may do so by e-mailing me at SpiritualAbuseSanctuary@yahoo.com
With this final thought, please let me make it clear, that I do not hate church, or churches, putting a blanket condemnation on all of them, as if they were all corrupt. This would not be true. What I do hate is the deception and false teaching that has crept into some of them. I try to warn and admonish Christians to be thoughtful and careful about who and what they hook up with, (even on the Internet). Even as Jesus said He hated the Doctrines and Deeds of the Nicolaitans, in Revelation 2. Again, all I’m saying is watch and pray!
Readers, I appreciate hearing from you, and reading your comments, but please keep comments very brief, and limit to one or two paragraphs at most. All others will be removed, as well as long copy and paste stuff. No exceptions. Also, please note that I will not debate with people, or remove something something I’ve already posted, It will stand, until and unless I find some fault with it myself. Thanks for understanding! Love you all…..
May Jesus bless you and enrich you in all the wisdom of his exceedingly great riches in the Mystery of the Kingdom of God. To Him be all the Glory!
In Him~ Scarlett