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What Not to Say to Someone Who Has Been Hurt by Church: 6 Misguided Responses to Spiritual Abuse – Jonathan Hollingsworth

A few years ago, I had my first experience with spiritual abuse. Compelled to serve God in a radical way, I dropped out of college, gave away all my possessions and moved to Africa, only to be manipulated, controlled and taken advantage of by the leaders in the mission organization. When I got home, my pastor gave me two options: I could either lie and make up a nicer-sounding story, or I could just keep my mouth shut. Either way, I was forbidden from telling the real story, inside or outside the church. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. It’s one thing to be abused by people you barely know, but it’s another thing to be betrayed by ...