Fingerprints of a False Teacher by Pastor Ken Garrett
Going Back to Church? Some Thoughts to Consider: Blog readers compile a list: what helped, what to look for, what to avoid when going back to church after spiritual abuse.
Recovering from Churches that Abuse - Ron Enroth, Free Online Book
VM Life Resources Informative website from people who were involved in Dallas cult. Very good information and helps.
Series: Sheep Among Wolves by John MacArthur (regarding false teachers)
The Dark Side of Spiritual Abuse blog series by Philip Harelson
|Churches that Abuse by Ron Enroth|
|Recovering from Churches that Abuse||by Ron Enroth|
|The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse |
by David Johnson and Jeff Van Vonderen
|Toxic Faith by Stephen Arteburn and||Jack Felton|
|Spiritual Abuse Recovery||by Barb Orlowski|
Commenter Lyida Thomas describes her "inner circle" experience.
Elitism: A common trait in spiritually abusive churches is elitism. If we are so special, and all others churches are inferior, who wants to attend an inferior church? Elitism is a manipulation tactic to keep people at the church. And it works powerfully because we become convinced that no other church will measure up.
A trauma trigger is an experience that triggers a traumatic memory in someone who has experienced trauma. A trigger is thus a troubling reminder of a traumatic event, although the trigger itself need not be frightening or traumatic.
Triggers can be quite diverse, appearing in the form of individual people, places, noises, images, smells, tastes, emotions, animals, films, scenes within films, dates of the year, tones of voice, body positions, bodily sensations, weather conditions, time factors, or combinations thereof. Triggers can be subtle and difficult to anticipate, and can sometimes exacerbate post-traumatic stress disorder, a condition in which trauma survivors cannot control the recurrence of emotional or physical symptoms, or of repressed memory. A trauma trigger may also be referred to as a trauma stimulus or a trauma stressor.
This is a compilation of commonly used verses pastors used to control, manipulate, and abuse.
COUNSELING AND RETREAT CENTERS SPECIALIZING IN SPIRITUAL ABUSE
Symboulous Ministries: It is with great respect that I dedicate Symboulos Ministries to my brothers and sisters in Christ who have suffered the trauma and negative repercussions of spiritual abuse, and yet refuse to count themselves among “those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.” Heb. 10:39 ESV
Wellspring Retreat and Resource Center
How to Resign from a Church
Some pastors/churches harass people after they leave. Send a certified letter to your former church using this as an example to establish that you have officially left and inform them they do not have permission to contact you, discuss you, etc.