Among the most-visited pages within Apologetics Index, those dealing with various aspects of spiritual abuse -- sometimes called religious abuse -- rank very high. Here is an extensive collection of research resources on abusive churches and spiritual abuse.
Category: Spiritual Abuse
Main collection of research resources on abusive churches and/or spiritual abuse
Many people who have been subjected to spiritual abuse wonder, in looking back, why they stayed in an abusive church for so long. Often it turns out that the church in question grew more and more cult-like gradually. After all, most abusive churches do not start out that way. This checklist will help you to honestly evaluate your church, its leaders, and your church experience.
Lust for a feeling of spiritual superiority can be exploited by dishonest or abusive leaders.
Many Christians unwittingly get caught up in abusive churches -- or relationships -- in which they are subjected to spiritual abuse. Stephen Martin's book The Heresy of Mind Control helps Christians recognize the warning signs that a group and its leader are dangerous.