Below are some resources on Spiritual Abuse. Never stop learning! Never stop growing!
We Stand United Against Abuse
We proudly recommend the writings and resources of the people below. May they help educate us all in handling abuse.
Jimmy researches deception techniques of child molesters and specializes in abuse in plain sight. Jimmy also serves as a certification specialist with GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment).
Ashley is a writer, speaker, abuse-victim advocate, and Christian feminist who educates the Church and secular communities on abuse. She founded The Courage Conference, a judgment-free place for survivors of abuse (and those who love them) to gather and hear inspiring stories from other survivors and advocates about moving forward in boldness and healing.
Wade is a husband and father to three, an assistant professor, director of a Master of Divinity program, and writer represented by WordServe Literary. His writing and research seeks to bring understanding to the tactics abusive individuals and organizations use to control people and information.
Russell L. Meek (PhD Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is a writer, editor, and lecturer in Old Testament and Hebrew at Ohio Theological Institute. When he isn’t working, he’s spending time with his (much) better half, Brittany, and their three sons.
Julie Roys seeks and uncovers the truth. Trained as a reporter and guided by faith, she explores important issues facing Christians and spiritual seekers with uncommon honesty, fairness and intellectual rigor.
Boz Tchividjian is a former child abuse chief prosecutor and is the founder and executive director of GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment). He is also a professor of law at Liberty University School of Law.
Resources and Message Boards
The Wartburg Watch
Our goal at TWW is to shine a light into the darkness, exposing hypocrisy, heresy, and arrogance while also examining trends that affect the faith in the public square. Truth and transparency are of utmost importance to us.
Safe Sheep provides awareness and information to those spiritually injured by church leadership.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP)
SNAP is the largest, oldest and most active support group for women and men wounded by religious and institutional authorities (priests, ministers, bishops, deacons, nuns, coaches, teachers, and others).
Spiritual Abuse Resources (SAR)
SAR is a program of International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA), a global network of people concerned about psychological manipulation and abuse in cultic or high-demand groups, alternative movements, and other environments. ICSA is tax-exempt, supports civil liberties, and is not affiliated with any religious or commercial organizations. ICSA is unique in how it brings together former group members, families, helping professionals, and researchers.
Joyful Heart Foundation
Founded in 2004, Joyful Heart is a leading national organization with a mission to transform society’s response to sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse, support survivors’ healing, and end this violence forever.
Stop Baptist Predators dot org
This “little light” shines for the many clergy abuse victims whose voices have been silenced. Silenced by shame. Silenced by the false instruction of religious leaders. Silenced by church shunning and bullying. Silenced by church contracts for secrecy. Silenced by suicide. The mission of StopBaptistPredators.org is to break the silence of Baptist clergy sex abuse.
Topics covered on this website may include those below. If you have suffered any form of abuse, please consider this a trigger warning.
Abuse within the home – whether it be physical, emotional, sexual or spiritual.
The most subtle form of abuse. Topics include narcissism, Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD), and other types of emotional abuse.
Abuse that takes place within a spiritual context, weaponizing spiritual texts, leveraging the imbalance of power within a spiritual setting. Includes “biblical counseling”.
Holding marriage in the highest regard. Protecting victims from abusive marriages.
The imbalance of power within the home. Biblical concepts surrounding male leadership, submission, and “headship”.
Rape, attempted rape, fondling or unwanted sexual touching, forcing a victim to perform sexual acts.
“It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for a bird to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.”
― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity