#157: Healing from Spiritual Abuse: Part 1

What It Is and How Deeply it Infects People

Healing from Spiritual Abuse

One of the biggest issues that comes our way has to with the subject of spiritual abuse. Masses of people are coming for help because of abuse they have experienced from someone in church or a ministry, be it a spiritual leader, pastor or someone of influence in their life. The repercussions are intense.

For years, many people have wandered with deep woundedness they have received, not from someone outside the faith, but from within. Yet they have not been able to put a finger on why they are struggling in such intense ways. People can often carry deep lacerations and emotional wounds they infect them for life is not healed. It keeps them from a fruitful life. Spiritual abuse is often a part of the equation. 

Worst yet, people who have been spiritually abused often carry that into the next fellowship they join. New layers of hurt build on old layers of hurt, until eventually people shut down and say I can’t take it anymore.

Everyone gets hurt inside and outside of the church, but spiritual abuse is a whole different kind of monster, especially because it is perpetual, insidious and often very hidden. People can become slowly worn down to the core and left with broken hearts if there is not a clear safety established.

We have too many that are leaving the church, who describe the circumstances around their departure and spiritual abuse is the reason. Spiritual abuse can occur in any area of a ministry or church organization. It can be really tricky issue to discern and it often takes help to identify when this is taking place.

We want to address this subject head on, share our own experiences and provide some tools to walk into freedom. We pray our vulnerability will bless your life and help any who have been in spiritually abusive environments. 

Video Broadcast:

In this episode, we cover the following areas:

  • What our experience has been with spiritual abuse.
  • Observing many patterns of spiritual abuse.
  • Why defining spiritual abuse can be complicated.
  • Why this subject is so important to address.
  • What are the challenges we face when addressing the subject of spiritual abuse.
  • What is spiritual abuse and what does it look like?
  • Why followers can be just as abusive as leaders.
  • Why spiritual abuse can be so devastating to the health and wholeness of people.

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Mark DeJesus has been equipping people in a full time capacity since 1995, serving in various roles, including, teaching people of all ages, communicating through music, authoring books, leading and mentoring. Mark's deepest love is his family; his wife Melissa, son Maximus and daughter Abigail. Mark is a teacher, author and mentor who uses many communication mediums, including the written word, a weekly radio podcast show and videos. His deepest call involves equipping people to live as overcomers. Through understanding inside out transformation, Mark's message involves getting to the root of issues that contribute to the breakdown of our relationships, our health and our day to day peace. He is passionately reaching his world with a transforming message of love, healing and freedom. Out of their own personal renewal, Mark and Melissa founded Turning Hearts Ministries, a ministry dedicated to inside out transformation. Mark also founded Transformed You, a communication platform for Mark’s teachings, writing and broadcasts that are designed to encourage people in their journey of transformation. Mark and Melissa currently live in Connecticut.

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  • Pamela Pals Beatty

    This is absolutely powerful…… you guys have described so much pain I have and still experience today…….thank you so very much for this! Yes I will be listening to part 2! And yes if you have classes on this topic, I will be signing up…..GOD BLESS YOU BOTH!!!!

    • Appreciate the encouraging words. Its a tough subject, but one that needs to be addressed. Thanks for commenting!