Blog Post by Sister Diane Foster
In the previous issues, matters such as witchcraft or spiritual warfare received little attention. With a bit of insight, it does not take much to see how they connect to the dark nature of spiritual abuse. Having written about the emotional cesspool spiritual that abuse leaves its victims, this series will now move toward healing. However, before I do, here is a final recap of what has gone forth.
More and more souls in our Yahudim Kingdom are awakening to the devastating effect of Spiritual Abuse. Some of you watching this may know of someone who was or is personally involved in Spiritual Abuse. See more HERE
Spiritual abuse is any attempt to exert power and control over someone using religion, faith, or beliefs. The acts of spiritual abuse have no boundaries. It takes many forms, such as physical, emotional, verbal, sexual, financial, social, and spiritual. Not limited to one religion, denomination, or group of people, abuse often leaves the individual traumatized and can significantly impact mental health. It is important to remember that those in this place did not seek to live this way. This apostasy happens because others seek out broken souls who are seeking some form of sanctuary or those seeking to live a set-apart life in Yahuah.
Evident across all denominations, spiritual abuse is an act of sin. Satan seeks to replace truth with their man-made doctrine. These groups are cultic and sometimes defined as a sect.
Acts 15 tells the story of Paul and Barnabas going before the Jerusalem Council to give the good news that Yahuah had made salvation available to the Gentiles. As they presented their case, we find them using the word sect in verse 5: But some of the sects of the Pharisees who believed rose, saying, “It is necessary to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the Law of Moses.” There is a lot to this story, but the focus is on the word “sect.”
When looking at Scripture, we learn that sect and heresy share the same Strong’s number, G139. A sect is a group with a self-chosen opinion, a religious or philosophical assembly. When it comes to Scripture, the word chosen is antiYah. Using this example, the Pharisees had their own self-chosen, antiYah opinion towards the law. Peter described it well when he said.
2Pet_2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who secretly shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Master that bought them and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
What I want to pull from this verse is that false teachers abound, preaching and teaching antiYah, man-made doctrine. Defined as syncretism, they twist Scripture, causing it to sound authentic or misinterpret it to make the victim believe their words. These kinds are master manipulators. We all have been subject to manipulation at some point in our lives. Children can manipulate their parents by recognizing and understanding their ways. Manipulation, directed skillfully, gives the manipulator much power and control. Satan told Eve, “Surely you shall not die.” Eve had a personal walk with Yahuah; she knew Him pretty well, and even so, Satan knew how to manipulate her thoughts. Satan is the master manipulator! He has not stopped doing what He did in the garden on that fatal day. Perpetrators of spiritual abuse are master manipulators.
How “do” people become entrapped?
Some people know little about Yahuah and wish to know Him. They often cannot see behind the deception in their desire to know Him.
Mat 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
HaSatan works his craft through them. He pursues, searches, and hunts his victims. Scripture teaches us to guard our hearts, which is connected to the mind. Remember, first come the thought, then the action. James 1:15-Look it up.
1 Peter 5:8
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
Leaders regulate and dominate their members’ actions by influencing their behaviors, such as enforcing strict rules, rewards, and punishments, which limit their individual autonomy. Information is censored, restricting members’ access to outside perspectives. Using psychological techniques such as suppressing critical thinking (surely you shall not die) and promoting conformity results in changing their beliefs and attitudes. Manipulative organizations influence emotions through love-bombing, guilt, and fear-based indoctrination. Love-bombing, a form of manipulation and emotional abuse is quite effective. It involves the perpetrator going above and beyond to draw the victim into a relationship with them. A man feeling deprived of his identity as a man receives a position of authority. A woman who feels vulnerable and lacks security or support receives shelter, love, and companionship. Love bombing is fertile ground for negative persuasion.
These people are Workers of Iniquity. Yahuah warns against those such as these.
Having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.
2 Timothy 3:5
The Good News ~ Besorah
Healing from Spiritual Abuse
Healing is possible for those victimized by spiritual abuse. As stated from the beginning, understand that what happened to you is not your fault. Realize that you are not alone. Know that there is nothing right about spiritual abuse. Return your focus to the love of Yahuah; know He loves you. Understand codependency and trauma. Develop critical thinking skills. Learn yourself, who you are, and most importantly, “whose” you are. Understanding these is a powerful medicine for healing. With the help of the Holy Spirit, focusing on each of these with single-mindedness closes doors of bondage and opens avenues to spiritual and emotional freedom.
Compassionate Soul Care Ministry is in the process of developing this Spiritual Abuse Series. Discussions are in the works with optimism for informing more men and women about this atrocity. Survey respondents are shedding valuable information. While we are still collecting data, and thank you for your help, this post will begin to focus on healing as it looks closer at the characteristics of spiritual abuse.
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