Spiritual Abuse: Your Leader/Church is not Representative of God
Las Vegas Apologetics keeps hearing of more stories of spiritual abuse in the Las Vegas area and elsewhere.
God seems to be yanking people out of churches. These churches are often apostate and growing worse (God sees the future). Often people are tempted to be mad at God for all the pain and hardship they went through at the hands of a pastor who was supposed to care for them. Sometimes there was extreme cruelty, abuse and blacklisting. Betrayals. Pain!
This sort of heartbreak does not go away overnight. It is very painful. God perhaps is having mercy on people by taking them out of certain establishments. This will ultimately draw the person closer to God and to be set apart for Him and a special purpose. Romans 8:28 explains how God works even the evil things for good. It does seem as though God is pulling people out of churches and making them watchmen.
Sometimes the hardest trials are actually God’s grace and mercy.
Leonard Ravenhill once said,
“All you have to do is get in a closer walk with God and you’ll find your enemies are in your own church.”
2 Thessalonians 2:3 seems to be happening in the church today. Also, 2 Timothy 3:12,13 warns us of persecution for the Godly in Christ Jesus and that evil men and “impostors” will grow from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.
The Greek word for “impostors” is “goetes”. The GWT translates this term into “phony preacher”. It means a shameless cheat pretending to use supernatural power; an actor (cheap imposter), looking for self-gain, i.e., posing to be someone he isn’t.
You see, there are many leaders today who are posing to be pastors, apostles, prophets, etc., who simply are not representing God nor sent by Him. This happened quite a bit in the past as seen in the Old Testament as well.
“‘I have not sent them,’ declares the LORD. ‘They are prophesying lies in my name.'” (Jeremiah 27:15)
With the pain that comes from spiritual abuse, often it is God’s mercy in disguise getting us away from an evil institution! Thank God He does us a favor by getting us away from evil at times.
We must remember in recovering from spiritual abuse that our leaders and their opinions of us are not the same as nor representative of God and His opinions. It only matters what God thinks! If God is for us, who can be against us? We must separate this in our minds. Remember Job’s friends?