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Monday, September 29, 2014

Spiritual Abuse happens everywhere

This post is simply to link to another amazing blog post (or more specifically the comments section).


Here's a quick summary:

Mark Driscoll, mysogynist - asshole - mega church leader - gets caught being abusive to his congregation, accused of plagiarism and inappropriate use of church money.

Tony Jones - narcissistic - Emergent - blogger - writes a blog saying "It could have happened to any of us."  Wow, Tony!  No, I don't think this could have happened to anyone but a power hungry prick.  Takes one to know one, right?

So David Hayward (nakedpastor) does a cartoon and blog post about all of this.

As of this post, it's at 774 comments.  Tony's ex-wife came on and cut loose about the horrors she experienced with him and the Emergent movement leaders.  Some of these leaders, including Tony, came on trying to silence her.  She continued on.  Other leaders came on and apologized for how they'd treated her.  More people came forward sharing their own stories of spiritual abuse.  It's been horrifying, wonderful, sad and healing.  Spiritual abuse happens everywhere....but people are now speaking up and not hiding.


donna said...

I don't know that we've been "hiding"...but yes silenced until we decide we just need to get on with our lives. I welcome the breaking of the silence though...I hope it continues.

Back Alley said...

I didn't hide - I went the other way and wrote this blog! But I know many that hid. Hid from their own feelings about it. Hid after being shamed into silence by other church leaders who they went to for help. When one person speaks up it then helps the others to speak as well.

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." ~Martin Luther King, Jr.