Abusive churches look great on the surface. But Satan masquerades as an angel of light and will come looking like a ministry full of light and life and all things wonderful. Abusive churches often aren't obvious. Many have a very slick veneer of spirituality that deceives those who attend into thinking they are in a solid fellowship. The truth isn't apparent until you've been there for awhile and start to see the junk that goes on underneath the surface. Scripture is twisted to meet the requirements of the assumed authority of the leadership, but just enough truth is preached to keep people hooked. The doctrines promoted in these churches place huge stumbling blocks in the path of those searching for the truth, deceptive doctrines that essentially pull people into seeking the honor of men rather than the honor of God. Abusive control is lurking under the surface, control masked as protection.
If you have been attending a church that leaves you feeling empty, confused and feeling guilty, and if you feel like something is wrong, but you just can't put your finger on it, you may be in an abusive church. This book will give you a quick overview of what to look for to identify an abusive church, how they are set up and why people get pulled into them so easily.
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About the Author
I have been born again since 1971 and was soon after pulled into the Word of Faith movement where most of my beliefs were formed. The next step was into a WoF church that proved to be abusive where I spent 12 years. My book Red Flag Churches recounts my experiences in there as well as what I have found out in my research into abusive churches since leaving. I wrote the book in hopes of bringing light into the darkness, giving hope to those who attend such churches, and perhaps hope to people who have friends or relatives caught up in them. It's been a trip.