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by Jeff VanVonderen,David Johnson

  • Author: Jeff VanVonderen,David Johnson
  • ISBN: 1556611609
  • ISBN13: 978-1556611605
  • ePub: 1435 kb | FB2: 1982 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Churches & Church Leadership
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (October 1991)
  • Pages: 235
  • Rating: 4.3/5
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The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse ePub download

David Johnson has been the senior pastor at Church of the Open Door in Maple Grove, Minnesota, since 1980.

David Johnson has been the senior pastor at Church of the Open Door in Maple Grove, Minnesota, since 1980. During this time, the church has grown from a congregation of 160 to 3,000 people. Thanks so much, David and Jeff, for writing this book,this has helped me to realize that i have NOT lost my mind, which seems to be what the leaders want to happen. The flock comes under mind control and complete brainwashing by not having any understanding of what is written in this book. This book exposes so many nuances one would ordinarily not pay any attention to.

The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse, written by VanVonderen and David Johnson in 1991, offered advice concerning spiritual abuse. It was followed up by a book that sought to explore recovery from the more interpersonal hurts suffered in dysfunctional church systems, "When God's People Let you Down. The book was released on October 1, 2008. Hope and Help for the Addicted" came out in 2011.

By: David Johnson, Jeff VanVonderen. Sample Pages In a breakthrough book first published in 1991, the authors address the dynamics in churches that can ensnare people in legalism, guilt, an. . The subtle ways that leaders and systems "hook" and control believers, robbing them of their joy in Christ. Scriptural help in recognizing healthy spiritual relationships. In a breakthrough book first published in 1991, the authors address the dynamics in churches that can ensnare people in legalism, guilt, and begrudging service, keeping them from the grace and joy of God's kingdom. Written for both those who feel abused and those who may be causing it, The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse shows how people get hooked into abusive.

Through the subtle use of the right "spiritual" words, church members are manipulated or.This is spiritual abuse, and the results can be shattering

Through the subtle use of the right "spiritual" words, church members are manipulated or shamed into certain behaviors or performance that ensnares in legalism, guilt and begrudging service. This is spiritual abuse, and the results can be shattering. Deeply ingrained spiritual codes of written and unwritten rules control and condemn, wounding believers' spirits and keeping them from the grace and joy of God's kingdom. Authors VanVonderen and Johnson address these important themes and point the way toward freedom: What are the abusive spiritual dynamics that can develop in a church? How do people get hooked into these abusive systems?

David R. Johnson, Jeff VanVonderen. This book does a great job of outlining the types of abuse, how the abuser develops, is created and a section on post-abuse recovery. Straining Gnats, Swallowing Camels".

David R. A 17 year-old was disciplinarily dis-fellowshipped for "lack of attendance" (though they were in full church attendance away at college).

Watch a recent interview with David Johnson & Jeff VanVonderen, the authors of Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse.

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David Johnson and Jeff VanVonderen have written a tremendously courageous book. My husband and I both left the Jehovah's Witnesses after being deep in it for 10 years. The subtle power of spiritual abuse, indeed!!! We were completely blinded all those years. This book does not attack-it simply demonstrates the love and honor these men have for God and His principles and it demonstrates the courage these men have in standing up for those Biblical principles.

by David Johnson, Jeff VanVonderen. Books related to Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse, The. Skip this list. systems, the impact of controlling leadership on a congregation, and how the abused believer can find rest and recovery.

For anyone who has felt themselves to be in a troubling, disempowering, hurtful, toxic spiritual environment, this book is a must. Verified purchase: Yes Condition: Pre-owned.

item 2 The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse by Johnson, David; VanVonderen, Jeff -The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse by Johnson, David; VanVonderen, Jeff. For anyone who has felt themselves to be in a troubling, disempowering, hurtful, toxic spiritual environment, this book is a must. Best-selling in Non Fiction.

Breaking the Silence on an Abuse Within the Church That Leaves Christians Feeling "Used," Manipulated and Shamed.

Churches are meant to be safe places where spiritual leaders help and equip the members for the work of service. There are some churches, however, where leaders use their spiritual authority to control and dominate others, attempting to meet their own needs for importance, power, intimacy or spiritual gratification. Through the subtle use of the right "spiritual" words, church members are manipulated or shamed into certain behaviors or performance that ensnares in legalism, guilt and begrudging service.

This is spiritual abuse, and the results can be shattering. Deeply ingrained spiritual codes of written and unwritten rules control and condemn, wounding believers' spirits and keeping them from the grace and joy of God's kingdom. Believers find themselves enslaved to a system, a leader, a standard of performance that saps true spiritual life.

This is a message for Christians who feel they are spiritually abused and for those who might be causing it. Authors VanVonderen and Johnson address these important themes and point the way toward freedom:

What are the abusive spiritual dynamics that can develop in a church?

How do people get hooked into these abusive systems?

What are the marks of false spiritual leadership and their impact on a congregation?

What are the scriptures and doctrinal concepts that c

Grarana
If you have experienced spiritual abuse in any fashion or form, this is a MUST read. I did not come to the realization in my life that I was spiritually abused until my late thirties and in counseling. I realize now, that God's word was always used over me like a weapon to beat me down (often until I was in tears) rather to build me up in grace and love. I know what its like to have bible versus thrown at me, most of the time taken out of context.....only to make a point by the person who just wanted to be a spiritual authority to build their own ego. Wrongs done were never addressed yet I was told, "You have to forgive seventy seven times.....". This book revealed several scriptures that are used in that dangerous context. This book was HEALING. I often pick it up from time to time.
As C.S. Lewis says, "Of all bad men, religious bad men are the worst." This book will help be a guide to help you heal from those who wounded, those that spiritually manipulated and mistreated you.
This book is for leaders in the church to continue to learn healthy leadership. It is for the one who has been abused or the abuser to seek healing and change. Grateful for this book.
Gtonydne
I actually didn't know how to rate this book.

I don't "love it" as my 5-star rating would indicate. What I appreciate is that it was written... and that it was written to pour light on a very dark subject.

The material in this book was instrumental in freeing someone very special to me as they were going through much about which the book warns.

If you're feeling that your position in the Messiah is based on "how well you're doing" in your works -- especially when the checklist is being mandated by someone in an authority position, please read this book. Experience that your position is secure in His work and not your own.

If you feel conviction, though, internally -- from the still, small voice, THAT is what you heed... and He will give you the strength to become more refined.
Love Me
This is such a well written, compassionate book. I came out of an abusive church, and it has been so helpful to have the abuses named and called out as wrong. As the authors write, one of the big things that happens in these churches is that if you talk about a problem, it is because you are the problem. You end up thinking that you are crazy or just a terrible sinner. This book gives back the power to say "No! There is a problem and it's not just me." It's a hard book to read, as I suppose any book about trauma is, but it has been incredibly healing.
Malodred
This book really helped validate our experience and our emotions. There is something so encouraging about reading your own thoughts in someone else's words to know you're not crazy! It explains what abuse it, how it happens, and addresses the recovery process. My husband and I just read it through once, highlighted a bunch, and want to go back to re-read and really digest certain parts. The end of the book addresses whether to stay or leave an abusive situation and that will be incredibly helpful for us in the next few months. I wish I would have read this book years ago, not only to possibly avoid the situation we're currently in, but to have a grace-based understanding of certain Scriptures and the overall message of the bible. While it will be hard to trust a church system again, we are so glad to have an understanding of what true spiritual authority is--a weight will be lifted off of us forever to know that it doesn't necessarily have anything to do with a title! And because it seems so many systems are unhealthy in the American church, it would benefit Christians in a healthy environment to understand the people who might flee to them for safety.
Damdyagab
This is an incredible book by Loving men of God to help those of us who have escaped being under mind control from religious groups; i haven't finished it yet, as some days, i can only read a few pages, as it's helping me to grieve the fact that though i was deceived and bewitched, it confirms that it was right to separate from this group. Anyone who is not sure if a group is cult-like or in reality, a cult, it will also help you to discern and see the signs of a particular group, and hopefully, not to get involved, because its a very painful process to go through.

Thanks so much, David and Jeff, for writing this book,this has helped me to realize that i have NOT lost my mind, which seems to be what the leaders want to happen. The flock comes under mind control and complete brainwashing by not having any understanding of what is written in this book. This book exposes so many nuances one would ordinarily not pay any attention to. Anyone who asks questions to the leadership about Doctrine or anything, including finances, is shunned by leadership. Then, if you leave the group setting, you are labeled 'divisive' aka, a division maker or in rebellion. Perhaps you will be ''marked and avoided" as disobedient to God because you are questioning God's Anointed Leaders who "'know so much more than you".. Perhaps you will be accused of losing your salvation or that you will lose your salvation, because you've not removed enough sin from your life. I know Jesus is grieved at the heirlings in the Church. Jesus Christ did not give us a spirit of fear, or condemnation, yet, many are walking around in just that.

For it is written, in the end times, even the very elect will be deceived, and that there will be wolves in sheep's clothing.....This book is for everyone who is suspicious or just wants to learn what to watch out for in a Church, the warning signs, and the red flags. If there is no accountability for pastors, where is a sheep to turn? Does your church or group use the "Don't Talk Rule", secrecy, and yes, even financial secrets where no one is to ask any questions, which is very dangerous.. Does your 'group' have accountability to another ministry or godly counsel? Do you get donation emails and requests at each service? Are you asked to give more volunteer hours than you ever expected? Are you completely exhausted and just feel you must keep serving and serving, because it's for God? Please get this book, it may save your life! This book will provide you with tools to strengthen your discernment and know when to walk away.

Any group that has nothing to hide will have a budget for the attendees to see freely, discussions about church business, and the like.(Right?) Or, is this reserved for 'behind closed doors' only available to the leadership? Do your church leaders preach the Truth, and, then, do they walk in it, to the best of their ability? Does some of the Doctrine come from commentaries of extra-Biblical material that other men wrote? When there are guests visiting, do they receive preferential treatment? Are your leaders working out their issues, as they help you work out your issues? IS THERE GOD'S LOVE present, or is that only for certain 'in' groups; If your leaders are not loving the flock, as The Father and Jesus Christ love their Beloved, I think that sitting under this can cause much confusion, and we know that God is NOT the author of confusion. Are there only certain 'anointed' ones? Perhaps this Scripture (and others) have been used to frighten you, that says, TOUCH NOT mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm. There are many churches using this Scripture to intimidate the sheep. The Holy Bible says that we are ALL God's anointed!

I recommend this book to anyone who is in any kind of religious group, or thinking about becoming part of a group; the authors point out the signs and warnings to heed. God does not hold us to impossible standards, when we repent, HE is Faithful to forgive us. Saints, we must be sure to stay in forgiveness and then we can pray for the leaders and release them to God. Then, the atrocities committed and not repented for are between the leaders and God.

This little book explains all about the power the leaders have over the flock, and the employees; do the leaders serve the flock??? or only a 'special inner circle?' Are the attendees expected to give and give and 'keep in line' and not ask questions, and to serve the pastors? Even the sheep become deceived because we looked to leaders as:"safe'"people. This, my friends, we have realized, is Idolatry, and we have had to repent to God for that.

Do people of the body just quit calling you, because they were told not to speak with you? Perhaps they are told not to ask you why you have left, as obviously, if others 'knew' the truth, it would blow the group's 'cover'. We had to separate ourselves completely remembering we have freedom of thought.

The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse poses other questions, such as, do the leaders still talk about people who left years ago in a very unkind way? Could the leaders still have extreme Bitterness to the core, that keeps them bound to "WE ARE RIGHT, THEY ARE WRONG?' It is written, when bitterness comes it defiles everyone around. Do your pastor or pastors tell you who you can talk with, who you can have Bible study with, do they tell you, don't visit other ministries, because we are the only ones that are pure and Biblical? What would you think if the leaders position is, they don't believe in birth control for any family? Having multiple children have put people in poverty and then making it very difficult to leave the group.

Perhaps some of the sheep work there, and there are another set of rules for them. Because there is no disclosure of financial information, do you find a single mom with several children working there for minimum wage and having to get food stamps? Are there rules and regulations and 'protocols' that seem impossible to achieve? These are some of the many subtle things you might see; and much more.

We don't know how long healing will take, but thanks for prayers that God would send the right people into all our lives, and that we can trust that The Holy Spirit will reveal God's Word to us! It will be for God's Glory when we Overcome this spiritual abuse, and become stronger despite the wounding and broken hearts that we Trust God to Heal.

It is written, WOE UNTO THE PASTORS AND SHEPHERDS THAT SCATTER THEIR SHEEP, for GOD ALMIGHTY is on The Throne, and NOT any man or woman. (See Jeremiah 23 and Ezekial 34). and continue to pray for these people who have deceived themselves, in Jesus Name. Thanks for your prayers and draw closer to God,
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