(Is. 35:10, ESV)
And the ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
There are many types of abuse. There is psychological, physical, sexual, verbal, and spiritual. Some categorize spiritual abuse as attacking someone's religious belief, denying access to a person's chosen place of worship, etc...
Spiritual abuse though is so much more. Spiritual abuse can be manipulating someone by
invoking God's authority over them or coercing people to stay in an abusive environment by claiming that it is Biblical that they do.
The definition of spiritual abuse on this website include these things, but also includes all other types of abuse that is perpetrated on someone within the church setting or by a church leader. When physical, psychological, sexual, or verbal abuse happens withing a religious setting or done to you in the name of God, then it sets up a whole series of psychological horrors takes place in the mind of abused that deals with spiritual subjects; such as destroying a person's relationship with God, making them fear church, making them afraid of Christians and/or church leaders and pastors.
The fall out of someone who has been spiritually abused can be devastating to anyone who endures it and can damage a persons well-being severely. It not only hurts the victim, but also the victim's family and in turn affects their relationship with God, each other, and in turn, with others.
The Bible speaks of spiritual abuse in many places. His words to the Pharisees accuse them of abusing people. God does not take spiritual abuse lightly and neither should we. Ezekiel 22: 23-31 speaks of spiritual abuse:
And the word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, say to her, You are a land that is not cleansed or rained upon in the day of indignation. The conspiracy of her prophets in her midst is like a roaring lion tearing the prey; they have devoured human lives; they have taken treasure and precious things; they have made many widows in her midst. Her priests have done violence to my law and have profaned my holy things. They have made no distinction between the holy and the common, neither have they taught the difference between the unclean and the clean, and they have disregarded my Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them. Her princes in her midst are like wolves tearing the prey, shedding blood, destroying lives to get dishonest gain. And her prophets have smeared whitewash for them, seeing false visions and divining lies for them, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord God,’ when the Lord has not spoken. The people of the land have practiced extortion and committed robbery. They have oppressed the poor and needy, and have extorted from the sojourner without justice. And I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach before me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none. Therefore I have poured out my indignation upon them. I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath. I have returned their way upon their heads, declares the Lord God.”
Thrown Away Christians hopes to bring light to this subject to church members. Church members often turn away from the things that are going on in the midst and dismiss it because their Pastor tells them it is okay. Church members need to be aware of what is going on in their midst and "do the right thing" according to God's Words and not their church leaders. It's time for the church to wake up to what may be taking place around them.