Saturday, June 16, 2007

Thoughts on Spiritual Abuse

I've got a book at the house that I got a long time ago called "Tired of Trying to Measure Up..."
It was written by Jeff VanVoderen. I don't know anything about him. (So don't write to say anthing about him.) I found the following section of the book interesting food for thought.

"In a healthy functioning church system, God is the source of the acceptance, love and value. The pastor, leaders and teachers are there as the helpers and equippers of the other members. Their job, as in a family, is to use their positions of power and authority to equip members for the work of service by serving, building and providing need-meeting experiences, messages and relationships.

"There are some religious systems, however, where what the people think, how they feel and what they want or need doesn't matter. Their needs go unmet. In these dysfuntional systems the members are there to meet the needs of the leadership. When this happens in the spiritual area, it amounts to spiritual abuse.

"Where there is spiritual abuse there are people who, through spiritual means, attempt to meet their own needs for importance, power, intimacy, value, or spiritual (really, self-related) gratification. They attempt to find spiritual fulfillment through religious performance of the very people whom they are there to build up and serve.

"When anyone with a position of power and authority uses that power to manipulate, or to shame others into performing, it is spiritually (also emotionally and psychologically) damaging. Again, this is wounding to the victim. And the place that's supposed to be the most safe for people becomes the least safe."

May we all learn Grace, peace, love and understanding.
Jesus gave His life that we may have Life in God.

Blessings all.
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Sunday, June 10, 2007

Can We Hear Him? A Poem By Me

In our weak and feeble lives
Amongst our vaporous existence
Do we hear the call of God
And His gentle loving persistence

Can we hear Him in the thunder?
Do we hear Him in the storm?
Do we listen when we’re happy
And we’re comfortable and warm?

Do we hear His gentle calling
When the night is filled with fear
Do we surrender to the Savior
When Jesus is so near?

Do we praise Him for His goodness
Praise Him for He is true
Will you surrender all to Jesus
For He gave His all for You…

Written by Glen McClead...sometime in the past...