I recently preached a message called The Church’s Response to Abuse. Unfortunately, it has often been more common for a church to be a safe-haven for abusers and predators than a refuge for victims of abuse. This must change!
In this sermon, I used the parable of the Good Samaritan to describe the nature of abuse and how the church should respond. I covered some reasons why the church has often done a poor job in this area, and how we must change our approach. This topic is on the heart of God in this hour, and I pray that we will respond like the Good Samaritan and be a place of safety, clarity, and healing for those who have been abused!
Thank you for this. I am in ‘No Contact’ with a church organization. I needed reassurance of boundaries because I see an ongoing pattern for verbal/spiritual abuse.
All the best to you and yours.
Glad the sermon was helpful for you! May God continue to lead you and guide your steps.
As some one who survived church stalking and abuse, I have been tremendously blessed by this message. For 6 years, my family walked thru this journey alone, no one wanted to stand up, and condemn the abuse. We didn’t give up on God or church though, we found ministries online that we connected with. After six years of isolation, and my daughter being denied the right to worship at a church of her choice, we visited one of our online ministry connections, who, by revelation from Father God, discerned and denounced and broke off the word curses that were associated with the abuse.
I walk free. I am sharing this to let you know that you are right on the topic. There are so many sheep online who are wandering around without a shepherd, because of pastoral abuse of power.
Blessings for your courage to speak on this topic!