Here’s an excellent article from about the characteristics of spiritual abuse.

Spiritual abuse can be just as devastating, if not more so, than physical, sexual or emotional abuse, because the person abused is harmed by God’s representative in his or her life.  If the leader of your Christian organization deems you unworthy to be part of the group, how can you argue against him?  Jesus spoke very harshly of these people, stating in Matthew 23:28 “So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.”  The whole of chapter 23 deals with they hypocrisy and evil nature of shepherds (leaders) who don’t really care about the individuals in their care.  Mental illnesses, such as depression, anxiety, panic disorder and PTSD often come on the heels of such trauma.

Church leaders, if you can’t love those you are called to serve, it’s time to find secular employment.

Just some food for thought for anyone who claims the name of Jesus.