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Toxic Churches: Restoration from Spiritual Abuse

by Marc Dupont

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A useful resource describing the nature and effects of churches that perpetuate spiritual abuse.

The author is balanced in his presentation, considering not just times when leadership abuses members but also when members abuse the leadership. Conditions and factors that lead to and provide warning signs for abuse are mentioned as well as setting forth healthy leadership and membership characteristics. The book ends on the importance of forgiveness.

The overall material is good but one must be careful with the author's Pentecostal background-- the role of the Spirit is highly emphasized, faith only and "once saved, always saved" are promoted, and much is made of elements of dispensational premillennialism.

A good resource for consideration. ( )
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Spiritual abuse devastates its victims perhaps more than any other form of violation, because it targets those who are most unprepared and vulnerable. In Toxic Churches, Marc Dupont reaches out to those who have given their time, money, and talents to the Body of Christ, only to find themselves hurting, frustrated, and confused. He also writes to Christian leaders who may have inadvertently hurt the flock of God entrusted to their care.
This book explores all aspects of spiritual abuse in the church. With care and tenderness, Dupont offers help and hope to those caught in abusive situations-people who might even be blaming themselves. He provides a healing balm to those with residual pain from past abuse. And he warns those engaging in abusive behavior, flagging telltale signs of warped and broken patterns. Those who have been used or abused by church leaders will find a deeper understanding of God's healing grace-both for themselves and for those who hurt them.

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