Sunday, January 17, 2016
Spiritual Abuse and Those Who Crave It
Some time back my dad and a family friend were discussing the strange and disturbing problem of abusive pastors. Our friend, a pastor himself, told my dad that he had had a lady in their assembly come to him and suggest that he should be a lot harder on them than he was. She somehow seemed to think that they "needed" to be beat up spiritually for their own good. Our friend was puzzled and disturbed and definitely did not comply with her wishes! This confirmed something he already thought - that the reason that there are so many abusive pastors is because the people want abusive pastors. If they would get up and leave those churches, if they would fire those pastors, if they would speak up and tell "God's man" that he was out of line, there wouldn't be many of these monsters afoot. The horrifying reality is that the people like it!
And no wonder. God said that Israel had reached this point thousands of years ago.
Jeremiah 5:30-31 A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land; The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?
We might still wonder, though, how this state of affairs came to be. Why do people like to be spiritually abused and mistreated by their pastor?