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on May 17, 2010
This is a book on ministerial abuse.
I am looking for books which provide more in-depth information specific to the discipleship movement of the 70s, 80s and 90s.
The topic of ministerial abuse is a supremely vital topic to evangelicalism.
We should not continue to allow ministry to sweep this topic under the rug.
We are very familiar with the length to which the Catholic church has worked to conceal [pedophilia] abuses by its ministry.
Evangelicals should wake up and see that their organizations are responding to their own ministerial abuse exactly the same way.
You will notice that most of these books are either written be specialists who are not in the church's "inner circle", or by someone who is a survivor of ministerial abuse and is therefore no longer an "insider".
The strategic cloaking of ministerial abuse can be exemplified in books like "the bait of Satan" by John Bevere which strategically paints ministry as the (innocent, loving, caring, giving, self-sacrificing, bend-over-backwards-for-you, walking on egg-shells, GOOD GUY)
While he paints the picture of the church members as the (evil, sin prone, thin-skinned, offended-by-the-least-little-thing, selfish, self-centered, BAD GUYS) who leave the church just as soon as their angelic pastor "speaks the truth in love", or makes the least little mistake.
If you are savvy to the latest Barna poles you will know that people have been leaving churches at an all time high, and saying that they are leaving to "preserve their faith", which is a staggering statement.
Bevere's strategy is to put the blame on the victims of ministerial abuse, and then fill them with the fear that Satan is going to "get" them if they don't run back to their evangelical church like a good lemming should.
This is a small book and a quick read.
However, it is one of the books that dares to lift the hood and let you look inside.
I also recommend: "The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse" by Johnson & Vanderend, "Churches that abuse" by Enroth and "Twisted Scriptures" by Chrnalogar.