Some experts estimate that there are over 5,000 cults in the United States. Other statistics say that 2.5 million people have been involved in cults over the past 40 years, and there are 180,000 new cult converts each year. This does not include people adversely affected by legalism but not technically in a cult-like church or organization. Spiritual abuse, it seems, remains a huge problem in the United States.
The purpose of this blog is to provide a forum to discuss spiritual abuse, the nature of spiritual authority, cults and cult-like churches, and the subtle heresy of legalism. The goal of this blog is to provide gracious truth which can help bring liberty to those held captive by spiritual abuse.
This is in keeping with the message and manner of Jesus, who inaugurated his public teaching ministry by quoting from the book of Isaiah: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and freedom to prisoners; to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord” (61:1-2).
While there are already many helpful resources both in print and online concerning the nature of spiritual abuse, there remains a need for a current, up-to-date blog which can address spiritual abuse in a timely, yet personal way.
I offer the following qualifications:
- Personal lifelong experience in a cult.
- Separation from the cult and a documented shift in worldview and perspective.
- Theological training from a reputable seminary.
- Familiarity with the literature on cults and spiritual abuse.
Please add your own perspective and wisdom gained from experience by commenting on these blog posts. I hope to include posts by guest bloggers as the opportunities present themselves.