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Broken Cisterns: Cultic Codependency (Part 2 of 2)

Every cult leader practices codependent styles of relating. Every cult member struggles with boundary issues and codependency. Codependency is the greatest relational dysfunction in cults and unhealthy religious groups. It represents a form of idolatry where we put someone else in the place of God. God calls such relationships “broken cisterns” which cannot meet our […]

Broken Cisterns: Cultic Codependency (Part 1 of 2)

“Steve, you sound angry,” my pastor said. His voice dripped like brown caramel on my head. The room spun and roared. “No,” I said, but my fists clenched. Ferris* had just told me that I couldn’t go to college yet—I wasn’t ready. I wasn’t spiritually mature enough. Outside, I could see summer sun lean heavily […]