Resources for Spiritual Abuse
Because there are no guidelines within Pentecostal and Charismatic
assemblies -- in general -- for how much authority church pastors can
assume over their congregations, spiritual abuse is rampant within the
movement, creating many difficulties for those within these faiths. Even
in those churches with kind, mild-mannered leaders, these rules are not
set in stone, and the potential for abuse is still great.
Many resources are starting to emerge to deal with these issues, and we
have a selection of them here for you. With the exception of the first
linked page, these are mostly all "off-site," so please return to
Association of Former Pentecostals
using the left arrow on your browser when finished.!
Marlene Winell, Ph.D. - Counselor and author of "Leaving the Fold: A Guide for Former Fundamentalists and Others Leaving Their Religion", Marlene counsels people of many backgrounds – evangelical and Pentecostal Christian, Mormon, Jehovah Witness, Christian Science, Seventh-Day Adventist, Scientology, Eastern groups, and any organizations of a cultish nature.
Counseling Resources - Answers for
"religion-induced" Depression and Anxiety
people suffer from depression or anxiety related disorders after leaving
Pentecostal and Charismatic congregations -- some (whether in the faith or
not) even contemplate suicide as an answer to their inner turmoil created
by the ideas of these emotional abusive congregations. Many have found
help in counseling and from the field of medicine to alleviate these
problems -- and to find positive solutions to everyday problems. Check out
our new page that explores these options -- it could help you or someone
Trinity Foundation, Inc.A non-profit corporation that proclaims to be "the leading 'watchdog' of
religious media, conducting investigations and providing information used
to expose fraud and abuses committed in the name of God." Part of their
ministry is offering a toll-free hotline for people to report abuses by
televangelists for themselves or loved ones. Been ripped off or abused
by a TV preachers? Call 1-800-229-VICTIM.
A ministry of Christian
Recovery International, it provides some resources toward recovery from
abusive spiritual systems.
The Ross Institute - A website exploring many abusive
thought systems and religious faiths.
Freedom of Mind Center - A former "Moonie," this therapist helps others emerge from
The Watchman Fellowship - A
site with tons of information and articles on aberrant faith systems.
eQuip - A ministry by Christian
Research Institute, providing online resources and research materials for
students of religions.
www.pleaseconsider.info - A resource examining the experiences of the "Revivalist" Charismatic
movement in Australia. Included are essays on
Pentecostal/Charismatic practices similar to those in the greater
expentecostalforums.org- The forums associated with this site -- providing fellowship for former
Pentecostals and Charismatics from around the world. Featuring such
forums as "Azusa Street Survivors," "Surviving Through
Christ," "Freethinkers Union,"
Essays on Spiritual Abuse & Recovery
Psychological Issues of Former Members of Restrictive
Religious Groups -- An essay that explores the
psychological problems uniquely associated with people who've left cults
or cult-like religious congregations.