Religion At Its Worst
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SPIRITUAL ABUSE - Afflicted by Religious Authority
“When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.”
Think about it. Who in our society offends us the most?
Is it the robbers, the killers, the rapists—the flagrant law breakers?
Now think about Jesus. Who offended Him the most?
It was the Pharisees, the religious leaders of the day—the legalistic law keepers. They upset Him the most.
Something just doesn’t seem right. Have you ever thought that about a church or spiritual leader? Sadly, spiritual abuse occurs far too often. Some seek to gain control by manipulating Scripture and twisting truth.
When the Word of God is misused or the character of God is misrepresented, people inevitably suffer. These Keys for Living can help you identify spiritual abuse and take positive steps to break free from it. Learn how to discern the difference between performance-based religion and resting in God’s grace. Find freedom from the guilt and shame of man-made rules and discover the joy of a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ.
God desires to give you hope as you face life challenges, problems and difficult trials. The good news for us, God specializes in redemption and transformation. He takes that which was lost and restores it. He takes that which was dead and gives it life. He takes that which had no hope and rewrites its story. This is our God! As you pray today, ask God boldly to transform the thing inside you that you want to see changed forever!
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“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”