Source: Seeds of Hope
Spiritual/Clergy abuse occurs when a person in authority fosters a sense of guilt in people in order to manipulate or control them. If a person in ecclesiastical authority has a false sense of himself, his poor self-esteem gets expressed through a distorted understanding of his role and position.
Jesus warned us about this. We read in Matthew 20:25-26 these words:
But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant.”
When a Church leader is confused about his role and sees himself as a ruler instead of a servant, then he will use his office in improper ways. People who trust him for leadership can become confused and think that their internal resistance to manipulation and control is wrong. A place of guilt can arise especially when the leader implies the resistance is a moral failing.
What can Seeds of Hope offer you? Talking to us is a first step, we understand this type of behavior. Seeds of Hope can offer you guidance and insight about ways to deal with this exploitation. As clarity comes, any guilt will be revealed for what it is and will lose its power over you. Seeds of Hope will be a self-reflection to your reconciliation including a restoration of your soul and body.