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Clergy Corner – The dangers of spiritual abuse

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Clergy Corner – The dangers of spiritual abuse

File PhotoDr. Rick Puls. ■ By Rick Puls – Contributed I talked to a young man once who had once been a member of a very large church. In everyday life he had difficulty being alone, so he enjoyed spending time with the people that he met in the church and felt secure in their fellowship. He relied on other people for comfort, reassurance, advice, and support. He had difficulty making decisions on his own and looked to the church for precise guidance. This church fit his need. As he became deeply involved in the congregation, church leaders begin to dictate his behavior both in minor and major aspects of his

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