Venn Diagram for Spiritual Abuse – By David Hayward

David Hayward is the “nakedpastor”: A graffiti artist on the walls of religion. He is also the artist that drew the artwork on the cover of my book, Religion’s Cell: Doctrines of the Church that Lead to Bondage and Abuse.  He draws satire and reveals truths through his art that many are afraid to speak aloud. His latest artwork hits home as always.  You can view more of his work on his website by clicking here – nakedpastor

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“Venn Diagram for Spiritual Abuse” by nakedpastor David Hayward

I have been in and observed spiritually abusive situations. I think this diagram generally represents most of them. I can identify with all of them. You?

I have entrusted myself, willingly, to leaders I admired. Even loved. I wanted to serve them, help them, and further their ministry. I believed in it. I was on board, on the same page, riding the same bus to the same destination. I voluntarily and enthusiastically signed up.

I have also entrusted myself to leaders because I felt that I should. They were my pastors or my teachers or my leaders. Sometimes even my bosses. I agreed to the terms and conditions and, because it was the right thing to do and because I was being paid by them, I therefore submitted myself to their authority.

I have also entrusted myself to leaders because I didn’t feel that I had a choice at the time. The situation was so complicated and my family or friends were so enmeshed in the system and I was so enmeshed with my family or friends that I couldn’t see a way to extricate myself from it all. The best way that I could see my way through at the time was to stay, not rock the boat, and wait for the prime opportunity when it presented itself to get the heck out of there.

This is all from my perspective. But the other ingredient is the leader’s belief that he can use that. . .

To read the rest of this story, click here – nakedpastor

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