What happens when you go to a pastor because the church is being exposed to false doctrine, and the pastor says that YOU are the problem? What happens when you have attended this church for decades and are actively involved in ministry? Should you leave?
I’m really grateful to be able to share this video today. Spiritual abuse happens in the church and we should talk about it.
Both Alisa and Teasi experienced spiritual abuse and they open up about why they decided to do the video. They acknowledge we are a broken people and there is a proper way to listen and discuss. These women love the Church, the Bride of Christ. They want to bring to light some issues that take place among the body.
Spiritual abuse is defined as a misuse of spiritual authority, someone uses their power to expolit someone else to meet their own need. The injury often affects the victim’s faith and how the Lord is viewed.
Michelle Lesley has added onto the definition of what spiritual abuse can consist of in a recent twitter thread, which I found really helpful.
Teasi opens up with her story. She had attended a church for 23 years, ever since it started.
After learning about Christian Apologetics, Teasi began to question some of the things happening at her church. Alisa, who also attended, saw the same concerns. A domino that started a ripple of events related to a questionable speaker visiting the church.
How should a Christians respond when someone visits a church and speaks questionable doctrine? How should a pastor respond when concerns are brought up? The Bible tells us we are to mark and avoid those who spread false teaching. Shepherd figures are there to protect the flock and uphold the truth of Jesus Christ.
Unfortunately, Alisa and Teasi did not experience this. Teasi shares the heartache she experienced, as she questioned the strange meetings that took place and the accusations brought against her. She shares some ways people can gaslight. Such as: Deflect | Accuse | Reverse the Role of Victim and Oppressor. Teasi shares the effect the gaslighting had on her, as her pastor acted like a victim, instead of a shepherd.
I appreciate the courage and the love of Christ Teasi has for the church. I appreciate the love she has for Jesus and the desire that only the truth be encouraged in the body. Teasi was willing and knew challenging the material allowed to be spoken in the church could turn negative. But she desired to follow the commands her Savior, and she did.
The beauty of the sisterhood between Alisa and Teasi was encouraging to hear and see. Alisa witnessed the pain Teasi went through.
I recommend you listen to Teasi tell her story, along with Alisa, who shares what she encountered.
Alisa’s YouTube channel is dedicated to Christian Apologetics, in addition to worship, theology, and culture. She often is a speaker for discussing Progressive Christianity, and has many videos on it. In fact, she’s recently written a book titled, “Another Gospel? A lifelong Christian seeks truth in response to Progressive Christianity.”
From her Facebook page, “Teasi Cannon is a teacher, author, and lifelong learner who loves to share this truth.” She’s a contributing author on Mama Bear Apologetics. She’s also written “My Big Bottom Blessing (How Hating My Body Led to Loving My Life)”and “Lord, Where’s My Calling?”
(I make nothing from promoting books, just getting the word out.)
There is a part 2 to this talk. The ladies talk about red flags regarding spiritual abuse. See: What are Some Red Flags for Spiritual Abuse? by Alisa Childers and Teasi Canon.
Check Out: Spiritual Abuse & The Church With Teasi Cannon by Alisa Childers, with Teasi Cannon
Scripture To Memorize/Meditate On – (ESV) Romans 5:08, “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
*To learn more about what Jesus did on the cross and why His atonement sacrifice is so needed please see: Why Did A Loving God Kill His Son? (Does God Hate?)
*If you do not know the Gospel, do not turn away. If you think you know the Gospel, check out these questions and see how prepared you are for the day someone might ask you why you believe: The Gospel Challenge (30 Question Quiz) – Are You Ready To Defend Your Faith?
Community Prayer – Community Prayer – November ’21
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Video Playlist: Christian Questions, Topics, False Teachers, Insights
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Video Playlist: Understanding False Teachings
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