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Today on RTR, we'll be talking about abuse both inside and outside the body of Christ. There are many types of abuses that occur, but we're going to focus on three types today. Spiritual, physical and verbal abuse. Join us this and every Sunday at 10am est. Call 661.449.9951 to listen live.
In the history of World Religions we have seen the rise of intolerance and judgementalism resulting in threats of hell fire and damnation. Radicals have arisin in many faiths claiming their religion is superior to those of others. Is there really a "One True Faith?" Are we ever justified in setting our theology up as absolute truth? Is claiming that all others are destined for hell Spiritual Abuse and Spiritual Terrorism? I believe so! Join me as I speak with Rev. Elizabeth Thornley. Elizabeth is a Reverend with Our Lord and Lady of the Trinacrian Rose Church, Inc. She also carries a written recommendation from the late spiritual adviser of the Dakota people “to work with all people in all ways.” She holds numerous memberships and positions with many humanitarian organizations, and will be my guest at 10 PM.
If you like feel free to check out our website at http://templeoftheinfinite.com/ I am also posting a link to a very good article on Spiritual Abuse in its full glory. http://www.micsem.org/pubs/counselor/frames/spiritabuse.htm See also this article by Mary DeMuth, "Spiritual Abuse: 10 Ways To Spot It." at http://www.marydemuth.com/spiritual-abuse-10-ways-to-spot-it/ See you at 10 PM
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On today's program we looked at 21 methods of operation used by spiritually abusive leaders, and those of an excellent spiritual leader. We will also look at the role that members of the congregation play in enabling the abuse, and how to effectively deal with abusive leadership according to the word of God.
I pray that this program will cause all of us who are spiritual leaders to check ourselves, pray, and dig into the motives of why we do what we do. And after hearing this teaching, the Godly leader will not be offended, but if an area of weakness is recognized, they will simply realign themselves in the Lord. The word of God clearly teaches that if a leader is not walking like Jesus, loving like Jesus, teaching like Jesus, going like Jesus, or serving others like Jesus then the body of Christ has a problem, and it could very well be you.
Have you ever been abused or experienced church hurt or know of someone who has testified of such occurences in the church? Spiritual abuse has been defined as "a kind of abuse which damages the central core of who we are. It leaves us spiritually discouraged and emotionally cut off from the healing love of God."
Ronaldd Enroth, author of Churches That Abuse, explains that the hurt and harm of spiritual abuse is rarely inflicted upon people with the intention to wound anyone. Most spiritual abuse is inflicted by Christians who are very sincere, who believe they are obeying the Bible in sharing Christ with others, and who often believe that they are being led by the Holy Spirit.
"Do the abusers intend to inflict hurt? In most cases, probably not. They usually are unaware of what they are doing to people in the name of God. They may, in fact, be convinced that their behavior is what the Lord has mandated. What others interpret as control they may view as caring for the flock. They are usually so narcissistic or so focused on some great thing they are doing for God that they don't notice the wounds they are inflicting on their followers".
Join Truth Talk with special guest panelist, Evangelist Dihima Mclean, Bronx, New York as she shares the impact of spiritual abuse and its root in witchcraft by way of the 'Jezebelic spirit' and other subtle tactics of the devil. Understand how to overcome through spiritual warfare and prayer! Happening at 6:00 pm.
Spiritual issues come up for everyone as they heal from trauma. To divorce one’s spiritual questions from the healing process leaves survivors with huge gaps in their recovery. One of the things most survivors ask at some point is “Where was God?” and, rightfully so.
IF God is real and all powerful and you believe in the idea of a good and loving God, WHERE was He when you were being abused? It is a question worth asking and one that deserves some honest conversation. Join host, transformation coach, spiritual director, and thriving survivor, Misa Leonessa as she shares about finding God in the midst of trauma healing.
Spiritual abuse and church hurt is a widespread issue amongst congregants in the Body of Christ. Spiritual abuse and church hurts is defined as the mistreatment of a person who is in need of help, support or greater spiritual empowerment, with the result of weakening, undermining, or decreasing that person's spiritual empowerment" (Scott Nicoly, 2006). In a manipulative church, the pastor or senior leaders can try to put undue influence on the choices that people in their congregation are making. They can also sway someone’s decision in a matter to keep them under their control, or to keep them from leaving the church. This is also called charismatic witchcraft.
People in a controlling church are often told they cannot leave the church with God's blessing unless the pastor approves the decision. They are warned that if they don’t follow the pastor’s guidance, not only will God not bless them, but they will also bring a curse upon themselves or their family. Leaving the “covering” of the church and the controlling pastor will result in some sort of calamity.
Join Truth Talk as we contine with the topic, "Spiritual Abuse & Church Hurt Pt. 2" with returning guest, Evangelist Dihima McLean of Dihima McLean Ministries, Bronx New York. Tune in live at 6:00 pm.
Can a thinking person really fall for the deception of a spiritually abusive or cultic situation? What are the signs of a spiritually abusive environment? Leaving a cult or a “cultic relationship” can be incredibly difficult. What makes recovery from a cult easier or more difficult? Are there things that someone can do to help those recovering from spiritual abuse? These questions and more will be the topic with guest, Columba Lisa Smith as she shares her experience in a cult, her journey out, and the challenging healing process that ensued.
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Tonight's was originally planned to be a show dedicated to a special guest. But instead there was a robust discussion of a variety of topics, chiefly about the how media covers (and doesn't cover) the issues of child abuse and trauma. We also talked about the important role played by reliable government statistics. Criticism of how media and government presentations was directed at our ability as a group to impress upon the general public that the issues we cover, child abuse and trauma, are as important to them as almost anything else we consider a priority to address in America. Bill Murray, NAASCA founder, was joined by Carol Levine from New Jersey, our cio-host, and by Max "from Montana." Tonight's show featured NAASCA panelist's thoughts and ideas about how to engage the public and provide resources, services and programs to anyone with an interest in fighting against child abuse and trauma.
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SPECIAL TOPIC Night - "Child Abuse, Trauma and 12-Step Recovery" - STEP 10 - SCAN host Bill Murray will be joined by special guest co-host Rivka Edery, MSW, LCSW, from NYC, author of the book “Trauma and Transformation: A 12-Step Guide." Bill founded the recently launched Adult Survivors of Child Abuse Anonymous (ASCAA). Together they will lead tonight's discussion on STEP 10: "Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it." Step Ten is not about maintenance, because there is a rule in our universe that nothing ever stays the same. All living matter is either in a process of growing or in the process of regressing. Up until now, if you followed the first nine steps with an honest heart and the direction of a Higher Power, you will have grown considerably. If you do not keep growing, you will start sliding back into your old behavior patterns and ways of thinking. ~~ A child abuse survivor herself, Rivka Edery is grateful for the spiritual recovery she found in the 12 Steps of AA. She's been active in the 12 Step community for over 17 years. Bill Murray credits his 30 plus years of recovery to the spiritual power of the 12 Step program, too. ~~ Join us every two weeks to further examine a 12 Step approach to recovery from abuse. Next show we'll address STEP 11. ~~ Please see our web page at: www.NAASCA.org/Trauma-12Step or write to Rivka at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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SPECIAL TOPIC Night - "For Our Kids" - Deborah Maddison and Tracy Baxter, Canadian activists from British Columbia, will join Bill Murray to lead this evening's discussion about the Rights of Children and Families in North America. Tonight's TOPIC: "Breaking The Bonds of Parental Alienation and Systemic Abuse" Nothing stirs up passions more than the controversy generated when parents are at war over the custody of a child. With the pathological 'win-lose' mentality of our family courts and CPS increasingly abducting and witholding children from loving parents to support the many industries that feed off commodifying our children, the system is aiding and abetting abuse, and reaping the financial rewards at the expense of our children and families. Join us as we speak with parents and advocates Keith Marsolek, Carolyn MacCloud and Marcie Harding who will be sharing their heartbreaking and frankly outrageous stories of alienation enabled by this system. Learn the steps they are taking to fight this devastating injustice both for themselves and others who are facing this brutal and overwhelming situation. We are also pleased to welcome back panelist, advocate and author Robin Karr, who's own incredible story remains one of the most corrupt and cruel examples of judicial terrorism we have ever encountered. ~~ Every two weeks a new THEME will be presented in this series, with frequent special guests speaking from their own experience. ~~ Please see our web page at: www.NAASCA.org/ForOurKids or write to: email@example.com
Spiritual abuse attacks a person’s very sense of self. Extracting oneself from a group or relationship that is spiritually abusive is extremely challenging, but it can be done. The healing journey is not an easy one, but there are some great resources and supports available to help you on your way. Our guest, Dixie Diamanti, has walked the path of healing herself and shares her journey and what has helped her to find peace, love, and a thriving life. Join Dixie and Misa Saturday, March 2 at noon, PST to learn more about healing from the hopelessness, fear, guilt and powerlessness that come with the experience of being spiritually abused.
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Tonight's special guest is Dusty Farrah Cooley from Nettleton, Mississippi, a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, incest, and rape. "Looking back," she writes, "it's extremely difficult to understand how I survived it all. But I did, and with God's help, of course." She goes on, "I believe that speaking out concerning my abuse/rape is what 'my calling' is." Sexually abused from the ages of 8-15 years of age, Dusty reports she did what do most 'disturbed' children do at this age. They act out. "And that's what I did. I got into fights at school, resulting in being expelled. I was labeled a 'trouble-maker' by my teachers and parents." She got no help. "Nobody reached out to me during those years. Why, I even wrote a story concerning a young girl being sexually abused by her best friend's father, and still, nobody caught on. But I eventually made a turn around, when I accepted Jesus as my Savior. I finished high school and became an RN." Dusty Farrah describes herself as a Beautiful Survivor, writing, ".. it's kind of weird hearing myself say 'survivor.' Because for years I remember just remaining in bondage. Never would I have considered myself as a survivor. For as long as I can remember, I self-medicated, cut and put myself down." She continues, "I guess you can say I hated myself, even more than my abusers. But that was the OLD Farrah. I'm a fighter now." In fact she describes herself today as a warrior and conqueror. "I'm in a new place now, and I love where I'm at. I love where I am in my life now. No longer do I look at myself and see defeat and warfare."
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