“symbiosis” as I’m using it: the living together of two dissimilar organisms in which both are mutually interdependent even though detrimental – an illustration of many Christians in their churches, whether healthy or unhealthy.
I am sure that as soon as I say the words “spiritual abuse” our default reaction is to close our minds to the proposed subject because we have rightly become suspicious of the culture of blame that permeates every aspect of our society. The victimization of Americans though pop psychology has effectively ruled out personal responsibility, the sufficiency of Scripture, and Gospel power as the sufficient answer to men’s problems. Consequently, many who have embraced the ethic of personal responsibility and the principles of nouthetic counseling are often too quick to disregard any critique (especially of us!) that employs the profligately used words “abuse” and “victim.” (more…)