Wednesday, February 16, 2005

JFJ: An Abusive Organization

In 1992, Ron Enroth wrote a landmark book called Churches that Abuse. In this book he showed how many evangelical Christian organizations (both churches and parachurch groups) were abusive to their members or employees, in the following ways:

  • The leader has absolute control.

  • Individuals are manipulated.

  • A rigid, legalistic lifestyle is required.

  • Any criticism is viewed as persecution.

  • Leaving the group is painful, and shunning often occurs when someone leaves.

Sound familar?

Enroth's book can be ordered through or any bookstore. It's an eye-opener.

Also try a Google search for "abusive churches."

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