Great article on a great book.
This post is not for those of a sensitive disposition.
For Christians recovering from toxic churches, Ronald M Enroth’s 1992 book Churches that Abuse is recommended reading.
The book has been mentioned on many church abuse recovery sites and is available in its entirety online for free. It’s well worth a read, even for those who belong to sound, doctrinal congregations. It will confirm certain stereotypes but smash a few others.
What follows are a few excerpts, highlights mine.
Background to the book
… Despite the defensive protestations of authoritarian leaders that ex-members of their churches lie, distort the facts, and are “accusers of the brethren,” there is abundant evidence that a serious problem of abuse exists in the Christian community …
It is my hope that this book will provide a context for understanding. If we have basic information about a subject, we can sometimes take preventative action
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