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." Another definition of spiritual abuse is "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."
What Is Ecclesiastical Abuse?
This type of abuse involves a church leader, usually with some type of authority and power. Abuse arises when leaders themselves abuse the power and authority they hold within a religious system. Usually, the system lacks the dynamics of open accountability and the capacity to question or challenge decisions, counsel, and actions made by leaders. Often occurs in systems where members are encouraged to loyally submit without any right to dissent.
What is Unrighteous Dominion?
Unrighteous Dominion can involve spiritual, religious, and ecclesiastical abuse and/or a more general abuse of perceived power or authority. It can manifest within marriages, families, or relationships within the church, such as between a bishop and a church member.