Authority Abusers: Toxic Leadership and Its Effects in Homes, Churches, and Relationships
What happens when authority is abused?
Imagine our nation without police officers.
Imagine our lives without the protection of the badge.
Imagine traveling without stop signs, traffic signals, and roadside warnings.
Imagine no violations, no punishments--a grade school playground without rules, a government without leaders...
You might as well imagine the earth without gravity, because without authority, there would be chaos.
But what happens when authority is misused? Or worse, what happens when spiritual abuse is written off as “authority”?
As surely as the absence of authority produces chaos, the abuse of authority produces destruction. Countless people have fallen victim to the manipulation of power and authority. Lives have been warped forever, marriages have been destroyed, women and children have been abused, and husbands and fathers undermined within the boundaries of their home.
Also, tragically, it’s inside the church--where salvation, healing, freedom, and love should abound--that some of the worst authority abuse takes place. God’s design for authority has been misunderstood, twisted, and manipulated, leaving innocent people as victims and prisoners of controlling, abusive situations. The wounded and weak have been preyed upon, and the guilty have been frightened into submission by leaders who use people to improve their own self-esteem or advance their careers.
Wake up!!! This is not God’s design for the church--or authority.
In this book, Bishop George Bloomer discusses: