Googling “spiritual abuse” brings up many pages of links to articles about this subject. It proves that millions of people around the world have been emotionally harmed by uncaring and self-centered clergy who use their authority for their own aggrandizement.
Such was the case in the early seventies with a naive teenager named Bruce Atchison. A friend invited him to a Bible study at a house church. Atchison became captivated with the teachings of the lay minister who made outlandish prophecies and twisted scriptures far out of their contexts.
Though Atchison attended every service and Wednesday night meeting, elders harassed him during his fifteen-year membership at the church for not being healed of his poor eyesight. They accused him of having hidden sin, lacking faith, lusting for sight, and having ancestral sins. No matter how he worked up his faith and squelched all doubts, his vision actually grew worse.
Atchison became so bitter and enraged that he left that house church, turning his back on God for nine years. When he finally came to his senses and realized that those teachers taught him lies, the Lord led him to top-notch Bible teachers and church congregations who believed the truth.
How I Was Razed: A Journey from Cultism to Christianity is the testimony of the heavenly Father’s guidance of Atchison to a proper understanding of his character and the Bible. It also contains a technique for dealing with emotional baggage that can help people who suffer from the trauma of their pasts. This book is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Virtual Book Worm Publishers in paperback and e-book form.