Religious abuse is the mistreatment of a person by someone in a position of spiritual authority, resulting in diminishing that person’s sense of wellbeing and growth—both spiritually and emotionally.
Religious abuse is the use of spiritual authority, by words or actions, to manipulate someone for personal gain or to achieve a personal agenda, thereby harming that person’s walk with God.
Religious abuse can also be defined as any misuse of Scripture, which harms a person’s relationship with God—like the damage resulting from cult involvement.
Jack Watts, Recovering from Religious Abuse, Howard Books, (New York: 2011), p. 2.
To learn more about about the subject, go to: Recovering from Religious Abuse: 11 Steps to Spiritual Freedom.