January 27, 2012

A Model of Spiritually Abusive Language (provender)

I was recently alerted to this interesting post on spiritually abusive techniques and language. I don't know much about this site, so I can't vouch for it entirely. I just found the post interesting, AND convicting, as I am surely guilty of using some of these behaviors on occasion out of exasperation and anger.

A Model of Spiritually Abusive Language
If you could watch in slow motion and analyze how abusers manipulate, it would be enlightening. But when you are smack dab in a spiritually manipulative situation, sometimes the abuse happens so quickly that you don’t know what hit you. Every once in a while you catch a frozen glimpse of spiritual abuse in action. When it's in writing, it's easier to analyze. When it's in writing, it is inscribed in cement. You can take your time and actually see how the abuser is abusing.
read more at Provender

Please cross reference the techniques highlighted there with the information in Do Not Be Surprised's blog posts highlighting Steven Furtick and James Macdonald's tweeting behavior (and remember that innumerable examples of their followers mimicking this circle-the-wagons, assault the-messenger-behavior can be supplied).

Do Not Be Surprised - "We Can Work It Out:" Is Steven Furtick Qualified to Have this Conversation?

Do Not Be Surprised - "We Can Work It Out:" Is James MacDonald Qualified to Have this Conversation?

Essentially, if a person is not using physical force on you, they are simply resorting to fallacious reasoning to manipulate you into a position of submission. It's psychological warfare, based on deception. Ungodly.