Spiritual Abuse

By | March 2, 2014

A friend of mine has attended UCCD (United Christian Church of Dubai) for years; a more sincere, god-fearing, humble man you would be hard pressed to find. In November he informed UCCD he was quitting their church and has not attended since. Last week UCCD put him on their “care” list. Generally this is their precursor to some more extreme disciplinary measures. Methinks a certain 9Marks church in Dubai fancies itself to be the Catholic Church in the Middle Ages. I dedicate the cartoon below to them.

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“When committed Christians regularly see other members’ salvation questioned when they leave their church, it is very difficult for them to consider leaving – God, salvation, and the group seem to be synonymous.”
Twisted Scriptures: Breaking Free From Churches That Abuse” by Mary Alice Chrnalogar, page 189

“Often the leaders do not want their followers to even consider information. Attacking the motives and credibility of a critic is an effective way to accomplish this. When members are conditioned by leaders to believe that information is credible only if the source of that information is acceptable, it is unlikely followers will seriously consider anything said by those ridiculed by the leaders. These victims become putty in the hands of these leaders.”
“Twisted Scriptures: Breaking Free From Churches That Abuse,” by Mary Alice Chrnalogar, page 144

“Fear that their group might be guilty of excessively controlling members’ lives actually causes some disciples to deny the possibility of mind control. Many Christians in and out of discipleship groups find it hard to believe that any group which preaches the Gospel, evangelizes, and baptizes people for Christ could use a sophisticated program to control members. Denial, unfortunately, does not change the facts. Mind control techniques can exist in any group or organization.”
“Twisted Scriptures: Breaking Free From Churches That Abuse,” by Mary Alice Chrnalogar, page 193

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Here is the video that Glen posted and commented on. I guess it must be threatening to UCCD’s established way of doing church.

http://vimeo.com/69920147

Glen Gifford

I recently experienced some spiritual and a little bit of emotional abuse recently after leaving a comment that I had posted below a teaching, “Only Servants no Masters that had been viewed by 42 people. There was not one like or one comment from any one of them. Ironically it included elders of the church plants and one of the elders wives, I am sure he would not want to be seen to have watched it.
It concerned me to think that so many had viewed it but not one like or comment.
My response was, okay let me make my own comment, which was, “Obviously, The Elephant in the room”. It was there and posted when I went to bed but it had been removed by the self appointed administrator who prior to removing your post and up to the time he removed my comment has only interacted with the members of the Friends of UCCD site once and that was when he posted his appointment and warning. What a sad indictment of someone who is not only a Pastor but also an Elder, if he spent more time interacting with the contributors he would have so many opportunities of applying a Biblical approach from which everyone including himself would benefit.
2Tim 3:16 could be applied and have a truly Biblical outcome because, The Word of God is sufficient for correction, reproof and training in righteousness.
Glen Gifford