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Churches That Abuse

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  • Anton
    The publishers of Apologetics Index have received permission from Dr. Ronald M. Enroth to post online the full text of his book, Churches That Abuse.
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 6, 2008
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      The publishers of Apologetics Index have received permission from Dr.
      Ronald M. Enroth to post online the full text of his book, Churches
      That Abuse.
      http://www.apologeticsindex.org/716-churches-that-abuse

      The following description comes from the book's front flap:

      When does a church cross the line between conventional church
      status and fringe status? What is the nature of the process by which
      any given group devolves into a fringe church or movement? What are
      some of the signs or indicators that a given group is becoming abusive
      of its members and is headed for the margins? When should a member
      consider bailing out?

      Churches That Abuse answers these and other important questions
      about abusive churches. This important new book warns and informs
      readers about the "fringe" churches and groups that operate in this
      country—organizations and churches that are not necessarily
      characterized by doctrinal deviation but have particular traits that
      make them behavioral and sociological outsiders. It also helps readers
      identify and beware of abusive tendencies in more "normal" Christian
      churches.

      Ronald Enroth identifies what is meant by "abusive churches."
      Then, he describes abusive churches, using the ten identifying traits
      of control-oriented leadership, spiritual elitism, manipulation of
      members, perceived persecution, lifestyle rigidity, emphasis on
      experience, suppression of dissent, harsh discipline of members,
      denunciation of other churches, and the painful exit process. Finally
      he shows readers how to discern fringe churches and offers several
      "red flags" that can be discerned when convention churches drift
      toward the fringe.

      Churches That Abuse tells who the abusers are, how their
      techniques operate, and what the consequences are for marriages, small
      children, and teenagers. Where most books stop after reporting problem
      areas, this one continues and offers suggestions for those helping
      victims of abuse. And it can be read beneficially by those who are
      involved in abusive churches and have no one to turn to.

      Anton Hein
      Apologetics Index
      http://www.apologeticsindex.org/
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