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Update on The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse

Posted by Borz Lom (Löma) Nal on October 29, 2009

The summary of The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse by David Johnson & Jeff VanVonderen that was published in Recovering from Spiritual Abuse website in GeoCities is not available there because GeoCities has been closed. However, there is a copy of this website in the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine.

1. The main page of the site (the newest version)
2. The summary of The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse
3. Uncovering Churches that Abuse People (from Recovering from Churches That Abuse by Ronald Enroth)

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Update on Twisted Scriptures

Posted by Borz Lom (Löma) Nal on October 29, 2009

Three days ago, GeoCities was closed. So, the version of Twisted Scriptures that was published there is no longer available. The online version of this book is still available in CAIC website as I wrote in another post. In addition, the online version of Twisted Scriptures that was previously published in GeoCities is available in the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine. Since some links do not work there, I am posting the working links to each chapter in order to help to find them.

1. The website’s main page (the newest version)
2. The book contents
3. Chapter 1
4. Chapter 2
5. Chapter 3
6. Chapter 4
7. Chapter 5
8. Chapter 6
9. Chapter 7

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Online Versions of Recovering from Churches that Abuse

Posted by Borz Lom (Löma) Nal on October 19, 2009

There are two websites that posted online versions of Recovering from Churches that Abuse by Ronald Enroth.
1. The version in http://www.ccel.us/ (in html)
2. The version in reveal.org in pdf
3. The version in reveal.org in doc

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Online Versions of Churches that Abuse

Posted by Borz Lom (Löma) Nal on October 19, 2009

There are three websites that posted online versions of Churches that Abuse by Ronald Enroth.
1. The version in http://www.ccel.us (in html)
2. The version in ApologeticsIndex (in html)
3. The verion in reveal.org in pdf
4. The version in reveal.org in doc

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Online Versions of The Discipling Dilemma

Posted by Borz Lom (Löma) Nal on October 19, 2009

The Discipling Dilemma by Flavil R. Yeakley, Jr. (Editor), Howard W. Norton, Don E. Vinzant, Gene Vinzant was made a kind of classic book on mind control and spiritual abuse. However, the words “mind control” and “cult” are never used in this book. The authors’ purpose was to study why the International Church of Christ (ICC) has much higher increase than the mainline Church of Christ. In addition, they considered unhealthy tendencies in ICC. However, strictly speaking, this is not a book on mind control.

There are two versions of this book in Internet.
1. The version at http://www.somis.org/
1) Chapter 1
2) Chapter 2
3) Chapter 3
4) Chapter 4
5) Chapter 5
6) Chapter 6
7) Chapter 7
8) Chapter 8
Illustration at page 125
9) Chapter 9
10) Chapter 10
11) Chapter 11
12) Chapter 12
13) Chapter 13
14) Chapter 14
15) Appendix
Table 1
Table 2
Table 3
Table 4
Tables 5 and 6 are absent
Tables 7 and 8
Table 9
Table 10
16) Editor’s Update

2. The version at CAIC
1) Chapter 1
2) Chapter 2
3) Chapter 3
4) Chapter 4
5) Chapter 5
6) Chapter 6
7) Chapter 7
8) Chapter 8
9) Chapter 9
10) Chapter 10
11) Chapter 11
12) Chapter 12
13) Chapter 13
14) Chapter 14

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Jan Groenveld’s Articles in Internet

Posted by Borz Lom (Löma) Nal on October 11, 2009

1. The Art of Persuasion: Telling It Like It Is
2. Identifying a Cult
3. Stages in Recovery from Cult Involvement
4. Totalism in Today’s Cults
5. Social Psychology And Group Dynamics
6. The Emotional Pain Of Leaving A Cult
7. Recovery from Cult Involvement
8. Parable of the New Soap
9. Healthy vs. Unhealthy (Toxic) Faith
10. It Hurts: The Emotional Pain Of Leaving A Cult

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From Books on Spiritual Abuse

Posted by Borz Lom (Löma) Nal on October 10, 2009

In CAIC website, I found some interesting excerpts from books on spiritual abuse.

1. Uncovering Churches that Abuse People This is a list of questions which helps to identify abusive churches, taken from Recovering from Churches That Abuse, by Ronald Enroth. Originally, this list was published in Recovering from Spiritual Abuse website. However, this site is also in GeoCities and will be closed in October 26.

2. Elements of Spiritual Abuse This list of the elements of abusive relationships which the authors call “shame-based relationships” is from The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse by David Johnson and Jeff VanVonderen.

3. Healthy Faith vs. Unhealthy Faith Adapted from: Faith that Hurts Faith that Heals by Stephen Arterburn & Jack Felton (formally called Toxic Faith)

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Online Version of Twisted Scriptures

Posted by Borz Lom (Löma) Nal on October 10, 2009

In the post Online Books on Spiritual Abuse, I already mentioned online version of Twisted Scriptures by Mary Alice Chrnalogar which contains excerpts from several chapters of the book (approximately 50 pages of this 275 page book). However, this version is posted in GeoCities and in October 26 GeoCities is going to close. There is another site that posted this online version – Cult Awareness and Information Center (CAIC). Since they did not republish the book contents, it is a little inconvenient to find the chapters there. In order to help the readers to find each chapter and since the book contents will not be available after October 26, I republish it here. All the links are for CAIC website.

Chapter 1 – The Discipleship Game (How healthy discipleships begin to veer off course)
Chapter 2 – The Discipleship Disaster (How did this come about, and what are the consequences)
Chapter 3 – Authority Unlimited (Here is the basis of abusive control)
Chapter 4 – Beyond Accountability (Further development of unlimited human authority over souls)
Chapter 5 – The Language Of Enslavement (Words and phrases, Biblical terms and verses which are twisted by abusive groups to achieve their own ends as opposed to healthy spiritual development)
Chapter 6 – Whose Will Is It? (Disciplers who lead you to believe their desires are God’s Will)
Chapter 7 – Control In Black and White (Inhibiting disciples’ ability to think critically by making everything either black or white)

Other chapters of the book that were not included into the online version:
Chapter 8 – Vicious Information Control (Preventing members of groups from seeing the full extent of control by stopping the free exchange of information)
Chapter 9 – Truth Or Consequences (The use of intimidation to control criticism and rebellion by members of controlled groups)
Chapter 10 – Confession Confusion (How public and unlimited confession is used as a device for control)
Chapter 11 – Walling Off The World (Isolation of the group from other Christians as a means of control to maintain the power of leaders)
Chapter 12 – What God (And The Discipler) Have Joined Together (The use of total-life control to take over every aspect of a member’s existence)
Chapter 13 – This Can’t Be Mind Control … Can It? (Hiding the truth by convincing a group’s members that they are not being “controlled”)
Chapter 14 – Believe It — This Is Mind Control! (Further to the above – develops the theme more completely)
Chapter 15 – Collision With The Leadership (Examples of what happens when members try to question or criticize leaders’ teachings)
Chapter 16 – The New Inquisition (Groups which use militant techniques to enlist and control members by making all other Christian groups “the enemy”)
Chapter 17 – The Way to Freedom (Steps toward breaking away from control and recovering a healthy normal Christian life. What to expect – the problems you can expect to encounter. How to overcome the residual symptoms of abuse and control. Ideas for the times when you feel lost and helpless and think of going back. Professional support – What’s available, and how to evaluate professional)

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Some Articles on Spiritual Abuse

Posted by Borz Lom (Löma) Nal on October 7, 2009

1. Dysfunctional Churches by Ronald Enroth, Ph.D.
2. Why Evangelicals are Vulnerable to Cults by Harold Bussell
3. Checks on Power and Authority in the New Testament by Harold Bussell

See also Online Books on Spiritual Abuse.

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Michael Langone’s Articles in Internet

Posted by Borz Lom (Löma) Nal on October 6, 2009

1. Deception, Dependency & Dread
2. Reflections on Post Cult Recovery
3. Secular and Religious Critiques of Cults: Complementary Visions, Not Irresolvable Conflicts
4. On Dialogue Between the Two Tribes of Cultic Studies Researchers
5. Characteristics Associated with Cultic Groups – Revised By Janja Lalich, Ph.D. and Michael D. Langone, Ph.D.
6. Cults & Mind Control
7. Are “Sound” Theology and Cultism Mutually Exclusive?
8. The Definitional Ambiguity of “Cult” and ICSA’s Mission
9. Pluralism, Deeds, Creeds, and Cults
10. On Using the Term “Cult” By Herbert L. Rosedale, Esq. and Michael D. Langone, Ph.D.
11. Cults, Conversion, Science, & Harm
12. Psychological Abuse: Theoretical and Measurement Issues
13. The Two “Camps” of Cultic Studies: Time for a Dialogue
14. Academic Disputes and Dialogue Collection: Preface
15. Cults, Psychological Manipulation, and Society: International Perspectives – An Overview
16. Cults: Questions and Answers
17. Research on Destructive Cults
18. We Weren’t Crazy: We Were Fooled
19. Clinical Update on Cults

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