Pastoral Spiritual Abuse

Jennifer Garza from The Sacramento Bee reports on the spiritual abuses some churchgoers have to face:

It began with a compliment from the pastor and a desire to be obedient. It ended with Karen Sapp allowing the minister to control nearly every aspect of her life.

She had faith in the North Highlands pastor, promising she could change her life with honor and service. Sapp gave all her free time to the church.

She worked in many church ministries, including one for members to cook meals for the pastor’s family. She donned the uniform she was asked to wear. Sapp said she called the church leader, his wife and children “The First Family” – as requested.

One day last year, Sapp and her family walked way from the nondenominational independent church.

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