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Breaking the Silence: The Church's Call to Address Narcissistic and Emotional Abuse


In a world marked by complexity and interpersonal challenges, the church is not immune to the presence of narcissistic and emotionally abusive dynamics. Unfortunately, there is often a resistance to acknowledge these issues within the faith community. However, as we navigate the terrain of 2 Timothy 3, which warns of perilous times and a rise of a narcissistic spirit, it becomes imperative for the church to confront this reality. As overcomers in Him, we are called to be warriors against abuse, and now is the time for the church to join us in taking a stand against the spirit of abuse that Scripture has warned us about.

The Uncomfortable Reality:

  • Narcissistic and emotional abuse can infiltrate the church, creating an environment that is contrary to the love and grace Jesus exemplified. While it may be uncomfortable to acknowledge, turning a blind eye perpetuates a cycle of harm. It is crucial for the church to recognize the signs of abuse and address them with wisdom and compassion.

2 Timothy 3 and the Narcissistic Spirit:

  • 2 Timothy 3 paints a vivid picture of the challenges believers will face in the last days. It describes people as lovers of self, boastful, and lacking empathy—a striking depiction of the narcissistic spirit. As we find ourselves in these times, the church cannot afford to remain silent. Instead, it must actively engage in combating the destructive influence of narcissism, both within its walls and in the wider world.

Overcomers Paving the Way:

  • Those who have overcome narcissistic and emotional abuse are positioned as warriors, paving the way for others to find healing and restoration. Romans 8:37 reminds us that we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. Sharing personal stories of triumph can inspire hope and encourage those still entangled in abusive situations to seek help.

A Call for Church Involvement:

  • It is time for the church to step forward and be a beacon of support for victims of narcissistic and emotional abuse. Galatians 6:2 encourages believers to bear one another's burdens, and this includes standing alongside those who have been affected by abuse. The church can provide resources, counseling, and a safe space for individuals to share their experiences without judgment.

An Army of Warriors:

  • As overcomers in Him, we form an army of warriors against abuse, armed with the love and truth of Christ. Ephesians 6:12 reminds us that our battle is not against flesh and blood but against spiritual forces. By raising awareness, offering support, and fostering a culture of accountability, we can actively combat the spiritual forces of abuse that seek to undermine the sanctity of relationships.

Conclusion:

In this season of 2 Timothy 3, where the narcissistic spirit is prevalent, the church must rise to the occasion. As overcomers in Him, we are paving the way for a culture that rejects abuse and embraces healing. It is time for the church to join this army of warriors, acknowledging the reality of narcissistic and emotional abuse, and standing firmly against it with the love and grace of Christ. Only by addressing these issues head-on can the church fulfill its calling to be a place of refuge, restoration, and transformation for those who have suffered at the hands of abuse.


“How long will you judge unjustly

and show partiality to the wicked? Selah

Give justice to the weak and the fatherless;

maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.

Rescue the weak and the needy;

deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”

Psalm 82:2-4



Love & blessings!

Connie, BSN, RN, NC-BC, BC-MHC

Board Certified Trauma Informed Positive Psychology Nurse Coach, Mental Health Coach, Narcissistic Abuse Specialist, & Brainspotting Practitioner

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