Once again I found myself comparing elements in a fairytale to an abusive church.
In the tale of the Emperor's New Clothes, the entire court and kingdom proclaim the beauty of the Emperor's new garments until a clear-sighted child speaks the truth: the emperor is walking around in his skivvies.
At a Dade City church, the congregation (and myself, at times, sadly to say) proclaimed often (and still proclaim, I'm sure) the figurative glorious clothing of kindness, generosity, and hard work with which the pastor clothed herself .
The clear-sighted truth was that she thrived on cruelty, stole from the congregation, and was incredibly lazy.
The adage that a lie repeated by a thousand people is still a lie sums the situation up concisely.
The problem is that a lie, repeated enough times in a spiritually abusive situation, is believed and the abused become enraged when the lie is refuted.
Tell the tale with a cult genre and the little boy would be burned at the stake for seeing the emperor's nakedness.
If you attend a church were the pastor has morphed to an emperor and his/her spiritual 'clothing' is praised endlessly and excessively- take a closer look.
Most likely he/she is naked.
A true pastor sends the praise back to it's true owner: God.