So how to decide between courageous standing or sitting in ongoing spiritual abuse?
In the post "Defeating the Piper's Call" I recounted the rebuff of a former friend when given a card; I am convinced my 'meddling' did more ill than good.
I, myself, spurned advances made by a dear aunt to maintain family bonds when she 'deserted' the 'holy and elect pastor'.
Any attempts to sway devoted cult followers seemingly adds fuel to their committed fire.
Is this then the answer? Sit down and listen till the fortunate wake to reason from their enchanted delusional sleep?
Is interfering with the cult devotee's progress to mental destruction comparable to freeing a butterfly prematurely from his confining cocoon? Will my attempts cripple rather than free the bound wings?
Or rather am I a coward, afraid to turn and face once again the old enemy?
King Baldwin in the movie Kingdom of Heaven states:
"You see, none of us chose our end really. A king may move a
man, a father may claim a son. But remember that, even when those who move you be kings or men of power, your soul is in your keeping alone. When you stand before God you cannot say "but I was told by
others to do thus" or that "virtue was not convenient at the time. This will not suffice. Remember that."'
Should the spiritual abuser be confronted another time? Once again, as with the deluded sheep, confrontations embolden and empower the abuser to new heights of control.
And seemingly the destructive cycle is strengthened rather the weakened with each attempted to impede it's power.
Any wisdom on the matter will be greatly appreciated. If you would rather respond in an e-mail than a comment, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org