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Am I saying that the church and the people in the church should be perfect? Pastors and church goers are human, however, the church should be a place where humanness is met with the Grace of God not the judgmental legalism of the Pharisees.
A good friend of mine told me once that people who were abused have a tendency to shy away from the abuser and the object used to abuse.
The one thing that a person needs to heal from an abusive situation, the Bible, is the very thing that person can’t turn to because it was the object of the abuse.
While I can’t say that every IFB church is run in a spiritually abusive manner since that would be an impossible claim to knowledge, I can easily infer, based on my experience with multiple IFB churches and based on others who I’ve talk to or shared their stories on this site, that most are.
Since leaving the IFB in 1999, I have encountered many people who have come from not only IFB churches, but also other Christian churches with similar experiences of spiritual abuse.
I will let you, the reader, determine which applies to you and your unique situation.
I’ve been accused of making the fallacy of hasty generalizations or that I’m simply over generalizing based on just my experience.