This The God Journey podcast clearly describes the dynamics that occur in spiritually abusive religious groups. I want to post a link here because, although there is a dark side to Filip's experiences, I believe his journey will encourages others to see that there is freedom at end of the dark tunnel of spiritual abuse.
This podcast may not be for everyone. While in Holland recently Wayne
met Filip van den Eynde, a young man who had just spent 17 years serving
in an charismatic, apostolic setting and was able to see behind the
scenes as those who claimed to be “men of God” systematically
manipulated and abused hungry hearts to expand their ministry, feed
their own insecurities, and line their own pockets. Wayne spoke with
him via Skype after he returned to the States for this conversation.
While this is not as much fun as talking about the joys of a growing
relationship with the Father’s love, it is helpful for people to know
that those insights they have about everything not being as it appears,
might be God’s prodding to find freedom from those who use the guise of
“Christian leadership” as a means to manipulate those Jesus loves.