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As if narcissists can be understood! But we must try in order to protect ourselves from them. Because narcissistic pastors are experts in spiritual abuse. So let's explore this a bit and why the ministry is a huge magnet for narcissists.
First of all, let's take care of some preliminaries.
Narcissism is extreme self-involvement to the degree that it makes a person ignore the needs of those around them.
No, not all pastors are narcissists. But, I've served under several narcissistic pastors for sure!
Narcissists crave attention and therefore crave to be the centre of it. The ministry is the perfect culture for this to occur. And it often takes place without anyone questioning it.
In my experience, narcissistic pastors behave as though the possess the divine right of kings, and all the members of their church are their subjects.
I kid you not!
Like, this cartoon is not all that outlandish. Believe me!
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Have you experienced this kind of narcissism in a pastor? And each one believed they were empowered by God to treat us the way they did.
Don't sit under a narcissist. They will crush you and take your soul.