Season: 7 Episode: 093
Naomi was raised in a cult. She was hidden in plain site as she went to public school, keeping her life under wraps so no one would find out the truth. As a result, she now speaks about her own experience and how to heal from church abuse. Naomi and Shanda have a candid conversation about what the church needs to know and prepare for in order to keep members from deconstructing their own faith.
“Cult leaders and false teachers prey on the young, and that also means young in the Lord.”
“Young in the Lord may have nothing to do years serving God but growth in the word.”
“Teaching others the truth AND the false ideologies helps with preparation.”
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Naomi is the daughter of a Christian-based cult leader, defined as an unhealthy and unorthodox religious group marked by extremist authoritarian leadership. She was raised, yet hidden, within mainstream culture and public school education, where no one knew—or the few with a sense of something, stayed silent.
She did not know this was the case until she was 28, from which point she sought after truth with a questioning mind, adamant to never find herself so lost again. As a result, she has found a solid foundation of redemption, love, and hope, through her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Naomi has a Masters in Social Work and is licensed in the state of Colorado. She will graduate with a Masters in Christian Studies from Denver Seminary in May 2022.
Connect with Naomi:
Tell us about your story of growing up in a cult.
How did the word of God contribute to your healing and the lies you were told growing up?
Lately we hear a lot about Christians deconstructing (leaving the faith for PC), and oftentimes it is because of church abuse. Why is there a correlation between church abuse and deconstruction?
Moreover, what does the church need to realize when it comes to abuse and church hurt?
Can you tell us about your ministry and what you do to help others through abuse and into a deep and healing relationship with Jesus?