Spiritual abuse... highlighted by Matthew Paul Turner. I'd prefer not to come across as moralising but this is toxic Christianity. This is what makes recovering from some versions of Christianity just so hard to do.
I've not quite seen an example as ridiculous in my own life, but I've certainly seen parallels. If you or anyone in your church gets a hint of something like this... run.
"Andrew sat in that meeting wondering, questioning whether he could/should trust the two men sitting in front of him. The two men that he was supposed to trust, that he was supposed to deeply respect.
But something made him doubt that.
Something in his spirit told him not to trust them. Something caused him to believe that the men sitting in front of him were far less interested in restoring him than they were in having control, feeling powerful, throwing their spiritual weight around. Beating down a sinner like Andrew.
Andrew says that many of Mars Hill’s men feel beaten down. “Because that’s what happens there, especially when you question a pastor. You get beaten down. Until you submit.”
Andrew began tried shaking the negative thoughts that overwhelmed his brain, Pastor X looked at Andrew and said, “I’ll write up a church discipline contract and send it over to you in a few days.”
Andrew's full story is here.