Churches Struggle with Mental Health – Preachers Being Fired For Having Depression by I. Lovett
I’m not surprised. Christians are some of the most ignorant and judgmental people concerning mental health issues.
Summary for Christians reading this:
-Mental health problems are
not an indication of or result of spiritual issues or personal failings or weaknesses.
-Mental Health problems cannot be healed via spiritual means only.
Reading the Bible, volunteering at charities, believing in Jesus, praying and believing for a healing, living a sinless life, repenting of sin, and/or attending church will not make mental health problems vanish.
-Secular psychology / psychiatry and doctor prescribed medications used to treat mental health problems are not evil, anti-God, immoral, un-biblical.
Christian leaders have lost jobs over such conditions as depression and bipolar disorder
By Ian Lovett / January 2020
In most industries, federal laws protect workers with disabilities, including mental illness. Church is an exception. Employees including pastors are still regularly fired after disclosing mental-health problems.
…. Statistics on mental health and pastors are scarce.
But psychologists who specialize in treating ministers say that Christian pastors are still regularly fired after church elders discover they suffer from depression, bipolar disorder or other mental-health problems.