A paraphrase of portions of Ezekiel 34:
Woe to those who assume leadership in the church yet fail to serve. You enjoy the privileges and profits of your position, but you fail to care for those under your authority.
The abused you have not protected, you have not listened to or supported them, but with your power you have silenced them and driven them away.
The Lord says, I am against this kind of leadership. I will require leaders to account for those in their care and cause them to cease to profit at the expense of those under their authority. I will rescue the abused from their grip.
The Lord says, I, Myself, will rescue My broken ones. I will bandage the hurt and will heal the abused. I will bring light to corruption in leadership and reveal the malicious and the tyrants.
As one with the responsibility to care for others, why have you put your own interests above the needs of others and cared for yourself at their expense? Why must those in your care suffer from your neglect?
The Lord says, I will expose self-serving leaders and rescue those who have suffered under their authority. Because they have trampled and bullied the broken ones, I will rescue My flock, and they will no more be prey to leaders who do not properly and truly serve.
In the church, where the concepts of shepherds, sheep, and flocks are so frequently used to describe the relationship between leaders and their congregations, it is important that we understand God’s perspective of the responsibility of leadership.
I have found that Ezekiel 34 is often deeply encouraging to those who have been spiritually abused as they realize the Lord’s compassion and concern for the injustice of their situation.