Laughing at Homicide
The following quotes are taken from my notes on Pastor Voddie Baucham’s “sermon” on Matthew 5:31-32, promoting his (actually he borrowed it) “permanence view” of no divorce for any reason ever and no remarriage after divorce while ex-spouse is still alive. In a previous post I shared my notes and comments on the entire sermon. But in this post I wanted to especially highlight two quotes of his that are absolutely horrific, and anyone familiar with abuse will be just sick at hearing them. Here they are:
“HOMICIDE, MAYBE, DIVORCE, NEVER!” (Exact quote from Baucham, followed by laughter in the congregation). Haha. How funny. Wonder if he would have said this if he had been at the Cracker Barrel Restaurant in Ohio last week. Ok, I can hear the critics now – “You are quoting him out of context! He said this in jest. It’s only a joke!” No, it isn’t a joke. I know he said it in jest. That’s the problem – you just don’t joke about things like this from the pulpit. I’ve done it. I shouldn’t have. He did it. He shouldn’t have. This was the nail in the coffin of any abused woman sitting in his congregation listening to him. Her husband has told her, “if you ever try to leave me, I will kill you.” Chuckle, chuckle.
Then, in telling his congregation what they are going to be told if they come to him and his elders saying they need to divorce their spouse, he promises them that this is what they are going to hear from him:
“You are the problem. You are the problem.” “But pastor, you don’t know my spouse.” “That’s irrelevant. You are the problem. If you leave this marriage and go and get into another one, guess who you take with you? You!”
He said it. He teaches this. Pity the poor, poor abused woman in his church.