Preserve the Marriage At All Costs?
UPDATE Sept 2021: I have come to believe that Jeff Crippen does not practise what he preaches. He vilely persecuted an abuse victim and spiritually abused many other people in the Tillamook congregation. Go here to read the evidence. Jeff has not gone to the people that he spiritually and emotionally abused. He has not apologised to them, let alone asked for their forgiveness.
The following letter, modified in form just slightly for anonymity, is an actual note from a conservative pastor written recently to an abuse victim (a woman) in response to her question about his position on divorce. He knows the details of the many years of abuse that she has endured at her abuser-husband’s hands. He knows.
So here is your chance to tell us what you think of what he says and teaches. So much of his deeper attitudes are revealed by this short note. Tell us what you think they are. Yes, you can use all caps!!!
I do not believe that Christians are permitted by God to seek a divorce for any reason. Therefore, I will not perform weddings for divorced people. I allow for separation, but separation should always be considered to be a temporary condition. We must desire restoration of the marriage and reconciliation at all costs.
Blessings on you,