An Abuser is Called a “Reviler” in Scripture, And the Reviler is no Christian

How long, O God, is the foe to scoff? Is the enemy to revile your name forever?  (Psalm 74:10  ESV)

“Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man!  (Luke 6:22  ESV)

But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began to contradict what was spoken by Paul, reviling him.  (Acts 13:45  ESV)

But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler — not even to eat with such a one.  (1 Corinthians 5:11  ESV)

Verbal abuse is one of the most wicked sins named in Scripture. Did you know that? It is called “reviling” and God says that the reviler who claims to be a Christian, isn’t. In fact, we are not to have anything to do with such a person.

If you look at the uses of “revile” in Scripture (reviling, reviler) you will get a feel for its definition. To revile someone is to mock them, to condemn them, to curse them, to falsely accuse them. And of course we all know that this is precisely what the abuser does with his mouth. He reviles his victim.

Our churches have waaaaay too many revilers sitting in the pews (in fact just one is too many). Revilers are those people who use their tongue like a sword. They are, well, they are this:

“Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.” “The venom of asps is under their lips.” “Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.”  (Romans 3:13-14  ESV)

Of course they strike selectively under conditions that are to their advantage. They don’t revile just anyone. Oh no. Revilers are also most often accomplished flatterers.

Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.  (Proverbs 27:6 ESV)  [Emphasis added.]

This is how they dupe the unwary.

Reviling is a sin which, if not repented of, qualifies a person for hell and is not to be permitted to live among the saints. That lady whose speech is biting and demeaning. That man, an apparent pillar of the church, whose words cut and accuse. These are the ones to be confronted with their sin. The thing is to be exposed to the entire church. And if we would do this, if we would obey our Lord, you know what? Abusers would find themselves unwelcome in Eden — because Eden is what we are supposed to be modeling in our local church.

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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.

63 thoughts on “An Abuser is Called a “Reviler” in Scripture, And the Reviler is no Christian”

  1. I seem to keep coming across these types of revilers more and more frequently – or perhaps I’m just now seeing it when it’s been there all along.

    A neighbor whose cattle have been allowed to graze for free on part of my property yesterday accused me of “putting (him) in a predicament” when I said that due to my having lost a job recently, I need my land to provide some income to me. Someone else made me an offer to pay me for the land for the same use, so now my “Christian” neighbor (who attends church regularly and delivers food around the community) accused me of putting him in a predicament. Never mind that my husband left me this time last year without an income and that the neighbor has been able to sponge off my land for free all these years, while every one else around pays for land use for livestock. The man who will pay me said my neighbor has similar freebie deals all around the area.

    What clinched it for me was when late last week I heard this “Christian” neighbor screaming at someone (his wife? kids?) at dusk. I was outside in my garden and could hear his shouts many acres away, and I began to wonder. I could hear several words quite clearly, but mostly it was the tone and anger that came through loud and clear.

    I try not to see a reviler around every corner, but boy – there sure seem to be a lot of them around, and Christian venues seem to attract many. Sadly I fear political correctness and incorrect understanding of Scripture (accepting drivel from the pulpit) drive the flock above and beyond pursuit of truth.

    I think the Lord is educating His people about such evil, winnowing and sorting wheat from chaff. It’s not a comfortable process, but one for which I am grateful. I’d rather be here waking up to it than back there without a clue.

  2. Thank you, Pastor Jeff, for that proverb. I’m going to print that one out for my own reminding and to share with my child – as she too is cluing in to recognizing evil in these “angels of light.”

  3. Here is my question: How does one respond when the “reviler” is in leadership and when he is called out he responds by saying that the one who called him out is the “reviler” because he or she is speaking ill of him? In my experience, this is exactly what happened. I tried to graciously follow scripture in sharing some concerns about a person in leadership in the church. The leadership responded with negativity toward me for expressing concerns about a “leader” and I subsequently found myself ostracized. I know, I know. I should have walked away right then and there, but this was my church with family and friends and neighbors and I naively thought that it would all blow over eventually.

    “Eventually” turned in to years and I found myself suffering PTSD-like symptoms and truly believed that if the church thought I was unwanted and unnecessary, God must feel the same way, as well. Counseling opened my eyes and I decided to stand up for myself (over a decade after the initial incident) and when I did, I was told to leave the church. I in no way believe that I was wrong in trying to address concerns about a staff member and I certainly suffered spiritual abuse for many years for bringing my concerns to leadership. Now, I am shunned by those who were my friends, family, and neighbors because the leadership has told them that I am the “reviler.” So, again, how should one respond on such a situation? As I have: to simply walk away and allow my character to be maligned?

    1. Ellen,
      You’re a brave saint, and your testimony reminds me of those in Scripture who called out leadership in the temple and were ostracized by leadership for it (Jesus, Paul, Peter, etc). I am reminded too of Martin Luther who stood up against the Catholic leadership, because he also was lead by conscience (Holy Spirit) to defend truth in the Word of God, no matter the cost – sometimes our own reputations (wrongly so).

      I am no longer at the church I attended and where I served for many years because they are more comfortable with my ex- (a wolf among sheep) and I am not. Truth be told, the leadership of that church include revilers, and I too (like you) stood up once to question the practices of leadership. Another stood up with me and met with the deacons about it, but we were told that things would remain the same.

      Your being maligned in character is what Jesus said would happen. (“If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you.” – John 15:18). Although that verse says “the world,” I think many in the church aren’t real Christians or they would in fact be open to revealing truth. The church is (sadly) an easy place for revilers to hide – AND lead.

      Your best response may be to accept that these men are not real Christians and that you can dust your feet of that place with your conscience clear. Better to leave and obey God than to stay and keep thinking you’re in a place with unChristian leadership. You need to be fed truth. You seek truth. Don’t settle for less. (Boy, I did for too long).

      Many others – including myself – are no longer in a place of worship because it’s hard to find a truly God-fearing, truth-preaching assembly, but thank the Lord He has provided several great teachers (Pastor Jeff here among them) on-line where we can be fed and congregate if not in person then virtually – all to His glory and the good of His people. He doesn’t define in Scripture how or where we are to worship – other than in Spirit and in truth. If your church’s leadership aren’t interested in truth, they’re not obeying the Lord.

    2. Ellen, I can relate to your story. It’s unreal … I dare not re-enter ‘the church’ as certain individuals still operate in leadership positions. What I find so discouraging is that women are playing a major role in reviling against other vulnerable women.

    3. I understand your situation Ellen.

      I was in a similar situation, and it ended up with an ‘ecclesiastical court hearing’ about what I was saying (privately to those concerned) and the abuse of leadership. I was told I would not be allowed to use Scripture in my defense because I was ‘too clever with Scripture’. I realised this was not a congregation that I really should be part of anyway.


      The Gentle Knight

  4. Since I took the reviling “laying down’, so to speak, for so many years, I have now become passionate about his foolish lack of responsibility of knowing our teenage daughter’s whereabouts and other aspects of her care and behavior etc. [Editors removed the details of the situation for the safety of the commenter and the child.)] So passionate that I raise my voice when I’m talking to him because he just doesn’t get it. He is a fool to think that our child will not manipulate further to get everything she wants–or that she is safe being responsible for her own transportation. She is in charge in our house and I don’t know how to deal with it. She gets everything she wants. He says, “No, she isn’t. You are!” The reason he says that is that whenever I get passionate about anything, he has a little talk with her (blames me). That’s why he says I’m in charge. Recently she did something deceitful (I’m afraid it wasn’t the first time) and so she had privileges taken away and didn’t like it. (restrictions with “contact with friends”, media, and phone.) Her dad and all his allies eventually accused me of having her in prison. So when I am passionate, I raise my voice and the tone in my voice has a lot of angst….I never name-call and am afraid that I am going too far in my passion and don’t want to be a reviler myself. Just needing some direction and / or consolation. Thank you for all your articles, Jeff.

    1. I hear you Anne, It’s difficult as any inflection is considered too dramatic or too emotional. This complaint about me has been a way trying to keep me quiet. He’s resorted to following blogs like ACFJ at times and now parrots much of what Pastor Jeff or Barbara say to an abuser. He used their words against me. I too, have been referred to as ‘the controller’ when I was forced to become the disciplinarian. Or he has stated, “I refuse to listen to this anymore.” He is making it look like I am the abuser when all I have been attempting to do is clarify past actions or words that have been spoken.
      I want so badly for this to stop and have cried myself to sleep as I pray for my children and grandchildren who are being deceived by the sin(s).

  5. My spouse calls our kids names behind my back. I’ve asked in the past that he stop doing this. He has called them idiots, fools, useless, worthless, stupid. Is this reviling? When confronted, he either says that he didn’t do it or the he “didn’t mean it that way”.

    He’s stopped saying mean things to me and to the kids in front of me. I feel like I don’t know what’s up and what’s down. Very confusing.

    1. That covert aggression is called “gaslighting” and is a tactic used by abusive men to keep you off balance, confused and too make you think you are crazy. I suggest you seek help from the DV hotline in your country, abused women’s shelter or speak with police when you are ready. In my experience it will not get better over time and your children are being damaged. I am praying for u!! Also i recommend liking FB page I WILL STAND, you will find a community of support, encouragement and education…you are not alone my friend. God loves you very very very much and God hates abuse; emotional, spiritual, sexual, physical, mental etc etc

      [note from Eds: wording of this comment altered a little, in the interests of clarity and (we hope) helpfulness.]

    2. Yes, that sure is reviling!

      And the fact that he’s doing it covertly just makes it worse.

      Feeling like you don’t know what’s up and what’s down is a VERY common experience when living with an abusive spouse. That’s why I used that that theme in the cover of my book.

      1. Thank you Barbara. I have a hard time resolving how a person can be so nice one day and then call his kid an idiot the next.

        I can’t imagine that God thinks it’s best for me to continue to expose my child to this. However, when I’ve confronted my spouse, he says that he didn’t say that or that Americans think everything is abuse. He promised me that he’d stopped doing this.

        I feel so crazy. I pray every day that God would let me see / hear these things, so that there’s no iota of doubt in my mind. My son has exaggerated other things in the past, so I feel like I have to weed out any of that.

        I know that something is going on because he says often that he wishes that his dad would go away. I made the mistake of asking my spouse if he realizes that his son has said that and he said that our son says it because he wants to manipulate me and that I’m too lenient and he knows that he’ll get everything he wants. Then the guilt starts.

        Sorry for the tangent! Any thoughts is appreciated.

      2. CisC, you might like to consider this:
        You said you pray every day that God would let you see / hear these things, so that there’s no iota of doubt in your mind. And your son has exaggerated other things in the past, so you feel like you have to weed out any of that.

        But one thing you know for sure: Your son says he wishes his dad would go away. To me, that fact is enough to tell you that your son is being hurt or intimidated by his Dad in some way or other. To my mind, you don’t need more information than that — your son feels unsafe with his dad. The details about what Dad has done or not done do not need to be ascertained or proved beyond all shadow of doubt.

        Your husband wants to keep you on this hook of uncertainty, so that you do not act more strongly to protect your son, and so that he (your husband) can continue exerting power and control over you with effect. But you do not have to play the game you husband has set up. You can make your own judgement calls about the situation, based on the balance of probabilities. The balance of probabilities tells you, I would suggest, that your husband is spinning webs of lies and half-truths, and is not to be trusted.

        If he was a safe Dad, your son would not be saying he wished his father would go away!

        So, I suggest you let yourself off the hook of obtaining absolute proof of what you husband is or is not saying / doing to your son behind you back. I suggest you just go with your gut feeling that your husband is not treating the kids rightly. And block your ears to the lies, evasions, excuses, blame-shifting and minimizing narratives that your husband spews out.

        And I also suggest you stop expecting that one day, if you can just confront your husband with enough firm evidence, he will admit his sins and stop doing them. That is a fairytale hope.

        Blessings and hugs to you 🙂

    1. Oh mercy, yes! For sure. Nothing like finding evidence of your reviler husband all the while, and same day posting Scripture on husbands loving their wives on FB. The most crazy-making nightmare of my life. 10+ years of hell and confusion.

  6. One of the writers posted that she lives in fear in her own home with her abuser. That is a very stern warning NOT to be ignored. As women we must pay attention to our instincts.

  7. Do we have any good places here to share links? I read a good article today, but it’s not directly related to this article.

  8. CisC,
    Barbara’s thoughts / suggestions are right on. Women know when they are loved; children know when they are loved. The fact that you feel as you do and your son has made clear how he feels, together are warning signs not to be ignored. I endorse Barbara’s comments wholeheartedly.

    1. Hi NoMoreTears

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  9. This article is so eye opening and amazing, and helpful….at the same time after reading it I feel panic and trembling. I have struggled to get out of this marriage and have not found the way yet. I guess I am scared to see what is really happening, again, and I need to find the strength to deal with it. It makes me sad and scares me to see my husband described so well here… Barbara what you said here to CrazyIsCatching really spoke to me too. I have tried to confront h. with his harmful effects on our son and the last time I did I was just floored…he flat out denied that anything had happened. It is crazy-making.

      1. Thank you Barbara. If we separate I hope to stay in the house, I have been told I should for the sake of my son. But we’ll see. In some ways I’d love to get out of here and get a new start altogether. Thanks again.

      2. If we separate I hope to stay in the house, I have been told I should for the sake of my son

        Hmm… who told you that? It sounds like the kind of advice that comes from people who are ULTRA NAIVE about abusers and their wicked tactics. Staying for the sake of your son having both parents under the one roof… well what will that entail? Will it mean your husband has more oportunities to twist the son’s thinking so that he takes the side of his father and disrespects you? Will it mean that your son will put more pressure on you to reconcile with your husband? Will it mean that your stress is prolonged and compounded?

        Moving to a different dwelling will have both negative and positive aspects … and staying under the one roof will have both negative and positive aspects. But let me put this to you: your son’s wellbeing is not the only factor to consider. Your own wellbeing is also a factor to consider. If you are under great stress, you will not be able to parent your son as well, and you may not be as able to take all the incremental steps that you might want to take to build a safer life and to recover from the abuse. So I suggest you consider your needs just as much as your son’s needs. Most abused spouses put their kids needs way above their own, which in one sense is a godly thing to do, but it can backfire and lead to more horrible consequences in the long term. So weigh it up carefully. And if folks tell you to consider the needs of you son, tell them you are doing so, but you are considering other things too.

        Another thing: If you son puts pressure on you, remember that you are the adult but your son is still a child. The adult (if they are a protective parent, not an abuser) is the one that makes the big decisions, not the child.

  10. Thank you so much Barbara. You are right, I do need to think of my own needs too, my [very significant – Eds] health issues are a sign to me to pay attention.
    My child [has disabilities – details redacted by Eds to protect commenter’s identity]. This is really my main concern in the marriage, too since [his disabilities would make him unable to report if someone is abusive to him]. I know h. can be abusive when he gets angry.

    What I meant about I hope to stay in the house if we separate was, that the h. should leave, not me. I’ve been advised to have him leave, and I stay in the home.

    We have separated before and he moved out but it didn’t last long. I am seeing a therapist soon and hope to get my head together to figure out the future from here. I feel like I can’t handle much more.

    1. Hi BreatheAgain, thanks for explaining that. I agree that your husband moving out and your child and you remaining in the home is the thing to aim for. I suggest you seek advice from your local Domestic Abuse Support Service and your local police. Depending what the laws are in your state, you may have the option of taking out a Protection Order against your husband which would prohibit him from coming within x metres of your home or your workplace. Of course, abusers do not always obey the conditions of Protection Orders, but that is where your local DV Support Service can best advise and assist you… to work out the best safety plan for your particular circumstances.

      Since your husband has left before but then come back, that would suggest he would repeat that pattern — i.e. if he leaves the family home, he will later attempt to come back, just like he did before. So I suggest you make a clear plan for that eventuality. Find out about and use the legal options that are available to you to restrain or prohibit him from coming back. AND prepare yourself mentally for him trying to come back, so that if and when he tries, you have firmness to resist him.

      BTW, I disidentified the details about your health situation and the sex and disablity of your child. On this site, to protect your abuser from identifying you, it’s best to just refer to your child as ‘child’ rather than indicate whether the child is a boy or a girl.

      1. Ok, thank you for that.
        I am so relieved to have found out yesterday I am not sick. That is one huge thing off of my mind, thank God.

  11. BTW the resources you posted here are very helpful, I have a couple of numbers to try now that I didn’t have before. Thanks.

  12. Yes, I have at least two family members who are revilers (i.e. verbally abusive persons). In their case, it seems that not speaking of incidents of verbal, emotional and psychological abuse, and the passage of time are considered as adequate substitutes for authentic repentance. They do not even bother with feigned apologies. I know that confronting them is entirely futile; their attitudes and patterns of behaviour are well established. Lack of responsibility for wrongdoing and lack of empathy is something they both share. One is a charmer and hence more effective at the art of manipulation, whilst the other often complains and is generally miserable to be around. They are both toxic, but the former is even more vicious, vile and vindictive than the latter when it comes to his / her verbal attacks. I believe him / her to be a genuine sociopath. Unsurprisingly, (s)he wears a mask most of the time. Image is everything; character is nothing.

      1. Image is everything; character is nothing.

        I also like how Some Anonymous Bloke told of the abusers not even bothering with apologies or repentance. Most abusive people I know are so convinced of their superiority and entitlement that they would never bother to apologize, let alone repent. Not to mention, the enforced silence and time passing be considered sufficient by the abusers to make all wrongdoing ‘okay’….and then when I bring it up they act as though I am a troublemaker and just wanting to fight / be contentious / etc. but most times I simply want a genuine apology.

      2. (Note to editor / moderator: It is my intention to reply to Anonymous Woman, but there is no reply tab available to respond to her message.)

        Anonymous Woman, my suggestion is to remove these people completely out of your life (if at all possible). If, however, you are unable to do so presently, I suggest you avoid all unnecessary contact with known abusive individuals, and to remain as insipid and invisible to such persons as you can manage. These people thrive on gossip, insinuations and slander. It is wise, I believe, to be [as] secretive as possible regarding your thoughts, your personal life and what you plan to accomplish, especially whilst these persons have access to some aspect of your life.

        I would caution also against saying much to the associates of an abuser. Friends and family of an abuser often act as informants1 (wittingly or unwittingly) for them to gather intelligence on you, your thoughts and plans. These are just some things to consider.

        1i.e. ‘flying monkeys’.

      3. Thanks Some Anonymous Bloke,
        I edited your comment a tiny bit, by replacing ‘I advise you’ with ‘I suggest’. Hope you don’t mind.

        And the reason you couldn’t reply directly to Anonymous Woman is that our blog only nests comments up to three levels.

        You might like to review this page of ours which explains about nesting of comments on our blog and also gives tips to commenters about language we prefer them to avoid. 🙂
        New Users’ Information

      4. SAB, I also want to let you know that for reasons unknown to us, WordPress sent a few of your comments to Spam.
        TWBTC retrieved them out of the Spam folder.

        Don’t take it personally. WordPress occasionally does this for no reason. WordPress has an automatic Spam filter but it isn’t always perfect.

      5. No, Barbara, I do not take any offence at the emending of my comment from ‘I advise’ to ‘I suggest’. I was attempting to be mindful of the comment guidelines on ACfJ, but it has perhaps been a while since I have thoroughly read the relevant section that you linked to for interaction between participants on this website, It was not my intention to make my comment appear as either a command to Anonymous Woman or professional, legal counsel.

        Thanks to TWBTC for the retrieval of my spam on ACfJ(!).

    1. Welcome to the blog. 🙂 We are glad you are finding it helpful.

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  13. Goodness this is exactly the Scripture the Lord showed me when I was in an abusive relationship. I had always been taught that the Bible said I must not divorce – not allowed. After years of abuse I realised my time was limited. Did God want me to stay and die, or was His will something different. I was willing to do whatever He directed me to do.

    I decided that instead of listening to what people told me the Bible said, I would read it for myself, in the original language where necessary. He showed me this Scripture in 1 Corinthians chapter 5. Indeed in a perfect world divorce does not exist – but marriage also would not end with death either. This is not a perfect world, and has not been since the fall of Adam and Eve. In this imperfect world allowances are made for things going wrong. I followed the Lord’s leading and ended my marriage rather than losing my life.

    Though I understand the logic that the abuser / reviler is not a real Christian, I find it so hard to accept this and feel that this is so. I don’t wish to see her excluded from God’s eternal kingdom no matter the emotional abuse and physical attacks.

    I just wanted to express my gratitude of your efforts to put this information on the Internet.


    The Gentle Knight

    I’m uncomfortable giving my name publicly…I just don’t wish to publicly shame my ex-wife.

    1. Gentle Knight,

      Welcome to the blog! And thank you for your comment.

      We like to encourage new commenters to read our New Users’ page as it gives tips for staying safe when commenting on the blog.

      And we are glad you didn’t give your name. In fact we encourage commenters not to give their real names on the blog and to be cautious with giving personal details as it might reveal one’s identity. Being a public blog it is important to be mindful that anyone could come upon your comments – abusers, abusers’ allies, family and friends, and in some cases that may mean increased abuse or danger for the victim.

      Again, Welcome!

  14. I should say that I am uncomfortable with your constant use of ‘he’ and ‘his’, since the reviler most certainly can just as easily be female, as in my case.

    1. Hi Gentle Knight,

      We do recognize that sometimes the abuser is female, not male.
      In our sidebar, under the heading What Is Abuse? we say:

      The definition of abuse: A pattern of coercive control (ongoing actions or inactions) that proceeds from a mentality of entitlement to power, whereby, through intimidation, manipulation and isolation, the abuser keeps his1 target subordinated and under his control. This pattern can be emotional, verbal, psychological, spiritual, sexual, financial, social and physical. Not all these elements need be present, e.g., physical abuse may not be part of it.

      The definition of domestic abuser: a family member or dating partner (current or ex) who has a profound mentality of entitlement to the possession of power and control over the one s/he1 chooses to mistreat. This mentality of entitlement defines the very essence of the abuser. The abuser believes he is justified in using evil tactics to obtain and maintain that power and control.

      1Sometimes the genders are reversed — see our tag for ‘male survivors‘

      We most often use the male pronoun for domestic abusers because that reflects the most common situation, and because it’s linguistically awkward to keep saying over and over again, “he / she”, or restating in every post “we know that sometimes the genders are reversed” like a mantra. If you read our blog regularly, you’ll see that we don’t dismiss the fact that males can be victims of domestic abuse.

      We encourage male victims to reverse the genders of the pronouns in their head, where need be.

      1. I accept what you say about avoiding clumsiness in wording, and your disclaimer on the side bar. I applaud you for that.

  15. (Airbrushing….)

    The “pastor” of the last “c”hurch I attended reviled from the pulpit, either in “humorous” comments directed at his wife, or to those he considered “too needy”.

    I encountered the reviler in both personal and professional relationships. The setup may have been different, but the core intent was to blame-shift to me.

    Explaining was a waste of time – they would deny withholding vital information.

    Technically, they didn’t “break promises”. The “fault” belonged to me.

  16. Shalom! My name is Sister Abagail, a persecuted Messianic Jew….with a violent abusive ex-husband that I am in hiding from, who wants me dead…. Do you have an email I can send you a letter and a phone number I can call, so I can talk to you. It is very important and would deeply be appreciated. I desperately need someone to talk to, who TRULY understands and will not FALSELY Judge me. I truly Love the L-RD with ALL My heart and just want to LIVE For HIM!

    With The Mishpocha Love in YESHUA,
    Sister Abagail

    1. Hi Sister Abigail, our email addresses are given on our About Us page (the page can also be accessed via the main Menu).

      I know you are scared and in hiding from your abuser. If you click on the links I’m giving you below, I think you will find ideas that will help you in the very scary situation you are facing.

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  17. Shalom and Thank you very much, Sister Barbara. Your help and resource recommendations on this site, are DEEPLY Appreciated. I will email as soon as I can. May the L-RD Always bless you for your kindness and labor of love in helping others with finding freedom and justice. All of you who help others overcome oppression and abuse, are pricelessly precious. Thank You. Or as we say in Hebrew, Toda Robah!

    With Much Love in YESHUA, With Respect and Prayers Always,
    Sister Abagail

  18. 2 Peter 2:1-3 [NASB1995]:

    But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves. Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned; and in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgement from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.

    2 Peter 2:9 [NASB1995]:

    then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and to keep the unrighteousness under punishment for the day of judgement,

    1. Hi, Van Winkle Carol, welcome to the blog! 🙂

      That passage in 2 Peter is wonderful, isn’t it? Thanks for sharing it.

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      You might also like to read Dear Church: Stop Trying To Convert Wolves, by Jimmy Hinton.

  19. Thank you for having this forum. It’s wonderful to find likeminded believers digging deep into Scripture on social media. I appreciate this. 🙂

  20. Hello. I am dealing with a husband who has obsessive compulsive disorder. He blames me for a lot of his insecurities. When I try to set boundaries it doesn’t work. Our lives are limited. This is my third marriage. I want to honor God. I see my husband as fearful. I have to help him wash his hands and change his underwear. He’s always anxious and will get upset if I do not help him. It’s very controlling. I am not allowed to have my own free time. And he tried to make up for it by paying bills on time and setting kids up for Dr appointments. But inside the home there is never any relaxation or peace. I can never relax around him.

    Do you have any books or Scriptures to help? I am to the point to where I am ready to leave. I prayed for over a year. He has gotten better but doesn’t want to see a counselor instead offers to hire a cleaning lady to show me how to clean properly. My house is clean just not OCD clean. I work from home and I have 3 kids. Please help me understand.

    1. Hi, JayJay, you are right that your husband is controlling you and unjustly blaming you — which means he is abusing you. His OCD is his problem and you are not responsible for fixing his problem. Doing things to help him carry out his OCD rituals is not helping him.

      You asked if I have any books or Scriptures to help. I’m not sure what you want help with, but if you mean you want help for strength and strategies to leave him, then I encourage you read Relationship Abuse – the short story, then read the posts at my Don Hennessy Digest, and then read Don’s books Steps to Freedom [Affiliate link] and How He Gets Into Her Head [Affiliate link].

      Feel free to comment again at this blog. You never know, other readers may reply with helpful comments too. 🙂

      1. Thank you so much I will look into these. I am praying to do the right thing. This morning he woke me at 4:30 am to help him get underwear and socks and made me wipe down his cell phone with a Clorox wipe. He got upset and blamed me for yelling at him. Keep in mind I have to help my kids go to school first day back in an hour. He used to do this daily to make me clean the toilet but stopped for a while. I have been patient. He will not see a counselor but shifts the blame on me. I am not kind enough etc.

      2. Like I said, JayJay, “helping” him to perform OCD rituals is not helping him. It only enables him to be even more selfish.

        I would say that you have very good grounds to leave him. I encourage you to start taking steps in that direction, without telling him that you are doing so or what your intention is. Do not tell him your intention and plan and to leave him. Don Hennessy, in his book Steps to Freedom [Affiliate link], encourages the abused woman to use this approach.

        Due to your husband’s ongoing abuse of you, he has lost the right to know your inner thoughts and plans. If you tell him those things, the chances are he would escalate and make it even more difficult for you to leave him.

        You might like to check out our Safety Planning page.

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