Liam Goligher is a PCA theologian who says abuse is grounds for divorce
My position is that divorce is not just allowed but necessary where abuse has taken place.
— Dr Liam Goligher¹, Senior Minister of 10th Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia
Liam Goligher thinks Dr Martin Lloyd-Jones believed the same. He thinks perhaps he heard that from MLJ’s daughter.
If anyone can provide more info on MLJ’s beliefs on divorce for abuse, I would appreciate it. I checked his book Studies in the Sermon on the Mount, but he doesn’t mention there.
Now, will other ministers take a public stand and say the same as Dr Goligher?
If you are a church leader and believe the same thing, my challenge to you is this: Will you put your name out in public and say it?
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¹ Liam Goligher gave me permission to quote here what he wrote to me by email on Feb 13, 2019.
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About Liam Goligher
Dr Liam Goligher is Senior Minister of 10th Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia. Some time ago we featured his ten-part sermon series on Esther because it gives such encouragement to those who want to stand up to abusers. Go to Part One of the Esther series to start reading or listening to the whole thing.
You may remember the ESS debate in 2016. Many folks in CBMW teach / taught the Eternal Subordination of the Son in the Trinity to defend their version of complementarianism.
When Liam Goligher asked Is it Okay to Teach a Complementarianism Based on Eternal Subordination? the Christian blogosphere lit up. Mind you, Rachel Miller, Aimee Byrd and a few others had been publicly challenging ESS; they didn’t get much traction probably because they are women. But when Liam wrote about it at Aimee’s blog, a big fire started. While it’s sad that the women didn’t get traction, I think Liam is to be respected for taking a strong stance against ESS.
Go to our ESS Digest to see the posts about ESS at this blog.