Wayne Grudem’s change of mind on divorce for abuse falls short
Wayne Grudem has changed his mind on divorce.
I’m glad Wayne Grudem has changed his mind but his change of mind doesn’t go far enough.
His new position still falls short because he
- implies victims can only divorce if church leaders permit it
- doesn’t take into account how easily church leaders are snowed by abusers
- doesn’t warn about the dangers of couple counseling
- gives no apology for his past teaching.
Wayne Grudem says: Clergy decide whether a victim of domestic abuse may divorce.
SBC’s ChurchCares curriculum says: Leave the choice to divorce to the victim.
From Christianity Today’s article Wayne Grudem Changes Mind About Divorce in Cases of Abuse:
Wayne Grudem, a leading Calvinist theologian and prominent complementarian, has changed his position to affirm a scriptural basis for divorce in cases of abuse and shared his new stance at a major gathering of evangelical scholars last week.
After hearing examples of real-life couples whose Christian beliefs led them to endure abuse rather than separate, Grudem said he looked closer at Scripture to conclude that abuse may be grounds for divorce, provided pastors and elders seek discernment from God in leading a couple to this outcome.
You can download Grudem’s paper here. He presented it on 21st Nov this year (2019) at the Evangelical Theological Society annual meeting.
I have written extensively on divorce for abuse
David Clyde Jones trained generations of pastors at Covenant Theological Seminary, where he taught for 40 years. He commended my book Not Under Bondage.
In Wayne Grudem’s ‘change of mind’ paper, he mentions David Clyde Jones work but he ignores my book / my work. I’m a woman. Does Wayne Grudem think my work is not worth reading because I’m a woman?
In his paper Wayne Grudem cites the Puritans who said that abuse is grounds for divorce. He cites the same Puritans that David Clyde Jones cited. (catching up late much?)
Click here to dig more into the question of divorce for abuse.
If you are a CHURCH LEADER who wants to learn how better to respond to domestic abuse, click here.
I invite all twitter users to like / retweet my twitter thread about Wayne Grudem’s change of mind.
Wayne Grudem thinks the Son is eternally subordinate to the Father. That is heresy: it goes against the Nicene Creed.
Listen to this sermon by Liam Goligher if you want to be sure that Wayne Grudem is wrong in his understanding of the Trinity.
I intend to publish another post at this blog where I will examine Wayne Grudem’s paper in detail.
I think Grudem is still in the Pharisaic mindset where clergy lord it over the sheep…and men lord it over women.