A Cry For Justice

Awakening the Evangelical Church to Domestic Violence and Abuse in its Midst

Author Archive: Barbara Roberts

Philippians 2 contradicts the idea that the Son is eternally subordinate to the Father

The false doctrine that God the Son eternally submits to God the Father is known as ESS (Eternal Submission of the Son, or Eternal Subordination of the Son). This false teaching has sometimes been applied to coerce women to submit to their abusive husbands. ESS has been soundly refuted by many eminent theologians and pastors. …

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Tolerant Jesus Meek and Mild — a blog I recommend

I recently discovered the blog Tolerant Jesus Meek and Mild. The blogger obviously understands the dynamics of abuse and how the Bible is misinterpreted in ways that enable abusers and encumber the victims of abuse. He or she has been a student at Moody Bible Institute. The posts show a pretty good understanding of what …

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Theologians on Grounds for Divorce Digest

Here are the four posts in my series Theologians on Grounds for Divorce. 1. Thomas Cranmer on divorce for abuse 2. Puritans who said abuse was grounds for divorce 3. David Clyde Jones – A contemporary PCA theologian who said that abuse is grounds for divorce 4. Liam Goligher – a PCA theologian who says …

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Is the husband’s role parallel to that of God the Father, and the wife’s role parallel to that of God the Son?

(1 Corinthians 11:3) But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a woman is her husband, and the head of Christ is God. Professor Wayne Grudem interprets 1 Corinthians 11:3 as follows: just as the Father has authority over the Son in the Trinity, so the …

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Joseph Tested His Brothers — Digest

Here are the six posts in my series Joseph Tested His Brothers. The story of Joseph testing his brothers illustrates how to test whether an abuser has truly reformed, and how to discern true reformation from pseudo-reformation. 1. Joseph tested his brothers by falsely accusing them 2. The second test Joseph gave his brothers 3. Reconciled with …

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We can learn a lot about wise reconciliation by comparing and contrasting our own situations to that of Joseph

1. When Joseph tested his brothers so stringently, he came from a position of robust health, self-confidence and social approval. The abuse Joseph suffered, whilst grave, was not so extreme, soul-destroying or prolonged that he was permanently damaged. Joseph’s trauma was relatively light compared to the trauma of long-term domestic abuse, repeated rape, child abuse, …

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