A Cry For Justice

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

What does Scripture Really Say?

UPDATE  Sept 2021:  I, Barbara Roberts, 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.


This page gives non-book resources both not on this blog and on this blog which discuss what Scripture says about abuse. Alphabetical order by title.

1 Corinthians 7:14 Whose body is trump? — Dr Phil Munroe

Phil Monroe is Christian psychologist.  He refutes the arguments that according to 1 Cor. 7-14, women must submit to their husband’s sexual requests.

A Biblical Response to the Abused Wife — Renee M Malina

A brief quote from this paper: ‘Being pro‑life goes beyond opposing abortion to taking a stand against everything that opposes life.  Similar to the outrage expressed by the Old Testament prophets, the church must become indignant over abuse within Christian marriages.  The church must take action to “deliver those who are being taken away to death, and those who are staggering to slaughter” (Proverbs 24:11).’

Bible Studies on Domestic Abuse — Olympia Union Gospel Mission.

Workbook with ten biblical studies focusing on the basic dynamics of domestic violence relationships, including verbal abuse.

Can someone be an abuser and be a Christian?

ACFJ FAQ page with a list of related posts.

Counseling Victims of Domestic Abuse — Diane Langberg

A presentation given at the Forum Of Christian Leaders, Budapest, 25 May 2010.  Diane Langberg, a Christian psychologist, has worked with many victims of domestic abuse, sexual abuse and genocide; and also with people who have abused power in positions of Christian leadership.

Divorce and Remarriage Q & A — David Instone-Brewer

Divorce is NOT a Status — Joeseph P Pote

If you struggle with being labeled “divorced” or “remarried” this article will be an encouragement.

The F Word: Forgiveness and its Limitations — David Augsburger

David Augsburger is the author of Caring Enough to Confront and The Freedom of Forgiveness.

Forgiveness and Reconciliation [Internet Archive link[

by April Kelsey

What Forgiveness IS and What It Is NOT [Internet Archive link] (PDF)
What Forgiveness IS and What It Is NOT [Internet Archive link] (Audio of the above sermon)

In this sermon Pastor Bob Kerrey explains what forgiveness is and what it is not. The sermon was originally titled Breaking Barriers to Intimacy with God: Overcoming Unforgiveness, but Ps Kerry has given permission for us to apply a different title to it so we have given it a title that will be more engaging for survivors of abuse.

Everything Kerrey says can be applied to cases of abuse.

The sermon carefully explains and distinguishes the different aspects of forgiveness:

  • judicial forgiveness
  • psychological forgiveness
  • relational forgiveness

And best of all, it tells us what forgiveness is NOT. That’s most important for victims of abuse.

Forgiveness with Boundaries

An ACFJ blog post by Joseph J. Pote

If I tell people about my husband’s abusive behavior, am I gossiping?

ACFJ FAQ page with a list of related posts.

Has Bible Translation affected how the church responds to abuse?

ACFJ FAQ page with a list of related posts.

Has God Abandoned Me?  For Women Facing Domestic Violence — Lutheran Hour Ministries

A booklet by the Lutheran Hour Ministries.

How can I leave when I’m the only one who is giving a gospel witness to him?

ACFJ FAQ page with a list of related posts.

How does church discipline apply in cases of domestic abuse?

ACFJ FAQ page with a list of related posts.

How Reconciliation Works — Patrick Doyle

A Christian counselor explains in this video the four things that are required before reconciliation can be considered:  conviction, repentance, confession, and forgiveness.  Each of these four things is to be done by the offender.

Is it wrong to feel ANGER and HATRED for my abuser?

ACFJ FAQ page with a list of related posts.

Old Testament Perspectives on Divorce and Remarriage — Dr Joe Sprinkle, Professor of OT

 Gives a very similar argument for divorce, including for abuse, as David Instone-Brewer.

The Proverbs 31 Woman – Fact or Fiction? — Carmen Bryant

Rebecca Davis disentangles the concept of bitterness

Rethinking Bitterness: Rebecca Davis: Awaken Conference 2019.

Religion of the Pharisees — Sermon series by Ps Jeff Crippen

An ACFJ blog post digest with links to the ACFJ blog posts in the series.

Repentance and Forgiveness

by Dr George Simon Jr.

Sabotaged Submission — Carmen Bryant

Still Married in the Sight of God? – Barbara Roberts

An ACFJ blog post by Barbara Roberts. How the notion “You’re still married in the sight of God” has affected the Christian church over the centuries.

Suffering is ‘blessed’ — so should I just put up with being abused?

ACFJ FAQ page with a list of related posts.

What about DIVORCE?

ACFJ FAQ page with a list of related posts.


ACFJ FAQ page with a list of related posts.


ACFJ FAQ page with a list of related posts.

What about REMARRIAGE?

ACFJ FAQ page with a list of related posts.

What does it mean for a wife to submit to her husband? — Allison Stevens, RBC Ministries.

What does God say about SUBMISSION?

ACFJ FAQ page with a list of related posts.

What do you think about signing a CHURCH COVENANT Document?

ACFJ FAQ page with a list of related posts.

What if the abuser is repentant?

ACFJ FAQ page with a list of related posts.

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