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Are abusers blind? Are abusers deceived? What does the Bible say?

This is part 1 of a 6 part series on Spiritual Blindness and Deception. Are abusers spiritually blind? (Or psychologically blind, which is pretty much the same thing.) Are abusers deceived?  If they are deceived, to what extent have they been deceived by others and to what extent have they deceived themselves? These questions about …

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Comforting My Church With the Comfort They Gave – by Julie Cleaveland

Julie Cleaveland was married to a very wicked man. When she sought help from her church, she got the usual bad treatments. She published this letter to her former church leaders to highlight the bias in their thinking. Dear Former Church Leaders, I was surprised to hear that your head pastor and you parted ways …

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Leadership dynamics and gender. What pastors need to know about leading women.

Have you ever sat through a sermon by a pastor and felt like he was behaving more like the coach of a male sports team than a pastor? Have you ever sat under a pastor whose tone was hectoring—who sprinkled his sermon with lots of forceful ‘shoulds’ about what you should be thinking, feeling and …

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Logic and Authority in the Church

We have expressions and sayings in our language that contain rare wisdom otherwise known as Common Sense. “Too many chiefs and not enough indians”, in explanation of why the project fell apart (assuming it ever got started) is one. “Too many cooks spoil the broth” is another – it expresses the failure of a project …

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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 …

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“Do not take a brother to court” – does it mean you can’t seek a protection order against your abuser?

To seek a protection order from the court is not a sin. A victim of abuse does not go against biblical principles by seeking a protection order from the secular justice system, even if the abuser professes to be a believer. The “do not take a brother to court” principle from 1 Corinthians 6 must …

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