A Cry For Justice

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

What does God say about submission?

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.


For many victims of domestic abuse, beliefs about submission and headship within marriage are one of the things that locks them into the abuse. So, at some point, they want to examine and perhaps re-evaluate these beliefs in order to get free.

Biblical meekness is not weakness — by Barbara Roberts

The woman’s desire in Genesis 3:16 — let’s be consistent with the context and with actual life — by Barbara Roberts

When do I submit and when do I stand? — by Jeff Crippen and Barbara Roberts

Should wives submit to harsh husbands just slaves submitting to harsh master? (1 Peter 2 & 3) — by Barbara Roberts

1 Peter 3:6 — Sarah’s children do what is right and do not give way to fear — by Barbara Roberts

Sabotaged Submission — by Carmen Bryant (PDF)

What Does “Submit in Everything” Really Mean? The Nature and Scope of Marital Submission — by Steven Tracy (PDF)

The Gospel and Your Marriage — sermon by Ps Sam Powell

Complementarity Without Subordination: What Does it Look Like? — by Barbara Roberts

What Headship and Submission Do Not Mean — by Barbara Roberts; has further reading suggestions.

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