A High View of Marriage Includes Divorce — by Rebecca VanDoodewaard, author, on The Gentle Reformation blog

Here is another important article about divorce, since so many churches — especially Complementarian/Patriarchy/NeoCalvinist are burdening people, in particular wives, with the (false) idea that they must stay in abusive marriages and be submissive doormats.

“Evangelical and confessional churches are striving to maintain a high view of marriage in a culture that is ripping the institution to shreds. So extra-biblical barriers to divorce can be well-meant. They try to protect marriage by doing everything possible to avoid divorce. In doing so, they not only fail to keep a high view of marriage. They also spread lies about the gospel, divorce, the value of people, the character of God, and the nature of sexual sin.”

Via: http://gentlereformation.com/2017/07/20/a-high-view-of-marriage-includes-divorce/

Things I Wish You Understood: An Open Letter to Ministers From a Family Violence Survivor (via TGC Australia) — Speakingtruthinlove’s Blog

Originally posted on A Cry For Justice: This stupendous article by an anonymous woman was published yesterday at The Gospel Coalition Australia. Things I Wish You Understood: An Open Letter to Ministers From a Family Violence Survivor To the ministers of the church universal I am a family violence survivor. It seems weird to me…

via Things I Wish You Understood: An Open Letter to Ministers From a Family Violence Survivor (via TGC Australia) — Speakingtruthinlove’s Blog

A more beautiful picture than male headship and female submission — Marg Mowczko

Here in Australia we’ve been discussing the connection between “male headship” and domestic violence. This discussion has been spearheaded by journalist Julia Baird. There have been articles and blog posts on websites, plus reports, panel discussions and interviews on television. My favourite part of this discussion so far has been last night’s episode on ABC’s…

via A more beautiful picture than male headship and female submission — Marg Mowczko

Time to Get Real: The Southern Baptist Convention Is Shrinking Faster Than the United Methodists —by The Wartburg Watch blog

There is no questions that the SBC is in decline. I do not think they know what the problems are.

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How Lori Alexander’s Teachings May Keep Women in Abusive Relationships. – by Spiritual Sounding Board blog

Lori Alexander, Emotional Abuse, Headship, Submission -by Kathi I’ve been reading Lori Alexander’s blogs for quite a while now. Just when I think her writing is the same old boring rhetoric she always blathers on about, she ups her game. Her recent post, “How Not to Get Married” is one that actually should be titled, […]

via How Lori Alexander’s Teaching May Keep Women in Abusive Relationships — Spiritual Sounding Board

“The Power of a Transformed Wife”. It’s All About Who is in Control. By Kathi at Spiritual Sounding Board blog

The Power of a Transformed Wife, Lori Alexander, Control, Submission This is a book review series of The Power of a Transformed Wife by Lori Alexander. If you are just joining us, you may click on previous chapter reviews to catch up. Introduction & Chapter 1 Chapter 2 **** *** Chapter 3 – Let it […]

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The Misinterpreted “Every Appearance of Evil”, and the Billy Graham Rule by Pastor Sam Powell

My Only Comfort

I’ve been gone and out of the loop for a while. The debate over the so-called “Billy Graham” rule, in light of the comments of Mike Pence, went on without me. That was probably a good thing.

But every generation renews its battle with the horrible interpretation of 1 Thessalonians 5:22. You have probably heard it:

22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. (1Th 5:22 KJV)

This is generally interpreted by small-minded men as an excuse to avoid interacting for good in the lives of others. When the passage is poorly translated, and taken out of context, it appears as if it is saying that one should avoid doing anything that someone else might take as being evil. Thus, lazy and guilt-ridden men can avoid interaction with “undesireables” and still pretend to take the high ground.

For example, I heard one man say that if he were driving alone down…

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