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Apr 27, 2017

After posting comments online in response to Samatha Fields's article in Relevant Magazine, a Christian publication, a storm of shame and general insanity erupted. Added to the spotlight is self-proclaimed Jesus Feminist Sarah Bessey's trending hashtag, #ThingsOnlyChristianWomenHear. Pastors Mike Bell and Rick Henderson engage the fray and take seriously the claims that pastors, like John Piper, promote abuse. Is that fair or far fetched?

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  • almost four months ago
    Gretchen
    I have to admit I flinched a few times but I saw it through and agree with what you are saying. John Piper and his explanation of how a women needs to handle a difficult situation in her marriage makes me cringe just a bit. Not because I necessarily think it's wrong (there is actually a lot of wisdom there) but because I think that it can be misinterpreted very easily and that pastors and other church leaders who maybe are not so wise or discerning could and do use this as a reason for an abusive or truly difficult husband to continue in his unhealthy behavior towards his wife or family. The wife is stuck trying to be the godly wife, and maybe continuing unhealthy behavior herself of enabling her husband without true intervention from church leaders.
    The church has a grave responsibility to hold men (and women in some cases) truly accountable if there is abuse.
    I do agree that marriage is complex and that it involves a lot of grace for both parties. Heaven knows if my husband shut me down every time I have acted badly in our marriage, or vice versa, we would NOT be married today! I'm extremely thankful for his kind endurance!