Should not these “forbidden” issues be talked about in Christian circles? I think they must be, especially when these “forbidden” issues continue to go on in supposedly Christian homes and “churches” all over the United States. A “Christian” country?
Yes, of course, I do have to tend to my own walk with Christ, and have plenty of my own spiritual needs and issues to look at, and mend. But nevertheless, since I have seen Christian women who I know and love being abused verbally and even physically….and….because the very name of my blog is “Spiritual Abuse Sanctuary”, there are times when I feel compelled to speak out. If that offends anyone, I must ask the question “why”? Is our spiritual walk so high and lofty that we can’t see the very serious down to earth problems in the church and take them seriously, and speak out in behalf of our abused sisters? I would hope not. The Lord Jesus Christ was very down to earth as the Son of Man as He walked this earth, even though He was on a very high spiritual plane. He was concerned with both the spiritual needs of those He ministered to, as well as their real life, day to day problems, which in reality, are spiritual issues as well. How different than most “churches” of today.
Note from Scarlett: Color coding not available on this quote. See original:
“Colour coding: John Piper / my translations / my comments
The full text’s of Piper’s “Clarification” may be found here.
Clarifying Words on Wife Abuse.
Just the title makes this a women’s issue. “Wife abuse.” Why not use the terminology “men who abuse their wives?” Omitting the noun for the abuser — and his gender — makes the abuser less visible and less culpable.
John Piper: “Several years ago, I was asked in an online Q&A, “What should a wife’s submission to her husband look like if he’s an abuser?”
It was so long ago that I wish people would stop bugging me about it already. I mean we took it off of the DG website and everything. But darn the Internet for never forgetting things. Oh well, I guess, I’d better try to save face.”
Cry for Justice: “I continue to assert that Piper’s career should have ended in 2009 when he said “simply hurting her.” That it didn’t, that he still has an audience and over half a million followers on Twitter, is an indictment on the Church and a huge warning signal declaring that Christians still don’t comprehend what abuse is or what to do about it.”
It is still absolutely amazing what popularity often does to “Christian” leaders. They often get quite narcissistic and present a bullet-proof attitude, while their supporters look beyond their blatant failings and false doctrines. Big money and big popularity are thus bewitching companions. They make both the leaders and followers blind and complicit in each others’ sins.
Could this be why the Lord Jesus purposely took such an ultra humble approach? Why He possesses the least charisma? Why He walked in virtual poverty regarding His own needs but spent greatly of His own lifelong savings to support His disciples and their families?
On the flipside, in conventional churches the clergy demands support, sometimes with threats, though they may be veiled, and churches are often as tight-fisted as a loan shark with little support for those who are doing all the supporting.
HOW REFRESHING REAL REPENTANCE AND HUMILITY IS TO GOD!
What you just said, so correctly, is a blog article in itself.
About “Real Christians”? It takes one to know one. Thanks for the great comment.
May grace and peace be multiplied to you, ]