Paige Patterson has never renounced or apologized for his disgusting advice to abused women
Listen to Paige Patterson discuss the proper way to deal with domestic abuse. This five minute audio clip is from a conference in 2000 where Paige Patterson explained the counsel he gives to battered women. Patterson is a real big shot in the Southern Baptist Convention. Over the years, this terrible advice by Patterson has been repeatedly denounced by victim advocates. But Patterson never renounces let alone apologizes.
He never allows divorce for abuse. He allows separation only for ‘the most serious cases of physical violence’. He tells women to not forget the power of prayer. He advises the wife to kneel beside the bed when her husband is falling asleep and pray to God to intervene. This would be dangerous for the woman to do!
He then gives an anecdote (did he make it up?) about a woman who followed his advice and prayed by her husband’s bedside as he was falling asleep and got beaten badly by her husband as a result. In the anecdote Patterson claims the husband was the first one down the front at the altar call next Sunday and ‘he is a great husband today’.
These kinds of anecdotes are exceedingly common from false preachers who give ghastly advice to victims of abuse.
And so many male leaders in the church just let it ride.
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