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Monthly Archives: February, 2019

Churchcares.com – the SBC’s plan to equip churches to respond to abuse

The SBC is preparing a video-based curriculum called “Becoming a Church that Cares Well for Abuse”. The teaching team they have chosen includes Chris Moles, Leslie Vernick, Darby Strickland and Diane Langberg.  I have mixed feelings about this. The primary focus of churchcares.com appears to be sexual abuse, but domestic abuse is being covered as …

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Liam Goligher is a PCA theologian who says abuse is grounds for divorce

  My position is that divorce is not just allowed but necessary where abuse has taken place. — Dr Liam Goligher¹  Senior Minister of 10th Presbyterian Church Philadelphia Liam Goligher thinks Dr Martin Lloyd Jones believed the same. He thinks perhaps he heard that from MLJ’s daughter. If anyone can provide more info on MLJ’s …

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A post was published by mistake – our apologies

Dear readers, a few hours ago a post was accidentally published here. ACFJ apologises for any confusion or hurt feelings that this error may have caused. That post began to be drafted a long time ago, when the ACFJ team consisted of Jeff Crippen, myself and TWBTC. It sat in drafts for a long time, …

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A contemporary PCA theologian who said that abuse is grounds for divorce – David Clyde Jones

David Clyde Jones is remembered as the PCA’s chief ethicist of recent times (link). He trained generations of pastors at Covenant Theological Seminary, where he taught for 40 years. He commended my book Not Under Bondage. Jones suggested that the Westminster Confession’s statement about divorce be modified in one small but very significant way. The …

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Puritans who said abuse was grounds for divorce

Abuse IS grounds for divorce. Most evangelical leaders are reluctant to say this outright today, but several eminent theologians In the sixteenth and seventeenth century said it. Today’s leaders need to take courage and follow their example. Thomas Cranmer was the first to say it – see Pt 1 of this series Thomas Cranmer on divorce …

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Thomas Cranmer on divorce for abuse

Several theologians in the 16th & 17th centuries said abuse is grounds for divorce. It is a tragedy that their arguments have been passed over and ignored by so many today. The Roman church only countenanced “separation from bed and board” in cases of abuse or other marital mistreatment. When the protestant reformation began, quite …

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