A Cry For Justice

Awakening the Evangelical Church to Domestic Violence and Abuse in its Midst

Author Archive: Barbara Roberts

#churchtoo Raped, tracked, humiliated: Clergy wives speak out about domestic violence

Women who were married to abusive priests and pastors are for the first time revealing their experiences of sexual assault, control and fear. They say the church has known for decades that some clergy abuse their wives but has done very little to fix the ongoing problem. Raped, tracked, humiliated: Clergy wives speak out about …

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Time To Listen: How the visible church can address domestic abuse. An event held in Sydney.

Time to Listen was an evening event held in North Sydney on Sept 6, 2017. Videos of it are now available. Hooray! Part 1  – Julia Baird, ABC journalist, and Graeme Anderson, Senior Ps of Northside Baptist Church, Crows Nest NSW, talk about the public attention given to domestic abuse in the church in the last few …

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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 …

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Jason Meyer doesn’t understand domestic abuse very well. Chris Moles trained him.

Pastor Jason Meyer is happy for people to talk about domestic abuse in mutualising language and to airbrush the fact that perpetrators are the sole cause of abuse. He is the senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church Minnesota (John Piper’s former church). Despite the fact that he and his elders have been trained by Chris …

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The connection between #MeToo and the rejection of ‘salvation by faith alone’ (Sola Fide)

The rejection of Sola Fide is related to #MeToo because a faith-plus-works doctrine of salvation creates an abuser-friendly environment in the church. In the past few weeks there have been two streams of stories that have dominated Christian circles. The first is the debate concerning Sola Fide and the second is the #MeToo campaign in light of the …

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How is the PCA responding to victims of domestic abuse? by Lynette English & Valerie Hobbs.

Lynette English is a survivor of domestic abuse. Her story shows how one PCA* church engaged in victim-blaming and serving the status quo, but another PCA church responded by living out the very essence of the Gospel. …I was married to a seminary graduate, who was called to diaconal ministry and social services for many years. …

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