A Cry For Justice

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

What does Scripture Really Say?

Articles by Carmen Bryant

The Proverbs 31 Woman – Fact or Fiction?
Sabotaged Submission

The Bible DOES allow divorce for domestic abuse

by Barbara Roberts.

A Biblical Response to the Abused Wife

by Renee M. Malina.  A brief quote from this paper: ‘Being pro‑life goes beyond opposing abortion to taking a stand against everything that opposes life.  Similar to the outrage expressed by the Old Testament prophets, the church must become indignant over abuse within Christian marriages.  The church must take action to “deliver those who are being taken away to death, and those who are staggering to slaughter” (Proverbs 24:11).’

Checklist for Repentance

by Barbara Roberts, adapted from Lundy Bancroft.
Helps you discern genuine repentance from phoney repentance.

Counseling Victims of Domestic Abuse

A presentation Diane Langberg gave at the Forum Of Christian Leaders, Budapest, 25 May 2010.  Diane Langberg, a Christian psychologist, has worked with many victims of domestic abuse, sexual abuse and genocide; and also with people who have abused power in positions of Christian leadership.  You can find other resources created or recommended by Diane Langberg at dianelangberg.com

Divorce and Remarriage Q & A  

David Instone-Brewer’s question and answer page

Divorce is NOT a Status

by Joseph J. Pote.
If you struggle with being labeled “divorced” or “remarried” this article will be an encouragement.

Does 1 Cor. 7:10-11 mean a victim of abuse can’t remarry? (broken link – trying to fix)

by Barbara Roberts.

1 Corinthians 7:14 Whose body is trump?

by Dr. Phil Monroe, Christian Psychologist and biblical counselor.  He refutes the arguments that according to 1 Cor. 7-14, women must submit to their husband’s sexual requests.

The F Word: Forgiveness and its Limitations

Interview with David Augsburger, author of Caring Enough to Confront and The Freedom of Forgiveness.

What Forgiveness IS and what it is NOT (PDF version)
What Forgiveness IS and what it is NOT (audio version — mp3) (broken link – trying to fix)

In this sermon Pastor Bob Kerrey explains what forgiveness is and what it is not. The sermon was originally titled “Breaking Barriers to Intimacy with God: Overcoming Unforgiveness”. Ps Kerry has given permission for us to apply a different title to it. The sermon carefully explains and distinguishes the different aspects of forgiveness:
– judicial forgiveness
– psychological forgiveness
– relational forgiveness
Similar teaching on forgiveness to that by Ps Bob Kerry can be found in Steven Tracy’s book, Mending the Soul.

Forgiveness with Boundaries

by Joseph J. Pote.

Forgiveness and Reconciliation

by April Kelsey

Has God Abandoned Me?  For Women Facing Domestic Violence

Produced by Lutheran Hour Ministries, this booklet is an excellent resource concerning domestic abuse.  You may also want to read the post that we published concerning this booklet and the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod that recommended it.

How Reconciliation Works

This is a youtube video by Counselor Patrick Doyle of Veritas Counseling.  He discusses four things that are required before reconciliation can be considered:  conviction, repentance, confession, and forgiveness.  And each of these four things is to be done by the offender.

Modesty:  I don’t think it means what you think it means.

by Rachel Held Evans.

Old Testament Perspectives on Divorce and Remarriage.

by Dr Joe Sprinkle, Professor of OT. Gives a very similar argument for divorce, including for abuse, as David Instone-Brewer.

Olympic Gospel Mission Bible Studies on Domestic Abuse

This is a PDF created by Olympia Union Gospel Mission.  This workbook includes ten biblical studies which focus on understanding the basic dynamics of domestic violence relationships, including verbal abuse.

Repentance and Forgiveness

by Dr George Simon Jr

Scriptures That Demonstrate an Abuser is Not a Christian 

by Ps Jeff Crippen.  ACFJ blog post published 9 January 2015.

Still Married in the Sight of God?

by Barbara Roberts.  How the notion “You’re still married in the sight of God” has affected the Christian church over the centuries.

Untwisting Scriptures: that were used to tie you up, gag you, and tangle your mind

by Rebecca Davis. This book untwists and presents the beautiful truth of God’s Word, exposing sin where it needs to be revealed, and offering hope to those who most desperately need it. Scriptures can be untwisted. You can rise up from spiritual abuse and walk in the freedom of Christ.

What does it mean for a wife to submit to her husband?

by Allison Stevens.  Of RBC Ministries

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