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Is marriage a gospel ordinance? Does Ephesians 5 relate to unequally yoked marriages?

Many people talk about marriage as if it is a gospel ordinance and they use Ephesians 5 to back up that idea. But marriage happens in many frameworks all across humanity. Even Satanists have marriage ceremonies! People who claim that marriage is a gospel ordinance fail to notice how Paul applies Ephesians 5 solely and …

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Jesus brought a gospel of peace, and the gospel brings division

Jesus told us that He came to bring division. Do you suppose that I have come to send peace on the earth? I tell you no, but rather division. For from henceforth there will be five in one house, divided three against two, and two against three.” — Luke 12:51-52  New Matthew Bible (NMB) The expository …

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What it means to be dead to the law – by Sam Powell

This sermon by Ps Sam Powell is a good explanation of what it means to be saved. Sam begins by talking about the errors of both “easy believism” and “lordship salvation”. Then he explains that the wife/husband analogy in Romans 7:1-2 is not addressing the biblical grounds for divorce and remarriage.  (So, dear reader, please …

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Protecting women from abuse. Has Exodus 21:10 been mistranslated in most English versions of the Bible?

The Old Testament sets down laws and precepts which were meant to protect women from abuse and mistreatment by powerful and callous men. One of those laws can be found in Exodus 21:7-11 which is about the rights of Hebrew girls or young women who were sold into indentured service by their fathers. Most English …

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9. The will-o-the-wisp of hope for abusive men

Chris Moles doesn’t fully understand the story of King David Chris Moles uses the story of King David’s taking Bathsheba for his sexual gratification to illustrate what he calls the “four pillars of domestic abuse” (W*). The four pillars Chris sets out are: superiority – the abusers misuse their power because they believe in their own superiority objectification – …

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8. Should biblical counselors put lots of energy into helping abusive men see their sins?

It is wise to work on the assumption that the abuser knows what he did knows it was wrong knows he’s making false accusations about his target. How do we know that abusers know they are doing wrong? Abusers know they are doing wrong because they hide from the public the wrong things they do. …

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