Great Sermon! I wonder if anyone has considered that a particular church in its entirety can become abusive to women!
I found that as the abusive men took control of our church and the nice ones left (because they too were abused) the church became more and more abusive in its leadership towards women. Fundamentalism tends this way naturally and when certain men take over it becomes more so, supported by abused wives who support their sense of entitlement and become misogynistic themselves.
These 'super-godly'leaders fit almost every category of abusiveness including keeping all the monies of the church under their control and permitting no women in any leadership positions, reminding them that men alone are entitled to lead, pray, decide, etc...and when a person leaves they are always at fault for not being submissive enough, etc. One such church expelled (excommunicated) 14 elderly parishioners for not 'submitting' to a very wrong decision by their elders. These were people who had been members all their lives and the leadership was just a bunch of arrogant men who had grown accustomed to being bowed down to and couldn't accept any one who questioned them.
I would love to hear a sermon on 'the church as abuser'...there are churches that closely resemble the Taliban in our circles.
Great Sermon! Thank you for this sermon! My husband is abusive and I have not been able to get help for kids & myself because we don't have insurance & not enough money. I have reached out for help from my previous church with no response. We live in country now with no family around. I keep praying God will intervene. My husband has been going to church which I was hoping would make a difference. We've went to talk to the pastor before. My husband tried to twist what the pastor said to benefit himself.
from Ontario, Canada
Great Sermon! Diana,
God is leading you, as he does me...I left my abuser last month after 42 years of marriage. I too struggled before leaving him, wondering if it was right in the sight of God.
As time passes, the realization that God lead me to the separation becomes more clarified. I also have many "enemies" now, but also new friends and most importantly, I know that God is with me every step of the way.
You are in my prayers,
from Davenport, FL
Great Sermon! Thanks for this Sermon on Domestic Violence. More churches need to speak out against this sin. My abuser used the Bible against me which kept me from leaving but after I knew that Jesus would most likely hate abuse more than Divorce I sought courage to finally leave my abuser. Now I'm his scapegoat and have made more enemies among friends / family. But I know that God knows the truth and He is waiting SO AM I! !!!