I wanted to share this article especially if you have seen the video that went viral with the judge beating his daughter. It is from a blog called The Wartburg Watch. I do not agree with the blog in question with many things [Calvinism etc.] but felt this article was of interest.
"An Ultrasound of Abuse"
I talked about the Totalitarian childrearing here: "The Oppression of Youth And Dominionism", which can be bad enough when the parents are loving and well-meaning even if wrong in their approach but what if they are not? Then there is the issue of how the patriarch types approach the abuse of women? That is what gets me while they wax on about these idealistic families, how many wicked men could abuse these endless powers? The naivete' towards the wicked using religion as a covering veneer, is astounding. I do not know if the judge being exposed nationwide is a confessing Christian or not, but it serves as a warning. Where will all this abuse of power lead to?
The Wartburg Watch has this to say about this video:
For far too long our society has turned a blind eye toward domestic violence as well as child abuse. Since we are a faith watch blog, we will keep the focus of this discussion geared toward the Christianity community. Tragically, in a community of believers that should be a "light on a hill", we have a high profile pastor like John Piper telling abused wives that they should endure "verbal abuse for a season" and tolerate "being smacked for one night". Take a look.
This is where the patriarchy absurdities lead to. As I have written before on my blog article "Two Sides of the Same Evil Coin: Radical Feminism Vs. The Patriarchy Movement" Now remember John Piper is a member of the patriarchial "The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood".
What if the wife doesn't survive one night of physical abuse? We saw just how tormented Hillary Adams was in just a handful of minutes by her father as he cracked that leather whip upon her writhing body. Not only did it hurt her physically, but she suffered tremendous emotional damage. Obviously, common sense has gone out the window with Piper and his ilk.
To make matters worse, we have Paige Patterson, two-time president of the Southern Baptist Convention and president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, giving wives the following IDIOTIC advice at what we understand was a Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood conference (wonder how many women were in the audience to hear his ridiculous story). (link)
“I had a woman who was in a church that I served, and she was being subject to some abuse, and I told her, I said, “All right, what I want you to do is, every evening I want you to get down by your bed just as he goes to sleep, get down by the bed, and when you think he’s just about asleep, you just pray and ask God to intervene, not out loud, quietly,” but I said, “You just pray there.” And I said, “Get ready because he may get a little more violent, you know, when he discovers this.” And sure enough, he did. She came to church one morning with both eyes black. And she was angry at me and at God and the world, for that matter. And she said, “I hope you’re happy.” And I said, “Yes ma’am, I am.” And I said, “I’m sorry about that, but I’m very happy."
"And what she didn’t know when we sat down in church that morning was that her husband had come in and was standing at the back, first time he ever came. And when I gave the invitation that morning, he was the first one down to the front. And his heart was broken, he said, “My wife’s praying for me, and I can’t believe what I did to her.” And he said, “Do you think God can forgive somebody like me?” And he’s a great husband today. And it all came about because she sought God on a regular basis. And remember, when nobody else can help, God can.
And in the meantime, you have to do what you can at home to be submissive in every way that you can and to elevate him. Obviously, if he’s doing that kind of thing he’s got some very deep spiritual problems in his life and you have to pray that God brings into the intersection of his life those people and those events that need to come into his life to arrest him and bring him to his knees.”
What is wrong with these so-called Christian leaders? Why is there not an outcry from the pulpit denouncing physical, sexual, and emotional abuse? It’s a very sad day when the secular world seems to care more about the victimization of wives and children than the Christian community. Not only that, why do Christians put up with this nonsense from their leaders? Is it because these hyper-authoritarian pastors have done such a good job of controlling the flock?
Telling an abused woman to be even more submissive? Insane. In actually it's interesting how the onus is always put on the woman to shape up or that the fault for the abuse lies with her, while the men in their proposed leadership roles are told to hold even more power. Why is Matt 18 always ignored in these situations? One needs to draw boundaries and make a stand against abuse and the women in that situation need helped. See here.
I think Wartburg Watch is right about the secular world showing more care for the abused then many of the churches. Those who preach weakness and submission to evil, actually preach the enabling of it. While prayer works, this does not mean abiding and tolerating evil. That too is an over-encompassing problem in what passes for Christianity today. Dominionism is all about power and control, with a "might makes right" ethos, and well, abuse is an outcome of that.
"Those Hurt By Cults, Toxic Churches And False Pastors"