” Now, I do not disagree with Washer at every point.I concur fully that we are not to let the world dictate to us how to do God’s work.But we need help seeing these things, and some of that help is going to come from general revelation.From the study of astronomy, biology, anatomy, and yes…. Just think how helpful it was for many of you to read Martha Stout’s book, Or Judith Herman’s wonderful book on trauma. It would not surprise me if Washer is a no-divorce-for-abuser teacher, and maybe even more strict than that. I have listened to some of his preaching and it is troublesome to me that so much of what he says in at least some of his messages is simply his own philosophy wrapped in the package of biblical preaching.
Distortions of this doctrine are regularly used to keep the church blind to abuse and to prevent victims from getting the help they need.“When you come to believe as a people that the Bible is inspired, you have only fought half the battle, because the question is not merely, ‘is the Bible inspired? The major question following that, which must be answered, is this: Is the Bible sufficient, or do we have to bring in every so-called social science and cultural study in order to know how to run a church? Social sciences, in my opinion, have taken precedent over the Word of God in such a way that most of us can’t even see it.
All the activity in missions must be based upon the word of God.
Our missionary activity, our church activity, and everything we do ought to flow from the theologian and the exegete — the man who opens up his Bible and has only one question: What is Thy will, Oh God?
Not all these elements need be present, e.g., physical abuse may not be part of it.
The definition of domestic abuser: a family member or dating partner (current or ex) who has a profound mentality of entitlement to the possession of power and control over the one s/he* chooses to mistreat.