What God Says About Violence Against Women and How the Church Should Respond

Today is recognized as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Thus it is fitting that some influential blogs have taken the opportunity to reflect upon the church’s response toward those who abuse, and to examine what God says in Scripture about such behavior.

Dr. Russell Moore, Dean of the School of Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, writes the following:

An abusive man is not an over-enthusiastic complementarian. He is not a complementarian at all. His is a pathetic aping perversion of Adamic leadership. He rejects male headship because he rejects his role as provider and protector.


The Gospel Coalition Blog also addresses this issue by highlighting various Scriptures and concluding:

No matter how it’s spun, abusing women is unacceptable. Always. No asterisks.

God calls husbands to love their wives (Col. 3:19; Eph. 5:25, 33), to enjoy them (Eccl. 9:9), to understand them (1 Pet. 3:7), to honor them (1 Pet. 3:7), to nourish them (Eph. 5:29), to cherish them (Eph. 5:29), to provide for them (1 Tim. 5:8), to praise them (Prov. 31:28).


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