Abusive Relationships and the Culture War on Marriage

All Podcasts With Gretchen Baskerville

Tuesday, 07 December 2021 15:39

How do we make sure our church members are safe in their marriages? I conclude my conversation with Gretchen Baskerville, author of The Lifesaving Divorce: Hope for People Leaving Destructive...

Tuesday, 30 November 2021 12:25

Keeping people in abusive relationships is not the way to fight a culture war on marriage. I continue my conversation with Gretchen Baskerville, author of The Lifesaving Divorce. We look at how...

Tuesday, 23 November 2021 16:14

It is high time for the church and Christians to start rethinking about divorce. I start my conversation with Gretchen Baskerville, author of The Lifesaving Divorce: Hope for People Leaving...

Abusive Relationships and the Culture War on Marriage

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Image
Google Podcasts
iHeart Podcasts

Keeping people in abusive relationships is not the way to fight a culture war on marriage.

I continue my conversation with Gretchen Baskerville, author of The Lifesaving Divorce. We look at how churches and other pro-marriage organizations seem to focus on the statistics of divorce - instead of the underlying reasons for it. We also take a look at the common misconceptions about the result of divorce - including the impact of ending an abusive marriage has on children.

Excerpt

Reuel Sample:
In the Old Testament, we see an outlet for divorce. We see laws that are in the Talmud and other places for both men and women to get to get out of an abusive or unfulfilling marriage. So why are churches so reluctant to embrace this idea today?

Gretchen Baskerville:
Yeah, I think part of it is that we have made divorce a culture war issue. And, you know, we've had other culture war issues in the past, but today it is a culture war issue.

Reuel Sample:
Now when you when you say culture war, you're basically saying that we as Christians have have drawn the line at the sanctity of marriage is that is that Christians are committed to marriage, they're committed to keeping things going and that's what separates us from them.

Gretchen Baskerville:
Right. It's sort of this litmus test, and because some of some leaders in Christianity, I don't know if you want me to name names have actually gone public and said, Listen, our divorce rates need to be lower than the rest of the world, and they just aren't, you know, they don't look good. And how are we going to prove that Jesus changes lives if we don't divorce less? And so this one particular Christian leader, you know, basically made it made a big deal, made divorce to be the evidence of moral decay, not the things that cause divorce. And my response to him, I I didn't reach out to him directly, but my response to that is OK. If serial adultery, if sexual immorality, if physical violence, if emotional abuse, if family crushing addictions all ended tomorrow. We know mathematically that the divorce rate for Christians would drop in half by next year. I mean, it's it's very simple. We've already discussed that about half of divorces in the United States today are for genuinely life saving reasons, those incredibly serious reasons. So if we, as Christians want to say, Hey, we God makes a difference in our life, faith makes us better people. Ok, let's see it happen. Let's see those marriage endangering sins disappear because I guarantee our divorce rates

The Life-Saving Divorce: Hope for People Leaving Destructive Relationships

The Life-Saving Divorce: Hope for People Leaving Destructive Relationships

Are you in a destructive marriage? One of emotional, physical, or verbal abuse? Infidelity? Neglect?

If yes, you know you need to escape, but you’re probably worried about going against God’s will. I have good news for you. You might need to divorce to save your life and sanity. And God is right beside you.

Purchase Your Copy

Important Links

What is a Life-Saving Divorce? How many are there? - http://lifesavingdivorce.com/what-is-a-life-saving-divorce/

40 denominations: What’s their policy on divorce for abuse? - http://www.lifesavingdivorce.com/comparison

20 Denominations that need to clarify their divorce policy - http://lifesavingdivorce.com/unsafe

Bible verses on divorce - http://lifesavingdivorce.com/abuse-in-bible

The effect of divorce on children - http://lifesavingdivorce.com/abuse-and-kids

Good parents are good for kids. Bad parents are bad for kids (Jaffee study)- http://lifesavingdivorce.com/jaffee

Will this unhappy marriage become happy in 5 years? No, not if there’s abuse (Waite study) - http://lifesavingdivorce.com/waite

Didn’t Dr. Judith Wallerstein write a book saying divorce universally destroys kids? No. In fact she said don’t stay for the kids if there’s abuse - http://lifesavingdivorce.com/wallerstein

Jesus heals on the Sabbath and angers the religious leaders - http://lifesavingdivorce.com/luke13

Point-by-point critique (and correction) of two misleading Focus on the Family articles on kids and divorce - http://lifesavingdivorce.com/fotfdivorce1 AND http://lifesavingdivorce.com/fotfbisignano

As an Amazon Associate, the Pastor's Voice earns a small commission from qualifying purchases.

Reuel Sample
Reuel SamplePodcast HostThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Reuel Sample is the host of The Pastor's Voice Podcast. He has a Bachelor Degree in Sociology and Business Administration from Grove City College, and an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary. He has served as a church pastor and a Navy Chaplain. He is a staunch churchmen - which is why he criticizes it so much. He is an avid sailor and wood worker. He is blessed to be married to his wife Pam. They make their home in Wilmington, NC.

Support Our Ministry

We are supported by our listeners.

Site Login