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TIL 135 : Ministry To Abusers (feat. Dale Johnson)

On this edition of Truth in Love, Dr. Dale Johnson discusses ministering to abusers.

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  • Cathy Watson
    January 4, 2018

    Thank you, thank You! This isn’t an area we know much about and there’s aren’t a lot of Christian resources on it, maybe because most abusers don’t seek help!
    Thank you for the book referral, and I’m going to seriously consider coming to the conference.
    God Bless you for your faithfulness.

  • Caryl Moses
    January 5, 2018

    I was interested to hear that you are delving into this very important and difficult area. I have a certificate in domestic violence advocacy and I am a commissioned Stephen Minister. I have companioned many people who have experienced abuse in various ways. Physical abuse is the most obvious but not the only kind of abuse. I have personally experienced a spiritual, emotional and phychological abuse inyears I had no idea what was happening and why my joy was missing. This all happened in church and in plain view. It was under the guise of “submission to church leadership”. I would like to know how this training would impact these important areas of abuse that are insidious in the church and in marriages. The teaching and unbiblical defining of what is a “Help Meet” is a core issue. Clearly God created man and woman with different roles in life and in marriage. The important fact being that neither is less in God’s eyes just created with different roles. This biblical truth is often hidden in church teaching. As we know, God created man and woman with love. They are equally important in his eyes. There is no lesser being designed by the God of the universe made “for” someone else to mistreat. To believe or define marriage this way propigates and cultivates this kind of wrong “entitled” mentality that is ripe for an abuser to pick. I have learned that it is a rare situation that an abuser will even admit that they abuse. It is sad. I also have seen and continue to believe God is Sovereign. All things are possible with him. The first step to healing is admission and a sincere desire for repentance AND restitution. Accountabily and support for all involved parties is critical for lasting change.

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