I know many of you are John Piper fan boys but this is appalling. Piper is telling women to "submit" to abuse for a season and then go to the church. Really? What about an abuse shelter? What about pressing criminal charges? What about leaving him? Abuse can never be tolerated.
Piper talks about abuse being sin and the answer is in the church. Of course it is sin but violence against women and children (and anyone) is illegal and the answer is first to get the women to safety and then the courts. Yes the church is a part of the solution as it can be in any restorative process but there are laws in this land that say that no one needs to tolerate physical violence and abuse, not even for a â€œseasonâ€ as Piper suggests.
The idea that this needs to be done in the context of the church and community is wrong. If I hit Wendy or abuse my kids, I have crossed a line that as a society we say that we wonâ€™t tolerate, itâ€™s why there are laws that prohibit family violence. The actions of the abuser have taken the consequences out of the realm and authority of the church and into the realm of the police and judges. This isnâ€™t an issue of submission, this is a criminal issue now.
I have no idea why some of you believe in the submissive crap that guys like Piper keep preaching. I have listened on the phone to women being beaten by husbands and parents while they were trying to protect their children and have listened to friends tell me they thought they were going to die from the abuse they were enduring. No one should ever deal with that ever. People knew that they were being abused (and yes they were in the church) and didn’t take a stand because they women were submissive.
That "doctrine" drives me crazy. It’s based on bad theology and a bad translation of the Hebrew.