Christian Domestic Discipline (Wife Spanking): A Personal Story, and a Closer Look at Patterns Connected with this Abusive Practice

Christian Domestic Discipline, “wife spanking,” Christian Patriarchy Movement, Spanking of Adult Children, Denominational Practices and teachings

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Two summers ago, I received a phone call from a pastor who shared his growing concern about wife-spanking in his family of churches. Months later, I finally reported on the topic of wife spanking in this article: The Christian Patriarchy Movement’s Dark Secret of Wife Spanking. Wife spanking is often referred to as Christian Domestic Discipline, as if to make it more politically correct. As far as I’m concerned, it should be called assault and reported to authorities immediately. The article was popular with over 600 comments. Since then, the most common search term which brings people to the blog is”wife spanking.” Some of the search phrases make me want to vomit.

 

I’m issuing a trigger warning for this subject. It is very disturbing to read. Please be careful if you are easily triggered by topics of abuse.

 

 

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Last week, I received an e-mail from “Lauren,” a victim of domestic violence, “Christian Domestic Discipline” or “wife spanking:”

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Julie Anne:

I found an old post of yours from last year.  Thank you for writing and shedding light on another form of domestic abuse that doesn’t get talked about very much.  It’s one thing when it is a Ray Rice situation like in the news now.  But I think there are probably other women in conservative or controlling “Christian” households where the husband thinks it is OK to spank his wife like just another child in the house.

I was in such a relationship for a while.  I grew up in a very conservative, Southern household and was spanked at home until I left.  So when my husband spanked me the first time, I was embarrassed, but I thought maybe it was my fault or somehow it was OK.

It was very difficult because it was not like I had a black eye or bruises.  It was just always his open hand on my bottom which made me feel like I could never tell someone else or explain it.  It took a long time for me to have the strength to leave him.

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My head went spinning. Did Lauren and her husband have any connections with the Patriarchy Movement? Or were they connected with teachings similar to an article I wrote, Wife Undermines Her Husband’s Authority in Front of Children, He Disciplines Her?

Update (12/28/15): previously, there were two YouTube videos posted of Dr. Phil’s show posted here. They have since been removed from YouTube. I was able to find the two snippets from the show below:

 


The husband in the article (and Dr. Phil’s show) also claimed to be a Christian (non-denominational background). He spanked his wife so he could get the “demons out” and to stop the bad behavior which he labeled as narcissism. He demanded that his wife call him “sir.”

Pat Robertson is another known figure in Christiandom who has said some shocking statements about how husbands should treat wives. He responded to a question from a husband about his unruly wife saying the husband could become a Muslim so he could beat his wife.  See for yourself. The clip is just over one minute long:

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Where are these teachings coming from?

 Is it limited to a specific area or denomination?

How can it be prevalent and endorsed in some circles of Christianity and yet called out as abuse in others?

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After reading Lauren’s letter and sharing back and forth e-mails, I had so many questions. I wanted to know how did Lauren get from the point where “wife spanking” was considered “normal” to the place where she said, “THIS IS WRONG – it is ABUSE!”

 

Lauren and I exchanged e-mails (edited slightly for brevity) and Lauren gave me permission to share with you our conversation, in the hopes that it will help other wives and also shed light on this dark secret in Christianity:

 

Lauren,

BRAVO for you!!  I’m so glad you found the strength to leave your abusive marriage. How did you finally put it all together that wife spanking was wrong? Did you find someone to share with?

I know I am a question box but I also know that what you experienced is going on in homes around the country and people just like you are labeling it as “normal” just because of what you described – – because parents are taught that it’s ok to spank children even through adulthood as long as they are under the father’s roof.  It makes complete sense that someone raised in this culture would extend it to domestic abuse. 

How are you doing now?  Did you get support from friends and family after leaving him?

 

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Julie Anne,

I got support from friends and it was only when I opened up to them that they helped me see it was wrong.  I am not estranged from my parents but I did not get their support.  Instead, they wanted to know what I had done wrong to “need” to be punished and felt that I had abandoned my wedding vows when I left him.  😦

I think you are exactly right.  I got spanked at home until I left to be with my ex when I was 21.  Our church pastor growing up would talk about disciplining according to emotional age, not actual age.  And I was told that since I was acting immaturely, this was the consequence.  I don’t know where the line is, but looking back now I think I can say that spanking even at 14 or 15 was not right and certainly not up to the age I was.

It took such a long time because that line had been blurred from growing up and then being married.  I didn’t see it as abuse.  It was not like he was drunk and beating me with his fists.  It was confusing because it felt no different than when I was at home.  I would commit some offense that my parents/husband thought was wrong, I was told I was going to be punished, I would end up over a lap and afterward would be told to pray.

I am doing much better now and am very glad to be removed from all that.  Not only him, but the church and the people there.

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Lauren,

Yes, that makes a lot of sense – it was a normal progression for you.  You went from your father as protector/provider/authority to your husband as protector/provider/authority. It’s a logical progression.

[I then asked Lauren if she’d be willing to share her story anonymously.]

JA
 
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Julie Anne,

I think I would be OK with that, especially if anonymous.  I imagine the biggest thing other women might be experiencing is that embarrassment, demoralizing, and feeling very disempowered.  Especially in situations where the woman feels something is wrong but might not think of herself as “abused.”  My husband was only two years older (but he is close to 6 feet tall and heavily muscled and I am around 5 feet tall  and under 100 lbs).  Yet I was expected to call him “sir” at all times and I was often addressed as “young lady” or “little girl,” which was a constant put-down that made me feel small and powerless.

Even the words used I think make some women question whether it is wrong or not.  It’s not called “beatings” or “abuse,” which is what it is.  Calling it just a “spanking” in some ways covers up what is going on, I think.  I know for a long time I did not consider myself a battered or abused wife.

He wasn’t hitting me with closed fists or objects.  It ranged anywhere from a swat or two over my clothing up to him pulling down my pants for episodes that left me bawling.  But he never swore, or acted out of control.  So I deluded myself to thinking that I wasn’t like those women in shelter’s scared for their lives.  While he never threatened my life physically and I still think he would never have that in him, the fact is that the abuse did threaten my “life” in terms of making me feel very alone and afraid not very good inside.

Lauren

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Lauren,

The size difference between you and he is considerable and would be very threatening. From what you describe, it sounds like he had a sense of entitlement over you – you were an object to be owned rather than a cherished wife to be treasured and loved.

Was your church part of a particular denomination? Were you homeschooled or was homeschooling prominent in your church?   Did you hear of anyone else going through the same thing?  How about at your own home growing up, was your mother spanked?  Did you meet your ex-husband at church or was he from outside the church? 

JA

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Julie Anne,

The thing is that he never raged.  At times he could be very sweet and charming.  But over it all was always this sense of control and “he was the man.”  My wedding vows included a vow to obey and he would often remind me that God commanded wives to submit and obey their husbands as they were supposed to do towards Christ.  The thing is I never felt “threatened.”  Just utterly powerless.  I never truly “fought back” as if I was fighting for my life.  But often I would struggle or try to escape but he was big and strong enough to hold me in place and then would tell me I was getting more for disobeying and struggling.

Our church was non-denominational but was charismatic and evangelical.  It was not required (since I know lots of kids in my youth groups were in regular schools) but home-schooling was definitely pushed.  I was home-schooled and was raised to not even think about college.  I don’t know how wide-spread the practice was, but I remember my parents had no problem threatening me with discipline where other people from our church were within earshot and don’t remember ever hearing any kind of shock or outrage from anyone else.

I don’t know if my Mom was ever spanked.  I never heard or suspected anything growing up.  Until I moved out, both her and my father spanked me, although he did most of it.

We met through church but I don’t know what his family background was.  His mother had passed away long ago and his father died shortly after our wedding and I never got to talk to him much.  Our church also pushed heavily this idea of “modesty” even at young levels.  Church youth group leaders would tell young ladies that “modest is hottest” and make it clear that exposing any kind of skin somehow made a woman “loose” or “of a certain kind.”  My parents had total veto power over what I could wear.

Until I left the house, with being petite along with their ideas of modesty, I still wore little girl style underpants.  Comfortable, but very childish, very full coverage stuff.  I remember being mortified our wedding night and wanted to find something sexy that would make me feel good (and I thought he would like, too).  I bought some lingerie (nothing really scandalous) and wore a pair one night.  He told me I was never to wear such “slutty” clothing and made me throw them all away (after beating my bottom).

Lauren

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Lauren,

Ok, so this is more widespread than I suspected if it’s crossing over into charismatic churches.  What was your parents’ response about the spanking?  Were they surprised by it?

Because of his behavior – with no rage, just an expectancy of needing to control you, it makes me think this was normal within his background or upbringing.  Did you tell him why you were leaving?  What was his response?  Was your church aware of what was going on?  I’m wondering what their thoughts were on it?  Are you officially divorced now?

The modesty issue and him not wanting you to get any kind of lingerie shows a real distorted view of sexuality.  I can’t remember if you said how long you were married.  Do you have any children? I’m just so pleased to know that you were able to break free.  Are you able to support yourself okay?  Did you go straight from home to marriage without any schooling?

Thank you so much for answering all of these questions and your willingness to share your story publicly.  I know it will be very, very enlightening to many people.  The church needs to know this is going on. 

thanks again,

Julie Anne

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Julie Anne,

Thankfully my friend helped me move and helped me get set up and even helped me secure a job.  She was there every step of the way.

We had no children (thankfully) and we are fully divorced.  When I left he was convinced that it was because of my friend and being led astray and away from God.  He did not stalk me or anything but vowed to constantly pray for me to come to my senses and return.

My parents were a little surprised at first but I think they see spanking as not the same as abuse.  They told me that I needed to do a better job of obeying and not being disrespectful or difficult and told me I needed to pray more to be a better wife.   When I left him, they did not abandon me but at the same time were not fully supportive and told me they were praying for us to work it out.  I love them but our relationship is often strained.

I am in my early 30s and this past 4th of July I was there and we had a bit of an argument.  They threatened to spank me if I didn’t back down and I have no doubt it wasn’t an idle threat.

Lauren


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Conclusion (from Julie Anne)

Part of me wishes this practice of wife spanking was limited to just one denomination so it could be easier to expose, but it is clear from the above examples that we cannot. In the above examples, we see non-denominational, charismatic/evangelical, Reformed Presbyterian denominations represented. 

The abuse comes in different forms. In Dr. Phil’s example, we see a bully who used rage and anger as he spanked/assaulted his wife. He did it in front of his children as they watched and cried, saying that mommies get spanked for bad behavior, too.  

In Lauren’s situation, she described her husband as calm and never in anger, yet he referred to her in demeaning terms, “little girl,” as a father would say to a child. However, his “spanking” was always controlled which must have made it all the more confusing to Lauren.

Spanking of Children through Adulthood and Transfer of Headship

In my former church, we were taught by our pastor that civil laws regarding adulthood did not apply when it came to disciplining children in our homes. We were told that it was biblical to spank our teenagers, even ones who were over legal adulthood. This same pastor also told husbands to get control of their wives. Even without saying the word “spanking,” it would be easy for a husband sitting in a pew to take that kind of teaching and think that a pastor was giving his stamp of approval for wife spanking to get her under control.

We need to consider the importance of the correlation of spanking of children through adulthood and also the transfer of headship from father to new husband when a young lady gets married. It seems that both of these components make it much more likely for a woman to be the victim of domestic violence/wife spanking.  

It’s important to note that Lauren was spanked as a child through adulthood. The last paragraph of Lauren’s e-mail revealed her parents sided with Lauren’s husband and believed her to be disobedient to her husband. They did not see his authority as abusive, but appropriate. Apparently in their world, girls do not grow up . . . ever. No wonder Lauren was so confused in her marriage. It’s quite amazing that she had the strength to leave. 

This post has been very difficult for me emotionally.  I’ve been thinking about this quite a bit.  I had another thought about the “transfer of headship” in marriage. It seems the only difference between the role of a father and the role of new husband is that the new husband gets sexual privileges and now has someone to cook and clean for him, and bear children. I see no other difference in how these wives are treated compared to how they were treated as daughters. These abused wives are treated as children or objects to be owned.

We need to be aware of the existence of this atrocity in our churches and be bold in calling it out when we see it. It is insidious that this practice has continued in the name of God and Christianity. Young boys in these homes will likely learn this behavior of entitlement over women and repeat it. Young girls will also learn from the behavior and may find themselves with abusive men because of familiarity. In an abusive home, children do not have a sense of a normal healthy marriage, so this modeling of abusive behavior could affect generations. 

When we protect and defend abused wives, we are also protecting and defending their children and future generations.

I’m very grateful to Lauren for her e-mail and being willing to shed more light into this abusive practice so that we can have more understanding of what she and many others are going through. May we all work to protect women and expose this shameful sin and crime  in our churches.

 

 

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183 comments on “Christian Domestic Discipline (Wife Spanking): A Personal Story, and a Closer Look at Patterns Connected with this Abusive Practice

  1. Daisy, just where in the Gospels did Christ say, ‘I say Genesis 3:16 is not to be followed any more?’ You write as though no woman in the Bible had any learning. Have you read Mary’s song, known as the Magnificat? She knew her Bible inside out, she just keeps quoting the Old Testament over and over. It’s brilliant.
    Just asserting over and over that I am ‘interpreting the Scriptures in error, just as the Pharisees did’ is not a proof. You can get in my face and scream it, and it still won’t be a proof.
    Similarly, just asserting ‘There are no Bible passages that say that husbands have authority over wives’ does not nullify all the passages I quoted which say the opposite to what you want to believe.
    And then to quote half of 1Cor 7:4! Are you serious? The whole verse says: ‘1Cor 7:4 The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife.’ And it goes on: ‘1Cor 7:5 Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.’
    So husbands are not unilaterally to refuse conjugal relations to the wives, nor vice versa.’ I know some of each do as a weapon. It’s not right. By consent is OK, we read. but if one of them just says ‘No’ with no explanation or word of compassion then that’s fraud.
    Deborah cursed Barak for not taking his proper male role, and the Apostle Paul, knowing all about Junia, still says a woman may not usurp authority over a man.
    So don’t quote the half of a verse which you like, miss out the half you don’t and then accuse me of ‘distorting verses’ when all I did was quote them!
    Daisy: ‘I don’t have issues with men.’ Then in your next paragraph: ‘Men are not the loving protectors that some claim that they should be …’ Er …
    No, no previous assumptions, just submitting to the plain word of God will do for me.

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  2. Serving Kids: Let’s get this straight. I am the only one who has had the honesty actually to quote passages of scripture. Then all the feminists have jumped around and yelled at me that I am mis-interpreting them. No-one ever gives a better interpretation, they just holler at me as if the one who shouts loudest must be right.
    And no, the experiences, however bad, do not nullify the word of God. If you find a bad doctor you don’t rubbish the whole of medicine. You take the doctor to task. Similarly, abusing men need to be taken to task (no, I don’t know how, and in some cases they just never will be) but the fact of their existence does not mean God was wrong to say that the man is the head of the wife and that ‘he shall rule over thee’.

    Lydia: Just saying my exegesis (please note the spelling) is wrong does not establish that it is. And being insulting doesn’t either.

    Sorry Daisy, I forgot. When you wrote: ‘You cannot find a single Bible verse that says that never married adult women must submit to a man – because there is no such concept’ you had forgotten Numbers 30:3-5.

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  3. “(Do you know the difference between them?)”

    A Lone Voice, your voice will be really lonely in the SSB doghouse if you keep up with the condescending remarks. This is your warning.

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  4. 100pinkapples: I am so sorry you have been so badly treated. It’s heartbreaking to read your accounts both here and elsewhere and if you were not in a rage it would be nothing short of miraculous. But God does miracles and he can deal with your pain, as bad as it is.

    But having said all that, you have something practical, but difficult, which you must do. You are going to have to move to a place of forgiveness. I know it’s hard, but it must be do-able by the grace of God and the power of Holy Spirit because our Lord Jesus said:
    Mark 11:25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
    Mark 11:26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
    It’s in the Lord’s Prayer as well: ‘… forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us’.

    Anyone who can inspire such bitterness in us still has a hold over us. And they have no right to it. Unforgiveness is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. Even praying to be able to forgive is a start. And to start confessing, ‘I am forgiving (or ever ‘going to forgive’) those who have wronged me’ is a step on the road to freedom.

    Please go and speak to a pastor in a completely different church from the one they were in (I should recommend a sister in a Pentecostal church, but that’s just my personal suggestion) and I know you will get more than a sympathetic ear. You’ll get prayers and someone standing with you to get rid of the bad stuff and move on.
    If Satan can keep you in the past, he will rob you of your future. He has already had too much of your life. Don’t let him have the victory for a day longer. Tell him to clear off out of your life. You are more than a conqueror through Jesus who loves you. But that pastor I am speaking about, if she is worth her salt, will speak better words than me.

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  5. Julie Anne asks, “What does “Er….” mean?” It’s the soft and fading, though somewhat prolonged, sound of brain flatulence. It is associated with the ego deflation experienced by one who really, really wishes to say something pointed and clever, but they just can’t put their hands on anything of sufficient substance.

    I feel that, for our lonely wolf’s sake, I might need to point out that flatulence is the polite term for the F word that rhymes with art. However, since it would not be good to, myself, come across as as condescending, I will not do that.

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  6. Oh brother, that was too obvious. I thought the periods might have been missing letters for a larger word. Thanks, Gary. You never fail to amuse.

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  7. “I shall expect some racist comments.”

    Which only shows exactly where your heart and mind are at.

    ” I see only 3.5% of Americans traveled overseas in 2009 (when the study was done). Just 3% of those (that’s 0.1% of Americans) went to Africa and Eastern Europe isn’t even mentioned:”

    I grew up in Europe and the Middle East. I have traveled to Africa, Asia, and many parts of the world. I think it’s quite funny that you make the cultural practices of other countries an argument for how Christians should live. There are many things practiced all over the globe that would not be suitable for Christians. The Bible advocates for stoning as do some Muslim countries. Should we follow suit?

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  8. (I don’t have much time or interest right now to go through and read all comments left to me since I last was here, or comment on them all.)
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    Lone Voice said,

    “you had forgotten Numbers 30:3-5.”

    Let’s look at Numbers 30.3-5.

    It says:

    When a young woman still living in her father’s household makes a vow to the Lord or obligates herself by a pledge
    4 and her father hears about her vow or pledge but says nothing to her, then all her vows and every pledge by which she obligated herself will stand.
    5 But if her father forbids her when he hears about it, none of her vows or the pledges by which she obligated herself will stand; the Lord will release her because her father has forbidden her.

    That’s a rule for ancient Israel, for young women still living at home with their fathers.

    What you got for American never married women over the age of 40, including ones who are not under their father’s care?

    I’m over 40 years of age and in charge of my own life. I’m not a 15 year old kid still living under my father’s and mother’s authority.

    I’ve also not made any pledges.

    Even if I were to make a pledge, my father would have nothing to do with it. I’m an adult who is in control of her own life.

    The Bible doesn’t say that never-married adult women have to submit to a man, or any men, certainly not American women in the year 2015.

    You’re quoting a rule or law which only applied under the Old Covenant, for the Jews. I’m not a Jew living in Israel in 5,000 B.C.

    Your horrible handling of the Bible does not inspire confidence in me at all.

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  9. “But having said all that, you have something practical, but difficult, which you must do. You are going to have to move to a place of forgiveness.”

    It is not for you to determine someone’s path of recovery.

    “Please go and speak to a pastor in a completely different church from the one they were in (I should recommend a sister in a Pentecostal church, but that’s just my personal suggestion)”

    We don’t advocate for nouthetic counseling here. Professional, licensed counseling is recommended.

    And the thought of a Pentecostal being in to kinky, spanking fetishes is hilarious.

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  10. Well, 100pinkapples, lone wolf comes around to accuse you of being in a rage. If accusations of anger are routinely hurled as thought stoppers by “Christian” tyrants everywhere, just think how effective wolf must think it will have been to accuse you of rage. Well, to hell with him.

    But it gets even worse. Wolf goes on to demand—not suggest, but demand—that you forgive. Now, I will agree that vengeance itself is best left to God (and my experience is that He is quite good at it when we leave it to Him), but where people like wolf demand forgiveness, they contemptibly do at least two things:

    1. They shift shame, fault and blame to the one who has been wronged.
    2. They employ demands for forgiveness in a manner that makes forgiveness the Evangelical “Christian” F word. In other words, they basically say, you may be in pain, and you may have been wronged, but F___ you.

    My suggestion that the word forgiveness gets employed as an F word equivalent is not original to me. I’m only part way through the rather long article, which was suggested by Lydia, but from what I have read so far, I can suggest that http://www.nacr.org/wordpress/160/the-f-word-forgiveness-and-its-imitations might be worth a look see.

    Finally, at the risk of getting my very own self consigned to the SSB Doghouse, who is this “Lone Voice” who comes around lecturing on forgiveness, especially when he gives every evidence of being the sort who is highly apt to provoke the very need forgiveness—and that on an ongoing basis. And now for the part that might get me consigned to the doghouse: He is one pompous donkey.

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  11. Yes, guys, best leave 100PinkApples raging away because it suits your purpose better to have her stay unforgiving and bitter. What a heartless bunch. And I expect I was twisting or misinterpreting scripture with the Mark 11 quote, wasn’t I? That’s it. Time to go. Enjoy each other’s smug, judgmental company.

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  12. And with that final parting shot, we can all say good bye and good riddance to Lone Voice. Trouble is, he will not be able to help himself. He absolutely WILL be back. He may try using a different name, or he may try some other such subterfuge, but he WILL be back.

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  13. “best leave 100PinkApples raging away because it suits your purpose better to have her stay unforgiving and bitter.”

    And there goes the “bitter” card. How boring. As 100pinkapples said earlier, “I ‘am sure I have heard worse than whatever he comes up with.” Many of us have heard worse. A Lone Voice just proves him/herself to be another dime-a-dozen abuser.

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  14. Yes, guys, best leave 100PinkApples raging away because it suits your purpose better to have her stay unforgiving and bitter. What a heartless bunch.

    No, I’m sorry, you are acting heartless. You sit there on your high horse telling a survivor what her recovery should look like. That is inappropriate and now you are now in the doghouse. I will monitor all of your comments now.

    dog

    doghouse

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  15. The article I linked to at 4:14 PM distinguishes between unforgiveness and grieving. I find this very insightful. And helpful. Anger is not sin, although we can sin in our anger. I suggest that there is no sin in anger born of grief. In fact, if such anger is not expressed, it must be suppressed–only to come out sidewise at some unexpected time.

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  16. Lone Voice,

    Not sure whether you can hear me in the doghouse (or if you’re even hanging around anymore), but I’d like to offer some insight as to why you might have ended up there.

    No, you didn’t misinterpret Mark 11, but I suspect you misapplied it. You are telling 100pinkapples that she needs to take a Christian response to her abusers and to her own pain, and to see a pastor for counselling. But you don’t know whether she’s a Christian. After everything she’s been through at the hands of bible-spouting men, I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s given up on the faith. (I’ll let her tell you one way or the other, if she wants to.)

    As believers, we aren’t allowed to dictate to people outside the faith how they should live their lives, or deal with their suffering. I can’t imagine anyone here wants 100pinkapples to suffer from her trauma forever. But she will heal in her own good time — none of us can force that on her.

    And no, the experiences, however bad, do not nullify the word of God. …Abusing men need to be taken to task (no, I don’t know how, and in some cases they just never will be) but the fact of their existence does not mean God was wrong to say that the man is the head of the wife and that ‘he shall rule over thee’.

    As a Christian, I’m not trying to “nullify” the Bible by my experiences, or anyone else’s. But I do reinterpret it in light of those experiences, and the light of common sense and human decency. That’s my responsibility as a believer and as a thinking adult.

    Just to give one example of an alternate interpretation: I understand the phrase “he shall rule over thee” as a description of one outcome of the Fall, not as a command that would restore things to their proper place. God was saying that, in our post-paradisal state, spousal relationships would become much harder, in part because many men would be tempted to become abusive and domineering. I’m sure not everyone will agree with me, but in light of common sense and Jesus’ character, it’s what makes sense to me.

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  17. Thank you, Serving. I was too worked up to explain. Cooler heads prevail and your words are so helpful, not just for A Lone Voice, but to anyone else who may stumble across this old thread. Thanks again!

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  18. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. . . . Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons [and daughters] of God.” (Matthew 5:6,9 ESV)

    As one who is more inclined to the pursuit of justice, which I take to be included as an aspect of righteousness, my potential reward no doubt pales in comparison to the reward awaiting Julie Anne, Serving Kids in Japan, and all the other peacemakers here. And yet.

    It never occurred to me to suppose that 100pinkapples might not be a Christian. Nor, based on his presentation here, did it ever occur to me to just assume that Lone Voice is a Christian. I submit that, no matter what, 100pinkapples is our sister, and that Lone Voice is not to be received as a brother. I submit that every target of physically, emotionally or spiritually abusive behavior is our sister or brother, and that no perpetrator, absent real repentance, is to be embraced as family.

    Please, please, JA and Serving, do not receive this comment as condemnation, or even as criticism. Rather, please accept it as simply expressing a differing point of view.

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  19. No, I’m sorry, you are acting heartless. You sit there on your high horse telling a survivor what her recovery should look like. That is inappropriate and now you are now in the doghouse. I will monitor all of your comments now.

    And with those words, The Lone Voice Show is over and Spiritual Sounding Board returns in its channel and time slot.

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  21. Here is a tasty quote AGAINST wife-spanking: Jim Alsdurf, a forensic psychologist who evaluates and treats sexual psychopaths and is the author of a book on abuse in Christian homes, says CDD isn’t about religion—it’s an outlet for emotionally disturbed men with intimacy deficits. “No fool in his right mind would buy this as a legitimate way to have a relationship,” Alsdurf says. “A relationship that infantilizes a woman is one that clearly draws a more pathological group of people.” Now here is the hilarious part you may have missed… did you catch the guys credentials? “a forensic psychologist who evaluates and treats sexual psychopaths and is the author of a book on abuse”

    Soooo… he is a modern psychologist? Didnt the APA decide homosexuality is just fine? And isn’t transsexuality also ok? Did you know the APA approves “gender reassignment surgery” as the best way to HELP a male patient who reports his “inner self” is really female? Modern psychology openly approves homosexuality. Modern psychology approves a surgeon cutting off a guys penis, surgically creating a fake vagina, and will then prescribe estrogen hormones for the dude to look like a lady. All of that IS ok? But if some Christians decide a little S&M is good for them? That’s too much? Weenie-chopping? Check, good to go! Spanking your wife because your tiny little denomination thinks that’s holy? Oh, stop the press! THATS JUST WRONG!

    Welcome to grown up land folks. Weenies are gettin chopped yall. Its happenin. People wanna chop their weenie, so thats what they do. Homos are gettin married. Its happenin. 4000 kids a day get killed for being conceived in the wrong womb. And guess what? A few folks are gonna paddle each other. Its gonna happen.

    Somewhere out there, a guy is trotting around his living room on all fours, wearing a leather thong and nothing else but a saddle on his back. His wife is swatting him with a riding crop because he failed to “be a good pony” and iron her clothes. Who cares? If he gets tired of his dominatrix, he needs to move out. If he is afraid, he can call the cops. I dont think he has stockholm syndrome or any other excuse, he just likes being her highness’s good little stallion. He’s not a victim, he’s a kinky dude with odd underwear.

    The all knowing psychologist above is concerned with “a relationship that infantilizes a woman.” Me too. How come society thinks women aren’t bright enough to dial 911? Why are saddle-wearing men seen as free agents, capable of free thought, in direction of their own life? Why are women in a similar, and even more benign relationship seen as victims, non-free agents, and not capable of the free thought it might take to walk out the door? Unless the woman is locked in a basement like something on an episode of CSI Special Victims Unit, she is there by choice. Always portraying women as feeble-minded helpless victims is the worst kind of infantilization.

    Wife’s getting spanked like being spanked. Thats their thing. Let these people do their thing. If it makes it hotter for them to mix in some faith? Well, that’s their altar. And don’t tell me you never wanted to have sex on an altar! Wait? Is that bad now too?

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  22. I love DD. I’m the one who recommend it, it really helps the relationship for me. It is not “abuse” if both people consent, maybe she should have talked to him about it and he would have stopped.

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  25. I got spanked as a child and so did my brother and we turned out great! I think there were many times two which I was so disobedient that my parents would have not known what to do unless they had given me a spanking and set me straight. Yes, I believe there is a cut off line as to how old a child should be when he gets a spanking though. Most will realize when they watch Pat Robertson’s clip on moving to Saudi Arabia so a husband can’t beat his wife, that Pat Robertson was joking not insisting. I went ahead and watch that whole video of him on that day and it would have been more in context as to what Pat Robertson was sharing. I did go back and find the entire 700 club episode from that day and InContext it was very understandable.

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  26. Interesting. Pat Robertson talks about moving to Saudi Arabia, so that makes me want to tell Lauren to move to Canada. Here spanking children is not illegal per se, but it does have its limits. Since that law came out in 2004, I have yet to hear of a spanking incident as such, and I haven’t even seen anyone spank their child in public. Although it is still a hot topic between parents throughout the web.
    Here are the limits: No spanking children under 2, and no spanking teenagers.(no spanking adults goes without saying, though your parents just may provoke Prime Minister Justin Trudeau TO say that)
    Use only an open hand, no objects
    Do not strike faces or heads
    Do not do it in any degrading way; some articles suggest not to spank children with special needs; I’m sure that’s some kind of grey area
    Building an adult-adult relationship with parents is a difficult transition, but it can be done. It may be more difficult in your 30s, and may never happen. But yes, you do have the right to not contact them at all, or seriously restrict it. Such as, not seeing them alone, only meeting in public, and if you need overnight accommodations to see them, NEVER stay at their place or let them stay at yours. If adults have the right to spank those who disagree with them, well, I shudder to think of all the spank-fests that’d happen on every count; in every church meeting, every work-place. Let’s keep working on putting a stop to it.
    Carrie, what conclusion did Pat Robertson come up with to help this husband? Or did he simply say a prayer for him and his wife, that they would be able to work it out in a godly way?

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  27. Sorry, have not read anything here yet! In the 70’s went screaming for Radio Talk Show Host to interview abused women in the church; we haven’t come far have we? Been hearing about abuses for OVER 50 years. I’m giving this to couple famous author’s who write books on abuse and see what they want to do with (one has Radio)!

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