Some Christians Have Some Very Strange, Unsettling, Creepy, or Authoritarian Ideas About Marriage, Divorce, or Mate Selection – and they think they should make your life choices for you
This isn’t a post I want to spend a lot of time on.
I was planning on maybe later doing a post about the church – Village Church – who has put a Christian wife, Karen, into discipline because she anulled her marriage to her spouse, Jordan Root, as soon as she discovered he was a pedophile.
Root admitted to being a pedophile, according to different sources I read.
Root was not only using child porn, but if I remember right, some sources say he admitted to his wife he molested two young girls.
You can read more about that story here (post on Watchkeep blog):
(Link): She Speaks: The Village Church protects a confessed pedophile and “disciplines” his wife, a brave young woman and missionary
Most women would in fact dump a husband the moment they learned their spouse is a pedophile, and most normal fathers of those women would want their daughter to dump their pedo husband pronto.
But not the fathers and other men of Village Church, oh no.
I have noticed that some Christians have some very shoddy ideas of mate selection, or reasons they feel a person can divorce, that border on the absurd.
Take this, for example:
- (Link): Male Christian Researcher Mark Regnerus Believes Single Christian Women Should Marry Male Christian Porn Addicts – another Christian betrayal of sexual ethics and more evidence of Christians who do make an idol out of marriage
Yes, that thar is an example of Christian men who think Christian single women should marry a male Christian pornography user or addict, even if those things are personal deal breakers for the women in question, and all to bolster the falling marriage rate among Christians.
That Christian sociologist, Regnerus, wants women to set aside their right to make their choices for their own lives, in who they marry, to satisfy his and evangelical Christianity’s preferences and insecurities.
It’s none of this joker’s business if you decide to forgo marrying a Christian porn user.
Next up, we have this lunacy, Christians who think Christian singles should marry Muslims in order to bridge a gap between Muslims and Christians:
Then there was this July 2012 headline from (Link): The Wartburg Watch blog:
- The Real Doug Wilson Encouraged & Presided Over the Marriage of Serial Pedophile
In that case, we have preachers or Christian personalities encouraging young, single Christian women to marry known pedophiles, and one even presided over the marriage of a pedophile to a woman.
Then there’s insanity such as this (link to Tweet):
(Tweet by) JB @tallangrybob
- For critics of
#TVC regarding #karenroot issue, it might be a good idea to read the beginning of Hosea. #divorceisntalwaystheanswer
A response to that:
(Tweet by) Dee Parsons (Link):
- We should all marry pedophiles and prostitutes ala Hosea. Great TVC exegesis.
First of all, the New Testament says it is actually better to stay single than to marry (see (link): 1 Corinthians 7).
Secondly, God permits divorce in both the Old and New Testaments:
- 8 Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning. (Matthew 19)
Churches may not like divorce. You personally reading this may not like divorce. But the fact is, God allows people to get divorces.
God permits divorce not just in cases of adultery, but in other cases as well:
- (Link): What God Has Joined
You know, part of me would still like to marry one day, but I see the utter nonsense, or weirdness, or horrifying legalism some Christians insist other Christians should live through marriage-wise, and I am so glad I have never married.
From Christians expecting Christian women to marry pornography addicts, pedophiles, and Muslims, to Christians who say Christian women cannot or should not divorce pedophiles or abusers, there seems to be no end to the heavy yokes and bondage some Christians and churches want to place on women.
Jesus would not have approved of any of it.
I think a lot of these Christians and churches care more about the institution of marriage, or how the world perceives their churches, than they do in how women are treated.
A clue that Christians have turned marriage into an idol is that it is obvious they care more about a couple maintaining an empty, hollow, shell of a marriage, to keep up appearances with the world, or within their own culture, than they do the welfare of the people in said marriage.
As far as equally yoked teachings are concerned, I am convinced now more than ever that character matters more than religious self identity; if I ever come across a smart, cute, atheist who treats me well, I would marry him in a heart beat, not Mr. “I Molest Children” Christian, or Mr. “I Think It’s OK For Me To Abuse Any Wife Of Mine” Christian, or Mr. “I Look At Porn All Day” Christian.
If you are a single Christian woman contemplating marriage: be very cautious. First, don’t let these Christian writers and preachers advise you who to marry. Determine for yourself who you want to marry.
Secondly, be aware that if you marry a pervert or abuser, most churches are going to expect you to stay with the creep, no matter what. Most churches are very keen on keeping even the most abusive marriages intact, because they believe divorce is the unpardonable sin and sets a bad example.
Most churches will not care about you, your welfare, or your mental or physical health if you are in an abusive marriage, or some other kind of troubled marriage – all they care about is shaming and guilt tripping you into staying with your loser of a spouse, should you marry a loser.
(Link): Stupid Things Naive Christians Say (About Adultery, Divorce) from Divorce Minister Blog
(Link): Divorce. Unpardonable sin? (from CWO) / How Churches Fail the Divorced (article)