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Not Under Bondage: Biblical Divorce For Abuse, Adultery and Desertion

Barbara Roberts

Not Under Bondage: Biblical Divorce For Abuse, Adultery and Desertion

Barbara Roberts

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Interpretation of the biblical texts on divorce and remarriage has been hotly contested and the debate is still very much alive Christian teaching on divorce and remarriage has varied widely.

  • Under what circumstances does the Bible permit divorce?
  • May a divorced Christian remarry?
Among those most hurt by the uncertainty and lack of consensus are Christian victims of marital abuse (otherwise known as domestic violence, battering, intimate partner abuse, family violence). Such people often think they must choose between two unpleasant alternatives: endure abuse, or face condemnation by God and church people for disobeying the Bible.

Not Under Bondage, written by a survivor of domestic abuse, explains the scriptural dilemmas of abuse victims, carefully examines the scriptures and scholarly research, and shows how the Bible sets victims of abuse free from bondage and guilt.

Some conclusions of Not Under Bondage are:
  • The Bible distinguishes between "treacherous divorce" and "disciplinary divorce".
  • - Disciplinary divorce is permitted by the Bible. This applies in cases of abuse, adultery or desertion, where a seriously mistreated spouse divorces a seriously offending spouse.
  • - Treacherous divorce is condemned by the Bible. It occurs when a spouse obtains divorce for reasons other than abuse, adultery or desertion.
  • - If the offending partner was sexually immoral, the Bible allows the non-offending partner to remarry.
  • - If the offending partner abused, deserted or unjustly dismissed the other, and the offender has been judged to be "as an unbeliever", the Bible allows the mistreated partner to remarry.
    - Publisher

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About "Not Under Bondage: Biblical Divorce For Abuse, Adultery and Desertion"

Interpretation of the biblical texts on divorce and remarriage has been hotly contested and the debate is still very much alive Christian teaching on divorce and remarriage has varied widely.

  • Under what circumstances does the Bible permit divorce?
  • May a divorced Christian remarry?
Among those most hurt by the uncertainty and lack of consensus are Christian victims of marital abuse (otherwise known as domestic violence, battering, intimate partner abuse, family violence). Such people often think they must choose between two unpleasant alternatives: endure abuse, or face condemnation by God and church people for disobeying the Bible.

Not Under Bondage, written by a survivor of domestic abuse, explains the scriptural dilemmas of abuse victims, carefully examines the scriptures and scholarly research, and shows how the Bible sets victims of abuse free from bondage and guilt.

Some conclusions of Not Under Bondage are:
  • The Bible distinguishes between "treacherous divorce" and "disciplinary divorce".
  • - Disciplinary divorce is permitted by the Bible. This applies in cases of abuse, adultery or desertion, where a seriously mistreated spouse divorces a seriously offending spouse.
  • - Treacherous divorce is condemned by the Bible. It occurs when a spouse obtains divorce for reasons other than abuse, adultery or desertion.
  • - If the offending partner was sexually immoral, the Bible allows the non-offending partner to remarry.
  • - If the offending partner abused, deserted or unjustly dismissed the other, and the offender has been judged to be "as an unbeliever", the Bible allows the mistreated partner to remarry.
    - Publisher

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The bible's teaching on divorce and remarriage has been interpreted in many ways. This poses a problem for the Christian community. When is divorce biblically permissible and when is it forbidden? And is remarriage ever permissible for a divorced Christian? The problem is particularly intense for Christian victims of marital abuse, who often believe they must choose between two unpleasant alternatives: endure abuse, or face condemnation by God and his church for disobeying the bible. Not Under Bondage, written by a survivor of domestic abuse, - explains the scriptural dilemmas of abuse victims - carefully examines the scriptures and scholarly research - shows how the bible sets victims of abuse free from bondage and guilt.
- Publisher

Meet the Author

Barbara Roberts

Barbara Roberts had a powerful revelation of Jesus' love in 1981 but for a long time had minimal biblical teaching and lingering confusion due to her former beliefs. She was sidetracked into other areas and did not get to church for nearly 14 years. Unaware that Christians should avoid marrying non-Christians, she married an unbeliever in 1989 and the couple had one daughter.The marriage gradually became abusive and she occasionally took refuge in a women's shelter. In 1994 she left her husband and started attending church and Bible study.That was when she became a professing Christian. Child custody was contested but eventually awarded to Barbara, with the husband granted access. After four years her separated husband made a profession of faith and they reconciled as a married couple. The abuse recurred and she separated for the last time in 1999, divorcing a few years after that.

Barbara is actively involved in educating the Christian community about domestic abuse.

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A very important book
5 stars By Kylie, Feb 23 2009
"Not Under Bondage" is a very important book for victims of adultery, abuse and desertion who are considering the prospect of divorce.  It is also a remarkable resource for those involved in ministry and counselling of these victims.   Roberts, a victim of abuse herself, has taken a large step back from her own experience and determined to investigate, dispassionately, what the entire scriptures have to say about the matter of divorce and its legitimacy.  She has meticulously researched each passage and seeks to provide a cohesive understanding of the scriptures in relation to abuse, adultery and desertion, where seeming contradictions occur.  It is my belief that she has achieved this.  Not only that, she has related to the reader the deep conflict and pain that victims feel, how they struggle to come to an understanding of what appropriate actions they can take in these circumstances and the shame and condemnation they often experience.  This books stands as a serious theological examination and should not be easily dismissed.
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Helpful resource
4 stars By Deb, Oct 02 2008
Barbara Roberts book is a very helpful resource. Written by a survivor of domestic abuse,it is for people who have suffered in marriage, and for those who seek to minister with them, in encouragement and counsel.
 
Barbara's coverage of the issues is comprehensive. She defines abuse clearly, and carefully examines the relevant biblical material, and academic research in the area. She shows how the bible can give victims of abuse freedom from guilt. 

She draws a helpful distinction between treacherous divorce and disciplinary divorce - the former when a spouse takes out a divorce without biblical grounds, the latter where there is a clear statement of the grounds for divorce, a verification that they are biblical, then discipline is used as a tool.

Barbara's plea to teachers and speakers, at the conclusion of the book, is 'it only takes 11 words to say: God hates treacherous divorce but he does not hate disciplinary divorce.' 
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Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 278210
  • Product Code 9780980355345
  • ISBN 0980355346
  • EAN 9780980355345
  • Pages 192
  • Department General Books
  • Category Relationships
  • Sub-Category Divorce & Remarriage
  • Publisher Maschil Press
  • Publication Date Jan 2008
  • Sales Rank #61346
  • Dimensions 230 x 155 x 13 mm
  • Weight 0.330kg

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