And the Bible even has a huge amount more wisdom in it that we even begin to see.
One day we are going to learn that the Bible has a vast amount of information to equip us to recognize abuse, abusers, and to help victims.
And why is it that evangelism, missions, and so-called ‘church growth’ is more shaped by the anthropologist, the sociologist, and the Wall Street student who are up on every cultural trend?
All the activity in missions must be based upon the word of God.
Our missionary activity, our church activity, and everything we do ought to flow from the theologian and the exegete — the man who opens up his Bible and has only one question: What is Thy will, Oh God?
Sheep don't wear wolves' clothing." (Jeff Crippen) Triggering has to do with those emotions hidden away, along with memories, all stuffed by trauma in various secret compartments of the brain.
Unforgiveness on the other hand is not so much emotion as it is the seeking of vengeance upon someone, rather than leaving it to God. You can have forgiven someone, but still get triggered.
It has so crept into our church, our evangelism, and our missiology that you barely can call what we are doing ‘Christian’ anymore.
Psychology, anthropology, and sociology have become primary influences in the churches….
They can change, but the vast majority choose not to, which is what the experts state. Abusers have options for treatment and are accountable.
Once the marriage covenant is broken through abuse, the abused partner does not need to stay in the marriage waiting for the abuser to change.
And we surely do have to be on guard against bringing unbiblical psychological ideas into our theology — ideas that deny the image of God in man or deny the very existence of sin. They must not contradict Scripture, but they can be true and helpful). I think it will be troublesome to our readers who are quite familiar with the nature of abuse, with their own personal experiences as victims and survivors of abuse, and with what factors the Lord used to finally open their eyes to what was happening to them and set them free.
Here at ACFJ, we often speak of Lundy Bancroft and his book, We talk about a lot of other books that were written by authors who, like Bancroft, are not Christians. The doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture does NOT preclude us from observing what orthodox Christianity calls And if I am not mistaken, back in the old days, the U-niversity was truly a universe where theology and the other disciplines were all included.
But we need help seeing these things, and some of that help is going to come from general revelation.