Episode 53: I would love to know why the Bible does not address what to do when there is abuse in a marriage. The Bible is clear that adultery is the only acceptable reason for divorce, but how would you counsel someone who is being abused in marriage?

Episode highlights:

  • There are two biblical reasons for ending a marriage – sexual immorality and abandonment by an unbelieving spouse. Matt 19:9; 1 Cor 7:15
  • Just like dealing with any other sin, God does give us principles for dealing with abuse in marriage.
  • In cases of physical abuse, God’s ordained authorities should be informed and involved.  Matt 18:15-17; Rom 13:1-5
  • Though Scripture does not allow for divorce in cases of abuse, separation is consistent with God’s care for the defenseless.

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