Wayne Grudem has ordinarily been stalwart on the position of male and female gender roles and how the genders are to relate within the confines of marriage. However, Grudem is now changing those beliefs in accordance to culture and riding upon the waves of the #MeToo and #ChurchToo Movement.
Grudem helped to form the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW) and currently serves on its board of directors with “woke” functional egalitarians, Danny Akin and Ligon Duncan, both of whom are advocating for women to do everything men can do within the church, except to share the same title of elder.
Like most on the CBMW, Grudem is a reed shaken in the wind of culture.
Grudem has been heretofore steadfast in his position that divorce is only permitted Biblically due to the two Biblical exceptions; abandonment and adultery.
Now, culture has changed Grudem’s position and he is advocating for the exception of physical and emotional abuse.
Relevant Magazine, which is owned and operated by a racist who is on a temporary time-out from the publication, posted about Grudem’s change of mind in the article, Theologian Wayne Grudem Has Changed His Mind About Divorce in Cases of Abuse. The racistly woke publication couldn’t be happier.
For years, biblical theologian and staunch defender of complementarianism Wayne Grudem has said that for Christians, divorce was only permissible in cases of infidelity and desertion. But on Tuesday, Grudem told Christianity Today that some new biblical research has changed his mind, and he now believes physical and emotional abuse is grounds for divorce.
At least part of his change of heart appears to come from personal experiences with people who were trapped in abusive marriages.
Because that’s how a theologian does theology, right? Through personal experiences, yes?
Relevant Magazine continues…
…the Bible makes room for this new interpretation, as he laid out in a new talk delivered to the Evangelical Theological Society called “Grounds for Divorce: Why I Now Believe There Are More than Two.”
Grudem has eisegeted his #MeToo views into the Bible, twisting 1 Corinthians 7:15, which says, “But if the unbeliever leaves, let it be so. The brother or the sister is not bound in such circumstances; God has called us to live in peace.”
Grudem says he now believes that the phrase “in such circumstances” can refer to “anything that can destroy a marriage” and not just desertion, as verse 15 says.
Ironically, while Grudem says abuse is implied in “in such circumstances” (in which the description is not tied to the antecedent, which is desertion), anything technically could apply, including “irreconcilable differences.”
Clearly, Grudem is shifting in the wind of public opinion.
In cases of abuse, there should be (A) criminal prosecution, when it applies (B) church discipline, and (C) separation as it is required for safety. These options all protect the dignity of the abused party and the integrity of the marriage.
There is no reason for divorce other than that specified in the Holy Bible, and anything else is a compromise of literally Biblical proportions. Wayne Grudem is just another #HimToo betrayer of the Bible who is capitulating to political correctness and the zeitgeist of our age.