In the early days of my biblical counseling experience (nearly 40 years ago) concern for protecting marriage sometimes kept us from doing enough to protect spouses (usually women) who were being oppressed. I firmly believe that abuse remains a significant problem, even among professing Christians, and that churches and counselors need to prioritize safety of victims of abuse. I also am concerned that in some cases the pendulum has swung too far in the other direction as some Christian counselors are approaching the issue of abuse in ways which contradict Scripture. In this booklet I seek to acknowledge the valid concerns of those who advocate for the oppressed while also seeking to add balance where they may have adopted interpretations and solutions which are unbiblical.
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