Traditionally, only adultery and desertion have fit that qualification in the eyes of many clergy.
It has never been a question for me…the answer has always been a loud “yes”.
Spousal abuse is a desertion of the responsibilities and covenant of marriage.
Now, Reformed scholar Carl Trueman adds his affirmative answer.
Not only does he affirm the right to leave a physically abusive marriage, he sets down hard guidelines for how the church should react to both spousal and child abuse.
This is a powerful and important word for both pastors and people who may find themselves in an abusive relationship.
This…is a word that has been needed to be spoken by someone of Truemans stature for a long time.