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Thursday, November 1, 2007

Why the Need for Another Domestic Violence Organization?

With more than one voice and national organization in the domestic violence arena claiming to be "Christian," the question begs to be asked, "Why the need for another one?"

The answer is simple. The loudest voices and the largest orgs out there who claim to minister to the spiritual needs of battered Christian women are not strictly Christian and are not carrying the message that Jesus is our only hope and that the Word of God, the Bible, provides the answers we need. They are trying to be all things to all women... Hindu women, Muslim women, women of no particular faith at all, and oh yes, Christian women too. They are promoting an unbiblical, one-size-fits-all, spirituality.

Oh, these leaders may use the name of Jesus occasionally, even frequently. They reference the Bible as often as it suits them. But some team with chaplains from all religious faiths. Others promote a mystical, unbiblical form of Christianity. And all, it seems, base their "ministries" on a christianized hybrid of Bible and psychology (
http://www.raptureready.com/resource/hunt/dh12.html), which all Bible believing Christians should reject out of hand.

These advocate/activist/ministers do not seem to believe, and they certainly do not teach, that God provided us with the answers to our problems in his Word. One very popular and very prominent leader who recently experienced domestic violence, promised her followers that she would seek "counseling" and then get back with them on the results. This is after publishing how many self-help books instructing her followers in victorious living?

Psychological remedies and New Age Spirituality (which are all too often one and the same) may indeed produce some temporary relief and seemingly good results but certainly not the lasting peace or freedom which Jesus alone can give to those who belong to him.

Since the release of my book,
Woman Submit! Christians & Domestic Violence, I have been contacted by some very prominent heads of DV orgs, authors, and domestic violence activists of more than one religious persuasion. One very well known person in the Domestic-Violence-Among-Christians arena contacted me and suggested we work together in the task of reaching out to Christian women and ministries. I thanked this person for the invitation and sent her a copy of my book, Woman Submit! and links to my websites so there could be no question at all concerning where I stand and what my convictions are.

Needless to say, I never heard from her again--except to receive information from one of her directors concerning a nationally launched website that the Christian community is being led to believe is a much needed Christian resource regarding domestic violence, but in reality is an inter-faith site (any and all religions) . There is much about this new "Christian" resource that should be of great concern to any truly Bible believing Christians.

I cannot and will not compromise on the fact that Jesus is our only hope and his written word, The Bible, gives us all the answers to life's problems and perplexities--even the horrendous, life-threatening, sin and crime of domestic violence.

The Dorcas Network is a resource created to raise awareness within the Christian community of the prevalence of Domestic Violence among Christians (one out of every four women who attend church will experience domestic violence) and to empower all Christians to compassionately, effectively and biblically help the battered/abused women within their spheres of influence.

If enough Christians make a commitment to be salt and light in our world... what a difference we can make!

If we are not part of the solution, we are part of the problem. Stand up and be counted. Become part of the solution--maybe save a life. Join the
Network!