Making changes to tackle the problem of domestic abuse in our midst needs to start with understanding and accepting the reality of sin. As a community where every member has human nature, sin will manifest itself in the same ways it always has. From the families of the patriarchs until today there are examples of domestic abuse – in common, they all have been fuelled by a sense of entitlement and abusers showing an unwillingness to be accountable to anyone including the Fath
Domestic abuse is a gross sin of misuse of power. This power is established by manipulation and control. This manipulation and control is used to selfishly satisfy fleshly lusts at the expense of wife or husband and family who are robbed of their self-esteem. Self-esteem is beaten from their victims by verbal attacks, derogatory name-calling, belittling criticism, intimidation, emotional game-playing and bullying, and physical or sexual attacks in a secrecy enforced by fear.