1 Peter 3 Does Not Command Victims to Remain in Abuse — Help from David deSilva

A Cry For Justice

David deSilva provides us with some real help here in properly understanding the Bible’s instruction in 1 Peter 3. This passage has often been misapplied in cases of domestic abuse, being used to tell victims that they must continue to be subjected to that evil. deSilva’s article is worth reading in its entirety (see it here) but we quote just the following where he addresses domestic abuse:

Perhaps no New Testament book is as dedicated to helping believers come to terms with, and respond to, suffering as 1 Peter. We must be very clear here about the precise kind of suffering about which the author speaks, or else we will come to misapply this resource. The author addresses people who have encountered resistance, insult, censure, and even physical abuse because of their commitment to respond to Christ and to do what God commands. It is their obedience to the…

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