Pastors, church, and ministry leaders: Please refrain from ever using the Bible as a means of keeping women in physically or emotionally abusive relationships.
If you believe in hell—that working in direct opposition to the will of God means spending eternity roasting alive—then, on behalf of the abused women who’ve written me in response to my Seven Reasons Women Stay in Abusive Relationships, please consider that Jesus—hero of the oppressed, champion of the meek, defender of the weak, Deliverer, Lamb, Advocate, Protector, Chief Shepherd, Prince of Peace, giver of the Great Commandment—reserves a place in the lowest reaches of hell for anyone who uses His good and honorable name as a justification for evil.
And make no mistake: a stronger, more powerful person emotionally or physically beating a weaker person is as evil as evil gets.
You might, through your arrogant, morally misguided perversion of the Bible, be able to talk a woman who is weak and afraid into believing that God ever supports and desires that evil. I wish I could be there when you try to talk God into the same thing.