CTBHHM: From Thievery to Tax Fraud

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Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 267---269Are you ready for another super-confusing section where Debi tries once again to paint a line between when you can disobey your husband and when you must obey, but only succeeds in making things more confusing? Well buckle up, because that's where we're headed! ThieveryDear Mrs. Pearl,I have tried very hard to obey God and my husband, but I am afraid I will end up in jail if I keep helping him. He makes me stand "watch" at truck stops, while … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: Cross-Dressing (with a Dose of Transphobia)

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Created To Be His Help Meet, p. 267Remember that we're in the section where Debi is discussion exemptions from obedience to one's husband. The trouble is that, as readers have pointed out, she's not actually explaining where the line is. Instead, she's throwing out extreme examples where it's okay to disobey. This is not all that helpful to women in much more typical situations, and in fact it (not unsurprisingly) reinforces the idea that disobeying one's husband can only be done in extreme c … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: Sodomite Predator

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Created To Be His Help Meet, p. 266Now that we've finished with Michael's lengthy exposition, we're back to Debi. Practical ExamplesYou may still be confused as to when you are to obey and when not. We will list some of the questions and issues we receive in the mail and discuss them one by one. In this post, we'll look at her first example. Sodomite Predator(E-mail that was answered immediately)Dear Pearls,Something terrible is happening, and we do not have any friends … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: It Is Acceptable to God

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Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 262-263 This is the last of Michael Pearl's section of Debi's book. In this section, remember, Debi's husband Michael is explaining, from the Bible, when there are exceptions from wifely obedience---and when there are not. This section is called "Enduring Suffering Wrongfully," and it's really, really bad. Michael begins by quoting I Peter 2:13-17.13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: God Does Not Override a Man’s Authority

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Created To Be His Help Meet, 260-261We're in the section where Michael takes up the pen and explains the exceptions to the requirement for wives to obey their husbands. Last week we learned that it's all about spheres of authority---if a husband is inside his sphere of authority, his wife must obey; if he steps outside of his sphere of authority, his wife need not obey. But what is inside of the husband's sphere of authority and what is not? This week we learn the answer to that … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: Spheres of Authority

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Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 259-260In this section Debi asks Michael to write about when a woman is permitted to disobey her husband. Michael goes on for pages and pages, so we will only deal with the first few sections here. All Authority Belongs to GodPaul taught that we are to obey the higher powers, and yet there were times when he and the apostles obeyed God instead. We know that when the Jewish or Roman government commanded the early church to act contrary to Scripture, Peter … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: In Which Shannon Smashes Her Husband’s Computer

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Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 255-258We're in a new chapter! It's titled "To Obey or Not to Obey (That is the Question)." The chapter starts with a long letter. Dear Pearls,About 6 months ago, I noticed that every evening my husband started going to our spare room to "work" on his computer. One of our younger daughters often cried when he was around, and so he said he was giving her space and trying to avoid upsetting her. Besides, he was tired and wanted some peace after working all … [Read more...]


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