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Jan McMurray

Queries and Controversies

Journal of Biblical Counseling 14:3

In this article, Jan McMurray responds to the question “Is a husband directly responsible for the spiritual state of his wife?” McMurray discusses a popular contemporary teaching says that a husband is directly responsible for the emotional condition of his wife. She argues that the Bible gives examples of discontinuity between husband and wife: of godly men with embittered wives and of godly women with nasty husbands. McMurray maintains that husbands are responsible to love their wives, not ensure their happiness. She concludes that women are responsible to look to God, not to their husbands as their source of life, hope, and joy.

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