Is there such a thing as consent in marriage? Is there ever a time when you can say no to your spouse? Can someone be raped in a Christian marriage? These are some of the questions we will answer with my two guests from Down Under, Joy Harris, and her son Pastor Jason Harris. Joy is a survivor of years of verbal, emotional, psychological, and sexual abuse at the hands of her now ex husband, Larry. Larry was convicted of raping his wife and was sentenced to serve a brief prison sentence. Jason, along with the rest of his 6 siblings, suffered horrible child abuse growing up as missionary kids. On Part One of this interview, Joy shares with us how she met Larry, when the abuse started, and the church culture that enabled the abuse to take place. We talk about corporal punishment vs physical abuse of a child, what does the bible say about sex in marriage, and what their Pastor did when the abuse was reported. You don’t want to miss this powerful story and valuable perspective from Joy and Jason.
Joy studied elementary education before going on to teach at the primary school level as well as homeschooling for twenty-six years. She has ministered in schools Religious Education classes, Sunday Schools, and Holiday Bible Clubs as well as through her speaking at various seminars and retreats. Joy is also a musician who has collaborated on multiple recording projects, maintained a private teaching studio for over thirty years and been an accompanist wherever she lived. Joy currently is retired, does pet-sitting and is a Domestic Violence advocate, working to educate Christians, especially, and support victims. Joy has seven children, twenty-one grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
Jason is a writer, pastor, and academic. He has authored multiple books, articles, and papers including his book Theological Meditations on the Gospel. Jason has degrees in theology, music, accounting, and research. He is currently working on his PhD from James Cook University as well as serving as pastor at CrossPoint Church. Jason has lived in beautiful Cairns, Australia since 2007.
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