Five years ago, Ben and Julianna Zobrist were a Christian celerity couple doing speaking arrangements at Liberty University. He was a star baseball player and World Series MVP. She was an aspiring Christian pop singer who dropped an album, though she only has 1500 subs on YouTube. But like secular celebrity marriages, they did not last. Marital infidelity was understood to have played a factor in their divorce. However this news would resurface when Ben Zobrist would file a $6 million lawsuit against Byron Yawn.
Byron Yawn was the former pastor of Community Bible Church in Nashville, Tennessee. Ben Zobrist accuses Yawn of defrauding his charity organization, from which he drew a paycheck from, by using the executive position to sleep with his then wife. The suit seeks $3 million in damages and an additional $3 million in punitive.
But the fact that Yawn was a pastor has Evangelical feminists calling this abuse. This is a widespread view within the Julie Roys audience. Roys is not dismissive of this idea in her own responses.
The problem with this logic is that it does not come from the Bible. It comes from feminism. In the Bible, a woman has to be overpowered for it to be rape, and I would argue that this easily covers 1st and 2nd degree rape. Therefore, we can easily conclude using the principles of Scripture that a woman cheating on her husband with a powerful man is not rape. Those who argue otherwise are deriving their standard from feminism. Feminist Theory is a sibling of Critical Race Theory, a predecessor in American culture. And like other branches of Critical Theory (Cultural Marxism) it emphasizes power dynamics. So men have power and are oppressors and women don’t have power and are victims. This is where terms like toxic masculinity come from. Therefore, it ignores the accountability and the duty to resist the sin of adultery that women have.
This ideology needs to be driven out of the church. It’s the same mentality that says women aren’t responsible for murder when they get abortions. And it’s the same formula as Critical Race Theory, just rebranded. And those proliferating this ideology need to repent.