Spousal rape (Marital rape) is the act of sexual intercourse with one’s spouse without their consent. It is regarded as a form of domestic violence and sexual abuse.
However, the Scriptures makes clear that Sex is conjugal right in a Christian marriage, and it CANNOT be denied, deprived or withheld for any reason – EXCEPT by mutual agreement, and ONLY for a limited and mutually agreed time (1Cor 7:5).
They also make it clear that the wife’s body BELONGS to the husband, and vice versa. Basically, each party OWNS the other person’s body – 1Cor 7:4.
More so, it is well accepted and agreed that denying or withholding sex from your partner is also a form of abuse.
If so, can it be possible for a Christian Wife (or Husband) not to give their spouse sexual consent, thereby denying them what is their covenant right? How is it possible for the other spouse to then force themselves on that person when this consent is not given?
A “Christian” marriage is made up Christians; and Christians are supposed to be obedient to the word of God. A fact the Christ made very clear in John 8:31 when he said- ” To those who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, and abide in my words, you are really my disciples”
This means a situation where a spouse denies himself or herself to the other party CANNOT be a Christian marriage; as it directly contravenes biblical teachings and edicts.
More so, reports shows that 87% of the time, denial of sex is used as a weapon in relationships – often during disagreements. Again, this “normal” behavior found in most marriages or relationships goes against biblical teachings regarding conjugal rights and godly sexual relations.
So, I’ll ask the question again: Can spousal rape occur in a Christian marriage?
No. It can’t. Not in a “Christian” marriage.
K.B. Davies | Transformational Power™ ©2017