Joni Eareckson Tada weighs in on Alzheimers and Divorce

“When a Christian leader views marriage on a sliding scale, what does this say to the millions of couples who must deal daily with catastrophic injuries and illnesses?”

“At the Joni and Friends International Disability Center, we encounter thousands of couples who, despite living with serious disabling conditions, showcase the grace of God in their weakness every day. Marriage is designed to be a picture of God’s sacrificial love for us. Alzheimer’s disease is never an ‘accident’ in a marriage; it falls under the purview of God’s sovereignty. In the case of someone with Alzheimer’s, this means God’s unconditional and sacrificial love has an opportunity to be even more gloriously displayed in a life together!”

Joni Eareckson Tada weighs in on Pat Robertson’s endorsement of divorce from Tuesday, Sept. 13

Previous Filing - Pat Robertson Advises Man to Divorce Wife With Alzheimer’s

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RPittman's picture

Patrick Robbins wrote:
Russell Moore posted on his website a response to Roberston's comments. The post also appears on the Baptist Press News website:

http://www.bpnews.net/BPFirstPerson.asp?ID=36119 or http://www.russellmoore.com/2011/09/15/christ-the-church-and-pat-roberts... Moore has hit the nail on the head and driven it home. Pat Robertson is an embarrassment. He most certainly does not represent Bible-believing Christianity. Moore's analysis and critique of Robertson are apropos.

Mathew Sims's picture

I just can't believed PR verbalized that. My jaw dropped. It's not only an embarrassment to the church, it's a disgrace to the name of Jesus.

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JohnBrian's picture

Robertson's friend was in an adulterous relationship. Rather than encouraging him to end that relationship, his advice was to divorce the wife and marry the woman, so he could continue the relationship albeit as a married man.

If such is true, then the entire premise of his statement was based not on what was right, but what would make his friend happy. In a way I'm glad he made the statement because of the opportunity it provided for church leaders to respond so forcefully (in a negative way) to his view of the Gospel.

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PLewis's picture

I'm appalled ...

One point - I THINK that the advice he was giving is in response to a viewers letter .. the VIEWER's friend was the one who has the wife with Alzheimers..

ArloC's picture

I always believe that we should respect each others belief if we wanted to be respected. The latest online issue of Molecular Psychiatry contains a brand new study that indicates that Alzheimer's disease may actually result from an infection. As an infection, Alzheimer's may also be contagious. Such has been the suit in studies with mice. I read this here: http://www.newsytype.com/12372-alzheimers-disease-contagious/ Alzheimer's disease may be contagious, study suggests .

Chip Van Emmerik's picture

ArloC,

Respect is admirable as long as it doesn't call for violation of Scripture. That's the issue here.

Why is it that my voice always seems to be loudest when I am saying the dumbest things?

RPittman's picture

ArloC wrote:
I always believe that we should respect each others belief if we wanted to be respected.
Does this mean that I ought to respect the beliefs of a ritualistic Satanist who believes in human blood sacrifice? Uncritically applying your statement, we ought to respect the beliefs of White Supremacists. Do we show respect for the false doctrine of the cults such as JW's and Mormons? Is this what you're advocating?
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The latest online issue of Molecular Psychiatry contains a brand new study that indicates that Alzheimer's disease may actually result from an infection. As an infection, Alzheimer's may also be contagious. Such has been the suit in studies with mice. I read this here: http://www.newsytype.com/12372-alzheimers-disease-contagious/ Alzheimer's disease may be contagious, study suggests .
Your link led to a news story about the Molecular Psychiatry article, not the article. The original article, De novo induction of amyloid-β deposition in vivo, requires subscription access. Alzheimer's disease is generally thought to be caused by the abnormal folding of beta amyloid causing brain lesions. Some brain degenerative disorders, such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, are caused by abnormal protein molecules called prions. If these prions are transmitted from organism to organixm, the disease is produced in the second organism. The research in this article found that extract from Alzheimer disease brains produced Alzheimer-like symptoms in mice. This may suggest that Alzheimer's disease can be transmitted through a similar process. However, the process is just similar to infection in some ways but it is not what we normally think of as an infectious disease.