Kirk Cameron is once again causing controversy with his conservative views on marriage.
During a recent interview with the Christian Post, the former Growing Pains actor spoke about his marriage beliefs, and how he feels a wife should treat her husband.
“Wives are to honor and respect and follow their husband’s lead, not to tell their husband how he ought to be a better husband,” Cameron explained. “When each person gets their part right, regardless of how their spouse is treating them, there is hope for real change in their marriage.”
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“A lot of people don’t know that marriage comes with instructions,” Kirk added. “And, we find them right there in God’s word.”
Although Kirk didn’t cite the passage directly, he was more than likely referring to the verse in the Bible from the book of Colossians.
“Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them — Colossians 3:18-19”
“What most people do is they try to blame their spouse and say, ‘Hey, I would be a great husband if it weren’t for my wife.’ ‘We would have a great marriage if it wasn’t for my husband,'” Kirk Cameron explained. “This talks to the importance of getting your own part right. There is only one person on the whole planet who you can change and it’s not your spouse.”
Kirk Cameron, an 45-year-old outspoken Christian who has been married to actress Chelsea Noble since 1991, is currently on a tour called Love Worth Fighting For. The tour features Cameron and Warren Barfield, who spend the evening offering “biblical insights that will restore and strengthen your marriage and help you fight for the victory on the other side of your battles.”
Below are the remaining tour dates for Love Worth Fighting For:
May 13 – Carrollton, Georgia (Midway Church)
May 14 – Jonesboro, Arkansas (SOLD OUT)
May 15 – Jonesboro, Arkansas (SOLD OUT)
June 3 – Wichita, Kansas (Central Christian Church)
June 4 – Topeka, Kansas (Light of the World Christian Center)
June 5 – Cabot, Arkansas (First Baptist Church)
Sept. 16 – Tucson, Arizona (Pantano Christian Church)
Sept. 18 – Las Vegas, Nevada (Shadow Hills Church)
Oct. 15 – Pasadena, Texas (First Baptist Church)
The father-of-six isn’t the only one in his family that shares his strong Christian values and beliefs. Kirk’s sister, Candace Cameron Bure, known best for her role as DJ Tanner on Full House, spoke about how she chooses to take a more submissive role in her marriage in her 2014 book Balancing It All: My Story of Juggling Priorities and Purpose.
“The definition I’m using with the word ‘submissive’ is the biblical definition of that,” Bure wrote. “So, it is meekness, it is not weakness. It is strength under control, it is bridled strength. And that’s what I choose to have in my marriage.”
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Bure later clarified what she meant about being submissive in a later interview.
“I used the word ‘submissive’ [to describe my role in the marriage] because it’s from the Bible but people who don’t understand that see that as offensive,” she said. “My husband is not a dictator. We work together but I don’t want to dig my heels in and I have no aspirations to be the ruler of my family. We are two equal people but I love my husband and I want him to lead.”
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“With big picture issues such as where we live or what schools the kids attend, if he feels strongly about something and I think our family would benefit from it, I am going to share my thoughts,” Bure continued. “But ultimately, I trust that my husband has our family’s best interests at heart, so I wouldn’t fight him on that. And when I feel strongly about something, he agrees with me. It goes both ways.”
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