Many Christians believe that a wife is supposed to submit to her husband.
If you talk to most evangelicals they will tell you that the husband has authority over his wife and household.
But if you say that a man has the right to spank his wife if needed to maintain that authority in the home, very often you’ve got a fight on your hands.
A man is supposed to love his wife as himself! How could he discipline her if he loves her? That is degrading to his wife! The arguments are seemingly endless.
However, up until the middle of last century, it was generally thought that a man did have the right of enforcement in his home. Could it perhaps be our culture rather than anything to do with the scripture that causes such an outcry against CDD? I think so.
Of course a man IS supposed to love his wife as himself, but that does not rule out discipline. In fact, the Bible has only good things to say about discipline.
Discipline is associated with love:
As many as I love I rebuke and chasten…Revelation 3:19
He that spareth his rod hateth his son, but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes…Proverbs 13:24
It is associated with wisdom and understanding:
The rod and reproof give wisdom… Proverbs 29:15
…but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding… Proverbs 10:13
And it is associatd with peace and righteousness:
Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous; nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby… Hebrew 12:11
Since there is no scripture whatsoever that speaks poorly of discipline, and seeing what good things the Bible tells us come from discipline begs the question:
How can a man say he loves his wife and not discipline her when needed?