cannot tell you how many times someone has told me, “Well, I know plenty of patriarchal families who are wonderful people to be around. Their kids are happy, they have great relationships within the family, they all follow Christ and their love for one another is evident in their lives.” Then I am chastised for “lumping” people all together in a group and calling it an “abusive system”. Laying aside the doctrinal errors for a moment (those are beyond the scope of this post), I would like to address the two most common critical questions when speaking of spiritual abuse and Patriarchy. One, whether or not speaking against a group/teaching is harmful to those within that group who are getting it right. and, two, is this something we should even concern ourselves about? Or are we “abusing abuse”, making a big deal about something that isn’t, when there are others out there who are REALLY abused? In essence, does it really matter that much?