A call for CBMW to repent and change

Why demand an apology from the CBMW? Someone asked me, “I guess I’m curious what we’d all do if CBMW did publicly apologize for what they’ve taught and encouraged, etc. Honestly, from what I’ve seen, there hasn’t been much grace for anyone who has attempted expressing remorse for such things, and a lot of questioning of the motives behind apologies such as Doug Philips’ and Mark Driscoll’s. I’m not saying I know exactly what kind of response is appropriate in the case of such apologies, but I’m a little confused about why the majority of us would reject them when given, and then demand them other places like we believe they’d fix much. Am I overlooking something or missing the point?”

Doug Philips and Mark Driscoll’s apologies don’t affect me and they don’t affect you. They were apologizing for their own personal bad immoral behavior, or bad decisions. Neither Philips nor Driscoll are teaching others to do the bad things they did.

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I was at a Baptist Women in Ministry Conference in Houston, surrounded by a group of women who were called to preach, and to lead, when I was so touched by these women who are denied their calling by their church. It was at time that I realized that the leaders of this teaching against women owe all these women an apology. They need to be held accountable for their teaching that has caused much damage to the body of Christ, and particularly to these women, and all women.

Have you read the demand for an apology? It is not simply an apology demand. It states our concerns, and then it asks for repentance and a change in behavior.  It asks them to stop this teaching. The demand is not just a “say I am sorry” document. It calls for repentance and for change.

The bible calls for repentance and change. Your pastor calls for repentance and change. If you are a pastor, you call for repentance and change. First we must  say “I’m sorry” but then we repent and we change.

So that is what we are asking. What would we do with an apology without a declaration of repentance and change? We would be as skeptical as you say we would be.  But repentance and change?  Sister, we would be shouting it from the rooftops. First, they would take down their misogynistic website and remove the misogynistic Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood book.

Read what happened when Josiah found the Book of Law. 2Kings 22:

Shaphan continued, “The priest Hilkiah has given me a scroll.” Shaphan read some of it to the king.  The king heard the words of the Scroll of the Law. When he did, he tore his royal robes. He gave orders to the priest Hilkiah, Ahikam, Acbor, the secretary Shaphan and Asaiah. Ahikam was the son of Shaphan. Acbor was the son of Micaiah. And Asaiah was the king’s attendant.

Josiah commanded them, “Go. Ask the Lord for advice. Ask him about what is written in this scroll that has been found. Do it for me. Also do it for the people and the whole nation of Judah. The Lord’s anger is burning against us. That’s because our people before us didn’t obey the words of this scroll. They didn’t do everything that is written there about us.”

The priest Hilkiah went to speak to the prophet Huldah. So did Ahikam, Acbor, Shaphan and Asaiah. Huldah was the wife of Shallum. Shallum was the son of Tikvah. Tikvah was the son of Harhas. Shallum took care of the sacred robes. Huldah lived in the New Quarter of Jerusalem.  Shesaid to them, “The Lord is the God of Israel. He says, ‘Tell the man who sent you to me,  “The Lord says, ‘I am going to bring horrible trouble on this place and its people. Everything that is written in the scroll the king of Judah has read will take place.

“‘“‘That is because the people have deserted me. They have burned incense to other gods. They have made me very angry because of the statues of gods their hands have made. So my anger will burn against this place. The fire of my anger will not be put out.’”’

 “The king of Judah sent you to ask the Lord for advice. Tell him, ‘The Lord is the God of Israel. He has a message for you about the things you heard. He says, “Your heart was tender. You made yourself low in my sight. You heard what I spoke against this place and its people. I said they would be under a curse. I told them they would be destroyed. You tore your royal robes and sobbed. And I have heard you,” announces the Lord.

“‘“You will join the members of your family who have already died. Your body will be buried in peace. Your eyes will not see all of the trouble I am going to bring on this place.”’”

Huldah’s answer was taken back to the king.

King Josiah began destroying the idols, broke down the shrines, and pulled down the altars. That is what we are asking for:  A dismantling of the unchristian unholy Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.

Click here to sign the petition for the Demand for an Apology from the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.

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Shirley Taylor writes with humor and common sense, challenging the church body to reclaim equality for Christian women.
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7 Responses to A call for CBMW to repent and change

  1. Cindy K says:

    God turns the hearts of kings like he turns the paths of the rivers. May He make hearts tender and cause them to rend their garments in repentance.

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  2. krwordgazer says:

    Shirley, your link to the petition used to work, but it has somehow become broken.

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  3. boatrocker says:

    Hi Shirley,

    As one never known for pushing peace at any price, of course I agree completely with the premise of your argument. And the root of the problem is why I wrote that book back in 2009 (used to be titled Nicolaitan, but is now “You are all one: debunking hierarchy in Christianity”). This is about the core principles of the faith, and about the nature of the Body of Christ. And this is why I strike at the root of hierarchy in all forms, whether male/female or clergy/laity. Either this is a Body or it isn’t; either that Body has one Spirit or many; either God looks on the heart or he looks on the flesh. Such a fundamental principle cannot be ignored or forgotten, because so many lives hang in the balance.

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    • Good to hear from you! Thank you for your comment. Peace at any price does not save the world. God calls us to risk it, to be bold, and to be brave, and to go up against enormous obstacles. We are but a tiny rock face to face with this boulder. It’s up to others to join with us to make us a big rock. God uses people to speak up against injustice. We are speaking up.

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  4. Michelle says:

    Thank you for the petition! I have signed it and forwarded a link to a few people I know who might be interested in signing it (if without having their signature displayed ;-) ).

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