Glorify and deny

“Islam reveres women as wives and mothers – living cradles of the faith. But in mosques throughout the nation, a new documentary asserts, Muslim women in the United States are treated as second-class citizens, relegated to separate and unequal worship spaces and turned away from leadership roles.” (Houston Chronicle “Film calls on Muslims in US to reach out to women, converts, July 12, 2014.)

Let’s play a little game here. The same game that is played in churches all over the nation on Sunday morning. In the statement above, insert the name of your church or denomination. It would look like this:

“Baptists revere women as wives and mothers – living cradles of the faith. But in churches throughout the nation, Christian women in the United States are treated as second-class citizens, relegated to separate and unequal worship spaces and turned away from leadership roles.”

As far as I know, Christian women can worship side by side with men and boys. But women cannot teach men in many Sunday school classes across America, so that relegates her to a different and unequal worship space.

Baptist preachers glorify and deny women, all in the same breath. The pastor of BBC (Big Baptist Church) equated women with the Holy Spirit as a helper, which demeaned both the Holy Spirit, and women, because nobody is equal to the Holy Spirit, and to say so is lying. When pastors say women are equal-but have different functions they both glorify and deny women.

Mormons do the same thing. We read about Kate Kelly who had her baptism taken away from her in June because she promotes women pastors. The Mormon church glorifies and denies women in this way:

“At age twelve, boys become members of the Aaronic, or lesser priesthood, and at nineteen become eligible for the Melchezedek, or higher priesthood. Members of either priesthood are higher authorities on everything than are non-members. Women are, of course, excluded from the priesthood. This practice in effect says that a woman’s prepubescent son is more qualified to advise her than she is to advise him. The official explanation is that women are kept from having the priesthood because women are more spiritual than men, therefore, men need to have the priesthood to teach them how to be better people (Johnson 86). Women are also told that, because they have the all- important ability to bear children, men need the power of the priesthood merely to remain equal with them.

Roman Catholics glorify and deny:

Where there is an absolute difference in the roles the two sexes can play is in the giving of life. By natural law, only women can give physical life by serving as mothers. By supernatural law, only men can give spiritual life to the faithful by serving as priests. Women have the privilege of being intimately associated in the giving of life through birth, and men have the privilege of being intimately associated in the giving of life through the priesthood.

Glorify and then deny. How long are we Christian women going to put up with it? You can argue Scripture all day long, and never climb out of that rut. Or you can see how this is practiced in your church, and you can make the decision that it is not Christ-like, it does it honor Christ, and it does nothing to help those who need Christ.

It is time to get off your equal-but and do something! Will you join me in speaking up for women?

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The Civil Rights Act affected more women than blacks

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 affected more women than it affected blacks. Blacks made up about 10% of the population in 1964, and women made up over 50% of the population.

 “The prohibition against discrimination based on sex was added to Title VII (Civil Rights Act of 1964) at the last minute on the floor of the House of Representatives… the bill quickly passed as amended, and we are left with little legislative history to guide us in interpreting the Act’s prohibition against discrimination based on ‘sex.’

CivilRightsAct1964-HouseRollCall-Sex-Amendment  (fourth line from top right last word)

Yet, we think it is all about equality for black men and women. As the law was originally written, black women would have had more rights than white women, because black women were included in the ‘race’ word.

Celebrate Wednesday! Celebrate your freedom!

Wait, not so fast. Women have only civil freedoms, not religious freedom.

Because, you see, after the Civil Rights Act, women began getting into ‘men’s jobs.’ And Religion couldn’t have that. No Sireeee! Clamp down! Clamp down fast! Before you know it, women will want to be preachers! Clamp down!

So they did.

In 1964, the Civil Rights Act gave all women, both black and white, many of the same rights that men already had. The church should have been the first! But they did not stand up for full equality for women in the secular world then, and most will not stand up for women in the church now.

The natural progression, as we moved forward in the 20th century, would have been for churches to accept women in church leadership just as women were being accepted to colleges and places of business. I repeat, the church should have been the first to raise women up in status. But they did not do that. Instead, churches reacted with vehemence against women. They wanted to hold on to the male feel of Christianity, and they did.

Churches have continually denied capable spiritual women equality before God within their congregations. Women are denied equality by an inaccurate interpretation of the Scriptures, by the Baptist Faith and Message 2000, and by The Danvers Statement. Women are denied equality by seminaries that teach male headship. Women are denied ministry equality by many denominations that teach only males can be the pastors, preachers, or priests. And, most shameful of all, women are denied by other women in their congregations who prevent them from pastoring churches and from becoming deacons. (from my book Dethroning Male Headship).

It is closed. It is over. Women will not ever have freedom in churches to be pastors, deacons, elders. Women will remain in subjection to their husbands. It is over.

There is a small breath blowing. It can be seen on some websites. This breath can be heard through Christians for Biblical Equality. This small breath blowing needs fuel. It needs money to continue. It needs more participants. It needs you.

Will you breathe on this small resistance group that is working for women’s equality?

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Kate Kelly – the face of equality

I have a new hero. Her name is Kate Kelly and she is going to hell. Not sent there by God, or you, or me. But sent there by her church and denomination.

You see, Kate has a website called “Ordain Women.” No problem with that for most people. Seventh Day Adventists also have a facebook site called “Women’s Ordination” and my website promotes women’s ordination because I, too, am part of this movement that is long overdue. I don’t suppose we are going to hell, but Kate is.

You see, Kate is a Mormon, and she was excommunicated by her church June 23, 2014.

That means that she was stripped of her baptism, and can no longer call herself a Mormon.

By doing this to her, Kate Kelly is now the face of women’s equality. All she wanted was to be equally recognized in her church, with full citizenship. But those above her wanted to remain above her, so she was kicked off the platform. It’s funny that they think they have this spiritual authority. I am not a Mormon and this is not about that religion. It is about people who think they have the path to God and that they are the caretakers of that path, and that anyone who does not stick to their path is going to hell.

Will you stand up with Kate Kelly and add your face and voice to hers for women’s equality?

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Paige Patterson’s tears

Paige Patterson thought he had a chance at redeeming one Muslim and converting him to Christianity because, according to Patterson, the man was only a “cultural Muslim.” I doubt that that word belongs in the mindset of Muslims, but it found its way in the mindset of Dr Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

So Paige violated his seminary’s policy and the Southern Baptist Convention’s charter when he allowed this young man into Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. And now it is under review, and Paige cries.

Laws and rules! He will break one rule when it suits him, but Paige will not break the most important law and rule of the Southern Baptist Convention. That law is one that Paige, himself, helped write. It is found in the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 which says that women cannot be “senior pastors.”

I always wondered about that word ‘senior’ before I realized that of course Baptists sometimes call women ‘Children’s Pastors,’ or better yet, ‘Women’s ministries pastor.’ So women can teach children and other women.

Paige looks to the Old Testament to find his excuse. Ezekiel was told by God that if he does not warn a sinful person from his wicked ways to save his life, the man’s blood will be on Ezekiel’s hands.

So Dr Paige Patterson, wrung his hands (well maybe not the wringing of hands, but certainly the shedding of a tear), and he said “I did the best I knew how.” A little dramatic, don’t you think?

He went on, “When I stand before God I will say, ‘God, I violated a policy, but I didn’t want to stand before you with blood on my hands.’”

But, Dr Patterson, I have a fear that you will stand before God and have to explain why you threw up road blocks in front of women whom God chose for the ministry.

Dr Patterson, you don’t have to find some obscure passage in Ezekiel to justify your violation of policy laws and rules. Look to Jesus! Look to Jesus to find where he violated rules and cultural policy when he told the Gentile woman that he had also come to save her and her people.

 “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is suffering terribly from demon-possession.”
Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.”
He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”
The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said.
He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.”
“Yes, Lord,” she said, “but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s tables.”

In other words, Dr. Patterson, women are eating the very same food that comes from the Master’s table that men are eating. And that food has nourished women the same way it has nourished men.

Rules and Laws! Violating a rule is not the problem. Violating God’s people (women) by refusing them full discipleship, is the problem. And Jesus himself violated his rule when he gave the Cannanite woman the “Good News” that he had come to save Gentiles also.

Paige, you are crying for violating one rule, but you still have blood on your hands. You have the blood on your hands of all the people who needed a preacher so they could hear the word, and you would not send a woman to preach to them. You have relegated women to second class by refusing them a seat at the Master’s table.

The harvest is great, but you will not send a woman. 


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Methodists turning complementarian?

Who would have thought it? Of course the seeds are there just waiting to germinate. And germinate they will.

According to the Houston Chronicle (June 1, 2014, Methodist churches face split over gay issues), they are about to split in two.

Whenever conservative Christians – Methodists or any other denomination – get together, women suffer.

Christian conservatism is a three-legged stool 1) gays; 2) women; 3) Bible inerrancy. These fundamentalists do not stand on two legs.

This split is about Bible inerrancy, ordaining gay clergy, and performing same-sex marriages. Gays will neither benefit nor suffer from this division into two Methodists groups, because they already can get married in many states whether the church allows it or not. It will be women who suffer, by a loss of churches willing to accept a woman pastor and by marriage seminars teaching male headship. This conservative (fundamentalist) group will begin with denouncing gays and same-sex marriages, and then you wil find they are rejecting women pastors.

Methodists have within their membership those who believe in male headship and this group will identify with those other denominations that teach against homosexuality and who also deny women equality to preach or pastor.

And then Methodists will be complementarian in their teaching and beliefs.

Openly gay pastors are a rarity, even among those who accept gay pastors. However, there are many gay pastors among evangelical fundamental Christians and Catholics. None of these denominations affirm gay pastors, but they are there. Conservative churches know they have gay pastors within their churches, but do not make an issue of it until something happens. Thus, there will continue to be male gay pastors in the split-off Methodist churches. But you can count on it, these split-off churches will not continue to accept female pastors.

I urge all Methodists to take action. Now is not the time to sit and wait.

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Street evangelist for women’s equality

I have a  new title. I am a street evangelist for women’s equality.  For some time I have been making reports from the street to my facebook friends at CBE Houston (Christians for Biblical Equality Houston Chapter.

No, I do not carry signs “The end is near!” or “Repent!”

What I do carry are postcards of my books and use those as an opening. Right now I am planning my second book signing and this means that I have to walk the streets advertising.

Report from the street evangelist. Went to the Lutheran Church yesterday and left my book signing information. Then went to the Presbyterian church today. A woman was standing at the door trying to figure out how to use the doorbell. She asked me if I worked there. I told her ‘no that I was just visiting to let them know about my book signing.’ Of course I had a book in my hand, and a leaflet about my book signing. The admin came to the door and let us both in. The woman wanted to purchase a mass prayer card for an ill friend. She is Catholic and thought the Presbyterians did that too. While the admin went to get the associate pastor, the lady asked me how much my book cost and got out her checkbook and wrote me a check for it. She is a nurse and will be working the 31st but she said maybe her daughter could come to my signing. for Women Equal-No Buts: Powered by the same Source.

women equal bumper sticker

I am a street evangelist. My bumper sticker says it all. I have decals on my back car windows.  I have literature lying on the back seat of my car. I am a modern day street evangelist, preaching a message that should not have to be preached in the 21st century.

Will you be a street evangelist too? The bumper sticker can be made for $10 at a sign place. You can download these magnets Larger and give to friends for their fridge.

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Lost girls

There is a report that Tony Campolo was preaching one day and said, “There are 120,000 children who die each day due to hunger” Campolo paused and nothing happened . “Bullshit!” There was a stunned silence. Then Campolo said, “You are shocked that I said “Bullshit” but when I said that 120,000 children died each day due to hunger, that did not move you.

We are stunned that 300 Nigerian girls were kidnapped.

But we are not stunned that around 3,000,000,000 girls and women are held hostage each day by religions that devalue them. These religions claim they honor and value women, but the restrictions placed these same women tell a different story.

Bullshit! Now I have your attention. What are you going to do about it?

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